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Harsh parenting may lead to smaller brains

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Repeatedly getting angry, hitting, shaking or yelling at children (“harsh parenting”) is linked with smaller brain structures in adolescence, according to a new study published in Development and Psychology. It was conducted by Sabrina Suffren, PhD, at Universite de Montreal and the CHU Sainte Justine Research Centre in partnership with researchers from Stanford University. The harsh parenting practices covered by the study are common and even considered socially acceptable by most people around the world. “The implications go beyond changes in the brain. What’s important is for parents and society to understand that the frequent use of harsh parenting practices can harm a child’s development,” said Suffren. “We’re talking about their social and emotional development, as well as their brain development.” Harsh parenting and brain anatomy Serious child abuse is sexual, physical and emotional abuse, neglect and even institutionalization. All …

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What is a Kula Deivam and how to discover yours?

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Kula deivam is a community deity from ancient times that is taking care of the current generation that is present. Everyone has at least one. There are two types of Kula Deivam and usually in the form of AYYA or AMMA – fertility and guardian respectively. It is a Hindu (especially South Indian) tradition that each family have a deity called Kula deivam. This can be the same as the village deity – it depended on how large the family was in the village. One can also call it a lineage, community or clan deity. These are considered as the ancestral god, meaning that ancestors have been worshiping that god for ages. It is the unshaken belief of most practicing Hindus that these family deities take care of families and protect from all hardships and hindrances. Village and Family deity …

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The story of a remarkable Mariamman temple in Pretoria’s inner city

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Alain Proust/Hidden Pretoria Johan Swart, University of Pretoria Apart from Pretoria’s legacy of grand institutional buildings, South Africa’s capital city and historical seat of the apartheid government, also contains some unique architectural masterpieces that have been built and cared for by various religious communities. These buildings reflect the stories, traditions and resilience of diverse community groups. Also made visible are the precarious conditions that have threatened the conservation of these special places over time. And the continuous efforts of community groups to preserve their buildings and their cultural identities. A number of these sites have recently been documented by architect Johan Swart and photographer Alain Proust in a publication called Hidden Pretoria. This is an edited extract from the book. Among a variety of remarkable religious buildings in Pretoria’s inner city are the likes of the iconic Gereformeerde Kerk Pretoria …

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Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani: couple or not?

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Kiara Advani and Sidharth Malhotra have teamed up for the first time for their upcoming film Shershaah. The two stars are said to be dating each other for a while now, although both have denied being a couple for a number of months despite evidence to the contrary. It was on December 30, 2020, when Malhotra and Advani were spotted together at Mumbai airport. The alleged couple was heading to the Maldives to celebrate New Year. View this post on Instagram A post shared by SIDHARTH & KIARA (@sidharth.kiara) Sidharth Malhotra couple goals with Kiara Advani? In a new interview, the actor was asked about what’s brewing between her and Sidharth. But Kiara refused to divulge details. Instead, the actor opened up about a date she went on earlier this year. Speaking to Filmfare, Kiara said, “Last time I went …

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Who was St Thomas of the St Thomas Christians and what is the link with India?

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Saint Thomas was a disciple during the time of Jesus, and is mentioned in the Gospels. Thereafter he became an apostle who spread the message of Christ, travelling as far as Kerala in India. This part of his life is documented but he remains both controversial and celebrated. He is the “doubting Thomas” of the Gospels, the one who disbelieved Jesus when he appeared after his death. St. Thomas landed on the Malabar Coast, Kerala, in c. 52 CE to escape the aftermath of the death of Christ and persecution by the Romans and Jewish priests as well as to spread the gospel. Many writers have mentioned that the apostle established seven “and a half” churches in Malabar.They are: – Maliankara – Koovakayal – Niranam – Palayoor near Guruvayoor – Nilackal (Chayal) – Kokkamangalam (Gokkamangalam) – Kollam – Thiruvithancode arapalli …

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How to celebrate Nowruz, the Parsi New Year

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Nowruz is the Iranian and Persian New Year, which begins on the spring equinox, marking the first day of Farvardin, the first month of the Iranian solar calendar. It is celebrated worldwide by various ethno-linguistic groups, and falls on or around March 21 of the Gregorian calendar. Nowruz falls on March 20 in 2021. Nowruz (also Navroz, Persian: نوروز‎, [nowˈɾuːz]; lit. ‘new day’) has Zoroastrian origins; however, it has been celebrated by diverse communities for over 3,000 years in Western Asia, Central Asia, the Caucasus, the Black Sea Basin, the Balkans, and South Asia. It is a secular holiday for most celebrants that is enjoyed by people of several different faiths, but remains a holy day for Zoroastrians, Baháʼís, and some Muslim communities. As the spring equinox, Nowruz marks the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. The moment the …

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Laudium’s Rabia Ghoor and Sumayya Vally receive international accolades from Forbes and Time

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Two young women from Laudium have won high-profile international accolades for their exemplary skills and entrepreneurship this week. They are Rabia Ghoor and Sumayya Vally. Beauty products businesswoman, Rabia Ghoor, received the Forbes Woman Africa ‘Young Achievers’ Award for 2021, while architect Sumayya Vally, was pne of those featured in the 2021 Times100 list that acknowledges leaders who are shaping the future. Rabia Ghoor is a 21-year-old entrepreneur and Sumayya Vally 30-year-old architect respectively. Swiitch Beauty – Rabia Ghoor Ghoor’s award was announced during a virtual Forbes summit to celebrate African women leaders. Especially those who are committed to economic and social transformation on the continent. Ghoor started ‘Swiitch Beauty’, her make-up and skincare online beauty store at just 14. She dropped out of school two years later to concentrate full-time on the business. She was inspired after she identified …

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PLAYLIST: Holi tracks from the movies

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Holi, a festival that signifies the victory of good over evil and celebrates the eternal and divine love of Radha and Krishna, also marks the beginning of the spring season in India . With one of the most vibrant festivals of India fast approaching, an atmosphere of excitement can be perceived all around. One of the best ways to see this on display is in epic Bollywood films. Though essentially known as the festival of colours, Holi is also known for a myriad of different ways in which it is celebrated across our nation, with stories that recount tales in mythology that trace to the origin of this auspicious day. Maybe they are true, maybe they aren’t, but the essence and intrigue of colours compel us to shun our logical minds in the hope of a dreamy world full of …

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Fairy-tale princesses re-imagined, because representation matters

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Sourced from the incomparable Crown the Brown: Disney step aside, we’ve got some new fairy-tale princesses in town 😍👑 . This series celebrating the representation of diversity is beautifully done by @getzenteemental ( The issue of European fairy-tale characters that have been amplified by Disney into global brands is on of commercialism. However, what has happened is that these European characters have been transported into global cultures as the standard of beauty and achievement, while they represent only one cultural grouping that has been predominantly at the top of the power tree for centuries. Rethinking the representation of these icons will challenge this reinforcement. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Hanifa Abdul Hameed (@colorsofhoney) Review: Disney Pixar Film ‘Out’

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Teddy Mafia’s killing: what happened next?

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The death of drug czar Teddy Mafia stunned the Chatsworth community in January, 2021. The violent shooting and the subsequent justice handed out to his assassins was shocking to all. This was followed up by politicians talking pointlessly and a lavish funeral. After all the hullabaloo, what was the progress made on the investigation? No leads The Rising Sun reports that Chatsworth Community Policing Forum chairman, Jakes Singh stated that the investigation is still at a sensitive stage and is continuing. “Police need to follow a long trail of investigation. Members of the community need to let the investigation take its cause. We hope that something will be done speedily and are following all leads supplied. Anyone, with information on the murders, should call the Chatsworth police station,” said Singh. According to Pillay’s family, they have an attorney, who is …

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