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If you’re going to be a hater, make sure you’ve done your homework.

One great problem by hate against others is the non-knowledge of those others. The not knowing enough of history is the second part which makes that hate crimes and socio-political situations can re-occur.

An attempt at a discrimination graphic.

An attempt at a discrimination graphic. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A video published this weekend by a politician from Gent showed clearly how people from different communities took over words they heard adults shouting at each other. As such we do hear young Moroccans (5-10 years old) calling to have all “the Makakken (sobriquet for Moroccans) out”, dark skinned girls shouting to get all niggers or Negroes where they belong, etc.. It is quite confronting to see how those young, so called innocent toddlers and teens, call their own group of people names, not really understanding the content of such calling and the hate they would or could create with it.

The pictures clearly show how an attitude of hate or love is created by the ones responsible for the education (parents, teachers, surrounding society) of the youngsters and the next generation.

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English: symbol of anti-zionizm

Symbol of anti-zionizm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A 16 year old aspiring journalist in what looks like her first posting, can imagine that, for a teacher, a GCSE religious studies lesson on racism may be one of the most challenging classes to teach, especially in a school like hers; overrun with teenage girls desperate to voice their opinions in an attempt to seem more intelligent than their classmates.

She tells about her experience, which could happen in any school, she sitting in class, learning about prejudice, already pissed off having had to discuss why ‘reverse racism’ is simply just ‘racism.’

She looks at the

very link between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism which racists everywhere deny they are doing. It is perfectly possible to be against the Israeli government and their brutal domestic policy, and simultaneously not be an anti-Semite.

In which she is totally right. Much too many people consider those who are against what is going on in Israel, to be anti-semitic, but they can be themselves real Jews as well as real lovers of Jews.

One of the great problems of the disturbance in relationships with Jews is that

as soon as you relate the Holocaust to the Arab-Israeli conflict in the way that has been done here, you are both insensitive and ignorant.

English: No racism Lietuvių: Ne rasizmui

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Preceding articles

What to do in the Face of Global Anti-semitism

The Rise of Anti-Seminism

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Further reading

  1. USA Today: Rise in hate crimes spurs launch of database and hotline
  2. Daily Prompt: Instinct or Wisdom?
  3. Do White Nationalist Think Brown Babies Are Destroying Our Country? Ask Dr. Karen!
  4. Prejudice
  5. Prejudice and the ink in my skin…
  6. I am white, and I refuse to be ashamed of i
  7. This Post Is For White People
  8. Acting Black…
  9. The Irony of Prejudice
  10. What I Now Know About My Own Prejudices
  11. My Multi-Cultural Childhood Could be the Answer to Racism & Xenophobia
  12. Reverse Racism Doesn’t Exist
  13. Does reverse racism exist?
  14. The Truth About Reverse Racism
  15. What is reverse-discrimination?
  16. Liberalism has lost all perspective #reverseracism
  17. You can be a dickhead no matter your race, religion or sexuality
  18. public education, passing, #womensday2017, all for Prompt Night on A Dash of Sunny
  19. Complexity
  20. Is being racist against racists racism?
  21. Students Report Being Triggered by the Word “Trigger”
  22. High School Evacuated Due to Presence of “Toxic Masculinity”
  23. “Travel is Fatal To Prejudice” – Mark Twain
  24. Masters of Misunderstanding
  25. I see you
  26. Anticipation, Mrs. Beasley and Starlings
  27. Frankie’s America: Too strong to be brought down
  28. In the News: Hijab, Hijab, Hijab. Why Are We Obsessed With a Head Scarf?
  29. Muslims portrayed as “they” in the media
  30. Don’t Tokenize Us 
  31. “Use my Pronouns or I Won’t Eat,” Says Non-Binary Student
  32. Inadequate Evidence: The Major Problem with Microagressions
  33. We’re Not Friends
  34. The Thankful Foreigner: An Award-Winning Essay from a Millennial
  35. Dealing with the Stares: My Muslim Experiance
  36. When the PC culture goes too far…
  37. You have no Bucket
  38. The Illusion of Christianity in America
  39. Jewgle racism pt. infinity
  40. Reed’s quote of the day from Charles Caleb Colton on Truth
  41. Lectionary Sermon for Lent 3 A : 19 March 2017 on John 4:5-42
  42. Racial Tension in Trump’s America. What Are You Going To Do About It?
  43. Black Activists Reject Trader Joe’s: Might Attract ‘Non-Blacks’ – Minutemen New
  44. ‘Gingerism’ – is it a real thing?
  45. Flipping the Script: The Tragedy of Mary Rowlandson
  46. Comic: Antisocial media
  47. Coversations with Becky
  48. 10 Of Megyn Kelly’s Most Racist Moments
  49. I can’t believe I’m writing this in 2017
  50. A response to Racism
  51. How Not To Be A Privileged Ass …

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I can imagine that, for a teacher, a GCSE religious studies lesson on racism may be one of the most challenging classes to teach, especially in a school like mine; overrun with teenage girls desperate to voice their opinions in an attempt to seem more intelligent than their classmates.

