Huskies drop 3rd in a row

first_imgThe Fort St. John Huskies dropped their third game in a row losing 5-1 to the North Peace Navigators in Peace River.The game started out as a defensive battle as the first period was scoreless.  Both teams exchanged chances, but were unable to solve each other’s goaltenders.  The game was physical as both teams exchanged a number of big body checks throughout the period.- Advertisement -It was in the second period where things started to open up.  The Huskies  struck first as Connor Rose was able to get a wrist shot through from the point that beat the Navigators goalie and give the Huskies a 1-0 lead at the 11:02 mark.  The Navigators were able to answer right back with two quick goals just a over a minute apart to build a 2-1 lead.  Both goals were scored of costly turnovers by the Huskies defense.It was in the third period where the wheels really began to fall off.  The Navigators scored three goals in the period as frustration began to set in for the Huskies.  The final score of the game was 5-1.  The Huskies began the season 4-0, but with those three losses now sit at 4-3 with a tough matchup against Grande Prairie on Sunday.Face off for the game is 2pm at the North Peace Arena.last_img read more

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Joburg eyes Lanseria ‘aerotropolis’

first_imgOther requirements include a large number of spaces for planes to park, a helipad, bulk utility services, and rescue and fire fighting facilities, which should be of international standards. Adequate facilities should be given for international and domestic passenger and cargo terminals, high-quality road accessibility, enough public transport services, and up to 20 000 car parking bays. “A number of processes still need be undertaken regarding this economic development initiative, with the existing airport land owners and investors being the primary ones, as well as intergovernmental engagement,” the article states. An article published on the city’s website this week states that a study conducted by the municipality, which looked into ways of accelerating local economic growth to 9% by 2014, also looked at Grand Central Airport in Midrand, but rejected it because of a shortage of land for development. Aerotropolis According to the city’s economic and industrial support programme manager, Lindokuhle Mkhumane, the municipality looked at various options on how to develop the airport, ranging from public-private partnerships to outright ownership. The mayoral committee, agreed in principle on an operations model for the airport city with the municipality playing a facilitation role. The airport will be a private business; the land around it is owned by the municipality, and that is where the developments facilitation will take place. “Lanseria, on the other hand, was already operating as an international airport and there was enough land for development and for it to serve as an anchor for an airport city development,” writes Romaana Naidoo. SAinfo reporter and the City of Johannesburg 29 May 2009 Expanding Lanseria to serve as an “aerotropolis” is a concept based on an economic strategy that includes non-noise sensitive manufacturing industries and others such as freight forwarding, aircraft maintenance, express couriers, warehousing, hotels and conference centres. Lanseria Airport to the north-west of Johannesburg has been selected by the city council as a prime candidate for expansion. “Major considerations for all these options include the ability to raise funds and the present owners’ willingness to expand,” the article states. “The feasibility reports indicate that the Lanseria expansion will require about R7-billion over the next 20 years.” The requirements, according to the aerotropolis concept, include at least 4.5km of runways, an adequate control tower with air navigation facilities, and enough land for aircraft hangers and maintenance operations. It also calls for diverse land use in the surrounding areas, reaching a radius of up to 30 kilometres. It integrates the aero zone and the surrounding area, which is residential with commercial space. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Proof of Concept Brings Flash to the iPhone

