“ЗОЛОТАЯ БАБА…” Загадка неуловимого артефакта Сибири!

“ЗОЛОТАЯ БАБА…” Загадка неуловимого артефакта Сибири! Священная реликвия, упоминания о которой есть даже в сагах викингов. Никто не может точно утверждать какая она, кого изображает, откуда взялась… Версий великое множество – от статуи времён Гипербореи, до древнеегипетского или древнегреческого изваяния, каким то образом попавшего в далекую Сибирь в незапамятные времена… Возможно, поклонение ей связано с отголосками памяти о временах матриархата… Но что это за артефакт? Как выглядит? Почему её поклоняются? Олицетворением какой Богини(или реального человека) она является? Кто её изготовил? Почему она “неуловима”? Не за ней ли совершил свой знаменитый…

Как Россия молодая мужала с гением Петра!?

Как Иван Рябов шведскую эскадру на мель посадил? Северная война могла закончиться, едва начавшись. В школе нам рассказывают, что после лёгкой победы под Нарвой Карл XII на несколько лет утратил интерес к России. Дескать, Петра I он счёл слишком слабым соперником, чтобы тратить на него своё время, и переключился на войну с Польшей. На самом деле, нанеся русским поражение на суше, шведский король хотел добить врага, лишив его единственного морского порта. На дворе стоял 1701 год. Карл XII на кадре из фильма “Слуга государев” Порт последней надежды Положение России было…

Sen. Menendez asks for ‘tangible results’ in possible negotiations with Cuba under Biden

MIAMI — A group of senators, Cuban-American politicians, exile organizations, and members of the island’s opposition asked President Joe Biden Wednesday to condition any eventual negotiation with Cuba on improvements in human rights and political freedoms. Cuban-American Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., the new chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said that one of his priorities is to restore the promotion of human rights and democracy as fundamental pillars of U.S. diplomacy. “And that absolutely includes the policy of the United States towards Cuba,” he said in a video shown…

Baseball: Ohtani enters spring training, readies for 4th season

Los Angeles Angels two-way player Shohei Ohtani took part in his first official workout Wednesday as pitchers and catchers from a range of teams started reporting to training camps in Florida and Arizona ahead of the 2021 MLB season. At the Angels’ training site at the Tempe Diablo Stadium, pitchers were split into groups for practice to maintain social distancing and minimize coronavirus risks. According to the team, Ohtani played catch then worked on his swing in the batting cages. The 26-year-old Ohtani is expected to return to his two-way…

Terrence Ross, defense shine as Magic pull away from Knicks

Terrence Ross scored a game-high 30 points and the Orlando Magic clamped down on the New York Knicks in the second half to pull away for a 107-89 victory Wednesday night at Amway Center. Vucevic recorded his 20th double-double of the season with 16 points and 17 rebounds for the Magic (11-18), who never trailed after a decisive third-quarter run. Evan Fournier scored 19 points in his return to the lineup after missing the past five games with back spasms, while Dwayne Bacon had 15 points for Orlando, which outscored…

Australia slams ‘heavy-handed’ Facebook news blackout

SYDNEY: Australia’s government said on Thursday that Facebook was “heavy-handed” and “wrong” for introducing an unprecedented local ban on sharing news in response to pending legislation that would force the social media giant to pay for content. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the US firm gave no notice it would revoke users’ ability to post links to news articles or view the Facebook pages of news outlets from anywhere in the world. “Facebook was wrong. Facebook’s actions were unnecessary, they were heavy-handed, and they will damage its reputation here in Australia,”…

Tokyo stocks mixed in morning on dip-buying, weak tech shares

Tokyo stocks were mixed Thursday morning, caught in a tug of war between buying on dips and selling of technology shares following a decline in the U.S. technology-heavy Nasdaq composite index overnight. The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average rose 52.78 points, or 0.17 percent, from Wednesday to 30,344.97. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was down 10.53 points, or 0.54 percent, at 1,950.96. Gainers were led by air transportation and pharmaceutical issues, while mining and securities house issues led decliners.

