Top Stories: Beefy Brains, Nobel Prizes, and Shutdown Science

first_imgScience and the ShutdownScienceInsider has been tracking the partial U.S. government shutdown since it began 11 days ago. So who’s still working—and who’s been hit the hardest?2013 Nobel PrizesSign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Most of the Nobel Prizes for science were announced this week, starting with the prize for physiology or medicine awarded to three researchers who studied cellular traffic. The physics Nobel unsurprisingly went to Peter Higgs and his fellow theorist François Englert for, essentially, predicting the Higgs boson. Three U.S. scientists who devised ways for computers to model chemical processes won the Nobel Prize for chemistry. And today, the Nobel Committee awarded the peace prize to a chemical weapons watchdog group. Stand by for coverage of the economics prize on 14 October.How Exercise Beefs Up the BrainIf you’re too sated on pumpkin spice lattes to get to the gym this fall, here’s an extra reason to go: It’s good for your neurons. And now we might finally know why—a team of Harvard researchers thinks it’s finally figured out the molecular link between physical exercise and a healthy brain.Did Modern Jews Originate in Italy? Modern Jews may traditionally trace their ancestry to the Holy Land, but a new genetic study finds otherwise. A detailed look at thousands of genomes suggests that Ashkenazim—who make up roughly 80% of the world’s Jews, including 90% of those in America and half of those in Israel—ultimately came not from the Middle East, but from Western Europe, perhaps Italy.  A Good Enough Malaria Vaccine?The perfect should not be the enemy of the good, especially when it comes to fighting a disease like malaria. A new vaccine, which prevented symptomatic disease in less than half the older children who received it, is rapidly moving toward the marketplace in a field desperate for good news. Given that more than 200 million people fall ill with malaria each year, even a partially effective vaccine could spare huge numbers of people from the disease’s debilitating effects.Banned Chinese Scientists Get Second Chance to Attend Ames Research MeetingNASA Administrator Charles Bolden has extended an olive branch to several Chinese scientists who were banned from an upcoming meeting at NASA’s Ames Research Center as part of the space agency’s attempt to thwart foreign spies. But due to the U.S. government shutdown, it’s not clear if his peace offering will make any difference.last_img read more

Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken urges Defence Minister A.K. Antony to give out-of-turn promotions to Olympic silver medallist Vijay Kumar

first_imgUnion Sports Minister Ajay Maken has written to Defence Minister A.K. Antony pleading Olympic silver medallist Subedar Vijay Kumar’s case for out-of-turn promotions.Headlines Today accessed Maken’s letter wherein he has requested the defence minister to tweak existing rules to bring military promotions for outstanding sportspersons at par with civilian promotion scales.Kumar proved to be the best Indian shooterand has been the biggest achiever of the national contingent in the ongoing London Olympics so far. The young shooter aspires to be an officer. However, that would require the army to modify its rule.Kumar had earlier expressed his desire toquit the army given that he was yet to get his dues in the armed forces despiteseveral of his achievements at the national and international levels. In case the army does not promote him, Kumar might consider quitting it hoping to become an officer in the Himachal Pradesh state services.Top army sources told Headlines Today that Kumar would get what was due to him as perstandard procedures, both in terms of money and promotions. However, as per the existing army rules, Kumar might be promoted as a junior commissioned officer (JCO)and made a subedar major.In his letter, Maken says that army rules permit granting two out-of-turn promotions for sportspersons. The Indian government recently framed a policy for three out-of-turn promotions for exceptional sportspersons.It remains to be seen whether the defence ministry and the chief of army staff, General Bikram Singh, give Kumar his due.Meanwhile, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal told Headlines Today that he would request Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to intervene.advertisementlast_img read more

Boxing: Floyd Mayweather Sued by Nigerian Media Company for $2 Million

first_imgAdvertisementIt looks like Floyd Mayweather’s alleged attempt at earning a quick buck has backfired. Floyd Mayweather is stepping into the ring for a new legal fight after being sued by a Nigerian company claiming he scammed them.According to TMZ, Zinni Media reportedly booked the boxing champion to make five appearances in Nigeria and Ghana in June 2017. The company allegedly was able to get Mayweather to record a video confirming his visit for $375,000.To keep things on the up and up, Nigerian company allegedly wired $210,000 in advance. However, when it came time for Mayweather to appear, he was a no-show.The media company alleges Mayweather’s camp called to reschedule for December and even offered to make more appearances. However, the price would increase to $550,000. Zinni Media says they agreed to the new date and the $210,000 wired previously would cover the new appearances.The company claims they accepted the new deal but when asked if Mayweather could make a new video announcing the new dates, he disappeared. Now Zinni Media is taking their matter to the courts. Zinni Media says they need $2 million from the undefeated champ to make the crooked matter straight.The lawsuit, which was filed in a federal California court claims Mayweather damaged Zinni Media’s reputation and defrauded them. Two million is pocket change to Mayweather, so something tells us this will be settled quickly.Advertisementlast_img read more

