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War and hunger

The following is a script of « War and Hunger » which aired on Nov. 30, 2014. Scott Pelley is the correspondent. Nicole Young and Katie Kerbstat, producers.

While we’re giving thanks for the feast this weekend let’s not leave out what may be one of the best ideas that America ever had. It’s called the World Food Programme the emergency first responder to hunger anywhere on the globe. The United Nations launched WFP in 1961 at the urging of the United States. government pays the biggest part of the bill as the World Food Programme feeds 80 million people a year. Its greatest challenges come when it confronts war and hunger. And that’s what’s happening today in Syria where you will find heroes of the World Food Programme saving the most vulnerable people in what looked to us like the edge of oblivion.

The map said, « no man’s land. » We plowed the border of Jordan and Syria where the Jordanian military told us we would find war refugees. But considering the wasteland it seemed more likely the map was right who could survive here?

But after several hours we found them, pouring over the land like a flash flood. With three hundred miles behind them, these Syrian families made their final steps through a war that nearly killed them and a desert that could have finished the job. Watch a moment and listen.

Scott Pelley: This berm marks the border between Syria and Jordan. The refugees that we ran into were coming across the top of the berm and turning themselves in to the safety of Jordanian border officers here. More than a million have crossed into Jordan so far during the three year civil war in Syria.

They had been farmers, shopkeepers, adidas superstar office workers. Now they shared one occupation: saving the children with matted hair and faces covered in ten days of misery. We noticed the little ones around Halima. Turns out she’s the mother of nine.

Scott Pelley: Why did you come?

« There’s bombing all around us, » she said, « I’m afraid for my children. But I don’t know what will become of us now. »

Scott Pelley: You don’t know what’s coming next but you know this must be better than where you came from?

She had taken five of her children. Her husband took four by another route. And they hope to find one another. Halima said they managed to save everyone in her family. But as for the fate of others in her town no translation was needed.

Andrew Harper: This is happening every day. Every day we are getting hundreds of people, sometimes up to a thousand people, fleeing the violence, fleeing the deprivation in Syria and coming across into Jordan.

Andrew Harper is in charge in Jordan for the United Nations high commissioner for refugees.

Scott Pelley: What kind of shape are they in when they come at the end of this journey?

Andrew Harper: It’s horrific. We’re seeing children coming across now without any shoes. Often they’ve only got one pair of clothes, some of them are just wearing their pajamas because, when their places were bombed, adidas obuv dámska they had nothing to grab to leave. camp. There was room for everyone on the trucks but no mother would take that chance. They pressed their children in first. Parents had sacrificed all they had to see this moment. And a long dead emotion began to stir. It felt like hope.

Scott Pelley: You know, this war’s been going on for three years. Why are these people still coming now?

Andrew Harper: Because it’s getting worse. I think now more than ever there is absolutely no hope for the future at the moment in Syria.

Part of what has stolen hope inside Syria is hunger. Starvation is a weapon in the war that began as an uprising against the dictator Bashar al Assad. These words read, « kneel or starve. » Signed Assad’s soldiers. All sides are laying siege to communities and cutting off the food. food convoy broke through. The people had eaten the dogs and the cats and were running low on leaves and grass. This girl eventually starved to death, five miles or so from a supermarket.

Ertharin Cousin: Are we willing to lose a generation of children to hunger? To lack of access to medicines? To lack of access to water while we wait until the fighting stops? No. We can’t.

Ertharin Cousin is executive director of the World Food Programme. She’s a former food industry executive from Chicago. donates more than a third of the four billion dollar annual budget.

Ertharin Cousin: The operation in Syria is one of the largest that we have ever operated in WFP. We have over 3,000 trucks supporting 45,000 metric tons of food delivered every month inside Syria.

Scott Pelley: All of that and your people are getting shot at.

Ertharin Cousin: All of that and people are getting shot at. It’s a war zone. It’s a conflict zone. The world doesn’t stop. The war doesn’t stop. The conflict doesn’t end because people need to eat.

The World Food Programme estimates that more than six million Syrians do not know where their next meal is coming from.

Matthew Hollingworth: These are areas where people have nothing. They really do have nothing.

Matthew Hollingworth heads the World Food Programme mission inside Syria. In February, he led an armored column into the city of Homs, which had been sealed off by the dictatorship for 600 days.

Matthew Hollingworth: People were skin and bones. I could lift a grown man because he’d got to about 40 kilos.

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Big shoes to fill

If there is anything genuinely new about the « new nepotism », it may lie in its reinforcement by two great post war phenomena.

