Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) won the first prize in the final presentation of “P2P: Challenging Extremism” competition at the US Department of State.
PHOTO: US Consulate General Lahore
“Pakistan’s project ‘Fate: From apathy to empathy’ took first place and won $5,000 to expand their campaign within their local community,” US Consulate General Lahore wrote on its Facebook page.
University students from around the world, including Switzerland and the United States, developed campaigns and social media strategies against violent extremism that are credible, authentic, and believable to their peers and resonate within their communities.
LUMS Assistant Professor Taimur Rahman also confirmed the news on his Facebook account.
Source : http://tribune.com.pk/story/1040836/lums-wins-first-prize-in-us-state-department-competition/
- The statue is ‘Grave Naiskos of an Enthroned Woman with an Attendant’
- Conspiracy theorists say structure is too narrow to be a jewelry box
- Says woman’s eyes are focused on center of the ‘lid’ like a laptop monitor
- Sceptics claim it is a wax tablet used by ancient Greeks for writing
Legend has it that the Oracle of Delphi connected priests with super natural beings who passed along advanced technology and information.
And conspiracy theorists claim that is how a modern-day laptop ended up in a Greek sculpture from 100 BC.
But historians say the sculpture is just a deceased woman ‘touching the lid of a shallow chest’.
‘I am not saying that this is depicting an ancient laptop computer,’ StillSpeakingOut, conspiracy theorists, said in a video he released on YouTube in 2014.
‘But when I look at the sculpture I can’t help but think about the Oracle of Delphi, which was supposed to allow the priests to connect with the gods to retrieve advanced information and various aspects.’
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The voyage of US Secretary of State to Italy almost ended in him getting a black eye. Having arrived on the Apennine Peninsula to talk about the victories of American democracy around the world, Kerry was not expecting such a warm reception.
Officially the purpose of the visit of the Secretary was a “small group meeting of the international coalition to combat “Daesh”. During his visit, he met with Italian foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, representatives from 23 countries and authorized persons of the EU. What they said actually, for me personally, is a mystery, because to discuss their “coalition successes” would take two seconds: “We fight? Fight! Thanks everybody, all are free to leave.”
Although, it’s likely that they discussed the cost of increasing support to “moderate opposition”, the kind like Jabhat al-Nusra, reducing the debit on the loan and everything. Kerry, as I see it, passionately spoke about the necessity of completing an unconditional victory over Assad, called to democratise the whole of Syria and not to pay attention to victims among civilians as a result of the “accurate” bombing of the coalition forces. But what do I know.
The most interesting thing happened at a joint press conference between Kerry and Gentiloni. When the Secretary of State said all of his memorized phrases on combating international terrorism and the Assad regime, and the Ministers were about to leave the room, suddenly one of the journalists sitting in the front row raised a banner denouncing the U.S. policy rhetoric, shouting at him “It was you who created ISIS!” and tried to charge at him with her fists.
Naturally, the woman was immediately pounced on by the carabinieri, a scuffle ensued. But she quickly left the room.
Source : http://www.fort-russ.com/2016/02/john-kerry-almost-beaten-up-in-rome-for.html
In what many people are pointing to as a prime example of the dangers facing foreign companies that come to Indonesia, Swedish furniture giant IKEA recently lost the trademark to its own name in Indonesia after a Jakarta court ruled against them in a lawsuit filed by a company from Surabaya and the Supreme Court rejected their appeal of the ruling.
IKEA, whose name is an abbreviation of “Ingvar Kamprad from Elmtaryd, Agunnaryd” (the name of IKEA’s founder and his boyhood home), lost the trademark to a company from Surabaya, PT Ratania Equator, who registered the IKEA trademark as an acronym for “Intan Khatulistiwa Esa Abadi”.
IKEA had trademarked its name in Indonesia on October 9, 2006, and then again on October 27, 2010. So how was Ratania able to take over the trademark?
Ratania’s case rested upon the charge that IKEA had not actively used its trademark in 3 consecutive years for commercial purposes, which meant that its trademark could be deleted under Indonesian trademark law.
Based on that, Ratania registered their own IKEA trademark on December 20, 2013, and then sued IKEA of Sweden in the Central Jakarta District Court to get them to give up their claims to the trademark.
On September 17, 2014, the Central Jakarta District Court declared that the IKEA trademark was owned by Ratania and ordered IKEA to stop using its own name.
IKEA, of course, appealed the decision to the Supreme Court. But on Tuesday, the court announced that it had rejected the Swedish company’s appeal.
People who are pointing to this as a reason why foreign companies should be afraid to do business in Indonesia seem to be jumping the gun a bit, as it appears that there is in fact a legal justification for IKEA losing the copyright. If the law says that you can lose your trademark if you don’t use it for 3 years, and IKEA in fact did not use it, then maybe they are in the wrong. We can’t know for sure without more information.
On the other hand, it seems highly unlikely that IKEA, a multi-billion dollar international company, and its doubtlessly high-priced team of lawyers would overlook such an important detail in the trademark regulations. But then, Indonesia has some very ambiguous laws and bigger legal blunders have happened.
It should also be noted that the Supreme Court decision was not unanimous. According to Detik, Supreme Court Justice I Gusti Agung Sumanatha wrote in his dissent that the Trademark Law being used in the lawsuit should not apply to a company as big as IKEA.
“It’s obvious that the defendant IKEA on Jalan Alam Sutera in Tangerang, Banten, is bigger [than the plaintiff] so Article 61 Section 2A of the Trademark Law cannot be applied,” he wrote, referring to the address of IKEA’s only outlet in Indonesia.
Obviously we’re not legal experts, but that seems to indicate that the law on this issue is not so clear, or at least that it could not be clearly applied to IKEA in this case since it is a much larger company than Ratania.
Suprisingly, the Central Jakarta Commercial Court and the Supreme Court protected IKEA’s trademark back in 2012 when IKEA successfully sued an Indonesian company, PT Angsa Daya, for trademarking the name IKEMA and using a similar logo.
There has been no announcement yet as to what IKEA will do next in the wake of the Supreme Court’s rejection of their appeal. It seems unlikely that the company will simply pull out of Indonesia after having invested so much to enter the market. The answer to their trademark dilemma may be something as simple as changing their official name here to something like IKEA Indonesia.
Regardless of the legal justifications for the case or the outcome, foreign companies are likely to look at this and become even warier about doing any business that revolves around trademarks in Indonesia.
Source : http://jakarta.coconuts.co/2016/02/04/swedish-furniture-giant-ikea-loses-trademark-ikea-name-indonesia-surabaya-company
ISLAMABAD: Pakistani actress Meera on Monday said she has decided to launch a fund-raising campaign named ‘Jholi Phelao’ for building a welfare hospital.
Meera said her campaign will be kicked off from Lahore and it will conclude in Karachi.
A philanthropist had offered a piece of land to Meera for building the hospital and it is in this context that the actress has now made up her mind to begin collecting donations for the noble cause.
The construction of the hospital is reported to commence towards the end of February.
– See more at: http://www.geo.tv/latest/100781-Meera-set-to-launch-fund-raising-drive-for-hospital#sthash.OD0zI25G.dpuf
Donald Trump ‘nominated for Nobel Peace Prize’ by anonymous US politician
DONALD Trump has been nominated for the Novel Peace Prize alongside Angela Merkel, Pope Francis and residents of a Greek island who came to the aid of migrants.
The billionaire businessman has been nominated according to Nobel watcher Kristian Berg Harpviken, the director of the Peace Research Institute of Oslo.
It’s unclear who nominated the US Republican Presidential hopeful, but Nobel rules declare you cannot nominate yourself.
Thousands of people around the world are allowed to nominate including former prize winners, government ministers, a number of university professors and former advisers to the Norwegian Nobel Committee.
Sources : http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/640915/Donald-Trump-nominated-Nobel-Peace-Prize-anonymous-US-politician
Army chief General Raheel Sharif has said Balochistan has become a hotbed of proxy wars for regional and global powers pursuing a grand strategy.
Army chief General Raheel Sharif addresses a seminar in Quetta on Tuesday. PHOTO: ISPR
Speaking at a seminar on peace and prosperity on Tuesday, Gen Raheel said foreign adversaries were more than eager to exploit any opportunity to destabilise Pakistan by “harbouring, training and funding dissidents and militants”.
“This is a battle that we all are fighting, and we shall continue to fight till peace prevails across the width and breadth of the province,” he said.
Gen Raheel said the law enforcement agencies and the people of Balochistan had defended the integrity of Pakistan with unflinching resolve.
“Terrorists were externally supported and internally facilitated,” he said.
The COAS said the LEAs had conducted over 2,400 intelligence-based operations in Balochistan since August 2014 during which 204 lives were sacrificed.
Giving his perspective on the current security situation, Gen Raheel said overtime, diverse and divergent interests have led the province to most complex problems.
Lack of developed infrastructure, extreme poverty, poor educational and health facilities, and rampant unemployment lend credibility to the complaints of the aggrieved section of society, he added.
The army said issues were further complicated by the foreign interference across a porous border spanning hundreds of kilometers, a challenge for the civil armed forces of the province.
For this purpose, efforts are underway for the capacity building of security forces,” he said.
“I understand that use of force brings nothing but destruction, distress and suffering, often to those who had no part in it. Involvement of the people and state institutions, therefore, is the correct way forward for the prosperity of Balochistan.”
Youths are Balochistan’s future, army chief said, adding Pakistan Army was working to impart education to 25,000 youngsters of the province.
Source : http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2016/02/02/national/gen-raheel-says-balochistan-a-hotbed-of-regional-global-proxy-war/
Do we have a soul? Is there life after death? The afterlife is something that has been experienced by countless people since recorded history who have returned to tell their tales, with the most noteworthy account experienced first-hand by Harvard trained brain neurosurgeon of 25 years, Dr. Eben Alexander. This is not just another afterlife account that can be written off as a hallucination. Before we look at exactly how his experience of the afterlife defies all scientific explanation, lets explore his account a little bit. Before his experience, he did not believe existence of a non-physical spirit. Trained in western medical school and surrounded by medical colleagues who are deeply invested in the materialism view of the universe, he thought that the idea of a soul was outlandish. Like most “skeptics”, he believed stories of the afterlife to be hallucinations or products of the human imagination. Dr. Alexander changed his mind after he was in a coma for seven days caused by severe bacterial meningitis. During his coma he experienced a vivid journey into what he knew to be the afterlife, visiting both heavenly and not so heavenly realms. After returning to his body and experiencing a miraculous healing against all odds, and went on to write the NY Times #1 best selling book “Proof of Heaven.” What Dr. Alexander confirms is that our life here is just a test help our souls evolve and grow, and that the way we succeed in doing so is to proceed with love and compassion. Here are just a few other notable points he made: – The experience of the afterlife was so “real” and expansive that the experience of living as a human on Earth seemed like an artificial dream by comparison. – The fabric of the afterlife was pure LOVE. Love dominated the afterlife to such a huge degree that the overall presence of evil was infinitesimally small. If you wish to know the Universe, know Love. – In the afterlife, all communication was telepathic. There was no need for spoken words, nor even any separation between the self and everything else happening around you. All the questions you asked in your mind were immediately answered to you telepathically as well. When asked what he wants everyone to know about the spiritual realm, he always answers saying that you are precious and infinitely loved more than you can possibly imagine. You are always safe. You are never alone. The unconditional and perfect Love of God neglects not one soul. “Love is, without a doubt, the basis of everything. Not some abstract, hard-to-fathom kind of love but the day-to-day kind that everyone knows-the kind of love we feel when we look at our spouse and our children, or even our animals. In its purest and most powerful form, this love is not jealous or selfish, but unconditional. This is the reality of realities, the incomprehensibly glorious truth of truths that lives and breathes at the core of everything that exists or will ever exist, and no remotely accurate understanding of who and what we are can be achieved by anyone who does not know it, and embody it in all of their actions.” Now let’s talk credibility for a minute. What makes this experience so much more significant than another NDE account? Eben’s neocortex was completely nonfunctional during the time of his coma do to his severe bacterial meningitis, so there is no scientific account for why he experienced this. In fact, he gives refutations to 9 different possible scientific explanations for his experience in his book. Exploring Naturalistic Explanations Let’s take a look at 5 potential explanations he outlines in Appendix B of “Proof of Heaven”. Some are of his explanations would make no sense to us as laymen untrained in neuroscientific terminology, so here are the most common explanations he refutes, all of which are taken verbatim from his book: 1. A primitive brainstem program to ease terminal pain and suffering (“evolutionary argument” – possibly as a remnant of feigned-death strategies from lower mammals?). This did not explain the robust, richly interactive nature of the recollections. 2. The distorted recall of memories from deeper parts of the limbic system (for example, the lateral amygdala) that have enough overlying brain to be relatively protected from the meningitic inflammation, which occurs mainly at the brain’s surface. This did not explain the robust, richly interactive nature of the recollections. 3. DMT dump. DMT, a naturally occurring serotonin agonist causes vivid hallucinations and a dream-like state. I am personally familiar with drug experiences related to serotonin agonist/antagonists (LSD) from my teen years in the early 70s. I have had no personal experience with DMT but have seen patients under its influence. The rich ultra-reality would still require fairly intact auditory and visual neocortex as target regions in which to generate such a rich audiovisual experience as I had in a coma. Prolonged coma due to bacterial meningitis had badly damaged my neocortex, which is where all of the serotonin from the raphe nuclei in my brainstem (or DMT, a serotonin agonist) would have had effects on visual/auditory experiences. But my cortex was off, and the DMT would have no place in the brain to act. 4. A reboot phenomenon – a random dump of bizarre dis-jointed memories due to old memories in the damaged neocortex, which might occur on restarting the cortex into consciousness after a prolonged system-wide failure, as in my diffuse meningitis. Especially given the intricacies of my elaborate recollections, this seems most unlikely. 5. Unusual memory generation through an archaic visual pathway through the midbrain, prominently used in birds but only rarely identifiable in humans. It can be demonstrated in humans who are cortically blind, due to occipital cortex. It provided no clue as to the ultra-reality I witnessed and failed to explain the auditory-visual interleaving. His NDE account stands as the most credible account of all time, and coming from his materialistic scientific background, we have good reason to believe that he really did have a vivid encounter with something beyond this world. Here is an interview/feature he did with ABC News about his condition and his experience: