Information on government in South Africa: a constitutional democracy with a three-tier system each with its own executive and legislative authority
This article talks about the government in South Africa. There are 2 houses: the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces. The South African Local Government Association joined the NCOP in February 1998. There are 13 parties total.
This article describes religion in Africa and how all aspects of a persons life are influenced because of their religion and the rules they follow. Many traditional and well-known religions are found in Africa, such as Buddhism, Hinduism, and Judaism. However, the vast majority of Africans from across the continent identify themselves with one (or more) of three religious traditions: indigenous African religions, Islam, and Christianity.
African dancing has traditionally played an essential role in the culture of the tribes. It represents the dancers inner feelings and emotions. These tribe members were taught very young how to move in such a way. It is a tradition to dance in honor of the transition from man hood or becoming a women. Dancing is used in many rituals or gatherings and each is a representation of the way of life.
Poverty in South America is primarily perceived as an urban phenomenon as 70% of the population live in cities. But in the rural areas poverty has become a more problematic issue. The indigenous peasants are the poorest people. The poverty is caused due to many reasons mainly unequal distribution of wealth.
This article fits in the "social" category because it talks about poverty in South America and the lifestyles that poor people have to live. Much of the poverty occurs because 70% of the population lives in urban cities, but there is also a lot of poverty in the rural areas as well. The poverty is also a result of migration and high fertility rates. This is becoming a big threat and our government needs to end this poverty before it gets out of hand.
Religious beliefs and sacramental practices of the indigenous peoples of North and South America. Until the 1950s it was commonly assumed that the religions of the surviving Native Americans were little...
Over the years there have been many trends and cultural changes but the people that have stayed is our ancestors. they have influenced our daily life. they have created the many different religions that are scattered throughout South America. These religions are mainly sculpted around christianity. Religions here are changed and effected by the veiwpoints of the world. Influence has been a huge part of the this catagory.. the essential question is: why do some religions stay while other go through phases of popularity?
McClatchy Washington BureauRomney Must Romance Brazil to Boost Latin American TradeBusinessweekEstablishing accords with South America's largest economies -- Brazil and Argentina -- would be difficult after leaders of the two nations joined with...
Recently, Mitt Romney has set out a proposal for the world. He has brought to ur attention that he would like to create a region-wide trade zone. There has been problems in past with the trust of the leaders between brazil and argentina. Romenys hopes are that these regions will become connected through this free trade agreement. This action is already being put into play and one way it became public was through his website. This scoop falls under the catagory of leaders in South America.
In this article they include the many things that are continuously brought to the populations attention about out earth and how we treat it. But in the passage it includes many unbelievable facts such as roughly 89 million gallons of food is put into waste each year. Sometimes this is the approach you need to catch peoples attention on the effects that we are causing our planet.
in switzerland and italy there is expected to have more deaths by lung cancer than breast cancer. The cause for this is the smoking rates and how bad the air quality is in that location. This is living proof that the carcinogens can affect you. In europe 157,000 children pick up smoking so therefore the occurrence of lunch cancer is just going to keep increasing unless something is done.
At this point, anyone not officially frightened by the bleak situation in Europe simply hasn't been paying attention.
This article relates to economics because it talks about how Europe's banks are plunging toward another recession, potentially taking the rest of the world along for the ride. Many major banks appear increasingly vulnerable to running out of money and their resulting tightness with the cash they have has been depriving economies of growth. People are justifiably losing confidence that Europe has the structure or the political will to address the storm threatening to tear it apart.
In spite of the strict separation between Church and State, religion has an important part in the daily life of the Mexicans. They are profound believers. The Catholicism is impregnated with Indian elements in Mexico.
Mexico is profoundly Catholic (about 85%), only 10% Protestant, and less than 5% Jewish. There is Indian heritage and it mixes with some of the other main religions. Also, in Mexico the Day of the Dead is a very popular holiday. There are many particular rituals and events that take place and it is meant to be a happy and joyous holiday rather than a day of mourning for the dead and lost loved ones.
By:Â Justin Chan Many people are accustomed to going to their local grocery store and picking up fruits and vegetable…...
Many people are accustomed to going to their local grocery store and picking up fruits and vegetables that have been processed through conventional methods. More often than not, these products have gone through a series of chemical spraying, which keeps parasitic pests from cluttering around the food consumers eat. Some critics have voiced health concerns over this procedure but concede that these products are affordable to those who cannot purchase healthier food. One organization, the Rodale Institute, is determined to change the perception that only the rich can afford organic food and that organic farming is not sustainable.
Headquartered in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, the Rodale Institute is a nonprofit organization that focuses on promoting organic agriculture and farming through research and outreach. Its Farming Systems Trial, for instance, compares conventional chemical agriculture with organic farming. The institute also offers workshops, tours and programs geared at raising awareness about the benefits of growing food organically.
We got an inside look at the workings of The Rodale Institute through an interview with the organization’s executive director, Coach Mark Smallwood. Check out what he had to say about their mission…
What kind of work is the Rodale Institute involved in?
