CSC appoints naval and industrial products specialist

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Boyce joins Tennova Medical Group

first_imgShare this:FacebookTwitter Boyce is an experienced bariatric surgeon specializes in advanced weight loss procedures KNOXVILLE, TN. (WLAF) – Tennova Healthcare recently welcomed Stephen G. Boyce, M.D., bariatric surgeon, to his new medical practice at Tennova Bariatric Surgery on the campus of Turkey Creek Medical Center. He is accepting new patients at his office at 10810 Parkside Drive, Suite 305, Knoxville. Same-week appointments are available. To schedule an appointment with  Boyce, call 865-392-3971.TOP PHOTO:  Dr. Stephen BoyceDue to his extensive training and experience,  Boyce is qualified to offer a range of proven weight loss techniques, including vertical sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass, and biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch. Over his 25-year medical career, he has performed thousands of weight loss surgery procedures and is one of the most experienced bariatric surgeons in the region. Prior to joining Tennova Medical Group, Boyce was affiliated with New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery in West Knoxville.Boyce has served as medical director of the Tennova Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Turkey Creek Medical Center since 2012. He earned his medical degree from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He also completed an internship and surgical residency at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School’s Parkland Memorial Hospital, where he was introduced to weight loss surgery under the tutelage of one of the field’s pioneering fathers, Dr. Otto Willbanks. Boyce is board certified in surgery.“I am committed to providing advanced bariatric surgery procedures, personalized care and the tools my patients need to achieve long-term weight loss,” Boyce said. “Losing weight can be extremely difficult—and for people who have 100 pounds or more to lose it can be even more challenging. For some people, weight loss surgery may offer a solution where other methods have failed. It can be life transforming, offering individuals an opportunity to lead a more active, healthy and satisfying life.”Weight Loss Surgery at Tennova HealthcareThe Tennova Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Turkey Creek Medical Center has been evaluated and recognized for excellence by several organizations. These accreditations and designations mean Tennova’s bariatric surgery program has been evaluated for maintaining high standards and its surgical team has access to all the resources necessary for optimal patient care, including skilled and experienced bariatric nurses as well as specialized equipment and accommodations that help provide a safe and comfortable hospital stay.Awards and accreditations include:Comprehensive Center with Adolescent Qualifications – Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP)Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery/Gastric Banding – BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Inc.Blue Distinction Center+ for Bariatric Surgery/Gastric Stapling – BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Inc.Tennova offers free seminars to help individuals determine if they are a candidate for weight loss surgery. The interactive session includes discussion about the program as well as questions and answers regarding care and the insurance process. To learn more or register for an in-person seminar, visit or call Boyce’s office at 865-392-3971. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/10/2019-6AM)last_img read more

Pitt back James Conner looking to become finished product

first_imgConner was the ACC Player of the Year in 2014, running for 1,765 yards and accounting for a school-record 26 touchdowns. Still, he dropped 10 to 15 pounds off his 6-foot-2 frame to give him a little more speed once he reaches the secondary.The Panthers will rely heavily on Conner under first-year coach Pat Narduzzi. New offensive coordinator Jim Chaney says while there will be new wrinkles in the Pitt offense, Conner was so successful last season there is no real need to change much.The Panthers open the season next Saturday against Youngstown State.,Conner was the ACC Player of the Year in 2014, running for 1,765 yards and accounting for a school-record 26 touchdowns. Still, he dropped 10 to 15 pounds off his 6-foot-2 frame to give him a little more speed once he reaches the secondary.The Panthers will rely heavily on Conner under first-year coach Pat Narduzzi. New offensive coordinator Jim Chaney says while there will be new wrinkles in the Pitt offense, Conner was so successful last season there is no real need to change much.The Panthers open the season next Saturday against Youngstown State. In this March 15, 2015, file photo, Pittsburgh running back James Conner (24) takes part in drills in the NCAA college football team’s first day of spring practice in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, FILE) PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh junior James Conner shed some weight in the offseason in hopes of shedding more tacklers this fall.last_img read more

Galway Under 21 Hurling Team Named For Leinster Final

first_img20 June 2018; Brian Concannon of Galway in action against Michael Cody of Kilkenny during the Bord Gáis Energy Leinster GAA Hurling U21 Championship Semi-Final match between Kilkenny and Galway at Bord Na Mona O’Connor Park in Tullamore, Co Offaly. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile The team is captained by Fintan Burke.The team in full is:1. Eanna Murphy ( Tommy Larkins)2. Ian O’Shea (Athenry)3. Jack Fitzpatrick (Killimordaly)4. Shane Bannon ( Clarinbridge)5. Fintan Burke ( St.Thomas’)6. Mark Hughes ( Liam Mellows)7. Jack Grealish (Gort)8. Thomas Monaghan ( Craughwell)9. Sean Loftus (Turloughmore)10. Brian Concannon ( Killimordaly)11. Cian Salmon (Clarinbridge)12. Cianan Fahy (Ardrahan)13. Evan Niland (Clarinbridge)14. Sean Bleahene (Ahascragh-Fohenagh)15. Kevin Cooney (Sarsfields)print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The Galway Under 21 team to play Wexford in Wednesday evening’s Leinster final has been named.center_img There is one change to the side from that which beat Kilkenny in the semi-final with Cian Salmon replacing Jack Canning.last_img read more

