App of the Week: Turn your Live Photos into shareable videos with ImgPlay – GeekWire


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App of the Week: Turn your Live Photos into shareable videos with ImgPlay
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Apple's Live Photos are great, letting you capture little snippets of audio and moving images with every photo you take. For someone who takes a ton of photos but hardly any video, shooting Live Photos lets me look back on pictures of group photos

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Japan PM in India this week: how Abe & Modi can take the partnership forward – Catch News


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Japan PM in India this week: how Abe & Modi can take the partnership forward
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The government has put in place certain policies like Make in India and Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, allowed larger Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) participation and also opened up sectors like defence machinery and equipment. All these are directed at

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What’s ahead in state government this week – Cape Cod Today


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What's ahead in state government this week
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Hosted by the Center on Children and Families at Brookings, Washington University in St. Louis, Duke University, and the National University of Singapore, the event will feature a keynote address by the Deputy Prime minister of Singapore Tharman

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Fairfood launches Global Food Week 2015

Today, Fairfood launches a new initiative: Global Food Week 2015. From October 12 to 16 we will highlight some of the most challenging issues in our global food chain and emphasize that we all have an important role to play in creating a system that is fair and inclusive for the farmers and food workers all over the world.
Millennium Goals

Eight out of 17 SDG’s apply to Fairfood’s work

The launch of Global Food Week could not have come at a better moment. The recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals ever so clearly underline the world’s commitment to fair and sustainable societies where all life can thrive, where human rights are respected, with sustained and inclusive economic growth.

Our work focuses on 8 out of the 17 SDG’s, such as for example goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all; and goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

We conduct research, campaign and build partnerships on topics such as human rights for food workers, fair wages and occupational safety and health. Only recently for example we published ‘Caught in a trap’, exposing the unacceptably low wages and harsh labor condition of shrimp workers in Asia; we engage with key retailers and brand owners to promote commitment to policy and practice changes in food supply chains; and we work with local partners to empower workers to voice their rights.

What is at stake?

Our global food supply chain leads to inequality. Food is often grown by farmers and workers whose human rights are violated. These workers make 14-hours working days in hazardous conditions for which they receive an income that is far below what is needed to provide proper food, housing, healthcare, day care and education for their families and children.

What should change?

We need to push profits down the value chain and create an inclusive global economy. The good thing is: the solutions are often simple. We can improve the lives of the food workers and their families by providing access to water at work for example, or by having day care facilities available for the youngest children. We should raise the workers’ wages to a fair level that enables them to take proper care of their families. We don’t have to give up on the rich variety of product in our fridge at a reasonable price, we just want it to be produced by workers who are knowledgeable on their rights and have the freedom of association to improve their labour conditions.

Who should be involved?

We all have an important role to play in making those changes happen. Governments should enforce international agreements on labour rights and working conditions; international food companies should end the imbalance of power and invest part of their profits in improving the lives of those who grow and harvest the products they sell; local businesses (restaurants, local supermarkets) can decide to only work with products that result from a fair system; consumers can raise their voice in support of the farmers and make fair choices in the food they buy.

With our Global Food Week 2015 we raise awareness of the issues and solutions that need to be implemented for a fair and sustainable global food chain.

Read more on our special website  www.globalfoodweek.org.

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Not Too Scary – Streak of 60s First Half of Next Week – Minneapolis Star Tribune

Not Too Scary – Streak of 60s First Half of Next Week
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Human activities like deforestation and burning fossil fuels are pumping huge amounts of carbon dioxide into the Earth's atmosphere. The gas is responsible for raising temperatures … Minnesota's labor market is healthy. Minnesota was ranked one of

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Global Food Week – Why Fairfood is working on living wages

In light of the Global Food Week, our Living Wage expert Wendy Schutte wrote the following blog about the importance of living wages.

What did you have for dinner last night? There is a good chance that at least one of the ingredients in your meal came from the other side of the globe. Think about the spices you used, the fruit you had as a desert or the vegetables you cooked.  Many of the products that we consume on a daily basis are grown, picked, processed or packed by people in the Global South.

These food workers often struggle to make ends meet because the wages they earn are so low. For many of them, the bizarre reality is that they often cannot afford the food they are surrounded by the whole day. Workers in the Thai shrimp processing industry for example, can only dream of eating something as luxurious as seafood. In fact, they have difficulty enough to feed themselves and their families.

Win, a fourty year old woman that peels shrimp, shared with Fairfood that she spends most of her salary on rent and food, and that she has to buy food on credit at the end of each the pay period. Watch Win’s story:

With such low wages, the meals these workers cook are of poor quality. Fatima, a mother of five that works in the Moroccan tomato industry, told us that the food she prepares for her children is not sufficiently nutritious, which leaves them prone to malnourishment, as tomato picker Fatima explains in this video:

The consequences of poverty wages are far-reaching for workers and their communities: workers are left with no other option than to work excessive overtime and send their children to work instead of school in order to provide for their basic needs. A ‘living wage’ on the other hand, covers a decent standard of living for workers and their families. Elements of a decent standard of living include sufficient nutritious food, decent housing, education, health care, transport, clothing and other essential needs. Living wages contribute to a things as improved access to education, healthcare and nutritious food, which enables workers to lift themselves, and even their communities, out of poverty.

Fairfood is convinced that nobody wants to eat food that is produced by workers who are not able to put enough food on their own tables. That is why we launched a campaign to call upon supermarkets, a major food sales channel in Northern Europe, to ensure that workers in their supply chains earn a living wage.

Read more about our work on Living Wages.

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10 amazing ways video games can change your life – The Week Magazine


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10 amazing ways video games can change your life
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In China, where 80 to 85 percent of gold farmers reside, companies pay gamers low wages to work 10-hour shifts in sweatshop-like conditions. The firms even have call centers set up to handle international clients, with individual operators fielding as

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What to expect from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s trip to the Middle East this week

IPS’s Director of New Internationalism Phyllis Bennis discusses why Palestinian youths seem to be on the front lines of a recent spate of violent attacks on Israelis: “This is not about any personal relationships. This is about occupation, this is about apartheid policies of separation… [t]hese are children who have seen there fathers, mothers, sisters, and brothers arrested by Israeli occupation authorities… children over the age of 12 are held on trial in Israeli military courts, something in clear violation of international law. They have experienced that kind of oppression for all these years. They’ve known nothing else.”

Watch the full Al Jazeera English interview:

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Phyllis Bennis directs the New Internationalism project at the Institute for Policy Studies.

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10 amazing ways video games can change your life – The Week Magazine


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10 amazing ways video games can change your life
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10 amazing ways video games can change your life – The Week Magazine


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10 amazing ways video games can change your life
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