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Lecture explores international development

first_imgNotre Dame’s Kellog Institute for International Studies hosted Dr. Sara Sievers, a principal thought leader in international development from the Earth Institute at Columbia University.Her lecture, titled “Making a Difference in the World: Connecting the Personal and Professional in International Development,” highlighted key strategies and requirements needed to implement effective changes in developing countries.During her lecture, Sievers highlighted how personal values and basic principles of international development frequently conflict when working within the developing country’s political context. Sievers said the main question at the core of the discussion is how good ideas and good intentions are sometimes sidelined when applied to a realistic scale.“This is where the personal and the professional become important,” Sievers said. “We can sit around and talk about all these glorious principles of millennium development goals, but if we violate that in the compounds that we live in, what does that say about who we are and what we really believe?”According to Sievers, Nigeria stands as a prime example of case studies in international development, due to its ecological complexity, relatively high economic disparity and maternal and infant mortality.“[Nigeria is] a large country with a very complex federal system,” Sievers said. “There are relatively few places in the developing world that are more complex than Nigeria.”Sievers said one of the greatest difficulties she faced during her work in Nigeria was living and working in a high-income household while witnessing the economic hardships faced by a local underprivileged family. Sievers was unable to help the lower-income family due to bureaucratic restrictions.Sievers said the experience of not being able to take immediate action helping is one of the most painful dilemmas that workers in developing countries must face.“Basically I was living in a violation of the things that I hold most profound,” Sievers said. “At some point you have to be able to take care of the people you can touch, the people that are closest to you. Don’t treat them like a statistic.”While universities remain important developers in aid strategies for developing countries, their theoretical approaches have difficulty translating because of the intricacy of political and economic structures, she said.“One of the things that happens a lot with universities is people come up with a lot of ideas that should happen, but they don’t take into account whether the country actually has the resources to make it happen,” Seivers said.Sievers said different strategies for implementing programs in international development include trying to understand the country’s political scope. By understanding the politics, developers can learn when to make concessions and when to compromise goals in the face of corrupt governments. Sievers said compromising constituted the hardest challenge for the majority of people in international development.“That [compromise] can be an especially frustrating step, because it feels like you’re compromising your principles and it can be a very unsatisfying stage,” she said. “If you’re able to make those compromises, then you have a chance at being able to achieve the real world results that are motivating you to be here.”Tags: International Development, Kellogg Institutelast_img read more

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EPL: Gunners, Spurs clash in London derby

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise EPL: Son fires four past Southampton Arsenal vs. Tottenham Venue: Emirates Stadium Kick off: 4:30PMArsenal play host to Tottenham Hotspur in the north London derby looking to establish a five-point advantage over their fierce rivals in the Premier League standings. While the Gunners lost out to Liverpool at Anfield last weekend, Spurs head into Sunday’s fixture having suffered a surprise home defeat at the hands of Newcastle United. Losing out in a relatively high-scoring game against Liverpool produced comments of “same old Arsenal”, something which is arguably justified by the questionable defending of David Luiz for one of Mohamed Salah’s two goals. However, having previously ground out wins against Newcastle United and Burnley, it is far too early for the Gunners to be written off at the top of the table. Unlike some of the other contenders, Unai Emery has had to contend with easing his new arrivals into action, with the encounter on Merseyside representing the first time that each of Luiz, Dani Ceballos and Nicolas Pepe had all started in the same team. Although there were as many negatives as there were positives, time will be required for each of the trio to fully bed into life at the Emirates Stadium. Nevertheless, a home derby showdown with the club’s biggest enemies is the perfect occasion for them to show why they have been brought to the club, especially in the case of Pepe given the investment which has been made in the Ivory Coast international. Emery finds himself in a position where he needs to find the right balance with regards to the winger, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, aware that the supporters will want to see all three playing in tandem. Whether that is possible in the long term remains to be seen, although few would criticise the Spaniard if he opted to go with a gung-ho style against opponents who have issues at the back. There will be caution at the other end, despite none of Spurs’ attacking players showing much form in the final third, but Emery and his players have the opportunity to deliver a statement performance early in the title race, and this is the perfect platform to do just that. After reaching the Champions League final and significantly improving his squad over the summer, life at Spurs was supposed to get easier for Mauricio Pochettino as he looks to close the gap on Manchester City and Liverpool. However, the Argentine will rightly be worried about the current performances of his team, who are fortunate to have four points on the board from matches against Aston Villa, City and Newcastle. Having come through what would have been perceived to be the tougher two fixtures having avoided defeat, Pochettino would have expected his side to deliver another win against a Newcastle outfit who had offered very little in meetings against Arsenal and Norwich City. Spurs continued to look devoid of ideas in the final third, however, and it highlighted the importance of keeping Christian Eriksen at the club at least until the end of his contract. Arsenal possible XI: Leno, Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Luiz, Kolasinac, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Pepe, Ceballos, Aubameyang, Lacazette. Tottenham Hotspur possible XI: Lloris, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Sissoko, Dier, Winks, Eriksen, Rose, Son, Kane.Tags: ArsenalDavid LuizMohamed SalahNewcastle UnitedTottenham HotspurUnai Emerylast_img read more

