Δευτέρα, 3 Μαρτίου 2014

OSCAR 2014/ Jared Leto

























«Απίστευτο... Ελεν σε αγαπώ. 

Θέλω να πω στους συνυποψήφιους μου ότι είμαι περήφανος που μοιραστήκαμε αυτό το ταξίδι, νιώθω δέος και σεβασμό για όλους σας. 

Θέλω να ευχαριστήσω την Ακαδημία.

Το 1971 στην Boisser City στη Λουιζιάνα, υπήρχε μια έφηβη που ήταν έγκυος στο δεύτερο παιδί της. 
Είχε αφήσει το σχολείο και μεγάλωνε μόνη το παιδί της, αλλά κατόρθωσε να φτιάξει μια καλύτερη ζωή για την ίδια και τα παιδιά της. 
Ενθάρρυνε τα παιδιά να είναι δημιουργικά να δουλέψουν σκληρά για να πετύχουν αυτά που θέλουν. 
Αυτό το κορίτσι είναι η μητέρα μου και είναι σήμερα εδώ. 
Θέλω να της πω  "σε αγαπώ μαμά σε ευχαριστώ που με δίδαξες να ονειρεύομαι''.

Στον αδελφό μου Σάνον, τον καλύτερο μεγάλο αδελφό στον κόσμο θέλω να πω 
''Σε ευχαριστώ που μοιράστηκες μαζί μου αυτή την τρελή περιπέτεια που είναι τα 30 δευτερόλεπτα στον Αρη και που είσαι ο καλύτερος φίλος μου''.

Σε όλους όσους ονειρεύονται σε ολόκληρο τον κόσμο και μας βλέπουν σήμερα σε περιοχές όπως η Ουκρανία και η Βενεζουέλα, θέλω να πω ότι είμαστε εδώ και καθώς παλεύετε για να κάνετε πραγματικότητα τα όνειρά σας και να ζήσετε το απίθανο, σας σκεφτόμαστε.

Αυτό το Οσκαρ πάει στους 36 εκατομμύρια ανθρώπους που έχασαν τη ζωή τους από το ΑΙDS, και σε αυτούς που ένιωσαν να αδικούνται εξαιτίας του ποιοι πραγματικά είναι και ποιους αγαπούν.

Σας ευχαριστώ και καλό βράδυ».

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVe9bxtH_DI




UN HEALTH AGENCY CALLS ON COUNTRIES TO INVEST IN PREVENTION AND CARE FOR HEARING LOSS

New York, Feb 28 2014  1:00PM
The United Nations health agency is calling on Governments to invest in hearing care, as a new survey finds that many countries lack the capacity to prevent and care for hearing loss, which affects 360 million people worldwide.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the highest prevalence of disabling hearing loss is found in the Asia Pacific, South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. 
About half of all cases of hearing loss worldwide are easily prevented or treated.

However, a report published by the agency on the occasion of International Ear Care Day, observed on 3 March, says that just 32 of the 76 countries who responded to a WHO survey have developed plans and programmes to prevent and control ear diseases and hearing loss.

Many countries lack trained health personnel, educational facilities, data and national plans to address the needs of those living with ear and hearing problems. 
The gap between need and services is greatest in sub-Saharan Africa.

“The results of this survey are a clear call to action for governments and partners to invest in hearing care, especially at community and primary level,”
 
said Etienne Krug, Director of the WHO Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability.

“The programmes must aim to benefit all, including disadvantaged parts of the population who are least able to access hearing services,” 
added Dr. Krug.

WHO notes that
a leading cause for hearing loss in younger ages, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, is untreated ear infections, which often presents with discharge from the ear. 
Vaccine-preventable infectious diseases such as rubella, meningitis, measles, or mumps can also lead to hearing loss.

Good ear care practices, such as reducing exposure to noise and avoiding insertion of objects into the ears, can prevent many from developing ear and hearing problems. 
A large percentage of people living with hearing loss can benefit from early identification and appropriate treatment.

“Ear and hearing problems and the use of hearing aids are often associated with myths and misconceptions,” 
said Shelly Chadha of the WHO unit for the Prevention of Blindness and Deafness.

“National programmes should therefore not only focus on prevention and service provision but also on awareness-raising,” 
Dr. Chadha noted.
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PROSPECTS FOR CLIMATE AGREEMENT BOOSTED BY SURVEY OF NATIONAL LAWS

New York, Feb 28 2014  1:00PM 
Sixty-six countries have legislation governing climate mitigation and adaptation plans, revealed a newly released United Nations-supported study that aims to boost progress towards a new universal agreement on climate change.

Results of the study, co-authored by the UN 
and World Bank-supported Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE) 
and the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics (LSE), 
were disclosed yesterday to legislators and senior UN officials in Washington DC.

The new study covers countries responsible for 88 per cent of global carbon emissions. 
It shows that of those 66 countries, 64 “have progressed or are progressing” on climate change, according to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC).

“It is no exaggeration to say that the clean revolution we need is being carried forward by legislation,” 
said UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres. 
“Domestic legislation is critical because it is the linchpin between action on the ground and the international agreement.”

The meeting comes 18 months ahead global legal climate accord to be signed in Paris. 
To build momentum and mobilize political will for those talks, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will convene a climate change summit this September at UN Headquarters in New York. 
That meeting will be an opportunity for global leaders from Government, business, finance, and civil society to initiate ambitious joint actions on the ground to reduce emissions and strengthen climate resilience.

At the meeting, held earlier this week, in addition to reviewing the study, participants also discussed how national laws will be recognized within a 2015 international climate change agreement.   

“At the national level, it is clear that when countries enact clean energy policies, investment follows. 
At the international level, it is equally clear that domestic legislation opens the political space for international agreements and facilitates overall ambition,” 
Ms. Figueres noted.

In addition to Ms. Figueres, the UN was also represented by the  
head of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Achim Steiner and the UN Assistant Secretary-General, Robert Orr.

Among the 66 countries covered in the study, two began processes to reverse legislation. 
In Australia, the new Government proposed to repeal aspects of the Clean Energy Act, while Japan announced a lowering of its ambition on climate change in response to its reduced reliance on nuclear energy following the Fukushima accident.
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