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Sierra Leone News - World's Slow Response To Ebola Leaves Sierra Leone Villages Scrambling, Govt. Threatens to lockup entire families re. failure to follow directions

Sierra Leone News - World's Slow Response To Ebola Leaves Sierra Leone Villages Scrambling, Govt. Threatens to lockup entire families re. failure to follow directions | GIS World News | Scoop.it

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This article depicts how there were 537 new infections of Ebola reported in Sierra Leone in the past week. International governments and aid groups have scrambled to open Ebola treatment centers in the country. But, because of safety concerns, many of these centers are accepting only a fraction of the number of patients they were built to serve. In the meantime, most sick people are being directed to makeshift, government-run centers. Some of these buildings are simply schools or other government buildings repurposed into a "community care center." The facility is a lot more basic than the full-fledged treatment clinic down the street, which was built with funding from foreign governments, including the U.S. This relates to international relations because the article even explains how the international community is coming together to try and stop the spread of this disastrous disease. 

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Rebecca Delabrer's curator insight, December 10, 2014 9:48 PM

Sierra Leone is currently holding the record the most infected of the disease in a week. Ebola centers are only accepting a fraction of the infected and the others are being led to government run buildings to be isolated from the rest. Dr. Cancceda asks why it is that Europeans and Americans are treated better than Sierra Leonians? He asks why don't they bring the treatment to Sierra Leone?

I completely agree with him because we are all humans and we should strive to keep each other alive, not let others die because we have something they don't.

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Gulfex to highlight latest trends in aluminium extrusions at 20th CRU World Aluminium Conference- Pocket News Alert

Gulfex to highlight latest trends in aluminium extrusions at 20th CRU World Aluminium Conference- Pocket News Alert | GIS World News | Scoop.it
Gulf Extrusions (Gulfex), a leading global manufacturer of extruded aluminium products, has revealed its participation at the 20th edition of the CRU World Aluminium Conference, which will be held from May 11 to May 13, 2015

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This article depicts how Gulf Extrusions, a leading global manufacturer of extruded aluminum products, has revealed its participation at the 20th edition of the CRU World Sluminium Conference, which will be held from May 11 to May 13, 2015 at the Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai. During their participation, the company is set to highlight the latest trends in aluminum extrusions for the Middle East and North African region, with Modar Al Mekdad, General Manager, Gulfex being presented as one of the special panelists in the roundtable discussion focused on the topic of recycling. One of the highlights of the event will be a workshop on Price Risk Management for CFO's in the aluminum industry. This relates to international relations because aluminum is a worldwide resource.

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Why Police Brutality Is So Hard to End—And What It Will Take to Stop It

Why Police Brutality Is So Hard to End—And What It Will Take to Stop It | GIS World News | Scoop.it
Has the country finally reached a tipping point with the fight to bring bad cops to justice?
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This article depicts how the Baltimore uprising seemingly scored a major victory on Friday, when Baltimore's chief prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby, announced the six police officers involved in Freddie Gray's death have been charged with murder, manslaughter and other counts.Still, activists have planned protests across the nation this weekend to keep the momentum going. It would seem that the outrage at acts of police brutality has reached a tipping point. Protesters will not back down, until there are concrete signs that justice will be done in these cases and that lawmakers will reform the system that enables police to brutalize and kill people without recourse. This relates to international relations because police brutality is an increasingly problem occurring in generally all countries in the international realm. 

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Language Can Change Your World View - RYOT News

Language Can Change Your World View - RYOT News | GIS World News | Scoop.it
The benefits of being bilingual are well known: the ability to understand new cultures, express yourself in different ways, as well as giving the brain a great cognitive workout.

New research from Lancaster University now shows that those who can speak two or more languages can also see the world differently depending on the language they are using.

Linguists there took a group of German and English speakers – some bilingual, others monolingual – and tested their reactions to certain images. The results were fascinating.

They found that German speakers are more ‘holistic’ in their approach to seeing and describing the world. English speakers focus far more on the action and very little on the goal of that action.

They give the example of German speaking people describing a ‘A man cycles towards the supermarket,’ whereas English speakers would simply say ‘a man is cycling’ when describing images.

Researchers put this down to the easy-to-use ‘ing’ form that is added to the end of verbs to show that they are continuous. German, as well as most other languages, do not use this to express continuous action.

