EFL officials defend errors in Thailand Carabao Cup first round draw

first_imgFootball League officials defended the Carabao Cup first round draw – which was held in Thailand on Friday night.Incorrect fixtures featured on an on-screen graphic during the live draw, when Charlton appeared to be playing twice and Forest Green Rovers were given the wrong opponents.As part of the EFL’s sponsorship deal with Thai energy drinks company Carabao, the draw took place in Bangkok and was live-streamed across digital platforms.Charlton were handed an away draw at Exeter, but then also appeared a second time on a fixtures graphic with a home tie against Cheltenham.The summary graphics also showed AFC Wimbledon playing Swindon, despite both being unseeded teams, while Forest Green posted clarification on their official Twitter feed that they would take on MK Dons at home, rather than Wolves away as the on-screen display suggested.Some users experienced problems with accessing the stream and also encountered sound issues, which exacerbated the situation given the confusion over what text was being displayed.”The EFL would like to apologise for a number of third party technical issues that affected coverage of this afternoon’s Carabao Cup Round One draw in Bangkok,” a statement from the governing body read.”There were inaccuracies – as a result of human error – in the live graphics output that resulted in confusion and incorrect ties being displayed on screen.”In addition, some users did experience difficulties in accessing the stream on certain external platforms. Both issues are currently under investigation.”France’s 1998 World Cup-winning midfielder Emmanuel Petit, Carabao chief executive Sathien Setthasit and the British ambassador to Thailand Brian Davidson were on hand to assist EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey, who oversaw the draw.Carabao Cup First round drawSouth SectionBirmingham City v Crawley Town, Exeter City v Charlton Athletic, QPR v Northampton Town, Newport County v Southend United, Bristol City v Plymouth Argyle, Cardiff City v Portsmouth, Millwall v Stevenage, Oxford United v Cheltenham Town, AFC Wimbledon v Brentford, Norwich City v Swindon Town, Bristol Rovers v Cambridge United, Peterborough United v Barnet, Wycombe Wanderers v Fulham, Colchester United v Aston Villa, Wolves v Yeovil Town, Reading v Gillingham, Forest Green Rovers v MK DonsNorth SectionCoventry City v Blackburn Rovers, Nottingham Forest v Shrewsbury Town, Bradford City v Doncaster Rovers, Mansfield Town v Rochdale, Grimsby Town v Derby County, Barnsley v Morecambe, Crewe Alexandra v Bolton Wanderers, Oldham Athletic v Burton Albion, Wigan Athletic v Blackpool, Bury v Sunderland, Sheffield Wednesday v Chesterfield, Accrington Stanley v Preston North End, Fleetwood Town v Carlisle United, Sheffield United v Walsall, Scunthorpe United v Notts County, Rotherham United v Lincoln City, Leeds United v Port ValeTies to be played week commencing August 7last_img read more

Arsenal legend Parlour: Supporters need to be patient with ‘top talent’ Bellerin

first_imgRay Parlour has urged Arsenal fans to remain patient with Hector Bellerin.The Gunners fullback had an up and down campaign in 2016/17 and was even dropped by manager Arsene Wenger.”No, no (he didn’t have a great season), you get that with young players,” Parlour told talkSPORT.”I think (Alex) Iwobi has been the same, he started really well but he’s going to have that little bit of a dip during the season.”They’re young, they’re learning and I think mentally it can do you as well. “I think Bellerin was similar, obviously he has signed a long-term contract with Arsenal. “He’s a player that on his day is very good, we know that he’s got pace. “He’s just got to probably learn a little bit better with the final pass. “But he’s a top talent and I can see why Barcelona would be interested in him.”last_img

2007 Nonprofit Marketing Survey Findings

first_img55% percent of participating communicators cited lack of resources and leadership support as the greatest barriers to marketing success. 32% cited lack of clarity in messaging and marketing agenda. 52% are frustrated at not meeting fundraising, media coverage or other marketing goals. Targeting campaigns to specific audience segments More audience research to track ROI and impactTraining colleagues, volunteers and board members on marketing plans and messages Better integrating now confusing silos of communications – so that general program and organizational marketing is coordinated with fundraising, membership and volunteer communications. Experimenting with Web 2.0 social networking channels to find out what works, and what doesn’t Results from the 2007 Getting Attention Nonprofit Marketing Survey highlighted this striking gap – while more than 55% of nonprofits are frustrated by lack of resources and leadership support for marketing, only 37% do the tracking that generates increased budgets and confidence. Or, as fundraiser/blogger Jeff Brooks, puts it “63% of nonprofits intend to fail.” My recommendation for your organization is to harvest the low-hanging fruit — the tracking data that’s inexpensive and easy to get and understand. And that’s what’s called analytics for your Web site, blogs, e-newsletters and mobile phone campaigns. Here are some of the rest of the findings from the survey: Over 60% of you don’t evaluate the impact of your communications work, so you have no idea what’s working and what’s not, or how to target your resources. Evaluation – which is challenging and limited in terms of branding and building awareness but easily executed for motivating action (giving, advocating, volunteering, requesting more information) is just as crucial as getting your campaigns out there. Strategies range from the purely qualitative – such as a communications audit and audience research via focus groups – to the quantitative such as counts of unique visitors to Web page A versus page B, or advocates who emailed their representatives in response to e-campaign A vs. e-campaign B. Without it, you’re basically throwing your marketing resources into thin air. So build evaluation into every marketing budget and job description. Most 2007 Marketing Agendas Focus on these 5 Opportunities: Over 50% of nonprofit communicators are focused on two or more of the following initiatives this year: 2006 Marketing Successes Many and Varied – from Surpassing Fundraising Goals and Gaining Leadership Buy-In to Consistent, Pithy Messaging 95% of respondents had one or more significant success to report. Almost 80% cited three or more significant marketing successes. Examples include: Launching a blog, developing, and using, a communication calendar, attracting some new and engaged board members, creating new earned income streams, placing high-profile op-eds and garnering colleagues’ trust. These are just a very few of the hundreds of marketing successes cited by survey respondents. They show me how many ways its possible to increase the impact of your nonprofit’s marketing, even without an increase in resources. Nonprofit Marketers Want to Hurdle these Barriers Faced in 2006 Single-Pointed Focus on Strengthening Ties with Target Audiences, but few Innovative Ideas for Doing So – Get Cracking on Scouring the Marketing Landscape Over 35% of the nearly 400 survey respondents cite strengthening relationships with target audiences as a top priority. But few have strategies in mind to make it happen. Remember, strategies don’t just come to you. You have to invent or discover them. I urge you to start (and keep) scouring the for-profit (and nonprofit) marketing landscapes for best practices, and the wider world for jumping off points for messaging, and trends critical to the issues your organization covers. Sources: http://www.gettingattention.org/my_weblog/2007/05/2007_nonprofit_.html and http://www.nancyschwartz.com/2007_nonprofit_marketing_survey.html About the Author Nancy E. Schwartz helps nonprofits succeed through effective marketing and communications. As President of Nancy Schwartz & Company (http://www.nancyschwartz.com/), Nancy and her team provide marketing planning and implementation services to organizations as varied as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Center for Asian American Media, and Wake County (NC) Health Services. Subscribe to her free e-newsletter “Getting Attention”, (http://www.nancyschwartz.com/getting_attention.html) and read her blog at http://www.gettingattention.org/ for more insights, ideas and great tips on attracting the attention your organization deserves. NOTE: You’re welcome to “reprint” this article online as long as it remains complete and unaltered (including the copyright and “about the author” info at the end), and you send a copy of your reprint.last_img read more

Create Personas to Bridge the Gap with Target Audiences

first_imgBefore your organization embarks on any communications planning or implementing a campaign, it’s vital to understand the interests, perspectives, needs and goals of your base and other audiences, and their behavioral patterns. That’s the only way to connect your nonprofit’s goals — be they building awareness about a new zoning issue that threatens the safety of children at a nearby school, engaging advocates to contact their state senators on a green space protection issue or motivating registration for a new parenting training — with what’s important to your audiences. Personas can help bridge the gap.Traditionally, personas have been used for design of computer hardware and software, particularly Web site usability. Over recent years, marketers (including those in the nonprofit arena) are putting them to work for high-impact marketing planning.Here’s how your nonprofit can put personas to work to strengthen relationships the folks you need to engage:How Can Personas Help My Organization Connect with Our Target Audiences?Personas are hypothetical “stand ins” for your nonprofit’s actual audiences. They enable communications and fundraising folks (and that includes planners, writers, designers and others) to stand in their audiences’ shoes. They let your org shape campaigns around audience needs and interests. And you’ll find far greater success designing a communications plan or a program’s marketing message that works for a “specific person, rather than trying to plan or write for the hazily-defined needs of many or the typical demographically-defined audience segment.Is Persona Just Another Word for Market Segment?No, but that’s a common objection you may hear from the marketing traditionalists within your organization. Market segmentation is a great tool for identifying the groups of people you are trying to reach, and why. But market segmentation can’t shape your marketing messages or choice of strategies.Assume you know that 33% of women aged 25-40 are interested in supporting breast cancer research, and that messages and graphic design are key elements affecting their giving decisions. Well, that’s a good start. But personas add a great deal of richness.A persona will enable your organization to craft the right campaign to reach Miriam, age 36, who wants to give to breast cancer today but is concerned that she doesn’t know enough about how her money will be used if she gives to your nonprofit. She wants to be assured by information showing how contributions are used.How Do We Create Personas that Work?Although personas are fictional, they must be defined with rigor and exactness. Ideally they are based on some understanding of real audiences. It’s easiest to create accurate personas if your organization has some idea of demographics and, even better, data on habits and interests. When you base personas on audience research, you’ll ensure that the personas truly represent your audiences.But remember that personas can’t stand alone. Your nonprofit’s marketing goals must be the overall guide for your communications planning process. Personas are just one of several tools that will increase your marketing impact.Taking in what current and potential audiences are saying about your organization is another useful, easy and affordable way to get to know your community, and strengthen your marketing: http://www.nancyschwartz.com/nonprofits_losing_message_control.html.What Does a Persona Look Like?Here’s a sample persona checklist. The precise details you’ll want to include depend on your organization’s marketing. Are you aiming to increase use of a new health care clinic, motivating volunteers for your mentoring program or build the number of visitors to your nature preserve? No matter your goals, here’s what you’ll want to include in your personas:A one to two page narrative profile, for each persona.A few fictional details about the persona’s life-an interest or a habit-that makes each person unique and memorable. When you start here, the hypothetical constructs spring to life.Brief outline of a daily work day or day at home (depends on who you are trying to reach), including specific details, likes and dislikes.Name, age, photo and personal information.Work environments if you’re trying to reach professionals, rather than individuals, including length of time in the job, professional development habits (if marketing services such as training for social workers on public benefits), information-       seeking habits and favorite resources, personal and professional goals, colleagues with whom the persona works most closely, etc.Personal and professional goals.Sample Persona–Nonprofit Communications Campaign on Community Fitness Context: A nonprofit is launching a new community fitness program and needs to promote it to community activists, politicians, and citizens, and to motivate their involvement. The staff needs to know what’s important to these audiences, so it can shape its messages, Web site and blog (a centerpiece of the campaign), brochures and events accordingly.Challenge: This is the first time the organization is proactively communicating to motivate the launch of fit community programs. The campaign will center on a new blog and Web site, but the nonprofit doesn’t know how to design the site and parlay the blog to most effectively educate its diverse audiences and motivate them to act.The communications team just doesn’t know where to start.Persona (short version): Introducing Frank Cummings, age 64Frank, 67, owns his own home in a moderately-priced area of an industrial-based community in Ohio. He is married, and has two children who now live in neighboring states. Frank took an early-retirement option from the electrical contracting firm where he worked for 19 years. Now he spends a lot of his free time working on his home and yard, and walking in the neighborhood.One problem Frank has noticed as he walks is that the traffic speeds along his street (a connector between two arterial streets) are often well in excess of the 25MPH posted speed limit. Frank has made comments about the high speeds to his city council representative, who is, with Frank, a member of the local Lions Club. But the council-person, while sympathetic, hasn’t done anything other than to suggest that Frank should  lodge a complaint with someone at the city, or the police.Meanwhile, the speeding cars continue, and Frank feels unsafe as he walks.Web use: Like some in his age group, Frank is a late-comer to computers and the Internet. He needed to learn to use a computer-based service mounted in his truck the last few years he was working, and struggled to keep up with the technology that seemed to come much easier to younger people in the firm.Frank purchased a computer primarily to use e-mail with his children, but he also has used several programs such as QuickBooks and tax-prep software. His connection to the Internet is through DSL so it’s not the fastest and Frank doesn’t do like to wait around to see family videos on You Tube or other Web content.Goals:– Slow down the traffic outside his house to increase walker and biker safety.– Make his neighborhood a more enjoyable place to liveApplication: Once the nonprofit got to know Frank, and his persona peers, it was able to shape messages and communications to connect with these individuals’ interests, habits and goals. As a result, they knew they were doing their best to maximize audience response.Readers, craft a set of personas today to re-shape your nonprofit’s organizational or program/service marketing plan or campaign. You’ll find it invaluable to get to know these folks. © 2002-2008 Nancy E. Schwartz. All rights reserved.About the AuthorNancy E. Schwartz helps nonprofits succeed through effective marketing and communications. As President of Nancy Schwartz & Company (http://www.nancyschwartz.com/), Nancy and her team provide marketing planning and implementation services to organizations as varied as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Center for Asian American Media, and Wake County (NC) Health Services. Subscribe to her free e-newsletter “Getting Attention”, (http://www.nancyschwartz.com/getting_attention.html) and read her blog at http://www.gettingattention.org/ for more insights, ideas and great tips on attracting the attention your organization deserves.last_img read more

