sobota, 17. apríla 2010

Volcano erupts more strongly



Volcano erupts more strongly

Belgian airspace remains closed at least until Monday 20:00 LT



 



Planes grounded as far as Ukraine; flights disrupted for at least 24 hours
The Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation, CANSO, which represent air traffic controllers globally, says the knock-on effect of the volcanic ash plume over Northern Europe could disrupt European airspace for several days.


 


An Icelandic volcano, dormant for 200 years, has erupted, ripping a 1km-long fissure in a field of ice. The last volcanic eruption in the Eyjafjallajoekull area occurred in 1821.




The volcano , the fifth largest in Iceland,  began to erupt just after midnight  on March 2010, sending lava a hundred metres high.
Icelandic airspace has been closed, flights diverted and roads closed. The eruption was about 120km (75 miles) east of the capital, Reykjavik.
About 500 people were moved from the area



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The Iceland volcano that erupted those days near the Eyjafjallajokull glacier is just one of over 40 active or extinct volcanoes in Iceland.  The most recent eruption in Iceland before today's happened back in 2004, as the volcano near the Grímsvötn lakes erupted for about a week.
The dangerous thing about volcanoes in Iceland is if they occur under the glacier ice cap as it can lead to serious glacier melt and in turn flooding.  Luckily it doesn't appear that the last night's volcano near the Eyjafjallajokull glacier erupted below the glacier. Below is some very distant shots of the eruption.



Belgian airspace remains closed at least until Monday 20:00  LT


As a result of the volcanic activity in Iceland and the ash cloud over Europe, Belgian airspace remains closed at least until Monday 20:00  LT. This means that all passengers air traffic to and from Brussels Airport remains suspended.


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So my flight to Brussels is definitely cancelled and the conference as well...

piatok, 16. apríla 2010

Because of Iceland vulcano

 



Because of Iceland vulcano



An enormous ash cloud from a remote Icelandic volcano caused the biggest flight disruption since Thursday as it drifted over northern Europe and stranded travelers on six continents. Officials said it could take days for the skies to become safe again in one of aviation's most congested areas.
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The cloud, floating miles above Earth and capable of knocking out jet engines, wrecked travel plans for tens of thousands of people, from tourists and business travelers to politicians and royals. They couldn't see the source of their frustration - except indirectly, when the ash created vibrant red and lavender sunsets.
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Non-emergency flights in Britain were canceled, and most will stay grounded until at least midday Friday. Authorities in Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Belgium also closed their air space. France shut down 24 airports, including the main hub of Charles de Gaulle in Paris, and several flights out of the U.S. had to double back.
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So I don't know if I will have a airplane for my business trip to Brussels in next days...
I HAVE TO GUESS 



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Belgian airspace remains closed until 20:00LT

As a result of the volcanic activity in Iceland and the ash cloud over Europe, Belgian airspace remains closed until Saterday 20:00LT. This means that all air traffic to and from Brussels Airport remains suspended.

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pondelok, 12. apríla 2010

The Sorcerer's Apprentice




The Sorcerer's Apprentice




The Sorcerer's Apprentice is the English name of a poem by Goethe - Der Zauberlehrling, written in 1797.  The poem is a ballad in fourteen stanzas. Der Zauberlehrling is extremely well-known in the German-speaking world.



 
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The poem begins as an sorcerer departs his workshop, leaving his apprentice with chores to perform. Tired of fetching water by pail, the apprentice enchants a broom to do the work for him — using magic he is not yet fully trained in. The floor is soon awash with water, and the apprentice realizes that he cannot stop the broom because he does not know how.


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Not knowing how to control the enchanted broom, the apprentice splits it in two with an axe, but each of the pieces becomes a new broom and takes up a pail and continues fetching water, now at twice the speed. When all seems lost, the old sorcerer returns, quickly breaks the spell and saves the day. The poem finishes with the old sorcerer's statement that powerful spirits should only be called by the master himself.


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The acclaimed animated dialogue-free 1940 Disney film Fantasia popularized the story from Goethe's poem, and the Paul Dukas symphonic poem based on it, in one of eight animated shorts based on classical music. In the piece, which retains the title "The Sorcerer's Apprentice”. Mickey Mouse plays the apprentice, and the story follows Goethe's original closely, except that the sorcerer is angry with the apprentice when he finally returns and saves him. Fantasia popularized Goethe's story to a worldwide audience.







sobota, 10. apríla 2010

A Glass Of Milk






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One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry



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He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door. Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water. She thought he looked hungry so brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it slowly, and then asked, "How much do I owe you?" "You don't owe me anything," she replied. "Mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness." He said..... "Then I thank you from my heart."







As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was stronger also. He had been ready to give up and quit.

Years later, that young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease. Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, the light of recognition filled his eyes. Immediately, he rose and went down the hall of the hospital to her room.

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Dressed in his doctor’s gown he went in to see her. He recognized her at once. He went back to the consultation room even more determined to do his best to save her life. From that day he gave special attention to her case.

 
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After a long struggle, the battle was won. Dr. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for approval. He looked at it, and then wrote something on the edge and the bill was sent to her room. She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally she looked, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill.
She read these words, “Paid in full with one glass of milk.” (Signed) Dr. Howard Kelly

 
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Tears of joy flooded her eyes as her happy heart prayed: “Thank you Lord, that your love has spread through human hearts and hands.


 
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pondelok, 5. apríla 2010

JOKE - Rolls Royce Loan




Rolls Royce Loan



A businessman walks into a bank in San Francisco and asks for the loan officer. He says he is going to Europe on business for two weeks and needs to borrow $7,000. The bank officer says the bank will need some kind of security for such a loan.



So the businessman hands over the keys to a Rolls Royce parked on the street in front of the bank. Everything checks out, and the bank agrees to accept the car as collateral for the loan. An employee drives the Rolls into the bank's underground garage and parks it there.


Two weeks later, the businessman returns, repays the $7,000 and the interest, which comes to $19.67. The loan officer says, "We are very happy to have had your business, and this transaction has worked out very nicely, but we are a little confused. While you were away, we checked you out and found that you are a multimillionaire. What confuses us is why would you bother to borrow $7,000?"


The businessman replied, "Where else in San Francisco can I park my car for two weeks for $20 bucks?"