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One in four young people in developing countries unable to read, says UN | Global development | theguardian.com

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One in four young people in developing countries unable to read, says UN | Global development | theguardian.com.

One in four young people in developing countries are unable to read a sentence, according to a report, which warns that poor quality education has left a “legacy of illiteracy” more widespread than previously believed.

Research published on Wednesday by Unesco, the UN’s educational, scientific and cultural body, suggests that 175 million young people lack even basic literacy skills.

“Access [to education] is not the only crisis – poor quality is holding back learning even for those who make it to school,” said Unesco director-general, Irina Bokova, in a foreword to the 11th annual Education for All global monitoring report, which measures progress towards global goals.

Reading Books Is Fundamental – NYTimes.com

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Reading Books Is Fundamental – NYTimes.com.

“…we are now inundated with information, and people’s reading habits have become fragmented to some degree by bite-size nuggets of text messages and social media, and that takes up much of the time that could otherwise be devoted to long-form reading. I get it. And I don’t take a troglodytic view of social media. I participate and enjoy it. Write A Comment

But reading texts is not the same as reading a text...”

Bosnia’s Lessons for Syria – NYTimes.com

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Bosnia’s Lessons for Syria – NYTimes.com.

“Since the beginning of the Syrian civil war, many observers have drawn parallels between Syria and Bosnia. The Geneva II talks echo efforts to resolve the conflict in the Balkans 20 years ago.

What are the lessons? If there is a general one from Bosnia for the parties meeting in Switzerland, it is the need for humility. As determined as the international community may be to resolve conflict, civil war is extraordinarily resistant to outside intervention. This has three important implications.

The first is that peace initiatives are often an unreliable lens through which to view a conflict. There is a tendency to assume that facts on the ground in places like Bosnia or Syria are primarily controlled by strategies and timetables devised by foreigners. They are not…”

The Undeserving Rich – NYTimes.com

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The Undeserving Rich – NYTimes.com.

An Extract from an article worth reading!

“The reality of rising American inequality is stark. Since the late 1970s real wages for the bottom half of the work force have stagnated or fallen, while the incomes of the top 1 percent have nearly quadrupled (and the incomes of the top 0.1 percent have risen even more). While we can and should have a serious debate about what to do about this situation, the simple fact — American capitalism as currently constituted is undermining the foundations of middle-class society — shouldn’t be up for argument.

But it is, of course. Partly this reflects Upton Sinclair’s famous dictum: It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it…”

Scientists say sex encourages growth of brain cells and improves long-term memory | Mail Online

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Scientists say sex encourages growth of brain cells and improves long-term memory | Mail Online.

 

How sex can make you smarter: Scientists say it encourages the growth of brain cells and improves long-term memory

 

  • Study found rats developed a greater number of brain cells after mating
  • This increase in neurons can restore cognitive function, such as memory
  • After sexual activity was stopped, improvements in brain power were lost
  • A separate study suggests having sex can counteract the effects of stress

 

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2539416/How-sex-make-smarter-Scientists-say-encourages-growth-brain-cells-improves-long-term-memory.html#ixzz2qVtfvOgW

 

Plastic surgery app for nine-year-olds sparks outrage on Twitter | Technology | theguardian.com

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Plastic surgery app for nine-year-olds sparks outrage on Twitter | Technology | theguardian.com.

Apple and Google are facing a backlash from social media users for promoting cartoon plastic surgery apps to children as young as nine.

Messages on Twitter spoke of disgust over an iTunes game which shows a smiling cartoon character named Barbie about to go under the knife. Users of the app are placed in the role of a liposuction doctor.

The blurb for the app, created by Corina Rodriquez, reads: “This unfortunate girl has so much extra weight that no diet can help her. In our clinic she can go through a surgery called liposuction that will make her slim and beautiful. We’ll need to make small cuts on problem areas and suck out the extra fat. Will you operate her, doctor??”…

A Map showing what all the world’s leaders studied in school

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On Reddit MapPorn they collected what the world leaders and heads of state studied for the highest degree they’ve earned.

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A ‘Marshall Plan’ needed to tackle Africa’s unemployment challenge – Comment – www.theeastafrican.co.ke

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A ‘Marshall Plan’ needed to tackle Africa’s unemployment challenge – Comment – www.theeastafrican.co.ke.

To Africa’s many challenges, add one more: unemployment.

Unemployment, independent of any other factor, threatens to derail the economic promise that Africa deserves. It’s a ticking time bomb with no geographical boundaries.

Economists expect Africa to create 54 million new jobs by 2020, but 122 million Africans will enter the labour force during that time. Adding to this shortfall are tens of millions currently unemployed or underemployed…

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