Remember the controversy over the Richard Gere- Shilpa Shetty hug?
Across the border from India religious nuts of a different flavor got all riled up over a hug by the Pakistani Tourism minister after a charity parachute jump. She hugged her instructor. link
The Pakistani Tourism Minister resigned yesterday after hardline Islamic clerics accused her of obscenity for hugging her instructor after a charity parachute jump.
Nilofer Bakhtiar was photographed in brightly coloured jumpsuit and hugging her instructor after a tandem jump to raise money for child victims of the earthquake that struck Pakistan in October 2005.
The images provoked the wrath of clerics in Islamabad, who accused Ms Bakhtiar of posing in an obscene manner and violating the Islamic moral norms.
A religious court set up by the clerics at a radical mosque in Islamabad issued a fatwa, or religious edict, against Ms Bakhtiar when the photographs appeared in local newspapers last month. They urged the Government to punish her and dismiss her from the Cabinet. Ms Bakhtiar failed to win the support of Cabinet colleagues and the Government appeared to cave in to the demands of the militants.
Delaware Chooses Wind Power..
This was the title of Tommywonk's post and his was the blog I turned to when I read about it originally in the Delaware drinking liberally invite. Tommy if you are reading this space, I tip my hat at you for being so proactive on this issue (unlike me, I am not as informed about our local politics as I would like to be). This is good news although construction won't begin for 2 years, it is a good start though.
This reminded me of the time a year ago when I was picked to participate in a poll by the University of Delaware to gauge my opinion as a citizen of Delaware about an offshore wind farm. Needless to say I was strongly in favor of one.
From the link to the News Journal article...
DOVER -- Environmentalists exchanged high-fives on Tuesday after four Delaware agencies ordered Delmarva Power to negotiate to buy power from a proposed offshore wind farm -- the first in the United States.
Negotiations begin Thursday between Delmarva and Bluewater Wind to see if they can strike a long-term agreement to harness the wind over the Atlantic Ocean for Delmarva's standard offer service customers.
Delmarva also will negotiate with NRG Energy and Conectiv Energy to buy backup electricity, to pitch in on peak demand days, from a proposed natural gas-fired power plant in Sussex County. The agencies, gathering for a Public Service Commission meeting Tuesday, suggested NRG's Indian River site in Millsboro.
Bluewater says its wind farm would provide pollution-free, stably priced electricity for decades. The parties will consider placing scores of wind turbines, perhaps as many as 200, 7.2 miles off Bethany Beach or 12.5 miles off Rehoboth Beach. The turbines would be 406 feet tall, with the top 150 feet being the thin, spinning blades.
It would be the first wind farm built off the coast of this country.
I wish we would go this route faster, but it is nice to see this happening in our state.
Lotusreads asked me in the comments of the last post, if I had bought anything from the confectioner's place. Indeed we did. A Japanese style tea pot that we really liked. So Lotus, that is what we got, and we hope to use that teapot this weekend to make that amazing tea. :)
Yet Another Picture From Denmark..
We visited our friend Marie's office in Copenhagen and as we were leaving I happened to look down this passageway, and I liked what I saw. I now wish I had gone a few more floors and that might have made for a better picture. I liked the clean, bare, blue/gray lines and the design of the chairs and their bright lovely orange color and the way they are arranged. I dig Danish design!