Want more insight on how online giving is growing? Stay tuned! In February, we’ll release our Digital Giving Index, which will take a closer look at online giving trends. We’ll share where, how, and how much donors gave across our digital channels in 2014. How did your year-end fundraising campaigns perform? Chime in with your experiences in the comments and let us know what you plan to build on—or change—in 2015! It’s no secret that year-end giving is an important source of donation dollars for most nonprofits. Last year was no exception and we saw a lot of “generous procrastinators” giving big online in December 2014. When we looked at organizations who received donations on the Network for Good platform in both December 2013 and December 2014, we saw an 18% increase in total donation volume year over year. A few other important notes about year-end giving results:The total number of donations also grew year over year. In December 2014, 22% more donations were made to charities through Network for Good compared to December 2013.As expected, #GivingTuesday was a big driver of December donations on the Network for Good platform in 2014, with over $4.5M raised on December 2. This represented a 148% increase over total donation volume on #GivingTuesday 2013.December giving also accounted for 30% of all online donations made to nonprofits through Network for Good in 2014, with 10% of all annual giving happening on the last three days of the year. This stat has remained consistent for the last 5 years, underscoring the significance of year-end giving on overall fundraising results.The average gift size for the month of December also increased by 6.5% compared to 2013.
Posted on July 6, 2012June 21, 2017Click 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)Family planning laws in China, particularly the one child policy, are being challenged by high profile scholars and other individuals this week. The Wall Street Journal‘s China Realtime Report explains the issue and why we are seeing increased activism surrounding family planning in China:A group of 15 prominent Chinese scholars issued a open letter [in Chinese] on Thursday calling for a rethink of country’s family-planning laws, arguing that the law in its present form is incompatible with China’s increasing respect for human rights and need for sustainable economic development.It was the second open call for reform of the one-child policy this week, and comes less than a month after the shocking story of a seven-months pregnant woman forced undergo an abortion ignited a firestorm of anger online.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 13, 2015October 28, 2016By: Nnenna Ihebuzor, Director of Primary Health Care Systems Development; Seye Abimbola, Research Fellow; Ugo Okoli, Program Director of SURE-P Maternal and Child Health Programme, Nigeria’s National Primary Health Care Development AgencyClick 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 part of our Translating Research into Practice Series, which features guest posts from authors of the MHTF-PLoS open-access collections describing the impact of their research since publication.The Midwives Service Scheme (MSS) was set up as a game changer to reduce maternal and child mortality so Nigeria could achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on maternal and child health (MCH). Established by the national government in 2009 to improve the availability of skilled birth attendants in rural communities, the program engages newly graduated, unemployed and retired midwives to work temporarily in rural areas. Four midwives are posted for one year to selected primary health care (PHC) facilities to provide the human resources for health necessary to achieve the MDGs in their states and local government areas.1. Scale upSince the publication of our PLoS Medicine paper, the MSS has subsequently been scaled up from 625 PHC facilities to an additional 375 facilities, providing 1,000 facilities across Nigeria with an additional 4,000 midwives and 1,000 community health extension workers.2. Antenatal care, facility delivery, and family planning increase, maternal and neonatal mortality decreaseThe MSS continues to contribute to improved health outcomes in the rural communities where antenatal care visits and facility delivery have increased by more than 100%, family planning uptake by more than 200% and maternal and neonatal mortality have decreased by 19% and 5%, respectively, since the 2009 baseline. In 2012, inspired by the success of the MSS, the national government created an MCH component of the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P), which provides an additional 1,000 PHC facilities and strategies to mitigate some challenges encountered in implementing the MSS. Since its commencement, routine monitoring data show a 50% reduction in maternal mortality, 48% increase in antenatal visits, 61% increase in skilled birth attendance and 59% increase in first time acceptors of contraceptives in SURE-P MCH facilities compared to the baseline data.3. Policy Change for Family PlanningThe experience of implementing the MSS has helped reveal to the national government the existing realities of PHC in Nigeria. This has contributed to influencing a change in national policy to now allow community health extension workers, who form the bulk of the PHC workforce in Northern Nigeria, to provide contraceptive injectables to women.4. Conditional Cash Transfers Increase Facility DeliverySince antenatal care uptake far outpaces facility deliveries within the MSS, SURE-P MCH includes a conditional cash transfer component that is currently being piloted in 18 of Nigeria’s 36 states. Pregnant women receiving the cash transfer are required to attend four antenatal care visits, deliver in a facility and attend postnatal visits. In return, they are given N5,000 (US$32), pro-rated based on the number of conditions they meet. Preliminary results show a 27% increase in facility delivery with this incentive.5. Improved community engagement and human resources investmentFurther, the MSS has renewed attention to community engagement in PHC by reactivating community health committees, which have been successful in ensuring community ownership and support for health workers. To support these committees in generating demand for MCH services, SURE P MCH introduced a cadre of 6,000 lay community-based health workers nationwide. Selected by the committees, they help pregnant women, mothers and their children use PHC facilities along the continuum of care.Despite these improvements, the high health worker attrition within the MSS continues. This is worse in northern Nigeria, where in some states only one third of deployed midwives stay. SURE-P MCH is trying to address the challenges responsible for attrition: challenging living and working conditions, irregular payment of salary and deployment far from home, since the majority of the midwives are from southern Nigeria.The way forwardAlthough we’ve seen great success from the MSS, SURE-P MCH and the MSS together support only 10% of PHC facilities in Nigeria. While they significantly improve health outcomes where they are implemented, nothing short of active support for PHC by states and local governments will make a major dent on national MCH indices to affect progress towards the MDGs. Translating MSS into significant improvements in national MCH indices requires innovative ways of getting sub-national governments to support PHC. One such way is contained in the 2014 National Health Bill, which was signed into law by President Goodluck Jonathan on December 9th, 2014. The bill guarantees that 1% of national revenue will go to PHC, but sub-national governments have to match federal allocation as a condition for accessing support for PHC. Hopefully this new law will help us to turn the page on PHC governance in Nigeria.Share this:
In 2017, the Network for Good blog covered a variety of topics ranging from fundraising strategies and planning to top campaigns and donor retention best practices. Here are the top five blog posts from our thousands of subscribers during 2017 – Enjoy!1) 8 Resources to Help with Fundraising PlanningIn this post by Liz Ragland, readers were given templates, resources, and tips to help get their plan ready and give your individual giving a boost in 2017.2) 3 Steps to Getting Corporate Sponsors for Your EventFundraising events take a fair amount of money to produce, and it’s easy to spend more money on the event than it actually raises. In this post we shared the secret to ensuring your event has a net financial gain, through corporate sponorships.3) Five Things Nonprofits Must Know to Keep DonorsThis post featured five top tips for planning donor retention strategies to grow individual giving this year. Did any of these strategies work for you?4) Five Tips for Launching a Smart and Successful Fundraising CampaignFundraisers are always looking for the secret to launching a smart and successful fundraising campaign. In this post, guest blogger Janet Cobb tackled how to set and achieve a SMART goal, laying out the five keys to success.5) 7 Tips to Make your Donors an Irresistible Fundraising OfferIn our last top post of 2017, guest blogger Claire Axelrad gave us some valuable tips on the “40-40-20 rule” Because if you don’t make it clear and easy for folks to take the exact action you desire, then the rest of your mailing has little purpose.What was your favorite blog post of the year? Do you have any topics you’d like to see us cover in 2018?
Still wondering if you should participate in #GvingTuesday tomorrow? From first-time donors to your longtime, faithful donor base, this global day of giving is one of the most popular events of the giving season.Network for Good’s data shows that charitable giving on our platform on #GivingTuesday continues to grow. Since #GivingTuesday began in 2012, participating nonprofits raise more money in their year-end campaigns than organizations that don’t. And more nonprofits are participating every year. Due to the popularity of #GivingTuesday, more and more donors are participating, too!Even if you’ve procrastinated, these next 24 hours still offer time to organize a successful day of giving. Pull together your best impact stories, testimonials from community partners, and powerful images. Prepare an email blast and your social media posts, and spend this #GivingTuesday engaging with your donors. For other quick ideas, check out our Ultimate #GivingTuesday Checklist.
