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Russian Subways Now Accept Squats for Payment

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If you live in Moscow, your morning commute can now include a brief fitness session.

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This is way cool! In preperation for the upcoming Olympics, commuters in Moscow can do squats in order to recieve a train ticket. What a way to get people moving! I feel that many people will overlook it and just pay the money because they might feel embarrassed, but I think it is a great trade off. It's like going to the gym with an added benefit. I would like to see a system like this in the United States to see how Americans would react.

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Ben Findlow's curator insight, December 3, 2013 8:14 PM

Wow if you live in Moscow you would be a lucky man. If I were to live there I would take the subway everyday. Just to wake up and go to work, but before you get onto the subway you would just have to squat and you are good to go. That would be awesome! If you were to pay like that everyday I would do it.

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Australian school upgrades campus infrastructure for mobile learning | FutureGov

Australian school upgrades campus infrastructure for mobile learning | FutureGov | Marissa's Geog400 | Scoop.it

Melbourne’s Ruyton Girls’ School, with 750 Kindergarten to Year 12 students, has deployed a new IT network to better support its new mobile and online learning initiatives.

 

In the past, educational content was stored on local drives of the school’s devices. Today, teachers and students access online course materials from Australia’s Academic and Research Network, adding strain on the school’s 1 Gigabit Ethernet link network.

 

Students are creating, consuming and sharing more media-rich voice and video content. The school also plans to allow students to bring their own devices, to support its move to eBooks.

 

IT Manager Chris Karopoulos knew that they had to upgrade the school’s network to support the changing learning needs and new mobile and online learning initiatives. His team also wanted greater transparency into networked devices to avoid supporting unknown devices.

 

The school needed a network with high bandwidth, reliability and resilience to support an average of 1,000 devices per day.

 

A key area of focus was the network core, which depended on a single switch that was identified as a bottleneck and a potential single point of failure.

 

To address this issue and increase bandwidth across the network, the school deployed Brocade ICX 6610 Switches at the network core. The switches are linked together using four full-duplex 40 Gbps stacking ports that provide 320 Gbps of backplane bandwidth with full redundancy.

 

This approach eliminates inter-switch bottlenecks while delivering wire-speed, non-blocking performance across all 1 GbE and 10 GbE switch ports.

 

New switches installed around the School ensured consistent user experience across the campus, including the gymnasium and swimming pool building.

 

In addition, the new switching infrastructure supports device-agnostic user authentication across the network and virtual private LANs that provide secure access to sensitive information assets.

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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It is so important for schools to have technology in their classes. It is essential to be relevant in most job markets and universities often assume you have basic training on most computer skills. It is especially important that this is getting girls more involved in IT as there is still a serious lack of female co-workers in the field. Knowledge is power and teaching students how to properly and responsibly use the technology gives them an amazing tool.

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GM to stop making cars in Australia

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Holden, a subsidiary of General Motors, says it will stop making cars in Australia by the end of 2017, with almost 2,900 jobs to go.
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The closing of both Holden (GM) and Ford has left thousands of automotive workers in Australia without jobs. The only car manufactorer left is Toyota and they are "highly likely" to move out as well, leaving even more unemployed. Overall, the reason is because it is too high to produce there and there is a small domestic market for those types of vehicles. It is an unfortunate circumstance for the workers, and will have definite impacts on the economy.

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Lurking in the Deep

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Divers on Australia's Great Barrier Reef recently snapped rare pictures of a wobbegong, or carpet shark, swallowing a bamboo shark whole.

 

The diversity of life on this planet and the ecosystems which such creatures live in is something that continually leaves me in awe at the wonders of the natural world.


Via Seth Dixon
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Divers witnessed a Carpet Shark eating a bamboo shark whole! This was in the Great Barrier Reef which is home to so many diverse sea creatures. It is interesting that a shark would eat another shark, even if they were not the same type of shark.

