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Africa Daily
Is Africa expected to solve Germany's energy problems?

Africa Daily

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2023 18:30


In February 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine, leading to disruptions in the supply of gas across Europe. Germany is now looking to Africa, among other regions, for solutions. Last month, the country's Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck visited South Africa and Namibia, to sign green hydrogen deals worth millions of dollars. Green hydrogen can best be described as a clean energy source that only emits water vapour and leaves no residue in the air, unlike coal. But the deal between Germany and the two nations is raising questions, considering that Africa is having energy problems of its own. Who stands to benefit the most from these negotiations? Africa or Europe? Presenter: Mpho Lakaje Guests: Lungile Mashele, James Mnyupe and Fausi Najjar

Women Offshore Podcast
Rienhold Titus - Thriving in Cultural Complexity, Episode 136

Women Offshore Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2023 28:43


In today's episode, Christine MacMillan has a really interesting conversation with Reinhold Titus about culture and his research on the complexity of culture.   Reinhold Titus, originally from Namibia, has lived in six different countries on three continents and traveled to sixty countries. He is passionate about helping individuals, teams, and organizations Thrive in Cultural Complexity. He speaks, facilitates, trains, coaches, and consults leaders, teams, and organizations on leadership, diversity, and inclusion, and intercultural issues. He has coached hundreds of ex-pat executives and their families moving abroad, designed and led a Global Leadership training program for a Global organization, and spoken to and consulted organizations on developing inclusive organizations. He holds several qualifications in Strategy and the Intercultural field, including a Master's degree in “Global Leadership in Intercultural Contexts.” He enjoys anything related to diverse cultures (people, food), jazz, and scuba diving.Reinhold Titus's website: www.rtcultures.comInvisible Women Book Referenced: https://carolinecriadoperez.com/book/invisible-women/Digital, Diverse, and Divided by David Livermore: https://davidlivermore.com/Have a Listen & SubscribeThe Women Offshore Podcast can also be found on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and most podcast apps. Make sure to subscribe to whatever app you use, so that you don't miss out on future episodes.What did you think of the show?Let us know your thoughts by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts. You can also reach out by sending us an email at hello@womenoffshore.org.

Un Gran Viaje
7 meses por África en una moto de 150 cc, con Joaquin Labayen Motorbread | 132

Un Gran Viaje

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 23, 2023 71:15


En 2017, Joaquín Labayen decidió aparcar una temporada su trabajo de panadero para ir a visitar a un colega a Zanzibar (Tanzania) y desde allí regresar en moto a España. Tras un mes en la isla, se compró una moto india, de 150 cc, por 1.000 dólares y, con la mochila atada al asiento, emprendió una ruta que le llevó a recorrer 20.000 kilómetros por Tanzania, Zambia, Namibia, Angola, República del Congo, Gabón y Camerún, donde acabó abruptamente su aventura. De ese periplo surgió Pole pole, Mzungu, un libro que recoge los textos publicados en su blog Motorbread junto a decenas de fotos y una explicación de por qué el cuaderno de bitácora (y el viaje) acabó abruptamente. Más información: https://bit.ly/joaquinl ¿Te gusta este podcast? ¿Quieres agradecernos el trabajo que hacemos? APOYA ESTE PROGRAMA: conviértete en mecenas en iVoox o Patreon. Más info en: > https://bit.ly/apoyaugv Si sueñas con hacer un gran viaje como este te recomendamos: > Nuestro libro "Cómo preparar un gran viaje": https://bit.ly/librougv Si quieres conocer historias en primera persona de otros viajeros, este evento te gustará: > Jornadas de los grandes viajes: https://bit.ly/jornadasugv

GentleMan Style Podcast-God, Family, Finance, Self
Alex Boylan wants to share the TOP COLLEGES

