Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim FEU rolls to 3rd straight win, routs UP FILE – In this July 26, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert answer questions during an NBA basketball news conference at the team’s training facility in Independence, Ohio. Gilbert says he received “vile, disgusting” voicemails after LeBron James called President Donald Trump “a bum” on Twitter. (AP Photo/Phil Long, File)CLEVELAND — Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert received “vile, disgusting” voicemails after LeBron James called President Donald Trump a “bum” on Twitter.Gilbert said he was flooded with phone messages when the NBA’s most celebrated player criticized Trump for rescinding a White House invitation to Golden State’s Stephen Curry to honor the team’s NBA championship.ADVERTISEMENT Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Our interests are in the policies at the federal level, and not the politics surrounding the elections,” he said. “We have often supported both political parties in the same election so that we have the ability to impact positive change, regardless of who occupies the offices.“Our focus with any office-holder or politician is about the communication of the still substantial needs of our former rust-belt cities that are now finally beginning the road to recovery and growth that other parts of America have been experiencing for a long period of time.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims 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 Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups MOST READ This week, James said he did not regret his comment about Trump.“Me and my friends call me that all the time,” James said during a news conference on media day. “I’m not his friend, though. He’s not my friend. No, when I woke up and saw what he said about Steph Curry. First of all, it’s so funny because it’s like you inviting me to your party, right? As a matter of fact, it’s not like you invited me.“It’s almost, like, ’Hey, I’m not going to be able to make it. I’m not coming and then you would be like, ‘LeBron, guess what? You’re not invited.’ I wasn’t coming anyways, so that was funny to me when I woke up and saw that. So, my first initial response was, you bum.”James also commended NFL players for protesting after Trump said owners should fire any players who kneel during the national anthem.Gilbert has ties to Trump, from his Quicken Loans mortgage lending company donating $750,000 to the president’s inauguration party. But Gilbert said in a statement this week that he supports both political parties.ADVERTISEMENT “I received voicemails after LeBron tweeted that were some of the most vile, disgusting, racist,” Gilbert said on Friday on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”“There’s an element of racism that I didn’t even realize existed in this country this much.”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 openingGilbert said he had not told James about the voicemails. He called the comments unnerving.“And you could hear it in their voice — the racism,” Gilbert said. “It wasn’t even really about the issue, and that’s what really got me, because they went to who they really are, some of them.” No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES
Bhopal, Oct 1 (PTI) A woman wrestler, who trained the artists in Bollywood blockbusters like “Sultan” and “Dangal”, has taken it on herself to nurture the wrestling skills of nearly 50 girls in Madhya Pradeshs Indore district.Neelima Borasi (22) now runs the Shri Ramnath Guru Vyayam Shala and Balika Shastra Kala Kendra in Indore.The Arjun award-winning wrestler and her guru, Kripa Shankar Patel, had recommended her name to Jagdish Kaliraman, who was the wrestling trainer for the film “Sultan”, Neelima told PTI.”Patel uncle was imparting training to Amir Khan for Dangal. He had selected me for training the girls in the movie. He had also recommended me for training and playing practice matches with actor Anushka Sharma in the movie Sultan,” the young wrestler says.”Dangal” was a biographical sports drama based on the life of Mahavir Singh Phogat, an amateur wrestler, who trains his daughters Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari to become world class wrestlers. The movie was released in 2016.”Sultan”, which also released last year, was the fictional story of a wrestling champion from Haryana.Like the life of Commonwealth gold-winning wrestler Geeta Phogat, Borasis father Munna Borasi has also been grooming her daughter in the field of wresting since she was around 10 years old.”She was 10 years old when she started the training along with other disciples in my vyayamshala (wrestling arena cum gym). Neelimas elder sister Renuka (24) also won several medals at the national level. Now Neelima runs her own vyayamshala,” says the proud father.”At her akhada (traditional wrestling arena), Neelima is now shaping up the wrestling careers of about 50 girls in the age group of 8 to 18 years. Along with wrestling, she has also been imparting training in the the traditional shastra kala (martial arts) to the girls,” he says.advertisementNeelima is a bronze medallist in the senior national championship in 2013 and eight-time gold medallist in different state championships, Borasi says.She has now got success in her endeavour and at least 10 girls of her centre won the gold medals in the state-level school tournaments this year, he further says.Neelima, however, says that along with imparting training in wrestling, she is also preparing for the State Public Service Commission examination.”What if the state government does not give me job under the sports quota?” she asked. PTI ADU MAS GK
