LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES San Sebastian repulses EAC to even slate at 5-5 View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Murphey Holloway had 25 points to lead the Batang Pier with 25 points and nine rebounds.Globalport point guard Stanley Pringle was absent from the game as he went back to the United States to mourn the passing of his father. Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight A strong fourth quarter push propelled Alaska over the Batang Pier with Calvin Abueva and Noy Baclao scoring all of their combined 20 points in the period as the Aces outscored Globalport, 34-21, in the final 12 minutes.“I’m happy to see these guys put together another win,” said Aces head coach Alex Compton in Filipino. “Because during our 14-game losing streak there were times when we were ahead then the other team will catch up and now instead of folding we bounced back and that’s the thing I’ve been waiting to see.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlaska was in the worst period of its storied history when it lost 14 straight games dating back to the Commissioner’s Cup before the Aces broke the curse in Pampanga beating San Miguel, 90-79.LeDontae Henton put up a massive double-double of 31 points and 21 rebounds to lead Alaska while Calvin Abueva finished with 12 points and five boards. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by tristan tamayo/INQUIRERAlaska remained in the hunt for a playoff spot in the PBA Governors’ Cup after taking down Globalport, 101-88, Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Aces, who lost the first six games of the conference, won its second straight to improve to 2-6 and climbed to the 10th spot while the Batang Pier slipped to 3-5.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients
Of course, quarterback Mason Rudolph’s return is ideal, but it might have meant the decisions on playing time would be more difficult.“The class of wide receivers in this group is fantastic,” coach Mike Gundy said at his National Signing Day news conference. “They think they’re going to catch passes from Mason, so it impacted their decision and them staying with us.”That’s great, but it’s possible poor Chris Lacy will catch half the passes he did this past year.Gundy said Rudolph and James Washington’s return is, “always positive,” and as far as the on-field product, it will be, but it demands the same selflessness out of the freshmen that the receivers had last year.LC Greenwood is 6-foot-3 and will play at 230 pounds. When OSU offered him, he didn’t have any others, Gundy said. When the rest of the Big 12 universities took notice, the Cowboys had to fend them off.“I was concerned about that because once they come in and look at his tape and see his body structure, I thought this was going to be a battle,” Gundy said. Greenwood will have an opportunity to learn from a receiver, Ateman, who plays like him.Tylan Wallace was the highlight signee of the class. He was ranked as the No. 13 receiver in the nation.“Josh Stewart was tremendous in a phone booth, but when he opened it up he was 4.65, 4.7,” Gundy said. “I think that Tylan has the same quick twitch as him, but he’s going to run under 4.5.”With this group of receivers, it is not forgone that he won’t redshirt. Unlikely, but not impossible. And that’s a testament to the recruiting skill of receivers coach Kasey Dunn, Yurcich and Gundy. WR2Tylan WallaceFreshman Depth ChartPlayerClass WR1Jalen McCleskeyJunior While 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. WR2Tyron JohnsonRS Sophomore With all of the Oklahoma State football team’s skill players on the field in 2016, offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich said they might start playing with two balls to get players touches.If he wanted to use two balls last year, he will want to use four in 2017. WR3LC GreenwoodFreshman OtherObi ObialoSophomore WR2Chris LacyRS Senior WR1James WashingtonSenior WR3Tyrell AlexanderRS Freshman WR1Marcell AtemanRS Senior WR3Dillon StonerSophomore
Former Oklahoma State offensive lineman Brandon Pertile, who spent 2 seasons in Stillwater after joining as a junior college transfer, has landed at the University of Virginia. He announced the news in a tweet on Tuesday:Today I am officially a Cavalier… It’s a great day! pic.twitter.com/wz5iuFtNlD— Brandon Pertile (@BrandonPertile) February 21, 2017“After talking with Coach Gundy, I have decided to grad-transfer from Oklahoma State to play my fifth year elsewhere while pursuing a law degree,” he said in January.Pertile spent the majority of his time in Stillwater playing on special teams and in a reserve role along the offensive line. While 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.