GentleMan Style Podcast-God, Family, Finance, Self

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 23, 2023 32:57


Watch this interview Live: Click here After winning CBS's The Amazing Race at 23 years old, Alex has gone on to have an amazing career both in front and behind the camera. Above all else, Alex is an adventurer, traveler, and storyteller. He has filmed in every state in America and over 60 countries around the world. He hosted two number #1 shows on PBS 'At The Chef's Table' and 'Animal Attractions', was CBS's 'National Ambassador' for two summers on the 'CBS Buzz Tour', hosted over 100 segments for Travel Channel, was Rachael Ray's sidekick hosting 'Rach to the Rescue' for her syndicated talk show and circumnavigated the world without a penny in his pocket on 'Around The World For Free'. Alex ran the field team for The Steve Harvey Show and was a Supervising Producer on World's Toughest Race. Currently Alex is the Executive Producer and Host of The College Tour. The College Tour is a TV series airing on Amazon Prime telling the story of college campuses across the country and around the world. From academics, housing, sports, career preparation, campus life/location to much more. In this innovative and informative series, each story is told by real students attending the college/university right now. Production Experience: Alex has produced and hosted shows in every state in America and around the world including the following countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Botswana, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Fiji, France, Germany, Guyana, Haiti, Hungary, India, Japan, Kenya, Laos, Mexico, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Romania, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, US Virgin Islands, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe. Partial 'TV' Client List: CBS, CBS Interactive, PBS, Travel Channel, Outside TV, Amazon, iTunes, Lonely Planet, The Rachael Ray Show, The Steve Harvey Show, VH1, Daily Blast Live, Home and Family. Awards: He is an Emmy Nominated Producer, Webby Award Winner, and Adrian Award Winner. Do you or someone you love Not lasting as long as they should in the bedroom?

The Comb
Who is Shebeleza?

The Comb

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2023 26:52


Unmasking online hate: How the courage of a domestic abuse survivor won her an unlikely alliance in the fight against misogyny and gender-based violence in Namibia. Thanks for listening. Let us know what you think. #TheComb Get in touch: thecomb@bbc.com

Shape It Up Over 40 Podcast
The Rollercoaster Of Weight Loss - Weight Loss For Women Over 40

Shape It Up Over 40 Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2023 16:21


The Rollercoaster Of Weight Loss - Weight Loss For Women Over 40 I have some fun things coming up! First if you are LOVING this podcast you are invited to experience this podcast on a whole other level! I have created a Loyal Listener community! Inside this community is your opportunity to ask me questions, private chats about the podcast's topics and access to exclusive events with special guests. Even get a free private call with me!  It is only $5 per month to become part of the Loyal Listener Group. There are 3 levels to joining the Listener Group each with different perks. By joining the Listener Group, you will be supporting this podcast and helping me continue to spread my work to the world and helping people all over the globe! I am sure you aren't checking my podcast stats like I am but weight loss for women over 40 THIS podcast is ranking incredibly high in the US, Canada, Australia, Sweden, Ireland, Great Britain, South Africa, Namibia…countries that I have to look up on a map because I have never heard of them! This podcast is global! So how cool would it be to meet up in the Loyal Listeners Group will people all over the world??? You can join for as little as $5 a month just go to NicoleSimonin.com/patronpodcast and join your loyalty level. Second, in the Spring I am going to be offering some retreats in luxurious places!  On these retreats you will learn 3 key concepts that will change the way you look at weight loss and you will learn tools that you can use immediately to start losing those stubborn pounds. We are going to stay in a fabulous location and we will have fitness and flexibility classes, fun excursions and delicious cuisine! Hang out with me for 3 days…pick my brain, get coached by me and leave feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to become a new up leveled version of you! Only 10 people will be selected to go with me. I will let you know when we are accepting applications. So, stay tuned for more on that!   If you are ready to work together, my group program Lose It For The Last Time is open and right now it is only $197 for lifetime access. This price IS going to go up very soon. Go to NicoleSimonin.com/group to join. If you would like me to sit RIGHT beside you and personally guide you then VIP Private Coaching would the best option for you. You can request a free call with me at NicoleSimonin.com/call and let's get started.    

Mut an der Hand
Mut an der Hand der Podcast - Folge 112 - Teil 2 / Silke Kramer - "Balance"

Mut an der Hand

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2023 27:07


In Folge 112 spreche ich mit Silke Kramer. Silke ist Lehrerin, EmotionsCoach | emTrace®, Coach für Achtsamkeit und Resilienz, Meditationslehrerin und Podcasterin. Wir sprechen unter anderem über: *die Arbeit als Lehrerin. *was Schule benötigt. *ihr Burnout. *wie Sie ihre Balance findet. *ihre Zeit in Namibia, als Sie dort als Lehrerin gearbeitet hat. *uvm. Instagram: @einfachentspanntlernen www.schoolinbalance.de Podcast: "einfach entspannt lernen" Ich hoffe, dass dir diese Folge gefallen hat und du einen Stückchen mutiger geworden bist. Denn du kannst das auch! Habe Mut an der Hand und gehe ins Leben. Deine Nadja Instagram: @nadja.neumann.nrw Introstimme: Henrike Tönnes

Mut an der Hand
Mut an der Hand der Podcast - Folge 112 - Teil 1 / Silke Kramer - "Balance"

Mut an der Hand

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2023 29:07


In Folge 112 spreche ich mit Silke Kramer. Silke ist Lehrerin, EmotionsCoach | emTrace®, Coach für Achtsamkeit und Resilienz, Meditationslehrerin und Podcasterin. Wir sprechen unter anderem über: *die Arbeit als Lehrerin. *was Schule benötigt. *ihr Burnout. *wie Sie ihre Balance findet. *ihre Zeit in Namibia, als Sie dort als Lehrerin gearbeitet hat. *uvm. Instagram: @einfachentspanntlernen www.schoolinbalance.de Podcast: "einfach entspannt lernen" Ich hoffe, dass dir diese Folge gefallen hat und du einen Stückchen mutiger geworden bist. Denn du kannst das auch! Habe Mut an der Hand und gehe ins Leben. Deine Nadja Instagram: @nadja.neumann.nrw Introstimme: Henrike Tönnes

The Black Madonna Speaks
In Search of Sacred Origins: Interview with Sarnia Guiton of Sophia Services

The Black Madonna Speaks

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2023 29:34


Welcome to 2023! So far, it has been quite dramatic, but fear not, good things are coming our way! This week's episode features the planner and leader of the upcoming trip with host Stephanie Georgieff to Namibia in September 2023. In Search of Sacred Origins in Africa: The Golden Heart of the World will take place from September 12 - 25, 2023, and will feature a combination of intimate talks on the subject with author and host of The Black Madonna Speaks, combined with a breathtaking exploration of the natural beauty of Southwestern Africa. At the time of this posting, there are only 4 spaces left for this life changing experience. For information, a complete itinerary and booking form, please visit http://www.sophiaservices.ca/. The interview fills in the gaps, and you can also view a video at The Heart of the Black Madonna Youtube Channel @ https://youtu.be/tly96XAichM I hope to see you in Namibia in September of 2023! #anthroposophy #blackmadonna #Namibia #divinefeminine #sacredfeminine #safari #Africa #wildlife #esotericchristianity #thechristiancommunity --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stephanie-georgieff/support

The Caring Economy with Toby Usnik
Errol Barnett: Award-winning CBS News Anchor

The Caring Economy with Toby Usnik

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2023 28:42


Errol Barnett is an award-winning CBS News anchor and national correspondent based at the network's headquarters in New York City. As the only Black-British broadcaster on American television, he holds a distinct perspective on global events through a reporting career spanning more than two decades and five continents. Barnett appears regularly across all CBS News programs and platforms and has anchored a number of CBS Special Reports. From live coverage of the Supreme Court ruling ending Roe vs. Wade and the death of Queen Elizabeth II to contentious exchanges with Presidents Joe Biden, Donald Trump and the U.S. Secret Service, Barnett regularly presses for answers on the biggest issues of our time from wherever they happen. At noon eastern each Wednesday and Thursday viewers can catch Barnett discussing important developments while anchoring CBS News from Studio 57. He can also be seen filling-in as a co-host on CBS Mornings, CBS Saturday Morning and the CBS Weekend News. Barnett previously anchored “CNN Newsroom” from Atlanta and a midday news-hour from Abu Dhabi, UAE during the network's Peabody Award-winning coverage of the Arab Spring. Among other accolades, Barnett was part of CBS Mornings 2022 Emmy win, and was bestowed an NABJ Salute to Excellence Award as host of CNN's “Inside Africa” while he was based in Johannesburg, South Africa. In the span of two years, Barnett hosted the feature magazine from 22 countries across both hemispheres including Madagascar, Tunisia, Namibia and Senegal. Since first joining CBS in 2016, Barnett covered some of the most important beats from the network's Washington, D.C. bureau. Assigned to the White House on weekends, he was with President Barack Obama during his final overseas trip and questioned President Donald Trump several times on the South Lawn and aboard Air Force One about threats against journalists and other major issues. In the thick of the 2020 presidential campaign, Barnett's interview with then-candidate and Vice President Joe Biden regarding cognition was widely cited. More recently as a transportation correspondent, Barnett regularly interviewed Secretary Pete Buttigeig and trekked to transit hubs across the country revealing the coronavirus pandemic's upheaval of the airline industry and supply chains. Intrepid field reporting in challenging conditions is evident through Barnett's coverage of Hurricane Dorian. He was the only network journalist to fly with Hurricane Hunters through the category five storm as it stalled over the Bahamas. Revealing the impact of climate change, he reported extensively from Grand Bahama Island, his crew also without electricity or running water, documenting the survivors and aftermath. Barnett began his journalism career at age 18 after being hired in Los Angeles as Channel One News' youngest anchor and reporter. Barnett covered the 9/11 terrorist attacks, then-Senator Barack Obama's first national speech, interviewed Congressman John Lewis and detailed the New England heroin epidemic. While studying at UCLA, Barnett earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science with a focus on international relations. Born and raised in England, Barnett is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors, SAG/AFTRA, the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists. He lives in New York with his wife and dog. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/toby-usnik/support

MedicalMissions.com Podcast
Finding Your Best-fit Sending Agency (The top 10 Questions to Ask)

MedicalMissions.com Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2023


In this session, you'll learn the most important questions to ask when considering a potential mission sending organization. Find your best fit by attending this seminar!

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Zero Quit Podcast
Racing The Planet | Jeff Pelletier

Zero Quit Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2023 68:21


Jeff Pelletier is an ultra runner and filmmaker based in Vancouver, BC, Canada. He has traveled the world racing in a wide variety of countries including Namibia, Italy, France, Sweden, and more secluded locations. He films nearly every race or adventure and releases captivating films on his YouTube channel. TIMECODES: (1:47) - Racing On The Azores (5:18) - Exploring The World Through Running (9:28) - First DQ & Race Conditions (12:54) - Focusing On Your Best Vs. Perfection (14:30) - Tips For Racing Overseas (18:26) - How To Avoid Food Poisoning (21:21) - Advice for Planning A Race Season (27:14) - Producing The 'Running Namibia' Series (32:01) - Running With A 14-18 lb Pack (35:53) - The Story of Vladmi Dos Santos (39:05) - How Running Forces You To Unplug (40:04) - Balancing Work Life & Creative Passions (44:40) - Perspective of Abundance (45:59) - Equipment for Filming Races (48:25) - How To Tell A Story Through Film (55:27) - Strength Training For Runners = (1:03:00) - Future Plans For More: Support the Podcast Follow Brock's Instagram Follow Brock's YouTube Follow Jeff's YouTube Follow Jeff's Instagram --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/zero-quit-podcast/support

hr2 Der Tag
Laue Nächte statt graue Tage - Homeoffice in der Finca

hr2 Der Tag

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2023 52:55


Sommer, Sonne und Temperaturen um die 20 Grad statt grauem Himmel und Nieselregen. Klingt verlockend ….? Dann geht es Ihnen wie vielen Deutschen. Und immer mehr träumen nicht nur davon, sondern setzen es auch in die Tat um. Seit durch die Corona-Pandemie mobiles Arbeiten normal geworden ist, zieht es immer mehr Menschen in den Süden, um ihren Job von dort aus zu machen. Workation nennt sich das, also die Verbindung von "work" und "vacation", also Arbeit und Urlaub. Und seit die Energiepreise immer mehr in die Höhe schnellen, zieht es auch mehr Menschen als sonst einfach zum Überwintern in den Süden - um so vielleicht Heizkosten zu sparen. Aber ist das tatsächlich eine gute Alternative? Trägt es zur Energieersparnis bei? Wie vielen Arbeitnehmern ist es überhaupt möglich, ihren Arbeitsplatz in den Süden zu verlegen? Und ließen sich durch dieses neue Phänomen gar Probleme auf dem Arbeitsmarkt wie der Fachkräftemangel lösen? Oder sorgt es eher für neue Probleme? Wir sprechen darüber mit einer Organisatorin von Co-Working-Spaces auf Mallorca, dem Reiseexperten Prof. Christian Buer von der Hochschule Heilbronn und dem Arbeitsmarktforscher Prof. Stefan Sell von der Hochschule Koblenz.

Africa Today
Nigeria: 30 train passengers abducted

Africa Today

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2023 24:12


In Nigeria, 30 train passengers have been abducted in Edo state, with police hunting for the perpetrators. Insecurity is a huge problem in many parts of the country, and a key concern for voters ahead of next month's general elections. Plus, after a peace deal ended the civil war and as essential services begin to be restored, young Tigrayans say they're being blocked from flying to Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. And we have a special report from Namibia, where the government decriminalised baby abandonment three years ago, and now wants to relaunch the campaign.

Simple English News Daily
Monday 9th January 2023. World News. Today: Brazil congress stormed. US 6 year old shooter. Mexico cartel violence. Iran executions. Ukraine

Simple English News Daily

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 8, 2023 8:48


World News in 7 minutes. Monday 9th January 2023.Support us and read the transcripts at send7.org/transcriptsToday: Brazil congress stormed. US 6 year old shooter. Mexico cartel violence. Iran executions. Benin election. Cote d'Ivoire celebrations. Senegal mourning. Kenya gay murder. China opens. Ukraine Russia claim. France wine fraud. Netherlands Nazi treasure hunters.Please leave a rating on Apple podcasts or Spotify.With Stephen Devincenzi.Contact us at podcast@send7.org or send an audio message at speakpipe.com/send7If you enjoy the podcast please help to support us at send7.org/supportSEND7 (Simple English News Daily in 7 minutes) tells the most important world news stories in intermediate English. Every day, listen to the most important stories from every part of the world in slow, clear English. Whether you are an intermediate learner trying to improve your advanced, technical and business English, or if you are a native speaker who just wants to hear a summary of world news as fast as possible, join Stephen Devincenzi, Namitha Ragunath and Juliet Martin every morning. Transcripts can be found at send7.org/transcripts. Simple English News Daily is the perfect way to start your day, by practising your listening skills and understanding complicated stories in a simple way. It is also highly valuable for IELTS and TOEFL students. Students, teachers, and people with English as a second language, tell us that they listen to SEND7 because they can learn English through hard topics, but simple grammar. We believe that the best way to improve your spoken English is to immerse yourself in real-life content, such as what our podcast provides. SEND7 covers all news including politics, business, natural events and human rights. Whether it is happening in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Americas or Oceania, you will hear it on SEND7, and you will understand it. For more information visit send7.org/contact

Interplace
This is Your Brain on English

Interplace

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2023 15:48


Hello Interactors,Happy 2023! Today we launch into a season on topics related to human behavior. So much of how we interact with people and place comes down to language. It shapes how we communicate with one another, but how much does language shape our behavior? And if one language dominates, how much does that domination shape our global society?  As interactors, you're special individuals self-selected to be a part of an evolutionary journey. You're also members of an attentive community so I welcome your participation.Please leave your comments below or email me directly.Now let's go…DO YOU SPEAK ENGLISH?Last week I caught up with a friend of mine who left Microsoft soon after I did. He was a technology executive and is now pursuing a degree at Cambridge on ethics in artificial intelligence (AI). His coursework is very different from his engineering past and Taiwanese education. Fewer numbers, more words. He is reading multiple philosophy papers a week, sometimes 30 pages long. He must then write his own analytical essays. Predictably, these papers he is reading are written in English – his second language.It can be challenging enough to read philosophy in a native language. When he encounters a word, he doesn't understand, he often consults his Chinese dictionary to better understand the concept. But then when he compares that definition to the English dictionary definition, the meaning is sometimes different. The philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein once wrote, “Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.”For my bi-lingual friend for whom English is his second language, it seems the language is the battle against intelligence by means of the bewitchment of philosophy.This is an increasingly common phenomenon around the world as English is the dominant language of higher education. An estimated one in six people on this planet speak some form of English. While seemingly small, it is the largest population to speak a common language in the history of our species. Still, with over 7000 different languages spoken around the world language diversity dominates.In the United States 80% of households speak English only at home. Those homes are likely to remain monolinguistic. But as immigrant populations in America grow and Indigenous languages resurface the number of bilingual or multilingual households is expected to increase. When the first wave of immigrants came to America in the late 1800s, many children were encouraged to drop their native language in favor of English. My American born Italian father-in-law was discouraged to speak Italian and thus never learned it. Meanwhile, the cost of learning English was too great for his mother, so she was discouraged to learn English. They never shared a richly common language.Even though the United States has never declared English the official language, it is often assumed. As a result, there exists not only a monolingual bias, but an English bias. Given the last two global trotting colonizing superpowers have English as the dominant language, it follows the English language dominates. As a result, schools, including higher education replete with international bilingual diversity, is also dominated by the English language and all that comes with it. That includes the branches of the field of cognitive science intent on understanding how language affects how the brain works.It was my father-in-law's strict dad that insisted he speak English only. His attitude was ‘you're an American, so you're speaking English.' It was common for immigrant parents during these times to attempt to erase their past in hopes of appearing more ‘American'. But this attitude may have been buoyed by a long-held belief there exists a cognitive cost of switching between two or more languages. A belief that was surely substantiated by the high cost of learning a second language proficiently. It seems advantageous to just pick one and stick with it. And for many of those early immigrant children in America, that choice would have been English.But I'm reminded of another friend who grew up in Malaysia learning English and Malay while speaking her native cultural language and English at home. Malaysia's population is a blend of Malay, Chinese, and Indian descendants, and the informal language, Manglish, blends words from English, Chinese, and Tamil. She is so comfortable jumping between these languages that when she and her sister talk, they sometimes use words from multiple languages in a single sentence. For her, there is no cognitive cost in switching. In fact, she may even benefit from using many languages at once.YES, UH-HA, I AGREESome research in cognitive science points to a ‘bilingual advantage'. Multi-lingual speakers showed a greater “ability to plan, focus, and execute a wide array of tasks' compared to single language speakers and the effect was pronounced among older adults. As a result, replicated studies show performance varies greatly depending on the task, age, language experience, and frequency of switching languages. Still, as cognitive research increases in parts of the world where bilingualism is more common, more is sure to be learned.The bulk of knowledge in cognitive science comes from studying WEIRD people. They are predominantly White, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic. The ‘E' could just as well stand for ‘English-speaking'. The discipline is dominated by English-speaking researchers, studying a sliver of the English-speaking population, writing papers in English, and in countries that that are culturally Anglocentric. This flaw has been recognized for nearly a decade. But increasingly more research uses diverse sample populations, in more diverse locations, and is conducted by less Anglocentric researchers who use English as a second language.In 2022, a group of scholars published a paper investigating how over-reliance on English may hinder cognitive science. It included a chart that illustrates a sampling of differences emerging from these more diverse studies. It shows how aspects of the written and spoken English language differ culturally, linguistically, and cognitively from certain other languages. For example, English speakers tend to frequently rely on words of gratitude to maintain healthy social relations. One study revealed English speakers were four times more likely to say ‘thank you' than other languages. A language in Ecuador, Cha'palaa, doesn't even have a word for ‘thank you'. Even ‘please' is avoided without conflict. Thirsty? ‘Give me water' is sufficient and considered polite.Conversely, languages other than English tend to use words more frequently that promote and sustain social cohesion. One of the more extreme versions of this is Japanese where attention to social behavior is more closely monitored by all members of society. During conversation, the person whose ‘turn' it is to speak is listening and looking for short affirmative confirmation, like ‘yes', ‘uh-huh', or head nods without losing their ‘turn'. Meanwhile the listener is listening and watching for breaks in phrasing to offer forms of affirmative confirmation. Linguists call this ‘back-channeling' and can be found in cultures rich in social cohesion. Perhaps the English language and the American egocentric culture isn't helping to heal our societal divisions.The ordering of words in Japanese versus English has cognitive implications too. All languages have a linguistic ‘head' that determines certain properties of a phrase. The Japanese language puts the head at the end of a phrase while English puts it at the beginning. This has implications for differences in working memory between Japanese and English speakers. When recalling a sequence of figures, like numbers, objects, plants, or animals, Japanese speakers have higher precision on the last item in the list and English speakers the first.Cognitive differences in ordering arrangements can extend beyond listed figures to spatial reasoning. For example, English speakers use their own relational viewpoint as a frame of reference when describing spatial locations, like ‘left' or ‘right'. In contrast, certain native languages in Australia and Namibia use cardinal directions like ‘west' or ‘east'. These differences in linguistic encoding are shown to influence learning of spatial configurations, search and find tasks, and tracking moving objects. Again, the apparent egocentrism of English speakers is seemingly creeping into even how we see ourselves in the world.  ADVERSITY TO DIVERSITYThe 'left-right' bias shows up not only in space, but also time. English speakers typically think of a timeline as going from left to right. This ‘left-to-right' bias can be attributed to many factors, including the ordering of words in a sentence or a math equation. Solving a math problem or writing a sentence in English involves ‘starting' on the left and over time ‘ending' up on the right. Those taught to read and write or do math in English or similar languages thus have a linguistic coding in the brain that associates the past with the ‘left' and the future with the ‘right'. But those who have not been exposed to these encodings have no such associations. And given there are 7000 languages spoken in the world, that accounts for a lot of humans. As more humans gain access to the internet, more and more of these languages and cultures will be exposed to the 1.2 billion internet users speaking English. The fastest growing languages online are Chinese (0.9 billion), Spanish (0.4 billion), and Arabic (0.2 billion). More people in America speak Spanish than all of Spain.Given this growing linguistic diversity, these researchers conclude cognitive science is not doing nearly enough “to live up to its original mission of developing an interdisciplinary exploration of ‘the mind'”. They say English language dominance may be the field's “original sin” and call for a commitment “to research that seeks to systematically explore, generalize, and falsify our models of human cognition by exploring non-English-speaking peoples and societies.”As we enter a new year, English speaking students, like my continuing adult education friend, will be returning to classes and campuses dominated by the English language. Others will be drawing that timeline planning the next quarter. Many spent this holiday season exchanging in culturally supported niceties perpetuated by language. Santa only delivered the presents if the child had been saying ‘please' and ‘thank you' all year. We will spend the next year looking to do the same as we all struggle to keep those new year's resolutions.The words ‘spent' and ‘spend' bring up another peculiarity of English – tenses. It turns out those living in countries using languages that don't have an obligatory future tense like English may be better at keeping their resolutions. They tend to smoke less, practice safer sex, and are less obese. And, hey, tax time is also just around the corner in the United States. It turns out those not obliged to use future tense in their language also save more.But these researchers admit these studies deserve scrutiny. There is much debate about how culture and history shape language and how language shapes culture and history. Teasing out language from cognition and culture will continue to confound scholars, researchers, and practitioners. However, advances in neuroscience and brain imaging together with increased diversity of research subjects, locations, and researchers are sure to yield more practicable results. These tools didn't exist at the onset of the study of language.In 1863, the linguist Wilhelm von Humboldt, and brother of the more famous naturalist Alexander von Humboldt, wrote three volumes on comparative linguistics after studying the Kawi language of Java. He noted then there “resides in every language a characteristic worldview.” One day we may be able to discern just what elements of worldview cognition are common to all human brains – and the brains of other animals – regardless of language and culture.Until then, this is all that is left to write for today. In English. While my sentences have flowed from left to right, the beginning is at the top and the end is here at the bottom. I wish to ‘thank you' for reading or listening and invite you to ‘please' click ‘like' or leave a nice comment. If you feel so obliged. It's been my ‘turn' to speak, now it's yours. This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit interplace.io

MedicalMissions.com Podcast
Treatment of Worms and Other Parasitic Diseases

MedicalMissions.com Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2023


This session will be a quick review of common treatments for worms, Chagas disease, Human African Trypanosomiasis and leishmaniasis which are all parasites more common outside of the United States. However with a recent increase in immigrants they are becoming more common in some parts of the United States. The brief discussion of the treatment of each of these infections will include medications, dosing, side effects and monitoring.

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In Support of Families
Our Commitment to the Women of the World

In Support of Families

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2023 23:47


Zita Iwuoha has lived and worked as a Sister, Nurse and a Midwife in different countries such as Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Namibia, Angola, Ireland, England and the United States of America.  She is passionate about maternal and child health and founded a nonprofit that focuses on ensuring care for women and future generations.  She shares her expertise in strengthening families by caring for mothers and babies.Learn more about her nonprofit, Zita's Healthy Beginnings.

Hintergrund - Deutschlandfunk
Deutschland und Namibia: Warum das Versöhnungsabkommen umstritten bleibt

Hintergrund - Deutschlandfunk

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2023 18:47


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