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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Sweet Portraits 2 - (Without watermark)

Sweet Portraits 2 - (Without watermark)


Sweet Portraits 2 - (Without watermark)

Posted: 09 Mar 2014 10:36 AM PDT

Venice Carnival Mask 2014

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Anti-Nuclear Protest In Tokyo

Posted: 09 Mar 2014 07:11 AM PDT

On Anti-Nuclear Day, thousands of protesters marched through the streets of Tokyo peacefully, to demonstrate against the continuation of nuclear power as a source of energy in Japan.

The protest was very well organised by participants and police alike, with crowds chanting, waving banners and beating drums, as they marched towards the Diet Building.

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Anti-Nuclear Protests In Tokyo

Posted: 09 Mar 2014 03:47 AM PDT

On Anti-Nuclear Day, thousands of protesters marched through the streets of Tokyo peacefully, to demonstrate against the continuation of nuclear power as a source of energy in Japan.

The protest was very well organised by participants and police alike, with crowds chanting, waving banners and beating drums, as they marched towards the Diet Building.

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Sweet portraits

Posted: 08 Mar 2014 11:55 PM PST

Masks in Venice - Italy during the Carnival. Portraits were taken by Nikon D3000 55-200 mm

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Daytona Beach Mini Van Incident

Posted: 08 Mar 2014 06:38 PM PST

I was on the beach that day with a friend of mine when the mini van drove in the water. I have a bunch of pictures and videos as it was unfolding.

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Daytona Beach Mini Van Incident Video 1

Posted: 08 Mar 2014 06:29 PM PST

Sent from my iPhone

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Crimea Crisis Report – Two Friends Plead for Help

Posted: 08 Mar 2014 05:27 PM PST

At the southern tip of Ukraine, Russian troops continue to surge into the region of Crimea. In western Ukraine, a population leaning to the European Union, continued to watch the crisis unfold with extreme worry. Two colleagues provided Skype interviews from two regions of Ukraine to provide a personal perspective of what the country is going through.

 

A Crimean Tatar, going by the name of "Smile" (preferring his name to be withheld) spoke about the situation. As he spoke from Crimea during the interview, he looked up at a TV monitor and gasped, "On No!" He began reading a live report saying a Ukrainian helicopter was coming under fire from pro-Russian forces. In another area, a Crimean military base was being overrun by Russian troops. By his estimation, there are over 30,000 troops in the region.

 

CNN reported had reported, "Russian troops stormed a Crimean border control point at Schelkino, near Kerch, early Saturday, seizing the armory and driving the officers' families from their living quarters, Ukraine's border service said. Meanwhile, a light plane belonging to Ukraine's State Border Protection Service was fired upon Saturday afternoon while flying over the Crimean border from Armyansk, the service said."

 

Smile also noted that there have been reports that pro-Putin troops are laying mines between the Crimean and Ukrainian borders. Smile said his country has no weapons to fight such a massive force, and "all that we have to fight with is our hearts." He said he is afraid for his family, especially for his wife who is pregnant. He is pleading to the international community to assist in the crisis.

 

In Western Ukraine, a 27-year old man, Vlad, spoke about the dire situation of his country. He is friends with Smile and has been corresponding with him when the Internet is available. Vlad said, "The air is very heavy here," and as he spoke during thr late evening hours, you see the concern and pain in his face.

 

Vlad concluded by repeating a plea from his friend in Crimea saying, "Anyone, if you have any contacts, get in touch with journalists from other countries from the West and tell them what is happening." Ominous words from two friends connected only by e-mail and Skype. The world is watching and waiting.

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8 March International Working Women's Day

Posted: 08 Mar 2014 01:48 PM PST

Photographer: Görkem Keser

 

Thousands women celebrate March 8 International Working Women's Day in Taksim. They chanting "Run away, Tayyip! The women are coming to get you" ''

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Georgia is with Ukraine!

Posted: 08 Mar 2014 01:44 PM PST

Georgian National Ballet gave a very special gift to Ukrainians today! Their performance in Kiev was themed with support for Ukraine! In the very first minutes dancer marched to the stage with a huge flag of Ukrainian. The audience jumped to their feet and exploded with applause. Later Georgians performed a typical Ukrainian dance "Gapak" and had another standing ovation from the appreciative spectators!

 

The music and dances were resonating with Ukrainians very well – as they were expressing the longing for freedom, the fight for freedom and celebration of freedom. It must be a very common theme in cultures of countries that have big powerful neighbors with history of aggressive behavior.

 

The performance was a fire! It was energizing and moving at the same time. At least for a time it seemed to lift the heavy mood of people who have been living for a while under a pending threat of war. The dancers seemed to inspire hope, power, national pride, determination to continue the fight for freedom.

 

Georgians maybe better than any other nation right now understand what Ukraine is going through. In 2008 Putin did the same in Georgia, invading it and annexing part of the country, Northern Ossetia, under pretext of protecting Russian speakers there. Then Tbilisi (capital of Georgia) and many other cities were bombed and Russian tanks drove through most of the country. Once prosperous, now South Ossetia is a very poor region, which is for the most part abandoned by those who used to live there. Putin is trying to do the same thing with Crimea – the details of scenario he is playing now is painfully familiar from Georgia 2008.

 

In the end of the performance Artistic Director and General manager of Georgian National Ballet, Tengiz Sukhishvili and his wife, Inga Tevzadze came to the stage and spoke to the audience, saying that they supported Ukraine's stand for freedom and they hoped for free and undivided Ukraine. They ended with "Glory to Ukraine!" (a popular slogan during the recent protests) and the audience once again exploded with "Glory to Heroes!"

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Protest today march 8th in Iceland

Posted: 08 Mar 2014 11:27 AM PST

Still a protest meeting today in Reykjavik in front of the Parliament building .
People demanding that the Goverment keeps its promise on holding a national refferendum on talking to EU - on joining,
People made speaches , and asked - are you working for the Goverment - or is the Goverment working for you .
But the weather was cold and snow -
The protest was peaceful ,and Police Officers where letting kids take Selifies photos with them on it - and also talking to protesters , and quite friendly.

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Pandering Around

Posted: 07 Mar 2014 11:38 PM PST

Should you ever be presented with the opportunity to visit Chengdu, China make sure you visit the panda nature reserve just outside the city. A short journey on the underground followed by a short taxi ride and you'll find yourself amongst pandas in a natural environment having fun. if you desire to hold a baby panda you can do that too. I personally refrained.

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My life after the SATs

Posted: 07 Mar 2014 08:47 PM PST

I can honestly say that the SATs haven't had much of an impact on my academic career.

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