By Hub City Times staffMARSHFIELD – Fans cheered on Marshfield Area Special Olympic athletes as they faced the Marshfield Police Department in a basketball scrimmage, held April 27 at the Boson Company Fieldhouse.The event has grown into one of Marshfield’s most entertaining events as organizers mark its fifth year.Brandon Kowieski, left, holds off Marshfield Police Department’s Jamie Kizer during the April 27 contest at Boson Company Fieldhouse. Hub City Times staff photoProceeds from concessions, donations, and funds from the Marshfield police go to support the Special Olympics athletes in competition throughout the year. This year the Marshfield police raised $560 for points earned during the game.
Qantas 787. Credit Richard Kreider What was already a marathon flight was made even longer Saturday after a disruptive male passenger forced a Qantas Perth-London nonstop flight to turnaround.Two Qantas Boeing 787s winged their way to London Sunday after Saturday’s flight was delayed because crew no longer has sufficient available duty hours.The captain made the decision to turnaround Flight QF-9 about two hours into the flight and before the meal service.The passenger, a 32-year old male in economy class, allegedly become violent and disruptive and had to be restrained.Witnesses said he became highly aggressive as passengers tried to control him and cabin crew attempted to calm him down.Video Playerhttps://www.airlineratings.com/wp-content/uploads/uploads/IMG_1236-1.mp400:0000:0000:03Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The West Australian quoted one passenger as saying the man appeared “incredibly agitated” and his behavior was “hyper-aggressive, like a cornered animal”.The witness praised Qantas staff for controlling the passenger and keeping everyone on board calm during the ordeal.He said the man had walked to or toward the bathroom in the middle of the cabin and went to sit back down again.“Whatever happened next he was suddenly standing up and shouting and pointing in an extremely aggressive manner,” he said.“I wasn’t sure what he was saying. Passengers leaped in to control him, Qantas staff tried to calm him. He was eventually marched down the back of the plane.“He was by this time highly, highly wound up.”The unruly passenger was taken off the plane by Australian Federal Police and Qantas later placed a “no-fly ban ” on him preventing him from traveling on Qantas Group flights until the investigation into the matter is completed. he could also face a hefty bill if the airline decides to move to to recover the costs of the disruption.“This type of disruption inconveniences our customers, but we take a zero-tolerance approach to disruptive behavior on board,’ a Qantas spokeswoman said.“The safety of our crew and customers is our number one priority.“We provided customers with overnight accommodation and will have them on their way as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank our customers for their patience.”The delayed plane left at 12:30pm Sunday.The ultra-long-haul turn-back came after Qantas launched its first international Dreamliner flights from Queensland earlier this month with a daily service from Brisbane to Los Angeles and onwards to New York.Read Qantas-London nonstop setting load and profitability records.Four of the national carrier’s new Boeing 787-9s will be based in Brisbane, as the state-of-the-art aircraft gradually replace the 747 on key routes.Dreamliner services from Brisbane to Hong Kong will start in December, with other destinations to follow. Seattle, Chicago, San Francisco and Vancouver are the favorites.The airline is predicting the 787 base will drive tourism and jobs in the Australian state,“We’ll have 120 cabin crew and pilots based in Brisbane to operate the Dreamliner flights and a further 350 indirect jobs are expected to be created as a result,” Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said.“The Dreamliner also opens up the potential to drive tourism to Queensland over the long term given the increased range of the 787.“There are a number of new destinations we’re considering for new direct services from Brisbane, including Seattle, Chicago and San Francisco in the US, as well as Vancouver and cities in Asia.”The airline also started direct 787-9 flights between Melbourne and San Francisco recently. The national carrier will operate four return flights per week on the route.
The political candidates currently vying for the US Presidency seem to disagree about the level of crime in the nation. Regardless of the actual statistics, however, the fact remains that crises do exist. Danger is, at times, inevitable. And companies that institute a crisis management plan – instead of just hoping for the best – are the ones that are truly ready for the future.Contributing Writer Garett Seivold explores the idea of what it takes to be ready in a feature article in the September-October 2016 issue of LP Magazine. Seivold looks closely at crisis-prepared retail organizations, such as Walgreens and 7-Eleven, to see what strategies are working best. Strong leadership and informed employees are must, says Seivold. From the article:“Crisis response requires solid leadership, but it also requires personnel who are willing to be led. And that depends on whether a company has spent time before a major disaster providing crisis information, training, drilling, and establishing trust. Workers need to sense that the company is ready to handle the event and has their interests at heart, which is not something that a retailer can build once the storm is already on the radar.”The article goes on to share a comprehensive list of actions that can help a retailer prepare for disaster. Both 7-Eleven and Walgreens point to lessons learned during past events, as well as the ways in which technology can make crisis teams more effective. Check out “Crisis Management: What Walgreens, 7-Eleven, and Other Crisis-Prepared Retailers Have in Common” to read the full article and evaluate how your organization might do in the event of a disaster.- Sponsor – You can also visit the Table of Contents for the September-October 2016 issue or register for a free subscription to the magazine. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Posted on 12th October 2017Web Design FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Don’t Let Your Brain Deceive You: Avoiding Bias In Your UX FeedbackYou are here: You know that user feedback is crucial — after all, your users will decide whether your app succeeds or not — but how do you know whether users are being fair and objective in their feedback?We can tell you: They won’t be. All of your users will be giving you biased feedback. They can’t help it.The post Don’t Let Your Brain Deceive You: Avoiding Bias In Your UX Feedback appeared first on Smashing Magazine.From our sponsors: Don’t Let Your Brain Deceive You: Avoiding Bias In Your UX Feedback HomeWeb DesignDon’t Let Your Brain Deceive You: Avoiding Bias In Your UX Feedback Related postsInclusive Components: Book Reviews And Accessibility Resources13th December 2019Should Your Portfolio Site Be A PWA?12th December 2019Building A CSS Layout: Live Stream With Rachel Andrew10th December 2019Struggling To Get A Handle On Traffic Surges10th December 2019How To Design Profitable Sales Funnels On Mobile6th December 2019How To Build A Real-Time Multiplayer Virtual Reality Game (Part 2)5th December 2019
Summer is just different. Even though schooldays ended eons ago for most of us, our focus, attitudes, and readiness to act change as the weather warms.Over the years, I’ve heard from many of you that you feel the same, as do your supporters and prospects. And you’ve asked me how to connect in the context of sizzling summer distractions. This Book Could Change Your Life: Great Summer Reads for Fundraisers Here are three ways to up your summer communications game: Craft your asks to be short, sweet, and personal, like this creative appeal from Food for the Poor, suggests fundraiser Pamela Grow. Nothing is more important than crafting content that’s relevant to your readers. But it’s challenging when they’re distracted by the delights of ice cream, the beach, and after-dinner badminton. What summertime shifts do you make in your fundraising campaigns and communications? Please share in the comments section! Whatever summertime shifts you consider, it’s ideal to base them on what you know about your people, anecdotally and/or via data on last summer’s responses. If possible, measure before and after each shift, and make only one change at a time so you know what does or doesn’t work. Send less frequently. No Friday sends. More Summer Stuff Make your content more fun, light, active, and short attention span friendly, advises Kivi Leroux Miller from Nonprofit Marketing Guide. Be aware that you’re communicating to people who are on or just back from vacation, says John Haydon. That could mean sending an email twice (with a fresh subject line the second time), with round two going to those who didn’t open the first, and extending a campaign period into early fall. If you know your people are on email less and Facebook more, follow them where they are. This applies whatever the season. Here’s more summertime shift guidance from some of the best fundraisers and communicators I know: Reboot with These 6 Summer Camp Strategies Shift your topic, tone, and/or language to make it seasonally relevant and fun. Change timing and/or frequency. A quick poll of nonprofit communicators found this to be the most common summertime shift. With refreshing practicality, Nancy Schwartz rolls up her sleeves to help nonprofits develop and implement strategies to build strong relationships that inspire key supporters to action. She shares her deep nonprofit marketing insights—and passion—through consulting, speaking, and her popular blog and e-news at GettingAttention.org.
Posted on June 26, 2014July 22, 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)With the end of Millennium Development Goals and the start of the Sustainable Development Goals, the year 2015 is a critical time for redefining priorities and strategies for women’s health. Recognizing this unique time, Pan American Journal of Public Health/Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública, published by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), has issued a call for papers for a special issue on women’s health to be published in March 2015.This series will highlight threats to women’s health caused by demographic, social and epidemiological changes. Key topics for this series range from knowledge gaps in policy to women’s mental health and from sexual and reproductive health to occupational health.The deadline for papers is August 17th, 2014. For more details on this series and how to submit a paper, please see PDFs of the guidelines in English and Spanish.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
As December 31st approaches, keep your fundraising momentum with these 8 tips:Don’t Make it Hard for Donors to Get to Your Donation PageWhen you ask a supporter for a donation, direct them exactly to your donation page. Don’t make them hunt for it. In a store setting, customers never have to climb a flight of stairs to checkout. It’s right there by the front door with lights illuminating all the cashiers’ stations. Think about this when you write an appeal or ask for a donation on social media. Put your donation page link in an obvious place and add a button that says DONATE NOW in all your email appeals.Do Make Your Online Donation Page Super SimpleToo many fields can discourage the donor from completing the gift, so keep the donation form as short as possible. Remove all the hurdles the donor might encounter to complete that donation, like requiring a login or requesting the donor use a specific browser or payment method. And make sure your donation page is mobile responsive. Let donors choose how and where they make their online donation and ensure each option is accessible and simple.Do Stick to the ThemeYour year-end campaign should focus on a story, a message, or a theme about how donors can impact your nonprofit’s work. Include those same visual cues and your campaign’s message on your donation page so that donors know that they’ve landed in the right place.Don’t Leave the Gift Amount Box BlankDonors need guidance on what’s expected—give them a starting point for making a decision about their gift. Create suggested donation amounts and tie each to a tangible impact if possible. Giving levels can help your donor visualize what their gift will do.Do Segment You Donor ListWhen sending your appeal, create more than one version and make sure the message makes sense to each group of donors who will receive the email. For example, if you had an event recently, you might want to send an email to those who attended or donated to the event with a note about how successful the event was before leading into your ask. Or, if you have volunteers or non-donors on your email list, you shouldn’t begin your appeal with “Thank you so much for your continuing support of our organization. Your donations have made a real difference in the lives of our clients…” the same thing goes for lapsed donors. Don’t confuse your audience by sending a one-size-fits-all donor appeal.Don’t Forget to Share Your Fundraising GoalAdd a thermometer on your donation page to drive urgency and create social proof. Network for Good recommends that our clients turn on their giving thermometer after they have received a few gifts because psychologically, donors don’t want to be “the first”. After those first few gifts are made, that thermometer provides social proof that your donors are coming together with others to help your organization achieve a common goal. We’ve also seen the donation page thermometer spark major donors to offer a matching gift or give that last big gift to make sure the nonprofit surpasses the goal before deadline. When you let your donors know that fundraising goal, and how close you are to getting to it, it helps build urgency and provides a sense of responsibility and then accomplishment when your goal is met.Do Make the Donor the HeroIn your appeal, clearly outline the donor’s impact. Instead of, “Our nonprofit makes sure children get the books they need” you should instead say “You can give a child the books they need to learn.” Avoid “Our nonprofit takes care of homeless veterans” but do say “You will provide a safe haven for homeless veterans.” Make your donor, or someone like them, part of the story. Causes often forget to involve the reader by not writing for them. If you zero in on the “our nonprofit is awesome” message, donors won’t be compelled to give. If your organization is so awesome, then it appears as though you don’t really need your donors’ support.Don’t Focus on the FinancesThis can be hard because many nonprofits want to make sure they fill the gap in their budget shortfall before the next year, but remember: your budget shortfall is not your donor’s problem to solve. They want to help solve the problem that your mission addresses. They want to help end homelessness, or make sure animals have a forever home. Drive that point home to your donors because your mission is what matters the most to them.To get more off the ground by December 31, download our Last Minute Year-end Appeal Template.
“It’s not about counting how many times a mother interacts with antenatal services or comes to the facility,” says Dr. Mariam Claeson, the director of maternal newborn and child health at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, in this week’s podcast. “But it’s what happens in these encounters that matters.”One month after the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Claeson and her colleagues in the maternal health community met in Mexico City at the 2015 Global Maternal and Newborn Health Conference. The conference marked the first opportunity for health and development advocates to take stock of the successes and failures of the Millennium Development Goals and discuss a common strategy for implementing the maternal health targets of the SDGs.Improving and measuring quality of care, and not only quantity, was a major focus. For Claeson, such a “woman-centered” approach is best achieved with an integrative model of care – one that combines primary care, family planning services, reproductive health, and other entry points into the health system so women do not need to go to separate facilities for each. “We know,” she says, “that there is a very strong evidence base for why one should do integrative care, integrative measurement, and quality delivery.”Since Mexico City, Claeson says that global partners have been gearing up “to think more systematically about quality across the continuum” as well as a “systems approach to quality and countries wanting to make that part of their broader national quality movement.”“This is the first time,” Claeson continues, “we have countries committed to actually reducing…maternal and newborn mortality in the SDGs.” And, she says, thanks to Every Woman Every Child, a roadmap created by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2010, “we have targets to monitor progress.”In a month, many in the global maternal health community will descend on Copenhagen for Women Deliver 2016. The conference is a chance to further capitalize on momentum around the integrative model laid out in Mexico City.Yet, Claeson warns that staying focused on women, girls, mothers, and newborns will require a larger effort. “It’s not just the business of the health sector,” she says, “but how do we get other sectors to also stay focused when we talk about women and girls?”Dr. Mariam Claeson spoke at the Wilson Center on April 13, 2016.Friday Podcasts are also available for download on iTunes.This post originally appeared on New Security Beat.Share this: Posted on May 3, 2016November 18, 2016By: Sean Peoples, Multimedia Producer, the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security ProgramClick 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) Audio Playerhttps://cdn1.sph.harvard.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/2413/2016/05/ecsp-wwc_2016-04-28T12_18_40-07_00.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
For more information on Safe Childbirth Checklist implementation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.Download the Safe Childbirth Checklist and Implementation Guide in English, French or Spanish here.Share this: Posted on September 8, 2016September 26, 2016By: Kayla McGowan, Project Coordinator, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public 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)According to the World Health Organization (WHO), of the more than 130 million births occurring worldwide each year, approximately 303,000 end in maternal death, 2.6 million in stillbirth and 2.7 million in newborn death within 28 days of delivery. Most of these deaths take place in low-resource settings and are preventable with timely and appropriate interventions. However, providers do not always know, remember or have the supplies to implement these life-saving interventions, especially in emergency situations. Checklists remind health providers of necessary steps for routine deliveries as well as situations involving complications.The WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist (SCC), a set of evidence-based birth practices addressing major causes of maternal death, intrapartum-related stillbirths and neonatal deaths, is designed around four pause points during childbirth: on admission; just prior to delivery; within one hour of birth; and before discharge. The SCC identifies preventative practices, such as handwashing and antibiotic preparation, to avoid or manage complications like infection, hemorrhage and obstructed labor.Last month, scientists at Ariadne Labs, a collaboration between Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, hosted Implementing Checklists for Quality Improvement: Best Practices Along the Implementation Pathway – “Engage”, the second webinar in their interactive series dedicated to sharing lessons learned in implementing the SCC for quality improvement. Presenters explored how to ensure buy-in and identify relevant stakeholders, establish an implementation team and utilize best practices in checklist adaptation. Dr. Rosemary Ogu shared her team’s experience piloting a program using the Safe Childbirth Checklist in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.Engaging staff and stakeholdersAccording to the Ariadne team, effective implementation of the SCC relies on three core processes: engaging staff and stakeholders, formally launching the checklist and providing ongoing support for the team. The following steps are crucial to the ‘engage’ process:1. Determine program goals and gain buy-in.According to Dr. Joanna Paladino, Assistant Director of Implementation, Serious Illness Care Program at Ariadne Labs, teams who plan to implement the SCC should first consider their overarching goals: “What do you hope to accomplish with the program?” “How will the checklist improve quality of care?” “What impact will it have on staff?” Dr. Paladino encouraged teams to define a collaborative mission statement and set clear program goals.Another fundamental step in ensuring successful uptake of the SCC is to gain buy-in by building partnerships at the local, district, regional and national levels. Engaging leadership is also important as it shows the facility that implementing the checklist is a priority and helps ensure access to relevant resources. Moreover, according to Dr. Paladino, this step involves leveraging a collective effort:“Engaging and gaining buy-in is about changing hearts and minds. It’s bringing people into this effort so you that you do this as a team and everyone owns it and has a voice in the work.”Coordinating one-on-one conversations with team members is a highly effective way to gather feedback and convince team members of the SCC’s benefits. When considering whom to involve in this step, the Ariadne team abides by its guiding principle, “Everyone who will be touched by the intervention should be engaged in this work.” Do not avoid the skeptics. Speaking with those who may not be enthusiastic about the SCC helps teams work through challenges and strengthen their implementation strategy.Dr. Ogu, an obstetrician gynecologist at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital in Nigeria, explained that her team knew poor quality of care was contributing to high maternal mortality rates at the hospital (in 2013, maternal mortality rates were 143 per 100,000 live births among registered patients and 7,857 per 100,000 live births among those who did not register for antenatal care). Thus, the team’s goal in using the checklist was to improve compliance with best practices among health care workers. Findings from focus group data show that as a result of piloting the SCC, midwives and doctors at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital in Nigeria felt better equipped to counsel patients, prepare for emergencies and remember all the steps necessary to provide high quality care.2. Create an implementation team and identify a champion.As Dr. William Berry, Ariadne Labs Chief Medical Officer and Director, Safe Surgery Program, emphasized, identifying a passionate champion is key to implementing the SCC in health facilities: “You need to find somebody who people look up to – it does not mean they need to be a boss or chief or supervisor … the person people go to for advice on the frontlines often makes a great champion, whether they hold a formal title or not.”Dr. Berry also emphasized the importance of forming a multidisciplinary team representative of the various roles that will be affected by the SCC, including physicians, nurses, birth attendants, pharmacists, lab technicians, administrators and coaches.3. Conduct a needs assessment.According to Dr. Paladino, this step is often skipped but is a critical element of successful implementation. Teams should ask themselves what they need to be ready to implement the SCC, including leadership support, resources and system capabilities. They should also reflect on prior quality improvement experiences and perform gap analyses to identify which supplies, human resources, referral systems and funding sources are available or missing.4. Adapt and own the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist.Most importantly, teams should take the core framework presented in the SCC and customize it for their specific setting. It is essential for leaders to read the checklist thoroughly and discuss each item with their team. The SCC is a tool that should be compatible with the natural workflow of each facility. As Dr. Berry articulated“It’s not the WHO’s checklist – it’s the facility’s checklist … The workflow is built around the people and processes of those people. If you don’t respect those, the checklist will get put down.”—Watch the webinar and download the slides here.Missed the first webinar in the series?Read our summary post from the first webinar: Lessons Learned from Implementing the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist.Watch the first webinar and download the slideshow.Join the BetterBirth Community.Learn more about the launch of the checklist and the Safe Childbirth Checklist Case Study in Namibia. ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: