Between 2000 and 2015, at least 207,468 minors were married in the United States. As Statista's Martin Armstrong notes, despite an overall fall in child marriage since 2000 (25,583 to 9,247), there are still a shocking number of young children legally married in the country. Only 14 percent married other minors, meaning 86 percent wedded an adult. As the infographic below shows, the youngest to marry since 2000 were three ten year olds. You will find more statistics at Statista According to Frontline, the three girls married men aged 24, 25 and 31 in Tennessee in 2001. While certain conditions have to be met before a minor can marry, and consent from a parent or judge is usually required, every state in the U.S. allows children to marry to some extent. In Oregon and Nebraska, for example, the lower limit is set at 17. In 26 states, there is no minimum age for marriage.
Lofthouse was one of the ‘Atagirls’ who flew aircraft including Spitfires from factories to the frontlineThe trailblazing second world war pilot Joy Lofthouse, who flew bombers and fighter aircraft for the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) during the conflict, has died aged 94.Lofthouse was part of a small group of female pilots, known as the “Atagirls”, based in White Waltham, Berkshire, who flew aircraft to the frontline between 1940 and 1945, including Barracuda bombers, Mustang fighters and Spitfires. Continue reading...
United Nations peacekeeper Major Seitebatso Pearl Block was commended on Wednesday for developing a Mission-wide, short message service (SMS) campaign to combat gender-based abuse by connecting with women in remote parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The prolific actor, who died this week, kept viewers coming back to shows such as Duty Free and Haggard with his charm, vocal clarity and sharp comic timingWhereas many frontline actors conduct parallel careers in television, stage and film, Keith Barron, who has died aged 83, was essentially a peak-time TV specialist. His small-screen career stretched a remarkable 55 years, from the 1961 BBC comedy A Chance of Thunder to the ITV police series DCI Banks, in which, as recently as last year, he played the main character’s elderly dad. This Christmas, he will be seen posthumously in the seasonal special of the BBC1 sitcom Not Going Out, his final performance. Continue reading...
A small group of House Democrats welcomed President Donald Trump back to Washington on Wednesday with a call for impeachment hearings.Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) told reporters that five other Democrats have signed on to his resolution to introduce five articles of impeachment against the president.The Democrats charge that Trump obstructed justice when he fired FBI Director James Comey; that he has violated the Constitution’s emoluments clause by continuing to frequent and profit from his businesses; and that he has undermined the federal judiciary and freedom of the press.“We’re calling upon the House to begin impeachment hearings,” Cohen said. “It’s not a call for a vote. It’s a call for hearings.”Cohen acknowledged that he doesn’t expect the House Judiciary Committee, which he accused of operating “like a branch of the administration,” to hold hearings but pledged to hold briefings with experts to highlight what he contends are the president’s impeachable offenses.A Republican House Committee Judiciary Committee aide said in response, “Under the Constitution, impeachment is an extraordinary remedy to remove certain elected officials from office who have committed high crimes and misdemeanors. It’s the policy of the committee to consider impeachment articles if and when the constitutional criteria for impeachment exist.”Michael Ahrens, a Republican National Committee spokesman, added that the Democrats are pursuing "a baseless radical effort" because they "lack a positive message."House Democratic leaders have tried to tamp down talk of impeachment, worried that the push will distract from their efforts to keep the spotlight on unpopular Republican policies and potentially alienate independent voters in swing districts who might see the idea as little more than a partisan witch hunt.Democratic leaders think continuously plugging their economic message — something that has so far failed to break through nationally — is the key to taking back the House next year. “There are a large number of Democrats who believe this president ought to be impeached. We have just made the judgment that the facts aren’t there to pursue that,” House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told reporters Wednesday. “And what we want to pursue, we don’t want to distract [from] what is our focus.”Despite leadership’s position, Cohen was joined by Democratic lawmakers Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, Al Green of Texas and Adriano Espaillat of New York at a news conference inside the Capitol. He said Democratic Reps. Marcia Fudge of Ohio and John Yarmuth of Kentucky have also signed on to the resolution and signaled that at least a dozen others may join.He did, however, acknowledge “political concerns” within the Democratic caucus, highlighting the split in the party over pursuing impeachment in the first year of Trump’s presidency.Some Democrats “just want Trump to hang himself and think that we don’t need to help him,” Cohen said. “But I think there are a great number of Democrats who think there have been impeachable offenses. I think the majority of Democrats think that, and I know that there are Republicans who think that, too, but they are constrained” by Trump’s base.As for their own base, some Democrats are betting that the pursuit of impeachment will resonate with voters.“Everywhere I go in my district… people are calling for this,” Espaillat said of impeachment. “This is not a call in a vacuum. There is a real sentiment in the nation for this to begin.”Cohen said he spoke briefly to Democratic megadonor Tom Steyer, who has launched a $10 million ad buy calling for Trump’s impeachment, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office. He said he also called Pelosi (D-Calif.) immediately after the president’s widely panned response to a deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August informing her that he can’t stand idly by.“There are already sufficient facts in the public record that warrant the start of impeachment proceedings in Congress. Given the magnitude of this constitutional crisis, there’s no reason to delay,” Cohen said. “I said after Charlottesville I was gonna bring impeachment charges. I’ve waited three months.”Heather Caygle contributed reporting.
