National Peanut Cluster Day 2024 is on Friday, March 8, 2024: Men - Do you know today is the International Women's Day?

Friday, March 8, 2024 is National Peanut Cluster Day 2024. Celebrate National Peanut Cluster Day March 8 is National Peanut

Men - Do you know today is the International Women’s Day?

I am going to have my girlfriend plow some fields because its also National Agriculture Day. It is also.....

Name Tag Day

National Proof Reading Day

National Peanut Cluster Day

Organize Your Home Office Day

World Kidney Day

International Woman's Day is just as stupid as anything on this list.

Tomorrow is National Middle Name Pride Day, is everyone ready for the celebration?

what is the history of chittoor in A.P.?

what is the history of chittoor in A.P.?

Chittoor lies on the banks of Ponnai River at the southernmost part of Andhra Pradesh. The Chittoor district (Area 15,359 km², population 2,267,769-1991 census) is bounded by Anantapur District to the northwest, Cuddapah District to the north, Nellore District to the northeast, Vellore & Tiruvallur districts of Tamil Nadu state to the south, and Karnataka state to the southwest. The city is strategically located at the junction of Bangalore-Chennai national highway 4 and national highway 18. The town is famous for Kanipakam Vinayaka Temple which is located in Irala Mandal and in addition, the district is known for Tirupati, and Sri Kalahasti temples. Chittoor's culture is the combination of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

The word Chittoor is combination of two Tamil words Chit+oor which means Small Town in Tamil language. In ancient days, Chittoor was part of Tamil country of Thondai Nadu.

Chittoor is the district capital and houses many of district level government institutions, Chittoor is predominantly an agro-market place for its district. It is a market center for mango, grain, sugarcane, and peanut and also milk . Industries include oilseed and rice milling. As the entry point for huge cluster of industries located in adjoining Vellore district esp. around Ranipet for Northern India, and strategically located in between Chennai and Bangalore, Chittoor boasts a busy logistics industry. Chittoor is developing town with many granite and mango pulp processing industries established around.

what do you think of the idea of getting on a plane flying to libya taking some photos of combat...?

what do you think of the idea of getting on a plane flying to libya taking some photos of combat...?

I agree with Bryan (above).

The problem with this is while some noted war correspondents & photo journalists like Tim Page did this in the 1960's & 70's it's extremely risky (Read Page's autobiography- his list of wounds is frightning, as is the number of friends he's seen killed).

A lot of papers & magazines do use freelancers, but pay peanuts (why bother paying top dollar to a photo ournalist when a local with a camera 'phone can get pictures for half the price?) - one 'photo journo (working for a respected news agency) recently described living on $10 a week.

Also it's incredibly risky, your wrapped in expensive camera's and the locals are toting guns, there are lots of stories of experienced journo's being robbed of their kit. Or even taken hostage as many people will believe you're rich, and attempt to kidnap you to negotiate a ransom (thinking you may have anti kidnap insurance) or trade you to another group - Al-Qaida are active in the area and would pay good money to get their hands on you (check out Daniel Pearl).

You're also entering an area that has long held the west in some suspicion. You risk being mistaken for a spy (and treated as such- which may mean summary execution).

Also warzones are inherently dangerous- experienced war correspondents have described situations where they "froze" despite having years of experience.

There's also the issue of where to step & what to touch, there are huge areas of Lybia still littered in mines from world war 2, as well as modern munitions such as cluster bomblets and munitions will litter the area (approximately 33% of all munitions do not detonate - they're "duds"). One wrong step and you'll never run the 100m again...

Also in areas which has changed hands repeatedly there's the risk of booby traps- one of the simplest is a grenade buried beneath a ammunition box full of documents. If you take anything from the box, it lightens the weight of the box and allows the grenade to detonate.

Also Journo's are now considered "legitimate" targets - at one time wearing a dark blue flak vest with "TV" taped on with duct tape would offer some protection- now it makes you a target (and an obvious kidnap victim). They're now as hated by troops they're embedded with as they are by the opposing side - you'll have no military experience & if you wear the traditional blue flak jacket you'll stick out like a sore thumb and will give away positions. If you wear a camoflage flak jacket, you risk being mistaken for one of the troops, or as a spy (see above).

A lot of the serious 'photo journo's are ex-army and know how to treat & talk to troops. They also have a "feel" for combat situations- they know when to duck & when to take 'photo's. Even though, many have been killed.

Going to the embassy is no guarantee of saftey - the head of the rebel army was killed by a group he was allied to.

You also have no experience of the language, region and culture, a simple act could turn a crowd against you. (What hand you take food with, which way your boots should face when you've taken them off when entering a mosque, what tribal group the people belong to / what tribal group were in the last village. etc.)

I've a friend that once worked recovering human remains from mass graves in Bosnia in order to obtain evidence for war crimes. One grave she was excavating was where a village had been ethnically cleansed of it's muslim population- their remains lay in the grave. The local police were supposed guard the site and the staff, however, it was a safe bet some of them had commited the murders and didn't fancy going on trial and were intimidating the investigators. I got a frantic 'phonecall one day at work, someone had left a live hand grenade on a table in her room. Luckily I was in a position to help, after a couple of 'phonecalls to some old friends and contacts, half a dozen British Warrior APC's belonging to the 2nd btn Royal Welch (my "local" regiment, who happened to be on peacekeeping duty locally) rumbled into the village, parked outside the police station and told the local police "We're taking over security, now F**k off". All it cost me was a couple of crates of beer and a case of whiskey...

Unless you've safe and reliable contacts already there, a newspaper or magazine that's prepared to pony up the cash (in advance) to an inexperienced photographer I'd not recommend it. Do travel photography for a while, it may be soul destroying, but you will get to know how to travel light, learn travel tricks and how to "blend in". Trying to learn these in a combat zone isn't ideal.

I'd also explore the option of getting a second passport (especially if you're British or American)- Irish is good, Swiss is even better.

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