​Newcastle legend Lee says Ashley needs to reassure stability

first_imgNewcastle hero Rob Lee has pleaded with Mike Ashley to update the fans on the club’s takeover situation.Magpies supporters entered June buoyed by positive talks between Ashley and manager Rafa Benitez about the club’s transfer goals.However, Benitez has reportedly become frustrated by Newcastle’s inactivity in the market and has threatened to walk if the situation doesn’t change.”Optimism has been replaced by a lot of anxiety,” said Lee. “Just last month, Newcastle was in a very good place. Talks between Ashley and Rafa had gone well and it was all systems go.”But the club has lost a bit of momentum. Everything seems to be cloaked in uncertainty.”I don’t know if talk of this Chinese consortium is a smokescreen or not but suddenly no-one knows what is happening anymore.”Is Ashley looking to leave? How disillusioned is Rafa? Why haven’t we signed anyone yet?”Questions, questions when what the fans want – and deserve – is answers and a bit of clarity from the top. The longer this goes on, the more worried I’m getting.”last_img read more

Hands up if you’re thinking of a new logo

first_imgA lot of energy goes into “rebranding” efforts, and not all that energy is going into the right place. Before you “rebrand,” make sure you have identified the right problem to solve, and if rebranding is the solution to that problem, then do true “rebranding,” rather than simply changing your look with a new logo, organization name or website. If you have an aging or dwindling donor base, problems articulating your unique value proposition or lackluster campaign results, you need more than cosmetics to change those facts. As they say where I grew up, you can put lipstick on a pig, but that’s not going to make you want to kiss it.As my branding friends say, Most people see communications as the sun and branding as an outlying planet, but branding should be the center of the marketing solar system. Your brand is about how you stand out, build relationships, win loyalty and inspire action.That stand-out part has to be about more than color schemes. Your organization’s whole programmatic approach – not just marketing – should reflect what your audience wants, what you’re good at, and what you do better than anyone else. That’s what makes your nonprofit strong – and your brand a standout.PS if you are redoing your logo – which is something you should only do if it’s in conflict with the essence of your brand, as far as I’m concerned — don’t choose clasped hands. It’s been done already!last_img read more

Inspired by Young Champions on IWD

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on March 8, 2011June 20, 2017By: Dr. Ann Blanc, Director, MHTFClick 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)International Women’s Day is a day dedicated to celebrating the achievements of women past, present, and future. As I reflect on this day, I am especially inspired by the achievements of the Young Champions of Maternal Health – their current achievements, but also the promise of the future that they represent. If you read the blog posts written by the Young Champions here on the MHTF site, I think you will be inspired too. Many of them have been placed in wholly unfamiliar environments and are bravely learning to adapt, identifying many similarities between the problems they have seen in their own countries and those in their temporary homes.For example, Sara Al-Lamki from Oman is working with Yayasan Rama Sesana, an NGO in Bali that focuses on reproductive health education and services for market women in Denpasar, Bali’s capital. She acknowledges being way out of her comfort zone and facing many challenges, but has become even more determined to ‘change the face of reproductive health in the Arab world and beyond.’ Egwaoje Ifeyinwa Madu from Nigeria is working in New Orleans with Ashoka Fellow Kathryn Hall-Trujillo on the Birthing Project, which pairs “SisterFriends” with vulnerable young mothers. In the course of her work, she is also learning about adapting the model to the Nigerian context, writing funding proposals, and partnering with local businesses – all lessons that she plans to take back to Nigeria to launch her own project. And Carolina Damasio is living in Mali and working with an organization called APAF Muso Danbé to develop her idea – The Art of Being Born – of using artistic techniques and music to do health education with impoverished rural mothers and improve the mother-baby bond.With women like these (and men too!) developing into future leaders in the maternal health community, it is easy to be optimistic about the day when we will celebrate the eradication of preventable maternal mortality and morbidity.Share this:last_img read more

Day 1 at NTEN 2011: So Many Sessions, So Little Time!

