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Footage has emerged from deep inside the mysterious crater that has suddenly appeared in Siberia.The crater on the Yamal Peninsula escort bayan – known as the end of the world to locals – was caused by aliens, a meteorite, a stray missile, or an explosive gas cocktail released due to global warming, according to theories last week.Russian scientists recently returned from the first expedition to look inside the giant hole which was previously spotted by helicopter.Scroll down for video
Footage from inside the crater showed that there is a lake at its base
Their footage highlights a darkening around the rim which was earlier seen as evidence of heat possibly from an explosion during the craters creation.They found the crater – around up to 300ft (70 metres) deep – has an icy lake at its bottom, and water is cascading down its eroding permafrost walls, said The Siberian Times.
 
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‘It is not as wide as aerial estimates which earlier suggested between 164ft and 328ft (50 and 100 metres).’Andrey Plekhanov, senior researcher at the Russian Scientific Centre of Arctic Research, revealed that satellite mapping imagery is being used to establish when the phenomenon was formed, thought to be in the last year or two.

This giant crater measuring around 262ft and found in far northern
Siberia is believed to have been caused by rising temperatures in the
area – not a meteorite
Andrei Plekhanov, a senior researcher at the Scientific Research Center
of the Arctic, who travelled to investigate the crater, said there were no traces of an
explosion
The discovery eliminates the possibility that a meteorite had struck the
region in the Yamal Peninsula – the name of which translates as the
end of the world
Mr Plekhanov said the enormous crater appears to be made up of 80 per cent ice which adds to the theory that it was caused by the effects of global warming
The darkening around the inner rim of the crater also indicates severe burning which scorched the craters edges, researchers said
The darkening around the inner rim of the crater indicates severe burning that scorched its edges
THE MAIN THEORIES SO FAR
One of the more popular theories is that the giant hole was caused by a phenomenon known as a pingo.
This is a subsurface accumulation of ice that has been covered by land.
When the ice melts it can leave behind a gaping hole that it once filled.
The other favoured theory is that the hole was caused by an explosion of methane underground.
The
Yamal Peninsula is rich in natural gas, with its resources extensively
tapped by Russia, and a mixture of water, salt and gas could result in
an explosion.
The other theory is that it was caused by a meteorite, but most experts have ruled this possibility out as the phenomenon does not resemble normal impact craters.The crater has more of an oval than a circular shape, it makes it harder to calculate the exact diameter, he said.As of now our estimates is about 98ft (30 metres). If we try to measure diameter together with soil emission, the so-called parapet, then the diameter is up to 197ft (60 metres).The structure is so fragile that the scientists could not climb deep into the lake and had to send a camera down instead.One theory is that the feature is a ‘pingo,’ reports the Sunday Morning Herald.A pingo is a large chunk of ice that is located underground that can create a hole in the ground when it melts.
‘Certainly
from the images I’ve seen it looks like a periglacial feature, perhaps a
collapsed pingo,’ Dr Chris Fogwill of the University of New South Wales
said.
‘This
is obviously a very extreme version of that, and if there’s been any
interaction with the gas in the area, that is a question that could only
be answered by going there.’
Dr Plekhanov added the hole was most likely the result of a build-up of excessive pressure underground, due to the regions changing temperatures.He said
80 per cent of the crater appeared to be made up of ice and that there
were no traces of an explosion.
The discovery eliminates the possibility that a
meteorite had struck the region.Could it be linked to the global warming? Well, we have to continue our
research to answer this question, said Dr Plekhanov.
Two previous summers – years 2012 and 2013 were relatively hot for Yamal, perhaps this has somehow influenced the formation of the crater.

Perma frost is seen near the hole in this photo. Some said the hole could have been formed by a meteorite striking the spot, but that no longer seems to be the case
Scientists working at the site measure some of the soil and debris around the crater
Until the expedition took place, shown, scientists had been baffled by the appearance of the giant hole
Thanks to their readings (shown) the team now believes the cause was increasing temperatures
Its not yet known if this event, which scorched the ground nearby (shown), could occur again in the area
Very remote: The crater has appeared in Yamal – a large peninsula jutting into Arctic waters, which is Russias main production area for gas supplied to Europe 
The Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Region is area known for its permafrost and pingos
The mysterious hole is in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Region, some 20 miles from the Bovanenkovo gas field
The predominant theory so far is that the feature is a pingo. This is a large chunk of ice that is located underground that can create a hole in the ground when it melts
But we have to do our tests and research first and then say it more definitively.After the hole was discovered, there was speculation online about the crater indicating the arrival of a UFO craft.Ruling out extra-terrestrial intervention, Dr Plekhanov said: We can say for sure that under the influence of internal processes there was an ejection in the permafrost.I want to stress that was not an explosion, but an ejection, so there was no heat released as it happened.
The latest expedition organised by the Yamal authorities included experts from Russias Centre for the Study of the Arctic, and also the Cryosphere Institute of the Academy of Sciences.
They took samples of soil, air and water from the scene and were accompanied by a specialist from Russias Emergencies Ministry.Anna Kurchatova from the Sub-Arctic
Scientific Research Centre, previously said the crater was formed by a mixture of
water, salt and gas igniting an underground explosion, a result of
global warming.Gas accumulated in ice could have mixed with sand beneath the surface, and then mixed with salt.
Global
warming may have caused an alarming melt in the under-soil ice,
released gas and causing an effect like the popping of a Champagne
bottle cork, Ms Kurchatova suggests.Yamal, a large peninsula jutting into Arctic waters, is Russias main production area for gas supplied to Europe. 
Dr Plekhanov said: Ive never seen anything like this, even though I have been to Yamal many times.
The crater is different from others on Yamal. The experts say the phenomenon maybe a restarting of a process not seen for 8,000 years when the lake-pocked Yamal landscape was formed on what was once a sea.This maybe repeating nowadays, he said. If this theory is confirmed, we can say that we have witnessed a unique natural process that formed the unusual landscape of Yamal peninsula.

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Scientists are seen here on the way to the crater during their expedition
Shown is a piece of soil that was ejected out of the crater
Here can be seen permafrost, soil below the freezing point of water, near the crater
The edge of the terrifyingly large crater is seen here
A bird is seen here on top of the craters wall
The Yamal crater is visible in this aerial view
Another aerial view shows how out of place the hole looks in the environment
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Heatherwick is hoping to renew the UAE capitals pride of place. His weapon of choice? A cracked, underground park that embraces both the natural aesthetic and flora indigenous to the land.
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There can be a mentality that can easily exist here that sees the desert as a surface to be covered up, instead of maybe celebrating its uniqueness, says Heatherwick, who recently unveiled plans for proposed 1.3-million-square-foot Al Fayah Park.
On the outside, the public space will resemble a 65-feet high mound of parched earth.
Heatherwick imagines it as a space where residents will congregate to picnic, or catch an outdoor concert.
Underneath the dome (which is really a patchwork of canopies held up by several columns) will live lush gardens (including date palms and a community vegetable patch), streams and pools, cafes, and a public library.
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The amazing thing about living in a city, in a place where people live in close proximity to each other, are those times when you want to see your fellow citizens, when you want to be amongst them and have your mind move forward, Heatherwick notes.
An alternative to shopping malls.
Unlike in London, where you can go for a walk down the street, the extreme climate in Abu Dhabi limits your options. That kind of socializing tends to happen mainly in shopping malls, explains Heatherwick.
Al Fayah Park, he hopes, will be offer the citys residents a viable alternative. The domed park will also give the otherwise flat city an undulating quality.
Its almost two stories in the middle. Its almost like Abu Dhabis first hill, he says.
To reduce the nations carbon footprint, Heatherwick has also opted to mix concrete from desert sand, eliminating the need to rely on imports. Furthermore, the shade provided by the rooftop will also reduce the amount of desalinated water needed to irrigate the plants underneath by restricting evaporation.
The partial shade will mean we can use half the quantity of water that the current site used, and create more lushness in the process, he says.
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Heatherwick is hoping to renew the UAE capitals pride of place. His weapon of choice? A cracked, underground park that embraces both the natural aesthetic and flora indigenous to the land.
An artists impression of Heatherwicks design.
There can be a mentality that can easily exist here that sees the desert as a surface to be covered up, instead of maybe celebrating its uniqueness, says Heatherwick, who recently unveiled plans for proposed 1.3-million-square-foot Al Fayah Park.
