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    The Action Thread Part Two

    0 HEALTH Here are the female bikers that ride to save lives in Nigeria 18 May 2018 4:10PM UTC | By: THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION Share on Facebook Save on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email This story was originally reported by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani and edited by Claire Cozens for the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Whenever the all-female Nigerian biker group D’Angels hit the streets, people would stare in amazement at the sight of women on motorbikes. So they made up their minds to use the attention for a good cause. Enter the Female Bikers Initiative (FBI), which has already provided free breast and cervical cancer screening to 500 women in Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos. This August, D’Angels and another female biker group in Lagos, Amazon Motorcycle Club, plan to provide free screening to 5,000 women – a significant undertaking in a country where many lack access to proper healthcare. “What touched us most was the women,” D’Angels co-founder Nnenna Samuila, 39, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone from Lagos. “Some asked if the bikes really belonged to us. Some asked if they could sit on our bikes. We decided to use the opportunity to do something to touch women’s lives.” Breast and cervical cancer are huge killers in Nigeria, accounting for half the 100,000 cancer deaths each year, according to the World Health Organization. Screening and early detection can dramatically reduce the mortality rate for cervical cancer in particular. But oncologist Omolola Salako, whose Lagos charity partnered with the FBI last year, says there is not enough awareness of the need for screening. “Among the 600-plus women we have screened since October, about 60 percent were being screened for the first time,” said Dr. Salako, executive director of Sebeccly Cancer Care. “It was the first time they were hearing about it.” Even if women do know they should be screened, affordability is a barrier, said Salako, whose charity provides the service for free and also raises funds to treat cancer patients. RAISING AWARENESS This year the bikers will put on a week of awareness-raising and mobile screening, after which free screenings will be available at Sebeccly every Thursday for the rest of the year. Members of the two clubs and any other female bikers who want to join in will ride through the streets, to schools, malls and other public places, distributing fliers and talking to women about the importance of screening. “All the bikers turn up,” said Samuila, one of five women on the FBI’s board of trustees. “We just need to tell them, this is the location for the activity, and this is what we need you to do.” Last year their funds, from private and corporate donors, could only stretch to two mastectomies, and they hope they will be able to sponsor more treatments this year. “We encourage this person to come, and then she finds out that something is wrong and you abandon her,” said Samuila, a former telecoms executive who now runs her own confectionery and coffee company. “We would love to be able to follow up with whatever comes out of the testing.” This is just the latest in a number of projects the bikers have organised. In 2016 they launched Beyond Limits, a scheme to encourage young girls to fulfil their potential beyond societal expectations of marriage and babies. They travel to schools to give talks and invite senior women working in science, technology and innovation to take part. TURNING POINT Samuila formed D’Angels with 37-year-old Jeminat Olumegbon in 2009 after they were denied entry to the established, all-male bikers’ groups in Lagos. “They didn’t want us. They were like, ‘No, women don’t do this. Women are used to being carried around. Why don’t you guys just be on the sidelines?’ That sort of pissed us off and we then went on to form our own club,” said Samuila. In 2010, the pair rode from Lagos to the southern city of Port Harcourt to attend a bikers’ event, a 617-km (383-mile) trip that the men had told them was impossible for a woman. “That was the turning point in our relationship with the male bikers,” said Samuila. The two-day ride earned them a new respect from the male riders, some of whom now take part in the screening awareness programmes themselves. In 2015 Olumegbon, also an FBI board member, took on an even bigger challenge riding 20,000 km through eight West African countries in 30 days to raise funds for children in orphanages. “I’ve been riding since 2007. At first, I was the only female riding, then I found Nnenna and the other girls,” she said. “Because we started riding, more females decided to look inwards, and decided that they could do so as well.” The bikers plan to extend their initiative to other parts of Nigeria, and have also received invitations from women riders in other West African countries. For now though, they want to focus on making sure their efforts reach every woman in Lagos. “When we speak to people on the streets, many don’t even know of cervical cancer,” said Samuila. “It’s so painful to hear that so many people are dying from the disease when it can be prevented.” *images via D’Angels Motorcycle Club
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    Have to Count - the new and improved one :P

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    u2 song of the day

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    What Hasn't U2 Released Yet That You Want?

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  9. tan_lejos_tan_cerca

    The Action Thread Part Two

    ENVIRONMENT Climate Change Is Having a Great Depression-Like Effect on the Global Economy Countries that have caused the least climate change are facing the most consequences, study says. Why Global Citizens Should Care The effects of climate change are being felt unevenly around the world, and the countries least responsible for greenhouse gas emissions are often facing the most brutal consequences. The United Nations urges countries to fulfill the Paris climate agreement to avoid further environmental harms. You can join us in taking action on related issues here. The gap between the wealthiest and poorest countries has been steadily declining over the past several decades, but that gap would have closed by an additional 25% if climate change hadn’t created a massive economic drag, according to a new study published in the science journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Past studies on the economic consequences of climate change have focused on the anticipated effects years down the line, or calculated the costs associated with extreme weather events. This study, on the other hand, looks at how temperature increases have already been reducing economic output. And the brunt of this effect is being felt by the world’s poorest countries. “Many of the [most affected countries] also have low per capita GDP, and have contributed relatively little to historical greenhouse gas emissions,” Noah Diffenbaugh, the lead author of the study and a climate scientist at Stanford University, told Global CItizen. “There’s an asymmetry between the countries that emitted the largest fraction of the historical greenhouse gas emissions and the countries most vulnerable to climate change,” he added. Take Action: Call on Corporate Leaders to Commit to Resilient Response Sign Now: Call on Corporate Leaders to Commit to Resilient Response TAKE ACTION The researchers looked at aggregate economic data between 1961 and 2010 and compared it to temperature changes over this period. They found that temperature increases associated with global warming caused marked declines in economic activity. These effects have been most pronounced in countries around the equator, where climate change has caused deadly heat waves, unleashed supercharged storms, and made extreme droughts more likely. India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) would be an additional 30% higher had temperatures not risen from the accumulation of greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere, according to the report. That sort of drag is equivalent to the Great Depression in United States, the authors note. Although India has made great strides in reducing poverty, more than 70 million people live on less than $1.90 per day, nearly half the population practices open defecation, and 240 million people lack access to electricity. Read More: Greenland's Rapidly Melting Ice Threatens People Living in Poverty the Most Without climate change, the country would have likely made greater progress in reducing these inequities, the new study suggests. Diffenbaugh said that rising temperatures reduce economic output in a number of ways. As it becomes hotter, workers become less productive, staple crop yields decline, cognitive functioning decreases, and interpersonal conflict rises. In recent years, devastating heat waves have all but stopped outdoor economic activity in countries as diverse as Pakistan and Japan. Embed from Getty Images Diffenbaugh said that there are multiple benefits to transitioning to renewable energy for both poor and rich economies. Read More: The Crazy Reason Greenland Is Rooting for Climate Change First, replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy causes fewer greenhouse gas emissions to get released into the atmosphere, which in turn reduces the costs associated with climate change from natural disasters, heat waves, and so on. Second, millions of people still lack access to electricity around the world. Renewable energy is a cheap and effective way to connect them to the global economy, which can greatly increase per capita GDP. “Economic inequality is a persistent challenge globally and there’s been substantial progress in recent decades in terms of lifting people out of extreme poverty and narrowing the economic gap between the world’s richest and poorest countries,” Diffenbaugh said. “But there are still very large populating that continue to lack electricity, continue to lack clean water, continue to rely on biomass for cooking, which has huge health impacts, so despite the progress, global economic inequality is a major challenge.” TOPICSEnvironmentScienceClimate ChangeStudyPNAS
  10. tan_lejos_tan_cerca

    The Action Thread Part Two

    OPINIONENVIRONMENT Why You Should Probably Never Drink Bottled Water Again And 10 facts about the bottled water industry. Konstantin Stepanov/Flickr The bottled water industry is about as wasteful as they come. This billion dollar industry is taking something that is essentially free around the world, packaging it, and selling it for profit. And it gets worse. Nestlé — the same company that brings you those delicious Toll House cookies — decided in May to open a new plant in the middle of the drought-stricken desert in Arizona. This decision has raised many concerns and questions, the most obvious being “how can they bottle water in a desert?” Many of the concerned groups are environmental activists. Nestle already faces backlash from groups angry about them bottling water in the San Bernardino Mountains, and a group in Oregon voted in favor of anti-bottling measures on a proposed anti-bottling measures. Additionally, a petition was started on Change.org calling Nestlé Waters “irresponsible and unsustainable,” pointing out that Arizona has officially been in a drought for 17 years. 59 people are talking about this City officials concluded that there will be enough water for both Pure Life and the city’s tap, but environmentalists (and Global Citizens) aren’t convinced. The bottled water industry is bad for the environment. Nearly 80 percent of plastic water bottles simply become litter in a landfill, creating 2 million tonsof plastic bottle waste every year. Here are 10 things you might not know about the bottled water industry. The first case of bottled water sold dates back to Boston, Massachusetts, in the 1760s. Mineral water was bottled and sold by a spa for therapeutic uses. For the first time ever, bottled water sales are going to surpass the sale of soda in the US. Global consumption of bottled water increases by 10 percent every year. The slowest growth is in Europe, while the fastest growth is in North America. The energy we waste bottling water would be enough to power 190,000 homes. Food & Water Watch reported that more than half of bottled water comes from the tap. Bottled water is no safer than tap water. In fact, 22 percent of bottled brands tested contained chemicals at levels above state health limits in at least one sample. It takes three times more water to produce a plastic water bottle than it does to fill one. The amount of oil used to make a year's worth of bottles could fillone million cars for a year. Only one in five plastic bottles are recycled. The bottled water industry made $13 billion in 2014, but it would only cost $10 billion to provide clean water to everyone in the world. TOPICSrecycleNestlébottled waterplastic bottles COMMENTS
  11. tan_lejos_tan_cerca

    The Action Thread Part Two

    This Friday, 26 April 2019, marks the 33rd Anniversary of the devastating Chernobyl disaster. On the 30th Anniversary of the accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, our Voluntary CEO Adi Roche addressed a special session of the Naciones Unidas General Assembly and made the suggestion that, as part of a campaign to raise global awareness of the consequences of the Chernobyl accident, April 26th should be designated as Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day. Adi's plea was later ratified and later this week we will commemorate the third Naciones Unidas 'International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day' with nations all across the world. On this special day of commemoration, we ask you to join us to say to the victims and survivors of Chernobyl that they will not be forgotten. #UNChernobylDay #IWillNotForgetYou
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    Did you know that the Government and local councils offer discounts, schemes, and free passes for some forms of public transport? 🚌 🚍 🚆🚘 No? 😮 Well, we may have some details that might be of interest to you. 😉 Visit: https://bit.ly/2BHIQ4q
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    Calling all Wicklow-based bands and singer-songwriters aged 18 and under! Music Generation Wicklow is launching a new recording mentorship workshop for bands and solo artists who write their own music. Four shortlisted bands/solo artists will receive professional mentorship and funding to record and shoot a video for their single. Final date for receipt of entries is this Friday, 26 April.
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    We’re sad to learn that Dr. Manasseh Phiri, the renowned AIDS activist featured in our documentary the Lazarus Effect has passed away. As one of Zambia’s most prominent leaders in the AIDS fight, Dr. Phiri was a leading force driving activism around global health issues. Thank you Dr. Phiri for inspiring us and fighting to end AIDS — your legacy lives on.
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    The Action Thread Part Two

    500 babies are born with HIV every day. But, we can change this. Join (RED) & let's #endAIDS. 👊🏽
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    The Action Thread Part Two

    0 GIRLS AND WOMEN This Ethiopian entrepreneur is breaking tradition to empower women 24 October 2018 4:48PM UTC | By: ABLE JOIN Join the fight against extreme poverty EmailJoin Share on Facebook Save on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email In this series, we’re introducing you to strong and savvy female entrepreneurs from Ethiopia who have partnered with social enterprise and lifestyle brand ABLE. Semhal Guesh grew up in Ethiopia hearing a phrase many young girls her age did not: “You can do whatever you want.” Now 27 years old, it’s no coincidence that Semhal has become a designer, architect, and entrepreneur. She now runs Kabana, a leather production company in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital and largest city, and through her company, she helps other women realise their full potential. “Most of my life, my father told me I could accomplish any ideas that I had; that I had no limits,” said Semhal. “In Ethiopia, every family is male-dominated and sons are given more chances than daughters. But with my dad, that was not the case.” Semhal recognizes that if she had grown up in rural Ethiopia or with parents less encouraging than her own, she might have been expected to stop her education at 12 years old and get married. Instead, Semhal dreamed of becoming an astronaut or an astrophysicist because she hadn’t seen a lot of women in those professions. But it was architecture that won over Semhal for the ability to create something both beautiful and functional. While studying for her Bachelors in Architecture, she picked up a few leather samples at a local market and began designing with it. Suddenly, her dormitory transformed into a small workshop with a handful of women hand stitching products to sell at bazaars. “By day, we’d go to lectures and we’d make leather products at night,” said Semhal. “It was more about the joy of designing and turning our work into an actual reality. It wasn’t to earn money. It was something we could do together.” After graduation, Semhal began working in architecture full-time while still managing to grow her leather business. Her supervisor at the architecture firm saw her passion and encouraged her to spend more time focused on her growing leather company until she eventually made the decision to devote all her time to Kabana. “It was a hectic time, but my motivation was seeing how the job and income were changing the life of my first employee,” said Semhal. “She came to me with minimum knowledge or experience, but I taught her how to cut and stitch leather and design development. In time, I saw her changing, knowing what to do, and unafraid to share her ideas because she had the freedom to speak out. I thought ‘I’m paying somebody who supports their family. I’m part of the generation that’s creating opportunities and income for her.’” Today, Semhal and her staff of 31 are in high demand, thanks in part to her background in architecture, which gives her an eye for design and an understanding of technical specifications. Kababa creates handmade leather bags, wallets, folders, and custom products for clients in Ethiopia, the U.S., and Sweden. On a mission to give other women the same support she has received, Semhal is focused on motivating the women she hires to expect more for themselves. She enrolls her employees in different training programs to help them realize their value and potential, invests in their new business ideas through loans, offers paid time away from work, mentorship, and coaching. “Everyone is shy in Ethiopia, especially girls,” said Semhal. “I tell my employees about myself, how I got to where I am, and that not everything is easy. Then I push them to have a conversation with other women. I want them to know they don’t have to be closed off.” Thankfully, Semhal believes her country’s view of women is changing, evidenced by recent changes such as the government’s decision to back women’s education and the creation of various leadership and professional associations. As more doors open for women in Ethiopia, Semhal continues to raise the bar on women’s equality, safety, wages and benefits in the workplace. Through her company’s partnership with ABLE, Kabana has undergone the ACCOUNTABLE social impact audit and found opportunities to improve her wages, maternity leave policy, medical coverage, and employment practices. “Ethiopia doesn’t have a set minimum wage policy,” said Semhal. “When ABLE introduced liveable wages to KABANA, it gave us a new benchmark.” “I want to show that you can be an entrepreneur and be young and a woman,” said Semhal. “It takes a lot of convincing, but I’m not one to back away from a challenge. Breaking the tradition starts with hearing the stories about other women and their success.” ABLE is publishing its lowest wages to protect and empower the fashion industry’s most vulnerable workers, most of whom are women. To provide consumers with complete transparency, all their partners must go through the rigorous and exhaustive ACCOUNTABLE assessment, evaluating their workplace’s equality, safety, wages and benefits, with a particular emphasis on women. To learn more about ABLE’s #PUBLISHYOURWAGES movement that inspires consumers to demand greater transparency of their favourite brands, visit www.livefashionable.com/publishyourwages. ONE welcomes the contributions of guest bloggers but does not necessarily endorse the views, programs, or organisations highlighted.
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    The Action Thread Part Two

