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The Ukrainian Health Ministry press service said on Monday (21.12.2009) that “A five-day-long heavy snowfall caused 27 weather-related deaths” (People’s Daily Online)  This news has reiminded me of the cold I experienced during my two year stay in Kramatorsk, a city in Donetska oblast in eastern Ukraine.  I experienced some cold winters in housing that led me to see my breath while lying in bed.  The heating in my apartment and in the apartment of several friends was very limited so we wore sweaters, pants and socks to bed.  I worry even more for the elderly and the young.

I hope only the best for those living in Ukraine now.  It was last week that almost 400 cars were stranded on a highway between Kherson and Nikolayev in western Ukraine (ITAR-TASS).  It has been a tough winter and I hope the best for those living in and visiting Ukraine.

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I learned this morning that US President Barack Obama will be receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in December 2009.  The Norwegian Nobel Committee said it was awarding Obama with such an honor for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and co-operation between peoples,” and that such actions have “created a new climate in international politics.”

This climate created has opened the floor for dialogue.  German Chancellor Angela Merkel has exclaimed that “In a very short time, he has succeeded in shifting the tone worldwide towards dialogue. I believe we should all support him to make world peace more possible. There is still much left to do, but a window of possibility has been opened.” (more…)

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