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Israel carries out snap military drill in Golan Heights – Video

Posted By on September 20, 2012

20-09-2012 02:22 Israeli has carried out a surprise military drill in the Golan Heights close to the border with Syria. It was the Israeli Defense Forces' largest exercise of its kind in years Tens of thousands of soldiers took part, including service personnel from the artillery and air force. The drill ended with troops firing live rounds in Golan, which it captured from Syria in 1967.

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Blast from the Past: Israel Idonije – Video

Posted By on September 19, 2012

19-09-2012 11:01 Jane Monzures gets a chance to catch up with Chicago Bear Israel Idonije, about his upcoming fundraiser at Benny's Chop House, and to talk about The Israel Idonije Foundation.

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Stars Come Out To Pay Tribute To Marvin Hamlisch

Posted By on September 19, 2012

The stars came out to pay tribute to the late American composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch who passed away last month aged 68, with Barbara Streisand, Aretha Franklin and Liza Minelli appearing at a memorial service in tribute to the great music writer.

The BBC reports that the invite-only service was held at New Yorks Juilliard School and saw Minelli perform If You Really Knew Me from the musical Theyre Playing My Song whilst Franklin sung James Bond theme Nobody Does It Better. It was a fitting tribute to someone who won three Academy Awards, a Tony, four Grammys , four Emmys and a Pultizer Prize during their career. The event was arranged by Streisand and she commented on Hamlisch's life by saying "Without explaining why or how, we understood each others anxieties," in reference to their shared Jewish heritage.

An audience that included Michael Douglas and Sarah Jessica Parker were treated to performances not just by three women who are among the finest voices in popular music history, but also three of Hamlischs closest friends, making it a wholly fitting evening. Minelli said that shed known him since they were in their teens, whilst Franklin performed a version of the spiritual ballad Deep River in homage. The tribute also featured While I Still Have The Time - a song from his final musical, The Nutty Professor, which premiered in Nashville in August.

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Posted By on September 18, 2012

18-09-2012 06:48 A major international armada of naval power has massed off the Iranian coast for what's believed to be the biggest military exercise ever seen in the region. The American and British-led show of force near the strategic Strait of Hormuz comes as Israel has ramped up its warmongering rhetoric against Tehran. And as Sara Firth explains, there are further indications that a showdown with Iran may be on the cards

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Gary 'The Kid' Jacobs in comeback for charity

Posted By on September 18, 2012

The 46-year-old from Newton Mearns is taking part in a charity, white-collar boxing match in Glasgow next month to raise money for the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (Yorkhill) and the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre .

One of the most accomplished boxers Scotland has ever produced, Jacobs won British, Commonwealth and European titles and challenged American superstar Pernell "Sweet Pea" Whitaker for his WBC world title in 1994 when Whitaker was the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, losing by decision.

On Saturday, October 6, he will face Craig Millard from Edinburgh at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow as part of the Fortune Favours the Bold event, organised by SK Boxing Promotions.

Jacobs, known as "The Kid", said: "I've not pulled the gloves on since 1997. I was tempted after going along to an SK Boxing Promotions fight night and seeing all these up-and-coming young boxers.

"Gyms are so different now to the spit-and-sawdust places I trained in and the young guys these days are very well looked after. If my name on the card can attract some people along and maybe get some new people into boxing, then that will be great.

"I also want to raise money for Yorkhill and the Beatson. My wife Linda had breast cancer last year. She is fine now but I wanted to do something for the Beatson."

Jacobs is also promoting his forthcoming autobiography which will be in the shops by Christmas.

"My book will tell all about my career and the ups and down I've experienced since I retired," he says.

"I got involved in some silly things when I retired but I came back from it and I think I have an interesting story to tell.

"I think it's great that you can put your life story in a book and not too many people have had a life which would allow them to do that.

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Tolerating Hate – Muslim Protests Show Limits Of Free Speech

Posted By on September 17, 2012

There are many indications that this could just be the beginning. On Friday, Islamists in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, attacked the German Embassy. Out of fear of further violence, the German government has closed its embassies in a number of Islamic countries. The Americans have pulled out staff from some of its diplomatic missions and deployed guided-missile destroyers off the coast of Libya.

Political Damage

The political damage is enormous: The fragile governments of the Arab Spring countries remain extremely unsteady. The West is now losing much of the credit that it gained from its opposition to dictators such as Libya's Gadhafi and Egypt's Hosni Mubarak.

And there doesn't appear to be a solution to this conflict, which is fueled by the following differences: For the secular states of the West, but also for secular Muslims, freedom is vital -- freedom of expression, freedom of art and freedom of religion. In some Islamic countries, however, there is a blurring of the differences between religion and politics. And many people in the slums of Cairo, Sana'a and Khartoum have little that they can be proud of, aside from their religion.

It is easy to use blasphemy to mortally offend less educated people, and it has become even easier since the advent of the Internet. In fact, it is so easy that an Islamophobe somewhere in America need only upload a video to YouTube to spark violence on the other side of the globe. This new clash of cultures is led by extremists on both sides who stir up hatred against each other -- extremists like Sam Bacile.

This is the name used by someone who posted an English version of the video on YouTube back in July. Nothing happened for weeks. Ten days ago, an Arabic version was uploaded as well. Now, the virulently anti-Muslim video has gone viral and the people of the Middle East have understood the intended message involving Muhammad, the donkey and the young girl.

'Islam Is A Cancer'

After the protests began, sources leaked a phone number to the Associated Press news agency. When reporters dialed the number, a man answered who claimed to be Sam Bacile, the film's director. "Islam is a cancer," he said, adding that he was an Israeli Jew who wanted to spread the truth about Islam. Some 100 Jews had donated money to the project, he said, supposedly to the tune of $5 million. Anyone who says something like that is not only willing to accept a few deaths; he is, at least in the eyes of many Muslims, also getting the state of Israel involved.

The journalists felt that there was something about his story that didn't add up. They found the address that corresponds to the man's cell phone number. The man who came to the door in a cul-de-sac in Cerritos near Los Angeles denied being Bacile. He said that he was only responsible for managing the film team's logistics, and showed them his driver's license, but covered his middle name with one of his fingers. The journalists were able to read Nakoula Nakoula -- and the rest was research. They found out that Nakoula was convicted of federal bank fraud charges in 2010. He was given a 21-month prison sentence and ordered to pay $790,000 (600,000) in restitution.

Now, the reporters knew that his real name was Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a Coptic Christian from Egypt with U.S. citizenship. According to police records, he maintains at least 14 aliases. "Basseley" sounds almost like "Bacile". U.S. investigators believe that Sam Bacile, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula and the director are one and the same person.

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North Central Community Calendar — Sept. 13-19

Posted By on September 16, 2012

Send your North Central public event notices (including recreational sports) for free to Edmond Ortiz at; by fax at 250-3350; or by mail to him in c/o North Central News, P.O. Box 2171, San Antonio, TX 78297-2171. Submissions must be received by noon Friday prior to the next desired publication date. Items run on a space-available basis.



Mental Health First Aid classes are scheduled for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 29 and Oct. 6 at the Northside ISD Adult and Community Education, Building C, 6632 Bandera Road. Mental Health First Aid is a 12-hour training course designed to give members of the public important skills to help someone experiencing or developing a mental health problem or crisis. Mental Health First Aid teaches a five-step action plan to offer initial help to people with the signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self help care. Cost: $100 per person (includes class, manual, materials and three-year certification.) Contact: or 355-6096.

Nydia's Yoga Therapy Studio, 4680 Lockhill-Selma Road, is hosting a variety of daily and semi-daily classes, such as yoga in Spanish, gentle yoga and yoga for children. Contact: 764-1616 or

St. George Episcopal Church Mental Health Family Support Group holds its regular meeting at 7 p.m. second Wednesdays at 6904 West Ave. in Castle Hills. Call: 342-4261.

Eczema Support Group has formed. Contact: Gabi Mehta, or 748-8824; or Pam Van Scoyk, or 862-1684.

Oak Meadow United Methodist Church, 2740 Hunters Green, begins a faith and sports program for boys and girls, ages 6-11, interested in playing soccer. Contact: The Rev. Benitez, 378-9283.

North Central Baptist Hospital, 520 Madison Oak, hosts support groups and free educational programs: couples dealing with fertility issues meet 6 to 7 p.m. every fourth Tuesday within the atrium (call 297-4483); cancer patients and their loved ones meet at 10 a.m. fourth Saturdays (297-7005); pediatric asthma education classes 9:30 a.m. each third Saturday (297-7005); gestational diabetes program starts at 9 a.m. every second and fourth Monday in the second floor education room (297-7005); expectant mothers and their families can tour the hospital's women's service area at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. each first Monday; Gamblers Anonymous, 7 p.m. Thursdays (260-2616). Free health screenings are offered 7:30 a.m.-noon Tuesdays. Also, Bridges Beyond Grief meets at 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 20523 Huebner Road, and 3-4 p.m. Tuesdays at Independence Hill Retirement Community, 20450 Huebner (297-4752). Additionally, Baptist Health System is sending families a summer safety tip online each week beginning in June. Visit:

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has formed iConnect, a new networking group for cancer survivors. Adult survivors of all cancer types ages 21-40 meet once a month at La Madeleine at Loop 410 and Blanco Road. All events are free, but do require a reservation. Contact: or 800-683-2458.

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Anti-Austerity Protests Sweep West Bank – Video

Posted By on September 16, 2012

16-09-2012 10:01 Palestinians take to the streets of the West Bank against neoliberalism and economic dependency agreements with Israel. For more

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Marking Jewish American Heritage Month – Video

Posted By on September 16, 2012

Marking Jewish American Heritage Month
May 28, 2010 | 7:51 | Public Domain President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and First Lady Michelle Obama host a reception celebrating Jewish American Heritage Month in the East Room of the White House.From:infomisaViews:2 0ratingsTime:07:52More inPeople Blogs

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Fall Arts Preview: Museums

Posted By on September 15, 2012

It could be called a season of museum exhibitions on unintended consequences.

Anti-drinking forces, for instance, ushered in a raucous decade of drinking - as well as the federal income tax - as the region's nonart museumgoers will find amply demonstrated this fall.

Shipbuilders intent on creating the fastest, biggest, safest luxury liner launched the Titanic on its fateful voyage to the bottom of the sea, as an exhibition commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ship's rendezvous with an iceberg readily shows.

Alchemy, race, ghosts, river disasters, murals, and archaeological insight into the city's past will also be on tap around the region.

And the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent, closed for more than three years for renovations, has now set Saturday as its grand-reopening date. Items ranging from George Washington's desk to Mike Schmidt's batting helmet will at last be on view.

"American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition" (National Constitution Center, Oct. 19-April 23) In its most ambitious effort yet, the center presents a self-curated traveling exhibition tracing the rise and fall of the U.S. temperance movement. With roots in the early 19th century, anti-drink forces gained clout, ultimately winning adoption in 1919 of the Constitution's 18th Amendment, barring the sale of alcoholic beverages. Enter tumult and lawbreaking, leading finally to the amendment's repeal in 1933. Visitors will be treated to the rise of the women's suffrage movement, revenuers, the federal income tax, the Roaring Twenties, gangsters, speakeasies, and the Great Depression. (215-409-6600 or

"Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition" (Franklin Institute, Nov. 10-April 7) The Titanic may have gone to its watery grave in 1912, but it surely has not been forgotten, particularly not during the centennial of its icy demise. The Franklin Institute's exhibition, put together by Premier Exhibitions' Titanic subsidiary, which holds exclusive rights to artifacts from the wreck site, will feature 300 of those artifacts. The 15,000-square-foot show will present room re-creations and many individual stories (some about Philadelphians) tied to items recovered from the cold, cold sea. (215-448-1200 or

Mural Arts Month (Multiple sites around Philadelphia, Oct. 1-31) In October, the Mural Arts Program will transform Philadelphia into a museum without walls (yet totally dependent on walls). Exhibitions, mural dedications, celebrity mural tours, trolley tours, artist talks, and a book signing will highlight the extravaganza. Four major projects will receive special attention: The Roots Mural Project; Philly Painting; Peace as a Haiku Song, celebrating the poet Sonia Sanchez; and Aqui y Alla, a collaboration with Mexican artists. (215-685-0750 or

"The Alchemical Quest" (Chemical Heritage Foundation, through Dec. 7) Chemical Heritage's museum has mounted an exhibition of rare alchemical texts from as early as the 16th century. As the systematic study of matter, alchemy launched the metamorphosis of magical thinking into scientific method, influencing a range of activities from metallurgy to medicine. The show highlights two pioneers, Isaac Newton and Robert Boyle, illustrating their roles during a dynamic, transformative period of inquiry. (215-925-2222 or

"Drawn into Politics" (The Free Library of Philadelphia Parkway Central Branch, through Nov. 11) In a nod to the election season, the Free Library is presenting an exhibition of 40 political cartoons from the founding of the nation through today, the majority culled from the library's print and picture collection. (Sixty additional images will be available through an online extension of the show.) Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News cartoonist Signe Wilkinson contributed some of her recent works, bringing the show up to the present. Wilkinson will be on hand for a special conversation about political cartooning Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. in Parkway Central's Montgomery Auditorium. (215-686-5322 or

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