WASHINGTON, D.C — Global remittances are projected to decline sharply by about 20 percent in 2020 due to the economic crisis induced by the COVID-19 pandemic and shutdown.The projected fall, which would be the sharpest decline in recent history, is largely due to a fall in the wages and employment of migrant workers, who tend to be more vulnerable to loss of employment and wages during an economic crisis in a host country.Remittances to low and middle-income countries (LMICs) are projected to fall by 19.7 percent to $445 billion, representing a loss of a crucial financing lifeline for many vulnerable households.Studies show that remittances alleviate poverty in lower- and middle-income countries, improve nutritional outcomes, are associated with higher spending on education, and reduce child labor in disadvantaged households.A fall in remittances affects families’ ability to spend on these areas as more of their finances will be directed to solve food shortages and immediate livelihoods needs.“Remittances are a vital source of income for developing countries. The ongoing economic recession caused by COVID-19 is taking a severe toll on the ability to send money home and makes it all the more vital that we shorten the time to recovery for advanced economies,” said World Bank Group President David Malpass.Within the Caribbean countries, money transfer agencies like Western Union have seen a spike in the number of people that have turned up at their locations to collect funds during the COVID-19 pandemic.Many Caribbean residents, including the newly unemployed, poor and vulnerable, have been forced to depend on income from their family and friends overseas to survive. The challenge is that many Caribbean immigrants and even seasonal workers now have no income and thus, little to no money to send back home.Remittance flows are expected to fall across all World Bank Group regions, most notably in Europe and Central Asia (27.5 percent) and Latin America and the Caribbean (19.3 percent).World Bank
Uganda’s head coach Moses Basena focus has now turned to CECAFA.Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda Cranes head coach Moses Basena has named a 26-man squad to start training on Wednesday ahead of their defence of the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in Kenya.Champions KCCA FC have eight players in the squad, but Shaban Mohammed who has struck six in his first three matches, was overlooked. Club sources say he is being preserved for the U20 COSAFA team.The CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup, which brings together all the national teams of the 13 member countries, will be held December 3 to 17, 2017.Uganda are the current champions having won a record 14th title in Addis Ababa in December 2015 after beating Rwanda 1-0 in the final. Cranes squad has:Goalkeepers: Isma Watenga (Vipers SC), Benjamin Ochan (KCCA FC), Nicholas Sebwato (Onduparaka FC) Ikara Tom (Kirinya Jinja SS)Rest of team: Wadada Nicholas (Vipers SC), Kiyemba Ibrahim (Sc Villa Jogoo), Isaac Muleme (KCCA FC), Aggrey Madoi (Police FC), Juuko Murushid Simba-Tanzania), Timothy Awanyi (KCCA FC), Savio Kabugo (Proline FC), Bernard Muwanga (Sc Villa Jogoo), Tom Masiko (Vipers SC), Mutyaba Muzamiru (KCCA FC), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC), Albert Mugisa (Police FC), Karisa Milton (Vipers SC), Mucureezi Paul (KCCA FC), Allan Kateregga (KCCA FC), Allan Kyambadde (Sc Villa Jogoo), Nelson Senkatuka (Bright Stars FC), Derick Nsibambi (KCCA FC), Hood Kaweesa (Police FC), Batte Seif (Bright Stars FC), Saddam Juma (KCCA FC), Daniel Isiagi (Proline FC), Basse Methodious (Mbarara City FC).**Source FUFA.CO.UGShare on: WhatsApp
Fulham are to increase their bid for Huddersfield striker Jordan Rhodes to £5m, according to The People.It was claimed last week that Fulham had an offer of £3.5m for the Terriers star rejected.The People also say that QPR are close to signing Fulham’s out-of-contract forward Andy Johnson and that the Whites have clinched the signings of highly-rated Portuguese teenagers Filipie Cristo and Dinei from Setubal.Meanwhile, a number of newspapers report comments made by USA boss Jurgen Klinsmann, who suggests American star Clint Dempsey should leave Craven Cottage.Klinsmann is quoted as saying: “If you play consistently at the highest level then offers will come in. I think everybody is aware of that. His goal is the right goal, – we have often discussed it.“If he has the opportunity to go to a Champions League team, that’s the crème de la crème of club soccer then you have to do that, with all the respect obviously to Fulham, as he often mentions.“But you want to play in the biggest club competition in the world and that’s the European Champions League and hopefully something will happen over the next couple of weeks.“If it doesn’t happen then he has to keep pounding away and knocking at the door.”Follow West London Sport on Twitter Find us on Facebook
