Photos – The Taylor Pischke Story

first_imgAdvertisementTaylor Mackenzie Pischke (born April 18, 1993) is a female Canadian volleyball player.Pischke was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the daughter of Garth Pischke, a two-time Olympian with Canada men’s national volleyball team, and a current coach of the University of Manitoba’s male team, and mother Cindy Shepherd, a Canadian Junior National team athlete and three-time CIS National Champion.Pischke first competed in rhythmic gymnastics at the national level before taking up her parents’ sport at the age of 14.After attending Fort Richmond Collegiate, Pischke played university volleyball for UCSB  and later the University of Manitoba.Her departure from UCSB, California, after one semester on the indoor team, occurred because there was no opportunity to play beach during the second semester when the NCAA sand program at UCSB did not become a collegiate sport.Pischke was on a double scholarship at UCSB to play on their indoor and beach volleyball teams.With Manitoba, she won the CIS National Championship Title in 2014 making it her 7th Canadian national title in volleyball (4 indoor volleyball championships including CIS and Canada Games championships) and 3 beach volleyball championship titles.In January 2017, Pischke began playing with new partner, Kristina May, who was a member of the 2016 Canadian Olympic team playing with then-partner Jamie Broder.The pair made their debut at the opening stop of the 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and finished 25th.Image Courtesy – Taylor Pischke (Instagram)Advertisementlast_img read more

PODCAST: Follow the Money: Climate and Development Should Be Financed Together

first_imgClimate change is hitting the poorest and most vulnerable first and hardest. To address escalating climate impacts, the world needs to drastically step up ambition to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as designate money specifically for adapting to climate change. The kind of systemic change needed to adapt to climate change requires a large amount of money. In 2016, public finance for adaptation totaled $22 billion, just a fraction of the $140-300 billion per year that UN Environment estimates will be needed by 2030.Climate funders spend time and energy trying to distinguish adaptation dollars from development dollars, to ensure these scarce resources are targeted to build resilience to climate change. But by even asking if this is an adaptation versus development project, they are setting up a false dichotomy that gets in the way of addressing urgent impacts of climate change—a dilemma explored in a new WRI podcast.Adaptation and development have been typically undertaken by separate ministries. But one glance at projections of climate impacts make it clear that development will not be sustainable unless it includes and involves adapting to the “new normal” that climate change has created.In this podcast, Vice President for Communications Lawrence MacDonald interviews the authors of recent WRI commentary “Deploying Adaptation Finance for Maximum Impact,” Christina Chan, Director of the Climate Resilience Practice, and Niranjali Amerasinghe, Senior Associate for Sustainable Finance.“Climate impacts are coming fast and furious, and we’re maybe not very well prepared for them,” said MacDonald. “The need for adaptation is more urgent than people often believe. Integrating adaptation and development will be critical to the lives of millions of people.”The authors of this commentary unpack the history of climate adaptation finance and why development and climate funds continue to operate separately. “People don’t live in silos. If you’re a farmer in Malawi and your growing seasons are changing because your rainy season isn’t as predictable as before, it doesn’t matter if the flavor of the money is development assistance or adaptation assistance,” said Chan.“The environment ministry thinks about climate change, the agriculture or water ministry thinks about how do you develop. Because these two fields have grown up in separate silos, that’s part of why you see a separation between adaptation and development,” she continued.Amerasinghe explained how, from a funding standpoint, “The critical question to ask is how does this address climate risks?” With sectors like agriculture, this can be obvious. Decision-makers in the relevant ministry should explore whether an intervention accounts for changes in precipitation, for example. But this step of taking stock is necessary for all areas of development, which means that adaptation projects may need a variety of technical expertise and funders should be flexible.Chan agreed. “We can’t expect the kind of transformation that we need in terms of adapting our development practice, our economic systems without dedicated, specialized funds or experts,” she said.“If we don’t take climate risks into account and we build something that won’t be sustainable in terms of sea level rise, that is an inefficient use of money. We need to take into account risks today,” continued Chan.These experts also discuss the $100 billion goal for climate finance, the balance between mitigation and adaptation, and transformative adaptation where Costa Rican farmers are switching from coffee to more climate resilient (at least for now) citrus.Listen to the podcast:last_img read more

Gambia Government Gives Title Deed To Gina Bass

first_imgBy: Muhammed S BahGina Bass, the 24-year-old Gambian Olympian who won gold in the All Africa Games, which ended in Morocco last week, on Friday 9 September 2019, received a title deed from President Adama Barrow at Statehouse. Bass and other Gambian athletes participated in the just concluded African Games in Rabat, Morocco. These athletes including the Gambia Volleyball players on Friday met at the statehouse to receive title deeds and cash amount of D50,000, a message on the Statehouse official Facebook Page said. It said, “President received The Gambian team to the games at the State House to personally congratulate them for their exceptional performance and putting the name of the country on the athletic world map.” It added, “While Gina Bass and the volleyball players, who won gold were given land, other players in the Gambian delegation to the Africa Games each received D50, 000,” the message said. The 24-year-old sped past defending champion and Africa’s fastest 200m athlete Tallou of Ivory Coast to win gold with an impressive timing of 11.13 seconds, a season-best. The performance saw her beat 11.38 seconds feat over the weekend in the semi-finals. Earlier in the 100m race, she trailed behind Tallou coming second and winning a silver medal. This became the tiny West African nation’s second gong after the beach volleyball team snatched gold in their encounter against Morocco in the All Africa Games. During an interview with an international media, Gina described herself as the poorest Olympian, saying that is what people called her. She said she did not even have a plot of land.last_img read more