Poverty has an Expiration Date?

According the World Bank, it does. What is the difference between extreme poverty and poverty? Who defined it? While the governments of the world figure this out, the World Bank has set a deadline for 2030 to end extreme global poverty emphasizing that the poorest benefit from strong growth and rising prosperity in developing nations Reuters reports. According to World Bank President Jim Yong Kim on Saturday following a meeting of the World Bank’s Development Committee, “For the first time in history we have committed to setting a target to end poverty. We are no longer dreaming of a world free of poverty; we have set an expiration date for extreme poverty.”  The goal plans to reduce extreme poverty to 3 percent and target the bottom 40 percent of people living in each country of the developing world.

The target of the World Bank aims to guide the institution and work with the United Nations to make plans post-2015 poverty strategy to replace existing goals. The developing world has seen a growth of about 6 percent annually in their economies with millions of people being lifted out of poverty creating a new global middle class which has also allowed for increases in growing inequality. As the Committee explains, “We recognize that sustained economic growth needs a reduction in inequality. Investments that create opportunities for all citizens and promote gender equality are an important end in their own right, as well we being integral to creating prosperity.” This week the World Bank released figures that show extreme poverty has plunged since 1990 with 21 percent from 43 percent and that most of the poor are heavily concentrated in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, while China has slashed extreme poverty according to Reuters. Kim also said climate change and investments in heath and education were discussed as well.

The meeting also called for donor fundraising campaigns by the World Bank’s fund for its poorest borrowers urging strong participation by all countries. Every three years according to Huff Post, donors from rich and developing economies alike raise funds for the Bank’s International Development Association or IDA, while the United States, Britain and Nordic nations are usually the biggest funders for the past several years Brazil, India, China, Chile, Argentina and Peru have also donated funds. However with the current financial climates in Europe and the United States, the World Bank will be more restrictive when it comes to how the money is used so not to impact the poor. The emphasis according to Kim should be on helping fragile  and conflict hit countries.

British Nursing Home Defends Practice Of Hiring Alleged Prostitutes For Aging Residents

British Nursing Home Defends Practice Of Hiring Alleged Prostitutes For Aging Residents.

You have to give them credit for using the idea after all a happy resident is a healthy one. Hey the elderly are alive not dead so why not have a little fun. Recently a British nursing home has had to defend their practices of hiring prostitutes for their residents regularly after local authorities found out. The Times of London reports the Chaseley nursing home in Eastbourne, England, regularly schedules sex workers who meet with residents in a special room with a red sock on the door where they can have privacy and caregivers check on them every 15 minutes. The nursing home mostly caters to ex-soldiers. The current manager Sue Wyatt told The Sun that these third party consultants arrange for these sex workers who provide the residents with what they need. Helena Barrow, the ex-manager, explained that these professionals offer both therapeutic services to the residents and help the staff. She continued to explain,”If you have a resident who is groping staff, one way of resolving that problem is to get a sex worker in who is trained to deal with that situation… The fact is sex workers are allowed by law to sexually enable people but care workers are not.” The Inquisitor reports that the East Sussex County Council is looking into the practice to make sure the residents are not getting harmed. Another nursing home Kildegaarden in Denmark also reportedly uses the practice but is greeted with skepticism by politicians reports Bloomberg. Slate magazine’s 2007 Sex Issue reports that a survey found the same year about a quarter of Americans between 75 and 85 were having sex. Earlier in the month, The Sun reported on a brothel planned and designed for disable clients with transportation provided by a non-profit Para Doxies in Milton Keynes, England. “People have the same sexual urges whether they’re disabled or not. Everyone deserves to experience and enjoy sexual contact,” said former madam Becky Adams, who will head up Para Doxies.