Michael Sweikar, head of the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD), was recently awarded a contract from Project Concern International (PCI) to evaluate one of their projects in Indonesia.The Child Health Opportunities Integrated with Community Empowerment (CHOICE) project, which Sweikar and others at Notre Dame will be working to evaluate, is centered on improving the health of local children through wells and other water-related interventions.“We were to measure the impact of the CHOICE project … Project Concern International implemented.,” Sweikar said, “[Project CHOICE] is basically a U.S. Agency for International Development funded project that was primarily in Indonesia. It was a four-year project from 2003 to 2007 and one of the primary goals of the project was to try to improve or help the health in these communities for children.“You’re looking at impact in the terms of fine health improvements in children.”Sweikar said this work is part of a worldwide effort to help evaluate the impact of government-funded projects such as Project CHOICE.“Our main focus is to look at global government projects and look at what impacts those projects are actually having,” Sweikar said. “What we do is above and beyond just measuring outputs, such as whether a well is built. Not only where the project is implemented, but what actual outcomes or impacts it has for community members in terms of better health or education.“We’re doing a project in Ghana where we’re measuring the impact of water points — wells and other water systems in the country. We’re also doing an investigation in Burkina Faso, which is nearby Ghana. We’ve done a number of evaluations as well in Uganda.”Sweikar said all the information from those aid programs will help to tailor or to redesign aid for better efficiency and effectiveness.“When we are able to view our final reports at any location, our goal is to work with the organization … and we provide the information and the data,” Sweikar said. “In some cases, they can modify the project or implementation. Or in the case of PCI, they may be able to use that information for a redesign for a new project or look for what works and what doesn’t work for a new project proposal … and ideally look at some lessons learned from all our work.”Sweikar said his work with other researchers from the University will begin in the spring.“The data collection will actually occur this spring,” said Sweikar, “The data we’re going to collect will be collected in April 2014. So Notre Dame researchers, including [Professors] Edwin Michael, Juan Carlos Guzman and Lila Khatiwada, are going to work with Project Concern International and go to Indonesia and that’s where we are going to look at the sample size, investigate the households and conduct the survey to see the what benefits the program had.”Tags: CHOICE project, Indonesia, Michael Sweikar, Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development, Project Concern International
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Versailles, In. — Troopers from the Indiana State Police Versailles Post will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint at an undisclosed location in Dearborn County on May 18th and 19th, 2018. Those drivers passing through the checkpoint area should have their licenses and registrations ready to present to troopers and will only be detained briefly while troopers determine whether further investigation is necessary.The purpose of sobriety checkpoints is to remove those motorists from the highways who are alcohol or drug impaired and pose a danger to all who use the roadways. Impaired drivers are responsible for billions of dollars in property damage, person injury, and death annually.To help to ensure your weekend is safe and enjoyable, observe the following tips:Plan ahead and always use a designated driver.Don’t get behind the wheel of a vehicle if you’ve been consuming alcoholic beverages; call a taxi, a family member, or friend who has not been drinking to give you a ride.If you are hosting a party, always offer alcohol-free beverages and make sure all of your guests leave with a sober driver or allow them to spend the night.Remember, Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk. Take the keys and never let a friend leave your sight if you think that they are about to drive while impaired.If you see a vehicle exhibiting erratic driving behavior, call 911 and give a complete description of the vehicle, its location, and direction of travel. These reports can be made anonymously.
Junior guards Ashley Corral and Briana Gilbreath first met at the USA Junior National team trials in 2007.At the time, the two high school juniors from very different backgrounds were both considering a number of schools, including USC.Hitting the mark · Junior guard Ashley Corral is an outside shooting threat for USC, holding the record for career three-pointers made. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan“We both knew we were thinking about USC at the time,” Corral said. “By the time we got to the McDonald’s [High School All-American] game we were really good friends.”There are striking differences between Corral and Gilbreath.Corral, a point guard who is equal parts scorer and distributor, holds the school record for career three-pointers.Gilbreath is a quick, athletic slasher who earned Pac-10 Co-Defensive Player of the Year last season.Yet the two have forged a rare connection on and off the court and, in the process, played their way into the history books.“We have a special bond that nobody else does,” Gilbreath said. “There were only three of us in our freshmen class.”The third member of that freshman class, redshirt sophomore forward Michelle Jenkins, has been plagued by injuries during her time at USC, leaving Corral and Gilbreath to develop an on-court relationship that borders on telepathic.“There’s something about Bri where I always know where she’s going to be,” Corral said. “If I’m driving to the basket or in trouble, I know Bri will be there. Over the past three years our chemistry is so strong we know where each other is going to be all the time.”A versatile guard who can lead the team in rebounding one game and assists the next, Gilbreath’s career at USC has been marked by consistency.She started all 32 games her freshman year, earning conference Freshman of the Year and establishing herself as a fixture on the team.“Growing up, my dad kept [my sister Stephanie and I] in the gym,” Gilbreath said. “He always told us, ‘If you’re not in the gym, somebody else is. Everybody is getting better every day and you have to be right there with them.’”Corral’s experience was different. Stuck behind eventual WNBA draftee Camille LeNoir, she spent a good part of her freshman season watching from the bench.Corral started three games that season, averaging just under nine points and three assists per outing.“I had to watch from the sidelines,” Corral said. “[Camille] was a great leader and example. She taught me a lot of things.”Despite their different backgrounds, the pair’s uncanny connection has helped both members of USC’s starting backcourt reach a rare milestone: 1,000 career points.Earlier this season, Gilbreath became the 22nd player in school history to pass the mark. Two weeks later, Corral reached the plateau by draining a baseline three-pointer against Oregon State.The milestone puts Corral and Gilbreath among select company. Some of the biggest names in the history of college basketball, from Cheryl Miller and Lisa Leslie to Tina Thompson and Cynthia Cooper, all scored more than 1,000 points in their time at USC.In a sports culture that too often emphasizes individual accomplishments, Corral and Gilbreath seem to represent a basic ethos of basketball: get recognition by scoring points.But few people who have watched the pair play would accuse them of being selfish.Along with redshirt senior guard Jacki Gemelos, Corral and Gilbreath refer to themselves as the “three-headed monster.”Each is capable of and willing to help the team by any means necessary.Some nights that means scoring the ball; other nights it means making plays for others.“You try not to think about it,” Corral said. “You set your own personal goals at the beginning of the season but it’s all about the team. We wouldn’t have the point totals we do without our teammates setting us up.”Corral and Gilbreath refuse to let individual accomplishments distract them from their ultimate goal: making the NCAA tournament for the first time since the 2005-2006 season.“It’s nice when you have individual accomplishments but I’d be happier about this if we make it to the tournament,” Gilbreath said. “It’s kinda 50-50 on how we feel about it as individuals.”
Amit Ben Yehuda steps down from XLMedia August 13, 2020 Share XLMedia completes takeover of 101GreatGoals.com July 17, 2020 Related Articles XLMedia has this morning confirmed the appointment of Ken Dorward as President of North America and a member of its Global Executive Committee.Dorward joins the London AIM digital publisher having formerly served as Chief Operations Officer of leading US affiliate network Rakuten Inc, where he spearheaded global partnerships, media assets and publisher management.The appointment of Dorward as North American business lead follows a period of consolidation across the firm’s publishing portfolio. XLMedia is concentrating on high-value markets to deliver long-term sustainable growth.Dorward will be charged with leading XLMedia’s North American business strategy, which sees the company target the rapid expansion of its publishing assets within the sports and personal finance sectors.Following an overhaul of group strategy during Q1 trading, XLMedia confirmed that it would focus on strategic market partnerships, as well as the acquisition and development of content-rich, highly engaging sites.Stuart Simms, Chief Executive Officer of XLMedia, commented: “I am very excited to have Ken join the XLMedia team. Ken has a deep understanding of our industry and a proven track record of delivery. This is another step in the execution of XLMedia’s transformation strategy to deliver the next phase of growth.“I, and the rest of the team, very much look forward to working with Ken to drive rapid progress outside Europe, and to begin to make material inroads into the attractive US Personal Finance and Sports markets.” XLMedia feels strain of Google deranking July 23, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Submit