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Reporting :  Jacques Dussek, Libertito Pelayo, Gary Altidor, TV , Frantz Reid, Raymond Dussek,
Thomas Eddy Dupiton, Jean-Junior JOSEPH , Simone Bryan, James Limage, Joubert Jussome,Monica Mena,
Ziad Falah, Jean
Souffrant, Jerry Blumberg, Scott Strong, Elizabeth Menos, Zynep Omar.
 Patricia Faurelus,Guetary Roche,Tamarat Shitaye, Jackie Powell,Mona K. Arcelin,
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AUGUST  2014



JULY 2014



JUNE 2014


By Jacques Dusseck
This Monday, a mistrial may come as
to whether the federal corruption trial of State Senator Malcolm Smith will move forward. Smith faces charges of bribery, extortion and wire fraud in a scheme to allow the Democrat to run for mayor last year on the Republican line. Proceedings had been put on hold while prosecutors had over 28 hours of conversations in Yiddish translated. Smith's attorney has been pushing for a mistrial. Former City Councilman Dan Halloran is a co-defendant in the case. His attorney is looking to have the indictment dismissed based on prosecutorial misconduct.

NEW YORK. Senator Charles Schumer is pushing a plan to keep tired truck drivers off the road.
Schumer says the U.S. Transportation Department should require black boxes in trucks to log drivers' hours 
behind the wheel.He's also calling for an increase in the amount of insurance coverage trucking companies
 are required to carry.It comes on the heels of last weekend's crash involving actor and comedian 
Tracy Morgan. Schumer says fatigue likely played a role in the accident, which killed comedian James McNair 
and left Morgan in critical condition."The companies or the drivers or both skirt the rules when it comes to 
the amount sleep and off-time a driver must have. The current paper-based logbook system is subject to easy 
falsification and manipulation. So we need rules that set a level playing field and don't give a competitive 
disadvantage to the companies that comply with the rules voluntarily," Schumer said. Walmart driver Kevin 
Roper has pleaded not guilty to charges of death by auto and assault by auto in connection with the accident.



6/1/ According to reports received from Port-au-Prince, the Ministry of Tourism is planning to open a branch
office in New York City in order to better promote the tourism in Haiti. Several travel agencies in the area of New York New Jersey and Connecticut will take advantage of this project to better cannel their clients towards Haiti. Reliable sources informed that this plan should take place in the very near future.

By Jacques Dusseck
Friends and family
gathered Wednesday evening to say goodbye to Tanaya Copeland at her wake and funeral. One by one, Tanaya Copeland's fellow band members stepped out of Bethlehem Baptist Church in East New York, weeping, dancing and performing. "One of the songs that we played today was 'Missing You,' because a lot of kids do miss her," said Osei Smith, the band director of the Royal Knights Marching Band. College Student Stabbed to Death in East New York Remembered at Service Police say the 18-year-old college student was murdered on May 30 on Stanley Avenue in East New York. It was around 10:30 p.m. when she was found unconscious with multiple stab wounds. ""I don't think anyone wants to admit, you know, what's actually happening," Smith said. "She had an untimely death at a young age, and with no explanation." NYPD have not revealed a motive or official suspect, but said they are looking at Daniel St. Hubert. The 27-year-old was indicted Wednesday for allegedly stabbing two children, killing one, in an elevator just blocks away from where Copeland was killed. In addition to feelings of sadness and anger, Copeland's loved ones said they also feel gratitude for all who came out to pay their respects and to celebrate Copeland's life.

By Jacques Dusseck
A tractor trailer driver died Thursday morning in a crash that closed the upper level of the George Washington Bridge into New York City, snarling traffic for hours. Two tractor-trailers crashed shortly after 2 a.m. One of those drivers died and the other’s condition was not immediately known, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Rudy King said. Eastbound upper lanes remain closed while police investigate the crash and crews clean up the wreck site. Trucks are advised to avoid the span. The bridge’s lower lanes and westbound lanes are open, but drivers should expect major delays around the Fort Lee toll plaza. One eastbound lane was reopened as of 6:30 a.m. Taking southbound 95 to the Lincoln Tunnel is an alternate route, though drivers taking the tunnel should expect delays up to 45 minutes due to the increase in traffic, according to the Port Authority. The crash is also causing delays for commuters who ride buses that cross the bridge into Manhattan.

By Jacques Dusseck
The New York Rangers are still alive in the Stanley Cup Final after a  win over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. The Blueshirts took the lead in the first period thanks to a redirection by Benoit Pouliot. New York increased their lead to 2-0 in the second period on a goal by Martin St. Louis. The Kings cut the lead in half and came within inches of tying the game late in the third period when they put a shot past Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, but the puck failed to cross the goal line and Derek Stepan knocked it away before the Kings could poke it home. The Rangers hung on to win 2-1 as Lundqvist sparkled with a 40-save night. The Kings still lead the series 3-1 and will have another chance to hoist the Cup Friday night back on their home ice. There were some tense moments for the crowd standing outside Madison Square Garden when the Kings almost tied the game in the final minute, but the fans who never gave up hope were rewarded. The Rangers are trying to become the first team since 1942 to come back from a 3-0 deficit in the final.  


By Jacques Dusseck
Daniel Nigro is the city's new fire commissioner after he was sworn in Monday by Mayor Bill de Blasio. He joined almost 45 years ago. A moment later, Daniel Nigro took the oath as New York's 33rd fire commissioner. "If I had to give my term here a theme, it would simply be, 'It's time,'" Nigro said. Time, he suggests, to confront controversies. The city's problem-plagued 911 system is under review. Union contracts are unsettled. The overwhelmingly white New York City Fire Department is under court order to more closely mirror the city's racial makeup. "We have taken steps to improve our diversity. We must and we will do better," Nigro said. "Dan wants to make sure this is a department for everyone, that everyone is included in, that there's opportunity for all of them," says Mayor Bill de Blasio. "That's what he believes. The department recently settled a long-running racial discrimination suit for $98 million. John Combs is president of the Vulcan Society, the organization that brought it. "I'm optimistic those changes will take place, although it hasn't been the case in the past," Combs said.

By Jacques Dusseck
Rangers in 0-3 Hole Following Game 3 Loss At MSG. The Rangers are now in a big hole after losing their third straight game of the Stanley Cup Final. The Blueshirts, playing in Madison Square Garden for the first time in the series, played the Los Angeles Kings even for nearly the entire first period, but L.A. took the lead on a goal by Jeff Carter with less than a second remaining. It was the first time in the series that the Kings had a lead, after winning the first two games in overtime. Quick stopped all 32 shots the Rangers threw at him, leading the Kings to a 3-0 win and a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 will be thisWednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

Prosecutors say 27-year-old Elvis McKenzie faces several charges including attempted rape and assault. They say that on June 2, McKenzie followed the 53-year-old victim into the elevator of her apartment building in Astoria. He then allegedly punched and choked the woman, before trying to sexually assault her. The woman was able to fight him off and McKenzie ran off. If convicted he faces up to 15 years in prison.


By Jacques Dusseck
 According to the MTA this is good news for those taking the G train.
Starting Monday, there will be a 25 percent increase in service during the afternoon and evening rush. Morning trains will also be more evenly spaced out to cut down on crowding. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority agreed to the service changes after completing a full line review requested by politicians and the group "Riders Alliance." The agency is also making sure the shorter 4-car trains stop at the same place in the station every time—getting rid of what many riders call "the G Train sprint." They're also adding P.A. systems to the 12 stations on the line currently without them.

By Jacques Dusseck
Some witnesses called NYPD and the media to report the killing of
 a 21-year-old man shot and killed at 525 Quincy street in Brooklyn. NYPD  say they were called before 1:00 a.m. NYPD said  they found a 21-year-old man who had been shot in the torso. Two teenage girls were also shot. All three were taken to Kings County hospital. The man Cornell Clark was pronounced dead. Police say the two females, 17 and 19 years old, are in stable condition. No arrests were made and the investigation is ongoing.

The Rev. Al Sharpton weighed in on Rep. Charles Rangel's heated congressional campaign Saturday, telling the candidates to cool it. No stranger to racial politics, the Rev. Al Sharpton issued a stern warning Saturday to the candidates running in the 13th congressional district. "The one that saves the community and brings us together ought to be the congressman. The one that divides us has forfeited the right and ought not be in the race," Sharpton said. Sharpton didn't name names, but his comments came one day after Rep. Charles Rangel made controversial comments about his main rival, state Senator Adriano Espaillat, during a televised debate. "Just what the heck has he done besides saying he's a Dominican?" Rangel asked. The remark set off a firestorm and on Saturday, Rangel and Espaillat appeared at Sharpton's National Action Network.The third main candidate in the race, Pastor Michael Walrond, was also there. "I think this is what should drive this race: issues. Not bickering, not finger pointing, and definitely not race baiting," Espaillat said. Rangel agreed that the campaign should only be about qualifications before suggesting that the media are responsible for injecting race into the discussion. "It's the newspapers that have brought this thing to talk about race, not me," Rangel said. Surrogates for Rangel's campaign, however, were still trying to make race an issue by again bringing up a flyer from two years ago in which Espaillat claims a Domincan Rangel supporter "betrayed us." "I think the simplest way for us to move beyond this issue is for the senator to admit it, own up to it and move on," said Charlie King, Rangel's campaign adviser. Rangel was seen in the Puerto Rican Parade on Sunday with his supporters.


By Jacques Dusseck
On that Sunday, there were 2 parades going on in the city. The Israeli parade took place on Fifth Avenue atthe same time with the Filipino parade on Madison avenue from 39th to 23rd street. All the politicians took over the Israeli parade while they did not show up at the Filipino's affair that was very colorful .The Grand Marshalls were Doctors Felicisima and Emilio Quines lead the parade. The main attraction was Miss World Megan Young.

By Jacques Dusseck
This Sunday was a beautiful day on Fifth Avenue on the occasion of the Puerto Rican day parade
It is estimated that about a million people were wearing the red white and blue for the occasion. We follow the route from 45th street to 79th street where crowds of sympathizers were enjoying the affair. All the New York politicians responded by their presence. Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor De Blasio,City Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito was one of the Grand Marshals.
Governor Cuomo said "The Puerto Rican Day parade has a great energy to it. The Puerto Rican community is a big part of this city and it always has been. They're alive and they're growing and they love New York and New York loves them," said Cuomo. Congressman Charles Rangel was seen riding in a car with lot of his supporters. We were in the parade route on 5th avenue  from 44th street in midtown to 80th street in the very hot weather.

California Chrome lost its chance to the Triple Crown as thousands of bettors poured millions of dollars betting the horse. California Chrome finished 4th in a dead heat. It was a real disappointment to the more 100.000 spectators on hand. The co-owner was very mad at the track management. According to him all the 20 horses that start in the Kentucky or the Preakness were eligible to run the Belmont. The bettors have to wait for next year again.

By Jacques Dusseck
It was shockinbg to receive the news about an incident which took place last month, May 8, in Port-au-Prince Haiti. The Canadian-Haitian writer was agressed at the street Capois by some thugs stealing his money and his I-Pad while walking down the street. The above-named writer had been chosen to enter the French Academy during the coming months. Anything could happen to the writer especially when the capital of Haiti is full of thugs. Dany Laferriere makes waves in Canada with one of his books titled "How to Make Love to a Negro Without Getting Tired". Anyway he left Haiti for France after this terrible affair that could cost him his life. 

NYPD cops were there in full force on June 6 in front of the Indian Mission to the UN when about a 1000 of Sick members were protesting for the 30th anniversary in 1984 of  the military invasion and the massacre at the Golden Temple in India. The Sicks claims that they have the right to self-determination. The day before they were protesting in front of the UN Headquarters by the thousands. There were no incidents during the demonstration of that Friday while NYPD cops were ready to control the crowds.          


MAY 2014




APRIL 13,2014

On April 13, 1970, Apollo 13, four-fifths of the way to the moon, was crippled when a tank containing liquid oxygen burst.

On April 13, 1906, Samuel Beckett, the Irish-born author, critic, and playwright who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969, was born. He died on Dec. 22, 1989
On This Date

1598 King Henry IV of France signed the Edict of Nantes, granting rights to the Protestant Huguenots.

1742 George Frideric Handel's "Messiah" was first performed publicly, in Dublin, Ireland.

1861 At the start of the Civil War, Fort Sumter in South Carolina fell to Confederate forces as the Union commander, Maj. Robert Anderson, agreed to surrender in the face of relentless bombardment.

1954 Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron made his major league debut with the Milwaukee Braves.

1964 Sidney Poitier became the first black performer in a leading role to win an Academy Award, for "Lilies of the Field."

1970 Apollo 13, four-fifths of the way to the moon, was crippled when a tank containing liquid oxygen burst.

1986 Pope John Paul II visited a Rome synagogue in the first recorded papal visit of its kind.

1997 Tiger Woods, 21, became the youngest person to win the Masters Tournament and the first person of African heritage to claim a major golf title.

1999 Jack Kervorkian was sentenced in Pontiac, Mich., to 10 to 25 years in prison for the second-degree murder of a man whose assisted suicide was videotaped and shown on "60 Minutes."

2011 Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his two sons were detained for investigation of corruption, abuse of power and killings of protesters.

2011 A federal jury in San Francisco convicted Barry Bonds of obstruction of justice, but failed to reach a verdict on allegations that he'd used steroids and lied to a grand jury about it.



MARCH 17, 2014

On March 17, 1942, Gen. Douglas MacArthur arrived in Australia to become supreme commander of Allied forces in the southwest Pacific theater during World War II

On March 17, 1902, Bobby Jones, the American golfer who was the first winner of the Grand Slam, was born. He died on Dec. 18, 1971

On This Date In

1776 British forces evacuated Boston during the Revolutionary War.

1905 Franklin D. Roosevelt married his distant cousin, Eleanor Roosevelt, in New York City. President Theodore Roosevelt, FDR's fifth cousin, gave his niece away.

1910 The Camp Fire Girls organization was founded in Thetford, Vt.

1941 The National Gallery of Art opened in Washington, D.C.

1942 Gen. Douglas MacArthur arrived in Australia to become supreme commander of Allied forces in the southwest Pacific theater during World War II.

1959 The Dalai Lama fled Tibet for India in the wake of a failed uprising by Tibetans against Chinese rule. 1969 Golda Meir became prime minister of Israel.

1993 Actress Helen Hayes died at age 92.

2003 Edging to the brink of war, President George W. Bush gave Saddam Hussein 48 hours to leave his country. Iraq rejected the ultimatum.

2005 Baseball players Rafael Palmeiro and Sammy Sosa testified before Congress that they hadn't used steroids; Mark McGwire refused to say whether he had.

2008 Rock musician Paul McCartney's divorce from Heather Mills was settled for $48.6 million.

2009 The Seattle Post-Intelligencer published its final print edition.

2011 The U.N. Security Council voted to authorize military action to protect civilians and impose a no-fly zone over Libya.


On this date in...

1959...Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, in the midst of an unprecedented 13-day visit to New York City, gets stuck in an elevator at the Waldorf Astoria. He calls the mishap a "capitalist malfunction."

2011...More than a thousand protesters descend on the financial district marking the start of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

HAITI IN HISTORY September 1957-- February 1986:
Thousands of Political Prisoners were executed on the order the goons of Duvalier at Fort Dimanche and the Dessalines Barracks  LUC DESYR, CLEMENT BARBOT, CHARLOTIN ST. FORT, ZACHARIE DELVA , ALBERT PIERRE TI BOUL� Col. GRACIA JACQUES, ELOIS MAITRE,.ROSALIEIE ADOLPHE ET THEIR ACCOMPLICES. "We don't forgive them because they knew what they were doing.

Bethel Gospel Assembly Church lost two members of their congregation in Wednesday's explosion in East Harlem, and Carmen Tanco and Griselde Camacho were remembered in services Sunday. That  was a day of healing across East Harlem. The mayor visited two churches where he offered words of comfort to the victims’ families, housing support for the displaced and also hope for the future. "Some people are not blessed in a moment of crisis to have family and friends nearby, but after, there's the family and friends, there's the houses of worship, and after the houses of worship, there's your city government standing up for you, and after that, there's wonderful organizations like the Red Cross and the Salvation Army, and all have come together to say to all that have suffered, we will not let you fall," de Blasio said.

