Friday, October 24, 2014

A Guy Held a Dog-Petting Event and Got Death Threats From Muslim Hard-Liners | TIME

A Guy Held a Dog-Petting Event and Got Death Threats From Muslim Hard-Liners | TIME: "A Malaysian social activist has received death threats and torrents of online abuse for organizing a dog-familiarization event that religious conservatives claim insults Islam.



More than 1,000 people attended the “I Want to Touch a Dog” event in the affluent Bandar Utama neighborhood on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur on Sunday to learn about Islam’s views on canines and become familiar with the animals, which are a source of fear for many Malaysians.



 But the event’s planner, Syed Azmi Alhabshi, has now been forced into hiding after hard-liners insisted he “should be stoned to death.”"



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AfDB staffing review to encourage more local hires, consultants | Devex

AfDB staffing review to encourage more local hires, consultants | Devex: "The African Development Bank’s current hiring freeze may be coming to an end in early 2015 — but staff composition and hiring needs could look different within the newly-relocated financial institution.

With roughly 60 to 70 percent of its employees already relocated from a temporary office in Tunis to the bank’s former — and perhaps permanent — headquarters in Abidjan, management is likely to consider whether it can operate with fewer international staff and more locals and consultants than in the past, according to David Munyoro, AfDB’s chief recruitment coordination officer."



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Thursday, October 23, 2014

20 Things to Remeber If You Love Someone With ADD

20 Things to Remeber If You Love Someone With ADD:

"People who have ADD/ADHD are suffering. Life is more difficult for them than the average person. Everything is intense and magnified. Their brilliant minds are constantly in gear creating, designing, thinking and never resting. Imagine what it would feel like to have a merry-go-round in your mind that never stops spinning.



 From emotional outbursts to polar opposite extremes; ADD presents several behaviors that can be harmful to relationships. ADD is a mysterious condition of opposites and extremes. For instance, when it comes to concentration, people with ADD cannot concentrate when they are emotional or when their thoughts are distracted. However, when they are interested in a specific topic, they zone in so deep that it’s hard to pull them out of that zone. Starting a project is a challenge; but stopping it is an even bigger challenge.



 True love is unconditional, but ADD presents situations that test your limits of love. Whether it’s your child, boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse or soon-to-be spouse, ADD tests every relationship. The best way to bring peace into both your lives is to learn a new mindset to deal with the emotional roller-coaster that ADD brings all-day-every-day.



 Understanding what a person with ADD feels like will help you become more patient, tolerant, compassionate, and loving. Your relationships will become more enjoyable and peaceful. This is what goes on in the mind of a person with ADD/ADHD:"



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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Halting Schizophrenia Before It Starts : Shots - Health News : NPR

Halting Schizophrenia Before It Starts : Shots - Health News : NPR: "It's the loss of insight that signals a psychotic break. This can lead to several different diagnoses, but in people ultimately diagnosed with schizophrenia, the break signals the formal onset of the disease. Typically, a first psychotic break occurs in a person's late teens or early 20s. In men, the range is 15 to 24; in women, 25 to 34.

That first psychotic break can lead to a series of disasters: social isolation, hospitalization, medications with sometimes disabling side effects, and future psychotic episodes.

So, what if you could intervene earlier, before any of that? Could you stop the process from snowballing?"



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John Humphrey and Ewan Robinson: From Partnerships to Market Transformation - How Do We Achieve Scale in Markets for Nutritious Food? - Business Fights Poverty

John Humphrey and Ewan Robinson: From Partnerships to Market Transformation - How Do We Achieve Scale in Markets for Nutritious Food? - Business Fights Poverty: "By John Humphrey and Ewan Robinson, IDS
There is unprecedented interest in building
value chains and market-based solutions to make nutritious foods more accessible to the people who need the most, and drive better nutrition. Efforts are spanning conventional sectorial divisions: agricultural development programs are introducing nutrition targets, national-level fortification programs are being scaled up and enterprises are developing specially-formulated supplementary foods for young children and mothers.
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One step forward for Indonesia, one step back for Malaysia

One step forward for Indonesia, one step back for Malaysia: "While Indonesia marked another democratic advance on Monday, democracy in neighbouring Malaysia goes backwards.

Indonesia inaugurates the man that most voters chose to be leader, while Malaysia concludes a sham trial to destroy the man that most voters chose to be leader.

Indonesia is conducting the first transfer of power from one directly elected president to another.

And Malaysia? It remains under the control of the same party that has ruled continuously since independence in 1957.

"While Indonesia is making huge progress, we are rewinding and the democratic space is going back to the Mahathir era of the 1990s," says Malaysia's opposition treasury spokesman, Rafizi Ramli, during a visit to Australia on Monday. "We have not recovered from last year's election."



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Indonesia's President Widodo sworn in - Asia-Pacific - Al Jazeera English

Indonesia's President Widodo sworn in - Asia-Pacific - Al Jazeera English: "Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has been inaugurated as Indonesia's new president, facing the challenges of rebooting a slowing economy and working with a potentially hostile opposition that has already landed some blows against him.

Widodo, the first Indonesian president not to come from the ranks of the country's established political, business and military elite, took the oath of office in a ceremony at the parliament in the capital, Jakarta, attended by regional leaders and US Secretary of State John Kerry."



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