BREAKING: Vincent Taylor Declares For 2017 NFL Draft

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. One day after being named the Alamo Bowl Defensive MVP, junior defensive tackle Vincent Taylor announced his intentions to declare for the 2017 NFL Draft via his Twitter account.What a journey!— Vincent Taylor (@BallOut_96) December 30, 2016This one shouldn’t be a huge shock, but there was definitely a decision to make. From a strictly business point of view, Taylor had less to gain from a return than fellow juniors Mason Rudolph and James Washington.His game speaks for itself. He’s been a disruptive force up front for the last two years and has a chance to be successful at the next level.Taylor’s 7.0 sacks and 13.0 tackles for loss this season are the most by an interior d-lineman during Gundy’s tenure.As far as the Cowboys are concerned, this does leave the interior of the defensive line fairly young but still with plenty of talent. DeQuinton Osborne will be a red-shirt senior, as will be Vili Leveni and Ben Hughes. This could open up a starting spot for sophomore Darrion Daniols who has gotten quality reps since arriving in Stillwater. Cameron Murray and Taaj Bakari should also compete for snaps in the young, yet promising defensive line group that helped anchor the 2016 team.last_img read more

Photos: Spring Practice Winds Down for Oklahoma State

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. [PFB] Spring practice is nearly over in Stillwater, but we have a few more photos to enjoy before it’s a wrap until the fall. Jackson Lavarnway has been crushing all spring with his photography, and the final practice is no different. Hope you like ’em. [PFB] [PFB]last_img read more

Poll Results: Majority of Fans Think Gundy is Big 12’s Best Coach

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. With the retirement of Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops, OSU’s head honcho Mike Gundy is now the longest, continuous tenured coach in the Big 12.Yes, Kansas State coach Bill Snyder has coached longer, but even he took a break. TCU’s Gary Patterson has actually coached the Horned Frogs longer than Gundy has coached the Cowboys, but TCU didn’t join the Big 12 until 2012.While Gundy is the longest tenured, does Stoops’ retirement also make Gundy the best coach in the conference? That’s the question we posed on twitter.To be honest, the response was… as expected.AdChoices广告This week’s poll question: With Bob Stoops’ departure, is Mike Gundy now the best coach in the Big 12?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) July 18, 2017An overwhelming 86%, or 1,490 of you who voted, said that yes, Gundy is now the best.While most of you voted Gundy, most of the comments were pro Bill Snyder.Here’s a sampling of some of the comments we received.“Still have to go with Snyder, but I would have done that before Stoops left too. One of the hardest places to win in the big 12.” – Zach Mauch“As much as I love Coach Gundy Coach Snider is still the best coach.” – Farmer“Not just because the other guy is gone…he always was!” – Kandice“Coach Gundy was already the best, before Bob left.” – Kirk WilliamsI, like most of you, am a diehard Oklahoma State fan. I bleed orange and have my own pair of orange-tinted glasses. However, I think this is a tricky question to answer. How do we quantify “the best”?Is it Big 12 titles? If that’s the case then it’s Bill Snyder who has two compared to Gundy’s one.Is it total wins? That goes to Snyder, too, who’s got 202.Or is it win percentage? The winner here goes to Gary Patterson with 73.4% compared to Gundy’s 67.5%.While Bill Snyder is a hall of fame coach for what he’s been able to do at Kansas State, he has been coaching longer as a whole than Gundy so he should have more wins. Plus, Kansas State hasn’t had a double-digit win season since 2012. Gundy has had three since then.Patterson may have a better winning percentage, but he won a lot of those games while coaching in Conference USA and the Mountain West. His winning percentage in the Big 12? 54.8%.If you want to claim that Gundy is the best coach in the league right now, I don’t think I can argue. Snyder is getting closer and closer to retirement every year. Outside of two seasons, TCU has been mediocre at best facing a non group-of-five schedule. Riley, Herman, and Rhule could be really good coaches, but they haven’t coached a single game at their schools yet.However, I don’t think I can completely disagree if you argue Snyder is still the best, even if he hasn’t been at his best the past couple of seasons.I think if Gundy wins the Big 12 this year, then the answer becomes undeniably yes, he is the best. Until then, the topic remains up for debate. Just not among OSU fans.last_img read more

Take The 2017 Oklahoma State Survey

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. You know it’s officially football season when OKC Dave puts together his annual survey for OSU fans.Incredibly, this year is the 10th edition of what has now evolved into a preseason ritual for most people, myself included. Please take the survey in the link provided and feel free to leave any additional comments below. Dave will close the survey on August 11, and results (which will be up on the site) should be available around August 15.Here are the results from last year.Take The SurveyAdChoices广告last_img read more

Talking Touch – May

first_imgTo view the stories, please click on the links below. Mudgee’s Yeo receives NSW Touch Football life membershipMudgee Touch Association treasurer Jim Yeo was made a life member of the NSW Touch Association at their annual general meeting on Saturday.Yeo has been involved in touch football since the mid 1980s. Coffs scores National Touch LeagueCoffs Harbour has added another national sporting jewel to its crown with Touch Football Australia announcing the National Touch League will be held at BCU International Stadium for the next two years.The announcement sees the competition return to its spiritual home of Coffs Harbour, which held the first ever National Touch League in 1997. Baggio rated NSW’s best touch refWagga Touch Football referee David Baggio has been rewarded for his fine form this season. Baggio was awarded the Ian Matthew Medal as NSW’s best referee at a recent awards night and has been named the second best whistle-blower in the world.Baggio was awarded the Ian Matthew Medal as NSW’s best referee at a recent awards night and has been named the second best whistle-blower in the world. Runners Endurance Put To The TestImagine trekking through the rugged Blue Mountains for 100km, lugging a backpack containing no fewer than three spare pairs of shoes and finishing in complete darkness as the race clock ticks past its 16th hour.Can’t do it? You’re probably not alone.University of Wollongong student Michael Chapman knows exactly what it’s like – and he’s set for a repeat dose at the WildEndurance challenge which starts today. The Fitz Files – Team of the WeekThe Australian men’s, women’s and mixed touch football teams. All won their trans-Tasman Tests against New Zealand in Mudgee last week. RAH! Hills: Touch football victory for Hills Sports HighHills Sports High School at Seven Hills is celebrating after making history at last week’s NSW All Schools Touch Football Championships.The school’s boys’ and girls’ teams won their divisions and became the first school to hold both trophies aloft. Politicians keep in touch with their statesPoliticians swapped their pressed suits for sweaty gym gear this morning to decide who would be the winner of political State of Origin.ACT Labor MP Andrew Leigh, Graham Perrett, Barnaby Joyce, Andrew Laming, Darren Chester, Scott Buchholz, Craig Kelly, Michael McCormack, Shayne Numann, Bert van Manen and Matt Thistlethwaite braved this morning’s chilly morning to find out who could cross the try-line without a touch from the opposition. Mudgee Mudcrabs’ high hopesMudgee Mudcrabs are hoping to come back from Dubbo this weekend with the mixed opens Country Championships trophy in their possession.For the first time in a number of years Mudgee will compete at the Touch NSW event at Dubbo’s Riverside Playing Fields. Touch great to boost TareeA Touch Football hall of fame member will help bolster Taree over 50 men’s side’s campaign at the Country Championships to be held at Dubbo this weekend.One of the game’s greats, Mick McCall, has agreed to play with the Taree squad. Finishing Touches To Help Make For A Successful Carnival It takes a lot of hard work to keep an annual sporting event running for 22 years straight but that is the scenario that faces Dubbo Touch Association this weekend when it hosts the NSW Country Championships.With the finishing touches being put on the association’s new clubhouse, 84 teams will roll into Dubbo to prepare for the two-day event, which will kick off early tomorrow morning. Mudgee Mudcrabs Anguish LossMudgee Mudcrabs had a heartbreaking exit from the Touch NSW Country Championships in Dubbo on the weekend, losing their mixed open quarter final match in a drop-off.The team, which was a mixture of youth and experience, performed exceptionally well, comfortably winning their pool before losing to Forster Tuncurry 5-4 in a three-on-three drop-off. Touch Of Genius For AussiesRockhampton’s Daniel Withers is the perfect example of how touch football in Central Queensland is leading the way in Australia.The local touch footballer has scored some winning form for the Queensland Open Men’s Team after helping Australia reclaim the Trans Tasman Title in Mudgee, New South Wales. Harragon And Crew Bring Fine Touch To ClubhouseFormer Newcastle Knights captain Paul Harragon and his Tooheys New Crew will be in Dubbo this week to lend a hand in the construction of the new Dubbo Touch Association Clubhouse, which will be located at Riverbank Ovals.Mr Harragon said along with his team of skilled tradies, he expected a big Dubbo crowd to come and participate in the construction of the club house on the day. Jenna’s On A MissionTrinity Catholic College student Jenna Lees is aiming to make the Under-19 NSW Combined Catholic College touch team next month.Lees was picked in the Under-19 Lismore Diocesan team after the championships were held at Hepburn Park, Goonellabah, on Tuesday. Lismore Diocesan Touch Champions CrownedHarbour’s John Pauls College has outplayed 11 north coast teams to take out this year’s Under 19 males Diocesan Touch Championships. Hilder Will Stick AroundNational touch star Kylie Hilder has reconsidered retirement following a successful trans-tasman series as a member of the Australian Mixed Touch team in Mudgee.“I thought it would be (my last time) but I got given the captaincy which was a massive thing and I also got given the flag-bearing duties which is massive as well,” Kylie said. Vying For Higher HonoursMore than 45 touch football teams from the border to Port Macquarie have battled it out in Lismore today.They were all vying for championship honours, but also the chance to represent the zone in Tamworth next month. Young Star Already Has The Right TouchThe burning question about Ashleigh Quinlan is this.Will she do a reverse James Tamou with pike? Touch titles back where they belongCoffs Coast Advocate, 19/05/2012Top class touch football is returning to the Coffs Coast.It was announced this week that the National Touch League is returning to BCU International Stadium for the next two years.The 2013 National Touch League is scheduled for March with an announcement of the exact dates to be made later this year.Touch Football Australia’s announcement sees the competition return to its spiritual home of Coffs Harbour, which hosted the first ever National Touch League in 1997.Coffs Harbour Mayor Keith Rhoades said the city was delighted to welcome the National Touch League back once more.“The tournament was played here for more than 10 years and became a very popular part of our sporting calendar,” Cr Rhoades said.“Since then we’ve improved the BCU International Stadium even further with the digital TV-standard floodlights and other works.“We are confident that we can offer the players, officials and supporters one of the best regional sports grounds they have ever experienced in regional NSW – and our famous warm welcome.”The hosting rights is a major coup for Coffs Harbour after a competitive tender process saw it beat out multiple submissions from all across New South Wales to hold the 2013 and 2014 events.Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser was also pleased with the news. “I am proud Coffs Harbour has been chosen to host the National Touch League in 2013 and 2014,” Mr Fraser said.“These national events will generate a huge buzz for the town with spectators, participants, family and friends no doubt keen to enjoy the competition, speed and agility of touch football.”Steph On Her Bike In Memory Of UncleNorthern Daily Leader, 17/05/2012Steph Halpin will compete in a charity ride later this year in honour of her uncle Chris.Tamworth’s Steph Halpin is swapping her touch football boots for bike and helmet to help conquer cancer. The Australian touch representative will embark on one of the biggest challenges of her sporting life in October when she competes in The Sunsuper Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse at RPA (Royal Prince Alfred Hospital).The two-day 200km ride will include a night of camping and take participants through some of the state’s scenic countryside.Their efforts will support breakthrough research and the discovery of new cancer therapies at The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse at RPA. The cause is one one close to Halpin’s heart. “I’m doing it in memory of my uncle Chris,” she said. The local identity was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2010 and over a period of 10 months fought a very brave and courageous battle through chemotherapy sessions and lots of medical testing.Sadly, he lost his fight in December that year. He was an inspiration to his niece in many ways, not only through his fight with cancer and hunger to beat the disease but also through their shared passion for sport and she believes this ride is the perfect way to remember him and actively participate in an event that benefits others and their families who are doing it tough with cancer. She has already started preparing. “I’m training with a good friend of mine from Newcastle who’s doing it with me,” she said. “We do riding during the week then Saturday morning we do a group ride.” At the moment they’re averaging about 60-70km a session. It has been a bit of a sporting release for Halpin. “I had a pretty bad back injury and haven’t played touch since the World Cup (in June last year),” she said. “The only thing I can do is swimming and riding.” She hopes to raise at least $2500.To help her reach this goal, visit to make a donation online, or call 1300 33 RIDE and quote participant number 861900-2.If you see a story from your local media organisations about Touch Football and would like to see it on the Touch Football Australia website, please email read more

