Ronnie Butler Inducted to the Caribbean Hall of Fame

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 21 Oct 2014 – Magnetic Media is happy to announce that our nomination of Ronnie Butler into the Caribbean Hall of Fame was not only accepted, but the iconic Bahamian recording artist will be among the 2014 inductees. Congratulations Ronnie Butler… Magnetic Media spoke to him earlier, he is overjoyed! RONNIE IS READY Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:caribbean hall of fame, ronnie butler Official Presentation of Ronnie Butler’s Caribbean Hall of Fame Award Recommended for you UNESCO Sponsors the 2014 Caribbean Hall of Famelast_img

NOW HIRING WCTV Hiring Student Interns To Cover Wilmington High Sports

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is an announcement from Wilmington Community Television:Are you a high school student interested in sports but not playing on the field?Maybe you’ve got some interest in play-by-play or camera? Or you’re already attending some games? Are you on a JV or Freshmen team and want to help cover varsity?WCTV is offering a PAID sports internships for juniors and seniors.These positions pay $11/hour and we’re looking for students to make a commitment of at least one game per week. Students can expect work evenings and weekends, as the schedule dictates. We’ll work with you on games that fit into your schedule.Sound interesting?Send a letter of interest to Youth Director Marty McCue ( or drop it off at the Wildcat TV control room (next to the LGI at WHS). Your letter should include:Your name, and date of birth.Describe why you’re interested and whether you’re more interested in being a camera operator, play-by-play announcer or editor (if you want to be all three roles, that’s great!).Please confirm that you’ll be available for at least one home game per week. Note that these often start at 7PM and go until 9PM.Indicate which sports you are most interested in (although note that we cover every sport.)Note whether you’re interested in serving as crew for ROAD playoff games and the Thanksgiving Day Football game.Students will be fully trained on all the gear. After an orientation period, they’ll be expected to work solo, as part of a student team or under staff supervision. They may be required to take equipment home with them and return them to WCTV the next day.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: WCTV Hiring Student Interns To Cover Wilmington High SportsIn “Community”WCTV News & Notes: Registration Now Open For Popular Weekend Youth ProgramIn “Community”VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: WCTV Looking For Camera Operators & Commentators For WHS Fall SportsIn “Community”last_img read more

Creating Dynamic Financial Ecosystems for the Poor

first_imgNumerous people in Asia do not have access to appropriate financial products and services, but new business models, technology and delivery channels developed by commercial banks, microfinance institutions, NGOs and other financial services providers may be closing the financial exclusion gap and contributing to inclusive growth and poverty alleviation.This and many other pertinent topics will be discussed at the forthcoming Asia Microfinance Forum 2014 (AMF), to be held in Shanghai, China from 5-7 August, 2014.Themed “Financial inclusion in Asia: Creating dynamic financial ecosystems for the poor”, the Forum will discuss financial frameworks, policies and regulations; financial capability; demand‐driven products; behavioral economics; digital finance; microfinance as a catalyst for SME growth; achieving impact among target groups and more.Two world leaders in microfinance will open the Asia Microfinance Forum 2014 as keynote speakers: Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, KCMG, Founder and Chairperson of BRAC; and Robert Annibale, Global Director of Citi Microfinance and Community Development.”The event provides a platform to explore opportunities and solutions to challenges by drawing on a diversity of approaches and fresh thinking from across the Asia region” says Banking with the Poor Network Chairman, Mr Chandula Abeywickrema.”We see financial inclusion is creating dynamic financial ecosystems for the poor in Asia, and delegates can look forward to learning from the best in the field through a series of workshops, plenary sessions and networking functions beginning on the 5th of August.”This is the fourth regional forum since 2006 convened by the Banking with the Poor Network and organized by the Foundation for Development Cooperation, in partnership with the Citi Foundation as Lead Sponsor and The China Association of Microfinance as Local Host.Over 400 delegates representing microfinance institutions, government agencies, credit unions, community‐based institutions, commercial banks, mobile network operators, central banks and regulators, development banks, insurance companies, educational and research institutions, donor groups, NGOs, financial hardware and software providers, consultants and professional service firms are expected to attend the AMF.The Forum will bring together leading industry experts, heads of commercial banks and development financial institutions, regulatory body heads of several Asian countries as well as scholars and practitioners of diverse fields of microfinance and financial inclusion to deliberate and present pragmatic solutions for discussion at the Forum.AMF delegates will further have the opportunity to participate in a variety of sessions to learn about new initiatives, discuss and debate ‘best practice’, exchange knowledge and build partnerships to increase progress towards achieving greater financial inclusion in the region.last_img read more

Bangladesh silent on Canada offer to take Rohingyas

first_imgMajor Rohingya refugee camp populations in Bangladesh. Photo: AFPBangladesh did not accept an offer by Canada to take in Rohingya refugees, including women who were raped, Canadian officials said, as the South Asian country pushes ahead with controversial plans to repatriate the displaced to neighbouring Myanmar.Several requests for comment were made to government officials in Bangladesh. A foreign affairs ministry spokesman and the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner declined to comment.Canada offered to take in a limited number of vulnerable refugees, including victims of sexual violence, in May when foreign minister Chrystia Freeland visited Bangladesh, according to Canadian officials, adding that the proposal still stands.“Freeland said Canada was willing to discuss cases with Bangladesh,” a Canadian official involved in the response to the Rohingya crisis, speaking anonymously due to the sensitivity of the issue, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.“(Bangladesh prime minister) Sheikh Hasina said officials would look into it,” he said, adding that discussions between the two government were ongoing, facilitated by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).The UN human rights investigator on Myanmar urged Bangladesh on Tuesday to drop plans to start repatriating hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees to Rakhine state this month, warning they would face a “high risk of persecution”.More than 700,000 Muslim Rohingya crossed into Bangladesh from Buddhist-majority Myanmar, UN agencies say, after Rohingya insurgent attacks on Myanmar security forces in August 2017 were followed by a sweeping military response.Experts working to protect Rohingya refugees said traumatised women who had been raped by Myanmar soldiers – some of whom have been ostracised after giving birth in the sprawling Bangladesh camps – would benefit from resettlement in Canada.“It is the humanitarian thing to do,” said Laetitia van den Assum, a former Dutch diplomat who served on an international panel headed by former UN secretary general Kofi Annan to advise on the crisis in Rakhine state.“If limited resettlement opportunities are available for this particular group, Bangladesh should think again and issue exit visas.”The UN has documented a “frenzy of sexual violence” by Myanmar soldiers against Rohingya women and mass killings, calling for senior generals to face genocide charges. Myanmar rejected the findings as “one-sided”.‘BEST OPTION’Bangladesh is home to the world’s largest refugee settlement, providing sanctuary to about 900,000 Rohingya, UN figures show, some of whom fled earlier waves of military violence in Myanmar in 1978, 1991 and 1992.It has consistently pursued repatriation, rather than permanent settlement in Bangladesh or third countries, undertaking large-scale returns whose “voluntariness was seriously questioned”, UNHCR said in a 2011 report.Prime minister Hasina said in September that the Rohingya must return to their own country because Bangladesh does not have any policy of local integration. She also called on Myanmar to abolish laws that discriminate against the minority.Myanmar does not consider the Rohingya a native ethnic group, with many calling the Rohingya “Bengalis”, suggesting they belong in Bangladesh.Canada was one of the top providers of asylum to Rohingya refugees until Bangladesh stopped the programme, saying it could encourage more people from Myanmar to leave their homes to seek asylum in the West.Canada resettled more than 300 people from camps in Bangladesh between 2006 and 2010, Shannon Ker, a spokeswoman for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, said.Bangladesh has not issued exit permits for the resettlement of Rohingya refugees to other countries since 2010, she said.The UNHCR asked Bangladesh in February to allow it to negotiate with Canada, the United States and some European countries to resettle around 1,000 Rohingya refugees.Guillaume Berube, a spokesman for Canada’s foreign affairs ministry, confirmed that “the offer was made” to accept a number of Rohingya refugees, but declined to comment on Bangladesh’s response as it was “confidential”.Beatrice Fenelon, a spokeswoman for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, said Canada’s latest Rohingya plan was similar to a 2017 initiative to resettle 1,200 Iraqi Yazidis – particularly rape victims – targeted by Islamic State, or Daesh.“As we did with the resettlement of survivors of Daesh, our intent is not to resettle large portions of these communities, but rather to focus on the small number of people for whom resettlement is the best option,” she said.But Bangladesh “is not issuing exit permits”, she said.Rohingya refugees are still arriving in Bangladesh and rape survivors are a priority for overseas resettlement, said UNHCR spokeswoman Caroline Gluck.“Repatriation or permanence in the country of asylum may result in additional risk and further traumatisation,” she said.last_img read more

Study suggests income inequality pushes people to take greater risks

first_img(—A trio of researchers, two with the University of North Carolina and the other with the University of Kentucky, has conducted two kinds of experiments with results suggesting that income inequality in a society can lead those on the bottom to take more risks in hopes of increasing their position. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Keith Payne, Jason Hannay and Jazmin Brown-Iannuzz describe their experiments and why they believe their results indicate that rising inequality in the world today could lead to a range of poor outcomes. Credit: CC0 Public Domain © 2017 Explore further Citation: Study suggests income inequality pushes people to take greater risks (2017, April 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: B. Keith Payne et al. Economic inequality increases risk taking, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2017). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1616453114AbstractRising income inequality is a global trend. Increased income inequality has been associated with higher rates of crime, greater consumer debt, and poorer health outcomes. The mechanisms linking inequality to poor outcomes among individuals are poorly understood. This research tested a behavioral account linking inequality to individual decision making. In three experiments (n = 811), we found that higher inequality in the outcomes of an economic game led participants to take greater risks to try to achieve higher outcomes. This effect of unequal distributions on risk taking was driven by upward social comparisons. Next, we estimated economic risk taking in daily life using large-scale data from internet searches. Risk taking was higher in states with greater income inequality, an effect driven by inequality at the upper end of the income distribution. Results suggest that inequality may promote poor outcomes, in part, by increasing risky behavior.center_img It is no secret that those on the lower end of the economic spectrum would like to move higher, nor is it a secret that the income inequality gap is growing in many countries across the globe. To learn more about the possible real-world impact of this change the researchers carried out two types of experiments designed to learn more about the behavior of those living below the standard of those at the top.The first type of experiment consisted of asking online volunteers to play a gambling game. Players were shown what they believed to be the average results of previous players—half of the volunteers were told that the best players earned significantly more than other players, while the other half were told the winnings gap was relatively small. Each of the volunteers was then asked how much they felt they needed to win to feel like they had done well and then were given a chance to play by placing bets where they could win real-world money. The betting options were arranged such that the greater the risk, the bigger the potential payoff.In studying how the volunteers performed, the researchers found that those who were told that prior players had won a lot more than other players tended to place riskier bets, hopefully leading to bigger rewards—they also generally expressed a higher need to win than the other players.To learn more about real-world conditions, the researchers studied Google search string data regarding risky behavior and financial gain, such as people searching for information about lottery winning, or other ways to win money. They found that people who lived in states where the income gap was the highest tended to conduct many more such searches.The researchers conclude by suggesting that exposure to high-income lifestyles entices lower-income people to engage in risky behavior in attempting to lift themselves higher. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Study results suggest people are less cooperative in unequal societies when wealth inequality is evidentlast_img read more