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. We tossed together a late roundtable on the NFL Draft and what we think it holds for Oklahoma State’s players. The Draft starts tonight at 7 p.m. Let’s jump right in.Kyle PorterLet’s start with this — if you had to bet your life on it, which OSU player will be the first one picked and what round will he go?Thomas FlemingVincent Taylor in the 4th or 5th roundKyle CoxVincent Taylor in the 4th round. I think there is a definite conference bias for defenders in the Big 12. He could be a value pick for someone there.Sam AldrichI’m gonna say VT in the 5th. A steal, by the way. Why didn’t he come back again? ?Fleming^very good questionCoxI hope I don’t have to bet my life based on the decisions that some NFL front offices make.FlemingLike when the Jags drafted a punter in the third round.PorterI didn’t realize VT is already 23. Not sure there’s a lot left to prove there from an age or development standpoint. I’m going to say Taylor in the 4th round although I think Cox’s note on Big 12 defensive bias is intriguing. OK, here’s one. Where would you most like to see Chris Carson end up and why?FlemingNot the browns.AldrichGive me Carson in the green and gold behind Lane Taylor please. He’d crush as a third down back in that system. #GoPackGoFlemingIf Lacy weren’t at the Seahawks I’d say them. I agree with GB though. The Colts need a back.CoxAnywhere really. I think he has the physical tools to play at the next level. I saw one mock had him going to Kansas City which is interesting. Maybe my Niners where he could add some depth. I’m still curious to see how/if his game translates to the next level.FlemingGore is old and their secondary is too poor for them not to draft corners early. What if they picked up Carson in the 6th?AldrichI’d love that selfishly as a Chiefs fan. Carson/Tyreek. ?CoxIndy’s OL is horrible.FlemingHe would also fit the Giants. I’m thinking who would be a good fit for him schematically. He’s not exactly a picture-perfect shifty, one-cut zone back.PorterGreen Bay would be great. He would punish in the tundra. What about Jordan Sterns — does he get drafted, and how long does his NFL career last?CoxCarson has the vert to do the Lambeau leap.FlemingProbably not but I bet he gets invites. Maybe he can get on a roster full-time in one or two years.CoxI’d say Sterns gets signed as a free agent and plays for 6-8 years. He could fit in nicely as a rotation safety. 1. B12 bias 2. H’s not a freak athlete.AldrichYeah I think he gets picked up late and hangs on a few years in the league. Certainly plays with NFL physicality.PorterI agree. I think Sterns has a nice NFL career! I’m wildly biased and not even close to somebody who understands what NFL people look for, but I think Sterns is a really great college player who can have a role in the NFL. I’ll say he plays five years.AldrichAlso, he’s a friend of the blog ?CoxWe need to get an exclusive.FlemingI do think that, from some of the scouting reports I’ve read, people see him as a one-trick pony. He’s not just a hitter. Hopefully front offices see that.CoxI think the passing offenses in this league give a lot of DBs a bad rap on giving up plays.FlemingDo you think that there are a good amount of front offices that are stupid enough to discount players because of the conference they’re in?CoxI think a lot of the “experts” don’t watch as much tape as they purport? Sterns’ big knock on one site was on him getting burned deep. I’ve never seen him that way. Everyone does at some point and if you’re guarding one of three Baylor receivers as a safety, it’s going to happen. Of course, the NFL has bigger, better, faster guys.PorterI don’t know about that, but I do think it’s difficult to properly evaluate players across conferences. I don’t necessarily think that’s stupidity. I just think it’s hard.AldrichOn the flip side, I think a similar corner or safety that played in the SEC does probably get more love.CoxAnother flip side, Sterns got praised for his run support but he had to backup for a DL that left something to be desired in stopping the ground game at times.AldrichNot everyone had the opportunity to prepare for NFL speed like Big 10 prospects, after all * ducks *PorterHaha.CoxBlake Jarwin > O.J. HowardPorterOK last one — make a bold prediction for this weekend that doesn’t have to include an OSU player. Just anything crazy. And don’t be boring and pick “a SEC lineman will have photos of himself wearing a bong mask released and it will legitimately affect the draft and then he will throw his university under the bus and say people got paid” again. That’s old.FlemingBengals draft Mixon in fourth round or earlier.CoxThe Cowboys will draft Pat Mahomes. I don’t know how crazy that is.AldrichI’m gonna say that someone takes a chance on Joe Mixon in the second and his NFL career blows away Fournette’s, who goes top 5.CoxAt least two teams will reach way too far for a QB and further set back their franchise.PorterWe didn’t even talk about Jhajuan Seales, Jordan Burton and Ashton Lampkin. Anything happening for them?AldrichI don’t think so. Seales’ pro day was impressive though, so we’ll see.CoxThey will all get a chance to work out with a team. Burton may be intriguing with his Pro Day numbers. Seales might actually get drafted for his.FlemingI’m really rooting for Seales. The man (apparently) runs a sub-4.4 40 time and has impressive ball skills. And he’s physical.PorterSame. He’s underrated. And a big hitter. Enjoy the show.
