A Discussion about the Bible, Drugs, Cannabis, and Creationby Jerry Bergman, PhDWith the recent legalization of the recreational use of the mind-altering drug cannabis in many states, and the legalization of its medical use in most states, questions arise about the drug from a creation-worldview standpoint. The main psychoactive component of cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). One major question is, why did God create drugs that are poisonous or that can cause harm? Poisonous substances include anything that can physically harm us if we inhale, swallow or touch it. They range from bee stings to cyanide poisoning.Original Creation v Corrupted NatureCreationists consider questions that arise related to God’s purpose of plants that can be used for evil. Some propose certain plants became problematic due to the Fall, or have become more dangerous since they were first created due to mutations. In light of these questions, how should Bible believers approach the political issues related to marijuana’s use today? The Scriptures declared all creation, including plants, to have been good initially. Genesis 1 is clear: “God said, ‘Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you.’” Scriptures that caution ingesting certain plants are Galatians 5:20, Revelation 9:21, 18:23, 21:8, and 22:15.A State of MindThe Greek word used in these scriptures is “pharmakia” (Greek: φαρμακεία) which literally means “drugs,” and is the source of the English word “pharmacy.” Pharmakia is translated in our English Bible as either “witchcraft” or “sorcery” because of the strong connection of mind-altering-drugs to “witchcraft,” “sorcery,” and the casting of spells. In short, the condemnation of witchcraft is linked with mind-altering drugs such as cannabis. Thus, the concern is the abuse of mind-altering drugs that put the user in a wrong state of mind. Christians are enjoined to keep a clear, active mind: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind,” Paul said, “that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2). To love God with all our mind, we must be in our right mind, exercising judgment, discernment, and self-control.Dosage and Individual DifferencesA major point is this: any chemical, both plant-derived and otherwise, can be abused. A second point is, “the dose level is the poison.” This means most every known chemical is not poisonous in small doses, and all chemicals are poisonous in large enough doses. The only exception I am aware of is dimethylmercury, of which even extremely small doses (less than 0.1 mL) are poisonous. The conclusion that all chemicals are poisonous in large doses even includes water, which is lethal in large doses. Danger ensues if the amount of water is so high that it becomes difficult for the kidneys to process it rapidly enough. The result is too much body water, thus causing the mineral levels to become too dilute, especially when dangerously low levels of sodium result, producing hyponatremia. No more than four liters in 4 hours is a rough guideline to avoid harm, but the danger level depends on the climate and the person, their sex, weight, age, and health status.* The same thing is true of cannabis. At a low enough level, it can do no harm.*For fun, read the classic DHMO Parody.My medical school toxicology class taught by a creationist, Dr. Robert Forney, made this clear. Nothing is toxic in small enough amounts, including dimethylmercury, and everything is toxic in large enough amounts.* How toxic a chemical is depends on how easily it is absorbed and metabolized, and how rapidly it is expelled by the body. Furthermore, not everyone is equally affected by a specific toxic substance. Some animal species are more susceptible to various poisons, others far less susceptible. One classic example is that it requires 1,000 times more dioxin to kill a hamster than a guinea pig. The high level of guinea pigs’ sensitivity makes them ideal for certain kinds of toxicity research.*Some hormetic substances are actually beneficial in small amounts, but reverse and become toxic as dosage increases.Dosage-Dependent HarmSome compounds, although very toxic even in small amounts, also function as miracle drugs when used properly. Botulism produced by Clostridium botulinum bacteria is one of the most toxic compounds known to mankind. It is also the most toxic substance produced by living organisms, bacteria in this case. A single gram (0.04 ounces) can kill 14,000 people if swallowed – or 8.3 million if injected! Botulinum works by disrupting communication between nerves and muscle cells, paralyzing its victims, and leading to respiratory failure because the victim cannot breathe. Extremely