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The psychology of poverty

first_imgTo Johannes Haushofer, studying Western college students to understand economic decision-making more clearly will only take economists so far. Sooner or later, those who want to grasp one of the world’s largest economic problems — the plight of the global poor — are going to have to talk to some poor people.That’s why Haushofer has opened the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics. Located in Nairobi, Kenya, near the sprawling Kibera slum, the nearly year-old center’s mission is to provide researchers from around the world with a facility on a par with behavioral economics labs in developed countries, but with access to Kibera’s residents.The center, which has a permanent staff of five, is equipped with 20 touchscreen computers that allow experiments with those who either are unfamiliar with such technology or are illiterate. The center has conducted several recruiting drives in Kibera and has a pool of 2,000 subjects willing to participate.“Behavioral economics tries to understand people’s behavior and preferences,” Haushofer said. “Most experiments in that area are done on Western undergraduates from educated, rich, industrialized countries. There’s already a little evidence that the behavior of [that] group is different from the average world citizen.”Haushofer is one of the first five fellows in a year-old Harvard program called the Prize Fellowships in Economics, History, and Politics, which is intended to support outstanding scholars in those fields for three years. Haushofer’s work is being undertaken in conjunction with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Poverty Action Lab, one of three research groups affiliated with the fellowship. The others are the Center for History and Economics at Harvard and the History and Philosophy of Political Economy group in Harvard’s Government Department.Knowles Professor of History Emma Rothschild, a senior fellow in the program and director of the Center for History and Economics, said the program was started because there is a sense that all three fields are changing, making it important to encourage innovative scholarship.“The idea was to encourage outstanding scholars in related fields to have the space to consider important questions,” Rothschild said.Although the fellows work independently, they interact weekly with other fellows and with the faculty members who, like Rothschild, are senior fellows. Rothschild said she sees Haushofer regularly, in between his trips to Kenya. This fall, the program admitted its second group of fellows.“He’s doing something that’s extraordinarily important,” Rothschild said. “I think it will make a major contribution to how we understand decision-making.”Those much-studied college undergraduates — and the businesspeople they become — may hold much of the world’s economic clout, but a large percentage of the world’s population lives very differently. Some 1.3 billion live in abject poverty, on $1.25 or less a day, and 2.5 billion live on less than $2 a day, according to the World Bank.The Busara Center is open to researchers around the world. Haushofer is conducting his own research there as well. Holder of a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Oxford University, a doctorate in neurobiology from Harvard, and a second Ph.D., in economics, from the University of Zurich, Haushofer is combining his interests in psychology, economics, and the brain to explore the psychological roots of poverty. Specifically, he’s examining whether the poor think differently about money than those raised in abundance.“I’m not saying that poor people are stupid, but rather I’m examining whether there’s something about poverty that affects economic decision-making in ways that are disadvantageous,” Haushofer said.Specifically, Haushofer is examining the role of stress in economic decision-making. Studies have already shown that the poor are more stressed, with higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol. What hasn’t been shown is cause and effect: whether people are stressed because they’re poor or whether there’s something about stress that is helping to make them poor.Haushofer has studied farmers during times when rainfall fails, finding higher cortisol levels in their saliva. In addition to fieldwork, he is using the lab to conduct experiments designed to raise stress and test decision-making under it.Haushofer said that fighting poverty is a good way to make the world a better place. Although the world has plenty of big problems, many of them have roots in poverty.“By fixing poverty, you can fix other things as well,” Haushofer said.last_img read more

