DOUGHNUTS, BURNT-OUT SPEED VANS AND FLASHING HEADLIGHTS – HOW MUCH HAVE WE REALLY LEARNED?

first_imgThe line of cars flash their headlights momentarily as they travel at a noticeably slow speed on the road out of Buncrana.A quick flash in return acknowledges the tip-off of the presence of a speed camera van in the vicinity.It’s a busy Friday evening on the Inishowen Peninsula. In a few days time it will be the first anniversary of Ireland’s worst ever fatal car crash which claimed the lives of eight people on July 11th last.Depending on who you ask, life on the peninsula has changed drastically since that fateful evening on the outskirts of the tiny village of Clonmany.The statistics will show that Donegal’s roads are indeed a safer place with less than half the deaths year on year.Others will say that attitudes to road safety are still nonchalant and another multiple car crash is literally just around the corner. There is no denying that July 11th last year was a wake-up call for the tightly-knit communities in this most northerly peninsula.Eamon Browne, Road Safety Officer with Donegal County Council eats, drinks and sleeps road safety.It’s more than just a job, it’s a vocation.He knows that deep down he will not change the attitudes to the car culture which exists across Inishowen and Donegal in general in a matter of months.He knows it all about education and taking responsibility. “The bottom line is that everyone who gets behind a wheel now has to take responsibility to create a safer driving environment.“Take for example the flashing of lights to warn other motorists about speed vans or Gardai. That might seem a cool thing to do.“But the fact of the matter is that the same person you warn about speeding could be speeding an cause a crash the next day. It’s as simple as that,” he said.Education has been a huge factor over the past year with everything from road safety colouring competitions for younger children to hard-hitting Road Safety Roadshows for teenagers. But Eamon admits that short-term, it’s the ‘in your face’ approach that is helping to reduce incidents of dangerous driving and fatalities across Donegal.“Education is a long-term thing and it is something that Donegal County Council has and is investing in.“But we know we must try to prevent a repeat of last year’s awful tragedy.“That’s what the high presence of Garda checkpoints and speed cameras across the county has done. It’s a necessary enforcement and I have no doubt that is why there is a reduction in the number of crashes and deaths at this stage,” he said.It was a lack of Garda manpower on the ground at the time of the crash which led Inishowen’s coroner Dr John Madden to publicly declare that motorists were driving dangerously because there was little chance of them being caught.But while attitudes towards the culture of car racing and dangerous driving may have changed, the anti-law feeling is still rife among someOn April 9th last a speed camera van operator in Inishowen had to flee for his life when two youths set the van on fire on the Main Carndonagh to Quigley’s Point Road.The operator of the ‘GoSafe’ vehicle had to jump out of the burning van but not before the arsonists were caught on the van’s cameras setting it alight.An investigation into the incident is still ongoing after Gardai identified the van spotted at the scene of the attack.Deputy Padraig MacLochlainn was Mayor of Buncrana and a county councillor at the time of last July’s horrific crash.The Sinn Fein politician knew the families of most of the eight people who perished in the crash.He said there is no question that a huge amount of work has been done in the wake of the disaster which has left its scar on the people of Inishowen for generations to come.“I remember the wakes and the funerals of the young lads and of Hughie Friel, the pensioner coming home from bingo, as if they were yesterday.“It was just an awful time for the people of Inishowen and for Donegal. The funerals just seemed to come in waves. When one was finished, another one started.“Nobody wants to ever go through that again,” he said.He said the countless efforts by the local community to tackle the culture of extreme driving have made a difference.He points to the recent Road Safety Conference held in Buncrana held by the local community, the Road Safety Authority and the Gardai.Amongst those in the audience were members of the eight families left bereaved by last July’s tragedy.The hard-hitting seminar heard how Donegal’s road safety record was “appalling” with 307 deaths and more than 1,200 serious injuries between 1996 and 2009.It also heard how speed was a factor in two out of every five deaths during that period and that 28% of those killed in those years were young men between the ages of 17 and 24.Statistics unveiled at the conference also showed how Donegal accounted for 6% of all the country’s road deaths during that period despite only having 3.5% of the population.The RSA’s chief Executive Noel Brett said however that there was no question that things are improving in Co Donegal and pointed to the Donegal Road Safety Working Group as being to the forefront of road safety in the country.Deputy MacLochlainn said he wanted to stress that while he did not think Donegal had become an overnight shining example of successful road safety, it was not for the lack of trying.“When we have people like Eamon Browne, the Road Safety Officer, working with the community, then you know things will happen.“The Donegal Road Safety Working Group are doing a thankless job but it is only through their work that we can swing the odds in our favour,” he said.But he is also well-aware that another disaster is just another dangerous bend or dip in the road away.“Unfortunately that’s the reality, not just here in Donegal, but across the country.“Thankfully we have been lucky in that there has been no multiple deaths in Donegal since the tragedy last year.“But I am a realist and I know all it takes is a wrong decision or for someone to do something stupid and we could have a repeat of last year all over again,” he said.Meanwhile the only survivor of the crash, Shaun Kelly, 23, the driver of the VW Passat in which the seven young men were killed, has now been interview by Gardai.Buncrana-based Garda Superintendent Kevin English confirmed a full file on the crash which took place at Stamullan, Clonmany at 10.40pm on July 12th last has ben completed.The file was forward to the Director of Public Prosecutions for review and the Gardai are refusing to comment any more on the case at the request of the bereaved families.Come Monday those same families will have to relive their living nightmares all over again as they mark the first anniversary of the tragedy.No one memorial mass has been arranged with the eight separate families preferring to mark the occasion in their own person way.The families of Eamon McDaid, 21, of Ballymagan, Buncrana, PJ McLaughlin, 21, of Burnfoot, Ciaran Sweeney, 19, of Ballyliffin, James McEleney, 23, of Clonmany, Mark McLaughlin, 21, of Fahan, Paul Doherty, 19 of Ballyliffin, Damien McLaughlin, 21, of Buncrana and Hughie Friel, 66, of Urris – all dealing with their loss as best they can.Local priest Fr John Walsh said it will be a very trying time.“It will be a very trying time – especially for the parents of these young men who never really ever get over the los of a child,” he said.But even the church in Donegal, in its own spiritual way is trying to do something positive to help safeguard its young drivers.A unique blessing of cars will take place later this month to coincide with the feast of St Christopher, the patron saint of travel.All those who choose to get their cars blessed will be asked to commit themselves to safer driving.“Presumably, if people want their cars blessed they’ll also want to stay safe and do nothing that would contribute to carnage on the roads,” said Fr Walsh.EndsDOUGHNUTS, BURNT-OUT SPEED VANS AND FLASHING HEADLIGHTS – HOW MUCH HAVE WE REALLY LEARNED? was last modified: July 11th, 2011 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

