Wenger calls on Arsenal to be ‘united’ after wretched run dashes title hopes

first_imgArsene Wenger has called on everyone at Arsenal to be “united” despite growing disenchantment at recent results.The Gunners have suffered back-to-back Premier League defeats to Watford and leaders Chelsea which have left them 12 points behind the Blues.Wenger’s side are just one point ahead of Liverpool in the fourth and final Champions League qualifying spot and the likelihood of missing out on the league title yet again has raised questions over Wenger’s future.The Frenchman is out of contract in the summer and is yet to say whether his intention is to stay or walk away. But he has urged everyone at the club to unite in this tough period, with a home game against Hull coming up on Saturday lunchtime.“Ideally you want everybody to be happy,” he said when asked what would influence his decision on whether to sign a new contract.“Arsenal is made of special strengths, and that strength is to be united when things go wrong.”The Gunners boss was also asked if he would be interested in signing England goalkeeper Joe Hart but has denied any interest.Additionally, the long-serving manager made it clear he expects on-loan midfielder Jack Wilshere to return to Arsenal once his spell at Bournemouth ends. The Arsenal boss has called for unity from everyone at the club 1last_img read more

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CAR meeting calls for return to order

first_img6 May 2013The first meeting of the International Contact Group on the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR), held in Congo-Brazzaville on Friday with South African President Jacob Zuma in attendance, has called for the full and speedy restoration of constitutional order in the CAR.Zuma, who was accompanied by a delegation that included State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele, was invited to the meeting by Republic of Congo President Dennis Sasso N’guesso.According to the Presidency, the meeting deliberated on the unfolding political, security and humanitarian situation in the CAR.“The meeting called on the transitional authorities in the CAR to work with urgency towards the full restoration of constitutional order in that country,” the Presidency said in a statement.“Amongst other things, the transitional authorities were urged to ensure the protection of civilians, access of humanitarian actors to the people in need, the reactivation of the public administration and the restructuring of the defence and security sector.”The Presidency said Zuma told the meeting that South Africa stood ready to assist in whatever way to contribute to the return to normalcy in the CAR.He also used the opportunity to discuss bilateral issue with Sasso N’guesso and the need to further deepen social, economic and political relations between the two countries.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Records Management: NARA Warns Agencies About Cloud Computing

first_imgNARA has issued federal agencies guidelines and warnings about the use of cloud computing for managing their record keeping.  The Obama administration has encouraged agencies to consider adoption of cloud-computing.  In response, NARA has presented their perspective of how agencies should approach cloud computing.While the FAQ recognizes many of the benefits that can be achieved by moving to a cloud-based computing model, such as:“Pay-as-you-go” can offer cost advantagesAbility to easily scale up or down computing resources, as neededBut NARA also points out a number of other considerations that should cause agencies to pause before adopting cloud-based services.  The issues that NARA brings up include:Cloud vendors need to be able to demonstrate security and privacy of dataThe agency may lose control of data residing on remote infrastructurePotential problems integrating cloud-based data with data residing on other systemsCloud vendors need to be able to guarantee 24/7 access to the data and servicesVendors needs to be able to comply with Federal regulationsVendors need to be able to comply with federal records management requirements foudn in 36 CFR 1236.1ffVendors must retain links between records and metadataCloud software must be able to transfer archival records to NARA or delete records according to NARA retention schedulesLong-term trustworthiness and sustainability of data should be carefully consideredPortability standards should be considered to ensure that records could be easily transitioned elsewhere, if neededSo while the Federal CIO and the Obama Administration is advocating cloud computing, it seems clear that NARA has concerns that cloud computing may still be a bit premature for handing federal records of importance.last_img read more

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Galle Test: Sri Lanka take control despite Mushfiqur defiance

first_imgMushfiqur Rahim’s gutsy 85 helped Bangladesh avoid follow-on but Sri Lanka claimed a substantial 182-run first innings lead to take control of the first test at the Galle International Stadium on Thursday.After bad light forced early tea on day three of the contest, Sri Lanka needed two balls to claim the last Bangladesh wicket of Mustafizur Rahman and bowl out the tourists for 312.Sri Lanka could not come out to bat for the second time in the match as almost the entire final session was lost to rain.Resuming day three on 133-2, Bangladesh lost four wickets in the morning session but captain Mushfiqur waged a grim battle against the Sri Lankans.The stumper-batsman joined forces with Mehedi Hasan Shiraz (41) to raise 106 runs for the seventh wicket, only the second 100-plus partnership of the innings, to help them cross the 300-mark.Mushfiqur brought up his 16th test 50 off 107 balls but fell to rival skipper Rangana Herath who claimed 3-72.Off-spinner Dilruwan Perera also claimed three wickets, dismissing Mehedi and Taskin Ahmed in successive deliveries.last_img read more

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Do you have a plan for me?

first_imgAs fundraisers, we often want to know why and how our supporters plan to donate in any given year. As donors, we usually want to know the same thing from the organizations we support. If I give to your organization, what can I expect? Do you have a plan for me if I am a new supporter? A lapsed donor? A major donor? A peer-to-peer giver? A recurring donor? If you don’t have a plan for me, how do you expect to develop a relationship with me as a donor? We often talk about segmenting lists and personalizing communications, but when it comes to your various donor and supporter types, do you have a holistic plan for identifying, nurturing, and retaining each unique tier of support? While you may have the best intentions, without a clearly articulated plan, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to successfully execute tactics that will help you create a well-rounded, long-term fundraising approach for each type of donor (or potential donor).For best results, your comprehensive fundraising strategy should include: a list of key segments for your organizationhow your organization defines each segmentthe historical and projected fundraising results from each groupthe specific tactics and messages that will help you build relationships with each type of donor You should also understand how each segment interacts with the rest of your donor pool and which triggers move someone from one tier to the next (in either direction). If you don’t have this data, start by talking with your most loyal donors to find out what has them giving year after year.Need some help thinking about this? Download the archived presentation of our free webinar with Sea Change Strategies’ fundraising experts Alia McKee and Mark Rovner. Listen to the recording f to learn from these two fundraising gurus, get an inside look at The Missing Middle report, and get your mid-level donor questions answered.last_img read more

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How To Get Donations? 14 Reasons Why People Donate

first_imgThe 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.center_img 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.last_img read more

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Midwives, “the Frontline and Backbone of Maternal Health,” Face Difficult Working Environments

first_imgPosted on May 30, 2013August 15, 2016Click 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)Our coverage of the Women Deliver 2013 conference continues–with a Storify featuring highlights from the second and third days  of the conference, this guest post by Sandeep Bathala of the Wilson Center.Midwives play a critical but unheralded role in maternal health. Their skills are sometimes marginalized in otherwise well-meaning discussions about professionalizing care, and, as was discussed at the Wilson Center earlier this month, they often work in conditions that undermine their ability to provide high quality, respectful maternity care. So when I found the room overflowing at Wednesday’s Women Deliver session, Midwives: Empowerment, Respect, and Quality, I took that as a good sign that midwives will not be overlooked much longer. Here are some highlights from the session:“Midwives are the frontline and backbone” of maternal health, said Pat Brodie of the Papua New Guinea Maternal and Child Health Initiative and WHO Collaborating Center for Nursing, Midwifery, and Health Development. But, she pointed out, recruitment of midwives has failed to keep pace with need, in part because so many positions carry non-existent or low salaries, few incentives for success, little time off, and lack professional training opportunities.Gajananda Prakash Bhandari, Program Director at the Nepal Public Health Foundation  described how some issues such as the risks of walking long distances at night, or a lack of support husbands and mother-in-laws who prefer women stay close to their families can discourage women from becoming midwives. Bhandari noted that in places where midwives have higher job satisfaction and feel secure, there are notable increase in their use, which means healthier mothers and children. He proposed scaling up new community-based security committees to address concerns about the safety risks of traveling at night, noting that this could also protect midwives from abusive family members of pregnant women.Afghanistan is one of the least secure places in the world to be a midwife, and it has one of the world’s highest maternal mortality ratios. However, as Pashtoon Azfar, a regional midwife adviser for the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), pointed out, this was not always the case. In the 1950s, female members of the Afghan royal family were midwives and teachers of midwives, exemplifying the respect for midwifery at the time.  In fact, as Azfar said, the literal translation of “midwife” in the local language is “competent.” But, more than three decades of war took a severe toll on the country’s health system and under Taliban rule, women were denied access to education, and, as a result, there was an extreme shortage in female health providers, including midwives. As a result, maternal mortality skyrocketed: in the 1990s, the maternal mortality ratio was estimated to be 1,300 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. As Azfar pointed out, there have been major changes that Afghanistan in the past decade, particularly the revitalization of midwifery that has been part of health systems strengthening efforts, including an effort by USAID and Jphiego to advance midwifery. “Engagement of women in this profession has led to some level of political and social empowerment,” said Azfar. “However, still there is a long way to go.” For instance, the program is still addressing challenges related to policy development, selection criteria, recruitment, education, deployment, and supervision of midwives. But, there are clear positive effects already: participating midwives have reported increased self-confidence and economic benefits for themselves and their families, as well as a new ability to leave their homes, and midwifery has a bigger presence at the policy level.For more on this week’s news and events on midwifery, read UNFPA Deputy Executive Director Kate Gilmore’s op-ed, “Midwives do more than just deliver babies in The Hindu, check out coverage of the Second Global Symposium on Midwifery from UNFPA, the ICM, or follow the discussion on Twitter at #midwivesmatter, #midwives, as well as coverage of Women Deliver at #WDlive and #WD2013.  Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

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On World Humanitarian Day, a Focus on Reproductive and Maternal Health Providers in Humanitarian Settings

first_imgPosted on August 20, 2013February 16, 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)Yesterday, on World Humanitarian Day, K4Health launched a new Reproductive Health in Humanitarian Settings toolkit, a set of resources that offer guidance for health care providers, emergency workers, communications professionals and others. It covers a range of health issues, including a module on maternal and child health, and brings together a range of resources that K4Health  began compiling following crises in Haiti and Pakistan, which inspired the creation of a general toolkit for use in a range of humanitarian settings.In addition, UNFPA marked World Humanitarian Day with a profile of Muneera Sha’aban, one of Jordan’s first midwives, who is now working in a UNFPA-supported clinic to ensure that Syrian women who have fled conflict in their home country to Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp deliver safely.From the article:The 69-year-old midwife says she enjoys doing her job regardless of all the difficulties she encounters serving in one of the UNFPA-supported clinics in Za’atari Camp for Syrian Refugees in Jordan.Muneera’s days start very early, as she makes her way from Amman to the camp, some 80 kilometres away. She leaves her house at 6 in the morning and takes two buses to arrive at the camp by 9.“I have to work to make a living, but without the love I have for the work I am doing, life could have been more difficult,” she says, adding, “I return to my house at 6 in the evening, backed with satisfaction.”World Humanitarian Day also marked the launch of “The World Needs More #___” a campaign that invites the public to share their answers to the question: “What do you think the world needs more of?” Check out campaign submissions on Twitter.For more on the vital role that midwives play in ensuring that women deliver safely in the midst of conflict, catch up on coverage from NPR and the MHTF blog.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

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Women in Philanthropy Profile: LaVondra Dobbs

first_imgBased in New Orleans, Via Link provides information, referrals, training, and crisis intervention to individuals, organizations, and communities so they can help themselves and others. LaVondra Dobbs, joined the organization five years ago as Programs and Services Director, and within a year, was offered the CEO position after the former CEO retired. She leads a team of 20 full-time employees, 35 part-time staff, and five volunteers to provide people with help finding available resources such as housing, food, mental health services, health care, and suicide prevention across southeast Louisiana.211Via Link’s flagship program, 211, is a free, 24-hour hotline that was designated by the FCC in 2001 as the Health and Human Services Hotline. Via Link staff researches, compiles, and updates a directory of free, public resources serving 10 parishes, or counties, in New Orleans, and works with the other 211s operating across the state. The hotline provides health and human services ranging from the location of the nearest food bank or food pantry to shelter locations, help with rent or utility bills, and respite from taking care of an elderly parent or child with disability.The Early YearsVia Link started in 1928 when a group of volunteers banded together to provide a directory of available resources for people in need. For almost 50 years, Via Link existed as a group of volunteers compiling and distributing resource directories for the greater New Orleans area, until officially becoming a 501(c)(3) in 1972.In addition to 211, Via Link provides crisis work, including managing the Louisiana branch of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK). With a network of 160 agencies, the calls first go to New York before being routed to the agency closest to the caller’s area code. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) oversees the Lifeline and designates $7-$12 million a year to the national program. However, the stipend for centers like Via Link is only $1,500 a year. To pay for that one phone line, Dobbs raises approximately $400,000 a year. As a result, Via Link can field an average of 1,300 calls a month from Louisiana residents in need of crisis or suicide prevention assistance.Four years ago, Dobbs noticed that teens weren’t calling the Lifeline, so she raised independent funds to launch their Crisis Teen Textline. Prior to launching the Textline, everything was done by phone, but Via Link only received 54 calls to the Lifeline from youth age 13-22; an age group prone to suicide attempts. Since launching the Textline they have had about 62,000 conversations with youth.“My grandfather completed suicide when I was about 12 years old and that’s always weighed heavily on my mind. I don’t have the clinical degree, but I can use my business sense to make the resources available for those who are trained to do this work. I love the diversity of individuals and organizations that I work with. It takes a certain amount of creativity to sustain and be profitable in this environment. I really enjoy that challenge.”Diversifying FundingWhen Dobbs came on as CEO, Via Link was on the brink of closing after years of being solely grant supported. With degrees in economics and business administration, she knew things had to change.“If we were going to sustain the organization, I had to diversify our income. One of the first things I did was develop the Crisis Teen Textline, followed by an online chat option. We had been doing everything by phone and not taking advantage of new technology. I used the little bit of reserve dollars I had to build our capacity, and then found other streams of income. It was a delicate balance.”Much of those other streams of income came through crisis work with the Health and Human Services agencies around Louisiana. Under Dobbs’ leadership, Via Link is now cashflow positive and no longer dependent on any one funder. Today, Via Link is predominantly supported by HHS contracts, along with a few grants and state funding for the Lifeline.“Being able to visualize that goal and make it a reality was a great feeling. CEOs truly must understand their funding sources. The relationships with those funders and developing other funding streams is crucial. There have been people in foundations who have made my goals possible because they introduced me to other people and got me in doors I knew I needed to get through.”Collaboration and RelationshipsSince becoming a Network for Good customer, Dobbs has dedicated her time and energy to board development and fundraising. In this past year, she’s seen an increase in regular donations. When the only other crisis center in Louisiana hit financial trouble, Dobbs worked with them on how to close their operation and shift the contract to Via Link to sustain the services for the community.When it comes to fundraising, Dobbs is a big proponent of networking with other agencies and combining resources to offer something to the community. In 2018, she teamed up with Family Service to pitch an idea at the Greater New Orleans Foundation “Pitch-It Competition” and was able to leverage their second-place win into funding for their idea for the next three years.“You cannot be in your own little silo. You’ve got to get out and expand.”Women in Philanthropy is an ongoing blog series in celebration of Women’s History Month, featuring some of the incredible women Network for Good has the pleasure to work with.Read more on The Nonprofit Bloglast_img read more

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Check out new Strawberry Milk Flavored Pandayaki

first_imgInformationAddress: Ueno3153 bld. 1F, 1-57 Ueno-Kouen Taito Ward, TokyoOpening Hours: Mon~Fri 10:00~21:00, Weekends & Holidays 8:00~21:00Official page(Japanese):  http://www.cozycorner.co.jp/shop/area/0362401085.html Just a minute away from the Station White-breathing people are everywhere recently… why not try out a hot delicious sweet on this freezing season? “Ginza Cozy Corner”, the famous pastry chain’s Ueno L’eno Store had released this “Panda-yaki”, the hot baked sweet you can only buy at this store. The nearby Ueno Park Zoo is famous for the Pandas, so the pastry had begun to sell it. On 21st of January, winter-limited Strawberry Milk flavor had appeared on the store. Let’s go eat that Panda-shaped sweet filled with tasty melting cream of “Tochiotome” strawberries. Many varieties of sweet like cakes, puddings, and chocolate éclairs are placed in order neatly.These are the “Panda-yaki”, with cute little pink flowers on their head.The new Strawberry Milk flavor had joined them this winter. You can also try four other tasty flavors; Custard cream, Chocolate, Cheese, and Tsubu-an(sweet red bean paste). The price is only 141yen(tax included), so you can freely buy one for home.Those tourists nearby are taking a rest with their bags on table. Inside this store, 70 people can have seat and each one have enough spaces. No need to worry about your big knapsack.Cream made of Tochiotome strawberries… Yum!center_img Sinply, delicious. Soft strawberry cream fully filled inside this crispy thin shell melts out in your mouth, with rich smell of “Tochiotome” strawberries left behind. This will absolutely become the new local specialty of Ueno.Location of the pastry is very attractive as well. Buy some on your way back to the hotel! The “Ginza Cozy Corner” Ueno L’ueno Store is located right across the street from Ueno Station Shinobazu Gate.You can watch the demonstration sale behind the window.last_img read more

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