Sunny Leone is Google’s most searched Indian entertainer in 2017 too. Did you expect anyone else?

first_imgAnother year, another list, another expected face at the top of the list of which celebrity Indians searched for the most on Google. The search engine giant released its ‘Most Searched’ list today. And Indo-Canadian porn star-turned-Bollywood actress Sunny Leone is right at the top of the most searched entertainer list in India this year too.Apart from Sunny, the top entertainers this year are Big Boss contestants Arshi Khan and Sapna Choudhary, along with YouTube singing sensation Vidya Vox. Here are Google’s top five most-searched entertainers in 2017:Sunny Leone – firstArshi Khan – secondSapna Choudhary – thirdVidya Vox – fourthDisha Patani – fifthBaahubali 2: The Conclusion was the top trending search query made on Google this year, according to the 2017 Year in Search results announced today.SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus broke several records at the box office this year, cutting across language barriers. And it comes as no surprise that it topped Google’s trending charts too this year.It was followed by searches around Indian Premier League, highlighting India’s never-ending love for Cricket, and searches on Live Cricket Score, making the keyword the third-most trending search query this year.Based on the search terms that had a high spike in traffic in 2017 as compared to 2016, the search engine has brought out nine lists categorising the queries in different sections.These include – Top Trending Queries Overall, Top Trending News, Top Trending Entertainers, Top Trending Movies, Top Trending Songs, Sporting Events, Top Trending Near me, Top Trending How to, and Top Trending What is.advertisementThe overall queries’ list was largely dominated by Bollywood and Sports themes, with Dangal, Half Girlfriend, Badrinath ki Dulhania, and Champions Trophy making it to the top 10.From firing up emotions to getting a groove on, Bollywood songs kept the tempo high on Search too.Among the top trending songs this year, Hawa Hawa from the Arjun Kapoor starrer Mubarakan crowned the charts, followed by Sufi track Mere Rashke Qamar, originally sung by the legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and recreated by vocalist Rahat Fateh Ali Khan for the film Baadshaho.Interest in western music prevailed with the Latin hit Despacito, and Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You featuring among the top trending tracks.Google’s Year in Search 2017 also reflected the year’s top news moments that captured India’s attention including the CBSE results, UP elections, Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Budget.ALSO WATCH: Sunny Leone’s sexy moveslast_img read more

2017 Sports Review in Greece via Eurokinissi Photos

first_imgKaterina Stefanidi, Lefteris Petrounias, Nick Galis and many other great Greek athletes and teams marked a year which started with severe weather, rarely seen at sport courts.Follows a look to top 2017 Eurokinissi photos concerning sports in Greece.TweetPinShare11 Shareslast_img

New Zealand turn down offer to tour Pakistan for T20 series

first_imgNew Zealand Cricket (NZC) has decided to turn down an offer made by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to tour Pakistan for T20I series due to security reasons.NZC chairman Greg Barclay said the decision was taken after consulting with the government and independent security consultants.”We were open-minded and we went through all the information. It was an extensive due diligence exercise: Government advisory, Mfat, ICC, independent security consultants, and those were peer-reviewed back here as well,” quoted Barclay, as saying.”We just came to the decision that given the current circumstances, it just wasn’t right for us to accept the invitation to play in Pakistan,” he added.PCB had invited NZC to send the team to Pakistan for two T20 internationals, before continuing their tour in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which includes three T20s, three ODIs, and three tests.New Zealand last toured Pakistan in 2003, a year after a fatal bomb blast took place outside the team hotel in Karachi due to which the team had to cut short their stay in the country.Pakistan play most of their home games in UAE, following the deadly terror attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009.However, in April, the West Indian squad visited Pakistan for a three-match T20 international series.(With ANI inputs)last_img read more

