Six Million Children Immunized Against Measles In DPR Korea

first_img The UN Children’s Fund flew a consignment of vaccine to the DPRK within 14 days of the Government’s declaration of a nationwide measles outbreak in March. The outbreak affected more than 3,500 people, most of them children. Two infants and two adults died and more than 1,000 people were hospitalized, according to reports. The second phase of the campaign, in which the UN World Health Organization (WHO) is also participating, is set to start on 10 April and is also a huge undertaking. It aims to reach the remaining 10.2 million people (who are between 16 and 45 years of age), UNICEF’s Chief of Health and Nutrition in the DPRK Majeed Ezatullah said. Measles, one of the most contagious diseases known, remains a leading cause of death among young children worldwide, despite the availability of a safe and effective vaccine for the past 40 years. An estimated 345,000 people, the majority of them children, died from the disease in 2005. Consider supporting the effort by UNICEF.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSix million children in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) aged six months to 15 years have been immunized in a massive United Nations-backed emergency campaign targeting more than 16 million of the country’s 22 million people following a recent outbreak of the sometimes deadly disease. last_img read more

UN Inspectors Welcomed into Iran Nuclear Site

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA group of UN atomic inspectors last week inspected a heavy water reactor in Iran that is one of the key western concerns over the Islamic republic’s nuclear program. The inspection was the first since April when access was shut down, considered a conciliatory move in the face of mounting tension over Iranian nuclear ambitions. (AFP) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

Australian Herbs Could Replace Dangerous Sodium Benzoate in Foods, Beverages

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore“An inventor has developed a blend of native Australian herbs that he says functions as an effective preservative for foods and beverages, and can be used to replace artificial preservatives such as sodium benzoate.” (Natural News) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

S. Korean President Gives His $26M Fortune to Youth Scholarship Fund

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSouth Korea’s president will donate about 33.1 billion won ($26 million) — almost all of his personal fortune — to establish a new youth scholarship program, his office said Monday.(Read the AP story here) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

British Conductor is Hero in Wedding Pianist Emergency

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreDisaster was imminent: The bride was due to arrive at any moment and the pianist called to say he wouldn’t arrive in time. Fearing his fiance would have to walk down the aisle in silence, the frantic groom ran into the concert hall adjacent to the wedding venue – with stupendous results.His luck led him to the music director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, British conductor Bramwell Tovey. Disheveled and dressed in shorts, he agreed to act as substitute, dashing up to the piano ready to play the required Cole Porter’s Night and Day… He even chose the closing piece.“No one had told me what to play as the bride and groom walked out,” he said. “So I decided to be traditional and went with the Mendelssohn march, which I finished with a big flourish.”(Read the wonderful account w/ photo in the Toronto Globe and Mail)Thanks to Bill McMahon for submitting the link!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Free Bicycles Help Keep Indian Girls in School

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe daily trip to high school was expensive, long and eventually, too much for Indian teenager Nahid Farzana, who decided she was going to drop out. Then, the state government gave her a bicycle.Two years later, she is about to graduate from high school and wants to be a teacher.The government program, designed to help girls in Bihar, one of India’s poorest states, has been so successful at keeping teenage girls in school, the bike giveaways have spread to neighboring states. The female literacy rate in some states (53 percent) is more than 20 points below that of rates for males.(READ the story from CS Monitor – or the Dec. 2011 story in CurentInternational.org)Photo from CurrentInternational.orgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Homeless Veterans Get Needed Pampering

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA host of services were available to homeless veterans and their families at the 2nd Orange County Stand Down in Costa Mesa. Veterans and their families could receive medical care, legal advice, housing and employment assistance, as well as massages and acupuncture treatments.“I see a lot of love for the people who served … I plan on staying here the whole weekend.” (READ the story from the Orange County Register)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

Cabinet Secretaries and Obama Give Back 5% of Salaries to Help Federal Workers

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAlong with President Obama, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Secretary of State John Kerry, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano have decided to forgo portions of their salaries in solidarity with federal workers.Like Obama, they volunteered to give their money to help reduce the deficit, or to foundations that benefit federal workers adversely affected by sequester legislation, which forced automatic government spending cuts. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) also decided to give back a portion of his salary.(READ the story from MSN.com)White House PhotoAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

Macaulay Culkin Wearing A Photo Of Ryan Gosling Wearing A Photo Of Macaulay Culkin

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreYou gotta love this!Macaulay Culkin, the former child star of the Home Alone films, apparently tweeted this photo of himself creating a meta “Inception” moment with Ryan Gosling. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

Cape Town’s Pop-up Store for the Homeless Goes Global

first_imgSHARE this Great Story With Buttons BelowAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIn a very trendy neighborhood of Cape Town, among chic boutiques and restaurants, two advertising creatives saw from their balcony the homeless residents, too.They dreamed up the idea of a “Street Store” that makes it easy for the wealthiest residents to donate, and more importantly, a place to give to the poorest with dignity.Street Store poster boards with hangers are hung from fencing over which donors can lay their clothes. Boxes are placed in a neat row for shoes and accessories. Watch the video below to see it in action.To date the concept has grown to see street stores being duplicated in the city streets of Brussels, Vancouver, San Diego, Sao Polo and a number of other cities worldwide since then. More than 263 cities from around the world have signed up to host a Street Store — posters have been translated through social media into nine languages.(WATCH the video below or READ the story in the South African) – Story tip from Mike Kaufmannlast_img read more