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Going to Russia With Ukraine in the Heart

Hodenkova Kira

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The Kiev Sanatorium 1983

Yalta year 1983 (USSR). The Kiev Sanatorium. Photo by flickr/morton1905

I love Ukraine; I was born here in Crimea. It was a territory of Ukraine, although many ethnic Russians reside here. Here majority of people speak in Russian, including me because I was born in a Russian family. Nevertheless, this never hindered my love for my country Ukraine. After all the protests, revolt and coup happened in my country, our land has voted to join Russia, the country with which we have no land connection at present, probably we will have a bridge, until then it will be like second Kaliningrad. This leaves me with a feeling of confusion, may be even some internal panic. Though I am not moving out of Crimea to other parts of Ukraine, I am still feeling some kind of uneasiness. It is difficult for me to accept the reality that my land has broken all its relations with Ukraine, country where I was born, the country where I spend my childhood and where I am pursuing my education. I am in a shock and unable to understand the condition.

Russia is not just big; it is a great country, which I love as a brother country. Ukraine and Russia and just to mention, Belarus has much in common in their history, a part of the mentality and cultural characteristics, but of course there are some differences, but not so much. Despite my Russian roots, my heart is Ukrainian and I want live in my country. I want to live in a peaceful Ukraine without radicals, without people who want to kill everyone who does not like them. I do not justify or approve of the fact that Russia invaded Crimean military bases. However, I always try to look objectively at the situation from both sides, so I understand that now there is a coup in Ukraine, which passed the power in the hands of nationalists and radicals.

Unfortunately, Ukrainian authorities are unable to do anything to control the situation. Not only this, even students in University had stopped getting stipend from the government, which had almost hit the education in the country hard. Maybe if Russian troops had not entered in Crimea, radical forces would have come to Crimea creating bloodshed and anarchy. Now East Ukraine is also afraid of these radicals and asking for help from Russia. East Ukraine also has majority of Russian speaking population who do not support the coup in Kiev. There are nationalists of such level who even said that Crimea either should be with Ukraine or should be deserted, that is to eliminate all the people from Crimea.

People who have been living in Crimea before the collapse of Soviet Union have lived in four countries without even going out of Crimea. It is USSR, Ukraine, Republic of Crimea (for one day) and now Russia. In reality, Crimea is a multi-ethnic, multi-nationality and multi-religious republic. There are around 125 ethnic groups, mostly Russians, Ukrainians, Crimean Tatars (they are indigenous), Greeks, Armenians, Germans, etc. Even then, until today, there has never been any interethnic or interreligious strife in Crimea. We all lived peacefully and I hope we will live in peace in Russia.

Note: The author is a native Crimean living in Crimea. Here is a similar article by a native Crimean living in Russia

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4 Tips To Help Tradesmen Advance Their Careers

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Learning a trade is a great way to start a stable career with plenty of opportunities. People will always need plumbers, carpenters and builders, and if you are good at what you do, you should be able to find plenty of work. It’s best to start out working for another company before eventually starting your own business. However, a lot of contractors find that they grow to a certain point and hit a bit of a wall. If you are struggling to advance your career as a tradesman, here are a few tips to help you reach the next level.

Be Reliable 

This is by far the most important thing to remember if you want to advance your career. A lot of your business comes from word of mouth, and if you are not reliable, people will not recommend you to their friends and family. People are always concerned about dealing with a dodgy tradesman, so it’s important that you show people that you are professional and reliable. Always take care with your work and be realistic about the time scale for a job. If you promise to do things too quickly, you will either finish late or rush the job and the quality of the work will be poor. 

Learn New Skills 

Learning new skills is so important if you want to expand your customer base and take on new jobs. For example, if you take a course with an accredited excavator trainer, you can start taking on larger jobs without the need to hire another person to operate heavy machinery. If you’re a kitchen fitter, why not take some plumbing courses so you can do the entire job without having to call subcontractors in? Expanding your skill set allows you to vary the jobs that you take on, and you will have more work available to you.

Build Your Network 

Networking is important in the trade industry because it can open doors for you. If you can build a network of other tradesmen, they will be able to help you find work and if you build relationships with big companies, they will be able to get you onto big commercial jobs that you would not otherwise be able to land. 

Get Online 

Although word of mouth is important for tradesmen and you will get a lot of work off the back of recommendations, that doesn’t mean that you don’t need to market yourself. A lot of tradesmen underestimate the importance of an online presence, and they miss out on a lot of work because of it. If people need some work done and they can’t get a recommendation from friends and family, they will head online and do a search. That’s why it’s important that you have a professional website and active social media pages. If you post pictures of your past work online, you should see an increase in queries and you will get a lot more work. 

If you follow these important steps, you can advance your career and start landing some bigger clients.

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Things you need to know before studying architecture

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Architecture is defined in different ways depending on the scope in which its definition is exposed, since it can be in external environments or among people who have the same profession. Through architecture, we can shape the places where people live or work through a collaborative process. Do you want to know everything you need to know before studying Architecture? Keep reading!

Tips for future architecture students: what skills do I need?

Architecture is the science, technique and art of ensuring that our buildings and cities correspond to the way we want to live. So the constructions are the reflection of our way of life, where beautiful forms are made with logic and taste.

With architecture, places are built, designed, projected or modified in all areas, whether in open air spaces, buildings, urban structures, houses, and more. Currently, professional architecture studies are highly requested by young people as they offer a good rate of job opportunities. And also because wages are often high, especially in Europe. This is why studying an Architecture Master in Europe is convenient.

Creativity

Being creative is having the ability to invent something. This can be based on observation in order to generate an innovative idea. In architect’s creativity is a very important capacity, which is usually combined with a high level of logic, since a mixture of both is required.

Aesthetic sense

It is necessary that the aesthetic sense is present in all constructions. But a functional part is also needed, so this is why professionals are able to mix this practicality with aesthetics in order to create harmony. It is very important to develop sensitivity and observation in everything that surround us.

Attention to details

A good architect appreciates all kinds of details. When something is built details cannot be ignored, so this is interiorized in such a way that later it is inevitable for them to be in any space without observing all kind of details. Within this attention, colors, finishes, materials, lighting and much more are involved, all mixed in a way that creates a clear harmony.

Teamwork skills

It is necessary to work as a team in many projects. In almost all areas of architecture it is impossible to work alone because it is very difficult for a single person to carry out a whole project. It must be taken into account that the dimensions of most architectural constructions are large. So relationships with other professionals, such as engineers, designers and builders are essential. In addition, they all help each other constantly to concretize ideas in a better way.

Spatial perception

For an architect the ability to draw is not essential. However, it is convenient to develop this skill in order to perceive spaces better, and thus more easily carry out your ideas in a three-dimensional way. 

It is also important to note that when talking about drawing in the world of architecture, the kind that it is referred is a geometric one, where the management of spaces is present. It has nothing to do with creative drawing. So it is not necessary for future students to have artistic skills.

There are plenty of reasons to study architecture, it’s just a matter of deciding to study it. You will see that it is a beautiful and interesting career, which helps us develop many skills and be successful.

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Jobs For People Who Love Science

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If you love science, then you might find that there is a career path that will really interest you and provide you with a job that you love doing until your retirement. People who work in science are basically gathering information and this can be achieved in a variety of ways, through different specialities and methods.

It’s not all about the chemistry laboratory though. The field of science is extensive and you can find plenty of job roles that can be anything from astronomy to a career working with animals.

Here are just some of the career paths you can follow in science…

Biochemist

If you thrive on finding solutions to problems, then biochemistry might be the route for you. This role looks into the chemical processes of living organisms through experiments to decipher biological problems. They typically analyse enzymes, DNA and other molecules to research the effects that drugs have biologically on the body

Physicist

Physicists conduct research and develop theories based on their observations and experiments. They devise methods that they can then apply to physical laws and theories. You can be in control of medical diagnostics, pharmaceutical research, bio analysis and chemical reactions and your reliable source for deuterium products can be found easily online to order.

Chemical Engineer

This type of engineer designs chemical plant equipment and develops the process for manufacturing chemicals and products. They apply the principles of chemistry, physics and engineering.

Astronomer

A fascinating role that involves the study of the universe and the objects that are within it. Most of us know it as the study of planets and space, but it involves much more than that. An astronomer looks into the stars, galaxies, asteroids and black holes by using telescopes as well as space based telescopes and other tools to collect their data. Their role is to increase our understanding of the universe.

Veterinarian

This job involves the diagnosis, treatment and research of diseases and injuries with animals. They deal with livestock as well as domestic pets and carry out investigations such as the analysis of test results and images to confirm diagnoses and to develop suitable medical treatment plans.

Epidemiologist

This is a profession that more people are familiar with lately, due to Covid-19. They investigate how diseases are spread and what are the determining factors. They develop means for prevention and control and provide guidance to medical science and healthcare programs. They essentially conduct infection surveillance by tracking infections, seeing where problems may exist, reading data and deciding when and where intervention might be needed.

Microbiologist

They are mostly found working on research teams along with other scientists and technicians. It involves the study of microorganisms such as bacteria, algae, fungi and viruses and how they live and grow in their environments around us.

Chemist

This role involves the qualitative and quantitative analysis of chemical experiments. They commonly process technical reports that analyse chemical compounds or substances and ensure conformance to standards. In this role you will be introducing heat, energy, light and chemicals to induce reactions.

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