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Ritual Exhumation -Ifugao, Philippine...
Ifugao, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
19 Mar 2013

Bogwa is an ancient ritual in Ifugao, Philippines where natives in Kiangan, Asipulo, Banaue, Lagawe, Hingyon, and Hungduan exhume their death as a form of love and respect to their departed relatives. They feast, celebrate, and offer prayers to the dead for three days.

Although most Ifuagonos have converted to Christianity, they still practice this ritual taboo and incorporate Christian songs and prayers during “Bogwa”.

On the first day of "Bogwa", a Mumbaki (priest) will offer a prayer and a ritual asking the spirits to allow them to open the tomb of the dead.

After opening the tomb, a group of men are now ready to exhume the dead body and clean its 246 bones tediously . The men remove the garments and decaying flesh of the dead with their bare hands.

After cleaning the bones, they bury the decaying flesh near the tomb and sundry the cleaned bones. Next they wrap the skeleton's bones with white cloth and place native Ifugao garments over the white cloth.They will lay the wrapped bones in the favorite area of their beloved where they will pray and sing Christian songs for 3 days.

All people who wish to join the celebration are welcome. The family who is celebrating this unusual day are required to butcher pigs every day to feed all the visitors and on the last day they must also butcher a carabao.

A new coffin is made for the wrapped bones.

Before returning the dead to his tomb, a closing prayer and ritual is done and family members are asked to throw stones inside the tomb and make wishes to the spirits of their departed loved ones.

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Ritual Exhumation -Ifugao, Philippine...
Ifugao, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
19 Mar 2013

Bogwa is an ancient ritual in Ifugao, Philippines where natives in Kiangan, Asipulo, Banaue, Lagawe, Hingyon, and Hungduan exhume their death as a form of love and respect to their departed relatives. They feast, celebrate, and offer prayers to the dead for three days.

Although most Ifuagonos have converted to Christianity, they still practice this ritual taboo and incorporate Christian songs and prayers during “Bogwa”.

On the first day of "Bogwa", a Mumbaki (priest) will offer a prayer and a ritual asking the spirits to allow them to open the tomb of the dead.

After opening the tomb, a group of men are now ready to exhume the dead body and clean its 246 bones tediously . The men remove the garments and decaying flesh of the dead with their bare hands.

After cleaning the bones, they bury the decaying flesh near the tomb and sundry the cleaned bones. Next they wrap the skeleton's bones with white cloth and place native Ifugao garments over the white cloth.They will lay the wrapped bones in the favorite area of their beloved where they will pray and sing Christian songs for 3 days.

All people who wish to join the celebration are welcome. The family who is celebrating this unusual day are required to butcher pigs every day to feed all the visitors and on the last day they must also butcher a carabao.

A new coffin is made for the wrapped bones.

Before returning the dead to his tomb, a closing prayer and ritual is done and family members are asked to throw stones inside the tomb and make wishes to the spirits of their departed loved ones.

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Word from important people in the Rev...
Istanbul, Turkey
By mittome
17 Mar 2013

Ahmad Al Sabouni: Director General of the Syrian Higher Relief
Abdel Majeed Barakat: Representative of the Revolutionary Syrian assortments Union
Husam Aldeen Murey: fighter in the Faruq Brigades
Bashir Al Hajji: Spokesman of Al Tawheed Brigade.

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Prince Charles, Duchess of Cornwall a...
Amman, Jordan
By hamzaeqab
12 Mar 2013

Their Majesties King Abdullah and Queen Rania on Monday held a dinner banquet in honour of Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, who started their visit to Jordan on Monday as part of a regional tour.

Prince Charles and the duchess will meet with King Abdullah and Queen Rania for discussions on bilateral ties and prospects for further cooperation, according to a Royal Court statement.

During the three-day visit, the Prince of Wales and the duchess of attend functions and activities aimed to increase Jordan-UK cooperation in the economic, environment, education and entrepreneurship fields.

The British royal couple were received upon arrival by HRH Prince Ghazi, the King’s adviser for religious and cultural affairs and the King’s personal envoy, along with other officials and diplomats from both sides.

