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Tesco becomes founding member of the British Red Cross Disaster Relief Alliance

british red crossToday we are pleased to announce that we have become a founding member of the innovative British Red Cross Disaster Relief Alliance. This is a new initiative which aims to unite the British Red Cross with the private sector in order to provide financial support before crises occur…

 

‘Modern Family’ gay criticism misses mark

It is, perhaps, a sign of the cultural influence of “Modern Family” that the show is being attacked on multiple fronts. If you listen to one out actor, the show is damaging the image of gay men because it’s fostering stereotypes. If you listen to the American Family Association, the ABC sitcom is destroying America because it’s normalizing gay men. In the case of the former, the criticism may be well-meaning but it’s misguided. In the case of the latter, it’s just hate-mongering…

 

Of guiding lives in finding their way back

Red: countries with severe damage and loss of life Orange: countries with moderate damage and some loss of life Yellow: countries with minor damage and no loss of life Blue: countries who lost citizens abroad  A: countries with damage who also lost citizens abroad Source: Wikipedia

Red: countries with severe damage and loss of life
Orange: countries with moderate damage and some loss of life
Yellow: countries with minor damage and no loss of life
Blue: countries who lost citizens abroad
A: countries with damage who also lost citizens abroad
Source: Wikipedia

When the tsunami struck the shores of Tamil Nadu in December 2004, not only were entire families swept away, but so were livelihoods. Rebuilding was an uphill task but the intervention of the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) propelled grassroots-level initiatives across the affected areas. Rehabilitation had to be operated ecologically, economically, and through knowledge and skill empowerment. Dr. V. Selvam of the foundation, for instance, underlined the importance of bio-shields. Speaking at an event organised by the foundation to commemorate the anniversary of the tsunami, he said, “Mangrove and non-mangrove plantations as well as sand dunes were critical in breaking the impact of the waves. Moreover, they also now provide a source of income, with a lot of crab farming done in these regions. We have gone to different coastal villages and stressed the need to conserve these forests.”..

 

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