Houston Texans quarterback Brandon Weeden knows a thing or two about deep receiving corps. During his time in Stillwater, he tossed the ball to the likes of Justin Blackmon, Josh Cooper, Bo Bowling, Tracy Moore and Hubert Anyiam en route to leading the Pokes to a Big 12 championship. But even that group pales in comparison to what 2017’s core group looks like, he says.“I’ve gotta say it’s probably the deepest receiving corps they’ve had maybe ever,” Weeden told the Tulsa World. “They’re deep at receiver.”OSU returns its leading receiver James Washington for his senior season and adds Marcell Ateman, who missed last season due to injury, along with LSU transfer Tyron Johnson. That doesn’t even include Jalen McCleskey or Chris Lacy, both of which had a combined 110 receptions last season. Not to mention, OSU signed two four-star receivers in its 2017 class in Tylan Wallace and Shamond Greenwood.The sky is the limit in 2017 and the hype hasn’t lagged far behind. That leads Weeden to believe a big year is on the horizon—and he’s ready to watch it all unfold.AdChoices广告“I’m excited for them,” he said. “They have a chance to have a pretty special year. They gotta go out and take care of business. It’s gonna be tough on them, but I’m excited to watch them play.” While 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.
Introducing a new series, welcome to the Six-Shooter, a weekly segment with an Oklahoma State athlete where we ask six random, non-sports-related questions to get to know these gals and guys a bit better.Senior offensive tackle Zach Crabtree has been a staple in the Oklahoma State O-line since 2014 when he started eight games as a freshman, but he is far more complex than a nicely cut beard and a football mind.Here is how he faired in this week’s gauntlet of hard-hitting journalism:If you found $1 million in a bag on the side of the road, what would you do with it?“You definitely gotta check and see who the money belongs to. You got to find the source. That’s a lot of money. A million dollars, something’s going on there. I don’t know if I wanna be touching that money. Something went wrong. There could be some dirty stuff going on there.”AdChoices广告Money is not an issue, you have a full range of abilities, but you have a week to live. Where are you going? What are you doing? And who are you spending your last week on Earth with?“I’m going somewhere in the Caribbean. I’ve never been to the Caribbean. I’ve always wanted to. I’m renting a beach house or a hut or something somewhere, and I’m laying up for a week, enjoying the last week and just chillin’ in paradise with some close friends.“My boys (are with me), my family obviously, but definitely my boys just from here. There’s a group of about six of us that have got real close and so we’d probably all be together.“I’d have Mason (Rudolph) with me. I’d have Austin Hays. I’d have Blake Jarwin. We have some other friends that don’t play. I got a boy at Duke. I’d have a close-knit group of friends that I always hang out with.”What’s your favorite cereal?“I’m really a big Special K, Fruit and Yogurt guy. I don’t know if you’ve ever had their Fruit & Yogurt cereal, but it is fantastic. I’m telling ya’ it’s the way to go.“That or Cinnamon Toast Crunch. I can do Cinnamon Toast Crunch.”What is your favorite video game?“Madden. I haven’t played ’17 too much.“Back a couple years ago when I was living with J.W. (Walsh), we used to play Madden nonstop. We would always do three randoms, and you had to pick your random.“I like somebody that does a lot of stuff out of the gun because I like to be able to go up-tempo and pick it apart that way.”When did you know you were a man?“Athletically, probably the first time I ever did a pass set here. I was a true freshman. I got thrown into the fire, and I had to go up against Emmanuel Ogbah as a true freshman. That’ll wake you up in a hurry.“Off the field, probably the first time I got my books and I realized that my athletic ability paid for my opportunity and got me all those books and tuition, so that was probably off the field, that’s when I realized it.”Mayweather or McGregor?“I’m goin’ McGregor.“We had a big debate about this the other day. We had a huge debate about this. I think McGregor’s tougher than (Mayweather) is. The UFC is harder to fight in than boxing. There’s no question about it. You’re looking out for a lot more things, and so you take a leg kick out of it, and now McGregor’s just watching his hands.“And do let Conor McGregor fool you. He wants a knockout. He’s determined. I think he’s probably the best guy that maybe Floyd has fought, talent-wise. He’s strong. He’s tough, and it’s gonna be a little different taking a punch from Conor McGregor than it would (Marcos Maidana) or something. If he connects — that’s the problem is connecting, but if he connects, I think it’s gonna be over.”Bonus: Nickname is “60”After Rudolph wrapped up his media duties, he looked at Crabtree, who was still doing an interview, a few feet away and said, “All right, 60, you ready for lunch.”That’s an awesome nickname. Don’t know if you can beat that as an offensive lineman. While 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.
Email 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 email@example.com. 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.
