Tuesday, May 28, 2013

New age alchemists More and more companies are making wealth from waste and, in the process, saving the environment from devastation. Business Today looks at fi ve of these green businesses.

New age alchemists

More and more companies are making wealth from waste and, in the process, saving the environment from devastation. Business Today looks at fi ve of these green businesses.

Mahesh Nayak Edition: June 9, 2013

More and more companies are making wealth from waste and, in the process, saving the environment from devastation. Business Today looks at five of these green businesses.


Arora Fibres recycles discarded plastic bottles into polyester used as packaging material
Don't chuck out those plastic bottles that have been piling up in your kitchen for days. They can be re-used to make polyester fabric. Rupinder Singh Arora, Chairman of Arora Fibres Ltd, has been recycling discarded plastic bottles into polyester staple fibre since 1994 after he saw the colossal damage to the environment from mountains of bio-degradable plastic being burned in the country. "We were the pioneers in this field.

Apart from a commercial interest , converting PET Into polyester has a huge positive impact on the environment," says Arora. PET stands for polyethylene terephthalate.

Arora brought the technology to India after tying up with Korean company Mijung, which specialised in converting PET bottles into polyester yarn. His factory in the industrial belt of Silvassa in Dadra & Nagar Haveli has the capacity to process 18,000 tonnes of plastic a year and he plans to increase that to 48,000 tonnes by next year. Arora says the environmental benefit of recycling discarded plastic bottles is enormous. "By recycling 10 billion PET bottles, one can save one million square yards of landfill space and eliminate 0.25 million tonnes of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere.

Rupinder Singh Arora, Chairman, Arora Fibres, sitting at his office in Silvassa

Rupinder Singh Arora, Chairman, Arora Fibres, sitting at his office in Silvassa. 'Plastic has been profitable for Arora Fibres: the company hopes to touch Rs 75 crore in revenues this year'

And recycling one kg of PET saves around 25,000 BTUs (British Thermal Units)," he says. Plastic has clearly been profitable for Arora Fibres. It tapped the primary market in 1994 to raise Rs 9.6 crore to set up the Silvassa plant and logged Rs 34 crore in revenues in the financial year that ended March 2013. It hopes to touch Rs 75 crore this year. The polyester fibre has a huge market in many industries such as automobiles and is also used as packaging material for beverages, food products, pharmaceuticals, and consumer and industrial products.

But the business has had its ups and downs. Although there are about 20 players who convert nearly 300,000 tonnes of PET bottles into polyester fibre each year, the industry depends on rag pickers for raw material. Arora says the industry was also hit by an increase in raw material prices and a fall in finished product prices. "The shortage of raw material and the power problems until 2010 in Silvassa have been the reasons why others overtook us in the business," he says.

"Despite competition and profitability getting squeezed, net margins remain healthy at 10 per cent."

Amit Sengupta Executive Director, VA Tech Wabag

Amit Sengupta Executive Director, VA Tech Wabag, at a water treatment plant near Chennai. 'Recycled industrial and municipal waste water is used as drinking water or ploughed into industry'


Wabag is helping companies clean up their act by reusing waste water
It is sometimes said that water, and not oil, is the real liquid gold today. Water technology company VA Tech Wabag would certainly agree. The Chennai-based company recycles industrial and municipal waste water either for reuse as drinking water or to plough back for industrial use.

And money has been flowing like water. Executive Director Amit Sengupta says 10 to 15 per cent of the company's revenues come from recycling, but he expects it to account for 50 per cent of Wabag's business in the next 10 years. Last year, the company recorded revenues of Rs 1,000 crore in India.
Wabag has helped many companies clean up their act. Six years ago, it stepped in to help Indian Oil Corp's Panipat refinery when a farmers's lobby in Haryana raised a hue and cry over the company's waste water discharge. The water treatment company recycled the entire plant's waste water discharge and made it as pure as drinking water. It will build an effluent treatment plant with recycling facilities for Reliance Industries' purified terephthalic acid plant in Dahej and a tertiary treatment plant for the Reliance petrochemicals complex in Hazira.

Sengupta says though a scare resource, water is cheap in India and people will not reuse it until the government comes out with strict rules or water becomes more expensive. So, how much of the waste water is reusable? "The short answer is 'All of it'," says Sengupta. "But it depends on the quality for reuse as per customer requirements."

Irfan Furniturewala, Chairman, Hanjer Biotech Energies

Irfan Furniturewala, Chairman, Hanjer Biotech Energies, at a waste processing plant in Mumbai. Hanjer plans to take over four to five closed biomass power plants to generate around 40 MW of green power.

Hanjer is turning solid waste into fuel to run power plants

Ever wondered what happens to all that garbage at landfills dotting your city? You'd be surprised. Some of it can actually be recycled to generate power . Waste management company Hanjer Biotech Energies realised that when it kickstarted India's first green power plant in Jalgaon in Maharashtra this year by using a byproduct of solid waste as fuel. The biomass power plant had been closed because of the unavailability of husk rice, the raw material for fuelling the plant, which pushed Hanjer to turn to refuse derived fuel (RDF) from municipal solid waste to generate seven megawatts (MW) of green power.

The concept of converting waste to energy is not new, but Mumbai-based Hanjer plans to take it to a new level following the success of its experiment in Jalgaon. It plans to take over four to five closed biomass power plants in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan to generate around 40 MW of green power and then set up a green power plant in Surat, Gujarat that runs completely on fuel from solid waste.

Usually, 20 to 30 per cent of supporting fuel such as coal or oil is used along with RDF to generate power.

The plant in Surat will use green fuel derived from waste from three of the company's solid waste processing facilities in the state to generate 15 MW of power. The plant has the potential to reduce green house gas emissions and will earn carbon credits for Hanjer. "Of the total 9,100 tonnes of waste which we process, around 18 to 20 per cent is green RDF. With the amount of green RDF produced after recycling the waste, we can run six 15 MW power plants," says Irfan Furniturewala, Founder and Chairman of Hanjer.

How does the system work? Simple, green RDF is generated from dry municipal solid waste that is dried, crushed, screened and packed into brick form. The clean and nonpolluting fuel is used as a substitute for conventional fossil fuels such as coal which is in short supply. Hanjer posted revenues of Rs 410 crore in 2012/13 in an industry growing at 20 per cent a year.

Mahesh Choudhary, CEO, Microqual Techno, at his office in Mumbai

Mahesh Choudhary, CEO, Microqual Techno, at his office in Mumbai. Microqual is also capturing power lost during transmission to supply electricty to telecom mobile towers.


Microqual uses power transmission towers as telecom towers

Next time you drive along the Mumbai-Pune express highway and don't experience any dropped calls on your cellphone, you should thank Mahesh Choudhary. He is the CEO of Microqual Techno, a telecom infrastructure services company that has tied up with Mumbai-based outdoor advertising company Guju Ads to use its 1,000 billboards and hoardings across 13 cities as telecom towers sites. "This will help telecom companies bring down operational costs by 40 per cent and capex by 30 per cent," says Choudhary, who sees huge potential from the new initiative as 35 per cent of India still does not have mobile coverage and more than 50 per cent does not have a continuous mobile network.

Microqual is the first company in India to use power transmission towers as telecom towers. Apart from putting telecom antennas on the power transmission towers and running them as telecom mobile towers, the company is also capturing power that is lost during transmission and distribution to supply electricity to the telecom towers. Two sites are already operational - one in Kolar in Karnataka and another in Baddi in Himachal Pradesh. Microqual has exclusive rights for 10 years to use 85,000 Power Grid Corp of India transmission towers across Jammu & Kashmir, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab.

