Who grows the most potatoes in the world? You might be as surprised as I was to learn the answer. Here’s that view:
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In Egypt news: After seeing his people exercuse their lungs in public demonstrations news, AFP: Morsi backs down in Egypt crisis after army ultimatum. The powerful military within Egypt is said to have instigated the President’s stance to discuss matters more.
It is believed that if the draft constitution on the table in Egypt was not accepted by the people, a new constitution would be penned by officials elected by the people, not political actors chosen by the parliament who would then decide on the text.
The constition as it stands has been “criticised for its potential to weaken human rights and the rights of women, and out of fear it would usher in Islamic interpretation of laws. The two issues — the decree and the referendum — were at the heart of the anti-Morsi protests that turned violent this week with clashes on Wednesday that killed seven people and wounded hundreds,” reported the AFP.
The military is believed to be urging a process where ”democratic rules” can occur. (more…)
USA’s Top Ten as SEO ranked via Google for an online audience (not the website’s own stats per se) are:
Cuisine Pic: Kushara & The Top 10 Delicious and Unique Egyptian Foods via Listverse has got my attention today. With Egypt’s 80 million people using up a lot of energy today, I wondered if NZ & the USA should think more about what would could send them in way of ingredients for their future needs. (more…)
Egypt is in revolt against its President. Judges join the protestors. ABC has the story.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 26.11.12~
You can never go wrong with a good garlic hummus. When I first got to California, Lebanese friends taught me how to make hummus. I made it every week for the next six months.
Here’s a recipe:
Prep Time: 10 minutes. Total Time: 10 minutes.
- 1 can chickpeas/garbanzo beans (15 oz.)
- 2 tablespoons roasted garlic
- 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
–Catherine Milne-King‘s words New Zealand. 9th November 2012
Sunrise. Sunlight. Sunset.
Audience – Who read’s Horiwoodblog website?
According to the stats report via the USA, audiences are made up of people from the following nations:
North America: 87.4% – USA. 9.1% – Canada. 1.9% – Mexico. 0.2% – Puerto Rico. 0.2% – Jamaica
Europe: 28.6% – The United Kingdom, 11.6% – France, 6.2% – Germany, 5.5% – Italy, 4.2% – Netherlands
Oceania: 62.5% – New Zealand, 35.8% – Australia, 0.6% – Fiji, 0.3% – French Polynesia, 0.3% – New Caledonia
Asia: 20.3% – India, 12.2% – Phillipines, 9.3% – Indonesia, 9.0% – Malaysia, 5.1% – Pakistan
South America: 45.1% Brazil, 21.9% Argentina, 9.2% Chile, 8% – Colombia, 5.1% – Venezuela
Africa: 34.4% South Africa, 23.4% Egypt, 6.6% Algeria, 5.7% Morocco, 4.4% Nigeria
New York Times Mark Landler & Rick Gladstone with Ellen Barry via Moscow whizzed up their take on where foreign policy could be heading for the USA in 2013. To support their sponsor, read direct here.
Or read on:
Steven Colbert joked on his fun show (a mix of entertainment, satire, political humor) that Mr Obama is America’s “first second-term black president of the USA.”
What does Barack need to be conscious of ahead on a foreign policy front?
It might be wise to vary the energy he invested into the sweeping domestic programs at home with a balancing focus on improving USA’s ties with the wider world. Foreign policy is a means to reach out to existing and new friends in the world.
Iran, Russia, China and the Mid-East hold clues and opportunities for the USA’s future. And how does a President weigh up benefits with perils? (eg: SWOT analysis for the President that is reliant on having the right ambassadors in place around the world advising back to HQ in informed and sobre minded ways -eg: realistic and frank).
Due to the election’s focus a lot of foreign affaris matters was understandably deferred by administration officials. Some see Obama as turning to past Presidents examples of brokering new foreign trade ties or stronger alliances. For example, Richard M. Nixon increased ties with China (there were all of those table tennis matches that were hot in sports, acting as a symbol of mutual respect between China, the US and other nations too).