The Xiaomi Mi 5X, launched in China on Wednesday, may be considered as a more affordable or mini version of the company’s flagship Mi 6 phone. The Mi 5X essentially brings the Mi 6’s dual rear cameras to the masses. The Mi 5X, just like the Mi 6, (also) comes with a dual camera setup on the rear — 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel — where one lens is wide-angle while the other is telephoto.The dual camera system on-board the Mi 5X, just like it is in the Mi 6, is capable of giving professional bokeh effects in portraits. We take a look.Specifications:Processor: The Mi 5X is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clubbed with Adreno 506GPU. The Snapdragon 625 is notably the first 600-series chipset to be built on a power-efficient 14nm process: the focus therefore lies on improved thermal efficiency and power-saving.RAM: 4GBInternal storage: The Mi 5X comes with 64GB of internal storage which is further expandable by up to 128GB via a hybrid micro-SD card slot.Screen: The Mi 5X comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p LTPS display with 450nit brightness.Rear camera: The Mi 5X comes with a dual camera setup on the rear — 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel — where one lens is wide-angle while the other is telephoto. The Mi 5X offers 2X optic zoom and 10X digital zoom (just like the iPhone 7 Plus) and should technically result in clearer distant shots and professional bokeh effects in portraits. The dual camera system on-board the phone is assisted with 4-axis OIS (and a dual-LED flash) which should technically entail in more stabilized videos.advertisementFront camera: On the front, the Mi 5X comes with a 5-megapixel camera.Software: The Mi 5X runs Android Nougat-based MIUI 9.Battery: The Mi 5X is backed by a 3,080mAh battery.Special features:– The Xiaomi Mi 5X comes with a full metal unibody design and a rear mounted fingerprint scanner. The phone, with its all metal body and dual rear cameras looks remarkably like the iPhone 7 Plus from every nook and corner. Everything from the 2.5 D curved glass on the front to the antenna lines placement on the back, screams the iPhone. The only visible difference is seen in the fingerprint scanner placement. As opposed to the iPhone 7 Plus that comes with a front-mounted fingerprint scanner, the Xiaomi Mi 5X sports one on the back. It further comes with physical capacitive — soft keys — keys on the front.–The dual-SIM Mi 5X supports 4G LTE connectivity and USB Type-C for charging and data syncing.– Alongside the Mi 5X, Xiaomi also announced MIUI 9, the next major iteration of Xiaomi’s mobile operating system and is based on Android Nougat. The Mi 5X will notably be the first Xiaomi phone to ship with MIUI 9 out-of-the-box.Price and availability: The Mi 5X is exclusive to China for now and will cost RMB 1,499 which roughly translates to Rs 14,285.75. It will be available in three colours: Black, Gold and Rose Gold and will go on sale for the first time on August 1.Also Read: Xiaomi Mi 5X brings the flagship Mi 6’s dual rear cameras to the masses
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Paul Fairhead, an online campaigner who assists punters in betting disputes, says he has little doubt the threat of court action could shift Ladbrokes’ stance. “I have had numerous cases against Ladbrokes that have all been resolved once legal action has commenced,” Fairhead said, “and I would be confident of the same result here if the customer was based in the UK rather than in Ireland.” Since that is not an option for Michael, however, at the moment it seems that he may simply go down as one of the unluckiest gamblers in recent history.As yet, Ladbrokes has not responded to a request for comment on the case.Monday’s best bets, by Chris CookPossibly the most significant runner of the day is Turgenev in Newcastle’s 7pm race. This well-bred John Gosden juvenile did best of the newcomers when second in a maiden at the Leger meeting and we’re all now familiar with the idea that Gosden can send a decent young prospect to Newcastle. Frankie Dettori will make the journey north for this one ride, so of course the horse is very short at 8-13, but he’s in a Group One next month and this will be worth watching. Sean Levey targets comeback in Sun Chariot Stakes on Billesdon Brook Thank you for your feedback. Gamblers in the UK who feel betting firms hold all the cards when it comes to disputed bets should spare a thought for those in Ireland, who do not even have the option of a legal case as a last resort. As a result, Peter Michael, a punter from Dublin, has few alternatives left as he continues to seek compensation for what he claims was a failure by Ladbrokes to correctly process a bet in May 2015 that denied him a €19,900 payout.Michael attempted to put a bet costing a total of €1,440 into the Pick Six pool – equivalent to the Tote’s Jackpot bet in the UK – for the card at Leopardstown on 10 May 2015 at a Ladbrokes betting shop in Dublin. He asked for the bet to be staked via money drawn down from his online Ladbrokes account, something he had done many times in the past. Horse racing Share via Email features Read more Quick guide Monday’s tips Talking Horses Share on LinkedIn Show Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Pinterest Horse racing tips Was this helpful? Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. According to Michael, his Pick Six slip was processed and he was handed a receipt. As he was leaving, however, he checked it and noticed the bet had been put into the Placepot pool. He asked for the bet to be cancelled and transferred into the Pick Six pool, but despite trying several times to do this on two different tills, the bet kept coming out as a Placepot.With only a couple of minutes to go before the first race, he claims events descended towards farce as staff apparently tried to contact a cashier who was working in a different shop that day – “and knows how to make it work”. The attempt failed, however, and the race started with Michael’s money in the wrong pool.It was won by one of his selections. Michael spent the next 30 minutes trying, and failing, to establish the status of his bet, and the second race on the card was then also won by a horse in his Pick Six perm. At this point, he claims he was offered an ultimatum by Ladbrokes: accept the bet as a Placepot, or take your stake back. Since he had no wish to be in the Placepot, he says he felt obliged to take back his stake.You can probably guess how the rest of the afternoon went. All of the final four winners were in his perm, including the 25-1 winner of the last. The Pick Six dividend was won to half a unit and had Michael’s bet been processed correctly, he would have had the other half, or €19,900.Three-and-a-half years later, Michael is no closer to getting any compensation for what he alleges is Ladbrokes’ failure to process his bet as requested. Britain’s Independent Betting Arbitration Service (Ibas) agreed to look at the case but found in Ladbrokes’ favour for two reasons. The nap runs earlier at Newcastle. A 100-30 shot, Cross My Mind (5.30) defied a steady early pace to pass the field over this course and distance last month and, while she couldn’t turn the same trick at Windsor last time, I fancy her chances back on this surface. She looks progressive, which is not necessarily true of favourite, Formula One, whose win came on a softish surface at Ffos Las and who has been beaten in two runs here.Returning to all-weather might also be important for Quargent (5.10) at Kempton. Jeremy Noseda’s filly won a novice race here a year ago but has failed to beat a rival in two spins on turf this