October 19

World hunger worsening as coronavirus weighs and obesity rises: UN

first_imgBeyond ensuring enough food, food must be nutritious, the study underlined, citing costly “health and environmental consequences” of sub-par diets. Nearly 690 million people, or 8.9 percent of people around the globe, are hungry, the UN found. That number rose by 10 million people in just one year to 2019, and by 60 million in the past five years, found the study, which said eradicating hunger by 2030 – a goal set five years ago – will be impossible if trends continue.By 2030, over 890 million people could be affected by hunger, or 9.8 percent of the world’s population, it estimated. Five United Nations agencies co-authored the report: the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Program (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Last year, the report estimated over 820 million hungry, but estimates were recalculated following revised data from China for prior years.Topics : Nearly one in nine people in the world are going hungry, with the coronavirus pandemic exacerbating already worsening trends this year, according to a United Nations report published Monday.Economic slowdowns and climate-related shocks are pushing more people into hunger, while nutritious foods remain too expensive for many, contributing not only to undernourishment, but to growing rates of obesity in adults and children.”After decades of long decline, the number of people suffering from hunger has been slowly increasing since 2014,” read The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World annual report.last_img read more

September 29

IPE Pensions Scholarship Fund awards grant for emerging market research

first_imgBonizzi said his central contention was that the post-crisis environment was pushing pension funds from advanced countries to reallocate a growing part of their portfolios to emerging market assets.“The goal is to characterise and understand this issue and assess its implications,” he said.Congratulating Bonizzi on the award, IPE founding editor Fennell Betson said: “We are delighted to support the research being undertaken by Bruno. The fund’s board was unanimous in its decision to make this grant to the full amount we can provide.”The fund was established by IPE as a not-for-profit activity with the purpose of helping European students undertaking graduate or post-graduate studies relating to pensions matters at universities or research bodies in Europe.It was endowed with an initial fund of €10,000 to mark the 10th anniversary of the IPE Awards, an amount that has since been increased.This is the second student award to be made by the fund, following the award to Tilburg University PhD student Zorka Simon.The fund is overseen by a board comprising Chris Verhaegen, former chair of the Occupational Pensions Stakeholders Group at the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority and former Secretary General of the EFRP in Brussels; Peter Melchior, executive director and actuary of PKA in Denmark; Peter Borgdorff, executive director of healthcare fund PFZW in the Netherlands; and Fennell Betson.The fund’s academic adviser is Debbie Harrison, visiting professor at Cass Business School’s Pensions Institute in London.The fund said it was keen to hear from European students involved in or considering undertaking pensions-related studies and research, or from the academic community.Further details are available from Fennell Betson or on the Fund’s website. The IPE Pensions Scholarship Fund has awarded its second grant to a PhD candidate in economics examining whether funded pension systems are inflating the value of long-term securities.Bruno Bonizzi, in the second year of his PhD programme under the supervision of Jan Toporowski, professor of Finance and Economics at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, will be awarded the €5,000 grant to cover the costs associated with his research.In his letter of support of Bonizzi’s application to the IPE Scholarship Fund, Toporowski said the research would proivide important new evidence on pension fund regulation and capital flows.He added: “The topic of the doctoral thesis is the issue of the extent to which funded pension schemes in Europe and North America have been responsible for inflating the markets for long-term securities, the international portfolio capital flows that such inflation gives rise to and the effects of those flows in emerging markets.”last_img read more

September 28

Waves of enthusiasm for waterfront apartments in Redcliffe

first_imgBIG SELLER: This Redcliffe apartment has been popular with buyers.THE Waves apartment complex, overlooking the waterfront in Redcliffe, had two the biggest sales across the region for the week.Apartment 38 sold for $610,000 while 43 sold for $595,000, both through Ray White — Redcliffe.Ray White sales consultant Jonathan Gordon said the apartment building was popular with people looking to downsize later in life.Inside one of the apartments.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours ago“It is for people that want that sea-change but don’t want to be boxed into a little apartment,”Mr Gordon said.Both apartments have three bedrooms and two bathrooms, and with floorplans between 180-200sq m, Mr Gordon said they were very different from the smaller units that were popping up around Brisbane.The apartment is a quick walk from the water.“Apartments on the peninsula are highly sought after,” he said.“It is definitely not the situation where there is too many of them.”Loren Mulholland from Ray White said that the apartments in the building were generally bought by owner-occupiers with only a small number of buyers renting them out as investment properties.The median unit sales price in Redcliffe is $417,250.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:28Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:28 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p256p256p228p228pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenPrestige property with Liz Tilley07:29last_img read more