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Mark Zuckerberg “Facebook” Portrait

In Uncategorized on June 28, 2014 at 2:28 am

Mark Zuckerberg “Facebook” Portrait


Hallelujah for singing priest as he takes new-found fame in his stride

In Uncategorized on April 12, 2014 at 2:36 am


Hallelujah for singing priest as he takes new-found fame in his stride

A Meath priest who has become an internet sensation overnight has taken his new-found fame in his stride.

Known locally as the singing priest, Fr Ray Kelly’s version of the Leonard Cohen hit Hallelujah performed at a local wedding clocked up almost 2.5m hits on YouTube.

The Oldcastle parish priest brought newly-weds Leah and Chris O’Kane to tears after he surprised them from the altar with a personalised version of the song — containing their names — during the ceremony. After his rendition brought the shocked wedding guests to their feet for an ovation, he calmly returned to the pulpit to deliver the final prayer.

Since the video went viral, a different clip has also been uploaded to Facebook of a wedding where Fr Kelly sang the Westlife hit, You Raise Me Up, to another couple.

Yesterday, while preparing for a local funeral, he said: “I’m taking it all in my stride.

“Leah and Chris sent me an email to thank me and to tell me I was on YouTube. I think I’ve gone into YouTube twice in my life so I clicked on the link to see what it was all about and saw it had been viewed 8,000 times.

“Within an hour, I was getting phone calls from all over the place to tell me I was on YouTube, Facebook and everywhere else.”

Fr Kelly, who worked in Africa and the US before moving to Oldcastle a number of years ago, is well-known for his singing and used to be a member of the St Mary’s Musical Society in Navan.

He explained it all started at a wedding in Co Fermanagh a few years ago. “I was at a wedding in Enniskillen and the singers began Hallelujah and put in the bride and groom’s name.

“I said I have to get this so I asked for a copy of their words after the service and decided on JLS as a backing track.

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The best of Philippines

In Uncategorized on September 29, 2013 at 2:26 am

The best of Philippines


September 4th, 2011

I traveled to the Philippines 3 weeks in July and August 2011. Attention angry public is invited chilling report of this beautiful country. Rice Terraces, jeepney, yard basketball, uncompromising haircut and street thugs.

Brutal man resting after a hard day in the mountain village of Sagada. This cozy place does not want to leave, but the unrelenting debt traveler called me forward.


A woman admires her baby in the ancient Spanish city of Vigan. It is best preserved in Asia Spanish architecture. In Wigan I had a great hotel with a rosette, fan and wai-FEMA, which is necessary for happiness? I was just a little long for Europe, but here such an unexpected bonus.


This is not a gladiatorial chariots, this Tricycle. The Philippine version of how to convert a motorcycle on public transport. Each Tricycle TUNING owner and lovingly decorated pretentious slogans such as No Fear, Las Vegas Express or Merciless.


Coaches with the Ravens Ryskov in Vigan. This is not a tourist attraction, and public transport in the historic center of the city. Which, by the way, is listed by UNESCO. And generally, in Vigan is the oldest preserved church in South-East Asia. Maybe that’s true, but when it’s someone cared in the preparation of tourist brochures?


Something long ago I did not ask, “What are you filming?” So, I made this photograph on Nastin Cannon 500d with lens Tamron 17-50, f2, 8. Feel the difference. I do not really feel it.


Serious man flatly refused to look into the lens. Taken on 8.08.2011 in Sagada, Northern Luzon, Philippines, Asia.


Secret factory packaging heroin in the north of the Philippines.

About the crime in the Philippines. In the Southeast Asian community bekpekerskom Philippines are considered quite unsafe direction. In Manila, it is really felt.
In Banaue with my fellow traveler we met Nastya elderly Dutch sex-tourist Aaron, and he told us his sad story.
The Dutchman went to Manila in search of luxury damsels, and one still lured him. Invited to drink coffee, Aaron happily agreed. After the coffee, he longed to sleep, and he woke up a week later with empty bank accounts. Aaron week drugged and driven around in a minivan on the North Island of Luzon. Every day it was brought to ATMs and withdraw money from the cards, since he was a limit on daily withdrawals. Money in the accounts was a lot, but almost nothing left. Between times Dutchman photographed on his own camera on the background of all kinds of attractions. Evidently, in order to create for others the illusion that it is a white Mr. traveling with his Filipino friends. All of these events he remembers very vague. A week later, Aaron found himself in Banaue, there came a little to himself, and got to Manila on the same bus with us. In Manila, for him to come to the hostel and recorded the testimony of a police officer. It is doubtful that the police will be able to find the criminals, the photos they do not, for obvious reasons.
Here’s a story, it’s good that the Dutchman was still alive and sane.


Very cute children in all its crushing power.


Ripped me a lesson in secondary schools Sagadskoy number 1. Studies conducted in English.
American movies are shown in Philippine theaters in the original language without subtitles. And nobody grumbles.


Rice terraces in Sagada.


Bontoc, collected rice is dried in the sun.


Unpretentious men’s haircut costs 49 Philippine pesos, that is a dollar. I could not afford it.


Hard grandfather in the national costume of ethnic minorities in Bontoc. He did not want to be photographed, so I took it off quickly. Well, almost.


This jeepney, enchanting public transport with unlimited capacity. Most adrenal places – on the roof. Once we found out there that can drive already climbed down from the roof is not. This method of movement perfectly uplifting and improves blood circulation.


– Pass for travel, do not be shy! – So, it seems, is spoken at home. I have completely forgotten the realities of Kiev, I see everything in pink light.


About harvesters here and do not dream. Crop is harvested, transported and sorted by hand.


At that Filipinos rarely lose heart. This nation has made me a very good impression. They do not ovoschizma inherent Laotians and Khmers. Filipinos are fun, bold, respect yourself and friendly, but without much excitement belong to travelers.

This is also a hidden recording.


This machine of Bontoc in Bunaue was to go at 11:30, but we had to wait for her departure to three hours of the day. In the beginning of the trip I would be very nervous, and now just trying to sensibly spend some free time.
Only for photos driver lowered his T-shirt. In the Philippines popular way to escape the heat. And the more a man’s stomach, the greater the chance that it will turn up sexy tank top. In China, where I’m traveling, too few are doing it.


Young people learn to manage Tricycle.


High jump on the cold streets of Banaue.


Basketball – the most popular game in the Philippines. Trainers can not buy everything, so play barefoot or in flip flops. Basketball courts, or at least one ring is in every village.
The first half of the XX century, the Philippines was a colony of the United States, the same as Puerto Rico or Hawaii. And here’s the result. Good English in the general population – is also a consequence of this bloody occupation.


Banaue Rice Terraces of the so-called eighth wonder of the world. They are 2,000 years old, listed in UNESCO.


My mother’s helper.


Homemade wooden scooter – what else does a street bosote?


Father cuts eldest son, the younger controls the process. The man red lips due to popular tonic in Asia betel nut chewing gum. In the Philippines, it is called a “moma”.


Drying of harvested rice. Actually I’m not strong in the technology of its production, so do not expect anything grand. It reminds me of the story of Mark Twain’s “How I edited the agricultural newspaper.”


Storming the jeepney, places get only the most clever and tenacious. Timid and shy left out.

Chess battles in the Manila city park.

Well, a very large Footlong.

I still planned series 5-6 with pictures Philippines.
And while I’m traveling around China. Who would have thought that there are so many people!
Even in China blocked Facebook, Youtube and Twitter. Excellent practice, there was so much free time.

10 Extremely Dangerous Gangs

In Uncategorized on September 22, 2013 at 2:37 am

10 Extremely Dangerous Gangs

The word gang has taken on many meanings throughout the years. Originally, the word was just used to express a group or band of people. You probably have heard someone talk about the local gang of boys or something of that sort. In older times, the word gang didn’t have such the negative tone that comes along with it today. As time has gone on, the word gang has grown to be a word that many worry about when they hear it. It seems a “gang” has evolved from just being a group of people to a group of people that associate for some criminal or other antisocial purpose.


Depending on where you live, you have probably heard about gang crimes. If you don’t live too close to a big city, it is sure that you have read or watched the news and heard about some sort of gang activity. Gangs exist all over the world, not just in your own country. Here are the top 10 of the most dangerous gangs that you definitely don’t want to come into contact with.