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Cam E's curator insight, April 8, 1:18 PM

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most biologically diverse regions in the world, and the ecosystem that exists there is extremely delicate, as well as extremely fantastic, as seen in this article.

Jessica Rieman's curator insight, April 23, 5:41 PM

When I first saw this image I thought that this white shark was swimming into a chest or something anything except for another shark. Then when opening the article it was apparent that the shark was being eaten by another shark. 

Lauren Stahowiak's curator insight, April 23, 5:57 PM

A wobbegong, also known as the carpet shark, engulfs a bamboo shark in the Great Barrier Reef. This was a surprising and rare photo for Divers in Australia. It is crazy how animals so close in relativity can instantly become predators, and possibly a meal, to each other!

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Journalists targeted in the Philippines

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Mindanao broadcaster Rogelio Butalib shot dead, marking the third fatal attack against a journalist in two weeks.

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It is interesting that the Phillipines have a long history of aggression toward journalists. Perhaps the journalist make them feel threatened or judged, or maybe the journalist are thought of as "bad people" out making money on their misfortune. Either way, the recent shooting of four journalists after the Typhoon shows that there is not a lack of aggression yet.

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Burma's raw Gold returns in pure form from China

Raw gold from Burma continued to flow out to China only to reenter the country to cost more than global prices, according to Myanmar Gold Entrepreneurs Association.

 

YANGON(BullionStreet): Raw gold from Burma continued to flow out to China only to reenter the country to cost more than global prices, according to Myanmar Gold Entrepreneurs Association.

 

Association said global gold price fell by $30 last week but local prices didn't fall by 10,000 kyat but only by 5,000 kyat after the markets were flooded with Chinese gold. ...


Via Hal
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An influx of gold certainly affectst the economy. However, it Southeast Asia the prices have not fallen much, though legal purchases have been slow. On the other hand, the black market is selling lots of gold right now, and it will be interesting to see if this changes as prices become deflated.

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Philippines floods: the aftermath

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The torrential rains that caused widespread flooding in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, have left the city reeling...

 

This is a grim, but captivating photo gallery showing how people adapt to environmental disasters.  Human settlements are vulnerable to disasters based on their environmental situations but people still display an amazingly capacity to be resilient in the face of danger.  "The torrential rains that caused widespread flooding in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, have left the city reeling. Thousands of people remain in evacuation shelters, and those who stayed in their homes during the deluge face a major clean-up operation." 


Via Seth Dixon
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Pictures truly are worth a thousand words. Seeing the disaster occur in someone home, or seeing how a locasl business has lost so much due to the disaster is powerful. It is one thing to read an article and it is another to see precious photos ruined by the disaster.

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Trisha Klancar's comment, August 20, 2012 9:23 AM
Thankyou for this link.
Josue Maroquin's comment, August 12, 2013 9:57 PM
its sad to see how the harsh climate in the Philippines affecting the people living there
Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 9:57 PM

Flooding causes serious damage both emotionally and physically. People lose everything when floods happen. Their homes, cars and lives literally get lost in the water. Tragedy like this happens more often than we think. Being prepared for when something like this strikes is the key.

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NKorean Detainees Raped, Forced To Dig Own Graves

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Satellite images of one of North Korea's largest political prison camps suggests its inmate population is expanding, Amnesty International said Thursday in a report detailing rape and torture in the North's notorious gulag.The report by the...
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Places such as the US are urging places such as China to stop supporting North Korea. According to satelitte images and the tales of an old guard, the prison has awful conditions. Prisoners are beaten, raped, starved and killed. They are in impossible living conditions.

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Courtney Burns's curator insight, December 8, 2013 2:13 PM

This Satellite image shows us that North Korean prison camps have expanded, but it still doesn't tell the whole story. People within these camps are being brutally killed and forced to dig their own graves beforehand. Women are being raped and killed so that no one will find out. Even though people in North Korea may say it's a secret, people know what is really going on. The U.S has urged China to stop supporting North Korea since the discovery of the prison camp expansion. Amnesty has demanded that North Korea close its prison camps immediately. However I don't believe much progress has been made. It really is amazing to me that things like this are still occuring in the world. North Korea is torturing, raping, and killing its own people. For what reason? It is amazing the difference in culture there compared to such places as the U.S. Women especially are still seen as inferior to men around the world. It is scary to think that that may never change in some places in the world. 

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Over 27 and unmarried? In China, you’re an old maid

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January and February are sweet times for most Chinese — they enjoy family reunions during the spring festival, which this year fell on January 23, and they celebrate Valentine’s Day, which is well-liked in China.

 

Gender roles in cultural norms change from country to country.  What also needs to be understood is how the demographic situation of a given country influences these patterns. 


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It is interesting to see this as in American culture, marrying in your 20s is not a necessity anymore, it's almost unexpected. With so many men to choose from, these girls have time to find a man. The culture is going to shift as these ladies get married later in life.

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Caz Boelman's comment, May 3, 2013 12:50 PM
Even though there is a major lack of women in China it is still hard for some to find love. Usually by the time a women reaches 27 and unmarried, she will most likely not find a husband.
Meagan Harpin's curator insight, October 9, 2013 1:22 PM

It is hard for Chinese women to attract men once they reach a certain age in Beijing it was reported in 2009 that there was 800,000 women 27 and unmarried and the number was rising. Many mothers of these women even argue with them or try to set them up with men they dont like. In the US women are getting married older and older and it is viewed as socially acceptable mainly because they are focusing on their carrers and making sure they are settled first. 

Rebecca Farrea's curator insight, October 21, 2013 1:05 PM

This article is interesting as it discusses one example of how gender roles and cultural norms differ from country to country.  Chinese women who are around 30 years old and single are referred to as "leftover girls".  Similar to a growing trend in the United States, Chinese women are focusing on their careers and their own goals and waiting to marry until they find the right person and have their own lives in order.  However, in the United States, this way of life for women is more socially acceptable whereas in China, it is not as acceptable for these "leftover girls".

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For Chinese Women, Marriage Depends On Right 'Bride Price'

For Chinese Women, Marriage Depends On Right 'Bride Price' | Marissa's Geog400 | Scoop.it

"China's one-child only policy and historic preference for boys has led to a surplus of marriageable Chinese men. Young women are holding out for better apartments, cars and the like from potential spouses...30 to 48 percent of the real estate appreciation in 35 major Chinese cities is directly linked to a man's need to acquire wealth — in the form of property — to attract a wife."

 

Tags: gender, folk culture, China, podcast, culture, population.


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This article makes an argument for having a girl rather than a boy in China. With all of the males, brides are in high demand. Their demands for gifts are also high, as they can be picky with so many grooms looking for husbands. Parents of boys must pay for the apartment for the couple as a wedding gift and this puts a heavy financial strain on the family, especially when there are multiple boys.

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Elizabeth Bitgood's curator insight, April 10, 10:54 AM

With the new gender imbalance, it is interesting that Chinese families now see boys as the gender that will cost them more money in the long run, it used to be the girl that was a finical burden.  This is a big change in thinking from just a generation ago, it will be interesting to see how this plays out in china over time.

Nathan Chasse's curator insight, April 12, 11:11 AM

This article shows how the One Child Policy has skewed the gender balance in China. There is a shortage of young women and, in order to attract a wife, young Chinese men feel the need to acquire more wealth to gain a competitive advantage in a China with a surplus of men. This wealth grab is possibly fueling the housing market in China, but Chinese women are not seeing many benefits for themselves. The wealth of their husbands tends to be left in the husband's name, leaving women out of the growing economy of China.

 

There is another potential issue as well. The Chinese men are taking out loans to pay for inflated housing prices. If the housing market crashes, these marriage seeking men are left with significant debt for apartments which were overvalued to begin with.