Only 50 towers have been put to use so far. The journey to turn idle or waste resources into wealth started three years ago in Kerala when mobile services company Aircel wanted to set up telecom towers but found it difficult to operate within the cost it had estimated.

Microequal used a combination of solar and wind power to operate the telecom tower site and cut fuel expenses by 40 per cent. The innovation is paying off: the company posted Rs 600 crore in revenues last year. "In the next three to four years, the innovative vertical will account for 25 per cent of our business," says Choudhary.

Gururaja Upadhya, Co-founder, Cerebra Integrated Technologies, at an e-waste segregation plant near Bangalore
Gururaja Upadhya, Co-founder, Cerebra Integrated Technologies, at an e-waste segregation plant near Bangalore. 'The company is building India's largest e-waste recycling plant with the capacity to process 90,000 tonnes of e-waste' .


Cerebra will extract precious and other metals from mountains of e-waste
Twenty years ago, tossing out an old toaster or much-used iron was unthinkable in India. Today, people don't think twice before changing computers and mobile phones almost every year. So, what happens to all the old gadgets and gizmos? They end up as e-waste.

One Bangalore-based infotech company, Cerebra Integrated Technologies, is doing its bit to reduce the glut of e-waste that some activists say is potentially the most dangerous waste problem in the world. It is building India's largest e-waste recycling plant that will begin operations by the end of this year. The plant will have the capacity to process close to 90,000 tonnes of e-waste. "We wanted to find a solution to dispose of the e-waste left after the repair and refurbishing process was completed, and realised there were only one or two medium-sized players in this business," says Gururaja Upadhya, Co-founder and Director-Technical at Cerebra Integrated Technologies.

But e-waste is also a treasure trove of precious and other metals. Cerebra sees big business in the mountains of e-waste in Bangalore which produces 200,000 tonnes of e-waste a year. The company plans to make its millions by extracting metals such as gold and platinum from the e-waste piling up in the city. A mobile phone, for example, is made up of a combination of rare earth and precious metals: it contains 250 mg of silver, 24 mg of gold and nine mg of palladium while a laptop has 1,000 mg of silver, 220 mg of gold and 500 grams of copper.

Cerebra hopes to wrap up its Rs 110-crore acquisition of Singaporebased Cimelia Resource Recovery this year, as part of its plans to make its mark in the global e-waste business. "The recycling business will bring in the maximum revenues for the group. In the next three to five years, we expect the business to be in excess of Rs 500 crore," says Upadhya. "More than 50 per cent of the company's revenue and profit would come out of our e-waste business."

Clearly, that's one recycle bin that's emptied regularly - but not deleted permanently.
Tags: green business | waste recycling

Sunday, December 30, 2012

John Wayne Bobbitt and his former wife have been reunited for the first time since she sliced off half his penis with a knife 16 years ago. (AFTER THIS CASE THIS PHARSE BECOME SYNONYMOUS FOR "CASTRATION,FACEOFFS AND ANTI RAPE STAND IN MARITAL RAPE OR OTHERWISE" WORLDWIDE...!!..VIBHA TAILANG)

John Wayne Bobbitt reunited with wife 16 years after she sliced off his penis

John Wayne Bobbitt and his former wife have been reunited for the first time since she sliced off half his penis with a knife 16 years ago.

