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Train with bodies of victims of downed Malaysia jet arrives in Ukraine

Train with bodies of victims of downed Malaysia jet arrives in Ukraine | Cultural Trendz |

The remains of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash arrived in territory held by the Ukrainian government on Tuesday on their way to the Netherlands, after delays and haphazard treatment of the bodies that put pressure on European foreign ministers meeting in Brussels to impose tougher economic sanctions on Russia.

The crash site itself, in farmland held by the pro-Russian separatists who the West accuses of shooting down the plane, remained unsecured five days after the disaster — another source of frustration for officials around the world eager to establish the facts of the case.

After an overnight journey, a refrigerated train carrying the bodies pulled into a station in Kharkiv, a government-controlled city where Ukrainian authorities have set up their crash investigation center. Government spokesman Oleksander Kharchenko said Ukraine "will do our best" to send the bodies to the Netherlands on Tuesday. Of the 298 people who died aboard the Amsterdam-to-Kuala Lumpur flight, 193 were Dutch citizens.

In Brussels, European Union foreign ministers were discussing whether to impose more sanctions in response to the disaster. Europe and the United States have imposed targeted economic sanctions against Russia for supporting Ukraine's five-month insurgency that began after pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted by protesters in February.

The rebels control a swathe of territory in two eastern provinces, and have battled Ukrainian troops with heavy weapons including tanks and missile launchers that the West says came from Russia. Russia denies supporting the insurgency.

The sanctions so far have focused on individuals instead of entire sectors of the economy, though the EU was moving already to broaden them before the downing of the plane. British Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday that the jet's destruction on Thursday has drastically changed the situation, and that the Russians cannot expect continued access to European markets and capital if they continued to fuel a war against another European country.

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius blamed "terrorists supplied by Moscow" for shooting down the airliner, killing all aboard. He said he hoped the EU will impose beefed-up sanctions on Russia. His call for an arms embargo was a direct challenge to France, which is building two warships for the Russian navy.

At the crash site near the village of Hrabove, a few rebel fighters accompanied observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. The farmland where the wreckage is scattered was otherwise unguarded and unsecured. Even the red-and-white tape that had sealed off the fields had been torn away.

In some places, the smell of decay and flies suggested the presence of remains under the wreckage, and observers said Monday that not all bodies had been recovered.

About 70 villagers, most of them older women wearing headscarves, gathered across the road from the site to sing Ukrainian Orthodox hymns at a memorial service led by several black-robed priests.

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Happy Tuesday!

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The yin-yang philosophy

The yin-yang philosophy | Cultural Trendz |

Four Main Aspects of Yin and Yang Relationship

1. Yin-Yang are opposites
    They are either on the opposite ends of a cycle, like the seasons of the year, or, opposites on a continuum of energy or matter. This opposition is relative, and can only be spoken of in relationships. For example: Water is Yin relative to steam but Yang relative to ice. Yin and Yang are never static but in a constantly changing balance.

2. Interdependent: Can not exist without each other
    The Tai Ji (Supreme Ultimate) diagram shows the relationship of Yin & Yang and illustrates interdependence on Yin & Yang. Nothing is totally Yin or totally Yang. Just as a state of total Yin is reached, Yang begins to grow. Yin contains seed of Yang and vise versa. They constantly transform into each other. For Example: no energy without matter, no day without night. The classics state: "Yin creates Yang and Yang activates Yin".

3. Mutual consumption of Yin and Yang
    Relative levels of Yin Yang are continuously changing. Normally this is a harmonious change, but when Yin or Yang are out of balance they affect each other, and too much of one can eventually weaken (consume) the other.

Four (4) possible states of imbalance:
        Preponderance (Excess) of Yin
        Preponderance (Excess) of Yang
        Weakness (Deficiency) of Yin
        Weakness (Deficiency) of Yang

4. Inter-transformation of Yin and Yang.
    One can change into the other, but it is not a random event, happening only when the time is right. For example: Spring only comes when winter is finished.


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RECIPE: Fresh Summer Salad

RECIPE: Fresh Summer Salad | Cultural Trendz |


{for the salad}

    5-6 cups mixed greens (I used spinach, arugula & romaine)
    1 avacado
    1/2 cup raspberries
    1/3 cup chopped walnuts
    1/4 of a red onion

{for the vinaigrette}

    1/2 cup unsweetened frozen raspberries, thawed
    1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    1 tablespoon honey
    kosher salt
    black pepper

{for the tilapia}

    1-2 tilapia filet (I got mine from costco. You can replace this with any type of fish or chicken or steak or skip the meat altogether).
    lemon pepper
    sea salt
    olive oil


{for the salad}

    Wash and place mixed greens in a large salad bowl (chop greens if necessary) mix together.
    Slice onion, chop walnuts, dice avocado, wash fresh raspberries, place in salad bowl.
    Gently toss together. Set aside.

{for the vinaigrette}

    Place raspberries, olive oil, lemon juice and honey in a blender.
    Blend until smooth.
    Season with salt and pepper to taste.

{for the tilapia}

    Rinse thawed tilapia under cold water. Dry with a paper towel.
    Season with lemon pepper and sea salt. Grill in a pan (about 4 minutes on each side).
    Break tilapia into small pieces and place in salad bowl. Toss together.


    Toss vinaigrette into salad or serve on the side.
    Serves 4


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Happy Monday!

Happy Monday! | Cultural Trendz |


If you showed up and are working on important stuff, keep going! Progress is awesome.

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Make it a great week!  ♥

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Prepping for Autumn ...

Always thinking ahead.

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