UN General Assembly members vote in favor of proposal promoting developing nations’ access to farming technology
WASHINTON - A majority comprised of 133 states voted at the United Nations General Assembly Friday in favor of an Israeli proposal to make farming technology more accessible to developing African nations. Arab countries, who opposed the measure for political reasons, led a group of 35 nations who abstained from the vote.
The measure proposed by the Jewish state is expected to aid the Arab world among other regions, and is in line with the UN policy to eradiate hunger and poverty.
Iraq expressed objection to the proposal on behalf the Arab states, claiming that Israel is exploiting the developing world’s needs to make political gains and to mask “illegal and destructive” policies. Nevertheless, the Arab states did not vote against the measure.
Working mothers multi-task for more than 40 per cent of their waking hours, researchers found.
The study showed that mothers spend 48.3 hours per week multi-tasking, compared with 38.9 hours for their partners.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the researchers found that most of the women described multi-tasking as a “negative” experience, which creates stress.
Shira Offer, the study lead author and an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, said: “Gender differences in multi-tasking are not only a matter of quantity but, more importantly, quality.
“Our findings provide support for the popular notion that women are the ultimate multi-taskers and suggest that the emotional experience of multi-tasking is very different for mothers and fathers.
“There is a considerable disparity in the quality of the multi-tasking experience for working mums and dads.
“For mothers, multi-tasking is – on the whole – a negative experience, whereas it is not for fathers.
“Only mothers report negative emotions and feeling stressed and conflicted when they multi-task at home and in public settings. By contrast, multi-tasking in these contexts is a positive experience for fathers.”
The researchers said the study shows that at least some of the difference in the way multi-tasking makes working mothers and fathers feel is related to the types of activities they perform.
Prof Offer added: “When they multi-task at home, for example, mothers are more likely than fathers to engage in housework or child care activities, which are usually labour intensive efforts.
“Fathers, by contrast, tend to engage in other types of activities when they multi-task at home, such as talking to a third person or engaging in self-care. These are less burdensome experiences.”
The study found that among working mothers, 52.7 per cent of all multi-tasking episodes at home involved housework, compared with 42.2 per cent among working fathers.
Also, 35.5 per cent of all multi-tasking episodes at home involve child care for mothers compared with 27.9 for fathers.
The researchers also believe that multi-tasking – particularly at home and in public – is a more negative experience for working mothers than for fathers because mothers’ activities are more susceptible to outside scrutiny.
Barbara Schneider, co-author of the study and a sociology professor at Michigan State University, said: “At home and in public are the environments in which most household and child care related tasks take place, and mothers’ activities in these settings are highly visible to other people.
“Therefore, their ability to fulfil their role as good mothers can be easily judged and criticised when they multi-task in these contexts, making it a more stressful and negative experience for them than for fathers.”
Working fathers do not typically face these types of pressures, according to Prof Offer. “Although they are also expected to be involved in their children’s lives and do household chores, fathers are still considered to be the family’s major provider,’’ she said.
The study was published in the American Sociological Review.
A decade after they canceled their plans to perform for fans in Tel Aviv, the Red Hot Chili Peppers will be performing in Israel.
In 2001, in the wake of the release of the band’s successful album “Californication,” 20,000 tickets were sold for a concert featuring the Red Hot Chili Peppers in Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park. After a wave of terrorist attacks, however, the band canceled their visit to Israel
“I am sure that the Israeli public fully understands how much work and effort has gone into bringing this wonderful band to Israel,” said producer Shuki Weiss, behind the efforts to bring the Chili Peppers to Israel.
“I am pleased that the artists and their managers have stood by their word to visit and make up for the show that was canceled in 2001.”
After a wave of rumors over the past few weeks about the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ upcoming concert, Weiss confirmed that the concert will be taking place on September 10 2012 in Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park. Tickets will go on early sale for a special price of NIS 320, going up to NIS 390 once the early sale is over. Premium and VIP tickets will also be available for NIS 750 and NIS 1200 respectively.
The Peppers visit to Israel is part of a world tour to promote their most recent, and tenth, album. They will appear as part of the Picnic festival organized by Weiss.