John Wayne Bobbitt: John Wayne Bobbitt reunited with wife 16 years after she sliced off his penis
John Wayne Bobbitt Photo: AP
Lorena Bobbitt, who now uses her maiden name Gallo, claimed Mr Bobbitt still harboured feelings for her despite what happened, and continues to send her Valentine's cards and flowers.
The pair appeared on an episode of the US tabloid television show The Insider on Monday night and argued over what had gone wrong in their relationship.
"John, you did a lot of things to me that were very painful," Miss Gallo said, claiming he had forced her to have an abortion.
"You drove me crazy. You drove me insane. No woman should go through that I went through."
"I didn't really understand how sensitive you are," Mr Bobbitt, 42, from Buffalo, New York, replied. "You take things really seriously."
It was on June 23, 1993 that Miss Gallo, then 24, cut off more than half of her husband's penis as he slept. She had been in a "fit of rage" after he returned home drunk from a night on the town and allegedly raped her.
She left the house with the severed object and threw it out of the car window into a field, where it was found and surgically reattached.
Mr Bobbitt was acquitted of spousal rape and Miss Gallo was found not guilty of malicious wounding by reason of temporary insanity.
The pair subsequently divorced after six years of marriage.
Mr Bobbitt, who used his notoriety to become an adult film star, described the night it happened.
"I was bleeding to death. It was one of the most terrifying things I ever went through," he said.
Miss Gallo said: "I remember driving with his severed penis in my hand, and in my other hand I had the knife. I didn't even know how I got into the car, and apparently I had to toss it somewhere because I couldn't turn the wheel of my car, so I got rid of the thing. Then I learnt at the hospital later on that it was his penis."


How to Determine if Your Child Is Being Molested

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Determine if Your Child Is Being Molested
Child molestation is a very serious problem that can happen to any child. Determining if your child is actually being molested requires your best guess based on the proof that you find. Follow these signs if you have suspicions that you child is actually being molested and take immediate actions.


  1. 1
    Determine if your child has sleep disturbances such as bed-wetting, nightmares or if he or she is scared to go to bed.

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    Look for changes in your child's behavior such as having big-time mood swings, withdrawl from everything, fearfulness and crying on a regular basis.
  3. 3
    Beware if your child changes his or her toilet training habits.
  4. 4
    Watch if your child starts to develop fears of certain places, people or activities.
  5. 5
    Consult your child's school, if your child has problems in school or with his or her behavior such as acting out sexual activity or being curious about certain sexual matters.
  6. 6
    Inspect your child's body and look for unexplained marks such as Bruises, rashes, cuts, limping, multiple and poorly explained injuries.
  7. 7
    Observe your child's private areas and look for certain things such as pain, itching, bleeding, fluid or rawness.
  8. 8
    If your child has discovered masturbation, observe the intensity. If it is very intense and is only appropriate in teenagers (moaning, using lubricant, thrusting) your child might be molested. If the child has sex toys or is using methods children cannot know, a molester had to give them to the child.
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    Observe the childs behaviour how he/she is with the other parent. Molesting at home usually happens whilst the mom is asleep
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    Teach your child that NO ONE should be touching their private areas. That it is not ok for anyone. That if someone does to tell you and NOT to be afraid

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Beginning the Conversation About Touching Safety Committee for Children

Beginning the Conversation About Touching Safety

Committee for Children

Beginning the Conversation About Touching Safety

A vital step that you can take to keep your children safe is to talk with them about touching and private body parts. This might not be the easiest subject to bring up with a child. You might feel uncomfortable or embarrassed talking with your children about sexuality or touching. These are common feelings. It is often hard to know what to say. Here are some tips to get you started.

Include Touching in Safety Rules

Make touching safety part of your family's safety rules. One way to make it easier to talk about touching is to discuss it in the context of safety. Touching is a safety issue just like crossing the street or playing with matches.
Some typical family safety rules are:
  • Never play with matches. (Fire safety)
  • Look both ways and listen before you cross the street. (Walking safety)
  • Always wear a seat belt. Always sit in your booster seat. (Car safety)
  • Never play with guns. (Gun safety)
  • Always wear a helmet when riding your bike. (Bike safety)
  • Never give out personal information over the phone. (Phone safety)
Create and teach family safety rules about touching just as you would teach other rules. Talking about personal safety in a sensitive and age-appropriate way with your children will not frighten them; it will give them skills and knowledge to use throughout their lives. You can begin teaching touching safety rules to children as soon as they are able to understand, even if they can't talk.

