BERLIN: A 33 year old man mother of the two people crowned as Miss German on Saturday in revamped contest that the organizer say focuses on a woman’s beliefs and personality rather than her appearance, leaving behind classic swimwear styles. Wearing a black trouser suit, Anja Kallenbach won the final of the “Empowering Authentic Women” contest broadcast on Youtube. In the face of criticism that such contests are sexist and reinforce mysticism, other organizers, including Miss United States, also canceled swimsuit rounds. Miss Germany organizers said women between the ages of 18 and 39 need to show that “they have a goal in mind and are committed to a better tomorrow”.
Several events and protests are held in different parts of Karachi on Sundays in connection with International Mother Language Day, a worldwide commemoration held every 21 February to promote multilingualism and awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity.
The Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) and the Punjabi Student Union (PSA) organized separate demonstrations outside the Karachi Press Club, during which speakers called for saving the mother tongue to forge a greater national unity and pluralistic society.
When speaking to the protesters, PkMAP President Sindh Nazir Jan Lala and Central Executive Abdul Rauf Lala said that the mother tongue is the identity of the community and reflects the culture and traditions of the indigenous population.
They called for the teaching media in schools and colleges to use the mother tongue, especially in Pashto in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and in Balochi in Balochistan. Nazir Jan from PkMAP said that Pakistan is a multilingual country, but successive governments have neglected the importance of mother tongue as a medium of instruction in schools, which has created a sense of deprivation among indigenous peoples.
A large number of PSA members from various city academic institutions attended the rally to commemorate International Mother Language Day. Speakers at the rally demanded the promotion of their native Punjabi and its teaching in schools.
PSA leaders said that because Pakistan’s constitution also regulates the promotion of regional languages, Punjab must immediately make Punjabi a medium of instruction and also make it a compulsory subject in public and private schools.
On February 21, 1952, students at the University of Dhaka staged a protest demanding that Bangla be declared the national language of Pakistan because 56 percent of the country’s population at that time were Bengali speakers. The police opened fire on them and killed five students.
With the slogan “happy children, happy world”, five mothers from Turkey, Switzerland, Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina are reaching out to children in distress around the world.
Annoyed by the current condition of some children around the world, especially in refugee camps, mothers joined in Switzerland in January 2020 to establish the international association For Children Smile to help children living in various parts of the world, especially in refugee camps.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency (AA), Emine Taş, president of the organization, said their focus is on reaching children who need humanitarian assistance, especially those living in war and conflict zones, occupied areas and affected areas.
“After witnessing many times the pain of thousands of children in countries ravaged by war and poverty, I decided to do something for them. Mothers like me from different cultures came together, and we founded associations,” he said.
The organization aims to ensure that all rights in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child are applied without exception to all children, said Tas.
According to the organization, so far it has identified 100,000 children in Syria, 13,000 in Yemen, 5,000 in Palestine, and 1,500 across Asia and Europe who are in need of humanitarian assistance, educational assistance, housing and access to various facilities.
Tülay Gökçimen, a volunteer at the association, said the association aims to reach out to children living in different parts of the world, especially in refugee camps.
“Out of 79.5 million, an estimated 30 million-34 million children under the age of 18 are among forced refugees worldwide,” according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Gökçimen said they were distributing winter aid, including clothes, toys, blankets, hygiene products and food packages, in collaboration with Rahma Austria, an aid agency, in Lebanon last week.
“Having learned about the situation of Palestinian and Syrian refugees in the Lebanese camps, we would like to organize humanitarian assistance in those camps,” he added.
During the COVID-19 crisis, the organization distributed tablets to disadvantaged children in Turkey who faced the challenge of being left behind due to a lack of access to gadgets to pursue online education.
“For at least 463 million children whose schools are closed due to COVID-19, there is no such thing as distance learning,” said Henrietta Fore, UNICEF executive director, last year.
“After UNICEF warned that millions of Yemeni children were facing the threat of starvation due to the COVID-19 crisis, we have decided to step up our activities in Yemen,” Taş said.
“This year, apart from our ongoing activities, we plan to carry out many humanitarian aid projects in Yemen. These projects are generally planned to provide food, education and hygienic products, ”he said.
The foyer is filled with a wide variety of foods: fresh fruit, bread, frozen chicken and turkey, ground beef, canned tuna, sweet potatoes, spinach, beets, onions, pancake mix, yogurt, eggs, milk, juices, canned fruits and vegetables, granola bars, ramen noodles and more, says Gibson.
“It’s almost like a mini grocery store on my porch for folks,” says Gibson.
If anyone has dietary restrictions, they can message Gibson in advance and have him work to accommodate their needs.
There is also a table with donation item rotation. It has everything from baby formula and diapers to shampoo to makeup.
About 10 to 12 people come to get food each week. Gibson said he didn’t know most of them, but had heard some of their stories.
A woman living in a nearby apartment complex for the elderly does not have enough money left after she has paid rent and utilities. The other is a single mother who is experiencing separation.
Gibson said it doesn’t matter what the circumstances of one’s life. He’s just “here to help anyone who needs food.”
When asked how long he plans to keep the kitchen open, Gibson said “forever, if I could help.”
“If we don’t live in this location, and we live in another place, we will start again,” said Gibson. “Everyone goes through hard times. I just want to reduce stress and comfort to them as much as I can.”
Neighbors pieced together events that took place in the days leading up to the shocking moment of a Melbourne mother who is believed to have killed her three children before committing suicide.
The bodies of Katie Perinovic, her two daughters Claire, 7, and Anna, 5, and son Matthew, 3, were found inside their Tullamarine home, in the northern suburbs of the city, on Thursday afternoon.
Perinovic’s husband, Tomislav, 48, called emergency services and was questioned by police before he was released without charge.
Less than 24 hours before the shocking murder, 42-year-old Perinovic had dropped a bag of prunes at the home of his neighbors on Burgess St, Daniel and Vicky Schembri.
Mr Schembri, who has lived on the street with his wife for 48 years, said Perinovic knocked on the door at 5.30pm on Wednesday. He thanked her, and she said “Bye,” she told NCA Newswire.
Just two days earlier, the Schembris family had heard children play happily in their pop-up pool. “They screamed and screamed and had fun and all that,” he told The Australian.
The Perinovics are well known among their neighbors. The children wish Mr Schembri a happy new year. Kevin and Clare Harrison, who live opposite the family, visited on Christmas Day to give gifts to the children.
“We sat with them for a while and Tom was on the floor playing with little Matthew in the car we gave him,” she told The Australian. “He helped the girls unpack their pieces. We just laughed and joked about things.”
On Thursday afternoon, the children died, after an act that sent shockwaves into a usually deserted community.
“Investigators are not sure the 48-year-old man was involved in the incident and police are not looking for anyone further on the matter,” police said on Thursday afternoon.
“Killing Squad investigators have formed the initial view that the 42-year-old woman was responsible for all four deaths and once their investigation is complete, a report will be provided for consideration by the coroner.”
Locals are now trying to find out if there is any clue as to what they saw and heard about the family hours earlier.
One of the local parents who arrived back from the village trip at around 4pm on Wednesday told the Herald Sun that they saw Perinovic visiting another house on the street and talking to the owner of the house named Freddie in an act that now looks extraordinary.
A young mother living around the corner told Herald Sun that she had returned from morning coffee with friends on Thursday morning when she heard a very loud scream coming from Burgess St.
He is now convinced that the agitated cry at around 11.45am was Perinovic. About half an hour later, the mother said, she heard sirens.
Marie Groves’ family friend said she last saw Perinovic when the mother of three visited her home in November for a party.
Groves said Perinovic appeared “very quiet and reserved”.
“On November 29, I invited her to meet and help celebrate my daughter’s birthday with my children,” Groves told NCA NewsWire on Thursday morning.
“She was only there for a short time … her two older daughters were very much like mine, they chatted and laughed – typical of seven year olds, they are pretty kids.
“On that day he seemed a little aloof – that’s not unusual – he was very quiet … come to think of it maybe that’s a clue?”
Groves said he didn’t really know Perinovic’s husband, Tomislav, because he “worked around the clock.”
Groves, who has developed a close bond with Perinovic as their children grew up together, said the last time he saw his neighbor was before Christmas, when he also seemed “a little quieter than usual”.
However, he added, nothing seemed out of the ordinary.
Schembris said Perinovic moved into the next house about 25 years ago before he met his future wife.
“Once they got married, she got pregnant,” said Schembri, adding that Perinovic looked “happy”.
Schembris said they used to see children who were “very active” all the time playing and riding their bikes on the road. The oldest, Claire, is getting dance lessons and the youngest is starting school.
Claire and Anna both attended St Christopher’s Elementary School on the outskirts of West Airport.
“Now, in heaven,” said Schembri. “They are very good children.”
The first indication he had that something was wrong on Thursday was seeing emergency services rushing onto the streets.
“We saw Tom sitting in a chair with his hands behind his back,” she said.
“She was quiet – numb.
“And then they took him to the police car.”
Schembri said his heart broke thinking about the three children wishing him a happy new year, eating sweets, two weeks ago. “How could this happen?” she says.
Perinovic’s former colleague, who is a physiotherapist, told the Herald Sun that they were devastated to learn of the death.
It is known that he left the Glenroy Physiotherapy clinic unexpectedly about three months ago.
Acting Deputy Commissioner Robert Hill said police will work to support the families of those involved and ensure they get the help they need.
“I know there will be many people in society who are struggling to understand and accept this tragedy,” he said.
“It is also a very difficult time for the police and paramedics, who responded to and attended the scene yesterday.
“This is a very heart wrenching experience for all parties.”
Lee, a team manager at the West Meadows paramedic unit, also laid flowers at the scene and took a moment to reflect outside the home.
Speaking to NCA NewsWire, he said about five of his paramedics responded to Thursday’s horror and were “shaken”.
“The loss of three children is affecting everyone including our staff,” he said.
“This isn’t normal … yes we have a troublesome element in our roles, but incidents like this are rare.”
On Fridays, mourners lay flowers and cards on the property.
One child, Anabelle, left a handwritten note on the gate moments before detectives left the scene with a brown evidence bag.
“To Claire, Anna, Matt, and Katie. You are always very kind, loving, caring and Claire is always my best friend (best friend forever). Love from Anabelle,” read the note.