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Showing posts with label Photography. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Photography. Show all posts

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Save a Mother - Save a Child , Ambulance Launch -1; can it really save lives?

So last night I was fortunate to get a glimpse of 'Ambulance Launch - 1', the mobile sea ambulance which appears to have been either donated or supported by UNICEF, and seems to belong to the Ministry of health and family.

Ones eye will get caught on to a touching quote inscribed on the launch as you pass by it, says "save a mother, save a child". So true, so meaningful and in a way explains the importance of the mobile Ambulance, then again, have a look at it, ask yourself the question; can 'Ambulance Launch - 1' really save a mother? 

This picture tells a lot about how well the first response services are in the Maldives. It becomes more outrageous when you come to know where this was left at! Not far into the many islands of the Maldives, but at Vilingili (Vilimale'), which is considered administratively as part of Male' City, takes about 7 mins (max) on a ferry from the island of Male'. 

I came to understand from the locals, that it has been on that jetty for so very long and no one actually  has bothered about it. Just by looking at it, I can be sure that it is in no condition for use, at least not until thousands of dollars be spent on repair. 

Its important to reflect on some of these questions, Is it really effective for donor agencies and financial supporters to invest in the Maldives? Is this what they were hoping for? Is this what the people in Maldives expect from their government, which ever it be? Who is responsible? What are the consequences? Who is to be at lose here? How many more Ambulance Launches are out there on how many jetties in how many Islands?

Before we go about calling "Gaumah takaa, Dheenah Takaa" there are much more serious issues we need to attend to. Call for a "one nation", a more responsible one, that is corruption free and one that is more considerate towards its people.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Indian Ocean Tsunami: Seven Years, Yet memories fresh ...

A tribute to the victims of Indian Ocean Tsunami 
26th December 2004

Seven years ago it happened, 26th of December never it be forgotten, Seas rose and waves crashed, on the People of the Sea.

Fifty-seven Islands, infrastructure damaged. Fourteen Islands, totally evacuated. Twenty one resorts, forced to close.

$400 Million, estimated damage and loss. Hundred and Eight people, reported dead.

The tsunami that came, left with the pain. Memories fresh, dwell in our hearts.   

*the statistics are Maldivian 

YusufIslam - CatSteven 
Indian Ocean
(Indian Ocean is a song recorded by Yusuf Islam formerly Cat Stevens in aid of the countless children orphaned in tsunami-hit Indonesia.)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Ali Rasgefaanu Ziyaaraiy - Panoramic view

Ali Rasgefaanu Ziyaaraiy - Panoramic view

Photography by Maeed

Monday, March 14, 2011

Pray for Japan

Pray for Japan ... ©Maeed 

My prayers and thoughts are with those in Japan. Condolence to the families and loved ones of the Tsunami victims in Japan ... 

*Find the original picture in my Flickr

Sunday, October 10, 2010

350.org Global Work Party 10/10/10

Male' - Maldives
Originally uploaded by 350.org

Friday, May 21, 2010

Ixora Sp (Keeranmaa)

Order: Gentianales
Family: Rubiaceae
Genus: Ixora

The Ixora is a heavy blooming compact plant that has four-petaled, star shaped flowers. It is commonly called "Keeranmaa" in Maldives and is commonly found in some gardens in Male' including the Sultan's Park and in the Hukuru Miskih.

Other common names include Flame of the woods, Jungle Flame and Jungle Geranium.

Monday, May 17, 2010

My Flickr !!!

Hey all ..
Been updating my flickr ... hope to get your comments and feedbacks !!!

check it out now:


Saturday, May 15, 2010

Rose ...

Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Subfamily: Rosoideae
Genus: Rosa

A ROSE is a perennial flower shrub or vine of the genus Rosa, within the family Rosaceae, that contains over 100 species and comes in a variety of colours. The species form a group of erect shrubs, and climbing or trailing plants, with stems that are often armed with sharp prickles. Most are native to Asia, with smaller numbers of species native to Europe, North America, and northwest Africa.