summer. With blinkers and Silvestre De Sousa now tried, I’m prepared to give her a go at 13-2, though those who got involved on Sunday obtained double-figure odds.Earlier at Kempton, Makambe (3.10) looks too big at 7-1. He’s won twice from his last four and should be able to take a handy early position from stall one under Ryan Moore. Topics Ibas accepted evidence from Ladbrokes that Michael’s money had not been transferred from his online account to the shop in time to get the bet on. This was based on a claim by the bookie that even though the day in question was in May and Ireland, like Britain, was running on summer time, its systems were still set to UTC (the Irish equivalent of GMT). Ibas also decided that since Michael had accepted his stake back after the second race, any effective contract ended at that point, as he no longer had any money at risk.Michael requested full details of the timings of similar transactions in and out of his online account and a betting shop, and after a delay of many months, Ladbrokes complied. He say that this, however, seemed to show transactions taking place at times when betting shops in Ireland are shut by law – unless, that is, Ladbrokes were actually using UTC + 1. And in any case, if the money had not been transferred to the shop, how was he able to get a receipt in his hands for a €1,440 Placepot.Michael appealed to Ibas on the grounds it had been supplied with flawed evidence. He also argued that while his stake was no longer at risk after the first two races, it was very much at risk while those races were being run.Michael’s appeal was dismissed in a three-paragraph letter a few weeks later. He is still waiting to hear the outcome of a subsequent complaint to Ibas over its handling of the case, and he has also sent a personal appeal to Kenny Alexander, chief executive of GVC Holdings, the parent company of what is now Ladbrokes Coral. As yet, nothing doing. Following publicity about his case, Michael also says he has been contacted by other punters complaining about similar issues with bets placed into the wrong pools. Ayr Gold Cup ends in historic dead heat between Son Of Rest and Baron Bolt Read more Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Hide Hamilton 1.30 Happy Power 2.00 Avenue Of Stars 2.30 Alfie’s Angel 3.00 Jack Blane 3.30 Jacbequick 4.00 Havana Go 4.30 Al Batal 5.00 Ideal CandyKempton 2.10 Finch Hatton 2.40 War Eagle 3.10 Makambe 3.40 Pytilia 4.10 Wing Defence 4.40 Polybius 5.10 Quargent 5.40 Duke Of AlbaLeicester 2.20 House Of Kings 2.50 Nubough 3.20 Lamb Chop 3.50 Kick On Kick On 4.20 Forest View 4.50 Gold Arrow (nb) 5.20 Elation 5.50 Brother In ArmsNewcastle 5.30 Cross My Mind (nap) 6.00 Stand Firm 6.30 Material Girl 7.00 Turgenev 7.30 Giacomo Casanova 8.00 Silverlight 8.30 Black Hambleton 9.00 CuldroseTips by Chris Cook Share on Pinterest Twitter Frankie Dettori makes the trip up to Newcastle for one ride. 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In Ctrl Alt Delete Mitch Joel issues a wake-up call for those that may find themselves lost in a rapidly evolving landscape of technology, media, and marketing. Joel, president of the digital marketing agency Twist Image, offers sharp insights on how these changes affect the way we learn, shop, communicate, and work. It’s an important reality check for nonprofit marketers because these factors directly affect how supporters and partners will interact with your cause. Organizations that understand and adapt to these new opportunities will thrive, while those who resist will find themselves struggling to connect with donors in the years to come.The book starts off with one of the most critical lessons for any marketer, especially those working in the nonprofit sector: embracing the shift toward more direct relationships with your consumers (donors), is no longer optional. People now have more access to information about your nonprofit, your impact, and *you* than ever before. Organizations and supporters are at each other’s fingertips, so it’s impossible (and unwise) to avoid direct contact with those who are interested in your work. Online or off, focus on creating and building relationships to succeed in raising money, spreading your message, and serving your cause. By the way, these relationships should be the two-way street kind. If you’re only broadcasting messages focused on your organization’s needs, you may need a reboot.Here are four tactics Mitch Joel recommends for building those direct relationships, and what they mean for your nonprofit.1) Deliver value. Stand out and earn loyalty by first providing value to your supporters. Of course, you’re doing great work for the people and communities you serve, but if you’re not building long-term relationships with potential supporters, you’re missing out on a bigger opportunity. How do you do this? Start by focusing more on providing valuable resources to the people you’re trying to reach, instead of only talking about your needs. 2) Be open.You can’t build meaningful relationships without trust and transparency. This is paramount for nonprofits. Donors won’t fork over their hard-earned cash to support your cause if they aren’t sure where the money goes. Show that you are an organization they can trust by being open about how your organization is run and how you use donated funds. Welcome questions and be upfront and honest if you make a mistake. Hiding in the shadows only makes people nervous, which is not a great relationship-building vibe.3) Be clear and consistent.Do donors know what they can expect from your nonprofit? Can they count on you for all the right reasons? Review your organization’s outreach to make sure you’re saying what you think you’re saying. Consistency also includes communicating with your donors on a regular basis to help them feel involved in your work. This means not waiting to reach out to supporters when you’re looking for gifts in December. 4) Focus on fans. Joel says, “The majority of people do not want to friend or like your brand. They use their social graphs for friends, family, and those they made fun of in high school.” Ouch! My guess is that many nonprofits may have it a little easier than most corporate brands, but it’s important to remember. Rather than working to get as many “Likes” as possible, focus instead on providing value through your social media content and focus on your truly passionate superfans. Put these champions to work spreading the message about what you do and why it matters. Of course, these suggestions are just the tip of the reboot iceberg. Ctrl Alt Delete delivers plenty of juicy nuggets for all marketers to heed. What aspect of your outreach or fundraising strategy would you like to reboot?