Southeastern, UCA Fighting for Last Spot in Conference Tournament

first_imgWeek 18 News & Notes (PDF) B. Tie Between Three or More Teams.1. If three (3) or more teams tie for a position, and the tied teams all played two games against one another, the combined record of each of the tied teams against the other teams involved in the tie shall be compared until a seeding advantage is gained. Thursday Lineup: There are six Southland Conference games on Thursday. In addition to the Central Arkansas game at Northwestern State and the Southeastern Louisiana game at Sam Houston, the focus for almost every turns to tournament seeding. McNeese State, which became the seventh team to qualify for the tournament after last Saturday’s overtime win over Abilene Christian, visits Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, a team that moved into second place in the conference standings. Oral Roberts finds itself tied for fourth with Northwestern State and visits Stephen F. Austin on Thursday. Nicholls, which is currently fifth, is at Houston Baptist and New Orleans visits Lamar. Countdown to Katy: The countdown in on for the 2014 Southland Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament March 12-15 at the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. This will be the seventh consecutive year for the tournament to be held in Katy. This year’s tournament will begin on Wednesday, March 12 with first-round action beginning at 5 p.m. The second round will follow on Thursday, March 13. All four games in the first two rounds will be streamed live for free on the Southland Conference Digital Network. The semifinals, which will be shown on ESPN3, will take place on Friday, March 14 and the championship will be played Saturday, March 15 with a 7:30 p.m. tipoff and be televised on ESPN2. The 2014 tournament will be the 15th in league history to be played at a neutral site. The tournament was played in Shreveport, La., from 1995-2001 and was held in Houston in 2007 before moving to Katy in 2008. UCA’s Miles is League’s Scoring Leader: Central Arkansas senior LaQuentin Miles leads the Southland Conference in scoring for the second consecutive week after finally reaching the league’s minimum that a student-athlete play at least two-thirds of the team’s games to qualify. Miles is averaging 22.9 points per game overall in 19 games this season after regaining eligibility in mid-December. He still has not met the NCAA’s minimum of 75 percent. Oral Roberts senior Shawn Glover had led the league for most of the season. He is now averaging 21.7 points per game through 29 games this season. That figure ranks 11th in NCAA Division I. UIW’s Denzel Livingston is the league leader in conference play, averaging 23.0 points per game in the Cardinals’ abbreviated conference schedule in their first Division I season. Glover has scored 20 points 21 times this season, including 13 of his last 15 games. Livingston has 16 20-point efforts, while Miles has 14. There have been 17 30-point games in the Southland this year, including three by Northwestern State sophomore Jalan West. Last week, McNeese State senior Ledrick Eackles scored 31 points against UIW on Thursday and followed with 35 points vs. Abilene Christian on Saturday. Livingston went for 36 Feb. 8 in a win over Houston Baptist. That matched Stephen F. Austin senior Desmond Haymon 36 points against Cal State Northridge as the top offensive outburst in the league this season. FRISCO, Texas – With less than one week remaining until the start of the 2014 Southland Conference Basketball Tournament, all but one of the tournament’s eight spots has been determined. It will come down to either Southeastern Louisiana or Central Arkansas. The Lions (6-10) have a one-game lead on the Bears (5-11) with two games to play. Southeastern visits Sam Houston State on Thursday before closing the regular season at Lamar on Saturday. UCA has road games at Northwestern State on Thursday and league champion Stephen F. Austin on Saturday. The 8-19 Bears have won their last two games, beating Sam Houston State and Lamar, last week to remain in contention for a tournament berth the final week of the season. Southeastern has dipped to 11-16 overall after losing its last three games, falling last week to the two teams still ahead of Central Arkansas. Tickets On Sale for Katy: All-session tickets for the 2014 Southland Conference Basketball Tournament, which will be held March 12-16 at the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas, are now on sale. Reserved all-tournament booklets are available for $75, while general admission all-tournament booklets are available for $60 at all Ticketmaster Outlets, and all Southland Conference member institutions. Tickets for each session of the tournament go on sale March 10. Tie-breaker Procedure. All ties shall be broken in the order in which they occur, from top to bottom, in the standings. When comparing tied teams against positions higher or lower in the standings that are also tied, these higher or lower tied positions shall be considered a single position for the purposes of comparison. • Clinched the conference regular-season championship for the second consecutive season.• Will be the No. 1 seed in next week’s conference tournament and receive a bye into the semifinals. SFA’s first game will be Friday, March 14.• Has won a Southland record 24 consecutive games with its last lost Nov. 23. It’s current streak ranks second behind Wichita State’s 31-game run.• Has won a league record 21 consecutive conference games dating back to the 2012-13 season.• Has won 31 consecutive home games, dating back to the 2011-12 season. Lumberjacks’ current home streak ranks second to Duke and Florida, who each boast 32-game home-court win streaks.• Has won 12 straight road games, which is tied with Wichita State for the Division I leads. SFA won all nine of its Southland road games this season. It’s 14 road wins this season are the most by any Division I team.• Became the first Southland school to win 27 regular-season games in the league’s 51-year history.• Is only the third Southland team to ever reach 27 wins in a season, joining the 1984-85 Louisiana Tech Sweet 16 team, led by Karl Malone, which finished 29-3. Last year’s SFA team finished 27-5.• Has a chance to become the Southland’s first men’s basketball team to win 30 games.• Is 54-7 during the last two seasons. 3. If three (3) or more teams remain tied for a position, regardless of the number of games played against the other tied teams, any won-loss advantage in the combined pool of tied teams shall be used as a seeding tie-breaker. This shall continue through the order of final standings if necessary. 4. In the event a tie cannot be broken in this manner, the tied team that holds a won-loss advantage against the highest-positioned team(s), regardless of the number of times played, shall receive the higher seed. This shall be continued through the final standings until one (1) team gains the advantage, thus the higher seed. [5/13] Central Arkansas’ Miles Named Player of the Week: Central Arkansas guard LaQuentin Miles has been named the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week after he averaged 26.5 points and 13.0 rebounds in helping to lead the Bears to wins over Sam Houston State and Lamar last week. The senior from Jacksonville, Ark. had a career-high 30 points and 14 rebounds in win over Lamar on Senior Day, and had 23 points and 12 rebounds in upset second-place Sam Houston. Miles shot 60.7 percent from the field, including 10 of 14 vs. Lamar. He also was made both 3-point shots and connected on 17 of 28 free throws, while averaging 34.5 minutes with no fouls. This is the second time this season Miles has been honored as player of the week. Twenty-Win Teams: The Southland Conference could have at least three 20-game winners for the third consecutive season. At 27-2, SFA has recorded 20 wins or more for the sixth time in the last seven seasons. UIW won its 20th game last Saturday at Nicholls (69-67) to reach the mark in its first season in the Southland Conference. Sam Houston State is 19-9 and looking for its first 20-win campaign since 2009-10 when it claimed its last league title and finished 25-8 overall. The Bearkats close the regular season with home games against Southeastern Louisiana and New Orleans. Stephen F. Austin Repeats as Champion: The Stephen F. Austin men’s basketball team claimed the outright Southland Conference championship last Thursday when sophomore Thomas Walkup recorded a career-high 28 points in an emphatic 103-63 victory at New Orleans. SFA entered the night with a three-game lead over Piney Woods rival Sam Houston State, and with the win over UNO and Sam Houston’s 80-71 loss at UCA on the same night, the Lumberjacks claimed their second consecutive outright conference championship and first under first-year coach Brad Underwood. SFA scored 100 points for the first time since they did so against Howard Payne in 2010 and the first against a league opponent since dropping 110 against Texas-Arlington in the 1994-95 season. The title is SFA’s fourth title. The Lumberjacks shared the 2008 title with Lamar before claiming their first of now three outright titles in 2009. Impact of Ineligible Teams. Abilene Christian, UIW and New Orleans are not eligible for the 2014 Southland Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments. Should an ineligible team(s) finish in a position that would normally qualify for the tournament; the ineligible team(s) will be replaced by the next eligible team(s) in order of the final standings, or if necessary, as determined by the tie-breaking system. However, when breaking ties, the order of the final standings shall be kept intact, including where the ineligible team(s) is positioned following the final games. If applicable, results against the ineligible team(s) count in the tie-breaking system that determines seeding. Results against New Orleans are factored in all necessary seeding tie-breakers. Results against ACU and UIW will be factored in tie-breakers A.(4.) and/or B.(4.), listed below, if necessary. 3. In the event a tie cannot be broken in this manner, the tied team that holds a won-loss advantage against the other tied team, regardless of the number of games played, shall receive the higher seed. A. Tie Between Two Teams.1. If two (2) teams tie for a position, and one (1) team holds a head-to-head win-loss advantage after two games against one another, that team receives the higher seed. SFA Enjoying Historic Season: The Lumberjacks are 27-2 overall and 16-0 in the Southland Conference with two league games remaining. SFA plays host to Oral Roberts on Thursday before closing the regular-season Saturday against Central Arkansas. Notes on SFA’s season: 4. In the event a tie cannot be broken in this manner, the tied team that holds a won-loss advantage against the highest-positioned team, regardless of the number of times played, shall receive the seeding advantage. This shall be continued through the final standings until one (1) team gains the advantage, thus the higher seed. Chasing Perfection: Stephen F. Austin is trying to become the first Southland Conference team to finish with a unblemished conference record since Arkansas State finished 4-0 in 1973-74. There have been only four teams to finish with a perfect league record in the previous 50 seasons of the league. Joining Arkansas State on that list are: Louisiana Tech (8-0 in 1971-72), Arkansas State (8-0 in 1966-67) and Abilene Christian (8-0 in 1965-66). SFA became the first Southland school to go perfect in its first 16 conference games. Schools have been close to undefeated conference season recently including Texas-Arlington, which was 15-1 and won its first 15 conference games before falling to Texas-San Antonio in the regular-season finale. The 1997-98 Nicholls (15-1) team won its first 14 league games before falling to Louisiana-Monroe in its next-to-last game. Northwestern State finished 15-1 in 2006, but lost its fourth conference game. Nicholls was 17-1 in 1994-95, but lost its fifth game. ULM (17-1) won its final 16 league games in 1992-93 after suffering a loss to North Texas in its second league contest. McNeese State’s Guidry Leads Southland in Rebounding: McNeese State junior Desharick Guidry paces the Southland Conference in rebounding, averaging 8.2 boards per game. He is coming off an 10-rebound effort against Abilene Christian last week and has seven games with at least 10 rebounds. He had a stretch of four games with double-figure rebounding totals, including a season-high 14 against Nicholls. UIW’s Ian Markolf has the top single-game total in the Southland this season with 19 rebounds against Central Arkansas Jan. 16. 5. In the event a three-way or more tie-breaker is reduced to two remaining tied teams, the tiebreaker reverts to the two-way system. [5/13] Lumberjacks Close Regular Season on ESPN3: ESPN3 will broadcast the Central Arkansas at Stephen F. Austin’s men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader on Saturday. The men’s game is slated to start at 6:30 p.m., CT. David Saltzman and Van Chancellor will have the call for the network. ESPN3 coverage of the Southland this season includes 12 doubleheaders, with women’s and men’s games carried back-to-back. ESPN3 will carry both men’s and both women’s semifinal games of next week’s conference tournament in Katy. Demons Top Southland, Second in Nation in Scoring: Northwestern State is the top scoring team in the Southland Conference, averaging 85.7 points per game. That figure ranks second in Division I behind Virginia Military, which is scoring 88.5 points per game. The Demons have scored 2,313 points in 27 games this season. BYU (85.0), Iona (84.0) and Iowa (83.6) round out the top five. Southland in the NCAA Rankings: SFA’s 93.1 win percentage ranks second (behind unbeaten Wichita State) and its 13.7 scoring margin ranks ninth … Oral Roberts senior guard/forward Shawn Glover is ranked fourth in the NCAA with 241 total field goals, 11th with 474 field goal attempts and 10th with 630 points … the Lumberjacks’ 5.7 turnover margin ranks fourth while the Demons rank 25th with 3.0 margin … Northwestern State freshman guard Zeek Woodley ranks fifth in the nation with his 62.0 field-goal percentage … Demon sophomore Jalan West ranks fifth nationally with 2.7 steals per game … Northwestern State ranks sixth in the nation in steals per game, averaging 9.1 per game … Central Arkansas is 15th (8.6) … Texas A&M-Corpus Christi junior John Jordan ranks eighth with 252 free-throw tries and ranks 20th with 173 makes … Northwestern State’s West ranks eighth with 6.6 assists per game … SFA is outscoring opponents by 13.7 points per game, which ranks ninth in Division I … SFA (16.4) ranks 10th and the Demons (16.4) 11th in assists per game … SFA’s 475 total assists rank 17th … the Lumberjacks rank 23rd nationally in scoring defense (62.3) … Sam Houston State ranks 17th nationally with a 39.4 3-point field goal percentage. Seven Teams Already In Tournament: Seven teams have already qualified for the 2014 Southland Conference Tournament March 12-15 at the Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. There were already six teams in the tournament’s eight-team field entering play last week, including Stephen F. Austin, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Sam Houston State, Oral Roberts, Northwestern State and Nicholls. Of the 11 eligible teams, Houston Baptist and Lamar have already been eliminated from contention, while transitioning teams Abilene Christian and UIW are not eligible for the tournament until 2018. New Orleans is also ineligible for the postseason based on its NCAA APR penalty. UCA to Tab Pennell as Coach: Central Arkansas will host a news conference on Friday to announce Russ Pennell as its new head men’s basketball coach. Pennell, who played at UCA from 1982-84, was interim coach at Arizona in 2008-09 and head coach at Grand Canyon University from 2009-2013. He most recently coached the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA. Pennell, a native of Pittsburg, Kan., has an extensive background as a collegiate assistant coach, at Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Arizona State and Arizona. Pennell, 53, will replace UCA interim coach Clarence Finley, who stepped in for Corliss Williamson last August when he left to be an assistant coach for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings. Southland Conference Tie-Breaker Policy…Tournament Seeding. Tournament seeding, 1 through 8, shall be based upon regular season winning percentage in Conference competition. A standard head-to-head tiebreaker shall be used. 2. If three (3) or more teams tie for a position, and if the teams combined to split their regular season games against one another, or if they played an uneven number of games against one another, then the tied teams’ won-loss results against the next highest-positioned team(s) they all played twice shall be compared. This shall be continued through the final standings until one (1) team gains the advantage, thus the higher seed. Perfect in Conference Play: Stephen F. Austin is one of just three Division I teams that have yet to lose a conference game. Joining the Lumberjacks on the list are Wichita State (31-0, 18-0 Missouri Valley) and Florida (28-2, 17-0 Southeastern). The Lumberjacks are 27-2 overall and 16-0 in Southland games. 2. If two (2) teams tie for a position, and if the teams split their regular season games, or if they only played one game against each other, then the tied teams’ won-loss results against the highest positioned team(s) they both played twice shall be compared. This shall be continued through the final standings until one (1) team gains the advantage, thus the higher seed. In the Polls: Stephen F. Austin remains No. 2 for the second consecutive week in the Mid-Major Top 25 behind Wichita State (31-0). It is the highest ever ranking in the poll by the Lumberjacks, who sat at No. 3 for three consecutive weeks behind the Shockers and Gonzaga (25-6), which holds on to the No. 3 spot. North Dakota State (23-6) and Harvard (24-4) round out the top five. For the seventh consecutive week, SFA is also receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. The Lumberjacks are receiving nine votes in the coaches’ poll and 38 votes in this week’s Associated Press Poll, which is No. 29. C. Unbreakable Ties. In the event a tie for seeding cannot be broken using game results, the team(s) involved in the tie rated best in The RPI Report by Collegiate Basketball News in effect on Sunday morning following the final games of the regular-season schedule shall be named the higher seed(s). If a tie for seeding still exists after evaluating the Collegiate Basketball News power rating, a drawing for seed position(s) shall be held by the commissioner. [2/04]last_img read more

Beyers Naude: man’s law second

first_img8 September 2004Afrikaner cleric Beyers Naude went against his entire upbringing, community, and the government of the day to campaign against apartheid. His contribution to the fight against oppression in SA, and his challenge to the establishment from which he came, makes him one of the country’s most courageous heroes.Naude passed away at the Elim retirement village in Northcliff, Johannesburg on 7 September 2004. He was 89. His wife, Ilse, aged 92, was by his side.Former president Nelson Mandela, paying tribute to his old friend, said Naude had “stood up against apartheid at a time when it was an unpopular thing for white people to do, and he did so at the expense of his family and his freedom”.Fellow church leader Desmond Tutu, also a close friend, said Naude’s integrity had led him to obey his conscience whatever the cost.“Although he continued to love his community, he did not allow this to deflect him from the truth as he saw it”, Tutu said. “While his community rejected him, he was embraced with great affection and admiration by the black community.“Beyers helped black people to not hate white people by showing them that not all white people are bad.”Raised in the heart of AfrikanerdomChristiaan Frederik Beyers Naude was born in Roodepoort, west of Johannesburg, on 10 May 1915. In 1921, his family moved to the Cape. He completed an MA in languages at the University of Stellenbosch, and later obtained another qualification in theology.Naude was raised in the heart of Afrikanerdom, the son of a founding member of the Broederbond, a secretive, elitist, highly influential club dedicated to promoting the interests of Afrikaners by preserving apartheid.In 1940 he was appointed assistant minister at the Dutch Reformed Church in Wellington, Cape Town. In the same year he married Ilse Weder, the daughter of a Moravian missionary. He also joined the Broederbond as its youngest member, aged 25.But as Cedric Mason puts it in an obituary published by Business Day, while Naude’s star seemed firmly on the rise, “inside he was hearing a different story.“He began to examine his Bible and theology more critically”, Mason writes, “and reluctantly admitted to himself that apartheid was not scriptural, that its effects were unacceptable, that Christians were one people throughout the world …“Such suspicions threatened the truth he had been brought up to revere and the prominence he was attaining.”Still Naude said nothing, and accepted a call to the prestigious Aasvoelkop congregation in Johannesburg.After SharpevilleThe 1960 Sharpeville massacre, in which 69 anti-apartheid demonstrators were shot dead by the police, was Naude’s turning point.He resigned from the Broederbond after 22 years of membership, and while attending an ecumenical conference at Cottesloe the following year, formed the idea of an interdenominational, inter-racial Christian Institute.In 1963, the Dutch Reformed Church insisted that Naude choose between it and the Christian Institute. On a Sunday in September of that year, he made his decision known to his Aasvoelkop congregation.Mason writes: “It was, he said, a choice between obedience in faith and subjection to the authority of the church. He must obey God rather than man. He hung his gown on the pulpit and walked out, a reluctant rebel, 48 years old.”Naude and his family, ostracised by their fellow Afrikaners, were embraced by the black community, and joined a Dutch Reformed congregation led by Reverend Sam Buti in Johannesburg’s Alexandra township.This marked the beginning of years of support for the fight against oppression in South Africa. In 1968, the Christian Institute was a partner in the Message to the People of SA, which denounced apartheid as false gospel.In 1977, Naude and his Christian Institute were banned. This did not stop him, however, from clandestinely supporting those involved in the struggle in every way he could – most importantly, by giving them counsel.“A constant stream of visitors came to Naude for counsel, friendship and support”, Mason writes. “Many now in high places recall those discussions by the fruit trees in his garden. It was there one day that he showed me a scrap of paper brought by a traveller in the bottom of a cigarette packet, which read: ‘Thank you for all you are doing.’ It was signed by Oliver Tambo.”In 1984, after seven years, Naude’s banning order was lifted. According to SA History Online, he immediately threw himself back into the struggle against apartheid, succeeding Archbishop Tutu as the secretary-general of the South African Council of Churches in 1985, and in 1987 forming part of the Afrikaner group that met with ANC representatives in Senegal.The demise of apartheid and the move to democracy in South Africa turned Naude from pariah to hero. President Nelson Mandela, speaking at Naude’s 80th birthday, said: “His life … demonstrates what it means to rise above race, to be a true South African.”“Oom Bey and Tannie Ilse paved the way during difficult years”, Mandela said, “and they remain in the company of our lodestars. Their force of example and message are simple: We must build one another and build together.”In June 1999, despite failing health, Naude opened the inauguration ceremony for President Thabo Mbeki. By the end of the same year he had returned to his old congregation of Aasvoelkop as worshipper.He is survived by his wife, four children, four grandchildren and two reporter.Sources: “Reluctant rebel loved people”, by Cedric Mason, Business Day, 8 September 2004; SA History Online; City of Johannesburg.last_img read more

