From Mylène Miyafox:
* Doesn’t she look cute!? *
From Sun Gazing:
* US citizens, why don’t you write to your members of Congress? *
Completing a university degree is often considered to be an expensive endeavour and tuition fees are usually making up the bulk part of the cost. Norwegian universities and state university colleges as a rule do not charge tuition fees for international students. However, you should take into consideration that living expenses in Norway are higher than in many other countries.
“Nothing is for free” is a saying that is true in many cases. But in Norway it is possible to get quality education without having to pay tuition fees. If certain prerequisites are met you could also be eligible for financial support that can pay for your living expenses. Through various fellowship programmes, scholarship schemes or student loans, international students can receive funding for a full degree or a limited number of semesters.
I want to study in Norway but need financial support. What do I do?
How you can financially support your stay in Norway will depend on several factors:
- your current country of legal residency
- your current home institution
- your previous education
- what institution/degree/subject area you are seeking admission to
We recommend that you first contact the International Office at your home university to see if institutional agreements with a Norwegian institution exist. Also, check our scholarship section to see if you are eligible for support through any programmes or schemes
From Famous People;
Поздравляем вас с замечательным весенним праздником 8 Марта! Пусть исполнятся все ваши мечты !
In a surprising move that is sure to send shock waves across the entire captive whale and dolphin industry, a California lawmaker will propose legislation to outlaw Shamu shows at SeaWorld San Diego.
State Assemblymember Richard Bloom, D–Santa Monica, will introduce Friday the Orca Welfare and Safety Act, which would make it illegal to “hold in captivity, or use, a wild-caught or captive-bred orca for performance or entertainment purposes.” The bill would also ban artificial insemination of captive killer whales in California and block the import of orcas or orca semen from other states.
Violators would face a fine up to $100,000 and/or six months in a county jail.
“There is no justification for the continued captive display of orcas for entertainment purposes,” Bloom declared in a written statement prior to a press conference to be held at the Santa Monica Pier. “These beautiful creatures are much too large and far too intelligent to be confined in small, concrete pens for their entire lives. It is time to end the practice of keeping orcas captive for human amusement.”
According to Bloom, the law would be “the most comprehensive protection law for captive orcas in the United States in over 40 years.”
Under the terms of the bill, all 10 orcas held in tanks at SeaWorld San Diego, the only California facility that has whales, “shall be rehabilitated and returned to the wild where possible.” If that is not possible, then the whales must be “transferred and held in a sea pen that is open to the public and not used for performance or entertainment purposes.”
Exempt from the legislation are any orcas held for rehabilitation after a rescue or stranding, or for research purposes. But even these animals would have to be returned to the ocean or sent to a sea pen.
Some of you might not have noticed that at the top of Ralphie’s Portal on the right-hand side there is a link to my very own art-site, where I show my recently painted oil paintings and photographs taken. Just to give you an example, here’s a portrait of two English bulldogs that I finished only the day before yesterday:
The hand of Mother Nature
cradles her many children
in the gentlest of ways,
to keep them safe from harm.
Nimbly and sure-footed,
across intersecting tightropes,
she balances our greedy needs,
against the greater good of all.
Like all good mothers would,
she protects her flesh and blood,
who by their mindless straying
would surely come to fall.
From Vinícius Thomazini:
* Always loved this song! *
Recorded at Wally Heider’s Studio C, San Francisco, June 9, 1970. Engineer: Bill Halverson. Produced by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Song originally released on Déjà Vu, March 11, 1970. Unreleased unedited original version.
Magnets are not attracted to copper, but incredibly strong magnets interact with copper in a pretty amazing way. If you drop a neodymium magnet down through a copper pipe it’s descent is slowed. The stronger the magnet and the thicker the pipe, the slower the fall. Take a look.
This is an excellent demonstration of Lenz’s law and eddy currents. If you’re not familiar with Lenz’s Law, Wikipedia defines it as: “An induced electromotive force (emf) always gives rise to a current whose magnetic field opposes the original change in magnetic flux”.
Let us walk up to the Moon…
it’s not that far away.
* This is hilarious. She has them all down pat, although she’s talking nonsense in all of them. *
A thin blue line shoots across the horizon and that is the mark. You know the sun will eventually set underneath that line, but until then, the moment where it crosses that line, you are witness to one of the most beautiful sights in the Universe.
Here are a few things these earthly wonders called sunsets have taught me over the years:
Beautiful pastel hues of orange and yellow shine bright around the sun, but as you expand your perspective the entire rainbow of colors is there. Soft baby blue and turquoise clouds float calmly through the open sky. Streaks of dark purple and red dash like the strokes of a mad painter.
A sunset is not a single color, and every new color adds beauty. Why would this world be any different? You matter. Your unique story, your unique gifts will add to this Universe – it is your choice if you want it to be the bright yellow or the soft turquoise.
