When the World Stopped Turning: A 9/11 Tribute

Sending a heart filled with “LOVE” in remembrance of those lives lost, the “HEROES” who died needlessly on that Heartless September Day.

September 11, 2001 Terrorists Attacks

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The September 11 attacks (also referred to as September 11, September 11th, or 9/11 were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks launched by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda upon the United States in New York City and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Four passenger airliners were hijacked by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists so they could be flown into buildings in suicide attacks. Two of those planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, were crashed into the North and South towers, respectively, of the World Trade Center complex in New York City. Within two hours, both towers collapsed with debris and the resulting fires causing partial or complete collapse of all other buildings in the WTC complex, as well as major damage to ten other large surrounding structures. A third plane, American Airlines Flight 77, was crashed into the Pentagon (the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense), leading to a partial collapse in its western side. The fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, was targeted at Washington, D.C.,but crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania after its passengers tried to overcome the hijackers. In total, almost 3,000 people died in the attacks, including the 227 civilians and 19 hijackers aboard the four planes. It also was the deadliest incident for firefighters in the history of the United States.

Suspicion quickly fell on al-Qaeda. Although the group’s leader, Osama bin Laden, initially denied any involvement, in 2004 he claimed responsibility for the attacks. Al-Qaeda and bin Laden cited U.S. support of Israel, the presence of U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia, and sanctions against Iraq as motives for the attacks. The United States responded to the attacks by launching the War on Terror and invading Afghanistan to depose the Taliban, which had harbored al-Qaeda. Many countries strengthened their anti-terrorism legislation and expanded law enforcement powers. Having evaded capture for years, bin Laden was located and killed by U.S. forces in May 2011. World tradeThe destruction of the Twin Towers and other properties caused serious damage to the economy of Lower Manhattan and had a significant effect on global markets. Cleanup of the World Trade Center site was completed in May 2002, and the Pentagon was repaired within a year. Numerous memorials have been constructed, including the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York, the Pentagon Memorial, and the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania. After a lengthy delay, the 1,776-foot-tall (541 m) One World Trade Center was completed at the World Trade Center site in New York City in 2013.

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South Sudan: No News From Malakal

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MSB8017South Sudan: No News From Malakal – The Malakal Teaching Hospital was attacked by armed men in February. Upon their return to the hospital, teams from Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) discovered eleven bodies. Some patients had been shot.
In December 2013, violence broke out in Juba, the capital of South Sudan. The conflict soon spread through the world’s youngest country, taking on a sectarian tone that echoed the ethnic divisions that preceded independence from Sudan in 2011. Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has been working in South Sudan for more than two decades. The organization had a number of teams already on the ground when the crisis erupted last December, and has been working to meet the needs of those affected by the conflict.

Briefing

5379693385613312In 2011, the newly independent Republic of South Sudan formally came into existence, following more than 20 years of civil war between separatist forces and the government of Sudan in Khartoum. But amid the celebrations that surrounded the creation of Africa’s newest country were causes for concern. South Sudan has been beset by a number of severe humanitarian challenges since the day it became an independent nation state. Disease, malnutrition and displacement remain rife in the country, while the health system is extremely weak and under-resourced. Moreover, many parts of South Sudan continue to experience high levels of violence, a legacy of divisions that date to before the end of the civil war.

On December 15, 2013, that violence took on a new and urgent dimension, as clashes between rival groups in the presidential guard began in Juba, South Sudan’s capital city. These clashes soon spread and took on a distinctly sectarian tone. The ensuing conflict has led to the destruction of medical and other civilian structures, and the displacement of more than a million people inside South Sudan, with an additional 300,000 seeking refuge in neighbouring countries. The conflict has rendered most of the existing health facilities in the country non-functional, leaving most people with no access to healthcare.

Once the fighting began, MSF increased its capacity to rapidly respond to emergency medical needs in the country. MSF teams are now running more than 22 medical and non-medical programs, as well as outreach activities in nine of South Sudan’s 10 states, providing basic healthcare, nutritional support, surgeries and vaccinations, as well as clean water to people who have fled their homes.

For the latest updates on the crisis in South Sudan and MSF’s response to it, please follow the links below:

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Thank You

946841_470100169745544_2074815284_n It has recently come to my attention that a select few Blogs that I follow, I am no longer able to “Like” or “Comment” on your Blogs. wordpressI appeared at one Blog to say Thank you for the referral and kind words, but I am no longer able, so this will be my Thank You. I understand completely, I just wish we could all speak our minds and share our true thoughts, but that’s like asking for a miracle really :-). Yes I am an adult and I always respect the wishes of others, if you would politely say wordpress2“I don’t mind you visiting my blog but I rather you not use the comment or like features please”, I’m cool with that, I’ve been singled out, ignored and or disrespected by select individuals all my life, so it’s been a normal part of my life that now has it’s own “Self-Adjusting Mechanism”, so no worries, I’m not troubled about it 🙂 wordpress (1)Believe it or not right now the majority of my closest friends are hetro-sexual (STR8) ya that’s correct, as there’s always one or two bad apples that poison the rest and or create problems where there should be none. Now that I am enrolled in “The Web Essentials” program, I no longer have the time that I once did to visit your blogs and read your posts, most of my free time will now be allocated for my studies.