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Maha Shivaratri (Part 3 of 4)
Kathmandu, Nepal
By PIKTO VIDEO
10 Mar 2013

Some footage in Pashupatinath (Nepal) during Maha Shivaratri. A lot of footage available, interviews of saddhus (with translation),...also in 1080i uncompressed.

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Maha Shivaratri Part (Part 1 of 4)
Kathmandu, Nepal
By PIKTO VIDEO
10 Mar 2013

Some footage in Pashupatinath (Nepal) during Maha Shivaratri. A lot of footage available, interviews of saddhus (with translation),...also in 1080i uncompressed.

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MAHA SHIVARATRI
Kathmandu, Nepal
By Mais Istanbuli
10 Mar 2013

Some footage in Pashupatinath (Nepal) during Maha Shivaratri. A lot of footage available, interviews of saddhus (with translation)

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Announcing The New President Elect Of...
Nairobi, Kenya
By fahruq
09 Mar 2013

The declaration at The Kenya Elections Centre [Bomas of Kenya] of the new President elect of Kenya - Uhuru Kenyatta on March 9th 2013

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Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga
Nairobi, Kenya
By marukophoto
09 Mar 2013

The Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga who was a Presidential candidate, addresses press conference in Nairobi soon after the election results were announce by the IEBC.
Odinga claimed there was massive tampering of the results, that some figures were cooked and he promised to provide evidence.

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Osman on arrival at the polling station
Nairobi, Kenya
By fahruq
04 Mar 2013

On election day at Uhuru Gardens Polling Station, Osman gives his first impressions.

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KENYA ELECTIONS 2013
Nairobi, Kenya
By U.S. Editor
04 Mar 2013

Voters line up at polling stations and cast their votes to elect Kenya's upcoming president in general elections on the morning of March 4, 2013.

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problems at the polling stations
Nairobi, Kenya
By fahruq
04 Mar 2013

ODM Chairman of Langata, Ochieng Odera, talks about problems at polling stations. The interview took place at the Old Kibera Primary Polling Station where he was acting as an election observer for his party. ODM is part of the CORD coalition which is supporting Raila Odinga as its presidential candidate.

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Hilda talks about voting
Nairobi, Kenya
By fahruq
04 Mar 2013

Election day at Uhuru Gardens Polling station, langata, Nairobi, Hilda talks about her excitement about voting.

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Hopes of a first time voter
Nairobi, Kenya
By fahruq
04 Mar 2013

A first time voter talks about his hopes for Kenya on election day 2013 at Uhuru Gardens Polling Station, Langata, Nairobi.

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Kenyan Elections: The voting process
Nairobi, kenya
By fahruq
04 Mar 2013

Voting at Uhuru Gardens Polling Station on the morning of the Kenyan Elections 4th March 2013

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Voter exit interview
Nairobi, Kenya
By fahruq
04 Mar 2013

voter talks about his experience after voting at Uhuru Gardens Polling Station Langata, Nairobi.

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Daily Life In Dhaka, Bangladesh
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Piero Pomponi World Focus
03 Mar 2013

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Daily life in the streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh from the view of a cycle-rickshaw.
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Scenes Of Daily Life In Dhaka, Bangla...
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Piero Pomponi World Focus
03 Mar 2013

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Scenes of daily life in Dhaka central district of Motigil including public transportation, vendors and policemen.

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Daily Life In Dhaka's Garbage Dumps
West Agargaon, Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Piero Pomponi World Focus
03 Mar 2013

Dhaka, Bangladesh-March 3, 2013
In West Agargaon area, near central Dhaka, tens of children, together their families, recycle things from the garbage dump in order to sell it to the people living in the same area.
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Authority for the Promotion of Virtue
Aleppo, Syria
By salem_rizk
26 Feb 2013

At times appearing beneath a banner with the name "The Islamic Front for the Liberation of Syria," a man referred to as Abu Sulayman introduces "The Committee for the Protection of Virtue and Defense of the Oppressed." The name of this committee is similar to that of the police that enforce Sharia Law in Saudi Arabia, called, "The Committee for the Protection of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice." In his statement, Mr. Sulayman describes the provision of aid and the provision of security and policing as two core aspects of the committee's mission. Following his statement are a series of brief interviews, including people seeking assistance from the committee as well as a member of the committee apparently interacting with one of their detainees in a temporary holding cell.

