Jamaican Canadian Journalist Launches Autobiography

first_imgRelatedJamaican Canadian Journalist Launches Autobiography FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail TORONTO — There are events and experiences that are forever etched in the mind of Jamaican-born journalist Ewart Walters. Among them is the day of August 17, 1951, when Hurricane Charlie swept across the island, leaving in its wake, utter devastation, with hundreds dead, and thousands of others injured and homeless. Then, there is his experience at Calabar High School in Kingston, his work in the Jamaican media, starting his own paper in Canada,  which are all captured in his memoir: ‘To Follow Right… A Journalist’s Journey’. The book was launched in Toronto on August 17, which was the 60th anniversary of Hurricane Charlie. Reading excerpts from the book, members of the audience were able to gain insight into the people, things and events, which have made an impression on Mr. Walters over the years, such as his parents, who were schoolteachers; Jamaican politics; and his wife of 46 years, Merle. The autobiography also addresses his years of service with the Jamaican government, having served five years as Counsellor in Ottawa and a year in New York as Consul. He later worked with the Canadian Government as senior advisor on Access to Information and Privacy in the office of the President of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). The 71-year old Walters, who resides in Canada, has had a long career in journalism having worked for several newspapers including the Gleaner, and the now defunct the Public Opinion and the Daily News. He founded Spectrum, a community newspaper in Ottawa. Reminiscing about his years at Calabar, which was a boarding school when he began attending in 1952, Mr. Walters lamented the demise of boarding institutions, noting that “as boarders we learned to live with our fellows”. “It was here that we were molded for the wider life.  We were a disciplined lot.  It was, overall, a time when we, like Shelley’s moth aspiring to reach the star, strove to attain the school’s motto, ‘The utmost for the Highest’,” he added. In bringing greetings at the launch held in the courtyard of A Different Booklist, a book store that caters to African and Caribbean literature and writers, Jamaica’s  Consul General to Toronto, Seth George Ramocan, described Mr. Walters as “another Jamaican, who has contributed much to Jamaica, by uplifting the name of the biggest little country in the world.” “Many books have been written by great men; but few great men have written about their lives,” he said. “Young people are at a loss today to find role models and there is much to be gained by following the philosophy of ‘following right’.  The book is captivating and remarkable, and demonstrates your tenacity of holding on to a core belief in life,” the Consul General added.  Writing the introduction to the book, long-time friend, Claude Robinson, said the biography is “a thoughtful reflection on a life lived largely in service and offers lessons of wide appeal.  Following right is not always easy, but it makes the journey richer and more rewarding; and there are fewer regrets.” Mr. Walters is the recipient of many awards. In 2010, the year he celebrated his 70th birthday, he was invested with the Order of Distinction, Commander Rank; the 2010 Prize for Print Journalism from the Canadian Ethnic Media Association; the Citizen of the Year Award from the Omega Psi Phi fraternity at his alma mater Carleton University; and the Martin Luther King DreamKeepers Award. He also edited the book: ‘Sugar Boy, The Story of Cedric Titus’, about the life of the cane farmer and politician, who revolutionised the cane farming industry and suffered an untimely death. Cedric Titus’ daughter, Faye Beaufort, who was present at the book launch, thanked Mr. Walters for all his assistance in bringing to life, the work and achievements of her father.   Those attending the book launch included his wife Merle; author Rachel Manley; President of Arts and Culture Jamaica, Cherita Girvan-Campbell; President of the Calabar Old Boys Association (COBA), Eugene Chang; and other COBA members. By Carolyn Goulbourne-Warren, JIS Reporter RelatedPrime Minister Golding Announces Cabinet Changes Jamaican Canadian Journalist Launches Autobiography Office of the Prime MinisterAugust 31, 2011 Advertisements RelatedJamaican Canadian Journalist Launches Autobiographylast_img read more

Emmy Winner & Tony Nominee Allison Janney to Be Honored at MCC’s 2014 Miscast Gala

first_imgEmmy Award winner and two-time Tony nominee Allison Janney will be the guest of honor at Miscast 2014, MCC Theater’s annual gala featuring actors performing songs from roles in which they would never be cast. Miscast 2014 will be held March 31, 2014 at The Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. An all-star lineup of performers for the 2014 gala will be announced at a later date.Janney won four Emmy Awards for her performance as White House Press Secretary C.J. Clegg on The West Wing, and received Tony nods for her roles in A View from the Bridge and 9 to 5. Janney’s many TV and film credits include Mom, The Help, Away We Go, Juno, Hairspray, Finding Nemo, The Hours, American Beauty, 10 Things I Hate About You and The Ice Storm.”Allison’s remarkable achievements on stage, in film, and on television have made her one of our most beloved and respected actors. Allison is truly one-of-a-kind; everyone wants to work with her, everyone wants her involved with their projects,” MCC Theater Artistic Director Bernard Telsey said in a statement.Miscast 2013 honored Tony winner Judith Light, and the roster of performers included Christian Borle, LaChanze, Jonathan Groff, Jeremy Jordan, Sierra Boggess, Cheyenne Jackson and more. Proceeds from Miscast 2014 will support MCC Theater’s mission to develop and produce exciting work off-Broadway, as well as its Youth Company and partnerships with New York City public high schools, and MCC’s literary development work with emerging playwrights. View Comments Allison Janneycenter_img Star Fileslast_img read more

New Mexico Human Services Department Cabinet Secretary David R. Scrase M.D. Presents COVID-19 Modeling And Reopening Gating Criteria

first_imgNMHSD News:SANTA FE – New Mexico Human Services Department Cabinet Secretary David R. Scrase, M.D. presented a COVID-19 modeling and reopening webinar update Friday, June 19.To view the webinar and charts, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isejjkunUQklast_img

Kedapatan Bawa Peluncur Rudal, Penumpang Veteran Bikin Geger Bandara Baltimore,Masih Bingung Bedakan Boeing 737 dan Airbus A320? Simak Ini