    0 CULTURE The Maasai brand is valuable — and it should belong to the Maasai people 28 July 2017 5:18PM UTC | By: GUEST BLOGGER JOIN Join the fight against extreme poverty EmailJoin Share on Facebook Save on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email By Meg Brindle, Light Years IP I was at a conference in Kenya when I first met a member of the Maasai, a group of people who live in East Africa. He had a question for me – and the answers could have the potential to dramatically impact poverty for millions of low-income farmers, producers and others. You’d recognise the Maasai from photos. Many are tall, elegant and very distinctively dressed. Often, when a generic image is used of Africans in photos or advertising, it’s of Maasai. Their designs and style get used by others – but the Maasai don’t earn a penny. Embed from Getty Images That’s not right. It’s cultural appropriation – but it’s also bad business. Increasingly, the things that make products valuable aren’t the ingredients that go into them – it’s the intangible things, including the brands. And companies are careful to look out for their brands, spending millions to protect and defend them. Think about Coca-Cola or Apple. Their products are more than sugar, fruit juice, and water, or metal and plastic, chips and screen. Their brand value is much greater than the value of the physical resources. That’s because of the ideas, imagination, and presentation that come together in great products: what business calls “intellectual property (IP).” So what does this mean for a semi-nomadic tribe of nearly 2 million across Tanzania and Kenya? We’d been working with Ethiopian Fine Coffee to help them own their own brands and license them. We’d helped return $101 million to coffee exporters. That’s when I met the Maasai elder. He tapped me on the shoulder and said: “ We understand that IP works for coffee. The Maasai have a brand that is used by many western companies without our permission. Can you help us?” A group of Maasai people. (Photo credit: joxeankoret/Wikimedia Commons) We engaged Maasai University students in researching the dozens of companies using the Maasai name, image and brand without their permission. Our friends at Comic Relief were kind enough to help fund the feasibility study. Brand expert David Cardwell who did the Star Wars licensing deal helped. Our goal was to let the Maasai run the process with some good advice from others. To them, respect and removal of culturally inappropriate images are as important as income. For six years, we have been about helping the Maasai to organize and form MIPI -The Maasai IP Initiative. With outreach across Kenya and Tanzania and radio broadcasts, materials translated to Maa and Swahili, Light Years IP and the Maasai have reached 500,000 Maasai — a critical mass to own, control, license and where relevant, to create solutions with large companies that had used their brand name. One big car company, for example, returned the Maasai trademark and negotiations are underway with Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy. In 2012, a Louis Vuitton fashion show featured Maasai scarves and shirts modelled and sold for upwards of 1,000 euros each. Of course, the LVMH brand is valued highly and IP and brand experts can help us to quantify what portion is due to cultural appropriation of the Maasai iconic values of bravery, strength, and warrior images. The Maasai are a proud people — respectful and honourable. The Maasai leadership has been offended at the cultural misappropriation of their brand and name. They understand that it is valuable – and it’s theirs. Our analysis shows it is worth about $250 million. Embed from Getty Images Maasai elder, Isaac ole Tialalo, leader of MIPI has been to Capitol Hill and to Parliament in London with The African IP Trust, headed by Lord Paul Boating. It’s an honour for our support and advocacy group to help the Maasai achieve win-win situations with companies. We think that the Maasai are an inspiration and model to other indigenous people who are about 6% of the world’s population and suffer both cultural appropriation and poverty. The Cherokee, Navajo, and Tourag, for example, add value to countless products and companies. It is not easy to regain control after cultural appropriation, but we think it is the right thing to do. Find out more about the Maasai here.
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    The Action Thread Part Two

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  21. Is there a problem with U2.com? Looks like no updates since march 13

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      Fuzzyduck

      Was Thinking That Myself.....tbh

  22. Manohlive

    u2 song of the day

    Likewise. Fez Being Born.
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    u2 song of the day

    STAND UP Comedy !!! I Love the No Line on the Horizon Album !!!!!!
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    If I read the Bible today..

    Wisdom 6:12 Wisdom is bright and unfading. She readily appears to those who love her. She ' s found by those who keep seeking after her.
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    If I read the Bible today..

    Love one another.
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    2019 Subscription - Subscribers Gift

    I like how they worded when this year's gift would start happening. Unless I'm way off track, it was Spring but they left it open either way. I thought that was smart and respectful of subscribers' voiced frustrations. Part of me hopes and thinks this is going to start May/June. A bigger part of me hopes it goes well when it does-the better they get it right than rush it mentality which I've read other Zootopians post when we've been waiting for for a past U2 event. I've been listening to the first two tracks from online uploads. I'm very happy with how great they sound, even with YouTube. It's nice to be able to hear them even though I do not resubscribe for a few weeks.
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