DO YOUR KIDS WANT TO ROCK IT OUT IN GLENCOLMCILLE?

first_imgThe award-winning Rock Detectives Club for children (aged 4 to 12 years of age) will take place in Halla Mhuire, Glencolmcille on Saturday, June 20 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.The award-winning Rock Detectives Club for children (aged 4 to 12 years of age) will by held in Halla Mhuire, Glencolmcille on Saturday week, June 20, 2015 from 2 pm to 4 pm. Children will find out about how rocks are made, have a go at making their own planet earth, dig in glacial mud and construct their own stone wall!The free Rock Detectives Club will be facilitated by Dr. Kirstin Lemon, Geological Survey of Northern Ireland and Úna Collier, Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark. The Rock Detectives Club won ‘Best Children’s Event’ at the National Heritage Week Awards last year.Children should wear suitable outdoor clothing and bring a snack.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.  Places are limited to 20 children. To book your free place: contact Donegal County Museum on (074) 912 4613 DO YOUR KIDS WANT TO ROCK IT OUT IN GLENCOLMCILLE? was last modified: June 12th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Enceladus Geysers Still Unexplained

first_imgThe number of geysers has topped a hundred on Saturn’s overactive moon.  How could they be sustained for billions of years?A press release from JPL updates what is known about the amazing geyser activity on Enceladus, a moon as small as the diameter of Arizona.  Since the geysers were discovered in 2005, geophysicists and astronomers have wondered how a little body can put out so much heat.  That question remains unanswered.Multiple passes by the Cassini orbiter have allowed scientists to pinpoint the geyser locations along the south polar “tiger stripes” (fissures).  They have counted 101 geysers so far.  They have also pinpointed their locations at “hot spots” of small extent—too small to be explained by frictional heating along the walls of the fissures.Individual geysers were found to coincide with small-scale hot spots, only a few dozen feet (or tens of meters) across, which were too small to be produced by frictional heating, but the right size to be the result of condensation of vapor on the near-surface walls of the fractures. This immediately implicated the hot spots as the signature of the geysering process.This prompted the imaging team lead Carolyn Porco to turn the explanation upside down.  “Once we had these results in hand, we knew right away heat was not causing the geysers, but vice versa,” she said.  “It also told us the geysers are not a near-surface phenomenon, but have much deeper roots.”  Porco co-authored two papers in the Astronomical Journal, one that counts the geysers and associates them with the hot spots, and one that relates brightness variations during the moon’s orbits to possible fissure responses to tidal flexing.The upshot is that there must be a much larger heat source to keep the deeply-rooted source warm, if it is a liquid ocean.  Tidal flexing might squeeze water out from the deep roots, but apparently it is insufficient to explain all the observations:They found the simplest model of tidal flexing provides a good match for the brightness variations Cassini observes, but it does not predict the time when the plume begins to brighten. Some other important effect is present and the authors considered several in the course of their work.Cassini scientists have also been monitoring changes to the plumes at different points in the moon’s orbit.  While tidal flexing might have “something to do with” the geysering, the press release left it unclear if it is sufficient.  If tidal flexing correlates with brightening, that is fine and good, but how long can tidal flexing support the activity?It seems really odd for Porco to say that the geysers cause the heat, not the reverse.  What, did geysers just sprout up on the moon with no cause, and heat the moon up?  Of course not.  Given all the accumulated data since the geysers were discovered, we’d like to see updated calculations for the total heating capacity of tidal flexing.  (Short-lived radioisotopes should long ago have decayed, so that is an implausible source.)For years, scientists have been unable to find any plausible heat source that, individually or in combination, could keep Enceladus active for billions of years (e.g., 6/19/08).  We would expect—if tidal heating answered all the questions now—to see the Cassini scientists celebrating, having rescued their belief in 4.5 billion years.  Since they are not celebrating, we can only assume that the age problem remains.  (Search “Enceladus” in our search bar for numerous reports on this issue and its age implications.) (Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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The Hustler’s Playbook: 4 Things the Hustler Fears