We were founded in 1947 by J.I. Rodale, who was the first North American to use the word “organic agriculture.” This is where the organic movement was born. We are focused on research. We have greenhouse and compost operations. We plant different styles of gardens. We have livestock here. We have a dairy operation here. With everything we do, there’s a research component. We have had hundreds of publications and scientists come through here. In fact, in 2011, we celebrated the 30th anniversary of our Farming Systems Trial, the longest-running side-by-side comparison of conventional and organic farming.
The Farming Systems Trial has three core farming systems: a manure-based organic system, a legume-based system and a synthetic-based conventional system. Can you briefly describe these management practices?
A manure-based system is designed to mimic a beef or dairy operation. The source of nitrogen here is composted manure. The process is much like [one conducted by] a dairy farmer who has access to lots of farm manure. Farmers here compost it and apply it as a fertilizer. There are also two different treatments they can use to apply the manure: a till or a no-till system. A legume-based system uses legumes such as ryes and clovers as a source of nitrogen. This system also applies these legumes through a till or no-till treatment. The conventional system uses chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Like the other two systems, the conventional system can be used with a till or no-till treatment, but the no-till treatment involves a chemical process.
According to your research, organic systems in the Farming Systems Trial are shown to match its conventional yields and even outperform them in years of drought and environmental duress. How is this possible?
There’s more organic matter in organic soil. It’s the organic matter and the biology that lives in the soil that holds water like a sponge. So in a drought, those plants do better.
What kind of impact has your Agriculture Supported Communities program had on food desert communities so far? What is the difference between the effects of this program and that of a community supported agriculture system?
Well, this is the first year we started the ASC program. We’ve hired five new interns. They’re from Ohio, Missouri, Texas, New Jersey, and Alberta, Canada. At the end of our eight-month training program, they will go back to the food deserts they were recruited from and create their own businesses. We’ll teach them how to grow organically and market their products. In regards to your second question, usually a person has to come up with a lump sum of around $700 in a community supported agriculture system. Some people can’t afford that kind of money. Our program is a pay-as-you-go shareholder agreement. Unlike community supported agriculture systems, our program also accepts SNAP (Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program) money. We accept food stamps.
Although the global market for organic products has grown, food prices have gone up particularly in countries in Africa and the Middle East. What do you think needs to be addressed in order to make organic food more affordable in these countries?
Well, like I said, there are two ways to grow food: conventionally or organically. Conventional farming is supplemented by government funding. It aims to provide as much food as possible at an affordable price, and that’s its goal. Organic farmers, on the other hand, try to grow as much nutritious and healthy food as possible. In order to make organic food more affordable, these government subsidies should go to organic farmers instead. One of the major problems with growing food conventionally is that there can be groundwater contamination.
Global warming has been a huge issue lately. How have organic farmers adjusted to extreme weather changes?
I can speak regionally. We’ve seen our season extended here in Pennsylvania. It’s been warmer. The question now is how we can take advantage of it. Still, during this past growing season, we had a really wet spring, which made it really difficult for farmers to plant. Then, we went through seven weeks of drought in June and July. In August, we had the most amount of rainfall in the history of Pennsylvania. The cycles are unpredictable, and it’s difficult for farmers to adjust to them.
In cities where local farmers often have to compete with huge supermarket chains that sell chemically-altered food, what is the most effective way for these farmers to expand their appeal?
The most effective way for these farmers to expand their appeal is to have the government stop subsidizing the chemically-produced food and have it reflect the true cost of what that food is. If you look at the Chesapeake Bay, there’s a dead zone that’s been created by chemical agriculture. The government can charge the taxpayers to clean up the bay but not the farmers. That lowers the costs that these farmers have to pay. It’s the government’s fault. The issue here is that it’s being lobbied by lots of dollars. We meet with politicians all the time to talk about this issue.
For more information about The Rodale Institute, visit their website here.
The world has a stereotype where only the wealthy can afford since for a crops. This thought that comes along with crops is trying to be changed and one way of doing that is through knowledge. The first time the word organic agriculture came through was in 1947. It has spiraled from there. It has been brought to manys attention that the poison used to kill bugs and unwanted crops from the farms is harming the buyers. If you had the choice what should you choose... Chemically altered food or fresh grown crops?
This article connects to "political" because it talks about the basics of Australia's political structure. Australia's formal name is the Commonwealth of Australia and it was formed in 1901 when six independent British colonies agreed to join together and become states of a new nation. The form of government used in Australia is a constitutional monarchy and their head of state is Queen Elizabeth II.
This article explains Africa's economic situation and how poverty is soaring in all areas of the continent. In sub-Saharan Africa, most people are living on less than 765 dollars a year. Development campaigners have argued that the rules on debt, aid and trade need reforming to help lift more African nations out of poverty.
In a claimed attempt to prevent the illegal poaching of rhinos in the region, South African Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has claimed her support for the proposal to lift the ban on the sale of rhino horns.
People everywhere tend to be the issue of extinction. In Africa rhinos are hot on the market and in 2001 only 6 rhino killings were recorded... but today there is approximately 668 killings recorded last year. this sort of poaching against these animals has been banned for over 30 years and yet nothing is stopping them. These innocent animals are famous for their valuable horns. Today, there is many environmental groups trying to prevent any further damage to this species.