When I talk with groups of nonprofits at conferences and training events, I often hear the same common concern from fundraisers and marketers: how can we cover our expenses and expand our programs when we rely on shrinking, restrictive, or difficult to manage funding sources? To become truly sustainable, many nonprofits need to diversify funding sources and supplement the support they receive from grants, loans, and charitable contributions. One way to do this is with a social enterprise model. Nonprofits that apply the best practices of businesses and explore earned income strategies can open up new opportunities for revenue streams through fees for service, production of goods, or for-profit enterprises. Examples of organizations using a social enterprise business model include Goodwill Industries, DC Central Kitchen, and Habitat for Humanity, through their home improvement ReStores. Kevin Lynch, president and CEO of Social Enterprise Alliance, will join us tomorrow (February 18) for a free webinar to show you how you can apply these tactics and boost your bottom line. He’ll explain what social enterprise can do for your organization and how to get started. This session is a must for any nonprofit professional who wants to move their organization forward in 2014. Check out the details below.Free Webinar: Transform Your Nonprofit with Social EnterpriseTuesday, February 18, 2014 | 1pm ESTRegister now.(Can’t attend the live session? Sign up anyway—we’ll send you the slides and recording so you don’t miss it!)
Posted on June 18, 2012June 16, 2017By: Bill Brieger, Senior Malaria Specialist, JHPIEGOClick 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 a blog series on Malaria in Pregnancy. To view the entire series, click here. This post was originally posted on Malaria Matters.While we have seen a push for universal coverage of long lasting insecticide-treated bed nets (ITNs/LLINs), it is still important to remember that pregnant women are a more vulnerable group that needs protection. Malaria in pregnant women can lead to anemia and even death for women–as well as miscarriage, low birth weight babies, and greater infant and child mortality. So far, the data on net coverage for pregnant women is not encouraging. Nets are extremely important because they are the one safe malaria control intervention that women can use right from the start of pregnancy.Recent Demographic and Health and Malaria Indicator Surveys (DHS and MIS) show a common problem. The graph here shows general access to LLINs is low (orange bars) in many countries relative to the Roll Back Malaria target of 80% coverage by 2010. What is of equal concern is that even when households possess nets, pregnant women do not always use them (blue bars). Rwanda, with its strong national network of community health workers, is the exception. What is discouraging women?The Liberia MIS asks why people do not own nets, and since these surveys prioritize interviewing women of reproductive age, we may assume that these reasons express the views of women. A few do not perceive mosquitoes to be a problem (especially in the dry season), some simply do not like to sleep under nets while others complain of the cost. The latter is curious because nets are primarily provided for free these days.Clearly, we need more information on the dynamics of net use at the household level. Field visits after a universal coverage campaign in Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria discovered that women themselves see alternative uses for nets. One picture shows LLINs covering vegetable gardens that are tended by women in this community. Maybe they believe the nets will keep insects off their vegetables, although the sun will soon render the insecticide ineffective.Another picture shows that a woman has protected the wares in her small kiosk by covering it with a LLIN. Customers can still see the wares but insects can’t nibble at the food items on sale (nor children easily pilfer some).Both of these examples highlight the economic roles of women in the community. In most communities in Nigeria, income from a woman is crucial to the welfare of her child. Are women making net decisions on their perceptions of what is in their best economic interest?The issue of nets for pregnant women will be one of the issues discussed during the upcoming meeting, Malaria in Pregnancy: A Solvable Problem—Bringing the Maternal Health and Malaria Communities Together, in Istanbul, Turkey, June 26-28, 2012, organized by the Maternal Health Task Force.Stay tuned to the MHTF Blog and Malaria Matters for updates from the meeting.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
New research on preterm birth will be published on November 15 in the journals Pediatric Research and Reproductive HealthEvery Woman Every Child is hosting a discussionat UN headquarters in New York and organized by USAIDand the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Zambia on November 15. The discussion will highlight cost effective solutions, new research, support for families and the Every Newborn action plan, which is set to launch in May 2014. Although RSVPs may no longer be accepted, you can follow the discussion on Twitter, using the hashtags #worldprematurityday and#EveryNewbornThe Twitter discussion will continue at #worldprematurityday as part of a 24-hour global Twitter relay on November 15-16. Other Twitter events will include a chat on November 15, using the hashtag #B2Soon, when leading researchers to discuss evidence that builds on the groundbreaking 2012 Born Too Soon report. On November 16, The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and Every Woman Every Child will convene a Twitter chat from from 9-10am EST that focused on the Every Newborn Action Plan and hosted by Mary Kinney @maryvkinneyOn Tuesday, November 19, the CORE Group, Save the Children and MCHIP are organizing a Technical Symposium in Washington, DC.The symposium is geared toward engaging the maternal, newborn and child health community to discuss strategies for strengthening country programs for the prevention of preterm birth and the care of babies born too soon. The event will focus on identifying what the international community can do to improve the effective delivery of technical interventions.The World Prematurity Day Facebook pageis collecting and publishing personal stories of preterm birth from around the world.For more:Check out the Healthy Newborn Network’s collection of resources on preterm birth and events from last year;Read the latest blog post from Mariam Claeson, Gary Darmstadt, Cyril Engmann, Steve Wall of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on efforts to scale up Kangaroo Mother Care, a practice that holds immense promise for saving the lives of premature babies around the world;Visit the MHTF’s Perinatal Health topics page, and stay tuned to the MHTF blog for more, including a guest post from the INTERGROWTH-21st project.