OSU Makes Top Schools for 3-Star Athlete Taye Barber

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Cy-Springs athlete Taye Barber has named OSU among his list of top schools along with Stanford, TCU, Ole Miss, West Virginia, Clemson, Tennessee, Arizona, Iowa State, Missouri, Kansas and Utah.Barber’s scholarship count was nearing 30 before he made the major cut to 12 on Sunday.After a stellar junior year in which he played both sides of the ball for Cypress Springs, his attention on the recruiting trail nationally skyrocketed this offseason.First, schools took notice of his skills as a free safety — the position OSU was first to offer him — but lately schools have become more and more interested in bringing him in as a playmaker out of the slot.Still, OSU’s offer, which was his first of what is now a lengthy list, meant a lot and could play a role in his final decision.“It impacts a lot,” Barber told PFB earlier this year. “They were the first school to believe in my ability as a football player.”Barber is a 5-foot-9 impact player who OSU was recruiting to bring in as a packaged deal alongside four-star standout and teammate Leon O’Neal Jr., who recently pledged to Texas A&M.last_img read more

‘Neymar technically best in the world’

first_imgNeymar ‘Neymar technically best in the world’ – Pele sees PSG forward, Messi & Ronaldo as only ‘superstars’ Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 17:18 24/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Neymar PSG Troyes Ligue 1 29112017 Getty Neymar World Cup Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi PSG Real Madrid Barcelona Ligue 1 Primera División The Brazil legend is looking forward to seeing a countryman at this summer’s World Cup, with a star turn ready to prove himself among the elite Neymar is “technically the best player in the world”, says Pele, with the Paris Saint-Germain forward one of only three “superstars” in the global game.While Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have enjoyed a duopoly of Ballon d’Or honours over the last decade, the Real Madrid and Barcelona icons now face fierce competition for the crown.Brazil international Neymar is considered to be their closest challenger, with the 26-year-old now the most expensive player on the planet following a €222 million move to PSG. 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 He has impressed in France, netting 26 times in 29 appearances, and will once again shoulder the expectations of a nation at this summer’s World Cup finals in Russia.Pele believes Neymar is ready to deliver on such a stage and enhance his standing among the elite, with the Brazilian legend telling FIFA’s official website: “Neymar has changed the way he plays with the national team. He has had to.“At his club side, he was playing as a left-sided attacker, whereas for Brazil, he plays more centrally, as a more traditional No. 10. “He’s ready to lead this team, yes. He might find that the tactical switch from his club to the national team isn’t straightforward, but Neymar is Brazil’s key player.“He has to prepare himself for that. And I would go further: for me, technically, he is already the best player in the world. I’m absolutely sure of that.”There are plenty of other players ready to shine under the brightest of spotlights, such as PSG striker Kylian Mbappe and Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, but Pele does not consider them to be at the very highest level just yet.He added: “If you look around the world, the ones who stand out are Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar. There are no other superstars.”Neymar needs to prove that he is deserving of such a standing, with PSG looking for him to spark a Champions League revival against Real Madrid and land the Ligue 1 title before Brazil call on him to help lead the charge for a sixth World Cup crown.last_img read more

