Friday, January 21, 2005

A new beginning

It's been the moment that many Ukrainians have been waiting for, the official annoucement that declares pro western, Victor Yuschenko as President of Ukraine. The Supreme Court rejected the two appeals lodged by ex-premier and pro Moscow, Victor Yanukovych. Now the short race is on who will be chosen as the new Prime Minister, with many candidates that may be suitable for the prominent position. The inauguration of Yuschenko is for 12pm on Sunday the 23rd.

According to the final result announced by the CEC, Yuschenko won 51.99% of the votes while Yanukovych won 44.20%.

Friday, January 07, 2005

Asia Quake and Tsunamis

Minute's silence for day of mourning

Australians will be encouraged to wear some wattle if they can find it and to observe a minute's silence on the official day of mourning on January 16.

Click here to find out more.


Today is an important day in the Ukrainian calendar or for anyone else who follows the Gregorian calendar, it's Ukrainian Christmas and with that it brings in much celebration if you are living in Ukraine. The celebrations are not as colourful in the other global Ukrainian communities, but as Australian Ukrainians, we do our best to celebrate Ukrainian Christmas as best we can. As today I went to Christmas mass and as a finale to the service, the Cathedral choir sung a melody of Ukrainian Christmas Carols. It was a great feeling and even better since I did invite some friends along to see their first Ukrainian church service and to show the choir off (I wasn't singing with them this time).

Whilst we may be lucky here in Australia, we also need to reflect on what has been happening over the past two weeks in the Asian countries and over in Africa with one of the worlds worst catastrophes. The magnitude of the quake that caused such wide spread devestation is beyond belief. But it is amazing on how the world wants to help the countries and people that have been affected by this. It is ridiculous for countries such as Sri Lanka and India to refuse such needy assistance from the global community. Have the governments of those nations asked that people whether they needed help. I think not. How many lively hoods have been lost. How long will it take for the region to heal this wound that has been inflicted upon so many innocent lives. Just ask yourself.

When you go to a bank or to a supermarket and you'll see a collection tin with Tsunamis Appeal written on it, put something in. Every cent will help and counts. You might think that what you put in there wouldn't make a difference, but it will. The people in the Indian Pacific region need food and shelter and medical facilities to help them through. That money which you've just donated will help for that, but it doesn't just stop there. The money you donate will also provide for the reconstruction of the region. Allowing people to once again making a living, ie. buying a boat which won't cost much, but then that will enable them to go fishing and provide more food and employment. It is all justified. Those who say that the government or anyone should not donate do not have the understanding and comprehension of the bigger picture.

It is amazing how the global community can stand together when an event such as the quake and the Tsunamis occurs. Reflect on the lives that have been lost, the sorrow for the families and the devestation upon the lands. Always remember and draw on the strength that life will go and there will always be people somewhere, somehow supporting you. It might not happen now but it will happen.