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Adobe#Apple#web center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting sarah perez Developer Tobias Schneider has created an interesting proof-of-concept Flash runtime that allows Flash to work on the iPhone. The project, a JavaScript with SVG called “Gordon,” allows Flash files embedded in HTML to be viewed within the iPhone’s web browser Safari. Although this workaround to Apple’s restriction of Flash content on their ever-popular mobile device is a bit cumbersome and impractical for real-world use, it’s a geeky and fun project for developers who want to run Flash on the iPhone…just so they can say that they did so.The Gordon project involves a JavaScript library which parses a SWF and renders SWF1 tags. “It’s in the spirit of the previous ‘SVG in SWF’ work from Helen Triolo, Claus Wahlers, Brad Neuberg and others,” writes Adobe’s John Dowdell on his personal blog. Gordon renders “one file format in a runtime designed for a different file format,” he says. In layman’s terms, this workaround lets Safari display Flash content…some Flash content…on the iPhone. But the process of enabling it to work requires quite a few modifications to the original Flash file. And while the concept is intriguing, anyone who actually bothered to use this on a live website would probably get criticized by users for killing the iPhone’s user’s battery – the script is a major CPU hog. For obvious reasons, Adobe can’t officially sanction the project as a way to sneak Flash onto the iPhone where it’s currently prevented from running per Apple’s restrictions. However, they said applaud the interest and enthusiasm shown by their developer community and that this demonstration “shows the potential of what users want to be able to experience on the iPhone.” Still, they warn that the Gordon project “represents just a limited subset of what the Flash Player can do,” mentioning specifically that without the necessary codec support, you would not be able to playback videos. For example, you would not be able to playback FLV videos encoded using the On2 VP6 codec. You also might not be able to play back F4V content either, unless the H.264 encoded video could somehow be extracted and then played back in QuickTime on the iPhone outside of the application or website.Whether or not Apple plans to ever lets a proper version of Flash run on the iPhone is still unknown. At one time, we heard that Adobe was working on an iPhone-only version of Flash, but as of yet nothing has surfaced in that regard. Abode’s current solution to the problem is a new release of their Flash Professional CS5 software which lets developers export their files as iPhone apps. In the meantime, Flash developers interested in checking out the Gordon technology can view the demos hosted here or the source code here on github.last_img read more

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Barnes’ 30-footer at the horn lifts Mavs over Grizzlies

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Teammates congratulate Dallas Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes, center, after he scored a game-winning three point shot in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Memphis, Tennessee. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)MEMPHIS, Tennessee—Harrison Barnes banked in a 30-footer at the buzzer to give the Dallas Mavericks a 95-94 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.Officials reviewed the play to make sure the shot got off in time. Memphis suffered its sixth straight loss after squandering an 18-point lead in the first half.ADVERTISEMENT Barnes led the Mavericks with 22 points, nine of them coming in the fourth quarter to help Dallas thwart a late Memphis comeback. Dennis Smith Jr. finished with 17 points, and J.J. Barea had 10 points and 11 assists.Tyreke Evans led Memphis with 18 points, and Marc Gasol and Deyonta Davis finished with 14 points each.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGasol pulled Memphis even at 92 on a 3-pointer with 28.5 seconds left. After a Dallas miss by Smith on the ensuing possession, Evans came down the floor missed a layup, but JaMychal Green followed with a dunk.The basket originally was ruled as basket interference, saying the ball was in the cylinder on the follow. After a review, the call was overturned giving Memphis a 94-92 lead with a half-second remaining. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img View comments That was just enough to set the stage for Smith’s inbounds pass to Barnes who fired from 30 feet over Dillon Brooks.The Mavericks, who trailed by as many as 18 in the first half, made a significant run to start the second half. By the midway point of the third, Smith had 11 points in the frame and Dallas put together a 13-2 rally.And the Grizzlies were helping matters settling for 3-point attempts, many times misfiring. That allowed Dallas to outscore Memphis 35-26 and carry a 74-72 lead into the fourth.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice Butler ties season high with 26, Wolves beat Magic LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READlast_img read more

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Olympic figure skating unveils new, modern soundtrack