Oklahoma State has made the initial cut for three-star cornerback Starrland Baldwin of Cy Falls High School in Houston, Texas. Baldwin’s list, which he narrowed from 16 to 12, included Houston, Arizona State, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Iowa State, LSU, Utah, Nevada, Penn State, TCU, West Virginia and of course Oklahoma State.Baldwin is the younger brother of linebacker Trey Baldwin, who spent just one season with the Missouri Tigers before transferring two months ago to the University of Trinity Valley. According to 247sports, the elder Baldwin is a 2018 prospect — so his recruitment could intertwine with Starrland should he drum up Division I interest again.The 5-foot-10 cornerback exploded recently on the recruiting trail, going from two non-Division I offers to 16 — with the Sooners, now the presumptive favorite to land his services — jumping on the train with his first offer.In speaking with Scout recently before trimming his list, however, he indicated a final decision may be months away.“I want to take my time with it and make sure that I make the right decision and get my mom up to a couple of visits,” Baldwin said. “The last couple of visits have just been me and my mom, so I want to make sure to get her on some visits and see what she likes.” 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.
Sports betting service CG Technology released the first win totals of any outlet for the 2017 college football season and the over/under on Oklahoma States has been set at 9.This total does not include bowl games or conference championship games. Based on that, last year’s total was also 9. Here’s how some other Big 12 teams looked according to the odds.Oklahoma – 9.5Oklahoma State – 9Texas – 7.5Kansas State – 7.5West Virginia – 7TCU – 7Texas Tech – 6.5The Cowboys have a tougher non-conference schedule than people probably give credit for with a trip to South Alabama (not a gimme) and a road trip to Pitt. Don’t look past Tulsa either with a Philip Montgomery offense that they hope will be a plug-and-play duplicate of what he ran at Baylor.If the Cowboys make it into conference play unblemished, the Big 12 season sets up nicely (or nicer) with Oklahoma, TCU and Baylor coming to Boone Pickens Stadium.This season looks to be a big one for Oklahoma State and the 9-win total shows that’s not just a local sentiment. That puts the Cowboys in the same company with teams like Clemson, LSU, Michigan and Louisville. The only two teams set at double-digit win totals were Alabama (10.5) and Ohio State (10).Can we just fast forward to September? 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.
We are at the end of our depth chart primers as the actual two deep should be released on Friday when Mike Gundy holds his press conference for the Tulsa game. On our last lap around Boone Pickens Stadium, let’s take a look at the Oklahoma State secondary.CornerbacksProjected startersCB – A.J. Green – So.CB – Adrian Baker – RS-Sr.Projected backupsAdChoices广告Malik Kearse – Sr.Madre Harper – So.Rodarius Williams – RS-Fr.Bryce Balous – RS-So.Bryce Brown – RS-So.Lamarcus Morton -Fr.Along with the Cowboy Backs, this is a unit that is a big unknown. We know that Adrian Baker can play, but he’s coming off an ACL and has never played a down for OSU. A.J. Green showed some flashes last year, specifically late, but there is not a ton of tape on him.Rodarius Williams easily could be listed as a starter as well, he is a guy the coaching staff is very high on. I get the feeling Green is firmly entrenched as a starter, and Williams/Baker are battling it out for the second spot. But this is irrelevant for the most part. Just like last year with Lampkin/Pipkins/Richards, OSU will have three cornerbacks on the field at times and will rotate the group a lot.Outside of those three guys mentioned, there is a group of about 4-5 who can provide depth, but haven’t really separated themselves. My prediction is Bryce Balous and Madre Harper are the guys who see the most playing time from the reserve CB unit.Fall camp usually creates a few questions going into August. Some of those this year were who the backup QB will be, what will the RB depth chart look like, but ultimately I think this question will be the biggest. What will the two-deep CB depth chart look like? I think there is just a lot of speculation at this point and it will play out over the next 2-3 weeks.Expect this group to exceed your expectations. There is solid talent here and several key players who are poised to step up as big