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Poetry The Lake Isle of Innisfree

W. B. Yeats

Poetry Portsmouth of Heaven On Poetry Day

'And I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree............

''And I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree, ............. ''
And I will go now now now 
And climb up the hill the hill the hill
To build a castle upon the green green green

Of stones of highest highs highs highs
I will go now now now
And call out the name the name the name
Of the Portsmouth of Heavens to open her doors

And pour pour pour
Only lights of soft and subtle photons dancing
And calling onto spectrum of colours mad mad mad

And I will go now now now
And call up and climb the hill the hill the hill
And call the name the name the name to rise reach and seize

 

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Medicine Study Shows New Way to Predict Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Progression

|| May 30: 2016: University of Dundee News || ά. New research from the University of Dundee has found that a process initiated in white blood cells known as neutrophils may lead to worse outcomes for some patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease:COPD. The discovery may help identify patients at higher risk for COPD progression, who might also show little benefit from standard treatments. The study was presented at the ATS:American Thoracic Society 2016 International Conference in San Francisco. Readmore

Biochemistry
What Does Not Die

In Hampshire in an autumn wood the squirrel I found that came to say hello
In New Hampshire life’s voices went rippling human joys and sorrows and
In Union Square I saw the sun painting the green leaves with photon-paints
Allwhere life is a song written and sung in many a form in many a rainbow
A rainbow it is always allwhere marking the same shape of life-expressions

It is always in units of atoms
Units of photons and of cells
DNAs RNAs and neurons
Always the same rises ee falls
Always it is the song of cells

And the Empire State Building raised a spectacle in Manhattan skyline as
The traffic lit the air in all its expressions in the evening and in Scotland I
Saw heather and hyacinth in Swansea the light and its spread the same
Light the same song written and sung in many a form in many a rainbow
And it is the same that drives us to strive to stretch to reach to risk to rise

It is always magnetic
Always electric and
Chemical and active
Biochemical it is as
It shapes the cell-rise

I saw grace in human faces in Prague in Granada in Dhaka in Rome or in
London Manchester or York and found moss on city brick walls and saw
Butterflies on squeezed in greens of tiny spaces in town gardens and saw
Waters mining for life poetry in silence music in the ferns climbing onto
The trellis of light heard seagulls’ cries as human babies in all-everyday

In everyday momentary miracles
I saw life’s rainbow biochemistry
Unfolding noughts in paperboats
It is always the same song of love
That never dies and forever lives

Building Antimicrobial Viruses from Breast Milk

|| May 30: 2016 || ά. Scientists from the National Physical Laboratory:NPL and UCL have converted a breast milk protein into an artificial virus that kills bacteria on contact. As well as providing all the energy and nutrients that infants need for the first months of life, breast milk protects against infectious diseases. Lactoferrin is a protein in milk which provides antimicrobial protection to infants, effectively killing bacteria, fungi and even viruses.

The antimicrobial activities of this protein are mainly due to a tiny fragment, less than a nanometre across, made up of six amino acids. Based on the metrology of antimicrobial mechanisms, the team predicted that copies of this fragment gather at the same time, and at the same point, to attack bacterial cells by targeting and disrupting microbial membranes.

Recognising the potential applications in the fight against antimicrobial resistance, the team re-engineered the fragment into a nanoscale building block which self-assembles into virus-like capsules, to effectively target bacteria. Not only can these capsules recognise and bind to bacteria, but they also rapidly convert into membrane-damaging holes at precise landing positions.
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The Humanion Agenda Youth: You are the Future

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The World How Long Will the World Continue to Look Away?

|| May 30: 2016 || ά. The United Nations Children's Fund:UNICEF has expressed alarm at the number of migrant and refugee deaths in the past week in the Central Mediterranean, many of whom were believed to be unaccompanied minors. In anticipation of a major summer upswing of child migrants using the dangerous crossing between Libya and Italy UNICEF will shortly begin an operation with the Italian Government and partners to provide protection support, the agency said yesterday in a press release. Readmore

World Literature Meg Rosoff Accepts Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award Before Full Stockholm Concert Hall

|| May 30: 2016 || ά. Meg Rosoff tonight received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award from Swedish Minister for Culture and Democracy Mrs. Alice Bah Kuhnke. In her acceptance speech she expressed both praise and criticism.

Rosoff spoke joyfully but also gravely. She expressed pleasure and pride at being recognised for her work as an author. She also described a sense of sorrow for today's world of child refugees, leaders who know too little about the importance of art, music, and literature for young people, and societies that value lawyers and bankers more than teachers and librarians. Readmore

North America What Darkness is Eating El Salvador Away? El Salvador and ‘Las 17’: Join Amnesty's Campaign to End This Barbarity Against Women

|| May 30: 2016 || ά. Erika Guevara-Rosas wrote this article back in March. We are publishing it here now to bring the issue to the attention of our readers and because thanks to Amnesty International tireless, sustained and committed campaigning one of these 'courageous' women who have been made victims of the most draconian of 'so called laws on abortion' in El Salvador' has been freed by the highest court of the land. Nothing should be called law if it criminalises people for committing no crime.

Sending women to jail for decades for miscarriages or having abortions is not just draconian but ABSOLUTELY an ABHORRENT crime against humanity. This is no law and it should have no place in the 'library of human book of statues' where law means protecting human rights, protecting human decency and dignity and upholding the natural law. This El Salvadorian law is no law but a shame on the country and a verdict against its failure to chose to walk onto the light. We invite its Government to show courage, leadership and walk boldly to separate religion and politics and stop this barbarity against women, NOW. Let people follow their own faith in their own way, in their own lives and not dictate how other people should live their lives. It is as simple as that. Period! Readmore

The Humanion Amnesty International's Tireless Work: El Salvador: Maria Teresa Thanks Supporters After Release from Jail Where She Was Sent Without Committing a Crime: Maria Teresa Rivera Writing
 

|| May 30: 2016 || ά. On May 20, 2016, Maria Teresa Rivera was finally freed from prison in El Salvador after a judge dismissed the charges against her. In 2011, she had been given a 40-year sentence after suffering a miscarriage. Thousands of people across the world rallied to her cause. This is her thank you message to everyone. I want to thank everyone who supported me and who never left me alone, everyone who believed in me and always said that I was innocent even though you did not know me. This was very special to me. Readmore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Political Economics If Current Trends Towards and Beyond Already Unacceptable Levels of Inequality are Allowed to Continue ... Ultimately All Will Be Losers: Guy Ryder: ILO

|| May 30: 2016: Geneva: ILO News || ά. The Director-General of the International Labour Organisation:ILO, Guy Ryder, has told delegates they must assume the responsibilities of the ILO’s social justice mandate if the benefits of transformative change at work are to be realised. Inequality, marginalisation and division are not phenomena to which the world of work must react but “the consequence of what we do, how we behave, what we decide,” he said in opening remarks to the 105th session of the International Labour Conference:ILC. Readmore

 

The World Let Us Work Together to Foster Education for Global Citizenship: Ban Ki-moon at UN DPI:NGO Conference in South Korea

|| May 30: 2016 || ά. The sixty-sixth United Nations Department of Public Information:Non-Governmental Organisations Conference started off today in Gyeongju, Republic of Korea, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighting the vital role that NGOs, academia and youth play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals:SDGs.

“We need governments, the private sector and civil society,” Mr. Ban told the more than 2,000 people gathered for the opening session. “Without the participation of non-governmental organisations:NGOs and civil society groups, no initiative, however visionary, can be fully achieved,” he added.
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Political Economics I Strongly Believe That Women are Beneficiaries of our EU Membership: Geeta Sidhu-Robb, CEO of Nosh Detox

|| May 30: 2016 || ά. Geeta Sidhu-Robb is the CEO of Nosh Detox, strongly believes that the UK membership of the EU is a positive thing, particularly, in advancing gender equality, women's rights as well as the business community including the free movement of people across the EU that benefits the UK in many ways and which is 'overlooked'. She believes not only the UK businesses benefit from being in the EU, but also, we benefit from our interactions and exchanges as human beings with our European neighbours. Readmore

The World Former Chadian President Habré  Found Guilty: This Verdict is as Historic as It is Hard-won: UNHCHR

|| May 30: 2016 || ά.  The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today welcomed the "historic" verdict of the special court in Senegal convicting the former President of Chad Hissène Habré of crimes against humanity, summary executions, torture and rape. “After years of struggle and many setbacks on the way to justice, this verdict is as historic as it was hard-won. I sincerely hope that today, at last, Habré's victims will experience some sense of relief,” Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said. Readmore

The Idearian Echoing Eternities Tuberculosis Drug May Also Target Visceral Leishmaniasis: New Research

|| May 30: 2016: University of Dundee News || ά.  A drug that has already been approved for treatment of tuberculosis could also be a powerful tool to combat another of the developing world’s major diseases, researchers at the University of Dundee have found. Visceral leishmaniasis is a disease which blights the developing world with 200,000 to 400,000 new cases and 48,000 deaths annually. The vast majority of cases are seen in six countries - Bangladesh, Brazil, Ethiopia, India, South Sudan and Sudan.

There are no vaccines available and current drug treatments all have serious limitations such as prolonged administration (mainly by injection), high cost, drug resistance, toxicity and potential for foetal malformations. Researchers in the School of Life Sciences at Dundee have discovered that a drug called delamanid, which was recently approved for the treatment of tuberculosis, can cure a mouse model of visceral leishmaniasis at oral doses that may be achievable in patients. Readmore

 

United Kingdom Labour's Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell On the Road for Another Europe: Remain and Reform Tour

|| May 30: 2016 || ά.  John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor has begun a week-long tour of the country with events scheduled in Wolverhampton, Leeds, Leicester and Cardiff - with more dates to follow before polling day. The tour will include public meetings entitled “The EU referendum and looking to the future” and will start in Wolverhampton, before moving on to Leeds and Leicester and ending the week with a rally in Cardiff alongside Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Readmore

 
 

Tuesday: May 31: 2016: The Humanion: We are One

The World The 66th DPI:NGO Conference Begins in South Korea: May 30-June 01

In the Definition of Development There Must Be Education: There Can Be No Sustainable Development Without the Entire Humanion Getting the Benefits of Universal Education

Only Education Can Lift Us Out of the Darkness of All the Horrible Things We are Suffering From Across the World

To be able not to become victims of 'ill-education' fed by the all sorts of dangerous sources and of ignorance, of bias, of prejudice, of hatred, of bigotry, of phobia of all things from religions to ethnicities, from languages to localities, of misogynistic, masochistic, chauvinistic attitudes and values, of fear and of absolute disempowerment and disenfranchisement human beings must get education to become enlightened through the light of education, of sciences and mathematics, of philosophy, of culture, of arts, of literature, of music, of poetry and of the humanities.

People with albinism are being killed for their body parts in Mali and other places of the world,  people with disabilities are being treated in most part of the world with absolute disregard and contempt, women are subjected to degrading treatment in many parts of the world for their natural physiological states, FGM:The Humanin calls it Futile, Ghastly and Mindless, is destroying millions of lives of young girls and women, millions of young girls and women's lives are destroyed through childhood marriages, women are victims of not only of all the things that have already been mentioned but from exploitation, from terrible violence and inhumanity of brutal and barbaric kinds, in many parts of the world, married women's lot include daily, regular and sustained physical and mental abuse, violence and torture, women are being trafficked across the globe, women are getting underpaid, children are getting trafficked and are forced to do inhuman and forced labour, many forms of forced labour and slavery are going on across the globe as if it is nothing, domestic workers are being forced into slavery and cruel, barbaric and violent treatment, often resulting deaths. Readmore

Louise's Story of Hope and Home Thanks to the Support She and Her Children Received from Shelter

|| May 30: 2016 || ά.  To highlight the wonderful, dedicated, tireless works of Shelter for giving hope to homeless people and championing and campaigning to end homelessness we are publishing some of the great, moving and inspiring stories of human beings, families and people who had fallen onto the cruel, cold, wet and hungry streets and because of the works Shelter does these people, children, women, men of all backgrounds find Hope and Home.

Ending Homelessness is a MORAL DUTY of any and all human beings for we cannot chose to accept that other human beings should live on the cruel, cold, wet and hungry streets. We simply cannot chose to accept that.

We can only chose it for others if we can chose it for ourselves which means that it is okay for me to fall onto the street and live in the rain, in the absolutely freezing cold, in bone-crunching-knifing-chill of the bewildering wind, in hunger and in absolute degradation of humanity.

If we cannot chose it for ourselves than we cannot chose it for others and therefore, we ought, we must chose not to accept it and do anything and everything in our power to END it. Here's the story of Louise Walker who is from west London. She lost her home after separating from her husband and contacted Shelter for advice. One year on, Louise shares the family’s progress.

I want to give an account of how we as a family are now doing. Back in July 2013 I was at my wits end. I had been in a bed and breakfast for the past four months living in one room with my four children. Readmore

The Humanion Profile Aowen Jin: An Artist Whose Art Arises Out of Her Thoughts as the Light She Works with Arises Out of the Darkness
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Humanion Creating a Viable Humanitarian System: Angela Merkel at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul

|| May 29: 2016 || ά. Speaking at the World Humanitarian Summit, Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for strict respect for international law. She said the fact that we have to discuss this, is in itself a disaster. Angela Merkel also called for a global consensus on better networking emergency aid to respond to natural disasters, crises and war. "We must not stumble forward from one disaster to the next," said Chancellor Angela Merkel in Istanbul. What is needed is a global system of international aid that interlocks and functions as smoothly as possible. The world must learn to see early warning systems, prevention, stabilisation, peacebuilding and sustainable development, and the relevant instruments for each, as parts of a whole, said the Chancellor at the Leaders' Roundtable. Readmore

 Ecology Microbeads and Microplastics in Cosmetic and Personal Care Products

|| May 29: 2016 || ά. This House of Commons Parliamentary Briefing Paper is concerned with the use of microplastics and microbeads, which are small plastic pieces, in a variety of cosmetic and personal care products. It discusses their possible impacts on the environment and human health. It outlines the steps being taken to phase-out microplastics in cosmetic and personal care products, and provides information on legislative bans.