The other week, I was sitting in class, learning about prejudice, already pissed off having had to discuss why ‘reverse racism’ is simply just ‘racism.’ Doodling Radiohead lyrics over my folder and pondering why on earth I had chosen to study RS, I couldn’t help but tune into a conversation between two of my classmates. One girl, for the sake of privacy let’s call her Jennifer, was explaining to a friend why Israel obviously belongs to the Arabs, not the Jews. Fair enough, if she has evidence to support this. But what Jennifer said next surely would’ve angered anybody, let alone…

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Reflections on Existence and Teaching

Maria Gianna Iannucci at her blog Reflections on Existence as an educator at Mercy High School in Middletown, CT.  has written courses in Astronomy and Cosmology, Neuroscience, and Medical Botany for the High School level, wonders why she came to teach.

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Betonwerksteinskulptur “Lehrer-Student” von Reinhard Schmidt in Rostock (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lots of educators do feel they have a calling. You might even call it a drive which brings them to put themselves at the site at the service for others. Many may have different reasons why they choose to become a teacher. But for sure one can not be a good teacher when one does not love the matter or subject one chooses to bring over to others. In a certain way the one who wants to teach properly must be

in love with God’s new creation. {Why I Teach…}

Every year again the teacher gets to see youngsters which have many questions and lots of aspirations, but also many who do not see the reasons of existence any more and do not know where to go to. It is up to the teacher then to show them some light and many reasons to go forward.

With each generation that moves forward on the earth, hope is born.

when one teaches in class or comes to write a blog, sometimes an other way of teaching and preaching,

It takes contemplation, inspiration, creativity, consistency, and commitment…all those things add up to one thing…love. {A Note To All My Followers}

Without commitment and love for the other one can not bring such life in teaching that can inspire others to continue to do further research and to grow in the knowledge of science, arts, and so on. Without the commitment to the good of others, wanting to give oneself to the other  and to give as much usable information as possible. This free giving, with the knowledge that one can not know everything, that each of us is limited, but by sharing information we all can grow.

As teachers we do also have a mission which should make us to do our utmost best to fulfil the mandate given to us. Our direction should inspire those in front of us and should make us to want to go further than our generation.

Sometimes at the expense of your own wishes. I am committed to holding space for peace and real love in a world that often does not understand what that means. Our behest should also be to bring knowledge and peace, living for the moments “when our students wake up and look at us with new eyes”

as the universe expands beyond their capacity to comprehend. {Why I Teach…}

Maria Gianna Iannucci stands with the young at the threshold of possibilities, when they begin to realize their true purpose.

They catch a brief glimpse of a Love so expansive it leaves them breathless and in awe. I teach for the moments when they see in each other a reflection of the cosmos and the Love that animates it. {Why I Teach…}

I teach to awaken those who slumber, to comfort the grieving, to rejoice with those who dance, to bring hope to those who believe they live in a meaningless world. {Why I Teach…}

for many it may seem a meaningless world, and today with not many prospects. But by opening their eyes to the past and showing them it is a continuous act of reflecting back to mankind and to each of us, individually and in group, that we may come to see much more clear and see that there can be a line of continued hope.

English: A special education teacher assists o...

A special education teacher assists one of her students. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The female writer might, like I have done throughout the years I was teaching them, trying to show her pupils the beauty of our world, always referring back to the master Hand behind it,

so that they see with clarity, the beauty of the gifts they were given by the Eternal One. {Why I Teach…}

I can only hope students remember something from what their wanted to teach them plus from what he or she wanted to show them how we as human beings had to move on in this world. I sincerely hope that

Maybe my students will remember the unconditional love and respect, the feeling of being safe and cared for, being known and cherished for who they really are …and carry that out into the world. {Why I Teach…}

Whatever our purpose here on earth, we having been placed here, have to be fostered, guided by others, who want to guide us thorough our growing up process. even when many do not want to know that

We are brought into existence together for the purpose of growing into the very Love that created our hearts and the stars {Why I Teach…}

each educator has to show that way, with lots of patience and hope for the future.