first_imgKala itu, pria ini tengah berada di dalam perjalannya dari Kuwait menuju Texas. Kendati missile launcher tersebut sudah tidak aktif, namun petugas tetap menyita barang tersebut dan menyerahkannya kepada petugas pemadam kebakaran negara untuk kemudian dimusnahkan.“Untuk kepentingan apapun, senjata militer tidak bisa masuk ke dalam bagasi atau bagasi kabin,” ujar petugas TSA.Setelah diintegorasi dan mendapatkan kepastian tentang missile launcher yang dibawanya ini, penumpang yang diidentifikasi berasal dari Jacksonville, Texas ini lalu diperbolehkan untuk mengejar penerbangannya [email protected] officers at @BWI_Airport detected this missile launcher in a checked bag early this morning. Man said he was bringing it back from Kuwait as a souvenir. Perhaps he should have picked up a keychain instead! pic.twitter.com/AQ4VBPtViG— TSAmedia_LisaF (@TSAmedia_LisaF) July 29, 2019Kejadian ini lalu menjadi ramai diperbincangkan setelah juru bicara TSA, Lisa Farbstein mencuitkan perihal temuan rekan kerjanya tersebut di jejaring sosial Twitter.“Petugas @TSA yang ada di @BWI_Airport mendeteksi missile launcher ini yang ada pada sebuah tas penumpang pagi tadi. Penumpang pria ini mengatakan bahwa missile launcher tersebut merupakan souvenir dari Kuwait. Mungkin ada baiknya jika ia membawa gantungan kunci saja!”Baca Juga: Bisa Dibuka Langsung Oleh Petugas Keamanan Bandara, Inilah Gembok Koper TSATentu saja, semua petugas keamanan di bandara harus menyisir setiap barang bawaan penumpang yang hendak naik ke dalam pesawat. Hal ini ditujukan agar menjaga kenyamanan dan keamanan penumpang lain yang ada di dalam penerbangan yang sama. Dapatkah Anda membayangkan apabila penumpang lain di dalam penerbangan Anda membawa missile launcher? Mungkin sepanjang perjalanan tersebut, Anda akan komat-kamit baca doa agar kejadian yang tidak diinginkan tidak terjadi, ya! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedTerdampak Shutdown Nasional, Penumpang Delta Air Lines ‘Loloskan’ Senpi di Penerbangan Internasional16/01/2019In “Bandara”Bawa Pistol Pink, Seorang Wanita Diamankan Petugas TSA Bandara Internasional Richmond11/05/2018In “Bandara”Bisa Dibuka Langsung Oleh Petugas Keamanan Bandara, Inilah Gembok Koper TSA13/11/2018In “Bandara” Sumber: WBAL-TV Petugas Transport Security Administration (TSA) di Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport mengamankan seorang penumpang yang kedapatan membawa missile launcher (peluncur rudal) di dalam tas yang dibawanya. Kejadian ini terjadi pada Senin (29/7) kemarin dan penumpang ini langsung ditahan oleh otoritas keamanan bandara guna mendapatkan pemeriksaan lanjutan dan mengetahui motif di balik pembawaan missile launcher tersebut.Baca Juga: Bandara di AS Kian Ketat, TSA Wajibkan Pemeriksaan Terpisah Pada Perangkat ElektronikSebagaimana yang dilansir KabarPenumpang.com dari berbagai laman sumber, petugas keamanan bandara langsung memberhentikan penumpang terkait ketika melihat ada sesuatu yang aneh dari barang yang di bawanya di dalam tas. Di dalam keterangan yang diberikan petugas, pria yang tidak disebutkan namanya tersebut merupakan seorang veteran militer yang membawa pulang missile launcher tersebut sebagai souvenir.last_img read more

Orioles interested in signing Randy Wolf

first_imgThe Baltimore Orioles are reportedly interested in signing left-handed pitcher Randy Wolf. Wolf is a 36-year-old veteran who last pitched for the Milwaukee Brewers. Wolf has been a successful starting pitcher in the past posting a 130-117 winning record in his career. Wolf has not pitched well this year, he is 3-10 with a 5.69 era. I am surprised at the interest in Wolf, but the Orioles have proved me wrong before. The starting rotation seems to be intact for now so he will best fit in the bullpen. Orioles need to figure out their playoff roster soon and I doubt Wolf would be in those plans. The Orioles are waiting for Troy Patton to return from the DL and probably just want another lefty in the bullpen. Who knows, maybe Randy Wolf has enough left in the tank to help the Orioles in their playoff run. Here are some tweets from Brittany Ghiroli about Wolf. Please follow and like us:last_img read more

e-Cadre to boost service delivery

first_imgThousands of South African youth will benefit from a government ICT training programme. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS Tiyani Rikhotso Department of Communications +27 27 83 800 9936 +27 12 427 8010RELATED ARTICLES • Zuma hotline goes live • New youth agency for SA • LoveLife to empower SA youth Bongani NkosiThousands of unemployed young South Africans will soon be doing IT work in clinics, schools and hospitals thanks to the Department of Communications’ new e-Cadre training programme, launched on 20 October.The programme, launched in Rustenburg, North West province, will train some 5 000 jobless matriculants aged 18 to 30, from both rural areas and townships, in information and communication technology (ICT). It has been developed in partnership with the department, the National Youth Service Programme and 15 Further Education and Training (FET) colleges.“The programme is a multi-pronged approach that combines the delivery of information and communication technology skills training and life orientation to young people so that they acquire skills in the field of ICT,” said communications minister Siphiwe Nyanda at the launch.The programme will not only give young people valuable skills, it will also help improve the delivery of essential services to local communities, using ICT. Graduates will therefore be given the name “e-Cadres”.“This puts them in a better position to act as conduits to their communities to access government services and programmes through the use of ICTs,” Nyanda said. The e-Cadres, he said, will “work with government in addressing the many challenges facing our people”. The e-Cadre initiative, he said, was one of the department’s “dashboard priority” programmes.On graduation these e-Cadres will work with various forms of digital technology in government institutions such as clinics, schools, police stations, local municipality offices and post offices.“We believe that ICTs can create greater access to opportunities, redress inequalities [an] improve the quality of teaching and learning,” Nyanda said. He added that the e-Cadres must show “commitment, dedication and professionalism” when working as public servants.Some R8-million (US$1.1-million) has already been spent on the programme; the department has committed further funds for deploying graduates into their new public service positions.So far, the department has already deployed 765 matriculants who earned their International Computer Driving Licence at FET colleges as e-Cadres, as well as 350 ICT graduates.The department wants to use the project to address “one of the key challenges facing South Africa, the creation of skilled personnel to respond to the human resource needs our thriving economy requires, especially in the ICT sector,” the minister said.“Our success will be measured on our ability to ensure that the participants acquire a set of key skills that would enable them to contribute towards the growth of our economy in general and the ICT industry in particular.”He added that FET colleges are already making an impact by producing graduates of a high quality, as well as “establishing closer partnerships with prospective employers and sector education and training authorities”.At the launch, Nyanda announced that the Department of Communications is in the process of developing a comprehensive strategy on providing ICT skills to South Africa’s youth. The strategy will provide guidelines to the government, state-owned enterprises and the ICT sector on ways technology can be used for youth development.The strategy, is expected to be finalised by end 2009, will be launched in the first quarter of 2010.last_img read more

2010 Fifa World Cup: Free State Stadium 2

first_imgLocation: Bloemfontein, Mangaung Municipality, Free State province Capacity: 45 000 seats Matches: Japan vs Cameroon (14 June), Greece vs Nigeria (17 June), Slovakia vs Paraguay (20 June), France vs South Africa (22 June), Switzerland vs Honduras (25 June), Round of 16 (27 June)Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.  Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Local Organising Committee• Download high-resolution image Artist’s impression Photo: Local Organising Committee• Download high-resolution image Artist’s impression Photo: Local Organising Committee• Download high-resolution image Artist’s impression Photo: Local Organising Committee• Download high-resolution image Artist’s impression Photo: Local Organising Committee• Download high-resolution image Artist’s impression Photo: Local Organising Committee• Download high-resolution image {loadposition fifa}last_img read more

Bamboo Airways buys 10 787-9s for international network

first_imgBamboo Airways has ordered 10 787-9 Dreamliners valued at $3 billion at list prices to launch long haul operations.The order was unveiled during a signing ceremony in Hanoi, witnessed by U.S. President Donald Trump and General Secretary and President of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong.“We are excited to be adding the new 787 Dreamliner to our growing fleet,” said Mr. Trinh Van Quyet, Chairman of FLC Group and owner of Bamboo Airways.“Our long-term vision is to connect Vietnam with key markets in Asia, Europe and North America and the Dreamliner will enable us to launch these long-haul operations. The 787’s superior operating economics and efficiency, as well as the passenger-pleasing interior of the Dreamliner, will allow us to successfully grow our business while enabling us to better serve our customers.”Bamboo Airways, a startup airline founded in 2017, began commercial operations in January, offering flights linking the capital of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City with cities in Vietnam. The airline plans on offering up to 40 domestic routes in 2019. Additionally, Bamboo is preparing to launch international service to Thailand, South Korea, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan and Australia, before broadening service to other destinations in Asia, Europe, and North America.“The 787 Dreamliner’s unmatched efficiency, range and, flexibility make it the perfect airplane for Bamboo Airways to achieve its long-range ambitions. We are excited to advance the partnership between Boeing and Bamboo Airways and we look forward to helping them connect Asia with Europe, North America and beyond,” said Kevin McAllister, president and, CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.The 787 Dreamliner is the fastest-selling widebody airplane in history with more than 1,400 orders from 75 customers since its launch. Nearly 800 Dreamliners have entered service around the world, helping airlines save 33 billion pounds of fuel.Bamboo Airways is wholly-owned by the FLC Group, a Vietnamese multi-industry company, focusing on aviation, real estate, resorts, farming, and golf.last_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

3 powerful ways to do a better job in 2013

first_imgHere are three ways you can improve your work – and your workplace – in the New Year. 1. Know what you’re doing before you worry about how you’ll do it.We jump to thoughts of implementation so often in our work, and that tendency creates several problems. We may not know exactly what we’re implementing, why we’re implementing it or how much is possible. By skipping ahead to the details, we begin work that may not make sense — and we unnecessarily constrain ourselves. This year, be mindful about each idea you’re pursuing and determine its larger purpose before running forward with activities. It’s not about what you’re doing but why you’re doing it.2. Spend at least 15 minutes a day in deliberate thought about something bigger than your to-do list.This is critical. I believe in mornings – but for some people, it works best to do this exercise at the end of the day to prepare for the next morning. What larger purpose defines you right now? One year from now, what will you be glad you did tomorrow? Ten years from now? What are the big things that need to happen to advance those aspirations? I believe the sum of our efforts each year reflects the rigor we apply to these larger questions. Take a few minutes each day to ask them. You may not have every answer, but you’ll make smarter choices along the way – and let the little crap go more easily. For me, five minutes at the start of my workday plus nightly blogging are tools I use in trying to step out of everyday to-do lists and think about what ideas matter most each day. What tools can you put into place to schedule reflection?3. Think about what unites your colleagues rather than what’s in it for you.The best workplaces in the world have something in common: Colleagues embrace a collective vision, and they’d do anything for each other. I’d always prefer to be in that kind of culture than a dog-eat-dog slugfest because it’s better for me and better for my organization. Try to set a course toward that kind of camaraderie. Define what you all want to do together. Along the way, share credit. Recognize the achievements of others. Sacrifice something selfish if it yields a greater good. If you are a manager, you have the chance to transform the experience of those who report to you. Seize it with a spirit of selflessness. In the end, it’s the fastest way to achievement – and happiness – for everyone.last_img read more

Don’t Like the Answer You’re Getting? Change the Question

first_imgAs the volunteer coordinator for Gift of Life Michigan, Kim Zasa sent volunteers to church fairs and festivals in the hope that people would want to become organ donors. Although she had 800 volunteers attending countless events, only 11% of Michigan’s residents were organ donors. Today that number is about 33%.So what changed? How did Gift of Life Michigan recruit so many new donors?According to a recent story on NPR, responses changed when Kim convinced the state to have DMV clerks ask customers, “Would you like to be an organ donor?” Putting your ask—and your resources—in the right place at the right time is the key to getting the results you want!1. Determine what’s not working—and be willing to experiment. Kim had an army of volunteers at her disposal who were willing to drive long distances for a cause they believed in. When she didn’t see the results she wanted, she took action. Is there an area of your nonprofit that isn’t seeing the results you’d like? Don’t just assume things will improve. Determine what’s working and what’s not, and then brainstorm about what you can do differently.2. Analyze how you’re using your resources.Instead of sending her volunteers on road trips, Kim put them to work in other ways and employed stationary DMV employees to make the ask. These clerks regularly saw almost the entire adult population of the state, so they were well positioned to speak to more people than Kim’s volunteers were.Are you using the resources you have—both time and money—to their full capacity? Are volunteers solving a pain point for you and helping you in the most beneficial way? If not, how can you modify their tasks to be more effective for your cause?3. Put your question in the right place at the right time.Instead of making the ask in places where people weren’t already making decisions beyond ice cream or cotton candy, Kim combined the ask with an established routine. If someone wanted to become a donor at a festival, they had to take multiple steps and time out of their entertainment to sign up. Making the ask at the DMV made it easy for potential donors to say yes, with no extra action required.Are you positioning your request in the best way possible? Does saying yes require multiple steps that make it less likely you’ll see the result you want? For instance, when you ask for donations online, do your supporters first have to click through multiple pages, or is it simply one click and done? Think about how you can adjust how, when, and where you’re making an ask to better your odds of getting through to your target audience. Have you tried something similar? Share your results and suggestions in the comments below!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

Strategies to turn supporters into fundraisers for #GivingTuesday, and beyond.

first_imgYour year-end campaigns are just about ready to go, but making the most of December is probably in the back of your mind all the time. Perhaps you’re asking yourself if there is anything else you can put into motion today that can move the needle at year end.Yes! Try a peer fundraising campaign.The Power of Peer-to-Peer FundraisingSocial, Personal, P2P or team fundraising are all names for the same concept: harnessing the power of your supporters and their networks to scale your impact.At their best, peer fundraising campaigns center around a passionate desire to make an impact on a problem or cause, and then “recruit” supporters based on a shared interest in the cause or in honor of the friendship with the original project sponsor.Once in a while, peer fundraising campaigns catch fire. That was the case this summer with the Ice Bucket challenge. It started when 29 year-old Pete Frates, stricken with ALS, sought to bring attention to the disease, and to inspire others to support research toward a cure. He challenged friends to dump ice on their heads, and Pete’s network sparked into action. His friends took the challenge and in weeks it was everywhere on social media. From June to August 2014, more than 3 million donors gave more than $100 million dollars to the ALS Association.Your superheroes – no cape required.Campaigns like the Ice Bucket challenge are the exception for sure, but their lessons are transferable to every peer fundraising initiative. They’re effective because supporters, who often reside in the background of your fundraising, move front and center, and become the heroes of the story. We want to root for their success. And when combined with a few key elements, peer fundraising leverages your team’s limited resources, spreads your story, and attracts new supporters. What does it take? Sponsors with genuine passion for your cause, plus…· A little creativity· An authentic need· A personal appeal· Social sharing Make it easy for peer fundraisersEmpower your supporters to get going, now. 1. Suggest a theme and goal for your supporters. Use your #GivingTuesday campaign to frame a peer-to-peer campaign that is appealing and easy to launch for your supporters. If you’re still lacking a focus for year-end, here is a post that can help you plan a great campaign. Then break your campaign into a target for your peer fundraisers in $500-$1000 range. 2. Make it fun! Encourage your peer fundraisers to focus on opportunity, not obligation, in their outreach to friends and family. Give them tools to keep the excitement high with regular email updates tracking the progress of the campaign.3. Focus on impact. Be sure that fundraisers and their supporters understand how their dollars will impact those you serve, specifically.4. Keep it short: a month or less. Use the excitement of #GivingTuesday to keep momentum high and the time commitment low for your peer fundraisers. A timeframe of about a month is just about right. Encourage your fundraisers to launch on November 1st, build excitement toward Thanksgiving and end on #GivingTuesday.Make P2P work for you: three paths to success.1. For small or leanly staffed organizations: Start where you are.The simplest way to start a peer fundraising campaign is to focus on the tools you already have. You have your inspiring mission, more than a few enthusiastic supporters (think staff, board, volunteers, clients), and services that need support. Define a campaign, enlist peer fundraisers, educate them on the basics above, and let them run with it. Then, optimize your online giving page with proven software, like Network for Good’s smarter donation pages. With Network for Good’s donation pages, your site will be branded, mobile-ready, and easy for your donors to navigate. You’ll convert more donors and can encourage larger and repeat gifts.Then simply provide your fundraisers with sample emails, or let them create their own, and drive people to your main online giving page. Ask them to acknowledge the fundraiser they’re supporting in your dedication field. This is not the most sophisticated method, but a functional, quick-to-launch approach.And organizations using a branded Network for Good donation page for #GivingTuesday will automatically receive matching funds for donations made on #GivingTuesday!2. For organizations with more staff capacity: take advantage of a peer-to-peer fundraising platform.Nonprofits can set up a campaign by creating a fundraising page on a peer-to-peer giving platform. With a full-featured peer fundraising tool, you can create a page with your colors and logo and enable your peer fundraisers to set up sub-pages for their individual campaigns. They’ll be able to set an individual goal, see their progress, donor scrolls, and where they stand relative to other fundraisers.You can create challenges and competitions among team members that add an extra fun element to the campaign. And you’ll see the overall results of everyone’s fundraising with clean, comprehensive reports. You can then manage the messaging, the updates, and progress of the campaign. This approach is a great way to give your staff greater control of the whole initiative while also making it easy for your fundraisers to get their pages set up and launched. 3. For larger organizations or those planning to use peer fundraising as an ongoing strategy: have your own P2P site.Some organizations are naturally suited to peer and project-based fundraising. These include animal support, disaster relief, schools, health care, disease, and many others. Organizations like these can equip themselves to host multiple peer fundraising and crowdfunding campaigns all year round with Network for Good’s social fundraising platform.last_img read more

