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Oct. 14, 2012, 2:22 p.m. | Op-ed — by Zhanna Kobylinska

On Oct. 27, Copernicus Theater concert hall in Chicago, Illinois will host a beauty contest “Miss Ukrainian Diaspora 2012: Stay A Ukrainian!”
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Kyiv resident Zhanna Kobylinska initiated the Ukrainian public project ‘Go Ukraine! Let’s Go!, which can be found on Facebook.

Editor’s Note: Kyiv public relations specialist Zhanna Kobylinska thinks there’s too much bad news about Ukraine, so she has launched a “Good News Ukraine” blog that sticks to uplifting news and steers clear of controversy. It will appear in the Kyiv Post periodically. Readers can send her news at


Ukrainian beauty will shine in Chicago

On Oct. 27, Copernicus Theater concert hall in Chicago, Illinois will hosta beauty contest “Miss Ukrainian Diaspora 2012: Stay A Ukrainian!” beauty pageant. Women from among the Ukrainian diaspora will participate. The performance of a Ukrainian pop star and ‘golden voice’ of Ukraine, Oleksandr Ponomaryov, be a treat for event guests. The beauty contest is organized by a media portal of the Ukrainian diaspora, Source:

A Steve Jobs memorial was unveiled on Oct. 5 in Odesa.

 Steve Jobs’ palm appears in Odesa

 “Thank you, Steve!” monument was opened on Oct. 5 in front of the hostel of the Odesa State Academy on technical and quality control. The ceremony was held on the occasion of the first anniversary of the death of Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple. The monument is shaped in an open palm with the Apple logo hole in the middle. The two-meter palm is made of metal parts of cars, motorbikes and bicycles. At night the monument is illuminated in white and blue neon lights. One promised to provide the surrounded place with 24-hour free Wi-Fi. The monument project was developed by Kyrylo Maksymenko, a graduate of the academy. Source:

Celia Sandys, granddaughter of past prime minister of England, Winston Churchill, stands next to a sculpture of her grandfather made with tobacco leaves during an exhibition in the National Hotel of Cuba in Havana in a 2000 file photo. Sandys paid a visit to Livadiya Palace on Oct. 5 to visit the scene of the Yalta Conference in February 1945 led by World War II allies Josef Stalin, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Churchill.

 Winston Churchill’s granddaughter visits Livadiya

 Lady Celia Sandys, granddaughter of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, visited Livadiya Palace-Museum (Crimea) on Oct. 5. The guest walked around the halls of the palace, the venue where Churchill and two other leaders of the states-winners of World War II, Josef Stalin and Franklin D. Roosevelt, gathered at the Yalta Conference (February 1945) to make a decision of the world’s importance. Lady Celia also dropped in the memorial library-office of Churchill, opened in February 2004. It is worth reminding that this is not the first visit of Churchill’s descendants to Livadiya. In May 2007, the palace-museum in the Crimean city was attended by the youngest daughter of the British Prime Minister, Mary Soams. Source:

Luhansk circus student tops

 Circus student from Luhansk is the best in the Commonwealth of Independent States Anastasia Kupriyashenko, a third-year student at Lugansk State Academy of Culture and Arts college, “variety and circus art” faculty, won a golden medal in the ‘circus on the stage’ nomination at the 7th Open Youth Delphic Games among Commonwealth of Independent States (including former Soviet republics) held on Sept. 25-28, in Astana, Kazakhstan. Kupriyashenko was the only contestant from Ukraine who presented circus nominations. Hers was juggling with the feet in a number called “Katyusha.”This year the Delphic Games gathered around 900 participants from 20 countries.

 Donetsk shows limitlessness beauty

At the beginning of October, Donetsk held the 4th interregional beauty contest among wheelchair-bound women called ‘Beauty With No Limits 2012.” The event was attended by 12 girls from Donetsk, Kyiv and Kharkiv regions, cities of Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk, Kyiv, Simferopol, Zhytomyr, Rivne, Zaporizhia and Lviv. The first place went to the beauty from Zaporizhia, Irina Peters. Despite her disability, Peters is leading an active lifestyle: traveling around Ukraine and riding. Source:

 Dnipropetrovsk TV channel works as magician

Due to the “You Are A Magician!” campaign, in the framework of 34 TV channel project ‘Hello, it's me’, 568 children from Dnipropetrovsk orphanages got their wishes fulfilled. The eight-month project included: creation of a database of children’s dreams and its placing on the TV channel web-site; website register of people who wanted to fulfill a dream, distribution of the gifts and post of photos of the children whose dream has come true. Mobile phones, MP3 players, trainers, football boots, a ticket to the Donbass Arena, a video camera, TV, cake with flowers, an accordion and saxophone are among of the first dreams that 34 TV channel has already fulfilled. To be continued… Source:

Kyiv resident Zhanna Kobylinska initiated the Ukrainian public movement called Open Ukraine in Positive, which can be found on Facebook at“Good News Ukraine” items can be sent to her at Kobylinska has also worked as public relations manager for the Internet portal.

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