Monday, December 11, 2017

Tomorrow's News

On Dec. 14, 2012, a gunman slaughtered 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School. This should have been a turning point for gun control in the US but 5 years later not much has changed.
Tomorrow's News, a public service announcement by Sandy Hook Promise, highlights the importance of recognizing and speaking out about warning signs.

Bjork's New Video

The video for "The Gate" features Bjork immersed in a mystical universe playing her flute along with friends.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Syrian beekeeper tastes sweet success with British honeybees

Once a professor of agriculture at Damascus University, Ryad Alsous, 64, arrived as a refugee in the United Kingdom four years ago. Abandoning his research into beekeeping and environmental pollution, he fled Syria for his life after his family received death threats and his car was bombed.
He is now building a new life in northern England and has become an advocate for native species, passing on his beekeeping knowledge to others.

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Thanks Mr.Nag!

How Long Does It Take to Learn Different Languages?

This simple colour-coded map from the Foreign Service Institute shows how long a native English speaker would need to reach proficiency in a number of different languages.

Kenya's Women-Only Village

The Samburu people of Kenya maintained a strict patriarchy for over 500 years until 25 years ago, when Rebecca Lolosoli founded Umoja village as a safe haven for the region's women. Umoja, which means "unity" in Swahili, is a no man's land and home to the Samburu women who no longer want to suffer abuses, like genital mutilation and forced marriages, at the hands of men.

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