Wallabies would be wise to field strong team against Georgia in Rugby World Cup

first_imgThe selectors may be tempted to keep certain players in cotton wool against Georgia, but that will not help them to get ready for the quarter-final. Sure, the Wallabies will not want to see any of their top players injured against Georgia, but the risk of injury is just as great at training. If key Wallabies are rested against Georgia, they will have received either no game time, or very little, since the loss to Wales, diminishing their match fitness.The All Blacks fielded a near full-strength team against Tonga in their World Cup warm-up to prepare for the opening game of the tournament against South Africa. The Wallabies should treat Georgia the same way, a full dress rehearsal for the quarter-final, honing their combinations and skills for the sudden-death game.The question is, what is the Wallabies best team? Do the selectors even know? The tight-five of Scott Sio, Tolu Latu, Allan Alaalatoa, Rory Arnold and Izack Rodda is pretty much settled as it has been the Wallabies’ best-performing area so far in the tournament.But positions from number six to number 10 remain something of a mystery. We can be almost certain the “Pooper” back-row combination of David Pocock and Michael Hooper will start the quarter-final, despite calls for a big blindside flanker. It has been duly noted that Pocock, regarded as the best breakdown forward in world rugby, has not won any turnovers in this tournament.That is largely because of a key law change at the breakdown that favours the team in possession at the tackle contest, making it much more difficult to pilfer the ball. But the real strength of the “Pooper” combination is not so much playing hard on the ball, but their solid defence. Without Pocock and Hooper on the field at the same time, the Wallabies are very vulnerable defensively.As long as the Wallabies have a big number eight such as Isi Naisararni, they should be able to get away with having two shorter flankers. But Naisarani will face a strong challenge from Jack Dempsey for the gold number eight jersey. Dempsey showed brilliant footwork and physicality against Uruguay. If he can’t dislodge Naisarani, he might beat blindside flanker Lukhan SalaKaia-Loto for a spot on the bench.But do the Wallabies want to deny themselves the option of adding size to the back-row should they need it? The pressing question is who will start in the halves? Nic White and Christian Lealiifano or Will Genia and Bernard Foley?Before the World Cup coach Michael Cheika hinted he would adopt a horses-for-courses approach and has flipped the halves combination in each game. It is Genia and Foley’s turn to start against Georgia, but are they the best combination? Probably not. White and Lealiifano should start against Georgia, unless Cheika is keeping Matt Toomua up his sleeve as a number 10 option.The mid-field combination of Samu Kerevi and James O’Connor as well as left winger Marika Koroibete seem the only certain starters in the backline. At fullback, the selectors must decide between the safety-first option of Dane Haylett-Petty and the x-factor of Kurtley Beale. At this stage it looks as if Beale will continue his role as a super-sub.And, of course, the arrival of teen sensation Jordan Petaia has given the selectors something to mull over in relation to the right wing. Petaia, 19, made a wonderful debut against Uruguay, scoring a try, but is he ready to start in the quarter-final ahead of the likes of Reece Hodge, Adam Ashley-Cooper or even Haylett-Petty? There is an old truism in rugby that if you are good enough, you are old enough, and Petaia certainly looked good enough, albeit he was only playing against Uruguay.Whoever the selectors decide to go with for Georgia, they need to pick the best possible Wallabies team to prepare for the quarter-final. Eddie Jones unwittingly tipped the Wallabies into the danger of the draw and they would be wise to listen to the former Australia mentor. Since you’re here… Read more The last thing the Wallabies need is another contributing factor towards a slow start, having begun poorly in all of their games so far against Fiji, Wales and Uruguay.It raises a strong argument that the Wallabies should field their best team against Georgia to help prepare for the quarter-final. The Wallabies selectors made 12 changes to the team that lost 29-25 to Wales for the Uruguay game to rest key players and give others game time. 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Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email Australia sport Topics Support The Guardian Australia must address slow starts before Rugby World Cup quarter-finals begin After England’s 39-10 win against Argentina, coach Eddie Jones touched on an issue which will have important implications for his old team, the Wallabies, as they prepare for the knockout stage of the Rugby World Cup.Jones’ off-the-cuff comment did not pertain to the ill-discipline that has bedevilled Australia, but to the vagaries of the draw. Asked to explain England’s slow start against Argentina, Jones attributed it to rustiness after playing two easy games against Tonga and the USA in Pool C.This has direct relevance to the Wallabies, who will have played two minnows in a row before their quarter-final. The Wallabies defeated Uruguay 45-10 at Oita Stadium on Saturday and will play their final Pool D game against Georgia on Friday. If Jones’ theory is correct, the Wallabies will be underdone when they face the pressure-cooker situation of sudden-death rugby. Bret Harris Share on LinkedIn Rugby World Cup: Cheika says Australia must improve discipline after 45-10 win – video Rugby World Cup 2019 Rugby World Cup features Play Video Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Australia rugby union teamlast_img read more

The Most Dynamic Players at Oklahoma State in 2017, Ranked

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. 6. Dillon Stoner: Ask anyone in the Jenks area who the best athlete to come through the area over the last few years is, and 80% will tell you Dillon Stoner. For Jenks, he was a punter, safety, receiver, wildcat quarterback, and kick-holder for extra points. The man does it all — he even took a snap out of the wildcat last season with the game on the line.5. Mason Rudolph: I wouldn’t consider Mason Rudolph to be an athletic freak, but I also would not say that to his face. At 6-foot-5, he towers over defenses and has every throw in the arsenal ready to unload at a moments notice. If he can perfect his short game (which looks worse than mine at times), he’ll grow into a bonafide first-rounder without question.4. J.D. King: Do not sleep on Georgia running backs. Period. J.D. King is a freak show who can lift heavier weight than the entire PFB team combined, and I can guarantee you he doesn’t skip leg day. He’s a fast runner through the gap, and while he isn’t the make-you-miss athlete that Chuba Hubbard is, he can hold his own by taking blows up the middle and pass-blocking like a pro.3. Tyron Johnson: It’s entirely possible we’ve overblown the Tyron Johnson hype, but it’s also entirely possible that everyone — including myself — absolutely can’t wait to see him take the field. The former five-star recruit is bound to breakout in 2017. It’s “bag year” as he calls it.2. James Washington: Washington returns as the NCAA leader in receiving yards and yards per catch, and with games like this against Pitt in 2016, I’d be stunned if he isn’t the odds-on favorite to win the Biletnikoff in 2017.I think everyone feels happy he chose football over tennis.1. Justice Hill: Mr. All-American himself earns the top spot as the most dynamic player for OSU in 2017. The expectation for Hill last season was to fill a role behind Chris Carson, but he supplanted the veteran early in the season, rushed for 1,000-plus yards, and launched himself into our list at No. 1 among OSU’s most dynamic players. When you can squat 565-pounds, I think that’s an automatic qualifier. Each year Mike Gundy and his staff bring in heavily evaluated (but not always highly-rated) prospects who overachieve on the gridiron. Players like James Washington, Jalen McCleskey and Brad Lundblade all come to mind when I think of players who have outperformed their projections and proven to be dynamic players in Stillwater.With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the most dynamic players at OSU entering the 2017 season, ranked. Similar to Bruce Feldman’s annual college football freak list, these are the do-it-all athletes OSU can’t do without.10. Zach Sinor: Name another player in the country who can pin punts inside the 10, launch his own Heisman website, and campaign at a national event like Big 12 media days. I’ll wait …….. OK, no one, right? That, my friends, is dynamic! Yes, I’ll admit I’m pandering to the #SinorForHeisman crowd, but I’m of the belief that he’s going to be one of the most crucial players in OSU’s push to win the Big 12 in 2017.AdChoices广告9. Ramon Richards: We’ve come a long ways from Richards’ freshman campaign that was biting on the pump fake after biting on the pump fake. Now, in 2017, he’s moved over to play safety — which could be huge for the senior in a 3-3-5 scheme, as Thomas Fleming analyzed. Regardless of what you think about his footwork or fundamentals, he always seems to be in the right place at the right time. His feel for the game — and now his ability to play multiple positions — makes him one of OSU’s most dynamic athletes. (Not bad for a high school quarterback turned defensive back!)8. Chuba Hubbard: For your troubles, I’ve listed out all the OSU athletes since 2010 who have run faster than Chuba in the 100-meter sprint:Tyreek Hill, 10.19That’s it. Hubbard’s 10.55 100-meter dash earned him fourth overall in 2015 IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia in 2015. He can catch passes out of the backfield, he can get up the field through the heart of the defense, and he’s really, really, fast.7. Calvin Bundage: Bundage, a second-year player from Edmond Santa Fe, has all the physical tools to potentially take over as the No. 1 option at star linebacker. He’s a physical freak who has coverage skills like a safety, rushing skills like a defensive end, and punishing power across the middle like an inside linebacker.last_img read more