It is also the National Flower of the Republic of Maldives is "Finifenmaa", the commonly known Pink Rose, which is botanically identified as Rosa polyantha. "Finifenmaa"(Rose) has a high regard among the Maldivians and the Pink Rose is one member of the Rose family which could be easily grown in Maldivian soil.
Finifenmaa was declared as the National Flower on 25th July 1985 (07th Dh'ul Q'aidha 1405 AH).

Please note that the photograph above in this post is not ROSA POLYANTHA.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Hibiscus (Shoe-Flower)

Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Malvales
Family: Malvaceae
Subfamily: Malvoideae
Genus: Hibiscus

Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis), a tropical flower, belongs to the family Malvaceae. It gets its name from the Greek words Hibiscus meaning "mallow" and rosa-sinensis meaning "rose of China".

This flower is locally called as "Sai maa" in the Maldives.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The Merlion, Singapore


I was in Singapore for a Regional Scout meeting last week!! The Merlion was one thing I found remarkable in Singapore!!

The Merlion was first designed as an emblem for the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) in 1964 – the lion head with a fish body resting on a crest of waves quickly became Singapore’s icon to the rest of the world.

Originally located at the Merlion Park by the Esplanade Bridge, the Merlion and the Cub became a popular tourist attraction for visitors. The installation ceremony took place on 15 September 1972, officiated by the then Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

Today, the Merlion has found a new home just 120 metres away from its original location, adjacent to one Fullerton.

Measuring 8.6 metres high and weighing 70 tonnes, the Merlion statue was built from cement fondue by the late Singapore craftsman, Mr Lim Nang Seng. A second and smaller Merlion statue, measuring two metres high and weighing three tones, was also built by Mr Lim. The body was made of cement fondue, the skin from porcelain plates and eyes from small red teacups.

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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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Sun set...


“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...

© Maeed
(Nikon D40)

Thursday, February 4, 2010


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.

Sunday, July 12, 2009


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Monday, June 29, 2009

Monday, June 15, 2009

Nikon D5000

Nikon D5000

Main Features

New 2.7-in. 230k-dot Vari-angle monitor swings down approximately 90° and rotates 180°

Nikon DX-format CMOS image sensor with 12.3 effective megapixels and Integrated Dust Reduction System

Specially designed EXPEED image processing system
One-touch access to Live View, which includes face priority AF and subject tracking

D-SLR movie function: D-Movie, selectable from 320 x 216 pixels, 640 x 424 pixels or 1,280 x 720 pixels in AVI format
19 Scene Modes that automatically adjust exposure, image processing, Active D-Lighting and other settings for superior image quality

Scene Recognition System, utilizing 420-pixel RGB sensor, improves autofocus, auto exposure and auto white balance performance and is also integrated with the Face Detection System
Active D-Lighting for smooth tone reproduction in high-contrast environments
Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module featuring 11 AF points provides fast and precise autofocus coverage across the frame

Picture Control System offers Portrait and Landscape options for more vibrant customized colors

Extensive palette of in-camera Retouch Menus including several new retouch options such as Soft Filter and Color Outline

Incredibly low-noise performance throughout a wide sensitivity range of ISO 200 to 3200; can be set to ISO 100 and ISO 6400 equivalents

Viewfinder with approx. 95% frame coverage and an easy-to-view 17.9 mm eyepoint (at -1.0 m-1)

Up to 4 fps continuous shooting

Built-in pop-up flash with Nikon's original i-TTL flash control

Highly efficient energy-saving design that allows approx. 510 images on a single charge of the Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL9a (CIPA standard, with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and flash fired at full power once every other shot.)

Compatible with HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) output

Included Nikon ViewNX software makes browsing and organizing your images easy
Optional photo-editing software Capture NX 2 allows quick and easy photo editing

Lightweight compact body
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