first_imgPosted on March 17, 2011June 20, 2017By: Raji Mohanam, Knowledge Management Specialist, MHTFClick 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)Almost 2,000 people converged in Washington D.C. today to attend the 2011 Nonprofit Technology Conference. The conference, which runs today through Saturday, brings together professionals in the nonprofit sector who are interested in how technology, especially the internet-based kind, can help them achieve their organizations’ missions.It’s my second time at an NTEN conference, so I already know I am going to learn a lot. For days, I’ve been following #11NTC* on my TweetDeck and reading conference tips and announcements from speakers and attendees alike. I have a pretty good idea of what the “hot” sessions will be, like the plenary tomorrow featuring Dan Heath, co-author of Switch.Still, as I page through the conference program book and see the vast number of sessions available to me over the next few days, I can’t help but feel slightly overwhelmed. There are literally hundreds of interesting topics being covered (definitely more than last year), and a number of ‘tracks’ like Social Media, Communications, Advocacy, and Fundraising. To me this signifies the growing demand in the nonprofit sector for timely and good information on how new technologies and online tools can help accelerate and improve the important mission-driven work that we do.So, I need to identify the sessions that will most benefit the Maternal Health Task Force. During the past few months, we have been taking a closer look at our site’s Google Analytics and discovered a steady increase of visitors coming from Facebook (it has become the second or third highest source of traffic to our site next to direct visits or Google searches!). We have a community on our FB page of about 620 people. In our universe, that’s a pretty big group! It’s a group that is vocal, interested, and partly comprised of those who work in resource-poor settings trying to save women’s lives every day! We obviously want to continue growing and engaging this audience. So, it makes sense for me to attend the session on the new Facebook features. However, there’s a simultaneous session on community mapping. With the MHTF interactive maternal health maps growing in popularity among our new and returning members, this is also on my ‘do not miss’ list. What’s a Knowledge Management Specialist to do?Luckily, I’m here with my colleague Chris Lindahl. We will divide and conquer!More updates tomorrow….stay tuned.*You can follow NTC Tweets on Twitter using #11NTCShare this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Are Women Being Forcibly Sterilized in Uzbekistan?

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on June 29, 2012June 21, 2017Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This week’s issue of The Lancet reports on accusations of forced sterilizations of women in Uzbekistan. One non-governmental organization gathered evidence of 80,000 sterilizations over seven months in 2010 but could not determine how many were forced. However, doctors have admitted sterilizing women without consent, and some women have reported forced sterilization during cesarean births.Ed Holt writes:A nationwide campaign of forced sterilisation is being undertaken in Uzbekistan as the autocratic regime in the poverty-stricken former Soviet state looks to impose population controls and head off potentially enormous socioeconomic problems, it has been claimed…Some doctors admitted that they tricked women into agreeing to sterilisation, taking advantage of poor public health awareness, caused in part by the attitude of the authorities to providing information, or playing on poor people’s fears of the financial burdens of large families. But more chillingly, some also seemed to admit to doing sterilisations without the patient’s consent. The main method inferred was tying off fallopian tubes during caesarean sections. Women interviewed in the reports spoke of how they had been sterilised during caesarean births, only discovering months later what had happened to them.For more information on the story, visit the BBC website.Share this:last_img read more

How Much Would It Cost to Meet the Unmet Need for Contraception?

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on June 21, 2012June 21, 2017Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Earlier this week, the Guttmacher Institute and UNFPA published a new study that estimates the number of women with an unmet need for contraception to be 222 million in 2012, a slight decrease from 2008. 645 million women in the developing world are using modern contraceptive methods, but in the poorest countries, the unmet need actually increased from 2008-2012.In order to meet the unmet need, funding for contraceptives (supplies, program costs, logistical costs, etc.) would, according to the report, need to be doubled:Clearly, closing funding gaps is essential if the necessary multifaceted improvements in contraceptive service provision are to be achieved. This report provides updated estimates of the level of funding that is needed to both improve services for current users and adequately meet the needs of all women who currently need but are not using modern contraceptives. In 2012, the cost of providing contraceptive services and supplies to the 645 million women who are currently using modern methods in the developing world is an estimated $4.0 billion. Providing adequate services for all 867 million women in developing countries who want to avoid a pregnancy in 2012 (both current users and nonusers of modern methods)—a task requiring substantial investment to expand capacity and improve quality of care—would cost $8.1 billion.Read the full report here.Share this:last_img read more