OSU’s Offense Needs to Improve in Red Zone Scoring

first_img20134.8610-3 Texas552193.98 YearRZ PassingRZ Pass TDsRZ INTsRZ Rushing TDsRZ TripsTotal RZ TDs 20094.439-4 Kansas321324.12 Iowa State411864.54 20164.5210-3 The 2010-2013 squads were very good which shouldn’t be a surprise because those teams had better offensive lines and, consequently, better running games. The outlier was that forgettable 2014 offense whose inconsistency along the offensive line was only outweighed by its inconsistency at quarterback. Zac Veatch started at guard.Aside from 2014, last year was the worst since 2009 in PPR. That decline can be partially attributed to the lack of a J.W. Walsh who was an ultra-efficient 10-of-22 (77.3 percent) with eight touchdowns and no interceptions in the red zone. He also added 13 rushing touchdowns inside the 20.Walsh called his own number 55 times (passing or running it himself) in the red zone in 2015 and came out with 21 touchdowns to show for it. Last year, Rudolph’s numbers were 68 snaps (excluding hand-offs) for 18 touchdowns and an interception. Nothing against QB1. That’s just not his game. The fact that he got close to Walsh’s numbers is actually kind of remarkable.Now that’s not to say this current version of the offense can’t be effective. It’s just a matter of playing to your potential and your personnel. Here’s the balance of red-zone scores the last two seasons. Oklahoma State may have the best offense in the Big 12. There’s a case to be made for best in the country.Let’s take inventory. You’ve go a senior Heisman candidate under center, a Biletnikoff favorite to one side and a bevy of skilled receivers to the other. An improved offensive line with returning starters and a big-time grad transfer to clear the way for a record-setting Freshman All-American running back who led all rookies in rushing yards last year.But in order to replicate (or exceed) the results of that landmark 2011 season, the offense will have to be elite. When asked about what he and the offense can do to get there, Mason Rudolph didn’t mince words.AdChoices广告“You can always be better in the red zone and the score zone,” said Rudolph. “There’s a lot of times last year, fade balls and incompletions there and different schemes. Decision-making is so key down there.“The ability to extend the play and get a couple of those scramble drill points down there in the score zone is key, and that’s something we’ve worked on.”Rudolph hit the nail right on the head. It’s an understated issue with an otherwise efficient offense. And it’s one that the Cowboys would like to improve on during fall camp.Last year, we talked about a stat I call points per red-zone attempt or “PPR.” It dives deeper into red-zone effectiveness than simple red-zone efficiency — the percentage of red-zone attempts that end in scores. “PPR” takes into account red-zone touchdowns over red-zone field goals. Simply put, six points are better than three. We take total points scored in the red zone and divide them by number of red-zone attempts.Here’s a look at each Big 12 team last season. 20154.7510-3 Baylor602434.05 20104.8711-2 Oklahoma592794.73 20084.749-4 Rudolph is never going to be J.W. Walsh — and that’s quite alright. There are other ways to be efficient in enemy territory. And fortunately for Rudolph his biggest boost in this department is 6-foot-4 and has been on a one-year hiatus.In 2015, Marcell Ateman caught five passes in the red zone and four of them ended with six points. Chris Lacy also fits that role going a perfect 3-for-3 in the red zone last season. Jalen McCleskey, James Washington, Tyron Johnson. We know all the playmaking receivers at Rudolph’s disposal.Add in cowboy backs Britton Abbott and Sione Finefeuiaki who could play the punch-it-in fullback role and Keenen Brown who is another option in the passing game and Rudolph has no shortage of weapons once he sniffs the goal line.There’s not one simple answer and not one simple change. Maybe it comes from a natural progression in the offense. Either way, Oklahoma State needs to be better when it gets within striking distance and that could make all the difference in 2017. 201628/50 – 56%141296943 West Virginia572374.12 YearPPRRecord 20124.798-5 Oklahoma State693124.52 TeamRed-Zone TripsRed-Zone PointsPPR Kansas State623004.84 201540/70 – 57.1%200206040 TCU602434.05 20144.217-6 Texas Tech633094.90 As we see here, Oklahoma State was right in the middle of the pack in 2016. Tech, unsurprisingly, was very good thanks to its offensive system and Pat Mahomes. Kansas was right behind Oklahoma State but only made 32 trips into the red zone all season (yikes) to OSU’s league-leading 69.To put it into perspective, here’s a look at some prior years’ numbers for Oklahoma State. 20114.6112-1 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Liverpool vs Watford: TV, stream & preview

