'Woman in red' sprayed with tear gas becomes symbol of Turkey protests ISTANBUL - In her red cotton summer dress, necklace and white bag slung over her shoulder she might have been floating across the lawn at a garden party; but before her crouches a masked policeman firing teargas spray that sends her long hair billowing upwards. Endlessly shared on social media and replicated as a cartoon on posters and stickers, the image of the "woman in red" has become the leitmotif for female protesters during days of violent anti-government demonstrations in Istanbul. "That photo encapsulates the essence of this protest," said math student Esra at Besiktas, near the Bosphorus strait and one of the centres of this week's protests. "The violence of the police against peaceful protesters, people just trying to protect themselves and what they value." In one graphic copy plastered on walls the woman appears much bigger than the policeman.
The lazy person's guide to saving the world - United Nations Sustainable Development End extreme poverty. Fight inequality and injustice. Fix climate change. Whoa. The Global Goals are important, world-changing objectives that will require cooperation among governments, international organizations and world leaders. It seems impossible that the average person can make an impact.
Look in the mirror: Just substitute "Canadian" for "American child care hell" An article in the April 29th issue of The New Republic has generated considerable interest in US child care as its content and perspective have been picked up and extended in social media, other magazines, US TV, radio and daily newspapers and even in offshore news media. The hell of American daycare: the barely regulated, unsafe business of looking after our children describes a case of a fire in a family child care home caring for seven very young children. The case - prominent in the media for some time involved an untrained 23 year old caregiver/owner who had left the kids alone to go shop at Target, a practice that - testimony at the trial asserted - was not new. An oil-filled pot left cooking on the stove caught fire and four children died. Eventually the caregiver who - it became clear - had a criminal record - was sentenced to 80 years in prison.
Why is cycling so popular in the Netherlands? Image copyright Thinkstock There are more bicycles than residents in The Netherlands and in cities like Amsterdam and The Hague up to 70% of all journeys are made by bike. The BBC's Hague correspondent, Anna Holligan, who rides an omafiets - or "granny style" - bike complete with wicker basket and pedal-back brakes, examines what made everyone get back in the saddle. The 70s velo-rution Before World War II, journeys in the Netherlands were predominantly made by bike, but in the 1950s and 1960s, as car ownership rocketed, this changed.
Critical Friends: Building a Culture of Collaboration “… a critical friend is someone who is encouraging and supportive, but who also provides honest and often candid feedback that may be uncomfortable or difficult to hear. A critical friend is someone who agrees to speak truthfully, but constructively, about weaknesses, problems, and emotionally charged issues.” — The Glossary of Education Reform Being critical friends means that we can depend on our colleagues to help us reach our potential. The Most Important Defense Of Women’s Rights You Will Read Today The Republican Party has waged a vicious war against women for many years now, and it hasn’t slowed one bit. Controlled by their Christian Right puppet masters, GOP lawmakers across the country have introduced bill after bill in an effort to end a woman’s right to choose. 2013 has been yet another year in which women have lost rights because Christian fundamentalist men are using their own interpretation of the Bible to excuse their sexism. This was the exact situation that compelled former President Jimmy Carter to write an editorial in 2009 announcing his departure from the Southern Baptist Convention, a religious group his family had belonged to for generations. In his op-ed, Carter staunchly defended equal rights for women and criticized the SBC for wrongly interpreting the Bible in an effort to subjugate women. At a time when women’s rights are being attacked more than ever before, this four-year old editorial is important.
8 Critical Numbers in Bill and Melinda Gates' Letter to Warren Buffett Farmers in a mountainous area of Sapa, Vietnam. Flickr-UN Photo/ Kibae Park Billionaire philanthropist Warren Buffett donated $30 billion to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2006. Buffett recently wrote a letter to the Gates, requesting they update the world as to all the foundation had accomplished in tackling global poverty. Five shocking facts about child care in the United States In the latest issue of The New Republic, Jonathan Cohn has a searing cover story on the low quality of child care around the United States. It's not always this cute. A large number of day-care centers are poorly run and even unsafe. At the same time, U.S. child care is still extremely expensive for many families — despite ample evidence that investing in young children has huge social benefits.
Exercise key to long, happy life The study found that 150 minutes of vigorous physical activity per week added two to three years to the lives of the men during the 13-year study. Image: Aletia/Shutterstock Sustained physical activity can add years to life and substantially improve the quality of those years, according to the latest results of a long-term study into more than 12,000 elderly Western Australian men. In a paper recently published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, researchers from The University of Western Australia found that 150 minutes of vigorous physical activity per week added two to three years to the lives of those men who remained physically active for the duration of the 13-year study.
Letting kids move in class isn’t a break from learning. It IS learning. Students in Robbi Giuliano’s fifth-grade class sit on yoga balls as they complete their assignments at Westtown-Thornbury Elementary School in West Chester, Pa. (MATT ROURKE/ASSOCIATED PRESS) Last July I published a post titled “Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today.” To Bleed Or Not To Bleed: Is That The Question? Photo: ParentingPatch Young women are increasingly using birth control pills to prevent menstruation as well as pregnancy In the mid-2000s birth control pills such as Seasonale and Lybrel began to appear. About Dr Vandana Shiva Dr Shiva at Bija Vidyapeeth Dr. Vandana Shiva trained as a Physicist at the University of Punjab, and completed her Ph.D. on the ‘Hidden Variables and Non-locality in Quantum Theory’ from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. She later shifted to inter-disciplinary research in science, technology and environmental policy, which she carried out at the Indian Institute of Science and the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, India Dr Shiva and Sir Edward Goldsmith at Bija Vidyapeeth
Girl napping at in-home day care in SE Minnesota stops breathing, dies Minnesota recorded its second child care death of the year Tuesday, after a girl three weeks shy of her first birthday stopped breathing during a nap at a home day care in Fillmore County. Gabrielle Ray Free of Lime Springs, Iowa, was at Vanessa N. Payne Family Child Care on Tuesday afternoon. She was airlifted to St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, where she died, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Foul play is not suspected, Sheriff Daryl Jensen said, and Payne’s day care is still licensed to operate under state rules.