Pumwani Maternity Hospital, in the impoverished Nairobi neighbourhood of Eastlands, is the site of a trial project using mobile phones to help HIV-positive mothers avoid passing the virus on to their children. Juliet Wangari Njuguna is a research nurse with Kenya AIDS Control Project. She works at the Pumwani clinic to assist HIV-positive mothers. “We help with the enrolment, and as the patients are coming in they are sifted. We talk to the ones who happen to be HIV positive, and we find out how long they have known their status and if they have disclosed it to anyone.” They also find out if the women have a mobile phone. In July, the Kenya AIDS Control Project started using the Pumwani Hospital as a site to study the potential of following up with HIV positive patients using mobile phones. The phone contact is intended to make sure that mothers are keeping up with taking their antiretroviral medicines and stay informed on what they need to do during their pregnancy to reduce the risk of passing the virus on to their child.
Some 15,000 people marched through the streets of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Dec. 12, ending at La Fortaleza, the governor’s residence. They demanded the elimination of the $800 special quota the University of Puerto Rico administration imposed that would increase student’s tuition starting January 2011. Red balloons throughout the march symbolized the 10,000 students who would have to abandon their studies if the quota takes effect.
A meteorologist on ABC’s local New York station has been suspended after police say she made up claims she was assaulted by a Hispanic man in Central Park.
Heidi Jones reported to police Nov. 24 that a man had tried to rape her as she ran in Central Park, and the same man later tried to assault her outside her apartment. Police say the 37-year-old later admitted she fabricated the story.
She was given a desk-appearance ticket for misdemeanor charges of filing a false report. Jones has been suspended from her job and will probably not serve any jail time.
There is nothing wrong with being skinny. There is nothing wrong with being fat. There is nothing wrong with being pear shaped or apple shaped or ruler shaped or shaped like a freakin’ Ace of Spades. Absolutely nothing wrong with it.
What do Ava Gardner, Frida Kahlo, Jodie Foster, Keira Knightley and Brooke Shields have in common? You’ve got it – beautiful bushy eyebrows. And now you can too. A campaign led by Feministing, an online feminist community, has proposed growing a “unibrow” this month for a charitable cause of your choice.
Decembrow, inspired by the huge popularity of the unibrow in Tajikistan, is the female counterpart to Movember – a moustache-growing charity event held during November to raise money and awareness for men’s health issues, including prostate cancer.
Unsurprisingly, there have already been disparaging comments from anti-feminist groups, such as the religious group Concerned Women for America, whose CEO thinks it is “curious that feminists would choose to embrace facial hair”, before quipping: “How is that different than any other month of the year?” Well, considering how often the words “hairy” and “feminist” appear in the same sentence, we may as well live up to the stereotypes for a good cause.
Grand dames of 1930s Hollywood movies such as Marlene Dietrich may have gone for pencil brows, but many women know that the fuller look makes you look younger. So much so that a friend of mine once refused to do a live interview on TV until the runner fetched her an eyebrow pencil from the local pharmacy.
The headline on a new report tells the bad news: “Only One in Four Young Black Men in New York City Have a Job.” The report, prepared by the Community Service Society of New York, has other unhappy news about this group — that the unemployment rate for African-American men in New York, age 16 to 24, was 33.5 percent from January 2009 through June 2010, while the labor force participation rate was 38 percent.
“The recession has created a landscape of the unemployed and underemployed with particular catastrophic consequences for young African-American men,” said David R. Jones, president of the Community Service Society, an advocacy group for New York’s low-income residents. “Now young black men between 16 and 24 years have become the banner of hopelessness, particularly here in New York City.”
The report, written by Michelle Holder, a labor market analyst with the Community Service Society, noted that during the recession that began in December 2007, working-age black men suffered an especially large increase of unemployment. The jobless rate for that group jumped to 17.9 percent in 2009 from 9 percent in 2006. Among young men of all races, age 16 to 24, the overall jobless rate rose to 24.6 percent during the recession.
The report, entitled “Unemployment in New York City During the Recession and Early Recovery,” noted that the jobless rate for Hispanic men, age 16 to 24, rose to 24.7 percent during the recession, while their labor force participation rate was 42 percent. For all men age 16 to 24 in New York City, the jobless rate was 22.4 percent during the period studied, while the labor force participation rate was 42 percent. According to the report, women with less than a high school diploma had the lowest labor force participation rate of any group: 28 percent.
The group with the lowest jobless rate during the recession and the early part of the recovery — the recession ended in June 2009 — was Asian women, age 55 to 64. Their unemployment rate in 2009 was 4.5 percent, the report found.
Nearly 40 percent of black New Yorkers who had held a job previously were unemployed for more than 12 months during the recession and early part of the recovery. That compared with 24 percent for whites, 27 percent for Latinos and 26 percent for Asians. For men aged 55 to 64, 34 percent were unemployed for more than a year.
In one especially grim finding, the report noted that among black men in New York City age 16 to 24 who do not have a high school diploma, just one in 10 had a job. Ms. Holder wrote that the findings of her report were disturbing “because young African-American men without a job and without an adequate education become at-risk for involvement in the criminal justice system.”
She added, “We need to ensure that young men of color in New York City are achieving the basic educational requirements to either get a decent job or go on to college if they so choose.”