England’s Graeme Storm claimed a first European Tour trophy in almost 10 years after holding off the challenge of world number two Rory McIlory on the third playoff hole to win the South African Open on Sunday.Storm had held a three-shot lead going into the final round, but could only manage a 71 for a tournament total of 18 under par.McIlroy led by one shot going into the last two holes, but bogeyed 17 and had to be content with a 68 to force a playoff.Storm kept his composure though and on the third attempt to separate the pair, he managed a par as McIlroy bogied following a skewed tee shot.
Liverpool Fernando Torres (@Torres)I have something very important to announce. After 18 exciting years, the time has come to put an end to my football career. Next Sunday, the 23rd at 10:00AM, local time in Japan, I will have a press conference in Tokyo to explain all the details.See you there. pic.twitter.com/WrKnvRTUIuJune 21, 2019 Liverpool FC (@LFC)All the best in your retirement, @Torres! 👊 pic.twitter.com/N3szzXAwDDJune 21, 2019 Share via Email The former Liverpool and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has announced his retirement from football.The 35-year-old Spaniard, who has been playing in Japan for Sagan Tosu since leaving Atlético Madrid last year, scored 81 goals across four seasons with Liverpool and won the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup with Chelsea. A World Cup winner with Spain in 2010, Torres said on Twitter: “I have something very important to announce. After 18 exciting years, the time has come to put an end to my football career.” He will reveal more about his decision to retire at a press conference in Tokyo on Sunday at 10am local time (2am BST). Fernando Torres Topics Share on WhatsApp Atlético Madrid Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC)Enjoy your retirement, @Torres! 👏 pic.twitter.com/Lnu7wk5SIEJune 21, 2019 After breaking through at hometown club Atlético, Torres moved to Liverpool in July 2007 and scored 24 Premier League goals in his first campaign in England.He made a £50m deadline-day switch to Chelsea in January 2011 and, despite recording disappointing goal hauls in the league, his late goal against Barcelona in April 2012 sent the Blues to the Champions League final, which they would go on to win at the expense of Bayern Munich.Liverpool and Chelsea both wished Torres well in retirement, tweeting video highlights of his goals for their respective causes. Spain Share on Messenger Torres had already won both the 2008 European Championship and South Africa-hosted World Cup with Spain and he conquered Europe for a second time with La Roja in 2012. A loan spell at Milan from Chelsea preceded his return to Atlético in January 2015 before the forward made his move to Japan last July. Chelsea Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Reuse this content
Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Facebook It was an error-strewn, conclusion-jumping bit of punditry from Souness and once the comparison with Adebayor had been made it was hard to escape a rather depressing conclusion. You know, that thing about certain people looking and acting the same.Souness would no doubt dispute this and more than likely be horrified by the suggestion that he cast aspersions on Kean’s character purely because of his race. In doing so he may also point to his record as a manager when it came to signing and fielding black players, most notably Mark Walters during his time at Rangers.For its part, Sky Sports has declined to comment but, in defending Souness, the broadcaster did point out that his comments on Kean were part of a wider discussion that saw José Mourinho, in his role as a fellow Sky pundit, speak entirely positively of the player and therefore all Souness may have been doing is offering a counter-argument. Perhaps, but that does not take away from the skin-crawling nature of what he said or the simple fact he should not have gone there.More than likely this was a case of subconscious racism, something many of us have been guilty of from time to time. But the difference is that Souness is a prominent figure saying what he said on a prominent platform – millions will have heard his remarks and, unchecked, they can spread like wildfire in a global culture already burning with resentment and division.So it’s right that the error of Souness’s way is pointed out. Some may even call for his head, arguing he has previous given his somewhat sustained attacks on Paul Pogba, but that feels over the top and unnecessarily reactionary. Rather, this is a moment for a sense of perspective and to make another call for everyone in the media to show an extra level of thought, kindness and fairness when discussing black footballers. As Raheem Sterling pointed out with his Instagram post last December, there is, and has been, too much damage done.So if you’re reading this Graeme – seriously, have a think the next time you decide to speculate on the character of a footballer, and especially those for whom accusations of a lack of professionalism and being a wrong’un are too deep-rooted and lasting to be lazily aired on an otherwise lazy Sunday afternoon. Graeme Souness comment Pinterest Sportblog Race Twitter Everton Topics Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Share on Twitter Many years ago I was a told a joke that, looking back, could well have been my first experience of racial stereotyping. I can’t remember who said it, or exactly how old I was, but it has lived with me ever since.