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Ezekiel  Bassey- Nou Camp Reject Takes Solace in Egypt

first_imgHis performances in test games, however, failed to convince the coaches of the Barcelona B team. “Bassey’s loan deal is over, he is so unlucky to be ruled out of the season after picking up a shoulder injury. The injury was thought to be a minor one but scans showed it was worse than initially feared,” his intermediary said.Former Super Eagles attacking midfielder, Mutiu Adepoju, however, stated that Bassey couldn’t get things right when he moved to Barcelona due to lack of goal setting, saying the former Enyimba player got carried away and lack of discipline also played a role in the unfortunate situation that followed the move.Bassey on Monday penned a three-and-a-half-year deal with Egyptian club Al Masry SC in the ongoing January transfer window, while he revealed he is already looking forward to getting down with the rest of the squad.“Personally, I’m happy with the transfer. I feel great to have joined one of the biggest clubs in Egypt. It’s a good move for me and I can’t wait to get started,” Bassey said shortly after his unveiling.In a chat with THISDAY, Head Coach of Barcelona Football Academy-FCBESCOLA, in Lagos, Bernal Villa, said in as much as he agrees that there are a number of talented players in Nigeria, for them to make it to Barcelona team, they must first understand the club’s philosophy and be ready to work very hard.“It’s not just about having the natural talent. Since my arrival in Nigeria, I have seen a lot of good players that are on very good level. But the most important thing is for these players to be in good physical condition as their counterparts in Europe and if they can understand how we work and train at Barcelona, which is our methodology, in few years, some of them can make it to good clubs in Europe and eventually their national team,” Villa said.Asked what about the major difference between an average Nigerian player and their European counterparts, Villa said: “The kids here are more of individual players, though they have good skills but they have problems technically and collectively. They are too individualistic; they always think they can take on their opponents and go alone with the ball and finish the ball by themselves. We have to make them realise they should play with the team.“It’s not enough to be unveiled by Barcelona because that is when the real work begins. It’s not the time to shout hurray and go to sleep. It is the time to prove you can learn and adapt fast to the club’s philosophy, which is the bane of most Nigerian players have come across.”Recalling his time at Barcelona to THISDAY, former Nigerian international, Gbenga Okunowo said a player’s ability and composure with the ball are important during trials.“In 1997, I was part of the team that represented the country in the Meridian Cup in Portugal and it was from there the scouts of Barcelona Football Club spotted me. They invited me for a week trial after the tournament after which I was invited for another round of one week trial, and after four days of training with the team, I was given a contract by the club and signed to their youth team. After then, Xavi Hernandez introduced himself to me as being a member of the Spanish team that lost to Nigeria in the Meridian Cup.“Barcelona loves players that are very comfortable with the ball even when they are under pressure, which is a key factor to play for Barca, aside from being skillful. The club would therefore not hesitate to dump a player as quickly as possible if he does not possess these attributes,” Okunowo noted.Former Barcelona winger, Emmanuel Amuneke, attributed high “mental speed” of the players as the main reason behind the club being at top level till today, saying the club would still dominate for a long time.“I am glad to have been part of the great club in my active days in football, but the present generation is far better than my era when the likes of Guardiola, Ronaldo de Lima, Patrick Kluivert and Rivaldo were the star players of the side.“When you look at this present generation, their mental speed is very high and gives them the ability to read their surroundings and make accurate passes on the field. When a group of players play cohesively and have field vision far greater than other teams, there is no doubt that they will be a terror to other competitors,” Amuneke said.Bassey rose to prominence during his time with Enyimba FC, where he was invited by coach Sunday Oliseh to the Super Eagle camp and featured in the World Cup first qualifiers against Swaziland where he produced a great display of football.He will be the fourth NPFL player to join the North African side within the space of two weeks. Tosin Omoyele, Christian Obiazor, Junior Lokosa are also some of the Nigerian players who have followed suit.The former Enyimba of Aba player will have to immediately get his scoring boots on to help the club improve their league standing with Al Masry currently 14th on the log with 19 points from 17 matches played so far.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ezekiel Bassey came to prominence after he signed a provisional two-and-a-half-year contract with the Spanish giants Barcelona from Enyimba FC of Aba. Though he was signed to play for Team B in the Segunda Lig, he had the prospect of training with the main team if he is able to impress. But it was not to be as it was a case of ‘Come Easy, Go Easy’. He was quickly shipped back to Nigeria after failing to meet the cut. That did not, however, deter his ambition to ply his football trade outside the shores of Nigeria, as he on Monday moved to an Egyptian side, Al Masry SCIn 2017, the Catalan club announced on its official website that it has snapped up the Nigerian forward Ezekiel Bassey until the end of the season with a further two-year extension option at the end of his current deal.“FC Barcelona and Enyimba Football Club have reached an agreement for the transfer until the end of the season of the player Ezekiel Joseph Bassey for Barça B, the agreement includes a purchase option for two more seasons,” the club had said on its official website then.last_img read more

