100 Days of Summer: Get to Know No. 59 Matt Hockett

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. We’ve made it to No. 59 in our summer-long countdown. Next up, an unheralded but extremely important specialist.How he got to OSUThe all-state punter from Norman High School grew up in Sooner country. In fact, his father holds a long-time administrative position at OU. But that didn’t deter the younger Hockett from accepting a chance to join Oklahoma State as a preferred walk-on. Like many kickers, Hockett was a two-sport prep star in both football and soccer.What he’s done in StillwaterSince arriving on campus, Hockett has served as backup punter to Zach Sinor and got his turn at kickoffs before Matt Ammendola claimed kickoff duties early last season. As a redshirt freshman in 2015, Hockett got spot detail at kickoffs and attempted one field goal and one extra point.AdChoices广告Role in 2017With Ammendola gunning for the place-kicking job vacated by Ben Grogan, Hockett may get another crack at kickoffs. Either way, he could be a rolled ankle away from either punting or kicking in either role. Every team needs a competent backup for their specialists.Noteworthy stats and highlightsAt Norman High School, Hockett was an all-state selection in both soccer and football. He averaged 43.3 yards per punt and 38 of his 45 kickoffs were downed in the opponent’s end zone.last_img read more

Kenneth Edison-McGruder Shines in Star Linebacker Role

first_img“It was just a good play at the right time,”said Edison-McGruder.”Coach made a good play call. Sent me on the blitz. [The] fumble, I seen it. I picked it up and just ran.”Glenn Spencer was pleased overall with this Star backer’s game, even if he took time to rib the junior after the game.“Well, I asked him in the locker room cause I thought it looked like he was running into the guy that was chasing him: ‘Were you trying to get tackled?’ He said he thought the guy to his right were the opponents, and I said, ‘No, that was your own guys.’ Anyway, it was tremendous,” said Spencer.Of course it wasn’t a perfect night. Earlier in that same drive, Edison-McGruder could have had another defensive score if he’d held on to what would have been a gift-wrapped pick-six from Chad President. But if that’s the biggest gripe, I think Spencer will take it. The key is that Edison-McGruder and the several of these Cowboy defenders are fast and are going to be in position to make plays.Spencer talked about this Star position possibly being his best on the team with Edison-McGruder and sophomore Calvin Bundage at 1A and 1B. Bundage left the game “banged up” according to Spencer but Kirk Tucker filled in well. The Cowboys have plenty of depth in their front seven and plenty of speed. This is going to be a fun group to watch, because they’re having fun.“Just being out there with my teammates again, flying around, making plays. It was great.” 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. Kenneth Edison-McGruder had a lot on his mind as his team prepared for Tulsa. While he and his teammates were going to class and attending practice, his family was at home, 500 miles away, in Houston. Edison-McGruder’s 2-year old daughter was safe with family but that didn’t stop him from worrying or wanting to be there for her.“They’re good now,” Edison-McGruder said. “The hurricane is gone now. I was kind of worried at first, towards the beginning of the week, when everything was going on because my daughter’s back home. I wasn’t there with her.”On the field during Oklahoma State’s season opener, the junior looked as sharp as ever. From his new Star linebacker role, Edison-McGruder flew around the field, wreaking havoc on Tulsa’s touted run game and its inexperienced QB. He finished with five tackles (four solo), a tackle for loss, a sack and a pass breakup.AdChoices广告But his play of the game was obvious.last_img read more

Videos: OSU’s Offensive Assistants Talk Upcoming Season at Media Golf Outing

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. STILLWATER — Oklahoma State hosted it’s annual media golf outing at Karsten Creek on Monday, and the PFB squad rolled deep at the event.We caught up with coordinators Sean Gleeson and Jim Knowles and position coaches Kasey Dunn, Charlie Dickey and Tim Duffie. Here are the interviews for the offensive coaches.last_img read more

Watch: James Washington Makes Several Impressive Grabs During Steelers Training Camp

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. James Washington is eyeing a potential breakout year for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2019. The second-year pro has been the talk of the locker room, namely of All-Pro wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster, for his improvement between Years 1 and 2.He transformed his body during the offseason, coming in this spring an agile 15 pounds lighter than he was last year, and also says that he’s immersed himself in the playbook, trying to view the game “like a quarterback” does.While all of that work should aid him in getting on the field and in his attempted breakout, it’s his innate ability to make plays that made him a star at OSU, and that excites Steelers fans.Check out this impressive footwork and a contested grab a fan caught on video in the first week of training camp.James Washington vs Coty Sensebaugh pic.twitter.com/wcL7TTI956— OG Slim  (@Jody_McFly) July 24, 2019And then Washington showed off his ability to get loose here.Nice move by James Washington to get separation in the open field and make the catch.#Steelers pic.twitter.com/48FfrtOrDw— Zach Metkler (@GZSports_ZM) July 31, 2019 And his impressive mitts here.That snag 🔥@JamesWashington pic.twitter.com/ik7sI2nCRU— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) July 31, 2019Training camp highlights do not always translate success on Sundays in the fall, but Washington has put the work in and is apparently a different player than he was when he showed up for training camp as a rookie.Washington’s progression is expected based on his timeline and his work ethic, according to Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin.“I think that can apply to any second-year guy,” said Tomlin. “That’s why we were always really comfortable expecting a big jump in consistency and performance from all of those guys.“This is not their first lap around the track. From an assignment standpoint, they’ve got a better understanding of what they’re being asked to do. They’re not learning things for the first time. They’ve got a sense from a conditioning standpoint the rigors of this process. So they come into it with more trained, professional bodies. “I think that speaks for him, Jaylen Samuels and anybody else that you could talk about in that class.”Now stronger, quicker and more experienced — and with the absence of Antonio Brown demanding targets — the door is wide open for Washington to make a splash in Year 2.But in true Washington form, he downplayed his desire to prove anything this fall.“I’m just taking it day-by-day and I’m trying to better than I was yesterday and that’s all I can do at this point,” Washington told Steelers.com.last_img read more