contributors.SafetyProjected startersTre Flowers – RS-Sr.Ramon Richards – Sr.Projected backups Jerel Morrow – RS-Sr.Darius Curry – RS-Sr.Za-Carrius Green – RS-So.Malcolm Rodriguez – Fr.Thabo Mwaniki -Fr.Kris McCune – Fr.At safety you have to feel pretty good. You have a TON of experience here and play-making ability. Tre Flowers is making the move to SS, given the fact that Ramon Richards doesn’t really have the size for consistent run support. Darius Curry will provide a lot of depth, and it is not completely out of the question for Spencer to play three high safeties. Since OSU has 3-4 quality safeties and 2-3 strong pass coverage LBs, it will give them the flexibility to play a lot of different looks in pass-only situations.Richards will be a really interesting story to follow, with his move to FS from CB. A lot of people label him as a guy who takes a lot of chances at CB, but actually after reviewing game film he was actually pretty consistent. He obviously is a ball hawk, and always seems to put himself in position to make plays, which is a great strength. I think the move to FS will allow him to roam a little more, and put himself in position to make more plays. Even in previous seasons they used him in a lot of different ways, this is just making things official with the position move. His ability to be a consistent tackler in space and the box will be crucial. The person who filled this role previously, Tre Flowers, has been the best tackler on the team the last few years.Flowers has the ability to make it in the NFL, with his length and versatility, the skills are there. But he really needs to prove his ability in run support. He has a strange skill set where he has the frame for a strong safety, but is really better served in a free safety capacity. If he can prove that he is able to make plays in/around the line of scrimmage, it will go a long way in proving his draft status. I think making the move to SS will help his stock, but it’s a big year for him. Could mean the difference between getting as high as a 3rd-4th rounder or going undrafted. I would expect him to play SS this season, but at next level make the move back to FS.I think a problem might be run support. Jordan Sterns was a tackle machine, and was strong run defender. There isn’t really an overly physical safety in this entire group, so I would expect them to leverage the Star (Bundage/KEM combo) position in four-LB sets for more run support instead of bringing up the SS inside the box area. Also don’t completely rule out the Star dropping into more of a safety capacity, I saw several examples in 2016 of Jordan Burton dropping into deep cover 3 coverage.Early word from camp reports is Thabo Mwaniki is impressing. Along with Tylan Wallace and Brock Martin, he is another candidate for a true freshmen getting early playing time and avoiding a redshirt. OSU has had good luck with players from Denton Guyer, hopefully he continues the trend.If this group can force turnovers and limit mistakes, they can still give up points and have a successful year. 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.
#OSU #LiveOrange https://t.co/2ABHXf8ZkC Everyone Praising New OL Aaron Cochran Before his OSU Debut pic.twitter.com/xoO7gySp4j— Go Pokes! (@OSUPOKESNO1) August 27, 2017The Moving TargetApparently, this game has been a bear to get pinned down.Tulsa’s game at Oklahoma State was 11 years – and three date changes – in the making. It was set up under a three-game contract made in May 2006 that also included the terms of four-game men’s basketball series. Initially set to have been played in 2012, it was moved to 2016, then to this year. Finally, this past May, it was moved from Sept. 2 to Aug. 31 for TV purposes. [USA Today]What a mess. For a frame of reference – J.W. Walsh was a freshman the year this game was first to be played.Side note: J.W. Walsh had an offer from K-State – can you imagine what Bill Snyder could have done with him?For good measure, here’s TU beating the tires off of Central Michigan at the Miami Beach Bowl. The Pokes kickoff the 2017 season against a local-Group of Five foe, the Tulsa Hurricane.Slow Your RollThis offense is going through a bit of what Oklahoma State will in 2018: An all-time great QB/WR duo is out the door but the guts of a prolific running game will remain.Defenses love to take away what an offense does best – and Tulsa is likely a run-to-open-up-the-pass team in 2017. With the core of an experienced offensive line returning and one of two thousand yard-rushers back in the fold, look for the Hurricane to lean heavily on the ground game.AdChoices广告Player to watch: RB D’Angelo Brewer. The senior and Tulsa Central alumnus is the lone returnee of Tulsa’s 1,000-yard rushers and receivers last season. He ran for 1,435 yards on 5.4 yards per carry, and has much of the same offensive line in front of him again. [TulsaWorld]Not only is the running game the strength, but the passing game is a complete unknown. The school’s all-time leading passer Dane Evans is off to a three-year contract flying with the Eagles and 1,000-yard receivers Keevan Lucas and Josh Atkinson are gone.