Quick-Start Guide to Data Success for Nonprofits

first_imgAll organizations generate a lot of data. The challenge is knowing what to do with it—and what it can do for you. From gathering to reporting, this quick primer will help you get started transforming raw data into insights that will help your nonprofit be more strategic.Nonprofit data fits into four general categories:Financial and internal operations data: Think basic metrics like cash on hand, expenses, volunteer hours, and staff training. These are crucial for budgeting and making program decisions.Marketing, communications, and fundraising data: Also called “outreach” data—how many people signed up for your newsletter, or the number of new donors from your latest campaign.Program data: Arguably the most crucial for articulating the effectiveness of your mission, this includes things like the number of clients your organization served and the outcomes of that service.External data: Just like it sounds, external data comes from sources other than your organization, like the Census Bureau or private research firms.Lots of options, right? And you probably have limited resources. Here’s how to narrow down which data you collect so you can get the most bang for your buck.Focus on data that helps you answer important questions.Before you begin gathering numbers, decide what you want to know. Be specific. Instead of a broad-ranging question—“Is Facebook really working for us?”—ask one that requires specific answers: “What tangible results are we getting from Facebook?” The data could be engagements per post type, new likes over time, or donations resulting from specific types of status updates. Your analysis might show, for instance, that you aren’t getting much from Facebook, but you might also learn that your organization isn’t putting much into it.Beware of “it would be interesting to know…”If you don’t have a plan to use a certain type of data, it might not be worth going down lots of little rabbit holes. It’s easy to get carried away with gathering lots of data out of free-ranging curiosity. Focus on answering those specific, measurable questions we just talked about.Now that you’ve clarified your questions, it’s time to collect the data to answer them. These tips will get you started.Get buy-in from your team.You’ll probably depend on other people to help collect data. The key is helping them understand how it will benefit them—and that it won’t just be extra work. Here’s a great example of how data analysis helps your team target its efforts where they’re effective and skip where they aren’t.How many people is your team meeting at outreach events?Of those, how many are signing up for your newsletter?Of that second group, how many are further engaging in some form, like volunteering or donating?The events generating the most people in Question 3 are the ones your team should focus on. They can skip events with the lowest numbers.Appoint a data czar.Find the person who likes to run numbers and is good at Excel. The data might live in lots of places and be viewed by lots of people, but that one person collects it and helps explain it to the rest of the team.Start small, but with big impact.If your nonprofit is shifting to being more data informed, address resistance by looking at specific key questions your group is facing and finding data to answer them.Let’s say you want to increase fundraising from individual donors but don’t know who is the most effective target. Break down one year of donor records by how they originally made contact with your organization: Maybe some participated in programs (we’ll call them “alumni”), others signed up for your e-newsletter, and others are on your board. Your data shows that alumni are giving much higher average gifts—almost double—but fewer are actually giving. You make a small shift in communications and ask alumni to give using language that reflects their relationship with you. This results in more alumni making donations because now they feel engaged and part of the community.A really simple piece of data analysis can have a big impact.Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.In some ways, you’ll never know the full impact of your programs, but you can know how you’re doing along the way. Six months after a training, for example, call people and ask what they learned and if they made any changes because of it. You might not be able to call everyone, but you (or an intern) could call 20% or 60% of them. You can look at just a few pieces of data that will move you toward a better understanding of your impact.Record your method for Future You.When you go back to collect and report on the same type of data months or even years later, odds are you won’t remember how you did it. Write down your method in simple language so you—or someone else—can replicate it later and generate data that you feel confident comparing over time. Adapted from Network for Good’s Nonprofit 911 webinar “Data Management Strategies to Maximize Your Success” with Heather Yandow from Third Space Studio. Download the complete webinar here.last_img read more

10 Reasons to Celebrate the Health of Moms—and Those Working to Improve Maternal Health—this Mother’s Day!

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on May 11, 2012March 14, 2018Click 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)Mother’s Day 2012 provides a good occasion to celebrate accomplishments in the field over the past year. The Maternal Health Task Force shares ten exciting developments.The State of the World’s Midwives report provided the first comprehensive analysis of midwifery services in countries where the needs are greatest.The MHTF & PLoS launched an open-access collection on quality of maternal health care.UNICEF & UNFPA launched the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities, to increase access to maternal, child, and newborn health commodities.Joyce Banda, an advocate for women’s health & rights, became Malawi’s first female president.The White Ribbon Alliance, along with many partners, developed the Respectful Maternity Care Charter: The Universal Rights of Childbearing Women.Direct Relief International, Fistula Foundation, & UNFPA partnered to develop the first-ever Global Fistula Map, outlining the global landscape of the issue.The first-ever estimates of preterm birth rates by country were published in a new report, Born Too Soon: A Global Action Report on Preterm Birth.Save the Children’s 13th State of the World’s Mothers report focused on nutrition during the period from pregnancy through the child’s 2nd birthday, the first 1,000 daysThe World Health Organization added Misoprostol to the List of Essential Medicines, a critical step toward preventing post-partum hemorrhage.Melinda Gates announced plans to help raise $4 billion to dramatically increase access to family planning around the world by 2020.Please add to the list in the comments!Share this:last_img read more