If you’re just getting started with donor segmentation, or need new ideas on how to segment donors for better outreach, our Donor Segmentation Cheat Sheet offers great tips on how to generate donor lists by giving level, donation date, and campaign fund. Use the template to record your donor totals, date of list, and any notes for data analysis. Getting to know your donors takes a little extra effort; but you’ll see the benefits in engagement levels, donor retention, and ROI. Donor segmentation is an essential part of every fundraiser’s work. Segmenting is the first step to knowing your donors better. Grouping donors by certain criteria or segments gives you a better idea of who is in your donor management system based on giving habits, location, involvement, and more.Segmentation not only tells you who is in your system, but also helps you send relevant, personal communications to each group of donors. From your e-newsletter to your direct mail appeals, you can never segment your audience too much. The more personal you can make your outreach, the more your supporters will feel connected to your work.At Network for Good, we encourage the same approach in getting to know your donors, volunteers, and other supporters. Network for Good’s donor management system helps nonprofits quickly and confidently target their donors with the right appeal, and send it out at the right time. Read more on The Nonprofit Blog
Collaboration and Creative Communication: How the WOMAN Trial Findings Translated Into Maternal Health Policy Change
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on December 11, 2017December 12, 2017By: Haleema Shakur-Still, Associate Professor of Clinical Trials, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Project Director, WOMAN TrialClick 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)When our research team first started exploring whether an off-patent drug called tranexamic acid could reduce the number of people—mainly young men—who bled to death as a result of trauma, I never imagined that more than a decade later I would be surrounded by maternal health experts discussing how this treatment could help new mothers around the world. But that’s exactly where I found myself at a special event at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) titled, “How can we stop women bleeding to death in childbirth?”Six months after results from the WOMAN trial were published, the World Health Organization (WHO) updated its guidelines to include the use of tranexamic acid for prevention of PPH. Our hopes for the WOMAN trial came to fruition, demonstrating the protective effect of tranexamic acid on postpartum hemorrhage (PPH), a devastating complication that kills roughly 100,000 women every year—or one woman approximately every six minutes. We found that tranexamic acid, when administered within three hours of delivery, reduced a woman’s risk of death due to bleeding by one-third.All too often we scientists focus our energy on conducting high quality medical research and collecting more and more evidence to improve health outcomes—and this is important. However, research doesn’t have an impact on people’s health unless the information reaches clinicians and policymakers who can implement the findings. As Professor Joy Lawn, Director of the MARCH Centre at LSHTM and chair of the event highlighted, “Tonight is about time. Time that we take a stand to say that women shouldn’t be dying from something preventable, like bleeding.”As I reflect on the discussions, I have thought about two keys that have helped the WOMAN trial results lead to better maternal health outcomes and more effective policies: collaboration and creative communication.CollaborationThe WOMAN trial was a collaboration on an epic scale, involving 20,060 women from 193 hospitals in 21 countries and thousands of doctors, midwives and nurses. We were delighted to have representatives from some of these groups at the event, including Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, former president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics, and Her Excellency Toyin Saraki, Founder-President of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa and ambassador for the International Confederation of Midwives.In addition, recognizing the importance of including representation from professional bodies, maternal health advocacy groups and policymaking organizations, the WOMAN trial steering committee elicited feedback from WHO colleagues from the beginning.Involving numerous stakeholders from different sectors throughout the process helped ensure that the findings would translate into maternal health policy change.Creative communicationAs researchers, we need to be creative about how we share findings to reach a target audience. Some strategies for effective communication include letters, fact sheets and presentations at conferences. Harnessing the power of social and digital media by translating research findings and information into a story is another opportunity. In the past, the WOMAN trial collaborators and I have produced cartoons and animations to illustrate how tranexamic acid works. We have found videos to be another effective vehicle to tell the stories of women who experienced severe blood loss during childbirth and how it impacted their lives.At the event, we unveiled a new communication tool—the Blood Clock—which will remain on display at LSHTM until February 2018. The Blood Clock is a unique art installation whose aim is to raise awareness about PPH and the need for urgent treatment, illustrating that every six minutes, somewhere in the world, a woman dies from PPH. It was created by Consultant Obstetrician Dr. Graham Tydeman, who regularly deals with the problem of blood loss in childbirth.Now we need to keep the momentum going. I call on providers, policymakers and other members of the global maternal health community to act on these findings and educate others about tranexamic acid. No woman should die from preventable causes on the day she gives birth.—Watch a video of the Blood Clock.Read the findings from the WOMAN trial.Share this:
The Argentinean winger is having his best time at his team since arriving at Italian Lega Serie A club Udinese in 2016Rodrigo Javier De Paul started his professional career in 2012 with Racing Club in his native Argentina.He was then transferred to Spanish La Liga side Valencia in 2014, with a small loan to Racing Club in 2016.And in the same year, he moved to Italian Lega Serie A club Udinese, with whom he has played the best years of his life.With Udinese, De Paul has scored eleven goals in 76 appearances, but this season seems to be his best one yet.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Last summer, Fiorentina was interested in me, I had to think about it because that offer was interesting. Then, Udinese has told me they strongly believed in me so I decided to stay,” he was quoted by Gianluca Di Marzio.“We’re playing a very entertaining football, a dynamic and intense one. Everyone has to learn to do everything, we’re convinced this is the type of playing style suited to our team.”“I’m finally putting into use what Iachini told me, and I’m trying more often to shoot from outside the box. Even if, because of my qualities, I prefer making assists,” he added.He took his time to also speak about fellow countryman Paulo Dybala from Juventus “who I knew in Palermo when I had to get the documents I needed. Paulo is really strong, Juve surely could get toe to toe with the best European teams.”“They’ve had 9 victories in a row but they still should be aware of this: we want to win points, we’re playing at home and you can never tell how a game is going to end in football. What’s sure is that at the end of the game, I should travel with Paulo to Saudi Arabia to reach our Argentinean teammates”.
City of Encinitas to hold forum on proposed gas-powered leaf blower ban KUSI Newsroom Tonight, @EncinitasGov will discuss a proposal to eliminate the use of gas-powered leaf blowers to help achieve the goals set in its climate action plan. City officials think the proposal will also decrease levels of noise, dust and allergies.Story: https://t.co/8yyMTWgC9U pic.twitter.com/Ansmh43Wbb— KUSI News (@KUSINews) May 13, 2019 Updated: 12:55 PM Posted: May 13, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, ENCINITAS (KUSI) – The Encinitas Chamber of Commerce and the city of Encinitas will host a community forum Monday evening to discuss a proposal to eliminate the use of gas-powered leaf blowers.The Encinitas City Council is scheduled to discuss the ordinance next month. Monday’s forum will include presentations by city staff members on how the ordinance will benefit the city and help it achieve the goals set in its climate action plan. City officials also believe the ordinance will decrease levels of noise, dust and allergens.A violation of the ordinance would result in a fine of at least $100 after a warning, increasing for each violation. Only electric or battery- powered leaf blowers would be allowed within the city going forward, should the ordinance be adopted.The forum will be held at the Encinitas Community Center’s Banquet Hall, located at 1140 Oakcrest Drive. The event is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Monday evening.What do you think of the proposal? Let us know by replying to our Twitter posts below. May 13, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Shoaib was stabbed in his stomach by Nabi who had earlier abused him.Representational Image | Creative CommonsPeople confessing to killing their friends due to financial disputes and affairs are something that we hear on a daily basis. But what came as a shocker was a youth stabbing his friend due to his bad breath.An argument that broke out between two friends, identified as Shoaib Pasha and Nabi, snowballed into a fight after Shoaib made a comment about Nabi’s bad breath. As Nabi tried to hug Shoaib, he was pushed away, which infuriated the former.The confrontation did not stop there. Shoaib was stabbed in his stomach by Nabi who had earlier abused him. Following the incident on LBF Road in the Mavalli area, Shoaib called his brother Shahid for help. Nabi stabbed him too before fleeing.Shoaib and Shahid are being treated at a private hospital and are reportedly out of danger.The Bengaluru police have filed a case against Nabi under section 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code, according to a report in Times of India.Nabi was arrested and sent to judicial custody by the state police.In another similar incidents, a 22-year-old man was strangled to death allegedly by his two minor friends after an altercation over money in Shahdara’s Anand Vihar. In another case, a group of minor boys brutally killed their five-year-old friend with a screwdriver over a petty dispute of plucking mangoes from the tree in Chhattisgarh.