The genius behind Sarah’s simple but profound invention is that the Wonderbag is a non-electric, heat-retention cooker that allows food that has been brought to a boil, to continue cooking after it has been removed from the fuel source. Today, due to Sarah’s passion, energy, and perseverance, 750,000 bags have been distributed, first round of carbon credits registered and issued, production capabilities in Rwanda, Mexico and Turkey with launches in Kenya, Nigeria and Somaliland. 14,000 bags have been sold in the UK, Europe and USA, with a buy-one-give-one model to support getting Wonderbags into humanitarian relief.
There is a certain sense of destiny behind Sarah and Paul’s meeting. “Our office was in Durban as was Unilever’s South Africa headquarters located. I had followed Paul’s move into the CEO ranks and what he was trying to accomplish. But I had no understanding of corporate politics and just asked for a meeting. Paul was in for the World Cup, when we were running our first pilot program with 100,000 bags as part of a promotional package,” says Collins.
“If he senses fear in you, he will chase after you like a dog,” said Stephanie Jones, an employee. But it’s a female. I don’t know if it would really do anything, if it has spurs or anything. But I don’t know, she likes to terrorize people.”
It’s a world of excitement here in SW PA!
The three major Axis powers — Germany, Japan, and Italy — committed a host of catastrophic errors during the war. But some of these miscalculations were considerably worse than others. Here are the most significant blunders made by the Axis during WWII.
Above: German soldiers fighting in Russia.
Late last year we told you about the 8 worst mistakes made by the Allies during the war. Time now to turn our attention to the most serious mistakes made by Axis planners. The list, which is ordered (somewhat) chronologically, addresses planning and strategic errors rather than operational ones.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has labeled an investigative reporter who has published a number of leaked documents related to a widening corruption scandal a traitor. Mr. Erdogan’s lawyers have also filed suit against a newspaper columnist, once a reliable supporter of the prime minister, for his critical Twitter messages.
Under Mr. Erdogan’s leadership, Turkey has gained a reputation for harassing and intimidating the news media. More journalists are in jail in Turkey than anywhere else in the world, including China and Iran.
In Turkey as elsewhere in the Middle East, the explosion of Internet-based media outlets has surpassed the ability of the government to control information completely. When Nazli Ilicak, a longtime journalist here, lost her job recently at the pro-government newspaper Sabah after emerging as a strong voice against the government’s handling of the corruption inquiry, she said she would simply keep up her criticism on Twitter and on independent websites.
“I have 500,000 followers,” she said in a recent television appearance. “That’s more than Sabah’s circulation.” [Emphasis added.]
I’m not sure whether this is an article about Turkey or an article about Twitter. Fascinating, either way.
It’s Russia, Russia, Russia when it comes to ‘foreign gay news’ these days. But it’s a much bigger and badder gay world out there.
Although the video footage of gays being tormented by Russian Nazis is mainstream news, worse footage from Jamaica is failing to attract anything like the same attention. The Jamaican situation is getting so bad, with the government doing nothing about what seems to be a wave of murders and violent attacks, that the veteran, exiled gay leader Maurice Tomlinson is on the verge of calling for economic sanctions.
Should Tomlinson call for sanctions — and get support from the organised Jamaican LGBT community — I wonder if that will break through and get anything approaching the attention Russia has? I have to say I’m cynical.
Jamaica, however, does get at least some attention but there have been three recent stories which leapt out at me and I think deserve at least some coverage (as opposed to none) because they obviously qualify as serious news.
LGBT activism now ‘terrorism’ in Belarus
Iran criminalises homosexual identity
Turkey writes LGBT into draft constitution
Turkish police cordoned off Gezi Park and Taksim Square in central Istanbul after retaking it from protesters overnight as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan planned a mass rally of supporters in the city.
Clashes with anti-government protesters, who had set up a community of tents to occupy the park, extended into the early morning as police fired tear gas and water cannon to drive them out. Hundreds of municipal workers were today dismantling and removing tents and banners from the park, which became the center of turmoil that’s rocked Turkey since protests spread nationwide after May 31. Crowds gathered in Ankara, Izmir and other cities last night in support of the Taksim demonstrators, television footage showed.
