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Olympic Horses: Most Pampered Athletes In The Olympic Games

DIE WELT (Germany)
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LONDON - Different strokes for different folks, as the saying goes – although different courses for different horses might be more apt as far as the four-legged athletes competing in the Summer Olympics go. What makes the horses happy makes the riders happy, and that includes providing their mounts with the equine equivalent of Michelin-starred cuisine -- British Orchard Grass Hay and American phleum pretense, the perennial grass known as Timothy Grass.

The horses stabled at Greenwich Park will also consume a total of 22 tons of hay and two kilograms of carrots per animal per day.

According to the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), "over the next couple of weeks, horses from 40 countries on six continents will be staying in Greenwich Park, with 54 for dressage and 90 for the jumping after eventing horses have finished their competition. The stables, the equine equivalent of the Athletes Village, are all raised off the ground to protect the Greenwich Park grassland. There are 200 stable units, each one measuring 3.5x4 meters." Each stall has dust-free wood shavings on the floor and individually adjustable temperature.

FEI goes on to report that facilities include wash boxes, "so the horses can have a shower after exercise or post competition. And, if there's a need for any veterinary assistance, there is a purpose-built, state-of-the-art, 24-hour Veterinary Clinic."

The FEI report concludes that "the horses are probably the most pampered athletes in the entire Games!"

Read the full article by Alexandra Gross in Die Welt.

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Joshimath, The Sinking Indian City Has Also Become A Hotbed Of Government Censorship

The Indian authorities' decision to hide factual reports on the land subsidence in Joshimath only furthers a sense of paranoia.

Photo of people standing next to a cracked road in Joshimath, India

Cracked road in Joshimath

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Rohan Banerjee*

MUMBAI — Midway through the movie Don’t Look Up (2021), the outspoken PhD candidate Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence) is bundled into a car, a bag over her head. The White House, we are told, wants her “off the grid”. She is taken to a warehouse – the sort of place where CIA and FBI agents seem to spend an inordinate amount of time in Hollywood movies – and charged with violating national security secrets.

The Hobson’s choice offered to her is to either face prosecution or suspend “all public media appearances and incendiary language relating to Comet Dibiasky”, an interstellar object on a collision course with earth. Exasperated, she acquiesces to the gag order.

Don’t Look Upis a satirical take on the collective apathy towards climate change; only, the slow burn of fossil fuel is replaced by the more imminent threat of a comet crashing into our planet. As a couple of scientists try to warn humanity about its potential extinction, they discover a media, an administration, and indeed, a society that is not just unwilling to face the truth but would even deny it.

This premise and the caricatured characters border on the farcical, with plot devices designed to produce absurd scenarios that would be inconceivable in the real world we inhabit. After all, would any government dealing with a natural disaster, issue an edict prohibiting researchers and scientists from talking about the event? Surely not. Right?

On January 11, the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), one of the centers of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), issued a preliminary report on the land subsidence issue occurring in Joshimath, the mountainside city in the Himalayas.

The word ‘subsidence’ entered the public lexicon at the turn of the year as disturbing images of cracked roads and tilted buildings began to emanate from Joshimath.

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