“He can do so many different things. He can be elusive, he can be with power. He is an all-around back.” – @CoachPMonty on D’Angelo Brewer pic.twitter.com/0GwtdkrQZM— American Football (@American_FB) August 4, 2017Left to fill the void is heralded recruit Chad President (turned down offers from Baylor and Texas) and the stronger armed redshirt freshman Luke Skipper — who apparently turned down a chance to talk turkey with the good guys.“I had a few schools contact me,” Skipper said. “Oklahoma State talked to me and wanted me to visit, but I don’t know about that yet. Other than them, not really (anyone else).” [TulsaWorld]While Thomas has done a far better job than I at outlining the TU offense, the TU offensive personnel isn’t built to expose the young corners in Stillwater just yet.Blind Side TestSporting a pair of senior defensive ends capable of bringing some pressure, TU could give OSU’s newest lineman a check up on how well he’s learning the system.Jesse Brubaker had 13.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks to go with a pair of interceptions – he’s looked at as a potential defensive player of the year in the AAC. Senior end/linebacker Petera Wilson returns after leading the team with 6.5 sacks last season.Three quality defensive ends will be a solid test for an OSU line that’s struggled protecting their prized thrower over the past few years. After finishing tied-for-last in sacks allowed in 2016 and 2014, keeping Mason Rudolph clean would be an encouraging early sign.My guess is by the time they get around this guy, the throw will be long gone. 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.
Antonio 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) 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.“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. He 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.”
Neymar ‘Neymar is not a project’ – Sacchi pinpoints PSG’s failings Robin Bairner 20:51 9/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Neymar PSG PSG v Real Madrid Real Madrid UEFA Champions League Drawing on his own experience, the two-time European Cup winner believes that one man alone cannot carry the Ligue 1 side to greatness Legendary Italian coach Arrigo Sacchi has told Paris Saint-Germain that they need more than just Neymar if they hope to win the Champions League.The Ligue 1 champions-elect crashed out of the competition at the last-16 stage for the second season in succession, beaten 2-1 by Real Madrid at Parc des Princes on Tuesday and going down 5-2 on aggregate. After a lavish summer spend, the headline of which was the purchase of the Brazil international ace for a world record fee of €222 million from Barcelona, it was a performance that came below the standards expected of them. 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 They were not aided by Neymar’s absence from the second leg due to a broken foot – an issue that could yet see him sidelined for the rest of the domestic season.And Sacchi, who had previously branded PSG’s performance “very weak”, believes that the 26-year-old star needs better support – not just on the field.“A player, no matter how strong, is not a project,” the two-time European Cup-winning coach told L’Equipe. “Neymar, he’s not a project!”Milan won Serie A in 1988 with Marco van Basten, who had only just signed, and who played only three complete league games out of 30. If our project had been Van Basten, we’d have won nothing.“We won the European Cup with Ruud Gullit in 1989-90 and you know how many matches he played? One out of nine! We beat Barcelona in the European Super Cup without Franco Baresi, Carlo Ancelotti and Gullit.“Music without a score is not possible. [Playwright] Bertolt Brecht said that even the greatest actors need a director to express themselves fully. “With what they spend, the day that the Parisians have a complete organisation worthy of the club, they will go forward.”