IOC chief Bach hails ‘fantastic’ Buenos Aires Youth Olympics

first_imgBuenos Aires, Oct 19 (IANS) International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach hailed “a really fantastic Youth Olympic Games” as Buenos Aires 2018 officially came to an end.The closing ceremony at the Youth Olympic village on Thursday broke with tradition by eschewing long official speeches and the usual athletes parade, reports Xinhua news agency.There were still acrobats, tango dancers, a flags parade and a rousing rendition of Argentina’s national anthem.It also featured the handover of the Olympic flag to Soham El Wardini, the mayor of Senegal’s capital Dakar, which will host the next summer Youth Olympics in 2022.The Olympic cauldron was then extinguished before a spectacular fireworks display brought the 45-minute show to an end.”We have been celebrating together a great festival of sports and I have enjoyed watching you,” Bach told the large congregation of athletes who gathered for the ceremony.”Thank you for your great performance, your fair play and your Olympic spirit. You really were the best.”Buenos Aires 2018 President and IOC member Gerardo Werthein also paid tribute to the 4,000 athletes from 206 countries and regions who took part in the Games, as well as the thousands of volunteers.”You honoured my country… I want to thank all the team at the IOC, headed by Thomas Bach, for all the support and for giving us the opportunity to do something different,” Werthein said.Russia was the most successful delegation at Buenos Aires 2018 with 29 gold medals, followed by China (18), Japan (15), Mixed NOCs (13), Hungary (12), Italy (11) and Argentina (11). –IANSgau/vmadvertisementlast_img read more


first_imgA group of Iowa Democratic lawmakers led by Sioux City Representative Chris Hall has dropped a lawsuit against Governor Kim Reynolds that challenged her use last year of emergency funds to balance Iowa’s state budget.Gary Dickey, an attorney for the legislators, announced the decision Wednesday, days before a hearing was scheduled to review a state motion to dismiss the case.Hall filed the lawsuit in January against Reynolds and Department of Management Director David Roederer.Six other lawmakers later joined the suit as plaintiffs.The lawsuit claimed Reynolds’ administration acted illegally last fall when it used $13 million from an economic emergency fund to balance a year-end budget shortfall.Reynolds called the lawsuit political and said aspects of the law were outdated.The Republican-controlled Legislature changed the law retroactively last session, which Democrats argued showed guilt.Dickey said the legislative change complicated the lawsuit’s future.last_img read more

Trust is a triangle – why and how to get it

first_imgMy dad visited this weekend. He’s a psychoanalyst and quite brilliant, so I spent time asking him about some of the issues I’m exploring with Mark Rovner under the topic, “the seven things everyone wants.” My dad had some particularly fascinating comments about trust.I want to share those today because there is a huge demand for trust in our sector, yet a serious supply problem. Holly at NTEN blogged on it just yesterday. She cited a some important data:Want to guess what the number one source of trusted information is for most Americans? People like them — their friends, colleagues and peers. So we trust people like us. That is definitely true. But how does that work? What is trust, really, and how does it come about? That’s what I asked my dad, since he’s spent a lifetime understanding people’s minds.He says trust is a triangle. Person A trusts Person B when Person B authentically represents or speaks to something that matters to us. Think of that thing as “C” – the third point that makes a triangle. For example, a person might trust a politician that stands for their vision of America. A customer of Amazon will trust another customer at Amazon who credibly reviews a book they are considering buying. A person might trust a brand if it consistently stands for quality. A person will trust their spouse if they stand for a faithful marriage. It’s not so much the person on the other side of the relationship as the stakes we share, the point that forms a triangle.Given the power of word-of-mouth marketing, if we’re trying to promote a cause (the “C” of our triangle), we need to ensure that our target audience (“A”) sees a triangle — that they actually care what we stand for — and that the other person in their triangle is not necessarily us but someone very close to them. That creates a strong triangle of trust. We don’t get a triangle if they don’t care what we do or don’t know the person speaking. What does this mean to us? That our triangle requires new points. It’s time to change our message – so we are creating a point of trust that matters to people – and the messenger speaking to that point. We won’t have trust without that kind of shape.last_img read more