Does your nonprofit offer donors a recurring giving plan? If not, you’re leaving a lot of money on the table and ignoring some very dedicated supporters. Small monthly gifts can add up to a hefty sum at year end—maybe as much as four times your current donation rate. If you’re looking for a path to sustainable income, setting up a monthly giving program is the ideal way to get there.What is monthly giving?Also called recurring gifts, monthly giving plans simply allow donors to give a specified amount every month. It’s common in Europe, where donors are comfortable with the idea of “subscribing” to charities in the form of an automatic monthly credit card charge or electronic funds transfer (EFT). European nonprofits typically have 80% of their donors on a monthly giving plan.In a recent Nonprofit 911 webinar on recurring giving, only 24% of participants said their organization has a monthly giving program. We have a little work to do here, but recurring gifts are starting to gain momentum.Who are your monthly donors? Typically, monthly donors are what we’d call small givers, as in $100 or less per year. Unlike once-a-year donors, however, they’re super-committed and really care about your organization and its mission. They give automatically and usually with no end date. In fact, some organizations have monthly donors who’ve been giving that way for 20 years or more.Recurring gifts are great for reaching smaller donors who want to make a bigger difference but can’t write that $250 check. Many are happy to give just $10 or $20 per month, which is like writing a big check but shows even more commitment.Why is monthly giving so important?The primary benefit to recurring gifts, of course, is having regular income to sustain your nonprofit’s mission. You can count on a certain amount of money coming in each month and throughout your planning year. You’ll also get more money over time. Let’s say you have 100 one-time donors who each give $35. That equals $3,500 for the year. But when 100 people give $35 per month for a year? That’s $15,500 to benefit your cause. You’ve more than quadrupled your annual revenue!Another benefit: vastly improved retention rates. New-donor retention rates average less than 23%, meaning that only 23 of 100 first-time donors give again the next year. Of those 23 who renew their donations, you’ll typically retain only 61%, or 14 donors. Monthly giving programs, on the other hand, typically enjoy retention rates of 86% after one year and 95% after five years. The moral of the story: If you want to increase giving, build sustainable income, and improve retention rates, including a recurring gift option on your donation page is an absolute must. Adapted from Network for Good’s Nonprofit 911 webinar “How You Can Generate Long-Term Revenue from Recurring Giving” with Erica Waasdorp, president of A Direct Solution and author of Monthly Giving: The Sleeping Giant. Download the archived presentation.
The Hottest Charity Fundraising Idea? Peer to Peer Giving! Peer to peer giving, or peer fundraising, is catching on like crazy because it’s a fun way for supporters to engage their friends with your cause, and it’s an easy way for them to help you raise money.What Makes Peer to Peer Giving So Popular?Peer fundraising has taken off because it is all done online and is largely carried out through social media. The most popular channels for peer fundraising are Facebook and Twitter, but LinkedIn, Google+, Instagram and Pinterest can all be used.Peer funding has become a more acceptable form of fundraising because the popularity of crowdfunding has taken away the stigma of asking for money. In the past, asking for money was sometimes a delicate subject, and by some, even considered to be rude. But, now it is perfectly acceptable to get on a soapbox and proclaim “I gave to this cause and I want you to do the same!” The beauty of the online venue is that anyone who wants to can respond with “Yes, I will,” but those who are unable to contribute or choose not to, simply don’t reply and are not put on the spot. There are no awkward excuses required, and no apologies necessary for asking.The peer to peer fundraising model garnered a lot of attention with the ice bucket challenge last summer. Each participant was encouraged to challenge their friends, so with each person adding two or three friends to the game, it grew quickly.The “yes I will” participate/donate is a great place for supporters to add the “and I challenge my friends to join me/match my donation,” etc. That’s where the fundraiser becomes peer to peer rather than just a challenge that you proclaim—and where the opportunity comes to reach new donors by connecting with your current donor’s networks.To learn more about peer fundraising, download our free eGuide, The Crowdfunding Craze. We also have specialists available to discuss how we can help you get the most out of your peer fundraising efforts, so contact us today or call 1-855-229-1694.