Malaga 0 Barcelona 2: Suarez and Coutinho cheer absent father Messi Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 05:37 11/3/2018 Getty Images Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho scored to seal a 2-0 victory over Malaga in LaLiga before the hosts had Samu sent off. Barcelona made light of Lionel Messi’s absence and continued their march towards LaLiga glory with a 2-0 victory over 10-man Malaga.Typically, Messi was Barca’s match-winning hero when Ernesto Valverde’s side beat nearest rivals Atletico Madrid 1-0 last weekend, but sat this one out after his wife gave birth to the couple’s third childLuis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho scored excellent goals with Messi missing inside the opening half hour and Barca’s lead at the summit – with Atleti to host Celta Vigo on Sunday – is now 11 points. 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 At 2-0 loss at La Rosaleda last April landed a damaging blow against Barcelona’s title defence last season, but this Malaga find themselves rooted hopelessly to the bottom of LaLiga.Any prospect of an unlikely comeback for the hosts became even more remote when right winger Samu was deservedly sent for an atrocious 30th-minute lunge on Jordi Alba.At the break in La Rosaleda!#MálagaBarça (0-2) @LuisSuarez9, @Phil_Coutinho #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/Im7OTpCy1l— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) March 10, 2018Youssef En-Nesyri and Maxime Lestienne missed chances as Malaga fought gamely, but, sitting as they do 11 point from safety, their relegation appears a similar formality to Barcelona wrapping up the title.Suarez was frustrated by a brilliant save from Roberto in the 13th minute, a strong hand keeping a shot out of the bottom-left corner after Paulinho found the Uruguay international with a clever cushioned pass.The Malaga goalkeeper had no chance two minutes later when Suarez darted between his two centre-backs to head home Jordi Alba’s superb raking cross from the left.Paulinho was at the heart of many of Barca’s best moments early on and fired into the side-netting before another Brazilian wonderfully illuminated the contest.Ousmane Dembele clipped a pass into Coutinho’s feet and the man who replaced the France winger as Barca’s record signing showed ingenuity to direct a perfect backheeled finish past Roberto.Samu then allowed his frustrations to boil over in ugly fashion as he launched himself at Alba, who was fortunate to escape with nothing more than a limp and a torn right sock.9 – Jordi Alba has provided nine assists this season in all competitions, more than any other La Liga defender. Helicopter. pic.twitter.com/CnoLuZG7kZ— OptaJose (@OptaJose) March 10, 2018That left Malaga with a dauntingly uphill task and they could scarcely afford En-Nesyri wasting a glorious 36th-minute chance.The shot-shy forward has two goals to his name all season and headed off target from inside the six-yard box after Manuel Iturra dug out a cross.Coutinho forced another sharp stop from Roberto before the break and the Malaga number one continued to be busy in the second half.Samuel Umtiti should have made him work harder when Dembele cleverly delayed a chipped cross to the far post in the 55th minute.Dembele, frustrated by injury for much of his debut season in Spain, was starting to enjoy himself and saw Roberto hold impressively after Sergi Roberto neatly laid Ivan Rakitic’s searching pass into his path.Coutinho was in a determined but fruitless pursuit for one of his long-range specials to find the net, while Lestienne hooked across goal at the other end.The game was ambling towards its conclusion by that stage, although Suarez ensured he will sit out next weekend’s match against Athletic Bilbao by earning a booking for a clumsy 84th-minute shove on Ignasi Miquel. Key Opta stats: – Luis Suarez has scored against all the 25 teams he has faced in LaLiga (106 goals in total).- Among all LaLiga players, only Cristiano Ronaldo (17) has scored more goals than Luis Suarez (14) in 2018 in all competitions. – Barcelona are unbeaten in their last 35 LaLiga games (W29 D6) – they need three more to equal the longest unbeaten run of any team in LaLiga history (Real Sociedad, 38 in 1980). – Ousmane Dembele attempted eight dribbles against Malaga (five completed), his highest tally in a single game for Barcelona (all comps). read more
They 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.
World Cup Kane and Unable: England must improve finishing to avoid further World Cup woe Tom Maston in Volgograd Last updated 1 year ago 04:12 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup Tunisia v England Tunisia England Opinion The Three Lions may have secured a late victory over Tunisia in their World Cup opener, but their talisman needs more support going forward in Russia Buzzing around where you least expect them, swarming to create more problems and causing havoc to those who oppose them. No, not the plague of flies that have taken over Volgograd in recent days but, somewhat remarkably, the England football team. Gareth Southgate has long promised a brave new dawn of exciting, aggressive, possession-based football from the Three Lions, and throughout his tenure the signs have certainly been there that he might just come good on his word. But this is a major tournament. England never produce in a major tournament. Certainly not since the turn of the millennium. 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 Here they were, though, at times during the first 35 minutes of their World Cup opener, tearing through the Tunisia defence with ease. That was, until, they realised they were, in fact, England. Though the penalty conceded by Kyle Walker was soft if not incorrectly awarded and Harry Kane twice should have earned his side a spot-kick having been unceremoniously wrestled to the floor while challenging from set-pieces, their performance was, in large parts, England in a nutshell. Wasteful in front of goal, nervy at the back and lacking any cutting edge once they had conceded – as opening games at a tournament go this iteration of the Three Lions had it almost down to a tee.Again, though, they managed to come up with something very un-England – a stoppage-time winner. But as ‘Three Lions’ kicked in over the tannoy at full-time it was difficult to shake the feeling that they had got away with it somewhat.No England team since those likely lads in 1966 had managed more than the six shots on target England mustered up in the first half here. Unfortunately, it was the numerous efforts from close range that they failed to hit the target with that almost cost them. Jesse Lingard, John Stones and Dele Alli were all guilty of missing the target when presented with opportunities from inside 10 yards. Raheem Sterling had an offside flag to thank for perhaps the worst miss of the lot; not that certain corners of the English media will likely let him forget it.This was an England team that very much felt like one with only 25 international goals between them prior to the tournament. Ashley Young’s contribution of seven only highlights the issue this young but improving team has in front of goal.They do, though, have Kane, who remains clinical. Though he may not have netted the hat-trick he joked he wanted to keep pace with Cristiano Ronaldo in the early running for the Golden Boot, his two goals were just as priceless.England must now ensure that, unlike Portugal and Ronaldo, they do not become dependent on their captain to dig them out when others are lacking the same bite of the winged pests that were here to greet them in their numbers over the past two days.Southgate now has five days to prepare his team for Panama on Sunday, with finishing practice set to be very high on the agenda in Repino after what was – on the 22nd anniversary of England’s uber-clinical 4-1 win over the Netherlands at Euro ’96 – very much a tale England supporters have been told far too often.Fortunately for them, this one had a twist ending they’d not seen before.
Author information:Winston Bowden, email himVisit the website: www.contactology.com Nonprofits are confronted with many of the questions that any other enterprise, small or large, often ponders: How do I connect with my customers? Which communication vehicle will provide my organization with the highest return on investment? How can I determine what my target market wants?While many of our corporate friends have turned to email marketing to help answer these questions, the concept is comparatively new to nonprofits. Email marketing may not be the silver bullet for every problem, but it provides us with an efficient and affordable tool to communicate with our constituents.Whether you’re launching a membership drive, soliciting donations, or selling tickets to a fundraising event, email marketing can provide the biggest bang for your buck. This article provides information on how to develop successful email marketing tactics and strategies that can be applied both to nonprofits and to businesses. Step 3: Avoid too much of a good thing-email only as often as your list wantsSimply blanketing a general contact list with too many untargeted emails may be doing your organization a disservice. A recent survey by Convio found that 36% of significant donors said they are more likely to donate again if the organization permits them to say how often they’d like to be emailed.As the email marketer for your nonprofit, you should make it a top priority to identify the unique frequency-based groupings in your list and make sure you’re sending them exactly what they requested and when they requested the information.VAE has several email lists:Call for ArtistsCall for SponsorsCall for VolunteersEvent UpdatesBy making an effort to keep content in line with the list descriptions, VAE has maintained a consistent open rate of more than 50% and a click-through rate of 9%.In the past, VAE did not utilize an email marketing software package and had no means of measuring campaign effectiveness. Today, VAE consistently tracks each campaign’s results so that email marketing strategies can be adjusted as needed. Step 2: Building buzz with email marketingFrequent newsletter communications keep your interested members in the loop. Whether you are driving event attendance, seeking volunteers, or requesting online donations, a regular email newsletter keeps your membership engaged.VAE recently used email marketing tactics to increase online tickets sales from 8% to 20% for its gala, which serves as the organization’s major fundraiser. Regular email updates were a critical part of the ticket sales strategy. Each message provided something new and fresh about the gala. VAE didn’t bombard members with the same announcement, but provided them with new data on the event each email blast: Who are the new sponsors this month? How many tickets have been sold? How many artists will have work in the silent and live auctions? What can you tell your members to excite them, and ultimately allure them to follow through with the appropriate action? Step 4: Keep the feedback loop openIt is a good practice to request feedback from your email recipients regardless of what you are sending. Give your receivers a place to talk back. Make it short and simple and place it toward the bottom of your communication. Comments from your audience make for great content for future email newsletters and also allow you to gauge the pulse of your members. Step 1: Building your contact listThere are dozens of articles on how to build an effective email list, and most will identify similar strategies:Face-to-face sign-up sheetPaid searchSearch engine optimizationA link to your subscription center on your signature lineA link on your online donation or event-registration checkoutThese tactics are tried and true. There are dozens of others, but as email marketers know, the biggest taboos are rented or purchased lists. Our goal when helping a nonprofit build its initial contact list is to create a strong group of members who have specifically requested information from the organization.The Visual Art Exchange (VAE) is a Raleigh, NC-based nonprofit that supports emerging artists in the local community. VAE receives the majority of email sign-ups not from the Web but from visitors to its art gallery in downtown Raleigh. Whether you have a retail face to your nonprofit or you simply have a pen and paper at your office’s front desk, do not underestimate the power of face-to-face sign-ups.However, Web site sign-up forms are also important. Most email marketing providers automatically generate a sign-up link that can easily be placed on your homepage. Summing UpWhether you are sending an email campaign or conducting a survey, listen to your list. Your email list represents an active portion of your membership. They have requested content, so they have an immediate interest in what you have to say. Providing