Aid from U.S. Agency Doubles Income of Farmers in Honduras

first_imgBy Dialogo February 28, 2011 The income per hectare of Honduran farmers who benefited from a Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) program almost doubled in two years, the U.S. agency announced on 22 February. According to preliminary data, the producers’ annual income per hectare increased from 1,880 dollars to 3,550 dollars after two years of receiving assistance, an agency fact sheet indicated. This is “a gain of 88 percent, which is much faster than the approximately 7 to 11 percent growth that would have been expected in the absence of the program,” the document noted. These are preliminary figures that will be corroborated by an independent consultant whose findings are due in September, MCC chief executive officer Daniel Yohannes said during an event at the organization’s headquarters. During its five-year program, from 2005 to 2010, the agency spent around 205 million dollars in Honduras, and according to its figures, more than seven thousand farmers benefited, and over six hundred kilometers of roads were improved. The Honduran government, which is still recovering from the decrease in aid to that country due to the coup d’état of June 2009, hopes to obtain another “compact,” the technical name for the aid program, subject to anti-corruption and democratic-values criteria. The Honduras program was the first to be completed by the MCC, which began under George W. Bush’s presidency, in January 2004.last_img read more

Tips For Making The College Application Process Less Stressful

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Applying to colleges is exciting for many high school students. But that excitement is sometimes tempered by anxiety. The college application process can affect students’ lives for years to come, so it’s understandable that some teenagers might feel stressed as they apply to college.The National Center for Educational Statistics says 69 percent of high school graduates in the United States enroll in college the fall after graduating from high school. Many students begin applying to college before entering their senior year of high school. Students can employ various strategies to make applying to college less stressful.INVENTORY AWARDS, EXPERIENCEWhen completing their college applications, students submit a variety of materials. In addition to students’ track records in the classroom, schools will be interested in kids’ extracurricular activities, hobbies, volunteer work, and even things they do during their free time. Parents and students can work together to develop a master list that includes information about what students have accomplished during high school. These may include involvement in certain clubs, participation in sports teams, advanced ranking in scouting programs, or even a list of books read. Having this document handy will make it that much simpler to fill out college applications.INVESTIGATE COMMON APPLICATIONThe Common Application began as a niche program for select private liberal arts colleges, but now has grown into an organization that services more than 750 schools. The organization enables students to create an account and complete one basic form that will be accepted by all institutions that are members. The CA helps students streamline the college application process and reduce redundancy. An alert system also helps applicants manage application deadlines.AVOID EXCESS APPLICATIONSSome students think that applying to dozens of schools will improve their chances of being admitted. However, applicants may be wasting their time applying to schools they have no intention of attending, and that only adds to the stress of meeting deadlines. Narrow down the possibilities to a handful of favorite schools and go from there. USE YOUR RESOURCESStudents who have access to guidance counselors, mentors, college centers, or even teachers who are willing to help with the application process should use these resources wisely. In addition, iPhone and Android apps can help streamline the college application process.CONSIDER SCHOLARSHIPSSome schools automatically consider applicants for scholarships, grants and work-study programs. But that’s not so with every school, so students may have to apply on their own or rely on third parties for scholarships. Fastweb is a leading online resource to find scholarships to pay for school.Advance preparation can make the college application process a lot less stressful for students and their parents.  -Metro Creative Connectionlast_img read more

Concealed gun laws no threat to public

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The spin on this editorial is 180 degrees from reality. The Second Amendment is in the U.S. Constitution; hence the real issue is the various state laws that are undercutting our constitutional rights. Whole chunks of your rights for the freedom of speech, rights against illegal search and seizure, etc. don’t disappear when you cross a state border as they do for the Second Amendment.The editor’s advice to rely on the USA Carry website for clarification of state laws is very poor indeed. Would you want to be standing before a judge in another state, after unwittingly violating a penal law, with your only defense being “This website said it was OK.” Only a licensed attorney, with experience on a state’s penal laws, could ethically advise a client on such matters.The writer(s) seem to be unaware that approximately 11 states have constitutional carry laws, which means that they require no permit to purchase or carry a handgun, just a NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) check. The bulk of these states became constitutional carry states in the last four years, with no significant negative repercussions. Prior to 2002, there was only one constitutional carry state, Vermont. I expect you’ve always felt safe in Vermont, being ignorant of this fact, but it’s really because the “less safe” argument on reciprocity is a complete fallacy. Handgun licensing hassles the law abiding, not those with criminal inclinations.Don SteciakGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Do you feel safe in Vermont? I’ll get back to this question in a bit.The Dec.10 Gazette editorial, “Concealed carry bill undercuts state laws,” is indicative of The Gazette supporting a position sans critical thinking or research.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Reopening of Solar Energy Program

first_img November 16, 2016 Governor Wolf Announces Reopening of Solar Energy Program SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Energy,  Environment,  Press Release,  Results Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) recently reopened the Solar Energy Program (SEP) for applications, offering more than $30 million in loan funds to promote the use of solar energy in Pennsylvania.“The Solar Energy Program provides loans to for an array of solar projects, including facilities to generate, distribute, or store solar energy; manufacturing or assembly facilities for solar panels and other solar equipment; and the development or construction of facilities for the research and development of solar energy-related technology,” said Governor Wolf. “These types of projects not only harness Pennsylvania’s solar resources to help accommodate the commonwealth’s energy needs, but also stimulate the economy and create jobs.”Under direction of the CFA, the SEP is jointly administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the Department of Environmental Protection. For solar equipment manufacturing projects, SEP will offer loans of up to $40,000 for every new job created within three years. For energy generation or distribution projects, SEP will offer loans up to $5 million or $3 per watt, whichever is less. SEP loans will be repaid over a period not to exceed 22 years for equipment and 15 years for real estate. Applicants must provide matching funds of at least $1 for every $3 of program funds awarded by CFA.“Loans provided by the Solar Energy Program can be used for a range of project costs from the purchase and installation of solar equipment, to energy storage costs, to the purchase and installation of manufacturing or research equipment,” said DCED Secretary Dennis Davin. “The goal of this program is to promote the generation and use of solar energy, and by providing a project financing option that can be used for many types of expenses, SEP does just that.”Applicants eligible for SEP funding include:Businesses – A corporation, partnership, sole proprietorship, limited liability company, business trust or other CFA-approved commercial entity.  The term also includes not-for-profit entities.Economic Development Organizations – A nonprofit corporation or association whose purpose is the enhancement of economic conditions in their communityPolitical Subdivision – A municipality, county, or school districtThe first SEP approvals are anticipated for early 2017. For additional information on the Solar Energy Program, to review program guidelines, or to apply, visit Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: read more

Indian woman gives birth at 70 with help of IVF

first_imgMohinder Singh Gill and his wife Daljinder Kaur with their healthy baby boy, Arman Singh in Amritsar, India. CREDIT: BARCROFT MEDIA(The Telegraph) An Indian woman, who gave birth at the age of 70, said Tuesday she was not too old to become a first-time mother, adding that her life was now complete.Daljinder Kaur gave birth last month to a boy following two years of IVF treatment at a fertility clinic in the northern state of Haryana with her 79-year-old husband.Ms Kaur said the couple, married for 46 years, had almost lost hope of ever having a child and had faced ridicule in a country where infertility is sometimes seen as a curse from God.“God heard our prayers. My life feels complete now. I am looking after the baby all by myself, I feel so full of energy. My husband is also very caring and helps me as much as he can,” Ms Kaur told AFP from the northern city of Amritsar.“When we saw the (IVF) advert, we thought we should also give it a try as I badly wanted to have a baby of my own,” she said.Ms Kaur put her age at about 70, a common scenario in India where many people don’t have birth certificates, while the clinic said in a statement that she was 72.The baby was conceived using the couple’s own egg and sperm and was now “healthy and hearty” after weighing just two kilogrammes (4.4 pounds) at birth on April 19, the National Fertility and Test Tube centre said.Ms Kaur’s husband, Mohinder Singh Gill, who owns a farm outside Amritsar, said he was unfazed about their age, saying God would watch over their child whom they named Armaan.“People say what will happen to the child once we die. But I have full faith in God. God is omnipotent and omnipresent, he will take care of everything,” he told AFP.Anurag Bishnoi, who runs the fertility clinic, said he was initially sceptical about going ahead with in vitro fertilisation (IVF), but tests showed Kaur was able to carry the unborn baby.“I first tried to avoid the case because she looked very frail. Then we made her undergo all the tests and once all the results were okay we went ahead,” the doctor told AFP.The case is not the first in India, with a 72-year-old woman from Uttar Pradesh state reportedly giving birth to twins in 2008, also through IVF. Share HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Indian woman gives birth at 70 with help of IVF by: The Telegraph – May 10, 2016 Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share 312 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

OMG! Oxford English Dictionary adds new words

first_imgNews OMG! Oxford English Dictionary adds new words by: – March 25, 2011 Tweet London (CNN) — OMG! It is no longer a just a teenage expression, but officially a word found in the dictionary.“FYI” (for your information), “LOL” (laughing out loud) and “OMG” (oh my god) are all now formally recognized by the Oxford English Dictionary, one of the world’s principal English-language dictionaries.These terms may have resulted from the character limits in texts and tweets, but have since been adopted as commonly used expressions in everyday speech and print.Graeme Diamond, chief editor of new words for the Oxford dictionary, explained what it takes for a new word to make the grade: “You have to show that the word has been in usage for a decent length of time and, most importantly, that the word is used and understood by a wide audience.”One new entry to the Oxford dictionary is “WAG” — an abbreviation for “wives and girlfriends” used to refer to the partners of soccer players.“WAG burst out of nowhere,” Diamond said.Introduced by a British newspaper article in 2002, it lay dormant for four years. Then, with huge media attention on England’s footballers during the 2006 World Cup, “WAG” became a commonly used and understood expression.The Oxford English Dictionary heralds itself as “the last word on words for over a century” — and, with four updates each year, it certainly keeps up and keeps “hip” (slang), with the English language.Take the word “heart” for example. A new “sense” was added to it as a verb, recognizing slogans with “I (heart) …”According to a statement from Oxford, “it it may be the first English usage to develop via the medium of T-shirts and bumper-stickers.”Source: CCN News 34 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

The drama of English football’s trailblazers’ fight against racism

first_img Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldWho Earns More Than Ronaldo? West Brom’s Laurie Cunningham blazed a trail for black footballers in England in the late 1970s, facing vicious abuse from the terraces and on the streets. Actors Emile Clarke (left), Zara Gabbidon (centre) and Sabrina Laurison (right) perform ‘Getting the Third Degree’ in Cardiff At a time when racism is firmly back in the spotlight, the England international’s battle against prejudice has been brought vividly to life in a play that tells the story of his life. Cunningham was part of a trio of black footballers at West Brom labelled “The Three Degrees” by then-manager Ron Atkinson, along with Cyrille Regis and Brendon Batson. Named after the American female vocal group, they have since been immortalised in a statue in West Bromwich, in the English Midlands.Advertisement Graham-Brown says despite the current problems blighting the game, racism was “more explicit” in the late 1970s.“The West Brom v Manchester United game at Old Trafford (December 30, 1978) when West Brom won 5-3, every time Laurie got the ball he was jeered,” said Graham-Brown.“Gerald Sinstadt, the match commentator, became the first of his profession to openly mention racism.”Those incidents came at a particularly volatile time politically.“The 1978⁄79 season was the winter of discontent (there were mass strikes and disruption) and the National Front (far-right party) targeted those three players,” he said.“Regis received a bullet in the post and Laurie’s flat was set on fire (a petrol bomb was thrown into his house). They were spat at and attacked.“What was remarkable was none of them retaliated. They rose above the abuse and attacks.”– ‘Out of order’ –Cunningham’s niece Rhodene Cunningham said her uncle’s style was more conciliatory than confrontational.“Laurie took a different stance to Raheem Sterling but then there was no social media to speak out on in those days,” she told AFP.“Laurie preferred to confront it by inviting those who were racist to ‘come and sit down with me and we will talk about it’.”Rhodene said the current racism problem runs deeper than black players being targeted from the stands.“I still hear of young players experiencing racism having players sidle up to them and whisper comments in their ear,” she said.“They say that nothing is done about it, at the very most a slap on the wrist This is unacceptable and places great stress on your mental health.”She believes that positive change in attitudes can only begin to come about if there is change at the top.Read Also: Chinese swimmer Sun Yang banned for eight years for doping offence“I think part of the solution of the problem is there needs to be more diversity at the top of the sport,” she said.“There should be more black managers or CEOs of clubs, that would be a sign of progress.”The play had its first outing in the October and November of last year when it toured more than 20 venues in England and Wales to positive reviews.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Cyrille Regis took abuse during his career but has became an icon of English football and was commemorated when he dies in 2018 Cunningham was just 33 years old when he was killed in a car crash in Madrid in 1989 while Regis died from a heart attack in 2018, leaving Batson as the only surviving member. The stage play, “Getting The Third Degree”, was commissioned by Kick it Out to mark the 25th anniversary of the organisation’s battle against discrimination in football. Written by Dougie Blaxland, a nom-de-plume of playwright James Graham-Brown,it tells the story of Cunningham’s rise to stardom and explores how he and his two teammates faced racial abuse and physical threats often orchestrated by the extreme right-wing group the National Front. Cunningham, just the second black player to represent England, played for West Brom from 1977 to 1979 before moving to mighty Real Madrid. But his high profile did not protect him from prejudice.Graham-Brown tells the bizarre story of how Cunningham was leaving a nightclub with his white girlfriend Nikki Brown when they were subjected to abuse by a group of men.“He (Cunningham) flattened two of them before she (Nikki) said ‘Laurie let’s go’. Then one of them had the gall to ask ‘are you Laurie Cunningham?” he told AFP.“He replied in the affirmative and he said ‘wow, we love you’ and, adding insult to injury, asked if he had any tickets for the West Brom v Valencia game the following week.”– Bullet in the post –Powerful striker Regis was also at the receiving end of chilling abuse, getting a bullet in the post after he was selected to play for England.More than four decades later, racism still casts a shadow over English and European football, with Manchester City star Raheem Sterling among the players to speak out on the issue.Raheem Sterling has been vocal on the problem of racism in football Loading… last_img read more

