Community-run trading posts help Amazon forest people reverse rural exodus

first_imgRiverine communities along the Xingu River basin in the Brazilian state of Pará are running their own trading posts that are significantly boosting the income of their members.By eliminating middlemen, the community-run posts are paying families up to twice as much for their Brazil nuts, rubber and other products collected in the forest.By buying in bulk, the posts are also able to sell essential household goods, such as salt, coffee, soap and boots, more cheaply to their members.These improvements mean that it is now economically viable for the families to go on living sustainably in the forest, and the rural exodus is being reversed. “We used to go into the forest to tap copaiba oil but we had no good way of selling it. The regatão [traveling river trader] paid us whatever he liked and took ages to give us the money. How could we survive like that?” asks Pedro Pereira de Castro, who lives in the Riozinho do Anfrísio Extractive Reserve, located within the Xingu River basin in the Brazilian Amazon.Today this has changed for the better. Pedro Pereira now manages the Paulo Afonso cantina, a trading post inside the reserve. Cantinas were previously controlled by the river traders, but today it is the community that runs them. Local families deliver their production of Brazil nuts, rubber and oils to the cantinas, in exchange for cash or essential household goods, such as soap, salt, coffee and boots.By running the cantinas themselves, these traditional Amazonian communities have eliminated the middlemen and greatly increased their incomes. It’s now possible for them and their children to stay in the forest, maintaining their traditional way of life, while receiving a decent income. No longer are they fleeing to Brazil’s urban areas to try and find work.Pedro Pereira de Castro runs the Paulo Afonso cantina, a trading post, in the Riozinho do Anfrísio Extractive Reserve. Image by Lilo Clareto.Derisvaldo Moreira lives in a land settlement project near Uruará, a town on the Transamazon highway. His community also collects forest products, but sells them to middlemen. He told Mongabay he was amazed at the higher prices the community-run cantinas in Riozinho do Anfrísio pay: “I got two reais a box for my Brazil nuts this year,” or about 50 U.S. cents. “The cantinas paid five.”Today there are 22 community-run cantinas in the region known as the Terra do Meio, the land that lies between the Xingu and Tapajós rivers. Eight are in indigenous territories and run by . The remaining 14 are in extractive reserves, or Resex, which were created in response to demands from traditional populations for a new kind of conservation unit that protected both the forest and their way of life. These are areas where the inhabitants have the right to practice traditional extractivism — hunting, fishing and gathering — as well as subsistence agriculture.The community association representing the 22 cantinas negotiates contracts with private companies and state bodies. It has secured long-term contracts with Swiss-based fragrance and flavor manufacturer Firmenich; Mercur, a Brazilian company promoting innovations; and Brazilian food manufacturer Wickbold. It also sells its products to the municipal governments of Altamira and Vitória do Xingu, and to a Brazilian cosmetics company, Atina, and is in advanced negotiations with the large Brazilian supermarket group Pão de Açúcar and a British cosmetics company, Lush.Together, the cantinas have a working capital of 530,000 reais ($134,000). Their Brazil nut sales from the last harvest alone brought in 1.5 million reais ($381,000).The families carry out simple processing tasks in the forest or at home, and more complex procedures in mini-plants that can be adapted for a variety of tasks. For instance, the same press used to crack Brazil nuts and cacao pods can also be used to extract oil from the andiroba almond or the babassu palm fruit, among other products.Processing babassu oil in the village of Potikro in the Trincheira-Bacajá Indigenous Territory, home to Xikrin Indians. Image by Leonardo de Moura.These new community-run cantinas have a democratic structure. The manager, chosen by the community, is in charge of financial administration and pays the families for their products, either in cash or goods, with prices fixed by the community.It’s a marked difference from previously, when the families were heavily exploited by the river traders. The new structure came about after they sought help from partners like the Socioenvironmental Institute (ISA) and the civil nonprofit Institute of Agricultural and Forest Management and Certification (IMAFLORA) to develop an alternative marketing network. They were seeking fair prices and long-term contracts that respected the way the communities functioned, and in tune with their seasonal rhythms.