BIDEN CHOKES UP WITH EMOTION IN PRE-INAUGURATION SPEECH
The day before his inauguration, President-elect Joe Biden spoke at a send-off event in Delaware — and he was overcome with emotion when discussing his connection to his adopted state.Biden, now 78, was only 29 when he was first elected to the U.S. Senate via Delaware back in 1972. After decades in the Senate, Biden was sworn in as vice president in January 2009 as part of President Barack Obama's administration."Well... excuse the emotion but when I die, Delaware will be written on my heart
TV SHOWS BOOST BOOK SALES
Books that have been shown on TV entertainment shows are sweeping bestselling charts, reaching bestsellers lists in travel, poetry and cooking categories in the second week of January, according to the country‘s largest bookstore chain Kyobo Bo
YUNGG MUTA EMBRACES MUSIC - MUTABARUKA'S GRANDSON DROPS 'THANK YOU JAH'
The energy of his dub-poetry-chanting, Black-conscious grandfather pulsates through the pores of up-and-coming reggae singer Yungg Muta, who took on the moniker in honour of the man who has moulded him. And, also, his middle name just happens to be...
HOW MAYA ANGELOU INSPIRED A BARBIE DOLL IN HER HONOR
Dr. Maya Angelou just received a huge honor from Mattel's most famous doll...Barbie!
The I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings memoirist, civil rights activist and poet died in 2014 at age...
THOMAS ISAAC SETS RECORD WITH LONGEST BUDGET SPEECH
Thiruvananthapuram: Finance Minister Dr Thomas Isaac has created a record by making the longest budget speech in the assembly here on Friday. He took 3.18 hours for the final budget presentation of the LDF government by breaking the record of 2.58 hr-long budget speech of KM Mani on March 13, 2015. Thomas Isaac detailed the welfare projects of the LDF government during the 5 years and explained about the financial issues in his speech. He also quoted many poems during the speech from the begin
MP VEERENDRA KUMAR MEMORIAL IN KOZHIKODE; RS 5 CRORE ALLOTTED
Thiruvananthapuram: Finance minister Dr Thomas Isaac announced Rs 5 crore to erecta memorial for noted socialist leader M P Veerendra Kumar in Kozhikode. The minister declared this while talking about the projects in cultural sector. Rs 2 crore was allotted for protecting the ancestral house of poet Sugathakumari in Aranmula and setting up a museum of visual and audio collection of Malayalam poetry. Rs 4 crore has been allocated for Malayalam Mission, the minister said. Rs 3 crore was allotted
WELFARE PENSION INCREASED BY RS 100 TO RS 1600; TO COME INTO EFFECT FROM APRIL
Internet highway not to be monopolised in Kerala Marginalised sections to get laptops for half price 25 percent subsidy for buying laptops for BPL category IKFC, KSFE, Kerala bank loans for Work from Home schemes At least one laptop in all households K-FON to provide internet to all houses, offices K-FON to be completed by July Procurement price of coconut increased to Rs 32 Procurement price of paddy increased to Rs 28 Minimum price of rubber increased to Rs 170 Rs 15,000 crore worth
WELFARE PENSION INCREASED TO RS 1600; GOVT TO CREATE MORE JOB OPPORTUNITIES
Thiruvananthapuram: The sixth budget of the Pinarayi Vijayan government is being presented by Finance Minister Thomas Isaac in the Assembly here on Friday.The Finance Minister began his speech at 9 am sharp and recited a poem penned by Sneha of Palakkad school.The budget is a development document of Covid affected Kerala and his budget speech began with his usual poem recital. This is Thomas Isaac's 12th budget. All welfare pensions will be increased to Rs 1600 per month. The state will create
BREXIT TRADE DEAL BRINGS TEMPORARY, IF NOT LASTING, RELIEF
"What we call the beginning is often the end / And to make an end is to make a beginning." So said Ursula van der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, announcing the completion of Brexit negotiations on Christmas Eve, quoting from T.S. Eliot's "Little Gidding," the final quartet of his last great poem. …
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CHRISTINA ANSTEAD DEBUTS NEW NECK TATTOO AMID DIVORCE FROM HUSBAND ANT ANSTEAD
Christina Anstead is marking a new chapter in her life with some new ink. The 37-year-old HGTV show host took to her Instagram on Tuesday (January 12) to debut her new tattoo “Still I Rise,” which is the title of a poem written by Maya Angelou. The tattoo, written in cursive, runs from the base [...]
