The East Coast of the United States and Canada was slammed by a “bomb cyclone”, a low-pressure weather system similar to a hurricane which brought snow, ice, and strong winds even to places that rarely snows like certain parts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
The extreme cold weather froze parts of the running water of the Niagara Falls, which turns it into a beautiful natural winter wonderland.
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TOPSHOT – Ice coats the rocks and observation deck at the base of the Horseshoe falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario on January 3, 2018. The cold snap which has gripped much of Canada and the United States has nearly frozen over the American side of the falls. / AFP PHOTO / Geoff Robins (Photo credit should read GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images)
Ice and water flow over the American Falls, viewed from the Canadian side in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, January 3, 2018. REUTERS/Aaron Lynett
A lone visitor on the United States side of the Niagara River watches as ice chunks and water flow over the brink of the Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, January 3, 2018. REUTERS/Aaron Lynett
Visitors take pictures near the brink of the ice covered Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, January 3, 2018. REUTERS/Aaron Lynett
Water flows over ice forming at the base of the American Falls, viewed from the Canadian side in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, January 3, 2018. REUTERS/Aaron Lynett
Ice and water flow over the American Falls, viewed from the Canadian side in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, January 2, 2018. REUTERS/Aaron Lynett
Ice hangs from the top of the American side of Niagara Falls on January 3, 2018. The cold snap which has gripped much of Canada and the United States has nearly frozen over the American side of the falls. / AFP PHOTO / Geoff Robins (Photo credit should read GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images)
A building covered in ice sits at the base of the Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, January 2, 2018. REUTERS/Aaron Lynett TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Lao Airlines plane crashed into the Mekong River in the southern city of Pakse, near the border with Thailand, just before 16:00 (ICT) on Wednesday.
Lao Airlines Flight QV301 crashed in the Mekong River, killing all 49 passengers and crews.
The state-run Lao Airlines said in a statement that the plane took off from the capital Vientiane and “ran into extreme bad weather conditions” as it prepared to land at Pakse Airport.
AP reported that 17 of the victims were from Lao, seven from France, five were from Australia five from Thailand, three from Korea, two from Vietnam and one person each from Canada, China, Malaysia, Taiwan and the United States.
The airline said it had yet to determine reasons for the crash of the ATR-72 aircraft which was virtually new and had just been delivered in March.
This is a unique exhibition of Art Deco automobiles from some of the most renowned car collections in the United States at the Frist Center for Visual Arts in Nashville, Tennessee.
Inspired by the Frist Center’s historic Art Deco building, this exhibition features spectacular automobiles and motorcycles from the 1930s and 1940s that exemplify the classic elegance, luxurious materials, and iconography of motion that characterizes vehicles influenced by the Art Deco style.
An Interstate 5 four-lane bridge over Skagit River, about 55 miles north of Seattle, Washinton collapsed at about 7 p.m. on Thursday evening sending two vehicles were into the chilly water of the river.
Rescue effort by boats and divers saved three injured people and they were taken to the Skagit Valley Hospital and the United General Hospital in Sedro-Woolley.
AP reported that authorities said it appeared nobody was killed.
U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NSTB) is still investigating the cause of the disaster.
Anyway State Patrol Chief John R. Batiste said a semi-truck driven southbound struck the bridge just before part of it collapsed.
The freeway is a principal corridor for vehicles between Seattle and Vancouver, Canada.
The bridge was built in 1955 and the disaster raised concerns about the safety of old bridges in the United States.
In August 2007, a bridge fell into the Mississippi River in Minnesota, killing thirteen people.
AP reported that more than a quarter of Washington’s 7,840 bridges are considered structurally deficient of functionally obsolete.
In this photo taken Monday, April 29, 2013, carver Jackson Mbatha, 40, poses next to an unfinished large toy giraffe he is making from pieces of discarded flip-flops, in front of a painted workshop wall at the Ocean Sole flip-flop recycling company in Nairobi, Kenya. The company is cleaning the East African country’s beaches of used, washed-up flip-flops and the dirty pieces of rubber that were once cruising the Indian Ocean’s currents are now being turned into colorful handmade giraffes, elephants and other toy animals. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
There are lots of discarded flip-flop slippers washed up on Kenya beaches everyday.
A small company in Nairobi is collecting those discarded footwear and recycling them into colourful and cute toys.