“The creation of a network of community cantinas and mini factories scattered across the region has driven the process by which beiradeiros [riverine families] and indigenous communities have become protagonists in the building of productive systems and the management of the territory as a whole,” Marcelo Salazar, office coordinator of the ISA in Altamira and one of the people who helped set up the network, told Mongabay.The network has helped to stem the rural exodus and reinvigorate extractivism. For instance, more than 150 long-abandoned pathways cut through the forest by rubber tappers have been reopened. “There were a lot of people who didn’t collect forest products any more, as it’s hard work and they didn’t earn much,” Pedro Pereira de Castro said. “Everyone was giving up and doing other things. But today we earn much more and people are going back to extractivism.”Dona Maria Laur, a beiradeira who manages the São Francisco cantina in the Rio Iriri Extractive Reserve, said the project had had a big impact on young people. “I’m amazed seeing young people breaking Brazil nuts because they were turning their back on the forest, staying at home,” she told Mongabay. “But today they spend all day working with their parents, they don’t want to go to the city.”Even those who left previously, she says, are coming back to the forest, drawn by the money they can earn from Brazil nuts. “If the nuts didn’t bring in money, how could we have got our children to come back and work with us?”The forest has gained prestige among young people, she says. “Something that everyone here will tell you is the change in the way youngsters view the forest. Even though people tell them they can earn good money from ranching, no one wants to fell the forest,” Dona Maria said.Dona Maria Laura in her house, which is also a cantina. The map on the wall behind her shows the locations of the other cantinas in the network. Image by Marcelo Salazar/ISA.It’s not only young people whose lives have been transformed, says Augusto Postigo, an anthropologist who is part of the ISA team working with the cantinas. “The strengthening of extractivism in the reserve has turned into a way of managing the reserve, with the reoccupation of land and the strengthening of rights over historical, traditional territory and the monitoring of protected areas,” he said. “At the same time, initiatives have been taken to improve education and health, because this is required to organize production.”Just as important as the economic benefits is the strengthening of the communities and their culture. “Everything is better because we’re all together,” Raimunda Araujo Rodrigues Nonata, who runs the Rio Novo cantina and coordinates the mini-processing plants, told Mongabay. “We’ve become one big family, with the network of cantinas.”It has become easier for communities to be in touch with each other, she says. “Now we have the extractive reserves, everyone has a radio [to communicate over long distances]. Today everyone is talking to each other and this helps us protect our territory. Everyone is paying attention to what is happening, commenting on the arrival of someone from outside.”These developments are disproving the widely held assertion that the extractivism, practiced by traditional communities occupying the Amazon forest is no longer viable in the modern world. These families have over the centuries acquired an extraordinary wealth of knowledge about the forest. But until recently it was difficult for them to use this knowledge, so valuable to efforts to conserve the forest, to make a decent living.Thanks to the families in the Terra do Meio, this is changing. They are giving the world a lesson in how to generate income sustainably from standing forest.Weighing babassu nuts in the mini factory in Potikro village in the Trincheira-Bacajá Indigenous Territory, home to Xikrin Indians. Image by Leonardo Moura. Agriculture, Amazon Agriculture, Amazon Conservation, Amazon People, Conservation, Conservation Solutions, Culture, Environment, Forests, Green, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Indigenous Culture, Indigenous Cultures, Indigenous Groups, Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Rights, Rainforests, Rivers, Saving The Amazon, Social Justice, Threats To The Amazon, Traditional People, Tropical Forests Article published by hayatcenter_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Potential Explosive Found on Road Side in Jackson County

