New Zealand Haka and response Final Score Wales 9 - 29 New Zealand as i was in the stand it was great to hear the cheering from both side "Same old All Blac...
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This video was seen in class a few weeks ago and it had to be shared. Rugby is interesting not only with how tough these guys are, but the level of passion they have when they play for their fellow team and for their country. It is tradition in New Zealand to "Haka", a sense of intimidation leading back centuries when tribes would go to battle or settle disagreements. With a team with all black jerseys, and the meanest looks on their face start the synchronized ritual it can bring goosebumps especially when the huge crowd starts to roar in support.
Scientists model where and when the debris from the March 2011 Japanese tsunami will be. The likelihood that the debris (not radioactive) will reach the U.S. west coast is increasingly likely. Look at the great video attached to the article.
This video showed time elasped which stopped in the summer of 2013, it is now December. At the time of the video the mass was entering the eastern part of the Pacific Ocean so I'm curious to where it is now. I can't find any current imagery of the vast ocean but it would be a neat, yet dangerous spectacle. I could only imagine any of the harm it's causing on the sealife on its way across the pacific. We can only hope that doesn't bring too many issues once it washes up on the west coast, if at all.
High-resolution imaging has allowed scientists to produce the first full count of Antarctica's emperor penguins...
Before this, there was no way to to gather reliable penguin statistics. Geospatial technologies are now providing us the tools to teach us more about the biogeography of penguins. The applications of geospatial technologies are endless.
This reminds me of a documentary type show on Discovery Channel called "Penguins: Waddle all the Way". It followed various groups of penguins from Antarctica, Falkland Islands, and Peru with remote controlled camera-weilding look-alikes. It's amazing to see the migration patterns and habits each of the groups have. This technology is virtually harmless and gathers a great deal of data which ties in with geospatial technologies.
When you look at Thailand from satellite imagery, it looks as though much of the country has a tannish color which you would think is dry and has less vegetation compared to neighboring countries. The country actual has quite a bit of rainfall, and the suspect for all the dry-looking areas is farming fields for things such as rice. This is serious manual labor with constant bending and speedy methods. Though in a culture, and broader surrounding region that uses rice so frequently in their meals, having these type of farms is necessary to everyday life.
Jakarta's traffic is legendary and locals have now become experts at finding ways to get around the jams, with some even making money out of them.
The population of Indonesia is heavily concentrated on the island of Java, and the capital city of Jakarta faces a tremendous strain on it's transportation network. This video show that resourceful people will find inventive ways to make an unworkable situation manageable.
I thought Interstate-95 was bad, but this is a whole other level. Locally when people have to wait 15-30 minutes in traffic, it's a nightmare. In Jakarta, if you told them the same thing it would be a national holiday. The population growth not only of the people, but of the automobiles have obviously gotten out of hand and people simply need to get to work, and on time. It's no wonder that there are various rules being bent or broken to try and keep the flow moving as smooth as possible.
One of the hardest reservations to get in the world is a seat at Jiro Ono’s sushi counter, a three-Michelin-star restaurant adjoining the entrance to the Ginza metro station, in the basement of a business building in Tokyo.
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This is an article regarding a documentary titled Jiro Dreams of Sushi. The man, Jiro ono is nearing his late 80's and is still a full fledged worker, specifically sushi chef, artist, master. I recently found the documentary on Netflix and my appetite for sushi and Japanese culture then had me hooked. The film follows Jiro in his day to day routine, where he hardly ever takes breaks from work and has become one of the best sushi chefs ever because of his consitency and determination. While watching, I began to think of other cultural and social norms in Japan. One was the health and longevity of the citizens there. Does the nutritional diets and seemingly constant workload and knack for their respective jobs attribute to living a longer and especially mental and physical healthier life? I mean Jiro did have a heart attack due to smoking when he was in his 70's, but he is near 90 years old now and still raising the bar! He also mentions that because he learned to love his job, it makes waking up and working that much easier. On the contrary is the typical American saying "oh damn, I have to go to work, again." From my study of Japanese culture, people are proud of what they do, and people like Jiro change for the better, they adapt and be the best they can be at their particular job. Achieving this trait I feel can help any worker in almost any condition to live a little healthier by having an optimistic and progressive mindset.
The panorama is eery. The trees are dead, there is rubble, it is literally a deadzone. No scary movie or horror story can compare to this type of devastation. The black and white contrast seems to add even more depth to the pictures because of the consistent trend of nothingness. It shows how massive the damage actually was. What I found interesting is the trolley line with people riding bikes or walking on the same road. Thinking of how they walked around after the bombs had dropped must be the strangest feeling because everything around them was simply gone.
This is an incredible video because of the shocking footage of blatant disregard for worker safety. This can lead to an interesting discussion concerning how China has been able to have its economy grow. What other ways has China (or Chinese companies) been "cutting corners?" How does that give them a competitive edge on the global industrial market?
This guy is crazy! This just happened to be captured on video but who knows the other stunts that workers go through in the country. The demand and speed of the jobs to be completed don't always take in the safety of the workers. The regulations that are set in place aren't enforced strongly, if at all, which is why you can see this guy dangling from a building. Yet at the end of the day, the job has to be done, and surely this man will not be going home with a bonus check even though he risked his life to keep up with the demanding pace set for the demolition job.
Despite calls for boycott by an alliance of 33 parties, voter turnout is expected to be high as the country is in grips of election fever.
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Today was voting day in Nepal. Two words: divided and voting. These two words when put together can be edgy. We've seen it in Egypt where various parties have extreme differences and have even taken extreme measures. To further the research of this article, there had also been a bomb that went off earlier today in the capital of Kathmandu. There has been many government forces deployed and though some people are honestly just trying to get their vote in, there are other extremists who have other intentions. These ethnic divides translate into politics, and within recent years, many of these conflicts end up bloody. It's a sad issue of the past and present, and it shows that even though these people live within the same political boundaries, they are on completely different ends of the political and ideological spectrum.
This is an inspiring project that seeks to elevate poor slum-dwelling Indians by providing educational resources to children. As free computer terminals are made available, their literacy skills soar and possibilities are widened. Visit the projects homepage at: http://www.hole-in-the-wall.com/ ;
As a child, most of us probably didn't particularly learn through technology or computers but through other hands on methods. In these slums, getting school supplies which we are fortunate to have may not be so easy. There are just so many people and living conditions make it harder for each child to be benefit equally. That being said, these computers just might benefit the youth in the long run. It might not be traditional, or even equal at times yet it is a type of improvisation that can probably be helpful. In the video you could see the kids waiting in line, wanting to use the touchscreen, wanting to learn. It is an abstract approach to education, but with the growth and diversity, it just might work effectively.
I recently did a project on the topic of megacities in the past, present, and future and how the natural risks they posed. In past decades there was Tokyo, New York City, or even Mexico City. I also covered present cities such as Shangai and Los Angeles to name a few. The city that basically topped the growth charts in my statistics was Dhaka. The city literally is growing like a chia pet, but with no direct plan or proper use of land. According to future calculations, the city of Dhaka can reach roughly 23 million by 2025, that's about 600,000 new people coming in every year up until that point. This video is just an example of how poorly planned this megacity is, and what the future holds for all of the people living there. It's simply chaos. There are already squatter settlements and unorganized living conditions for the current residents, picturing the population to grow even more is outrageous!
It's sad to see the lifestyle in the areas plagued by pirates. There are even videos of young kids being interviewed with questions such as "what do you want to be when you grow up?" They respond with "a pirate". The lifestyle is almost recognized as a rebellious hero in some aspects; you ride around on boats, with big guns, and get to do some very risky things to get rich and powerful. Sounds like an interesting action movie, but in reality it is an extremely illegal and dangerous lifestyle. These people put their lives on the line to not just be powerful or rich, but to survive. In some cases it is a way out of the poverty and jobless way of life, yet when people need to survive, they can do some not-so-friendly things.
The new African country, founded in part to escape from the northern government's violence, is showing some hostility of its own.
Independence for ethnic/religious groups, while culturally satisfying, does not necessarily solve all the problems within a region. South Sudan's 1-year anniversary shows that even though they have a short history, it has been marked by ineffective governance and social instability.
This is probably a bad comparison, but say an expansion sports team has just been created for the new upcoming season. There are new players, new equipment, and new managers to run the team. Many of these new areas probably have little to no experience with each other professionally, so therefore flaws are inevitable. In a way, the only way to go is up and mistakes which surely will be made can be used to change for the better in the future. That being said, a new country with new officals, flags, and economy to name a few are all in a "trial run." No one should expect them to suddenly become prosperous and great over a few years span. Just like a new team, a country takes time to develop, people to gain comfort, and regulations and norms for people to follow. I mean, even Rome wasn't built in a day.