6 Tips to Ensure Your Emails Are Read (and Enjoyed)

first_imgEmail is one of the most effective ways to communicate with supporters. But if your emails aren’t reaching inboxes, aren’t sparking interest with a thoughtful subject line, or are too generic, there’s a chance your supporters won’t read them at all. Below are a few tips to help you personalize messages and refine your delivery strategy so that your emails are read (and enjoyed). Customize the “From” fieldThere’s nothing special or memorable about receiving an email from “office” or But when you personalize the “From” address to send your campaign from an actual person, such as your executive director or a beneficiary of your work, you’ve taken the first step in creating a relationship with your supporters.Limit your subject line lengthThe perfect subject line length is up for debate. The rule of thumb is a 40 character limit, but some email clients display only the first 25. When in doubt, test across as many email clients as you can, and take a look at your open rates as you test.Perfect subject line copy You’ve got only one chance to make a good first impression. Your email subject lines can show how much you respect your constituents’ busy schedules by telling them exactly what they’ll find inside. Always avoid using ALL CAPS, dollar signs, and exclamation points, all of which will raise flags for spam filters. You should also avoid using words such as “free,” “help,” or “invite.” Try “complimentary,” “assistance,” and “confirm” instead. To increase your email delivery rates further, always use a spam filter test (Constant Contact has a great spam checker!) to scour your email header, subject line, body, and footer.Make it personal Formal salutations like “Dear Sir or Madam” can be appropriate when writing long form letters by hand, but with email, the expectations are less formal. Feel free to address your recipients with a familiar “Hi,” followed by their first name—provided of course that you have followed the email list building best practice of asking for first and last names.Bring it to a closeThe same advice to keep your content personal applies when signing off. Feel free to thank your supporters and be sincere, but remember to sign off with your own name to personalize the email further. Some organizations like to include a small photo of the sender to create an even more personal touch. The email’s closing also provides you with the chance to add one more reminder using a post script (P.S.) to prompt reader action. Be sure to take advantage of this, as it has proven to be one of the most read elements in emails.Test and refineWhen it comes to email marketing to any audience, there is no single proven path to guaranteed success. However, testing and refining your emails will help you better understand your audience and craft messages that raise more money while creating lasting connections.Ready to dive in to professional email marketing? Find out more about Constant Contact and start raising more money for your mission with email marketing. MedSend has raised over half a million online by combiningeffective email marketing with their online fundraising strategy.last_img read more

Motivate ’Em Messages: What Secrets Can You Share?

first_imgWhen I saw this Facebook post from the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless (ECHH), my smile spread like wildfire. You see, we’ve been working with the ECHH team on year-end fundraising campaigns for a few years, and among the countless things I was surprised to learn when we started is just how many of the individuals and families they serve are working full-time (or more, holding multiple jobs) but still can’t make ends meet—68%!Sixty-eight percent is a huge segment—almost two-thirds of those served by ECHH. These folks aren’t alone. Unfortunately, the “working poor” population is growing fast, but many people are still unaware of that critical detail.In fact, there’s a common misperception that people without homes bring it on themselves through laziness (like not working or not trying to find a job), addiction, or other issues. Even though that’s untrue for so many of ECHH’s clients and for other families who have lost their homes, widespread misperceptions like this one often become so entrenched that they seem like facts.Kudos to ECHH for opening eyes and minds to this crucial fact across its communication channels, including Facebook. It’s a potential game-changer and is likely to move some prospects from no to maybe or yes on the donate meter.ECHH strives to correct misperceptions that stand in the way of a donation with stories that highlight the efforts those served are putting in to take care of their families. Similar stories that engage readers through likeable protagonists just like themselves were featured in a recent campaign letter: We helped Jeannie find extra work to supplement her salary from her full-time job (and build up some savings) and to get the full allotment of food stamps the family deserved.With Martha and Renee now back to their happy selves and Jack busy in college, Jeannie is once again beginning to feel that her family is secure.Your organization has stories and stats that are equally vital but unknown. Discover what your secrets are and unmask them asap! They may be the tipping point for your year-end fundraising campaign.last_img read more

Vote for the Top Social Enterprises that Empower Women and Girls

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on February 26, 2013March 21, 2017By: Sarah Blake, MHTF consultantClick 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)Yesterday, Women Deliver opened voting for the 25 top Social Enterprises for Women and Girls.  These 25 organizations are doing some incredible work, and using innovative approaches to address some major challenges facing women, including maternal health. Women Deliver invites voters to select up to three choices from the 25 top groups.From Women Deliver: This year, we are asking global advocates like you to vote on three of the 25 enterprises listed below that you believe are truly making a difference for girls and women. Voting closes on March 6th at 12pm EST. Women Deliver worked in partnership with Echoing Green, a global nonprofit that provides seed funding and technical assistance to emerging social entrepreneurs, to select these 25 social enterprises from the semifinalists of the Echoing Green Fellowship Program. The top 10 social enterprises will be awarded a full scholarship to attend the Women Deliver 2013 conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (May 28-30, 2013) and compete in the Social Enterprise Challenge and “Pitch-Off” on May 30th. Winners will also be given fast-track access to TrustLaw Connect, a program of the Thomson Reuters Foundation that connects lawyers looking to do pro bono work with social enterprises and NGOS in need of legal assistance.To learn more about Women Deliver, including the upcoming Women Deliver 2013 conference, visit the Women Deliver website.Share this:last_img read more