To me, it’s a very nice idea for it won’t cause extra pollution from factories to make new toys.
My big sister’s, Aeshah Adlina Weblog received an ‘interesting’ comment from ‘PKR 4 the win’ on her post, “Pakatan’s new Malaysia flag: Not a copycat? Turning Malaysia to a Republic?”
‘PKR 4 the win’ submitted this comment at 10:53 pm on 2013/04/25:
“President Soekarno was right when he said that malaysia is a country without ideology and identity.
There was no revolution and no struggle for independence in malaysia. The country was not created by the people, it was created by a deal between britain and sultans.
Malaysia does not have a state ideology and no real constitution. This country exclusively consists of deals and compromises. (just like that american style flag)
This injust corrupt monarchist regime can not survive if the people get a certain level of education and access to independent information.
It is just a matter of time until malaysia becomes a democratic republic, because even the brain of the most stupid conservative racist religious idiot will at some point develop if the general level of education rises.
weapon of BN: fear, racism and stupidity
weapon of PKR: education, information and justice”
“President Soekarno was right when he said that malaysia is a country without ideology and identity.”
First Soekarno was a leftist that supported socialist and communism ideologies.
Wikipedia says that:
“The early 1960s saw Sukarno veering Indonesia to the left by providing support and protection to the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) at the expense of the military and Islamists. He also embarked on a series of aggressive foreign policies under the rubric of anti-imperialism, with aid from Soviet Union and China.”
It is wrong for Soekarno to say that Malaysian has no ideology and identity.
I think Soekarno said that just because he did not agree with Malaysia’s political systems because Malaysia never and until today does not believe in socialism and communism.
“Malaysia does not have a state ideology and no real constitution. This country exclusively consists of deals and compromises. (just like that american style flag)”
Uncle Naser Disa taught me that Malaysia is an Islamic country and Malaysia has a very strong Federal Constitution that protects the people and the rights of the King and Sultans to protect Islam as the religion of the country.
I wonder if the commenter ever study our Federal Constitution before commenting.
Regarding, “just like that american style flag”; does it means that the commenter is against the Malaysian flag, ‘Jalur Gemilang’?
And does that means that the commenter is admitting that PKR and its allies want to change the Malaysian flag to a new flag which they called ‘Sang Saka Malaya’?
Those people accused that ‘Jalur Gemilang’ is similar to the flag of the United States but can’t they see that their ‘Sang Saka Malaya’ is almost the same as the Singaporean and the Indonesian flag?
The design of Sang Saka Malaya is also similar to the design and colours of socialist and the communist flags.
The commenter also complained and not happy about the monarch.
Complaining about the monarch means that the commenter wants Malaysia to be a republic country because without the king, Malaysia will become a republic country, and even a secular country which Malaysia is not and never has been.
According to a very senior lawyer, Hj Mahamad Naser bin Disa, the word secular doesn’t exist in the Federal Constitution of Malaysia; and the Article 3 (1) says that:
“Islam is the religion of the Federation; but other religions may be practised in peace and harmony in any part of the Federation.”
In fact judge Tun Salleh Abbas said that Malaysia only uses secular rules and not a secular country so that means the commenter is against the Federal Constitution of Malaysia.
“It is just a matter of time until malaysia becomes a democratic republic”.
Time for Malaysia to become a democratic and republic country?
Thank you to the commenter for showing the true colours of PKR.
Now the cat is out of the bag, the commenter has revealed PKR’s big secret that is PKR does not want the king and is after a revolution or ‘Malaysian Spring’ to turn Malaysia into a left wings, secular, republic country that supports the same ideas as Soekarno.
Pecah tembelang PKR, dah terbongkarlah rahsia PKR.
The commenter also wrote:
“weapon of PKR: education, information and justice”
If PKR is fair, how can CheguBard said that he was tricked by PKR leader, Dato’ Seri Anwar bin Ibrahim as was recorded in a video? Please click here for the video
And how can a person speaks about justice in PKR when PKR leaders lied about their dreams to change our Federal Constitution and to turn Malaysia into a secular and a republic country?
Can a cheater or liar talks about JUSTICE?
And I also wonder why this commenter and PKR’s leaders, members and supporters love revolutions, wars and violence that they think all countries need revolutions and bloodsheds to be a great country?
That is why we should not vote for PAKATAN RAKYAT!