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Zimbabwe VP says government will block LGBTQ scholarship initiative

Zimbabwe’s powerful vice president said the government will block a university scholarship for young LGBTQ+ people, a move that human rights groups described Friday as a perpetuation of the African country’s homophobic practices. The state university scholarship for people between the ages of 18 and 35 is sponsored by GALZ, a membership organization for LGBTQ+

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SMC expands urban farming initiative

THE Backyard Bukid program of San Miguel Corp. (SMC), started in 2021 to assist its service personnel during the pandemic, has grown into a vibrant urban farm at the company’s head office complex, now cultivating 39 varieties of flowering plants and vegetables. Covering 750 square meters, the space now includes a plant nursery, 80 garden

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Period blood initiative to reduce menstruation stigma in sport

Women will be ‘wearing’ their period blood as part of a breakthrough initiative working to crush stigma and shame historically associated with menstrual bleeding in sport. Feeling fearful or embarrassed about blood leaking through activewear is a major barrier to women engaging in physical activity and has motivated the “sport your period” campaign. Spearheaded by

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AmCham commends pinyapel initiative | The Manila Times

THE American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (AmCham) commended the Pinyapel initiative of the Design Center of the Philippines, as it will add value to pineapple leaves that are mostly discarded. “This is a great initiative of the Design Center of the Philippines. It’s a great example of turning trash to cash while delivering

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Italy formally withdraws from China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Italy signed the pact in 2019 expecting a big boost to exports but hoped-for economic gains have not materialised. ADVERTISEMENT Italy has formally withdrawn from China’s global Belt and Road initiative that seeks to deepen relations with foreign countries through infrastructure investments, Italian media reported on Wednesday. Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni had previously signalled Italy’s

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Italy quits China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Stay informed with free updates Simply sign up to the Global Economy myFT Digest — delivered directly to your inbox. This article is an on-site version of our FirstFT newsletter. Sign up to our Asia, Europe/Africa or Americas edition to get it sent straight to your inbox every weekday morning Good morning. Italy has informed

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