Harps are ‘getting the point’ – and Manus tells Murphy to ‘drive’! It’s Walshy on Wednesday

first_imgWALSHY ON WEDNESDAY: And so Naomh Conaill won’t be defending their county title on Sunday week. An emphatic defeat to Kilcar left them struggling for air at MacCumhaill Park and it’s likely the bunting that was stretched over the Main Street in Glenties will have been quietly removed in the dead of night and put away for another year.This was, from all reports, as commanding a performance as you can get as Martin McHugh’s team clicked into overdrive after falling behind by five points in the early stages.Respective goals from Michael Hegarty and Conor Doherty in quick succession swung the game in their favour and by the finish they were comprehensive winners and now odds on to lift their first county title since they edged out Killybegs twenty-three years back in the mists.I was at O’Donnell Park for the first semi-final of the day and that was a match far removed from the scoring bonanza that was to transpire in Ballybofey later.Glenswilly had been favourites to dispose easily of Malin in this encounter but that’s not the way it turned out. Indeed the Inishowen side can consider themselves unfortunate not to have made it through. “DRIVE, DRIVE, DRIVE,” the winner of the Donegal International car rally and out and out Glenswilly fan, Manus Kelly was imploring from the stand side in the opening half (no doubt Michael Murphy might return the verbal favour at this Saturday’s Martin Howley Harvest Stages Rally in Killybegs).But it was Malin who were doing the driving at the Park on Sunday and for long spells looked like they might pull off the surprise of the weekend.They registered the score of the match when Christy McLaughlin cut in from the right and pointed out to regain a lead they had taken with the opening point of the game in a cagey start. With the sides level at half-time, we envisaged Glenswilly taking charge after the interval but Malin kept the game in the balance right to the finish and it was only the experience and know-how of Neil Gallagher in the middle of the park that helped direct the Glen men to the Final.It wasn’t a classic encounter but was always compelling until the final few minutes when a mass brawl on the touchlines turned it from compelling to ugly.With a sea of bodies rising from their seats to catch the “action”, I couldn’t see much of what went on but saw enough to know that it didn’t belong anywhere near a football pitch least of all one populated by countless families and young kids. There were two points between the sides at that stage with Glenswilly shading it on the scoreboard but frustration boiled over pitchside and fists and fever flew in equal measure with a handful of supporters, reportedly, also getting involved though I couldn’t from my vantage point and that of my 15 year old daughter see that particular element of it.Whatever the case, the referee’s report should surely initiate some form of punitive action from the authorities though we may be holding our collective breath on that one.GETTING THE POINTThe goals dried up for Finn Harps again last night after the two they registered in Galway on Saturday but for the first time in ten outings, Ollie Horgan’s men avoided a defeat.For the travelling faithful who made their way to the Showgrounds and those of us tuning in through social media or radio, this looked set to end in another reversal when Sligo Rovers were awarded a controversial penalty right at the end.Up stepped Raffaele Cretaro – nine goals to his credit this season – to take aim from the spot only, to the relief of the blue and white, to aim higher than he should and blaze the ball over.Harps had shown plenty of spirit in Galway to claw back from three down to score twice – Ruairi Keating scoring his first for the club since rejoining and Harps first in over 800 minutes of football, a statistic close to astonishing. That spirit was, apparently, evident again last night in Sligo and indeed had Harps converted any of three quick-fire chances that came