Suarez’s slow start of no concern to Uruguay

first_imgWorld Cup Suarez’s slow start of no concern to Uruguay ahead of 100th cap Iain Strachan 00:10 6/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Luis Suarez Uruguay 2018 World Cup Getty Images World Cup Luis Suárez Uruguay v Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Uruguay The Barcelona striker failed to hit the back of the net against Egypt, but his national team coach knows he can trust the star frontman to come good Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez has complete faith in Luis Suarez as the forward prepares to make his 100th international appearance in a World Cup clash with Saudi Arabia in Rostov-on-Don.Suarez laboured without reward as Uruguay were forced to rely on an 89th-minute winner from defender Jose Gimenez to beat Egypt 1-0 in their first match of Group A at the tournament in Russia.The 30-year-old Barcelona star made his Celeste debut in 2007 and has spent his entire national team career under the guidance of Tabarez, who first led Uruguay from 1988-90 and returned to the post of head coach for his second spell in 2006. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar “Yes, time flies,” the 71-year-old said when asked about the impending milestone for the former Ajax and Liverpool star. “100 matches. It’s a number that’s very important for footballers in their national squads. That’s not simply a number, it means so much more. “And over those 100 matches, Suarez, perhaps not in all but most of them, has been a decisive player. The few things we’ve achieved, he’s always been important. “He’s scored significant goals, given great assists. He’s a forward who gives many assists. “We all agree perhaps he didn’t have the best match against Egypt, but his potential is intact.”After failing to hit the back of the net last time out, Suarez is already at a disadvantage in the race to become the tournament’s leading scorer, Cristiano Ronaldo having netted a hat-trick against Spain, while both Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane grabbed braces for Belgium and England respectively on Monday.”I think that in this World Cup we have great strikers, with important records,” Tabarez said of Suarez’s candidacy to top the scoring charts.”The golden boot in Europe was defined at the very, very end [of the domestic season] and they’re almost all here at the World Cup. Some have scored in their opening match. “The story of all these strikers, they have positive streaks and negative ones as well. You can’t know what the outcome will be. Nobody calls into question their potential, they’re all great at scoring, of course. “Sometimes the goal posts are very far apart and sometimes they’re close to together and you can’t score those goals that look easy from the outside. That’s something that makes this World Cup so appealing. All the teams are more or less equal.”last_img read more

Hierro: This Spain team like 2010

first_imgSpain Hierro: This Spain team similar to 2010 World Cup champions Dejan Kalinic 14:57 6/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Spain - Cropped Getty Images Spain World Cup La Roja’s manager believes that this team is like the side that tasted glory in South Africa eight years ago Spain coach Fernando Hierro believes his team are similar to the one that won the 2010 World Cup.A 1-0 win over Iran saw Spain move top of Group B, putting them on track to reach the knockout stages following their 3-3 draw with Portugal in their opening game.The 2010 champions were considered among the hot favourites to win the tournament in Russia, although the sacking of coach Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the event led to some doubts over their chances. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar But Hierro, who took charge for the showpiece, believes he can see similarities between his group and the successful 2010 team.”It’s a similar group, know that you can’t have clones unfortunately,” he told Onda Cero.”But we have a backup group pushing for places every day. That is the only way to avoid relaxing, by having a group of team-mates that push you closer to the limit every day.”And we have [Cesar] Azpilicueta, [Nacho] Monreal, Saul [Niguez], Koke, [Alvaro] Odriozola, Iago Aspas, Rodrigo and Thiago [Alcantara]. They don’t allow the others to rest.”It’s beautiful to see them training and they can be important at any moment.”Spain only need a point against Morocco on Monday to seal their spot in the last 16.last_img read more

World Contraception Day and the Critical Links Between Maternal Health and Family Planning Access

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 27, 2013February 2, 2017By: Sarah Blake, MHTF consultantClick 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)Yesterday, September 26 was World Contraception Day, a global event that seeks to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted. To mark the event, partners from around the world gathered in person and online to discuss priorities under the motto “Your Future. Your Choice. Your Contraception.” Among the highlights were a series of new infographics from the Population Council that highlight the multiple benefits, of family planning, including evidence on the essential role that family planning access can play in reducing maternal mortality.  Elsewhere, the Carnegie Council’s Policy Innovations blog highlighted new family planning technologies. At the The Huffington Post, EngenderHealth CEO Pamela Barnes called attention to the role of health workers, “everyday heroes,” who provide high quality reproductive health services around the world; and Women Deliver President Jill Sheffield pointed out that pregnancy and childbirth-related factors continue to be the leading causes of death for adolescent girls, and called for more efforts to empower young people with access to comprehensive family planning and reproductive health services and information.In addition, in a blog post in Impatient Optimists, the blog of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, MCHIP’s Anne Pfitzer reflected on new evidence from Pakistan and Rwanda, which highlights the critical role of postpartum family planning in advancing maternal and newborn health.From her blog post:As time lapses after the birth of a child, women in Pakistan and in Rwanda continue to have early pregnancies. By a child’s second birthday (or a birth-to-pregnancy interval of less than two years), 60% of Pakistani and 52% of Rwandan women are pregnant again. These short intervals may indeed contribute to the unacceptably high rates of infant mortality in both countries, as analyses have shown that the birth-to-pregnancy intervals associated with the lowest mortality are 24 to 48 months apart.Those studies notwithstanding, perhaps women still want to become pregnant? We do find that, actually. When asked, 13% of Pakistani women state that they desire another baby within two years of a previous birth. Contrast that with Rwanda, where only 2% of women want a closely spaced pregnancy. Some women do use contraception during that two year period—26% in Pakistan and 44% in Rwanda—yet more than half of women two years postpartum in both countries have an unmet need for family planning (59% in Pakistan and 51% in Rwanda). That’s a lot of women who are not acting on their reproductive aspirations.For more on World Contraception Day 2013, visit the #WCD2013 on Twitter, the highlights compiled by Pathfinder International, or your-life.com for more resources on activities, resources and announcements from sponsoring organizations.Share this:last_img read more

Male Involvement in Maternal Health: Helpful or Harmful?

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 30, 2015October 28, 2016By: Suzanne Kiwanuka, Makerere University School of Public Health, UgandaClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This post is part of the Woman-Centered Universal Health Coverage Series, hosted by the Maternal Health Task Force and USAID|TRAction, which discusses the importance of utilizing a woman-centered agenda to operationalize universal health coverage. To contribute a post, contact Katie Millar.Over the last several years, research on male involvement in reproductive and maternal health care has shown incredible impacts on the health outcomes of women and newborns. For example, educating male partners about HIV in general and how it is transmitted is essential to successful, long-term approaches to eliminating HIV/AIDS. Male involvement in antenatal care (ANC) can reduce the risk of mother-to-child  transmission of HIV and infant mortality by more than 40 percent.In response to this overwhelming research, Uganda officially launched a male involvement strategy in November 2014. The main objective of this strategy is to include men in all aspects of a family’s health: nutrition, water and sanitation, family planning, immunizations, and the fight against malaria and HIV/AIDS. However, this and other male involvement strategies have had unexpected consequences on women’s access to care:I went to the facility when my pregnancy was 2 month but was denied access to services because I had not gone with my husband. I again went there when it was 6 months and the same happened. I decided to go back home and wait for the time of delivery because I had nothing to do. My husband is not always at home. I tried to explain to the health worker but she could not listen to me. When the time for delivery reached, I decided to deliver from home because I feared to go back to the facility. Two days after delivery, my child died. – Ugandan MotherMale involvement strategies are intended to encourage men to accompany their spouses during ANC visits. Unfortunately the interpretation of these policies has been left to health providers and non-governmental organizations, who seek to demonstrate desirable outputs for targets such as couples testing for HIV. It almost seems as if the responsibility to “catch” the men who have long eluded the health system and HIV screening has been unfairly transferred to the pregnant spouse. Even prior to the launch of this strategy, some facilities all over Uganda made it mandatory for a woman to bring her spouse if she wanted access to ANC services.Mmmhmmm!… (with a shrug) …If a woman comes without a spouse we send them to another facility where services might not be as good as here. – Midwife in Northern UgandaWhile male involvement can lead to better outcomes, it should not prevent a woman from accessing care. Since when does attending ANC without a spouse qualify a pregnant woman for a referral? Moreover in a setting where every shilling is valuable and transport is hard to find, referrals create increased costs and barriers for women to access care. The above quotes from both a mother and a midwife depict the potentially deleterious consequences of not incorporating the notion of power and culturally accepted gender roles in policy making. They also expose the insidiousness risk posed by leaving gender sensitive policies wide open to interpretation.Alternatively, some women have resorted to beating the system by “hiring” spouses for ANC visits in order to access care. This has several implications:Women are forced to bear the ridicule of having failed to convince their spouse to accompany them to ANCWomen are forced to incur additional costs to “hire” a spouse to escort them for ANCHIV tests conducted at ANC are not valid since they are not a true reflection of a legitimate couple’s testA woman is at risk of domestic violence if her spouse finds out that she took another man as her spouse for an ANC visitWhile attending ANC with a male partner is indeed honorable and augurs well for the family, it unfairly puts pressure on the woman to convince their partner to tag along for ANC services in a culture where this has long been a woman’s niche. Some, and indeed many, of these vulnerable women are denied the right to access care because they have failed to convince their partners to attend ANC! Is this morally acceptable? Should someone’s right to health be premised on the availability of another (over whom they wield no power)?Ultimately, the lesson learned from the implementation of Uganda’s male involvement strategy is that women’s health suffers when policies do not take power and culturally ingrained gender roles into consideration, do not carefully sensitize implementers on the policy content and limits, and fail to monitor unintended effects of policy change. This is unacceptable!Share this:last_img read more

19 Maternal Health Jobs & Internships!

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on May 22, 2015August 8, 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)JobsKnowledge Management and Communication Officer: EngenderHealth, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaThe Services Development Manager: Centering Healthcare Institute, Boston, MassachusettsAsesores Técnicos – Senior, Salud Materno-Infantil / Nutrición: Management Sciences for Health, Tegucigalpa, HondurasProject Director – Public Health / Director de Proyecto – Salud Publica: Management Sciences for Health, Panama City, PanamaASH Consultant: Management Sciences for Health, Abuja, NigeriaChief of Party: Management Sciences for Health, Addis Ababa, EthiopiaProject Director: Management Sciences for Health, Kinshasa, D.R. CongoMaternal & Child Health Coordinator: Samaritan’s Purse International Relief, South SudanMaternal & Child Health Program Manager: Samaritan’s Purse International Relief, LiberiaTraining Advisor: Jhpiego, ZambiaMonitoring & Evaluation Director: Jhpiego, RwandaSr. Finance and Administration Manager: Jhpiego, RwandaChief of Party: Jhpiego, MadagascarProgram Officer II: Jhpiego, Washington, DCProgram Officer II:Jhpiego, Baltimore, MDChief of Party: FHI360, Dhaka, BangladeshSenior Technical Advisor for Maternal and Child Health: CARE, Lusaka and rural ZambiaSenior Technical Advisor for Maternal and Child Nutrition: CARE, Atlanta, GAInternshipsSRMH Intern: CARE, Atlanta, GASAFPAC Intern: CARE, Atlanta, GASee more CARE internships here>>Share this:last_img read more

Maternal and Child Health in Morocco

first_imgPosted on July 8, 2015October 13, 2016By: Khadija El Hajjaoui, Neonatal Health Program Manager, Ministry of Health, MoroccoClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This post originally appeared on the Health ISGlobal blogSince the 90s and especially during the last decade, Morocco has made significant improvement in terms of maternal and child health (MCH). Continuous efforts during two decades resulted in cutting-down the maternal mortality ratio by 66% and decreasing the ratio from 332 in 1990 to 112 deaths per 1000,000 births in 2010. This improvement is to some extent correlated with a progressive increase in MCH service utilization and free care for pregnancy, childbirth and obstetric complications. In addition, in 2009, the implementation of a maternal death surveillance system revealed the leading causes of maternal deaths (i.e. postpartum hemorrhage, preeclampsia, eclampsia and sepsis after birth) and provided guidance on immediate actions to be implemented at health facilities and in the community to prevent similar deaths.Similarly, substantial efforts have been made to improve child health, which led to a 60% reduction in Under-5 mortality rate (from 76.1 in 1990 to 30.5 deaths per 1000 live births in 2011) over the last two decades. However, neonatal mortality has only slightly decreased from 31.4 in 1990 to 21.7 deaths per 1000 live births in 2011.  Complications of preterm birth, birth asphyxia and severe infections are the main causes of neonatal mortality, which represents almost 71% of Under-5 mortality. Certainly, the progress in child health status has been made possible through the combination of several programs such as the Expanded Program on Immunization offering free vaccination for 12 antigens (i.e. eleven for child health protection and one to prevent neonatal and maternal tetanus). With over 90% immunization coverage, Morocco has been free of polio since 1987, free of diphtheria since 1991 and free of neonatal tetanus since 2002.Due to factors like geographical and socioeconomic backgrounds, the overall progress veils disparities between regions and within regions. Indeed, the decrease in mortality rates has benefited children from the wealthiest families (15.2 for the richest quintile against 37.9 per 1000 live births for the poorest quintile) and women living in urban areas (73 deaths per 100,000 births in urban areas against 148 in rural areas).Fortunately, these inequities are being taken into account during the implementation of the 2012-2016 National Action Plan to accelerating the reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality. In fact, to narrow the gaps, rural areas and regions with low coverage (antenatal care, skilled birth attendance, etc.) are given high priority when assigning human resources for MCH; upgrading maternity hospitals and birthing centers; implementing the obstetrical Emergency Medical Service, etc.Nevertheless, the government and the Ministry of Health are placing special emphasis on tackling the social determinants of health and adopting cross-ministerial and multi-sectoral approaches to maximize the opportunities to reduce the burden of maternal and Under-5 mortality especially for the most vulnerable populations.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

In the U.S., Black Mothers Need More Than Health Care

first_imgPosted on November 11, 2015October 13, 2016By: Elizabeth Dawes Gay, Health and Social Justice Advocate and Member of the Echoing Ida Writing CollectiveClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This post is part of “Inequities in Maternal Mortality in the U.S.,” a blog series hosted by the MHTF.Last month, over a thousand people gathered in Mexico City for the Global Maternal and Newborn Health Conference. Much of the discourse centered on improving health care for mothers and babies, as it tends to both globally and nationally in the United States. The conference also had an equity theme, which is a critical part of the conversation on maternal health in the United States. Without it, our opportunities to make real progress for all women are limited.In the United States, the pregnancy-related mortality rate in 2011 was 17.8  women per 100,000 live births. A closer look reveals that the pregnancy-related mortality rate for Black women is three times higher than that of white women (42.8 versus 12.5 per 100,000 live births). But that’s not the worst. In some parts of the United States, Black mothers are as likely to die as mothers in much less developed nations.  In Fulton County Georgia (which includes the city of Atlanta), the maternal mortality ratio for Black women is 94 deaths per 100,000 live births. This is comparable to the developing country of Peru, where the MMR is 89 deaths per 100,000 live births.While lack of access to health care has certainly contributed to maternal and infant death in the Black community, it doesn’t account for the extreme racial disparities seen in pregnancy-related outcomes. A growing body of evidence indicates that social, economic and psychological factors play a role as well.Expanding access to health care in the United States is a good start, but it may not be enough. We have to address race—and racial discrimination in particular—if we are going to see any improvement in maternal and infant health in the United States.The documentary series Unnatural Causes shares the story of a middle class Black mother, Kim Anderson. Anderson ate healthy, exercised during her pregnancy and received prenatal care. Despite these efforts, her baby was born over two months prematurely. The series also describes the connections between race and inequality and the disparities in maternal health outcomes – it comes down to stress.The chronic stress of navigating American society while Black and the compound experiences of discrimination, for instance, wreak havoc on the body, disrupting normal physiological and biological processes. The consequences are stark: Black women are more likely to experience severe maternal morbidity like shock and blood clots than their white counterparts and Black infants are more likely to be stillborn, born prematurely and born low or very-low birthweight than white infants.Health insurance reform has increased access to health care and important preventive services like prenatal care for millions of Americans, but it doesn’t mitigate the experience of living in the United States while Black. Black women and babies suffer because of the systemic racism they experience.Indeed, all women deserve to bring life into this world without the threat of death and disease. Focusing on women with the worst outcomes and eliminating racial disparities in maternal and infant health is a good place to start. Efforts that focus on social and racial factors could prove fruitful and yield innovation and action that ultimately benefits all.The time for strategic, innovative and thoughtful action to benefit Black mothers and babies is now. That’s why in June 2015, over twenty advocates, activists, researchers, policy influencers and care providers gathered in Atlanta, Georgia for the “Black Mamas Matter” convening. What became clear at the convening is that a multi-sectoral approach that accounts for the role of race is absolutely necessary for progress on Black maternal health. Black Mamas Matter attendees and others across the country are working to influence the dialogue on maternal health in the United States. Their effort is well worth it: changing the conversation could ultimately save lives.Elizabeth Dawes Gay, MPH is a health and social justice advocate and member of the Echoing Ida writing collective, a program of Forward Together. You can follow her on Twitter: @edawesgay.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