Member of the week: Cybel Martin, cinematographer

first_imgThis week we’re featuring Freelancers Union member Cybel Martin, a cinematographer working in New York and L.A. (We suspect bicoastalism is particularly prevalent among freelancers, but don’t yet have the empirical data to back that up.) She films commercials, documentaries, and even feature films. But that’s not all! Cybel is an oil painter, too. You can even see her paintings at cybelmartin.com. Of course, she has a website for her cinematography work, as well: Magic Eye Film. Learn more about Cybel in her Yellow Pages profile and in the interview below.What has been your most interesting project? I don’t have one that is more interesting than the rest. It’s that whole “each one of my films is like one of my children”, each interesting and dear to my heart for a different reason. Certainly the projects that I enjoy the most either involve international travel, as in when I taught Cinematography in Nigeria, or when considerable time and thought is paid to the visual style of a film and I get to collaborate with an excellent team, as in the film “The Gilded Six Bits”. Why did you decide to go freelance? With the exception of a three month stint working for a boutique advertising agency, I have always been freelance. It’s the normal route for a Cinematographer. What tip would you give to a new freelancer or someone who is considering going freelance? I would definitely say that a freelancer should never be exclusively service oriented. In other words, always have a tangible product to sell as well. If you are a massage therapist, make your own soaps and oils. It comes down to ways to make money when you don’t want to get out of bed. And ways for people to give you money who aren’t necessarily interested in your service. I think it is better if the product you sell is related to your service (a photographer sells photos etc), but its not necessary. For example, although my primary love is Cinematography, I have always painted on the side. About six years ago, I began to actively promote and sell my paintings and that has proven an invaluable way to stay creative and increase my income. What is your favorite spot in the city in which you live? This is another question like the above…I live in New York City and view it like a member of the family. There is so much to love about living here and so many nooks and crannies, I would have no idea where to begin. I don’t have one favorite spot here but I do have a favorite time of the year. When Spring first hits New York, you will never experience such a delicious mix of creativity, power, gaiety, assertiveness and compassion. What is your inspiration? I am inspired by the beauty and magic inherent in all things. Every circumstance, character (both fictional and real), lighting set up or lens choice has the capacity to transport us above the mundane. I am very lucky. My job as a Director of Photography is to be inspired and utilize art, science and philosophy to communicate this sense of lyricism and wonder to my audience.last_img read more

Blogging survival guide for the Type-A personality

first_imgA few months ago, I started my own blog. This is a long overdue bucket list item I had been putting . Despite my experience as an in-depth reporter a in Peru and US I was lost in the blogging world.I committed to writing one enterprise article a month, but the stakes were too high. I realized that doing all the formal work of finding a topic, interviewing, taking and editing pictures, then writing, proofing, and publishing meant that my blog would not update every month. Worst of all, because my blog remained dormant for weeks on end, I didn’t have an audience – which meant all my hard work was for naught. I lost initiative and started to procrastinate.Despite all my efforts of organizing my work load and write schedule, time tables and reminders, I couldn’t get my blog to take off successfully on social media. After a long period of time thinking about all the mistakes I could possibly have made, I realized that blogging just didn’t have the same formal process as reporting. I was overdoing it: I overplanned, edited too much, re-read too long, and double-checked the sources exhaustively.I needed to loosen up, so I developed some new guidelines for a more relaxed approach to blogging:Create a timeline (with deadlines): If your Type A personality can’t blog on the fly, create a timeline by which you will have your post corrected and proofread so that you can upload it on time.I just use my calendar, but there are a lot of fancy apps out there you can download that do the same thing.Proof in sprints: Pouring over your post for hours on end will not make it perfect. Write it. Take a break. Proof it. Take a break. Proof it again. Don’t over think it.Seek inspiration: If you spend all your time on your work, you’ll very quickly develop a pair of blinders. Read other blogs and get to know other bloggers. You’ll learn new ways to engage your audience and possibly make some new blogger friends!Have fun: Blogging should be fun. Tell your inner perfectionist to take a backseat. No one is perfect anyway, the important thing is that your audience finds you relatable. The more fun you have, the more popular your blog will be. I promise.Repeat after me: done is better than perfect. Done is better than perfect. Done is better than perfect. Your audience want to read the posts you promise. Don’t let them down!I never imagined that blogging would change not only the way I write, but the way I approach life. Gone are the days of rigid perfectionism; today I’m much more loose and expressive – and I love it. If you’re a Type A personality who can’t get your blog off the ground, I recommend taping these guidelines to the wall above your desk and embracing the imperfections. It might just change your life!This is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.last_img read more