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Hustlers are driven. They are motivated to make a life of their own design. They are motivated to make a difference. And just like non-hustlers, they are motivated by their fears.Not Doing EnoughHustlers are motivated by the fear that they are not doing enough. They worry that they are not taking enough action, even when they are doing 5 times as much as anyone else. Hustlers fear that by not doing enough, they won’t succeed in reaching their goals, whatever those goals may be. So they respond by doing more, by taking more action.The non-hustler is also motivated by fear. But where the hustler’s activity is fueled by fear of not doing enough, the non-hustler is paralyzed by their fear. They fear taking action because they’re not ready, they might fail, or that other people might judge them. The non-hustler’s fear ensures that they never take enough action.Not Going Fast EnoughA hustler doesn’t only fear not taking enough action, they fear not doing all that needs to be done fast enough. The hustler fears that if they don’t move fast that someone else will. They worry that if they don’t take advantage of the opportunities presented to them, the opportunity will disappear. This fear fuels the hustler to move with a sense of urgency.The non-hustler prefers to move slowly, cautiously, to let things come to them. They say, “If it’s meant to be, it will come to me.” They are afraid of moving, let alone moving fast.Being Out-hustledHustlers worry about being outhustled. They worry that somewhere out there, someone has got the jump on them. They worry that someone is working harder or working smarter. They fear that someone is doing something more or something better. This fear drives the hustler to bring her A-game and to always remain a student. The hustler is motivated by and learns from this fear.The non-hustler doesn’t worry about being out-hustled because they are always and everywhere being out-hustled. They’re very comfortable with the fact that others are working harder, working smarter, building the life they really want, and making a contribution.LegacyHustlers don’t fear their legacy. The fear running out of time to do all of the things that they can do to build that legacy. Your legacy isn’t built on what you do for yourself. No one ever says, “Look at how wonderful he was. He made a fortune and bought himself a yacht and big house.” Hustlers know that a legacy is built on the contribution you make while you are here. Legacy is built on what you do for others.last_img read more

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KKR roped in best available talent: Vijay Dahiya

first_imgWith three home-grown Delhi Daredevils players signing up for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League, it is very clear that regional sentiments no longer hold any place in this day and age.Gautam GambhirAlthough Gautam Gambhir was picked up for a whopping Rs 11.04 crore during the auction in Bangalore, Rajat Bhatia and Pradeep Sangwan’s move to KKR has strongly been linked to the fact that former Delhi coach Vijay Dahiya is the assistant coach of KKR. Speaking to MAIL TODAY, Dahiya made it clear that although all three are vital buys and will play a pivotal role in KKR’s journey in the fourth edition of the cash- rich league, he had no personal role in the Kolkata based franchisee roping them in.”In the modern era and with the advent of IPL, there is nothing called roping in someone from somewhere. It is all about who is good, talented and available. When a team gets good talent and the guy is interested to play for you, you just sign him without taking into account where he hails from.”While Gambhir was picked up in the auction itself – definitely a very important buy, the other two were available and ready to play for KKR. At the end of the day, if the guys are not willing to move even if they know you, that doesn’t help. All I can say is that my presence might have assured them that they have someone who knows them well. That is where the familiarity ends,” he said.advertisementCommenting on Gambhir’s presence in the team, Dahiya said: “We had our eyes on him from the word go. He is definitely the most consistent Indian cricketer at present. He has been performing in all three formats and even his tactical acumen can’t be ignored. His presence in the side will also help the youngsters learn the traits of the game.” As far as signing Delhi’s ‘Man- Friday’ Rajat Bhatia is concerned, Dahiya feels the team needs utility players like him who have had experience in the shortest format of the game.”The T20 format requires players who can contribute in all disciplines. He might not be the most talented player around but he definitely gives his 100 per cent. Over that, we needed utility players like him who revel under pressure. The fact that he has played in the earlier editions and also won a few Man of the Match award was only an icing on the cake,” he said.Dahiya, who was the coach of the Delhi team when Sangwan shot into the limelight taking 33 wickets in the 2007- 08 season, feels the left- arm pacer will learn a lot from sharing the dressing room with someone like Wasim Akram – KKR’s bowling coach.”I have always had high hopes from Sangwan and I feel he will gain a lot from training under Wasimbhai. Sangwan is a very hardworking cricketer and if he can take as much knowledge as possible from Wasimbhai, it will definitely augur well for the future of Indian cricket.”I had seen Jaydev Unadkat gain a lot of knowledge from sessions with Wasim bhai and the result is there for everyone as he has already gone ahead to play a Test match for India – against South Africa,” he said.One Delhi lad who was on the radar but has missed out due to injury concerns is Parwinder Awana.”We wanted him but having had a talk with Delhi physiotherapist Badrinath, I came to know that he will still need another four to five weeks to get fit so we couldn’t sign him. But he was definitely in our scheme of things,” Dahiya revealed.Commenting on the overall composition of the team, Dahiya said: ” Every team had plans before going into the auctions.While some plans were implemented, others weren’t. As of now we are happy with what we have and barring one or two teams, each of the 10 teams will be starting afresh. So we hope to do well and bring some smiles on the face of the KKR fans.”last_img read more