Aryan Brotherhood (AB, The Brand)
Another jailhouse gang for you. Even though they are not one of the biggest prison gangs, the Aryan Brotherhood is known to have murdered many prisoners in jail. The gang only makes up about 1% of prison populations, but size doesn’t matter to the AB. In fact, this gang is known for at least 26% of the murders that occur in prisons around the U.S. The AB is split into two groups, usually those in federal prisons and other members that are located in some of the smaller state prisons, especially those in California. In order to join the Aryan Brotherhood, one has to kill or assault another prisoner. This is known as blood in, blood out. Any who try to leave the gang are generally assaulted or murdered by a member. The AB is known for organized crime, extortion, inmate prostitution, drug trafficking, and murder-for-hire.

Mexican Mafia (La eMe)
The Mexican Mafia is a gang that has its strongholds in many prisons throughout the U.S. The gang was started in the 1950s in Tracy California. La eMe is well known for its drug trafficking, extortion, and murder. Closely knit with the Aryan Brotherhood, La eMe has made many contracts with ally gangs in order to kill other gang members from rivals. The gang doesn’t have many rules for its members: no exposing the gang, no homosexual acts, and no cowardice. Mexican Mafia gang members also cannot practice the Christian religion. Once your join the Mexican Mafia and are released from jail, members are expected to send some of their earnings to those lead gang members who are still in jail. The gang isn’t known to kill random civilians.

The Mungiki (Kenyan Mafia)
This gang isn’t one that you’ll find in the U.S. The Mungiki is mostly found in poor parts of Kenya, especially Nairobi, which is one of Kenya’s largest cities. The gang was formed during the 1980s and has since grown, but not much. The gang is known to work in “cells,” each of them consisting of about 50 members that get involved with racketeering. The Mungiki are extremely against Christianity as well as any type of Westernization. The gang believes in forced female genital cutting, beheading, and mutilation. As many as 50 people have been killed because of clashes with the Mungiki, two of these people being Kenyan police offers who were beheaded. The gang is said to have some ties in the U.S., but this has never been concretely proven.

Primeiro Comando da Capital (PCC)
A Brazilian gang, Primeiro Comando da Capital comes in at #7. This gang is one of the newest Brazilian prison gangs to be formed. Founded in 1993 by eight prisoners, PCC is one of the smallest prison gangs around today. Primeiro Comando da Capital is extremely against government establishments like police stations, justice forums, and even buses. Since the middle of 2006, the gang is known to have carried out about 300 attacks, all of them being against public establishments. The gang is mostly funded by its members. All members have to pay a monthly fee to be in the gang, which is about $27 if the member is in jail, and $270 if the member is out of a prison. Most of the money is used to buy weapons as well as drugs. Some of the money is put towards bailing out members. In order to become part of the Primeiro Comando da Capital, you have to be introduced by a regular member of the gang. An oath must also be accepted.

Black Guerrilla Family (Black Family, Black Vanguard)
Founded in 1966 by a man named George Jackson, located in Marin County, California, the Black Guerrilla family is one of the many gangs that is associated with the African-American race. The gang was established in order to maintain Black dignity in prison as well as planning to overthrow the U.S. government. Standing as one of the most politically influenced gangs, the Black Guerrilla Family has very strong emotions towards Marxism. Today, the Black Family has about 50,000 gang members, many of which who are associated with other gangs. In order to join the gang, one must be black, and must be nominated by an already existing member. Recently it has been said that the gang is experiencing internal conflicts between old and new members.

La Nuestra Familia
La Nuestra Familia is a Mexican American prison gang that originated in Northern California. The gang has been around since 1968 and has always been a rival of the Mexican Mafia. Many speculate that the gang was created just to deliver a blow to their rival gang. The gang puts a high focus on protecting as well as preserving the Chicano culture, especially while living in a society that is dominated by so many different races. La Nuestra Familia is known to control intra-prison drug and sex trades. From the prison, high-up gang members call to those outside of the prison to prefer hits. The gang is known to kill anyone, sometimes members of the gang. Members of La Nuestra Familia are known to be serious criminals because the gang requires a two year time period to join. La Nuestra Familia requires that all gang members put the gang above family, money, drugs, and women. Women cannot join the gang but are sometimes used for running drugs.

Texas Syndicate (Texas 7)
Texas Syndicate is a California State Prison gang that was created in response to other Californian gangs like the Mexican Mafia and the Aryan Brotherhood. Because these gangs were preying on inmates, especially those in Texas, prisoners saw a need to have a rival gang to protect these Texas prisoners as a means for self-protection. The Texas 7 doesn’t allow any members that are outside of the Hispanic race. Caucasian members are extremely frowned upon. The gang is made up generally of Mexican immigrant prisoners, not Mexicans who were born and raised in the U.S. In 2000, the gang was said to have about 1,000 members in jail, and about 830 outside of jail. Texas Syndicate is known for contract murder, gambling, prostitution, extortion, and drug trafficking. Many of the gang’s leaders are imprisoned due to drug charges.

The Crips was started in 1969 by a 16-year-olds Stanley Williams and Raymond Washington. The two started the gang as a playoff of the Black Panthers. The gang started off small and was a loosely connected network of individual gangs. Since its origination, the gang has grown to be one of the largest as well as one of the most powerful gangs that exist in the U.S. Today, the gang is said to have over 300,000 gang members both inside and outside of jail. The Crips are known for wearing the color blue. The gang is known to carry out murders, robberies, as well as drug deals. The Crips are extremely bitter rivals towards the Bloods as well as many different Hispanic street gangs. The gang is known to be extremely violent and sometimes brawls and fights explode within the gang, which usually end up in deaths of Crips members. While fighting other gangs, the Crips also fights against itself. This gang is so big that it has even spread to other countries like Canada.

The Bloods is a Los Angeles based gang that is known mainly for its rivalry with the Crips as well as for wearing the color red. The gang started in 1972 and grew slowly by taking over territory that was controlled by other L.A. street gangs. Because the Bloods were so fearless, many of the gang members that they encountered decided to band together and join the Bloods. The gang is separated into “sets,” which have their own tactics, especially when it comes to recruiting. The gang overall is known to recruit members through those who volunteer while the Bloods’ sets are known to send threats to people to join the gang. Bloods members often combine with other gangs in order to carry out criminal activity, especially drug trafficking.

Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13)
Mara Salvatrucha makes all of these other gangs seem like foolish people selling drugs. MS-13 is in fact the deadliest gang that anyone will ever come into contact with. The gang mainly consists of Guatemalans, Hondurans, Salvadorans, and other Central Americans and was started in the 1980s to protect immigrants from other big gangs. The gang has been able to spread beyond Central America into Spain, U.S., Great Britain, Germany, and even Canada. MS-13 is well known for drug smuggling, black market gun sales, theft, contract killing, human trafficking, and assault, especially on law enforcement. In the U.S. alone, the gang has 10,000 members. This gang has no remorse for killing anyone. Mara Salvatrucha is known for hunting down and killing anyone who speaks to law enforcement about the gang. MS-13 is known for its extremely violent crimes, especially against innocents. The gang has gone as far to set a bus full of children and women on fire which ended in 28 deaths.

Written by Ashley


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Botulism scare over Fonterra milk products a false alarm

In Uncategorized on August 31, 2013 at 2:42 am

Botulism scare over Fonterra milk products a false alarm

New tests of Fonterra milk products show no sign of botulism contamination

A botulism scare that sparked global recalls of Fonterra milk products was a false alarm and there was never any danger to consumers, New Zealand officials said after new tests.

The crisis led to infant formula being taken off shelves from China to Saudi Arabia earlier this month and damaged New Zealand’s “clean, green” reputation in key Asian markets.

However, New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries said a barrage of tests ordered after it sounded the alarm confirmed a contaminant was not the potentially fatal clostridium botulinum – a bacterium that produces several toxins – but a milder bug called clostridium sporogenes – a harmless soil-dwelling bacteria.

“It is therefore not capable of producing botulism-causing toxins,” the ministry said. “There are no known food-safety issues associated with clostridium sporogenes, although at elevated levels certain strains may be associated with food spoilage.”

It said the initial tests had pointed to botulism contamination but subsequent checks on a further 195 samples in laboratories in New Zealand and the United States showed no sign of the bacteria. “We are very, very relieved that this is not a food-safety issue and that none of the children in the world were affected by this event,” said Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings.

China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said the administration needed time to study the findings before allowing recalled whey protein powder to be used in production again.

Beijing did not say whether it had carried out its own tests. But Dumex, a dairy product brand under Fonterra, said Shanghai’s quality watchdog informed it on Tuesday that tests by mainland authorities showed that none of the 14 batches of the recalled products were contaminated.

Song Liang , a dairy industry analyst at the Ministry of Commerce, said the new findings would ensure baby formula from New Zealand gradually returned to the market.

Two Things

In Uncategorized on July 21, 2013 at 7:14 am


Common beliefs about rape

In Uncategorized on July 5, 2013 at 4:21 am

This article is written for women and assumes a male offender, however SECASA acknowledges that both men and women can be survivors of sexual abuse and that offenders can be male and female.

MYTH – Women and girls enjoy being raped.
FACT – Rape is a degrading, humiliating and painful experience which no woman enjoys. Some rape victims go through years of trauma, nightmares and suicidal feelings. Nobody enjoys being raped.

MYTH – Men have no control when they are sexually aroused.
FACT – This is an excuse that many men have used, in the same way that they use alcohol as an excuse. ‘I couldn’t help it, I got carried away…’ Men can control themselves and must be responsible for their sexual behaviour. The woman is never responsible for what the rapist does.

MYTH – Women who hitchhike are asking to be raped.
FACT – Women, like men who hitchhike, are asking only for a lift.

MYTH – Only sexy women get raped.FACT – The rapist is not looking for someone sexy, he is looking for a victim. He wants someone who is frightened of him. What you look like is not important.

MYTH – Nice women don’t get raped.

FACT – ‘Nice’ women are often brought up to be the perfect victims for rapists. Nice women don’t yell, hit back, or hurt anyone. They keep secrets.

MYTH – Your clothing (or lack of it) is often the reason for rape.

FACT – What you are wearing has nothing to do with why you are raped. Many women are raped in their school uniforms or pyjamas. If a man wants to rape you, he will not be looking at what you’re wearing. He doesn’t see you as a person, but an object that he can use or abuse.

MYTH – Most rapists are dirty old men or escaped mental patients.

FACT – Most rapists are aged between 15 and 45, though many older men rape too. Rapists are very often married or have girl friends. They will be someone’s father, grandfather, brother, husband, uncle, boyfriend or acquaintance. They could be architects, doctors, teachers, plumbers, truck drivers, unemployed or retired. They are ‘normal’ men.

MYTH – You are more likely to be raped if you go to parties or pubs.

FACT – Most rapes take place in the woman’s home, or the rapist’s home. Rapes are most often planned, and in 80% of cases, the rapist knows the victim.

MYTH – Women usually get raped between the ages of 14 and 25.

FACT – Women as young as 18 months and women as old as 96 have been raped. Girls and women are potential rape victims at any age. The rapist is not looking for someone young or sexy. He’s looking for someone who’s afraid.

MYTH – Rape is a hideous crime and victims get justice through the law.

FACT – It is estimated that only one in twenty rapes in Australia is reported to the Police and there is an overall conviction rate of about 5%.

MYTH – Women only say it is rape if they feel guilty about having sex.

FACT – There are no more false reports of rape to the police than any other crime. Most rapes go unreported because the rapist is known or even related to the victim, and she’s too embarrassed or frightened to report him.

MYTH – Only females get raped.

FACT – Men are also raped, usually by heterosexual men, but they are unlikely to report it because of fears of being seen as homosexual, or abnormal. Men who are raped experience the same kind of humiliation and distress as women.

MYTH – Women who are raped are scarred for life.

FACT – Women do survive rape physically and emotionally, and in the process can become stronger, more self-respecting and aware.

MYTH – Most women say ‘no’ when they mean ‘yes’. They just want to know if a man is strong and can get what he wants.

FACT – When a girl or woman says no, she means no.

MYTH – Men rape because they are desperate for sex, their wives are frigid or they can’t get a girlfriend.

FACT – Men rape because they want power and control over someone weaker than themselves. They use their penis as a weapon to control and humiliate their victim. They rape because their own lives are inadequate and unfulfilled. They do not rape for sexual satisfaction. Most rapists do not enjoy the sex, they say things like “I didn’t enjoy the sex, just the fear in her eyes. ” Rapists often don’t ejaculate.

Haze in Singapore

In Uncategorized on July 3, 2013 at 1:37 am


Should I Really Join Facebook?