small doses of botulinum toxin can, however, be used to treat muscle spasms and excessive sweating. It can even be used to partly paralyze muscles that cause wrinkles. For this use it is sold commercially as Botox.Chemistry and ConsciousnessCannabis sativa, drawing by Koehler c. 1900With this background, let us consider cannabis use for Bible believers. If it is used to achieve a state of normality, such as to relieve pain, this could be an appropriate use (cf. Proverbs 31:4-7). When used for the purpose of achieving an abnormal out-of-mind state, however, that would be an issue. The fact that some regard the “out-of-mind state” as a desirable state raises spiritual red flags; God wants us in “our right minds.” One has to evaluate the total effect and consequence of the results of the out-of-mind state. Compare the pleasure of marijuana with some other feelings people consider pleasurable. Some people enjoy inflecting pain on others — a tendency called sadism, and others enjoy experiencing pain — a tendency called masochism. Though called “pleasurable” by some, these behaviors often cause serious health damage, even death, and thus given the Biblical rule noted above would be condemned. Aside from the psychological harm marijuana can cause, the effects of burning cannabis leaves must be considered. The smoke contains carcinogens, such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. A desire to care for one’s body as the temple of the Lord should militate against willfully ingesting carcinogens for “pleasure.”Given these facts, cannabis use by Bible believers needs to be evaluated critically. And Christ followers would also want to be discerning about the possible cultural effects of widespread use of substances that alter people’s perceptions, e.g., while driving or working. Enough research is now available to make some tentative judgements.From my experience working with drug users at Alexandria House in Detroit, I spent much time discussing the motivation and experience of the clients, most of whom were in this treatment center by court order for drug use. Their response to its use varied greatly. Some described marijuana smoking like breathing smelly air and having no effect. Others noted it caused them to become irrationally paranoid, and yet others to commit crimes of violence, which is what got them into the program. The scientific research supports this experience.From my hospital work experience, I learned that cannabis had some use in dealing with nausea from cancer drugs and relieving pain, but is much less effective than opiates. The peer-reviewed research in leading medical journals supports my conclusion that marijuana can cause, or worsen, severe mental illness, especially psychosis, a fact that has been known for over a decade.Long-Term EffectsOne question to ask is, “Marijuana abuse can lead to transient psychosis, but can it cause or worsen psychotic disorders like schizophrenia?” The evidence from key research reports is “that marijuana use, especially in early adolescence, can lead to psychotic disorders in adulthood, such as schizophrenia.” The latest study in a special section of Nature about cannabis supported this conclusion, finding psychosis was three times greater in those who used cannabis daily compared to people who never used the drug. The researchers extrapolated this finding, concluding “where highly potent cannabis was most available, the researchers calculated that … eliminating its use would reduce psychosis rates in London by 30% and in Amsterdam by 50%.Difficulty of Establishing CertaintyAs a whole, cannabis has the potential for causing severe psychoses, supporting its classification as a mind-altering drug that Scripture warns about. Because marijuana was illegal in the USA till recently, studies were few. More research on potential medical applications is warranted; one most recent review of the evidence was lambasted because firm scientific studies were too few and problematic. Consider that it took over two centuries to finally prove beyond any doubt that smoking tobacco causes lethal diseases including cancer and heart disease. It may also take years to establish the same ‘beyond-a-doubt’ level of proof for cannabis. But enough evidence now exists to decide that the safest course by far is to avoid the drug at all costs, unless some clear medical use is warranted. In the Nature special issue, Clement and her colleagues analyzed the findings of 68 reviews of cannabis research, and fully 62 foundassociations between the drug and various adverse outcomes, including impaired driving, increased risk of stroke and testicular cancer, brain changes that could affect learning and memory, and a