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Dhoni moves out of Hyderabad hotel with team after being told: Outside Biryani Not Allowed

first_imgMS DhoniOutside Food Not Allowed is a notice that comes to our notice in most eateries in India. It’s only fair that they don’t allow you to eat food that you don’t buy from the restaurant. It’s not good for business.ITC Grand Kakatiya Hotel in Hyderabad discovered that not allowing ‘outside food’ isn’t good for business.M.S. Dhoni moved out of the five-star hotel after the hotel refused to allow home-cooked biryani for the team.Chennai Super Kings and sundry BCCI officials had booked 180 rooms at Kakatiya.Dhoni’s Team India mate Ambatti Rayudu sent home-cooked Hyderabadi biryani for the team. The hotel denied entry to the biryani. Dhoni took it to heart and everyone staying in those 180 rooms moved out to The Taj Krishna.It’s not clear whether the Taj allowed them to have the biryani from the Rayudu kitchen.But the incident has brought to light the fact that we can go to any lengths for a bowl of biryani.last_img read more

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Fixing saga returns to haunt Indian Premier League

first_imgPolice have arrested six persons in Sambhal, a district in the state of Uttar Pradesh, for their alleged involvement in betting in Indian Premier League matches”Ravi Kumar, Govinda, Pradeep Kumar, Arun Kumar, Vikram and Monu Raghav were arrested on Monday during an IPL match,” they said.Four mobile phones, a TV set and Rs 2000 cash were seized from the spot, police said, adding, a case has been registered.(With PTI inputs)last_img

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Tennessee Wideout Marquez North Suffers Knee Sprain

first_imgMarquez North of Tennessee Injured.Marquez North Tennessee Injury RumorYou can exhale, Tennessee fans. Junior wide receiver Marquez North is not sidelined for the season, despite what rumors suggested Wednesday night. North, one of the team’s top playmakers, instead is only suffering from a knee sprain and will be out of action for around one week. Both Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports and Brett McMurphy of ESPN confirmed the news Thursday morning.SOURCE: Speculation on #Vols big WR Marquez North possibly being injured & lost for the season is all false. He may be out 1 wk or less— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) August 13, 2015Tennessee WR Marquez North’s knee injury appears to only be a sprain source told ESPN— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) August 13, 2015North caught 68 balls for 816 yards and five touchdowns in 2014, but a shoulder injury sidelined him for most of the second half of the season. At 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, he has the potential to be a serious threat for the Volunteers.last_img read more

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CEOs, Hollywood actors got kids to elite US colleges though bribes, fake photos!