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. File photoThe Historic 7 March, a memorable day in the history of Bangalees’ long arduous freedom struggle, is being observed on Wednesday with elaborate programmes, reports UNB.This year, the day bears a great significance as Unesco recogonised the historic 7 March speech as a world documentary heritage.On this day in 1971, Bangalees’ undisputed leader Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman delivered his epoch-making speech of independence before a mammoth rally at the historic Racecourse Maidan, now Suhrawardy Udyan, in the city.In his 19-minute extempore speech before a million freedom-loving people, Bangabandhu had made a clarion call for a non-cooperation movement asking the nation to prepare for the war of independence to liberate the country from the exploitative Pakistan regime.“The struggle this time is for freedom, the struggle this time is for independence, Joy Bangla,” Bangabandhu declared from the massive rally.In his speech, compared with US President Abraham Lincoln’s historic Gettysburg speech, Sheikh Mujib said, “Since we’ve learnt to give blood, we’ll give more blood. Inshallah, the people of this country must be liberated…Turn every house into a fort. Face (the enemy) with whatever you have.”Bangabandhu’s speech worked like a magic spell inspiring the entire Bangalee nation to join in the struggle for independence from the autocratic and repressive rule of the then Pakistani military junta.On 30 October last, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) recognised the Bangabandhu’s historic 7 March speech as a world documentary heritage.Awami League and different socio-political and cultural organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes to observe the day in a befitting manner.The ruling party is set to hold a public rally at the Suhrawardy Udyan on the occasion.Bangladesh Betar and Bangladesh Television as well as private television channels and radio stations are airing special programmes while national dailies published supplements marking the day.Meanwhile, president Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages recalling with gratitude courageous and farsighted leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in materialising the nation’s journey to freedom through his March 7 Speech.In a message, the president said, “Bangabandhu’s dream was to turn Bangladesh into ‘Sonar Bangla’. We should take steps to fulfill the dream of the Father of the Nation.”In her message, prime minister Sheikh Hasina said, “The historic speech of the Father of the Nation was the source of the immeasurable strength during the Liberation War. The everlasting speech will inspire the deprived, engrossed and freedom seeking people of the world.”The prime minister on behalf of her government and the Bangalee nation thanked the Unesco authorities for recognising the speech as part of the world’s documentary heritage.
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)On Aug. 12, District Council 20 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) hosted a press conference to endorse Democrat Muriel Bowser for D.C. mayor. Bowser secured Council 20’s support after meeting with the leadership for nearly an hour, answering questions and committing to follow-up tasks. The announcement was made at Council 20’s headquarters on Kalorama Road in Northwest.This is the second major union endorsement for Bowser. A day earlier, she received the support of the Metro Washington Labor Council, AFL-CIO union coalition, who endorsed Bowser based on her support for labor issues such as wage-theft enforcement and government workers’ right to unionize, according to the AFL-CIO’s president, Joslyn Williams.Before giving the floor to Bowser, Council 20’s executive director Andrew D. Washington shared his view of the District, as “a city that is changing at an incredible pace; a city where the income of the top 20 percent is $285,000 a year, while the income of the bottom 20 percent is less than $10,000 a year!”These staggering figures, he said, are not a matter of economics, but a challenge for the city’s next leader. In considering other candidates for Council 20, Washington said all others fell short. “Unlike her opponents, Muriel does not need to re-introduce herself to voters nor does she need a fake political makeover to recast herself as an ally of working people,” he said.While he does not expect to see eye-to-eye with Bowser at all times, Washington said he is confident a Bowser administration will be inclusive and respectful to District workers. “In Muriel Bowser, we believe unions will have a seat at the table when important issues are discussed,” he said.Democratic Mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser.In response to the support of the more than 6,000 District government employees that form District 20, Bowser said, “I’m honored to be endorsed by the hardworking men and women of District Council 20, a group that helps represent the backbone of our economy. Together, we will build an even stronger and more vibrant city, one that that supports working families, grows middle-class jobs, and brings trusted leadership to the District of Columbia.”Bowser, 42, won the democratic nomination on April 1, 2014, outing incumbent Vincent Gray. Bowser’s primary contender in the Nov. 4 election is independent D.C. council member, David Catania.Her campaign touts the fifth-generation Washingtonian as a pragmatic, hands-on approach leader with experience in legislation, oversight, and policy‐making in the District. As Ward 4 Councilmember, her agenda has included pushing an open and ethical government, rebuilding quality neighborhoods, and transforming schools and commercial corridors.