Community Based MDR in Malawi

first_imgPosted on October 15, 2010November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The following is part of a series of project updates from MaiMwana. MHTF is supporting their project, Community Based Maternal Death Review. More information on MHTF supported projects can be found here.Written by: MaiMwanaThe community focused maternal death review (MDR) programme started in May 2010 in Mchinji, Malawi. Some of our preliminary activities have focused on building relationships necessary for carrying out the project. We met with the district health office in order for them to appreciate need to complement the health facility based maternal death review currently being implemented in the district.The district health office identified several focal people to be part of the team. The team then had a study tour to Ntcheu and Lilongwe Districts, districts which had started an initiative similar to our planned project, in order to learn and adopt tools being used in those districts. This was followed by development of some of the manuals and tools we will use in our project.Sensitization of the District Executive Committee was also done in order to solicit support before starting the activity in the community. We are currently awaiting the outcome of the review process and the beginning of our piloting.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

How Kangaroo Mother Care Has Improved Newborn Health Outcomes and Supported Moms in Kenya

first_imgPosted on May 15, 2018May 17, 2018By: Lutomia Mangala, Health Specialist, UNICEF KenyaClick 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)Prematurity is one of the leading causes of neonatal mortality in Kenya. Approximately 188,000 babies in Kenya are born too soon. Health workforce shortage, limited skills and lack of infrastructure including appropriate equipment, commodities and space* pose challenges to managing preterm births. Where equipment is available, it is often inadequate and poorly maintained. Lack of a reliable power source in most health facilities means that the equipment’s functionality is compromised and less effective. Available evidence indicates that scaling up low-cost, high-impact interventions can reduce morbidity and mortality from prematurity.Implementing kangaroo mother care in a high-burden countyIt is against this background that UNICEF, with funding from the United Kingdom government, has supported the Ministry of Health in Kenya to roll out kangaroo mother care (KMC) in high-burden counties (districts). KMC involves prolonged continuous skin-to-skin contact between a mother or her surrogate and her preterm or low birth weight infant. For stable preterm infants, this low-cost, high-impact intervention has been shown to offer better thermal regulation and greater health benefits compared to conventional care (incubators). At national level, UNICEF in collaboration with other partners has supported the Ministry of Health in the development of KMC operational guidelines and policy review. In Kakamega County in Western Kenya Region, the intervention has been implemented in 25 high-volume health facilities.A mother practicing kangaroo mother care at Matungu Sub-County Hospital in KakamegaUNICEF supported the Department of Health to train 40 midwives in a three-day skills-based workshop. The midwives learned theoretical components of KMC, including the establishment of KMC at health facilities, initiating and maintaining KMC, KMC nutrition, physical and emotional support, monitoring and evaluation and essential elements for scale-up. This was then followed by practical sessions in a newborn unit at one of the referral hospitals in the region. UNICEF and the Department of Health then supported the midwives in implementing KMC at their respective health facilities including provision of KMC beds, digital weighing scales, guidelines and supportive supervision. The health workers had initially received essential newborn care training.A year-and-a-half later, KMC is now being practiced in all the targeted health facilities in the County and has yielded substantial results. Based on health facility registers and program data, 300 preterm infants have benefited from the intervention so far with newborn deaths reducing by as much as 67% at one of the facilities, with average reduction across the 25 facilities standing at 52%. In addition, some of the benefits of KMC have gone beyond the newborns. For instance, mothers at one of the health facilities have now formed a KMC club, a mother support group that meets on a monthly basis to discuss issues affecting their health as well as that of their children, including family planning, breastfeeding and immunization.Lessons learnedThe introduction of KMC in Kakamega has offered a number of lessons. Key among these is that implementation of KMC will need to be facilitated by supportive health authorities at County level and in all health facilities. Secondly, KMC does not require additional staff at the health facility, neither does it require significant resources to start. Many of the 25 health facilities in Kakamega started off in a small room with a single improvised KMC bed and managed the service as part of the newborn unit. Continued supervision and mentorship from UNICEF field staff has ensured that the health workers are motivated and keep building on their knowledge and skills so they can support other health facilities to introduce the intervention.—*Ministry of Health, Kenya. KANGAROO MOTHER CARE: Clinical Implementation Guidelines 2016Photo Credit: Dan Oloo, Communication Specialist, UNICEF Kenya, 2017Learn more about kangaroo mother careJoin the conversation on International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day (15 May) using #KangarooCareDayShare this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

