Victolero takes blame for Magnolia loss to San Miguel

first_imgSEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Good news for Magnolia is Paul Lee is likely to return for the Hotshots’ next game against Rain or Shine on Saturday.“I think he’s ready for the next game,” said Victolero.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Grabbing the lead thanks to its gung-ho pace, Magnolia slowed things down which contributed to its detriment in the second half, allowing San Miguel to dictate the tempo and eventually, steal the game.“We slowed our offense down, which is what San Miguel wants,” observed Victolero. “For the first three quarters, we kept on running. And then, we lost the lead in the fourth quarter when we made that adjustment. That’s clear with the players, plus we need to be disciplined towards in our executions in the end.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingDespite the tough loss, Victolero shared that the Hotshots are still upbeat going into their last three games of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup elimination round.“We’re still positive because the guys are playing well. I just told them that we need to play together, and we need to experience these kind of games, these character-testing games going into the last phase of eliminations and going to the playoffs,” he said. BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Justin Timberlake salutes Prince in Super Bowl halftime dance party ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO — After seeing Magnolia’s five-game winning streak snapped, coach Chito Victolero owned up to his mistakes and took responsibility for the Hotshots’ 76-77 defeat to the San Miguel Beermen on Sunday.“I had shortcomings when it comes to our adjustments. It was my fault,” Victolero said as the Hotshots blew a 13-point lead in the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sottolast_img read more

Aubameyang reacts hilariously to winning the Arsenal Player of the Month award

first_imgAdvertisementAfter a sublime run of splendid performances , Aubameyang bags the December player of the month for Arsenal. The Gabon international has a hilarious reaction to compliment his achievement.The 29-year-old saw off competition from Lucas Torreira and Sead Kolasinac to clinch the top prize with 43 per cent of the fans’ votes.Aubameyang contributed five goals and two assists as the Gunners managed three wins, three losses and two draws in December.The former Dortmund forward is the joint top scorer in the league alongside London counterpart Harry Kane with 14 goals.Aubameyang was in contention for the 2018 African Footballer of the Year but missed out as Salah clinched it. replied to Arsenal’s tweet saying: “Thanks. Apart that sh*t game in Liverpool it was a good month!”Good month indeed!Advertisementlast_img read more

Klopp: Matip could miss a month of action

first_imgUEFA Champions League Klopp: Matip could miss a month of action Ryan Benson 22:58 12/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) matip-cropped Getty Images UEFA Champions League Premier League Brighton & Hove Albion v Liverpool Liverpool v Spartak Moskva Spartak Moskva Liverpool Brighton & Hove Albion Jürgen Klopp The German-born defender is not set for an imminent return to action, with his boss saying it’s possible he could miss up to four weeks Jurgen Klopp is unsure how long he will be without the services of the injured Joel Matip, conceding that he could miss a month of action.Matip has picked up a few injuries in recent weeks, with the latest an adductor muscle problem sustained ahead of Saturday’s 5-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion.The Cameroon international missed that triumph as a result and will also definitely be out of Wednesday’s Champions League meeting with Spartak Moscow – a game Liverpool need to win to make absolutely sure of winning Group E. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Klopp was eager to reassure fans but acknowledged that he does not actually know the full details.”He has hurt his muscle,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website. “I don’t know how long exactly he’ll be out, but he’s definitely not playing Wednesday.”A month? No, I don’t think so. But as always, it’s possible. We have to wait.”But it’s possible that it will be shorter. We will see.”Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum had to fill in at centre-back in Matip’s absence on Saturday and Klopp was impressed with how they coped.”Emre needs to do that [play centre-back at times], like Gini [Wijnaldum] can do that,” Klopp said. “They have to do it, we don’t have anybody else.”I enjoyed it. It was like ‘wow, interesting’. We had 20 minutes in training and then we spoke for a little bit in the team meeting before the game again about it.”But it’s not long. It was clear it wouldn’t be perfect, but the boys were ready to cope with the difficulties of the new system. They did really well.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Joachim Löw faces biggest test but is unlikely to tinker with tactics

first_imgSweden are unlikely to take on Germany in the way Mexico did.They don’t favour to press so high up the pitch and instead are more likely to sit back and aim to counterattack. So Germany will have a lot of possession and will have to make sure they are careful with it.Having watched Germany’s two friendlies before the World Cup, in which they underperformed, there was a sense of complacency. Equally, however, I expected them to go into the tournament fully focused and in ideal shape. After all, this is what Germany tend to do but that has proven not to be the case this time. There was a lot of noise around the team in preparation for the World Cup, with some of that focusing on the photo Mesut Özil and Ilkay Gündogan took with the Turkey president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. It became, and remained, a huge talking point in Germany. Make no mistake, Joachim Löw is facing his biggest test as Germany’s manager since taking the role 12 years ago. The defeat to Mexico was not only a surprise but also a big concern for a team who are not used to losing games at tournaments, certainly not at the very start. Germans are now waiting to see how Löw reacts before Saturday’s must-win game against Sweden.Germany were outfought and outthought by Mexico. Physically they did not look 100% and simply could not cope with the approach of Juan Carlos Osorio’s side tactically. Mexico were perfect in that regard – they knew Germany like to play with high full-backs so decided to press high-up, targeting Toni Kroos in particular, as well as the two centre-backs, Mats Hummels and Jérôme Boateng. They man-marked Hummels at times to ensure he could not build play from the back, which led to Boateng, who was largely left alone, being the man who tried to get Germany going, but he does not have Hummels’ passing range or accuracy. So Germany lost the ball often and when they did, Mexico went for the kill. They scored once and should have scored more.It was alarming to see Germany exposed time and time again and, ahead of the Sweden game, it’s fascinating to wonder if Löw decides what went wrong in Moscow was more to do with personnel than tactics, that his players let him down rather than the other way around. It’s hard to say for sure but, personally, I expect him to make one or two changes to his lineup while doing little to a way of playing that has proved hugely successful. Germany have reached at least the semi-final of the five major tournament they have contested under Löw and, four years ago, were crowned world champions. Germany Share via Email World Cup Share on WhatsApp World Cup 2018 Looking ahead, one problem we may have in regards to that ambition is our options in attack. Germany are not so strong there, certainly compared with the other big teams. For many years, Germany focused on the development of technically gifted players, which led Löw to sometimes play with no striker, or on occasion a false No 9, like Spain did for a while.Overall, however, there is no doubting the quality of Germany’s squad, nor their experience. It is now time for manager, staff and players to come together and react in the right way to a big setback. The game against Sweden is a big test and one Germany simply must pass. Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Topics comment However, it had little to do with the defeat to Mexico and, in that regard, the players need to take their share of responsibility for what happened, and having proven themselves in the past, they now need to prove themselves again in what is a dangerous, uncomfortable and unusual situation for Germany – on the back foot having lost their first match at a World Cup.The tournament has been interesting. The obvious highlight was Spain’s match against Portugal, which proved to be fantastic entertainment, while from a neutral’s point of view, our game against Mexico was also a great watch, especially Mexico’s approach to it from a tactical point of view. Most of the other big teams have, like Germany, struggled for performances and the overall quality level has not been great, certainly not compared with what we are used to seeing in the Champions League.That should improve as the tournament goes on, as hopefully will Germany. They certainly need to if they plan on continuing at this World Cup and going on to retain the title they won in Brazil. Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Read more ‘Wake up!’ – Germany’s papers react to World Cup defeat by Mexico Share on LinkedIn Saturday’s game against Sweden is a big test and one Germany simply must pass Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Quiz: how much do you know about Rugby World Cup finals?