Avoid Data Caps and Compress Your iPhone Data with Onavo

first_imgRelated Posts If you have to keep an eye on your iPhone data usage – whether it’s due to data caps or roaming fees – then you might like Onavo, a new app that will monitor and compress your data so you can use (and pay for) less data.Once you download the Onavo app and register your device, your data is routed through Ovaco’s services, which compress your data and help you track your usage, identifying for example which apps are data-download-intensive.Once installed the app runs in the background of your iPhone and automatically compresses your download data (not your streaming data, it’s worth pointing out). The app can be toggled on and off and will pause itself when you’re using a WiFi connection. You can also opt to turn off email compression so that data is ignored. Tags:#Apple#mobile#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology The trade-off of saving money on data here is, of course, running your data through a third-party service. Onavo does say “we take our users’ privacy very seriously,” storing the minimum amount of data – all aggregated and anonymized. Some metadata is kept to be able to generate the reports. Onavo says it doesn’t story any data and can’t read HTTPS traffic, with the exception of Exchange Mail authentication info, something that users will have to explicitly approve in order to set up.The app works on iPhones and iPads and is coming to Android soon. It’s currently free, but the startup indicates this is just a limited-time offer and it will eventually charge a fee to use the service. In the meantime, Onavo announced today that it has raised $3 million in funding from Sequora Capital and Magma Venture Partners. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces audrey watterslast_img read more

DeRozan scores 29, Raptors beat slumping 76ers

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims “He wants to do so much more and he can’t,” Brown said. “He just hasn’t practiced or, recently, played. There was a rhythm and a fluid side of his game that he was searching for.”Dario Saric scored 17 points, Amir Johnson had 12 and Ben Simmons scored 10 for Philadelphia, which has lost five straight and nine of 10.Brown insisted his players haven’t been affected by the slump.“They understand the sky isn’t falling,” Brown said.Simmons echoed his coach’s assessment of the rotten run, which includes a triple-overtime loss against Oklahoma City.ADVERTISEMENT Embiid, Philadelphia’s leading scorer and rebounder, returned after missing the previous three games because of a sore lower back.“It wasn’t feeling the best but I really wanted to play tonight,” Embiid said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingEmbiid had 14 points and eight rebounds in 23 minutes, but the 76ers lost for the 18th time in 19 meetings with the Raptors.Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said he could tell Embiid, who got a technical foul late in the third, was frustrated at not being able to perform better. LATEST STORIES View comments Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan high fives fans as he comes off court after scoring 29 points in his team’s 102-86 win over the Philadelphia 76ers in an NBA basketball game. APTORONTO — Joel Embiid’s return wasn’t enough to get the Philadelphia 76ers out of their recent rut.DeMar DeRozan scored 29 points, Serge Ibaka had 17 and the Toronto Raptors beat Philadelphia 102-86 on Saturday (Sunday Manila time) for their 10th straight home victory.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “A rough few games,” Simmons said. “We just need to get back on track. Once we get that game under out belts, we’ll be fine. There’s no reason to panic.”Delon Wright matched his season high with 14 points while Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas each had 12 for the Raptors, who have won six straight overall and 12 of 13.Toronto is an NBA-best 12-1 at home and is 10-1 in December, second only to Golden State’s 10-0 mark this month.“I can see an air of confidence, especially here, and we’ve got to continue that,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said.Embiid took Philadelphia’s first six shots of the game. He scored eight points in the opening quarter, but Ibaka had 13 for the Raptors. The teams were tied at 27 after the first.Ther 76ers made five of 15 field-goal attempts in the second and committed 10 turnovers that led to 15 Toronto points. Lowry and Valanciunas each scored eight points in the second, and the Raptors led 55-46 at halftime.DeRozan scored 16 points in the third, and Toronto closed the quarter on a 13-3 run, taking an 81-63 lead into the fourth.“You blink and they go whack, whack,” Brown said. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Man United collapse allows City to go 13 points clear in EPL Malditas save PH from shutout After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breadslast_img read more

Katie Ledecky breaks World record by mistake: Unknown facts that you must know about her

first_imgKatie Ledecky, an 18 year old American swimmer broke her own World record accidentally on August 3, 2015. Katie Ledecky is known as a swimming prodigy and she broke the record without even trying.On Monday, Ledecky competed in a 1,500 metre freestyle preliminary round at Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) World Swimming Championship in Kazan, Russia where she won the race where she didn’t even try so hard.Some unknown facts you must know about the swimming prodigy:In high school, Katie Ledecky set American and US Open record in 500-yard freestyle and she also set the national high school record in 200-yardWhen Katie graduated from high school, she held Stone Ridge school record in every swimming competition category except 100-year breaststrokeAt the age of 15 years, 4 months and 10 days; Katie Ledecky became the youngest American participant at the 2012 Summer Olympic GamesIn the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, Ledecky  won the gold medal as she finished the race by more than four seconds. She became the second fastest to finish the race in the WorldIn 2012, she was awarded the Best Female Performer of the Year and the Breakout Performer of the Year at the Golden Goggle AwardsIn 2013 US National Championships, Ledecky won gold in 400 metre, 800 metre and 1500 metre freestyle and finished second in 200 metre freestyleIn 2013 World Championship Ledecky won gold in all formats which included 400 metre, 800 metre, 1500 metre and 4X200 metre relay and she even set two World recordsShe became the second woman to ever win the World Championship events. She became the World Champion for the first time and she set a new record of being the second fastest finisherIn 2013, Ledecky won FINA Trophy for Best Female Swimmer and was also named the World Swimmer of the Year and American Swimmer of the YearIn 2014, Ledecky broke her own records and set new records. She broke her own record in 800 metre and 1500 metre swimming and she broke the World record for 1500 metre swimmingShe became the first woman after Janet Evans to hold records for 400 metre, 800 metre and 1500 metre freestyle swimmingIn 2014 Pan Pacific Swimming Championship, Ledecky won five gold medals and broke two World recordsIn 2014, she was named the World Swimmer of the Year and American Swimmer of the YearIn 2015 World Aquatic Championships, Katie Ledecky set a new World record for 1500 metre freestyle. advertisementlast_img read more

A Look at Freshmen Running Back Production Under Mike Gundy

first_imgKendall Hunter – 20071076966.54101371 RB – YearCarriesYardsAVGTDsReceptionsRec YdsRec TD Jeff Carr – 2015361423.9111242 Herschel Sims – 2011312427.821-1– Michael Roberts – 200815422.80––– With the news that Justice Hill could legitimately start coming out recently, we have been thinking a lot about how this running back situation is going to play out this season. Apparently a lot of you have as well. Reader Jon Jester sent me a terrific email breaking down all the freshman RBs who have played in recent memory. Here’s his email with commentary and a pretty chart.You guys keep the great emails coming!I promise I think about more than just the RB mayhem in Stillwater, but i found some stats on former freshman RBs at OSU in recent years and felt like I would pass them on. I guess our ultimate question is: Where will Justice Hill fit into this a year from now? Corey Bennett – 201212917.61––– Keith Toston – 20061066316.0610922 Caleb Muncrief – 201214574.11–––center_img Rennie Childs – 2013411894.614490 Jeremy Smith – 20091516010.71––– Desmond Roland – 201117955.60––– *Ed. note: Chart has been updated to reflect the fact that Dantrell Savage and Beau Johnson were not freshmen. I have added in Herschel Sims and Caleb Muncrief. Apologies for the mistake earlier. You can check it against all the RBs from the Mike Gundy era here.A few thoughts on this.• Can you imagine a freshman and a juco transfer getting 100+ carries in the same season like what happened in 2006 with Toston and Savage? Holy smokes, OSU has come a long way in just a decade.• I’ve thought following their freshman years, respectively, that Carr and Childs had great years as freshman, and then I look at what Hunter/Toston/Randle did and I get all nostalgic about feeling what that was like to have a freshman have a season like that and know that we have three more years of that dude running the football for us.• Modern day OSU RBs have to wait for their shot behind the older guys which can be a good thing because it shows progression from guys that have been in the system (right?)• Joe Randle with almost equal totals of rushing and receiving yards, but he had 50 less receptions than carries. HB slip screen in its heyday.• Jeff Carr got in the end zone the most as a freshman RB since… Joe Randle.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Joe Aska – 2011362.00––– Julius Crosslin – 200417714.212260 Joseph Randle – 2010824525.52374271last_img read more

When it pays to be an un-hip marketer

first_imgAre you uncool and old school? I am, apparently – at least my teenage daughter tells me so.The good news is, sometimes it pays to be un-hip. Especially if you work in marketing. I was reminded of this by Dorie Clark’s recent piece in the Harvard Business Review Blog. As she notes, sometimes the pursuit of shiny new things leads us away from basic marketing principles that work best.She says, ask yourself:1. What is everyone else doing — and how can I do the opposite? Being trendy makes you less of a standout. If every other charity is sending out calendars to thank supporters, buck the trend and give donors personal calls, for example. If everyone is zigging, zag.2. What worked in the past that’s been abandoned — and why? Some old ideas should not come back. Like the below fashion statement which I first saw via Jeffrey Forster. But we often stop effective marketing programs because staff change, people find it dull or someone drops the ball. Take a tour of your past and brush the dust off what worked before. It might work well again.3. What circumstances have changed that might allow for new opportunities? Are there old ideas whose time has come?I’m with Dorie Clark. It’s not a bad thing to eschew the shiny and embrace the dusty. Especially if it’s marketing gold. But not if it’s double denim.last_img read more