first_imgOnyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Many skaters, such as James and Cipres, wound up choosing covers over an original. They may like the lyrics or message of a song but they also want it to have a different rhythm or feel.Two-time world champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada wanted “With or Without You” for their short program, but they decided U2’s original was a bit monotone. Their choreographers unearthed a little-known cover by singer-songwriter April Meservy that worked better for their routine.“There are people who are like, ‘Why aren’t they skating to the original?’ But if you listen to the original, it doesn’t lend itself well to a figure skating program,” Radford explained. “April’s version just has more ebb and flow, and it just works better for us.”Worked out well for Meservy, too. An anonymous donor provided funds for her to travel from the U.S. to South Korea and watch Duhamel and Radford perform to her rendition on Olympic ice.“‘With or Without You’ is a popular song,” Duhamel said, “but we always try to find unique versions of things. We try to veer off the path and pick obscure versions of songs.”That’s what German skater Paul Fentz thought he was doing when asked his choreographer to find a 1950s-style jazz tune, and wound up doing Paul Anka’s version of the Oasis hit “Wonderwall.”Fentz performed to it during his short program for the team competition last week, and he quickly became a trending topic on social media as fans debated whether it was cool or cringe-worthy.“That’s the risk you take,” said Fentz, whose free skate set to music from “Game of Thrones” ought to win back some skeptics. “I know the Oasis song, I really like it. But it wasn’t like I was trying to make something new or something. I just wanted something a little smoother.”The Austrian pairs team of Miriam Ziegler and Severin Kiefer will perform to the well-known song “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” when they step on the ice Wednesday for their short program.Rather than the pop-fueled original by The Proclaimers , though, Ziegler and Kiefer chose a soaring version by the cast of “Sunshine on Leith” — a British musical set to the Scottish duo’s music. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers James’ 37 lead Cavaliers past Thunder Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres went in another direction.Yes, the French pairs team chose the 1960s hit for their free skate last year, and will bring it back for their Olympic program Thursday. But rather than the melodic version performed by Simon and Art Garfunkel, they opted for a haunting, heavy metal cover by American rock band Disturbed .FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It was our coaches who found it,” James told The Associated Press. “They were like, ‘We really think it could be a hit.’ And Morgan listened to it and was like, ‘I don’t like it,’ because we weren’t used to it. And I was like, ‘OK, let me see if I can get into this.’ I thought it could be amazing, and I was like, ‘Morgan, let’s trust them.’ And we were so right to have trusted them.”That’s because the stirring rendition, coupled with the pair’s dramatic program, became such a fan favorite that they replaced this season’s program with it for the Pyeongchang Games. Jeff Buckley’s popular version of the Leonard Cohen song “Hallelujah” will make an appearance, but so will two covers by K.D. Lang , including the one chosen by pairs favorites Han Cong and Sui Wenjing.“We have so much more music to choose,” Fentz said. “Many skaters picked Ed Sheeran or something, and you can’t skate to Ed Sheeran without lyrics. You can’t pick that.“With lyrics,” Fentz said, “it’s just better.”center_img Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres of France perform in the pair skating short program team event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — When the International Skating Union made the popular decision to allow lyrics in all performances, the Paul Simon classic “The Sound of Silence” seemed like it would be a natural choice.The folk tune is light and airy and fits neatly within the confines of traditional figure skating.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “When you have a powerful voice and words to express,” James said, “it changes everything.”Now, nobody is throwing tradition out the window. Fans still will see four Olympic programs set to “Carmen” and three to “Swan Lake.” Two programs are set to the figure skating staple “Moonlight Sonata,” including one by ice dance favorites Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron.But the decision by skating’s governing body after the 2014 Sochi Games to allow lyrics in all disciplines expanded the breadth of what is available, and skaters have taken broad liberties with it.Ed Sheeran and Coldplay will provide popular soundtracks to the rest of the Olympic skating scene. The rock bands Imagine Dragons and Snow Patrol, English vocalist Benjamin Clementine and pop musicians Lorde, Christina Aguilera and Adele also have music in the mix.“At the beginning, people were just choosing random music,” Cipres recalled, “but after some time I think people realized it didn’t work. You have to choose your music carefully.”ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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NFL suspends Patriots’ Josh Gordon for substance abuse violation

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The news came several hours after Gordon said he was stepping away from football to focus on his mental health.Gordon said on Twitter his decision was spurred by his own feelings that he could have a better grasp on things mentally. He thanked the Patriots for their support and vowed to work his way back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“We support Josh Gordon in his continued efforts to focus on his health. His attempt to do so is a private and personal matter, which we intend to respect,” Patriots team officials said.Gordon has been suspended several times by the NFL for violations of its drug policies since being drafted by the Browns in 2012, and missed the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Rafael Nadal donates 1 million euros to Mallorca flood victims Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion After being reinstated by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in 2017, Gordon revealed in an interview with GQ magazine that he drank or used marijuana before games. “Probably every game of my career,” he said.Gordon also said in a 2017 mini-documentary on Uninterreupted.com that he took Xanax, cocaine, marijuana and other narcotics.Gordon’s outlook had improved with New England, where he landed in September in a trade after the Browns felt it was time to cut ties. He had 40 receptions for 720 yards and three touchdowns with the Patriots, five years removed from an All-Pro season in 2013 with 87 catches for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns.Special teams captain and receiver Matt Slater said despite his suspension, Gordon still has support inside the Patriots locker room.“My No. 1 concern is with him as a man,” Slater said. “I’m thankful for the approach he took here, how he was as a teammate. I enjoyed getting to know him in that process and I’ll continue to support him in any way I can.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Josh Gordon #10 of the New England Patriots reacts after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Gillette Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Billie Weiss/Getty Images/AFPFOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Patriots receiver Josh Gordon was suspended indefinitely Thursday by the NFL for violating an agreement that allowed him to play after multiple drug suspensions, casting doubt on whether the talented but troubled playmaker would ever play in the league again.League officials said Thursday that Gordon was returned to the reserve/commissioner suspended list indefinitely for breaking the terms of his reinstatement under the NFL substance abuse policy.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Safety Devin McCourty said the 27-year-old’s well-being is his biggest concern, not football.“Life comes before all of that,” McCourty said. “I think we wish him the best and care about that more than wins or losses.”New England officials had insulated Gordon and focused him on getting acclimated to the team’s highly-disciplined culture, while also limiting his time with reporters.Coach Bill Belichick said last week that Gordon was thriving on the field, developing chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady and learning the offensive system.“He’s a smart kid, so he learns well,” Belichick said. “For better or worse, he’s been in a lot of different systems. I know it was only one team, but it was a lot of different systems up there. Most everything we’ve asked him to do he’s done somewhere along the line for somebody.“As we go through each week, I would say we’ve gained a little more ground on the overall knowledge of the system,” he said.Gordon said earlier this month he thought he was settling in well with New England.“It felt like home a long time ago,” Gordon said. “The atmosphere is very welcoming. It took me a little bit to get acclimated to the area. Other than that, it’s been pretty smooth so far, and that’s due in part to the facility, the organization, just everybody helping me along the way.” MOST READlast_img read more

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Smith, Warner meet on a cricket field for the first time since ball-tampering saga

first_imgSteve Smith missed a half century but claimed bragging rights over his suspended international teammate David Warner when their teams met Saturday in Sydney club cricket.Almost 2,000 spectators turned out to watch the one-day match which featured a contest between Smith and his former vice-captain Warner, both suspended from top cricket in Australia for 12 months over their roles in the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town, South Africa, last March.At the toss, Shane Watson, who was turning out alongside Smith, shook hands and exchanged a few words with Warner. Smith too offered a courteous “morning” to Warner as he passed..@davidwarner31 and @stevesmith49 at Coogee Oval in Sydney today pic.twitter.com/x5fWJ3OHsEcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 10, 2018Smith made 48 from 71 balls and also took a wicket in the clash between his Sutherland team and Warner’s Randwick-Petersham at Sydney’s Coogee Oval.Smith had earlier picked up a wicket, ending with figures of 1/35 from his 10 overs, and took a catch too in the deep.Warner was out for 13 as Randwick-Petersham batted first, caught at gully by Austin Waugh, son of former Test captain Steve Waugh, who was a spectator at the match.Smith and Warner’s performances were over-shadowed by their former Australia teammate Watson, who scored 63 from 41 balls for Sutherland, including five sixes.According to a report in Cricket Australia, both Smith and Warner signed autographs and posed with fans in attendance at the local club ground. The pair too were at ease with each other too, with this being the first time they have been on the same cricket field since the ball-tampering scandal.advertisementREAD – Cricket Australia may lift bans on Steve Smith, David WarnerSmith and Warner are into the 8th month of their one year bans and talks from Cricket Australia (CA) suggest that the bans may be reduced.CA has come under pressure from the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) to end the bans following the release of the Longstaff review, which laid some of the blame for the fiasco at the door of the board.A depleted Australia have struggled to recover from the crisis, with the Test team losing two of their last three matches since Tim Paine took over the captaincy in South Africa. While the Aaron Finch-led ODI team finally managed to break their seven-match losing streak in the 2nd ODI against South Africa on Friday.(With inputs from AP and Reuters)last_img read more

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4 Actions You Can Take to Grow and Sustain Your Email List

first_imgWhether you’re starting from scratch or have been building your email list for years, you know it’s important to actively promote your email list and encourage your existing contacts to engage with your organization.After all, a dedicated email list can have serious payoffs for your nonprofit — including everything from better event attendance to increased web traffic and larger donations at your next fundraiser.The key to successful email list is to see your contacts as people. Grow your list — one name at a time— and once they’ve subscribed provide them with a quality experience, just as you would in-person.Here are 4 tips for growing and sustaining your email list:1. Choose a reliable email providerThe first step of building a loyal email list is making sure you have a safe place to store your contacts’ information and an easy way to send them mailings.If you’re just getting started, take a look at what other organizations are using, and think about what kind of tools and features will be important for your organization. Will you need access to reports to see how your emails are performing? What about support to help with any technical questions you have?You may also want to think about what solutions work with products you are already using. Constant Contact easily integrates with Network for Good so that you can launch campaigns, organize contacts, and manage your campaigns from a central location.2. Make sign-up simpleMost people aren’t going to seek out your mailing list on their own; it’s up to you to encourage them to sign up and make it easy for them to do so.Here’s a great example of a website sign-up form from Canadian nonprofit, The Local Good. Not only do they make sign-up super simple, they also provide a useful description of what their newsletter will include and how often they send.Subscribers will be more likely to sign up if they know what to expect from you.There are also handy tools you can use so that subscribers can sign up on social media or even through a mobile device.3. Deliver a personal experienceBuilding a list is half the challenge, sustaining that relationship is just as important. To build long-lasting relationships with your subscribers, you’re going to have to think beyond your organization and think about how you can deliver a great experience for your contacts.Start by answering a few questions like:Who are your contacts?What are they interested in?How often do they want to hear from you?The more information you can collect and store about your contacts the better. For example, if you collect email addresses at an event, make note of that so you can reach out to them with a targeted follow-up soon after.The timing of your emails is important — you want to make a good first impression on new contacts so that they read your future messages. You can also use this information to reach out to them if you are holding a similar event in the future.4. Don’t send carelesslyThis includes sending with a set schedule and goal in mind, but also checking back in to see how each mailing performed, and making changes when necessary. Using email reports, you have access to important information like open and click-through rates, which will show you what messages are attracting interest and getting your readers to interact with your content.You don’t want your email marketing strategy to become static. Spend some time thinking about little tweaks you can try. What happens to your open rate if you ask a question in your subject line? Does your click-through rate increase if you link to a YouTube video?Seeing what works best for your audience will ensure you are getting the return on investment you’re looking for from email marketing. Taking a few extra minutes to try something new could mean reengaging contacts that have fallen out of touch.last_img read more

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Global Maternal Health Conference 2013: Join the Global Team of Guest Bloggers!

first_imgPosted on December 3, 2012August 15, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Are you presenting at the Global Maternal Health Conference 2013 in Arusha, Tanzania? Do you plan to tune in to the live stream to view sessions remotely?Join the team of guest bloggers for the conference! With GMHC2013 right around the corner, the MHTF is looking forward to a lively online scientific dialogue about issues presented at the conference sessions. In an effort to fuel this conversation, we hope to engage a variety of perspectives–from various geographic regions and sub-fields–by connecting with health and development bloggers around the world.You might be interested in writing a guest blog post if:You would like to connect with a broader audience about the work you are presenting at GMHC2013,You work in global health and development and would like to share your thoughts on how the issues discussed in the sessions relate to your work in your specific context,You are working on similar issues to those discussed in the sessions, and would like to share your insights,You have a passion for global health and writing, and would like to help synthesize lessons learned from the sessions.Guest posts will be posted on the MHTF Blog and cross-posted on a number of other leading sexual and reproductive health, development, and global health blogs.If you are participating in the conference (either in Tanzania or remotely via live webcast) and would like to guest blog about the work you are presenting or the sessions you attend, please submit a brief statement of interest or a sample blog post of less than 300 words to Kate Mitchell (kmitchel@hsph.harvard.edu).Please also get in touch if you plan to blog on your own blog or your organization’s blog or website. We would love to discuss linking to your posts and cross-posting content.Take a look at the posts from the first Global Maternal Health Conference.For more information, contact Kate Mitchell (kmitchel@hsph.harvard.edu).Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

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mHealth for Maternal Health: mHealth Pilotitis – Time for Recovery or Relapse?

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on March 31, 2014August 10, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)mHealth for Maternal Health is an ongoing blog series that aims to share the knowledge and experiences of academics, implementers and funders from the mHealth and maternal health communities. As part of the series, we reached out to experts to gain insight on pressing questions around financing, partnerships, challenges and innovations in mHealth for Maternal Health. The post below includes responses by Patty Mechael, Executive Director of the mHealth Alliance and Ken Warman, Senior Program Officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.The last few years have seen a proliferation of mHealth pilots, particularly in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. A review published in PLOS Medicine showed that more often than not, these pilots failed to reach scale, leading to the coining of the term “mHealth pilotitis”.Due to a lack of coordination between organizations, pilots often lead to duplication of efforts and can take scarce time and resources away from local governments. Uganda’s decision in 2012 to place a moratorium on mHealth pilots was a wake-up call for the ICT4D community that perhaps it was time to take a step back and reconsider the scatter-shot approach that had become the norm. However, while organizations are eager to scale up their mHealth interventions, it has quickly become apparent that there might not be an easy cure for pilotitis. Despite the number of pilots, there is a lack of a strong evidence base and consensus regarding what would work at scale.To gauge where the mHealth community should focus its efforts moving forward, we asked experts and donors the following question: Do we still need more pilots in mHealth or do we know enough to say what works and should be scaled?According to Patty Mechael, Executive Director of the mHealth Alliance, “When asked the question on whether we need more pilots- my general response is absolutely not – except in the increasingly rare case of a completely new use of mobile technology within the health sector or for health promotion that has never been tried.  We do know a great deal about what works.  The reality is that, you can make almost anything work in a pilot phase with enough undivided attention and resources.Rather than viewing the development of a successful mHealth intervention as a binary transition between the pilot phase and scale-up, organizations should be willing to take an iterative approach. Mechael adds, “The latest thinking is to design for scale from the outset and approach implementation as well as complementary monitoring and evaluation in phases- similar to any technology development and/or program life cycle- where by assessments of each phase informs the next- including the decision to abandon course or adapt when something does not seem to be working in the early stages.”In the poetic words of Samuel Becket, “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”However, for an organization to successfully adopt an iterative approach, it is critical that donors also shift their mindset. According to Ken Warman, Senior Program Officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, “Many mHealth interventions take several iterations to become operational and integrated into a health workers daily routine.  Most pilots are not sufficiently funded to reach this milestone so they are never really adopted and embraced for going to scale.  I feel we, the mService community are still focused on vertical, niche applications and are not yet paying enough attention to larger, systemic issues and working towards an integrated ecosystem servicing a broad array of user needs.”For mHealth to move to the next phase in its development and become integrated into health systems, there need to be collective efforts by developers, implementers, donors and governments to work together to collect robust evidence about what works, and act nimbly to adapt and improve programs at different phases in their life-cycle.Do you have an opinion on the role mHealth can play to improve maternal health? What do you see as the biggest advantages of mHealth? The limitations? If you are interested in submitting a blog post for our ongoing guest blog series on mHealth for Maternal Health, please email MHTF Research Assistant Yogeeta Manglani.Share this:last_img read more

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