Capturing a student in a classroom in Sierra Leone
Laura Cook, a photographer currently based in Sierra Leone, focuses on sport as education. Her job requires many visits to schools in the area; here’s a student portrait at a football academy in Tombo:
Education is improving in Salone all the time but many schools still have overcrowded classrooms and a lack of qualified staff. It is also clear that for most, education is seen as the solution to many of the problems faced in this part of West Africa.
National Agricultural Day is a day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture. Every year, producers, agricultural associations, government agencies and countless others across America join together to recognize the contributions of agriculture.
Official Website: http://www.agday.org/
The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) is an organization uniquely composed of leaders in the agriculture, food and fiber communities dedicated to increasing the public awareness of agriculture’s vital role in our society. The Agriculture Council of America and the National Ag Day program was started in 1973.
ACA believes that every American should:
Understand how food and fiber products are produced.
Appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.
Value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy.
Acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food and fiber industry.
The primary focus of ACA is to conduct the National Agriculture Day Program which occurs in March of every year.
Support and encourage programs and activities in observance of National Agriculture Day by organizations, companies and individuals.
Provide planning information and materials in support of National Agriculture Day programs and activities.
Inform trade and general media about National Agriculture Day and provide information to increase awareness.
Involve the agricultural public relations community in support of National Agriculture Day.
ACA is a not-for-profit (501-c-6) organization and maintains the ACA Education Foundation which is an educational foundation (501-c-3) organization. These organizations are supported through a management contract with the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA).
To accomplish its purpose, the ACA receives funding from companies, associations, foundations and individuals. Contributions to the ACA are not tax deductible under the policies of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Contributions to the ACA Education Foundation may be tax-deductible. Contributors are encouraged to consult a tax advisor.
“It’s National Agriculture Day, March 25, 2014. We’d like to recognize farmer Jas Singh of God’s Little Acre Farm in Surrey BC. In 2011, God’s Little Acre was a 30 acre hay field. Leaving the corporate world behind, Jas Singh took on the challenge of turning a hay field into a potato field for those in need.
Following a vision, Jas undertook a farming venture for the needy. At the time he acquired the farm ($1) lease, he had $110 to his name and the only asset owned was a pick up truck which was broken down so he borrowed a vehicle from a friend.
With one working tractor and one clutchless one, he borrowed machinery from local farms, financed seed potato and acquired fertilizer that was picked up off the pavement at a loading facility. Gods Little Acre was born. Thank you Jas for all that you do!”
Someone once told me(roughly), “You don’t fall in love once, you fall in love multiple times and everytime it is different”.
Would I let such a beautiful line go? No. I have incomprehensible amount of work left, but here I am typing a post because YES, WEIRDNESS LEVEL 99.
I found something that relates with the line.. and I feel like posting it here. Strangely, it is NOT poetry.
“L.O.V.E.- It is perhaps the strangest and the most complex of all four words.. You know WHY? Because it is the simplest complexity and the most complex simplicity together. There are a million LOVE stories that we never hear and some of them are so incredibly beautiful that it will put the TITANIC tale to shame, but these stories are NOT famous.. not like ROMEO and JULIET.. they die a death with the people who LOVED.. because some tales never get the medium……
The episode comes after nearly two years of reflection and reform at the agency. | AP Photo
The fact that these people were assigned to protect the POTUS while overseas makes this a big deal. So many people hate the President and I’m hoping those guys were not among the haters. I’m hard-pressed to recall this happening to any of the other President in my lifetime…from Eisenhower to George W. Bush. In my opinion, this is really scary…
Three Secret Service agents responsible for protecting President Obama in Amsterdam this week were sent home and put on administrative leave Sunday after going out for a night of drinking, according to three people familiar with the incident. One of them was found drunk and passed out in a hotel hallway, the people said.
The hotel staff alerted the U.S. Embassy in the Netherlands after finding the unconscious…
Washington’s mudslide death toll continues to rise, some Americans get an ObamaCare deadline extension, and more
1. Likely death toll from mudslide rises to 24
Search crews recovered two more bodies Tuesday under the Washington state mudslide and believed they had located another eight, pushing the likely death toll to 24. Authorities expect it to rise further. As crews continued looking for signs of life on Wednesday, four days after the disaster, as many as 176 people remained missing. “We haven’t lost hope that there’s a possibility that we can find somebody alive in some pocket area,” said a local fire chief. [Fox News]
2. The Obama administration extends the health care enrollment deadline With ObamaCare’s open enrollment ending in less than a week, the Obama administration is scheduled…
Prayer of Peace
Deep within the still center of my being, may I find peace.
Silently, within the quiet grove, may I cultivate peace.
Gently, within the greater circle of humankind, may I radiate peace.
Namo Amitabha Buddha Relax Music
~~Uploaded on Jan 19, 2011~~
Buddha Wisdoms with Namo Amitabha Buddha Relax Music
Space telescopes were proposed as early as 1923. Hubble was funded in the 1970’s, with a proposed launch in 1983, but the project was beset by technical delays, budget problems, and the Challenger disaster. When finally launched in 1990, Hubble’s main mirror was found to have been ground incorrectly, compromising the telescope’s capabilities. The optics were corrected to their intended quality by a servicing mission in 1993.
Hubble is the only telescope designed to be serviced in space by astronauts. Between 1993 and 2002, four Space Shuttle missions repaired, upgraded, and replaced systems on the telescope; a fifth mission was canceled on safety grounds following the Columbia disaster. However, after spirited public discussion, NASA administrator Mike Griffin approved one final servicing mission, completed in 2009. The telescope is now expected to function until at least 2014, and possibly 2020. Its scientific successor, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), is currently scheduled to be launched in 2018.
Hubble Space Telescope
The Hubble Space Telescope as seen from the departing Space ShuttleAtlantis, flying Servicing Mission 4 (STS-125), the fifth and latest human spaceflight to it.
Hubble Telescope Celebrates 24 Years With a Great Wave
Full Credit/Article/Source: Alan Boyle
Astronomers have caught a cosmic wave to celebrate the 24th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope’s launch.
Anniversary pictures have become a yearly tradition for the telescope, which went into space on April 24, 1990, aboard the space shuttle Discovery. The latest picture, released Monday, March 24, 2014, reminds the Hubble team of “The Great Wave,” a 19th-century print by the Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai.
This “wave” is a cosmic crest of hydrogen gas and dust in the Monkey Head Nebula, a star-forming region 6,400 light-years from Earth in the constellation Orion. Hubble’s infrared view shows how the dusty cloud is being sculpted by ultraviolet light from hot stars in the center of the nebula. Check out these images from Hokusai (and Hubble) to put the picture in perspective.
Hubble is named after an astronomer. His name was Edwin P. Hubble. An astronomer is someone who studies the planets, stars and space. Edwin P. Hubble made important discoveries in the early 1900’s. He found many galaxies in the universe. His work also led to the idea that the universe was getting bigger, as if from a big explosion. Scientists call this explosion the big bang. The explosion would have happened billions of years ago.
What Are Hubble’s Most Important Discoveries?
Hubble pictures have helped scientists guess the age and size of the universe. Scientists think the universe is about 13 or 14 billion years old. Hubble has also helped scientists understand how planets and galaxies form. A picture called “Hubble Ultra Deep Field” shows the farthest galaxies ever seen.
Hubble has spotted black holes. Black holes suck in everything around them, including light. Hubble has also helped to discover dark energy. Dark energy is a strange force that causes the universe to expand faster and faster as time goes on. And Hubble has helped scientists learn more about explosions that occur when huge stars die.
A rose made of galaxies, extreme star cluster, stellar nursery, infra-red view of the Horsehead nebula (23rd anniversary picture)
~~Best of Hubble – 22 Years of Incredible Images~~
~~Published on Jul 9, 2012~~
Visit my website at http://www.junglejoel.com – this episode of Hubblecast celebrates the best Hubble Space Telescope pictures of the last 22 years.
Credit: NASA ESA Hubble