7 Strategies for Mobilizing Millennials

first_img(Part two in our series on the Millennial Impact Project)Millennials: A powerful force for change.Earlier this month, I shared my perspectives on the 2014 Millennial Impact Report and MCON14. Hopefully, that post got you thinking about how Millennials are shaping our culture and social sector in profound new ways.As a refresher, this is a summary from Derrick Feldmann, President of Achieve, on the growing significance and power of Millennials:Approximately 80 million Millennials live in the U.S. today. Collectively, they spend about $300 billion annually on consumer discretionary goods. And by the year 2020, they will make up 50% of the workforce.Soon, Millennials will no longer be the “next generation;” rather, they will be the majority of your co-workers and employees. [And I’d add, the majority of your donors and supporters.]Millennials are building a culture that knows how it feels to contribute to a cause and attempt to solve social issues…It is not overstating to say that a big part of the nonprofit sector’s future relies on its ability to respond to these young people’s charitable inclinations.Invite them. Inspire them. Seven steps to get started.How do you begin to engage Millennials? Here are seven ways you can bring Millennial energy, innovation and advocacy to your organization.1. Bring Millennials onto your team. Hire Millennials. Invite one or two to join your board. Even if you have a give/get for board members, encourage Millennials to run a race or do a crowdfunding campaign as a way to fulfill their commitment. They’re worth it. With their robust social networks, youthful passion and idealism, they can contribute in ways that are more important than money. Think of Millennial team members as beacons that can shine a light on your organization with huge networks of friends, family and colleagues.2. Inspire with images and video. Shift your marketing focus from facts and data to people and impact stories. Check out how our client, the United Way of Central Maryland uses a beautiful image and video to present a clear, simple fundraising message. Click here for a guide to using visuals effectively.3. Enlist with emotion on social channels. Inspire young supporters to share your mission by capturing their attention in your social channels with emotion: empathy, humor, pain, triumph. Investments in photography and video can pay big dividends, as inspiring content is more likely to be shared. The campaign of actress Lauren Luke, Don’t Cover it Up, inspired women, especially Millennials, to confront partner violence, not to “cover it up.”4. Empower them to get involved, not just to give. Inspire Millennials to volunteer based on their top motivators for getting involved: Passion (79%); Meeting people (56%); Gaining expertise (46%). Get them involved through activism, professional groups, and leadership opportunities. The United Way of Central Maryland has built a passionate base of Millennial supporters with its Emerging Leaders United program, by focusing on these motivations.5. Focus on your website. Meet Millennials where they are: online (and on their phones). With the rise of social media, many organizations focus their online outreach, updates, and photos on these platforms, often neglecting their core website. Your website is the center of your online universe – the sun to your orbiting social media planets. And leaving out of date or generic information on a website is a major turn-off for Millennials, and everyone else!.Also, your website has to be mobile-friendly. 87% of Millennials are carrying smartphones everyday. A mobile-friendly online environment will keep mobile users engaged and enable impulsive action from an impulsive generation.6. Launch a monthly giving program. One of the hottest trends in philanthropy mirrors a trend we see in consumer purchasing: the growth in subscription giving. According to the report, 52% of Millennials are interested in giving monthly. A small monthly gift can really add up over months and years. Here are some recommendations on how to start your monthly giving program.7. Move them to action by ASKING. You’re changing lives every day. And everyday you need support. Millennials want to be inspired, to inspire others, and to make a big impact with their actions and generosity. Tell them how they can help: start a fundraising page, sign a petition, recruit volunteers, host an event, join your leadership. It starts with an ask.last_img read more

Love ‘Em Up Now to Boost Year-End & 2015 Support

first_imgThis final quarter can shine as the time to generate the donations you need to move your organization’s mission forward, if you do it right. In fact, 40% of online donors make their gifts in December, and that 40% to 60% of those gifts are made the last two days of the month according to superstar fundraiser Gail Perry. Offline giving is up as well in December, says Perry. But…Just don’t wait until December to ramp up the start or strengthen your campaign, and don’t stop too early that month! Start the Nurturing NOW with these 3 Simple Steps1. Thank your current supporters—of all stripes—enthusiastically and frequentlyThat includes clients, board members, donors, volunteers, partners and others who help your organization move its mission forward. So many organizations lose out on prospective donations when they focus thanks on current and recent donors only. Others who dedicate their time, passion and/or partnerships to your organization are just as loyal, and likely donors. Thank them:Meaningfully with personality and passion, Memorably—Show, rather than tell, supporter impact with profiles of their fellow supporters (ideal for folks like board members or major donors) or client profiles and testimonials Often, across all channels. For example:o Fire up your program staff to thank program participants and the person who cultivates new donors to give them an extra personal (real signature or the occasional call—even if you can’t do it for everyone)o Get out there with your appreciation signage. If you have a physical plant where supporters work and/or visit, put those walls to work. Nothing brings on a smile—and a connection—than photo-driven success stories as surround sound! 2. The more personal and relevant the betterSegment your prospects by what youdo know about them is the most reliable way to do so.Ways to segment include:Donors: By average annual dollar value of gifts (e.g. High-dollar vs. middle vs. entry-level donors)Volunteers: By length of volunteer involvementPartners: By type of partnership (e.g. event sponsorship vs. advertising vs. collaborative program delivery)Board members: and prospects; or five-year or more volunteers, two- to five-year volunteers and new volunteers)Supporters who are already in two “supporter silos” but not yet donors—for example, a volunteer who is also the parent of a program participant. Their dedication is proven and current – these folks deserve special attention.If the number of personal notes required is unreasonable, consider sending hand-signed custom holiday greeting cards to members of your Tier 1 network: Board members, loyal volunteers who are top prospective donors, donors (or at least some donors—returning, new, young or any other group that deserves special recognition). That personal signature makes all the difference.We all want to know that our effort (be it money, time or attention) is valued. Don’t miss this natural opportunity to appreciate your supporters. And encourage colleagues, who many have slightly different networks, to do the same.3. Reach out right now to rejuvenate relationships that have gone dark this yearIn selecting and segmenting your lists, you’re likely to find a group of former supporters (don’t limit it to donors) who have gone quiet in the last year or six months.Now’s the time to nudge them out of hibernation, by thanking them for their prior support and sharing stories that showcase how your organization has moved your cause forward in the last year. Focus on established programs they’re likely to be familiar with rather than new funding or volunteer needs.Select the channel that fits best with each sub-group’s habits and preferences, and—if you have the data—feature messages that have generated response in the past. I recommend a multi-part campaign (preferably multichannel, try a mix of email and direct mail, with a call thrown in if possible for high-value supporters).Most importantly—Don’t forget the strategic ask in this outreach. The strategy comes in the way you say it. After all, if you didn’t hear from a friend in a year would you call him up and ask for an invitation to his famed Oscars party? Doubt it.Apply that same logic to your rejuvenation asks—love ‘em up first, then do the asking.Get your nurturing going on all burners today! It’ll pay off this year and beyond.How do YOU nurture your donors? Please share what works for you—and what doesn’t—in the comments below!last_img read more

Tips for the Time-Pressed: How to Start a Fundraising Plan

first_imgNeed help finding time to pull your plan together? Check out our upcoming webinar, Seven Steps to a Written Fundraising Plan, on Tuesday, February 28 at 1:00pm EST. Register now to save your spot!Here’s your new mantra for fundraising success: It’s not the plan, it’s the planning. That’s the amazing takeaway from the Individual Donor Benchmark Report. Nonprofits that take time to reflect on the past and set goals for the next year bring in a lot more funds than those without a fundraising plan—even if they don’t look at it very often when it’s done.But time! Who has enough of that, much less for something like “planning”? We get it. Take a deep breath and check out these quick and simple suggestions for finding both time and headspace to pull your plan together. Begin with one hour.Open your calendar right now. Look at the next two weeks. Find one hour that you can schedule and protect to sit down with your fundraising guide and start thinking, prioritizing, and writing.If you can, step out of the office and go somewhere quiet, like a coffee shop or a park bench with a nice view. Bring your laptop, but leave the day-to-day routine behind so you can focus during this one hour. We bet you’ll make an impressive amount of progress. Once you see how well that first hour goes, you might decide to make it a regular part of your schedule. That’s great, but for now, just start with an hour. Use your team.You don’t have to go it alone. Enlist your team. It could be people on staff who are involved in various aspects of fundraising and communications. At an all-volunteer organization, your team might be a handful of people on the board and key volunteers who are really thoughtful and strategic about fundraising. Think about who can bring lots of practical, on-the-ground knowledge and experience into your planning process. Just start.Creating a fundraising plan can feel daunting or overwhelming, particularly if you haven’t done it before, but the best advice is to just start. Grab a copy of The Super Simple Fundraising Plan Template and start answering the questions. And remember: No matter when you start, simply making a plan will have a big impact on your fundraising success.last_img read more

Building a Global Network of Maternal Health Policymakers

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 23, 2013June 12, 2017By: Sandeep Bathala, Senior Program Associate, Maternal Health Initiative, Wilson CenterClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This post is cross-posted from the New Security Beat.On day three of the 2013 Global Maternal Health Conference here in Arusha, Tanzania, I was joined by the Global Health Initiative’s partners to present the results of the Wilson Center’s four-year-old Advancing Dialogue on Maternal Health Series. This series is unique in its convening power, helping to bring together experts and policymakers from around the world to collaborate on a shared goal: healthier mothers and children.From 2009 to 2012, the Global Health Initiative co-convened 22 public meetings and three private workshops with the Maternal Health Task Force and United Nations Population Fund to identify challenges and discuss strategies for moving the maternal health agenda forward. In 2011, we collaborated with the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) to host two simulcasted videoconferences in Nairobi, Kenya, and Washington, D.C., which allowed maternal health experts and officials from both countries – including several Kenyan Parliament members affiliated with the Health Committee and Network for Population and Development – to share experiences and best practices. In partnership with the Population Foundation of India, we are planning a similar dialogue with local, regional, and national decision-makers on effective maternal health policies and programs in New Delhi, India, this year, as well as more D.C.-based meetings.By convening both in Washington, D.C., and globally, the goal of the series is to create a platform for fieldworkers, policymakers, program managers, media, and donors to share research, disseminate lessons learned, and address concerns related to policy, institutional, and organizational capacity building. These are many of the same themes being discussed at the Global Maternal Health Conference here in Tanzania.Ruthpearl Wanjiru Ngángá, APHRC’s communications manager, highlighted some of the results that emerged from the videoconferences.Broadly, she said they found that connecting maternal death to economic loss is a powerful and effective strategy, and it’s important to increase accountability by addressing the gap between what policymakers say and what they actually do to improve maternal health.All the policymakers attending pledged to do something based on what they learned at the meetings, ranging from building maternal health shelters and lobbying to working to unify the Ministry of Health in Kenya, which is currently split between ministers of public health and medical services (duplicated funds would be used to strengthen the Division of Reproductive Health).Participants also established dialogue between the ministries of health and finance to jointly identify priority areas and to ensure that 15 percent of the Kenyan national budget goes to health efforts, as per the Abuja Declaration.Perhaps the most striking pledge was made by a member of Parliament who did not attend the videoconferences but was motivated after hearing about them: He pledged to coordinate a day once a month where pregnant women in remote areas could consult with Nairobi-based doctors through e-medicine.And the commitments, it turns out, were not empty. Since the meetings concluded Ruthpearl said they have seen additional outcomes including a parliamentary retreat on maternal, newborn, and child care; increased press coverage, especially highlighting maternal and child health statistics and reporting on fatalities; and elevated interest in maternal health issues in general, including becoming a priority for the Kenya Women Parliamentary Association.“Where I come from, husbands are delivering their wives,” Hon. Sophia Abdi Noor who represents the Somali region of northern Kenya, said later in a follow-up meeting.And Hon. Farah Maalim, deputy speaker of the National Assembly, said at the parliamentary retreat that “we are running out of time towards the MDG deadline. There is need to reactivate the agenda on women and children’s health at the national level…the new constitution of Kenya declares health as a basic right for all Kenyans. Parliament has a pivotal role to play in ensuring the realization of this right.”Moving forward, Ruthpearl said APHRC intends to focus on advancing public-private health sector partnerships in urban slums and to start a pilot study on improving maternal, newborn, and child care services for slum residents. She also said they are working to improve engagement with Kenya’s National Division of Reproductive Health on research and technical working groups and to improve the visibility of research in policy and program formulation in general.Alongside Ruthpearl and I, Crystal Lander and Dr. Steve Solter of Management Sciences for Health also spoke on the panel, about their work with the Afghan Ministry of Public Health.Dr. Luc de Bernis, senior maternal health adviser at UNFPA and one of the collaborating partners in this series, concluded the session by expressing his hope that these dialogues were contributing to a swelling global advocacy movement for improved maternal health outcomes. The audience in Arusha couldn’t have agreed more.Learn more about the conference and access the conference presentations at Join the conference conversation on Twitter: #GMHC2013Share this:last_img read more

