Dream Studies – Indigo Dreams http://indigodreams.net/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 03:10:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://indigodreams.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/default1.png Dream Studies – Indigo Dreams http://indigodreams.net/ 32 32 “From politics to piety”: Tributes to a counselor who quits to pursue his dream of becoming a priest https://indigodreams.net/from-politics-to-piety-tributes-to-a-counselor-who-quits-to-pursue-his-dream-of-becoming-a-priest/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 01:30:00 +0000 https://indigodreams.net/from-politics-to-piety-tributes-to-a-counselor-who-quits-to-pursue-his-dream-of-becoming-a-priest/ Hope was expressed today that outgoing Clare County Council member Mark Nestor (FF) will return to Clare as a priest and officiate at the weddings of councillors’ children. At Clare County Council’s September meeting, Councilor Ann Norton said she would be ‘delighted and honoured’ if it happened as she praised the Ennis man’s ‘tough decision’, […]]]>

Hope was expressed today that outgoing Clare County Council member Mark Nestor (FF) will return to Clare as a priest and officiate at the weddings of councillors’ children.

At Clare County Council’s September meeting, Councilor Ann Norton said she would be ‘delighted and honoured’ if it happened as she praised the Ennis man’s ‘tough decision’, age 30, to leave the council to begin studies for the priesthood.

Cllr Norton (Ind) said Cllr Nestor “has the temper to be a wonderful priest”.

Councilors from all parties paid tribute to the youngest member of the Council and gave him a standing ovation in the Council Chamber after Cllr Nestor confirmed that he had formally notified the Executive of his decision to step down from his seat from Tuesday morning “to begin my formation for the priesthood on Wednesday”.

Cllr Nestor is traveling to Spain this week to begin his priestly studies and Cllr Mary Howard (FG) said he is following his dreams and his heart in pursuing his ambition to become a priest.

Cllr Howard confessed she started crying earlier this year when Cllr Nestor first informed her of his decision.

Cllr Howard said: “My first reaction was to start crying because I was happy for him but sad for us.”

She said: “Today is a sad day for us but a happy day for Mark. You follow your heart and your dreams. Mark is a man of great integrity and truly loves his city and his family.

“Please God in seven years time you could be officiating as a priest at our Mass here in the home for Clare County Council staff…Be very proud that you have made a very, very difficult decision and for having done so.”

Mayor of Clare, Cllr Tony O’Brien (FF) told Cllr Nestor: ‘What you are doing is a very courageous and courageous decision. You are a person and a man to admire and respect.

Clare Council chief executive Pat Dowling said: “It’s been a long journey. It’s a big leap from counselor to priesthood and from politics to godliness at such a young age.

Cllr Nestor told his colleagues: “I am hopeful that the experience I have gained in my political life will help me to follow my new path in life. It has always been and will continue to be my intention to serve the people of County Clare to the best of my abilities and I intend to do so in the future simply in a different capacity.

In an interview on Clare FM’s ‘Morning Focus’ last week explaining his decision, Cllr Nestor remarked: “We often talk about the call of God. It was no longer that God was knocking at the door. It was like he was outside with a megaphone calling.

Cllr Nestor became Clare County Council’s youngest councilor when he was elected to council in the 2019 local elections on his first run for a seat.

Earlier this year the position of Mayor of Ennis was offered to Cllr Nestor earlier this year but Cllr Nestor passed up the chance to be Mayor for the current year as he was focused on starting his studies to become a priest.

At Monday’s meeting, the Mayor of Ennis, Cllr Clare Colleran Molloy (FF) said: ‘You are a conscientious, serious and contemplative young man… This is the right way to go and you are 100% sure of it. %.

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UGA football great Fran Tarkenton on QB Stetson Bennett and the NFL https://indigodreams.net/uga-football-great-fran-tarkenton-on-qb-stetson-bennett-and-the-nfl/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 02:40:08 +0000 https://indigodreams.net/uga-football-great-fran-tarkenton-on-qb-stetson-bennett-and-the-nfl/ While Stetson Bennett IV’s quarterback reputation seems to be emerging from the disrespectful Rodney Dangerfield Syndrome – with mention of the Heisman Trophy falling latently on his ears – another quarterback of his dimensions has lined up solidly against those who think that the Baron of Blackshear should forget the idea that he might not […]]]>

While Stetson Bennett IV’s quarterback reputation seems to be emerging from the disrespectful Rodney Dangerfield Syndrome – with mention of the Heisman Trophy falling latently on his ears – another quarterback of his dimensions has lined up solidly against those who think that the Baron of Blackshear should forget the idea that he might not be playing Sunday football in the fall of 2023.

Loran Smith

I’ve been given to say that Stet’s dream of playing for Old Georgia glory for some time has been the fulfillment of a long-held goal, but watching him maneuver on the behemoths of his world as ‘he leads his team to victory, also had me deeply in wonder about the next level.

It’s not his concern now. He still enjoys playing for the school he’s loved since he was in short pants, indulging in touch games at Herty Field on North Campus where UGA’s football beginnings began.

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Disney’s next Dreamlight Valley update will fix Switch crashes and more https://indigodreams.net/disneys-next-dreamlight-valley-update-will-fix-switch-crashes-and-more/ Fri, 09 Sep 2022 10:16:35 +0000 https://indigodreams.net/disneys-next-dreamlight-valley-update-will-fix-switch-crashes-and-more/ Disney Valley of Dreams is receiving its first update next week, which will include a series of fixes, including one to reduce the number of Nintendo Switch crashes that some players are currently experiencing. Advertised via Disney Dreamlight Valley Twitter account (opens in a new tab), developer Gameloft said, “Over the past few days, your […]]]>

Disney Valley of Dreams is receiving its first update next week, which will include a series of fixes, including one to reduce the number of Nintendo Switch crashes that some players are currently experiencing.

Advertised via Disney Dreamlight Valley Twitter account (opens in a new tab), developer Gameloft said, “Over the past few days, your feedback has been extremely helpful in identifying some key issues.” The tweet continues: “We’re happy to report that we were able to fix some of them and have an update on the way! We’re aiming for a release next week.”

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Hospitality Industry Foundation awards over $1 million in scholarships to hospitality students nationwide https://indigodreams.net/hospitality-industry-foundation-awards-over-1-million-in-scholarships-to-hospitality-students-nationwide/ Wed, 07 Sep 2022 10:25:20 +0000 https://indigodreams.net/hospitality-industry-foundation-awards-over-1-million-in-scholarships-to-hospitality-students-nationwide/ WASHINGTON – The American Hotel & Lodging Foundation (AHLA Foundation) has awarded more than $1 million to 336 hospitality program participants for the 2022-23 school year. This year’s diverse pool of recipients includes 51% male students of color and 72% female students between the ages of 18 and 70. With six affiliated HBCU schools, the […]]]>

WASHINGTON – The American Hotel & Lodging Foundation (AHLA Foundation) has awarded more than $1 million to 336 hospitality program participants for the 2022-23 school year.

This year’s diverse pool of recipients includes 51% male students of color and 72% female students between the ages of 18 and 70. With six affiliated HBCU schools, the AHLA Foundation continues its strong tradition of supporting the future of hospitality by providing financial assistance to these deserving scholars.

In the second year of its targeted partnership with 10 community colleges, the number of two-year college students awarded scholarships increased by 56% to 88 recipients. The other 248 recipients are enrolled in four-year hospitality programs at 71 institutions representing 36 states and Washington, D.C. To date, the AHLA Foundation has awarded nearly $16 million to deserving students across the United States.

“Now more than ever, it is essential to empower the future minds of the hospitality industry. Through these generous donations, fellows from these diverse institutions will draw on their skills to discover the many exciting career opportunities our industry has. to offer “, said Sarah Cozewith, Vice President of Workforce Development for the AHLA Foundation. “We couldn’t be more delighted to help them on their journey.”

Fellows for the 2022/2023 academic year offer their own unique perspectives and talents to an industry eager to serve:

  • Joshua Jackson (New Mexico State University) – Joshua attended four high schools in three states while his father pursued a 24-year career in the military. After observing the substantial financial impact Covid-19 has had on the hospitality and tourism industry, Joshua pursued this college scholarship to focus on his academic studies, expand his knowledge through internship opportunities, and serve his community.
  • Allison Busch (San Diego State University) – Allison grew up in San Diego after being adopted from Vietnam when she was five months old. Her curiosity about the hospitality industry was sparked when she first had the opportunity to work at Marriott in 2019, which led her to apply for the San Diego State Hospitality Program. Allison is grateful for this scholarship opportunity to achieve her academic goals and continue to advance her hospitality career.
  • Santiago Reveles Gonzalez (University of Houston) – Originally from Mexico, Santiago is a rising senior who specializes in hospitality at the University of Houston’s Conrad N. Hilton College of Global Hospitality Leadership. After the pandemic took a toll on his mental and physical health, everything changed for him when he took a hospitality job at the Hilton Garden Inn in Houston. Santiago plans to use his AHLAF scholarship to pursue his dreams in hospitality.

AHLA Foundation scholarships are funded through the generous support of individual and corporate donors. The AHLAF Scholarship Program, the Foundation’s largest scholarship program, includes funds provided by the AHLAF General Campaign, AHLAF Hospitality 2000 Campaign, Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS), AHLAF New Century Fund , the National Restaurant Association, John Clifford Memorial Fund, Cecil B. Day Memorial Fund, Handlery Hotels, Conrad N. Hilton Memorial Fund, Creighton Holden Memorial Fund, Hospitality Asset Managers Association, Steve Hymans Extended Stay Scholarship, Richard Kessler, J. Willard Marriott Memorial Fund, Joseph McInerney Scholarship, Curtis C. Nelson Fund, and the AHLAF Annual Giving Program.

Additional scholarship programs include: Hyatt Hotels Fund for Minority Lodging Management Students; the Rama Fellowship for the American Dream Program; the American Express Scholarship Program; the Ecolab Fellowship Program; the Karl Mehlmann Fellowship; the Banks Brown Graduate Scholarship Program; the Arthur J. Packard Memorial Scholarship Program; the Stephen P. Holmes Fellowship; the Incoming Freshman Scholarship, which awards the PepsiCo Foundation and ALIS scholarships; and the Opening Doors to Opportunity Scholarship, which awards the Minaz Abji Scholarship.

About the AHLA Foundation

The AHLA Foundation, the charitable arm of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, is dedicated to helping people build their careers, improve their lives, and strengthen the hospitality industry. From lifting individuals out of poverty and connecting them to lifelong careers in the industry to providing certifications to promote current hotel employees into leadership positions, the programs of the Foundation are changing the industry by changing lives. We are committed to uplifting, educating and empowering individuals and the public on the history of opportunity and industry advancement. The Foundation is funded solely by contributions from generous individuals and businesses who wish to give back to the hospitality industry and ensure a prosperous future. Learn more at www.ahlafoundation.org.

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Brown noise, the latest trend to sleep faster and better https://indigodreams.net/brown-noise-the-latest-trend-to-sleep-faster-and-better/ Mon, 05 Sep 2022 18:09:40 +0000 https://indigodreams.net/brown-noise-the-latest-trend-to-sleep-faster-and-better/ In social networks, the fashion for brown noises is multiplying, and we tell you exactly what they consist of. Sometimes it’s not easy to fall asleep, whether it’s because you’re nervous, you have some kind of worry, it’s very hot or very cold, or it’s just not your night, and if you don’t have a […]]]>

In social networks, the fashion for brown noises is multiplying, and we tell you exactly what they consist of.

Sometimes it’s not easy to fall asleep, whether it’s because you’re nervous, you have some kind of worry, it’s very hot or very cold, or it’s just not your night, and if you don’t have a sleeping pill, chances are that not even counting sheep can cause you to fall back into a good dream.

Fortunately, there are many tricks to help you fall asleep better, some tricks more effective than others, but recently there has been a lot of talk on social networks about the so-called “brown noise” and it seems that it helps a lot to calm down. you and fall asleep much faster and deeper.

You could say that brown noise is a type of sound tone that encompasses low frequency sounds and bass which differs from so-called white noise which includes sounds from across the spectrum.

Some examples of brown noise would be that made by thunder, waterfalls or some low animal roarsand it seems to work for a lot of people on social media.

However, there are people who, after listening to brown noises, claim that their mind is calm for the first time in a long time and it gives them calming effects.

In any case, brown noise seems to help a lot people with ADHD, who use it to help their minds tune out a bit so they can focus a lot more.

Although no research has been done on brown noise, yes there have been studies on the use of sound tones in general for sleeping.

Research has also suggested that auditory stimulation may improve memory in healthy young people while increasing slow-wave sleep in older people.

Either way, although certain sounds can help people relax a lot more, if you have trouble sleeping you should see a doctor.

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How Adequate Sleep Is Vital For Healthy, Bright, Glowing Skin https://indigodreams.net/how-adequate-sleep-is-vital-for-healthy-bright-glowing-skin/ Sat, 03 Sep 2022 07:25:23 +0000 https://indigodreams.net/how-adequate-sleep-is-vital-for-healthy-bright-glowing-skin/ You’ve probably heard of “restorative sleep.” It’s often used as an understatement before someone gracefully leaves a party or ends a phone call in favor of some rest. Turns out these people are onto something – research and experts indicate that a good night’s rest can do wonders for our skin. The skin isn’t the […]]]>

You’ve probably heard of “restorative sleep.” It’s often used as an understatement before someone gracefully leaves a party or ends a phone call in favor of some rest.

Turns out these people are onto something – research and experts indicate that a good night’s rest can do wonders for our skin.

The skin isn’t the only part of the body that benefits when we catch enough Zzzs. The Centers for Disease Control suggests adults ages 18 to 60 sleep at least seven hours a night for the most health benefits.

The CDC also notes that good sleep hygiene can reduce the risk of type II diabetes, heart disease and mental health problems.

While there are many reasons to get a good night’s sleep, there’s nothing wrong with using skincare as motivation to get to bed at a reasonable time.

We spoke to two dermatologists about why sleep is such a big part of your skincare routine, and they also talked about how to improve your skin while you sleep.

Dark circles under the eyes are a hallmark that someone has burned the midnight oil.

Erum N. Ilyas, MD, MBE, FAAD, says dry skin and hollow cheeks often go hand in hand with these dark circles.

“Most of this is a result of the dehydration that accompanies fatigue,” says Ilyas, CEO and Founder of AmberNoon and a board-certified dermatologist with Schweiger Dermatology.

We often think of dehydration due to lack of water. But Ilyas points to research that suggests sleep also plays a role.

A study published in 2019 analyzed three samples of data from previous research on American and Chinese people aged 20 and older who were not pregnant or diagnosed with kidney failure.

The researchers suggested that people who slept less than eight hours a day were less hydrated than others.

Other peer-reviewed studies also suggest that sleep can impact skin appearance. A small study from 2020 of 32 Korean women in their 40s suggested that skin hydration gradually decreased with sleep deprivation.

Elasticity decreased more than any other skin characteristic after six days of sleep deprivation, but skin texture did not change after one day of restricted sleep.

Study gaps

Another one study 2020 reported that sleep disturbances may exacerbate rosacea. However, not all research supports the idea that sleep affects the skin.

While a study 2019 of 181 participants indicated that there was no significant link between sleep deprivation and facial appearance, another study 2022 showed significant differences.

This study included a group of self-identified female volunteers between the ages of 30 and 55 who generally slept well. This study indicated that just two nights of sleep limited to three hours could significantly alter the appearance of the skin and face.

There’s a lot more research citing the benefits of sleep — for your skin and the rest of your body — so aiming to get enough sleep if you’re able to has many benefits on both counts.

You can have a morning and evening skincare routine that includes at least a cleanser, moisturizer, and SPF.

But you can also work on your dream skin — or as close to it as possible depending on your age, genetics, and other factors — while you dream.

Anna Chacon, MD, a Miami-based dermatologist, shared her tips for getting better skin with your eyes closed.

Chacon says it’s not just about when you lay your head — and for how long — but what you rest it on. She recommends using silk sheets and pillowcases, especially for people with acne or sensitive skin or who sleep on their side or stomach.

Chacon says these pillowcases and sheets are softer than cotton ones. “That’s because rubbing cotton on sensitive skin can create more inflammation, making acne, eczema, or other skin conditions worse,” she says.

“Cotton also absorbs natural oil and bacteria from your face and hair, and that dirt builds up on your pillowcase night after night, creating a bacterial petri dish out of your pillow.”

On the other hand, Chacon says silk pillowcases and sheets tend to absorb less moisture and dirt, reducing their effect on sensitive or acne-prone skin.

Bonus: Chacon says silk sheets can be more comfortable year-round, potentially improving the quality and length of your sleep.

Some dermatologists and peer-reviewed research point to the importance of sleep on the skin. It can help with hydration, elasticity, rosacea treatment, and the overall appearance of your skin.

Silk sheets and pillowcases can make you more comfortable and reduce inflammation and rashes. They absorb less moisture and dirt and tend to be softer than cotton ones.

If you have skin or sleep problems, talk to a healthcare professional about ways to get more Zzz. Getting enough sleep is not only essential for skin health, but it’s also crucial for your overall physical and mental well-being.

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Helping young autistic people find their voice through music https://indigodreams.net/helping-young-autistic-people-find-their-voice-through-music/ Mon, 29 Aug 2022 09:25:46 +0000 https://indigodreams.net/helping-young-autistic-people-find-their-voice-through-music/ Growing up, an eighteen-year-old Dane who has autism struggled with his social skills and confidence. At the age of ten, he joined Deutsche Bank’s CSR Born to Be Music program with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) for children with musical abilities. Thanks to this program, organized in a school for children with special needs called […]]]>

Growing up, an eighteen-year-old Dane who has autism struggled with his social skills and confidence. At the age of ten, he joined Deutsche Bank’s CSR Born to Be Music program with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) for children with musical abilities. Thanks to this program, organized in a school for children with special needs called Rainbow Centre, the Danes discovered the joy of music. He learned to play the Guzheng, a traditional Chinese plucked string instrument. After years of dedication, practice and mentorship from SCO musicians, Danish performed with the 85-piece orchestra in front of an audience of 800 at our Dream Beyond concert last week.

In this video, Danish and his mother explain how learning music changed his life.

Deutsche Bank Dream Beyond Concerts

Deutsche Bank’s “Dream Beyond” concert showcases the talents of young people with disabilities, giving them a chance to grow, succeed and develop as people through music. Dane and two other Deutsche Bank-sponsored Rainbow Center students, Daniel and Gene, performed at the bank’s 8th concert this weekend to an audience of staff, community members, customers, charitable partners and beneficiaries. This annual concert and musical training that prepares young musicians for their time in the spotlight continues to give young people with special needs an avenue for personal expression through music. The workout helps them focus, relax and gives their confidence a huge boost.

Over the years, students in the program have accomplished remarkable things. Danish and Daniel will be doing retail and hospitality internships this year after graduating from the Rainbow Centre. They both plan to continue their studies in skills-based schools for older young people with special needs. Gene will be graduating from the Rainbow Center next year.

Partnership with True Colors Symphony – Hong Kong

Deutsche Bank also supports a Born to Be music scholarship program with True Colors Symphony (TCS) in Hong Kong. TCS provides financial assistance and musical training to disadvantaged and special-needs people, such as award-winning visually impaired violinist Ding Yijie, who performed as a special guest at the concert. Yijie is the only blind student to study at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

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Passion, dreams, hardships unite Kho Kho League players https://indigodreams.net/passion-dreams-hardships-unite-kho-kho-league-players/ Sat, 27 Aug 2022 19:24:00 +0000 https://indigodreams.net/passion-dreams-hardships-unite-kho-kho-league-players/ Last week, kho kho, an indigenous sport, got its first taste of the modern world of franchise-based private leagues when the inaugural Ultimate Kho Kho kicked off in Pune, Maharashtra. From the dusty courts, the sport has moved to the mats with high-tech cameras covering all the action at high speed and beaming the images […]]]>
Last week, kho kho, an indigenous sport, got its first taste of the modern world of franchise-based private leagues when the inaugural Ultimate Kho Kho kicked off in Pune, Maharashtra. From the dusty courts, the sport has moved to the mats with high-tech cameras covering all the action at high speed and beaming the images in real time into people’s living rooms via TV and streaming services.

There are physios to help injured players, masseurs to help with recovery and coaches to strategize. In the years to come, the overhaul could change the fortunes of the sport and with it the players who mostly come from families with few means. Here, ET Sport brings you the stories of four such players:

Nikhil B
Age: 21 years old
Hometown: Trivandrum, Kerala
Position: Versatile
Team: Rajasthan Warriors

Bindhu was sent to an orphanage to study because her family did not have enough money to support her. While studying at the orphanage, along with other things, she also learned kho kho. When she got married and had twins, she passed on the basic knowledge of the sport to her children. Although kho kho was not a lucrative career option at the time, she still encouraged them to take up the sport in school.

Today, one of his sons, Nikhil B, is part of the Rajasthan Warriors in the first ever franchise based kho kho league in India. “When my mother took us to school for admission, she saw children playing kho kho. She signed me up there. That’s how I started playing kho kho,” 21-year-old Nikhil said. “Now my parents are very excited to see me perform on TV,” he added.

It was a struggle to raise two children on the meager salary her father earned as a truck driver. “He was the only member of the family who earned time. He earned between 10,000 and 12,000 rupees. It was very difficult,” he said.

It’s still difficult, although his twin brother, Nidhim, has started donating money he earns from odd jobs.

“My brother does odd jobs and helps me with my shoes, trips etc. He works while studying to help me, for my future,” Nikhil said, adding that his brother was preparing for the Commission exams. civil service and tried his luck. also for employment in the army. Nikhil himself wants to pursue physical education and will invest the money in his studies. It may not be much, but it is something.

VISHAL
Age: 22 years old
Hometown: Delhi
Position: Defender
Team: Odisha Juggernauts


Vishal’s family never placed any restrictions on him. All they expected in return was that he not abuse the freedom granted to him. Considering how he grew to become one of the best kho kho players in the country, he lived up to his family’s expectations.

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The 22-year-old from Delhi learned to be responsible early in his life. He was just 12 when he lost his father to tuberculosis in 2012.

The death of the family of seven’s only winning hand threatened to turn their lives upside down. Thanks to the determination of her mother and the hard work of her older sister, they managed to stay afloat. Both worked in small factories to keep food on the table and the roof over their heads. Vishal, barely a teenager, also realized his responsibilities and started to contribute in any way he could.

Despite all the problems, he did not let kho kho out of his life. He has been playing the sport since he barely hit double digits. Sport also helped him to leave a public school for a private school. “Once, when we were winning a race, a trainer from a private school came to meet us. He helped me gain admission into a private school (Saraswati Bal Mandir). From the 6th to the 12th I studied there for free,” Vishal said, adding that it was a big help, especially after his father died. Hard times troubled Vishal’s family again when his mother and sister lost their jobs during the Covid-19 pandemic. He was still in college.

Fortunately, he found a job at a local unit of Mother Dairy where he used to load vegetables onto a truck. A few months later, through an acquaintance, he moved to a slightly better paying job as a delivery boy at a local Amazon store.

Last year during the senior nationals, Vishal was told of his selection for the kho kho camp for the UKK. He was then chosen in Category A, for which he will receive Rs 5 lakh. He plans to use this money, along with his family’s savings, to buy a house.

PRITAM CHOUGULE
Age: 29
Hometown: Ichalkaranji, Kolhapur District, Maharashtra
Position: Defender
Team: Chennai Quickguns


Ichalkaranji, a town in the Kolhapur district of Maharashtra, is known as the “Manchester of Maharashtra” for its textile manufacturing units. While Manchester in modern times is known for its great football teams, Ichalkaranji is nowhere on the football map. The city is more into sports like cricket and kho kho. It is therefore no surprise that Pritam Chougule loves both kho kho and cricket (his favorite cricketer is former captain of India men’s cricket team, MS Dhoni).

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While cricket is India’s favorite sport and its superstars earn millions, the indigenous kho kho is only beginning to see big investments. “I never thought that our kho kho would have such good days,” Chougule, a defender for Chennai Quickguns, said of the UKK. “It’s like a dream.”

Like many others, Chougule started playing kho kho with friends at school and it gradually became his career of choice. He won four medals, including gold, at the senior nationals, but never made it to the national team. (“It’s my last dream,” he says.)

Chougule, 29, works as a manager in a local textile company and earns around Rs 20,000 per month. He is furloughed to play UKK, for which he will lose part or all of his salary. But he’s not complaining. “…the owner of my business is good. I have a lot of support from him. You don’t get that much time off in a private job,” he said.

Chougule leads a very hectic life, shuttling between his passion and his family responsibilities. He gets up at 5 a.m., trains from 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. before going to the office. He will again train at night, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Seeing him working so hard for years, some people suggested he quit the sport. “For the past 3-4 years, there was talk that the UKK was going to happen. So that hope drove me forward. I continued my training. Finally, it happened,” Chougule said.

Chougule, who is in category D, wants to use whatever money he gets to pay off the home loan he took out last year.

RANJAN SHETTY
Age: 32 years old
Position: Striker
Hometown: Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra
Team: Gujarat Giants


In his youth, Ranjan Shetty was athletic and played several sports including kabaddi and kho kho. Around the age of 15, one of his friends, with whom he played kho kho during his free time, suggested that he join his club, the Vihang Kreeda Mandal (VKM).

The same evening, he goes to the VKM to see what is happening there. He immediately liked the atmosphere and joined the club the next day.

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But kho kho was never a lucrative career in the country and his family wanted him to focus on his studies so he could get a job and share some of the financial burden. He used to help his father in his paan shop in Airoli, but that couldn’t be a long-term option. His growth as a kho kho player did not translate into financial gains. Things got better in 2010 when he was selected in the Maharashtra squad for the senior national championships. The following year, he obtained a government position. “I was only 20 when I was recruited by Western Railways as a junior clerk,” Ranjan said.

At Western Railways, Shetty’s kho kho career blossomed as he won several medals (six golds and two silvers) for the railways at senior national championships and even represented India at the 2016 South Asian Games, where India won gold.

A few years ago, however, he wasn’t sure if he would continue the sport. He had achieved everything domestically and was unsure of another India call-up. He shifted his focus from kho kho to his work, but realized he hadn’t even graduated. He had left his B.Com degree incomplete after getting the job because he had virtually no time between work and kho kho training. “Three years ago I graduated because it was necessary for a promotion,” said Shetty, who is now office superintendent.

The launch of the UKK, however, reignited his passion for kho kho. At 32, Shetty is one of the oldest and most experienced players in the league. He finds the UKK to be a “completely different experience”.

“When we were playing in the nationals, the audience was very limited. Now this tournament is live all over the world. So it’s great that the world is watching us play,” said Shetty, who is in Category A. and will win Rs 5 lakh from the tournament “I don’t have any savings. So I will save this money,” he said.

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‘What Next’ for UPSC-negatives? Indians with lost youth don’t want to come back empty handed https://indigodreams.net/what-next-for-upsc-negatives-indians-with-lost-youth-dont-want-to-come-back-empty-handed/ Wed, 24 Aug 2022 02:45:39 +0000 https://indigodreams.net/what-next-for-upsc-negatives-indians-with-lost-youth-dont-want-to-come-back-empty-handed/ Rajat Sambyal came to Delhi from Jammu with a dream. And this dream was composed of four alphabets – UPSC. But when the results came this year in May, it felt like the end of the road after six failed attempts and years of sleepless, anxious nights. But some habits are just hard to break. […]]]>

Rajat Sambyal came to Delhi from Jammu with a dream. And this dream was composed of four alphabets – UPSC. But when the results came this year in May, it felt like the end of the road after six failed attempts and years of sleepless, anxious nights. But some habits are just hard to break. Rajat still lives in Delhi’s UPSC aspirant centre, Old Rajinder Nagar, and breathes the same air with singular ambition alongside his housemates who are still preparing for public service.

“I was numb. I haven’t spoken to anyone. I posted this tweet and fell asleep,” Rajat recalled days after the Union Civil Service Commission (UPSC) 2021 exam result was released. The tweet in question is not the one he had saved in draft. The BE (civil engineering) graduate from PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh was sure he was going to be selected and so he had another tweet ready to announce his success.

“10 years of hard work ended in ashes. 6 UPSC attempts completed. 3 times the preliminaries failed. 2 times power failure. In my last attempt I have now cleared the civil services. Finally placed.

Instead, here’s what he tweeted that day:

Now, the big question for Rajat is, “So what next?


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Raindrops in the ocean

Rajat is not the only person facing this question. Hundreds of thousands of young Indians are chasing the same UPSC chimera and failing. While their passionate and unscrupulous preparatory struggle is well documented and widely recognized, their months and years after UPSC-negative were mostly spent in quiet loneliness, loss of self-esteem and even shame. They look helplessly at their wasted years, having lost what they call the best time of their lives. Some lose their friends and love in this ruthless journey. But it takes them a long time to find their bearings and assemble a new dream.

About 11 lakh aspirants apply for the UPSC exam every year. But only a few hundred – less than 0.01% – succeed. In 2019, over 8 lakh students applied for the preliminaries – only 11,845 students applied for the Mains, 2,034 made it to the interviews and only 927 entered the prestigious world of Indian civil service. This figure fell to 761 public servants in 2020, then to 712 in 2021. From flashy coaching institute billboards to media reports and interviews to family conversations, the journey of toppers and “successes” of the UPSC is told in detail. We rarely hear of the struggles of those who fail at the last hurdle.


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Battle-hardened

While Rajat is still “finding the path” to his future, some have already done so.

“We embark on this journey when our Josh is at its peak. During my UPSC journey, I lost my youth, my friends and my love. But it’s also true that whatever I am today is because of this journey,” said Amit Kilhore, a teacher at Study IQ, an online platform. Amit spent eight years preparing for UPSC – he gave Mains six times and reached the interview round twice.

“The first two weeks after the result were full of despair. Gradually, I regained my courage. But I was lucky. Few people have better opportunities,” he says.

Priyamvada’s journey was different. Not only did she fight depression caused by exam pressure, but she also had to fight a parallel war with society. “On the one hand, I failed to pass the exam, and on the other hand, there was family pressure to get married. I had to take medication,” says Priyamvada, who She took the UPSC exam five times and in 2020 moved to London to continue her studies.

“After coming out of depression, when I first opened my books, I couldn’t remember anything that I had read earlier. It was very scary for me. But I came out of this hell. I didn’t get married. Now the wheel of my life is in my hands. Sometimes I have to remind myself of that,” she says. She returned to India and started working with the World Wildlife Fund, traveling to remote parts of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh etc. She says she had job opportunities abroad but decided to do something for the good of her country by staying here .

While Amit lost her fearlessness over the years of preparation, Priyamvada said she was freed from fear after failing the UPSC exams.

“But life doesn’t end there. Nothing can be bigger than your life. I fought hard and now I live life without fear,” she says.


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empty handed

A survey conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) revealed that about 12-13% of Indian students suffer from psychological, emotional and behavioral problems.

Professor Om Prakash of the Institute of Human Behavior and Allied Sciences (IHBAS), New Delhi, says many of those who come to him are those preparing for UPSC. “A lot of times they turn to drugs,” he says. “The most important thing for them is to accept that this is just a test, not the end of life. If things get worse, see a doctor. Don’t deal with it alone,” he advises. he.

Because accepting and overcoming the feeling of failure is difficult. “For these children, the only thing that matters is that they pass the exam. There is nothing else. They isolate themselves, live alone, remain unhappy,” says Dr Praveen Tripathi, psychiatrist at Renowa Care, based in Noida. “There are so many groups on Telegram for preparations and study materials. But nothing for people who fail the exam and try to move on.

Amit says he went through a lot after the results. “Each unsuccessful attempt increases the pressure to seek more money from home,” he says.

“No one thinks of the students who have gone through the rigors of this process. UPSC prep does indeed make you a better person, but if you’re not selected, then there’s no market value for all that study,” says Amit. “You study engineering for four years and you graduate. However, if you have only been preparing for UPSC for 10 years, you will not have a degree. When the attempts are over, you are out of the process. The government pushes these students back into society empty-handed,” he says.


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Hard to let go

In order to “reduce the tension and suffering” of candidates who do not pass the exam, then-UPSC President Arvind Saxena recommended the central government in 2019 to consider unsuccessful candidates who reach the interview stage for jobs at other institutions.

The government responded positively. The Sports Authority of India (SAI) and the International Financial Services Centers Authority have opened their doors to these applicants by giving them direct entry into the interview series. This year, the IFSCA published eight such vacancies.

Nitish Garg, who missed the final UPSC list in 2019 by 10 points, was able to interview at SAI based on his performance at UPSC. He is now working as an assistant director at the SAI and preparing for state services.

But Amit says this new system is not enough. The real problem is always the same: a large number of young Indians are discouraged because there is a severe shortage of jobs in the country.

What also doesn’t change is Rajat’s routine. He always wakes up in his apartment in old Rajinder Nagar. He always takes money from his parents. While he locked his books in the closet, he still failed to distance himself from the UPSC world. Soon after her tweet went viral, many wannabes came to her for advice. Now he gives interviews, attends chat sessions, moderates the Twitter spaces of former and current UPSC aspirants, and amplifies the stories of those who have built careers elsewhere – all with the goal of helping those who fail in the dream of the USPC.

It’s not easy to magically turn off the UPSC-bug switch after the results. There are lingering residual moods where you still inhabit that dream.

“UPSC is such a chakravyuh (Labyrinth). Once in, you won’t be able to get out easily. But preparation makes you a smarter person. You might not be able to find a job after preparing for UPSC, but you won’t come back empty-handed,” says Garg.

(Edited by Prashant)

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Why Korea must join the Chip 4 https://indigodreams.net/why-korea-must-join-the-chip-4/ Sun, 21 Aug 2022 10:44:19 +0000 https://indigodreams.net/why-korea-must-join-the-chip-4/ Choi Byung Il The author, professor of economics at the Graduate School of International Studies at Ewha Womans University, is president of the Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies. As summer passes, the winds herald a change of season. A summer of sizzling heat waves and showers is about to give way to fall. But let’s […]]]>

Choi Byung Il
The author, professor of economics at the Graduate School of International Studies at Ewha Womans University, is president of the Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies.

As summer passes, the winds herald a change of season. A summer of sizzling heat waves and showers is about to give way to fall. But let’s go back to the beginning of this summer. At the NATO summit in Madrid in June, an unexpected list of countries emerged – Sweden and Finland applied for NATO membership after ending their military neutrality, and South Korea , Japan, Australia and New Zealand as guests.

What did the participation of the Pacific nations in the collective security system of the North Atlantic Treaty States mean? The Asian countries invited to the Madrid summit share two common characteristics: they are free democracies and traditional allies of the United States. In the presence of the Nordic and Pacific countries, NATO defined China as a “challenge” for the first time. To the rest of the world, NATO said China openly crossed a red line by not criticizing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and turning a blind eye to the criminal act of robbing a sovereign neighbor of its territory with the armed forces.

NATO’s new strategic concept is helping to cloud China’s calculations. At the height of the tension between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping, China was comfortable with a “world divided into three”. Beijing thought the game was worth a try as long as Europe did not fully side with the United States, even if Washington raised tariffs on China and directly confronted Chinese companies. China might think so for two reasons: its persistent efforts to divide Europe and Trump’s unilateralism. Since 2012, China has made great efforts to improve relations with 16 Central and Eastern European countries, including Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic.

By launching the “16 plus one” summit, China ensured the rationale for investment in logistics, infrastructure and energy. As Chinese investment increased in these countries, China’s shadow grew in Europe. A structure where the European Union could not simply encourage Trump America to pressure China through trade was created. Worse still, Trump chose to sour US relations with Europe with crude rhetoric rather than seek cooperation from Germany and France. As a result, China could play a protracted war with the United States as long as Europe sits on its hands – even if the US-China trade war escalates into a war for global hegemony.

Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and China’s rapprochement with Russia forced Europe to get rid of China after riding the fence. As a result, China’s ambition to take America’s place in Asia through a hegemonic contest – and settle with a tripolar world – has run into a problem. History will remember the summit in Madrid. It will also record that South Korea, which has emerged as a new trading power in the 21st century, was there at the time. At this historic moment, a senior Korean government official stressed the need to find alternative markets to China. “An era of China’s market boom is coming to an end,” he confessed.

Is the era of dependence on America for security and China for trade coming to an end? A senior official publicly mentioning the end of these dual relations is the first of its kind since the Sino-American competition gained ground. China remains Korea’s largest trading partner. Does the official’s remarks signify a dramatic turn for Korea’s strategy?

Dependence on the United States for security and dependence on China for trade were possible when Sino-American relations were not so bad. After establishing diplomatic relations with China in 1972, the United States brought the country into the US-led international order because it wanted to see China change. But America’s hopes of a transition in China to global standards if it lifted itself out of poverty and developed its economy have been dashed. After China became the second largest economy ahead of Japan and Germany, the world was eagerly waiting for China to become a responsible country.

Over time, however, it became clear that China was dreaming of a different dream after becoming a member of the G2. After the United States realized this and clamped down on China’s rise in its own right, it had ramifications for a number of countries using similar dual paradigms of security and trade, including South Korea. If government officials believe double standards still work, either they’re living in a different time or they’re delusional. At the center of the dichotomous paradigm that has begun to break down are semiconductors, a mainstay of Korea’s economy.

The Korean Economic Association held a policy symposium in Gangneung this weekend. The key issue in Korea’s trade policy debate was a vague notion called the Chip 4 alliance. After the United States proposed to build a semiconductor supply chain with Korea, Japan and Taiwan, the Korean media were busy predicting retaliation from China. Under such circumstances, China pointed the finger at Korea and warned against joining the anti-China front.

Trade experts who took part in the debate expressed concern and dissatisfaction with the preparation of China’s warning. And they shared their views on the situation. First, an advisory body will be launched to ensure the elasticity of the American-led chip supply chain. With its leadership in semiconductor technology and equipment, the United States has asked Korea, Japan and Taiwan – with their strengths in materials and chip manufacturing – to join the front. Whether the channel will evolve into an alliance — and which countries will eventually join — is yet to be determined. The scope of programs such as R&D and manpower will likely be expanded. A meeting for these discussions will take place by the end of the summer. This was confirmed by trade experts at this symposium.

After being elected president, Joe Biden directed his aides to find ways to reduce America’s dependence on China for major commodities. After the China-US contest accelerated amid the pandemic, chips, batteries, medical products and rare-earth minerals have all become core strategic materials. A tech alliance between the democracies was destined to form when a report urging America to rebuild supply networks with its allies to reduce America’s reliance on China for commodities was placed on Biden’s desk in the Oval Office.

There is no need to worry in advance about retaliation from China. If Chip 4 evolves into an alliance, the allies will collectively respond to outside retaliation and provocation. Regardless of how Chips 4 develops, you don’t have to hide the goal of collectively managing China-related risks. Instead, it will be desirable for members to precisely convey their intention to China so that Beijing can try to reduce the risk on its own. Under the dual paradigm of security and trade with China, many countries have had to ignore — or endure — China’s technology theft, arbitrary discrimination and unfair practices. This situation has changed. Bullet 4 could be the start. A chip alliance including Europe is also possible.

It is wise for the government to prepare measures to deal with American retaliation as well as that of China. The recent Chip Bill that was passed by the US Congress prohibits foreign companies from investing or expanding their production facilities in China for 10 years if they receive US subsidies. This poses a dilemma for Korean companies that have invested heavily – or will invest – in both America and China. The same goes for Taiwan, the undisputed leader in system chips.

Could we solve the risks of China and America without joining Chip 4? If Korea allows other countries to set the rules without its participation, it will miss an opportunity to highlight its strengths or compensate for its weaknesses. Semiconductors are Korea’s main industry. Building a stable and elastic supply chain in the post-Cold War era is not a job for the United States, but a hopeless task for Korea’s survival and prosperity. Technology theft, human resource theft and export bans that threaten the stability of supplies endanger our economic security. Chip 4 can provide a valuable chance to declare a common front against the move. As summer draws to a close, a new wind is blowing.
Translation by Korea JoongAng Daily staff.

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