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  2. right now it's impossible to say... there's no album on the horizon so (since the band usually goes on tour supporting the current release) no tour on sight... Please keep checking periodically the site and the tour for any official news about the band, including future tours...
  3. When is the next U2 world tour?
  4. Back in 1979 U2 were trying to record demos, and doing a lot of live appearances trying to attract attention to gain a record contract. John Fisher and his partner Eoin O'Shea had just started a performance space at the Dandelion Market to try to entice young punks by their stand which sold badges and other paraphernalia by bands that were making it big at the time. Bands had to help repair the stage after playing a gig, a stage constructed of beer crates and chipboard. And U2 would play that stage, a total of eight times in 1979. That's where they said goodbye to Dublin before their first tour of London, and that's where they played when they came back. They first saw printed copies of their EP "Three" at that venue. The performances are part of the U2 legend. Over at U2Songs, John Fisher, one of the guys who set up the Dandelion Market performance venue sat down and answered a few questions about those days. How the venue started, stories of the band, and more. For anyone interested in reading about those days, you can find it here: https://www.u2songs.com/news/u2_at_the_dandelion_an_interview_with_john_fisher
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  10. How to harness the power of Africa’s youth 21 February 2020 5:59PM UTC | By: EDWIN IKHUORIA JOIN Join the fight against extreme poverty EmailJoin Share on Facebook Save on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email On the sidelines of a recent African Union Summit, ONE brought together young people from nine countries for the African Youth Consultation on Job Creation. The 20 participants discussed how to mobilize young Africans’ opinions on key policy commitments and reforms that can enable African countries to create 1 million decent jobs annually by 2021. The meeting set the stage for reaching out to 1 million young Africans to drive the campaign. 38 people are talking about this Online, thousands of supporters joined in and signed a petition with a message for AU leaders: soaring rates of joblessness in many African countries are denying millions of young people of their rights to earn a living. Job creation is a crucial, looming task for African leaders — especially for Africa’s growing youth population. Africa’s population is projected to double to 2.5 billion by 2050, and 50% will be under the age of 25. Job creation as a security issue Job creation isn’t only an economic issue — it’s a security issue. Today, seven of the 13 global peacekeeping missions are in Africa — and youth often play a prominent role in armed conflict, unrest, and insurgencies. Africa’s vibrant population of young people are often visible in the frontlines bearing arms, even when they have very little at stake in the conflict. The youth are uniquely vulnerable to recruitment for armed conflicts. African leaders must respond to the needs of Africa’s young people with renewed vigor. This includes job creation, employment and improvements in living standards, within a culture of popular democracy and strong institutions. Otherwise, the cycle of conflicts may never end. Any strategy without the active engagement of the youth population is, at best, a long shot to any meaningful resolution. In a system where the youth population is gainfully engaged in decent employment, the chances of arm-bearing, engagement by insurgents, or conflict-stirring becomes too costly. To truly harness the demographic dividend that could arise from a large productive workforce, prioritizing job creation and youth employment becomes the fundamental step at preventing disaster. How to spur job creation ONE Campaign’s Africa Director Edwin Ikhuoria has some key takeaways and recommendations on next steps: Job creation: This must include modernizing agriculture, promoting entrepreneurship, increasing access to finance, reducing bottlenecks for business operations, government patronizing youth-led enterprises, improving the matching of supply and demand for skilled labour in fragile states, and ensuring the implementation of the African Free Continental Free Trade Area. The AfCFTA is a game-changer for accelerating progress on agricultural transformation and employment creation. Active and meaningful youth empowerment: This would involve policy changes and enforcing laws that end all forms of discrimination against youth and women. There must also be a platform for intergenerational dialogues on development and security issues, and social safety nets systems must the most vulnerable youth. Improved access to education and learning outcomes: This must involve partnership with the private sector to scale up programs that enroll youth, improve their learning outcomes and match the needs of the job market through more and better investments into education. This should also ensure children and young adults in conflict regions or other difficult-to-access areas continue to receive high quality education by supporting local responders with investments in technology enabled delivery platforms. Reporting on progress on commitments to demographic dividend plans: States must be accountable in reporting progress on their demographic dividend plans committed in 2017. Verbal commitment without tracking progress are wasted efforts. With the exponential growth of the youth demography, the continent is on the brink of what could bring a demographic dividend — but only if the right action is taken right now, by the leaders and torch-bearers of the continent.
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  14. HEALTH Your most Googled questions about vaccines 21 February 2020 8:48AM UTC | By: SADOF ALEXANDER SIGN THE PETITION Tell world leaders to invest in life-saving vaccines EmailAdd your name Share on Facebook Save on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email Vaccines are undoubtedly one of the most important health tools at our disposal. But many people still have questions about what exactly they are and how they work. In June, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance is asking world leaders for at least US$7.4 billion so they can continue their work delivering vaccines to the poorest countries for another five years. With full funding, Gavi could ensure 300 million more children get the vaccines they need to survive and thrive. That’s why we want to make sure everyone has all the need-to-know facts about this tiny but mighty health intervention. Why are vaccines important? Short answer: vaccines save lives. Long answer: immunisation is considered to be one of the most miraculous advances of modern medicine. Vaccines save up to 3 million lives per year and have contributed to a 65% drop in child mortality since 1990. On top of the lives saved, vaccination also helps combat poverty and ensure more people get primary healthcare. What do vaccines prevent? Vaccines prevent some of the world’s deadliest and infectious diseases including measles, pneumonia, whopping cough, influenza, HPV, and cholera. Recently, Gavi helped ensure that the new Ebola vaccine reached the people most in need. And a number of other promising vaccines are still under development including a universal influenza disease. To date, smallpox is the only disease to be entirely eradicated by vaccines, though there is hope that polio may soon follow. What are the economic impacts of vaccines? Vaccines lead to economic benefits for families and society alike. Sickness can put a big financial strain on people and their families. Think about it this way: if a child is sick, they can’t go to school and often their parents can’t go to work. This can make short-term expenses pile up – like transportation to the health clinic, medical bills, and loss of income from taking time off of work. Longer-term, the economic impact of illness can include overall loss of productivity from disability or death. Vaccination helps people avoid these costs through keeping people healthy, and the savings add up. For every US$1 spent on vaccines in Gavi-supported countries, the global economy gets a return of US$54. This resulted in over US$150 million in economic benefits from 2000 to 2017, thanks to Gavi. What would happen if the world didn’t have vaccines? Without vaccines, millions of people wouldn’t be alive. Smallpox, one of the most devastating diseases in the world, might still exist. And millions of dollars might not be in the economy. There’s no telling what effects those losses would have on the world, but it’s safe to say that the world is in a much better place because of vaccines. Regardless of the past, this is an important question for the present. Given what we know about the benefits of vaccines, we have a choice on what will happen based on how we use vaccines today. At the Gavi replenishment, world leaders will have a say in the future of global health. It will be a critical moment that has the power to shape how this success story continues. What exactly are vaccines? A vaccine is a tiny dose of weak or dead germs that stimulate immunity to the diseases they would normally cause. Vaccines are a way of inoculating people, which is intentional exposure to a disease in order to build immunity against that disease. What do vaccines have in them? Vaccines work by containing the germs that cause the disease it’s protecting against. These germs are weakened or killed before entering the body, so they don’t lead to infection. Where did vaccines come from? The history of vaccination starts long before the first known vaccine. There’s evidence that people were inoculating against smallpox as early as the year 1000. It wasn’t until 1796 that Edward Jenner produced what is known as the first vaccine. He used cowpox pustules to immunise against smallpox. His invention was followed by 200+ years of research and innovation to create the vaccines we have today, and that work continues to this day. In 2000, Gavi greatly expanded the reach of vaccines worldwide, playing a key role in the modern history of vaccines. In just two decades, Gavi has helped immunise 760 million children and save over 13 million lives. How do vaccines work? All vaccines use the germs of the disease they protect against. The germs in the vaccines mimic a real infection, causing your immune system to develop antibodies against that disease. As a result, you build up immunity to a disease without actually having the disease. How do vaccinations improve global health? When someone is vaccinated, the impacts extend far beyond that one person. When more people in a community are immune to a disease, it’s more difficult for the disease to spread from person to person. This is called community immunity, or herd immunity, and it decreases the likelihood of anyone getting that disease. Community immunity is especially important for people who cannot get vaccinated due to pre-existing conditions. On top of the benefits of immunity, vaccines can help get more people into primary healthcare. Taking a child to get their vaccinations gives families regular contact with healthcare professionals, which can be used to discuss more than just vaccination. Taking a child in for vaccination doesn’t just protect against a specific disease — it gives families an opportunity to improve overall health. Are vaccines safe? Yes, vaccines are safe. Because of how many people worldwide rely on vaccination to stay healthy, ensuring the safety of vaccines is a priority among researchers and scientists. When a vaccine is in development, it typically goes through years of testing to ensure that it is safe and effective. Once approved for use, every batch of vaccinations is also tested and monitored before being sent out. If you’re interested in every stage of testing for vaccines, from development to doctor’s office, you can read more here. Can vaccines make you sick? Although vaccines contain germs from diseases, they do not cause sickness. The germs in vaccines are either weak or dead, so there is no chance that the vaccine will cause the disease that the vaccine is meant to protect against. It is possible to have some side effects from vaccines, like soreness where the injection happened or a slight fever. The side effects depend on the vaccine, but none of them cause sickness. What can I do to support vaccination? Now that you know all about vaccines, are you ready to make sure another 300 million children are able to access them? We’re calling on world leaders to support Gavi and allow the organisation to continue its critical work, and we need your help to make sure they follow through. By signing this petition, you’ll help ensure that vaccines can continue to make an unbelievable impact for the health of people everywhere. Tell world leaders to invest in life-saving vaccines Every child deserves protection against killer diseases like pneumonia, measles, and polio. This only takes one simple tool – immunisation.Please play your part to support this life-saving work by fully funding Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. With a $7.4 billion replenishment, we can help give another 300 million children a better start in life.
  15. 45 396 I wish you a Happy Listening....Relaxing time, an inspirational, creative flow !!!
  16. I have no issues with the creative output of the band. I actually think SOE was their strongest album since All That You Can't Leave Behind. I really liked SOI too. I just think the promotion and marketing was dreadful. The Blackout was crying out to be the first single. Best Thing is a dud in its recorded form (live version is much better). They were performing this and American Soul in the build up to the release of SOE and these are two of the weakest tracks on the album. The band looked tired and under rehearsed during these performances. When they performed 'Get Out of Your Own Way' at the Grammys, they were much better but the momentum was lost. There was no build up or interviews done on the website. What about a one off gig in secret location where they did the new album plus a few classics. That would have worked! There is little to no innovation in how the band promotes themselves and the fanclub is a prime example. A decent mobile app would be a start. Let members download with with a code and put up a live show recording every month from a classic period (Joshua Tree, War, Zoo Tv). That is just one idea.
  17. 2 albums in the last 4 years??? 2 albums in the whole decade! We were spoilt with a lot of touring, that's great (and what great tours they were!!!)An extra album would've been better than 'only' two albums. SOE took far more time than planned. I remember the endless wait for SOI (because SOA was planned as a quick follow up to NLOTH) and SOE. About the fanclub: they do a lot of great things , but there are things that could be done better. Passing deadlines, delivery problems, lack of downloads., lack of newsupdates in times of no touring..
  18. There's a lot of floodng here in the southern part of America. It's hard to see so many with flooded houses and they have to leave. It does bring out a lot of good in people who go round in boats rescusing people and animals. My good thing is I'm packing to go see my mom, sister, niece and nephew in Florida tomorow. Major snowstorm slipped south and I should get out in time.
  19. We could do with some of that sunshine over here @Manohlive - we've got a second round of flooding at the moment in towns that have barely had time to clear up from last week's floods
  20. 45, 395 - Just some basic shop's own-brand ones that I got from Asda. They're also nice and light-weight. Large, heavy headphones hurt my ears.
  21. I think some people aren’t getting a response because they are embarrassed at the volume of people that still haven’t got there gift and likely don’t have a solution at the moment because they are probably waiting to get a good idea how many new subscribers chose the $75 option which includes the 2019 gift. That way they will have a good idea of how many will need to be produced to fulfil all orders and it will save them money instead of getting them produced in different stages which will cost more. Poor really but I think that’s the reality. Hopefully this isn’t dragged out too much longer for people as it really is an embarrassing showing from u2.com and unfair on people who chose the 2019 gift up to 15 months ago with the expectation of receiving it around 8 or 9 months ago.
  22. Can you please share the exact link or steps about how did you send your question about the gift? I have sent my question "where is the gift?" via u2.com/help > Contact Us > "Subscriber Gift Status Question" > then I filled in all fields including my personal details, order number and my question. I did it twice and still no response. Maybe there's another way to ask about the gift.
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