Microplastic debris in marine environments is growing in volume. It is likely to have a range of environmental impacts. There is evidence to suggest that microplastics are entering the human food chain. On the basis of current evidence microplastics in seafood are not currently thought to represent a human health risk, although uncertainties remain. Readmore

Political Economics United Kingdom Whole Government Account 2014-15: Let's Count the Pennies

|| May 29: 2016 || ά. The UK Government has presented the Whole of UK Government Accounts, year ended March 31, 2015, presented to the House of Commons pursuant to section 11 of the Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000, Ordered by the House of Commons, to be printed on May 26, 2016. And here goes the accounting of the public finances. According to the Accounts the Government's total income for the financial year concerned is £659.3 billions which is up from the previous year when the figure was £652.9 billions. Readmore

Political Economics LDCs: UN Calls for Greater Support to Least Developed Countries as a New Declaration in Turkey is Adopted

|| May 29: 2016 || ά.  A major United Nations meeting focusing on the world's least developed countries:LDCs has closed today in Antalya, Turkey, with a call for greater support to the world's most vulnerable nations, and the adoption of an outcome document paving the way for further concrete action and progress in the years to come.

“We are pleased that a number of important initiatives have been put forward that will support the least developed countries to reach their full potential” said Gyan Chandra Acharya, the UN High Representative for the LDCs and Secretary-General of the conference.

The three-day meeting, co-organized by the Government of Turkey and the UN, reviewed progress made by the world's 48 least developed countries (LDCs) since the adoption in 2011 of the Istanbul Programme of Action:IPoA. Readmore

 

Political Philosophy It's a Choice for the UN Member-States: To Start Working Harder to Make Their Societies, Their Economies and Their Politics More Inclusive and More Sustainable: General Assembly President

|| May 29: 2016 || ά. With unprecedented opportunities ahead to enhance the work of the United Nations, as well as that of the wider multilateral system, UN Member States have before them a straightforward “but not easy” road, the President of the General Assembly said today, starting by working harder to make their societies, their economies and their politics more inclusive and more sustainable.

“That is the message at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Mogens Lykketoft told participants at a round table with regional Cairo Centre for Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping in Africa. Too often, governments have failed to ensure that all segments of society benefit from economic development, or ignored the science of climate change and done far too little to shift to low-carbon climate resilient economies, he said, add, that too often, faced with security threats or demands for better governance, governments have reacted rashly – clamping down on civil society; eroding civil liberties or excluding political opponents.
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Asia Aung San Suu Kyi Sings for Myanmar to Ratify the ILO Maritime Labour Convention 2006 for Myanmar

|| May 29: 2016: Geneva: ILO News || ά. The Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar has deposited with the International Labour Office the instrument of ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006:MLC, 2006. In so doing, Myanmar becomes the 75th ILO member State to ratify the Convention, a significant milestone for the MLC, 2006. It is also significant that the instrument has been signed by Aung San Suu Kyi, the Union Minister for Foreign Affairs. Readmore

  Europe The Integration Act: The Meseberg Declaration on Integration

|| May 29: 2016 || ά.  The German Chancellor Angela Merkel sees the Integration Act as a "milestone", while Sigmar Gabriel, the Federal Economic Affairs Minister has termed it an "Immigration Act 1.0". At the close of its meeting at a retreat in Meseberg, the Cabinet adopted the Integration Act and the "Meseberg Declaration on Integration". The government also intends to push ahead with digitalisation.

"The adoption of the Integration Act is a milestone," underscored Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday morning at the close of the two-day Cabinet meeting at its Meseberg retreat. Shortly before the Chancellor and the Federal Economic Affairs Minister Sigmar Gabriel arrived at the press conference, the Cabinet had reached agreement on the Integration Act, which is based on the principle that the state provides assistance but equally expects incomers to do their bit for integration, Angela Merkel stressed. Readmore

Africa Mali: UN Mission Strongly Condemns Ambush That Leaves Five 'Blue Helmets' Dead

|| May 29: 2016 || ά. Five United Nations peacekeepers were killed in an ambush in central Mali earlier today, with another 'blue helmet' seriously injured, according to preliminary information reported by the country's UN mission, which deplored the “heinous act of terrorism” as all the more shocking because it occurred on the day set aside for the global community to honour UN peacekeepers.

According to a press statement from the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali:MINUSMA, the ambush occurred at about 11:00 a.m. near the town of Sevaré. According to preliminary information, five peacekeepers were killed. Another was seriously injured and has been evacuated.
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Poetry Edmund Spenser : The Faerie Queene

England Annie Lennox to Present a BBC Radio 4 Appeal for Shelter: June 05 at 19:55

|| May 29: 2016 || ά. Each month the BBC highlights the work of a chosen charity in their Radio 4 Appeal. And, on Sunday, June 05, it is the turn of Shelter, with our appeal set to be broadcast at 07:55am and 21:26.  To support the work of Shelter, please, listen in, and let your friends and family know. Support Shelter's works for homeless people and all it does for Ending Homelessness. Readmore

England 'Things Fall Apart' in the Private Rented Sector in England But They Still Make Money for Their Landlords

|| May 29: 2016 || ά.  The private rented sector:PRS houses more households in England than the social rented sector, but has the highest proportion of poor property standards of any tenure type. The 2014/15 English Housing Survey found that 29% of private rented properties would fail the Government’s decent homes standard for social housing, compared to 14% of social housing. This paper looks at current legislation regulating property standards in the private rented sector, and at current debates over whether there should be a legal minimum maintenance standard for rented homes. Readmore

Wales £45m EU-backed Investment to Raise Skills Across South Wales

Hay on Wye Festival 2016: May 26- June 05

Northern Ireland BMA Annual Representative Meeting in Belfast: June 20-23

|| May 29: 2016 || ά. This year’s Annual Representative Meeting:ARM of the British Medical Association will take place at the Belfast Waterfront Hall, 2 Lanyon Place, Belfast, BT1 3WH from Monday, June 20 to Thursday, June 23, 2016. Readmore

Scotland Let the Search Begin: To Locate and and Celebrate Scottish Heroes

|| May 29: 2016 || ά. All 129 MSPs are being asked to nominate one of their constituents in recognition of the important work they do to help others or their community. On Saturday, July 02, all Local Heroes will be invited to Holyrood as part of the Scottish Parliament’s Opening Ceremony to mark the start of a new parliamentary session. Readmore

 
 The Elleesium Business and Climate Summit 2016 at the London Guildhall: June 28-29

|| May 29: 2016 || ά.  With the Paris Agreement now signed by a record 175 countries, this year marks the turning point of moving from ambition to action. Six months on from the historic COP21, the Business & Climate Summit returns as the platform for businesses to turn commitments made last year into real action, looking at how they can take advantage of a swift transition to a low carbon economy while reducing the risk of climate change and stranded assets. Taking place on June 28-29 at the Guildhall, home of the City of London and in the heart of the world’s leading international financial centre, this year’s Summit will build on the success of the first Business & Climate Summit held in Paris last May. Readmore

Monday: May 30: 2016: The Humanion: We are One

The Elleesium Queen of the Wheels, Horses and Determination's Steel Victoria Pendleton Joins Forces with GOSH: All She Needs is for You to Sign up to Ride and Raise Funds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Humanion How Did I Do: Dr Margaret Chan's Speech as WHO Director-General at the World Health Assembly

|| May 28: 2016 || ά. She has given many speeches over the years as WHO Director-General but this year's 69th World Health Assembly that has just closed today, when she begins her last year of leading WHO, Dr Margaret Chan has given another speech to the Closing Session of the Assembly. The Process to elect the next Director-General of WHO already began to replace her. She will complete her second term June next year. Dr Chan was elected to the post  in 2006 and will complete her second term on June 30 next year.

The process to elect the next Director-General of the WHO is now underway. As of April 22, Member States could nominate candidates to be the new head of the global public health body, the first step in a rigorous process which will culminate in a final round of voting at the World Health Assembly in May 2017, with the new Director-General taking office on  July 01, 2017. Therefore, next World Health Assembly would be, for her, most like saying 'goodbye'.

This must mean a great deal to her as she faces the high point of her tireless works at WHO. How did I do? If she asks, not about the speeches she has given in all her years as Director-General, not even the opening speech to this Assembly, not even this last closing speech of the session, but how she has led the organisation and how she has dealt with, led and sought to enhance pro-active action agenda and culture as well as widening the scopes, means and mechanics that WHO uses to achieve its goals and most importantly, how she has been dealing with all the world wide health challenges that the world's humanity struggles with, latest of which two are the ebola outbreak seemingly on its way out and what is now going on with Zika Virus spread? If she were to ask you: what would say to her? How did she do? The Humanion would simply say, one thing can be said clearly that she has set out such a large 'foot-print' for this role that it would be a hard act for someone to match that print.

And that the world must find other greater role for this mind once she has finished her job at WHO for she has proven beyond any doubt as to what and who she is and what makes her who she is: her skills, her qualities, her competencies, her passion, her vision, her determination and undying and thoroughly rooted commitment onto her faith that it is possible to do, to make change and achieve impossible if we act together, in unison to widen WHO to include more than just the 'pills', 'prescriptions' and 'dealing' with and bringing under 'control' culture into seeing the wider issues such as air pollution impacts, environmental impacts, mental health burdens, poverty, gender inequality and most importantly, of expanding education, focusing on severe and acute malnutrition and so on, so that health means more than just 'treat' an illness or stop a bug or virus. The world must find her as big a role that she could still play to better the lot of the struggling humanity that are fighting so many battles; battles that we must, must, must win and it is possible to win them if we believe in our astonishing power to bring 'miracle' to life if we act, work and strive our hardest together, in one unison voice, mind and mindset. Readmore

The World Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly Closes: WHO's Works Cut Out

|| May 28: 2016: Geneva: WHO News || ά. The Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly closed today after approving new resolutions on WHO’s Framework for Engagement with Non-State Actors, yhe Sustainable Development Goals, the International Health Regulations, Tobacco Control, Road Traffic Deaths and Injuries, Nutrition, HIV, Hepatitis and STIs, Mycetoma, Research and Development, Access to Medicines and Integrated Health Services. Readmore

The World WHO Public Health Advice Regarding the Olympics and Zika Virus

|| May 28: 2016 || ά. Based on current assessment, cancelling or changing the location of the 2016 Olympics will not significantly alter the international spread of Zika virus. Brazil is one of almost 60 countries and territories which to-date report continuing transmission of Zika by mosquitoes. People continue to travel between these countries and territories for a variety of reasons. The best way to reduce risk of the disease is to follow public health travel advice. Readmore

 

World Press World Press and Media: Tell the Stories of the LDCs Where 880 Million Human Beings of This World Living in Severe Poverty: No One Left Behind Must Include 880 Millions in the LDCs

|| May 28: 2016 || ά. More than two dozen journalists from the world's least developed countries are in Antalya, Turkey, to report on a United Nations conference focused on the state of their homelands, and to ensure that key messages are disseminated as widely as possible thanks to their local news outlets.

Aminata Charlotte Seck, an editor for a monthly women's magazine in Senegal, said she was particularly interested to hear about the “impressive” statistics shared by Rwanda, regarding its progress made over the past five years. “This brings a lot of hope,” she told the UN News Centre. “We have to tell this story so people know it's possible, it's not only a dream.”
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Asia North Korea: EU Adopts New Restrictions on Trade, Financial Services, Investment and Transport

|| May 28: 2016 || ά.  On May 27, 2016, the European Council adopted additional restrictive measures against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea:DPRK. These measures complement and reinforce the sanctions regime imposed by United Nations Security Council:UNSC resolutions.

In response to the nuclear test conducted by the DPRK on January 06, 2016 and the launch using ballistic missile technology of February 07, the UNSC adopted resolution 2270 on March 02,  2016 imposing additional restrictive measures against the DPRK. On March 05 and 31, 2016 the Council transposed this resolution into EU law.
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Africa Guinea-Bissau: Ban Ki-moon Urges All Political Stakeholders to Avoid Escalation After Outbreak of Protests

|| May 28: 2016 || ά. In the wake of protests in Guinea-Bissau, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged all political stakeholders and their supporters to act responsibly, refrain from violence and avoid an escalation of the situation by settling their concerns through dialogue.

The Secretary-General is “deeply concerned” over the situation in Guinea-Bissau following the President’s decision to appoint a new Prime Minister and the subsequent protests in opposition to that move, said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.
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Europe Amnesty International: European Union: Halt Arms Transfers to Egypt to Stop Fuelling Killings and Torture

|| May 28: 2016: Amnesty News || ά. Almost half of European Union member states have flouted an EU-wide suspension on arms transfers to Egypt, risking complicity in a wave of unlawful killings, enforced disappearances and torture, Amnesty International said today. Readmore

 

Europe France: Update on Calais 'Jungle' Refugee Camp

|| May 28: 2016: Calais: MSF News || ά.  An estimated 5,000 refugees continue to live in the Jungle despite the forced eviction by French Authorities of nearly half of the refugee camp in March 2016. French authorities constructed a ‘Temporary Reception Centre’ with 1,500 places using white shipping containers. The controversial site is surrounded by tall fences, fingerprint scanners and metal gates positioned at entrances and exits creating a prison-like atmosphere.

