Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
(Oh, and just in case you missed it, you HAVE check out the video I posted earlier this evening... :D)
Up here in Toronto we have a sorta crazy web personality known as Kayvon, He has recently put out a video featuring himself with Sidney Crosby that you might find interesting, it has been making the rounds here in Canada for the past week or so. This video really threw me for a loop the first time I saw it, plus Sidney really comes off nice [at the end of the video]. Hope you enjoy!
Wow. Just - wow. Like I said, I don't even know what to say about this one except that I guess it takes ALL kinds, hahahaha! Many thanks go out to Donny for sending this insanity my way!! :)
My husband and I were watching MSNBC one night this week. I began to feel ill when I saw Tom DeLay's face on the TV screen. (Shouldn’t he be locked up in prison somewhere in Texas?) Just looking at the man’s face brings on a feeling of malaise. The needle on my barfometer went haywire!
I decided to let Tom, the ex pest exterminator, be the subject of an original poem for Poetry Friday this week. I wrote this poem for Tricia's Monday Poetry Stretch - Macaronic Verse. Here’s my macaronic verse in which the second language consists of words I made up.
The Exterminator’s List of Things to Do
A Typical Workday for Tom Delay
by Elaine Magliaro
Snurl the snails
And slimy slugs.
Sonk the sow
Flurk the flies,
Gnink nasty gnats,
Wurf the wasps
With baseball bats.
Smoot and smash
Erk the earwigs,
Burb the beetles
Murch the mantis
When she’s preying
On her mate…and
Then start spraying
Bugs wrapped up
In balls of spittle.
Grunch the grubs
Now while they’re little.
Arf the aphids
Then borp ’em
With my baseball cap.
Tumb the termites
Ant queens reigning
In the umber.
Derch those dung-heap
Who’ll raise your taxes.
(Best I’m able
They’re just a pack
Of human vermin.)
Quell MY head lice
Lord, I’ve so much
Work to do!!!
A tidbit of wisdom from Tom DeLay on the causes of the Columbine High School massacre:
"Guns have little or nothing to do with juvenile violence. The causes of youth violence are working parents who put their kids into daycare, the teaching of evolution in the schools, and working mothers who take birth control pills."
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Thanks for stopping by, and all your prayers and encouragements!
Thank God for strengthening me. I am feeling better but still trying to pace myself moderately. I do missed all of you very much. Thanks for all your encouragements.
This morning, I was reading CH Spurgeon's Morning and Evening as part of my morning devotion, and very much encouraged by it.
Thank God that He is our refuge and strength, and we may rest in Him daily no matter what we may go through in this world. He is unchangeable!
May God encourage you with this article and you may find rest in Him daily too.
Take care and have a great weekend!
“Thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the Most High, thy habitation.”
THE Israelites in the wilderness were continually exposed to change.
Whenever the pillar stayed its motion, the tents were pitched; but to-morrow, ere the morning sun had risen, the trumpet sounded, the ark was in motion, and the fiery, cloudy pillar was leading the way through the narrow defiles of the mountain, up the hillside, or along the arid waste of the wilderness.
They had scarcely time to rest a little before they heard the sound of “Away! this is not your rest; you must still be onward journeying towards Canaan!” They were never long in one place. Even wells and palm trees could not detain them. Yet they had an abiding home in their God, His cloudy pillar was their roof-tree, and its flame by night their household fire.
They must go onward from place to place, continually changing, never having time to settle, and to say, “Now we are secure; in this place we shall dwell.” “Yet,” says Moses, “though we are always changing, Lord, thou hast been our dwelling-place throughout all generations.”
The Christian knows no change with regard to God. He may be rich to-day and poor to-morrow; he may be sickly to-day and well to-morrow; he may be in happiness to-day, to-morrow he may be distressed—but there is no change with regard to his relationship to God.
If He loved me yesterday, He loves me to-day. My unmoving mansion of rest is my blessed Lord.
Let prospects be blighted; let hopes be blasted; let joy be withered; let mildews destroy everything; I have lost nothing of what I have in God. He is “my strong habitation whereunto I can continually resort.”
I am a pilgrim in the world, but at home in my God. In the earth I wander, but in God I dwell in a quiet habitation.
Taken from CH Spurgeon's Morning and Evening, 27 Feb, Morning
(My brother took this photo at Muriwai Beach, New Zealand)
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
First and foremost, Siddo is not playing tonight. He sustained a groin injury on Sunday. It's an injury he's had before, so hopefully it's just a slight aggravation and nothing that's going to keep him off the ice for too long.
