Performance at Soccer World Cup 2006 – a Highlight of Young German Singer's Career

FlorenceFlorence Joy is a famous young German singer, writer and actress

She likes to travel and has visited several countries from Europe, Israel and the United States. Florence plays guitar and the piano, and she speaks her native German and very good English. Most of her songs from the album “Hope” are in English.

In 2006, Florence Joy was invited to perform in the (dome) church of Munich for the inauguration of the Soccer World Championship. One year after this astonishing performance, she started acting in the role of a sweet girl called “Jasmin” in a German daily soap “Ahornallee”. Also, Florence wrote a book called I want to live truthfully and real, which tells about her journey through the German casting show “Star Search 2” and mostly how she lives her life with Jesus Christ. Continue reading “Performance at Soccer World Cup 2006 – a Highlight of Young German Singer's Career”

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Laurence Lemoine of France

Octavian Curpas

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Laurence Lemoine of France:  Born to Be a Journalist

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She was born in Paris, France in 1969. When she was 12 years old she wanted to become a journalist. At the age of 16, she came to New York to the bicentennial of the Statue of Liberty with Nancy Reagan. She represented French youth at the event because she had won a contest organized by the American Embassy in Paris. Years later her dream of becoming a journalist came true. Her name is Laurence Lemoine. She studied Political Science in Paris, speaks 4 languages, and has a deep interest in major world issues. Laurence has traveled all over the globe, working at times for newspapers, radio, and TV stations. From the Middle East to Africa where she interviewed Yasser Arafat, to Central America where she worked for a radio station, Laurence Lemoine has coveredall areas of journalismand communications.

 Question: You were born in Paris. Can you tell me a little bit about your family?

Answer: I’ m the youngest (with a twin brother) of a Christian family of 6 kids. I received a very strict education, but my parents gave us the best to be happy in life: love, self confidence, the ability to adapt, and independence.

Q: What lead you to become interested in journalism? What sparked your interests in this profession? Was there someone in your life at the time that inspired you to become interested in journalism?

A: When I was a pre-teen in the 80’s, the news was all about the Middle East (Lebanon in ‘82 with the invasion of Israelis, the Palestinian conflict with hostages, hijacking and so on). It was then that I started to read newspapers and listen to the radio station. I was fascinated with all these issues and wanted to understand something that in fact was impossible to understand. I became interested in journalism to know and discover the world and to touch reality. I wanted to experience live what happens in the world. It was clear and natural that I would be a journalist. Then I started to prepare myself. For example, when I was 15 or 16, I recorded news broadcasts from the 24-hour radio station, France-Info, in my room. I would write it all down on a paper and say it with a professional tone. A few years later, I would wake up lots of people with this special tone of news and interview! Also, I was very interested in the politics and economy of France and the world.

Q: Do you consider yourself fortunate?

A: I have to say that, in general, I have been very lucky in my life, not only because I was born in a beautiful and peaceful country (France) and in a good family, but also because sometimes I was in the right place at the right moment (I use to say that “luck” is like tomatoes&; we need to cultivate it!). I wanted to be a journalist because, for me, it was a way to live many lives at the same time! Speaking about others and making reports about other countries or people, was a way for me to learn a lot! Also, it was a way to have a sort of power because what we say and report, and the manner we do it in, is important and can influence people. That is why it is also a big responsibility and a very serious profession.

Q:In 1986, you won a contest for the bicentennial of the Statue of Liberty in New York. Why did you win the contest? Was it your poem? Was it how you read your poem? Was it something else or a combination of these things?

A: One of the great moments of my life was in 1986 when I represented the French youth in New York for the re-opening of the Statue of Liberty with Nancy Reagan. I was there because I won a contest, thanks to my father. He helped me a lot with a poem about Liberty and I’m still very grateful. It was so exciting for me! I met numerous personalities in the US, and I was a VIP for 15 days. I was only 16 years old at that time. Reading the poem in front of many TV cameras and photographers was incredible! I was not shy. I could read the poem easily.

This event (a major event in my life) allowed me to meet journalists and to appear on TV and radio stations in both countries.

Q: How did that event further influence your decision to become a journalist?

A: One year later, I spent one week at the first French radio station, RTL, for training with all the journalists and editors. I saw everything about news and journalism during this week, and more than ever, it was evident to me I would be a journalist, but I was still too young to start.

Q: Tell me about the skills and natural abilities you had prior to pursuing journalism that helped you in your career as a journalist.

A: As far as skills, I would say CURIOSITY, in the broad sense of the word. In my case, my friends and family always say I have the “cancer of curiosity”! A journalist needs to be OPEN and KEEN on understanding and explaining anything and everything. One cannot be shy but must dare to ask questions that can embarrass people, especially politicians! I was famous for this kind of interview and people loved it. Often there were fights of words between me and the political representatives.

Q: When you were in Lebanon, were you planning to return to Paris for a Master’s in journalism?

A: Lebanon was my first real experience as a journalist. I was very young then and a bit of a novice. It was during the war with Syria. The father of the actual dictator, Haffez Al Assad, was trying to kill Lebanese Christians. As a young French girl, the “show” was incredible, but I learned a lot about human beings and their capacity to be good or bad and to adapt to extreme situations.

It was better than having lessons at the university for me because it was real and concrete. I’ve been lucky because I met General Michel Naim Aoun, who was prime minister at that moment. I had an interview that made me famous because what he said was a bit embarrassing for France, and Francois Mitterrand (the French president at the time) had to answer. Journalists all over the world talked about this interview of mine! A few months later, I went to Tunis where the headquarters of the PLO were with Yasser Arafat.

Q: I would like to know more about your two hour interview with Yasser Arafat in Tunis. What year was that?

A: I was fascinated by this man and I wanted to conduct an interview. I spent two hours with him during one evening. For security purpose, the PLO did not tell me, “See you at this address at this time. ” I had to stay in my hotel. They came to pick me up, banded my eyes and took me to an undisclosed office location. Once inside, they removed the banding so I could see. It was quite exotic for me! This was an interesting time in 1990, when he started to leave terrorism for being a man of the state and having direct contacts with the Israelis. I asked him lots of question, and at the end, he joked and asked me if I wanted to marry him! In the French media, my interview was not very successful, but I enjoyed my trip in Tunis, the meeting with Arafat, the many hours I spent with his colleagues, and talking about that major conflict.

Q: In one of our conversations you mentioned that you worked for “Mont Blanc Radio”, near Geneva for six years. Also, during that time, you were working for a TV station called “Channel C” doing political interviews.

A: I met a very famous and brilliant journalist in Paris, Jean Pierre Elkabbach. He is in France like Larry King is in the U.S. I asked him how to plan my career as a journalist. He told me to first go outside of Paris to provinces to learn more about everything and get mature. He explained to me that it is the best school for a young journalist and it’s true! So I went to Haute Savoie (the high mountain “Mont Blanc” is near Chamonix and Geneva) and started journalism for a private radio station. I also had a monthly show on TV Channel “C” with interviews of politicians and famous people, but only about their private life. The show had high ratings. After that, I decided to leave France again. I love France (fantastic country), but living in different countries gave me the possibility to view things from different perspectives.

Q: You worked in Haiti at a radio station that needed a French journalist. Did you work in the field or in the studio?

A: “Radio Vision 2000” from Port Au Prince was looking for a French journalist to handle the news and information and train their journalists. When I arrived there, I realized how lucky we were to be born in a country having freedom and everything we need. I stayed working in the field and in the studio for one year. It was not easy but I learned a lot every day. The country is still in my heart. I am also grateful to Haiti because it is where I met my husband! He came to Port of Prince for a week during the holidays at the house of a Canadian diplomatic (the consul) and we met! He is now the father of my 11-year-old daughter, Anouck, and my son Alvaro, who is 8. He is a lawyer in business and we have been living in London, Paris, Valencia (he is from Valencia), Banjul (Gambia in West Africa) and Lisbon, Portugal. In Gambia (a wonderful small country, good for a first contact with Africa), I gave birth to my son in a public hospital! It was my choice because my follow up was done by a fantastic team of Cuban doctors present for the operation. It was funny because the delivery of my first child was in the best private and modern hospital of Valencia with lots of devices and technology. But, for my son I preferred the one in Banjul with my friends, the Cubans doctors, in a very poor hospital. The electricity went off just after they cut for the C-section. After my second child, I started to edit and publish tourist guides. The first was about the Gambia. Then I published a few in Spain and the last one about Saint Gervais, in France.

Q: What are some interesting facts about Saint Gervais? Why would someone want to visit this town?

A: Saint Gervais Mont Blanc is a beautiful site for holidays, skiing or walking. The high mountains give you fantastic views and pure air. This is where the

highest mountain in Europe is, Mont Blanc, with a peak of 40,807 meters! I knew this town because I went there many times when I was journalist in Radio Mont Blanc and Canal C.

Q: Where do you live right now and what are you currently doing?

A: Currently, I’m living in Spain, in Valencia again. It’s a very beautiful city on the

Mediterranean Sea. I’m working with an American company called Reliv (www.reliv.com). They produce and sell excellent food supplements made from a large range of natural ingredients and nutrients. I saw my mother taking them one day and became interested in their products. I have always been interested in nutrition and health. In Europe, a lot of people are taking supplements because they actually improve their health with these nutrients. We are facing a serious health crisis in Europe. Our food does not have enough vitamins and phytonutrients. By depriving our bodies of essential building blocks and replacing them with processed convenience foods, we leave ourselves vulnerable to illness, disease and nagging fatigue. We know now that supplementation can bridge the nutritional gap. These products provide optimal levels of essential nutrients, and Reliv is a high profile company. Last summer I attended the International Conference in St. Louis (Missouri), where I met the founder, Robert Montgomery. Thanks to these products, I have helped many of my friends and family with their health issues. Of course, I also take these nutrients even though I’ve always been healthy. But with these supplements, I feel much better. I have more energy, a greater ability of focusing, and better sleep. I’m fortunate to work for this company because this job gives me the possibility to help people and to be with my children.

Q: Have you ever considered moving to the United States?

A: I would love to live in the USA because I have visited a few times but never enough, and I have a special relationship with America. I consider that I know a country and its culture if I stay at least one year. Hopefully someday I will have this chance.

Q: What do you know about Romania? In your travels, have you encountered any Romanians?

A: My husband is working in Romania now on a wind turbine project in the mountains. He likes Romania. My only link with Romania was the

housekeeper I had in Portugal. She was from Romania and became a friend to me. She helped me tremendously. I wish I could go there with my husband next year. He keeps telling me that it will be worth it.

 

Q: What hobbies do you have?

A: I love totravel and share moments with my friends, and I enjoy being with my family. I also enjoy squash, tennis, skiing and mountain climbing. I have climbed Mount Blanc. It took me eight hours to reach the summit and six hours to go down skiing in a totally wild manner. It was fantastic!

Q: What are your plans in the near future?

A: I am developing the sales of Reliv here in Spain, and I just started a book about nutrition and health that will be published in France.

Octavian Curpas

Phoenix, Arizona

 

Secularismul duce la islamizarea Europei – incepe Anglia

eurabiaPiscine din Marea Britanie organizeaza sedinte speciale in care toti inotatorii trebuie sa respecte codul vestimentar musulman

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Conducerile mai multor piscine publice din Marea Britanie au decis sa organizeze sedinte speciale in care toti inotatorii trebuie sa respecte codul vestimentar musulman, informeaza Telegraph. Potrivit noilor reguli, inotatorii, inclusiv cei non-musulmani, nu au dreptul sa intre in piscina in costume de baie obisnuite.

In schimb, inotatorii sunt rugati sa respecte strict codul vestimentar musulman: femeile trebuie sa poarta burqini, un costum de baie care acopera intreg corpul, cu exceptia fetei, mainilor si picioarelor, in timp ce barbatii, care inoata separat, trebuie sa fie acoperiti de la buric pana la genunchi.

De asemenea, unele scoli de stat au decis sa organizeze sedinte de inot doar pentru musulmani.

Publicatia prezinta cazul unei comunitati din sudul Londrei care a decis ca, sambata si duminica, piscina sa poata fi folosita doar de cei imbracati in costume de baie care respecta legile musulmane, in timp ce, la Glasgow, o sedinta de inot la care au voie doar barbati “acoperiti de la buric pana la genunchi” este organizata de o moschee locala la o piscina publica.

Masurile adoptate au fost criticate de politicieni britanici, care afirma ca ele incurajeaza “diviziunea si resentimentele intre musulmani si non-musulmani, erodand coeziunea sociala”.

Telegraph sustine ca sedintele speciale pentru musulmani au facut deja ca unor non-musulmani sa le fie refuzat accesul. David Toube si fiul sau in varsta de cinci ani nu au putut intra intr-o piscina publica din Hackney (estul Londrei), dupa ce li s-a spus ca sedinta de duminica este doar pentru barbati musulmani.

Publicatia precizeaza ca decizia contrasteaza cu cele intamplate in Franta, unde saptamana trecuta, oficialii au interzis unei femei musulmane sa inoate intr-o piscina publica deoarece era imbracata in burqini. Personalul piscinei aflata in estul Parisului i-a interzis femeii accesul in apa, citand “grija pentru igiena”.

Femeia, care este o frantuzoaica convertita la Islam, sustine ca a fost discriminata, insa primarul din Emerainville, Alain Kelyor, a declarat ca “toate acestea nu au legatura cu Islamul”, adaugand ca burqini nu este “un costum de inot islamic” si ca “nu exista in Coran”.


Nu stiu cum sunteti voi, dar eu cand ma gandesc la ceea ce a fost Europa odata… imi amintesc de cuvantul Scripturii care zice: “S-au falit ca sunt intelepti, si au innebunit” – Romani 1:22
Atunci cand Il scoatem pe Dumnezeul crestin din ecuatie nu ramane un vid spiritual, ci alte religii mult mai agresive si mai putin tolerante decat Crestinismul ii iau locul. Societatea fara Dumnezeu este o societate care se deschide influentei diavolului si a raului.
In alta parte Biblia spune ca nebunia lui Dumnezeu este mai inteleapta decat intelepciunea omului.
Ceea ce vad la ora actuala in “tarile civilizate” este o nebunie politizata a omului care crede ca ajuns la cel mai inalt nivel de cunoastere.
O lege naturala este aceea a consecintelor si se pare ca actiunile noastre politice, sociale si religioase au consecinte mult mai grave si mult mai rapide decat ne asteptam.
Dragii mei este vremea ca cel sfant sa se sfinteasca si sa se pregateasca de o vreme a cernerii. Toate acestea sunt semne vizibile ale faptului ca lumea isi schimba total atitudinea fata de crestini si aceasta va duce la prigoane aspre care vor incepe in tarile care se considera “democratice”.
Nu sunt nici profet si nici politolog insa atunci cand dai atentie Scripturii iti dai seama ce vremuri traiesti si ce trebuie sa faci pentru a te pregati din punct de vedere spiritual.
Atentie tuturor celor care traiesc o viata de indiferenta spirituala si tuturor celor care traiesc o viata crestina superficiala.