Today the Jungle sits on half the surface area of the original site and overcrowding is heightening tensions among a vulnerable population. Families and children can stay in the Jules Ferry Centre and others can move to Reception Centres elsewhere in France, where they are then able to apply for asylum. At the beginning of May, over 350 unaccompanied minors were documented in the Jungle.
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To Be In Or Out..... They Have Changed My Monologue: Hamlet: The European Union Question For The United Kingdom

The Humanion Invites All the UK Citizens to Invoke the Very Best of British and Assess the High Magnitude Complexities of All the Issues Involved in the European Referendum Because One Does Not and Cannot Make the Best Decision for One's National Best Interest for Generations to Come When One is at One's Lowest

|| May 28: 2016 || ά. Introduction: 1. A recurring complaint in the debate on the European Union is the absence of ‘facts’ about the case for and against the UK’s membership on which the electorate can base their vote on June 23. Hugh Bearryman and Carolyn Frank, the owners of small businesses, each with different views on the merits of membership, summed up this concern in evidence to the Committee: Hugh Bearryman: “It has to be laid out clearly and precisely. At the moment, it is not. That is why some people are veering to one side and some to the other. It is purely because it is their gut instinct, not because they know.”1. Carolyn Frank: “If I was voting today, I think I would vote “yes”, but that is more of a gut feeling because there is not enough information available publicly to make that decision.”2

2. The forthcoming referendum is not an election. There is no manifesto for Brexit;3 and even if there were, the public could not be assured that it could be fully implemented in the event of Brexit. What would follow a vote to leave depends partly on the positions taken by the 27 other EU Member States, which cannot be known. Neither the Government nor the Leave campaign have spelled out their own detailed approach to the UK’s future relationship with the EU and the rest of the world in the event of Brexit nor how they would fill the policy vacuum in areas where the EU presently exercises power.

3. There are also uncertainties–albeit somewhat more quantifiable ones–to remaining in the EU. The Five Presidents’ Report envisages far-reaching changes to the economic governance of the Eurozone in order to put the single currency on a sustainable footing. It is uncertain whether the political will exists to make these changes, raising the prospect of continued Eurozone economic malaise and future crises. Even successful reforms may fundamentally change the relationship between countries outside the single currency, and those within it. The Chancellor highlighted, prior to the completion of the Government’s renegotiations, that these developments bring with them the “very real risk that badly thought-through legislation will be imposed on the UK”.4 Over the longer term, the EU may also seek powers to act in other areas through changes to its Treaties; under the European Union Act 2011, the UK electorate would have to give its consent to this in another referendum. Readmore

United Kingdom We All Must Invoke the Very Best of British

It is raining, the roof is leaking, the windows and doors are crackling, some floors have collapsed in the face of a ferocious storm, the electricity has been cut off, the heating, too, has been dead and most importantly, the piping has been damaged so that the air is becoming toxic fast as well as the drinking water has been compromised and the Head of this building says: let's stay in and wait out the storm for a little bad air or toxic water or cold or  falling debris and splinter is not going to hurt anyone.

On what basis has this Head constructed this opinion? Is there a shred of evidence to support this opinion? Worst still: How much evidence has the Head either chose not to take into consideration or decided not to see? Opinions are worthless unless they are supported, evidenced and corroborated by logical construction, rational signature and mathematical and scientific arrangements, connections and interlinks of the facts as the statement of truth. Otherwise, opinions can be, at best  false, wrong or misleading but most importantly, at worst, they can be deadly and dangerous, particularly, when the opinions seek to promote a 'dogmatic' or 'stated emotive' case. Readmore

United Kingdom The Treasury Select Committee Report: Costs and Benefits of UK's EU Membership

|| May 28: 2016 || ά. Right Hon. Andrew Tyrie MP, Chair of the Treasury Select Committee, that has just published the Report on Costs and Benefits of UK's EU Membership says the following which reads almost like a 'verdict' on the 'poverty' of the campaigns running opposing each other about the EU Referendum: "The arms race of ever more lurid claims and counter-claims made by both the leave and remain sides is not just confusing the public. It is impoverishing political debate. Today is the first day of the main campaign. It needs to begin with an amnesty on misleading, and at times bogus, claims. The public are thoroughly fed up with them. The public are right.'' Introduction: 1. A recurring complaint in the debate on the European Union is the absence of ‘facts’ about the case for and against the UK’s membership on which the electorate can base their vote on June 23. Hugh Bearryman and Carolyn Frank, the owners of small businesses, each with different views on the merits of membership, summed up this concern in evidence to the Committee: Hugh Bearryman: “It has to be laid out clearly and precisely. At the moment, it is not. That is why some people are veering to one side and some to the other. It is purely because it is their gut instinct, not because they know.”1 Carolyn Frank: “If I was voting today, I think I would vote “yes”, but that is more of a gut feeling because there is not enough information available publicly to make that decision.” Readmore

United Kingdom The Ban on ‘Legal Highs’ Has Policy Implications for Employers: The Better Health at Work Alliance

|| May 28: 2016 || ά. The new blanket ban on so-called ‘legal highs’ has implications for employers up and down the country. Though the new legislation is especially relevant for industries that require drug and alcohol:D&A policies and screening by law, it has wider implications for all workplaces; says the Better Health at Work Alliance:BHWA.

Accorting to BHWA the Psychoactive Substances Act bans the production, supply and importation or exportation of New Psychoactive Substances:NPS, the designer synthetic drug equivalents of illegal drugs. Employers need to know that negative effects can remain long after use, putting a workplace at risk. Users can be subject to recurring paranoia, aggression and other irrational thoughts and moods, whether under the influence or not, and also longer term implications for mental health. For employers, this means staff users can suffer these after effects while at work, with increasing implications for performance and safety in long term users. Readmore 

 
 The Elleesium To Unveil a Garden: Rosamund Pike at GOSH Which Launches Its Morgan Stanley Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show

|| May 28: 2016 || ά. The Morgan Stanley Garden for Great Ormond Street Hospital has opened at the 2016 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Rosamund Pike helped officially launch the Morgan Stanley Garden for Great Ormond Street Hospital at the 2016 RHS Chelsea Flower Show today.

The award-winning British actress joined garden designer Chris Beardshaw and seven-year-old Great Ormond Street Hospital:GOSH patient Ava and her mum, Kylie, to open the special woodland garden, which will be transferred to the hospital immediately after the show and enjoyed by families at GOSH for years to come.
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The Earth Look! Who ISS Back on Earth!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Music The Royal Scottish National Orchestra Perform Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony Today at 19:30


|| May 28: 2016 || ά.  Peter Oundjian conducts a spell-binding concert of Strauss and Beethoven today, Saturday at 19:30 and you can watch the whole thing live from anywhere. The concert opens with a brand-new piece by Lillie Harris. She was a finalist in the orchestra’s Composers’ Hub and her remiscipate sets the scene for the night.

Next, Marita Solgerg takes on one of the most beautiful works ever written – Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs. The four pieces, for soprano and orchestra were written shortly in the autumn of Struass’s life and are called ‘Spring, ‘September’, ‘When Falling Asleep’ and ‘At Sunset’.
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The Elleesium Soapbox Science 2016 Launches Today: Saturday, May 28 in the Southbank: 14:00-17:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

|| May 28: 2016 || ά. Today, Saturday, May  28, 2016: 14:00-17:00 London’s Southbank will once again be transformed into a hub of scientific learning and discussion, as some of the UK’s leading female scientists take to their soapboxes to showcase science to the general public.

And it is called Soapbox Science without the soap that is and with a great deal of exciting science being presented by a whole lot of passionate women scientists and researchers who are perpetual 'learners' of science and who are as passionate about learning and finding new things out as they are about sharing their findings and inspiring people, particularly young woman and girls in STEM subjects and into all things science.

And in short: challenge the masochistic, chauvinistic and misogynistic stereotypes of women and girls and just smash it into dust so that gender equality is as natural as the air and water and sky where no one sees a woman or a man but a scientist, a mathematician, an astronomer, a physicist, a neurologist, a professor, an astronaut and so on. Readmore

Ecology World Heritage Sites at Risk from Climate Change: New Report

|| May 27: 2016 || ά. Some 31 natural and cultural World Heritage sites in 29 countries across the world are becoming increasingly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, a new report released by the United Nations has found. The World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate report documents climate impacts including increasing temperatures, melting glaciers, rising seas, intensifying weather events, worsening droughts and longer wildfire seasons, at iconic tourism sites such as Venice, Stonehenge and the Galapagos Islands.

It also covers other World Heritage sites such as South Africa’s Cape Floral Kingdom; the port city of Cartagena, Colombia; and Shiretoko National Park in Japan, the UN Environment Programme:UNEP said in a press release. “World governments, the private sector and tourists all need to coordinate their efforts to reduce carbon emissions and to protect the world’s most treasured cultural and natural resources from the impact of tourism activities,” said Elisa Tonda, head of UNEP’s Responsible Industry and Value Chains Unit.
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 Africa South Sudan: New Team of Explosive Detection Dogs Arrives at UN Mission

|| May 27: 2016 || ά. The United Nations Mine Action Service:UNMAS in South Sudan said today it will receive 37 new explosive detection dogs as part of an increase in the presence of such dogs throughout the country.

In a press release, UNMAS said the explosive detection dogs regularly support UN Police:UNPOL to conduct searches of protection of civilians sites, cargo and entry points, to detect prohibited or hazardous items, all of which are swiftly removed by UNPOL so that internally displaced people and others under the protection of the UN Mission in South Sudan:UNMISS remain safe from harm.
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The Humanion UNHCR Urges Greece to Find Alternatives for Refugees and Migrants Living at ‘Sub-standard’ Sites

|| May 27: 2016 || ά. “Seriously concerned” by what it termed sub-standard conditions at several sites in northern Greece where refugees and migrants were evacuated this week from the makeshift site at Idomeni, the United Nations refugee agency today urged the Greek authorities, with the financial support provided by the European Union to quickly find better alternatives.

Briefing reporters in Geneva, Melissa Fleming, spokesperson of the UN Office for the High Commissioner for Refugees:UNHCR said the agency agreed that the makeshift site at Idomeni on the Greek border with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, where refugees had been staying in abysmal conditions, needed to be evacuated, and noted that this had been completed without the use of force. Readmore

Europe Greece: MSF Denounces Forced Movement of Thousands of Idomeni Refugees

|| May 27: 2016: Athens: MSF News || ά. Athens - As the eviction of residents from Idomeni camp continues, Médecins Sans Frontieres:MSF denounces the forced movement of thousands of refugees, the lack of information provided about their destinations and the restrictions imposed on humanitarian assistance during this process. Readmore

|| May 27: 2016 || ά. Institution of Mechanical Engineers:ICM Unlimited survey of 2002 people finds 55% would be unlikely to want to be a passenger in a driverless car. UK Government and companies such as Google, Ford and Uber are all championing driverless car technology, but according to this latest public survey much more work is needed to convince the public of the benefits of driverless vehicles. Readmore

Africa UN Secretary-General Welcomes Region-led Meetings of Political Dialogue for Burundi

|| May 27: 2016 || ά. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the meetings of the political dialogue for Burundi, held in Arusha, from 21 to 24 May under the auspices of the Facilitator of the East African Community:EAC, Benjamin William Mkapa, former President of Tanzania. Readmore

The World UN Rights Office Warns of Severe Lack of Funding for Human Rights Body for the Americas

|| May 27: 2016 || ά. The United Nations human rights office today said it is disturbed by the severe financial crisis the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights is facing, warning that the Commission's capacity to respond to victims of rights violations across the Americas may be seriously diminished if it doesn't receive the necessary funding in the coming weeks.

In a briefing note to reporters in Geneva earlier today, Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:OHCHR, said the Commission's pioneering work as an agent of constitutional, legislative and policy reform has had a strong impact on human rights in the region and beyond.
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Animalium Happy Whipsnade!

|| May 27: 2016 || ά. Corks were popping at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo on Monday, May 23 as the UK’s largest Zoo celebrated its 85th anniversary. The Zoo began festivities by asking its longest serving members of staff to pop the champagne at the home of the Zoo’s longest-living animal resident, a 53-year-old American flamingo.

Deputy Team Leader of Butterflies and Invertebrates, Trevor Moxey, of Eaton Bray, said: “It’s lovely to be able to celebrate ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s 85th anniversary. I have been lucky enough to work here for 43 years, and every day has been different. You never stop learning.”
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The Humanion These are the People Across the Globe Who Make Your Clothes: Voices from the Factory Floor

The World UN Conference to Review Progress Made by LDCs: How Does an LDC Country 'Graduate' Out of Poverty: Since Only Samoa Has Managed to Do It Since 2011?

|| May 27: 2016 || ά. A United Nations conference focused on the world's least developed countries:LDCs started off today in Antalya, Turkey, to assess these 48 States' progress over the past five years, and to find ways of accelerating their path towards sustainable development. “Least developed countries have seen significant progress and are a major human and natural resource potential for the world, but more needs to be done to support them,” said Gyan Chandra Acharya, the UN High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries, and Small Island Developing States, speaking in the Turkish coastal city.

“This event is a major opportunity for the international community to come together and reaffirm global commitments that were made in 2011 to ensure that the world's poorest nations are at the forefront of efforts to build an inclusive and sustainable future for the world,” he added. Five years ago, UN Member States met in Turkey and adopted the Istanbul Programme of Action:IPoA, a ten-year plan to give impetus to economic and social development in some of the world's most vulnerable States. Readmore

The World  G7 Ise-Shima Leaders' Declaration

|| May 27: 2016 || ά.  The Leaders of the G7 have made the following Declaration from the G7 Ise-Shima Summit.

Preamble: We, the leaders of the G7, met in Ise-Shima on 26 and 27 May 2016 to address major global economic and political challenges. Global growth remains moderate and below potential, while risks of weak growth persist. Escalated geo-political conflicts, terrorism and refugee flows complicate the global economic environment. The rise of violent extremism, terrorist attacks and other challenges, pose serious threat to the existing rule based international order, as well as to common values and principles for all humanity. Readmore

 

The World Ban Ki-moon Calls on G7 to Back Global Goals, Climate Action, UN Humanitarian Response Efforts

|| May 27: 2016 || ά. Addressing world leaders at an event on the side lines of the G-7 meeting currently under way in Nagoya, Japan, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the gathering to remain focused on key UN and global priorities: climate change; humanitarian action, refugees and migrants; global health; and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Having arrived in Nagoya just after the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, which he convened in Istanbul, Turkey and which wrapped up this past Tuesday, Mr. Ban, thanked German Chancellor Angela Merkel for participating and hailed the Summit as “a major advance in our collective thought and action in relation to humanitarian crises,” in light of the rising challenges the world faces and the resultant up tic in the cost of humanitarian response.
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The Humanion These are the People Across the Globe Who Make Your Clothes: Voices from the Factory Floor

 

The World G7 Fails to Address the Biggest Threats to Global Health: MSF

|| May 27: 2016: Ise-Shima: Japan: MSF News || ά. MSF is encouraged by commitments on health from the G7, and the acknowledgement that the current system of research and development is failing to deliver innovation and access to medicines and vaccines for people around the world. Yet MSF is disappointed that the solutions proposed by the G7 will not address these failures head-on, and the barriers to access to affordable medicines which they create. Readmore

Political Economics The Istanbul Declaration: LDCs= 880 Million People of the World Living in Severe Poverty

|| May 27: 2016 || ά.  Starting on Friday, the 48 least developed countries:LDCs of the world will be the focus of a global United Nations conference in Antalya, Turkey, that aims to review their progress over the past five years. In 2011, the international community adopted the Istanbul Programme of Action:IPoA which charts a vision and strategy for the sustainable development of LDCs for the next decade; half way into it, this Midterm Review will take stock of successes, challenges, and lessons learned.

Participation is expected at the highest political level, with representatives from governments, the private sector, multilateral organizations, civil society, and academia. It will result in an inter-governmentally negotiated and agreed outcome in the form of a political declaration. According to the UN Office that supports the world’s most vulnerable nations:OHRLLS, the LDCs represent the poorest and weakest segment of the international community, comprising more than 880 million people, 12 per cent of the global population and often suffer from governance crisis, political instability and, in some cases, internal and external conflicts. Readmore

 

The Humanion These are the People Across the Globe Who Make Your Clothes: Voices from the Factory Floor

England Green Party Launches 2016 Leadership and Executive Elections Website

|| May 27: 2016 || ά.  Ahead of the opening of nominations for the Green Party’s eagerly anticipated 2016 Leadership and Executive Elections, a website has just been launched. Earlier this month, Natalie Bennett announced that she would not be standing for another term meaning the Green Party’s membership will elect a new Leader this summer. Natalie’s announcement has sparked a flurry of media and party interest in who will comprise the new Leadership team. Readmore

United Kingdom Principia: Funding Opportunity for Inspiring and Engaging the Public and Young People into STEM Areas

|| May 27: 2016 || ά. Tim Peake’s Principia mission to the International Space Station has provided a fantastic platform for education. The UK Space Agency, in conjunction with the European Space Agency and other partners, has used this opportunity to inspire and engage the British public with space, and particularly to encourage young people to get involved in STEM. Readmore

 
To Be In Or Out..... They Have Changed My Monologue: Hamlet: The European Union Question For The United Kingdom

Saturday: May 28: 2016: The Humanion: We are One

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The Innerluminous Galaxillation A Galaxy-Rose

Natural Health Social The Other NHS
 
Books Jemma Wayne's Chains of Sand to Be Released on June 01

|| May 26: 2016 || ά.  Chains of Sand is a stunning fictional exploration of the relationship between identity, religion and conflict, set in Israel and London over the last ten years. Through the prism of four families caught up in the inevitable tension and disquiet when cultures clash, Jemma Wayne deftly examines the relationship between loyalty and fear, peace and conflict. Chains of Sand is to be released by Legend Press on June 01. Readmore

Literature Meg Rosoff is Awarded the 2016 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

|| May 26: 2016 || ά. Author Meg Rosoff was born in in Boston, United States in 1956. She has lived and worked in London for many years. The jury's citation reads: Meg Rosoff's young adult novels speak to the emotions as well as the intellect. In sparkling prose, she writes about the search for meaning and identity in a peculiar and bizarre world. Her brave and humorous stories are one-of-a-kind. She leaves no reader unmoved. Readmore
 

Political Economics Green Investment Sustainable Economics: Dorsett Shepherds Bush Receives The Green Tourism Gold Award for Its Green Business Practices

|| May 26: 2016 || ά.  Following significant and sustained efforts in corporate social responsibility, Dorsett Shepherds Bush is delighted to have been awarded the GTBS:Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold Award. The hotel has been recognised for its efforts to promote sustainability within the industry and for implementing cost-saving practices that help the environment and ultimately improve the guest experience.

The Green Tourism Gold Award is the highest honour in The Green Tourism Business Scheme:GTBS, which is the largest and most established scheme of its type in the world. With over 2,300 members throughout the UK and Ireland, and over 850 members in Scotland, the GBTS is a well-recognised award whereby businesses and organisations are assessed by a qualified grading advisor against a set of criteria; covering a range of areas, from energy and water efficiency to waste management, biodiversity, community involvement and more. Businesses receive a Bronze, Silver, or Gold award based on their level of achievement with Dorsett Shepherds Bush receiving the highest accolade. Readmore

The World The Rome Declaration for Smart Sustainable Cities

|| May 26: 2016 || ά. Two United Nations entities have launched a global initiative to advocate for public policy that will promote use of information and communication technologies:ICTs as a catalyst for the transition to smart sustainable cities. The initiative, the United for Smart Sustainable Cities:U4SSC, will assist the response to Goal 11 of the Sustainable Development Goals:SDGs to “make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.”

Led by the International Telecommunication Union:ITU and the Economic Commission for Europe:ECE, the initiative is open to all UN agencies, municipalities, industry, academia and other relevant stakeholders, and will focus on the integration of ICTs in urban operations and build on existing international standards and key performance indicators.
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The World China and Russia Teams Join WHO’s Emergency Medical Team Initiative

|| May 26: 2016: Geneva: WHO News || The Director-General of the World Health Organisation has presented letters of certification to Emergency Medical Teams:EMTs from China and Russia confirming that they are capable of providing mobile emergency field hospitals and staff members in response to natural disasters and disease outbreaks.

″I would like to thank both countries for their participation in this process and congratulate them on this worthy achievement,” said Dr Margaret Chan. The Emergency Medical Teams:EMTs, one from China and two from Russia, completed WHO’s rigorous classification process. “This means that, when a disaster strikes and an affected country requests help, we can quickly deploy medical teams that we know meet our high standards,” added Dr Chan.
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Northern Ireland Northern Ireland and the EU Referendum: The Key Issues: Parliamentary Report

|| May 27: 2016 || ά. The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee publishes its report into Northern Ireland and the referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union. The report identifies the potential impact of a Brexit in key areas such as the economy, agriculture and the border with the Republic.

The Committee comprises MPs who have publicly supported both the Leave and Remain campaigns. The final report is published with the full support of the Committee and reflects their commitment to setting aside their personal opinions to provide a balanced assessment of the potential impact of a Brexit for Northern Ireland ahead of the EU referendum. Readmore

To Be In Or Out..... They Have Changed My Monologue: Hamlet: The European Union Question For The United Kingdom
 

United Kingdom: The Future is of Hope....... Hope England, Hope Northern Ireland, Hope Scotland, Hope Wales..... and Hope in the European Union and Being Actively and Positively Involved and Engaged with the World and the Whole Humanion

The Future in Europe, in the wider world, taking full part in and with the most exciting scientific advancements taking place and will take place in this century and beyond and making greatest possible contributions to all that wonderful progression and illumination of all the branches of science, mathematics, research and technology. Readmore

 

Geo-Politics Ban Ki-moon Calls on Asian Nations to Settle Border Disputes and Historical Issues

|| May 26: 2016 || ά. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all Asian countries to deepen dialogue, expand co-operation, and address border disputes, historical issues and threats to stability on the Korean Peninsula. “This powerful continent is critical for prosperity and security around the world,” Mr. Ban told the Forum for Peace and Prosperity held in Jeju, Republic of Korea.

Noting at the same time that Asia accounts for nearly a third of all global greenhouse gas emissions, he stressed the importance of concerted action. Citing solar power and other innovative green technologies, he said “Asia is also a source of solutions.” Mr. Ban went on to urge all Asian countries to quickly ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change, as only 16 of the 177 signatories have ratified it.
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The World UN Deputy Secretary-General Urges the Environment Assembly for Action Towards Sustainability

|| May 26: 2016 || ά. United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson stressed today the need for Member States to redouble efforts at prevention – whether to combat climate change, build resilience or address potential conflict flashpoints before they reach a tipping point.

“The decisions you will take are critical for the well-being of this and future generations,” he said at the opening of the high-level segment of the United Nations Environment Assembly:UNEA-2.
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North America Partners Sought for Low Carbon Mexico Action

|| May 26: 2016 || ά.  Low Carbon Business Action:LCBA in Mexico is a Project funded by the European Union that aims to contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions in Mexico. Readmore

Asia Iraq: Civilians in Besieged Fallujah at ‘Extreme Risk,’ UN Relief Co-ordinator

|| May 24 2016 || ά.  Humanitarian agencies on the ground in Iraq are warning that civilians in the city of Fallujah –which has been under the control of Da’esh for more than two years – are at extreme risk, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Iraq has said.

“We are receiving distressing reports of civilians trapped inside Fallujah who are desperate to escape to safety, but can’t,” said Lise Grande, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq. “Parties to the conflict are obliged to uphold international humanitarian law and do everything possible to protect civilians and ensure they receive lifesaving assistance,” she added.
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Asia Yemen: ‘Hope’ Emanating from UN-sponsored Talks as Details of Peace Agreement Discussed

|| May 26: 2016 || ά. The United Nations envoy for Yemen said today that hope is emanating from the ongoing peace talks for the country as the warring parties started discussing details of elements that would be included in a comprehensive agreement.

Speaking to reporters in Kuwait, where the UN-mediated Yemeni talks are taking place, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, stressed that Yemen is at a critical stage, with the economy in tatters, its infrastructure ruined, and the country’s social fabric disintegrating. Readmore

United Kingdom United Kingdom: The State of the Nation

|| May 27: 2016 || ά. Over the years Britain has become a culturally and ethnically diverse nation, but in light of ongoing concerns around immigration and the country’s capacity to cope set against the backdrop of the conflicting arguments around Brexit, Opinium Research has launched its new report, ‘A question of identity and equality in multi-cultural Britain’, which explores the topic of race relations and identity in the UK today. Readmore

England Far Too Many Older People in Hospital Who Do Not Need to Be There: National Audit Office Report

|| May 27: 2016 || ά. There are currently far too many older people in hospitals who do not need to be there. Without radical action, this problem will worsen and add further financial strain to the NHS and local government. “The number of delayed transfers has been increasing at an alarming rate but does not capture the true extent of older people who should not be in hospital. While there is a clear awareness of the need to discharge older people from hospital sooner, there are currently far too many older people in hospitals who do not need to be there. Without radical action, this problem will worsen and add further strain to the financial sustainability of the NHS and local government.” Amyas Morse, Head of the National Audit Office, said on May 26, 2016. Readmore

United Kingdom Benefits Tenants Set to Lose Out in Race for Private Rented Homes

|| May 26: 2016 || ά. Housing benefit tenants are set to lose out on private rented homes as landlords look to tenants less prone to missing rental payments, in order to minimise the impact of last year’s Budget. According to the latest research from the National Landlords Association:NLA, six in ten:60% landlords report that the Chancellor’s decision to remove mortgage interest relief from 2017 – announced in George Osborne’s July 2015 Budget – will reduce their profitability. Readmore

United Kingdom Jon Hilton is the New President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

|| May 26: 2016 || ά. Jon Hilton CEng FIMechE from Northamptonshire has become the 131st President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He takes on the position from May 25. Jon succeeds Professor Richard Folkson, who became President in May 2015. Readmore

 
 

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Thursday: May 26: 2016
Natural Health Social The Other NHS
 
Nature and Solitude The Terms and Conditions of the Heart


Today Beloved I will tell you the depth of the tears
That has shaped this Frankenstein life for this world
We have made into all that hurts all that cuts all that
Burns and scalds and tears and shatters and scatters

For we could just follow the call and go and make our
Little visit and not imagine the evening as spread out
A patient etherised upon an operating table but we do
So that the dusk is duly dulled dawn brought to a dark

Depression but what still remains is this heart O this
Heart and today I will tell you what it has taught me
Its terms and conditions and it says to love like blood

Just go and give run and rush and give and light up all
There is to be lit light up a Supernova all you need tells
The heart: love unconditionally without frontiers or bars

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Cosmology Hubble's Clues as to the Birth of Supermassive Black Holes
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neurology Dementia: New Funding for New Research in Dementia at University of Southampton

|| May 25: 2016: University of Southampton News || ά. Dementia researchers at the University of Southampton have received a welcome funding boost for two pioneering studies to shed more light on Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease affects around half a million people in the UK today, causing devastating symptoms of memory loss, confusion, personality change and a gradual decline in the ability of someone to manage daily life. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia, a condition which affects two in every three care home residents and around a quarter of everyone currently in a hospital bed in the UK.

Alzheimer’s is a brain disease caused by an abnormal build-up of proteins in the brain that interfere with the normal functioning of brain cells. Through cutting-edge research, scientists are learning more about the damaging process that happen in the brain in Alzheimer’s, in a bid to develop effective new treatments to help those affected.
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|| May 25: 2016: University of Manchester News || ά.Healthcare professionals from eight organisations across Greater Manchester have collaborated to deliver the initial results of the Salford Lung Study:SLS. The study involved over 2,800 consenting patients, supported by 80 GP practices and 130 pharmacies in Salford and the surrounding Greater Manchester area.

This ground-breaking study, sponsored by GSK, examined the safety and effectiveness of a new treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease:COPD. This was delivered in partnership with NorthWest EHealth:NWEH, The University of Manchester, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, CK Aspire, Salford CCG, University Hospital of South Manchester, South Manchester CCG and NIHR Clinical Research Network: Greater Manchester. Readmore

United Kingdom The Humanion Says: STEM for Young People Should Stand for Seismically Tidal Equilibrium of Minds and There is Nothing More Wonderful to Do with Your Life Than Learning STEM-Subjects So That You Can Become the 'Architects' of the Future of Humanity: Don't Believe Us, Read This

|| May 25: 2016 || ά. A UK based lecturer is leading the way in encouraging teenagers to pursue a career in STEM subjects:science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Dr Angelo Grubišić and his skydiving team of Astronautics and Aeronautics students from the University of Southampton have partnered up with the indoor skydiving company Airkix, to host physics workshops in human flight. The Aim is to encourage school children from across the country to continue STEM studies further into secondary school and beyond.

Facilitating interaction and collaboration amongst students in the classroom has been identified by science teachers as a difficult task. Dr Sarah Barton, a science teacher at Bishop Challoner School, attended the event and said: “We brought the kids to this event so that they can learn more about the application of physics to skydiving, they have to learn about it for their GCSE’s so it’s a fantastic way to get hands on experience.
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England Professor Danielle George's Talk on the Role of Citizens in Engineering Today: 26 May at 18:00

|| May 25: 2016: University of Manchester News || ά. Can you deliver a successful engineering project by crowdfunding? Will citizen data scientists help astrophysicists study the dawn of time? Watch live from 18:00 GMT on Thursday, May 26 as Danielle George, Professor of Radio Engineering at the University of Manchester, discusses the role of citizens in engineering projects at our annual Cockcroft Rutherford Lecture, and will get everyone in the audience participating in a project of her own. Readmore

Ecology Cleanest Air Laps in the Wilderness of Lapland: Says WHO?

|| May 25: 2016 || ά. According to the information published by the WHO, air quality in Finland is the third best in the world. One of the cleanest corners of the world is located in the Finnish Lapland. This was revealed by the extensive database published by the WHO, which includes measurement data on particulate matter from 3 000 localities in a total of one hundred countries between 2008 and 2014.

 In addition to Finland, the air in Sweden, Iceland and Estonia is clean, i.e. particle concentrations remain under 10 µg/m3 in comparisons with other European countries. Countries such as Canada, Australia and New Zealand are in the same top class in global comparisons. The highest particle concentrations, in other words, the countries with the worst air quality are located in the Middle East and Far East as well as in Africa. Readmore

Marine World Amid ‘Bad Year’ for Coral, UN Launches Tool and Report Outlining Ways to Protect Threatened Reefs

|| May 25: 2016|| ά.  At the second United Nations Environment Assembly:UNEA-2 taking place in Nairobi this week, the UN Environment Programme:UNEP was among a group of agencies launching a new tool and report that recommends ways to protect threatened coral reefs. “Humans have left an indelible mark on the marine environment that has led to almost 20 per cent of coral reefs disappearing. But coral reefs are an invaluable natural asset we can’t afford to lose,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner in a press release..

“To give them a fighting chance, we need early and effective action on climate change,” he said. UNEP noted that there has been unprecedented coral bleaching on the northern and central Great Barrier Reef, one of the world's most iconic reefs and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Bleaching in the central Indian Ocean is also severe, in the Maldives, Sri Lanka and in the Lakshadweep islands of India, where up to 100 per cent of corals are bleached in some locations. Many will not survive. Readmore

 

Marine World Industry Group Agreement to Cod Fishery in the Northern Part of North-East Atlantic

|| May 25: 2016|| ά. Icelandic Seachill and The Saucy Fish co. are proud to be supporting Greenpeace in their efforts to help protect the marine environment in the Barents and Norwegian Seas which is reflected in the signing of industry group agreement that is released today.

Nigel Edwards, Technical and CSR Director at Icelandic Seachill and The Saucy Fish Co. said: ''As part of our ongoing commitment to source fish responsibly, Icelandic Seachill and The Saucy Fish Co. are proud to be supporting Greenpeace in their efforts to help protect the marine environment in the Barents and Norwegian Seas. Readmore

Literature Hay on Wye Festival: Opens Today
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United Kingdom Hay on Wye Festival: May 26- June 05

 

 

 

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  The World World Health Assembly Agrees New Health Emergencies Programme

|| May 25: 2016: Geneva: WHO News || ά. GENEVA--WHO Member States today agreed to one of the most profound transformations in the Organization’s history, establishing a new Health Emergencies Programme. The programme adds operational capabilities for outbreaks and humanitarian emergencies to complement its traditional technical and normative roles.

The new programme is designed to deliver rapid, predictable, and comprehensive support to countries and communities as they prepare for, face or recover from emergencies caused by any type of hazard to human health, whether disease outbreaks, natural or man-made disasters or conflicts.
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Political Economics Bittium and Getac Partnered to Improve Productivity, Security and User Experience for Field Workers

|| May 24: 2016: Oulu: Finland || ά.  Bittium and Getac have established a partnership to improve productivity, security and user experience for field workers in the most demanding environments by offering Bittium SafeMove Mobile VPN and Analytics software to all Getac’s rugged tablets and notebooks as an option across Europe from May 2016 onwards.

Getac, the global designer and manufacturer of rugged mobile devices, offers the most extensive rugged computing product lines including notebook, tablets and handheld computers. Its products are found across the globe in a wide range of sectors from military and defence, law enforcement and public safety, utilities, field service, oil and gas, telecommunications, healthcare, transportation to manufacturing.
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Europe UNESCO Welcomes It: Azerbaijan Supreme Court Releases Journalist Khadija Ismayilova

|| May 25: 2016 || ά. The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization:UNESCO has welcomed Azerbaijan’s Supreme Court decision to free an award-winning investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova. Readmore

Europe VAT to Remain at 15% in Eurozone Till December 2017

|| May 25: 2016 || ά. On May 25, 2016, the European Council adopted a directive maintaining for a further two years the minimum standard VAT rate at 15%.  The minimum standard rate is aimed at preventing an excessive divergence in VAT rates applied by member states, and the structural imbalances or distortions of competition that could arise as a result. A minimum standard rate of 15% was applied until December 31, 2015. Readmore

Political Economics IFS Analysis on UK Exiting the EU: The Effect Could Be Between 20 and 40 Billion in 2019–20: Lower GDP, Lower Cash Levels of Public Spending: Extending Austerity for Two More Years

|| May 25: 2016 || ά. If the result of the referendum on June 23 leads to the UK leaving the EU, there will be impacts on the UK public finances. This report aims to set out the possible impacts, focusing particularly on the short run, given that the Chancellor wishes to achieve a budget balance by the end of this parliament. We also look at possible long-run consequences.

The overall impact on the public finances will depend on two distinct components, each of which is uncertain to some degree: The mechanical effect: As a net contributor to the EU, leaving the EU would strengthen the public finances because our net contribution would fall. But given uncertainty over the form of any subsequent arrangement with the EU, it might not necessarily fall to zero. The national income effect: Any effect of leaving the EU on UK national income would affect the public finances. A rise in national income would strengthen the public finances, a fall would weaken them.
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Ecology Where Slovenia Goes the World Follows Buzzing: Bee a Day

|| May 25: 2016 || ά.  As bellwethers for ecosystem health and biodiversity, bees play a crucial role in agriculture and ending hunger, and “pollinator-friendly” approaches are therefore highly encouraged, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization:FAO.

"A world without pollinators would be a world without food diversity – and in the long run, without food security," José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General, said late last week during a visit to Slovenia’s national beekeepers' festival. FAO, as well as some 53 countries, has supported Slovenia in the promotion of declaring May 20 as the World Bee Day at the last regional Conference of Europe. Readmore

North America Haiti: UN Agencies Support Government in Vaccination Campaign Against Cholera

|| May 25: 2016 || ά. Two United Nations agencies said today they are supporting the Government of Haiti in a vaccination campaign against cholera that aims to reach 400,000 people in 2016.

In a press release, the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti:MINUSTAH said the Haitian Ministry of Public Health and Population is being supported by the Pan American Health Organisation:World Health Organisation:PAHO:WHO, as well as by the UN Children’s Fund:UNICEF.
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Africa Africa Day: No African and No Women Must Be Left Behind

|| May 25: 2016 || ά. Despite an uncertain global economic landscape, Africa’s prospects are positive, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging the continent’s leaders to use recent gains to address rising social and economic inequalities.

In his message to mark Africa Day, which commemorates the founding in 1963 of the Organization of African Unity, now known as the African Union (AU), Mr. Ban noted that this year’s Day is being celebrated in furtherance of the AU’s theme for the year: “Human Rights with a Particular Focus on the Rights of Women.”
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Africa UN Agencies Provide Seeds and Food to Break Cycle of Hunger in Central African Republic

|| May 25: 2016 || ά. Two United Nations agencies have begun providing both seeds and food to nearly 50,000 hungry farming families in some areas of the conflict-torn Central African Republic:CAR to ensure that they don’t eat seeds meant for planting.

Household food stocks are typically lowest at this time in the planting season. Under the ‘seeds protection’ initiative, the Food and Agriculture Organisation:FAO provides crop and vegetable seeds, while the World Food Programme:WFP provides groundnuts, maize, rice, sorghum, and beans to the same families.
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United Kingdom Papworth Trust Report Looks to Inform Debate for Disabled People Ahead of EU Referendum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

|| May 25: 2016 || ά.  A leading charity has moved to push disability issues higher up the EU Referendum agenda by publishing a report yesterday, Tuesday, May 24, highlighting how disabled people could be affected by next month’s crucial European Referendum.

Papworth Trust hope the report, entitled ‘The EU and Disabled People’, will inform debate and elevate the issues for disabled people to consider ahead of next month’s referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union. Readmore

United Kingdom British Library Puts Literary Treasures of 20th Century Authors Online

|| May 25: 2016 || ά. The British Library has made over 300 literary treasures relating to 20th century writers available online for the first time, including literary drafts, rare first editions, notebooks, letters, diaries, newspapers and photographs from Virginia Woolf, Ted Hughes, Angela Carter and Hanif Kureishi among others. The items relate to some of the 20th century’s greatest writers and can be viewed for free on the Discovering Literature website. Readmore

Scotland A Precious Opportunity: Nicola Sturgeon Pledges to Bring Others Together Behind a Common Mission

|| May 25: 2016 || ά. The First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon today said the next five years represent a “precious opportunity” to make real improvements for the benefit of future generations, as she urged parties across the parliament to seize that opportunity. Readmore

To Be In Or Out..... They Have Changed My Monologue: Hamlet: The European Union Question For The United Kingdom


 

United Kingdom The International Glaucoma Association Promotes National Glaucoma Awareness Week: June 06-12

|| May 25: 2016 || ά. For this year’s National Glaucoma Awareness Week, June 06-12, The International Glaucoma Association:IGA is focusing on the need for close relatives of a known glaucoma patient, to have regular eye checks to prevent possible sight loss. Parents, children, brothers or sisters are up to four times more likely to develop glaucoma, when compared to people without a family history of glaucoma. Readmore

England People with Learning Difficulties in Danger of Isolation

|| May 25: 2016: University of Southampton News || ά. Research by the University of Southampton has shown adults with learning difficulties are being left to organise their own support networks, following changes to the provision of care services. A study, which gives a snapshot of lives of people with learning difficulties in south Hampshire, has found individuals are building informal networks of their own – gathering together for solidarity, support and friendship. Readmore

Wales £36m EU-backed Investment in Research and Innovation for Welsh Business

|| May 25: 2016 || ά. A new £36m EU-backed scheme to develop post-graduate research and innovation skills in partnership with small and medium-sized businesses has been announced by the First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones. Readmore

 
Languages And How Do You Say, Lake Bled is Beautiful?
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The Elleesium Artists with Liberty: Save Our Human Rights Act Art Exhibition: June 02-04

|| May 25: 2016 || ά. Next week, in collaboration with ten of the UK’s leading artists, Liberty is launching Artists with Liberty: Save Our Human Rights Act. This unique exhibition uses the power of art to explore the importance of our rights – supported by artists who believe, like us, that human rights and civil liberties should be protected. Readmore

Thursday: May 26: 2016: The Humanion: We are One

Wednesday: May 25: 2016
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natural Health Social The Other NHS My Earth, My Heart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Imagine this is the shore of the beautiful book; need we nothing more but to carry on reading the book and listening to the music of the shore

The Milky Way The Little Fox in Whose Heart Flourish Giant Stars
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Humanion There is But 'One Humanity': And Yet, Why are We Determined on Destroying It to the Last Dust Across the World?

|| May 24: 2016 || ά. Nearly half of the 692 schools run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East:UNRWA across the region have been impacted, attacked or otherwise rendered inoperable by conflict or violence in the last five years, according to a new report unveiled at the World Humanitarian Summit, in Istanbul.

“A staggering 302 schools have been directly affected,” said UNRWA’s Commissioner-General, Pierre Krähenbühl, in an article published this week. Speaking at Summit, where protecting education is a major theme, he emphasized the courage and determination of UNRWA teachers, specialists and principals, who preserve access to learning for half a million Palestine refugee boys and girls despite these extremely adverse conditions.
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Political Economics Eurogroup Statement on Greece

|| May 24: 2016 || ά.  The Eurogroup welcomes that a full staff-level agreement has been reached between Greece and the institutions. Also, the Eurogroup notes with satisfaction that the Greek authorities and the European institutions have reached an agreement on the contingency fiscal mechanism, which is in line with the Eurogroup statement adopted on May 09  in particular as regard the possible adoption of permanent structural measures, including revenue measures, to be agreed with the institutions. It therefore provides further reassurances that Greece will meet the primary surplus targets of the ESM programme, 3.5% of GDP in the medium-term, without prejudice to the obligations of Greece under the SGP and the Fiscal Compact. Readmore

The World Humanitarian Summit Has Set New Course: Ban Ki-moon

|| May 24: 2016 || ά. Hailing the global community’s achievements at the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for commitments made to be taken forward for transformative change from the top down and from the ground up. “The World Humanitarian Summit has been a unique event, in form as well as substance,” Mr. Ban said in Istanbul, Turkey, speaking to reporters on the second and last day of the Summit, dedicated to improving the humanitarian system and alleviating the suffering of millions.

“We have the wealth, knowledge and awareness to take better care of one another. But we need action, based on the five core responsibilities of the Agenda for Humanity,” he stressed, referring to the principles that guided the hundreds of events organized at the two-day conference. In total, the Summit brought together 173 Member States, 55 Heads of State and Governments, some 350 private sector representatives, and over 2000 people from civil society and non-governmental organisations. Together, some 1,500 commitments were made.
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The World Interesting Survey: Between Life at Sea and in Space: Connections, Disconnections and Comparisons
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ecology How Cheap We Value Human Lives: 7 Million People Die Every Year Because of Air Pollution: UN Report Paints Mixed Picture of Global Responses to Declining Air Quality

|| May 24: 2016 || ά. Noting that from 2008 to 2013, air pollution levels in urban areas increased by eight per cent, a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme:UNEP spotlights the need to support introduction of more renewable energies and clean cook stoves, some of the vital actions aimed at combating this public health emergency.

Air pollution kills seven million people each year, according to the World Health Organisation:WHO, with more than 80 per cent of people living in urban areas exposed to air quality levels that exceed WHO limits. Actions on Air Quality, released today at the second United Nations Environment Assembly:UNEA-2 under way in Nairobi, Kenya, found that there is a growing momentum for change, such as improved access to cleaner cooking fuels and stoves, renewables, fuel sulphur content and public transport.
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Political Economics Economic Development in Africa Centres Around Urbanisation: New UNDP Report

|| May 24: 2016 || ά. With two-thirds of Africans expected to live in cities by 2050, how Africa urbanizes will be critical to the continent’s future growth and development, a new report presented by the United Nations Development Programme:UNDP has found.

According to the African Economic Outlook 2016, released yesterday at the African Development Bank Group’s annual meetings, Africa remained the second-fastest growing economic region in 2015, after East Asia. The continent’s average growth is expected to be 3.7 per cent in 2016 and 4.5 per cent in 2017, provided the world economy strengthens and commodity prices gradually recover.
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Europe Bittium Exhibiting Its Secure and Easy to Use SafeMove Remote Access Solutions at Healthcare ICT Conference 2016: May 25

|| May 24: 2016: Oulu: Finland || ά. Bittium will exhibit its secure and easy-to-use Bittium SafeMove remote access solutions at Healthcare ICT conference 2016, to be held in Lahti Exhibition Centre, Finland May 24-25, 2016. Conference themes will be e.g. the Finnish social welfare and health care reform, new opportunities and structures for ICT cooperation towards next generation patient information systems, management by information, practical implementation of citizen services, data protection & information security and the implementation, use and development of ICT in social and health care. Readmore

South America Argentina: UN Rights Expert Urges Immediate Action to Address Exclusion of Indigenous Peoples

|| May 24: 2016 || ά. The United Nations human rights expert on racism today urged the Government of Argentina to take urgent measures to sustainably address the invisibility, marginalisation and systematic exclusion of indigenous peoples in the country. In a press statement issued by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:OHCHR, Mutuma Ruteere, the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, highlighted that during his first official visit to Argentina, he found that, “as elsewhere in the world, discriminatory practices in the country have often targeted the poor and, in effect, the most vulnerable who belong to minority groups including indigenous peoples, Afro-Argentines, and migrant communities.” Readmore

Literature Cardiff University at the Hay on Wye Festival with the Story of the Discovery of Einstein's Gravitational Waves: May 26-June 05
 

|| May 24: 2016: Cardiff University News || ά. The story behind one of the biggest breakthroughs in physics for 100 years is being told as part of the University’s line up at this year’s Hay Festival. Professor Bangalore Sathyaprakash and Dr Patrick Sutton explain the University’s major role in the discovery of gravitational waves last year and consider the possibility of further revelations.

Other University experts will look at topics as diverse as the threat from objects in space, tax avoidance, air pollution, Roald Dahl, the tiny citizens inside our bodies and establishing a digital literary atlas of Wales. The Hay Festival runs in the mid Wales town from Thursday, May 26 to Sunday, June 05. Gravitational waves, predicted by Albert Einstein in his famous Theory of General Relativity 100 years ago, made international headlines last September. Hundreds of scientists around the world were involved in the research with Cardiff University playing a vital role examining data. Readmore

Africa Somalia: Security Council Commends Advancements and Urges Accelerated Peace and State-building

|| May 24: 2016 || ά. The Security Council welcomed the political and security progress in Somalia during a mission to the capital, Mogadishu, on May 19, where representatives of the 15-member body met with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, regional leaders, Somali civil society and women's groups.

In a press statement following up the mission, they underlined the advances made since the transition ended in 2012, while underscoring the need to accelerate the country's peace- and state-building process, saying: “Holding a peaceful, transparent electoral process in 2016 will mark a historic step forward for all Somalis, and will be fundamental for the country's continued progress towards democracy and stability.”
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Asia Sri Lanka: Deadly Tropical Storm Displaces More Than 230,000, UN Relief Wing Reports

|| May 24 2016 || ά. The United Nations humanitarian wing has reported that at least 84 people have died, another 116 are missing, and more than 230,000 are displaced following a severe tropical storm this past week that caused widespread flooding and landslides in 22 districts of Sri Lanka.

On May 22, Sri Lanka was hit by Tropical Storm Roanu, which caused widespread flooding and landslides, destroying homes and submerging entire villages. In addition, a landslide struck Aranayake, Kegalle district, on May 17, followed by a second landslide in the same area four days later.
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Wales Wales’ Net Benefit from the EU Budget Estimated at Around £79 Per Head Or £245 Million More Than What It Pays into the EU


Hay on Wye Festival 2016: May 26- June 05
 

|| May 24: 2016 || ά. A new report released today, Tuesday May 24, 2016 shows that Wales receives £245 million more from the European Union than it pays in. The overall net benefit to Wales was around £79 per head in 2014. The briefing paper finds that the amount of money Wales received from the EU budget in 2014 totalled £658m, while Wales’ contribution to the EU after accounting for a share of the UK’s rebate stood at £414m. This net benefit of £245m was equal to around 0.4% of GDP in 2014.

The report, Wales and the EU Referendum: Estimating Wales’ Net Contribution to the European Union, is published by Cardiff University’s Wales Governance Centre as part of its ongoing research projects in public finance and the impact of the European referendum in Wales. The work compares Wales’ receipts from the EU against an estimate of Wales’ contribution to the EU budget. This figure does not reflect the wider economic or trade considerations relating to membership of the Single Market. The analysis indicates that Wales’ position in terms of its net contribution to the EU differs substantially from that of the rest of the UK. Readmore
 

 

United Kingdom Lariam Should Be 'Drug of Last Resort' for Troops

|| May 24: 2016 || ά. Lariam, the anti-malarial drug sometimes prescribed to British troops, should be considered only as a drug of last resort, says the Defence Committee, in its report on the MoD’s use of the drug.

Lariam, also known as mefloquine has a high-risk profile and a minority of users experience severe side-effects. These side-effects are clearly highlighted by Roche, the manufacturer of Lariam, who rightly lay down stringent conditions which must be met if it is to be prescribed safely. But there is very strong anecdotal evidence that such conditions have often been disregarded in dispensing it to large numbers of troops about to be deployed. Readmore

United Kingdom World’s First Global Stem Cell Healthcare Plan Launched

|| May 24: 2016 || ά.  The world’s first global stem cell healthcare plan, CellPlan, was launched last week at the World Cord Blood Congress Europe 2016, London. CellPlan provides those that already store stem cells, and those that want to, with a first of its kind insurance plan and medical concierge service to make stem cell treatment accessible and affordable.

Stem cell treatment can play a vital role in the delivery of innovative treatments for diseases including cancers, immune conditions and metabolic disorders. Stem cells have tremendous promise to help us understand and treat a range of diseases, injuries and other health-related conditions. Their potential is evident in the use of blood stem cells to treat diseases of the blood, a therapy that has saved the lives of thousands of children with leukaemia; according to Delete Blood Cancer UK, every 20 minutes someone in the UK is told they have a blood cancer like leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma. Readmore

To Be In Or Out..... They Have Changed My Monologue: Hamlet: The European Union Question For The United Kingdom

United Kingdom Love Energy Savings Awards Open for Entries

|| May 24: 2016 || ά. Those who are passionate about being green and eco friendly in everything i.e turn the office green or forego printing at all costs or do everything possible to be green and sustainable now have a way to promote more green initiatives.

Business energy comparison specialists, Love Energy Savings, are on the hunt to discover the most energy-conscious businesses in the UK, and reward their efforts with a Love Energy Savings Award.Following the success of last year, which saw the Awards launched for the first time, nominations have been opened yet again, and we aim to discover which businesses across the country are going above and beyond for the environment. 
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Northern Ireland Stanley Johnson to Speak up for the EU and the Environment at Queen's University Belfast: May 25: 12:00-14:00

|| May 24: 2016 || ά. Former Conservative MEP, and leading environmentalist, Stanley Johnson will be speaking at pro-EU rally at Queen’s University on Wednesday, May 25. Mr Johnson – father of leading voice for the Leave Campaign, Boris – will be there in his role as co-chair of Environmentalists for Europe organising the event in partnership with Friends of the Earth.

Also speaking at the event will be the Green Party’s Tanya Jones and a spokesperson from the SDLP. The event, which takes place in the Sociology and Social Work building at Queen’s from 12:00-14:-00 is aimed at promoting the environmental case for the Remain vote in the upcoming referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU on June 23. Readmore

 
 

Wednesday: May 25: 2016: The Humanion: We are One

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natural Health Social The Other NHS What is Natural Health Social The Other NHS
The World The World Humanitarian Summit 2016: Istanbul

|| May 23: 2016 || ά. At the opening of the World Humanitarian Summit:WHS in Istanbul today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon joined the President of Turkey, relief activists and international celebrities to urge the global community to shape a different future for the world. “We are all here because global humanitarian action is unprecedentedly strained,” Mr. Ban told thousands of participants attending the opening ceremony, which featured creative performances and inspiring words by renowned stars including Forest Whitaker, Ashley Judd and Daniel Craig.

“I proposed this Summit four years ago out of concern for rising humanitarian needs and declining political will. Today, the urgency has only grown,” the Secretary-General stressed. As part of a moving spectacle that emulated dust storms and earthquakes, and projected images of authentic footage inspired by personal human stories, Malian singer Inna Modja kicked off the historic Summit with a soulful poem.

The United Nations estimates that a record number of people – 130 million – currently need aid to survive. More people have been forced from their homes than at any time since the end of the Second World War. “This is a 21st century United Nations gathering,” the Mr. Ban said describing the Summit, adding that its Agenda for Humanity, the document he recently issued to guide discussions and action, is based on three years of consultations with 23,000 people in more than 150 countries. Readmore

The World Dr Margaret Chan's Address to the Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly 2016

|| May 23: 2016: Geneva || ά. The Sixty Ninth World Health Assembly is taking place in Geneva, Switzerland. Dr Margaret Chan, the Director-General of World Health Organisation:WHO has delivered her opening speech in which she expressed her assessment of where WHO is in terms of World Health and the achievements so far that have been made and the works yet to be done while remembering to celebrate the achievements continue on the path of further advance.

Mister President, Excellencies, honourable ministers, ambassadors, distinguished delegates, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen, Public health constantly struggles to hold infectious diseases at bay, to change lifestyle behaviours, and to find enough money to do these and many other jobs. But sometimes we need to step back and celebrate. Readmore

Ecology UN Environment Assembly Opens in Nairobi: A Healthy Planet, with Healthy People

|| May 23: 2016 || ά. Hundreds of key global decision-makers are gathering in Kenya today for the second United Nations Environment Assembly:UNEA-2, aiming to tackle some of the most critical issues facing our planet, from the air pollution that kills millions of people every year to an illegal trade in wildlife that is pushing species to the brink of extinction.

Held at the headquarters of the UN Environment Programme:UNEP in Nairobi, UNEA is the world’s most powerful decision-making body on the environment. This year, leaders will seek to pass a raft of resolutions, including those on food waste, the fading health of oceans, the world’s natural capital, and sustainable consumption and production.
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The Humanion We Need to Solve Humanitarian Crises Together: UNESCO Envoy Forest Whitaker at the World Humanitarian Summit: Istanbul 2016

|| May 23: 2016 || ά. On the opening day of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, the Special Envoy of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization:UNESCO, Forest Whitaker, called on individuals, governments and international organizations to act collectively to improve humanitarian action and invest more in development aid.

"We are facing a humanitarian crisis of unprecedented magnitude in the history of the planet," the Academy Award-winning actor said in an interview with the UN News Centre on one of the terraces of the venue in Turkish city, which hosts the Summit through tomorrow evening.
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  Political Economics Bittium Releases New Software Version of Bittium SafeMove Mobile VPN Remote Access Solution

|| May 24: 2016: Oulu: Finland || ά. Bittium releases a new software version of Bittium SafeMove Mobile VPN remote access solution. The new software version enhances the information security of mobile workers by supporting performance-improving encryption methods. Moreover, the new management user interface and support for mobile Android devices make the work of IT departments significantly easier.

