2014. Scotland votes against independence. Scotland potentially losing EU membership a key plank of the ‘No’ campaign.
2015. Scotland votes in 56 out of a potential 59 SNP MPs to Westminster in a first past the post voting system (50% vote share). Tory party gets a majority due to English seats with a 37% vote share. They will implement a referendum on EU membership as stated in their manifesto.
2016 (May). The SNP win 46.5% of the constituency vote giving them 59 seats (First past the post) and 41.7% of the regional vote giving them an extra 4 seats (D’Hondt method). This makes them a minority government, however with the Scottish Green Party there is a pro-independence majority.
(Important note: In the SNP manifesto it stated that if the Scotland votes to stay in the EU but, as a whole, the UK votes to leave this will be ground for the SNP calling a 2nd independence referendum.)
Pre-EU ref 2016. SNP try to get David Cameron, Prime Minister at the time, to agree that the UK will only leave the EU if all four constituent nations vote to leave. This is dismissed. It is a point in the campaign that a vote to Leave the EU might jeopardize the UK & lead to renewed calls for a Scottish independence referendum.
2016 (June). England and Wales vote to leave the EU. Scotland and Northern Ireland vote to remain. The Leave vote wins.
Post-EU ref 2016. David Cameron resigns, Theresa May takes over as Prime Minister. The SNP try to work out a situation where it can remain in the EU but England & Wales leaves. This is dismissed. The Tory party begin to make it seem like a ‘hard Brexit’ will occur. The SNP suggests Scotland staying in the single-market so it can retain the free movement of people. This is dismissed. Westminster does not work with any of the devolved parliaments, leaving them in the dark about Brexit plans. The Tory party begins to make noises about their being no post-EU deal at all.
2017. Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland and leader of the SNP, after seeing that there is no way Scotland can remain in the EU and potentially even the single market begins to implement a part of the manifesto in which her government were elected in on.
Our societies and our States exist without our having fashioned them: they are put together without our consent: they are pre-ordained, having an independent and indissoluble life of their own, being against us individualists. The world today is, as the saying has it, at war with the ‘existing order of things.’ However, the meaning of that war is widely misunderstood, as if it were only a matter of swapping what currently exists for some new and better order. Instead, the war should be declared on every existing order, which is to say, on the State, and not on any particular State, much less upon the current form of State. The goal to be achieved is not another State (the ‘people’s State,’ say), but rather association, the ever-fluid, constantly renewed association of all that exists.
Do you think Barry's considered pulling an Eddie to save Iris?
I think Barry has considered literally everything he can think of.
Now that he knows he becomes Savitar, I imagine him “pulling an Eddie” is very latent in his mind, even if he maybe doesn’t express it out loud (because of course people are going to try and talk him down from that option if he vocalizes it).
And it’s an option that sort of only works up until the moment the time remnant / whatever becomes Savitar is created. After that, once pre-Savitar is independent of Barry enough to form its own memories etc, killing himself becomes sort of moot?
And given the nature of the Philosopher’s Stone and its ability to bring in people’s powers and dream!memories from divergent timelines, it’s sort of unclear if Barry dying now would even really be “enough” to stop Savitar. I’d like to think so, given that Savitar as he exists here should depend on the existence of this Barry (given the memory link) but Savitar is pretty powerful in that sense.
Either way, I suspect canon is going to allude to this a little. I might be wrong, but honestly I’d be a little surprised if they don’t take advantage of that emotional angle. I mean, the last thing Iris would want is another man she wants dying for her, but the last thing Barry would want is for her to die and to become the one who kills her.
So… if it’s not explored in canon, I’m sure the fandom will jump to check out that lens ;)
The people of the north would never deny Ned Stark’s sons, Robb’s brothers. They’d have mounts to speed them on their way, food. Men would fight for the honor of protecting them. The whole bloody north would rally around them.
You know it’s true that NZ is multicultural. We are a melting pot. But just because we are multicultural it does not mean that New Zealander’s are thus culturally accepting. Because in truth, the majority of New Zealander’s are actually not.
Seeing the comments above on the article would have been shocking but being a woman of colour & having had to experience, as Eman Mattews above puts it, “less culturally tolerant” behaviour first hand, I’m not at all surprised.
Seriously though, even negating first hand experiences, I’m still really not surprised. New Zealand was founded on “less culturally tolerant” ideals and behaviour. The Indigenous owners of the land, the Maori people can tell you all about just how “less culturally tolerant” Pakeha/Palangi people are. The Pacific Islanders through out the Dawn Raids & the Polynesian Panther movement can tell you just how “less culturally tolerant” Pakeha New Zealanders are. Samoa, pre-independence, can tell you just how “less culturally tolerant” New Zealand is. So no, I’m not at all fucking surprised that Pakeha New Zealander’s today are “less culturally tolerant”.
But you know when you un-sugarcoat it all & just put it in simple plain terms “less culturally tolerant” essentially just means racist.
So to answer the articles question, are New Zealanders becoming more racist? The counter question to that is, when did New Zealand ever stop being racist? It’s always been racist & to say otherwise is a goddamn lie.
WHO DOESN’T LIKE PRETTY BIRDS?especially when those pretty birds are capable of SHATTERING METAL with their voices and can whoop the ass of damn near anyone in a corset and heels? she’s a ( bleach ) blonde bombshell and the kind of vodka mom ( that probably tucks mace in your lunch kit just in case)EVERYONE needs in their lives — DINAH LANCE. based mostly in pre-new 52 comics, independent, private and selective. hit that reblog or like if you’re interested, y’all know the drill.
Odyssey of the Neelkanth in Madhya Pradesh - Pachmarhi
They call it the Rani (Queen) of the Satpuras. And why not, since it wears the crown of the most picturesque place in Madhya Pradesh.
As one of the most idyllic places in India, Pachmarhi is a quiet quaint and cozy place with beauty at every glance. I arrived here from Tawa, with an invigorating excitement; what I found here was the sound of silence. I was immediately at ease, free from any worry or stress. The energy and vibe immediately relaxes you, and makes you want to go and explore.
Pachmarhi was discovered by a British Army Captain – James Forsyth in 1857 and he wrote book on Pachmarhi called “The Highlands of Central India”. Dense forests and its inaccessibility had made it a safe place for hideout for freedom fighters like Rani Jhansi and Tatya Tope. The presence of 5 ancient caves had made it famous with the name of Pachmarhi where “Panch” means five and ”Marhi” means caves. Its scenic beauty and climate had made it popular among Britishers during the pre-independence era in summer.
I stayed at the Champak Bungalow, a place with a historical flavour, frozen in time. It makes you feel immediately connected to all the stories of India’s history. It was sheltered in the middle of a lot of trees and connected to a small water body. The moment I walked to the reception, there was a list of around 20 different places to be visited. My brain started planning each trip. I was ecstatic.
The nearest destination was Christ Church, with architecture of a distant past. It is true that Art and Architecture have always captured the essence of the time in which they came into being. I enjoyed its delicate yet bold roof, the magnificent rosette, the evolved and mixed forms of tracery that came from a time before it and I continued to stare.
The next destination was Bison Museum. It is a lovely expanse, with intimate structures that hold the documentation of flora and fauna of MP. I saw the images and description of species I had just read in textbooks about and thought that I might encounter a few while I am here. I felt like an explorer searching for these natural treasures.
The Church and museum had taken my heart and I walked out full of joy. The only thing my eyes fell upon was the majestic sight of Dhoopgarh. And so I began my chase.
“Sunlight reaches this peak at the earliest and sunlight leaves this peak at the last. It is the tallest peak in the Satpura Range”, said the guide explaining things to a tourist family next to me. I overheard and thought that it does makes sense as I was preparing to capture the infinite stretch of mountains and sky in front of me. I was 4400 feet above sea level, and on the tallest point in central India. The colours of the sunset were taken straight out of a Neoclassical painting, my brain was making this association as I found myself unable to capture the view in one sight. But the sky! The sky was pure magic. The clouds were blending into greys but left a sharp bright lining of the sunlight. The sky, however was in a dynamic crimson and orange. Before my mind figured out how to make this specific colour with proportions of yellows, reds, oranges it had already moved to another combination. Then I stopped. I started to internalise this infinite view. I felt humbled as I knew that I am a mere speck in front of this regal theatrical of nature.
The next day, we were taken to Apsara Vihar, popularly known as Apsara falls. Pachmarhi is endowed with more than 10 waterfalls, but my guide insisted that we visit the most enamouring of them all.
I saw these waterfalls and I had already figured out why the name was so. Such a magnificent site! Smitten by its charms, I continued to descend where the waterfall had taken a break to carry on horizontally. I saw the years of passage had cut down into the bed and the waters were crystal clear. I touched the waters gently, and I thought of it to be the most poetic of places. What a wondrous sight!
To one side, I see waters falling and moving towards me, to the other, waters moving and falling away from me. I moved closer to where the curtains of water touched land. As I moved closer to it, I could feel the droplets softly touching my skin, from where they separated from the curtain. It was almost like it was calling me further towards it. I reached out my hand and touched the drapes of water and there was nothing left but a big smile.
In Pachmarhi, I watched the world change in a matter of a few minutes and I thought of what a rapid river time is.
About the artist
Artist-storyteller Harshvardhan Kadam is fascinated by surreal landscapes, mystical beings and mythical creatures. His collective, inkbrushnme, with its eclecticism, has produced conceptually and stylistically powerful Visual Art. With conceptual clarity and solidity, he has illustrated many characters in graphic novels, and children’s books.
I heard a Palestinian girl chanting "we dont want the two states/ we want '48". What's the 1948 borders and would you accept that?
Hell NO! I would not accept 1948 borders…if they don’t want two states that means they want the pre-independence land, as in, everything that is Israel.
So I don’t think she has any idea wtf she’s talking about. Since the partition plan made way for an Arab state, that was rejected. In 1948 five armies invaded and by 1949, Jordan controlled Judea,Samaria, and Jerusalem.
Recap Day Thirteen (Barbados and Guyana) - Caribbean Tour 2016
December 2: The end of Prince Harry’s visit to Barbados was marked with an official departure from the airport as he traveled on to Guyana. Upon arrival in Guyana, Harry called on President David Granger before meeting an excited crowd outside. Next, he laid a wreath at the Guyana Independence Arch before visiting Camp Ayanganna, the Headquarters of the Guyana Defence Force. Here, Harry met with groups of officer cadets, serving officers, and veterans who took the Prince on a tour of the base. During his visit, he was made an honorary member of the Veterans Legion. Afterwards, Harry laid a wreath at Georgetown’s Commonwealth War Graves in honour of those who lost their lives during the two World Wars and the pre-independence period. That evening, Prince Harry attended a reception hosted by the British High Commissioner Greg Quinn.
Pen and ink, sketchpens on Moleskine Large sketchbook
This is the streetscape of LLoyds Road, featuring an old residential building which was built in the pre-independence era, in 1939 and architectural features like Madras terrace roof, concrete, high ceiling and decorative elements are reminiscent of the same. It’s important to start urban sketch studies of the city of Madras on the simpler, lesser known buildings of the old urban fabric as it also plays in important role in defining the language of the city and this is where that sub-series starts.
As the opening notes of the National Anthem echoes through her primary school, Cindy Lim stands at attention and sings softly as the Singapore flag is raised during the morning assembly.
Unlike her other Singapore-born schoolmates, however, Cindy is not allowed to raise the state flag. She has to pay higher fees if she joins a school camp. And even though she comes from a low-income family, the Primary 5 student is not eligible for financial assistance from the Education Ministry.
Cindy, who scores excellent grades in her studies and has been a school prefect for three years, is not entirely sure why she is treated differently, but she suspects it may have something to do with an unusual entry in her birth certificate that reads: “The child is not a citizen of Singapore at the time of birth.”
The 11-year-old was born in Singapore to an Indonesian mother and a stateless father who died of kidney failure last year. Her father, originally a Malaysian who was brought to Singapore from Selangor as a baby, became stateless after renouncing his citizenship while refusing to serve the National Service here when he got the enlistment call.
Cindy’s mother, Madam Yulyana, 48, who lives in Singapore as a long-term pass holder, said: “Seven days after my daughter’s delivery, I followed my husband to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) because I cannot believe what happened.
“I have a country. Why is she stateless? They explained that it is because the father is stateless.”
More than 1,000 people in Singapore share Cindy’s highly unusual and complicated legal status. While some successfully obtain Singapore citizenship, many find themselves in limbo for years, even decades.
Take Ms Wang Mei Har, 46. She was born at Kandang Kerbau Hospital (now KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital) but was not registered as a Singaporean at birth because her parents, whose marriage had soured, did not produce their marriage certificate.
When she had to register for her identity card at 12, Ms Wang could not produce a photocopy of her Malaysian mother’s identity card because she has never met her mother. Her Singaporean father ran away that year, and she was later raised by his ex-girlfriend.
Being stateless is no mere administrative quirk. It has major real-life implications for an individual, as well as his or her children.
For instance, Ms Wang, who is stateless and a single mother, cannot rent or buy a Housing and Development Board flat on her own.
Her six-year-old son Leon, also classified as stateless, is not entitled to free childhood immunisations, childcare subsidies, or subsidised rates at a polyclinic.
The boy enrolled for Primary 1 late last month, later than most prospective pupils. Ms Wang was told by a school administrator that Leon would be placed at the back of the queue with other non-residents. Even if he manages to secure a place, Ms Wang worries about whether she can afford the unsubsidised school fees, which will come up to S$550 a month. The S$1,200 a month she earns as an assistant at Trinity Casket is barely enough for their daily needs, Ms Wang said.
Two appeals to gain Singapore citizenship for Leon failed. “I’ve lived here all my life,” Ms Wang told TODAY in a recent interview.
“I want to contribute to society. But I don’t have the right certificates and my salary is not high. I don’t know how I can meet the conditions (for citizenship). But Leon is just a child, and shouldn’t be deprived of chances.”
When approached, the ICA said that it would not discuss individual cases with the media. A spokesperson told TODAY: “Any person who wishes to apply for Singapore citizenship, including those who are stateless, would have to meet prevailing eligibility requirements. Each application is carefully assessed on its own merits.”
There are 1,411 stateless people living in Singapore as of Jan 31 this year, official statistics show. About six in 10 are men. Most of them — 1,048 to be precise — are aged 50 and above.
They fall into three broad categories: Singapore permanent residents (PRs) who have lost their foreign citizenship, children born to foreign nationals who are not recognised in their home countries, and people born in pre-independence Singapore who are unable to prove their country of birth. Between 2003 and 2012, some 500 to 600 stateless persons applied for citizenship each year, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said in a written Parliamentary reply in 2013. Nine in 10 of them successfully received citizenship, he added.
Applicants are assessed on several factors, such as whether they can contribute to society or prove their intention to reside in Singapore permanently. Stateless persons are not treated as exceptional cases, TODAY understands. They also have to prove that they can financially support themselves and their dependants, while demonstrating good conduct — which depends on their employment record, National Service performance, and whether they have a criminal record.
In some of the straightforward cases, the stateless persons were able to obtain citizenship after finishing National Service, marrying a Singaporean or attaining the minimum annual taxable income of S$22,000.
Those who have been rejected typically have exceedingly low income or a criminal record, such as Mr Chong On Long.
The 69-year-old is the only one in his family of nine who is stateless. They came to pre-independent Singapore by train from Malaysia some 60 years ago and chose to stay behind, but Mr Chong did not bring along the necessary identity documents and became stateless.
His family members have since become Singapore citizens, but Mr Chong, who had been jailed several times for using drugs and illegal gambling, and has been jobless for long spells, remains stateless.
He says he does not wish to die a person without a country. “Give me a chance,” Mr Chong said in Mandarin. “I have turned over a new leaf. I have not done anything wrong since 1999.”
Last year, he approached his Member of Parliament (MP) in Hougang, Mr Png Eng Huat, for help to make a bid for citizenship. The appeal to ICA was not successful.
On Aug 18, Mr Chong made a trip to the ICA to try to submit his first formal application for citizenship. He was told to return in June next year to submit the paperwork.
NO EASY ANSWERS
Another Hougang resident, Mr Razali Mohamed, is also stateless. The 75-year-old, whose birth was not registered in the turbulent times shortly before the 1942 Japanese Occupation, has a dash (–) written in the nationality field on his 1959-issued identity card.
When his two daughters were born, the word “undetermined” was written on their birth certificates. One of the daughters became a citizen after marrying a Singaporean.
For Cindy, her mother tried to find another way out through the Indonesian authorities, but was rebuffed. Madam Yulyana, whose own applications for PR status in Singapore have been rejected, said: “The Indonesian embassy did not accede to my request to get Indonesian citizenship for my daughter. I am very confused now.”
The unusual plight of these individuals resurfaced in Parliament this January when MPs Png and Christopher De Souza (Holland-Bukit Timah GRC) asked if the Government could consider taking a compassionate view and review the citizenship criteria for them.
Mr De Souza suggested that stateless persons, born and bred in Singapore, are more deserving of being considered for citizenship compared to potential new citizens. “While proper safeguards must be put in place to prevent any abuse of the process, I believe that compassion and acceptance must go hand-in-hand with pragmatism in ensuring that our own are not neglected or forgotten,” he said.
Addressing the MPs’ query in a Budget debate in April, Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs Desmond Lee said that the Government must be “clear-headed” about who should receive PR and citizenship status. “We do not want to automatically grant somebody such a status just because he or she has been residing here for a long time. This would not be in Singapore’s interests,” he said.
However, he added that the Home Affairs Ministry looked at the circumstances behind all the cases, and assessed each application “compassionately and sympathetically, especially for those who have integrated well and can contribute to Singapore”.
“The considerations may not be apparent … but we certainly do not reject cases out of hand,” Mr Lee said.
Mr Png, who has written to the ICA on behalf of two stateless persons, said that it would be tremendously helpful if the rejections for citizenship came with a reason.
“These people are not illegal immigrants per se,” he added. “They didn’t sneak in here that we have to offer amnesty. They have been here since day one … Should they celebrate National Day? Should they feel a sense of belonging? It is a very awkward position to be in,” he said.
Stateless individuals are not issued passports. They will have to apply for a Certificate of Identity (above) should they need to leave the country.
A HELPING HAND
Among the stateless in Singapore, 85 per cent are PRs who are eligible for healthcare, education and housing benefits. For the other 15 per cent, life can be a struggle.
They worry about falling sick, as medical consultation fees at hospitals or polyclinics cost at least three times more than what a citizen would pay. Finding a job with a “stateless” label is also difficult.
When asked where non-PR stateless persons could turn to for help, the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) said that the care and protection of those below the age of 16 are safeguarded by the Children and Young Persons Act. “(The Act) does not differentiate by nationality and covers all children in Singapore,” its spokesperson said.
The Ministry of Education said that stateless school-going children are considered “non-Asean international students”. For Leon, who falls into this classification, school fees can cost up to S$550 a month in primary school and S$800 a month in secondary school. Singapore citizens in primary schools do not have to pay school fees.
Ms Wang Mei Har’s son, Leon, who is stateless like her, is required to renew a Special Pass every six months to ensure that his stay in Singapore remains legal.
Cindy, who is considered a stateless PR like her late father, has to pay S$110 in school fees each month. A social worker has been paying her fees after learning that the girl is not eligible for financial assistance.
As for adults, the MSF spokesperson said that the ministry would refer individuals and families who need financial aid to the Family Service Centres where necessary, and the centres would assess their situations, provide social support and direct them to appropriate community resources for more help if needed.
Of the five families with stateless members that TODAY interviewed, only one is aware of this channel of assistance.
The Singapore Children’s Society, which operates 11 service centres, told TODAY that it has not come across any cases of stateless children in the past year. The society helps to get school placements for stateless children who are brought to its attention because of “their non-registration in a primary school”. Ms Joy Lim, assistant director of the society’s research and outreach centre, said: “We look primarily into the educational needs of the child over here.” Five other family service centres are not certain about whether they can help non-PR stateless persons since they are mandated to serve only citizens and PRs.
Care Corner spokesperson Lynn Lu said: “I don’t know if I can broadly say that Care Corner helps (the stateless), but when it comes to PRs, there is no differentiation.”
Ms Queenie Quek, an executive at Lakeside Family Services’ Community Partnerships, said that the centre provides shelter services to clients referred by Family Service Centres on a case-by-case basis.
When contacted, Nee Soon GRC MP Louis Ng said that he agrees with the central focus of the UN Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness, which is to prevent statelessness at birth by requiring states to grant citizenship to children born on their territory, or born to their nationals abroad, who would otherwise be stateless.
Mr Ng said: “That’ll make sense to give every child a fair chance at life. There is no other home for them … It was a series of unfortunate events that got to them.”
Sainkho Namtchylak (born 1957) is a singer originally from Tuva, an autonomous republic in the Russian Federation just north of Mongolia. She is known for her Tuvan throat singing or Khöömei. After graduating, Namtchylak worked with several ensembles: the Moscow State Orchestra; the Moscow-based jazz ensemble Tri-O (since 1989); School of Dramatic Art under the direction of Anatoly Vasiliev (Moscow), various orchestras in Kyzyl, the Tuvan ‘folkloric orchestra'—a far less sanitised example of folk baroque than, say, existed in pre-independence Kazakhstan—that has housed many of Tuva’s other important singers. However, for several years Namtchylak annually invited foreign musicians to Tuva to promote Tuvan culture.
Based in Vienna, Namtchylak sculpted Stepmother City to reflect her ambivalent feelings about European metropolis. Calling herself “first and foremost a woman from the Steppes,” Namtchylak’s first musical inspiration came from her nomadic grandmother, who would sing lullabies for hours. She grew up in a culture where people just sing when they feel like it—singing when they’re happy and singing when they’re sad. Denied professional credentials from a local college where her explorative nature led her toward forbidden male-dominated overtone singing styles, Namtchylak transferred to Moscow where she discovered Russian improvisation and where she also continue to study about vocal techniques of Siberian lamaistic and shamanistic traditions.
Audiences are astounded by the diversity of sounds Namtchylak can produce with her voice, from operatic soprano to birdlike squawks, from childlike pleas to soulful crooning; which at various moments elicit comparisons to Zap Mama, Patti Smith, Billie Holiday, and Nina Hagen. In 1997, Namtchylak was horrifically attacked by Tuvinian racketeers which left her in a coma for two weeks. Again, sources regarding this contradict – others maintain that she underwent surgery for a severe malignant brain tumor; regardless, 1997 marked an appreciable change in her life. Since then, she has been resident in exile in Vienna, and has also recorded more prolifically as a solo artist – although she has released over thirty albums in the past twenty years, only seven have been entirely solo.
Namtchylak claims that music and spirituality are related by desire, or the tension that yells to reawaken people. Eager to take part in the process of remembering what has been forgotten,Stepmother City presents itself like a map, proposing routes to connect Western physicality with Eastern spirituality.
In 2005, the Italian publishing house Libero di Scrivere released a book of poetry Karmaland. In 2006 in Saint Petersburg, a book Chelo-Vek (a play on words in Russian, conflating “chelovek” meaning “person” and, though the hyphen, “vek” meaning “age” or “eon” or “century” into something like “hum-eon”) was published in Russian, Tuvinian and in English.
independent pre-new 52 stephanie brown, but incorporates several alternate verses. singleship, multiverse, oc friendly, timeline I. II. III. IV. adaptable, and open to crossovers. script, prose, gificons, icons, etc. are all welcome.