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  2. Many people with a learning disability want a relationship. ❤️ Someone to enjoy their life with. It's not just about sex, but that can be a part of it too. We all have the same rights when it comes to relationships. 👬 👭 👫 Visit: http://bit.ly/2i5Zsac
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  5. 45, 120 - And Brazil's president won't admit that his policies are part of the problem. He sacked their science minister for publicly stating the deforestation was getting worse under his government - which is clearly a true, factual statement. But Bolsonaro doesn't want to hear ugly truths... one worries where this is all going to end. And that's before we think of all the wildlife being lost, the trees and plants... the indigenous people being displaced... it's a horrible mess
  6. 0 YOUTH AMBASSADORS Meet our volunteers: Obinna, Nataly and Laura! 19 August 2019 2:42PM UTC | By: JANE EAGLES JOIN Join the fight against extreme poverty EmailJoin Share on Facebook Save on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email Welcome to the July edition of our Meet Our Volunteers blog series. This month, we sat down with volunteers from Nigeria, Germany and Canada! Obinna, a ONE Champion, lives in Abuja. Originally from Imo State in the south-eastern part of Nigeria, Obinna’s been a ONE volunteer for 2 years now. Nataly, a ONE Youth Ambassador in Germany, has volunteered with ONE since March 2018. Laura, a ONE Volunteer from Canada has also been a volunteer with ONE since 2018. Read on to learn more about these inspiring individuals and find out how you can get involved too. Obinna (right), ONE Champion, Nigeria. How did you get involved with ONE? Obinna: I first got involved with ONE when I participated in marking the success of the #MakeNaijaStronger (MNS) campaign. I contributed to the MNS campaign through the Health Sector Reform Coalition (of which ONE is a member) and the Legislative Network for Universal Health Coverage. Our ask to the Nigerian government was for them to allocate at least 1% of its Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) to the national budget, for the implementation of the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF). After that, I felt motivated to identify with ONE since my aspirations were in line with ONE’s work. Nataly: During a voluntary year with the Red Cross in Uganda I came to realise how privileged I am to have been born into a life that never had me struggle with extreme poverty or insufficient health care. While I can’t change my status, I decided to use those privileges to speak up. Together with millions of action takers worldwide, ONE strives to raise public awareness and pressure political leaders to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Such a huge number of young people have the power to initiate real change. Laura: I got involved with ONE during the #GirlsCount campaign. I think educating girls is really important to helping families and communities get out of the cycle of poverty as well as improving health. Laura, ONE volunteer, Canada. If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be? Obinna: I believe youth involvement in activism is essential because when we talk about demographic dividend in Nigeria, the youth are at its core. In order to reap the benefits of demographic dividend, I believe the youth must play an active part in the discussions and policies that concern them – including education, health (especially sexual and reproductive health), employment, and the safeguarding of the environment. I believe the voices of youths must be heard and channeled in a constructive and synergistic way in order to ensure inclusiveness, active participation and accountability in governance Nataly: I am striving for gender equality and quality education for girls and women. With the organisation my partner and I founded in Uganda, we are supporting girls and women with menstrual hygiene management and the skills to make reusable sanitary pads. But that’s only a small step. We need to get to higher levels to empower women and ensure gender equality. Nowhere in this world women hold the same rights as men. And the more a country is affected by poverty, the harder it hits women and girls. Poverty is sexist. And there is still a lot to be done, until we achieve comprehensive gender equality. Laura: I would ensure every child, girls and boys, have access to quality education that includes true inclusiveness and equality. We cannot have gender equality without educating boys as well. Nataly, ONE Youth Ambassador, Germany, What’s been your proudest moment as a volunteer with ONE so far? Obinna: My proudest moment was when I became a ONE Champion in 2019. I was so excited to have been selected as one of the 50 Champions for the 2019 cohort of the ONE Champions program, from over 2500 applications received across Nigeria. It made me realise that I was noticed and that the work I do really matters. Nataly: During our welcome days for the Youth Ambassador program 2018 in Berlin, we coincidentally met the former UN Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize winner Kofi Annan. He emphasised how important it is to have people – youths – to get out and fight for what they believe in. Maybe this was not the best moment to be proud, as it was just the beginning of my journey with ONE. But it was a huge motivation. And it made me feel very proud: I am proud to be part of ONE. A movement that speaks up and acts, rather than just accepting injustice and enjoying privileges. Laura: So far, my proudest moment was during a Doors Open with my MP. In a small office, packed with constituents during one of our lovely Canadian blizzards, I was the only attendee advocating for an increase in Canada’s Official Development Assistance. After explaining my positions and asking my MP to bring up the recommendation during his next caucus meeting, I was pleasantly surprised by their support for my request, which was expressed by everyone else in the room. Volunteering with ONE has led me to meet caring and inspiring people. It has reminded me that every single time we dare to speak up for what we care about, we can have an impact. What you stand for and what you do about it, has a ripple effect that makes a difference. Want to get involved too? Sign up to become a ONE Member now! ONE welcomes the contributions of guest bloggers but does not necessarily endorse the views, programs, or organisations highlighted.
  7. By Sushmita Roy and Pia Gralki MAY 28, 2019 23 ENVIRONMENT New Law Requires Filipino Students to Plant 10 Trees to Graduate If implemented successfully, at least 175 million new trees would be planted each year. Why Global Citizens Should Care Deforestation causes climate change, displaces Indigenous communities, and destroys natural habitats that host a variety of flora and fauna. Over the past few decades, the Philippines has suffered heavy losses due to illegal logging and loose environmental protection policies, but the government is now taking steps to combat climate change — starting with its students and future leaders. You can join the movement to support climate action here. In order to graduate, students in Philippines will now be required to do more than just maintain a passing grade. A new law will make it mandatory for graduating elementary school, high school, and college students to plant at least 10 trees before graduation. The legislation, called the “Graduation Legacy for the Environmental Act,” was passed on May 15 and aims to tackle deforestation while helping younger generations become more environmentally conscious. "With over 12 million students graduating from elementary and nearly 5 million students graduating from high school and almost 500,000 graduating from college each year, this initiative, if properly implemented, will ensure that at least 175 million new trees would be planted each year,” Representative Gary Alejano, the bill’s main author, said in its explanatory note. The Department of Education and the Commission of Higher Education are responsible for implementing and ensuring compliance with the new law. Firma ahora: ¡Previene la polución plástica en nuestros océanos! PASA A LA ACCIÓN “In the course of one generation, no less than 525 billion [trees] can be planted under this initiative,” Alejano said. The new legislation is part of the broader effort by the Philippines government to tackle effects of climate change by adopting measures for reforestation. The Philippines is facing deforestation on a more severe level than most countries in the world. The total forest cover in the country dropped from 70% to 20% during the 20th century, mainly due to an increase in illegal logging — the production and transport of timber in unauthorized areas. Soil erosion resulting from deforestation and monocropping — the repeated farming of a single crop on the same land year after year — has also led to food and water insecurity throughout the country. With reduced forest cover and frequent typhoons, landslides have become a common occurrence. Read More: The Philippines Is Shutting Down This Resort Island Because of Water Pollution According to CNN, students will plant trees in mangroves, existing forests, protected areas, some military ranges, abandoned lots, and select urban areas. The species of trees to be planted will vary and will be chosen with the topography of the land in mind. “Even with a survival rate of only 10%, this would mean an additional 525 million trees would be available for the youth to enjoy, when they assume the mantle of leadership in the future,” Alejano said. TOPICSPhilippinesReforestationPlanting treesCombating climate change
  8. Agenda: Inequality comes to life! Our team are in Biarritz for the G7 summit asking leaders to take concrete action to achieve gender equality everywhere: ⚖️Change the Law 💳Finance the Fight 📈Track Commitments to Completion #ProgressNotPromises
  9. The countdown begins! 100 days until#WorldAIDSDay – December 1st.
  10. Calling all brides and grooms to be! As Autumn/Winter wedding season is around the corner, don't forget your Wedding Favours! Make a difference on your wedding day and help save lives. Our two delicious heart-shaped chocolates are an ideal treat for your wedding guests. One is milk chocolate with honeycomb, and the other milk chocolate with caramel and they are made by the delicious Aine Handmade Chocolate. We don’t have a designated price for our favours, as it is donation based, so the amount donated would be at your discretion. All proceeds fund our Flying Doctors Cardiac Programme which saves the lives of babies like Aliya who are born every year with a congenital heart diseases such as as Chernobyl Heart. To learn email aosullivan@chernobyl-ireland.com or visit http://www.chernobyl-international.com/
  11. Last Friday we heard the great news that two of Music Generation Cork City's long-time participants, Amy O’Callaghan and Caoimhe Barry, have been accepted to study Music and Geography at University College Cork. Congratulations Amy and Caoimhe on this wonderful achievement! We’re delighted to hear your music journeys will continue for years to come. Best of luck in your new, exciting chapter 🎶
  12. 23/08/2019 Job Opportunity: Music Generation Development Officer, Meath (Re-advertisement) Louth and Meath ETB is now inviting applications for the position of Music Generation Development Officer, Meath. Post Reference Number: C218 A Music Generation Development Officer will be appointed by Louth and Meath ETB and will be responsible for managing an extensive performance music education programme on behalf of the Meath Local Music Education Partnership. Meath has recently been selected for participation in Music Generation – Ireland’s National Music Education Programme, which is co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships. Five year, fixed-term contract (€46,771 – €57,157) Application form, job description and person specification and other details available from – www.etbjobs.ie Closing date for receipt of completed application forms is: 12 noon, Friday 13th September 2019 Late and/or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Based on the volume of applications received short-listing may apply. Short-listing will take place on the basis of the information provided in the application form. Depending on the qualifications and experience of applicants, short-listing thresholds may be significantly higher than the minimum standards set out. Louth and Meath ETB is an equal opportunities employer.
  13. The stadium is in an industrial area so not alot of accomodation around there. You could go for Air BNB. Alot of people are staying in the CBD as there are trains that go to the stadium train stop and a 10 minute walk . Lots of food place in the CBD
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  15. By Gabrielle Deonath AUG. 22, 2019 ENVIRONMENT Nepal Bans Single-Use Plastics in Mount Everest Region The ban is intended to address the growing trash problem on and around Mount Everest. Why Global Citizens Should Care Plastic waste, if not recycled or properly managed, often becomes a harmful environmental pollutant that impacts life on land and in the oceans. Reducing plastic pollution is essential to establishing and maintaining sustainability around the world, according to the United Nations. Join us in taking action to protect the planet here. Mount Everest has served as a dumping ground for climbers over the last 66 years, with over 60,000 pounds of trash accumulating on the ascent to the world’s highest peak. Despite clean-up efforts by the government, volunteer groups, and conscientious individuals, there are still tons of trash left — particularly plastic waste. So the Nepalese government announced that it will take matters into its own hands on Thursday with a ban on the buying, selling, and usage of single-use plastic items thinner than 30 microns (0.0012 inches or 0.03 millimeters) in the Khumbu region. The ban, which will go into effect at the start of next year, is intended to curb waste from single-use plastics like bottles for soft drinks, utensils, cups, and straws. Brought to you by: Flow Alkaline Spring Water Firma: Comprométete a eliminar el plástico del planeta PASA A LA ACCIÓN "If we start now, it will help keep our region, the Everest, and the mountains clean long-term," Ganesh Ghimire, chief administrative officer of Khumbu Pasang Lhamu rural municipality, told AFP. However, the ban will not apply to plastic water bottles, perhaps the biggest contributor to plastic pollution on the planet, likely due to a lack of water supply on the mountain. Read More: 10 Simple Tips to Reduce Single-Use Plastics in Your Life "We are consulting with all sides about what can be done about plastic water bottles," Ghimire told CNN on Thursday. "We will soon find a solution for that." Ghimire also revealed that this isn’t the first time that the government has tried to address the problem. In 1999, the government introduced a similar ban, which ultimately failed due to poor implementation. So far, no punitive consequences have been announced for those who do not adhere to the new law. Starting in 2014, the government has also attempted to hold climbers monetarily responsible for keeping the mountain clean by imposing a $4,000 deposit that is only refunded if each climber collects at least 17.6 pounds of waste from the mountain for proper disposal. Only half of all climbers have been able to deliver on the challenge. However, through a clean-up campaign, the government removed over 24,000 pounds of waste earlier this year with the help of volunteers. Read More: Record Number of Everest Climbers Leave Waste Behind, Contaminating Water Used by Locals As global rises in temperature cause glaciers to melt, the waste left behind has now almost completely surfaced. This has raised increasing environmental concerns over the potential pollution of the water supply in the lower valley. Globally, more than 30 million tons of plastic is produced every year, with over 8 million tons ending up in the world's oceans. Instead of being recycled, most plastic waste overwhelms landfills and ends up in bodies of water through runoff. Plastic water pollution harms marine life and birds and can contaminate aquifers and other sources of drinking water, contributing to the global water crisis. As the plastic pollution and its effects become more pervasive and troubling, governments around the world are adopting single-use plastic bans. While the effectivessness of the ban will depend on enforcement by the government, it is a step in the right direction for the future of Nepal's natural environment and the vast life that rely on it. TOPICSenvironmentPlastic banNepalplastic wasteplastic pollutionSingle-Use plasticsMount Everest
  16. Bono and ONE Welcome Canada’s Continued Investment in Global AIDS Crisis 22 August 2019 1:00PM UTC Canada meets the global call to help save lives in the fight against AIDS, TB, and malaria OTTAWA — Today, the Canadian Government announced that it will increase its support for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB & Malaria. This pledge comes at a time when the world urgently needs to build on the progress achieved over the last 15 years to defeat preventable diseases. Though the world has seen a dramatic decline in AIDS deaths and a huge increase in the number of people on treatment, that disease still infects 800 young women every day. Canada’s new commitment will help build the capacity of governments to fight these diseases while investing more of their own resources, which will help save over 790,000 lives by providing, approximately: anti-retroviral treatment for 1.3 million people living with HIV; treatment and care for 940,000 people suffering from tuberculosis; and 37 million bed nets to protect children and families from malaria. Bono, lead singer of U2 and Co-Founder of The ONE Campaign and (RED): “Thank you Prime Minister Trudeau and thank you to the Canadian people for making this new commitment to the Global Fund and saving millions of lives. The fight against AIDS is a marathon, not a sprint, and some are growing weary — but not Canada. With strong legs and a stronger heart, you have shown once again that the world can count on Canada. This is a human race we have to win.” Gayle Smith, President and CEO of The ONE Campaign: “This is a huge win at a time when the world is distracted from the fact that we know how to beat the diseases but that we’re still not moving fast enough. Canada’s increase in funding sends a signal that will spur other donors to step up to win this fight.” Stuart Hickox, Canada Director of The ONE Campaign: “We welcome and applaud this investment, and this renewed and strengthened role for Canada in global health. This is a commitment that is supported by Canadian advocates and citizens who have been championing the importance of a robust Canadian commitment to the Global Fund, and by those across Canada who have not forgotten the toll of the AIDS crisis in this country and want to step up to save others.” Ends – Media Contacts: Justin McAuley Media Manager, ONE in Canada Justin.McAuley@ONE.org +1 613 686 1546 Gayle Smith is in Biarritz for the G7 Summit and available for comment. For any media enquiries in Biarritz, please contact: Ben Maitland – +44 (0) 7881 370 441 Charlotte Grignard – +33 62 24 10 041 Karoline Lerche – +49 (0)173 249 0094 Guadalupe de las Casas Escardo – +32 (0) 472 71 74 20 Notes to Editors: About ONE ONE is a global movement campaigning to end extreme poverty and preventable disease by 2030, so that everyone, everywhere can lead a life of dignity and opportunity. We are non-partisan and pressure governments to do more to fight extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa, and empower citizens to hold their governments to account. Read more at www.one.org. The Importance of Investing in the Global Fund The Global Fund is calling on the world to step up the fight against HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria. We are just months away from a crucial moment in the fight against the diseases. In October 2019, President Macron will host the Global Fund’s Sixth Replenishment Conference in Lyon. This Replenishment seeks to raise at least US$14 billion to help save 16 million lives, avert 234 million infections and help the world get back on track to end these diseases. Of the at least US$14 billion, the Global Fund is calling on the private sector to mobilize at least US$1 billion to step up the fight. Stepping up the fight should not be seen as a choice, but as the fulfilment of a promise. This moment presents us with an opportunity to take a massive step toward achieving Sustainable Development Goal 3: health and well-being for all. We have no time to waste and we are calling on the world to step up the fight. Now. Ending the epidemics of HIV, tuberculosis and malaria by 2030 is within reach, but not yet fully in our grasp. With only 11 years left, we have no time to waste. We must continue to step up the fight.
  17. 0 GIRLS AND WOMEN World leaders can (and should) ensure a feminist G7 Summit 20 August 2019 3:36PM UTC | By: ONE ADD YOUR NAME Take action for women everywhere EmailSign Share on Facebook Save on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email As the world anxiously awaits the start of this year’s critical G7 Summit, the Gender Equality Advisory Council (GEAC), an expert body of global gender champions, has laid down a challenge to world leaders. They’ve created a series of recommendations to drive gender equality, empower women and girls, and ensure that this year marks the world’s first truly feminist G7. This report—released just days ahead of the Summit’s opening in Biarritz—illuminates the precarious situation facing women and girls worldwide. From accessing quality education to receiving equitable health care, from pursuing fair economic opportunities to living a life free from violence, this report highlights the critical and crippling barriers women and girls face each day. Delivering Real Change As we at ONE have long championed, addressing these challenges and delivering real gender equality will require leaders to deliver on three levels: Legislative and policy change Financial commitments A robust accountability framework The GEAC report addresses each of these pillars and shares brilliant recommendations for world leaders, especially on the legislative and financial side. Some highlights include a call for G7 leaders (and their partners from across the world) to deliver at a minimum one new progressive law that fights inequality and advances the rights of women and girls, signed, sealed, and delivered before next year’s Summit. To support these changes, the GEAC also recognises the need for more funding to fight gender equality, urging countries to allocate 0.7% of their Gross National Income (GNI) to Official Development Assistance (ODA). The report also calls on donor countries to make sure that at least 85% of this aid contributes to gender equality, a key commitment that leaders must make if we are to see real gender equality achieved. But the truth is that legislation and funding are not enough. Progress Not Promises For too long, we’ve seen empty words and broken commitments. That’s why we need to ensure leaders are held accountable for what they commit and that the G7 summit delivers progress, and not promises, for women and girls around the world. To achieve this, we need an innovative, independent accountability mechanism which tracks progress against commitments, and holds leaders to account on what they have promised. Whilst the GEAC report acknowledges the importance of such a framework, its recommendations must go further if we are to stop countries whitewashing their reporting, or blocking civil society scrutiny. Only with an independent group of experts reporting on progress, an engaged civil society with an equal seat at the table, and all countries (not just wealthy G7 nations) held to account, will this become the game-changing mechanism the world so clearly needs. Based on current estimates, it will be another 108 years until gender equality is achieved worldwide. This year, world leaders have the opportunity to do something about these startling statistics. By choosing gender equality as its primary goal, the G7 has raised great hopes for women and girls worldwide and set out their stall to make this the most feminist G7 ever seen. Now is the time to be ambitious; so let’s make sure they reach for that extra mile and live up to expectations. Add your voice to the demand for #ProgressNotPromises at the G7 Summit below!
  18. 45119 - Horrific seeing the Amazon burning, I didn't even realise it had been on fire for 3 weeks until I saw it mentioned the other day.
  19. 45118 The good ones yes. The bad ones I try to erase from my memory.
  20. Hello all you music lovers Not much releted to music but what keeps me awake, and a lot of others as well: the state of the world, the apocolips, the revelation of John and all the crazy stuff thats happening all around us. Epsteins death (if so) HongKong under threat, North korea playing with fire and so on. Anyone Christian here who thinks we are like on the days of Noah? i am anyway.. there are so many signs something must gone give, i pray for all the souls, that they may return to the light where we all once came from. I am curious about your opinions and vieuws on the world today, they might cheer me up a bit or a peak from a different angle. Speak your mind plz👍🏻
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