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Quake debris clean-up at halfway point in Haiti: U.N. | Reuters

PORT-AU-PRINCE Workers have removed about half of the twisted piles of concrete, steel and other debris that have clogged Haiti's capital and surrounding areas since its huge earthquake in January 2010, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

Jessica Faieta, the U.N. Development Program's senior country director for Haiti, gave the official update on rubble removal in a UNDP statement that called it "a colossal task" and "epic-scale clean-up."

Haiti still faces a massive reconstruction effort following the January 12, 2010 quake, which killed more than 300,000 people and caused massive damage in the poorest country in the Americas.

Faieta told Reuters the rubble removal effort, much of it done by hand on hillsides and other densely populated areas of the capital Port-au-Prince that were inaccessible to heavy machinery, marked "a major step forward" for Haiti.

About half of the debris removal has been done by the U.N. and its foreign aid partners and the remainder was the work of community residents and private enterprise, she said.

"It has been slow but I think it's an important threshold to be able to say, close to the second year of the earthquake, that more than half of the debris has already been removed through an enormous effort partially led by UNDP," Faieta said in a telephone interview.

The U.N. estimates that 80,000 buildings in Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas collapsed after the quake, leaving 10 million cubic meters of rubble or enough to fill 4,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Faieta said that was about 10 times the debris left by the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York's World Trade Center.

"The removal of the debris is now facilitating the return of the displaced population to the Rubble Removals in Johannesburg neighborhoods, the rehabilitation of the neighborhoods and the economic reactivation of neighborhoods," Faieta said.

(Writing by Tom Brown; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

3 days ago

Home Improvement :: A Lot More Than Only A Cardboard Box...

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To see all packing solutions available and keep up to date with product news and offers, head over to the Box Express website, check out the Twitter page @boxexpress or like the Box Express Facebook page. At the beginning of each year, we set ourselves achievable goals and identify ways we could improve ourselves and our environment to become more productive. Try certainly one of the several natural corrective methods first.

We all need extra room and breathing space when things get along with us. At the start of every year, we set ourselves achievable goals and identify ways we are able to improve ourselves and our environment to become more productive. Wet soils may also be cold, which retards plant growth. On low-lying ground if there is perpetual standing water (usually in winter), this may mean that the water table has risen above ground level with no drainage system will relive it.

Large polythene bags always come in handy for day to day use or when you're having a good clear out. At the start of each year, we set ourselves achievable goals and identify ways we can improve ourselves and our environment to become more productive. Strong-sided TV carboard boxes are a great temporary storage means to fix avoid little, but many likely very expensive, damages.

We all need extra room and breathing space when things get along with us. In busy, modern lives we sometimes just don't have time and energy to keep an eye about the little things. This could be caused by continual treading or by heavy construction machinery. This might be caused by continual treading or by heavy construction machinery. If you conclude that the drainage is totally inadequate you may must lay a system of underground pipes running to a soakaway, placed preferably at the lowest point inside your garden.

Sand: Spacing: 12 to 22m (36 to 66ft), Depth 900 to 1000mm (3 to 4ft). At the start of every year, we set ourselves achievable goals and identify ways we are able to improve ourselves and our environment to become more productive. One of the very common goals we can achieve is which is to become more organised, this is important for restoring order to your life and home - tidy house, tidy mind as they say!.

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2 years ago

Marriage :: Long Distance Relationship

Long distance relationship is difficult but not undoable, and here are some tips as to how to make it work:

1. Have a common goal.

You and your lover are not going to be in a long distance relationship forever. Sooner or later, you will settle down, so plan for your future together. When will both of you settle down? How long will you both be separated? These are questions that must be answered even if you are both living in different cities to ensure that both are you are working towards the same direction.

2. Set rules.

Rules are required to avoid unnecessary arguments. Both of you need to know the dos and donts: can you date someone else or are you two exclusive? Is it okay for you to go for a drink with that hot girl in your office? Is it okay for her to go clubbing in that body hugging low cut dress that will make every guy drool? Set the expectations straight.

3. See it as an opportunity.

Simply put, be positive about it. Remember the law of attraction. If you are constantly thinking to yourself, "long distance relationship will not work", then chances are you are right: it wont work. Believe in yourself and your partner. Open your mind and your heart and see it as a journey.

4. Do similar things.

Read the same books, watch the same movies and listen to the same songs so you have more things to talk about. You can even watch Game of Thrones together while being on Skype video call and enjoy your girlfriends reactions to the bloody scenes.

And the next time you try to be funny by going "Hodor, Hodor, Hodor" in the middle of a video chat, shell laugh.

5. Communicate regularly, and creatively.

"Good morning" and "good night" texts are mandatory; so are regular "I miss you" and "I love you" but no matter how sweet these messages are, if these are the only messages you send, your other half is bound to get bored. Be creative. Surprise her with an audio clip of "I love you" in Japanese ("Aishiteru"), a video of you singing "Cant Take My Eyes Off You" or a picture of you blowing a kiss in the direction of the camera.

6. Know each others schedules.

Keep each other updated of your schedule. You dont want to call her when she is in the midst of a meeting and you wont want to be disturbed with a call when youre sleeping. Always bear in mind of the different time zone if you two are living in different countries, and take note of important dates like exams, presentations and meetings.

7. Social media helps.

Stalk your significant other. Like each others Instagram photos. Reply each others Tweet. Comment on each others blog posts. Share funny videos on each others Facebook wall. Little things like this show that you care.

