Economic empowerment is key to breaking the cycle of poverty for women across the globe, especially for single and widowed mothers. The link between poor health care and maternal health and poverty has been well-established for decades. We need to provide women with a sustainable way to not fall into poverty and provide those in poverty a means by which they can get out. The optimal combination of skills, entrepreneurship and emotional well-being support—rather than just handouts—is key. At a global level, you are more likely to be poor if you are a woman, for a variety of reasons. When it comes to work internationally, there are 700 million fewer women than men getting paid. Women are much more likely to find themselves in informal work with fewer hours. Domestic duties like child care, fetching water and firewood over long distances and completing household chores mean women are likely to have longer "working days" often with no financial recognition. Complications around … [Read more...] about Aid Money Should be Spent on Empowering Mothers in Need | Opinion
The Hanoitimes - Communal house is a typical architecture of Vietnam showcasing the rich spiritual life of the local people. Everywhere in Vietnam, from the city to the countryside, especially in villages, a communal house is a familiar image as an indispensable part of the people’s life. A communal house is the center of cultural activities of the whole village. The Phu Luu village's communal house. Photo: Thuy Duong. Communal house is considered as a symbol of culture, spirit and religion of Vietnamese. Through thousands of years in the history until today, each communal house usually has three main features. Firstly, it is the worshiping place of the Tutelary God of a village, the guardian of the village. The Tutelary God can be a natural god such as God of the mountain, God of the river, God of the sea or someone or something specific depending on the belief of each place, like God of tree or God of stone and so on. The deity can also be national … [Read more...] about Communal house: a symbol of Vietnamese religion and culture
Tens of thousands of homes were without power last week as a weather system packing powerful winds and arctic temperatures roared across Massachusetts, downing power lines. It was nowhere near the catastrophic situation that Texans endured in which people lost heat, electricity and clean water for weeks last month. And don’t forget about the recent floods in Kentucky. And then there was California, where in January a 150-foot chunk of the famed Pacific Highway fell into the ocean following intense rainstorms creating a debris flow that overwhelmed water drains for more than 100 miles south of San Francisco. The number of weather disasters with losses over a billion dollars is increasing, according to NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information . And the group Climate Central says that since 2000 there's been a 67 percent increase in major power outages from weather and climate related events. That means stress on everything from roads to bridges, tunnels to water … [Read more...] about America’s infrastructure is failing: What needs fixing first?
Cadarius Johnson, seen here at 16 years old when he was booked into Claiborne Parish Detention Center in July 2013. (Photo by Brett Duke, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune) Cadarius Johnson shuffled into a Shreveport hospital dressed in a prison uniform, his legs in shackles and wrists chained to his thin waist. Two armed guards escorted the 17-year-old with a developmental disability to see a psychologist, ready to intervene in another outburst. In childish, uneven handwriting, Cadarius wrote his name onto a legal form, releasing his right to medical privacy. Whatever unpredictable thing he might say next could be turned over to a judge. It had been three months since an early morning in July 2013 when Cadarius, then 16, was left alone at his mobile home despite a court order telling his mother to stay with him. For reasons that remain unclear, he called 911 and hung up four times before sunrise. Within the hour, Cadarius was in custody, and a sheriff’s deputy was accusing … [Read more...] about A Louisiana teen with disabilities needed help. Why was he accused of trying to kill a cop?
KENSINGTON PALACE -- There is a new alliance between the United States and Britain. More than two centuries after Americans revolted against the monarchy, a British prince has asked a commoner from the colonies to be his wife, and she's accepted. Harry, the 33-year old Prince of Wales, will marry Meghan Markle, the 36-year-old Hollywood actress. The announcement came Monday in London. Why Prince Harry's engagement to Meghan Markle is a "game changer" "The fact that I fell in love with Meghan so incredibly quickly was confirmation to me that all the stars were aligned, everything was just perfect," Prince Harry said. "This beautiful woman just tripped and fell into my life, I fell into her life." The once-rebellious prince and the American divorcee and TV star are changing the face of the British monarchy -- together. When did Harry know Markle was "the one"? "The very first time we met," he said. That was on a blind date set up by a mutual friend. Harry … [Read more...] about Prince Harry on when he knew Meghan Markle was “the one”
Since she joined property developer Sena Development Plc 17 years ago, 2020 turned out to be one of the most memorable years for Kessara Thanyalakpark. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, her company still managed to achieve record revenue, record pre-sales and a high net profit. She was also promoted to managing director. Last year was the best year for the company despite the virus crisis. The company's strong performance was derived from the foundations she had spent five years previously laying down, initiatives she had worked hard to push before the pandemic struck. "Frankly speaking, if I had not spent 100% of my full time working with the company five years ago, joint ventures such as the one with Japanese partner Hankyu Hanshin Properties and the new initiatives like the solar homes and Made From Her campaign would not have happened," she said. In 2004, while working as a full-time lecturer in banking and finance at Chulalongkorn University's Faculty of Commerce and … [Read more...] about The woman behind solar residential properties