Conte: My dad told me off for lack of passion

first_imgAntonio Conte Conte: My dad told me off for lack of touchline passion Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 06:30 25/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Antonio Conte Chelsea Getty Antonio Conte Chelsea Manchester United v Chelsea Manchester United Premier League The Blues boss got a telling off after the club’s worst defeat of the season and spoke about developing Eden Hazard into an even better player Antonio Conte has revealed that his family worry about him when he tries to contain his excitement on the touchline during Chelsea games, even being told off by his father after one particularly passionless display.Chelsea suffered one of their worst defeats during Conte’s reign at the start of the month as they went down 4-1 to Watford, leaving the coach on the brink of losing his job.And Conte has admitted that he faced criticism from more than just fans and the press after that game, as his family grew concerned over his timidity on the side of the field. 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 Three good performances have subsequently stabilised things at Stamford Bridge as Conte’s side now sit fourth in the Premier League, and the coach vows he will be as vocal and wild as usual as they gear up for an intense end to the season, if only to make his father happy.”My family start to worry if they don’t see me [being passionate],” Conte told reporters at Cobham Training Ground. “They start to worry because it means I’m not happy. They don’t recognise me. A lot of time I start the game with this idea to try to enjoy the game, to stay sat down.”To enjoy the game in this way is not the same for me. It is not the same for my players, it is not the same for the fans, or for my father. My father watched the game against Watford. He said ‘oi, I didn’t see you with the right hunger, the right passion. You finished the game with your voice. That’s not for you.’ “Maybe in the future when I become older, for sure, I have to try to stay more calm. To live the game more relaxed but I think also that this is my thing. To stay on the touchline and push my players, to push myself. This is the result because I won something in my life. “You have to know that my first owner when I started to play football was my father. He was the owner, the coach, the kit-man, he drew the lines [on the pitch]. I spent my life from the start, my life on the pitch. To follow the team of my father, for this reason.”I think we have to thank him for this passion that I have for this sport. I started very young. In my first season I was assistant coach. I remember in some games, I shouted more than the head coach, a lot of the time, at the end of the game I said sorry because [I shouted so much]. But this is my way to live the game. In the future, I hope to be more relaxed and enjoy and to sit and watch the game.”I think you must have passion in every game. If you play against Barcelona or you play with a low team. It doesn’t matter, honestly I don’t think my passion against Watford was less. For sure, it was a strange night for everyone.Tiemoue Bakayoko Chelsea Watford 05022018Troy Deeney David Luiz Watford Chelsea“I don’t think that my passion was less, my passion must always be the same way when we play against an important team or a team that’s less important. In that moment I am alone. I don’t see what happens on the other bench, I don’t see what the other manager does.”In that moment I am alone. There’s the pitch, my players, the game. I don’t see what happens because my focus is only on the pitch. It is great this for me. After the game, if we win, I think there is great peace in myself. This is the moment that I find the peace completely, in my mind and body.”I am tired but when we win it is the best moment for me. I enjoy that moment. I know that probably the time is two hours or three hours to enjoy this moment, especially if we play every three days, but then start to think and I prepare for another team.”When we lose, I prefer to stay inside. I think after the game it is not good to speak, especially if you are angry, it is dangerous. It is very important to be calm and not be sad. Take one day, two days to recover and then restart.”Meanwhile, Eden Hazard has gone on to make 40 appearances already this season for club and country, despite missing the start of the season due to a broken ankle. Eden Hazard, Olivier Giroud, ChelseaHe has played in three different positions this season for Chelsea  and is the club’s top scorer with 15 goals.However, Conte still believes that his star man has another level to get to despite being impressed with his recent displays, pointing out Sunday’s game against Manchester United as a good chance to show his quality.”I think this type of game is the perfect game for top players because they want to show something,” he added. “Especially in these games. Eden is performing well. He is scoring, he can score more, he can improve things.”He has the possibility to improve his level, to work very hard with and without the ball, to help his team-mates. At this level you need all players to play with the ball and without the ball, to help the team with and without the ball. “I think at this point, it’s important for the coach to try to speak to improve on the pitch and during the training sessions. To have conversations about how to reach another level but it is very important, you must be yourself to have this ambition, this will to do this.”last_img read more

Conte challenges Morata and Barkley

first_imgChelsea Morata and Barkley must prove worth to Chelsea boss Conte Dom Farrell 00:39 3/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Alvaro Morata Chelsea Getty Images Chelsea Premier League Antonio Conte Manchester City v Chelsea Manchester City Morata Two men short of form at Stamford Bridge have been charged with the task of working hard and showing that they deserve regular roles heading forward Antonio Conte has urged Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata to work hard and rediscover his best form.Spain international Morata became the Blues’ record signing when he joined from Real Madrid during the close season and has 10 Premier League goals to his name.However, the last of those came against Brighton & Hove Albion on Boxing Day, with the former Juventus man going scoreless across 10 appearances in all competitions while grappling with a back injury. 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 “He has to work and to recover the best form after an injury in his back,” Conte told reporters ahead of Sunday’s trip to face league leaders Manchester City.”He has to work and have patience and we must have patience. But the only way is to work.”While the jury remains out on Morata, Ross Barkley has had little to celebrate in Chelsea colours since joining from Everton in January.He was substituted on his only start in three senior appearances, the shock 3-0 defeat at home to Bournemouth in January, while the 24-year-old’s hamstring injury curse has struck again.Even though Barkley is now back in training, Conte was in no mood to offer any guarantees ahead of facing Pep Guardiola’s in-form side.”Ross Barkley, in this week he trained with us. Now he has recovered from his injury and he will come with us for Manchester City,” the Italian added.”Then I don’t know if I decide to find a place on the bench for him or in the stand for another week.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Juan Mata hails Liverpool rivalry

first_imgMata Mata: Manchester United-Liverpool the biggest game for both clubs Jamie Smith 05:19 10/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Juan Mata Getty Images Manchester United v Liverpool Manchester United Premier League Liverpool Manchester City The Manchester derby is not the biggest game in English football, according to Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata. Juan Mata believes the Premier League rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester United makes it the biggest game in English football.The Spain midfielder hit a brace at Anfield in March 2015, including a superb scissor-kick volley.But while his manager Jose Mourinho just deemed it another important game in the run up to Saturday’s match, Mata ranks the United-Liverpool rivalry above games such as the north London derby between Tottenham and Arsenal, as well as the Manchester derby. 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 “It is the biggest game for both teams and maybe in English football as well,” Mata told MUTV, “The rivalry, the history of both clubs and the atmosphere as well.”Any game against Liverpool is special and, if you are able to score a fantastic goal or have a great performance, it will be remembered forever.”I think if you ask fans what my best moment at United is, it would probably be that game and, specifically, that goal.”It was a fantastic day for me: playing at Anfield, scoring twice and scoring the winning goal.”United host Liverpool on Saturday on the back of a thrilling comeback win at Crystal Palace on Monday, Mourinho’s men claiming a 3-2 victory thanks to a late Nemanja Matic screamer.What. A. Feeling. @ManUtd @premierleague #mufc pic.twitter.com/QOlNHDqd14— Juan Mata García (@juanmata8) March 5, 2018″It was a tough game,” Mata said. “We were lucky to come back after being 2-0 down, especially playing away from home. The result was a great boost of confidence as well as beating Chelsea the week before.”Liverpool are a good team. Everything is going quite well for them, especially with their attacking players. They’re scoring a lot of goals especially from Mohamed Salah, who’s having a fantastic season. We need to be ready for them.”Every player prefers to play at home. We need to make that count. We are at Old Trafford, where we feel comfortable, and we need to give 100 per cent to create an atmosphere for the fans.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Report: Genoa 0 AC Milan 1

first_imgGenoa 0 AC Milan 1: Silva lining for Rossoneri after Europa woe Peter Hanson Last updated 1 year ago 03:08 12/3/2018 silva-cropped Getty Images AC Milan left it late, but Andre Silva’s maiden Serie A strike downed Genoa on Sunday. Andre Silva scored his first Serie A goal in the final seconds of the game as AC Milan earned a dramatic last-gasp 1-0 win at Genoa.The Portugal striker arrived at San Siro from Porto among much fanfare in the close-season, but he had failed to score in 16 previous top-flight matches for the Rossoneri in a difficult domestic campaign.However, Silva was the hero for Gennaro Gattuso’s men at the Luigi Ferraris when he leapt to head in Suso’s 94th-minute cross and settle what had been an attritional contest.  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 Genoa will feel aggrieved not to have secured a share of the spoils having defended resolutely for most of the game, and had Luca Rigoni not been denied by a tight VAR call or Ervin Zukanovic not spectacularly fluffed his lines with a close-range header in the second half the hosts might have won ot.For Milan, the late drama marks a spirited response to the 2-0 Europa League defeat to Arsenal – their first loss in any competition since December – and they will now look ahead to Thursday’s rescue mission in the second leg.A three-point return also sees Gattuso’s men close to within six points of the Champions League qualification places, having made it nine league matches without defeat.FINAL WHISTLE!FINISCE QUI AL MARASSI!!!FORZA MILAAAAAAAAAN!!!90’+4′ @andrevsilva19 #GenoaMilan 0-1 pic.twitter.com/F7j3XDYZIc— AC Milan (@acmilan) March 11, 2018An impeccably observed tribute to former Fiorentina defender Davide Astori – who died last week aged 31 – preceded kick-off, with former Italy team-mate Leonardo Bonucci, who had Astori’s number 13 on his captain’s armband, close to tears.Milan started on the front foot and Giacomo Bonaventura drove an effort over the top from the edge of the box before Ricardo Rodriguez’s dangerous drilled centre from the left was directed goalwards from eight yards by Nikola Kalinic, who was denied by the quick reflexes of Mattia Perin.Genoa had shown little in attack until the 25th minute when Diego Laxalt flashed the ball across the face of goal, but Andrey Galabinov was flat-footed in the area and failed to meet the delivery.Milan were denied the breakthrough on the stroke of half-time when Suso’s corner was headed against the right-hand post by Hakan Calhanoglu and Bonaventura – who tapped in the follow-up – was rightly judged to be offside.Calhanoglu then hit a dipping half-volley over the crossbar as Milan finished the half strongly.The visitors survived two huge scares early in the second half, though.First Rigoni headed in Oscar Hiljemark’s whipped free-kick only to be denied by a VAR review, before Zukanovic inexplicably headed Rigoni’s knock-back wide from point-blank range in the six-yard box.Milan regained their composure and Bonaventura shimmied before flashing an effort wide of the left-post, and Suso showed quick feet before laying a ball agonisingly across the face of goal that no team-mate gambled on.It looked as though Milan would be frustrated when Suso bent a 25-yard free-kick narrowly wide of the right upright and Franck Kessie was denied with a low strike.But with the final play of the match Suso weaved the ball onto his potent left foot on the right flank and delivered a teasing cross into the area that Silva – whose only goals this season have come in Europe – emphatically headed into the top-right corner.90’+5′ ANDREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE SILVAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!#GenoaMilan 0-1 pic.twitter.com/mr3MBvKdyv— AC Milan (@acmilan) March 11, 2018 Key Opta facts: – AC Milan have won four Serie A games in a row without conceding a goal for the first time since March 2013.- Milan are unbeaten in nine league games in a row for the first time since February 2016.- Andre Silva scored his first goal in Serie A, the last one in a European league was back in May 2017 for Porto.- Milan have conceded three goals in 2018 in Serie A, only Juventus (zero) have done better between team in Top-5 European Leagues in the same period. read morelast_img read more