first_imgBOSTON: Nearly 50 people, including actors Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were charged on Tuesday in what federal authorities say was a $25 million scam to help wealthy Americans get their children into elite universities like Yale and Stanford. The most sweeping college admissions fraud scheme ever unearthed in the United States was masterminded at a small college-preparation company based in Newport Beach, California, prosecutors said. It relied on bribes to coaches, phony test takers and even doctored photos misrepresenting non-athletic applicants as elite competitors to gain admissions for the offspring of rich parents. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping”These parents are a catalog of wealth and privilege,” Andrew Lelling, the U.S. attorney in Boston, said at a news conference. “For every student admitted through fraud, an honest, genuinely talented student was rejected.” William “Rick” Singer, 58, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges related to running the scheme through his Edge College & Career Network, which charged from $100,000 to as much as $2.5 million per child for the services, which were masked as contributions to a scam charity Singer runs. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang”I was essentially buying or bribing the coaches for a spot,” Singer said as he pleaded guilty to charges including racketeering, money laundering and obstruction of justice. “And that occurred very frequently.” Dressed in a dark sweater blazer, wearing glasses, her hair in a ponytail, Huffman, best known for her role in the TV series, “Desperate Housewives,” was among around 20 defendants who appeared in a Los Angeles court. Many were slumped in chairs and one woman tried to hide her face. Huffman’s actor husband William H. Macy, known for roles in movies such as “Fargo” and the hit TV series “Shameless”, sat in the front row of court wearing a gray sweater coat. Magistrate Judge Alexander MacKinnon ordered Huffman’s release on a $250,000 bond before a March 29 hearing in Boston. All the defendants who appeared in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles were likely to be released on bond, Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, said in an email. Macy has not been charged in the case, but Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Schleifer told the court he was a “subject of the investigation.” Loughlin’s husband Mossimo Giannulli, a fashion designer known for his “Mossimo” brand, sat in court wearing a hooded sweatshirt and close-cropped hair. He was released on a $1 million bond. Loughlin, best known for her role in the ABC sitcom “Full House” and the recent Netflix sequel “Fuller House,” has also been charged. Huffman, Giannulli and Loughlin have yet to enter pleas. The case was the latest in a series of scandals that have rocked the high-stakes, high-stress world of admissions to top colleges. Prosecutors in Boston in recent years have also charged Chinese nationals with cheating on entrance exams, while the College Board, which administers the SAT tests, was rocked in 2016 by a security breach that exposed hundreds of questions planned for tests. Some 300 law enforcement agents swept across the country to make arrests in what agents code-named “Operation Varsity Blues.” Prosecutors have so far named 33 parents, 13 coaches and associates of Singer’s business. Other parents charged include Manuel Henriquez, the chief executive of specialty finance lender Hercules Capital Inc; Gordon Caplan, the co-chairman of international law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher; Bill McGlashan Jr., who heads a buyout investment arm of private equity firm TPG Capital; and Douglas Hodge, the former CEO of the investment management firm Pimco. Representatives for the companies, and for Huffman and Loughlin, either declined to comment or did not respond to requests for comment. The alleged masterminds of scam and parents who paid into it could all face up to 20 years in prison if convicted. On a call with a wealthy parent, prosecutors said, Singer summed up his business: “What we do is help the wealthiest families in the U.S. get their kids into school.” No students have been charged and authorities said some of them were unaware of the scams. Prosecutors said it was up to the universities what to do with students admitted through cheating. Yale University and the University of Southern California (USC) said that they were cooperating with investigators. “The Department of Justice believes that Yale has been the victim of a crime perpetrated by its former women’s soccer coach,” Yale said in a statement. The coach, Rudolph Meredith, resigned in November after 24 years running the women’s soccer team. Meredith, who is accused of accepting a $400,000 bribe from Singer, is due to plead guilty, prosecutors said. His lawyer declined to comment.last_img read more