“Objective origins” is against the law in Darby, Montana (see 02/27/2004 headline). A policy change proposed by a local minister would have encouraged students to “analyze scientific strengths and weaknesses of existing scientific theories, including the theory of evolution.” It didn’t lose because of a vote on the policy, or because of the threats of litigation by Americans United for Separation of Church and State. It lost because “evolution supporter Erik Abrahamsen handily defeated incumbent chair Gina Schallenberger in a 4 May election,” according to a news item in Science.1 The Missoulian said the election was driven by the origins debate, a “rancorous battle over a controversial science policy.”1ScienceScope, Science, Volume 304, Number 5673, Issue of 14 May 2004.Science took glee in the Darwin Party victory: “Creationism Loses in Montana Town – The residents of Darby, Montana, have doused one creationist brushfire by tipping the balance of its school board.” (This was nothing about creationism, you recall; it was about letting the students hear about teaching students critical thinking skills. There was nothing at all about creationism, church and state, or religion in this policy proposal – see 04/29/2004 headline.) This story underscores the fact that ministers have no standing in public policy debates. They are disqualified before they even open their mouths. If a minister suggests anything that affects public policy, no matter how innocently worded, no matter how lawful and logically sound, it can be completely disregarded because, everyone knows, he has a religious agenda. The ACLU and the secularists in the Darwin Party have no such handicap; they present themselves as scientific, value-free, religiously neutral and objective. Pastors and ministers have been confined inside the walls of their churches. They are forbidden to have a voice in their communities. Only in church can they speak their minds, but how long can even that last? It is conceivable on the horizon that ministers will feel intimidated to speak out against the Darwin Party even to their own congregations, just like teachers are at school. Would you have suspected such harassment in the Old West? This decision shows that Darwinian evolutionism does not just affect metropolitan academia, but touches every small town school district. It also shows that critical thinking and analytical skills are not valued when the reigning dogma of Darwin is threatened. Should the Darwin Party be proud? They won an election by wearying the public over non-issues, and intimidating the townspeople with threats. Like Islamic fundamentalists, they made it illegal to criticize or even analyze their theory. They didn’t win by a reasoned debate over the evidence. Losers, take courage. Truth and politics are not synonymous. Things are going better in Alabama, it’s not over in Roseville, and a majority of Californians still favor the students’ right to hear both sides, according to two new surveys, reports the Discovery Institute. It takes time to overcome authoritarian dogmatism, but it’s worth it.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Farmers are positive that relations between government and the agricultural industry are back on track. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica. For more free photos, visit the image library.) MEDIA CONTACTS • Johannes Möller President: Agri SA +27 82 647 8481 • Priscilla Tsotso Sehoole Chief communications manager Department of Agriculture +27 83 265 8728 +27 12 319 7017 USEFUL LINKS • Agri SA • Department of Agriculture, forestry and fisheries. RELATED ARTICLES • Congo welcomes SA farmers • Zuma restructures Cabinet • Growing the organic business • Eating, earning from city farms Khanyi MagubaneSouth African farmers say they are more optimistic about the future of the industry following a productive meeting with the country’s new agriculture minister, Tina Joemat-Pettersson.Agri SA, an organisation representing the agricultural industry, met the new minister on 5 August to discuss pertinent issues farmers thought had received little attention from the previous agriculture ministry.“With the first meeting between the minister and Agri SA in Pretoria it was the first time that we were greeted courteously and treated as equal South Africans,” Free State Agriculture president Louw Steytler told Sapa.Steytler reiterated his views at the meeting: “Standing before the congress today I am far more positive than the last six years [that the] winds of change and the voice of reason which farmers wanted to establish in the country are starting to form.”Weeding out thorny issuesTopics under discussion at the conference included food security, food affordability and sustainable land reform. Land reform has been a thorny issue between government and the farming community.Government’s land redistribution programme aims to return land expropriated from black people by the apartheid government. This has created tension between the government and white farmers.The government’s approach has been that of “willing buyer, willing seller”. Under this scheme the government buys land at its market value to return to claimants, but only if the current owner agrees to the sale and the price – thereby respecting the property rights protected by the Constitution.The process has not been without its problems, though.In their Agricultural Policy Statements (APS), Agri SA has stipulated a number of conditions to government in order to facilitate successful land redistribution:● The land redistribution process and broadening of access to other natural resources must be implemented with transparency within the context of recognising property rights, fair compensation and the retention of production potential.● The state should use market value as norm when acquiring land for land redistribution purposes.● This also applies to expropriation – which should serve as last resort for land acquisition when bona fide negotiations have failed, bearing in mind that;● Landowners should have access to courts for rulings regarding the purpose of land acquisition as well as for price determination.The issue of safety and security for farmers and their labourers has long been a concern for the farming community.In their APS, the organisation called on government to devise a more organised form of dealing with crime in the rural and faming areas of the country:● Agri SA expect government to implement an integrated crime prevention and management plan, which includes all state departments, whereby crime-fighting can be managed effectively in a coordinated manner at all government levels.● Purposeful action is needed to eliminate corrupt elements in the police service and to maintain a satisfactory level of service delivery.According to Steytler, farmers have had to turn into activists and crime fighters instead of farming. He said he was glad the government was now willing to pay closer attention to the problem.“Crime, specifically farm murders and violence in the rural areas, became our focus point instead of the production of fibre and food,” he said.Closer tiesThe farming industry in South Africa has been facing difficulty in the wake of the recession, which has affected production.To make matters worse, deteriorating relations with government made it difficult for the industry to have their issues dealt with efficiently.The sentiment has however begun to change over the past few months.Of significance to the Afrikaner community, who still dominate the farming industry, was the warmth shown by President Jacob Zuma as far back as 2007, during his campaigning in the run up to the African National Congress’ Polokwane conference, where a new party president was expected to be chosen.During a November 2007 birthday party attended by Zuma, a number of prominent Afrikaners in politics were also invited. Zuma was seen talking to opposition party Inkatha Freedom Party member of parliament Koos van der Merwe, members of the Afrikaner political party Solidarity as well as celebrated Afrikaans writer Dan Roodt.In May this year Zuma extended another hand to the Afrikaner community by appointing Pieter Mulder, leader of the Afrikaner-dominated opposition party Freedom Front Plus, as deputy minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.Mulder was criticised for accepting the position, which was seen as weakening the opposition. In response he said it offered the Afrikaner community a chance be active in mainstream politics again.“As FF Plus leader I had broadly engaged with Afrikaner cultural and agricultural organisations about the issue and asked their advice about the offer,” he said in a statement.“Their overwhelming and unanimous reaction was that the hand of cooperation which is being extended to us but should not summarily be slapped away but should be seen as an opportunity.”Agri SA also said it had been heartened by Zuma’s State of the Nation address of 3 July.“President Zuma’s State of the Nation address was straightforward and depicted a clear vision for South Africa within Africa,” Agri SA president Johannes Möller said in a statement.“The agricultural sector is not indifferent to poverty issues, unemployment and the general recessionary conditions, on which the president focused.”One of the immediate tasks that the farming community and government are set to work together on is ensuring that the land redistribution programme is a successful.“The minister wants a plan and she asked Agri SA to help,” Steytler said.Do you have queries or comments about this article? 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Focus on value over giving away the store. The odds of business survival are not stacked in your favor. Even the most optimistic business leader cannot argue with the available statistics about business survival rates.According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, two-thirds of all businesses make it at least two years while half of all businesses make it to their fifth anniversary. It’s only one-third of all businesses that can celebrate a decade.The good news is that the longer your business has been around, the more likely it will stay that way. Those first few years in business seem to be the hardest, so if you can just get through them, you may have built something that can last generations.When the Unexpected HappensThat’s not to say that things can’t go very wrong at any time however. For example, a data breach could lead to huge fines and even a lawsuit. A natural disaster could wipe out your livelihood. These types of unexpected events can harm even the strongest of businesses and leave a company on the verge of bankruptcy.Many companies have hovered near bankruptcy, including Apple, IBM, GM, Lego, and even Starbucks. Countless smaller brands and startups alike have experienced this, including famous individuals like Stan Lee, Walt Disney and Abraham Lincoln.Internet marketing leader Jerry Banfield is one of these individuals. “I got so many clients that I was literally taking people in faster than I could handle them. Then, my personal life started going downhill. I ran my business into ruin by maxing out all my business credit cards.”Amazingly, these companies and individuals turned it around and scaled their businesses to greater heights than they ever had before.Here are 7 real-world business strategies that founders can leverage to scale their businesses even if they’ve had a near bankruptcy: Don’t be in business just to make money. Bart Schachter The mantra that a company is only in business to make money is no longer popular today. Yes, there has to be cash flow to keep the ship afloat. But, it shouldn’t be the sole purpose of the enterprise.Many of today’s customers want to know that you are doing something good with those profits, not just lining pockets or paying bills. Doing good for others and paying it forward can provide a significant return that will continue to build your brand and trust in the eyes of your prospects.Get involved in a cause you feel passionate about, donate time or money, and encourage your audience to learn and get involved with that same cause. This was an important lesson that Banfield learned during the many times he had to rebuild his Internet marketing business.“The problem was that I discovered what I was offering in terms of services for social media advertising were already being replicated by other agencies. Or, some customers had even figured out how to handle it themselves.To stop the income from evaporating, he kept learning new skills. Then he focused on where to apply those skills to work for an audience struggling with key problems. For leaders, that means continuing to scan and listen to the market to identify those areas. Then, it’s about taking that vision, acting on it, and communicating what you do differently. Ask customers before assuming you are doing things right. Choose quality over quantity. Lego is a prime example of this reality. It’s a company that pleased generations of kids and parents until around 2007 when many of it’s products seemed to be slipping in quality and it had lost some of the magic that made it what it was. The company continued to assume it was doing everything right until the financials said otherwise.When the company started making Lego sets that customers told them they wanted, revenue came back. The same goes with any other brand. Listening to customers needs and wants and then delivering on those is the best strategy a leader can follow. In the rush to amp up revenue, many business owners are tempted to use an “any means necessary” approach that often either violates rules or exploits loopholes.Banfield learned this the hard way on Google, Facebook, and Udemy where he initially disregarded site policies completely. He then started following rules more carefully, but still exploited loopholes and committed minor policy violations.The problem is that these strategies may work in the short term, but eventually site administrators catch on. Banfield was no exception, as he suffered suspensions and account bans just when business started to pick up again.Instead, you should aim for steady and consistent growth from the beginning. Learn how to use sites and services effectively within their frameworks. Bans become far less likely, and lifetime success tends to be exponentially higher compared to quick money schemes that collapse. Leaders can also go wrong when they think they should create a massive portfolio of products or services. They want to be everything to everybody. However, like with multi-tasking, it leads to doing a lot of things not so well.If you’ve ever watched one of those shows where an expert comes in to a restaurant to turn it around, you know that one of the first things they change is the menu. They often downsize it from a book to a page or two.The reason is that the kitchen staff can do a much better job quality-wise with a few key dishes than they can preparing 100 items. This is why restaurants like In-N-Out Burger are so popular. They have just a few items, but those items beat out most other hamburger joints easily.The same goes with that business you are trying to scale back up. Pick those products or services that you know will deliver the best quality and experience. Stick with those and you’ll go far. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Bart Schachter is an investor, operator, and tech affectionado, with a passion for business operations, team building, product design, finance, and deal making. Bart has been an entrepreneur, VC, corporate executive, and turn-around operator. He lives in San Francisco and all his view are his own. Aim for steady growth instead of fast success. In a panic to get their ship financially righted, a leader may try to use freebies and highly reduced merchandise or services to win customers quickly. The strategy is that more people will come to get the free stuff and help build the business back up. However, what happens is that you essentially mainly attract the type of customer you don’t want: the one that comes for the free stuff, and moves on to the next company that is using a similar strategy.Instead, think about how Apple came back from the brink. Steve Jobs and his team did not offer cheap products. Instead, they turned the brand into an exclusive must-have through marketing and by creating something unique. Then, they unapologetically priced those exclusive products at higher values because they were perceived as cool and innovative. Be transparent with what you are doing. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces It may be easy for some leaders to decide they should get crafty in order to rake in those quick bucks. After all, there are many scams or ways to fool customers that can fasttrack a company to better financial results. Some examples of this may include unnecessary repairs, fake fans on social media or re-sold leads.However, these methods usually don’t bring long-term, stable success or return customers. In most cases people figure out that the brand they trusted may not be following the letter of the law or isn’t being entirely honest or ethical in its business practices.You might think it will take longer to bounce back by being transparent in everything you do. But the new reality is that it could be exactly what you need to get and keep customers for the long term. If you can prove your trustworthiness, savvy customers will see it and appreciate it.Companies that have been less than transparent may have to work twice as hard to regain trust. Facebook is a current example, using TV ads to essentially beg forgiveness for its lack of data transparency. Wells Fargo’s recent sales practices also significantly harmed that bank’s reputation and it’s still trying to win back lost customers. 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HUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – Hudson’s Hope will have a new mayor.Dave Heiberg was the only person to be nominated for the position of mayor of Hudson’s Hope and will be voted in by acclamation. Incumbent councillors candidates Mattias Gibbs, Kelly Miller and Travous Quibell are all running re-election.Joseph King, Patricia Markin, Valerie Paice and Leigh Summer are also running for the position of councillor. There are a total of six spots open for councillor in the District of Hudson’s Hope. The municipal election will take place on October 20, 2018, with the first advanced voting opportunity happening on October 10.
New Delhi: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Saturday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for announcing that India had demonstrated anti-satellite missile capability, saying only a “foolish government” would make such a disclosure and “betray” a defence secret.In an address to the nation, Modi had on Wednesday announced that India had demonstrated anti-satellite missile capability by shooting down a live satellite under ‘Mission Shakti’, describing it as a rare achievement that puts the country in an exclusive club of space superpowers. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Slamming the announcement by the prime minister, Chidambaram tweeted, “The capability to shoot down a satellite has existed for many years. A wise government will keep the capability secret. Only a foolish government will disclose it and betray a defence secret.” The former finance minister also questioned the motive of the government in making the announcement. “Besides, why was it done now in the middle of an election campaign? Only to boost the sagging fortunes of the BJP,” Chidambaram claimed. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KFollowing the prime minister’s speech, several Opposition parties had complained to the Election Commission alleging violation of the model code of conduct. The Election Commission, however, said on Friday night that Modi’s address to the nation on the successful test-firing of an anti-satellite missile did not violate the model code of conduct. Chidambaram also sought answers from the prime minister on high unemployment rate and job losses, citing data from the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO).
Rabat- Morocco opened this Thursday alien offices nationwide to start processing requests of undocumented immigrants, in accordance with instructions of King Mohammed VI for a more humane migration and asylum policy. “This is an important day for undocumented immigrants who do not only come from Africa, but also from several other regions, mostly Asia, said Morocco’s interior minister Charki Draiss who dedicated the Rabat’s alien office with minister in charge of Moroccans living abroad and of migration affairs, Anis Birou.He added that the number of undocumented immigrants in Morocco has reached according to the interior ministry’s estimates around 25,000 to 300,000, noting that this exceptional regularization operation will help to know the exact number of foreigners living in Morocco without legal stay documents and will help improve their social-economic conditions.“It is a great day for immigrants and for Morocco”, said secretary general of the Democratic organization of immigrant workers in Morocco, Marcel Amiyeto, who noted that 250 undocumented immigrants are present in the office for the first day of this operation. The operation, to last till December 31, concerns foreigners married to Moroccan nationals, those who have been living in Morocco with another foreigner, legally settled in Morocco for at least 4 years, children of these two categories, foreigners who have work contracts of at least two years, foreigners who have been living in Morocco continuously for at least 5 years, and foreigners who suffer from serious diseases.