“What do you call a black man in a suit? Guilty.”Some will dismiss this as a bit of fun or, dare I say it, banter, but they tend to be the people who aren’t being targeted by the setup and punchline, nor have to deal with the way similarly flippant wisecracks, comments and judgments have an insidious effect on those who are. In other words they tend to be white people, and when they stray into this territory it’s only right to lead them back on to safer, fairer ground.Which is why I’m writing about Graeme Souness. I’ve never met the former Scotland midfielder and am willing to accept from those who have that he’s a thoroughly nice guy; his bark is worse than his bite, and all that. But the problem is that on Sunday he said something that – and there really is no easy way to put this – sounded like racial stereotyping.A couple of days on, the memory still lingers, the sense of jaw‑dropping shock as Souness spoke about Moise Kean during Sky Sports’ coverage of Everton’s 3-2 victory over Wolves and why Juventus allowed the 19-year-old striker, who scored six goals in 13 Serie A appearances last season, to join Everton for an initial €32m (£29m) last month. “At 19, why have they sold him?” the 66-year-old said. “Personally, slight alarm bells are going off in my head.” Those alarm bells were clearly very loud because in the space of just over a minute, Souness went on to suggest Juventus may have sold Kean because his “off‑the-field activities are not the best”.This was the precise moment Souness needed to stop, take a breath and head in another direction. Instead he ploughed on and went on to make a comparison between Kean’s move from Juventus to Everton and that of Emmanuel Adebayor from Arsenal to Manchester City that was, as David Squires references in his latest cartoon, outright weird. The two deals occurred more than a decade apart, involve four clubs and two players at different stages of their career.Souness’s claim that Arsène Wenger sold Adebayor to City because “there’s something not quite right with him” was also incorrect given the then Arsenal manager wanted the Togo striker to stay, while there have been no suggestions that Juventus sold Kean because of what he was getting up to in his spare time. The striker has been left out of Italy’s latest squad, alongside Nicolo Zaniolo, for turning up late to a team meeting ahead of Italy’s encounter with Belgium at the recent European Under-21 Championship but, according to informed voices, the reason for him leaving Juve are football-related. As the Italian football journalist Gabriele Marcotti tweeted in response to Souness’s comments, the Serie A champions allowed Kean to swap Turin for Merseyside because he had one year left on his contract and, having declined to sign an extension, they did not want to lose him for free next summer. Graeme Souness on punditry duty for Sky Sports. Photograph: Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Getty Images
OSU has survived the cut from 9 schools to 4 for Louisiana safety Israel Mukuamu. The three-star prospect announced his final four schools on Monday which included Florida State, OSU, South Carolina and Indiana.Mukuamu, a Parkway High School recruit, holds nearly 20 offers from the likes of Florida, Ole Miss, Purdue and others. The big-bodied, 6-4 safety is set to make his final decision on July 24 in a commitment ceremony at his old school in South Carolina.AdChoices广告“When I went up there,” Mukuamu said of his recent visit to OSU, “Coach Gundy sat me in his office and told me he that he thinks I’m the guy for the program and that no matter what they’re going to keep a spot for me. They’re just waiting on me. Coach Hammerschmidt actually compares me to the safety there now, Tre Flowers. He said I could potentially come in early, play early and be the next him because he’s looking for another tall DB like him to play that strong safety position.”Mukuamu says he’s looking for a place that features a sports medicine program that fits him, but more importantly, he’s looking for the right fit as a program.“A coaching staff and football team that’s really family-based,” said Mukuamu. “It’s all about family to them. Education and a place I can play early and win championships.”After a late offer and surge in his recruitment, Florida State is the presumed favorite in his recruitment, especially after making consecutive visits to Tallahassee in mid-June. We’ll see if safeties coach Dan Hammerschmidt has some tricks up his sleeve to even the game before he makes his final decision. 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.
Basel ‘We will only celebrate when we are champions’ – Ederson not getting carried away by treble talk Alex Fisher 00:01 8/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Basel Manchester City v Basel Manchester City UEFA Champions League The Brazilian goalkeeper admits that the players are eager to remain focused on the challenges ahead rather than bask in their previous victories Manchester City may be champions elect and favourites to win a treble, but Ederson insists their focus will not slip.Having already lifted the EFL Cup, City are 16 points clear of second-placed Manchester United in the Premier League – meaning they are rapidly closing in on a first league title of Pep Guardiola’s reign.In the Champions League, City thrashed Basel 4-0 in the first leg of their round-of-16 tie and are expected to coast into the quarter-finals on Wednesday. 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 All the talk of a treble has been played down by goalkeeper Ederson, though, who insists complacency will not creep into the City camp in the closing weeks of the campaign.”The players are very calm and all we’re thinking of is to keep doing our best, keep our concentration and the momentum going,” he told the Man City website.”We will only celebrate when we are champions and not before.”We are focused on our next challenge now, the Champions League, but we can’t feel comfortable at all, we must always be careful and doubtful.”For us the key is to keep on working hard to be focused, like we have been doing this season, that’s how we get to win games.”Ederson has been a revelation for City since arriving from Benfica, usurping Claudio Bravo and establishing himself as number one – keeping 13 clean sheets in the league along the way.”I am feeling very well and the whole team too,” he added. “We are playing amazing football.”
World Cup Hope Solo hopes 2026 World Cup doesn’t go to USA Goal 00:01 6/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup United States The former USWNT goalkeeper believes the country has not lived up to FIFA standards and does not deserve to win the bidding Hope Solo has declared her opposition to the United States’ bid for the 2026 World Cup, arguing it is undeserved due to its federation’s failure to live up to FIFA statutes.The U.S. is partnering with Canada and Mexico in a united North American bid for the three nations to host the 2026 showpiece.Originally seen as the favorite to land the competition, the North American bid has received a challenge from Morocco, the only other country vying for hosting duties. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now FIFA’s member nations will vote for the 2026 host on June 13 at the FIFA Congress in Moscow, and while Solo is not necessarily convinced Morocco is deserving either, the former U.S. women’s team goalkeeper is firmly against the prospect of the U.S.-led bid winning.“I can’t say it should be awarded to Morocco,” Solo told The Associated Press, “but I don’t think it should go to the United States, and that’s hard to say.”The record-holder for caps among American goalkeepers with 202, Solo’s major contention is over how the U.S. Soccer Federation is run – something she tried to change when she ran for USSF president earlier this year. Ultimately, Solo finished fifth after multiple rounds of voting.Among Solo’s complaints is a lack of promotion and relegation in Major League Soccer, which the league has declared necessary for growth and stability, but FIFA strongly encourages. “That is not helping the sport in America,” Solo said. “I want to see promotion-relegation in the NASL and the MLS. Right now it’s true, you have rich ownership groups owning MLS teams and they’re only getting richer and they’re alienating everybody else.“A new ownership group can’t just come in and purchase a team even though they have the financial security, even though they have the commitment. It’s controlled by those single individuals at Soccer United Marketing, MLS in particular, [commissioner] Don Garber.”Previously, Solo has had her run-ins with the USSF over equal pay for women’s players and has accused the federation of firing her because of complaints she lodged over use of her likeness without compensation.She has also filed a claim against the USSF with the U.S. Olympic Committee, accusing the organization of violating U.S. law by enriching its pro teams over its youth and amateur sides.Solo hopes that FIFA can intervene, potentially using the World Cup as leverage to finally fix many of these issues.“Hopefully FIFA can stand up and step in and say, ‘If we’re going to reward you, let’s look at everything and point out where you can fix certain things,’” Solo said.
