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Muhammad Yunus of Bangladesh and the Grameen Bank have been jointly awarded the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize. Mr Yunus, an economist, founded the bank, which is one of the pioneers of micro-credit lending schemes for the poor, especially women, in Bangladesh. Soundbite from Muhammad Yunus on why credit for self-employment is so important.
  • 19 Nov 2010
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Sri Lanka cricketer Kumar Sangakkara and other team mates taking part in the ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa, have a major assignment off the pitch � to campaign for children�s needs and rights in the global fight against HIV and AIDS. Today, they took the campaign, a partnership between Unicef, UNAIDS and the ICC, to Johannesburg�s Tembisa Township where they gave a coaching clinic to local youngsters. But the visit wasn�t only about cricketing skills; it was about raising awareness in the fight against HIV and Aids. South Africa has one of the highest HIV infection rates in the world, and the disease is especially prevalent in poverty stricken areas such as Thembisa. Under the banner of �Unite for children, Unite against AIDS�, the campaign uses the star profile of top cricketers to highlight the unacceptable levels of HIV infection amongst children and young people and aims de stigmatize the disease. The Sri Lankan player�s players, keen to improve on their runner-up spot at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007, received a rousing farewell after their days coaching. They left behind not only a commitment to cricket, but also to the fight against HIV and Aids.
  • 18 Jul 2010
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I joined the army when I was fifteen years old. I don't know if I can say that I went willingly. I was afraid to be taken by force. I was in the Mayi-Mayi group. The Mayi-Mayi are a group of soldiers from the Congo. They unite to chase foreign forces out of the country. They mix herbs with water. Then they spread that water on their bodies. This gives them a special protection. That�s why they are called "water-water." In that group, I was in charge of communication and gathering information. I would go to look for information in the Tutsi camp and bring it to our headquarters. And then we would prepare to fight them. It was a kind of Intelligence Service. They had young children 10 years old - even younger. Those children were in charge of the medicine of the Mayi-Mayi. They would go to look for herbs and mix them. To see how many of us died and disappeared, to see how many of us were wounded, broke my heart. When we killed an American engineer named Claude, the Tutsis became very angry. They broke into people's houses, and then spread gasoline all over them. They burned the people inside and all of their things. They burned the whole village. A lot of people were killed. That village was where I was born. I really thought about my situation. I saw that it was really bad, so I decided to leave. When I arrived here in Goma, I was not with a family. I was in the street. I have some relatives here in Goma, but I was afraid to approach them. Many of them did not agree when I joined the military service. I heard that there was an association looking for people who were soldiers, to see if they could help them. When I went to get enrolled, they told me that they had many sections such brickwork, mechanics, woodwork, soldering. Among us there were many Rwandan people. People from many ethnic groups. We had Mayi-Mayi like us. We had people who came from the government, people who came from MLC, people from the RCD - All of us together The builders who were there were happy with us. They liked our work. They also liked our attitude You see, in the military service, we saw many things that destroyed our mind. How can a child with military training be helped? Take him out of the army. Teach him - as we were. Help him lose his military spirit and he will be an ordinary young man - like I have become.
  • 20 May 2010
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For hardware or software problems, users have to call support centers to try to fix their problems under the guidance of a technician. This process is time consuming and frustrating for users. When the problem cannot be fixed by a phone call, sometimes it is necessary to take the computer to a repair center or have a technician make a house call, a very expensive proposition. With the advent of Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT), the barriers to greater efficiency of home PC maintenance are removed, and it becomes possible to maintain home PCs remotely without too much imposition on the user. Intel AMT is designed to provide a new level of IT management. With this technology, the computer can be accessed, diagnosed, and healed remotely.