5 mistakes I made in my first year of freelancing

first_imgOver the course of my first year, I made a lot of dumb mistakes and didn’t reach out for help. Why? I was thinking like a customer rather than a Boss. I wasn’t looking for a need to fill, I was filling my own needs and forcing them on others. I wanted to fit in or to be like someone else. I followed instead of lead.I want to share with you some mistakes I made the first year of freelancing so you can be on your way to success – not doing the dumb things I did!I almost quit.I almost quit probably 5-6 times in the first year of freelancing. I wanted to give up because I thought everything had already been done. I didn’t realize that there’s space for many specialists within a niche and each brings his or her unique perspective to the table – and that my unique perspective is just as valid as anyone else’s.I wasn’t focused on the sale.Ask yourself right now – “What is the first word that comes to mind when I think of freelancing?” No really, do it. Did you do it? The first word that should come to your mind about freelancing is “sales.”As a freelancer you are either selling yourself or selling your products at any given time. When you want to land your next job designing, you sell yourself to them. Ready to launch a new product line? SALES.When you work in your 9-5, you want to work up within the business. Where do you usually start? Customer service. You learn to sell.I didn’t find a mentor right away.I spent the first year of my freelancing career completely clueless. I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to be doing and how to do it. I was scared to ask for help from others until I met a wonderful connection which changed my whole look on freelancing.My mentor questioned my decisions and challenged me to think things completely through. He held me accountable for my actions and guided me towards better paths.Mentor with someone who know has not only successfully established a freelance business, but who has also achieved the “next level” – whatever that means for you. Find a mentor who you want to be like and break down their process to becoming successful.I tried to be a Super Boss Lady too early.You don’t need a logo right away. You don’t even need to know the name of your business right away. You do need to have a plan.Careful planning will ensure that you don’t spend a ton of time and money upfront on things like logos and taglines.Spend some time planning and researching about your niche and follow successful people who have done it before. Follow their steps and find out what THEY were doing at the stage you’re in right now.I didn’t know how to ask for help.Thinking like an employee instead of a boss is a really great way to go no where. Employees want and look for guidance in their jobs to do their jobs how the boss requires. When it comes to freelancing, you have to be a leader.Leaders know how to ask questions of other leaders. Be vulnerable and open up your mind to new things. What can you do better than others in your niche? What are the successful ones doing? What WERE they doing at your level?I could literally go on for friggin’ ever about the mistakes I made when starting as a freelancer. Now, I’ve been freelancing for 8 years I’ve created my own kingdom out of what at first seemed like nothing. You have more resources than you know – you just have to be a leader, be yourself, and be vulnerable.last_img read more

A simple check-in strategy to transform your “problems” into solutions

first_img“I don’t have problems, I just have solutions.” But as a freelancer, I often hit the day looking at the swath of events in terms of problem-problem-problem. That networking call? A problem. Worrying about balancing time between self-care, appointments, friendships, coffee shops –Personally, I do marketing and branding for small businesses, pen product reviews and white pages for specialty food brands, review theatre, and create curricula for schools and families dealing with both food-allergy awareness and strategies and liberal arts education. If that isn’t a wide enough array of “problems”, I also do nutrition consulting, and meal plans, for kids with celiac disease, diabetes, and food allergies.Occasionally, I take on a graphic design gig. I like to plug in some creative writing and poetry to small markets in between.I have a lot of problems. I worry.I worry I don’t get enough done. I worry I’ve missed something. I worry that I have too many balls in the air. I’m only one person. I have too many problems.Or – do I have solutions?It struck me like a sack of bricks a few mornings ago as I lay in bed, just waking, that every event and challenge and gig in my life was a circumstance. My response to that circumstance was not my problem — my response and choice to take it on was my solution.I was flooded with a curious lightness. Relief.But you’re probably saying what? Solution? Are you off your nut?Nope. I was not, and am not, buried in problems. I had, and am making, choices every day – and choices are free! (Even if freelancing isn’t.)This last week or so, I’ve recovered a double portion of serenity (and productivity) on a simple check in each hour. I call it a Serene Scheme. If you find yourself feeling buried in problems, these 3 check ins throughout the day – the reframing the circumstances in your work-life flow through the lens of solution, not problem — might get you out of a rut. If it was as deep as mine, that could be a life-saver.Did I choose this gig?If yes: Good. If no: Why am I doing it? Is it paying? Is it a favor for someone? If no: Why am I doing it?This week, I had two “gigs” cross my radar, and both came under the second if. They also both came under the third if.So I kicked them off the curb. I felt guilty for 20 seconds.FOMO, or, Am I avoiding something else?If yes: What is it? Can I address it directly?Sometimes, I take on too much, or take on things I don’t value simply to be busy. Our culture makes work and busyness the acceptable addiction, and being needed or being run ragged are both situations of freelancing, young professional-style virtue.…Except, they aren’t virtuous. They aren’t healthy. Neither busyness nor being needed are, in themselves, goods.So am I working, worrying, or accepting a time-drain or time-commitment simply to be busy?I have many times, often out of FOMO – fear of missing out: IF I DO NOT DO EVERYTHING THAT CROSSES MY PLATE… “I’ll never get another chance”; “I won’t be able to pay the bills”; “It’s not okay to say no.”No. It is okay to say no. And I’m not missing out by letting things go. I am, in fact, missing out on my life when I fill it so full of work, unexamined tasks and time-commitments, that I can’t consciously choose my goals, what gives me creative joy, the relationships I engage in.What is it I’m avoiding? What am I “solving” by feeling trapped/buried? What do I need?On this 3rd, I personally found that framing my day in terms of problems was an old habit, and an attitude I had seen modeled. Making the consulting call at 9am into a problem gave me an excuse for bailing, and bailing allowed me to avoid my fear of failure, and my fear of failure was allowing me to avoid the challenge of being successful.Because being successful is a challenge, and my aptitudes and talents are often more out of my control than my failures.I know quite well how to bail: Who doesn’t? But being successful and working with a team – that’s vulnerable! I could lose something. So ultimately, my mental obsession with problems comes back to trying to hold onto an elusive sense of control. Trying not-to-lose-out on something I value – but that’s my solution: To fail on my own terms.Unfortunately, this doesn’t work in my long term plan. In fact, it guarantees my fears will be reality – and then I will really have problems: no life, no gigs, and no income.1-2-3 Breaking It Down:Once I pulled the pattern into my conscious thought, and tweaked my verbiage, seeing my choices as solutions, not as problems, the problem solution wasn’t one I wanted to choose, or needed to choose.How did I sort out a few real problems though? Try this: If it has a solution, it’s a problem. If it’s already the answer to a question or a circumstance, it’s a solution – even if it’s making you feel miserable.So in finale, whatever your problems – or, er, solutions – as a freelancer, you have the flexibility to reframe them. These 3 check-in questions have kept me on the energetic wave of proactive relief and freedom this week. Moreover, I’ve made choices more consciously, worked more productively, and let go of gigs that were draining – or truly problems – more easily. Because I was on top, solving – not victimized underneath, dissolving.I don’t have problems. I just have solutions. But now, I have a lot better solutions.last_img read more

