European Space Agency ESA: SENTINEL-2B, SOON TO BE LAUNCHED |World’s largest Environmental Monitoring Programme

The preparations of a new Copernicus Earth observation satellite, Sentinel-2B, are finished and the satellite will soon be carried into orbit by ESA’s own lightweight launcher Vega, departing from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou. Sentinel-2B is set to play a key role in the Copernicus programme, the world’s largest environmental monitoring programme which is headed by…

‘At once silent and eloquent’: a glimpse of Pakistani visual poetry — By Durriya Kazi on The Conversation com |There are 600,000 commercial vehicles, which include buses, trucks and three wheelers and most of these vehicles carry writings

Rather than the ghazal couplet seen on trucks and buses, rickshaws have boldly written enigmatic poetic phrases such as Kaash (if only), Bikhray Moti (strewn pearls) zakhmi parinda (wounded bird) akhri goli (the last bullet). Sometimes a rickshaw simply carries the name of a beloved daughter or a Sufi saint. Rickshaw poetry in Pakistan. D.Kazi,…

Introduction to Interfaith Leadership — By Dominican University and Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) | The eight-lesson curriculum are completely free to download

Dominican University and Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) have built an eight-lesson curriculum exploring the fundamentals of Interfaith Leadership through generous funding from the Henry Luce Foundation. The world today requires interfaith leaders, and this course offers a comprehensive and academically rigorous examination of this concept. Frequently Asked Questions What will my students learn through the…

Europe’s Largest Pension Funds Heavily Invested in Illegal Israeli Settlements — DanWatch,Denmark |Five largest pension funds have €7.5 billion invested in companies…

Europe’s five largest pension funds have €7.5 billion invested in companies with business activities in and around illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. This is at odds with United Nations guidelines, clear warnings from 18 European countries, and undermines the two-state solution, experts warn. Israeli soldiers stand guard near the Israeli settlement of Beitar…

In the rubble, Aleppo’s citizens work to save battered heritage — Jordan Times Com |Aga Khan Development Network’s cultural arm is also looking at possible rehabilitation of the area

The Aga Khan Development Network’s cultural arm, which was behind a multimillion dollar restoration and urban development project around the Citadel and nearby souks a decade ago, said it was also looking at possible rehabilitation of the area. A view shows a damaged dome of a mosque in the Old City of Aleppo, Syria, January…

United Kingdom:″Songs and Stories for Syrians″- Bridging the cultural gap — By Marcia Lynx Qualey on Qantara de

This February, a community centre in south-western England hosted a pioneering ″Songs and Stories for Syrians″: a weekend of art, literature and music not only for the enjoyment of Syria′s youngest refugees, but also for the English children who will live and learn alongside them. Marcia Lynx Qualey has the details https://player.vimeo.com/video/97304010 The weekend′s events,…

New energy for Uganda and Rwanda— Deutschland de | Germany’s KfW Bank is one of the lender to AKDN’s 900 Million Bujagali Hydro Project | Videos

A reliable supply of water and electricity cannot be taken for granted in East Africa. Germany is committed to changing this. © dpa – Bujagali Wasserkraftwerk, Ugandas Nilkraftwerk Gregory Tayi is proud of what he has achieved. He is the first private entrepreneur to build a small-scale hydroelectric power station in Rwanda. Ever since, the…

931 of the 1,260 National Assembly Vote for Frank-Walter Steinmeier as President of Germany | He called Germany "an anchor for hope," saying that the country should take on responsibility and serve as a role model for other countries

German special assembly elects Frank-Walter Steinmeier as president — Deutsche Welle de The former foreign minister has been chosen to become the 12th president of Germany. Steinmeier will take office on March 18. A special 1,260-member assembly on Sunday confirmed general expectations and elected Steinmeier as the new ceremonial head of state of the German…

“Francis Kéréless is more in African way” — On the Bukiana Faso Architech, the winner of Aga Khan award at Goethe de by Frank Kaltenbach

(About the Author: Frank Kaltenbach is an architect and editor of the international architecture journal “Detail” in Munich. He teaches architecture and the history of design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich.) Translation: Edith C. Watts Copyright: Text: Goethe-Institut, Frank Kaltenbach. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution – Share Alike…

Germany: Martin Schulz to challenge Merkel, Steinmeier preparing for Federal President and Sigmar Gabriel became Foreign Minister | Watch Videos

Candidate Schulz: Can Merkel be beaten? | Quadriga Germany’s Social Democrats are sending Martin Schulz to do battle with Angela Merkel in September’s election. Does he stand a chance? Guests: Ulrike Guérot (European Democracy Lab), Alan Posener (Die Welt) and Derek Scally (Irish Times). German President Gauck holds final address | DW News  Germany appoints…