Maria Gianna Iannucci one of her aims of her classes is to show young people the value of the plants for food and medicine to help keep these spaces free. When we look how far people have grown away from nature this is essential. We should have more teachers showing kids how man should be united with nature.

It is sad that nature is not appreciated in its own right, that we have to extract something from it.

Educators should continue with their unending efforts of trying to bring the parts of the chain of knowledge to youngsters and showing them the tools to handle everything what comes in front of them.

I always hoped that by personal endurance or forbearance I could bring some sparkle to lighten the brains of those in front of me and to get them too look for new ways of building up their own life and a new future. Sometimes our way of looking at things, or way of speaking, perfidies that we are a teacher.  (Even on holiday so many asked me if I was a teacher.)

“Once a teacher, always a teacher”

is how Steve Schwartzman see and I it.

The blogster ends her article

To teachers past and present who have dedicated their lives to the restoration of earth and the cultivation of the human. Why I Teach…

with a quote from the French philosopher and paleontologist known for his theory that man is evolving, mentally and socially, toward a final spiritual unity, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“As soon as humans have woken to explicit consciousness of the evolution that carries them along, and begin as one to fix their eyes on the same thing ahead of them, are they not, by that very fact, beginning to love one another?”

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Additional reading

  1. The first question: Why do we live
  2. Welfare state and Poverty in Flanders #7 Education
  3. Too many pupils for not enough teachers
  4. Passion and burn out of a teacher
  5. A learning process for each of us
  6. For those who make other choices
  7. Fools despise wisdom and instruction

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Further reading

  1. Live List of Education Books
  2. The Simplest Question Needs the Simplest Answer
  3. Science: A Great Source of Metaphor…
  4. Teaching ruminations
  5. What My Student Teacher Taught Me
  6. Oh, The Power You Have…And Yet May Not Even Use.
  7. Banning teachers from work
  8. 5 Educational Concepts We Need To Eliminate In 2017
  9. In memoriam George Aditjondro
  10. Thoughts About How I’ve Just Finished School Forever
  11. Reflects the core values of Career Toppers
  12. An Open Letter to My Firsts
  13. What Is a Traditional Teacher?
  14. Critiques of Groupwork in ESL Classrooms
  15. Native Speaker Privilege and Unprofessionalism within the ESL Industry by Kevin Hodgson 
  16. Conversation with my favorite teacher 
  17. Worried
  18. There is Only One First
  19. Shakespeare and High School English Teachers
  20. Tempest-uous Spring Planning
  21. The Girl on the Piccadilly Line
  22. Dear Students
  23. About Me (miss Natalia)
  24. About Me (miss Lindsey)
  25. Teaching the Pre-Modern Post-Election
  26. Organisational Challenges are Usually Technology Related
  27. From business administration to midwifery education: Sara’s midwifery journey
  28. The little school in Huilongguan
  29. Feedback – perfect this and everything else falls into place!
  30. grading
  31. Internet Roundup: Education Part 7
  32. Teacher “number 4”
  33. Shock! My blog has been neglected again.
  34. Clashes with Colleagues.
  35. I have applied for a new job.
  36. Let’s Sum Up – My First Term.
  37. First Semester Down #madeit
  38. Maybe Sunday School Would Be Better If It Were Actually School
  39. Grateful the Time is Near
  40. I’m sure what you meant to say in that email critiquing my repertoire choices was thank you…
  41. New Day, New Start, TEFL wobbles stabilised
  42. Why are languages being taught like math?
  43. First Semester Review
  44. Time to recharge
  45. A Tale of Two Educators
  46. Teaching Others about Jesus

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Au Secours! (Paul Cariage)

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AU SECOURS !

Chaque matin
Me vaut torture
D’une écriture
Au noir destin.

Cceur en déroute,
Vide d’émaux,
Vide de mots,
Je vais ma route.

Où trouver l’or
D’un clair poème ?
En vain, je sème,
Ma verve dort,

Mon esprit fume
Et suis à cours…
Muse, au secours !
Chasse la brume

Qui m’entoure !

(Paul Cariage)

Illustration: Denis Jeanteur

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2016 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

By the English daily newspapers we may find The Guardian which has an eye for the way human beings fit in the universe and how we can look at what is around us. They have in the week several themes looking at a certain aspect around building up the human being and about man’s relation with his environment.