On the outside, the public space will resemble a 65-feet high mound of parched earth.
Heatherwick imagines it as a space where residents will congregate to picnic, or catch an outdoor concert.
Underneath the dome (which is really a patchwork of canopies held up by several columns) will live lush gardens (including date palms and a community vegetable patch), streams and pools, cafes, and a public library.
Dubai Mall attracts 75 million people a year
Dubai Malls famous fountain show
The amazing thing about living in a city, in a place where people live in close proximity to each other, are those times when you want to see your fellow citizens, when you want to be amongst them and have your mind move forward, Heatherwick notes.
An alternative to shopping malls.
Unlike in London, where you can go for a walk down the street, the extreme climate in Abu Dhabi limits your options. That kind of socializing tends to happen mainly in shopping malls, explains Heatherwick.
Al Fayah Park, he hopes, will be offer the citys residents a viable alternative. The domed park will also give the otherwise flat city an undulating quality.
Its almost two stories in the middle. Its almost like Abu Dhabis first hill, he says.
To reduce the nations carbon footprint, Heatherwick has also opted to mix concrete from desert sand, eliminating the need to rely on imports. Furthermore, the shade provided by the rooftop will also reduce the amount of desalinated water needed to irrigate the plants underneath by restricting evaporation.
The partial shade will mean we can use half the quantity of water that the current site used, and create more lushness in the process, he says.
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This desire to do more online has also caused a corresponding growth in fraud and personal risk. Take for example one recent victim of identity fraud who lost nearly $10,000 after fraudulent PayPal accounts were used to buy his bitcoins off eBay. Or consider that most businesses consider fraud-related losses of 5-8% as an accepted cost of doing business online.
A lack of trust, control and traceability are at the root of this fraud with more than $3.5 trillion lost each year to financial crimes globally. In the U.S. alone, identity theft results in more than $21 billion in annual losses affecting over 12 million consumers. And in the United Kingdom, there is one instance of fraud or identity related theft every two minutes. Thats at least one more victim by the time you finish reading this article.
Unfortunately, as we continue to move more of our spending online and even adopt new virtual currencies, these rates of fraud and the number of fraudsters will only increase. So how do we combat this growing crisis? We must build a layer of trust throughout the Internet that restores the confidence, protection and control consumers need and deserve.
Consumers must be confident in the system without being asked to share too much.
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This is an issue being addressed by many governments and industry bodies such as NSTIC in the U.S., the UK ID Assurance Program and Trust in Digital Life in Europe.
As they seek a successful standard and invest in new technologies, they must find a way to quickly and easily prove real identities at all times without putting consumer information at risk. Consumers must also be confident in the system without being asked to share too much in order to meet this high standard of trust.
It should be obvious that this goes beyond just filling in your name, date of birth and address. The Internet has shifted from its early origins in anonymity to an environment now filled with our personal information via our social accounts or more drastic occurrences like the recent breaches at Target, LinkedIn and hundreds of others.
This basic information is now readily available online and no longer provides a degree of security or verification. So we cannot reverse this course and suddenly eliminate this personal information — nor would we want to — but we can protect it.
I believe the best way to build a better identity system is to separate our identity from our personal information online. This will protect consumers from impersonation and account takeover. Consumers need a single, trusted identity that includes and gives them control over their own personal information but is verified separately and protected behind multiple layers of security. It is the equivalent of checking someones passport or ID in the physical world — but happens purely online and in just seconds.
We are on the verge of solving todays online identity crisis.
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This single, trusted identity can then be used easily and conveniently however they choose, but without sharing additional information or exposing them to fraud. By using a consumer-driven identity, we can both empower individuals and enable businesses.
The result will be more and greater online engagement and transactions in healthcare, banking, investing, and social interactions without the fraud or dropout rates that plague much of the industry today.
We are on the verge of solving todays online identity crisis, and the result will make significant progress towards saving the world $3.5 trillion in fraud every year. The first step is for business and industry to embrace the need and deploy identity requirements.
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(CNN) — Russias stand off with Ukraine might be spilling over into the sporting arena with the idea floated for Fabio Capellos team to be barred from contesting Junes World Cup, but the UEFA president believes this would be a travesty for the players who worked so hard to qualify for the finals in Brazil.
