Govt allows BCCI duty free import for World Cup

first_imgThe Government has allowed zero duty import of sports and broadcasting equipment by BCCI for the World Cup cricket tournament starting February 19.BCCI headquarters in MumbaiLast month the government had de-recognised BCCI as a national sports federation and had decided to take away the customs duty benefits it enjoyed.   “The Central Government hereby exempts the (specified) goods…when imported into India for the purpose of organising the ICC World Cup 2011, from the whole of the duty of customs leviable…,” a Finance Ministry notification said.The concessions come within three weeks after the Centre had withdrawn customs duty exemption on import of goods by the BCCI or bodies certified by it, following non-compliance of mandatory requirements.The decision on January 17, took away the exemptions following the Sports Ministry de-recognising BCCI as a national sports federation or the apex body for cricket in India.As per the latest notification dated February 9, duty relaxation has been given on sport equipment; medical instruments; photographic and audio-visual equipment; broadcast equipment and supplies; and computer and other office equipment.The duty waiver would be on goods imported by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) or by any importer authorised by BCCI in relation to World Cup, 2011.The importers of equipment for World Cup, however will have to furnish a bond for the value of the imported goods supported by a bank guarantee to the extent of 25 per cent.Besides, the imported goods would have to be re-exported within three-months from the date of official closure of the World Cup.advertisementThe imports and the subsequent re-export would be allowed from the sea ports at Mumbai or Chennai, Inland Container Depot at Tuglakabad.The imports would also be allowed from airports at Mumbai, Chennai or Delhi. India along with Bangladesh and Sri Lanka is organising the ICC World Cup Cricket 2011 which is being co-hosted by BCCI. – With PTI inputslast_img read more

[Series I] How to choose a vocational school?

first_imgVocational training should be reflected as a vital aspect of education and growth to make scholars resourceful in their a jobs. There are numerous institutes, which offer vocational training, and can be started just after high school. This gives enormous exposure to students, as they can polish their skills, which would be suitable  for their future job. It is a kind of backup to the conventional college/university education next to high school. Numerous vocational training institutes also offer positive life skills and English speaking courses along with a designated vocational stream which can serve as a great substitute for the students. Vocational education improves practical knowledge, life skills and the attention here deceits on learning precisely — what is appropriate in the real world — it is an open course, anybody who is eager to study without can apply, there is no age barrier. It forms an intimidating work force to increase the nation’s economy. It serves as a great substitute for those who want to study early and at the same time cannot have enough money to apply for a university degree. It offers a varied range of job openings and doesn’t cost much as equated to the marvelous amount of money a conventional degree needs.India Today Education brings you a series on the role of vocational education in skilling India. In the first part of the series, we would be discussing about vocational schools and key challenges. Step to choose a right vocational schoolThe decision to go for a vocational education is as important as is the school you select. With the precise education, you can start your job with abilities, hands-on training, and career-building capability. How do you know whether you’ve got the right one or not?advertisementCautiously reflect your choicesSeek out excellenceFind an institute that works with your requirementsFind out your financial optionsLook for Job assistancePresent situation and key challenges:Skills in our country are mainly developed through two key sources: Proper training centers and the informal or genetic mode of passing on flowing skill sets from one generation to the next. Currently, vocational courses are getting quite popular amongst youth since it is understood that taking these courses would offer more and better service opportunities than those provided by conservative academic courses. While there remains a requisite for skilled specialists in the industry, the supply for the same is loaded by:High failure rate at Secondary level: Vocational Education is currently accessible at senior secondary level, but the students at this level seek for higher educationAt present, the vocational structure doesn’t put much stress on the educational skills, causing in lower occurrences of vertical movementThere is a lack of involvement by private players in the arena of vocational educationThere is a dearth of prospects for constant skill up-gradationThere is no strong delivery of certifications and degrees for the unorganised/informal regionEncounters under took by ITCs and ITIs are off poor eminence trainers, lack of elasticity and old-fashioned infrastructure.With inputs from Mrs. Shaheen Khan,  Director of Council of Education & Development Programmes (CEDP) Skill Institute, Mumbai For more updates, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Salaam Cricket 2018: Hardik not cocky and rude, he is extremely polite, says Ashwin

first_imgRavichandran Ashwin came to the defense of his teammate Hardik Pandya, who is often perceived to be a rather rude and cocky person.Ashwin clarified that Pandya is rather “extremely gentle”, saying that he is “actually a small kid”.”Hardik Pandya is anything but cocky and rude. He is an extremely gentle character. The way he comes out on social media is a reflection of his personality. If you have a one-on-one conversation with him you will feel he is actually a small kid,” said Ravichandran Ashwin in the session “India, India” at the Salaam Cricket 2018 held at the Hotel Address Boulevard in Dubai on Monday.Salaam Cricket 2018: Live The conversation was steered towards Pandya when Ashwin was asked about the perception that people have about the Indian all-rounder. Pandya, during tour of England was asked by reporters about the comparisons between Kapil Dev and him, to which had answered, “I am no Kapil Dev, I never wanted to be one.””He is a legend, but let me be Hardik Pandya. I am good at being Hardik Pandya, I played 41 ODIS and 10 Tests being Hardik Pandya, not Kapil Dev,” he had added, with many on experts and fans finding the retort distasteful and rude.READ – I definitely want to play the World Cup 2019, says R AshwinAshwin also said that the Indian players at the 2018 Asia Cup have the opportunity to step up and shine for India, especially given the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli – who has opted to take a break.advertisementAshwin felt it is the perfect chance foe someone like Pandya to take the stage and perform for India.READ – Younis Khan recalls invaluable advice from Azharuddin”People go out and take it with both hands, they want to rule the roost and not join as one of those people who are joining the XI. You take the case of Hardik Pandya for instance. He has also skinned down on the kind of cricketer that he is,” Ashwin said.READ – Quality of batting has gone down, says Harbhajan”He bowls, he bats, he is someone who is sought after as well. He comes under the critical parameters a lot more. But the guy just goes out there and expresses himself. There are a lot of characters like that in the dressing room who will take this opportunity head on rather than shying away,” Ashwin added.last_img read more

Australian Open: Novak Djokovic advances to semis after Kei Nishikori retires hurt

first_imgIt was a disappointing end to a fighting campaign from Kei Nishikori while Novak Djokovic advanced into the semi-finals all fresh after a victory over Kei Nishikori. Nishikori retired with a right thigh problem while trailing 1-6, 1-4 in the quarter-final of the Australian Open at the Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday.Nishikori has spent over 13 hours on court prior to this match but none saw this coming. Djokovic had also come into the match at the back of a physical four-set victory against Daniil Medvedev in the fourth round.Even though Djokovic was sorry for Nishikori and the crowd for not having a full match, he joked that “this is what the doctor orderer”. Djokovic’s next opponent will be France’s Lucas Pouille.Pouille, just prior to Djokovic’s match, defeated Milos Raonic 7-6(4), 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-4 in three hours and two minutes. Considering how long his opponent played on Wednesday, Djokovic would cherish the relief to his body was afforded in the quarter-final. Kei Nishikori received treatment on his right knee after the 1st set loss to Novak Djokovic. (Reuters Photo)Djokovic came into the match with a bang on attitude and managed to break Nishikori right away. Nishikori fought and fought but Djokovic was just too strong.Nishikori even took a medical time-out after the first set loss with the trainer massaging his right thigh. Nishikori got his thigh tightly strapped but the effect lasted only for a while before he lost his movement again.Djokovic got through Nishikori’s serve once more and the Japanese decided that the pain was too much.advertisementBye for now, @keinishikori.We hope to see you next year!#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 23, 2019Djokovic is a 6-time champion in Melbourne and will be looking for a record 7th Australian Open title.Also Read | Karolina Pliskova shocks Serena Williams to enter semi-finalsAlso Read | I didn’t choke on match points, Pliskova played her best tennis: Serena WilliamsAlso Read | Watch how an insect scared Naomi Osaka during Australian Open quarters winlast_img read more

Badminton Nationals: Saina Nehwal sets up women’s singles final vs PV Sindhu

first_imgSaina Nehwal set up a blockbuster women’s singles final against PV Sindhu at the Yonex-Sunrise 83rd Senior National Badminton Championships in Guwahati on Friday. For the second year running, India’s top two female shuttlers will go head-to-head for the senior national title and it will be a mouthwatering clash.Saina Nehwal, who had demolished Neha Pandit in the quarter-final earlier in the day, took the court against Vaishnavi Bhale in the semi-final and registered an easy 21-15, 21-14 win to advance to the final.SAINA NEHWAL BEATS PV SINDHU TO DEFEND WOMEN’S SINGLES TITLEEarlier, top seed PV Sindhu had staved off a gutsy fightback from Assam’s wonderkid Ashmita Chaliha to enter the final at the Yonex-Sunrise 83rd Senior National Badminton Championships in Guwahari on Friday. The two-time champion had to claw her way back from 16-19 down in the second game and needed two match points to douse the challenge of the spirited fourth seed Chaliha 21-10, 22-20.The 19-year-old girl from Assam had already announced her arrival last year with BWF titles at the Dubai International Challenge and the Tata Open. On Day 4 of the Senior Nationals, she gave yet another display of her immense talent when she steadied her nerves and got back into contention from an 8-13 deficit in the second game. Ashmita Chaliha gave a stiff fight to PV Sindhu in the second game of the semi-final. (BAI Photo)Egged on by the loud crowd, Chaliha drew level at 13-13 and jumped into a 17-14 lead against the Rio Olympics silver medallist before advancing to 19-16. That’s where Sindhu’s vast experience came in handy and she evened the score at 19-19 to have a match point at 20-19.advertisementBut the resilient Ashmita was not done yet and she saved the first match point only to see her World No. 6 opponent wrap it up on her second in 38 minutes.Last year in Nagpur, Saina had outsmarted Sindhu to take the national title. While Saina would want to defend her crown, Sindhu would love to turn the tables.On the other hand, Sourabh Verma also had an easy 21-14, 21-17 win over Kaushal Dharmamer to enter the final of the tournament. Sourabh is already a national champion and will take on the young star Lakshya Sen.In the last singles match of the day, Lakshya Sen outplayed the former national champion Parupalli Kashyap to register a 21-15, 21-15 win and entered the final.Lakshya was the favourite based on his form and he showed exactly why he is rated so highly and is seen as an emerging star. Lakshya began the match with a bang and raced to an 11-3 lead in the first game. Parupalli Kashyap could not keep up with the young Lakshya Sen in the semi-final. (BAI Photo)Even as Kashyap fought back hard in the second part of the first game, closing down the gap to as near as 13-15, Lakshya held his nerves to take the first game with ease.The second game began in a more stiff manner but soon Lakshya started pulling away. With a lead that Kashyap failed to track down, Lakshya won the match with a brilliant defensive block. Lakshya Sen beat Parupalli Kashyap to set up a final against Sourabh Verma. (BAI Photo)Rohan Kapoor and Kuhoo Garg lived up to their reputation as the top seeds in mixed doubles. The World No. 46 pair needed only 32 minutes to dispatch Vighnesh Devlekar and Harika V 21-15, 21-16 to enter the final.They will take on the unseeded combine of Manu Attri and Maneesha K, who continued their rampage with a fine 21-18, 21-17 win over Shlok Ramchandran and Mithula UK.In women’s doubles, top seeds Meghana Jakkampudi and Poorvisha S Ram continued their quest for the title with a strong 21-13, 21-16 victory over Kuhoo Garg and Anoushka Parikh. They will take on the unseeded Shikha Gautam and Ashwini Bhat K in the summit clash after the latter edged Aparna Balan and Sruthi KP 21-19, 24-22.Men’s doubles second seeds Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Chirag Shetty beat Arun George and Sanyam Shukla 21-17, 21-18 to secure a place in the final.Also Read | Saina Nehwal refuses to play due to poor court conditions in badminton nationalslast_img read more

How to Build Relationships and Achieve Fundraising Success in a Web 2.0 World

first_imgPresented October 10, 2008 at the The Technology in the Arts Conference in Pittsburgh. Download the slides [PDF] below.Social networking tools like Facebook, MySpace and blogs were the hot topic of the past year. So are they worth your time?  How can you fundraise successfully with Web 2.0?  Does using the Internet mean getting rid of your offline marketing tactics?Establishing your organization’s brand and presence on the Web, with opportunities for potential donors to learn, blog, question and connect, leads to community-building and, ultimately, long-term giving. Join Jono Smith, director of marketing at Network for Good, to learn how to build affinity for your organization and use your Web presence to turn Web visitors into Web donors.Session attendees will leave with:Practical tips for how (and why) to dive into online fundraisingAn understanding of the new “Web 2.0? model of online communicationsHow and why community-building works for fundraising, and how you can empower your supporters to become champions for your causeWhy Web 2.0 makes community-building easier for youSession Leader:Jono Smith is responsible for marketing Network for Good’s online fundraising services to nonprofit organizations.  Network for Good is a nonprofit organization that helps other nonprofits raise money and reach supporters online.  Network for Good has processed more than $200 million in donations for 30,000 nonprofits since its 2001 founding by AOL, Cisco and Yahoo!.  Prior to joining Network for Good, Jono spent eight years at SunGard Higher Education, where he was responsible for managing the company’s marketing efforts in Europe and the Middle East.  Jono also held marketing and sales positions at SCT and Campus Pipeline, before their acquisitions by SunGard.  Prior to this, Jono served in the Clinton Administration as Special Assistant to the Director of White House Communications.  Jono holds an undergraduate degree in English from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.  In his personal time, Jono has raised over $10,000 for AIDS vaccine research.last_img read more

The economy may be down, but online giving is up

first_imgThe economy has been sluggish for over a year, but the financial crisis on September 15, 2008, shook consumer confidence and set off another round of corporate layoffs. Recent numbers show that unemployment is at its highest since 1994. Many of our clients have been asking, “What does this mean for our online fundraising program?”It’s a great question—and one that we couldn’t find a good answer to, so we decided to do our own analysis. We looked at online giving for five nonprofit clients during September and October, including Easter Seals, Habitat for Humanity International, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oxfam America, and The Wilderness Society. To control for external factors such as online fundraising campaigns, we compared online ‘white mail’ – unsolicited gifts via the organization’s main donate page. We looked September and October of 2008, and compared those results to the same two months in 2007.Our analysis showed:The amount raised during this period was 34% greater in September of 2008 than in September of 2007.  But when comparing October of 2007 to October of 2008, the amount raised increased by only 5%.The number of gifts went up by more than 15% in both September and October of 2008, as compared to September and October of 2007. Despite the economy and the possible distraction of the election, a significantly larger number of donors gave in these two months in 2008 than they did in 2007.However, the average gift size appeared to drop off in October of 2008 as compared to October of 2007. This may be a sign of the weakening economy, as many donors continue to give online but in smaller amounts.Overall, the news is good; despite both the financial crisis and the elections, nonprofit online fundraising grew in both of these months as compared to the previous year.Why has online fundraising continued to grow while many other forms of fundraising have declined in the current economic climate?Nonprofit direct marketing was on the decline even before September 2008. Many nonprofits saw lower-than-average growth rates starting in 2006, with a more severe slowdown occurring in Q2 of 2007, according to the Target Analytics Index of National Fundraising Performance. Nonetheless, online fundraising has continued to grow for most nonprofits, as seen in the most recent e-Nonprofit Benchmarks Study published by M+R and N-TEN, which found that online fundraising grew by 19% from 2006 to 2007.Online donors tend to be younger and more affluent than direct mail donors, as found in the 2006 donorCentrics Internet Giving Benchmarks Analysis. This may account for the steadier online returns, as younger donors – with more disposable income, less significant savings invested in retirement portfolios, and so on – may feel less vulnerable to the volatile market and thus may not be adjusting their giving to reflect the downturn.Despite the relatively good news for online donations, we have to warn nonprofits not to get complacent about online fundraising. Many economic analysts predict the current economic crisis will continue to worsen before it gets better. And the fact that growth was slower in October of 2008 may be a sign of things to come.What are other nonprofits doing to stay the course? One M+R client recently tested two versions of a special appeal: One simply stated the need for funds for many reasons, but did not make mention of global financial crisis. The other appeal led with a brief sentence stating that the current global financial crisis has made the need even greater. Both email messages had identical open rates, but the email with the mention of the financial crisis received 20% fewer click-throughs, and a 12% lower response rate than the email that did not. The lesson learned? Reminding your constituents of the current economic crisis, even when it is topical and strengthens your case for giving, does not make donors more likely to give, and may actually turn them away from giving.For this reason, in order to maximize your online fundraising results in a time of economic uncertainty, we recommend keeping your message focused on your mission and on the compelling reasons to give to your nonprofit. We’ve found that focusing on the basics continues to yield the best results. Using urgency, making a compelling case for giving, and even throwing a premium into the mix can all help boost returns.Nonetheless, nonprofits may want to lower their expectations for end of year fundraising. This is a time of year when donors traditionally make larger gifts, but given the decline in average gifts across the past two months, it is possible that many donors will continue to make their gifts online but will scale back the dollar amounts.We’d like to thank the five nonprofits who generously shared their data for this study: Easter Seals, Habitat for Humanity International, National MS Society, Oxfam America, and The Wilderness Society.ABOUT M+R STRATEGIC SERVICESM+R is dedicated to helping our clients advance their missions in order to bring about positive change. We do this by helping organizations and campaigns we believe in develop smart and effective strategies, hone their messages, mobilize their members, build grassroots support, raise money, and communicate effectively with the media, the public and decision-makers, both online and offline. www.mrss.comlast_img read more

Buzz Meeting: How Do We Expand the Maternal Health Community Without Losing Focus?

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on October 11, 2011June 19, 2017By: Janna Oberdorf, Director of Communications and Outreach, Women DeliverClick 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)At the end of the two and a half days of the MHTF Buzz meeting, my brain is certainly buzzing with ideas, thoughts, and more than anything – questions. The goal of the meeting was to bring up “5 Questions You Need to Ask About Maternal Health Right Now,” and to discuss and debate these tough questions. At first, I think it was really challenging for the group to think about asking tough questions without focusing on finding answers – something our community strives to do. But, looking back, I feel really privileged to have had the space to think about maternal health on a different scale – to see beyond “next steps” and “action plans” and to have the freedom to think big.One thing that struck me was a key question that was addressed towards the end of the meeting: How do we expand the maternal health community without losing focus? The “askers” of this question were getting to the heart of inclusion and integration of other development issues like newborn health, child health, women’s health, women’s empowerment, etc. But, I think this question can make us go beyond the integration piece and think more critically about what does it mean to “expand” the community.For the past two years, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about and striving to get more young people involved in maternal health. I’ve talked about the need for new voices in the field, the need to ensure the future of the movement by investing in the leaders of tomorrow, and the need to pass on the lessons of the last 25 years of the “safe motherhood” initiative so we don’t lose what has already been learned. But, being at the buzz meeting, I came to realize that the need to expand the community goes so much farther than just a question of age. Countless times at this meeting, participants would qualify their statements and contributions by saying, “I’m not an expert in maternal health, but…” or “I’m on the outside of this issue, but…” I did it often myself in saying, “I know I’m new to this field, but…” What I came to realize is that we need to expand our community to include young people, for sure, but we also need to be better about letting our guard down to all people who are engaged and excited about working to improve maternal health – whether they are 18, 35, or 75.We need to accept that everyone will come from a different perspective and will have a different set of skills, and it’s this diversity of interested actors that could potentially push the maternal health issue forward. We need more people to feel like they can be part of the solution.At the same time, the maternal health community should work to pass down the history of the last 25 years in a way that excites and engages new players rather than builds barriers. I think that a major part of this is an immense need for better intergenerational dialogue – we need to ensure that the future leaders in the maternal health community inherit the wisdom and the knowledge of the past 25 years without inheriting the baggage. We need to learn from what the current leaders know, but feel freedom to challenge, try new things, and even re-try things in a new generation and new context.Meetings like the MHTF Buzz are an important step in this process. It’s always more satisfying to answer questions than to ask questions, but both are so essential to move forward. “I know I’m new to this field, but…” I feel optimistic that we can and will make progress on maternal health. So let’s start bridging the knowledge gap not just in data and research, but look to bridging gaps between issues, between generations, and between people.Share this:last_img read more

New Appointments at the Maternal Health Task Force

first_imgThe MHTF is pleased to welcome Anne Austin, and to welcome back Kate Mitchell to the team! To learn more about Anne, Kate and the rest of the MHTF staff, click here.Share this: Anne has conducted extensive research in areas that make her exceptionally well-suited to lead the MHTF’s innovative implementation research agenda on the quality of maternal health care. Her technical and analytical skills will enable the MHTF to contribute significantly to the global challenge of systematizing proven interventions to improve maternal health outcomes especially in high-burden settings. Among her studies, Anne has looked at maternal and child health trends in Egypt, analyzed global policy approaches to child nutrition, analyzed couple concordance on attitudes towards abortion and knowledge of abortion, and managed a unique CDC study on the prevention of malaria in pregnancy. Posted on January 27, 2012November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Anne M. Austin and Kate Mitchell are the two most recent additions to the Maternal Health Task Force team. Anne will lead the MHTF’s new research, monitoring and evaluation efforts as Deputy Director for Research, Monitoring and Evaluation, while Kate will keep the MHTF’s cutting-edge knowledge management system content-rich and timely as the Managing Editor. Born in Indonesia to a Norwegian mother and American father, and raised in Nigeria, Kenya and Saudi Arabia, Anne Austin brings a personal and professional global perspective to the MHTF. She holds a BA from Emory University, a MPH from the Rollins School of Public Health, and a ScD from the Harvard School of Public Health’s in Global Health and Population Studies and was named a Pritzker Fellow two years in a row.center_img Kate returns to the MHTF where she began as a Knowledge Management Assistant in the project’s first phase, cataloguing and tagging the first on-line library exclusive to maternal health as well as helping to establish and populate the MHTF’s social media platforms. She left the MHTF when she was named a Clinton Fellow at the America India Foundation. Over the course of year, she worked in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand and Kolkata in West Bengal investigating the implementation of the Janani Suraksha Yojana conditional cash transfer program. She also designed and facilitated workshops for community health workers on community involvement in maternal and newborn health programs. Kate runs her own maternal health blog and is a frequent contributor to others. She holds a BA from Florida International University and an MPH from Boston University School of Public Health. ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Born Too Soon: A Global Action Report on Preterm Birth

first_imgPosted on May 2, 2012Click 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 report released today, Born Too Soon: The Global Action Report on Preterm Birth, features the first-ever estimates of preterm birth rates by country. The report, coordinated by the March of Dimes, the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, Save the Children and the World Health Organization, shows that preterm birth is now the leading cause of newborn death around the world. The report makes the case for why preterm birth matters–and how important it is that the global health community pay more focused attention to the issue.Urgent action is needed to address the estimated 15 million babies born too soon, especially as preterm birth rates are increasing each year. This is essential in order to progress on the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) for child survival by 2015 and beyond, since 40% of under-five deaths are in newborns, and it will also give added value to maternal health (MDG 5) investments. For babies who survive, there is an increased risk of disability, which exacts a heavy load on families and health systems… Join the Twitter chat on preterm birth tomorrow, Thursday, May 3rd from 9 am to 4pm EDT. The chat will be led by the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH), Save the Children, the United Nations Foundation (UNF), March of Dimes, the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS) and the Healthy Newborn Network (HNN)– and will bring together experts, professionals, advocates, and parents in a conversation around preterm birth. Hashtag: #BornTooSoonShare this: Learn more about care before and between pregnancies, care during pregnancy and childbirth, and care of the preterm baby. Learn more about where and when preterm births are occurring. For more information about the report, click here. Download the full report. Read the action plan.center_img The report also outlines how preterm birth can be addressed along the continuum of care–starting with interventions that meet the health needs of women before they even become pregnant,  the needs of women during pregnancy and childbirth, as well as the health needs of newborns.Preconception care has, until recently, been a weak link in the continuum of care. Providing care to women and couples before and between pregnancies (interconceptioncare) improves the chances of mothers and babies being healthy, and awareness is growing. Preconception care may be defined as “any intervention provided to women and couples of childbearing age, regardless of pregnancy status or desire, before pregnancy, to improve health outcomes for women, newborns and children” (Bhutta et al., 2011a)… ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: The report goes on to detail the scope of the problem.Over 60% of preterm births occur in Africa and South Asia. The 10 countries with the highest numbers include Brazil, the United States, India and Nigeria, demonstrating that preterm birth is truly a global problem. Of the 11 countries with preterm birth rates of over 15%, all but two are in sub-Saharan Africa. In the poorest countries, on average, 12% of babies are born too soon compared with 9% in higher-income countries. Within countries, poorer families are at higher risk… Learn more about why preterm birth matters. The report wraps up with a detailed call to action that outlines next steps for the global health community–calling on program implementers and researchers alike, health professionals working all along the continuum of care–to consider how their work might contribute to reducing the burden of babies who are born too soon.All partners are invited to join this global effort for preterm birth, which is linked closely to the health and care of women and girls, as well as to child survival and global development. Much is being accomplished by individual partners, and each has a unique role to play. By pooling our efforts collaboratively and transparently, with each organization playing to its strengths, our shared goal, as epitomized in Every Woman Every Child, can be realized — a day when pregnancies are wanted and safe, women survive, babies everywhere get a healthy start in life, and children thrive…last_img read more

What’s scary and exciting about 2012

first_imgMy friend Kivi Leroux Miller is doing her annual survey on nonprofit communications – please consider taking a minute to fill it out here – and so far, the results are quite interesting.Here’s what your peers are saying is terrifying:1. Vying for supporters’ attention2. Trying new things (especially social media outreach)3. The slow economy4. Overwork and burnoutHere’s what is exciting:1. Upgrading websites to be more interactive2. Actually doing communication planning for 2012 to hit the ground running3. Integrating communication channels4. Trying out social mediaIt’s interesting but not surprising to see social media in both categories. New and exciting things are often scary, so social media makes both lists. Here’s what I worry about for 2012: That our fear of new things, the poor economy and our sheer volume of work will cause us to do what’s safe rather than what’s needed. It’s tempting to run away from risk and do the same things that we’ve always done. It feels easier to stick to the usual scripts.But this is the time when we can least afford that. I suggest we all take our lists of what’s scary and make them our to-do lists. Anything that instills fear is probably exactly what is needed.last_img read more

Top online marketing mistakes – and how to avoid them

first_imgPrestige Marketing emailed me this nifty infographic today. (Click here if you can’t see it well.)If I had to apply this to nonprofits, I’d modify this a bit. Our mistake is rarely too much advertising instead of content marketing – because we can’t afford ads!Here are the top nonprofit variations of these errors:1. Me-me messaging: The corollary of too much advertising on social media with for-profits is too much promotional content on social media. Does your content read like an ad? 2. Lackluster content: Not enough new, interesting stories about the difference your work makes in the world.3. No personality: Talking like an organization instead of a person working for your cause.4. No action: Failing to provide simple, clear and easy calls to action.5. Writing off email: It’s still powerful and important. Are you efforts reflecting that?Top 5 Online Marketing Mistakes [Infographic]last_img read more

Remember that you are an interruption

first_imgIf you work in marketing or fundraising, like me, it’s really important to remember that we are interrupting people.No one is sitting around with nothing to do, just waiting for our email or letter or ad. They are busy. Then along we come, asking them to pay attention to what we have to say. We are doing the equivalent of tapping them on the shoulder and asking, “Do you have a second?”So we had better have something valuable to say. Look at what you were about to send out this week. Is it worthy of interrupting someone? Is it fascinating or does it provide some real value to others? Does it make someone feel great or tie into their passions? If not, go back and make it better. Make it worthy of a shoulder-tap and a request for attention. From the very first words.We can’t forget that people have many options for how to spend the precious time given in this short life. We should feel an obligation to have a very good reason for requesting their attention. If we don’t have one, then we should leave them alone. Interruption should be reserved for things that other people – not ourselves – deem important.Cartoon by Tom Fishburne aka The Marketoonistlast_img read more

Clairtone Exhibit Featured at Museum of Industry Stellarton

first_imgThe Museum of Industry in Stellarton, Pictou Co., is featuring a new exhibit, Glamour Plus Labour: clairtone in nova scotia. The free exhibit, which runs until Jan. 31, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Stellarton factory’s opening. “Telling the Clairtone story is an opportunity to have fun with the groovy cultural and design trends of the 196Os,” said Debra McNabb, museum director. “As well, there is the serious story of skyrocketing success followed by crushing failure. In the middle are the workers.” Clairtone Sound Corp., a Toronto-based stereo manufacturer, opened a large factory in Stellarton in 1966. At that time, Clairtone stereos were the latest trend in home entertainment. The company quickly became popular for its bold marketing style and innovative and quality designs before it closed in 1972. “This exhibit opens a window to Nova Scotia’s past and gives people an understanding of what it was like to work in the electronics industry in the 1960s,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minster Tony Ince. “It’s wonderful that so many in the community contributed their sought-after artifacts to this exhibition, to allow people to come together, reminisce and share their memories.” The exhibit showcases Clairtone products, including the company’s breakthrough stereo: Project G with its signature sound globes, as well as the other G series units, floor-model cabinet stereos, and colour televisions. It draws on the memories and memorabilia of former Clairtone workers. “For the exhibit, we built a replica of two stations of the electronics assembly line so that visitors could see what is involved in chassis assembly,” said William Akkerman, one of Clairtone’s first employees in Nova Scotia. “For the people who worked there, the exhibit is a revival of a memory.” For more information, visit .last_img read more

Easton Corbin Highlights The Importance Of Farmers

first_imgAs part of its “Year of the Farmer” initiative, the Ram Truck brand has partnered with Mercury Records recording artist Easton Corbin on a multi-tiered program highlighting and underscoring the importance of farmers in America.The program includes visits to and exclusive performances by Corbin, a former FFA member, at local FFA chapters across the country; a video web series (webisodes) documenting Corbin’s FFA tour; and a sweepstakes where fans can win special ACM Awards weekends in Las Vegas next spring.“It’s clear that Easton, like the Ram Truck brand, cares passionately about ‘Year of the Farmer,’ the FFA organization and its mission,” says Reid Bigland, President and CEO, Ram Truck Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “Through his tour of local FFA chapters, he’s personally connecting with this special group of kids to help us further the notion that there’s a ‘farmer in all of us,’ while reminding everyone that we all have a role in reducing hunger in America.”Elements of the Partnership Include:*Performances for Local FFA Chapters:As a passionate former FFA member, Easton Corbin is dedicated to the FFA organization and to help continue to celebrate the spirit and hard work of the American farmer. Corbin has been meeting with FFA chapters in 12 markets as he tours the country, performing songs and answering questions from the audience. The visits began in August and will continue through February 2014. Each event held so far has had 300-500 FFA members attending.*’All Over the Road to the ACM Awards’ Webisode Series: Capturing the adventures of Corbin’s FFA tour, the Ram Truck brand launched the “All Over the Road to the AMC Awards” webisode series featuring behind the scenes footage of the tour. The webisodes can be viewed at with a new video posted every two weeks.*’All Over the Road to the ACM Awards’ Sweepstakes: The sweepstakes launched October 21 and continues to February. The contest gives three fans a chance to win trips to a special Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM) weekend in Las Vegas April 4-7. Each grand prize includes trips for two to Las Vegas, tickets to attend an invitation only Ram Country concert with Easton Corbin, tickets to the ACM Party for a Cause Festival and tickets to the ACM Fan Jam where Academy of Country Music artists perform live during the awards telecast. Winners will be selected randomly from entries received at, or Visit the websites for contest rules, additional information and to enter the contest.The Ram Truck brand’s partnership with Easton Corbin is part of the brand’s “Year of the Farmer” initiative dedicated to highlighting and underscoring the importance of farmers in America. Launched in February with the brand’s much talked about “Farmer” video airing during the Super Bowl television broadcast, the year-long initiative was designed to generate $1 million for the National FFA Organization (FFA) in collaboration with Case IH Agriculture, and other partners.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Zillow to list Canadian real estate in partnership with Century 21

first_imgU.S. real estate website Zillow says it has reached a deal with Century 21 Canada to list Canadian properties on its site.The Seattle-based service says it expects to feature Canadian listings, including from Century 21 Canada, on the site starting later this year.The company says that with 79 per cent of U.S. home buyers already shopping online for real estate, the addition of Canadian listings will increase exposure to properties in Canada.Century 21 Canada says the deal to provide a direct listing feed to Zillow mirrors a partnership its U.S. counterpart already has with the site.It says the deal is the first between a Canadian real estate company and Zillow, and that it will improve marketing for its sellers.Founded in 2006, Zillow is one of the largest real estate and rental listing sites in the U.S.last_img read more

German Pop Band Helgen to Perform in Casablanca and Fez

Rabat – The event is organized by the Rabat-based Goethe Institute, under the auspices of the German foreign affairs ministry. In a press release shared with Morocco World News, the institute emphasized the “pedagogical” aspect of the cultural events.The concerts, to be performed in Casablanca’s Mohammed VI High School on November 27 and Fez’s Moulay Idriss November 29, will mostly be for prospective German language students and established Germanophiles to have first-hand cultural immersion in German culture.Helgen tour programPrior to performing their two concerts, “the three young German pop musicians from the city of Hamburg will offer a workshop with about 25 German-learning students in both high schools,” the institute’s press release said. It added: “During this educational event, the members of the group will rehearse their songs in German [with students] and talk about German pop music as well as their daily lives as musicians in the country of Goethe.”The two concerts are part of the German foreign affairs ministry’s “Schools, Partners of the Future” (PASCH) initiative. PASCH, the press release explained, envisions promoting the worldwide teaching of the German language and culture.In addition to students from the host high schools in Casablanca and Fez, groups of students from other PASCH schools in Morocco will also be invited to both concerts. PASCH has schools in Rabat (Lalla Aicha and Descartes), Casablanca (Lyautey), Kenitra (Abderrahmane Enacer), and Settat (Ibn Abbad).While the PASCH program traditionally collaborates with leading high schools in countries where it operates, the two concerts in Morocco will also see the participation of students from public schools in Casablanca and Fez.“There will be much fun,” organizers promised. read more

Enbridge Energy Partners considers selling US natural gas business as Q1 revenue

HOUSTON — Enbridge Energy Partners LP is looking at a possible sale of its main natural gas business in the United States, which has experienced a 51 per cent decline in first-quarter revenue and a higher operating loss compared with last year.The Enbridge-run limited partnership, which is primarily involved in transporting oil from Western Canada and North Dakota, says it is reviewing its holdings in Midcoast Energy Partners and Midcoast Operating LP — its main natural gas holdings.Enbridge Energy Partners also announced a 43 per cent decline in net income and a 26 per cent decline in overall revenue in the first quarter, mainly attributed to weakness in natural gas.Enbridge’s Northern Gateway may be resuscitated as Trudeau wavers on tanker moratoriumLNG hope and OPEC’s tightrope: What’s in store for Canada’s oil patch in 2016Total revenue was US$1.06 billion, including $431.9 million from natural gas. That’s down from US$1.43 billion, including US$873.5 million from natural gas, in the first quarter of 2015.Net income dropped to US$80 million or seven cents per unit from US$140.1 million or 26 cents per unit. Adjusted net income dropped 20 per cent to US$113.8 million or 17 cents per unit from US$142.8 million or 26 cents per unit.The natural gas segment’s operating loss increased to US$29.9 million from US$26 million and it reduced total net income by $22.8 million. The liquids business increased its operating profit to $301.4 million from $270.2 million.Enbridge says its strategic review of the natural gas business is in its early stages and no decision has been reached. read more

Sri Lanka will not complain against Indian fishermen

The EU comes into the picture as it imposed, in January this year, a ban on export of fish and fishery products from Sri Lanka as the country’s fishermen were violating the international laws. To have the ban lifted, the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in the Sri Lankan government is implementing an action plan consisting of 57 activities. According to an official document, 36 activities were fulfilled by July end and the EU, at a meeting in Brussels to review the progress, had expressed satisfaction but pointed out that the amount of penalties had not been hiked. In September, it also reminded the Ministry for not having raised the amount. The Sri Lankan government will not make any complaint to the European Union (EU) about alleged poaching by Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan waters, even as it has decided to increase the amount of penalty for violation of fisheries laws in international waters, according to Rajitha Senaratne, Cabinet spokesperson.The decision of the government has been made as India is a “friendly neighbour,” the Minister has said, according to The Hindu newspaper. The issue came up before the Cabinet of the Sri Lankan government on Wednesday and it was decided to make the penalty five times the value of fish catch. The penalty would be determined, taking into account the size of vessel too. This would also cover import and export of fish.On the implication of the decision for alleged poaching by Indian fishermen invariably along the coast of the Northern Province, Dr. Senaratne told The Hindu that this would not be applicable as the fishermen were doing fishing in the “Sri Lankan waters” and the move pertained to the international waters. read more

Sri Lanka to ask UN for more time to probe war crimes

The Government says it needs more time to fulfil promises given to the UN human rights body to investigate war crimes allegations from a long civil war that ended seven years ago.Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told foreign correspondents on Tuesday that the government will seek more time at the next U.N human rights session starting on February 27, the Associated Press reported. The U.N. human rights chief had called for a hybrid court with local and international judges. Sri Lanka agreed to the participation of foreign judges before backtracking and now insists on local courts investigating the allegations. Sri Lanka, in a joint resolution in 2015 at the U.N. Human Rights Council, promised to work toward ethnic reconciliation, which includes investigating alleged abuses. read more