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How Ideas Spread with Howard Bloom – Episode 6

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 45:12 — 21.2MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSHoward Bloom is a polymath, which is a fancy way of saying he’s into all kinds of things and does extraordinarily well at all of them. He’s a scientist, mathematician, a promoter, and much more. His insights and expertise span over so many areas it’s hard to have a conversation with him and stay on track in your own head. But Howard knows exactly where he’s going. This conversation digs into things like influence, perception, how we make inroads into convincing others to champion our cause, and why personal belief in yourself and your cause are instrumental to success.Lessons in influence from an expert in mass behavior, with Howard BloomClick To TweetWhat are memes and how do they work?That’s the question Anthony asked Howard Bloom and the answer was not what you would expect. Howard pointed out that memes are ideas, passed along from person to person but also went into the biological and psychological reasons that memes and cliches are powerful in human interactions and how they can be used to influence and persuade. This is a fascinating conversation with a man of many talents who has deep insight into the psychology of persuasion, something every salesperson could use more of. Where does personal belief come from?Howard Bloom tells the story of how he began making phone calls to specific influencers about a project he was working on. There were 102 people on his list. Every call from the first until the 98th was a firm “No.” Then came the 99th and he got the response he was looking for. What is it that keeps a person going like that, in spite of rejection? What kind of belief has to exist in order to keep knocking until the answer comes? Howard explores that idea on this episode so be sure you listen.Where does personal belief come from?Click To TweetFrom the mass behavior of quarks to the mass behavior of human beings.When speaking with Howard Bloom about topics like influence you have to be ready for a circuitous ride. Howard is not going to stay on the surface of how conversations work or verbal tricks to lead you to success. He’s going to go deep. Howard has studied mass behavior extensively and believes he’s found common principles that govern the mass behavior of everything from microbes to human beings. He’s got a lot to say about the role salespeople play in the world of persuasion, so be sure you take the time to hear it.Salespeople must believe in what they’re selling.“In order to be successful at anything, you’ve got to believe in it. Why would you be selling a product if you don’t believe in it?” That’s what Howard Bloom says about the importance of belief in the sales arena. His believe that conviction comes before a conversion leads him to talk about the most effective things to do before, during and after a sales call and how your personal level of confidence will impact your success – both negatively and positively.Salespeople must believe in what they’re sellingClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Anthony’s introduction to Howard Bloom. What are memes and how do they work? Do we choose our infections or do they choose us? How do people pick up the right beliefs to succeed? Why is an optimistic vision vital to success? What makes one person influential to another? The hardest sale Howard had to make when he was representing artists. A lesson Howard learned from reading T.S. Elliot in high school.Resources & Links mentioned in this episodewww.HowardBloom.net08711366430192860925161614551X0374529272The theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarinoTweets you can use to share this episodeWhat are memes and how do they work?Click To TweetFrom the mass behavior of quarks to the mass behavior of human beingsClick To Tweetlast_img read more

Too Fat To Fly

first_imgThe scales of French justice will soon tip in a lawsuit brought by a 360 pounds man forced to buy two plane tickets by Air France because he was too fat. Jean-Jacques Jauffret, 42, suing for $11,000 for public humiliation after airline employees used a tape to measure his girth in plain view of fellow passengers in August 2005 during a flight from New Delhi to Paris, says, “I asked myself whether I was a passenger or a big package.” Related Itemslast_img