Increasing Midwifery Care in Mexico: Interview With Cris Alonso

first_imgPosted on August 29, 2014August 10, 2016Click 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)Luna Maya is a midwife-run birth center in Chiapas, Mexico. It was created in 2004 through a MacArthur Foundation (MAF) statewide initiative to reduce maternal mortality in Chiapas. Despite many years of interventions and investment, the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) in Chiapas had remained stagnant over the previous 10 years. We talked to Cris Alonso, the director of Luna Maya, to ask her some questions about the center and what it has done for the women of Southern Mexico.Q. What need did you identify in Mexico that led you to envision and create a birth center?When the MAF initiative launched, NGOs, government and experts were convened to form a commission to design an inter-institutional strategy to reduce maternal mortality. At the time, access to emergency obstetric and newborn care (EmONC) was the first line intervention in both evidence and practice. I was on the commission and as we designed the proposal and it was evident that there was a lack of creating access to normal birth. With increased access to facility-based delivery in a country where midwives are not part of the health system, without a goal to increase access for normal births, the risk was that medical interventions, cesareans and thus maternal mortality would continuously increase adding obstetric violence to the problem.It seemed evident that the proposal also needed an expert entity in training community midwives, or TBAs, on safe delivery and to hold the space for normal birth. A logical step therefore was the opening of a midwife-run birth center where traditional and professional midwives could train and where low-risk women could access normal birth and be referred in a timely and safe way in the case of complications.Here two issues were evident: first, there was need to improve the skills and training of professional midwives and, second, a need to document the safety of midwifery-led care in a state and country where this had barely been done.The Luna Maya model, therefore, was conceived as a pilot project to demonstrate the efficacy and cultural pertinence of midwifery-led, primary level care units (birth centers) for attending normal birth. This would also provide improved secondary level care as the local hospital would decrease the amount of normal births attended, freeing up resources to attend to high-risk cases in a better way.Q. Why did you choose Chiapas as the primary place for your intervention?Chiapas had maintained a consistently high MMR over the last 10 years. Safe motherhood interventions were consistently lacking in cultural competence, and homebirth with traditional midwives remained the norm. It was a logical step to keep birth at home, where women felt safe and comfortable, but to improve the skills and competencies of midwives, while at the same time improving referral networks and access to EmONC.Q. What experiences led you to the founding of Luna Maya?In my apprenticeship as a midwife I worked in an urban birth center in Guatemala City, at CASA in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico and in a rural homebirth practice in Louisiana. I was familiar with cultural competence as a pillar of midwifery care and valued continuity of care as a positive health intervention that not only improved outcomes, but also increased maternal satisfaction enormously.In my public health training I had interned and then consulted with Marie Stopes International, a reproductive health clinic network that provides family planning and post-abortion care. My vision with Luna Maya was to integrate the positive aspects of a birth center with the positive aspects of a family planning center, centering the care on femifocal care throughout the lifetime, knowing that women bond with their midwives and feel comfortable receiving care from them.Q. What is innovative about Luna Maya’s model of care?Once open, Luna Maya took an interesting turn. Other family care experts approached us and asked to join the team. Quickly, we also had a pediatric clinic, prenatal yoga, childbirth education, acupuncture, psychotherapy, massage and osteopathy. We, therefore, developed a model where the entire family could access a model that integrated complementary and medical care that also focused on continuity of care.What is unique about the Luna Maya model is that it honors women´s choices throughout the lifetime. Women had sexual and reproductive needs as well as other wellbeing needs. We also know that women more and more integrate complementary and medical therapies in their care program and it made sense that all providers were working together with the woman to design a health and wellbeing program, which included prenatal care, treatment for an STI, infant illness, etc. By working together, the medical and complementary health providers could be informed of progress and ensure best outcomes. However, Luna Maya puts women at the center of the health care decisions. We provide a plethora of providers and services and the woman can thus chose what best suits her health care values and beliefs. If a woman is central to her health care program she is much more likely to adhere to treatment and attend consultations or therapy.The Luna Maya model therefore is femifocal in that it expands much further than motherhood. It explores women’s health as something that happens to all women: women who are mothers, lovers, wives, single, lesbian, stressed, infertile, raped, tired, sick, happy, exposed to STIs, deciding whether or not to continue a pregnancy, choosing a family planning method, taking care of children, and who are part of a family system. I believe that this most reflects the reality of health, as part of a system where we take the woman as a central, intelligent agent of decisions and action.Check back in next week for the second part of this two part interview.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

A Year of Mentoring, a Lifetime of Impact: The Maternal Health Young Professionals Program in India

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on October 17, 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)At the beginning of this year, the MHTF teamed up with St. John’s Medical College and Research Institute to launch the Maternal Health Young Professionals (MHYP) program; a year-long mentoring program for health professionals throughout India.This professional development program supported eight young health professionals from the private, public and practice sectors to enhance their research, evaluation, and managerial skills – equipping them with the skills they need to be national and global leaders in maternal health.In September, the MHYP showcased their projects, which were made possible by this unique skill building and mentoring process. Applying scientific writing, statistical methods, and program evaluation training, MHYPs presented projects on low-tech solutions for home-based blood pressure monitoring, acceptability of diverse folic acid delivery methods, quality of midwife-based antenatal care, impact of implementing the “WHO Safe Birthing Checklist,” Lamaze breathing for labor pain control, and home-based pre-eclampsia care.Many of these projects were created based on both professional and personal experiences with the health care system. Sushmita, a nursing professor, experienced a long painful labor with her second birth – a stark contrast to the ease of her first birth when she used breathing exercises taught to her by a nursing classmate. Interested in a low-tech solution to the dearth of pain management techniques for labor in India, she studied the effectiveness of Lamaze breathing exercises on pain control and other birth outcomes. Since breathing exercises are not utilized in India, this intervention has the potential for being a high-impact, low-tech solution to long and painful labor.The transformative aspect of this program was mentoring. Mentoring is rare if not completely absent from medical and nursing education and training in India. One of the MHYPs, Latha, a nurse, said, “Before [this program] we had to learn by our mistakes, but this program allows us to be guided.”Working with both a mentor from their own institution and a mentor from an external institution—such as Jhpiego, St. Johns Research Institute, Myrada, Institute of Public Health, and the National Institute of Epidemiology—these MHYPs set out to put their new skills to use through a variety of projects. When MHYPs and their mentors were interviewed about these projects, a common theme emerged. The research methodologies learned and practiced in this program were invaluable.Dr. Dutta, a mentor, shared, “What India lacks are good researchers… [and a] research bent [is one] that every public health professional I reckon should have so they can generate evidence… [and] so that it feeds back into improving the system. That edge was definitely missing before the MHYP program.”Sushmita agrees with Dr. Dutta and has learned a variety of skills to improve management and patient outcomes. “My knowledge of the research methodology… has improved a great extent and I am confident in managing man power, the resource utilization, [and] patient care,” she said.As the MHYP program comes to a close, the MHTF, along with with St. John’s Medical College and Research Institute, congratulates the eight MHYPs on their efforts to improve maternal health in India.Share this:last_img read more

How Do You Translate Research Into Practice? Here Are Five Ways.

first_imgFive ways an innovative program increased facility birth in NigeriaThe Midwives Service Scheme (MSS) was set up as a game changer to reduce maternal and child mortality so Nigeria could achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on maternal and child health (MCH). Since the publication of our PLoS Medicine paper, the MSS has subsequently been scaled up from 625 PHC facilities to an additional 375 facilities, providing 1,000 facilities across Nigeria with an additional 4,000 midwives and 1,000 community health extension workers. The MSS, in addition to the MCH component of the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) it inspired, has decreased maternal and neonatal mortality. In addition, it inspired a national policy change to allow community health extension workers, who form the bulk of the PHC workforce in Northern Nigeria, to provide contraceptive injectables to women. Lastly, it has also increased community engagement and inspired a conditional cash transfer program, which has increased facility birth by 27%.Share this: Posted on January 15, 2015October 28, 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)Over the last three weeks, we’ve heard from authors around the world who have seen concrete practice and policy results from their articles in our MHTF-PLOS Collection for Maternal Health. Our Translating Research into Practice Series featured these authors and the influence of their papers. Find a summary of the collection below. ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:center_img From inaction to advocacy: placing women and children at the center of sustainable developmentWhile a maternal death is devastating in its own right, a mother’s death is not an isolated event; when a mother dies there are immediate and lasting repercussions for her children, her family, and the broader community. As the dawn of the Sustainable Development Goals fast approaches, it is important that we turn to evidence from the Impacts of Maternal Death on Living Children Study to inform advocacy efforts toward the inclusion of women’s reproductive health and gender equality as a central, fundamental part of global development. Toward this end, we convened a panel of maternal health experts for a live webcast to discuss the implications of this research and the strategies advocates can use to mobilize influential donors and decision-makers to prioritize investments in sexual and reproductive health.Emergency obstetric referral and transport in low- and middle-income countries: the direction of travelOur study called for research to understand how referral and transport interventions work for obstetric emergencies. This research is crucial since decisions to seek care can be deferred or hindered, and even if decisions are rapidly made to seek care, transport may be unavailable or slow. This call has been met with research from Wilson and colleagues that elicited key factors that affect the use and uptake of transport in obstetric emergencies and Nwolise and colleagues that found where community-based loan funds were used along with other interventions, the utilization of health facilities for childbirth increased. Our topic has also received international attention with the World Health Organization supporting an international panel that recently identified research on transport and referral solutions as a priority area to improve maternal and newborn health in low-resource settings.Improving birth and pregnancy outcomes through registries in southern EthiopiaDeveloping countries lack vital registrations that are present in high-income countries. Because of the shortage of such essential information, translating policy into action and monitoring programmes to reduce maternal and neonatal deaths is difficult. As a follow-up to our paper, Maternal and Neonatal Mortality in South-West Ethiopia: Estimates and Socio-Economic Inequality, we developed, validated, and used community-based birth registration in a population of about half a million people in four woredas, or districts, in rural southern Ethiopia. The most important lesson we learnt is that it is possible to obtain high-coverage birth registration and measure maternal mortality in rural communities with trained community health workers.Using research findings to influence maternal health action: An example from NigeriaOur paper—When Women Deliver with No One Present in Nigeria: Who, what, where and so what—revealed that over one in five births in Nigeria was delivered with no one present (NOP) with 94% of those deliveries occurring in northern Nigeria. Our paper has shaped the discourse on maternal and newborn health in Nigeria in the following ways:The start of a statewide community-based distribution of misoprostol and chlorhexidine to link mothers to providersA policy dialogue involving influential local religious leaders who now promote facility birthsGiven the influential nature of our paper, it was chosen as one of three presented at a launch event at Harvard for the MHTF-PLOS collection in November 2013last_img read more

Black Mamas Matter! Building a Human Rights Movement for Maternal Health in the U.S.

