THE theme of this year’s International Women’s Day celebration – ‘Choose to Challenge’ –is proven to be a meaningful one, said Penang women and family development committee chairman Chong Eng. “If we observe the implicit meaning of the word ‘challenge’, it is like a call to test the extent of our limitations, ” she said. Chong Eng said by ‘choosing to challenge’, women are able to prove that change can happen in themselves, family, society, country or the world. “We have many women who came forward to take part in the #ChoosingToChallenge video clip contest, ” she said at the recent luncheon held for International Women’s Day in Seberang Prai. Ten of the finalists received RM500 each for their winning video clips that depicted many aspects of women in society. “You have responded to the call to share your experiences through this competition. “Naturally, each of us have our own challenges, and you have shared how you faced and overcame those challenges, ” she said. Chong … [Read more...] about Changing women’s status in society
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Progressive Democrats have reacted to footage of the shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo with calls for systemic reforms they hope could prevent such incidents in future. Chicago police released bodycam footage on Thursday showing an officer shooting the teenager on March 29. Toledo had his hands raised and they appeared to be empty at the time he was shot. Several Democratic lawmakers took to Twitter to express outrage and call for reform following the video's release. "Funding body cameras. Funding more trainings. Funding updated use of force guidelines," said Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota's 5th district. "All that funding and reform hasn't stopped the police from killing people or made our communities safer. "The problem is systemic and it requires systemic solutions." Representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan's 13th district wrote: "I can't. He was 13 years old. A baby." Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York's 14th district criticized … [Read more...] about Adam Toledo Shooting Boosts Progressives’ Calls for Systemic Change
LEEDS, England: Alistair Brownlee was done with the Olympics. Having won triathlon gold in London in 2012 and Rio de Janeiro four years later, Tokyo, even with the event delayed by a year, felt too much for a man who had switched his focus to longer events. But the Olympic allure, no matter how difficult it will be for this triathlon superstar to even qualify for this summer's showpiece, has proven to be irresistible. "It definitely wasn't the plan to do Olympic distance triathlon again," Brownlee told Reuters. "I was pretty sure that 2016 was going to be my last year of shorter distance racing. After 2018 I wanted to completely move on. "I had basically four or five years of injury after injury. I was fed up. I was pretty close to retiring, from the long distance as well. Injuries are the one thing that really make me struggle with motivation. "But then something happened. I started to feel better again. My training was going really well. My body got really healthy," he … [Read more...] about Athletics: ‘I was done but something changed’ – Tokyo allure irresistible to Brownlee
In the latest episode of Stuff's Superfad podcast, hosts Laura Walters and Katie Kenny examine mindfulness and meditation. They talked to the New Zealand Defence Force about how the military is training more 'mindful' soldiers. You can listen to the podcast on iTunes or Android . Soldiers quickly learn how to physically stand "at attention", but only recently have experts considered the benefits of mindfulness in order to keep their minds "at attention". The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) incorporates mindfulness practices as part of what it refers to as "a broader holistic programme" based on the Te Whare Papa Whā model of wellbeing. Mindfulness is a form of meditation, first practised in Buddhism and now associated with mental wellbeing. Broadly speaking, it's used to focus the mind on the present. * Listen to the Superfad podcast on iTunes or Android Te Whare Tapa Whā model, used by the NZDF, is a Ministry of Health-endorsed Māori wellbeing practice, … [Read more...] about Superfad: Mindfulness in the NZ Defence Force
ROBERT KITCHIN/STUFF Katie Kenny and Laura Walters introduce their new podcast, Superfad. Superfad hosts KATIE KENNY and LAURA WALTERS have spent the past seven weeks exploring the weird and wonderful world of trends. But the podcast series has highlighted how New Zealand's regulation apathy is turning it into a wild west for new technology. You can listen to the podcast on iTunes or Android . New Zealand is often touted as an innovation hub at the bottom of the world, but in recent times those charged with keeping consumers safe in an ever-changing technological world seem to be dragging their feet. In Stuff's seven-part podcast, Superfad, we've explored the weird and wonderful world of trends; products, ideas and habits that surge into our collective conscience — and frequently burn out just as fast. The series highlights the eagerness of Kiwis, and their international consumer counterparts, when it comes to adopting new technologies. Things like cryptocurrency, … [Read more...] about Is NZ an innovation hub, or a wild west for new technology?