Partial transcription below. Full transcription, including time code, is available on request.

[Transcript from the video statement]: We are members of the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Defense of the Oppressed. We work primarily on security and policing. Our security arm operates throughout all of the liberated areas. As everyone knows, many violations and crimes have occurred and are occurring at the hands of both civilians and the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

God willing, we will now be able to provide security by utilizing our committee's Islamic civilian police force so that we might stand against all criminals and violators who would damage public or private property. As far as our security and policing operations in the liberated areas, we go on patrols, set up checkpoints and send committee forces to provide the security and curb theft and other transgressions.

We always seek peaceful solutions, especially when it involves any armed groups (FSA members), by sending respected religious authorities to resolve conflicts in a peaceful manner. If this approach does not succeed, then we use force to arrest the offending party, whether it is an individual or a group. The offender is then brought to our Sharia Law Committee.

As mentioned, our work in this committee is multi-faceted, and includes providing assistance to those in need. The aid side is a very important aspect of our work.

[Excerpts from the interviews]:


[A civilian woman]: I have come here because my children are hungry and I am hungry, and we have been for the past 3 months; and for 3 months they have been promising assistance, and I haven't seen anything. My cousin came here asking for a house and they haven't provided her with one.

[Mr. Sulayman, speaking to one of the religious authorities, apparently also on the committee]: "To avoid the temptation that a woman living alone can introduce in the community, we need to provide this woman with a home."

[Mr. Sulayman, speaking to the same woman, who has approached the committee for housing assistance]: "Take care of your home (don't break sharia law), be a good muslim, keep your children with you, and we will provide you with a house."

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ODM supporters in Nairobi
Nairobi, Kenya
By fahruq
25 Feb 2013

A group of ODM supporters campaining in Langata Village, Nairobi. Feb 2013

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Trade unions strike begins; banking, ...
Lucknow, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, Jaipur, Rajasthan India
By newspoint
22 Feb 2013

With autos and taxis off the roads and buses packed to capacity, commuters in Kanpur, Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) and Jaipur (Rajasthan) had a harrowing time as the two-day nationwide strike called by various trade unions began Wednesday.
Normal life was disrupted across Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan of the two-day shut down. City roads in the state capital wore a deserted look as 250 city buses pulled out of regular services and took part in the Shutdown. Auto rickshaws also kept off the roads. With the Uttar Pradesh State Roadways Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) employees taking part in the strike, the 10,000-odd government-run buses too stayed off the roads.
The shutdown was total in, Jaipur Kanpur, Lucknow, Major markets in the cites were deserted, and operations at post offices and state-run banks were disrupted.
Protester (Byte in Hindi)
"11 unions of all over India held a nationwide strike. We have done strike as we are fed up with the government's indifferent attitude towards us," News Agency : News Point TV
Shooting Location : Kanpur, Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh, India) , Jaipur (Rajasthan, India)
Publishing Time: 22nd February, 2013
Length: 9::12
Video Size : 783.8 MB
Language : Hindi

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Bharat shuts down due to transportati...
New Delhi, India
By newspoint
22 Feb 2013

The 2 day general strike called by 11 trade unions began Wednesday and has had an effect in several estates of the nation. 

Commuters in the city faced hardships as a section of auto-rickshaws and taxis remained off the road in support of the two-day nationwide strike. 

Office-goers suffered the most as most auto-rickshaw and taxi drivers either refused or overcharged. Passengers at major railway stations and bus stands remained stranded or had to shell out more cash to reach their destinations. 

Five major auto-rickshaw and taxi unions have announced that they will join the strike to demand a hike in auto and taxi fares. 

Although Metro services were not affected by the strike, bus services were partially hit by the strike as a number of bus unions, including a section of Delhi Transport Corporation employees, have also extended support to the strike. 

Long queues were seen at Metro stations and bus stands as they remained the only viable option for people to commute. 

Normal banking operations were hit as employees of public sector banks went on a two-day strike in response to a call given by central trade unions to press for wage hike in the backdrop of rising inflation. 