Biden discusses COVID relief and infrastructure with top labor leaders

By Andrea Shalal and Nandita Bose WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Joe Biden told 10 top union leaders on Wednesday that his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan and a separate measure to modernize U.S. infrastructure would boost the U.S. economy and create millions of good-paying jobs. Biden met with the labor officials, including Richard Trumka, a long-time political ally and head of the AFL-CIO federation of labor unions, Sean McGarvey, president of North America’s Building Trades Union, and Lonnie Stephenson, international president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, …

Hong Kong launches public consultation on regulating genuine firearm parts to allow for easier prosecution

The Hong Kong government launched a public consultation on Wednesday on further restricting genuine firearm components to “combat the misuse of arms by criminals in posing threats to citizens’ lives and property.” The proposed amendments seek to amend the Firearms and Ammunition Ordinance to specify certain firearm components so that – in future court cases – the police or prosecution would not have to prove that the parts are being “used or intended to be used to discharge a missile” to fit the definition of “arms.” In the consultation paper,…

U.S. faithful mark Ash Wednesday from a distance, celebrate Purim with drive-through carnivals

By Sharon Bernstein and Rich McKay (Reuters) – Kimberly Hendricks will usher in the somber Christian period of Lent on Ash Wednesday from the parking lot of her Sacramento church instead of its sanctuary thanks to COVID-19 restrictions. She and the other congregants of St. John’s Lutheran Church in California will listen to the familiar prayers from their car radios before marking their own foreheads with a cross using ash and oil they mixed themselves. “It’s not perfect, but it’s what we can do right now,” said Hendricks, 50. Nearly…

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Under Fire For Mishandling Of Electric Grid Blackouts

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has been heavily criticized for his handling of the blackouts facing millions of Texans during this week’s unprecedented winter storm. Texas’ Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa said in a statement Monday that the governor is “playing politics with alternative sources of energy.” “A failure to plan for this winter storm and years of deregulation of our power system has led to this moment,” Hinojosa continued. “The people responsible for this must be held accountable. Greg Abbott must be held accountable for his lack of planning.” Julián…

El Rincón Colombiano: Serving Homemade, Authentic Colombian and Mexican food

PARSIPPANY — After a day or two of digging out from two feet of snow, courtesy of mother nature, it was time for another Parsippany culinary adventure. Decided to try out a little Latino restaurant on Parsippany Road, El Rincón Colombiano – Latino, brought to my attention by another local foodie on social media. I planned on meeting a few friends for dinner, but first, since El Rincón is a BYOB, I decided to pick up some Modelo, a popular South American Cerveza, to compliment that region’s delicious cuisine. Upon…

Facebook blocks news sharing in Australia over media law

BRISBANE, Australia: Facebook blocked the sharing of news in Australia on Wednesday over government plans to make it pay media groups for content, but the move disrupted the pages of emergency services while triggering accusations of censorship. From early Thursday, Australians were unable to post links to news articles or view the Facebook pages of news outlets from anywhere in the world. The move came as retaliation for laws proposed in Canberra that would force social media giants to pay for news content shared on their sites. Fire, health and…

UK updates Hong Kong business guide, removing references to ‘international financial centre’ and ‘mutual cooperation’

The UK Foreign Office has updated its Overseas Business Risk guide for Hong Kong, removing a phrase saying that London enjoyed a “positive, forward looking” relationship and “mutually beneficial cooperation” with the city, signalling frostier relations. The updated guide, which appeared on Tuesday, provides an economic and geopolitical risk assessment for British businesses looking to operate in the Hong Kong market. It also cited the city’s diminishing freedoms under the national security law passed by Beijing last summer: “The crimes in the [national security law] are broadly defined, but it…

Myanmar junta targets paralysing strikes, as arrests near 500

(Reuters) – Myanmar’s military junta has issued arrest warrants against six celebrities for encouraging strikes that have paralysed many government offices in protests against this month’s coup, with total arrests since then now nearing 500. Late on Wednesday, security forces opened fire in Myanmar’s second biggest city of Mandalay as they confronted railway workers who had stopped trains running as part of the civil disobedience movement. One person was wounded, residents said. Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets across the Southeast Asian country on Wednesday in some…

13 North Cotabato barangays cleared from NPAs

John Unson (Philstar.com) – February 18, 2021 – 10:02am KIDAPAWAN CITY, Philippines — Authorities have declared 13 interior barangays in North Cotabato province liberated from occupation by the New People’s Army through inter-agency humanitarian and security interventions. Gov. Nancy Catamco said Thursday the feat was confirmed by officials from the Police Regional Office-12 and the Army’s 10th Infantry Division during an online conference Wednesday. The joint area clearing and validation board meeting, where other security issues besetting North Cotabato were also discussed, was facilitated j…

