Dialogue and Development

first_imgAccording to the United Nations, three-quarters of the world’s major conflicts have a cultural dimension. Given this reality, bridging the gap between cultures is urgent and necessary for peace, stability and development.On Sunday, UNESCO celebrated the 18th World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. In 2001, UNESCO adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity, and in December 2002, the UN General Assembly, in its resolution 57/249, declared May 21 to be the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.The day provides all nations and all peoples with an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the values of cultural diversity, and to advance the four goals of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, adopted on 20 October 2005. These point specifically to the support of sustainable systems of governance for culture; achieving a balanced flow of cultural goods and services, and increasing mobility of artists and cultural professionals; integration of culture in sustainable development frameworks; and the promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms.Cultural diversity is a driving force for development, not only with respect to economic growth, but also as a means of leading a more fulfilling intellectual, emotional, moral and spiritual life. This is captured in the seven culture conventions which provide a solid basis for the promotion of cultural diversity. Cultural diversity is thus an asset that is indispensable for poverty reduction and the achievement of sustainable development. At the same time, acceptance and recognition of cultural diversity – in particular through innovative use of media and Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) – are conducive to dialogue among civilizations and cultures, respect, and mutual understanding.Governments in plural societies much like Guyana have been making strides in keeping with the goals of the UNESCO Convention. In Brazil, for example, there has been initiated a move to unite against religious intolerance. Launched in January 2017, the report ‘Religious Intolerance in Brazil’ will be used to monitor and tackle discrimination.“Worldwide, there is a growing wave of intolerance and restrictions imposed on the exercise of the right to freedom of religion or belief,” said the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Ahmed Shaheed.In her message to mark the occasion, Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, emphasised the need to protect the different forms of cultural expression – languages, arts, crafts, lifestyles – especially those of minority peoples, so that they are not swept away by the movement of standardisation that accompanies globalization. These, she said, are essential elements for defining individual and collective identities, and as such, their protection falls under respect for human dignity, and invites Governments and citizens to go beyond the acknowledgement of diversity to recognize the benefits of cultural pluralism, regarded as an ethical and political principle of equal respect for cultural identities and traditions.“I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides, and my windows to be stuffed. I want the culture of all lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible.” With this imagery, Mahatma Gandhi was suggesting that culture is not a heritage set in stone, but one that is living and breathing, open to influences and dialogue, allowing us to adapt more peacefully to the changes in the world,” she stated.Placing culture at the heart of development policy constitutes an essential investment in the world’s future, and a pre-condition to successful globalization processes that take into account the principles of cultural diversity. Development is inseparable from culture. In this regard, the major challenge is to convince political decision-makers and local, national and international social actors to integrate the principles of cultural diversity and the values of cultural pluralism into all public policies, mechanisms and practices, particularly through public/private partnerships. The aim is, on the one hand, to incorporate culture into all development policies, be they related to education, science, communication, health, environment or cultural tourism; and on the other hand, to support the development of the cultural sector through creative industries. By contributing in this way to poverty alleviation, culture offers important benefits in terms of social cohesion.Each county, including Guyana, must accept that equitable exchange and dialogue among civilizations, cultures and peoples, based on mutual understanding and respect and the equal dignity of all cultures, is the essential prerequisite for constructing social cohesion, reconciliation among peoples, and peace among nations.last_img read more

Prez Sirleaf Visits Agriculture, Fishing & Juice Factory in China

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has arrived in Beijing, People’s Republic of China, at the start of a four-day state visit to the world’s most populous nation. According to a dispatch, President Sirleaf and her delegation arrived in Beijing at about 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, November 1, following a successful visit to India where she participated in the 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit.President Sirleaf was met on arrival at the Beijing International Airport by high-level Chinese officials headed by Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Ming and the Chinese Ambassador to Liberia, Zhang Yue, as well as Liberia’s Ambassador to China, McKinley Thomas and other officials of the Liberian Embassy near Beijing. Shortly thereafter, President Sirleaf and delegation departed Beijing for Xiamen City in Fujian Province for a day visit to an agriculture, fishing and juice factory. She returns to Beijing today for the start of official activities of her visit.Before leaving New Delhi, the President, on Saturday, October 31, delivered a lecture organized by the Research and Information System for Developing Countries. She spoke on a wide range of international issues including the 2030 Global Development Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals; the establishment and history of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), with emphasis on the involvement of the African continent and its leaders. Other issues covered in her lecture include the Group of 77 and the role of Liberia, the foundation and operations of the United Nations, the Africa Rising 2063 Vision, and gender equality.President Sirleaf and delegation were guests at a dinner organized and hosted by the Honorary Counsel of Liberia in India and Executive Director of BIRDGROUP, Ankur Bhatia, at one of his hotel complexes in New Delhi, India. To help expand the service industry, Mr. Bhatia reportedly intends to explore the possibility of extending his venture to Liberia to help enhance the country’s economic development programs and job creation efforts.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The world of generation Y

first_imgA group of think tanks, led by the Pew Charitable Trusts, found that for the first time, men in their 30s are earning less than their parents. For the first time ever, this generation will not be more well-off financially than their parents. What should we make of this new finding? Does this mean the American dream is no longer attainable? Probably not. Because this statistic is just a magnified section of a much larger picture — of the great generational shift taking place in America since Generation X became adults. The shift is in the definition of the American dream. Our dream is about time, not money. No generation wants to live with financial instability. And we are no exception. But finances alone do not define someone’s American dream. Especially when our dream is about how we spend our time. Those who are magnifying a different part of the picture of this generational shift will tell you that what defines it is the inability of corporate America to keep both Generations X and Y from quitting their jobs. The best of X and Y are slow to move into the work force and quick to leave it. Generation X is shifting in and out of the workplace to spend more time with kids, according to the Department of Labor. And Generation Y people in their 20s change jobs, on average, every two years. It’s costing companies a lot of money, and they’re paying millions of dollars a year in consulting fees to figure out how to decrease turnover. There are many reasons for high turnover, but the most fundamental one is that Baby Boomers have set up a workplace that uses financial bribes to get people to give up their time: Work 60 hours a week and we’ll pay you six figures. Generation Y will not have this. To hold out money as a carrot is insulting to a generation raised to think personal development is the holy grail of time spent well. Baby boomers are also baffled by women who grow large careers in their 20s and then dump them in order to spend time with kids. News flash: Generation X values family more than money. Our American dream is not about buying a big house; our dream is about keeping a family together. You can tell a lot about values by the terms that are coined. When baby boomers were raising kids, they invented the term “latchkey kid” and “yuppie.” We invented the terms “shared care” and “stay-at-home-dad.” The divorce rate for baby boomers was higher than for any other generation. We can afford to have less money because most of us don’t need to fund two separate households. The positive psychology movement has taken a large hold among those in Generation X and Y. We are convinced that money does not buy happiness, and this conviction is rooted in hard science. More than 150 universities offer courses in positive psychology. It’s the most popular class among Harvard undergrads. Our dreams are tied to time. So it’s no surprise that many of the most popular blogs offer tips for time management. And topics like productivity are favorites among hipsters who know that “getting things done” (GTD in blog-speak) is the key to having a fulfilling life. And believe me, GTD doesn’t take money; it takes massive respect for one’s time. The new American dream is that we will have fulfilling work that leaves plenty of time for the other things in life we love. In this respect, Generation X is doing better than our parents: We are spending more time with our kids, and we are keeping our marriages together more than twice as effectively as our parents did. And Generation Y members are doing better than their parents, too: They refuse to waste their time on meaningless entry-level work because they value their time and their ability to grow more than that. The new American dream is about time. It’s not a race to earn the most to buy the biggest. It’s a dream of personal growth and quality relationships. And, despite the declarations coming from Pew about unreachable dreams, our dream is not about accumulating money to do what we love at the end. We are hellbent on doing what we love the whole way. That’s our dream, and we’re doing it better than the baby boomers ever did.— Penelope Trunk is the author of “Brazen Careerist: The New Rules for Success.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgDEPUTY Pádraig Mac Lochlainn will join an all party delegation from the North West cross border region to meet the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, tomorrow in Dublin, on the future funding of the A5 Donegal to Dublin dual carriageway project.The meeting follows a recent similar meeting with Martin McGuinness, Deputy First Minister in the Six Counties.Speaking ahead of the meeting, Deputy Mac Lochlainn said It is vital that all public representatives in this region fight as one team for this vital project. “This is a battle that we just can not lose. It is about equality of opportunity for the people we all represent.“We left the meeting with Martin McGuinness reassured on the ongoing full commitment of the Northern Executive to progress the A5 works despite the set back for now in the Belfast High Court.”The Sinn Fein TD said we need the same reassurance from An Taoiseach on his Government’s share of the funding responsibilities moving forward.“I am hopeful of a positive outcome to this meeting. “In a sense the time delays caused by the High Court decision can fit more comfortably with the Government’s earlier decision to defer funding to the project, disappointing as that was at the time” ASSURANCES SOUGHT FROM TAOISEACH ON A5 PROJECT was last modified: July 25th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:A5An TaoiseachPADRAIG MACLOCHLAINNlast_img read more

