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‘I feel an obligation to be balanced.’ Noted biologist comes to defense of gene editing babies

first_img By Jon CohenNov. 28, 2018 , 2:50 PM © Ken Richardson ‘I feel an obligation to be balanced.’ Noted biologist comes to defense of gene editing babies When a researcher in China startled the world earlier this week with the revelation that he had created the first gene-edited babies, only one prominent scientist quickly spoke out in his defense: geneticist George Church, whose Harvard University lab played a pioneering role in developing CRISPR, the genome editor used to engineer embryonic cells in the hugely controversial experiment. Church has reservations about the actions of He Jiankui, the scientist in Shenzhen, China, who led the work.The fiercely debated experiment, described by He at a meeting in Hong Kong, China, today, used CRISPR to try to make the babies resistant to HIV by crippling a receptor, CCR5, that the virus uses to infect white blood cells. But Church also thinks there’s a frenzy of criticism surrounding He that exaggerates the severity of what one critic gingerly called his “missteps” but another called “monstrous.”ScienceInsider spoke with Church shortly before He’s lecture in Hong Kong, but Church had seen the data earlier. 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Q: What do you think of the criticism being heaped on He?A: I’d just as well not hang myself out to dry with someone I barely know, but I feel an obligation to be balanced about it. I’m sitting in the middle and everyone else is so extreme that it makes me look like his buddy. He’s just an acquaintance. But it seems like a bullying situation to me. The most serious thing I’ve heard is that he didn’t do the paperwork right. He wouldn’t be the first person who got the paperwork wrong. It’s just that the stakes are higher. If it had gone south and someone had been damaged, maybe there would be some point. Like what happened with Jesse Gelsinger [who died in a 1999 gene therapy experiment]. But is this a Jesse Gelsinger or a Louise Brown [the first baby born through in vitro fertilization] event? That’s probably what it boils down to.Q: Do you think the experiment is unethical?A: People have said there’s a moratorium on germline editing and I contributed to reports that called for that, but a moratorium is not a permanent ban forever. It’s a checklist of what you have to do. It really seems like he was checking off the published list [see p. 132] by the National Academy of Sciences and added a few things of his own. At some point, we have to say we’ve done hundreds of animal studies and we’ve done quite a few human embryo studies. It may be after the dust settles there’s mosaicism and off targets that affect medical outcomes. It may never be zero. We don’t wait for radiation to be zero before we do [positron emission tomography] scans or x-rays.Q: When did you learn about it and what was your reaction?A: About a week ago, and I was hoping he did everything right. You don’t have that many shots on goal. He’s not doing it the way I’d do it, but I’m hoping it doesn’t work out badly. As long as these are normal, healthy kids it’s going to be fine for the field and the family.Q: What do you think of his decision to cripple a gene to prevent HIV infection?A: It struck me as bold choice to do CCR5. In some ways it doesn’t make sense, but in another way it makes more sense than β-thalassemia or sickle cell, both of which you can prevent with preimplantation genetic diagnosis. [These genetic diseases are two prime targets of many CRISPR researchers.] The real issue is what’s the best first case.Q: But there’s a relatively low rate of HIV infection in Chinese women. This isn’t like in, say, KwaZulu Natal in South Africa, where the medical need to protect young women from the virus is great.A: This was a stretch, there’s no doubt about it. There could be a bunch of small risks. Quite clearly the major motivator was testing CRISPR.Q: What do you think of the criticism the experiment doesn’t address an “unmet medical need”?A: The unmet medical need is there is no cure or vaccine for HIV. And in that sense, there’s more of a medical need than there is for β-thalassemia, for which there is an alternative, unless both parents are homozygous. [If both parents have two copies of the mutant gene, all of their offspring will develop the disease.]Q: What about concerns that CRISPR will make unintended edits in the genome, so-called off-target effects?A: I’m not saying they’ll never be an off-target problem. But let’s be quantitative before we start being accusatory. It might be detectable but not clinical. There’s no evidence of off-target causing problems in animals or cells. We have pigs that have dozens of CRISPR mutations and a mouse strain that has 40 CRISPR sites going off constantly and there are off-target effects in these animals, but we have no evidence of negative consequences.Q: Would you have been part of this experiment?A: Probably not. But I probably wouldn’t have put the sequence of the 1918 flu virus or smallpox virus in the public domain. This is a slightly lower risk than putting potent pathogenic sequences in the public domain.Q: There’s some worry that the backlash to He’s experiment will harm the field.A: In the early days of gene therapies when there were far fewer preliminary studies, there were three deaths that set back the field. It may have just made us more cautious. And gene therapy is certainly back in force. And I don’t think these kids [the babies whose genomes He edited] are going to die.Q: What about the argument that He wasn’t transparent enough and should have published preliminary work and done more to make his intentions clear to the scientific community before implanting the embryos?A: Those are valid critiques, and he probably will pay some price. I’m a little extreme on the transparency end of the spectrum [Church’s website lists more than 100 affiliations he has with funders, companies, and nonprofits], and it’s nice to have company on that. But at some point, we should start focusing on the health of the babies.last_img read more

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis keeps key portfolios with himself

first_imgMaharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis in Nagpur on Sunday.Even as the Shiv Sena had made last-ditch efforts to get the next best deal after the chief minister’s post, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday chose to keep key portfolios with him.Soon after the Assembly poll results were announced, BJP MP Kirit Somaiya had said there would be a ‘mini Modi’ government in Maharashtra and he was not wrong. The way the portfolios were allocated by Fadnavis reveals party president Amit Shah’s writ has prevailed.Like the Modi government at the Centre where the PMO plays a key role, Fadnavis also centralised power with the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO).According to sources, the ministers will be given time-bound goals to achieve certain tasks, which will be monitored by the CMO.The last two days had witnessed several ministers lobbying for key portfolios. All the ministers have got more than one departments. The CM has kept key portfolios – Home, Urban Development, Housing and Health – with him.Eknath Khadse, a senior BJP leader, has been given the responsibility of Revenue department. He will also look after departments of Excise, Minority Development, Waqf, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries. Though Khadse had set his eyes on the chief minister’s post, the party initially offered him the Assembly speaker’s post – a deal that he declined.Sudhir Mungantiwar, the MLA from Chandrapur district, is the minister for Finance, Planning and Forests. He is considered close to Nitin Gadkari. Another Gadkari aide, Vinod Tawde, has been made the education minister. He is also the minister for Sports and Cultural Affairs.advertisementPankaja Munde, late Gopinath Munde’s daughter, is the minister for Rural Development, Water Conservation and Women and Child Development. Prakash Mehta – the Gujarati face in the Cabinet – will hold the charge of Industries, Mining and Parliamentary Affairs.MLC Chandrakant Patil has been made the minister for Co-operatives, Marketing, Textiles and PWD. Vishnu Savara, the party’s tribal leader from Thane district, is the minister for Tribal Development, Social Justice and Special Assistance.last_img read more

