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#JMBG Protests: Protesting for Basic Rights and Facilities to the New-Borns in Bosnia and Herzegovina – The World Reporter
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#JMBG Protests: Protesting for Basic Rights and Facilities to the New-Borns in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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My words represented here are my personal views and opinion. Here I am observing yet another example of international media curtain this time in Bosnia and Herzegovina. I have been actively following the protests in Turkey, Brazil, Bulgaria, and now in Bosnia and Herzegovina. What I realize is that now people around the world are awakening. They understand that government is because of them and not the other way round. Everyone has an almost similar demand from their government. Somewhere governments responded by brutal attacks on the protesters and somewhere governments appeared to be sleeping and not listening.

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— Antonia KokalovaGray (@Siberant) June 21, 2013

Amidst all this what I realized is that media curtain on the East European countries still prevails. The discrimination is not only limited to Bulgaria’s and Romania’s entry to Schengen but is also on the media coverage of Bulgaria and Bosnia and Herzegovina’s protests where people in thousands have taken to the streets rallying against their governments peacefully with some sincere demands.
The protests in Bosnia and Herzegovina are not just because of loopholes in their policies but also the ignorance and the behaviour with which government responded is against general humanity. Protesters want their government to end inter-ethnic argument about petty and trivial matters. There is a loophole in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s legal system that has brought thousands of citizen on the streets protesting over failure of lawmakers to agree on new legislation on citizen’s identity number. This is preventing the new-borns since February from getting registered. Being unregistered means no passport and no medical care cards. 
There has been an ongoing dispute for past two years between the Muslim, Croat and Serb lawmakers who have been brawling over a draft law on PIN (Personal Identification Number). Until the dispute is settled, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s constitutional court has ordered a halt to the registration on new-borns. This PIN is necessary for all necessary documents, proofs and services. Such examples in the legal system of Bosnia and Herzegovina has caused problems in the country’s path to joining European Union. 

How did the protests take the current avatar? 

Thousands of protesters without carrying any banners or posters encircled the parliament placed candles on the ground and stood peacefully to mourn the death of a three month old baby which became the victim of government’s not so well thought policies. 

Dvadesetorica nastupaju #jmbg pic.twitter.com/zVShk4EHhz
— JMBG za sve (@JMBGzasve) June 18, 2013

The baby girl had to be diagnosed with tracheoesophageal fistula (a hole between gullet and windpipe), the parent having faith in Bosnian and Herzegovinian facilities first got her diagnosed in Sarajevo but had to face the failure. Later, when they wanted to take her to Germany for better treatment, they could not do so as the parents were unable to obtain a passport for the baby because she was not registered with a PIN due to this legal gap. The parents then had to take their child to Belgrade in the neighbouring Serbia by illegally crossing the border. Parents claimed that a lot of time was wasted to persuade the Serbian border police to understand the case of emergency and let the baby in without the passport.
Parents though had successfully made to Belgrade, and the Serbian doctors started the treatment. I can understand the legal gap could not have been rectified immediately that day, but at least the government could have helped the baby on human ground, but Bosnian and Herzegovinian authorities refused to pay for the surgery. Even after so much efforts made by the parents, they had to accept the bad news of her death as she contracted infection. 
If there would have been no delay made at the Serbian border may be she would have been saved, but we can’t blame the Serbian border police. They were just doing their duty. The lawmakers in Bosnia and Herzegovina should be blamed. When you realize that hundreds of thousands of families want to give the best care to their baby child in a country whose under 5 mortality rate is 8, and infant mortality rate is 7.
This sad incidence has united the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina regardless of their ethnicity and religion for the first time since the end of 1992-95 war.
Now along with the adoption of the law on JMBG and filling this legal gap, protesters also demand creation of a state solidarity fund that would finance the treatment of citizen abroad if they did not find proper facilities and treatment in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Protesters are also demanding that MPs and minister of Council of Ministers should give up 30% of their salary which is six times the national average in favour of the proposed solidarity fund for the time they are in office. To ensure the protest goes smoothly, protesters also demand that protesters should not be prosecuted or subjected to brutal measures by the authority. Please read #jmbg manifesto for more information.
The protests started on June 5th and it is already three weeks but we have not heard it in media. We have been hearing about Turkey and Brazil where the protests have taken a violent turn, although the protests in Bulgaria and Bosnia have been peaceful until now. 
It is not just about Bosnia and Herzegovina, this can happen everywhere. Therefore I urge every citizen who believes in a change in society must follow and support this protest, you will get more information on its official website and following the conversation on twitter and Facebook #jmbg. All the individual bloggers must come out and write about it and offer support to the citizen of Bosnia and Herzegovina whatever is possible in your capacity. Share this post and spread the word. Recently it has been declared by the government that those supporting the protests online will be identified and punished. People in Bosnia are not scared of it. Let us internationally provide support and platform for the protesters to continue on this noble cause.