their way in a thirty second blitz early in the second half they may have been returning with the full quota of points.As it is, the 0-0 draw stretches their point advantage over Wexford Youths to five and should spark a revival in the confidence that has been missing in the last couple of months even if a couple of those performances – the home game against Cork City being one example – deserved better than defeat.They face in-form Bray Wanderers at Finn Park this Friday night and will do well to take something from it as Harry Kenny’s side have been steadily climbing the table.The Youths, meanwhile, travel to St. Patrick’s Athletic and against their inconsistent hosts may fancy returning home with a point or three.But, like I said in these quarters before, it’s all in Harps hands if only they can muster up a victory to engineer an escape away from the drop zone. FRUSTRATION ONCE AGAINIt’s now reached the stage where instead of gushing forth on the sympathy stakes to Mayo, I’m almost feeling a level of anger towards them.Another All-Ireland title passes them by like an election promise. Just how many chances do they need? How many close calls will it take for them to return westwards with Mr Samuel Maguire on board?“Dublin Claim Place Among All-Time Greats,” screamed one post match headline.But it could just as easily have read: “Mayo Claim Place Among All-Time Losers.’Credit where it’s invariably due – the Dubs showed tenacity and power to wrestle a back-to-back success in the All-Ireland. They boast an outstanding manager in Jim Gavin and a squad of talented footballers occupying every area of the field.But if one thing assured us this year it is that they are not – despite what some pundits might have you believe – the finished product and are not certainly not unbeatable.Except, of course, if you’re wearing red and green and you’re presented with another two glorious opportunities in the space of a fortnight and you fail to take either of them.Sure, one point was all that separated them after close to 150 minutes of football.And, even surer, they should never have started with a virtual rookie between the uprights as proved on the 40 minutes mark when goalkeeper, Robbie Hennelly attempted to collect a comparatively simple ball only to fumble it from his despairing grasp and bring the inrushing Paddy Andrews to ground, resulting in a penalty and a black card.It had been a nervy opening half for the Mayo custodian and it was a long trek to the sidelines when Maurice Deegan directed him there.. Hopefully, it won’t shatter his confidence completely and that he managed to avoid reading the player rating columns in some of Monday’s newspapers which were cruel in the extreme.Cillian O’Connor, too, will reflect ruefully on his day at Croke Park. An outstanding performance, capped with nine points from Mayo’s tally, the only one missing the effort that swung wide off Stephen Cluxton’s right upright that would, had it gone over, have tied the game at the death.Were you a Mayo fan – and there were quite a few flags hanging from homes and vehicles around my home town of Letterkenny though doing so quite limply on Monday morning – you would have been screaming from your seat as another chance of All-Ireland glory took a left turn at the signpost marked Sam Straight Ahead.For Dublin, another title to their name and a handful of impressive young players coming through the ranks, not least Cormac Costello who came on to convert three superbly executed points that helped win the day for the home side.BRUCE TAKES IN THE ALL-IRELANDAston Villa have, apparently, locked eyes on Steve Bruce as a possible replacement for the sacked Roberto Di Matteo.No chance. Have it on no authority whatsoever that the former Manchester United centre-back and recently departed Hull City boss, is in line to take over the reigns at – Mayo!For there he was spotted among the attendance at Croke Park on Saturday evening and no doubt holding court on just how Mayo let it slip and how he can make it all better for next year.Not the first time he