The mayor's wife, Chirlane McCray, announced that the organization she leads, the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, has collected $250,000 to help the victims. She's hopeful that there will be more coming. "I have to say that if there's one thing New Yorkers can count on when there's a crisis, it's other New Yorkers," McCray said. For many people, going to church was a first chance to be with the friends and neighbors who lost so much in Wednesday's explosion. At Bethel Gospel Assembly, they mourned the loss of two congregants, Griselde Camacho and Carmen Tanco. "Just loving, caring. Always with a smile, always wanting to help, always gracious in their attitude and emotions," said one person. "Just wonderful, precious women." "I don't think any tragedy has a pat answer for how you get through it," said another. "It's just one day at a time, one moment at a time." It was much the same scene at the Church of God on 116th Street. The explosion destroyed the Spanish Christian Church, and many of the congregants there went to the Church of God, where they were welcomed with open arms. "It's good to support the people in the neighborhood and give them as much love and support as they needed during this difficult time," said one person. While work continues at the site, at least the community had a chance Sunday to help one another cope with it all.


NEW YORK, NY 10007

Monday morning, Mayor de Blasio will host a St. Patrick's Day Breakfast at Gracie Mansion. This event is open press.
Following the breakfast, the Mayor will attend St. Patrick's Day Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral. This event is open press.
Later, the Mayor will deliver remarks at the legislative hearing for the paid sick leave bill in the Blue Room. This event is open press.

Monday afternoon, the Mayor will meet with Taoiseach Enda Kenny in the Governor's Room. This event is closed press. After the meeting, there will be a photo-op in the Governor's Room. The photo-op is open to press.

Press Schedule 7:30 AM – Hosts Gracie Mansion St. Patrick's Day Breakfast Ballroom
Gracie Mansion 88th Street and East End Avenue New York, NY 10128

8:30 AM – Attends St. Patrick's Day Mass St. Patrick's Cathedral 460 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10022

11:30 AM – Delivers Remarks at Hearing for Paid Sick Leave Bill Blue Room City Hall New York

The event will also be aired live on NYC TV, live-streamed on NYC.gov, and a live feed will be available on Encompass Port CTY-4205.

4:00 PM – Photo-op with Taoiseach Enda Kenny Governor's Room City Hall

The New York Road Runners hosted the eighth annual New York City Half Marathon Sunday. More than 20,000 runners aged 13 to 82 ran the 13.1-mile course. They looped through Central Park before heading down through Times Square and into Lower Manhattan. First to the finish line was Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya, completing the race in just 1 hour and 50 seconds. Olympic gold medalist Mo Farrah from the United Kingdom took second place despite a fall early in the race. In the women's competition, Sally Kipyego of Kenya set a new race record with a time of 1 hour, 8 minutes and 31 seconds.


As it happened: Crimea votes in referendum Key Points Election officials say 95.5% of voters have backed joining Russia in the referendum, after half of the ballots were counted Crimea's leader says he will apply to join Russia on Monday and tells cheering crowds in Simferopol the region is "going home"Many Crimeans loyal to Kiev boycotted the referendum but election officials hailed the "record" turnout. The EU and US say the referendum was illegal and threaten sanctions on RussiaRussian President Vladimir Putin says he will respect the wishes of the Crimean peopleAll times GMTCrimea 'votes for Russia union' WatchPro-Russia protesters in Donetsk want vote WatchReport Reporters: Sarah Fowler, Gerry Holt and Richard Irvine-Brown 06:36: Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of the referendum in Crimea, where voters will decide today whether they want to rejoin Russia or stay with Ukraine. 06:37: Polling stations across Crimea opened at 08:00 local time  and are due to close 12 hours later. 06:38: The ballot paper asks voters two questions. The first is: "Are you in favour of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea reuniting with Russia as a constituent part of the Russian Federation?" 06:40: A second question asks whether Ukraine should return to its status under the 1992 constitution, which would give the region much greater autonomy. 06:48:

HAITI NEWS. President Martelly satisfied with the signing of the agreement
The head of the Haitian state, Michel Martelly, welcomes the signing of the agreement resulting from inter Haitian dialogue by the main political actors. The agreement was signed Friday, March 14 by President Martelly to the Executive, Senator Steven Beno�behalf of the President of the Senate and by the representatives of political parties leaders . Mr. Martelly called the agreement a victory for Haiti arguing that the Haitian people are facing great suffering. The signing of the agreement is a sigh of relief for the people , insists Mr. Martelly ensuring that vulnerable people are the main victims of political crises. Visibly pleased with the results of the inter Haitian dialogue conducted under the auspices of the Episcopal Conference , President Martelly is now concerned about the application of the points set out in the document.

The Government and Parliament are responsible for implementing the various aspects of the agreement . The head of state is pleased that the stakeholders have agreed on the need to vote to pass laws that will facilitate the arrival of foreign investors. Legislators should also ratify the 2014 budget and amend the electoral law . The head of state argued that the majority of political parties took part in the dialogue. He recalls, however, that the leaders of political parties , which had shunned dialogue can if they wish initial the document. The Agreement is not intended to exclude political parties but to encourage actions to improve the living conditions of the population and economic progress of the country, he added.


United Nations Security Council action on Crimea referendum blocked Security Council meeting on the situation in Ukraine.
15 March 2014 – Owing to the negative vote of one of its permanent members, the United Nations Security Council today failed to adopt a draft resolution which urged countries not to recognize the results of this weekend's referendum in Crimea. Thirteen of the Council's 15 members voted in favour of the draft text, Russia voted against, and China abstained. A veto by any of the Council's five permanent members – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States – means a resolution cannot be adopted. The resolution would have reaffirmed Ukraine's “sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity” and declared that Sunday's referendum which could lead to Crimea's break with Ukraine and union with Russia, “can have no validity”. Speaking ahead of the vote, Russian Permanent Representative to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, said it was “no secret” that Russia was planning to vote against the draft. He added that Moscow would respect the decision of the Crimeans but could not accept the basic assumption of the draft resolution which aimed “to declare illegal the planned March 16 referendum where residents of the Republic of Crimea should decide on their future”.

Liu Jieyi, Permanent Representative of China to the UN, said after the vote that Beijing sought a “balanced” solution to the conflict within a framework of law and order. He called for the creation of a coordination group, a support package for Ukraine, and also called on countries to refrain from action which could further escalate the conflict. Deep disappointment and incredulity was expressed by several Council members, who noted that this was the seventh time the body was convening to discuss the situation in Ukraine. United States Permanent Representative Samantha Power, whose country sponsored the resolution, said the text was aimed at finding a principled and peaceful solution, and upheld UN principles on the sovereignty of its Member States. Russia has the power to veto a Security Council resolution, "but it does not have the power to veto the truth," she said. United Kingdom's Mark Lyall Grant said the result of today's vote highlighted Russia's isolation over Crimea within the Council and from the international community.

Meanwhile, G�rd Araud of France quipped that Russia “vetoed the UN Charter” with its “no” vote. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that “emotions have been hardened” over the forthcoming referendum. Addressing journalists Friday at the UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Ban cautioned against “hasty measures and decisions which may impact the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of Ukraine” and stressed that any actions should be in accordance with provisions of the UN Charter. UN officials, including Mr. Ban, have been appealing to all parties to calm the situation and to engage in direct and constructive dialogue to forge a peaceful way forward in Ukraine, which has been witnessing unrest for several months.

Tensions heightened last week as lawmakers in Crimea, where additional Russian troops and armoured vehicles have recently been deployed, voted to join Russia and to hold a referendum on 16 March to validate the decision.


MARCH 2, 2014

On March 2, 1877, Republican Rutherford B. Hayes was declared the winner of the 1876 presidential election over Democrat Samuel J. Tilden, even though Tilden had won the popular vote.

On March 2, 1904, Theodor Seuss Geisel, who wrote and illustrated the popular 'Dr. Seuss' children's books, was born. He died on Sept. 24, 1991
, his obituary appeared in The Times. Go to obituary � | Other birthdays �

On This Date In

1807 Congress outlawed the importation of slaves to the United States, effective the following year.

1836 Texas declared its independence from Mexico.

1917 Puerto Ricans were granted U.S. citizenship.

1939 Roman Catholic Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli was elected pope and took the name Pius XII.

1959 Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis held the first of two recording sessions that yielded the album "Kind of Blue."

1962 Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors scored 100 points in a game against the New York Knicks, an NBA record that still stands.

1965 The movie version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The Sound of Music" had its world premiere in New York.

1985 The federal government approved a screening test for AIDS that detected antibodies to the virus, allowing possibly contaminated blood to be excluded from the blood supply.

2004 A series of coordinated blasts in Iraq killed 181 people at shrines in Karbala and Baghdad as thousands of Shiite Muslim pilgrims gathered for a religious festival. 2008 Dmitry Medvedev, Vladimir Putin's hand-picked successor, scored a crushing victory in Russia's presidential election.

2011 The Supreme Court ruled 8-1 that members of the fundamentalist Westboro Baptist Church have a First Amendment right to picket the funeral of a Marine.






FEBRUARY  25,2014

On Feb. 25, 1870, Hiram R. Revels, R-Miss., became the first black member of the United States Senate as he was sworn in to serve out the unexpired term of Jefferson Davis.

On Feb. 25, 1888, John Foster Dulles, the American Secretary of State from 1953-1959, was born. He died on on May 24, 1959

On This Date In

1570 Pope Pius V excommunicated England's Queen Elizabeth I.

1836 Inventor Samuel Colt patented his revolver.

1870 Hiram Revels, a Mississippi Republican, was sworn in as the first black member of the U.S. Senate.

1901 United States Steel Corp. was incorporated by J.P. Morgan.

1913 The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving Congress the power to levy and collect income taxes, was declared in effect.

1943 Beatles guitarist George Harrison was born in Liverpool, England.

1950 "Your Show of Shows" debuted on NBC.

1956 Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev harshly criticized the late Josef Stalin in a speech before a Communist Party congress in Moscow.

1964 Cassius Clay who later changed his name to Muhammad Ali became the world heavyweight boxing champion by defeating
Sonny Liston in Miami Beach.

1983 Playwright Tennessee Williams was found dead at age 71.

1986 President Ferdinand E. Marcos fled the Philippines after 20 years of rule in the wake of a tainted election. Corazon Aquino assumed the presidency.

1990 Nicaraguans voted in an election that led to victory for opponents of the ruling Sandinistas.

1991 An Iraqi Scud missile hit a U.S. barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, killing 28 Americans during the Persian Gulf War.

1999 A jury in Jasper, Texas, sentenced white supremacist John William King to death for the dragging death of James Byrd Jr., an African-American man.


On this date in.

1643...Dutch settlers attack Native Americans in Lower Manhattan and in Maspeth. In Manhattan, the Native Americans are
slaughtered. But in Maspeth, they retaliate and drive the Dutch back to Manhattan.

1644...The Dutch grant conditional freedom to a group of black slaves in the colony.

1952...Death sentences for atomic spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are upheld by a federal court in New York.


September 1957-- February  1986:
Thousands of Political Prisoners were executed on the order the  goons of  Duvalier at Fort Dimanche and the Dessalines Barracks
"We don't forgive them
because they knew what they were doing.


By Jerry Blumberg
This past Sunday, we were at the Javits to see the different shows such as Curveny, Sole Commerce, Moda
Manhattan, Accessories the Show and Fame. We had observed a beautiful crowd at the Center enjoying
the different presentation and exhibits. We do enjoy parts of these different presentation, but were were
anxious about the coming of the Big show of the International Restaurant and Foodservice Show of New
York scheduled for March 2 to 4 at the Javitz Center. As far as we are concern, this will be the biggest event
of the season. More than 180,000 products will be offered by the 2,400 exhibitors to the public. We had encouraged
all of our friends from the City and upstate to view this spectacular affair.  We look forward to being there
with all of those who will enjoy the event and to return at the end of June for that spectacular affair.
New York Knick Raymond Felton Arrested on Weapons Charges

New York Knick Raymond Felton was arrested early Tuesday morning on weapons possession charged, after published reports say he pointed a gun at a woman. The Knicks' starting point guard was charged after he turned himself into the 20th precinct station house on Manhattan's Upper West Side hours after New York lost to the Dallas Mavericks at Madison Square Garden. Reports say Felton recently filed for divorce from his wife of 19 months. Felton was charged with three counts of criminal possession of a weapon, including possessing a firearm, having it loaded, and possessing an ammunition clip. He was expected to to appear in criminal court in Manhattan later Tuesday. Felton, 29, signed a three-year, $10 million contract with the team prior to the 2012-13 season, but was the subject of trade rumors prior to last week's trade deadline. His arrest comes six years after New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress was arrested on firearms charges after he accidentally shot himself in the leg in a Manhattan nightclub. Burress subsequently spent nearly two years in jail after being convicted.

Police have made an arrest in connection with several small fires that fire officials say were set inside stores at two separate Queens malls Monday afternoon. NY1's Michael Herzenberg filed the following report. Crime scene tape cordoned off an area outside the Rego Center mall Monday evening. Firefighters say someone sparked a small fire in Sears. "Alarms started going off, and they told us, 'Try to get everyone out of the store,' and we evacuated the building," said one person at the scene. Workers say some stores shut down for hours while police investigated. "There was a lot of action going on there," said one person at the scene. "Too many police cars and too many police officers, and a lot of, lot of fire engines and stuff." Emergency calls also brought first responders to fires in the Burlington Coat Factory and the Old Navy in the Rego Center mall, as well as to a fire in the Macy's in the nearby Queens Center mall. That fire involved some clothes in the men's section. Mall workers said that the store and mall both stayed open. of my friends from Macy's coming out just crying," said one person at the scene. A department store spokesperson said that two associates put out that fire before firefighters arrived. No one was hurt in any of the fires, but many felt shaken.A 23-year-old is in custody in connection with the fires, and sources say that that same person might be responsible for other fires set last week, though they wouldn't specify which ones.


His comments came amid continuing opposition in Ukraine's Russian-speaking regions to the new
administration in Kiev. The formation of a unity government has been delayed until Thursday.
Meanwhile there are reports that one of Mr Yanukovych's former aides, Andriy Kliuyev, has been
shot and wounded. Many in people, such as here in the Crimean city of Sevastopol, oppose the changes
in Kiev Mr Kliuyev's car is said to have been attacked while he was traveling back to Kiev from the Crimea
after tendering his resignation to the former president. A spokesman was quoted on local media as saying
his life was not in danger.

Mr Kliuyev, the former head of the presidential administration, is said to have left Kiev with the president when he fled
the capital at the weekend. Addressing parliament, Mr Turchynov said he would meet law enforcement agencies to discuss
the risk of separatism in regions with large ethnic Russian populations. Separatism was a "serious threat", he said.

The delay in announcing a unity government was to allow further consultations, Mr Turchynov said, adding that "a coalition
of national faith must be elected".

Parliament has now voted in favour of trying Mr Yanukovych at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The ex-president is accused of being behind the deaths of more than 100 protesters at the hands of the police, many of them
shot by snipers. The ICC is a court of last resort, our correspondent says - it will only try a case if the country concerned is genuinely
unwilling or unable to do so. In its resolution on trying Mr Yanukovych at the ICC, parliament said he had been involved in "serious crimes".

ICC referral Cases sent by UN Security Council or member country ICC prosecutor can launch investigation Non-members can voluntarily allow jurisdiction, but rarely happens ICC court of last resort Handles genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity MPs also want former Interior Minister Vitali Zakharchenko and former Prosecutor-General Viktor Pshonka tried. Mr Yanukovych has been missing since last week. He was last reportedly seen on Sunday in Balaklava, on the Crimean peninsula. A warrant has been issued for his arrest. 'Non-intervention'

Russia has been vehemently opposed to the changes in Ukraine, with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev saying on Monday that those behind the new administration had conducted an "armed mutiny". At a news conference in Moscow on Tuesday, Mr Lavrov warned other states against seeking "unilateral advantages" in Ukraine, but said Russia's "policy of non-intervention" would continue. "It is dangerous and counterproductive to try to force on Ukraine a choice according to the principle of either being with us or against us," he said. Mr Lavrov added that "it is in our interest for Ukraine to be part of the broad European family" but against Russia's interest to "allow the radicals and nationalists who are clearly trying to take centre stage to prevail."

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov: "We want Ukraine to be part of the European family in every sense of the word" One of the most prominent figures in the opposition, former heavyweight boxing champion, Vitali Klitschko, has confirmed that he will be a candidate in elections scheduled for 25 May. A spokesman for former PM Yulia Tymoshenko, who was released from jail on Saturday, says she has not yet decided whether to run for the presidency. Protesters are guarding many official buildings in Kiev In the eastern city of Kharkiv, where Mr Yanukovych has enjoyed support, the head of the regional state administration has said he will also be a presidential candidate.

Speaking on Kanal 5 TV, Mykhaylo Dobkin, gave as his reason "the fact that a total attack on
the rights of the Russian-speaking population is under way, that laws are being adopted that
threaten all those who do not accept fascism and Nazism". UK Foreign Secretary William Hague
is to meet US Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington later to discuss emergency financial
assistance to Kiev. Mr Hague has warned that Ukraine faces imminent economic collapse without
support from the international community.

Yanukovych's flight from Kiev 21 Feb: leaves Kiev for Kharkiv on helicopter; stays overnight in
state residence 22 Feb: flies by helicopter to Donetsk airport; tries to leave on private jet but stopped
by border guards; leaves by car for Crimea 23 Feb: arrives in Balaklava, Crimea, and stays briefly
in a private spa before making aborted attempt to reach Belbek airport Dismisses most of his security
detail; leaves Balaklava in a three-car convoy with some guards and presidential administration head
Andriy Kliuyev Source: Acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov The US has already said it is ready to
give financial support to Ukraine to complement any future loan from the International Monetary
Fund (IMF). Further promised loans from Russia are looking increasingly unlikely.

The Ukrainian currency has sunk again, hitting a new low of 9.70 hryvnia to the dollar on Tuesday. EU
foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton has held further talks in Kiev to discuss financial and political support
for Ukraine's new leaders. She urged the interim authorities to include Yanukovych supporters in any new
government. Senior US officials, including Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, will join EU officials
in Kiev to participate in two days of meetings with political, business and civil society leaders. Thousands
of people remain in Kiev's Independence Square, the Maidan. Unrest in Ukraine began in November when
Mr Yanukovych rejected a landmark association and trade deal with the EU in favour of closer ties with Russia.


Ban calls on Ukrainians to find peaceful way forward amid current turmoil A makeshift memorial
to those killed and injured during recent demonstrations in Kiev, Ukraine.
24 February 2014 – Amid the rapidly unfolding events in Ukraine, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for
an inclusive political process to enable the country to emerge from its current crisis, one which reflects the aspirations
of its people and preserves its unity and territorial integrity. “He reiterates his call for non-violence and urges all
Ukrainians to express their differences peacefully and through dialogue, and to seek a durable solution through
compromise,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement. “He has remained in continual contact with key actors
on how to support a peaceful way forward for Ukraine at this time of transformation.”
On Saturday, Members of the Parliament of Ukraine – which has been witnessing mass protests since last November
voted to remove President Viktor Yanukovych, and an arrest warrant has reportedly been issued for his arrest.
The move comes after more than 100 people were killed last week in the latest wave of deadly clashes in the capital, Kiev.
Mr. Ban called for an inclusive political process that reflects the aspirations of all Ukrainians and preserves Ukraine’s unity
and territorial integrity, said his spokesperson. “In order to bring about a stable and prosperous future for Ukraine, the
Secretary-General calls for a firm commitment, by all concerned, to uphold the key principles of democracy and human
rights and thereby create a conducive environment for free and fair elections.” The spokesperson added that, to assure Ukrainians
of the support of the UN and the wider international community, Mr. Ban has sent his senior advisor, Robert Serry, to the country.
“The Secretary-General expects all key international actors to work collaboratively to help Ukrainians at this challenging time in their country’s history.” In his meeting with the new Speaker of the Parliament, Oleksander Turchinov, Mr. Serry conveyed the Secretary-General’s solidarity with all Ukrainians and his commitment to assist a Ukrainian-led inclusive governance process.


FEBRUARY  22,2014
In History

On Feb. 22, 1980, in a stunning upset, the United States Olympic hockey team
defeated the Soviets at Lake Placid, N.Y., 4-to-3. The U.S. team went on to win the gold medal.

On Feb. 22, 1892, Edna St. Vincent Millay, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who personified romantic rebellion, was born. She died on Oct. 19, 1950.

1819 Spain ceded Florida to the United States.

1862 Jefferson Davis was inaugurated as president of the Confederacy.

1865 Tennessee adopted a new constitution abolishing slavery.

1879 Frank Winfield Woolworth opened a five-cent store in Utica, N.Y.

1924 Calvin Coolidge delivered the first presidential radio broadcast from the White House.

1932 Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., was born in Boston, the youngest child of Joseph P. and Rose Kennedy.

1935 It became illegal for airplanes to fly over the White House.

1959 The inaugural Daytona 500 race was held in Daytona Beach, Fla.

1980 The U.S. hockey team beat the Soviets 4-3 In a stunning upset at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y.

2001 A U.N. war crimes tribunal convicted three Bosnian Serbs on charges of rape and torture in the first case of wartime sexual enslavement to go before an international court.

2006 Insurgents destroyed the golden dome of one of Iraq's holiest Shiite shrines, the Askariya mosque in Samarra, setting off a spasm of sectarian violence.

2011 A magnitude-6.1 earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, killed 184 people.

2011 Somali pirates shot to death four Americans taken hostage on their yacht several
hundred miles south of Oman.


On this date in..

1877...The U.S. Congress approves Bedloe's Island as the home for the planned Statue of Liberty,
which will be dedicated nine years later.

In 1956 the island's name will officially be changed to Liberty Island, which is how it's known today.

1881...New York City accepts Cleopatra's Needle from Egypt. The 90-foot ancient obelisk still stands
in Central Park.

1934...Stage and screen star Fannie Brice, a product of the Lower East Side, hams it up at a beauty contest
with her fellow Zeigfeld Follies showgirls.

1951...Walt Disney's animated version of "Cinderella" premieres in New York.


September 1957-- February  1986:
Thousands of Political Prisoners were executed on the order the  goons of  Duvalier at Fort Dimanche and the Dessalines Barracks
"We don't forgive them
because they knew what they were doing.


Mayor Ducks Reporters' Questions After TV Crew Catches His SUV Speeding, Ignoring Stop Signs  Mayor Ducks
Reporters' Questions
Mayor Bill de Blasio is trying to put the brakes on a story about his official vehicles driving recklessly, just two days
after the mayor announced a sweeping plan to crack down on dangerous drivers, but his refusal to answer any
questions about the incident means the scandal will almost certainly linger. No one is pulling SUVs over that are
blowing through stop signs and speeding down the highway. They are part of the mayor's security operation, and
Mayor Bill de Blasio was riding in the front seat of one of the cars as they violated one traffic law after the next.

The mayor, though, is refusing to answer questions about the drive. Earlier in the day, when reporters caught
up with him outside his home, the mayor promised that he would field questions about the incident at his afternoon
news conference at City Hall. "Now, our press conference later on today, you can ask all the questions you want after
we talk about Long Island College Hospital," the mayor said at the time. "You can ask any other questions you'd like about this."

The mayor refused to engage with reporters about his security detail's driving habits, ducking out after making a short statement.

"I have great respect for NYPD security training and protocols. I'm committed, obviously, to traffic safety and safe streets in NYC.
That's why we put forward Vision Zero. Commissioner Bratton addressed the topic of security detail earlier today. I've very
comfortable with what Commissioner Bratton said, and I refer you to his comments. Thank you very much," de Blasio said.

The video is causing such a stir because it was shot only two days after the mayor unveiled his plan to sharply reduce traffic deaths
by taking aim at dangerous drivers. "We've put a very bold plan before you, and we want the public to know we're holding ourselves to this standard," the mayor said on Tuesday.  The mayor wants to lower the city's speed limit to 25 mph, and he is proposing to shut off
cab meters when a driver is speeding. The mayor is mistaken if he thinks his brief remarks will put the story to rest. Reporters will
likely not be satisfied until every question about the episode has been asked and answered.

A potential strike at the Long Island Railroad is on hold until at least July as workers continue to push
for raises despite an MTA plan to freeze them for three years. The trains will still be rolling next month.
"We will not strike on March 21, and we hope they come to their senses and we don't strike at all," said
Anthony Simon, general chairman of the Sheet Metal Air Rail Transportation Union. "That's our message,
 and they should hear it loud and clear." They are the Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials who
in January rejected a Presidential Emergency Review Board's recommendation for a new contract for unionized
LIRR workers. It would have given them raises dating back to 2010, provided they chip in on health benefits for
first time. Management said no. "This is unprecedented and reckless behavior, and if it's allowed to continue, it will
result in a shutdown of vital the transportation to the great city of New York," said Joel Parker, vice president of the
Transportation Communications Union. Despite the rhetoric, union leaders and MTA brass agreed to meet next week
before the National Mediation Board in Washington. If there's no deal then, the MTA plans to request a second emergency
review board, which means that the earliest strike date is July 20. City residents who use the LIRR at its 21 stations in Queens, three in Brooklyn and Penn Station hope it will be just another summer day. "They deserve a contract, but it's definitely going to inconvenience a lot of people going to and from work every day," said one rider. It's been nearly two decades since the last strike at the railroad, one that one longtime Brooklyn rider remembers well. If there is a strike, the city's transit workers, who are barred from walking off the job under the state's Taylor Law, say that they want no part of working as replacements on the railroad. "We absolutely will refuse to work on the Long Island Rail Road," said John Samuelsen, president of Transit Workers Union Local 100. As for the MTA, it says it's preparing for how the city transit system would carry riders stranded by a strike. "We plan for snowstorms in July. We plan for hurricanes when it's sunny outside. So we are planning for anything we could do for service in the event of an interruption," said MTA spokesperson Adam Lisberg. For now, that's a threat that doesn't appear to be fading.


Cardinals are the most senior Roman Catholic clergymen below the pontiff. 
Correspondents say the inclusion of prelates from places such as Haiti and 
Burkina Faso reflects the Argentine Pope's commitment to the poor.Former Pope 
Benedict XVI - who retired last year - also attended the ceremony at St Peter's 
The new cardinals received the traditional red hat and robes at the ceremony, known 
as a consistory, which was conducted in Latin and followed ancient tradition. 
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was present at the ceremony at St Peter's Basilica in Rome 
One by one, they knelt in front of Pope Francis to receive the hat and gold ring of office. 
Mindful of current conflicts in Ukraine, Syria and the Central African Republic, Pope Francis 
prayed for "peace and reconciliation for peoples currently experiencing violence and war". 
Why cardinals wear red ardinals wear red robes, along with scarlet zucchetto skullcap and biretta 
four cornered hat with tassel Red signifies the color of blood and symbolizes their commitment to 
defend the church During daily business, a cardinal's robes are edged with red to signify his 
dignity and respect On official occasions, the cardinal's robes are entirely red
Sixteen of the new appointees are under 80 - the age limit for participating in the election of 
future popes.The new cardinals come from 15 different countries, including Spain, Italy and Germany.
Among them is the head of the Catholic church in England and Wales, Archbishop Vincent Nichols. 
The new recruits will join the more than 100-strong College of Cardinals, which has been meeting in plenary session behind closed doors at the Vatican.
The 19 new Cardinals
Archbishop Pietro Parolin (Italy)
Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri (Italy)
Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Muller (Germany)
Archbishop, Beniamino Stella (Italy)
Archbishop Vincent Nichols (Britain)
Archbishop Leopoldo Jose Brenes Solorzano (Nicaragua)
Archbishop Gerald Cyprien Lacroix (Canada)
Archbishop Jean-Pierre Kutwa (Ivory Coast)
Archbishop Orani Joao Tempesta (Brazil)
Archbishop Gualtiero Bassetti (Italy)
Archbishop Mario Aurelio Poli (Argentina)
Archbishop Andrew Yeom Soo Jung (South Korea)
Archbishop Ricardo Ezzati Andrello (Chile)
Archbishop Philippe Nakellentuba Ouedraogo (Burkina Faso)
Archbishop Orlando B. Quevedo (Philippines)
Archbishop Chibly Langlois (Haiti)
Monsignor Loris Francesco Capovilla (Italy) *
Archbishop Fernando Sebastian Aguilar (Spain) *
Monsignor Kelvin Edward Felix (St Lucia) *
* Cardinal emeritus, without voting rights


Nearly 20,000 Central African refugees fled to Cameroon this month – UN agency Refugees from Central African Republic gather at a site in eastern Cameroon.

21 February 2014 – Almost 20,000 people from the Central African Republic (CAR) have crossed into Cameroon since the beginning of February to escape the ongoing violence in their homeland, the United Nations refugee agency reported today. This is up from 4,764 CAR refugees in the first week of this month, and it brings to 35,142 the total number of CAR refugees who have fled to Cameroon since March 2013, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The conflict in CAR erupted when mainly Muslim S�ka rebels launched attacks in December 2012 and has taken on increasingly sectarian overtones as mainly Christian militias known as anti-Balaka (anti-machete) have taken up arms. The crisis has already claimed thousands of lives, uprooted almost one million people and left more than 2.5 million people in need of immediate humanitarian assistance.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other senior UN officials have called for increased international efforts to end the killing and alleviate the suffering of the people of CAR. Yesterday, Mr. Ban put forward a six-point initiative for addressing the most urgent priorities and needs, including more troops and police, increased efforts for the peace process, support for the Government, funding for humanitarian assistance and accountability. “We must step up our efforts,” he told reporters after briefing the Security Council. “The international community is working hard to protect people from atrocities, restore stability and provide emergency relief, but it is simply not enough.”

UNHCR said the growing number of new arrivals in Cameroon and their need for food and other basic necessities – such as cooking oil, rice, cassava, fish, beef, vegetables, sugar, salt, soap, fuel and other items – have resulted in higher prices and shortage of goods on the local market. Local residents are also feeling the pinch with rent increases. “New arrivals from CAR are living in appalling conditions. Most of them lack food and shelter. Generous host communities have taken in many people, but they cannot share their homes and resources with everyone,” UNHCR spokesperson Dan McNorton told reporters in Geneva. Before the current crisis, Cameroon was hosting 92,000 refugees from CAR; the first started to arrive in 2006 to escape from rebel groups and bandits in the north of their country. UN agencies and humanitarian partners are scaling up their delivery of life-saving aid as fast as security and access conditions allow, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), whose chief, Valerie Amos, just concluded a visit to CAR. “However, access to people in need continues to be severely constrained by active hostilities, attacks on aid workers and assets and interference into relief activities,” OCHA stated.

The humanitarian community is calling on donors to give generously to support relief efforts in CAR, which is currently severely underfunded. Only 15 per cent of the resources needed for the $551 million Strategic Response Plan for CAR have been received, despite generous pledges made at a funding conference in Brussels last month.


FEBRUARY  18,2014

On Feb. 18, 1861, Jefferson Davis was sworn in as president of the Confederate States of America in Montgomery, Ala. 

On Feb. 18, 1848, Louis Comfort Tiffany, a craftsman and designer who made significant advancements in the art of glassmaking, was born.
He died on Jan. 17, 1933,

1546 Martin Luther, leader of the Protestant Reformation, died in Eiselben, Germany.

1564 The artist Michelangelo died in Rome.

1885 "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain was published.

1930 Photographic evidence of Pluto was discovered by Clyde W. Tombaugh at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Ariz.

1953 "Bwana Devil," the movie that heralded the 3-D fad of the 1950s, opened in New York City.

1960 The eighth Winter Olympic Games opened in Squaw Valley, Calif.

1970 Five of the Chicago Seven defendants were found guilty of intent to incite a riot at the 1968 Democratic national
convention. The convictions were later overturned.

1972 The California Supreme Court struck down the state's death penalty.

1988 Anthony M. Kennedy was sworn in as a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

2001 Auto racing star Dale Earnhardt Sr., 49, died from injuries suffered in a crash at the Daytona 500.

2001 Veteran FBI agent Robert Hanssen was arrested, accused of spying for Russia for more than 15 years.
Hanssen pleaded guilty and is serving life in prison without parole.

2006 American Shani Davis won the men's 1,000-meter speed skating in Turin, becoming the first black athlete to
win an individual gold medal in Winter Olympic history.

2006 A Hamas-dominated Palestinian parliament was sworn in.


On this date in...

1953...The 3-D movie craze kicks off in New York with the premiere of "Bwana Devil."