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June 13, 2013
followed-blog-200-1xOne last thing I want to also clarify the purpose of Bullying Prevention here and it’s not to get Likes or comments, even though they are greatly appreciated, nor am I here to make friends, but I certainly have made a few good friends, with no regrets, and last I am not in search of a partner, there’s a place and time for that and it’s not B.P. they are dating or singles websites. B.P’s blog here on WordPress, it’s one and single purpose is to supply as much relevant information on topic together in one place, and spread “AWARENESS” of the Silent Killer “BULLYING” for the 150+ visitors and site traffic that passes through Bullying Prevention every day. So a great big Thank you to one and all for your support, kind words and just for being there…sending Lotsa Luv to one and all….have an awesome weekend 🙂
banner3931re2poppyNov 11, 2013 is approaching quickly, so I want to take a moment to remind everyone to show RESPECT & DIGNITY for those who gave their lives so the rest of us (well most of us) can enjoy a free and safe existence, my Dad was one of those men, he served on the Naval Ships During “World War 2” as believe it or not “A Cook” in my eyes he was and will always be the greatest man that ever “LIVED”
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What a Wonderful World | Playing For Change

Playing For Change is proud to present a new video of the song “What A Wonderful World” featuring Grandpa Elliott with children’s choirs across the globe. In these hard times children and music bring us hope for a better future. Today we celebrate life and change the world one heart and one song at a time!! This video was produced in partnership with Okaïdi childrens clothing stores. Okaidi designed a special line of PFC T-Shirts to be sold in over 700 Okaïdi stores worldwide this holiday season. Okaïdi has committed 1 euro per T-Shirt sold to go to supporting the PFC Musicians and PFC Foundation’s music education programs. We thank them for their generous support of the Playing For Change Movement!

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Ratify Child Soldiers Treaty

ddws2amastheadYour message was sent to:
universal-declaration-of-human-rights1Representative of Pakistan to the U.N. H.E. Mr. Abdullah Hussain Haroon
Representative of Liberia to the U.N. H.E. Ms. Marjon V. Kamara
Representative of Zambia to the U.N. H.E. Mr. Lazarous Kapambwe
Representative of Estonia to the U.N. H.E. Mr. Margus Kolga
Representative of Cameroon to the U.N. H.E. Mr. Tommo Monthe
Representative of Nauru to the U.N. H.E. Mrs. Marlene Moses
Representative of Nigeria to the U.N. H.E. Mrs. Joy Ogwu
Representative of Lebanon to the U.N. H.E. Mr. Nawaf Salam
Representative of Guinea-Bissau to the U.N. H.E. João Soares Da Gama
Representative of Dominican Republic to the U.N. H.E. Mr. Héctor Virgilio Alcántara Mejía

Your Excellency:

I am writing to urge your government to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict.

Child soldiers are fighting in at least 14 armed conflicts around the world. They are often recruited through force or deception, and exposed to horrific violence. They may begin as messengers or porters, but too often end up on the front lines of combat. Some are forced to commit atrocities and many girls are sexually exploited. They are denied an education and robbed of their childhood. Many do not survive.

This year is the tenth anniversary of the entry into force of the Optional Protocol. This important treaty, which has been ratified by 144 countries around the world, prohibits the forced recruitment of children under the age of 18 or their participation in hostilities. However, to date your country has not yet ratified the optional protocol.

I respectfully ask you to use your influence to ensure that your government ratifies the optional protocol as soon as possible in order to make clear its firm commitment to end the use of child soldiers.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
Terry KInden
14-36 rue Tasse
Gatineau, J8Z1S4
Blogger's for peace
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A Human Rights Moment >2<

front1LGBT-RightsOn 26 September 2013, leaders from the United Nation’s core group of countries working to end violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people met in New York for the first-ever ministerial meeting at the United Nations on LGBT rights. Here, Free & Equal — the unprecedented United Nations public information campaign for LGBT equality — captures strong statements by several attendees, who included thegay-and-lesbian-rights-2 United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the U.S. Secretary of State, the Argentine, Brazilian, Croatian, Dutch and Norwegian foreign ministers, the French Minister of Development Cooperation, senior officials from the European Union, Japan and New Zealand, and the directors of Human Rights Watch and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission.
Those present issued an historic Ministerial Declaration on Ending Violence and Discrimination against Individuals lgbt (1)Based on their Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. The declaration was endorsed by the U.S. Secretary of State, the foreign ministers of Argentina, Brazil, Croatia, El Salvador, France, Israel, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand and Norway, and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union.
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The “L” Project

storydownloadBehind every project that is embraced by any community, there is a story. It usually starts with a personal spark from one individual who is moved and motivated by something immediate to do something unusual and extraordinary. That person finds themselves on a journey, gathering or attracting people with similar midsets to compliment and enhance the vision. This is our story, the story of “care if you share” – thew story of how George and Sofia became ‘The L Project’.arrangement

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How did this all happen?