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Crop insurance scheme being implemented in fair manner

first_imgChandigarh, Jul 31 (PTI) With opposition parties attacking the BJP-led Haryana government over the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, the state government today claimed the scheme is being carried out in a “transparent and fair manner”.Congress and INLD have alleged that the plan was aimed at “benefiting only private insurance companies”, adding insurance premiums are “compulsorily deducted” from farmers accounts in banks.”The selection of insurance companies for implementation of the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana in Haryana has been done in a completely transparent and fair manner. The bids were invited from the insurance companies through the e-tendering system.The insurance companies empanelled by the government of India are alone eligible to participate in the bidding process,” said a spokesperson for the Haryana Agriculture department.”The premium payable to the insurance companies in Haryana is one of the lowest in the country. Therefore, there is no question of favouring any insurance company by the State Government,” he claimed.Under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, the maximum premium payable by the farmer is only 2 per cent of sum insured in case of Kharif crops, 1.5 per cent in case of Rabi crops and 5 per cent in case of commercial and horticulture crops.This is the lowest premium among all crop insurance schemes implemented in the country, the spokesperson said, adding that the remaining premium will be paid by the state government and central government as subsidy.Besides, the Haryana government has decided to take only 2 per cent premium from farmers for cotton crops and the remaining 3 per cent of the farmers share will be paid by the state over and above its normal share.advertisementThe sum insured in respect of various crops has been increased under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana and made equal to the amount of crop loan.Under the earlier schemes, the premium payable by the farmer was quite high and, therefore, the sum insured was reduced to keep the premium low, he said, adding that this reduced the amount of claim payable in case of damage to crops.Under the new scheme, there are possibilities of payment of higher claim amounts in view of the increase in the sum insured. The scheme covers the damage caused to the crops by inundation apart from hailstorm and post-harvest losses of crops due to unseasonal rains for the first time, he said.The scheme is being implemented on area approach with village as the insurance unit. The nature of crop insurance is unique and its implementation at individual field level is not feasible due to the problems in assessing the historical yields and the actual yields, he said. MORE PTI CHS BSA SK TIRlast_img read more

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Student dies during slap fight game in Pakistan

first_imgLahore, Apr 15 (PTI) In a shocking incident, a sixth grade student lost his life while playing innocuous face-slapping at his school in Pakistans Punjab province, media reports said.During break time, Bilal and Aamir chose to play Thapar Kabaddi (face-slapping) at Government High School Mian Channu when Bilal was severely struck near his neck, the Express Tribune reported.During the game, students and teachers also gathered in the ground to watch the fight, it said.The incident happened earlier this month but its video surfaced yesterday.As the game begun, both of them started to slap each other as hard as they could. The event took an ugly turn, when Bilal unable to bear Aamirs slaps lost his conscious and fell on the ground.Nobody came to his aid and shifted him to the nearby hospital while the rescue team also arrived late after a delay of half an hour, the report said.The incident points towards grave negligence on the part of police, school administration and parents of the victim.Sources said that the school administration failed to take Bilal to hospital for medical treatment immediately after the incident and are equally responsible as the local police for not carrying out post-mortem of the body, it said.Thappar Kabaddi, also known as Chanta Kabaddi, is a famous sport in many cities of Punjab. PTI AMS NSA AMS AMSlast_img read more

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Who’s laughing now? Moreno silencing the critics

first_imgLiverpool From ‘sign a f***ing left-back’ to Mr. Reliable: Alberto Moreno’s Liverpool revival Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 16:40 11/21/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) Alberto Moreno Jurgen Klopp Liverpool Getty Images Liverpool UEFA Champions League Sevilla v Liverpool Liverpool Sevilla Opinion The defender reached his lowest point against Sevilla in May 2016. On Tuesday, he’ll line up against them as one of the Reds’ standout performers This was never meant to be the solution, nor did it seem plausible. When Jamie Carragher’s now deleted ‘sign a f***ing left-back’ tweet following the 2016 Europa League final against Sevilla was co-signed en masse, including by those within Liverpool, it was predestined to be the inscription on the headstone of Alberto Moreno’s Anfield career.Liverpool 12/1 to beat Sevilla 2-0Instead, that sharp, to-the-point plea is now a measurement tool representing just how much the defender has altered his narrative. And make no mistake, as the 25-year-old faces his former club on Tuesday — the same opponents he gravely faltered against a year-and-a-half ago, when his awful clearance followed by a feeble challenge led to Los Rojiblancos’ equaliser in their eventual 3-1 victory — it will be all down to him. His resilience. His fight. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player For two consecutive summers, Liverpool looked to do exactly as Carragher, amongst others, had suggested: recruit a replacement for Moreno.First, there was the pursuit of Fulham’s teenage gem Ryan Sessegnon, with the club’s long-term vision of him and Trent Alexander-Arnold enlivening the full-back positions foiled by the starlet’s wish to remain in London.A push for Ben Chilwell was in motion too, with the 20-year-old preferring a switch to Merseyside over Arsenal. But there was a question mark around how committed he was to leaving Leicester City, so the interest was abandoned.Alberto Moreno Liverpool PSThat prompted Jurgen Klopp to turn to midfielder James Milner during the pre-season camp in California last year, deciding he would be the trusted option on the left flank.Not by design, Liverpool failed to fortify that position through investment, and yet, Moreno managed just eights starts in 2016-17, with only two of those coming in the Premier League.On May 28, the Reds’ recruitment plans for the role took a further knock. An approach for Roma’s Emerson Palmieri was being prepped before he suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage on the final day of the Serie A season to torpedo that transfer.A check was made on Benjamin Mendy, but the France international had already decided months in advance that he would be leaving Monaco for Manchester City, following a conversation with Kevin De Bruyne in a UEFA doping control room at the Etihad.A long, exhaustive search led Liverpool back to Andy Robertson, who had been tracked for two years, and Hull City banked £10 million as the Anfield side finally signed a f***ing left-back.Moreno, meanwhile, was on the market. He knew it, but refused to accept it. There were few enquiries, all of which fell below his £15m valuation, and while minds inside and outside Melwood were erasing the Spaniard from the picture as they plotted the 2017-18 campaign, he began to rub out his flaws.During a summer in which his young family were in a little bit of limbo, his ‘big brother’ Lucas departed for Lazio, his close friend Philippe Coutinho unsuccessfully agitated to join Barcelona and a competitor in his stylistic mould was added to the squad, it would’ve been natural for Moreno to crave a fresh start elsewhere.Instead, he didn’t think of where he could go to escape his issues, but how he could effectively address them. There were the twin problems of timing and thinking: when to attack; when to hold; how to reduce the rashness; how not to overestimate his recovery pace.Moreno CoutinhoHe had to operate less on instinct and with more understanding of what was required during individual moments in relation to the collective. The “brainless” Moreno would now strategise his way through games. The “defensive impostor” would learn to prioritise clean sheets rather than blindly supporting the attack.At the training ground, even when the Sevilla academy graduate was on the fringes of the first-team, there were never any concerns around his attitude or enthusiasm. The fundamental facet Moreno lacked was the comprehension of how to apply Klopp’s instructions correctly and consistently. The only person with the power to rectify that problem was himself.”I always talk about my family, my daughter, my parents, how much they have helped me, and it’s true,” Moreno told The Guardian, “but in the end, it’s the player who does it, who changes the situation. He’s the one that goes out there in front of I-don’t-know-how‑many-thousand people.”Last year was useful for me: to think, to change things, to say to myself: ‘Alberto, what can you do better?’ And the first thing was: defend. I’m a defender. And I’ve changed that.”I’m more focused — I think you can see that — and thankfully I haven’t made any mistakes. Maybe in my first few years at Liverpool, I was always thinking: ‘Attack, attack, attack.’ Confidence is vital for a footballer but I’m [also] more settled, more focused. Now I’m like, ‘First, let’s defend, keep a clean sheet and, then, let’s go forward.'”The evidence of this stacked up in pre-season with stellar displays against Crystal Palace, Hertha Berlin, Bayern Munich and Athletic Bilbao, which led Klopp to declare Moreno is “100% back,” while describing him as a “new player.”Fast forward and only Mohamed Salah has a greater case to be considered Liverpool’s standout performer of the campaign ahead of the full-back thus far, with his elevation at club level leading to a first Spain appearance in three-and-a-half years.Unfortunately, there will be plenty who view Moreno through the prism of his mistakes rather than the reality of his revival. He will be wise to the fact that his unexpected rise this season won’t be universally applauded and that any stumble will be still be magnified.Moreno has proved, though, that beyond his infectious personalty, the bottle-flipping, the Hoverboard walks with his Bull Terrier and the ‘Unbelievable Jeff’ soundbites, there lies a steely determination to succeed.Jurgen Klopp Alberto Moreno Liverpool PS“I never had something like this. I never had it, to be honest,” Klopp told the club’s official website of the father of two’s turnaround sans any tantrums or a drop in professionalism.”This season is not a surprise, the surprise is how (he) dealt with last season. There was not one bad word in the whole season.”Yes, he was in my office. Yes, he asked what he could do better, and we spoke about the things he had to do better.”On the other hand, (Milner) played really well and he’s a machine. He could play every two days, so there was not a lot of reasons to make the change then — he had no rhythm.”I felt that it was unfair after the season. I thought ‘damn, we didn’t use him often enough’.Alberto Moreno“Before the season, he came to my office and asked again, and I told him we (would) get another full-back, but it was not the plan for Milly to be in the full-back race again, so you decide what happens — and he decided it.”How he reacted on last year is really, really good. He’s now a much better defender. That’s how it is; he’s a brilliant footballer.”When Sevilla sold Moreno to Liverpool in the summer of 2014, there was genuine despair at the loss of one of their own, one for the future, one to watch.On Tuesday, when he returns to the Pizjuan for the first time, the overwhelming feeling from the hosts can be one of pride — the boy from the capital city of Andalusia has battled hard to become a man, to become the player they always knew could be.And it’s all on him. 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Former Chelsea boss unimpressed with Conte & Mourinho

first_imgManchester United v Chelsea Conte & Mourinho set a bad example with war of words, says ex-Chelsea boss Grant Rahul Bali Last updated 1 year ago 20:05 24/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Antonio Conte, Jose Mourinho Getty Manchester United v Chelsea Premier League Manchester United Chelsea Antonio Conte José Mourinho The Manchester United and Chelsea bosses will rekindle their rivalry in Premier League competition on Sunday following regular rounds of trash-talking Manchester United and Chelsea managers Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte have set a bad example with their childish bickering, says Avram Grant.Two high-profile figures have never really seen eye-to-eye throughout their respective coaching careers and have regularly taken the opportunity to attack one another.A war of words has intensified in the 2017-18 campaign, with Mourinho having accused Conte of behaving like “a clown” on the touchline , before the Italian hit back by advising his Portuguese rival to look at his own history of technical area theatrics . Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The current United boss then brought up match-fixing allegations from the Chelsea coach’s past , with an unfortunate affair played out in public as verbal jousting became commonplace at pre and post-match press conferences.Grant believes the petty arguments reflect badly on two men who should know better, with the former Chelsea boss telling Goal ahead of a rekindling of rivalries at Old Trafford on Sunday: “Nobody needs to say what they said.“Football is a game of emotions and sometimes even coaches need to be good examples with things that they don’t need to say.“I’m sorry about this because they are two top managers and they have done this, but it will be settled on the pitch between the players of Manchester United and Chelsea. The coaches will not play.“They are mature people and I’m sure that they don’t want to fight with each other. They did what they did and they will finish with this. The only fight in football needs to be on the pitch.”United and Chelsea are set to lock horns in Premier League battle with just three points separating them in the table.Both sides head into that contest on the back of European stalemates in the first legs of their respective Champions League last-16 encounters.The Red Devils were held to a goalless draw away at Sevilla, while the Blues played out a 1-1 scoreline with Barcelona at Stamford Bridge.Antonio Conte Jose Mourinho war of words Avram GrantGrant believes Conte’s side can take positives from that performance, despite conceding an away goal, and thinks that the Blues can still progress past the Catalans .He added on a heavyweight encounter with Barca: “I think Chelsea played well. They did a lot of counter attacks. They hit the post twice.“Barcelona is Barcelona. They know how to hold the ball. It doesn’t matter which coach is in charge. The system is the same, they have the same identity, but I’m not sure if Barcelona will qualify.“Chelsea can be a good counter-attacking team and like they did to Barcelona when they won the Champions League, they can do it again.“Part of my job when I joined [Chelsea] as a director and then as a coach was to build a style of play, but it’s difficult to build one style of play when the coaches are changing.“On the other hand, even Real Madrid don’t have a style of play – they change from time to time according to the players they have. I have a feeling that Chelsea will win in Barcelona.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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World Cup training camps: Where will the teams set base?

first_imgWorld Cup World Cup 2018 training camps: Where England, Brazil & all 32 teams are set up in Russia Goal 06:11 7/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Neymar Gabriel Jesus Brazil 2016 Getty Images World Cup England South Korea Croatia Russia Brazil Sweden Tunisia Switzerland Panama Morocco Spain Colombia Saudi Arabia Japan Uruguay Egypt Iran Portugal France Australia Iceland Argentina Denmark Peru Nigeria Serbia Costa Rica Germany Mexico Belgium Poland Senegal With the Russia World Cup now just three months away, Goal takes a look at where each nation will be based throughout the group stages The countdown to the 2018 Russia World Cup has started.Just three months remain until the ultimate competition kicks off, with Russia starting proceedings against Saudi Arabia on June 14 at Luzhniki Stadium.Each nation has now been handed a hotel and a training site which is located a short distance from each other. The squads will be approximately an hour’s drive from an airport and they will stay in their designated areas for at least the group stage of the competition. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Goal takes a look at where the 32 teams will be based, where they will be staying, and which training facilities they will use ahead of kick off in June.GROUP A TEAM LOCATION TEAM HOTEL TRAINING SITE Russia Moscow Federal Sports Centre Novogorsk Federal Sports Centre Novogorsk Saudi Arabia Saint Petersburg Belmond Grand Hotel Europe Training Base FC Zenit Egypt Grozny The Local Hotel Akhmat-Arena Uruguay Nizhny Novgorod Sports Centre Borsky Sports Centre Borsky Naturally, Russia will take the capital and use the state-of-the-art Federal Sports Centre to prepare for games.Saudi Arabia, Russia’s first opponents, will take FC Zenit’s training facility, while Egypt will use the 31,000-capacity home of FC Terek Grozny, Akhmat Arena.Nizhny Novogorod World Cup stadiumGROUP B TEAM LOCATION TEAM HOTEL TRAINING SITE Portugal Moscow Region Saturn Training Base Saturn Training Base Spain Krasnodar FC Krasnodar Academy FC Krasnodar Academy Morocco Voronezh Voronezh Marriott Hotel Stadium Chaika Iran Moscow Region Lokomotiv Bakovka Training Center Lokomotiv Bakovka Training Center World Cup 2010 champions Spain will reside in the south of Russia throughout the group stage of the tournament, while Portugal take their place at Educational training centre Saturn, which has three training pitches and can host up to 130 players.Iran will also be based in the Moscow region but will be based at the training ground of Lokomotiv Moscow.GROUP C TEAM LOCATION TEAM HOTEL TRAINING SITE France Moscow Region Hilton Garden Inn Moscow New Riga Glebovets Stadium Australia Kazan HC Ak Bars Training Base Stadium Trudovye Rezervy Peru Moscow Region Sheraton Moscow Sheremetyevo Arena Khimki Denmark Anapa Beton Brut Training site at Pontos Stadium France will settle at the Hilton Garden Inn Moscow New Riga, a 30-minute drive north west of Moscow, and will train nearby at the Glebovets Stadium. The hotel offers an in-house cinema, a swimming pool with a Jacuzzi, a Finnish sauna and Turkish bath.Australia will train at Trudovye Rezervy Stadium, a fully FIFA-compliant arena, while Denmark will be staying at the Beton Brut, a hotel with its own landscaped park and sandy beach. The Peru national team will stay next door to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport and train at the Khimki, which was named the best sports facility in the Moscow Region in 2011. GROUP D TEAM LOCATION TEAM HOTEL TRAINING SITE Argentina Moscow Region Training base Bronnitsy Training site at Stadium of Syroyezhkin Sports School Iceland Gelendzhik Resort Centre Nadezhda Olymp Stadium  Croatia Leningrad Region Woodland Rhapsody Resort Roschino Arena Nigeria Essentuki Sanatorium Istochnik Essentuki Arena Lionel Messi and his Argentina team-mates will take up the training centre in the town of Bronnitsy, often used as the home of other national sports in Russia.Iceland’s home for the group stages will be Gelendjik, a town on the Black Sea coast, while Croatia will be based in the historical centre of Saint Petersburg. They will use the Roschino Arena as their training base, a facility built specifically for the World Cup. Lionel Messi ArgentinaGROUP E TEAM LOCATION TEAM HOTEL TRAINING SITE Brazil Sochi Swissotel Resort Sochi Kamelia Yug-Sport Stadium Switzerland Togliatti Togliatti Resort Torpedo Stadium Costa Rica Saint Petersburg Hilton Saint Petersburg ExpoForum Olimpiyets Stadium Serbia Kaliningrad Region, Svetlogorsk Royal Falke Resort & Spa Training site Baltiya Brazil have opted for the five-star resort of Swissotel Kamelia for their base and the 10,000-seater stadium of Yug-Sport for their training.Serbia have opted for the tranquillity of Svetlogorsk, Costa Rica will be based 6 km from Pulkovo International Airport, and Switzerland will stay in the health resort of Togliatti.Jesus Paulinho, Coutinho, Neymar Brazil Argentina 10112016GROUP F TEAM LOCATION TEAM HOTEL TRAINING SITE Germany Moscow Vatutinki Hotel CSKA sports Base Mexico Moscow Region Training base Novogorsk-Dynamo Training base Novogorsk-Dynamo Sweden Gelendzhik Kempinski Grand Hotel Gelendzhik Spartak Stadium South Korea Saint Petersburg Hotel New Peterhof Spartak Stadium Current World Cup champions Germany will stay at the state-of-the-art Vatutinki and have access to two heated pitches at the training facility of CSKA Moscow.Mexico will also have access to two natural grass pitches, as well as an artificial pitch, while Sweden will stay in the south of the country in Gelendzhik.South Korea will train at Spartak Stadium in Lomonosov – an arena which usually hosts Saint Petersburg and Lomonosov District football. GROUP G TEAM LOCATION TEAM HOTEL TRAINING SITE Belgium Moscow Region Moscow Country Club Training site at Stadium of sport complex Guchkovo Panama Saransk Olympic Sports Centre Olympic Sports Centre Tunisia Moscow Region Imperial Park Hotel & Spa Stadium Stroitel England  Saint Petersburg forRestMix Club Sport&Relax Stadium Spartak Zelenogorsk England will take advantage of a freshly-built training complex built specifically for the World Cup in Saint Petersburg, which after the tournament will be used by children as a sports school.Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and the rest of the Belgium team will be based in the 120-hectare grounds of the Moscow Country Club.Tunisia will train in the Stroitel sports complex, the previous home of the World Youth Games, while Panama have opted to stay in Saransk as their third and final fixture of the group stages being held in the nearby Mordovia Arena.Harry Kane EnglandGROUP H TEAM LOCATION TEAM HOTEL TRAINING SITE Poland Sochi Hyatt Regency Sochi  Sputnik-Sport Stadium Senegal Kaluga SK Royal Hotel Kaluga Training site Sputnik Colombia Tatarstan Republic Ski Resort Kazan Stadium Sviyaga Japan Kazan FC Rubin Kazan First Team Training Ground FC Rubin Kazan First Team Training Ground Poland will stay near to the World Cup FanZone in Sochi and train in the nearby Sputnik Stadium, while Senegal will stay at the 2005 Ski Resort Hotel of the Year.Colombia will also stay at a ski resort, while Japan’s fixtures in Saransk, Ekaterinburg and Volgograd means they will base themselves at the home of Rubin Kazan.last_img read more

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Cade Cunningham is Going to be the No. 1 Pick in 2021, Isn’t He?

first_imgI feel as if we will look back on these days five or 10 years from now in wonder that Cade Cunningham — three- or four-time NBA All-Star — spent time in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Whether that time is four days or four months remains to be seen.ESPN came out with their 2021 NBA Mock Draft this week, and — my gosh — Cade Cunningham is atop the pile. Here are the current top 10 picks (Isaac Likekele, by the way, is pegged as the 40th pick to Sacramento — bring me more pros!).Screen Shot 2019-10-16 at 2.37.59 PMHere’s what they said (sort of) about Cunningham.[Jalen] Green appears to be on a significant upward trajectory and had a highly productive weekend that had some scouts mentioning his name as a potential No. 1 overall pick. Green, Cade Cunningham and Evan Mobley have cemented themselves as the cream of the crop by a wide margin and will likely continue to battle it out for consideration as the No. 1 prospect in the class. [ESPN]Hold me.ESPN isn’t the only one either. NBADraft.net has Cunningham going No. 2 (with Bryce Thompson No. 12!). NBA Draft Room has him going No. 1 and compares him to a stronger Shaun Livingston. Never smoked a cigarette, but I’m gonna need one in a minute.There are of course predictions that Cunningham is not going to end up in Stillwater — and I am totally prepared to live in that world — but man, it would be such a coup if he did end up there. If he did wear orange and black for a season.Not just because what it would mean for that season but what it would mean for the spotlight on this program. To have the No. 1 (or No. 2 or No. 5 or whatever) pick in Stillwater for a whole year with the attention the NBA Draft gets these days would be a massive deal. Something Mike Boynton could leverage in future recruiting and something that would only be a boon for all the 5-stars he wants to try and snag in all the years after that.OSU has had eight first-round picks in the modern NBA, with Country and Marcus Smart tied for the highest pick at No. 6. Other firsts include Joey Graham (No. 16), Desmond Mason (No. 17), James Anderson (No. 20), Tony Allen (No. 25), Brooks Thompson (No. 27) and Byron Houston (No. 27). Surely Cunningham would usurp them all. Wouldn’t it be cool if that went in the OSU media guide and onto this page someday. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

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TOUCH AND TENNIS COME TOGETHER IN SA

first_imgTouch SA is one organization that doesn’t back away from doing things a little differently. Recently Touch SA has embarked on a Strategic partnership with Tennis SA, which aims to provide mutual benefits to each sporting organisation. The organisations are envisaging the benefits to come in many forms, including financial. The sharing of resources, joint sponsorship agreements, the use of facilities, staff professional development and much more are other potential opportunities. Touch SA Executive Officer Colm Maguire believes that there are many similarities between the two sporting organisations. “Both Touch & Tennis are going through an interesting stage of their development as sports on the National stage with management recommendations for both entities. Tennis is looking at changes with the CEO/President role at the same time as Touch is looking for a new CEO,” Mr Maguire said. “It may be difficult to find synergies between Touch & Tennis, other that they are near each other in the yellow pages, but all sports encounter the need to adapt & share information on how to better provide support for their members. Both Alistair McDonald [Tennis SA Chief Executive Officer] & I believe we will be able to provide great support for the sports into the future.” Both organisations are hoping that over the coming year there will be opportunities for both Tennis & Touch SA to establish a relationship that helps encourage participation within sport in SA, as well as ensure that participation is of the highest standard for their members. Alistair McDonald, Tennis SA CEO, who plays both Touch and Tennis, believes the potential benefits for the two organisations are also great. “I see some real benefits between our two organisations because the team at Touch SA lead by Colm seem open to new ideas to promote sport, healthy living and social development through sport,” Mr McDonald said. “In regards to professional development, both sports have many similarities in teaching philosophies, charters etc and I think that we can offer joint training in everything from first aid to the risk management and conflict resolution,” he said. The initiative has begun with Tennis SA inviting Col Maguire to be a guest speaker on its coaching panel at a coaches workshop to be conducted in line with the Next Generation Clubs Australian Men’s Hardcourt Championships from January 3-9. The event will feature players such as Lleyton Hewitt, while the Coaches workshop and conference will include Roger Rasheed as a keynote speaker. The conference will also include sessions on managing clients, building a coaching business and risk management, for example. The conference will then conclude with a panel of speakers from several sports, who will debate key sporting issues. To kick off the partnership, Tennis SA is giving any Touch SA members that want to participate in the Coaches workshop the Tennis SA Member rate. For more information please contact Colm Maguire on (08) 8373 3222 By Rachel Moyle, media@austouch.com.aulast_img read more

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Unbeatable Grehan

first_imgQueensland men’s opens coach Pat Grehan knows a thing or two about State of Origin success.He has an unblemished record in the division – eight wins from eight matches.Grehan was a member of the Queensland men’s side that won the inaugural series in 1995.They defeated NSW 5-2 in game one and 6-3 in the second match; Grehan scored a touchdown in the latter match.A year later, he was celebrating another Queensland series win this time it was a 3-0 clean sweep with the northern state winning 5-2, 4-3 and 4-2 in the three matches.Grehan spent five years away from the state team but returned in 2002 as the head coach when the series was played in Brisbane.Once again he orchestrated another Queensland whitewash of 5-3, 10-4 and 5-4.“It would be great to keep that record intact,” Grehan said in the September issue of The Hard Wrap, Touch Football Australia’s official magazine.“But I am sure Mark Boland and the New South Wales team will have something to say about that.” NSW and Queensland have played each other 26 times in the men’s opens division at the State of Origin.Queensland hold a slight lead in the head-to-head battle with 15 wins compared to NSW’s 11.The opening men’s opens match between Queensland and NSW will be played at 7.30pm on Friday at the Port Macquarie Regional Sports Stadium.Related LinksUnbeatable Grehanlast_img read more

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New Study: The Wired Fundraiser

first_imgToday Network for Good released a new study, “The Wired Fundraiser: How technology is making fundraising ’good to go.’” It covers: What happens when people with a cause take it to cyberspace; why marketers and fundraisers like us should care; and what we should do about the phenomenon.The full report is here, but if you just want the highlights, below are the key findings.In the meantime, if you’d like to be a Wired Fundraiser yourself, support victims of the wildfires sweeping California with this widget. Link to it in emails or click on the Share tab within the widget for code to display it online.KEY FINDINGS1. When Wired Fundraisers Talk, People Listen: Wired Fundraisers are regular people with a cause and a keyboard, and they are proving highly effective at fundraising for their favorite charity in an ever-widening personal sphere of influence online. That’s because today, the messenger matters even more than the message. People trust messengers they know, like friends and family. These messengers naturally communicate in the most effective ways – through personal means, in a conversational tone, and with great stories. A promotion from a charity can’t compete with that level of intimacy, authority or authenticity. 2. Not Every Wired Fundraiser Is a Champion: The successful Wired Fundraiser has a relatively rare combination of true passion and a means to lend a sense of urgency to their cause. Not every Six Degrees fundraiser or Facebook Cause is a winner, but a proud few – the superactivists – are very effective, raising $9,000 on average and reaching 150 people. 3. Technology Gives the Wired Fundraiser Special Power: Widgets and social networks make personal fundraisers more effective for four reasons. Widgets – bits of code that enable you to generate and place content anywhere online, including on Facebook pages or blogs – make it possible for personal fundraisers to take their message anywhere they communicate online, including social networks where messages spread very efficiently. They make it possible for the fundraiser to evangelize in their own way, in their own words. Because they make fundraising so easy, widgets attract a new group of fundraisers. Importantly, widgets also make it easy and convenient for friends and family to give instantly, when they feel an impulse to give. That means more donations to more causes.4. Smart Charities Embrace the Wired Fundraiser: Technology enables anyone to be a fundraiser, anywhere online. The control over the message is in the hands of the Wired Fundraiser. Wise charities see this as something to embrace rather than something to fear. They tap into the opportunity to spread their message further, by new means, via new messengers.More on how to be a Wired Fundraiser or tap into their power is here in the full paper.last_img read more

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How nonprofits can tell a good story

first_imgKatya’s note: This is Part Two of a post by Robert Dickman (left) and Richard Maxwell (right), master storytellers and authors of a new book called The Elements of Persuasion. You can read Part One here.Each of the five elements of a story (discussed yesterday here) offers unique problems in a not for profit story. For example – by definition not for profit volunteers are passionately connected to their cause. Passion is like fire. It is the energy that drives the story, but if it is too intense it drive listeners away. Passion needs to be carefully modulated to work its magic. The choice of a Hero is often difficult for not for profits. In our commitment to make a difference we naturally see our clients as the heroes of their story (and in one sense they are) but they may not be the best point of view from which to tell it which is what we mean by the story element Hero. For example: It is hard to identify directly with suffering. A good not for profit story knows that and makes adjustments. Instead of focusing solely on the victim of abuse, the story might be told from the point of view of a mentor (maybe a former victim) who came to the victims aid. If you are looking for volunteers or funds that is who you want your listeners to identify with. The struggle with the Antagonist provides the emotional hook of most stories (think of the look on a starving kitten’s face and tell me you don’t want to give to the Animal Shelter) but Antagonist need to be kept at a size where we know we will win the struggle. Being overwhelmed with the problem is a big turn off (as well as a major cause of volunteer burn out) so framing your story a doable step at a time is crucial.A good story always gives us a few facts (not many) that make us Aware of the world in a new way. When I find out I can feed a child for only few dollars a month, or that changing a few light bulbs will be my part in taking the equivalent of millions of cars off the road to fight global warming I get inspired and want to pass the message along. Word of mouth works. Getting others to tell you story for you is the best use of your time. Finally, don’t be shy. What you do changes the world. It does. So let us have closure in your story. Let us see how you are transforming things for the better. It is the end of every good story, and leaves us ready to here your next one.last_img read more

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7 Steps to a Great Nonprofit Marketing Campaign

first_imgStake a unique competitive position.Our nonprofit campaigns vie for attention with many other marketing campaigns, so we have to draw on the principles of competition to make sure the campaign we create not only reinforces the unique competitive position we want to stake out but also stands out from other campaigns. Test and test again.Good fundraising and nonprofit awareness campaigns are tested before they happen, while they are happening, and after they happen. Be emblematic of your cause and extend the brand.In making clear the competitive advantage of our product or service, the marketing campaign is defining our cause in the eyes of our audience. It is projecting who we are, what we do, and why our task is important. Therefore the campaign needs to be true to our cause. Speak from your audience’s perspective.This audience perspective becomes the basis for forging connections with the people we want to reach, offering them a compelling benefit exchange, and sticking in their memories. A nonprofit marketing campaign is a coordinated, concerted, multi-channel effort to get a specific group of people to take an action. Below are seven universal principles of successful marketing campaigns which you can apply to marketing your nonprofit to any audience:center_img Be inescapable.To succeed marketing campaigns must deliver a message many times, over time, in many forms. A few ads do not constitute a campaign. We need to concentrate our marketing efforts, or they won’t have an effect. Be flexible.Nonprofit marketing campaigns are in sync with the marketplace, which shifts all the time. Campaigns must be sensitive to those dynamics. Begin with the desired actions.Marketing starts by defining a desired action for a specific audience within a marketplace and plans backward from there. That’s why our marketing arrowhead has action at its tip.last_img read more

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How to Drive Traffic to Your Nonprofit Website

first_imgAs you create your campaigns and marketing strategies, keep in mind that getting visitors to your website is just the first step in a comprehensive online fundraising plan. Make sure your website provides easy navigation, simple ways to get involved and clear opportunies to donate to your cause. So you have a wonderfully designed nonprofit website: beautiful images, a donor-centric point of view and clear navigation — all stellar. Now, where are the visitors who would appreciate all of that? As part of your overall marketing plan, include strategies to draw people to your site to learn about your cause and support your mission.Photo Source: Big Stock PhotoStart with these simple methods to increase visitors to your nonprofit website:Printed Materials: Don’t forget to include your URL in all of your printed materials – your letterhead, business cards, annual report, and direct mail. Take full advantage of your existing communications by including an article or advertisement that highlights what’s available on your site – or what’s new. Add compelling information so that people will understand the value that your website adds. For example, on a flyer that advertises an upcoming speaker, don’t just say “Visit our website,” but instead say: “Visit our website for a complete biography of Jorge Jimenez and a comprehensive bibliography of his written works.”Incentives: Consider giving people incentives to go to your website. For example, tell them they can register for a drawing, or you can pose a question in your newsletter and tell them to visit your site for the answer.Press Releases: It also makes sense to send a press release to online and offline media when you change your site significantly or add a new feature. They may write a sentence or two about your site, or they may simply make note of your URL for future reference.Email: Email is one of the most effective ways to drive traffic to your website. Include short pieces of information with links people can click on to get more details from your site. You can also drive traffic to your web site by publishing content in email newsletters of affiliated institutions. You’ll have to seek out opportunities one email newsletter at a time, so keep an eye out for interesting email newsletters and partnerships that can help you promote your site. Focus on those that target a similar audience — you want to reach people who have the same passion and values as your cause.Word of Mouth: Word of mouth marketing about your cause can be very powerful, because people are more likely to believe and act on information received from their friends and colleagues. Encourage word of mouth marketing by asking people to forward your news on to their friends and family. Be sure to include social sharing tools, such as AddThis, to help your supporters more easily distribute your message. Creating clever and memorable content can further inspire supporters to spread the word about your organization.Online communities and forums: Another way to drive traffic is to share your information in online communities and message boards related to your cause. Encouraging your staff to join and participate in these conversations can help increase the visibility for your organization and your site. When you do post your message, do not just post blatant self-promotion. Make sure your message is relevant to the conversation and of genuine value to the members.Links from local websites and listings: Getting these links from other relevant organizations is an important effort worth your time. A good place to start is to request links from local sites such as your a local newspaper, TV or radio station, or a local institution like a museum or a foundation.Approach these organizations with an email or a phone call and request a link to your nonprofit website. Use your charitable mission as your calling card to appeal for a prominent link. Whenever possible, make your request relevant to an event, a holiday or an issue. Consider promoting an advocacy campaign that could be linked from the website of a local TV station or alternative weekly newspaper.Social media: Use social media to compliment your outreach and encourage supporters to spread the word. Create a Facebook page or Twitter account to help recruit new volunteers, donors and supporters. Share photos of events or people you help on Flickr or Instagram. These can help draw new eyeballs to your nonprofit’s website, and in turn, to your cause. Social media outreach can also provide your supporters with new ways to help you spread the word. Of course, don’t forget to include your URL in your social media profile information.last_img read more

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Change Status: Facebooking and Twittering for a Better World

first_imgAlexandra Samuel of Social Signal has an excellent post about of how to use your Twitter and Facebook status messages to change the world, one tweet at a time.   In the nonprofit sector, many people work long, hard hours on behalf of larger movement.   Alexandra asks, “What can we do in between those milestones to track our progress, boost our morale, build community, and celebrate our successes?”Alexandra thinks Facebook or Twitter may have the answer:Many of us are posting daily, hourly or minute-by-minute snapshots of our activities via Facebook status updates or Twitter. These status updates could be a great way for us to share the small steps we’re all taking to strengthen our communities, reduce our personal environmental footprints, increase issue awareness, support people in need, empower and mobilize marginalized communities, support social justice — all the many many things people in non-profits, activist groups, government agencies, social enterprises and multinational corporations are doing to move us towards a world that is socially, environmentally and personally sustainable.Alexandra closes her post with some great questions:  What did you do today that moved your work, your organization or your personal practice forward?  She suggests that we post these micro victories to our Facebook or Twitter status.This sounds like a more rewarding way to use your social presence updates.   Rather than complaining or telling the world you’re eating hot oatmeal, sharing a sense of accomplishment towards a reach goal is inspiring.[Editor’s note: For important Facebook demographical information that can be crucial when starting or redesigning your Facebook strategy, view this slideshow posted by Beth Kanter on her blog.]Source: http://beth.typepad.com/beths_blog/2007/10/change-status-f.htmllast_img read more

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Nonprofits that Keep Their Word Deliver Great Experiences for Supporters, Finds Researcher Scott Deming

first_imgSource: http://www.gettingattention.org/my_weblog/2007/08/nonprofits-that.htmlAbout the AuthorNancy E. Schwartz helps nonprofits succeed through effective marketing and communications. As President of Nancy Schwartz & Company (http://www.nancyschwartz.com/), Nancy and her team provide marketing planning and implementation services to organizations as varied as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Center for Asian American Media, and Wake County (NC) Health Services.Subscribe to her free e-newsletter “Getting Attention”, (http://www.nancyschwartz.com/getting_attention.html) and read her blog at http://www.gettingattention.org/ for more insights, ideas and great tips on attracting the attention your organization deserves.NOTE: You’re welcome to “reprint” this article online as long as it remains complete and unaltered (including the copyright and “about the author” info at the end), and you send a copy of your reprint. Ever had a nonprofit customer experience (as a donor, volunteer or whatever) that left you with a smile on your face? On the other hand, have you ever had an encounter with an organization that left you gnashing your teeth and griping about the event for weeks on end to anyone who’d listen? If you’re like most people, you can answer both questions (especially the second one!) with a resounding yes. But did you ever stop to wonder precisely what it was that went so right or, in the second case, so terribly wrong?Scott Deming, author of The Brand Who Cried Wolf: Deliver on Your Company’s Promise and Create Customers for Life has the surprisingly simple answer: Great customer experiences happen when organizations keep their word. Most critical, pronounces Deming, is that what you say your organization stands for (brand) means next to nothing compared to what your stakeholders experience. That experience is your real brand or, as my mother used to say, actions speak louder than words.What’s interesting is that Deming profiles organizations he deems brilliant branders (orgs like Ben & Jerry’s and Saturn who consistently provide an ultimate customer experience) and wolf criers (who claim they do but actually don’t). And guess what nonprofit leads the wolf criers list….none other than the infamous Red Cross.I find Deming’s perspective a particularly meaningful way to look at the organizations that have really let us down. Others I can name include the United Way and Smithsonian. These are organizations supporters and other audiences trusted to do the right thing; but they didn’t. And they lost our trust and support.The Red Cross is a glaring example of how trust can be instantaneously eroded. In the hours after terrorists attacked the United States on 9/11, record-breaking pledges poured in from around the world. The Red Cross set up The Liberty Fund as a direct response to the attacks and collected more than $564 million. However, by November 2001, CNN and other news agencies reported that only $154 million of that had been distributed. Dr. Bernadine Healy, who was the outgoing Red Cross president at the time, argued in defense of the charitable organization’s decision to set aside more than half of the money raised for future needs, including possible terrorist attacks. This news angered many donors. They felt like their money was not reaching the intended recipients. Bad customer experience.“In other words, though donors were not critical of the charity having money for future disasters, the real question was whether the important agency misled donors into thinking donations were going immediately to 9/11 relief,” explains Deming. “I don’t think anyone really believes the Red Cross deceived people for some selfish, greedy end. But in a moment when individuals’ feelings were of raw helplessness and despair, and the only way they had to connect with and help others was through monetary donations, the Red Cross failed to keep its brand trust.”Here are a couple of Deming’s most useful suggestions for staying on track to deliver the right kind of experience for your supporters:Be careful what you promise. If you aren’t, and don’t come through, you’ve probably ruined a beautiful relationship. So when you tell prospects how their donations will be used, make sure that allocation is correct? If you can’t get internal operations right, how could they ever count on your organization to make good use of their monies?Get the perspective you need. To really know how things are going at your organization, you’ll have to step out of your own shoes and take a walk in those of your supporters and staff. Make sure you have open channels of communications flowing with each group, 24/7. “When your perspective widens, so does your concern about what’s important. The benefits you receive from changing your perspective will far exceed those reaped from a narrower, more traditional focus,” says Deming.Use this insight to separate your organization from the pack. So many nonprofits are squeamish about looking at the world in which they work realistically, and accepting the fact that they are in direct competition with many other orgs for donors, volunteers, program participants and more. You have to find what you can do to differentiate your organization from all the others that offer the same services or products. You have to find what you can do to differentiate your organization from all the others that offer the same services or products.Your most powerful differentiator must be the level of service, the unique experience you offer each of your stakeholders at their moment of engagement with your organization.When you work hard to engender their loyalty, honestly, they’ll go out of their way to stay involved with your organization.last_img read more

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Is the Web Still a Windfall for Nonprofits?

first_imgThis Read/WriteWeb feature is about non-profits and the Web.  They are exploring how non-profit organizations use the Web and the tools available for them in the last three years or since this Wired article was published (For Nonprofits, Web Is Windfall).This is a topic that you, dear reader, know a little bit about!  So, I’m sure you can answer the discussion question: “Please let us know your favorite Web-powered non-profits. Also, what Web tools and resources are you aware of that non-profits can use?”  There some a thread of comments, from nonprofits, consultants, bloggers, and vendors.  I even discovered a Cycling Advocacy Network blog.  Here’s a few:Jonathan Coleman takes the opportunity to call attention to his organization’s work and some great examples on flickr and googlemaps.The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. We turn to “web 2.0” technologies and sites to find people who are passionate about nature and concerned about conservation around the world.He also asks a great question on that I was pondering over with a reporter today:Beyond the big MySpace and Facebook social networks, how are nonprofits getting their message out and finding supporters on smaller, niche networks?Allan Benamer, of the nonprofittechblog, gives us an answer:The three biggest success stories so far are modestneeds.org, globalgiving.com and Kiva. None of those three are social networking properties. The biggest nonprofit social network is Project Agape’s Causes with 4,000,000 users and counting. I would suggest that your readers visit my blog at www.nonprofittechblog.org for a much more in-depth view of all these nonprofit and for-profit players.Katrin Verclas from NTEN points  I Love Mountains, a campaign by Appalachian Voices using Google Earth and You Tube to vividly showcase the environmental degradation caused by mountaintop mining. She notes, “It is a stellar example of how to tell a story for effective social marketing and change.”Source: http://beth.typepad.com/beths_blog/2007/09/is-the-web-stil.htmllast_img read more

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Registered Nurse Says Training in China Should Deepen Her Knowledge

first_img “I think with our clinical experience and what we will learn (in China) will increase our performance and make us more rounded critical care nurses,” she told JIS News, at the launch of the programme, held at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) on June 22. Story Highlights The 26 year-old, who is currently employed at the Bustamante Hospital for Children, in St. Andrew, tells JIS News that she was selected for the training programme based on experience, interest and successful interview with a panel from the KPH. For registered nurse, Saneika Williams, being a participant in the Jamaica-China Bilateral Cooperation Nurses Training Programme represents an opportunity to deepen her knowledge and to hone her skills to provide world class intensive care in Jamaica.“I think with our clinical experience and what we will learn (in China) will increase our performance and make us more rounded critical care nurses,” she told JIS News, at the launch of the programme, held at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) on June 22.The 26 year-old, who is currently employed at the Bustamante Hospital for Children, in St. Andrew, tells JIS News that she was selected for the training programme based on experience, interest and successful interview with a panel from the KPH.She believes the programme is an important one, “as nurses are the cornerstone of the health system and ought to be given every opportunity to expand their knowledge.”Ms. Williams is joining a cohort of 22 other nurses and four nursing instructors who will leave the island on June 26 to spend two months in clinical immersion in the intensive care unit of the Xinxiang Central Hospital of Sinopharm in China.The hospital offers a wide range of affordable and top-notch general medical services, such as prevention, diagnosis and treatment of adult diseases.Ms. Williams said they will be exposed to the “neonatal intensive care unit, emergency intensive care unit, paediatric intensive care unit and general and respiratory care units.”They will also experience Chinese culture through visits to some of the country’s popular sites, such as Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China.Another participant in the programme, 25 year-old Janeale Gilling said the opportunity presented to her “means more than I could ever hope for,” as it will give her a deeper understanding of her roles and the “skills you perform for specific patients.”“It will definitely make you appreciate the care that you will give and it will help you to appreciate why you are doing it and how it should be done,” she told JIS News.Meanwhile, Acting Critical Care Programme Coordinator, Nadine McFarlane-Stewart, said as a trainer, the opportunity will build on those skills she already possesses.“China does have the technology (and skills) and we could bring back some of those ideas in terms of our teaching/learning experience for our students,” she said.Meanwhile, Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, said the bilateral programme between China and Jamaica is a response to address the challenge of a shortage of nurses in all areas of Jamaica’s public health system.They include: critical care, nephrology, accident and emergency, paediatric, neonatology, operating theatre, psychiatry and midwifery.“This shortage of critical care nurses has, at times, had a severe impact on health delivery in Jamaica, resulting in health services rationing in areas such as elective and semi-elective surgeries,” he noted.“The challenge also extends to the training of nurses locally as there are limited training sites and limited nurse educators,” the Minister added.Dr. Tufton believes that if the bilateral programme is successful, “it will be a novel concept that could be mainstreamed by other countries.”The Minister also expressed sincere gratitude to the Chinese Government for making the programme possible as well for the provision of airfare, accommodation, meals, transportation and stipend.For his part, Economic and Commercial Counsellor at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Jamaica, Jianghong Fan, said the Jamaica-China Bilateral Cooperation Training Programme for Nurses represents a strengthening of cooperation between the two nations in public health.Citing another example of cooperation between Jamaica and China, he mentioned the western Hospital for Children, “the ground breaking of which is to take place sometime this year or early next year.”He wished the participants well, noting that they should “enjoy their time and training in China.” For registered nurse, Saneika Williams, being a participant in the Jamaica-China Bilateral Cooperation Nurses Training Programme represents an opportunity to deepen her knowledge and to hone her skills to provide world class intensive care in Jamaica. last_img read more

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Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. CONTINUING WORK CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, westbound near Exit 4, is down to one lane to replace the damaged girder on the overpass until Friday, June 9. MacDonald Road, which runs over the highway, will be closed 24 hours per day from Monday, May 15 until Friday, June 9. Traffic will be detoured between Trunk 2 and Route 204 onto Robert Angus Drive. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: Canso Causeway Traffic will be stopped intermittently at the Canso Causeway until Monday, May 15 to allow for commissioning and testing of equipment for the swing bridge. Work takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Traffic control people are on site. Please use caution when driving through the work area. NEW WORKcenter_img INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge, Valley Mills Crowdis Bridge, in Valley Mills on Marble Mountain Road, is closed until further notice. Detour via Eden Road, Barren Road, Northside River Denys Road and Southside River Denys Road. Signs are in place. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 2Trunk 2, from the south end of Acorn Drive to the Hants County line will be reduced to one lane for patching and paving from Monday, May 15 until Thursday, Aug. 31. Expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. SHELBURNE COUNTY: Shore Road Shore Road, from Trunk 3 to Ford Point Road (about nine kilometres), has alternating lane closures for paving until Thursday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. -30-last_img read more

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WBSEDCL meets record power demand in state

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL) has successfully met a record power demand of 7080 MW across the state.A press statement issued by the CPRO WBSEDCL, Biswarup Mukherjee on June 17 said throughout the last week there was a huge demand of power across the state and the WBSEDCL acted promptly to meet the need caused due to a rise in the demand of power. On June 13, the WBSEDCL fulfilled its all-time high power demand of 7,080 MW in the state. According to the press statement, the highest demand of power was recorded around 11.30 pm on June 13. On June 12, there was a power demand of 6,852 MW and the figure remained at 6,610 MW on June 14. The WBSEDCL successfully catered to the record demand. It may be mentioned here that earlier on July 19 in 2018, the WBSEDCL recorded a highest demand of 6,961 MW of power, while in September 2017 there had been a demand of 6,991 MW. WBSEDCL is committed to provide 24-hour uninterrupted power and quality service throughout the state. It may be mentioned here that the state Power department has started adopting various new technologies for strengthening the power distribution system with special emphasis on quick identification of faults in electricity supply lines. The WBSEDCL adopted SEEDN technology, which enables the agency to locate the exact area of the fault as they start moving from the substation located in a particular area, from where the fault has been reported. The technology is equipped with a fault passage indicator, which helps in quick location of the electric pole, where there has been a problem. The power department earlier had to travel long distances and check every single pole to identify the exact place of the fault. The department has already installed this technology in 50 feeder boxes across the state. The agency has been in the process of installing more sub-stations across the state. It can also be stated here that the state power department last year achieved another milestone, as the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited had been conferred with the prestigious SKOCH Order-Of-Merit for ‘Intellectual Billing with Automated Supervisory Check System’, at the 52nd SKOCH Summit in New Delhi.last_img read more

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