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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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Windies seeking to rediscover form in today’s second T20

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – West Indies will be seeking to rediscover their once lethal batting prowess, as they go in search of an all-important series-levelling victory in the second Twenty20 International of the four-match series here today.The Caribbean side, who easily chased down an imposing 193 to reach the T20 World Cup final almost a year ago, have in recent times become almost unrecognisable and have looked a shadow of the unit that won the title in that tournament with awesome power-hitting, in a dramatic last over.Gone is the bluster, the brawn and the swagger that have come to characterise West Indies T20 teams, replaced now with timidity and uncertainty, reflected in scores of 115, 144, 103 and 111 in their last four outings.In last Sunday’s opener at Kensington Oval in Barbados, the Windies slumped from 35 for one to strife at 49 for six in the 11th over after being asked to bat, a scenario captain Carlos Brathwaite said yesterday needed to be rectified.“(Against) Pakistan (last year) we found ourselves 20 for three and 20 for four at the end of the first six (overs),” he told reporters here ahead of the contest at Queen’s Park Oval.“We’ve progressed to (being) 34 for one (in the last game) which we were happy with at the end of the six (overs) and now it’s just a matter of understanding what we did well in the first six, replicating that, but then taking it a step further and progressing between (overs) six and 14 as well, which has always been a problem area for West Indies but one which we are addressing.“We are doing it in stages. Again, we’ve conquered the first six in our opinion and it’s just a matter of getting six to 14 right. If we can have the first six, the last six and then be a lot better between six and 14, we are sure we can put up 150-plus and that would give us a better fighting chance when we go to bowl.”West Indies were dominated by Pakistan last September, crashing to a 3-0 whitewash in the United Arab Emirates, but had banked on reversing the trend on home soil.Instead the poor results have continued on the current tour and not even the presence of the world-rated spin twin of Sunil Narine and Samuel Badree could have prevented Pakistan taking a 1-0 lead in the series with a six-wicket win.“I don’t think we put enough runs on the board and as a result of that, Pakistan’s batsmen were able to play (without pressure),” Brathwaite said in reference to Sunday’s opening loss.“We played into their hands basically where they could have nudged the ones and the twos and not be under pressure to score and play the power shots. I think that negatively affected Badree and Sunil’s game plans which as we all know, they are a lot more difficult to score boundaries off of than just rotating (strike).“So once the batters can put a decent total on the board of 150 upwards, they will come into their own even more with batsmen having to be more attacking towards them.”All eyes will be on 18-year-old leg-spinner Shadab Khan who was sensational on debut, grabbing four wickets in four overs which cost a mere seven runs.Brathwaite said West Indies had formulated their plans on how to combat the young bowler, and were looking towards an improved performance.The remaining games in the series will be played on Saturday and Sunday here.last_img read more

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Women’s Volleyball: Wisconsin looks to take a step forward after Elite Eight exit last season

