News headlines in March 2017, page 4

  1. Menstrual Hygiene Project Keeps Girls in School

    Thursday, March 23, 2017

    DHAKA, Mar 23 (IPS) - Breaking taboos surrounding menstruation, a project to distribute sanitary napkins to girls in one district of Bangladesh has had a positive impact on school dropout rates – and should be replicated in other parts of the country, experts say.

  2. Local Solutions to Rebuild Oldest Cuban City in Hurricane Matthew's Wake

    Thursday, March 23, 2017

    BARACOA, Cuba, Mar 23 (IPS) - Clearings with fallen trees in the surrounding forests, houses still covered with tarpaulins and workers repairing the damage on the steep La Farola highway are lingering evidence of the impact of Hurricane Matthew four months ago, in the first city built by the Spanish conquistadors in Cuba.

  3. Disabled Caribbeans Find Freedom in Technology

    Thursday, March 23, 2017

    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Mar 23 (IPS) - Visually impaired Kerryn Gunness is excited about the possibilities offered by a new free app that would serve as his eyes and enable people like him to enjoy greater independence.

  4. Together We are Stronger Against Police Violence

    Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    KINGSTON, Jamaica, Mar 22 (IPS) - As a relative of a young man killed by the police in Kingston, Jamaica, many people have asked me how my family copes with the pain, with having lost a part of us, with the immense frustration of not having found justice for Nakiea.

  5. New Approach Needed for Peace in Afghanistan

    Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    NEW YORK, Mar 22 (IPS) - When the United States went to war in Afghanistan in 2001, the Taliban's despicable treatment of women was cited by First Lady Laura Bush as one of the main reasons for going to war. Yet, since that regime fell 15 years ago, the Afghan government has neither included women in the peacebuilding process, nor has it stemmed the endemic rate of violence against them.

  6. Civil Society Representatives: “Water is the Foundation of our Life”

    Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Mar 22 (IPS) - "Water is life"—a slogan that arose from the anti-Dakota Access Pipeline movement is one that resonates not only in the U.S., but around the world as millions still lack access to clean, safe water.

  7. Climate Breaks All Records: Hottest Year, Lowest Ice, Highest Sea Level

    Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    ROME, Mar 22 (IPS) - Climate has, once more, broken all records, with the year 2016 making history-highest-ever global temperature, exceptionally low sea ice, unabated sea level rise and ocean heat. And what is even worse-- extreme and unusual trends continue in 2017.

  8. Sanitation 'Revolution': A New Pay-Monthly Poop Removal System

    Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    ROME/COLOMBO, Mar 22 (IPS) - Developing countries struggling to cope with huge volumes of human waste may finally get some relief, and a new business opportunity.

  9. Don't Understand Clouds? But You Should!

    Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    ROME, Mar 22 (IPS) - Obviously, there are so many issues and phenomena that have been brought up by growing impact of climate change that one would likely not think about. Some of them, however, are essential and would be good to learn about. For instance, the fact that clouds play a "pivotal role" in weather forecasts and warnings.

  10. Investing in Zimbabwe’s Smallholder Farmers

    Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    HARARE, Mar 22 (IPS) - To take his mangoes to Shurugwi, 230 kms south of Harare, requires Edward Madzokere to hire a cart and wake up at dawn. The fruit farmer sells his produce at the nearest "growth point" at Tongogara (the term for areas targeted for development) where the prices are not stable.