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Deal with bullies

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaIf your child is being bullied, you can do some things to help stop it.Everyone will be bullied sometime in his life, said Sharon Gibson, a family and consumer science educator with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. And it will most likely happen at school.Bullying can come in many forms. It can include physical or emotional abuse, damage to a child’s property, spreading malicious rumors or forcing a child to do something he or she doesn’t want to do.A consistently bullied student can have emotional problems and perform poorly in school. And if the bullying is physical, it can take its toll on the student’s body.Don’t ignore the problem. And don’t tell your child to ignore the bully.”When a child is bullied, he or she may feel angry, helpless or deserted,” Gibson said. “If that child tells a teacher or parent about the bullying, he or she needs to know it’s not tattling and that speaking about it was the right thing.”Parents can become angry when they first learn their child is being bullied. “Parents should stay calm and first find out if their child is in any immediate physical danger,” she said.The most important thing to do is find a way to stop the bullying. Ask for a meeting with the principal of your child’s school. The principal can then determine if and when to bring the child’s teacher or teachers into the conversation.”Again, parents should stay calm. If they’re not, this could set up a defensive action by school officials,” she said. “Parents should be proactive but not demanding before they learn more about the situation at school.”Teachers and principals are trained to deal with issues like bullying, she said. So voice your concerns, but listen, too.Most schools have an action plan to deal with bully situations. If the school doesn’t, offer to help develop a plan.The child doing the bullying should be given a chance to reform.The child who is being bullied should have an adult contact at school to tell if the bullying doesn’t stop. This person could be the teacher or a paraprofessional.A lot going is on in the average classroom, Gibson said. Teachers or paraprofessionals can have their hands full all day. It can be tough to concentrate on one child.Gibson recommends a code word be established for the bullied child to use when he or she feels uncomfortable or in danger due to bullying. This will inform the adult without the child having to raise a hand or bring much attention.The adult can then investigate or even witness the bullying.Follow up with the school to make sure steps are in place to keep your child and all children from being bullied. You can also:* Make sure the school has good monitoring.* Keep records of bullying episodes and of any communication with the school.* Work with other parents in the neighborhood to make sure children are supervised and feel safe.At home, Gibson said, encourage good social skills and behavior. Help your child find his or her talents, and praise accomplishments.”A confident, assertive child is less likely to be the target of a bully,” she said.last_img read more

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Ben & Jerry’s lifts the lid on April Fool’s Day cloning stunt

first_imgToday, Ben & Jerry’s lifted the lid on an April Fool’s Day event aimed at raising consumer awareness of the government’s recent approval of cloned milk and meat within the human food supply chain. In late-March Ben & Jerry’s went undercover through the launch of Cyclone Dairy, a fictitious dairy company marketing milk made from 100% cloned cows, to gauge consumer reaction surrounding this issue. The make-believe company was launched via the Web site CycloneDairy.com and street sampling initiatives in Manhattan, with support from the Center for Food Safety, a nonprofit public interest organization based in Washington, D.C.”April Fools! Ben & Jerry’s is just kidding about Cyclone Dairy but we’re serious about the need for a system to track cloned animals,” said Walt Freese, Chief Euphoria Officer for Ben & Jerry’s. “Americans should have the basic right to choose the foods they want to eat.”In January 2008, the U.S Food and Drug Administration declared milk and meat from cloned animals safe for human consumption, enabling cloned food products to enter the U.S. food supply. However, many Americans are not aware of this fact and are uncomfortable with the idea of eating cloned food products. In fact, a 2008 national poll conducted by the Food Marketing Institute revealed that more than three-quarters of Americans are not comfortable with eating foods from cloned animals.”Ben & Jerry’s believes that we need a national clone tracking system so companies and consumers can avoid eating cloned foods if they so choose,” said Freese. “Ben & Jerry’s staged this event in the spirit of raising public awareness, defending consumer choice, working toward better policies on cloned animals and highlighting that the awful truth is that this kind of dairy company could open for business today.”Ben & Jerry’s has been an outspoken advocate for cautious national policies on cloned animals for years, including a march of activists dressed as cloned cows on Capitol Hill in March of 2007. If you are concerned about this issue and would like to avoid eating cloned animals, please visit BenJerry.com for more information on how you can be an advocate for a cloned animal tracking system.About Ben & Jerry’sBen & Jerry’s produces a wide variety of super-premium ice cream and ice cream novelties, using high-quality ingredients including milk and cream from family farmers who do not treat their cows with the synthetic hormone rBGH. The company states its position on rBGH on its labels. Ben and Jerry’s products are distributed nationwide and in selected foreign countries in supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, franchise Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops, restaurants and other venues. Ben & Jerry’s, a Vermont corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever, operates its business on a three-part Mission Statement emphasizing product quality, economic reward and a commitment to the community. Contributions made via the employee led Ben & Jerry’s Foundation in 2007 totaled approximately $1.7 million. Additionally, the company makes significant product donations to community groups and nonprofits both in Vermont and across the nation. The purpose of Ben & Jerry’s philanthropy is to support the founding values of the company: economic and social justice, environmental restoration and peace through understanding, and to support our Vermont communities. For the full scoop on all Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop locations and fabulous flavors, visit www.benjerry.com(link is external).Burlington, Vermont (April 1, 2009) /PRNewswire/last_img read more

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Zagreb in the first four months TOP destination in Croatia

first_imgTourists mostly spent the night in hotels Foreign tourists realized the most overnight stays in the City of Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Poreč – Parenzo and Split, which is 39,3% of the total overnight stays of foreign tourists. Followed by overnight stays of tourists from Austria (10,8%), Slovenia (9,9%), Italy (6,9%), United Kingdom (5,9%), France (4,5%), Poland (4,3) %) and the USA (3,6%). Tourists from all these countries recorded a double-digit increase in overnight stays in April 2019 compared to April 2018, except for Slovenia, which recorded a decrease in tourist nights by 29,3%. In April 2019, the highest number of tourist nights was realized in hotels, 1,6 million overnight stays, which is 52,8% of the total number of overnight stays. Compared to April 2018, the number of tourist arrivals in hotels increased by 14,2% and the number of overnight stays by 12,9% in April 2019, compared to the same period last year. The city of Zagreb is a favorite tourist destination for both domestic and foreign tourists in the first four months of 2019. Domestic tourists realized 3,0% more arrivals and 4,9% more overnight stays in April 2019 than in April 2018. Foreign tourists realized 19,2% more arrivals and 20,7% more n Domestic tourists realized the most overnight stays in the City of Zagreb, Rovinj, Split, Opatija, and Dubrovnik, which is 31,9% of the total overnight stays of domestic tourists. Thus, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), in the first four months of 2019, tourists made 2 million arrivals and almost 5 million overnight stays in commercial accommodation facilities, which is an increase of 11,4% in arrivals and a 9,4% increase in tourist overnight stays. compared to the same period in 2018. In the first four months of 2019, foreign tourists realized 1,5 million arrivals and 3,9 million overnight stays, which is 13,0% more tourist arrivals and 10,4% more overnight stays compared to the first four months of 2018. Most foreign tourists realized overnight stays. are tourists from Germany (17,2%), Slovenia (11,3%), Austria (10,4%), Italy (6,9%), the United Kingdom (4,6%) and the USA (4,0, XNUMX%). Although it is not the purpose of tourism to count arrivals and overnight stays, nor is growth always imperative, statistics are important and can always give us various answers and show the direction of market movements. center_img The Easter holidays have contributed to a significant increase in tourist arrivals and overnight stays / / / ZAGREB GOT ITS EDITION OF TIME OUT GUIDE – TIME OUT ZAGREB In April 2019, there were 1,1 million tourist arrivals in commercial accommodation facilities, which is an increase of 16,4% compared to April 2018. Tourists realized almost 3 million overnight stays, which is 18,4% more than in April 2018 . In the first four months of 2019, domestic tourists realized 485 thousand arrivals and 1,1 million overnight stays, which is 6,4% more arrivals and 6,0% more overnight stays of domestic tourists than in the same period in 2018. German tourists most numerous Most tourist nights in Dubrovnik Of foreign tourists, most arrivals and overnight stays in April 2019 were realized by tourists from Germany, namely 136 thousand arrivals and 513 thousand overnight stays (14,6% of the total arrivals of foreign tourists and 19,9% ​​of the total overnight stays of foreign tourists). In April 2019, the highest number of tourist nights was realized in Dubrovnik, 331 thousand, of which foreign tourists realized 94,2% of overnight stays and domestic 5,8%. Compared to April 2018, the increase in overnight stays of domestic and foreign tourists in Dubrovnik was in double digits (domestic tourists by 18,2%, foreign tourists by 24,5%). It is followed by the City of Zagreb, where tourists realized 208 thousand overnight stays, of which foreign tourists realized 83,5% of overnight stays, and domestic 16,5%. Compared to April 2018, the City of Zagreb achieved an increase in tourist nights by 13,0%.last_img read more

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PA Task Force 1 Deployed to Alabama for Hurricane Michael Search and Rescue

first_img October 10, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter National Issues,  Press Release,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that approximately 45 members of PA Task Force 1 left last night for Alabama as a Type 3 Urban Search and Rescue Team to assist with Hurricane Michael. The team will include highly trained search and rescue personnel as well as support staff.“Some members of this team recently returned from nearly three weeks in North Carolina to help with the response and recovery from Hurricane Florence,” said Governor Wolf. “We are proud that we have dedicated personnel who train regularly for this type of work and who are ready to go when called upon, and we are incredibly grateful for the loved ones and employers who support them on these missions.”The team reported to Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama to await more specific mission instructions. PA Task Force 1 is one of more than two dozen federal urban search and rescue teams overseen by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It is not known how long this deployment will last.center_img PA Task Force 1 Deployed to Alabama for Hurricane Michael Search and Rescuelast_img read more

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West End developer is defying the odds and getting out of the ground

first_imgMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoMegan Flashman is looking forward to the ultimate lifestyle upgrade with her family when they move into their new apartment at Virtuoso in West End.Originally from Auckland, New Zealand and currently living in a 1930s Queenslander on a large block in Brisbane’s eastern suburbs, the family focused on lifestyle and location when choosing a new home.“We drove through every suburb on our list but nothing was quite right for me, there has to be that gut instinct,” Ms Flashman said.“Then we drove into West End and instantly you could see the community here. You’ve got markets and the Greek community, that international flavour.“It’s by the river and so close to the city, everything is here. It’s a celebration of life, living in West End.” Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and developer Mark Stockwell do an official sod turning at Virtuoso residences in West End, marking the beginning of construction.CONSTRUCTION is underway on a West End project that is proving to be a lifestyle upgrade for families and a key driver in Brisbane’s future success.Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and Stockwell managing director Mark Stockwell attended the official sod-turning on May 10 of Virtuoso, with Mr Quirk leading the event with a speech on the growth of Brisbane and West End making a key contribution to its success.Mr Stockwell said the starting of construction was a significant occasion for the company as they worked against the trend in Brisbane’s current property market.“The riverfront development is a result of 20 years of building and development experience in West End. We have spent this time listening to the local market to learn and understand their needs,” he said.“We could have built 250 apartments on site, however, we have listened to the local market and developed 77 owner occupier residences with a focus on size and premium finishes.”The Flashman family, Megan and Brian and their son Jonte, are one of those owner occupiers who have chosen Virtuoso to downsize their home but upsize their lifestyle. Virtuoso at West End.After toying with the idea of an apartment lifestyle Ms Flashman said they were instantly impressed by Virtuoso with its high ceilings, full height doors and attention to detail.“I’ve made sure I’ve selected a home that is different to the rest and will stand out, and Stockwell is different to the rest,” she said.Convenience to some of Queensland’s best high school and universities was also top of the priority list for the Flashman’s and they said it easily met that criteria.Virtuoso is 70 per cent sold with all five bedroom and ground floor residences sold out. There are three and four bedroom residences remaining with prices from $1.31 million to $1.995 million.Virtuoso is on the former site of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. It will have six lifts servicing the building, meaning residents will only have to share an entry lobby with a maximum of one neighbour.last_img read more

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Incredible Upper Brookfield retreat-like home hits the market for first time

first_imgThe house at 5/906 Upper Brookfield Rd, Upper Brookfield, is for sale.PEOPLE thought Margie Rosier and Peter Oslear were “insane” when they bought a block of land at the top of a peak at Upper Brookfield.The couple definitely proved those people wrong.They bought the 10.7ha property in 2014, but took time to design a house that best took advantage of the incredible outlook the block afforded them. The styling is edgy and ultra-modern.“We were really thinking about how we would live and entertain. “It’s like a spa retreat.”Ms Rosier said she would remember the building process fondly, and would build again in the future.“I just couldn’t believe we had this steep hill and we got all these huge materials up there. It was very exciting.” The house has aspects of mid-century modern design, according to Ms Rosier.The result was an ultra-modern lowset property that has views as far as North Stradbroke Island.“It has lots of glass windows to take in the view,” Ms Rosier said.“It’s on top of the mountain and you’ve got 360 degree views.“We faced east, so you can see the airport, ocean as well as Toowong and Stradbroke Island on the horizon.“Everyone thought we were idiots and that we were insane, but after we built it, they thought it was phenomenal.” Imagine waking up to that view every morning.Another hall joins this area to the main bedroom, which has a walk-in wardrobe, ensuite and opens out to an infinity-edge pool. Ms Rosier said the house is modern with “hints of mid-century modern” and was designed around the way they would live.center_img More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoThe open plan living area flows seamlessly outside.The house is set in a slightly curved shape, facing east, and consists of three different wings.In the first wing are three bedrooms, a laundry, and a bathroom.This joins via a hallway to the middle wing, a massive open-plan living area with kitchen and dining, along with a powder room. It would be tough to spend a day relaxing here.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51last_img read more

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Two men hospitalized after vehicle collision in Mahaut

first_img Share Tweet Share LocalNews Two men hospitalized after vehicle collision in Mahaut by: – May 30, 2012 Sharecenter_img Injured men at scene of accident earlier today. Photo credit: FacebookTwo residents of St. Joseph are nursing “serious injuries” at the Princess Margaret Hospital following a vehicle collision in Mahaut earlier today.That’s according to a report from police spokesman John Carbon.A motorcycle and a Subaru Forester collided on the Edward Oliver Le Blanc Highway about 12:45pm.“The collision involved Suzuki motorcycle registration number PK 375 and was being driven by Ger Stedman of St. Joseph with the pinion rider Jimmie Louis of St. Joseph. The other vehicle involved in the collision was a Subaru Forester registration number PS 227 and was being driven by Casani Laville of Mahaut,” Carbon said.It is not clear what the extent of the injuries which Stedman and Louis sustained.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! 50 Views   one commentlast_img read more

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New Zealand Pastor To Visit Batesville In August

first_imgPastor Graham Renouf will bring his message to Church on the Rock in August.BATESVILLE — Church on the Rock will welcome New Zealand Pastor Graham Renouf Friday, August 8 through Sunday, August 10.He will be speaking at the church at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. Sunday.Pastor Renouf began serving as a pastor in New Zealand in 1990 and has spent the past decade traveling internationally.The public is welcome to attend the free event.Church on the Rock is located at 407 N. Township Line Rd. in Batesville. More information is available by contacting the church at (812) 934-5192.last_img read more

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Bulldogs Battle AquaTrojans In Swimming Action

first_imgBatesville Swim results at East Central.Girls Team Scores-BHS 102, EC 78.Batesville Girls are 26-4 on the season. (15-2 non-conference, 11-2 EIAC).Boys Team Scores-EC 127, BHS 52.Batesville Boys are 10-15-1 on the season. (5-8-1 non-conference, 5-7-EIAC)Batesville Event Winners: Girls: Villani-200/500 free, Gutzwiller 200 IM/100 breast.Boys: Nathan Hall.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach T. J. Greene.last_img

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