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team just got their season underway following the Big Ten/ACC Challenge against Florida State and North Carolina this past weekend.While the Badgers fell in the Elite Eight in last season’s NCAA Tournament, they head into this season with high expectations and a No. 5 ranking in the preseason American Volleyball Coaches Association poll. The ranking marks their fifth straight season with a ranking in the top 10, and their highest ranking since 2016.Led by junior Dana Rettke — who earned All-American honors in both of her first two seasons with Madison — the Badgers will look to make a push further into the NCAA Tournament this year.Rettke’s absolute domination of all competition through this point in her career makes her look all but unstoppable heading into her junior year.Her season stats last year included nearly four kills/set and nearly five points/set, both of which led the team. Rettke’s season highs last season included 30 kills and 32 points against Minnesota on Halloween, a match in which she obliterated Minnesota offensively.Volleyball: Badgers close spring slate with sweep over PurdueThe University of Wisconsin volleyball team scheduled three high-quality opponents for their spring schedule — dropping only one set in Read…The U.S. National Team also gave Rettke the opportunity to train with them this summer, as she competed in five FIVB matches, playing with some of the best volleyball players in the country and the world.With the FIVB team, Rettke also had the chance to play with former standout Badger Lauren Carlini. The two Badger stars, as well as the rest of the team, will look to earn a spot in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.“When a player has that type of opportunity and experience, they can go one of two ways — they can become complacent or they can lead with their work ethic and composure,” said head coach Kelly Sheffield. “We just need Dana to be the best player she’s capable of being — no more, no less.”Rettke’s offensive and defensive will be supported by redshirt senior Madison Duello and redshirt junior Molly Haggerty.Volleyball: Wisconsin closes out regular season with critical road victories against Rutgers, Penn StateThe No. 8 University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team (22-6, 15-5 Big Ten) wrapped up their regular season with an Read…The trio of Rettke, Duello and Haggerty proved to be lethal last season, as the Badgers managed to finish 25-7, including 15-5 against an extremely strong Big Ten conference that has five teams in the top 10 and seven teams in the top 20 in the preseason AVCA poll.Duello earned third-team All-American honors last season, averaging 3.25 kills and nearly three points/set, both good enough for second on the team.Duello’s farewell season will have her looking to set new career-highs after setting several new ones last season, including 24 kills and 43 attacks against Penn State in November.Haggerty averaged over two kills and nearly three points/set last season, both good enough for fourth on the team.After a freshman season in 2016 in which she earned third-team All-American honors, Haggerty’s role regressed with the addition of Rettke. She still managed to tie her career-high in assists as she continued to play a supporting role for the team.Volleyball: No. 6 Badgers fall in Elite Eight heartbreaker to No. 3 IllinoisThe University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team’s season ended Saturday night after losing to No. 3 Illinois in the Elite Read…This trio, combined with a crop of players who have all matured by a year, will look to improve on last season’s results and make a deeper run in the NCAA Tournament. The team only lost one major player in Tionna Williams, meaning much of their core remains.The Badgers have a tough season ahead of them, as they will face eight teams ranked in the preseason top 25, including all six ranked Big Ten teams as well as No. 13 Washington and No. 20 Baylor.The Badgers’ first home game will be Thursday against Marquette at the UW Field House. Big Ten play will open Sept. 27 when the Badgers take on Purdue at the UW Field House.last_img read more

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SBC’s on the ball: Barnsley, Antoine Griezmann and Anderlecht

