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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Great Memories in photo ...

Every photo has a story ... Every photo has a memory ... Every photo takes me back in Time ...


Pundit Jee!!!! hahahhaha :) During CHSE ... This picture has a great story ... hahaha :D

In 2005, Alimas Carnival, During the JOTI / JOTA ... this was while I was still in 10th grade!!!

CHSE crowd!!! After School Juicepetty ... on photo from left to right Haneef, wadde, Lubaab, Raani, Hasna, (me), Mahoo and Ulaa ... the good old times ...

At the 21st World Scout Jamboree held in Hylands Park, Chelmsford Uk 2007. Maldivian Contingent!!! In photo from left to right: Shaxa, Saeed(kajurey), Thian, (me) Abdulla Rasheed (seedhibe), Shafaa-ath, Shinan and Shaaniz. we had a good time and great memories!!!


My First JOB: At the Presidents Official Residence, Worked on the President's Special Project on Archiving and History. Me (left), President Mohamed Nasheed (center) and my good friend Hussain Mohamed Haneef (right). Worked at Muliaage for Three months after which I came to Mysore for my Degree.

Male' International Airport... Leaving back to Mysore after a great Holiday Back Home in Maldives. On Photo from Left to right: Azan, Naanu, Shifxan, Shahud, Ahpi, fittey, M.I, (me), Haneef and Samman. Thank you guys for the wonderful time.

Annular Solar Eclipse Photography on 15th January 2010 in Male', Maldives. On photo from left to right: Samman, (me) and my DAD!!! Find the Annular Solar eclipse photos at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/em-squared/sets/72157623347946589/


At the Taj Mahal in India this was after taking part as a facilitator at the SAF Scout Friendship Camp held in Hariyana, India. Had a good time with in the camp!!! was Awesome!!!

At Starbucks Malaysia, Meeting with the 22nd World Scout Jamboree Promotion Team. In Photo: Cleopetra from Uganda, Steve and Big MaC from the PNG, (me) and Tebo from Kiribati. We had a lot of Scouts in the promotional meeting. :( Don't think I can make it to the Sweden WSJ in 2011. :(

TEAM SF: the name SF is a long story :D !!! this was after the Earth Hour Walk which TEAM SF coordinated in Maldives 2009. In photo: from left to right: Samman, Ahpi, (me), Shifzan, Fittey, Shan and Farish.

At the 23rd Asia Pacific Regional Scout Conference in Malaysia, Kuala Lampur. In Photo from left to right: (me), Ahmed Ali Maniku(Kennedy) and Asippe!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Founders Day / B.P Day / Thinking day

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Wish All Brother and Sister Scouts and Guides a Very Warm Founders Day!!!

February 22nd marks the birthday of Robert Baden-Powell the founder of the Scout Movement. Coincidentally, B-P (born in 1857) and his wife Olave Baden-Powell (born in 1889), shared the same birthday.

Nearly all National Scout Associations throughout the world, celebrate this day as « Founder's Day ». It is considered a special day, as well as an opportunity to learn more about BP's life and his work. Girl Guides mark this day as Thinking Day.

Today there are more than 28 million Scouts, youth and adults, boys and girls, in 160 countries. This large movement owe a great deal to BP. Girl Guiding was also founded by him and latter his wife Olave Baden Powell became Chief Guide.

His Works:

Military books
  • 1884: Reconnaissance and Scouting
  • 1885: Cavalry Instruction
  • 1889: Pigsticking or Hoghunting
  • 1896: The Downfall of Prempeh
  • 1897: The Matabele Campaign
  • 1899: Aids to Scouting for N.-C.Os and Men
  • 1900: Sport in War
  • 1901: Notes and Instructions for the South African Constabulary
  • 1914: Quick Training for War
Scouting books
  • 1908: Scouting for Boys
  • 1909: Yarns for Boy Scouts
  • 1912: Handbook for Girl Guides (co-authored with Agnes Baden-Powell)
  • 1913: Boy Scouts Beyond The Sea: My World Tour
  • 1916: The Wolf Cub's handbook
  • 1918: Girl Guiding
  • 1919: Aids To Scoutmastership
  • 1921: What Scouts Can Do: More Yarns
  • 1922: Rovering to Success
  • 1929: Scouting and Youth Movements
  • 1935: Scouting Round the World
  • est 1939: Last Message to Scouts
Other books
  • 1905: Ambidexterity (co-authored with John Jackson)
  • 1915: Indian Memories
  • 1915: My Adventures as a Spy
  • 1916: Young Knights of the Empire: Their Code, and Further Scout Yarns
  • 1921: An Old Wolf's Favourites
  • 1927: Life's Snags and How to Meet Them
  • 1933: Lessons From the Varsity of Life
  • 1934: Adventures and Accidents
  • 1936: Adventuring to Manhood
  • 1937: African Adventures
  • 1938: Birds and beasts of Africa
  • 1939: Paddle Your Own Canoe
  • 1940: More Sketches Of Kenya
Sculpture
  • 1905 John Smith