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 19, 2012June 21, 2017Click 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)In a recent post on the Guardian’s Poverty Matters blog, Johanna Ralston, Chief Executive of the World Heart Federation, and Ann Keeling, Chief Executive of the International Diabetes Federation, argue that post-MDG development goals must include non-communicable diseases in order to see significant reductions in poverty and improvements in development.From the post:In 2000, world leaders drafting the millennium development goals (MDGs) addressed many of the great development challenges, but they made one serious mistake: they omitted any mention of NCDs, which together cause nearly two out of three deaths in the world (80% of those in developing countries).As the CEOs of the leading advocacy organisations fighting two of those NCDs, we believe this omission has resulted in a double whammy to NCDs – no attention, no funding – despite the fact that NCDs are overwhelmingly a poverty issue and related to all eight MDGs.“What gets measured, gets done,” says World Health Organisation director general Margaret Chan. But NCDs are not getting measured and therefore not “getting done”.Read the full post here.Share this:
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on October 14, 2013June 12, 2017By: Allison Ettenger, Program Manager, Jacaranda 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)Cross-posted from the Jacaranda Health blogJoyce*, a healthy mother, glows as she admires her new baby. Her husband collects her belongings as she prepares to leave Jacaranda Maternity, and she hugs the community health worker who provided her discharge education: “See you in a few days,” she says. Most health care providers in Kenya – or across the developing world –would schedule a new mother’s six week postnatal visit, hope she returns for it, and call it a day. Jacaranda thinks otherwise.In the past decade there have been significant resources invested in pre-natal healthcare in resource-poor settings: expectant women are encouraged to attend four antenatal care visits, receive nutrition training, and are linked to malaria and HIV treatment. However, we have all too often ignored the most vulnerable part of the maternity experience: The postnatal period. Approximately 75% of neonatal deaths occur in the first week after delivery and in Kenya alone, 31 newborn deaths occur per 1,000 live births.It’s not as if the evidence for how to close this gap is lacking: Research from countries like Bangladesh, Ghana, Nepal and Malawi has shown that community-based early postpartum care in the first week after delivery has great potential to increase newborn survival and reduce death. Contact with trained health workers can improve early initiation of breastfeeding, thermal care, infection prevention and clean umbilical cord care – all practices that can save newborns’ lives. However, there are still too many babies dying in the few days after birth, and new mothers often find it difficult – if not impossible – to recognize danger signs when she takes her new baby home. If we can get hands-on education and care to women in the critical first few days after delivery, we can cut down on delays in seeking care and reduce the risk of newborn death.To continue reading, visit Jacaranda Health. Share this:
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on July 21, 2014November 2, 2016By: Katie Millar, Technical Writer, 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)Antenatal care has long been viewed as a critical component of comprehensive maternal and newborn health care, together with care at the time of delivery and during the postnatal period. Yet, in low-income countries, only 38% of pregnant women attended the recommended four or more ANC visits during 2006-2013. Since numerous life-saving interventions can be delivered in the weeks and months leading up to birth, what is holding the global maternal health community back from successfully delivering high quality ANC to all pregnant women around the world? Further, what does high quality ANC actually entail? What innovative models for delivering ANC exist, and might be scaled up to reach more women in more settings?To begin to answer these questions—and their policy implications—the MHTF recently worked together with the Wilson Center, as part of the Advancing dialogue on maternal health, series to facilitate the policy dialogue, “Delivering Quality Antenatal Care in Low Resource Settings: Examining Innovative Models and Planning For Scale up.”The panel for this policy dialogue consisted of Dr. A. Metin Gülmezolgu of the World Health Organization (WHO), Carrie Klima, PhD of the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Faith Muigai of Jacaranda Health. The three experts on this panel offered insight into both gaps and solutions to the current ANC environment. Their expertise focused around three main topics: continued rigorous research, creating more effective and efficient models of care, and delivering quality care through investing in the health workforce.ResearchGlobal standards for ANC have experienced numerous iterations, and the World Health Organization (WHO) continues to examine the best schedule and content for ANC. The second iteration of WHO’s ANC model, Focused Antenatal Care (FANC), was released in 2001 and outlines key interventions to be delivered in four visits that are critically timed. But a WHO trial in Zimbabwe showed an increase in perinatal death, specifically fetal deaths, in those who had only four ANC visits.This model is currently under reevaluation by the WHO and we can look forward to new guidelines in the coming year.Dr. Gülmezolgu emphasized the continual need of rigorous research like randomized control trials (RCTs) to evaluate two questions—what should be delivered and how. This is being accomplished partially through the joint WHO and MHTF project, Adding Content to Contact, which systematically assesses the obstacles that prevent and the factors that enable the adoption and implementation of cost-effective interventions for antenatal and postnatal care along the care continuum. Research and interventions for ensuring a healthy pregnancy and delivery should occur on several levels: individual interventions, barriers and facilitators to access to and provision of care, large-scale program evaluation to address policy issues, and health systems interventions. The outcomes of these interventions and research are not only maternal, but should also be evaluated on the fetal and neonatal level and women-centered—creating a space where women can learn about pregnancy and not just preventing complications.Innovative Models of CarePublic facilities in low-income countries are often overcrowded with poor provider-to-patient ratios, straining health workers and providing a barrier to sufficient ANC. Carrie Klima offers insight to a model of care that could improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health workers in low-resource settings. CenteringPregnancy is a group care model that has been implemented in the Unites States since the 1990s. In CenteringPregnancy, eight to 12 pregnant women with similar due dates receive their prenatal care, education, and support in a group setting. This model has shown an increase in weight and gestational age for mothers who deliver prematurely. But could this model, primarily used in a developed country, also work in the developing world?Recently Klima traveled to Tanzania and Malawi to conduct a feasibility and acceptability study of this model of care. The current CenteringPregnancy model of ten visits and was pared down to four to reflect the FANC guidelines for this study. What did the results show? Both health workers and expecting mothers were accepting of this model and qualitatively reported an increase in the quality of ANC. Midwives reported that they finally felt like they were able to practice their profession as they were taught to do in midwifery school. Women were also taught how to perform self-assessments and reported feeling more empowered by better understanding the metrics of their care and options for treatment.Invest in the Health WorkforceJacaranda Health in Kenya provides a novel model of care not often seen in low-resource settings—quality over quantity, a valued health workforce versus one that is overworked. This health model has six areas of focus: patient-centered design, human resources, quality improvement, technology, measuring impact, and business innovation. Faith Muigai, Director of Clinical Operations, stressed the importance of supply-side incentives for ANC as she highlighted patient-centered interventions. During their stay at the facility women receive three meals, two snacks, medications, maternity pads, and other goods that the woman or her family normally must supply. At Jacaranda facilities, patients keep coming back because the quality is much better. Jacaranda also works with women to create a savings plan for delivery fees. Since some women can’t afford these fees, Jacaranda is working with the Government of Kenya to subsidize care and lower prices.Jacaranda not only creates a quality place to receive care, but also a quality place to provide care. Jacaranda is passionate about their health workforce and has developed a career ladder for their staff to help create a sustainable health system. This allows task-shifting, which maximizes time with clients so education can be provided. Muigai concluded by emphasizing that the model of care Jacaranda implements is “a means of proving concepts that impact the delivery of cost-effective, patient-centered, quality care in low-resource settings.”Interested in learning more about what our speakers had to say? Follow the links below:New Security Beat: Antenatal Care as an Instrument of Change: Innovative Models for Low-Resource SettingsDr. A. Metin Gülmezoglu’s PresentationCarrie Klima’s PresentationFaith Muigai’s PresentationFriday Podcast With Faith MuigaiPhoto GalleryVideoInterested in learning more about the MHTF’s ongoing work relating to antenatal care? Contact Annie Kearns, project manager of Adding Content to Contact (ACC).Share this:
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on October 17, 2015October 13, 2016By: Dina Neelofur Khan, Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR), World Health OrganizationClick 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 transition from the MDGs to the SDGs it is imperative to accelerate momentum to improve maternal and child health. An updated Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health builds on new evidence that includes the need to focus on strengthening health systems and improving the quality of health services.The World Health Organization (WHO) envisions a world where every woman and child receives quality care throughout the course of their lives. To realise this vision, WHO’s Department of Reproductive Health and Research, including HRP, is committed to the development and dissemination of evidence-based guidelines to improve the quality of reproductive health care services worldwide.Listed below are four recently released guidelines from the WHO’s Department of Reproductive Health and Research:WHO recommendations on interventions to improve preterm birth outcomesThe guideline focuses on improving maternal and neonatal outcomes associated with preterm birth, and specifically includes both the care of pregnant women at imminent risk of preterm birth (birth <37 weeks of gestation) and the care of preterm babies immediately after birth in all settings. The guideline includes recommendations covering antenatal corticosteroids, tocolysis, magnesium sulfate, antibiotic prophylaxis, mode of preterm birth (for the mother) and Kangaroo Mother Care, plastic wraps, continuous positive airway pressure therapy and surfactant and oxygen therapy (for the newborn). The guideline is relevant to those directly providing care to pregnant women and preterm infants, as well as informing the development of programmes, training and policy to improve maternal and newborn services.Health worker roles in providing safe abortion care and post-abortion contraceptionPlanned and regulated task shifting and task sharing can have a range of benefits. It can ensure a rational optimization of the available health workforce, address health system shortages of specialized health care professionals, improve equity in access to health care and increase the acceptability of health services for those receiving them. This guideline provides a range of options for expanding of health worker roles in the provision of safe abortion care, the management of complications of abortion (also known as post-abortion care in some settings and provided as part of emergency obstetric care) and for post-abortion contraception provision.WHO Medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use, Fifth editionThis document is part of the process for improving the quality of care in family planning. Medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use (MEC), the first edition of which was published in 1996, presents current WHO guidance on the safety of various contraceptive methods for use in the context of specific health conditions and characteristics. This is the fifth edition of the MEC – the latest in the series of periodic updates.This edition is divided into two parts: Part I describes how the recommendations were developed and Part II contains the recommendations and describes how to use them. The recommendations contained within this document are based on the latest clinical and epidemiological data. Several tools and job aids are available from WHO and other sources to help providers use these recommendations in practice.Brief sexuality-related communicationBoth research and consultations over the last decades have identified sexuality-related communication as an issue that requires urgent attention. While clients would like their health care providers to discuss sexual health concerns, health workers lack the necessary training and knowledge to feel comfortable addressing such issues.This guideline provides health policy-makers and decision-makers in health professional training institutions with advice on the rationale for health-care providers’ use of counselling skills to address sexual health concerns in a primary health care setting.We encourage you to share these guidelines through your networks and with your friends and colleagues. WHO welcomes comments and suggestions on guidelines; these should be directed to email@example.com.You can learn more and contribute to further discussion by following @HRPresearch on Twitter.Share this:
Real Madrid will be without midfielder Isco for a spell after the club confirmed he has suffered a hamstring strain.The 27-year-old made his second appearance of the season as he started Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Real Valladolid.He was, however, forced off in the 68th minute due to injury and is now set for a spell on the sidelines with Madrid announcing on Wednesday that the Spaniard is struggling with a muscle problem. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? 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? A timescale has yet to be revealed although, depending on the severity of the problem, it could well be that the Spain international is out for as much as four weeks.A statement on the club’s official website read: “After the tests carried out today by the Real Madrid Medical Services, our player Isco has been diagnosed with a muscular injury in the right femoral biceps. His recovery will continue to be monitored.”The good news for Los Blancos is that Isco’s injury has come shortly before the international break, giving him an extended period to recover.He is, however, now the sixth Real player to pick up a muscle injury already this season with Ferland Mendy, Brahim Diaz, James Rodriguez and Rodrygo all suffering similar issues.Eden Hazard has also been unable to make his first-team debut due to a hamstring injury that has seen him miss his side’s opening matches of the 2019-20 season.Spanish forward Marco Asensio is another who is sidelined having suffered a cruciate ligament injury in a pre-season friendly meeting with Arsenal.As a result, Zinedine Zidane faces selection issues with his squad looking so thin ahead of Sunday’s visit of Villarreal.Los Blancos kicked off their season with a 3-1 win over Celta Vigo, with goals from Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and Lucas Vazquez securing the three points despite a second-half red card for Luka Modric.They were, however, held by Valladolid in a shock result at the Bernabeu, with Benzema’s 82nd-minute opener cancelled out by Sergi Guardiola.After facing Villarreal on September 1, Madrid will then have a break 14 days before their next fixture against Levante, where Hazard could well make his competitive debut for the club.