Updated to version 9, the software offers mobile users even more user-friendly information security. Corporate users increasingly use services with a more diversified device base, ranging from laptops to tablets and smartphones, and remote access must work properly with touchscreen devices. Dynamic regulation of the network traffic of applications based on the actual speed of the network is among the functionalities of the new software version. Prioritizing the right traffic is particularly important when working outside city centers. The same challenges also apply to areas with condensed and large user bases, in case of e.g. traffic jams, public events and emergency situations. Even though Bittium SafeMove is targeted to mobile workers, also less mobile users benefit from the ease of use of SafeMove.
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  Jurisprudence UN Crime Commission Opens in Vienna with Call to Advance Justice and Rule of Law

|| May 23: 2016 || ά. The main United Nations anti-crime forum opened in Vienna today with calls to strengthen justice and the rule of law and help build resilient institutions in support of the global development goals, which recognize the connections between poverty, security, crime and corruption.

“I hope that at this session, you will seek to advance effective responses based on the tried and tested international framework provided by the conventions against transnational organized crime and corruption, the international counterterrorism instruments, and the standards and norms in crime prevention and criminal justice,” said Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime:UNODC in opening remarks to the 25th Session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, which runs through May 27.
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Africa DR Congo: UN Envoy Urges ‘Patriotic Re-awakening’ to Ease Rising Political Tensions

|| May 23: 2016 || ά.  The top United Nations official in the Democratic Republic of Congo:DRC  has expressed deep concern about the increasing political tensions in some parts of the Central African country, urging both the majority and opposition sides to reawaken their patriotism.

“The current situation and the dangers weighing upon it need patriotic reawakening both on the part of the majority as well as the opposition, to place the interests of the country above any other consideration,” Maman Sidikou, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo:MONUSCO, said in a press release over the weekend.
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Asia Yemen: UN-mediated Peace Talks Continue Following Trilateral Meeting with Ban Ki-moon in Qatar

|| May 23: 2016 || ά. The delegation of the Government of Yemen returned to the negotiating table in Kuwait in the latest round of peace talks today, with the United Nations envoy for the conflict-torn country holding a plenary this morning with both delegations, a UN spokesperson said.

In Qatar over the weekend, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon participated in a trilateral meeting with the Amir of Qatar and President Hadi of Yemen, which the Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, also attended, according to a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s office.
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Political Economics It is Changing, the Culture of Doing Business: Look at How Ford is Changing to Respond to Its Duties to the Earth, to the Environment, to Human Needs and Welfare by Actively Seeking to Become a 'Thinking' Corporation

Bill Ford: Executive Chairman of Ford Motor: All It Takes is this WILL

Bill Ford: Executive Chairman of Ford Motor: All it takes is the WILL:which comes neither from machines nor corporations but human minds, to chose to seek to do all one can to work for greater good. And this human mind can 'will' to chose, to use:make machines, create structures:organisations:corporations to achieve that end. And a mind as Bill Ford can chose to do better than just making money: he can choose to do THIS what The Humanion is reporting here today. He can do this and he can make money, too. And yet, unlike other political economists, we are saying, he makes that money: at the very end, not for anything else but to make:create:craft:define:shape a meaning of his EXISTENCE on this earth, for just to be able to face the end, being able to think at that point: I have had a life, a tiny, miniscule in the infinity of creation in the cosmosian theatre of life but with all that I have had, with this tiny, miniscule life, I have always sought to do good and I think I have tried my best: to seek to do good, to seek to do no harm and to make humanity the greatest wonder on this Universe. There would be not point of life and existing unless we can do this or say this. All it takes is this WILL.

|| May 24: 2016 || ά.  This company has learnt this because it does not say how much assets, investment etc it has got; instead it says: ''We use 4,000,000 hours of brainpower a year to develop new technological solutions.'' This is what a 'thinking' organisation must be like. This organisation is 'owned' by human minds, led by human minds and it does exactly what the human minds lead it to do. So, changing, Ford now must learn how many billions of human hours it has as its total 'power' and that 'power' must be unleashed to the highest point and level not only to achieve Ford's own business goals but also to seek to achieve to become inspiration to the world of business, commerce to change, to change so not to do any harm, so to serve humanity and the life on Earth.

This feature, second on our series on Ford, is presented using materials found in the Ford Motor Company corporate website. This is to show and to illustrate the point of how, when a corporation, company from the top of the leadership decides to respond to the call of duty to change that is hardly a 'choice' under the urgency in which we find ourselves facing the climate change impacts on the earth and life on earth: to respond to the call of seeking to achieve a green and sustainable economics and mechanism to strive the hardest to do all to bring about innovations as well as mechanisms to avoid using harmful materials so to minimise the damage we are causing to the earth, environment and humanity that created the Climate Change scenarios, and its culture can change and take a new expression.

It is the choice that the leadership makes to change. And as can be seen Ford has chosen like many others in the fields of business and commerce to change and do business better, for better and achieve better and that what is 'better' is so because it is good for the earth, good for the environment, good for the ecology, good for the world and the humanity and life on earth. And only that 'better' is 'acceptable'.

And Ford has made this commitment to make that choice, define, accept and own that definition of 'better' and of 'acceptable and now is time to go about bringing it forward to reality, in organisations, in structures, in systems, protocols, in leadership and management systems, in research and technological innovations: in short, in changing the culture of doing business, in changing the way a business is: a business through the leadership of human minds and intellects must be brought a state where it can almost be described as a 'thinking' organisation. Take for instance, NASA, ESA, JAXA, Rosscosmos etc. These organisations cannot function and achieve what they do unless they sought and achieved this state of being 'thinking' organisations. And when this happens the organisations become a home to function for delivering its 'component-part-contributions to achieve and sustain human homeostasis as our physiology, our neurology and cardiology and mind together do.

And from this it is visible that the culture of doing business is changing and Ford seems committed in this new culture of shaping a 'thinking' corporation that has chosen the 'better' what is 'acceptable' and is now doing all it can to achieve that. This change is taking place everywhere and we hope this winds of change catch up like a 'wildfire' in human endeavours so that we achieve greener and sustainable economics faster and sooner. Readmore

 
 United Kingdom Leaving the EU Will Push the UK to Economy into Recession: George Osborne

|| May 23: 2016 || ά. The Treasury's analysis on the immediate economic impact of leaving the EU, shows a vote to leave will push the UK economy into recession says George Osborne,  the Chancellor in a speech given today.

Prime Minister, thank you very much. The Treasury has already published detailed analysis of what a vote to leave would do to Britain’s economy over the long term. And the results showed that Britain would be permanently poorer to the tune of £4,300 per household - £4,300 each and every year. That’s the long term bill for leaving the EU. But what about the immediate impact on our economy? What will it mean next month, next year? And what will it mean for you?

Today the Treasury is publishing its detailed and rigorous analysis of the immediate impact of leaving the EU on growth, jobs, prices, wages, house prices and our nation’s finances. And the conclusion is that all would be hit. Why is that? Well, first households and businesses will know that Britain is going to be poorer in the future, so they’ll start cutting back on spending now, and avoiding big investments. Readmore

 

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The World The World Humanitarian Summit Istanbul 2016: May 23-24: Choose to Say: Let There Be Light

The Humanion Reminds World Leaders Not to Forget This Summit is About Them Whose Photos You Can See and Hundreds of Millions are Suffering Across the Globe Whose Photos You Do Not See

Many refugee families in the area of Akkar, Lebanon, are from Homs and Talkalakh, some of the hardest hit areas in Syria. Image: OCHA:D. Palanivelu

I Beg for Your Mercy My Child: Re: The Brother Karamazov: Fyodor Dostoevsky

Who among you can I force and stop to listen to look
As the Ancient Mariner except here are only tears and
I being neither a mariner nor a brute but a simple poet
Except we are so broken we do not hear we cannot see

For we're lost in our lost kingdoms of broken bones nails
Yet I shall force you and I shall bring you back to Homer
Stand here and look and look at this photograph of two
Instances of two eternal child look can you look can you

Look at the lost world for which this child's vision is lost
Look at the anger in that lost bewildering gaze and look
How much is broken in that soul what could ever fix that

Look at the other child smiling as if she will make a magic
Flicker to show us the dawn in the burning of hell's wipe-out
Can you scream can you hear can you see can you break out

The Humanion Reminds World Leaders Not to Forget This Summit is About Them and That They Do Not Accept Anything Less Than What Humanity is Capable of: Achieving the Impossible for the Word 'Impossibility' Does Not Exist in the 'Genome of Humanity' But This 'Gene' to Be Activated We Must Have the Courage to Believe We Can Chose to Achieve the Impossible. Think of NASA: Faced with the Prospect of the Apollo 13 Being Lost with All Its Crew Did the Humanity Making up NASA Accept the Word 'Impossible'? Did They Accept 'Doom'? No, They Did Not. Instead, They Chose to 'UNLEASH' the ABSOLUTE and ALL the BEST That Humanity Could Bring to Bear and They were Able to Bring the Crew Back Home. Impossible is a Word for Those Who Lack Faith in Humanity Because They Lack Courage and Vision to See What Humanity is Capable of Doing and Achieving. We Invite the World Leaders at the Tables of This Summit: Chose to Activate That 'Gene' of the 'Human Genome' That Helps Us Reach the Moon, Aim for Mars and Strive to Make, to Create, to Shape and Bring About Things and Realities That Do Not Exist to Make Better. Choose and Do Not Sell Humanity Cheap: This Infinite Suffering of Hundreds of Millions of Children and of People, This Must Be Brought to an End. Choose to say: Let There Be Light. The Humanion: May 23: 2016

The Humanion Amnesty International Refugees Welcome Index Shows Government Refugee Policies Out of Touch with Public Opinion

|| May 22: 2016 || ά.  China, Germany, UK top index measuring public acceptance of refugees; Russia bottom. Globally, 1 in 10 would let refugees stay in their home, 3 in 10 in their neighbourhood. Call on World Humanitarian Summit to back “Global Compact” for helping refugees.

The vast majority of people:80% would welcome refugees with open arms, with many even prepared to take them into their own homes, according to a global survey commissioned by Amnesty International. The new Refugees Welcome Index, based on a global survey of more than 27,000 people carried out by the internationally renowned strategy consultancy GlobeScan, ranks 27 countries across all continents based on people’s willingness to let refugees live in their countries, towns, neighbourhoods and homes. Readmore

Political Economics New Treasury Analysis: The Impact of a Sterling Depreciation on the Costs of a Family Shopping on Food, Non-alcoholic Drink, Clothing and Footwear

This is how the Market is Very Likely to See the Pound Sterling When UK is Outside the EU and 'Mark' Its Value

|| May 22: 2016 || ά. An Analysis on the rising cost of a family shopping from a fall in the value of sterling in the case of the UK leaving the European Union has been released by the Treasury today. What does not need anything for a demonstration to be self evident is this: if the UK were to leave the EU the Pound Sterling will depreciate particularly, for the fact that it is not as 'easy' to leave the EU as to vote for it since the process of negotiating the 'withdrawal' is forecast to take place as between two and three years which is, in terms of the market, a very long time that offers nothing but a muddle-heap of uncertainty. In this time when the UK and the EU are negotiating the withdrawal the UK Economy and Market and Businesses are in a limbo. The UK is technically in the EU and yet it is not in the EU because everyone is waiting to begin the 'lone' business again which will create a 'political economical psychological depression' in the Market and the business community.

Added to that is the next uncertainty period in which UK has to negotiate a 'trade deal' with the EU, a parallel one to compare to see how long that would take, the Canada Deal, gives a best conservative estimate of 7-9 years and worst estimate would be be that a full working trade deal might take better part of one and half a decade. That is how long a period of uncertainty the UK must contemplate when considering the scenario of the country leaving the EU. Hence, this is not a question of whether Pound Sterling depreciation will happen but by how much? This question no one can answer for there are so many variables involved and a great deal of them are rooted in volatile grounds, yet it is 'reasonable' to assume it would be quite a substantial depreciation. The commonsense look is this: one person standing among the crowd of 29 people looks rather substantive but take that person outside and let that person be seen next to the other 28 standing together and it would be absolutely clear to the viewer as to how 'small' that lone person is. And having seen that the viewer will go about 'marking' a value to that lone person. That is how the market is very likely to look at an UK exit of the EU and go about 'marking' the value of Pound Sterling.

What the Treasury has done is clearly setting out a particular scenario using available data and resources. And what it should make people see is this: if this is not a question of whether the value of Pound Sterling depreciating but by how much, we do not know that, but can see the basis of the idea that it would be substantive a loss than how does it impact on the prices of things: it does and will impact on prices of things so long they are imported and as the Treasury pointed out that the UK garment consumption is 42% imported. Therefore, the depreciation of Pound Sterling will impact on the prices of the 42% of the garment consumption. Readmore

To Be In Or Out..... They Have Changed My Monologue: Hamlet: The European Union Question For The United Kingdom

Political Economics Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell Sets out His Vision of the Stages of Developing the Architecture of the New Economics

|| May 22: 2016 || ά.   In his speech at the Labour’s State of the Economy Conference on May 21, 2016 the Labour Party Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell spoke in great length and set out how Labour's Economic Policies were to be developed and the task ahead. He spoke of Effective Opposition, About Protesting and Blocking Things Not Being Enough, Transforming Capitalism, Transform the Economy Re-writing Its Rules, Stages of Developing the New Economics, A Party of Wealth Creators: Labour, Thinking Beyond Crisis Management: A Low-Carbon Economy, To Intervene to Ensure Things Go Right: A National Investment Bank, An Economic and Innovation Forum, Local Entrepreneurial State, The Scandal of the Housing Crisis: 100,000 New Council Houses a Year, Innovative Local Authority Mortgage Lending, The Mayors' Economic Forum, Mechanism to Unlock the Potential of the Whole Economy and Society, So the Future Has an Ancient Heart: Replacing Right to Buy with Right to Own, New Architecture for Sound Economic Policy Making and about Labour Must Be the Party of the Future, Party of Hope. And this is what he said: 

I think this is the first event of its kind organised by a shadow chancellor. I wanted to lay out, briefly, our strategy on the economy. As Jeremy made clear this week, speaking at the Ralph Miliband lecture, Labour is not a party only of protest. Protest matters, and protests make a difference. I hope we’ve shown, over the last eight months, how an effective Opposition can make a difference.
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The Humanion WHS: World Humanitarian Summit to Provide 'Wake-up Call' for Action and 'Launch Pad' for New Initiatives: May 23-24

|| May 22: 2016 || ά. Just hours away from the opening of the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit:WHS, United Nations senior officials today highlighted that the global event is to serve as a wake-up call for action in the service of common humanity, providing a launch pad for new initiatives.

