Happy New Year! 2014

Happy New Year! 2014 emoticon emoticon emoticon
Wishing you all success in the coming New Year for all that you choose to do.

I make no resolutions. I just promise myself to:
– live a healthier life each year.
– to walk the walk of life in a positive spiritual and healthful way
– to help, where I can, those in need of help
– to do unto others as I would have them do unto me, in other words, be kind to all

Happy new year everyone!

Queen meets Britain’s royal baby for first time

LONDON,: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II paid a visit Wednesday to Prince William and his wife Kate’s newborn son, her great-grandson who is third in line to her throne.

William and Kate were spending their first day at home at Kensington Palace with the unnamed baby boy, after showing him off to the world’s media outside their London hospital on Tuesday.

The 87-year-old monarch was seen arriving in a green Bentley after making the short trip from Buckingham Palace.

She had not visited the family in hospital and Wednesday’s visit to Kensington Palace marked her first meeting with her new heir, who is her third great-grandchild.

The queen had told a guest at a Buckingham Palace reception on Tuesday that she was “thrilled” about the latest addition to the royal family.

She had joked last week that she was impatient for Kate to give birth because she was due to head off on holiday.

“I would very much like it to arrive. I’m going on holiday soon,” she said.

The queen traditionally spends her summer holidays on her private Balmoral estate in Scotland.

The baby is third in line to inherit her throne, after her son Prince Charles and his son William.

There have not been three direct living heirs to the British throne since 1894.

Egyptian soldier killed in militant attack

CAIRO: An Egyptian soldier was killed early on Friday in coordinated rocket and machinegun attacks by militants on army checkpoints and a police base in the restive Sinai, medics said.

Two other soldiers were wounded when militants fired on an army checkpoint near the north Sinai village of al-Gura. Elsewhere, militants attacked a police base with rockets, security sources said.

Hardcore militants have used the sparsely populated north of the peninsula as a launching pad for attacks on security forces and neighbouring Israel.

Following president Mohamed Morsi’s ouster by the military on Thursday, several militants have publicly threatened violence in retaliation.

Morsi, elected in June 2012 and deposed on Wednesday after mass protests, had himself ordered a crackdown on Sinai militants after an August 2012 attack killed 16 soldiers.

Top judge Mansour sworn in as Egypt interim president

CAIRO: Egypt’s chief justice Adly Mansour was sworn in as the country’s interim president on Thursday, a day after the military ousted and detained Mohamed Morsi following a week of massive protests.

“I swear to preserve the system of the republic, and respect the constitution and law, and guard the people’s interests,” Mansour said as he took the oath of office at a ceremony in the Supreme Constitutional Court.

Officials welcomed the declaration with a warm round of applause.

The swearing-in ceremony, which was broadcast live on national television, came after the military swept aside Morsi on Wednesday, a little more than a year after the Islamist leader took office.

A senior military officer told AFP the army was now “preventively” holding Morsi.

The ousted president’s government unravelled after the army gave him a 48-hour ultimatum in the wake of massive demonstrations against him on June 30, the anniversary of his first turbulent year in power.

Adding fire to New Year Celebrations

A worker makes firecrackers at a makeshift factory in Bocaue town, Bulacan province, north of Manila. Firecracker makers are in a rush to meet the demands of pyrotechnic enthusiasts for the coming New Year revelry despite local health officials warning against the use of fireworks.

At least 44 firework-related injuries were reported as early as before Christmas, local media reported.