Lednice Castle, Czech Republic (by Alan1954)
Deep in one of the zucchini plants.
Have you heard about the seven women mountain climbers from Nepal, who climbed Mt. McKinley (Denali) in Alaska? Together this all-women team has climbed six of the seven summits of the highest mountains on each of the seven continents. Yesterday, Secretary Kerry met with the Seven Summits Women’s team in efforts to promote women’s empowerment, education, and environmental awareness. http://go.usa.gov/5Yqw
The shot heard round the world…
On 28 June 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, along with his wife Sophie, was assassinated in Sarajevo; by 4 August the world was at war. How did the death of one man lead to the deaths of 16 million from the trenches of northern France to the fort of Tsingtao?
One hundred years ago, no one knew what horrors lay ahead. Remember to wear your poppies this November and keep tumbling Great War history.
Image credit: Heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, get into a motor car to depart from the City Hall, Sarajevo, shortly before they were assassinated by the Serbian nationalist Gavrilo WhPrincip on 28 June 1914. Imperial War Museum. IWM Non Commercial Licence via Wikimedia Commons.
What is your library doing to commemorate the war that shaped the 20th century?
Luis Suarez: I didn’t intentionally bite Giorgio Chiellini
Guardian Sport: Luis Suarez has claimed to FIFA’s disciplinary panel that he did not deliberately bite Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup, but lost balance and accidentally hit his face against him.
Photo: Getty Images via NBC Sports
The World Health Organization (WHO) called for “drastic action” Wednesday to address the unprecedented Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and announced it would convene a meeting of the health ministers of 11 countries in early July to develop a response plan to prevent the disease from crossing more borders.
“This is no longer a country-specific outbreak but a sub-regional crisis that requires firm action by governments and partners. WHO is gravely concerned [about] the ongoing cross-border transmission into neighboring countries as well as the potential for further international spread,” Dr. Luis Sambo, WHO regional director for Africa, said in a statement.
“There is an urgent need to intensify response efforts, to promote cross-border collaboration and information sharing of suspected cases and contacts in line with WHO guidelines, and to mobilize all sectors of the community to ensure unhindered access to affected areas. This is the only way that the outbreak will be effectively addressed.”
As of Tuesday, the WHO had recorded 635 cases of hemorrhagic fever, the primary sign of Ebola. In Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, 399 have died from the virus, making the outbreak the largest ever “in terms of the number of cases and deaths as well as geographical spread,” the WHO said.
Called ‘Maria Maddalena of Austria (1589–1631), Grand Duchess of Tuscany’
by British School
- Oil on canvas, 59.5 x 44.5 cm
- Collection: National Trust