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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today announced a $10 million incentive fund to jumpstart financial services by mobile phone in Haiti and expedite the delivery of cash assistance to victims of the country's devastating earthquake by humanitarian agencies. This initiative lays the foundation for advanced banking services that could help millions of Haitians lift themselves out of extreme poverty.

Enabling Haitians to send, receive, and store money using their mobile phones has the potential to dramatically improve their lives and leapfrog more conventional banking models to safer, more affordable alternatives. Often called "mobile money," these services reduce the risks and costs of financial transactions, help increase savings, and generate employment. They also help connect people to difficult-to-access vital services like banking, insurance, and utilities.

The Board of Directors of UniSource Energy Corporation (NYSE: UNS) has named longtime Tucson business leader Robert A. Elliott as its lead director. Elliott, 54, has served on UniSource Energy’s Board of Directors since 2003. He also has served on numerous community boards and is founder and president of The Elliott Accounting Group, which has provided accounting, tax, management and investment advisory services since 1983. “UniSource Energy has a strong history of service to shareholders, customers and the community,” Elliott said. “I’ll be working closely with the rest of our board to continue that tradition.”

“Bob has always brought business expertise, management experience and thoughtful leadership to our board room,” said Paul Bonavia, UniSource Energy’s Chairman, President and CEO. “He’s a strong voice on behalf of both shareholders and customers, and he’s earned great respect for the service he has provided to this company and our community.”

The Housing Finance Authority of Broward County has launched a 2010 Mortgage Credit Certificate Program to help reduce home loan financing costs for qualified homeowners in Broward County.

The Mortgage Credit Certificate program entitles qualified applicants to a federal income tax credit in an amount of up to $2,000 annually. This enables qualified owners or buyers, who owe federal income taxes, to benefit from a dollar-for-dollar reduction of their tax bills. Additionally the homeowner will continue to receive the tax credit each year they continue to live in the home financed under the program.

ImageToday's matches started with a bit of a shock when Slovakia drew 1-1 against New Zealand - everyone expected Slovakia to win by at least three or four goals. While New Zealand didn't play particularly well and Slovakia had quite a few chances, the longer it went on, the harder it was for Slovakia to get back into the game. They only equalized in the 93rd minute, three minutes into extra time. It is always a danger when there is only that solitary one goal lead. Slovakia really needed the three points in this match if they had serious ambitions to proceed as their next two matches are the more difficult ones against Paraguay and current World Cup Champions Italy.
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