Child Soldiers Rescued from the Militia in DR Congo

image by Rei-artur

Over 80 child soldiers have been freed following negotiations between the UN and militia groups operating in the province of Katanga in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

A total of 163 children have been freed since the start of the year through the combined efforts of the UN and child-protection agencies in the province.

image by: Rei-artur


Significant Reduction in Crime

photo by AlteregoThere were 69 armed robberies of banks, building societies and post offices in England and Wales last year, compared with 500 a year in the 1990s. Last year fewer than 10,000 cars were stolen in New York, compared with around 147,000 in 1990.
photo by: Alterego

Decline in Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use Among Young People

picture by Albert RoosenboomA Health and Social Care Information Centre survey of 7,590 young people aged 11 to 15 reports a significant reduction over the decade 2002-2012 in those who had drunk alcohol, smoked cigarettes or used drugs:

YEAR:                  2002                     2012

alcohol                 61%                      43%

cigarettes            42%                      23%

drugs                    27%                      17%

picture by: Albert Roosenboom

British Manufacturing is Roaring Back to Life

photo by William M Plate Jr

Manufacturing employment rose for the third successive month in July, with the rate of job growth reaching a two-year high. The PMI (Purchasing Managers’ Index) report is promising, with new orders rising to the highest level since February 2011.

The sharp improvement in UK manufacturing emerged amid signs of recovery among eurozone manufacturers also, bringing with it the promise of a broader regional recovery. The eurozone manufacturing PMI increased last month to its highest level since July 2011.

photo by: William M Plate Jr