BERLIN (Reuters) – A soup kitchen exclusively for dogs has opened its doors in Berlin providing pets of the homeless and unemployed with a free meal, the director of the establishment said on Friday.
Despite the looming financial crisis, director Claudia Hollm dismissed criticism that it may be more sensible to collect money for humans than for dogs.
“Nowadays people underestimate dogs. They are incredibly important for those who lack social contact with other humans,” Hollm told Reuters.
“Making sure dogs don’t go hungry is just as important as making sure that people don’t starve,” she said.
What do you think?
One third of all elderly people live on their own and severe loneliness, feelings of isolation and financial hardship are increasing, the Help the Aged study found.
They are being called the “Eleanor Rigby” generation after the Beatles song about an elderly woman who buried at a funeral to which no one came.
The research also discovered that half a million leave their house less than once a week.
Amy Swan, of Help the Aged, said: “It’s such a tragic state of affairs when older people tell us that the only person they see from week to week is the postman.”
Make someone’s day call in with an elderly friend to say hello or visit someone who you know is alone and frail.
5 minutes out of your life could change one elderly person’s day for the better.
Go on give it a try.
A Somali crowd gather at a public execution
Can we stand by and allow this to go on?
Who is going to stand up and say this is wrong very wrong? Where are the great nations of the World now? Will none from these Great Governments stand up and say you can not do this.
Hundreds of people gathered in a square in the Islamist-held port town of Kismayo to watch the execution, which had been ordered by a council of hardline elders.
The woman, named as Asha Ibrahim Dhuhulow, was buried up to her neck in the ground and stones hurled at her head until she died, according to witnesses.
During the stoning furious relatives surged forward to try to save the woman, prompting guards to open fire.
“Witnesses said “We were told she submitted herself to be punished, yet we could see her screaming as she was forcefully bound, legs and hands . A relative of hers ran towards her, but the Islamists opened fire and killed a child.”
This is the Year 2008 why oh why do we allow this to happen!
Please tell me why:
A British aid worker whose strong Christian faith inspired her to volunteer in Afghanistan was murdered by the Taliban for her beliefs.
She had spent about two years in the troubled country helping mentally handicapped Afghans as a volunteer with UK-registered Christian charity Serve Afghanistan.
Gayle will be remembered as one of the inspiring people of the world who truly put others before herself. She was killed violently while caring for the most forgotten people in the world – the poor and the disabled.
I say again Please tell me why?
Iran’s judiciary has pledged to stop executing children after six were hanged this year alone.Iran is known to have executed at least 17 juvenile offenders since the beginning of 2004 – eight times more than any other country in the world.
No other country is believed to have imposed capital sentences on people under the age of 18 as frequently as Iran. These hangings, which are routinely carried out in public, have become far more common since President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s hardline government won power in 2005.
“An end to child executions in Iran is greatly welcome but long overdue,” said Kim Manning-Cooper of Amnesty International.
“Iran has a long history of executing juvenile offenders. It is the only country in the world to have executed a child offender this year. We now urge the authorities to follow up this announcement by implementing it as soon as possible, so that we can quickly see an end to the execution of juvenile offenders.”
Big Brother is watching every move you make!
The Telegraph.co.uk said today
Social networking websites will be snooped on by the security services under new powers which campaigners fear will lead to an expansion of the “Big Brother” state.
Information collected from the sites is likely to be used to build a new super-database at the heart of Government, allowing officials to monitor people’s every online move.
“Is this the rise of the “stalker state”.
It is about time that Petrol prices came down.It does not take long for the prices to rise in bad times but seems to take a long time for them to fall when the wholesale prices fall.
Gordon Brown has called on garages to stop ignoring falling oil prices and start charging motorists a fair price for filling their tanks.
The cost of a barrel of oil today fell to a new one-year low.
It is now half the price it was last July.
But motorists are still paying several pence more than last summer.
Come on all you Oil giants play fair cut the cost of fuel.
Alasdair Palmer from the Telegraph.co.UK reports.
A month ago, the Iranian parliament voted in favour of a draft bill, entitled “Islamic Penal Code”, which would codify the death penalty for any male Iranian who leaves his Islamic faith. Women would get life imprisonment. The majority in favour of the new law was overwhelming: 196 votes for, with just seven against.
Eighteen years ago, Rashin Soodmand’s father was hanged in Iran for converting to Christianity. Now her brother is in a Mashad jail, and expects to be executed under new religious laws brought in this summer.
Imposing the death penalty for changing religion blatantly violates one of the most fundamental of all human rights. The right to freedom of religion is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Is anyone saying anything about this?
David Miliband, Britain’s Foreign Secretary, stands out as one of the few politicians from any Western country who has put on record his opposition to making apostasy a crime punishable by death. The protest from the EU has been distinctly muted; meanwhile, Germany, Iran’s largest foreign trading partner, has just increased its business deals with Iran by more than half. Characteristically, the United Nations has said nothing.