Ukrainian officials and Western diplomats accuse Russia of sending thousands of troops into the Crimea region in the past week — a claim Russia has denied.
Earlier this week, an unnamed European Union official was reported to have told a BBC journalist that his organization may try to expel Russia from the 2014 finals.
I dont know why 11 players would not be allowed to play at the World Cup. Where is their responsibility? Michel Platini told CNN.
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Platini might now be an administrator, but he speaks from personal experience of how politics is never far away from sport.
The former France international had a similar decision to make when considering whether to contest the 1978 World Cup or not.
There were calls from various quarters to boycott the finals because of the repressive measures being undertaken by the military junta, which took charge in a coup in March 1976 and would rule until 1983.
One of the most infamous periods in Argentinas history followed, as thousands of individuals — primarily with left wing leanings — disappeared during the Dirty War.
As the South American nation prepared to host its only World Cup to date, calls for a potential boycott were led by the Dutch whose team — perhaps ironically — would not just attend the event but reach the final as well.
Amnesty International was also a prominent campaigner as was a group in France called COBA, the French acronym for the Committee for the Boycott of the World Cup in Argentina, who wanted the competition scrapped altogether.
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Despite the pressure, Platini — who was just 20 at the time — chose to play.
Its always better to go and explain what you think is good rather than boycott, said the UEFA president.
I think its better to explain that you are not happy, which is the same opinion I had in 1978 when I was in Argentina for the World Cup, added the 58-year-old.
I thought it was better to go and explain that we were not happy with what was happening in Argentina.
It could be the same in Russia.
The Ukrainian Paralympic team is facing an equally tough choice as to whether it will boycott the Sochi Games or not.
Ukraines sports minister has already announced a personal boycott and as the tense diplomatic and military standoff continues with Russia, its possible the whole team could follow suit.
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Should they do so, such a move could overshadow Fridays Opening Ceremony.
In addition to Ukraines sports minister, politicians from Germany, Britain, the Netherlands, Canada and Poland are among those who have already said they will stay away.
Earlier this week, the White House canceled a presidential delegation to the Paralympic Games.
On Thursday, Germany announced it would not send governmental representatives in order to make a very clear political signal to Russia, according to disabilities commissioner Verena Bentele.
Ukraine Paralympic Committee spokeswoman Natalia Garach told CNN a decision on whether the Ukrainian team will boycott Sochi will be announced at a press conference at 0930 GMT on Friday.

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Jerusalem (CNN) — An Israeli judge on Monday convicted former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of taking bribes while mayor of Jerusalem.
Judge David Rosen of the Tel Aviv District Court convicted Olmert of receiving about $161,000 in bribes related to a controversial Jerusalem housing project called Holyland. The judge acquitted Olmert on a third count of bribery.
The developer of Holyland, Hillel Cherney, had been previously convicted of bribing Olmert and other high-level officials in exchange for Holyland approvals.

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Olmert was mayor of Jerusalem from 1993 to 2003.
Sentencing is scheduled for April 28.
Olmert, an attorney who in 1973 became the youngest person ever elected to Israels parliament, the Knesset, served as prime minister from 2006 to 2009.
He announced his resignation shortly after police recommended corruption charges against him.
In August 2012, he was convicted of breach of trust and acquitted on two corruption-related charges after a trial that lasted nearly three years. He was given a 3-month suspended jail sentenced and fined about $19,000 in that case.
The allegations stemmed from Olmerts time as mayor as well as prime minister. Prosecutors accused him of double-billing government agencies for travel, taking cash from an American businessman in exchange for official favors and acting on behalf of his former law partners clients.
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(CNN) — Megumi Yokota was only 13 when she was abducted by a North Korean agent in the 1970s. Now, escort almost 40 years after her disappearance, her aging parents, Shigeru and Sakie Yokota, have traveled to Mongolia to meet her daughter — their granddaughter.
In a series of meetings in Ulan Bator arranged by Japanese and North Korean foreign ministry officials, the Japanese couple met 26-year-old Kim Eun-gyong, her husband and 10-month-old daughter.
Our long-cherished dream had come true, Shigeru Yokota said at a press conference. It was actually first time to meet her although Ive been seeing her on TV (since she was) 14 or 15.
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Yokota, who was kidnapped from the port city of Niigata in 1977, was not present at the meeting. North Korean authorities insist that she committed suicide, although this is disputed in Japan and repatriated ashes proved not to be a DNA match.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters Monday morning that he was glad to hear that the meeting was conducted safely.
We are determined to resolve the abduction issue at any cost, he said.
The abductee issue is a considerable sticking point in Japan-North Korea relations. The reclusive state has admitted to kidnapping a number of Japanese nationals, mostly to help train spies in Japanese language and culture.
The Yokotas said that they were unable to confirm their daughters safety with Kim, as political matters were off the table. However, her mother said, I spent time with them believing Megumi is still safe somewhere.
The meeting took place as North Koreas bellicosity is once again on the rise, with reports that the Stalinist state has fired a number of short-range missiles into the sea off its east coast.
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In the end, despite plenty of courage and endeavor, goals from Lionel Messi and Dani Alves decided this tie as Barcelona gained a 2-1 win to progress 4-1 on aggregate.
Vincent Kompany had briefly leveled the game with a minute of normal time remaining before Alves struck — and City finished the game with 10-men after Pablo Zabaleta was sent off.
Weve got nothing left in the tank, we gave everything, Kompany told Sky Sports.
We could have scored earlier which would have changed the game.
You have to take your half chances against the best teams. Over the course of the two games there was not much between the sides. Lionel Messi is incredible player but outside of that it was even.
Only the winners get remembered but its only our third season in the Champions League.
The way we have played means we should fear nobody next season and our time will come.
Much had been made of Barcelonas supposed fragility under Tata Martino and its recent defeats by Real Sociedad and Real Valladolid.
Martino, who replaced Tito Vilanova at the start of the season, has come under increasing pressure with his team four points off league leader Real Madrid.
But here, his team had too much for City, even if some doubts remain about its ability to challenge the likes of Bayern Munich and Real for the trophy.
It was City which started the better of the two but the visitor soon began to ride its luck as Barcelona grew frustrated at the decisions of the officials.
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With manager Manuel Pellegrini sat in the stands after being handed a touchline ban following his disparaging remarks about Swedish referee Jonas Eriksson, who presided over the first leg, City was left in the hands of assistant Ruben Cousillas.
Not that there was much Cousillas could do as Barcelona began to turn the screw.
First, the home side felt it should have been awarded a penalty when Messi went down under the challenge of Joleon Lescott but referee Stephane Lannoy waved away the appeals.

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If that decision was marginal, what followed was hugely fortunate as the assistant referee deprived Barcelona of what would have been a perfectly legitimate goal.
Messi found Xavi and when the midfield maestro slipped in Jordi Alba, the full-back crossed for Neymar to tap the ball into the empty net.
Unfortunately for Barcelona, the offside flag had been raised, despite Alba clearly being in an onside position.
Having survived the early scare, City slowly found their feet and should have taken the lead four minutes before the interval.
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Yaya Toure, formerly of Barcelona, picked out David Silva and when the Spaniards sublime flick found Samir Nasri, the City midfielder could only shoot straight at Victor Valdes.
The second half provided more enthralling action with Messi coming within inches of breaking the deadlock after jinking his way into the penalty area before smashing an effort against the post.
At the other end, Edin Dzeko, on as a halftime substitute for the injured Sergio Aguero, sent a looping header towards goal which was brilliantly clawed away by Valdes with the ball seemingly destined for the corner.
Pablo Zabaleta then fired wide as City threatened to plunder the goal that their play had deserved.
As City pushed forward in search of that elusive opener, Barcelona began to make the most of the space left behind.
And it came as little surprise when Messi finally broke through, clipping the ball past Joe Hart to score his 67th Champions League goal.

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There was still more drama to come with a little over 12 minutes remaining when Dzeko appeared to be blatantly fouled inside the penalty area by Gerard Pique — but referee Lannoy disagreed.
Such was Citys anger that Zabaleta was shown a second yellow card and promptly dismissed for voicing his frustration.
City did net an equalizer through Kompany with a minute of normal time remaining to salvage some pride.
But Barcelona refused to be denied and Dan Alves netted a late winner, firing home from Andres Iniestas pass to secure victory.
It was a very tight game against a world class team, Barcelonas Cesc Fabregas told Sky Sports.
It was a great result to win 2-0 over there and today it was tough.
We created a lot of chances, we had a goal which was onside ruled out and could have had a penalty.
We go home happy. The last couple of games have not made us happy, we had some negative results but we have to be proud of todays result.
Everything is good at the club. We are in the final of the cup, we are four points behind in the league and in the last eight of the Champions League. A lot of teams would swap.
Messi, who scored his 28th goal of the season, believes this result proves Barcelona is on the way back to finding its best form.
Barca, which sits third in La Liga, faces Osasuna this weekend before traveling to Madrid for El Clasico on March 23.
I think tonight we got back to being the Barcelona that we all want to see and we were able to beat a very tough opponent, he told Canal Plus.
I dont know if the criticism (in the media after the La Liga defeat to Valladolid) was over the top. We are the first to criticize ourselves and we didnt play the way we should have done there.
We dont let the criticism affect us and we just focus on ourselves and try to turn things around and thats what we did tonight, I think.
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In the nights other game, Paris Saint-Germain secured its place in the last eight with a 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen to secure a 6-1 aggregate victory.
After Sidney Sam had given the German side a surprise lead, PSG hit back through Marquinhos, who headed home from close range.
Simon Rolfes than missed a penalty for Leverkusen before Ezequiel Lavezzi sealed the win for the French champion.
Leverkusen ended the contest with 10-men after Emre Can was shown a second yellow card for diving.

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(CNN) — I cant help but feel humbled and grateful when I hear the stories of women who marched for womens rights in the 1970s and the suffragists who fought for the right to vote. What they accomplished deserves more than a nod and lip service. We must honor them by making our generations mark on the concerns facing women today. Unfortunately, that still includes goals weve fought too long for, like reproductive rights.
Today is International Womens Day and March is Womens History Month. As we celebrate all that women have accomplished in the struggle for gender equality, we are also redefining what counts as a womens issue.
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Worldwide, about one in three women is victim of gender-related violence. From military sexual assault, to domestic violence, to rape on college campuses, we must do more to prevent violence against women.
Many people think of sex trafficking as a womens issue, but labor trafficking also has impact on women. Some of the industries in which labor trafficking is common, including domestic work, are dominated by women. And in industries like agricultural work, women are singled out for sexual abuse or exploitation.
Ive represented victims of human trafficking in Los Angeles, which is a major trafficking destination because of its port, international airport, and proximity to Asia and Mexico. Financially desperate adults are lured to Los Angeles by traffickers, only to be forced to work as laborers in Southern Californias agricultural sector. Runaway youth come to Los Angeles to find stardom or a warm place to sleep on the street, but many will be exploited through pornography, a thriving industry in the San Fernando Valley. We have a responsibility to improve our current labor trafficking laws.
Education
Republican Sen. Rand Paul said recently, look at how well women are doing at colleges across the country. What he failed to consider is that women are graduating not only with a degree, but with staggering level of student debt. Instead of telling women that theyre doing just fine, we need legislators who are going to fight for students so they can attain the degrees they want and enter chosen professions without an insurmountable amount of debt.
Senator Paul also forgot to mention that some of the best-paying jobs, jobs in science, technology, engineering and math fields (STEM), are still overwhelming dominated by men. Only 3% of tech startups are formed by women. We have a thriving tech industry, but men hold far more computer and mathematical occupations than women.
Why arent more women getting tech jobs? We need programs that promote STEM education for those who have historically been left out of these high-paying jobs.
Economic equality
We often talk about the impact of pay discrimination on womens pocketbooks because it costs women on average more than $10,000 annually and jeopardizes their retirement security.
But we forget that many poverty issues also impact women. Raising the minimum wage is actually a womens issue because 64% of minimum wage workers are women.
Women are increasingly becoming the sole or primary earners in their household, so economic issues that hold women back have huge impact on our entire economy. Lets help women financially support their families as we create more good-paying jobs in our communities.
Many women not only face pay discrimination in the workplace, but struggle at home as well, trying to provide care for their family on top of their job. Women are still mostly the caretakers for their families, so they are disproportionately affected by the lack of guaranteed sick days and the lack of paid family leave. It is hard to overstate how far behind America is compared to our global competitors when it comes to these basic policies that protect families.
When we talk about womens issues, we must look comprehensively at the challenges all women face to ensure our policies reflect the support women truly need, because these concerns impact not only women, but their families and communities. Our generation is ready to do that.
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(CNN) — Last week, 19-year-old California university student Adeline Munguia was reported missing after she stopped responding to Snapchats and texts from her roommate.
As it turns out, Munguia was fine — shed just turned off her phone for a while — but the expectation of constant, instant communication was so normal in her social circles that taking a break was a shock to her friends.
Theres a growing movement that wants to make taking such a break from our electronics the rule, not the rare exception. Friday marks the start of the fifth annual National Day of Unplugging, an initiative launched by the national nonprofit group Reboot to help people take a break from their always-on lifestyles.
Participants are encouraged to put away their phones, tablets, laptops and other Internet-connected doodads from sunset Friday to sundown Saturday for a digital sabbath. The time might instead be used for quiet reflection, communing with nature, reconnecting with family or friends, focusing on a project and even getting a rare, uninterrupted nights sleep.
I think that people are overwhelmed. Its physically taken a toll on people, said Reboots communications manager, Tanya Schevitz. If you think you have to respond to everything all the time, thats an unrealistic expectation.
Participants are encouraged to sign a pledge on the events website and post a photo of themselves saying why they unplug. Some recent examples:
… to focus on the faces in front of me.
… to be open to the divine.
… to connect.
The concept has caught on since the first unplugging day in 2010. Organizers have signed up more than 200 local and national groups as partners, including the Ad Council, Digital Detox and Google. Many will be hosting their own official events such as in-person gatherings and phone-free parties.
Without the safety net of a smartphone, event-goers will probably work on dying social skills like maintaining eye contact, making small talk and communicating verbally in more than 140 characters.
Although the official holiday lasts for just 24 hours, the idea is to create more awareness of how we interact with our devices and the impact this has on our work, family and mental health. Then people can take smaller steps to carve out device-free pockets of time during the day and eventually find a balance that works for them.
Day to day, throughout your day, you should be thinking about unplugging moments, Schevitz said.
Concern about our dependence on our electronic devices has grown in recent years as its become increasingly difficult to step away from the online world. Phones beep and blink and beg for our attention with e-mail, text notifications, breaking news or updates from social media. Even when a phone is quiet, many of us still reflexively pick it up to check news and messages during moments of downtime.
Researchers are still studying the impact that smartphones and mobile technology have on our lives. In the work sphere, theres increasing evidence that multitasking is inefficient. The brain cant fully focus on a task when its constantly jumping around to do bite-size tasks like checking e-mail.
At home, the divided attention can have a negative impact on relationships with children and partners. Schevitz recently heard stories about overly connected families firsthand when she spoke to a class of eighth-graders about unplugging. The students shared tales of their parents working at all hours or not listening because they were glued to their smartphones.
It takes willpower to step away from technology. Schevitz has some tips for people interested in cutting down.
1. Replace the phone on your bedside table with an alarm clock. That way, youre not checking the device right before bed and first thing in the morning. The stimulation and even the light from the smartphone screen can disrupt sleep.
2. Set goals and schedule times when you think it would be beneficial to go sans phone. Make sure some of those times are when youre alone, not doing anything at all. People instinctively pick up their smartphones when theres a lull in a conversation or when theyre waiting in line. Look around, observe people, be alone with yourself and think about what you might be missing in those moments.
Psychologists have been researching something called attention-restoration theory. The idea is that people can better focus on tasks after taking a break to experience nature and giving part of their brains a rest. Something as simple as taking a walk or looking at photos of nature can reset peoples attention spans and reduce stress.
3. Before you drop off the grid, be sure to give people a heads up. As the Munguia incident illustrates, going cold turkey can be jarring when your friends or bosses expect instant responses to their messages. Set boundaries — like letting your workplace know you wont be checking e-mail after a certain hour — and stick to them.
The more people who participate, the less unusual it will seem, according to Schevitz.
What we we need to do is reset societys expectations, she said.