Monthly Archives: February 2019
ming, cooking, taking care of children and household chores, and pick up pins and needles only in their free time.
“Apart from being able to increase their incomes, what is noticeable is that the women finally have a say in their family decisions now,” says Zhang.
“Earlier, they used to feel that they needed to ask their husbands even if they just w
anted to buy a 10-yuan sweater. But now, they feel free to make their own choices.”
In 2016, the China Women’s Federation designated Xihe county as the model base for alle
viating poverty and began to offer financial support to the likes of Qiqiao Workshop.
One of the beneficiaries was Lyu Xiaohong, the founder of the Baoji Embroidery Culture Company.
The federation encourages poor households to become shareholders by allocating each
of them an equity of 5,000 yuan. At the same time, Lyu’s company signed an agreement with the hou
seholds, promising a dividend of not less than 1,000 yuan by the end of each year. Now, 36 poor households in the v
illage, more than half of such households there, have decided to join the company.
rnight flight hung heavily on himPence could have been better
prepared, had his spe
ech writer more carefully gauged his audience before the vice president stood behind the teleprompter.
A hint at why came the day before, when Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Speaker
of the House of Representatives, was introd
uced to delegates to rapturous applause. That should have been a signal to Pence: he was among allies, not friends.
Pence, clearly hoping for the same warm reception, was instead met with a
silent pause when he said he was bringing with him a greeting from Trump.
Pence’s pitch was as Trump enforcer, hectoring the gathered NATO allies for underspending
and admonishing allies — the UK, Germany and France — for refusing to
follow the US out of the Iran nuclear deal.
He hadn’t come to make friends and he didn’t.
Joe Biden, who says he has yet to decide if he’ll challenge Trump in 2020, sold himself as the antithesis to Pence and his boss.
”The America I see values basic human decency, not snatching children from their parents or turning our back on refugees on the border.”
notified whenever an accusation is made, both to protect the community and to encourage other potential victims to come forward.
”This seems to say that if a priest or a nun or deacon gets accused they don’t tell the parish until the accusation is ‘proven,'” said Tim Len
non, of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, who is in Rome participating in vigils with other victims of clergy abuse.
”Well, who proves this? The police or the bishops? We’ve seen for 35 years that bishops o
ften cover up, so no one trusts that they are going to be good arbiters of guilt and innocence.”
Billionaire businessman Richard Branson says he hopes his Live Aid-inspired concert to raise funds for Venezuelans will persuade members of th
e country’s military to defy President Nicolas Maduro and allow humanitarian aid to cross the border.
Branson, who will host “Venezuela Aid Live” on Friday in the Colom
bian border town of Cucuta, said he is aiming to raise about $100 million to buy food a
nd medicine, essential supplies for the country, which is gripped by a political and humanitarian crisis.
More than 8 million tons of plastic ends up in our oceans each year, killing marine life and da
maging ecosystems. But the same seas might also hold the key to reducing plastic pollution.
Proteins found in squid can be used to create sustainable alternative
s to plastics, according to a report published in Frontiers in Chemistry on Thursday.
Squid grasp their prey using suction cups on their tentacles and arm
s. The cups are equipped with sharp “ring teeth” that hold the food in place. The teeth are made
from proteins that are similar to silk, and these have become the subject of scientific interest in the last few years.
Melik Demirel, of Pennsylvania State University, is lead author of the new report, which revie
ws existing research on materials made from these proteins. He says his team has produced pro
totypes of fibers, coatings and 3D objects made from the squid ring teeth (SRT) proteins.
Demirel says these natural materials are biodegradable — and could provide an “excellent” alternative to plastics.
The SRT proteins can be produced in the laboratory using genetically engineered ba
cteria, which means they don’t need to use any squid. The process is based on fermentation, using sugar, water and oxygen.