would have been talking up an Irish side in the past week – he was on the I.T.V. panel last Thursday night lauding the history making efforts of Dundalk F.C. in claiming the first ever win by a team from this island in the group stages of the Europa League.IMBECILES 17; SENSITIVE BEINGS 11Quite apart from the sight of Rory McIlroy turning on an American fan who had mouthed off an insult in his direction and the bewildered reactions by the European golfers as to why they were being subjected to torrents of abuse from the U.S. galleries in the Derider Cup – duh, lads, didn’t you read Danny Willet’s brother’s pre-tournament tweets, which labelled them all “imbeciles” and other terms of endearment? – the sole highlight for this viewer (if you can call fifteen minutes of a highlights package on Sunday night viewing) was the astonishing tee shot by Sergio Garcia which saw the ball end up in a marshall’s pocket.And just when we thought ‘in the pocket’ belonged in another sporting arena entirely.And now, as McIlroy reminded us all afterwards, we have two years to look forward to the next Ryder Cup in Paris.Not far enough away to this mind.LONG THROWS: Whatever else he achieved in a career that saw him feature for a number of clubs and make eleven appearances for the Republic of Ireland, the versatile Rory Delap has his name permanently immersed in football culture. Indeed, by this stage you might even find it in the Oxford English Dictionary.A piece by another former Irish international, Tony Cascarino, in one of the English publications caught my eye last week. Cascarino was writing about Leicester City players, Luis Hernandez and Christian Fuchs, and the not so secret weapon they can both unleash on suspecting opposition teams – the long throw-in.And the headline above the piece? ‘Two Rory Delaps’.Personally, I think Delap should have patented it – perhaps even set up the world’s first Long Throw School in his father, John’s home town of Letterkenny.Just throwing that one in as a suggestion…MISS OF THE MONTHNow I know they don’t know what they’re talking about on B.B.C.’s ‘Match of the Day’.They go and choose eight scores for the September ‘Goal of the Month’ competition – though in truth it’s not a competition anymore seeing as they ran into a spot of bother a couple of years ago when it was one – and there’s no room for Seamus Coleman’s sublime effort for Everton against Middlesborough.You may recall it and indeed if you saw it you wouldn’t forget it. The Killybegs man drifting in from the left flank, leaving a couple of opponents for dead and finding the net with the perfect finish.Though obviously not perfect enough for those who pick the goals for the B.B.C.Now had it been Ross Barkley….Meanwhile, another goal of the month snub. The ‘Soccer Republic’ equivalent on R.T.E. failed to include any Finn Harps goals in its September line-up…AL-AHLI-DUBAI LEAD THE CHASE FOR FORKER!And finally, a special mention this week to the fact that Letterkenny Rovers are about to wave ‘Dubai’ to one of their midfield generals.The ‘Donegal Daily’s’ own Mark Forker is indeed packing up to head to the United Arab Emirates next week and with him – along with his other half – goes the very best wishes of this column.An impressive performer for Finn Harps during two spells at the club, a stint at Institute F.C. and two years with Hearts in the Scottish League, underlined the Burtonport man’s ability on the ball.But he has also been in a rich vein of form since signing for the ‘Daily’ as a reporter a couple of years ago. And a sounder colleague you couldn’t meet in a month of Wednesdays.Good luck, Mark. I’m just wondering where Rovers will be heading on their next pre-season…..Harps are ‘getting the point’ – and Manus tells Murphy to ‘drive’! It’s Walshy on Wednesday was last modified: October 5th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click 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 share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Warriors 106; Rockets 104: How Warriors managed without Kevin Durant

