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  2. tan_lejos_tan_cerca

    The Action Thread Part Two

    “In the fight to lift women up, you are the lead singer.” Bono to Melinda Gates. We couldn’t agree more! #MomentofLift
  3. tan_lejos_tan_cerca

    The Action Thread Part Two

    DYK the mosquito is the world's *deadliest* animal?! Here's how we're fighting back: bit.ly/2DvOZRC
  4. Canadanne

    MacPhisto fansite

    Thank you so much for reading and commenting. Most of the 2018 speeches now have downloadable MP3s - http://www.canadanne.co.uk/macphisto/transcripts/ei_index.html Also, if anyone has never heard the MacPhisto rehearsal before the start of the Zooropa Tour, you may be interested to know it's finally on YouTube!
  5. Today
  6. tan_lejos_tan_cerca

    The Action Thread Part Two

    0 HEALTH Meet the heroes fighting malaria and saving lives 25 April 2019 11:29AM UTC | By: JANE EAGLES ADD YOUR NAME Sign now: we demand more action in the fight against AIDS EmailSign Share on Facebook Save on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email Nearly half of the world’s population is at risk of malaria, with sub-Saharan Africa continuing to carry a disproportionately high share of the global malaria burden. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are over 200 million cases of malaria a year — and most of these are preventable. That’s why we’re highlighting the outstanding heroes working tirelessly to make malaria a disease of the past. Role Model Caregivers Role Model Caregivers (RMC) are a small group of unpaid heroes working to end the spread of malaria. Across Niger state in Nigeria, RMCs watch over patients and monitor their usage of lifesaving mosquito nets and antimalarials. Funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH) has trained 500 RMCs across 25 districts in the state. “The role of the Malaria Role Model Caregiver is to liaison treatment between clinics and the sick in communities,” says caregiver Haraja Sule. “Clinics retain our services and deploy us daily into homes.” Sule adds, “Yes, there is no money in doing this, but many women and girls admire me and want to challenge malaria, too. My patients – my clients – are free to seek my help, even at 1 a.m. This is my prize and satisfaction.” Hannatou Abdou Everyday heroes like Hannatou Abdou have taken the lead in the fight against malaria. In her community in Danja, Niger, Abdou has made it her life mission to help the families in the community. Danja has a population of 6000 people. Abdou is one of 700 women from the local area who has received training to become a community health worker — this has contributed to the dramatic fall in the number of cases of malaria in Danja. Abdou explains, “I give myself to the community and distribute medicine to prevent malaria so that together we can stop malaria from spreading in our villages and in our country.” During the wet season, when malaria infection rates are highest, she meets families to dispense seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC), which is a preventative medicine to protect young children from the disease. SMC is easily administered by community health workers in remote areas, making it a sustainable solution in rural settings to control malaria. “The child of one mother, is the child of every mother…This is what drives me in the war against malaria.” Dr. Faith Osier Dr. Faith Osier is no stranger to taking on the challenges that millions around the world face. From an early age, Osier was motivated to join the fight against malaria – a disease that has affected many in her hometown of Nairobi, Kenya. Today, Osier is at the forefront of the fight, leading the charge against malaria. For the last 12 years in Kilifi, Kenya — Osier has worked to end the parasite that caused more than 10 percent of all Kilifi residents to fall ill in 2015. Osier has partnered with the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Wellcome Trust, and the Kilifi County Hospital to develop a malaria vaccine. “We study people who are being exposed to malaria,” she says. “We look at their blood and their antibody responses and how they are responding. We know that antibodies are very important… and we believe that antibodies hold the key.” Ruth Oppong and Adwoa Asantewa Ruth Oppong and Adwoa Asantewa are the dynamic duo volunteering their time to combat malaria in Ghana. Together, they go out into communities explaining how indoor residual spraying (IRS) works. This is when long-lasting insecticides are sprayed on the inside of homes to deter mosquitoes — it has proved to be a remarkably effective method at tackling malaria in Ghana. “We are committed to ending malaria in our community. That’s why we are doing this. If women are leading in the fight against malaria, we are bound to succeed,” says Asantewa. The Global Fund To make sure the Global Fund can continue its critical work, it will be hosting its Sixth Replenishment conference in October. They’re asking world leaders and private investors to come together and help save 16 million lives over the next 3 years by investing a minimum of US$14 billion. This is the bold ambition the world needs to get us on track to stop the spread of diseases like malaria— and it’s why we’re calling on world leaders to #StepUpTheFight by fully financing the Global Fund. Add your name now to tell world leaders they must back this bold initiative this year. Sign now: we demand more action in the fight against AIDS Dear government and business leaders, We're urging you to show ambition in ending AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. This is a fight we can win – but only if we all do our part. I’m in, are you? Please fully finance the Global Fund to help save another 16 million lives and bring us closer to eliminating these diseases for good.
  7. CorkVegan

    u2 song of the day

    I always found the album version to be very repetitive and boring but in recent years I picked up remixes on vinyl and those versions radically changed my opinion. Looking at the news and seeing religious dogma leading to violence in 2019 my song of the day is about religious dogma leading to violence in 1983.
  8. Canadanne

    2019 Subscription - Subscribers Gift

    I'm still waiting for them to finish their reports on the last two concerts! Someone give them a poke.
  9. CorkVegan

    If I read the Bible today..

    Matthew 6:5-15 New International Version (NIV) Prayer 5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 9 “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation,[a] but deliver us from the evil one.[b]’ 14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
  10. CorkVegan

    The Mood Thread (Reboot)

    The way I see it religion is a human construct. If you look back into the Bible Jesus told his followers that you can have a direct relationship with God. There is no need to go through the middle men with their rituals, money changing and power structure. When asked how a person could pray as an individual Jesus gave them the Lord's prayer. It is exactly the same with Buddhism and others... the founder advocated a personal interaction with the Divine but when the founder passed away humans quickly inserted themselves between God and people. Basically "You have to go through us to get to God, and it's not a free service brothers and sisters." But each to their own, find what works for you. There are people who find support in being part of a community and that is great. If it helps you to go through a middle man then good, whatever works for you. However you don't need to. The Divine is everywhere and everyone. They don't just hang out in churches and temples.
  11. padawanbeck84

    Have to Count - the new and improved one :P

    44, 907 - Let's play some noisy U2 songs to liven it up
  12. pain_18_

    u2 song of the day

    I loved it from the very first second I listened to it....The song is a Cosmic Masterpiece and when I saw the video I was very pleasantly impressed !!!!!
  13. doctornickriviera

    If You Dropped Your Popcorn, You Might Of Missed It!

    Yeah spotted that. However U2 did not walk off stage when Queen walked on at Live Aid. I loved Bohemian Rhapsody but let’s just say the film is historically inaccurate in many ways.
  14. doctornickriviera

    REDZONE TERRIBLE EXPERIENCE

    I’ve never done red zone but from what I’ve seen on recent tours the areas are All standing and very very crammed. In Manchester and London on the recent tours there was far more room and better vantage points on the floor. I can’t justify the ticket cost. I now a certain amount goes to charity and you get fancy lanyards etc but I’d rather go GA and take my chances. It’s always worked out well for me. The Redzone thing seems a bit of a rip off to me. Mods correct me if I’m wrong but I don’t think the Red Zone has ever been markets as suitable for people with a significant physical disability. most arenas nowadays have excellent wheelchair areas, in fact I took a close friend to one of the London Gigs Doing this great view, £40 for the two of us and the Band and the venue offering a great deal for people with a physical disability. If not wheelchair dependent decent seats would have been a better option. I also had a great experience at Manchester 2. I was on the floor which seemed very undersold and people were crammed in like sardines in the red zones with no room to move. Dont get me started on the ‘VIP’ areas which get deserted by the start on the encore...... too important to get stuck in the crowds with the plebs.....
  15. uukaks

    What Hasn't U2 Released Yet That You Want?

    Next studio album.
  16. paoladegliesposti

    u2 song of the day

  17. Manohlive

    What concert are you seeing next?

    Dawes announced two nights at Codfish Hollow in August. I can't sleep waiting for the presale later this morning. $30. and minimal service fees. Dawes also announced a July date in Bloomington, IL. Again, it's $30 or so. I should see lots of my Dawes fans friends at these shows-especially Codfish. They allow free camping on the grounds. I think a friend and I are going to do that for two nights if we can figure out a way to get in a shower for a second night's show. It's so far in the middle of nowhere that nobody can get a cell signal at the venue. I love it. No electricity camping-just a fire pit and no charge. The bonus is we are on the first hayride down into the venue because we camped out overnight. 😀
  18. doctornickriviera

    The Mood Thread (Reboot)

    Yep it’s the way various religions are manipulated for evil around the world that is the problem......
  19. Manohlive

    The Mood Thread (Reboot)

    Imagine people not taking the name of God hostage and leaving everyone to pursue their own path while living in peace. These bombings are not religion. They are evil hatred.
  20. doctornickriviera

    The Mood Thread (Reboot)

    I’m sick of philanthropists who can find hundreds of millions of Euros to fix a very nice church but don’t feel the need to pay taxes to support those less fortunate than themselves in the world. it seems we value ‘culture and art’ more highly than human existence. The gap between rich and poor is wider than ever.
  21. doctornickriviera

    The Mood Thread (Reboot)

    Imagine no Religion......
  22. doctornickriviera

    u2 song of the day

    Raised By Wolves Just like Arsenal were last night!
  23. Manohlive

    The Mood Thread (Reboot)

    Bucks won the first playoff round. The Celtics again! Yikes. I'm happy but nervous and very superstitious. I'm also very bummed and angry about all the needless suffering so many face in our world. I'll snap out of it but I'm stuck in Why? mode. I'm scared at how much people hate and how little regard people have for human life when they get seduced by hatred. I know we'll somehow make it but I can't see or feel that right now. I need to stop watching the video of the guy in the backpack walking into the church in Sri Lanka before he detonated. It makes me sick to my stomach.
  24. Manohlive

    u2 song of the day

    I did not know what to think of Lemon the first few listens. I then saw the video and got it. My U2 song of the day is Zooropa.
  25. Yesterday
  26. Malahide

    Have to Count - the new and improved one :P

    44906 It is so quiet here I can hear a needle fall
  27. tan_lejos_tan_cerca

    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
  28. padawanbeck84

    Have to Count - the new and improved one :P

    44, 905 - Middle-of-the-week counting.
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