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 11, 2016October 12, 2016By: Katrina Anderson, Senior Human Rights Counsel, Center for Reproductive Rights; Pilar Herrero, Human Rights Fellow, Center for Reproductive RightsClick 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)This post is part of “Inequities in Maternal Mortality in the U.S.,” a blog series hosted by the MHTF.The United States (U.S.) lags behind much of the world in terms of ensuring maternal health and survival. Despite spending more money on health care than any other high-income country, the U.S. maternal mortality rate is worse than 45 other countries, including the United Kingdom, Japan, and Libya.Moreover, while most countries are making progress toward better maternal survival rates, the situation in the U.S. is backsliding. Today, women in the U.S. are actually more likely to die as a result of pregnancy or childbirth complications than they were two decades ago, and Black women are nearly four times more likely to die than White women. These trends are a wake-up call that rising maternal mortality and morbidity is not only an issue for women outside our borders – it is a domestic human rights crisis.Over the past year, the international community has called for urgent action to address this crisis. In August 2014, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) raised concerns about the U.S. failure to eliminate disparities in sexual and reproductive health, including maternal mortality (available in other languages), and called on the government to improve data collection and accountability systems. In May 2015, the UN Human Rights Council facilitated a review of the U.S. and issued a recommendation from Finland calling on the U.S. to ensure equal access to quality maternal health services. And just this month, members of a UN Working Group concluded a visit to the U.S. with a recommendation that government authorities summon the political will to remedy pervasive racial disparities in maternal health.These international critiques help to raise awareness of maternal health problems in the U.S. by showing that other countries have done far more to reduce their maternal mortality rates, and with fewer resources. They also support a more expansive approach to the issues involved, urging a disruption of the professional silos that inhibit our ability to address a problem as complex as maternal mortality. Most importantly, human rights standards remind us that preventable maternal mortality violates a fundamental contract between government and its citizens, and that government ought to be held accountable when it breaks.Efforts at the local level are spurring this renewed attention from international human rights bodies by empowering Black women and elevating their voices. In 2014, SisterSong, a reproductive justice organization based in Atlanta, hosted story circles with Black women living in the South. The Center for Reproductive Rights partnered with SisterSong to document these stories, which were included in a report to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). As ICERD reviewed U.S. efforts to eliminate racial discrimination, the stories summarized in the report provided crucial information about discrimination in health.Building on that momentum, we invited a group of experts to a multi-disciplinary convening at the SisterSong Mother House in June 2015. The “Black Mamas Matter” convening included academics, public health practitioners, doctors, midwives, doulas, community organizers, policy experts, funders, and advocates. Participants—many of whom are Black women from the South—shared information, identified current challenges, articulated visions for the future, and discussed strategies.One key theme that emerged was the need to openly discuss the impact of racial discrimination on maternal health outcomes. This requires looking at the experiences of Black women that go beyond the clinical encounter and begin well before they become pregnant. Participants identified the need to address structural inequalities that influence the social determinants of health, particularly for women of color. These include access to quality health care along the entire reproductive life course, safe, affordable housing, and paid parental leave. They noted the importance of confronting racial bias in health care settings, and called for better health surveillance systems and data collection methodologies that capture the lived experiences of Black women. In short, their collective vision is a holistic health care model that invests in Black women and their families.Since the Black Mamas Matter convening, participants have been cultivating a cross-sectoral network of individuals and organizations committed to addressing Black women’s maternal health in the South. CRR is also working closely with members of this network to develop a toolkit for state-based advocates interested in learning more about the problem and potential policy solutions.The policy solutions we propose are grounded in reproductive justice theory and human rights law. This approach is valuable because it recognizes the intersectionality of rights, issues and identities in ways that our domestic legal and policy framework does not. The human rights frame is also unique in that it emphasizes participation and transparency throughout decision-making processes. In the U.S. context, a human rights-based approach to maternal health policy cannot be implemented without the participation of Black women. Instead, it depends on recognizing Black women’s leadership, and scaling up the work that they are already doing in their communities.Share this:last_img read more

