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With barely ten months for President Muhammadu Buhari to leave office, the former Minister of Finance, Dr. Kalu Idika Kalu, has advised the president on what to do to salvage the image of his government.

In an interview with VINCENT KALU, the four-time minister, also spoke on a number of issues pertaining to the polity.

The party primaries are over and presidential candidates have emerged. What are your expectations for 2023 elections?

It was tough enough to hazard meaningful guesses on what could happen in the 2023 elections before the accurate startling revelations about what is actually in the new Electoral Law. With the revelations, if we can hold the politicians to their unintended new ‘restrictions’ on agile movements within the political party system, all kinds of outcomes are now plausible. From my vantage distance, it’s presumptuous to be rigid about one’s gut feeling. It is clear that most lessons learned would be handy only for the ‘next time.’ This hyper, near explosive political activism needs to come much earlier in the process for all interested stakeholders. Sloganeering, literally, on the eve of electoral contestation is most counterproductive. Example is the way the APC mega party emerged that clearly blinded potential opponents despite timely warnings of its importance for democratic governance. The subsequent heaving back and forth could have been avoided. With the potential for such movement strategically curtailed, it’s probably to speculate on the probable outline of the 2023 elections. If the lessons have been learned and the letter of the new electoral guidelines adhered to, it’s an unexpected beauty that all of a sudden the odds are not so clear. Neither the APC nor the PDP could have imagined this unlikely scenario before the primaries.

The primaries of the two major parties, APC and PDP were alleged to have been highly monetised. What are the implications for our electoral system and democracy?

You have to add the state of the nation to the equation centred on the level of monetisation. Monetisation becomes a deeper problem where there are no tractable and enforceable limits on election spending. The parlous state of the economy ensures that public interest is totally immaterial in the evolution of electoral choice, even where such choice is discernible. Cash and carry goes to the most astute financier, regardless of their agenda in seeking public office. The educational level and implicit capacity to focus on individual or party manifesto is perhaps at its lowest level. Anyone can mouth this without being required to spell out how policies and programmes can be put together and pushed through to a successful implementation to deliver on the ‘sweet’ promises in front of a long- famished and deprived populace. In sum, monetisation is anathema to the development of a truly democratic culture.

What are the challenges the next government is going to face?

It may seem too optimistic to even venture into the question of the challenges a new government will face if 2023 happens as planned. ‘Enormous’ is a huge understatement. Where does a new administration start to gather all the pieces to even determine the ordering of plausible solutions? Are you talking about the security, the administration, particularly, the various arms of public administration, the entire economy, its basic interrelated components, including entire network of the financial system?

It’s easy to disaggregate and re-aggregate to these three broad areas, but it’s with the breakdown of these broad problem areas that the sheer enormity of our accumulation of unsolved problems loom large, seemingly intractable and devoid of sustenance solutions. There can be no exhaustive listing. Every subject area requires a fresh start and bringing a fresh out- of-the- box thinking and imagination, qualitative and quantitative, systems, manpower, financing, and a sense of irreversible sustainability. The government has to pick a team that not only knows its stuff, politically and professionally in the relevant areas, but also a team that can carry along the huge expectations of the masses and reference stakeholders, workers, teachers, professionals (lawyers, engineers, doctors, etc)

From 2023, the government at all the three levels and their parastatals must focus on getting it right away from focus on how to entrench new vested interests. Yes, easier to say than keeping to the line as delineated. The entire security apparatchik needs to be adroitly reengineered for across the board efficiency and fair representation with the accent on an objectively determined merit basis. The overriding objective should be improvement in security for Nigerians and all who reside within our borders, in line with international law and norms.

The administration – federal, state and local will need to be reinvented, along with their affiliated and sprawling parastatals with new ground rules, inviolate code of conduct based on the tested standards from the past as required by present circumstances. It’s fairly agreed that just about all of what existed is in shambles.

The economy and related financial systems, monetary, exchange, and credit management and fiduciary issues require a desparate professional restructuring for growth and market-propelled management. This is a sore and critical sector that cannot be allowed to fester from day one of the new administration. A lot more detail will be required to reach the minutest micro level issues enumerated in a broad outline here.