  • 17 May 2010
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New research by the world bank shows international migration helps reduce poverty in the poor countries where the journeys begin. and, in a finding that surprised researchers, showed migration often benefits girls. in pakistan, girls in migrant households stay in school an average of two years longer, and children in migrant households are less likely to work, all because of the extra money sent back from abroad. The money that the world's approximately 200 million migrants send home is not the only benefit. ideas also cross borders, in morocco, as emigraton rose – mostly to low fertility countires in western europe - birth rates fell, and migration can promote entrepreneurship. These mass flows of people are not without social costs…and migrants often face abuse and explotation. but researchers argue that migration is a key part of globalization along with trade, and international money streams comes the flow of people. and they say migration is not going away. if anything, it is likely to increase.
  • 15 Apr 2010
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Numerous studies, articles and books have examined the belief that exercising your brain with cross words, SUDOKU, jigsaw puzzles or other brain callisthenics, will help keep your memory and thinking skills sharp as you age. And researchers and advocates for the aging say it could even ward off dementia and Alzheimer's.
  • 1 Apr 2010
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Richard Blumenthal, attorney general, Connecticut: "Very often the damage we find is not only lost money but dashed hopes and expectations. Ruined times together as families" JOHN SPIELMAN, CTC/manager, World Travel Services: "Know who you're dealing with. Really that’s the best thing. We're dealing with people’s dreams and hard earned money." Sally Hurme, consumer protection, AARP: "You want to be sure you’re dealing with a company that is established in your community, someone who is going to be there to solve your problems. Sally Hurme, consumer protection, AARP: "You don't want to send in a deposit and hope you get the details in the future. Be sure that you have everything in writing before you send in a penny to anyone." Sally Hurme, consumer protection, AARP: "If somebody is saying that they have a fantastic offer but it's only good for today, that is a sure sign that it’s a bad deal."
  • 30 Mar 2010
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A group of teenagers gather to express themselves through drawing. They were all affected by the tsunami but today they are most concerned about the dangers of drugs. 16-year-old Nor Soffi adds color to her sign warning against drug use. She comes here regularly, under the guidance of a local artist. This is the latest in a series of art and theater workshops for young people in Kota Kuala Muda and the island of Langkawi - the hardest hit areas of the Malaysian coast. The meetings were originally conceived by UNICEF and its partner organization, EMPOWER, as a place for youth to learn to open up and deal with the impact of the tsunami. UNICEF and EMPOWER also set up youth leadership camps to build confidence and motivation. Two years later, many teenagers say the tsunami has become less and less relevant. So the activities now focus on more pressing issues such as HIV and AIDS, sexuality and violence.
  • 26 Mar 2010
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la Cruz Roja Americana lanzó un nuevo sitio Web, *******www.cruzrojaamericana****, que ofrece a los hispanohablantes fácil acceso para obtener información sobre los preparativos críticos en case desastres, noticias y una perspectiva general de los servicios que presta la Cruz Roja. Con un nuevo estilo y apariencia específicamente orientados hacia la cultura hispana, el sitio ha recíbido el apoyo de celebridades del rango de Juanes, Emilio Estefan y Thalía. Antes del lanzamiento los visitantes hispanohablantes tenían un acceso limitado a información en español. A través del nuevo sitio Web, los visitantes hispanohablantes pueden adquirir fácilmente más información sobre los servicios de la Cruz Roja, noticias, preparativos para los desastres y la forma de inscribirse para recibir más información. El sitio también tiene un motor de búsqueda como herramienta que permite a los visitantes encontrar la oficina Cruz Roja más cercana a ellos con servicios en español.
  • 20 Mar 2010
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Virginia state dotted with historic towns, scenic byways ... and horrible puppy mills. A five-month, undercover investigation by The HSUS revealed a substantial Virginia puppy mill industry that is largely unregulated and often in violation of state and federal laws. From large-scale operations with hundreds of dogs living in seemingly endless rows of cages; to small, crowded kennels in trailers, backyards and even basements across Virginia; hundreds of commercial breeders are mass-producing dogs with little or no oversight and few�if any�safeguards for the health and well-being of the animals. HSUS investigators visited puppy mills of all sizes, as well as pet stores and Virginia-based websites selling dogs. Their discoveries were staggering. Commercial dog breeders in Virginia number nearly 1,000. And many of these operations churn out puppies in the most deplorable conditions imaginable
  • 11 Mar 2010
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India's culture is marked by a high degree of syncretismand cultural pluralism. It has managed to preserve established traditions while absorbing new customs, traditions, and ideas from invaders and immigrants. Multicultural concerns have long informed India's history and traditions, constitution and political arrangements.Indian Architecture, including notable monuments, such as the Taj Mahal and other examples of Mughal architecture and South Indian architecture, is the result of traditions that combined elements from several parts of the country and abroad. Vernacular architecture also displays notable regional variation.
  • 24 Feb 2010
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In Ghana, a country in West Africa, Malaria kills 20,000 children every year. One out of every four childhood death before the age of five is due to Malaria. 12 year old Donald Agulo lives in Gumongo, a village in the Upper East Region "My mother had six children. Two died and now we are four" His mother, Apripey Anyyongubire recalls: "One evening, I realized my child had high fever. I took him to a clinic but nobody was there. So I took him to another clinic but on the way home, he got convulsion. I cried for help and rushed to an herbalist but the child died on the way." In order to protect children from Malaria, with more than 3 million US dollar funding from the people and the Government of Japan since 2004, UNICEF supports the Ghana Health Service to provide Insecticide Treated Nets to children and pregnant women. A community health volunteer, Robert Azerko makes house visits on a blue bicycle provided by UNICEF. He explains to a pregnant woman the importance of sleeping under the net to prevent malaria. Felicia Mahama is UNICEF health officer. "In the Upper East region, the use of the net is 26-29% which is still low. Our main challenge here is behaviour change communication on the use of bednets" Apripey explains: "We used to say that when you eat too much oil, pawpaw, shea fruits or roasted millet, you get malaria. Now with the use of the mosquito net we still eat all of these and yet we do not get malaria" Today, Donald and his mother know how to protect themselves and the young children. They all sleep under the net. The insecticide Treated Nets can reduce child death by 20%. The net will prevent millions of children in Ghana from suffering from Malaria and allow them to grow up healthy.
  • 25 Jan 2010
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The 11th Hour examines the human relationship with earth from its earliest glimmers of innovation, to the challenges humanity faces in the present, to the possibilities of the future. The film posits that in many ways, humanity has detached itself from nature, and grown accustomed to using without thinking to manage the earth's resources. "We, as citizens, leaders, consumers and voters, have the opportunity to help integrate ecology into governmental policy and every day living standards," Leonardo DiCaprio. "During this critical period of human history, healing the damage of industrial civilization is the task of our generation. Our response depends on the conscious evolution of our species and this response could very well save this unique blue planet for future generations."
  • 13 Jan 2010
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Displaced and destitute. Recent fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has left a humanitarian crisis. Thousands have been helped already – families have been registered, children vaccinated against deadly diseases and cooking utensils, food and basic shelter have been provided; latrines and clean running water have kept illness down to a minimum. But the flood of humanity fleeing conflict has meant aid agencies and government authorities are not been able to keep up. Many walked for days to get to these safe camps outside Goma, shaping bush and branches into makeshift homes. 16 year old Pascaline was heavily pregnant when she and her family were forced to flee. She went into labour on the road, found shelter from the pouring rain and gave birth to a healthy girl. Seeing the new born baby and young mother, Josephine took pity on the family and opened her home to them. 17 people live here now. Josephine Ndalemwa, Head of host family: "I saw this family and the young mother and her tiny baby were completely soaked from the rain and I felt really sorry for them and took them in." The main victims of the renewed fighting are children. This young boy was shot leaving his home. Brought here by an NGO worker, his leg was saved. The main goal of UNICEF's partner Heal Africa is to help rape survivors. A mobile clinic is loaded up with medicines and heads out to volatile areas where women are most vulnerable. Young boys are particularly at risk. Once fighting was their thing, now it's football. At this transit centre for children recruited by armed forces, they get their playfulness back, caring for rabbits and being cared for themselves. Celestin too was shot and had just been brought in MONUC, the UN forces here. "Celestin", 13-year-old: Fears of re-recruitment mean these children won't be united until peace holds. Villages have emptied out in the fighting. For now MONUC and Congolese government forces are in control of the town of Sake. But ongoing insecurity threatens children most. Colonel Chand Saroha, Commanding Officer MONUC: "Nkunda's forces, Mayi mayi and FDLR also, we have seen children in all these three groups, all these commanders, they generally try to lure children to pick up arms." For now a tenuous peace is holding but the crisis in eastern DR Congo remains on the edge.
  • 17 Dec 2009
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The Day of the Dead (El DÌa de los Muertos in Spanish) is a holiday celebrated mainly in Mexico and by people of Mexican heritage (and others) living in the United States and Canada. The celebration occurs on the 1st and 2nd of November, in connection with the Catholic holy days of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day which take place on those days. Traditions include building private altars honoring the deceased, and using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed. Observance of the holiday in Mexican-American communities in the United States has become more important and widespread as the community grows numerically and economically. Mexican-style Day of the Dead festivities have spread around the world, including to Europe and New Zealand.Scholars trace the origins of the modern holiday to indigenous observances dating back thousands of years, and to an Aztec festival dedicated to a goddess called Mictecacihuatl (known in English as "The Lady of the Dead").
  • 7 Nov 2009
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Various shots from a package on the University Hospital of Jena, Germany that is pioneering the use of SAP software and radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to identify, track and match medication accurately and in real-time from the hospital’s pharmacy until they are administered to patients.
  • 29 Sep 2009
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Swank's event, called Blue Planet Run, kicked off yesterday (Friday) in an effort to raise awareness of the 1.1 billion people in the world who lack access to clean water. BPR includes 20 runners who will cover 15,200 miles in the next 95 days, each covering 10 miles at a time. �Making safe drinking water available is everyone's problem, and it's a problem it will take everyone to solve -� she said. "It's easy for me to show up today and talk about this. The real heroes are the 20 people who are actually running ... and putting their lives on hold for the 95 days"� she told press. "They will be informing ordinary individuals that we can do something extraordinary, like save a person's life for $30, by bringing safe drinking water to them," said Jin Zindell, BPRFs chairman and founder. The runners will cross 16 countries, starting in the U.S. and flying to Ireland, then ferrying to England and France. From France, they will cross Europe and Asia on land, eventually flying from Beijing to Japan before heading back to the United States.
  • 30 Jul 2009
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Libby Prendergast has fallen several times in the past few years resulting in serious injuries including a broken arm and an ankle, both requiring surgery. Elizabeth Prendergast, victim of a fall: "I find I always, not at home but when I'm going out somewhere, I want to know what I'm going to get into as far as the terrain, and stairs. I’m less sure of myself. But I feel quite confident when I use the walker." Fifty Five percent of fall injuries among older people occur inside the home. Meri-K Appy, president, Home Safety Council: "There are several reasons why an older person might experience a fall. As we age there are issues related to loss of balance, sometimes the loss of strength in our leg muscles and extremities." By implementing five easy steps, older adults can help to prevent falls in their own homes. First, make sure your footwear fits well. Be aware of stepping onto a surface that is lower than expected such as curbs and steps. Start an exercise program to improve balance and coordination. Review all prescriptions since some medications can contribute to falls. Have your vision checked since poor vision can lead to increased falls. Warren Burris, AARP, Manager, Housing Options & Liveable Communities: "AARP is taking on this issue of falls because it lends quality of life to our members."
  • 2 Jul 2009
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