particularly consistent link between cannabis use and mental illnesses involving psychosis. Risks were highest for teenagers, pregnant women and people already at risk of mental illness.Some GuidelinesThe few beneficial uses that exist for Cannabis, apart from the intoxicating effects that make it controversial, are very limited and vary according to individual factors. I am convinced from my own experience, and my review of the peer-reviewed scientific literature, that long-term use of marijuana—no matter how ingested—will eventually cause enormous problems in society. I may well in the future sadly say, “I told you so,” as have the many scientific studies of the use of marijuana. I learned from my work experience that Cannabis is highly addictive and many occasional users do, in fact, become addicted.In conclusion, while cannabis is not “evil,” and is “just a plant” that manifests (as all of creation) clear evidence of very good design, one cannot justify smoking or eating it on that basis. Cactus is very good, but we don’t hug it. Poison oak is just a plant, but we don’t smear its leaves on our skin. Many garden plants like castor bean and poinsettia are nice to look at, but deadly in the body. Cannabis can help a few medical conditions, like certain types of epilepsy, but it is not a cure-all. And as Nature reported, it can have horrible side effects.  Although the use of marijuana, like cigarettes or alcohol, when not illegal, falls within individual conscience, is it worth the risks, when there are thousands of other good plants without such dangers that can satisfy us with pleasure and health? Paul’s advice to the Corinthians is relevant here: “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.” (I Corinthians 6:12).References Genesis 1:29. New American Standard Bible (NASB), 1977. Dimethylmercury is one of the strongest known neurotoxins. A quantity less than 0.1 mL is capable of inducing severe mercury poisoning. It is also easily absorbed through the skin, which creates problems in working with it. See https://www.osha.gov/dts/hib/hib_data/hib19980309.html Zajtchuk, R. 1997. Textbook of Military Medicine. Office of The Surgeon General at TMM Publications, Borden Institute, Washington, D.C.: Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 20307-5001. Middlebrook, John L. 1986. Cellular Mechanism of Action of Botulinum Neurotoxin. Journal of Toxicology, 5(2):177-190. Raby, Wilfrid Noël. 2013. Comorbid Cannabis Misuse in Psychotic Disorders: Treatment Strategies. Primary Psychiatry, 6(4):29-34, May. Raby, 2013, p. 29. di Forti, Marta et al., 2019. Potent pot linked to Psychosis. Lancet Psychiatry. 6, 427–436. Drew, Liam. 2019. Cannabis research round-up. Highlights from laboratory studies and clinical trials. Nature. 572(s21). August, 29. Berenson, Alex. 2019. Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence. New York, NY: Free Press. Gogek, Ed. 2015. Marijuana Debunked: A handbook for parents, pundits and politicians who want to know the case against legalization. New York, NY: innerQuest. This book was written by a medical doctor with extensive experience in treating persons addicted to drugs, and this book is much better documented to the scientific literature than Berenson’s book. Sohn, Emily. 2019. Weighing the dangers of cannabis. As interest builds in the potential health benefits from the plant, accumulating evidence confirms that taking the drug also carries risks. Nature, 572, S16-S18 August, 28.Dr. Jerry Bergman has taught biology, genetics, chemistry, biochemistry, anthropology, geology, and microbiology at several colleges and universities including for over 40 years at Bowling Green State University, Medical College of Ohio where he was a research associate in experimental pathology, and The University of Toledo. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Ohio, Wayne State University in Detroit, the University of Toledo, and Bowling Green State University. He has over 1,300 publications in 12 languages and 40 books and monographs. His books and textbooks that include chapters that he authored, are in over 1,500 college libraries in 27 countries. So far over 80,000 copies of the 40 books and monographs that he has authored or co-authored are in print. For more articles by Dr Bergman, see his Author Profile.(Visited 1,021 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