first_imgLiverpool v Watford Liverpool vs Watford: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 15:39 17/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jurgen Klopp Liverpool Getty Images Liverpool v Watford Premier League Liverpool Watford The Reds will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run at Anfield and cement a top-four spot when they play host to a Hornets side ravaged by injuries Liverpool will welcome Watford to Anfield on Saturday looking to take advantage of a Premier League break for their rivals and cement a top-four standing.With others either taking in an enforced rest or in FA Cup action, the Reds could move back into third spot by offering a positive response to a disappointing defeat at Manchester United last time out.Jurgen Klopp’s side are unbeaten at Anfield in top-flight competition this season and have been full of goals when on top of their game. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Watford will be hoping to contain that threat when they head to Merseyside, but Javi Gracia has plenty of absentees to contend with and a woeful record against sides in the top four. Game Liverpool vs Watford Date Saturday March 17 Time 17:30 GMT / 13:30 EST Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial)  TV Channel & Live Stream In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBC Sports Live fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on BT Sport 1 and it can be streamed live online using the BT Sport app. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 1 BT Sport app Squads & Team News Position Liverpool players Goalkeepers Karius, Mignolet, Ward Defenders Clyne, Van Dijk, Lovren, Gomez, Klavan, Moreno, Robertson, Matip, Alexander-Arnold Midfielders Wijnaldum, Henderson, Milner, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Can, Woodburn Forwards Firmino, Salah, Mane, Ings, Solanke, Brewster Nathaniel Clyne is the only player set to be absent for Liverpool, with the full-back not yet ready for a first-team return following a lengthy spell on the sidelines.Adam Lallana missed training in midweek to cast doubt over his involvement, but Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum will be pushing for recalls after making the bench at Old Trafford.Potential Liverpool XI: Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Can, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Mane Position Watford players Goalkeepers Bachmann, Gomes, Karnezis Defenders Britos, Kaboul, Prodl, Mariappa, Cathcart, Femenia, Janmaat, Holebas, Kabasele, Wague, Zeegelaar, Mukena, Hoban Midfielders Cleverley, Hughes, Doucoure, Capoue, Pereyra, Chalobah, Carrillo, Lukebakio, Ndong, Stewart Forwards Penaranda, Deeney, Sinclair, Okaka, Richarlison, Gray, Deulofeu Watford have 10 players currently unavailable for a variety of reasons, leaving Gracia facing something of a selection poser with limited options.Among those currently nursing knocks are Gerard Deulofeu, Tom Cleverley, Younes Kaboul, Nathaniel Chalobah and Jerome Sinclair, while goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes was dropped from the matchday squad for a 3-0 defeat at Arsenal.Potential Watford XI: Karnezis; Janmaat, Prodl, Mariappa, Holebas; Doucoure, Capoue; Femenia, Richarlison, Pereyra; DeeneyBetting & Match Odds Liverpool are strong favourites to win the game, with dabblebet pricing them at 1/5. Watford are 14/1 to emerge victorious and the draw is priced at 6/1.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.Match Preview Sadio Mane Roberto Firmino Mohamed Salah Emre Can Liverpool 2017Liverpool have never lost back-to-back Premier League fixtures with Klopp at the helm, and will be determined to preserve that record on Saturday.The battle for Champions League qualification is heating up, with Chelsea only four points back on the Reds and Arsenal clinging to the hope that a 12-point gap can be bridged.Victory over Watford would put Liverpool back in the driving seat with only seven games to come and leave the chasing pack playing catch-up.The Reds’ home record – with Manchester City the only other side to have avoided defeat in front of their own supporters – suggests that a positive response will be offered to defeat against arch-rivals Manchester United.In Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, Klopp boasts one of the most formidable attacking units in Europe and will be looking to them for inspiration once again.All three were on target the last time Liverpool faced Watford, with a thrilling 3-3 draw played out at Vicarage Road on the opening weekend.The Hornets have changed manager since then, but are perched inside the top-half of the table and will be hoping to end the season with a flourish.There is still work for them to do as despite being sat 10th at present, they are only nine points clear of the relegation zone. 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Dr. Joseph K. Ruminjo Offers Additional Insight on the Use of Catheters to Treat New Fistula Cases

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on June 3, 2010October 16, 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)Earlier today I posted a guest blog post from Dr. Fatouma Mabeye on a recent meeting in Benin of midwives from West and Central Africa. The goal of the meeting was to explore the role of midwives in preventing and treating fistula—and to discuss the use of Foley catheters to treat new fistula cases. Dr. Joseph K. Ruminjo, Maternal Health Task Force Editorial Committee member, is an obstetrician-gynecologist and the clinical director for the Fistula Care project, managed by EngenderHealth and supported by USAID. I asked Joseph to share his thoughts on the post. Here is what he had to say:Immediate catheterization for select fresh fistula is one of the four key prevention interventions for fistula. The other three are family planning, use of partograph, and appropriate Cesarean section. Together, these four interventions make up the key prevention interventions of EngenderHealth’s Fistula Care Project. Building on the work done by Dr. Kees Waaldijk, when it comes to catheterization, the following are important considerations:– What is the process for selecting appropriate cases or those that are most likely to succeed?– What is the actual percentage of that selection that will then go on to heal spontaneously? A sub-group of these do not heal completely, but the fistula becomes small enough for quicker and simpler repair.– What does all of this translate to in terms of cost-effectiveness and safety? For instance, you might need to have the catheter in-dwelling for many weeks; in most but not all facilities, this translates into the woman being an in-patient for all those weeks.– With regard to training midwives or any other health personnel to do the actual catheterization (rather than the case selection) there is no great mystery to the procedure; indeed, most midwives will already know how to do a safe, clean, urethral catheterization for women from their midwifery training.– Foley’s catheter was mentioned in today’s blog post, but the catheter need not specifically be Foley’s. Dr. Mabeye’s post was very useful and informative. It provides a good analysis of the important role catheterization can play in treating new fistula cases.Share this:last_img read more

Half of fundraisers want to quit – and a quarter of bosses said they fired their last fundraiser

first_imgThe headline of this post is the gist of a depressing new report from CompassPoint and the Haas, Jr. Fund: UnderDeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising. Based on a national survey of more than 2,500 development directors and executive directors, the study documents heavy turnover and vacancies in development director positions, a lack of basic fundraising systems, and key board and staff leaders who aren’t sufficiently focused on raising money. On top of that, one in four nonprofit leaders reported that their previous development director was fired.Sorry to hit you with that news this morning. I hope it doesn’t describe your situation!Here are the key findings – quoted from the study team.1. Organizations are struggling with high turnover and long vacancies in the development director post.• Executive directors at organizations where the development director position was vacant said the posts had been open for an average of 6 months. Almost half (46%) reported vacancies even longer than that.• Half of development directors said they expect to leave their current jobs in two years or less; and the rate was even higher for smaller organizations.• Forty percent of development directors aren’t committed to careers in development.2. Organizations aren’t finding enough qualified candidates for development director jobs. Executives also report performance problems and a lack of basic fundraising skills among key development staff. • Asked about the last time they tried to hire a new development director, more than half of executives (53%) said the search produced an insufficient number of candidates with the right mix of skills and experience.• Nearly one in three executives are lukewarm about, or dissatisfied with, the performance of their current development directors.• One in four executive directors (24%) said their development directors have no experience or are novice at “current and prospective donor research.” Among the smallest nonprofits, the number was 32%. 3. Beyond creating a development director position and hiring someone who is qualified for the job, organizations and their leaders need to build the capacity, the systems, and the culture to support fundraising success. The findings indicate that many nonprofits aren’t doing this.• Almost one in four nonprofits (23%)—and 31% of organizations with operating budgets of under $1 million—have no fundraising plan in place. In addition, 21% of organizations overall—and 32% of organizations with operating budgets of under $1 million— have no fundraising database.• Three out of four executive directors (75%)—and 82% of executives among organizations with operating budgets of under $1 million—say that board members are not doing enough to support fundraising.• Twenty-six percent of executives identified themselves as having no competency or being a novice at fundraising. Further, among executives who said that asking for contributions was one of their main duties, 18% said they dislike it.• Just 41% of development directors said the partnership between them and their executives on fund development work is strong, compared with 53% of executive directors.• A majority of development directors reported only little or moderate influence on key activities such as getting other staff involved in fundraising or developing organizational budgets.• Significant numbers of development directors questioned the effectiveness of their organizations’ fundraising efforts.OK. Enough of the problem. What the heck do we do about this? Please weigh in. In the meantime, the study team recommends that we:1. Embrace the importance fundraising across organizations2. Elevate the field of fundraising – As explained by Kim Klein, “Money is one of the great taboos in our culture. We are taught not to think about it or ask about it… As with the subjects of sex, death, mental illness, religion, politics, and other taboos, people say little about their experiences with money. With people so carefully taught that it is rude to talk about money, it’s certainly not an easy task to ask for it.”3. Strengthen the talent pool4. Train boards differently5. Treat fundraisers like the key staff they are with appropriate transition planning6. Invest in building grantee fundraising capacity7. Do more with technology and the innovation it allows8. Set realistic fundraising goals9. Share accountability for those goals10. Fundraisers and executive directors should both show greater leadershipSomeone who is trying to help re-imagine fundraising is Jennifer McCrea. She even teaches a course on this at Harvard. I recommend you check out her blog, along with this report, for more ideas.What do you think can be done?last_img read more

