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Over 100 Million People Still Unemployed in the G20 Economies, With 447 Million ‘Working Poor’ living on Less Than $2 a Day

Human Wrongs Watch Melbourne, 9 September 2014 – A large and persistent shortfall in the number and quality of the jobs being created in G20 countries is affecting prospects for re-igniting economic growth, according to a report entitled G20 labour markets: outlook, key challenges and policy responses, prepared by the ILO, the OECD and the World Bank Group for the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers meeting ...

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Over 800,000 People Commit Suicide Every Year – Around One Person Every 40 Seconds

Human Wrongs Watch 4 September 2014 – More than 800,000 people commit suicide every year – around one person every 40 seconds – according to the United Nations health agency’s first global report on suicide prevention, which was published today. “This report is a call for action to address a large public health problem which has been shrouded in taboo for far too long,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-Gene ...

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Violence against Children Is Universal, Deeply Ingrained in Societies, Often Accepted as the Norm

Human Wrongs Watch Violence against children is universal – so prevalent and deeply ingrained in societies it is often unseen and accepted as the norm – according to new, unprecedented data presented by the United Nations on 4 September 2014. The report found that about two thirds of children worldwide between ages 2 and 14 (almost 1 billion) are subjected to physical punishment by their caregivers on a reg ...

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UN Climate Summit 2014 — Change Is In The Air!

New York, 27 August 2014 — Climate change is not a far-off problem. It is happening now and is having very real consequences on people’s lives. Climate change is disrupting national economies, costing us dearly today and even more tomorrow. But there is a growing recognition that affordable, scalable solutions are available now that will enable us all to leapfrog to cleaner, more resilient economies, the UN ...

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Nisteling: The art of deep listening

The word 'listening' has many meanings and the context in which it is done will often determine the level of concentration that is required for one to be considered to be listening. Many people work while listening to music playing in the background. People often talk in small groups where there is little real listening by anyone as people compete for the opportunity to talk. A compulsive talker will 'liste ...

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School – 1950s v 2014

 It's common these days for friends to send jokes to each other over the Internet and at times those jokes hit on some reality that does not otherwise penetrate into daily life. Here is one such instance from Rodney Dawes of South Yonderup, near Perth, Australia; a contribution to Pressenza, relaying on the contents of an interchange with his pal Paul Coates on school - differences now and then, 1950 - 2014 ...

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HIV research and action in light of tragedy

At least six top AIDS experts were killed in the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane crash. The International AIDS Conference is taking place regardless - DW reviews the key topics being discussed. They were on their way to the 20th annual International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia: outstanding AIDS experts, scientists and assistants. The international community was shocked by the news of the Malay ...

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Fears for New Electoral Violence in the Solomon Islands

Even though the elections in the Solomon Islands of 2010 were relatively violence free, the scars of the riots of 2006 are still fresh. Now with new elections expected to take place in October or November of this year, there are strong reasons to fear violence will disrupt the electoral process once again. Firstly, there are indications that electoral fraud will be even higher this year than in 2006. Vote-b ...

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Marshall Islands files unprecedented lawsuits against all nine nuclear-armed nations

Big news today out of The Hague and San Francisco. The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) has filed unprecedented lawsuits against all nine nuclear-armed nations for their failure to negotiate in good faith for nuclear disarmament, as required under the Non-Proliferation Treaty. The suits were filed against all nine nations at the International Court of Justice, with an additional complaint against the ...

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Australian Myopia

Along with all the economic scaremongering and regressive social agenda that is part and parcel of the current Australian Government comes 'business' led solutions for ensuring our financial welfare. The Indonesia Institute, a conservative Perth-based think tank, says carers from countries such as Indonesia and the Philippines should be allowed to come to Australia and mind children for $200 a week to help ...

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