National agency funds ND foreign aid in Ghana

first_imgThe Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) recently awarded $375,000 to The University of Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD) to conduct research on the MCC’s water project in Ghana. The MCC is an independent U.S. foreign aid agency founded by Congress in 2004. The MCC designed its program in Ghana with the intention of using water projects to alleviate disease and poverty in the country. Michael Sweikar, managing director of NDIGD, said the blank purchase agreement, reached in June, will enable NDIGD to monitor MCC’s project and to evaluate the initiative’s overall effects.  “The contract with them provides assistance in monitoring and evaluation to help measure the impact of one of their water interventions in Ghana,” Sweikar said. NDIGD monitoring and evaluation specialist Lila Khatiwada said the project aims to reduce diseases and widespread health problems, such as diarrhea, in some of the poorest areas of Ghana. “MCC implemented water interventions in 30 districts in Ghana for [the] poorest of the poor,” Khatiwada said. “They provide water points, water holes and water systems to extend to newer communities.” Khatiwada said comparing communities that receive MCC water treatments with those that do not will be NDIGD’s primary method of assessment.  “We will be using rigorous study,” he said. “One community receives the [MCC’s] water treatment, and this is called the ‘treatment community.’ Similar communities we call ‘control communities’ did not receive the treatment. We will compare the outcome between the two communities.” Khatiwada said NDIGD collected baseline data for the relevant communities in 2010. It will compare that data to post-treatment statistics that it will collect sometime in 2014. “The hypothesis is that there will be a reduction in disease [in the treatment community],” Khatiwada said. “It could be untrue, partially true, but we are testing that.” Sweikar said the involvement of Notre Dame faculty is an important aspect of the project.  Edwin Michael, professor of biological sciences and a member of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health, and Joe Kaboski, professor of economics, are working with Khatiwada and NDIGD monitoring and evaluation specialist Juan Carlos Guzman to design the study and complete the research.  “The faculty has the chance to analyze the data and future publication,” Sweikar said. “Interdisciplinary strengths in global health add a diverse array of subject area knowledge that is beneficial to the team.” Contact Katie McCarty at kmccar16@nd.edulast_img read more

Four Badgers set to play for women’s hockey gold medal on Team USA

first_imgIn the tournament Decker, a standout who won the 2012 Patty Kazmaier award, is tied for the team in lead in points with her six points that includes two goals and four assists.Knight, who is competing in her second Olympics, has five points so far in the tournament on two goals and three assists. Her first goal in the tournament came 53 seconds into Team USA’s opening round game against Finland and was the fastest goal ever to open an Olympic game.With three goaltenders on the U.S. roster, Vetter has seen most of the time in net, starting three of the four games so far. She possesses a 90.9 save percentage and a 1.69 goals-against-average. Having seen most of the time in net in the tournament, it would appear Vetter will get the in the gold medal game — she started in goal in the gold medal game in Vancouver in 2010 as well.Duggan, despite only tallying one point so far, is the captain of the American squad and should be an equally important part of the final game both intangibly and statistically.Meaghan Mikkelson is the only former Badger on Team Canada. The United States women’s hockey team will get the rematch it was hoping for, with several former Badgers playing key roles.With the Americans’ resounding 6-1 win over Sweden Monday in Sochi, they secured their spot in the gold medal game against Team Canada. And among those who will take part in the gold medal matchup will be four former Wisconsin women’s hockey stars who now play for the U.S.Those four players include Hilary Knight, who was a Badger from 2008-2012; Brianna Decker (2009-2013); Meghan Duggan (2007-2011); and Jessie Vetter (2004-2009).Not only will those four be part of the gold medal game Thursday morning at 11 a.m. central time, but they all played crucial roles in getting the U.S. to the game in the first place. In the semifinal against Sweden, Decker tied for the team lead in scoring with her goal and two assists — her goal being the final one of the game for the United States. Vetter, on the other hand, only saw nine shots, coming up with eight saves in the process, to pick up her third win of the tournament.Great win against Sweden!! Playing for a Gold medal Thursday!! #otot #TeamUSA pic.twitter.com/WiuM9g80tt— Jessie Vetter (@Vetter31) February 17, 2014last_img read more

DCMS appoints ‘Boris Man’ Nigel Adams as new UK Sports Minister

first_imgShare Related Articles Submit Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Share UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon UK gambling sees its third ministerial leadership change in less than nine months, as the government confirms the appointment of Nigel Adams MP for Selby & Ainsty (North Yorkshire) as new ‘Minister of State for Digital & Sports’.Working for DCMS, Adams will replace current incumbent Mims Davies who was appointed as UK Sports & Civic Society Minister last November, replacing Tracey Crouch who resigned from the position following the government’s delay on implementing FOBTs £2 reductions.In his remit, Adams will further replace outgoing Digital Minister Margot James, who has chosen not to serve PM Boris Johnson’s administration over its perceived support of a ‘No Deal Brexit’.This morning, Mims Davies tweeted her support Nigel Adams appointment, confirming that she had taken a position at the Department for Work and Pensions.Undertaking UK politics biggest ever cabinet reshuffle, last week the office of PM Johnson confirmed the appointment of Nicky Morgan as Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS).Moving forward, a new DCMS team will oversee the regulatory development, implementation and oversight of gambling laws formed by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC).Adams is described as Boris Johnson stalwart, who quit his former position as under-secretary of state for Wales in protest of Theresa May’s Brexit talks with Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition.As UK digital minister, Adams is expected to detail further insight on the Conservative government’s business pledge to deliver 100% fibre broadband for all UK citizens by 2025. UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020last_img read more