SharePrint RelatedPhenomenal geocaching community stories from 2017December 26, 2017In “Community”Double-Oh-Mega-Event: On a (not so) Secret MissionJuly 22, 2011In “Community”7 Tips to Attending a Mega-EventOctober 26, 2011In “Community” Signal helping to pass the “Golden Ammo Box” to Lorena and Oriol at the GeoNord 2017 Mega.4. When did the tradition start?It started last year at our GeoNord 2016.5. Who officially owns it?I guess we do since we created it (the TB code is owned by -Ruby-), but all those who hold it take good care of it.The theme for the GeoNord 2017 Mega was “air” and held at an old airfield.6. Does it have suggestions, tips, tricks for all Mega hosts to be aware of?Yes! The ammo box contains the notebook with tips and tricks on how to organize a Mega, along with other items or coins to be tracked. Each Mega team must add something to help future events hosts.7. Does it have a webpage?No, we’ve never thought about it but it’s a good idea!8. Is it trackable?Yes! But you must come to a French Mega to get the code! 😀The Golden Ammo Can is trackable, but you must attend an event to get the code.9. What are the top 5 or 10 tips you’ve gotten from it?Well, sometimes it isn’t easy to add a tip without unveiling all the ins and outs of your own organization, and some things are very particular to a specific event, but in general there are a few universal tips:Don’t forget to find a big parking lot near the event location.Toilets are very important.Don’t copy other Megas — be original and give your Mega its own style.Get along with other Mega organizers. Bad relationships and “wars” won’t help you.Activities, activities, activities. People must have fun if you want them to come back next year.10. What tip or trick did you add?We added a few, but our favorite is, “A logbook in a simple notebook is boring. Create an original way for people to log the event.”Good tips: Make logbooks memorable and create lots of activities for geocachers to enjoy.-Vainilla- and -Ruby- also created a wonderful 4.5 minute video highlighting their successful GeoNord 2017 – Oxygen Mega-Event last June. A great time was had by all!Got tips for hosting an event, hiding a geocache, or anything else? Share your thoughts!Share with your Friends:More What is the “Golden Ammo Box” and why is it in a field of airplanes?1. What is the “Golden Ammo Box”?The Golden Ammo Box started as a crazy idea. We’ve seen several trackable objects travelling from event to event, the O.C.B. being the most famous, and we thought, “Why not create a notebook with tips to help Mega-Event organizers?” We realized that a notebook would be too fragile, and then it came to us: what better protection than an Ammo Box? People are crazy about them to create caches so let’s use one. And then the “golden” idea appeared. It gives this item more importance and legitimacy; like it’s a little treasure.2. Is that its official name?Yes. “The Golden Ammo Box.” It’s simple and descriptive.3. Does it only travel from Mega to Mega, or does it serve other purposes?Yes. It only travels from and to Mega-Events in France. It’s like passing a baton. An organizer of the next scheduled Mega comes to the current event. The handover usually occurs on the first day of the event during Meet & Greet. It’s like passing the baton. Boîte à munitions dorée. You’ve probably heard of Mega-Events or even been lucky enough to attend a Mega. But, have you ever thought about what goes into planning and hosting your own Mega-Event? Gosh, if only other Mega-Event hosts could share the best tips and tricks to help each other…Well lucky you! Amazing French geocachers, -Vainilla- (Lorena) and -Ruby- (Oriol), who hosted GeoNord Events for the past three years have come up with a great concept: The Golden Ammo Box. Read on to find out how Mega-Event hosts are paying it forward and helping others along the way.
Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… My weekly in-app goals: Walk 7,500 steps every weekday / 10,000 on the weekendsTravel 4 miles every weekday / 8 miles on the weekendBurn 2,200 – 2,350 calories every day (to maintain my weight)Since my goal is not to lose weight, I set my calorie intake and burn rate to remain steady. Instead, I want to get in better shape and take a more conscious look at my eating habits. The ultimate goal is to improve my lifestyle habits, and figure out just how well a fitness tracker facilitates that.So my pivotal, hard-to-reach goal for my first week is to burn more calories than I take in every single day. For me, that doesn’t mean eating less. Instead, I want to maintain what has my 3-meals-a-day (occasionally 4-small-meals-a-day) routine while focusing on exercising and being more active.Check back in in the coming weeks to follow my progress and track the results. Tags:#fitness tracker#Fitness Tracking#health In 2013, fitness tracking is all around us: in iPhone apps like Map My Fitness and DailyBurn; built into your Samsung Galaxy S4 phone; in a device on your wrist if you own a