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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

MH17 Mourning flowers at Schiphol Airport

MH17 Mourning flowers at Schiphol Airport


MH17 Mourning flowers at Schiphol Airport

Posted: 23 Jul 2014 10:40 AM PDT

Absolutely hart breaking to see the teddybears and the flowers but what a nice thought that there is still human compassion in a world of egoism!

Bas T. Dutch citizen, Familyman, Pilot

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Impressive crowd honoring the victims of mh17

Posted: 23 Jul 2014 09:15 AM PDT

Impressive crowd honoring the victims of mh17

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Collection of neon lights

Posted: 23 Jul 2014 09:01 AM PDT

Neon lights in Cambodia and Thailand.

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Volunteer Movement to Help Army

Posted: 23 Jul 2014 07:56 AM PDT

Ukrainians have been living in a state of war since beginning of March. The news seems getting from bad to worse, more and more lives lost, helicopters and military planes shot, tragedies like terrorist attack against Malaysian plane flying over Ukraine, our cities ruined as terrorists retreat and destroy infrastructure. All these bad news can discourage, but instead it mobilizes us to defend and free our land from Russian invaders.

Today President Poroshenko signed an order of additional partial mobilization which means in the next 45 days Ukrainian Army, specifically the troops defending borders with Russia, will grow in numbers.

As Russian mercenaries and terrorists occupying parts of Eastern regions of Ukraine continue being generously sponsored, armed and coordinated by Putin, Ukrainian Army is scrambling to get re-established, trained and equipped as they fight for every inch of our land, freeing one town after another. At the beginning of this unannounced war Ukrainian Army was almost non-existent, having been systematically ruined by Russian marionette former president of Ukraine Yanukovich. No doubt, the Army had been intentionally destroyed for a time like this, when it might potentially have to stand against Russian aggression.

In the past two months many men volunteered or have been drafted to the Army and sent to the front lines, very often poorly equipped (without bullet proof vests and helmets, without basic supplies, and at times without food). As Ukrainians started hearing the reports from their friends and relatives in the military about all kinds of shortages in the Army, number of volunteer movement sprang forth to mobilize help for our soldiers.

One of these initiatives – Support Ukrainian Army - started about three weeks ago by citizens of Kyiv with support of the largest national chain of Home Improvement Hypermarkets, Epicentr.

What makes this initiative distinct is that volunteers are not raising money, but rather distribute the lists of what is needed so that people could purchase things on that list and know that a sleeping bag or a tent, or socks or mosquito repellant, shoes or toothbrush will be a small but tangible contribution to help our boys on the front lines. One of the coordinators of this initiative, Iryna Onikienko says, "we don't hope that these things will defeat the enemy, but we know that they are given with love and they will be helpful to our soldiers. Our volunteers are stars! I am grateful that instead of going to a beach or a restaurant during their weekend they participated in this important initiative".


Volunteers sign up to spend a few hours during Saturday or Sunday to stand by one of Epicentr Hypermarkets distributing flyers with lists of needed supplies and collecting those supplies as people bring them. Other volunteers transport these supplies to the front lines. After the first weekend all the resources gathered could fit into a trunk of one car, last week it took two trucks!


Another coordinator, Anna Sandalova, is saying that the initiative is growing. "The number of volunteers is increasing too, more and more people sign up -mostly through social networks. It started in Kyiv with 30 people, last weekend Zaporozhie, Ivano-Frankivsk, Lviv and Kharkiv joined with over 100 volunteers. This coming weekend it will take place also in Lutsk, Vinnitsa, Nikolayev, Odessa, Uzhgorod. As volunteers make people aware of specific needs of the Army some people donate a few little things, some fill up a shopping cart. Kids also bring drawings and letters for the soldiers."

Iryna Onikienko wrote on Facebook page of the initiative, "when the war is over and our soldiers come back home, we will gather for a huge celebration picnic and will be sharing with each other stories of how we had pulled through by helping each other!"

This war, the lives lost break our hearts, but it also strengthens and unites us as a nation! Our weapons might be inferior to Russian, but we are protecting OUR land, and it's not only military who fight this war, we each help to defend our land by giving our efforts and resources.

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THE MISSING CHIBOK SCHOOL GIRLS

Posted: 23 Jul 2014 12:09 AM PDT

DAY 99...

90+ DAYS...Since Over 200 Chibok School Girls Were Kidnapped By Boko Haram Terrorists and Are Still Being Held As Captives.

#BringBackOurGirls

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Typhoon Matmo batters Taipei

Posted: 22 Jul 2014 08:14 PM PDT

Typhoon Matmo, the first typhoon to make landfall on Taiwan in 2014, has brought torrential rain and strong winds to the island.  In the capital, the normally bustling downtown district, adjacent to the Taipei Main Train Station, was nearly deserted.  I witnessed downed trees, signs, and scooters.  Island-wide, local media is reporting that at least ten people have been injured, while financial institutions, government offices, and schools have been closed for the day.

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THE MISSING CHIBOK SCHOOL GIRLS

Posted: 22 Jul 2014 12:36 AM PDT

DAY 98...

90+ DAYS...Since Over 200 Chibok School Girls Were Kidnapped By Boko Haram Terrorists and Are Still Being Held As Captives.

#BringBackOurGirls

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THE MISSING CHIBOK SCHOOL GIRLS

Posted: 21 Jul 2014 12:13 AM PDT

DAY 97...

90+ DAYS...Since Over 200 Chibok School Girls Were Kidnapped By Boko Haram Terrorists and Are Still Being Held As Captives.

#BringBackOurGirls

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And we'll be burning up like neon lights

Posted: 20 Jul 2014 11:35 PM PDT

While the market for neon lighting in outdoor advertising signage has declined, in recent decades neon lighting has been used consciously in art. Demi Lovato's 2013 song, from which I borrowed the title of my story, is a proof to that.

 

Without going all geeky on my readers, it suffices to say that neon is an "inert gas" that does not undergo chemical reactions easily. Still Morris Travers, one of the discoverers of neon light wrote, "the blaze of crimson light from the tube told its own story and was a sight to dwell upon and never forget." Isn't that admirable - to be able to produce beautiful light without burning up itself?

 

Several museums in the United States are now devoted to neon lighting and art. To me, they bring something even more precious than light - childhood memories.

 

The images with my report are made in Seattle and in Las Vegas. While the later city is famous for it's nostalgia of neon, not many might notice the beauty of neon lighting at the Seattle waterfront.

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THE MISSING CHIBOK SCHOOL GIRLS

Posted: 19 Jul 2014 11:27 PM PDT

DAY 96...

90+ DAYS...Since Over 200 Chibok School Girls Were Kidnapped By Boko Haram Terrorists and Are Still Being Held As Captives.

#BringBackOurGirls

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