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Japan ranks 101st globally for gender equality, but Web users shrug - Washington Post (blog)

Japan ranks 101st globally for gender equality, but Web users shrug - Washington Post (blog) | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Japan ranks 101st globally for gender equality, but Web users shrugWashington Post (blog)The annual World Economic Forum report on gender gaps, which measures social and political gender equality across 135 countries, has placed Japan 101st on the...

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Coming Soon, Twitter as a Citywide Suggestions Box

Coming Soon, Twitter as a Citywide Suggestions Box | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

In Chicago, local developers have created apps that take advantage of public data and of the city’s efforts to roll out Open 311 — an advanced service request tracking system that went public last month.


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The 10 Most and Least Developed Countries | PBS NewsHour | Nov. 2, 2011

The 10 Most and Least Developed Countries | PBS NewsHour | Nov. 2, 2011 | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
The 2011 Human Development Report ranked 187 countries according to income, education and health. We showcase the top five and bottom five on the list.

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The one million tweet map #onemilliontweetmap

A live-stream map showing the most recent 1 million tweets around the world.

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What's the problem with Africa's technology sector? -- via @BBCAfrica

So what's behind the lack of engineering capacity in Sub Sahara Africa? A question that concerns Kenyan professor Professor Calestous Juma. He's wo... (What's the problem with Africa's #technology sector?
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Moroccans Exempted from Visa to Enter Spain via@MWorldNews

Moroccans Exempted from Visa to Enter Spain via@MWorldNews | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
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First trains run in Dar es Salaam via @BBCAfrica

First trains run in Dar es Salaam via @BBCAfrica | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
The first-ever commuter train service in Tanzania's commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, is launched to ease congestion on roads.
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The limits of freedom for educated girls in Malala's Pakistan -- via @CanGeoEdu

The limits of freedom for educated girls in Malala's Pakistan -- via @CanGeoEdu | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
In a country this battered, fractured, dysfunctional – how much can she really hope to achieve?
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Global Flow of Tertiary-Level Students

Where do students go to study? Where do they come from? UIS data on the mobility of students shed light on the shifting demand for higher education, particularly in the developing world.
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European Union Exit? Concerns Grow for Britain

European Union Exit? Concerns Grow for Britain | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
With the euro zone almost three years in crisis, the prime minister has been hinting he could hold a referendum on Britain’s relations with the troubled union. (Memo From London: European Union Exit?
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Tense calm follows Peru market clashes

Tense calm follows Peru market clashes | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Thousands of riot police deployed at Lima market after two people protesting against it being moved are killed.
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The geography of start-ups: Something in the air

The geography of start-ups: Something in the air | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
IN THE LATE 19th century Alfred Marshall, a founding father of modern economics, asked why firms in the same industry were often geographically near each other.
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Millions gather in Mecca for Hajj via @BBCAfrica

Millions gather in Mecca for Hajj via @BBCAfrica | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Thousands of people have arrived in Mecca this week ahead of the annual Hajj (Video: Millions gather in Mecca for Hajj http://t.co/oC3eRI9U...)...
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NYTimes video: "Skateistan"

NYTimes video: "Skateistan" | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

"Afghan youth have very limited options for sports and recreation. An Australian man is trying to change that."  Issues of ethnicity, class and gender are right on the surface.  Globalization, cultural values and shifting norms make this a good discussion piece.  


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Jess Deady's curator insight, April 28, 2:16 PM

While visiting other countries, people get a glimpse of how others live. In Australia, children are allowed to play all sorts of games and sports for recreational fun. In Afghanistan however, this is not the case. What this Australian man is doing is helping out the Afghan youth. They need some inspiration and in order for them to get that they need outside sources (and people) like this man.

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 10:35 AM

This one man is trying to give these children something of their own to hold onto. They don't have the activities and recreational opportunities that children do in Australia.

Paige Therien's curator insight, May 4, 12:18 PM

The Skateistan organization has provided Afghan boys and girls with the opportunity for recreation.  Recreation is important for children to make friends, but more importantly in a tense country with many different ethnic backgrounds, it fosters community building and exposure to other people.  This organization has given kids freedom and job opportunities that are actually rewarding.  The blending of cultural interests illustrates how very similar people are; the Afghan kids are just as willing to participate in the unknown sport of skateboarding as any kid would be from a society where it is a popular sport.

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Mammoth Storm Plunges NYC into Darkness

Mammoth Storm Plunges NYC into Darkness | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Subway tunnels and parts of the Financial District have been flooded...

 

The flooding has been as devastating as expected given the height of the storm surge, but this image of Ground Zero still is chilling. 


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The first street lights in Somalia -- via @BBCAfrica

The first street lights in Somalia -- via @BBCAfrica | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Roadside lighting has been placed on the famous Mecca Mukarama Avenue, in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, after two decades of darkness.
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South Africans offered free phone for every 60 rats caught -- via @guardianworld

South Africans offered free phone for every 60 rats caught -- via @guardianworld | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Alexandra residents urged to turn Pied Piper in attempt to curb growing rodent infestation in South African suburb (South Africans offered free phone for every 60 rats caught http://t.co/Faom9zwq...)...
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America the Gutted: outsourcing comes full circle -- via @GlobalPost

America the Gutted: outsourcing comes full circle -- via @GlobalPost | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Once upon a time, the bottom line drove companies overseas. Now, the fairytale has changed — and is helping some Americans.
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Crisis Sparks Boom in Language Lessons: Once Scorned, German Now Popular in Italy - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Crisis Sparks Boom in Language Lessons: Once Scorned, German Now Popular in Italy - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
As the euro crisis grinds on, Italians are storming German language classes to improve their job prospects. They hope that mastering the complicated grammar and tongue- twisting vocabulary will help them land high-paying jobs in Germany.
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Around the World in 40 Years (and 196 Countries) - Newsroom

Around the World in 40 Years (and 196 Countries) - Newsroom | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

1 Man, 40 years, all 196 Countries on Earth.  Read his story here.

 

One set of comments that jumped out at me where his travel tips.

"Do not rely on wake-up calls. 'About one-third of them fail, regardless of hotel quality. You should always get one, but only count on it as a back-up. Rheinberger doesn’t travel with an alarm clock, but has his own system: 'Drink [plenty of] water before you go to bed, you’ll wake up eventually'." {think about it}

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Will Malawi benefit from its natural resources?

Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world with inflation at twenty eight percent. There are hopes its fortunes will turn around following the disco... (Will #Malawi benefit from its natural resources?
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In world first, biggest refugee camp gets university

In world first, biggest refugee camp gets university | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
The campus is being set up in Kenya near the Dadaab refugee camp, home to more than 500,000 people sheltering from Somali conflict.
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Millions of Hajj pilgrims celebrate Eid

Millions of Hajj pilgrims celebrate Eid | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
"Stoning of the devil" marks final ritual of the Hajj and start of the Eid al-Adha holiday for Muslims across the world.
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Maps: The world in your pocket

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WHAT IS A map? “There are two things you want,” says Peter Birch, product manager for Google Earth. “One is to find your way…how do you remove all the information except [what] you really need to answer your question?
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Calling All Hipsters: Leipzig Is the New Berlin

Calling All Hipsters: Leipzig Is the New Berlin | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Berlin used to be Germany's hippest city, but the once scruffy capital has long since succumbed to gentrification. The latest city to attract the creative class is the former East German industrial seat of Leipzig.
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