Use Everyday Moments to Teach

Children learn by asking questions, so a good way to talk about touching safety is to be open to questions and comments. If you're open and respond in a way that keeps the conversation going, you can turn a child's unexpected comment or question into a learning opportunity. Be sure to vary your responses according to the age of your child. Some situations that present natural teaching opportunities follow.
Bath or bedtime. When children are young and still need help with dressing and bathing, it's not unusual for them to ask the names of private body parts. Experts recommend that parents teach the correct names for private body parts, along with the names of other parts of the child's body. This normalizes the discussion and enables children to use actual words to use to describe their private body parts and to tell about abuse if it happens.
Physical play situations. Children love physical play, such as tickling and roughhousing. It is a normal part of childhood. It is also a great opportunity to introduce touching rules. Remind children of the rules on a regular basis: "Remember, we have a family touching rule. You can say 'stop' or 'no' when you don't want to be tickled, and the other person must listen to you." This gives children permission to set boundaries with unwanted or unsafe touch and opportunities to practice resisting.

When a child expresses curiosity about his or her body or about sexuality. Use such moments as an opportunity to follow up with age-appropriate information. Do your homework ahead of time by reading books on the subject so that you'll be ready when your child asks questions.

Before a child goes out, especially without you. Routinely go over safety rules, including rules about touching, before your family or child goes on an outing. Ask, "What are some of our safety rules about walking?" and "What are our safety rules about touching?"

Read a children's book together. There are a number of different books that are designed to help teach touching safety. Here are some suggestions for how to read the book together:
  • Choose a quiet time when you and your child will not be interrupted.
  • Read the book aloud as you would a story.
  • Listen carefully to what your child says while you read.
  • Show that you are open to whatever your child wants to tell you.
  • Use questions and comments as entry points to talk further about safety and touching and to introduce touching safety rules.
  • Ask open-ended questions that start or extend a conversation: "What do you think the boy should do?" "What kind of safe touch happened in the story?"
Appropriate videos can also be used in the same way. Check your local library for videos that address personal safety issues for children.

Revisit the Conversation

Just like crossing the street safely, touching safety is not a one-time conversation. Children need frequent reminders and practice of all family safety rules. Ensure that your children are learning the rules and skills to keep them safe by revisiting the rules during normal family activities.

Don't let embarrassment or nervousness get in the way of talking to your children about touching safety. Find a way that works for you and begin the conversation.

By Bridgid Normand, M.Ed.
Program Developer
Committee for Children

Bridgid Normand, M.Ed. is a program developer for Committee for Children and a former child and family therapist, school counselor, and parent educator.

Teaching Your Kids About Personal Safety Presented by the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence

Teaching Your Kids About Personal Safety

Presented by the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence

1 in 4 girls, 1 in 7 boys will experience some form of sexual abuse. More than 80% of the time it's someone the child knows.

How do you talk to your kids about these things?
  • Start with empowering and supporting your child's right to say "No" to touching. Tell your children, "it's ok to say no if you don't like the way someone's touching you."
Acknowledge and respect when your kids tell you "no" when you're tickling them, to reinforce the stop response. Let your family members know that your working with your kids on their personal safety so they can respect the child's choice without getting their feelings hurt. 
Often sexual abuse is a gradual incline, with the abusers testing and pushing the boundaries each time. If a child can say no at the beginning, they can likely stop the abuse.

  • Talk about different kinds of touching: Types of touching that feel good: tickling and hugs from people you love, and overly familiar touching that makes them feel uncomfortable; even if it's from someone they know and like. Teach kids to recognize and trust their feelings about touching.

  • Teach them to talk about uncomfortable and confusing situations.

  • Clear and specific definitions and instructions that are age appropriate. Make sure you and your child know the words for their body parts. They don't have to be the anatomically correct words, but you and your child need to know exactly what they mean.
Also, give clear instructions on what they should do in certain situations, "If somebody touches your crotch, you tell them NO and come and tell me right away."

  • Tell your children, "we don't keep those kinds of secrets in our house. And teach them the difference between a surprise and a secret: "A surprise is something that’s good that everyone is going to find out about at some point, a secret is something that no one is supposed to find out about and is bad."
Abusers often tell their victims to keep the abuse a secret, that it's something special between just the two of them.

What are things to look for:
Indirect statements, "the babysitter and I have a secret", "Mr. Jones has polka dots on his shorts"
Tricks bribes threats
Interest in genitals
Knowledge of sex beyond years
Afraid of a particular place or a particular person
Loss of appetite
Increase of appetite
Babyish behavior
Suddenly turning against one parent
*These behaviors aren't exclusive to abuse. But if a child is experiencing them, you should find out why.

Children who are at a higher risk:
Have less information
Have little sense of power
Are isolated

When a child confides, use the BASER method:

How to teach The Underwear Rule?The Underwear Rule was developed to help parents and carers start a discussion with their children. It can be a highly effective tool to prevent against sexual abuse.

How to teach The Underwear Rule?

The Underwear Rule was developed to help parents and carers start a discussion with
their children. It can be a highly effective tool to prevent against sexual abuse.
The Underwear Rule has 5 important aspects.

1. Your body is your own

Children should be taught that their body belongs to them and no one can touch it without
their permission. Open and direct communication at an early age about sexuality and
“private body parts”, using the correct names for genitals and other parts of the body, will
help children understand what is not allowed. Children have the right to refuse a kiss or a
touch, even from a person they love. Children should be taught to say “No”, immediately
and firmly, to inappropriate physical contact, to get away from unsafe situations and to
tell a trusted adult. It is important to stress that they should persist until someone takes
the matter seriously.
In the book, the hand always asks Kiko for permission before touching. Kiko grants
permission. When the hand wants to touch inside the underwear, Kiko says “No!”. Parents
or carers could use this sequence to explain to children that they can say “No” at any
2. Good touch – bad touch
Children do not always recognise appropriate and inappropriate touching. Tell children it is
not okay if someone looks at or touches their private parts or asks them to look at or touch
someone else’s private parts. The Underwear Rule helps them to recognise an obvious,
easy-to-remember border: the underwear. It also helps adults to start a discussion with
children. If children are not sure if a person’s behaviour is acceptable, make sure they
know to ask a trusted adult for help.
In the book, Kiko refuses to be touched inside the underwear. Parents can explain
that some adults (such as carers, parents or doctors) may have to touch
children, but children should be encouraged to say “No” if a situation
makes them feel uncomfortable.
In the book, the hand encourages Kiko to speak out if somebody wants to touch Kiko in
any inappropriate manner. This sequence can be used to discuss the difference between
a good secret (such as a surprise party) and a bad secret (something that makes the child
feel sad and anxious). Parents should encourage children to share bad secrets with them.
4. Prevention and protection are the responsibility of an adult
When children are abused they feel shame, guilt and fear. Adults should avoid creating
taboos around sexuality, and make sure children know whom to turn to if they are worried,
anxious or sad. Children may feel that something is wrong. Adults should be attentive and
receptive to their feelings and behaviour. There may be many reasons why a child refuses
contact with another adult or with another child. This should be respected. Children should
always feel that they can talk to their parents about this issue.
The hand in the book is Kiko’s friend. Adults are there to help children in their daily lives.
Preventing sexual violence is first and foremost the adult’s responsibility and it is important
to avoid putting all the burden on children’s shoulders.
3. Good secrets – bad secrets
Secrecy is a main tactic of sexual abusers. That’s why it’s important to teach
the difference between good and bad secrets and to create a climate of
confidence. Every secret that makes them anxious, uncomfortable, fearful
or sad is not good and should not be kept; it should be told to a trustworthy
adult (parent, teacher, police officer, doctor).
5. Other helpful hints to accompany The Underwear Rule
Reporting and disclosure
Children need to be instructed about adults who can be part of their
safety network. They should be encouraged to select adults whom they
can trust, are available and ready to listen and help. Only one member
of the safety network should live with the child; the other should live
outside the immediate family circle. Children should know how to seek
help from such a trust network.
Known perpetrators
In most cases the perpetrator is someone known to the child. It is especially
difficult for young children to understand that someone who knows them
could abuse them. Keep in mind the grooming process that abusers use
to win the trust of children. Informing parents regularly about someone
who gives gifts, asks to keep secrets or tries to spend time alone with a
child must be a set rule in the house.
Unknown perpetrators
In some cases the perpetrator is a stranger. Teach your child simple rules
about contact with strangers: never get into a car with a stranger, never
accept gifts or invitations from a stranger. .
Children should know that there are professionals that can be particularly
helpful (teachers, social workers, ombudspersons, physicians, the school
psychologist, the police) and that there are help lines that children can
call to seek advice.
Why The Underwear Rule?
About one in five children falls victim to some form of sexual abuse and violence. It
happens to children of every gender, every age, every skin colour, every social class
and every religion. The perpetrator is often someone the child knows and trusts. The
perpetrator can also be a child.
You can help prevent this happening to your child.
Good communication with children is the key. It implies openness, determination,
straightforwardness and a friendly, non-intimidating atmosphere.
The Underwear Rule can help you with this.
A child is never too young to be taught The Underwear Rule because abuse can happen
at every age.
If you find it uncomfortable to talk about this subject with your child, please remember
that it is probably more difficult for you as an adult than it is for a child.
What to do if you suspect abuse?
When you suspect your child has been abused, it is very important
not to be angry with your child. Do not make your child feel as if they
have done something wrong.
Do not interrogate the child. You could ask what may have happened,
when and with whom, but do not ask why it happened.
Try not to be upset in front of your child. Children can easily feel guilty
and may hold back information.
Try not to jump to conclusions based on little or unclear information.
Reassure your child that you will do something about it, and contact
someone who could help, like a psychologist, child care specialist,
doctor, social worker or the police.
In some countries special helplines and centres responsible for
helping child victims of sexual violence have been set up. They can
also guide you and should be contacted when a child is a possible
victim of sexual violence.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