United Nations - Remarks by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres at the High-level event at COP23, the UN Climate Change Conference - November 2017 in Bonn, Germany. ------------ "...The catastrophic effects of climate change are upon us. And the voice of small island State that are on the frontlines of the impact of climate change must the voice of us all. In the battlefield, when the frontline is decimated, the whole army is lost. And the same would happen to the planet with climate change. Floods, fires, extreme storms and drought are growing in intensity and frequency. Atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide are higher than they have been for 800,000 years. Climate change is the defining threat of our time. Our duty -- to each other and to future generations -- is to raise ambition. We need to do more on five ambition action areas: emissions, adaptation, finance, partnerships and leadership." ----------- Read More: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=58090
Dave Majumdar Security, Europe It will be a tough tank to beat...but against who? Russia is set to receive production versions of a host of new weapons system in its 2018-2025 state armament plan (GPV 2018-2025) including the new T-14 Armata main battle tank, the Su-57, a new bomber and other hardware. “A special feature of the new armament program for 2018-2027 is the conversion of prototypes that are being tested into serial deliveries,” Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin said on the Rossiya-24 channel according to the TASS news agency. “It is the Armata—the T-14 tank—it is a promising aviation complex for frontline aviation, it is a promising long-range aviation complex and other items.” Recommended: US Army's 5 Most Lethal Weapons of War Rogozin seems to have misspoken since the next state armament plan is supposed to run from 2018 to 2025. Moreover, the English language version of the TASS report mistranslated серийные поставки—“serial deliveries” as “mass production” causing some confusion. In the Russian context, serial production and mass production are quite different. Recommended: Russia's Armata Tank vs. America's M-1 Abrams - Who Wins? “I think it's important to understand the Russian terms here, by serial production he does not mean mass production,” Michael Kofman, a research scientist specializing in Russian military affairs at the Center for Naval Analyses told The National Interest. “He means that Armata will exit prototype phase and an accepted design will then be serially produced. This was always the plan towards 2021-2023. It is currently in three years of field trials.” Recommended: Who Swallows North Korea after it Collapses? Read full article
To Carla Provost, there is ‘no difference between female agents, male agents – we’re all Border Patrol agents.’
Seattle Genetics received an approval from the FDA for an expanded indication of its drug Adcetris a month before its action date.
Ana and Rita Nevoa, who appear in a new BBC series about Bristol’s drug problem, are an inspirational story that shows addiction does not have to end badlyThe BBC documentary series Drugsland, which begins this week, examines Bristol’s growing drug problem – on the frontline and in the backstreets and hidden stairwells. Cameras follow police, addicts and drug workers. It is a hard, dark programme to watch, but in the midst of the chaos, in an oasis of calm, are Ana Nevoa and her 15-year-old daughter, Rita.Rita has never known her mum to take drugs, never seen her as an addict – nor has she ever taken drugs herself. “And yet,” she says, “drugs have controlled my life and everything around me.” Their story gives the series a shot of hope. It shows the terrible toll of addiction, but also the possibility of simple family life. Continue reading...
Rules intended to thwart terrorist groups that use charities as a front for their activities have also made it harder to move cash when lives are at stakeIn a crisis, money matters: for water, food and shelter, for people fleeing war or famine, or for medical supplies in dealing with an epidemic. Yet getting money to the frontline when people are suffering is becoming harder.The problem was highlighted when Ebola broke out in west Africa. Standard Chartered, for whom I work, handled cash transfers for many charities working in Sierra Leone as well as multilateral organisations like the UN. At the height of the crisis, Ebola infections were doubling every two weeks. Money needed to be moved quickly from central treasuries to aid workers on the ground. Continue reading...