Dedicate Your 15 Minutes for the Noble Cause

On World Social Media day on 30th June a hashmob is organized known as baby Revolution or Babylution where we all will gather online for 15 minutes to support the #JMBG protests in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Please go here and join the movement. 30th June is also the deadline given by the protesters to the government to meet their demands. This will be the world’s first hashmob on Facebook (Facebook is more popular in Bosnia and Herzegovina). Be the proud part of it and let us support our brothers and sisters in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

+Sanskar Shrivastava is the founder of The World Reporter open students’ journalism. His motive is to make media more free which is sometimes used as a tool that can affect a healthy democracy by influencing the view of the mass with its opinion, there should be equal democracy inside media as well without any predefined approach, and this is possible when every citizen is given power to express their views.

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Top 10 Simple Health Changes To Boost Your Well-Being

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It does not matter how old you are, where you live, or what your occupation is, your health should always be a top priority. However, most of us are a little bit guilty of letting our well-being slide from time to time. With that being said, read on to discover some of the simple ways you can give your health a boost today.

  1. Get rid of at least one item in your life that contains toxic chemicals – You may be shocked by just how many items in your life contain toxic chemicals. This includes everything from air fresheners to bed sheets. Get rid of one of these items and replace it with something natural instead. This is something you should make a habit to do every few months or so. You will be surprised by just how much of a difference this can make. 
  2. Deep breathe for at least five minutes – Throughout the day, you should make sure you take the opportunity to deep breathe for at least five minutes. Why? Well, there have been numerous studies that have shown that deep breathing can help to lower stress hormone levels. This means that you will feel better, get an improved night’s sleep, and you will have less anxiety too.
  3. Drink more water – You probably expected this to be on the list, but the importance of drinking more water should never be ignored. Your body needs water for almost every function. If you are dehydrated, this could be the cause of headaches, pains, aches, and a number of other symptoms.
  4. Have one veggie night per week – A lot of people eat far too much meat, red meat especially. So, why not have a veggie night once a week? Not only is this good for your health, but it will be good for your bank balance too. There are so many great recipes online that can give you ideas regarding tasty and creative dishes that do not incorporate any sort of meat or fish. Once you start off with one night per week, you may then decide that you want to up it to two nights, and so on. However, it always helps to start off small so that it is easier and more manageable, and you can then get used to it.
  5. Sign up for an online pharmacy – Nowadays, you can easily order your prescriptions and medications over the Internet via an online pharmacy. This can help you to boost your health because it ensures you never experience delays with your medication. If you are someone who often doesn’t take their recommended course of tablets because you cannot get to the doctors in time for a repeat prescription, then this is definitely a good suggestion for you. Your medication will be delivered to your door with a click of a button.
  6. Make a dedicated effort to lower your stress levels – There is no denying that we live in a very stress-filled world at the moment! The world we live in is one that has heaps of pressure, and it can be difficult to stay on top of everything and keep those stress levels low. However, it is vital that you find a way to do so. After all, if you don’t adrenal fatigue and health can start to take a tumble, which is the last thing you want. For those who are unaware, adrenal fatigue relates to a group of different symptoms that impact people who are under a lot of physical, emotional, or mental stress. From being a single parent to having a stressful job, there are a lot of different reasons why you may be struggling. Therefore, we recommend that you look for different ways to reduce those stress levels so that you can enjoy a more calming and peaceful life. Whether it is doing some breathing techniques or taking more regular breaks so you can have moments for yourself, there are a lot of different ways that you can make sure you are keeping your stress levels to a minimum. The importance of this should not be overlooked, as stress can impact our mental and physical health in so many different ways. 
  7. Do something nice for someone every day – You will be surprised by how good this makes you feel, and by how much this has a positive impact on your health. It’s all about mental well being. When you do something nice for another person, you are benefitting their health, as well as your own. First and foremost, there is no denying that it feels good to hear some nice words for someone or to get a helping hand when you need it. You feel recognised and appreciated, and this is something we all need. At the same time, doing something nice for someone else and seeing their reaction can make you feel amazing too. After all, doing something good for someone is a gift for yourself at the same time. You will find that the deed continues throughout the day, making you feel great and happy within yourself. 
  8. Incorporate some movement into your commute – If you do not have an active job, this is particularly important. Sitting at a computer all day can be bad for your health. One way to combat this is by incorporating some movement into your commute. If you can walk or bike to work, you should give this a go. If not, start parking your car further away from your place of work so that you have to walk there and back. You should also start using the stairs instead of the elevator whenever you can.
  9. Start meal planning – You will find it much easier to eat healthily if you plan your meals. At the start of every week, make a menu of what you are going to cook for dinner every evening, as well as what you are going to make for your lunches every day. Not only will this help you to eat better, but you will save money too. Make sure you incorporate some healthy snacks into your food prep for work. This will stop you from going to the vending machine whenever you are bored or your energy is zapped. The great thing about the times we live in at the moment is that you can easily get recipes and meal prep inspiration online. So, if you are struggling, simply do a little bit of digging online and we are sure that you will find a lot of different options when it comes to meal ideas and clever food prep suggestions for the week ahead. Not only is this going to help you to be more organized, but you will find that it actually saves you quite a bit of money in the process. After all, when we do not have a food plan for the week ahead, we tend to spend a lot of money on items we do not need. Food can end up going in the bin because we do not use it. This ends up in an awful lot of waste, and we should all be looking to reduce this, so meal prep is great in many ways.
  10. Keep a journal – Last but not least, keeping a journal is good for a person’s mental health. You should write down your thoughts. It doesn’t need to be a long entry; you can simply jot down a few bullet points every evening. This will help you to articulate your thoughts so that they do not wear you down. After all, it can be very difficult to sleep if you have lots on your mind. A lot of experts advise this approach for people who suffer from insomnia. One of the main reasons why a lot of people struggle to get the hours of sleep they need is because they cannot shut off when they go to sleep; their minds are still going at a million miles per hour. They are thinking about what they need to do the following day and any worries or concerns that they may have. Because of this, it very much makes sense to keep a journal so you can offload some of these thoughts and worries and you can have a much more restful night of sleep. Once you get into the habit of doing this, you will see that it actually does make a significant difference when it comes to drifting off and enjoying a good night of rest. 

So there you have it: some of the best ways to give your health a boost. The suggestions that have been provided are really simple and easy, so there is no excuse not to give yourself a bit of TLC. we are sure that you will start to notice a difference as time goes on. However, as is the case with anything, it requires patience and persistence. You cannot expect to turn your health around in one night.

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Why Buy A Business, Rather Than Start One

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There are good and bad sides to buying a business and starting your own business from scratch. For lots of people, the positives of buying an established business outweigh the positives of starting a business. Here are the reasons why buying an existing business could be the right choice.

Easier To Secure Finance

All businesses will need finance. Unless you can fund your business yourself, you’ll need to secure financing from investors. Most lenders will be more willing to lend money to an established business that they can already see is doing well, rather than risk an unknown factor. 

Income From Day One

One of the downsides of starting a business is that most start-ups will go through an early stage where they don’t make much, if any, money. For some entrepreneurs, this stage can last for several years. 

During this stage, you will need to pay out for things like your premises, as well as equipment, installation of equipment, stock, materials, fixtures and fittings, legal and professional fees, a license, uniforms, and more. 

If you don’t have finance in place or another form of income, this stage can be very tough for a new business owner. If you buy a business, you can start earning from day one, and avoid this tricky period where you might be out of pocket.  

Established Brand

When you buy a business that already exists, you are also buying into a brand that is already known, recognizable, and has a track record. You get the business complete with all the trademarks, copyrights, and websites associated with it, as well as the business locations

This means that your business will already have customers, lenders, suppliers, and other contacts that are confident in the business already. 

Instant Customer Access

An existing business also has customers already, which can help you succeed straight away. You can use a range of strategies and marketing to build on the existing customer base, but won’t have to struggle to build a customer base from scratch. 

Established Network Of Contacts

When you start a business from scratch, a lot of your time and energy has to be put into building up a network of contacts. 

All businesses need to have supplier and marketing contacts, so buying an existing business that already has those contacts in place allows you to hit the ground running.

Like money lenders, suppliers and marketing companies are more likely to offer you more favourable terms if your business has been around for a while and they know it.  

Focus On Growing The Business

When an entrepreneur starts a new business, they will have to put a lot of their energy into getting their business off the ground. This takes a lot of time and can be very tiring. 

On the other hand, when you take over a business that is already established, you’ll be freer to focus on the areas of the business that most need your attention, aiding the growth of the business as a whole. 

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Temperature Controlled Transport: What is it?

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Transport logistics is not only based on transporting goods from point A (origin) to point B (destination), but also involves other aspects that are not so well known to end users.

For instance, a factor that can be decisive is the temperature-controlled transport of goods. Such is the importance of this that there are logistics companies specialized in the distribution of products sensitive to thermal changes.

These companies have vehicles equipped with systems that can maintain the right temperature, keeping the product safe through temperature fluctuations.

What is temperature controlled transport?

A temperature-controlled shipment is one that guarantees the cold chain of the product, without it being subjected to sudden changes in temperature and always without exceeding the values of a safety interval.

The purpose of this cold chain is to guarantee the optimum condition of the product from the time it is picked up until it is delivered. This is why temperature controlled transport is in such high demand for proper product maintenance.

Cold chain in food

The cold chain is a key factor in food safety since it guarantees the preservation of food in optimum conditions.

Food safety is closely linked to health, to the point of being a right recognized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

Therefore, if the cold chain was to be broken during the distribution, the food could not be delivered and would need to be discarded.

Several factors are involved in keeping the food cold chain intact:

  • Storage in cold or refrigerated chambers.
  • Transport in temperature-controlled vehicles
  • Storage in display cabinets or refrigerated chambers at point of sale
  • Other goods requiring temperature-controlled transportation

Whenever we talk about refrigerated transport, we usually think of the food cold chain, but there are other types of goods that also need temperature-controlled logistics to maintain their conditions intact until they reach their destination.

The main goods that need to be transported under temperature control are flowers, chemical or biological products, medicines, live animals or photographic films.

Medicines

There are certain medicines that need to be stored and transported at low temperatures so that they do not lose their curative properties. 

An example is vaccines that have weakened live viruses and if subjected to sudden changes in temperature, these microorganisms would die and their effectiveness would be null.

Chemical or biological products

Some chemical or biological goods also need to be transported in an environment that guarantees a stable temperature from collection to delivery.

These goods are of mere importance since they can be considered dangerous. Hence, they must be treated very carefully.

Live animals

The current legislation also contemplates that the transportation of live animals over long distances must be subject to a temperature control that ensures values between 5 and 30 degrees Celsius with an interval of up to +/- 5ºC depending on the outside temperature.

Flowers

Something as delicate as flowers also need to be transported under optimum temperature conditions so that their scent and beauty are maintained at the point of delivery. 

Besides, flowers are a very apt simile for the importance of temperature-controlled transport in today’s logistics because the ultimate goal is the welfare and health of humans and animals. Undoubtedly, a very necessary end.

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