Help Roshini to represent India at the 5th World Children’s Festival

Roshni, a 8th Grade student from India is a winner of the 5th Arts Olympiad. She has been invited to represent India at the 5th World Children’s Festival in Washington on June 30th to July 4th.

She is a student of S.B.O.A School and Junior College, Annanagar, Chennai, has being participating in art contests since age 4. She has so far won 130 art contests (with proof of certificates) in school, state, national and international level art competitions. She had won the coveted National first prize (the first in Tamilnadu State) in Energy conservation painting contest in 2012 and received rupees one lakh from the Honorable Shri Pranab Mukherjee, the President of India. She has also been felicitated with the title of ‘Varnavarshini’ by the Lions club dist. 324 A5 in 2011. She was the winner of the HINDU Young World painting contest 2014 in junior category. The painting on the topic ‘MY FAVOURITE SPORT’ was selected as one of the winners in the 5TH Arts olympiad. For the past 3 years she is trained by art master Shri Mullai Rajan of Zen art classes, Chennai.

Unfortunately, the International Child Art Foundation (http://icaf.orgwww.WorldChildrensFestival.org is unable to sponsor the travel and staying expenses.

So it is time for us to support kids like Roshini with a little contribution from our end. We request you to donate / sponsor for Roshini to represent India at the 5th World Children’s Festival in Washington on June 30th to July 4th 2015. You can  also connect her with some NGOs who can help her in this regard.

You can contact Roshini’s mother here at vsimi65@yahoo.com Hope we together can bring her smile by helping her as well as to represent our country.

Some of her paintings…

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Know : Countries with Capitals which is not their Largest City

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Country Capital Largest city
 Australia Canberra Sydney
 Belize Belmopan Belize City
 Benin Porto-Novo Cotonou
 Bolivia Sucre Santa Cruz de la Sierra
 Brazil Brasília São Paulo
 Cameroon Yaoundé Douala
 Canada Ottawa Toronto
 People’s Republic of China Beijing Shanghai
 Republic of China(Taiwan) Taipei New Taipei
 Côte d’Ivoire Yamoussoukro Abidjan
 Ecuador Quito Guayaquil
 India New Delhi Mumbai
 Kazakhstan Astana Almaty
 Liechtenstein Vaduz Schaan
 Malta Valletta Birkirkara
 Federated States of Micronesia Palikir Weno
 Monaco Monaco (Monaco-Ville) Monte Carlo
 Morocco Rabat Casablanca
 Myanmar Naypyidaw Yangon
 New Zealand Wellington Auckland
 Nigeria Abuja Lagos
 Pakistan Islamabad Karachi
 Palau Ngerulmud Koror
 Philippines Manila Quezon City
 San Marino San Marino Serravalle
 South Africa Pretoria Johannesburg
 Sudan Khartoum Omdurman
 Sri Lanka Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte Colombo
  Switzerland Bern Zürich
 Syria Damascus Aleppo
 Tanzania Dodoma Dar es Salaam
 Trinidad and Tobago Port of Spain Chaguanas
 Turkey Ankara Istanbul
 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi Dubai
 United States Washington, D.C. New York City
 Vietnam Hanoi Ho Chi Minh City

A story with many Insights: The Brooklyn Bridge (THE BEST OF BEST)

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Whenever I share stories of determinacy and perseverance The Story of the Brooklyn Bridge will always be the first one. No other real story influenced me than this. I could take all the insights from one story, Love, commitment, hard work, dedication, perseverance, what else.. It has everything. The most share story yet we are happy to share it again. – Din

This is a real life story of engineer John Roebling building the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, USA back in 1870. The bridge was completed in 1883, after 13 years.

John_RoeblingIn 1883, a creative engineer named John Roebling was inspired by an idea to build a spectacular bridge connecting New York with the Long Island. However bridge building experts throughout the world thought that this was an impossible feat and told Roebling to forget the idea. It just could not be done. It was not practical. It had never been done before.

Roebling could not ignore the vision he had in his mind of this bridge. He thought about it all the time and he knew deep in his heart that it could be done. He just had to share the dream with someone else. After much discussion and persuasion he managed to convince his son Washington, an up and coming engineer, that the bridge in fact could be built.

Working together for the first time, the father and son developed concepts of how it could be accomplished and how the obstacles could be overcome. With great excitement and inspiration, and the headiness of a wild challenge before them, they hired their crew and began to build their dream bridge.

The project started well, but when it was only a few months underway a tragic accident on the site took the life of John Roebling. Washington was also injured and left with a certain amount of brain damage, which resulted in him not being able to talk or walk.

“We told them so.” “Crazy men and their crazy dreams.” “It’s foolish to chase wild visions.”

Everyone had a negative comment to make and felt that the project should be scrapped since the Roeblings were the only ones who knew how the bridge could be built.

In spite of his handicap Washington was never discouraged and still had a burning desire to complete the bridge and his mind was still as sharp as ever. He tried to inspire and pass on his enthusiasm to some of his friends, but they were too daunted by the task.

As he lay on his bed in his hospital room, with the sunlight streaming through the windows, a gentle breeze blew the flimsy white curtains apart and he was able to see the sky and the tops of the trees outside for just a moment.

It seemed that there was a message for him not to give up. Suddenly an idea hit him. All he could do was move one finger and he decided to make the best use of it. By moving this, he slowly developed a code of communication with his wife.