Thursday, February 18, 2010

You are Never Alone ...



I wake alone ...
I live alone ...
I walk alone ...
I sleep alone ...

If only I had control of time ...
I ll take us future in time ...
Three years in time ...
then, We ll be together in time ...

My light is dim ...
I need your light ...
I want you to be with me ...
Together lets shine ...

You are never alone ...
I am never alone ...
We are always together ...
Together we ll shine ...




First time I write something like this. Bet the Poetry sucks... :D

Photography: ©Maeed
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World Scout Jamboree Badges

I started collecting Scout Badges at a very young age. Remember my father taking me to a Scout Fair in Jamaluddin School when I was a Cub (dont remember exact year). At the Fair there was Badge stall where they sold Badges and its from here that dad bought me my first badges for my Badge Collection.

Bellow is the World Scout Jamboree (Embroidery) Badge Collection I own:

Total : 22 Badges (including the 22nd WSJ badge that is to be held in 2011, Sweden)

1920, United Kingdom
This was the First World Scout Jamboree
©Maeed

1924, Denmark
The Second World Scout Jamboree
©Maeed

1929, United Kingdom (2nd time in UK)
The Third World Scout Jamboree
©Maeed

1933, Hungary
The fourth World Scout Jamboree
©Maeed

1937, Netherlands
the Fifth World Scout Jamboree
©Maeed

1947, France
the Sixth World Scout Jamboree
©Maeed

1951, Austria
the Seventh World Scout Jamboree
©Maeed

1955, Canada
the Eight World Scout Jamboree
©Maeed

1947, United Kingdom (Third time in UK)
the Ninth World Scout Jamboree
©Maeed

1959, Philippines
the Tenth World Scout Jamboree
©Maeed

1963, Greece
the Eleventh World Scout Jamboree
©Maeed

1967, USA
the Twelfth World Scout Jamboree
©Maeed

1971, Japan
the Thirteenth World Scout Jamboree
©Maeed

1975, Norway
the Fourteenth World Scout Jamboree
©Maeed

1983, Canada (second time in Canada)
the Fifteenth World Scout Jamboree
©Maeed

1987-88, Australia
the Sixteenth World Scout Jamboree
©Maeed
1991, Korea
the Seventeenth World Scout Jamboree
©Maeed

1995, Netherlands (second time in Netherlands)
the Eighteenth World Scout Jamboree
©Maeed

1999, Chile
the Nineteenth World Scout Jamboree
©Maeed

2003,Thailand
the Twentieth World Scout Jamboree
©Maeed

2007, United Kingdom (fourth time in UK)
the Twenty First Wold Scout Jamboree
©Maeed
(I got the opportunity to take part in this one, Under the Operation One World Program)


2011, Sweden
This GOING TO BE the Twenty Second World Scout Jamboree
©Maeed

No badge here is for exchange!
All badges in these photos belong to me.

Photos taken from Nikon Cool-pix S220
©Maeed

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Sun set...

©Maeed

“Sensual pleasures have the fleeting brilliance of a comet; a happy marriage has the tranquility of a lovely sunset.” Ann Landers

Photo in flickr

Been a long time since I last uploaded a photo on flickr ... will try to upload photos as frequently as possible.

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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Some Shots I took in Male'/Maldives ...

Maldivian art and Craft ...

Top: The Muhnaaru in Male'
Bellow: These carvings are made on the Friday Mosque in Male' Known locally as the HUKURU MISKIH. The site is a true heritage site in Maldives.



Bellow: These natural colors sometimes can amuse us...