A sunset is when change is most evident. Where the sun that has been moving all day, now, finally seems to move in a way that matters. The scene transforms and every moment brings a different sunset. Every second something changes and makes the scenery just a little bit different, just a little more unique.
Change is neither good or bad – change is. It will happen, and continue to happen, and therein lies the beauty. Because routine bores us and just when the novelty in our life seems to be wearing off, the Universe will change it. Not for better or worst, just different.
Even if we are identical twins standing next to each other, we will not be looking at the same sunset. Your entire life, even the way the breeze shakes your shirt and not your twin’s, every single experience you have ever had, adds towards an increasingly complex experience that cannot be the same as anyone else’s. Your sunset is your sunset – your life is your life.
Every second you are adding to your own unique universe – make the next second matter.
Just like every existence is unique, so is every moment. The sunset you are seeing now, you will never see again. “You have never been older, and you will never be this young again.” Enjoy the now; enjoy this sunset.
How can a ball of fire that is millions of miles away— something that sucks in life and spits out fire—create something as beautiful as a sunset, as beautiful as life? How can such beauty hold such destruction? How can light that blinds only be seen during certain moments? Why must darkness always follow?
There are usually more questions than answers, live for the questions. As answers, well, they change… read above.
To read the five other reasons, click on the link at the top!
From Marcos Witt:
Translation: ”When my soul intches, I scratch it with music!”:
From Sheikh Nasr on YouTube:
This is Suda, a 4-year-old elephant from Thailand. Elephants are one of the few species on this planet that are sentient (can perceive feeling; feel emotions), self-aware (conscious of themselves as individuals, i.e. they recognise themselves in a mirror, rather than thinking their reflection is another elephant), and significantly intelligent. These are the three main traits we as humans posses, and they lead us to believe that we are separate from animals; better; more advanced. In reality, we are really not that different from them. It’s such a shame that these beautiful animals are subjected to such cruelty and suffering at the hands of trophy hunters and circus masters, when they are so similar to us.
* Anybody doing harm to an elephant should be drawn and quartered!!! *
Hundreds of cities and municipalities across Germany are raising the Tibetan flag on town halls and public buildings on March 10th, 2014.
They are participating in the campaign “Raising your flag for Tibet!” of the Tibet Initiative Deutschland (TID) and are sending a strong signal to the German government:
“On March 10, we commemorate the Tibetan uprising of 1959, which was brutally suppressed by the Chinese occupational forces. Raising the flag for Tibet means showing support for the Tibetan right to self-determination and the protection of human rights in Tibet”, says Tsewang Norbu, Boardmember, TID. “Such a symbol of solidarity is especially important in light of the current events.”
TID is extremely alarmed by the chain of events in the last months. “So far, over 127 Tibetans have set themselves on fire to protest the Chinese occupation. While the Chinese government is using outright violence as its strategy, the international community chose to elect China into the UN Human Rights Council”, says Tsewang Norbu.
“We are shocked by the discrepancy between China’s actions and its position in the world as well as its political influence. The Spanish government relenting to this pressure in the court case to indict former Chinese leaders of genocide in Tibet is a recent example showing the extent to which China has already succeeded in interfering with and overriding our democratic systems.”
Even in Germany, China’s influence is clearly visible: “Our campaign participants are pressured by Chinese officials to withdraw from the campaign and not to raise the Tibetan flag. The long arm of the Chinese government is even reaching the smallest German towns. However, we will not be intimidated by this”, says Anna Momburg-Vanderpool, Campaign Coordinator of TID.
“On March 10th, the political representatives of cities and municipalities are taking a stand for self-determination and the protection of human rights in Tibet, showing that human rights are not negotiable”, says Momburg-Vanderpool.
With this strong political support, the TID demands from the German government not to give in to pressure by the Chinese government. The state visit of Chinese president Xi Jinping in Berlin at the end of March is a great opportunity for a clear signal.
“Chancellor Merkel has to clearly speak up for the rights of the Tibetans. We expect that she requests the Chinese government to re-engage in a dialogue with the Tibetans and to stop the spiral of violence”, says Norbu.
Prominent voices are supporting the campaign „Raising your flag for Tibet”
The campaign is supported by Dr. Henning Scherf (SPD), former Mayor of the city of Bremen. Additionally, Claudia Roth (BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN), Vice-president of the German Parliament, and Sabine Bätzing-Lichtenthäler (SPD), Member of the German Parliament and Chairwoman of the Tibet Discussion Group in the German Parliament, are both raising the flag for Tibet:
Musicians and actors such as Judith Holofernes, Benno Fürmann, Ralf Bauer as well as Chinese writer and dissident Liao Yiwu are also participating and raising the flag for Tibet.
Additional statements of prominent voices can be found here: www.tibet-flagge.de/causes-category/starke-stimmen/
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 05 March 2014 08:45 )