Justice Hill Named to Doak Walker Award Watch List

first_imgOklahoma State has been in the public eye this summer. And it’s not just because of its head coach’s antics or hairstyle. The Cowboys’ offense could be otherworldly with Heisman candidate Mason Rudolph and maybe the best receiving corps in the college football.But the biggest reason for optimism for 2017 and beyond is the rising star of Justice Hill.The Freshman All-American became the Cowboys’ first 1,000-yard rusher since Joseph Randle in 2012, effectively reviving a downtrodden ground game. When he broke Thurman Thomas’ freshman rushing record in Week 11, OSU fans knew they had something special.AdChoices广告Now Hill’s star has been recognized by college football’s awards committees. Hill was named as a candidate for the Doak Walker Award this week, given annually to college football’s best running back. The list includes 61 returning college running backs but only seven underclassmen.Hill led all FBS freshman with 1,142 yards and added six touchdowns while starting only 10 games. That was the fifth-highest rushing season for any Big 12 freshman and earned him Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and second-team All-Big 12 honors. He was voted a Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America and USA Today.“He’s been huge for us,” said Mason Rudolph recently. “He added some weight this offseason, squatted like 560 pounds this morning. He’s hovering about 200 pounds. He’s a lot bigger than last year.”Other Big 12 running backs included were Kyle Hicks from TCU and Alex Barnes and Justin Silmon from Kansas State. Ten semifinalists will be announced on November 15 and three finalists on November 20. The winner will be announced during The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, December 7 on ESPN. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Zach Sinor Explains How His Heisman Campaign Got Started

first_imgAdChoices广告FRISCO, Tex. — Zach Sinor launched his Heisman campaign a few weeks ago, but he kicked it into high gear this week at Big 12 Media Days. He talked about when the idea started (after Central Michigan last year) and why he thinks he has a chance at winning the top trophy in college football (because he loves dogs). The whole thing was lighthearted and fun and hilarious.Zach Sinor’s Heisman T-Shirt. #okstate pic.twitter.com/4D7iLRAlXN— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) July 18, 2017 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. “The media people did a great job and said, ‘You know, just take off with it and run with it and have fun with it and enjoy it,’ Sinor said on Tuesday. “That’s what I’m doing. I’m going back to my fans. All the people who have been there through the good and bad. I’m sticking with it.”“I went to a store in Stillwater and got my shirt made, and I also got these pamphlets made. I did (the website) on the way down from Stillwater this morning.”Amazing. Oklahoma State has done a great job the last few years of not taking this week too seriously and yet owning it because of that. From Gundy’s hair to Sinor’s Geocities website and brochures, all of it is tasteful and enjoyable and part of what makes college football so great.last_img read more

Kroos and Modric in Madrid squad to face PSG

first_imgReal Madrid Kroos and Modric in Real Madrid squad for PSG trip Joe Wright 17:44 5/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) toni kroos - cropped Getty Images Real Madrid UEFA Champions League PSG v Real Madrid PSG Zinedine Zidane had previously said that he would not take undue risks over injured players, but both doubtful stars will travel to France Real Madrid have included Toni Kroos and Luka Modric in their 24-man squad for Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain.The midfielders have been battling to be fit for the last-16 second leg in the French capital and both missed Saturday’s 3-1 LaLiga win over Getafe.Kroos, who particularly impressed in Madrid’s 3-1 first-leg win, has been struggling due to a knee ligament sprain, while Modric has a hamstring problem. 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 However, both returned to training on Sunday and will travel to France for the showdown with Unai Emery’s men.Speaking on Saturday, Zidane said he was unsure if they would be fully fit but was not worried about the prospect of their absence.”I will never regret injuries,” he said. “If they can’t be with us, other players will play. The only thing we have is to look at Tuesday and see who we are going to go with.”We have two days to see how Luka and Toni are. I’m not going to tell you what I’m going to do and what we have planned.”What I want is for all of us to travel. I hope everyone trains on Monday, but I don’t know.”last_img read more