Catapult, a New Crowdfunding Platform to Advance the Lives of Women and Girls

first_imgPosted on September 11, 2012August 15, 2016Click 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)A message from our friends at Women Deliver and Catapult, a new crowdfunding platform that supports projects advancing the lives of girls and women around the world:As the Catalyzing Partners, Women Deliver and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have invested in the development and implementation of this platform in order to drive investments from people to projects that advance the lives of girls and women globally.For an introduction to Catapult, please watch our 2-minute video at http://www.catapult.org.The Platform operates through donors browsing different projects by location, topic or need and donating individually or creating donor teams to fund those projects that interest and inspire them. Once a project is fully funded, donors can access detailed information on how their funding has been used to change lives. At the same time, through Catapult’s “Curator” feature, champions for girls and women can promote projects in their specific areas of focus thus fueling a funding powerhouse for girls and women. Catapult never takes a fee from partners – it’s free!As you probably know, online crowdfunding is transforming how people give. As of 2011, charitable giving through crowdfunding platforms exceeded 676M and grew at an average rate of 43%. Women Deliver’s goal for Catapult is to establish and maintain sustained, long term funding infrastructure capable of scaling many thousands of projects and delivering millions of dollars in funds to benefit girls and women over the next decade.By listening to women’s funds and organizations, and providing a platform for their projects, Catapult will strengthen the efforts of individuals and organizations working for gender equality. The platform provides an open, direct channel between projects in need of funds and a new generation of citizen donors, leveraging existing networks to fund, sustain and bring work to a global audience.If you are interested in learning more about Catapult, please contact [email protected] is also looking to engage girls and young women as advocates of crowdfunding for girls and women, and would welcome your nominations of girls and young women whom they believe would be great at communicating this message.For more information on the Catupult project, click here!Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

The Consequences of Unintended Births for Maternal and Child Health in India

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 7, 2012August 15, 2016Click 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)A new study, The consequences of unintended births for maternal and child health in India, published in Population Studies: A Journal of Demography, uses data from the Indian National Family Health Survey to look into the relationship between pregnancy intention and maternal and child health outcomes in India.From the abstract:Data from the Indian National Family Health Survey, 2005–06 were used to explore how pregnancy intention at the time of conception influences a variety of maternal and child health and health care outcomes. Results indicate that mistimed children are more likely than wanted children to be delivered without a skilled attendant present (OR = 1.3), to not receive all recommended vaccinations (OR = 1.4), and to die during the neonatal and postneonatal periods (OR = 1.8 and 2.6, respectively). Unwanted children are more likely than wanted children to not receive all recommended vaccinations (OR = 2.2), to be stunted (OR = 1.3), and to die during the neonatal, postneonatal, and early childhood periods (OR = 2.2, 3.6, and 5.9, respectively). Given the high levels of unintended fertility in India (21 per cent of all births), these are striking findings that underscore the importance of investments in family planning.Access the article here.Share this:last_img read more

The Growing Field of Global Health: New Challenges and New Opportunities

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on December 6, 2012November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)In a new post on the Guardian’s Global Development Professionals network, Global health is growing in prominence – now what?, Alanna Shaikh, a leading health and international development blogger, writes about the growing field of global health. Throughout the post, she explores important questions about the new challenges and opportunities that accompany the growth.From the post:Global health is changing – both in policy and practice. Thanks to new funding sources and some scary new health problems, it has got far more attention in the past decade than in the years before. People are more aware of global health issues now and the field is also growing in size, expanding far beyond its roots in tropical medicine and vaccinations. Pneumonia is a global health problem now, as are mental health disorders, and miscarriage.Global health’s prominence, however, also creates challenges. How do you keep up? Distribute your resources? If everything is a global health problem, does that devalue the whole concept? How do we know what really matters when so many things are global?Here’s one way to look at it: global health is more like a lense than a field. It’s a way of looking at health holistically, for the entire planet. It focuses on linkages – between individuals, communities and nations, and among health topics.Read the full post here.Share this:last_img read more

IDEAS Web Seminar September 18: Ensuring Health Services Meet the Needs of Child Brides

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 13, 2013August 15, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)On September 18, our colleagues at IDEAS will hold the latest in their series of web seminars on critical issues in maternal health. This month’s seminar will explore issues related to improving health service delivery to meet the needs of child brides. The seminar will draw on the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health  (PMNCH) Women’s and Children’s Health Knowledge Summary #22: Reaching Child Brides, which gathers evidence on efforts to both end child marriage and address the particular health challenges that child brides face.The seminar will be held at 9:30 AM GMT on September 18. To take part, you will need a headset with a microphone, a computer, internet connection and the latest Java update installed. Please email [email protected] and [email protected] you would like to attend.To learn more about the web seminar series, visit IDEAS to see the calendar of upcoming seminars, as well as recordings of past events, or sign up to receive email updates on future seminars. For more in the PMNCH knowledge summary series, visit the RMNCH Knolwedge Portal.Share this:last_img read more

Professional Development Opportunities in Global Health

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on March 2, 2015August 10, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Maternal Health Task Force works to build a strong maternal health community. That strength starts with you! Here are a few opportunities that you may find helpful in your career.Global Public Health Course, 10 weeks starting March 2nd, 2015: This course, developed by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) a member institution of the SDSN, will focus on various aspects of public health from infectious diseases to NCDs, from health systems to big data, all while placing health as central to the broader framework of sustainable development. The course comprises of video lectures posted every week, reading material, quizzes and an interactive discussion forum, which an be completed at the student’s convenience. Faculty of the course include Prof. K. Srinath Reddy (President, PHFI), Dr. Richard Cash (PHFI/Harvard School of Public Health), Prof. Vinod Paul (All India Institute of Medical Sciences), Mr. Rob Yates (Chatham House), and others.  Further details about the course, including the course structure, requirements and syllabus can be found on the website. For any questions regarding the course, please email the course team at [email protected] Tomorrow Needs Her, March 4th, 2015,  7:30 pm EST: A special webcast marking the launch of a multimedia campaign highlighting the efforts of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to provide accessible, high-quality health care to women and girls around the world. Because Tomorrow Needs Her is a collection of first-hand accounts from MSF aid workers — midwives, OBGYNs, physicians, nurses, and counselors — who have treated women and girls in a host of different countries and contexts over the past two decades. To find out more, visit the event page and the website or follow us at #TomorrowNeedsHer.Putting Mothers and Babies First: Benefits Across a Lifetime, Webcast: Last week, experts gathered to discuss the important intersections between women’s and newborn health and what integrating these two fields looks like practically. Panelists included Ana Langer with the MHTF, Joy Riggs-Perla with Saving Newborn Lives, Alicia Yamin with the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, and Kirsten Gagnaire with Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action. In case you missed the live webcast, read a summary and watch the video at The Forum at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.Share this:last_img read more

3 Reasons Why Nonprofits Should Focus on the Donor Experience

first_imgAlthough it’s unclear exactly how the new tax law will impact charitable donations, nonprofits can’t afford to wait and see. Many nonprofits are now thinking of new ways to attract and retain donors to ensure that funding stays consistent.According to research by the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute, the average donor retention rate in the U.S. after the first gift is around 45 percent. Without a focused effort to convert those one-time donors to regular, loyal supporters, nonprofits may struggle to generate enough new donations to reach their fundraising goals.If tax reform isn’t a big enough reason for your organization to create a donor experience that will keep supporter relationships thriving, here are three others to consider.It’s more expensive to attract a new donor than to retain one.Bringing in a new donor requires a series of steps. You have to raise awareness, build trust, make an emotional connection, and facilitate the process of actually making the first gift. These steps take time and can be expensive to implement. To retain donors, on the other hand, you simply need to keep the donors engaged with you and your work by focusing on their experience with your organization.Marketing costs alone eat up between 5 and 15 percent of a nonprofit’s total budget. Add to that your fundraising expenses, and you quickly realize how much your organization could save if you could convert the 55% of donors who only give once into regular supporters.Committed donors will give to multiple projects.If a donor is committed to supporting one of your programs, that person will likely want to give toward multiple projects within the program, or even to related programs. Loyal donors are already sold on the trustworthiness and effectiveness of your organization. They believe in your ability to use their donations to effect real change; so it’s easier to deepen the relationship and increase the amount or frequency of their giving.As you communicate with these donors and share the impact of their most recent donation, you can use that opportunity to introduce them to other areas of your program that might interest them.Regular donors will share insights that you can use to attract new donors.While it’s impossible to read the minds of prospective donors to know what moves them to give, you can gain insight from your regular donors that effectively gives you that superpower. Talk to your loyal supporters and listen to what they tell you. What initially attracted them to your organization? What gives them the confidence to continue supporting your work? What gets them excited about a particular program? What do they like your organization to share with them? What aspects of your charitable programs would they like to see firsthand? What experiences have made the biggest impact on them? The answers you receive to these questions will provide you with the information you need to improve your regular donors’ experience and to attract new donors.Planning and creating a donor experience that grows relationships and causes donors to increase their support takes time and energy. Take heart. The benefits your nonprofit sees will be worth many times over the resources you put into it. Organizations that focus on retaining donors as well as acquiring new ones will also be better positioned to weather the changes that come as a result of the recent tax reform. You’ll have confidence that your programs will remain funded and thriving.Learn why the donor experience is vital to a successful organization and how to implement an effective donor experience program by downloading this white paper “A Better Donor Experience: Is it the Cornerstone of Donor Loyalty?”last_img read more

Respecting Choice in Childbirth: Preferred Delivery Positions Among Ethnic Minorities in Vietnam

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on April 4, 2017May 9, 2017By: Cassandra Morris, Program Officer, Gender and Reproductive Health, HealthBridge Foundation of CanadaClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)In recent decades, Vietnam has had remarkable success in improving maternal health, with the maternal mortality ratio declining 64% between 1990 and 2013. While this decline is impressive, the national figures obscure the persistent health inequalities that exist between the Kinh ethnic majority and Vietnam’s 53 ethnic minority groups. Ethnic minority women are far more likely to deliver without the assistance of a skilled birth attendant (SBA) and face significantly higher rates of maternal mortality.For Vietnam’s ethnic minorities, their cultural preferences and traditions surrounding childbirth are often portrayed as obstacles to the uptake of maternal health services. One cultural preference that is viewed as a barrier to receiving maternal health care is the use of traditional birthing positions. During facility-based delivery, women in Vietnam (as in many countries) are expected to lie on their backs, in the supine position, to deliver their children. The supine position allows the attending health care professional to have a better, unobstructed view of the birth.Providing women-centered careThe optimal position for labor and delivery from a medical perspective has been studied extensively. While there are slight advantages and disadvantages to both supine and non-supine positions, the evidence does not support the routine use of the supine position. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) identified the routine use of the supine position as a practice that should be eliminated.In 2016, WHO released “Standards for Improving Quality of Maternal and Newborn Care in Health Facilities,” which recommends that health professionals encourage women to “adopt the position of their choice during labor.” Despite these recommendations, many countries and health facilities around the world continue to dictate the routine use of the supine position for childbirth. In Vietnam, the National Standard Guidelines on Reproductive Health were recently updated in an effort to improve quality of care. However, these new guidelines continue to prescribe that women lie on their backs on a delivery table during childbirth.Mandating the supine position constitutes a failure to provide a person-centered approach to maternal care as it prioritizes convenience for the SBA over the comfort of women giving birth. For some of Vietnam’s ethnic minority groups, this policy can also be culturally insensitive. A preference for traditional non-supine birth positions has been well-documented among several of Vietnam’s ethnic minority groups.Respecting women’s preferencesIn northern Vietnam, research among Thai and H’mong women highlighted the importance of traditional non-supine delivery positions. H’mong women described delivering in a sitting or squatting position, aided by the use of a low birth stool. Traditionally during labor and delivery, Thai women maintain a kneeling position while grasping a strong woven cloth – called a pieu – that is suspended from the ceiling.In the South Central Coastal region, research among the H’re and Bana groups found that women unanimously preferred to deliver in their traditional non-supine positions, which were considered more convenient and comfortable. In addition to their own experiences during labor and delivery, women expressed a belief that giving birth in the traditional position makes the infant stronger.Preferences and traditions around the time of delivery are diverse among ethnic minority groups in Vietnam. Some customs require more ingenuity or resources—for example, those that involve the use of fire. However, there are many customs that can be adapted relatively easily to ensure culturally sensitive facility delivery, including traditions surrounding placenta burial, male involvement at birth and religious practices.Providing high quality care requires utilizing evidence-based policies that respect the cultural practices, preferences and needs of ethnic minorities. Positioning cultural preferences as a barrier to overcome represents a continuation of assimilation policies directed towards ethnic minorities. If, instead, the challenges of providing culturally sensitive maternal health services are viewed as the barrier, then the responsibility is shifted towards the health sector to provide higher quality, respectful and patient-centered maternity care.—Learn more about respectful maternity care.Access publications and news articles about maternal health in Vietnam.Share this:last_img read more

Afghan national arrested with 72 kg gld in shoes

first_imgNew Delhi: An Afghan national has been arrested at the Delhi airport for allegedly carrying smuggled gold worth more than Rs. 72 lakh concealed in his shoes, the Customs officials said on Thursday.The Afghan passenger, who arrived at the Terminal-3 of IGI Airport from Kabul on Tuesday, was arrested by the Customs officials. Two gold bars were concealed inside the man’s shoes, worth Rs. 72.90 lakh, officials said. Custom officials seized the gold and arrested the man. The offices suspected the man and based on intelligence inputs the man was taken for frisking and when he was asked to take out his shoes, the gold bars were seen hidden in the shoes. Police are now invetigating if he had smuggled gold with the same modus operandi earlier too.last_img read more

Cam Newtons Advice to Johnny Manziel Apparently Did Not

Photo by zimbio.comCam Newton, the former Heisman Trophy winner, said he conversed with enigmatic Johnny Manziel “a few times” this summer. Apparently, whatever Newton had to offer did not stick, as the news gets worse each day for “Johnny Football.”The latest is that a Las Vegas broker said he paid Manziel $7,500 to sign helmets, a blatant violation of NCAA rules that could render the rising sophomore ineligible for the upcoming season. Not good.Newton survived an NCAA investigation into pay-for-play allegations. He was not found to have committed any wrongdoing and was not suspended from any games.Manziel “has to go through these types of situations to know how to handle them in the future,” Newton said. “When somebody comes up to you and asks for your autograph, you don’t know if they’re going to do it for good or bad” purposes.“For any college athlete you are vulnerable to so many things,” Newton said. “You think everybody loves you for who you are.“When I was there at college, so many people wanted from me and I wanted to give so much,” he added. “Like I would sign this and give my time and this, this and that. And nobody was looking at it through my [eyes]. If you say no to this particular person, you are going to be a [jerk]. You are going to be the person that people look at as, ‘What’s up? We came out here and supported you and cheered for you and you can’t sign an autograph?’ Never mind that you signed 300 other autographs before. But that’s the nature of the beast.”Despite whatever Newton shared with Manziel, the Texas A&M star has struggled to stay out of the news since leading Texas A&M to an 11-2 record and an upset win over No. 1 Alabama en route to becoming the first freshman to win the Heisman.The latest potential problem involves an ESPN report that the NCAA is investigating whether Manziel was paid for signing hundreds of autographs last January.Newton said he hopes “that everything works out in the best for him so he can get back to what he likes to do and that’s playing football.” read more

LeBron Is Tired The Rockets May Soon Be Too

By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner Embed Code Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On Thursday’s show (May 24, 2018), Neil, Kyle and Chris discuss the conference finals yet again. Just how magical is Boston’s home-court advantage? Just how tired is LeBron James? Is the Rockets’ bench too thin for the starters to stay fresh? And what’s with Kevin Durant’s shot selection?The crew also talks about how the NFL’s new national anthem policy differs from the NBA’s in fewer ways than you might think.The Lab will be back with another episode next week. In the meantime, keep an eye on FiveThirtyEight’s NBA predictions, which are updated after every game. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed read more

Football Billy Price Denzel Ward and Nick Bosa named AFCA firstteam AllAmericans

Ohio State sophomore defensive lineman Nick Bosa (97) sacks Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook (12) in the third quarter of the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe awards continued to pile up for a trio of Ohio State players. Redshirt senior center Billy Price, junior cornerback Denzel Ward and sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa were named first-team All-Americans by the American Football Coaches Association on Wednesday.The announcement comes just two days after Price and Ward were named first-team All-Americans by the Associated Press. Bosa was on the second-team. All three were first-team All-Big Ten members.This is the second consecutive season Price has been named an AFCA first-team All-American as a right guard. The redshirt senior also took home the Rimington Trophy, given to the nation’s top center, and was named the Big Ten Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year. During the 2017 season, Price set the Ohio State record for consecutive games started, having started every game of his career since his redshirt freshman season.Nick and Joey Bosa become only the second pair of Ohio State brothers to both be named first-team All-Americans, joining Ray and Archie Griffin. Nick has continued the legacy of the Bosa name, joining Joey as fellow Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year winners by taking home the hardware in 2017. Bosa has 32 tackles — 18 solo and 14 assisted — with 14.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks. He also forced a fumble.Ward has shined in his first year as a starter, picking up two interceptions, 15 passes defended, 30 solo tackles, seven assisted tackles and two for a loss. He was named a finalist for the Thorpe Award, given to the nation’s top defensive back, but lost to Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick. read more

The Russian Ambassador and his Delhi connect

first_imgHonouring our diplomatic ties with Russia, Delhi Study Group celebrated the silver jubilee of Alexander M Kadakin, a veteran Russian ambassador to India. Vijay Jolly, the president of the group, presided over the event to elaborate on the bilateral relations between India and Russia.The ambassador was presented with a flowers, trophy and citation for his years long services to promote the ties between the two countries and its people. Mayors of South and North Delhi, Sarita Chaudhary and Master Azad Singh and Deputy Mayor of East Delhi, Mahender Kumar Ahuja, graced the occasion with their benign presence. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In his address, Vijay Jolly proclaimed that during Kadakin’s tenure, the bilateral relations got a boost and we worked together successfully in the field of science, technology, space, education, military hardware and two way trade between the nations.  Kadakin, who is fluent in Hindi, French, Urdu, Romanian and Russian languages was a great force in bolstering the relations. It was a nostalgic moment for the ambassador who recollected his memories from 25 years. He also narrated his close relations with various former Indian Prime Ministers & his intense love for India.A photo exhibition relived  his moments in India with pictures of him interacting with great Indian leaders like Late Smt. Indira Gandhi, Late Morarji Desai, Late Rajiv Gandhi, Late Narsimha Rao, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Lal Krishna Advani and Manmohan Singh during his long innings in India.last_img read more

Qantas savagely clips its financial wings

first_imgQantas is likely to be given a debt guarantee by the Abbott Government until its foreign ownership restrictions can be lifted.   “The Australian domestic market has been distorted by the current Australian aviation policy which allows Virgin to be majority owned by three foreign airlines,” Joyce said. The job cuts include a reduction of 1,500 management and non-operational positions and will be carried out over a three period until the 2017 financial year. The Qantas Group will cut 5,000 jobs, sell assets and reduce capital expenditure in order to try to return to profit by financial year 2015, Qantas chief executive officer, Alan Joyce said at a press conference today. Joyce said that the need for restructuring was promoted by the uneven playing field in the Australian aviation sector. Qantas has bought 132 aircraft, with an average age of 7.6 years. Source = ETB News: T.N. Going forward, Joyce said that Qantas will rely on its partnership with Emirates to expand its international reach by cutting routes and invest in passenger capacity by rapidly changing its fleet. The savings will be AUD $2 billion which will be used to invest in capacity growth internationally as well as in Asia in its Jetstar Group. In addition, there will be a wage freeze across the Qantas Group and a suspension of wage increases and bonuses for executives, the sale of aircraft and the shutting down of its heavy maintenance and catering facilities. Qantas announced a Statutory Tax Loss of AUD $235 million for the six months from 2013. last_img read more