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 9:34 PM

This article is recent too which is scary. Men should be able to pick their own brides and money shouldn't be involved. Women shouldn't have to marry someone for the sake of her family but if thats what she wants to do then fine. Different countries operate different ways and in China, this is how they work.

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Pakistan province awaits new environment laws - SciDev.Net South Asia

Pakistan province awaits new environment laws - SciDev.Net South Asia | Marissa's Geog400 | Scoop.it
Pakistan's Khyber Pakthunkhwa province lacks mechanisms to deal with rising environmental pollution.
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The amount of pollution is causing many people living in the area to have respiratory problems and they are at higher risk of HIV/AIDS. This is because of the waste that is being put everywhere. Although the EPA has slapped people with fines in an attempt to clean up the area its making little impact.

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South Asian creators using the medium for social and gender justice | The Forbidden Planet International Blog

South Asian creators using the medium for social and gender justice | The Forbidden Planet International Blog | Marissa's Geog400 | Scoop.it

This is pretty interesting video from World Comics Network – a growing network of mostly female creators who are utilising the comics medium and comics workshops to empower women and address social issues pertaining to gender in their part of the world, and also build on those strips to use them for other social commentary and discussion (such as creating comics addressing widespread issues of official corruption). Always great to see people making their own comics and using the medium for something with positive social influences. As the video shows most of the women here are creating work in Pakistan, but they also pick up on some unusual uses of comics in India (and if the medium helps any cross border co-operation between those two countries that can surely only be a good thing) and goes on to talk about how they would like to create a network across Asia of comics creators using the medium to highlight social concerns and develop comics journalism. Interesting stuff and more power to them:

 


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Really great video. Women in South Asia are using comics and the internet to get their message out. Whether it be for gender equality or to inform the world of events that have occured in places such as Pakistan and India, there message is being heard by internet users around the globe. What an interesting use of technology and creativity to advocate for human rights!

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Catherine Shabo's curator insight, April 15, 2013 9:14 PM

I think things like this are great. It really shows how a group of people, in this case females, can get their tepoint across in a way that is firm but not violent. I would like to see them create this network to advertise the social concerns in South Asia. History does repeat itself and it seems every part of the world has had/or is having the struggle to gain more women independence and acknoldgement. Something as simple as these comics and journalism could start a feminist movement.

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Google launches campaign to help women get online : India, News - India Today

Google launches campaign to help women get online : India, News - India Today | Marissa's Geog400 | Scoop.it
Google India has launched 'Helping women get online' in order to address the gap among women Internet users. In a country with over 200 million Internet users, it is hard to imagine that only one third of India's online users are women.

Via Charles Tiayon
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Education is a powerful tool in any society. If women are able to gain easier access to the internet and learn how to use the tools the internet can provide it will certainly improve their lives. It is amazing that there is such a gap in that only one third of India's internet users are women, and I feel that this will be  a step in the right direction to getting women more interested.

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Charles Tiayon's curator insight, December 2, 2013 12:00 PM

Google India has launched 'Helping women get online' in order to address the gap among women Internet users. In a country with over 200 million Internet users, it is hard to imagine that only one third of India's online users are women.

Seeking to get 50 million women, across the country, online by the end of 2014, the initiative will concentrate on providing easy Internet access, spreading general awareness about the advantages of Internet usage and instructing on how the Internet can help advance the women's lives and work.

"Lack of easy access to Internet, lack of knowledge on how to use the Internet and its relevance in their daily lives are the biggest barriers for women to get online. Helping women get online (HWGO) is an initiative that aims to overcome these barriers and empower women," said Rajan Anandan, MD and VP, sales and operations, Google India.



Read more at: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/google-launches-campaign-to-help-women-get-online/1/327499.html
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Natural resources and economic development

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When will Sierra Leoneans be able to benefit from their own natural resources, instead of being cursed by them?

