Pew Research: Africa is more economically optimistic

first_img5 August 2015A Pew Research Center (PRC) report, part of its Global Attitudes and Trends Project, has found that global citizens are largely discontent with current economic conditions and are pessimistic about the financial prospects of the next generation. The degrees of dissatisfaction vary widely according to region, with more discontent in Europe and the Middle East than in the so-called emerging African and Asian regions.The PRC is one of the leading independent global research institutes. Based in the US, it gathers and interprets data on global social issues, public opinion, and demographic trends. The research is sourced from public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and empirical social science research.The results of this most recent global economic satisfaction analysis – conducted between 25 March and 27 May and released on 23 July – were generated from 45 435 in-person and telephone interviews across 40 countries with adults 18 years old and upwards.AfricaThree African countries stand out as having the most hope for the next year: Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Ethiopia. Some 92% of Nigerian respondents see their economy improving over the next 12 months, juxtaposed with a global median of 5% who say their local economies will stay the same or worsen. Burkina Faso and Ethiopia are likewise economically optimistic, with more than 80% of respondents in the nations predicting economic progress.Both Nigeria and Ethiopia rank high in their view of long-term prospects, with 84% saying the next generation will be financially better off than the previous generation.Economic growth in Ethiopia, in particular – according to the International Monetary Fund – has beaten every other sub-Saharan country over the past decade and is projected to exceed an annual rate of 8% over the next two years. With a 20% boost over the next budget in public spending on infrastructure and education, Ethiopia remains on track to improve on its previous performance.South AfricaSouth Africa offers some mixed results that nonetheless make for interesting reading. South Africans regard the current economic condition in the country as “good”, with a particularly high positivity among the 18-29 (65%) and 30-49 (57%) age groups.When asked the sample question: “Over the next 12 months, do you expect the economic situation in (your) country to improve/remain the same/worsen?” respondents measured a 45/29/22 ratio, specifically measuring remarkable above- average scores in the 18-29 (53%) and 30-49 (45%) age groups. Some 47% of South Africans feel hopeful about the economic prospects of the country’s next generation.EuropeCountries in Europe have high dissatisfaction levels with current economic conditions with a median of 70% across six prominent EU countries, including Italy (88%), France (85%) and Spain (81%). Contrasting this, Germans are notably satisfied, with 75% believing their economy is in good shape. Regarding future economic potential in Europe, there is a median of 64% pessimism for the next generation.Middle East and Latin AmericaTwo thirds of countries surveyed in the Middle East are also negative about current and future economic prospects in the region. Similarly, Latin Americans, with a median of 63%, regard their economies as gloomy. Brazil (87%) and Venezuela (83%) have particularly negative views. The region in general, however, is more positive about the future, achieving a median score of above 60% in most South American and Central American countries surveyed.AsiaThe Asia-Pacific region also has a relatively bright view of the future – by nearly two-to-one, with a median of 51% saying the next generation will be economically better off. Vietnam (91%) and China (88%) are mostly hopeful, while Japan scores a low 18% regarding the future.Source: Pew Research Centerlast_img read more

Doctor’s suicide: three accused to be in custody till June 24

first_imgThe City Civil and Sessions Court on Monday extended the judicial custody of three senior doctors at BYL Nair Hospital till June 24 in the case for abetting the suicide of 26-year-old, second-year resident doctor Dr. Payal Tadvi. Hema Ahuja, Bhakti Mehare and Ankita Khandelwal, all third-year resident doctors, were booked on May 23, a day after Tadvi killed herself in her hostel room on the hospital’s premises.The trio were sent to judicial custody on May 31 and they subsequently filed their bail pleas. They are currently lodged at Byculla jail. On Monday they broke down in court and told the judge they cannot stay in jail anymore. The doctors claimed that they were subjected to injustice and requested the judge to hear the arguments pertaining to bail soon. Additional sessions judge R.M. Sadrani adjourned the hearing to June 17 for bail arguments and extended judicial custody till June 24. They have been booked under Section 306 (abetment of suicide) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and relevant sections under the Maharashtra Prohibition of Ragging Act and the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.The Crime Branch was scheduled to file its reply on Monday, however they sought some time and it will be filed on June 17. Advocate Gunratan Sadavarte, appearing for the doctors, told the court that under the SC/ST Act there is a provision to provide video recording of court proceedings. He filed an application before the court which was allowed by the court.last_img read more

UNITYPOINT & AMERIGROUP IOWA REACH MEDICAID AGREEMENT

first_imgUnityPoint Health and Amerigroup Iowa have reached an agreement on a Medicaid Health Plan contract.That means UnityPoint will continue to be part of the Amerigroup provider network in 2018.Individuals covered by the Amerigroup Medicaid plan do not need to make any changes to their doctors or health plan to continue their care with UnityPoint Health.UnityPoint Health and Amerigroup will each provide additional communication to identified Amerigroup patients to help make them aware of the update.last_img read more

Salman shoots promo for Bigg Boss 13

first_imgMumbai: Come September and Salman Khan returns as host of “Bigg Boss” season 13. Meanwhile, even as excitement builds, the Bollywood superstar has shot for the first promo of the show at Reliance Studios in Mumbai’s Film City. Colors channel, which will air season 13 of the show from September 29, posted a shooting still of Salman from the promo set, on its Instagram page. In the picture, Salman is seen in workout gear, flashing that trademark infectious smile. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Salman will share screen space in the promo with “Naagin” actress Surbhi Jyoti, and “Hate Story 4” actor Karan Wahi. In the promo, Salman flirts with Surbhi while jogging, and offers her a bouquet of flowers. Then, Karan Wahi, essaying her on-screen lover, enters the screen and snatches the flowers. Unlike the past years, the Bigg Boss house this year has been erected in Mumbai itself.last_img read more