What a double espresso says about human behavior and donor loyalty

first_imgHere’s my December column from Fundraising Success.I lived in Ukraine a few years ago, and a friend who just returned from there told me a great story that holds the secret to inspiring generosity. Really.My friend was eating breakfast at a pricey hotel frequented by his international agency. Two beverages came with the breakfast package. He ordered the first: a double espresso. Toward the end of his meal, he ordered another.“No, sorry, you can’t have one,” the waiter said.“I thought two drinks come with the set breakfast price,” my friend said.“That is correct,” the waiter said.“But I only had one beverage.”“You had a double espresso. That counts as two,” the waiter responded. (I am not making this up. I swear.)My incredulous friend asked to see the manager. As he waited and his double espresso dose of caffeine pumped through his agitated system, he became more and more angry. The manager eventually materialized, and my friend pointed out the obvious: He was mad. He couldn’t believe that one strong coffee counted as two drinks. Or that his agency spends thousands and thousands of ”¨dollars at this hotel yet he was being squeezed for a few dollars more for an absurd reason.“Do you want my business ever again, or do you want to charge me for this coffee?” he asked.The manager wisely instituted an all-you-can-drink espresso policy for my friend.The moral of this story is penny(or hryvna)-wise is pound foolish. Or, put in a more positive light, generosity yields generosity.When we treat our donors like walking wallets, they’ll get mad and leave us. When we lavish them with a ”¨generous spirit and excellent service, they’ll stay with us. What do I mean by a generous spirit? Here’s your checklist.1. Give away. Give away everything you can, and it will pay off. For example, at Network for Good, we give away free training, newsletters, and fundraising and marketing tips. Our sales and customer service staffs give generously of their time, never rushing someone off the phone. This makes quite a few people love us — and they go on to buy, recommend or evangelize our paid services. Which pays off in the long run. If we tried to nickel-and-dime nonprofits, they would not feel the same way and we’d have fewer funds in the long run. Keep this approach in mind if you’re a membership or services organization.2. Give thanks. Spend a lot more time thanking donors and reporting on their impact than asking them for more money. Make them feel treasured rather than going after their treasures. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: The No. 1 reason donors quit supporting an organization is how they were treated by the organization. They hate too many appeals, not enough thanks and a lack of information on impact.3. Give credit. It’s not enough to be grateful. Give your donors the credit for everything you do. Don’t say, “With your donation, we did xyz;” say, “You did xyz.” Don’t say, “We’re so great;” say, “You’re so great.” Tell your donors they are doing good works every day of the week through their support of you. This turns donors into owners of your mission, and you can’t get more powerful than that.So back to the Ukrainian waiter. He was looking at the customer as someone who was costing the hotel money and therefore should be squeezed for every dime. We tend to look at donors in a similar way. We think donors are people from whom to extract value. That is wrong. We should instead show them value, over and over, and the money will follow. Have you heard the expression you should do what you love and the money will follow? In this case, you should give love (and appreciation), and the money will follow.And in that spirit of generosity, thank you. Your work this year made the world a better place, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to praise you for it. Would you like a double espresso? You sure deserve it.last_img read more

Executive Officer at Women Deliver

first_imgPosted on February 9, 2011November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Summary: Women Deliver is an advocacy organization focused on solutions to improve the health of girls and women – long-term and short-term – at the national, regional, and global levels. The position of Executive Officer is second in charge to the President and works closely with the President and staff to achieve Women Deliver objectives. The Executive Officer participates in the overall planning, integration, and oversight of all Women Deliver programs; serves as a resource to all programs; has oversight responsibility in formation of policies, and serves as a key advocate and fundraiser for the organization. This position has a high degree of independence.Reports to: The PresidentEssential Functions:Acts with full-delegated authority on behalf of the President in her absenceIn close coordination with the President is responsible for the development and execution of the organizational goals and operational strategyIn close coordination with the President provides leadership and coordination for fundraising and donor management, business development and partnership activitiesIn close coordination with the President represents the organization to the public, key stakeholders and business partnersIn coordination with the President provides leadership and direction for staff, setting an effective team agenda and ensuring performance goals are set and achievedServes as a mentor, coach and guide to senior staffOther duties as requested by the PresidentFor requirements, more information and how to apply, visit Women Deliver’s Careers page.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