the-l-projectEver start out with an idea one day, only to feel like you woke up the next with a massive project on your hands? For most people that idea is something like cleaning out the garage. Lets run with that analogy. Imagine you woke up one day, and saw how untidy your neighbours garage was. You decide to do something nice for your neighbour because he lacks the strength to do it on his own. You make a start. When you open the door you realise it would be easier with a couple extra hands. Some people offer to help. Everyone that passes by then starts to get involved, because what you’re doing is such a lovely, sweet, selfless thing, and everyone wants to be a part of it. As you’re tidying, you think, “there’s probably more people need help tidying their garages, we could do this for the world! if only we could enthuse people to look at their neighbours garages and see if they need help with them…”Okay, that’s as far as I want to go with that. You get the idea.g_differenceHere’s what actually happenned:
LPheaderOne day Georgey Payne was chatting with a young friend of hers who confided in her that he was being bullied at school for being gay. Being bullied for any reason is awful, but for someone so young to be bullied for something they themselves have not yet come to terms with, can be hugely detrimental. Georgey was all too aware of the high suicide rate in young gay teens because the media had started to shine a big light on it. Georgey is a songwriter, and like any other, the best way she can express herself is through a combination of music, melody and words. She wanted to cheer her friend up, and let him know that he was not alone. So she penned him a song. It was quite obvious to her (and everyone who has ever heard the song), that the message of hope she had written was one that so many more individuals could benefit from.
Enter a bright spark in Georgey’s mind, in a feed-the-world kind of manner. What if? She decided to put some feelers out. images (1)The idea being to record the song and put it out with all the proceeds for charity. With this in mind she contacted a number of singers she’d met on the gigging circuit in the UK, voices she’d heard and loved, people she thought would be interested in giving up their time for this project, and people she knew would trust that she could do this right. The key word here is trust. Many people have asked why all the singers on this track and gay and female. The answer is simple, these are the artists that all knew and trusted Georgey. They knew she would not be wasting their time, and that her intentions were more than good and ethical. No-one was going to make money out of this endeavour other than the charities, not on Georgey’s watch. Once the singers and musicians had listened to a rough version of the track, and said “yes” to becoming the recording artists, the next stage was to get it recorded. But somewhere in between one of the singers, Sofia Antonia Milone, offered her skills as a designer to the project. In order to record the song, despite being offered a hefty discount from the studio, Georgey still needed to raise money. There was not only the studio to pay for, but accommodation and travel to provide for the contributors. To do that Georgey had to appeal to local and national businesses asking for money. Some of them she knew, and they (just like the artists) trusted her enough to sponsor the recording of the song; but to win the faith of bigger companies, the song needed a professional online presence, to show it meant business. And Sofia set about immediately providing that.f_together

The online phenomenon
2608007_300Once there was a website, and a logo, and other things in place, there came the time to push the project pre-release on the facebook page. Since this track was always intended to be download only, in order to forego the costs of physical pressing of CDs, it made sense for the root of the entire campaign to be on facebook. Within a few weeks the likes were in the thousands, without even having heard the song. Sofia and Georgey aimed to have 3,000 likes pre-release. And on the day of release in February they had managed well over 10,000. The likes continue to grow daily, but what the co-ordinators could not have foreseen was the way the online community not only got behind the song, and the project, but had started to use their page to share stories, and be a support to anyone who joined. This is when ‘share if you care’ began, and it dawned on Georgey and Sofia that this was just going to be the first of many, many projects.imagesThe single reached number 11 in the UK indie charts in the first week of release, and was top of both iTunes and Amazon in various download charts. Not only this, but they won a special award in March 2012 for “Outstanding contribution to the LGBT community” from the Midlands Zone Readers Awards. Now that the project has a much higher profile, and some even global recognition, they know that finding people to trust them with the next project is not going to be hard. Empowering people to educate themselves and others is what this project has become. If you want to know more about upcoming events, projects and how you can help, just take a look thought the project pages. Who wouldn’t want to share the “L”? Sofia & Georgey

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Bloggers for Peace: Monthly Peace Challenge – Quote This

forpeace6Every month Kozo at Everyday Gurus inspires a new B4Peace challenge. This month’s challenge is all about quotes. This quote I heard many years ago, the true meaning of what the writer was trying to say is not clear, I have come over the years to adopt my own meaning for the quote, “One will never be content with what he has, only when he achieves what he needs, will he be totally content, also now a favorite Quote….You’ll find more great B4Peace quotes from Fec THis, Terkin, Indria’s Blog, and MotherWifeStudentWorker.
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Fundraiser

photo7942heart (2)As Bullying Prevention begins our “My Project Love” our first mission is to raise $500 to sponsor a child in a developing country for the period of one year, a monthly rate of $39×12, this is a obtainable goal, it not only helps the child, rather the entire family, so please show your support, $1.00 is appreciated…donate now..On a personal level I have once in 2006 sponsored a child through Plan Canada and it was the most rewarding feeling one could have, if you are able to sponsor a child on your own, that be great to…even a dollor is greatly apprieated….thank you so very much and lotsa luv – See more at my page on Crowdrise about my Fundraiser or you can even create your own fundraiser to sponsor a girl, click here, to learn more you can watch the video of Girls Without Voices.

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