“We have tremendous suffering in the world today. There is huge need for us to show solidarity with those who are affected by natural disasters and man-made disasters,” UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told reporters at a press conference in Istanbul, Turkey, where the two-day conference is beginning tomorrow.
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Ecology On International Day, UN Highlights Biodiversity's Role in Underpinning Development

|| May 22: 2016 || ά.  Biodiversity and the ecosystem services it supports are the foundations for life on Earth and the livelihoods and well-being of people everywhere, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today on the International Day for Biological Diversity, as he urged the international community to preserve and sustainably manage the variety of life on the planet. Readmore

The World In Cairo, UN Security Council Consults with Arab League on Regional and Global Issues

|| May 22: 2016 || ά. The United Nations Security Council today held an unprecedented consultative meeting in Cairo with delegations of member States of the League of Arab States, discussing, among others, developments of the Palestinian issue, the Middle East peace process, updates on the situation in both Libya and Somalia. Readmore

 

Europe Media Freedom in Europe Under Constant Threats: Mapping Media Freedom Keeps Watch

|| May 22: 2016 || Journalists have been murdered and burned in effigy. Reporters have been publicly discredited by government officials, prosecuted for under anti-terrorism laws and excluded from public meetings on the refugee crisis. We’ve even recorded journalists being menaced with mechanical diggers.

Mapping Media Freedom launched to the public on May 24, 2014 to monitor media censorship and press freedom violations throughout Europe. Two years on, the platform has verified over 1,800 incidents, ranging from insults and cyber-bullying to physical assaults and assassination.
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Africa CAR: MSF Condemns in the Strongest Terms the Killing of Its Staff Member

|| May 22: 2016 || ά.  Médecins Sans Frontières:MSF condemns, in the strongest terms, the ambush against its team in Central African Republic (CAR), during which an MSF staff member was killed.

On Wednesday 18 May 18, a well-identified MSF convoy of two vehicles transporting staff and patients was stopped by armed men in Kouki, 82 km north of Bossangoa. The team was forced out of the cars and onto the ground. They were robbed of personal belongings and medication. In the course of the incident, which lasted for more than 40 minutes, one of the drivers was shot and killed.
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United Kingdom For United Kingdom Is, Always Has Been and Always Shall Be United in Kindness: UK Tops the Amnesty International Refugees Welcome Index Survey

|| May 22: 2016 || ά.  Along with China and Germany United Kingdom top Amnesty International Refugees Welcome Index Survey measuring public acceptance of refugees; Russia came at the bottom. Globally, 1 in 10 would let refugees stay in their home, 3 in 10 in their neighbourhood. Call on World Humanitarian Summit to back “Global Compact” for helping refugees.

The vast majority of people:80% would welcome refugees with open arms, with many even prepared to take them into their own homes, according to a global survey commissioned by Amnesty International. The new Refugees Welcome Index, based on a global survey of more than 27,000 people carried out by the internationally renowned strategy consultancy GlobeScan, ranks 27 countries across all continents based on people’s willingness to let refugees live in their countries, towns, neighbourhoods and homes.

The people of the United Kingdom should be proud of this survey that portrays what kind of wonderful people live on these beautiful isles. Yet there are people who are telling the country and using the media to create a pseudo 'crisis' about 'these issues':what these issues are only they know: that the 'so called people' are worried about. This shows how absolutely and dangerously wrong and mistaken these people are who seek to tell the country that people living in the UK are 'mean' and they do not care about the world, that they are not kind hearted, compassionate, caring people and that they would not lift their fingers to help others  and they do not give a 'toss' about the unbelievable suffering of humanity and they would rather have their government 'stay put and away'. For the people living on these beautiful isles are nothing of that sort and this survey portrays that. For United Kingdom is, always has been and always shall be United in Kindness. 

And the Government that tells the country of 'austerity' should not sell the people of the United Kingdom 'cheap' because they are not as the government thinks or how this or that political party thinks: and they want the Government to take lead in this Crisis of the Century of Humanity's infinite suffering and do more; not in words and glossy reports or papers but in solid and determined actions to make a difference. Readmore

United Kingdom Family Shopping Could Rise by £220 a Year After a Vote to Leave: David Cameron

|| May 22: 2016 || ά.  The annual shopping bill of the average British family could go up by more than £220 after a vote to leave the European Union. Fall in sterling would increase the cost of everyday items, average family of four could face extra costs of around £220 after two years and analysis based on average of independent studies of the expected fall in the pound.

New Treasury analysis shows that a fall in the value of sterling of more than 10 per cent, caused by uncertainty after a vote to leave, would put upward pressure on the price of imports – after two years this would push up the annual costs of everyday items by more than £220 for a family of four. A range of independent studies have predicted a decline in sterling following a vote to leave the EU – with an average of a 12 per cent fall in the value of the pound against other international currencies. Readmore

England Closures of Community Pharmacies in Deprived Areas Could Be “Catastrophic” and Place an “Untenable” Burden on Local GPs: New Report

|| May 23: 2016 || ά. New research by YouGov commissioned for Dispensing Health Equality, published today by Pharmacy Voice, shows that, if faced with a closure, more than one in four people:29% who would normally seek advice first from their local pharmacy on common ailments would instead make an appointment with their GP practice. According to NHS research, this rises to as many as four in five people in areas of high deprivation such as Fleetwood in Lancashire.

The government has indicated that its proposals will lead to up to one in four local pharmacies closing. The report argues that an uplift in GP appointments is untenable in any part of the country, but especially so in those areas that find it difficult to attract GPs in the first place. This will affect communities such as Fleetwood and Easington Lane, a former coal mining village where there is no GP surgery, and just one local pharmacy serving the needs of more than 2,000 people. The report urges the government to take note of this in context of its proposed funding cuts, and seeks reassurance that in both urban and rural areas of high deprivation access to this much needed community asset will be protected. Readmore

 
 Scotland Scottish Government Gets the New Powers Today to ‘Make a Difference’

My Heart's In The Highlands

Farewell to the Highlands, farewell to the North,
The birth-place of Valour, the country of Worth;
Wherever I wander, wherever I rove,
The hills of the Highlands for ever I love.

My heart's in the Highlands, my heart is not here;
My heart's in the Highlands a-chasing the deer;
A-chasing the wild-deer, and following the roe,
My heart's in the Highlands wherever I go.

Farewell to the mountains high covered with snow;
Farewell to the straths and green valleys below;
Farewell to the forests and wild-hanging woods;
Farewell to the torrents and loud-pouring floods.

My heart's in the Highlands, my heart is not here;
My heart's in the Highlands a-chasing the deer;
A-chasing the wild-deer, and following the roe,
My heart's in the Highlands wherever I go. 

My Heart's In The Highlands : Robert Burns

Monday: May 23: 2016: The Humanion: We are One

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The Milky Way Star Cluster Bursts into Life
 

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|| May 21: 2016 || ά. Just 50 per cent of refugee children are in primary school and 25 per cent of refugee adolescents are in secondary school, a new policy paper released today by two United Nations agencies has found.

“Refugee children, like children everywhere, have the right to education. It is fundamental that children who have been uprooted by war and violence are not left behind even further,” stressed Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees:UNHCR, in a press release issued by his Office. “We urge donors and development organizations to support efforts to include refugee children and youth in national education systems,” he added.

The No More Excuses paper was jointly released by UNHCR and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation:UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, which is set to start on May 23. Readmore

Political Economics Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn Sets Out His Vision on Economics: Building an Economy for the Future Requires Bold Ambition … A New Economics

|| May 21: 2016 || ά.  In his speech at the Labour’s State of the Economy Conference on May 21, 2016 the Leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn MP has tried to set out the vision of the Economics that under his leadership the Labour Party would seek to 'forge' together by listening to ''the growing army of the self-employed … often struggling to make ends meet, and falling through the cracks in our social security system; entrepreneurs seeking to innovate and create wealth; trades unions who stand up for workers’ rights; our friends from progressive movements in countries across the world; academics; and business people shaping a more dynamic, responsive economy'' and basing on that a ''comprehensive plan'' to be 'forged' for building a ''new economy and the kind of Britain we want to live in.'' He added, ''As John repeated today … an economy that allows people to flourish and prosper in the 21st century will be a very different kind of economy from that of the 1990s … let alone the economy of the 1940s or 1960s. Building an economy for the future requires bold ambition … A New Economics … And that’s what today has been about.''

Debating About the Challenges Facing the Economy and Society

Thank you all for coming today to Labour’s inaugural State of the Economy Conference … Thank you to John and his Shadow Treasury Team for organising. Thanks in particular to Ha-Joon Chang … for his terrific speech on building a balanced and sustainable economy. And to Sue Himmelweit, Paul Mason, Linda Yueh, Adam Marshall and Len McCluskey for their engaging discussions …And thank you … most of all … to all of you who took part in the various workshops this afternoon … Debating some of the most important issues facing our economy and our society.

These discussions are invaluable. It is only through active debate – like we’ve had today – between politicians and businesses … employers and employees … thinkers and educators … that we can build an economy for the future that delivers for all.

I’ve said before that we must change the way our party makes policy. When politicians and their advisers sit round a table and devise policy … they rarely succeed in getting to grips with the real problems our country faces. We need to involve more people in decision-making and consult far more widely outside politics.

I believe it’s essential to listen:

To the growing army of the self-employed … often struggling to make ends meet, and falling through the cracks in our social security system;
To entrepreneurs seeking to innovate and create wealth;
To trades unions who stand up for workers’ rights;
To our friends from progressive movements in countries across the world;
To academics; and
To business people shaping a more dynamic, responsive economy.

Only by engaging and debating these crucial issues … as we have done today … can we develop a comprehensive plan … to forge a new economy and the kind of Britain we want to live in. I think we’ve come a long way already in the eight months since I became leader … John McDonnell, has started to lay out the framework of a new economics.

As John repeated today … an economy that allows people to flourish and prosper in the 21st century will be a very different kind of economy from that of the 1990s … let alone the economy of the 1940s or 1960s. Building an economy for the future requires bold ambition … A New Economics … And that’s what today has been about.
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The Humanion Our Humanity is Equally Both in Our Diversity and in Our Oneness
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Oneness and Diversity is Our Humanity: To say 'I am' 'I' must include in that 'being that what I am' all the prospects, possibilities and potentials of that state of being and becoming and, therefore, when 'I' says: 'I am' 'I' includes or, rather, posits the entire prospects, possibilities and potentials of 'unity' and 'diversity' of that being in it. Being in Unity and being in Diversity should be seen as the Sun being where it is and yet being still the same thing in being wherever its lights, heats and energies reach. Both signify the same being: and for us, the humanity: we are one in our diversity as we are one in our oneness. The Humanion in Celebration of Our Oneness and Diversity. May 22: 2016. Readmore on Oneness and Readmore on Diversity

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Diversity Cultural Diversity: An Outstanding Source of Exchange, Innovation and Creativity

|| May 21: 2016 || ά.  Cultural diversity is an outstanding source of exchange, innovation and creativity, and has the enormous potential to accelerate sustainable development, the United Nations cultural agency declared today.

In a message marking the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation:UNESCO, highlighted that celebrating cultural diversity is a way of recognising that “the wealth of cultures is the constitutive power of humanity and an important asset for peace and development, the promotion of which is inseparable from the observance of human rights.”
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Oneness Ban Ki-moon Urges UN System to Bolster Support for Indigenous Peoples as Annual Forum Concludes

|| May 22: 2016 || ά.  Much has been achieved to improve the rights of indigenous peoples, but conflicts on their lands and territories, and the lack of inclusion of their voices in peace processes, remain a challenge, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today at the closing of a two-week forum. Readmore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Political Economics ILO Calls on EU Countries to Boost and Modernise Social Dialogue

|| May 21: 2016 : ILO News: Paris || ά. ILO Deputy Director-General insists on the crucial role social dialogue can play to achieve balanced, sustainable and inclusive growth in European countries. Social dialogue between government, employers and workers is a powerful tool to address persistent labour market imbalances and sustain economic and jobs recovery in the European Union, ILO Deputy Director-General Deborah Greenfield told a high-level meeting of governments, the social partners and international experts.

Addressing the Tripartite Knowledge Sharing Conference on “Post-crisis social dialogue: Good practices in the EU 28”, Greenfield shared the first findings of a forthcoming ILO report funded by the European Union. The report clearly shows that social dialogue suffered during the crisis in half of the countries covered by the study. However, from 2013 onwards when the crisis eased, social dialogue recovered but not in all countries.
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Asia Together, We Can Move from Aspiration to Action: Ban Ki-moon Tells Global Regional Leaders in Qatar

|| May 21: 2016 || ά. With the Doha Forum meeting “at a time of fragility and vulnerability,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that while progress on the UN's 2030 Agenda is crucial to usher in sustainability and equity, more must be done now to end conflict and suffering.

“Our world faces multiple armed conflicts, rising extremism and the widening impacts of climate change. One hundred and thirty million people need life-saving humanitarian assistance. War and persecution have forced 60 million people from their homes,” Mr. Ban told world and regional leaders gathered in Qatar for the opening of the annual Forum.
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