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Worlds largest Jesus Christ StatuePoland to build worlds largest Jesus Christ statue — A small Polish town has sought to place itself on the globaltourist map by building the worlds largest statue of Jesus, eclipsing Rios famous Christ the Redeemer. Moreimages after the break...
The statue of Jesus Christ in Swiebodzin is due for completion in November Photo: EPA
Swiebodzin, a Polish town of 21,000 near the German border, will soon be home to a 33-metre effigy of Christ,which, along with a crown that adds a further two metres and its 16-metre mound will put all other statuesdedicated to the son of God in its shade. Due for completion in November, the monument should pip the worldscurrent record holder, Bolivias Cristo de la Concodia statue, by some nine metres, and look down on the worldfamous statue in Rio de Janeiro, which stands just 30 metres tall minus its plinth. Although erected ostensiblyto show gratitude to God, the town hopes having the massive statue will bring tourists into a community thathas lain off the beaten track for most of its existence.
"If we had opened a racetrack or a golf course here, tourists would have come only for the season. But with a statue of Jesus the season will last the whole year," a local official told Wprost, a weekly news magazine.With construction nearing the end, engineers face the hazardous task of lifting the figures massive head and shoulders into place, which, officials say, might require the use of a helicopter. By Matthew Day in Warsaw
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- Show quoted text -Than Shwes Son-in-law Named Ambassador to ChinaBy WAI MOE- Hide quoted text -In his latest effort to entrench his familys status as Burmas ruling clan, Snr-Gen Than Shwe appoints his son-in-law to serve as the countrys ambassador to its closest ally.In his 18 years as head of Burmas ruling junta, Snr-Gen Than Shwe has worked tirelessly to cement not onlythe regimes hold on power, but also the status of his closest relatives as members of the countrys de factoroyal family.
10 Most Fascinating MazesLongleat Hedge Maze (UK)
16 000 ‘ z -- ‘ -- was firstlaid out in 1975 by designer Greg Bright. The Maze covers an area of around 1.48 acres (0.6 hectares) with a 1 69 2 72 z ‘ -dimensional, with six wooden bridges offering tantalizing glimpses towards the elusive centre of the maze,which is marked by an observation tower for visitors who manage to find it. Reignac-sur-Indre Maze (France)
In 1996, the year this plant maze --the worlds largest-- was created at Reignac-sur-Indre in Touraine, 85,000visitors came to admire and lose themselves in the middle of its 4-hectare (10-acre) expanse. Each year, a mazeof corn or sunflowers emerges from the ground over the summer, is harvested in the autumn, and thenreappears the following year in a different form, thanks to a well-proven technique of sowing and marking out. York Maze, a Star Trek tribute (UK)
Containing 1.5 million individual plants, this maze --just outside York-- covers 32 acres, the equivalent of 15football pitches, and was designed using satellite technology, which meant the paths could be cut to anaccuracy of half a metre. The huge maze was created by Tom Pearcy as a tribute to the 40th anniversary of StarTrek.
Ashcombe Maze (Australia) z ‘ z ted at Shoreham on the eastof the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. Measuring three meters high by two meters wide, the gardens also boast ‘ z 217 1 200 Pineapple Garden Maze (Hawaii)
‘ z 2001 zthree miles of paths on three acres. Instead of a traditional English hedge, it is planted with 14,000 colorfulHawaiian plants, including hibiscus, croton, panax, pineapple and heliconia. It is located in Wahiawa, Hawaii atDole Plantation and certainly looks scary from the air.Snake Maze (UK)
Michael Blee, 62, spent several months creating this six-acre maze at Gore Farm in Upchurch, near Rochester,Kent. Its hedges stand 9ft tall. This is the 10th and the most complicated maze Mr. Blee has ever done. He ishoping his giant game makes it into the Guinness Book of Records. Il Labirinto (Italy)
Created in the early 1700s, Il Labirinto is said to be one of the most complicated labyrinths in the world. Locatedin the town of Stra, just outside Venice on the grounds of Villa Pisani, the legend says Napoleon got "lost" in itaround 1807. Peace Maze (Ireland)
This Irish maze was officially opened in 2001. The largest permanent hedge maze in the world, it covers an areaof 11,000m2 --2.7 acres, or, 1.1 hectares. The path length is 3147m (2 miles or 3443 yards). The hedge isconstructed from 6000 yew trees, many of which were planted during December 2000 by people from all overNorthern Ireland.
Hampton Court Maze (UK)The Maze at Hampton Court, the royal palace on the Thames to the west of London, is probably UKs mostfamous one. Planted as part of the gardens laid out for William of Orange between 1689 and 1695 by GeorgeLondon and Henry Wise, it covers an area of a third of an acre (about 1350 sq meters), with paths of over half amile (0.8 km) long. It was described with great wit in Jerome K. Jeromes novel Three Men in a Boat. HamptonCourt Maze continues to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Davis Mega Maze (USA)
Davis Mega Maze in Sterling, Massachusetts, has been a popular seasonal attraction since 1998. DavisFarmland, a seventh-generation family-owned farm, holds this unique maze that changes completely from yearto year. Designed in Dorset, England, by maze designer Adrian Fisher who is often credited with creating themodern maize maze craze, the Mega Maze takes more than 12,800 labor hours to be created each year.10 of the Worlds Most Dangerous Roads
The North Yungas Road, also known as The Death Road, is a 61 to 69 km road leading from La Paz to Coroico(Bolivias capital, to the Amazon region) in the Yungas region of Bolivia. It is legendary for its extreme danger:in 1995 the Inter-American Development Bank christened it as the "worlds most dangerous road. " Oneestimate is that 200-300 travelers were killed yearly along the road. The road includes crosses marking many ofthe spots where such vehicles have fallen.Guoliang Tunnel Road (China)
The road in Taihang mountains was built by local villagers: it took five years to finish the 1,200 metre longtunnel which is about 5 meters high and 4 meters wide. Some of the villagers died in accidents duringconstruction; undaunted, the others continued. On May 1, 1977, the tunnel was opened to traffic. It is located inthe Taihang Mountains, in the Hunan Province of China. Ruta 5: Arica to Iquique Road (Chile)
The road from Arica to Iquique is renowned for being dangerous; you drive past very deep valleys and windyour way through, spotting ever so often tell-tale vehicle skeletons at the bottom. The few times you can see
cars and buses passing by, they were doing so at such a speed that you may think they are either tempting fatevery foolishly or perhaps they are just ghosts whizzing past. The mono-hued and isolated scenery is well capableof endowing you with the capacity to have such visions, so concentrating and avoiding the use of any form ofhallucinatory substance is essential here.Siberian Road to Yakutsk (Russia)
The Russian Federal Highway connects Moscow to Yakutsk, where the coldest temperature ever recordedoutside Antarctica was recorded. Yakutsk is also the largest city built on continuous permafrost. Most houses arebuilt on concrete piles because of the frozen ground.What does all this have to do with being one of the worlds most dangerous roads? Well, during the winter,which is approximately ten months long, driving in and out of Yakutsk is subject to heavy snow, ice, andreduced visibility. However, winter road conditions are a picnic compared to trying to navigate the RussianFederal Highway on July and August. Though many Siberian residents will tell you the highway is not paved tokeep the Germans out (a tired World War II era joke), the truth is because of the permafrost there is no asphalt,creating a mud induced traffic jam every time the summer rains swing Yakutsks way. Near thousand car trafficjams are not unheard of and during these back ups and travelers might pass the time while stuck in Siberiantraffic by looting, beating, and kidnapping other travelers. Siberian mud pirates.