Highlights From the Malaria in Pregnancy Working Group’s Annual Meeting

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on May 16, 2013March 8, 2017By: Samantha Lattof, Project Manager, Maternal Health Task Force, Women and 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)Despite encouraging progress, coverage of malaria control efforts among pregnant women remains low. Malaria in pregnancy (MiP) continues to be a substantial contributor to maternal and infant mortality and morbidity in malaria-endemic regions. The interventions that comprise the World Health Organization’s (WHO) three-pronged approach to reducing the burden of MiP are implemented at rates far below global targets.  These interventions include:Uptake of intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in pregnancy (IPTp) using Sulfadoxine-Pyrimethamine (SP);Use of insecticide treated nets (ITNs); andAppropriate, effective case management of malaria.The Malaria in Pregnancy Working Group, one of several working groups within Roll Back Malaria, consists of partners dedicated to optimizing the delivery of the above key interventions “through the dissemination of successful technical guidance and programmatic approaches, fostering partnership between national reproductive health and malaria control programs and engaging key partners at both global and country level to help accelerate implementation and increase nation-wide coverage.” This week, the MiP Working Group held its annual meeting in Geneva on 13-14 May 2013.  The meeting agenda included presentations and discussions on the dissemination and adoption of the WHO’s new IPTp policy, country MiP progress, new technical evidence and key programming updates, and the MiP working group work plan. The MHTF has shared an abbreviated summary of participants’ presentations on Storify. Important takeaway messages from the presentations and discussions include the following:Integrating malaria in pregnancy and extending partnerships to allied fields (e.g. reproductive health, newborn health, and HIV/AIDS) is key.While the new WHO IPTp guidelines represent a step forward, the challenge will be to integrate these guidelines into country programs.MiP is a model for integration through the harmonization of policies and commitment to national level coordination.MiP is also a platform for optimizing the delivery of interventions and strengthening antenatal care.IPTp-SP is highly cost-effective, a characteristic that will be important in the post-2015 agenda.Case management is the neglected third prong.Meeting presentations, publications, and minutes will be available shortly on the MiP Working Group website and the MHTF’s MiP topic page.  If you have feedback on our MiP topics page or are interested in submitting a guest post or cross-post for our ongoing MiP blog series, please contact Samantha Lattof at slattof@hsph.harvard.edu or Kate Mitchell at kmitchel@hsph.harvard.edu. Share this:last_img read more

NFG Staff Profile: Liz Ragland

first_imgFrom arts marketing to politics to advocating for women in science, Liz Ragland has spent her career working for nonprofits. In her role at Network for Good, she currently manages all customer-facing communications.“We have some very passionate customers who do amazing work. I love learning about them.”Q&A with Liz Ragland, Customer Success MarketerWhat do you do at Network for Good?I work with our Welcome Team to ensure that the communications to customers align with the goal of getting the customer onboarded quickly, as well as the Champions Team to guarantee that their ongoing trainings and customer conversations are productive and succinct. I also help our Customer Solutions Team with updating our Knowledge Base with product information and assist the Product Team to make sure that language inside the product is customer-friendly. There’s more to my day-to-day than just that but in a nutshell: customer communications.What is your experience with nonprofit organizations?I did marketing, graphic design, and a little bit of development work for a theatre in Seattle, Washington, and then I worked on a political campaign, before moving to D.C. Before joining Network for Good, I consulted with an organization that focuses on the aging Hispanic population in America and contracted for the Association for Women in Science, which ensures that women in STEM are represented and have a seat at the table.What attracts you to nonprofits? From a very early age, I was taught the importance of service-learning and doing good in the world. In my family, a lot of people have vocations, they feel a sense of calling or purpose in their jobs. I knew that I wanted to do something with my communications degree that would benefit other people. I consider working with nonprofits, and working at Network for Good, more of a vocation than just a job or a career.What do you enjoy doing outside work? I have a six-month-old baby, so taking care of her and being with my family takes up a lot of my time, but I also really like my book club, which I’ve been in since I moved to D.C. It’s a group of amazing women who support each other. I also stay involved with my sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, as an alumna and am an active member of my church here in D.C. My husband and I are avid movie-goers and we root for both the women and men’s U.S. National Soccer teams.Lightning RoundDream vacation?  Burlington, Vermont, in the summer when there aren’t a lot of people around. Lake Champlain is just gorgeous.Most recent book read?  Boom Town by Sam Anderson.Last movie seen in movie theater?  Avengers EndgameTheme song? The Parks and Recreation theme song. It’s so chipper and happy and approachable.Favorite color?  Yellow. It’s bright and sunny and makes me smile.Read more on The Nonprofit Bloglast_img read more

Achieving SDG Targets for Maternal, Newborn and Stillbirth: Does the World Know What it Takes?

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on October 16, 2015October 13, 2016By: Peter Waiswa, Lecturer, Makerere University School of Public Health and Leader, INDEPTH Network Maternal and Newborn Working GroupClick 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)So the Millennium Development goals are gone and now we have a new song, perhaps a pleasant one but also a less clear song than that of the MDGs. This new song is that of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are about everything but in health we have only one of 17 goals, Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.Within this goal, there are targets for neonatal mortality (10 deaths per 1000 live births), stillbirths (10 per 1000 live births) and maternal mortality (70 deaths per 100,000 live births) to be achieved by all countries by 2030. These targets are even more ambitious (and challenging) than the MDG targets, yet the world is currently more economically constrained than before. So how will low-income countries manage the maternal and newborn related targets? Do they or does the global community know what it will take?The first post-MDG Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference (GMNHC) will be held in Mexico City from 18-21 October 2015. This will be the first technical conference after the adoption of the SDGs. The conference will have three major themes: quality care, integration and equity. These are very good themes that could be critical to guide on how we navigate the SDG-era. Like others elsewhere, we in the low-income countries will be watching to see what comes from this convening of leaders. What do I hope to see at the conference?One I expect that participants from low-income countries use the voice they have and that the global community listens. In the past, it has been routine for the “experts” in the global community to lecture the rest of the world on what has not progressed well, the remaining burden and what needs to be done. In my opinion, it is a shared responsibility, and no one understands context more than those who live and work it. Besides, there is already a lot of capacity in low-income countries, but the remaining challenge is how to harvest and enhance this capacity. What will be the position of the conference on utilizing and strengthening local capacity?Secondly, there is a lot of talk and writing on the fact that most needed interventions are known, and that the challenge is implementation so that we close “the know-do-gap”. As a person who lives in Uganda, I would like to see that there is clear guidance coming out from the conference on how to operationalize quality care, integration and equity in low-income countries. Does anybody or those attending the conference know what it takes? To reduce maternal and newborn deaths takes more than interventions.In countries like Uganda, high fertility, a double burden of disease (infectious and non-communicable) and neglected or inadequate investment means that delivering services such as skilled birth attendance, Cesarean sections for emergency obstetric care, kangaroo mother care, and essential and emergency care for sick newborns is a huge challenge. In fact, any effort to increase access to emergency obstetric care is already negating proper postnatal and postpartum care as mothers have to be discharged early to provide space “for more important” conditions. I hope the conference will bring out practical approaches to addressing such issues.Finally, in the past we have seen that global priorities have driven interventions in countries. For instance, the world has been prioritizing HIV/AIDS and malaria, with maternal and newborn health left behind even though it is a major contributor to the burden of disease. At GMNHC I would like to see a clear strategy on how both the global and country stakeholders are going to commit or be engaged to ensure achievement of quality care, integration and equity.Photo: “Dessie Referral Hospital in Afar region, Ethiopia” © 2012 Michael Tsegaye/Save the Children, used under a Creative Commons Attribution license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/Share this:last_img read more

