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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Enfrentamientos en San Cristóbal

Enfrentamientos en San Cristóbal


Enfrentamientos en San Cristóbal

Posted: 18 Mar 2014 12:45 PM PDT

Esto ocurre en estos momentos en Táchira.

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Largas colas en Excelsior Gama

Posted: 18 Mar 2014 09:20 AM PDT

Largas colas de consumidores en el Excelsior Gama en Santa Edugivis en Caracas, Venezuela.

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Protest in Front of The Russian Embassy in Berlin

Posted: 18 Mar 2014 09:09 AM PDT

Protest in front of The Russian Embassy in Berlin after the annexation of Crimea.

Markku Rainer Peltonen

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Moments after the crash

Posted: 18 Mar 2014 08:59 AM PDT

Eric Gonzales

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Altamira hoy

Posted: 18 Mar 2014 07:57 AM PDT

Así amaneció la Av. Don Bosco, en Altamira.

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Protestas en Altamira 17M

Posted: 18 Mar 2014 05:54 AM PDT

Protestas de anoche en Plaza Altamira, Caracas.

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El Trigal, Valencia .16/03/2014

Posted: 18 Mar 2014 02:50 AM PDT

Marcha en El Trigal.Valencia. Estado Carabobo Venezuela.

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Despite all odds in Ukraine!

Posted: 18 Mar 2014 01:29 AM PDT

Despite All Odds !

Jews in Kharkov Celebrate Purim With Pride !

Despite and in spite of Purim falling out on March 16th – the date of the controversial referendum in Crimea the Jews in Kharkov came to celebrate the Festival of Victory of Light over Darkness –Purim- in the Kharkov Circus. After weeks of turbulence and demonstrations in Kharkov , the tension reached its peak on Sunday as Ukraine anxiously awaited the effects of the referendum.
But they came. Not in the tens and hundreds …but two thousand proud Jews who wanted to put aside their fears and worries and to join in pride and celebrate . And celebrate they did !
With the acrobats , monkeys and bears performing to Jewish songs , the Megilla(Purim story) being read in Hawaiian style and every participant receiving Mishloach Manot(traditional Purim gift of food) – the power of the Jewish spirit despite all odds was clear to all.
The head of religion in the State of Kharkov, was moved to tears as she addressed the euphoric crowd "We have to learn from the power of strength of the Jewish people to stand together even in hard times"
Rabbi Moishe Moskovitz, Chabad emissary and Chief Rabbi of Kharkov said a prayer for safety and peace in Kharkov and the whole Ukraine. He encouraged the community that the best way to help the instability in the country is by adding light - good deeds and caring for each other. Visibly impressed at the large turnout , the Rabbi said that "your being here today , is a sign that the Jewish people is alive and well and our heritage will keep us going no matter where we are and no matter what is happening around us"

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Advice for novice travelers

Posted: 17 Mar 2014 11:40 PM PDT

My name is Will James and I studied abroad in Kyoto, Japan for one year back in 2008-2009. I'm wondering what advice Mrs. Obama has for those first time international traverlers out there.

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Chacao "No tenemos Miedo"

Posted: 17 Mar 2014 10:02 PM PDT

"Chacao no tenemos miedo" este fue su cartel principal el lunes por la noche en la calle uslar pietri de chacao, donde entre cacerolas, consignas y vuvzelas se hicieron sentir, una gran cantidad de personas que se concentraron e hicieron caminatas , en un zona en la que luego de las declaraciones del presidente Nicolas Maduro y su ultimátum de erradicar la protesta de los "chukis" y Guarimberos , amaneció muy militarizada y donde en los últimos días la represión hacia los manifestantes  era cada vez más fuerte por parte de la GNB. Sin embargo y a pesar de esto, la sociedad civil alzo su voz de forma pacífica demostrando que efectivamente en Chacao no tenemos miedos.


Estos fueron algunos de los momentos Grabado la noche de este lunes 17 de marzo en chacao, que comenzó con una gran concentración de personas y termino con el Himno Nacional junto a la  presencia de la GNB y haciendo un llamado a otra concentración para mañana 18 de marzo a partir de las 4 pm en el mismo lugar.