Al-Qaida claims new branch opened with revived Egyptian militant group

first_imgCAIRO, Egypt – Al-Qaida’s No. 2 leader announced in a new videotape aired Saturday that an Egyptian militant group has joined the terror network. It was the first time that al-Qaida has announced a branch in Egypt, the Arab world’s most populous nation. The Egyptian group, Gamaa Islamiya, is apparently a revived version of a militant group of the same name that waged a campaign of violence in Egypt during the 1990s but was crushed in a government crackdown. “We announce to the Islamic nation the good news of the unification of a great faction of the knights of the Gamaa Islamiya … with the al-Qaida group,” Ayman al-Zawahri said in the videotape aired on the Al-Jazeera news network. Al-Zawahri said the Egyptian group was led by Mohammed al-Islambouli, the younger brother of Khaled al-Islambouli, the militant who assassinated Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat in 1979 and was later executed. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.The video included a statement by Mohammed al-Hakayma, identified as another top leader of the revived Gamaa. Al-Hakayma was shown talking in a grove of palm trees. Mohammed al-Islambouli left Egypt in the mid-1980s and was believed to have been in Afghanistan working with al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, said Diaa Rashwan, an Egyptian expert on militant groups. It was not clear how much of a following the new version of Gamaa Islamiya has on the ground in Egypt. Its previous incarnation was largely eliminated by the government crackdown, and its leaders later announced a truce from prison. It has not claimed any attacks since the late 1990s. Rashwan said al-Zawahri’s claim was likely just propaganda. “This is media talk from Ayman al-Zawahri. The Gamaa Islamiya has its own leadership and they said they have already rejected joining al-Qaida in the past,” he said. “Gamaa Islamiya has no command outside Egypt. They have dissolved in Egypt.” Egypt has seen a string of terror bombings against tourist resorts in the Sinai Peninsula since October 2004, killing 98 people. Egyptian authorities have said those attacks were carried out by a group calling itself Monotheism and Jihad, with links to Palestinian militants. Many experts believe Monotheism and Jihad is inspired by al-Qaida and may have some operational links, but the Egyptian government has not announced any connection. The excerpts of the video played by Al-Jazeera did not mention any imminent threats of attacks in Egypt. In the video, al-Zawahri wore a white turban and was in front of a plain black background.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Sonic Drive-In Coming to Bedford

first_imgThe Bedford Plan Commission voted this week to approve a special exception for the drive-in restaurant to comply with city zoning rules.The developer, Cushman & Wakefield, have not given a timeline on when the restaurant will be completed. A Sonic Drive-In is coming to Bedford.The restaurant will be constructed on a site adjacent to Williams Crossing and John Williams Boulevard.last_img

Donegal’s most popular baby names are revealed

first_imgThe most popular baby names in Donegal have been revealed, with one newcomer rising to the top of the girls’ list.Conor and Grace were the most popular names for newborns in the county last year. Conor was also top of the list in 2017, while Grace has overtaken Amelia and Sophie as the new top girls’ name.Grace was the top name in seven counties in 2018. Nationally, the CSO revealed that Jack and Emily were the most popular name for babies in 2018. Jack has held the top spot since 2007 with the exception of 2016 when James was the most popular name.  This is the eighth consecutive year that Emily has been the most popular name chosen for girls.The top ten surnames of babies registered in 2018 were also released this week. Murphy, Kelly and Ryan were the main three surnames of the year.Here is the full CSO list of Top 100 babies’ names registered in 2018, in order of popularity, compared to 2017:  Donegal’s most popular baby names are revealed was last modified: March 1st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:baby namesCSOlast_img read more