8. Give each other a personal object.

Give her your favorite Batman figurine. Ask for her Teddy Bear. None of us have a perfect memory and thats where memento comes in. It helps us remember and helps us survive tough times. When your girlfriend is depressed because of her work yet cannot contact you due to different time zone, she might look at your Batman figurine and laugh as she recalls how you mimic Batmans voice.

9. Snail-mail

Postcards and love letters please, gentleman. Its old school but its never out of fashion, and girls of all times love it. Send gifts - Birthday, Valentine, Christmas, anniversary, and any other festive season that you can think of. It can be something as normal as perfume, or naughty gifts like sexy lingerie, if you are trying to drop her a subtle hint that you cant wait to settle down.

Okay, maybe not that subtle.

2 years ago


70th Anniversary of Hiroshima bombing (39 photos)On two days in August 1945, U.S. planes dropped two atomic bombs, one on Hiroshima on August 6, one on Nagasaki on August 9, the first and only time nuclear weapons have been used. Their destructive power was unprecedented, incinerating buildings and people, and leaving lifelong scars on survivors,...

2 years ago

10 Hot Wedding Video Trends - Phoenix Gadgets & Gear


Your wedding video is a lasting reminder of one of the best days of your life, so it makes sense that you should want to make it extra special. Luckily, with so many ideas available to you, there is no reason that this should not be the case. Here are some of the best ideas doing the rounds at the moment.

Stop motion style

This is where a number of photos are used to make it look like it is movie footage, and can be a fun way to add a little bit of vintage style to your day.

Mixing media

There are so many different styles of film that you can choose from; it makes sense to use more than one. Different styles will be perfect for different moments, so talk to your wedding videographer about what is best for you.

Documentary video

Tell the story of your wedding, documentary style! This can be fun to shoot and make, and you could even have interviews or voice overs from some of the guests who attended on the day.

A cinema style video

You may find that a mix of black and white and colour film can create different moods for different parts of the day. This is something that many couples are opting for.

Music video

Are you any good at dancing? If so, then you may want to make a music video with your guests. Of course, you have to be quite brave to do this, but if you manage it then the results can be stunning.

Quick edit video

Many couples are now choosing to have their video quickly edited, meaning that it could be shown at the reception.

Love story interview

What better way to show people how much you love each other than in your own words? This interview video is just that, and is something that is great to look back on in years to come.

Movie inspired video

If you and your partner have a favourite movie, why not try to recreate it for your wedding video? This can lead to lots of fun on the day, and a great result in the edit.

Proposal video

This can be difficult to do, as it should be secret, but if done right it is a great thing to include in your wedding video - as it is a moment that will have changed both of your lives.

Trailer video

This is a shorter version of your wedding video, almost like a trailer to your own movie. This is great to put on a website or on social media - just a hint to your family and friends of what is to come!

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2 years ago

Wedding Videographers And Their Meticulous Works For Affordable Prices - Chicago Marketing

All the weddings are celebrated in huge merry and this happiness will ever be there for any individual in their life time again. Hence each and every couple is willing to get those moments treasured for their life time. Going for the option of just photos cannot bring back those lively moments again to life. So the demand for the wedding videographers has got increased. People with huge talent and reputation ate very rare. So their serviced are getting engaged very soon. For this reason all. The young couples are rushing to the videographers who are excellent in providing the best videos.

There are various packages with regards to these wedding videos. So one can select the best one based on the budget they have fixed for the videos. On the other hand, there is freedom for everyone to define the technology and the standards for the videos taken by them as the budget varies with the high standards of videographers chosen. The teams which work with them are highly professional and are experienced for years. So they better know how to take the videos of extreme excellence.

The videos which these people provide are completely perfect right from the image perspective to the audio that touches the hearts of everyone. The playback songs pitch will vary as per the situation and this whole process is done with the help of various high end devices. The amount which people spend on this is completely worth to every penny. These moments will be very much enjoyed to watch with the couples kids after few years.

The services which we offer are truly the best in our industry as well the charges which these people charge are affordable compared to the competitors. Right from the decoration of the groom, our team will be at your service until the last moment of the function. Out team will follow time and will be very punctual. In addition to this, they will be the first people to learn all the new technologies that attract the world.

The couples will never forget their wedding video and they will for sure watch it with the same happiness forever in their life. So this has become a compulsory investment for everyone in their weddings. Have those splendid videos and show them top your younger generations how well you enjoyed your special day in all aspects. They are operating in and around south east of London and willing to come to the requested location to cover the wedding video.

These people are experts in taking the personalized photos without missing the first dance on the floor etc. Each and every lightning and special effects which you arrange for your wedding will be alive and sparkle with the same cheer and brightness in the name of videos. They are going to be for the rest of your life. So enjoy their services without fail by calling them beforehand. Get their appointment and let them know in detail about the venue etc so that they can attend the function before time.

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2 years ago

DIY wedding photo and video; professional techniques for the amateur documentarian.


DIY wedding photo and video; professional techniques for the

amateur documentarian.

Silber, Joanna.

Course Technology PTR


266 pages



Silber, a wedding videographer, documentary producer and editor,

writer, and teacher, offers a step-by-step guide for wedding couples

using a friend with photo and/or video skills and equipment to use to

learn how to shoot, edit, and deliver a photo/video package on a

do-it-yourself budget. Focusing on how to get the best shots possible

with the skills and equipment available, she explains the equipment

needed; camera options; basic production aspects; types of shots and

footage; shooting wedding preparations, the ceremony, formal shots and

cocktails, and the reception; image and video editing; and output and

sharing. Many color photos and ideas are provided.

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