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Mar 27, 2012

More than 70 pct of war casualties civilian in 2011 – report

LONDON (AlertNet) – Civilians accounted for 71 percent of people killed and injured by explosive weapons in 2011, with most of such casualties taking place in Iraq, according to a report released on Tuesday.

At least 21,499 civilians were reported killed or injured over a 12-month period in 68 countries and territories, according to data gathered from news sources on 2,522 incidents of explosive violence, the report by non-profit group Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) said.

Mar 23, 2012

Funding cuts put 3.4 mln TB patients at risk – NGOs

LONDON, March 23 (Reuters) – A $1.7 billion funding
shortfall to fight tuberculosis (TB) over the next five years
means 3.4 million patients will go untreated and gains made
against the disease will be reversed, three non-governmental
(NGO) agencies said on Friday.

The Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, which has
helped prevent 4.1 million deaths from TB, no longer has the
resources to expand its work against the infectious disease, the
International HIV/AIDS Alliance, the Stop AIDS Campaign and
anti-poverty group Results UK said in a joint statement.

Mar 14, 2012
via The Human Impact

@Documentally discusses “revolutionary” protest apps


As governments and security forces become more aware of the role of social media in coordinating protest movements they are developing new ways to block, hack and track citizen tweets, Facebook posts and other social-media messages.

The Frontline Club, an independent journalism organisation in London, held a panel discussion on Tuesday in association with the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) College of Journalism to debate the role of mobile apps that aim to empower protesters. Demonstrators and citizen journalists have an ever-widening range of virtual tools that can help them navigate safely around protest sites.

Mar 8, 2012

“No Woman’s Land” book details newswomen in warzones

LONDON (Reuters) – Both male and female journalists face grave dangers working in conflict zones, but for women, working conditions are often more complex, according to a new book.

“No Woman’s Land: On the Frontlines with Female Reporters”, published by the International News Safety Institute (INSI), is comprised of 40 essays written by newswomen who describe some of the hardships they confront to report stories.

Jan 9, 2012

Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Chicago

By Julie Mollins

(Reuters) – Got 48 hours to explore Chicago, the Midwest city renowned for its innovative architecture?

Chicago holds a reputation in North America for being a city of culture, with opulent art, architecture and shopping venues that appeal to people from all walks of life. One of the best ways to enjoy Chicago is on foot, but the “Windy City” on Lake Michigan also offers transit by train, bus, cab and water taxi, which can help tourists cover a lot of terrain easily.

Jan 3, 2012

Wooga’s Diamond Dash game rides social mobile wave

PARIS, Jan 3 (Reuters) – More than 10 million Facebook
users play glitzy Diamond Dash each month, according to
developer Wooga, making it one of the most popular games on the
social networking site.

Now the game, which requires tapping on as many groups of
gems of the same colour as possible within 60 seconds to
accumulate points, is also available on iPhone and iPad, as part
of an increasing trend to make social games mobile.

Dec 22, 2011

Evernote “memory aid” apps recall people, meals

PARIS (Reuters) – If you have trouble putting a name to a face, or remembering where you ate that delicious morsel of food you are craving – and you have an iPhone — help is now at hand.

Evernote, designed as a memory-aid application for storing text, audio and visual notes across multiple mobile devices and desktop machines has launched two new features – the Evernote Hello and Evernote Food apps.

Dec 9, 2011
via The Human Impact

Access to web, phones key to helping the poor – LeWeb

PARIS, Dec 9 (AlertNet) – Governments worldwide must boost internet accessibility in order to nurture democracy and economic development, entrepreneur Loic Le Meur said at the prestigious LeWeb technology conference in Paris which he founded.

The conference brought together some 3,500 of the world’s top digital experts and entrepreneurs from 60 countries to discuss the state of the technology industry and its relationship with economic growth.

Nov 14, 2011

Buddhify web app promotes calmer urban experience

LONDON, Nov 14 (Reuters) – For a lot of people the day
begins amid the chaos of a transit pressure-cooker. Agitated
workers wedge onto trains or buses to make the stressful commute
to work and arrive feeling frazzled, a state that only worsens
as the day wears on.

Now, a Glasgow-based entrepreneur and digital innovator has
launched a new web application for iPhone and Android smart
phones intended to help people on the go learn to cope better
with some of the struggles of city life.

Oct 28, 2011

UK vigil part of struggle for prostitute memorial

LONDON, Oct 28 (Reuters) – It may seem somewhat grisly, but
for author John Constable, paying tribute to the “outcast dead”
buried at Crossbones Graveyard in London’s Borough of Southwark,
has been part of life for almost 15 years.

At 7 p.m. on the 23rd of each month, up to 50 people take
part in an open-air ceremony led by Constable’s shamanic
alter-ego John Crow at the iron gates of a plot of land which,
from medieval to Victorian times, was an unconsecrated graveyard
used for prostitutes and paupers.

    • About Julie

      "I am the communities editor for the Thomson Reuters Foundation in London where I blog, micro blog, write stories, make videos, audio and work on the AlertNet and TrustLaw news websites. AlertNet is a humanitarian news website covering wars, conflict, natural disasters, food and health emergencies. TrustLaw is covers good governance and women's rights. I moved to the foundation in 2010 after two years with the Reuters UK website. Find me @jmollins or +Julie Mollins."
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