For them it is necessary that man does something seriously to avoid climate change bringing us down. Without a balanced, comparative assessment of strategies to align energy use and industry with inescapable climate action, we won’t be able to choose the best possible future. Man also has to come to see how nature is an essential part making it possible for us to live nicely.

Stretching to a full harvest

Stretching to a Full Harvest by Dan Frugalberg, talking about God Who tests us beyond our expectation but never beyond our strength.

Materialism in all its ghastly guises is pulling man down. To get them to better senses we need to show man the beauty of what is already there provided by the Divine Creator. We are pleased that there are also several bloggers on the net who appreciate what is around them and who do not want to keep it just for themselves but want to share it on their blogs which are available in a lot of countries. We can recommend a.o. Cindy Knoke, Dan Frugalberg, Pete Hillman and Purple Rays (Jonathan Udo Ndah) who present regularly an insight on what nature has to offer to mankind. On the net several dreamers with some creativity in writing, who love nature and who are feeling very close to it, can be found. One such person who enjoys life and want to share his arts with each other brings the blog Magic nature poem. He recognises that we are are surrounded by energetic creatures and writes

Humans, animals, plants, earth, universe within planets, suns, stars, moons, everything.
We are all parts of something  very big.
Everyone is a part of a very big energy.
We all seem to be seperate
But that is not true.
We are all connected by our energies.
A network consisting of our individual energies.
We fulfill the universe. {Energy #4}

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Flower ball by Magic nature poem

While the world goes around and around we have to find our position in it, making sure that we are not pulled down by the ravishing electronic speed and pushing commercial consumer society, where people live in a world, which lives faster and faster. In that world we have to stand strong on our feet, with our mind focussing on the right things. In that hectic life we do have to find moments to enjoy nature, to watch colours changing, flowers growing, animals jumping or flying around.

It is for people who want to reach their dreams, their plans that such writers and photographers may bring something enlightening. On this site we can not bring many photographs because our funds our very limited (not to say non-existent) but we would love to recommend to enjoy watching the above mentioned sites and the links we regularly offer you (our readers).

Each year the media looks at the magnitude of photo’s made and newspapers and press agencies present their photographer of the year.

Friday opened the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 52 exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London before touring internationally.

American photographer Tim Laman was named winner of the prestigious annual competition for his image Entwined Lives, showing a critically endangered Bornean orangutan in the Indonesian rainforest. The award is given for a story told in just six images, which are judged on their story-telling power as a whole as well as their individual quality.

Here you can view the winning images selected by the international jury. Wildlife Photographer of the Year champions ethical photography. Images are chosen for their artistic composition, technical innovation and truthful interpretation of the natural world > Gallery 2016

Adult and young awards

Browse the award-winning images from across the competition

Adult awards

Tim LamanTim Laman, USA
Website: www.timlaman.com

Tim is a field biologist and wildlife photojournalist with a reputation for returning from the wild with shots of nearly impossible subjects. His pioneering research in the rainforest canopy led to a PhD from Harvard University and the first of many articles for National Geographic magazine. His work has garnered numerous awards, including many in Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

 

  • Paradise performance
  • Night eyes
  • Sunrise performance
  • Banner advertising
  • Spellbinder
  • Heart-stopping show
  • The pole dancer
  • The sensitive mover
  • Entwined lives
  • When mother knows best
  • Road to destruction
  • Pursued by fire
  • Motherless

>Young awards

Gideon Knight

Gideon Knight, UK

Gideon’s interest in nature began in his garden and soon spread to his local park and further afield. From the first moment he paid attention to nature, the natural world has never failed to amaze him. He hopes to have a future in conservation as a wildlife photographer to help raise awareness through photography.

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Find also to read:

  1. Nature photography – Landscape photographers
  2. Underwater photographers –Underwater photography
  3. 2016 wildlife photographer of the year – winners in pictures
  4. Conventional thinking will not solve the climate crisis
  5. Satellite Eye on Earth: September 2016 – in pictures
  6. Environment section of The Guardian

