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International Letter Writing Week 2013 commemorated

Thailand Post issued a set of four stamps commemorating the International Letter Writing Week 2013.
 International Letter Writing Week was established at the 14th Universal Postal Union (UPU) Congress held in Ottawa in 1957 with the aim of contributing to world peace by encouraging cultural exchanges among the people of the world through letter writing.Letter Writing Week spans the one-week period that includes 9 October, the anniversary of the inauguration of the UPU.
 Nowadays the Week is a yearly event in Thailand and Japan.
UPU focuses more on the International letter-writing competition for young people (established 1969) and World Post Day.Recalling the current International Year of Water Cooperation, the 2013 contest asked budding writers to explain why water is a precious resource.Fifteen-year-old Daniel Korcak, from Ostrava, Czech Republic, has won the Universal Postal Union’s 42nd International Letter-Writing Competition for Young People with his letter to the central European river the Oder.

Thai ATM Tag


TAIPEI Commemorative Postage Label

To mark the event of ROCUPEX ’13 TAIPEI,
which will be held at the Postal Museum, from August 23 to 27, 2013,
Chunghwa Post is issuing a “ROCUPEX ’13 TAIPEI Commemorative Postage Label” featuring the Presidential Office Building, Republic of China.


Canada Post Community Foundation.

In 2008, Canada Post established The Canada Post Foundation for Mental Health to provide financial support for deserving front-line charities and not for profit organizations. The funds raised to make these gifts possible were the result of the generous donations of Canada Post staff and customers at our retail outlets—as well as the surcharge from our Mental Health semi-postal stamps. To date, more than $6.7 million in grants have been distributed to some 140 organizations across Canada.
This year, Canada Post will build on our long and proud history of investing in the communities we serve through our charitable and volunteer activities—and transfer our efforts from mental health issues to children’s charities.

According to Cindy Daoust, Manager of Canada Post’s Community Investment Program, “Our efforts have provided funding and support for a wide variety of important initiatives in the area of mental health, literacy and the United Way. We’ve raised funds and awareness. We also want to build on the incredible efforts of employees who support the Santa Letter-writing Program every year. So our plans are to continue our involvement with children throughout the calendar year.”
The renamed Canada Post Community Foundation will focus on supporting children’s charities, school programs and local initiatives—including organizations that provide mental health initiatives aimed at youth. Canada Post hopes to develop an engaging and compelling connection with children’s causes in the communities where postal employees work—which is almost every community in the nation.

As the Corporation’s charitable focus shifts to youth, so does the inspiration for the annual fundraising semi-postal. This year’s stamp, designed by Debbie Adams, Principal at Adams + Associates, carries a 10-cent surcharge that goes directly to the work of the Foundation. According to Adams, “The design is a simple circle of children’s hands, depicted in vivid colours. Multi-coloured hands represent the diversity and breadth of the need to help children’s charities. The heart represents the generosity of Canadians investing in the future of Canada.” Not only does this call to mind childhood circle games, it also implies inclusivity, and giving a hand or holding a hand in assistance

According to Stamp Design Manager Liz Wong, “The focus on children and programs at the community level means the stamp design must be appealing—and accessible—to all Canadians. The beauty of using child imagery that it not only represents the causes we’ll be supporting, but also encourages nostalgia in adults, thoughts of a simpler time—and the wish for everyone to have a great childhood.”

Canada Post commemorates Canadian Titanic ties with stamps.

Canada Post has unveiled the images of the five stamps that will be issued on April 5 to mark the centennial of the sinking of RMS Titanic. The collection, created by Haligonian design team of Dennis Page and Oliver Hill, showcases the best-known ship in the world with depth and realism and adds some poignant Canadian attributes.
Creating a detailed image of a ship that has been under water for a century presented a wonderful challenge for Halifax-based designer Dennis Page. “This was the biggest man-made moving object on earth that after setting off on her maiden voyage hit an iceberg and ended in disaster. That really stuck with me and how I was going to show that feeling.” Page basically put himself in the moment. “I imagined myself standing below her bow looking up which really gives that vantage point and perspective at how vast something like this could be.”
Through this stamp collection Canada Post takes pride in respectfully marking an event in which so many lost their lives, and honouring the countless Canadians who helped in the recovery mission. “This is really our way of paying tribute to the Canadians involved,” says Mary Traversy, Canada Post’s Senior Vice-President of Mail. “With these stamps, we hope to preserve the legacy of the Canadians whose lives were deeply touched when Titanic sank off our coast.”