Photography:
© Maeed
(Nikon D40)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

MALDIVES BANS 15 CFC PRODUCTS

The Maldivian Islands consists in the group of countries that are soon to be submerged underwater. This Beautiful small Island state today fears its own survival!!

Simple fact remains, simple questions DO THEY DESERVE THEIR FATE? IS IT THEIR FAULT? WHY MALDIVES? and yet simple answers that we all know!!

Last Sunday, Under the "Products that cannot be imported into Maldives Law, Clause 5" (not sure of the exact English translation, this is more of a literal translation, in Dhevihi it is called"Dhivehiraaje ah ehthere kurun manaa thaketheege gaanoonu" ), The Ministry of Defense and National Security banned 15 CFC products.

As Maldives is a member country that singed/ratified the Montreal protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer, by the end of this year Maldives Have to stop importing CFC products or products that have CFC in it.


Chlorofluorocarbons or CFCs are gases used in refrigerant and aerosols as propellant, which contains Carbon sometimes Hydrogen, Chlorine and Fluorine. In 1978, Sweden became the first country to ban CFC products. Later the US and Canada followed. In most countries CFC products are not allowed nor used as they destroy the ozone layer.

However an alternative is used, Hydrofluorocarbons or HFC, they do not harm the ozone layer or contribute to global warming. HCFs are organic compounds that contain Hydrogen, Carbon and Fluorine. It does not contain Chlorine and do not have any potential for the destruction of ozone.

Maldivian Government has started an campaign to make Maldives Carbon Neutral by 2020!! For a small island state this may not have the slightest change in the global atmospheric pollution. However, this effort is seen as an heroic attempt to spread the awareness and message to the remaining countries.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Another deadline, another milestone, another lurch up the curve...


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Another update from our "Post-Copenhagen" climate campaigner - Paul Horsman:

It is 21 years since the first scientific assessment of climate change was published; 18 years since the Rio Earth Summit at which the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was agreed. Twelve years have passed since the Kyoto Protocol was agreed and two years since the Bali Action plan. Each of these passing milestones has been variously described as ‘first steps’ and ‘ways forward’, demonstrating commitments to protect the climate. And with each passing milestone we have moved further up the curve of growing greenhouse gas emissions heading inexorably towards catastrophic climate change.

Six weeks have gone since the December climate summit where the Copenhagen Accord proposed a deadline of January 31 by which governments were to pledge how much they were going to take action to protect the climate. And as this latest milestone passed on Sunday, we see again the size of the gap between the action needed to protect the climate and the willingness of politicians to take this action. Politicians clearly are still listening more to the false honeyed whispers of industrial lobbyists and bankers than they are to the clamour of the millions of people calling for leadership and action.

Some would have us believe that because countries are making pledges it means that the governments are taking action. Nothing could be further from the truth. The reality is that all they have done is to dust-off previously stated commitments, dress them up in letters to the UN and make believe they are doing something to protect the climate.

The pledges will not even achieve one aim of the accord – keeping global temperature rises well below 2 degrees. The combined pledges of governments commit the world to at least 3 degrees of warming and beyond according to the UN’s own assessment and takes us on an unstoppable pathway where emissions will peak well after 2020 date (in order to stay well below the 2 degree threshold, emissions need to peak by 2015). And so the Accord fails its first test.

The reality is that to stay below a warming limit of 2 degrees C requires industrialised countries as a block to agree to cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 40%by 2020 and developing countries to agree to reducing future emission by between 15 and 30% in the same time-frame. The pledges made by industrialised countries mean a reduction of only between 11 and 19%. Even worse, if credits for protecting forests are taken into account then emission cuts from burning fossil fuels fall to between 6 and 14%. It could almost be business as usual for these industrial interests if uncertainties in economic forecasts are taken into consideration.

The accord was always a weak political agreement and now we see what governments have pledged – the weakness is all the more obvious.

And what would a 3 degree plus world have in store? Average global temperatures are now 0.8 degrees C about pre-industrial levels and there are already significant climate impacts. From the melting permafrost and glaciers, inundated islands and deltas, drought damaged farms, and storm battered continents. The world in the grip of global climate change is stark indeed.

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The survival of tribal communities in Russia is already under threat from global warming as the ancient permafrost melts. © Greenpeace / Will Rose

In the face of such mounting evidence, thousands of credible scientific reports, even statements from world leaders about the dire threat which climate change poses - how and why such inaction?