In other tests German speakers once again showed that they focused on the outcomes of actions rather than the actions themselves. By matching ambiguous scenes like a woman walking down a country lane with goal oriented scenes like a woman walking to her car, germanophones, more than anglophones, showed that they are often more concerned with what happens next.

Bilinguals that spoke both languages changed their view and their description of events depending on the language they were asked to use. English people speaking German thought more like German speakers and vice versa.

The research adds to a growing body of literature that shows language makes a real difference in how one perceives and deals with their surroundings. Yet another reason to learn a new language!

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This article depicts how the benefits of being bilingual are well known: the ability to understand new cultures, express yourself in different ways, as well as giving the brain a great cognitive workout. New research from Lancaster University now shows that those who can speak two or more languages can also see the world differently depending on the language they are using. Linguists there took a group of German and English speakers- some bilingual, other monolingual- and tested their reactions to certain images. The results were fascinating. They found that German speakers are more "holistic" in their approach to seeing and describing the world. English speakers focus far more on the action and very little on the goal of that action. This relates to international relations because it describes the languages of the world.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 8, 2015 9:49 PM

It can. Deconstructing meaning is a complex process that involves more than univocal meanings.

 

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Latest eLearning news from around the world

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"eLearning is fast being embraced by countries from around the world. Here is some of the latest news from India, Australia and Africa ..."

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This article depicts how as a sign of how accessible eLearning is, there has been a rise in interest from some of the world's more impoverished countries fro new, exciting technology. African economic growth will be the responsibility of a new generation, which is why some nations are turning to eLearning to ensure that they receive the teaching they need. eLearning Africa will celebrate its tenth anniversary in May and will have one of its most diverse agendas to date. Topics will include how to become an entrepreneur, supporting development in the health sector and the development of African research. The Ethiopia-based meeting will feature talks form Mozilla's Executive Director and the President of University of the People. This relates to international relationships because eLearning is an international program that is trying to spread to several different countries in the globe.

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Rebels seize northwest Syrian town as government retaliates - U.S. News & World Report

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BEIRUT (AP) — Activists and opposition media are reporting that several hard-line Syrian rebel groups have pushed their way into a strategic town in northwestern Syria following intense clashes that lasted only days.

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This article depicts how hard-line Syrian rebel groups seized a strategic town Saturday in northwester Syria, sending government troops fleeing after intense clashes that have seen the opposition take nearly all of a crucial province. The takeover prompted retaliatory government air raids in the town center- as many as 30 airstrikes according to one activist group- that left an unknown number of people killed and wounded. Among those wounded was a TV reporter for an opposition station who entered the town with the rebels. If they can hold the town of Jisr al-Shughour in Idlib province, rebel fighters from Islamic factions- including the al-Qaida- affiliated Nusra Front- will have gained in only a few days a gateway to the Mediterranean coast. This relates to international relations because if this problem continues to increase then allies of the affiliated territories may have to become involved and such and it would lead to a bigger problem.

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Rebecca Delabrer's curator insight, May 1, 2015 12:09 PM

The rebels took over a town and the government retaliated by sending over 30 airstrikes, leaving an unknown amount of people dead or wounded. The town they have full control of could give them access to the Mediterranean and will allow them to freeze trade with it.

Obviously airstrikes didn't work but the fact that such an important town was taken is ridiculous, more troops should've stood ground. 

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Children of Gurgaon celebrated World Book Day with ‘Book Speak’- Pocket News Alert

Children of Gurgaon celebrated World Book Day with ‘Book Speak’- Pocket News Alert | GIS World News | Scoop.it
To revive the joy of listening to a tale among children of today’s digital age, IPSAA Day Care organized ‘Book Speak’ –a day of literary adventure on the occasion of World Book Day. More than 200 children of different schools of Gurgaon participated in this unique initiative and celebrated this day. Children of Eco Lib foundation also participated in this and experienced the joy of storytelling.