The first is the rise and rise of the brand. The theory of brands is that a recognisable name, logo or symbol becomes indicative of known quality and quantity: it expedites purchasing by allowing one to show loyalty to the good; it promotes product improvement by allowing recourse against those who do not deliver. A family name is not dissimilar: while people are not exactly repeatable, a familiar name not only instils confidence, but provides a ready made benchmark for comparison.

The other factor is the decryption of the human double helix. Life before Francis Crick and James Watson cracked the DNA code in 1959 can today be hard to imagine. Consanguinity was understood, family resemblances visible and the inheritance of personal characteristics and idiosyncrasies evident. But the mysteries of how and why were impenetrable.

The classic tale is of the beautiful woman who proposed she bear George Bernard Shaw’s child; with her looks and his brains, a prodigy was predestined. Shaw issued the inevitable rejoinder: « What if it should have my looks and your brains? »

DNA supplemented superstition with science. Indeed, by demonstrating that children were not simply reflections but also compositions of their parents, their parents’ parents and all gone before, genetics added a new layer to nepotism: it became a means of partial self perpetuation, for it is explicitly the « us » in « them » we are rewarding.

Rupert Murdoch’s promotion of James is not merely a gesture of preferment for a loved one; it is an investment in himself and in the quality of his own genetic inheritance. The « new nepotism » is of a piece, in its way, with our modern elevation of « talent » to be a virtue in its own right. To be « good » these days is paltry. To be « talented » is the compliment to which all aspire the mere attribute sometimes seems more important than the ends to which it might be harnessed.

But from where does talent come? Nowadays, it would seem, you can’t be too careful in choosing your parents.

These two forces have aligned with a third: the baby boom. The West is ageing; it is disposing of as much property as it is acquiring, if not more. The entailments of this are seldom fully apprehended. Usually we worry about the burden on social services, the stress on children and the inadequacy of infrastructure. But how our elders choose to dispose of their assets will be no less significant.

Australia, which owes so much to the industriousness of its postwar migrant population, faces one of its greatest generation handovers. More than $600 billion of assets will be inherited in the next 20 years, in the form of property, businesses, superannuation and shares almost a third of household wealth. And where there’s a will, as they say, there’s a relative.

So what makes us squeamish about nepotism? In large part it is because the competing economic ideologies of the past century and a half have been about displacement of the family from the centre of our activities: adidas originals communism supplanted it with the state, seeing it as an obstacle to collectivism and nationalisation, capitalism with the commercial enterprise, judging it inimical to the efficiency of corporate bureaucracy.

And while it’s sexy to talk about nepotism in the creative arts and sport, where nothing arrests devotees of either like an unfamiliar given name prefixing a familiar surname, no unit of association has proven a more successful alternative to the family than the modern industrial corporation.

In the beginning, all enterprise was either individual or family based. It wasn’t until the renaissance innovation of double entry bookkeeping that a man’s commercial and personal lives could be separated and even then, most enterprises rose and fell in a generation. With the rise of the joint stock company and limited liability, however, came the emergence of the salaried manager, who first acted on behalf of families, adidas superstar then on behalf of dispersed groups of shareholders.

Not everywhere did nepotism become a custom that dare not speak its name. Asian business expert Professor Gordon Redding has summarised the spirit of capitalism in China, where the Confucian personal ethic has xiao (filial piety) as its central moral imperative, as follows: « The key feature would appear to be that you trust your family absolutely, your friends and acquaintances to the degree that mutual dependence has been established and face vested in them. With everybody else you make no assumptions about their goodwill. »

Business in the industrial West loves its names too: the Cargills, Fords, Guccis, Sainsburys, Tatas and Nordstroms at their eponymous firms, plus the Waltons at Wal Mart, the Galvins at Motorola, Agnellis at Fiat, Sulzbergers at The New York Times, the Mohns at Bertelsmann.

Of the great business families mentioned, though, only the Cargills, with their sprawling grain empire, remain wholly private. In order to prosper, each of the others has needed to go beyond the family’s resources and seek external capital, in return for which they have had to accept a certain degree of external scrutiny and dilution of control. And where investors have a say, they detest even a hint of nepotism.

Virtually every country has in its stock of lore some variation on the idea that it is easier to accumulate wealth than to retain it, and of the first generation building, the second generation growing and the third generation wasting.