He touched his wife’s arm with that finger, indicating to her that he wanted her to call the engineers again. Then he used the same method of tapping her arm to tell the engineers what to do. It seemed foolish but the project was under way again.

For 13 years Washington tapped out his instructions with his finger on his wife’s arm, until the bridge was finally completed. Today the spectacular Brooklyn Bridge stands in all its glory as a tribute to the triumph of one man’s indomitable spirit and his determination not to be defeated by circumstances. It is also a tribute to the engineers and their team work, and to their faith in a man who was considered mad by half the world. It stands too as a tangible monument to the love and devotion of his wife who for 13 long years patiently decoded the messages of her husband and told the engineers what to do.

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Perhaps this is one of the best examples of a never-say-die attitude that overcomes a terrible physical handicap and achieves an impossible goal.

Often when we face obstacles in our day-to-day life, our hurdles seem very small in comparison to what many others have to face. The Brooklyn Bridge shows us that dreams that seem impossible can be realised with determination and persistence, no matter what the odds are.

Plastic Story Series-1 : India, USA and Oceans

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Plastic Story in India

Plastic“We are sitting on a plastic time bomb,” the Supreme Court said on Wednesday after the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) informed it that India generates 56 lakhtonnes of plastic waste annually, with Delhi accounting for a staggering 689.5 tonnes a day.

“Total plastic waste which is collected and recycled in the country is estimated to be 9,205 tonnes per day (approximately 60% of total plastic waste) and 6,137 tonnes remain uncollected and littered,” the CPCB said.

The four metros are major culprits in generating such waste, with Delhi producing 689.5 tonnes a day, followed by Chennai (429.4 tonnes), Kolkata (425.7 tonnes) and Mumbai (408.3 tonnes). The figures only serve to confirm the common sight of mounds of plastic in industrial, residential and slum areas of Indian cities and towns.

As 40% of plastic waste is not recycled, the daily addition to untreated plastic in Delhi is estimated at 275.6 tonnes, followed by Chennai (171.6 tonnes), Kolkata (170 tonnes) and Mumbai (163.2 tonnes). This waste is a source of continuing pollution as plastic is not bio-degradable and poisons the environment for decades.

The CPCB said a survey conducted in 60 major cities found that 15,342.46 tonnes of plastic waste was generated every day, amounting to 56 lakh tonnes a year.

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Plastic Story in USA

In 1974 the first single use plastic bags were introduced to stores and presently over One Trillion bags are used each year.

If you placed one year’s worth of plastic bags end to end, they would go around the Earth almost 36,000 times.

If you placed one year’s single use plastic bags end to end, they would go to the moon and have enough bags left to circle the moon several times each year.

There are 14,000,000 trees cut each year to make paper bags for consumers.

Single use plastic bags cost the store ¼ of one cent (.0025) but it cost the store five cents to recycle them (.05). What do you think the majority of stores are doing even if they are collecting the bags?

A family of four uses approximately 1,500 single use plastic bags each year.

There is an ever-growing patch of discarded plastic in the Pacific Ocean the size of Texas and ships must navigate around it.

Fish in the Ocean confuse plastic pieces for plankton and scientists have found that they eat more plastic than plankton. Wildlife is also dying from becoming entangled in plastic.

In the US alone, it takes 12 million barrels of oil to produce one year’s worth of single-use plastic bags.

 “Does charging a fee on single-use bags really work?” The answer lies in our Nation’s Capital. In January of 2010, a .05 fee was placed on single-use plastic bags and in six month’s time, use of those bags has decreased by 65%. Consumers in Washington say it is not the .05 fee but the “guilt” associated with using plastic bags at the check out counter.

Plastic Story in Oceans :

One of the most serious threats to our oceans is plastics pollution. Plastic constitutes approximately 90% of all trash floating on the ocean’s surface, with 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile. Why is there so much plastic in the ocean? Unlike other types of trash, plastic does not biodegrade; instead, it photo-degrades with sunlight, breaking down into smaller and smaller pieces, but they never really disappear. These plastic pieces are eaten by marine life, wash up on beaches, or break down into microscopic plastic dust, attracting more debris.

Plastic poses a significant threat to the health of sea creatures, both big and small. Over 100,000 marine mammals and one million seabirds die each year from ingesting or becoming entangled in plastic.

It takes 500-1000 years for plastic to degrade. Even if we stopped using plastics today, they will remain with us for many generations, threatening both human and ocean health. Despite these alarming facts, there are actions we can take to address the problem of plastics. 

The United Nations Environment Programme estimated in 2006 that every square mile of ocean contains 46,000 pieces of floating plastic.Once discarded, plastics are weathered and eroded into very small fragments known as micro-plastics.

These together with plastic pellets are already found in most beaches around the world.Plastic debris causes the deaths of more than a million seabirds every year, as well as more than 100,000 marine mammals.

Plastic materials and other litter can become concentrated in certain areas called gyres as a result of marine pollution gathered by oceanic currents. There are now 5 gyres in our ocean.

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The North Pacific Gyre, known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, occupies a relatively stationary area that is twice the size of Texas. Waste material from across the North Pacific Ocean, including coastal waters off North America and Japan, are drawn together.

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Courtesy & Source : UNESCO, Takepart, Times of India, Google

 

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