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UN Goodwill Ambassadors Idris Elba and Sabrina launch appeal for $200 million coronavirus relief fund for rural communities



British actor Idris Elba (L) and his wife, actress and model, Sabrina Dhowre Elba (M), both IFAD Goodwill Ambassadors for the UN rural poverty agency IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development) speak with a rural farmer named Clement Kanu (R) on how he was able to rebound economically and support his family through agriculture after the economic and food crisis caused by Ebola during their recent visit in western rural Sierra Leone on 19 December 2019. (Photo by Rodney Quarcoo / IFAD)
Photo by Rodney Quarcoo / IFAD

Actor, filmmaker and humanitarian Idris Elba and actress, model and activist Sabrina Dhowre Elba today launched a new global coronavirus relief fund on behalf of the United Nations’ International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to prevent economic shocks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic from triggering a global hunger and food crisis.

With US$40 million in seed money from IFAD, the multi-donor COVID-19 Rural Poor Stimulus Facility aims to raise at least an additional $200 million from governments, foundations and the private sector to lessen the impact of COVID-19 on rural small-scale farmers and producers.

The Facility seeks to help them continue to grow their crops, keep their businesses open and maintain access to financial services and markets as their countries go into lockdown and movements are restricted.

The Facility is part of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ call for urgent and coordinated actions across the UN system in support of putting an end to the global pandemic and reducing its economic and social consequences.

Commenting on the Facility’s launch, Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of IFAD, said:

“Developing countries are already particularly vulnerable to this pandemic as a health crisis. Unless we act now and act quickly, this will also become a major food and hunger crisis. COVID-19 confirms what we know from Ebola, SARS and other crises: that our world is one world, and that the impact of disease, climate change, poverty, hunger and inequality cannot be contained within a country or region. The ripple effects touch us all – but have an especially devastating impact on those already poor and hungry. We need to invest in them and keeping food systems running through this pandemic, so that the world’s most vulnerable people can still feed their families and earn an income.”

The Elbas, designated today as UN Goodwill Ambassadors for IFAD, visited IFAD-supported projects in rural Sierra Leone in December. During their visit, they heard from farmers and representatives of rural communities who had received support from IFAD during the Ebola epidemic. At that time, IFAD-supported farmer banks were the sole providers of banking and financial services in affected areas. Their assistance helped the rural economy rebound so that farmers could continue to feed their families and local communities.

Speaking about their trip, Sabrina Dhowre Elba said:“This crisis has shown us we are only as safe as our most vulnerable people. It is in all our interests to keep local food systems going, protect rural communities and mitigate a health crisis as people who lose their jobs in the city head back to rural areas. The IFAD-run projects we saw in Sierra Leone give us hope that, with the right assistance, vulnerable rural people worldwide will be able to get through this difficult time.”

Idris Elba said: “The world’s advanced economies are in the midst of this pandemic right now and, of course, they must do everything they can to help their own people. Every death is one death too many at a time like this. But the fact is, global action is also a matter of self-interest. As long as the pandemic is still raging anywhere, it will pose a threat everywhere. IFAD needs more assistance to carry on the work that is desperately needed to keep food systems operating in rural areas if we are to come out of this crisis together and avoid needless hunger and suffering.”

IFAD has recently seen that food prices are already rising – even as productivity and household incomes are falling – in some countries affected by the pandemic.

In response, IFAD is already at work securing food supply chains in a number of countries by ensuring farmers can access seeds and other inputs; facilitating the purchase and storage of produce; and working with governments to keep transport routes open to farmers so they can sell their goods. It is hoped that these measures will help avert a potential food and hunger crisis – one that would have particularly harsh effects on vulnerable people in developing countries.

Most rural farmers depend on small family farms for their incomes and sustenance. Rural areas are home to nearly 80 per cent of the world’s poorest people, as well as the majority of the world’s hungriest people. In the developing world, small-scale farmers, working on around 500 million small farms, produce half of the food calories consumed globally.



From Apple Music With Love: John Legend Shares Piano Versions Of Songs From His ‘LEGEND’ LP



From Apple Music With Love: John Legend Shares Piano Versions Of Songs From His ‘LEGEND' LP

Apple Music is getting into the giving spirit this holiday season with the return of From Apple Music With Love, a special countdown to the holidays. Each day at 8:00a PST from November 25 – 30, Apple Music subscribers will receive exclusive gifts from some of the biggest and brightest names in music, stamped with love and ready for unwrapping. This year, gifts range from live concert recordings, new renditions of favorite songs, a classic album rerelease alongside a brand new holiday album, and party-crushing mixes to close out the year. Do yourself a favor and enjoy the musical experiences we’ve put together with Apple Music listeners in mind.

Today’s exclusive gift comes from John Legend as he shares piano-driven versions of some of his favorite songs from his 2022 album LEGEND.

“The songs are about love,” John Legend tells Apple Music. “They’re songs about expressing yourself and being inspired and telling your authentic truth when it comes to who you are and how you feel about the people you love. I really thought about each song and what songs I could do cool versions of on piano,” Legend says. “Some of them, I would want to stick closer to the original vibe and energy of the original recording. But some of them, I thought it’d be fun to do a really fresh take on it. I wanted to record them in a way that was more intimate so that people could really feel and listen to every lyric.”