Manchester United crash out of Champions League

first_imgManchester United 1 Sevilla 2 (1-2 agg): Ben Yedder brace dumps Mourinho’s men out Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 05:37 14/3/2018 Wissam Ben Yedder Getty Images Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United crashed out of the Champions League after Sevilla won 2-1 at Old Trafford thanks to Wissam Ben Yedder. Wissam Ben Yedder came off the bench to score the decisive goals as Sevilla moved into the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a stunning 2-1 away win at Manchester United.At a restless Old Trafford, United never got out of first gear and Sevilla, having dominated the opening leg at home without finding a way to beat David de Gea in a goalless draw, deservedly progressed.When Ben Yedder came off the bench with less than 20 minutes to play, the game was finely balanced with both sides aware the first goal would be decisive. 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 And it proved to be the case as Ben Yedder made an immediate impact, collecting a pass from Ever Banega to smash in a low finish.With United reeling, Ben Yedder soon added his eighth goal of this season’s Champions League, De Gea unable to claw out the striker’s looping header.Jose Mourinho had already played his trump card, bringing on Paul Pogba, who was only fit enough for the bench, and United stumbled to a shock home defeat despite Romelu Lukaku sparking a grandstand finish.FT: @ManUtd 1-2 #SevillaFCDREAMS COME TRUE IN MANCHESTER!!! AFTER 60 YEARS WE ARE IN THE QUARTER-FINALS OF THE @ChampionsLeague #vamosmisevilla #UCL pic.twitter.com/jdQ1TjCra9— Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) March 13, 2018Lukaku blazed wide in the second minute after a smart one-two with Jesse Lingard created an early opportunity for United.Joaquin Correa flashed a near-post header narrowly over the crossbar from Banega’s left-wing corner, with Luis Muriel then wasteful after Eric Bailly’s sloppy pass played Sevilla in.Muriel dragged another decent opening wide of the far post after Pablo Sarabia sent the winger through on goal, with Sevilla dominating the opening half-hour.United finally worked a clear opening in the 38th minute, a powerful drive from Marouane Fellaini beaten away by Sergio Rico after Alexis Sanchez turned a one-two into the path of the Belgium international, who was making his first start of 2018.49 – Ever Banega completed 49 of his 52 passes in the first half, at least 21 more than any Manchester United player. Dreamer. pic.twitter.com/CDViEmCTVl— OptaJose (@OptaJose) March 13, 2018Bailly’s superbly-timed challenge denied Correa in the box, then Rico had to make a smart save down to his right to turn a snapshot from Jesse Lingard around the post.With United lacking tempo on the ball and invention in midfield, Mourinho turned to Pogba on the hour-mark, the midfielder replacing Fellaini.United continued to be sloppy on the ball, Pogba curling a 72nd-minute effort narrowly wide, but it was a Sevilla substitute who came up with the opener.Ben Yedder had been on the pitch just 87 seconds when he controlled a smart pass from Banega, took a touch to steady himself and drilled a fine finish inside De Gea’s left-hand post.Before United could respond it was 2-0 and game over, chaotic defending allowing Ben Yedder to divert a goalbound header that a desperate De Gea was unable to stop crossing the line.19 – Wissam Ben Yedder has scored 19 goals in all comps this season, only Fekir & Griezmann (21) have scored more among the French players of the Top 5 European Leagues. Timely.— OptaJean (@OptaJean) March 13, 2018Lukaku sparked a late fightback by turning in a Marcus Rashford corner but United could not match Sevilla’s clinical edge in front of goal.De Gea denied Ben Yedder his hat-trick in added time, but it mattered little as Vincenzo Montella celebrated having masterminded a famous victory for his side. Key Opta Facts:- Including the 2011 final, Manchester United have only won one of their last nine Champions League knockout games (D3 L5).- After progressing from the last 16 in five successive seasons – United have now been eliminated at this stage in two of their last three Champions League campaigns (2012-13 and 2017-18).- This was the first defeat of a Premier League club by a La Liga club in the Champions League in 2017-18, at the ninth attempt (two wins for PL clubs, six draws).- Sevilla are just the third side to score 2+ goals at Old Trafford against United under Jose Mourinho (Manchester City, twice and Burnley).- Sevilla attempted 21 shots in this match – the most that Manchester United have allowed an opposition side at Old Trafford in a competitive match since Real Madrid attempted 22 in March 2013 (Champions League).- In fact, Manchester City are the only other side to beat Manchester United at Old Trafford in Mourinho’s tenure at the club (1-2 in September 2016 and 1-2 in December 2017).- David de Gea has conceded more goals in this match (2) than in his previous five Champions League games this season (1).- Wissam Ben Yedder’s first goal was the fastest scored by a substitute in the Champions League this season (87 seconds).  read morelast_img read more

Launch Meeting Report

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on March 4, 2009November 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)Launching the Maternal Health Task Force: Reaching Consensus on the Draft Terms of Reference, February 17 & 18, Washington, DC I am pleased to report that the launch phase of the Maternal Health Task Force is complete and its work is now underway. You can now download a report of our launch meeting(PDF, 60kb) held two weeks ago in Washington, D.C. and the participant list (PDF, 28kb). More information will come soon as the Terms of Reference are finalized, our team is recruited, the website is constructed, and projects are activated. We look forward to working with you to improve the health of women, families and communities around the world.center_img Again, many thanks.– AnaShare this:last_img read more