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This article depicts how to revive the joy of listening to a tale among children of today's digital age, IPSAA Day Care organized "Book Speak"- a day of literary adventure on the occasion of World Book Day. More than 200 children of different schools of Gurgaon participated in this unique initiative and celebrated this day. Children of Eco Lib foundation also participated in this and experienced the joy of storytelling. The "Book Speak" comprised of interactive storytelling sessions by the renowned story teller Ms. Sonia Duggal from Katha. The theme of the storytelling session was "Let our imagination soar and let's get into the world of fantasies, stories, and books." It was an interactive storytelling session where children participated in the stories and enacted different characters. This relates to international relations because it describes the international "Book Speak" on World Book Day

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World Free Zones Organization appoints Deputy CEO- Pocket News Alert

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The World Free Zones Organization (World FZO), the not-for-profit association for free zones around the world, today announced the appointment of Abdulla Qassem as Deputy CEO.

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This article depicts how The World Free Zones Organization, the not-for-profit association for free zones around the world, today announced the appointment of Abdulla Qassem as Deputy CEO. A UAE National, Mr. Qassam has over 22 years of global business experience and has served as UAE Delegate to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. In this role he was involved in overseeing funding for several humanitarian projects across the Middle East and developing regions such as Asia and Africa, including support for the reconstruction of the Bibliotheca Alexandria, Egypt. Mr. Qassem was also one of the esteemed members of the 2020 World Expo bid committee and played an important role in driving Dubai's successful bid to host the event. This relates to international relations because The World Free Zone Organization is a global organization that affect the international realm.

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Researcher: Almost half of 6,000 world languages risk becoming extinct – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily News | Largest English Daily In Borneo

Researcher: Almost half of 6,000 world languages risk becoming extinct – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily News | Largest English Daily In Borneo | GIS World News | Scoop.it
KUCHING: It is estimated that at least 43 per cent of some 6,000 languages spoken across the globe have been listed as ‘endangered’.

This was highlighted during a public talk on ‘Preserving Sarawak Languages and History through Language Processing’ delivered by an associate professor from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas)’s Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, Dr Balisomanandray Ranaivo Malancon at Azam Complex here yesterday.

The professor, who leads the Sarawak Language Technology (SaLT), also stated that United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) had determined 25 endangered languages in Malaysia – five of them in Borneo.

Malancon said the languages of Lelak and Seru in Sarawak had been deemed extinct as they no longer had any speaker.

“Another Sarawak language highlighted (by Unesco) as being ‘critically endangered’ are the languages of Punan Batu with only 30 known speakers left, while Sian is classified as ‘severely endangered’ with only 50 speakers and Kanowit identified as a ‘severe’ case with 100 speakers.

“In Sabah, the language of Abai Sungai has been classified as ‘definite endangered’ with 400 speakers,” she said.

On Sarawak’s endangered languages, Malancon said the challenge for SaLT at Unimas was on the status of the survival of these languages as they needed long-term involvement from the community.

“We need help in our research; more respondents and researches as well as support from students and institutions.

“On the top of it, SaLT needs financial support to collect more data, as well as to improve and develop language tools so as to maintain all these languages for future generations,” she stressed.

Malancon hoped that with the research conducted at Unimas together with the technology in place, they would not lose any more languages in Sarawak.

On SaLT, she said it began as a research group back in 2006, aimed at revitalising and maintaining the state’s culture and heritage through the use of information and communications technology (ICT).

“Its ultimate objective is to create a sustainable repository for all these acquired Sarawak languages, as well as their historical aspect.

The one-hour session included a brief introduction about SaLT and its research on the speech synthetiser for Sarawak Malay, as well as a morphological analyser for the Iban language and ways to use ‘Sarawak Gazette’ – the oldest newspaper published in Sarawak.

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This article depicts how it is estimated that at least 43 percent of some 6,000 languages spoken across the globe have been listed as 'endangered'. This as highlighted during a public talk on 'Preserving Sarawak Languages and History through Language Processing' delivered by an associate professor from University Malaysia Sarawak Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology. The professor, who leads the Sarawak Language Technology, also stated that United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization had determined 25 endangered languages in Malaysia- five of them in Borneo. This relates to international relations because it depicts how languages across the international globe are becoming extinct due to the interrelatedness of the world today.

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Pesticide Use May Threaten Global Freshwater Biodiversity - Nature World News

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Pesticide use, while it's been tied to a decline in honeybee populations and other pollinators, now may also threaten global freshwater biodiversity, according to new research.

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This article depicts how pesticide use, while it's been tied to a decline in honeybee populations and other pollinators, now may also threaten global freshwater global freshwater biodiversity, according to new research. Specifically, it's insecticides, a type of pesticide that is used to specifically target and kill insects, that are the probelem. Despite the fact that insecticide use is regulated, and cannot surpass legally-accepted regulatory threshold levels, it appears that they are still causing problems for various ecosystems and aquatic life. This relates to international relations because it describes how pesticides, being used globally, could cause problems affecting everyone in the future. 

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Garry Rogers's curator insight, April 15, 2015 2:38 PM

Roundup in moderate concentration in runoff kills fish remarkably well.

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China Charges Former Security Czar With Bribery - World News Report

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This article depicts how prosecutors charged China's powerful former security chief with bribery, abuse of power and leaking state secrets, formalizing Communist Party accusations against the most senior figure yet to be targeted in Beijing's sweeping corruption crackdown. The official Xinhua News Agency said Friday prosecutors alleged Zhou Yongkang took advantage of his position to seek benefits for others and illegally accepted other people's "very valuable" property. They alleged he also intentionally disclosed state secrets, Xinhua said, without elaborating. The alleged misdeeds took place while Mr. Zhou was a member of the Communist Party's Politburo Standing Committee, its most powerful decision-making body, according to Xinhua. But Xinhua said the 72- year-old committed his alleged crimes throughout much of his career, including his stint as a top executive at state-run oil giant China National Petroleum Corp. This relates to international relations because it depicts China's corrupt government and the affects that has with the international community. 

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India leads the world in economic confidence; outweighs global outlook on higher investment and spending: American Express Survey of Global Finance Leaders- Pocket News Alert

India leads the world in economic confidence and plans biggest increase for investment and spending, as reported by Indian finance leaders, in the eighth annual Global Business and Spending Monitor– 


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This article depicts how India leads the world in economic confidence and plans biggest increase for investment and spending, as reported by Indian finance leaders, in the eighth annual Global Business and Spending Monitor- a survey of global finance leaders by American Express, carried out in partnership with CFO Research. A resounding 94% of Indian finance leaders surveyed expect to see economic expansion. A similar number, 94%, expect to increase spending and investment either aggressively or moderately. 85% of companies, surveyed from India, reported revenues higher than last year and 74% of them expect to continue their growth story due to the improved economic sentiment in the country. At 38%, the survey found India's finance leaders twice as bullish as their global peers to boost top-line revenues by spending and investing aggressively. In comparison, 28% of finance leaders form China see aggressive investment and spending ahead. India also leads the way in terms of improving production efficiency and business intelligence and analytics with 45% of respondent planning increased investment. This relates to international relations because this article shows how India is growing as a nation and how that will impact other countries. 

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Play Junglee Teenpatti & win World Cup tees to cheer for India in style- Pocket News Alert

Play Junglee Teenpatti and win free merchandise to support our team as it makes its way into the quarter finals. What could be more thrilling than watching the match while wearing the jersey your team is wearing!

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This article depicts how in New Delhi: There's no greater religion in India than the love for Cricket! And if you're smitten by the World Cup bug too, here's your chance to lay hands on Indian team tees. Play Junglee Teenpatti and win free merchandise to support our team as it makes its way into the quarter finals. What could be more thrilling than watching the match while wearing the jersey your team is wearing! In the spirit of sports, play Junglee Teenpatti and earn your right to be a true blue supporter of the Indian team! Users can join the contest on and between dates 16th to 19th March 2015 and stand a chance to taste the feel of cricket jersey. This relates to international relations because it shows the nationalized game of cricket and the spread of information about cricket. 

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World governments contribute USD 6.45 million to IOC’s USD 10 million anti-doping fund- Pocket News Alert

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has announced pledges of USD 6.45 million from world governments in the fight for the clean athletes which will create a joint fund of nearly USD 13 million

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This article depicts how the World Anti-Doping Agency has announced pledges of USD 6.45 million from world governments in the fight for the clean athletes which will create a joint fund of nearly USD 13 million. One of the first initiatives of Olympic Agenda 2020 was the creation of a USD 20 million fund to protect the clean athletes, 10 million of which was to be used in particular to research new techniques to detect prohibited substances and methods. The IOC had called on governments to match the USD 10 million, and WADA, under the presidency of Sir Craig Reedie, has successfully secured pledges of USD 6.45 million, meaning that the WADA-administered fund will have a starting budget of almost USD 13 million. The USD 13 million joint fund represents a 50-50 split between the IOC and world governments that responded to a call to match the IOC funding. China, France, Ivory Coast, Japan, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar and more have pledged their financial support. This relates to international relations because it regards various countries within the international realm. 

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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has announced pledges of USD 6.45 million from world governments in the fight for the clean athletes which will create a joint fund of nearly USD 13 million. One of the first initiatives of Olympic Agenda 2020 was the creation of a USD 20 million fund to protect the clean athletes, 10 million of which was to be used in particular to research new techniques to detect prohibited substances and methods.

The USD 13 million joint fund represents a 50-50 split between the IOC and world governments that responded to a call to match the IOC funding. China, France, Ivory Coast, Japan, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Turkey, the United States and Sweden have pledged their financial support.  

I think this is very important, not necessarily on a political table, but on a global scale to ensure world "peace."  The Olympics are a time when all fighting stops and Countries that dispute with one another can come together and enjoy their history through games.  if athletes are found cheating in order to give themselves and their country an advantage, it could create bigger conflicts.  I think it is important to put an end to any advantage an athlete may create.

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Alleged Police Brutality Case Going to Trial

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WILKES-BARRE -- A man who claims he was beaten by seven Pennsylvania state troopers will now have his day in court. Robert Leone of Vestal, New York has the police video of his 2010 arrest that he ...

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This article depicts how a man who claims he was beaten by seven Pennsylvania state troopers will now have his day in court. Robert Leone of Vestal, New York has the police video of his 2010 arrest that he claims shows police brutality. Leone says he was beaten at the scene and then again at the hospital before he was charged in a scuffle that began as a slow speed chase near Towanda. His supporters say the police video will be his best evidence. Friends of Leone say state police wanted to pull him over in March 2010 because his car looked like one in a reported hit and run. After his car was stopped on Route 6 near Towanda, Leone's friends say officers dragged him out. Video appears to show a trooper jumping from the car's roof and landing on Leone, who was lying face down. This relates to international relations because police brutality is a major issue within the United States and in the international realm. 

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African Jews Flood the Streets of Israel Demanding End to Police Brutality

African Jews Flood the Streets of Israel Demanding End to Police Brutality | GIS World News | Scoop.it
From Oakland to Ferguson, to Beavercreek, to Baltimore and now to Jerusalem, the people are rising up against police brutality and murder. African-Israelis

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This article depicts how from Oakland to Ferguson, to Beavercreek, to Baltimore and now to Jerusalem, the people are rising up against police brutality and murder. African-Israelis of Ethiopian Jewish descent have taken to the streets after a video of an Israeli police brutality officer beating an Ethiopian Israeli, was leaked on social media. Literally thousands of protesters, mostly members of Israel's Ethiopian Jewish community, rallied in the streets of Jerusalem last Thursday, demanding an end to racism and racist, brutal and unchecked police actions in Israel. While the incident recorded in the video took place last Sunday in the Tel Aviv suburb of Holon, the protests were centered around the entrance to the national Israel Police headquarters in Jerusalem. This relates to international relations because police brutality is an international issue that occurs in almost all countries. 

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Kellogg Company Supports Nepal Earthquake Efforts With $200,000 Donation To World Food Programme- Pocket News Alert

Kellogg Company Supports Nepal Earthquake Efforts With $200,000 Donation To World Food Programme- Pocket News Alert | GIS World News | Scoop.it
Kellogg Company today announced a $200,000 donation to the World Food Programme (WFP) to assist with disaster relief and humanitarian efforts following a devastating earthquake in Nepal and the surrounding region. The contribution is being made by the company and its charitable arm, the Kellogg Company Fund.

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This article depicts how the Kellogg Company today announced a $200,000 donation to the World Food Program to assist with disaster relief and humanitarian efforts following a devastating earthquake in Nepal and the surrounding region. The contribution is being made by the company and its charitable arm, the Kellogg Company Fund. "We are deeply saddened by the enormous loss of life in Nepal. Our thoughts are with everyone impacted by the earthquake," said Kris Charles, vice president, global communications and philanthropy, Kellogg Company. "As a global corporate citizen with a philanthropic focus on hunger relief, we know the World Food Program is providing critical food and other resource to those affected in Nepal and we wanted to provide support." This relates to international relations because the donation is going towards the World Food Program.

