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A Special Learning Journey Cut Short

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

BLANTYRE, Malawi, Mar 29 (IPS) - When building a house, it's critical to lay a strong foundation. The same applies to education, with studies showing that children who attend early learning centers perform better in school than those who do not.

France Hosts Major Exhibition on Jamaican Music

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

PARIS, Mar 29 (IPS) - It's one of those movie-like spring days in Paris, where blue skies and brilliant sunshine lift spirits after a long, wet, grey winter. Many people are outdoors trying to catch the rays, but Jamaican artist Danny Coxson is not among them.  He's inside a museum in a northeastern neighbourhood of the French capital, with a brush in his hand and tubs of vivid paint beside him, focusing on finishing a portrait of a deejay named Big Youth.

The Challenge Ahead: Harnessing Gene Editing to Sustainable Agriculture

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

IBADAN, Nigeria, Mar 29 (IPS) - The role of genetic engineering in agriculture and food has generated enormous interest and controversies, with large-scale embrace by some nations and wholesale bans by others.

Late to Walk

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

OTTAWA, Mar 29 (IPS) - I have two children. A daughter who just turned six and a son who just turned three. My daughter was late to walk. My husband and I were pretty worried about why it was taking so long for her to stop ‘bum scooching' — her preferred method of movement. I consulted Google on more than one occasion to see if other parents had children doing the same. I felt anxious when I read that 18 months was considered very late. She didn't start until she was 22 months after a few months of physiotherapy.

Syrian Regime Survives on Russian Arms & UN Vetoes

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 28 (IPS) - As the devastating civil war in Syria entered its seventh year last week, President Bashar al-Assad has continued to survive--- despite faltering efforts by the United States and the UN Security Council (UNSC) to rein him in, or impose sanctions on his beleaguered regime.

Costa Rican Town Fears That the Sea Will Steal Its Shiny New Face

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

CIENEGUITA, Costa Rica, Mar 28 (IPS) - Two years have gone by since the new government initiative which subsidises community works changed the face with which the coastal town of Cienaguita, on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast, looks out to the sea.

Food Security in the Middle East Sharply Deteriorated

Monday, March 27, 2017

ROME/CAIRO, Mar 27 (IPS) - Food security and nutrition levels in the Near East and North Africa have sharply deteriorated over the last five years, undermining the steady improvement achieved before 2010 when the prevalence of undernourishment, stunting, anaemia and poverty were decreasing, a new UN report warns.

Slaves

Monday, March 27, 2017

ROME, Mar 27 (IPS) - For over 400 years, more than 15 million men, women and children were the victims of the transatlantic slave trade, one of the darkest chapters in human history. Slavery is, nevertheless, far from being just a chapter of the past—it still there, with estimated 21 million victims of forced labour and extreme exploitation around the world--nearly the equivalent to of the combined population of Scandinavian countries.

New Recipe for School Meals Programmes in Latin America

Thursday, March 23, 2017

SAN JOSE, Mar 23 (IPS) - Sunita Daniel remembers what the school lunch programmes were like in her Caribbean island nation, Saint Lucía, until a couple of years ago: meals made of processed foods and imported products, and little integration with the surrounding communities.

1 in 4 Children Worldwide Facing Extremely Scarce Water by 2040

Thursday, March 23, 2017

ROME, Mar 23 (IPS) - Warning that as many as 600 million children – one in four worldwide – will be living in areas with extremely scare water by 2040, the United Nations children's agency has called on governments to take immediate measures to curb the impact on the lives of children.

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