Apprehending disruption in their normal banking operations, many banks had already informed their customers about the proposed strike. 

The bank strike is part of a general strike call given by 11 central trade unions including Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) and All India United Trade Union Centre. 

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Harish Arora (Byte in Hindi)
“Protester besieged many place. There is no Auto rickshaw. We have traveled in metro. There is lots of crowd. It was very pain full.” Metro Passenger (Byte in Hindi)
“Everybody is suffering to inflation in India” Coolie Union Member (Byte in Hindi)

“We are from Maharashtra and now going Janter Mater for the Protest. We have some demand. we want keep our demand front of government.”

Anshu Auto Rickshaw Driver (Byte in Hindi)

“We have done Auto rickshaw Strike. Our demand is no being fulfill ”

News Agency : News Point TV
Shooting Location : Delhi, (India)
Publishing Time: 22nd February, 2013
Length: 4:52
Video Size : 1.45 MB
Language : Hindi

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Third & Last Basant Panchami Shahi Sn...
Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh (INDIA)
By newspoint
15 Feb 2013

Third & Last Basant Panchami Shahi Snan at Confluence in Allahabad

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Egyptians Rally against Morsi in anni...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
12 Feb 2013

STORY: Egyptians Rally against Morsi in anniversary of Mubarak ouster
Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: February 11, 2013
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: February 11, 2013
Length: 00:01:17
Video Size: 63.2 MB
Language: Arabic
Column:
Organized by:
Correspondent:
Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:

  1. Various shots from demonstrations.
  2. Medium shot of a protestor holding papers with anti-Morsi words on them.
  3. Various shots from demonstrations by the Presidential Palace.
  4. Wide shot of demonstrators with water cannons being used on them.
  5. Wide shot of demonstrators escaping teargas from canisters fired by the police.

Storyline:

Hundreds of Egyptians marched on Monday, February 11, to the Presidential Palace in Heliopolis, protesting against President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, the group which he hails from.

The demonstrators chanted statements against Morsi and his group with calls for him to step down.

Protestors demand the downfall of the regime, justice for martyrs and social justice.

Protesters on Monday have been planning to voice their rejection of perceived repressive measures adopted by Egypt's Islamist-led government and what the opposition sees as persistent attempts to crush the revolution.

Thirteen Egyptian political parties and movements have announced plans to stage mass anti-government rallies on Monday to mark the second anniversary of former president Hosni Mubarak's ouster.

The opposition released on Monday a statement that says "two years after the first victory of the revolution (Mubarak's ouster), Egypt's first democratically elected president has set a record for lying and broken promises. Blood was shed yet again and martyrs fell under Brotherhood rule, which has perfected the arts of repression, brutality and abduction."

On the other hand, the masked Black Bloc of Egypt said on social networks that February 11 will witness the “storming of the palace,” asking Morsi to choose between departure or chaos.

Black Bloc also announced plans to block the Mogamma building in Tahrir Square on Monday, the country's largest administrative building, in the run-up to a civil disobedience campaign called for by some revolutionary groups on social networks.

Security forces beefed up their presence outside the presidential palace in anticipation of marches descending on the area on the second anniversary of Hosni Mubarak’s departure.

In the evening security forces used water cannons on protestors and also teargas canisters.

Violence erupted and demonstrators answered by throwing rocks at the palace.

Later in the evening a video was posted on the internet of security soldiers dragging a civilian on the ground by the palace, which angered all viewers. The unharmed soldiers retreated to their armored vehicle after a Molotov bottle was thrown at them and the civilian escaped with his leg on fire.

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Archaeologists Discover Paleolithic A...
Vila Nova de Foz Coa Douro, Portugal
By U.S. Editor
11 Feb 2013

COA VALLEY, Portugal -- 18 January 2013 -- WHOEVER carved the graceful figures into the rocks of this valley on the upper reaches of the River Douro had no camera, pencils or paper. Though recent discoveries by Portuguese archaeologists have confirmed that the Palaeolithic Sapiens Sapiens that inhabited the Coa Valley 30,000 to 10,000 years ago were among the first humans to invent animation.