first_imgDuring the evening hours of July 6, 2017, deputies with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office were called to the area of Cutting Edge Drive in Sylva by a concerned citizen who had discovered a suspicious bottled object on the side of the road.Deputies arrived and after assessing the suspicious object requested assistance from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.The bottle was collected and treated as an improvised explosive device. The bottle appeared to have been filled with explosive material with a fuse coming out of the top. The bottle was left on the side of the road in a grassy area away from any structures.Investigators are continuing this investigation and are asking any citizens with information to please contact the Sheriff’s Office Crimestoppers at 828-631-1125last_img read more

BlogJuice: Learn About A Blog’s Readers With One Click

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… MyBlogLog is a powerful application for learning more about any blog’s readership but with the release of an API last month, we knew this Yahoo! owned service was only going to get cooler. Kent Brewster at Yahoo! has hit a home run with BlogJuice, a javascript bookmarklet that uses MyBlogLog and YahooPipes to quickly display any information available on other sites about recent readers of a blog you’re visiting. I regularly check the MyBlogLog widget on a new blog I discover to see if I recognize the faces of other recent readers, as a way to get a feel for the site’s community. BlogJuice takes that practice and amplifies its usefulness by orders of magnitude. MyBlogLog lets users list their accounts on a variety of different services elsewhere and BlogJuice displays readers’ job titles via LinkedIn, recent bookmarks on Del.icio.us, StumbleUpon and Digg, recent photos on Flickr, music on Last.fm and videos on YouTube. Clicking on a person’s own blog in the display will show you the reader community for the blog they write. Wow.I’m sure this is only the beginning of what can be done with MyBlogLog and I’m very excited to see what comes next. As I said when the MyBlogLog API launched, for all the good discussion around Data Portability, MyBlogLog is making things happen quickly. It’s being done through proprietary technology, under the umbrella of one particular vendor, but damn is it hot.It’s not often that a tool comes along that I can imagine myself using every day. If BlogJuice holds up over time and traffic, this handy little service will join that list for me.center_img marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#Product Reviews#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Apple Now Lets You Check If That Used iPhone Is Stolen

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces adriana lee Tags:#Apple#hacks#iOS 7#iOS 8#iPad#iPhone#mobile#smartphone theft#smartphones Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Buying a used iPhone on eBay or Craigslist has become a little less scary now, thanks to a new Apple tool that can help budget shoppers spot stolen devices before they buy.The iCloud webpage, “Check Activation Lock Status,” does exactly what it says: It checks whether the registered owner has turned on Activation Lock, a Find My iPhone security tool introduced in iOS 7 that requires the registered owner’s Apple ID before it can erase or reactivate an Apple device. Presumably, iPhone owners would shut off this feature before selling to another party.Stolen Apple gadgets, however, are more likely to have Activation Lock still on. And now, it’s easy to check on that status. The Check Activation Lock Status is extremely simple to use: Just go to the page and type in the unique IMEI or serial number used to identify the device. Although it’s available in Settings > General > About on the device, or in iTunes when the iPhone is connected, a shopper may not be able access those areas. Fortunately, Apple includes that information on the box, which is helpful if you’re transacting in person. If not, at least ask the seller for one or both of the numbers, and perhaps some photographic proof that they’re legitimate. Apple’s Activation Lock Status checkerSee also: A Thief Snatched My iPhone—And I Learned A Lot About Smartphone CrimeBuyers Beware, And Be SavvyAll iPhones for sale—new or used—should sell with Activation Lock turned off. If it’s on, a new owner would not be able to set up the phone with a new Apple ID.But, thanks to some hacks that have surfaced, it’s not always that easy to tell the difference. In May, Apple blog iClarified reported the news of some rough third-party workarounds. One, called doulCi, claimed that it’s intended for legitimate purposes (say, if you forgot your login, or changed your password and can’t remember the new one). The hack involved adding a line to the “hosts” file, a fairly simple procedure that would let you (or anyone else) bypass the activation lock screen. It’s not a perfect hack, though. Some folks discovered that it hobbled cellular service. Still, it should have been good enough to fool unwitting buyers. If not, apparently renowned iPhone hacker “iH8sn0w” apparently also found another Activation Lock loophole. See also: How To Get Smart About Smartphone TheftFor now, doulCi’s iOS 7 support works for all iPhones prior to the new 6 models, going all the way back to the 3GS, as well as all iPads. The team also has iOS 8 support in the works. This is likely what prompted Apple to push the “Check Activation Lock Status” tool out to the public. With this, even if the lock’s busted on the iPhone itself, Apple’s server can still step in and rat out the crook. Police photo by Scott Davidson. Screenshots by Adriana Lee for ReadWrite. center_img Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Research on communication with completely paralyzed patients prompts misconduct investigation

first_imgA device that measures the oxygen levels in different brain regions. Researchers have claimed this technology can allow locked-in patients to communicate. The paper’s first author, Ujwal Chaudhary of the University of Tübingen, says Spüler is applying his statistical tests to their data incorrectly and failing to account for biological and clinical circumstances behind their analyses. “You can’t analyze the data without knowing the way we did the experiment and the neurophysiology behind the data,” he says.The researcher who led the work, Niels Birbaumer of the University of Tübingen and the Wyss Center for Bio and Neuroengineering, in Geneva, Switzerland, says the disagreement is over statistical methods. He is not worried by the misconduct investigations, which he says “are legally absolutely correct.” He says he was happy to answer the investigators’ questions and acknowledges that the data are difficult to interpret. “My conclusion is of course we have to document the responses of these patients much more carefully in order to avoid such a discussion at all,” he says.Birbaumer’s earlier work has helped severely disabled patients use brainwave devices to choose letters and write messages. He says the paper was a first hint that similar methods might also work with people in a completely locked-in state. “We never said anywhere that we are confident that we can read these people’s thoughts, even their yes or no thoughts. We say this may be a useful first step.” Press coverage of the paper wildly exaggerated the claims, he says. “In the press, it’s completely ridiculous.” Still, he says, at least one patient from the study is still using the device to communicate with his wife.Reinhold Scherer, who studies brain-computer interfaces and neural engineering at the University of Essex in Colchester, U.K., and who wrote a commentary accompanying the critique, says the team’s claim was always inherently tricky to prove, he says. Trials with locked-in patients are extremely expensive and logistically difficult, he notes, so it is hard for other groups to replicate the work. Birbaumer “is the only one in the community who has the access and the funding to do this research,” he says. The hint that there might be a way to communicate with these patients is a welcome message, he says, “but there’s just not enough evidence that we can definitely say it’s working.” Research on communication with completely paralyzed patients prompts misconduct investigation Artinis Medical Systems/Brite center_img A research group’s claimed ability to communicate with completely paralyzed people has come under fire, prompting research misconduct investigations at a German university and at Germany’s main research agency, the German Research Foundation (DFG). Two years ago, researchers in Germany and Switzerland claimed that by analyzing blood flow in different parts of the brain with an electronic skullcap, they could elucidate answers to yes or no questions from completely paralyzed people. The find, published in PLOS Biology in 2017, raised hopes for patients with degenerative diseases like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis that ultimately leave them without any voluntary muscle control—not even the ability to blink or move their eyes—a condition called a “completely locked-in state.” Now, a simmering controversy about the paper has erupted into public view.As first reported by the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, PLOS Biology yesterday published a critique of the paper that claims the authors’ statistical analysis is incorrect. Martin Spüler, an informatics specialist at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen in Germany, says his analysis of the data shows no support for the authors’ claim that their system could allow patients to answer questions correctly 70% of the time. His critique, first raised in late 2017, has prompted investigations of possible scientific misconduct at both DFG and the University of Tübingen, where the group studying locked-in patients is also based.Spüler says he originally wanted to test whether a different algorithm could make the method even more accurate, but when he analyzed the data he found that the team had averaged its data in a way that ended up always producing a statistically significant result. “With the statistical tests they use, you will always get a positive answer.” He says his attempts to get explanations from the authors were unsuccessful. “It doesn’t add up,” he says.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) By Gretchen VogelApr. 9, 2019 , 2:10 PMlast_img read more