A Decade of Tracking Progress for Maternal, Newborn and Child Survival: Lessons From Countdown to 2015 for Monitoring and Accountability in the SDG Era

first_imgPosted on October 19, 2015October 13, 2016By: Mickey Chopra, The World Bank; Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, Centre for Global Child Health, Hospital for Sick Children (Canada) and Aga Khan University (Pakistan)Click 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)Zulfiqar Bhutta and Mickey Chopra are co-chairs of Countdown to 2015.“Ten years from now, in 2015,” said the opening line of the first Countdown to 2015 report, published in 2005, “the governments of the world will meet to assess if we have achieved the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the most widely ratified set of development goals ever, signed onto by every country in the world.”Now that day of reckoning has come. Today we launch the last Countdown to 2015 report of the MDG era—a final accounting of progress and remaining gaps in the 75 countries that account for more than 95% of all maternal, newborn and child deaths—to 1,000 technical and policy leaders at the Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference, and to a global audience of health policy makers, scientists, program implementers and advocates in every country still working to address and overcome a high burden of maternal, newborn and child death. Our report focuses on evidence-based solutions—health interventions proven to save lives—and on contextual factors that affect the equitable delivery of these interventions to women and children. Country profiles for 75 Countdown countries were published as a core part of the report, and updated equity profiles for 62 of those countries have been simultaneously posted online.For MDGs 4 and 5, the verdict is mixed. More than half of the 68 countries—included in Countdown because they exceeded specified ‘threshold’ levels of child or maternal mortality—have succeeded in reducing mortality levels below those thresholds. At the same time, only 4 of the 75 Countdown countries—Cambodia, Eritrea, Nepal, and Rwanda—will achieve both MDGs 4 and 5. Vaccines and many malaria and HIV interventions have achieved significant improvements in coverage, but most other interventions — especially family planning, pregnancy and childbirth, and childhood disease management services that require a working health system — still fail to reach a third or more of the women and children who need them. Coverage has increased more for the poor than for the rich, shrinking the global equity gap, but systematic pro-rich and geographic inequalities still exist in virtually every country and for virtually every coverage indicator. Much work remains to be done to improve maternal, newborn and child health in the era of the Sustainable Development Goals.Countdown’s experience over the past 10 years has established the importance and feasibility of a vibrant multi-stakeholder initiative, with independence and a strong technical component, in accelerating progress for the world’s women and children. It offers important lessons learned on monitoring and accountability that are highly relevant to the SDG era, including the pressing need to:Establish clear, consistent baseline dataSolve the modelled mortality problem, particularly in regard to the maternal mortality ratioImprove measurement and data collectionEnsure that common standards of measurement and reporting are usedSet relative targets to complement fixed targets for assessing country progressSet targets that are aspirational but also achievableTrack specific coverage indicators and a composite coverage indexChoose indicators carefully, and balance focus with breadthOur experience also reminds us that beneath the data lies a deeper truth, about millions of women, newborns and children who received the essential care they needed, and millions more who—tragically and infuriatingly—didn’t. As we come together at the GMNH conference in Mexico City, and work together in countries and villages around the world, let us never forget that the numbers we report represent real people. We—all of us—are accountable to them for keeping our promises.Fifteen years from now, the governments of the world will meet to assess whether we, together, have done the work needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. For Countdown, our old work ends, and that new work begins, with the report that we release today.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

“Hoping for Life While Fearing Death”: Insights Into Maternal Health From the MSF Scientific Research Day

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on August 8, 2018September 21, 2018By: Adya Misra, Associate Editor, PLOS ONEClick 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)Medecines sans Frontieres (MSF) hosted their annual scientific research day at the Royal Society of Medicine, London, United Kingdom on 24 May 2018. MSF is perhaps best known for the medical work they do in the most challenging conditions around the world. The association, made up mainly of health care professionals, strives to provide health care where it is needed the most and to provide a voice to those in crisis settings through programming and research. The research showcased during the scientific research day highlighted the work being done by MSF staff in conditions that bring new meaning to the phrase “resource-limited.”Vulnerable contextsFrom populations that have been displaced due to climate change to those that have fled their homes due to political conflict, this year’s talks focused on the most vulnerable and the most neglected. Maternal health is often overlooked in times of civil unrest, public health or humanitarian crises, creating a further disadvantaged subset of the already vulnerable population. However, on the scientific research day we heard results from several promising projects that hope to improve health care for women.The ongoing civil unrest in Somali region, Ethiopia has created a large vulnerable population of refugees and MSF have been filling the gaps in health care services here since 1984. Beverley Stringer (MSF London) shared perspectives of women in Dollo Zone, Somali Regional State on reproductive health and whether there were gaps in the healthcare they received. What were the barriers to accessing health care? “Hoping for life while fearing death”, women in this region indicated the need for a responsible adult who can assist, support and reduce the delay in getting help. Women reported facing delays in receiving health care because of group dynamics during decision making and were often negotiated against other priorities in the household. The overall perspectives shared by women in this region indicated that a more community-based approach was needed to improve access to health care. Improved access would also require increasing the effectiveness of health extension workers by providing additional training in the community.Integrated servicesTo reduce maternal and neonatal mortality in low resource settings, the focus is usually on the provision of antenatal care. Mpumi Mantangana of MSF Cape Town discussed postnatal clubs in South Africa aimed to improve the uptake of HIV services for mother-infant pairs, an innovative model adapted from anti-retroviral adherence clubs. Integrating maternal, child health and HIV services in postnatal clubs provided combined health care opportunities for mothers infected with HIV and their infants. This intervention showed high retention for the mother-infant pairs as well as high rates of viral suppression. According to Mpumi, women felt postnatal clubs provided them with peer support, advice and a reduction in stigma. Postnatal clubs provided mothers with education on the mental and physical aspects of health which had a positive effect on health behaviors. Since this model involves provision of comprehensive care, there are issues related to sustainability. Unfortunately, the cost and time input are high along with space restrictions faced by many health care centers.INSERM researcher Renaud Becquet talked about a similar rural population in Niger, where the prevalence of perinatal mortality is high, but the risk factors associated with this are scarcely published. A “1000 days” cohort study was implemented in Guirari Health Zone, Niger by Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA) and its local partner BEFEN (Bien Être de la Femme et de l’Enfant au Niger) in 2015. Routinely collected data during 2015-2016 were used to understand the danger signs for pregnant women in this region. The danger signs included having malaria, severe anemia or never having given birth before. The results also showed that women who had been to more than four antenatal care visits had a lower risk of perinatal mortality. Clearly demonstrating the benefit of seeking health care during pregnancy, this study showed the importance of using routinely collected data in resource limited settings.Post-EbolaWhile the data are scarce, high rates of maternal and neonatal mortality have been demonstrated during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. 100% neonatal mortality has been reported, but whether this is attributable to Ebola is currently not known. Séverine Caluwaerts of MSF Belgium reported the management and survival of pregnant patients admitted to the MSF Ebola Treatment Centres in West Africa where she showed that a high proportion of pregnant women did not survive. While the data remain scarce, Séverine recommended that all women of reproductive age admitted to an Ebola Treatment Centre be routinely tested for pregnancy and deliver at the centre to receive appropriate health care. We also heard incredible news on Guinea’s last Ebola case and first infant to have survived after her mother lost the battle to the deadly disease.Research in such settings must be purposeful and must recognize policy and political context. Key collaborations with ministries and stakeholders can have important implications for policy as well as the political landscape. It is imperative that vulnerable populations—especially women and mothers—remain at the center of this work.—Photo Credit: BRAC/Kamrul HasanRead more about maternal health in humanitarian settings>>Share this:last_img read more

