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No, Women Aren’t the New Men

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 5, 2012

By Dr Peggy Drexler, Author, research psychologist, and gender expert

Comment: Women have to create their own identity by their work where male domination is not a question. Equality question could be relevant only in the society where women are dominated by men:

When the news broke — or, more specifically, when the paparazzi broke the news — that actress Kristen Stewart had cheated on her longtime boyfriend,Twilight co-star Rob Pattinson, many in the media pointed to her total failure as a “role model to women.” Good girls, the argument seemed to go — or, at least, girls lucky enough to land a “good” guy — owe it not just to their partner but also to society as a whole not to mess it up. Men, on the other hand — well, cheating might not win them any points, but it’s something that men do. It’s that same old double standard that has plagued women for years: girls are sluts, guys are studs. Think about it: When’s the last time you saw an adulterous male celebrity being publicly chastised for being a terrible role model to young boys? Exactly.

At the same time, when a 16-year-old gymnast cries on international TV, she’s criticized for being “too emotional,” “too girlie.” The implication here is that she’s weak. So what’s the lesson? It’s certainly not about women “toughening up” or that women should act like women only when society deems it appropriate. In fact Jordyn Wieber should be celebrated for expressing her very real and understandable disappointment in an age-and situation-appropriate way. And the media should stop feeling the need to compare every female action to its male counterpart. Read the rest of this entry »

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Olympic Medal Count Map: London 2012 Totals By Country, Population, Wealth (INTERACTIVE MAP)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 5, 2012

Ranking nations by total Olympic medals isn’t really the best way to judge relative success at the London Olympics. Some countries have a lot more people — or a lot more money — than others. With 530 athletes representing the United States and just two in London on behalf of Somalia, context is important.

See what the world map of winners looks like when we take population or GDP into account.

This map is updated every time a medal is awarded. Hover on a country to see more. Read the rest of this entry »

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UFO Over Olympics Opening Ceremony: A Classic Flying Saucer [VIDEO]

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 30, 2012

alk about an uninvited guest at the Olympics.

Friday night’s spectacular pyrotechnics display of the most watched opening ceremony in summer Olympics history attracted more than the eyes of over 40 million people. A clearly seen unidentified flying object was videotaped making its way over London’s Olympic stadium, reports

The disc-shaped object is first seen entering the upper left portion of the video as the fireworks erupt over the stadium. The UFO — which appears to have a dome or bulge rising from its center — moves slowly across the sky as if deliberately observing the light-show spectacle below it.

While NBC Olympics — a division of NBC Sports — has chosen Goodyear blimps for all of its 2012 Olympics aerial coverage, the strange-looking object that appeared over the opening ceremonies doesn’t appear to be a blimp.

On an evening that included an apparent Queen Elizabeth and 007 agent James Bond parachuting out of a helicopter into the Olympics stadium, most people probably wouldn’t have been surprised if a staged UFO was also on the entertainment menu, just two weeks after the U.K. released its most recent batch of UFO documents. Read the rest of this entry »

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All About Olympic 2012

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 28, 2012

1 China 1 0 1
2 Poland 0 1 0
United States 0 0 0
Russia 0 0 0
Great Britain 0 0 0
Australia 0 0 0
Yi Siling - First Gold medal winner in 2012 Olympic

   Yi Siling – First Gold medal winner in 2012 Olympic











Shooting – 10m Air Rifle Women

China – Yi Siling

Poland – Sylwia Bogacka

China – Dan Yu

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London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 28, 2012

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As far as most people are concerned, the 2012 London Olympics officially begin on Friday with the highly-anticipated Opening Ceremony helmed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle. That some of the events have already taken place (including a thrilling comeback by the U.S. women’s soccer team) won’t detract from the “Isles Of Wonder”spectacle unfolding at the Olympic Stadium in London. Read the rest of this entry »

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London’s Loss? Why Hosting the Olympics Is Bad Business

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 26, 2012

Jae Hong / AP

London has plans for the Olympic Stadium once the Games are over. But many cities fail to figure out what to do with massive venues after the world’s athletes leave.

On Oct. 2, 2009, the entire country of Brazil threw a party. After a bidding process that lasted more than two years, the International Olympic Committee announced that Rio de Janeiro had won the right to hold the 2016 Summer Olympics, beating out Chicago, Madrid and Tokyo. As Brazil’s Olympic representatives celebrated in Copenhagen, crowds in Rio danced and hugged and shot confetti into the air.

But if Brazilians took a look at the financial troubles that Olympic Games almost always get their host cities into, they wouldn’t have celebrated. In fact, they would’ve been smarter not to have competed to host the Games at all.

(MORE: Welcome to London 2012: We Apologize for the Delays in Your Journey) Read the rest of this entry »

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Suman Gurung Carries the Olympic Torch

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 28, 2012

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First Place: Olympic Torch Wins Major Design Award

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 25, 2012

Design of the Year: the Olympic Torch

The London 2012 Olympic Torch has been crowned with a major design award – while the Duchess Of Cambridge’s wedding dress lost out.

The aluminium torch, the creation of east London duo Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, has been named Design Of The Year.

It has been hailed by prize organisers, the Design Museum, as a “beautiful symbol of the Olympic Games” which “also meets a demanding design brief”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Saudi Arabia: Sports Minister Confirms Women’s Exclusion

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 6, 2012

Time Running Out for IOC to Roll Back Saudi Discrimination

(Beirut) – The Saudi sports minister and head of the Saudi National Olympic Committee confirmed on April 4, 2012, that Saudi Arabia will not support women in practicing sports. Prince Nawwaf al-Faisal said: “Female sports activity has not existed [in the kingdom] and there is no move thereto in this regard.”

“At present, we are not embracing any female Saudi participation in the Olympics or other international championships,” Prince Nawwaf continued.

“If the International Olympic Committee was looking for an official affirmation of Saudi discrimination against women in sports, the minister in charge just gave it,” said Christoph Wilcke, senior Middle East researcher at Human Rights Watch. “It is impossible to square Saudi discrimination against women with the noble values of the Olympic Charter.”

Speaking at a press conference in Jeddah that concluded a meeting of Arab youth and sports ministers, the prince claimed that the demand for women’s participation in the Olympics and other international championships came from Saudi women living abroad, and that his organizations would not officially support that demand, but would instead cooperate with those women to ensure their participation “occurred in the appropriate framework and comported with Islamic law.” The prince said he was in constant contact with the Saudi mufti and religious scholars to insure nothing “infringed upon the Muslim woman.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Prince Harry Takes On World Fastest Man Usain Bolt In Jamaica.. Cheats.. And Wins!

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 6, 2012

These are the images every British sports fan wants to see this summer – Usain Bolt being beaten into second place by a leading member of Team GB.

But Prince Harry’s debut as an international sprinter was covered in ‘controversy’ after he was accused of cheating by the world’s fastest man.

The meeting at the University of the West Indies stadium in Jamaica started well as Bolt, whose 100 metre world record of 9.58 seconds was set in Berlin in 2009, gave the royal a brief coaching lesson on how start a race using blocks.

A casual looking Harry, who is on official tour in the Caribbean was clad in the green, yellow and black of the Jamaica flag and wearing tracksuit bottoms.

After getting ready to race Harry bolted out of the blocks on a false start, but raced to the winner’s tape and claimed victory.

On your marks: Harry surprises Bolt with his speedy start

Going for gold: Harry laughs as he beats Usain Read the rest of this entry »

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13-Year-Old Girl Becomes Powerlifting World-Record Holder

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 30, 2012

Abbey Watson holds eight world powerlifting records — and she’s still in middle school.

Powerlifters often go unnoticed, remaining in the shadows of their more recognized athletic counterparts. But lifter Abbey Watson, who at age 13 already holds eight world records, is strong-arming people into taking notice.

The Colorado native recently returned from the Powerlifting Federation national competition in Oklahoma City with several achievements under her belt, including the word record for squats in her weight class, according to Denver’s NBC affiliate KUSA. She set the record by lifting 143.3 pounds — nearly 40 pounds more than her body weight.

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Three years ago, Watson’s father brought her along to a gym outside Denver, where she tried her hand at weight lifting. She enjoyed it so much that she returned for several more sessions, eventually attending workouts three days a week before school. “I am amazed. I am surprised she has latched on to it as much as she has,” Watson’s dad, Steve, told KUSA. “I was just hoping she would get into a good workout habit. I never thought she would compete.” Read the rest of this entry »

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London 2012: Olympic Scams, Cons, Flim-Flams And Swindles – And How To Avoid Them

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 28, 2012

It will be “impossible” to tell how deep the level of fraud will go at this year’s Olympics until the event takes place, an official has told The Huffington Post UK.

There are already 103 known email scams identified by the Olympic organisers, as well as fake lotteries and prize draws.

Fake merchandise has been seized by councils in London, Birmingham, Coventry and other cities, and almost 100 arrests have been made by Scotland Yard in a pre-emptive strike at organised crime networks gearing up for the Games.

So before you get ready to hop out of the door in your Team GB T-shirt – clutching your tickets to the judo semis and a four-night stay at travel tavern – how sure are you that any of those things are exactly what they seem?

“When you actually think about the amount of people that may come to this country, we’re talking 200 plus nations, 17,000 athletes, 500,000 spectators a day. It’s supposed to be giving a £2.1bn boost to the economy. I can’t believe there won’t be someone out there who won’t want to make some money by scamming people,” John Peerless, the lead officer for scams at the Trading Standards Institute (TSI) told The Huffington Post UK.

“A lot of times people aren’t going to realise they’ve been scammed until the Olympics come along,” he said. “Determining the scale of the problem is virtually impossible.”

Anti-scam officials have cited a need for a more aggressive use of statistics and data to stop con artists in their tracks.

“We seem to be one step behind people,” Peerless added later. “The organised network don’t have organised processes and procedures to follow under Data Protection rules and things like that. Read the rest of this entry »

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London 2012: 100 Arrests Ahead Of Olympics As May Says Tents Should Be ‘Banned’ From All Games Sites

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 25, 2012

All these because we farmed war and not love:

Almost 100 people have been arrested ahead of the Olympics and all tents and encampments should be banned from the Games, the home secretary has said.

But the Olympic organisers have not yet imposed a total ban, saying only that they will work with the Home Office to prevent encampments “if necessary”.

The Occupy protests seen at St Paul’s Cathedral and other sites around the UK, in which large amounts of tents are pitched for long periods of time, have raised concerns that similar tactics could be used at the London Games.

The Home Office is keen to avoid such scenes at the Olympics, and on Wednesday May suggested that tents and other similar items should be banned from the Games.

In her speech on Olympic security planning at the Royal United Services Institute, Theresa May said that with six months until the Games police and security teams were preparing for “all eventualities” and work was continuing behind the scenes.

Calling out “encampment protests” as a specific new threat that would be tackled before the games, May said she was confident police were taking a “robust attitude” to organised crime.

The Met’s anti-crime push ahead of the Olympics is led by Operation Podium. Read the rest of this entry »

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London 2012 Olympics To Be Protected By 13,500 Armed Forces Personnel

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 15, 2011

Around 13,500 armed forces personnel will deployed to defend the London Olympics, the Ministry of Defence has announced.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said on Thursday that he expected 7,500 soldiers to be stationed around the Olympic venues in the capital itself, while the remainder provide security across the rest of the country at various events.

“This defence contribution is on a similar scale to that deployed at other recent Olympic Games and will contribute to ensuring a safe, secure and enjoyable 2012,” he said.

“Olympics. Defence will continue to be able to support current and contingent operations during the Games and my priority will remain the troops we have deployed on operations, including in Afghanistan, before, during and after the Olympics.”

There are currently between 9,500 and 10,000 British armed forces personnel deployed in Afghanistan.

There will also be a 1,000 strong rapid-reaction force ready to respond to emergency situations.

Hamond said the total venue guard-force would likely be around 23,700. The funding for security operations at London 2012 was recently doubled raising overall security costs for the 2012 games to more than 1 billion pounds

In addition to the troops, the Royal Navy’s largest warship HMS Ocean will be stationed in the Thames near Greenwhich as a helicopter landing platform and to provide security on the river.

HMS Bulwark meanwhile will patrol Weymouth Bay, providing security for the sailing competitions.

RAF Typhoon jets will also patrol London’s skies supported by helicopters from HMS Ocean and ground based air defence systems.

In November it was reported that the United States was considering sending 1,000 security agents, including 500 from the FBI, to protect its athletes and diplomats at the games.

According to the Guardian, Scotland Yard’s response to the summer riots undermined US officials’ confidence in the ability of Britain to police the Games.

Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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London To Host 2017 World Athletics Championships

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 11, 2011

London has been selected as the host of the 2017 World Athletics Championships.

The UK capital beat a rival bid by the Qatari city of Doha by 16 votes to 10.

The decision means that the £500m Olympic Stadium in Stratford will keep its athletics track until the world championships.

Announced at the Fairmont Hotel in Monaco, the decision was the result of a vote by the 27 members of the International Association of Athletics Federations council.

London’s presentation featured contributions from Sports and Olympics Minister Hugh Robertson, London mayor Boris Johnson, former Olympic heptathlon champion Denise Lewis and world junior champion Jodie Williams.

Williams, 18, could be at her peak in 2017 and revealed her “ultimate dream” is to compete for a senior world title on home soil.

Speaking from Monaco, Lord Sebastian Coe thanked staff members, the media and Mayor of London Boris Johnson for their support. “We will not let you down,” he said.

Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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