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Further related

  1. How to Be a Professional Outdoor & Nature Photographer
  2. Conservation Photography
  3. Wildlife Photographer
  4. Wildlife Photographer – extraordinary things that happen behind the lens
  5. Rakesh Sahai – Well known Indian wildlife photographer passes away
  6. Photographing Wild Alaska and Japan’s Winter Wildlife, with Robert O’Toole
  7. Nature Photographer of the Day – John Shaw
  8. New on 500px : Wildlife Photographer by Philippe-De-Bruyne by Philippe-De-Bruyne
  9. Longtime National Geographic photographer Steve Winter explains the umbrella effect of predator preservation
  10. Joe Riis
  11. It is My Enthusiasm for Wildlife that Drew Me to Photography: Anuroop Krishnan
  12. She Married Her Stalker – Wildlife and Photography
  13. Picture Parade One Hundred and Thirty-two
  14. Picture Parade One Hundred and Thirty-Three
  15. dil aj kal camera…
  16. First Day in the Water – Wildlife Photography
  17. Infographic: How to photograph Lions
  18. Art Of Wildlife Photography with Tom Mangelsen
  19. Nature Photography Color Workflow Revealed with Christopher Dodds
  20. Night Photography – Tips for Perfecting Your Night Shots
  21. Advanced Photography: Landscapes | Landscape 101
  22. What are you looking at?
  23. Living in harmony
  24. Misleading names
  25. Tsavo Man-Eaters strike again
  26. The decline of the Red Colobus Monkey
  27. Yellowstone & Grand Tetons: A Different Perspective
  28. Vervet monkeys deserve a chance
  29. How big is the illegal wildlife trade?
  30. Charges: mock or real?
  31. Giants of the plains
  32. Highly revered, highly endangered
  33. Majestic Soarer
  34. Giddy up, Saddle Bill
  35. Pocket-sized Antelope
  36. Rock Jumper
  37. Tea and Gaur
  38. Wild Radish
  39. Meet the Slugs – Stinging Rose Caterpillar
  40. Amidst The Autumn Oak Leaves
  41. Red Bellied Marmot
  42. Common Scorpionfly
  43. Trust your future
  44. Cream Autumn Berries
  45. Moose on the Loose: Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada
  46. Yosemite National Park: Phenomenal Splendor
  47. Mangiare … a Venezia!

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Choose Green: Reading and talking about your ideas leads to success.

English: "Selkirk reading his Bible"

“Selkirk reading his Bible” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From the beginning of times man has received the free will to choose. The Maker of everything also provided a solution against the rebellion of man, who thought their Maker withhold something from them. After their act of adversary their Divine Maker provide for a solution against the curse of death and was willing to guide man with His Word. That Bible Word of God, inspired and infallible, is now available in more than 2500 languages.

Mankind should give green light to that Book of books, the Bestseller of all times, which gives us an insight in the Plan of God and offers a map or guide to the entrance gate of the Kingdom of God where those who want to be children of God can find non-ending life.

Reading in that Book of books, which entrails all wisdom we do need to have, shall give us more than any other book of ordinary man.

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To remember:

  • success > Read > Study = improve your mind, increase your knowledge or calm your spirit
  • reading the Bible = stories of love, stories of war + specific battles, stories of family feuds, rape, adultery, stories of heart broken people, stories about egotistical kings, jealous kings and kings gone mad = lot of stuff in the Bible.
  • Read something positive every day.
  • Know what’s going on in the world = read international news or get it from TV, internet
  • or whatever source you choose. Successful people are aware of what is going on around them.
  • Read material that will help you be a better …
  • reading opens window to the world = opens your mind + allows new thoughts to enter, new ideas born

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Preceding articles

Hang On!

God’s wisdom for the believer brings peace

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Additional reading

  1. A voice and a Word given for wisdom
  2. Bible a guide – Bijbel als gids
  3. Colour-blindness and road code
  4. the Bible – God’s guide for life #1 Introduction
  5. the Bible – God’s guide for life #2 Needs in life
  6. To create a great journey
  7. Solution against curse of death
  8. God Our Refuge
  9. Jehovah steep rock and fortress, source of insight
  10. Counterfeit Gospels
  11. Necessary to be known all over the earth
  12. Is God behind all suffering here on earth
  13. Best intimate relation to look for
  14. Know Who goes with us and don’t try to control life
  15. In the night His song shall be with me

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Further related

  1. So Many Voices ~ So Many Lies
  2. God Loving Us
  3. Your Word for This Day: “Jehovah Guides Me”
  4. The Battle Is the Lord
  5. Find out for yourself
  6. My Daily Bread –
  7. Not Believing
  8. Whose Fool Are You?
  9. Straight Outta Context Series
  10. Go on trusting in God’s future grace.
  11. Lord, could I have a moment of your time, please?
  12. When Christians Get it Wrong
  13. More Ways Than Jesus? Of course, but…
  14. Philippians 4:13
  15. Bible Fun Fact
  16. Master Plan #1 // Choosing Your Study
  17. It is time to let churches die.