Defense: Tre SterlingThe sophomore safety is still learning the ropes as starter but he was all over the place on Saturday night. He led the Cowboys with seven tackles (six solo) and added a pass breakup and a QB hurry.According to Gundy, he’s been one of his more improved defenders.“He’s made a big change from last year to this year,” said Gundy on Saturday. “Sometimes we see men that are just there and a year later they decide football is important to them and they play much better. He falls into that category. He’s been a reliable player for us.”Questions for Texas TechRed zone solutions? The Cowboys continued to struggle in the score zone, settling for 3 points on four of five trips inside the 20. That, simply, won’t do against the OUs and Texas’ (seen that episode) and possibly even Texas Techs of the world. Can Gleeson and Co. make strides on that front before next week?Can Spencer settle down? Probably not and maybe that’s okay. What I mean is that Sanders is a gunslinger. He was born a gunslinger. He will always be a gunslinger, and I love it. This needs to be, and should be, tempered by experience but I wouldn’t want to wish away that fight in my QB1.Play(s) of the GameChuba broke the Wildcats’ back with this 84-yard touchdown that looked all too routine for the best running back in the country. (There, I said it.)✌️ pic.twitter.com/1CxPYHKiJ8— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 29, 2019My weekly mantra: Don’t take watching Tylan Wallace on weekly basis for granted. Don’t take watching Tylan Wallace on weekly basis for granted. Don’t take watching Tylan Wallace on weekly basis for granted.Freak show. pic.twitter.com/CMxSv7xfbX— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 29, 2019 Can we get a little Heisman hype for Chuba Hubbard??— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) September 29, 2019 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The Cowboys were able to right the ship on Saturday night taking down the previously unbeaten Wildcats 26-13. While missed opportunities continue to be a trend for its offense, OSU’s defense was solid throughout. Oh yeah, and Chuba went off … again.As we put a bow on K-State and looked forward to Texas Tech, let’s debrief on the Cowboys’ first Big 12 win of 2019.The Short Story (With Some Interesting Numbers)OSU’s defense faced a Kansas State team that was averaging its highest three-game scoring output (44 points per game) in eight years, and basically shut it down. K-State’s 13 points scored were the fewest for the Wildcats against OSU in 27 years.The impressive numbers don’t stop there for the OSU defense.• Only eight first downs allowed. That’s the lowest number a Cowboy defense has allowed since Savannah State in 2012. The fewest first downs ever allowed was four to Baylor back in 1999.• The 1 of 13 third down conversions allowed (7.7 percent) is the lowest that I could find searching back to 2009 (as far back as that info is readily available).• The 126 rushing yards allowed is the lowest to a K-State team since 2010 (110).• The 90.9 passer rating Skylar Thompson was held to is a season-best for the defense and the lowest by K-State, as a team, in the series since 2010 when Carson Coffman and running back Daniel Thomas (because, of course) shared passing duties and turned in a 89.4 rating.On the flip side, OSU’s offense continued its struggles in the red zone and Spencer Sanders turned in his worst statistical outing to date. Fortunately, Chuba Hubbard played out of his mind and basically buoyed the Pokes offense from start to finish.Who Earned a Brand Sticker?Offense: Chuba HubbardThere is no on else. Chuba chewed up 296 yards of BPS turf — the highest rushing total against a ranked team in OSU history and the sixth-best game of all time at OSU. He is, by a considerable margin, the nation’s leading rusher and looks poised to put up an historic season.And the Heisman buzz is officially real.Week 5 Heisman Hype: 1, Justin Fields, tOSU; 2, Tua Tagovailoa, Ala; 3, Jalen Hurts, Okla; 4, Chuba Hubbard, Okla St. 5, J Taylor, Wisc.— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) September 29, 2019
Posted on June 24, 2010July 14, 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)A message from Family Care International:Family Care International will be at the G8 and G20 Summits in Canada this week, and you can follow our live updates on Facebook and Twitter!Follow FCI on Twitter: @familycareintlBecome a fan of FCI on FacebookAmy Boldosser, a member of FCI’s global advocacy team, will be in Toronto from Thursday through Sunday, making FCI one of the few international health NGOs that will be on the scene for these historic meetings. FCI, along with our colleagues from the Global Health Council, will also be blogging the summits at the Blog 4 Global Health; Amy will be posting on RH Reality Check too.Canada, the host country for both summits, has declared that maternal and child health will be a central focus of the G8 agenda. FCI and our advocacy partners from around the world are working to ensure that this is far more than a symbolic step — that the G8’s discussion leads to concrete financial commitments, and that governments are held accountable for delivering on these commitments and saving women’s and children’s lives.To learn more,see FCI president Ann Starrs’s recent article in The Lancet: “Momentum, mandates, and money: achieving health MDGs” (Note: free registration/login required). ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: For more information, read the “Call to Action for the G8” issued by the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, or PMNCH (for which FCI serves as co-lead advocacy partner), which demands that G8 countries double their development aid for maternal, newborn, and child health. To lend your voice, sign the ONE Campaign’s petition asking that the G8 commit to training an additional 3.5 million healthcare workers by 2015.Share this:
World Cup World-class Lukaku indispensable for Belgium as he scores another double Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 22:10 6/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images World Cup Belgium v Tunisia Tunisia Belgium Romelu Lukaku Opinion The records are tumbling for the Red Devils – who scored five goals for the first time ever in a World Cup match – and their all-time top scorer Romelu Lukaku began his World Cup campaign for Belgium claiming that he had suffered from a lack of respect from his nation’s fans. He had, he said, received only one standing ovation throughout his time with the national team.Well he can add two more to that total after a record-breaking start in Russia. He got one stading ovation earlier in the week against Panama for his two goals and two more strikes here against Tunisia bring him up to a total of four goals at this tournament. It is more than any other Belgian has ever managed at a World Cup and he sits level with Cristiano Ronaldo at the top of the charts. He went off after 58 minutes and there might be some slight concern that his afternoon at the Spartak Stadium ended so prematurely. Until that point he had been Roberto Martinez’s best player; a formidable forward presence with a deft touch in bringing others into the game and a cold-hearted killer when given the opportunity to strike. 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 at one stage in the first half after he had breached the Tunisia defence yet again, he was caught by the sliding body of the goalkeeper Farouk Ben Mustapha. He was provided treatment on his ankle on the sideline shortly after and cut a cumbersome figure when he finally took his leave.After he left, Belgium had 10 minutes in which they played with Eden Hazard up front alongside Dries Mertens. Although the Napoli man features centrally at club level, Martinez will be unconvinced that he can do so for the national team given the ease with which Tunisia pressed the team back after Lukaku’s departure.It wasn’t until Hazard was replaced by Michy Batshuayi – sensibly given Tunisia’s eagerness in the tackle – that Belgium again became the dominant force in possession.Martinez throughout his tenure has attempted to forge this Belgium unit into one that resembles a club team. He is seeking fluency, he is seeking intuitive football with which his players are comfortable. And he is getting there for the most part. Not for the Spaniard the kind of chopping and changing that happens under Jorge Sampaoli at Argentina. There is a clarity of purpose and a proper definition of roles in the team.Lukaku is no exception. He was roasted by captain Hazard after the Panama game for failing to put enough into the build-up. He will be under no illusions as to his centrality to the cause. Lukaku is the one dictating the press to his team-mates and he is responsible for the lay-offs and the runs.It is abundantly clear that he is productive under Martinez – the manager who first signed him for Everton in 2013. He has scored 23 times in 20 caps under this coach – with 16 in his last 11 – and has clearly benefitted from the advice imparted to him by Thierry Henry, also on the Belgium coaching staff.Before that, he wasn’t half as productive.And now Belgium have the World Cup’s top scorer; a world-class striker fulfilling expectations. Martinez insists that no Belgium player is getting carried away with the prospect of individual accolades and if Lukaku indeed finishes with the Golden Boot then it will be as an offshoot of all-round squad excellence. Tougher tests are to come and Lukaku will have to prove that he’s not just capable of scoring in twos and threes against the lesser lights. But Belgium’s eight goals in two games should do plenty for their self-belief.
World Cup ‘Completely unacceptable’ – Sweden’s Durmaz hits out at racial abuse after giving away decisive free-kick Goal 00:47 6/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Getty Images World Cup Germany Germany v Sweden Sweden The Toulouse player was the subject of sick ethnic slurs and death threats after giving away the foul that was converted in style by Toni Kroos Sweden star Jimmy Durmaz has been subjected to vile racist abuse and even death threats after giving away a free-kick that cost his team dear against Germany. The Scandinavian side appeared to be on the road to victory on Saturday when Ola Toivonen lobbed over Manuel Neuer in the first half. Marco Reus, however, levelled the game after half-time before a stunning effort from Toni Kroos in injury time gave the World Cup holders three crucial points in the Group F showdown. 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 Durmaz had committed the original infraction that led to Kroos’ strike and, after the game, a flood of offensive comments were sent to his Instagram account. The Toulouse player, who was born in Sweden to parents of Assyrian heritage who emigrated to the country from Turkey, was targeted with slurs like “terrorist”, “Arab devil” and “Taliban warrior” in the aftermath of the defeat, and also received death threats, although hundreds of other commenters paid tribute to the star and slammed the racist attitudes espoused in the post. “It’s nothing I’m bothered about,” he told reporters when questioned on the abuse. “I’m here proud and representing my country.”Later, however, Durmaz hit out at those who had used his heritage to insult him, dubbing the situation “completely unacceptable.” “I am a player at the highest level, being criticised is something we are used to, it is part of the job and we have it every day,” he said. “But to be called a suicide bomber and to say you will kill me and my children is completely unacceptable. I am Swedish and I carry my shirt and flag with pride. “I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have spread joy. We are united, we are Sweden.”