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Nat Geo goes behind the world’s largest mid-day meal kitchen- Pocket News Alert

Nat Geo goes behind the world’s largest mid-day meal kitchen- Pocket News Alert | GIS World News | Scoop.it
National Geographic Channel is now going back to school with the Akshaya Patra Foundation to showcase how the world’s largest school lunch program is cooking up millions of meals and offering India’s children a hopeful tomorrow, one plate at a time.

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This article depicts how National Geographic Channel is now going back to school with the Akshaya Patra Foundation to showcase how the world's largest school lunch program is cooking up million of meals and offering India's children a hopeful tomorrow, one plate at a time. The one hour special gives a unique look into what goes into the functioning of this mammoth kitchen with a focus on scale, volume, technology and process. Committed to serving the cause providing nutrition to children, Akshayapatra Foundation serves wholesome food to over 1.4 million under privileged children from 10,661 schools across 10 states in India. This relates to international relations because the special being premiered on National Geographic is international. Most countries that have access to cable entertainment may be able to watch this program bringing more attention to it and helping the cause. 

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Hindus ask world to “wholeheartedly” support Nepal- Pocket News Alert

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Hindus have urged the world to “wholeheartedly” support Nepal in its recovery efforts from the devastating earthquake of April 25 causing massive damage, chaos, fear and suffering.

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This article depicts how Hindus have urged the world to "wholeheartedly" support Nepal in its recovery efforts from the devastating earthquake of April 25 causing massive damage, chaos, fear and suffering. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, pointed out that foreign aid, which was already vital to Nepal's struggling economy, had become even more important now for its efforts to come out of the devastation caused by this massive earthquake. Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, stressed that Nepal had provided a travel heaven to the world with Everest and Annapurnas, spectacular dramatic landscapes, rich ancient culture, temple-lined cityscapes, ect. This relates to international relations because it describes how Nepal is asking the entire international realm for support after devastating natural disasters. 

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3ders.org - NASA 3D prints world’s first full-scale copper rocket engine part | 3D Printer News & 3D Printing News

3ders.org - NASA 3D prints world’s first full-scale copper rocket engine part | 3D Printer News & 3D Printing News | GIS World News | Scoop.it
NASA has just revealed that they have 3D printed a rocket engine part that can actually be used as part of a space program. The part itself is a copper combustion chamber liner, a crucial component that needs to withstand extreme temperatures and pressures.
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This article depicts how 3D printing technology is clearly catching on in the aerospace industry. Over the last few months we've seen numerous 3D printed parts being created that are not just prototypes, but are actually heading to space themselves. Remember these 3D printed satellite parts from last month? And in terms of aerospace innovation, NASA definitely can't stay behind. While they have already been using 3D printers on quite a large scale, they have just revealed that they have made a rocket engine part that can actually be used as part of a space program. The part itself is a copper combustion chamber liner, a crucial component that needs to withstand extreme temperatures and pressures. This relates to international relations because it describes the 3D printing industry all over the world.

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National/World News - CoBank Releases Quarterly Rural Economic Review

The agricultural markets are experiencing rippling effects from lower price environments amid mounting inventories, plunging oil and gas prices and a strong U.S. dollar, according to the new Quarterly Industry Review from CoBank. The report provides insights and projections for agribusiness, energy, water and communications industries.

Strong domestic inventories of corn, soybeans and wheat, along with similarly ample supplies in international markets, have resulted in lower prices for many commodities. Animal protein sectors are benefitting from the surplus and subsequently lower feed costs, as well as declining fuel prices.

"We are seeing a silver lining in the face of a depressed energy industry," said Leonard Sahling, director of CoBank's Knowledge Exchange division, which produced the report. "While we can't fully know all the outcomes of significantly lower gas prices, some agricultural industries seem to be reaping the rewards."

Beef supplies will remain in short supply throughout much of 2016, and demand doesn't seem to be wavering in response to higher meat prices. "The continued strengthening of the U.S. economy and lower gas prices should support the trend of robust beef demand in 2015," according to Sahling. As a result, a bright spot exists in the U.S. cow/calf profitability outlook with very profitable net returns averaging nearly $500 per cow.

The outlook for poultry also remains positive, barring any potential negative impacts from the recent emergence of avian flu on some non-commercial poultry farms.