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Oases of happiness

first_imgA few months ago, Naxalites killed an MLA and an ex-MLA for their illegal mining activity that was damaging crops in the tribal area of Araku in Andhra Pradesh. And now, the National Green Tribunal has slapped an interim fine of Rs 100 crores on AP government for its silence in the illegal sand extraction from Krishna river basin. These striking instances are among those routinely happening in the country involving the enemies of the environment – mafias of land, sand, mining, forest, and business, who hobnob with those in governance. Thanks to the pro-rich, Big Brother government, we have hit the rock bottom in performance to save our environment. Also Read – A special kind of bondIn George Orwell’s novel ‘Nineteen Eighty Four,’ the mysterious Big brother employed his notorious secret agents on his own citizens and used his propaganda machinery to keep them on tenterhooks for an ongoing but non-existing war with an enemy country. The present state of affairs in our country is close to what George Orwell had conjured up. Although Vedic culture envisages living in harmony with nature, under a Hindutva-government, India stands at a shameful 177 out of 180 countries in the Global Environment Performance Index of 2018. It only shows our apathy to environmental health, ecosystem vitality, etc., that determine sustainability. On the contrary, the top scorers like Switzerland, Denmark, etc., exhibit long-standing commitments to issues such as health outcomes related to drinking water and sanitation, preserving natural resources, including marine ecosystems, and decoupling greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from economic activity. Also Read – Insider threat managementIn a country where billionaires can quickly become multi-billionaires, but 60 per cent are defined poor, it is not surprising that we are far behind in achieving any of the Sustainable Development Goals. India scored a pathetic 5.75 per cent in air quality as against over 90 by Switzerland and Japan; cities are facing a multi-pollutant crisis. In spite of the Har Ghar Jal Yojana, over 82 per cent rural households have no tap-water connection; and 47 million live on contaminated groundwater. According to CSE’s water and sanitation experts, although 72 million individual household toilets have been built under the Swachh Bharat scheme, funds meant to popularise them have not been spent, rendering the scheme ineffective; and in urban areas, about a million families are still waiting for their construction. Further, as against the 175 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2022, only 9 per cent of the roof-top solar target has been met so far. Even the Centre’s Ujjwala Yojana for LPG distribution has not done any meritorious work. Forestland diversion for non-forest purposes has only increased; Central government cleared an average of six projects a day in 2017. Even money allocated for containing forest-fires is lying unused. With the closure of regional branches of NGT in 2018 due to staff crunch, handling of environment-related crimes – over 20,000 pending in courts and quite many under investigation – has only become casual. As against this dismal performance and other failures, we only keep hearing about the bravado of the Big Brother – tallest statue, surgical strike, Shakti missile, demonetisation, a high figure of GDP, the highest integrity, unity of the nation, etc. Intelligence failure in Pulwama attack and disquiet defence veterans writing to the President against using armed forces for politics, corrode the sheen of surgical strike. It is space scientists who toiled for decades to achieve the results. Demonetisation, apart from the traumatising people, has led to the closure of lakhs of small businesses and industries and loss of millions of jobs. Even the high GDP growth projected is being contested as fudged, since it has not produced any jobs. The tallest claim of integrity is also in question. It appears the Rafale deal is turning out to be a noose for the culprits – the insolvent Anil Ambani and his well-wishers in the political establishment. When it comes to unity in our multi-cultural society, there is a shameful silence of the leadership on communalism and cow-vigilantism. By playing with words, the subtle message of LK Advani, that it is not the ethos of BJP to dub opposing voices as anti-national, is being projected as a compliment. Further, their propaganda machinery trying to foist Modi Biopic and the NaMo TV on the country, and senior IAS officers of PMO seeking shift for the lack of organic relationship with the bureaucrats, only indicate the all-pervading Big Brother atmosphere. And, of late, although Pragya Thakur is a prime accused in Malegaon terrorist violence and is on bail on medical grounds, nominating her to contest elections is an audacious low of BJP in the promotion of communal hatred. People are nonplussed and distressed. In such a state of mind, no one realises that, right now, humanity is standing on a precipice; human health and ecosystems are in grave danger. With the combustion of fossil fuels incessantly pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, the globe is getting warmer; even dangerously close to the rise-limit of 1.5 degrees Celsius. Increase of these molecules abets an addition of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen monoxide, which cause acid rain. This acidity is further supplemented by oceans since they absorb about one-third of all carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to become warm and more acidic. The acid rain changes the pH value of water in rivers and lakes, creating conditions conducive for the growth of algae that not only deprive the aquatic organisms of oxygen but also cause many diseases like gastroenteritis to humans. Moreover, global warming causes melting of ice and a rise in sea level; a rise of two to three feet would displace about 4 million people. If the extreme El Nino event of 2015-16 was any indication, we are in for more natural disasters – storm surges, wildfires, heat waves, severe droughts, say, environmental scientists. Such calamities heighten the risk of pests and vector-borne diseases, like malaria, dengue, etc. Furthermore, the toxins of industrial waste contaminate water for drinking and agricultural purposes, while artificial fertilisers spoil the soil itself. When such grave threats are looming large on humanity, instead of acting in a rush, our mafias calmly continue with their indiscriminate deforestation, illegal mining, sand extraction, etc. No doubt there is unrest among victims, providing fertile grounds to Naxalites. And, in the cross-fire between them and the government forces, it is innocents who are killed. Even then, in their doggedness, the Maoists do not realise that their target of overthrowing establishment through violence would only lead to anarchy or authoritarian rule. As such, without freedoms, East European countries are unhappier than the poorest democracies. And, with strong symptoms of authoritarianism, India is also among the unhappiest countries as per the World Happiness Report. The killings of BJP MLA in Bastar for developing road network and a poll official in Odisha to intimidate voters are thus an anti-thesis of the cause espoused – change the lives of the marginalised and poor, stop corruption and exploitation, and protect the environment. Since they command a mass base, it would be prudent to convert their cause into a peaceful national movement. There are numerous success stories. The Chipko movement, with the tactic of ’embracing’ trees, awakened people and governments to save the Himalayas. In the recent past, once Vizag Central Jail was shifted out, mafias colluded with the government in power to build a commercial complex. But, it was a peaceful agitation and support of court that saved this 25-acre prime land for a park. In the same city, a huge 125-year-old banyan tree was about to be butchered for protecting an old railway guest house that came in the way of widening a road. However, school children and activists saved it through a Chipko-style of agitation; the railway building was demolished. In yet another peaceful mass movement, Medha Patkar and others have apprised the nation about the woes of displacement of tribal and other people, as well as the damage to the environment. The Narmada Valley project, although has high ambitions of providing electricity, drinking water, and irrigation facilities to a large number of people, has compromised on the ecological aspects and the trauma of people. The demand is for alternative methods to provide these facilities, using smaller dams and renewable energy, without destroying the habitats of people and the environment. While forests are health-keepers of our environment, water bodies are no less important, since polluting them and illegally extracting sand affect agriculture, fish and drinking water. We do not wink an eye-lid even to pollute the sea with dumps of plastics, garbage, and debris, which harm marine life. Since we limit ourselves only to praying to river goddesses, ‘Namami Ganga’ has remained mere rhetoric; and Yamuna, Godavari, and other rivers are also crying for help. But, elsewhere, Danube, Thames, etc., are pristinely clean, not because they are revered as goddesses; but because people and the governments alike treat them as precious natural resources. In this context, NGT levying an interim fine of Rs 100 crore on AP government appears to be exemplary. But, given the fact that sand mafias act in nexus with those in government, it amounts to a penalty on the already suffering tax-payer. The culprits are allowed the last laugh. It is time a strong partnership between government and people evolved to save our rivers, forests, and environment, as tried in Sikkim. They have redefined ‘modernity’ and the goals of development, to widen it to a sustainable, just society based on harmonious, non-exploitative relationships. They achieved not only 100 per cent in organic farming, but also commendable afforestation. Justifiably, Netizens call it the ‘Switzerland of India.’ We need such Oases of Happiness across the country. Will the political parties bid for it in these elections? (Dr. N Dilip Kumar is a retired IPS officer and a former member of Public Grievances Commission, Delhi. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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Arabs criticize Shakira, Colombian politician accuse her of ‘promoting lesbianism’

