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Coldplay goes off tune with its cliched weekend hymn for India—but it’s not the only one

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The weekend didn’t exactly go well for Coldplay.

On Jan. 29, the British rock band released the video for its new single,Hymn for the Weekend—and instantly drew attention for its unimaginative, cliched portrayal of India and cultural appropriation. On the bright side, though, the video’s got some nine million views (and counting) on YouTube.

Shot in Mumbai, the four-minute video is yet another tired attempt to capture India for a Western audience. And it comprises every possible Indian stereotype: levitating sadhus, henna tattoos, colour-smeared street kids playing Holi, some fire breathing, brightly dressed puppeteers, and even a bioscope.

Bollywood hasn’t been spared either. Beyonce features in the video playing an over-the-top exotic Bollywood heroine called Rani, or Queen—even as a real Bollywood star, Sonam Kapoor, makes a blink-and-miss appearance, flinging flowers out of some ancient ruin. From Beyonce’smatha patti (an ornamental headband) and henna tattoos to her repeated hand gestures, no one’s quite sure of the sort of Bollywood star that she’s trying to be.

Writing in The Wire, Nishita Jha explains what may actually be irking many Indians, especially those on social media:
It’s fair to wonder why Martin, Coldplay or Ben More (the video’s director) resorted to a bunch of lazy clichés to depict India. In the time he spent here as ambassador for the Global Poverty Project, Martin met members of Oxfam India, Prime Minister Modi, Delhi’s chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal and various NGOs. He also hung out at a bar, listened to Raghu Dixit, and visited Kalyanpuri’s slums and the trash pickers at Madanpur Khadar. Why did none of these people feature in his head full of dreams? Primarily, Indian Twitter’s problem seems to be the lack of representation of People Like Us, who listen to Coldplay and Beyonce, stream music on Spotify and Tidal, and mistake sullen-faced, dark children who b-boy on streets, for beggars. Why does the video feature no posh homes, fancy cars, swish malls or Twitter trolls?
Also, as Jha adds, the Indian film industry is no better at representing other cultures.

But Coldplay isn’t the only western band to get India wrong—and it will certainly not be the last.

Last year, the music video for Lean On, by Major Lazer, DJ Snake, and MØ, was shot in India in a day. From palaces to people dancing atop a bus and matha pattis (again), it was another mindless attempt to pack in the stereotypes.

 

Major Lazer member and songwriter Diplo even had trouble with an elephant:
Originally we had plans to use an elephant in the video but after we went over on another shot and it was time to use the elephant, it had fallen asleep! We thought the trainer was just milking us for more money, but alas, the elephant was sound asleep. I tried to find an ATM to get some elephant money out, but the trainer said “no elephant” if I wake him up he will kill everyone. Despite not having an elephant, somehow this video still made it to a billion views and that’s because of you.
Australian rapper, Iggy Azalea, however, did manage to fit an elephant into her video, besides the inevitable sadhus, headgears, and an Indian wedding.

And how do Indians feel about it?
Buzzfeed has this instructive video:

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Our ancestors helped eat a 500-pound bird into extinction

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Australia is a land of giant animals: spiders with foot-long leg spans, bats with six-feet wingspans, lizards reaching up to 200 pounds. The continent has a fascinating history of terrifyingly huge animals.
You’d think that would scare people off. Not so, research suggests. About 50,000 years ago, Australia was home to a 500-pound bird known as Genyornis newtoni. Research published recently in Nature Communications suggests that humans contributed to the species’ demise by eating their melon-sized eggs.
Cooked to perfection, of course.
Researchers from the University of Colorado, Boulder, collected bits of the extinct bird’s eggshell from almost 2,000 different sites across Australia. At about 200 of these sites, the fragments were charred. With the help of analytical chemistry, scientists found that a breakdown pattern of amino acids in the eggs—the chemicals that make up proteins—suggested that they had been cooked, likely over something like embers.

The scientists argue that these conditions “are consistent with early humans harvesting Genyornis eggs, cooking them over fires, and then randomly discarding the eggshell fragments in and around their cooking fires,” Gifford Miller, a geologist at the University of Colorado, Boulder and lead author of the study, said in a press release. Because of the specific burn pattern left on the eggshells, Miller and his team ruled out wildfires or other natural causes as the source of the charring.
Dating techniques aged the eggshells at about 47,000 years old; Genyornis newtoni became extinct (pdf) around the same time. Though the exact period of human’s arrival to the continent is unknown, Miller says that there is “reliable evidence they were widely dispersed across the continent” at the same time.
However, early human cuisine wasn’t the only factor that may have been working against these giant birds. Between 60,000 and 40,000 years ago, the continent was undergoing a severe dry spell (paywall), which killed off many of the massive animals that roamed the landscape at that time. “Predation, combined with widespread changes in ecosystem composition throughout its range, very likely caused Genyornis’ extinction,” the authors wrote.
This bird’s extinction is one of many linked to human activity. In fact, scientists worry that we’re about to experience a sixth mass extinction due to our behavior. Over the last 100 years, the extinction rate has been up to 100 times (paywall) higher than it has been in the past, likely a result of the way we’ve been clearing out animal habitats for our own use, contributing to changing climate through greenhouse gas emissions, and polluting waterways with chemicals and other toxins.

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‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ KOs $41M; ‘Jane’ Finally Alive On The Big Screen – Sunday AM Box Office

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5TH UPDATE, Sunday 8:12 AM: DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 3 looks to easily meet its weekend projections with $41M at 3,955 theaters. Worldwide bow for KFP3 is $116M. While China was big for Kung Fu Panda 2, what’s interesting this time around is that the Middle Kingdom opening may actually edge out domestic’s opening. Word of mouth on KFP3 is just as strong as KPF2 with the threequel landing an A CinemaScore. Though KFP3’s weekend is less than part 2‘s $47.7M FSS, keep in mind it’s winter and only 4% of all K-12 schools are on recess according to Rentrak. Wall Street loves to flog a DWA movie when it opens, but the Street needs to be reminded that these films have 3.5 multiples or higher, not to mention the KFP movies clean up overseas with foreign repping 66%-75% of an animated pic’s final global haul.

While it might seem unusual to launch a big animated film along with a $70M-80M seafaring disaster pic like Disney’s The Finest Hours in a non-holiday frame, February is going to be crowded. The advantage of KP3 going out this weekend is that it has five weeks to play before Disney’s Zootopia opens March 4.

20th Century Fox claims the No. 2 spot with its New Regency title The Revenant, which is turning in a $12.4M sixth weekend, down just 23%. As the northeastern seaboard thawed, many distributors expected decent holds for last weekend’s films as audiences shrugged off cabin fever. This is true especially with last weekend’s crop — The Boy, The 5th Wave and Dirty Grandpa — registering second weekend declines between -27% and -34%. Total FSS ticket sales per Rentrak are $136.5M, +19% over last weekend.

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While KP3 was always expected to clear the snow off the road for moviegoers, the more intriguing piece of B.O. news occurred toward the bottom of the chart: Natalie Portman’s beleaguered, four-years-in-the-making jane got a gun 2western Jane Got a Gun finally opened to $803K at 1,210 theaters ($664 per theater). That number didn’t set off the loud noises that the production did with its revolving doors of actors, directors and financial hardships. With an estimated production cost of $25M, yes, JGAGfailed theatrically. Still, the film achieved some sort of victory simply by not allowing adversity to doom it. Just getting to the finish line is an accomplishment for JGAG, which appeared doomed when its director Lynne Ramsay quit on the first day of production, leaving a 150-member crew standing around. It’s a miracle that JGAG isn’t buried on a VOD menu somewhere. Producer Scott Steindorff kept the movie afloat and sources say he gotWarrior director Gavin O’Connor to step in and even shoot a bit before cast and crew scattered. Prior to Ramsay leaving, Michael Fassbender departed his role as Jane’s ex. Jude Law fled the lead villain role after Ramsay left, and then Bradley Cooper stepped in and left jane got a gun 9(due to scheduling) with Ewan McGregor finally committing. During Cannes 2013, Relativity and Weinstein Co. partnered on U.S. rights with each respectively handling distribution and marketing. Relativity would change the release date three times, and just before they were about to go into bankruptcy proceedings last July, the film’s financier, anti-Prop 8 attorney David Boies (whose clients also included the Weinsteins during theirHobbit profit suit against Time Warner), extricated JGAG ahead of Relativity’s Chapter 11 proceedings. TWC provided a service deal to distribute JGAG, with the financier covering P&A. Marketing was limited for the movie. JGAG didn’t junket, but Portman traveled from Paris to the U.S. for premiere and appearances on Good Morning America and The Tonight Show. Relish Mix reports that JGAG social media has been extremely light: The cast doesn’t do social, the official YouTube trailer is at a low 400K views and the Facebook page has less than 6K likes. One bright spot forJGAG this weekend: 75% of all moviegoers gave the western a positive review per PostTrak which was just under Disney’s The Finest Hours (81%) and bested Open Road/IM’s Fifty Shades of Black (56%). Rotten Tomatoes score for JGAG was a rotten 35%. Jane attracted 52% guys per PostTrak with 86% over 25. Those in the 35-44 age bracket gave it 100% positive score. That said, only 42% of the entire moviegoing crowd said they would recommend Jane to a friend.

KFP3‘s Saturday saw a 74% spike with $18.3M over Friday’s $10.5M. 3D repped 28% of the B.O. with PLF accounting for 5%. Production cost ranges from $120M-$140M.KFP3 drew 56% women, as moms drove the kids to the cinema with 58% of the crowd under 25. 41% of the KPF3 crowd were Caucasian, while 31% were Asian. Both that demo and the under 18ers gave KFP3 an A+. While the proportion of under 25s didn’t change between KFP2 and KFP3, the previous sequel was top heavy with males. Per PostTrak, 72% of the crowd said they’d recommend the DWA film to a friend. KP3 played fairly balanced across the nation. DC was strong due to kids off on Friday. The rain in LA should send people to theater.