6 Backpack Essentials for Saving Money in the Parks

first_imgShare This!There are a million things you can bring on your Walt Disney World trip, but some become more important than others when you find yourself lugging around a 20-pound bag in 90-degree weather–especially when some of them can save you a lot of money! As you may very well already know, Disney World is expensive and in-park purchases can add up really quick. It’s hot, you’re tired, your kids won’t stop complaining; it’d be easy to buy a round of Dasani water bottles and a few souvenirs just to keep everyone happy and on pace. However, you can save so much money by skipping these convenience buys and packing these money-saving essentials in your backpack.1. Disney Gift CardsFood & Wine 2015 Gift CardIf you’re like me, the most dangerous part about Disney World isn’t the merchandise or food, but reckless spending. If that’s the case, it’s a good idea to mentally set a limit on how much you’re willing to pay. But if you’re still like me, you know how easy it is to get swept up in the Disney magic and end up spending way over your mentally set budget, in which case you need a hard, physical limit to your spending.Boom! Disney gift card. A pre-purchased gift card that allows you to allot however much money you want onto it. You could even leave your credit cards at the hotel. This can really save you hundreds in overspending over the span of a trip. Even better is that you can give these to your little ones instead of swiping every time they beg you for a stuffed animal or a pretzel. They’ll get a huge kick out of this independence to buy whatever they want and you’ll be able to control how much you want them to spend each day.2. Rain JacketOdds are you already own a rain jacket, especially if you’re a Florida resident. These not only look much better than Disney ponchos, but cost nothing. Unlike the dollar store disposable ponchos, Disney World will charge you $9 for each one, which can add up quick if you’re with family or a large group. Bring your rain jacket instead of splurging on Disney’s ugly ponchos.3. Portable ChargerA long day in the parks means a lot of walking around outside and taking a bunch of pictures: not conducive to a long battery life. The last thing you want to do is sit on the floor by some obscurely placed outlet, wasting precious park time instead of moving around and enjoying your vacation. Worse yet, portable chargers are expensive at amusement parks. Disney World has a handful of portable charging system kiosks around the parks that charge $30 for one. While it’s nice that you can switch it out with a new, fully charged one for free at the same kiosks, you could buy portable chargers for much less money outside of Disney World. 4. Reusable Water BottleDasani water bottles are $4 at Disney World parks and that can add up over the span of a day, especially when you’re walking thousands of steps in the Florida heat. It’s really easy to avoid spending this money by taking advantage of Disney’s water resources around the parks. Between all the quick service restaurants, windows and water fountains, you can easily go all day without spending a dime on water.While a popular Disney park hack is getting free cups of water at snack carts, it can eat up a lot of park time constantly stopping at snack carts and consistently waiting in long lines. With a reusable water bottle, you can get it filled at these carts, but also at water fountains all over the theme park and quickly stay on the go. 5. SnacksOn the same token, snack food can kill your budget before you know it at Disney World. The $5 popcorn, $5.25 mickey bars, $6.25 churros, and $7 pretzels are exorbitant rates that can take away from much better purchases like actual meals or unique souvenirs. My family of five almost always takes a snack break at one of these many carts when we’re between meals and need a break. Usually it can run us between $30-$50, which is crazy when you’re only dealing with popcorn and ice cream that costs a few bucks at a grocery store. Bringing a few granola bars or even pre-made sandwiches can save your family hundreds on midday snacks over the course of your Disney vacation.6. SunscreenSunblock is unsurprisingly a must for your Disney World trip even if it’s not during the summer. And Disney knows that. Many guests forget to bring sunscreen with them and end up paying outrageous prices at the resort lobby to save themselves from the scorching Florida sun. Instead of giving into $20 sunscreen, bring some sunscreen from home with you in your backpack at all times!These six easy-to-pack items can cut down on unnecessary spending in the parks and leave money for special experiences and cool merchandise. Bring a backpack full of these essentials and you can save money and lead to a much more enjoyable trip. Visit TouringPlans for more advice on what to bring and what not to bring on your Walt Disney World vacation.Are there any items that are major money savers for you that you must carry in your backpack? Any items that you would skip? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Are You Wearing That to Work?