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!HOUSTON – Just as Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson entered the arena tunnel, Kevin Durant greeted them with an infectious smile.The Warriors had just finished with a 106-104 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. And unlike their laborious seven-game series against Houston in the 2018 Western Conference Finals, the result did not hinge on Durant’s …last_img read more

Voters line up with Ohio ag organization endorsements

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Election results are in for 2015. Ohio Issues 1 and 2 have passed while Issue 3 has failed, with nearly two-thirds of voters saying no to 3.The Ohio Farm Bureau, the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and the Ohio AgriBusiness Association have all chosen to support Issues 1 and 2, and oppose Issue 3. Each issue has implications for Ohio’s rural and agricultural communities and should be carefully considered by voters.Here is more on each issue as summarized by the Ohio AgriBusiness Association (OABA).Issue 1Currently, Ohio House and Senate District lines are drawn by a combination of the governor, auditor and secretary of state with input from legislative leaders. This process has led to a vast number of incongruently drawn districts with one-sided political support over the years that are no longer considered to be competitive in the general election.A “Yes” vote on Issue 1 would end this partisan process and restore fair and balanced standards for drawing state legislative districts that are more compact and politically competitive, while ensuring bipartisanship and transparency through the process.The amendment would establish the bipartisan Ohio Redistricting Commission, composed of seven members including the governor, state auditor, secretary of state and four members appointed by the majority and minority leaders of the General Assembly. The dealings of the commission would be done transparently, with required public meetings, display of maps and a public letter explaining any plan (including that none should favor a political party) the Commission adopts by a simple majority vote. The Commission would also be required to split as few counties, municipalities and townships as possible in the redrawing process.If passed, the amendment becomes effective immediately. There is no active or organized opposition. Issue 2A YES vote on State Issue 2 would protect Ohio’s Constitution from monopoly, oligopoly or cartel interests through a constitutional amendment prohibiting special interests from amending the constitution to guarantee financial profits for themselves through preferential tax rates or commercial rights or special economic privileges not available to similarly situated people or nonpublic agencies.A past issue, the effort to legalize gambling in Ohio in 2009, resulted in the establishment of constitutional protection for two companies to own all four current casinos in Ohio. Currently, State Issue 3, as written, would establish similar constitutional protection to 10 vertically integrated companies toward the legalization of marijuana in the state.A YES vote on State Issue 2 would ensure the constitution is used to benefit the broad public interest, and ensure it cannot be abused or corrupted by those interested in obtaining exclusive deals and special commercial benefits.“The constitution should be used to protect the fundamental rights of all individuals, not to guarantee the financial profits of a select few,” said Chris Henney, OABA president and CEO. “A yes vote would protect free commerce, fair trade and fair dealing in Ohio.”If passed, the proposal would prohibit any proposed constitutional amendment that appears on the Nov. 3, 2015 statewide ballot from creating a monopoly, oligopoly or cartel for the sale, distribution or other use of any federal Schedule I controlled substance, such as that outlined State Issue 3.The state legislature acted nearly unanimously to place Issue 2 on the ballot, and a growing consensus of trade groups and business leaders and editorial boards are lining up in support of Issue 2. Ohio would be the 20th state to adopt constitutional provisions banning monopolies.Issue 3A NO vote on Issue 3 would put a stop to a $1 billion marijuana monopoly granting a small group of wealthy investors exclusive rights to commercial production and sale of marijuana for recreational and medical purposes that would also insulate them from any business competition or act of the legislature.If passed, the amendment would grant exclusive rights for commercial marijuana growth and cultivation to 10 self-designated landowners, permit the retail sale of recreational marijuana at approximately 1,100 statewide locations, legalize the production of marijuana-infused products, and allow each person 21 years of age or older to purchase, grow, possess, use transport and share over one-half pound of marijuana at a time.While nearly 75% of registered voters, when polled, say they would support medicinal marijuana, Issue 3 goes well beyond medicinal purposes. It would create 10 grow sites, specifically laid out in the constitution to allow the growers to distribute the product and create approximately 1,100 retail locations across the state that would allow marijuana confections like cookies and lollipops to be sold, and allow an individual to grow up to four plants for personal use. The amendment also prohibits a local jurisdiction from exercising home rule.In addition to the concern that there would be more retail outlets for marijuana than there are current Starbucks or McDonalds locations in the state, there is concern that high limits of personal possession (the equivalent of up to 500 average-sized marijuana joints) and the legalization of confectionary products would result in broad exposure to children and underage students.To date, all support for Issue 3 is coming from the investors in the 10 grow facilities.last_img read more

French journalist detained in J&K for filming pellet victims

first_imgJammu and Kashmir Police has arrested a French journalist in Srinagar for making a documentary on pellet victims.“Comiti Paul Edward has been detained for violating visa norms in Srinagar,” a senior police officer said. Mr. Edward was arrested on Sunday evening from Kothibagh area. He was meeting separatists and pellet victims in the city to shoot his documentary, the officer said.Scores of protesting youths suffered injuries from pellet guns used in 2016 following an unrest in the valley after the July 8 killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani. Some lost vision totally or partially after their injuries. Mr. Edward has a passport and a business visa for India, valid upto December 22, 2018, the officer said.A business visa does not allow anyone to make a documentary on political or security related issues. An FIR under section 14B of the Passport Act has been registered against the French national, he said. The French Embassy has also been informed about Edward’s detention, the officer said.last_img read more