How can such challenges be tackled?

These challenges can be best tackled by a clear early signal of the policy objectives to all segments of the polity in writing and through essential stakeholder leaders in public sessions to disseminate the intent of government. An open system is a sine qua non to the expected buy-in of the people. It’s in those fora that cooperation of the leaders and the people, the government and the citizens at large can reaffirm the identity of commonality in interests of all sides.

A sense of equal access, equality before the rule of law, certainty of protection and sanctions alike become basic entitlements as they ought to be. All these engender confidence and make policies easier to grasp and their implementation more readily practicable. The unfettered flow of information has to be restored as a right that is basic to the relationship between government and the citizen, regardless of origin, faith, tongue or party affiliation.

Political pundits have predicted the emergence of a Third Force. Do you think such a group can unsettle the two strong parties?

We are already with the hindsight of accurate events, a witness to the power of a third force. A force that delineates a common class interest that lies above and beyond the two major gladiators. A third force of common grievances that spans the existing political party divides. Hunger, homelessness, lack of education, lack of gainful employment, and poor health and below poverty living conditions are a common denominator below or above political party ideologues.

These tendencies have stuttered through our political space for a long time, even in pre- independent Nigeria and the post civil war period. It’s very much alive today and probably, stronger today, in relative terms by comparison with the strength of either the government or its major opposition. It may be facing a decisive test today going forward to the next general elections. Its strength may lie as much as in its basic message as in the ability to have a deliberately representative leadership across all the major political regions than the leadership of its major political party opponents.

President Buhari has less than a year to leave office. What are some of his short comings, and how can he remedy them before leaving office?

Memories are short in politics. You would think that if the present leadership can turn around its image within a year or two of leaving office? The current occupant of Aso Rock would find it so hard to achieve such a feat. And it’s a very tough act to carry through to any significant certifiable success. The level of bloodletting and as an adjunct of the high level of insecurity has been unquestionably without parallel in peacetime or even war, within the opposing lines of conflict. It will take a startling turnaround to Excellerate PMB government’s rating in security. Perhaps the genuine data is incomplete and there not be a significant dose of rumour and inadequate information. But this is not likely to change the sense of shock and utter dismay between hopes and expectations compared with the substantive history of PMB’s record on security.

That we are in a violence-ridden polity with barely discernible patches of uneasy peace cannot be ambiguously credited to the Federal Government determined intention to keep insecurity prevention at the top of its agenda as constitutionally required. In essence, the Nigerian people have resisted the frequent calls to undertake their own defence with disastrous consequences. The toll remains at a high level on the eve of a new administration. If, indeed, we can still achieve a peaceful transition, he could beef up security in clear non-ethnic, but improved efficiency manner. He could agree to a serious but time-limited constitutional review and implementation agenda, by showing political will and leadership, possibly slow three to six months window to complete and implement within the next four to seven months and even be open to a slight delay to the 2023 elections as some have canvassed as being justified by the critical reservations in the existing constitutional arrangements. Any demonstrated political will to change the structure for equity and improved governance can radically salvage the poor image of PMB’s stewardship that has come under assault from both the south and the north. But, it’s not likely that these things can happen. It’s probably just best to hope that the electoral process can be adequately managed to be free and fair.

The South-East clamoured to have the presidency in 2023, but it has eluded them in the APC and PDP. What can the zone do?

At this stage, the South-East should stay on the moral high ground and plan for the future. The political leadership should eschew rancour and the embrace cooperation over the rest of this transition. It’s just possible that PO from the zone can garner enough mass support to upend the major opposition parties. The SE should identify with the progressive third force from the other five zones and maintain a positive Nigerian voice for change that all Nigerians are clearly clamouring for.

It was bad enough to have waltzed without political sensitivity into an intolerably unwise confliction between demand for a separation of sorts in one breadth and a so-called presidency of Igbo extraction. Ndigbo have worked to sustain this nation and should not appear to be begging for a special favour. Mistakes were made in joining in at the merger and the manner in which the government and the leaders managed the justified nationwide youth agitation in the South-East. The ensuing confliction should have been avoided. There is a whole future to rebuild by engaging all segments of the South-East and by humbling, you sustain a political reach out to all sections on the basis of communality of progressive values.