Pat Canova/Getty Images Spending on corporate learning, particularly leadership development, continues to increase at a staggering pace. According to one piece of research, spending on frontline leadership development alone increased by over 310% in a three-year period. Despite the amount they invest in corporate learning, organizations continue to struggle to connect these programs with the day-to-day work of strategy execution. Learning departments are frequently part of the problem. Like many parts of large organizations, they are captive to a rich and debilitating status quo. They aspire to teach abstract concepts to their employees, such as “agility,” “collaboration,” and “coaching.” But to enable strategy execution, learning departments need to reorient from what they’re trying to teach to where these things show up in the work. Organizations need to retool learning, changing it from an obsession on individually focused and content-driven events to learning that is deeply contextual, social, and embedded into real work. Learning needs to be built into how power really works within organizations, organized around peer power, functional power, and hierarchical power. Learning with Peers Happens Through Routines People work in context with others. They create social norms, they dictate the unspoken standards, they define whom to collaborate with and whom to avoid, and they decide how much risk to take. All of this is done in “tribes” of employees, beyond the purview of head office. We need learning departments brave enough to move toward social learning through the routines of these tribes and away from the hegemony of abstract competencies and capabilities. Insight center The Gap Between Strategy and Execution Sponsored by the Brightline Initiative Aligning the big picture with the day-to-day. In one pharmaceutical R&D company, we identified three critical populations that needed to change to enable the execution of the organization’s strategy. Each group had its own tribal norms with its own routines. Until we got into the details of their real work, and helped them recast their very distinct, idiosyncratic local routines, change initiatives and strategic priorities died painful, silent deaths in hundreds of disconnected ways within these groups. But once their understanding of their work and roles was recast around the three to four vital routines per role, performance improved. In these local contexts, people work out of habit. The best organizations have begun recasting how they understand performance, switching from a decidedly individualistic and psychological lens to a much more social, behavioral lens. In many of these organizations, critical populations are identified that enable or inhibit the execution of strategy. We then identify the routines that differentiate the best performers in these populations. Routines are the regular social events that occur that can be seen to differentiate the best performers from average ones in any discrete population within an organization. Competencies tend to cluster in routines. Learning needs to recast its approach by focusing deeply on this context, and not by teaching new content and abstraction. Learning in Business Functions Happens Through Processes We think of learning as something that requires academic expertise and new models, but organizations teach all the time. One of the strongest mechanisms for teaching in any organizations surrounds how functions wield power. Now, all functions are not created equal when it comes to power. Organizational learning needs to identify the most powerful functions within their organization and build learning into the functional practices at the points where it will yield real impact. In one organization, the new leader of the audit function (which was almost universally feared and loathed) decided he wanted to cultivate a more proactive learning footprint in the function’s engagement with the business. The audit process and outputs were retooled away from “catching people out” and toward “identifying and spreading best practices.” Because this approach affected the way the auditors executed their work, the on-the-ground impact and the effectiveness of the audit team improved dramatically. Rather than being the “death squad” that the organization feared, they became the “pollinators” that sought out and spread great ideas. Historically, the arrival of an audit team at a site was preceded by the “hiding of bodies” and the alignment of key messages by the site team, to present a united, protected front. The shifts in the processes and approach of the audit team completely shifted this footing. By wielding its power differently, the audit function created a powerful platform for the entire organization to learn, day-to-day. Every organization has functions that wield a disproportionate amount of power — the typical suspects are finance, procurement, and audit. These functions, due to their power over local teams, can be incredibly effective agents to teach the organization. Instead of owning programs and abstracted learning initiatives that most people in the organization treat as recess from work, the most effective learning organizations collaborate with these powerful functions to integrate organizational learning into their processes and practices. Learning Among Leaders Happens Through Dialogue Your leaders teach every day; they’re just not aware they are teaching. Leaders wield power in organizations, but that power often involves perpetuating the status quo. If left to their own devices, they will present whatever strategy material was given to them, ask if there are questions, and move on to the things that really matter. This approach doesn’t help organizations make improvements in strategy execution. In a number of organizations, we’ve focused intensely on enabling leader-led learning. To be clear, our approaches are not your parents’ “leader-led learning” of 65 PowerPoint slides covered in 60 minutes. Most people in organizations need to be woken up and provoked to share fresh stories and ideas in the context of their real work. One of the keys is building leaders that provoke the right dialogue. In one large-scale transformation project in Australasia, our team worked with the top 400 leaders of a financial services company, in intact teams, to help leaders translate their insights around strategy back to the day-to-day realities of their team through a series of strategically designed “provocative dialogues.” The focus of these sessions was not on content; it was on helping the leader connect differently with their teams and allowing the team to share their insights about what was really happening. New content was in these sessions, but it was camouflaged — it was just part of tackling and looking at real challenges, together, in new ways. The leaders were not allowed to “revert to type,” as they were held accountable, by a facilitator, for engaging their teams with openness, curiosity, and vulnerability. The impact was striking. Rather than getting hung up on interesting models, teams actually engaged around the ways they worked and what they could do differently. Leaders received valuable feedback about their impact on the system and how they needed to change their day-to-day practices to realize the strategy. The impact on the normal operating patterns of these teams, and their collective impact on the organization, led to significant improvements in change agility and performance of the organization very quickly. The sessions were dubbed, by the leaders, “funky team meetings.” People are trapped in organizations, and they learn from the status quo, every day. They react to power in isolated bubbles with familiar populations around known problems. Organizations need to shift from focusing on the traditional content-driven approach of corporate learning to focusing on the context of learning in organizations. People are smart — if you give them the right bread crumbs, they’ll find the right way. It is the job of corporate learning to lay out and enable the right bread crumbs.
Playhouse, London A tip-top cast play David Mamet’s desperate salesmen turned robbers in his scorching condemnation of the dangers of male ego-driven capitalismHow well does David Mamet’s play, 34 years after its world premiere at the National’s Cottesloe, stand up? The short answer is with great vigour. That is partly because its report from the frontline of cut-throat capitalism still rings true and partly because this latest revival has a tip-top cast headed by Christian Slater who has already earned his spurs on the London stage. Mamet’s play takes its time. It starts with three short scenes in a Chinese restaurant that catch the desperation of Chicago real-estate salesmen trying to offload tracts of dud land. Levene is the declining champ pleading for more leads (or appointments) that will give him a place on the sales graph. Moss is a cunning operator trying to talk his colleague, Aaronow, into carrying out an office robbery. Meanwhile, the current top dog, Roma, is seen coming on to a potential client in an act of intellectual seduction. But the meat of the play lies in the second half when the four men face up to the consequences of an overnight internal raid. Continue reading...
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon believes Saad al-Hariri is being held in Saudi Arabia, from where he resigned as Lebanese prime minister, two top government officials in Beirut said, amid a deepening crisis pushing Lebanon onto the frontlines of a power struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon believes Saad al-Hariri is held in Saudi Arabia, from where he resigned as prime minister, two top Lebanese government officials said, amid a deepening crisis pushing Lebanon onto the frontlines of a power struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
Because the job title is not protected, anyone can call themselves a nurse. It diminishes the work of the highly trained staff on the NHS frontlineIf you walk into a hospital, care home or GP surgery in England today, you might see someone who calls themselves a nurse. But are they a nurse? What kind of qualifications, skills and experience do they have? Can you tell? The word “nurse” has become embedded over hundreds of years in society’s collective psyche – usually as a generic, female carer of some kind. Related: I’ve been a cancer nurse for over 30 years – things have never been so bad Continue reading...
Away from the chaos of Trump’s West Wing, former aides take stock of their new worlds.
A march is taking place on Moscow’s Red Square commemorating the 76th anniversary of the historic 1941 military parade at the same location. Dressed in WWII uniforms and carrying vintage weapons, hundreds are taking part in the event. On November 7, 1941, Soviet Army troops marched through central Moscow before heading straight to the frontline to fight the German Nazi army. RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=RussiaToday Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/RTnews Follow us on VK https://vk.com/rt_international Follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/RT_com Follow us on Instagram http://instagram.com/rt Follow us on Google+ http://plus.google.com/+RT Listen to us on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/rttv RT (Russia Today) is a global news network broadcasting from Moscow and Washington studios. RT is the first news channel to break the 1 billion YouTube views benchmark.
SEOUL (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Tuesday flew into South Korea, the closest he has come to the frontlines of the nuclear standoff with North Korea, saying a solution must be found to the security threat posed by Pyongyang.
SEOUL (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Tuesday flew into South Korea, the closest he has come to the frontlines of the nuclear standoff with North Korea, saying a solution must be found to the security threat posed by Pyongyang.
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