1955...President Eisenhower awards a gold medal to the Lower East Side's Irving Berlin for the
songwriter's contributions to American patriotism.


September 1957-- February  1986:
Thousands of Political Prisoners were executed on the order the  goons of  Duvalier at Fort Dimanche and the Dessalines Barracks
"We don't forgive them
because they knew what they were doing.


The city Sanitation Department is issuing a snow alert ahead of the latest batch of wintry weather due to arrive just in time for the Tuesday morning
commute. The alert will go into effect at 3 a.m. While not much accumulation is expected, plows and salt spreaders are being prepped.
Despite the tremendous amount of snow this winter, the sanitation department says they have sufficient salt supplies to deal with Tuesday's storm.

The weekly call-in radio show that Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Mayor Rudolph Giuliani embraced may soon be a thing of the past,
as Mayor Bill de Blasio does not seem as interested in following them to the airwaves, though he has not yet made an official decision
about his plans. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report. For years, Fridays meant that the mayor was in front of a radio microphone, answering questions from New Yorkers and talking about the news of the week. However, Mayor Bill de Blasio may be putting an end to the weekly radio show tradition. So far, the mayor has not committed to do a regular show, and an aide says the mayor may just decide to appear on a variety of radio programs instead. A recent interview on the hip-hop station Hot 97 is a sign that he wants to do things differently. It is hard to imagine Mayor Michael Bloomberg having an exchange about legalizing marijuana with John Gambling, the host of his show on WOR, like the one de Blasio had on Hot 97. The programs have been helpful for mayors looking to put a a positive spin on things.

"Something like 89 percent of the promises we made have either have been fulfilled or are well underway," Bloomberg said on December 20, 2013. However, they have also gotten the politicians into plenty of trouble. During the summer, a remark from Bloomberg caused an uproar during the fight over the future of stop-and-frisk. "I think we disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little," Bloomberg said on June 28. Mayor Rudolph Giuliani often let loose on the radio, ripping into callers he disagreed with. In an infamous exchange with an animal rights activist who advocated for ferrets, the former mayor was especially harsh. "There's something deranged about you. The excessive concern that you have for ferrets is something you should examine with a therapist. Not with me," Giuliani said. "I'm not insulting you. I'm being honest with you. Maybe nobody in your life is being honest with you." Several media outlets, including NY1, have asked City Hall about producing a weekly program with Mayor de Blasio.


Thousands of protesters attacked the ruling-party headquarters and tried to march on parliament, reports said.
Tumultuous scenes have also been reported inside parliament, where opposition MPs are pushing for a vote on
replacing the constitution. The move is aimed at curbing President Viktor Yanukovych's powers.
The opposition had repeatedly warned that failure to act would further inflame mass anti-government protests-
and these have reignited after a period of relative calm. Ukraine's unrest began in November, when Mr Yanukovych
backed away from an association and free trade deal with the European Union, and instead agreed to a large loan from Russia.
Moscow wants Ukraine to join the Russia-led customs union, which also has Belarus and Kazakhstan as members. Both the EU
and Russia have accused each other of interfering in Ukraine's affairs.

Tens of thousands of protesters trying to march on the parliament building have been blocked by lines of police vehicles, according
to reports from Kiev. Some are ripping up cobblestones to throw at police, and others are throwing smoke bombs, while police are
responding with stun and smoke grenades, and rubber bullets. Protesters also attacked the headquarters of President Yanukovych's
party, temporarily smashing their way in before being forced out by police, reported 5 Kanal TV.
Protesters ripped up cobblestones to try to smash through a police cordon around the Ukraine parliament building They smashed their way into an office of President Yanukovych's Party of the Regions An uneasy calm in Kiev has been shattered Several people are reported to have been injured, including three interior ministry troops and a news photographer.

Inside parliament, opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko appealed to Mr Yanukovych to take the riot police off the streets to avert further "conflict in society". Earlier, opposition MPs blocked the parliamentary rostrum in protest after parliamentary staff refused to register their resolution on reinstating the 2004 constitution. "Our deputies have just returned from the draft law registration section," opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk said, according to Interfax-Ukraine news agency. "They have just simply locked the doors there on the instructions of [Speaker Volodymyr] Rybak and are refusing even to talk to Ukrainian people's deputies, let alone register the resolution." Mr Rybak is a member of Mr Yanukovych's ruling Party of Regions.
Constitutional proposal Opposition's draft proposal in essence calls for a return to 2004 constitution that shifted key powers from president to parliament 2004 constitution repealed in 2010, shortly after President Yanukovych came to power Reforms would see president stripped of powers to appoint PM, cabinet members and regional governors - and possibly snap elections Ruling party is reportedly amenable to the proposal in theory, but says it needs to be discussed by non-governmental organisations and sent to Council of Europe's Venice Commission for Review The opposition has been pushing for weeks for a return to the 2004 constitution, which would mean President Yanukovych losing some of the powers he has gained since his election in 2010. The changes would mean that parliament - not the president - would appoint the prime minister and most cabinet members, as well as regional governors. The move could also lead to snap presidential elections - a key demand of the opposition.

MPs who support the president have argued that different proposals on how to return to the previous constitution legitimately have not been thoroughly discussed, and more time is needed to iron out all the differences between the two sides. In a separate development, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said Moscow would provide Ukraine with a new $2bn tranche of loans "this week". In December, Moscow pledged $15bn to back Ukraine's struggling economy, but so far only $3bn has been transferred. The Kremlin had hinted it would freeze the loan until a new government acceptable to Moscow was formed after Ukrainian PM Mykola Azarov resigned last month. On Monday, an amnesty for anti-government protesters in Ukraine came into force after demonstrators ended their occupation of government buildings in Kiev and in the regions. Protesters had held some of the buildings for more than two months. But a sprawling tent city remains in Kiev's central square, where some denounced the decision to end the occupations.


UN-mandated human rights inquiry on DPR Korea documents 'widespread, systematic abuses' Left to right: Special Rapporteur Marzuki Darusman, Commission Chairman Michael Kirby and Sonja Biserko. 

17 February 2014 – A grim array of human rights abuses, driven by “policies established at the highest level of State,” have been and continue to be committed in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), according to a United Nations-mandated report released today, which also calls for urgent action to address the rights situation in the country, including referral to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

In a 400-page set of linked reports and supporting documents, culled from first-hand testimony from victims and witnesses, the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea has documented in great detail the “unspeakable atrocities” committed in the country, says a press release from the Geneva-based body.

“The gravity, scale and nature of these violations reveal a State that does not have any parallel in the contemporary world,” the Commission – established by the Human Rights Council in March 2013 – says the report, which is unprecedented in scope.

It finds that, since 1950, the “State's violence has been externalized through State-sponsored abductions and enforced disappearances of people from other nations. These international enforced disappearances are unique in their intensity, scale and nature.”

With a one-year mandate, the Commission was tasked with investigating several alleged violations, including those concerning the right to food and those associated with prison camps; torture and inhuman treatment; arbitrary detention; discrimination; freedom of expression, movement and religion; the right to life; and enforced disappearances, including abductions of nationals to other countries.

Along with its chairman, Michael Kirby, a retired judge from Australia, the panel comprises Sonja Biserko, founder and president of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia, and Marzuki Darusman, former Attorney General of Indonesia and the current UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in DPRK. The are expected to brief the press from Geneva later today.

Describing crimes such as “extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions and other sexual violence, persecution on political, religious, racial and gender grounds, forcible transfer of populations, enforced disappearance and the inhumane act of knowingly causing prolonged starvation,” the report adds: “Crimes against humanity are ongoing in the [DPRK] because the policies, institutions and patterns of impunity that lie at their heart remain in place.”

The Commission found that the DPRK “displays many attributes of a totalitarian State” and spotlights that there is “an almost complete denial of the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, as well as of the rights to freedom of opinion, expression, information and association,” and that propaganda is used by the State to manufacture absolute obedience to the Supreme Leader and to incite nationalistic hatred towards some other States and their nationals.

State surveillance permeates private lives and virtually no expression critical of the political system goes undetected – or unpunished, says the Commission, detailing that the key to the country's political system is the “vast political and security apparatus that strategically uses surveillance, coercion, fear and punishment to preclude the expression of any dissent.”

Military spending – predominantly on hardware and the development of weapons systems and the nuclear programme – has always been prioritized, even during periods of mass starvation, the report says. The State also maintains a system of inefficient economic production and discriminatory resource allocation that inevitably produces more avoidable starvation among its citizens.

Violations of the rights to food and to freedom of movement have resulted in women and girls becoming vulnerable to trafficking and forced sex work outside the DPRK. Many take the risk of fleeing, mainly to China, despite the high chance that they will be apprehended and forcibly repatriated, then subjected to persecution, torture, prolonged arbitrary detention and, in some cases sexual violence.

“Repatriated women who are pregnant are regularly subjected to forced abortions, and babies born to repatriated women are often killed,” the report states.

While the Government did not respond to requests for access to the DPRK and for information, the Commission obtained first-hand testimony through public hearings with about 80 witnesses in Seoul, Tokyo, London and Washington D.C., and more than 240 confidential interviews with victims and other witnesses, including in Bangkok. Eighty formal submissions were also received from different entities.

The report includes a letter sent by the Commissioners to the Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-un, containing a summary of the systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations that “entail crimes against humanity.”

The letter states that the three-member panel would recommend referral of the situation in the DPRK to the International Criminal Court “to render accountable all those, including possibly yourself, who may be responsible for the crimes against humanity referred to in this letter and in the Commission's report.”

Among wide-ranging recommendations to the DPRK, to China and other States, and to the international community, the Commission calls on the UN Security Council to adopt targeted sanctions against those who appear to be most responsible for crimes against humanity, stressing that sanctions should not be targeted against the population or the economy as a whole.

The Commission is scheduled to formally present its findings to the Human Rights Council in Geneva on 17 March 2014.



FEBRUARY  17,2014

On Feb. 17, 1972, President Nixon departed on his historic trip to China.
On Feb. 17, 1874, Thomas J. Watson, Sr., the American industrialist who built I.B.M., was born. He died on June 19, 1956

On This Date In

1863 The International Red Cross was founded in Geneva.

1865 Columbia, S.C., burned as the Confederates evacuated and Union forces moved in.

1904 Giacomo Puccini's opera "Madama Butterfly" had its world premiere at La Scala in Milan, Italy.

1933 Newsweek magazine was first published.

1947 The Voice of America began broadcasting to the Soviet Union. 1

972 President Richard M. Nixon departed on a historic trip to China.

1992 Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was sentenced in Milwaukee to life in prison.

1995 Colin Ferguson was convicted of six counts of murder in the December

1993 Long Island Rail Road shootings that also wounded 19 people.

1996 World chess champion Garry Kasparov beat IBM supercomputer "Deep Blue," winning a six-game match in Philadelphia.

2002 The new Transportation Security Administration took over supervision of aviation security from the airline industry and the Federal Aviation Administration.

2005 President George W. Bush named John Negroponte to be the first national intelligence director.

2008 Kosovo declared itself a nation in defiance of Serbia and Russia.

2009 President Barack Obama signed a $757 billion economic stimulus package into law..


On this date in...

1943...Yankees slugger Joe Dimaggio joins the Army after waiving his player deferrment. He returns to baseball in 1946.

1953...A federal court in New York delays the executions of convicted Cold War spies Ethel and Julius Rosenberg to give them time for a final appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Their appeal fails and the couple is put to death four months later.

1958...Giants star halfback Frank Gifford signs a movie deal with Warner Brothers.


September 1957-- February  1986:
Thousands of Political Prisoners were executed on the order the  goons of  Duvalier at Fort Dimanche and the Dessalines Barracks
"We don't forgive them because they knew what they were doing.


The city Sanitation Department is issuing a snow alert ahead of the latest batch of wintry weather due to arrive just in time for the Tuesday morning commute. The alert will go into effect at 3 a.m. While not much accumulation is expected, plows and salt spreaders are being prepped. Despite the tremendous amount of snow this winter, the sanitation department says they have sufficient salt supplies to deal with Tuesday's storm.

Investigators are trying to figure out what started an early morning fire Monday inside a Queens church.
The fire broke out around 3 a.m. in the basement of the Deliverance Tabernacle Church in Ozone Park.
Fire crews got the flames under control about two hours later. Four firefighters were taken to Jamaica Hospital
for minor injuries. While the church is in bad shape, its pastor is confident that with some help, they can rebuild.
"I don't know, it felt like you lost something. But after walking through and seeing the damage, I knew that there's
a greater end," said Pastor Joyce Lemmon. "It was very painful, very painful to see. Got very shaky, very nervous
and just thought about all of the people that worship here," said Patricia Wiley, a worshiper at a nearby church.
Other churches in the area have opened their doors for worship, and offered financial support.

Police want to question four men in the violent mugging of a 74-year-old man in Brooklyn over the weekend.
The NYPD put out surveillance photos of two of the men they are looking for. Police say the victim and four
other men left an elevator inside a Bronwsville apartment building just before 5 p.m. Saturday.
They say the victim was walking toward his apartment when he was struck from behind with an unknown object.
His attackers got away with his wallet containing $150, credit cards, his drivers license and his Social Security card.
The victim was taken to the hospital with a broken collar bone and head injuries. Anyone with information on the
 case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit


Italian president asks Renzi to form government Mr Renzi's unelected status could work in his favor with a disillusioned
public Italians keen to gamble on unelected Matteo Renzi Rise of Matteo Renzi Italy tipped to have its youngest PM
Italy's President Giorgio Napolitano has asked Matteo Renzi, the mayor of Florence, to form a new government. It follows
the resignation on Friday of PM Enrico Letta after he was ousted in a vote called by Mr Renzi at a meeting of their centre
-left Democratic Party. The party had accused Mr Letta of failing to tackle the ailing economy. Mr Renzi, who has never
been elected as MP, must now negotiate a deal with Mr Letta's former coalition partners and could be sworn in on Thursday.

There is a sense of gathering political drama here. This young and ambitious but untested man has promised so much.
And now he must deliver. His brief remarks to the press were classic Renzi. There was the suggestion that in just a matter
of months he would bring major reforms to the most fraught and complex areas of Italian political life. Many people in this
country will very much hope that he can. And if he does, Italy will begin to feel like quite a different place.

But everyone knows that the dysfunctional governmental system here has a way of defying those who try to reform it. And
in his rapid rise to power, with his brash and impatient manner, Mr Renzi has made enemies. They will be all around him
in Rome's corridors of power. At 39, he would become Italy's youngest ever prime minister.
In another development on Monday, Italian government borrowing costs dropped to their lowest rates for almost eight
years. The yield on ten-year bonds fell to 3.64%, seen as an apparent nod from the markets towards Mr Renzi's plans for
economic reform.

The EU's economic chief Olli Rehn said he was confident Italy's political transition would be smooth and that the new
government would continue to pursue economic reforms. 'Unemployment and despair' As he emerged from talks with
President Napolitano on Monday morning, Mr Renzi - the Democratic Party leader - talked of his commitment and
determination and the need for urgency on reform. "The most pressing emergency, which concerns my generation and
others, is the emergency of labor, of unemployment and of despair," Mr Renzi told reporters.

His hope is that popular support will buy him the political space to embrace major reform: to open up the Italian economy,
to make hiring and firing easier, and to go for growth ” Constitutional changes would be put forward by the end of February,
labor reforms by March and improvements to bureaucracy the following month. Italy has a 41% rate of unemployment
among 15-24 year-olds and an overall rate of 12.7%. Democratic Party colleague Maria Elena Boschi said it would take
several days to form a new administration.

Mr Renzi's initial priority will be to secure the support of the small New Centre Right (NCD) party in order to command a
parliamentary majority and start cabinet building. Mr Renzi arrived 10 minutes early for his talks with President Napolitano

Enrico Letta could not continue as PM after his party voted with a majority for a new government  Italians don't want the
elderly, career politicians, they want people who are young and fresh but they also need politicians who are prepared”  Nicola
Kopij Zanin, 17, student What Italians think of Matteo Renzi Once he has formed a government, Mr Renzi will have to return
to the president for his nomination to be confirmed and will then be sworn into office. In order to win the support of both
houses of parliament, Mr Renzi will need the backing of senators and deputies in both the NCD and the centrist Civic Choice,
the former party of ex-PM Mario Monti, as well as other smaller parties.