A Month of Contrast, Tragedy, and Drive to Do More

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on May 5, 2011June 20, 2017By: Onikepe Oluwadamilola Owolabi, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick 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 blog post was contributed by Onikepe Oluwadamilola Owolabi, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.I walked into my cousin’s house at 11pm in the suburbs of London, relieved to be inside a warm place after 2 hours traveling. It was my eighth day away from work in Mumbai, and all my days had been spent in a specialist hospital on the outskirts of London caring for family. Indeed, I hardly had any time to think of the community resource centers in the slums of Mumbai or the data I was collecting. All my energy and attention was focused on something different.As I slumped into the sofa exhausted from three hours of traveling home, my cousin’s first statement was- “….. died yesterday you know”.​ She then proceeded to tell me about one of our other relatives who died in childbirth. With her limited medical knowledge, she felt the case had been mismanaged, and she related the details to me, eventually calling up the deceased’s sister-in-law to clarify the unclear details. I switched into my doctor role, asking as many questions as I could to create a clear picture, and sadly her hunch turned out to be right; it was an extremely avoidable maternal death, one which took place in the city where facilities are available and whose victim was an educated member of a middle class family.Two weeks before this, I heard that a senior colleague of mine from medical school had also died in childbirth, from some of her outraged friends who were trying to investigate what appeared to have been a poorly managed case. As I tried to quell my cousin’s anger for the rest of that night, I mulled over these two incidents. It really hurt to think that two people whom I was somehow connected to died for reasons that can be prevented. My concluding and very simple thought before I slept was that there’s still a lot of work for me to do.A few days later, back in Mumbai and dealing with the extreme change of temperature, I saw my first Holi celebration and continued to work on analyzing data for the sustainability plan. Results show we will need to have in-depth discussions with two of our communities to understand how exactly we can help them continue the maternal health initiative through the community resource centers. Very few of our ideas seem to pique their interests and even though it’s a bit disheartening that we didn’t find a match for what to do yet, it will inform our next steps and how we eventually roll out our entire plan. I also did some preparatory work on developing an emergency obstetric care protocol for different levels of the Mumbai health system. This reminded me of the two women who died and how critical it is to involve the health system in our work to eliminate maternal deaths.This was one month when I was definitely grateful to be a doctor, as my clinical knowledge helped me get through a lot of mental stress and answer a lot of people’s questions. Being able to stand in a hospital’s ICU and understand what is happening to the person you care about the most, while answering innumerable phone calls from close family, speaking to them confidently and knowing their fears are less because you’re there, is a massive responsibility. It’s one I am eternally grateful I was able to do. Furthermore, watching our Wellcome Trust fellow and consultant pediatrician, David, provide voluntary clinical care to our field staff’s children on the last day of this month reminded me of how much I can give to people around me by using my medical skills.March was a month of mixed feelings, but it taught me a lot of things. Spending all that time in the hospital and seeing a public health system function so effectively, coupled with those two heart-wrenching stories, inspired me immensely. It has strengthened my resolve to ensure that I create access for every woman to have a safe delivery, and it has made me more convinced that I want to help make public health ​systems ones in which people (by which I mean every single person around me) can access the highest quality of care, because these are the places where the neediest and most vulnerable people will end up.Share this:last_img read more

Itchy Feet

first_imgPosted on June 27, 2011June 19, 2017By: Anna Dion, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick 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 blog post was contributed by Anna Dion, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. This is her final post about her experience as a Young Champion, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.— Margaret MeadBefore this Fellowship, I already had itchy feet. I was passionate about my work supporting researchers in developing countries; however, I was increasingly anxious to get out from behind my desk to work more with people rather than paper. I satisfied part of this desire as a volunteer with a local birth companion program that trains and supports volunteers to accompany young, poor, and often refugee women through the pre-natal, delivery, and postpartum periods. This program offered me a new perspective on my own city — one where disadvantage comes in multiple forms and where systems that seem inclusive to me repeatedly leave others out. When I came across the Young Champions of Maternal Health competition, I saw an opportunity to develop a program to push back on the system that was excluding the women I was working with.Now at the end of the Fellowship and thus the end of my work with SAHDES and the Municipality of Pilar in Argentina, I feel better equipped to deal with my still-itchy feet. As part of the Fellowship, we developed a program to support high-risk pregnant women in the rural areas surrounding Pilar. My experience served to solidify several of my incubating beliefs about creating change. It reinforced my own conviction of the power of individuals to make a difference in the lives of others. Through our pilot program, we trained 15 rural community members to serve as social support to disadvantaged women throughout their pregnancy. Each of these volunteers is armed with modest training, minimal resources, and, most importantly, a healthy dose of empathy and passion for the program. While this will sustain the program and the volunteers for the initial months of the program, sustainability and the retention of the volunteers and program coordinators will likely remain an important challenge forever, despite our best efforts to build a long-term vision for the program. Part of this vision included trying to foster leadership and ownership in everyone involved in the project, from program volunteers to local political representatives and health professionals.Now back in Canada, I have a renewed sense of direction and a refined set of tools to begin earnestly pushing for change in my own country. Thank you to Ashoka, the Maternal Health Task Force, all of the staff at SAHDES, and the Secretariat of Health of the Municipality of Pilar for what has been an inspiring and challenging experience. A special thanks to all the other Young Champions who shared so much of themselves in this adventure and who will be the next generation of maternal health innovators.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Live Webcast Today: Ministers of Health Discuss Accelerating Progress in Maternal Survival

first_imgPosted on April 23, 2012June 23, 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)The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is hosting an event today, Learning From Success: Ministers of Health Discuss Accelerating Progress in Maternal Survival, that will bring together Ministers of Health of Afghanistan, Cambodia, the Dominican Republic, and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health of Rwanda to discuss how their countries have achieved significant improvements in maternal health–despite major challenges.From our colleagues at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars:Progress towards Millennium Development Goal Five – reduce maternal deaths by three-quarters worldwide – has been the slowest of any, according to the United Nations. Maternal deaths are declining, but not fast enough: every year 350,000 women often die due to preventable causes during childbirth. Greater political willpower is needed if the global maternal health agenda is to move forward.This discussion will feature the Ministers of Health of Afghanistan, Cambodia, the Dominican Republic, and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Rwanda – countries where there has been tremendous progress in the face of challenge – on the drivers of successful maternal health programs and how such efforts can be accelerated and sustained throughout the developing world.Learn more about the event and check out the live webcast here.The event will be held TODAY from 3-5pm EDT at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Your greatest untapped online resource: your people

first_imgToday I feature a guest post by Filippo Trevisan of the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow. I met Filippo after a recent panel discussion on social media. After I spoke, he introduced himself and told me about his research on the impact of social media on disability-focused nonprofits. It sounded fascinating so I asked him to post here about his early findings. He obliged. Enjoy!A question that non-profits often ask me when I invite them to help out with my research on e-participation is: “What’s in it for us?” As time and resources are stretched for everyone in this sector, it seems just right that interviewees would also want to gain something from conversations with researchers. A great opportunity for me to give back some of what I have learned from conversations with practitioners came around when Katya asked me to write a guest post for her blog.While my work concentrates specifically on digital media and disability non-profits in both the US and the UK, there is at least one major element that is arguably relevant for any nonprofit. That is that the people you are trying to serve, whether you call them supporters, donors, customers, beneficiaries, or something else, all want the same thing: to add their own voice to the common cause. Digital media, and in particular social media, have now made this easier than ever, and internet users have come not only to appreciate, but also to expect to be able to do this. People with disabilities in particular, when technology is accessible to them, crave opportunities to express their opinion and tell their story. They, and ultimately all users, represent an invaluable, untapped potential that can have a crucial impact way beyond fundraising.There are substantial differences in how non-profits on either side of the pond handle their online operations. However, in London, as in Washington, those with an edge over the others, those with a greater following who are more likely to acquire visibility for their causes on “traditional” mass media, are also those who are taking the “risk” of letting their constituents speak directly for their cause.Much has changed since I first ran a study on these issues just two years ago (here), and so much is likely to change in the near future. Yet, those “brave” organizations that have accepted the rules of this new game and relaxed their editorial filters on user-produced content seem to be showing the way to the others. This is not to suggest that there should be online “anarchy,” or that we should reverse back to old, disrespectful strategies of using “sob” personal stories as a means to any end, whether that might be fundraising or a change in public policy. Rather, this process could have an empowering effect if set up and managed correctly. From Katya: Bottom line? Let others speak for you. It will amplify your voice, inform your programs and deepen your impact.last_img read more

5 Sound social media tips

first_imgFollowing yesterday’s post about a new eGuide available free from Idealware (Nonprofit Social Media Decision Guide), today I have five pieces of advice from the guide.1. IT TAKES TIME. If you want some success from using a social media channel, count on spending at least two hours a week on it.2. TWITTER IS A SPECIALIZED STREAM. Twitter skews older and more tech-savvy than other popular social media. It’s an interesting way to reach media, partners and skilled volunteers – but you have to post consistently, because people dip in and out of the stream of Tweets and won’t see most of what you say.3. SUCCESSFUL BLOGS TAKE TIME. You need a person or people passionate about posting and four to eight hours a week (or more!).4. DON’T WORRY ABOUT GOOGLE+ YET. It’s too early.5. MEASUREMENT MATTERS. Keep track of views, followers, engagement and conversion. And your own time!last_img read more