Southgate explains Lingard inclusion in England squad

first_imgEngland manager Gareth Southgate has explained why he selected Jesse Lingard in his latest England squad, despite the Manchester United man enduring a difficult opening to the season.The midfielder started the Red Devils’ first three games of the campaign, but was replaced after an hour against Crystal Palace last week and then was selected from the bench on Saturday during the 1-1 draw at Southampton.Lingard, who was heavily criticised for his social media antics in the summer, has not helped endear himself to supporters since then with his on-the-field showings. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? In fact, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was forced to defend the 26-year-old in his press conference earlier this week.The disappointing start to the campaign meant many felt he would be dropped by Southgate for the upcoming England squad, but the Three Lions boss included him and has revealed that his inclusion is due to his previous displays at international level.“I think you’d have to say I’ve seen him have better spells for United,” Southgate admitted.“I think Ole has a young, energetic team, and I think Jesse’s pressing and the energy he brings to that has been an important part of what they’ve tried to do in the first few games.“The inclusion of Jesse for us is partly because his form for us has always been good.“I know there was stats on his goals. He was only involved in four games for us last season because of injury – two starts and two off the bench.“He scored two and had a goal disallowed when he came on in the Nations League game. He had a very good World Cup.“When you’re selecting a team, there’s half an eye on club form but also I don’t remember a game where he’s been really poor for us.“He has different attributes. I think for him and for everybody else, there is serious competition and if they aren’t scoring for us or they aren’t scoring for their clubs, that can make things more difficult.“But, equally, I think it’s good that we support him at this moment, in that you could argue club-wise, he’s on the fringes and whether he should be ahead of others.“But I don’t think there are too many that we haven’t included that should be ahead of him, and his performance for us has been very, very good,” he added.last_img read more

Ligue 2 game halted after homophobic chants

first_imgA Ligue 2 match between Nancy and Le Mans was brought to a stop after homophobic chants were heard at the Stade Marcel Picot on Friday night.The game was halted in the 27th minute by referee Medi Mokhtari with Nancy 1-0 up and the stadium announcer warning the game would be suspended if the abusive chanting didn’t stop. Players also encouraged the chants to end with play ultimately resuming after a minute and the home side able to claim a dramatic 2-1 win with three players sent off in a frantic affair.  Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream The momentary stoppage marks the first time a professional football match has been stopped in France because of homophobic chants, with the country’s sports minister Roxana Maracineanu hopeful it sends a clear message. “I extend my congratulations to referee Mehdi Mokhtari and the delegate of the LFP (Ligue de Football Professionnel) Alain Marseille who took their responsibilities and decided to interrupt the football match between Nancy and Le Mans for homophobic insults,” Maracineanu tweeted.”It’s a first. And a last, I hope.”Nancy could now face disciplinary action for the incident with club president Jean-Michel Roussier quick to stress the club won’t support such chants but also pointing out they are powerless to completely stop them. “I strongly condemn the homophobic insults chanted by some spectators at Marcel-Picot. From the half-time of the match, I moved to the fans to ask them to stop their songs against the opponents and the league,” Roussier told Le Parisien.”I’m going to have a meeting with the different groups this week or sometime next week. It must stop. But at this stage, we can no longer do prevention. You can avoid getting smoke into a stadium, but you can not gag the fans.”Homophobic insults, there have been for years in all stages of France and it is not possible to solve the problem in a snap of fingers.” As well as the drama in the stands on Friday night, the match also delivered its fair share on the pitch, with three red cards handed out before Nancy struck a 95th-minute winner to claim their first victory of the season. Alain Perrin’s side finished 14th last season and currently sit 10th in the French second division.last_img read more

Balotelli confirmed for Kompany’s Man City testimonial

first_imgMario Balotelli has been confirmed for Vincent Kompany’s Manchester City testimonial match on September 11. The 29-year-old will wear the sky blue jersey again after he played for the club between 2010 and 2013, making 80 appearances and scoring 30 goals.Balotelli will make up part of the Manchester City Legends side, which will face off against a Premier League all-stars XI at the Etihad Stadium. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Pep Guardiola is set to manage the City team, while Belgium boss Roberto Martinez will coach the Premier League all-stars.Several of Kompany’s former City team-mates have already been confirmed for the match, including Joe Hart, Joleon Lescott, Micah Richards, Pablo Zabaleta, Wayne Bridge, Gareth Barry, Nigel de Jong, Samir Nasri, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Stephen Ireland and Craig Bellamy.In addition, current City stars Sergio Aguero and David Silva will also make up part of the City Legends team. Balotelli recently signed with hometown club Brescia as a free agent, returning to Italy after a productive spell in France with Nice and Marseille. The striker will look to get back in the Italy national team picture, having most recently played for the Azzurri in September 2018. He is still part of City folklore, having laid on the assist to Aguero for the Argentine’s famous title-winning goal in 2012. And Balotelli will now return to the Etihad to honour long-time captain Kompany, who departed City at the end of last season to take on a player-coach role with Anderlecht in his native Belgium. Kompany has gotten off to a difficult start with his new side, as Anderlecht have drawn two and lost two of their first four league games this season.But the centre-back will be honoured next month after an 11-year career at City that saw him win four Premier League titles, two FA Cups, four League Cups and two Community Shields.Proceeds from the match will go to Tackle4MCR – an initiative Kompany set up with the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, to address rough sleeping and homelessness in the city. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Report: Valladolid 0-0 Atletico

first_imgAtletico Madrid’s stuttering season continued as they were held to a third goalless draw in four LaLiga matches by Real Valladolid, who remain unbeaten at home in LaLiga this season.Diego Simeone’s men were let off the hook when Sandro Ramirez ballooned a penalty over the crossbar in the first half at Estadio Jose Zorrilla but failed to impose their authority in a game they were expected to win.Atleti went into the match with a record of seven goals in seven LaLiga matches this season and their attack was turgid again here, with strike partners Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata receiving scant service. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Valladolid had lost all of their previous eight league matches against Atleti but held firm to claim a valuable point in their push for the top half of the table.Sandro Ramirez fired a warning shot into Jan Oblak’s body as Valladolid tried to unsettle the visitors but Diego Simeone’s men dominated the ball early on and slowed the game down.Chances were few and far between until Thomas Partey tripped Sandro in the box and, after a lengthy VAR review, the referee pointed to the penalty spot.Sandro stepped up in the hope of scoring his first goal for the club but got his penalty all wrong, sending the ball curling high over the crossbar.Saul Niguez fizzed a shot narrowly wide from 25 yards as Atletico adopted a more direct approach after half-time.Morata got in behind the hosts’ defence and fired a shot that hit goalkeeper Jordi Masip in the face before Valladolid countered and Sandro went close with an effort on the turn.Kieran Trippier’s cross created a chance for Angel Correa with 10 minutes left but the substitute’s powerful shot pinged back off the post to the relief of the home crowd, who will have been delighted with a point against one of the title favourites.7 – Atlético de Madrid have scored seven goals in LaLiga 2019-20, their worst scoring record at this stage of the season 2005-06 (Atletico were 10th in the table). Drought. pic.twitter.com/fqzdojqLfG— OptaJose (@OptaJose) October 6, 2019What does it mean? One win in five for Simeone’s menWhile it is too early to start ruling Atletico out of the title race, Simeone will be concerned by a lack of cutting edge in attack that has contributed to a run of one win, three draws and one defeat in their last five league games.They are second in the table but three points behind leaders Real Madrid.Morata more livelyWhile Costa was largely a bystander, Morata provided Atleti with an outlet and battled through some heavy challenges to keep his side on the front foot.Sandro’s struggleThree seasons ago, Sandro scored 14 LaLiga goals in 30 appearances for Malaga and looked a star in the making. Now, at the age of just 24, he looks a spent force and the way he hung his head after blazing Valladolid’s penalty over the crossbar suggested he feels like one, too.Key Opta Facts- Valladolid have ended a run of eight LaLiga games losing versus Atletico, six of them with Simeone as an Atletico boss.- This was the first league game in the 21st century that Atletico have failed to score against Valladolid after netting at least once in the previous 16 meetings.- There were 10 yellow cards shown between Valladolid and Atleti, more than any other game in LaLiga this season (alongside Deportivo Alaves v Sevilla).- Atletico have kept six clean sheets in the opening eight LaLiga games this season, their best tally at this stage since 1995-96.- Atleti have scored seven goals in LaLiga in 2019-20, their worst scoring record at this stage of the season since 2005-06 (Atletico were 10th in the table).What’s next?Valladolid travel to Athletic Bilbao after the international break, while Atletico Madrid will hope to pick up their first home win since September 1 when they entertain Valencia in 13 days’ time. read morelast_img read more

Who are the best women players on FIFA 20?

first_imgRatings for FIFA 20 were released on September 9 ahead of the game’s official launch, with Lionel Messi revealed as the highest-rated men’s player in the game ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo.Neymar, Eden Hazard, Jan Oblak and Kevin De Bruyne dominated the rankings as the highest-rated players in the men’s game.The ratings for the women’s players have also been released, and Goal has rounded up those with the highest overall ratings. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career U.S. women’s national team star Megan Rapinoe tops the list as the best women’s player in FIFA 20, boasting an overall rating of 93 following her phenomenal World Cup-winning summer.Rapinoe made headlines off the pitch as well, sparring with U.S. president Donald Trump after refusing an invitation to the White House. She scored six goals at the 2019 World Cup, making her joint-top scorer alongside Ellen White and team-mate Alex Morgan and scooped up the Golden Boot and Golden Ball awards – and was named the women’s FIFA World Player of the Year.France and Lyon centre-back Wendie Renard follows close behind on 92, a rating she shares with Australia starlet Samantha Kerr who joins her in second place.Les Bleues forward Eugenie Le Sommer shares a 91 rating with captain and team-mate Amandine Henry, as well as Germany’s Dzsenifer Marozsan – all of whom play for Lyon.The likes of Netherlands star Lieke Martens, the USWNT’s Tobin Heath and Japan’s Saki Kumagai round out the list on 90 ratings.Ballon d’Or winner and Lyon goalscoring ace Ada Hegerberg notably missed out on the list, due to her decision not to line-up for Norway in the World Cup – with only women’s international teams included in FIFA 20.Brazil legend Marta also misses out on the top 20 list.Highest-rated women players in FIFA 20 Player Team Nation Position Rating Megan Rapinoe Reign FC USWNT LW, LM 93 Wendie Renard Lyon France CB 92 Samantha Kerr Perth Glory, Chicago Red Stars Australia ST, LW 92 Eugenie Le Sommer Lyon France ST, LW, CAM 91 Amandine Henry Lyon France CDM, CM 91 Dzsenifer Marozsan Lyon Germany CAM, LM, CM 91 Lieke Martens Barcelona Netherlands LW, CAM 90 Vivianne Miedema Arsenal Netherlands ST 90 Caroline Graham Hansen Barcelona Norway RM, CAM, ST 90 Saki Kumagai Lyon Japan CB 90 Tobin Heath Portland Thorns USWNT RW, CAM, LW 90 Alex Morgan Orlando Pride USWNT ST 90 Lucy Bronze Lyon England RB, CM 89 Christine Sinclair Portland Thorns Canada ST, CAM 89 Almuth Schult Wolfsburg Germany GK 89 Julie Ertz Chicago Red Stars USWNT CDM, CB 88 Carli Lloyd Sky Blue FC USWNT CM, ST 88 Alexandra Popp Wolfsburg Germany ST, LM 88 Becky Sauerbrunn Utah Royals USWNT CB, RB 88 Lindsey Horan Portland Thorns USWNT CAM, CM 87last_img read more

Belgium become first team to qualify for Euro 2020

first_imgBelgium became the first side to confirm their qualification for next year’s European Championship after a 9-0 thrashing of minnows San Marino on Thursday evening.With a perfect record of seven wins from seven and only one goal conceded, Belgium will now be looking to cement first place in Group I.Roberto Martinez’s side have qualified ahead of Russia, Cyprus, Kazakhstan, Scotland and San Marino, with Russia just one result away from following Belgium to Euro 2020. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career With the game held in Brussels’ King Baudouin Stadium, the scoring was opened just before the half-hour mark by Romelu Lukaku, who notched his 50th senior international goal on his 83rd appearance.Lukaku added a second before half-time, but not before Nacer Chadli and a Cristian Brolli own goal had made the result safe. A second own goal from Andrea Grandoni and a stoppage-time strike from Youri Tielemans left Belgium with a healthy 6-0 lead at the interval.Christian Benteke added a seventh with 10 minutes to play before Yari Verschaeren made it eight from the spot and Timothy Castagne scored in stoppage time.With next summer’s tournament set to take place all around the continent, Belgium may well be targeting Euro 2020 as the best chance for their current golden generation to win a major international title.Belgium 2019They were beaten by France at the semi-final stage of last year’s World Cup in Russia, and were shocked in the quarter-finals by Wales at Euro 2016.By the time the Euros kick off, Lukaku will be 27, Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois all 29 and Dries Mertens 33.  While the likes of Verschaeren, Tielemans and Jens Teunckens will be hoping to take their places in the years to come, this is likely to be the best opportunity for what is undoubtedly the most talented generation of footballers Belgium has ever produced.Russia, meanwhile, had also been hoping to confirm their qualification on the same night but were made to wait after third-placed Cyprus scored two late goals to claim a 2-1 win away to Kazakhstan.Spain and Italy look well-placed to seal their qualification sooner rather than later, with both sides having won all six of their qualifying games so far.last_img read more