Also out is Ryan Whitney, who has gone back home for "personal reasons." Hopefully, this is an explanation for his recent, um, "shaky" performance. And hopefully, this means he'll get his stuff together and get his focus back on hockey.
Now, I promised a LONG time ago that I was going to catch up on the Roaming Penguins. I have reluctantly come to the realization that this isn't going to be possible without getting help. Over the past couple days, I've gotten that help - from the Roaming Penguin Mama herself! She has set up what will now be TSCS's sister site (http://roamingpenguins.blogspot.com/), and she will be taking over all the Roamer posts. And rest assured: If you sent me a Roaming Penguin email that hasn't yet been posted, I still have it in my inbox and it will be forwarded to RPM so she can get those pictures posted for all the Friends to see.
For your convenience, I'll be adding a link to the Roaming Penguins blog to the main menu once I get some time this week to edit the TSCS template. (You'll know it when you see it!) And anytime she adds a new post, I'll be sure to make you all aware of it. I'm really pumped about this partnership, and I hope all of you will be, too!
Tonight the Boys will be in friendly territory when they take on the Islanders. We need all the wins we can get.
From the National Education Association: NEA’s Read Across America—You can download free digital read-along versions of Dr. Seuss books, resources, and other materials at this site.
NCTE’s National Day on Writing—Interested in taking part in NCTE’s National Day of Writing on October 20, 2009? Then check out this site that has the information you need—as well as links to writing resources. (You can also read more about this day at this Wild Rose Reader post: NCTE's National Day on Writing.)
From Jen Robisnon’s Book Page: Announcing the Share a Story - Shape a Future Literacy Blog Tour
At Under the Covers: The January 2009 Carnival of Children’s Literature
Monday, February 23, 2009
- From The Amelia Bloomer Project: 2009 Amelia Bloomer Book List (Includes links to past lists from 2002-2008)
- From Scholastic: Recommended Books for Women’s History Month
- From Scholastic: Great Stories for Women’s History Month
- From Scholastic: Books and Resources for Women’s History
- From Reading Rockets: Books by Theme—Women’s History Month
- From KidsReads: You Go, Girls!
- From the Arlington (VA) Public Library: Celebrate Women’s History Month—Books for Young Readers
- Abby (the) Librarian: Booktalks for Women’s History Month
- From Childrenslit.com: Women’s History Month: Women Inspiring Hope & Possibility
- From Through the Looking Glass Children’s Book Review: March Is Women in History Month
- From Reading Is Fundamental: Stories of Famous Women Booklist
- From Embracing the Child: Women in History
- Books for Women’s History Month: Non-Fiction and Research Titles about Ladies Who Have Made History (Adrienne Wilson)
- Songs of the Suffragettes (Lyrics)
- From Middle Tennessee State University: Discovering Women’s History Online
This database provides access to digital collections of primary sources (photos, letters, diaries, artifacts, etc.) that document the history of women in the United States. These diverse collections range from Ancestral Pueblo pottery to Katrina Thomas's photographs of ethnic weddings from the late 20th century.
Recommended Books from Wild Rose Reader
- Poetry for Women's History Month
- More Poetry for Women's History Month
- Patience Wright: America's First Sculptor and Revolutionary Spy
- Julia Morgan Built a Castle
Sunday, February 22, 2009
To all the anonymous Caps fan trolls that inevitably lurk on TSCS any time the Pens play the Caps: if you don't have anything nice to say, DON'T SAY ANYTHING AT ALL. Look, it's fine if you hate our team (because, BELIEVE me, we loathe yours), but I will not tolerate any insults aimed directly at us simply because we are Pens fans.
I and 99.999% of the Friends are sick of it. If you violate The Friends' Zone policies, your comment will be deleted.
The funny thing is that we've actually had friendly rivalries in The Friends' Zone with fans of just about every other team in the Eastern Conference, as well as some from the Western Conference, too. We've even had cool Flyers fans show up here, and they're supposed to be the bad ones! In truth, we welcome the friendly rivalries here. (Go back to any post where we've faced the Red Wings for proof.) So if you're a mature Caps fan who can handle it, you're more than welcome to join us for some fun.
Just so you know, I get an email after every single time a comment is left - even ones left on the 2 year old "Sid v Alex: The Fashion Files" post that I didn't even write - so I'll know about any comment you post. Besides, there are plenty of Caps blogs where your opinions will be valued, so please - grow up and stop wasting your time spewing your bile here.
Now onto more important things.
The new aggressive style of play that the Pens are implementing under interim Head Coach Dan Bylsma looks really good so far. (How great has it been to see the Boys playing strong for all 3 periods?!) They'll need to keep it up today against the Capitals, with one minor adjustment: they're going to need a strong defense in front of the Flower, mostly because of A-hOle™. It's worth noting, however, that A-hOle™ is third in scoring again. Siddo is 3 points ahead of him and back in the #2 spot, and Geno is on top leading A-hOle™ by a full 11 points.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Biron should get credit for the secondary assist! :P
Next up: The Boys are taking a train (true story!) to Washington D.C. to face the Capitals, who are going to be hungry after losing 4-1 to the Colorado Avalanche. The Pens' new strategy under interim Head Coach Dan Bylsma is to go for an aggressive offensive onslaught. Oh, and we've got the top two scorers in the league.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Silent sidekick, shape shifter who
Hides in the darkness…
A copycat mimicking everything you
Do. Sunny day playmate frolics in the light.
Oh, where, oh,
Where does it go at night?
The Poetry Friday Roundup is at The Holly and the Ivy.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Hopefully the Pens are feeling Dan Bylsma. Sounds like the new locker room cheer is
BTW: The Habs have benched my original favorite hockey player, Alexei Kovalev, because he's in a slump. Hmmm... Maybe Ray Shero should give him a call and schedule a lunch meeting. Am I the only one who's thinking how awesome would it be for Siddo to have an AK27 on his wing?! :D
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
For developed countries it is always more "stable" to use PPP, for which Japan is still around #20 in 2008 (17 in World bank rank, which excludes non-sovereign entities such as HK, consistent with the charts WaPo has been using, which excluded HK). So I do not challenge WaPo's assertion, but its reasoning and choice of data is questionable.
Monday, February 16, 2009
From Through the Looking Glass Children’s Book Reviews: Abraham Lincoln
For more suggested books and resources about Abraham Lincoln, check out this earlier Wild Rose Reader post—The Lincoln Bicentennial: Book Lists & Resources
Here’s a link to my review of a fine picture book about the Lincoln funeral train written by Robert Burleigh and illustrated by Wendell Minor—Picture Book Review: Abraham Lincoln Comes Home
From TeacherVision: Black History Month—Teacher Resources
From National Geographic: The Underground Railroad
From Scholastic: Culture & Change—Black History in America
From Scholastic: The Underground Railroad—Escape from Slavery
From Scholastic: Books About Great African Americans for Grades PreK-4 and Up
From Scholastic: The Top Ten African-American Inventors
The Black Inventor On-Line Museum
From Reading Rockets: Black History Month
From Time for Kids: Black History Month
From The History Channel: Black History
PBS Kids GO!: Jazz Greats
Sunday, February 15, 2009
I'm so sorry I missed the Pens v Leafs game. I'm very, very ill. I've got a nasty case of the stomach flu. I was sent home sick on Thursday, and I've progressively gotten worse over the weekend. The only reason I even turned my computer on tonight is so I could try to find out if my insurance coverage has kicked in because I'm pretty sure I need to see a doctor. But since I had it on, I figured I'd post this note. I just don't want anyone to think that I'm abandoning ship or anything. I still fully intend to keep up with TSCS as much as I can while I work on the new website project at work and then resume full time maintenance of TSCS once I get back on a normal schedule. That is and always has been my plan.
But if I don't post anything for the next game or two, it's because I'm still sick. I'll be back when I'm feeling better. Until then, stay healthy if you haven't caught this thing because it's an effing nightmare. (I've lost 11 pounds in 4 days - not good.) And, as always:
Saturday, February 14, 2009
There is an exhibit of original art work by children’s author and illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka at the Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts. The exhibit runs through February 26, 2009. You can read Jarrett’s post about it here.
For full info on the show, follow this link.
Seymour Simon, the award-winning author of science books for children, is running a video contest called Go Gorilla! You can read about the contest here at Simon’s blog Seymour Science.
The winner of the contest will receive an autographed copy of Seymour Simon's new Gorillas book! The winning video will also be posted on the SeymourScience Web site! In case of ties, more than one prize will be given.