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 14, 2013November 17, 2016By: 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)World Prematurity Day is this Sunday, November 17, and beginning Friday, November 15, organizations around the world will be highlighting the critical challenge of addressing premature birth. Groups will publish new evidence and convene discussions to build awareness and accelerate action on premature birth in many ways.Highlights of this year’s commemoration of World Prematurity Day include the following:
The power of social media, combined with the ease of online giving, has contributed to the rise in popularity of peer-to-peer giving—one of the best ways for a nonprofit to fundraise. It’s an effective strategy, because people are more likely to give to organizations that their friends support. Peer-to-peer sharing generates a snowball effect as your supporters share your campaigns with their friends, and as new donors from this friend group then share with their friends, and so on.Mobile giving is an ideal tool for peer-to-peer sharing because people are already using their mobile devices daily. Mobile fundraising makes sharing simple and easy for your donors. Here are four ways you can use mobile giving to encourage peer-to-peer sharing.1) Start With Well-Designed Donation PagesThe foundation of any giving campaign is the donation page. This page is what you’ll use to inspire supporters to make a donation. It’s also where they’ll learn important details about your campaign and organization. Without a well-designed donation page, your campaign’s success rate won’t be as high. Here are the components of a high-performing donation page:Mobile-Friendly—Your donation pages need to look good on all devices, including smartphones. Responsive design automatically resizes images and text to show up clearly on small screens. The navigation menu is also adjusted to be easily accessible via a smartphone or tablet. Mobile-friendly design means that donors will be able to easily navigate the page and quickly make a donation.Simple—People are busy and easily distracted. Making the donation process as streamlined as possible will increase the number of completed donations. Use as few form fields as possible, and minimize the number of clicks required to go through the process.Easy—Don’t make supporters stop and think about what to do next. The process should be clear, from start to finish. Adding suggested donation amounts will reduce the friction, allowing donors to get through the process faster.Impact Labels—Along with suggested donation amounts, include impact labels. People are more likely to give if they can envision a concrete way their money is going to help. For example, you could say “$20 feeds a child for a week.”Recurring Gift Option—Some donors will want to set up an automatic payment for recurring donations. Make it easy for them by including a recurring gift option.Social Sharing—Make it convenient for new supporters to continue the snowball effect! Include social sharing buttons to allow donors to quickly and easily share on their social pages.2) Focus on Social MediaSocial media is one of the most effective tools for donors to share your fundraising campaigns. Simply posting to your social pages, however, won’t allow you to take full advantage of the opportunities that social media provides. Craft a strategy based on what you know about your supporters, tailored specifically to them. Think about:What platforms do they use? Some people prefer Facebook, some Twitter, some Instagram. Other platforms, like Snapchat, may be worth exploring as well. There’s no need to target platforms that your supporters don’t use, however, so be sure to find out the most popular sites for your particular group of supporters.What types of posts do they share? Do your supporters tend to share informational articles? Images? Videos? What types of content do they post the most?What types of content do they engage with most? When users engage with content, their friends can often see that content. Make note of which types of posts your supporters most often like and comment on.3) Build CommunityPeer-to-peer sharing thrives on community, on the relationships between friends, colleagues, and family. In return, peer-to-peer fundraising offers your supporters the opportunity to grow their relationships. Provide your supporters with a cause to rally around, and activities that will simultaneously raise money for your organization and build community.Consider creating team-building opportunities that supporters can participate in together. Here are a few ideas:Cause-Focused Campaigns—When a group of friends is passionate about a specific cause, that cause brings them together. Get very specific in your peer-to-peer campaigns to generate that emotional investment.Walk/Run/Bike Events—These events are popular for a reason—they’re effective! When a group can participate in an activity they all enjoy, they feel connected.Sponsorships—Friends are often excited to support someone in their network who’s serving in a special capacity for a day, such as “guest bartender” at a local restaurant.Company-Based Teams—Companies are often looking for ways to build team camaraderie, and nonprofit fundraising is an ideal way to fulfill that goal.4) Host a Meet-and-Greet EventGive your supporters the opportunity to meet one another. People who have a shared interest, such as the cause your nonprofit is promoting, enjoy meeting one another. By giving them the opportunity to make new connections and meet team members in your organization, you’ll increase their commitment to your organization. While these events do require planning, they don’t have to be expensive. Partner with a local business for event space, or a restaurant for discounted or donated food and drink. Also consider hosting groups yourself, bringing supporters in to see your work firsthand.Download “The Ultimate Guide to Mobile Giving” to learn more about how mobile giving can boost your fundraising campaigns.
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:
WINNIPEG – Manitoba civil servants will be able to swig a beer at office parties, but smoking a joint will still be a no-no after recreational cannabis is legalized, says a draft policy obtained by The Canadian Press.It’s an issue that many employers, both public and private, will have to deal with once marijuana becomes legal this year.“Alcohol is ingrained in our ways of doing business. Marijuana isn’t,” said Sean MacDonald, who teaches business administration at the University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business“Particularly within corporate Canada, there is still a long distance in terms of both education and cultural transformation before they’re going to view (alcohol and marijuana) on the same level.”The five-page draft policy from Manitoba’s civil service commission, to take effect once recreational pot is legal, says booze will still be OK at some functions, but pot won’t be.“Consumption of alcohol may be acceptable when in conjunction with a workplace event or social function where consumption has been authorized by the appropriate employing authority,” the document states.“The use of cannabis is prohibited at all times in relation to working hours … and work-related events or social functions, unless it has been prescribed (medically).”There will also be different rules for buying liquor and cannabis on a lunch break under the draft policy.“Employees who purchase alcohol during a rest period or meal break may store the alcohol, unopened, in a discreet location in the workplace until the end of that work day,” the policy states.“The possession and/or storage of cannabis in the workplace is prohibited at all times, unless it has been prescribed.”MacDonald said many employers will initially be cautious when it comes to cannabis and set down strict rules.“I am sure over time they will evolve and probably loosen up to some degree.”The Manitoba civil service commission would not comment on the draft policy, other than to say it is still a work in progress.“An updated policy on workplace impairment is being drafted and will be made available publicly once finalized,” the commission said in a brief written statement.
The Princess Grace Foundation-USA (PGF-USA) is proud to announce that award-winning actor, director, producer, and philanthropist Tim Daly will accept the distinguished Prince Rainier III Award for his outstanding artistry and exemplary give-back.Daly will be honored at the Princess Grace Awards Gala at Cipriani 25 Broadway in New York on October 16, 2018.It was also announced that the Awards Gala will be hosted by Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress Bebe Neuwirth, and will feature Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress Tyne Daly, singer-actress Katharine McPhee and Tony Award-winning actor Leslie Odom Jr. (2016 Princess Grace Statue Award Recipient) as presenters. Additionally, the evening will include a special musical performances by Chicago Med actress Emma Duncan (2014 Princess Grace Award Winner), American Housewife actress Carly Hughes (2003 Princess Grace Award Winner), and dance performance by A.I.M (Abraham.In.Motion) dancer Marcella Lewis (2018 Princess Grace Award Winner).The 2018 Princess Grace Awards Gala continues the legacy of Princess Grace (Kelly) of Monaco, who helped emerging artists pursue their artistic goals during Her lifetime. In total, the Foundation is awarding over $1 million to artists in theater, dance, and film annually. In the presence of Her Serene Highness The Princess of Monaco, the evening is co-chaired by Dennis and Phyllis Washington and Anne Sweeney and Phillip Miller. Major Gala supporters include Rod & Karen Gancas and Dennis & Phyllis Washington as Crown Sponsors.The Prince Rainier III Award recognizes a renowned leader in the arts whose own accomplishments are coupled with demonstrated service to their community. Past recipients of the Award include Julie Andrews, Mikhail Baryshnikov, James Cameron, Glenn Close, Queen Latifah, George Lucas, Mandy Patinkin, Sibylle & Robert Redford, Twyla Tharp, Pauletta & Denzel Washington, Cicely Tyson, and Dick Van Dyke. The Prince Rainier III Award includes a grant of $25,000 to the philanthropic organization of the recipient’s choice and a uniquely designed sculpture by artist Alex Soldier. Soldier designed a stunning work of art incorporating symbols representing all three disciplines lauded by the Foundation: theater, dance, and film.Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco said, “It is a privilege to preside over this year’s Princess Grace Awards Gala and participate in a celebration supporting the great work of inspiring artists in theater, dance and film. It is my distinct honor to present Tim Daly with the Prince Rainier lll Award. In addition to his impressive work as an actor on both stage and screen, I applaud his devotion to supporting the arts by way of his decade long commitment as the President of The Creative Coalition, a group that educates leaders in the arts community on issues of public importance, specifically arts advocacy and education.”Toby E. Boshak, Executive Director of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA shared, “Recognizing Tim Daly with the 2018 Prince Rainier III Award reinforces the Foundation’s commitment to celebrating noted artists who use their own celebrity to make an impact on their community. Tim’s leadership of The Creative Coalition ensures that the arts continue to be part of all our lives and that artists are empowered to have their voices heard.”As previously announced, the evening will also honor Sam Gold, Tony Award-winning director for Fun Home and Kyle Abraham, MacArthur Genius Fellowship Award winner and founder of the dance company A.I.M (Abraham.In.Motion) with 2018 Princess Grace Statue Awards for their continuing excellence in their chosen disciplines.
John Hicks, Barry Alvarez and Tom Hansen were inducted to the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame, Wednesday, December 30, 2009. Audio by the legend, Keith Jackson
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Wikipedia Commons / Flickr / Ed SchipulHouston City HallNeighborhood Centers, in partnership with the City of Houston, and the Immigration Legal Services Collaborative announced an initiative on Wednesday that will make Houston an official “Welcoming City.”The program is called the “New American Economy.” Through the initiative, some civic leaders are hoping to create a way to welcome undocumented workers into the workforce. Jose Sic is an undocumented small business owner from Guatemala. “Every 15 days they would pay me $375 and when I asked for a raise, they let me go,” he said.Ultimately leaders from the business, non-profit, and other communities are hoping to develop a game plan that will improve opportunities and integration for foreign-born residents like Sic.State Rep. Gene Wu, from District 137, says reform is needed. “Business community overwhelmingly demands immigration reform and demands that we have more people come to this country. If you talk to anyone who knows anything about the economy, a shrinking workforce is never a good thing,” he said.According to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, foreign-born residents contributed over $116 billion into the local economy in 2014. Wu says the Energy Corridor is the perfect example of immigration working in Houston.Brien StrawAngela Blanchard, President & CEO of Neighborhood Centers“Think about all the engineers, all the scientists, and all the people who came from other countries, studied in the U.S. and helped build those industries,” Wu said.According to data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, foreign-born workers make up 32 percent of the labor force in Houston.With the city’s immigrant population growing at twice the national average, business leaders like Stan Marek, President and CEO of Marek Companies, say the time for immigration reform is now.“Give these workers legal status to where they have rights, so if they get taken advantage of like this young man did, they can go to the police, they can go to wage and hour, they can go to somebody.” he says.With reform Marek says, due respect and a level playing field can be provided for all workers. According to Alexander Triantaphyllis, Director of Immigration and Economic Opportunity at Neighborhood Centers, without reform people like Sic have little hope.“There are many, many people in Houston, we’re talking about – at this moment – at least more than 200,000 individuals, possibly upwards of 400,000, if not more, who are undocumented and many, if not most, of whom have no form of relief at the moment,” Triantaphyllis said. 00:00 /01:05 Listen Share
July 10, 2002 Workshop co-ordinator Wes Ozier and the June workshop are on afield trip to the ‘Organic Alley’ Restaurant in Prescott, Arizona. Wesis explaining the living machine currently being used at this organicrestaurant. [Photo & Text: MS] A living machine isa fabricated ecosystem in miniature that is designed for treating wastewater. This particular living machine was built by the AppliedEcosystem workshop participants including Arcosanti residents. OnAugust 26th to 30th Arcosanti and Ocean ArksInternational will be holding anotherApplied Ecosystem Workshop at Arcosanti. [Photo & Text: MS]
The BBC’s iPlayer catch-up service celebrated its biggest ever month in January, surpassing 300 million TV and radio programme requests for the first time. According to BBC stats, in January there was an average of 10.2 million daily iPlayer programme requests, “the highest ever seen,” with more than 315 million total TV and radio requests.Mobiles and tablets accounted for 40% of show requests, a total of 127 million and another record for the BBC, which it attributed to many mobile devices being received at Christmas.Overall iPlayer traffic was helped by the popularity of shows like Sherlock. The first episode in the latest season of the detective drama, The Empty Hearse, notched up 3.6 million requests in January – establishing it as the third most requested programme on the iPlayer of all time.Other shows that performed well in the month were singing competition The Voice, long-running soap opera Eastenders and school-based drama Waterloo Road.In keeping with previous months, the BBC said that the profile of iPlayer users “remains strongly under-55 in terms of age,” which is younger than the typical TV viewer.The iPlayer is also used for TV at roughly the same time of day as linear TV viewing, though there is proportionally more daytime and late-peak use.
OSN has changed the pricing structure of its online streaming service, WAVO, from various skinny bundle options to an all-in-one tariff.OSN’s new all-inclusive price gives viewers in the Middle East access to WAVO’s full line-up of entertainment, movie and sports for US$9.99 per-month.The previous pricing structure offered WAVO Entertainment for US$9.99 per month; WAVO Movies for US$6.99 per month; and WAVO Sports for either US$4.99 per day, US$7.99 per week or US$13.99 per month. Users could also opt for the WWE Network App for US$9.99 per month.“With an incredibly dynamic and ever-changing OTT landscape, user expectations continue to evolve and we believe it is essential to augment our offerings based on customer’s needs, which is why we are now offering a new all-inclusive price and packaging proposition,” said OSN’s CEO, Martin Stewart.“This straightforward offering ultimately, gives people what they want – access to a larger diversity of popular entertainment, movies and sports at great value, with no contract or forms to fill in.“For one price, customers no longer need to navigate multiple prices and packs, but will instead get all that they look forward to in one bundle, gaining access to all the entertainment WAVO has to offer at even more value across all platforms – smartphones, Smart TVs, tablets, laptops and desktops.”WAVO offers 26 live TV channels including Sky News, OSN First, HBO, Comedy Central and the Paramount Channel, as well as sports like MotoGP. WAVO also has more than 40 hours of Arabic and English original short-form content that is made in the Middle East. A company spokesperson told DTVE that no content reductions will be made in line with WAVO’s new pricing model.OSN launched WAVO last August, making the new streaming service available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
Recommended Link • Gold is in a major slump…The chart below says it all.You can see that the price of gold has fallen 36% since 2011.That’s a major decline. But many gold mining stocks have fared even worse over the last few years… And that has dragged down major gold funds like the one Vanguard runs.In fact, VGPMX has lost about two-thirds of its value since 2011. The S&P 500, meanwhile, is up 130% over the same period.Because of this, I imagine many Vanguard clients were fed up. So, Vanguard is completely overhauling its precious metals fund.But if history’s any indication, this could be a sign that gold is close to a bottom. Let me explain…• Vanguard has been down this road before… In May 2001, it changed the name of its Vanguard Gold & Precious Metals Fund to simply the Vanguard Precious Metals Fund.It did so because gold had been an awful trade. It had fallen 15% over the previous five years. Sentiment toward the yellow metal was awful, just like it is today.So, Vanguard dropped “gold” from its fund’s name. And you can see what happened.Gold went on to enjoy a decade-long bull market. It rallied 615% over the next 10 years.Now, I can’t guarantee that the same thing will happen this time. But I will say this…Big funds like Vanguard don’t make moves like this when gold is at record highs. They do this when sentiment is in the toilet.And that can often be a sign that things can’t get any worse.In fact, Vanguard changed its fund’s name in 2001 within a month of gold bottoming. • Put another way, Vanguard’s decision could mean that gold is near “capitulation”…Capitulation means “surrender.” In the financial markets, this happens when the last sellers sell.And it’s usually characterized by panic selling, which is exactly what’s been happening with gold.In fact, gold is down 8% since the start of the year. The average gold stock, on the other hand, is down about 20% on the year.Vanguard’s decision could prove to be very bullish. But it’s certainly not the only reason to think gold is close to bottoming.• Speculators have never hated gold more than they do right now… We know this by looking at the Commitments of Traders (CoT) report.This is a report issued by the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). It shows the positions major traders have taken in certain securities and commodities.As of August 14, non-commercial traders—investors speculating on future price—were short (betting against) gold to the tune of 670 metric tonnes. According to market research team ANZ Research, that’s the biggest short position since the CFTC began collecting data in 1993.Not only that, investors have a net short position for the first time since 2001. This means that the value of total short bets exceeds the total long (bullish) bets.This tells us sentiment toward gold is extremely bearish.• This is exactly the kind of situation we like to bet against… You see, we’re contrarians here at Casey Research.When trades get extremely crowded, we like to take the opposite position. After all, buying an asset that other investors want nothing to do with is a proven way to make a ton of money.Take it from Doug Casey:You want to go where other people don’t go. That’s where you get the bargains.Everybody knows the old expression “buy low, sell high.” Well, when are the prices absolutely the lowest? When everybody else is afraid of the situation and, as the original Baron Rothschild put it, “blood is running in the streets.”• To take advantage of this big opportunity, I recommend betting on gold mining stocks…The easiest way to do this is with a fund like the VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX).But to make the biggest gains during the next gold bull market, you’ll need own the “best of breed” gold stocks.Unfortunately, most investors can’t tell the difference between a world-class miner and a crummy one.• That’s where we can help…At Casey Research, we have teams of research analysts who scour the globe in search of the world’s best mining companies.We even have an advisory dedicated to small mining stocks with massive upside potential called International Speculator. And editor Dave Forest has found the highest potential gold stocks today. They’re primed to rip higher when the gold market rebounds.If you’re not a subscriber, you can sign up for Dave’s International Speculator letter—and see his newest money-making idea—by clicking here.Regards,Justin SpittlerBudapest, HungaryAugust 28, 2018Reader MailbagToday, a reader responds to our recent Conversations With Casey, “Doug Casey on Why Somalia Shouldn’t Have an Army”…Who were the main countries that colonized and divided the continent of Africa leading to an exacerbation of culture, class, color and language issues? Any African leader that wanted a United States of Africa was assassinated. If there had been a United States of Africa we would be living in a different world.—AnonymousAs always, if you have any questions or suggestions for the Dispatch, send them to us right here.In Case You Missed It…Due to the scandalous acts of some CEOs with taxpayer funds, Congress just passed Bill S.2155.This bill has caused a domino effect in the markets that could mean thousands for investors—to the tune of $195 billion in “compensation checks.”Already, a growing number of Americans are collecting huge comp checks—some of them as big as $8,979… $9,587… and even $15,111, depending on the size of their position.It’s a new income stream that just might cover your entire retirement. Here’s Your Chance to Become a Pot Stock Millionaire as Marijuana Goes Mainstream…After five years of waiting on the sidelines, Big Tobacco… Big Alcohol… Big Pharma…and Big Banks are about to go all-in on legal pot. But they’re not going to grow their own weed or open up dispensaries. They’re going to go on a marijuana buying spree and buy up existing marijuana companies. And we’ve found three tiny pot companies that could be in the crosshairs of these corporate titans.Get all the details here. By Justin Spittler, editor, Casey Daily DispatchThe Vanguard Group has thrown in the towel on gold.And that has massive implications for the gold market. But not in the way most investors think.As you’re about to see, Vanguard’s decision could be extremely bullish for gold.I’ll tell you why in a second—and why it’s presenting the perfect kind of opportunity we look for at Casey Research. But let me first give you some background.• Vanguard is one of the world’s biggest money managers…It oversees $5 trillion in assets. That makes it too big to ignore.Last month, it made a major announcement. It said that it will change the name of its Vanguard Precious Metals and Mining Fund (VGPMX) to the Vanguard Global Capital Cycles Fund.More importantly, Vanguard will change what the fund holds. It will go from having 80% of its assets in mining stocks to just 25%. It will achieve this by adding stocks from industries like telecommunications and utilities to the mix.In other words, Vanguard is overhauling its precious metals fund…and changing it to a much more diversified fund.Now, I realize this sounds like terrible news for gold. But it could be one of the biggest buy signals for gold in years.More on that in a second. But let me first tell you why Vanguard did this. Recommended Link — Sneaky Politicians Don’t Want You to Know How They’re Snatching up to $11,334 Every Month for Life…But this former Wall Street hedge fund manager is going to tell you everything. Including how you can start collecting these payments too. Click here for all the details. —
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