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International celebrities hosted by Cinnamon call out to the world to visit

first_imgFrom its sun-kissed golden beaches, colourful cultural festivals to an abundance of natural and historical sites alongside an incredible offering of mouth-watering treats and delicacies, Sri Lanka has served as the ultimate tropical getaway for decades, offering travellers vibrancy, diversity and unwavering warmth and hospitality. Following recent events that have affected so many lives and threatened the tourism industry at large, many international celebrities who have been hosted by Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts in the past, have shared their love and support for the island in a heart-warming video that calls out to travellers to continue visiting the island.Projecting a positive outlook and radiating feel-good vibes about the country, the video by Cinnamon in collaboration with Sri Lanka Tourism Board as part of the ‘Love Sri Lanka’ campaign has gone viral, generating a storm of views, being shared countless times reaching an eager audience around the world. The footage depicts how people and countries around the world showed their solidarity towards Sri Lanka. By lighting up prominent landmarks from the Sydney Opera House, to the Eiffel Tower in France, to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, to the GBK Footbridge in Jakarta, to the Central Station in the Netherlands, these countries sent a powerful show of support to the island. The video ends with messages from several high-profile celebrities who were hosted by Cinnamon, as they share what they love about Sri Lanka, and urge travellers, to keep discovering and exploring the island and all that it has to offer.In the video, celebrated English food writer and TV personality, Nigella Lawson says, “I can’t say how much my heart goes out to all. I think quite fondly of my time in Sri Lanka last year, the wildlife, the landscapes and the food. I can’t wait to go back.”“I have a special place in my heart for Sri Lanka. It is one of the most beautiful places on earth and what makes it beautiful is the incredible, amazing and wonderful people that live in Sri Lanka. I have many great memories at Cinnamon Grand and as a resilient team you will bounce back,” says George Calombaris, the famed Australian Chef and Restaurateur.Fashion photographer and TV personality Nigel Barker added, “It’s just not because I’m part Sri Lankan that I adore the country. I visited there recently with my family and we had the most incredible time because the people are so beautiful and charming and so hospitable. I know that the people of Sri Lanka are so resilient and if there is one thing I ask of everybody, it to truly love Sri Lanka.”World-famous musician, singer and DJ, Shaggy added, “Sri Lanka always had a good audience. Being a country with rich culture and heritage, it’s fantastic to have that kind of energy.”“I’m sending you love and vibes, I know you need it right now. You are not alone in this struggle, we are together. I was with you last August, had an amazing trip there staying at the Cinnamon Grand. You treated us so graciously. Chin up Sri Lanka,” said Joaquin Quino McWhinney of Big Mountain.Many who shared the video had positive thoughts and comments for those interested in visiting Sri Lanka. It is in moments like these that the hospitality nature of Sri Lankans comes out as they invited visitors with open arms. Locals and foreigners alike responded to the video, thanking all those who have faith in the country, simultaneously encouraging people to visit again.last_img read more

Animal rights group targets NIH directors home

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They go on to describe Suomi’s work as “cruel psychological experiments,” equating them with torture and child abuse. PETA sent the letters (including this one targeting Collins, but with the redacted information visible) to everyone within a 2- to 3-kilometer radius of Collins’s and Suomi’s homes, says author Alka Chandna, the group’s senior laboratory oversight specialist. “If I had a neighbor who was doing this, I would want to know about it,” she says. “It’s similar to having a sexual predator in your neighborhood.”The strategy is a dangerous escalation in PETA’s tactics, says David Jentsch, a neuroscientist at the State University of New York at Binghamton whose work on substance abuse using vervet monkeys has made him the target of animal rights extremists. After activists posted his home address on the Internet in 2009, he says, “I got a letter in the mail with a bunch of razor blades stating how I would be killed.” Shortly thereafter, he says, animal rights activists began regularly marching through his neighborhood and harassing his neighbors. “It was pure, unadulterated rage and hate.” Jentsch eventually moved and hired security guards, but he has continued his research and has become a vocal proponent for the use of lab animals.Chandna says that PETA is only sharing information that anyone could find with a bit of Web sleuthing. “We’re just saying what’s already out there,” she says. “We’re providing a public service.”“Those are the same excuses animal rights activists used when they posted my information on the Web,” Jentsch says. “If you want to have a debate about animal research, it should be done in the public zone,” he says. “Instead, they’re taking it to people’s homes. That’s out of bounds.”Jentsch believes this tactic shows that PETA’s past strategies haven’t resonated with the public. “PETA’s arguments about the value of the science fails on its merits, so they resort to these deeply personal attacks. We’re seeing more of these types of tactics across the animal rights movement. They’re essentially saying to scientists, ‘We know where you live.’”Holder says Collins and Suomi should stand firm. (Collins declined to comment for this story, and Suomi did not respond to requests for comment.) “I hope they won’t bow to this pressure,” he says. “They need to stand up for the biomedical community and this important research.”center_img Late last month, hundreds of people in two Washington, D.C., suburbs received a letter in the mail claiming that one of their neighbors was tied to animal abuse at a government lab. Science has learned that the letters, sent by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), targeted U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins and NIH researcher Stephen Suomi, revealing their home addresses and phone numbers and urging their neighbors to call and visit them. The tactic is the latest attempt by the animal rights group to shut down monkey behavioral experiments at Suomi’s Poolesville, Maryland, laboratory, and critics say it crosses the line.“It’s irresponsible and dangerous,” says Tom Holder, the director of Speaking of Research, a U.K.-based organization that supports the use of animals in scientific labs. Disseminating this type of information in the past, he says, has spurred animal rights extremists to vandalize homes and even threaten scientists’ lives. “When you start connecting addresses and giving it to unknown audiences, you’re putting someone at risk.”PETA first began targeting Suomi’s lab in 2014. His team studies how early environment shapes behavior, work that involves separating young monkeys from their mothers, measuring their addiction to alcohol, and monitoring their long-term stress levels. PETA claims the experiments are inhumane. In the fall of last year, it ran more than 250 ads in D.C.-area transit stations and newspapers accusing NIH of wasting taxpayer money to traumatize “baby monkeys by tearing them away from their mothers at birth, scaring them with loud noises and fake snakes, and addicting them to alcohol.” In December, four members of Congress asked NIH to investigate the lab. A month later, Collins said his agency had looked into the allegations and found no major issues. Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Countrylast_img read more