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  3. Have to Count - the new and improved one :P

    42, 892 - Evening counting after an afternoon of computer games. I'm supposed to be working on an assignment, but can't get into it today.
  4. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    Yes! I really like his drum work in that song too. I can't think of another song where he plays a rhythm track quite like that. Come to think of it, both Bono and The Edge sing and play (respectively) in an atypical way too - of course, Adam supports the other three brilliantly as he always does. As I wrote above, I still think it was the right decision to leave this song off of the regular album (IMHO, I don't know where one would place it on SOE proper to have it sound right) - however, just as with "Stateless" and "Winter" (among others) in the past, that doesn't mean it isn't a brilliant song in its own right: it certainly is! Extra songs are sometimes played live, and I hope this song is one of them. I could very easily see them throwing in this song as an addendum to another song while they were playing live, either as just an extra bit or as part of a larger medley. It has a wonderful intense crescendo at the end.
  5. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    I’d just like to state the fact that Larry Mullen is a Genius! “Book of Your Heart,”... in that song, which I LOVE, I’m mesmerized by the drum work. All hail Larry!! Amen!
  6. Have to Count - the new and improved one :P

    42 891. Afternoon all.today seemed very strange not having to get up for work but still woke up early. Have been out in the car to find the easiest way for me to get to my new job as where it is I haven't driven before.will be alot busier than my old route and will end up on the school run as start work at 9 am.
  7. I renewed on March 1, 2017. I have not received my JT Vinyl subscription gift yet. And I have been a subscriber for decades! Things have gotten progressively worse, every year since LIVE NATION took it over. I emailed several times, finally received a response in January 4, 2018 saying it would be shipped in January. I haven't received anything since. I really don't know where to turn for help. Are there any lawyers who are members? U2.com is asking for more money, and I still haven't received the gift from last year for my $40.00. What to do?
  8. Have to Count - the new and improved one :P

    42, 890 - I spent last night at a community cinema event, watching a film called "Logan Lucky". It was quite good - and funny. There was a break for tea and snacks in the middle of the film - including chocolate cake!
  9. have you renewed you subscription? I did not. And I hope this isn't the reason why we aren't getting ours...
  10. Italy, the same. Redeemed in May 2017 !
  11. u2 song of the day

  12. We are at the end of February, still nothing. I'm beginning to lose patience...
  13. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    What has happened to me with Songs of Experience is that I often wake up with an Experience song in my head. Right away, first thought in the morning is a U2 melody from their new album. It varies which one it is. I have never had that before. I like it. Start the day with a U2 song. As a toddler I used to sing songs after I had woken up, that's what my parents told me anyway, because I can't remember. But when I got older I rarely had a song in my head when I woke up. Untill this new release of Songs of Experience. Now my head is like a U2 jukebox every other morning. Lovely ! Manohlive you get intrigued by lyrics, but have you got special songs from which the lyrics keep stuck in your mind? I often have it with the openingstrack "Love is all we have left", which I didnt even like very much at the beginning, although it is changing now. But that line sticks in my head like glue. I love it. It is a great line.
  14. The U2 song that saved your life

    I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For. (The gospel version in Harlem, New York, during the Rattle and Hum movie) Bono already said "Found" was a gospel song, but then hearing it being sung by this gospelchoir in Harlem just was heavenly. There is something about this song that just wants me to sing it out loud with all my heart. Bono's singing is so incredible. Danoil Lanois compared the range of Bono's voice in this song to that of an opera singer. And I love it when the whole audience sings along when it is being played live. "Found" has such deep rooted feelings of despair and joy at the same time that when I feel down I can always use this song to lift myself up. It is a serene song played so delicately but with such intense feelings. It seems to be one of those classic U2 songs that come along once in a while as a gift to us U2 fans. I love to read other people favorite choices and I notice how difficult it is to choose just one U2 song. I am tempted too to add another favorite... but I dont....
  15. What Good Thing Happened To You Today (Continued)

    I got my Pedometer in the mail!!
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  18. The Action Thread Part Two