them with value-added material will reinforce their dedication to your nonprofit.After implementing a basic email marketing strategy, the Visual Art Exchange was able to increase traffic to its Web site 200%, increase the size of its membership 40%, and double its annual revenue.By thinking like a marketer, you too can help your nonprofit grow its programs, services, and offerings, enabling you to serve your members better.Copyright 2000-2008 MarketingProfs.comAll Rights Reserved Step 5: Conduct regular surveysSurveys are structured requests for feedback and can be a great way for you to gather feedback on what your readers want to see. Send them out sparingly and with deliberation, as they take a greater time commitment from your list. If you would like to conduct surveys more than quarterly, consider creating an advisory segment and send more frequent surveys to that group.VAE recently surveyed its members to determine what new program offerings members wanted to see. Some 40% of email recipients responded. In addition, the email VAE sent to its member list received a 44% click-through rate and a 48% open rate.Members want to have the opportunity to provide feedback. A quarterly survey, performed online, is an efficient and inexpensive way to gauge members interests.
If you’d like to listen, to my interview with Marc Pitman is online here.You can check out some of Marc’s fundraising tips here.
I 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/.
It’s online if you’d like to listen.Thanks to the AMA for having me on the show!
I’m blogging from the opening day of Independent Sector, from the first-day session, “Harnessing Election Momentum for Nonprofit Causes.” On the panel are Maya Enista of Mobilize.org, Benjamin Todd Jealous of the NAACP and Janet Murguia of the National Council of La Raza. (I’m sitting next to fellow blogger Rosetta Thurman, whose fingers are flying. Be sure to read her stuff, too. She’s someone to watch in our sector.)I’d sum up the session for you this way: What the election teaches us – and what we need to sustain the kind of momentum it created among so many audiences – requires two things. The themes were:1. Audience appeal2. Infrastructure (both human and technological)By audience appeal, I mean the ability to appeal to the personal concerns of your audience. If you read this blog regularly, then you know I say this ad nauseum. You probably want to plug your ears by now. But I have to keep saying it, because it’s so very true. And we so often forget. The panelists offered great examples of the power of an audience-centric approach on the campaign trail. Benjamin Jealous talked about jobs and financial security as top issues among his members.Maya Enista talked about how the youth vote turned out because “the candidates gave youth a reason to vote. They talked about jobs, the cost of college, personal debt and predatory lending on college campuses, and they used online engagement to do it.” She said “We need to know the issues that appeal.” Janet Murguia talked about the importance of the rhetoric around immigration in engaging her community, as well as the “Yes we can” message of hope harkening back to Chavez and resonating with Latino voters, a group she calls aspirational in nature. Maya Enista talked about calling her mother the night of the election at 11 pm and asking her, “Mom, is this the reason you immigrated here?” Her mother said “yes” through her tears.It’s all about personal relevance. So learn it from the campaign trail: It’s the audience, stupid, and it always will be. An appeal to your audience’s values is the only way to get and keep momentum.Second, you need the engine behind, around and underneath that audience. The panelists identified one obvious engine: community-based organizations. That’s the human, organizational part of the engine. If those community-based organizations work together, which is hard to accomplish in our sector at a time where everyone is fighting for grants, you get a super-engine. (Maya suggests we need not only more cooperation but some mergers as well.)They also discussed a second engine: online engagement. That’s the technological part of the engine. The Obama campaign may not have invented Facebook, as Maya reminded us, but they sure knew how to tap into the platform and all social media to mobilize a younger generation. This is an era when you can enable someone to learn the location of their polling station via Twitter. Online tools put word of mouth on steroids. They also do wonders for your outreach, your fundraising, everything. They enable you to do less with more, as well as to reach new audiences. It’s the audience and the engines you tap. No matter how small your cause or how puny your pocketbook, you can accomplish much if you keep that in mind.More to come from the conference – stay tuned!
A 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.