Life And Death In America

first_imgYou can change your name, your address. Change continents, change your face, your identity. But there’s no fooling Yamaraj, the Lord of Death. Unerringly and with a practiced eye he finds you when it’s your turn.Growing up in India, death was something you brushed against in the bazaar – the chanting of a passing funeral procession, the rituals of a distant relative’s death. Sometimes it was more traumatic – the death of a beloved parent – and you were fraught with a sense of utter loss, which hit you like a physical blow as you saw with unseeing eyes the surreal sight of hundreds of shoes and chappals lined up outside your home as mourners sat bare-foot on the ground.Death ceremonies were an inevitable part of living.As immigrants uproot themselves and start new lives, death is always an unseen presence and materializes when you least expect it. It’s that late night phone call with the earth shattering news. It’s that farewell which never gets said, as oceans and continents separate grown children and the parent who is lost forever.Vikas Kamat of Birmingham, Ala., knows the trauma all too well. He came to the United States from Bangalore for graduate studies and stayed on to found his own IT consultancy company, Cyber Crow. News of his father’s death came suddenly, as such news always seems to.“That happens to a lot of people of my generation. You know your parents are getting old, but it still comes as a shock when it happens,” he says. “When it actually happens, you are really not prepared for it. We Indians, we all want to die in India, we want to die at home and when we die, we want our children to be near us.“So there is an expectation with these parents that their children who are living out of country to be there for the support and the last rites. It’s not easy to find an air ticket, but you are expected to be there no matter what the cost.”Ten years ago, when there were few flights to India and certainly no direct flight to Bangalore, Kamat remembers the heartache of that return journey.“The journey itself is very difficult. You’re all by yourself, you’re anxious, and you can’t bear to eat anything, because you’re grief struck,” he says. “Yet it’s worth all the difficulties. I encourage anyone who is in my position to go. In India it’s a duty and responsibility that you have to fulfill.” Vikas Kamat: The journey itself is very difficult. You’re all by yourself, you’re anxious, and you can’t bear to eat anything, because you’re grief struckFor immigrants there are the added complications of status: those with temporary visas could forfeit their ability to return; for students their studies could be compromised. Kamat says, “So there are a lot of conflicted decisions. People have to make these decisions in India too, but here, because of immigration issues you may not be able to come back to a house or a job if you go.”Kamat, who is a Saraswat or Konkoni Brahmin, says, “My father was a very rational man and I also don’t believe in rituals, yet I ended up doing the rituals I condemned all my life, because in some ways I understood that rituals have a meaning, they have a purpose and are part of the healing process.”If going to India for the death rituals of a loved one is hard, trying to conduct them in America can sometimes be even harder.A year ago, a visiting father of Kamat’s friend died suddenly in Birmingham, Alabama. It turned out there were no cremation facilities in Alabama for humans, although there was one for animals. He recalls, “He actually had to put the body of his dead father in the car and drive about five hours to another state where there were such facilities.”As the Indian population has grown and as many mainstream Americans also turn to cremation, these services are now available nationwide.For many immigrants who came here in the 1960’s and even the 1970’s, death is becoming something upfront and personal. Age is catching up. It is calling on friends or people they know well. Death is no longer something distant, something you read about. Its feel, its touch is experienced at close quarters. Increasingly, it is as much a part of living as birth and celebrations. And with this has come the sad, but necessary, task of death rituals, consoling the bereaved and dealing with unfinished business.In India, for Hindus, funeral rituals spread over 12 days of mourning, of family gatherings to send their loved one into the next world, with bhajans, prayers, meals for the Brahmins and alms for the poor. How does one do all that in this frenetic world of work, few support systems and a new culture?Madhulika Khandelwal, director of the Asian Center at Queens College, has observed the changes. She recalls the death of an uncle in New York when she first came to the United States 20 years ago: “They were the only people we knew here. His wife and children were in shock. So my husband stepped in. But we were also young and new. We had no idea what to do. It was one of the most baffling things for me in the US and also a huge culture shock.”She recalls their puzzlement when a chaplain came to deliver the news in the waiting room of the hospital. They were told the body had been sent to a morgue and would be released only to the funeral home, which is standard procedure here. Dealing with funeral homes and hospitals was a new and traumatic learning experience.She says, “Eventually my husband and the family members flew with the body to India so all the rites could be done there. It seemed the best way to handle the situation, because we didn’t know what to do and there was no one here for the family. That’s when you feel suddenly so lonely.”She adds: “Now so many incidents have happened that the community has created a learning, a knowledge base, an experience base and knows how to respond to these situations. There are so many organizations now that can address these issues. When the community starts pitching in, then there’s community knowledge and not the struggle of one person.”Unlike India, where death rites are performed in the home, in the United States the funeral home takes center stage. “So the setting becomes different, that of a funeral home. You realize how new you are, you realize how different you are and that this is not your culture,” Khandelwal says. “There’s a distinct American influence and it’s hard to recreate the Indian conditions here where you can get the whole community involved. People have basically accepted the fact that they are relying on local professionals and services.”In India, the oldest son sets the flame to the funeral pyre as part of a time-honored ritual, but here it’s as prosaic as pressing the button for the cremation. “If you think of that in terms of the image, for me this is the difference. You could call it American or adjusting to the customs here. It is adjusting to what is practical and what is doable here. Ideally many would prefer to go to India and get all the ceremonies done, but it’s not feasible,” she says.One man who saw the need in the community and has long offered assistance to bereaved families is Nanik Massand, a successful entrepreneur in New York. Assisted by Ram Sakhrani, also of New York, the two volunteers help grieving families find an appropriate funeral home that fits their budget and location, and most importantly has a crematory attached to it. They help arrange pandits and granthis for the markha ceremonies and the reading of the Guru Granth Sahib. Massand has helped some of them arrange for the ashes to be sent by flight to India to be immersed in the Ganges at the holy Har ki Pauri.Memorial services for parents who have passed away in India are routinely held in Indian temples and gurudwaras by NRI sons and daughters, where friends turn up in force to share their grief. While most airlines have arrangements to fly bodies to India, Air India also has a special service to return ashes to India, into the custody of relatives who will do the final immersion.The Indian Consulate handles the documentation when bodies have to be flown back home, which can happen when Indian nationals who are working or studying here pass away suddenly and have to be returned to their families.According to Sasi Kumar, Consul for Passports and Visas at the Indian Consulate in New York, for Indians seeking to send bodies back home, the consulate requires the deceased’s Indian passport, a death certificate and an embalmment certificate, which are all secured from the funeral home. The consulate authenticates the documents and issues an authorization. A cremation certificate from the funeral home is needed to send the ashes back to India.“There are many people who send the bodies to India, especially the Hindus,” says Kumar, adding that 20 such transfers occurred last year. “I have also seen that among the Christians too. The family members there want that. Even Indian-Americans often do the last rites in India.”All across the U.S., especially in cities with large Indian populations, temples offer ritual services by priests for the bereaved. Many communities have their own special rituals, be they Bengali or Tamil. “First regions come in, then culture,” says Khandelwal. “It all depends on what kinds of resources and what kinds of networks the community has created over the years. If you’re in a small town, then Bengali and Gujaratis will find commonalities. If 10 people from a community die in a year then people from that subgroup begin to respond to it and are better prepared the next time.”Not coincidentally, some of the most coordinated death services are available in temples and gurudwaras, many of which are founded by Gujaratis, Sikhs and Punjabis. All three have a very long diasporic history and are often more organized than other communities, especially in the development of religious centers.Jogeshwar Preet Singh, who came to California in 1965 and helped found The Sikh Center of the San Francisco Bay area, remembers some of the tragedies. When a man, who was terminally ill with cancer, expressed a desire to live in the gurudwara so he could be constantly surrounded by kirtan and paths, he was allowed to do so until his death. More recently, when a cab driver was stabbed and killed, days before he was to leave for India to get married, the community chipped in to ship his body home to his grieving family.But most immigrants have to cope with death in America and that has meant having to modify time-honored death rituals. In India, bodies are never held and usually cremated by sundown. But in America, hrefrigeration facilities allow bodies to be until family members arrive from far-flung parts of the world to participate in the rituals. Fresh Pond Crematory and Columbarium founded in 1884, is one of the oldest in the U.S. The funeral parlors, with their very Christian ambience, are places where people grieve and perform rituals, sitting on chairs in a very westernized room. When grieving at home, mourners typically sit on the floor. Whereas in India everyone strictly wears white for the funeral, here mourners sometimes turn out in black or light colors besides the traditional white. Some families bring images of their Gods as well Hindu priests for the ceremonies in funeral homes. Funeral homes often accommodated the rituals; in many cases they remove the chairs so mourners can sit on the floor for the mourning rituals. The ceremonies are often truncated or conducted by family members.At one recent memorial service in New Jersey, the priest conducted ceremonies in Sanskrit but with English explanations, so that children, non-Indian relatives and friends could understand the rituals.“The viewing traditions have become very Americanized. So they start from the back of the hall and come to view the body,” says Singh.Eulogizing, which is a very western custom, is now common at Indian funerals. At one recent memorial, three sons-in-law spoke tenderly of the man who had just passed away. This is not something one would find in India, but the warmth and emotion somehow made perfect sense. The little grandchildren were dressed in white, and the littlest ones even shouted out “We love you, nana!” A message that surely brought a cheer to their grandfather. In India, mourners rarely look up and unadulterated grief consumes the event.“Eulogizing is done lots more now and was not a tradition in India. The immediate family speaks in the funeral home, which is very different from the way it’s done in India,” says Singh.The rush of life in America allows little opportunity for protracted mourning. The workplace can’t be ignored nor the needs of housework, as there is little help or extended family for support. Widows often revert to wearing colored clothes, return to work and try to move on with life.Other ritualistic changes are occurring. One emerging trend is female priests who conduct the death ceremonies, and sometimes female relatives also push the button at the crematorium, a task traditionally reserved for males.  A Sikh funeral in CaliforniaNeelima Shukla-Bhatt, professor of South Asian Studies at Wellesley College, finds that women in India are now being trained as priests and this trend is slowly finding its way in America, as Indian women see these ritual services as part of community service and a way of keeping the culture alive.Says Bhatt: “Becoming a woman priest in itself is a departure from what has been the custom for many centuries and so women are more open to doing things differently.”Pandita Indrani Rampersad Rampersad, who works as a school teacher, is qualified in all 16 Sanskaras and performs them both in New York and Trinidad. She says, “A lot of this is educational. When I perform rituals I use a lot more of the time for educating; the ritual for me is the center around which I can educate. For a lot of the male priests the ritual is the center and that’s it.” These part-time women pujaris often conduct the services in English to reach out to the younger generation.Many gurudwaras offer services to bereaved families and granthis in their homes. In California, a Sikh chaplains attends to people who die in accidents or in hospitals.Like Hindus, it is important for Sikhs to take the ashes back to the homeland and immerse them in holy water.“Most of the ashes go back to Kiratpur Sahib, close to Anandpur Sahib in Punjab. It’s the final resting place for the ashes of all the Sikhs.” says Singh. “These are immersed in the Sutlej River. I would say the majority of the Sikhs keep the ashes in the urn in the funeral home, and when the family is ready to go to India they take the urn with the ashes to Kiratpur Sahib. At the same time, there are Sikh families from Patiala and their sacred places are in Haridwar so they still take the ashes to the Ganges for immersion.” But it is not uncommon for Sikh families in San Francisco to immerse the ashes in the Bay.Mainstream funeral homes are becoming savvy about the needs of the community and adapting to the changing demographics of the country. JP Di Troia, president of Fresh Pond Crematory and Columbarium, founded in 1884, one of the oldest in the U.S., says: “We are serving and embracing the customs of many cultures, including the Indian community by providing services at our chapel specialized and customized to their rituals.” He works closely with pundits and the Indian community and has actually created a special crematorium room to service Hindus.While Hindus generally consign the ashes into the Ganges, some are now adapting to the American tradition of housing the ashes in a columbarium. Di Troia relates the story of the Hemchand family, which came from India to visit the columbarium where the mother’s cremated remains have rested since 1945. It was a touching moment as the great grandchildren, ages 8 and 10, paid tribute, pulling out their spending money to make a donation in their great grandmother’s memory.“The son said that his father wanted to make sure that his wife would be remembered always and that is why he broke from tradition and placed her ashes in the Columbarium Niche, where they have been cared for the last 62 years,” says Di Troia.“Many customs in the Indian community are changing gradually and of course this break from tradition for this family truly had a special meaning for the generations to come. By memorializing the cremated remains in the niche, the heirs will always have a place to go to remember and pay respects to those who have moved on.” A Sacred Ganges ceremony in VaranasiFor most Hindus, though, the immersion of the ashes in the holy Ganges remains sacrosanct. Many families take the ashes back to India to perform this final goodbye while others who cannot make the journey immerse them in a river nearby.But now an American company has a solution for those who desire to take the ashes to Ganges, but lack the time, or the finances. Allan Pirie is co-founder of Sacred Rites of the Ganges (SRG), a company based in Sarasota, Fl., with offices in Varanasi. He has partnered with Kameshwar Singh, who supervises the procedure of returning the remains to the Ganges in Varanasi.“The company is dedicated to helping Hindu families celebrate the life of their loved ones, making it possible to complete the traditional Asthi Visarjan ceremony and return their ashes to the holy waters of the Ganges,” says Pirie.The company has 11 employees, nine in Varanasi, including Hindu priests who conduct the immersion ceremonies. Started in 2006, SRG has hi-tech equipment to bring age-old traditions into the modern age through computers and digital cameras, recording the ceremony for U.S.-based family members. Pirie says the family is instructed to send a special family photograph or icon particular to the family. When the family receives a DVD of the ceremony, they see the image with the ashes being immersed into the Ganges, celebrating the final journey of their loved one. The company’s services, which include the collection of the ashes from the family, flying them to India, immersing them in the Ganges, and recording the process on DVD, cost $1,200.Pirie says, “What we find is that family members are touched that there is a way they can accomplish this ceremony without actually having to go there.”But for some a remote ritual doesn’t quite resonate. Says Vikas Kamat, who had returned home to conduct his father’s last rites, “I personally would like to die in India.” He says he would like at least the ashes to be sent back. He has friends who have actually sent the bodies of their relatives home. It’s expensive, but the body can be chemically treated and sent by most airlines. He feels it’s like a final resting place, the sense that you have finally gone home.“Hindus don’t have the concept of a memorial, which, I think, is not so good. With Christians you can go where the body is buried, offer flowers and remember, but Hindus don’t do that. We believe in disintegrating completely, so there’s the concept of scattering the ashes on mountains and rivers, be it in the Ganges, Yamuna or Kaveri.”Once the soul has flown, according to Hindu philosophy, the body is to be discarded, like a worn-out robe. So the concept of a memorial site is really more for the survivors, the people left behind.In Hindu dharma, there is the concept of Samadhi. But there’s a larger all-embracing factor connected with the immersion of the ashes, says Kamat: “That whole river becomes a memorial. You can go to any part of the Ganges and say, the ashes of my ancestor were scattered here, so their spirit is there.”CELEBRATING A LIFE ON THE GANGES Hindu rituals are resonating with those of other faiths too, and cremations are increasingly becoming popular in America.Karen Fredericks of Pennsylvania had never been to India nor was she a Hindu. Yet when this lovely, vibrant mother of three was terminally ill, she started searching for answers. Her husband, William J. Fredericks, a research assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, recalls that she read extensively and looked into different traditions. She finally expressed the desire that she be cremated and her ashes immersed in the Ganges, a difficult task for Fredericks to accomplish with children to rear and the demands of work. He turned to the Sacred Rites of the Ganges, a service that transports the ashes to India and conducts the ceremony in Varanasi and videographs it for the family. Today, William and his children Oliver, Nathaniel and Phoebe have a beautiful video celebrating the last and joyous journey of Karen, wife and mother. The video, they say, brings them closure and peace.A SPACE OF ONE’S OWN For Muslim Indians, the rituals are somewhat different here. Habeeb Ahmed is president of the Islamic Center of Long Island, the largest mosque in Nassau County in Long Island, NY, catering to some75,000 Muslim families from different part of the world, although Muslims from the subcontinent predominate.“In India we used to bury directly in the ground,” says Ahmed, who hails from Hyderabad. “Here you cannot do that. In New York, you have to use a coffin. So here we do use it, a very plain coffin of pine wood and the body is wrapped in a shroud, which we did in India too. In India if someone dies, you inform the municipality, they take your word for it and issue a death certificate on the basis of that. Here you have to have a certified undertaker who is attached to a funeral home.”In India, the rituals of washing and shrouding the body were done at home, but in the United States all this happens in the funeral home. Ahmed and his wife, both medical professionals, volunteer as body washers in the Islamic Center, which has a Funeral Committee to support the bereaved.Muslims, like Christians and Jews, bury their dead, but few cities have muslim cemeteries. According to Ahmed, there are no Muslim burial grounds in Long Island, so the community has developed its own space in the Washington Memorial Park Cemetery, where other Islamic organizations have also reserved burial space. New Jersey has a few Muslim cemeteries, as do major metros in Illinois and California.A SON IN ALABAMA REMEMBERS… My father was a very rational man and did not believe in blind rituals. I myself do not believe in namesake rituals, and want to do my part to eliminate dark myths and idolatry from Hinduism. Father’s sudden death (he died of cardiac arrest at home) left me and my mother in deep shock. While the relatives wanted to arrange a big funeral preserving and parading the body, both my mother and I agreed that immediate disposal of my father’s body was both hygienic and apt for a man who lived such a simple and austere life. So there was no visitation, no cold-storing of the corpse, or other fanfare. A simple and quiet cremation was arranged. My mother went ahead and even donated my father’s eyes, although he himself had no opportunity to do so. On the ninth day (nine days symbolizing the nine months of gestation before human birth), I tonsured my head in sacrifice, and began my duty (known as kriya) to send father’s soul to heaven. I bathed in a waterfall and performed the worship of the sun facing to the East. Some of the raw materials used in the rituals were hay (dharba), sesame-seads (teela), rice, and flowers. I re-enacted the cremation by burning father’s bones, a grass replica of his body, and flowers and rice symbolizing his material acquisitions. I asked his spirit be liberated from all earthly bonding. It is believed in Hinduism that the departed soul travels through the pretaloka (the world of ghosts and spirits) to the pitraloka (the heaven or the world of ancestors), and I initiated many rituals to aid the journey. The Gods were invited and offerings were made.Specially prepared rice balls called pandas were fed to the crows, cows, and the river.  The rituals continued on the tenth and eleventh day of the death. There is a belief that unfulfilled desires of the dead prevent the soul from liberating. This is indicated by the refusal of the crow to eat the pinda. I invited the crow to eat the pindas, saying that crows were my father’s favorite birds. The crows came near the food, but did not bite. The gathered relatives asked me if I knew of any of my father’s unfulfilled wishes. I promised publicly that I’d continue to run his website, and that I’d preserve his cameras and letters. As if they understood, a lot more crows approached, but none would bite yet. The crowd exclaimed that there must be something else, and I promised to my father that I’d take good care of my mother. Again, as if they heard my thoughts, the crows ate the rice balls.My non-believing heart had melted and I once again saluted my father’s dedication to my mother. I asked that henceforth the half the fruits of my charity (or divine credits) and good work be credited to my parents. On the twelfth day, I invited the spirits of the ancestors (my grand-father, great-grandfather, and great-great grandfather) into new pindas, and asked them to receive the spirit of my father, which I had initiated into a separate rice ball. Then I broke the ball that represented father, and merged it into the ancestors. This process, known as Sapindikarana marked the end of father’s journey. The obliging crows reported that father indeed reached the heavens! In gratitude, I honored the brahmins by giving them gifts, and fed the relatives. This is known as Samaradhana or celebration and marked the end of mourning.The gathered relatives sang father’s laurels, read his letters, and we thanked the Lord for letting us come in contact with such a wonderful human being. Throughout the process, I remembered one thing my mother told me “Shraddha, the word for last rites in Hinduism is derived from Shruddha which means religious duty or devotion. So it doesn’t matter if you don’t do the rituals. But whatever you do, do it with shraddha.”Vikas Kamat   Related Itemslast_img read more

Dollar’s Fall Bruises Indian Exporters

first_imgThe rapid decline of the dollar worldwide, including against the Indian rupee, is battering the Indian export industry.“The rupee appreciation is a serious problem for exporters. It is an issue we are concerned about and the Cabinet will be meeting shortly to review it,” India’s commerce minister Kamal Nath said. The dollar has fallen 14 percent against the rupee and is presently trading at Rs 39, hurting the textile and outsourcing industry where contracts are priced in dollars.Nath is advocating a switch to euro currencies as a hedge against the dollar’s fall.  Related Itemslast_img read more

Sixth Most Popular Country

first_imgIndia is the sixth most popular country in America, according to a Gallup poll of 22 countries. 69 percent of Americans have a positive image about India, which ranked below Canada, Great Britain, Germany, Japan and Israel, but tied with France.Pakistan was sixth most unpopular country among Americans, behind — or ahead — of Iran, North Korea, the Palestinian Authority, Iraq and Afghanistan.  Related Itemslast_img

Window, Aisle Or Toilet Seat?

first_imgA New York man forced to fly seated on the toilet is suing JetBlue for $2 million for subjecting him to “extreme humiliation.”Gokhan Mutlu was allowed to board a full JetBlue flight from San Diego to New York in February after a jetBlue flight attendant agreed to give up her seat and travel in an airline employee “jump seat.” However 90 minutes into the flight, the pilot told Mutlu that the flight attendant wanted her seat back and he would have to “hang out” in the bathroom for the remainder of the flight, according to the lawsuit. When he protested, the pilot allegedly told Mutlu that he “should be grateful for being onboard,” the lawsuit said.   Related Itemslast_img read more

Shivaji To Rival Statue Of Liberty

first_imgThe Maharashtra government is proposing to build a giant statue of the 17th century Maratha warrior king Shivaji on Marine Drive, off the Mumbai coast, to rival the Statue of Liberty.The 305 ft statue (taller than the Statue of Liberty) is proposed on a man-made Liberty style island, and will feature a library, a museum and an amphitheatre, at a cost of $25 million.  Related Itemslast_img

Rat For Lunch

first_imgThe Bihar government is proposing to add rat meat to the menus of its state-run canteens. “People in different parts of the world eat lizards and dogs. Why not rats?” asks the state’s tribal welfare minister, Jeetan Ram Manjhi.Officials say rat meat is a source of cheap protein and its consumption is common among Musahars, a tribe who traditionally caught rats, and often served them with rice.  Related Itemslast_img

Your God v My God

first_imgAt a McCain rally in Davenport, Arnold Conrad, former pastor of Grave Evangelical Free Church, rallied his God to show his stuff.“There are millions of people around this world praying to their god – whether it’s Hindu, Buddha, Allah – that his [McCain’s] opponent wins, for a variety of reasons. And Lord, I pray that you would guard your own reputation because they’re going to think that their god is bigger than you if that happens. So I pray that you will step forward and honor your own name in all that happens between now and Election Day.”  Related Itemslast_img read more

Man booked for giving triple talaq to wife in UP

first_imgA 45-year-old man was booked for giving triple talaq to his wife here after she objected to the sale of their ancestral house where she lived with their four children, police said on Ovtober 1.On Monday evening, a case was lodged against Nisar Ahmad on a written complaint by his wife, Shahjahan, to whom he had been married for 19 years, they said.While the wife lived in Bela village of Gorakhpur district, he worked in Mumbai.According to the complaint, on September 9, Mr. Ahmad came to the village and sold the ancestral house without Shahjahan’s knowledge. On Monday, she met Senior Superintendent of Police Sunil Gupta following which a case under the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019 was registered.last_img read more

Big Cass (or Big C as he’s known now) cuts a promo on why…

first_imgAdvertisementFollowing his release by WWE earlier this year in June, Big C, formerly known as Big Cass, made his first appearance on the independent circuit last week. The 7 footer was fired by his former employers after the Money In the Bank PPV primarily on the grounds of behavioural and personal conduct issues.Big C made an impromptu visit to Championship Wrestling League (CWL), returning to the ring after three months and immediately opened about his WWE release.He asserted that there are only three people in this world that know why he was ousted by WWE but rather, decided to reveal the names on a later date, on a network special about him instead of a low and unknown platform like the CWL.This narrative still remains a myth and all wrestling fans must wait further as Big C has saved the occasion for a much bigger and world-renowned independent show to share his side of the story.On that note, here’s a look at the entire video of Big C’s promo on CWL: Advertisementlast_img read more

How Arsenal slipped into crisis v Liverpool

first_imgStats How Arsenal slipped into crisis – and why it could yet get worse 20:15 8/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alexis Sanchez Arsenal v Liverpool Getty Stats Premier League Liverpool v Arsenal Liverpool Arsenal A. Sánchez Liverpool’s dynamic approach against the Gunners allowed them to record a thumping success at Anfield Any early-season optimism at the Emirates Stadium has now utterly disappeared. Although the Gunners saw off Leicester 4-3 on the opening night of the campaign, they suffered a 1-0 defeat to Stoke a week later and were then humiliated 4-0 by Liverpool at Anfield.Martin Keown, a club legend, said in the aftermath of the game that they had slipped into “crisis” and given their performance on Merseyside it is difficult to find evidence to disagree.Over the course of the match, Arsene Wenger’s side failed to muster a single effort on target. All of their six attempts missed Loris Karius’s goal, and even those from relatively close range missed by such a margin that the keeper was never seriously worried.  Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Given that Arsenal had 51 per cent of the ball and completed more passes than their opponents (538 to 508), that was a desperately poor return.Goal+ Generic USMuch of the visitors’ possession was in the centre of the pitch. Indeed, nearly 60 per cent of the time they had the ball was spent in the middle third and only 19% was in the attacking sector. Their opponents’ approach was a good deal more direct. Liverpool did not even spend 50% of their time in possession in the middle sector, offering a far more forthright style and enjoying 25% of the ball near the Arsenal goal.Jurgen Klopp’s men exploited this statistic by getting away 15 shots in total. Their accuracy when shooting was also excellent, with 10 of these resulting either in a goal or in drawing a save from Petr Cech. Liverpool also offered a more balanced approach in terms of the direction of their play, although there was a bias away from the right side of the park, with Klopp’s men preferring to go through the middle or down the left, where Sadio Mane carried their menace.On the flip side, Arsenal leaned far more heavily on the left wing. An incredible 42% of their attacks were channelled down Alexis Sanchez’s flank, with the Chile international’s importance to the cause immediately made clear by this figure.However, with only a year left on his contract there is no guarantee that he will still be present when the transfer window closes – and with Wenger’s side apparently in such trouble it would be little shock if he agitated for a move before August 31.After a performance the manager branded “disastrous”, he cannot afford to lose his best player.All stats featured in the article came courtesy of the Goal+ app, exclusive to Samsung devices. Download the most cutting edge football app now! Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program Launched

first_imgThe Department of Justice is offering cash rewards of up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals responsible for specified major unsolved crimes. Starting today, Oct. 25, police agencies across the province are invited to refer cases to the province’s Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program. A case will remain in the program for as long as requested by the police agency. “The Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program is another tool law enforcement can use in their efforts to solve crimes,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. “It is part of government’s commitment to building safer, stronger communities in Nova Scotia.” Any member of the public who has information surrounding one of the cases in the program can call a toll-free line. An individual coming forward with information will be expected to provide their name and contact information. In addition, this person may also be called to testify in court. All calls to the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program will be traced and recorded. “I hope that this program will encourage individuals who may have pertinent information to come forward,” said Murray Scott, Minister of Justice. “Through this program, we hope we can help ease some of the uncertainty and grief faced by victims’ families and friends.” Under this program, a major unsolved crime is defined as an unsolved homicide, found unidentified human remains where there are suspicious circumstances and missing persons cases where there are suspicious circumstances. “Cases like these are not only frustrating for investigators, but can be emotionally challenging to the families and friends who need emotional closure for loved ones,” said chief superintendent Tom Bennett, Nova Scotia RCMP (H Division). “It is important for people to realize their assistance won’t just benefit police in closing an unsolved case, it will ease the pain and grief of people the victims have left behind.” The Department of Justice will maintain a website containing the details of cases included in the program. The website address is www.gov.ns.ca/just . “The province of Nova Scotia is not unlike other provinces in that we have a number of high-profile homicides and missing persons files which remain unsolved. In many cases, the investigation has reached a plateau. It is our hope that the rewards program will give people the incentive to come forward with that one missing piece of the puzzle that wouldallow police to further the investigation,” said chief Frank Beazley of Halifax Regional Police. If any person has information about a major unsolved crime, they are invited to call toll free 1-888-710-9090.last_img read more

Tax Sessions for Yarmouth

first_imgBusinesses in the Yarmouth area will receive information about taxes from the Canada Revenue Agency and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations officials this week. Through the Community Visit Program, the Canada Revenue Agency and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations officials will visit about 60 businesses in the Yarmouth area on Wednesday, Sept. 26 and Thursday, Sept. 27. The visits will help businesses better understand tax laws and cover topics such as filling out tax forms, filing on time and on-line filing options. There will also be an update on services available from local tax offices. The visits will help individuals and businesses fully comply with tax laws. There will also be discussions on the risks of the underground economy — business activity that goes unreported or under-reported. The underground economy is damaging to the tax system and honest individuals and businesses that live up to their responsibilities by complying with the tax law. Since 1994, the government of Canada and the province of Nova Scotia have worked together to combat the underground economy, tax evasion and smuggling. The Canada Revenue Agency and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations are dedicated to ensuring the public can trust the integrity and equity of the tax system in Canada.last_img read more

British PM Trudeau meet on Parliament Hill to talk trade and terrorism

first_imgPrime Minister Justin Trudeau and British Prime Minister Theresa May are meeting on Parliament Hill as she makes her first visit to Canada.UK PM Theresa May arrives on Parliament Hill #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/QaNjcCFVlA— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) September 18, 2017Trudeau says he and May have a wide agenda to discuss, including trade.He says it’s a great opportunity to talk with May ahead of his trip to New York to address the United Nations General Assembly.He says he wants to ensure that Canada’s relationship with Britain remains strong as that country moves to break from the European Union.May says she is pleased to be in Canada and has a lot of topics to discuss – including trade, Trudeau’s efforts on behalf of women’s empowerment and ways to curb the use of the Internet by terrorists.As the two chatted in Trudeau’s office, May chuckled that, unlike some other political visitors lately, she can’t match Trudeau in his trademark use of colourful socks.Prime Minister May signs guestbooks of the Senate & House. Now heading for a one on one meeting with Trudeau before media avail #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/1ql1PjmqAd— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) September 18, 2017last_img read more

Uma Thurman Attends Tibet House US Auction

first_imgThis past Tuesday Charitybuzz and Tibet House US joined forces for the fourth year in a row to produce the 10th Annual Tibet House Benefit, at Christie’s Auction House in New York City.Tibet House was established in 1987 at the request of the one and onlyDalai Lama. Tibet House is a non-profit educational institution and cultural embassy; working to promote and preserve Tibet’s unique cultural and spiritual heritage. Tibet House has created numerous things including a cultural center, a 2,000-square-foot gallery, a library, various print publications and media productions. Tibet House serves to expose and share the civilization’s profound wisdom, beauty, and spiritual philosophy through innovative educational and cultural programs. This is all in an effort to protect and continue these treasured arts, sciences, and ways of living.Charitybuzz is a major player in the philanthropy scene; helping nonprofits throughout the world raise funds through exquisite online auctions with the world’s most recognizable celebrities and brands. Charitybuzz also works with musicians, politicians, and major sports stars. Through online auctions, Charitybuzz offers bidders VIP entertainment experiences, luxury travel, couture fashion and rare memorabilia. Charitybuzz brings its online community of socially conscious individual’s an exclusive opportunity to live their dreams and make a difference. Since launching, Charitybuzz has raised more than $65 million for charity globally.In attendance this year were Uma Thurman, Eric Ripert and Arden Wohl who are all Honorary Chair Committee members for Tibet House. Other big names such as Donna Karan, Yoko Ono, Martin Scorsese, Jann Wenner, Trudie Styler and Sting, are also on the committee.This year’s event, which has grown to be a staple on Manhattan’s social and philanthropic calendar over the past decade, once again featured luxury goods, exciting trips, rare items, once-in-a-lifetime experiences and one of a kind art pieces. Some of the items being auctioned were a behind-the-scenes experience with world-renowned chef Eric Ripert on his television show On the Table followed by dinner for two at Le Bernardin; a special menu dinner for two at Bouley in NYC with chef wine selection by David Bouley. A signature journey to Asia for two organized by Geographic Expeditions; a fabulous trip to a few of Bali’s exotic resorts including the newly opened Regent Hotel in Sanur; an exotic journey to the Royal Malewane and the Singita Hotel and Game Park in South Africa; a stay at the award-winning resort Soneva Kiri in Thailand; a week at the luxurious Parrot Cay in Turks and Caicos; a relaxing retreat for two at Creacon Lodge in Ireland; a reunion with family or friends in your private villa in Acapulco villa Casa Dos Marias; a weekend for two at The Soho House in NYC;and an adventurous trek in Nepal for two. Bidders were also able to bid on a once-in-a-lifetime internship experience at the Donna Karan Company; an internship at the legendary Rolling Stone magazine and Hollywood magazine US Weekly; a guitar signed by Sting; two VIP tickets to Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival 2013; two tickets to a red carpet movie premiere at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival; a behind-the-scenes visit for two to the Lou Dobbs Tonight show on the Fox Business Network; a limited edition Star Wars item donated by George Lucas; two audience tickets to The Late Show with David Letterman; a visit for two to the set of the TV show Boardwalk Empire; a walk-on role in a David O. Russell film with actors Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Bradley Cooper; a lunch at The Four Seasons in New York City with Robert and Uma Thurman; a behind-the-scenes NYC Fashion Week experience alongside supermodel Petra Nemcova who will bring you backstage and to the runway to see the hustle and bustle firsthand as designers Tommy Hilfiger, Diesel Black Gold and more prepare for Fashion Week shows.In addition to these experiences there was Fashion and Jewelry from Ugo Cacciatori, PaulaCrevoshay, Doyle & Mueser, Mallary Marks, Margo Morrison, Jill Platner, Reinstein/Ross, Me&Ro, Gabrielle Sanchez, Kate Spade and David Yurman. Art and photographs from DonaldBaechler, Danny Clinch, Arthur Elgort, Milton Glaser, Bob Gruen, Sheila Metzner, Angelina Nasso, Ed Ruscha, Patti Smith and Peter Tunney and cultural items from Tibet such as Tibetan rugs, sculptures and ceremonial objects.Tuesday’s benefit brought the launch of the online auction, as well as a flawless Gala. Together, Tibet House and Charitybuzz will be hosting the online auction from November 28th, 2012 – December 19th. This year a portion of the proceeds will be given to The Tibetan Community of New York and New Jersey. Most specifically, proceeds will go to support their new community center in Queens, New York. This program teaches children ages 5-19 Tibetan language, song, dance, painting and Buddhist philosophy. All these efforts are in place to help maintain their cultural heritage. Proceeds will also benefit the Tibetan Children’s Village, an integrated educational community for Tibetan children in exile and those escaping from Tibet every year.Copyright ©2012Look to the Starslast_img read more

Priscilla Presley Remembering Elvis and Their Love of Horses‏

first_imgPriscilla Presley has put her support behind federal legislation to protect horses from lives of constant pain.Priscilla Presley Urges Congress to Pass Legislation to Protect Tennessee Walking HorsesCredit/Copyright: Humane SocietyShe joins The Humane Society of the United States in urging Congress to pass the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act of 2013, H.R. 1518/S. 1406. The bill is critical to ending the cruel practice of “soring” – the deliberate infliction of pain to gaited horses in order to produce an unnatural high-stepping gait for competitions.Presley said: “Over the years, Elvis and I owned several Tennessee walking horses, and I know them to be gentle, graceful creatures. Today, 43 years after the passage of the federal Horse Protection Act that was intended to end the terrible practice of ‘soring,’ these horses continue to suffer at the hands of abusive trainers. I’m calling on Congress to pass the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act to finally end this torture.”Keith Dane, vice president of equine protection for The HSUS, said: “The horse-loving public is fed up with the ‘Big Lick’ subculture of cruelty and deception, and the PAST Act holds the key to bring that abuse to an end. We welcome Ms. Presley’s voice to the chorus of support for the bill, and we urge Congress to act promptly to pass it.”The PAST Act – introduced by Reps. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., and Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., in the House and Sens. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and Mark Warner, D-Va. in the Senate – would amend the Horse Protection Act, which Congress enacted in 1970 to stop soring. The PAST Act will end the failed system of industry self-policing, ban the use of certain devices associated with soring, strengthen penalties, and hold accountable all those involved in this cruel practice.Presley adds her voice to a cast of noted horse-loving celebrities and horse industry professionals who previously expressed their support of the bill. Celebrities who have endorsed the PAST Act include: fitness expert Jillian Michaels; pop singer Ke$ha; singer-songwriters Emmylou Harris, Lynn Anderson and Mary Ann Kennedy; actors Wendie Malick, Viggo Mortensen, Kelly Carlson, Loretta Swit, Alexandra Paul, and Dawn Olivieri; television personality Jenna Morasca; and director/author Joe Camp.Horse industry professionals who have endorsed the PAST Act include: top riders Georgina Bloomberg and Karl Mikolka; Olympic equestrians Steffen Peters and Jan Ebeling; natural horsemanship expert and clinician Pat Parelli, horse trainer and author Monty Roberts; trainer, clinician and author Leslie Desmond; host of “Unbridled,” Susan Kayne; and host of “Best of America by Horseback,” Tom Seay.The bipartisan legislation been cosponsored by 244 Representatives and 28 Senators and has the support of a diverse coalition of horse industry, veterinary, and animal protection organizations, including the American Horse Council, American Saddlebred Horse Association, United Professional Horsemen’s Association, American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Equine Practitioners.last_img read more