Dear Friends -In my previous posting which I sent I made a mistake in-haste, saying that LSE-Al Jazeera English dialogue withAung San Suu Kyi was scheduled to be broadcast under AJZs regular Inside Story. It will be broadcast as aSpecial program - twice on Wednesday 22 Dec and Thursday 23 Dec.Also included in this posting are two other interviews (transcripts) from the Global Post and one Canadianpublication.cheers,
zarniSee the schedule:http://english.aljazeera.net/Services/Schedule/ProgramSchedule.aspxGMT - LOCALWednesday, 22 December 201000:0001:00
Al Jazeera News Special: Aung San Suu Kyi00:30 00:30 Suu Kyi addresses the Generals, why they maintain power, the youth and what she expects from them, and puts forward her vision for Myanmar.Al Jazeera News Special: Aung San Suu KyiSuu Kyi addresses the Generals, why they maintain power, the youth and what she expects from them, and putsforward her vision for Myanmar. Al Jazeera News Special: Aung San Suu Kyi07:30 07:30 Suu Kyi addresses the Generals, why they maintain power, the youth and what she expects from them, and puts forward her vision for Myanmar.THURSDAY 23 Dec - GMT
Al Jazeera News Special: Aung San Suu Kyi12:30 12:30 Suu Kyi addresses the Generals, why they maintain power, the youth and what she expects from them, and puts forward her vision for Myanmar. Al Jazeera News Special: Aung San Suu Kyi19:00 19:00 Suu Kyi addresses the Generals, why they maintain power, the youth and what she expects from them, and puts forward her vision for Myanmar.================http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/asia/101220/interview-burma-myanmar-aung-san-suu-kyiInterview: Straight talk from Aung San Suu KyiFamed dissident dishes on the junta, tiny cell phones and how Burmese need to help themselves.
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Burmas democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi poses for a portrait at the National League for Democracy (NLD)headquarters in Rangoon, Burma, on Dec. 8, 2010. (Getty Images)Aung San Suu Kyi, the revered leader of ‘ democracy movement, was released from house arrest inNovember after more than 15 years. Elected prime minister in 1990, but denied her title and confined off-and-on ever since, the Nobel Peace Laureate is considered by some to be a Gandhi-caliber icon. In this interview,Suu Kyi talks about her willingness to cooperate with the junta, her eagerness to get an email account and herplans for Burmas future.Bernard Krisher, publisher of The Cambodia Daily and The Burma Daily, first interviewed Suu Kyi in 2000 inRangoon. This month, Krisher conducted a follow-up phone interview with her, the text of which appears hereexclusively.GP: Now that you have been released, are you willing to cooperate with the regime?
Aung San Suu Kyi: I think Ive always said I was willing to cooperate with the regime. I dont think this issomething new.You won the election in 1990 and the regime did not allow you to take power and then you were under housearrest and confinement for many years. Now that you are free, how do you feel? What should be your relationshipto the junta now?Our relationship to the junta has always been based on what we can best do for the country. That is how we j ‘me under detention. These personal considerations dont come into the picture at all.What you would like to do in the future? What are you plans, what is your agenda?Yes, of course we have an agenda but the most important thing at the moment is for the whole world tounderstand that Burma needs a process of democratization. We would like all of our supporters to work towardsthis. And not just our supporters but the international community and the United Nations.When I met you the last time in 2000, I asked how can you survive this? You said through humor. After all thathas happened, do you still feel that humor is the best way to survive?Humor is one of the best ingredients of survival. We have a lot of it around in the NLD [our party, the NationalLeague for Democracy] and I dont think we could have survived without it, considering that so many of us have
been in and out of prison so frequently. But when we sit around and talk and do our work there is a lot oflaughter. It is part of our survival apparatus.Are you able to use email now? ‘ j ne in the NLD office reconnected after eight years. Wellhave to wait a little longer before we graduate to the email stage yet.I suspect you are talking on a cell phone. Have you used a cell phone before?I only used a cell phone for the first time after I was released. I had difficulty coping with it because it seemedso small and insubstantial.There have been leaks of diplomatic cables indicating that the U.S. government believes that the Burmese regimeis pursuing a nuclear weapons program with North K ‘ involvement. Are the people of Burma aware of thisand what is your opinion?I am not aware of this in any detail but I have heard about it on the radio.What is the best way for foreign governments or aid groups to help Burma? What does Burma need and what isthe best way to help?The best way to help Burma is to empower the people of Burma, to help us have enough self-confidence toobtain what we want for ourselves. For the moment, our people are frightened and lack confidence they haveany power. The best way people can help us is to encourage us to help ourselves.