ICC World Cup 2015: Key Players from Zimbabwe

first_imgThe team, currently ranked 10th in the ODIs, will be led by Elton Chigumbura this year. Hamilton Masakadza, who made his international debut 14 years ago, is set to play in his first World Cup. Masakadza will form the batting core alongside Sikander Raza, Brendan Taylor, Craig Ervine and Sean Williams.Here’s a look at the key players from Zimbabwe in the World Cup:Brendan TaylorPlaying role: Wicket-keeper batsmanThe 28-year-old Harare player is one of the brightest and most experienced candidate in Zimbabwe’s squad for the World Cup. An aggressive opening  batsman, Taylor has made a name for being a calm batsman in pressure situations.Taylor became the first Zimbabwean batsman to hit back-to-back One-Day International centuries (128 not out and 107 not out), achieved against New  Zealand in October 2011. His batting exploits were at full display when he smashed Mashrafe Mortaza for a six on the last delivery to guide Zimbabwe to a  series win over Bangladesh in 2006.In 2010, Taylor played a brilliant unbeaten knock of 145 runs to keep Zimbabwe in the mammoth 351-run chase against the mighty South Africans. With over  4800 runs comprised of 31 fifties and six hundreds in 161 ODIs, Taylor will be one of the crucial batsmen for Zimbabwe in the upcoming World Cup.Hamilton MasakadzaPlaying role: All-rounderThe 31-year-old Harare player is an integral part of the Zimbabwe cricket team over the years. A right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium-pace  bowler, Masakadza boasts all the qualities of a genuine all-rounder.In February 2000 he became the first black Zimbabwean to score a first-class century. Soon after, in July 2001 he became the youngest player to make a  century on his Test debut. His innings of 119 was made against the West Indies in Harare and helped his side draw the match. He went into the record books  again against the West Indies in December 2007, this time in an ODI. His opening partnership of 167 with Vusi Sibanda was a national record, with  Masakadza making 80 of those runs.advertisementHis maiden ODI century against a Test-playing nation came on 14 August 2009, eight years after his Test century, when he scored 102 off 112 balls against  Bangladesh batting at Number three.He is also the first Zimbabwean to have two ODI scores of more than 150, both coming in one week when he scored  156 and 178 not out against Kenya in October 2009 in the first and fifth matches in Harare.Sean WilliamsPlaying role: All-rounderThe 28-year-old Bulawayo player is known as Zimbabwe’s most promising cricketers in modern day cricket. A left-hand top-order batsman and more than  useful left-arm spinner, Williams was the pick of Zimbabwe’s batsmen with 157 runs at 31.40 and five wickets during the Under-19 World Cup in 2004.With over 1700 runs including 17 fifties and 22 wickets in 69 ODIs, Williams will be eager to bring out his best for Zimbabwe in the upcoming World Cup.Elton ChigumburaPlaying role: All-rounderThe 28-year-old Kwekwe cricketer will lead Zimbabwe in the coveted World Cup this year. A right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium-fast bowler,  Chigumbura adds value to both Zimbabwe’s batting and bowling department.In 2007, Chigumbura played a pivotal role in Zimbabwe’s five-wicket win over the mighty Australians in the World T20 tournament. Chigumbura removed  both Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden to finish his spell at 3/20 as Australia stuttered to post a shambolic total of 138 runs. in 2009, he tormented the  Kenyan bowlers as he smashed consecutive scores of 79, 68, 43 and 36 at a strike rate well above a-run-a-ball and picking up seven wickets for good  measure.Probably the hardest-hitting batsman in the current side when on form and a athletic outfielder, Chigumbura will be key to Zimbabwe’s success in the  upcoming World Cup.Tendai ChataraPlaying role: Medium-fast bowlerA tall fast bowler with appreciable pace and the ability to move the ball away from the right hander, Chatara has risen quickly to become one of the  mainstays of Zimbabwe’s bowling attack in modern day cricket.Chatara made his ODI debut against West Indies in 2013 but went wicketless while conceding 64 runs in a losing cause. However, he recorded his best  bowling figures of 3/44 against Bangladesh in 2014. Having played only 21 ODIs wherein he claimed 27 wickets, Chatara is fairly new to the international  scene but he’s still regarded as one of the most promising young fast-bowling prospects in Zimbabwe.Squad: Regis Chakabva(wk), Tendai Chatara, Chamu Chibhabha, Elton Chigumbura(c), Craig Ervine, Tafadzwa Kamungozi, Hamilton Masakadza, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Solomon Mire, Tawanda Mupariwa, Tinashe Panyangara, Sikandar Raza, Brendan Taylor, Prosper Utseya, Sean Williamslast_img read more

What benefits or services would improve your freelance life?

first_imgIn the past twenty years, freelancers have come together to build a lot of great things.With our new National Benefits Platform, we’re proving that when we work together — instead of trying to figure things out on our own — we can build stronger communities and more fulfilling, connected lives.All of these benefits were built when freelancers shared what they needed.**What do you think we should build together next? **What would you like to see in the National Benefits Platform that isn’t currently there? Please share and discuss in the comments section below.Your ideas are fueling a new support system built by freelancers, for freelancers. Thank you for your input!last_img read more