Angelino Alfano, NCD's leader, has so far given a guarded response to Mr Renzi's plans. He warned that the coalition remaining
intact was "not a given" and told his party supporters he would demand promises from Mr Renzi before joining the new government.

Matteo Renzi Nicknamed Il Rottamatore - 'the Scrapper' Born 11 January 1975 Graduated from University of Florence in 1999
President of Florence province from 2004-2009 Elected Mayor of Florence in June 2009 Elected leader of Democratic Party
Dec 2013 Profile: Matteo Renzi "We are decisive for the creation of the new government. If we say no to this government, it won't
come to life," he said. Italian media report that the two men have been in regular contact by text message over the weekend. The
mayor of Florence has never been elected to parliament or served in government before and is viewed by many as an outsider.

Italy is desperate for political change and Mr Renzi's youth and dynamism, and his talk of the need for sweeping reform, have
propelled him to the centre of the national stage.


UN experts urge Kenya to repeal discriminatory sections of marriage property act 
17 February 2014 – United Nations human rights experts today urged Kenya to repeal sections
of its Marriage and Property Act which effectively strip women of marital property upon divorce
or death of their spouse, unless they can prove they made a contribution to the acquisition of the
property during their marriage. “It is expected that very few women will be able to demonstrate
such a contribution under the new provisions, since few Kenyan women have land title deeds in
their own names and even less hold deeds jointly with men,” warned independent expert Frances
Raday, who currently heads the UN Working Group on discrimination against women in law and

Calling the provisions “serious retrogressive steps” in the protection of women's equal access to
land and property, Ms. Raday stressed in a news release issued by the Geneva-based Working
Group, that they are also in violation of Kenya's international and regional human rights obligations.

“They clearly discriminate against Kenyan women and are squarely at odds with equality provisions
enshrined in the Kenyan Constitution.” The Act, which came into force on 16 January 2014, could
result in many Kenyan women losing access to the lands where they live and farm. Many rural
households in Kenya are headed by women, who rely on the land not only to produce food, but also
on the income generated by it to access health care services and educational opportunities for
themselves and their families. “Women will effectively have no security of tenure, or place to live
with their children if their husband leaves them or dies, which will also increase their risk of
experiencing violence,” said Ms. Raday, adding: “The passage of the Act will have a detrimental
impact on the right to food, the right to adequate housing and the right to an adequate standard
of living for Kenyan women, children and communities.”

Ms. Raday's appeal has been endorsed by a host of other UN independent experts, including:
Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Magdalena Sep�a; the UN Special
Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter; the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against
Women, its causes and consequences, Rashida Manjoo, and the Special Rapporteur on adequate
housing, Raquel Rolnik. “We regret the promulgation of this legislation in its current form and urge
the Government of Kenya to repeal discriminatory sections of this Act, and to continue with the
 country's advances towards full equality between men and women as established in the Kenyan
Constitution,” the group of experts stated. According to the new release, the Special Rapporteurs
have engaged with the Kenyan Government concerning the provisions of the Act in question, and
expressed their readiness to assist the authorities in reviewing and bringing the Act into line with
international human rights standards. Special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based
UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human
rights themes.



On Feb. 9, 1943, the World War II battle of Guadalcanal in the southwest Pacific ended with an American victory over Japanese forces. 

On Feb. 9, 1910, Jacques Monod, the French Nobel Prize-winning biologist, was born. He died on May 31, 1976

1773 William Henry Harrison, the ninth president of the United States, was born in Charles City County, Va.

1825 The House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams president after no candidate received a majority of electoral votes.
1861 The Provisional Congress of the Confederate States of America elected Jefferson Davis president and Alexander H. Stephens vice president.

1942 Daylight-saving "war time" went into effect in the United States, with clocks turned one hour forward.

1943 The World War II battle of Guadalcanal in the southwest Pacific ended with an American victory over Japanese forces.

1964 The Beatles made their first live American TV appearance, on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

1971 Apollo 14 returned to Earth after man's third landing on the moon.

1984 Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov died less than 15 months after succeeding Leonid Brezhnev.

2002 Britain's Princess Margaret, the sister of Queen Elizabeth II, died at age 71.

2009 New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez admitted he took banned substances from 2001 to 2003.


On this date in...

1864...Authorities in New York approve the formation of a company of black soldiers to fight the Confederates in the Civil War. This marks the first time that black soldiers are allowed to enlist in the Union army.

1942...Fire sweeps through the French luxury liner "Normandie," which is docked at West 48th Street. The blaze breaks out when workers converting the ship to a wartime vessel accidentally set fire to a large stack of life preservers. The mighty ship capsizes and, after attempts to restore her prove fruitless, the ship is ultimately sold for scrap in 1946.



On Feb. 1, 1960, four black college students began a sit-in protest at a lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., where they'd been refused service.

On Feb. 1, 1902, Langston Hughes, the American poet and prominent figure of the Harlem Renaissance , was born. He died on  on May 22 , 1967

On This Date In

1861 Texas voted to secede from the Union.

1862 "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," a poem by Julia Ward Howe, was published in the Atlantic Monthly.

1896 Puccini's opera "La Boheme" premiered in Turin, Italy.

1920 The Royal Canadian Mounted Police was established.

1946 Norwegian statesman Trygve Lie was chosen to be the first secretary-general of the United Nations.

1960 Four black college students began a sit-in protest at a lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., where they'd been refused service.

1968 During the Vietnam War, Saigon's police chief, Nguyen Ngoc Loan, executed a Viet Cong officer with a pistol shot to the head.

1979 Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini received a tumultuous welcome in Tehran as he ended nearly 15 years of exile.

1982 "Late Night with David Letterman" premiered on NBC.

1999 Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky gave a videotaped deposition for senators weighing impeachment charges against President Bill Clinton.

2004 Singer Janet Jackson's breast was briefly exposed during the Super Bowl halftime show.

2009 The Pittsburgh Steelers won their record sixth Super Bowl with a 27-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII.

2011 Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak announced he would not run for a new term but rejected protesters' demands he step down immediately.




On Jan. 31, 1865, the House of Representatives passed a constitutional amendment to abolish slavery.
On Jan. 31, 1919, Jackie Robinson, who made history in 1947 by becoming the first black baseball player in the major leagues, was born. He died on Oct. 24, 1972,

On This Date In
1606 Guy Fawkes, convicted for his part in the Gunpowder Plot against the English Parliament and King James I, was executed.

1797 Composer Franz Schubert was born in Vienna, Austria.

1865 Robert E. Lee was named general-in-chief of the Confederate armies. 1

917 Germany announced a policy of unrestricted submarine warfare. 1

919 Baseball Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson, who broke the sport's color barrier in 1947, was born in Cairo, Ga.

1944 U.S. forces invaded the Japanese-held Marshall Islands during World War II.

1945 Private Eddie Slovik became the only U.S. soldier since the Civil War to be executed for desertion.

1949 The first TV daytime soap opera, "These Are My Children," was broadcast by the NBC station in Chicago.

1950 President Harry S. Truman announced that he had ordered development of the hydrogen bomb.

1971 Astronauts Alan B. Shepard Jr., Edgar D. Mitchell and Stuart A. Roosa blasted off aboard Apollo 14 on the third successful manned mission to the moon.

1990 McDonald's Corp. opened its first fast-food restaurant in Moscow.

2000 An Alaska Airlines jet plunged into the ocean off Southern California on a flight from Mexico to San Francisco, killing all 88 people on board.

2001 A Scottish court sitting in the Netherlands convicted one Libyan and acquitted a second in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

2006 Samuel Alito was confirmed by the Senate and sworn in as a Supreme Court justice.

2006 The Senate approved Ben Bernanke as chairman of the Federal Reserve.

2011 Egypt's military promised not to fire on peaceful protests and recognized "the legitimacy of the people's demands."

2011 Myanmar opened its first parliament in more than two decades.


JANUARY 30, 2014

On this date 

On Jan. 30, 1948, Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi was murdered by a Hindu extremist.

 On Jan. 30, 1882, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd president of the United States, was born. He died on April 12, 1945.

On This Date In

1649 England's King Charles I was beheaded.

1882 Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd president of the United States, was born in Hyde Park, N.Y.

1883 James Ritty and John Birch received a U.S. patent for the first cash register.

1933 The first episode of the "Lone Ranger" was broadcast on radio station WXYZ in Detroit.

1948 Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi was murdered by a Hindu extremist.

1968 The Tet offensive began as Communist forces launched surprise attacks against South Vietnamese provincial capitals.

1969 The Beatles performed in public for the last time in a 45-minute gig on the roof of their Apple Records headquarters in London.

1972 Thirteen Roman Catholic civil rights marchers were shot to death by British soldiers in Northern Ireland on what became known as "Bloody Sunday."

2003 Richard Reid, a British citizen and al-Qaida follower, was sentenced to life in prison by a federal judge in Boston for trying to blow up a trans-Atlantic jetliner with explosives hidden in his shoes.

2005 Iraqis voted in their country's first free election in a half-century.

2006 Coretta Scott King, the widow of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., died at age 78.

 2007 Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system went on sale.


On this date in...

1862...The Civil War ironclad "Monitor" is launched from Greenpoint, Brooklyn. She racks up a slew of victories against Confederate wooden ships, leading up to her duel with the "Merrimac" in March of that year.

1981...Lower Broadway is bathed in a shower of yellow ribbons and tickertape as some two million New Yorkers turn out for a parade honoring the freed U.S. embassy hostages who had been held captive in Iran for more than a year.

1989...In a case that gains national attention, Manhattan attorney Joel Steinberg is convicted of first-degree manslaughter in the death of his adopted daughter Lisa. He is sentenced to up to 25 years in prison, but is released for good behavior in 2004.


September 1957-- February  1986:
Thousands of Political Prisoners were executed on the order the  goons of  Duvalier at Fort Dimanche and the Dessalines Barracks
"We don't forgive them because they knew what they were doing.



12:00 PM – Hosts Press Conference to Make Announcement Brownsville Recreation Center 1555 Linden Boulevard Brooklyn, NY 11212 Footage will be provided by NYC TV and will be available following the event on Encompass Port CTY- 4205. A press van will depart the East Gate of City Hall at 11:00 AM.

Staten Island Rep. Michael Grimm has apologized to NY1 political reporter Michael Scotto a day after physically threatening him at the conclusion of an interview in the Capitol Rotunda following the president's State of the Union address. After initially saying he did nothing wrong, Republican Rep. Michael Grimm picked up the phone and apologized Wednesday to NY1 Washington bureau reporter Michael Scotto.

"I apologized. I called Michael Scotto. He was very gracious and accepted my apology," Grimm said. "We're going to have lunch sometime next week and just make sure this is all behind us. Grimm's Wednesday morning apology came after he first characterized Scotto's question about his campaign donations as a "disrespectful" cheap shot.

Grimm blamed his behavior on Hurricane Sandy, saying issues surrounding the storm weighed on him, and that contributed to his outburst. "It is a lot of pressure to deliver because I want my constituents to know I do have their back," Grimm said. "But the bottom line is, this was an unfortunate incident that shouldn't have happened, and I'm sure my Italian mother is going to be yelling at me, saying, 'You aren't raised that way,' and she's right."

On Wednesday, a Washington-based government watchdog group filed an ethics complaint against Grimm, saying he violated a House rule that requires members to conduct themselves "at all times in a manner that reflects creditably on the House." "If the kitchen's too hot, get the heck on out," said Rep. Charles Rangel, whose district covers parts of Manhattan and the Bronx. Rangel, who endured a two-year House ethics investigation that led to a censure, said that Grimm should have been prepared for tough questions.

"I do know from personal experience, all a reporter has to find out is that there is an investigation, and you can bet your life you're going to hear a lot about it. So it comes with the job. It comes with the profession, and you really got to take it," Rangel said. "We give a lot out. We got to take it when reporters give it back to us."

Broadway between 34th and 47th streets is shut down through Saturday thanks to endless activities like the Super Bowl toboggan run, where football fans can enjoy a 60-foot-high ride on what's normally one of the busiest stretches in the city. It could be a typical night in Times Square, but add about 1,000 characters because this is Super Bowl Boulevard. The Boys Choir of Harlem and the Rockettes kicked off the festivities Wednesday with the governor and the mayor. You can't miss in the 13 blocks converted to interactive football-oriented activities, like taking a picture as a player for your favorite team. This is the year for Seattle fans. Super Bowl Boulevard is for any football fan. They can take pictures with the Vince Lombardy trophy or, as one fan put it, "Just walk around. Everything is nice. Just having fun." From one of the eight lanes, sliding 60 yards downhill, I actually got air, and enjoyed the ride, twice. The hours are noon to 10 p.m. through Saturday, so you have a few more days to enjoy it.

Law enforcement officials are beefing up Super Bowl security measures for the mass transit system following suicide bombings in Russia in the weeks before the Sochi Olympics, though there are no known terrorism threats against Sunday's big game. Acknowledging the potential vulnerability of buses and trains all of which are going to be the prime movers of fans to and from MetLife Stadium in Rutherford, N.J.
Col. Rick Fuentes, superintendent of the New Jersey State Police said the transit system will be a key focus for security and intelligence operations. "Of particular concern to us has been what has been going on overseas in Volgograd in relation to the Sochi Olympics," said Fuentes at a security briefing for reporters Wednesday. "As you know both bombings targeted mass transit so we relied a great deal on [Department of Homeland Security] and the FBI which are the gateway on intelligence." "Vehicles are going to be scanned, they are going to be checked they are going to be swept, that includes trains, that includes busses that includes cars," Fuentes told reporters during a special security briefing in Manhattan. "We are going to do this in a practiced and expeditious way." NYPD Commissioner William Bratton agreed that law enforcement agencies were keeping their eyes on activities around the world. "But as of this time there are no threats directed against this event that we are aware of," said Bratton.

With some of the most extensive counterterrorism infrastructure in the nation around the New York metropolitan area, protection for an event like the Super Bowl, as well as the related Super Bowl events in the city, is as high as it could be anywhere in the nation, said Bratton. He said the NYPD has a large uniformed presence around the events in Manhattan, as well as undercover officers and a net of security cameras. "We have run a number of tabletop exercises taking into account just about every type of scenario that could unfold, the lone wolf type of situation up to an including nuclear radiation issues," explained Bratton.

In law enforcement, the lone wolf scenario involves an al-Qaida inspired person, largely working alone, who attempts a singular terrorism attack much the way Faisal Shahzad did in 2010 when he tried to set off a bomb in Times Square. While officials Wednesday didn't want to talk about specifics, it is known that the NYPD and nearby law enforcement agencies have for years been using radiation detectors to guard against radiological "dirty bombs" or the catastrophic fission-style nuclear weapon. Biological and chemical sensors are also being used, as well as bomb sniffing dogs. Fuentes said he will have about 700 state troopers at the stadium Sunday and over 100 more at rail stations.