The ethanol market is where the rippling effects from lower fuel prices and lower grain prices collide. Ethanol prices have fallen by more than half since their peak a year ago. However, despite negative impacts from plummeting oil prices, plant operators are still maintaining positive margins thanks to lower-priced corn. The report predicts further margin deterioration for ethanol through 2015.

In power and energy sectors, U.S. oil production continues to climb and storage tanks nationwide are reaching two-thirds capacity. The report forecasts coal-to-gas switching is likely to accelerate in the next several months in response to depressed gas prices. In addition, regulations are pressuring replacement of coal generation with up to 20 gigawatts of utility-scale generating capacity, dominated by wind, natural gas and solar. "Additional coal retirements are likely once the rules for the Clean Power Plan are finalized this summer for both new and existing fossil fuel generating units," according to Sahling.

For California water utilities, conservation has become a paramount concern as the state braces for a fourth year of severe drought. Declining revenues from reductions in water use will require innovative rate structures that can stabilize finances while still encouraging conservation. Moving forward, it will be critical for water utilities nationwide to study the lessons learned in California, and consider rate structures that can keep the utilities solvent through prolonged periods of volatile weather and climate conditions.

In February, the Federal Communications Commission adopted the Open Internet Order reclassifying broadband as a Title II – or regulated – telecommunications service. These actions have drawn praise from consumer and small-business advocates anxious for better service access, and criticism from opponents contending the rulings impede free-market services. The new regulations may provide a short-term competitive advantage to Rural Local Exchange Carriers (RLECs), which have operated under Title II for decades.

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This article depicts how the agricultural markets are experiencing rippling effects from lower price environments amid mounting inventories, plunging oil and gas prices and a strong U.S. dollar, according to the new Quarterly Industry Review from CoBank. The report provides insights and projections for agribusiness, energy, water and communications industries. Strong domestic inventories of corn, soybeans and wheat, along with similarly ample supplies in international markets, have resulted in lower prices for many commodities. Animal protein sectors are benefiting from the surplus and subsequently lower feed costs, as well as declining fuel prices. This relates to international relations because it depicts the agricultural markets around the international realm

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One of the World's Biggest Extinction Crises Is Being Caused by Cats | VICE News

One of the World's Biggest Extinction Crises Is Being Caused by Cats | VICE News | GIS World News | Scoop.it
Australia has been the scene of the worst extinction of mammals for the last two hundred years, now the Australian government has declared "war" on the cats doing much of the damage.
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This article depicts how officials in Australia are combating the nation's unraveling biodiversity by targeting an unexpected source of mammal extinctions: the hordes of feral cats that number in the millions across the continent. While it's become clear that it will be impossible to eliminate the national menace, a summit of experts and policy makers has been called this month explore how to kill as many of them as possible. Over the past 200 years, Australia has seen the extinction of more mammals than any other nation, losing at least 29 indigenous mammal species since 1788- which is 10 percent of the warm-blooded creatures that inhabited the continent when it was colonized by Europeans. Among the creatures lost for good are the desert bandicoot and the Tasmanian tiger. This relates to international relations because the same thing that is happening to Australia may begin to happen elsewhere. The international world can view Australia and try to prevent it in their countries. 

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Ministry of Environment and Water joins whole world in celebrating World Health Day- Pocket News Alert

Ministry of Environment and Water joins whole world in celebrating World Health Day- Pocket News Alert | GIS World News | Scoop.it
The UAE Ministry of Environment and Water joined the whole world on April 7, 2015, in its celebration of the World Health Day, a global health awareness day celebrated every year on April 7 under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO).

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This article depicts how The UAE Ministry of Environment and Water joined the whole world on April 7, 2015, in its celebration the Wrold Health Day, a global health awareness day celebrated every year on April 7 under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization. The Ministry organized a series of health-related activities under the theme 'Food Safety' at Al Dhaid Cultural Centre in Sharjah. The activities, which were conducted in collaboration with the Preventive Medicine Centre, are expected to be attended by employees, customers and strategic partners of the Ministry and several private companies. The coordinated events fall in line with the Ministry's continuing move to increase awareness on the social responsibility and the significant role that health plays in today's society, especially its role in the environment and also in the practice of 'Food Safety,' wherein a clean and healthy environment should always be maintained and sustained. This relates to international relations because it describes the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water, a world organization.

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UN Warns World Could Have 40 Percent Water Shortfall by 2030 | Katy Daigle | ABC News

UN Warns World Could Have 40 Percent Water Shortfall by 2030 | Katy Daigle | ABC News | GIS World News | Scoop.it

The world could suffer a 40 percent shortfall in water in just 15 years unless countries dramatically change their use of the resource, a U.N. report warned Friday.

Many underground water reserves are already running low, while rainfall patterns are predicted to become more erratic with climate change. As the world's population grows to an expected 9 billion by 2050, more groundwater will be needed for farming, industry and personal consumption.

The report predicts global water demand will increase 55 percent by 2050, while reserves dwindle. If current usage trends don't change, the world will have only 60 percent of the water it needs in 2030, it said.

Having less available water risks catastrophe on many fronts: crops could fail, ecosystems could break down, industries could collapse, disease and poverty could worsen, and violent conflicts over access to water could become more frequent.

"Unless the balance between demand and finite supplies is restored, the world will face an increasingly severe global water deficit," the annual World Water Development Report said, noting that more efficient use could guarantee enough supply in the future.

The report, released in New Delhi two days before World Water Day, calls on policymakers and communities to rethink water policies, urging more conservation as well as recycling of wastewater as is done in Singapore. Countries may also want to consider raising prices for water, as well as searching for ways to make water-intensive sectors more efficient and less polluting, it said.

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This article depicts how the world could suffer a 40 percent shortfall in water in just 15 years unless countries dramatically change their use of the resource, a U.N. report warned Friday. Many underground water reserves are already running low, while rainfall patterns are predicted to become more erratic with climate change. As the world's population grows to an expected 9 billion by 2050, more groundwater will be needed for farming, industry and personal consumption. The report predicts global water demand will increase 55 percent by 2050, while reserves dwindle. If current usage trends don't change, the world will have only 60 percent of the water it needs in 2030, it said. Having less available water risks catastrophe on many fronts: crops could fail, ecosystems could break down, industries could collapse, disease and poverty could worsen, and violent conflicts over access to water could become more frequent. This relates to international relations because the article describes the usage of water globally and the shortages of water globally. 

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Kent RO distributed 500 Water Purifiers on World Water Day- Pocket News Alert

Kent RO distributed 500 Water Purifiers on World Water Day- Pocket News Alert | GIS World News | Scoop.it
In an effort to celebrate the World Water Day, Kent Ro and The Art of Living brought clean drinking water to the doorsteps of the residents of Govindpuri slum (navjeevan camp) by distributing 500 Kent water purifiers.

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This article depicts how in an effort to celebrate the World Water Day, Kent Ro and The Art of Living brought clean drinking water to the doorsteps of the residents of Govinpuri slum by distributing 500 Kent water purifiers. The Kent water purifiers were distributed by Swami Paramtej, International Faculty, The Art of living along with in joint initiative by Kent RO. Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Mahesh Gupta, Chairman, Kent Ro Systems Limited said, "500 families have been benefited from this initiative. We aim to bring good health to people's livesClean and safe drinking water has become a necessity as it keeps one away from many diseases." Speaking on the occasion Swami Paramtej shared, "It is a joint initiative by Kent RO and The Art of Living; we have identified their personal need for safe drinking water and fulfill the need of the community." This relates to international relations because it depicts the revelation of the distribution of water. 

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BBC World News deals with consolidation in TV news

BBC World News deals with consolidation in TV news | GIS World News | Scoop.it
News, or quality news, will always be expensive. But that doesn’t mean there is a shortage of players wanting to enter the market.

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This article depicts how news, or quality news, will always be expensive. But that doesn't mean there is a shortage of players wanting to enter the market. Julian Clover speaks to Colin Lawrence, Distribution Director for BBC Global News Ltd, about the challenges facing the TV news distribution market. The established international brands are now competing with the deep pockets of private investors and state-backed channels whose output is often partial to say the least. Euronews is now completely in private hands and competitors such as Vice News don't even use linear television to reach their younger audience. Colin Lawrence, Distribution Director for BBC Global News Ltd, says the distribution market for pay-TV is relatively mature and as such is going into a period of consolidation. This relates to international relations because it speaks of news outlets and the distribution of news world wide. 

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