October Air Ticket Sales Climb 11 Percent in 2018 vs. 2017

first_imgARC Data Shows International Passenger Trips Increased 10 Percent in October ARLINGTON, Va. – November 14, 2018 – Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) announced today that the consolidated dollar value of airline tickets sold by U.S.-based travel agencies increased nearly 11 percent in October as compared to October 2017, totaling $8.2 billion vs. $7.4 billion.* The average U.S. round-trip ticket price for October 2018 was $509, up $23 from the same time in 2017. The total number of passenger trips settled by ARC for U.S. travel agencies increased approximately 5 percent to 25,023,323 compared to 23,914,873 in October 2017. U.S. domestic trips increased more than 2 percent while international passenger trips increased nearly 10 percent. Electronic Miscellaneous Document (EMD)** sales in October 2018 totaled $6.1 million, an almost 6 percent increase compared to October 2017. EMD transactions also increased 0.92 percent to 100,655 in October 2018 vs. 99,740 in October 2017. More detailed information is available on ARC’s website.  About ARCAn industry leader in air travel distribution and intelligence, ARC settled $88.5 billion in ticket transactions in 2017 between airlines and travel agencies, representing more than 287 million passenger trips. ARC provides flexible distribution solutions, innovative technology and access to the world’s most comprehensive air ticket transaction data, helping the global air travel community connect, grow and thrive. For more information, please visit www.arccorp.com.last_img read more

Travel on Your Own – But Never Alone

first_imgSolo-Friendly Abercrombie & Kent Departures Offer Safety, Security & Savings of 50 Percent DOWNERS GROVE, IL – March 22, 2019 … We’ve all had the feeling of needing to get away, but some of us stop short of travelling by ourselves. Abercrombie & Kent’s small group escorted travel is the perfect solution, especially with just announced solo savings to destinations across the globe. Solo travellers can save 50 percent on the single supplement on select departures in 2019. Whether you opt for an African safari, a China tour with a Yangtze River cruise or an Icelandic adventure, A&K’s Luxury Small Group Journeys and Connections Boutique Group Journeys provide a chance to meet and travel with like-minded people on a carefully planned itinerary led by an expert A&K Resident Tour Director®, while enjoying private luxury accommodations throughout. Solo travellers save 50 percent on the single supplement on 35 small group journeys, including: Taj Mahal & Treasures of India – Visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise and sunset, seek the graceful Bengal tiger on safari and witness a holy rite beside the Ganges — all while staying in royal palaces-turned-luxury hotels.14 days from $9,495 + $2,198 single supplement (was $4,395)Across China: Tibet & the Yangtze – From the Great Wall and pandas, to a private tour of the Terra Cotta Warriors and a cruise on the picturesque Yangtze River, discover China and Tibet alongside expert guides. 17 days from $8,495 + $1,448 single supplement (was $2,895)South Africa & Victoria Falls – Experience the diverse wonders, from cosmopolitan Cape Town to thundering Victoria Falls to an authentic bush safari, ending each night sharing stories over a sundowner. 9 days from $8,495 + $1,448 single supplement (was $2,895)Peru: Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley – Enjoy a private lecture on Machu Picchu with a renowned scholar in Incan history and visit a remote village in the Sacred Valley to discover ancient traditions. 8 days from $6,395 + $1,248 (was $2,495)Connections Iceland: Geysers & Glaciers – Go beyond the tourist route to drive on Europe’s second-largest glacier before descending into man-made ice tunnels for an unparalleled look deep inside; swim in a thermal swimming pool overlooking the sea in Hofsós and cruise the northern coast to spot myriad whale species. 10 days from $10,495 + $1,248 single supplement (was $2,495)Connections Sicily, Puglia & the Amalfi Coast – Discover Southern Italy, visiting the island of Sicily and the mountain-carved city of Matera, remote Calabria and Puglia, and finish with the glorious island of Capri. 11 days from $6,995 + $1,198 single supplement (was $2,395)Cruising the Mekong: Siam, Saigon & Angkor Wat – Gain deeper insight into Southeast Asia’s varied, intertwined river cultures through interactions with local villagers, families in their homes and monks in pagodas. 12 days from $8,295 + $448 single supplement (was $895)“Small group escorted travel is especially appealing for solo travellers,” explains Keith Baron, President of Abercrombie & Kent USA. “It’s a chance to explore an iconic destination like India, China or Peru alongside expert local guides who bridge the language and cultural differences, as well as sharing the enjoyment of discovery with other travellers.” Beyond the GuidebooksWhen travelling on a small group journey, you have the benefit of guidance from local experts, who live in the destination and offer the sort of insight only a resident can. They not only know the ins and outs of daily life, they introduce you to the spirit of a locale in the most authentic way possible. They go beyond the guidebooks to share authentic experiences and oversee the journey, from beginning to end so there’s no planning or guesswork required. As a solo guest, there is no need to spare a thought about safety abroad. Abercrombie & Kent has over 55 offices in more than 30 countries providing round-the-clock support, making each journey as seamless as possible. A local A&K representative is there from the moment you step off the plane to the moment you fly back home, insuring you are in capable, expert hands. Call 800.554.7094 to speak with a travel specialist or go towww.abercrombiekent.com/solotravel to find “Savings Available on Single Supplements.”  About Abercrombie & Kenthttps://www.abercrombiekent.comAbercrombie & Kent pioneered luxury adventure travel with our first African safaris in 1962, and today our award-winning travel services extend around the globe to more than one hundred countries on all seven continents. A&K’s custom itineraries and small-group journeys offer one-of-a-kind inspiring experiences, while more than 55 on-site offices in over 30 countries ensure invitation-only access to the people and places that make every destination unique. Join the world of A&K by following us on Facebook, Twitter: @AKTravel_USA and Instagram: aktravel_usa.last_img read more

NRSC is Recipient of Int’l Road Safety Award

first_imgThe National Road Safety Council (NRSC) is the 2013 recipient of the Prince Michael of Kent International Road Safety Award, in recognition of its programmes and activities that have resulted in significant reductions in traffic accidents and fatalities across Jamaica.His Royal Highness, Prince Michael of Kent, presented the award to NRSC Chairperson, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, during the Council’s 20th anniversary commemorative banquet at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston, on April 17.Making the presentation, the Prince said Jamaica’s achievement in reducing the incidence of road fatalities is demonstrative of how “effective leadership can make a real difference and save many lives.” “What the National Road Safety Council has done over 20 years is impressive and serves as an example to other countries, large and small, of how a lead agency should be organized,” he said, in reference to agency’s efforts resulting in a reduction in road fatalities from over 400 per year to under 300 over the period.“To be truly successful, the lead agency itself needs strong political influence to ensure that governments put in place effective legislations and allocate the appropriate resources to allow for a safe environment for road users. It also needs authority and support from a wide range of government and civil institutions,” the Prince said.While commending Jamaica’s achievements, he said that “there is still much to be done”. However, he said he took comfort in the re-assurance which he received during his five-day working visit to Jamaica, that road safety “will remain high on the government’s agenda and that the NRSC will continue to receive support from the Prime Minister.”Noting that 2013 marks 12 years since the introduction of the international award scheme, initiated to recognize outstanding innovation and achievements in road safety, the Prince said the initiative has assisted in generating wider attention and greater support for the work and innovations of the recipients.In her remarks, NRSC Executive Director, Paula Fletcher, in welcoming the award, said the agency is “re-energized” by the support received, adding that “we re-commit ourselves to the vital goal of saving lives and reducing injuries on our roads.”Noting that the continued reduction in road fatalities and injuries was a key goal of Jamaica and many other countries, Mrs. Fletcher said the NRSC welcomes the efforts of members, associates, as well as local and international partners towards this end.“We invite every single person to join in this life-saving drive; the life you save may be your own,” she stressed.The Prince, who arrived in Jamaica on April 15, departs the island today (April 19). He was a special guest of the NRSC.By Douglas McIntosh, JIS Reporterlast_img read more