Apr 222016

Romania will not participate in the Eurovision Song Contest this year because of the some unpaid debts that country’s national broadcaster Televiziunea Română TVR owes to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), it was announced in an official statement on Friday.

The decision was made after a deadline given to the Romanian government to make satisfactory arrangements to repay the debt expired on Wednesday 20 April. However, EBU does not apparently know that not the government but the Parliament is actually responsible for the operation of public service broadcaster TVR.

This incident appears to be the first in the history of European music event. According to Eurovision.tv, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) restricts TVR’s access to all materials and services delivered by the public broadcasters of the Member States, because of repeatedly failing to pay debts owed to the union. The payment invoked by EBU now stands at about 16 million Swiss francs.

Thus, the winner of the local Eurovision, Ovidiu Anton and its song “Moment of Silence” will not be seen and heard in the second semifinal of the Eurovision 2016 scheduled for May 12. Moment of Silence also for broadcaster TVR which will have no access to the signal of the SVT, the Swedish TV host of the event, which, according to Eurovision, means it will not be able to air the event at all.

Video: Romania no longer entitled to take part in 2016 Eurovision Song Contest

Video: Ovidiu Anton – Moment of Silence: Romania National Final Performance

Apr 212016

Music fans around the world were left in shock after hearing that the American singer “Prince” has just died. He was 57, writes tmz.com.

Prince was reportedly found dead at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota early Thursday morning.

prince singer

Music star Prince has died in Minnesota on Thursday (wikimedia commons)

To note that the musician had several other names, including symbols difficult to pronounce. Recently, he was named by the fans as “the artist formerly known as Prince”.

The singer — full name Prince Rogers Nelson — experienced a medical emergency on April 15th that forced his private jet to make an emergency landing in Illinois. However, he popped up in front of his fans at a concert the next day and assure them he was fine. He was battling the flu, according to some sources.

At the show, Prince looked like he predicted his upcoming death by telling the crowd, “Wait a few days before you waste any prayers.”

The artist reached global fame back in 1982, after the release material ‘1999’. He won seven Grammy Awards and sold over 100 million albums worldwide.

According to wikipedia, Prince was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actor, serving as a major figure in popular music for over three decades. Prince was renowned as an innovator and was widely known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, and wide vocal range. He was widely regarded as the pioneer of Minneapolis sound. His music combined rock, R&B, soul, funk, hip hop, disco, psychedelia, jazz, and pop.
Photo credit: By nicolas genin [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Apr 212016

Estelle Balet, a 21-year-old world snowboarding champion at Freeride World Tour, died on Tuesday after being caught by an avalanche in the Swiss Alps during a film shoot.

According to preliminary information, Balet was gliding down on a rocky slope when the avalanche erupted.

Police say the 21-year-old Swiss athlete was struck while filming above Orsieres, near Switzerland’s southern border with France and Italy. She had been following another snowboarder, who wasn’t caught in the avalanche.

Valais state police said in a statement that rescuers were able to free Balet, who had been wearing special safety equipment, but she died at the scene.

The young snowboarder had just won her second world title in a row in early April in Verbier, Switzerland.

Video: Xtreme Verbier – Swatch Freeride World Tour 2016

Apr 112016

A former French Islamist militant who fought in Syria, had warned French police about the Paris terror attacks four months before their occurrence, stating that Abdelhamid Abaaoud had received approval from the Islamic State leaders to commit suicide attacks in Europe.

Nicolas, a 31-year-old Frenchman, would have informed the Directorate General of Internal Security in France (DGSI) with respect to an individual named Abdelamid Abaaoud, who would have received approval from the terrorist network Islamic State to conduct attacks on European soil, wrote La Derniere Heure citing Le Journal du Dimanche.

Street memorial to Nov. 2015 Paris attacks (wikimedia commons)

Street memorial to Nov. 2015 Paris attacks (wikimedia commons)

Nicolas returned to France from Syria on June 24, 2015, after he had spent 16 months in the city of Raqqa, known as the feud of the ISIS terrorists in Syria.

Disgusted by the militants’ actions and plans, he turned himself in to the Turkish authorities before being extradited to France. During interrogations, the guy would have told authorities about possibility for future attacks in Paris and Brussels, indicating Abaaoud as the organizer of plots.

According to the source, Abaaoud was the leader of the terror cell in the commune of Verviers, where raids had been made by French police in January 2015 after the attack on the headquarters of the newspaper Charlie Hebdo. Furthermore, the ringleader was apparently part of the ISIS special forces, dubbed Emni, responsible for monitoring the spies and supervising the attacks carried out abroad.

The purpose of Emni special forces is “to send militants worldwide to carry out violent attacks and murders, to recruit young people and smuggle chemical materials and equipment needed for the production of weapons,” said Nicolas during his hearing, according to a transcript claimed by Le Journal du Dimanche.

“Every terror spy is paid 50,000 euros to commit an attack in Europe”, added Nicolas, who would have known Abaaoud because he visited the restaurant he owned in Raqqa.

On November 19, 2015, less than a week after the dramatic Paris attacks that resulted in 130 deaths, DGSI questioned again Nicolas, who has supported the statements he had made in June, according to La Derniere Heure.

Abaaoud died in a Saint-Denis apartment during a police raid on November 18. He was also associated with the suicide bombings that took place on 22 March 2016 in Brussels, and resulted in 32 deaths.
Photo credit: By Jean-François Gornet from Paris, France [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Apr 112016
European Commission: Romania and Bulgaria Ready for Admission into Schengen Area

The European Commission considers that Romania and Bulgaria meet all conditions to join the Schengen area, says Mina Andreeva, a spokesperson for the EU executive, adding that a final decision over the admission of the two countries in the free movement area must be taken by the Member States. “We believe that Bulgaria and Romania […]

Apr 112016

The marriage between Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z was rumored to get increasingly closer to an end, although the couple have just “celebrated” on April 4 their 8th anniversary since they got married. That’s what American tabloid “Life & Style” had announced adding furthermore that Beyonce took her daughter and moved out of the family home. […]

Apr 112016
Will Smith was shot dead. Former NFL star killed in New Orleans traffic incident

The name in the title would normally make this news go wild around the world. However, movie enthusiasts should keep calm because the subject is not about Will Smith most of us know, the great Hollywood actor starring in The Independence Day or Bad Boys, but another Will Smith, a retired NFL football player, who […]

Apr 112016

Documents from Interpol suggest that the 15-year-old Younes Abaaoud, the younger brother of the Paris bombing mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud, would be on the way to Europe to revenge the death of his brother. In a February 18 message, he would have told his sister Yasmina that he is en route to Belgium and would arrive […]

Apr 112016
Shocking Video Shows Bear Chasing Snowboarder Girl Durind Slope Descent in Hakuba, Japan

A young female snowboarder used a special video camera to film herself while going down the slope at the Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park ski resort in Japan but she had absolutely no idea of the big danger “running” after her. Only after publishing the video on YouTube and Facebook she noticed that she was […]

Apr 102016
Ukraine left in shock as Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk resigns in Kiev

Prime Minister of Ukraine, Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced his resignation as of next week. According to the newspaper Pravda Ucrainskaia, Yatsenyuk said in his farewell message that henceforth he devotes himself to a broader mission. Mr Yatsenyuk, in office since former pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych was toppled in February 2014, said he would notify the parliament […]