Using a quartzite tool, they carved thousands of depictions of animals, some of which - like the Przewalski's horse at the site on the upper part of the Coa Valley at Penascosa - show a clear understanding of movement depicted in animation, archaeologists here say.

"We cannot prove what the carvings were intended to do exactly...But if you consider cinema, then it is like two or three frames a second," says Antonio Batarda, an archaeologist who specializes in the animated figures of the Coa Valley Archaeological Park.

"What they are doing with these figures, when you analyse it...Is cinema," says Luis Miguel de Silva Simoes Luis (Luis Luis), another archaeologist at the Coa Valley Archaeological Park Museum.

"They break down movement and recompose it...What you then see is a goat or horse moving it's legs or head," he explains.

One sheltered site still shows the remains of ocre-painted figures, which are mostly of large herbivores such as the Aurochs - a bovine species about three times the size of the bulls and cows we see today. Other rock panels at the various sites here depict classic species of the Pleistiocene like the large deer Megalocerus, the Ibex, Aurochsen, horses and various species of goat - to name but a few. Rare human figures are also depicted. The tradition of carving on the rock panels here continued through the Neolithic and right up until recent centuries with Christian motiffs.

Back in the Palaeolithic, the Coa Valley - which still has a unique micro-climate - would have provided an easy environment for the small groups of Sapiens Sapiens living a nomadic hunter-gather existence. Outside of the valley, large predatory species like lions were common and the River Coa provided a certain security and was abundant in game.

Strangely, many of the figures carved onto the rocks beside the River Coa depict animals which would have been a significant challenge for Palaeoloithic man to hunt.

"Hunting was important...But it was mostly entertainment, as it was mostly the animal behaviour which seemed to have interested them," Antonio Batarda says, adding that it is impossible to prove what the animated figures (or the non-animated ones) were actually used for.

It is likely, he says, that the animations were indeed just that, using fire and screens in co-ordinated movement to create the illusion of movement, rather like the special effects on the stage of a late Victorian theatre. Animals were of great importance to Palaeolithic man and were likely to have been a form of entertainment in themselves, Batarda adds.

There are around one hundred panels depicting animated movement. Sometimes it is subtle, such as a horse flicking it's ears or a goat sticking out it's tongue. Others are more complex and show a horse moving it's head or a goat involved in a mating display.

Not all the archaeologists here are certain about the sites being an ancient cinema, but all agree that the carvings are definately animations.

"I compare it with comic books...I think it may be pushing it a bit to say it was cinema. Though it was the first time we know that animation was used," says Antonio Martinho Baptista, the Director of the Coa Valley Archaeological Park.

Mr Martinho Baptista says that the Palaeolithic humans who inhabited the Coa Valley were nomadic and wandered around in small groups of 30-50 individuals over a radius of around 90 miles and were probably around a thousand or so in number.

The site was discovered in the mid 1990s during archaeological surveys to construct a hydro-electric dam. It soon became a UNESCO World Heritage Site and thus far, archaeologists have found around 100 outdoor rock carvings which show some form of animation.

"I believe it had a function...This was public art," says Martinho Baptista. He says that as it was public - it was probable that the carvings were used for story telling and education. Religion may have also played a part, the figures show many pregnant animals, possibly signifying some kind of reverence for the creation of new life.

This makes sites of outdoor Upper Palaeolithic art like the Coa Valley very important in our understanding of our ancient ancestors, he adds. While the Lascaux cave paintings are famous, Mr Martinho Baptista believes cave art was rare and that much of the art of the Upper Palaolithic was outdoors carved on rocks like in the Coa Valley.

"Why did we find the art at Lascaux? Because they were protected. Nowadays, we think that the open air Palaeolithic art was much more common...Though much of it has been destroyed by wind and rain...Probably cave art in this time was exceptional," says Luis.

One of the more tender carvings depicts a moment of affection between two horses, a favourite of the museum's director. For Martinho Baptista, this is a prime example of the keen eye of Palaeolithic man. "It's a masterful work...It was made 20,000 years ago...But could be shown in a gallery by a modern artist today," he says.