SuzyQuzy, FlickrPhoto from today of me with my hosts at the Beautiful FoundationI’m in Seoul, where I was fortunate enough to present to 300 nonprofits at a fundraising conference organized by the Seoul-based Beautiful Foundation. The Beautiful Foundation, which bears the slogan, Beyonnd Charity Toward Change, is a nine-year-old public interest foundation here that grants $7 million annually. Its flagship giving campaign, 1% Sharing, is well known to South Koreans and has inspired a growing philanthropic sector. It urges people to give 1% of their money, time or talent to a good cause. The foundation staff say their name comes from a Dorothy Parker quote: “To a charitable organization, money was sent with good will. What is beautiful is not the words, but the will.” (Personally, as a fundraiser, I like the Dorothy Parker quote, “The two most beautiful words in the English language are ‘cheque enclosed.’”).Giving in Korea is beginning to take off as the country enjoys prosperity. Two-thirds of South Koreans give money and a quarter volunteer, and the amount donated is increasing annually. I wanted to highlight some of the foundation’s great fundraising work, which seeks to build on these trends. Their Lego-like building block project had people collect coins in building blocks, which were then put together in the city to showcase charitable giving. You can see some of the blocks behind us in our photo above. And there is a great write-up of the project here.Supporters bought colourful Lego block banks to collect their donations. These were purchased online or in bulk and given to business employees or school students. A leaflet explaining how people could take part was distributed with each block bank. The leaflet also had stories from various supporters who came from all walks of life. Over the event period, supporters collected their monies in the block bank; on 6 December 2008 they brought their block banks to a central location in Seoul to join in a group Lego-building activity. Those who lived outside the capital were able to send their block banks before this activity.This year, they are creating a project that involves real leaves imprinted with the slogan that has a double meaning of roughly, “Hope does not fall,” and “hope can’t be defeated.” Here are two leaves they left with me.What they have done so well, particularly with the Lego project, is not only inspiring giving but making it participatory and visible. This is so important in creating a sense that giving is growing and establishing a new social norm. It is a great model for all of us to follow.What can you do to make the act of giving more engaging?
Posted on May 13, 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)This week on the MHTF blog:Women Deliver completed their mapping of maternal health organizationsAnn Blanc and Tim Thomas wrote about the Young Champions on GlobalMamaWe posted about ABC News’ Moms Matter competitionGiving birth in remote areas of NepalWhat happens after the MDGs?Some reading for the weekend:Women and mobile phonesHealth workers targeted in Arab revoltsA shortage of midwives in ZimbabweShare this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on May 13, 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)In the maternal health community, we often refer to Millennium Development Goal 5, which sets the goal of reducing maternal mortality by two-thirds by 2015. It gets used as an advocacy tool, a way to hold donors and governments accountable and as a way for policymakers to set priorities. However, after 2015, what mechanisms will be in place to address global health and development issues?Find out more by reading a new post on our Medscape blog, GlobalMama!Share this:
Posted on June 27, 2011June 19, 2017By: Martha Fikre Adenew, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Martha Fikre Adenew, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. This is her final post about her experience as a Young Champion, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.It seems like a short time ago when the Young Champions Program began. I do not feel as though I spent nine months doing my fellowship. While packing and getting ready to go back home, I am feeling a mix of excitement and frustration. I am very excited to go back home, but uncertain what is going to happen next.I had similar feelings at the beginning of the program when I was coming to New Orleans. I was excited to begin the journey of a Young Champion, but fearful to be outside of my comfort zone.When I was in Ethiopia I worked in different public health fields, including maternal health, which clued me in on how severe the maternal health problem is. As a health care provider I see firsthand mothers dying and suffering from childbirth. It has always been heart aching. Even though I had a deep desire to change the situation, I had no idea how to do it and bring about change as an individual. The Young Champions Program was a spot light which showed me a way to give back to my community.My mentorship program with an amazing Ashoka Fellow, Kathryn Hall-Trujillo, gave me an opportunity to have different experiences. I have been able to realize various possible solutions to solve the maternal health problem and have been able to connect with different professionals and build partnerships. Specifically, working with Kathryn’s organization, Birthing Project USA, helped me understand different strategies of how women can help each other and solve their own problems in a very cost effective way. In the past nine months, the program also significantly strengthened my knowledge of the maternal health field.There are uncertainties. But one thing I am sure of is that I am going to put all my efforts into improving maternal health by implementing my idea and working with others. My completion of my journey as a Young Champion is as if a chapter of a book has been read: The entire book still remains.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: