Check out this short “news article” from Feb. 27th in which Oman Observer claims that a 153 year old man from Shinas, Oman died. There is absolutely no indication of how his age was determined, just a short quote from one of his 300 grandchildren. Is that picture supposed to be of when he was living or after he passed away? If the man was that old, why would they wait until his death to claim that he was 153 years old?! Why have we heard nothing about such a person until now? This story is SO fishy! I’ve also heard that the Arabic version of the story claims that the man was 135, not 153! (So now a fishy story + a dyslexic writer?!)
Misao Okawa from Japan (born March 5 1898) is currently the oldest living person in the world whose age can be verified. Don’t you think Oman Observer should have a done a little more reporting on such a story if we are we to believe that a man of 153 years of age (born in 1861?!) recently passed away rather than just explain it away with “well…you know, he used to eat fresh food particularly locally-made margarine and honey, dates and fish.” Okay! That should be enough for us then!
One more week to see the 100X100 art exhibition at Bait Al Zubair (in Gallery Sarah) and consider contributing to cancer charity in Oman.Ibrahim Gailani is the main force behind this noble cause. I was trying to come up with the right words to explain the significance of this exhibition when I suddenly came across this wonderful interview by Lakshmi Kothaneth who is a broadcast journalist at Radio Sultanate of Oman – 90.4 FM:
- 100 pieces of art
- 100 OMR each (around $250 US)
- 100% for Cancer Charity
As Ibrahim explained, “They use it for all the activities they do on awareness, on spreading education about cancer and for the initiative of Dar al Hanan which is the home for families whose children are going through cancer treatment.”
This is the 2nd year of 100X100. Here is a great video from last year’s event that was put together by Wadah Musafir:
I like how Lakshmi ends the interview in the 1st video which is an appropriate ending for this blogpost: “And this is where we’re going to leave you because you have to come and visit the exhibition at Bait al Zubair and find the story that will truly touch your soul and maybe even make a difference, maybe by taking one painting at least to your own home.”
(They sold 30 pieces on opening night, Feb. 4th!)
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Just a few of the poor victims who were injured (some more serious than others) by a senseless shooting spree by 2 Omanis. (Photo from Times of Oman from story back in November, 2013)
Sunday, the 2 accused Omanis who were caught red-handed (and confessed) stood trial. Read the full article here from today’s Times of Oman.
The “men”, when asked by the judge why they shot 19 people (mostly migrant workers…) said their motive was “for the sake of adventure“. ?!?!? I hope they discover the “adventure” of what life is like behind bars for many years. They were asked why they “opened fire” but that is not giving the truth sense of their crimes. This was not a one time event (which would be a proper use of “opening fire”) but was rather a month-long joy ride for these two as they sought to seek physical pain on other human beings. Not once, not twice…but at least 19 times (that we know about and were reported) over a one month period!!! These were not young kids but adults of 21 and 22 years of age who should know better.
Reading that article seemed to me more like a defense rather than an objective piece.
- “a weapon normally used for shooting birds” (Really?!)
- explaining that thousands of rials had been paid to the victims (So what?! They still need to pay the consequences for their crimes!)
- Pleas from the parents not to penalise their sons (AT ALL?!?!?!?! Are you kidding me?!)
- Because they are both government workers, they should be punished even more harshly! One of the “men” was recently married?!? Therefore, mercy should be shown to him?! And what about THE VICTIMS?! Sounds like the makings of a “wonderful father” there. Scary stuff!
It’s not surprising that the writer of this article, has written other less than stellar articles. The Oman Forum had a comment thread on one of his appalling articles on how the “rise in population of expat labour class worries citizens“. An article that doesn’t seem to be present any longer on the Times of Oman website. I wouldn’t be surprised if the xenophobic article suddenly went missing from the Oman Forum as well. Hmm, so let me see…this reporter writes about the dangers of expat labour class workers which could be labelled as fear mongering and then 2 Omanis shoot predominantly migrant workers around the capital. The same writer then writes (what seems to me) a mostly one sided article which mostly contains pleas from the shooters parents. Interesting.
Where are the quotes and stories of lost income and pain suffered by the victims and their families? Why did the court reserve its judgment and why are they waiting till next month? Are these 2 men in custody or free to walk around? It will be interesting to see what (if any) punishment is dished out to these 2 individuals. Or will the public be informed at all? I wonder how the story would go if 2 migrant workers were found to be targeting Omanis…would the decision be postponed one month or would there be swifter justice? There still has been nothing in any of the papers about the punishment (if any) of the 5 boys from Sohar who assaulted, kidnapped and raped an Asian lady back in March of last year! Don’t we have a right to know the outcome and court decisions of such heinous crimes which have already been made aware to the public?!
Y-Magazine captured some of my all time pet peeves about driving in Oman on this video they published yesterday:
Tailgating, overspeeding and no use of indicators!
Dangerous driving is being talked about a lot on Oman Social Media this week as there was a horrendous accident in which 4 kids were killed and others injured involving a private minivan that was apparently overcrowded bringing kids to Pakistan School Muscat. Driving in Oman is one of the major downfalls of living here in Oman. Oman can be at the top of the list for many factors (“best roads”, happiest citizens, financial opportunities….bla,bla,bla) but if it cannot provide basic safety on its roads all those other successes seem absolutely meaningless. What is the point of having a good job in a beautiful city if one cannot have some peace of mind that their child has a strong chance of coming come home safely each day?! Facts of Life 101.
I wanted to share this pic I got off twitter from Andrew Harper who is a UNHCR’s Representative to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. He tweeted along with this pic “May be a small country but Oman is a big supporter of @refugees in #Jordan. Another 100 prefabs today. @Twit_Oman pic.twitter.com/0vwhDs7Pmi“. Good to see!