Diwali On Trafalgar Square Reply

Diwali, the Hindu festival of light, was celebrated in Trafalgar Square London, with a full program of dance, songs and entertainment for the whole family. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness
Dressed up as Lord Rama, his wife, Sita, his brother Lakshmana, and their army of devoted monkeys and villagers, children from the local community took part in a parade – or a Ram Yatra – to launch the Mayor of London’s Diwali Festival, in Trafalgar Square on Sunday, 12 October. Leaving from the Southbank, the colourful procession symbolised the triumph of righteousness and the return of hope and happiness (in the form of Lord Rama) to the kingdom of Ayodhya – in this case, Trafalgar Square. More…

Forum on Seafarer Welfare in London Reply

Some of the delegates at the forum

Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP) and the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) hosted a panel discussion on the effects of West African piracy and maritime crime on seafarers at the Army and Navy Club, London, 23 September. The panellists included Admiral Sir James Burnell-Nugent of OBP, Mr Pottengal Mukundan of the IMB, Mr Douglas Stevenson of Seaman’s Church Institute, Mr Peter Swift of Maritime Piracy Humantarian Programme and Mr Tim Hart of Control Risks.
Flag States: Liberia, Marshall Islands, Panama and Saint Kitts and Nevis
Links: http://www.oceanbeyondpiracy.org

Indonesia Kontemporer 2014 Reply

Indonesia Kontemporer 2014 – The Indonesian Contemporary Art and Cultural Festival was held SOAS University of London, 18 October
Inspired by Indonesian arts and cultural traditions, Indonesia Kontemporer 2014 (IKON 2014), is a creative event mixing exhibitions, performances, workshops, crafts, film screenings, as well as food and handicrafts stalls. . These works and offerings remain inspired by Indonesian tradition and contribute to shaping the arts and crafts of contemporary Indonesia.
The event was sponsored by Garuda Indonesia – The Airline of Indonesia
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Keeping the doors open between China and Japan Reply

Professor Steve Tsang (left) and Yoji Koda, Vice Admiral Japanese Self Defence Forces (Retired)

The role of personal networks and Track II diplomacy

A seminar on ‘Trace II diplomacy was held at Daiwa Foundation, London, 30 September 2014. The speakers were Vice Admiral Yoji Koda and Professor Steve Tsang. The seminar was chaired by Professor Barry Buzan of the London School of Economics. More…

The People’s Climate March London Reply

Climate change: Thousands march across the UK
BBC News 21 September

Thousands of people have took part in a march for climate action in London – one of more than 2,000 marches which took place around the world.
Other marches in the UK took place in Manchester, Edinburgh, Sheffield, Stroud and Dudley.
Campaigners, including actress Emma Thompson and singer Peter Gabriel, marched along Embankment to a rally in Parliament Square. More…

Kuala Lumpur bags sixth spot in best performing Asian cities survey Reply

Milken Institute’s report noted that Kuala Lumpur recorded the third strongest job growth over the past five years, and its ranking was supported by a high per-capita household income. — Picture by Choo Choy May

The Malay Mail Online September 18, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR – Kuala Lumpur was ranked the 6th top performing Asian city ahead of Shanghai and Singapore, thanks to an “impressive job growth”, a US-based think tank revealed.

Milken Institute’s first ranking of the economic performance of Asia’s major cities was based on actual economic performance assessing job and income growth, and the strength of industries on the extent of economic value they add, it said in a statement. More…

Africa Utopia Showcase London Reply

Africa Utopia highlighted the many ways that the continent could lead the way in thinking about culture, community, technology, fashion, sustainability and ethical wealth creation. The festival used art and culture to showcase the great voices of Africa and their contribution to the world. More…