Indiana outpaces nation in several key areas of employment

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Indiana continues to rank as one of the most attractive states for companies to locate and expand, outperforming much of the nation last month in key areas of employment and job growth.The Indiana Department of Workforce Development recently reported the state’s unemployment rate in October remained at 3.5 percent and lower than the national rate of 3.7 percent.Indiana’s unemployment rate ranks ninth in the nation and has decreased 7.1 percentage points since July 2009—the high point of unemployment in the state.The October report also showed that more Hoosiers are working than ever before. Private employment reached a preliminary record high of 2.7 million, which is 24,300 above the official December 2017 peak. Indiana has reported private-sector job growth of 25,500 over the past year.Indiana’s labor force participation rate has now outperformed the national average for 53 consecutive months. In October, the rate stood at 65.1 percent and well above the national average of 62.9 percent.Below is a breakdown of where Indiana ranks in certain employment categories:second in Manufacturing jobs added (104,600) since July 2009;seventh in Private Education & Health Services jobs added (2,500) over the month;seventh in Construction jobs added (11,100) over the year; andfifth in Financial Activities job growth (3.2 percent) year-to datelast_img read more

Costantino, Richardson stymie Connecticut offense with superb performances in net

first_img Published on March 22, 2013 at 8:16 pm Contact Josh: Syracuse goalkeepers Alyssa Costantino and Kelsey Richardson have shown over the course of the season, especially in SU’s last two games, just how lethal of a tandem they are. Syracuse head coach Gary Gait has a unique luxury of choosing between two high-quality goalies, and lately his choices have been spot on.Richardson, a sophomore, allowed no goals in the first half in No. 6 Syracuse’s (4-2, 1-0 Big East) 18-7 victory over Connecticut (6-1, 0-1) on Friday at the Carrier Dome. Before UConn scored at the 25:28 mark of the second half, Richardson and Costantino  held opponents scoreless for 67 minutes and 31 seconds, dating back to SU’s win over Towson on March 9.Gait said the scoreless streak was a result of a strong combined effort by his goalkeepers and his defense.“In both games our ride has been tremendous,” Gait said. “We’ve caused a ton of turnovers and have limited the number of opportunities that the other team has had. And until the last ten minutes of the game [today] we did an unbelievable job of limiting their offense and the number of shots they had.”Connecticut scored four goals in the last minute and 19 seconds of the game, long after the outcome had been decided and when many SU reserves were on the field. The quick burst turned an 18-3 rout into a more respectable 18-7, making the goalkeeping and defensive stats look worse than they actually were.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange defense held the Huskies to 18 shots, with only five coming in the first half. Becca Block, Natalie Glanell and Katie Webster held UConn leading scorer Lauren Kahn (who came into the game with 16 goals, 14 assists) virtually silent. Kahn took just two shots, one of which came with a minute and 39 seconds remaining when the game had been long decided.Richardson faced five shots in the first half and two in the second, allowing just one goal in 45 total minutes before being replaced by Costantino at the 15:49 mark of the second half. The sophomore finished with six saves.