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From the Sahara to the Burj Khalifa, A Study Abroad Journey that Continues

Posted: 17 Mar 2014 08:50 PM PDT

As an undergraduate in Anthropology, I took a strong interest in Arabic and Middle Eastern culture and enrolled in the Arabic Language Institute in Fez for a summer study program in Morocco. Growing up in Florida, I did not know anyone from Morocco or the region, but the photos of the serene Sahara desert and ancient city of Fez enticed me to explore even as a freshmen at the University of Florida. This experience changed my life and it gave me the chance to mature and take on challenges that tested me physically, mentally and emotionally. I noticed beyond the difference in the practice of religion and the languages spoken but subtle differences in everyday interaction between friends and family and their ideas of life in the US. In 2010 I returned to Morocco when I was awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship sponsored by the US Department of State for Arabic in Meknes, Morocco. The five months living in Meknes gave me a better, deeper perspective into the lives of Morocco and communication improved tremendously.


However after graduating, I wanted to continue my studies and develop key business skills and training that I could combine with my international experience to apply it to a career in management. I realized the strategic importance of the economic and political developments of foreign nations and their peoples. As someone who has participated in study abroad programs in from Morocco to Cairo and Istanbul during my studies at the University of Florida, it goes to show that students from all backgrounds with different interests have opportunities with the support and resources from colleges, NGOs and government organizations to study abroad. It is about taking the initiative to go for it.


Over the past two years, I have found my passion in the education field and I have a much stronger focus in my career and channeling my energy to take the proper steps in advancing and diversifying my talents in Higher Education with an international career. My experience upon my return as a peer study abroad advisor at UF allowed me to improve my marketing and communication interpersonal skills that have been a great preparation for my international career. Now, my life working in Admissions at International Horizons College, Dubai has given me a greater appreciation of cultural exchanges between individuals and the self discovery you encounter when you analyze and understand the differences in I understand and can anticipate the needs, fears and ease the concerns of students in their first experience abroad.

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Plaza Altamira MilitaRIZADA

Posted: 17 Mar 2014 08:09 PM PDT

Hoy 17/03/2014 amaneció la Plaza Altamira Militarizada, una mujer en forma pacífica pancarta en mano habla a un Guardia Nacional ante reportera de CNN.

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Wanderlust and Challenge

Posted: 17 Mar 2014 07:38 PM PDT

After becoming fluent in Spanish and French in high school, I decided to challenge myself with one of the most complex languages--Mandarin. My family relative enticed me to the mystique behind Chinese characters and history through his postcards sent from work in Shanghai. Upon high school graduation, I promised myself I would travel to the Middle Kingdom to learn Chinese.

 

After two years of arduously studying Mandarin at American University, I earned the opportunity to study at Peking University as a National Security Education Scholar in 2011-2012. Considered the Harvard of Chinese universities--Peking University allowed me to study Chinese Political Reforms and intensive Mandarin. As I emphasized US-China relations within my international relations major, I appreciated the chance to finally learn Chinese professors and classmates' perspective on US-China ties.

 

My outstandingly supportive program staff complemented my academic course by arranging countless trips to Chinese cultural sites. Yet, as much as I enjoyed exploring the rich history behind the Forbidden City walls or capturing the endless horizon from atop the Great Wall of China, I loved engaging with Chinese residents wherever I traveled.

 

I stayed busy away from the classroom by teaching part-time English and starring in a Chinese television dating show. As a teacher, I was astonished to discover my students' ability to speak fluent English at age 11 and engage in extracurricular activities. This motivated me to work even harder in school and ponder how I could encourage Mandarin study to American children in school. Meanwhile, I enjoyed demonstrating my Mandarin proficiency as the only American on the 非常完美 (Absolutely Perfect) show, and discovering fundamental expectations behind Chinese relationships.

 

Outside the classroom, I occasionally took spontaneous travels around the country to explore China's natural sights and more importantly discover different social/religious groups. Whether riding camels through the deserts of Inner Mongolia, climbing the treacherous Flower Mountain in Shaanxi province, or witnessing the pulchritude of Harbin's colorful Ice Sculpture Festival, I discovered a multitude of perspectives toward US citizens.