Five Keys to Ensuring Sustainability of High-Impact, Scalable MNCH Programs

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on April 7, 2016October 12, 2016By: Luis Tam, Global Technical Lead for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Management Sciences for Health (MSH)Click 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)Impact. Scale. Sustainability. As public health professionals, we are dedicated to high-impact and high-coverage interventions that significantly improve the health of large human populations. We also hope that the benefits become part of the timeless fabric of their families, communities and the health system.This triple expectation—impact, scale and sustainability—has accompanied global health for decades and especially during the last  generation. In 1990, Dr. Thomas Bossert reported that, among five US government-funded health programs in Africa and Central America, a project’s capacity to show results was the most important factor to ensure the sustainability of its benefits.Recently, the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, as part of the US Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded FANTA III project, investigated the factors which enabled post-project sustainability (up to three years after project end) among USAID-funded food assistance projects in Kenya, Honduras, Bolivia and India. These projects included maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) interventions, such as maternal and child health, nutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene. Tufts found three factors critical to sustainability: (1) a sustained source of resources, (2) sustained technical and managerial capacity, and (3) sustained motivation of beneficiaries and service providers. Linkages to governmental organizations and/or other entities was considered a fourth factor that is central to sustainability in many circumstances. A gradual process of exit also contributed to sustainability.What Do These Sustainability Findings Mean for Global High-Impact, Scalable MNCH Programs?1. Measure results. MNCH programs must include a strategy to ensure accurate, complete and timely collection; processing; and reporting of health information needed to reach a determination of program success. In Rwanda, MSH is assisting government stakeholders with the timely and accurate periodic reporting of its hundreds of health facilities into the web-based DHIS2 software. This assistance has resulted in better decisions and improved allocation of local resources, which helps ensure better care for mothers, newborns and children.2. Ensure sustainable resources. Since additional personnel, medicines and commodities, equipment, and health infrastructure are needed (in most cases) to continue providing benefits to a population after a donor-funded MNCH project ends, projects need to engage national and subnational government, the private sector and international donors to facilitate other types of sustainable funding (e.g. government taxation, commercial credits or microloans to private providers, health insurance). In addition, MNCH projects should also support health leaders and managers to ensure the adequate deployment and use of these resources and to report these findings to their key stakeholders. In Nigeria, for example, MSH was successful in engaging the state governments of Niger, Kwara and Sokoto to increase their domestic funding for prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV and other HIV programs by $2.5 million. Thus, this initiative helped initially-funded USAID programs continue to operate.3. Build capacity. Enhance local technical and management capacity during the project life, e.g., leadership, management and governance, quality improvement, pharmaceutical management, health information systems, human resource management, fundraising and financial management. Participatory planning at the local level, online training, mobile technology and integrated supportive supervision are all steps in the right direction. In Afghanistan, MSH and other development partners assisted in the creation of provincial schools for the 18-month pre-service training of locally recruited community midwives. Studies by Dr. Linda Bartlett from Johns Hopkins University show that in provinces benefiting from these schools, approximately 90 percent of graduates worked in their assigned places and they contributed to a 39-percent increase in ANC and a 63-percent increase in delivery by a skilled attendant.4. Motivate health leaders, managers and providers. Project activities should facilitate communication and feedback between patients and providers. In the Kasai Oriental Province of Democratic Republic of the Congo, for example, MSH assisted local health providers to increase the access and quality of their maternal health services. In addition to facilitating training and supervision opportunities, plus providing material resources for the operation of the facilities, MSH and the government also implemented a performance-based funding activity. Through the latter, high-performing facilities received a periodic cash incentive if they met previously agreed targets of coverage and quality. In the first two years, maternal health indicators increased by 50 percent from baseline values (e.g. 54 percent of pregnant women had four antenatal care visits as compared with a baseline of 20 percent).5. Develop linkages. In MNCH projects, the most important linkages to develop and strengthen are: (a) the provision of a continuum of care, i.e. from the family and community health worker up to the referral hospital, (b) between communities and formal health services, and (c) between government and private health services. These linkages need to work in both ways to be effective and sustainable, e.g., the community health worker receives training, supervision and supplies from the health facility, while referring patients and providing periodic information on his or her health production and epidemiological findings to the health facility.Global health programs provide significant and sustained health benefits to the most vulnerable populations, including women, newborns and children, in some of the most hard to reach and conflict-ridden regions. We owe it to beneficiaries to help ensure that MNCH programs continue to make the most impact to the most people for many generations to come.This post has been lightly edited from its original appearance on the Global Health Impact Blog.Photo credit: Mark TuschmanShare this:last_img read more

Rhinoceros Party of Canada announces candidate for Prince GeorgePeace RiverNorthern Rockies

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Rhinoceros Party of Canada, a satirical political party, has named a candidate to run in the riding of Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies for the upcoming federal election.Selected by the Party to run in our riding is Jacob “Turkman” Stokes.While not much is known about Stokes, some of the Party’s platform includes tackling environmental issues and lowering taxes. Since its founding, the Rhinoceros Party has been unable to secure a seat in the House of Commons but does claim that several candidates have finished in second or third place in their constituency.Candidates running in Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies include Conservative candidate and incumbent Bob Zimmer, Catharine Kendall of the Green Party, and Ron Vaillant of the People’s Party of Canada.The Liberal and NDP parties have yet to nominate a candidate.The Federal Election is October 21, 2019.last_img read more

Parineeti ecstatic about Kesari success

first_imgMumbai: Actress Parineeti Chopra is ecstatic that her latest release “Kesari”, starring Akshay Kumar, has raced past the Rs 100-crore mark at the Indian box office. The film is based on the Battle of Saragarhi. On working with Akshay, Parineeti said in a statement: “Akshay sir is the most grounded superstar. He is responsible and committed about work on set, and equally playful and fun-loving off set. “The whole team put in so much into the movie, so this Rs 100 crore is added to the Rs 500 crore compliments and love from the fans. Akshay sir is one of my favourite co-stars. He is so unassuming and humble.” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Parineeti played a small but significant role in the film, which she chose for the script. “Even though ‘Kesari’ is largely based on his (Akshay’s) character and the battle, he always used to tell me ‘you see how much you will be praised’. I always used to feel he is being generous and kind to me, but it was absolutely true. “I am so happy I did this film. It started out as a small guest appearance I was doing for fun but has turned into a project that has taught me so much about the kind of actor I want to be,” Parineeti added. Her next few films include: Saina Nehwal biopic, “Bhuj: The Pride Of India” co-starring Ajay Devgn, based on the real life daredevilry of an Indian Air Force officer.last_img read more