Flora (Flowers - General)

Wild yellow or orange daylilies growing in ditches and along fences are a familiar sight to families heading off to cottage country. Sincethe early 1930s, the daylily has been hybridized by gardening enthusiasts and professional horti-culturalists, and this beautiful, hardy perennial can now be found in a rainbow of colours and an array of shapes across the country.

The Daylily (Hemerocallis) was long placed in the Lily family (Liliaceae), but is now considered to belong in the plant family Hemerocallidaceae.
This term, from the Greek words meaning “beauty” and “day,” alludes to the fact that each flower lasts for just one day.
Since there are many flower buds on each flower stalk and many stalks in each cluster, the overall flowering period is usually several weeks long.
The flowers of most species open at sunrise and wither atsunset, often replaced by another on the same stalkthe next day.
Although not commonly used for arrangements, daylilies make good cut flowers, as new blossoms continue to open over several days.

Originally, daylilies could be found only in yellow, orange, and reddish-brown.
Today, colours range from near-white, to yellow, orange, pink, red, purple, blue and more.
While the roadside yellow or orange daylilies—known to hybridizers as Hemerocallis fulva (or Hemerocallis fulva Europa)—are forms of the cultivated types that ‘escaped’ and now grow wild, all modern daylilies have evolved through a complicated history of hybridization.

The photos for the Daylilies stamps were taken at Ottawa’s Experimental Farm, where all the Canadian hybrids grow together in one area.
“I always try to get early morning and late afternoon shots, when the lighting allows for lots of contrast and detail,” says Isabelle Toussaint, photographer and designer for the long-running series.
 “Although the sun was shining for both sessions, the light was completely different for each, and I was able to get many great shots.”

“We wanted to be sure to show a daylily that Canadians would recognize, so we decided to use the common orange ones,” says Danielle Trottier, Stamp Design manager.
“The purple daylily, which has been identified as “Louis Lorrain,” was chosen not only because it was a bit more exotic but also contrasted so beautifully with the orange.”
The third variety, shown on the souvenir sheet is known as the “JeffHolden.”

Two exquisite daylilies grace the seventh issue in Canada Post’s beloved flower series.

The Princess of Wales’ Own Regiment stamp from Canada.

Canada Post issued a stamp to commemorate the 150th anniversary of foundation of The Princess of Wales’ Own Regiment (PWOR).

The Princess of Wales’ Own Regiment (PWOR), was formed in January 1863, from seven existing militia companies in Kingston, Ontario.
 It earned its name when the Regiment participated in celebrations for the marriage of His Royal Highness Edward, Prince of Wales.
 The name, made official in 1868, honoured the new Princess of Wales, formerly Princess Alexandra of Denmark. Since its foundation, members of the PWOR have served in every major conflict involving the Canadian Forces, including the First and the Second World War.
The Regiment’s crest features the motto, Nunquam Cede (Never Surrender), accompanied by the phrase Ich Dien (I Serve) and the Regiment’s initials, PWOR.
The crown and feathers allude to the Regiment’s name, while the beaver represents service to Canada.
As found out from the Canada Post official website, the most important design element for the PWOR stamp designer Dave Sasha was the soldiers themselves.
The Regiments - The Black Watch

The Regiments - The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry

The Regiments - The Royal Regiment of Canada


Special postal tributes celebrate iconic Canadians as part of Black History Month.

Canada Post has issued two stamps in celebration of Black History Month, highlighting the experiences and accomplishments of two remarkable Canadians: Viola Desmond and John Ware.

The stamp designs combine a collage of historic elements used to give dimension to the lives of Desmond and Ware.
A flattering portrait of Desmond is the central focus, with a photo of the famous New Glasgow Roseland theatre and her posthumous pardon granted in 2010 as silhouettes of significance.
Ware’s life as a cowboy shines through with a rich portrait surrounded by icons of his life in the west including a photo of his ranch, a lasso, and a horse.

Lunar New Year: year of the Snake stamp from Canada.

The Year of the Snake, in this case a water snake, slithers in on February 10, 2013, and bids farewell on January 30, 2014.
The sixth of 12 creatures in the zodiac, the Snake represents intelligence, materialism and gracefulness.

A cover from Canada, Sent by Maryam Muhammad.
 Very Chinese style.

The duo stamp issue (Domestic and International) by Canada Post for the Year of the Snake is created in lavish textures befitting the luxury-loving Snake.
On the domestic stamp, a red snake slithers on curving waves, symbolizing the water influence on this particular Year of the Snake.
On the international stamp, a yellow and green jade snake, artfully embossed on multiple levels to provide three-dimensionality and simulate scales, coils into a stylized 8, the luckiest and most valued number by the Chinese people.
Both images visually draw on the most significant character attributes of the Year of the Snake.


