Oxford awarded for anti-poverty work

first_imgOxford has been awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its anti-poverty work. The award was presented to the university by Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace last month. Oxford gained the accolade due to its development of a multidimensional measure for poverty. The multidimensional index offers a more comprehensive approach to poverty by measuring the various ways poor people suffer in their everyday, not just their income. Dr Alkire said: “When poor persons, who are the real experts on this subject, explain what poverty is, they articulate multiple disadvantages such as lack of good education, joblessness, poor health, insecurity, ramshackle housing or inadequate sanitation. A multidimensional measure of poverty reflects the lived experiences of impoverished people – and enables actions that redress multiple deprivations.” She also said OPHI was “delighted to receive this prize”. The Anniversary Prize is awarded every two years for outstanding research work. The award is managed by the Royal Anniversary Trust, which praised OPHI’s method as “a unique framework for tackling global poverty”. According to the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), “A person who is poor can suffer from multiple disadvantages at the same time – for example they may have poor health or malnutrition, a lack of clean water or electricity, poor quality of work or little schooling. Focusing on one factor alone, such as income, is not enough to capture the true reality of poverty.” OPHI, a research centre in the Oxford Department of International Development, is headed by Dr Sabina Alkire, who developed the multidimensional approach alongside Professor James Foster. Alkire and Foster’s method has been applied to both national and international poverty measures. An OPHI spokesperson said: “Whilst OPHI is interested in multidimensional poverty measurement in high-income countries such as the UK, OPHI’s focus to date has been on measuring multidimensional poverty in low- and middle-income countries around the world so that policymakers can tackle it efficiently and effectively.” Speaking to Cherwell, the spokesperson added: “OPHI will continue to promote, develop and help implement official permanent national multidimensional poverty indices in countries around the world, and their use by high-level policy leaders, in order to harness both data and political will to tackle poverty in all its forms and dimensions.” OPHI has used this method to helpdevelop Bhutan’s Gross NationalHappiness Index, which measuresnon-traditional aspects of cultureand well-being, and the Women’sEmpowerment in Agriculture Index,which measures the agency andinclusion of women in the sector.last_img read more