Nominations Open for Provincial Arts Prizes Awards

first_imgNova Scotia’s vibrant creative community is being celebrated with several well-known provincial arts and culture prizes and awards. The prizes will be awarded at the fourth annual Creative Nova Scotia Conference and Awards Gala on Oct. 24 in Yarmouth. “Communities across Nova Scotia benefit from the creativity of our artists and performers,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “It is important that we recognize their creative excellence and acknowledge that they make our province a better place.” Nominations are being accepted for: — Portia White Prize, deadline Wednesday, July 15: It is the province’s largest and most prestigious cultural award and recognized as one of Canada’s major awards in the arts. The recipient must be an established artist, born in Nova Scotia or a resident for the past four years. The $18,000 prize includes the opportunity to name an emerging Nova Scotian artist or cultural organization for a protégé prize of $7,000. — Prix Grand Pré, deadline Saturday, Aug. 15: It is an annual award of $2,000 for an established creative or interpretive Acadian Nova Scotian artist. It recognizes artists in performing arts and film, visual arts and crafts, and literary arts, whose work reflects Acadian cultural values and traditions, while demonstrating excellence and originality. — Community Arts and Recognition Award, deadline Tuesday, Sept. 15: It is presented annually by the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council to a community that demonstrates the value it places on arts and culture in community life. Funded from the Nova Scotia Arts Endowment Fund, the award has a cash value of $10,000. — Established Artists Recognition Award, deadline Tuesday, Sept. 15: It is presented annually by the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council to five artists considered to be in mid-career. Funded from the Nova Scotia Arts Endowment Fund, each award has a cash value of $5,000. “By recognizing those who contribute to the development of our arts and culture sector, we encourage others to pursue excellence, too,” said Joella Foulds, chair of the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council. “That plants the seeds of future creativity and accomplishment.” For more information, or to obtain a nomination form, visit www.gov.ns.ca/tch or contact Peter Kirby at 902-424-3422 or kirbypc@gov.ns.ca.last_img read more

Karnataka crisis rocks Rajya Sabha House adjourned for day

first_imgNew Delhi: The Rajya Sabha Tuesday witnessed uproar over the Karnataka crisis with opposition Congress members storming the well of the House and raising slogans, leading to adjournment of proceedings for the day. The Upper House witnessed protests by members of Congress, TMC, CPI and CPIM as soon as it reconvened at 2 pm following two adjournments earlier in the day. The House was adjourned within three minutes as ruckus prevailed. Deputy Chairman Harivansh, who was chairing the proceedings, made repeated appeals to protesting members to return to their seats, observing that the House has to discuss the Union Budget 2019-20 and Congress leader P Chidambaram was slated to speak on the issue. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! However, as protests continued, he adjourned the House for the day. The Congress has been accusing the ruling BJP at the Centre of instigating a rebellion within the Congress-JD-S government in Karnataka. The year-old Congress-Janata Dal (S) coalition government in Karnataka is on the brink of collapse after a spate of resignations by MLAs. The Karnataka Assembly has 225 members, including one nominated MLA. The halfway mark in the 225-member Assembly is 113. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed Earlier in the day, the House was adjourned till 2 PM after protests by Congress members continued. Within minutes of assembly of the House, Congress members stormed into the well shouting slogans that implied that democracy was being killed in reference to developments in Karnataka. TMC members too trooped into the well against privatisation of public sector units, forcing Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to adjourn proceedings till 1200 hours. When the House re-assembled at noon to take up the Question Hour, there were almost similar scenes with slogan shouting Congress and TMC members trooping in the Well. Harivansh, who was chairing the proceedings at the time, made repeated efforts to persuade protesting members to return to their seats so that the Question Hour could be conducted. However, his appeals went unheeded and the House was adjourned till 2 pm. Before adjourning the House till 2 pm, he told protesting Congress members that the Chairman had allowed them to raise the Karnataka issue during the Zero Hour, but it was not availed. Earlier during the Zero Hour, Naidu said he has received a notice under rule 267 from Congress member B K Hariprasad, seeking suspension of the listed business to take up the Karnataka issue. “I am not allowing it,” he said, prompting Congress members to rush to the well shouting slogans. Naidu also said he has received a notice under rule 267 from Dola Singh of TMC but it cannot be allowed as the same had been raised through a Zero Hour mention on June 21, the first day of the session. TMC members trooped into the well but the issue they were raising could not be heard. On June 21, one of the issues raised during the Zero Hour was delay by the Centre in according ST status to 11 communities recommended by the West Bengal government. “As per rules, you cannot discuss the same issues twice in the same session,” Naidu said, adding the House had functioned without disruption for 13 days but now it seems members were determined to disrupt. “If you have decided to disrupt, I adjourn proceedings till 1200 hrs,” he said. Earlier, BJP leader Lokhandwala Jugalsinh Mathurji, who was elected to the Upper House from Gujarat in the by-polls last week, took oath as a member of the Rajya Sabha.last_img read more

CJI proposes happiness classes in judicial academies

first_imgNEW DELHI: Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Wednesday said that the judicial academies and other schools across the country can also have happiness classes like Delhi government schools.Speaking at the concluding ceremony of Delhi government’s 15-day long ‘happiness utsav’ to mark the first year of the implementation of happiness curriculum in its schools, the CJI said, “As the chief justice of the country, I was thinking yesterday, if I have a happy lot of people in this country, my problem of litigation will be over. There will be no cases because everyone will be happy.” Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”I have seriously thought about it but I’ve not shared it yet with my colleagues. But perhaps we can have something like happiness classes in our judicial academies as well… At the end of the day if we are negative and we are not happy we won’t be able to contribute for the country,” Justice Gogoi said. He said that there is a serious problem of “unhappiness” among the younger generation. “It makes the curriculum even more important altogether. The concept is brilliant. Catch them when they are young and teach them how to be happy,” Gogoi said, adding the curriculum should be taught in the schools of other states as well. The “Happiness Curriculum” launched by the Delhi government focuses on holistic education by including meditation, value education and mental exercises in the conventional education curriculum. It has been introduced for the students of Nursery to Class 8 in government schools. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”It was a brilliant concept to have happiness classes. We can explore the same in our judicial academies as well. I am yet to consult my colleagues, but I am sure we can introduce it across judicial academies after hearing students from the audience share their learnings,” he said. “This is very important considering India’s ranking on the Happiness Index has dropped to 140, while last year it was at 133. Similar modules have been adopted in 12 other countries,” he added.last_img read more