7 Tips to Make Your Donors an Irresistible Fundraising Offer

first_imgCLOSING EXAMPLE:Imagine your fundraising offer, in a nutshell, is to donate a meal that costs you less than $2.00.Your specific, simple, emotional, rewarding, leverageable, urgent, actionable appeal works like this (I’ve offered a few variations to show there’s no one right way to do this, but you’ll succeed if you include all the compelling elements):Your $2.00 gift will feed Joe a hot nutritious Thanksgiving dinner in the company of caring friends. Please give before Monday to reserve Joe’s place. Donate a $2.00 meal before next Monday so Joe gets a hot, nutritious Thanksgiving dinner in the company of caring friends this Thursday.The choice is yours. Joe can be cold, alone and hungry this Thanksgiving. Or warm and fed, in the company of a caring community. It all depends on you.Give the gift of a nutritious, hot Thanksgiving dinner, served in the company of friends. Just $2.00 received by Monday will reserve a place for Joe.Specific problem – You can show a photo of it. Donor can easily visualize the impact.Simple solution – Your reader is asked to do one thing. S/he doesn’t need to know all the reasons that bring Joe, and folks like him, to your mission. Or how you provide the meal. Or what ancillary services you provide (though you may hint at that in noting Joe will be “in the company of friends”). Offer up the information about additional support services you provide in your future donor communications.Emotional need – Fulfills human urge to help/make an impact; to connect with others.Reward – Feels good to help a real person. Now. Implication is that when you help someone in your community it makes the community betterLeverage – Good deal. Inexpensive. Fed someone, and then led to other “ripple effects” (implication Joe will get not just nutrition, but also other supportive care).Deadline – Feed someone a holiday meal, at a time people can feel very depressed and alone.Call to action – Do it now, here’s how, and it’s easy.Ready to Create Your Own Irresistible Fundraising Offer?Simply include these seven elements and you’ll be ahead of the game.And remember to keep it simple and focused.Black and white is good when it comes to offering options to join you (or not) in your mission. Your donor should think “Yes, I’ll help” or “No, I won’t help.”And, since your offer is so clear and compelling it would be unthinkable for them to say “no.”Right? 1. Specific ProblemSomething you can visualize happening. Or not happening. Not something broad and generic like “support our cause.”  If you’ve had success in the past with a generic appeal, I understand. That can work, especially with folks who already ‘get it,” but that limits your reach and appeal.  To expand beyond folks who already love you requires greater specificity. And, to be frank, when you’re more specific you’ll secure larger gifts. So stop leaving money on the table and describe a specific fundraising goal and cost to achieve what you propose.ACTION TIP:  If you know it costs $20/month to feed a senior, I’d like to know that.  In fact, in deciding how much I should give, I need to know that! It might cause me to give $240 to feed a senior for a year.  If you just ask me to “support our senior nutrition program with a gift of any amount,” I may just give you $25.#NFGtips: Before you send out any appeal, make sure your donation page makes it easy for donors to give.2. Simple SolutionSomething capable of being easily grasped by your audience.  Not all the underlying complexities.  Your fundraising offer is not a place to educate your donors. Or try to explain them into giving. Don’t feel compelled to expound on every nuance of what you do. Or every piece of the puzzle.  Get right to the most important part of what you do.  The demonstrated outcome.ACTION TIP: Donors simply want to show you they care. They want to make the happy ending come true. They want to see themselves as heroes.  Giving becomes a reflection in the mirror of who they are: compassionate, generous, values-based people. Donors will give when they’re persuaded that doing so is an excellent expression of who they are. If you want to tell the rest of the story (and you should), do it after the fact. In your thank you letters, emails and year-round communications. By the time next year rolls around, they’ll have a whole story bank in their minds and hearts, and will likely give even more passionately.Think of your fundraising offer as lighting the first spark. Then let your stewardship communications over the ensuing year fan the flames. 7. Call to ActionAsk early and often. Think about the single, most important thing you need to communicate; then tie your opening to your reason for writing as quickly as possible. It may be only thing your prospect will read before deciding whether or not to continue reading, or simply toss you into trash.ACTION TIP: Make your ask explicit. Spell it out in black and white. Force a decision with introduction that triggers an “I’ll help/I won’t help” decision.Every morning Jim dreams of getting onto a basketball court again. But his war injury means this will never happen. Unless you help.Isabelle dreams of being 1st in her family to go to college and ‘make something of herself.’ Instead she’ll probably get a minimum wage job right out of high school. Unless you help.Offer multiple ways to give (e.g., via remit piece and envelope; link to your website; telephone number). Make branded giving pages user-friendly and mobile responsive. Assure the landing pages include the campaign-specific call to action. Begin with “YES! I’ll help _________.” This seals the deal and helps the donor feel warm and fuzzy about their decision to help. 4. Donor BenefitsHuman beings always ask themselves: “What’s in it for me?” Always show your donor what the benefit will be if they give. Remind them they’ll feel really good.  Studies show merely contemplating giving releases “feel good” dopamine. Everything about giving –thinking and doing –is good for us!ACTION TIP: Tell prospective donors giving will save a life… lead to a cure… offer a resource for them and their children… make their community a better place. You can also add in benefits like tax deductions, inclusion in a giving society and even token gifts (like invitations to free events, being entered into a raffle to win something, etc.). Perhaps one of the biggest benefits you can offer is to make your donor feel like a hero. 3. EmotionalPeople give when their hearts are touched.  Usually from ONE compelling story.  Often from a photo that depicts this story, accompanied by a compelling caption. A zingy, succinct opening line can help as well.ACTION TIP: Come up with something memorable and “sticky” with which folks can easily connect. Usually the best way to do this is through storytelling. Don’t make it an educational lesson or intellectual exercise. Something people will struggle to remember. People don’t give because of the fact that 27,000 people in your community are hungry. Or 200,000 birds are soaked in oil and can’t fly. They don’t give to statistics. They don’t give with their heads. They give when something tugs at their heart strings. One hungry child. One oil-drenched, grounded bird. One wrong they can believably right with their gift.center_img 6. DeadlineStrike while the iron is hot. You’ve worked hard to trigger folks’ emotions. Don’t let them put off giving until a future time, when their ardor may have cooled.  Offer deadlines.ACTION TIP: Create a sense of scarcity.  No one likes to lose out on a good deal. Matching grant deadline.  Doors about to close deadline. People waiting in line deadline.  Year-end tax deduction deadline. Even if you can’t find a natural “scarcity” deadline, give some kind of deadline like: “Do it by next Monday.” 5. LeverageOffer the donor a “good deal” – show them how they get a bigger bang for their buck than may seem to be true at first blush.  People love to S-T-R-E-T-C-H their dollars.ACTION TIP: Describe how their dollar goes further than they might imagine. One meal provided in the third world will seem relatively cheap. One dollar given that will be matched dollar-for-dollar due to your matching grant is alluring.  One dollar given that has ripple effects, helping not just the recipient, but their entire family, is tempting. How to Create a Nonprofit Fundraising Offer That Can’t Be Refused Do you know what the 40/40/20 rule is? It’s something long preached by direct mail experts, and it reveals that the key to success with your fundraising appeal is not the thing most nonprofits spend the greatest amount of time on.Alas, it’s not the “creative.”Here’s how the “40-40-20 Rule” goes:40 percent of a direct mailing’s success is dependent upon the list; 40 percent of the success comes from the offer; and 20 percent of the success is due to the creative.40 – Mailing list (audience you’re talking to)40 – Offer (what you’re asking audience to do)20 – Creative (words, pictures, fonts, colors and design)Today we’re going to talk about the offer. Because if you don’t make it clear and easy for folks to take the exact action you desire, then the rest of your mailing has little purpose.7 Compelling Fundraising Offer Essentialslast_img read more

4 Essential Steps to Donor Acquisition

first_imgPlanning a donor acquisition strategy is similar to planning any other campaign. Start off by reviewing your previous efforts and results. What worked? What didn’t? Your data is a great guide to determining new donor goals.Step 1: Review your current data.Use your donor management system to track information on your current donors and what campaigns attracted their attention and inspired them to give. Find ways to adapt that messaging to reach people unfamiliar with your organization.Look at both your quantitative and qualitative donor data. What trends and patterns do you see? Where did your current donors come from? What motivates them to give? Seek out similar people to grow your donor base.Pro Tip: If you don’t know why your current donors contribute, you may want to hit pause on your acquisition campaign and focus on donor cultivation and retention instead. No point finding new donors only to lose the ones you already have.Step 2: Make a plan based on your findings.Once you’ve reviewed your data, develop a strategy that integrates your development and communications departments. Three essential questions to answer as you plan your approach:How will you research prospects?What’s the best way to approach them?How will you track progress and measure success?An integrated communications strategy involves direct mail, email blasts, social media, and even advertising if it’s in your budget. The purpose is to increase brand awareness and recognition. That way, prospects will recognize you across channels.Step 3: Perform targeted outreach.Now it’s time to get the word out. An awareness campaign is the first touch in donor prospecting. People can’t give to your organization if they don’t know you exist.Amplify awareness by harnessing the power of search engine optimization (SEO) to improve your positioning in online search results.Google AdWords and social media ad campaigns are great ways to capture active donors and amplify awareness online for a small fee. Promote an individual tweet or boost a Facebook post to increase followers or website traffic.Step 4: Keep it simple.It may seem obvious but make it easy to donate. Incorporate these key methods into your online donation process.Feature a donation button prominently on your website.Make your online donation page visually appealing and easy to find and navigate.Clearly identify various donor levels and their respective benefits.Highlight a suggested giving level on your donation page.Encourage monthly giving.Make sure your donation page is secure and mobile-friendly.Include your Charity Navigator or GuideStar rating for additional credibility.Begin engaging donors immediately following their donation with a thank you message on your online donation confirmation page.Invite donors to share their support on social media and join your email list.Incorporate these steps into your next acquisition campaign and see the difference for yourself. For a deeper dive into acquiring new donors, download our eGuide, New Donors: Getting the Ungettable Get.Read more on The Nonprofit Bloglast_img read more

Midwives’ Voices, Midwives’ Realities: Results From the First Global Midwifery Survey