There are few stories, meanwhile, where the annals of business are fuller than those of corporations strangled by family ties, usually built round a patriarch like the one in Ring Lardner’s The Young Immigrunts (sic):  » ‘Are you lost daddy,’ I arsked tenderly. ‘Shut up,’ he explained. »

The originating classic is perhaps the saga of the Vanderbilts: Cornelius built the greatest fortune of his time; son William doubled it; his son Neily was, within 30 years, almost bankrupt. But every era has its favourite cautionary tale, from Wang Laboratories, where founder An Wang alienated first executives and then investors by promoting his incompetent son Fred, to Adelphia Communications, whose founding Rigas family is being prosecuted for using it like a personal slush fund while presiding over $US60 billion ($A83 billion) in losses.

Certainly no one wishes to be seen as nepotistic. Top executives don’t like it: it casts a bit of a shadow on the basis of their own eminence. Many organisations, fearful of the taint, make their objections explicit: Sandy Weill rules Citigroup like an imperial caesar, but was so loath to promote his daughter Jessica Bibliowicz that she finally quit three years ago.

Likewise are securities regulators leery where blood and business mix. One of the first responses to recent corporate malfeasance was to legislate for more independent directors; families whose members form majorities on boards in the US, Europe and Australia have had to go looking for more countervailing outsiders, even when they hold a majority of stock, in order to pass muster.

Nepotism’s detractors, furthermore, even seem to have economists on their side. Sufficient evidence exists to connect economic underperformance with « low trust » countries, where family ties are tighter than social ties, for there to be considered a causal relationship. « Familistic societies have greater difficulty creating large economic institutions, » is Francis Fukuyama’s conclusion in Trust: The Social Virtues and the Creation of Prosperity, « and this constraint on size limits the sectors of the global economy in which such business can operate. » The savants have finally caught up, it seems, with the character in Charles Dickens’s David Copperfield, Mr Micawber: « Accidents will happen, » he believed, « in the best regulated families. »

Yet there is a caveat here; accidents will happen in the best regulated companies too. And as the blessing investors eventually gave James Murdoch’s succession demonstrates, the case against nepotism is not quite so closed as the textbooks maintain.

Nepotism was a feature of several of the celebrated corporate collapses of the past three years. Enron’s Ken Lay was particularly notorious. Four of his five children worked with either Enron or its satellite Azurix; employees were encouraged to send their travel business to a firm half owned by Lay’s sister; the company’s air fleet was known internally as « the Lay family taxi ». Yet with the exception of Adelphia, nepotism tended to be a symptom of corruption rather than a precondition. And compared with many misdeeds, the appointment of an idiot nephew to a soft job that keeps him out of harm’s way seems rather innocuous.

There are, furthermore, forces that tell in nepotism’s favour in a business environment ostensibly hostile to it. These are associated with what economists call « the theory of the firm ». In the classical, vertically integrated, widget making firm, the widget passes seamlessly from one division to the next, being enriched at every step at a price of actual expense plus a little bit. Turnover is essentially underwritten, profit evenly distributed.

But in the average big company of today, with its devolved responsibilities, autonomous divisions, internal rates of return and competition for scarce capital, loyalty tends to be owed to one’s immediate circle, and concentration to fall on near term profit objectives. To the bigger corporate entity, the affiliation is more abstract; to executives in other divisions, the relationship might well be one of rivalry, even antagonism.

To this, there are a variety of countermeasures. Truly outstanding companies instil a sense of the common weal through shared values or superordinate goals. On a more prosaic level, you can try to unite people by paying them a sizeable proportion of their remuneration in stock, whose value reflects all their efforts (regrettably it also reflects a million other exogenous variables over which no one has any control but that’s another story).

For corporations whose management is united by common blood rather than simply by common cause, there is another possibility: one can appeal to a person’s sense of being a family member.

This cuts both ways: there is no impulse of reciprocity quite so profound as that found in a close knit family; equally, no animosity burns so incandescently as that after a close knit family falls out.

Pictures of abandoned disaster zone 25 years since nuclear meltdown

Twenty five years since the world’s worst nuclear accident at the Chernobyl power station, the surrounding settlements are still ghost towns, with thousands of houses abandoned and left to fall into ruin.

Ukraine is today preparing to mark a quarter of a century since the disaster, which endangered hundreds of thousands of lives and contaminated pristine forests and farmland with deadly radiation.

The blast on April 26, 1986, spewed a cloud of radioactive fallout over much of Europe and forced hundreds of thousands from their homes in the most heavily hit areas in Ukraine, Belarus and western Russia.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill will commemorate the victims of the nuclear accident with prayers and candle lighting in Kiev tonight before they travel to the Chernobyl station on Tuesday.

A 19 mile area around the plant has been uninhabited except for occasional plant workers, and several hundred local people who returned to their homes despite official warnings.

Vasily Voznyak, the head of the Soviet government’s Chernobyl department in 1986 1990, told a news conference today that officials were totally unprepared for the accident: ‘Neither the civil defence, nor the station’s management, nor the Soviet party organs in the region were ready for an accident of such a global scale,’ he said in Moscow.

An abandoned furniture shop on Lenin Avenue continues to decay. But over time the benefits have been cut back.

About 2,000 veterans of the Chernobyl clean up rallied in Kiev earlier this month to protest cuts in their benefits and adidas tenisky pensions after Ukraine’s Yanukovich said fulfilling the past promises to Chernobyl workers was ‘beyond the government’s strength’ amid the financial downturn. Chernobyl veterans in Belarus are facing similar cuts.

Japan is struggling to bring the radiation spewing Fukushima Dai ichi nuclear plant under control after last month’s earthquake and tsunami triggered another nuclear disaster.

Earlier this month the Japanese Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency upgraded its rating of the Fukushima crisis to the highest level on the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale, placing it on par with Chernobyl, the only other event to reach the maximum rating of 7 on the INES scale.

However, Evgeny Akimov, a nuclear engineer and the former head of the Chernobyl containment facility, said he is convinced that the scale of the disaster at the Fukushima plant is far smaller since ‘no fuel has been discharged outside the reactor adidas supercolor vessels’.

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The One Minute Guide To Ben Nevis

What: The not so small matter of the highest mountain in Britain, a great behemoth of rock that rises to 4406ft (1344 metres). Admittedly, these statistics look relatively underwhelming when compared to some of the world’s tallest peaks. Mont Blanc, whose top floor ranks as the pinnacle of Europe, climbs to 15,781ft (4810 metres), while Mount Everest is almost seven times loftier than its Scottish sibling, tipping the scales at 29,029 ft (8848 metres). But then, as someone once said, size isn’t everything.

Where: Towards the western edge of the Grampian Mountains and the western edge of the Scottish Highlands. More specifically, the noble old rock towers above the town of Fort William and the pristine waterways of Loch Linnhe and Loch Eil as the sky scraping main attraction of a region dotted with high altitude summits. Britain has eight mountains that break the 4,000ft barrier. All are in Scotland, and a further three of them Car Mor Dearg, Aonach Mor and Aonach Beag lurk within two miles of Ben Nevis.

Why go? Because, unlike Mont Blanc and its cloud troubling ilk, you can make the top without climbing skills. You can even reach the peak in a single day. Granted, you’ll need to set off early, be in reasonably fit condition and happy to spend long hours slogging up and down but you can achieve the summit without ever having to extend yourself beyond a determined walk.

The main route upwards is the ‘Pony Track’, which starts from Achintee, about 1.5 miles east of Fort William, and ferries walkers up the west flank of the mountain. The path maintains a steady, not overly steep gradient for much of the way.

Random fact: John Keats arguably the gold standard poet of the early 19th century Romantic movement climbed Ben Nevis in 1818. He must have enjoyed his stroll, because he wrote a sonnet about his experience when he reached the peak. ‘Read me a lesson, Muse, and speak it loud,’ he wrote, ‘upon the top of Nevis, blind in mist.’ A famously delicate little flower, Keats was dead within three years, meeting his maker courtesy of tuberculosis in 1821. If he can walk up Ben Nevis, anyone can.

Best bit: The summit, which, after all, is the roof of the British Isles. The uppermost portion of the mountain is actually a large plateau, crowned by a cairn that marks the highest point. Your reward, if you make it this far, is a glorious 360 degree view that extends for over 100 miles. On a clear day, adidas e shop you should be able to see Northern Ireland.

Downside: The very real chance that you won’t be blessed with a clear day. The peak of Ben Nevis is frequently hidden in fog. It certainly was on the day John Keats rolled up. His sonnet continues: ‘I look into the chasms and a shroud/ Vapurous doth hide them.’ And ends: ‘All my eye doth meet/ Is mist and crag, not only on this height/But in the world of thought and mental might.’ Never an overly happy bunny, was Keats.

When to go: There’s no time like the present, especially with the dastardly Credit Crunch making a stay at home holiday in the UK a cheap, enticing option. Moreover, a visit in summer dramatically reduces the likelihood of fog at the top which means you shouldn’t have to sit around writing gloomy poetry to pass the time once you get there.

How to get there: Ideally, you should take the scenic route the train. Fort William lies on what is arguably the most picturesque mainline rail link in Britain the West Highland Line, which links Glasgow (Queen Street) to Fort William, before winding and twisting on to Mallaig, at the western lip of the mainland. En route, it passes many a rippling loch, rugged monolith and lonely expanse of heather covered moorland.

If you have time once you have conquered Ben Nevis, it is well worth exploring the West Highland Line further. The highlight, especially for younger rail enthusiasts, is undoubtedly the Glenfinnan Viaduct, about 10 miles west of Fort William the 21 arch bridge famously crossed by the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter movies.

How to Become a Runner

Running is not beyond your reachI have never been an athlete. Growing up, I was painfully awkward and uncoordinated. Any team sport was out of the question. Running, on the other hand, always stirred my interest. The solitary nature of the sport really appealed to me; the runner and the runner alone is responsible for a best time or a worst time. Despite my shifting interest, I never really explored the possibility of actually becoming a runner, until I turned 40. I was holding on to an extra 20 pounds that I couldn’t get rid of. This weight, and the realization that my strong family history of diabetes could soon be turning against me, motivated me to finally get off the couch and take action. Could I actually become a runner? Would I ever have the discipline and endurance to run further than a mile without huffing and puffing? I put these questions to the test, and I am happy to report, to other potential later in life runners, that running is a sport you can really embrace on your own terms.

Find your tribeJoin a running group or club. Do this, even if you are a true introvert and love to exercise alone. Becoming a runner can really test the limits of your fitness and endurance; it can also be quite rewarding if you have good support and camaraderie. In a group that meets regularly, you will often find runners of all ability levels. Some are well matched, but even much faster runners will challenge you to improve your time and distance. Running groups can also be a great resource if you want to eventually enter races. A group may participate in a 5K, a 10K, or even relay races with a team of members, and it can feel much less daunting for a first timer if you spot many familiar faces at the starting line.

Don’t go too far, too fastOne of the most common mistakes for beginning runners? Pushing yourself too hard. It’s very tempting, once you begin to progress and feel that excitement, to skip some steps to get closer to your goal. But this is where self discipline comes in. Following a run walk program, as popularized by former Olympian Jeff Galloway, can really « break you in » to a running program and remain injury free. There are many apps and programs that detail the minutes involved in each running and walking period. You will usually start with very brief running intervals, longer walking breaks, and an extensive cooldown. Gradually, the running periods get longer and closer together, adidas obuv pánska until you work up to a big chunk of running. I used a phone app that guided users to work up to a 5K distance within 8 weeks. This gradual increase helped me to stay injury free while I worked up to those greater distances.

Your shoe choice can either drag you down or propel you forwardI’ve found that finding the perfect pair of running shoes depends on both science and emotional preference. A visit to a dedicated running store and a discussion with a fit specialist will be well worth your while. The specialist will analyze your stride, possibly perform gait analysis testing, and determine whether your arch type figures into the recommended shoe. Even with these expert suggestions, though, you may fall in love with a specific type of shoe that just feels right when you run. For me, it was the Brooks Cadence, which was a very lightweight shoe with some minor stability features. I’m a little overweight and may have benefited from extra cushioning and heft in my shoes, but that is not the type of shoe I chose. I found that the super light, close to the ground, slightly structured feel of my shoes gave me a psychological lift every time I laced them up. So, do your research, but also settle on a shoe you love. Try not to break the bank either, since regular runners should replace those shoes roughly every 4 6 months, depending on your mileage.

Sign up for a race (or several)This was the single most anxiety producing event of my short running life. The idea of registering for a race caused such distress; will I gasp! finish last? Will I look like I don’t belong? Will I be able to pin the number on my shirt correctly? I realize now that these are all common concerns of first timers, but they were not worth obsessing over! I did not finish last in that first race. I managed to pin the number on myself in a presentable way. I ended up not feeling foolish, but quite proud. I think I was one of many first timers in that costume themed 5K. I must say it’s almost impossible to feel self conscious while wearing a silly hot pink cape.

You may find that you need a bit of extra motivation and incentive to keep you moving forward in your running program. A 5K or a 10K on the horizon can do just that. Some offer beautiful scenery, while others provide a fun party atmosphere, but any race can give you the feeling of accomplishment and validation you crave as a new runner. When you’ve laid down all the sweaty effort you can muster on race day, I promise that you will feel like a true runner (no matter your race time).

Every day gets easierThere are countless reasons to love running; it offers so many incredible benefits. Running boosts your overall health, may help you live longer, improves the quality of your sleep and helps you to maintain a healthy weight. Best of all, though, running offers a remarkable perk. There is always another day, another race, another year that you can build upon your progress and always a chance to improve. You can achieve more better race times, longer distance, a more consistent routine. With running, when you put in the effort, you will see the results. That amazing sense of accomplishment is worth the struggle it takes to get there.