Ronald Reagan furthered relationships to embrace arms control. (more…)
One for Riri – Part II - On Valuing Life: Photographic Image - ‘Key to Eternal Life at The Tomb of Ramses II, Abu Simbel Nubia,’ a photographic work by Artist actress Jacqueline Ann Finch, granddaughter of jazz composer and vibraphonist Victor Feldman, as photographed on ochre-brown brick. Artists information – email email@example.com.
First posted: 1.1.11 Hollywood, California.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 12.10.12~
LA’s no.1 resident pop celebrity, demonstrates the art of exotic distraction as American celebrity.
What is Rihanna up to today? Well, at first glance:
she is being the full tit, full on!
Some of her favorite buzzwords (as witnessed over the last few months on her social media hobby) feature with the Isis tattoo tribute to her late grandma.
Cool buzzwords feature too, as in: ”iLove fun,” “Happy,” “fearless,” ”faith,” that give the lighter notes to the more heavier words, Riri’s life experiences have drawn her to own, pick up and wear as her star template in the next phase of stardom. Also of note is “censored.”
At the top of entertainment – the air is thin, you are vulnerable while being charged with projecting an image of strength. You are often a target. I like the image as a pop art statment. It is honest for who Riri is and her position right now. The Egypt references, you do feel living in LA. It was unexplainable to me why I would sense Egypt so strongly living in LA. The following blog images (from this website’s archives) show a few moments of Egypt in an LA reality. I couldn’t understand why Egypt was so prevalent in the USA, yet you have a strong sense of it, if you’re living in it. (Well, I always did).
So Rihanna’s cover artwork is a tres LA image to me.
However for Rihanna’s next leg of a star journey: Let’s go with the word “faith”… (more…)
New Zealand Business Expaning into the Middle East: (BusinessDesk) BurgerFuel Worldwide said it has signed a master licence agreement for Kuwait with Al Khayyat Investments.
AKI already operates five BurgerFuel stores in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and has another eight sites under construction or scheduled to open next year.
“Burgerfuel is a marquee brand within our F&B [food and beverage] portfolio and we are excited about this new opportunity for us to secure BurgerFuel Kuwait,” AKI food and beverage general manager Farah George Farah says.
“We are also reviewing other countries in line with our regional aspirations and possibly extending our territories with BurgerFuel Worldwide in the future.” (more…)
Angelina Jolie has a Cleopatra movie in the pipeline. Thus, Kim Kardashian has taken to covering off Dame Elizabeth Taylor‘s movie fashion style. The art of American celebrity being reinterpreted in Hollywood today. Elizabeth Taylor once played a famous version of the Egyptian leader for Hollywood years ago.
The Kardashians are always good for retail sales boosts in the U.S. Good on Kim.
Everytime I see Kim, I think of the very cool Armenian-American community of California. They are warm-hearted people like Maori and Polynesian communities are. Family oriented, most go to church too. They love dancing at clubs togehter, drinking almost Turkish strength coffee in elaborate and ornate demitasse cups. They like laughing lots, working in their own businesses together. They work and party together. Armenian-Americans are fiercely family oriented. Pride is in family. They like never being lied to. I like Armenian-Americans of California a lot. Being a merchant also runs in their veins strongly as a people. They are Good Peoples.
Their young people study financial management courses at night. Young adults are fiercely independant go-getters too in defining their own identity, returning it back within community though. When they marry and start families, their children go to school where they can learn the language of their culture, thus the new breed in Hollywood are bilingual American citizens. Young adults also have their own economy they grow.
The girls are raised to be extremely motherly. Almost overkill motherly-sweet and when it comes to biz, the women are incredible multi-taskers too. The boys are a bit gangsta tough and always funny. They all love Kiwi actor Temuera Morrison. Fancy that. Love them!
[Photo: Via twitter Kim Kardashian blasts a Terry Richardson photo of herself in one of Elizabeth Taylor's original Cleopatra robes].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 6.9.12~
The big one: gas prices Charlotte. US debt: now @$16 trillion. Foreign: U.S. Nears Aid Deal to Relieve $1 Billion in Egyptian
Debt. New Orleans: Obama meets with Hurricane Isaac flood victims. Fashion: Celebrity fashion: Stars’ own clothing lines.
[Photo: La Brea & Fountain, tattoo studio signage]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 4.9.12~
Couldn’t help notice, the lovely Pearl Runga, a talented songwriter, educationalist and local Kiwi celebrity on TV today.
Pearl was in Hornby, South Island New Zealand exploring her childhood stomping ground. Her cameras looked at how Egypt, Japan, Philippines and Zimbabwean citizens of New Zealand are rocking their version of Kiwi life, culture and zest for living in their neighborhoods.
A groovy insight into a Southern Community’s diversity. Love it!
On the menu in Pearl’s kitchen are chickpeas.
[Click on Pearl's pic to watch her TV episode]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 13.8.12~
The ongoing stability of Egypt was on Hillary Clinton‘s schedule today. Clinton met in Jerusalem with Palestine’s PM Sallam Fayad and Israeli’s defence minister, Elud Barak. Video: SMH, Australia news.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.7.12~
My goal this year is to stay at the top of the field in the single sculls and bring home the elusive Olympic Gold from London in August 2012.– Mahé Drysdale.
87 nations are reading today. Readers include:Colombia, Estonia, Dominican Republic, Bosnia, Armenia, Trinidad & Tobago, Paruguay, Albania, El Salvador, Maldives, Ghana, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Vietnam, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Nigeria and Senegal.
Reading too are:
Cyprus, Luxemborg, Bangladesh, Latvia, Slovenia, Nepal, Denmark, Myanmar, Syria, Jamaica, Tunisia, Peru and Mauritius.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.7.12~
SYRIA IS OFFICIALLY IN CIVIL WAR COULD BE LIABLE FOR WAR CRIMES – E TIMOR IN PROTEST, EGYPT THROWING TOMATOES AT CLINTON TOO
Syria is officially in civil war today. ABC News Australia reports: The Syrian capital Damascus reportedly witnessed its heaviest fighting yet in the 16-month revolt, as the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) declared that the unrest qualified as “civil war”.
ABC also features the storyline: Clinton taunted: US secretary of state Hillary Clintonwas taunted by tomato-throwing demonstrators as she visited the Egyptian port city of Alexandria. And: Purge underway? North Korea’s army chief has been removed from his posts due to illness, in what could be the first major purge under new leader Kim Jong-un. Violent protest: At least one person is killed in violence that erupts after East Timor’s ruling party forms a governing coalition without the opposition Fretilin party.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.7.12~
At a young 25, New Zealand athlete Emma Twigg can scull. Watch sports video.
Our global eyes:
Main Readers are reading today from: United States, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Brazil, Italy, Germany, France, Netherlands, Malaysia, Poland, Philippines, Russia, Argentina and Mexico.
At Olympics 2012 New Zealand’s Chances to reach 100 medals looks good: In Paul Hobbs story some of New Zealand’s finest athletes are featured. People like: Yvette Williams, Sir Peter Snell, Sir John Walker, Harry Kirk, Mark Todd, Tom Ashley, Valerie Adams, Hamish Carter.
Sir Murray Halberg shares:
For an athlete mastering the mental pressures and not being numbed to be in control of your destiny, are traits that define high performance athletes competing in the highest levels of sport. You have to make the most of life, grasp the moment and don’t look back later with regrets.
Second Tier Audience are reading from: Romania, Ireland, Indonesia, Hungary, Singapore, Turkey, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Thailand, Pakistan, Austria, South Africa, Denmark, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Czech Republic, Norway and Finland.
In rugby football news: The Crusaders 38. The Force 24. (Israel Dagg, Sean Maitland, Andrew Ellis, Matt Todd tries; Daniel Carter 3 cons 2 pens, Taylor 2) 0 pens. For the Force: 24 (Kyle Godwin, Holmes, Alfi Mafi tries; Brett Sheehan 2 cons, Godwin con, Ben Seymour pen)
Third Tier Audience are reading from: Israel, Serbia, United Arab Emriates, Bulgaria, Peru, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Republic of Korea, Qatar, Taiwan, Lebanon, Greece, Tunisia, Iraq, Chile, Puerto Rico, Estonia and Georgia.
In soccer news: Canada beat New Zealand’s Football Ferns 2-0. Photo: Football Ferns player, Betsy Hassett in white and Fara Williams England in red. Photo: AP.
Fourth Tier of Readers are reading from: Vietnam, Egypt, Croatia, Hong Kong, Belarus, Slovakia, Dominican Republic, Morocco, Bonsia, Bangladesh, Trinidad & Tobago, Yemen, British Virgin Islands, Gibraltar, Brunei, Azerbaijan and Palestinian Territories.
In New Zeland rugby league news: Although The Warriors are set to slip out of the leading eight teams; the Warriors have achieved a huge coup by securing centre Konrad Hurrell – one of the NRL’s hottest properties – until the end of the 2015 season. The 20-year-old Tongan, halfway through only his second season in rugby league, has been one of the NRL’s top rookies, his blitzing form netting 12 tries in just 12 appearances, including 11 in his last seven games.
To watch the Warriors last football match action: Broncos v Warriors highlights (1:45). Photo: News Limited.
Readers are also reading from: Syria, Namibia, Jordan, Fiji, Algeria and El Salvador.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 15.7.12~
Ko wai a Aotearoa?
Ko Hohepa he peka hua, he peka hua i te taha o te puna; e toro atu ana ona manga ki tua o te taiepa: I whakatupu kino nga kaikopere i a ia, i pere mai hoki, i kino hoki ki a ia: Otiia i mau tana kopere i runga i te kaha, a i whakapakaritia nga takakau o ona ringa e nga ringa o te Mea Kaha o Hakopa, no reira nei te hepara, te kamaka o Iharaira, Ara e te Atua o tou papa, mana ano koe e awhina; e te Kaha Rawa hoki, mana e tuku mai ki a koe nga manaaki o te rangi i runga, nga manaaki hoki o te rire e takoto ana i raro, nga manaaki o nga u, o te kopu hoki:
Hira ake nga manaaki a tou papa i nga manaaki a oku tupuna, tae atu ana ki tera taha rawa o nga pukepuke tu tonu: ka tau iho ena mea ki runga ki te matenga o Hohepa, ki te tumuaki hoki ona i motuhia atu nei i ona tuakana.
–Te Paipera Tapu
[Images: Kiwi pop art icons: legatum institute graphics, a tree's root structure, the adventurous Maui: Source: Google].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 25.6.12~
Stability in the Middle East is critical to us all. May Peace be upheld as the pillar of the Earth’s common bond of wisdom.
His name means praiseworthy.
TVNZ reporting via Reuters today on Egypt writes: “Islamists around the world hailed Mohamed Morsy‘s election as Egypt’s first freely chosen president as a victory for their cause today, while the West, Gulf states and Israel reacted with caution, wary of his political agenda.
Closely watched from Gaza to the Gulf, the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate’s win over former army general Ahmed Shafik was widely seen as an historic event with far-reaching consequences beyond Egypt’s borders.
“The Egyptian nation did not elect a president just for Egypt, but for the Arab and Islamic nations too,” said Fawzi Barhoum, a spokesman for Hamas in Gaza.
Viewing the victory through the prism of the Arab Spring uprisings that toppled leaders in Tunisia, Libya, and Yemen as well as Egypt, Islamists said they saw Morsy’s win as proof their “revolution” was on the march.
“Mohamed Morsy a president for Egypt, thank God,” said Mohammed al-Qahtani, a co-founder of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA), a group pushing for democracy in the Gulf state.
“This is a victory for the Arab revolutions,” he said in a post on social networking site Twitter. (more…)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 23.6.12~
At the beach, the Kiwi-Jewish kids knock on the door. She’s 10, he’s 8 and taller than his sister already.
“We brought some bread to share with you,” she says. “It represents the time where our people were in the desert and God fed us with bread from heaven. It marks the time where we had to escape the Pharoah.”
We eat the bread after the prayer in Hebrew, beside a New Zealand beach as the calming tides washed away the stains of slavery in history.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 4.6.12~
Where we’re reading from:
We’re reading from: United States, New Zealand, Canada, Republic of Korea, South Pacific, Philippines, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Indonesia, Australia, Paraguay.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 29.5.12~