A court in Italy is due to announce new appeal verdicts for two people accused of the murder of UK student Meredith Kercher in 2007. US citizen Amanda Knox and her former Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were acquitted of the crime on appeal in 2011, after four years in custody.But that ruling was dismissed as flawed last year by the supreme court, and a new appeal ordered. Ms Knox has not returned to Italy for the case. Both plead their innocence. If Amanda Knox is convicted again, Italy is likely to file an extradition request to bring her back to the country. Ms Knox has said "common sense" tells her not to return to Italy of her own accord, despite her innocence. Stephen Vladeck, a law professor at American University in Washington DC, says whether or not Ms Knox is extradited to Italy is a question of the request's legal basis and America's political interest in the case.Once Italy makes a request, the US will have to decide whether it falls under their extradition treaty. While there is "no reason to think the US has a specific interest" in blocking her extradition, Mr Vladeck says, countries can effectively stand in the way with a variety of "creative" interpretations of extradition treaties.If the US does grant Italy's request, Ms Knox can fight her extradition in a US court.But Mr Vladeck thinks the US protection against being tried twice for the same crime - known as double jeopardy - does not apply in this case: "There's nothing in the treaty that requires Italy to uphold the US legal system." The court in Florence has been hearing from Ms Knox's defense team and the two judges and eight jurors are now deliberating on a verdict. It is expected to be handed down some time after 16:00 GMT.Summing up, Ms Knox's lawyer, Carlo Dalla Vedova, told the court her innocence was "rock-solid and it allows us to await the verdict with serenity". If Ms Knox and Mr Sollecito are convicted again, they can lodge appeals with the Court of Cassation (as the supreme court is known formally), which will have the final say. The Court of Cassation overturned their acquittals last March after an appeal by prosecutors, who argued
that important DNA evidence had been disregarded. Prosecutors are asking for 26-year prison terms for the pair on the murder charge. But if Ms Knox is convicted, Italy may face a legal battle to extradite her from the US.Miss Kercher, from Coulsdon in south London and 21 at the time, was found with her throat cut in a flat she shared with Ms Knox in the college city of Perugia, in the central region of Umbria.. The Meredith Kercher murder retrial explained - in 60 seconds. Rudy Guede from the Ivory Coast was convicted of her murder at a separate trial and sentenced to 16 years in prison.Prosecutors sought to prove Miss Kercher had died in a sex game involving Ms Knox and Mr Sollecito, that had gone wrong.Arrested days after the murder, Ms Knox and Mr Sollecito were tried and convicted in November 2009.In 2011, an eight-member jury cleared both defendants of Miss Kercher's murder after doubts were raised over procedures used to gather DNA evidence. Raffaele Sollecito, who denies the charges, is in court for the hearing  Ordering a retrial last year, the Court of Cassation moved proceedings from Umbria to Florence, in the northern region of Tuscany.Mr Sollecito, 29, has been in the court room awaiting the verdict. If he is reconvicted, the court could ask for him to be arrested or placed under a travel ban pending the Court of Cassation's decision. He told the court in November that it made "no real sense" for him to have committed "such an atrocious act". Ms Kercher's brother Lyle and sister Stephanie were also expected to be present when the verdict is read out.


The Prime Minister of Trinidad denounced the judgment of the Court Dominican
The Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago , Kamla Persad- Bissessar , in her speech at the 2nd Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean ( Celac ) states, in Havana (Cuba ) denounced the denationalization of hundreds of thousands Dominicans of foreign origin , including Haiti 
The Prime Minister of Trinidad argued that the protest CARICOM violations of human rights in relation to the situation of Dominicans of Haitian descent born in the Dominican Republic but denationalized by the Constitutional
Court was formulated in a spirit of constructive dialogue and fraternal embrace. Involved in the presence of several heads of state including Presidents Michel Martelly Haitian and Dominican , Danilo Medina , the Prime Minister of Trinidad was convinced that a solution that respects the human rights of persons affected by the decision may be found. For his part , President Medina told foreign journalists that can take away citizenship to people who have never had. He welcomed Haiti facilitates the task of accepting negotiations .

The issue of migration was discussed at a work session earlier this month between Haitian and Dominican government commissions. A second meeting is scheduled for February 3 Jimani, Dominican Republic. Earlier this week more than 30 Dominican and Haitian organizations have denounced the decision of the Constitutional Court denationalizing hundreds of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent.


29 January 2014 – A halt to fighting does not necessarily end a conflict, the top United Nations political official told the Security Council today, detailing ways in which the Organization is taking a more systematic approach to reconciliation, particularly in the aftermath of conflicts within States.

“As we have seen repeatedly, fighting that ends without reconciliation – especially fighting inside States – is fighting that can, and often does, resume,” said Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman.

He told the Council that while the UN has time-tested formulas for separating armies, tending to the needy, enacting political roadmaps and rebuilding actual roads and ministries, “we have reflected less on our ability to repair trust in societies and foster genuine reconciliation.”

As such, the world body and its main institutions need to consider: “How can we mend shattered social fabrics so that people look in their adversary’s eyes once again and see the human being rather than the enemy?”

Mr. Feltman is among the more than 50 scheduled speakers participating in the Security Council’s thematic debate on “War, its lessons, and the search for a permanent peace.”

His remarks echoed those of Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein, Ambassador of Jordan, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for the month and whose delegation issued a concept paper ahead of the debate. He stressed that what the UN has achieved in maintaining international peace and security has been mainly physical: the separation of warring parties; mediation between them; the training of police personnel; and the provision of assistance in rebuilding destroyed infrastructure, among other achievements.

“What the United Nations has not understood well enough is how it can help forge a deeper reconciliation among ex-combatants and their peoples based on an agreed or shared narrative, a shared memory, of a troubled past. This is especially relevant to sectarian, or ethnic, conflicts, as well as wars driven by extreme nationalism or ideologies,” he says in the paper.

The concept paper goes on to say that even though the Organization has, on occasion, assisted in setting up important truth commissions, its overall emphasis still tends towards quick-impact and pilot projects, and early and rapid economic development, “in the belief that reconciliation will somehow take care of itself. It may well happen, or it may not.”

In his remarks, Mr. Feltman noted that while the UN is constantly reviewing its approach to enabling permanent peace, there are four areas that deserve special attention, including specifying reconciliation principles and mechanisms in peace agreements, and carefully timing elections and constitutional review processes.

He stressed that reconciliation, which can be encouraged and enabled by the international community, has to come from internal processes, and noted the importance of establishing a UN repository of comparative knowledge and experience on reconciliation.

The responsibility for reconciliation rests with national actors, as well as assistance from the international community, he added.

“Leaders need to set the example, not just in ceasing war-time rhetoric and ending the intentional promotion of grievances, but also by deeds of genuine cooperation and honest examinations of their own roles in conflict,” Mr. Feltman said.

Turning to the role of youth, who often grow up in post-war conflicts to be more extreme than their parents, he stressed the importance of working with parents and teachers to develop early a history curriculum that share different interpretations of conflicts.

“This could form the beginning of developing a shared narrative and establishing points of convergence in people’s experiences and thinking,” Mr. Feltman said.

He highlighted the conflicts in the Central African Republic (CAR), South Sudan and Syria, where the urgently-needed physical end to war will not produce lasting peace and security.

Among positive examples, Mr. Feltman commended the recent completion of the National Dialogue in Yemen which was part of the country’s political transition agreement.

He noted that reconciliation cannot substitute for justice, but that the reverse is also true, as examples from the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda show that international tribunals cannot substitute for national reconciliation.





JANUARY 29, 2014

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On Jan. 29, 1963, poet Robert Frost died in Boston. 

On Jan. 29, 1843, William McKinley, the 25th president of the United States, was born. He died from the wounds eight days later.

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1820 Britain's King George III died insane at Windsor Castle.

1843 William McKinley, the 25th president of the United States, was born in Niles, Ohio.

1845 Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven" was first published, in the New York Evening Mirror.

1850 Henry Clay introduced in the Senate a compromise bill on slavery that included the admission of California into the Union as a free state.

1860 Russian author and playwright Anton Chekhov was born in the port city of Taganrog.

1861 Kansas became the 34th state of the Union.

1900 The American League, consisting of eight baseball teams, was organized in Philadelphia.

1936 The first five members of baseball's Hall of Fame, including Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth, were named in Cooperstown, N.Y.

1958 Actors Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward were married.

1963 Poet Robert Frost died at age 88.

1979 President Jimmy Carter welcomed Chinese Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping to the White House following the establishment of diplomatic relations.

1995 The San Francisco 49ers became the first team to win five Super Bowl titles when they beat the San Diego Chargers 49-26 in Super Bowl XXIX.

1998 A bomb exploded at an abortion clinic in Birmingham, Ala., killing an off-duty policeman and severely wounding a nurse. The bomber, Eric Rudolph, was captured in May 2003 and is serving a life sentence.

2009 The Illinois Senate voted to remove Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office.


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1798...The Park Theater opens on Park Row with a production of Shakespeare's "As You Like It." It's the first building in America designed specifically for theater.

1845...Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven" is published in The New York Evening Mirror.


September 1957-- February  1986:
Thousands of Political Prisoners were executed on the order the  goons of  Duvalier at Fort Dimanche and the Dessalines Barracks

President Obama promises action on inequality.  President Barack Obama: "Whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that's what I'm going to do" President Obama pledges action without Congress Watch As it happened: State of the Union US President Barack Obama has promised "with or without Congress" to tackle economic inequality, in his annual State of the Union address. He pledged to take steps without legislation wherever possible, announcing a rise in the minimum wage for new federal contract staff.
On Iran, he said he would veto any new sanctions that risked derailing talks. The  president is facing some of his lowest approval ratings since taking office in 2009.

"Let's make this a year of action," Mr Obama said in his speech. Noting that inequality has deepened and upward mobility stalled, he would offer "a set of concrete, practical proposals to speed up growth, strengthen the middle class, and build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class".  "America does not stand still and neither will I," he said. "So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that's what I'm going to do." Time running out

Just over a year after his re-election, President Obama must contend with determined opposition from the Republican Party, which controls the House of Representatives and has the numbers in the Senate to block his agenda.
Gone is the audacity of hope. This State of the Union address didn't promise big changes on anything - there was no transformation on offer here.

But this address had the virtue at least of touching on bread-and-butter issues that genuinely affect millions of Americans - savings plans for workers who don't have them, health insurance, training schemes and the minimum wage, just to name a few. For poorer Americans improvements in any of those would make a huge difference. This was President Obama best chance to reset his presidency. I'm not sure he managed a major shift. But he showed where his focus is and made a compelling case for at least trying to improve social mobility  with or without Congress.

Time is running short before Washington DC turns its attention to the 2016 race to elect his successor, threatening to sideline him even with three years remaining in office. During his address, President Obama appealed to Congress to restore unemployment insurance that recently expired for 1.6 million people, and asked Republicans to stop trying to repeal his signature healthcare overhaul. The botched rollout of the website on which Americans could sign up for healthcare has dented the president's popularity.

President Obama stressed the importance of early childhood schooling, better value university education, and equal opportunities in the workplace for women. He also appealed to Congress to approve a rise in the national minimum wage, currently $7.25 per hour. His executive order raising the hourly rate of federal contract workers to $10.10  will only apply to future contracts.

House Speaker John Boehner said the impact would be "close to zero" and warned that such a move would cost jobs. He told reporters his party would watch to ensure the president did not exceed his authority through the use of such executive actions.

The president also urged the Republican House of Representatives to support a broad overhaul of the US immigration system, saying it would "make our country a more attractive place for businesses to locate and create jobs for everyone". One American child in five lives below the poverty line .Last year, the Senate passed a bill that included a path to citizenship for some of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the US. The House has thus far declined to hold a vote on that legislation, although in recent days US media have reported the chamber's Republican leaders are weighing a series of more limited measures.

On foreign policy, Mr Obama pledged to: support a unified Afghanistan as it takes responsibility for its own future back the opposition in Syria "that rejects the agenda of terrorist networks" make sure any long-term deal on Iran's nuclear program is "based on verifiable action" Rand Paul: "Government spending doesn't work" He also said that, with major US operations in Afghanistan due to end, "this needs to be the year Congress lifts the remaining restrictions on detainee transfers and we close the prison at Guantanamo Bay".

The Republicans rebuttals:  After Mr Obama's speech, three Republicans offered rebuttals. Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers gave the official response on behalf of the Republican Party, calling on Mr Obama to take action "by empowering people, not making their lives harder with unprecedented spending, higher taxes, and fewer jobs". Republican Kentucky Senator and presumed 2016 presidential hopeful Rand Paul, a favourite of the party's libertarian wing, released a taped address. "Economic growth will come when we lower taxes for everyone," he said. "Government spending doesn't work." Utah Senator Mike Lee offered a response on behalf of the populist, anti-tax tea party movement, saying he shared the frustration of Americans with "an ever-growing government that somehow thinks it is OK to lie to, spy on and even target its own citizens."


Ex-president warns Ukraine is  'on brink of civil war' Leonid Kravchuk, president from 1991 to 1994, opened the debate in parliament by urging everyone involved to "act with the greatest responsibility". President Viktor Yanukovych wants any amnesty to be conditional on protesters leaving official buildings - a proposal rejected by the opposition. Opponents want Mr Yanukovych to resign. Hundreds of anti-government protesters - many wearing helmets and carrying baseball bats and other makeshift weapons - have taken to the streets in Kiev again, a BBC correspondent in the city reports. They won significant concessions on Tuesday after parliament scrapped a controversial anti-protest law and Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and his cabinet resigned.

Leonid Kravchuk told MPs that "all the world acknowledges and Ukraine acknowledges that the state is on the brink of civil war". "It is a revolution. It is a dramatic situation in which we must act with the greatest responsibility," he said in an emotional address that earned him a standing ovation. "We need to ease the confrontation between the sides and agree a plan to solve the conflict. We need to work on this plan step by step to ease the confrontation."

Leonid Kravchuk has urged both sides to find a compromise solution to end the crisis To underline the importance of the session, former presidents Leonid Kuchma and Viktor Yushchenko were also present. Parliament is considering an amnesty for the scores of protesters who have been detained since demonstrations began in November.

Adjourning the session for a break, speaker Volodymyr Rybak admitted there were "several unresolved issues" but said discussions between the two sides would continue. Interim PM Serhiy Arbuzov 37 years old and staunchly loyal to Mr Yanukovych Began career as a bank manager in Donetsk Head of Ukraine's central bank between 2010 and 2012 Joined cabinet in December 2012 and was deputy PM until Mykola Azarov's resignation Known in the media as "the family banker" because of close ties to the Yanukovych family In an emergency debate on Tuesday, MPs voted to repeal anti-protest legislation, which among other measures banned the wearing of helmets by protesters and the blockading of public buildings. The anti-protest law, passed less than two weeks earlier, fuelled major protests around the country and deadly clashes with the police.

Prime Minister Azarov said on Tuesday he was stepping down to create "social and political compromise". He has been replaced on an interim basis by his deputy, Serhiy Arbuzov. Mr Azarov was deeply unpopular with the opposition, who accused him of mismanaging the economy and failing to tackle corruption. Members of Mr Azarov's cabinet also resigned, but they can remain in their posts for 60 days until a new government is formed.

Both US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have underlined their support for the demonstrators. Mrs Merkel told the German parliament the demonstrators are "fighting for the same values that also guide us, the European Union, and that is why they need to be listened to."

Ukraine announces it will not sign a deal aimed at strengthening ties with the EU
30 Nov: Riot police detain dozens of anti-government protesters in a violent crackdown in Kiev
17 Dec: Russia agrees to buy $15bn of Ukrainian government bonds and slash the price of gas it sells to the country
16 Jan 2014: Parliament passes law restricting the right to protest
22 Jan: Two protesters die from bullet wounds during clashes with police in Kiev; protests spread across many cities
25 Jan: President Yanukovych offers senior jobs to the opposition, including that of prime minister, but these are rejected
28 Jan: Parliament votes to annul protest law and President Yanukovych accepts resignation of PM and cabinet

President Obama, in his State of the Union address, said: "In Ukraine, we stand for the principle that all people have the right to express themselves freely and peacefully, and have a say in their country's future." The White House on Tuesday said Vice-President Joe Biden had spoken by telephone to President Yanukovych and praised the "progress made". Meanwhile, both the European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Catherine Ashton, and Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele have arrived in Kiev for talks with the leadership.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday criticised what he called foreign "interference" in Ukraine, saying: "I think that the Ukrainian people are capable of solving this on their own." "I can only imagine how our European partners would respond if in the heat of a crisis in a country like Greece or Cyprus, our foreign minister would appear at one of their anti-European rallies and begin addressing them," he said at the end of an EU-Russia summit in Brussels.

Protests have spread in recent days across Ukraine , even to President Yanukovych's stronghold in the east and official buildings in several cities have been occupied. At least five people have been killed in violence linked to the protests.

Mr Yanukovych was democratically elected in 2010 and appeared to be steering the former Soviet state towards EU integration until he rejected a planned trade deal with the bloc just days before it was due to be signed last November. His decision to favor instead a $15bn bailout from Russia to bolster the ailing public finances angered many EU supporters in Ukraine


Security Council authorizes EU force, new sanctions regime in Central African Republic The Security Council unanimously decides to extend the mandate of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the Central African Republic (BINUCA) until 31 January 2015.

28 January 2014 – Seriously concerned by widespread human rights violations and the “increasing cycle of violence and retaliation” in the Central African Republic (CAR), the Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations peace building office in the country, authorized the use of force by European Union troops, and added travel bans and asset freezes to an arms embargo already in place.