For over 20 years an un-holy alliance of fossil fuel interests, climate deniers and some governments has been working consistently to derail the climate talks. And the knives are out again as the science is attacked by perverse vested interests and governments run scared of taking the courageous stand needed. Before, during and since the Copenhagen climate summit, the climate change deniers, those who put profits before people, those who would fiddle while the planet burns have kept up pressure against any deal to protect the climate. And now commentary again seems to be gearing up to reducing further out expectations for a fair, ambitious and legally binding agreement.

The ground is shifting markedly. Many governments have used the need for a global agreement to tackle this issue before taking their own steps as an excuse for national inaction. Now some of these same governments trash the global process and say national interests are more important.

But while national legislation is needed to cut emissions, the global framework is essential to ensure fairness to the most vulnerable, the appropriate ambition for targets and a global legal framework. The global framework is the only place where vulnerable countries can have their say. Simply leaving it to the wealthier countries – whether in the G8, the G20 or Major Emitters Forum – is like asking Dracula to share out the blood.

Copenhagen was a point where millions made their voice heard. The clamour is unstoppable and no matter what the politicians say is practical, no matter what the commentators advise is realistic, and no matter what industrial interests say is affordable – the growing voice will not be silenced – it will be turned into action – direct action to protect the climate....

Now – more than ever – we need to take action and change the future!

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Image (above): Sea level rise is already causing serious problems for the people of the Sundarbans. Ajit Das lives in Ghoramara island. "We cannot stay here because of the flooding. We don't know where we will go or what we will do. We cannot bring our grandchildren up here."© Greenpeace / Peter Caton

Top Image: Greenpeace activists protest in Chapultepec Lake by creating a mock climate disaster scenario. Several cars are covered by water, representing floods that result from climate change. The activists also display a sign "Bienvenido - Welcome. Mexico" Mexico will be the venue of the 16th UNFCCC meeting (COP-16) in 2010. © Teresa Osorio / Greenpeace

Taken From the Climate Rescue Blog/ GREENPEACE

Sunday, February 7, 2010

39th World Scout Conference and 11th World Scout Youth Forum, Brazil 2011

Brasil 2011 Logo


The World Scout Conference is the governing body, the "general assembly" of Scouting, and is composed of all the members of the World Organization: the National Scout Organizations (NSOs).

Its function is to consider the policy and standards of the Scout Movement throughout the world, formulate the general policy of the World Organization, and take the actions required to further the purpose of the Movement.

National Scout Organizations must gain recognition from the World Scout Conference to become members of WOSM, and there can only be one NSO per country. In the case of a country having more than one Scout Association, a federation is formed for the purposes of national coordination and world membership. Member Organizations can be represented at World Scout Conferences by a maximum of six delegates.

The Conference meets every three years and observers authorised by their National Scout Organization are also eligible to register and attend the event.

Delegations usually include International Commissioners, the Scout responsible for relations with WOSM and with Scout Organizations in other countries.

One of the functions of the Conference is to elect members of the World Scout Committee, admit new member countries, and select the venues for forthcoming

World Scout events which includes the World Scout Jamboree, the World Scout Moot, the World Scout Conference and the World Scout Youth Forum.

The World Scout Youth Forum provides an opportunity for young members of World Scouting to discuss and express their views on issues of interest to them. Through preparing inputs and making recommendations to the World Conference and to the World Scout Committee, to which the Forum is linked, participants will develop the skills necessary to strengthen their capacity to take part in decision-making processes.

Each National Scout Organization is invited to send a delegation to the World Scout Youth Forum. Only individuals who are members of WOSM can be delegates to the World Scout Youth Forum. The participants must be between their 18th and 26th birthdays in the year of the Forum.


For More information:

http://wsc2011.org/wsc2011/en/

Thursday, February 4, 2010

SAM LOGO/BADGE


This logo/badge is used by THE SCOUT ASSOCIATION OF MALDIVES as the National Scout Badge.

The skipjack tuna is an active fish with abnormal habits and live as a shoal. The tuna fish stand for the patrol system and the brother hood in scouting. It also symbolise the main occupation of the Maldivian. Fishing, which is the backbone of the our economy the white crescent stand for peace and security and shows that we are an Islamic state.
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