You were or are a member of APC, but you have been lying low. Have you left the party?

Finally, on the question of party affiliation, I flinch on being really identified with a political party affiliation. As a development economist that saw the emergence of the Asian Tigers – from Taiwan, China, South Korea (in particular) to Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, I have always seen my involvement from the exclusive perspective of proffering economic development programmes and policies. I don’t recommend my easygoing political party affiliation to anyone who seeks political power for its own sake.  I was involved with the set up of the PDP, the Justice Party (as a co-founder), founding member of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), passed through the NDP and the NNPP, on which platform I was a presidential candidate in the 2003 presidential elections (I have had to insist on correcting the impression loosely fostered in our media that I was a mere aspirant.) The records are there.

With the formation of the All Peoples Congress (APC), I joined up and sought to ensure our people joined in what I foresaw along with my friends was going to emerge as a major party. It was a tough sell, but I managed to convince quite a few key players from the SE zone to join and ensure our stake in this major merger. By my reckoning, I have maintained my links through my political party journey. What’s best for the country’s development and economic modernisation remains my instinctive platform in politics.

Fri, 08 Jul 2022 12:00:00 -0500 en-us text/html
Killexams : New administrative director takes over at SUN Area Technical Institute

NEW BERLIN — The new administrative director of SUN Area Technical Institute in New Berlin said he wants to continue the positive legacy that already exists for the school.

David Bacher took over on July 15 as administrative director of the school at 815 Market St., New Berlin, replacing Jen Hain, the director since 2014. Bacher was approved by The SUN Area Technical Institute Joint Operating Committee in June.

“I know I have gigantic shoes to fill, but I’m up for the task,” said Bacher, who is in his 23rd year of education. “SUN Area Technical Institute has a reputation of excellence across Pennsylvania. It’s a great position to walk into. They are really embedded in the communities they serve.”

Bacher, of Bloomsburg, graduated from Hazleton Area High School in 1991 and earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Bloomsburg University in 1995. He now has a bachelor’s in secondary education and a master’s in educational leadership.

He taught English at Danville and Mount Carmel, and worked as an administrator at Columbia Montour Area Vocational Technical School, Northwest Area School Districts and Shikellamy School District. He was most recently an assistant principal at Shikellamy.

Bacher said he has experience working as a frame carpenter and in restaurants. His father was a machinist and his mother was a hair stylist.

“Our family has always recognized the value of trades,” he said.

He said he wasn’t looking to leave Shikellamy but was drawn to the position when he saw it was open because of the affinity he feels toward career and technology education. He said he likes that students have many options and opportunities when they attend schools like SUN.

Hain will step down officially on Sept. 30. In her retirement, she will be taking over and helping to expand the Central PA Career Pathways Partnership, which the Degenstein Foundation is helping to fund. The Central PA Career Pathways Partnership is an emerging collaborative effort among multiple education entities, employer-led, community-based and workforce organizations serving Snyder, Union and Northumberland counties and beyond.

Hain has worked in education for 31 years in both SUN Area and Columbia Montour Area Vocational Technical School, where she graduated after studying cosmetology. She said her biggest accomplishment was overseeing the expansion of the West Campus, which is home to the Diesel Truck Technology Program and the Culinary Arts Program.

She also initiated the future expansion of the mechatronics program. The program prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principals and technical skills in support of engineers engaged in developing and testing automated, servomechanical and other electromechanical systems.

“I am excited to see where education is headed,” said Hain.

In her retirement, Hain said she will spend time with her retired husband, Dennis Hain Sr., the former administrative director of SUN Area Technical Institute before her and a former welding instructor.

They plan to take care of his parents, traveling, fishing, hunting, camping and spending time with their grandchildren.

Bacher said he is looking forward to continuing the expansion of the mechatronics program as well as building upon what already exists at the school, including pre-apprentice programs; partnerships with Evangelical Community Hospital and its EMT program; and new clinical opportunities in health care systems like Geisinger and other providers.

Mon, 25 Jul 2022 20:30:00 -0500 en text/html
Killexams : HANSON: Why we lost trust in the expert class No result found, try new keyword!Milley had been parroting Biden’s earlier prompt that a Taliban victory after the American evacuation was “highly unlikely.” On the eve of the 2020 election, news accounts revealed some of the lurid ... Thu, 04 Aug 2022 08:47:00 -0500 en-ca text/html Killexams : ‘I can’t make ends meet’: Lori Trahan invites local residents to share issues of food access at virtual listening session

LOWELL — Residents in the 3rd Congressional District will inform new federal policy around food quality and access after U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan hosted a virtual listening session on hunger, health and nutrition Tuesday night.

The event featured a panel of local health experts and advocates, followed by a period of community feedback, where residents shared their own personal struggles with food insecurity, access and other challenges.

Trahan introduced the conversation by emphasizing the impact the listening session could play on a national level — ahead of the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health in September, local officials will share information and insight from the listening session with President Biden’s administration to inform future strategy on eliminating food and health disparities in the country.

This is all part of Biden’s effort to end hunger and increase exercise and healthy eating by 2030.

“This is an important opportunity for our district to make our voices heard in the White House,” Trahan said. “Your thoughts and opinions will directly contribute to federal policy initiatives, and I couldn’t be more grateful to each of you for taking the time to be here tonight.”

Close to 130 people were tuned into the call when Tufts Medicine President and CEO Michael Dandorph thanked Trahan for her “relentless advocacy” to Excellerate the lives of her constituents. Before introducing the panelists, Dandorph expressed the severe need for this discussion and said he hopes to hold more sessions like this in the next few months.

“As the CEO at Tufts Medicine, I’m incredibly well aware of the importance of food access, addressing hunger, really thinking about how we can Excellerate upon limited nutrition,” Dandorph said. “Those can really create a lot of serious health issues for our patients and our consumers and can really contribute to the widening gaps of care in our community in many ways.”

Prior to the panel discussion, Jeanmerli Gonzalez, program manager of Lowell Community Health Center’s REACH LoWELL, spoke about her work on addressing disparities impacting Southeast Asian and “Latinx” residents, specifically when it comes to diabetes care.

The health center also conducted a “community foods assessment” with Mill City Grows to discover what Lowell residents need. From those findings, Gonzalez said they gathered concerns about quality of life, cost of food, education and more, and REACH LoWELL will continue to focus on getting people to fresh, healthy food.

“Understanding that it’s not just the clinical departments, it’s not about seeing a provider, and that it’s much more,” Gonzalez said. “It’s about making sure that the resources are available on the other end so that our communities are able to focus on their health … focus on their diabetes.”

Other panelists, including Dwelling House of Hope Executive Director Levenia Furusa, spoke about the damaging effects of inflation, which have caused gas, food prices and rental costs to skyrocket.

Rebecca Williams, director of integrated care and case management at Lowell Community Health Center, said undocumented people are often hesitant to apply to SNAP benefits and other services. And while many grocery stores in Lowell are on a bus line, Williams noted the difficulty in carrying so many bags on public transportation, especially for the elderly or those with small children.

“How long can you wait for a bus in a 90-degree temperature with things that are cold that need to be refrigerated?” Williams asked.

But there are so many other obstacles that are closely tied to food access, Williams said, including housing instability.

Dozens of residents shared their concerns, including one woman who shared how the higher cost of living has forced her to buy cheaper and less healthy foods. Now, her blood pressure is up and, being immunocompromised, she feels isolated.

“I am a retired school teacher since COVID, and even with Social Security, I can’t make ends meet,” she said. “Even those who have more than others are still struggling, and because of this, between the pandemic and the inflation and everything, I’m struggling and it is now affecting my health.”

Another participant suggested that the country needs to step up and address hunger in bigger ways, instead of relying on nonprofit agencies to do the work for them.

“I think leaving hunger to charity and volunteers in a society like ours, the richest society that’s ever existed, is wrong,” he said. “There should be a federal or state program that gives (people) transitional help. I think we really need to rethink hunger.”

For more information on the White House’s upcoming conference and to share input to address these food crises, visit

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Killexams : Two CPS teachers who protested General Iron face firing for encouraging students to do the same

Two Chicago Public Schools teachers face firing for their roles encouraging high school students to protest the proposed move of General Iron to the Southeast Side, an action that their union says is retaliation for embarrassing Mayor Lori Lightfoot during the years-long debate.

George Washington High School teachers Chuck Stark and Lauren Bianchi were two of the most visible activists fighting the planned relocation of the metal-shredding operation from Lincoln Park to East 116th Street along the Calumet River.

On Wednesday, the Chicago Board of Education will decide whether to accept a recommendation from the district to fire the two teachers.

A number of students from the high school — located a little more than half a mile from the newly built shredding facility — participated in protests. After several years of demonstrations, the Lightfoot administration in February rejected the permit that would allow the operation to open.

“An investigation uncovered several significant policy violations by the teachers, including violation of safety policies concerning the transportation of students,” CPS said in a statement. The teachers’ actions showed “repeated instances of poor judgment and bias in their instructional roles and in their faculty adviser roles.”

However, Thad Goodchild, a lawyer for the Chicago Teachers Union, called the investigation, which is laid out in a more than 400-page report, “a witch hunt” and “a sad example of vindictiveness of the mayor’s office.”

Goodchild said he believes the mayor orchestrated the actions against the teachers. Without going into specifics, he said the report focused on “bizarre technical” policies and did not include what he considered offenses that should lead to firing. Neither CPS nor the union would release the investigative report.

A spokesman for Lightfoot didn’t respond to a request for comment.

In a news conference last week, Lightfoot reacted angrily after federal officials found actions leading up to the planned relocation of General Iron from a predominantly white neighborhood to a Latino-majority community was indicative of discriminatory practices by the city. That pattern of racial discrimination took place before and during Lightfoot’s time in office, the Department of Housing and Urban Development said.

Stark, a biology teacher, and Bianchi, a sociology teacher, say CPS previously asked for their input on teaching environmental racism and civic engagement of students.

Both were in the thick of the General Iron protests.

Stark took part in a month-long hunger strike last year that gained national attention. Bianchi was one of four people arrested outside Chicago Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady’s home at a demonstration in December. The teachers took part in multiple marches and other demonstrations.

“This news comes as a shock because neither of us has done anything wrong,” Bianchi said in an interview.

Added Stark: “It definitely hurts. … I feel like I’ve been unfairly targeted.”

Both teachers have taught at the Southeast Side school for four years.

Bianchi also publicly criticized CPS last month for much-needed maintenance at George Washington.

“Why does the most powerful person in the city feel threatened by two school teachers?” Stark asked.

Bianchi said she believes Lightfoot is trying to “send a chilling message” to public school teachers in Chicago to not engage in such activities.

Brett Chase’s reporting on the environment and public health is made possible by a grant from The Chicago Community Trust.

Fri, 29 Jul 2022 10:12:00 -0500 en text/html
Killexams : Does sunscreen expire? Here’s what you should know

Sunscreen might be one the best tools you have to protect your skin from the dangerous UV rays of the sun. Using sunblock properly lowers the risk of skin damage and premature aging — not to mention painful sunburns — even if you’re spending all your summer days out on the beach (lucky you!).

But have you ever caught yourself wondering, does sunscreen expire? When did you buy that half-empty bottle of sunscreen, anyway? Here’s an easy guideline to follow: If you can’t remember when you bought the bottle, it might be time to toss it.

What You Need To Know About Sun Protection And Sunscreen

There are two main types of ultraviolet (UV) radiation that reach the earth from the sun — UVA and UVB. UVA rays, which make up most of the sunlight that reaches us, are longer wavelengths that cause premature aging along with eye damage. UVA rays also play a role in cancer formation. UVB rays cause sunburns and are more seriously implicated than UVA rays in skin cancer and aging.

Too much exposure to sunlight can cause long-term health issues. To prevent damage from UV rays, you should wear proper, protective clothing. You also need a broad-spectrum sunscreen that you apply liberally and frequently.

Use at least one ounce, the amount needed to fill a shot glass, to protect any exposed areas of the body. You might even need more depending on your body size.

Many people prefer to use two sunscreens, one for the body and one made specifically for the face. Facial sunscreens are formulated differently than those for the body; they’re often lighter and designed to be more easily absorbed. If you’re exposing your body to the sun, both your face and body should be protected.

Usually, when sunscreen is used properly, a bottle doesn’t last very long


Does Sunscreen Expire? Experts Say Yes

Yes, sunscreen expires! The Food and Drug Administration, which regulates sunscreens, requires manufacturers to produce sunscreen that retains its original strength for at least three years, even if the container has been opened.

Using expired bottles can lead to sunburns, skin cancer and sun damage, so the expiration date is something you want to pay attention to. Some sunscreen brands indicate the date on which the product can no longer be guaranteed effective.

“You should not use expired sunscreen because it becomes less effective,” Raman Madan, a board-certified dermatologist at Huntington Hospital in New York. told Good Housekeeping. “This leads to less protection, which means more sunburns, a higher risk of skin cancer, and an increase in sun damage.”

Madan says old opened bottles harbor more bacteria, too, which can lead to breakouts.

The FDA requires the same expiration date labeling requirements for sunscreens as over-the-counter medications, so sunscreen bottles must have an expiration date unless they’ve been tested to work as advertised for at least three years.

You may wish to write the date of purchase on the bottle yourself. Three years later, any remaining lotion should be tossed.


Keeping Your Sunscreen Safe

Be mindful of where you store your sunscreen. It’s best tucked away in a cool, dark cabinet, which will shield it from unnecessary exposure to excessive heat or direct sun.

When you have it at the beach or pool, place the container in the shade or wrapped with a towel. Heat and sun can make sunscreen less effective before the expiration date.

Chemical sunscreens work on the notion of absorbing and scattering UV rays. When a bottle is exposed to heat, say in a hot beach bag or tossed on your lounge chair, the lotion inside can undergo chemical changes.

Discard sunscreen that’s undergone noticeable changes in color, texture or consistency. If it’s watery or smells funny, it’s probably spoiled, according to Consumer Reports.


If this means you might want to stock up on a new bottle or two, check out our vetted selection of this year’s best sunscreens and tanning products.

So next time you won’t need to ask “Does sunscreen expire?”  — because now you know!

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Mon, 25 Jul 2022 01:38:00 -0500 en text/html
Killexams : Economic disparity’ll end when women are empowered –Obioha, entrepreneur

By Josfyn Uba

Dr. Esther Obioha is an entrepreneur and a humanitarian who impacts the lives of vulnerable people in her community, using her resources.

Obioha holds a BA in Computer Information Systems and a master’s in Business Administration. She is also a recipient of an honorary doctorate from CICA University and Seminary for her philanthropic work.

Obioha, a single mother who has raised five graduate children, remains committed to helping the less fortunate. In 2020, she was honored with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Smart Ambassador Award by the Diligent Care for Creative Intelligence Development.

In this interview with Daily Sun, she talks about the need for collaboration and transparency in every enterprise, and other issues.

You are a brand in your community,  Arondizuogu; how did you manage this? 

Well, I am not a brand yet. But I am content with giving a helping hand. Giving is second nature to me, as I grew up in a huge family of givers. And I had an amazing childhood. 

Would you say that your experience from childhood informed this initiative?

First and foremost, I hail from a large polygamous family in Arondizuogu, Imo State. In my family, I was raised and nurtured with so much love and affection. My family was very open-handed and generous, to a fault, and I naturally embraced those values as a child. I was born into a tradition of celebration and giving. We have this yearly festival called Obioha Day and it is celebrated every December. The essence of this tradition is to create and deepen family unity and nurture kindred spirit. On this yearly celebration called Obioha Day, all the wives cook assorted dishes and delicacies, while family friends and strangers troop in to partake, nobody is turned away. It is customary for passersby to simply walk in and partake in the merriment. This noble tradition that started before I was born is still on-going and will never stop. Hence, giving is part of my nature and upbringing. 

What are your challenges as an entrepreneur and as a woman? 

I would not call it a challenge because it is what l enjoy doing. I love to touch lives; I love helping people, I love impacting lives. There are less fortunate people who are struggling to make it in our society. I have noticed that it is my life passion. I would love to leave this world better than I met it. Although being a woman is a little challenging, because you find yourself in a subservient position in our society. A woman works extra hard to scale the hurdle before achieving economic success. But, more recently, government appears to be doing something to close the economic disparity and wealth gaps by creating opportunities for women to thrive. Women have not always shared equal priority with men in the past but, thank God, it is getting better today. With increased progressive advocacy empowering, women, especially in under-developed nations, will gain more steam. 

Do you have plans to extend your developmental venture and entrepreneurial prowess to the whole of Nigeria, knowing that there are a lot of people in dire need here? 

Some of us probably have heard the Igbo proverb or adage “aku lue uno okwu ebie,” interpreted as “charity begins at home.” Yes, I have always believed in helping others, regardless of how meagre my resources may be. For over two years now, things have been very difficult, and the COVID-19 pandemic made it worse. Cost of food items has skyrocketed, hence hunger at home is concerning. Any little assistance goes a long way. And because of these and more, we have tried to reach out to people in some orphanages in Lagos. We have given out toys, food items and even cash donations. Similarly, we made cash donations in Abuja and Owerri. Other assistance in my local community includes distribution of bags of rice, cartons of noodles to help relive the COVID-19 hardship. During the pandemic, we purchased sewing machines and made face masks, which we gave freely for charity. 

Would you mind a collaboration with well-meaning Nigerians to help out in this initiative? 

Collaboration is a great way for NGOs to scale up by partnering with bigger NGOs with name recognition and credibility. Other types of partnership may be through foundations and respected political leaders. Unfortunately, I have been disappointed severally in the past. NGOs must ensure the existence of transparency while doing charitable work. But regardless of my past experience, my zeal to help the poor and needy will never be diminished. Robert Green Ingersoll, a popular American lawyer, writer and orator, was the one who said “We rise by lifting others.” 

Similar organizations abound everywhere, even abroad. How have yours and your advocacy stood you out? 

Ours stands out because we do not only supply out food items. We also support young adults caught in the web of the criminal legal system by mentoring and connecting them with positive role models to build economic security and personal empowerment and much more. Any opportunity we have to touch lives we jump at it, regardless of how limited our resources may be. My passion is to touch lives and to do my best to help the less fortunate. 

What have you and your organization done for humanity? 

I have been volunteering with my five children during disasters, at soup kitchens, sometimes we help to package relief for shipping to people in third world countries who have been displaced or people suffering from the ravages of war. Other times we save families and their children from malnutrition and starvation. We have assisted indigent students with school fees too. We have sent money assistance to those in IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camps as well. 

What do you want the Nigerian government to do to help entrepreneur grow their businesses? 

I want the Nigerian government to help create an enabling environment for entrepreneurs to thrive, including providing loans with little or no interest to be paid. Small and medium businesses, being the engine that grow local economies, should be encouraged. Government should invest in agriculture and create sustainable employment for youths and graduates. What is the government doing for youths? Many complain about lack of jobs for youths and graduates. Imagine not being gainfully employed after passing through the university? The frustration can lead some to engage in nefarious activities and crime. I implore our government and even our First Ladies to help create opportunities for our youths. These youths are the leaders of tomorrow. We should address their issues and welfare before it is too late. 

What do you wish to be remembered for? 

I wish to be remembered for how I made a difference in the lives of the less privileged, people of limited means. I want my legacy to be that I left this world better than I met it.

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Killexams : Dolly Parton among Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy winners

NEW YORK (AP) — Country superstar Dolly Parton, who made a big donation to help fund coronavirus vaccine research in 2020, is among this year's Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy recipients.

Also being honored are Dallas entrepreneur Lyda Hill, Kenyan industrialist Manu Chandaria, and Lynn and Stacy Schusterman, from the Oklahoma investment family.

The award, presented by the international family of Carnegie institutions to honor innovative philanthropists, debuted in 2001 and is normally awarded every two years. It was not issued in 2021 due to the pandemic.

The 2022 honorees will receive their medals in a private ceremony in New York on Oct. 13. A priority of the ceremony is fostering personal meetings to encourage the exchange of ideas and spur potential collaboration — something this year’s honorees have already done, said Eric Isaacs, president of the Carnegie Institution for Science and a member of the medal selection committee.