The 15-member Council unanimously adopted a new resolution expressing deep concern at the “continuing deterioration of the security situation in the CAR” which it said is characterized by a “total breakdown in law and order, the absence of the rule of law, religiously motivated targeted killings and arson.” By the text, the Council extended the mandate of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the CAR (BINUCA) through 31 January 2015, to support for the implementation of the transition process by expediting the re-establishment of constitutional order and implementing the 2013 Libreville agreements which resulted in a temporary ceasefire and created a unity Government in which opposition figures were given key posts.

The rebels claimed the Government failed to live up to its commitments, and the conflict reignited resulting in thousands of people killed in the past 10 months in violence that has recently taken on increasingly sectarian overtones, with mainly Christian militias, known as anti-Balaka (anti-machete), taking up arms against an alliance of mainly Muslim rebel groups – known, collectively, as ‘S�ka.’

Included in today’s resolution is a call on CAR’s transitional government, led by newly appointed Catherine Samba-Panza, the former mayor of the capital city of Bangui, to speed up, with BINUCA’s support, progress towards “free and fair” elections. Those are to be held not later than February 2015, and if possible, in the second half of 2014. The Council members also called for the holding of national dialogue, in close coordination with the UN office, to promote reconciliation.

Included also in BINUCA’s mandate is support for conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance, and promotion and protection of human rights. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, supported by the UN human rights office and other UN entities, has described the human suffering in the country as “a crisis of epic proportions.”

Brutality against children in the CAR has reaching unprecedented levels as youngsters are maimed, killed and beheaded, and amid rampant sexual violence, the world community must use all the tools at its disposal to stop the conflict, the Security Council was warned last week by UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui. The Council also today authorized a new international push in CAR, authorizing European troops to deploy an operation for an initial six months “to take all necessary measures” which in Security Council language translates to allowing the troops to use force. Member States, including CAR’s neighbours, are requested to support the EU action, in particular by facilitating personnel, equipment, provisions, supplies and other goods, vehicles and spare parts intended by these troops.

The Council last month authorized an African-led and French-backed peacekeeping force to quell the spiralling violence known by its French acronym MISCA. Among positive steps taken by the mission in recent weeks has been aiding UN agencies secure humanitarian access.

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) today said that its first convoy of food supplies reached the capital as a result of good cooperation between “MISCA, Cameroon and CAR officials,” according to WFP Regional Director for West Africa, Denise Brown. Ten trucks carrying WFP food – 250 metric tons of rice and maize meal – arrived in Bangui on Monday, after a 600-kilometre journey from the Cameroon border. The trucks were part of a 60-vehicle convoy escorted by MISCA troops.

Another 41 commercial trucks carrying WFP cereals are still stranded at the Cameroonian border, along with hundreds of other vehicles, the UN agency said. Today’s Security Council resolution also allows for an initial one-year travel embargo and a freeze of financial assets as targeting measures, but does not specify names or group affiliations to be sanctioned.

The Council, which had considered imposing targeted measures, including travel bans and assets freezes, in December, today decided that all Member States “shall take the necessary measures to prevent the entry into or transit through their territories” of the individuals. It also decided that States “freeze, without delay all funds, other financial assets and economic resources which are on their territories, which are owned or controlled, directly or indirectly” by the individuals or entities.

In December 2013, the Council unanimously adopted a resolution imposing several measures including a year-long embargo on the supply of arms, military equipment and related assistance to non-state actors in the CAR.


JANUARY 27, 2014

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On Jan. 27, 1967, Astronauts Virgil I. ''Gus'' Grissom, Edward H. White and Roger B. Chaffee died in a flash fire during a test aboard their Apollo I spacecraft at Cape Kennedy, Fla. �

On Jan. 27, 1885, Jerome (David) Kern, one of America's foremost composers of music for the theatre and screen, was born. He died on Nov. 11, 1945,

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1756 Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria.

1832 Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, who wrote "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" under the pen name Lewis Carroll, was born in Cheshire, England.

1880 Thomas Edison received a patent for his electric incandescent lamp.

1885 Broadway composer Jerome Kern was born in New York City.

1944 The Soviet Union announced the end of the deadly German siege of Leningrad, which had lasted for more than two years.

1951 The era of atomic testing in the Nevada desert began.

1967 Astronauts Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, Edward H. White and Roger B. Chaffee died in a flash fire during a test aboard their Apollo 1 spacecraft at Cape Kennedy, Fla.

1967 More than 60 nations signed a treaty banning the orbiting of nuclear weapons.

1973 The Vietnam peace accords were signed in Paris.

1998 First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, appearing on NBC's "Today" show, said that allegations against her husband were the work of a "vast right-wing conspiracy."

2010 Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad tablet computer during a presentation in San Francisco.

2010 J.D. Salinger, the reclusive author of "The Catcher in the Rye," died in Cornish, N.H. at age 91.


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1950...In a speech at the Waldorf Astoria, Nobel prize-winning scientist Dr. Harold Urey ignites a Cold War arms race when he warns of the dangers of letting the Soviet Union beat out the United States in developing a hydrogen bomb. Four days later, President Harry Truman orders the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission to develop the powerful H-Bomb


September 1957-- February  1986:
Thousands of Political Prisoners were executed on the order the  goons of  Duvalier at Fort Dimanche and the Dessalines Barracks
"We don't forgive them because they knew what they were doing.


ALBANY, NY 9:30 AM – Delivers Testimony at Hearing on Local Governments Before the Joint Fiscal Committees Hearing Room B Legislative Office Building 181 State Street Albany, NY 12247  Footage will be provided by NYC TV and will be available following the event on Encompass Port CTY- 4205.

Note: Mayor de Blasio will be attending Legislative Conferences throughout the day. These events are closed press.

JERSEY CITY, NJ. 8:00 PM – Attends Super Bowl Host Committee Super Bowl Kick-Off Spectacular & Leadership Celebration Liberty House Liberty State Park 76 Audrey Zapp Drive Jersey City, NJ 07305


Historic and transformative plan will lift up all children and aggressively tackle inequality

City prepared to provide full-day, high-quality UPK to 53,604 children in September 2014, and all 73,250 children eligible during 2015-2016 school year

NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio today released an interagency report detailing plans to implement the historic expansion of pre-kindergarten to every 4-year-old in New York City. The mayor will deliver testimony drawing on the report’s findings in Albany later this morning. The analysis makes clear city agencies are prepared for a rapid and massive expansion of high-quality, full-day pre-kindergarten programs, and that the principal obstacle to full implementation is securing dedicated, sustained and sufficient funding.

Mayor de Blasio has called on leaders in Albany to authorize New York City to increase the local income tax on its highest earners to provide the dedicated and reliable funding required to implement high-quality pre-K and after-school programs.

“Make no mistake: we are prepared to hit the ground running and launch a major expansion of quality pre-K for the coming school year. This will be one city, where everyone rises together. The real obstacle isn’t space or personnel—it’s the sustainable funding needed to serve every child,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The analysis prepared by the Office of Management and Budget, Department of Education, Administration for Children’s Services, and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has determined that New York City is prepared to provide free, high-quality, full-day pre-K to the 73,250 children eligible for it by the 2015-2016 school year, beginning with 53,604 in September 2014. All programs, including those that are currently full-day, will be enhanced to foster the highest quality with an emphasis on increasing services for high-needs children and families.

Meeting those standards will cost an average of $10,239 per child. The total costs of reaching all 4-year-olds with these programs—including expansion costs and ongoing operational costs—are calculated at $340 million annually, of which $97 million will be dedicated to start-up infrastructure and costs required to upgrade program quality in year one. As the number of children enrolled increases, expansion costs recede, with $6 million in expansion costs in year two, and the full $340 million in funding dedicated to ongoing operations thereafter.

“As educators, we have been waiting decades for this moment to bring truly universal, high-quality pre-K to this city—and we’re ready to seize it. With our community of schools, teachers, and non-profit providers, we not only have the will to expand universal pre-K rapidly, but the capacity to deliver it well. We need our leaders in Albany to do their part now to change the lives of city students forever,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fari�

The Department of Education estimates that pre-K expansion will require approximately 2,000 new classrooms in public schools and community-based settings across the city, each staffed by an early education certified lead teacher. The Department of Education has identified nearly 4,000 classrooms potentially available within public school buildings, with additional space likely available in community-based organizations that currently serve the majority of children in pre-K. In recent years, roughly 2,000 early education certified teachers annually applied for positions at the Department of Education. With new momentum behind pre-K expansion, the administration anticipates an increase in early childhood certified teacher applications, creating an even deeper pool of teacher talent.

Features of the New York City’s high-quality pre-K programs will include:

● Free for every child, regardless of income;

● Ensuring recruitment and retention of high-quality UPK lead teachers with early childhood certification;

● Classroom ratios of 18 children to two adults (typically a lead teacher and a teaching assistant). Classes may go up to 20 students with an additional adult;

● Basing all instruction and professional development on state pre-K learning standards, known as New York State Pre-Kindergarten Foundation for the Common Core;

● Additional support for children whose primary language is not English;

● DOE quality-assurance infrastructure for coaches, evaluation and research;

● Increased family support in high-need areas;

“Don’t let anyone tell you these challenges can’t be met. At the Children’s Aid Society, we doubled the capacity of our quality early childhood education programs in five months. This can be done if we have the political will needed to set this transformation in motion,” said Josh Wallack, a Vice President at the Children’s Aid Society and a member of Mayor de Blasio’s Pre-K Working Group.

Read the full report: http://www.scribd.com/doc/202456867/Ready-to-Launch-New-York-City%E2%80%99s-Implementation-Plan-for-Free-High-Quality-Full-Day-Universal-Pre-Kindergarten

The United Nations acclaimed the Canadian-Haitian, new member of the French Academy that Friday evening at ECOSOC meeting place. The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, being out of the States, his replacement was Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal. Before the UN meeting, the Haiti Mission to the UN offered a champagne reception at the 2nd Avenue office. At the UN, a large invited spectators showed up in spite of the cold weather, to see and hear Dany Laferri�, the writer who joined the line of writers  as Voltaire, Racine, Montesqiue and Dumas members of the French Academy. It was a beautiful evening where lot of speeches were heard from the Representative of the Secretary General, Mr. Tieffenthal, the Haitian Ambassador to the UN Mr. Regis and several others.

Police are investigating last week's assault of a theater journalist in Midtown as a possible hate crime. A candlelight vigil is being held Sunday for 40-year-old Randy Gener, a writer whose work has been featured in the New York Times, the Daily News and other publications. Police say he was found unconscious with severe head trauma near 54th Street and Seventh Avenue shortly after leaving a party in the early morning hours of January 17. He was transported to St Luke's Hospital, where he remains in serious but stable condition.


 The Syrian peace talks in Geneva are deadlocked over the divisive issue of transferring power to a transitional government, sources say.
The Syrian government team reportedly presented a "declaration of principles" that did not mention transfer of power, and it was rejected by the opposition. The sides are divided on the future role of President Bashar al-Assad. There has been no progress reported either on allowing aid convoys into besieged areas of the city of Homs. The peace talks resumed in Geneva at 10:00 GMT, the UN said.

Journalist in Homs: For a very long time we have had to depend on the aid that we had inside the besieged area. We are in 13 districts that are totally under siege. We have reached a point where all the aid we have has now finished, and we are now eating anything that comes out of the ground, even grass. We pick it, then cook it with some water using wood because we have no gas. Oil and petrol is also cut off from the besieged areas. The shrubs and grass that we're eating cause illnesses. A few days ago an elderly man died within six hours from eating the grass and shrubs. But Syrian state media and opposition delegates both later reported that the government's declaration of principles had been rejected by the opposition. The declaration reportedly insisted that Syrians choose a political system without "imposed formulas" from outside, while also insisting on discussing "terrorism" rather than transfer of power. The opposition insists that Mr Assad must be replaced by a transitional administration. Opposition delegate, Monzer Akbik, earlier said the teams had to discuss the make-up of the transitional body. He said: "The people not acceptable are the people who committed crimes against humanity and war crimes including Assad and his associates who have blood on their hands." The UN plan to send humanitarian aid to Homs was also on the agenda. Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said on Sunday that women and children were free to leave the city. He alleged armed groups were preventing them from doing so.

UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said he hoped a humanitarian convoy from the UN and the Red Cross would be able to go to Homs on Monday. However, Mr Akbik said on Monday there was no progress to report on convoys. Monzer Akbik said talks would focus on the humanitarian crisis as well as political transition He said: "The city of Homs, the Old City of Homs, is still under starvation siege and there is no progress also in the releasing of prisoners. "The regime is saying that it's going to allow the convoys. There are 12 trucks [from the] Red Crescent waiting there for the regime to allow them in, but they are not allowed in yet." Hundreds of people are reportedly trapped in the Old City of Homs, which has been under siege since June 2012.

One journalist inside Homs said that aid in the besieged areas had run out and people were eating grass and shrubs. He said those who fell sick had no access to medicine and no way of leaving the area. Lakhdar Brahimi: "Hopefully [from Monday] women and children will be able to leave the Old City in Homs" "We are under deadly siege. If we don't die from bombardment or snipers, we die of hunger or the cold," he said.

On Sunday, Mr Brahimi admitted the Geneva talks were proceeding slowly but said that on Monday he "expected the two parties to make some general statement about the way forward". He said it was "too early" to assess the prospects of a comprehensive deal. The opposition and government are fundamentally divided over the aims of the conference. The opposition insists that the regime commits in writing to the Geneva I communiqu�which calls for a transition process. The government insists on discussing "terrorism" first.

Geneva Communique A UN-backed meeting in 2012 issued the document and urged Syria to: Form transitional governing body Start national dialogue Review constitution and legal system Hold free and fair elections Syria summit in words More on the Geneva communiqu�eneva's key role Mr Brahimi had said he had been encouraged by the atmosphere at the talks on Sunday, saying they had been characterized by "respect and exchange". No direct words had been exchanged between the delegations but the two sides were talking to each other through him. Syria's civil conflict has claimed well over 100,000 lives since it began in 2011. The violence has also driven 9.5 million people from their homes, creating a major humanitarian crisis within Syria and for its neighbors.


At Davos Forum, Ban again urges business sector to help tackle climate change Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the 2014 World Economic Forum at a session on Climate, Growth and Development.
24 January 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon kept up the drumbeat for business to play its full part in tackling climate change and promoting sustainable development for a second day today, telling the World Economic Forum in Davos that investments now will generate major savings for tomorrow. “The finance community is a key player. We need trillions of dollars of investment to move from the brown to the green economy,” the United Nations chief told a session on Climate, Growth and Development, citing four areas for action. “First, we need investors, banks and other financial service providers to increase finance flows into low-carbon energy and climate-resilient infrastructure, including through setting portfolio targets and increasing the deployment of climate bonds. Second, we need to decrease the flow of finance to carbon-intensive and obsolete technologies and business practices.

“Third, investors and banks should work to increase transparency regarding greenhouse gas emissions from the assets and businesses that they finance. Finally, investors and banks and regulators should work together to ensure that rules that govern financial markets are conducive to sustainable development.” As he did yesterday at several events on the margins of the Forum, Mr. Ban stressed that the summit on climate change that he is convening at UN Headquarters in New York in September will be an opportunity for global leaders from Government, business, finance, and civil society to initiate ambitious joint actions on the ground to reduce emissions and strengthen climate resilience, mobilizing the political will for a meaningful global legal climate accord by 2015, when States parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will meet in Paris. He highlighted the interdependence between sustainable development based on a low-carbon economy and climate change generated by high-carbon global warming emission.

“Addressing climate change is also a great opportunity to support all our sustainable development goals. At the same time, the actions we take on sustainable development can help tackle climate change,” he stressed. “Investment now will result in major savings in the future, and can propel economic growth today. It can support universal energy access, sustainable cities and well-being for people and the planet.”

At a Forum session on Catalyzing Green Investment Mr. Ban told business leaders the September summit “is your opportunity to show what you can and will do, and to work with governments at the highest level to address climate change.” He underscored the essential role private investment has to play in meeting the growing demand for energy in the developing world. “We need in particular to win over institutional investors that collectively manage more than 70 trillion Euros of assets,” he said. “The bulk of these investments are high-carbon assets. These investors have the power – and I believe the responsibility  to help transform the global economy.”

He also highlighted the importance of the Green Climate Fund, agreed on in 2010 by States Parties to the UNFCCC as a financial mechanism for promoting a shift towards low-emission and climate-resilient development pathways by providing support to developing countries. “The Fund cannot be the exclusive conduit for climate finance, but it will be an important part of a public-private framework that supports low-carbon investment and fair access to climate financing in developing countries,” he said. “We need to bring it into operation as soon as possible. “We need more public finance, more private finance and better mechanisms for channelling investments to where they are most needed. I urge public and private actors to rise to the challenge in the coming months and rally around a key number of concrete action-oriented solutions for the climate summit.”



