A Simple Way to Improve a Billion Lives: Eyeglasses (blackeagle)
More than a billion people around the world need eyeglasses but don’t have them, researchers say, an affliction long overlooked on lists of public health priorities. Some estimates put that figure closer to 2.5 billion people. They include thousands of nearsighted Nigerian truck drivers who strain to see pedestrians darting across the road and middle-aged coffee farmers in Bolivia whose inability to see objects up close makes it hard to spot ripe beans for harvest.
The Rise of the Rural Creative Class (blackeagle)
The survey divides businesses into three main groups. Roughly 30 percent of firms are substantive innovators, launching new products and services, making data-driven decisions, and creating intellectual property worth protecting; another 33 percent are nominal innovators who engage in more incremental improvement of their products and processes; and 38 percent show little or no evidence of innovation, so are considered to be non-innovators.
“Hunger is not a scarcity issue. There’s more than enough food. It’s actually a logistics issue,” she says. After all, many restaurants, catering, and event companies often end up with plenty of leftovers, but don’t want to cost or liability of figuring out how to donate and deliver them to those in need. At the same time, those in need–not just the homeless, but also low-income families and the elderly–may not have the time or transportation to plug into existing free-meal services or food banks in their area.
Hold off on splashing out on that flashy sports car or embarking on an affair though. It is not the same as a midlife crisis, which according to the stereotype demands an urgent, rash response. The slump isn’t caused by anything, according to Rauch. It is a natural transition, simply due to the passing of time.
The decision comes as a record number of women run for the U.S. House and as motherhood takes on an increasingly visible role in politics: At least two candidates have breastfed their children in campaign ads, and Illinois Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth recently became the first sitting U.S. Senator to give birth.
In a way, you should consider it something of a non-monetary hedge: Even if the market collapses for what you collect or if the value of it drops, at least you’re getting something out of it.
The key is knowing the upsides and downsides of the antique and collectibles market, along with what makes an item valuable in dollars and cents, not just in sentiment.
To start off, you should make a list of all the items you believe you just cannot part with. Your list may start out long, but it will help you decide what items you don’t need and should get rid of.
Not only is food that’s in season fresher, more nutrient-dense and way more delicious; it’s also significantly cheaper. Ever noticed that strawberries cost upwards of $6 a pint in January, but go as low as $2 in April? Yeah, and they taste pretty bland in the winter, too, right? So shop the perimeter of the grocery store (don’t go down the aisles where the expensive, processed junk is) and buy in-season produce. Your wallet and taste buds will thank you!
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