Children’s wildlife poetry competition

This video from Albania is called The Sound of Birds – 60 Minutes – Natural Sounds.

There is a wildlife short story writing competition for children in Britain.

And there is something for children who are better at poetry than at prose as well.

From the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in Britain:

Gruffalo author inspires new generation of natural poets

Last modified: 31 October 2012

Julia Donaldson, Children’s Laureate and author of the award-winning book The Gruffalo, has launched the RSPB’s 2012 Wildverse poetry competition for children.

The competition, in partnership with Pure and Fun Kids Radio, is open for entries from young people aged under 19. Poems can be any length, about any aspect of wildlife or nature.

Julia Donaldson, head judge of the competition, says; ‘I want children to feel the wind, the rain, the sunshine, listen closely and write about what excites them. I want to hear a story in a poem about something wonderful that they have experienced.’

Julia’s ten favourite poems will be read out on air on Fun Kids Radio between 21 and 24 December. The overall winner will receive a Pure Sensia radio system with colour touchscreen, and the runners up will receive a Pure One Flow radio so they can all listen to their poems being read out on Fun Kids.

Suzanne Welch, RSPB Head of Youth and Education, says; ‘The Wildverse competition has become a really popular annual event and it’s always a treat to read through each entry and become completely absorbed in nature the way children see it.’

‘There are fewer opportunities today for children to experience nature, but it’s so vital that they do in order to feel the masses of benefits that being out in nature offers and to ensure they feel the need to look after the natural world in years to come. We hope that this will be the perfect excuse for young people to get outdoors and have an amazing time in nature that they can capture on the page.’

E-mail Wildverse entries to or send in the post to Wildverse, RSPB Wildlife Explorers, The Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 2DL by Friday 23 November, 2012.

Albanian ‘Ben Ali’ Berisha kills oppositionists

This video is called Albanian demonstrations in Tirana 2011.

21 January 2011.

From The Citizen, in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania:

Unfortunately the world seems to believe that the impact of popular revolt in Tunisia affects the Arab world only. That’s incorrect.

The Citizen column continues saying that the Tunisian revolution may influence non-Arab African countries.

However, today proves influence on an European country.

From the BBC:

21 January 2011 Last updated at 18:29 GMT

Three killed as Albanian police clash with protesters

Three people have been killed in the Albanian capital Tirana during clashes between police and thousands of opposition supporters.

An estimated 20,000 people rallied outside government buildings calling on the conservative government to resign.

The protests follow the resignation of deputy prime minister Ilir Meta who is at the centre of a fraud scandal.

The socialist opposition accuses the government of corruption, abuse of power and rigging the last election.

Albania has been in political deadlock since the opposition rejected the result of the 2009 elections.

“Three people are dead, 17 policemen and soldiers were injured, including three seriously, along with 22 civilians,” hospital surgeon Sami Koceku told AFP news agency.

He said the victims were already dead when they arrived at the hospital. …

Before the protests, the US embassy in Tirana also called for the protest to be peaceful and appealed to politicians to tone down their rhetoric.

So, the United States government supports the bloody Albanian ruler Berisha. Like they supported Tunisian dictator Ben Ali, until he fled to Saudi Arabia. Barack Obama promised “change” in his US presidential election campaign. US policies on Tunisia and Albania are not really examples of change.

The opposition wants fresh parliamentary elections after rejecting the result of the June 2009 vote which Mr Berisha’s Democratic Party won by a small margin.

Political tensions rose after Ilir Meta – Mr Berisha’s key ally – resigned last week after being accused of corruption over a power plant tender.

Albania – one of Europe’s poorest countries – will hold local elections on 8 May but the next general election is not due until 2013.

Since the fall of communism in 1991, Albania has never held an election that has met all international standards.

Its hopes of joining the EU have been thwarted as it struggles to prove it has made the transition to a fully-functioning democracy.

Brussels rejected Albania’s application for candidate status late last year, urging it to meet an agenda of 12 points, in particular fighting corruption.

Amnesty Online: News – Investigation urged into Albania protest: here.