 

Sierra Leone is a country that has been 'blessed' with excellent natural resources, and remains in political chaos with one of the lowest HDI scores.  For a national economy, having abundant natural resources does not guarantee economic prosperity.  This is baffling to many that don't see the political and geographic context that shapes various economic sectors.  This is good a way to demonstrate that context.       


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Thousands of Sierra Leoneans are fleeing the country in search of a better life. Corporations see the country as a land of opportunity, because of the rich resources. Diamonds put the country into a civil war. Now, wood is threatening to do the same thing. Natural resources can be more precious than anything else to some people. They are seen as worth fighting for.

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Irini Kassidis's curator insight, August 25, 2013 5:46 AM

This article is discussing the issue of natural resources that is having a negative effect on Sierra Leone. Several years ago, business people were going there for the diamonds but now they are going there for the timber. The country's forest are at risk of being completely wiped out.

it is very sad the situation that Sierra Leone are facing in regards to their natural resources. 

Meagan Harpin's curator insight, October 6, 2013 8:01 PM

Even though thousands are fleeing the country in search of something better big buisness see the country as a land of opportunity, but to those that live there Sierra Leone’s natural resources have been a curse. A decade ago diamonds put the country into an 11 year civil war and it is about to happen again over a unique wood found deep in the forests. We tend to forget that the wars that tear countires apart arent always started by political issues but also by natural rescources.  

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80,000 bats driven out of Australian town with gunfire

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A colony of 80,000 bats has been driven out of a town in Australia's north Queensland by the sounds of helicopters, gun blasts and horns

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Although the bats were being disturbing to the Queensland, they will have to go somewhere! Disrupting that many bats will have consequences on another part of the globe.

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The Border That Stole 500 Birthdays

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The story behind the the International Date Line.

 

Not too long ago (Jan. 2012), the arbitrary International Date Line (roughly opposite the Prime Meridian) was moved to better accommodate the regional networks and economic geography of the area straddling the line.  American Samoa, although politically aligned with the United States, was functionally more integrated on the Asian side of the Pacific Rim when it came to their trade partners and their tourism base.  Dynamic economic networks, political allegiances and cultural commonalities create a beautifully complex situation near this 'border.'    


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My class examined this and we agree that it makes sense that American Samoa would want to be those they do business with like Asia, Australia and New Zealand.  ALthough American Samoa is a US territory, it definately does more business with the countries who are nearby and therefore they should be pushed to the other side of the dateline.

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Rebecca Farrea's curator insight, December 5, 2013 11:03 AM

This is an interesting article.  I knew of the International Date Line, but I did not know anything about it or what it meant.  It is a line that is roughly opposite the Prime Meridian that when crossed, the day advances forward, from Monday to Tuesday for example.  The line is interesting because it is meant to not stir any problems.  It goes through Siberia and the North Pacific Ocean since virtually no one lives in those areas.  Even though less people live in the Pacific and South Pacific Islands than say, Europe and Africa or North and South America, people still do live here and they are negatively affected by the date line.  American Samoa and Samoa, two islands made up of the same ethnic groups, are separated by the date line.  Being separated by time zones affecting people by a few hours seems bad enough, but being separated by an entire day just does not work for many people.

Al Picozzi's curator insight, December 5, 2013 4:42 PM

It made sense for American Samoa to ask for the move even though it is US territory.  It is more closely linked with the economies of the China, Japan, Australia, New Zeland and South Korea.  For them to all be on the same day just makes sense.  You can coordinate things better if everyone is on the same day, financial markets and be in line when the trading day starts and ends.  Seems to me to make sense that they are on the same day as their main economic partners.

Ryan Amado's curator insight, December 11, 2013 5:42 AM

This line clearly needs to be redrawn.  It just does not make sense that it could be monday in one area and tuesday 50 miles directly south of it.  While the new dateline does not necessarily have to be perfectly straight, it should at least not go directly horizontal as it does now.  Whoever lies on the line must deal with whatever place they have been placed in, and not complain.