A formula for winning communications

first_imgIn a ballroom in Miami today, the director of MEC Labs put up this formula. I kid you not.ECE = 3lq + 20r + 2bc + 2it + ef +drThe thing is, once he decoded it, it was really easy to understand. And I really liked it. Its usefulness transcends email marketing, which was the topic at hand.According to Dr. Flint McGlaughlin, effective email is based on:• 3 times list quality (heavy weight goes to the quality of the list)• 20 times offer relevance (note that HUGE weight given to relevance)• 2 times body copy• 2 times intrinsic timing• Envelope fields (subject line, from)• Deliverability rateIn other words – your success in getting people to do something is:• Very dependent on how well you’ve targeted your audience (it’s important you market to people who are likely to need what you’re offering and better yet, who know you and want to hear from you)• Extremely dependent on whether your offering is well-matched to your audience’s needs and values• The words you use are pretty important• The timing and sense of urgency with which you convey your message is pretty important• The messenger and headline are important• The deliverability of your message is key – it should be easy to get/read/receiveI like this formula – it’s based on good-old Marketing 101, as all good communications – whether by email or not – should be. And it helps us prioritize our time.last_img read more

Getting personal

first_imgFour months ago, talented blogger Britt Bravo tagged me for a meme. The meme was on media consumption. What’s a meme? It’s a contagious idea or unit of cultural information that one person can convey to another – like a joke, proverb, fashion, etc. In this context, as described by the Daily Meme, it’s a list of questions that you saw somewhere else and that you decided to answer yourself. Britt had a list of questions she answered about media consumption and wanted me and other bloggers to also share personal favorites in terms of reading, music, etc., as she had on her blog. I told Britt I’d reply, but that I wanted to post on the whole concept of memes because I didn’t think you, dear readers, were exactly dying to know what magazines I read. In fact, to be honest, my first reaction to ‘memes’ was that they were were not that interesting. I suspect you come to this blog to learn about marketing rather than my personal preferences about other topics. Then I started to wonder… maybe I was wrong (and we all know THAT is such a rare occurence).In all seriousness, I think there is a good reason memes like this thrive and spread. Our desire to connect is profound. Our tendency to search for common ground is strong. The personal is fascinating – and powerful. That means that when we support something, including a cause, we want to know and understand the people who are part of it. The people who work there, the people helped, the people who support it. That’s why it’s so important to put a human face on our work.I recently advised a few nonprofits that have amazing staff – specifically, groups of lawyers that run around protecting threatened lands – to put those people at the center of their story. A “green swat team” is a more interesting than an “advocacy project.” I’d like to know about that swat team, and I’d support them.An incredibly successful recent campaign with Barack Obama that several readers wrote me about (thanks, Samantha and others) was all about the personal. Barack is raising a lot online, and one of the more interesting appeals offered dinner with Barack to four random donors who gave any amount in a certain time period. Good idea.So here’s the type of meme I’d like nonprofits to consider — Who’s the most unusual staff member at your organization? What’s the thing they’re most proud of accomplishing? What is the most surprising story of someone you’ve helped? Can you humanize your work and the things you make better in this way? I think we should. We create connections and common ground through the personal.In that spirit, I read both the New Yorker and Us Weekly cover to cover. I like Made to Stick and Beyond Buzz for marketing reading. Waiting was the best fiction I’ve read lately. Big Love is my favorite TV viewing. And Death Cab for Cutie is recommended for your iTunes.last_img read more

Global Maternal Health Conference 2010: Day One Take-Aways from the Young Champions