How much email should you send?

first_imgAccording to ClickZ, a whopping 97 percent of consumers check their email every day. If you’re emailing donors, and I hope you are, that’s the good news.The bad news, also according to ClickZ, is that (and I quote): 72 percent of consumers state that they have “deleted email from a marketer that wasn’t relevant to me”69 percent of consumers state that they have “deleted email from a marketer because I get too much email from them”66 percent of consumers state that they have “unsubscribed from email that I had opted into because it wasn’t relevant”Clearly, it’s not good practice to send people irrelevant email – or to send them too much.But what does that mean exactly? David Daniels of the aptly named The Relevancy Group offers the following tips. As usual, I’ve added my own commentary for each.1. Segment your audience and messages. Not everything you email is relevant to everyone on your list, so the only way to improve your relevancy is to divide up your list and do the best job you can speaking to sub-groups of people based on their interests. Before you say you don’t have the time for this, remember what Daniels says: “The cost to generate a dollar even from the inexpensive email channel is higher for marketers who do not segment or target their subscribers.”2. Focus on behavior. So how do you know what interests which people? Pay attention to their reactions to the email they get. Are they clicking on certain articles? Donating in response to certain appeals? Use this information to group your supporters according to what interests them, and tailor your content to those groups. 3. Incorporate testing and frequency caps. Set goals for your email campaigns. How many people do you want to open? Click? Give? Now try changing some variables and see if they work better against your goals – like the time of day you send, the type of content you include and the frequency of messages. This can help you determine how much email is too much email – and how much is not enough. I wouldn’t email people more than once a week except in very special circumstances, but your testing will give you the best answer on frequency.For more on email marketing, check out Network for Good’s free resources here.last_img read more

Enjoy the Outdoors Become a Campground Host

first_imgImagine camping for two weeks this summer in one of Nova Scotia’sbeautiful provincial parks…walking in the woods, sitting by thefire, meeting new campers, surrounded by nature. If you also enjoy helping people, you may want to make thispicture even more complete by becoming a campground host.Campground hosts help visitors get oriented in the park and thelocal community. In return for their services they camp for free. More than 40 people have been hosts since the program began inNova Scotia in 1996. Some of them return year after year, liketeacher Elizabeth Balser of Windsor, who hosted at Blomidon forfive years with her husband and two sons. “I loved every minute,” she says. “My favourite part was helping staff and campers.” Like some hosts, Elizabeth also opted to lead hikes and present aspecial interest program — hers was on wildfloweridentification. She recommends hosting to others, especiallyteachers who have program presentation skills and summer monthsoff. Eleven of the province’s 21 campground parks now participate inthe program. Hosts are “on duty” for a minimum of four hours aday, five days a week and stay from two to four weeks per park.They greet new visitors and provide information on the park,local services and attractions. They keep an eye on thefacilities and campers and report anything amiss to park staff. Don and Gloria O’Brien of Lower Sackville, are among thededicated hosts who return year after year. For the past fouryears, the retired couple has hosted for up to 10 weeks persummer. The O’Briens have been involved in the program at TheIslands in Shelburne County, Smileys Park in Hants County,Amherst Shore in Cumberland County and Valleyview in AnnapolisCounty. “I really like meeting people,” says Don. “In the job Ihad before, I was out meeting people all the time.” Some parks have many regular visitors but hosts also get to knowlots of tourists so Don keeps familiar with area events “andwhat’s going on around.” One couple from Florida was onlyplanning to spend one night in the park until Don talked to themabout local attractions. “I kept them in the area for a week,” hesays. He has helped others plan a two-week itinerary staying atvarious provincial parks. Thanks to hosts, visitors are better informed and park staff havemore time for other work maintaining the area. Speeding,vandalism and other park problems are also reduced. For more information on the campground host program see thewebsite at . Anyone interested in becoming a host can contact Susan Hruszowyat the Department of Natural Resources by phone at 902-424-5832or by e-mail at . Hosts must be 19 or older anda background check will be done. The deadline for applying isFriday, April 30. Training will be provided at the start of theseason.last_img read more