Underrepresented in the art world, African women have nonetheless, played an extensive role in the creation and sustenance of African art. With a focus on traditional art, this piece will explore the work of African women ...
Women all over the world have impacted us today, but one place where they have immensely created a better place is in Africa. yes, the men hunt and have larger roles to many people but women have changed their culture and continue to do to today. They do bead work, and have many signatures of traditional art, as well as pottery. African women created color and brought new life to Africa.
PROMISES of big improvements in basic education were writ large in the manifesto that won Vicente Fox election as president of Mexico. Likewise for Brazil's...
This article falls under the section of intellectual and arts because it is about the education systems in South America and how leaders want all children to be able to get an education, not just wealthy ones. South America is under-going big improvements regarding basic education, but the rest of the world is ,too, and at an even faster pace. This results in even lower scores comparing South American teenagers to other kids around the world who get above average scores. At least they are still making good progress and two-thirds of Latin American children now get at least some secondary education, whereas only half did in the mid-1980s. Some people think their leaders are not spending enough money on education and good teachers.
Encyclopedic entry. South America is a continent of extremes. It is home to the world's largest river (the Amazon) as well as the world's driest place (the Atacama Desert).
This article relates to the area and geography of South America because it describes its many special physical features and climates located there. South America can be divided into three physical regions (with unique weather conditions in each) : mountains and highlands, river basins, and coastal plains. South America is the fourth largest continent and it is home to the world's largest river (the Amazon) as well as the world's driest place (the Atacama Desert). Also, with an unparalleled number of plant and animal species, South America’s rich biodiversity is unique among the world’s continents.
This article opened my eyes about how easy I have it. These workers were working 15 hours a day and sometimes 10 hours on their feet occasionally up to 27 days a month. In my head that is cruel and in humaine. That is why some people started to take action. Samsung is being sued for more than 100 million dollars. This connects to the economic side of Brazil and South America because it falls under the catagory of industry and labor system. I am glad this situation is being taken under control and and this has somewhat changed my view on South America.
Top higher education trends for 2014 - European Association for International Education on Engineering education and Online learning curated by Pieter de Vries (Top higher education trends for 2014 - European Association for International Education...
In this article it includes the top 5 components in which is included in European education. Europe has its strengths and weaknesses in this department depending on where you are located. Some European colleges are top ranked compared rot other so therefore i believe other countries should look at these sort of components.
European leaders reach out to religion, but churches struggle with waning numbers.
This article represents religion in Europe because it talks about how Europe is undergoing a crisis of religious identity. Just 51 percent of citizens in the EU's 27 nations said they believed in God, when questioned for a 2010 survey.
Features Canada maps plus a Canada travel guide and tourism information. Find maps and photos of Canadian provinces.
This article represents the social aspect of Canada because it describes forms of entertainment and lifestyles. It talks about many outdoor recreational activities such as biking, canoeing, hiking, fishing, skiing, and much more. It also talks about the popular sports there and how Canadians are very passionate about their sports.
Ever wondered how Finland managed to build its highly regarded school system?
Look behind the headlines to find out how it works and how it evolved.
Get the insights and facts you'll need to contribute to building an effective, lower cost educational system at the local, national and global level.
Pasi Sahlberg recounts the history of Finnish educational reform as only a well-traveled insider can. He details how the Finnish strategy and tactics differ from those of the global educational reform movement and of the North American reforms in particular.
Finnish Lessons goes beyond the facts and figures of Finnish education.
In American there is quite a few different way to become a teacher. But in Singapoor there is only one system. Finland has many facts about it such as the lower cost educational system or the national global stable system. Do you believe finlands teachers are better that America's.. If so why?
While countries across Europe and North America commemorated military casualties of past and present wars on November 11, Israel was targeting civilians. On November 12, waking up to a new week, readers at breakfast were flooded with heart rending accounts of past and current military casualties. There was, however, no or little mention of the fact that the majority of casualties of modern day wars are civilians. There was also hardly any mention on the morning of November 12 of military attacks on Gaza that continued throughout the weekend. A cursory scan confirms this for Canada's CBC, Globe and Mail, Montreal's Gazette, and the Toronto Star. Equally, for the New York Times and for the BBC.
Throughout north America and Europe there have been many unheard of attacks. On the day of rememberance and mourning for those that have lost their lives to the war, there was and attack the killed and injured many. Many were not expecting this attack but they are being described as targeted attacks which is not accurate because of all the deaths. This is a sad story that shows what our world has come too
Sharing your scoops to your social media accounts is a must to distribute your curated content. Not only will it drive traffic and leads through your content, but it will help show your expertise with your followers.
How to integrate my topics' content to my website?
Integrating your curated content to your website or blog will allow you to increase your website visitors’ engagement, boost SEO and acquire new visitors. By redirecting your social media traffic to your website, Scoop.it will also help you generate more qualified traffic and leads from your curation work.
Distributing your curated content through a newsletter is a great way to nurture and engage your email subscribers will developing your traffic and visibility.
Creating engaging newsletters with your curated content is really easy.