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Thursday, 29 July 2010

Scantily Clad Tourists Banned from Vatican City

Filed under: EU,legal,Roman Catholic — 01varvara @ 00.00

The Holy See banned scantily clad tourists from entering Vatican City. Now, guards stop tourists in shorts or dresses with bare shoulders and advise them of the modest dress requirement for entry at the main entrance to the Vatican. Some tourists have already been sent to nearby shops for handkerchiefs, scarves, and trousers. These new requirements particularly irked local Romans, who are accustomed to “nip in and out of” Vatican City frequently to visit local pharmacies, post offices, and shops. Previously, the ban on revealing clothing was applicable only to St Peter’s Basilica, Interfax reported.

29 July 2010

Voice of Russia World Service

http://rus.ruvr.ru/2010/07/29/13780353.html

Editor’s Note:

Here’s a snippet from the Telegraph (UK):

Given all the scandals the Church has been involved in, what possible right can it have to be preaching about the morality of sleeveless dresses?” said one woman in her seventies, identified only as Maria. The tough dress code also applied to Romans using the Vatican’s pharmacy, supermarket, and post office.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/vaticancityandholysee/7914540/Vatican-accused-of-hypocrisy-over-short-skirts-dress-code.html

If there was ever a “wrong” time for such a ban, it’s now. Benedict had best slap down predator priests, “blind” bishops, and conniving civil authorities first… then, people wouldn’t find him a hypocrite. My view? I find the “dress code” mild, to be sure… it’s not a requirement to wear a black burqa or granny dress, after all (let’s be fair, you could throw a coverup over a spaghetti-strap top). However, it’s VERY BAD TIMING… it makes Benny look stupid in the extreme. Now, if it was linked with him demanding gaol time for paedophiles… then, people might take notice. As it stands, it’s a good thing at the wrong time… always a bad idea. In any case, Benny isn’t going to dictate to the Romani… now, THAT’S stupid. He should know better…

BMD

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29 July 2010. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Jellyfish Popped Up

Jellyfish Popped Up

Sergei Yolkin

2010

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The prolonged period of hot weather in the Primorye led to a large incursion of huge rhopilema jellyfish near the shores. “Rhopilema is a large jellyfish which can have a body of half a metre (@20 inches) in diameter. Its distinguishing features are a blue-coloured body and bright red tentacles. Rhopilema are mostly found in the Sea of Japan, the East China Sea, and the Yellow Sea. Scientists recorded its appearance in Ussuri Bay and Amur Bay every year since 1999”, Sergei Maslennikov, a senior scientist of the Sea Biology Institute of the Far East Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said. He said that jellyfish began appearing off Primorye’s shores at the end of the twentieth century, after warm currents in the Sea of Japan changed direction. The current brought the jellyfish towards the shore. Fishermen didn’t overlook this gift of nature; they began to catch the jellyfish to sell to China and Japan, where rhopilema is considered a delicacy.

28 July 2010

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://eco.rian.ru/ecocartoon/20100728/259272771.html

29 July 2010. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Bees in the Slammer

Bees in the Slammer

Sergei Yolkin

2010

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Bailiffs seized four beehives from a resident of Yurginsky Raion (north of the Kuznetsk Basin) because he was 50,000 Roubles (1,654 USD 1,265 Euros 1,059 UK Pounds) in arrears in his child support payments for his three-year-old daughter. Officials said that the beekeeper didn’t pay child support from November 2009. “The debtor claimed that serious illness prevents him from working, so he can’t pay, but he didn’t present medical documentation to the bailiffs confirming his disability. As an attempt to collect this debt, bailiffs seized four beehives on a garden plot in lieu of payment”, a source at the UFSSP said. According to preliminary estimates, each beehive is valued at 2,000 Roubles (66 USD 51 Euros 42 UK Pounds). The man has 10 days to repay the arrears; otherwise, the bees will be sold “under the auctioneer’s hammer”.

28 July 2010

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://rian.ru/caricature/20100728/259189437.html

29 July 2010. Sergei Yolkin’s World. The Corrida is No More in Cataluña

The Corrida is No More in Cataluña

Sergei Yolkin

2010

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On July 28, Cataluña became the first region in Spain to outlaw bullfighting because it is cruel and outdated, according to the newspaper El País. The parliament voted 68 to 55, along with 9 abstentions, to adopt a complete ban on the traditional Spanish entertainment In the autonomous region of Cataluña. Local animal rights group activists, who collected 180,000 signatures in favour of the ban, introduced the draft ban on the organisation of “barbaric spectacles”. However, supporters of bullfighting are not going to give up and have declared that they are appealing the decision of the Parliament of Cataluña to the Constitutional Court. In turn, many workers employed in the bullfighting industry would require government compensation for lost work, which may exceed 300 million Euros (11.834 billion Roubles 391.901 million USD 251.012 million UK Pounds).

29 July 2010

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://rian.ru/caricature/20100729/259549678.html

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