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Posted on June 29, 2012June 21, 2017Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This post is part of a blog series on Malaria in Pregnancy. To view the entire series, click here. Take Away Messages from Day Two, June 27th, 2012, at Malaria in Pregnancy: A Solvable Problem—Bringing the Maternal Health and Malaria Communities Together.Day two of the meeting, Malaria in Pregnancy: A Solvable Problem–Bringing the Maternal Health and Malaria Communities Together, focused on distilling existing evidence around current interventions and exploring innovative new approaches to reaching pregnant women with prevention efforts.The first session of the day was a global and regional-level roundtable discussion with panelists from the World Health Organization, Roll Back Malaria, Centers for Disease Control, President’s Malaria Initiative, and Population Services International.Koki Agrawal, of MCHIP and Roll Back Malaria, moderated the session and opened with a description of the evolution of the concept of focused antenatal care. She also called on the global and regional panelists to consider a number of concepts in their remarks:The current state of antenatal care as a platform for the delivery of intermittent preventive treatment (IPTp) and insecticide treated nets (ITN) for pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)Ideas for how to fund systems, not just interventionsThoughts on how to better measure quality of care, integration of programs, and processes that facilitate the delivery of careThe concept of taking health services beyond the walls of the health facility—and creating stronger linkages between the facility and the community.Viviana Mangiaterra, of the World Health Organization and Roll Back Malaria, described a number of systematic issues relating to malaria in pregnancy. She pointed out that the Global Fund, the major funder of malaria programming in recent years, is currently undergoing organizational restructuring. As a result, numerous countries are struggling to secure the necessary funds for malaria programming and commodities. She also discussed the importance of considering different entry points as a way to improve and strengthen prevention and treatment along the continuum of care. As an example, she cited community case management (CCM) as a component that could be bolstered with this approach.Mary Hamel, of the Centers for Disease Control and the President’s Malaria Initiative, described the variations and contradictions in the WHO guidelines for dosing of IPTp. She discussed examples of how these discrepancies in guidelines translate into confusion at the country and program implementation levels. She pointed out that health workers, faced with confusion and a fear of doing harm, often opt for doing nothing. Hamel shared an experience from Kenya in which a memo, with clear and direct messages and guidelines for IPTp dosing, was shared by a senior government health official with all of the health facilities in one district. The distribution of the memo combined with an explanation of the guidelines in follow-up supervision visits resulted in significant increases in uptake of IPTp in the districts. This example made the point that innovation is not necessarily high-tech and/or complicated.Susan Youll, of the President’s Malaria Initiative, pointed to a lack of availability of data, challenges with securing commodities, and hidden user fees for ANC services as major barriers to uptake of IPTp. She also explained that SP is not tracked in the same way that other important drugs are tracked. Youll said that creative approaches to generating demand for malaria prevention services at the community level should be explored.Elena Olivi, of Population Services International, focused on ITNs and made the point loud and clear that lack of funding is the major problem when it comes to nets. Olivi explained that the delivery mechanism for nets is well established and it works. The challenge is that nets expire after three years and must be replaced. Without a new and substantial source of funding, the public health community runs the risk of losing significant ground in malaria control. She said that she believes the advocacy community has not yet recognized the severity of the funding crisis. Olivi also discussed the lack of incentives for companies to produce truly long-lasting bednets. She also shared an example from Burundi as a creative approach to addressing some of the supply chain management issues related to nets. She said that bednets were “prescribed” by a provider through the ANC platform which allowed for better tracking and forecasting of nets.More from day two on innovative approaches to reaching pregnant women with malaria prevention and treatment coming soon!Read about day one of the meeting here.Join the conversation on Twitter! Hashtag: #MiP2012Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
Mid-level donors are a huge growth opportunity for nonprofits. As some of your most loyal supporters, these are the people who care about your mission and show their support through higher than average gifts.So why aren’t more small nonprofits growing their mid-level donors? We asked expert Maeve Strathy of What Gives? Philanthropy to share some of her insights with us. (Hear more from Maeve at our upcoming webinar, The Key to Inspiring and Engaging Your Mid-Level Donors.)Why is it so important to reach out to your middle donors? Maeve Strathy: Reaching out to your mid-level donors is so important because they want you to reach out to them. They are showing you – through significantly higher than average gifts – that they want to engage with you in a deeper way, but that you haven’t given them the opportunity. It’s all about meeting donor needs, and mid-level donors need to be engaged and inspired more than they are now. Reaching out to them in a special way is what you need to do to start a new journey with them. But if that’s too warm and fuzzy for you, it’s important to reach out to mid-level donors, too, because more engagement means more donation dollars.Why don’t more small nonprofits reach out more to their middle-donors? MS: Small non-profits have many obstacles in the way of them reaching out more to mid-level donors. For many non-profits – big and small – it’s an issue of not knowing what the needs of mid-level donors are or how to meet them. Our annual giving programs are well-oiled, and our major gifts teams know exactly what they’re doing, but mid-level, for many, is a relatively new frontier. We don’t know where to start. The other big obstacle, especially for small non-profits, is resources. Money, yes, because growing a mid-level program requires an investment. But also human resources; the best mid-level programs are the best because they have at least one, dedicated, full-time employee focused on them. So many non-profits have just one fundraiser for everything, so having a dedicated person is basically impossible.What is one actionable thing you would tell a small nonprofit to do if they want to grow their mid-level donors? MS: Even with these obstacles, there are things you can do. Here’s one actionable thing you can do to grow your mid-level donor base and revenue — augment your direct mail program, even slightly, for those you would classify as mid-level donors. Put their letter in a closed envelope with their name and address handwritten on the front. Or, add a small handwritten note to their package acknowledging their generous support and thanking them. One small change to make them feel special when they receive their next direct mail appeal will go a LONG way. And it’s relatively cheap and actionable, and will start their journey in the right direction.What else can you do to grow mid-level giving? Check out our upcoming webinar with Maeve, The Key to Inspiring and Engaging Your Mid-Level Donors. Click here to save your seat.
