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Gaza crisis: Palestinian death toll continues to climb as it …

UN chief Ban Ki-Moon has just been speaking at a press conference with Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv. He began by condemning rocket fire from Gaza and the use of schools, hospitals and mosques for military purposes. Ban was moved by the murder of three Israeli boys and the killing of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, he said.

He said the two sides should stop fighting and start talking, urging Israel to exercise “maximum restraint”. There is no viable alternative to the two-state peace process, he said, despite people being disillusioned with it. Netanyahu followed by saying what we are seeing from Hamas is an example of Islamic extremism.

He compared them to Isis, Hezbollah and Boko Haram.

Netanyahu said that the Islamist group does not want a two-state solution.

In the face of such terror Israel has no option but to defend itself …We will do what we have to do to defend ourselves.

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The Curious Case of Dr.

James Barry

Learn the amazing secret of this forgotten British surgeon Today I highlight the remarkable life and career of James Barry , who died on July 25, 1865. Barry graduated from the University of Edinburgh Medical School and the Royal College of Surgeons of England before becoming a military surgeon in the British Army. He served in India and South Africa, where he successfully performed the first African caesarian section in which both mother and child survived.

During the Crimean War, he achieved the highest recovery rate for sick and wounded soldiers. Promoted to the level of Inspector General of Hospitals in Canada, he argued for better food, sanitation and medical care for soldiers, prisoners and lepers. The remarkable part of this story is that after his death, James Barry was discovered to have been a woman .

By the time this information was revealed, Barry had already been buried with full military honors. The British Army, embarrassed, ordered all records sealed for 100 years. It is now believed that Margaret Bulkley left a destitute childhood and chose to live as a man so that she could pursue a university degree and a surgical career.

Her successful subterfuge makes her the first female surgeon in the Western World. How she maintained her masquerade over a 50-plus year career is anybody s guess, but as biographer Charles Roland notes, Barry s personal life must have been difficult in any case. Robert Leitch adds, She chose to be a military doctor.

Not to fight for the right of a woman to become one but simply to be one. The quickest course then was to become a man in the eyes of the world. James Barry (circa 1813-1816) Even today, women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics continue to face challenges.

The U.S. Department of Labor says, Employment of women has lagged in most of the high-tech occupations that show promise for future growth. The Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO, says, Women in STEM occupations not only have low density rates, they also struggle with rates of unemployment that are higher than their male counterparts.

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Patron Ian Gough to join members of the British Army in fundraising …

Monday, July 21, 2014 Comments are off for this post. This week Hire a Hero Patron Ian Gough will take on the West Highland Way alongside two Army personnel in aid of the charity. The challenge will see the 64-cap Wales international, who last year joined a team of military and civilians in an attempt to scale Mount Elbrus, complete part of the 96-mile walk.

The former Ospreys and London Irish second-row, currently in preparation for the new season, admits it is a unique way to spend a rest week during pre-season. It s my week off, we ve come off a big pre-season block into a week of R & R and straight in to this which I m not complaining about, said Gough I m actually looking forward to the banter, you see the best in people when they are under stress and that will be me after two days with blisters coming off a pre-season block. The near one hundred mile walk, to be completed inside four days is the brainchild of Staff Sergeant Jamie Falconer.

The route is commonly walked in seven to eight days, we intend to condense this to four days, with 20 kilograms plus our daily food and drinking water, explains Falconer. Individuals who attempt the route in four days tend to cycle parts and walk others, I can find no details of any challenge like the one we wish to complete. The scale of the challenge, thought by the organisers to be the first of its kind, does not however daunt Patron Gough.

I m looking forward to it, it will be fun but tough and raising money for a good cause, Scotland is a lovely place so it s a joy to get up there.

You can show your support for those taking on the West Highland Way Challenge by donating online: 1 PICTURED: Patron Ian Gough en route up Mount Elbrus, Europe s highest peak Comments are closed.

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