first_imgFour countries have won the Rugby World Cup. Which of them has won a final by a single point? No 95 Share on Pinterest Which city has hosted matches at four Rugby World Cups (including one final)? Share on Facebook Oh dear. More of a rugby league fan? Enjoy the match on Saturday Share on LinkedIn Wales Paris 9-9 She was shopping in her local Tesco She was too nervous to watch so went out shopping in Newcastle. She burst into tears when a shop assistant on the vegetable counter at her local Tesco told her what Jonny had done. France She was watching her other son play for Newcastle Falcons England Jones was the Australia head coach when they lost to England in 2003. He had his revenge four years later, when he helped South Africa beat England in the final. Share on Messenger She was on a flight to Australia Three London What number was on the back of Nelson Mandela’s shirt when he presented the trophy to the winning captain after the 1995 final in Johannesburg? He was still in primary school Rugby union Since you’re here… Sydney Pretoria London Rugby World Cup 2019 Share on WhatsApp You are a genius. Enjoy the match on Saturday England have played in three World Cup finals. How many tries have they scored in those games? Five You got… Reuse this content One Jason Robinson scored a crucial try against Australia in 2003 – the only final England have won. Robinson also played for England in the Rugby League World Cup final in 1995. He was the New Zealand team’s fitness coach Cardiff In 1991, 1999 (including the final), 2007 and 2015. No 11 Eddie Jones is well acquainted with rugby union’s biggest occasion, having been on the coaching staff for Australia and South Africa in previous World Cup finals. Which team did he face in both of those finals? Auckland New Zealand co-hosted the tournament with Australia. None South Africa He was at the tournament playing for Western Samoa He made such an impact for Western Samoa in 1991, when they reached the quarter-finals, that he was called up by New Zealand. She was at the toilet in the stadium No 1 You are a genius. Enjoy the match on Saturday Oh dear. More of a rugby league fan? Enjoy the match on Saturday Australia Topics Rugby World Cup Cape Town Where was Wilkinson’s mother doing while he was inspiring his country to victory? The semi-finals at the first Rugby World Cup, in 1987, were held in Brisbane and Sydney. Which city hosted the final? This is not the first time England and South Africa have contested a World Cup final. Where did they meet last time? You know your rugby. Enjoy the match on Saturday 17-17 New Zealand You breezed into the final but fell short in the end You fell short at the quarter-finals. Enjoy the match on Saturday Oh dear. More of a rugby league fan? Enjoy the match on Saturday Frank Bunce played for New Zealand in the 1995 World Cup final. What had he been doing during the 1991 tournament, four years earlier? 20-20 Submit answers Share on Twitter Adelaide England won the World Cup in 2003 thanks to a drop goal from Jonny Wilkinson in the last minute of extra time. What was the score after 80 minutes? He was touring the world as a guitar tech for the band Crowded House Share via Email England You fell short at the quarter-finals. Enjoy the match on Saturday Oh dear. More of a rugby league fan? Enjoy the match on Saturday Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. 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Thank you. 14-14 It finished 20-17 thanks to Jonny Wilkinson. Share on Twitter No 6 The number worn by South Africa captain Francois Pienaar, who lifted the trophy. Pienaar said later: “I walked up to the podium and Mr Mandela stuck out his hand and said to me – and I still can’t believe to this day that he said it: ‘Thank you Francois for what you have done for this country’. “I wanted to jump over and give him a hug but I said to him: ‘No sir, thank you for what you’ve done for this country.’” features Share via Email Perth Share on Facebook New Zealand In 2011, when they beat France 8–7 in Auckland. New Zealand scored a try after 15 minutes but did not convert it, missed a couple of penalties and only won after Stephen Donald came off the bench and scored a penalty. It was a tough day for France, who have played in three finals and lost them all. Paris At the Stade de France. South Africa won the game 15-6 thanks to penalties from Percy Montgomery and François Steyn. Oh dear. 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5 Principles for a More Effective Nonprofit Website

first_imgMake it easy for people to share and connect. Finally, make it easy for people to connect with you and share your site with their friends by including buttons and links to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. When it comes to your donate button, think big, bold and above the fold. Make it easier for people to give online by helping supporters find your button in the first place. Put it on every page of your website. Stay away from vague words like “support” or “help.” If you want people to donate, say “donate now.” Determine what you want visitors do and offer a clear call to action. Think about the most important things you want a visitor to do and make the pages of your website clearly guide visitors toward those actions. Note: You may want to alter your calls to actions at different times of the year. Use more photos and video to showcase your work. The quickest way to make an emotional connection with your website visitors is to, in a sense, make eye contact with them. This is why a photo of one person or animal you are helping works much better than an image of an inanimate object. Don’t let your perceived level of quality hold you back – whether you caught a clip of a child saying thank you at your last event with your iPhone or took candid photos of volunteers helping in a soup kitchen – the authenticity will shine through.center_img Your nonprofit website is a critical resource for engaging with three important audiences:All of your constituents, including volunteers, alumni, members and advocacy supportersAll of your donors – both current and prospectivePeople who have little to no previous knowledge about your nonprofit.Whether you plan a total redesign or just a few tweaks, a few simple changes to your website can make a big difference in how people perceive and interact with your cause. Ditch the text. Familiar with the phrase “less is more”? People do not read websites—they scan them. Think in terms of headings, bullets, lists and images. When it comes to adding text to your site, be ruthless. Eliminate unnecessary words or phrases and make the ones you do include count by making them clear and compelling.last_img read more

Foundations, donors, and their board get ahead of the curve with Network for Good’s Jumpstart program

first_imgYour grantees are struggling, but is grantmaking helping or hurting their viability?Ask any executive director of a growing nonprofit, who is tasked with balancing a budget and sustaining programs, and they’ll tell you their jobs are very difficult, and they are right.  Nonprofit organizations in the United States are now being challenged by major demographic, economic, technological, and social factors outside of their control. Consequently, most face significant financial hardship, an uncertain future – and don’t know what to do.Existing approaches to sustainability and capacity building fall short of needed outcomesThese same small to mid-size nonprofits, with operating budgets of less than $2-5 million, spend roughly $33,000 each year on consultants, training, conferences, and software, hoping to raise more money.  Not only do 77% miss their budgeted revenue goals, they are actually raising less money than the previous year. That means even with all of the resources invested, the majority of organizations are actually losing ground – and they are asking grantmakers and their donors to make up the difference.Data indicates existing solutions increase operating costs, not operating revenueEvery foundation and donor wants to see its grantees succeed in raising the resources required to create impact and sustain and scale the work they fund.  Our natural inclination is to find a way to help.  In the final analysis, though, funding to bring on a development director, hire a consultant, or attend a conference often fall short of the transformation envisioned.Network for Good created an integrated solution, the Jumpstart ProgramThe skills needed for effective nonprofit leadership today are complex and numerous. While there are workshops, conferences, and publications available, they assume the nonprofit has the resources to hire and retain a full-time, professional fundraiser long enough to raise sufficient money to pay their salary. We think that’s the wrong approach. Dollars raised need to sustain programs and mission, not merely fundraising and overhead.  However, we wanted to make sure we were right.Since its founding, Network for Good has helped more than 125,000 nonprofit organizations make big impact with modest budgets, distributing over $2 billion with its online giving technology and training. We asked 10,000 nonprofits who planned to apply for grant support this year, “What do small to mid-size nonprofits need, but don’t have or can’t afford, to effectively raise the money required to sustain programs?”  With the answers near universal, we created the Jumpstart Program for nonprofit organizations – and the grantmakers that fund them.The Jumpstart Program helps grantees move from episodic to sustainable fundraisingWith input from nonprofit managers, boards, philanthropists and funders throughout the country, Network for Good took all of its data and determination to create a nationwide plan to equip private, family, corporate and community foundations, and their donors, to help growing nonprofits establish, stabilize and diversify the resources required to sustain their missions.  The solution has four parts: Coaching & Direct Fundraising Services. After completing a profile, grantees choose a certified and accredited fundraising consultant (“Personal Fundraising Coach”) to begin a two-year relationship, meeting virtually two times per month to create and implement a right-sized fundraising calendar and activities. Additionally, each Coach allocates two hours of DeskTime a month, whereby grantees select from a menu of direct services that the Coach will fulfill directly – as if a member of their team.Monthly Live-Streaming Instruction & Priority-Setting. All fundraisers within each organization attend monthly best-practice fundraising instruction to leverage their existing technology, plan, and team to fundraise with greater efficiency and results. Each month, a different area of fundraising is presented from thought leaders in the sector, and to help grantees implement the instruction, they are sent templates and task lists each week – so they can execute with support, confidence, and ease.Board & Staff Alignment. To bridge the fundraising gap between board, staff, and the organization’s budget, a quarterly, virtual town hall meeting is held, inviting the board chair and executive director to create visibility into the organization’s needs and the dependencies on board and executive staff for success, attending virtual workshops. The objective of these workshops is to alleviate the misconceptions around fundraising’s complexity and instead, focus on what’s possible – and align everyone around quarterly revenue goals.Technology & Software Integration. Grantees are also given licenses for Network for Good’s fundraising technology suite, the All-in-One Fundraising Solution, to implement the fundraising plans created and supported by the Coach. The software easily integrates online giving, peer-to-peer fundraising, event ticketing, and email automation with their existing website – and utilizes a donor management system (DMS or “CRM”) that is integrated with all of the donor-facing fundraising tools.Grantees saw a 27% lift to fundraising revenue and decreased expensesFor the cohorts that increased their net annual revenue, the result was not only more and diversified revenue, but in the cases where the technology, plan and team was packaged with a program grant, the net revenue equaled or exceeded the grant amount, resulting in the organization being able to sustain the funded program before the grant period had even ended.To learn more about one organization’s journey through the Jumpstart Program, you can download a case study summary, here.last_img read more

