Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Most dangerous journey to school

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To the delight (or dismay) of millions, the school season is beginning in many countries throughout the world. But it’s important not to forget that, in some parts of the world, school can be a hard-won luxury. Many children throughout the world have to take the most incredible and unimaginable routes in order to receive the education that some of us may take for granted. This list we collected will show you just how determined some children can be when it comes to getting an education.

According to UNESCO, progress in connecting children to schools has slowed down over the past five years. Areas that lack suitable school routes can often flood, making it even harder for kids to commute. Dangerous paths are one of the main reasons why many children decide to quit school.
The solution might seem easy: build roads and bridges, buy buses and hire a driver. However, the lack of funds and recurring natural disasters in many countries make it difficult to provide children with the solutions they so desperately need.

5 Hrs Journey Into The Mountains On A 1ft Wide Path To Probably The Most Remote School In The World, Gulu, China

Image credits: Sipa Press

Schoolchildren Climbing On Unsecured Wooden Ladders, Zhang Jiawan Village, Southern China

Image credits: Imaginachina/Rex Features

Kids Traveling To A Boarding School Through The Himalayas, Zanskar, Indian Himalayas

Image credits: Timothy Allen

Pupils Crossing A Damaged Suspension Bridge, Lebak, Indonesia

After the story spread, Indonesia’s largest steel producer, PT Krakatau Steel, built a new bridge, so that the children could cross the river safely. (Image credits: Reuters)

Kids Flying 800m On A Steel Cable 400m Above The Rio Negro River, Colombia

Image credits: Christoph Otto

Pupils Canoeing To School, Riau, Indonesia

Image credits: Nico Fredia

Kids Traveling Through The Forest Across A Tree Root Bridge, India

Source: The Atlantic

A Girl Riding A Bull To School, Myanmar

Image credits: Andrey

Riding a Tuktuk (Auto Rickshaw) To School In Beldanga, India

Image credits: Dilwar Mandal

Crossing a Broken Bridge In The Snow To Get To School In Dujiangyan, Sichuan Province, China

Children Traveling On The Roof Of A Wooden Boat In Pangururan, Indonesia

Image credits: Muhammad Buchari

School Girls Walking Across A Plank On The Wall Of The 16th Century Galle Fort In Sri Lanka

Image credits: Reuters/Vivek Prakash

Pupils Traveling By Boat in Kerala, India

Image credits: Santosh Sugumar

Schoolchildren Riding A Horse Cart Back From School In Delhi, India

Image credits: Reuters

Students Crossing Ciherang River On A Makeshift Bamboo Raft, Cilangkap Village, Indonesia

125-Mile Journey To A Boarding School Through The Mountains, Pili, China

Image credits: unknown

Pupils Walking On A Tightrope 30 Feet Above A River, Padang, Sumatra, Indonesia

Elementary School Students Crossing A River On Inflated Tire Tubes, Rizal Province, Philippines

Image credits: Dennis M. Sabangan / EPA

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

How a Leopard Seal Fed Me Penguins

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Brian Clark Howard
PUBLISHED MARCH 11, 2014

While documenting leopard seals in Antarctica for a 2006National Geographic magazine story, photographer Paul Nicklen had an experience that he says "will stay with me forever" (see Nicklen's photos). That experience has recently resurfaced and gone viral on the Internet, thanks to remixing and postings on Facebook and other outlets.
"Leopard seals are the most incredible animals I've ever had the pleasure of photographing," he said. "When you get in the water with a wild animal, you're essentially giving yourself to that animal because, as humans, we're quite helpless and vulnerable in the water. You're at the seal's mercy. You're at the predator's mercy.
"Not only did the leopard seals not attack as some predicted they would, they fed me penguins, followed me around, and generally put on a nonstop show."
In the video above, Nicklen explained how an encounter with one particular female leopard seal was especially poignant. The animal had a head larger than a grizzly bear's, and it took his camera and his head into its mouth.
But instead of harming him, the seal began to "nurture" him. It began to bring him penguins, first alive, then dead, perhaps assuming that he was a "useless predator in her ocean."
The top predator apparently tried to feed the weaker Nicklen for four days as he scuba dived in the area, working on the assignment.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Top 10 Weird Military Cars of World War I

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This is a list of top ten strange military vehicles of second World War (WWII 1939 to 1945). Here’s another list: .
1. Rhino Heavy Armoured Car
Strange Vehicles of World War II
Rhino, was an armoured car designed in Australia during the Second World War. Due to enemy action and design problems the project never got beyond a prototype stage. The vehicle was completed by a welded turret with 30 mm all-round protection similar in design to that of the Crusader tank. The armament consisted of a QF 2 pounder Mk IX gun and a coaxial .303-inch Vickers machine gun.
2. Fox Armoured Car
Fox Armoured Car
The Fox Armoured Car was a wheeled armoured fighting vehicle produced by Canada in the Second World War. Built by General Motors, Canada, based on the British Humber Armoured Car hull on a CMP chassis. The turret was manually traversed and fitted with 0.303 and 050 in machine guns. The four man crew consisted of the vehicle commander, the driver, a gunner and a wireless operator. 1506 vehicles were manufactured.
3. Humber LRC Mk IIIA
Humber LRC Mk IIIA
The Humber Light Reconnaissance Car, also known as Humberette or Ironside, was a British armoured car produced during the Second World War. The car based on the Humber Super Snipe chassis (as was the 4×4 Humber Heavy Utility car). It was equipped with a No. 19 radio set. From 1940 to 1943 over 3600 units were built.
4. Canadian GM Mark I
Otter Light Reconnaissance Car
Also known as Otter Light Reconnaissance Car, was a light armoured car produced by Canada during the Second World War for British and Commonwealth. The Otter was based on the Chevrolet C15 Canadian Military Pattern truck chassis and used many standard GM components. The armament consisted of a hull-mounted Boys anti-tank rifle and a Bren light machine gun in a small open-topped turret. Although it used a more powerful engine than the Humber, it was larger and heavier (by a ton); overall performance was less than the Humber.
5. BA-64
Strange Vehicles of World War II
The BA-64 was a 4×4 light armoured car, employed by the Soviet Army from 1942 into the early 1960s for reconnaissance and liaison tasks. The BA-64B was nicknamed ‘Bobik’ by its crews. The total recorded number of BA-64s produced differs even in Russian sources. The most frequently-stated figures are 9,110 vehicles which were built in the GAZ automobile plant.
6. Standard Beaverette
Ancient Armoured Vehicles
Standard Car 4×2, or Car Armoured Light Standard, better known as the Beaverette, was a British armoured car produced during World War II.
7. S1 Scout Car
Strange Vehicles of World War II
This armoured car produced in Australia for the US Army during the Second World War. The vehicle was based on a Ford F15 4×2 chassis (a single 4×4 vehicle was built). The open-topped armoured hull was similar to that of the M3 Scout Car. The armament consisted of one .50 inch heavy machine gun and two .30 inch machine guns on skate rails, operated by the crew of five.
8. C15TA Armoured Truck
Armoured Truck
The C15TA Armoured Truck was an armoured load carrier produced by Canada during the Second World War. It was developed from the Otter Light Reconnaissance Car by General Motors Canada along a concept lines of the American M3 Scout Car. The vehicle used the chassis of the Chevrolet C15 Canadian Military Pattern truck design.
9. 39M Csaba
39M Csaba
The 39M Csaba was an armoured scout car produced for the Royal Hungarian Army during World War II. The vehicle had a 20 mm cannon and an 8 mm machine gun fixed on a centrally mounted turret, with 9 mm armoured plating. The vehicle was also equipped with a detachable 8 mm light machine gun fired through the rear hatch in the anti-aircraft role. The crew could dismount and carry this MG when conducting reconnaissance on foot. It also had two driving positions – one at the front as normal, and an additional one at the rear.
10. T27 Armored Car
T27 Armored Car
The T27 Armored Car was a prototype armored car developed for the US Army in 1944 by the Studebaker Corporation. The T27 was an eight wheeled vehicle, with the 1st, 2nd and 4th pairs of wheels being powered. With a crew of four, the T27 was armed with two .30 caliber machine guns and a 37 mm cannon. Powered by a Cadillac gasoline 8-cylinder engine, two T27′s were produced in 1944.

10 Most Destructive Hurricanes in U.S. History

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Hurricanes are threatening the U.S. as long as anyone will remember, however the financial damages the storms have caused has augmented in recent years.The devastation from Hurricane Sandy — later named a “Superstorm” — rang in at $68 billion, leaving 286 people dead and more than 6 million homeless.
Below is a list of ten most destructive hurricanes in U.S. history. The hurricanes on the list depict the severity of the damage the system has caused.

10. Hurricane Rita

Hurricane Rita
Season: 2005       Category 5 hurricane 
Areas affected: Cuba, United States Gulf Coast
The most intense Atlantic hurricane ever recorded and the most intense tropical cyclone ever observed in the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane Rita on September 20, at its peak intensity, attained 180 mph (285 km/h) winds. Coming so soon after Hurricane Katrina, Rita is often forgotten, but it caused $11.8 billion in damages and 120 deaths in four U.S. states.

