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World’s remotest Irish bar: ‘We will survive Covid’

World’s remotest Irish bar: ‘We will survive Covid’. It is in Namche Bazar, #Nepal, 3,500 metres above sea level, en route to Mount Everest.

It has been closed since April, you can’t reach it by car, and the nearest airport is a two-day hike away – but the world’s remotest Irish bar is optimistic business will pick up soon.

The Irish Pub in Namche Bazar, Nepal, is 3,500 metres above sea level, en route to Mount Everest.

It has been shut since 10 April, after the pandemic forced Nepal’s government to close the mountains to climbers.

Yet owner Dawa Sherpa, inisists that his bar will thrive beyond coronavirus.

The government recently announced it would issue hiking permits for the Himalayas’ autumn season, which begins in September. International flights – which were suspended in March – are due to resume in August.

 

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The World’s Highest and Fastest Cell Service Could Have Geopolitical Implications

Given China’s politics in the Himalayas, there are reasons to be suspicious of 5G on Mount Everest.

While most of China was quarantined and Mount Everest was closed to climbers due to COVID-19, a herd of nearly 50 yaks made their way up the snowy north slopes of the world’s highest mountain in temperatures that dipped below zero degrees Fahrenheit. On their backs were loads of equipment—metal beams, cables, and solar panels strapped down with cord—that would be used to build 5G antennas on rocky moraines scattered across the mountainside.

Chinese tech giant Huawei and state-owned network provider China Mobile teamed up for this project to bring the latest in wireless data to Everest, which previously had very little cell coverage above base camp. Now, data speeds in the “death zone” on Everest, where the altitude is too high and the air is too thin to support life, are faster than in most American neighborhoods.

 

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A brief history of Nepali Rock, and Arthur Gunn

Nepal’s first international crossover artist is writing a new chapter in the history of Nepali rock music through American Idol

It has been a long time coming for Dibesh Pokharel, and it could not have come at a better time. As the world shut down in the midst of a pandemic, the Nepali singer and songwriter has emerged as a joyful voice for a global audience.

The first international mainstream crossover artist of Nepali heritage is finally here, and it is the 22-year-old Arthur Gunn, born Dibesh Pokharel, currently vying for the top spot on the American Idol contest.

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500 Free Online Courses From Ivy League Schools That Will Make You Smarter (and Less Stir Crazy)

500 Free Online Courses From Ivy League Schools That Will Make You Smarter (and Less Stir Crazy)
Got time to kill? Check out these classes from the likes of Harvard, Yale, and Princeton.

With coronavirus rampaging around the world, nothing is certain at the moment except that daily life is about to be a whole lot different. With many businesses shutting their doors and public health officials imploring us to stay home and socially isolate ourselves (here’s why you need to listen to them), many of us are going to have a lot of time on our hands.

How should we fill it? There are a million good ideas out there, from book lists to virtual museum tours to online classes for kids stuck at home. But perhaps one of the best I’ve come across is via Dhawal Shah, CEO of online education clearinghouse Class Central.

He emailed me this weekend to suggest those pacing the halls check out his company’s list of nearly 500 free online courses offered by Ivy League universities online. Not only will they fill up large swaths of time, they’ll also help you emerge from this crisis a little smarter than when it started.

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Bhutan PM urges all citizens to adopt stray dogs & plant a tree as King’s birthday gift

Bhutan PM urges all citizens to adopt stray dogs & plant a tree as King’s birthday gift
To tackle the menace of stray dogs, Bhutan’s Prime Minister Lotay Tshering has recently asked people to adopt a stray dog as a gift for his birthday.

To tackle the menace of stray dogs, Bhutan’s Prime Minister Lotay Tshering on Friday has asked people to adopt a stray dog as a gift for the King’s birthday. The King will turn 40 years old this year. For it, he has urged people to give him a gift by either planting a tree, adopting a stray dog or committing to managing waste in your neighborhood.

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Momo magic: For this Nepalese dumpling pop-up, it’s ‘what’s inside that counts’

Momo magic: For this Nepalese dumpling pop-up, it’s ‘what’s inside that counts’
The immigrant family behind Momo Shack built a new community for themselves around dumplings.

Before she was at the center of Momo Shack Himalayan Dumplings, one of North Texas’ hottest pop-up food concepts, Minu Amatya began each workday driving a moped through the bustling streets of Lalitpur, Nepal, to work as a teller at Nepal Bank Limited. When she learned about the Diversity Immigrant Visa program, a U.S. State Department lottery that grants 55,000 visas annually to countries with low numbers of immigrants to the United States, she filled out applications for every member of her family.

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A Neuroscientist Explores the “Sanskrit Effect”

A Neuroscientist Explores the “Sanskrit Effect”

MRI scans show that memorizing ancient mantras increases the size of brain regions associated with cognitive function

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A hundred dhoti-clad young men sat cross-legged on the floor in facing rows, chatting amongst themselves. At a sign from their teacher the hall went quiet. Then they began the recitation. Without pause or error, entirely from memory, one side of the room intoned one line of the text, then the other side of the room answered with the next line. Bass and baritone voices filled the hall with sonorous prosody, every word distinctly heard, their right arms moving together to mark pitch and accent. The effect was hypnotic, ancient sound reverberating through the room, saturating brain and body. After 20 minutes they halted, in unison. It was just a demonstration. The full recitation of one of India´s most ancient Sanskrit texts, the Shukla Yajurveda, takes six hours.

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Luke Bryan Asks Arthur Gunn To Open For Him In Detroit – American Idol 2020

Nepal to Kansas, to the American Idol stage, Arthur Gunn’s “Have You Ever Seen The Rain” by Creedence Clearwater Revival leaves Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie saying he is “dibesh.”

Dibesh Pokharel American Idol audition