Amitav Ghosh’s The Great Derangement shows dangers of denial, inaction on climate change

India chose 2 October, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change. It is an extreme gesture in symbolism because there is nothing in this agreement that is even remotely linked to the values for which Gandhi stood. In fact, the agreement is a plan to maintain global inaction on climate change and not a plan to mitigate its adverse effects or to prevent further impacts due to temperature rise, as Amitav Ghosh has concluded in his new book, The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable. He says the current paradigm of perpetual growth — based on the so-called Western model — is enshrined at the core of the agreement’s text. Gandhi had warned against this very model in 1928 when …

TELLY TALK: Bad at being good AWARD-WINNING actress Michelle Dockery plays a con artiste, Letty Raines, who’s bad at being good in Good Behavior, airing every Wednesday at 11.30pm on Warner TV HD (HyppTV channel 613). After making her mark in Downton Abbey, Dockery is now poised to take centre stage in this captivating thriller. Executive-produced by Marty Adelstein (Aquarius, Prison Break, Teen Wolf), Becky Clements (Aquarius, Last Man Standing) and co-created by Chad Hodge, Good Behavior is based on the Letty Dobesh novels by Blake Crouch. The series revolves around Raines, whose life is always one bad decision away from implosion. Fresh out of prison, Raines struggles to stay afloat, juggling reuniting with her 10-year-old son, and showing up for her mandatory check-ins with parole officer Christian ...

Oopss! Superstar Rajinikanth slammed for supporting PM Narendra Modi on demonetisation ... Soon after the announcement to ban Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes, Rajinikanth welcomed the demonetisation step. (Twitter) It seems that supporting the Centre’s demonetisation move has become problamatic for Superstar Rajinikanth, as acclaimed director, producer and actor Ameer Sultan has strongly criticized him on the issue. He also slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for implementing this step and said that he became the PM only with the support of advertisements and publicity. Ameer, who is known for the film Paruthiveeran, targetted PM Modi in a public gathering. He said that Modi became the prime minister only because of getting the support of film stars like Rajinikanth and Pawan Kalyan. Referring the Superstar hailing the move, he alleged that tickets of Rajinikanths latest movie ‘Kabali’ were sold at...

One ingredient five ways: Sweet Corn 1. CORN CHOWDERIn a pot, sauté 1 chopped onion, and 1 green bell pepper in 2 tablespoons butter until the onion is translucent. Add 3 cups potatoes, diced and 2 cups water; simmer until the potatoes are tender for about 15-20 minutes. Stir in 1 can cream style corn and 1 can evaporated milk. Add 1 cup water. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Simmer 15 minutes and remove from heat.2. CORN BREADPreheat oven to 220°C. Grease an 8 inch square baking pan. In a mixing bowl, stir together 3/4 cup yellow corn meal, 1 cup flour, 1/3 cup sugar, 3/4 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking soda, until well combined. In another bowl beat 1 egg; combine with 1 cup sour cream, yoghurt or buttermilk, 1 cup milk and 2 tablespoons butter or shortening, melted. Stir gradually into dry mixture. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly golden...

Brainy beauty that is Soo Wincci ‘With a doctorate in her hand, singer-actress Soo Wincci proves that she definitely has both looks and brains.’ SHE certainly is no show-off and she did not pursue a PhD six years ago only for the bragging rights. The former 2008 Miss World Malaysia, who had been inducted into the Malaysia Book Of Records for being the first Miss World Malaysia to be conferred a doctorate in Business Administration, had always been interested in pursuing higher education. “I was not out to prove to myself that I could do it but I figured this would help me in managing my business. Aside from that, I had always known the importance of education,” says the soft-spoken Dr Soo Wincci. With the scroll from Open ...

Puppy destroys owner’s $700 Louboutins This mischievous pup sunk her teeth into some high fashion — literally — when she chowed down on her owner’s new $700 Christian Louboutin high heels. Dora, a 9-month-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier, made a meal out of Emma Norman’s five-inch leather and suede heels last week — and was caught on video looking adorably guilty. “When I walked into the bedroom and saw the massacre I just stood there in shock. I was quite calm as I didn’t believe what I was seeing,” Norman, 37, of London told Caters News. The pup gnawed off part of the shoe’s special La Aichinger heel and damaged its signature red sole — making life ruff for Norman, who pinched pennies for six months just to pay for the ...

Marion Cotillard talks intimate scenes with Brad Pitt Actress Marion Cotillard says shooting an intimate scene with actor Brad Pitt for Allied was awkward. The 41-year-old says that one particularly steamy scene, in which their characters get up, close and personal in the back of a car during a sandstorm, left the pair in fits of laughter because it was “so weird” to have every step planned out for them, reports femalefirst.co.uk. “We rehearse and had a very determined choreography, and then it allows you freedom,” said Cotillard. “When you know exactly what your body will do, then you can act and you can be free to give the emotions and give the feelings because you won’t think, ‘What am I going to do next? Am I going to go on...

Star chat: Anugerah Skrin 2016 nominees, actors Redza Rosli and Nina Iskandar Hard work and passion pay off for actors Redza Rosli and Nina Iskandar, writes Loong Wai Ting THEY say experience is the best teacher and life is all about learning to go with the flow. Actor Redza Rosli couldn’t agree more. He learns through observation and attending acting classes whenever his schedule permits. “During a shoot, I like to sit by the director to learn how each scene is put together. I feel we must never stop learning no matter our age,” says Redza at the Anugerah Skrin 2016 pre-event dinner in Kuala Lumpur recently. He is nominated under the Best Drama Series category for his role in Seindah Takdir Cinta, previously aired on Akasia slot, TV3. Redza has been slowly gaining ground on the street. ...