FIFA 20 Champions Edition: Price difference & comparison

first_imgWith FIFA 20 now available for pre-order ahead of its September 27 release, fans will be trying to figure out which edition of the game they should get – and which features come with each game.Goal has outlined the different editions, comparing them through cost breakdown and which features each one offers. The bonuses offered by each of the editions focuses primarily on FIFA Ultimate Team content, and here’s how users can decide which one to get.How much does FIFA 20 Champions Edition cost compared to Standard Edition?FIFA 20 Champions Edition with Virgil van Dijk on the cover will cost £69.99, while the Standard Edition with Eden Hazard will cost £54.99. The Ultimate Edition, featuring Zinedine Zidane, costs £89.99.What features does FIFA 20 Champions Edition have?For those who play FUT, the Champions Edition offers a lot of perks without costing as much as the Ultimate Edition. With this edition, players receive more extra items than Standard Edition. 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? Through pre-ordering Champions Edition, users are able to start playing three days early, giving them the chance to build their Ultimate Team sooner.Players can also save 10 per cent with EA Access and Origin Access.Champions Edition perks: 3 Days Early Access (Play from September 24) Up To 12 FIFA 20 Ultimate Team Rare Gold Packs (1 Per Week For 12 Weeks) Choose one of five mid-version ICON Items for 5 FUT matches Special Edition FUT KitsEden Hazard FIFA 20 CoverThe FIFA 20 Standard Edition includes everything needed to play FIFA 20 as well as the new Volta mode, and is geared to players who don’t play as much FUT.Standard Edition perks: Up to 3 FIFA 20 Ultimate Team Rare Gold Packs (1 Per Week For 3 Weeks) Choose one of five mid-version ICON Items for 5 FUT matches Special Edition FUT KitsThose who pre-order Standard Edition won’t be able to play early and don’t receive as many Ultimate Team Items.The Ultimate Edition is the most expensive of the three editions, but comes with the most FUT perks.Ultimate Edition perks: Untradeable FUT 20 Ones To Watch Player Item 3 Days Early Access (Play from September 24) Up To 24 FIFA 20 Ultimate Team Rare Gold Packs (2 Per Week For 12 Weeks) Choose one of five mid-version ICON Items for 5 FUT matches Special Edition FUT Kitslast_img read more

ESPN Computer Updates Its Conference Champion Picks After Week 7

first_imgLee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit of College GameDay have a discussion.BRISTOL, TN – SEPTEMBER 10: ESPN’s Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit on set during College Gameday prior to the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Tennessee Volunteers at Bristol Motor Speedway on September 10, 2016 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)ESPN’s Football Power Index has updated its conference champion predictions as Week 8 of the season is about to be underway.Week 7 had a handful of marquee matchups, including a showdown between LSU and Florida. It’s pretty clear the FPI was impressed by a few programs because there were major changes to its conference champion picks.Even though Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma, Ohio State and Oregon remain as the favorites to win their respective conference, the probability for two teams went down.Ohio State and Oklahoma saw their odds go down despite staying undefeated on the season. On the flip side, Alabama and Clemson saw an increase in their win percentage. It appears Georgia’s loss to South Carolina helps Alabama more than people might think.Here are the latest conference champion projections for the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC:ACC – Clemson (92.0 percent)Big 12 – Oklahoma (74.8 percent)Big Ten – Ohio State (54.6 percent)Pac-12 – Oregon (64.6 percent)SEC – Alabama (59.5 percent) Oregon could increase its chances of winning the Pac-12 with a road win over Washington this weekend.The lowest odds for a conference champion from a major league belong to Ohio State because of how dominant Wisconsin has appeared. Those two programs will face off later in the season.Do you agree with these projections?last_img read more