 

Above all, spending the whole academic year with a homestay family completed my journey. Reminding me of the importance of family, I relished celebrating Chinese New Year with my extended family members over hotpot dinner. Furthermore, watching military soap operas with my father exposed me to China's interpretation of national history. Regardless of all these memories, my homestay family greatly helped me become a more fluent Mandarin speaker, and deepen my intrigue toward China as well as East Asia.

 

Therefore, in addition to deepening my passion for learning foreign languages, my pilgrimage to China has enlightened me as to my taste for wanderlust. From a larger perspective, studying in China has helped me realize my commitment to improving US-China relations not only on a political level but on a social level. By no means am I fluent enough to consider myself a master of Mandarin or 中国通 (expert in Chinese affairs). But, the beauty lies in the journey and challenge to one day realize this dream.

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Women of Color Abroad

Posted: 17 Mar 2014 07:30 PM PDT

My roommate will be studying aboard this summer. While she is excited to embark on this new learning experience, she has a few qualms due to the stereotypes the media perpetuates. Although one of the best ways to dispel stereotypes is through travel and knowledge, our biggest worry is being young women of color in an unknown country.

My question is," as a woman of color, how would you suggest handling a situation where negative stereotypes may arise?"

Best Regards,
Aitza

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Madres de Mérida siguen en la calle

Posted: 17 Mar 2014 07:21 PM PDT

Una vez más, se realiza una vigilia en la Ciudad de Mérida para elevar un rezo por el futuro de Venezuela. Madres de estudiantes se reunieron esta vez en la Plaza de Milla, donde elevaron oraciones por la vida de sus hijos que se mantienen día a día en las calles. Entonando el himno nacional y las notas de una conocida canción llamada "Venezuela" elevaron sus velas para iluminar el destino del país, rindiendo una vez más homenaje a las vidas perdidas durante estos días de protestas. Hicieron un llamado a la población a no perder jamás la esperanza y acompañar la lucha de los jóvenes. Ratificaron que junto a sus hijos, seguirán en las calles hasta que sea necesario. Finalizaron la vigilia con el conocido SOS humano y una invitación a la marcha de mañana 18 de marzo, por la liberación de los presos políticos.

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Study Abroad Four-timer

Posted: 17 Mar 2014 07:18 PM PDT

My name is Jack Burrus and I am a senior at the University of Miami in Florida. I have studied abroad four times in Tibet, Hong Kong, Edinburgh, and Oxford. Each trip abroad gave me new perspectives on the world and the variety of cultures within it. When I returned after my fourth study abroad experience, I began working at the Study Abroad office on the University of Miami's campus. I also began volunteering with a student organization called "Global Ambassadors." Global Ambassadors hosts events throughout the school year on different regions of the world in order help promote the integration of cultures, languages, and traditions at the University of Miami.

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2nd Grade at McIntosh Elementary wants to know...

Posted: 17 Mar 2014 06:08 PM PDT

Mrs. Morris' 2nd grade class at McIntosh Elm would like to know when you travel abroad do the children get to come with you? Our children are learning about other countries and we think that that would be a great learning experience for your children if they got to travel with you.

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Skyler's Question

Posted: 17 Mar 2014 05:32 PM PDT

Hello, my name is Skyler and I wanted to ask Ms. Obama a question about studying abroad.

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Raymia's Question

Posted: 17 Mar 2014 05:29 PM PDT

Hello, my name is Raymia Taylor and I wanted to ask Ms. Obama a question about studying abroad.

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Brionna's Question

Posted: 17 Mar 2014 05:27 PM PDT

Hello, my name is Brionna and I wanted to ask Mrs. Obama a question about traveling abroad.

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Ashton's Question

Posted: 17 Mar 2014 05:25 PM PDT

Hello, my name is Ashton and I would like to ask Mrs. Obama about studying abroad.

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Sha'de Byrd

Posted: 17 Mar 2014 05:23 PM PDT

Hello, my name is Sha'de Byrd and I wanted to ask Ms. Obama a question about studying abroad.

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Travel is Transformational!