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Deadly protests, riots and the storming of American embassies that started on September the 11th in Egypt have quickly spread to Libya, Tunisia, Sudan, Yemen, Lebanon, Gaza, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Morocco, Israel, Iraq, India, Indonesia and others. Welcome to another edition of the Bible in the News, this is John Billington with you this week.

Ironically the worst of violence is originating from the many of the countries that were involved in the "Arab Spring" and where America and her allies supported the transition to democracy. Libya is one such place where the American ambassador and a number of others were killed. All this was apparently in response to a low budget film insulting the prophet Mohamed that was posted on the internet, although many doubt that pointing to the level of the organized protests and the timing on September the 11th.

The long term results and lasting impact of the events taking place are hard to predict. We do know however that nations such as Libya are not destined to be pro American, quite the opposite in fact. We have looked many times on the Bible in the News at the final line up of the nations at the battle of Armageddon in Ezekiel 38. There we find a northern confederacy of nations lead by Russia and the Catholic Church and a southern confederacy of nations lead by Britain. There we find for example that Libya is with the Northern confederacy of nations, so no matter how much help America, Britain and Canada give them in turfing out Gaddaffi they are not destined to be friends. What we find when we go through the list of Middle Eastern nations in Ezekiel we find them split, some with the Northern Confederacy and some with the Southern.

To understand the Arab world and where it came from and where it is headed we go back to Genesis and the account of Ishmael, Abraham's son through Hagar. We do not have time to go into this in detail here but we do find that God had a purpose with this family. It was not through Hagar that the promises of a chosen seed etc. would be realized but through Sarah and Isaac. That said in Genesis 16:12 we find very significant promises regarding the future of the Ishmaelites