Kolkata: A man identified as Kushal Singh (37) was found dead inside a water tank at a warehouse on Belilious Road in Howrah on Monday morning. A source said Singh worked as a driver in Howrah. He belongs to Arrah district in Bihar and lived on Foreshore Road at Shibpur in Howrah. He also worked at a warehouse of a food wholesaler. According to a labourer of the warehouse, Singh came to work on Monday around 9 am. When he entered the warehouse, he saw water overflowing from the tank located on warehouse premises. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseHe went to check why the water was overflowing. Despite repeated attempts, Singh could not solve problem from outside and got into the 4ft deep water tank. When he went inside the tank, an official heard him calling for help. The official rushed and tried to pull him out but failed. Other labourers also tried but could not help him. Howrah police station and fire brigade were informed immediately. Later, Singh was pulled out in an unconscious state and was admitted to the Howrah District Hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. Sleuths are checking if Singh was pushed into the tank when he was standing near it. The police are checking if he was forced to get inside the tank. An unnatural death case has been lodged in this connection at the Howrah police station.
Facebook Comments Fabricio Alvarado gives concession speech in Costa Rica To deafening applause, the president-elect thanked Rodolfo Piza, the former candidate for the Social Christian Unity Party (PUSC) whose declaration of support for Carlos Alvarado early in the second round was undoubtedly a decisive factor in his victory.“The flag we must raise tonight with great pride to show to the world is the flag of Costa Rica… a unique country that we love, and for which we work… What unites us is much greater than what divides us,” he said.Stay tuned for more on this developing story. Related posts:Candidates face off at Grupo Extra debate in Costa Rica New poll in Costa Rica: another small Fabricio lead, another statistical dead heat 5 keys to understanding Costa Rica as it faces new elections BREAKING: Carlos Alvarado wins 60.6 percent of vote with 90.6 of votes recorded in Costa Rica “Today the world is looking at Costa Rica, and Costa Rica, once again, sends forth a beautiful democratic message. Well done, Costa Rica,” said Carlos Alvarado, the victor in today’s presidential runoff with a surprisingly decisive 60.8 percent of the vote at press time, with 39.2 percent for his rival, conservative pastor Fabricio Alvarado.The president-elect delivered his speech to a euphoric crowd at the Plaza Roosevelt in San Pedro, the university district just east of downtown San José.“Costa Rica is a marvelous country, and it is one country. Let’s celebrate that,” he said. “This election, in particular, has held up a mirror to our country. We have to understand this in a profound way, and as the country’s first servant… I must unite this country and make it a leading republic in the 21st century.”He thanked his opponent for his hard-fought campaign, which divided Costa Ricans in unprecedented ways over issues including marriage equality. He also thanked Fabricio Alvarado for his pledge of support for the new government.“I have received a call from Fabricio Alvarado and his congratulations. I congratulated him, as well, for the work his movement has done. I ask for applause for them, for the work they carried out,” he said, to dutiful cheers. “We have seen a country with inequality, a country that needs to work to bring bigger opportunities to its various regions… to reduce the inequality between men and women. A country that must provide opportunities for people with disabilities, for the elderly, for our children.” Experience Election Day in Costa Rica with The Tico Times’ first-ever 360 video
Go back to the e-newsletterEver needed a holiday after your holiday?Addressing this common problem, HyperFit Travel has launched its unique holistic retreat offering, fusing fitness and travel for the ultimate holiday experience. Showcasing various destinations throughout Southeast Asia, the retreat packages are curated to leave guests feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and inspired during and after their getaway.An avid traveller, Vickie Helson, founded HyperFit Travel in 2017 after deciding to trade in her tech-startup career and follow her passion for health, wellness and travel. Vickie noticed a gap in the market for a nourishing and fun travel experience that incorporates everything you would want from a holiday.“HyperFit Travel is a fun, healthy and inspiring holiday experience that leaves guests feeling nourished and invigorated, while also promoting the less explored regions of Southeast Asia that I’ve fallen in love with. Guests can begin their morning with a yoga or boxing session and then spend the rest of the day exploring world heritage sights, visiting ancient temples and strolling through local food markets,” said Vickie.Vickie curates each HyperFit Travel retreat to leave every guest feeling physically and mentally fitter, as well as culturally and creatively inspired. Combining fitness and cultural activities, Australian holidaymakers can experience locations such as Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines, showcasing that there is more to Southeast Asia than the common tourist destinations of Thailand and Bali.Just in time for the Australian winter, HyperFit Travel’s newest getaway, ‘Blood, Sweat and Temples’, offers adult guests of all fitness levels with the opportunity to explore the history and beauty of Siem Reap in Cambodia. The 7-day Cambodian retreat provides guests with the chance to explore the ancient history of the city, immerse themselves in the local cuisines and culture while also participating in various health and fitness activities.“We are offering a unique experience to visit the incredible Angkor Wat and participate in a range of activities from ancient martial art lessons, swimming and walking activities to spa and massage sessions, and the opportunity to taste traditional Cambodian delicacies. HyperFit Travel is the perfect mixture of fitness and travel, which ensures you don’t go home feeling as though you need another holiday,” added Vickie.The two upcoming Cambodian retreats will run from Monday 25 June to Sunday 1 July and Sunday 12 August to Saturday 18 August 2018 and can be booked through the HyperFit Travel website. Each retreat costs AU$2850 per person for a twin room and AU$3330 for a single private room (excluding flights) and includes luxury accommodation, tour guides, fitness activities with qualified trainers, most meals, transfers, Angkor park passes and a bag of goodies.Go back to the e-newsletter
08May Rep. Marino hosts over 100 job providers at town hall State Rep. Steve Marino of Harrison Township hosted local job providers for a town hall meeting with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation on Monday, May 7. He was joined by County Executive Mark Hackel, Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller, and Harrison Township Supervisor Kenneth J. Verkest.“This was a great opportunity for open discussion between local business owners and officials,” Rep. Marino said. “We must work together to encourage job growth and development for Macomb County. Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in the conversation.”PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Steve Marino listens to a local business owner alongside local officials. Categories: Marino News
Nostalgia-focused UK film channel Talking Pictures TV is launching today on the UK’s Freeview platform on channel 81 in partnership with Arqiva.The SD channel will reach about 72% of the UK population at launch via the Arqiva Freeview multiplex.Talking Pictures TV is a family-run business, which first began as a classic films DVD label under Renown Pictures Ltd. The company used its library of rights to UK films supplemented with acquired programming from broadcasters to launch a TV channel targeted at a maturte audience with an appetite for ‘Saturday morning pictures’ content shown in cinemas from the 1930s to the 1960s.“Talking Pictures TV is the only broadcaster to offer TV viewers the opportunity to watch nostalgic films of this genre for free, on Freeview. By launching on Freeview, we’re excited to be able to deliver such a unique experience to a much broader audience of movie lovers, or those people who may discover a new interest in classic films through channel surfing and discovering Talking Pictures TV,” said Sarah Cronin-Stanley, Director Talking Pictures TV.Mike Finchen, Director, DTT MuxCo at Arqiva said, “It’s great to be able to add another movie channel to Freeview. Freeview gives niche broadcasters, like Talking Pictures TV, the chance to not only air content to an audience who already knows and loves its brand, but to engage and expand its footprint with a broader set of viewers who may enjoy vintage films but weren’t aware of the service.”
Sony Pictures Television (SPT) is looking to sell a piece of its streaming service, Crackle, as it looks to grow revenue for the platform and compete with tech rivals.Mike HopkinsThe move was announced by Mike Hopkins (pictured), the former Hulu CEO who joined SPT as chairman last autumn, in a company memo.He said the company is “exploring potential partnerships for Sony Crackle to drive scale and position the streaming network to be more competitive”.“Crackle is a tremendously valuable asset for us, and with premium AVOD getting more and more traction as advertisers seek high value online advertising opportunities, we feel there is room for greater growth for our OTT business,” he said.“With the right partner – one that could bring additional content or users or leverage existing assets for advertising and promotion – we feel we can expand Crackle’s audience and significantly increase revenue.”Sony has brought in investment bank Moelis & Co. as part of the process to identify potential partners.Preferred partners will include other ad-supported VOD providers, media and entertainment companies with a large content library, TV networks or telecoms businesses.The ad-supported streamer was launched in 2007, but has been axed from various territories including Canada, the UK and Australia. It remains active in the US and Latin America.