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Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation announces the release of Maldives Tourism Promo-Song.

The song ‘Maldives’ will be officially released in the ‘Sounds of Maldives’ show to be held in Kuda Bandos, Thursday night, says the Minister of State for Tourism – Thayyib Mohamed.

Indian Ocean Island Nation- Maldives

Indian Ocean Island Nation- Maldives

‘Maldives’ sung by the legendary icon Maryam Unoosha, will be used in several promotional events.

Unoosha says the lyricist is a well known Australian and the feelings of a tourist are very well brought out in the song.

The song sung in English, is being released amid the climb by Maldives to the third position of the seven finalists to the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Organiser of the show ‘Sounds of Maldives’- High Rise; say the show will be of complete Maldivian originals.

Maldives is famous for its Underwater Beauty

Maldives is famous for its Underwater Beauty

Maldives followed Azerbaijan in the second and Tanzania in the first in the current list of seven finalists, of which’s final results will be announced on the 11th of November this year.

Golf over Waters

For most of the time, Golfers try to avoid water.

But today’s modern world technology has taken this to a whole new expect.

Yes! I am talking about the floating 18-hole Golf Course which is to be built in Maldives.

This is the World’s very first, 18-hole, floating Golf Course.

Maldives Floating Golf Course - Image: scubadivemaldives.com

Maldives Floating Golf Course - Image: scubadivemaldives.com

Course with a series of floating platforms each containing 2-3 holes will be built by world-renowned floating technology company, Dutch Docklands.

Dutch Docklands is the global leader in floating developments, concepts and infrastructure.

Maldives Floating Golf Course - Image: maldivestourismupdate.com

Maldives Floating Golf Course - Image: maldivestourismupdate.co

The new Golf Course is expected to have Hotels surrounded by underwater tunnels.

Dutch Docklands call the project a “scar-less development” which will have a zero carbon footprint on the Maldives ecosystem.

Energy will be generated through floating solar blanket fields. Developers will also employ sustainable techniques to desalinate and cool water.

The $500 million floating golf course project will be completed by 2015 and is managed by Troon Golf.

Troon Golf - Image: www.troongolf.com

Troon Golf - Image: http://www.troongolf.com

The projected is expected to bring a income through ecological tourism to the Maldives.

Today marks the Earth Day 2011.

This year Earth Day’s theme is themed after A Billion Acts of Green: our people-powered campaign to generate a billion acts of environmental service and advocacy before Rio +20.

of Wisconsin led the movement that created the first Earth Day 41 years ago. Now countries around the world set aside a day, on or around April 22, to honor the planet.

Earth Day 2011. Image:www.earthday.org

Earth Day 2011. Image:www.earthday.org

What is Earth Day?

Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin led the movement that created the first Earth Day 41 years ago. Now countries around the world set aside a day, on or around April 22, to honor the planet.

Earthday.envirolink.org says Senator Gaylord Nelson at a conference in Seattle in September 1969, announced that in the spring of 1970 there would be a nationwide grassroots demonstration on behalf of the environment and invited everyone to participate.

Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network and is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year.

Students pose for a photo with a globe during a campaign to mark World Earth Day in a middle school in Dexing - Image: www.orlandosentinel.com

Students pose for a photo with a globe during a campaign to mark World Earth Day in a middle school in Dexing - Image: http://www.orlandosentinel.com

Why Maldives?

One very obvious reason! We are part of this Earth!

Then, we are endangered by every single environmental threat – both directly and indirectly.

One of the most common is the Global Warming, while loss of wildlife and sea creatures is also not so far below in the list

Why not start saving Sea Turtles on Earth Day?

According to www.earthday.org scientists estimate that 6.4 million tons of garbage are dumped into the ocean every year. The massive amount of garbage that litters our oceans is one of the main reasons why nearly half of the world’s species of sea turtles currently face extinction.

Turtle surrounded by plastic bags. Image: Google

Turtle surrounded by plastic bags. Image: Google

Since I travel often these days, one of the very depressing scenes that I see are the ones where our beautiful oceans and lagoons are filled with rubbish, those ranging from empty milk cartons to non-biodegradable ones like plastic bottles and the commonly used and seen plastic bags, which takes years to destroy.

World Class Athletes also gone green! So why not you?


Have you ever heard the Chinese proverb, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is right now”?

Do you know that planting a tree is one of the very simple ways that you can partake in the events?

Not only does this action make the world a greener place, it also helps limit the dangerous impacts of climate change for future generations.

Plant for the Planet - UNEP Image: Google

Plant for the Planet - UNEP Image: Google

Earthday.org proudly announces that they are in light that over 45 million trees will be planted in honor of Earth Day 2011!

Ok now is time to see how Eco-Friendly you are!
Do something great for the Earth, something that would help our Earth from facing all environmental threats, just simply take a picture of what you did and upload on to Facebook or any other social network that you might be using and show the World you care!

I might be going through your profiles!

Ethics Word

  • Concept comes from Greece
  • Greeks divided philosophical world into three… one is ethics which is study of what is good, both for the individual and for society
  • Rationality is the key word in ethics
  • Ability to explain ethical choices is important for journalists, since they may have to make separate ethical decisions dealing with different sources even with a single story
  • When elements within a moral system conflict, ethical principles can help make tough choices
Ethics is Essential for Journalism Image: GoogleEthics is Essential for Journalism Image: Google

Ethics is Essential for Journalism Image: Google

Making Ethical Decisions

  • Few must make ethical decisions in public
  • Professionals make decisions, but the journalists are the only ones who can make it public
  • Books insists that ethics can’t be taught – its situational and every message is unique and leaves no real way to learn ethics than by daily life
  • Ethics is something you have, not something you do
  • Each day at work, journalists make ethical choices and sometimes, will have an influence beyond one broadcast or newspaper area
  • For example in covering suicide stories, it has been a tough decision for editors whether and how to cover such issues, such decisions influences people far beyond individual media markets
  • Thinking about ethical decisions wouldn’t make it any easier, but with practice
  • Cotemporary professional ethics revolve around:

-          What duties do I have, and to whom do I owe them?

-          What values are reflected by the duties I’ve assumed?

  • Ethics take us out of the world where we say ‘this is how I do it’
  • It is important to distinguish between ethics, which is a rational process founded on certain principles and morals which are generally regarded to belong in the realm of religion

Bok’s Model

  • Introduced in her book Lying: Moral Choice in Public and Private Life.
  • Based on 2 premises:

-          We must have empathy for the people involved in ethical decisions

-          Maintaining social trust is a fundamental goal

  • Any ethical question should be analyzed in 3 steps:

-          Consult own conscience about the ‘rightness’ of an action…how do you feel about the action?

-          Seek expert advice for alternatives to the act creating the ethical problem. Experts can be living or dead… is there another way to achieve the same goal that will not raise ethical issues?

-          Conduct (if possible) a discussion with the parties involved in the dispute

  • Ones faced with a problem, it’s the journalistic responsibility to tell the truth and that means providing readers with all the facts you discover
  • Cautions in following Bok’s model:

-          Important to go through all three steps before making a final choice

-          Ethical dialogue in 3rd step is best when conducted in advance of the event, not in the heat of writing the story

Guidelines for making Ethical Decisions

  • You will need principles to help you determine what to do amid conflicting voices

Aristotle’s Golden Mean

  • Individual acts are not separated from one another

Kant’s Categorical Imperative

  • Asserts that an individual should act on the premise that the choices one makes for oneself could become universal law

Utilitarianism

  • By Englishmen Jeremy Bentham & John Stuart Mill in C19th.
  • Consequences of actions are important in deciding whether they are ethical

Kant’s Categorical Imperative

  • Asserts that an individual should act on the premise that the choices one makes for oneself could become universal law

Utilitarianism

  • By Englishmen Jeremy Bentham & John Stuart Mill in C19th.
  • Consequences of actions are important in deciding whether they are ethical

Pluralistic theory of value

Modern philosopher William David Ross bases that there are often more than one ethical value simultaneously ‘competing’ for preeminence in our ethical decision making

The ‘Science’ of Ethics

  • Ethics at least has much continuity of thought as developments in science

It all began 4 years ago in Australia.

Over 2 million individuals and 2 thousand business companies turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change.

One year later the event became a Global Event, where over 50 million joined and this became the birth of Earth Hour.

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Japanese Seawall Protected Maldives from Flooding

Maldives experienced first recorded mass flooding in Capital Male’ in 1987; known as boduraalhu or huge wave’s crisis.

Tetrapod Seawall, around Capital Male' protected the island from 2004 Asian Tsunami to a great extent

Tetrapod Seawall, around Capital Male' protected the island from 2004 Asian Tsunami to a great extent; Photo: img8.imageshack.us

Following this disaster, the Japanese Government gave the Maldives aid to build sea defenses around Male to prevent flooding.

On 11-12 April 1987 tidal waves hit and flooded a large part of Male’ and caused damages to some other islands.

Shockwavesinmaldives said that there was an El Niño phenomenon in 1986-1987.

Eastern Corner of Male' Often Face Flooding; Photo: Google

Eastern Corner of Male' Often Face Flooding; Photo: Google

One third of the capital ‘male’ was affected by severe flooding which resulted in physical damage to breakwaters, retaining walls, coastal roads, international airport, access harbour, fuel jetty, radio antennae.

A number of houses destroyed resulting in some 300 people being evacuated and homeless. No loss of life reported.

With reference to United Nations Department of Humanitarian Affairs (DHA), reliefweb.int reports that following the incident Japan granted Maldives with Cash Grant, Expert Consultants, and Medicines/Medical Teams worth USD74,000.

After Japan Earthquake & Tsunami 2011

The Earthquake of Firday 11th March, is now revised to 9 or Richter scale.

Japan faces what may be its greatest test since World War II.

Japan Aftermath; Photo: www.dnaindia.com

Japan Aftermath; Photo: http://www.dnaindia.com

Death toll is substantial – expected to exceed 10,000.

Earlier on Saturday, Japan’s top government spokesman said tests detected radiation above the national safety level in spinach and milk produced near the Fukushima nuclear plant.

Japan has confirmed radiation contamination of some agricultural products near a nuclear power plant crippled by last week’s earthquake and tsunami that is still spewing radiation – voanews.

Early this evening, Japan’s meteorological agency said A 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit Japan’s Ibaraki Prefecture, south of the disaster-hit Fukushima No 1 nuclear plant. No Tsunami warning was issued.

Maldives with Japan

The Maldives kicked off the events and activities planned to help the Japanese people, with a two day telethon themed “Maldivians with Japan” that began Friday morning at 10.46.

A children’s evening as well as a “silent march” were held Friday afternoon in addition to a Charity Show which ran till early Saturday morning.

Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed, in his weekly radio address aired Friday morning, also urged all Maldivians to participate in events to show their solidarity with Japan, underscoring Japan’s continuous assistance and support for the development of the Maldives.

Maldives campaigns to donate ‘Each Maldivian Donates a Fish Can’ to Japan.

Maldives Tuna Factory, which processes fish for country and export was also established under generous grants from Japan.

Arrangements have been made through telecommunication service providers, Dhiraagu and Wataniya to donate Rf20 via an SMS.

While donations are possible on BML Website & MNBC Website, in addition to the newly created website.

Statistics shows that over 4million MRF has been collected till 2000(+5gmt).

MNBC One highlights that this is a record amount collected from a Telethon.

Hundreds of thousands and fish cans is also been donated.

The Telethone & aid campaign is to be carried out till midnight.

The country has also observed a moment of silence, yesterday.

Maldives – Japan Relations

The two countries established diplomatic relations during November 1967 (MOFA Japan).

Japan & Maldives

Japan & Maldives

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