Parton’s $1 million donation to Vanderbilt University Medical Center has received plenty of attention. But her fellow honoree Hill, through her Lyda Hill Philanthropies, was also an early donor to the work that would yield the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

“I invested before it was anything,” Hill told The Associated Press. “One of the things that Warren Buffett said that stuck with me was, ‘Don’t do what other people can do and will do. Do what other people can’t do and won’t do. And take risks.’ I have had to apply that to my philanthropic investments.”

Hill, who focuses her funding on advances in science and nature conservancy, as well as supporting women in those careers, said she never did get a Moderna shot.

“Unfortunately,” Hill said, “when I went to get my vaccine, I rolled my sleeves up and said, ‘What do you got?’ And she said, ‘Pfizer.’ I said, ‘OK.’”

Parton, in a statement, said she was honored to receive the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy.

“I’ve always believed that if you are in a position to help, you should help, and I truly hope that I can be an inspiration for others to lift up those around them,” said Parton, who will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in November, and makes most of her donations through her Dollywood Foundation. “Whether through my Imagination Library or giving to COVID-19 research, I try to support things that have a special meaning for me. I hope everyone can find something they’re passionate about supporting and do what they can to help make this world a better place.”

Considering the intense need created by COVID-19, the pandemic was top of mind while the selection committee was making its decisions, Isaacs said.

“Obviously, this is a very difficult time with the pandemic,” he said. “But we think environmental issues are probably equally, if not more, impactful in the sense that pandemics like COVID-19 are likely to become more frequent as the atmosphere heats up. I think we take the long view in terms of our selections.”

The Schustermans exemplify philanthropists whose donations have made a long-lasting impact, in addition to making timely grants to address current needs.

The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation was established in 1987 to invest in systemic change in the United States and Israel on matters of justice and equity. When Charles died in 2000, Lynn Schusterman took over the foundation, expanding its work and becoming an outspoken advocate for inclusion, especially for the LGBTQ community. In 2018, their daughter Stacy Schusterman took over the foundation, which changed its name last year to Schusterman Family Philanthropies and now also includes work in reproductive equity, voting rights and criminal justice — all hot-button issues this summer.

“I hope that work like this will inspire other people to supply more now,” Stacy Schusterman told the AP. “It’s important for people to supply a meaningful percentage of their family’s assets. And I think the partnership that can exist between philanthropy and the communities that we’re seeking to help is vital. Government can’t address all problems.”

She said she’s thrilled to be carrying on her parents’ work and that she will be celebrated with her mom.

“I’m really excited that we’re being honored together,” she said. “It’s fun to have it happen as a mother-daughter team.”

The Chandaria Foundation had its start as a family enterprise in the 1950s, though the Kenyan-born industrialist of Indian descent had to do some convincing before it began.

When he first brought up the issue, Chandaria remembers his father asking if something was wrong with him and whether he had lived in the United States too long. “We are not the Rockefellers,” Chandaria’s father told him. “You better get to work. There’s a big hole over there.”

But by 1956, they had established a charitable organization providing scholarships in Kenya and, decades later, its work has expanded into building education and healthcare infrastructure in Africa.

“It’s a basic principle of the Gandhian philosophy: If you have wealth, you are not owners of the wealth,” said Chandaria, who also attributes generosity to being a follower of the Indian religion Jainism. “You really should go and help others who cannot help themselves.”

Isaacs said the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy is meant to recognize the work of the honorees in their various fields and locations. This year, the Carnegie institutions will also launch the Carnegie Catalyst award to “celebrate the transformative power of human kindness,” which will go to World Central Kitchen, the anti-hunger nonprofit founded by chef Jose Andres.

That award was inspired by the late Vartan Gregorian, the president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the co-founder of the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, who died in 2021.

“World Central Kitchen is an outstanding model of how humankind can respond in times of dire need by activating the inherent goodness in others — an ideal that was embodied through the life and work of Vartan Gregorian,” Thomas H. Kean, chairman of Carnegie Corporation of New York’s board of trustees and former governor of New Jersey, said in a statement.

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