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What Do The Protests in Seoul Look Like Now?

This past Friday the Korean Constitutional Court (think of it as the US Supreme Court) ruled unanimously that Park Geun Hye should be officially impeached.

Since most of the country wanted this (at her lowest I think she has a 10% approval rating) there were massive celebrations in the streets. There were musicians, free food stalls, and fireworks.
Now of course there are plenty of (mostly elderly) people rioting and claiming that this is the end of democracy (when really its just an example of democracy working...) but they are in contained areas surrounded by police. As far as I know 2 people died and many more are injured but its been due to violence by the pro-Park side (for example, the rioters were trying to flip over a police bus and knocked over a speaker which fell and killed an elderly man who was part of the riot...)

I walked through the celebration area the day after the announcement if you'd like to take a look and hear the sounds.

Skip to 4:20 unless you want to see my friends new cafe opening party haha :)
If you could all do me a really big favor: Please give this video a thumbs up on YouTube here. People have been leaving incredibly nasty comments targeting myself and my family (I have deleted and blocked most of them) and this video now has some of the most down-votes I've ever had on a video :/ That would really mean a lot! Thank you ㅠㅠ

Korea now has to vote for a new president so that will be starting as we speak :)

sorry about all the haters!! ignore them!
thank you!!!
Stay strong my friend, when people lash out at others it only goes to show how insecure or unhappy they are in their own situations/beliefs, a person secure in these things has no need to lash out at anyone...its sad and I'm sorry that you have to go through it, but we have to remember people are people and unfortunately everyone makes mistakes. In the end as long as we can learn to rise above, the only one they end up hurting is themselves.
You truly are a ray of sunshine and I absolutely love watching your videos, thank you for filling both Vingle and YouTube with your unique brand of awesomeness!!!
UGH YOU'RE GOING TO MAKE ME CRY STOPPPP!!! YOU are the ray of sunshine here! You have turned Vingle into such a wonderful place :)
@caricakes I've hardly done anything, but I appreciate that just the same, thank you so much ^^
Goodness some of the rude comments though, people get so rude, aggressive and opinionated when it comes to politics.
agreed, there is no need to resort to personal attacks :(
those people are plain rude for doing that
yeah, i understand that everyone has different political views but there is not need to stoop to that level :/
Can you vote?
I cannot :)
@caricakes oh That's too bad but understandable. It must be awesome to be witnessing History happening in front of you 😊
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موضوع: كيف تعرف أنه يحبك؟معرفة ما إذا كان شخص ما يحبك قد يكون أمرًا مهمًا ومحيرًا في بعض الأحيان. قد تكون غير متأكد من العلامات التي تشير إلى مشاعر الحب من عدمها. ومع ذلك، هناك عدة مؤشرات يمكن أن تساعدك في تحديد ما إذا كان شخص ما مهتمًا بك بشكل عاطفي. فيما يلي بعض العلامات الشائعة التي قد تشير إلى أنه يحبك:1. اهتمامه بك: إذا كان يحبك، فسوف يظهر اهتمامًا حقيقيًا بحياتك ومشاعرك. سيكون مهتمًا بسماع قصصك وأحداثك اليومية والاستماع إلى مشاكلك ومساعدتك في حلها.2. الاهتمام بمظهرك: قد يكون الشخص المهتم بك مهتمًا بأن تبدو بأفضل شكل ممكن. قد يلاحظ تغييرات صغيرة في مظهرك ويعبر عن إعجابه بها. قد يشيد بملابسك أو تسريحة شعرك أو يلقبك بألقاب محبة.3. التواصل العاطفي: إذا كان يحبك، فسوف يتأكد من التواصل معك بانتظام وبشكل عاطفي. قد يرسل لك رسائل نصية أو يتصل بك بانتظام للاطمئنان عليك وللتحدث إليك .4. التفاعل المباشر: كيف تعرف انه يحبك، سيكون متفاعلًا معك ومع ما تقوله أو تفعله. قد يتبع تعابير وجهك، ويشاركك الضحك، ويبدي اهتمامًا حقيقيًا بما تقوله.5. الدعم والمساندة: إذا كان يحبك، فسوف يكون داعمًا لك ويقف بجانبك في الأوقاات الصعبة. سيشجعك على تحقيق أهدافك ويساندك في المواقف الصعبة.6. الغيرة البنّاءة: قد يكون الشخص المحب غيورًا بشكل صحي على علاقتكما. قد يظهر غيرة طفيفة عندما تكون مع أشخاص آخرين، ولكنها غيرة تدل على اهتمامه بك ورغبته في أن تكون معه.مع ذلك، يجب ملاحظة أن هذه المؤشرات قد تكون موضع تفسير مختلف حسب الشخص والثقافة والعلاقة. لذلك، يجب أن تكون الاتصالات المفتوحة والصريحة هي الطريقة الأكثر فعالية لمعرفة مشاعر الشخص الآخر تجاهك.