Disney owns the third and fourth ranking movies on the weekend chart: Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Finest HoursHowever, it appears that the Jedis have whipped the New England coast guard with Force Awakens grossing $10.8M and Finest Hours settling for $10.3M.

finest hoursThe Finest Hours FSS isn’t the best of starts for a movie that carries an estimated budget between $70M-$80M. These seafaring films always have the tide against them during production, hence their lofty budgets. However,Finest Hours is another quagmire for prestige adult titles in the wake of such B.O. misfires as The Walk and Everest.  Despite the fact thatFinest Hours offers a smart ensemble with Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Eric Bana and Ben Foster, none of those actors individually possess the marquee power of a Channing Tatum or a Leonardo DiCaprio, stars who could sail this pic to a taller wave. Another obstacle for Finest Hours per RelishMix: None of the stars navigates social media. Facebook conversation has been dominated by two things: the red carpet premiere and a Q&A with the cast. That said #Pinenuts took over the social Q&A with all kinds of questions for Pine, some about Finest Hours, but mostly related to Star Trek. On the upside, Finest Hours is coming in with an A- CinemaScore. Maybe word of mouth gets out, but that’s a challenge when tickets sales are so low. The Finest Hours was a chick magnet drawing 51% females per CinemaScore with 82% 25 and up. Both gave it A-.  The movie’s subject matter was the big draw here at 61%.

force awakensAs we previously reported Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will cross $900M later this week. By the end of today the highest grossing film of all-time stateside will have banked $895.4M. While some projected a $1B stateside end cume for Episode VII, others saw a slowdown at this point in time as the film nears $900M. There have been rumors that A Rogue One: Star Wars Story trailer will be paired with Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War on May 6However, if Disney wants to push Force Awakens to the highest gross possible, they might consider dropping the Rogue One trailer earlier, specifically attached to Force Awakens. All the more reason to send fans back to the theater for the umpteenth time. Note that’s wishful thinking on our part. Force Awakens is holding so strongly that Disney isn’t even at the point where it’s contemplating the film’s final send-off on the big screen.

Open Road/IM Global’s Fifty Shades of Black is more like Fifty Shades of Red with the parody film coming in far below its $9M-$10M projection for a $6.2M weekend at 2,075 theaters in 9th place. The film was financed for $5M before P&A by IM Global. The Haunted House films earned B- grades, but CinemaScore crowds gave FSOB a nasty C. Older females actually braved this movie, turning up at 54% women, 65% over 25. 60% came out because they love comedy satires, while the Marlon Wayans fans repped close to half of the audience. 13% of the under 18 set who sneaked in gave FSOB its best grade: B+. Still, don’t expect them to show up in the coming weeks.

RoomOther notables include A24’s Room at 795 locations pushing its total cume to $9.7M by end of today thanks to its Oscar nominations for best picture, director, adapted screenplay and actress Brie Larson. That’s an 87% uptick in its total gross since Oscar nom day. Of all the films to receive a surge from their Oscar noms, many projected Room to go boom since it was still in limited release.

Lazer Team in play at 25 locations is seeing an estimated Friday of $39K and a FSS of $98K. Rooster Teeth in connection with a crowd sourcing company TUGG crowed that the film racked up $1M in pre-sales with screenings also in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the U.K.

On social, RelishMix measured KFP3‘s SMU at 374M. Broken out that’s 112M on Facebook, 8.2M on Twitter, 3.7M on Instagram and a huge 250M total YouTube views. Many views on YouTube are holdover clips driving impressions.  However, the biggest bounce in views has come from Dreamworks TV’s YouTube channel with 28.5M views for KFP3. By comparison, DWA’s Home had an SMU of 304M on its release date of March 27, 2015.  That figure included Rhianna and Jennifer Lopez’s social following plus their Vevo music video views.  KFP3’s social activity on par or slightly ahead of Home, which opened at $52.1M. The EOR earned, owned ratio of reposting videos is 9:1, which is very good for a family/animated film. KFP3‘s cast has a combined social media pull of 89.4M comprised of Jackie Chan, Bryan Cranston, Seth Rogen, Jack Black and Lucy Liu.

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The top 15 films for the weekend of Jan. 29-31, 2016 as compiled by Deadine’s Amanda N’Duka as of Sunday AM

1). Kung Fu Panda 3 (DWA/FOX), 3,955 theaters / $10.5M Fri. / $18.3M Sat. (+74%)/ $12.2M Sun. (-33%) /3-day cume: $41M / Wk 1

2). The Revenant (FOX), 3,330 theaters (-381) / $3.2M Fri. /$5.8M Sat. (+80%)/ $3.4M Sun. (-42%) / 3-day cume: $12.4M (-23%) / Total cume: $138.2M / Wk 6

3). Star Wars: The Force Awakens (DIS), 2,556 theaters (-809) / $2.5M Fri. / $5.1M Sat. (+107%)/ $3.2M Sun. (-36%) /3-day cume: $10.8M (-23%)/ Total cume: $895.4M / Wk 7

4). The Finest Hours (DIS), 3,143 theaters / $3.3M Fri. / $4.3M Sat. (+31%)/ $2.7M Sun. (-38%) /3-day cume: $10.3M / Wk 1

5). Ride Along 2 (UNI), 2,412 theaters (-780) / $2.25M Fri. / $4M Sat. (+76%)/ $2.1M Sun. (-50%) /3-day cume: $8.35M (-33%) / Total cume: $70.8M / Wk 3

6). The Boy (STX), 2,671 theaters (0)/ $2.3M Fri. / $3.5M Sat. (+51%)/ $2.1M Sun. (-40%) /3-day cume: $7.89M(-27%)/Total cume: $21.5M/ Wk 2

7). Dirty Grandpa (LGF), 2,912 theaters (0)/ $2.2M Fri. / $3.35M Sat. (+52%)/ $2M Sun. (-40%) /3-day cume:  $7.6M (-32%)/Total cume: $22.8M /Wk 2

8). The 5th Wave (SONY), 2,908 theaters (0) / $1.9MFri. / $3.3M Sat. (+72%)/ $1.8M Sun. (-44%) /3-day cume: $7M (-32%) /Total cume: $20.2M/ Wk 2

9). Fifty Shades of Black (OR/IMG), 2,075 theaters / $2.25M Fri. / $2.4M Sat. (+6%)/ $1.55M Sun. (-35%) /3-day cume: $6.2M / Wk 1

10.) 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (PAR), 2,803 theaters (-114) / $1.7M Fri. / $2.8M Sat. (+64%)/ $1.5M Sun. (-46%) /3-day cume: $6M (-34%) / Total cume: $42.6M / Wk 3

11). Daddy’s Home (PAR), 1,718 theaters (-1,071) / $786K Fri. /$1.45M Sat. (+85%)/ $788K Sun. (-46%) / 3-day cume: $3.025M (-39%)/ Total cume: $142.9M / Wk 6

12). The Big Short (PAR), 983 theaters (-368) / $790K Fri. / $1.4M Sat. (+77%)/ $809K Sun. (-42%) /3-day cume: $3M (-6%)/ Total cume: $60.9M / Wk 8

13). Brooklyn (FSL), 748 theaters (-214) / $463K Fri. /$802K Sat. (+73%)/ $450K Sun. (-44%) / 3-day cume: $1.7M(-1%)/ Total cume: $30.4M / Wk 13

14). Room (A24), 795 theaters (-67) / $292K Fri. /$508K Sat. (+74%)/ $291K Sun. (-43%) / 3-day cume: $1.1M(-18%)/ Total cume: $9.7M / Wk 16

15). Spotlight (OPRD), 715 theaters (-315) / $281K Fri. /$525K Sat. (+87%)/ $315K Sun. (-40%) / 3-day cume: $1.1M (-12%)/ Total cume: $34.7M / Wk 13

Notables:

Jane Got a Gun (TWC), 1,210 theaters / $277K Fri. / $329K Sat. (+19%)/ $197K Sun. (-40%) /3-day cume: $803K/ Wk 1

Lazer Team (ROO), 25 theaters / $38K Fri. / $33K Sat. (-15%)/ $23K Sun. (-30%) /3-day cume: $94K/ Wk 1

 

2nd UPDATE, Friday 12:10PM: DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 3 via 20th Century Fox is on its way to a $13M opening day and a weekend that’s in the $44M-$45M range. That’s not too far from the opening of Kung Fu Panda 2 which played over Memorial Day weekend 2011. That film also posted a Friday that was $13.1M (if you add in its $5.8M Thursday then you get to $18.9M) and its 3-day take was $47.7M. Again, matinees will determine if this threequel cracks $50M. KFP2 improved upon KFP with moviegoers earning an A Cinemascore to the first title’s A-. KFP2 in relation to its opening posted a 3.5 multiple in the end of $165.2M. KFP3 with critics is earning a 79% fresh score which files behind KFP (87%) and KFP2 (81%).

Among the new titles, Disney’s Finest Hours is looking at a $4.5M Friday and an opening weekend in the low teens. Critics are giving the sea ship disaster film a 60% fresh Rotten Tomatoes grade. Open Road/IM Global’s Fifty Shades of Black looks to whip $4M today with a $10M three-day. The tweeds can’t stand it with an 11% Rotten Tomatoes score…but then again, when did they ever appreciate satire or gross out? 20th Century Fox/New Regency’s The Revenant is also looking to gross $10M for the weekend, putting its cume through six weekends at $135.8M by Sunday.

janes-got-a-gun-natalie-portman-2Weinstein Co.’s release of Natalie Portman’s western Jane Got a Gun from director Gavin O’Connor is playing at 1,210 theaters and is looking at a $400K Friday and a FSS of $1.3M per rival distrib sources.  Currently, Jane got a 40% Rotten Tomatoes score. More updates and analysis later this evening.