March 26, 2012—In a state-of-the-art submersible, National Geographic explorer-in-residence and filmmaker James Cameron reached the deepest point of the Mariana Trench, breaking a world record for the deepest solo dive.
When the show South Park has made an entire episode based around you, you've certainly done something extraordinary. James Cameron not only risked his life, but proved a point and set a new standard in underwater exploration. In a way, he literally went to the bottom of the earth, something that has been a mystical feat until now. With technology advancing so quickly and people constantly pushing limits and standards it makes us wonder what will be discovered next.
In the 1960s when the island of Surtsey (literally) erupted onto the scene off the coast of Iceland, it's national sovereignty was not really called into question. The seamount, or near island named Ferdinandea in the Mediterranean is not even an island yet and countries are already positioning themselves to claim it. Only 6 feet below sea level, this seamount is incredibly valuable real estate because is a country can successfully came this territory, they could also lay claim to an Exclusive Economic Zone, extending up to 200 nautical miles beyond the coast.
These soon-to-be island would sure make one interesting auction. Many of the small landforms in the world, and especially Pacific have always been contested by powerhouses such as China, Japan, or other smaller countries. Having control isn't for the island itself necessarily but for what the ocean waters surrounding the landform may contain. It could be fishing, trade routes, or even oil or natural gas settlements. It makes it even more intersting when many of these underground landforms are possible volcanoes considering the majority of active volcanoes are underwater and near the ring of fire.
Location: Mr. Bourdain kicked off a new round of episodes last night with Laos. As one of the last 'untouched' destinations of Southeast Asia, Laos
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My typical Tuesday consists of waking up, and going to play soccer at Brown University. I drive from my Elmhurst apartment through downtown, then over to the campus on the East Side of Providence. Last week, it was quite cold yet a man on the sidewalk caught my eye with just a plain black t-shirt which read "I (heart) Laos". Fair enough. I finished playing and came back to make lunch where I turn on the television and here is Anthony Bourdain traveling through Laos. This was a strange coincidence so I had a feeling I should watch! Come to find out, the country sat in the shadows through much of the last century with conflicts such as the Vietnam war. Laos, technically not even in the war was still held victim to all of the bloodshed which occured. In the episode, Bourdain visits a man and his family, yet the man had come in contact with an un-detonated bomb left over from the war and had to be amputated. Myself, as well as Bourdain who is tough as steel, seemed to get emotional from the story of him and many other people in the country that fall victim to a war they had nothing to do with. There are supposedly millions of un-detonated bombs in the fields and close to villages that are trying to be located and desposed of. Just to think of having to be cautious walking or playing in a field from something your country wasn't apart of, or you weren't even born for is truly saddening.
A former gang member from Long Beach, California, teaches break dancing to at-risk youth in Cambodia.
This video is a great example of cross-cultural interactions in the era of globalization. Urban youth culture of the United States is spread to Cambodia through a former refugee (with a personally complex political geography). What geographic themes are evident in this video? How is geography being reshaped and by what forces?
Off subject, but I recently started watching "My Name is Earl", a tv show which is based around karma and redoing wrongs in life. On a serious note, people who have done wrong in their lives to turn around and try bettering themselves and others around them is very admirable. When people normally think of helping the poor, its ship them some food and clothes and that's that. It's much more than that though, you have to help them help themselves. What "KK" has done has brought something he loves, and shares it with youth that can gain interest from it. Breakdancing acts as a foundation to further learning such as books and computers, this leads to improvement and long-term effects.
This guy is super quick, he has seen his day but he is surely a legend especially in the Philippines. When it is hard for people in poverty to have in interest in something, due to lack accessibility or other reasons, it is good to have someone to look up to. Pacquiao can act as role model to not only people in poverty, but for anyone who is willing to work hard to succeed. I have always believed that sport can bring anyone together, but resources such as a ball or equipment may be hard to come by. Boxing is great in this situation, all you essentially need is your body and something to hit.
"In 1979, the National Population and Family Planning Commission in China enacted an ambitious program that called for strict population control. Families in various urban districts are urged to have only one child—preferably a son—in order to solve the problems related to overpopulation. What has happened since then and what are its implications for the future of China?" This is an excellent infographic for understanding population dynamics in the world's most populous country.