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The digital divide refers to the disparity in access to technology and digital resources between different groups of people. In rural India, this divide is found to be stark, with people having limited access to digital technology and the internet. However, the scenario is changing gradually with digital initiatives like "Digital India" being implemented on the ground. Slowly but steadily, bridging the digital divide will have a direct impact on the lives of people living in rural India. How to Bridge the Divide To bridge this divide, the government of India has launched several initiatives, including Digital India. This specific program aims at providing access to digital infrastructure and technology to every citizen of the country, especially in rural areas. As part of this programme, the government has set up service centres that provide or facilitate a range of services, including internet access, online banking, and e-commerce. These service centres help people living in rural India get access to the internet. Thus, they are able to connect with their families and friends who live in different parts of the country and get access to information and services related to healthcare, education, and various government schemes. This helps empower people by giving them the tools to improve their lives. Education One of the key benefits of bridging the digital divide has been its impact on education. With access to the internet, children in rural areas will be able to access online resources on education, including e-books and educational videos, and take part in online classes. This will enable them to receive a quality education and compete with their urban counterparts. Additionally, the government has launched several digital initiatives to improve the quality of education in rural areas. For example, the ePathshala initiative provides free access to e-books and digital content to students across the country. The DIKSHA platform provides teachers with access to digital resources and training, thereby improving their teaching skills. Not only the government but even non-governmental agencies are at the forefront of providing skill development training to students, especially those belonging to the socially and economically marginalised sections. For instance, Anudip Foundation has come to the fore as one of the premier skill training NGO in India, providing aspirational livelihoods to people through digital education and training. Healthcare Poor-quality healthcare has been a perennial problem in rural areas where skeletal or creaky infrastructure has not been of much help. During the pandemic, this was acutely felt with defunct services not being able to meet the health needs of people. However, the situation is slowly improving with the digital initiatives being implemented on the ground. These are of help in bringing healthcare access through telemedicine to the population at large. With the introduction of telemedicine services, people will be able to consult with doctors online. Further, the government has also launched several initiatives to improve healthcare in rural areas. These include the National Health Stack, which aims to create a digital health infrastructure for the country. This infrastructure will allow the exchange of health data between various healthcare providers, thus improving the quality of healthcare in rural areas. E-commerce The bridging of the digital divide has also enabled people living in rural areas to access e-commerce services. For instance, with the introduction of e-commerce platforms, people can now order products online and have them delivered to their doorstep. This has been of great help during the pandemic, when people could not physically visit local stores and markets. Even gig services based on digital platforms, which have become commonplace in urban centres, are slowly spreading to suburban and rural areas with the improvement of the digital infrastructure. E-governance By bridging the digital divide, people in rural areas can access various government schemes online, such as birth and death registration, land registration, etc. This will help cut red tape and bring down corruption to a great extent. With land records being made digital, the upkeep and access to such records have been streamlined. The digital empowerment of the population in rural areas will give e-governance a boost and make people worthy stakeholders in the growth of the economy. Conclusion Bridging the digital divide in rural India is important to empower people and let them access various services from the convenience of their homes using smart devices. With the role of smartphones growing, people living in rural areas of India are increasingly able to access digital resources and various services at the click of a button. As the digital infrastructure expands further and the digital divide reduces, the quality of life of people living in rural areas will see a significant improvement.