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International Fund for Agricultural Development

The International Fund for Agricultural Development is an international financial institution and a specialised agency of the United Nations that works to address poverty and hunger in rural areas of developing countries. IFAD was established as an international financial institution in 1977 through United Nations General Assembly Resolution 32/107 as one of the major outcomes of the 1974 World Food Conference, its headquarters is in Rome, it is a member of the United Nations Development Group. The President of the IFAD is Gilbert F. Houngbo from Togo, elected for a four-year term in 2017. Food security Development Finance Institution PROGETTAPS IFAD website

Brian Luckhurst

Brian William Luckhurst was an English cricketer, who played his entire county career for Kent County Cricket Club. He played for Kent from 1958 to 1976 opening the batting in 1985, in an emergency, played in one more match against the Australians, he was cricket manager from 1981 to 1986 became Cricket Administrator. He went on to become President of the Club, held that position until his death, he played 355 matches for Kent and represented England in 21 Test matches and three one day internationals. Over his entire career Luckhurst totalled 22,303 runs in first-class cricket, he scored 1,000 runs in a season 14 times, his highest total for a season being 1,194 in 1969. He scored 48 centuries, with a highest score of 215 against Derbyshire at Derby in 1973. Although a batsman, Luckhurst was technically an all-rounder, he took 64 wickets with slow left arm spin. On the rare occasions when he was called upon to bowl in a Test match, it was regarded as an indication that the result of the match was a foregone conclusion.

He only took one Test wicket. Luckhurst was born in Kent. Part of Kent team as a left-arm spinner, by the end of 1961, Kent were contemplating releasing him from their staff. Being given a contract for just one year, Luckhurst re-thought his strategy and worked on his batting and played in a side not performing well, he worked his way up the batting order to become a dependable opener. In 1969 he amassed 2,000 runs and by the following year he'debuted' against the Rest of the World in 1970, made an unbeaten 113 in England's only victory in the "Test series", but the I. C. C. Later cancelled the Test status of this series, the runs scored were removed from his Test average, he debuted again in Australia in 1970–71, making 455 runs, including two centuries, was named a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1971 for his efforts. With Geoff Boycott and John Edrich he added 624 runs for the first wicket at an average of 69.93, with two century and three half-century opening stands. He made 131 in the Second Test at Perth in its inaugural Test match, so became the first batsman to make a Test century at the WACA.

In a tour match against Northern New South Wales he made 111 and 45, but had to retire hurt with bruised fingers. He still batted in the Fifth Test at Melbourne, rescuing the first innings with 109, despite his damaged hands, but did not bat in the second innings. Missing the Sixth Test due to injury, Luckhurst made his return in the Seventh as Boycott was unavailable, having had his arm broken by Garth McKenzie. Luckhurst made a vital 58 as he and John Edrich put on 94 for the first wicket to lay the foundations of England's second innings 302 when they were 80 runs behind. Australia were dismissed for 160 and England won the Test by 62 runs to regain The Ashes. Unable to cope with the pace bowlers of the West Indies and Australia in the mid 1970s, Luckhust retired in 1976, but kept working at Canterbury as coach manager on youth development and as Club President, he was married twice, to Raye, had two sons with Elaine and a stepson. His autobiography was called Boot Boy to President. Luckhurst died in March 2005, in Kent, from oesophageal cancer, at the age of 66.

Brian Luckhurst at ESPNcricinfo The Guardian on 4 March 2005

Ninja Warrior UK (series 4)

Series Four of Ninja Warrior UK, a British physical obstacle assault course game show, began airing on 14 April 2018. Unlike previous series, it was announced on 28 August 2017 that the competition would feature a selection of celebrity contestants, including Gethin Jones, Harry Judd, Jenni Falconer and Marvin Humes. In the course of the four qualifier rounds, the contestants faced a variety of different obstacles in each round, alongside Floating Steps and Warped Wall; the most common featured included Jump Hang - this series saw a few new variations on the obstacle - Floating Steps, Log Runner - this obstacle was new for this series. This series saw the introduction of new obstacles used on the course - Rope Climb, Floating Steps, Tick Tock and Bar Hop Qualifier 1 ResultsQualifier 2 ResultsQualifier 3 ResultsQualifier 4 Results For the semi-finals of this series, the semi-finalists had to complete Stage 1 of the course within three minutes. Alongside the Floating Steps and Warped Wall, they had to contend with Ring Swing, Broken Bridge, Bar Hop, Wind Chimes.

Upon completing the stage, they faced the obstacles of Stage 2, consisting of Ring Slider, Spinning Log, Rope Climb. Semi-Finals Results Final 1 ResultsFinal 2 Results