Montel Williams Joins KIND Financial Advisory Board As Medical Marijuana Advisor

first_imgKIND Financial, the leading financial technology solutions company in the cannabis industry, today announced that Montel Williams, noted television and radio talk show host will join the board as a key advisor on medical marijuana advocacy.“Montel Williams has become one of the most high profile medical cannabis advocates in the country and he is also active in raising money for a variety of charitable organizations relating to veterans issues and multiple sclerosis, which he was diagnosed with in 1999,” David Dinenberg, CEO of KIND Financial, said, “We are proud to have Montel on board. From the first time we spoke, it was clear that we share a similar vision that our business model holds the key to legalization – regulation, compliance and transparency. Montel has a proven track record advocating for these tenets – the same principles upon which we have built our business.”KIND Financial’s technology platform provides tools focused on cannabis tracking and compliance for cultivators, dispensaries, and regulatory agencies in the cannabis industry. These solutions manage the entire cannabis business life-cycle ensuring that transactions are safe, secure and remain in compliance with the rules, regulations, laws and guidelines governing marijuana-related businesses with the federal guidelines set forth by FinCEN, the Cole Memorandums and related laws and regulations.“The national path forward for the medical cannabis movement hinges on the ability to create a well-regulated marketplace in new states, and history has taught us that the better regulated the proposed medical cannabis program, the more appealing it is to voters and legislators, and that’s why I’m proud to partner with KIND, which is at the forefront of medical cannabis compliance,” said Williams.Dinenberg agrees because the genesis of KIND’s technologies were built upon stringent healthcare and banking compliance and regulation foundations, “For the industry to thrive, it must survive. To survive it must figure out a way to manage compliance – we’re never going to get to a Federal policy change without a great compliance record at the state level. That’s where KIND comes in. We believe our partnership with Montel Williams will lead the industry towards a solution to make medical marijuana a viable option for patients who really need it. No one has lived this and represented it better than him.”Said Williams, “We know that the vast majority of voters support making medical marijuana available to relieve the suffering of seriously ill Americans like me and so many others. What we also know is that voters want a well-regulated marketplace – for this industry to expand, to help more patients, the movement needs to keep compliance at the forefront of our minds.”For additional information visit www.Kind.Financial. Kind Financial invites the public to participate in the conversation about the current and future status of financial services in the cannabis industry.last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo to Sue German Magazine over Rape Accusations

Rabat – Cristiano Ronaldo is firing back at German magazine Der Spiegel. Der Spiegel has published the testimony of a 34-year-old American who accused the football star of raping her at a Las Vegas hotel in 2009. This is the first time that Kathryn Mayorga opens up publicly about her “story.” She claims that the Portuguese footballer raped her in 2009, after which he had her sign a confidentiality agreement and payed her $ 375,000. The superstar is refuting the charges, claiming to have had “consensual” intercourse with her. He appealed to a lawyer in Germany and attacked the weekly Der Spiegel for the publication of the article.Juventus striker has also reacted to the rumors on social media. Ronaldo commented on charges of raping during a live Instagram. “It’s a lie. She wants to become famous thanks to my name. These situations are part of my job,” said the football player.These accusations first surfaced a year and a half ago, but Kathryn Mayorga’s name only appeared recently. Last year, Ronaldo called the revelation “journalistic fiction”, letting the media know that the sexual relationship had been “agreed.”However, according to Kathryn Mayorga’s lawyer, they have a document challenging Cristiano Ronaldo’s version, claiming that the victim had said “no” and “stop” several times. read more

UN tribunal drops indictment against Croatian accused of war crimes

Yesterday, Judge Amin El-Mahdi issued an order to remove the indictment against Zoran Marinic following a request in August by chief Prosecutor Carla del Ponte, who said that the accused was a low-level indictee, and that “it was in the interests of the fair administration of justice and within the framework of the general policy” of the UN Tribunal that he be tried before a national court.The Prosecutor added that she did not know the whereabouts of the accused and that he was not represented by any counsel known to the Tribunal.Judge El-Mahdi also ordered that the arrest warrant be withdrawn, and compelled the Prosecutor to transmit all information related to the case to national authorities.

Iraqi weapons declaration due this weekend to be transmitted to Security Council

Ewen Buchanan, a spokesman for the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspections Commission (UNMOVIC), told UN Radio on Thursday that the Baghdad authorities have announced that the Declaration would be submitted on Saturday. “Clearly our job is to make sure that it is promptly transmitted to the Security Council here in New York, but that’s not likely to happen before Sunday evening at the earliest,” he added, anticipating that the document could run in the thousands of pages. Asked what Iraq would likely say given the country’s denials that it possesses weapons of mass destruction, Mr. Buchanan said perhaps the Declaration would provide “some sort of narrative as to what happened to the weapons programme which they did acknowledge having had in the past.” He stressed that the Security Council had mandated the Declaration “and it is for Iraq to determine what they put in that Declaration.” This constitutes “an opportunity for Iraq to try and come clean on some of the question marks of the past,” he said. Looking back over one week of inspections, Mr. Buchanan noted that the process was “off to a good start on the ground.” Although the Council had given the inspectors 45 days to resume their work, operations had commenced within 19 days – less than half the allotted time. UNMOVIC was working to bring in new inspectors as fast as possible with the aim of having 100 in place by Christmas time. “It is our intention to be able to field multiple teams simultaneously to inspections throughout Iraq,” he said, noting that more inspectors would be going in this weekend. To a question on charges by Baghdad that there may be spies among the team, Mr. Buchanan stressed that UNMOVIC staff serve only the UN. “We’re not doing the work for any individual Member States,” he stressed. “Dr. Blix has been very clear that if he were to find anyone acting inappropriately or working for governments he would dismiss that person immediately.” read more