Leicester Consolidates Attempt at Maiden Title Chase with Swansea Visit

first_imgAfter stunning the Premier League with their surge to the top of the table earlier this season, Leicester were widely expected to fade away when the pressure of the title run-in mounted.But instead the Foxes, beaten just three times this term, have proved impervious to nerves during a remarkable run of six wins and only two goals conceded in their last seven matches.That blistering sequence has given Leicester a five-point lead over second placed Tottenham and put the title within touching distance just 12 months after the unfashionable club were battling to avoid relegation.Establishing the secret of Leicester’s astonishing success in Ranieri’s first season in charge has become a favourite discussion for pundits and fans alike in recent weeks.But Albrighton, 26, has a simple answer, insisting Leicester are being driven by a wave of confidence that has grown stronger each week as they realise they are good enough to compete with the league’s best.“Yes, to some extent, I would say we feel unbeatable. The position we are in and keeping the clean sheets, that is one of the main factors. If you are not conceding goals then you are not going to lose games. We have the quality up front to go and score. The team spirit is what has got us here. We have brilliant individuals, but there is no point having them if we are not going to play as a team. It’s massive that we are keeping a winning habit going. If we continue to do that everything will look after itself,” Albrighton said.However, Leicester’s remarkable charge on the Premier League title has given fans of other clubs hope that their teams can achieve a similar feat, Albrighton has said.Albrighton highlighted the applause from Sunderland’s supporters when the Foxes beat the home side 2-0 at the Stadium of Light on April 10, a victory which secured their place in next season’s Champions League.“To be applauded off by home fans is very rare and it was touching, it touched everyone, including the gaffer. Obviously, with what is going on, it is an emotional time,” the former Aston Villa winger told British media.“We are in a place no-one, including ourselves, thought we could be in. We have achieved something special. It is a credit to us. Obviously, he (Ranieri) got emotional and we have never seen that before.“It shows how much he cares and how much he has put in since the summer. A lot of people questioned it (his appointment) maybe. The relationship between the players and the manager, and the coaching staff, has just clicked into place.”Leicester host 15th-placed Swansea City at the King Power Stadium on Sunday before Spurs take on 14th-placed West Bromwich Albion at White Hart Lane a day later.Meanwhile, this afternoon, Manchester City will try to strengthen their position in the top four when they face Stoke City at the Etihad Stadium. Manuel Pellegrini’s side are unbeaten in their last four league fixtures, while mid-table Stoke have failed to win any of their last three games in the top flight.As the season winds down, teams begin to prioritise games according to what competitions they remain in, and in Manchester City’s case, Pellegrini’s men are three wins away from lifting the Champions League trophy.Focus will turn to the European competition next Tuesday when they face Real Madrid at home in the first leg of the semi-finals, but before that, they have to take on Stoke in the Premier League.City’s title challenge drifted away a few months ago, but they are not yet assured of a place in the top four as they currently reside third in the standings, one point above fourth-placed Arsenal with four games left to play.Manchester United are knocking on the door as they are two points adrift of their local rivals, so City cannot switch off in the Premier League as they still need to keep themselves within the top four.The team’s form in the top flight has improved over the last few weeks as they have managed to record three victories and a draw since losing 1-0 in the Manchester derby on March 20.After earning a 3-0 win over Chelsea last weekend, City had momentum heading into their midweek game against Newcastle United, but they were restricted by Rafael Benitez’s side.City head into this weekend’s match in the fifth-best form of the league having taken 11 points from their last six matches – only Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Manchester United are in better form at the moment.In addition, the North-West outfit are second to Spurs in terms of attacking threat as they have scored 62 goals this season, just two fewer than Tottenham, who have scored the most league goals in the campaign.After his strike against Newcastle, Aguero has now moved up to second in the league’s top scorers, level on 22 goals with Leicester’s Jamie Vardy. Tottenham’s Harry Kane leads the way on 24.The Potters meanwhile are on course to finish in the top half of the Premier League table this season, but Mark Hughes’s men need to start picking up points if they are to put pressure on the teams above them.Stoke are currently ninth in the standings, four points behind Southampton, seven behind Liverpool, who reside seventh and eighth respectively, and nine points adrift of sixth-placed West Ham United.Last season, Hughes’s team finished the campaign in ninth place on 54 points, meaning that they will need a further eight from their last four games in order to better their 2014-15 campaign.The Potters are not in the best form of late, having recorded one draw and two defeats since sealing a 2-1 victory over Watford on March 19.Pellegrini could receive an injury boost ahead of this weekend’s game as David Silva, Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna are all expected to be declared fit for the visit of Stoke.Vincent Kompany is expected to play twice in five days as he made his return from a calf injury to start City’s 1-1 draw with Newcastle United on Tuesday night.The captain came through the match unscathed, as did Raheem Sterling, who came off the substitutes’ bench after recovering from a groin injury.As for Stoke, they will be without Erik Pieters until January 30 as he serves a suspension for picking up 10 yellow cards this season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram With just four matches to go and five points ahead of second placed team, Tottenham, what was generally perceived as a fairytale is fast becoming reality as surprised Premier League leaders, Leicester, continue to soldier on with the visit of Swansea. The result would go a long way in deciding the Premiership title.Ahead of tomorrow’s showdown with Swansea, Leicester winger Marc Albrighton says the shock Premier League leaders are feeling unbeatable as they march towards the most remarkable title triumph in the history of English football.Claudio Ranieri’s side are five points ahead of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur with four games left and remain firmly on course to clinch a first English top-flight title despite suffering a setback in Sunday’s draw with West Ham United.last_img read more

Cloe scores a runaway Scottish win

first_img England’s Cloe Frankish scored a runaway win in the Scottish Ladies’ junior open strokeplay at Drumpellier – finishing on one-under par and leaving the field trailing seven shots behind. This was the final playing of the U21 championship and Frankish made it back-to-back victories for England, following India Clyburn’s success last year. “It’s my biggest win and it means a lot because I have put in so much hard work and it’s finally paying off,” said the 16-year-old from Chart Hills in Kent. The event was played in generally wet and windy weather and conditions called for lots of long-iron play. Frankish proved super-accurate and set a course record of four-under par 69 in the first round, finishing with three birdies in the last four holes. “It was exciting and I just wanted to get out and play the next round straight away,” said Frankish, who trains with England Golf’s U16 South East squad. She led throughout the event, scoring one under in the second round and finishing in the rain with a final round 77. “I started with three birdies but in the middle of the round I had three holes where my second shots just flew straight through the green,” said Frankish, who put it down to an adrenalin rush. “Then on the 14th it just absolutely poured down.” Now, she’s off to the English U16 girls’ championship at Royal Cromer and will follow-up at the British girls, back in Scotland. Frankish’s win underlines her good form. She was second in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters, tied ninth in the English women’s amateur championship and qualified in sixth place for the knockout stages of the English women’s matchplay championship. She has also had top ten finishes this season in the Irish women’s stroke play and the Scottish U16s and was a reserve for the GB&I team for the Junior Vagliano match. Image courtesy Scottish Ladies’ Golf Association Click here for full scores 26 Jul 2015 Cloe scores a runaway Scottish win last_img read more

Fernandez has 13 Ks, pitches Miami by Pirates 3-2

first_imgMiami Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton, right, reaches second base on double as Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Neil Walker (18) awaits the throw during the first inning of a baseball game in Miami, Sunday, July 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)MIAMI (AP) – The Pittsburgh Pirates managed only one win against the team with the NL’s worst record.They hope to fare better versus the team they’re chasing in the division.Gerrit Cole was outpitched Sunday in an all-rookie duel against Jose Fernandez, and Pittsburgh lost to the Miami Marlins 3-2.The Pirates went 1-2 in the series and 5-5 on a three-city trip, and they now head home for a five-game set against the St. Louis Cardinals, who lead the NL Central with the best record in the majors.“I think the Cardinal series has been on a lot of the fans’ dockets for some time now,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “I anticipate seeing a very faithful Pirate crowd there Monday.”The Pirates have the second-best record in the NL, but they’ve lost 12 of their past 22 games, and Fernandez (7-5) wasn’t inclined to help them get going again.The 20-year-old All-Star had a team rookie record 13 strikeouts, and allowed five hits and two runs in eight innings. He walked none and threw 97 pitches, 74 for strikes.Cole (5-4) was nearly as good. He allowed three runs and struck out eight in seven innings, but Giancarlo Stanton put the Marlins ahead to stay in the sixth with his 13th home run.“The home run was a bad pitch, and he deposited it like he should,” Cole said. “That pitch was really inexcusable there in a tie ballgame.”Stanton also doubled, walked and scored twice for the Marlins, who had six hits.Steve Cishek gave up a single and a walk in the ninth, but retired Garrett Jones on a grounder for the final out to earn his 22nd save in 24 chances.Fernandez’s strikeout total broke the Marlins’ rookie record of 12 held by Josh Beckett. He struck out every player in the starting lineup, and he fanned the side in the third and fifth innings.“This was kind of a statement game for him, where he knew he was going up against another solid pitcher, and he wanted to outdo him,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said.Like Fernandez, Cole was a first-round draft pick in 2011. He has allowed less than four runs in all nine starts.“He’s a great pitcher,” Fernandez said. “His stuff is good. I saw it hitting, and I didn’t like it.”Ditto regarding Fernandez, Cole said.“When you go up against a guy like him, you feed off each other,” Cole said. “He goes out and strikes out the side, and I’m going to out there and try to do the same thing. You love that competition and you want the best out of the other person. He was better today.”Fernandez improved to 5-2 with a 1.87 ERA over his past 10 starts, and lowered his ERA for the season to 2.71. When his face was shown on the video board before the ninth inning, the crowd of 24,207 roared, and he waved his cap from the dugout.“That was an impressive outing by him,” Hurdle said, “and an impressive outing for our guy.”The Pirates scored their only runs in the second inning. Pedro Alvarez led off with a single and came home on Russell Martin’s double. Martin stole third and scored on a two-out single by Clint Barmes.Miami made it 2-all in the fourth when Stanton walked, Logan Morrison singled, Ed Lucas singled home a run and Donovan Solano hit a sacrifice fly.Notes: Pirates C Michael McKenry, who tweaked his left knee Saturday, was awaiting results of a doctor’s evaluation. C Russell Martin was back in the lineup after suffering a minor injury to his left knee Friday. … Pittsburgh RF Jose Tabata started after being held out of the starting lineup for three games because of a sore right forearm. … Pirates CF Andrew McCutchen was given a rest. He pinch-hit in the eighth and popped out.last_img read more

James drops 61, setting career-high and Heat-best

first_imgMiami Heat’s LeBron James celebrates afer scoring two points with Chris Andersen during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Monday, March 3, 2014 against the Charlotte Bobcats. 124-107. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)MIAMI (AP) — An hour after what he called the best regular-season game he’s ever played, LeBron James simply explained why this performance was like none other.The basketball, he said, felt small as a golf ball.The basket, to him, looked as wide as the ocean.Best player in the game. Best game of his career. James rewrote his record book Monday night, etched his name a few different times in Miami Heat annals as well, and let the NBA know in crystal-clear terms that his MVP award won’t be ceded without a fight this season. He scored 61 points, setting career- and franchise-bests, as the Heat topped the Charlotte Bobcats 124-107.“A surreal feeling for me right now,” James said.With good reason. He made 22 of his 33 field-goal tries, becoming just the third player in the past 25 years to take that many shots and make at least two-thirds of them, with only Alex English and Shaquille O’Neal on that list. James set a career-high for field goals made, plus Heat records for points in a quarter (25) and a half (37).And of all his feats on Monday, the most impressive might have been how he started 8 for 8 from 3-point range.“The man above has given me some unbelievable abilities to play the game of basketball,” James said before the Heat flew to Houston for a game there Tuesday. “I just try to take advantage of it every night. I got the trust of my teammates and my coaching staff to go in there and let it go.”Glen Rice scored 56 to set the Heat record on April 15, 1995, against Orlando. James’ previous career best had been 56 points, on March 20, 2005, for Cleveland against Toronto.This outing was much better, James said. Not because 61 tops 56 — but because the night he scored 56, his Cavaliers lost.“Phenomenal, amazing, stupendous … he reminds me of me,” Heat forward Chris Bosh said afterward in an overjoyed locker room.James had 24 points at halftime, then added 25 in the third quarter. The record-breaker came with 5:46 left, when James spun through and around three defenders for a layup that fell as he tumbled to the court.Heat coach Erik Spoelstra walked into his postgame news conference with a confession: He nearly took James out after the third quarter.He didn’t. Good call.“He was in a great groove, obviously,” Spoelstra said.Here’s how good James was on this night: Al Jefferson finished with 38 points and 19 rebounds for the Bobcats, making him just the fourth player in the past six seasons to put up a stat line like that.No one noticed.“You take away his 61 points,” Jefferson said, “and we still had a fighting chance there at the end.”Yes, even the Bobcats were marveling at James. He was hitting from everywhere, even a 3-pointer from about 30 feet — Spoelstra joked it was from 40 — late in the third quarter, as the crowd roared and the Heat bench jumped with joy.“Yeah, that was a designed play,” Spoelstra deadpanned. “We’ve been working on that one for a while.”That was the moment, James said, when he knew he was in the midst of a special night.“I felt pretty good in the first half but halftime can always kind of derail things and slow things up,” James said. “But I was able to get things going once again in the third quarter and I knew it could be one of those nights.”Not “one of those nights.”Even for James, this was like no other.“Once he sniffed 60, we knew he was going for it,” Heat forward Shane Battier said. “And the amazing part is the efficiency. Good Lord. Sixty-one on 33 shots, that’s Wilt Chamberlain-esque. That’s pretty amazing. Incredible performance.”When James checked out with 1:24 left, the entire Heat roster met him near midcourt for high-fives and hugs, and the sellout crowd gave him a standing ovation. A second huge roar followed when he waved to the crowd, as “M-V-P” chants rained down.“If he’s going to shoot the ball like that from that range, there’s nobody that’s going to beat them,” Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said.Miami was without guard Dwyane Wade, who got a night off to rest. Spoelstra stressed there’s been no setback for Wade, who has been on a knee-maintenance program throughout this season and is averaging 23.5 points on 62 percent shooting since the All-Star break.Wade probably didn’t mind sitting for this one. It gave him a courtside seat for the show.James made three 3-pointers in the first 7 minutes of the quarter — he was 6 for 6 from beyond the arc at that point — and when Charlotte bit on his head fake from the top of the key, James coolly found Toney Douglas to set up another 3. A tip-in by James followed not long afterward and just like that, the lead was up to 83-63.Charlotte scored the next six points, but any notion that the game was slipping from Miami’s control was quickly extinguished.James scored the next six himself, a pair of three-point plays to restore the 20-point edge and give him 43 points, already a season high.All that was left to see was what he’d finish with.The answer was history.James has been asked plenty of times in recent weeks about the MVP race, especially with many prognosticators suggesting the trophy is likely headed to Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant.Might be time to reopen the thinking on that one.“Every night I go on the floor I want to be the MVP, of this league, MVP of this team, MVP for me, myself and my family,” James said. “I’ve set a high standard and I have to live by that.”On this night, he did. And more.last_img read more