Posted: 17 Mar 2014 03:04 PM PDT

I spent an amazing 6 weeks working on an independent study abroad project in South Africa investigating the access programs in place to better prepare disadvantaged students for degrees in STEM.

 

As an African American woman, graduate engineering student, and manager of an engineering retention program, this was the perfect project and perfect location to conduct it.

 

I gleaned tons of insight about education reform initiatives in South Africa as a result of the Bantu Education Act and Apartheid. Schools were beginning a "desegregation" of sorts and surprisingly students, faculty and staff were eager to share their stories.

 

I gladly listened and reveled in the moments when discussions and focus groups shifted from the project to day to day life, hobbies and interests, inquiries on life in the US.

 

My time in South Africa was eye opening, informative and transformational. While it was painstakingly obvious how we are different, what stood out the most was seeing and truly understanding how we are all so very much the same, despite the languge we speak, where we are born, or our economic standing. I'm forever grateful for the lessons learned, the bonds created and the impact this experience has had on my life.

 

Since South Africa, I have continued to travel abroad and encourage others to do the same through my travel writing and sharing my personal experiences because I truly believe travel is transformational. http://www.AbsoluteTravelAddict.com

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Altamira a las 4p

Posted: 17 Mar 2014 02:15 PM PDT

Así está Plaza Altamira

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Represion a personas que marchaban pacificamente hacia el Core3 por parte de la GNB

Posted: 17 Mar 2014 12:55 PM PDT

La marchaen contra de la injerencia Cubana llego al Core3 de Maracaibo por vías alternas ya que la guardia habia bloqueado la via principal por la cual recorrería la marcha, al llegar a nuestro destino fuimos recibido con un pickete muy grande de la GNB, una tanqueta y una ballena... al terminar de cantar el himno de nuestro país fuimos atacados con alrededor de 50 bombas lacrimogenas junto con la ballena como se aprecia en el video.. 16 de marzo alrededor de las 4pm

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Encouraging the inner-city youth.

Posted: 17 Mar 2014 12:40 PM PDT

My name is Terell Wilson. I am 30 years of age (non traditional) student of Kent State University majoring in Applied communication with a minor in Interpersonal communication in(KSU-FLORENCE) Florence, Italy. I am also a current Gilman scholarship recipient. I plan to be a counselor for at-risk youth in the inner cities of America. I decided to study abroad in hopes to learn more about the world, different cultures and myself. Being in a foreign country is a challenge that builds and enhances one's character. Learning a new language and the customs of your new home are very beneficial to your growth. The ability to meet and make new friends from all over the world is priceless.
Last week I had the task of presenting American holidays and cuisine to Italian middle school students. This was my best experience yet.
I must stress to the next or current generation that studying abroad has the ability to positively change one's life. The lessons are not limited to the classroom.
The world is spacious therefore I decided to explore and experience a new land, people, and food. This semester has been the best time of life.
I feel that I can reach a large number of young adults that are living in the inner-city and inform them of my semester abroad. I believe that since I was raised in the same environment as they are and have made the appropriate changes better my situation. I would think that I'd be sign of hope and that their location in which they reside in should not deter them from being successful. Studying abroad is a great investment, however a semester abroad is very costly. Informing the youth to save their money must be advised. I have a right to feel troubled by the 1% of American students that participated in a study abroad program last year I would love to contribute to raising the number of future students abroad.

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Advice For Young Women Pursuing Career In Energy

Posted: 17 Mar 2014 12:39 PM PDT

The pressure is on to create energy technologies that are sustainable, efficient and economic. China and Germany appear to more advanced than the United States regarding the development and production of energy solutions.

Although sustainable energy is a global concern, it is also a male dominated industry. What advice do you have for young women pursuing a career in this field that may be studying in places like China and Germany?

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How to increase the numbers of African American Students in Study Abroad

Posted: 17 Mar 2014 11:53 AM PDT

Hello Mrs. Obama. I am Sheila Brown and in a recent study published covering American Study Abroad students, it was found that only 5.3% of the students were African American vs 76.4% being Caucasian. My question is what can be done to increase the exposure to and participation in Study Abroad programs to African American Students?

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