Daniel James has been backed to follow in the footsteps of Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs by the man himself, with an Old Trafford new boy expected to excite supporters.The 21-year-old has enjoyed a dream start to his spell with the Red Devils following a £15 million ($18m) summer switch from Swansea.Three goals have been recorded across four appearances to date, with the youngster considered to be one of few bright spots for United in their inconsistent start to the 2019-20 campaign. 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 Giggs is among those to have been impressed by James, but the Wales manager always believed that a fellow countryman had the potential to become another eye-catching presence on the flanks in Manchester.The United icon told reporters: “It’s a club where they love wingers. They love people running at people and exciting the fans.”We all know what Dan is capable of. What he has done especially over the last eight or nine months – he just gets better and better.”He is at the right club. Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] will look after him in the right way – know when to play him.”I am pleased for Dan. He won’t get carried away – he’s that sort of character, really down to earth, and he is at the right club to keep his feet on the ground.”It was suggested when James agreed a move to United that he may struggle for regular game time amid fierce competition for places in a star-studded squad.He has, however, burst out of the blocks and made a mockery of those claiming that a lack of senior experience – after just one full season at Swansea – would work against him.Giggs added: “I haven’t been surprised because he had a good pre-season.”When you sign for a new club that’s what you want – to play nearly every game in pre-season.”Then when you come on and score that gives you a lift. It doesn’t matter who you are in the world or what kind of ability you have got, confidence is everything and confidence builds.”Dan has got off to a great start in his Manchester United career but also he has been brilliant for us in the last few games, especially in the summer under difficult circumstances.”Wales, with James looking to star alongside Gareth Bale, will be in Euro 2020 qualification action on Friday when they play host to Azerbaijan. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t amused by fans taking the wrong message from his hand gesture after missing a late chance for Juventus in their 2-2 draw against Atletico Madrid in midweek.The former Real Madrid man, who has a fiery relationship with Atletico fans, gestured to the home fans after failing to cap a superb solo run with a fitting finish in the dying seconds of the game.Most took it as Ronaldo mocking the Atletico fans for being nervous, while he said after the game that it meant: “Learn, you have to learn.” 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 Ronaldo scored the winning goal from the spot in Juventus’ 2-1 win at home to Hellas Verona on Saturday and, asked about the gesture again, told Sky Sport Italia: “People like to talk too much. That’s all. People are stupid and talk too much.”Juventus were far from at their best against Verona, having to come from behind after Miguel Veloso opened the scoring with a stunning shot from range. Veloso’s goal came just seconds after Verona had remarkably hit the woodwork with both a penalty and the resulting rebound.Aaron Ramsey equalised with a goal on his first Serie A start, before Ronaldo scored what turned out to be the winner shortly after half-time.Ronaldo also had shouts for another penalty waved away, as he claimed a Verona defender had handballed.Juve are still adjusting to life under Maurizio Sarri, but Ronaldo doesn’t think there was anything unusual about his side being below their best after their efforts in the week.“The important thing is that the team won,” he added. “We were tired after the Champions League, which is only natural after the travelling, the intense match in Madrid, but we were able to get it done.“The referee didn’t give the penalty, it doesn’t matter, I thought it was a penalty.”Juventus will be looking for a strong finish to September, as they face league clashes with minnows Brescia and SPAL.They then begin October with a return to Champions League action at home to Bayer Leverkusen, before travelling to title challengers Inter in what could be one of the defining fixtures of the Italian season.