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Pink Lakes

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Photo by Jean Paul Ferrero/Ardea/Caters News (via Exposing the Truth   Lake Hillier is a pink-coloured lake on Middle Island in Western Australia. Middle island is the largest of the islands a...

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Lake Hillier in f Western Australia is one of the many you can find around the world. The pink color comes because of the high salinity composition. A particular algaes found in salt water then produce organic pigments with a reddish/pinkish coloration. It is mysterious and interesting, as we are not accustome to it.

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Jessica Rieman's curator insight, April 23, 6:01 PM

This lake is so majestic and beautiful but how does it have this pink color? Well it gets the pink color from the sand it is surrounded by and is one of the largest Middle islands in Australia. 

Elizabeth Bitgood's curator insight, April 24, 8:13 PM

This beautiful lake is a phenomenon the reason for its color is still unknown but it makes a very memorable lake!

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 1, 10:44 AM

The cause of the pink lake is still a mystery. Scientists believe the pink could be due to lack of nutrients or other substances. I think this is truly remarkable! Its beautiful to say the least. 

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Laos 'considering national pipeline system'

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Laos People’s Democratic Republic, the only landlocked member of the 10-nation Asean bloc, is considering building a national oil pipeline system, according to the country’s Asian Council on Petroleum (Ascope) representative.

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As Laos is the only country landlocked in the Asean Bloc, they do not want to pay the high fees of importing oil that right now they have no choice but to do. If they were to build a national pipeline system, they would be able to get oil cheaper over time.

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Unusual ways to avoid Jakarta's traffic

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Jakarta's traffic is legendary and locals have now become experts at finding ways to get around the jams, with some even making money out of them.

 

The population of Indonesia is heavily concentrated on the island of Java, and the capital city of Jakarta faces a tremendous strain on it's transportation network.  This video show that resourceful people will find inventive ways to make an unworkable situation manageable. 


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Due to the populations overgrowth, traffic is impossible. People can wait in traffic for hours entering or leaving the city. The government has put rules in place that there must be passangers in every vehicle and some are taking advantage of this by charging drivers to take them into the city so they avoid a fine. It is a very difficult situation and the government will need to get creative in order to correct this.

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Joseph Thacker 's curator insight, April 18, 8:53 PM

Jakarta is faced with overpopulation and traffic problems. The government passed a law, which requires a vehicle to have passengers aboard, in the hopes of speeding up the traffic entering the city. However, some drivers are paying people to take a ride with them into the city to avoid the fines. In most areas throughout the world, passengers would be paying the driver for a ride, but in this city, it is different. The government should find another solution to fix the traffic issues. 

Elizabeth Bitgood's curator insight, April 24, 2:49 PM

This video was interesting.  It shows that with increased urbanization come the problem of increased traffic congestion.  Government that are growing need to be aware of this and build their cities accordingly to have transportation that can accommodate all the people swelling the city.

Paige Therien's curator insight, May 2, 2:51 PM

Indonesia's capital city, Jakarta, is located on the country's most heavily populated island of Java.  The city has seen an intense population explosion, and with is came more and more vehicles.  The roads are overcrowded and there is not enough public transportation.  People in Jakarta have had to adapt to the social environment that has been created.  Jockeys charge drivers for giving them rides into the center of the  city (you need to have three of more people in your car to do so).  Even if they did not need to go into the city, it is a way to make many, albeit illegal.  Cities, like Jakarta, are places where infrastructure and public transportation is needed most heavily, but it is the most difficult and expensive place to do so.

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A month later, Typhoon Haiyan death toll still rising in the Philippines

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One month after Typhoon Haiyan tore through six Philippine islands, the death toll stands at 5,924 and 1,779 people are still missing, according to government figures released Sunday.
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A month later, the death toll is still rising sharply and there still over a thousand people reported missing. This disaster is so messy and there are still so many places to look, I would think that the death toll will unfortunately continue to rise. ALso, with the lack of resources and medical care that Phillipinos can access, I think that more may die from starvation, malnutrition or lack of sanitary conditions.

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Industrial geography and internal markets

China's reputation as a low-cost manufacturer hasn't translated into low-cost prices. Many goods, particularly luxury items, have higher price tags in China than abroad. One economist blames the transportation system and corruption.

 

Industrial geography in today's climate shows that China has clear economic advantages over most of the world to manufacture good cheaply.  Why would this not necessarily translate to cheap consumer goods for China's domestic market?  High taxes, steep internal shipping costs and a market flooded with knock-offs all contribute to this paradox. 


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Although the products we buy from China are cheap for us, it is not necessarily cheap for the ones making it. The tax on goods in China is very expensive. It is also because the government is plagued with corruption, and that is where the taxes come in. It is suprising that many cannot afford the goods they make.

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Matt Mallinson's comment, November 19, 2012 11:08 AM
To be honest I always thought items were made cheap in China due to all the items I see with the "Made in China" tag. This was interesting to me and definitely gave me knowledge on the topic.
Meagan Harpin's curator insight, October 9, 2013 1:29 PM

Almost everyone knows that products are cheaper to produce in China which is why so many of our products are manufactured there today. BUt one may think that would mean it was cheap for Chinese consumers to purshase as well right? Surprisingly no, it actually costs more for them. This is because the country has a high transportation fee and the government is corrupt, CHina also has a very high tax on their products. But because of the major price differences much of the Chinese population purchases their products while traveling overseas.   

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East Asian countries top global league tables for educational performance

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China's Shanghai region easily beats rest of world in maths, reading and science, according to OECD education rankings Asia's rising economic success has helped China's hi-tech corridor to take a clear lead in the latest OECD international...

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It is interesting to read how China compares with the rest of the world. The article attributes having a safe environment helps students learn and I bet that with China's one child policy, there are less children to educate and parent's can focus more attention on them.

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China to ease one-child policy, abolish labor camps, report says

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China announces it will relax its one-child policy and abolish labor camps, the state-run Xinhua news agency reports.

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Relaxing the one child policy will have many social impacts. In the article a few couples remarked that they would prefer to have 2 children as one child can be bored all alone. I bet that the number of abortions will fall and the number of female girls will increase as well.

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Victoria McNamara's curator insight, December 11, 2013 11:26 AM

Throughout many years China has always had strict laws on how many children families should have. They recently started to ease their laws to allow people to have more than one child. I could see why they had their laws be only one child because they have such a big population. I also disagree with it because families should be able to have as many children as they want. 

Tracy Galvin's curator insight, May 3, 5:09 PM

The one-child policy has caused more problems than it has solved. China now has a larger male population than its female population and competition for brides is rampant. The labor camps were not actually training people in the way they wanted to, it was just an excuse to lock up people for petty crime and get free labor out of them. Hopefully, China will continue analyzing their social policies and making changes to better the country

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 9:32 PM

The one-child labor law is one that should be extinct now. China needs to up their standards of living and allow people their freedom of choice. Who cares if the living situations are crammed to begin with? People need to have their right to choose how many children they do or don't have.

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South Asia to become fastest waste producer by 2025

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South Asia is likely to become the fastest growing region of waste by 2025, according to a paper published in the Nature journal on Thursday.

 

The paper said that although the member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) are the largest waste generators, producing around 1.75 million tonnes per day, East Asia today is the world’s fastest growing region of waste.

 

The authors of the study said that in the past century, as the world’s population has grown and become more urban and affluent, waste production has risen tenfold, and that by 2025 it will double again.

 

“Rubbish is being generated faster than other environmental pollutants, including greenhouse gases. Solid-waste management is one of the greatest costs to municipal budgets,” said Daniel Hoornweg, Perinaz Bhada-Tata and Chris Kennedy, in a commentary on Nature journal.


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This is a serious environmental issue, as 2025 is quickly approaching. It is unclear how they can approach this situation. The population is growing quickly, the area they have is small and the trash has no where to go. It will be interesting to see how they will manage the waste.

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India and Pakistan Reunited

"It’s rare that a video from a brand will spark any real emotion--but a new spot from Google India is so powerful, and so honest to the product, that it’s a testament not only to the deft touch of the ad team that put it together, but to the strength of Google’s current offering."--Forbes


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I watched this short commercial with my geography class. While watching, you could almost forget that it was only a commercial. The commercial brings up that the internet can be a great tool in finding information. It also shows that the internet breaks down boundaries that had been impossible to get over physically.

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Haya Ahmad's curator insight, December 2, 2013 3:12 PM

This video may be a little corny and not educational, but it can be used for any social studies class to spark a really great conversation, not just about India and Pakistan. For history, it can be a preview to British colonization in India, the Paritition and current day conflicts. It can even stem to border problems in countries all around the world and how it can affect our lives even today.

Nathan Chasse's curator insight, April 11, 3:59 AM

These ads reflect the changing culture of India. There is a more progressive culture taking hold which is quite possibly caused by the effects of globalization. Along with India's industrialization, technology is a factor in the culture change. Taboo topics, like remarriage and the partition with Pakistan, are being used by advertisers be provocative without being offensive to most people.

 

The culture of India will undoubtedly be affected by its media representing more progressive ideas as well. Repeated exposure to these ideas will create new generations of Indians more comfortable with remarriage, much like newer generations in the United States are more comfortable with gay marriage.

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 9:21 PM

Commercials work even when they don't. When its an annoying commercial, everyone still remembers exactly what the commercial is for. What Google does here is brilliant. This is very powerful and the reunited states could be an idea to get used to.

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Burka Avenger

"Burka Avenger is a new Pakistani kids' show about a mild-mannered teacher who moonlights as a burka-clad superhero."


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My geography class watched this. It is an interesting example of how different cultures can mesh together, such as the Burka Avenger and Wonder Woman. It is really interesting that the Burka Avenger is a school teacher by day, which shows how highly educators are thought of in the society.

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Courtney Burns's curator insight, November 1, 2013 1:49 PM

This TV show is very different from something we would see here in the US. What was interesting was that the superhero in this video was fighting for education. The basis of the show was that the schools were shut down, and a superhero (a teacher) was trying to help the students and fight for education. This is a constant struggle for the people of Pakistan. They don't have education like we do. Their culture is much different than ours. We really take advantage of all the opportunities that we have in education. We don't need to have a "superhero" to save education in the US because we have education easily available to us, whereas the people in Pakistan do not. That is all they want. They want to learn new things and become educated. This TV show represents what the people of Pakistan want and want to fight for. I think ultimatley the show represents the culture they want and are fighting for. 

Shelby Porter's curator insight, November 4, 2013 10:13 AM

This short introduction to the television show is comical and seems interesting to many different age groups. It highlights a teacher in a burka helping the children and trying to stop bad people. It shows that gender has nothing to do with the ability to defend and help someone. If this woman can do it in a burka, anyone could. I think it will show a positive message in Pakistan where gender equality isn't fully understood. While many people will treat it as just another crime-fighting television show, hopefully some children will take some positive messages away. 

Elizabeth Bitgood's curator insight, April 10, 9:27 AM

This is great!  It is a cute animated trailer to the cartoon series the Burka Avenger!  She wears a burka to hide her identity which it certainly does, and then she kicks the bad guy’s butts!  A great gender reversal in this area, showing women can be a hero and stand up to men.  And she cleverly uses the restrictive clothing to keep her identity concealed.