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    investment
  • A thing that is worth buying because it may be profitable or useful in the future
  • An act of devoting time, effort, or energy to a particular undertaking with the expectation of a worthwhile result
  • the commitment of something other than money (time, energy, or effort) to a project with the expectation of some worthwhile result; "this job calls for the investment of some hard thinking"; "he made an emotional investment in the work"
  • outer layer or covering of an organ or part or organism
  • The action or process of investing money for profit or material result
  • investing: the act of investing; laying out money or capital in an enterprise with the expectation of profit
    return
  • Come or go back to a place or person
  • tax return: document giving the tax collector information about the taxpayer's tax liability; "his gross income was enough that he had to file a tax return"
  • a coming to or returning home; "on his return from Australia we gave him a welcoming party"
  • go or come back to place, condition, or activity where one has been before; "return to your native land"; "the professor returned to his teaching position after serving as Dean"
  • Go back to (a particular state or activity)
  • Turn one's attention back to (something)
    small
  • Small items of clothing, esp. underwear
  • on a small scale; "think small"
  • limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent; "a little dining room"; "a little house"; "a small car"; "a little (or small) group"
  • the slender part of the back
    big
  • Grown up
  • Of a large or the largest size
  • extremely well; "his performance went over big"
  • large: above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent; "a large city"; "set out for the big city"; "a large sum"; "a big (or large) barn"; "a large family"; "big businesses"; "a big expenditure"; "a large number of newspapers"; "a big group of scientists"; "large areas of the
  • Of considerable size, extent, or intensity
  • boastfully: in a boastful manner; "he talked big all evening"
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The Small-Cap Advantage: How Top Endowments and Foundations Turn Small Stocks into Big Returns (Wiley Finance)
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UNHCR News Story: Q&A: Northern Sri Lanka emerges from conflict but challenges remain
UNHCR News Story: Q&A: Northern Sri Lanka emerges from conflict but challenges remain
Vicky Tennant, UNHCR Senior Policy Officer Photo courtesy of Vicky Tennant Q&A: Northern Sri Lanka emerges from conflict but challenges remain GENEVA, April 7 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation have just released a report that examines the impact of a cash grant provided by UNHCR to help displaced people in northern Sri Lanka return home and restart their lives. As the last phase of the long conflict between government forces and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) unfolded early last year, more than 280,000 civilians were forced to flee. With the end of the war, the majority were relocated to camps run by the government with the help of humanitarian agencies, and towards the end of 2009 they started to return home. UNHCR Senior Policy Officer Vicky Tennant, one of the authors of the report, talked to Public Information Officer Helene Caux about her visit to northern Sri Lanka earlier this year and discussed the implications of a recent decision to suspend the grant owing to a lack of funding. Excerpts from the interview: What was the purpose of the joint mission to Sri Lanka? We were there to do an evaluation of the support that UNHCR has been giving through the shelter grant programme. We were looking at the impact this was having and whether it was helping people to re-establish their lives back in their home areas. Essentially these were people who were displaced in the last phase of the fighting in northern Sri Lanka – more than quarter-of-a-million people. They went through some extremely traumatic experiences during the conflict and most of them spent several months in closed camps before they were allowed to return. Tell us a bit more about the cash grants The cash grant consists of a payment which is made to each returning family – 25,000 Sri Lankan rupees (about US$220) per family. The first 5,000 rupees is paid by the government when they arrive and is later reimbursed by UNHCR. After a few days, UNHCR and the government register the returnees and give them a form that they then can take to the Bank of Ceylon to open an account and withdraw the other 20,000 rupees whenever it is convenient. The banking system in Sri Lanka is pretty effective and the banks continued to function throughout most of the conflict, even in the north of the country. There are three Bank of Ceylon branches in the main return area, the Vanni, and the bank has mobile teams that it has been sending to the villages where the returnees are coming back. It seemed to have been working pretty well. The aim of the grant was to help people rebuild their homes, carry out essential repairs or, if necessary, to build some kind of temporary shelter. But, really, the positive thing about cash grants is that they are very flexible and they allow people to decide what their own priorities are. It's also a good way for UNHCR to be present during the return process and monitor how things are going for the people who are returning. The organization has been using cash grants for many years now, especially in these large-scale return situations, and we've found that it's a really effective way of providing people with the support they need. We were really disappointed to hear after our return that the cash grant had to be suspended because of lack of funding. From what we saw, people were using the money very constructively and it was making a big difference to those first weeks after they had returned. What were people using the money for? What we found is that they were using the cash grants for a whole range of things, including shelter. We spoke to one man who had bought tools to clear