Christian Aid launches Ctrl.Alt.Shift online community for youth activists

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Howard Lake | 1 July 2008 | News Christian Aid launches Ctrl.Alt.Shift online community for youth activists  75 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Digital International development agency Christian Aid has created Ctrl.Alt.Shift, a global online community to help young people get engaged in global development issues.Research for the charity confirmed that the vast majority (85%) of British young people are keen to understand and get involved in these issues, but did not know how to effect change.One in four 18-25 year olds spoken to agreed that traditional methods of charity engagement do not feel appropriate for them. A further 48% agreed that they would be more inclined to get on board with charity activity if the call to action felt more accessible, relevant to their lives or involved doing something they actually enjoyed.Ctrl.Alt.Shift is an experiment designed to harness this energy and “create a global community of proactive, outspoken agitators seeking change,” a social networking site for young charity supporters.Users can learn about issues, sign up for petitions, upload their own content and involve themselves in action groups. They can come up with their own ideas for action by generating content, campaigns, sharing ideas and inspiring each other. They can also get involved in fundraising.Katrin Owusu, Head of Youth Marketing and Innovations at Christian Aid, said: “The key mission of Ctrl.Alt.Shift is to bring about the democratisation of Charity, by being the first ‘consumer generated’ charity brand. Using concepts of co-creation, the project will act as a vehicle for people to connect and take action by creating content and campaigns, sharing ideas and inspiring each other”.The Ctrl.Alt.Shift initiative will include partnerships with cultural institutions, projects with higher and further education in the arena of music and film, digital social networking and a youth focused magazine.The project will also see the release of a new magazine, edited by youth culture journalist Chantelle Fiddy, and former editor of Sleazenation, Neil Boorman. The publication tackles some issues such as HIV, prostitution, slave labour, and conflict “in a way that is both relevant and arresting for young people”.Christian Aid compiled research by YouGov, Ramp and LOVE, based on a sample size of over 2,000 18-25 year olds from across the UK from July 2007 to June read more

IS IT TRUE JUNE 22, 2016

first_imgIS IT TRUE we are pleased to announce that CCO is once again getting some valuable information from our Civic Center “MOLES”? …in the near future we shall be sharing some interesting information that members of the Winnecke Administration have attempted to keep from going public?IS IT TRUE we have been told that BRANDON LEE FERGUSON has decided to run for the Vanderburgh County Council seat as a Democrat in the upcoming November 8, 2016 election?  …we  predict that Mr. Ferguson will be selected in the upcoming June 30, 2016 Democratic caucus as a candidate for the Vanderburgh County Council seat?IS IT TRUE that yesterday one of our readers posted  the following question? …he said: “I wish I knew more about if there was a trust fund for Mesker Amphitheater. I suspect the plan to demolish it is because it is sitting on money someone wants to spend more freely”? …we strongly recommend  that he contact City Controller Russ Lloyd Jr and City Council Finance Chairmen Dan McGinn and let them explain why this TRUST FUND was mis-used by the City of Evansville?IS IT TRUE during the last election several voting centers weren’t handicap accessible.  …we are pleased that officials of The Indiana Disability Rights groups attended the Vanderburgh County Election Board meeting to voice “legal concerns.”  about the lack of accessibility for handicap people of the several voting centers? …we are sure this issue will be resolved in an reasonable manner?IS IT TRUE we are extremely proud of the University of Southern Indiana Chamber Choir for winning  first place in the Mayo International Choral Festival in Castlebar, Ireland?   …USI competed against more than 30 choirs from Ireland, Norway, Wales and the U.S.?  …USI won both the four-part competition, the sacred music competition and placed second in the Gaelic languages competition?IS IT TRUE Killer is the only locally owned skate shop with a first class skate park?   …the publicly owned Lamasco skate park on West Columbia Street  has seen better days? …the publicly owned skate park at Wonder Ice Rink has long been dismantled?  …Killer is run by Glenn Davidson and his wife Sheena?  …Killer offers skate camps, contests and the basics of skating?  …Killer is open Monday through Saturday noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information on Killer, visit their website at   …Killer is located at 1315 North Cullen Avenue?IS IT TRUE according to the City Engineers’s Office the the following road are closed?  …the reason why is that asphalt street milling activities will be taking place Tuesday (6/21/16) through Friday (6/25/16) at the following locations:· Division Street from Boeke Road west to the on-ramp for the Lloyd (between Taft Ave and Fairlawn Ave) and  Washington Ave from Hebron Ave west to Boeke Road?FOOTNOTES:  Todays “Readers Poll” question is:  Do you feel that Mayor Winnecke will save Mesker Amphitheater from the wreaking ball?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributedFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

PDVSA Clings to Russian Lifelines To Survive Sanctions

first_imgBy Voice of America / Edited by Diálogo Staff December 02, 2019 Venezuelan State-owned oil company PDVSA has reduced production and exports since the U.S. government-imposed sanctions. The company, however, has managed to keep some of its main clients with the help of Russian oil company Rosneft, which has become the main trader of PDVSA’s oil.Claudio Loser, former director of the International Monetary Fund’s Western Hemisphere Department, said that Rosneft “is the intermediary,” highlighting its importance in Venezuela’s crude oil sales strategy.In July, direct oil imports from Venezuela to China and India fell sharply, — 40 and 20 percent respectively. At the same time, Russian oil company Rosneft increased its purchase and became the main consumer of Venezuelan oil, taking 66 percent of the country’s oil exports in August, according to news agency Reuters.“Rosneft can buy oil from Venezuela and say we consume this and sell the rest to other countries,” Loser said.Loser told Voice of America that Rosneft’s intermediation has enabled PDVSA to keep some of its traditional clients in China and India, who fear becoming the targets of U.S. sanctions.Lisa Viscidi, director of the Inter-American Dialogue’s Energy, Climate Change and Extractive Industries Program, said that it’s difficult to trace the operations involving Venezuelan oil. “They are trying to conceal the transactions. For instance, it’s been reported that ships navigate without lights so satellites can’t catch them,” Viscidi said in an interview with Voice of America’s Venezuela 360 program.Although PDVSA has been able to maintain some of its exports, Viscidi said that crude oil production in October could plummet further if the U.S. government doesn’t renew permits for U.S. companies that operate oil wells in Venezuela in partnership with PDVSA. Chevron, the most important of these companies, is involved in the production of 181,000 barrels a day.“If Chevron has to leave the country, things will get more complicated for Venezuela, because in general, the projects that do best, those with the most production, are operated by foreign companies,” Viscidi said.According to Loser, the exit of PDVSA’s U.S. partners from Venezuela would greatly impact the influx of Venezuelan migrants in the region. “Obviously, this will affect the government’s capability to grant subsidies. This would have a direct impact on Venezuelans’ tendency to emigrate,” Loser said.Viscidi and Loser agree that PDVSA’s oil production won’t disappear completely, but they believe it is entering a survival stage.“That’s what we saw in Iran; they will continue to export at much lower levels than before,” Loser said.Until 1999, Venezuelan oil accounted for 72 percent of the country’s exports, but in recent years as the nation’s industrial sector collapsed, oil dependency increased 90 percent, paradoxically with the lowest production levels since 1940.last_img read more

Q&A with KG: Why Garnett hopes these Warriors stay together for the long haul

first_imgOAKLAND — Future Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett knows a thing or two about outdoor hoops.As a youth, he honed his skills at Springfield Park in Mauldin, South Carolina, developing into one of the best high school prospects in the country, starting at Mauldin High, then Farragut Career Academy in Chicago, where he became Illinois’ Mr. Basketball and a McDonald’s All American in 1995.Now, after a 21-year NBA career, Garnett, now the host of TNT’s ‘Area 21′ is giving back. On Friday, in …last_img read more

Four Seasons moves into South Africa

first_img29 July 2013Canadian luxury hotel group Four Seasons has signed a long-term management agreement with The Westcliff hotel in Johannesburg, marking its entry into South Africa as part of its expansion plans for the rest of Africa.“Having a property in Johannesburg – the gateway to the whole of southern Africa – is essential as we explore opportunities for growth in South Africa and across the continent,” executive vice president of worldwide development for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Scott Woroch, said in a statement last week.“Africa’s economic growth, improved stability and ease of travel have made the continent increasingly attractive to luxury travellers and Four Seasons.”The Four Seasons Hotel Westcliff Johannesburg is expected to open in the second quarter of 2014 following renovations and construction.Renovations include an expanded outdoor terrace, a new spa, fitness centre and outdoor pool, as well as new restaurant and bar concepts by United Kingdom design firm Blacksheep.The Westcliff’s original architects, RSL Architects, have been hired to ensure renovations are in line with its initial design.“Recognising the property’s prominent location within the city and neighbourhood, Four Seasons and the property’s owners will work closely with local consultants to ensure the design aesthetic of the property is preserved,” the hotel group said.The opening of the Four Seasons Westcliff will mark the group’s second property in Africa, following the opening of the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti in Tanzania in 2012.“With our recently established development office in Dubai, we plan to be much more active in Africa, pursuing both new build developments and conversion opportunities such as the Westcliff and Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, which opened last year,” Woroch said.Sebastien Carre has been appointed general manager of the Johannesburg hotel and brings over 10 years of experience as a general manager at Four Seasons hotels around the world.As demand for luxury travel experiences in Africa grows, so does the need for a new standard of service,” said Four Seasons president of hotel operations in Europe, Middle East and Africa, Christopher Norton.“Under Sebastien’s leadership, Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh [on the Red Sea] was voted the number one resort in the world in 2011, and we are certain that Four Seasons Hotel Westcliff Johannesburg will soon take its place among the world’s best.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

A look at buying put options

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLCThe market continues to watch the actions of the President and China. It’s hard to know if there will be a trade fix at the G20 meeting in just over a week. I expect a sideways market through the holiday and leading up to the big meeting between world leaders. After the meeting, it’s still uncertain, but recent history indicates the market hits its low at the end of November and starts increasing in December.The last two weeks I explained why I prefer to sell calls and why I avoid buying calls for my farm operation. But, what about put options? What is a “put” option?Buying a put is the right to sell grain at a desired price. Basically it allows a farmer to guarantee a floor price for their grain while leaving unlimited upside potential if the market rallies. When buying a put there is an upfront cost premium, but no risk of margin call.This sounds like a safe, low risk option. With so much uncertainty in farming, like the weather and politics, buying puts on the surface looks like it can help minimize farmer fears of an unpredictable market. However, like all option trades, it’s not a perfect solution. Issue 1: The cost of the putWhen buying a put I have to subtract that cost from the price level I purchase. For example, Dec ’19 futures are about $4 right now with a $4 put costing about 25 cents. That means the true floor price for my grain is $3.75 ($4 – $.25 = $3.75).Most University studies say the average farmer needs $4.20 futures to cover all production costs. So, I’m not interested in protecting a floor price that is 40 to 50 cents below the average farmers’ breakeven. Issue 2: The value of a put decreases during market ralliesIf the market rallies over the summer, I’ll lose some or all of the premium I paid to buy the put. This isn’t exactly bad because it means the price of grain is going higher and the puts did their job. But just like my floor price is actually below the price level I buy when I purchase a put so too then is the higher price I sell after I subtract out my costs for buying and later selling the put.For example, let’s say I bought the $4 put for 25 cents today and then the market rallies to $4.40 in late summer and I sell my grain at that point. Since I no longer need the floor protection the put provides, I should sell it back out to recover as much of the premium I can. However, by then it’s value would have likely decreased by 15 cents to about the 10 cent level. Since I still need to take into account the cost of the put, the price of my sold grain is actually $4.25 not $4.40 ($4.40 – $.15 put ownership cost = $4.25). While that’s above the average breakeven, it’s not by much.With what we know today, a rally to $4.40 next summer could be unattainable. For the last w years the market stalled out between $4.15 to $4.30 over the summer. So, for me it would be a better plan to just sell those values, if they become available, than to buy a put today that provides a floor for well below my breakeven.To illustrate my point, let’s say I buy the $4 put today for the 25 cents and futures rally to $4.20 next summer. If that happened, I could sell corn for $4.20, and then sell back the put, which is now worth likely only 15 cents (10 cents less than the amount purchased). Since I still need to take into account the 10 cent difference, my corn sale at $4.20 is now only worth $4.10. $4.10 is only 10 cents higher than current prices today, so buying the put actually limited my upside potential from the small rally I’m hoping for.Now if prices fall to $3 next fall, I would want puts in place. But, I’m not sure $3 is likely, just like I don’t think $4.50 is likely with the information I have today. I find it’s usually best for me to not get overly greedy hoping for a huge rally with my options strategy and just sell my grain in early and middle summer. This is where its so important to have a sound marketing plan in place and to have a strategy that takes into account a market that could move in any direction. Is there a good time to buy a put?Back in 2011, 2012 and 2013, it was possible to buy put options where the guaranteed price, after the cost of the premium, was above my breakeven point. But since 2013, similar opportunities have been limited.This year I had some success buying puts about a week or so before a few USDA reports, but the money made and protection levels received were limited. In hindsight, I should have just sold futures instead of trying to cling to hope that prices would go higher.In looking back at 2018, the best opportunity to buy a put successfully was if a farmer bought a $4 put for 20 cents in mid-May when the market hit it’s high for the year at $4.25. However, with that trade the best a farmer would have done was to have a $3.80 floor, because the market only went down right after that. Instead, the better strategy would have been to just sell futures from $4.20 to $4.25, which was at least 40 cents better than clinging to hope with the put strategy.In my experience, I’m generally better off selling futures when prices rally above the average farmers’ breakeven point instead of trying to buy protection below my cost of production. Ultimately, if the market rallies significantly I have next year’s grain to sell that will now be at much higher levels. What about selling puts?Put option sellers receive a premium upfront in exchange for having to buy grain at a certain level. There could be margin call on this trade if the market fell and this trade would then make the put seller long grain. Typically this type of trade would be done by end users and not grain producers. A producer selling puts would be speculative and would add risk to their operation. Buying and selling put options are not a perfect solutionMany in the trade make it seem like buying put options is a perfect solution for farmers, but as detailed above, they are far from perfect and have many limitations. I’m always cautious with the promise of downside protection and unlimited upside potential. In grain marketing there is often a catch when something sounds too good to be true.The reality when buying puts is that I will usually miss out on opportunities if prices go up, down or sideways. And on the flip side, if I sold a put, I make a little money when the market goes up or stays sideways, but my downside isn’t protected and I’ve added risk to my operation because I could actually have more grain than what I started with that I would have to worry about.While buying put options can provide another layer of opportunity in a grain marketing strategy, they aren’t the perfect solution many in the trade make them out to be. It’s why I seldom by puts for my operation. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at [email protected]last_img read more

Goa police arrest Solapur youth for stalking tourist

first_imgThe Goa Police on Sunday arrested a 19-year-old youth from Solapur for allegedly stalking and assaulting a Russian woman tourist in the North Goa coastal belt on May 15.Goa Inspector General of Police Jaspal Singh told The Hindu that the accused Ashpak Mujawar was arrested on Sunday, from Nagoa village in North Goa, where he is temporarily residing. Last week, a Russian tourist alleged that she was “stalked and slapped” by an unidentified person at Arpora village and claimed that the local police were refusing to take any action despite her complaint on the same day.The incident got the attention of the police higher-ups after the victim uploaded a video of her assault on social media, which later went viral. The victim claimed that she had turned down the offer of a lift from the accused who was on a two-wheeler, who later stalked her and then slapped her, before speeding away on his vehicle. Senior police officials later directed the local police in North Goa to call the victim and get her complaint registered. They also directed the local police to track down the accused, who was said to be missing.Superintendent of Police, North Goa, Chandan Choudhary, told The Hindu that the case was initially not communicated to police headquarters. But after it came to their notice the police station concerned was pulled up. The police station had registered a non-cognisible offence in the first place.last_img read more

Volleyball’s loss is judo’s gain

first_imgMOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Kiyomi Watanabe after winning the gold in judo in the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Marc Reyes/INQUIRERKUALA LUMPUR—If her mother had the choice, Kiyomi Watanabe should be spiking volleyballs instead of hurling opponents to the mat.But Irene Watanabe, who used to play volleyball, said her daughter would secretly train in judo in school. She ended up becoming MVP and things were never the same again.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side SPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“This is the first time her father was watching, he also didn’t approve of her playing judo at first,” bared Irene.On Saturday evening, both parents were cheering for her at the sideline as she pinned down Orapin Senatham for the gold. She also beat the Thai for the gold two years ago. Bond grows stronger for tight-knit PH poomsae team Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Born in Cebu City and raised in a town near Mt. Fuji in Japan, Kiyomi is the third in a brood of five. Irene is married to Japanese Sinero Watanabe.The family transferred to Japan when Kiyomi was 10.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo READ: Watanabe outclasses foes on her way to SEA Games gold“She doesn’t want me giving interviews during her matches,” said Irene. “She wants to keep it low key.”Irene was the opposite as she unabashedly gave pointers during the -63 kilogram final.“We can’t tell. There are many factors like the mat,” added Irene as the crowd counted for themselves to 20 seconds for the ippon win. ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

New video series takes consumers to the farm

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – A new web series called Real Farm Lives has been launched aimed at showing consumers what goes on down on the farm.A survey from the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity shows 93 per cent of Canadians have little to no knowledge of where their food comes from. The series looks at the daily routines of three farm families from across the country.Madison Englot, who farms with her dad, mom and two brothers near Montmartre, Saskatchewan felt this was an excellent opportunity to contribute to the industry.The Universty of Saskatchewan student says this will help clear up misconceptions about how food is produced and show consumers who they are as farm families.“I really think us as farmers need to stand up and really promote who we are as people, we’re part of this industry and eating the same food we are producing,” said Englot.Chris Renwick farms with his family close to Wheatley in southern Ontario. The Renwicks have been working the land there for nearly 200 hundred years.He is hoping viewers will come away with an understanding that farmers are producing safe and nutritious food.“People understand why we are doing things and how we are doing things and hopefully that will help build more trust and build better relationships between rural and urban people,” said Renwick.CropLife Canada is the organization that put it all together.President and CEO Pierre Petelle points to the survey from the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity.“That was the genesis of it to try and reach average Canadians through average farm families and have an opportunity to share their story.”He said it was completely unscripted and it was incredible just to watch the excitement and pride that the farm family displayed while doing their regular routines.“It’s really about creating that connection between non-farm families and farm families and showing them that they really aren’t that much different than themselves and the trials and tribulations that go into producing the food that we enjoy,” said Petelle.To see the web series click here.last_img read more