5 rules for thanking donors

first_imgHere at Network for Good we experienced a busy giving season right up to the final hours of 2013. This is good news for nonprofits, as we saw a 16% increase in dollars donated compared to the year-end fundraising season of 2012. After all of that activity, it can be tempting to take it easy for a few weeks now that January is here. Of course, the reality is that your work with donors is just beginning. Now is your opportunity to begin turning year-end donors into your long-term partners in good. To do so, you need a solid plan to welcome these donors, keep them informed, and build relationships with them throughout the year. The first step is to keep the magic alive with a well-planned donor gratitude strategy. Here are some things to keep in mind:Thank your donors as soon as possible. Ideally, your online donors have already received an automatic thank you and receipt, and offline donors are receiving their thank yous in the mail shortly. Thanking donors promptly is not just common courtesy, it’s positive reinforcement of their decision to support and trust your organization.A receipt is not a thank you. Yes, you must make sure your donors get donation receipts that include information on tax deductibility. That said, if the most interesting line your response to a donor’s gift is “No goods or services were received by the donor as a result of this gift,” you’re doing it wrong. (See also: IRS rules on acknowledging contributions.)One thank you is not enough. You’ve acknowledged all of your year-end donations with a proper thank you. You’re done, right? Not so fast. One great thank you is a good start, but don’t forgo regularly thanking donors to keep them up to date on the impact of their gifts. Don’t leave donors wondering, “Whatever happened to that person/animal/cause in need?”Don’t forget other donation sources. Acknowledge every donation your organization receives, whether they come from your direct mail campaign, your online donation page, or from third-party sources such as employee giving programs, peer-to-peer fundraisers, or online giving portals. Understand all of your donation sources and tailor your notes of appreciation, where necessary. New donors coming in from a peer-to-peer campaign, for example, may need a more formal introduction to your organization than donors you’ve directly solicited.Make sure your thank you is sincere and memorable. You may have a template for your donor thank yous, but if your thank you feels like a form letter, it needs more work. Express authentic gratitude for your donors’ generosity and put them in the middle of the work you do. Use photos, quotes, and even video to help bring these stories to life for your supporters. Give donors a thank you so amazing that they can’t wait to show it off to their friends and family. Need some help with your thank you letters? Here are a few resources from our learning center: How to Treat Your Donor Like Your SuperheroKey Qualities for Amazing Thank You Letters3 Things Your Donor Thank You Should Do6 Keys to Donor RetentionAre you sending an amazing thank you this year? Have you received one? Share your examples in the comments and we’ll feature the best ones in an upcoming post!last_img read more

The PartoPen: Working to Increase the Effectiveness of the Partograph

first_imgPosted on August 10, 2012Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Our colleagues at Maternova recently highlighted on their innovation index a new tool (that is currently in development) that aims to increase the effectiveness of the partograph. The PartoPen is being developed by University of Colorado-Boulder Ph.D candidate Heather Underwood.According to Maternova’s innovation index:Using an infrared camera, the pen takes picture of dots that are pre-printed on the paper that act as GPS coordinates for the pen. The pen provides real-time feedback for:     · Decision support: Based on location of the pen on graph, the pen will provide next steps     · Reminders: Auto-reminders of time and procedure     · Error Checking: ex. Recording a temperature in F vs. C, pen recognizes the errorThe digital partograph system provides real-time data feedback and reinforces birth attendant training, while retaining the paper-and-pen interface currently used by most healthcare workers. The system is currently being evaluated in Kenya.This project received a $100,000 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant to develop and implement the technology.Learn more about this new tool from Maternova here.More information:Visit the PartoPen site.Access several documents about the partograph in the MHTF Library. (Just enter “partograph” in the search box!)Read a number of blog posts about the partograph on the MHTF Blog.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Yes We Can, and This is Why We Do It Every Day