his land so he could replant his fields. We spoke to people who told us they spent part of it to buy fresh vegetables. Others used some to buy clothes for their children. A lot of people told us they used the grant to buy bicycles. For example, young men looking for work can use bicycles to go to the nearest town, or maybe to go to the market and buy food. Some take their kids to school by bike. In fact that was probably the number one thing that people mentioned – buying a bicycle – because the public transport services are still very limited. Which areas did you visit in Sri Lanka? After meeting people in Colombo, we went to Vavuniya. We visited some of the return areas in the Vanni, which is the area in the north where the last conflict took place. The Vanni was completely depopulated during the final phase of displacement last year. As the frontline moved, people moved with it. So it is a very dramatic situation because it was completely empty. People going back have to start from scratch. We spent a few days in that area with returnees. Then we went west to Mannar and then up to Jaffna, where more than 50 per cent of the returnees have gone to. Did you see a lot of destruction? Most of the houses have been either
Skinniest house in NYC
Skinniest house in NYC
Here's a great article about the narrowest house in NYC: The narrowest house in the city, a townhouse at 75? Bedford Street, is so slim that one may wonder how this tiny slip of a building came into being – and why it still remains. Wedged between 75 and 77 Bedford, 75? is only nine-and-a-half-feet wide on the outside, eight-and-a-half-feet wide on the inside, and 32 feet deep. The home's precise date of construction is in question, but one thing is certain: This itty-bitty home has drawn a long list of famous inhabitants. The home was constructed in the mid-1800s over a carriage drive between two homes that led to horse stables in the backyard. It is believed to have been built in 1873, but there are some who say that based on land values and on the home's original architectural style, Italiante, it is more in line with 1850s construction. The list of former owners and renters reads like a who's who of New York. There's the cartoonist William Steig, the anthropologist Margaret Mead and the writer Ann McGovern, who co-authored a book called "Mr. Skinner's Skinny House" about a man who lives in the narrowest house in the city. It is also rumored that both Cary Grant and John Barrymore spent time there. And during the early 1920s, when artists began to flock to Greenwich Village, the home became an enclave for the pioneers who started the Cherry Lane Theater. But the home's most notable resident, and the name etched into the plaque on its facade, is Edna St. Vincent Millay, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet. Millay won her Pulitzer in 1923, for "The Harp-Weaver and Other Poems," while she was living in the house. She was the first woman to win the prize for poetry. It was Millay and her Dutch husband, Eugen Jan Boissevain, who had the home renovated from the Italiante to the Dutch Colonial style in the 1920s. During their short stint in the home, they added the casement windows, skylight and Dutch stepped gable that passersby see today. In the 1950s, a family with the last name Carroad purchased the home along with a couple of the properties around it. The family owned it until the early 1990s. That was when Christopher Dubs, who has a background in architecture preservation, discovered it. Though the home was in disrepair, Dubs was intrigued, and in 1994 he bought it for $270,000. "It was an old, ugly 1960s renovation that someone had done," said Dubs. "It had red mosaic tile and a horrible kitchen and all these little chopped up rooms upstairs." Dubs had yet to start work on the house when Mayor David Dinkins came to recognize the building as the one-time home of Millay. "The mayor came and they're standing in front of it, and it was horrible," said Dubs. "We put the plaque on the ugly brick facing." The big repairs—fixing the plumbing and getting the heat up and running—were made immediately so Dubs could rent it out. The "full cosmetic," as he called it, came a few years later when he was able to devote the necessary time. What he imagined would take two weeks—each of the four floors, including the basement, measures less than 300 square feet—turned into a four-month adventure. "Once you touched one thing, you had to do the next thing," Dubs said. Complicating matters was the fact that the house is in a landmark district, so Dubs had to get permission from the city to make the changes he wanted. And he needed to keep the home's appearance consistent with the time period. That meant finding bricks circa 1920 when it came time to repoint the facade. He found them in a Long Island brickyard. Inside, he exposed the natural beams in the ceiling, replastered the walls, and installed old French doors and Juliet wrought-iron balconies in the back. On the main floor he swapped the kitchen with the den and put a stove in one fireplace (the house has five of them) with four burners in a row, rather than the standard two-by-two configuration in order to save space. "I knew how important space was, and in that house that was elevated to a whole other level," says Dubs. When he finished his renovations, which cost him $200,000, he was able to rent the house out for $6,000 a month. And, in 2000, he sold it for $1.6 million, nearly quadrupling the investment he made to buy it and fix it up. "We had multiple offers. In fact, if I remember right, we had a bidding war on it," said Ileen Shoenfeld of Brown Harris Stevens, who represented Dubs. "This house was very unique. And its uniqueness made it very desirable." "There was a bidding war," said Patrick Lilly, senior managing director at Coldwell Banker, which represented Steven Balsamo, who ended up purchasing the house. Propertyshark.com records indicate that Balsamo still owns it. Calls to confirm this information were not immediately returned. Lilly, who has worked in the West Village for 24 years and who

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