first_imgShare this: Posted on August 31, 2010June 21, 2017By: Lorraine Thompson, Winner, Ashoka’s Maternal Health Blogging ContestClick 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)On August 30 at 8:00am, the air was already hot and sticky as Ashoka’s Young Champions and Changemakers boarded an air-conditioned bus. After careening across Delhi’s bumpy streets, the young social entrepreneurs stepped into the bright light of downtown Delhi for their first day at the Global Maternal Health Conference (GMHC).In the morning they attended the Conference’s inaugural ceremonies. After lunch they absorbed new facts, figures and findings at special conference sessions. Later that evening, I caught up with two Young Champions and a Changemaker to ask a question:What was your most important takeaway from today’s GMHC sessions? How will it impact your work?Onikepe Owolabi“At the first presentation today, I was struck by the obstetric epidemiologist from Aberdeen (Wendy J. Graham from Immpact at the Univeristy of Aberdeen). She kept mentioning context of research. And it struck me that when we look at studies to influence what we do, we should always try to find out about the culture of the people there. And the other things was her idea of ‘failing forward’: learning to maximize our failures—to make them into successes and leverage them for future successes.”“In the afternoon, I attended a session on the social and economic impacts on maternal health. There was a young man who spoke about a qualitative study done in Nepal. Because of what I heard in the morning, I was a lot more open to qualitative research. Sometimes people think it’s not as scientific as quantitative data collection. He spoke about the cultural things that stopped women from accessing healthcare. He kind of sparked a thought in my heart—that culture is an integral part of people’s lives.”“I think the aim of our Young Champion projects should be to eliminate the harmful practices of culture. But maybe we will get women to access healthcare better if we can incorporate some good parts of culture. From my cultural context, many people use traditional birth attendants because they want the love, the prayers and the social support. So maybe if we could somehow incorporate those spiritual rituals into hospital birthing and institutional deliveries, women would be more open to using them—as against just insisting that they come to the hospital.”Seth Cochran“The partner I work with in Uganda uses these birth kits. She goes around to different women in the villages and shows them a little backpack filled with things that will make a pregnancy safer. Really basic stuff. Like soap to wash your hands. A razor to cut the cord—a sterile razor. A clean blanket.”“Originally I thought, it was a great idea. But it turns out it’s a pretty controversial idea. A lot of people worry that if you give a woman this kit of clean stuff, it’s going to tell her it’s okay to give birth at home. And that’s not what the institutional players want. They want the women having their babies in hospitals. Which I think is ideal—but in a lot of cases not realistic.”“Since the Women Deliver Conference, I’ve been thinking I need to better understand this discussion. So today I went to a session on birth kits. It was structured almost like a debate. Like, Here are some of the facts: What do you think?”“And it became very clear to me what I want to do. With these birth kits, there are all these possibilities, right? It doesn’t have to be a facility birth. If you manage it properly, not only can it make a woman want to go to the hospital, it can help the hospital more effectively treat her. It’s a packaged set of commodities—and the facility may be short of commodities.”At the hospital, they know, if they’ve been trained, how to receive this woman: The woman comes with a little package, they can immediately take every thing out, do the job quicker, more effectively, make sure everything’s there.”“Today the debate made it very clear in my mind that I’m going to do this as a fundamental part of my program. The specifics of how—I’m not quite sure about yet. But my mind was boiling with possibilities: You could sell these things. You could sell vouchers for additional care. You could give them vouchers for local transport—negotiate with taxis. It’s a physical good, a package that’s not only sellable to the woman in Africa—or donate-able—but it’s also saleable to the donating public. Because it’s tangible. And it’s low cost—probably less than $10 or $15.”Dr. Minal Singh“I liked meeting people from the same field, with a similar cause. The best part was I’m coming away with the feeling that I’m not alone—I’m not facing different values in the field of maternal health. The values are shared by people all over the world. So it gives me lots of inspiration to work with new energy when I get back.”“There are so many synergies. Though we had little time to connect with all the partners, I’m sure we have their contact details and their organization names. Thanks to the World Wide Web, we’ll be able to connect again. I can see much potential—people from whom I can learn and partner.”“In the afternoon I attended a session on the social and economic and cultural implications of maternal health. It was a very nice talk. And this is actually the problem we are facing—the gap in India between the rural and the urban and also the economic gap. So I hope this will help me implement better.”Lorraine Thompson is the winner of the Ashoka’s Maternal Health Blogging Contest and is live blogging for the Change Summit and the Global Maternal health Conference. Stay up to date with the conference happenings! Follow the Maternal Health Task Force and EngenderHealth on Twitter: @MHTF and @EngenderHealth. The conference hashtag is #GMHC2010.For more posts about the Global Maternal Health Conference, click here.For the live stream schedule, click here.Check back soon for the archived videos of the conference presentations. ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