first_imgOriginally posted on HR Box. Q: The weather is getting warmer and I’m already dreading the poor dressing choices my employees will start wearing soon. Last year we had several issues come up, so I know we need to have a dress code policy this year, but I have no idea where to start. Suggestions?A: For starters, it may feel less daunting to write a dress code policy if you start with a Summer Dress Policy. Something that applies let’s say between Memorial day and Labor day. Then worry about the rest later.What do you need? There are many dress code policies out there to choose from. Do you interact with the public? Do customers visit your workplace? Or are you secluded and producing all your work online? Are you in a creative field? Find one that fits your needs.Avoid getting in the weeds. It’s okay to include a list of what’s acceptable (t-shirt without graphics, dressy sandals) and what’s not (flip-flops, sweat pants) but don’t get too specific or try to anticipate every possible inappropriate attire.  Leave room for using your “management’s discretion” powers. Get buy-in.  Another way of deciding what’s acceptable –and to get employee buy-in, is to ask them to come up with their own examples. Ask “what kind of  clothing would you prefer not to see your coworkers wear to work?” You might find that sometimes it’s not the clothes themselves that are the problem, it’s how they fit (too tight) or how transparent they are. So address it in the policy.Enforce.  Having a policy is only good if you actually enforce it. Be thoughtful and tactful but avoid the temptation to ignore the problem. Note: when talking to a female employee about attire that’s revealing or immodest, it’s best if a female manager has the conversation. And focus on the clothes, never comment about the employee’s body. For example saying “someone with your figure shouldn’t wear low-cut blouses” would not be a good idea.Lastly, you might want to share with employees that –even though that may or may not be the case in their current position- studies do show dressing too casually might hurt their chances at a promotion. I suppose the old adage that says “you should not dress for your current job, but for the job you aspire to have” still applies.last_img read more

Band Metrics: Music Analytics Service Readies Public Beta

first_imgrichard macmanus Band Metrics is a new semantic web application, currently in private beta but about to go public, which aims to give musicians the ability to measure the success of their music online. In particular musicians will be able to get metrics showing them who’s listening to, sharing and talking about their music across various social networking and blog sites. A recent blog post from the company states that Band Metrics is using “a machine learning framework with natural language processing”. Some of the things that musicians will eventually be able to do with the app include trend measurement, sentiment analysis, reputation management, and “maybe one day scratching the surface of the behaviors relative to music.”Band Metrics hopes to release their public beta within a few weeks. So far there have been nearly 7 million bands analyzed and 1.3 million songs. The number of songs is expected to expand 30-fold soon, after the company sorts out a glitch with its data mapping engine – which is “running into some conflicts deciphering […] misspellings and artist variables” of songs.Here are a couple of screenshots showing the type of data musicians and music industry professionals can expect. The first is an example of where a band’s fans are hanging out on popular music social networking sites. In the example below last.fm has the largest fan base. This kind of information will be very handy to bands, because it will enable them to target news and interactive features to the social platforms where most of their fans hang out. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#music#web 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…center_img The following screenshot shows examples of song stats on a website. The ‘total plays’ stat is not too disimilar to the ‘page views’ stats that online publishers track in Google Analytics – and indeed Band Metrics very much models itself after the popular Google Analytics service. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Band Metrics received angel funding in November ’08. It is a project of Indie Music, Inc., an Atlanta-based music technology company founded by Duncan Freeman.Statistics for musicians is an important next step for online music. As a Wall St Journal article about trendy indie musician Bon Iver noted, “exposure on blogs, YouTube, social-networking, marketing and other sites can allow them [musicians] to nurture a following quickly and cheaply.” So services like Band Metrics will add an extra layer of granularity to that, allowing the next Bon Ivers to get hard data about their popularity on the Web. Related Posts last_img read more