ANTANANARIVO: At least 16 people were crushed to death and dozens injured in Madagascar on Wednesday at a stadium hosting national independence day celebrations in the capital Antananarivo. The bodies of sixteen victims, including three children, were stored at the mortuary of HJRA hospital in the city, AFP journalists said. Hospital director Oliva Alison Rakoto had earlier reported 15 dead and 80 wounded. According to witnesses at the hospital, the accident occurred in the afternoon outside the Mahamasina stadium, where several thousand people had gathered for a concert following the traditional military parade held to mark the national holiday. At the end of a military parade, security forces opened the gates to allow spectators to leave the enclosure, causing the crowd to mass outside the stadium, witnesses said. The police then immediately closed the gates and blocked the crowd, witnesses said, causing a deadly pile up. “When the organizers opened the gate, we were in the … [Read more...] about 16 dead in crush at Madagascar independence day rally
Childrens day celebration
Alaska World Milk Day banners proper nutrition, active lifestyle MANILA, Philippines — A lively crowd of 5,600 early-risers composed of kids, teens, students, government employees, and private sector representatives gathered to celebrate the importance of drinking milk and maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle during the Alaska World Milk Day celebrations at the Quezon City Memorial Circle on June 1. The gathering was part of the global observance of World Milk Day, an international day established by the Food and Agriculture Office of the United Nations to promote milk as a global food central to health and well-being across cultures and nations. In the Philippines, Alaska Milk Corporation spearheads World Milk Day festivities for the seventh consecutive year. The annual event reinforces the importance of drinking milk, proper nutrition, and regular physical activity to achieve optimum health. Fun run participants enjoy a serving of Alaska Milk … [Read more...] about Alaska World Milk Day banners proper nutrition, active lifestyle
KUALA LUMPUR: The Wesak Day is celebrated by Buddhists across the country today in peaceful and harmonious atmosphere, in line with the practice of religious freedom that symbolises the unity of the country’s pluralistic society. Buddhists began to visit temples early in the morning to carry out religious rituals and pay tribute to Siddharta Gautama, the founder of the religion. The lively yet modest celebration filled the air when some 3,000 devotees visited the Maha Vihara Buddhist Temple, Brickfields to conduct religious ceremonies by lighting candles and bringing flowers to symbolise the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha. Meanwhile, in NEGRI SEMBILAN, devotees began to converge at the prayer hall inside the Malaysian Buddhist Association of Negeri Sembilan branch building at Jalan Tan Sri Manickvasagam here, as early as 9am, causing the situation around the temple to be crowded. A total of 300 devotees performed religious rituals expected to take place until … [Read more...] about Harmonious Wesak Day celebration nationwide
TOKYO: New Japanese emperor Naruhito, known as an earnest man with a passion for water conservation, is set to formally take up the post on Wednesday (May 1), a day after his father gave up the throne in the country's first abdication in two centuries.Former Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko stepped down on Tuesday after three decades as the nation's top royals in a brief, simple ceremony, with Akihito thanking the people of Japan and saying he prayed for peace.Naruhito, 59, technically succeeded his father just as Tuesday became Wednesday but his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne will be formalised in a mid-morning ceremony, the first part of which his wife and other female royals will not be able to attend.Naruhito, the first emperor born after World War II and the first to be raised solely by his parents, said on his birthday in February that succeeding his father "makes me solemn".Given the backgrounds of Naruhito and his wife, Masako, a 55-year-old former diplomat - … [Read more...] about Japan celebrates as new emperor Naruhito set to formally assume throne
The night of the elementary school talent show, we came home to celebrate with ice cream when my mother took out her iPhone to show a video she’d taken of my 10-year-old daughter’s performance. My daughter had played Ed Sheeran’s Perfect on the piano by ear and sung along. Despite her nerves, she got out there in the middle of the stage in a new dress with scattered sequins and sang her best, bowing to an audience of clapping parents before she walked offstage — an expression of relief and pride on her face.When I saw my mother’s finger hovering over “play” on her phone, my daughter leaning over her shoulder, I stopped her: “You know what... Let’s just let her enjoy the moment.”I’ve seen the way my daughter’s facial expression changes, her eyes squint slightly, and her neck pulls her head back just a little when she watches videos of herself. I knew that in my daughter’s mind she’d felt like a rock star … [Read more...] about Is the immediate playback of events changing how children create memories?