Pay hike OK’d

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The pay increase is part of a city effort to ensure Whittier officers receive pay comparable to other area law enforcement agencies. “The primary goal we’re trying to address through the agreement is to try and bring salaries to the labor market average,” said Fred Weiner, the city’s director of human resources “The law enforcement field is so competitive,” he added. “We want to keep our highly qualified law enforcement officers, and as those individuals retire from the city, we want to be able to recruit and retain new officers.” The pay raise is retroactive to July 1. Before the agreement was approved, Whittier police were paid about 2.5 percent below the average pay at 16 other area police and sheriff’s departments. WHITTIER – No blue flu here. Whittier police officers will get a 4 percent pay hike in each of the next two years under a new contract agreement approved unanimously by the City Council this week. Mayor Greg Nordbak said the new agreement will likely ensure no labor disputes with the officers for at the least the next two years, meaning no job actions like blue flu – where officers or deputies call in sick in protest – or other disruptions. “Anytime you can have labor agreements, it’s positive,” Nordbak said. Among departments with higher-paid officers were the sheriff’s departments in Los Angeles and Orange counties, and police departments in Downey, Los Angeles, Montebello, Monterey Park and West Covina, Weiner said. For Whittier officers, the new agreement means the annual pay for the lowest-paid officers goes immediately from $48,456 to $50,400. It then rises again in July to $52,416. For officers at the top of the pay scale, the annual salary increases immediately from $60,408 to $66,192, then to $68,844 in July 1. Representatives of the Whittier Police Officers Association were out of town Thursday and could not be reached to comment on the agreement. But its members signed off on it Nov. 2. The pay raises will cost the city about $400,000 this fiscal year, Weiner said. Councilwoman Cathy Warner predicted the agreement would give a boost to officer morale. “If you have employees who feel they are being compensated appropriately, I think you really get greater value from them,” Warner said. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562)698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Crew to kickstart incredible Ireland to Iceland journey from Killybegs

first_imgAn incredible expedition to Iceland is set to kick off from Killybegs this evening. The Ireland to Iceland crew will set sail from Killybegs Harbour at 5pm in order to raise awareness and funds for Good2Talk Westmeath, a Mullingar based charity who provide suicide prevention, counselling, and psychotherapy services to the people of Westmeath.The team is comprised of Westmeath natives Tommy Owens (ISA Yachtmaster offshore), Sean Geraghty (ISA Yachtmaster offshore), Martin Fox, Paul Taafe, Paul Rogan and John Owens, who will complete their voyage on the Martha Jane. En route to Iceland, the crew will detour to explore The Hebrides, Orkney, Shetland Islands, and Faroe Islands before sailing on to their final destination to Reykjavík in Iceland, making their entire journey approximately 1,600 km long.Their first stop after leaving Killybegs will be Port Ellen on the Scottish island of Islay.Before they set sail, the musical crew will host a jam session at the Ahoy Café this afternoon before embarking on their incredible journey north. Let’s hope they don’t get “cold feet” before they set sail! Hoping to raise €5,000 for Good2Talk Westmeath, the team have already raised a phenomenal €1,530. If you would like to donate you can do so by following this link:https://www.gofundme.com/ireland-to-iceland-2017Crew to kickstart incredible Ireland to Iceland journey from Killybegs was last modified: July 1st, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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) Tags:good2talkireland to icelandKillybegslast_img read more

Travel Alert: Diversions for Hunger Strike Commemoration in Lifford/Strabane

first_imgA large crowd is expected to attend the National Hunger Strike Commemoration Parade in Lifford/Strabane this coming Sunday.The event is set to attract thousands of people and a large number of visiting bands who will pay tribute to the Hunger Strikers of 1980/81.The stewarded parade will begin in the Diamond of Lifford at 2.30pm. Gardaí have set out the following traffic plans:There will be traffic diversions on Lifford Bridge, Lifford Main Street, the Diamond and Bridge street (Lifford) on Sunday the 4th of August between 2.30pm and 4.30pm.The march commences at 3pm sharp at the Diamond, Lifford and travels on to Strabane from there, finishing at Abercorn Square.Strabane traffic will be diverted via Clady and Derry traffic will be diverted via St. Johnston/Carrigans. Travel Alert: Diversions for Hunger Strike Commemoration in Lifford/Strabane was last modified: August 2nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

Cottonwood’s Miller notches victory in return to NFR

first_imgLas Vegas >> Before Thursday night, Nellie Miller, of Cottonwood, hadn’t competed in the Thomas & Mack Center since 2010.Miller made a triumphant return to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Thursday, winning Round 1 of the barrel racing in 13.64 seconds.“This round win is a tremendous start to the week and it gives you a lot of confidence in that arena,” said Miller, sitting in third place in the world standings. “It is what we came here to do. Everything worked out. I didn’t win any rounds …last_img

Cape shipwreck adds another chapter to slave trade story

first_imgMore than 200 slaves bound for the cane fields of Brazil died in the icy ocean around the Cape of Good Hope when their slave ship was wrecked. Remnants of the wreckage are being studied by maritime archaeologists and historians in South Africa and the US. Maritime archaeologists, pictured here exploring the wreckage of the the São José Paquete Africa that sank off the Cape coast more than 200 years ago, say the ship will give us a better understanding of the slave trade. (Image: US National Parks Service) By Shamin ChibbaIn 2010, when Iziko Museums’ maritime archaeologist, Jaco Boshoff, saw a few simple looking iron ballasts discovered from a shipwreck near Camps Bay, Cape Town, he knew it could only be one type of vessel: a slave ship, and the first to be found anywhere in the world.On Tuesday, 2 June, members of Iziko Museums, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Slave Wrecks Project officially announced the discovery of remnants of the São José Paquete Africa, a Portuguese slave ship that was wrecked off the coast of Cape Town more than 200 years ago.Lonnie G Bunch III, the founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, said the findings would “help people get a better understanding of the slave trade”.The discovery of the wreckage is overseen by the Slave Wrecks Project, which is a long-term collaboration between six partners, including Iziko and the African American museum. The project combines research, training and education to build knowledge about the study of the global slave trade, particularly through slave shipwrecks.Stephen Lubkeman of the Slave Wrecks Project said this was the first documented wreck of a ship that was carrying slaves. The iron ballasts were used to counter the weight of the slaves who did not weigh as much as other cargo. (Image: Iziko Museums)On December 3, 1794, the slave ship left Mozambique for Maranhão, Brazil, where the men and women it was carrying were to work the sugar plantations. But their journey stopped short, only 24 days in, when they were hit by severe storms just off the Cape of Good Hope.According to a New York Times article, the ship was pounded by strong winds while rounding the Cape and broke into pieces on two reefs, in deep and turbulent waters, about 92m from shore.More than 200 of the enslaved Africans drowned, even though the wreck was so close to the shore that crewmen were able to shoot a cannon after hitting the rocks to signal for help.All of the crew and half of the slaves reached the shore and survived, leaving 212 slaves to perish in the sea. Those who survived were sold into slavery two days later.Iron ballasts a major clueBoshoff immediately knew he was dealing with the wreckage of a slave ship when he saw the blocks of ballasts. Ballasts were a signature of slave ships, said the archaeologists. These were used to counterbalance the weight of slaves in the cargo hold as they did not weigh as much as other cargo.Like most wrecks, the São José broke into pieces, making it difficult for maritime archaeologists to determine which ship they had discovered. Boshoff said the crew had to investigate the wreckage meticulously to find clues that it was actually a ship. “The ship broke up completely so there is very little to tell you that it was a shipwreck. So you have got to look very carefully. There were one or two bits of timber, ballast blocks… and mostly sand.”South Africa’s coastline a ship graveyardThe São José was not the only ship to have fallen victim to the vicious storms off the South African coastline. Some 3 000 vessels have sunk off these shores, particularly around what was previously known as the Cape of Storms off the Western Cape.Records of shipwrecks in South African waters date back to the 1500s, with another Portuguese ship, the São João, being the earliest known casualty. In 1552, the 900-ton galleon was carrying pepper, Chinese porcelain and other merchandise from India when its rigging was damaged in a storm near Port Edward, in KwaZulu-Natal. About 120 of 600 passengers died; the survivors set off on foot for Maputo River in Mozambique, a trek that lasted more than five months. Only 25 made it to the river.This was followed by the wreckage of the Santo Alberto (1593) near Umtata River, Santo Espiritu (1608) off the east coast, São Joao Baptista (1622) near Cannon Rocks in Eastern Cape, and Santa Maria Madre de Deus (1643), also off the east coast. This oil painting by George Carter shows the Grosvenor being wrecked off the Wild Coast. Most of the passengers and crew survived but later 105 of them would die while making their way to Cape Town on foot. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)Famous wrecksSome of the better-known wrecks include the Grosvenor, the Arniston, the Waratah, the Birkenhead, the Sacramento and, more recently, the Oceanos. It is even said that the mythical Flying Dutchman met its end off South African shores.The British schooner, the Grosvenor, sank on 4 August 1782, off what is now known as the Wild Coast in Eastern Cape. Captain John Coxon mistook farm fires on the land for something similar to the Northern Lights and misjudged the ship to be 300km away from shore.The ship continued sailing towards the coastline. Coxon only realised his mistake at dawn and ordered the ship to turn, but by then it was too late and the ship hit the rocks. Of the 150 crew and passengers, 123 reached the beach alive. The survivors decided to make their way to Cape Town but only 18 survived that journey.Built in 1794, the Arniston made its last voyage in April 1815. It departed Ceylon, modern day Sri Lanka, carrying 378 people including troops who had fought in the Kandyan Wars. When rounding the Cape on 30 April, the ship had to navigate through heavy storms and strong currents. The captain mistook Cape Agulhas for Cape Point and ordered the ship north towards St Helena, assuming that they had passed Cape Point. It wrecked near Cape Agulhas and only six people survived.More famous than any of the real-life shipwrecks that have taken place in South African waters, however, is the wreckage of the mythical Flying Dutchman. It was even a major plot point in the third instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean film series that starred Johnny Depp. The Flying Dutchman is said to have an eerie glow and is a bad omen for anyone who sees it. The oil painting above titled ‘The Flying Dutchman’ by Albert Pinkham Ryder is housed in the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Image: Wikimedia Commons)It is said that a Dutch warship was wrecked off the Cape of Good Hope, killing everyone on board. Superstitious seafarers believed the glowing ghost of the ship was doomed to never make port and to sail the seas forever. It was considered a bad omen to see it and could lead to death. The ship was first referenced in A Voyage to Botany Bay by George Barrington in 1795, an Irish pickpocket and author. Several sightings of the ship had been reported.Belief in the phantom schooner persisted into the early twentieth century. A Popular Mechanics article published in August 1923 said stories of the Flying Dutchman were still heard where sailors gathered and that such superstitions defied the age of reason.last_img read more

The iPhone Ended My Panic Attacks – Could Smartphones Help Others, Too?

first_imgI suffer from panic attacks. At least, I used to – I’ve not had a single one since I got my iPhone. And I’m convinced these two things are related.You may not know this, but panic attacks are surprisingly common. According to a study backed by the National Institutes For Health (NIH), 1 in 8 Americans will experience a panic attack at least once during their lifetime. Perhaps any smartphone would help, or even any device capable of creating both distractions and social connections. For me, though, having my iPhone always nearby, always on, its many features and functions ready to occupy my mind, my eyes, ears and fingertips, is often enough to reduce the onset of an attack. The device seems to draw out, bit by bit, all those fears, worries and repetitive patterns that used to conspire to throw me into despair, fear and then panic.If it really is the iPhone that’s helped mitigate my symptoms, and I believe it is, then perhaps others who suffer from similar attacks – and own a smartphone – can also find some relief.What Is A Panic Attack?The Mayo Clinic defines a panic attack as:A sudden episode of intense fear that triggers severe physical reactions when there is no real danger or apparent cause. Panic attacks can be very frightening. When panic attacks occur, you might think you’re losing control, having a heart attack or even dying.In a panic attack, the overwhelming sense of fear, as real as it is inexplicable, wreaks havoc not only on your psyche but on your daily contribution to the world. An attack can strike seemingly at random: at home, with friends at a bar, at work, standing in line at Starbucks; anywhere, anytime. That’s what makes them so debilitating. Twice, I went to the hospital, convinced my symptoms meant an impending drop-dead heart attack. Both times I was told I was not having a heart attack. Eventually, I was diagnosed as suffering from anxiety disorder – which can lead to panic attacks. To treat anxiety, doctors recommend exercise, meditation, more sleep and visualization techniques. For those who suffer full-blown panic attacks, professional help is suggested, as is medication. I was prescribed Prozac. Since getting an iPhone, however – though my case absolutly may not be typical – I have been able to gradually reduce my daily Prozac to its lowest available dosage. I expect to soon be off it entirely. I have also stopped seeing a therapist.Using The iPhone To Improve My (Mental) HealthThe potential for the iPhone to aid physical healthcare delivery and diagnostics is well documented. The market for smartphone tools that aid mental health is far less robust. But they do exist. For example, the iPhone app Viary, leverages traditional cognitive behavior therapy techniques:Together with a therapist, Viary’s clients choose specific actions that will help them achieve a desired goal. For example a client may decide that exercising, eating healthier food, and listening to classical music makes them feel less depressed. Viary sets reminders for these behaviors – walk for 15 minutes every morning, take a vegetarian lunch, tune into some Beethoven etc, – and the app then collects data on these completed actions. Therapists or coaches can then monitor a client’s progress in real time and even respond. For me, however, I’m convinced that simply possessing an iPhone has improved my mental health. No matter what symptom crops up, using the iPhone helps calm me down and makes me feel more connected. If I feel inexplicably worried, no matter where I am, no matter who I am with – and this is out of necessity – I pull out my iPhone and start texting. I later apologize to those I am with.If I feel alone, I call someone. If I get angry, I play a game – preferably online, with friends. When I am bored, I read on my Kindle app. When I can’t get a song out of my head, I take to Twitter. If my breathing seems off, I make reminder lists of what I need to do for the day, the week, the rest of my life. If the feelings persist, I open Evernote and scroll through all the notes that have a “thankful” tag attached to them.If I feel like I can’t leave the house, I check my Fitbit app, find out how many steps I’ve taken that day, then tell myself I will go outside just long enough to add 1,000 more to my total. This usually works. Sometimes, when things get really dark, I scroll through my photos, which makes me happy. If that’s not enough, I make notes to myself of everything I am grateful for – then email them, knowing my wife can later access the account. And when I feel good, good enough even to help others, I sit in the sun, pull out my iPhone and write a blog post. Like now.Image courtesy of Shutterstock.  Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img brian s hall Tags:#health#iPhone#smartphones The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Eliminate Distractions And Do Good Work

first_imgYou don’t really need to be interrupted every time someone calls you. You worry about not picking up the phone because you are afraid you will miss something. If what you are doing is really important, it is better that you give it your full, undivided attention. If you can’t miss a call, set up a voice mail message indicating who your caller should contact in your absence, or tell them to call back immediately if what they need is urgent.You don’t need to know that you have received a text message the minute you receive it. Many of the text messages you receive don’t rise to level of requiring your immediate attention. By responding in real-time, you are giving everyone you know permission to interrupt you at any time. This means everything and everyone is more important than what you were doing.You are allowed to close your email. You can close it for hours at a time. No lives will be lost. Nowhere on your job description is their even a hint that you primary duties require that you respond to email in real-time. Email isn’t your job; it’s a tool. Two hours from now, all of the emails that have come into your inbox will be there for you.Can you imagine being surrounded by people, each of them tapping you on the shoulder to gain your attention one after another? How productive can you be when you are interrupted every few minutes? How can you do quality work when you won’t give yourself permission to turn off all distractions long enough to give yourself over to your work?There is some work you do where it will be okay to allow yourself to be distracted. To do the best work your capable of, you must eliminate distractions. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Slideshow: PETA’s crusade against animal research

first_img Dustin Quasar/Flickr anyaivanova/iStock 1996: PETA convinces Gillette to adopt a moratorium on animal testing by holding stock shares and proposing shareholder resolutions at the company’s annual meetings. PETA 2013: PETA launches its International Science Consortium, which promotes and funds animal alternatives in biomedical research. PETA 1981: Pacheco goes undercover at a Silver Spring, Maryland, monkey laboratory, exposing injured animals being kept in filthy conditions. The lead scientist is charged with animal cruelty, the first such conviction for a U.S. researcher. ( 1989: PETA supporters don rabbit suits to persuade several major companies to stop testing on animals. 1992: PETA targets factory farms, launching an undercover investigation into foie gras production that leads to a police raid. 1980: PETA is founded by Ingrid Newkirk and Alex Pacheco. It organizes its first protest against animal research: “World Day for Laboratory Animals.” 2014: PETA protests maternal deprivation experiments at a National Institutes of Health monkey lab with hundreds of ads and disruptions at scientific conferences. Campaign spurs four federal lawmakers to http://news.sciencemag.or Since its founding in 1980, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has sought to end animal research. Its tactics have changed over the years, as have its targets, which have broadened to include fast food, factory farms, and the cosmetics industry. 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He soon begins publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals and presenting at meetings. PETA 2012: PETA donates simulators to Egypt so the country will stop using animals in medical trauma training. Steve Rhodes/Flickr PETA 2008: PETA announces a $1 million prize for lab-grown meat, but abandons the prize in 2014, citing lack of interest. PETA ‹› PETA PETA PETA PETA 2011: PETA files a lawsuit in federal court claiming that SeaWorld orcas are “slaves” under the U.S. Constitution’s 13th Amendment. PETA Slideshow: PETA’s crusade against animal research By David GrimmJan. 22, 2015 , 2:00 PM 2014: PETA protests maternal deprivation experiments at a National Institutes of Health monkey lab with hundreds of ads and disruptions at scientific conferences. Campaign spurs four federal lawmakers to http://news.sciencemag.or last_img read more

Foreign Art Comes Calling

first_imgIn recent years, Mumbai, the mecca of Indian capitalism, has begun opening its fat wallet to art. But art critics and observers have noticed a noticeable bias toward the works of foreign artists, especially pieces with Indian touches.Renowned for its unique black-and-white-prints, Mitterbedi’s studio at Colaba in South Mumbai is a favorite haunt of artist-photographers. Gayatri Bedi, a daughter of the proprietor of this 52-year-old studio, is struck by the heightened interest in foreign artists in the city.  Scene from Julien Mulot’s monologue.Having worked with famed photographers of Indian as well as foreign origins, Bedi is astonished by the extent the media and the public are stirred by exhibitions of foreign artists, as opposed to Indian ones “If the art is great, or the artist famous, it would be make sense,” says Bedi, shaking her head. “But lately, we’ve seen so many mediocre works drum up immense publicity simply on the strength of the origin of the artist.”Indian exhibitions are particularly advantageous for foreign artists, she says: “For photographers, it’s definitely a lot cheaper to have their prints done here and if they’re displaying their works in local galleries and can manage a good media response, then often the studios may not even charge them anything at all in exchange for a bit of the limelight.”Art critic Abhijit Tamhane concedes the media are exceedingly generous with foreign artists, perhaps out of the inherent Indian hospitality toward guests: “I would have to admit that the local media seems to adopt a nicer attitude towards foreign artists exhibiting here as compared to local artists.”Australian Photographer Sam Phelps Inspired by a friend’s observation that the appearance and tools of Mumbai’s fire-brigade may well be the last remnants of the city’s history in this rapidly-advancing metro, Phelps decided to capture this historical record on film. Although his previous background was in the area of fashion and commercial photography, one glimpse of the Mumbai fire-brigade was enough to entice this photographer to spend over a month in the Indian business-capital, which, he says, “took a lot of getting used to.” In the end, however, Phelps found that putting up with the, “stench of open sewage,” was well worth it.Eager to take in the Indian experience when he first arrived in Mumbai, Phelps says, he experimented with different Indian cuisines, including dining at street-stalls, which he doesn’t recommend, after he “ended up spending days in bed with a bad stomach-bug.” Even so, Phelps enthusiastically recommends Mumbai’s restaurants, “Indian cuisine has so many complex and delicate flavors,” raving about a dosa diner he visited near Victoria Terminal station in South Mumbai. Sam Phelps: Putting up with the “stench of open sewage,” was well worth it. Securing official permissions didn’t pose a problem for the Australian photographer, who rather enjoyed the “smooth process” of working in Mumbai. Mumbaites might raise their eyebrows, but somehow, Phelps had it easy: “I met the chief of the fire-brigade, gave a presentation of my work and stated my intent. He liked the idea, signed a permission form and allowed me access to all area, including the burnt-out shell of buildings.”Phelps was overwhelmed by the publicity his exhibition at the Piramal Gallery of Mumbai’s prominent National Centre of Performing Arts at Nariman Point generated. The gallery is well-known for its displays, which have included the works of leading Indian and international artists and houses a rare collection of the works of renowned photographers, such as Judith Mara Gutman, August Sander, Asvin Mehta and Raghubir Singh.“I had about five interviews and articles printed,” said Phelps, noting that the subject drummed up immense public curiosity. Stunned at the revelation that firemen figured “pretty-low on the Indian social-ladder,” Phelps claims that people who came to the show “thanked him for depicting these guys as heroes,” adding, “A lot of professional photographers attended and surprisingly there were many delightful accounts of the display in the press.” He limited seven prints of each fire-brigade portrait, priced upwards of $200 each.French Dramatist Julien Mulot Julien Mulot (left) with Fanny Gloux. Julien Mulot came to India on a holiday with friends a few years ago. He was so moved by the country that he decided to stay for personal insight – to see the country, not as a tourist, but as a resident. Though his travels had taken him to cities like Varanasi and Goa, he decided to live in Mumbai as, “this Indian city offers the closest parallel to Western life.”But his experiences in those two years, which he spent in Malad were so “intoxicating,” says Mulot, that, “I wanted to share them and when destiny led me to Fanny Gloux, who had some directorial experience to offer, we thought it would be a good idea to work on a monologue that captures a foreigner’s experiences in Mumbai.”Gloux explained that the first half of Des etoiles sur la terre, the monologue that Mulot eventually staged, “was written totally out of Julien’s experiences in the city, which most foreigners who stay here would relate with.” Gayatri Bedi: “Lately, we’ve seen so many mediocre works drum up immense publicity simply on the strength of the origin of the artist.” Mulot said it was really hard for him to get used to the noise of the city’s traffic. “Living in Malad,” Mulot admits, “is not like living in Colaba, and sometimes I’d even walk past cattle on the road.” Mulot’s monologue chronicles his observation of the hectic pace of Mumbai. Running his hand through his dark hair, Mulot shakes his head as he speaks of, “the clubs, the parties, the night-life, the work, the beggars, the heat…”Mulot was also captivated by the eunuchs on Mumbai’s streets and the fact that they have social and religious relevance in India, which he says, “they wouldn’t in any other part of the world.” Mulot followed a member of this group, video-taping, “Simran’s experiences,” which eventually formed some of the graphic images that were flashed on the screen as Mulot delivered his dialogue.Gloux is staying on in Mumbai as a consequence of her banker-husband’s work assignment, but Mulot candidly admits that he’s glad to be returning to France soon to continue his career. “It’s a crazy city,” says Mulot who enjoyed the experience of exploring Mumbai at a deeper level. One episode he recalls in his narrative is about a beggar girl who was thrilled to receive a little attention from him, because, “people here are so indifferent that they would not stop for a second to talk to a little girl selling flags or just holding her small hand out for alms.”Although his show attracted many French expatriates, Mulot was stunned to discover that it also caught the attention of the media and Indian audiences as well. Though the whole monologue was delivered in French and subtitled in English, Mulot also spoke a few lines in Hindi.Mulot chose the Alliance Francaise Theater to stage his monologue about India simply because, he felt, it would probably “speak more to a French audience.” But the response he received and the curiosity it generated locally, led him to consider local theaters the next time around. Olaf Van Cleef: “Every time we visited a temple, I would marvel at the statues of Indian deities, which are usually adorned with a lot of jewelry from head to toe.”Jeweler Olaf Van CleefScion of the Van Cleef dynasty (of Van Cleef & Arpels) whose association with jewelry goes back over a century, Olaf Van Cleef has been visiting India for over 35 years now. Van Cleef says that it was his love for jewelry that drew him to recreate the images of Indian Gods and Goddesses. “Every time we visited a temple, I would marvel at the statues of Indian deities, which are usually adorned with a lot of jewelry from head to toe,” says Van Cleef, explaining that his love for jewelry may have been inherent, as his mother would sport five carats of diamonds on one hand and seven carats on the other.Van Cleef’s love extends to all quarters of India, especially to Pondicherry, which he feels is the most spiritual part of the country, though he also has fond memories of, “the spice market at Cochin and the Elephant market near Patna.”Of Mumbai, Van Cleef says, “I love Mumbai, especially sights like the sunrise at the Gateway of India near the Taj Mahal Hotel, the parrots and the many stalls at Crawford Market and the glimmering Zaveri Bazaar.” Van Cleef has been exhibiting his works in India for some time now, but Mumbai had never been a destination of choice for such exhibits. However, this year, Van Cleef chose to display at an exhibition hosted by the Concern India Foundation and to give all its proceeds to the foundation for its programs.Speaking of Van Cleef’s work, Manob Tagore, a close-friend of the artist and a descendant of the illustrious Indian poet, Rabindranath Tagore, said, “It’s amazing to watch how Olaf’s art captivates visitors at the gallery.” Tagore said people stop and stare at the works on display, “almost as though they are entranced and they marvel at the vibrancy of the stunning colors.”Van Cleef has experienced the awe that Tagore speaks of. “Many times, visitors cannot believe that I use candy-wrappers of 1 mm size to decorate these paintings,” he remarks, explaining that his Indian collection of deities and architectural works are “ornamented with chocolate-wrappers from all around the world and then crystallized by elements of Swarovski crystals.”Tagore is not sure if it’s the Hindu figurines or Indian architecture or simply the bright and striking workmanship that draws Indians to Van Cleefs’ work. “The first time I saw these creations, I was so awe-stricken by this man’s genuine love for our country that I was the one who suggested he exhibit his work,” said Tagore.ABHIJIT TAMHANEART CRITICWith his extensive experience in the Mumbai art scene over the last decade, Abhijit Tamhane feels that the sudden influx of foreign artists into India is a part of the, “globalization process.” But there are, he says, other forces at play as well:A higher degree of professionalism: With advancements in the city and improvements in the field of photography and photo-developing, foreigners feel secure that they can get quality finishing done in India now, so there many foreign photographers are keen to test the waters of Mumbai for their art. Abhijit Tamhane: “There is an obvious preference for art that is created by foreigners, but that contains an Indian element in it.”Improvements in Galleries: During the last decade Mumbai galleries have risen to par with Western counterparts and curators at such galleries are also much more knowledgeable about the art they display. Hence, artists can arrange high-quality displays for their wares and ensure that they are priced suitably.Audience responses: The main appeal for an artist, however, is the public response and here, Tamhane says, Mumbaites have picked up a lot about art in the past decade, although he acknowledges readily that they still have much to learn. “The public is opening up to the World of Art,” says Tamhane, “and yes, there is an obvious preference for art that is created by foreigners, but that contains an Indian element in it.” Tamhane believes that “in the case of Art, certain sections of Mumbai’s population enjoys the story in the art or the overseas-based artists’ perspective on India.”He says that often a foreign perspective is interesting in art: it may be simplistically created, but the subject of the work has a great story and a deeper sentiment, which adds value to the art. Related Itemslast_img read more