The story is nothing new or surprising. Sally S., assistant manager and in the running to become the regional big boss, had to go on maternity leave for a couple of months. She was in the cusp of a big promotion but, naturally, career has to take a back seat in deference to familial priorities. A temp has been hired to assume her work duties and a leave of absence should be a welcome respite from the grueling 9am to 6pm daily grind. But Sally is far from relaxed. Even with t
For years, electricity in many parts of Samoa — particularly in the countryside — has been problematic. Long blackouts and voltage fluctuations damaged appliances. The supply of electricity was unreliable as well as unaffordable for many.
In recent years, the situation has improved. The power is on longer, rates have come down, and voltage is more consistent.
Sosefina Taulauta, a 37-year-old health worker, has seen a dramatic improvement in the power supply to the Nationa
GENEVA — Failure to provide adequate HIV services for key groups – men who have sex with men, people in prison, people who inject drugs, sex workers and transgender people – threatens global progress on the HIV response, warns WHO.
These people are most at risk of HIV infection yet are least likely to have access to HIV prevention, testing and treatment services. In many countries they are left out of national HIV plans, and discriminatory laws and policies are major barrie
Currently the 12th most populated country in the world with a population expected to reach more than 100 million in 2014, the Philippines has been regarded by the international community as Asia’s next economic miracle. IMF ranks the country’s economy as the 40th largest and is now heralded as among the emerging markets on the planet.
But that’s not how it feels like for majority of the Filipino people — more than a quarter of whom, or over 27 million, live below the povert
In this era of women empowerment, it is hard to imagine that there are still those struggling for recognition. Yet, this is true in the hemophilia community. For decades, doctors and medical practitioners held on to the belief that only males could be affected by hemophilia. This is because hemophilia is generally perceived as a sex-linked disorder. Since males only have one X chromosome while females have two, the defective gene is guaranteed to manifest in any male who car
He grew up not having a first-hand encounter with luxury — at least not anything more luxurious than three square meals a day — but he always knew he's headed to do something bigger than what he's had growing up. Now an accomplished registered nurse in Los Angeles, CA, Mauro V. Sipin has consistently demonstrated selfless efforts to make life a tad better for the children of his hometown Santiago, Ilocos Sur in the Philippines. Mauro reserves a special place in his heart for
The US Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to prohibit the use of certain chemicals that significantly contribute to climate change, an action aimed at reducing greenhouse gases by up to 42 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent by 2020. This action is estimated to reduce greenhouse gases equal to the carbon dioxide emissions from the annual electricity use of more than five million homes. Under the new EPA proposal, certain chemicals where safer, more clim
Write to Empower launches BORN THIS WAY, a celebration of equality through a series of inspiring articles about the failures and triumphs of LGBT individuals with fervent hopes of delivering encouragement to other members of the LGBT community. According to a 2011 Williams Institute review of Census 2000 data, about 3.8 percent of American adults — approximately 9 million — identify themselves being in the LGBT community. Born This Way is a celebration of gender identity, of
Age doesn't matter. This is the statement Filipino nurse Juanita Mejia is unconsciously making in the California health care industry as she remains active in her nursing profession at an age many people consider beyond retirement. At age 73 in 2006, Juanita started working fulltime as a nurse supervisor in a skilled nursing facility in Los Angeles, CA. And she considers an eight-hour shift a day a form of rest, noting that she had consistently held 2-3 jobs up until 2006 whe
Colorado on Wednesday joined Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin to become the 11th state in the U.S. where same-sex marriage ban was overturned but where the ruling was stayed while appeals are in progress. This, even as Boulder, Colo. Clerk Hillary Hall has started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples ever since the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers Colorado, threw out Utah’s same sex marriage ban. G