    CULTURE Learn more about the awesome female characters in ‘Black Panther’ February 14 2018 | By: SADOF ALEXANDER JOIN Join the fight against extreme poverty EmailJoin In a world where women are not always given the same opportunities as men, a film that shows powerful women breaking down gender barriers deserves celebration. Audiences are gearing up to see the highly-anticipated Marvel film Black Panther, and for all the right reasons. In addition to having a predominantly African-American cast, the film features an ensemble of vital female characters. Fierce warriors, a powerful queen, and a young genius don’t just work beside the hero — they are heroes themselves. The film’s stars are just as excited for the film. Here’s what some of them are saying about the powerful female characters they bring to life: 1. Danai Gurira Embed from Getty Images Danai Gurira — a ONE member and supporter of the #PovertyIsSexist campaign — understands the power of representation in empowering young girls. In Black Panther, Gurira plays Okoye, head of an all-female special forces group, the Dora Milaje. She works closely with the king, T’Challa, to ensure his safety and protect the nation’s citizens. Seeing a woman in such a prominent position will be valuable for young viewers, according to Gurira. “The idea that little girls can look at those who are closest to their leader and see they are women. And see these women walk the streets and be in charge…It’s something so important to preserve;” she said in an interview with Elle. “That little girl needs to be able to grow up and become an Okoye, or a Shuri, or a Nakia.” 2. Lupita Nyong’o Embed from Getty Images Lupita Nyong’o plays Naika, a member of a special team that travels to the outside world to gather information for Black Panther‘s fictional kingdom of Wakanda. Nyong’o told toofab that Black Panther breaks down female stereotypes by showing women “going about our business, supporting each other, having other points of view but still not being against each other.” “The fact that there’s so many of us, we really get a sense of the fabric of Wakanda as a nation. We see women alongside men and we see how much more effective a society can be if they allow women to explore their full potential.” 3. Angela Bassett Embed from Getty Images It takes immense power to be Queen Mother of Wakanda, which is why Angela Bassett fits the role perfectly as Ramonda. She plays a proud mother on screen, and shows her pride in her fellow cast members off-screen. “It’s a lot of strength and balance and beauty and I’m just thrilled by getting to work with Danai and Lupita and actresses and brand new faces across the diaspora; it was beautifully cast,” Bassett told toofab. “It’s going to be quite a sight and I think it’s going to be magnetic.” 4. Letitia Wright Embed from Getty Images Shuri, Princess of Wakanda and inventor extraordinaire, is one of the most intelligent people in the world. As the leader of the Wakandan Design Group, she creates the incredible technology used by her brother, T’Challa. In real life, Africa has been seeing a rise of girls in tech. For example, in Kenya, the introduction of NairoBits has empowered more girls to learn computer skills. The country will also be represented at this year’s Technovation competition, thanks to five incredible girls who invented an app to end FGM. Letitia Wright, who plays Shuri in the movie, hopes Black Panther will inspire even more young women to pursue tech. “She’s (Shuri) so vibrant; a beautiful spirit, but also so focused on what she does,” Wright said in an interview with comicbook.com. “And that’s good for other people to see, especially young people to see, because it’s like, ‘Look, there’s a young black girl who loves technology and she’s from Africa.’ It’s something refreshing.” International Women’s Day is just around the corner, and it looks like audiences will have some new role models to celebrate. Which of these characters inspires you the most? Leave a comment below!
  19. The Action Thread Part Two

    Sexuality and Relationships Manager - London Department: Strategy and Influence Opportunity Type: Paid Location: Central London Salary Details: £32,000 per annum + benefits Advertising End Date: 08 Mar 2018 Vacancy Type: Contract Hours Per Week: 37.5 Interview Date: 23rd March 2018 Apply Back to results About Mencap We work in partnership with people with a learning disability, and all our services support people to live life as they choose. Everyone wants a purposeful job - to do something really meaningful. At Mencap, we can give you that. You’ll have opportunities to develop as a person, colleague, leader and activist. We want to make you feel inspired to reach your potential. Our work includes; • providing high-quality, flexible services that allow people to live as independently as possible in a place they choose • providing advice through our help lines and web sites • campaigning for the changes that people with a learning disability want Our leadership way Strong leadership is key to the success of our services. We have developed an exciting leadership approach at Mencap that we call Our Leadership Way. We want to recruit leaders who can demonstrate they have the potential to excel within this framework. In return we are committed to developing your potential even further. Our Chief Executive, Jan Tregelles, has this to say about Our Leadership Way. “Through your leadership, you have influence over whether someone’s day at work is interesting and inspiring or, conversely, boring and indifferent. Your actions (or inaction) can develop someone in to an asset for Mencap and the people we support or a liability. Your leadership can challenge the powerful people or systems that get in the way of people having fair chances, or it can shy away from confrontation. Leadership is powerful –for good and worse, and that’s why this is so important. We’re all here for the same reason – to change the lives of people with a learning disability. Our big plan sets out exactly how we are going to do this. But if we’re going to succeed, we need strong leaders. For more information, please see the attached document which provides an overview of Our Leadership Way.” Role Description Our vision is for people with a learning disability to be acknowledged as sexual beings and have on-going support to form meaningful Friendships and Relationships. We want Mencap to be the leading social care provider when it comes to supporting people with a learning disability with their sexuality and relationships. The Sexuality and Relationships Manager is a brand new role, so we are looking for someone who is an expert in this area to lead from the front and make us the most credible voice for this change. Did you know that only 3% of adults with a learning disability live with their partners, compared to 70% of the general population? What will you do? You will be responsible for driving forward Mencap’s vision and developing our internal position and capabilities in this area. Working closely with our Learning and Development & Quality teams, you will establish sustainable training and practice development models. You will also work across our network of local groups and services to identify best practice and build toolkits of resources that will be available to support staff and partner organisations. A strong internal culture will be the key building block for launching our external messaging about why this work is so important. We are working towards doing this on Valentine’s Day 2019, you will look to gather case studies and stories from your work and work with our Communications team to hone our messaging. In addition to this, you will be working with our Policy and Programmes team, as well as stakeholders in the Sex Education forum, to ensure that the new Relationships and Sex Education curriculum that starts in schools in September 2019, is accessible to people with a learning disability. We are looking for someone who is as passionate as we are to ensure that people with a learning disability are not being denied the basic right to develop their sexuality and develop a sexual identity because of restrictive attitudes and a lack of education and support. You will need to have a background in sex and relationships as well as an understanding around learning disability. You will also need to be confident and comfortable to liaise with internal and external stakeholders to deliver on this topic. Being able to manage budgets as well as previous experience of project development and delivery is essential. If you feel you have what it takes to be our new Sexuality and Relationships Manager, please apply using your CV and a covering letter. *Please note, this role is initially on a 12 month fixed term contract with the potential to be extended after this period. ID - 12035 Benefits We believe that all employees are amazing and we wouldn't be able to achieve what we do without them. Here are just some of the ways we would value and invest in you. 24 days’ holiday (excluding bank holidays) increasing to 27 days with long service plus the ability to buy up to another 10 days via our HolidayPlus scheme* Amazing Induction from day 1 Access to on-going training and development Service related sick pay when 6-month probation is completed Eligibility to join Mencap Pension Plan where Mencap matches contributions up to 5% on a salary sacrifice basis meaning NI savings* Membership of Mencap Pension Plan to include up to 3 times salary, death in service life cover AND Income Protection of 50% salary to be triggered at 26 weeks of long term sickness* Tax free child care vouchers via salary sacrifice scheme for working parents Loans for bikes, computers and phones when you have been with us for 6 months Interest free season ticket loans Discounts and cashback at high street shops including major super markets, cinemas, gyms, leisure/theme parks, holidays and much more via Mencap extras Opportunity to purchase a health cash plan to claim towards dental, glasses, therapy etc. Free access to round the clock employee assistance program for advice and support Quarterly award scheme and recognition at every 5 years through our YouRock program *T&C's apply based on contract
  20. The Action Thread Part Two

    1.9k TECHNOLOGY How internet access is making a BIG difference at this primary school in Kenya December 13 2016 | By: MEGAN IACOBINI DE FAZIO JOIN Join the fight against extreme poverty EmailJoin The generator comes back to life with a loud rumble, and a cheer rings through the classroom as the computer screens flicker back on. Break time has only just finished at Kibiko Primary School, but there is a scramble among the children to log onto their computers. The lesson is about to start, and they can’t wait. “I’ve noticed a change in attitude. The children used to be intimidated by subjects like math, but now it’s fun for them and they look forward to their time in the lab,” says Nelius Njiru, who teaches math, science, and Swahili at Kibiko. Kibiko is one of 205 primary schools across four Kenyan counties to be part of the iMlango program, which aims to improve education by delivering internet access, computer labs, smartcard-based attendance monitoring, and online learning tools to primary school children. The iMlango platform offers one-on-one math tuition and allows students to access a wealth of online content, including English lessons, African stories with a social message, and life skills training. Importantly, it also allows schools to collect accurate attendance data through sQuid Android tablets and contactless cards. “Monitoring attendance and talking to parents and the community has helped us understand the reasons behind some children missing school so frequently,” says Patricia Wawira Ndwiga, the teacher in charge of iMlango at the school. And, while simply making class more fun with iMlango’s interactive lesson plans is enough to entice some children back to school, others have more serious reasons for missing class. “I used to stay at home sometimes because we didn’t have food or I could not wash my uniform,” says Silvia, a Kibiko 7th grader who puts into words an experience that is common for many girls in Kenya. In some communities, when families are unable to cover the costs of their children’s education, the girls are usually the first to pay the price of poverty and stay home. “Some people here think that girls should work, not study,” says Joan, a 7th-grade student. “When girls are educated they can achieve a lot for themselves and also help their community.” Some of the other girls in the classroom—who want to be neurosurgeons, lecturers, and journalists when they grow up—nod their heads in agreement. To help girls achieve a quality education, iMlango has also started offering financial incentives to the most underprivileged families. Five dollars are uploaded every fortnight onto a pink plastic smartcard, which is usually given to the women in the family and can only be used with selected merchants. “My mother can buy soap and food with the pink card, and it helps a lot,” says Silvia. “I never miss school anymore.” iMlango, which is supported by the Kenyan Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology and delivered by four companies working in partnership with the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), has already impacted the lives of 68,000 girls across Kenya. And its impact is not limited to academic subjects. The program offers a variety of after-school activities, such as debate club and a tree club, where students can plant trees and learn about the environment. Girls especially are encouraged to work on issues affecting them and come up with their own projects, which they can then share with other schools in the network. For example, girls from a school in Makweni have created content on the importance of hand washing and good hygiene. At Kibiko, Silvia and her friends compete in the national debate competitions and, through the school’s girls’ club, have learned how to administer first aid and make healthy juices. While the girls at Kibiko, like at many other schools around the world, face unique obstacles to their right to education, innovative programs like iMlango, together with the girls’ determination to rise above these obstacles, is giving them a chance to achieve their goals. “It has given us a lot of confidence because we know that our computer, math, and English skills are as good as anyone else’s. We really know how to express ourselves now,” says Joan. The teachers agree. According to Nelius, “iMlango is doing wonders for our children.” Access to the internet isn’t a luxury—it’s life-changing. SIGN NOW and tell world leaders to commit to bringing connection to the least developed countries.
  21. The Action Thread Part Two

    GIRLS AND WOMEN Siku’s helping women in Malawi save money—and changing their lives with every cent 19 April 2016 7:57PM UTC | By: GUEST BLOGGER JOIN Join the fight against extreme poverty EmailJoin By Steve Sharra In Lilongwe, Malawi, Area 56 is made up of two high-density, unplanned squatter settlements locally known as Ntandile and Mtsiliza. It’s also located directly next to Area 47, a wealthy low-density suburb. The two are separated by a road that stretches several kilometers and demarcates the city’s other residential areas. A number of multi-billion mega-structures—like the Bingu National Stadium—have risen on one side of the thoroughfare… but not on the other. But in parts of Ntandile and Mtsiliza, women have been uplifting each other and changing their fortunes in an incredible way. It all started one Sunday afternoon in March 2003, when Siku Nkhoma—an urban planner with a desire to better understand urban poverty—met a local chief in Ntandile. “Mtandire was one of the biggest settlements then and I thought it would be easier for me to learn more about the settlement and meet women there,” says Siku, 37. She asked the chief if he could organize some of the poorest women in the area. The initial meeting attracted 50 women. One of them was Sarah Kalenjeka. “Siku suggested to us that a first step towards economic self-reliance could be micro-savings,” says Sarah, 47. Siku Nkhoma, left, and Sarah Kalenjeka. Siku suggested that if they could start saving even the smallest amount on a daily basis, eventually the money could multiply and it could benefit them in important ways. “Out of the 50 women, 30 of us agreed to the idea and started saving as little as 20 tambala into a fund every single day,” says Sarah (In 2003, 20 tambala equaled a fifth of one U.S. cent.) They called it a “Mchenga Fund,” which is Chichewa vernacular for “sand.” “It symbolized how tiny things can be pooled and grow into big things,” says Sarah. Sarah and her son, Gabriel. By November 2003, they had saved K7,000 in cash ($70). “We opened an account and deposited the cash. We then began mobilizing other women in other squatter settlements of the capital, and soon spread out to two other cities: Mzuzu in the north and Blantyre in the south.” By 2005, they had 1,500 members nationwide. They became known as the Malawi Homeless People’s Federation, and became affiliated with Shack Dwellers International, a community-based organization of the urban poor in 33 countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. They established relationships with similar federations in neighboring countries, including Zimbabwe, South Africa, Tanzania, and Kenya. They began exchanging visits and attending annual meetings of Shack Dwellers International. Later in 2005, their respective city councils gave the group unused government land for free, “on account of their extreme poverty,” according to Siku. “Every plot was registered in a woman’s name,” says Sarah. A non-governmental organization that Siku formed, Centre for Community Organisation and Development (CCODE), became the federation’s secretariat. CCODE helped them secure a grant to establish a revolving fund that would enable them to fund the construction of homes. Sarah at a construction site. In Lilongwe’s Area 49 location, they constructed 195 homes. In Mzuzu’s Mchengautuba, they constructed 83, and in Blantyre’s Angelogoloveya, they constructed 460 homes. The women moved from their unplanned squatter settlements into their new modern houses. In 2008, these same women began learning trade skills. “We were taught carpentry, construction, sewing, brick making, sausage making, pottery, tie dye, and shoe making, among several other skills,” says Sarah. In 2014, they rebranded into the Federation of Urban and Rural Poor, and their numbers grew to 15,000 nationwide. Under Siku’s leadership, they established the Enterprise Development Holdings, a company that constructs houses for commercial clients and runs a series of other profit-making ventures. Siku and Sarah. To date, the women have succeeded in their dream to become economically self-reliant. “We have visited other countries in Africa and outside, including Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Kenya, Burkina Faso, India, China, Sweden, Sri Lanka, and Thailand,” says Sarah. Their unheralded story lies unrecognized, adjacent to major infrastructural developments in African cities: African women uplifting each other as economic inequality continues around the world. Read about more inspirational women, then stand up for women and girls everywhere by signing our Poverty is Sexist open letter!
  22. Have to Count - the new and improved one :P

    42 889 Had a great day in Bamburgh, taking photos and going to the castle
  23. Another one on u2start redeemed June and gets theirs delivered today, Scotland
  24. u2 song of the day

    February 24th 1992....Happy 26th bday to this jewel from masterpiece Achtung Baby!!!!!
  25. u2 song of the day

    I hugely approve this message !!!!!
  26. Have to Count - the new and improved one :P

    42 888. Afternoon all.having a lazy day today as have a late one tonight and it's going to be really cold to. hope all is good with everyone ☺
  27. Denver misses U2

    Denver misses U2. Great shows for I+E, but we missed out on the Joshua Tree tour. I hope it's not too late for an E+I show in the city that is home to Red Rocks.
  28. Picked mine up this morning and now playing them! Worth the wait....
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