sharing from Kevin

Which way is the bus below travelling?
To the left or to the right?

Can’t make up your mind?

Look carefully at the picture again.
Still don’t know?

Primary school children all over the MUMBAI were shown this picture and asked the same question.
90% of them gave this answer: ‘The bus is travelling to the right.’

When asked, ‘Why do you think the bus is travelling to the right?’
They answered: ‘Because you can’t see the door to get on the bus.’
How do you feel now???

Becoming a Global Citizen

BY DAN SADOWSKY | May 9, 2007

 

 

Last month, Eva joined other American teens in Washington to ask Congress to put more money toward universal primary education around the world. Photo: Courtesy of Eva Orbuch Eva Orbuch is proof that one person can change the world.

 

 

Seventeen-year-old Eva has spent the last six months successfully galvanizing classmates to take action on some of the world’s most pressing issues. Along the way, the Stanford-bound senior has presented awards to red-clad classmates on World AIDS Day, recruited a refugee from Sudan’s troubled Darfur region to speak on a school panel, and stumped for universal primary education on Capitol Hill.

 

 

Eva is no stranger to eye-opening awareness campaigns. She previously developed a theater workshop for teens that offers both Israeli and Palestinian perspectives on the Middle East’s defining conflict. But her commitment to civic engagement deepened last fall after she joined NetAid’s Global Citizen Corps, a national network of high school student leaders working to educate and mobilize their peers to end global poverty. Participating students organize events on a handful of "Global Action Days" throughout the school year, and swap ideas with peers on the organization’s Online Action Center. The deadline to apply is May 15.

 

 

Eva learned about NetAid’s signature program from a fellow San Francisco Bay-area high schooler, whom she met at an East Coast leadership conference in 2005.

 

 

"She had put on really big events at her school that raised awareness and money, and NetAid’s program sounded like a really good means to support them," explains Eva. "I was really interested in issues of global poverty and Third-World development, partly because I was taking an environmental science class where I learned about overpopulation and water and all those issues we talk about in Global Citizenship Corps."

 

 

Since 2004, according to NetAid, Global Citizen Corps leaders have had a tremendous impact on communities at home and abroad. They’ve educated more than 150,000 peers, raised tens of thousands of dollars to alleviate poverty, gathered thousands of petition signatures and generated dozens of stories in the local, regional and national press.

 

 

Eva’s first goal after joining the Global Citizen Corps was to focus her schoolmates’ attention on World AIDS Day, which takes place each December 1. At 400-student Marin Academy in San Rafael, Calif., she circulated petitions, staffed an information table in the lunchroom and promoted a contest to see who could wear the most red. She also passed out different-colored stickers for classmates to wear, each representing a person with AIDS in a certain part of the world. At an all-school assembly that morning, she asked classmates with yellow stickers – who represented people with AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa – to stand. The exercise presented a stark and relatable portrait of how the disease disproportionately impacts that part of the world.

 

 

Her efforts had an immediately tangible effect: classmates pitched in $500 to help girls in Zambia enroll in primary school, a proven strategy to reduce the likelihood of HIV infection. NetAid matched the amount, and contributions by teachers, parents and others pushed the total donation to $2,000.

 

 

"I believed it before, but this event reinforced for me that a small group of determined people can really do a lot," Eva says. "Five hundred dollars might not change the world, but it does make a difference in the life of someone who needs it most."

 

 

Eva’s efforts continued in February with a two-person panel on Darfur, which featured a Sudanese refugee living in Oakland and a former official from the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR). The forum spurred sales of hats, t-shirts, bracelets and pins that raised money for UNHCR’s Darfur efforts. And just last month, Eva traveled to Washington, D.C., where she met with House and Senate staffers and urged them to do more to ensure universal primary education overseas.

 

 

Eva says the most fulfilling thing about her experience in the Global Citizen Corps is "getting students who might not care about a cause and helping strike this chord in them. So, for example, they see this Sudanese refugee talking and they’re moved to take action."

Some forecasts below were basic on the article They will Effect your business and lives.(Link translated by Google language tool).

1.RMB appreciates slowly.

2. The taxing amount of local tax department ( besides Central Tax Department )will icreasing.

3.Environment taxing ( maybe need legislation )will be on the schedule.

4.Compulsory education will spread in the cities ( maybe will take some experimental units in some cities. ).

5. Beans and oil supply will be in shortages for a long sight. And the prices of them maybe increasing.

6. Property tax experimental units will appear.

7. Network of the Health Care system in rural on three levels ( it means the county level hospital, township hospital and village level clinic) will be build. The networks were built in the pass years, but how to make it more effective, that is the issue.

8. Strict control on pollution enterprise and behindhand manufacturability enterprise shiftting to rural and backward areas.

9.Medical guarantee system in cities and townships will be build?

10. The goverment will pay more attention on the management of unused lands.

11.National asset legislation will be on the schedule.

12. The supervise systemon on promoter (it means nation here) finacial

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Today, I call captain of the bus team if there is any bus to the township. The captain said, the fare of passenger paid could not afford the cost of fuel, and why we driving bus ?

As we know the inflation had occoured in China for months. But how about the globalization inflection? 3 years ago, the fare of the bus which from county to township is 5RMB, but after that, sometime the fuel price rising could affected the fare. For example, when the fuel price rise in the Mid-east, the fare will rising too, sometime will be 8RMB. At that time , the inflation of China was low level. Is the effection of Globalization?

And now, which’s the effective? Inflation or Globalization ?

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Jacques Herzog is the Gold Medal winner of Royal Institute of British Architects 2001. I just saw the news (Link) . He was doing a project in China inner Mongolia aims to foster architectural diversity.

Look at the word: diversity. In my life, I have rarely seem this word can be connected with some special and great project. As I know, diversity is realy rare in our life expecially in China. From BC (Before Christ) to AD (anno Domini), the ideal of the Chinese King was unicity the whole country(It should not be a good similitude, sovereignty is inviolate. But how about colony? ).

In everyday life, many people always want unicity. It showed as if you are the different one, also you will encouter many problems. Someone will talk to you, Hey, you are wrong, you can do this thing just like that. And if you ask why, the answer would be, people always do it like the other way, you should be the same.

Maybe the unicity (You should be the same as other one, and all things should be the same) is in the bone and flood of Chinese. But, you see, the world should be full with diversity. It will be a beautiful world which full with diversity. Just like the song which sang by U2: We are one, but we are not the same. (The song named ONE)

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