Nike+ Sportswatch or a Pebble smartwatch. But does any of it really work? Not just do they track your fitness, but do they really help you change your life?One might expect that these trackers primarily help the already motivated enough achieve their goals faster, leaving the rest of us drowning in useless data. Or can having that data really help the average Joe improve their health?These issues are at the core of the quantified self movement, and I wanted to find out for my self. I want to know if, over the course of six weeks, having this data can help me substantially alter my behavior and become fitter. My goal is not to lose weight, specifically, but rather to shed my bad fitness habits and change myself for the better. Quantified MeThe Quantified Self concept sounds a lot more intense than it really is. The idea is simply that using wearable tech to collect detailed data about everything you do, eat and feel will reveal patterns and correlations that can help you improve your life. (Not everyone who engages in quantified self activities is looking to change themselves, of course; the people who attend quantified self meet-up groups apparently just like the idea of monitoring the body’s daily data stream.)As someone with no prior experience with wearable devices, I decided to jump headfirst into fitness tracking with the Fitbit Flex. It’s a bracelet-like device meant to be never taken off save for the few hours it takes to charge it every week. It stays on your wrist when you sleep, when you shower and when you ride your bike. And it knows when you decide that you’d just rather grab a Big Mac than walk the four extra blocks to the coffee shop to get a salad. Why The Fitbit Flex? A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The $100 Fitbit Flex is the latest offering from Fitbit, following a line of clip-on devices called the Fitbit Zip and the Fitbit One. Internet reviews have largely been positive, to the point where the device is on eight-to-ten-week back order. (Importantly, its excellent companion app is available for both Android and iOS.). Alternatives include the Jawbone Up and the Nike FuelBand, both of which deliver similar functionality – sleep monitoring, pedometer features and daily/weekly data production using manual food and exercise inputs – for a few dollars more. That part about manual inputs is important. The Flex will automatically count your steps and monitor how you thrash around in your sleep, but you need to tell it how you exercise (how long and how vigorously you rode your bike or jogged, for instance) and what you consume. It has a database of calorie counts for foods spanning the McDonald’s Dollar Menu to Panera Bread, but laboriously inputting numbers of ounces and other measurements for common items like fruit and orange juice quickly gets tedious – many users could getting frustrated and give up.Fortunately, setting up the device is relatively easy. You start by plugging in the charging cable and slipping the tracker into it. Unfortunately, unlike the Nike FuelBand, you cannot plug the device directly into a USB port so the only option is the easy-to-misplace charger. The Flex charges in a couple of hours, giving you at least a week’s worth of tracking. The next step is to slip the tracker into the bottom of the wristband, strap it on (which takes a bit of a struggle at first) and then you’re good to go. You can sync via a USB dongle you keep plugged into your laptop, or via Bluetooth with the Fitbit smartphone app that lets you set alarms, monitor your day’s activity and toggle on and off the background sync function. Learning To Ignore ItSo far, the Fitbit Flex has been an innocuous addition to my everyday life. At first, it was hard not to ignore its presence on my wrist, and keep double-tapping it to see the flashing white dots that indicate the day’s progress, like whether or not you’ve walked 5,000 steps or burned the designated number of daily calories. But after a few days, the device’s sleek design and comfortable material helped me stop noticing it so much – except when I was going sleep. To get ready for bed, you need to tap it quickly five or six times to put it into sleep mode. It then vibrates to wake you up in the morning, a vast improvement on the jolting iPhone siren I had been using. 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No big names, no formula! Yet the trailer of forthcoming sports-based movie Khwaabb has received 1,22,000 views within 10 days of its release on YouTube. The director is overwhelmed.”The response is a proof that people have not closed minds towards experimental cinema,” Zaid Ali Khan, director of the movie, told IANS through SMS.”It’s very exciting to see this kind of a response and just goes to show that people are open to different, experimental and independent cinema,” he added.The movie deals with the life of an athlete and a swimmer and their dream to win an Olympic medal for India.The first trailer was released Aug 23 in the capital and it was uploaded online Aug 24.”I am very overwhelmed and I never expected such an amazing response,” said Khan.Made with newcomers Navdip Singh and Simran Motiani in the lead roles along with Nafisa Ali and Bajrang Bali Singh, it has been produced by Delhi-based production house, Bullseye Production.The film is slated for an October release.Watch the trailer here:
May 10th is a time to celebrate mothers around the world – it’s Mother’s Day!With child abuse and neglect on the rise, this is an especially important time to recognize loving moms in our country.Love Our Children USA takes pride in announcing the recipient of the 10th Annual Mothers Who Make A Difference Awards, recognizing celebrity mothers for balancing motherhood, work and causes.Celebrity moms who love, nurture, and carry out selfless acts – yet still find time to give to others – are the mothers who are recognized for this annual award. This year’s winner is celebrity mom Drew Barrymore – mother, wife, actress, model, director, author and philanthropist. She has two daughters under the age of four.Ross Ellis, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Love Our Children USA said “Celebrities are asked to be involved with charities on a daily basis. While they can’t give their time and money to every charity, most celebrities select one or two causes that they truly believe in and are the do-gooders for those charities. They balance all of this with home, family and work.”Drew Barrymore is a descendant of the Barrymore family of well-known American stage and cinema actors, and is a granddaughter of film legend John Barrymore. Barrymore first appeared in an advertisement when she was eleven months old. In 1980, she made her film debut in Altered States. In 1982, she starred in her breakout role as Gertie in Steven Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and quickly became one of Hollywood’s most recognized child actresses, going on to establish herself in mainly comic roles.She successfully made the transition from child star to adult actress with a number of films including Poison Ivy, Bad Girls, Boys on the Side and Everyone Says I Love You. Subsequently, she also starred in romantic comedies, such as The Wedding Singer.In 1997, she and her business partner Nancy Juvonen formed the production company Flower Films, and have produced films such as Never Been Kissed, Charlie’s Angels, 50 First Dates and Music and Lyrics, as well as the cult film Donnie Darko. Barrymore’s more recent projects include He’s Just Not That Into You, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Everybody’s Fine and Going the Distance. A recipient of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Barrymore appeared on the cover of the 2007 People magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful issue.Barrymore was named an Ambassador Against Hunger for the UN World Food Programme (WFP). Since then, she has donated over $1 million to the program. In 2007, she became both CoverGirl’s newest model and spokeswoman and the face for Gucci’s newest jewelry line. In 2010, she won the Screen Actors Guild Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film for her portrayal of Little Edie in Grey Gardens.She is also involved with the following charity organizations: ASPCA, Baby2Baby, Declare Yourself, Much Love Animal Rescue, Onyx and Breezy Foundation, Raising Malawi, Red Cross, The Rescue Train, and UNICEF.Love Our Children USA is the leading national nonprofit ‘Go-To’ prevention organization fighting all forms of violence and neglect against children in the U.S. Since 1999, Love Our Children USA has broken ground in preventing violence against children and eliminating behaviors that keep them from reaching their full potential. Love Our Children USA teaches effective parenting solutions and fosters kid success by creating valuable programs that empower positive changes in parenting and family attitudes, bullying and cyberbullying prevention, Internet safety and school violence prevention through public education. The goal of Love Our Children USA is keeping children safe and strengthening families.Drew Barrymore will receive a crystal heart award designed specifically for Love Our Children USA by the illustrious crystal designers FineAwards.com. We wish her a Happy Mothers’ Day and congratulate her and all mothers who make a difference for children.
Shaneen Robinson APTN National NewsA new restaurant in downtown Winnipeg has opened its doors.“Cookem Daisey’s” is an Indigenous owned diner … the only one in the city’s business district.And the only one offering Aboriginal food to the downtown lunch email@example.com
00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Many military families don’t know how they’ll pay for their next meal, especially in a place like San Diego where the cost of living is high.CEO of the San Diego Food Bank, Jim Floros, talks to KUSI about what’s being done to help. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter July 18, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Posted: July 18, 2019 Congresswoman Susan Davis introducing bill about military family food insecurity KUSI Newsroom,
-Extremists are infiltrating Khulna Awami League and some of them have even managed posts in the committees and have contested in elections on the ruling Bangladesh Awami League’s (AL) ticket.Rumours have it that deputy ministers, members of parliament and local influential leaders are patronising such moves, much to the discomfit of the grassroots AL leaders and activists. To make things worse, a mudslinging game has begun too there.Prothom Alo investigations found that Shiplu Bhuiyan, the union parishad chairman of Damodar union under Phultala upazila of Khulna, was an extremist leader in the past.He, however, became a UP chairman contesting the polls under AL’s ‘boat’ symbol. A government’s intelligence agency said he was a leader of the infamous Purba Banglar Communist Party.Shiplu Bhuiyan’s name was the third on the list in the intelligence report. He reportedly had around a dozen cases against him, including murder, abduction and extortion. He was also sentenced to 32 years imprisonment in one of these cases.His elder brother Shimul Bhuiyan’s name is also on the list, at number four. There are around a dozen cases against him as well. Shimul has gone into hiding.Shiplu claimed that it was only his brother who had been involved with extremism and he did not join his brother despite repeated requests. District Awami League general secretary SM Mostafa Rashdi brought him to AL.Party sources say Shiplu joined AL on 11 November 2014 during a programme marking the founding anniversary of Juba League by presenting a bouquet to deputy minister for fisheries and livestock Narayan Chandra Chanda. Upazila Awami League president and upazila chairman Sheikh Akram Hossain played a key role to bring Shiplu to the party. Akram was also instrumental in helping Shiplu win the union parishad election.”Had Shiplu been guilty, we would not have brought him in. No one from AL could win in the Damodar union in the last 32 years. But we could do it thanks to Shiplu. However, we know that his brother is an extremist,” Sheikh Akram told Prothom Alo.Police say extremists are involved in a number of recent killings in Khulna. Shimul is behind the 27 May murder of Sardar Alauddin alias Mithu, organisational secretary of Khulna district BNP and a former chairman of Phultola upazila, police found on investigation. A number of 10-15 extremists are close associates of Shiplu, they allege.Khulna sadar thana AL president Saiful Islam admitted that extremists are entering the party. “It can be deduced that Shimul Bhuiyan is being protected by AL since his brother is a chairman backed by the party.”The name of Ajay Sarkar is number 21 in the list of extremists. A former member of New Biplobi Communist Party, he wanted to contest the zila parishad polls with an AL ticket. Although he did not get the AL nod, he contested as an independent candidate. He may contest in the next national election from either of Khulna-5 (Dumuria-Phultala) or Khulna-6 (Paikgaccha-Koyra). He is a close associate of Mostafa Rashidi.”From the years 2003-04, some people are trying to establish that I am an extremist, but I had never been involved with any such groups. It’s a conspiracy of Jamaat,” he said, adding that he was on good terms with Rashidi.However, Rashidi said quite the opposite. “I did not know Shiplu Bhuiyan has joined the party. And I have no terms with Ajay Sarkar. But yes there are some people like Badsha of Rupsha and Mashikul of Terokhada joining the party and contesting in the elections despite being extremists.The list of extremists also included Rafiq Joardar in 10th place. He is now a member of the union parishad at Rudaghara besides being the general secretary of ward AL. Shafiqul Islam, who was 12th on the list, is now the general secretary of upazila Sramik League.”I was once an extremist. I have been to jail as well. But that’s past. I have changed now,” Rafiq said.When asked, district AL president and zila parishad chairman Sheikh Harun Ar Rashid admitted that extremists are slowly getting into the party. However, he claimed that it was happening in city AL, not in the district unit. “We are also very scared,” he said.City AL general secretary Mizanur Rahman said, “I have taken no new faces in, but some may have entered the district AL. The PM has asked me not to take any unethical person into the party.”Sheikh Harun has blamed it on deputy minister Narayan Chandra, but the minister told Prothom Alo, “Whoever has got in, did it with a recommendation of the local committee. Fultala upazila president Akram got Shiplu Bhuiyan into the party.”When asked if Shiplu had joined by presenting him a bouquet, the deputy minister claimed he had been unaware of the facts.Awami League’s archrival BNP is also worried about extremists joining AL. City BNP president Nazrul Islam told Prothom Alo, “Extremists are moving out of jail and then joining the Awami League. They are seen at the residences of the MPs and in their cars. We are really worried, anything may happen anytime.”When asked, Khulna police super Nizamul Huq Molla said, “Many people are changing colours. But we are keeping an eye on them.”*The article originally came up in Prothom Alo print edition and has been rewritten in English by Quamrul Hassan