1st UPDATE, Friday 8:10AM: DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 3 from 20th Century Fox did not screen last night, but Walt Disney’s period sea disaster film The Finest Hours and Open Road’s Fifty Shades of Black did. Disney is reporting $375K in Thursday preview B.O. last night for the Chris Pine-Casey Affleck-Ben Foster-Eric Bana ensemble pic, while Open Road/IM Global’s satire Fifty Shades of Black grossed $275K.

Finest Hours B.O. yesterday is slightly better than McFarland which made $260K and turned in a $11M opening ($44.5M stateside cume) and Million Dollar Arm which drew $250K and a $10.5M FSS (final domestic $36.5M). The film directed by Craig Gillespie carries an estimated production cost of $80M. The New York Times reports that post-production took a year as the director tried to get the waves correct with 1K VFK shots.

kfp3It will be a while before we get a sense of how well Kung Fu Panda 3 will be doing: Only 4% of K-12 schools are out today, and animated family films show their mettle in Saturday matinees. The first Kung Fu Panda posted an opening day of $20.3M and the second one inclusive of a $5.8M Thursday did $18.9M, however, that was made off the backs of summer moviegoers.

fifty shade of blackFifty Shades of Black was financed by IM Global for an estimated $5M. The previous Marlon Wayans collaboration, the A Haunted House comedy series with director Michael Tiddes and scribe Rick Alvarez, racked up $84M worldwide across two films, with each costing between $2.5M-$4M before P&A.

B.O. analysts expect both The Finest Hours and Fifty Shades of Black to open to $10M-$11M in a marketplace that will be thawed by Kung Fu Panda 3 with a FSS in the $40M range.

ziegfeldYesterday, 20th Century Fox/New Regency’s The Revenant topped the B.O. charts with $1.5M and a running cume prior to its sixth sesh of $125.8M.

Disney’s Star Wars: Force Awakens was third with $1.3M and a six week cume of $884.6M. Episode VII will cross the nine-century mark late next week. Last night, New York’s famed Ziegfeld Theatre dropped its red curtain for the final time after 46 years following the 10PM showtime for the J.J. Abrams movie. The midtown Ziegfeld is (was) Manhattan’s last remaining single screen. Last week it was reported that the theater was losing $1M a year and that Cablevision was released from its longtime lease on the venue by landlord Fisher Brothers, who found a new tenant. The new occupants, who operate Gotham Hall on West 36th Street, will unveil the Ziegfeld Ballroom in the fall of 2017, which will include a 10,000-square-foot ballroom as well as mezzanine meeting rooms. So there’s a chance that film premieres will live on there.

Lionsgate’s Dirty Grandpa was pulling up third yesterday with $950K and a first week’s cume of $15.2M.

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More bad news for El Chapo and his Sinaloa drug cartel

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US and Mexican drug enforcement authorities just announced that they captured several gang members in a raid that took place near the Arizona border with Mexico, according to Reuters, the Guardian, and others.

The operation—dubbed “Mexican Operation Diablo Express,” per reports—brought in about two dozen people allegedly connected to the deadly Sinaloa drug cartel. It took place in an area known for being a drug-running corridor. Reuters notes:

Operating around Sonoyta, a Mexican city along the border with the US state of Arizona, the Sinaloa cartel has smuggled millions of pounds of illegal drugs, millions of US dollars and weapons between the two countries, ICE said.

Two were killed in the raid, according to reports.

All this comes not long after Mexican authorities re-arrested Sinaloa leader Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman, following his 2014 escape from prison and in the wake of his bizarre interview with actor Sean Penn that got him caught.

And while both Mexico and the US have been having larger and increasingly mainstream conversation about the decriminalization of drugs, the arrests show that those discussions aren’t happening in a vacuum.

Authorities claim to have recovered several automatic weapons; a failed effort earlier this month to recapture Guzman left five people dead, andMexico’s marine force recovered “two armored vehicles, eight long guns, one handgun and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher.”

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Mixed emotions are a sign of complexity rather than indecision

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“How are you feeling?” isn’t always an easy question to answer. Even supposedly joyous life events, such as graduation or a wedding, can be met with a wide range of emotions. And this is no bad thing, according to a paper published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology last month.
Researchers conducted three studies on emotional complexity and found that rates of “emotional dialecticism,” which means experiencing both positive and negative emotions at the same time, correlate with “emotional differentiation,” the ability to experience and report emotions in a “highly differentiated and granular manner.”
“People in many Western countries see mixed feelings as undesirable—as if to suggest that someone experiencing mixed feelings is wishy-washy,” says Igor Grossmann, a psychology professor at the University of Waterloo, and lead author of the paper, in a statement. “Actually, we found that both Westerners and non-Westerners who show mixed feelings are better able to differentiate their emotions and experience their lives in an emotionally rich and balanced fashion.”
The researchers also found that people are more emotionally complex in countries that promote interdependent values, which the authors define as “attending to the wishes and concerns of others, focusing on the social context and the emotions of other people in their group,” rather than independent ones, namely “attending to one’s private qualities and inner attributes that make one appear unique and seeing one’s emotions as reflecting the inner self, originating from within.”

In the first study, the authors analyzed how often mixed-emotional expressions appeared in 1.3 million English-language web pages from ten different countries. They found that Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines had far more mixed-emotional expressions—determined by when positive emotion words appear within two words of a negative emotion word in the same sentence—than more self-oriented cultures, namely the US, UK, Canada, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand. South Africa fell in between these two groups.
In the second study, researchers asked 1,396 college students from India, Japan, Russia, Germany, the UK, and the US, about their emotional reaction to recent significant life events. Students from the three non-European countries had higher rates of both emotional dialecticism and emotional differentiation.
Finally, the authors repeated the second study but with a more diverse group, both in terms of age and class, and only for the US and Japan. Once again, they found that those in Japan were more emotionally complex.
It makes sense that people in more other-oriented cultures will be more emotionally complex, says Grossman, as interdependence allows people to appreciate a variety of perspectives. “For example, they might see a job loss as disappointing, but also as an exciting opportunity to spend more time with family or to try something new. Someone from a culture that is oriented towards personal achievement is more likely to see it as all negative.”
Based on these findings, it’s clear that when it comes to developing emotional complexity, it’s important to look beyond the self.

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RESTABLECEN OPERACIÓN EN LA LÍNEA 2 DEL SISTEMA CUTZAMALA.

AguaLa noche del sábado se restableció la operación de la línea 2 del acueducto del Sistema Cutzamala y con ello inició el envío de más de ocho mil litros de agua potable por segundo al Valle de México, informó la Conagua.

A través de un comunicado, la Comisión Nacional del Agua (Conagua) detalló que el llenado paulatino de esa línea comenzó ayer antes de las 20:00 horas con lo que se cumplen los tres primeros días del operativo de mantenimiento del fin de semana en curso.

El organismo enfatizó que con esa medida prevén acelerar el restablecimiento del servicio de abasto de las redes locales del Estado de México y el Distrito Federal.

En ese sentido, Fernando González Cáñez, director general del Organismo de Cuenca Aguas del Valle de México (OCAVM), expuso que se continuará el cuarto y último día de labores para finalizar cada uno de los 32 frentes de trabajo, a lo largo de 111 de los 322 kilómetros del sistema.

Lo anterior con el fin de incrementar la confiabilidad de las plantas de bombeo, las líneas de conducción, las subestaciones eléctricas y la planta potabilizadora.

El funcionario destacó que se modificó la estrategia de mantenimiento a la infraestructura para incrementar la seguridad hídrica del Valle de México y la ciudad de Toluca, con trabajos más eficaces y menos suspensiones del Sistema Cutzamala.

González Cáñez exhortó a la población a hacer un uso racional del agua. “Todos podemos contribuir a no vaciar las redes de distribución y, con ello, contribuir a reestablecer más rápido los servicios para los habitantes del Valle de México.

 “Además, al ahorrar agua también se podrán aprovechar de mejor manera los caudales adicionales que serán suministrados en los 10 días subsecuentes”, concluyó.

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BBC Mundo: Las tierras de la Iglesia católica que se usan para la explotación infantil

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Durante su visita en noviembre pasado a África, el continente en el que hoy viven unos 200 millones de católicos romanos, el papa Francisco dijo que los niños eran una de las principales víctimas de la histórica explotación de África por parte de otros poderes.

También instó a los jóvenes africanos a que combatan la corrupción.

Pero ¿debería el propio Vaticano hacer más para poner su propia casa en orden?

Una investigación de la BBC reveló evidencia de que en Uganda hay tierras de la Iglesia católica que son usadas para la explotación infantil.

Alex Turyaritunga sabe de primera mano sobre este flagelo, en su forma más extrema.

Yo fui un niño soldado, nada podrá borrar eso de mi memoria, le cuenta a la BBC. Recuerdo la guerra en 1994. Yo portaba un arma en mi hombro.

Hoy Turyaritunga trabaja como enfermero para la agencia de refugiados de la Organización de Naciones Unidas (ACNUR) en Uganda.

Fue criado en Kabale, un pueblo enclavado en las colinas del sudoeste de Uganda. Desde esa altura puede verse a los niños en la vecina Ruanda jugando en los patios de las escuelas.

Pero a mediados de los años 90, durante el genocidio en ese país, lo que se escuchaba del otro lado de la frontera era el sonido de la guerra.

Tras la muerte de su padre, cuando era pequeño, dice que estuvo perdido y sin dirección hasta que miembros de la iglesia católica ayudaron a su madre a pagar por su educación y la de sus cuatro hermanos.

Me ayudaron a ser lo que soy hoy, afirma.

Sin embargo, ahora, con 32 años, su visión sobre la iglesia católica cambió.

Hace poco Turyaritunga denunció ante la BBC que en terrenos pertenecientes a la Iglesia en Kabale se explota laboralmente a menores de edad.

Dijo que niños de hasta 10 años trabajan en las plantaciones de té, un negocio que beneficia a la iglesia católica.

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El empleo infantil es sin dudas un problema enorme en Uganda, país en el que según la ONU trabajan unos tres millones de niños.

Las cifras más recientes estiman que el 30% de los menores de entre cinco y 14 años trabaja, a pesar de que la ley dice que solo está permitido a partir de los 14.

Cuando llegamos a Kabale entrevistamos a un capataz de la plantación que nos habló en forma anónima.

Nos confirmó que hay niños trabajando en esos terrenos, y que cobran entre US$0,30 y US$0,60 centavos por día.

Según el supervisor, la tierra pertenece a la iglesia católica pero el negocio agrario se realiza en sociedad con su empleador: la empresa de té Kigezi Highland Tea Limited.

Cuando el equipo de la BBC visitó el campo, pudo ver que allí trabajaban al menos 15 menores de edad de la comunidad local junto con un grupo de adultos.

Su trabajo consistía en juntar las plantas de té en la base de una empinada colina y llevarlas hasta la cima donde son cultivadas. También tenían la tarea de desmalezar las hileras de plantas.

Con el fin de confirmar exactamente a quién pertenecen esas plantaciones fuimos al registro local de tierras en busca de evidencia de que efectivamente son de la Iglesia.

Un funcionario de la Iglesia nos confirmó que existía un acuerdo comercial entre la diócesis y Kigezi Highland Tea Limited desde 2013.

También señaló que la decisión de cultivar té la hizo el comité de planificación de sustentabilidad financiera de la diócesis.

SILENCIO OFICIAL

La BBC hizo varios intentos de hablar con Kigezi Highland Tea Limited pero no recibió respuesta.

Con una copia de la escritura del terreno en mano, decidimos hablar con el obispo Callistus Rubaramira, de la diócesis católica de Kabale.

Justo afuera de su residencia, en terreno de la Iglesia, nos cruzamos con más niños. Uno de ellos, de 10 años, descargaba semillas de té de un camión. Los niños se preparaban para el trabajo del día siguiente.

Niños de esa edad trabajando en un negocio que es administrado por la Iglesia en conjunto con una corporación ejemplifican lo complejo de lo que el papa Francisco llama una auténtica plaga para los más pequeños del mundo.

Cuando intentamos contactar al obispo en su diócesis nos dijeron que se preparaba para encontrarse con el Papa. Intentamos llamarlo pero nunca respondió su celular.

Su secretario, el padre Lucien, negó que haya explotación infantil en la plantación de té.

Así que llamamos directamente al Vaticano y le presentamos nuestra evidencia al vocero papal, Federico Lombardi.

No es mi responsabilidad ni mi deber responder sobre esto, nos dijo. Si hay algún problema con la Iglesia local, no soy responsable de ello.

NEGOCIOS

Alex Turyaritunga, el exniño soldado convertido en enfermero y ahora informante, cree que el tema del trabajo infantil debe ser abordado por lo más alto de la Iglesia.

La explotación infantil daña a los niños psicológicamente, señaló. Siento que el Vaticano debería despertarse y revisar las políticas comerciales de la iglesia católica, sino habrá peligros.

En su opinión la Iglesia no debería meterse en negocios sin supervisión adecuada.

Siento que en este momento la iglesia católica no está preparada para hacer negocios, por eso pido un cambio de políticas, afirmó.

Sé que estas reformas transformarán a la comunidad y la mejorarán, porque ya no habrá abuso laboral de menores.

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Barbie cambió su cuerpo por primera vez en 57 años

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Desde el 28 de enero Mattel comenzará a vender nuevas versiones de la conocida muñeca Barbie en tres diferentes modelos para así hacer inclusiva las diferencias físicas a la vida de sus pequeñas dueñas.

Bajita, alta y curvilínea son los tres tipos de Barbie que estarán a la venta junto a la muñeca original en el sitio oficial Barbie.com.

Si bien todas se llamarán Barbie, es decir ninguna tendrá una identidad diferente, es la modelo curvilínea la que resalta los nuevos cambios de diseño. Ella será más ancha en sus piernas y con un estómago más protuberante.

Cabe menciona que Las medidas de la Barbie original se han estimado en 91 cm. de pecho, 46 cm. de cintura y 84 cm. de caderas

La revista Time publicó un reportaje respecto a este nuevo cambio en la compañía Mattel, en donde se menciona que Kim Culmone, la mente del diseño de este proyecto le propuso a su equipo un desafío total con los nuevos cambios que se vienen para las nuevas muñecas: El rostro de la Barbie tendrá menos maquillaje y lucirá más joven, articulaciones en los tobillos para que pueda zapatos bajos y con tacones, nuevos tonos de piel para sumar a la diversidad étnica y, además un cambio en el cuerpo de Barbie.

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Aparte de eso, habrá dos tallas de zapatitos, uno para la curvilínea y alta, y otro modelo para la muñeca original y la bajita. Para diferenciar las medidas, una tendrá una letra B y la otra tendrá la cara de la Barbie.

Como se mencionó anteriormente, Mattel venderá estos nuevos modelos, por el momento, solo en el sitio oficial de Barbie, ya que en el intertanto deben negociar con los retails para agrandar las góndola, pues el nuevo proyecto conlleva una infinidad de diseños de pelo, piel, cuerpos y ropa.