9. Hurricane Hugo

Destructive Hurricanes in U.S.
Season: 1989        Category 5 hurricane 
Areas affected: The Caribbean, United States East Coast
Hurricane Hugo was a rare but powerful Cape Verde-type hurricane that caused widespread damage and loss of life in the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Southeast United States. The massively powerful Hugo had winds up to 135 mph, and caused $12.7 billion in damages, and killed more than 100 people.

8. Hurricane Charley

Hurricane Charley Damage
Season: 2004         Category 4 hurricane 
Areas affected: Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Florida, The Carolinas
It was the second major hurricane of the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season. Charley lasted from August 9 to August 15, and at its peak intensity it attained 150 mph (240 km/h) winds, making it a strong Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale. The storm made landfall in southwestern Florida at maximum strength, thus making it the strongest hurricane to hit the United States since Hurricane Andrew struck Florida twelve years before, in 1992. It caused nearly $16 billion in damages, and killed 15 people directly.

7. Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene Flood
Season: 2011      Category 3 hurricane 
Areas affected: The Caribbean, United States East Coast, Eastern Canada
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The first major hurricane of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season, ranked as the 7th-costliest hurricane in United States history. Hurricane Irene was a large and destructive tropical cyclone, which affected much of the Caribbean and East Coast of the United States during late August 2011. It caused widespread destruction and at least 56 deaths and $16.6 billion in damage.

6. Hurricane Ivan

Hurricane Ivan damage
Season: 2004      Category 5 hurricane 
Areas affected: The Caribbean, Venezuela, United States Gulf Coast
It was a large, long-lived, Cape Verde-type hurricane that caused widespread damage in the Caribbean and United States. The more powerful storm in the great hurricane year of 2004, Ivan killed over 100 people and caused an estimated US$18 billion in damages to the United States. It was the fifth costliest hurricane ever to strike the country.

5. Hurricane Wilma

Hurricane Wilma damage
Season: 2005       Category 5 hurricane 
Areas affected: Greater Antilles, Central America, Florida
It was the most intense tropical cyclone ever recorded in the Atlantic basin, and second-most destructive hurricane of the record-breaking 2005 season. An unusually late storm that came after Hurricane Katrina, Wilma made several landfalls, with the most destructive effects felt in the Yucat√°n Peninsula of Mexico, Cuba, and the US state of Florida. At least 62 deaths were reported, and damage is estimated at $29.1 billion, $20.6 billion of which occurred in the United States alone. It was the most powerful storm ever in the Atlantic.

4. Hurricane Ike

Hurricane Ike
Season: 2008       Category 4 hurricane 
Areas affected: Greater Antilles, Texas, Louisiana, Midwestern United States
The third-costliest hurricane ever to make landfall in the United States, Hurricane Ike was the ninth named storm, fifth hurricane, and third major hurricane of the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season. Ike was blamed for at least 195 deaths. Due to its immense size, Ike caused devastation from the Louisiana coastline all the way to the Kenedy County region near Corpus Christi, Texas. Ike caused flooding and significant damage along the Mississippi coastline and the Florida Panhandle. Damages from Ike in U.S. coastal and inland areas are estimated at $29.5 billion, with additional damage of $7.3 billion in Cuba, $200 million in the Bahamas, and $500 million in the Turks and Caicos, amounting to a total of at least $37.5 billion in damage.

3. Hurricane Andrew

Hurricane Andrew
Season: 1992      Category 5 hurricane 
Areas affected: The Bahamas, Florida, United States Gulf Coast
Hurricane Andrew was, at the time of its occurrence in August 1992, the costliest hurricane in United States history. Andrew blew through Florida, causing an astounding $45 billion in damages, and killed over 65 people.

2. Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy
Season: 2012,      Category 3 hurricane 
Areas affected: The Caribbean, United States East Coast, Eastern Canada
Superstorm Sandy is the second most destructive hurricane in United States history. Classified as the eighteenth named storm, tenth hurricane and second major hurricane of the year 2012. Sandy was a Category 3 storm at its peak intensity when it made landfall in Cuba. While it was a Category 2 storm off the coast of the Northeastern United States, the storm became the largest Atlantic hurricane on record (as measured by diameter, with winds spanning 1,100 miles (1,800 km)). Superstorm Sandy causing more than $68 billion in damages, a total surpassed only by Hurricane Katrina. At least 286 people were killed along the path of the storm in seven countries.

1. Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina
Season: 2005,      Category 5 hurricane
Areas affected: The Bahamas, United States Gulf Coast
One of the deadliest and most destructive hurricanes in the history of United States. Among recorded Atlantic hurricanes, it was the sixth strongest overall. Katrina remains the storm on which all others are judged, causing more than $125 billion in damages. At least 2,000 people died in the hurricane and subsequent floods, making it the deadliest U.S. hurricane since the 1928 Okeechobee hurricane, and millions were affected.
 
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