At Home and Abroad, US Climate Leadership Builds on Solid Foundation

first_imgThis post originally appeared on The Hill.As climate talks enter the final stretch in Paris, the United States is taking its rightful place as a world leader in tackling the challenge of climate change.This is a moral obligation for all of us. It is the scientifically sound thing to do. It is our chance to hold all countries accountable for their actions on climate change. And economically, it is as indisputable as prevention being cheaper than the cure. We cannot allow politics-as-usual to block this step forward.Under President Obama, the United States has sent a clear message at home and abroad that it’s serious about climate action. We’ve vastly increased fuel efficiency standards for vehicles, set standards to limit carbon pollution under the Clean Power Plan, and brought China and other countries together around firm international commitments for action.Those successes have given Obama the courage and conviction to push for a global agreement in Paris. And the rest of the world is getting on board. Already, more than 180 countries, representing more than 90 percent of global emissions, have submitted their climate action plans ahead of the conference, a marked change from the past.We have seen major commitments from leaders in the private sector and cities to drive down their global emissions. More than 150 businesses have joined the American Business for Climate Action pledge. A group of countries, including the U.S., and investors, led by Bill Gates, have committed to add billions to clean energy R&D. More than 420 cities have joined the Compact of Mayors, which includes pledges to measure and manage their emissions.Yet, arguments come fast and furious seeking to convince us that there is no necessity to act or worse that we should even try. In Congress, in courts, and in media reports, opponents try to divert our attention and undermine our conviction.These arguments rely on flawed grounds. Some claim industry can’t adjust. Some claim the cost is too great. Others vow to interfere with the president’s diplomatic efforts, just as opponents in the Senate tried to derail a nuclear deal with Iran.I’m not surprised to see the opposition ramp up. With three decades in the political world – as a congressman, governor of New Mexico and as the Secretary of Energy – I’m long familiar with how some people will fight by whatever means to get their way. Yet a close look at each argument against climate action, judged fairly, only reinforces the case to move forward:On international law, the administration is negotiating an agreement that builds on existing law going back to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change that Congress ratified in 1992.On federal standards, the new rules build on the Clean Air Act that was signed into law by Congress and reaffirmed by the Supreme CourtOn the economics, multiple studies find that taking climate action is consistent with strong economic growth. Multiple government and independent analyses show that the plans will likely reduce electric bills overall in the long run.On the urgency to act: Over nearly 25 years of international efforts, the science has only become more clear. This year is likely to be the hottest on record. And, the impacts of climate change – severe droughts, floods, sea-level rise, and extreme weather events – are beginning to be felt in the U.S. and worldwide.That’s why, multiple polls find that a wide majority of Americans support an international agreement,Make no mistake, the agreement being hashed out in Paris will set our nation and the world on a new course. This path will take us from the polluting, fossil-fuel reliant model of the past two centuries to the low-carbon, clean energy model that is taking shape now.This path offers business opportunities for innovation at home and will open new clean energy markets overseas. It will also help the most vulnerable communities, those without access to energy and who are facing existential threats due to their homes and villages.Reaching an agreement won’t solve everything. But a strong agreement will give a strong push that will bend the curve on global emissions and will bring all countries under a common agreement that can be reviewed and strengthened in the years ahead.The United States is a country that has led the world through many of its greatest challenges. We have constantly stood up for what is right and fair. It is our responsibility to do so again and lead us to a healthier, safer and more resilient future.last_img read more

How an Introvert Used Social Media to Generate New Business and a New Career

first_img I can honestly say that social media has changed the way I do business forever. It’s changed the way I do life forever as well. So I guess I do know how I got here after all. Brent Leary @brentleary . You can connect with Brent on Twitter Looking back on it I can honestly say that all this social stuff has paid off. All the blogging to an audience of one (thanks Mom!) was worth it. All the time spent editing mp3 files was worth it. All the reading and commenting was well worth it. Even the stuff I tried that didn’t work was worth it. It was all worth it because it led me to valuable relationships with people who I collaborate with, do business with and share ideas with. It took several months, but I found my blogging voice, and began connecting with people interested in the things I was interested in. Comments started rolling in, along with links. I even received an email from a guy named Brian Halligan. He had just co-founded a startup called Hubspot, and had found my blog. He thought I was in synch with their approach to small business. Brent also hosts a Social CRM podcast “CRM Playaz” with Webinar: Twitter for Marketing and PR But in 2004 I had an opportunity to write an article for CRM Magazine’s website where I was able to share my opinion on a few things going on in the industry. . The blogging was going well, but then I kept hearing about this podcasting thing. I had recently started a radio show on the local business talk station. With the show only airing in Atlanta it wasn’t reaching all the people we thought would be interested in hearing it. So I turned it into a podcast with its own site, iTunes listing and “the works.” “How to Use Social Media to Attract More Customers” Blogging and podcasting allowed me to reach people in ways I would have never been able to do any other way. I was talking with best-selling authors, executives with major corporations and movers and shakers in my industry. I was also building relationships that eventually led to business opportunities I would never have guessed I would have. The Microphone Fiend . And you can find me on the social networking sites, especially Twitter. And recently I co-authored Want to learn more about using Twitter for Marketing and PR? Blogger … With Attitude for tips and tricks to drive inbound marketing using Twitter. A funny thing happened after that article was published: people responded with emails and phone calls. I was even invited to speak at a conference. That exposure led directly to a two-year Salesforce.com implementation project. and join him on his webinar today Barack 2.0 Download the free webinar . , a CRM consulting/advisory firm focused on small and mid-size enterprisescenter_img , co-founder and Partner of Paul Greenberg Miss the webinar? CRM Playaz I eventually began writing a regular column for a local magazine, although it wasn’t carried online. But I had been reading these blog things that were pretty good. I finally got the nerve up to start my own blog in June 2005. It allowed me to say things about changes in the industry that I couldn’t say anywhere else, without being edited, censored or lobotomized. And while nobody had been waiting with bated breath for my blog to arrive on the scene, it felt kind of good to put my thoughts out there. American Express OPEN forum SmallBizTrends.com Within a few months thousands of shows were being downloaded from as far away as Australia, India and the UK. I even received invitations to keynote conferences in places I had never heard of before. Social Media So THAT’s How I Got Here , I’m still blogging on my site, but I also write regularly for sites like the Originally published Apr 14, 2009 1:55:00 PM, updated March 21 2013 View the video and download the slides This is a guest blog post by . CRM Essentials LLC How did I get here? That’s what I’ve been asking myself lately. I’m an introvert with an accounting degree for crying out loud. But after leaving PriceWaterhouseCoopers a few years earlier, in 2003 I co-founded CRM Essentials, a two-man operation focused on implementing Salesforce.com for the SMB crowd. and Inc.com’s technology site. I also do a podcast with my friend and CRM guru Paul Greenberg that we call the Topics: , a book about how the Obama campaign utilized social media, and the lessons small businesses can learn from them. The book actually started as an online article, which morphed into a webinar, a blog, and finally a podcast. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

How We Doin? The HubSpot Blog Gets Its Grades.

first_imgSince we’re Blog Grade Page Rank sethgodin.typepad.com Above all, it shows that it doesn’t make sense to judge your blog by a single metric. Look at a variety of metrics, and decide which are the most important for your purposes. 6 8,717 blog.grader.com 88 52,023 Learn how to build your business blog into an inbound marketing machine. Page Rank launching Blog Grader 785,905 Right now 6 934 we get a B+ — an 89 out of 100 www.copyblogger.com 8,410 420,672 70,786 Inbound Links this morning, today on this blog I’m sharing our report card. What’s all this tell you?  And what can you learn from it so that you can benchmark your own blog? 19,793 Traffic Rank over at 7 87 www.toprankblog.com . Webinar: Advanced Business Blogging 46,385 5,750 595,266 88 6,535 801,510 1,150 is important if you’re concerned with the visitorsto your site, as many advertising-funded sites are. Lower is better. Ithink that’s pretty good, especially considering that we’re workingwithin the constraints of a company blog. Of course, there’s a lot ofwork to do. 5 17,980 6 Blog Optimization 91 is a measure of the volume of content visible to search engines. More is better. www.micropersuasion.com Here’s a rundown of each of the metrics I’ve included above: Originally published Jul 15, 2009 7:17:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 930 blog.hubspot.com 131,920 To get a sense of exactly where that work needs to bedone — and to give you a full status report on the blog — I put ourgrades in the context of some of the blogs we read regularly and admire: 4,320 Topics: Site www.chrisbrogan.com 6 is a very rough assment of raw SEO power, according to Google. It’s on a 1-10 scale. Higher is better. 3,720 So how we doin? How’s your report card? Which metrics are you focused on improving for your blog? indicate the level of engagement on the blog. Higher is better. Inbound Links 7 83 Subscriptions indicate the level of the blog’s reach. More subscriptions is better. So which one of these numbers should you be focused on most? It dependson what your blog’s goals are, but I try to keep track of all of themfor this blog. Of course, now that we have a Blog Gradethat weightsall of them, I’ll be focusing more on that. Here are a few numbers that aren’t listed above, but are also important: 91 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack is a rough proxy for SEO authority (search engines use inbound links to help sort results). It’s also an indication of the extent to which your blog is used as a reference. A higher number is better. Traffic Rank Indexed Pages Comments www.webinknow.com Download the free webinar to learn how to create a thriving blog. 92 Indexed Pages 1,840,142 3,340last_img read more

Ronaldo rested for Real’s trip to Espanyol

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo Ronaldo rested as Real Madrid name squad for Espanyol clash Goal 17:43 27/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Espanyol v Real Madrid Espanyol Primera División The Portuguese star has not been named in the Blancos’ 19-man squad for their trip to the RCDE Stadium in La Liga on Tuesday Cristiano Ronaldo has been rested for Real Madrid’s trip to Espanyol in La Liga on Tuesday.Ronaldo, 33, scored twice as the Blancos downed Alaves 4-0 in the Spanish top flight on Saturday.However, the Portuguese star has been handed a rest ahead of the Espanyol match with Real’s crunch Champions League last 16 second-leg clash with PSG just around the corner. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Real – who currently sit third in La Liga – face Getafe on Saturday shortly before they travel to France to face Ligue 1 leaders PSG on March 6.Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema both netted in Real’s win over Alaves and the duo have been named in the squad which will lock horns with Espanyol.Captain Sergio Ramos, Isco and Marco Asensio have also been included in Zinedine Zidane’s roster.Espanyol, meanwhile, are currently 15th in La Liga and have failed to win any of their last seven games in all competitions, drawing their last four matches.Real Madrid full squad: Navas, Casilla, Luca, Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Nacho, Theo, Achraf, Casemiro, Llorente, Asensio, Isco, Kovacic, Ceballos, Benzema, Bale, Vazquez, Mayoral.last_img read more

Online Betting Odds Tab Spencer Sanders as Favorite to Win OSU QB Job

first_imgThey say what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. But what about offshore gambling forums? Well, they say Spencer Sanders is the likely starting quarterback for OSU in 2019.According to odds from the online gambling site BetOnline.ag, Sanders is the 1-3 frontrunner to win the job as of Tuesday, July 30 (two days before the beginning of fall camp). Dru Brown, the only other quarterback considered to be contending for the job with Sanders, is listed at 2-1. For the uninitiated, 1-3 odds as a percentage probability is 75 percent. 2-1 odds as a percentage probability is 33.3 percent.Translated: Sanders is the clear favorite.Vegas doesn’t seem to agree at all with the spin that’s being put out of Stillwater of late. Mike Gundy said at Big 12 Media Days that no quarterback has won the job yet, and new offensive coordinator Sean Gleeson doubled down on that notion Monday at OSU’s pre-camp media outing.“This is an even race,” said Gleeson, emphasizing that the best accuracy and most intelligence should give one quarterback the winning edge. “We need a guy who can lead our players, who can be intelligent enough to run this no-huddle. There’s all different shapes and sizes of quarterbacks, but the thing we all understand is that accuracy matters. Whether you throw it hard or fast or big or small, accuracy is really important.”The odds give Sanders a huge leg up on Brown, which means there’s some value there with Brown. Because from everyone we’ve talked to both on and off the record, this seems to be a tighter race than these odds would indicate. Sanders may be a monster favorite to win the gig, which he may in fact go on to do, but it’s far from a done deal at this point. 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.last_img read more

Nigeria captain Mikel’s father rescued from kidnappers

first_imgWorld Cup ‘I was told they would shoot my dad’ – Nigeria captain Mikel’s father kidnapped during World Cup Tolu Olasoji Deputy Editor Nigeria Last updated 1 year ago 18:45 7/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy John Obi Mikel Nigeria 2018 World Cup Getty Images World Cup Nigeria African All Stars The former Chelsea midfielder was told of his father’s abduction while playing in Russia but remained in the Super Eagles line up The father of Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel has been rescued from kidnappers by the police, with the player revealing that he was aware of the incident during the World Cup.According to reports, Micheal Obi and his driver, Ishaya John were abducted along the Makurdi-Enugu road on their way from Jos, last week.The abductors were reported to have demanded N10 million (£21,000/$28,000) as ransom, but the Enugu State Police were on hand to rescue the former Chelsea midfielder’s father, his driver and the Toyota Prado jeep they rode in.A statement via the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, Ebere Amaraizu, said: “It was gathered that Pa Michael Obi and his driver were abducted along Makurdi-Enugu Road on his way from Jos in his grey-coloured Toyota Prado jeep with registration number: MUS 604 CG and taken to an unknown destination through the thick forest part of the area. Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar “It was further gathered that the abductors started calling to demand a ransom of N10m before police operatives acted on intelligence information and swooped on them.“In the process of the rescue, a gun duel ensued between police operatives and the kidnappers, which forced the hoodlums to abandon their victims inside the forest and they were promptly rescued.”The police spokesman also confirmed that Obi is ‘hale and hearty’ after a team of doctors from the force’s medical unit conducted a checkup.His son, Mikel, led the Super Eagles in Russia where they knocked out after losing to Argentina in their final Group D match.And the Tianjin TEDA midfielder has revealed that he was aware of his father’s kidnap ahead of the clash with the South American side but insisted he took part in the game.”I was confused. I did not know what to do, but in the end I knew that I could not let 180 million Nigerians down,” Mikel told ESPN.”I had to shut it out of my head and go and represent my country first. I was told that they would shoot my dad instantly if I reported to the authorities or told anybody.”And I did not want to discuss it with the coach because I did not want my issue to become a distraction to the coach or the rest of the team on the day of such an important game. So as much as I wanted to discuss it with the coach, I could not do it.”Mikel has represented his country at the last two World Cups and has won 85 caps in total, scoring six goals.last_img read more

