#RISE UP – cameras4change

Eve Ensler’s V-Day campaign to end violence against women.  This year One Billion Rising a new born effort by V-Day, is taking place in cities all over the world.  I arrived home from the Vancouver event to watch them “doin it live in San Fran”, it is an empowering piece of work!!!  So happy that everyone is joining together to consider the momentum that needs to take place in order to overcome the many issues that women face.  Sometimes the acts of violence themselves cause a domino effect in a girl’s or woman’s life, it is not just the event, but the long lasting and far reaching consequenses that are also at issue here.  Solidarity goes a long way to create a space for people to begin the healing process.  V-Day and One Billion Rising is a good turn in the right direction, and I really hope that as humans we can all take stock and move together.

via #RISE UP – cameras4change.

The Day in Gun Violence – NYTimes.com

A teenager died after he was shot and killed late Wednesday at a home in Lancaster, Pa. Police said the shooting apparently followed an argument. The teen, 17, was transported to a hospital by ambulance and taken into surgery, but was later pronounced dead.

—WHTM

A pregnant 19-year-old Knoxville, Tenn., woman died Wednesday after being shot on Porter Avenue. Police say Marcia Crider was 13 weeks pregnant. Police believe the shooting is related to a domestic dispute.

—WBIR

Police say a shooting over a domestic dispute left two women dead and the suspected shooter severely beaten in rural Robeson County, N.C. Kendra Matteson called 911 about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday saying her husband, Joseph Matteson, 32, was threatening to shoot her with a handgun. When deputies arrived at the house, Joseph Matteson’s mother, Donna Matteson, and the home’s owner, Kathy Bullard, were shot to death. Shot multiple times was Bullard’s son, Mark Bullard, whom the sheriff identified as Kendra Matteson’s ex-boyfriend. Witnesses told investigators Joseph Matteson was severely beaten by Mark Bullard and a family friend after he ran out of ammunition. The sheriff says he ran out of bullets before he could shoot his wife.

via The Day in Gun Violence – NYTimes.com.

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  • Allergy Alert:JS Pelmeni OK, Inc. (Brooklyn, NY) recalls Potato Dumplings (1 lb clear plastic bags; UPC 6 54368 10038 6) and Potato and Mushroom Dumplings (1 lb clear plastic bags; UPC 6 54368 10039 3), due to undeclared milk and soy. The recalled products were distributed on or before 2/11/13 to retailers in New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Illinois.

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Cambodia reports seventh human bird flu case of 2013, surveillance a problem – National infectious disease | Examiner.com

Sonny Krishnan, World Health Organization (WHO) spokesman in Cambodia, says that bird flu is only detected when a human contracted the virus, not when birds in the area started dying.

“Surveillance is supposed to be from poultry deaths, but it’s always a human death. Then when you go to investigate, you find that ducks or chickens have been dy¬ing. It’s the reverse of how it should be,” he said.

This lack of detection was partly due to a lack of resources at the Agriculture Ministry, but also to farmers’ fears of their livestock being culled.

“There’s no compensation policy. That is a disincentive for them to report poultry deaths. If they report a death, it can mean that the whole flock could be culled,” he said.

via Cambodia reports seventh human bird flu case of 2013, surveillance a problem – National infectious disease | Examiner.com.

It doesn’t get more personal than the Violence Against Women Act

I come from a family of five generations of mothers and daughters who all suffered and survived more than sixty years of domestic violence, so I have a personal stake and passion for any matters concerning violence against women.

My grandmother was powerless as my grandfather mercilessly beat her and her eight children until they were all bloody. My mother, her lungs crushed by my father’s vicious beating, was told to kiss her five children goodbye from herPhiladelphiahospital bed.

via It doesn’t get more personal than the Violence Against Women Act.

IRIN Middle East | Ten ways to develop southern Lebanon | Lebanon | Economy | Governance

An estimated 25 trillion cubic feet of natural gas lie beneath Lebanese waters, off the southern coast. Lebanon’s Daily Star newspaper valued the reserves at US$300-700 billion. But the process for exploration has been slowed by divisions in parliament. The government is meant to start issuing bids for gas and oil exploration this year, and despite the risks, 40 international companies are reportedly interested. If and when exploration and production gear up, companies will have to set up offices in Tyre, which could be a big job creator, says Walid Khadduri, former director of information and international relations at the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC). “This is the one promise for the south.”

Make a clear plan:

“We are suffering from a lack of a long-term strategic plan for the region,” says Dbouk, the mayor of Tyre. IRIN spoke to three government officials in Beirut at the Ministry of Labour, the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Prime Minister’s Office; none had specific development plans for the south. “There is no plan at the government level on this,” says Adnan Nassreddine of the Ministry of Social Affairs. “There is no coordination between all the ministries working on development.” Nor do municipalities always have a clear idea of what they need, with some decisions made by mayors on a whim without statistics or popular input.

via IRIN Middle East | Ten ways to develop southern Lebanon | Lebanon | Economy | Governance.

Plugging In to Plant Roots – IEEE Spectrum

Cast-off electrons in a plant’s roots can provide electricity, a Dutch team reports. Now, through a spin-off company, it hopes to grow grassy generators on rooftops and promote decentralized electrical production in wetlands in developing countries.

Plants exude a variety of waste products that microbes consume, such as glucose, acetate, butyrate, and propionate. The underground interaction leaves spare electrons in the surrounding soil and water, which researchers—led by Bert Hamelers at Wageningen University, in the Netherlands—began tapping in experiments in 2007. They were already working on using so-called microbial fuel cells (MFCs) to treat wastewater when they realized that plant roots improved the performance of the fuel cells.

via Plugging In to Plant Roots – IEEE Spectrum.