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Addition of Nebraska, Big Ten title game perfect situation for Badgers

first_imgDon’t you hate waiting?If you’re like me, and working a soul-crushing summer job with hours only a fascist would love, then you can’t wait for fall semester to begin. And once school begins, it’s a three-month wait-a-thon until said semester is finally over. All you young’uns are either mentally crossing off the days until you turn 21 and finally get that fishbowl at Wando’s you’ve heard so much about, or lying about the fact you’re mentally crossing off the days until you turn 21.There’s a lot of waiting involved when you’re a student here at Wisconsin. But let’s add one more thing to be anxious for: An annual Big Ten title game in football.See, in the over 100-year history of the conference, the Big Ten champion has received that honor due to regular season performance. When Penn State entered the fold 20 years ago, any thoughts of a title game died with the accuracy of the “Big Ten” moniker.But as Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany sat on his couch last Dec. 5 and noticed almost 18 million people tuned in to see Alabama take on Florida, while 12 million watched Nebraska play Texas in the SEC and Big 12 title games, it was the straw that broke the camel’s back: The Big Ten needed a title game too*.*I’m using this as a nod to Sports Illustrated columnist Joe Posnanski’s “Posterisks.” Yes, I realize a lot of Delany’s motive to expand the conference was to further the reach of the cash cow Big Ten Network. But if that was really the worry, the Big Ten wouldn’t have been so quick to jump on Nebraska and its population of 1.8 million, and would have tried to expand east with Pitt, Rutgers or Syracuse. A conference title game was the real motive in this move.Arguments have long been made about whether the nation’s oldest conference needed a 12th member so they could stage a revenue/viewer-generating championship bout. The Big Ten’s 21 BCS bowl appearances and nine at-large bids (both tops in college football) would say no. The fact that Big Ten football becomes irrelevant while its friends down south stage flashy title games evidently outweighs the former argument.So here’s the abbreviated version of events: Last December, the Big Ten announces it will pursue expansion. The Pac-10 and SEC respond similarly, threatening the existence of the Big 12 and Big East. By mid-June, the Big Ten and Big 12 needed to heavily consider trading names, and in the end, Texas was the tease at the party who flirted with everybody, but went home with nobody.The University of Nebraska became the Big Ten’s 12th member in June and is set to compete in athletics for the 2011-2012 season. Delany is pleased; UW Athletic Director Barry Alvarez is happy as well. Fans of Badger football should be, too.See, conference title games are tricky things. If you’re Florida in 2009, they can mean the difference between the BCS championship game and the Sugar Bowl. Or if you’re Wisconsin in 2006, it could mean the difference between the Rose Bowl and the Capital One Bowl.UW’s 2006 football team set program highs with 11 regular season wins and a 12-1 overall record, the only loss coming at the hands of Michigan. Due to BCS rankings, the Wolverines earned a BCS bowl bid, while the Badgers were left out of the picture because a conference can only send two teams to BCS games (Ohio State played in the national title game that year). At season’s end, Wisconsin was one of just five FBS teams to win at least 12 games. A conference title game in that season — depending on how divisions were aligned — gives UW a shot at Ohio State, and a chance to get to a BCS bowl and hurdle UM in the BCS standings.Or, if you’re the Buckeyes in that scenario, it’s one more hurdle to overcome en route to a possible BCS title game. A win — as expected — gets you there. A loss, well, that could ruin everything, which is why Texas fans were dumping their trunks in that game against Nebraska last year.But let’s look at it from the Badger perspective. As much as Wisconsin has improved since Barry took the team to a Rose Bowl in 1994, the program’s success essentially began with Alvarez. UW has been fighting to reach that top tier in the Big Ten hierarchy, but still hasn’t made the leap. Wisconsin will probably never attract the same level of recruits Michigan or Ohio State or even Penn State get year in and year out. Big Ten titles are dreamt of in Madison, but not expected every season.Let’s face it; Wisconsin is not an elite football program. A Rose Bowl berth this season — which is very doable in my eyes — would be a great step toward becoming part of the preseason Big Ten champion talk on an annual basis.That being said, a championship game gives the (typically) underdog Badgers a chance to swoop in and claim a title more often than it would in the current format. Sure, UW will likely have to deal with fighting Iowa and Nebraska for the division crown, but worrying about two other teams is better than worrying about 10.A conference title game might only offer a chance, an opportunity. But that’s all the 2006 team would have wanted.Adam is a senior majoring in journalism. Think expansion will play in Wisconsin’s favor? Excited about the Badgers’ chances this year? E-mail him at aholt@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

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Baseball Musings: Marcus Semien is someone we should talk more about

first_imgThis is Baseball Musings, an occasional offseason column that riffs on random things found while perusing Baseball Reference, Fangraphs and other baseball sites.If asked to rattle off a list of baseball’s top players, I admit that it would take me a while before I got to Marcus Semien. That’s not to say Semien isn’t worthy of such an accolade, just that his on-field exploits in 2019 didn’t capture my attention the way they probably should’ve. That’s because in 2019, Semien became a superstar without the stardom. But shame on me for not paying better attention.Semien, 29, is among the three finalists for AL MVP. But he plays for the A’s of Oakland, who by law are generally prohibited from national attention or otherwise dwelling in the consciousness of greater baseballdom, so I’m guessing there are a lot of baseball observers who don’t realize just how good he was this past season. MORE MUSINGS: Remembering Lonnie Smith’s crazy 1989 seasonWe’ll start here: Semien was worth 8.1 bWAR in 2019. That was the fourth-best mark in baseball, behind only the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger (9.0), the Astros’ Alex Bregman (8.4) and the Angels’ Mike Trout (8.3). Think back to the start of this column. If you were asked to name the top four position players from 2019, by WAR or any other measure, would Semien have made the list? I’m guessing not. This was Semien’s seventh season in the majors. He was a solid player before 2019, at times bordering on All-Star level, but this past season was unquestionably a breakout year (even though he still didn’t make the All-Star team).Semien played in all 162 of his team’s games, primarily hitting lead-off. He produced a slash line of .285/.369/.522 while clubbing 33 homers and driving in 92 runs, the latter of which led the team. As you might imagine, Semien’s contributions paced Oakland’s batting efforts in other key categories, too. He also led the A’s in hits (187), doubles (43), triples (7), walks (87), total bases (343), runs (123) and the aforementioned WAR.In a year when home run and RBI totals soared, Semien’s traditional counting stats weren’t all that spectacular. But the deeper you go, the more valuable he becomes — not just in the context of the A’s, but in MLB as a whole. Semien’s 123 runs scored was the fourth-highest total in baseball. His 343 total bases were also tied for fourth. He was sixth in extra-base hits (83) and 10th in runs created (128).But here’s a big one, and what arguably speaks most to his offensive value: He got on base more than almost everyone else in baseball. Semein’s 276 times on base in 2019 was second only to Bregman. That’s remarkable. I’ll say it another way: Getting on base is the point, and only one player did that more than Semien in 2019.Also important: Semien proved valuable with his glove, too, accounting for 1.5 dWAR. This is noteworthy because he was the league’s worst defensive shortstop a few years ago, but has made substantial improvements to become a Gold Glove finalist in consecutive seasons. So, as you now see, Semien has become a legit superstar. It’ll be interesting and fun to see whether he builds on this success in 2020. It’s easy to say that if Semien played in New York or Boston or Chicago that he’d be at the forefront of every baseball fan’s mind. But that’s a lazy excuse for not appreciating him. It’s easy as writers and fans to get caught up in the usual suspects or the popular storylines and overlook a good story somewhere else. This happens to some extent just about every season.Marcus Semien was a good story in 2019, and enough of my fellow BBWAA members recognized it to reward him with a spot as an MVP finalist (I didn’t have a vote this year). But I suspect I’m not alone in failing to give him his proper due. We should talk about him more.I wish I had followed him more closely in 2019. It’s always a treat to witness greatness.last_img read more

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