World’s longest free span footbridge opens

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Kenya says IMF stand-by deal over

first_imgKenya signs China nuclear power deal Kenya shilling coins and notes are pictured inside a cashier’s booth at a forex exchange bureau in Nairobi, Kenya April 20, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya/File Photo Kenya Finance Minister Henry Rotich with PS Kamau Thugge at a past eventKenya’s stand-by arrangement with the International Monetary Fund has expired, Finance Minister Henry Rotich said on Thursday but the country will continue to talk to the Fund.Kenya had secured a six-month extension for its stand-by credit arrangement of $989.8 million from the International Monetary Fund in March, which was due to expire in mid-September.“Yes, the program has ended,” Rotich told reporters, when asked about the IMF stand-by arrangement. “We will continue engaging the fund going forward,” he added.The Finance Ministry’s Principal Secretary Kamau Thugge had said earlier on Thursday that not having an IMF precautionary arrangement would not hurt the economy.Kenya had not drawn on the precautionary arrangement last year despite a drought, Thugge said.The Kenyan shilling weakened against the dollar on Thursday due to increased demand from banks and importers over uncertainty regarding an IMF stand-by arrangement, traders said.At 0743 GMT, commercial banks quoted the shilling at 100.80/101.00 per dollar, compared with 100.75/95 at Wednesday’s close.The shilling spiked at 100.96/101.16 earlier in the session.Related TALK AFRICA: Kenya’s new railwaycenter_img IMF says use of mobile phones in Sub-Saharan Africa could help advance financial inclusionlast_img read more

Police seek those responsible for BB gun attacks on sea gulls

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The birds suffered shattered wings, twisted wings with bone showing, and one had BBs lodged in its beak, Rachel Newman of the center told the Daily Breeze. Three of the birds were euthanized, according to the humane society. Anyone with information on the bird attacks was asked to call California Department of Fish and Game investigators at 1-888-DFG-CALTIP, or Julie King at the International Bird Rescue and Research Center at (310) 5124-2573. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. MANHATTAN BEACH – The Humane Society of the United States is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever wounded four sea gulls in BB gun attacks in the Manhattan Beach and Playa del Rey areas earlier this month. The wounded birds — three were later euthanized — were found between Nov. 11 and Nov. 14. “All birds are worthy of our protection and the perpetrator(s) of these crimes needs to be brought to justice,” Paul Bruce of the Humane Society’s West Coast Regional Office said in a statement. At least four wounded sea gulls were taken to the International Bird Rescue and Research Center in San Pedro, according to the Humane Society. last_img read more


first_imgDDTV: Donegal based doll manufacturing company ARKLU have created a clever and innovative new video which is aimed directly at smashing down gender stereotypes.The video, (embedded above) is called ‘Every Girl’s A Superhero’ and has went viral since its release. The two-minute video clip and has impressed a whole host of top toy retailers in the US with its powerful message.ARKLU decided to create this video based on the recurring issue of ‘toxic beauty’, where they aim to prove ‘Every Girl Can Be A Superhero.’The ARKLU/LOTTIE message communicates choice and balance in children’s toys, which, in view of the recent discussions about ‘normal Barbie –Lammily’ and the Australian campaign against gender marketing #nogenderdecemeber, is significant.”ARKLU are an Irish innovative start up toyco, developed by Donegal born Ian Harkin (Managing Director). They’ve made remarkable progress in the USA where there LOTTIE products are on sale in over 1400 independent toy retailers as well as Toys R US, Hallmark and Barnes and Noble.So far this year, they’ve sold an astonishing 300k dolls and 200k accessories.In Ireland, last month locally they were awarded the Chamber of Commerce Growth in Export Award.Nationally they’ve been awarded with The Ulster Bank (Ulster) Business Start Up Award and LOTTIE has featured on The RTÉ Late Late Toy Show.The video is fun, cute – but has a wider, powerful message about smashing stereotypes and burying toxic messages about beauty.It features dolls with collaborations including the European Space Agency and TrowelBlazers. In the past week, representatives of ARKLU have been on BBC Radio4 (discussion about realistic dolls) and AlJazeera USA TV programme ‘The Stream’ (discussing gendered toy marketing).LOTTIE dolls are ethnically diverse, have a ‘childlike’ body based on the dimensions of a 9 year old child, and do a balanced range of activities that real kids do.The Super LOTTIE superhero outfit has been designed by a child (6 year old Lily), the result of a global crowd sourced design competition.About the video: Girls (..and boys) deserve a wider variety of toys.Let’s move beyond unrealistic beauty ideals, take a hammer to limiting stereotypes, and instead lead with confidence, and celebrate the uniqueness of EVERY girl.As you can see in the video above the LOTTIE dolls stopmotion animation video, “Every Girl’s a Superhero!,” opens with three hard-hitting messages that inspire girls to #BeBold, #BeBrave, #BeYou, before launching into a series of girls taking part in adventurous escapades under the watchful aegis of Super LOTTIE.Each scene depicts how girls don’t require super-powers to be a superhero, but how acts of kindness, bravery, overcoming challenges, breaking boundaries, and remaining true to oneself are all superhero qualities.Lucie Follett, Co-Founder and Creative Director of ARKLU, told Donegal Daily, “We wanted to create something really inspiring, upbeat, fun and positive, targeted towards children.“But also to demonstrate in a light-hearted manner how we’re working to ‘bury’ the toxic beauty standards that pervade society and have such negative implications for girls.“We want girls to see the full range of possibilities open to them, and girls being supportive of one another in their interests and activities, however diverse those choices might be.Lucie concluded by saying, “Every girl is unique and that uniqueness should be celebrated.“We hope this video inspires girls to express their adventurous spirit and originality.The stop-motion features forthcoming science-themed LOTTIE dolls: ‘Stargazer LOTTIE’ doll which is collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA), and ‘Fossil Hunter’ LOTTIE doll which is collaboration with TrowelBlazers, an international team of scientists dedicated to highlighting the contributions of women to archaeology, geology, and palaeontology.Stargazer and Fossil Hunter Lottie dolls will launch in 2015.For more info go to www.lottie.comDDTV: DONEGAL TOYCO ‘ARKLU’ SMASH GENDER STEREOTYPES WITH POWERFUL EVERY GIRL’S A SUPERHERO VIDEO was last modified: December 12th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ARKLUBusinessDDTVEvery Girl’s a SuperheroFeaturesLottie dollsnewsvideolast_img read more