ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This is the seventh of a series on our blog highlighting the twelve major development issues. In case you missed it, last month we discussed health, which can be found here. This month we are focusing on women in development.Nineteen years ago last month, I traveled to the Philippines to help strengthen Mindanao credit unions and to start a village bank program designed to provide access to financial services to the poorest women across the island of Mindanao. I realized then that women were not equal in earnings and even in the most basic human rights in many developing countries. Almost twenty years later, the inequities still exist – in the Philippines, in Afghanistan, in Kenya and in America.When it comes to the facts about women’s lives, we don’t need to focus on women’s issues, do we? Nowadays, women and men are treated the same, right? Isn’t the gender gap a myth? Don’t women have equal rights already — just like men? Aren’t we guaranteed equal rights in the Constitution? The answer to every single question above is ‘no.’ – Linda Lowen, Women’s Issues ExpertAs the following facts about women reveal, women’s issues continue to matter because a huge gender gap exists in the U.S. Despite what many may think, we do not lead the world in gender equity for women. In fact, we’re not even in the top ten. continue reading »
continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Membership at federally insured credit unions reached 119.6 million – representing 3.6 percent growth over the year – according to the NCUA’s third quarter call report data. In addition, assets rose $98 billion over the year, ending the quarter at $1.54 trillion.“The credit union industry remains strong, as demonstrated in the new call report data,” said NAFCU Chief Economist and Vice President of Research Curt Long. “Despite banker attempts to discredit the industry, credit unions prove time and time again that they are committed to doing what’s best for their members and communities – that’s why more Americans are joining credit unions. NAFCU will continue to work with Congress and the NCUA to modernize regulations to ensure credit unions have the ability and resources to serve all who want to join.”Here are highlights of the NCUA’s 2019 third quarter call report data:loans outstanding increased 5.9 percent to $1.1 trillion, up from $1 trillion a year ago;deposits (shares) grew 6.3 percent to $1.2 trillion, up from $1.13 trillion a year ago; read more
The Arcata High School girls basketball team clinched an outright Humboldt-Del Norte League Big 5 championship Wednesday night in Fortuna, beating the Huskies 84-74. It was the Tigers’ fourth consecutive league crown.The win earned Arcata both a home North Coast Section playoff game and a first-round bye in next week’s HDNL Dick Niclai Memorial Tournament. Fortuna (1-6, 10-12) started strong, forcing multiple Arcata (7-1, 16-6) turnovers and succeeding in keeping the visitors out of rhythm …
Top model Lerato Moloi is one of South Africa’s most recognisable faces. Lerato with Sebastian Clifton-Welker from Elizabeth Arden’s global marketing team (left) and Barbara Shepherd, the GM of Elizabeth Arden South Africa. Images: Elizabeth Arden)Khanyi Magubane One of South Africa’s top models and business entrepreneur Lerato Moloi, has clinched a lucrative deal with Elizabeth Arden, one of the world’s leading cosmetics houses.Moloi has broken new ground as Elizabeth Arden’s very first black face to represent the brand.She joins top Hollywood actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, who’s the global face and spokesperson of the group.Talking about her recent ascension to the top of the cosmetic product endorsement world, Moloi could hardly contain her excitement. “It is an honour to be considered the only other [than Zeta-Jones] face of Elizabeth Arden.”The leggy 26-year old will represent the cosmetic brand in South Africa.In addition to producing Elizabeth Arden’s first black face, South Africa is also the only country to have its own local face and ambassador for the brand. Advertising campaigns and magazine covers with Moloi’s face are due to hit the shelves from next week. She has described her role, as the ambassador of Arden’s new line of products aimed specifically at black women, as dispelling the myth that “black don’t crack”. The saying basically purports that black skin is immune to ageing and skin cancer – a bit of conventional wisdom that is completely false.The cosmetic company says they were looking for a woman that embodies the unique qualities of South Africa.Moloi, according to Elizabeth Arden, exudes confidence, beauty and strength of character, “As a confident young woman who believes beauty radiates from within, Lerato epitomizes a company that has been making women feel beautiful for almost a century,” says Barbara Shepherd, General Manager of Elizabeth Arden South Africa. “She not only represents the beauty element of the brand but also embodies its core values. Lerato is an aspiring businesswoman, proud wife and mother. She is passionate about educating women to look after their skin – especially in our harsh climate where UV protection is vital.”Speaking of her appointment, Moloi said, “Being chosen as spokesperson for Elizabeth Arden South Africa is an honour. Ms Arden was a visionary and champion of total beauty, believing that beauty begins with healthy, beautiful skin. I am looking forward to my role as skincare and beauty educator.”Elizabeth Arden spokesperson in South Africa Inge Ferreira said South Africa was an obvious choice, as it has great growth prospects for the cosmetics industry, “South Africa ranks second only to China in its growth potential for global cosmetics sales,” she said.Moloi is the third face to represent products aimed at black skins for international brands. Actress and businesswoman Connie Ferguson is the face of Garnier, while actress Terry Pheto, of the famed Oscar-winning film Tsotsi, represents L’Oreal.Lerato Moloi is one of the country’s most recognisable faces. In 2000 she made international news when she was turned away from a New York modelling agency, which told her that she was “too fat” to be a model in the cut-throat American industry.Speaking to BBC News, Moloi was not fazed about her figure after the experience.“It’s a problem that has been going on for decades but the designers still use [underweight girls] because they can – and they will as long as they have a clientele that prefer it,” she said. “At the end of the day, it’s the designers’ prerogative.”In 2002, she became a finalist in the M-Net Face of Africa beauty contest.Her modeling career started in 1999, when she was just 17. Her first shoot was an editorial for ELLE magazine, which was followed by a fashion show at the prestigious for top South African designer, Julian. Moloi has worked in a number of countries including Australia, New York, Cameroon, Nigeria, China and London. She has participated in SA Fashion Week for the past 8 years for some of the South Africa’s top labels including Stoned Cherrie, Hip Hop, Sun Goodess, Julian and Clive Rundle.Her work also includes several TV and radio commercials as well as a cameo role on a local soapie. Representing a solid brandIn existence for 99 years, Elizabeth Arden has remained a strong cosmetic brand around the world.With operations primarily in the United States, the UK, Canada, Australia and Spain, the firm specialises not only in skin care and make-up, but in fragrances too. It has a broad portfolio of brands, as it owns, licenses and distributes more than 300 fragrances to both mass and mid-sized retailers.A number of top celebrities around the world have partnered with Elizabeth Arden to producer their own fragrances. These include singer Mariah Carey, actress Hilary Duff, singer Britney Spears and writer Danielle Steel as well as veteran screen siren Elizabeth Taylor.Related ArticlesTerry Pheto is worth it Miss World returns to SA Useful LinksHeads modelsElizabeth Arden read more
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This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The scientists, Denghui Xu and Chihaya Adachi from the Center for Future Chemistry at Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan, have reported the liquid-OLED in a recent issue of Applied Physics Letters. As they explain, the novel design is based on a liquid-emitting layer, and could have advantages for flexible displays and other organic electronics applications.Usually, OLED displays use solid-state organic films that give off light when an electric current is applied. One significant benefit of OLED displays compared to traditional liquid crystal displays (LCDs) is that OLEDs do not require a backlight. For this reason, OLEDs can be made very thin and flexible, as well as use less power, enabling them to run longer on a single battery charge.The new liquid-OLED could achieve these same benefits, but by using a liquid organic semiconductor instead of the solid-state films. Other than a few previous studies that have investigated using polymer solutions as the semiconducting layer, this is the first time that researchers have attempted to fabricate a practical liquid semiconductor for OLEDs.As Xu and Adachi explain, their device uses ethylhexyl carbazole (EHCz) as the liquid semiconducting layer due to its high hole mobility, which is associated with good electrical conductivity. The scientists doped the EHCz with solid rubrene, which has a high photoluminescence efficiency. They then prepared a substrate with this liquid mixture placed in between an anode and cathode, which in turn were sandwiched by glass layers. When testing the device, the researchers observed electroluminescence from rubrene with the naked eye.“Since EHCz provides hole transport and rubrene does electron transport and emitting functions, the combination leads to electroluminescence,” Adachi told PhysOrg.com.The researchers hope that, by taking advantage of the new device’s unique liquid properties, they can make further improvements in OLED technology. For instance, liquid semiconductors could easily fill the space between two electrodes in curved structures without cracking or shortage problems. The researchers also suggest that the liquid semiconductors could be circulated or refilled into the active emitting layer. This constant, fresh supply of semiconductors could improve device reliability and reduce degradation.“This is quite a new concept, realizing truly flexible and degradation-free OLEDs,” Adachi said. “Although the electroluminescence efficiency is still low level, we can surely improve it by optimizing the device parameters and organic semiconductors.”More information: Denghui Xu and Chihaya Adachi. “Organic light-emitting diode with liquid emitting layer.” Applied Physics Letters 95, 053304 (2009).Copyright 2009 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. The new liquid-OLED has a liquid semiconducting layer made of EHCz doped with rubrene. Liquid-OLEDs could offer improved device reliability and greater flexibility. Credit: Xu and Adachi. Citation: Liquid-OLED Offers More Light-Emitting Possibilities (2009, August 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-08-liquid-oled-light-emitting-possibilities.html Explore further Simple OLEDs ready for quick manufacturing (PhysOrg.com) — As organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) are poised to go mainstream in the near future, scientists continue to explore new twists on the technology. Recently, researchers have fabricated a “liquid-OLED” – an OLED that uses a liquid organic semiconducting layer to transport charge. read more
Kolkata: As a part of its continuous endeavour towards providing more comfort to the passengers, Eastern Railway’s Carriage & Wagon Workshop, Liluah has brought out its 2nd refurbished AC Chair Car for attaching with ER originating trains.The 120 year old workshop is now being modernised for overhauling AC and Non-AC coaches including new generation coaches like LHB, refurbishing both AC and Non-AC coaches, retro-fitment of environment friendly Bio-Toilet in coaches, renovation of pantry cars etc. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt is one of the 3 pioneer workshops of Indian Railway to do overhauling of LHB coaches. This workshop also performs various other modification work for different types of train coaches for the convenience of passengers. It may be noted that the first Utkrisht rake of Indian Railway, provided for the 12311/12312 Kalka Mail of Eastern Railway, was developed at ER’s Liluah workshop itself, by upgrading the coaches. After the successful launch of Utkrisht rake with AC and Non-AC Sleeper Class coaches, the workshop is now upgrading the AC Chair Car coaches. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe first such AC Chair Car coach was turned out by the Liluah workshop in December, 2018. The refurbished AC Chair Car coaches have several features for improved aesthetics, cleaner interiors and more comfort for the passengers, which include new ergonomic seats and heavy-duty, fire-resistant, aviation standard, anti-static and high quality carpets. Other features on offer include anti-skid doorway, gangway flooring, modified doorway arrangement, passenger information system and CCTV inside the coach. Go-green message stickers inside the coach, foldable dustbins at the backside of the seats, modified LED central lighting, powder-coated and colour-matched fittings, drop-down curtains and reading lamp for the passengers will also be present. read more