UAE natural cover

Emirates Post, in association with Dubai Municipality’s Public Parks & Horticulture Department, Zoo Management, has issued special stamps on Desert Snakes of the UAE, in 5 denominations of Dh1, 150 Fils, Dh 3, Dh4 and 550 Fils, along with a souvenir sheet of Dh 25.
The stamps feature the Arabian horned viper, the carpet viper, the Arabian rearfang, Sochurek’s saw-scaled viper and the sand boa.
Emirates Post is delighted to support efforts in preserving the unique desert fauna of the UAE through these beautiful stamps.
This is part of our move to spread awareness of the rich animal life in the desert and highlight the need to value and preserve it, for the larger benefit of environmental conservation,” said Ibrahim Bin Karam, Chief Commercial Officer, Emirates Post Group.

Sand Boa One of the smallest boa species , the Arabian sand boa is the only boa found in south-east Arabia, and one of the most common snakes in the UAE.
Boas are one of the most primitive snake groups.
Rarely encountered by man, the harmless and nocturnal Arabian sand boa lives almost permanently under the desert sand.
It's locomotion is relatively slow , and in order to catch prey it must rely on ambush.
When prey strays too near, the boa strikes, coiling its muscular body around its victim and tightening its grip until the animal can no longer breathe or circulate blood.
The boa;s prey mainly comprises small reptiles which it can easily swallow whole, such as geckos and worm lizards. Unlike most boas, which give birth to live young, the Arabian sand boa is one of only three boa species that lay eggs.

Arabian Horned ViperActive from dusk until dawn, and well-camouflaged amongst the sand and rocks, the most obvious sign of the Arabian horned viper's presence is usually the sinuous tracks it leaves while employing its sidewinding method of locomotion . This species is an efficient predator and uses both active pursuit as well as ambush to capture prey. It buries its body and head beneath the sand using rapid side-to-side wriggling, until only the eyes and snout are exposed. The snake then lays in wait for prey such as lizards, small birds and rodents to approach, before striking with lightning speed and injecting the animal with its powerful venom . The venom acts quickly, killing a house sparrow in 27 to 90 seconds, at which point the snake swallows its victim whole . Despite its deadly capabilities, the Arabian horned viper falls prey to larger predators such as desert monitors . When threatened, this species coils its body and rubs its keeled scales together to create a rasping sound, and it will also hiss and inflate its body before resorting to striking.

Sochurek's Saw-scaled Viper
Despite its relatively small size, is considered a dangerous snake, with an aggressive temperament, a lightning-fast strike and powerful venom.
This viper has large venom and long, hollow fangs that can be folded against the roof of the mouth when the mouth is shut .
An aggressive and efficient predator, it hunts mainly at night, and feeds on toads, lizards, bird eggs and nestlings.
It is easily provoked and will strike rapidly when it senses danger.
When threatened, it first assumes a characteristic defensive position, curling its body into a series of C-shaped coils which are rubbed against each other in opposite directions to produce a loud, rasping warning "hiss".

Arabian RearfangIt is named for its unusual, cobra-like defensive behavior, in which it lifts the front of the body off the ground, holds it at a angle, dilates the neck into a hood, and hisses . The head is rather elongated, and clearly distinct from the neck, with a convex forehead and a pointed snout, which protrudes over the mouth. They usually active during the day or at dawn and dusk, but may be more during the summer months. The diet is likely to include lizards, small mammals and birds . Despite the cobra-like defensive posture, which also gives rise to the alternative name of false cobra, it is not related to cobras, and is in fact only very mildly venomous, and not considered dangerous to humans .

Carpet ViperIt is a venomous snake with a relatively short, stocky body, a wide head, vertical pupils and heavily scales.
 It receives its common name from its defensive display, in which the scales are rubbed together by drawing opposing coils of the body against each other, producing a loud rasping or sawing sound. They are responsible for the greatest proportion of all snake bite fatalities in humans.
As these vipers often live in close proximity to humans and will bite with little provocation, they are considered to be among the world s most dangerous snakes.
 They are active either at night or at dawn and dusk .
Like other vipers, it is likely to hunt its prey using a sit-and-wait technique, aided by camouflaging body markings that conceal the snake from its prey.
 They feed on small mammals, frogs, toads, birds, lizards and large.
In some areas, it has a habit of perching on bushes or trees close to water, with the head pointed upwards, suggesting that it may hunt birds coming in to rest or drink .
Once a viper has struck its prey, it usually withdraws immediately and then follows its prey using chemical cues until its venom has immobilized the victim.