first_imgThese written words can do no justice to the presence, dignity and inspiration of this gentle man, a hero who, as a colleague and friend remarked, through his life has saved countless lives.  Another colleague, who sat on my other side during the ceremony, said never in his life had he witnessed such a moving and motivating closing statement.  Throughout the speech you could not hear a pin drop.  Everyone was riveted.  At the end of his speech, he received a long and well deserved standing ovation.  Most of us admitted to having tears in our eyes, hard not to because most of us seemed not to have a tissue!  After the formal closing by the Minister of Health of Zanzibar, many of the participants, especially the younger ones (the “new blood”) rushed to where Dr. Mahmoud Fathalla was to congratulate him, to shake his hand, and to have their photograph taken with him.  We all agreed that this was a reminder of why we get up every day to do the work we do.Learn more about the conference and access the conference presentations at www.gmhc2013.com. Join the conference conversation on Twitter: #GMHC2013Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: We thank and we appreciate.We regret and we apologize.We promise, and yes, we can. We thank and we appreciate.We regret and we apologize.We promise, and yes, we can.center_img Posted on January 24, 2013June 12, 2017By: Karen Beattie, Director of Fistula Care and Associate Vice President of EngenderHealthClick 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)This post is cross-posted from the EngenderHealth website.Reflections from a lifelong global women’s health advocate on the closing ceremony of the Global Maternal Health ConferenceIt was the end of three days of meetings, and I seriously considered skipping out on the closing plenary session.  But – I knew Dr. Mahmoud Fathalla would be speaking and I have learned that one should never miss an opportunity to hear his thoughts.  For those uninitiated, Dr. Fathalla is a professor at Assiut University in Egypt, a former head of the reproductive health division at WHO, and the father of the Safe Motherhood initiative.  He was also a member of EngenderHealth’s Board of Directors for a long period of time.The Global Maternal Health Conference took place at the Arusha International Conference Center in Arusha, Northern Tanzania.  The Center was for many years the home of the international tribunal that judged the actions of those involved in the genocide in Rwanda in 1994.  Arusha is also close to the Rift Valley and Olduvai Gorge, for the longest time considered the cradle of humankind, although a spot in South Africa now holds the “cradle of humankind” title.  At Laetoli, nearby to Olduvai Gorge, footprints of an early human ancestor were preserved in volcanic ash dating from 3.6 million years ago and were discovered in the 1970s.  That brings me to Dr. Fathalla’s speech, entitled “A Message to the Lady of Laetoli.”  Dr. Fathalla noted that one of the sets of footprints was deemed to be that of a lady, and because of the way the print was indented into the ash, it was widely held that she was carrying an infant on her left hip.  He also noted that this individual or one of her sisters was our collective “mitochondrial mother.”Dr. Fathalla’s message to the Lady of Laetoli: We thank and we appreciate because we know the sacrifices and risks of women through the ages are the reasons we are here today.  We know that maternal mortality was extremely high until recently.  Where nothing is done to avert maternal mortality, “natural” mortality is around 1,000 to 1,500 per 100,000 live births.  Dr. Fathalla cited a PRB 2011 paper that estimated the number of humans ever born was 107 billion and the population in mid-2011 was just under 7 billion.   A stunning fact Dr. Fathalla gave is that more women have given up their lives in childbirth, for the survival of our species, than men have ever died in battle.  So our very existence is the gift and sacrifice of women.We regret and we apologize and we cannot expect forgiveness.  Women had to give up their lives when we did not have the means to prevent their deaths in pregnancy and childbirth.  And yet, when we do have the means, we still leave them to die.  We should plead guilty when we see that 800 women still die every day.  An inconvenient truth is that they die because societies have yet to make the decision that their lives can be saved.We promise we will eradicate maternal mortality, and yes, we can, for several reasons:The work presented by participants at the GMHC Conference 2013 is evidence of the immense body of knowledge and commitment shared across disciplines and throughout all areas of the world.  Dr. Fathalla was gratified and comforted by the “new blood” to carry on this work.  He showed a picture of Malala, the young girl recently shot down for wanting an education and advocating for education on behalf of her peers.  He was gratified that she is recovering and moved by the statements of her classmates that they would not be stopped from getting an education – and “they will win.”He noted the progress the world has made.  Between 1990 and 2010, maternal deaths had dropped by 50%, but there still remains work to be done.The message from the representatives of the host country, Tanzania, that maternal health is a national priority and that it had experienced a 25% drop in maternal mortality between 2005 and 2010.The power of women, making their voices heard.He repeated his message to the Lady of Laetoli:last_img read more