My other Grace Lin original is the first double-page spread that appears in the picture book One Is a Drummer. It's a colorful and beautiful painting that I can look at every day when I'm at work on my computer.
You can see the painting hanging on the wall above the bookcase in my library/office.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Here is my selection of a “love” poem for the Friday before Valentine’s Day. I used to recite The Owl and the Pussycat for my elementary students often in class. I enjoyed the rhythm and the flow of the poem and Lear’s “runcible” spoon and Bong-tree.
The Owl and the Pussy-Cat
by Edward Lear
The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five-pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
"O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are,
What a beautiful Pussy you are!"
Pussy said to the Owl, "You elegant fowl!
How charmingly sweet you sing!
O let us be married! too long we have tarried:
But what shall we do for a ring?"
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the Bong-Tree grows
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
With a ring at the end of his nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.
"Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
Your ring?" Said the Piggy, "I will."
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.
If you are looking for a terrific picture book edition of The Owl and the Pussycat, find yourself a copy of Edward Lear’s popular poem illustrated by Stephane Jorisch and published by Kids Can Press (2007). It’s a title in the publisher’s Visions in Poetry series.
Check out Fuse #8’s review of The Owl and the Pussycat.
Alison Morris of Shelftalker selected Jorisch’s illustrated version of Lear’s poem as one of her favorite children’s poetry books of 2007. Read her post about the poetry books here.
Read an interview with Stephane Jorisch about his art for his illustrated version of Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky at Embracing the Child.
At Blue Rose Girls, I have Anne Bradstreet’s To My Dear and Loving Husband and links to other children's and adult poems perfect for sharing on Valentine’s Day.
Kelly Herold has the Poetry Friday Roundup at Big A, little a.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Abraham Lincoln Comes Home is a fine picture book to share with young children during the Lincoln Bicentennial Year. It does not focus on Lincoln’s life or his presidency. It’s a book that relates the story of a young boy named Luke and his father who ride off one night in a horse and buggy in order to pay their respects to our country’s 16th president as his funeral train passes through their community. This is a story of a father and son sharing an emotional experience during a tragic time in our country’s history.
The Lincoln funeral train traveled over 1,600 miles on its route from Washington, D. C., to Springfield, Illinois. The journey took thirteen days. Funeral services were held in different northern cities through which the train passed. At night, people lit bonfires along the train tracks.
As the book begins, Luke and his father are headed off into the night in their buggy:
The buggy rumbled past the barn and through the rusty gate. A single lantern dangled from the near side of the horse’s harness. The lantern cast shadows that rose and fell with each bounce.
Along the way, Luke thinks about trains and the train carrying the dead president and about how he knew he would have liked Lincoln if he could have talked to Abe.
Luke and his father arrive at the train tracks—and thoughts turn to the funeral train and everything it had passed along the way.
How far it had come! Day after day, night after night into morning. Past cities and towns with tolling bells. Past speeches and silence. Past black drapes, heaped roses, archways of green leaves, and the sound of muffled drums.
Finally, Luke sees the funeral train approaching with the picture of Abraham Lincoln above the cowcatcher. He feels the “ground shiver under his feet.” Then he glances up at his father and sees tears streaming down his cheeks. This is the first time the young boy has ever seen his father cry. The train rumbles on and then…
The noise faded. The prairie swallowed the clack-clack-click, all the way to nothing.
No one speaks. People are quiet for a while. Then, it’s time to go. On the ride back home, Luke snuggles “against his father’s warm shoulder” and falls asleep as the sound of the buggy wheels make “him think of the train wheels, still turning.”
Wendell Minor wanted to capture the closeness of a warm father/son relationship for this book so he used a real father and son as models for his paintings. Meticulous in his research for his train illustrations, Minor also had photographs taken of a scale model of the steam engine Nashville and Lincoln’s funeral car made by Professor Wayne Wesolowski. The train is in the permanent collection of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield.
Wendell Minor's illustrations beautifully capture this historical event and convey the emotions and sorrow felt by Luke and his father. His paintings draw a reader “into” the story…and into this fictional boy’s experience of this solemn episode in our country’s past—especially the paintings of the buggy driving off into the distance under a star-strewn sky, Luke looking up at his father as tears stream down his father’s face, the funeral train rolling through the prairie just as pale light begins to spread across the horizon, and the image of Lincoln's face superimposed on the sky as Luke and his father head home.