A brave new era at the Estadio Morumbi began on Sunday. Two blockbuster signings were cleared to take the pitch for Sao Paulo in their Brasileirao showdown with Ceara, a duo that between them boast some of football’s biggest prizes.On the right-hand side of defence lined up the grizzled figure of Juanfran, the Atletico Madrid legend who has opted to spend his final playing years thousands of kilometres away from the Spanish capital. On any other day the 34-year-old would have been the biggest attraction as he made his Tricolor bow.Against Ceara, however, all eyes were on another man. Dani Alves, fresh from inspiring Brazil to Copa America glory, took the pitch wearing Sao Paulo’s No. 10 shirt, fulfilling a long-held dream of his to represent the club at a time when some of Europe’s biggest sides were still chasing his signature. That love is mutual: 40,000 fans turned out at his official presentation, and the Morumbi was packed on Sunday to welcome him back officially to Brazil’s top flight 17 years after leaving Bahia for Sevilla. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? 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 But this is indeed a new beginning. Alves lined up in the middle of midfield in the host’s starting formation, far from his post on the right side of defence where he made his name. Following in the footsteps of Rai, Kaka and other Sao Paulo legends, he is the Tricolor’s No. 10 in every possible sense.That is not to say that at 36, the former Barcelona, Juventus and PSG star is looking to close out his career in a flurry of Harlem Globetrotters-esque tricks and exuberant showboating. Sunday’s first half saw him play primarily with his back to goal and with one or two touches, always looking to bring his team-mates into the game in the face of aggressive Ceara pressing.It was nevertheless far from a stroll for the star. After testing Ceara’s Diogo Silva in the first minute with an effort from outside the area Alves toiled under the close attention of the visitors’ markers, struggling to make much of an impact in a crowded midfield. On more than one occasion he was guilty of dawdling on the ball and losing possession in an opening 40 minutes that offered few thrills. All he needed, though, was one opportunity.Just as Ceara were looking forward to entering the break on level terms, Alves turned up in the area to break the deadlock. His goal owed much to Juanfran, who steamed down the right flank and crossed low into the danger zone; Ceara failed to clear their lines and Alves had no problem in bursting through after taking Raniel’s short pass and finishing with class.The goal sent a previously dormant Morumbi into raptures as almost every member of the Sao Paulo side shared in the celebrations. His last act of the first half saw him send a free-kick into the side netting before the referee’s whistle sounded, and he marched off down the tunnel with an ovation from the home stands ringing in his ears. His dream move was enjoying a dream start.Ceara were the team that pushed hardest after the break, and probably should have had a penalty when the spritely Felippe Cardoso was poleaxed by Sao Paulo goalkeeper Thiago Volpi with the net gaping. But Alves remained a danger, and almost added an assist to his goal in repaying the favour for Raniel before play was brought back for a marginal offside. With no further movement on the scoresheet Sao Paulo settled for a 1-0 win, far from a vintage performance but a more than satisfactory end to this historic day for the Paulista giants.Bigger challenges than Ceara will follow. Qualification for next year’s Copa Libertadores is the overriding goal for Sao Paulo this season, giving Alves the chance to add a win in South America’s biggest club competition to his three Champions League triumphs and thus enter an exclusive club of stars who have succeeded in both, a group that includes Ronaldinho, Carlos Tevez and Kaka.A top-six finish in this year’s Serie A would assure a place in the Copa, though there is no reason why the Tricolor, now five points back from leaders Santos with a game in hand and with four wins in their last four outings, cannot challenge for the title with less than half of the current campaign played to date. It is clear that the arrivals of Juanfran and especially Alves can only help in that quest.On the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, meanwhile, more than a few teams may be looking at events in the Morumbi with no little regret. Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham were linked with Alves’ services this summer, while reports in Spain claimed he contacted Barcelona over a possible return only to see the Catalans turn down the opportunity.What is clear from Sunday is that, even at 36, in his first competitive match since the Copa America and with precious little time to prepare with his new team-mates, the right-back-turned-playmaker remains a priceless talent. His departure from Europe’s elite is a loss for his most recent suitors but without a shadow of a doubt a coup for Sao Paulo – and Brazilian football as a whole.
Neymar has seen his decision to walk away from Barcelona questioned by Denilson, but a fellow Brazilian is looking forward to seeing what future transfer windows bring.A summer of speculation saw it suggested that a return to Camp Nou could be on the cards for a frontman currently on the books at Paris Saint-Germain.Neymar, after two years in France, made it clear that he wanted out and that a retracing of his steps of Catalunya was his preferred choice. 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 Barca did all they could to make that happen, but the demands of PSG ultimately made it impossible to get an agreement in place before the deadline passed.As a result, Neymar is having to build bridges at Parc des Princes and accept that he will be going nowhere until at least January.That situation disappoints countryman Denilson, but there is still a chance that a deal could be done in 2020 when Barcelona and PSG are freed to return to the negotiating table once more.Denilson, who spent seven years in Spain with Real Betis and was part of Brazil’s triumphant 2002 World Cup-winning squad, told reporters in his role as a La Liga ambassador: “Yes, I miss Neymar because he was happy here.“He was playing for one hell of a team with really good players alongside him“But he made a decision and who are we to go against that. He wanted success somewhere else. I also had the opportunity to play in France and it’s not the same as Spain. “The quality here in Spain is impressive. There, it’s more physical.“It was a long story with Neymar, if he would come (back) or not. Let’s see what happens in January when he has the chance to leave again.”While Neymar is no longer plying his trade in Spain, a number of Brazilian stars are catching the eye.Real Madrid youngsters Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo are among those currently making their mark, with Denilson impressed with the progress being made by two players with considerable potential.He added on Vinicius and the stars of the future: “I experienced something similar to him because I arrived at 19 years old, he was a kid who left for a country that has a very different football culture.“When he arrived he played very well for two or three months and now I think he has less pressure and is starting to adapt better.“People demand a lot but he is very young. A little patience with him and with Rodrygo is required, they are very young and both of them will succeed in Spain if given time.”
Gabriel Jesus is “fighting like an animal” to become Manchester City’s first-choice striker, according to Pep Guardiola.The City boss admits it is tough for the 22-year-old to battle against club legend Sergio Aguero for a regular place in his side.Jesus started ahead of the Argentinian in the 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday and he justified Guardiola’s decision by heading in the opener – his 50th goal in just 110 appearances and the seventh consecutive start when he has scored. 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 “Competing with Sergio is maybe the most difficult thing,” Guardiola said. “Sergio is a legend, an outrageous player – amazing. He is so calm.”[Jesus] is a real competitor – he accepts the decisions and every session he fights like an animal.”His mentality means he’ll always have success. He is hungry, he wants to become an important striker around the world. We are lucky to have him.”City beat a host of leading European clubs, including Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, when they snapped him up from Brazilian club Palmeiras three years ago.And Guardiola believes the £27 million ($35m) transfer fee makes him one of the club’s best ever pound-for-pound signings.”He is the No.9 for Brazil so he is an incredible player,” Guardiola added.”I thought the club bought an incredible young player at an incredible price – one of their best signings.”He fights with Sergio and Sergio fights with him for one position. It’s good. Sometimes I need Sergio for many things and sometimes I need Gabriel.”The reason [he started] is because I thought Gabriel was in that rhythm after the games with the national team.”I don’t know what is going to happen in the next game.”Jesus was lively throughout the win at Selhurst Park as City outplayed the Eagles to maintain their challenge on leaders Liverpool.City should have had more than their two goals and the striker had one great opportunity saved by Wayne Hennessey when he should have passed to team-mate Kevin De Bruyne for a simple tap-in.”Of course he is still young and can improve,” Guardiola said. “The last action… like when he has to pass to Kevin, he has to do it. But he is so young.”We missed a lot of chances. We have to be clinical.”The people say the Champions League [is our] target, we still are not ready.”We create a lot and don’t concede but can improve.”We’ve scored a lot over the last two seasons and I don’t have doubts about that but we have to keep going.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Manchester United “want a striker like Roberto Firmino or Heung-min Son”, says Gary Neville, with the club prepared to move away from “typical” frontmen like Romelu Lukaku and Diego Costa.The Red Devils proved as much when sanctioning the sale of a Belgium international goalscorer over the summer.Lukaku was allowed to leave for Inter as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sought to take things in a different direction at Old Trafford. 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 Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial are now being asked to lead the line, with United placing greater emphasis on movement, pace and team work.Neville believes that may be the best solution long term as others – including Red Devils teams of the past – have shown that you do not need a prolific focal point to be successful.The former United defender told Sky Sports: “I look at Firmino when he first came to England, I look at [Mohamed] Salah when he was first at Chelsea, I look at [Sadio] Mane. Sometimes players have to develop into what they are going to become.”I think United want a striker like Firmino, like Son at Tottenham. I think [Solskjaer] wants that type of player.”I don’t think he wants a typical striker who is basically going to be a Lukaku or a Costa. I don’t think he’s looking for that type. I think he’s looking for a more mobile type in a front three or a front two.“I think this club has always had strikers who can play in pairs, who contribute off the ball.”I’ll make a point about Ruud van Nistelrooy. We won less championships with him at centre-forward than when we brought Louis Saha in to partner Wayne Rooney.”He was nowhere near as good a finisher as Ruud or as good a striker as Ruud, but the team became better. And that’s my point, I don’t think Ole wants a striker like that; I think he wants a mobile striker.”Liverpool are considered to be the blueprint in the present for working without a standard No.9, with Jurgen Klopp having set his stall out quickly upon taking the reins at Anfield when he took the decision to offload Christian Benteke.”He just chucked him out the club because he didn’t suit his style of play,” Neville added.”Ole’s done the same with Lukaku, and Lukaku is a far better player than Benteke.”Ole is not going to sign a striker just because he scores goals, because Lukaku would have done that.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.