I take a scientific view on these things Unless y

first_img I take a scientific view on these things. Unless you’re born a hermaphrodite, you’re equipped as either a male or a female, with designated X and Y chromosomes. If the kid wants a sex change later in life—and can afford to pay for it—then that should be a possibility. But for the parent to put that on its birth certificate is nothing but a political statement. As far as I’m concerned, you can call yourself whatever you want. If a person wants to self-identify as a two-headed crustacean from Mars, that’s fine. Anybody should be or do or have whatever they want—as long as they don’t aggress against other people or their property. I mean who cares how you “self-identify”? You’re giving other people more information by which they can judge what type of a being you are. I like more information about the person I’m dealing with. I think the current trend to self-identify as all manner of bizarre things is aberrant, and even sick. But it’s a matter of personal choice. The key is not getting the State or the law involved. Justin: So, what’s fueling this trend? Doug: This is just one of the many subsets of a greater phenomenon: the collapse of Western Civilization. Western Civilization is built upon the acknowledgment and understanding of physical reality, and concepts such as truth, honesty, and science. When Bizzarro World is accepted as being equally valid in the eyes of the law and most people, then a society is in trouble. This whole multi-gender, sex change and whatever trend is just one subset of the worms eating away at the culture. It’s why primitive and authoritarian forces like Islam are on the rise. They’re retrogressive, and repugnant to anyone that believes in Western values. But they offer certainty about what’s right and wrong, proper and improper. And—sad to say—the average person may be so degraded that he’ll choose that over the uncertainty presented by personal freedom and responsibility. It’s a pity. Many, or even most, of the people in the West are renouncing personal freedom and responsibility—even denying the reality of being born a boy or a girl—and substituting them with floating abstractions. Justin: What role should the government play in all this? Should they acknowledge these things? Doug: Well frankly, I don’t believe in government identification documents, driver’s licenses, or anything of the sort. Yes, I understand that over the last 100 years society has come to accept the supposed “necessity” of everyone having “papers,” like a dog or a cow. It’s a very recent phenomenon. But insofar as ID is needed, the market could and would provide it far better than the State. Are you a non-person if you don’t have a birth certificate? If this whole intersex, transgender thing wasn’t politicized it would be a non-problem. People have always thought and believed things that are not just outlandish but at odds with reality. But frankly, who cares—as long as they can’t impose their views on anyone else? They’re destroying their own lives, but it’s not my problem. Although it’s a symptom of a much bigger problem. But, to answer your question directly, the doctor should put “male” or “female” in the box, because those are the choices that correspond with physical reality at the time. Justin: I agree, Doug. The state should leave this alone. But I will say that it’s hard to stay on top of all the developments in the gender world. Just look at this survey that VIDA, a non-profit feminist organization, put out recently: There are 26 “sub-genders” to choose from. I didn’t even know that was a thing until I saw this. Doug: Yeah, they’re really innovative. Insane, actually. I’d say they hate themselves even more than I’m sure they hate straight white males. There are clearly many flavors of psychological aberration. Once again, it’s nothing that the politicians should get involved in. Let people put down whatever they want on their survey cards. I just feel sorry for the kids of these crazy people. It’s going to make their lives harder, but not everybody is dealt a Royal Flush at birth. On the bright side, maybe Nietzsche was right when he said “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” So, here’s a kid that’s going to start playing his game of Texas Hold ‘Em of life with an unsuited 2-7. I’m sorry for him, but that’s what we call the luck of the draw. He’s going to grow up likely having to endure all kinds of harassment. A bit like what Johnny Cash sang about in “A Boy Named Sue.” Justin: But what about the child? They obviously had zero say in this. Should the government prevent people with “psychological aberrations” from doing this to children? Doug: Well, you and I may think that these people have psychological problems. But who can objectively quantify this? It would likely be left up to psychiatrists. But my experience is that psychiatry is the lowest rung of specialties on the medical ladder. They generally don’t have to know any real medicine beyond what it took to get their union card. Their cure for psychological problems is generally passing out pills, many of which are extremely dangerous. Plus, most psychiatrists are troubled people themselves. They become psychiatrists to bounce their own aberrations off of the person that’s paying them there to tell them his. They’re the last people to make this determination. We can all have our opinions on who’s crazy. But I don’t think there should be any formalized law or regulation on the topic. I don’t want the state involved in any of this stuff. You know, in Germany there are some names that you can’t give your kid. They won’t allow you to call your kid “Freedom” or “Liberty.” Those names are illegal to give your kid in Germany. Freedom isn’t much in fashion in the land of Karl Marx, National Socialism, the Stasi, Christian Democracy, Social Democracy, and what-have-you. Then again, why shouldn’t some state bureaucrat determine what I call my kid, or for that matter what the kid calls himself? God forbid the drones and proles might get the idea they could actually own themselves! Justin: Thanks for taking the time to speak with me today, Doug. Doug: My pleasure. Justin’s note: Every month, Doug shares his unique insights in The Casey Report, our flagship publication. If you sign up today, you’ll get complete access to all of our archived content, including recent essays by Doug on the Greater Depression, the migrant crisis, and technology. You’ll also receive specific, actionable advice to help you protect and grow your personal financial empire. You can sign up for a risk-free trial of The Casey Report right here. 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Justin’s note: Just when I thought I’d seen it all…I recently read this story about a baby born in Canada that wasn’t designated a sex. Its birth certificate simply lists “U” under the sex category. The Gender-Free ID Coalition believes that this stands for “unspecified or unknown.”But it’s impossible to know for sure. You see, this has never happened before. It’s a “world first,” according to CNN.You see, the baby was born “outside the medical system” to a nonbinary, transgender parent…and did not undergo the traditional genital inspection after birth. Here’s why the child’s parent wanted it this way: It is up to Searyl [the child] to decide how they identify, when they are old enough to develop their own gender identity…I am not going to foreclose their choices based on an arbitrary assignment of gender at birth based on an inspection of their genitals.It’s a bizarre situation, to say the least. So I called up Doug Casey to try to make sense of it… Justin: What do you make of this, Doug? Doug: The parent in question is obviously very confused. Perhaps they’ve just been brainwashed by the wave of political correctness that’s washed over the world like a tsunami of raw sewage; if so, it’s possible they can recover. Perhaps they have the neurological wiring of one sex but the body of the other; I imagine that’s quite possible, and is nobody’s “fault.” Maybe they experienced some childhood trauma that made them hate their own sex, or gender, or whatever. Maybe any of a number of other things. In times past, someone like this would be viewed as a curiosity. They might have worked in a circus sideshow. Today they’re taken seriously. Look, almost everybody has problems, fears, inadequacies—issues—of one type or another. But if you want to succeed, you do your best trying to overcome, de-emphasize, or hide these things. You don’t go out in public and broadcast them. Why not? For the same reason a chicken with a physical peculiarity doesn’t—the rest of the flock will peck her to death. This person isn’t courageous; he’s just got less sense than a chicken. What’s worse, this person is burdening a child with their psychological aberrations—not very nice on the part of the parent. I’m a believer in nature over nurture, so the kid will likely survive and be whoever he/she or it is. But the idiot parent isn’t going to make growing up any easier for him, her, or it. Then again, I understand Facebook has designated about 48 sexual or gender identities… And people seem to live on Facebook. — Recommended Linklast_img read more

Many social media users unaware researchers study their data

This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Many social media users unaware researchers study their data (2018, April 12) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-social-media-users-unaware.html Explore further Credit: University of Kentucky If you’re unaware that your tweets could be analyzed by researchers and published in studies without your consent, you’re not alone. A majority of Twitter users don’t know that researchers often gather and study their tweets – and occasionally, even the deleted ones. Most believe researchers should be asking for permission and wrongly assume not doing so violates Twitter’s Terms of Service, according to a new study by University of Kentucky Assistant Professor Nicholas Proferes and Casey Fiesler, an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Boulder.On the heels of the Cambridge Analytica controversy, in which 87 million Facebook users might have had their data shared with the firm, questions abound about data, privacy and ethics on social media and beyond.”In light of recent events, transparency is even more important,” said Proferes, co-author and faculty member in the UK College of Communication and Information’s School of Information Science.By surveying 268 individuals who used public Twitter accounts, the authors also found that many users thought researchers were banned from collecting and analyzing public tweets; were surprised that deleted tweets might be used in studies; and had very strong opinions on the practice if those users were taking steps to protect their account.Part of the problem, Proferes said, is how social media companies neglect to explain how information flows and is used beyond users’ intended audiences.Many areas of research rely on social media data, from predicting sentiment for products to better understanding how communities respond to social events. In the study, most users thought using public social media data for science is important and would be willing to let their content be used for scientific research if they were asked.”This raises a number of questions about how we, as researchers, should handle user content, and how we might go about informing users about research that uses their publicly available content,” he said.Typically, researchers are required to go through Institutional Review Board (IRB) processes when conducting research on human subjects, but these can differ among institutions. For example, some IRBs may treat research using publicly available social media data as an observational study in a public space that doesn’t require consent.”But is Twitter equivalent to a public park?” Proferes said. “It’s not. If I see someone observing me, I can walk away. Twitter is a one-way mirror.”Proferes and Fiesler also found that users’ attitudes toward the practice differed depending on contextual factors, such as the topic of the research, the pool of data—one tweet or the user’s entire history—and whether the tweets would be attributed or anonymous.The researchers offer some best practices and considerations for researchers using public social media data: 1) Ask for permission if there is a reasonable way to do so; 2) Anonomyze identifying information when quoting tweets; 3) Request permission to publish the user’s identity; and 4) Avoid using deleted content.Proferes and Fiesler are also working on additional ethical guidelines to inform the research community, and Proferes is working with a colleague to develop a tool that could be used on social media to provide users with more information regarding research studies.”Twitter is a really rich source of data for scientists to understand social phenomena,” Proferes said. “But we can do better about informing people about our research, getting their permission when possible and sharing our findings.” Scientists are analyzing your tweets and FB posts—is it ethical? Provided by University of Kentucky read more