You might not notice the garden as you walk east on Walnut Street toward the riverfront in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.The formal 18th Century Garden (recreated by the National Park Service) is behind six-foot tall wrought-iron fences, and might not catch your attention after you pass the Dolley Todd House on 4th Street. But pause as I did.Take a step inside the gate.Meander through the paths bordering the geometric shaped raised beds.Look upward as you walk through the vine-covered pergola. Gaze at the row of meticulously pruned small fruit trees.Fruit trees border the gardenWhat a lovely quiet space! I think the garden was one of my favorite places to visit this weekend when I was in Philadelphia for 2016 WordCamp US.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedPhoto of the Week: Explore America at the Philadelphia Flower ShowImagine you’re in a place where everywhere you look, there’s a rainbow of colors around you. A cornucopia of bright reds, deep oranges, buttercup yellows, royal blues, pastel pinks, forest greens, pale purple, and brilliant whites are not only at eye-level, they’re 20 feet above you as well as at…In “Garden”Photo of the Week: Longwood Gardens Open Air Theater Fountain ShowWhenever I visit a city, I always find time to visit a local arboretum, garden, or city park. While many of my friends and colleagues know I’ve worked on software applications and designing websites for years, few know I have a degree in botany and worked as a naturalist for…In “Garden”Photo of the Week: Mackinac Island’s Secret GardenWhile my family loves to come to Mackinac Island for the fudge, bicycling the island, walking the shoreline, and the horse-drawn carriages, my favorite thing to do on Mackinac Island is to solve the puzzle at the secret garden. What secret garden? Well, it’s not on any tour guide. And…In “Michigan”
A proposed clean energy target for Australia aims to offset emissions from the Yallourn Power Station and other coal-fired power plants. The plan, part of a report on the future security of the national electricity market, has gotten mixed reviews from environmentalists. “While the Finkel review is a step forward, much more needs to be done to reduce the emissions of Australia’s biggest polluter—the electricity sector,” reads a statement issued by Amanda McKenzie, CEO of the Climate Council in Sydney, Australia, an organization that seeks to educate the public on climate change.Ian Lowe, an energy policy specialist at Griffith University in Nathan, Australia, near Brisbane, backs the need to set a clean energy target but is disappointed by the timetable for a transition to clean energy. “Basically, these recommendations would allow dirty old coal-fired power stations to continue operating for decades,” he says.Others note that Australia has pledged to reduce all emissions by 28% below 2005 levels by 2030. To meet that target, “the electricity sector can and needs to deliver much greater percentage reductions,” says Frank Jotzo, an energy economist at Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra. Matthew Stocks, a renewable energy specialist at ANU, hopes the new report will “take the politics out of energy policy” by setting a clear policy that will spur investment in energy infrastructure.The review panel was set up after 900,000 households lost power during a blackout in southern Australia last September. In addition to the strategy for emissions reductions, the report has recommendations for increasing energy security and reliability and reducing prices for consumers.All of the recommendations require action by Parliament to implement. The two major parties appear to disagree over how ambitious the clean energy target should be, Stocks notes. But he’s cautiously optimistic: “We could be closer to a compromise than at any time I’ve seen before.” CSIRO/Wikimedia Commons By Dennis NormileJun. 13, 2017 , 1:45 PM Australian panel calls for clean energy target to cut emissions A panel led by Australia’s chief scientist has called for the government to set a clean energy target to reduce emissions from electric power plants that would help the country meet its commitments under the Paris climate agreement. Though any goal is seen as a welcome step toward resolving the nation’s long-standing emissions policy paralysis, many worry the panel has set the bar too low.The recommendation comes from a five-member panel led by Alan Finkel, a neuroscientist and former chancellor of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Under the proposed scheme, power plants would receive certificates for producing clean electricity in proportion to how far their carbon emissions fall below a specified threshold. Technologies such as solar and wind would benefit most, but plants using gas and coal—paired with carbon capture and storage—could also earn certificates. Electricity retailers would then have to purchase enough certificates to demonstrate that a certain percentage of their electricity comes from low-emissions sources.The report recommends that the clean energy target be set so that electricity sector emissions are reduced by 28% below 2005 levels by 2030 and cut further, to an unspecified level, by 2070. The report does not set a threshold for emissions generated during production or the percentage of clean energy to be supplied to consumers; presumably these will be set by the government. 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Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAljun Melecio isn’t going anywhere.The explosive guard assured the La Salle community that he will stick with the team.ADVERTISEMENT “I am not leaving DLSU. The tiger emojis tweet had no meaning behind it,” Melecio, the UAAP Season 79 Rookie of the Year, posted.Melecio caused confusion over social media after tweeting tiger emojis Wednesday morning. He has since deleted the tweet.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingReports said Aldin Ayo, who is transferring from La Salle to University of Santo Tomas, is looking to bring some of his players to España.READ: Aldin Ayo leaves La Salle for UST LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Harrell, Williams key Clippers bench in rout of Kings Melecio, though, quickly ended speculations on Twitter.“I wish Coach Aldin all the best, but I love La Salle and I love being a Green Archer,” said Melecio, a former UAAP juniors MVP.Melecio’s pronouncement is a welcome news for the Green Archers following Ayo’s departure and two-time UAAP MVP Ben Mbala, who opted to turn pro in Mexico.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’