LOST 1956 ALLEN GINSBERG 'HOWL' RECORDING TO BE RELEASED, THANKS TO OMNIVORE/REED COLLEGE CONNECTION
A “lost” recording of Allen Ginsberg reading his then-fresh epic poem “Howl” in 1956 will be released for the first time in April, thanks to a personal connection between Reed College, where the performance was recorded 65 years ago, and the archivally oriented label Omnivore Recordings. “Allen Ginsberg at Reed College — The First Recorded […]
CONSERVATIVE EXPLAINS HOW GOP BECAME A CULT OF 'VICTIMHOOD' AND 'SELF-PITY'
In the past, many conservatives and Republicans slammed liberalism for promoting a victim mentality. Right-wing radio host Larry Elder coined the term "victicrat" during the 1990s and used it to defame liberals and progresses. But Never Trump conservative David Frum, in an article published by The Atlantic this week, argues that a sense of victimhood is a prime ingredient of today's Republican Party and supporters of President Donald Trump.Frum opens his article by discussing the disturbing e
BIG NUMBERS EXPECTED AS POETRY IN MOTION GOES VIRTUAL
Poetry in Motion (PiM), Jamaica's premier feast of the performing arts, joins the growing list of virtual events when it celebrates its 18th annual renewal on Sunday, February 28. Owing to the COVID-19 protocols and attendant restrictions, the...
NEED HEALING FOR THE NEW YEAR? A NEW HOTLINE OFFERS POEMS OF HOPE
By Brandon T. Harden, The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNSPHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia poet laureate Trapeta B. Mayson on Jan. 4 launched the Healing Verse Philly Poetry Line (855-763-6792), a toll-free telephone line that offers callers a 90-second poem by a Philadelphia-connected poet. Read more on NewsOK.com
HAILEE STEINFELD ON THE PRESSURES OF FAME
Is there any end to Hailee Steinfeld's talents? She can sing, dance, act and she takes on the lead role of a poet in the second season of Dickinson. Report by Jonesl. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
HAILEE STEINFELD REACTS TO THE THEORY TAYLOR SWIFT'S ALBUM IS INSPIRED BY EMILY DICKINSON
Hailee Steinfeld is opening up about one fan theory amongst Taylor Swift fans about her latest album, evermore. Apparently, some Swifties are convinced that the album is inspired by poet Emily Dickinson, whom Hailee plays in her Apple TV series, Dickinson. The clues about the connection start with when Taylor announced the album, on December [...]
'MACUNAIMA,' FROM 'ALLIGATOR GIRL!' DIRECTOR FELIPE BRAGANCA, ENROLLS ZAHY GUAJAJARA, DENILSON BANIWA (EXCLUSIVE)
Brazilian writer-director Felipe Bragança, whose "Don't Swallow My Heart, Alligator Girl!" played Sundance and Berlin in 2017, has enrolled a team of cutting edge Brazilian indigenous artists to realize movie "Macunaima," his contemporary reimagining of one of the most important novels in Brazilian literature. Zahy Guajajara, a poet, actress ("The Brothers"), who formed part of […]
'DICKINSON' TEAM TALKS SEASON 2 EXPLORATION OF FAME AND BLACK ACTIVISM IN THE 19TH CENTURY
In her meditations on fame, Emily Dickinson deemed it to be "a fickle food." The second season of Apple TV Plus' series on the famous poet is all about Emily getting a taste. After a first season which saw Emily (played by Hailee Steinfeld) tussle with her father over her aspirations to become a published […]
THE ATTEMPTED COUP REVEALED WHAT REALLY POISONS AMERICA
If you'd been listening to white nationalists, QAnon believers, and Trump supporters, you knew to expect the attempted coup of the U.S. government on Wednesday. You couldn't feign surprise like some of the maliciously ignorant pundits of cable television.
Yet few things could prepare you for watching it unfold on social media in real time. As a seditious mob overtook the U.S. Capitol to disrupt the certification of the Electoral College, forcing members of Congress to rapidly evacuate t
ANIL PANACHURAN DIED OF CARDIAC ARREST, CONFIRMS AUTOPSY REPORT
Thiruvananthapuram: The autopsy report of poet Anil Panachuran has confirmed that the death was caused by a cardiac arrest. Anil Panachuran passed away on Sunday evening. The post mortem report also stated that there was nothing unnatural in his death. The doctors informed the police officers regarding their findings after completion of the post mortem. Anil Panachurans body was taken to Kayamkulam after the post mortem. Earlier, Anil's family and relatives had alleged that mystery over his
ANIL PANACHOORAN'S RELATIVE SAYS AUTOPSY SOUGHT TO KNOW CAUSE OF DEATH
Thiruvananthapuram: Soon after the police charged a case in connection with the death of poet and lyricist Anil Panachooran, his relatives have responded on the issue. Anil's relative Paphulla Chandran stated that they requested for post-mortem in order to know the actual cause of death and it was suggested by a private hospital in Thiruvananthapuram. “He was healthy and visited the temple in the morning. He collapsed there. Then he was rushed to hospitals in Mavelikkara and Karunagappal
ANIL PANACHOORAN'S DEMISE: POLICE REGISTER CASE OF UNNATURAL DEATH
Thiruvananthapuram: The Kayamkulam police registered a case of unnatural death in the demise of poet and lyricist Anil Panachooran who passed away on Sunday. The case was registered based on the statements of his wife Maya and other relatives. The family has demanded an autopsy. Anil Panachooran passed away at a private hospital here after suffering a cardiac arrest while undergoing treatment for COVID-19 on Sunday around 8 pm. Earlier the day, he fell unconscious while travelling in the car to
'I WANTED TO BE A SAINT': HOW THE HIPPIES' SEARCH FOR ENLIGHTENMENT IN THE 1960S AND '70S TURNED SOUR
In 1961, the American beat poet Allen Ginsberg, along with his partner Peter Orlovsky, set off for India in search of enlightenment. Travelling to Paris, then Tangier, Israel, and Kenya, they finally set foot in Bombay – Ginsberg...
CM, OPPN LEADER CONDOLE DEMISE OF LYRICIST ANIL PANACHOORAN
Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala condoled the demise of poet and lyricist Anil Panachooran. The chief minister said that Anil Panachooran's songs like 'Chora Veena Mannil' from the movie 'Arabikkatha' and 'Vyathyasthanam Oru Barbaram Balane' from 'Katha Parayumbol' will always be remembered by Keralites. The untimely death of Anil Panachooran will be a great loss to the Film and cultural sector, the CM added. The oppositio
POET, LYRICIST ANIL PANACHOORAN PASSES AWAY
Thiruvananthapuram: Poet, lyricist Anil Panachooran passed away on Sunday night while undergoing treatment for COVID-19. The 51-year-old died at a private hospital here around 8.10 pm following a cardiac arrest. Anil gained recognition after his songs in Sreenivasan starrer 'Arabikkatha' became popular. Born P. U. Anilkumar, he was a lawyer. It is learned that Anil collapsed and was hospitalised with breathing difficulties. Hospital authorities said that Anil was suffering from Coronavirus.
POPE CALLS MARADONA A FRAGILE POET; DECRIES DOPING CHEATS
Pope Francis has hailed fellow Argentine Diego Maradona as a "poet" on the pitch, but also acknowledged his frailty away from the sport.
POET NEELAMPEROOR MADHUSOODANAN NAIR PASSES AWAY
Thiruvananthapuram: Poet Neelamperoor Madhusoodanan Nair passed away at the age of 84 here on Saturday. He was undergoing treatment for age related ailments at a private hospital. He was born to P N Madhava Pillai, a teacher, and G Parvathy on March 25, 1936, at Neelamperoor village in Kuttanad. He is survived by wife K L Rugmini Devi and children M Deepukumar and M Indulekha. Neelamperoor Madhusoodanan Nair graduated in Mathemetics from Changanassery NSS College and completed post-graduation
WHAT DOES 'AULD LANG SYNE' MEAN? READ SONG LYRICS & LISTEN NOW!
You’ve probably heard “Auld Lang Syne” every New Year’s Eve, but are you still wondering what it means? The literal translation of the phrase is “old long since,” but the meaning is “days gone by.” The song started off as a poem written down by Robert Burns in 1788, though it is believed that it [...]
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THE LESSONS OF TWO FAILED WARS
In choosing a title for his final, posthumously published book, the prominent public intellectual Tony Judt turned to a poem by Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village, published in 1770. Judt found his book's title in the first words of this couplet: Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a preyWhere wealth accumulates, and men decay A poignant sentiment but let me acknowledge that I'm not a big Goldsmith fan. My own preferences in verse run more toward Merle Haggard, whose country music hits i
SUGATHAKUMARI'S ASHES IMMERSED IN PAPANASAM SEA
Varkala (Thiruvananthapuram): Late poet Sugathakumari's ashes were immersed in Papanasam sea here. One of the vessels containing the ashes will be immersed in Neyyar in Aruvippuram on Tuesday morning. The poet's family members including her daughter Lakshmi Devi arrived at Varkala Papanasam coast to immerse the ashes. Sugathakumari's younger sister Sujatha Devi's grandson Vishnu immersed the ashes in the sea. Lakshmi Devi and relatives collected the ashes in two vessels from Santhikavadam
NATURE IN VERSE: WHAT POETRY REVEALS ABOUT SCIENCE
Scientific American has a long history of featuring poetry, and our monthly column once again brings new works to the world
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HOW COVID-19 STOLE CHRISTMAS
Heinrich Heine is one of Germany's most famous poets. He is best known for his poem, "Deutschland, ein Wintermärchen" ("Germany, a Winter's Tale") and for the first line of his poem "Nachtgedanken" ("Night Thoughts"), which has become what Germans call a "geflügeltes Wort," a popular saying: "Denk ich an Deutschland in der Nacht, bin ich …
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POET SUGATHAKUMARI CREMATED WITH FULL STATE HONOURS
Thiruvananthapuram:The 86-year-old Malayalam poet, environmentalist, social activist and Padma awardee Sugathakumari, who passed away on Wednesday morning at the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College owing to Covid-related problems was cremated with full state honours. Her last rites were performed at the electric crematorium here at 4 p.m. Kerala Minister for Tourism and Cooperation, Kadakampally Surendran, and Thiruvananthapuram District Collector Navjoth Kosha represented the state government a
I QUOTED SUGATHAKUMARI'S POEMS IN MY STORIES, THAT'S HOW I HONOUR HER, SAYS T PADMANABHAN
Writer T Padmanabhan condoled the demise of poet and environmentalist Sugathakumari and said that she was the greatest poet of the contemporary times. Talking to mathrubhumi.com, he added that he also is a nature lover but it was Sugathakumari who raised voice strongly against those who destroyed the nature for profit. “I'm a story writer. I have mentioned name of Sugathakumari and her lines in many of my stories. One of them was the story titled 'Gowri' which was written many years ag
SUGATHAKUMARI MAINTAINED GANDHIAN IDEALS IN HER LIFE AND POETRY, SAYS RAMESH CHENNITHALA
Thiruvananthapuram: Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala expressed his grief over the demise of renowned poet Sugathakumari. He stated that Sugathakumari, like her father Bodheswaran, maintained Gandhian ideals in her writing and her life. Ramesh Chennithala remembered that he had maintained a close relationship with the great poet ever since he became an MLA and had visited her home several times. Sugathakumari is placed among the great poets of Malayalam language in the 20th century. She was
PINARAYI VIJAYAN EXPRESSES GRIEF OVER DEMISE OF POET SUGATHAKUMARI
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has expressed his condolences over the death of poet Sugathakumari. Sugathakumari passed away on Wednesday at Thiruvananthapuram while undergoing treatment for COVID-19. Pinarayi Vijayan stated through his Facebook page that Sugathakumari always stood up for the nature and women. He addedthat she proved that making social interventions do not harm poetry in any manner. Pinarayi Vijayan also acknowledged the poet's contribution to Malayalam language and poetry t
POET SUGATHAKUMARI PASSES AWAY
Thiruvananthapuram: Renowned poet Sugathakumari passed away here on Wednesday while undergoing treatment for COVID-19. The 86-year-old poetwas admitted to Thiruvananthapuram medical college hospital after beingdiagnosed with COVID the other day. First, Sugathakumari was admitted to a private hospital here and was later shifted to Thiruvananthapuram Medical College. She was suffering from breathing difficulties due to bronchopneumonia. The hospital authorities had informed that her condition was
TALKING ABOUT DEATH AND LAST WISH- SUGATHAKUMARI
Renowned Malayalam poet and environmentalist Sugathakumari spent her entire life for literature and nature and has her own concepts about her funeral. She opened up her heart in an exclusive interview with Mathrubhumi correspondent S. N. Jayaprakash. A banyan tree is the last wish for poet Sugathakumari. She has written in her will where it should be planted. At the rocks behind 'Abhaya' which she formed at Peyad in Thiruvananthapuram for the destitute people and mentally unstable persons. No
NO FLOWERS FOR ME AFTER DEATH, JUST GIVE ME LOVE WHEN ALIVE: SUGATHAKUMARI
Thiruvananthapuram: Poet and environmentalist Sugathakumari has stated that she does not want any funeral ceremonies to be held after her demise. “Not even a flower should be placed on my body after my death. I don't want government honours also. Grand religious ceremonies also are unnecessary. I should be cremated at Santhi Kavadam, not waiting for anyone,” she said. The writer opened up her mind after thinking that her time to leave the world is nearing. She said the second hear
JN'S 'TOGETHER WE'RE STRONG' MUSICAL FEAST A FESTIVE AFFAIR
The Jamaica National (JN) Group's 'Together We're Strong' concert, streamed live via their social media platforms on Sunday afternoon, was festive in every sense of the word. The love of family, heart-warming messages in song and dub poetry, steel...
ENDING MARGINALISATION OF PWD, PN GOVT ASPIRATION
KUALA LUMPUR: Despite facing unprecedented challenges brought by the spread of Covid-19 this year, the government continues to take care of the welfare of persons with disabilities (PwD) who make up 10 percent of the country's population.Various initiatives have been announced by the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin including Prihatin Rakyat Ecnomic Stimulus Package (Prihatin), National Economic Recovery Plan (Penjana) and Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN
VETERAN JOURNALIST ABDUL HAMEED CHHAPRA PASSES AWAY
KARACHI: As members of the Karachi Press Club were announcing rival panels for KPC's upcoming annual elections, there was sad news coming in about the passing of one of its oldest stalwarts and former president Abdul Hameed Chhapra on Tuesday afternoon. He was 81.
Mr Chhapra served as KPC's president for five times and once as its secretary. He had a long working association with the Jang Group after which he became known as a trade unionist too. He remained the president of the Pakistan Fe
A24 DEVELOPING FILM ADAPTATION OF 'ON EARTH WE'RE BRIEFLY GORGEOUS'
Announced on Monday’s episode of “The A24 Podcast,” the indie film and TV company revealed that a theatrical version of Ocean Vuong’s novel “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” is in the works. The episode featured a one-on-one conversation between Vuong, a poet and author who won the MacArthur Grant, and Bryan Washington, a writer whose […]
COVID-19: POET SUGATHAKUMARI, V. M. SUDHEERAN HOSPITALISED
Thiruvananthapuram: Poet Sugathakumari and Congress leader V. M. Sudheeran have been hospitalised on Monday after testing positive for coronavirus. Sugathakumari was on ventilator support at a private hospital here. She was later shifted to the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College. Sugathakumari is suffering from breathing difficulties due to bronchopneumonia. An expert team of doctors inspected her at the medical college and shifted her to the intensive care unit (ICU). She is under non-invasiv
SELMA BLAIR, 48, POSES TOPLESS IN THE PALM SPRINGS DESERT FOR LATEST INSTAGRAM SHARE
Selma Blair delighted her 2.4 million followers with a stunning display of her free spirit in her most recent Instagram share on Sunday evening. The multi-faceted actress took a quick detour off the road in the California desert, and stripped off her top in front of one of Palm Springs’ prolific collections of wind turbines.
Selma explained in the caption that the stop was unplanned, and teased about not distracting from the view of her new pants by removing her bra and shirt. Over 15,00
CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS – WITH LOVE FROM NEW ZEALAND
Welcome to the second instalment of this special Christmas edition. The lines below from poets in Jamaica and New Zealand reflect the climatic similarities between both countries, throwing up hardy plants for the season – the red-blossoming...
THESE 5 HISTORICAL TRUTHS SUGGEST JESUS CHRIST MAY HAVE NEVER EXISTED
Most antiquities scholars think that the New Testament gospels are "mythologized history." In other words, based on the evidence available they think that around the start of the first century a controversial Jewish rabbi named Yeshua ben Yosef gathered a following and his life and teachings provided the seed that grew into Christianity. At the same time, these scholars acknowledge that many Bible stories like the virgin birth, miracles, resurrection, and women at the tomb borrow and rework my
DR M LEELAVATHY BAGS THIS YEAR'S ONV LITERARY AWARD
Dr M Leelavathy | Photo: Mathrubhumi Thiruvananthapuram: Literary critic Dr M Leelavathy has bagged this year's ONV Literary Award. The award comprises of a purse of Rs 3 lakh, sculpture and felicitation letter. The award winner was selected by a jury with C Radhakrishnan as chairman and Prabha Varma and Dr Anil Vallathol as members. Earlier, Sugathakumari, M T Vasudevan Nair and Akkitham had won the award. Leelavathy has been selected for the fourth award. Dr M Leelavathy has made immense
CREATIVE WORKS: THE 10 MOST VIEWED ADS OF 2020
If Carlsberg did years, it most certainly would not have created 2020. Yet despite the challenges, brands and agencies alike have found ways to ensure creativity goes on, bringing some joy to a miserable year. Here, The Drum rounds up the 10 most viewed ads from Creative Works in 2020.
2020 will most certainly be one for the history books – a year that most can't wait to leave behind. However, despite the events that have unfolded this year, creativity has been a beacon of light in the face