Maintaining the Focus on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health With Innovation and the SDGs

first_imgPosted on March 13, 2015October 27, 2016By: Ana Langer, Director of the Maternal Health Task Force and Women and Health InitiativeClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)As we reflect on the work that we’ve accomplished through the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and plan for the next set of global commitments (the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs), it’s important to talk about the inextricable link between mothers and their children. This link is both biological and social and has critical implications for health systems.Biological: We know from past and current research that the health, nutritional status, and general well-being of the mother strongly influences the chances of survival and well-being of the fetus during pregnancy, the newborn, and older children.Social: Mothers are the primary caretakers at home. So when a mother’s health is compromised or life is lost, the children and family suffer dire consequences.Health systems: A functioning health system able to provide integrated care is needed to address both a mother and her newborn’s needs. Without a good infrastructure, the necessary supplies and proper training for health workers, both moms and their newborns suffer.With this knowledge, it is important that maternal and child health professionals work together and look at the continuum of maternal, newborn and child health in an integrated fashion, without forgetting any of these critical elements. But what is integration? Using a simple definition, integrated care means addressing simultaneously the needs of both the mother and the baby, ideally in the same place. Although that makes perfect sense from a conceptual perspective, we need more evidence about how to make it happen.In fact, barriers at various levels make it difficult to implement integrated maternal, newborn, and child health efforts. Too often we see separate and siloed efforts, which include financing, policies, research and programs. These challenges start at the global level, which then prevents an enabling environment for those changes to occur at the country level.Barriers in PolicyAs the global policy community transitions from the MDGs to the SDGs, we’ve seen some wonderful initiatives. For example, the Every Newborn Action Plan offers a road map for raising the visibility of newborns’ health care needs—newborns were neglected in global efforts until recently—and how to address them in the context of ongoing efforts to reduce infant mortality and morbidity. Similarly, key national and global partners, including the Maternal Health Task Force, have been very involved in another initiative called Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality, or EPMM, that has defined the new goals for the reduction of maternal mortality by 2030 and the key strategies to achieve them. Both initiatives recognize the mother-baby dyad and the importance of addressing both mothers and babies in an integrated fashion. However, they have names that keep them somehow separate, one referring to newborns and the other to mothers. Now that we are recognizing the benefits of integration, we are calling attention to this artificial separation. Siloed approaches have also prevented health and development professionals from viewing the continuum of care of a woman’s health.The continuum of care: It’s all women’s healthFrom a medical perspective, the health of the girl, the adolescent, and the woman before she gets pregnant is absolutely critical and influences what happens during a pregnancy and beyond. Women’s health shouldn’t be divided into little pieces; rather it should be seen as a continuum throughout the life cycle, as each stage of a woman’s life influences her health and well-being at the next stage. Very often the same social determinants that help or threaten a woman’s opportunities to achieve good health and well-being at one stage will influence her chances for health at later stages. However, the challenges are changing and we as the maternal, newborn, and child health community need to remain flexible to respond to these transitions. Even low-income countries are already facing an increased burden of non-communicable diseases and, as a result of that, many countries will have to address indirect causes of maternal mortality while still struggling with an unfinished maternal and newborn health agenda, which will require new infrastructure, new approaches, new training and new supplies. These will be critical issues to address for the maternal, newborn, and child health communities as we review our progress with the MDGs and evaluate the forthcoming SDGs.Lessons learned from the MDGsThe MDGs have had some limitations, but they kept the attention targeted on maternal and child health for 15 years, which is unique. With the SDGs, we are facing the risk of losing focus. This new set of global goals—that the international community is likely to embrace in September of this year—will only have one overarching health goal: ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.There are many aspects of this goal worth celebrating, as it speaks to health throughout the lifecycle and talks about health for all, somehow alluding to equity. And it talks in a positive way about health, and not in a negative way as maternal mortality or child mortality. But, unfortunately, the goal might be too vague.Furthermore, this singular health goal will be one among many more development goals. To some extent, our golden moment in the maternal and child health community—from a global policy perspective—risks to be over soon. To avoid this from happening, we need to make a very important and focused effort now and in the years to come to keep maternal and newborn health high on the global policy agenda.Innovation: More than technologyAs we approach the future of maternal, newborn and child health, global and national policymakers and decision makers should support innovation defined in a broad way. Innovation does not only mean new technology. Innovation is needed to represent change and create new ways to think about and organize health systems. Looking at innovation from an integration perspective, we need to consider models that will allow us to integrate services on the ground and measure the impact they have. Our work does not stop once an innovation is implemented. If we don’t evaluate the effects, good and bad, of whatever we are introducing we will not move the agenda forward. So I would hope that policy makers commit to innovating for integrated maternal and newborn health care so that women and their children thrive in all societies.Photo credit: DRC Clinic in Swakopmund, Namibia © 2014 Synergos Institute, used under a Creative Commons Attribution license: this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Disrespect and Abuse During Childbirth in Nigeria

first_imgBeaten, slapped or pinched7% Being restrained or tied down during labor17% Posted on May 12, 2017May 19, 2017By: Sarah Hodin, Project Coordinator II, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)A recent systematic review in PLOS One examined the quantitative and qualitative evidence on Nigerian women’s experiences of disrespect and abuse (D&A) during childbirth. The authors employed the 2010 Bowser and Hill framework to categorize and describe different types of D&A based on 14 studies. They also summarized contributing factors proposed by the authors of those studies.Prevalence of disrespect and abusePhysical abuseOnly one study—a questionnaire-based study by Okafor and colleagues that was conducted at a teaching hospital in Enugu—examined the prevalence of physical abuse during childbirth in Nigeria. Of the 446 women who participated, 98% reported experiencing some form of D&A during childbirth, and 36% said that they were physically abused. ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Non-consented careTwo studies described women’s experiences of receiving care without having been given adequate information by their provider in order to make an informed decision. The paper by Okafor and colleagues found that 55% of women experienced non-consented care for procedures such as labor augmentation, sterilization and cesarean delivery. A mixed-methods study in Enugu state examining overall satisfaction with the quality of maternal and child health services included a random sample of over 400 households. Most women expressed frustration with the lack of comprehensive information given to them when receiving maternity care:“We want nurses who are kind, who would be patient enough to tell us what is happening to us. Most of them (nurses) do not….”Non-confidential careFour studies included information about violations of women’s privacy or confidentiality by care providers. Qualitative data from the Niger Delta region revealed a lack of privacy at facilities due to limited physical space. As one woman explained,“There was not enough space in the labor room…and they don’t have the facilities. There were only two rooms and about 4 doctors…you could hear them (doctors) talking to other women.”In a cross-sectional study from Ogun State, 16.5% of women felt a lack of privacy, and in the study by Okafor and colleagues, roughly 20% reported that confidential information—including age, medical history and HIV status—was shared with third parties without their consent.Non-dignified careEight cross-sectional survey studies measured women’s experiences of negative health worker attitudes. The percentage of women who reported negative attitude ranged widely from 11% to 71%. One woman who participated in the study in Enugu state explained:“I think the attitudes of our nurses are bad because they have no respect or mercy for a patient and they insult patients without been provoked.”DiscriminationIn the study by Okafor and colleagues, 20% of women reported discrimination based on ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age or HIV status. However, a larger percentage of women who participated in four other studies said that they experienced discrimination based on their socioeconomic status or lack of formal education.Abandonment, neglect and detention in facilitiesThe percentage of women who reported that they felt abandoned, neglected or did not receive care when they needed it ranged from 10% to 29% in four studies. In Zaria, northern Nigeria, 12% of women were denied companionship during labor, and another study from southeast Nigeria found that 66% of women who requested pain relief during labor were denied. D&A extends beyond labor and delivery, however. In a southeastern Nigeria teaching hospital, nearly a quarter of women reported being detained in a facility for their inability to pay hospital fees.Contributing factors and the way forwardMany of the studies included in the review speculated about systemic problems that may perpetuate D&A in Nigeria. Normalization of D&A in facility-based childbirth, financial barriers, women’s lack of autonomy and empowerment, poor quality clinical training related to provider-patient interaction, a lack of national laws or policies and health care workers’ demoralization due to weak health systems were commonly cited contributing factors. Many of these factors aligned with the model proposed by Bowser and Hill:Source: Bowser and Hill. Exploring Evidence for Disrespect and Abuse in Facility-Based Childbirth: Report of a Landscape Analysis, 2010.Although the literature on D&A around the globe is substantial, there have been relatively few studies conducted in the Nigerian context. The White Ribbon Alliance, along with policymakers, professional associations and community organizations, established a national standard of practice for respectful maternity care in Nigeria, but implementing specific policies remains challenging. While the issue of D&A has garnered global attention, the maternal health community must continue to ensure that every woman receives care rooted in quality, equity and dignity.—Read the open access systematic review in PLOS One.Learn more about respectful maternity care.Explore the Maternal Health Task Force’s respectful maternity care blog series.Share this:center_img Sexually abused by a health worker2% Episiotomy given or sutured without anesthesia9% Type of physical abusePercent of women who reported abuselast_img read more

Hazard joined Real Madrid at the wrong time – Ferdinand

first_imgRio Ferdinand has said he is concerned that Eden Hazard may have joined a Real Madrid side on the decline. Hazard made his first start for the Blancos on Wednesday, but it hardly went according to plan as the Spanish side were soundly beaten 3-0 by Paris Saint-Germain. Angel di Maria scored a pair of goals as PSG took an early lead in Group A of the Champions League.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Hazard joined Madrid this summer in a €100 million (£88m/$112m) move from Chelsea, but his pre-season preparations were cut short by a thigh injury. The Belgian only made his first Real Madrid appearance at the weekend, as he came on for the final 30 minutes of his side’s 3-2 win at home to Levante in La Liga on Saturday.But after a first start that fell short of expectations, former Manchester United star Ferdinand wondered about the timing of Hazard’s move to Spain. “When you go to a new club, especially the size of Real Madrid, you have to earn the right to be the man who gets all the ball,” Ferdinand said on BT Sport. “He’s got to do something in the training games, in the actual games that he plays. “I’m fearful for him that he’s gone there at the wrong time. “This is a team that’s ageing, they’re not on their way up, they’ve not got much spark about them at the moment. That is going to affect him and reflect badly on him in the long term.”After winning the Champions League three times in a row, Madrid’s run ended last season with a stunning 5-3 aggregate defeat to Ajax in the last 16. The Blancos struggled badly in La Liga as well last term, finishing in third place and 19 points behind league champions Barcelona. After watching Hazard’s full debut, Peter Crouch also expressed skepticism that the Belgian could be the same player at the Bernabeu that he was at Chelsea.”Hazard at Chelsea was one of the top five players in the world but watching him tonight he didn’t look it,” Crouch said.”At Chelsea he was the main man and everyone was giving him the ball from everywhere. He won’t get that at Madrid until he earns it.”last_img read more

Ronaldo is more mature now – Higuain

first_imgGonzalo Higuain believes Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has matured since the pair’s time together at Real Madrid.Juve striker Higuain and Ronaldo have reunited in Turin after the duo won three titles with La Liga giants Madrid before the former departed for Napoli in 2013.Higuain eventually joined Juventus in 2016, while Ronaldo arrived in 2018, prompting his ex-Madrid teammate to move to Serie A rivals AC Milan on loan and then Chelsea last term. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Higuain and Ronaldo – who won the Scudetto in his first season – are now together again under Juventus head coach Maurizio Sarri, and the former Argentina international hailed the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.”We had already played together with Real,” Higuain told Fox Sports .”Many years have passed, and I have found another player, a more mature person, with a family.”I enjoyed playing alongside him before and I am glad that we are back together.” Higuain is contracted to Juve until 2021 and he did not rule out a return to Argentine giants River Plate .The 31-year-old made a name for himself at River, emerging from the youth team in 2005 and scoring 15 goals in total before being lured to the Santiago Bernabeu by Madrid in 2007.”I have this year and next year left [at Juventus],” Higuain added.”I never close the door to anything. [At River] there is a great coach and several team-mates of mine who I have a great affection for.”The people of River were always spectacular with me. But hey, right now I’m trying to think in the present and enjoy my time here in Italian football.”Higuain has made five Serie A appearance this season and has one goal to his name with the reigning domestic champions currently second in the league behind Inter. At the start of the season, Sarri stressed that he saw Higuain playing a part in his plans this campaign despite uncertainty over the striker’s future.  “I’m working with the players that the club put at my disposal,” Sarri said in July.”At the moment, Gonzalo is available and I consider him 100 per cent part of the team.”last_img read more

‘Pochettino won’t walk out on Spurs’

first_imgMauricio Pochettino will not be “walking away” from Tottenham, says Harry Redknapp, but a predecessor of the Argentine in north London admits major silverware is required.Questions are being asked of a highly-rated coach for the first time in his stint as Spurs boss.An uncharacteristically poor start to the 2019-20 campaign has piled pressure on an underperforming squad and those in the dugout. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career A new low was hit in the Champions League on Tuesday, with last season’s beaten finalists humbled 7-2 by German giants Bayern Munich on home soil.With it already suggested that Pochettino is losing interest in his current role, amid ongoing talk of attention from the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid, it remains to be seen how long he will stick around.Redknapp expects the South American to at least see out the season, telling talkSPORT: “I don’t see him walking away.“He’s at a club where everything is in place. Off-field, they’ve got an amazing stadium and incredible training facilities. And he’s got an excellent group of players.“At the moment, they’re having a bit of a blip. It’s up to him now to show how good he is, get them back on track and start playing as we all know they can. If he’s a great manager, he’s going to have to do that now.”While backing Pochettino to stay put, Redknapp concedes that tangible success is required for a manager and team that have made marked progress over recent years without getting their hands on a trophy.The former Spurs manager added: “Everybody keeps saying how fantastic he’s been, and he has, he’s been excellent. But he has to win something this year.“You can’t keep going on and on and on, six years or seven years, without winning anything. He needs to win a trophy sooner or later.“They’ve got to come up with some silverware this year. They’re already knocked out of one competition, I can’t see them winning the Premier League and I can’t see them winning the Champions League.“Maybe winning the FA Cup, or the Europa League if they drop out of the Champions League, are the only options for them.”Tottenham will be back in action against Brighton on Saturday, with that fixture set to carry them into the next international break. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Neymar told by Tuchel: I won’t let you relax!

first_imgNeymar will not be allowed to “relax” at Paris Saint-Germain after missing out on a summer move to Barcelona, says Thomas Tuchel, with the situation made abundantly clear to the want-away star.The Brazil international forward made no secret of his desire to return to Camp Nou during the last transfer window after two years in Ligue 1.Barca did all they could to put an agreement in place, but PSG refused to buckle under pressure and maintained their demands throughout a protracted saga. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career With the deadline passing and no deal done, Neymar finds himself stuck at Parc des Princes for the foreseeable future.The 27-year-old has shrugged off that disappointment to put in a series of professional and very important performances for PSG, with Tuchel having made it clear to the South American that he needs to commit to the cause and deliver his best on a consistent basis.”It wasn’t my decision and it wasn’t really his either,” Tuchel said of the calls to keep Neymar in the French capital.”Between us, nothing much has changed. I knew he wanted to leave the club and he knew that I was against it. For me, it was not the right moment or the right decision to take. He knew clearly that as a coach, I didn’t want him to go. But we also know that it wasn’t my decision or really his either in the end.”There was a need for a club to match our valuation and then they would have said ‘yes’. We have both accepted that the decision was not made at our level. It’s not going to affect our relationship because we knew there was a possibility that we would continue to work together and it would be stupid to waste everything.”The club had a very clear position. It had established that he would not play until he said he would stay. So I concentrated on my squad. I never asked for him to play or not, because the decision was clear and it came from the very top. This clarity helped me a lot.”He’s a good guy. It can be difficult to imagine when you just see him from the outside, but he’s really a good guy. It’s not difficult to be close to him and to convince him what he has to do. When everything was over, I told him: ‘You think that the hardest is behind you now but you have to work with me and I won’t let you relax! The hardest is to come.”The situation isn’t simple. The supporters have given their opinion and I understand all of those. They have the right to say what they feel, they’re very proud of their club. It’s not what they want to hear, that one of their players is repeating week after week that he wants to go. I’ve told him he has to face this reality. Now, we are where we are and it’s my job to push him to reach his best.”Neymar has suffered untimely injuries in each of his campaigns at PSG, but still boasts an impressive strike rate for the Ligue 1 champions and a four-goal haul this season has lifted him to 55 efforts in just 63 appearances.last_img read more