El Rincón Colombiano: Serving Homemade, Authentic Colombian and Mexican food

PARSIPPANY — After a day or two of digging out from two feet of snow, courtesy of mother nature, it was time for another Parsippany culinary adventure. Decided to try out a little Latino restaurant on Parsippany Road, El Rincón Colombiano – Latino, brought to my attention by another local foodie on social media. I planned on meeting a few friends for dinner, but first, since El Rincón is a BYOB, I decided to pick up some Modelo, a popular South American Cerveza, to compliment that region’s delicious cuisine. Upon…

Indianapolis art museum chief resigns after ‘white audience’ job notice

The president of the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields stepped down Wednesday after the institution generated an uproar with a job notice that said it was seeking a director to maintain its “traditional, core, white art audience.” The museum’s board of trustees and board of governors said in a statement that Charles Venable’s resignation was accepted Wednesday morning. “We are sorry,” said the statement. “We have made mistakes. We have let you down.” Jerry Wise, the museum’s chief financial officer, will serve as interim president, the board said. The…

Paul Sullivan: Tony La Russa’s return to White Sox couldn’t have started much worse. But if he guides them to a World Series title, all will be forgiven.

CHICAGO — In a perfect world, the Chicago White Sox would be celebrating the return of Tony La Russa with a marketing campaign centered around the Hall of Fame manager. With a team poised to make a run at the World Series for the first time in more than a decade, the addition of a veteran manager with a record like La Russa’s should be seen as the final piece of the Sox puzzle. But the Sox couldn’t have asked for a more painful rollout to the La Russa reboot.…

Ariel Investments launches initiative to grow minority-owned businesses with $200 million from JPMorgan Chase

Chicago-based asset management firm Ariel Investments launched a new investment arm Wednesday with a mission to fund and grow minority-owned businesses. Ariel Alternatives, which has secured $200 million in initial funding from JPMorgan Chase, plans to invest in minority-owned businesses to position them as suppliers to Fortune 500 companies. Leslie Brun, 68, an investment banking veteran, will serve as CEO of Ariel Alternatives. He said the inaugural initiative, dubbed Project Black, aims to fill a massive diversity gap in the corporate America supply chain. Fortune 500 companies spend about …

Blackhawks capitalize on power play, defeat Red Wings 2-0

Detroit – Not surprisingly, the Red Wings weren’t very good on the power play Wednesday against Chicago. And, not surprisingly, it cost them another game. Chicago’s Philipp Kurashev scored a beautiful power play in the second period and goaltender Kevin Lankinen stopped 29 Wings shots Wednesday as Chicago held on for a 2-0 victory, sweeping the two-game series. The Wings swarmed Lankinen in the third period, but the rookie goaltender was sharp and poised in net. Alex DeBrincat (Farmington) scored an empty net goal with 57.5 seconds left in regulation…

Facebook news blackout over media law sparks Australia backlash

Brisbane (Australia) (AFP) – Australia on Thursday slammed Facebook as “heavy-handed” and “wrong” to impose a news blackout over a law that would force it to pay for content, warning the ban showed the immense power of internet giants. Facebook and other tech firms have pushed back hard against Australia’s world-first legislation, fearing it could create a global precedent and hit their business model. From early Thursday, Australians were unable to post links to news articles or view the Facebook pages of local and international news outlets, while users logged…

“Славянское царство” – запрещенная книга по истории славян!?

“Славянское царство” – запрещенная книга по истории славян!? Мавро Орбини. Славянский стан(С) В начале ноября 1702 года в порт Азова из Константинополя прибыл небольшой торговый корабль, с которого, среди прочих пассажиров на берег сошел щегольский одетый человек средних лет с завитыми на южно-европейский манер усам. Азовскому воеводе он передал рекомендательную грамоту от русского посла в Турции Толстого. После обстоятельного разговора с таможней, человек у местной администрации попросил лошадей для скорейшей отправки в Москву. Свободных коней в распоряжении воеводы не имелось, да и странник вызывал подозрения, невзирая на рекомендации посла, и…