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Posted By Social Edge
On 23 July 2015 - 2:28am

“Let us put aside what divides us and overcome narrow self-interest in favor of working together for the common well-being of humanity.”

With those inspiring words, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon kicked off last week’s Addis Ababa conference on Financing for Development. It was the first of a series of major events that could make 2015 a turning point in sustainable development, the next two being the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in New York in September, and the Paris conference on climate change in December.

One of the most significant changes since the declaration of the Millennium Development Goals, set to conclude this year, is that the private sector is ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 22 July 2015 - 7:00pm

Durham Police will not pursue low level crime ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 22 July 2015 - 9:00am

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Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 21 July 2015 - 5:46pm

Here’s some good news: The job market, at least for college seniors, has improved. “More than half of 2015 job-seeking graduates received at least one job offer by graduation,” reported the Wall Street Journal. That’s up nearly 50 percent from last year.

 

Businesses are hiring again, for a wide range of skills, not least of which include the increasingly important “Six Cs”: collaboration, communication, content, critical thinking, creative innovation, and confidence. Young talent is out there and they are practiced in these critical, 21st century competencies. That’s exciting!

 

But two things must be noted.

 

First, ...more

On 21 July 2015 - 5:05pm

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“This is no one’s business, but between me, and God.”

Yep. That’s all it comes down to.

Stop worrying  about what someone else thought.

How they would have handled the situation.

Feeling badly about your past.

Wishing…..

  whatever you are wishing.

Let’s get clear on your boss. That’s God, Love, Truth. Not your manager, not your coworker, not your mom, not your favorite uncle, not your roommate, not your husband, not your best friend.

You answer to the largest power in the world. Trust it, love it, cherish your time with it, and go there for all your answers.

–Sunday, December 26, 1998

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Pamela Hawley is ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 21 July 2015 - 4:24pm

In 2014, the world watched as the Ebola virus rapidly spread across West Africa. The countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea were simply overtaken by the disease.

While many agencies were on hand to provide emergency medical assistance, one of the biggest challenges faced by the ministries of health in these countries was the lack of a reliable means to reach remote rural communities with treatment, surveillance and education. The Ebola crisis highlighted how a lack of reliable transport can make health systems weak, with devastating consequences.

During the crisis, Riders for Health were on hand to advise the Liberian ministry of health on how to manage their vehicle fleet. Now we’ve established a brand new program in Liberia ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 21 July 2015 - 3:55pm

With the recent surge in the illegal wildlife trade, stories about the fight for survival of endangered species are on the increase. With forest cover quickly disappearing, the oceans growing more polluted, and animal populations dwindling towards extinction, there are only pockets of good news – despite the efforts of conservation organizations and individuals to reverse the trend. Our struggle to co-exist peacefully with nature gets more difficult every day.

Forces driving the problems include a growing human population and increasing competition for land and food, resulting in habitat loss, poaching, depletion of natural resources, pollution, climate change, poor environmental and tourism practices, and disease. These are hard problems just to understand, let alone develop solutions for.

The wildlife conservation ...more

On 20 July 2015 - 10:47pm

I was particularly struck by a thought in Paul Mason's latest report from Greece – that the deal with its 'creditors'

forces Greece to repeal bans on Sunday trading, repeal laws that ensure you can get fresh bread on every street corner, and open up the system of family pharmacies, whose owners give informal credit and advice, to takeover by global corporations

What struck me particularly was that these words could be applied almost as accurately to France, where I have lived for the last 3 years.  Nearly everything here closes on Sundays – and, this being France, for 2 hours every lunchtime too; every village has its artisan boulangerie, and its pharmacie.

French pharmacists are an integral part of the national health system and the French lifestyle – not only do they always take the time to advise you on health problems, you can also ...more

On 20 July 2015 - 5:05pm

God help me to become a clearer more loving person.

To think of others more; myself less.
To listen more carefully; respond in deeper gentleness.

To have a quiet centering of appreciation in
morning and in night.
To convince myself of joy in darkened dawn’s flittering might
To protect my thought as well as spiritual sight.

To see the good, seek the good, see the good again.
To cherish all identity in my family brother friend.

To enrich my self’s experience in understanding God’s word.
Constantly grateful, amaze, at His beautifully crooned world.

From Pamela’s journal, 1994.

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Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 20 July 2015 - 4:00pm

David Cameron's five year plan to tackle extremism must focus on curtailing demonisation and promoting engagement with communities.

In a recent letter to Home Secretary Theresa May, I warned that the group and individual banning orders to be introduced in forthcoming legislation could be counter-productive and hinder rather than help the fight against extremism. I argued that the key weapon in the fight against radicalisation will be to harness the often unsung civic spirit represented by the work of the 1,200 plus Islamic charities in the country.
The Prime Minister has hit the nail on the head today in identifying “the overshadowing of moderate Muslim voices" and “failures of integration” as central elements of the radicalisation that has so far taken place.
Speaking on the Today programme this morning former MI5 chief Eliza Manningham-Buller said that talk of one central Muslim identity and community is misguided, rather that there are hundreds and thousands of ...more