9 Super Scary Nonprofit Website Mistakes

first_imgYour website lacks details about your nonprofit’s mission and vision.Why is your organization the nonprofit to support? What are you doing that’s different from others? Simply put, what makes your nonprofit stand out? It’s important that the answers to these questions are easy to find on your website! By spelling out your mission and vision, donors can easily understand what their donations will accomplish. Your website doesn’t feature your nonprofit’s latest news.Create (or maintain) a place on your organization’s to share your latest news and examples of your most recent content, such as interesting articles, upcoming events, and special projects. This type of content works well on a blog and you can also link to this content on social media and in your newsletter. Your website doesn’t feature endorsements and third-party reviews.Make sure your website includes ratings from GuideStar and Charity Navigator or a testimonial from a stakeholder. The effectiveness of your websites’ messages depends on the messenger. Let others help build your case and show that you are trustworthy. Your website doesn’t have social media links or a newsletter sign up.Social media is a key way to connect and communicate with supporters. Be sure that all those hours tweeting and blogging don’t go to waste: Provide links to your social media profiles and make it easy for supporters to see your content and share on their social media channel of choice.  If a new fan isn’t the social media type, an email newsletter is a great way to help them keep in touch. That’s why it’s important that your newsletter sign-up process is simple and seamless. Your website isn’t mobile-friendly.Take a moment to evaluate your website’s usability for mobile users. Open your website on a mobile device. Are your donation page and website easy to navigate on a tablet or phone? Your website’s content uses too many words to demonstrate your work.As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Pictures of people who benefitted from your services or volunteers in action can demonstrate your mission, illustrate the impact of your work, and complement your website’s text. Again, people’s attention spans are short. A compelling image will capture visitors’ attention and tell a story in a better way than multiple paragraphs of text.center_img Your website’s navigation doesn’t make sense.Your website should be organized according to the expectations of the people who come to your website. Instead of thinking how to present the information you want people to find, make it easy for your visitors to find the information they want. Back by popular demand to help you get ready for #GivingTuesday and Year-End -enjoy!Boo! That’s your website scaring you into reality. And the reality is that people’s short attention spans mean your website needs to provide visitors with easy access to everything in just three clicks. It must grab visitors’ attention, provide information, and spur visitors to action.Here are nine super scary website mistakes you should address before the year-end giving season is here and donors are too frightened to use your website!  Don’t wait…these website mistakes can result in the biggest horror of all: missing out on donations in December!Your website doesn’t have contact information.Make sure it’s easy for website users (and potential donors) to find your organization’s phone number, email address, or contact form. Also, make sure staff members know how to handle donor inquiries. Your website doesn’t have a clear ask for donations.Don’t be afraid to ask for donations on your website. Isn’t that the whole point of fundraising? Supporters will appreciate that you’ve made it easy for them to donate, so make that button shine! Network for Good always recommends you make the button big, bold and above “the scroll”. Plus, a smarter donation page will help you get donors to give, give big, and give again. Take advantage of our accredited Personal Fundraising Coaches to get hands-on help with your year-end fundraising activities. Schedule a call to learn more today.last_img read more