Fort Vancouver football preview: Ex-NFL QB Neil Lomax making a difference by first winning over players

first_img Buy this Photo New Fort Vancouver football coach Neil Lomax talks to players on the first day of practice on Aug. 15. More than 50 players turned out for the team, many more than in the previous year. Meg Wochnick/The Columbian This story is part of The Columbian’s High School Fall Sports 2018 special preview section. Find it in the Sunday, August 26 edition of The Columbian. Photo Published: August 28, 2018, 6:58pm Share: Jonavin Salavea is new to Fort Vancouver, but the senior has the next generation of Trappers in mind as one of the reasons why he turned out for football.“We’re trying to help the future,” said Salavea, a lineman and transfer from Portland’s Jefferson High School.Helping the future — and present — is why first-year coach Neil Lomax came to Fort. Hired in March, the ex-Portland State quarterback who played nine NFL seasons is the program’s second consecutive coach to play professional football, following Steve Broussard. And while Lomax might have quarterbacked at football’s top level, he isn’t relying on a stacked resume to build a program that hasn’t reached the postseason since 2004.He and the coaching staff are going beyond Xs and Os. That’s what has gained credibility among players. The Columbian “We’re trying to win over their hearts and trust me, trust the coaches, and trust this process,” Lomax said. “There hasn’t been a whole lot of trust in these kids’ lives.”So far, it’s worked. Turnout numbers continue to climb and more than 50 players out for the team.That’s only part of the reason why Martinez and the Trappers already feel like winners in a program that has a different vibe to it.“They want this,” Martinez said, “and they’re hungry.”3 THINGS TO KNOW— Neil Lomax is Trappers’ second consecutive coach who played in the NFL. By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Receive latest stories and local news in your email:center_img — More than 40 players cleared on first day of practices.— Program last reached the postseason in 2004.2017 season: 0-9, 0-5 3A GSHL.Best state finish: Quarterfinals in 1973ScheduleHome games at Kiggins BowlLeague games in boldSept. 1 at Seton Catholic NoonSept. 7 Ridgefield 8 p.m.Sept. 14 at Mark Morris 7 p.m.Sept. 21 Centralia 7 p.m.Sept. 28 Evergreen 5 p.m.Oct. 5 at Hudson’s Bay 8 p.m.Oct. 12 Kelso 8 p.m.Oct. 19 at Prairie 7 p.m.Oct. 25 at Mountain View 7 p.m. “They want us to succeed on and off the field and do the best we can,” said junior Isaac Martinez. “They want us to be a good football team, but they also want the best for us.”Fort is Lomax’s first head-coaching job. He previously assisted Columbia River head coach Christian Swain when Swain coached at Portland’s Roosevelt High from 2009-15.But Lomax is far from talking about wins and losses — not yet, anyway — on the football field.Fort went 0-9 in 2017, but what Lomax is stressing in the victory department is winning over the players. Tags Fort Vancouver Trappers Fort Vancouver football preview: Ex-NFL QB Neil Lomax making a difference by first winning over players GO Share:last_img read more

College Notebook: Season kicks into gear for Corban soccer’s Clark County athletes

first_img @col_mrice Subscribe Today Share: GO The win over Linfield lifted Corban to 2-0 on the season.Corban’s women’s team is 1-1 this season after a 2-1 loss to Willamette on Aug. 25.Smetzler played the past two seasons at Clark College, where she was namedNorthwest Athletic Conference’s South Region MVP as a sophomore.There are several local ties to the Corban women’s soccer program. (360) 735-4548 The Columbian is becoming a rare example of a news organization with local, family ownership. Subscribe today to support local journalism and help us to build a stronger community. Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Riley Smetzler, left, and Levan Zhividze, members of the Corban University soccer program. Thomas Ewert, a redshirt freshman from Skyview, and Brandon Wolter, a redshirt freshman from Union, split time at goalkeeper in Western Washington’s 5-0 exhibition win over Puget Sound on Aug. 25. Wolter made two saves.Ahmon Afenegus, a senior from Mountain View, and Mitchell Pinney, a senior from Hockinson, both started for the Southern Oregon men’s soccer team in a 1-0 loss to Menlo on Aug. 24. Know of an accomplishment by a collegiate athlete from Clark County? Please send updates to Share:center_img Micah Rice Columbian Sports Editor Ashley Watkins, a junior from Battle Ground, is the starting setter for the Montana volleyball team. She has averaged 40.7 assists per match for the Grizzlies (0-3). Nina Bailey, a junior from Prairie, tallied 11 blocks, 10 kills and 7 digs for Eastern Oregon’s volleyball team during four matches at the Big Sky Invitational Aug. 24-25 in Butte, Mont. The Mountaineers are 5-3.Olivia Coale, a senior from Skyview, has helped Washington State’s volleyball team start 2-0. The defensive specialist had six digs in a 3-0 win against Virginia Commonwealth on Aug. 25. The next day, she had five digs and an ace in a 3-1 win over North Carolina State.Men’s SoccerBen Stevenson, a senior from Prairie, made two saves in The Evergreen State College men’s soccer team’s 2-0 win over Pacific on Aug. 26. Stevenson has not allowed a goal in two matches. By Micah Rice, Columbian Sports Editor Published: August 28, 2018, 8:17pm The fall season for collegiate sports is ramping up. For two Clark County soccer players at Corban University in Salem, Ore., the season is already off to a good start.Riley Smetzler, a junior defender from Ridgefield, scored a goal in the Warriors’ season-opening 3-2 win over Ottawa (Ariz.) on Aug. 18.For the men’s team, Levan Zhividze had two assists and four shots in a 2-0 win over Linfield. The freshman forward was the Columbian’s All-Region boys soccer player of the year last spring at Evergreen High. By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Julia Kashubin, a senior from Heritage, and Rylee McDonald, a freshman from Camas, both start in the midfield. Madison Veltkamp (King’s Way), Nicolle Ohama (Columbia River) and Heidi Fronk (King’s Way) are also on the roster. Women’s SoccerTaryn Ries, a sophomore from Ridgefield, has two assists through three games for the University of Portland women’s soccer team. The starting midfielder assisted goals in both a 2-0 win over Northern Arizona and a 1-0 win over San Jose State, tallying three shots in each match. The Pilots are 2-1.Sarah Davidson, a sophomore from Camas, has played in every match for the Washington State women’s soccer team, which is 3-0. The defender logged 27 minutes as a substitute in a 3-1 win over Seattle University on Aug. 17. Two days later, she played 19 minutes in a 1-0 win over Grand Canyon University. Taylor Kernion, a junior from Skyview, played 20 minutes for the Gonzaga women’s soccer team in a 1-1 draw against Oklahoma on Aug. 26. College Notebook: Season kicks into gear for Corban soccer’s Clark County athletes Taylor Hallquist, a senior from Columbia River, assisted on Western Washington’s goal in a 1-0 exhibition win over the University of Victoria on Aug. 24. Hallquist was a second-team all-conference defender last season.VolleyballBrooke Van Sickle, a redshirt sophomore from Battle Ground, is a key starter for the No. 18-ranked Oregon volleyball team. She combined for 11 kills and 17 digs in losses against No. 3 Texas and No. 2 Nebraska on Aug 24-25.Evi Wilson, a junior from Columbia River, had 27 kills for Montana State over three matches at the Cleveland State Tournament last weekend in Ohio. The Bobcats went 2-1. Esti Wilson, a junior from Columbia River, had seven digs and three assists over four matches as Chico State swept the Norcal Volleyball Classic Aug. 23-25. micah.rice@columbian.comlast_img read more

Blazers outlast Nuggets in epic 4OT Game 3, 140-137

first_img 8 Photos By ANNE M. PETERSON, Associated Press Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Hood finished with 19 points.“Rodney Hood a huge impact on the game, and they went to him,” Malone said.In the first overtime, McCollum’s layup tied it at 109 with 8.7 seconds left and Jokic missed an off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer.With the game knotted at 118 in the second overtime, Jokic missed a 3-pointer and a jump ball with 5.7 seconds left was grabbed by McCollum. Portland called a timeout with 4.1 seconds on the clock but Lillard missed a 3-point attempt as time ran out.Millsap’s jumper with 32 seconds left gave the Nuggets a 129-125 lead in the third overtime, but Lillard’s bank shot closed the gap and he added a layup that re-tied it again with 8.4 seconds left. GO TIP-INSNuggets: Denver was 3-1 over the Blazers in the regular season. … Gary Harris fouled out with just over a minute left in the third overtime. Red Rocha and Paul Seymour of Syracuse set the NBA record by playing 67 minutes in the March 21, 1953, quadruple-OT game in Boston.Trail Blazers: The Blazers showed Lillard’s 37-foot shot that clinched the first-round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder before the game and the crowd at the Moda Center against cheered. … Portland was 32-9 at home in the regular season.MAN IN THE MASKThe Nuggets called Craig’s injury a nasal contusion. The clear mask he donned was from a previous injury.“Obviously I don’t think it’s comfortable. I don’t think it’s something that he prefers,” Malone said. “But with the injury that he sustained and the bleeding, and the fact that this is similar to another injury that he incurred, it’s being really preventative and making sure it doesn’t get any worse. Torrey’s one of those guys, he makes no excuses. He’s a tough kid.” “I didn’t give up. I didn’t give up on myself, just kept playing, kept working,” he said. “I had no idea that I’d end up in Portland in this type of situation. But to be here, to have my family in the crowd when I saw a lot of sad faces last go-round, to be here is very emotional for me, to be quite frank.“A lot more basketball to go, though. A lot more basketball.”The Blazers and Nuggets played a lot already.It was just the second quadruple-overtime playoff game in NBA history, joining a 1953 game between the Boston Celtics and the Syracuse Nationals.CJ McCollum matched his career playoff high with 41 points and Damian Lillard added 28 for Portland, which stretched its winning streak at home to 12 games dating back to the regular season.Hood scored seven points in the final OT and helped the Blazers remain unbeaten at home this postseason. Blazers outlast Nuggets in epic 4OT Game 3, 140-137 McCollum scores 41 points, Hood hits key 3-pointer as Portland takes 2-1 series lead Nikola Jokic had his third triple-double of the playoffs with 33 points, 18 rebounds and 14 assists, but missed a crucial free throw with 5.6 seconds to go. The 7-foot center played 65 minutes, two shy of the postseason record.Jamal Murray had a playoff-high 34 points for the Nuggets. Game 4 is Sunday.“We fought, we fought, we fought. That’s all you can ask for. Too many second-chance points too many turnovers, that was the difference in the game,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “But that was a hell of a basketball game by two very good basketball teams.”Hood’s jumper tied the game at 133 with just over a minute left in the final overtime. Will Barton missed the first of two free throws for Denver before Hood added a baseline jumper. Paul Millsap’s hook shot with 27 seconds left gave the Nuggets the edge.But Hood’s 26-foot 3-pointer gave Portland a 138-136 lead as time wound down. Jokic missed the first of two free throws for Denver and Seth Curry made free throws for the Blazers to close it out. Published: May 3, 2019, 11:39pm By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. The Columbian is becoming a rare example of a news organization with local, family ownership. Subscribe today to support local journalism and help us to build a stronger community. McCollum played 60 minutes.The Blazers, in the conference semifinals since 2016, have won the last two games after second-seeded Denver’s victory in Game 1.Maurice Harkless started for the Blazers after rolling his ankle in the second quarter of Game 2 and sitting out the rest of the way.Torrey Craig was also day-to-day but started for Denver, wearing a clear mask after his nose was bloodied in Wednesday’s game.Portland led by as many as 10 points in the opening half but the Nuggets pulled in front 38-37 on Murray’s running 3-pointer. Portland went into the break with just a 48-47 edge. Subscribe Today Share: Share: Portland Trail Blazers guard Rodney Hood reacts after making a three point basket against the Denver Nuggets during the fourth overtime of Game 3 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Friday, May 3, 2019, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer) Photo Gallery KANTER’S SHOULDEREnes Kanter finished with 18 points and 15 rebounds, but said afterward he re-injured his left shoulder — originally hurt in Game 5 against the Thunder.“I will just go home and get some rest. I don’t know if I can play the next game but I will do my best to be out there with my teammates,” he said.UP NEXTGame 4 is set for Sunday in Portland. PORTLAND — Rodney Hood checked back into the game, a fresh body among the weary ones all over the court.Eager for postseason redemption after struggling in the playoffs last year, Hood got his chance Friday night.All he had to do was wait until an NBA postseason record-tying fourth overtime.Hood hit the key 3-pointer with 18.6 seconds left and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Denver Nuggets 140-137 to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.Hood was a starter for Cleveland last season when the playoffs opened, but fell out of favor and refused to check into the final minutes of a blowout win over Toronto in the second round. He was acquired by the Blazers in a February trade.last_img read more

Moving on Up! Interview with Outside Agents About Their Big Move

first_imgInterviewed By: Joanie Ogg, Co Founder & Editor for Travel Professional NEWS  Interviewing: Chad Burt – Owner, Outside Agents   Thanks so much for sharing your time with us today Chad. We understand you recently moved to a new location can you tell us more about the new space? Our new offices include12,000 square feet state of the art dedicated agent development and support space.  This includes video production, live events, live streaming, and more  will be elevated to new heights in this new space.  What was the impetus to move from your previous location? Simply put, our absolute commitment to our agents and their development made us one of the juggernauts of our industry.  It simply made sense to reinvest in our agent partners and their futures by creating the industry’s largest, most advanced support and development facility.   How many staff are currently working with Outside Agents in your new and beautiful building?   We employ 18 full-time and work with dozens of contracted partners.  Tell us about your Grand Opening Event?    150 of our closest friends and family, most engaged agents, and top industry executives will join us to celebrate of both our 25th anniversary and the opening of our new industry dominating agent development and support facility.  How will your new location help service your current and any prospecting agents?   It will more than double the number of agent development events we can host per year and double the number of agents we host at each event.  It will also enable us to produce 3 times more on-demand, live streaming, and interactive virtual events than ever before.    What can we look forward to with Outside Agents in 2018?   I can’t give away the store but I can say that we’re shooting for our 5th Magellan in a row for agent development and training, our 3rd industry award for innovation, and, frankly, to continue be an industry vanguard by pushing the envelope on what a great host agency can do for its agent partners.  Stay tuned for more technology innovations, education milestones, and more in 2018.  We hope to stop by and see the new building and visit with you all at Outside Agents soon. Thank you so much for sharing this exciting news and congratulations on the new location!last_img read more

FastLane Listening The Best Podcasts for Road Trips

first_img The Lazy Man’s Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Cider How to Enjoy Your Campfires Responsibly How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide Planning a road trip? Here’s everything you might need to plot a cross-country journey, a family vacation, or a solo trek.The road trip: a quintessential American pastime. You stock up on road food, pile into the car with your buddies, and set out for adventure on the open highway. Taking in the sights and yucking it up with your carmates goes long way, but there’s that point in every road trip where you’re just. so. tired. of being. in. the car. That’s when it’s time to turn on some audio capable of turning the mood from “please make it stop” to “keep driving, I gotta hear this!” Add these podcasts to your road trip essentials list and you just might find yourself taking the long way to squeeze in a little extra listening time.Sincerely, XAs gripping as it is enlightening, Sincerely, X is a Luminary-exclusive TED podcast that plunges into the hidden stories that surround us. Each week, host Sarah Kay guides listeners through stories that are “too risky, painful, or controversial” to be shared openly, told by the anonymous people who lived them. From the woman who shares the details of her life in and after a cult to the ex-con who used the pain of his prison experience to lend a helping hand to other inmates, the stories shared on Sincerely, X are raw, powerful, and deeply personal in a way that can only be achieved through anonymity. Kay handles the series beautifully, probing deeper into the details of each story without losing the show’s deep sense of respect for its storytellers and their anonymity. The show is currently in its second season, so combine the newest episodes with the show’s 10-episode first season run and you’ll have plenty of miles worth of listening.ListenThe Only One in the RoomIn 2018, Laura Cathcart Robbins attended a popular retreat with hundreds of other writers, only to find herself surprisingly alone when she arrived. As the only black person at the retreat, Robbins felt unexpectedly isolated, and the experience prompted her to share her story on The Huffington Post. When people from all walks of life responded by sending her their own stories of feeling “othered,” Robbins realized the connections that can be uncovered by daring to share the stories of our loneliest moments. Episodes begin with guests completing the phrase “I was the only one in the room who…” and delicately settle their way into stories of pain, loneliness, altered perspectives, and self-realization. On its surface, The Only One in the Room is a podcast about feeling excluded, isolated, and “othered”. What it ultimately becomes, however, is an exercise in human empathy and a beautifully aching reminder of the common ground that lies between us all. Once you start an episode, you won’t want to stop, making the show perfect for whiling away long hours on lonely roads.ListenRadiolabRadiolab is almost as tough to describe as it is rewarding to listen to. Equal parts science, philosophy, politics, history, and humanity, the show is incredibly wide in scope and rich in heart. Hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich employ investigative journalism and a warm narrative style to bring you all the scoop on topics that include plant intelligence, driverless cars, medical triage, the U.S. nuclear chain of command, and the history of football. The hosts’ passion for every topic they cover is palpable and infectious. Because of the sheer vastness of the show’s topic pool, you can start pretty much anywhere you like, although truth be told, it only takes a couple of episodes before you find yourself scrolling back to the beginning for a complete listening. If you want a driving soundtrack that’s sure to spark conversation and will have you lost in an endless array of worlds you didn’t even know existed, Radiolab is a must-download.ListenSawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided MedicineIf you’ve ever spent more time than you’d care to admit watching those wild emergency room shows, Sawbones might be right up your alley. While it’s not filled with strange modern-day medical cases, it does take a deep dive into the annals of medical history, which is even weirder and more entertaining. Hosted by Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband, Justin, the show is addictively fascinating and bursting with personality. Every week, Dr. Sydnee lays out the strange and/or unsettling history of a medical procedure, condition, or phenomenon, while Justin cracks jokes and pretends to understand science. The couple’s lighthearted ribbing of each other and early medical practitioners (who came up with ideas like drinking plague poo, you know, for science) will have you wishing you could become best friends with them, travel back in time together, and put the show’s patron saint Pliny the Elder on blast. For all its silly overtones, the show is impeccably researched and genuinely educational. Start at the first episode and before you know it, you’ll be a full addict.ListenEar HustleAnother podcast giving ear-time to hidden stories is Ear Hustle, from Radiotopia. Hosted by visual artist Nigel Poor and former inmate-turned-full-time producer, Earlonne Woods, the podcast explores the realities of daily life in prison and affords inmates in San Quentin the opportunity to share their stories themselves. The show, which is now in its third season, has explored everything from lockdowns, falling in love behind bars, death row, and parenting from prison, all while remaining vigilantly focused on the humanity we too often fail to acknowledge in people who are incarcerated. Ear Hustle is not a rubbernecker’s delight, but rather a poignant, haunting, inspiring, and enlightening view of a world so often ignored by those untouched by it. If you’d like to open your mind out on the open road, this show is beyond worthy of a listen.ListenMy Brother, My Brother and MeSometimes the only cure for road boredom is childlike euphoria, which is why we’re including MBMBaM on this list. Hosted by your eldest brother Justin McElroy, your middlest brother Travis McElroy, and your sweet little baby brother Griffin McElroy, the show is a wild ride into the goof-filled minds of three siblings who spend “roughly five-sixths of an hour each week” doling out advice they have absolutely no business giving. The format of the show is simple: They cull questions from the existential dumpster fire that is Yahoo Answers, mix in some listener questions submitted via email, and spend the next 50 or so minutes turning it all into a sweet brew of totally unactionable advice. The real charm of the show, though, is the wild tangents the three go on as their responses inevitably morph into rants, oversharing, parody songs, and displays of pop-culture-reference one-upmanship. Starting this trip anywhere but the beginning would be a full sin, as the ever-evolving canon of characters, scenarios, and reflections on Scott Bakula are too rich to miss even one precious second of. Past episodes have included such wonders as the three brothers being completely pwned by Al Roker at the premier of Jimmy Buffet’s musical, “The McElroy Family Fun Hour Brought to You by Totino’s,” and so many Lin-Manual Miranda-related delights to list. The show has over 400 episodes, so buckle in for a long, beautiful journey. You might not get any actual advice from this advice-cast, but we promise you’ll be a better person for listening.ListenThe NoSleep PodcastAnother surefire cure for road boredom is the sheer terror that comes from listening to scary stories on a desolate highway in the middle of the night. The NoSleep Podcast is the perfect elixir of spookiness for anyone for whom horror stories are a guaranteed ticket to sleeplessness. The show is hosted by David Cummings, whose dulcet tones are the only source of comfort in an otherwise unsettling experience. He’s joined by a pool of voice-acting talent that turns every tale into a mini audio-drama, complete with eerie music and atmospheric sound effects. Stories are pulled from the popular subreddit of the same name, along with direct submissions from amateur and seasoned horror writers. While creepiness is a constant theme, subjects range from paranormal events to monsters to tales of stalkers and shadowy figures. The show is currently in its tenth season, so there’s plenty of content to make you regret that choice to drive through the night.ListenA Very Fatal MurderTrue Crime will, ironically, probably never die, but its recent spike in popularity on every medium from TV to podcasts may have you feeling a little disenchanted with the genre. Next time you hit the open road, queue up A Very Fatal Murder, from The Onion. As you might imagine, The Onion’s take on the genre is a rib-tickling one, and the podcast’s mocking of the genre is exquisite down to the tiniest detail. Narrator and “OPR” reporter David Pascall (voiced by writer David Sidorov) delivers lines like “Haley was a high achiever, a debate champion, a prom queen, a doting girlfriend. But Haley also excelled at being murdered,” in a manner that so perfectly mimics his IRL counterparts that at times you will almost-but-not-quite miss the absurdity. Even with its increasingly ridiculous (and hilarious) narrative, the show is exceptionally produced, with a soundtrack that is as richly layered as the likes of Serial or Dirty John. If you and your road trip companions are aching for an irresistible crime story without the forced realization that the world is a cruel, hopeless mess, well, then this one’s for you.ListenAnthem: HomunculusAside from having a name that kinda makes you feel like you know science or something when you say it out loud, Anthem: Homunculus is a truly unique musical podcast from the mind of John Cameron Mitchell, the award-winning author of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The series tells the story of Ceann, a failed artist who now finds himself crowdfunding for his life as he attempts to raise enough money to remove the tumor from his brain. As the series unfolds, you’ll find yourself absorbed in a constantly twisting musical mindfreak that will spit you out on the other side with an entirely new view of podcast theatre. Wavering just as rapidly as unexpectedly from stream-of-consciousness narrative to trippy art rock to devastatingly tangible musings on modern culture, Anthem: Homunculus is part podcast, part musical theater, part surrealist performance art, part social commentary, and all unapologetically eccentric. Oh yeah, did we mention it also features the vocal talents of stars like Glenn Close and Patti LuPone?ListenWait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!This weekly pod from radio masters NPR and WBEZ Chicago is a raucous, interactive show that mixes current events news with game-show style trivia. The show is staged and recorded in front of a live audience and features a rotating panel of commentators and listeners who take on the role of contestants. There are a variety of trivia challenges, including Bluff the Listener (in which contestants listen to three stories and choose which one is fake), Not My Job (in which celebrity guests are quizzed on subjects that are nowhere near their field of professional expertise), and, of course, a final Lightning Round. Woven into the trivia games are genuine (but often hilarious) discussions of the week’s news, along with panel predictions on how news stories will eventually conclude. Panelists and guests range from journalists and authors to comedians and performers, including Drew Carey, Mike Birbiglia, Salmon Rushdie, Madeleine Albright, Neko Case, Hannibal Buress, and so many more. If you’re looking for a car-friendly game to replace worn-out standards like Punch Buggy and I Spy, Wait Wait! is a perfect way to liven up a long haul.ListenIf you burn through all of these, you should check out the most entertaining fiction podcasts, our top overall picks for 2018, some spooky horror podcasts, a few educational history podcasts, these productive podcasts to help get your life together, podcasts to listen to at work, or The Manual’s own podcast. Need more suggestions? Here are some of our favorites for men’s fashion, craft beer, and true crime.If you’re new to podcasts, you’ll need one of the top apps for listening. Once you get to your destination, you can check out the best podcasts that have been adapted into TV shows.Article originally published April 27, 2018. Editors’ Recommendations How to Change a Light Fixture Without Getting Shocked How to Support the Teachers in Your Lifelast_img read more