JANUARY 24, 2014

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On Jan. 24, 1965, Winston Churchill died in London at age 90.

On Jan. 24 , 1862, Edith Wharton, the American novelist, was born. She died on Aug. 11, 1937

1908 The first Boy Scout troop was organized in England by Robert Baden-Powell.

1924 The Russian city of St. Petersburg was renamed Leningrad in honor of late revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin.

1943 President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill concluded a wartime conference in Casablanca, Morocco.

1965 Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill died in London at age 90.

1972 The Supreme Court struck down laws that denied welfare benefits to people who had resided in a state for less than a year.

1986 The Voyager 2 space probe swept past Uranus, coming within 50,679 miles of the seventh planet from the sun.

1987 Gunmen in Lebanon kidnapped educators Alann Steen, Jesse Turner, Robert Polhill and Mitheleshwar Singh. All were later released.

1989 Confessed serial killer Ted Bundy was executed in Florida's electric chair.

1993 Retired Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall died at age 84.

1995 The prosecution gave its opening statement in the O.J. Simpson murder trial.

2003 The new federal Department of Homeland Security officially opened as Tom Ridge was sworn in as secretary.

2004 NASA's Opportunity rover landed on Mars three weeks after its identical twin, Spirit.

2008 French bank Societe Generale announced it had uncovered a $7.14 billion fraud by a single futures trader.

2011 Jared Lee Loughner pleaded not guilty in Phoenix to federal charges he'd tried to kill U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and two of her aides in a Tucson shooting rampage that had claimed six lives.


On this date in...

1975...Four people are killed when a bomb explodes outside historic Fraunces Tavern on Broad and Pearl Streets. The blast is one of 49 bombings in the mid-1970s attributed to the Puerto Rican nationalist group FALN. The landmark tavern was the site of George Washington's farewell to his officers after the American Revolution.

A Queens community came together Thursday evening to remember a mother and her two young daughters who were stabbed to death. It was a heartfelt dance for a heartbreaking loss. Young women who lost a friend and fellow church dancer said they looked up to Deisy Garcia. "Very optimistic, very encouraging to everybody," said Gisselle Leon, a friend of one of the victims. "She would always come with her daughter. She would let nothing stop her. She's been an example for all of us." "It's not something you take lightly," said Genesis Sanchez, a friend of one of the victims. "One of your sisters no longer to be here. Tomorrow, you're going to wake up and no, she's not there anymore." Friends and loved ones tried to cope with the pain at a packed wake Thursday night. Garcia, 21, 2-year-old Daniela Mejia and 1-year-old Jocelyn Mejia were all stabbed to death. Almost immediately, detectives started searching for the husband and father of the victims. On Monday, police captured Miguel Mejia Ramos in Texas on his way to Mexico. He faces murder and weapons charges and could get life without parole if convicted. Police say Garcia reported two incidents of domestic violence in the past. Authorities at the wake say she feared her husband but also her immigration status, so like others, she tried to remain invisible. "Even though they don't have proper documentation in the United States, they have the right to be assist by the authority, by the police," said Oscar Padilla Lam, consul general of Guatemala. The bodies of the victims are traveling back to Guatemala for burial. The cost is being picked up by the Guatemalan consulate.

The writer of  Haitian oirgin, Dany Laferri�, the first of Quebec citizen to enter the French Academy will be honoured today at the United Nations to meet a sector of the Haitian community. The UN Mission of Haiti and the Haitian Consulate do their best to welcome Dany Laferriere, the author of How to Make love with with a Negro withouth being tired... At 60, Dany Laferriere becomes the younger member of the Academy. During his stay in New York he will be the guest of the Canadian Consulate in the City.


Ukraine unrest: New barricades in Kiev as talks stall New barricades went up overnight
Protest deaths shake media First deaths in Kiev Protesters in Ukraine's capital Kiev have been erecting new barricades after crisis talks between the opposition and President Viktor Yanukovych stalled. Freezing demonstrators at the camp on the city's Independence Square also occupied a government building as a truce with riot police continued. Clashes erupted in the central city of Cherkassy where police drove protesters back from the governor's office. The EU's enlargement commissioner, Stefan Fuele, is due to visit Kiev. Mr Fuele played a key role in negotiating the EU's proposed partnership deal, which President Yanukovych ditched in November in favour of stronger ties with Russia, thereby sparking the current street protests. The crisis deepened this week when the first deaths in the unrest were reported. Two protesters were shot during rioting in the Independence Square area. An activist was found dead in woods near Kiev after apparently being abducted, tortured and left to die in the snow.

Protesters in opposition strongholds in the west of the country seized the governor's offices in the cities of Lviv, Ternopil and Rivne on Thursday. Ministry occupied

As masked activists stood guard in Kiev, some carrying riot shields captured from the police as trophies, hundreds of protesters could be seen stacking sandbags filled with snow and car tyres in the Independence Square area. New barricades took shape closer to the presidential administration building, Reuters news agency reports. A slogan inside the newly occupied agricultural policy ministry reads "Government for the people" One group of protesters took control of the main agricultural ministry building, reportedly meeting no resistance. "We need to keep people warm in the frost," protester Andriy Moiseenko was quoted as saying by the Associated Press, as temperatures dipped towards minus 13C. "We cannot have people sleeping in tents all the time." Ministry workers were allowed to take their possessions but not permitted to go to work.

Former boxer Vitaly Klitschko, one of the opposition leaders who met Mr Yanukovych, came back on Thursday evening saying the president had made no concessions. "Hours of conversation were spent about nothing," he said. "There is no sense sitting at a negotiating table with someone who has already decided to deceive you. "I earnestly wish that there will be no bloodshed and that people are not killed... I will survive, but I am afraid there will be deaths, I am afraid of this." The opposition had been calling for harsh new anti-protest laws to be repealed, a snap presidential election and the resignation of the government. Another opposition leader, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, said talks would continue but gave no details.

Justice Minister Olena Lukash also said further talks would take place, without saying when. Speaking on Ukraine's Channel Five TV, she said Mr Klitschko, Mr Yatsenyuk and their fellow opposition leader Oleh Tyahnybok had failed to condemn "extremist actions" by protesters and the occupation of the governors' offices in the regions. Interior Minister Vitali Zakharchenko issued a statement guaranteeing that police would not take action against the protest camp on Independence Square. He urged police officers to "exercise restraint and not to react to petty provocations". Earlier, his ministry apologised after video footage emerged showing police humiliating a protester in custody, who was made to walk around naked in the snow. Hundreds of protesters besieged the governor's office in Cherkassy but police managed to prevent them taking control, before finally dispersing the crowd and making arrests. During his visit to Kiev, Mr Fuele is due to meet both opposition and government representatives.



At Davos Forum, Ban seeks business help to fight gender inequality, climate change, hunger

 23 January 2014 – In a whirlwind of events at the World Economic Forum in Davos today Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the vital need for Governments, business and civil society to cooperate whether in erasing gender inequality and harnessing “girl power” to reach development goals, combatting climate change, or eliminating hunger.

He appealed to the investment instincts of his listeners at the annual Forum in the Swiss Alps and their desire for good returns to get behind efforts to release the potential of over half a billion adolescent girls in developing countries currently held back by poverty, discrimination and violence, calling them key to achieving a crucial raft of development goals.

“Investors tend to rate opportunities based on their potential for returns,” he told a group of eminent persons from the private sector, academia, Governments and civil society dedicated to achieving the eight United Nations anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

“The United Nations gives girls a ‘gold rating.’ When you invest in their future, you are guaranteed results that multiply across society – on health, education, peace and the welfare of future generations,” he said, highlighting the returns on “girl power.”

Addressing a lunch of his MDG Advocacy Group on the sidelines of the Forum, he stressed that investing in girls was vital in the “final push for success.”

The MDGs, adopted by the UN Millennium Summit of 2000 aim to slash extreme hunger and poverty, boost access to health care and education, achieve gender equality and environmental stability, reduce maternal and child mortality and the incidence of HIV/AIDS, all by the end of 2015.

“We are in a race against time. The MDG deadline is just over 700 days away,” Mr. Ban warned. “You understand that when we give a girl better health, education and well-being, we see results far beyond that individual. A girl is as valuable to our world as a tree is to a forest. When a tree grows up straight and strong, the whole environment benefits. When a girl grows up straight and strong, her family, her community and even her country can feel the positive effects.”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrives in Davos to attend the World Economic Forum. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at MDG Advocates Lunch “Scaling Up Success: Investing in Girl Empowerment for MDG Acceleration." Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon holds joint press conference with President Jos�anuel Barroso of the European Commission and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is greeted by Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is greeted by Amr Moussa, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, and Foreign Minister Nasser Joudeh of Jordan. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is greeted by Pascal Lamy, Director-General of the World Trade Organization

 He noted that every year a girl stays in primary school boosts her eventual wages by up to 20 per cent, and women and girls reinvest the vast majority of their income,  90 per cent, back into their families. When female education goes up, so does economic growth. “Today I urge you to keep girls at the centre of all of your strategies,” he declared, stressing that this is more than a philanthropic issue. “This is a challenge to do business better. It is a chance to change your institutions so they reflect more enlightened attitudes about girls and include strategies to improve their lives… “When we support girls, they reward society with enormous contributions in creativity, compassion and – yes – girl power.”

Mr. Ban set up the Group in 2010 to help him build political will and mobilize global action to achieve the MDGs. It is currently co-chaired by Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg. At a later news conference, he singled out climate change as another issue where Governments, business and civil society must cooperate closely to ensure that a 2015 summit in Paris reaches a global legal agreement on a new accord to limit greenhouse gasses and other factors behind the warming, floods, droughts and violent storms that are now occurring more frequently. The goal is to limit the global temperature rise below 2 degrees centigrade.

“I am asking Government, business, finance, and civil society leaders to come with bold announcements and actions, because achieving an ambitious and legal climate agreement will require political leadership and clear signals,” he said, referring to a preparatory summit he is convening at UN Headquarters in New York in September.

“Many people may have jokingly said this is going to be another talk shop. This is going to be [an] action summit, not [a] talk summit, which will generate much spur in the area of sustainable energy and mobilizing climate financing, and also promoting resilient urban development, cities and transport,” he said following talks with European Commission President Jos�anuel Barroso and World Bank President Kim Yong Kim.

He commended Mr. Barroso for the 28-member European Union’s (EU) recently announced goal of cutting carbon emissions by 40 per cent and producing at least 27 per cent of energy from renewable sources, both by 2030. “The European Union has set a standard that all need to follow,” he said. “We are now at a critical stage in the global conversation on climate change.”

At UN World Food Programme (WFP) dinner, Mr. Ban again stressed the need for public-private cooperation in achieving the goal of zero hunger. “You might wonder if that is too ambitious, but I have seen such progress with my own eyes, in my own country, in my own lifetime,” he said, noting also that the number of hungry people in China has dropped by 114 million since 1990, 10 million Brazilians are no longer hungry, and over 30 other countries have already met or exceeded the MDG to halve the proportion of their populations who are hungry.

“This success has been achieved through political will, concerted action and private sector engagement. Each country has chosen their own path, but they all made ending hunger a political priority. It has been a joint effort – involving governments, farmers, civil society, academia and the private sector. From small-scale farmers who trade their surplus at the village market to billion-dollar multinational corporations, business has played a vital role. This is needed now more than ever.”

Mr. Ban wrapped up the themes at a dinner of the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, with the participation of 8,000 companies and 4,000 civil society organizations from 145 countries, which seeks to link business engagement with global priorities, including poverty and disease eradication, climate change mitigation, women’s empowerment, children’s and labour rights, and fighting corruption.

He again stressed the imperative of business participating in the efforts to combat climate change, achieve the MDGs and define a post-2015 development agenda for eradicating extreme poverty and protecting the planet’s resources. “Lives are at risk; businesses, small and large; economies; the security of nations,” he said of climate change. “The evidence is all around us. We need to act. Now. Together.” “If you have not yet joined the Global Compact, I encourage you to do so,” he added. “Today, I appeal to each of you to become advocates for climate action and the post-2015 agenda and sustainable development.”


JANUARY 20, 2014

On this date in...

Jan. 20, 1981, Iran released 52 Americans held hostage for 444 days, minutes after the presidency 
had passed from Jimmy Carter to Ronald Reagan.  

On Jan. 20 , 1920, Federico Fellini, the Italian film director, was born. He died on Oct. 31, 1993

1801 John Marshall was appointed chief justice of the United States.

1841 Hong Kong was ceded to Great Britain.

1896 Comedian George Burns was born Nathan Birnbaum in New York City.

1936 Britain's King George V died.

1942 Nazi officials arrived at a "final solution" that called for exterminating Europe's Jews, during a conference at Lake Wannsee in Berlin.

1953 Dwight D. Eisenhower took the oath of office as president of the United States; Richard M. Nixon was sworn in as vice president.

1961 John F. Kennedy was sworn in as the 35th president of the United States.

1981 Ronald Reagan was sworn in as the 40th president of the United States.

1981 Iran released 52 Americans held hTimesostage for 444 days.

1986 The United States observed the first federal holiday in honor of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

1987 Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite disappeared in Beirut, Lebanon, while attempting to negotiate the release of Western hostages.

1993 Bill Clinton was sworn in as the 42nd president of the United States.

2001 George W. Bush took the oath of office as the 43rd president of the United States.

2001 Hundreds of thousands of protesting Filipinos forced President Joseph Estrada to step down; Vice President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was sworn in as the new president.




September 1957-- Febvbruary  1986:
Thousands of Political Prisoners were executed on the order the  goons of  Duvalier at Fort Dimanche and the Dessalines Barracks
"We don't forgive them because they knew what they were doing.


JANUARY 19, 2014

On Jan. 19, 1937, millionaire Howard Hughes set a transcontinental air record by flying his monoplane from Los Angeles to Newark, N.J., in 7 hours, 28 minutes and 25 seconds.

On Jan. 19, 1807, Robert E. Lee, Confederate general during the American Civil War , was born. He died on Oct. 12, 1870
On This Date In 
1736 James Watt, inventor of the steam engine, was born in Scotland. 

1807 Robert E. Lee, the commander-in-chief of the Confederate armies, was born in Stratford, Va. 

1809 Author Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston. 

1861 Georgia seceded from the Union. 

1943 Rock singer Janis Joplin was born in Port Arthur, Texas. 

1944 The federal government relinquished control of the nation's railroads after settling a wage dispute. 

1955 A presidential news conference was filmed for TV for the first time, with the permission of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. 

1979 Former Attorney General John Mitchell was released on parole after serving 19 months in federal prison for Watergate-related crimes. 

1981 The United States and Iran signed an agreement paving the way for the release of 52 Americans held hostage for more than 14 months. 

2001 In a deal sparing himself possible indictment, President Bill Clinton acknowledged for the first time making false statements under oath about Monica Lewinsky; he also surrendered his law license for five years. 

2006 An unmanned NASA spacecraft blasted off on a 3 billion-mile journey to Pluto. 

2010 In a major upset, Republican Scott Brown captured the U.S. Senate seat held by liberal champion Edward Kennedy for nearly half a century as he defeated Democrat Martha Coakley in a special election. 


On this date in...

1776...As the American Revolution rages on, the New Jersey Militia crosses into Queens to disarm and arrest British loyalists in Newtown.

1972...Former Yankee catcher and soon-to-be Met manager Yogi Berra is voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

1994...New Yorkers brave a record-breaking deep freeze, as the thermometer dips to -2 degrees.


HAITI Septembre 1957--7 F�ier 1986:
Des Milliers
de Prisonniers Politiques ont � ex�t�sur l'ordre des bourreaux du r�me Duvalier  au Fort Dimanche et aux Casernes Dessalines :  LUC DESYR, CLEMENT BARBOT, CHARLOTIN ST. FORT, ZACHARIE DELVA , ALBERT PIERRE TI BOUL� Col. GRACIA JACQUES, ELOIS MAITRE,.ROSALIEIE ADOLPHE  ET LEURS COMPLICES:

 "Nous ne les pardonnons parce qu'ils savaient ce qu'ils faisaient    


























































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