Use of Chlorhexidine to Save Newborn Lives: Making People Aware Through Mass Media

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on October 17, 2015October 13, 2016By: Leela Khanal, Project Director, Chlorhexidine Navi Care Program,
 JSI Research and Training Institute, Inc.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference holds for us a unique opportunity to come together and think of how to reach the sustainable development goal of ending preventable maternal and newborn deaths. One such way is by preventing neonatal infections using chlorhexidine for umbilical cord care. But just implementing interventions may not be enough; communication to providers and mothers can enhance uptake and effectiveness of these interventions to save lives.JSI’s Chlorhexidine cord care program (CNCP) is supporting the Government of Nepal to scale up the use of chlorhexidine for umbilical cord care. Chlorhexidine is applied on the umbilical cord stump immediately after cord cutting for both facility and home born babies. One three-gram chlorhexidine tube is distributed to a pregnant women either during her antenatal visit to a health facility or by her local Female Community Health Volunteer during the 8th month of pregnancy, with proper counseling.To increase awareness among the community people and thus improve demand and good practice, a behavior change communication program has been designed and implemented. The communication initiative, which started in September 2015 and will continue until September 2017, will use a variety of strategies to create demand for chlorhexidine. This social behavior change communication (SBCC) campaign will initiate message dissemination about the value of this low-cost chlorhexidine gel from both national and local radio and television stations.During the first 3 months of the SBCC campaign, messages about chlorhexidine application (both for health facilities and the community births) are being broadcast as public announcements from mainstream television channels. Messages have been placed during prime time news bulletins on Kantipur Television and popular programs on Nepal Television in order to reach a mass audience throughout the country. Radio airings of ad spots have also been placed with stations having a wide listenership; Kantipur FM and Image FM, with a priority given to reaching remote geographies and achieving effective coverage of targeted women, pregnant women, FCHVs and health workers. Branding of chlorhexidine (Navi Malam) has been incorporated into the sponsored radio programs that are very popular in remote locations, ensuring great coverage of messages.Realizing the strength of local and community FM stations in Nepal, JSI has emphasized mobilization of local FM stations in 30 districts during the first phase, to increase access to the chlorhexidine message in remote areas, not covered by national broadcasting. Other implementing partners—Save the Children, One Heart Worldwide, Care Nepal and ADRA—are also supporting the airing of chlorhexidine radio messages from local FM stations in 22 additional districts. JSI will do monitoring of these interventions and evaluate at the end of three months, based on a media monitoring and evaluation plan. Based on results of the monitoring and evaluation the way forward for the remaining period of time will be decided. A detailed broadcasting schedule of Radio and TV spots has been prepared and shared with the partners.Photo: “Testing newborn reflexes” © 2013 Rob Tinworth/Possible, used under a Creative Commons Attribution license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/Share this:last_img read more

Legal marijuana legislation delayed

first_imgOTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – The Federal Government is confirming it will not be able to meet its own July deadline for legalized recreational marijuana.In a last minute news conference, Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor says the Senate will not be holding its final vote on the bill until June 7th, meaning that deadline is now up in smoke.Health Minister confirms the Senate will not have a final vote on the legalization bill until June. That means the deadline is delayed. There will be no legal sales of marijuana in July 2018 #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/0EiU8fXAvZ— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) February 15, 2018“Provinces and territories have made it very clear to us that they are going to need eight to 12 weeks for implementation,” she says. “Therefore if you do the math, you can certainly see that it certainly won’t be July 2018.”The minister refused to give a new deadline for when pot will be legal. “There’s no exact date that I can tell you, but I think if you certainly do the math you can see that it won’t be July 2018. But again, we have to recognize that the implementation of the Cannabis legislation is not a date, it’s absolutely a process.”The earliest we could see legalization is August but there could be further delays if the Senate amends the bill.Some Conservative senators had been threatening to delay the legislation and an effort to speed up the process in the Senate failed.last_img read more