10 Best Gins Under 20 Just Add Tonic

first_img The Best American Gin The Absolute Best Rye Whiskey Brands for Under $50 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn The Best Whiskey for Whipping Up a Whiskey Sour Editors’ Recommendations No home bar is complete without at least one bottle of gin. Even if you think all gins taste like a mix of floor polish and pine needles (sorry, but you’re wrong), chances are at least one of your friends is going to be down for a gin and tonic or perhaps a more complicated gin drink like a Singapore Sling when they come over for board game night. If that’s the person also happens to be the one who is more than happy to spend eight hours cooking a brisket for the next pot luck, then you sure as heck are going to want to have at least one bottle on hand.If you didn’t know, the great thing about the gin category is that you can find a lot of really good gins for cheap. If you can drop a Jackson, you can find a bottle that will be more than serviceable. Below, you’ll find our picks for the best gins under $20. Remember that while the price may vary depending on where in the country (or world) you are, these are generally the best buys you’re going to find at that price point.If you’re looking for something splurge-worthy, check out the winner of Best Gin in The Manual Spirit Awards.Hofland Gin – $13Made in Holland in the London Dry style, Hofland gin uses eight different botanicals for its flavor and aroma: juniper, citrus, iris root, coriander, angelica root, ginger, vanilla, and licorice root. What results is a gin that works well in a gin and tonic, but not as well in citrus-forward drinks, which could take away from some of the botanicals in the gin.Gordon’s Gin – $13Three words help Gordon’s onto this list: Bond, James Bond. Seriously, if it’s good enough for one of the world’s greatest secret agents, we’re pretty sure this London Dry Gin is good enough for you (and your Vespers). Unless you, too, are one of the world’s greatest secret agents (and if that’s the case, hit us up, we’ve got some international business we need to discuss). If you want to hear more about the spy of spies, check out our Beards, Booze, and Bacon episode of the podcast.New Amsterdam Gin – $14Technically considered a Modern Gin, when it comes to price for quality, New Amsterdam is one of our favorites. With a citrusy nose and palate, plus a little bit of sweetness, New Amsterdam holds its own against just about any other gin out there. At 40 percent ABV, you can use it in cocktails or drink it straight without convulsing every time you try to swallow.Tann’s Gin – $15Hailing from Spain, Tann’s Gin is a triple-infused blend of the usual gin suspects (juniper, coriander, citrus, et cetera) as well as the interesting additions of rose hips and raspberry. The nose is full of juniper and citrus and the palate is alive with those flavors as well as the more floral characteristics of the gin.Seagram’s Distiller’s Reserve Gin – $15Drier and spicier than Seagram’s Extra Dry Gin (and only slightly more expensive), this iteration also packs a bit of a piney punch. Aged for a short time and bottled at barrel proof (in this case, 51 percent ABV), you’re getting a heck of a deal for less than twenty bucks. With the higher proof, this gin shines in cocktails.Tanqueray – $18Perhaps one of the most well-known gins in the world, Tanqueray is a London Dry gin that’s been produced with the same ingredients since the 1800s. A crisp gin, you get plenty of juniper throughout each taste, in addition to the three other botanicals (coriander, angelica root, and licorice) used. An all-around gin, you can use this in anything that calls for the spirit.3 Howls Old Fashioned Gin – $18Licorice and pine are the two biggest flavors that you’ll get from this Seattle-made gin. There is also a good amount of earthiness mixing with spices such as cinnamon, coriander, and more anise. Great in a martini, this gin always goes well in heavier hot punches.Beefeater – $20A big, juniper-forward, 94-proof gin, Beefeater has been a standard behind bars for decades. Somewhat creamy, you’ll get plenty of pine and citrus on the nose and palate. You’ll also get some heat, but not in the way you’ll get from a $5 gin, where it burns from the tip of your tongue all the way down your throat.Treaty Oak Waterloo Gin – $20You might not think of Texas when you think of gin, but Austin-based Treaty Oak’s Waterloo Gin is not only flavorful, but conveniently priced to boot. Anise and jasmine are dominant flavors in this gin’s profile, and they help to round out the citrus and juniper flavor and nose. Treaty Oak claims the gin is as big as Texas, and they’re not far off.Broker’s Gin – $20Another higher-ABV gin (also 47 percent), Broker’s is made in a 200-year-old English distillery and utilizes ten different botanicals to achieve its flavor. According to their site, Broker’s has won more awards than any other gin in the past decade and, with its dry flavor and drinkability, it’s easy to see why. Also, it’s kosher!last_img read more

Score an RV Rental for 1 Per Day With Secret Repositioning Deals

first_imgMaskot/Getty ImagesRVs are expensive. They’re big, complicated machines prone to leaks and mechanical problems, and they inhale gas faster than a Bugatti Chiron. There’s a reason so many travelers opt to rent rather than buy. But, what if there was a legit way to rent an RV for just $1 a day or even get paid to drive one? If that sounds too good to be true, read on.They’re called repositioning deals, and the way they work is simple. Many travelers rent a camper or other recreational vehicle on a one-way basis. Over time, these one-way rentals mean there are RVs scattered around the country in places they aren’t supposed to be. Rental providers could pay professional drivers big money to move these misplaced rigs back to their “home base.” Alternatively, they could ask average folks to do the driving for them for free. It’s a win-win: RV road trippers get a mostly free trip, and rental companies get their rigs relocated for next to nothing.Rates for these deals vary widely depending on the company, seasonal demand, and the popularity of the route. In most cases, travelers can expect to pay as low as $25 per day for a rental. In other instances, rental companies only charge $1 per day, reimburse for fuel costs, and even provide a travel allowance. Most renters will need to pay a nominal fee to secure their reservation and submit a refundable security deposit (typically around $1,000) at pickup.Flexibility is key in securing the best and cheapest repositioning deals. In many cases, new routes are only announced a couple of weeks in advance. Renters are provided with an “earliest pick-up date” and “latest drop-off date,” and are only allowed to use the vehicle within that window. Most repositioning rentals include a few other reasonable stipulations. Mileage is limited within reason, based on the scheduled route. Pets and sometimes children are forbidden. Additional drivers beyond the one who signed on for the deal often come with a surcharge. In some cases, drivers can only travel during daylight hours. Be sure to read the fine print carefully to understand what’s included, what’s not, and what you can and can’t do.Imoova is the best, most comprehensive facilitator of repositioning deals in the U.S. The site allows drivers to narrow their search by date, RV type, daily rate, and other inclusions. Some companies like Jucy, Apollo RV, and Cruise America (North America’s largest RV rental provider) list repositioning deals directly to customers, so it’s worth checking their official websites.If flexibility isn’t in the cards for your travel schedule, there are plenty of paid options for renting an RV for your next road trip. The Best Drinks to Pair With Your Favorite Food Shows Editors’ Recommendations What to Wear on a Red-Eye Flight: Fashionably Comfortable Apparel for the Long Haul Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms 5 Ways to Rent an RV for Your Next Road Trip A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing last_img read more