Introducing The Manual Podcast: ‘Beards, Booze, and Bacon’

first_img The Manual Podcast Celebrates 100 Episodes With a New Name Editors’ Recommendations In our debut podcast episode, we give a little background on The Manual publication — how we started and what we cover. The total solar eclipse is also on the agenda: Our Portland staff welcomes the eclipse into America while Cator Sparks is in Charleston, South Carolina on a “Path of Totality Farewell Tour” cruise. We also give a recap of our great Scotland adventure series, an essential guide to that great green getaway. Sam discusses his trip to Tennessee, where he experiences nine distilleries on the Bourbon Trail, as well as the rise, fall, and rise again of our favorite brown spirit. Our favorite quote from him? “Many cocktail bars worth their salt rim…”So pop open your favorite brew, step into your man cave, and start streaming Beards, Booze and Bacon: The Manual podcast.Further ReadingA Fond Farewell to The Great American Eclipse 2017 from Charleston, South Carolina: A mid-day cruise on the Charleston Harbor had everything you would ever need for such an important affair, including an open bar, a guy named Captain Bob, and Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart.”Photo by David Handschuh/Distilled Spirits Council David Handschuh/Distilled Spirits CouncilIf You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? When it comes to bourbon, there is no place more sacred than Kentucky, where 95 percent of the world’s bourbon is made. Once you’re in Kentucky, though, what do you do?. Created in 1999 by the Kentucky Distillers Association, the goal of the Kentucky Bourbon was to give eager visitors a chance to see all that goes into making America’s spirit. Afterwards, you can check out the Tennessee Whiskey Trail.From the Hebrides to the Highlands, This is Our Essential Guide to Scotland: Though this ancient land is steeped in a wild and rich history, it endures as a refreshingly progressive and welcoming European nation. Read on to learn more about Edinburgh, tartans, and chutney, as well as notable Scottish menswear brands, restaurants, and (of course)whisky. Talking Rum, Cocktails, and Tiki with The Bamboo Room’s Kevin Beary The Ultimate Guide on How to Shape a Beard last_img read more

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UN agencies launch much needed literacy programmes across Afghanistan

An estimated 90 per cent of women and 63 per cent of men in rural areas of Afghanistan, where the large majority live, are illiterate, according to the 2005 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) report for Afghanistan.“Addressing the challenges posed by the low literacy rate in Afghanistan contributes to the eradication of poverty, access to health, sustainable development and the ability of Afghans to enjoy a peaceful and democratic society,” said Shigeru Aoyagi, Country Director for the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).Mr. Aoyagi told reporters in Kabul that “at least 11 million Afghans aged 15 and over are in need of literacy and skills development,” at the launch of this year’s UNESCO Education for All: Global Action Week.“Despite these daunting figures, literacy and non-formal education programmes are priority areas within the National Education Strategic Plan,” said Mr. Aoyagi, noting that both UNESCO and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are currently working with the Ministry of Education on non-formal literacy programmes.He said that the UNESCO Enhancement of Literacy in Afghanistan programme will operate in 18 provinces, providing 600,000 learners, 60 per cent of them women, with literacy and further skills training by 2013.UNICEF said that its initiative, operating in all 34 provinces of Afghanistan, will contribute to achieving a 20 per cent increase in the literacy rate for women by 2013, noting, however, that security is a prerequisite for the long-term success of the effort. “In order to safeguard the gains that are being made in the field of literacy, UNESCO and UNICEF are strongly urging the Government and local communities across Afghanistan to renew their commitments to protect schools, literacy centres, learners and teachers from violent attacks,” said Gopal Sharma, UNICEF Deputy Representative.During the Global Action Week countries all over the world reaffirm their commitment to achieving the “Education for All” goals set by over 160 countries at the 2000 World Education Conference in Dakar, Senegal. 20 April 2009The United Nations today announced the launch of a literacy initiative in Afghanistan, which has some of the lowest rates of reading and writing in the world. read more

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