“I credit that a lot to my defense,” Richardson said. “And the ride. The attack played awesome riding. And our defense, they had a lot of what would have been fast breaks, but our defense got back in, defended well, and gave me a lot of pressured shots. Which are easy saves.”The Orange held a 13-1 lead when Costantino entered.Connecticut midfielder Catherine Gross hit the post with 9:17 remaining in the first half; Richardson made a nice stick save on UConn midfielder Elizabeth Brown on a free-position shot with three minutes left in the first half to preserve the shutout. For the first half, the Huskies didn’t come closer to scoring than that.SU’s scoreless goalkeeping streak came to an end when Huskies midfielder Morgan O’Reilly scored at the 25:28 mark of the second half.With the Orange leading 16-1 at the 13:41 mark, Gait “reached deep” in his bench and gave several inexperienced players the chance to play. The Huskies outscored the Orange six to two for the remainder of the game.Connecticut’s second goal of the game, which came from the stick of Carly Palmucci, didn’t come until the 11:02 point of the second half. Gross scored a free-position goal moments later to make it 16-3.The four-goal onslaught started with a free-position shot goal from attack Ally Fazio, followed by goals from O’Reilly, Katherine Finkelston and O’Reilly again.And apart from the last minute of the game, an outlier that will sway the stats to look worse than reality, Costantino and Richardson made saves when they needed to.“I thought Regy Thorpe put a great plan together,” Gait said. “…Our team did a great job and really made it tough for them to score.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

USC emerges victorious at Bruin Wave Invitational

first_imgThe USC women’s golf team notched another victory on Tuesday, overcoming an eight-stroke deficit in the final round of the Bruin Wave Invitational. Freshman Annie Park was also a winner, finishing 1-under for the tournament and claiming her first collegiate individual title.The win is the squad’s second in a row after last week’s Sugar Bowl Invitational in New Orleans, and its third of the season. USC head coach Andrea Gaston was thrilled with the team’s effort.“It’s exciting to come back and win the tournament,” Gaston said. “Especially against the Bruins.”As usual, the road to victory was not easy. Archrival and host UCLA had marched ahead of the No. 1 Trojans during the second of Monday’s two rounds, capitalizing on a poor 13-over 301 performance from their top-ranked crosstown foe. Fortunately, the Trojans had jumped to an early lead in the first of the day’s rounds, helped by the excellent efforts of eventual individual tournament champion Park. Her 4-under 68 on the first 18 kept the possibility of a comeback win in the cards. The freshman posted an even-par effort over the first 36 holes, making her one of only two players at the El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana, Calif., to manage such a feat.“El Caballero is an extremely challenging course, and required a lot of patience,” Gaston said. “Sometimes a bogey is a good score.”It was on day two that Park and her team made their move, getting consistent, steady efforts from multiple golfers during the final round. Park’s 1-under set the tone, while freshman Kyung Kim, junior Sophia Popov and sophomore Doris Chen turned in solid scores just above par.Kim finished her 72 holes in seventh place at 7-over, while Popov and Chen tied for 10th just one stroke behind. Park’s collective 1-under gave her a four-stroke win over Pepperdine’s Marissa Chow, while day one leader Lee Lopez of UCLA faded in the final round with a 7-over 79.The Trojans now receive a much needed break and will not return to action until the end of the month at the San Diego State Farms Invitational in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.“This is another great win for our team,” Gaston said. “Now we have about three weeks to go back to work and prepare for our next tournament.”last_img read more