Joe Gomez has admitted to being frustrated at his lack of playing time at Liverpool this season, but says he has no complaints over Gareth Southgate’s decision to leave him out of the England team as a result.While the 22-year-old added he can’t argue with Jurgen Klopp’s decision to rely on Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip as his first-choice centre-back pairing, he will do his utmost to dislodge one of them from the Reds’ starting line-up.Gomez played 90 minutes on the opening day win over Norwich but has made just one fleeting appearance from the bench since in the Premier League, and he was relieved to be involved on Wednesday as Liverpool beat MK Dons in the Carabao Cup. 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 He has been tipped as a future starter for England, but says he doesn’t hold a grudge against Southgate for not choosing him over the last international break.“I cannot blame him,” he said. “He speaks to me and is a great manager but I have to understand that I have to play for my clubs like other players are. If you meet up with England you are expected to be playing so I have to keep working hard.“Every footballer wants to be playing. It’s frustrating for me. At the same time I understand we are the European champions and the lads are doing well at the minute. Credit to them. All I can do is keep my head down and keep working hard.”Gomez started alongside Dejan Lovren at MK Dons, with a number of the club’s young prospects also being given the chance to impress.While he might not have envisioned his second start of the season coming in the Carabao Cup in late September, Gomez felt he had to treat the game as an opportunity to impress like any other.He will be hoping to feature before the next round in October but with the draw pitting Liverpool against Arsenal, a sterner challenge could well present him with a pathway back into the first team.”The further we go, it’s self-explanatory, the more we will play so we have to treat it like that and our hopeful our hunger can replicate that,” he added.”You have got to be there every day in training and keep positive because you want to do yourself justice when the time comes.”If you don’t put in the same practice every day in training with the same attitude, you are only doing yourself harm when it comes to your time to play so I have just got to keep doing that every day, keep working. I’ve got a great set of lads to learn from.”Obviously Virgil and Joel, me and Dej [Lovren] keep pushing each other as well, it is part of being at Liverpool. I think that was the attitude of everyone [against MK Dons], it’s not just another game and all the lads are at home resting. It’s a serious competition, we want to go as far as we can.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Manchester United’s transfer strategy is now more “efficient and productive” than it has been in recent years, according to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, as he hit back at criticism surrounding the club.The Red Devils have had an underwhelming start to the new season as they sit 12th in the Premier League after eight matches, just two points above the relegation zone.While pressure is mounting on coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Woodward and the club’s owners have long been the subject of criticism from the fans and media amid their fall from grace since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure in 2013. 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 Woodward hit back at claims that United’s priorities have shifted from silverware to commercial success, insisting that the recruitment department has improved.“There is a myth that we have non‑football people making football decisions, and it’s insulting to the brilliant people who work on the football side in this club,” he said in an address to staff.“Many of the senior staff on the football side of the club have been in their roles for over 10 years. Some of our scouts have worked with us for more than 25 years.“We’ve expanded our recruitment department in recent years and we believe this now runs in an efficient and productive way.”Player recommendations and decisions are worked on by this department and by the first-team manager and his staff, not by senior management.”He added: “What’s important is the commercial side is never allowed to take priority over the football side. We are an incredible 141-year footballing institution with all that history, all that legacy, all that tradition and that tradition of success. That can never, ever change. We need to keep that protected.”Despite United’s poor results, Woodward praised Solskjaer’s influence on the squad since he replaced Jose Mourinho at the helm last December and backed the Norwegian to make the team competitive again.”Ole has also instilled the discipline back into an environment where we may have lacked it in recent years,” he said. “He is building a squad that respects the club’s history, in which players work hard and respect their teammates. No one is bigger than the club.“The changes we saw over the summer have resulted in a very young squad, but it’s also a squad with the players and the culture that provides a base camp for us to build and grow from as we start our new journey,” he said.”Ole’s vision maps exactly to the core three football objectives we have: we must win trophies, we must play attacking football and we must give youth its chance.“The middle section of last season, after Ole’s arrival, feels most relevant to what we want to achieve and where we want to be,” he said. “We saw a team playing fast, fluid football, with a clear representation of the style and philosophy the manager wants.”