In Uncategorized on May 31, 2013 at 3:39 am
Should I Really Join Facebook?

A good laugh for people in our age group!!
When I bought my Blackberry, I thought about the 30-year business I ran with 1800 employees, all without a cell phone that plays music, takes videos, pictures and communicates with Facebook and Twitter. I signed up under duress for Twitter and Facebook, so my seven kids, their spouses, 13 grand kids and 2 great grand kids could communicate with me in the modern way. I figured I could handle something as simple as Twitter with only 140 characters of space.

That was before one of my grandkids hooked me up for Tweeter, Tweetree, Twhirl, Twitterfon, Tweetie and Twittererific Tweetdeck, Twitpix and something that sends every message to my cell phone and every other program within the texting world.

My phone was beeping every three minutes with the details of everything except the bowel movements of the entire next generation. I am not ready to live like this. I keep my cell phone in the garage … in my golf bag.

The kids bought me a GPS for my last birthday because they say I get lost every now and then going over to the grocery store or library. I keep that in a box under my tool bench with the Blue tooth [it’s red] phone I am supposed to use when I drive. I wore it once and was standing in line at Barnes and Noble talking to my wife and everyone in the nearest 50 yards was glaring at me. I had to take my hearing aid out to use it, and I got a little loud.

I mean the GPS looked pretty smart on my dash board, but the lady inside that gadget was the most annoying, rudest person I had run into in a long time. Every 10 minutes, she would sarcastically say, “Re-calc-u-lating.” You would think that she could be nicer. It was like she could barely tolerate me. She would let go with a deep sigh and then tell me to make a U-turn at the next light. Then if I made a right turn instead … well, it was not a good relationship.

When I get really lost now, I call my wife and tell her the name of the cross streets and while she is starting to develop the same tone as Gypsy, the GPS lady, at least she loves me.

To be perfectly frank, I am still trying to learn how to use the cordless phones in our house. We have had them for 4 years, but I still haven’t figured out how I can lose three phones all at once and have to run around digging under chair cushions and checking bathrooms and the dirty laundry baskets when the phone rings.

The world is just getting too complex for me. They even mess me up every time I go to the grocery store. You would think they could settle on something themselves but this sudden “Paper or Plastic?” every time I check out just knocks me for a loop. I bought some of those cloth reusable bags to avoid looking confused, but I never remember to take them in with me.

Now I toss it back to them. When they ask me, “Paper or Plastic?” I just say, “Doesn’t matter to me. I am bi-sacksual.” Then it’s their turn to stare at me with a blank look. I was recently asked if I tweet. I answered, “No, but I do toot a lot.”

P.S. I know some of you are not over 50. I sent it to you to allow you to forward it to those who are.

We senior citizens don’t need any more gadgets. The TV remote and the garage door remote are about all we can handle.

Bikini ban: Emirate sets fines for skimpy swimwear

In Uncategorized on April 24, 2013 at 1:08 am

Bikini ban: Emirate sets fines for skimpy swimwear

Fines imposed for bikinis and skimpy swimwear at some UAE beaches

Associated Press – Mon, Apr 22, 2013










FILE – In this Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012 file photo, a woman reads the Quran on a beach as people in bikinis sunbathe and swim at sunset in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Bikinis and briefs are no longer welcome on some sands in the United Arab Emirates. Authorities in Ras al-Khaimah, the northernmost emirate in the UAE, have posted signs on public beaches warning of possible fines for revealing swim wear such as two-piece bikinis for women and brief trunks for men. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

RAS AL-KHAIMAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bikinis and briefs are no longer welcome on some sands in the United Arab Emirates.

Authorities in Ras al-Khaimah, the northernmost emirate in the UAE, have posted signs on public beaches warning of possible fines for revealing swimwear such as two-piece bikinis for women and brief trunks for men.

The Abu Dhabi-based newspaper The National reports Monday that the move followed complaints from local families who didn’t like sharing the sands with tourists showing too much skin. The emirate is located about 100 kilometers (60 miles) northeast of Dubai.

The UAE hosts a patchwork of different social mores among its seven semi-autonomous emirates, ranging from conservative to relatively liberal. Dubai for example urges “respectful” attire but rarely objects to outfits such as miniskirts or bikinis.