How can non-governmental organizations help Burma?When they give humanitarian aid, it should be given in such a way that it empowers people instead ofincreasing their dependency.As you told me the last time ― teach them how to fish rather than giving them ‖?Ive gone one step further. Apart from teaching them how to fish, you need to create an environment wherethey can use their fishing skills. That is to say, it is no use teaching them how to fish and then leaving them at ‘their skills and that their skills are suited to the environment.Do you intend to run for office in the next election? ‘ x ‘predict what will happen in the next five years.In "Inside Burma," GlobalPost visits the refugee camps along the Thai border to give voice to civilians who areoften silenced under a repressive regime:==================================Some Burmese NGOs Say Suu Kyi Hampers Their Work
By HTET AUNG Thursday, December 16, 2010http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=20331Some Burmese non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have complained to a United Nations envoy that theirwork has been hampered by the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and her active involvement in social issues.The complaints were voiced in a meeting between Vijay Nambiar, the UN secretary-generals special envoy toBurma, and representatives of local NGOs during his two-day visit to Burma. Unofficial notes on the meetings,obtained by The Irrawaddy, reported that the potential for opening up the countrys civil society groups toaddress the countrys social issues in the post-election period had been discussed.
Among those who met Nambiar were Nay Win Maung, of Myanmar Egress; Khin Maung Yin and Dr Myo Lwin ofthe Pyo Pin Program; Thiha Kyaing of the Phoenix Association (Myanmar); Myint Su from the Local ResourceCenter; and officials from the Metta Foundation and the International Development Enterprise.The notes on the meeting said Nay Win Maung and Khin Maung Yin told the UN envoy it had become moredifficult to carry out their social works after Suu Kyis release because of what they perceived as her hardlinepolitical stand. Her call for a second Panglong conference, for example, was ― ‖ they said.However, the notes didnt elaborate precisely on how the NGOs felt Suu Kyis political stand could hamper theirsocial works. The Irrawaddy tried to contact Nay Win Maung to obtain further elaboration but couldnt reach him.Nay Win Maung is one of the founders of Myanmar Egress, which actively promoted the Nov. 7 election throughvoter education programs. He also owns the local weekly journal The Voice. Khin Maung Yin is a leader of thePyo Pin Program, which is funded by the UK Department for International Development via the British Embassyin Rangoon.
― dont view the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi ‖ said Thiha Kyaing. ― said they could dotheir social works better before Daw Suu was freed and that after her release the political situation becameshaky. It was difficult for them to operate their ‖Thiha Kyaing said he didnt share these views. ― of the people who met the special envoy are not reallyworking at the grassroots level and they spoke mostly about policy issues, neither truly representing norknowing the real situation of the ‖Phoenix Association is a non-profit social organization and its members are people living with HIV/AIDS. Theorganization was established in 2005 with the objective of supporting HIV/AIDS patients facing social andeconomic problems.Thiha Kyaing said the Phoenix Association had not experienced greater difficulty in carrying out its social worksince Suu Kyis release, which the organization viewed positively.
― fact, Daw Suus influence can even be used to raise funds for our ‖ he said. ― in thecommunities that I am working with strongly support Daw ‖In the unofficial meeting notes, Nay Win Maung and Khin Maung Yin said Suu Kyi needs to update herknowledge of the changes that occurred during her house arrest.They complained they hadnt had a chance to meet Suu Kyi—although Thein Oo, the National League forDemocracy (NLD) official responsible for arranging all meetings with Suu Kyi, told The Irrawaddy: ― has sofar been no request from Egress to meet with Daw Aung San Suu K ‖Ohn Kyaing, the NLD central executive committee member responsible for contacts with other localorganizations, dismissed the Egress and Pyo Pin Program complaints as ― ‖ He said: ― her release,she has already made clear that she is willing to cooperate with all ‖
Following her release last month, Suu Kyi has advocated a strengthening of the civil society organizations. In avideo speech sent to the recent EU Development Forum, she called for more investment in the development ofcivil society organizations, adding that it must be ― and ‖2010-12-222010-12-22