Culture: A Nomadic Life In The Gobi Desert, Mongolia

DW Documentary (February 25, 2023) – Otgo is the youngest child of a nomadic family in the Gobi desert. They make their living breeding cattle. Otgo loves their life, in harmony with nature and old traditions. Yet she dreams of becoming a dancer at the opera house in Ulan Bator.

In Mongolia, it is becoming increasingly common for the younger generation to leave traditional life behind. Otgo’s dream would take her far from her family’s yurt. She wants to become a dancer and later, a dance teacher. Her parents leave it up to her to decide how she wants to shape her life. They agree to support her, if she embarks on her great endeavor. In the meantime, Otgo has become an almost indispensable help to the family.

She gets up early in the morning to water the camels with her father, and it fills her with pride that she can help her family. The breathtaking landscape of the Gobi Desert and the strong bonds between the different nomadic families do not make it easy for Otgo to follow her dream. Otgo’s story paints a portrait of her world and of the men and women who have long passed on their culture from generation to generation, through the eyes of a child.


Village Walks: Bormes-les-Mimosas, South Of France

Bormes-les-Mimosas (February 2023) is a small village in the Var clinging to the side of a hill, a sort of flowery balcony over an intense blue Mediterranean. Lower down, Le Lavandou and its beaches, the fort of Brégançon not far from the open sea then the sunny coasts of the Côte d’Azur.

This French commune is located on the edge of the Mediterranean and in the southern part of the Moorish massif. Like any locality in the region, the climate is Mediterranean with high heat in July. The tourist attractions of this city are many. The most important of these is the old castle which is located on a hill. Then comes St. Francis Square where you can see a statue of St. Francis de Paul, a famous monk who lived there in the fifteenth century.

Filmed and edited by Tourist Channel

World Economic Forum: Top Stories – Feb 25, 2023

World Economic Forum (February 25, 2023) – This week’s top stories of the week include:

0:15 This zero-emission truck drives itself – The truck is made by Swedish firm Einride. It says autonomous trucks could succeed where self-driving cars, so far, haven’t because freight trucks follow specific routes. Unlike car drivers, who often want freedom and spontaneity and specific, predictable routes require less complex autonomous technology. “But for a lot of transport, it’s actually the exact opposite. You don’t want it to be spontaneous. You don’t want it to suddenly be in another part of the country than it’s expected to be. [Trucks] need predictability. And they need to make sure that it actually arrives on time.”

2:48 Plastic-eating enzymes help recycle clothing – Scientists at the University of Portsmouth have identified more than 70 plastic-eating enzymes. This could divert millions of tonnes of textiles from landfill.

3:59 Why the ‘nowhere office’ is the future of work – This author thinks work will no longer be defined by a fixed time and place and that the culture of office presenteeism is over. The pandemic has changed people’s work habits forever. Many workers now see flexibility as a right, not a privilege. 40% of workers say they wouldn’t take a job without remote or hybrid options. Hobsbawm says we should be campaigning for new ways to value and pay for work, based around set outcomes rather than fixed hours as part of a momentous culture shift she calls ‘the great re-evaluation’.

7:04 Spain approves menstrual leave – It’s the first ‘menstrual leave’ law in Europe. People can take up to 3 days of leave a month paid for by the state if they suffer from cramps, nausea, dizziness or vomiting. In extreme cases, it can even be extended to 5 days. The sick leave will require a doctor’s note and will not cover those in mild discomfort. Similar laws exist in South Korea, Japan, Zambia and Indonesia


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Finance Preview: Barron’s Magazine – Feb 27, 2023


Barron’s Magazine – February 27, 2023:

What Everyone Got Wrong About the Economy—and the Ominous Implications for the Fed

The central bank’s efforts to tame inflation haven’t worked yet. More pain, and a harder landing, could lie ahead.

How to Invest Right Now—and When a Slowdown Comes

How to Invest Right Now—and When a Slowdown Comes

Cyclical companies with pricing power look good for now, but prepare to switch to growth stocks as the Fed eases up.

Inside Bitcoin’s $7 Billion Sunken Treasure

Inside Bitcoin’s $7 Billion Sunken Treasure

A fight over Grayscale Bitcoin Trust is heading to court as investors and hedge funds jockey over the fate of the world’s largest crypto fund.

Front Page: The New York Times – February 25, 2023


Protests and Defiance Mark a Year of Russia’s War on Ukraine

On the anniversary of the invasion, Volodymyr Zelensky held a marathon news conference and vowed victory if Ukraine’s allies remained united like a fist.

Russia, Ukraine and the West Vow to Fight On, in a War With No End in Sight

Moscow and Kyiv face daunting challenges in moving forward, with no clear sense of what an attainable victory might look like.

The Salton Sea, an Accident of History, Faces a New Water Crisis

The vast California lake relies on runoff from cropland to avoid disappearing. But as farmers face water cuts due to drought and an ever drier Colorado River, the Salton Sea stands to lose again.

The Fed’s Preferred Inflation Gauge Sped Back Up

Inflation is down from its peak last summer, but recent readings have shown substantial and surprising staying power.