Mens Basketball Andre Wesson takes role of Kaleb Wesson in Ohio States

Ohio State junior forward Andre Wesson (24) shoots a 3-pointer in the second half of the game against Purdue on Jan. 23. Ohio State lost 79-67. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThrough 17 games, it was clear who Ohio State was going to work through down the stretch.Sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson was leading the Buckeyes in scoring by 2.8 points and averaging two more rebounds per game than anyone else on the team.But in Wednesday’s 79-67 loss to Purdue, Wesson found himself in foul trouble, limiting his play time to 16 minutes, and limiting his production to six points and three rebounds.Ohio State was in need of a different player to step up. It turned out the team didn’t even need to look for a different last name to do so.Kaleb’s older brother, junior forward Andre Wesson, stepped up and led the Buckeyes with 22 points, 15 of which came in the second half.Andre Wesson hit on 9-of-10 shots on the night, going a perfect 9-of-9 to start the game, including hitting four-of-five shots from deep.He said his career-best performance came from a sense of urgency after going on the longest losing streak since head coach Chris Holtmann took over the team.“This is one that we really needed,” Andre Wesson said. “When you lose four straight, you’re desperate, you need it, so that’s what you saw.”With the first half a second away from ending, Andre Wesson’s game looked to be the norm for him.Ohio State was down 13, and the junior forward had four points and two rebounds, closer to his season averages of 7.6 points and 4.3 boards per game than the stats with which he finished.But he began his big night on a shot from behind half court that banked its way into the hoop as time expired to bring the Buckeyes to within 10.Andre Wesson followed that up by scoring six of Ohio State’s first eight points in the second half, hitting jump shot to bring the Buckeyes within four with less than seven minutes left in the game.Purdue outscored Ohio State 12-4 following his final basket.Andre Wesson’s 22 points was a career high, nine points more than any other game he has played in his collegiate career. His four 3s, nine field goals and 37 minutes played were also all career highs for the No. 4 leading scorer for the Buckeyes this season.“I thought Andre’s spirit and competitiveness really carried this group,” Holtmann said. “That was good to see.”The opportunity for Andre Wesson to continue stepping up in the way he did against the Boilermakers comes at the foul trouble of his brother.Kaleb Wesson is tied for No. 61 in the NCAA with 61 personal fouls this season. He has earned at least three fouls in his past eight games, and at least four in seven of the past eight.As Ohio State’s leading scorer, Kaleb Wesson played four minutes in the second half before fouling out.“He just has to stay in it,” Andre Wesson said. “You’re gonna get bad calls some nights, or things aren’t gonna go your way, so you just gotta stay in it.”Kaleb Wesson will continue to be the guy for Ohio State down the stretch, pending on his ability to be available down the stretch due to fouls.But Holtmann saw something he can use from the loss to Purdue. In the defeat, he found a new Andre Wesson that had not yet been seen through three years at the program, something brought to life through a small-ball lineup that didn’t have Kaleb Wesson on the floor.“I think playing down a little bit gave him a little bit more open floor, a little more movement, gave him an advantage there, and he did a good job taking advantage of it and driving it and shooting it,” Holtmann said. “He’s put in work, and I liked the spacing that the smaller group provided.” read more

Animation Shows Earnings of Biggest Movie Franchises of Last 20 Years

first_imgStay on target Bernie Sanders to Disney: Use ‘Avengers’ Profits to Pay Workers More’Avengers: Endgame’ Smashes Box Office Records As Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame passes Titanic to become the No. 2 movie ever worldwide, breaking opening weekend box office records, and earning almost $2.2 billion worldwide through its second weekend in theaters, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has proven to be biggest movie franchise ever.There’s just something about those superheroes that wins overs moviegoers’ minds, hearts — and wallets.  And you can bet there will be more of these blockbusters from Marvel/Disney. But the MCU isn’t the only movie franchise that has reaped the rewards at the box office in the last 20 years.Reddit user /u/rebellious_scum captured North American box office sales for some of the biggest movie franchises over the last 20 years, starting from May 1999 (release of Star Wars: Episode 1) to April 2019, as reported by movie data website The Numbers, in a cool, mesmerizing animation.The animation also visualized daily ticket earnings for X-Men, The Fast and Furious, The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter movies, which all started to rise up in the early 2000s.But according to the Visual Capitalist, the clear takeaway from the animation is “Marvel’s exponential earnings growth since it debuted with Iron Man in 2008.”As of April 4, the MCU franchise had earned (inflation-adjusted) revenue of $7.63 billion, which is almost double that of runner-up Star Wars. And that doesn’t yet take into account account data from the record-shattering April 26 release of Avengers: Endgame.Using the animation’s numbers, the Visual Capitalist further breaks down the average revenue per movie, with Star Wars and Middle-earth topping the list . Meanwhile, Marvel lands in third place, followed by Pirates of the Caribbean, the Wizarding World, and the DC Extended Universe (DCEU).Marvel’s dominance at the box office can be boiled down to Disney/Marvel’s ability to produce movies at breakneck speed, according to Visual Capitalist. For example, in 12 years, Marvel Studios has produced 22 movies including Avengers: Endgame, while the James Bond franchise has produced 24 movies since its inception 57 years ago in 1962.More on Sanders to Disney: Use ‘Avengers’ Profits to Pay Workers MoreRami Malek Is Your Next ‘James Bond’ VillainDon’t Expect New Star Wars Movies After ‘Episode IX’last_img read more

Its 2019 and John Romero Is Giving Away New Doom Levels

first_imgStay on target Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Update: It’s 2019, and John Romero’s new Doom levels, “Sigil,” are available nowOne of the biggest gaming surprise of the last few years was that the reboot of Doom was not only good, not just great, but arguably the best game of that year. Somehow the new Bethesda-owned version of iD had managed to capture the spirit of the monumental demonic first-person shooter while also making it a game that felt acceptable in 2016, not 1993. So now the sequel Doom Eternal is by far one of our most anticipated upcoming games.However, that’s no longer the only upcoming Doom content we’re looking forward to. Doom co-creator John Romero, he of luscious hair and love for The Devil, has revealed that he is making and giving away bloody brand new levels for the original PC Doom next February.Set before Doom II and pitched as a “spiritual successor to the fourth episode of Doom,” Sigil contains nine chunky new single-player campaign missions as well as nine deathmatch arenas all for free. It’s pretty much an expansion pack. Remember those? Continuing the retro feel, Sigil will be distributed using the same classic WAD and MEGAWAD files Doom modders used to share custom content back in the day. And the physical version comes on USB drives designed to look like old-school floppy disks.How would you even get a physical copy of Sigil? Romero’s previous new Doom levels from a few years ago were just online. But considering the scope of Sigil, and its timing with Doom’s 25th anniversary, Romero is partnering with Limited Run Games to offer physical “fan boxes.” Along with the game the fan box includes a metal soundtrack from Buckethead and absolutely Satanic artwork from Christopher Lovell.Whether you get the fan box or not, Sigil will be available to everyone in February 2019. John Romero may not be with iD anymore, but he’ll always be a unholy part of Doom. For more on Doom, check out our thoughts on Doom Eternal as well as Doom’s leaps to platforms like VR and the Nintendo Switch.last_img read more