In his tiny basement, Kerzner shows a camera rig that he created using a dollar-store magnifying glass and a GoPro-sized camera to film Ed.“The reality is, you don’t need a huge television studio and millions of dollars to be a broadcaster anymore,” says Kerzner. “Especially if you are doing grassroots media that speaks to people.”Ed the Sock was Canadian TV’s original television disrupter. Advertisement Login/Register With: Ed the Sock is giving a tour of his Thornhill, Ont., bungalow.The cosy home is filled with an immense toy collection, and also houses a dusty cabinet that is essentially the Ed The Sock museum. It features the puppet in all its incarnations since it first appeared in the 1990s.“That’s the first one, when I didn’t have eyebrows,” says Ed’s alter ego and creator Steven Kerzner, before pointing to another version of the perennially scowling puppet with the classic green felt brows. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisement
“One of the main purposes of Mr. Le Roy’s trip is to thank the countries for their long-standing dedication to peacekeeping and engage in an open discussion regarding current and future peacekeeping challenges,” spokesperson Michele Montas said of Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Alain Le Roy’s visits.As of the end of August the three countries contributed nearly a third of the 95,500 UN peacekeepers currently stationed around the world in 17 missions either directed or supported by the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). Pakistan’s share totalled nearly 10,600 in 11 missions, Bangladesh’s more than 9,500 in 10, and India’s over 8,760 in nine. 2 October 2009The United Nations peacekeeping chief next week pays an official visit to Pakistan, Bangladesh and India, the three top national contributors of forces to the many missions with which the world body seeks to restore stability and democracy in conflict-riven countries.
27 October 2009Humanitarian AidUnited Nations agencies continue to aid scores of thousands of Indonesians after last month’s 7.9-magnitude earthquake ravaged parts of western Sumatra island, leaving nearly 200,000 households in need of emergency shelter and other assistance. The UN World Food Programme (WFP), targeting children under five as well as pregnant or lactating mothers and primary school children, has aided more than 68,000 people, distributing distributed 25 metric tons of biscuits between 21 and 25 October, for a total of 178 metric tons of biscuits and noodles since the disaster struck.The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) is currently assisting some 30,000 women and girls of reproductive age in the worst affected areas, including over 1,650 pregnant women.Early food and nutrition assessments reveal approximately 38,000 households, or 190,000 people, in the most affected areas are experiencing temporary shortages of staple foods such as rice, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported. The Government estimates that rehabilitation and reconstruction will cost $745 million after the quake and aftershocks on 30 September triggered landslides, wiping out entire villages, killing an estimated 1,117 people, injuring 1,214 others and affecting is 1.2 million.Funding for emergency water trucking is urgently needed for the next two months. Only 20 percent Padang City’s population is connected to the water network, and an estimated 650,000 people rely on trucking or bottled water for daily supplies.The West Sumatra Humanitarian Response Plan, launched on 9 October in partnership with the Government, is seeking $38.1 million for emergency needs to be addressed within 90 days. The UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has already allocated nearly $7. Additional donor contributions for several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have been reported, raising the funding total to nearly $12 million.
18 September 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today discussed issues such as the Middle East peace process and the global economic situation with several world leaders who have arrived in New York for this week’s high-level meetings at the United Nations. In his meeting with Sheikh Naser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Mr. Ban and the Prime Minister of Kuwait reviewed developments in the region, including the Middle East peace process, the evolving situation in Syria and relations between Kuwait and Iraq. The Secretary-General also thanked Kuwait for its role in mobilizing funds for the response to the crisis in the Horn of Africa, and he expressed his appreciation for the significant increase in the country’s contribution to the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). Mr. Ban reiterated his call for the release of the remaining political prisoners in Myanmar during his meeting with the South-east Asian nation’s Foreign Minister, Wunna Maung Lwin. He also recognized the significance of recent developments in the country and encouraged the Government to step up its reform efforts to bring about an inclusive transition. Mr. Ban and the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Greece, Stavros Lambrinidis, discussed the UN-backed talks aimed at reunifying Cyprus, as well as the status of the negotiations facilitated by the world body between Athens and Skopje to resolve the long-running dispute over the official name of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Preparations for the upcoming senatorial election in the Republic of Congo, the refugee situation and other peace and security developments in the Central Africa sub-region were among the issues discussed in the meeting between the Secretary-General and that country’s Foreign Minister, Basile Ikouebe. Mr. Ban also met with Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), with whom he discussed issues of interest to the Caribbean region, such as climate change, as well as cooperation between the CARICOM Secretariat and the UN system. More than 120 heads of State and government are slated to attend the sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly this week, during which a series of high-level meetings on issues ranging from non-communicable diseases and nutrition to nuclear safety and desertification will also be held.
20 October 2011The United Nations legal chief today strongly urged the Cambodian Government to refrain from interfering in any way with the judicial process relating to the United Nations-backed tribunal set up to try those accused of the worst crimes under the notorious Khmer Rouge regime in the late 1970s. Patricia O’Brien, the UN Legal Counsel, met with Cambodia’s Deputy Prime Minister Sok An in Phnom Penh, the capital, to discuss recent developments at the tribunal, known as the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC).Last week Judge Siegfried Blunk, the international co-investigating judge at the ECCC, resigned from the tribunal. He cited repeated statements by senior Government officials opposing the progress of what are known as Cases 003 and 004 – which concern senior Khmer Rouge officials suspected of being responsible for the deaths of thousands of people.In a statement issued after her meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister, Ms. O’Brien voiced concern about recent developments at the ECCC and reiterated the UN’s call on everyone to respect the integrity and independence of the tribunal’s judicial process.“The Legal Counsel strongly urged the Royal Government of Cambodia to refrain from statements opposing the progress of Cases 003 and 004 and to refrain from interfering in any way whatsoever with the judicial process,” the statement noted.“She emphasized the obligation of the Royal Government of Cambodia to cooperate fully with the ECCC.”The tribunal, which uses a mixture of Cambodian and foreign judges and personnel, is tasked with trying those alleged responsible for mass killings and other crimes committed under the Khmer Rouge, which ruled Cambodia between 1975 and 1979. Up to three million people died under the regime in what is widely recognized as genocide.
He says that following the failed attempt to abduct him as well last year a similar attempt may be made again. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Indika Sri Aravinda His brother had been abducted last February and has not been heard of since while there was also an attempt to abduct him last year. Udaya Shantha says he fears his brother may have been killed after being abducted last year. The Chairman of the Kolonnawa Urban Council Raveendra Udaya Shantha says his life is under threat and he hopes to reveal more information regarding the threats.Udaya Shantha says on several occasions he had requested for security from the government but had been provided security only for his house and office and not when he moves around.
The last English saints to be canonised were the so-called Forty Martyrs of England and Wales, who were executed for treason and related offences between 1535 and 1679. Although the the seventeeth-century martyrs were recognised by Pope Paul VI only in 1970, if Chesterton’s clause is successful he would be the first English saint to have lived for more than 300 years.The process of canonisation must begin at least five years after a person’s death, except for in exceptional circumstances decided by the Pope, such as the canonisation of Mother Theresa. It usually takes at least fifty years, and the Vatican must find evidence that at least two miracles have been performed.Chesterton’s grave is in Beaconsfied, Buckinghamshire, and has become a landmark of local interest, although Canon Udris said that residents “wouldn’t have conceived of him in any sense as a candidate for a sainthood”, and that much of the pressure for his canonisation had come from abroad. Members of the Argentinian Chesterton society and supporters in the United States and Canada were the first to petition the Bishop of Northampton to begin the canonisation process in 2013. After the report is published, the Bishop will decide whether to open a ‘cause’ with the Vatican, which begins the formal investigation into the extent of Chesterton’s holiness and the sanctity of his life. Pope Francis may look favourably on the application, having reportedly been a member of the G.K. Chesterton Society in his home country of Argentina.At a later stage of the canonisation process, the Vatican will look for evidence that he has performed posthumous miracles by answering prayers. The report’s findings show that infertile couples, in particular, are said to have singled out Chesterton, himself childless, to ask for miracle conceptions, said Canon John Udris, who compiled the report.“Very interestingly, I have noticed people saying that they are praying for him,” he said.“Because they didn’t have any children, Frances and Gilbert [Chesterton], so they are finding him as a bit of a go-to person, if for example a couple is infertile and looking to have a child.” “[Miracles] will be, if the cause is opened, down the line, what will people be looking for. And of course, people have already been feeding back,” Canon Udris said.Chesterton was an eminent writer, and produced hundreds of stories, books, essays and plays.His works of Christian apologetics are highly regarded, and he was eventually knighted by Pope Pius XI before his death in 1936.Opponents of G.K. Chesterton’s canonisation point to alleged anti-Semitic views he expressed in his lifetime, including the presentation of Jews as greedy or cowardly in his literary works. Later in his life, Chesterton said that Jews should have to wear distinctive dress so that they could be identified, and opposed the defendant Alfred Dreyfus in a trial widely perceived to be an anti-Semitic miscarriage of justice.Canon Udris told The Daily Telegraph that while presenting the views of “people who have hesitations, reservations, and actually who are dead set against the cause” is crucial to his report, his personal view is that “wasn’t a racist bone in his body”. “I won’t be making any recommendations, although he [Bishop Doyle] knows and I’ve made no bones about my personal hopes that the cause will be opened,” he said. A renowned author may become England’s first saint for 300 years after Catholic couples claimed he answered their prayers for “miracle” children.G.K Chesterton is best known for his short stories featuring the character Father Brown, a crime solving priest loosely based on the man who was involved in his conversion to Catholicism in 1922.But now he could become England’s first Roman Catholic saint since the 17th century, after an official report examining the strength of his case is published next month.The Daily Telegraph understands that the document, commissioned by the Bishop of Northampton, will show that Catholics are praying to Chesterton and asking for intercession – his intervention in their lives.It will also dispute claims that Chesterton held anti-Semitic views and used Jewish character tropes in his work. Many oppose Chesterton’s canonisation, pointing to anti-Semitic views he expressed in his lifetime.Credit:Getty Creative Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Three people due in court over seizure of cannabis plants worth €640,000 Nine people were arrested over the weekend in connection with the seizure. Short URL Mar 4th 2019, 7:37 AM Monday 4 Mar 2019, 7:37 AM Source: Garda Info/Twitter No Comments https://jrnl.ie/4522562 THREE PEOPLE ARE due to appear in court this morning charged in connection with the seizure of cannabis plants worth an estimated €640,000.Nine people were arrested over the weekend in connection with the seizure. Gardaí said that they had made the seizure and the arrests as part of an intelligence-led operation targeting an organised crime group involved in the supply of controlled drugs.The operation involved gardaí from the South Eastern Region and the Garda National Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau carrying out a number of searches in the Dublin and Wexford areas.During the searches a cannabis cultivation unit was discovered in a commercial premises in the north inner city area of Dublin. Over 800 cannabis plants at various stages of growth were discovered with an estimated value of €640,000 (pending analysis) were seized. Four people were arrested at the scene. Further searches were also carried out in locations in Wexford and five further arrests were made. Those arrested included six Portuguese nationals (all male), one UK national (male), and a man and woman from Ireland. They range in age from 17 to 45 years.Three males are due to appear before the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin at 10.30am charged in connection with the seizure. Two other people have been released without charge and a file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions. Four people remain in custody. With reporting by Cormac FitzgeraldComments are closed as people have been charged. In excess of 800 cannabis plants (value €640k) were seized when a grow house was discovered by members of the Garda National Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau in Dublin yesterday. Nine people have been arrested in Dublin & Wexford as part of the investigation. pic.twitter.com/8Zr7qIrUQw— Garda Info (@gardainfo) March 3, 2019 By Hayley Halpin Share1 Tweet Email1 11,542 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
At 100 years old, the northbound span of the Interstate 5 Bridge has allowed millions of people from several generations to easily travel between Vancouver and Portland, but not without a lot of work and public investment.“It doesn’t come cheap to maintain an older bridge of that particular design type,” said Bruce Johnson, state bridge engineer for the Oregon Department of Transportation.ODOT operates and maintains the bridge, but the costs are split between its owners, Oregon and Washington.To many living in the region, the Interstate Bridge is just one feature of a regular commute. But Johnson sees an old structure with lots of maintenance needs.Steel truss bridges, such as the I-5 Bridge, are flexible by nature; that combined with the fact that the bridge is old, supports loads far greater than it was designed for, has issues with corrosion and was riveted together — which makes it prone to fatigue cracks — can cause a feedback loop of problems.Johnson says ODOT has ways of monitoring and repairing damage as it arises. But as Oregon’s infrastructure inventory grows and more bridges age beyond their design lifespans, he worries about being able to stay on top of all the problems.
Legislative candidates faced off Thursday evening at the Vancouver Community Library at a forum hosted by the League of Women Voters, touching on a wide range of topics from how to fund the state’s public schools to the future of medical marijuana. The two contenders for one of the more competitive races, Rep. Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver, and challenger Lynda Wilson, vying for the 17th Legislative District, Position 1, fielded questions from the moderator first. Wilson, a Republican and co-owner of DeWils Industries, said she’s “genuinely concerned with the direction of our state.” Wilson promised that, if elected, she would work to create a business-friendly climate in the state.She blasted her opponent for not supporting the charter school initiative, which was on the ballot in 2012, and for voting against a measure that would have required a two-thirds vote in the Legislature to raise taxes. “There are places where (Stonier) would be a better fit,” Wilson said. “Like maybe Seattle.” Stonier, an educator who was vice-chair of the Education Committee during the 2013-14 Legislative session, said her background will be crucial in the upcoming session as lawmakers tackle how to fund the state’s public schools. Stonier also touted her background in being “willing to work across the aisle.” When it comes to the challenge of funding schools, it’s an issues she’s intimately involved with, Stonier said, adding “I live it every day.”
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNewsListen nowGov. Walker suspends campaign for reelection in AFN announcementCasey Grove and Andrew Kitchenman, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageGovernor Walker announced today that he is suspending his campaign for reelection. That leaves a two-person race for governor between Republican Mike Dunleavy and Democrat Mark Begich.Defending Native women from violence remains hot topic at AFNZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe theme at this year’s convention is “Innovation in the Past, Present and Future”. The issue of violence against women is at the forefront of the conference.What’s the deal with Murkowski’s ‘present’ vote?Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.Some liberals were mad at Sen. Murkowski because technically, she didn’t vote “no” on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. She voted “present.” And there’s a long backstory to that.Debris slide closes road into Denali National ParkAssociated PressA debris slide has closed the road into Denali National Park.New report compares Alaska’s recession to other energy-dependent statesAbbey Collins, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageWhile recessions in other energy-dependent states have come and gone, Alaska’s economy has yet to recover.After decades of ineligibility, Diomede finally included in Essential Air ServiceEmily Hofstaedter, KNOM – NomeDiomede no longer has to rely on uncertain state funding for airline passenger service.AK: Vusi Mahlasela, ‘The Voice,’ sings for HilandKirsten Swann, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageBefore acclaimed South African musician Vusi Mahlasela kicked off his Alaska tour this month, he hosted a special show for inmates at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center.49 Voices: Nolan Charles of Toksook BayWesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThis week we’re hearing from Nolan Charles from Toksook Bay. 16-year-old Charles is part of the Toksook Bay Yup’ik dancers, who performed in the opening ceremony to AFN.
Election CommissionThe by-polls to Bogura-6 constituency will be held on 24 June, according to a schedule announced by the election commission on Wednesday.The parliamentary seat was declared vacant on 30 April as BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir did not take oath as Member of Parliament after being elected from the constituency in the 30 December general election.According to the by-poll schedule, the deadline for submission of nomination paper is 23 May, while the date for scrutinising nomination paper is 27 May and the last date for the withdrawal of candidature is 3 June, EC joint secretary (PR) SM Asaduzzaman told UNB.The eight-hour balloting period will begin at 9am instead of 8am in the by-election, he said.Asaduzzaman said Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) will be used in all the polling stations of the constituency.The BNP-led Jatiya Oikya Front secured eight seats out of 300 in the 2018 national election. Of them, BNP got six, while its ally Gono Forum bagged two seats.Among them, all the Jatiya Oikya Front MPs-elect except Mirza Fakhrul Islam took oath as MPs within the stipulated time of 29 April last (Monday).
In her first State of the City address, Mayor Catherine E. Pugh outlined plans to fix the city’s ailing schools and police force and continue Baltimore’s rebuilding process on March 16.Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh outlined her plan to reform the city’s schools and police department. (YouTube)Pugh kicked off her address by reiterating her pledge to direct $180 million over three years to partially fill the Baltimore City Public School System’s $130 million funding deficit. The money would come from the City’s “Rainy Day” fund, as well as by tightening up police and city agency overtime in addition to asking Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young to use the city’s newly-established Children and Youth Fund.Pugh seemed confident Governor Hogan and Maryland State Senate President Mike Miller would bring additional funds to the table in time to turn the city school system’s status around by the time the next school year starts in September.“I am confident we will see that help in our state budget around March 20,” Pugh said at the Baltimore City Council, where she delivered the address.Pugh said she would continue her drive to regain authority for city officials to make appointments to the BCPSS School Board. The effort rests with a pair of bills currently before the state Senate and state House of Delegates.Turning to public safety, Pugh looked to citizen involvement in law enforcement as a meaningful measure to combat police corruption and move criminal justice reform forward. Among the reforms she is seeking is the placement of public citizens on the Baltimore Police Department’s Internal Disciplinary Trial Boards.“Two citizens on our Trial Boards are essential to building trust between the community and the Police Department,” the mayor said.“I have also issued a call-to-action to get community members to partner with me to develop workable solutions that brings the community into the action,” Pugh said, adding that she has already held two community meetings to solicit feedback on improving police-community relationships.Pugh has also called for a forensic financial audit of the police department’s budget and use of overtime following the recent indictment of seven Baltimore police officers on federal corruption charge.Finally, Pugh promised to enhance economic development opportunities throughout the city.“I directed my department heads to find ways to include people of color and minority classes in those opportunities,” Pugh said.Among the mayor’s programs is a first-ever job fair to be held by the city’s Office of Human Resources. City contractors and corporations will be asked to join the event to offer employment and training opportunities to more than 76,000 unemployed Baltimoreans, including 10,000 ex-offenders.Pugh said she is restructuring the Baltimore Development Corporation with the goal of “moving our city toward a more inclusive vision and not just developer driven,” she said. Pugh said she wants the BDC to spur investments in local enterprises and expand business in West and East Baltimore communities “as well as investing in Baltimoreans who have the capacity to participate in the opportunities to rebuild Baltimore.”Following the mayor’s address, City Councilman Brandon M. Scott (D-2) said that he is hopeful about many aspects of Pugh’s agenda, but felt that dipping into the Children and Youth Fund to resolve the school system’s budget crisis is not an option.“I heard a lot of what I needed to hear. I heard that we’re going to finally look at adding more civilians to the police department. I heard that we are going to look at the Public Safety problems in the city in a long-term way,” Scott said.“However, I heard [the Mayor] suggest that we go to the Children and Youth Fund to help with school funding for this year,” he added. “The Children and Youth Fund was passed by this body [the City Council] and voted on by the citizens. For me, that’s a non-starter.”Veteran Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke (D-14) said Pugh has spent her first 100 days on the job connecting with people to move her initiatives forward.“She’s familiar with specific things that are going on, she knows people by name, she’s one of us. We’re together and that’s the most important thing,” Clarke said. “I’m pleased with a lot of the initiatives she’s mentioning. I believe she can get them done with our help.”
Citation: Study suggests Sino-Tibetan language family originated in present-day northern China (2019, April 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-sino-tibetan-language-family-present-day-northern.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Reviving Brazil’s indigenous languages © 2019 Science X Network Most scientists who study language and its history agree that most of the languages that are spoken today across the globe originated from much smaller subsets. The Romance, Germanic and Slavic languages, for example, are believed to have originated from a proto-language that is now labeled as the Indo-European family of languages—this family represents the most spoken language family in the world today. The second most spoken language family is called the Sino-Tibetan language family and it includes Mandarin, Cantonese, Tibetan and approximately 400 other languages. This second largest group represents approximately 20 percent of people alive today, or one and a half billion people. In this new effort, the researchers sought to settle a longstanding debate in the linguistics community—did the Sino-Tibetan language family originate in northern or southern China, or perhaps even somewhere else. And when did it come to exist?To find the answer, the researchers applied a wide variety of tools to the problem, from multiple fields. Their approach involved building an evolutionary tree similar to that used in the biology fields—from the top down. The branches at the top would represent languages spoken today and the base would represent the Sino-Tibetan proto-language. To build their tree, the researchers used genetic and linguistic data and borrowed tools from computational biology and anthropology. They also used historical information such as groups of people migrating. During the later stages of their work, the team applied probability testing to help build the branches on their tree.In the end, the researchers found that the Sino-Tibetan language family likely originated in northern parts of China and spread south and west as people moved to farm new lands. They also suggest the language family likely got its start prior to 6000 years ago—their tree showed that time frame as the point at which the first branches began to appear. All authors are discussing our findings during in our paper. Left to right- Shi Yan, Wuyun Pan, Li Jin, Menghan Zhang. Credit: Liao Mu Journal information: Nature A small team of researchers affiliated with several institutions across China has conducted an in-depth study of the Sino-Tibetan language family and has concluded that it likely originated in present-day northern China. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes their research efforts and the conclusions they drew from them. Randy LaPolla with Nanyang Technological University, in Singapore, has published a News and Views piece describing the work by the team in the same journal issue. More information: Menghan Zhang et al. Phylogenetic evidence for Sino-Tibetan origin in northern China in the Late Neolithic, Nature (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-1153-z Explore further
When the new government is picking pace, the sakes of investment and economy raise on the cards a sense for the art investments is running in all minds. Focusing this Creativity Art Gallery is showcasing their best refined artists with the show Winds of Change for the correct investment for modern enthusiast collectors. The separation of modern and contemporary in an in vain topic to discuss but all we require is exact direction to stream the investment in exact direction. The exhibition will include best and fresh collection of popular artists like, Binoy Verghse, Geroge Martin PJ, Farhad Hussain, Jagdish Chinthala, Chandra Bhattacharya and Tejinder kanda. The show is confined to promote high end paintings in affordable price ranges. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Discussing this aspect gallery is launching this marvellous show with plenty of collections by these discussed artists. ‘The gallery earned fantabulous response in last India Art Fair and following that this was the most awaited concept’ says curator Debabrota Das. The gallery also mentions that the wind of buying only modern artists work was well in form till last month but with these new political changes the economy and scopes of every sector is well expected, and following this only the show is entitled as Winds of Change. The participating artists are – Binoy Verghse, Chandra Bhattacharya, Farhad Hussain, Jagdish Chinthala, Tejinder Kanda.Where: Creativity Art Gallery, 29, GF, Hauz Khas Village Where: 18 to 30 May Timings: 10:30 am – 7:30Pm
“Selfitis” – the obsession of taking selfies on smartphones – may be a real disorder that requires treatment, according to a study conducted in India. Researchers at Nottingham Trent University in the UK and the Thiagarajar School of Management (TSM) in Tamil Nadu began investigating the phenomenon after a hoax story appeared in the media in 2014 claiming ‘selfitis’ had been classed as a genuine mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association. They have now confirmed its existence and developed the ‘Selfitis Behaviour Scale’ which can be used to assess its severity.The scale was developed using a large number of focus groups with 200 participants and the scale was tested via a survey of 400 participants.Participants were based in India because the country has the most users on Facebook, as well as the highest number of deaths as a result of trying to take selfies in dangerous locations.The findings, published in the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction confirmed that there are three levels of selfitis. Borderline is defined as taking selfies at least three times a day but not posting them on social media.Acute selfitis describes taking selfies at least three times a day and posting each one on social media.Chronic selfitis is the uncontrollable urge to take photos of one self round the clock and posting the photos on social media more than six times a day, researchers said.Six motivating factors were identified, with selfitis sufferers typically seeking to increase their self-confidence, seek attention, improve their mood, connect with the environment around them (to create a record of memories), increase their conformity with the social group around them, as well as being socially competitive.The prevalence of these factors determined the level of selfitis severity.”A few years ago, stories appeared in the media claiming that the condition of selfitis was to be classed as a mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association,” said Mark Griffiths, from Nottingham Trent University.”While the story was revealed to be a hoax, it did not mean that the condition of selfitis did not exist,” Griffiths said.”We have now appeared to confirm its existence and developed the world’s first Selfitis Behaviour Scale to assess the condition,” he said.”Typically, those with the condition suffer from a lack of self-confidence and are seeking to ‘fit in’ with those around them, and may display symptoms similar to other potentially addictive behaviours,” said Janarthanan Balakrishnan, assistant professor at TSM.”Now the existence of the condition appears to have been confirmed, it is hoped that further research will be carried out to understand more about how and why people develop this potentially obsessive behaviour, and what can be done to help people who are the most affected,” he said.
Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) have the unique opportunity to live immersed in another culture for 2 years. Costa Rica is a country widely known for its beautiful beaches and tourism but the volunteers here know that it has so much more to offer. We asked PCVs what they wished Americans knew about Costa Rica and got some great responses:The one thing I wish Americans knew about Costa Rica is that…Costa Ricans are incredible cooks. Most people only think of rice and beans when thinking about Costa Rican cuisine. While these items often make up a significant part of the Costa Rican diet, I wish more people understood that there is still a substantial amount of variety in typical dishes throughout the country, with unique regional differences across the provinces.While it is true that a few basic building block ingredients are often repurposed and used in different ways to make a variety of dishes, the differences truly come down to the preparation process, which often is incredibly time-consuming (sometimes even an all-day event). Yet, despite the extensive preparation process, it is worth it in the end as the food is incredibly fresh and flavorful.It has truly been an incredible opportunity to learn alongside my host parents in the kitchen, and I look forward to sharing recipes with family and friends back home.The Peace Corps photo series in The Tico Times Costa Rica Changemakers section is sponsored by the Costa Rica USA Foundation for Cooperation (CRUSA), a proud financial supporter of Peace Corps Volunteer projects nationwide. Learn more here. To donate to support the Peace Corps Costa Rica, visit the official donation page. Volunteers’ last names and community names are withheld from these publications, per Peace Corps policy.Connect with the Peace Corps Costa Rica on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Brought to you by the Costa Rica USA Foundation (CRUSA). Courtesy of CRUSA Facebook Comments Related posts:This week in the Peace Corps: Cacao in Talamanca This week in the Peace Corps: Celebrating English learning This week in the Peace Corps: Brick to Bread ovens This week in the Peace Corps: Celebrating a scout anniversary
Overall, the Budget was very disappointing for the tourism industry. The Prime Minister was talking about job creation and poverty alleviation, and tourism was the best engine. Unfortunately, there is nothing in the Budget that could boost tourism in the country. We wanted exemption of Service Tax on foreign exchange earnings, which didn’t happen. On the contrary, 0.5% cess component has been added, which will increase Service Tax component to 15%. The additional tax on SUVs and diesel coaches will make tourist coaches expensive.