Abraham Lincoln Comes Homes is a quiet, spare, and, at times, poetically told tale. Wendell Minor’s paintings take us “there”—to the prairie in 1865 as Lincoln’s funeral train passed through our country and into the pages of history.
In the back matter of the book, Robert Burleigh includes an Afterword and Interesting Facts about the Lincoln Funeral Train that contain a wealth of information about the journey of train and other "truly interesting" facts related to Lincoln’s death and the train’s journey.
Click here for a flipbook preview of Abraham Lincoln Comes Home at Wendell Minor’s website.
NOTE: I would like to send my heartfelt thanks to Wendell and Florence Minor for always responding promptly to my emails and telephone calls and to Wendell for giving me permission to post images of his illustrations from Abraham Lincoln Comes Home.
- Here’s an article from The Vancouver Sun written by Chris Lackner: Coraline author Neil Gaiman an explorer of strange, new worlds (February 5, 2009)
- Here’s an article from The Orlando Sentinel written by Leslie Postal: Orlando-area students learn to escape the FCAT writing 'cage' (February 9, 2009)
- And from The Seattle Times, here’s an interesting article by Isolde Raftery: Infants learn earlier than thought (February 3, 2009)
- From Millie Davis at the NCTE Inbox blog: To Read Aloud or Not to Read Aloud (Note: Davis includes a link to Franki Sibberson’s post of February 9th at A Year of Reading—Reading Aloud Conversation.
- Reading Aloud Conversation includes a link to How Can We Encourage Reading Aloud? At Jen Robinson’s Book page.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Sergei who? I seem to vaguely remember an awesome high-scoring D-man we called Sarge, but he hasn't been around these parts in AGES! ;) Seriously, he's been cleared to resume playing hockey, and we should be seeing him on the ice soon. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!
Regardless of when Gonch actually makes his much anticipated comeback, the time for playing with desperation is now.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
My beloved friend and sister-in-Christ, Madam Chan, born AD 1916, returned to be with Christ Jesus her Lord on 6 February 2009, AD.
"For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:" Job 19:25-26
Thanks for stopping by my combined Word-Filled Wednesday and Thankful Thursday. Thanks for your comments, prayers and encouragements.
Sorry for my long silence. Sorry that I have not been able to visit most of you.
My health has not been good in the recent weeks and I was rather overwhelmed by various commitments at home and in church. I am compelled to slow down and rest whenever I can.
I do miss blogging and many of you. Thanks for stopping by. I will try my best to catch up with you as soon as I can!
I am thankful to God for giving me grace and strength daily.
I am thankful to God that my beloved friend and sister-in-Christ, Madam Chan, is now safe in the arm of Jesus. Our dear Lord called home this precious servant of His on Friday, 6 February 2009. Now she is in the presence of the One Who loved her and gave His life for her, to worship Him and enjoy His love and fellowship for all eternity without the hindrance of sin, sickness or sufferings.
I shared about a wonderful reunion with her recently after 10 years interval. Madam Chan is 93 years old and came to know the Lord more than 10 years ago and I was then given the privilege to minister to her. Thank God that she was baptised recently on 7 December 2008.
On the day of her baptism, she said that was the happiest day of her life. She was thrilled and overjoyed to become a part of the Church of Christ. She daily began to pray for her brothers and sisters-in-Christ in the church many of whom she has never met. Being bed-ridden due to her health, she was never able to go to church. But her love for the Lord and His people remain the same.
It is a comfort to be reminded that this is not our home. We too are pilgrims here sojourning for a season and travelling towards the celestial city. One day, we shall be with our Lord Who loved us and gave His life for us, to worship and enjoy His love and fellowship without hindrance.
Meanwhile, we must press on and run the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, seeking, loving and serving our Lord until He calls us home in His time.
Thanks again for stopping by. May God grant you a very blessed week. Take care.
