Ace consumer reporter Kurtis Ming in Sacramento, California has received a lot of complaints from readers about glasses from Stanton Optical, a growing national chain. Customers reported blurry lenses that caused poor vision and pain.Read More
Standing beside a dirt airstrip in the remote village of Akobo in southeastern Sudan, Dr. Michael Tut Pur squinted into the bright sky as the run-down DC-3 banked to land. Months of anticipation and preparation showed on his round face as the plane kicked up a cloud of red dust. Onboard were boxes of medical supplies and surgical instruments: vital antibiotics and scalpels that Tut Pur desperately needed for his hospital. Also among the plane’s precious cargo were nine passengers that he and Akobo’s villagers had long been waiting to see.
As cows grazed the runway, children swarmed around and Tut Pur warmly greeted the nine men. It had been a year since they had all been together, and it seemed like a lifetime since their epic journeys had begun. Tut Pur and his longtime friends, now in their 30s, were once “Lost Boys” fleeing the fighting between the Muslim-controlled government and Christian rebels in Southern Sudan.Read More
Muhammad Yunus, along with the Grameen Bank, was awarded the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to further social and economic development. “Muhammad Yunus has shown himself to be a leader who has managed to translate visions into practical action for the benefit of millions of people, not only in Bangladesh, but also in many other countries.
Loans to poor people without any financial security had appeared to be an impossible idea,” states the Norwegian Nobel Committee prize announcement. “From modest beginnings three decades ago, Yunus has, first and foremost through Grameen Bank, developed microcredit into an ever more important instrument in the struggle against poverty.”Read More
Electronics dominate our world today. From cell phones and computers to subways and air traffic control systems, our dependence on energy is increasing.
Without these technologies our world would come to a standstill.
Despite the fact that more than 1.6 billion people live without electricity, the importance of energy in the developing world is no different. Energy is fundamental to many of our needs such as illuminating a room, operating a medical facility and staying safe at night.Read More
The flood of people into this port city has pushed Jakarta’s poor into massive slums to make room for new commercial buildings.
From makeshift homes and forgotten corners of the city, tens of thousands of street children come to Jakarta’s congested streets every night to beg.Read More
On April 26, 1986, an explosion at the “Chornobyl,” or “Chernobyl” Atomic Energy Station unleashed a radioactive cloud of unprecedented proportions. Nine million residents across Ukraine, Belarus and southwestern Russia were exposed to cancer-causing agents.
Desperation was compounded by the reluctance of Soviet authorities to acknowledge the disaster and evacuate the region. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, more than 5 million people currently residing in the contaminated zones continue to face Chernobyl-related health risks.
Radioactive material in these contaminated zones remains a threat because it cannot be gathered and destroyed.Read More