The protests had begun in Gezi over plans to redevelop the park, and broadened into a wider movement targeting Erdogan’s government when images emerged of police tear-gassing a small group of demonstrators there. Security forces were stationed in every corner of the roads to Taksim today, gas masks and tear gas guns in hand. A municipal worker who said he’d been working to clean the park since late the previous evening collapsed into a chair and said the park would be closed to the public until order was restored, without saying how long that would be.
Adnan Oktar continues to evolve his operation, polishing his presentation and exploits the same television production techniques one usually sees in, say, a Rupert Murdoch operation. PRI’s The World contributor Matthew Brunwasser picks up the latest:
Turkey’s Islamic creationist guru Adnan Oktar is a regular fixture on his TV channel A9 – for hours and hours, day after day. Today, as he often does, Oktar is talking about one of his many exhibitions of fossils that he says disproves evolution.
Oktar and his cult-like organization have been in the Turkish media space for decades. But only last year did he deploy his new weapon in the battle against Darwinism.
A flock of ostensibly attractive, curvy young women. The “kittens,” as he calls them, call him “master” and generally guffaw at the right moments and nod their heads in agreement with whatever he says.
Some of the women have their own programs in which they also “debunk” evolution, among other things.
Listen to the whole audio report:
To get an idea of what these television presenters of Oktar’s are like, here’s a group shot of some of the “kittens” of creationism (hmmm… that sounds like a name of a girl-band), courtesy of Turkish twitter user ebru_altan:
Tweets by @ebru_altan_
Indeed. When Oktar and his voluptuous Ed McMahons aren’t trying to rid the world of Darwinism and radical Islam, they have fun too. Like when they “dance” to the latest hits, without getting out of their chairs.
“Indeed” indeed - here is an example from last fall:
If you’re interested in the current roster of
pin-ups creationist proponents, you can check them out on Oktar’s own network site, but I’ve taken a screen capture of their current “Other Talk Programs” hosts:
Who knew creationism could be so sexy?
Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Turkey’s four biggest cities on Sunday and clashed with riot police firing tear gas on the third day of the fiercest anti-government demonstrations in years.
The din of car horns and residents banging pots and pans from balconies in support of the protests resonated across neighborhoods in Istanbul and Ankara late into the night, as hundreds of demonstrators skirmished with riot police.
Roads around Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s office in Istanbul were sealed off as police fired tear gas to push back protesters, and police raided a shopping complex in the centre of the capital Ankara where they believed demonstrators were sheltering, detaining several hundred.
Erdogan blamed the main secular opposition party for inciting the crowds, whom he called “a few looters”, and said the protests were aimed at depriving his ruling AK Party of votes as elections begin next year.
Interior Minister Muammer Guler said there had been more than 200 demonstrations in 67 cities around the country, according to the Hurriyet newspaper.
The unrest erupted on Friday when trees were torn down at a park in Istanbul’s main Taksim Square under government plans to redevelop the area, but widened into a broad show of defiance against the Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP).
Riot police pulled out from Taksim’s Gezi Park on Saturday afternoon, taking away barricades and allowing in tens of thousands of protesters in an apparent move to end tensions from two days of anti-government protests.
Some protesters hurled objects at withdrawing officers and police vehicles, prompting officers to fire several rounds of tear gas to push back the crowds and resumed pulling out of Taksim Square.
The state-run Anatolia Agency said the protesters threw fireworks at police.
Earlier, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called on demonstrators to end their protest, but remained defiant. He said the government would press ahead with the redevelopment plans at Taksim that sparked the demonstrations.
Tensions were still high until afternoon as police deployed tear gas and pressurized water against groups of protesters trying to reach the central İstanbul square early on Saturday.
The protest grew out of anger at police’s heavy-handed tactics to break up a peaceful sit-in to protect a park in Taksim Square on Friday. It turned into a wider protest and spread to other Turkish cities. Dozens have been injured in the scuffles.