Whatever the actual true use of these rock carving animations was, it is clear that these recent discoveries by Portuguese archaeologists in the Coa Valley render the popular image of prehistoric man quite obsolete. "Palaeolithic man was an artist just like some contemporary ones," Martinho Bapista says. -ends- approx 700 words

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Nigeria railway relaunch
Lagos, Nigeria
By Taiwo Adeleke
07 Feb 2013

After a ten years of absence the Nigerian railway corporation begins transit on the Lagos-Kano route. The nigeria railway corporation relaunches services back on some major route in the country after improvements costings about 66 million dollars. The railways system is one of the oldest means of transport in Nigeria since 1898.The Railway systems as been deteriorated for more than 20 years now, most Nigerians who make use of the transport system are looking up to better services and more technological improvements as the corporation begins service back on major route in the country.
Video information

Video shows:
00:00 wide shot of train station terminal Lagos
00:02 wide shot of people lining up at the Train station
00:05 medium shot of people lining up at the train station
00:09 close up shot of people sitting at the train station
00:12 medium shot of Economy Class Transit sign
00:14 medium shot of people walking to enter train
00:17 medium shot of passengers walking in the train station
00:21 medium shot walking near the trains
00:27 wide shot of train railways
00:31 wide shot of train
00:39 medium shot of the inside of the train
00:44 wide shot of the train moving at the train station

Soundbite:
00:51 Yinusa omotayo ( Passenger at the Train Station)
"What the government can do first is to encourage workers working at the train station and put in more money to do create more rails. This is my second time entering the train. The last time it was around the 80"s and during that time there was no AC . Thank God now there is AC in the trains. There were no restaurants, notting, you just entered and slept when you wanted to. But this time around they are trying to improve however they can still improve more. Now the water is not running may be with time they will do that so that the water can run. But most importantly is to encourage the workers working at the railway stations. Looking at what is happening in Nigeria traveling by road is more risky than traveling by train........"

Background information:

Reporters script

BRAKES let out a deafening screech and steam fills the station as the Lagos-Kano train ends its 30-hour journey. Hundreds of passengers emerge wearily from brightly painted yellow, green and white carriages. It may be sweaty, crowded and very late, but after a ten-year absence this revamped link between Nigeria’s two biggest cities is a welcome relief. Travelling the 1,126km (700 miles) at an average speed of less than 50km an hour with endless stops, it is no wonder the trip takes so long. But for most Nigerians the low fares are worth it. A second-class ticket from Lagos to Kano costs around $12, roughly a quarter of the price of a more treacherous bus ride. “Hundreds of people were waiting at Ilorin [300km north of Lagos] but there wasn’t enough space for us all,” says a mother trying to appease a screaming child on her hip. “I had to stand the whole way.”

The service was relaunched last month after improvements costing $166m. Nigeria’s railways, started in 1898, have deteriorated in the past 20 years owing to those old engines of decay, corruption and mismanagement. Nigerians’ domestic travel options are limited. Most cannot afford to go by air, so take to the roads. Overfilled lorries, usually packed with dozens of passengers sitting on cargo, precariously negotiate crater-sized potholes. One stretch of road, nicknamed “Bauchi or Death”, after a northern state, is littered with overturned lorries and cars. well as being dangerous, Nigeria’s woeful transport network slows the economy. A rejuvenated rail network could unplug one of the biggest business bottlenecks. In the short run, freight trains are the priority. The cost of transporting goods on passenger trains is prohibitively expensive. “The charge is almost impossible,” complains Jibrin Bala, a cloth merchant. “On our way here, we had to transfer our goods onto buses.”

The success of the Lagos-Kano route, however slow, indicates the demand for a modern rail network. There are plans to invest in rehabilitating lines along the eastern corridor between Port Harcourt in the south and Maiduguri in the north-east. There is even talk of monorails in a couple of cities. As people scramble on board the new train, it is clear that the Nigerian Railway Corporation will be puffing hard to keep up with demand.

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Women rescued from Tahrir mob by men ...
Cairo, Egypt
By spisch
26 Jan 2013

Around 9pm on the second anniversary of the Egyptian uprising, a group of men used flamethrowers, knives, and clubs to protect a group of women, including prominent public figure Gameela Ismail, from a mob assault on the edge of Tahrir Square. The men also rescued at least four other women from the mob, one of whom had been stripped naked. The women rescued from the mob were part of the Egyptian Women for Change group and had just led a march into the square.

Among the men protecting the women were members of the Dostour Party and the 'Black Bloc,' who jumped the fence with knives and clubs to come to the women's aid.

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Gameela Ismail leads chants on second...
Cairo, Egypt
By spisch
26 Jan 2013

Prominent public figure Gameela Ismail leads chants of 'Horreya!' - 'freedom' - during a women's march into Tahrir Square on January 25, 2013 - the second anniversary of the Egyptian revolution.

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Woman marches under the Egyptian flag...
Cairo, Egypt
By spisch
26 Jan 2013

A woman with a drum marched under an enormous Egyptian flag in Tahrir Square on January 25, 2013, the second anniversary of the Egyptian revolution. She beat the drum in time with the chants.

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Women march at Tahrir on the second a...
Cairo, Egypt
By spisch
25 Jan 2013

Egyptian women marched into Tahrir Square on January 25, 2013, the second anniversary of the Egyptian revolution. Among them was prominent public figure Gameela Ismail.

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Syrian refugees in Jordan
Mafraq, Jordan
By Marina Fonda
25 Jan 2013

Syrian refugees in the Zaatari refugee camp, Mafraq, Northern Jordan, speak about their stories and perspectives. Full transcript and translation available on request.

00,57الجيش السوري هو من آذاني وهو المسؤول عن تحطيم جسدي والتسبب بعدة كسور فيه ، لقد كسر لي أضلاعي الاربعة اضافة لكسر في الجمجمة وانقراص في العمود الفقري ، خرجت من الاعتقال وفي كل سنتيميتر من جسدي كسر.
الكسور هذه هل هي بفعل الجيش النظامي؟ نعم من الجيش هل تم اعتقالك من الطريق العام؟ لا . لقد تم اعتقالي على أحد حواجز الجيش.

1,25 سقوط البراميل المتفجرة على منزلنا جعلت طفلي بسبب الخوف بفقد النطق .
هل فقد السمع والنطق؟ بالنسبة للسمع فقد خف لديه كثيراً فهو يسمع لكن بشكل خفيف ، أما النطق فقد فقده تماماً

1,44 حالات الاغتصاب كثيرة فهي جرت في عدة قرى وليس فقط في قرية "صيده" ، عندنا في خلال عمليات الاقتحام كانوت يحضرون النساء والاطفال "الجيش النظامي" , احدى المرات جرى اشتباك بيننا على جسر "صيده" فوضعوا امامنا سبعة أطفال أمام الدبابة بعمر طفلي..هل وضعوهم كدروع بشرية ؟ نعم .
وقبل هذه الحادثة جرى بيننا اشتباك على طريق داعل فوضعوا أمامنا فتاتين عاريتين ، فأدرنا ظهورنا وانسحبنا للخلف، لقد انسحبنا.

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Young Girl Invents a Urine Powered Ge...
Lagos, Nigeria
By Taiwo Adeleke
23 Jan 2013

Journalist:
Taiwo Adeleke

CUE:
Fourteen years old Nigeria girl created a generator that produces electricity for six hours using a single liter of urine as fuel .

Headline:
Girl power generator with urine in Nigeria.

SLUG:
RAW-NIGERIA-ELECTRICITY-GENERATOR-:

Byline:
Taiwo Adeleke / --

SYNTHE:
Duro-Aina Adebola (Female), Urine power Generator initiator (Student)
Omotayo Fakinlede(Male), Professor of Engineering
Olatuji Araoye (Male), Engineer
Patrick Uloba (Male) Teacher.
SHOTLIST:
LAGOS, NIGERIA, JANUARY 2013
VAR of student starting the Generator.
VAR of cylinder and filters
VAR of bulb and socket with electricity
VAR of students talking
VAR of School University
VAR of Man in the Office
VAR of Lagos Street at Night
VAR of man starting generator
VAR of generator sounds
VAR of secondary school building
VAR of teacher with student in the classroom

SOUNDBITE 1, Duro-Aina Adebola (Female), Urine power Generator initiator (Student) (English, 00:14:18 seconds ):
"I got the idea when i went on net and i saw a family of five (5) killed by carbon-monoxide poison. its now stroke me that people are dying regularly from generator poison and that what could be done that wouldn't releases any harmful gases into the environment . Urine is a waste material definitely Nigerians will opt for urine since is a waste material, Nigerians like cheap things "

SOUNDBITE 2, Omotayo Fakinlede(Male), Professor of Engineering (English. 14:01 seconds)
"we can view hydrogen as the hydro carbon minus the carbon. There are very good properties that its as one of the most important thing is the environmental friendliness".

SOUNDBITE 3, Olatuji Araoye (Male), Engineer (English 10:18 seconds).
"Its depend on the cost of the generator first and i will look at the durability at the same time".

SOUNDBITE 4, Patrick Uloba (Male) Teacher.(English 20:18 seconds)
"We have done several other project before this, we are hoping that with the volume of information that as gone out on this project, we are trusting that somebody will come and pick up this project , so that it can be mass produce and it can be there in the market.

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Archaeologists discover Paleolithic a...
Vila Nova de Foz Coa Douro Portugal
By Jonathan Mitchell
18 Jan 2013

Archaeologists have discovered 100 or so rock carvings from the Upper Palaeolithic (10,000 to 30,000 years ago) which depict basic animation at 2 to 3 frames per second. This panel depicts a Auroch (a large ancient bovine species) in two frames.

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Archaeologists discover Paleolithic a...
Foz Coa Douro, Portugal
By Jonathan Mitchell
17 Jan 2013

Archaeologists have discovered 100 or so rock carvings from the Upper Palaeolithic (10,000 to 30,000 years ago) which depict basic animation at 2 to 3 frames per second. Although hard to see, this horse's ears move. GIF animation (handout) available on request.

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REFUGEES STRUGGLE AS WINTER SETS IN -...
Syria
By Editor's Picks
17 Dec 2012

Refugees stand in line in the freezing weather and dusty wind, to get aid from the Red Crescent and other Arab countries. Interview and B Roll footage illustrate the difficulties regularly faced by these Syrian refugees in Jordan.

Azaz camp, along the Turkish border inside Syria, is home to about 7,000 internally displaced people. Refugees fleeing Aleppo and surrounding areas, attempting to cross into Turkey, found the border closed and now survive with very little in the cold and wet of winter, depending on foreign aid for basic necessities.

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Religious Flag Hoisting In Maha kumbh
Allahabad, India
By newspoint
12 Dec 2012

In Mahakumbh, the Junna Akhara group has been given the right to Shadhvi, which is the practice of being a nun. This is being done to hoist their religious Saffron flag at Confluence in Allahabad.

In Sri Dashnam, the Junna Akhara is also the largest of the 13th Akharas in the country. Junna Akhara has given space to the Sadhvis Nuns within their own region and set an illustration which emphasize equal rights for all women.

“We don’t underestimate the Sadhvis. They have been given equal rights with respect. Juna Akhara are providing equal space to the Sadhvis flag. In 2007 Jauna Akhara also gave equal Space to Sadhvis. these ladies are nuns and we look at them as a Sati. ”

  • Byte In Hindi- Mahant Hari Giri , Pious Group (Secretary Juna Akhara)

“Men have played a big role in our flag hoisting. We cannot do this work alone. Women have been grateful to us for suggesting different locations. We are cooperating with each other.”

  • Byte In Hindi- Divya Giri, Nun, Juna Group (Sadhvi Juna Akhara)

Local News Agency: News Point TV 
Shooting Dateline: December 12th, 2012
Shooting Location: Allahabad, Utter Pradesh (INDIA) 
Publishing Time: December 12th, 2012
Length: 0:5:10
Video Size: 108.4 MB
Language: Hindi 
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Ma'ale Adummim Construction Site
Ma'ale Adummim, Israel
By Andrew Beale
09 Dec 2012

A construction site in the settlement of Ma'ale Adummim, on the outskirts of the E1 area of proposed settlement construction.