first_imgCasablanca- Have you watched the music video by Colombian diva Shakira for her new single, “Can’t Remember to Forget You,” which features Barbados superstar Rihanna? Well, in some countries of the Middle East and Colombia, many have watched the video, and the overall reactions have not been very positive.   Two of the world’s most celebrated music stars, Shakira and Rihanna, got intimate in the music video. The two share a bed, touch, and “get sexy” in the video while reminiscently singing, “The only memory is us kissing in the moonlight.” While millions have viewed the YouTube video, not everyone seems to be charmed by their “arousing” video, especially those from the eastern hemisphere. Many Arab fans and music industry professionals criticized the video—some even described it as “promoting lesbianism.” “It’s a lesbianist music video, it’s really over [the top],” Fadi Haddad, a Lebanese music video director was quoted by Al Arabiya News as saying.While many Arabs have found fault with the sexual dimension of the video, others found it more constructive to criticize its creative significance. The general idea is that music videos like Shakira’s further victimize women’s bodies, rendering them sexual tools of entertainment and commercial benefit. Quoted by Al Arabiya News, Nabil Alalawi, CEO of Qithara production, an art production and advertising company, said that, “stars around the world have to search for a new concept” without abandoning focus on social matters because, “it kills creativity.” Knowing that her paternal grandparents immigrated from Lebanon to New York, many fans wonder whether Shakira’s Arab origins are the reason behind the outrage.  Perhaps it is due to the fact that Shakira has made it clear in her interviews that her cultural identity is, “a fusion of the western and the eastern.” However, some voices in the Arab world expressed different opinions on the video. “I do not think that it is promoting lesbianism,” Lynn Darwich, the Lebanon-based coordinator of the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies, said to Al Arabiya News.  “It is catering to a male audience, which would presumably appreciate eroticism between women,” he justified. “The Arab world is used to one female artist [appearing in an explicit manner]. We also have gay men in music videos, it’s very obvious, but we never have explicitly labeled it like they have done,” stated Fadi Haddad, a Lebanese music video director. The Arab world’s negative criticism of Shakira’s video seems harsher than that of Rihanna’s 2010 music video for one of her most listened-to songs, “Te Amo.” Some claim that this is because Shakira had never before appeared in a music video where her “sexy partner” is actually a girl. Reference of a society in moral decay Meanwhile, Marco Fidel Ramirez, a Colombian politician lashed out at Shakira, accusing her of “promoting lesbianism and the usage of tobacco.” “Our Shakira with her erotic video is promoting tobacco usage and has become the worst example for our youth,’ he wrote on his Twitter feed, using the hashtag #PeligroVideoShakira, which translates to ‘Dangers of Shakira’s Video.’“Shakira’s new video is a shameless case for lesbianism and immorality. It is a danger to children,” he added. Ramirz called on the Colombia’s National Television Authority to ban the video from being broadcast on any of the country’s TV channels.last_img read more

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