Emery expecting further Arsenal departures

first_imgUnai Emery is expecting more movement at Arsenal before transfer windows across Europe close, with the Gunners open to sanctioning further departures.The summer at Emirates Stadium has been busier than many expected, with late incomings wrapped up on deadline day.AdChoices广告Kieran Tierney and David Luiz have joined fellow new boys Gabriel Martinelli, Nicolas Pepe and Dani Ceballos in north London, while a deal has also been done for Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba. 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 Arsenal have also seen players move on, such as Alex Iwobi, Aaron Ramsey and Eddie Nketiah, with Emery revealing that the exit door has not yet been closed.He told reporters: “We are changing players at the last moment. We had Laurent Koscielny, the first captain, but just five days ago he left.“Other players were coming in, we finished our market but it is at the moment open in other countries.“In the next 20-25 days some players will leave. It’s the reason I want to close our squad clearly.”Emery added on those added to his ranks: “We had signed some players and let some players leave.“I am delighted with our work, the club did well to get the best players to help us and make our squad stronger.“We’ll start Sunday looking to see our response with the players, working only on that focus.”Arsenal celebrating 2019Pressed further on who he is most looking forward to working with, the Spaniard said: “With all!“I want to say to our supporters I am very excited and enthusiastic with Pepe, David Luiz, Ceballos, Martinelli, Kieran Tierney and with Willock, Reiss Nelson, Bukayo [Saka], with [Alexandre] Lacazette, [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang, everybody! With [Bernd] Leno, with Emiliano [Martinez], with Matt [Macey].“We need every player and I want to achieve with every player our best performance. My challenge is to achieve some titles in my present and future here and go to the Champions League.“My first, first objective is to improve each player in his career.”Arsenal are considered to have enjoyed a productive summer window, with expectations rising accordingly.Asked what he is hoping to achieve this season, Emery said: “Realistic? We are happy, we are delighted with our players and our squad. We know it will be difficult but our ambition and motivation is to do the best possible in all competitions.“The most important competition is the Premier League, we are going to start on Sunday trying to find the regularity to be consistent in 38 matches.“Our first objective is to be in the top four but knowing it is going to be difficult. Last year we reduced the distance. Manchester City and Liverpool are stronger than others at the beginning but we want to reduce the distance to them and compete with them.“We can achieve more and more points against them. After Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United have the same objective as us. Last year we had a very small points difference between us. This is another challenge for them, for us.“Other teams are coming back, signing very good players, working very well. Everton, West Ham, Leicester, Wolverhampton, Watford. The Premier League is the best competition in the world. We are going to work and be with a big challenge to compete for the top four in this competition.”Arsenal will open their 2019-20 campaign away at Newcastle on Sunday.last_img read more

Klopp asked me about Van Dijk before I joined Liverpool – Wijnaldum

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has said manager Jurgen Klopp consulted him about signing Virgil van Dijk before either player had signed for the club.The former Newcastle man, an international team-mate of Van Dijk with the Netherlands, says he encouraged Klopp to sign the defender.Van Dijk had a brilliant season last time out, leading Liverpool to Champions League glory, and Wijnaldum says he’s unsurprised with his team-mates success. 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 “Before I even joined Liverpool I had a meeting with Jurgen and during our talks he asked me about Virgil van Dijk,” Wijnaldum said.“I had always rated Virgil very highly and my exact words to Jurgen were, ‘He is going to make the defence a lot better’.“So I was not surprised when Virgil won the UEFA Best Player award ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. I actually expected him to win it.“Virgil has had a blinder of a season and has been so successful. Nothing about him surprises me any more.”The relationship between the player and his coach was not always so rosy.HD Jurgen Klopp Gini WijnaldumWijnaldum conceded he was angry and disappointed that he didn’t start in the Champions League semi-final second leg against Barcelona.He did come off the bench and his two goals inspired an historic 4-0 win, turning round a 3-0 deficit from the first leg to see his club through to the final.“With the manager, it is more or less hate and love. I am sure he has the best interests at heart with every player in the squad. But sometimes you are so involved in a match and the manager is still chasing you.“Then you just boil over sometimes – and, in my case, I do get angry with him,” he continued. “I still don’t know if what happened against Barcelona was his real plan.“But that night I was so angry and so disappointed that he did not start me.“Looking back, we can say things worked out all right. We will never know how it might have gone if the manager had started me.”The Dutchman says triumphing in the Champions League has given his team the confidence to go on and win the Premier League after being pipped by one point last year by Manchester City.“Winning the Champions League has given us all peace of mind,” he added.”Now we know what it’s like to win the biggest trophy of them all – and we just want to keep going from here and add even more titles.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Jesus rounds off easy win for City at Shakhtar

first_imgManchester City made light of their defensive crisis as Fernandinho filled in adeptly at centre-back and captained the Premier League champions to a 3-0 victory over his former club Shakhtar Donetsk.Hampered by the absences of John Stones and Aymeric Laporte due to injury, City boss Pep Guardiola named Fernandinho alongside Nicolas Otamendi at the heart of his defence and was able to celebrate a clean sheet despite the odd shaky moment.Riyad Mahrez scored his first goal of the season to settle City’s nerves after 24 minutes and his interplay with Ilkay Gundogan produced the visitors’ best moments at Metalist Stadium. 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 Gundogan, ably assisted by Rodri and Kevin De Bruyne, ran the show from midfield and surged forward at every opportunity, getting himself on the scoresheet thanks to Mahrez’s assist seven minutes before half-time.Guardiola warned of the danger Shakhtar posed on the counter-attack in his pre-match comments and Luis Castro’s men did manage to set Moraes free on a number of occasions, but the Brazil-born striker failed to carry his impressive domestic form onto Europe’s biggest stage.City rounded off a highly satisfying Group C opener when Gabriel Jesus rolled a third goal home 14 minutes from time to secure a repeat result of last season’s clash between these teams on this ground.Running clear!0-3 #ManCity #UCL pic.twitter.com/UMmH1bYPeA— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 18, 2019City pressed Shakhtar from the outset and Rodri should have done better when De Bruyne’s cross hit the back of his head.Marlos sent a thundering drive flashing past Ederson’s net as Shakhtar countered, but City’s pressure paid off when Gundogan curled a shot onto the post and it bounced into the path of Mahrez, who guided it into the empty net from close range.Moraes had a gilt-edged chance to equalise from the corner of the six-yard box but his shot hit Ederson in the chest and City punished his wastefulness.Rodri’s cross-field ball found Mahrez and the Algeria international played in Gundogan, who fired a first-time shot just inside the post with deadly accuracy.Moraes made a poor attempt to chip Ederson when the City keeper got caught outside his box early in the second half but Raheem Sterling missed an even better chance at the other end, hitting the outside of the post after Sergey Krivtsov gifted him possession 12 yards out.Jesus made no such mistake when De Bruyne capitalised on sloppy Shakhtar passing and released the Brazilian, who rolled a shot into the bottom-right corner of the net and made certain of his side’s winning start in the Champions League. What does it mean? City reign in UkraineAfter becoming the first English team to beat Shakhtar away from home when they triumphed here by the same scoreline last season, City earned a repeat result without a number of key players.Gunning for a regular placeIlkay Gundogan has only started three of City’s five domestic games this season but when he is on this kind of form he looks undroppable.The 28-year-old covered a huge amount of ground, gathered loose balls and ensured Guardiola’s men turned defence into devastating attacks with remarkable efficiency.Shakhtar need more from MoraesShakhtar went into this game knowing chances would be few and far between, but Moraes had more than enough opportunities to get on the scoresheet and squandered them all.Key Opta Facts- Shakhtar have conceded 15 goals in their five meetings with Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League; the most they’ve conceded against an opponent in the competition.- City have kept clean sheets in four of their five Champions League matches against Shakhtar, double the amount than they have versus any other side.- Since the start of the 2016-17 campaign, only Real Madrid (84) and Bayern Munich (72) have scored more Champions League goals than Guardiola’s City (71).- Shakhtar have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last 17 UEFA Champions League matches (36 goals conceded).- Since the start of the 2017-18 Champions League campaign, only James Milner (10) has recorded more assists in the competition than De Bruyne (9).- Mahrez has had a hand in seven goals in seven Champions League appearances for Man City (2 goals, 5 assists).What’s next?After their shock loss to Norwich, City will hope to get back to winning ways in the Premier League when they entertain Watford on Saturday, while Shakhtar look to extend their seven-game domestic winning streak at Desna. read morelast_img read more

