Its another edition of Global News Day with Harrison Ocholor, and the topics discussed on the day:
Chinese technology, investments boost African farms: With help from the Chinese government, many Chinese companies have built large farms and farming technology demonstration centers across Africa. In order to guarantee the food supply and speed up their agricultural development, many African countries are hoping to expand cooperation with China. African countries have spent decades trying to jump-start agricultural production. In the search for new approaches, many experts are looking for answers in China’s impressive agricultural achievements, which raised hundreds of millions of peasants from rural poverty in the past 30 years. China’s agricultural investments and development projects in Africa are growing. China undertook its agricultural transformation on a massive scale, but its genius lies in small, practical approaches.
Cameroon: Movie screenings for the blind: Christian Kwessi from Cameroon, wants to make his hometown of Douala more accessible to people who are blind. His strategy is to sensitize the authorities by organizing movie screenings for visually impaired people and the general public.
Activists Race to Save Syria’s Cultural History: Amid the chaos of Syria’s civil war is a small but dedicated group that is working to preserve what is left of the country’s past. Syria’s history is rich and diverse. In addition to ancient cities, the country boasts within its borders some of the oldest churches in the world, dating from the beginnings of Christianity. The country’s best-known sites span almost every major period of recorded human history since the invention of writing five millennia ago, from a vast trove of early tablets roughly 4,000-years-old to the desert kingdom of Palmyra that reached its apex approximately 2,000 years ago.
Climate change severely affects Bangladesh: As we countdown to the climate change talks in Paris later this month, we travel to Bangladesh where a new study from the World Bank has warned that global warming could cast an additional 100 million people into poverty over the next 15 years. The report says the most endangered areas include some of the world’s poorest regions, for example Bangladesh. The world bank report finds that the world’s poor are among those most at risk from climate-related shocks – vulnerable to food price spikes, outbreaks of disease and extreme weather events. The report predicts that increase in intensity and severity of climate change; millions of people will have their livelihoods destroyed and find themselves pushed back into poverty. The report is the first of its kind to look at the poverty impacts of climate change from a household level, rather than a national economic level. Using data from 92 countries alongside climate modelling, it finds the poorest people in the world are most vulnerable to climate shocks, and lose far more of their wealth when hit. They also lack access to social and economic safety nets that would help them cope with climate disasters.
Brooklyn Film School Located in Working Film Lot: If you are into series and movies, you may notice that a record number of TV series are produced in New York City, and there is a growing demand for trained personnel. Thousands of jobs need to be filled since the industry is projected to keep expanding. Now a new graduate school of cinema is helping to fill that need, as VOA’s Bernard Shusman reports from the Brooklyn’s Steiner Studios.
US Pre-term Birth Rates Close to Those of Developing Countries: Every year, the March of Dimes issues a report card on pre-term birth. VOA’s Carol Pearson says this year, as in the past, the results are shockingly high for a wealthy country.
With no lawyers, child migrants fight to stay in the U.S.: For the thousands of unaccompanied, undocumented minors fleeing brutal violence in Central America and attempting to enter the U.S, making the case to stay has not been easy. Because they are not guaranteed a lawyer, so about half of the children are forced to navigate the complex immigration system alone. Now, a class action lawsuit is challenging that policy. Ivette Feliciano reports.