This was a cool graphic to explain the basics of the birth policies in China. As a country, it is respectable for them to try and control their global footprint and growth within the country, yet some of the measures that are taken to achieve or sustain them are slightly questionable. One of the graphics displayed having one child compared to more than one, which were have the chance of being followed by fines, confiscations of belongings, and even job loss. In a sense, by having more (a child) they actually get less (money, goods, respect). The goal of reducing the birth rates had actually worked since it was put in place, though it didn't come without some sort of an expense of the citizens.
This is actuallty very believable considering the population growth that China has experienced. It only makes sense that the more people there are, the more meat will be consumed. It is part of their cuisine to include meat. Pork and chicken are among many of the popular proteins which are found on their dishes. There is also the expansion to go along with all of the growth. The landscape of the eastern part of the country has become more agriculturally accomodating for crops and livestock alike. Therefore to match the trend of growing population, is the need to match it with meat and other foods.
Saying and agreeing to peace is one thing, yet actually going through with it is another. I'm sure both countries don't want any conflict, yet there are just so many divides regarding identity it could be hard for people near the borders to follow suit. In an area with tension and "the others" mentality, moving towards a more tolerant approach for people on the other side of the border could take time. As mentioned, maybe younger generations have a better chance in solving relations by practicing more friendly approaches. It would be great to see these two countries find a solid peaceful ground considering all of the tension they've had in the past.
The results of India's once-in-a-decade census reveal a country of 1.2 billion people where millions have access to the latest technology, but millions more lack sanitation and drinking water.
More Indians are entering the middle class as personal wealth is transforming South Asia's economy in the private sector. Yet the government's ability to provide public services to match that growth still lags behind. Why would it be that it is easier to get a cell phone than a toilet in India? What will that mean for development?
This ratio is strange, yet somewhat easy to believe. India, a country with a large fraction of the world's population can easily benefit from technology. Cell phones and other electronics are easy to come by, can easily be replaced, and are always steadily available with new releases. On the other hand is sewage systems and water supplies. In a region that lacks "proper" living conditions due to the growth of people and increase of city living and slums, it would be hard to keep up with the a demand of toilets and running water. It is basically impossible to accomodate everyone with a bathroom, the resources just aren't available. In a nutshell, it's easier to buy a handheld device than to buy a toilet system.
"The name of the country Pakistan has a fascinating history - it is essentially an acronym! Prior to 1947, the country now known as Pakistan was a British colony. In 1947 the United Kingdom granted independence to the region under a new name, Pakistan. The name had been developed by a group of students at Cambridge University who issued a pamphlet in 1933 called Now or Never."
In a country with such great ethnic divisions, a common religion is a powerful nationalizing force. As the capital city of Islamabad's toponym powerfully states (the house or abode of Islam), religion remains an important element of national identity for Pakistanis.
When you take in the way that the British Empire controlled many colonies and tried to spread their culture to such diverse regions, it is no suprise that Pakistan was named essentially by a game of Scrabble. I suppose the naming is somewhat creative and certainly unique compared to how other countries get their names, yet just picturing a group of colleagues naming a country is strange. Though the U.K. did grant them independance, how independant were they really if they weren't even given the right to name their own land.
Lesotho, is rarely talked about if ever. It is a landlocked country but South Africa. Mainly a rural country, around 40% of its 2 million inhabitants live below the poverty line of $1.25 a day. Yet what is unique about this small country is the unity they seem to have. Around 90% of the people are Christian, virtually everyone is in the same ethnic group being Basotho as well as speaks the same language being Sesotho. All of these similarities are a change compared to the divided countries to the north. The health issues pertaining to HIV/AIDS are quite devestating, though there is education to be provided for the growing youth. As 85% of the people are literate, it shows that the country has hope. It is refreshing to see that though there are some countries in Africa that are torn but differences and disease, the people of Lesotho are trying to make the lives of their people as best as possible.
We all love chocolate. We all love diamonds and jewels. In western worlds, these items are easily come by in grocery stores and elsewhere, but what got them there was a challenge. People in poorer tropical regions around the world worked to get the raw goods of these delicate items we all enjoy. The payout difference is immense from cocoa to chocolate. It is sometimes a very crooked market where if it wasn't for the hard working people who get the raw ingredients, chocolate as we know it wouldn't be the same.
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