Email Correspondents Report By Africa correspondent Sally Sara, Middle East correspondent Sophie McNeill and North America correspondent Stephanie March Posted July 15, 2017 06:09:37 Photo: Salune Laton Koikai helped to deliver baby Simaloi. (ABC News: Sally Sara) Map: Kenya This moment happens every minute of every day, an ancient and seemingly universal experience.In Kenya, in Washington, and in Jerusalem, the rhythms are the same. A room, a mother, and a safe pair of hands to guide the child into the world. And yet, so much is different.If the newborn could look around and understand what she saw, she could immediately learn so much about her corner of the world.Kenya has an infant mortality rate 10 times higher than Australia.The situation is improving, thanks to increased education, health services and sanitation. But many women in remote areas don't have easy access to a clinic or hospital.As a result, traditional midwives play a vital role in delivering … [Read more...] about How midwives guide babies into the world, in Kenya, Washington and Jerusalem
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Email By Stephanie Zillman Updated December 19, 2018 13:20:07 Photo: The NT is looking down the barrel of a $35.7 billion debt by 2029-30. (ABC) Related Story: 'Willy nilly spending': NT Government seeks federal bailout amid 'terrifying' financial crisis Related Story: Shorten dodges question on NT economic management while Gunner goes to ground Related Story: NT budget woes leave public service workers in limbo Map: NT Hearing senior Treasury staff describe the Northern Territory's budget as being in "dire straits" is the bureaucratic equivalent to saying, "we're stuffed".And so it was with some surprise that on a Friday morning, not two weeks from Christmas and more than two years since winning office, NT Labor owned up to the Northern Territory's spiralling debt crisis in plain English.Not only is the NT Government borrowing cash to cover basic operating expenses, but it's also borrowing just to pay the interest on its spiralling loans.Without 'radical changes' to … [Read more...] about Why is the Northern Territory in so much debt?
New Delhi: "How private is your data?" This query, made at a recent conference attended by the who’s who of the tech-policy scene in India, was a remark that stuck with many. The small overturn from an enquiry into to the degree of privacy – from "is your data private" to "how private is your data" – amplified its effect. It also set a new discourse on data privacy via data protection in India. With the winter session of Parliament in progress, lawmakers are set to discuss The Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018. It seeks to regulate the processing of personal data of individuals by government and private entities and has been listed in the order of business in Parliament. Transparency While the Bill allows processing only if the individual consents to it, or in a situation of medical emergency, or by the government to provide welfare benefits, it is unclear who it actually is intended to protect. According to the Bill, personal data is “directly or indirectly … [Read more...] about India’s Data Bill Sets New Precedent on Privacy and Protection. But Whose Data Is It Anyway?
Video PlayerClose BEIJING, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- For global heavyweights attending the 2019 New Economy Forum in suburban Beijing, China's booming entrepreneurship and rising innovation capability are topics shared by many speakers. Yet they are not alone in expressing such views. A previous Bloomberg survey of 2,000 business professionals in 20 countries showed that nearly 60 percent of the respondents in developing countries and 49 percent in developed countries felt that China and India would become the world's centers of technological innovation by 2035. NATIONAL PRIORITY Innovation sits high on the Chinese government's agenda. China decided in 2012 to take an innovation-driven development strategy, underscoring that scientific and technological innovation provides strategic support for increasing production and boosting the overall national strength. A string of reforms, campaigns and supportive policies have been rolled out to create a nurturing innovation environment for … [Read more...] about Economic Watch: Why China a rising innovator
By Vimmy SinhaKorean pop’s phenomenal growth worldwide and with Korean boy band BTS making it to the No.1 position on the Billboard 100 speaks volumes about K-pop’s calibre. Genre experts speak to ET about what it is all about. Back home and elsewhere in the world too, the first brush with Korean pop, or K-pop, probably was with the release of the video, Gangnam Style, by Park Jae Sung, better known as Psy. The ‘invisible horse-riding’ dance by Psy became an instant hit. No one really understood what the song meant, but the catchy music and the dance just caught on. The video got 100 million views in just 51 days of its release, more than what Justin Bieber got for Baby. Till today, it is among the most watched videos on YouTube. That was way back in 2012. Korean pop has since reached staggering heights of popularity. This year, the seven-member South Korean boy band, BTS, became the first ever K-pop album to make it to the No.1 spot on the Billboard 200 … [Read more...] about BTS tops Billboard 100 list: How K-pop helped Korea improve its economy