India’s Yuki Bhambri recorded his first ever victory in a live fifth rubber of the Davis Cup, beating New Zealand’s Michael Venus in straight sets in the second reverse singles match on Sunday to send India to the World Group Play-offs.After Somdev Devvarman levelled the tie with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 win over Kiwi Marcus Daniell in the first of the reverse singles, India advanced with a 3-2 win over New Zealand in the Asia/Oceania Group I tie, thanks to Bhambri’s authoritative 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 drubbing of Venus in the decider.It was a do-or-die situation for India when Devvarman stepped on the court and the country’s numero uno singles player ensured that India remained in the hunt. Bhambri, playing only his second live fifth rubber, came out all guns blazing against Venus, who had stunned Devvarman in the first match of the tie.The 23-year-old Delhi lad turned out to be India’s hero in this tie as he won both his matches. He had lost the deciding fifth rubber against Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic in September in Bangalore last year.Bhambri stamped his class and authority right from the start and did not face a single break point till the sixth game of the third set. He asserted himself by breaking Venus twice in each of the first two sets, running away with a 2-0 lead.It was in the third set that Venus threatened a bit when he had Bhambri down a break point in the sixth game but the Indian was up to the task and thwarted his rival’s attempts.advertisementBhambri saved two more break points in the eighth game and finally converted his third match point to seal the tie for his side. India will now strive to make the World Group when they compete in the Play-offs in September.Earlier, Devvarman delivered when it mattered the most, taming Daniell in two hours and 18 minutes to keep India afloat in the tie. Daniell replaced Jose Statham, who was down with a flu, but could not help his side seal the tie.Devvarman went about his business calmly and made a perfect start to his match when he broke Daniell in the very first game of the opening set. The advantage of that early break stayed with him throughout and he served out the set in the 10th game.He thwarted Daniell’s attempt of a comeback by saving a break chance on his serve in the sixth game. Daniell kept fighting hard, saving two break points in the third game of the second set, which went on serve till the eighth game.But Devvarman found a way to get that elusive break in the ninth and converted his first set point in the next for a 2-0 lead in the crucial rubber. The Kiwi was down by two break points at the start of the third set but saved both. However, he double-faulted when he was down by another break point in the fifth game.Devvarman though let go of the advantage by dropping his own serve in the next game before cashing in on another chance in the ninth. It was a matter of holding serve in the next which he did to level the tie 2-2.
I speak a lot about the connection between behavioral economics and our work, and after every speech I get asked for reference materials. People also often email me for a list of my writing on the topic. So I thought I’d pull together in one post all the resources I’ve created. Here’s a mini library on understanding how people really think – and adjusting our marketing, communications and fundraising strategies accordingly.Plus, as a bonus, I’m including this hour-long video from the Science of Communication speaker series run by the Communications Network and Spitfire Strategies. In this video, Harvard behavioral economist Sendhil Mullainathan provides a great overview of how his field applies to you. Speaker Series: The Science of Communication Featuring Sendhil Mullainathan from Communications Network on Vimeo.The Mini LibraryThe best place to start are the two ebooks I’ve written on the topic with Mark Rovner and Alia McKee of SeaChange Strategies:Homer Simpson for Nonprofits: The Truth about How People Think and What It Means to Your CauseLisa Simpson for Nonprofits: What Science Can Teach You About Fundraising, Marketing and Making Social ChangeI also wrote a series of blog posts reviewing the latest research on what compels generous behavior and giving. Here are the best of them:How giving makes you happyWhich makes people happier – giving or receiving?The relationship between giving and painHow pledging eases the pain of parting from our moneyThe power of social norms in givingHow do social norms, price & scrutiny affect what people give?The role of personal connections in fundraising successHow the power of one (the singularity effect) prompts givingThe effect of mood on giving – and who we choose to helpWhat happens when you try to making giving less emotionalSea monkeys and the case for tangibilityInterview with the Science of Giving authorsThe time-ask effectNeuromarketing tips for nonprofits from Roger DooleyBrain tricks to sell your causeYour gut is more generous than your brainEnjoy!
The Secret to Getting People to Give: Giving isn’t a business transaction. It’s a human connection. To inspire donors to give, you need to make a meaningful connection by showing them why they matter and how they can make a difference. When you understand why your donors give, you’ll be able to make a more effective appeal.Don’t be afraid to reach out to your donors personally and find out why they give. Their stories matter, and sharing them create inspiration for others to follow their example. (If you don’t have an easy way to keep track of your relationships with your donors, check out Network for Good’s easy donor management system.)That being said, here are some of the top reasons why donors give:Someone I know asked me to give, and I wanted to help themFelt emotionally moved by someone’s storyWant to feel I’m not powerless in the face of need and can help (this is especially true during disasters)Want to feel I’m changing someone’s lifeFeel a sense of closeness to a community or groupWant to memorialize someone (who is struggling or died of a disease, for example)Was raised to give to charity—it’s tradition in my familyWant to be “hip,” and supporting this charity (i.e., wearing a yellow wristband) is in styleIt makes me feel connected to other people and builds my social networkWant to have a good image of myself/my companyWant to leave a legacy that perpetuates me, my ideas or my causeFeel fortunate and want to give something back to othersGive for religious reasons—my faith teaches me to help othersWant to be seen as a leader/role modelGet the right tool to help you raise more money for your cause. Learn more about Network for Good’s fundraising products.Remember: The act of giving is immediate:Give your donors the opportunity to act here and now. Your relationship with them will be long-term, but their willingness to give is now—let them act on it.There are many reasons why people give. When you’re crafting your next fundraising appeal, take this list out and ask yourself if you’ve tapped into these reasons. People act from the heart, not the head:Yes, your nonprofit has to show that it’s a good steward of donor money and you need to impart where all that generosity is going, but your appeal must contain more than numbers and pie charts. Giving is a personal act:Your appeals need to be donor-centric. Make sure to tell your donor why they should care, and why they matter to your organization. Learn more about crafting your call-to-action and writing personal emails.
Posted on May 6, 2013March 8, 2017By: Sarah Blake, MHTF consultantClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The International Day of the Midwife was marked yesterday, May 5. The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) hosted the Virtual Day of the Midwife, a 24-hour series of presentations to mark the date. Midwives, advocates, researchers and others spoke on topics related to midwifery practice and policy around the world and recordings of their presentations are now posted online.However, the May 5 events were only the beginning. The celebration will continue for a few more days as organizations around the world make space for considering the vital ways that midwives contribute to the health and well-being of mothers and children everywhere. On Tuesday, May 7, at 2:00pm (EDT), Jhpiego and the Frontline Health Workers Coalition are hosting a “virtual conference” Twitter chat under the hashtag #IDMchat.In addition, the White Ribbon Alliance Tanzania has produced a video, “What I Want is Simple,” in which midwives from around Tanzania speak about their working conditions, tying their needs as workers to the challenges of securing respectful maternity care for all women. The video, along with an accompanying blog post are available on Impatient Optimists, the blog of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which is currently hosting a series of guest posts by Frontline Health Workers Coalition, with new posts published every Thursday.For more, read the joint statement from the directors of UNFPA and the ICM on International Day of the Midwife, visit the ICM’s mini-blog series highlighting midwives’ roles in providing family planning services, or visit UNFPA’s slideshow and feature stories on the vital role in promoting maternal and newborn health. And, check out the #MidwivesMatter Twitter relay or the ICM’s International Day of the Midwife resources.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
Reflecting on Developing Country Parallels at Launch of Program to Address U.S. Maternal Mortality Crisis
Posted on November 23, 2013November 17, 2016By: Priya Agrawal, Executive Director, Merck for MothersClick 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)As an OB/GYN who has worked in dozens of developing countries, I have seen firsthand what it’s like to give birth in places where resources are strapped and conditions are bleak. I’ve seen the way women struggle to gather the money needed to give birth at a facility. I’ve seen women walk miles – while in labor no less – to reach the closest health clinic or hospital. I’ve seen women get to a facility only to find that it’s overcrowded, understaffed or lacking in critical medicines and supplies. And for all these reasons, I’ve had the misfortune of seeing women die in pregnancy and childbirth, their deaths often hand tallied on the walls of health facilities, if counted by the system at all.These are circumstances under which no woman should have to give birth. Yet they persist, day in and day out. But what I’ve found most surprising since I’ve taken on a new role as Executive Director of Merck for Mothers is that these issues are actually not confined to the developing world. Sadly, there are communities in the United States that face challenges not all that different than those facing women in places like sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.I recently travelled to some of these communities for the launch of Merck for Mothers’ new programs to reduce maternal mortality here in the U.S. As part of this work, we’ve partnered with organizations in Baltimore, Camden, New York City and Philadelphia, where I had a chance to witness some of the challenges women face in getting the care they need for a safe and healthy pregnancy and childbirth. What I saw and heard was astonishing, revealing three striking parallels.Our partner in Camden told me that many of the women their program serves interact with the health system for the first time when they become pregnant. Whether it’s because they don’t have the funds (or insurance) to afford preventative care, or don’t have a full understanding of the services available to them, a lot of these women go years or decades without seeing a health provider. Because of this, it is common for women in low-income communities to miss out on things like primary care visits and prenatal check-ups. In fact, only 50% of pregnant women in Camden receive first trimester care, making it much more difficult to identify conditions that could lead to a complicated – and, at times, life-threatening – childbirth.Transportation is also an issue. I remember one woman in Baltimore telling me that – even if her family could afford public transportation – health care services were located too far away for her to use regularly. And because taxis rarely venture into the poorer communities, she is cut off from the transport services she needs to reach care on a routine basis. Harking back to time I spent in rural parts of Zambia and Uganda, this story sounded all too familiar, and little did I know that it was such a prevalent one in the U.S.Finally, perhaps the most profound parallel between maternal mortality domestically and abroad is the lack of reliable data. I knew that many maternal deaths in the developing world go undocumented, but I had no idea that more than 1 in 3 of these deaths are unidentified on death certificates in America. This type of information is critical in our effort to save women’s lives during pregnancy and childbirth, as it allows us to spot trends, better understand the problem and create targeted policies and clinical practices to address it.Considering this range of unexpected realities – and factoring in the escalating rates of chronic health conditions like obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes – it is no wonder that maternal mortality is on the rise in this country. In fact, as an OB/GYN, I fear that these chronic conditions will soon become the fourth major parallel, as these same challenges are beginning to spill into developing countries. The rise of chronic conditions in poor countries has the potential to jeopardize the progress made in bringing down maternal death rates throughout the world, much like they did in the U.S.In view of these common and emerging similarities in maternal health, Merck for Mothers has launched new partnerships in the U.S. that build on our global portfolio of programs in more than 20 other countries. While the contexts are certainly different, many of the obstacles are the same, and I look forward to the opportunity to help overcome them and ensure safer and healthier pregnancies and childbirths for all women – at home and abroad.To learn more, visit Merck for Mothers’ U.S. programs, watch this video on the personal toll of maternal mortality, or watch story by CBS 13 in Baltimore on the program’s work in that city.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on June 30, 2014November 4, 2016By: Katie Millar, Technical Writer, 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)Today and tomorrow up to 800 maternal, newborn, and child health leaders will gather in Johannesburg, South Africa at the 2014 World Health Organization’s (WHO) Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (PMNCH) Partners’ Forum. Given the current environment of determining the post-2015 agenda, this meeting is critical in gathering world leaders to emphasize the importance of protecting and ensuring the health of women and their children around the world.Since the contextual factors that impact maternal, newborn, and child health are diverse, representatives at the PMNCH Partners’ Forum include public and private sector representatives and experts in health, gender and development, nutrition and education. This diverse group of participants will allow conclusions of the forum to address how diverse sectors can all support supporting and ensuring maternal, newborn, and child health.The Partners’ Forum will also include the launch of four landmark reports:Every Newborn Action Plan provides a concrete plan and platform for improving neonatal health and preventing newborn deaths and stillbirths.Success Factors for Women’s and Children’s Health Report spotlights 10 countries that serve as models for making considerable progress improving maternal and child health, especially for high-need countries.Countdown to 2015 Report for 2014 is a report that assesses current coverage and equity of coverage of maternal and child health interventions and the financial, policy and health systems factors that determine if proven life-saving interventions are delivered to woman and children.State of the World’s Midwifery 2014 (Africa focused launch) highlights progress and challenges that 41 Sub-Saharan countries have seen since 2011 in delivering life-saving midwifery services.Tune into the discussion happening at PMNCH’s Partners’ Forum by going to the #PMNCHLive Hub, #PMNCHLive Daily Delivery sign-up, and #PMNCHLive on twitter.Are you attending the PMNCH Partners’ Forum? Would you like to share your experience or reaction to the discussions taking place? Please contact Katie Millar on how you can be a guest contributor to the MHTF Blog. Share this: