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Case Study: Sri Lanka - Conflict and Harmony in Multi-Ethnic Societies - Resource Guides at National Library, Singapore

Case Study: Sri Lanka - Conflict and Harmony in Multi-Ethnic Societies - Resource Guides at National Library, Singapore | Possibilities by Daren Ng | Scoop.it
This LibGuide explores the following themes: 1. causes and effects of conflict in a multi-ethnic society (case studies of Northern Ireland and Sri Lanka and 2. challenges in resolving ethnic conflicts.

Via NeoJiaLing
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The ethnic conflict between two groups in Sri Lanka, a multi-ethnic society, the Sinhalese and the Tamils started during British colonial rule which favoured the Tamil minority in terms of njobs and education. When Sri Lanka became independent, the new government which was made up of mainly Sinhalese, introduced policies which favoured the Sinhalese instead through the Ceylon Citizenship Act and 'Sinhala Only' policy where life was difficult for the Tamils. Further unhappiness was caused with the introduction of new and more stringent university admission criteria for Tamils after 1970 to limit their enrolment in university, as well as the resettlement policy implemented during the 1950s, when Sinhalese peasants, Buddhist monks and even the Sri Lankan Army moved in and took over areas occupied by Tamils. Because the Tamils felt that they were discriminated in society and that they were the minority group, they used violence to resolve their unhappiness. This resulted in political, economic and social consequences in Sri Lanka where there were losses of lives, unemployment and people had to be driven out of their homeland in Sri Lanka. I wonder how can the Sinhalese and the Tamils in Sri Lanka resolve their differences? I wonder what can be done to prevent conflict between multi-ethnic societies throughout the world?

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Jaslyn Si Jia's curator insight, July 3, 2013 6:45 AM

After reading this article, i learnt that there is a conflict between the Tamils and Sinhalese, which took place in Sri Lanka and lasted for over more than 100 years. As the Sinhalese have many benefits like, more job offers and further education opportunities, which the Tamils are unhappy about, thus conflicts between the two ethnic groups started.

I feel that the two ethnic groups shouldn't use violence to solve their problems. Its not worth it to get people injured or killed just to have that problem evened out. Both should talk to each other what their are unhappy about and give in to each other.

I wonder why they want to pursue the matter for such a long time.

Ameer Artsyrup's curator insight, July 5, 2013 8:59 AM

After reading this article, I believe that in order for a country to achieve progress, social, economical and political stability, it has to first achieve muti-ethnic harmony. this is true as different races in a country need to work in cohesion in order to benefit both the country and themselves. This can be seen as Singapore has gone through much progress since the racial riots end. However if racial instability has struck a multi-ethnic country, this will create a lot of problems for the country like major riots and civil wars. this will cause the country to fall in economical and political terms. This can be seen in Sri Lanka as it went through civil war which killed more than 100000 people. This war greatly affect Sri Lanka's economy and causes a major political instability in the country. Due to this, I believe that a country multi-ethnic country must achieve racial harmony in order to benefit everyone.

Evelynkoh's curator insight, July 5, 2013 11:23 AM

Peace and harmony , don't everyone want to stay that way forever? Thats why i seriously wonder , why would people want to start wars , destroying their paradise. In every country's road to success , there must be lots and lots of ups and downs , between its neighboring countries and even between their own people. We're all living in the 21st century , why would we still think in that manner that violence will solve everything? It never will , it will just make the matter worse and cause it to affect a larger amount of people and to last for an even longer period of time. The matter may start of small but because of the use of violence , the matter will start to enlarge and then it would not only be in-between the people who started the matter but the whole country. It will then be reflected badly on the race of the people and also the country. Bit by bit everything will start to fall. Therefore , to me i wonder , why would people want to make things that are simple into things that are so complicated that will cause major damages?

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Global Competitiveness - World Economic Forum

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Persisting Divides in Global Competitiveness as Switzerland, Singapore and Finland Top Competitiveness Rankings in 2012

 

Finland in third position, overtaking Sweden (4th).

 


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In global competitiveness, Switzerland, for the fourth consecutive year, tops the overall rankings in The Global Competitiveness Report 2012-2013, released today by the World Economic Forum. Singapore remains in second position and Finland in third position, overtaking Sweden (4th). These and other Northern and Western European countries dominate the top 10 with the Netherlands (5th), Germany (6th) and United Kingdom (8th). The United States (7th), Hong Kong (9th) and Japan (10th) complete the ranking of the top 10 most competitive economies. Singapore still remains as a thriving and highly effecient society with thriving economy as it places 2nd amongst the top 10 countries in terms of performance in the global market. Singapore is amongst the pinnacle of countries in terms of its economy and has surpassed many other countries and is able to compete in a global outlook. Hence, is Singapore able to maintain its high position amongst the other countries in global competitiveness of economy? What factors contribute to Singapore's highly effecient economy, causing it to be of such high ranking amongst global competitiveness?

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Wai Kit's curator insight, June 29, 2013 10:52 AM

This article shows the rankings of countries economic status. In this article, we can see that Singapore is also listed in the top 10 in the ranking list. This thus shows that Singapore is quite competitive and is doing quite well in the global community.

Seamus Ong's curator insight, July 4, 2013 8:36 AM

From the article we can see that Singapore is economically competant on a global scale and more productive than her most of her neighbours. As we can see, Singapore has managed to maintain 2nd place on the ranking list which is a great acheivement. This article makes me think that Singapore must definitely be a role model in the global community and also a great influential country considering it being ranked so high on the list. The article also makes me wonder how hard our goverment have worked to get Singapore to where she is today.

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Illuminated Skateboards with Motion-Activated Lighting

Illuminated Skateboards with Motion-Activated Lighting | Possibilities by Daren Ng | Scoop.it


Wouldn't it be cool . . . if your skateboard lit up when you were riding? A question that launched a sports-equipment manufacturing firm poised to change the look of an entire industry...With growing industry buzz and interest among sports manufacturing heavy weights, Chris and his wife Jen, the company’s chief sales and logistics officer, sought assistance from the Texas State SBDC (Small Business Development Center) to scale their manufacturing operations and expand into new global markets...Chris devoted part of the half-million dollar total funds raised, which includes the couple’s life savings, to create a skate industry market-launch advertising campaign, to secure additional manufacturing equipment, and as working capital...On the verge of signing the first distribution agreement in Europe and the UK, Chris is also seeking licensing opportunities for his technology, is in serious talks about creating branded products for other companies and celebrity endorsers and is preparing for a second round of investor funding.


Via Ashok Ramachandran
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An article which speaks about the possibilities of creating a new idea or product starting from an idea. This success story also shows how these new illuminated skateboard products are able to create business for Chris Forgey and his family and eventually launched a sports equipment manufacturing firm. It all started from a question Chris Forgey asked his son about his skateboard lighting up while riding it. Chris then spent the better part of the next two years designing his line of patent-pending, illuminated skateboards, longboards and safety helmet designs, refining the production processes and securing first mass market retail sales. With growing industry buzz and interest among sports manufacturing heavy weights, this new product has gained much popularity and Chris and his wife scaled their manufacturing operations and expanded into new global markets. They have also sought to refine the business and marketing pitch for an investor / lender audience.

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Ashok Ramachandran's curator insight, June 4, 2013 10:37 AM

A cool idea. Implemented successfully with the help of the Small Business Development Center.

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Gay rights: a world of inequality

Gay rights: a world of inequality | Possibilities by Daren Ng | Scoop.it
Gay people still live in fear in many countries around the world – prejudice, torture and execution are common. Can two new legal and diplomatic campaigns change attitudes?

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Gay people still live in fear in many countries around the world where prejudice, torture and execution are common. In Uganda, politicians have been seeking since 2009 to institute a strikingly nasty piece of legislation: the death penalty for "aggravated homosexuality" (being homosexual more than once) and, in a totalitarian touch, penalties for teachers, doctors and even parents who suspected that someone in their care was gay but didn't report them. In Belize, there is a law on the statute books that criminalises homosexuality; a gay rights group in the country. All around the world, these human rights are disregarded and people who are found being part of these will be punished or even subject to execution. For lesbian and gay people who live in one of the 82 countries where homosexuality is criminalised, the world is not getting better: it is getting significantly, demonstrably worse. These people have their own human rights and whether they are gay, lesbian or homosexual, they should not be disregarded or discriminated in our society today, or subject to torture and execution just because they are 'different' others in society. I wonder if these people are receiving any help from communities or organisations to prevent discrimination and punishment in society? I wonder why are these people who have special human rights are being disregarded in their society?

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Samantha Chan's curator insight, June 30, 2013 4:55 AM

This is my insight using see-think-wonder thinking routines. Many countries are preventing homosexuality with harsh law punishments. Everyone is different in their own ways, whether they like people of their own gender to their appearance and personality. If two people love each other, age and gender does not matter. Death penalty is harsh towards these people and it will also cause them great embarrassment, letting everyone know they are gay. Homosexuality is not something that can be controlled, the government should just let them be and not punish them. 

Hui Yu Leong's comment, July 2, 2013 6:42 AM
From this article, I can see that many gays are treated very harshly and unfairly in many parts of the world. I find this very unfair as those people did not choose thier sexual orientation. I feel that those countries that treat gays badly do not have the right to judge, punish and execute them because of how they live thier sex life because they have no way to ever understand how the gays feel. I feel that we should all be understanding and embrace gays into our society as they just have different tastes, why should we judge them just because they like another of the same sex. We are all human in the end and we have no right to control how others want to live their lives, what matters is their character and content, not their appeareance and sexual orientation. By punishing and outcasting the gays, we will miss out many valuable people who might have been able to make a great contribution to our society.Afterall, arn't all religious books written by men? If so, what basisi do the muslims have to prove that homosexuality is not acceptable?
Hui Yu Leong's curator insight, July 2, 2013 8:32 AM
From this article, I can see that many gays are treated very harshly and unfairly in many parts of the world. I find this very unfair as those people did not choose thier sexual orientation. I feel that those countries that treat gays badly do not have the right to judge, punish and execute them because of how they live thier sex life because they have no way to ever understand how the gays feel. I feel that we should all be understanding and embrace gays into our society as they just have different tastes, why should we judge them just because they like another of the same sex. We are all human in the end and we have no right to control how others want to live their lives, what matters is their character and content, not their appeareance and sexual orientation. By punishing and outcasting the gays, we will miss out many valuable people who might have been able to make a great contribution to our society.Afterall, arn't all religious books written by men? If so, what basisi do the muslims have to prove that homosexuality is not acceptable?
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Tablet Ownership Nearly Doubled In the Past Year

Tablet Ownership Nearly Doubled In the Past Year | Possibilities by Daren Ng | Scoop.it
A third (34%) of American adults ages 18 and older own a tablet computer. A year ago, we were at 18%. That's a success story right there.

Via Russ Bergeron
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According to research, a third (34%) of American adults ages 18 and older own a tablet computer. A year ago in 2012, it was at 18%. That’s a success story right there. The numbers come from the latest Pew Internet and American Life Project post and they’re even more impressive when you look at them graphically. And the numbers will be likely to climb and continue on an upward swing the next few years. The tablet product is such a sought after product that according to Pew, tablet ownership is pretty equal between men and women and folks of different races. The tablets are actually easier to monetize because of the wider screen and the way we use them. Smartphones are what we turn to when we’re on the go. It’s a quick fix but that means that in most cases, the user doesn’t have time to waste. The tablet is just the opposite – it’s all about laid back browsing on the couch, in front of the TV. Tablet users have time to watch that video ad or interact with a piece of content. Tablets are going to save our mobile monetization hides. Hence i wonder if there is another better or more effecient product than the tablet? And are tablets more sought after than smartphones?

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