WASH in Schools: Liberia’s first step to recovery from Ebola

Water point at a school at the Firestone plantation concession area. Credit: Government of Liberia

WASH in Schools: Liberia’s first step to recovery from Ebola

Investing in water, sanitation and health in schools is a tangible, cost-effective and sustainable way to support Liberia towards a fast recovery with long-lasting health, educational and economic benefits.

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Fight anti-ag lies with ag truths, Women in Ag speaker says – Kearney Hub


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Fight anti-ag lies with ag truths, Women in Ag speaker says
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Nebraska Women in Agriculture Conference keynote speaker Becky Chaney of Elwood wrote “Bulldust In My Bra” about the year she and her husband, Lee, spent in Australia's Outback. She and her twin daughters have written six children's books about …

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Trio of acronyms key to agricultural trade expansion – Columbia Daily Tribune

Trio of acronyms key to agricultural trade expansion
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A blizzard of acronyms might leave many of us confused about international trade negotiations and what they mean for the food sector. The dinner speaker at USDA's annual Agricultural Outlook Forum last week was Darci Vetter, the chief U.S. negotiator

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Renewed funds for Benin’s cotton season – Global Trade Review (GTR)


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Renewed funds for Benin's cotton season
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Cotton accounts for 40% of total exports in Benin, mostly directed to China, India and Nigeria. The country recovered from a cotton production crisis in 2011/12 by raising the fixed price paid to producers in an effort to motivate the farmers to
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A Sudden Surge of Statistical Confusion

 

 

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If you’re suddenly feeling confused about inequality, you have a good reason. Two of America’s most authoritative dailies — the New York Times and the Washington Post — have just come out with pieces that suggest that America’s rich aren’t really doing all that well after all.

The Times piece — headlined “Inequality Has Actually Not Risen Since the Financial Crisis” — sums up the most recent work of George Washington University’s Stephen Rose. The Post piece assigns U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (Independent-Vermont) a “Pinocchio” for claiming that “99 percent of new income is going to top 1 percent of Americans.”

Both pieces do readers a disservice. They mislead. In fact, inequality has increased since the Great Recession began, and almost all the gains from the recovery have gone to the richest of the rich.

Analyst Ben Walsh has done the best overall job dissecting the new Times article, combining his own insights with points other critics have been making. As for the new Post contribution to our inequality discourse, Senator Sanders himself offers a solid retort. The Post, to its credit, is running the Sanders response online right below the initial Pinocchio column.

All these articles and columns dive deeply into the relatively abstract summary stats on inequality. But sometimes we need anecdotes to help us make sense of our stats. We have some interesting new ones from the recently concluded antique automobile auctions in Arizona. The 2015 sales have just set some phenomenal new records. Classic models from the likes of Lamborghini and Ferrari, one news report notes, “sold well above their pre-auction estimates,” with some even doubling what the experts predicted.

One auction house active in Arizona, Bonhams, has jumped from $ 13.5 million in sales in 2013 to $ 24.8 million in 2015. The auctioneers from Barrett-Jackson dispatched $ 111 million worth of fine old motor cars last year and another $ 131 million at this year’s sales.

America’s rich are doing just fine. The statistics tell us that. If you ask them, the auctioneers will, too.

An addendum: Pavlina Tcherneva, over at New Economic Perspectives, has just chimed in with another excellent appraisal of this disappointing New York Times stumble.

The post A Sudden Surge of Statistical Confusion appeared first on Institute for Policy Studies.

Sam Pizzigati, an Institute for Policy Studies associate fellow, edits the inequality monthly Too Much.

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Here’s What’s Being Done To Get Child Laborers Working 16-Hour Days Off Of … – Huffington Post

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Proponents of the bill pointed to a report released by Human Rights Watch (HRW) last May that found children who work on tobacco farms are more at risk of getting cancer, living with reproductive health issues and suffering from permanent neurological …

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Six Nations 2015: Scotland v Italy at Murrayfield – BBC Sport


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Six Nations 2015: Scotland v Italy at Murrayfield
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While Oscars were being dished out in Hollywood last weekend, the head coaches of Scotland and Italy were pondering how to avoid an award: namely the Wooden Spoon, the fate that could well lie in store for the losers of the game at Murrayfield on …
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Strategic priorities 2015-2017: Momentum for change

Fairfood is proud to announce the publication of its strategic priorities for 2015-2017 entitled ‘Momentum for Change: Towards a fair and sustainable food system.’

For more than a decade, Fairfood International has campaigned to improve the socioeconomic conditions of smallholder farmers and workers and promote the sustainable use of natural resources. It has been our aim to curb corporate abuses and ensure better government policies and regulations in order to create a fairer global food system.

Over the next three years, we will commit ourselves to four key priorities in order to increase our impact:

  • Enabling the growth of partners at grassroots level;
  • Fostering changes in policies and practices from global food companies, supermarkets and governments;
  • Mobilising public support to demand change in the food system;
  • Developing a stronger and unified Fairfood.

Read the Strategic priorities 2015-2017

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Vital building in conflict damaged Gaza to take more than a century at current rate

Vital building in conflict damaged Gaza to take more than a century at current rate

At current rates it could take more than 100 years to complete essential building of homes, schools and health facilities in Gaza unless the Israeli blockade is lifted, Oxfam warned today as new figures show the amount of vital construction materials entering Gaza dropped last month.

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