How World Cup brought enemies Iran & USA together

first_imgWorld Cup How the World Cup brought enemies Iran and USA together 20 years ago Ives Galarcep 19:55 6/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) USA Iran 1998 World Cup Ben Radford World Cup United States v Iran Iran v Spain Iran United States Spain When Iran faces Spain on Thursday, it will be come exactly 20 years after the most politically-charged World Cup match of all time Politics have stayed out of the spotlight for most of the first week of the 2018 World Cup, but when Iran faces Spain in Wednesday’s 2018 World Cup showdown in Kazan, Russia, it will arrive just a day before the 20-year-anniversary of the most politically-charged match in finals’ history.Iran and the United States have had a complicated and often hostile relationship for the better part of the past 40 years, so when the two countries were placed in the same group for the 1998 World Cup, political overtones immediately surrounded the match.”We’re not going to let politics play a part in this,” then-U.S. coach Steve Sampson said in the lead-up to the match. “We want to show that what we want coming out of this match besides a positive result was that the two countries are able to compete, meet each other on the field, compete effectively, and afterwards exchange jerseys as a sign that this is hopefully a start of what can be a new relationship between the countries of the United States and Iran.” Article continues below 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 The build-up to the match coincided with a thawing of relations between the two nations, which had been adversaries since the fall of the U.S-backed Shah of Iran following the Islamic Revolution in the country in 1979.That, coupled with a hostage crisis that saw 52 American diplomats kept captive in the Tehran-based U.S. embassy for 444 days, led to a complete ceasing of all diplomatic relations between the countries.The two nations find themselves in that same position today, but there was a brief period of improved relations that coincided with their World Cup meeting. That historical backdrop made the 1998 World Cup match in Lyon, France a politically-charged event, one that even drew threats of protests and required a larger-than-normal police presence.Despite the distractions, and the history between the countries, players from the two teams joined together to take a group photo before the match, a moment that made a big impression in both countries and around the world.”We talked about taking the picture together, and we asked everybody how they all felt and all the players were all for it,” then-U.S. midfielder Tab Ramos told Goal. “We all thought that this was sports, and whatever happens in politics that’s obviously off the field. We want to make people happy and make people cheer, so we took the picture together.”The United States wound up losing to Iran on the way to an awful showing at the 1998 World Cup. Three losses in three matches doomed the Americans to a last-place finish in Group F, with Germany and Yugoslavia proceeding to the last 16. This led to the departure of Sampson, who was eventually replaced by Bruce Arena — though, coincidentally, another candidate in the running for the job then was current Iran coach Carlos Quieroz.”We were a little bit afraid of their counter,” Ramos recalled of the match, which finished with the Iranians winning 2-1. “That was a good Iran team. We had the ball more, but I think on the counter they were really dangerous and eventually they got us. If anything, we were dominating the game but unfortunately they caught us and sometimes that’s just the way it goes.”USA Iran 1998 World CupThe result was a historic one for Iran, marking its first World Cup victory, a feat the Iranians didn’t match until they defeated Morocco, 1-0, in their 2018 World Cup opener. The 1998 victory led to celebrations in the streets of Iran, not only for the first World Cup win in the nation’s history, but because it came against a country long seen as an enemy of Iran.As bad as the 1998 World Cup was for the United States, one of the few bright spots was the sportsmanship shown in the match against Iran, a display that eventually helped lead to the two countries playing each other in a friendly in the United States in 2000.”Maybe we did have a little effect on the political climate getting better,” said Ramos, who is in Russia at the World Cup working as an analyst for Telemundo. “When you’re a player that’s not really what you do, but if you can help people understand each other and come together it feels good to do that.”Not only did the nations play each other in a friendly, two members of the 1998 Iran team that defeated the Americans wound up playing in the United States in Major League Soccer. Iranian forward Khodadad Azizi spent the 2000 season with the San Jose Earthquakes, while defender Mohammad Khakpour played with the New York/New Jersey MetroStars in 1999, where he was teammates with Ramos.”(Khakpour) was the nicest guy, and one of the few foreign players who I visited his house for dinner, and he came to my home for dinner,” Ramos told Goal. “We develped a really close relationship and I think it started that day in 1998.”last_img read more

Guardado: Neymar exaggerates fouls

first_imgWorld Cup Neymar likes to exaggerates fouls – Guardado Chloe Horswill 01:57 6/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) neymar-cropped Getty Images World Cup Mexico Neymar Brazil v Mexico Brazil Mexico’s midfielder has raised the temperature ahead of an all-Americas clash by suggesting his rival is fond of going to the ground Andres Guardado has called on the referee to watch Neymar closely when Mexico take on Brazil in the World Cup last 16 because he “likes to exaggerate fouls”.Neymar thought he had won Brazil a penalty in the 2-0 victory over Costa Rica last week, but the decision was overruled with the help of VAR, referee Bjorn Kuipers instead deeming it a dive.The Paris Saint-Germain forward also drew criticism for his reaction to a strong challenge from Adem Ljajic in the Selecao’s victory over Serbia. Article continues below 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 Guardado has subsequently urged the officials to keep an eye on Neymar in Samara on Monday.”We all know who Neymar is, but it isn’t up to me or my team to judge him, but the referees and FIFA,” he said. “Now there’s VAR they need to watch his style and know how to manage it.”We know he likes to exaggerate fouls, throw himself on the ground a lot, but that’s his style of play and the person who needs to stop that is the referee, not us.”Guardado feels optimistic of reaching the quarter-finals, despite Mexico having failed to beat Brazil in any of their four previous encounters at the World Cup.”There’s no greater memory than making history with a fifth match. We’re different players in terms of the mental aspect, but we know we’ll be judged by whether we get through or not,” he added.”What greater motivation could you need when we face off against the five-time champions in the game of our lives? It’s the perfect scene.”It’s the biggest game of our lives.”last_img read more

Virgin and the big difference a messenger makes

first_imgThis week, I flew on Virgin America. It was UNBELIEVABLE. A cool, space age-looking interior. A power plug for your laptop under your seat, in economy. Internet access on board. Your own TV on the seat with live television and loads of movies. Hungry? You just tap on the seatback screen and order whatever you want, whenever you want. The flight attendant brings it right to your seat. All for less than $300 for a roundtrip flight from DC to San Francisco.So let me ask you something, are you going to think about flying Virgin America next time you fly?Let me ask you something else: have you seen any ad lately that got you as interested in the airline as I did?I’ve spent a lot of time in my speeches lately talking about how important the messenger is in marketing.Sometimes, the messenger IS the marketing.If a company or organization is the messenger promoting themselves, that’s one thing.If your friend or neighbor professes love for that company or organization, that’s quite another.Now is the best time in the world to get people other than your employees to talk about you. It works way better. For prompting action of any kind.And it’s free. I didn’t get a dime from Virgin America to say how much I like them, on this blog or when I was emailing friends on board (saying how great it was to be able to work and communicate at 35,000 feet.)Being extraordinary gets people to talk about you, so treat your audience like Virgin Airlines passengers. Those valentines (the people who love you) will do you the great favor of proclaiming their affection far and wide.last_img read more

Why are arts orgs and newspapers folding faster than you can say A-I-G?

first_imgI heard a scary stat yesterday, cited by the social media guru Allison Fine on Twitter. Apparently one in ten arts organizations is on the brink of collapse. So I tweeted Allison to ask why. Movie attendance is up – why are the arts down? She answered with a whole blog post, bless her heart. And she wove in the issue of our dying newspaper industry. Read it here, along with the great comments.Then Beth Kanter, another social media guru you should be reading, weighed in here.How is your arts organization faring? What do you think of these posts?I really like Brian Reich’s take in the comments of Allison’s blog:To be successful today, you must focus on the content – the substance of what you do, and whether that provides something to the community, or audience, that is valued. Many of the arts organizations (and nonprofits) who I work with seem to believe that their offering is unique and that the audience thirsts for what they offer. But they don’t ask the audience what they want, or try to understand how to fit their work into the busy lives of the people who they seek attention from. They measure success by the amount of money raised or open rates on their email and not the inspiration they offer, people they feed, or happiness they bring. That simply won’t work. The audience is in charge (always has been, they just know it even more now). Arts groups don’t want to adapt to what the audience wants, they want the audience to come to them. And when that doesn’t happen, the arts groups often blame the media for not covering the arts or the economy for failing and leaving people without extra income to spend on things other than basics. Its not the audience’s fault. It’s not the media’s fault. It’s not the economy’s fault. Its your fault (arts groups, and everyone else). Its our fault (audience) for not demonstrating even more clearly what we want and expect from the arts and how we are willing to support it.last_img read more

10 Simple Ideas for a Greener Fundraising Event

first_imgFundraising events are wonderful for connecting with your community of supporters, but can also create waste. Fortunately there are many ways you can help encourage eco-friendly practices when planning your event. Here are 10 simple ideas to help make your nonprofit’s next fundraising event greener, courtesy of our friends at Event 360.Apparel. If you’re offering a t-shirt or other souvenir item, be sure to use eco-friendly apparel including organic cotton, bamboo and recycled polyester.Bottled water. Avoid serving individual bottled water. Encourage participants and spectators to bring their own reusable water bottles (ex: Klean Kanteen, Nalgene) or use biodegradable recyclable plastic water bottles. Also consider providing compostable cups for water service at rest stops or water stations.Styrofoam. Make your event styrofoam-free.Recycle. Provide marked recycling containers throughout your venue. Use recycling bins that are visually different from other waste receptacles. Use clear plastic bags as liners for recycling bins for easy identification and removal of contaminants. Use opaque black bags in garbage bins. Don’t forget to compost when appropriate!Train. Know the local rules for recycling & composting. Train volunteers about procedure and restrictions. Post volunteers near all recycling bins to monitor deposits.Go paperless. Consider whether or not your event materials can be viewed on the event website instead of being printed and mailed. You can manage ticketing and attendee communication all online with Network for Good’s easy-to-use fundraising pages. Reuse. When printing is necessary, print materials on recycled paper. Print double-sided when possible. Use soy-based ink. Consider designing your signs and other placards so they could be used for more than one event.Transportation. Choose sites that are accessible by public transit and are bike friendly. Promote transportation alternatives. Encourage the use of public transportation, ride-sharing, fuel-efficient vehicles, cycling and walking.CO2. If car and air travel are necessary to attend your event, encourage participants and spectators to offset their CO2 emissions by purchasing carbon credits.Biodiesel. Look into biodiesel fuel for trucks, busses and diesel generators.Event 360 is the nation’s leading designer and director of fundraising, advocacy and awareness events for nonprofits. In six years we have worked with our clients to raise more than a third of a billion dollars. For more information, visit http://www.event360.com/.last_img read more

Fundraising campaign in a box

first_imgAre you longing for simplicity? An easy way to plan your next fundraising campaign?We were here at Network for Good, so we and some lovely friends at Firefly Partners created a basic fundraising campaign tool. We tried to boil down essential strategic thinking and the basic tactics you need into a simple guide.It’s all yours right here.Enjoy – and let us know what you think.last_img

