Heifer International is well-known around the world for helping connect small-holder farmers with livestock to lift families and entire communities out of severe poverty. The system looks great on paper, so Assistant Professor Nicholas Magnan and his Ph.D. student William Thompson traveled to Nepal to test the efficacy of the model in alleviating poverty in the real world. Their research focused on evaluating the effectiveness of the productive asset transfers model of development aid and the role it plays in the goals of organizations such as Heifer. “NGOs (or non-governmental organizations) devote massive levels of resources to them, and they are very popular with donors. In addition, the theory behind asset transfers and poverty dynamics seems pretty sound on paper,” Thompson said. “(However,) there is very little rigorous evidence to whether these types of programs work,” Magnan added. “My colleague Sarah Janzen at Montana State (University) and Will wanted to conduct an evaluation to investigate if one such program works and how.” Magnan and Thompson’s project in Nepal, part of the U.S. Feed the Future BASIS Assets and Markets Innovation Lab, began in early 2014. Alongside Janzen, research partners in Nepal and partners at Heifer, Magnan and Thompson developed a framework for the project. Within weeks of receiving funding provided by the U.S. Agency for International Development, Thompson was headed for Nepal.“Heifer is a huge international NGO, the originator of the livestock transfer model of poverty alleviation,” Thompson said. “Their belief is that by enhancing a poor household’s bundle of productive assets through a gift of livestock, technical trainings and improving social capital, they can provide just the push needed to get these households on a sustainable pathway out of poverty. Our project applies rigorous experimental methods to precisely identify the overall effects of the Heifer program and the mechanisms by which it works.” The crux of Heifer’s program is that the initial beneficiaries “pass on the gift” of livestock and training to another family in need once the initial livestock produce offspring. Magnan and Thompson’s project evaluates not only the program’s effect on those initial beneficiaries, but also on those who receive the gift. Thompson hopes that the final results from the research “contribute to our understanding of the nature of poverty: how households fall into it, how they climb out and what sorts of policies can help to reduce it.” Magnan’s goals are similar.In a related project, the team is working with the International Food Policy Research Institute to develop a Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index using some of the same survey data. “I hope to learn more about if and how livestock transfer programs can help generate income, increase women’s empowerment and improve nutrition for women and children,” he said. “I’m especially interested in the effectiveness of the ‘pass the gift’ model, which makes these types of programs appealing for their self-propagating nature.”To learn more about Heifer and their work in Nepal, visit www.heifernepal.org, and to learn more about the BASIS AMA Innovation Lab, visit basis.ucdavis.edu.
NAFCU witness Sonya McDonald, executive vice president and chief lending officer at Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union, is slated to deliver the credit union perspective on how to strengthen the Small Business Administration’s 7(a) loan program before the House Small Business Committee Wednesday.McDonald testified on the same subject before a House Small Business subcommittee last year.The hearing, “Strengthening SBA’s 7(a) Loan Program,” is slated to begin at 11 a.m. Eastern. The hearing will also include testimony from representatives of the Independent Community Bankers of America, the American Bankers Association and the National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders. continue reading » 23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
“As a devout Catholic, Mr. Gutierrez’s faith requires the assistance of clergy to help him pass from life into afterlife.”Gutierrez was due to be executed Tuesday evening until the Supreme Court said it should be determined if having a priest present raised “serious security problems.”On death row for 20 years, Gutierrez, 43, was convicted of the murder in 1998 of a 85-year-old woman, trailer-park owner Escolastica Harrison, in a robbery.Gutierrez and two others were accused of stabbing her to death to steal $56,000 that she had stored away in her home. Topics : One pleaded guilty and the second escaped. The third, Gutierrez, was convicted at trial and sentenced to death, but has all along insisted on his innocence.His lawyers had battled for a delay, asking Texas Governor Greg Abbott to halt the execution so they could pursue a DNA examination they say could prove his innocence.”In a case with no physical or forensic evidence against him, to execute Mr. Gutierrez without conducting DNA testing would be the ultimate violation of his civil rights,” Nolan said in a statement.Gutierrez’s defenders also argue that the high number of COVID-19 cases at his prison in Huntsville, Texas presents a risk for his family and others that would attend the execution.Texas prisons have counted 7,445 cases of coronavirus, among both inmates and guards, according to the state prison bureau. The US Supreme Court on Tuesday granted a last-minute reprieve to a Texas prisoner facing execution after the Catholic Church campaigned for him to be allowed to have priest present.The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops argued that Ruben Gutierrez’s constitutional rights and religious liberty were violated by a year-old state statue which bans religious officials from the death chamber.The court granted the stay based on Gutierrez’s challenge to Texas’s “change of the longstanding practice… of allowing prisoners to have spiritual advisors in the chamber during executions,” Shawn Nolan, one of his attorneys, said.
Natasha Ramia and Dan Workum with kids, Ruby, 13, and Josh, 11, who bought on the Gold Coast for a lifestyle change. Picture: Adam Head.MORE than a third of Queenslanders are determined to save for their first property, with new research revealing the coronavirus pandemic is changing spending habits and lifestyle goals. The survey by Westpac found many people are reconsidering where and how they would like to live, with 36 per cent of Queenslanders wanting to live somewhere less populated, as well as closer to the beach and further away from the city.Westpac managing director of mortgages Anthony Hughes said the survey found the value of homeownership was as important as ever, at a time when most Queenslanders were spending more of their waking and sleeping hours at home. COVID-19 has prompted more Queenslanders to want to save for a first home. Photographer: Liam Kidston.“We know Queensland is popular with lots of young families, which could explain why so many are seeking to use their outdoor spaces more or save for their first home,” Mr Hughes said.“Traditionally the demand for property has always been closer to city where there are a lot of employment prospects; but now for those who are able work remotely and are thinking this will become the new normal, many are considering the possibility of a sea change or tree change to somewhere less populated.“The research also told us those residing outside of Brisbane were especially keen to move closer to the coastline, which reflects people wanting to be near to outdoor areas like parks and beaches where they can spend time with family, exercise and socialise.” Aerial photo of Alexandra Beach, Sunshine Coast. COVID-19 has inspired more people to want a seachange.He said Queensland had the highest proportion of people determined to save for their first home of all the states and territories.“The restrictions are encouraging and enabling more aspiring first-home buyers to save,” Mr Hughes said. “We’re seeing good trends in savings habits, as people are a bit more prudent on the spending side.”Rooms such as studies are in demand, according to the Westpac research, with more people likely to convert nooks and crannies in their homes into work spaces.The national survey also found 73 per cent of Queenslanders would also prefer living in a house over an apartment and just over a quarter intend to buy a new home once restrictions have eased. Aerial images of suburban houses in southwest Brisbane.Nearly a quarter of Queenslanders place a greater importance on having a backyard or a study in their home and 20 per cent would prefer to live in a suburb with larger properties.“Australians want more space. The ideal home is changing (to include) studies, more space in the kitchen given we’re eating and cooking more at home, and … home gyms because all gyms are closed,” Mr Hughes said.“We’re also valuing outdoor space and backyards more, as there has been a reluctance to be out in the community.“Traditionally, the demand for property was closer to the big cities, where a lot of the big employment prospects were. “An interesting theme now, whether it’s temporary or long term, for those who can work entirely remotely, the possibility of a sea change or tree change has really opened up.” A new survey has found more Queenslanders are wanting to live closer to the water.Alex Phillis of Alex Phillis Luxury Real Estate, who sells high-end homes on the Gold Coast with his colleague Zack Tanti, said he had noticed an increase in people with the money to buy making the decision to splash out since COVID-19.“What’s the point of sitting on your money in the bank at the moment when the returns are so poor — might as well have some fun and spend it,” Mr Phillis said.“That’s the biggest change I’ve noticed since COVID. People (particularly 60-plus) are now saying; ‘How long have I got? Life’s too short. and worth living. More from newsCOVID-19 renovation boom: How much Aussies are spending to give their houses a facelift during the pandemic3 days agoWhizzkid buys almost one property a month during COVID-197 days ago“These people a year ago would probably spend $1 million on a property and and leave some in the bank, but I’m finding in a lot of cases they’re now doubling that.” Mr Phillis said he recently sold a property at 14 Anglers Esplanade, Runaway Bay, to a childcare operator for $2.78 million.“These are buyers that would only have spent $1.5 million a year ago,” he said. Inside the home at 14 Anglers Esplanade, Runaway Bay.Natasha Ramia and her husband, Dan, have just moved in to a home on the water on the Gold Coast after reconsidering their lifestyle in the wake of COVID-19.Ms Ramia said they upgraded to a house with a pool and spa on the canal in Sovereign Island to escape from the chaos and crowds of city life and give their two children more space.“It’s such a nice, quiet area,” Ms Ramia said.“The kids ride the electic scooters and there are so many beautiful parks where you can just sit and relax. “You can walk everywhere and there’s no traffic, basically. Then we take the boat out on weekends!” Ms Ramia said the coronvirus lockdown had given her a chance to “slow down” and appreciate life.“We run a family business so it’s always just go, go, go,” she said.“To stop for a while and take stock of life makes a big difference.”
Boston Globe 14 April 2016Family First Comment: Republicans and Democrats agreeing!“Where marijuana is legal, young people are more likely to use it and a vote against legalizing the commercial marijuana industry is a vote to protect our kids and communities.” The campaign will point to Colorado, where regulators have struggled with edible products — the marijuana infused candy, cookies, and colas that often look identical to their non-pot equivalent and can be appealing to kids. And they’ll trumpet a federal drug-use survey that found Colorado has the highest youth rate of marijuana use in the nation.A triumvirate of the most powerful politicians in the state is teaming up in an all-out effort to stop a likely November ballot question that would legalize marijuana for adult recreational use.Governor Charlie Baker, Mayor Martin J. Walsh of Boston, and House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo are set to announce Thursday that they are launching an anti-legalization campaign that also includes a coalition of doctors, law enforcement officials, and addiction specialists. The push will warn that approving the measure would increase marijuana use among youths.The newly formed opposition group — the Campaign for a Safe and Healthy Massachusetts — sets the stage for a bitter and expensive battle this fall.Deep-pocketed national pro-legalization forces have for years been planning the Massachusetts referendum campaign, which would legalize marijuana for those 21 and older, and allow retail sales beginning in January 2018. They are expected to gather enough signatures to win placement on the ballot, and they have a record of spending many millions of dollars to convince voters in states such as Colorado to support legalization.But Baker and the other two political leaders, aides say, have committed to raise money for the anti-marijuana effort and make public appearances arguing against the initiative.Baker, a Republican, said in a statement that he and the two Democrats are “in bipartisan opposition to legalizing a recreational marketplace for a drug that would put our children at risk and threaten to reverse our progress combating the growing opioid epidemic so this industry can rake in millions in profits.”READ MORE: https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/04/14/baker-walsh-launch-anti-marijuana-campaign/NRn7fLQJa9rq3iVv6P0MRM/story.html
Published on October 31, 2013 at 1:31 am Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 Tucked away on Randall’s Island in the middle of New York City sits a comfortable 5,000-seat venue: Icahn Stadium. Home of the New York Lizards.The most famous man in professional lacrosse is there, but pockets of empty seats dot the bleachers on an overcast Thursday night in June.Dozens, though, take the opportunity to meet second-year co-owner Jim Brown in the Lizards’ humble new home.The living legend smiles as fans approach, whether they remember him for his football or his lacrosse, whether they saw him play or have only heard stories, whether they want a photo or just a chance to chat. Brown is more than willing to partake.There are multiple facets to Brown at present day, but Icahn Stadium is his sanctuary.“You’ve got to like people,” he said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text***When Brown arrived at Syracuse, he was without a football scholarship, a guaranteed future in lacrosse or a black teammate in his locker room. During the next three years he’d pave the way for black football players, but as a freshman, he had to pave his own way.Chuck Zimmerman, the Orangemen’s quarterback from 1956-58, occupied the locker next to Brown’s for two years.Brown was something of a loner, Zimmerman said. He kept to himself in the locker room. He often went to the movies by himself. With the media, he was well spoken, but was otherwise quiet.In his later years, he became a more gregarious person. He got into acting, wrote an autobiography and made public speaking appearances. He has butted heads with members of the Cleveland Browns front office and has been in and out of the organization.“Jim really wasn’t that way so much in college,” Zimmerman said. “He was kind of quiet and reserved to himself.”Brown’s senior season was a masterpiece. He was an All-American and led Syracuse to a Cotton Bowl appearance. The only thing missing was a Heisman Trophy.It wasn’t until Brown’s successor, Ernie Davis, joined the Orangemen that a black player finally won the Heisman.“I think he was a little bit ahead of his time,” Zimmerman said, “because I think that he really deserved to be in the running for the Heisman Trophy.“I think looking back, a lot of people thought that Jim Brown probably didn’t get a fair shake as far as consideration for the Heisman because he was an African American.”***The legend of Jim Brown is complex. So much has been lost in time that only stories remain. He’s as much myth as he is an actuality.He was the consummate athlete. A football, basketball, lacrosse and track star in college. A baseball star in high school. Simmons said he’s even an excellent golf and tennis player.A typical spring day at Syracuse for Brown consisted of spring football practice in the morning, followed by lacrosse practice, topped off with some running with the track team.It wasn’t hard, Brown said. “It did make you think, though.”Another story says that a cradling rule was established because of Brown.The bruising running back, always a downhill runner and never shying away from contact, played lacrosse the exact same way he carried the football. He pinned his stick to his chest — ball in the pocket — and charged through the defense.That’s the myth.The reality is that he hates the legend. He needed no extra advantages. He was considered one of the greatest athletes to ever walk the earth. He played like any other player, keeping the ball away from his body.“I find it offensive,” Brown says, “because it says you don’t have the skill.”He ran with the power and elegance he took on the football field and with a bizarre underhand shot to complement his massive frame; he was virtually impossible to guard.But as the sport grew in popularity, his presence in it deteriorated.It was his wife Monique Brown who found the opportunity for him to return. She knew his love for the sport and the enjoyment he would get out of being able to return home.It’s nothing major, especially with all his other ventures — he only makes it to a few games a year — but after he was gone for so long, he can once again be a representative of the sport.“He loved the game of lacrosse and said many times that it’s his favorite sport,” said Roy Simmons Jr., one of Brown’s lacrosse teammates at Syracuse.***To this day, Brown is closer with Simmons than anyone else from his days with the Orangemen. They chat frequently about lacrosse, college memories or whatever projects they’re working on.For Brown, that’s a lot of lacrosse, a lot of social ventures and sometimes a little bit of both.He just finished his second season as co-owner of the New York Lizards and he’s back with the Cleveland Browns as a special adviser, but most of his work is out in the community.In 1988, he founded Amer-I-Can, an organization that helps young Los Angeles gang members get their lives on track. He and his wife are currently developing a Jim Brown Lacrosse League in Florida to introduce black children to the sport.The sport was always good to him. While he was a bit more of a loner on the football team, lacrosse welcomed him with open arms. Now he’s the sport’s highest-profile ambassador.“We made him comfortable,” said Simmons, who later became Syracuse’s most successful head coach. “The sport has never been racist. There’s never been a lot of blacks that play it because there’s no future in it.”Brown said he would have considered playing lacrosse instead of football, but there was no professional league at the time.Brown said he used to go up to the Onondaga Reservation to play box lacrosse and get his fix when his career with the Orangemen ended.“We played because we loved the sport,” Brown said. “There was no pro level. It just cut off.”***In many ways a Lizards game is like any other professional sporting event. Youth teams get a chance to showcase their talents before games. Parking costs $20. The Lizards’ dance team parades onto the field dressed in skimpy outfits during breaks, even in the pouring rain.“Are you kidding?” Brown says in the almost clichéd fashion, expected of a 77-year-old man.But the children that play in those youth games spend the actual game parading the sideline in relatively cheap seats. The overpriced parking is easy to skirt with an array of parks and other athletic facilities surrounding Icahn. The dance team interacts with the athletes on Twitter — a strict taboo for most professional organizations.But this is where Brown belongs. Back in his hometown. Back with the sport that has been his solace.His box at Icahn Stadium is essentially just a platform at the top of the bleachers. He sits right against the front rail. The people with the worst seats in the house can sit just inches away from the Hall of Famer.He likes to watch the games and all the Syracuse players on the roster, including former All-American midfielder JoJo Marasco — but only “if they’re good.”And he’s just as happy to spend most of the evening posing for pictures and signing autographs. One fan, a Cleveland native, even plopped down next to him and spent an entire quarter talking about the Browns.In the less glamorous world of professional lacrosse, Brown is an enigma, but he’s home.“It’s incredible,” Marasco said. “He’s just — he’s a legend, so it’s great to see that guy around.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Self-control deters sexual harassment Bill O’Riley, Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein were all powerful, influential American men, with a common embarrassing history. They all have been accused of sexually harassing women.In recent weeks, America has witnessed the dramatic fall of Weinstein from the pinnacle of America’s movie industry. After a woman went public of being sexually harassed by Weinstein, this sparked an avalanche of accusations. This resulted in Weinstein being fired from his own company, and ostracized by the movie industry and movie fraternity.Some argue Weinstein is a scapegoatSome argue that Weinstein’s downfall is unfortunate, and he’s a scapegoat for what has been a sick culture of the movie industry. For decades, there were allegations of women aspiring to be actresses or other movie related careers, being subject to sexual harassment by men that control the industry. This was never right. It can never be right for a woman to have to sacrifice her morals to advance, or have security, in any type of career.Somewhat hypocriticalBut the flair of publicity, and the furor of criticism over Weinstein’s alleged sexual exploits, and other men similarly accused, is somewhat hypocritical.Women indirectly sexually harassed dailyWomen, especially women in America, are indirectly sexually harassed daily. In almost every facet of American life women are highlighted, not for the positives of their gender, but as targets for sex. Women, and sexual innuendo, are powerful marketing tools. The closer to nudity, and the more sexual explicit a woman appears in an ad, the more likely a product or service sells. Almost every magazine cover on bookstands depict scantily dressed women.In male dominated sports, cheerleaders are scantily dressed women. Some men are more interested seeing the cheerleaders kicking their bare legs, and gyrating their bodies, at NBA and NFL games than the games themselves.Diet of women as sexual objects Every day, America is fed a diet of women as sexual objects. Children fed on too much sugar, tend to act wild and disorderly. Similarly, some American men fed with a daily diet of women as sex objects, act wild and disorderly, unable to control themselves around women. They see women as only targets for sex, and assume they can take liberties that’s basically sexually abuse or harassment.There’s a reason why reports of sexual abuse isn’t prevalent in most Middle East countries. In these countries, women are not publicly portrayed as sexual objects. Women are mandated to cover themselves from head to foot in traditional garments. In some countries a female athlete cannot even compete in shorts.Historically, men have been sexually aroused by women. Books, including the Holy Bible, relate this phenomenon; David aroused by Bathsheba, Sampson by Delilah; even with these women wearing long robes. To portray women in the nude daily in modern life enhances the risk of sexual abuse by men who cannot control their sexual urges.Onus on men Since America, and the western world, generally, isn’t likely to mandate women to wear burka’s, or shift the focus of using sex and scantily dressed women as marketing tools, the onus is on men not to harass women sexually.Some men unaware what’s sexual harassment Sadly, some men are unaware what construes sexual harassment. This is true of men from the Caribbean where society tend to be more tolerant to men openly gawking at, and making sexually suggestive comments, and relating sexually explicit jokes to, women. Several soca, reggae and dance-hall songs have lyrics sexually demeaning to women. Nonetheless, women join men in listening and dancing to these songs with great enjoyment.However, in American society, the way in which a man looks on, speak to, interact with, and touch a woman can be determined to be sexual harassment. Relating a sexual explicit joke to a woman, or women, is also regarded as sexual harassment. Sexual harassment isn’t limited to forced, unwelcomed sexual encounters with women.Don’t use sex to manipulate vulnerable women What men in the western world must realize and adhere to is no matter how sexual tempting women are portrayed; irrespective of how sexual enticing a woman is; they have no right to harass, abuse, or force women into direct or indirect sexual involvement. It’s worse for men to use sex as means to manipulate vulnerable women who need jobs, career advancement, housing, transportation, furniture, finances, or any other kind of help.Every man should realize that using sex as a bargaining chip is effectively sexual harassment.For news on strides against sexual harassment in the Caribbean, click the link: Jamaica to pass amended (sexual) harassment bill
Champions Chelsea received a shot in the arm in the title race after they battled back from behind to beat London rivals Watford in a six-goal thriller in what was an English Premier League (EPL) clash.The Stamford Bridge outfit took an early lead through Spanish forward Pedro Rodriguez but were pegged by a late Abdoulaye Doucoure goal in the first half. In-form Brazilian youngster Richarlison missed a sitter just after the interval before setting up Roberto Pereyra to put the Hornets 2-1 up some 54 seconds later.Richarlison missed another sitter that would have given Watford a two-goal advantage and that appeared to prompt the champions into a fightback. Substitute Michy Batshuayi headed in an equaliser before another header from Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta edged the champions ahead for the first time in the half. Batshuayi added his second to make the scoreline a flattering one for the home side.The win takes Chelsea back into the top four ahead of former recipients Watford after recording 16 points from 9 games. Watford have amassed 15 points from 9 games and are in 5th position ahead of the other fixtures for Matchday 9.RelatedAngelo PalomboJune 30, 2017Similar postEuropean League Round-Up: Chelsea Stunned At Home, Marseille Extend Winning StartAugust 13, 2017In “England”Diego LaxaltJune 30, 2017Similar post
Submit Share Share Erik Nyman joins EveryMatrix as US lead August 6, 2020 StumbleUpon MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 PartnerMatrix drives user engagement with two new deals August 13, 2020 Stian Hornsletten, formerly Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CasinoEngine division at EveryMatrix, has taken on a new role across the company’s commercial teams.Hornsletten has been appointed as Group Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) to drive the company’s commercial strategy and bring new operators on board, as well as oversee the sales, marketing and account management teams.A co-founder of EveryMatrix, he has been a prominent figure within the company for the last 12 years. More recently, he has helped CasinoEngine to sign and launch over 30 new casino clients in the last two years, including highly successful operators such as Tipico and the Norwegian state-owned Norsk Tipping. In fact, under his lead CasinoEngine reached over 230% year-on-year (YoY) gross gaming revenue (GGR) growth at the beginning of 2019, and is now processing over one billion game rounds per month.Ebbe Groes, Group CEO at EveryMatrix, said: “I’ve known Stian for a long time now and I am thrilled that he accepted to take over EveryMatrix’s commercial growth across all business units, from sports betting, payments to affiliate and, of course, casino. Stian is both my business partner and trusted friend and having him in this commercial role is a great win for EveryMatrix.“Thanks to Stian’s technical skills, passion for this business and comprehensive expertise, I believe we can reach the commercial objectives we have set and prove once more that EveryMatrix is a leading B2B company within the iGaming industry.”Hornsletten added: “This is a very exciting time to be joining the commercial teams, and I look forward to working together with my colleagues to ensure that the company’s commercial strategy, products and service level are robust in today’s business environment.“Our goal is to continue to increase market opportunities for partners and clients by focusing on providing our specialised technology and modular solutions alongside excellent service.” Related Articles
Ghana goalkeeper Richard Kingson has completed his move to Turkish second tier side Balikesirspor after an initial setback in the deal.The 35-year-old, who earlier in the day cancelled his contract with Cyrpiot side Doxa Katokopia, sealed the deal on Thursday evening after passing a medical, Ghana’s leading football news outfit can reveal.Kingson signed a six month contract Balikesirspor and will earn $45,000 per month, GHANAsoccernet.com understands.“Seven years since I left my country Turkey, I am very very happy to be back here where I can call home,” said Kingson who is well known in Turkey by the local name Farouk Gursoy.The deal will be extended when it expires at the end of the season if he impresses at the club.The move was shrouded in some controversy after his previous club Doxa refused to release him at the weekend to seal the deal. He cancelled the contract with the Cypriot club on Thursday morning paving the way for him to sign with the Turkish side.The move to Turkey will help Kingson realize his dream of staying in the limelight to ensure his selection into the Black Stars for the 2014 World Cup.Kingson previously played for Galatasaray, Sakaryaspor, Goztepe, Antalyaspor, Ankaraspor and Elaspor so he will have no difficulty in settling down.