World’s youth are being left behind

Tharanga Yakupitiyage Inter Press Service Globally, youth are being left behind in education and employment, threatening the future vision of sustainable, inclusive, and prosperous societies. In a new report, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) highlight the need to pay attention to and invest in youth as they are critical to […]

TODAY in HISTORY: FEBRUARY 22

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Feb 22 Reuters 1924 – Calvin Coolidge became the first U.S. president to give a radio broadcast from the White House. 1942 – Stefan Zweig, the Austrian writer, committed suicide in Brazil. 1980 – Israel introduced a new currency, the shekel, replacing the pound. […]

TODAY in HISTORY: FEBRUARY 21

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Feb 21 Reuters 1919 – International Socialist and Bavarian Premier Herr Kurt Eisner shot and killed. 1948 – NASCAR founded in Daytona Beach, Florida. 1972 – Richard Nixon became the first serving U.S. president to visit China, ending over two decades of Sino-U.S. enmity. […]

Climate change an ‘imminent’ security threat, risk experts say

Laurie Goering Thomson Reuters Foundation Climate change threats – from worsening water shortages in Iraq and Pakistan to harsher hurricanes in the Caribbean – are a growing security risk and require concerted action to ensure they don’t spark new violence, security experts warned Tuesday. “Climate change is not about something in the far and distant […]

TODAY in HISTORY: FEBRUARY 20

TODAY in HISTORY: FEBRUARY 20

Fred Mouawad, caretakers on the label, holds -The Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond. (REUTERS) Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Feb 20 Reuters 1942 – Edward O’Hare becomes America’s first World War II flying ace. 1942 – In World War Two, the Japanese invaded Portuguese Timor; Portugal protested to Japan. 1962 […]

Bringing #MeToo to the Fashion Industry

Tharanga Yakupitiyage Inter Press Service The global #MeToo movement has put a spotlight on sexual harassment and violence in various industries including the film and music industries. Is it now time for the fashion industry to address these issues within their supply chains, one organisation says. Coinciding with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development […]

TODAY in HISTORY: FEBRUARY 19

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Feb 19 Reuters 1951 – Andre Gide, French novelist, died. He won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1947. 1997 – Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping died at 93. He ruled from 1978 until retiring from his last official post in 1990, but his influence […]

Dismantling Sexual Health Stigma in India

Natasha Chaudhary Inter Press Service Results from a survey with young and unmarried women suggest that as low as 1% of women have received information on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) from their mothers, doctors or government campaigns. And 53% of these women feel unsure if the sexual health problems they faced were […]

TODAY in HISTORY

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Feb 18 Reuters 1913 – Mexican President General Francisco Madero signs his resignation amidst a military coup, days before he was assassinated along with his Vice-President. 1930 – Clyde William Tombaugh discovered the planet Pluto, working with photographic plates at the Lowell Observatory in […]

What to expect as 84 million Nigerians go to the polls

Nigerians get ready to cast their vote on February 16. EPA-EFE/Stringer Olayinka Ajala, University of York Nigerians go to the polls on February 16 in the first of two sets of elections to choose the president, national assembly and state legislators. Olayinka Ajala sets the scene for Africa’s largest democratic undertaking and highlights the main […]

TODAY in HISTORY: FEBRUARY 15

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Feb 15 Reuters 1933 – Giuseppe Zangara, an Italian-born anarchist, failed to assassinate U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Miami. 1965 – Canada adopted the Red Maple Leaf as its flag. 1971 – Britain adopted decimal currency — 100 new pence to the pound […]

TODAY in HISTORY: FEBRUARY 14

TODAY in HISTORY: FEBRUARY 14

A screen shot of desktop version of video-sharing website ‘YouTube’ on February 14, 2019. The video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California was launched by three former PayPal employees—Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim on February 14, 2005. Google bought the site in November 2006 for US$1.65 billion; YouTube now operates as one of […]