Illegal migrants rescued in Greece

According to this article, which was published in The Guardian, 1700 people have died in the Mediterranean Sea this year trying to reach European ground illegally. These people take immense risks to leave their home country and reach Europe, hoping to start a new life in a European country.

Last Monday, a yacht sank off the coast of the touristic Greek island, Rhodes. It was probably coming from Turkey.

Rhodes

In the video below, you can see the wreck, it appears 200 people were packed on this boat. Some people drowned, but most of the passengers were rescued and taken to a hospital. A woman even gave birth to her baby in a Greek hospital shortly after her rescue.

This man, a soldier, quickly arrived on the site of the accident, and saved quite a few lives. His training and his strong desire to help the people in distress have made him a hero. Just like in the movies ! Except he got hurt and cut for real.

Greek man saving immigrant

The mother of the newborn chose to name him Antonis, just like her savior.

Read the article : http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/25/migrant-boat-crisis-the-sergeant-who-did-his-duty-towards-people-struggling-for-their-lives

Will Scotland become independent ?

On September 18th, the Scots will vote and decide whether they want to remain British, or become independent. Says Wikipedia :

The Kingdom of Scotland emerged as an independent sovereign state in the Early Middle Ages and continued to exist until 1707. Having entered into a personal union with the kingdoms of England and Ireland following James VI‘s succession to the English and Irish thrones in 1603, Scotland subsequently entered into a political union with England on 1 May 1707 to create a single Kingdom of Great Britain. This union resulted from the Treaty of Union agreed in 1706 and enacted by the twin Acts of Union passed by the Parliaments of both countries, despite popular opposition and anti-union riots in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and elsewhere. Great Britain itself subsequently entered into a political union with Ireland on 1 January 1801 to create the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

Another page of history is about to be turned.

Wanted : 2 bad guys in white boxers, maybe French…

Last week, someone put a video on YouTube showing a stupid man in white boxers who attracted a squirrel to the edge of the Grand Canyon cliff, and then heartlessly kicked it into the void. The edge is more than 1600 meters high… Rumor has it that the men were French… This is terrible for the reputation of French people, who are not very popular in Anglo-Saxon countries. They are seen as : rude, arrogant, impatient, dirty, etc…

Some people say that the squirrel may not be injured too badly, as squirrels are used to fall from trees, and they have a small and light body, and their fluffy tail can soften the blow of the landing… But no one can know what happened to that squirrel now.

Anyway, the authorities are investigating the sources of the video in order to find those men. If found, they might have to pay a 5000$ fine, and they could even spend 6 months in jail for harassing wildlife.

This video also has a script on the YouTube page.

Source : http://www.dailymail.co.uk

Storm chaser…

Some people like to watch clouds, some people like to watch storms… This time-lapse video (= an accelerated video) of the birth of a storm is quite amazing… and this happened last Sunday in the state of Wyoming.

More explanations about supercells here :

Sourcehttp://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2014/05/19/wow-wyoming-surreal-supercell-thunderstorm-time-lapse-photos-and-video/

Skateistan

As you can read on Wikipedia :

“Afghanistan Listen/æfˈɡænɨstæn/, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country located in Central Asia and South Asia. It has a population of around 30 million inhabiting an area of approximately 652,000 km2 (252,000 sq mi), making it the 42nd most populous and 41st largest nation in the world. It is bordered by Pakistan and India in the south and the east, Iran in the west, TurkmenistanUzbekistan, and Tajikistan in the north, and China in the far northeast…

After the British left India in 1947, the United States and the Soviet Union began spreading influences in Afghanistan, which led in 1979 to a bloody war between the US-backed mujahideen forces and the Soviet-backed Afghan government in which over a million Afghans lost their lives. This was followed by a 1990s civil war, the rise and fall of the extremist Taliban government, and the 2001–present war. In December 2001, the United Nations Security Council authorized the creation of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) to help maintain security in Afghanistan and assist the Karzai administration.

Three decades of war made Afghanistan one of the world’s most dangerous countries. While the international community is rebuilding war-torn Afghanistan, terrorist groups such as the Haqqani Network and Hezbi Islami are actively involved in a nationwide Taliban-led insurgency, which includes hundreds of assassinations and suicide attacks. According to the United Nations, the insurgents were responsible for 80% of civilian casualties in 2011 and 2012.

Of course, there are children in Afghanistan, and they constitute more than half the population. Two Australian skateboard lovers, Oliver Percovich and Sharna Nolan, went to Kabul, the capital city of the country, with a few boards. There, they started organizing skateboarding sessions for the children, boys and girls, living on the street. The kids enjoyed learning how to skate, and soon, a skateboarding school, Skateistan, was created.

A short film was made, to introduce the school and its pupils. It is subtitled in English.

School Website : http://www.skateistan.org

 Source : http://www.amightygirl.com/skateistan

An unexpected friendship in Canada

Do you think a polar bear could become friends with a dog ? Sometimes, such an extraordinary thing can happen. Just watch the video below :

The narrator explains at the end of the video, that each year, this particular polar bear comes down to Hudson Bay for a visit, and then goes back up North.

Source : http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/oddball-animal-friendships

Two bears climbing… a canyon !

A mother bear and her cub were spotted by rock-climbers in Santa Elena Canyon, Texas, in the USA. They were climbing the moutain ! The “baby” bear had some difficulties at the beginning, but (s)he wanted to follow his (or her !) mother, and (s)he didn’t give up !

What a brave little guy / girl… !!!

Sourcehttp://www.e-adrenaline.fr/terre/actualites/surprenant-un-ours-escalade-une-montagne/4060