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You want to be a success? Read. Better yet, STUDY. Study anything that will improve your mind, increase your knowledge or calm your spirit. The visual in the header here is an inspirational read that may calm your spirit or encourage your soul.

I highly recommend reading the Bible; anywhere in the Old Testament is a good start. There are stories of love, stories of war and specific battles, stories of family feuds, rape, adultery, the stories of heart broken people, stories about egotistical kings, jealous kings and kings gone mad. There is a lot of stuff in the Bible.

Read something positive every day.

Know what’s going on in the world, either read international news or get it from the TV, the internet or whatever source you choose. Successful people are aware of what is going on around them.

I enjoy reading the autobiographies of successful people. I find…

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Muslim leaders call for all Islamic teachers to be registered

Singapore Muslim leaders called for a scheme that endorses religious teachers to be made stricter, amid the spread of extremist ideology on the Internet that has led to the radicalisation of some Singaporeans.

threat of terrorism > 2 Singaporeans planned to travel to Syria to fight with terror group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

religious teachers certified => parents will be more confident sending their children to madrasah, or Islamic religious schools

Currently, 80 per cent of asatizah are under ARS = certified 1,700 religious teachers.

Ustaz Ali Mohamed > need to ensure vision of Islam compatible with Singapore as a secular state.

Association of Muslim Professionals chairman Abdul Hamid Abdullah said encouraging all asatizah to be certified will

“clearly signal, not just to the Muslim community, but to the rest of the communities in Singapore, that we are concerned about getting the right, credible people to teach religious teachings”.

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(Source: www.straitstimes.com)

Muslim leaders here have called for a scheme that endorses religious teachers to be made stricter, amid the spread of extremist ideology on the Internet that has led to the radicalisation of some Singaporeans.

They want all asatizah to be registered with the Asatizah Recognition Scheme (ARS), started in 2005 to help Muslim Singaporeans assess and recognise qualified religious teachers.

About 20 community and religious leaders asked for the scheme to be made mandatory yesterday at a closed-door dialogue with Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim and Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli, where they discussed issues such as the economy and the threat of terrorism.

Their call comes a day after the Government announced the detention this month of two Singaporeans who planned to travel to Syria to fight with terror group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Since January last year, eight citizens…

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People of different cultures, beliefs and political convictions fraternal together

Man descended from a single man. The first Adam and Eve are the parents of “lots of generations.” Today the world is populated with quite a variety of peoples, of which their members have very different political views and very different way to practice their civil and religious life.

voicesDo you believe that in this world is too much injustice? Do you think there is little to do about it? Or do you believe that there is something going on and you are able to have a say in the matter? Would you think your voice could matter? do you think any voice would matter?

If you are convinced that the weaker ones of our society need voices speaking for them, than you are here on the right place. But why do you not dare to come up for them too?

There is so much injustice to be spoken off and there are so many problems in this world which concerns us all, that voices around it should be heard. On social, economical but also on environmental level we could use some more voices ringing the bell.

If you are convinced that no man is able to change everything, than you are not the one to whom we are calling, but we do accept your view and hope you will change it, after having spend some more time on this site.

We believe that there is a lot to do against injustice in the world. We even believe that it is necessary that people join hands to work together to do something about it. Here we want to offer a place where we take a close look at this world and bring up issues which would be interesting for more people to look at.

We are convinced that each of us could contribute his bit and actually get something rolling. Every person in this world is created in the image of the Divine Creator. (You may believe in Him or not.) Each person has received talents, but should also use them. Not only to help him or herself, but also to help others in this world. When each individual would join those gifts together an energy can be created by such group of people joining forces, that can be much greater than the capacity of the individual parts.

On this platform, we would love to find people from different ideologies fraternal together. We would appreciate it if several people would not mind letting their voice hear hear as well. Here we want to see expressed ideas of people from across the globe, and that all may see their ideas as yet far they may be different, we would like it that everybody recognizes them as ideas from people who want to feel free to live together in peace in this world.

Generally we would like to send out a message of peace in languages understood by others. In a sense, therefore, you will also find most of the articles in the trade language English, because a majority would be able to follow it. It would be great if we had here also articles in French, German, South African and perhaps also in Spanish, but for that we have yet to find the necessary professional speakers.