据介绍， 着火的央视新址园区附属文化中心大楼， 分为演播大厅、数字化处理机房和北京文华东方酒店，目前尚未正式投入使用，也没有经过消防验收。消防部门的初步调查显示， 引燃大楼的烟花是一种礼花弹，属于A类烟花。在燃放过程中，曾有治安民警在现场劝阻，但是没有起到作用。
在晚上8时27分接到报警之后，119指挥中心迅速调派27个中队、85部消防车，共595名消防官兵前往扑救。作为主责中队的红庙消防中队首先到达现场， 指导员张建勇带领4名战士进入火场， 展开侦查工作， 并同时寻找被困在楼内的部分保安和工程项目负责人。在侦查火情过程中， 官兵们发现火情极为复杂， 于是从14楼下撤，此时烟气弥漫，视线受到影响，行动已经非常困难。下到8楼时，已经几乎难以行动。最终，有3名消防员成功到达了1层， 但随即与外界彻底失去联系。后续赶到的消防官兵立刻展开救援， 于晚上11时30分， 将被困于一层和八层的官兵解救出来。但张建勇因吸入大量有毒气体，抢救无效，不幸牺牲。在扑救期间，除张建勇外，还有6名消防员和1名工地工作人员受伤。
Fire In Nearby Television Culture Center Works Site in New CCTV Tower Site — Caused By Illegal Fireworks
Luo Yuan, the spokesman of the Beijing Municipal Fire Brigade, revealed this morning that causes for the fire last night at the Television Culture Center site have now initially been found out. Luo Yuan stated: “The fire was caused because STAFF OF THE BUILDING OWNER inside the site REFUSED TO listen to police advice AND INSISTED ON setting off fireworks in the site.”
As briefed, the building on fire is the Television Culture Center, which is split into a broadcast hall, a digitization room and the Mandarin Hotel, which are presently not in service and have not underwent fire brigade inspections. Fire brigade authorities investigations initially conclude that the fireworks that caused the fire was a Class A fireworks. DURING THE FIREWORK SHOW, Police were on hand to attempt to obstruct the fireworks from being set off, but attempts at obstruction WAS IN VAIN.
A fire report was received by the fire brigade at 20:27. The Beijing 119 fire brigade instruction center quickly dispatched 27 fire brigade groups, 85 cars and 595 fire fighters to extinguish the fire. The Hongmiao fire brigade was the main responsible group and arrived first on the scene. The instructor, Zhang Jianyong, guided four fire fighters and entered the scene, and at the same time, looked for some security guards and the project manager trapped in the building.
In discovering the fire, fire fighters found the situation extremely complex; hence they went down from the 14th floor. At this time, smoke was all over the place, hampering visibility; movement was extremely encumbered. Upon arriving at the 8th floor, it was almost impossible to move. In the very end, three fire fighters reached the ground floor, but immediately lost contact with the outside world. Fire fighters which arrived subsequently immediately started rescue operations, and rescued fire fighters trapped in floors 1 to 8. Unfortunately, Zhang Jianyong died due to inhaling excess amounts of poisonous gas. During the rescue operations, 6 other fire fighters and one other works site personnel were also injured, apart from Zhang Jianyong.
As briefed by the fire brigade authorities, Zhang Jianyong, born February 26, 1979, was supposed to turn 30 this year. He became a firefighter in 1998 and was promoted in 2002. Prior to his death, his post was a deputy-post instructor. His wife presently works at a hospital. His parents live in Shenyang. This morning, both parents arrived in Beijing.
As briefed, the building on fire had 30 floors above ground and 30 floors underground, with a building area of 103,000 square meters. Investigations are still ongoing in the parts burnt. The fire caused serious damage to the outside of the building, with the western, southern, and eastern parts of the exterior burnt. Thanks to rescue efforts by the fire fighters, the fire did not spread to the northern exterior and did not damage the main structure.
Eyewitnesses stated that the fire first started from the upper parts of the building, which then spread quickly to the outside. Luo Yuan said that the fire was able to spread so quickly due to the material used in renovating the building. “This was a 30-storey building with a lot of wind on the top part of the building, thereby directly impacting the duration of the fire.” In addition, due to the fact that the building was as yet unfinished and had incomplete fire fighting devices, water guns proved to be ineffective even when used with a 98-meter raised ladder.
Right now, associated departments have already taken hold of fireworks which were not set off, and are continuing the investigation leading to the cause.
