Ukraine’s Next Crisis? Economic Disaster
By BFP Staff Tuesday, August 19, 2014
By Robert Bensh
Ukraine’s next crisis will be a devastatingly economic one, as violent conflict destroys critical infrastructure in the east and brings key industry to a halt, furthering weakening the energy sector by crippling coal-based electricity production.
The Ukrainian military’s showdown with separatists in the industrial east has forced coal mines to severely cut production or close down entirely. This has led to an electricity crisis that can only be staunched by cutting domestic production along with exports to Europe, Crimea, and Belarus—or worse, getting more imports from Russia.
French journalists still detained, probed
By BFP Staff Saturday, August 16, 2014
By : Jaruj Kazok
Authorities in Jayapura, Papua, continue to investigate two French journalists who were arrested on Aug. 6, for allegedly abusing their tourist visas.
Thomas Charles Dandois, 40, and Louise Marie Valentine Burrot, 29, who work for French Arte TV station, were questioned by the police and immigration staff at the Jayapura Immigration Office in relation to their activities in Papua.
The officials also examined evidence found with the pair when they were arrested in Wamena.
Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards
By BFP Staff Saturday, August 16, 2014
By Jeanie Kahnke
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (August 15, 2014) … The second Annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards will be held Saturday, September 27 at 7:00pm at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. Presented to six recipients, 30 years and under, these awards are global and go to young people for their innovative social justice work. Matt Lauer, of NBC’s Today Show, will emcee the event. Tickets for the awards ceremony are priced at $1000, and include admission to the CONGO14-Louisville - Ali Center Benefit Concert Featuring Bruno Mars sponsored by Horseshoe Southern Indiana, taking place a week earlier on September 20th. The Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards presented by YUM! Brands Foundation is also sponsored by Brown-Forman Corporation, Horseshoe Southern Indiana, LG&E KU Energy, Ashbourne Farms, River Bend Farm, and Tandem Public Relations & Marketing.
The Worst Part of the Ebola Storm
By BFP Staff Friday, August 15, 2014
Special to ASSIST News Service
By Wid Bastian
FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE (ANS)—Since the first outbreak in December of 2013, the Ebola crisis in West Africa has grown from a local, to a regional and now an international health crisis.
While the governments of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea have recently responded with additional resources to combat the problem, as has the United Nations and the international community, the death toll mounts and the disease continues to spread to other nations, such as Nigeria.
Neither Hamas Nor Israel Can Have It Both Ways
By BFP Staff Wednesday, August 13, 2014
By Alon Ben-Meir
The earlier failure to achieve a new and lasting ceasefire between Israel and Hamas was not surprising. For Hamas to demand the complete lifting of the blockade without demilitarizing Gaza is a pipedream; no Israeli prime minster will ever agree to ease the blockade, let alone lift it altogether, and give Hamas the time and resources to rebuild its rocket inventory and tunnels. Israel, on the other hand, cannot continue to enforce the blockade and expect Hamas and the Palestinians to accept that with equanimity.
Foodpanda Group raises another $60 Million, aiming leadership in emerging markets
By BFP Staff Monday, August 11, 2014
By Karolin Hewelt
Berlin, August 11th 2014: foodpanda, together with its affiliated brands hellofood and Delivery Club, today announced another financing round of $60 Million from a group of investors, including various existing investors, Falcon Edge Capital and Rocket Internet AG. Since its launch in 2012, foodpanda/hellofood has raised over $100 Million. Recently, the company acquired competitor Delivery Club, making it the leading food delivery marketplace in Russia.
Triangle in Anapoima Mandarino Tree Parrot Soap Opera of All Time!
By Judi McLeod Sunday, May 31, 2009
Step aside, Julio Iglesias and all you other romantic Latino singers, Paco the Parrot is here.
Bogota Free Planet (BFP) promised they would record for CFP the Parrots of Anapoima belting out the haunting refrain from the song “Cucurrucucu Paloma”, and that’s just what they did.Colombia gets 7 gold medals in one day
By Jorge Luis Pardo Friday, October 28, 2011
October 26 is a day to remember for Colombia: 7 gold medals in one day at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara. Athletics, skating, weightlifting and gymnastics are the winners.
Vitamin C: If It’s Good For Gorillas Why Not Us
By Dr. Gifford Jones Thursday, October 21, 2010
Are you headed for a heart attack because of “marginal scurvy”, a condition resulting from a lack of vitamin C? Moreover, if vitamin C is sound medicine for gorillas, why isn’t it good for us? And in the 16th century, why did the ship’s cat survive long sea voyages when its sailors died from scurvy?
Today, we know that sailors of old, lacking vitamin C, died of this preventable disease. A shortage of fresh fruit in their diet resulted in degeneration of blood vessels, hemorrhage and death.
Networked Devices Spread Your Photos, Music Around
By Jim Bray Thursday, December 16, 2010
Media servers are becoming popular in this age of wireless home networks, delivering audio and video content from a computer or the Internet to whatever device you may want to use, within reason.
I usually use such devices to stream music, because most of the videos I watch are on Blu-ray and no matter how much hype you hear about downloads taking over, there are still bandwidth and file compatibility issues. I admit reluctantly to accessing YouTube and its ilk for some casual viewing sometimes, but media servers are increasingly playing back music in other rooms of my house.