According to the 2013 UNICEF Report on Improving Child Nutrition - The Achievable Imperative for Global Progress, one-third of the world’s under nourished children are in India and an estimated 61 million, half of the total child population in the country, are stunted due to chronic undernutrition.
While progress towards reducing child underweight in India has been made, it has been uneven. The 2010 UNICEF Report on Progress for Children: Achieving MDGs with Equity highlights that in India, the prevalence of underweight in children below five years in the richest 20 per cent of the households decreased from 37 per cent in 1992 to 25 per cent in 2006, whereas the corresponding reduction in the poorest 20 per cent households was negligible, from 64 per cent to 61 per cent.
Wiki Party website froths for Russia
JARED OWENS THE AUSTRALIAN MARCH 11, 2014 12:00AM
THE WikiLeaks Party’s website has become fiercely pro-Russian, airing claims that a clandestine NATO-backed, neo-Nazi sniper unit deliberately fired at Ukrainian protesters to help bring about “nuclear war” between Washington and the Kremlin.
Articles posted to the website’s news section also attack the “heavily Jewish” US government as “psychopaths” and US Secretary of State John Kerry as “stupid” and “wallowing in his arrogance, hubris and evil”.
looks like Wikileaks as a front for Putin has all but become part of the Russian political machinery.
A new superlative term has to be coined for Jumping the Shark.
An amazing historic fortune to be had
Ship Model, note the old pre propeller side wheel propulsion design.
It carried one of the largest cargoes of gold ever lost at sea, so much so that it was nicknamed the “Ship of Gold.” And now Odyssey Marine Exploration has been given court approval to recover what it can from the SS Central America.
In 1857, the SS Central America shipwrecked 160 miles off the coast of South Carolina because of a hurricane, killing more than 550 people and taking it with an estimated 14,000 kilos of gold. According to Odyssey Marine, experts believe it still holds a commercial shipment of gold valued at $93,000 in 1857, as well as passenger gold valued in 1857 at between $250,000 and $1.28 million.
Spokeswoman Liz Shows declined to say how much that would be by today’s value, but added, “It will be higher than the melt value because of the shipwreck premium.”
An Ohio court granted Odyssey Marine exclusive salvage rights to the shipwreck, the fate of which had been tied up in a long-running legal battle. A company statement said the shipwreck site was discovered in 1987 at a depth of approximately 2,200 meters (7,200 feet). Less than 5 percent of the site was investigated at that time, but an extensive collection of gold coins, bullion, and raw gold was found.
With Getty’s announcement that they are offering images for embedding for free - it allows us to see the world in a different light.
skyline overlooking Victoria Harbour.
A man sits in front of the city’s skyline shrouded in a dense blanket of smog
the city’s skyline is seen from the peak, a popular touristic spot
Smog hangs in the air around buildings in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong,
A junk sails past the city’s skyline
Farmland in Hong Kong, left, sits across the border from commercial and residential buildings standing in the Luohu district of Shenzhen
Commercial and residential buildings sit on the border facing Hong Kong in Shenzhen, China,
Kowloon promenade overlooking Victoria Harbour shows Hong Kong island (background) and its skyline
fireworks illuminate the skyline in Victoria Harbour to celebrate the Chinese New Year
Cranes stand at a construction site on the waterfront
Commercial buildings, reflected on the side of a walkway, stand in Hong Kong, China,
Residential buildings, shot through a curtain, stand in the Central district in Hong Kong, China, on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013.
A photographer looks towards the city skyline as he takes images during sunset
A general view of Shenzhen skyline taken from Ma Tso Lung village on July 11, 2013 in Hong Kong, China. The North East New Territories New Development Areas project proposed by HKSAR Government to redevelop land under active cultivation in Kwu Tung North and Fanling North and provide up to 60,700 housing units has aroused public concerns
A U.S. Navy personnel stands guard on board the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) with the polluted Hong Kong skyline in the background.
A general view of North East New Territories in front of the Shenzhen skyline taken from Ping Che village on July 11, 2013 in Hong Kong, China. The North East New Territories New Development Areas project proposed by the HKSAR Government to redevelop land under active cultivation in Kwu Tung North and Fanling North and provide up to 60,700 housing units has aroused public concerns.
In the United States, people can land in prison for life over minor offenses. They can be locked up forever for siphoning gasoline from a truck, shoplifting small items from a department store or attempting to cash a stolen check. Sentences across the United States in the last 30 years have doubled. Roy Lee Clay, for example, received in 2013 a sentence of mandatory punishment of life without parole for refusing to accept a plea bargain of 10 years for trafficking 1kg of heroin. Even the sentencing judge found this “extremely severe and harsh”. The bigger picture: a recent Human Rights Watch report found that the threat of harsh sentences leads 97% of drug defendants to plead guilty rather than exercise their right to a public trial.
Most citizens are shocked when they hear such reports. Federal judge John Gleeson of New York said that the way prosecutors use plea bargaining “coerces guilty pleas and produces sentences so excessively severe they take your breath away”. Federal judge Mark Bennett of Iowa has described the “shocking, jaw-dropping disparity” of prior-conviction enhancements to force a plea bargain in a case.
But these and other shocks mean nothing without a larger shock of recognition: Americans like to punish.
We like it so much that we ignore what legal punishment means in the nation’s jails and prisons. Incarceration extends far beyond the official designation of time served. It means horrifying levels of degradation and cruelty to prisoners at all levels. Overcrowding, gang activity, endemic rape, unchecked violence and overly long sentences have turned our jails and prisons into pocket war zones.
Child sex trafficking is a dark, real world for many. Public service announcements show how much money criminals make off of selling kids for sex. One from a non-profit group called “Disturbed to Deliver” says some girls are required to bring their “pimp” $1,000 a night. At $100 a person, that’s 10 guys she has to sleep with a night. 3,650 men a year.
“It’s more alarming to see it in person than see it in print,” said Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich.
The California study reported a pimp can receive more than $160,000 from each child he or she forces into prostitution. Weirich says child sex trafficking cases are more common in low-income areas.
“What they’re seeing is dads and step dads selling their kids for sex to make extra money,” she said. “Since January there have been over a thousand years of sentences against sex offenders and abusers in Shelby County.”
Report: Human Trafficking Rivals Drug Trade in Profits
SAN JUAN - The profits generated by human trafficking worldwide tripled last year to reach $96 billion, becoming the second most profitable crime after the drug trade, a report released by singer Ricky Martin’s humanitarian foundation said.
The report was presented at a conference entitled “Visiting Human Trafficking: An Updated Profile of the World and Puerto Rico,” held on the main campus of the University of Puerto Rico.
The principal speaker was Mohammed Mattar, an expert in legislation against human trafficking and executive director of the Protection Project, a human rights institute based at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington.
Human trafficking includes exploitation for such purposes as prostitution, sexual violence, child pornography, pederasty, sexual tourism, wife slavery, forced labor, slavery and similar practices, servitude and the extraction of organs.
The president of the Ricky Martin Foundation, UPR researcher Cesar Rey, told Efe that the report also showed that the illegal drug trade in Puerto Rico generates $4 billion a year, an amount equal to the budget of the island’s Department of Education.
Now I’ve really got to see this movie!
Wow it looks like Disney is so “Evil.” This Cartoon looks so “Evil” and gay
Religious Right talk show host Kevin Swanson railed against the Disney film Frozen on Wednesday, accusing Disney of using the movie to turn children gay.
This bad bad snowman is going to make our children gay
By the way, I found all the pictures of the film on Google Images
A former member of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s posse was arrested by MCSO deputies on child-pornography charges.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, 73-year-old Roger Byg was a posse member in the old-folks community of Sun City and even had served on the posse’s board before resigning early last year. MCSO’s computer crimes division detectives served a search warrant Thursday at his Sun City home.
According to the MCSO, a computer-repair technician called authorities on Monday. He said Byg had brought his desktop computer to him for repairs, and he found what the Sheriff’s Office describes as “a large amount of images depicting what he believed to be child pornography and that they were extremely disturbing … “
According to the Sheriff’s Office, there were “several hundred images” of young children involved in sex acts found on that computer and a “substantial amount” of child pornography found on his laptop, which was seized during the search of Byg’s home.
A Louisiana state lawmaker has filed a measure to keep a state database of people who have had medication abortions, as well as restrict access to surgical abortion through Texas-style regulations aimed to shutter clinics and intimidate physicians.
Democratic State Rep. Katrina Jackson’s bill, in addition to keeping a state database of people who have had medication abortions, would require physicians who perform the procedure to obtain hospital admitting privileges. Jackson has also proposed amending the statutory definition of the first trimester from “six to fourteen weeks” to “up to fourteen weeks.”
Jackson has called her measure the “Unsafe Abortion Protection Act,” in keeping with the latest trend of couching sweeping and dangerous restrictions on abortion care and reproductive health services in the language patients’ rights and health.