The most fun we would have in case we would find a willing person of every continent on this earth that would not mind placing an overview of what happened in their compass at regular intervals (weekly, two weekly, monthly or even bi-monthly).

Dear readers, are you not feeling called to bring a regular word here?
Why do you use your knowledge and civil skills not to share your knowledge with others?

If several professionals would  present some articles in a easily understandable form and would post something about things in their field at regular intervals, this could become an exciting platform where many people can gain knowledge and increase their knowledge and understanding to feel better in a world where we all deserve a place.

Therefore, do not procrastinate! Why postpone? contact us and let us know you want to write too on this blog From Guestwriters where you too can reblog articles you encountered on the net and foudn interesting to be read by many.
If you like writing why prorogue an offer to write for us?

Though it will be once a week or once a month, every part sustainability can be enriching for everyone and an act of fraternity and testimony of togetherness.

Let us hear from you.

Give Peace a chance

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Shorter Dutch version / Kortere Nederlandse versie: Mensen van verschillende culturen, geloofs- en politieke overtuigingen broederlijk naast elkaar

Find also to read:

Daring to speak in multicultural environment

A charter for a truly free world and why we need it

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Five Tips for a Happy Neighbourhood

In the Benelux people do live very close ‘next’ and ‘above’ each other. In the area’s where space is eaten up by housing the persons living in it often do not know their neighbours.

It would be much better for community and social control if those citizens would make some more work of getting to know each other.

Perhaps this Summer something to think about and to work on.

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Kim Troyer, Veteran Keller Williams Realty real estate agent in Geist, having his expertise extending to Meridian-Kessler, Carmel, Zionsville and other parts of Hamilton County, not only has an eye for the home sales which accelerated for the third consecutive month in May, reaching a pace not seen since 2007. {July Market Update.}

Whilst interest rates slightly decreased, remaining at historically low levels, he also dares to look at other facets of this world. As such he advertised for The Pint Cycle’s Tuesday night concert tour which took place on July 19th around the Nickel Plate District. {Tuesday Night Concert Tour with The Pint Cycle!}

He also looks forward to celebrating Indiana’s 200 years of statehood, the Bicentennial Birthday Bashand the Indiana State Museum is hosting the birthday parties of all birthday parties on Saturday, October 1st from 7 to 11:30 p.m. {Bicentennial Birthday Bash at the ISM!}

To remember the tips will to build connections with your neighbours and encourage a friendly rapport: Not waiting for others to take initiative

When have introduce each other it is not bad to talk about possible activities to do together.

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Kim Troyer

Fostering great relationships with your neighbors is the key to a happy community.

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Whether you’re just moving to a new neighborhood or have lived in one for years, the following tips will help build connections with your neighbors and encourage a friendly rapport:

1. Introduce Yourself: Being on a first-name basis with all of your immediate neighbors will establish a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

2. Go for Walks: Regularly walking around your neighborhood will increase your chances for meeting new neighbors and give you more opportunities to strike up conversations with ones you already know.

3. Give an Unexpected Gift: Giving your neighbors a gift, whether it’s something as simple as home-baked cookies or a potted plant, can go a long way in showing that you care about establishing a friendship.

4. Organize an Event: Make use of your outdoor living space this summer! Hosting a dinner party or barbecue…

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Holiday time reading time

The Summer holiday having started many people try to escape from the daily ‘rompslomp’ or ‘hassle’.

One way to let the thoughts wander about is reading. Though when we look at the shops we have seen many bookshops disappearing and on the public transport, streets and in parks we do not see many people reading a book. We see many looking at their mobile phone and fingering a lot, being playing games on their electronic device. In life, cultural activity does not receive much place today.

Last years survey findings from Pew Research Center showed that what we fear is a general problem. For 2014-15 seven-in-ten American adults (72%) have read a book within that past year, whether in whole or in part and in any format, according to a survey conducted in March and April. That figure has fallen from 79% who said in 2011 they had read a book in the previous year, but is statistically in line with survey findings starting in 2012.

I would have thought reading could come in the lift again by the e-reader becoming more popular and being it a very handy tool, making it possible to carry a whole library with you in a suitcase. The handiness of the tool, being able to enlarge the print or to adapt the light according to the circumstances, is in the advantage to bring many stories close at home and/or readable wherever a person is.

Americans remain hybrid consumers. Digital sales, which comprise about 20% of the market, have slowed sharply, while print sales have stayed relatively strong, according to the Association of American Publishers.

For those who have limited sight the audio book is a marvellous solution. It can be said that audio book consumption has remained stable. In the U.S. 12% of Americans are saying they listened to a book that way.

Good news may be that, though we do have the impression youngsters are not reading any more, in America youngsters between 18 to 29 are more likely than their elders to have read a book in the past 12 months. Fully 80% of young adults read a book, compared with 71% of those ages 30 to 49, 68% of those 50 to 64 and 69% of those 65 and older.

Also in the States it looks like women willing to spend more time to be on their own reading a book.

The average woman read 14 books in the past 12 months, compared with the nine books read by the average man, a statistically significant difference. The median number of books read by women was five, compared with a median of three for men, which was not statistically significant.

Those with higher levels of education were more likely to have read multiple books than those with high school diplomas or less. The typical college graduate or someone with an advanced degree read an average of 17 books in the previous year, compared with nine for high school grads and three for those who did not graduate from high school.

Shame is that we not only see not so many taking up a book, serious newspapers and magazines may have difficulties to attract readers with serious articles. In the racks we may find lots of paparazzi and gossip magazines fighting for popularity, whilst not many eyes are directed to the better magazines. Also electronic magazines do not have it easy to stay alive or to attract enough readers.

The BFG poster.jpgThe independent charity, The Reading Agency, encourages children aged between four and eleven to read six books over the summer holiday. Such challenges may create again a reading attitude which is carried on in later life. Having the new Steven Spielberg film about The Big Friendly Giant or BFG [or GVR (Grote Vriendelijke Reus)] Roald Dahl is in the picture (From July the 20th in the cinema), honouring the centenary of the celebrated author.

Children’s librarians, industry professionals and children, collected books representing the popular themes from Dahl’s stories: friendship, mischief, adventure, incension, word play and champions. To stimulate the reading children are motivated by special rewards for each book they finish and there’s a certificate for everyone who completes the Challenge. As such it will be a great boost to their confidence in addition to enhancing reading skills. Open to all primary aged children of all reading abilities,  the challenge launched on Saturday 16 July at libraries up and down the country with a whole programme of events and activities for families over the summer. It’s very easy to join, just head over to your local library to sign up and take part.

For those over the age of eleven, who need some push or incentive to take time to read, why not create your own reading challenge with family and friends?

We may not give in. Though easy commercial blogs may receive lots of attention, bloggers who do not aim to gain money by hidden ads or promoting gadgets and commercial material, should continue to write more serious articles and perhaps keep aiming to a small but interested public.

We can only hope that readers will find some time through the year to read longer articles and to stand still by what is uttered in those more serious blogs.

In any case, holiday time may also be a time to take advantage of the free time, to sit in the sun and to enjoy some different articles, bringing your mind to think about other things than work.

Enjoy reading.

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2016 Summer holiday

The prep-, elementary- and high schools finished at the end of last month, whilst the Summer-classes and universities had their last days this month. Many institutions, factories and the government started the Summer holiday last week.

The kids can go outdoors and play with the kids form the neighbours or when going to other places get to know other children somewhere else. Parents may be pleased if other children are around or when abroad there is some childcare taking are of their children, presenting animation for all interested.

We do hope as many as possible shall be able to enjoy nice weather and find some time to have some lovely picnics or walks at places a little-bit further away of far away. In Belgium and Holland there may be not so much space to spread out, but for sure also there can be found lovely places at the countryside.

Summertime should be the time to relax and to spend more time in the family. It is also a great time to visit friends. When they also have kids it might be a nice occasion for your own children to enjoy their company. Nice or bad weather for many it might also be the time to go to adventure or amusement parks.

But who thinks about this being also a marvellous occasion to take the kids to the museum and to learn more about places of interest?

When the children are at play it might also be a good occasion to take some more time to let the mind wandering and to take up a book to read. (See next article) Also the kids could be stimulated to read something else than study material.

Today several people when they talk about vacation, they only think of travelling abroad. They forget that vacation is just taking time off which also can be done at home or nearby. It does not have to cost much. You can give your children easy things with which they can enjoy themselves. Several villages create ‘play streets’ in Summer so that kids can play undisturbed by cars or any other dangerous traffic. Over there a piece of chalk can do wonders.

Do know that pleasure can be at your own doorstep.
Family vacations spent at home can also be loads of fun and often let the house be seen from an other angel, rediscovering as it where.

In any case, starting your holiday let it be a period of family time, giving you and your kids your quality time to bond, laugh, create family memories.

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