Secrets to social media campaigns: New Case Foundation report

first_imgA little over a year ago, the Case Foundation, together with partners Network for Good, Causes on Facebook and Global Giving, and corporate partner Parade Magazine, encouraged thousands of individuals to compete online for donors, donations, and matching awards for their favorite charitable causes as part of the Foundation’s first-ever Giving Challenge. Nearly $2 million was raised for charities. It was one of the earliest and largest experiments encouraging everyday people to become champions of their causes – and fundraisers – using social networks.Now the Foundation, together with two venerable social media gurus Allison Fine and Beth Kanter, have put out a report summarizing what they learned. You can read the full report here. The key findings are actually no secret at all. But we tend to forget their truth, which is why we need to mind them closely. Allison Fine summed up the findings on her blog yesterday, and I liked what one of the commenters said: that the main findings are what’s been true for at least 200 years, long before computers. Namely, says commenter Kristina Carlson, “People give to people they know and trust; and a sense of urgency is critical to success.” Allison agreed, and I do too. Technology does not change the basic truth that we give for emotional reasons in a moment of generous impulse. It just makes this phenomenon happen more easily, faster, and on a larger scale. It also allows individual people or very small organizations to be catalysts for broader giving. Most of the top fundraisers were not from large organizations. One person can do much by reaching out to their inner circle, which then connects to a greater community. Take it from two participants:“We had 40 volunteers who did the work of 4,000 volunteers. They emailed their address book of friends. They asked their friends to ask their friends to donate. It is fascinating. The last day of the contest you’ve never seen 40 people more on edge. We were shocked by the numbers. By the end of the day, we got 700 donations in one day. Took years off our lives!” – Linda Shiller and Mary Parente, 11th Hour RescueHere are the main findings:*Four key elements contributed to the success of the 2007-2008 Giving Challenge: its competitive structure, the limited timeframe, the leaderboard allowing participants to track their progress, and the incentive to receive additional award funds. *Personal connections were critical in activating the viral effect of successful cause efforts – by large margins (between 61-74%), cause champions reported reaching out for donations and outreach assistance to people they knew personally, including known supporters, family, friends and colleagues first to spread the word and encourage participation in the Challenge. *Smaller organizations & all-volunteer efforts experienced significant success – 11 of the 16 Giving Challenge award recipients interviewed were for causes with annual organizational budgets of less than $1M *Individuals and nonprofits learned how to use new tools and technologies to encourage participation and give new significance to small donors – while some participants were more comfortable with using social networking and other tools such as microblogging, other more novice users turned to their networks for advice and technical support, and immersed themselves in learning how to use these tools. To succeed online, you need to remember all of these things: keep the focus on the audience (not the tools), because people are what make things go viral. A deadline never hurt, either!Thanks to the Case Foundation, Allison and Beth for your findings.last_img read more

9 Must-Read Blog Posts on Fundraising

first_imgAbout.com’s social media guru Joanne Fritz has a must-read Non-Profit Blog Carnival here. Get 8 posts with great fundraising tips (and a link to my post earlier this week, that makes 9!) in a year when we could all use them. As Joanne points us, CNN just said fundraiser is a stressful job that pays badly. Fundraisers, unite! We can do this.last_img

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

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

Fourth Research Meeting on Unwanted Pregnancy and Unsafe Abortion

first_imgDescargasConvocatoria (pdf)Formato resumen (doc)Share this: DownloadsMeeting notice (pdf)Form for abstracts (doc) Posted on April 5, 2011May 19, 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)From the Population Council:The Mexico office of the Population Council is pleased to announce that the Fourth Research Meeting on Unwanted Pregnancy and Unsafe Abortion: Public Health Challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean will take place in Mexico City, at the Maria Isabel Sheraton Hotel, October 18-20, 2011.The objectives for the meeting are to: a) share results from recent research and cumulative experience in the field and the region; b) strengthen the network of researchers, service providers and individuals working with women’s groups on issues related to unwanted pregnancy and abortion; and c) reinforce strategies to foster dissemination of research results.Disponibles en español a continuaciónThe three-day meeting will include keynote speakers and presentations from experts. Researchers from Latin America and the Caribbean will share research advancements through oral and poster presentations concerning:Abortion and maternal mortality/morbidityAbortion and vulnerable populationsAccess to abortion in legal contextsAccess to family planning and/or abortion servicesExperience of health professionals when providing services to prevent unwanted pregnancyand safe/legal abortionExperiences of women requesting abortion servicesFamily planning and adolescent abortionImpact of restrictive legislations, including consequences of unsafe/illegal abortionPost abortion carePublic opinion on abortionResearch methodologiesSexual and reproductive health policies and programsTechnological advances on abortion, including experiences with medical abortionOther relevant issues, depending on demand and interestThe enclosed form should be used to submit by May 15, in a maximum of 250 words, abstracts for oral or poster presentations. Submissions will be evaluated by review teams and authors will be informed about the result of their submission by July 15. The review team will also determine which of the submitted abstracts will be accepted either as oral or poster presentations. Priority will be given to research projects that consider the perspective of vulnerable populations (youth, indigenous women, disadvantaged populations, underrepresented groups).A workshop for health professionals will be held following the conference, on Friday, October 21, to discuss strategies to address the challenges associated with the provision of quality family planning/abortion services. Criteria and requirements for participation in the workshop will be circulated shortly.Please feel free to forward this notice to any interested colleagues.A limited number of scholarships will be available for researchers presenting either papers or posters. Participants with accepted papers or posters will be asked to complete a specific application for support in advance of the meeting.Guillermina Herrera and Laura Carrillo will be again in charge of the meeting’s Secretariat. The attached form should be returned to their attention, at the following address: reunionpcmx2011@popcouncil.org. Guille and Laura will be available to answer any queries or provide additional information at this stage of the organization process.center_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more