Get R.E.A.L.: Four Steps to a Successful Fundraising Plan

first_imgI often get asked by start-up nonprofits how to raise money. The panic of making budget seems to make raising money impossible without knowing someone rich and famous like Bill Gates or Warren Buffet.But fundraising isn’t impossible. It can an incredibly exciting adventure. Here is a simple plan I recommend to my clients. It can get you off to a good start and keep being used for years to come. To keep it easy, I implore them to “Get R.E.A.L.”The basic model I use for asking is the acronym R.E.A.L.: Research, Engage, Ask, and Love.RESEARCH: The first step of research is to find out how much you need to raise. This may seem obvious but my experience is that most groups never put a specific dollar amount on their need. Once that need is determined, it’s important to research how many gifts you’ll need. If you’re attempting to raise $100,000, the knee-jerk reaction will probably be “We just need to find 100 people that will give us $1,000.” As nice as that seems, decades of fundraising experience show that that simply isn’t how it works.One of the most helpful tools is a gift grid. Long-standing common wisdom shows that you’ll need at least one gift equaling 10% of the total. The next two should equal 5% of the total, etc. So, to reach your goal of $100,000, you’ll need at least one donor to give a minimum of $10,000. Experience shows that you’ll need to have 4 or 5 prospects to achieve that gift. Work through the grid until you have names of prospects for each level.As you’re building your prospect list, you’ll want to continue your research. Google can be an incredibly helpful tool. So can your board members and a development committee in the form of a peer review committee. You could invite these people, remind them of your cause and fundraising goals, and ask them to go over the names of prospects. One simple method of doing this is conducting what I call a “cpi screening”: rating each prospect on capacity, philanthropy, and interest.Does the prospect have capacity-are they financially able to make a gift? Are they philanthropic-are they generous with their money. You need to be a good steward of your resources, if the prospect can’t make a worthwhile gift or doesn’t have a track record of giving you would be better served seeking donations elsewhere. ? Are the interested in your cause? You can find this out by looking at other causes they’ve supported and by asking people close to your organization. Have the people on the committee assign a score of 1-5 for each category-1 being lowest, 5 being highest. This is tool can be useful because it removes individual personalities from the prospect rating process and makes it feel more objective. You should promptly visit anyone scoring 12 or more. But watch for those with high scores in the first two categories and some inclination to your cause. While you can’t make someone more wealthy or generous, but you can have a chance at making someone more interested in your organization. Which brings us to the second step, engage. ENGAGE: I like to think of this as the dating part of the relationship. It’s important to get to know your prospects before you “pop the question.” While you’ll certainly want to share the story of your cause, take time to get to know them-listen to their story, discover their interests, hear their goals. If the prospect has c and p then here’s where you work on i.ASK: The number one reason people don’t give money to your cause is that they are not asked. Even if you skip the prior two steps, you’ll still reach some level of success by consistently executing this one.If you’ve done the first two steps, this step will be quite fun. You’ll already have the odds in your favor. You know that they are predisposed to saying “yes” and you’ll have had time to shape the ask around their passions.I recommend asking people for gifts spread out over a period of time: i.e. “$1000 a year for three years.” This both shows you consider your cause important enough for a substantial investment and it saves you from having to ask them again and again.LOVE: I originally called this step Live/Like/Love. This is easy if the prospect says “yes” when you’ve asked. You simply need to be sure to thank them about seven times before you ask them again.But fundraising is all about relationships. The work really starts if they’ve said “no.” The big thing is to not burn any bridges. If you made it all the way to the ask, you had good reason to believe they’d say yes. The timing simply might not have been right. If you keep in touch with them, they just may give in the future. People will remember you if you’re exceptional at handling a “no.” And refusing a request can be so difficult, they’ll be grateful for your composure.Source: Marc. A Pitman of http://fundraisingcoach.com/.last_img read more

Campaign like Obama – and see him sworn in

first_imgAs I’ve said in this space before, there are two secrets to campaigning like Obama — a one-two punch of audience connection and infrastructure to serve the audience.1. Audience appeal: directly appealing to the personal concerns of your audience2. Infrastructure: putting the human and technological engines behind your audience via community-based organizations and via online engagement. There are quite a few examples of organizations working to build off this approach – and keep the country engaged going forward.Change.org is pursuing this approach on its revamped site here. The Case Foundation is also taking this approach with a new campaign called “Change Begins With Me,” which calls for citizens across the nation to visit the Case Foundation’s website and make a personal pledge to “be the change” in 2009. By finishing the sentence, “Change begins with me–” individuals can share their commitments to change their neighborhood, community or the world in 2009. According to Case, one lucky citizen (and guest) will be randomly selected to attend the Inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama and related Inaugural festivities here in DC. And, in the spirit of giving and active civic engagement, this person will also participate in the Washington, DC Martin Luther King Day of Service. So now you can campaign like Obama – and enter a lottery to see him sworn in.I’ll now share how to NOT campaign like Obama and completely bungle all things social media.Read the horrific superlist of social media blunders of the year here.last_img read more

Maternal Health Supplies Community of Practice

first_imgPosted on March 21, 2011June 20, 2017By: Jess Bernstein, Project Manager, RH Supplies, Population Action InternationalClick 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)The MHTF is proud to launch, with Population Action International, the Maternal Health Supplies Community of Practice.Why a Community of Practice for Maternal Health Supplies? Because no woman should die during childbirth because the shelves in her clinic were bare. Because no infant should lose their mother before they have a chance to meet her. Because most of the maternal health supplies that save women’s lives are inexpensive and available. Because Coca Cola is more available than magnesium sulfate and oxytocin.Governments must take a stand to meet MDG 5, and supplies are key to progress. We have learned from a decade of success in RH supplies advocacy that it takes a community to create sustainable progress on a large scale. Together, we can make a difference to increase the availability of these supplies, through logistical improvements, adequate and innovative financing, improved programs and policies, and with a forum for advocacy to hold those in positions of responsibility accountable. Join us in this community. Let’s make progress together to make sure that the bare shelves become full shelves – and that women survive the births of their children.To participate in the MH Supplies Community of Practice, register on the MHTF website and visit the Discussion Forum, view MH Supplies Resources, and RSVP for the CoP meeting in April.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Between Us (Women)

first_imgPosted on June 6, 2011November 13, 2014Click 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)The following is part of a series of project updates from Future Generations. MHTF is supporting their project, Using Pregnancy Histories to Help Mothers, based in Peru. More information on MHTF supported projects can be found here.Written by: Future GenerationsAs the first project year reaches completion, the “Between Us (Women)” Project has trained 72 Women Leaders (WL) from 28 communities of the Andean highlands of Cusco in Peru. Of these, 93% are still “active”, even though not all are consistently able to attend all the workshops. We are far enough along in the project to graph results on training workshop attendance trends which have leveled off around the 70% mark with a late further decline associated with the pre-winter harvest season. We have also graphed results of pretests and posttests for all six priority topics for the project, showing more improved posttest scores in the intervention group as compared to the control group, the topics including pregnancy, birth and postpartum, newborn, breastfeeding, infant diarrhea and pneumonia. Monitoring data on community education activities carried out by WL show how many community women have been exposed to educational activities of the WL through home visits and in women´s group meetings. WL in the intervention groups have completed on average twice the number of home visits to pregnant women and mothers of children under age two, as compared to the control group.In two out of the four project districts where women gather in meetings on a monthly basis as a requirement for a cash transfer program (called the JUNTOS program), WL have been able to reach more than triple the number of women for group education activities (and quadruple the number by WL in the intervention group), as compared to districts where JUNTOS does not operate. In other words, given that JUNTOS does not provide educational content to its beneficiaries, our training program for WL has greatly potentiated the health education of JUNTOS beneficiaries who otherwise would not receive health information in this important national program that is targeted to women in extreme poverty.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

At the mHealth Summit

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on December 5, 2011November 13, 2014Click 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)We are at the mHealth Summit this week learning about the many applications of mobile technology to improve health. A number of sessions will be focusing specifically on maternal and child health, and we’ll be posting summaries and analysis of the many topics of discussion. Also, some of the sessions are livestreamed or archived on the mHealth Summit website.To read about our experiences at last year’s conference, click here.Share this:last_img read more