first_imgPhoto: Midwife Zainab Manserray, who runs a clinic in Sierra Leone. Courtesy of Abbie Traylor/H6 Partners.“Midwives play a vital role in the health care of mothers and babies,” said Samara Ferrara, a midwife from Mexico, at the Wilson Center on February 27. But in many parts of the world they face a confluence of stressors that make working conditions miserable: low and irregular pay; harassment and disrespect from both patients and doctors; and little supplies, training or say in the policy dialogue about maternal health.While there is never any excuse for abusing patients, such conditions can lead to poor quality of care for mothers and newborns, as well as burn out among midwives themselves.Starting in 2014, the World Health Organization, International Confederation of Midwives and White Ribbon Alliance, with support from USAID, began a first-of-its-kind global survey of midwives to gain a greater appreciation of the challenges they face.After surveying 2,470 midwives from 93 countries, they published the results in Midwives’ Voices, Midwives’ Realties. In total, more than a third of those interviewed said they experienced harassment, lack of security or fear of violence. Fifty eight percent felt they were treated with respect, said Mary-Ellen Stanton, senior maternal health advisor at USAID’s Bureau for Global Health.“This report is not just about problems; the midwives have identified solutions, and we need to look at them carefully and see what can be implemented,” said Stanton.Burnout and over-medicalizationIt’s hard to overstate the importance of midwives to maternal health outcomes, said Frances Day-Stirk, president of the International Confederation of Midwives. According to the UNFPA’s 2014 State of the World’s Midwifery Report, out of the 73 countries that account for 96 percent of maternal deaths worldwide, only 4 had the potential midwifery workforce to deliver essential interventions.There is growing evidence that midwives help reduce maternal mortality rates in a number of ways, including by assisting with family planning and distributing reproductive health services, providing prenatal consults and attending births and leading community-based interventions to educate women about normal birth processes and prevent complications. Some call this the “midwife effect.” Investing in midwifery and listening to midwives can result in a 16-fold return on investment, according to the World Health Organization.But not every health system is embracing midwives. Twenty years ago, almost half of all births in Mexico were attended by midwives; now the rate is down to two percent, said Ferrara. Most births are now attended by physicians in private clinics and “over-medicalization” is the challenge. From 2006 to 2012, almost 50 percent of births in Mexico were planned or emergency cesarean births, a high rate for such a major surgery than can have significant effects on the mother and newborn.In Malawi, Nancy Kamwendo, a national coordinator for White Ribbon Alliance with more than 10 years of experience working in the midwifery field, said the problem is not enough midwives to meet demand. Even in the best districts, the ratio of childbearing women to midwives may be more than 800 to 1 (the World Health Organization recommends a ratio of 175 to 1). In addition, midwives work on average more than 58 hours a week, Kamwendo said, go months without being paid and operate in unsafe conditions that require them to travel long distances.“You can find one midwife at a health center,” Kamwendo said. “This one midwife will have to provide family planning care, antenatal care, labor delivery, postnatal care, neonatal care – one person, 24 hours.”A matter of voiceThe report emphasizes that when midwifery is sidelined as “women’s work,” its value is diminished, midwives face moral distress and burn out and the quality of their care declines.Some two-thirds of the global health workforce are made up of women, and on a certain level the challenges facing midwifery – professional, socio-cultural, economic – are deeply rooted in gender inequality, said Fran McConville, technical officer of midwifery for the World Health Organization.“It has to do with women’s status in society,” she said. “We have, frankly, a very big job to do around gender, power, politics and money and how those…things come together and link to undermine the health and wellbeing of women and newborns, as well as the midwives who are caring for them.”With this context in mind, one of the major goals of the survey was to give voice to midwives, tabulating their perspectives on issues such as vulnerability to physical and sexual assault, infrequent and inadequate wages and hierarchies of power in which midwives are not respected by senior medical staff. The sheer number of respondents is proof of a clear desire to share their stories, said Day-Stirk.Midwives have frontline experience that should be incorporated into the policymaking process, said McConville. “It strikes me that in all of these organizations, maternal and newborn health has been huge for decades, but the people doing the talking are not actually the people caring for women and newborns in the normal sense.”Ferrara said that as a midwife, the experiences shared in the survey rang true to her. “That’s the way we feel, and it has not been expressed in an official way before,” she said. “I think that’s a very big step to come forward and to listen to midwives’ voices.”Getting to appreciation and leadershipGetting more midwives into decision-making positions is the ultimate solution to the disconnect between demand and action, said McConville. Providing better education and training would attract talented and ambitious young people. Strengthening communication networks between midwives, meanwhile, would amplify feedback from young midwives so concerns can be taken up by senior midwives.McConville also recommended government and non-government organizations working in maternal health address at least two of the overlapping professional, sociocultural and economic barriers identified in the survey.Organizations like the World Health Organization have become more sensitive to the challenges around midwifery, balancing concerns about quality of care for patients and quality of life for midwives. And reports like Midwives’ Voices, Midwives’ Realities and The Lancet Maternal Health Series have helped people understand how to talk about it.In some middle and high income countries where over-medicalization is a problem, Ferrara said the challenge is helping people understand the added value of having a midwife present over a surgical or non-attended birth. “We have come to a point that we realize that it’s not enough to survive birth,” she said. “We want the best experience for mothers and babies, and we know that midwives can provide the kind of care that we want for future generations.”“My hope is that the midwifery profession will receive as much respect as possible, commensurate with what they are providing for women and their families,” said Stanton, “that we will raise the attention of the professionalism of midwifery to get the positive appreciation from women, from communities, from their employers and from policymakers.”Event Resources:Photo GalleryVideo This post originally appeared on New Security Beat.–Read a summary of the “Midwives’ Voices, Midwives’ Realities” report on the MHTF blog.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on March 16, 2017June 21, 2017By: Nancy Chong, Intern, Maternal Health InitiativeClick 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)last_img read more

Join Webinar 28 April | Diabetes in Pregnancy: An Epidemic Holding Back Progress

first_imgPosted on April 26, 2017April 26, 2017Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)While maternal mortality is declining in many parts of the world, underlying conditions affecting maternal health—such as diabetes in pregnancy—are often under-prioritized. Please tune in on 28 April for the first webinar in a three-part series, Diabetes in Pregnancy: An Epidemic Holding Back Progress, hosted by Women Deliver.The series will present the emerging evidence base, highlight promising programs and equip the maternal and newborn health communities with tools to spark greater action for addressing diabetes in pregnancy.In Part 1: Examining the Evidence, learn about the prevention, screening, treatment and management of diabetes in pregnancy to improve the health of women and newborns.REGISTERDetails28 April 2017 | 9:30am EDTSpeakersDr. Ana LangerDirector, Maternal Health Task Force, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public HealthDr. Gojka RoglicMedical Officer, Diabetes Unit, World Health OrganizationDr. Anil KapurChairman of the Board, World Diabetes FoundationDr. Hema DivakarConsultant Obstetrician and Medical Director at Divakars Hospital, Bengaluru, IndiaModeratorDr. France DonnayResources —Stay tuned for updates on the MHTF-PLOS Collection, “Non-Communicable Diseases and Maternal Health Around the Globe.” Infographic: Diabetes in Pregnancy ➔Infographic: FIGO Initiative on Diabetes in Pregnancy ➔Policy Brief: Improve Maternal and Newborn Health and Nutrition ➔Policy Brief: Ensure Access to Comprehensive Health Services ➔ Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

NSWMA Steps Up Activities to Keep Jamaica Clean

first_imgThe National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) will be ramping up efforts this year to keep the country clean and safeguard public health.Executive Director of the NSWMA, Jennifer Edwards, says that focus will be placed on waste reduction, through a series of public education messages to encourage members of the public to reuse, reduce and recycle.She tells JIS News that waste reduction has become a major issue in Jamaica, primarily because persons are not managing their garbage. She argues that waste management can and should become a way of life, and, if practised continuously, will make the collection process easier.One such way is by composting waste, such as left over vegetables, and peels from ground provisions such as yam and bananas.“Put them in a container, add a little dirt, stir it, and use as fertilizer for potted plants and lawns, which makes them look lush, and will ultimately reduce the amount of waste that goes into our disposal sites,” she advises.She also urges persons to reuse plastic containers and boxes. “So we are saying to persons, reuse as much as you can to prevent excess garbage. If you have boxes, use them for your children to do their drawing, or find some other creative way to utilize them,” she urges.She notes that even though recycling is not a major business in Jamaica, because of inadequate facilities, nevertheless, waste materials suitable for reprocessing can be packaged by the NSWMA, and exported if containerized by citizens.Importantly, she is advising citizens to avoid putting electronics into solid waste that is to be collected, because it is very difficult to separate, once it gets into the compactors. “Keep electronics separate, call us and we will make arrangements for them to be collected separately from the rest of the waste,” Miss Edwards states.Keeping Jamaica CleanAs the lead agency charged with the responsibility of keeping Jamaica clean, Miss Edwards says the NSWMA is fully committed to carrying out its duty to collect, transport, store, and manage solid waste, “in order to prevent it from becoming a public and a health nuisance.”Highlighting the agency’s tagline: ‘Jamaica’s Beauty is our duty’, the Executive Director notes, however, that keeping Jamaica clean is not just the responsibility of the Government, but is, in fact, the obligation of every citizen.“It is the responsibility of Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), private sector companies, government entities, and individual citizens. We have a responsibility to keep Jamaica clean, so don’t just throw your trash in the streets; bag it, containerize it, and we will collect it,” she implores.Miss Edwards mentioned the ongoing ‘Keep Jamaica Clean’ campaign,an initiative of the Government of Jamaica, which is intended to encourage citizens to get into the habit of keeping their surroundings clean.The NSWMA has also assigned community relations officers in each region across the island, to educate citizens about how best to manage their solid waste.“As part of our mandate, we visit schools, Parents Teachers Association (PTA) and citizens’ associations meetings, to interact and educate them about how best to reuse, reduce, and recycle solid waste,” Miss Edwards says.A clean school competition is currently in progress, which will conclude in March 2013.“Schools from across the island are competing against each other, to showcase the best ways of composting solid waste, separating plastics and turning waste-to-art,” she explains.Mentioning the six-month waste separation pilot project, which ended in September 2012, and involved three communities in Kingston, Miss Edwards says the initiative will be extended to other areas of the island. Under the project, citizens of Karachi, Havendale, and Whitfield Town were charged with the responsibility to manage their waste through separating and containerizing. “We are now moving into Manchester to conduct the second phase of this pilot project. Based on the feedback regarding the first phase of the project, there was a high compliance rate. In some communities there was a 52 per cent compliance rate, which showed that the residents are willing to work with the NSWMA, by managing their solid waste,” Miss Edwards said.Working with StakeholdersMiss Edwards said the NSWMA is in dialogue with parish councils to implement a clean city competition in 2013, where the best kept city will be awarded for proper waste management.The agency will also be working with stakeholder agencies to enforce laws relating to illegal dumping and to ensure that garbage disposal is included in development planning.“Presently, a lot of private sector personnel just dispose of their waste on the road, and oftentimes mix it with commercial waste, which is a major problem for us, and we are seeking to change that,” Miss Edwards says.She tells JIS News that there is collaboration with the Kingston Chamber of Commerce (KCC), and the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC), to put measures in place, to prosecute such persons, if they are caught in the act.The NSWMA is also working with the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), and is looking at the agency’s re-development plans, especially for the downtown area, to ensure that when developments are being done, the NSWMA can easily gain access to those areas, to effectively collect waste.“One of the challenges that we have is that homes are being developed on streets that are so narrow, that prevents our compactors from getting into those areas, so there is always a pile up of garbage, which eventually becomes a public health hazard,” Miss Edwards argues.“We are working with different government entities, to ensure that whatever future plans are to be implemented, proper garbage disposal is taken into consideration,” she adds.Importantly, Miss Edwards is encouraging citizens to pay their property taxes, which is a requirement by law, and is the agency’s main source of funding.“Citizens of Jamaica; work with us; pay your property taxes, so we can accumulate the resources needed to carry out our job effectively…(and) be more efficient in our operations,” she appeals.An agency of the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, the NSWMA was established in 2001, under the National Solid Waste Management Act.The agency collects garbage everyday utilising its fleet of trucks and through contractual arrangements with private companies and individuals.The NSWMA has eight waste disposal sites in Church Corner, St. Thomas; Riverton, Kingston; Doctors Wood, Portland; Haddon and Tobalski, St. Ann; Martin’s Hill, Manchester; Myersville, St. Elizabeth and Retirement, St. James.The authority also has overall management and regulatory responsibilities for all the Parks and Market companies islandwide.last_img read more

Manitoba Conservatives cancelled road improvements where 3 boys killed

first_imgAPTN NewsThe Pallister government confirms it cancelled plans to pave a rutted, gravel road into Nelson House First Nation in northern Manitoba, where three boys were allegedly struck and killed by a motorist April 28.It also extended condolences to the community.“Our hearts and prayers go out to the families touched by this tragic accident that occurred on Highway 620,” said a spokesperson for Manitoba Infrastructure Monday.“We do hope that those who have committed this (alleged) act are brought to justice.”A 27-year-old man from the community is accused of impaired driving and related offences in connection with the fatal crash.Nelson House Chief Marcel Moody told APTN News the Tory government “reprioritized” the $5-million asphalting project when it came to power in 2016.“We actually had a commitment from the (former) NDP (government) to get that done,” Moody said.He called it a “dangerous road” without any lighting.The government spokesman said the department was in the process of revising its five-year program and would review the Nelson House project.last_img read more

Crews responding to house fire in Charlie Lake

first_img Fire Fighters are working to extinguish a fire in Shady Acres Trailer Park – John Luke Keiper CHARLIE LAKE, B.C. – The Charlie Lake Fire and Fort St. John Fire Department are responding to a house fire in the Shady Acres Trailer Park.The fire was reported by eyewitnesses to have started at around 5 p.m. Five fire trucks from the Charlie Lake Fire Department and Fort St. John are on scene fighting the fire.We understand the fire has only affected only one home in the trailer park. Residents are asked to stay away from the area to allow emergency crews the room they need to fight the fire.As we get more information we will update this story. Fire Fighters from Charlie Lake and Fort St. John are fighting the fire in Shady Acres Trailer Park. Fire Fighters from Charlie Lake and Fort St. John are fighting the fire in Shady Acres Trailer Park. 1 of 3 last_img read more

Imperial Oil reports first quarter profit down from year ago raises dividend

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Imperial Oil Ltd. raised its dividend nearly 16 percent as it reported that its first-quarter profit fell compared with a year ago.The Calgary-based energy company says it will now pay a quarterly dividend of 22 cents per share, up from 19 cents.The increased payment to shareholders came as Imperial reported a profit of $293 million or 38 cents per diluted share for its first quarter. That compared with a profit of $516 million or 62 cents per share in the same quarter last year.Rich Kruger, Imperial’s chairman and chief executive, says Alberta’s mandatory production curtailment order significantly affected the company’s financial performance.Kruger says improved upstream realizations were more than offset by reduced downstream margins.last_img read more

Politicizing border conflict wont help BJP Kejriwal

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said that BJP’s politicization of the “surgical strikes” on terror camps in Pakistan will not help it in the Lok Sabha election in Delhi. “Whatever happened after the Pulwama attack on India-Pakistan border and the way BJP’s conduct was, which politicized it, it is causing damage to the BJP. There’s a notion that it is helping it but it is not, at least not in Delhi,” he told reporters here. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items Kejriwal said people were now largely divided between “Modi-bhakts” and those who don’t back Prime Minister Narendra Modi and that the Aam Aadmi Party “will do whatever is in its power to defeat Modi”. Kejriwal also said that many people had told him that they were apprehensive of a Pulwama-like attack just before the Lok Sabha polls. “I am only saying what people told us… They told us that they were apprehensive for the last two years that they (BJP) will either foment a conflict over Ram Mandir or between India and Pakistan,” he said. A suicide bomber killed 40 CRPF troopers in Pulwama in the Kashmir Valley on February 14, leading the Indian Air Force to bomb the biggest training camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Pakistan.last_img read more

Spencers to buy Natures Basket for Rs 300 crore

first_imgNew Delhi: Sanjiv Goenka Group’s Spencer’s Retail Friday said it will acquire Godrej Industries’ grocery chain Nature’s Basket for Rs 300 crore. Natures Basket’s acquisition will make Spencer’s Retail a national player, giving it access to the western parts of India through its 36 stores in prime locations in Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore. “…The Board of Directors of the company….has approved a proposal for acquisition of entire 100 per cent stake held by Godrej Industries Ltd in its wholly owned subsidiary Nature’s Basket Ltd, subject to requisite approval of the shareholders of the company and execution of a share purchase agreement for undertaking the transaction contemplated above. “This acquisition will bring in many synergies in Spencer’s business and fits in well with Spencer’s omnichannel strategy,” Spencer’s Retail said in a regulatory filing. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraSpencer’s Retail will acquire Nature’s Basket’s entire share capital comprising 44,58,30,000 fully paid-up equity shares of Rs 10 each. Spencer’s Retail said the consideration for the proposed transaction is Rs 300 crore (+/- any agreed adjustments) in terms of the SPA to be executed with Natures Basket and Godrej Industries, and subject to the requisite approval of the shareholders and consumation of the transaction. Natures Basket Limited (NBL), a 100 per cent subsidiary of Godrej Industries and reported turnover of Rs 338.28 crore for the year 2018-19. The company sells various food products and beverages through its retail stores and online platform. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysKolkata-based Spencer’s Retail, part of RP Sanjiv Goenka Group, is a multi-format retailer that provides products across categories such as food, personal care, fashion, home essentials, electrical and electronics. “Looking forward, we realised that to further unlock the immense potential of this brand and to grow it to even greater heights, we need to pass on the torch to owners who have prioritised retail in their portfolio strategy and have the relevant ecosystems to take the business to the next level,” said Tanya Dubash, Executive Director and Chief Brand Officer, Godrej Group. Dubash said Spencer’s Retail is very keen to further strengthen the brand and strongly accelerate the growth of the business. “Both Spencer’s and Nature’s Basket are positioned as experiential grocery retailers, and that is the first of many synergies that this acquisition brings. Nature’s Basket has a strong portfolio of private label brands which has huge traction with its consumers. We believe there is huge potential to expand this to Spencer’s stores,” said Shashwat Goenka, Sector Head – Retail & FMCG, RP Sanjiv Goenka Group.last_img read more

Meet The NCAAs 5Foot9 Scoring Machine

With Clemons on the court, the Fighting Camels score 1.12 points per possession, according to Hoop Lens — or at a rate that would be among the best in the country if maintained over an entire season. When he sits, the team scores 0.84 points per possession, or at a rate that would rank around 300th if maintained. Without Clemons, the team’s effective field goal percentage drops more than 10 percentage points, and the team’s turnover percentage spikes almost 7 percentage points. As a pick-and-roll ball handler, he has scored more points this season than everyone else on the team combined, according to data provided by Synergy Sports.This season, Clemons is scoring 30.1 points per game, tied for the second-highest mark by any player since 1992. Charles Jones in 1996-97 was the last player to average more than 30 points per game over a season, while Central Michigan’s Marcus Keene came close in 2016-17, hitting 29.97. Clemons has scored in double figures in 111 consecutive games.2He scored 9 points against Gardner-Webb on Jan. 1, 2016 — the only time in his 126-game college career that he scored fewer than 10 points.He can also take the roof off an arena. Behind a 44-inch vertical3The combine record belongs to D.J. Stephens, who cleared 46 inches in 2013. and sculpted physique, Clemons has made a habit of dunking on defenders. Hard. Of Campbell’s 22 dunks this season, he has eight. “It’s like, ‘You’re 5-9!?’” McGeehan said, bewildered.4Last week, the university uploaded a YouTube video appropriately titled, “Campbell Men’s Basketball – Chris Clemons – Dunks.” Clemons is leaned on heavilyThe NCAA men’s basketball players with the highest share of their team’s possessions that season, since 2016-17 Chris Clemons is the shortest of the scoring greatsThe top 25 NCAA men’s basketball scorers and their height Hersey HawkinsBradley1984-883,0086’3″ Alphonso FordMississippi Valley State1989-933,1656’1″ Larry BirdIndiana State1976-792,8506’9″ Freeman WilliamsPortland State1974-783,2496’4″ 2018-19Ja MorantMurray St.So36.26’3″175 Lionel SimmonsLa Salle1986-903,2176’7″ 2018-19Chris ClemonsCampbellSr37.55’9″180 Chris ClemonsCampbell2015-193,1065’9″ Tyler HawsBYU2010-152,7206’5″ Mike DaumSouth Dakota St.2015-193,0066’9″ 2018-19Justin JamesWyomingSr36.06’7″190 Danny ManningKansas1984-882,9516’10” J.J. RedickDuke2002-062,7696’4″ Alfredrick HughesLoyola Chicago1981-852,9146’5″ 2017-18Roddy PetersNicholls St.Sr36.86’4″195 2016-17Chris ClemonsCampbellSo37.05’9″180 Otis BirdsongHouston1973-772,8326’3″ Pete MaravichLSU1967-703,6676’5″ Harry KellyTexas Southern1979-833,0666’7″ Oscar RobertsonCincinnati1957-602,9736’5″ 2016-17Ronnie BoyceSan FranciscoSr37.96’3″158 Tyler HansbroughNorth Carolina2005-092,8726’9″ 2018-19Jordan DavisNorthern ColoradoSr36.26’2″185 Byron LarkinXavier1984-882,6966’3″ Elvin HayesHouston1965-682,8846’9″ McGeehan hasn’t wasted a second of his point guard’s eligibility. Clemons has played at least 80 percent of team minutes each season on campus. As a senior, he’s taking on 93.1 percent.Over the past three seasons, Clemons has finished no lower than seventh nationally in KenPom’s percentage of possessions used metric, which measures how many possessions a player used while on court, assigning credit or blame to the player when his actions resulted in an ended possession. He leads the country this season, absorbing 37.5 percent of the team’s possessions. “Obviously,” McGeehan noted, “he’s heavily relied upon.” SeasonPlayerTeamYr.PossessionHeightWeight Hank GathersLoyola Marymount*1985-902,7236’7″ Daren QueenanLehigh1984-882,7036’5″ 2017-18D’Marcus SimondsGeorgia St.So35.86’3″200 2016-17Tiwian KendleyMorgan St.Jr35.16’5″190 No state has a glossier tradition in men’s college basketball than North Carolina. It has produced 13 national championships.1This is second only to California’s 15. The state has accounted for six national titles since 2000. No other state has more than three over that span. It is home to the sport’s fiercest rivalry: Duke vs. North Carolina. It has seen more than a hundred All-Americans and dozens of Hall of Famers cut their teeth on its courts, including Tim Duncan, Vince Carter and Michael Jordan.You might think that the state’s all-time leading scorer is one of those all-time greats. But he’s actually a current player. He’s not a Tar Heel or a Blue Devil or even a Demon Deacon. He’s a Fighting Camel in Buies Creek, North Carolina. Far from the spotlight, Chris Clemons, a senior at Campbell University in the Big South Conference, is making college-basketball history in a state that’s long on it.As a high schooler, Clemons was an all-state athlete in Raleigh, smack dab in the backyard of the ACC. When the power conferences overlooked him, Campbell didn’t. In fact, it sometimes brought the entire coaching staff to watch him hoop. “I told him when I was sitting in his living room that I thought he’d be the all-time leading scorer in Campbell history,” Campbell head coach Kevin McGeehan told me.Only five players in NCAA history have scored more than Clemons has. And his 3,106 points have not come easy: Clemons is 5-foot-9, at least 4 inches shorter than each of his teammates. But that disadvantage wasn’t a problem for McGeehan. “I’ve never thought twice about his height,” he said. 2017-18Tiwian KendleyMorgan St.Sr37.86’5″190 2017-18Milik YarbroughIllinois St.Jr35.56’6″230 Should his average hold, Clemons will finish the season with a 38.9 percent usage rate, which would give him three of the top 25 marks produced by players since 2009, the first year for which data is available.5Among players qualified for the points per game leaderboard. His career usage rate (35.9 percent) figures to edge former BYU star Jimmer Fredette for the top spot by any player over the past decade.There have actually been plenty of undersized, high-usage players on college courts. Clemons is just relied upon much more than any of the rest — and has been since he arrived on campus. Since 2008, there have been 450 seasons that saw a player shorter than 5-foot-10 appear in 20 games and play at least 40 percent of team minutes, according to Of that sample, Clemons is in line to finish with the first, third, fourth and 23rd highest usage rates.Let’s remove the height restriction. Given those same qualifications, since 2008 there have been 522 seasons of a player producing a usage rate exceeding 30 percent. Of that pool, Clemons is on track to post two usage rates that rank in the top 15 and another one that ranks in the top 45. *Transferred from another schoolSource: 2018-19Lamine DianeCal St. NorthridgeFr37.16’7″205 Doug McDermottCreighton2010-143,1506’8″ 2016-17Michael WeathersMiami (Ohio)Fr37.56’2″161 Allan HoustonTennessee1989-932,8016’6″ Reggie LewisNortheastern1983-872,7096’7″ 2017-18Trae YoungOklahomaFr38.5%6’2″180 lb. This season, only one player6UTSA’s Jhivvan Jackson. has taken a higher share of team shots than Clemons’s 39.3 percent.7 He hasn’t finished lower than fifth since his freshman campaign, when he ranked 22nd. This would be the fourth consecutive season that Clemons has finished in the top 25 in percentage of team shots taken, a feat of production that has never been matched since KenPom began tracking such metrics.8Since 2004.The Fighting Camels made their only NCAA Tournament appearance in 1992, five years before Clemons was born. This season, Clemons has Campbell roaring into shape to make a run at a second, provided the team wins its conference tournament.Which is to say: Clemons has the perennial green light to do everything. “I always had one,” Clemons said. “But I don’t remember it being like this.”Have coaches ever told him not to shoot? “I haven’t heard that lately,” he said.Is there anything McGeehan wouldn’t trust Clemons to do? “Probably give me a haircut.”Clemons’s numbers are more impressive when you consider the system under which he plays. Watching him, you get the sense that he could get to the rim or drain a jump shot around 10 seconds before he actually does. McGeehan runs a hybrid version of Pete Carril’s Princeton Offense that relies on quick ball movement and constant motion. It also typically suffocates tempo, as the Princeton Offense is ostensibly designed to limit huge production by either team. Campbell has ranked outside the top 190 in average offensive possession length each season since 2013. This season, it ranks 265th in adjusted tempo. Campbell averages 68.4 possessions per 40 minutes, which is tied for 238th nationally. North Carolina, for instance, averages nearly eight more possessions per game.Despite all of his success, Clemons may not ever reach the next level. To be sure, there have been other players under 5-foot-10 to reach the NBA: Muggsy Bogues, Earl Boykins, Calvin Murphy, Spud Webb. There have even been a few who have done it since the turn of the century: Isaiah Thomas, Kay Felder, Nate Robinson. Clemons, who has declared for the NBA draft after each of the past two seasons only to return to campus, is unlikely to join them via that route.The irony is heavy: One of the greatest scorers of all time, in arguably the state with the richest college basketball tradition, plays just a short drive down the road from perhaps the most-talked-about college athlete of all time, for a team that packed in fewer than 2,000 fans per home game last season. The smallest guy on the court is dealt the largest offensive burden and has most of the team’s dunks. The pint-sized player with the larger-than-life impact.“When it’s all said and done,” McGeehan said, “I’m probably going to go back and say, ‘Wow, did that really all just happen?’” 2016-17Marcus KeeneCentral MichiganJr37.05’9″175 2018-19Markus HowardMarquetteJr35.35’11”175 PlayerSchoolYearsPointsHeight 2017-18Ethan HappWisconsinJr35.66’10”235 2018-19Ethan HappWisconsinSr35.26’10”237 2017-18Chris ClemonsCampbellJr34.95’9″185 2016-17Jordan WashingtonIonaSr37.66’8″235 Source: KenPom Kevin BradshawU.S. International*1984-912,8046’6″ Keydren ClarkSt. Peter’s2002-063,0585’9″ read more

Timo Werner reminds me of a young Fernando Torres – Thiago

first_imgPrior to Spain and Germany’s eventual draw in the friendly game on Friday, Bayern Munich and Spain midfielder Thiago shared that he thinks Timo Werner bears an uncanny resemblance with Fernando Torres in his youth.“He’s unbelievably quick,” Thiago, said of Werner, who helped Leipzig to get their first win over Bayern last weekend.“He reminds me a bit of a young Fernando Torres. He has incredible acceleration and is always looking for gaps in the opposition defences,” he added, according to the official site of the Bundesliga.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…Thiago also went on to discuss the possible winners of the Bundesliga and how will the Champions Leauge wind up.“The Bundesliga’s won,” Thiago boasted. “We’re already champions, but we have to win. The next game’s against Dortmund and we have to go out there with the idea of winning and that match should serve us well for the upcoming Champions League games.”last_img read more

Leicester City boss will not change the clubs system

Claude Puel will remain with his 3-4-3 formation, even after it has been proven there is not enough personnel available to fulfill itLeicester City is 11th in the English Premier League standings.The team has won twice and lost three times to have six points already. With eight goals scored and nine received, fans are asking for a change.But The Foxes boss Claude Puel is not considering changing his 3-4-3 system yet.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“I am not in the habit to change something. For example, about our last game, if I change the system defensively just to find the good solidity after we can lose all the good aspect from the offensive play,” he was quoted by Foxes Of Leicester.“With four at the back, we can drive the play. I want to keep our quality and possibility to attack and then to correct in our game the defensive aspect: win duels, more aggressiveness, these good things. They are good ingredients.”“Changing the system sometimes, why not? But it is not my concern or my thought at this moment because we made mistakes and we know why we made them. I think it is important to be responsible and correct them,” he concluded. read more

Louisville Football Names McKenzie to Coach Running Backs

first_imgMcKenzie earned an undergraduate degree in secondary education, political science, and American history in 2005. He completed his master’s degree in education at Vanderbilt in 2010. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville football program has hired Norval McKenzie as its running backs coach, head coach Scott Satterfield announced on Tuesday. McKenzie is the father of one daughter, Anaya, and he and his wife Amber have a son, Storm.MCKENZIE AT A GLANCE2006-07: Hiram (Ga.) H.S. (assistant coach)2008-09: Vanderbilt (graduate assistant)2010: Vanderbilt (assistant recruiting coordinator)2011-15: Furman (running backs/special teams coordinator/recruiting coordinator)2016-18: Arkansas State (running backs) McKenzie helped lead Furman to a 2013 SoCon championship and several victories over FCS nationally-ranked teams, including No. 5 Wofford in 2011. The Paladins also knocked off then-FCS member and No. 3-ranked Appalachian State in 2011. Story Links Before his stint at Arkansas State, McKenzie spent five seasons at Furman, serving as the running backs coach, special teams coordinator and recruiting coordinator. The 2008 season saw him help Vanderbilt post its first winning season (7-6) since 1982 and a 16-14 victory over Boston College in the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl – the program’s first bowl victory since 1955. McKenzie assumed the duties of assistant recruiting coordinator, while also helping with player development and coordinating the Gridiron Club for former Commodore letter winners, in 2010. A Powder Springs, Ga., native and former football standout at McEachern (Ga.) High School, McKenzie was a four-year football letterman for Vanderbilt (2001-04), where he rushed for 1,411 career yards. He battled back from a serious leg injury his sophomore year to lead Vanderbilt in rushing as both a junior and senior. Last season, McKenzie’s running backs were an integral component of the offense that averaged 186.4 yards on the ground, guiding the Red Wolves to an 8-5 record and a win over Nevada in the Arizona Bowl. McKenzie tutored two of the Sun Belt’s top-10 rushers in Marcel Murray and the league’s Freshman of the Year Warren Wand. McCloud, who completed his career ranked 10th in Furman rushing history, garnered all-conference recognition in 2013 after running for 1,110 yards and five scores. Triston Luke rushed for 385 yards and a pair of scores in 2015 to find a place on the league’s All-Freshman team, while Marcus Anderson earned the recognition in 2013 when he posted 334 rushing yards and two touchdowns.center_img Alma Mater: Vanderbilt, 2005Hometown: Powder Springs, Ga.Wife: Amber (Falcone)Daughter: AnayaSons: Storm Print Friendly Version While coaching at Furman, McKenzie instructed a pair of All-Southern Conference running backs and two others who were named to the league’s All-Freshman team. Jerodis Williams was a two-time All-SoCon choice after rushing for 2,225 yards and 20 touchdowns over his junior and senior campaigns, in addition to earning All-America honors in 2012 when he led the FCS in kickoff returns (35.9 avg., 2 TDs). Before joining the Louisville staff, McKenzie spent the last three seasons as the running backs coach at Arkansas State. Following graduation, he began his coaching career at Hiram (Ga.) High School, working two seasons there before returning to Vanderbilt as a graduate assistant coach for the 2008 and 2009 campaigns. Playing Experience2001-04: Vanderbilt (RB) Murray, who finished seventh in the Sun Belt in rushing, ran for 860 yards and eight scores, while Wand totaled 792 yards and four touchdowns to help the Red Wolves finish fifth in the conference in rushing. Wand closed his career finishing in the top 10 in school history in rushing yards. In McKenzie’s first season in 2016, the Red Wolves won a Sun Belt Conference championship with a 7-1 record and defeated UCF 31-13 in the Cure Bowl. During that campaign, Wand and junior Johnston White combined to rush for 1,351 yards and 12 touchdowns. Wand, a second-team all-conference honoree, rushed for a team-high 879 yards, while also posting 24 receptions for 279 yards and three more scores. McKenzie’s impact was felt during his second season, helping the Red Wolves rank No. 10 in the nation in total offense, averaging a school-record 494.8 yards per game. The unit also accounted for 10 combined touchdowns as the team ranked No. 13 in the country in scoring offense with 37.8 points per game. In that season, Wand and Johnson combined for 1,145 yards and nine touchdowns. last_img read more

Toray is set to free touchscreens of scratches and smudges

first_img Citation: Toray is set to free touchscreens of scratches and smudges (2013, February 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2013 (—Toray Industries has combined its no-scratch, no smudge technologies of 2012 and moved them up a notch with a recent demo at the nano tech 2013 exhibition in Japan. Toray showed off its touchscreen coating that is designed to self-repair scratches and to make fingerprint smudges easy to remove. The goal is to develop this special protective substance for phones and tablets. The special film is said to take care of small scratches and make fingerprints less visible and easy to clean. The self-cure action can remove marks in ten seconds. People in the habit of tablet-browsing while snacking, or accommodating children and friends who do the same, would no doubt appreciate the advancement here as well as users with more fastidious demands for smudge-free screens in tablets and smartphones. The technology involves a “nanometer” structure. Dirt from fingerprints is difficult to evaluate because its appearance and degree of adhesion vary depending on the environment and difference in the material, according to Toray. Other companies are also working on solutions, but Toray says its advantage over other attempts is being able to incorporate its oil-repellent and “nanometre” structure features. Credit: Tech-on Toray ready to mass produce self-repair coating for touch screenslast_img read more

Fed Cuts BondBuying Hints at October End

first_imgFed Cuts Bond-Buying, Hints at October End Federal Reserve Janet Yellen Mortgage-Backed Securities 2014-09-17 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Secondary Market Sharecenter_img More than two years after the central bank kicked off its latest economic stimulus program, policymakers at the Federal Reserve once again voted this week to scale down monthly asset purchases—and hinted that the end is in sight.In a statement released Wednesday following the end of the Federal Open Market Committee’s latest meeting, the Fed announced that starting in October, it will dial back its monthly purchases of agency mortgage-backed securities and Treasury securities to a combined pace of $15 billion per month.The bond-buying program has been on a steady downward slope since January after the Fed’s announcement late last year that it had decided to start tapering its stimulus thanks to improving economic conditions.Barring any significant setback in the economy in the next month, the committee announced it could end its asset purchases at its October meeting.While the central bank evidently sees enough momentum for the economy to roll on at a “moderate pace,” forecasts from the committee were mixed. In a separate report of economic projections, the committee predicted a drop in growth compared to its June forecast, with GDP set to expand 2.0 to 2.2 percent for 2014, down from 2.1 to 2.3 percent previously.At the same time, the labor market outlook was brighter, with the committee calling for an unemployment rate of 5.9 percent to 6.0 percent by the end of the year.In looking ahead to its next step, the Fed stayed committed to its usual language, maintaining it will keep its current target range for the federal ranges rate for a “considerable time” after the end of the program.Just how long the Fed thinks to be a “considerable time” has been a matter of speculation among investors and economists. At a press conference in March, Fed Chair Janet Yellen hinted that rate increases could come as soon as six months after the end of the current easing program, sending waves through the markets. Since then, she’s been more careful with her wording, insisting in Wednesday’s press conference that the decision will not be calendar-based.”It is highly conditional and it is linked to the committee’s assessment of the economy,” she said.A recent survey of economists by the Wall Street Journal found most don’t expect the first hike to come until June next year.Paul Edelstein, director of financial economics for IHS Global Insight, agreed with the June prediction.”The tone of the Fed’s latest policy statement was decidedly dovish,” he said in a note. “There was some hesitancy over current conditions and the forward guidance was left intact. However, this was not enough to alter the general course of monetary policy.”The committee’s monetary policy action passed with an 8–2 vote. Casting votes against the action were Dallas and Philadelphia Fed presidents Richard Fisher and Charles Plosser.While Plosser’s objection was based on the Fed’s choice of the phrase “considerable time,” which he said reflects a time-dependent policy, Fisher’s stance was more hawkish. According to the Fed statement: “President Fisher believed that the continued strengthening of the real economy, improved outlook for labor utilization and for general price stability, and continued signs of financial market excess, will likely warrant an earlier reduction in monetary accommodation than is suggested by the Committee’s stated forward guidance.” September 17, 2014 626 Views last_img read more