How much does it cost to sign Messi on FIFA 20?

first_imgLionel Messi is the highest-rated player in FIFA 20 and every manager dreams of signing the Barcelona superstar in Career Mode. Surprisingly, prising the 2019 Best FIFA Men’s Player winner from Barcelona is easier than you might expect as long as your chosen club has the transfer budget and reputation to attract the winger.Europe’s biggest clubs are capable of adding Messi to their books even without the draw of Champions League football as Manchester United have the resources and reputation to sign him in the first transfer window. Manchester City also have the money, but Liverpool’s initial budget means he is off the market unless a player swap deal can be agreed. Similarly, Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs also don’t have enough money to sign him outright.Paris Saint-German have the budget to bring in Messi, completing a strikeforce of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Messi which would be impossible to defend against. Only Bayern Munich can afford Messi from Germany, while Inter and Piemonte Calcio (as Juventus are known in FIFA 20) would need to agree a player exchange deal to attract him to Serie A. Dreams of a Major League Soccer move are out of the question as no club has the capital or the reputation to get Messi to move to the United States. 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 Atletico Madrid would have to offload players to sign Messi, while Barcelona actually are willing to sell him to Real Madrid in FIFA 20 – something which is unimaginable in real life! How much does it cost to sign Lionel Messi on FIFA 20? When does Lionel Messi’s contract expire in FIFA 20? What is Lionel Messi’s potential in FIFA 20?How much does it cost to sign Lionel Messi in FIFA 20?Messi is valued at £86 million (or €95.5m if playing in EUR or $107.9m in USD) in FIFA 20. You will need a bid of at least £100m to buy Messi from Barcelona in FIFA 20 Career Mode. This can be reduced by including players in a swap deal, with Barcelona looking for a winger, a centre-back or a midfielder as part of a trade. They also initially demand up to £140m for the Argentina winger, but are willing to negotiate down to £130m.His weekly wage at Barcelona is £509k (€565k/$638k). However, he is willing to take a reduced salary of as low as £340k with a signing bonus of around £2m. You will need to promise Messi he is a “crucial” part of the squad and offer a contract for at least two years. He is willing to agree a deal without a release clause.EMBED ONLY FIFA 20 Messi MadridWhen does Lionel Messi’s contract expire in FIFA 20?Messi’s contract expires in 2021 in FIFA 20. This means he could be available on a free transfer as soon as the third season in Career Mode.By then, he will be 34 years old and may have lost some of his pace and also seen some of his other attributes decline in game, but he will still be one of the best players in the world and a must-buy for any team that can afford him.What is Lionel Messi’s potential in FIFA 20?Messi has a current ability rating of 94 in FIFA 20 and this is the highest score he can reach in the game. As he is 32 years old at the start of Career Mode, his potential rating is also 94 overall.In FIFA 13, he had a potential ability of 97, but this was reduced to 95 in FIFA 15 and then 93 in FIFA 17.His potential rating returned to 94 overall in FIFA 18 and has remained at that score for FIFA 19 and FIFA 20.last_img read more

