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EEEW! lmao Photoshops of Cheetolinis double chins

Sorry if this is old news. Just came across this in Bored Panda

When Trump Asked Not To Publish Unflattering Double Chin Pics, This Is How The Internet Responded


Here's one of them





https://www.boredpanda.com/unflattering-donald-trump-chin-photo-ps-battle/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic

Discarded Christmas trees used to restore creeks and streams, protect fish in Halton

Trees rebuild banks in creeks, streams in order to reduce warming of the water

Although the holidays are over, Conservation Halton is just beginning to stockpile hundreds of Christmas trees.

They're an important resource for restoration efforts in the region, with the conservation authority using the discarded trees to narrow over widened creeks and streams and, in turn, protect local wildlife

"With an over-widened creek, we have a greater surface area for the sun to warm up the water, and when this water is very, very warm, it's not habitable to sensitive species," said Kent Rundle, watershed stewardship co-ordinator with Conservation Halton.

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"I'm not entirely sure how the concept came to be, but my guess would be imitating natural processes," Rundle said.

"Trees fall down into the creek all the time. They deflect flows and probably they were saying, 'Wow, sediment is naturally depositing here. We can mimic this.'"



https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/halton-christmas-tree-conservation-1.4966309





Something postive! 'You can feel the love': Syrian who lived in airport on new life in Canada

Stranded in arrivals in Kuala Lumpur for eight months, Hassan al-Kontar was granted asylum to make Whistler his home

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Kontar is now living with one of own his real-life heroes, Laurie Cooper, a media relations consultant from Whistler who, along with some friends, organised Kontar’s resettlement. Kontar even got his own version of a Hollywood ending to a story that has drawn multiple comparisons to Steven Spielberg’s The Terminal: his asylum papers came through just in time for Christmas.

He lives in a log cabin on the edge of the woods with Cooper, her family and their pets, and is treated as a minor celebrity whenever they go into town. “He’s been very warmly welcomed by the community here,” says Cooper. “We cannot walk around the village without people coming up to say hello, give him a hug, welcome him to Whistler, buy him a coffee or give him a high five.”

Kontar believes it is people like Cooper, who has helped with more than 30 refugee resettlements to Canada, who will turn things around in a world increasingly hostile to migrants and refugees. “When it comes to organisations, or the United Nations, or global systems, they have failed us – not only us as Syrians but the Yemeni, Iraqi, Rohingya, everyone who needs help,” Kontar says. “I’m trying to focus on the normal people who enjoy their normal lives from their normal living rooms. They can make a difference if they decide to: all we have to do is educate them, enlighten them about what is happening, and show them how they can help.”

Kontar points to his own story: despite his many international interviews from Kuala Lumpur airport, only one refugee lawyer volunteered to help with his case; in the end, it was the only one he needed. “If there’s anyone who’s willing to help anyone anywhere, please try to volunteer, try to help, try to do something,” he urges. “People read these stories [about migrants] and feel sad and then hesitate, but it’s not that difficult. You can do it. You can help.”





https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/jan/07/syrian-who-lived-in-airport-new-life-canada-hassan-al-kontar



Photo of him and his "hero", Laurie Cooper


https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/jan/07/syrian-who-lived-in-airport-new-life-canada-hassan-al-kontar#img-3

YAY! Great news! Saudi teen fleeing Saudi Arbia granted temporary admission to Thailand

Surachate Hakparn, Thailand’s immigration police chief, told reporters on Monday evening that Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun would be granted entry under the protection of the office of the UNHCR, which says it has been in touch with her. The UN agency is expected to take five to seven days to evaluate her case.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/07/saudi-woman-fleeing-family-wont-be-deported-say-thai-officials


Please email the National Thai Refugee Committee, the Thai UNHCR and the Thai Foreign Minister to voice your concern.

Tourism is a major driver of the Thai economy so voices from abroad will be an important consideration.


Here's an email and email addresses I just sent . It can be copied and pasted

Dear Minister Pramudwinai

I'm writing to express my deep concern regarding the forced return of Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun to Saudi Arabia and want to thank Thai authorities for temporarily admitting her.

I respectfully request that Thai authorities halt any future deportation, and if she is not granted refugee status in Thailand then allow her to continue her travel to Australia

As stated by Michael Page, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch “Saudi women fleeing their families can face severe violence from relatives, deprivation of liberty, and other serious harm if returned against their will”



Sent to the following ,

minister@mfa.go.th (Pramudwinai, Thai foreign minister)

thaba@unhcr.org (the UNHCR in Thailand)

help@nhrc.or.th ( the National Thai Office for Refugees)

URGENT Tell Thailand Foreign Minister to STOP FORCED RETURN of teen girl to Saudi Arabia

Today on Jan 7 Thailand is going to force the return of a 17 yr old girl back Saudi Arabia despite her holding a valid visa. She is pleading for help as she faces being killed if sent back. She has done nothing wrong.

Below is the email I sent
to the Thai foreign minister, the UNHCR in Thailand, and the Thai Office for Refugees. Please consider doing likewise - you can just copy and paste. Please lend your support!

Here is Rahaf's story

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, told Human Rights Watch that she arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok on the evening of January 5, 2019, en route from Kuwait to Australia, but was met by a representative of the Saudi embassy who seized her passport to prevent her from traveling to Australia. Saudi and Thai officials told her she would be forced to return to Kuwait on the morning of January 7, where her father and brother are awaiting her.

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/01/06/thailand-allow-fleeing-saudi-woman-seek-refuge



This evening, speaking from an airport hotel room guarded by security officials, she told MailOnline: ‘I am scared.

‘My brother told me that he’s waiting with some Saudi men.

'They will take me to Saudi Arabia and my father will kill me, because he is so angry.

'He will kill me. My family do this. I know them.

‘They kept telling me they will kill me if I do something wrong - they say that since I was a child.'


https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6562169/Saudi-woman-trapped-Bangkok-airport-trying-flee-family-amid-fears-kill-her.html





Dear Minister Pramudwinai

I'm writing to express my deep concern regarding the forced return of Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun to Saudi Arabia.

I respectfully request that Thai authorities immediately halt any deportation, and either allow her to continue her travel to Australia or permit her to remain in Thailand to seek protection as a refugee.

As stated by Michael Page, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch “Saudi women fleeing their families can face severe violence from relatives, deprivation of liberty, and other serious harm if returned against their will”

I call on your government to uphold Thailand’s commitments to protect Rahaf's right to seek protection as a refugee.


Sent to the following ,

minister@mfa.go.th (Pramudwinai, Thai foreign minister)

thaba@unhcr.org (the UNHCR in Thailand)

help@nhrc.or.th ( the National Thai Office for Refugees)


fyi emailed the foreign minister as I could not find email address to the PM
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