Tune in every day at 8am PST to keep counting down the holidays with an exclusive gift on Apple Music and check out John Legend’s new piano versions from LEGEND HERE

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Manchester United is up for sale



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The news that lots of Manchester United fans have been waiting for and one that should signal the end of the Glazer’s ownership of the entire club. It comes during the Premier League break while the World Cup is kicking off over in Qatar, this site will give you all the best World Cup odds, that one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League will be looking to sell up.

Background to the Glazer ownership

There have been problems with the ownership of Manchester United ever since the club was acquired by the American owners back in 2005. It was protested by the Manchester United fans when they realised that the Glazers would be bringing in all their debt and dumping it on Manchester United. The Glazers have since siphoned off money for their own greed and not put in a single penny; the money is all the revenue from Manchester United football club not from the Glazers.

Protests have been ramped up in the past two years due to failings on the pitch and the lack of ambition from the board but protests are nothing new about the ownership. There were huge protests from the club in 2007 and 2010, even in between, there were anti-Glazer chants.

The times under the Glazers have not been all doom and gloom on the pitch with Sir Alex Ferguson papering up the cracks for many years with his managerial prowess but in recent years, since his departure and the departure of David Gill the CEO. The major issue was the arrival of Ed Woodward who was good friends with the Glazers and not a footballing economical man. This has left the club light years behind rivals and money spent unwisely over the past 10 years.

Will the departure help improve the standards of the club?

The club has been left to rot with poor training facilities and Old Trafford needs serious improvements to help keep it the Theatre of Dreams, especially in the current space.

One of the main issues is the structure of the club with poor judgement on players and over spending on players that were not worth the value. United seem to have the right man in charge with Erik ten Hag gaining respect from fans and players, maybe not Cristiano Ronaldo, but he needs support and help along the way which previous managers have found difficult when working with the Glazers.

Why now?

Well if you ask any Cristiano Ronaldo fanboy they will say off the back of his interview. However, nowhere in the interview does he really lay into the Glazers for them to sell up. Yes, he criticises his now former employees over facilities but he also used the interview as a distraction technique because he is not performing on the pitch as father time catches up to him.

Some have speculated that the Middle East is at an all-time high due to the World Cup currently being held in Qatar and Saudi Arabia beating Argentina. Many feel this is the ideal opportunity to get the £4-8 billion the Glazers are expected to want.

However, there has been so much speculation about Sir Jim Ratcliffe who is still interested in a football club after he failed in acquiring Chelsea.

This story has only just begun but with the Glazers wanting to leave it is good news for United fans but it could be a difficult path ahead if they have to question their moral compass with bids expected to come from countries with poor human rights records.

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2022 Soul Train Awards: full winners list



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The 2022 BET Soul Train Awards finally hit the small screen Saturday (Nov. 26) night, and while the show was full of stunning performances from Ari Lennox, Tank, Xscape and more, only two awards were handed out during the televised portion of the ceremony. (more…)

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Cristiano Ronaldo offered £62 million-a-year deal to join Saudi giants Al Nassr’



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Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly been offered a bumper three-year contract in Saudi Arabia. (more…)

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The talented Nikola Pilić



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Croatia is a country that has had plenty of excellent tennis players during its sports history. The most prolific online betting in Nigeria is only on, and it can be used to wager on all those highly talented names. (more…)

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The talented Dragan Džajić



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The former Yugoslavia had some incredibly talented players. An outstanding Kenya betting site is 1xBet, and punters may want to use it in order to wager on football teams of Yugoslavia’s succeeding nations.


One of the best players to ever emerge from this part of the world was Dragan Džajić. He was an incredibly talented left winger who spent his career in teams like:

  • Red Star Belgrade;
  • Bastia;
  • and the Yugoslavian national football team.

To wager on some of these teams you can always visit the 1xBet Kenya betting site, which is also the platform with the best odds in the market.

Fantastic skills

As said before, Dragan Džajić was a left winger, however, this didn’t prevent him from scoring an outstanding number of goals. In addition to being a prolific goalscorer, the player also was capable of delivering highly accurate crosses. Punters can always make the best sports football betting with, which also offers the possibility to wager on the best wingers.

The player also had a great pace, great dribbling abilities, and he was even capable of delivering highly accurate crosses with his left foot. For all these reasons, Džajić can be considered as a complete player. If you want to wager on other talented footballers, you can make the best sports football betting with the 1xBet website on all of them.

A legend of his country

Džajić’s professional career lasted between the years 1963 and 1978. He was selected for the national team for the first time in 1964, and he also played for it until 1978. In total he scored 23 goals in 85 games played with the national side, which also made him one of its most capped and goalscoring players. You may want to try live bet only with 1xBet, which can also be visited in order to wager on the best football national teams.

The player was particularly successful in the UEFA Euro. For example, in the 1968 edition of the tournament, he scored an incredible goal in a semifinal against England. This helped his team to reach the final of the tournament. Unfortunately for him, Yugoslavia eventually lost the final against  Italy. You can try a live bet only with 1xBet, which also has all matches of the Italian national team.

Dragan Džajić was also part of the team that participated in the 1974 FIFA World Cup. In that competition, he scored one goal against the Zaire national team. These kinds of things allowed Džajić to obtain a legendary status in his native Yugoslavia.


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