Dream LA derby awaits as MLS playoffs continue to deliver

first_imgThe 2019 MLS playoffs have been just about everything the league could have asked for. In the first season of a new single-elimination format, matches have been taken to a new level. The playoffs have been back-and-forth, high-scoring and, most importantly, downright fun.Sunday night’s clash between Minnesota United and the LA Galaxy was none of that. It was a relatively drab affair compared to the five matches that came before it. But it did set up a matchup that will certainly rank as one of the most anticipated in the league’s 23-year history.Minnesota United was able to keep Zlatan Ibrahimovic relatively quiet, but the Loons were unable to prevent Sebastian Lletget and Jonathan dos Santos from breaking hearts in a 2-1 Galaxy victory. With that win, the Galaxy became the first road team to win under this new playoff format while setting up the marquee clash of all marquee clashes against rivals Los Angeles FC in the next round. 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 But to get there, the Galaxy had to take down Minnesota United, who had somehow been cast as the plucky underdog despite finishing two points better than their opponents in the regular season. They’d embraced that mentality all season, especially in this David vs. Goliath matchup where Goliath was depicted as a hulking Swede with a legendary ego.Still, it wasn’t Zlatan who did the damage. The Galaxy survived a tepid first half that featured little action on either end as the home crowd attempted to spur on their side in their first MLS playoff match. And, for a while, it looked like that could be enough, even with the Galaxy’s oft-criticized backline bending but not breaking on several occasions.The Minnesota defense finally broke in the second half, conceding twice in a matter of minutes to all but seal their fate. The first was ugly, with Lletget pouncing on a blocked Ibrahimovic shot to quiet the home crowd. The second was beautiful, with Dos Santos curling a shot past Vito Mannone and into the right-hand corner.But, in true MLS playoff fashion, the match did feature one more twist with Jan Gregus scoring for the Loons on a perfectly-smashed missile that found the lower corner. Still, it wasn’t to be. Galaxy vs. LAFC it is.Sunday’s result capped off a weekend that could only be described as a dream advertisement for MLS. It featured a seven-goal thriller in Seattle with a hat trick from a U.S. national team star in Jordan Morris. It featured Wayne Rooney’s send-off, a match that included a stoppage-time equalizer and then a four-goal blitz from Toronto FC in extra time. There were mid-play selfies and a shocking comeback in Philadelphia, a late winner in Salt Lake and a composed performance from defending champions Atlanta United.Toronto FCIf there were concerns over the new playoff format, they’re all gone. Home teams won all but one match, with Minnesota the lone loser, showing that the regular season standings actually made an impact on results. The often-drab two-leg affairs were replaced by absolutely chaotic single-elimination battles that sometimes looked more like arcade-style FIFA matches than playoff soccer. A grueling nine-month season boiled down to a series of do-or-die battles where each and every game provided at least one moment that took fans out of their seat.With LAFC and New York City FC joining the party for the next set of games, there’s still plenty of matches to look forward to. But, it’s safe to say that Thursday night’s derby clash between the Galaxy and LAFC has the potential to be something special.It’s a match those at MLS headquarters will have dreamed of. El Trafico, to date, has been the best thing the league has to offer. It gives us Carlos Vela against Zlatan Ibrahimovic, two absolute superstars who raised each other’s levels all season with a war of words. It gives us a battle of nouveau riche versus the old guard as LAFC looks to truly stamp itself as the city’s team. And, most importantly, it offers a matchup that will draw both the diehard and the casual following a weekend that fully showcased the best of what MLS had to offer.The first weekend is done, but let the fun continue.last_img read more

ARC Receives National Designation as Best Workplaces for Commuters in 2018

first_imgARLINGTON, Va. – February 6, 2018 –Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) is pleased to announce it has been named one of the Best Workplaces for CommutersSM in 2018 for offering exceptional employee-provided commuter benefits that meet the National Standard of Excellence criteria. ARC is among a select group of workplaces in the U.S. that was cited for having at least 14 percent of their employee base not driving alone to work within a 12-month period. ARC offers employees several commuter benefit options, including:A monthly taxable allowance to employees in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area to assist with overall commuter costs.Free onsite parking at ARC’s Louisville, Ky. and Tampa, Fla. offices.The opportunity for employees to work from home, which reduced all employee commuter trips by six percent.A variety of carpool matching programs—including Arlington Transportation Partners, Ticket To Ride and Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority Commuter Services—that connect commuters with each other to share the ride to and from work.An Emergency Ride Home program that provides commuters who carpool, ride transit, bike, or walk, with reimbursement in the event of an unexpected emergency. “ARC is extremely proud of our progressive commuter benefits program that saves employees time, money and reduces stress,” said ARC Chief Human Resources Officer Eric Barger. “Our benefits certainly give ARC a competitive edge in employee recruitment and retention. Most importantly, we are committed to providing a better quality of life for our talented employees.” The Best Workplaces for Commuters program offers designated organizations access to a range of support services to assess and promote non-driving commuting of employees, including organizational assessment and implementation tool-kits, web-based tools and webinars, staff training and information exchange. Julie Bond, program manager for Best Workplaces for Commuters, commented, “ARC is on the cutting edge of a national movement. Excellent commuter benefit programs may reward these companies not just with a national designation, but buoys workplace productivity, customer loyalty and brand recognition in an increasingly competitive marketplace.”  About ARCThe Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) is the premier driver of air travel intelligence and commerce in the travel industry with leading business solutions, travel agency accreditation services, process and financial management tools and high-quality data. In 2017, ARC settled $88.5 billion worth of airline ticket transactions for more than 7,000 travel agencies with 12,000 points of sale. Established in 1984, ARC is an ISO 27001 certified company headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, with offices in Louisville, Kentucky, Tampa, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico. For more information, please visit www.arccorp.com and www.twitter.com/arctalk. About Best Workplaces for CommutersSMBest Workplaces for CommutersSM is the national authority on recognizing and assisting workplaces that provide exceptional commuter benefits to employees. More than a recognition program, Best Workplaces for Commuters program provides support needed to create, sustain an employee-provided commuter benefit program, including online assessment tools, advisory services, case studies, tool-kits, web-based tools, webinars and training. Best Workplaces for Commuters represents over 200 workplaces with Best Workplaces for Commuters designation representing over 734,000 employees. The Best Workplaces for Commuters program is managed by the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR)  at the University of South Florida with support from the National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). For more information: http://www.bestworkplaces.org/.last_img read more