Bengal Water Sports will be organizing the Asian School Indoor Rowing Championship 2018 from September 4 – December 2. The event will be inaugurated on September 4 at 4 pm, at Calcutta Rowing Club, Rabindra Sarobar, amidst the respected members of rowing fraternity and students.The earlier edition of Concept2 Indoor Students Rowing Championship 2016 had been a grand success where 6000 students from different schools of Kolkata participated.Considering the phenomenal response from the audience, the organisers are going to take this championship to a new platform by inviting students not only from schools of different states of India but also from countries like Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The plan is to create history and get featured in ‘The Guinness Book of World Records’ and ‘Limca Book of Records’ as this kind of event has never been organised before. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThis competition will have two different categories – ‘School Children’ and ‘Special Children (Paralympics)’. The students have already started registering online and it is expected that more than 75, 000 students from West Bengal itself and more than 1.5 lakh students from all over India will be taking part this year.The event aims to make young children aware of sports though Indoor Rowing – an injury free sport which takes very less time to learn, helps to promote teamwork and leadership amongst yound minds. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThere are three different categories for the students to participate: Sub Sub Junior (9 -12 yrs) (boys and girls), Sub Junior (12 – 15 yrs) (boys and girls), Junior (12 – 15 yrs) (boys and girls). From level 1 i.e. Intra School Competition, 18 students from each school (9 boys – 9 girls) are selected for the next phase (Inter State Championship). All the participants will be given e-certificate for participation and the 18 selected students will get medal and trophies along with the certificates. The winners of level 2 will compete with other finalists from 4 countries at the grand finale, students from different States and Countries fighting for glory to become ‘Champion of Champions’.
Agaaz, a group show that strikes out to be different – combining a delicate balance between quality art, a relevant theme, and an art coterie of competent practitioners who have managed to breathe fresh aspects into the theme of femininity, has been organised at India Habitat Centre.Artists like Anitta Sethi, Bharti verma, Dhiren Shasmal, Gaurav Chawla, Manan Negi, Manjusha Athani, Nanda Gupta, Nitasha Jaini, Rajib Deyashi, Ruchi Chadha, Sakshi Talwar, Sangeeta Kumar Murthy, Siddharth Jharia, and others have displayed their work, which will be on view until April 11, 2019. ‘We’re adopting a more fluid scale of traits, temperaments, and capabilities, and we have to change our methods of self-evaluation in the process’ is the claim of its participants. In this quest. these artists have turned the feminine image into a vibrant movement. Beyond the thrust to depict a strong message of the new-age feminism that characterises our times, this showing also brings in focus the many sided artistic strengths of the participants. By not compromising on their individuality in a conceived attempt to fall in step, this multi-pronged coterie of artists has widened the scope of their art with visual and sensual takes on the topic, identifying them as a complex integration of opposite binaries, ranging from the tender to the tenacious, from the traditional to the trendy. Besides depicting the womanly images through many interpretations, the show also aims to keep viewer’s interest alive. Visitors will be able to watch an in-situ installation of painted shoes being put up by the contributing artists, taking shape right in front of them. In the exhibition, artist Gaurav Chawla has depicted power and courage within each woman. Artist Ruchi Chadha who is inspired from nature, uses different colours and fluidity to show femininity. Artist Manjusha Athani takes the onlooker into a vibrant mystical world where her mysterious women of uninhabitated sensuality captivates the viewer. Artist Nanda Gupta who works in abstract forms, depicts her journey of life, a life of self discovery beyond the realms of understanding. Artist Nitasha Jaini talks about man and women relationship in the Indian urban environment and how their role play is well defined. She states that a slight shift in attitude can create a sense of imbalance.