first_img Sky Sports grows American football offering with NFL channel August 14, 2020 EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Submit Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 From sponsorship to the ever-expanding world of football media coverage, when it comes to the business of football, SBC has you covered. This edition looks at “exploitative” ticket prices, Barcelona being reported to FIFA and an intriguing new owner at Barnsley. ____________________Getting the ‘Moneyball’ rolling at BarnsleyIt could be a big 2018 for Barnsley FC, after the Championship club were taken over by a consortium which includes Chinese billionaire, Chien Lee and the baseball pioneer Billy Beane, who was the inspiration behind the Hollywood film ‘Moneyball’.Chief Executive Gauthier Ganaye told the club website: “We would like to thank every member of our loyal fan base for their patience and continued support over recent months. An exciting chapter is opening for Barnsley Football Club and we are looking forward to the future together.”Beane was the mastermind behind the Oakland A’s transformation with the use of statistical, computer generated data to utilise undervalued players, a tactic that many have speculated could be translated to football. On the other hand, Lee has a track record in football as the co-owner of French Ligue 1 side Nice, who have enjoyed a lot of success in recent times including reaching the play-off stage in the Champions League and finishing third in the French top tier.Barnsley currently sit 20th in the Championship table and are just four points above the relegation zone. Barcelona reported to FIFA by Spanish rivals Barcelona have been reported to FIFA by Atletico Madrid, after the it was alleged that the Catalan club made an illegal approach for Manchester United target, Antoine Griezmann. Atletico have claimed that in spite of the 26-year-old France international signing a new contract, keeping him at the Wanda Metropolitano until the summer of 2021, Barcelona have made contact with the family of the player, eyeing up a potential transfer for the player. A spokesperson for FIFA confirmed earlier in the week, that football’s governing body had received a complaint from Atletico over the approach. Furthemore, Atletico were unable to sign players this summer after  breaching FIFA rules over the signing of minors. A ruling that delayed the return of Diego Costa to the club, after he was frozen out by Chelsea manager Antonio Conte. At the time the club responded with a statement, claiming that: “This ruling is unfair and causes an irreparable damage to our club.”New takeover just the medicine for Belgian ChampionsMarc Coucke, Belgian pharmaceutical entrepreneur  has agreed to buy Belgian champions, Anderlecht for a reported fee of up to 100 million euros (£88.6 million). Anderlecht, who were previously owned by a by a group of investors headed by the Vanden Stock family, are one of Belgium’s most prestigious clubs, having won numerous European titles in the 1970s. In a statement,  Anderlecht president Roger Vanden Stock commented: “It pleases me to look back at the time when my father and my family owned the club, but it is time to pass on the baton, so RSC Anderlecht can always remain RSC Anderlecht.” Coucke founded over-the-counter medicines group Omega Pharma, which he went onto sell to U.S. company Perrigo in late 2014 for 3.6 billion euros, he also owns Belgian club KV Oostende and previously was on the board at France’s Ligue 1 Lille.Currently sitting in third place, Anderlecht are enduring a tough season, losing 5-0 to domestic rivals Club Bruges on Sunday has left them 13 points behind leaders Bruges.Sevilla deemed to be doing no wrong over “exploitative” ticket pricesUEFA have stated that La Liga club Sevilla are completely with their rights to charge Man United fans up to £133 for tickets for the Champions League last 16 tie at the Sanchez Pizjuan in February. United fans reacted with angrily when Sevilla announced that prices for the 2,450 standard seats would be £89 with 200 tickets deemed “category one” priced at £133. The Manchester United Supporters Trust branded the prices as “exploitative.”The price rise marks a 65% increase on tickets from when Liverpool took on the Spanish club in the group stages of the tournament, when travelling fans were charged £54.Nonetheless, article 19, subsection 3 of UEFA’s regulations states: “Unless the associations or clubs concerned agree otherwise, the price of tickets for supporters of the visiting team must not exceed the price paid for tickets of a comparable category that are sold to supporters of the home team.”Tech giants prepared for Premier League television rights battle. Tech giants such as Amazon, Google, Facebook and Netflix are all set to take part in the next round of bidding for Premier League television rights.From the 2019-20 season onwards, 200 live matches will be available each season, with the price of the UK package expected to rise above its current figure of £5.14 billion. Those games are divided into five packages of 32 matches and two packages of 20. No broadcaster will be allowed to acquire more than 148 per season.With this new competition from the world’s biggest digital media companies, Sky is faced with perhaps its biggest challenge to maintain its dominance of Premier League TV rights.To protect from these new challengers, Sky and BT have agreed a so-called cross supply deal. Under the terms of the deal, BT will market and sell Sky’s Now TV service – including the Sky Atlantic, Sky One, Sky Living, Sky Sports and Sky Cinema channels – to its customers. While BT will wholesale its BT Sport channels to Sky, allowing the firm to sell them directly to Sky customers._________________The Betting industry’s relationship with Football and its wider stakeholders will be discussed at the ‘Betting on Football 2018’ (#bofcon2018) conference. Click on the below banner for more information…last_img read more

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Fantasy Injury Updates: Kalen Ballage, Greg Olsen, Darrel Williams affect Week 14 waiver wire pickups

first_imgDarrel Williams injury outlookUPDATE: Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Monday that it’s unlikely Williams will play in Week 14.Williams left Sunday’s game in the second half after injuring his right hamstring on a non-contact play. He had been involved in Kansas City’s offense with Damien Williams (ribs) out, a role Darwin Thompson took over once Darrel left.There’s a lot of uncertainty here in regards to length of absence for both of the Williams, and LeSean McCoy continues to be used strategically. That means there’s a scenario where the rookie Darwin Thompson gets a lot of run down the stretch, and he’s available in basically every league and worth a speculative add while we wait to see how this plays out. With the fantasy playoffs starting in most leagues in Week 14, the lack of injuries Sunday had to be encouraging for fantasy owners. There were three, though, that could have big waiver wire impacts and possible FLEX implications if you were paying attention. Kalen Ballage went down in Miami and could open the door to Patrick Laird. Preseason sleeper Ian Thomas could benefit from Greg Olsen’s concussion. And in Kansas City, there might actually be an opportunity for Darwin Thompson after Darrel Williams got hurt.Follow us on Twitter for more news and updates @SN_Fantasy. WEEK 14 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerKalen Ballage injury updateBallage left Sunday’s game with a non-contact leg injury that forced him to be carted off the field. He was initially announced as questionable to return before failing to make it back in the game. There was no update on his status after the game.Ballage was already losing ground in the running back competition to Patrick Laird, who became the go-to back in Miami’s win after Ballage departed. Laird gets a boost in PPR leagues but could have value down the stretch in very favorable matchups of Jets, Giants and Bengals coming up. Snag Laird on waivers in PPR leagues. Myles Gaskin could also be involved and could have standard league value.WEEK 14: Top Waiver PickupsGreg Olsen injury newsOlsen was hit helmet-to-helmet Sunday and left the game with a concussion while the Redskins defender who hit him was ejected. Ian Thomas saw a season-high four targets in Olsen’s absence. Thomas caught all four passes for 24 yards.We liked Thomas as a sleeper before the season, but he’s barely gotten on the field with Olsen healthy. If it turns out Olsen misses time, Thomas can be a TE option in deeper leagues down the stretch and would be a fine replacement for anyone rostering Olsen.WEEK 14 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endlast_img read more

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WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for most of north-central Iowa until noon

first_img…Freezing Drizzle Changing to a Quick Burst of Snow This Morning….Freezing drizzle will change to snow this morning as colder air spills into the state behind a strong cold front. The snow may come as a quick burst with dramatic visibility reduction due to the intense snow rates and gusty winds blowing the snow as well. Winds from the northwest will gust over 35 mph at times. The snow will come to an end late this morning or early this afternoon.IAZ005>007-016-017-024-091730-/O.NEW.KDMX.WW.Y.0035.191209T1000Z-191209T1800Z/Kossuth-Winnebago-Worth-Hancock-Cerro Gordo-Humboldt-Including the cities of Algona, Forest City, Lake Mills, Northwood, Manly, Garner, Britt, Kanawha, Mason City, Clear Lake, and Humboldt326 AM CST Mon Dec 9 2019…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST TODAY…* WHAT…Freezing drizzle changing to snow. The snow may come down as a quick burst with dramatic visibility reduction. Total snow accumulations of up to two inches and ice accumulations of alight glaze. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph.* WHERE…North Central Iowa.* WHEN…Until noon CST today.* IMPACTS…Plan on slippery road conditions and visibilities under a mile at times due to intense snow rates and blowing snow. The hazardous conditions are expected to impact the morning commute.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…Slow down and use caution while traveling.The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.=========================Mitchell-Howard-Winneshiek-Floyd-Chickasaw-Mower-Fillmore-Houston-Including the cities of Osage, Cresco, Decorah, Charles City, New Hampton, Austin, Preston, and Caledonia331 AM CST Mon Dec 9 2019…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST TODAY…* WHAT…Snow up to 1 inch and a light glaze of ice.* WHERE…In Wisconsin, Buffalo County. In Minnesota, Wabasha, Dodge, Olmsted and Winona Counties.* WHEN…Until noon CST Today.* IMPACTS…Plan on slippery roads. The morning commute could be hazardous.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…Motorists and pedestrians should be careful and slow down.The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.last_img read more

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