Evelyn Mazzocco, vicepresidenta y gerente General a nivel mundial de la marca dijo respecto al nuevo proyecto Sí, algunos dirán que estamos tardes para el juego, pero los cambios de una gran corporación toman tiempo.

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Se cumplen 201 años de la defunción de José Félix Ribas

José Félix Ribas, nació en Caracas el 19 de septiembre de 1775, hijo deMarcos Ribas y Bethencourt y Petronila de Herrera, que eran unas de las familias mas distinguidas y que pertenecía a la oligarquía criolla de la época colonial.
Su padre era nativo de la isla de Tenerife, fue Regidor y Alcalde Ordinario del Ayuntamiento caraqueño, su hermano era el teólogoFrancisco José Ribas.
Desde joven estuvo muy ligado a Simón Bolívar y se casó con Josefa Palacios, tía de Simón Bolívar el 1 de febrero de 1796.
Fue alumno del Seminario y luego se dedica a las labores agrícolas. Es uno de los más apasionados partidarios de la revolución independentista.
El 25 de abril de 1810, José Félix Ribas forma parte de la Junta Suprema de Caracas, para octubre de ese año, organiza una protesta pública como líder de los pardos caraqueños, por la ejecución de 28 patriotas en Quito el 2 de agosto por los realistas.
También participa en las reuniones de la Sociedad Patriótica, como líder radical apoyaba la independencia absoluta de Venezuela.
La junta lo expulsa por participar en dichas manifestaciones, dura cinco meses ausente y regresa.
Inicia su carrera militar a favor de la independencia como coronel y jefe del recién creado batallón de Milicias Regladas de Blancos deBarlovento.
En 1812, bajo las órdenes del general Francisco de Miranda, participa en la campaña contra Domingo Monteverde, luego sigue a Caracas para asumir el cargo de comandante militar de la ciudad en sustitución deJuan Nepomuceno Quero.
Después de la caída de la Primera República en 1812, Simón Bolívar yJosé Félix Ribas obtienen pasaporte para Curazao, luego viajan aNueva Granada, desde allí Simón Bolívar inicia la Campaña que daría la libertad a la región del río Magdalena, para luego comenzar en 1813 con la Campaña Admirable.
El 7 de agosto de 1813, Simón Bolívar termina la Campaña Admirablecon su entrada a Caracas, José Félix Ribas es nombrado en Caracas,Comandante General de la Provincia, para luego convertirse en General de División.
Obtiene las victorias en la Batalla de Niquitao, Batalla de Los Horcones y Batalla de Vigirima.
Comanda la Batalla de La Victoria el 12 de febrero de 1814, logrando parar a las fuerzas realistas de José Tomás Boves, con unas tropas poco experimentadas, que estaban formadas por jóvenes estudiantes y seminaristas, donde José Félix Ribas le comunica a los jóvenes, No podemos optar entre vencer o morir, necesario es vencer.
Simón Bolívar, al saber de la victoria de José Félix Ribas, le concedió el título de Vencedor de los Tiranos.
(El 10 de febrero de 1947, la Asamblea Constituyente decretó celebrar cada aniversario de la batalla como el Día de la Juventud, en honor a los jóvenes que lograron esta importante victoria).
El 5 de diciembre de 1814, José Félix Ribas y José Francisco Bermúdezse enfrentaron con su ejército de unos 4.000 soldados a los 7.000 realistas del General José Tomás Boves en la batalla en Urica, en dicha batalla muere el General Boves.
Debido a la derrota sufrida en la Segunda República, José Félix Ribasbusca salir de Los Llanos a Caracas en compañía de un sobrino y un criado, pero es interceptado por los realistas, el sobrino y el criado fueron ajusticiados inmediatamente.
El Justicia Mayor de Tucupido Lorenzo Figueroa, ordenó su muerte el 31 de enero de 1815, en la Plaza Mayor de Tucupido, en donde fue fusilado, el cuerpo fue desmembrado, la cabeza frita en aceite y enviada a Caracas. Un cofre con los restos simbólicos del general José Félix Ribas, se encuentra desde el 19 de septiembre de 2005 en el Panteón Nacional.
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CANCELAN VISITA DE TARANTINO A MÉXICO.

Quentin TarantinoLa distribuidora encargada de promocionar la película Los 8 más odiados informó que se canceló la visita a México del director Quentin Tarantino y el actor Demián Bichir, para presentar dicha cinta que se estrenará el 5 de febrero.

 En un comunicado, se explicó que por causas de fuerza mayor y ajenas a Diamond Films, se suspendieron las actividades de Tarantino y Bichir, programadas previo al estreno de Los 8 más odiados.

 La historia se ubica seis años después de la Guerra Civil estadounidense, un grupo de ocho personas se ven obligadas a refugiarse en Wyoming a causa de una tormenta de nieve. Ahí se darán cuenta que tal vez no lleguen a su destino a causa de alguna traición.

 En la cinta participan Demián Bichir, Samuel L. Jackson, Kurk Russell, Jennifer Jackson Leigh, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen y Bruce Dern.