【明 報專訊】中央電視台新址內的文化中心大樓前晚發生嚴重火災，造成1死7傷，北京消防局昨日證實，火災係央視不聽民警勸阻，執意違法燃放煙花所致，涉案疑犯 和物證已被警方監控。資料顯示，火災物業業主單位是中央電視台新台址建設工程辦公室，辦公室主任為今年50歲的央視副總工程師徐威。
北京市 公安局消防局副局長、新聞發言人駱原昨日稱，初步調查顯示，引燃大樓的煙花是禮花彈。業主單位前晚聘用湖南一間煙花爆竹公司人員，在大樓西南角空地上燃放 禮花彈，現場遺留上百個禮花彈桶以及玻璃鋼容器。駱原說：「這些禮花彈都屬於A類煙花，是北京市明令禁止燃放的產品。燃放時，曾有治安民警進行勸阻，然而 業主單位執意燃放。相關錄影資料都可以成為最終追究責任的有利證據。」
火災造成1名消防員殉職，另 有6名消防員及1名工人受傷，附近的600多名居民被迫緊急疏散，整個東三環高速公路和地鐵10號線一度交通中斷。央視昨日對此發表道歉聲明，指對國家財 產受損「痛心」，對居民蒙受不便表示真誠道歉。但央視並無承認火災責任，只稱會配合當局調查。央視外事處負責人對媒體表示，不管查出誰人負責，都會秉公處 置，對施工外包方的責任，也會要求賠償道歉。
而據現場目擊者稱，火警是從大樓頂部逐漸向下蔓延， 估計是煙花點燃頂部塑料及泡膜隔熱物料，因大樓自動灑水裝置還未啟用，消防車水喉又射不到30層高的頂部，大火燃燒6小時才能被撲熄。有專業工程師向本報 表示，經此大火焚燒後，大樓即使主體結構未受損，修復難度亦不亞於重建。
據中新網報道，央視新址是已向中國人保財險投保，所投保險包括建工 一切險、施工設備財產險、僱主責任險，事故發生在保險合同期限內，人保財險已開始理賠作業。而大火殃及位於該樓內的北京文華東方酒店，總部位於香港的文華 東方酒店集團昨日表示，原計劃將於今年夏季啟用，但開業時間現在要延期。
Monday, February 9, 2009
- Lincoln Bicentennial Main Page
- Suggested Reading for Children & Young Adults
- For Teachers
- For Kids & Young Adults
From the Lincoln Home National Historic Site
From The Lincoln Bicentennial Teacher Network
- Lincoln Bicentennial Resources
- Suggested Readings for Primary Grades (Book List provided by ALSC)
- Suggested Readings for Intermediate Grades (Book List provided by ALSC)
- Suggested Readings for Middle School & High School (This list was prepared by YALSA’s 2006 Booklist Taskforce.)
From Reading Rockets: Celebrating Abraham Lincoln’s 200th Year (Suggested Children’s Books)
From Scholastic: Celebrate Lincoln’s Bicentennial
Lincoln and Poetry
From the Fire Department
Some picture of the aftermath and about the deceased firefighter's story on sohu.
(via danwei) Now the police acknowledged/confirmed it was the "Class A" firework approved by CCTV itself which started this and CCTV issued an "apology" (and a photo from the East side, which was damaged much worse -- fire on the west side were weakened after 2130 and there was another series of explosion about 3/4 in height to the SE side)
This video showed very clearly how the fire started on the rooftop, you can see how high the firework went up to and how the building was "within range" of all fireworks, when the heart shaped (or elliptical, depending on your POV) fireworks were seen, you can see clearly large pack of smoke started on the rooftop. This was exactly what I witnessed as well, it was perhaps a couple minutes after the fire started. (I watched from a high floor and saw the fire before the smoke got big) -- more video links of how it started via B&W Cat
The person who took this video seems to be located on the NNE side of the building
(in china - on youku)
(outside china -- on youtube)
The aftermath -- looks like the structure is still there, despite a couple blasts last night. it is hard to see from this picture, but there are clear fire scars on the surface of the structure)
Fire started somewhere a bit to the left (north) of the small spire on the rooftop
The CCTV complex -- firework was set on the drive path between the main building and the "annex" (the one that was burnt). the fireworks were shot to about 50-60 stories high and explode into large spheres of smaller fireballs, radii of the spheres are about twice the width of the annex/hotel building -- which can now be seen by the video above)
On a clear day last summer (courtesy of my friend)
taken at 20.58om - started as small fire on the roof top, by 20:45 to 20:50 the roof started to collapse and fire spread to about 10 floors down to the hall (perhaps the hotel lobby). it took only a few minutes for the fire zone to multiply, showing that there are quite some flammable matters on the building
taken at 21:18pm - about the time of the first explosion
p.s.3. you may have seen some photo with white spots on top of the fire, that was taken around the time the explosions happened.
Class A/B/C/D fireworks
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