Letran, Arellano stay in F4 hunt

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Rey Nambatac. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThere was no way Rey Nambatac was leaving Letran with a stunning defeat.Nambatac, who is set to turn pro late this month, bailed the Knights out with crucial baskets down the stretch for a thrilling 66-60 victory over the St. Benilde Blazers that forged a playoff for a Final Four berth in NCAA Season 93 basketball tournament on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next But a loss by the Stags will make the showdown between Arellano and Letran on Friday the decider for the last Final Four spot. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo 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 Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight The lefty guard finished with 18 points, including a three-point play with 20 seconds remaining that helped the Knights finish with a 9-9 record at the end of the elimination round.“I have some unfinished business with Letran,” said Nambatac.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 shutout“I want to make the Final Four then the finals and hopefully get a championship again. I’m not thinking that this was my last game. I just went all out as soon as I entered the court.”With Arellano beating Mapua, 81-64, earlier to also finish with a 9-9 record, the Chiefs and Knights will face off in a stepladder playoff for the last Final Four spot in the event that San Sebastian prevails over Perpetual Help this Thursday.center_img MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Surging Ateneo eyes repeat vs NUlast_img read more

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Gilas shakes off Japan to start World Cup qualifiers campaign

first_imgPhilippines guard Jayson Castro. Photo from Fiba.comWith Gilas Pilipinas still groping for form, coach Chot Reyes went to his old reliable Jayson Castro as the Philippines held off Japan, 77-71, to start its campaign in the Asian qualifiers of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Friday at Komazawa Olympic Park General Sports Gymnasium in Tokyo.Castro provided some semblance of stability for the Philippine side which struggled to get its bearing on the offensive end and lost grip of an early 14-point lead.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo 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 LATEST STORIES View comments Naturalized player Ira Brown chimed in 10 markers and 15 boards for Japan, while Daiki Tanaka also had 10 points on a 3-of-4 sniping from threes in the loss.The Scores:PHILIPPINES 77 – Castro William 20, Blatche 13, Wright 12, Norwood 10, Fajardo 6, Aguilar 5, Abueva 5, Pogoy 5, Ravena 1, Alas 0, Rosario 0.JAPAN 71 – Hiejima 20, Brown 10, Tanaka 10, Togashi 8, Baba 7, Harimoto 7, Shinoyama 4, J. Takeuchi 3, Ota 2, Furukawa 0, Uto 0.Quarters: 18-10, 37-28, 59-55, 77-71. Read Next Ravena vows ‘composed’ Ateneo come Finals against La Salle Castro also went 3-of-5 from three, halting the Philippines’ dry spell from downtown after missing its first eight attempts.Gabe Norwood added 10 points, seven rebounds, and four assists, while Matthew Wright had 12 markers on a perfect 7-of-7 shooting from the charity stripe.Reyes also drew huge contributions from substitutes June Mar Fajardo and Roger Pogoy. The four-time PBA MVP pumped six points and three rebounds but was a plus-eight on his time on the floor, while the reigning Rookie of the Year got two huge defensive stops in the final minute to diffuse Japan’s late rally to go with his five-point output.Gilas Pilipinas will now fly home to face Chinese Taipei on Monday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Makoto Hiejima was sensational for the Akatsuki Five as he paced his side with 20 points, five rebounds, and five assists.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The veteran guard fired 20 points, six assists, and seven rebounds, including five of the last seven points for Gilas, none bigger than a trey with 1:14 remaining that took the air out of the home team.With the defense clicking, Gilas jumpedto a 16-4 start which ballooned to a 24-10 advantage early in the second period.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 shutoutBut Philippines was hobbled by shooting woes and allowed its 37-28 halftime lead go down the drain with 12-0 blast from the the Japanese, who took a 40-37 edge midway in the third quarter.Gilas, though, just had enough in the gas tank as Andray Blatche eventually found his mark and paired with Castro in the end game. The naturalized center went for 13 markers, 12 boards, five dimes, three steals, and three blocks. Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

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4 Essential Nonprofit Messaging Secrets

first_imgWant to know a secret? There’s a trick to crafting the perfect marketing message for your nonprofit. Put your audience first.We all know people who are all about “me, me, me.” We tolerate them when we need to, but we avoid them as much as we can. On the other hand, we gravitate towards people who show interest in our lives, while also sharing information about themselves. It’s a reciprocal relationship that feels good.Crafting a message for your nonprofit follows the same rule of thumb. “You” marketing centers around your organization. “Me” marketing focuses on the benefits of what you are offering to people. How do you speak to their needs? How can you be of service to them?Craft Your MessageThese simple touchstones will help you create campaigns that are Connected, Rewarding, Actionable, and Memorable (CRAM), so you can catch your donors’ attention.Connect to things your audience cares about; such as making a difference, being part of a community, feeling good about themselves, feeling heard, etc.Reward people for taking action, both emotionally and tangibly. The most effective rewards are immediate, personal, credible, and reflective of your audience’s values.Action that is specific, easy to do, and measurably advances your mission offers an immediate sense of gratification.Memorable campaigns are unique, catchy, personal, tangible, desirable, and closely tied to your cause.Once they’ve taken action, thank them for participating. Encourage them to tell their friends about their support of your campaign or organization by providing a link to share on Facebook, Twitter, and email.OK, that’s one secret. Want to know the other three? Check out Insights, our new line of fundraising resources. These short bursts of information offer quick tips on how to make your nonprofit marketing and fundraising a success.Download 4 Essential Nonprofit Messaging Secrets today!last_img read more

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6 Steps to Improve Your Year-End Strategy

first_imgIt may seem too early to think about your year-end campaign, but trust us…it’s not! The final two months of the year are a crucial time for nonprofits. The numbers speak for themselves — 30% of annual giving occurs in December, and 10% occurs on the last 3 days of the year. Now is the time to start planning how you’ll boost your fundraising efforts to attract the generosity of people who are focused on giving at this point in the year.The best way to create a strategic year-end plan is to base it on your donor data. Using this data will optimize your efforts, ensuring you don’t waste resources. In this post, we’ll share five steps for using data to inform your year-end strategy.1) Segment Your DonorsDonor segmentation is important for two reasons. First, it gives you a better idea of who your donors are, how involved they are in their chosen cause, and their giving habits. Second, it provides a way to deliver relevant, customized communications that will pique donors’ interest. The more personal you get with your communications, the more your supporters will feel like part of your team. Segmenting your donor list serves as the foundation of your year-end strategy. Use our Donor Segmentation Cheat Sheet to get your donor data in order today.2) Recruit Top Advocates, Participants, and Volunteers for a Peer-to-Peer CampaignPeer-to-peer fundraising (also known as social fundraising or simply P2P) leverages your network of supporters to fundraise for you. Social fundraising campaigns are most successful when the campaign has a firm deadline — which is why they’re perfect for year-end fundraising. You can tie your P2P campaign to the theme of giving thanks, the holidays, or plan one that celebrates the upcoming new year and ends on January 1.Once you’ve segmented your list according to the detailed data on your contacts, you’ll know who to recruit for your P2P campaign. Focus on those who are consistently involved with your work, whether they volunteer, contribute financially, or simply spread the word about your organization.3) Promote Your Monthly Giving Program Across All ChannelsThe end of the year is an ideal time to promote your monthly giving program. People are in a giving mood, and they’re setting resolutions for the new year. Make it easy for them by inviting them to join your team of active, monthly supporters. Make the most of your monthly giving program in your year-end campaigns. Feature it in your email and direct mail appeals, promote it on your social media accounts, make it the default donation frequency on your giving page.You can promote your program across all your channels in a variety of ways. The first step in gaining new supporters is to make them aware of the opportunity. Again, use your segmentation to send messages customized to each group of donors.4) Approach a Major Donor for a Matching GiftMatching gifts increase not only the revenue per solicitation, but also the response rate of campaigns. There are several reasons why matching gift campaigns work, not the least of which is the desire to be part of a meaningful movement.Year-end campaigns gives you a reason to approach a major donor for a matching gift. Again, this time of year is when people are already in a giving mood, and they’re looking for opportunities to get involved. If you present a major donor with an innovative campaign idea at this time of year, the chances are high that she or he will agree. Scan your data to see which major donors are likely to be open to this idea and focus on those donors first.5) Build Direct Mail and Email Templates Specifically for Year-EndSwitch things up by creating special branding for your year-end communications and donation page. Celebrating the end of the year will get people freshly excited as they see you making the most of this time of year. These banners and templates might include snippets of what you and your supporters have accomplished together throughout the year. Use your data to see which donors celebrate which holidays and customize your direct mail and email templates accordingly.6) Create a CalendarAs you’re brainstorming ideas and creating to-do lists, don’t forget to plan out your calendar in detail. Once you’ve decided what your year-end strategy will consist of, create a calendar that outlines the tasks associated with each campaign and tactic and specifies who within your organization will be responsible for each. From #GivingTuesday to holiday cards to major donor phone calls, assigning dates to the campaigns and tactics you intend to implement will ensure nothing gets lost in the hubbub. You’ll also be able to identify opportunities you missed by noting any holes in your calendar that could be filled. Schedule your social media posts, note which hashtags you’ll use, and include links to relevant materials.Be Sure to Send Your Thank YousStart the new year right! Follow up your year-end campaign by using the first week in January to send your thank yous, expressing gratitude for the role your supporters play in the work you’re doing together. These thank yous will reinforce the good vibes and motivate donors to continue their support.Close out the year with a bang by taking advantage of your donor data. Create a targeted, effective strategy by following the steps we’ve outlined and rest easy knowing that your strategy is based on a firm foundation.last_img read more

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Collaboration and Creative Communication: How the WOMAN Trial Findings Translated Into Maternal Health Policy Change

first_img 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:last_img read more

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Measuring Person-Centered Maternal Health Care

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on February 14, 2018February 15, 2018By: Dominic Montagu, Associate Professor, University of California, San Francisco; Katie Giessler, Research Analyst, University of California, San FranciscoClick 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)Access to high quality health care is not only an inherent human right but also a critical component underpinning positive maternal health outcomes. This was indicated clearly by the World Health Organization (WHO) Multicountry Survey on Maternal and Newborn Health, which found that while a base of essential interventions is necessary to manage severe complications, above this minimum level of equipment and trained staff, more technological infrastructure is not associated with better maternal health outcomes.The BetterBirth study, a more recent large-scale randomized controlled trial, looked specifically at the technical processes that make up management of pregnancies, including handwashing and use of gloves, early referral for at-risk women and magnesium for hypertension. The trial was conducted over one year in 60 hospitals in Uttar Pradesh, India to support medical staff in adhering to the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist. The BetterBirth trial results showed that the coaching-based program was associated with significantly higher adherence to essential birth practices, but this led to no significant improvement in maternal mortality, the primary outcome indicator of the study.In 1966, Avedis Donabedian proposed a simple framework for understanding health care quality, dividing the observable components into structure, process and outcomes. The implication is that structure plus process must equal outcomes. The evidence from the WHO Multicountry Survey and the BetterBirth Study suggests that improvements in structure or technical process alone will not lead to improvements in outcomes. Two recent publications lay the groundwork for studying a third key component of maternal health: patients themselves. WHO and the Institute of Medicine explicitly address the importance of “patient centered care” in current guidance, and this concept is increasingly being changed to “person-centered care” (PCC) so as to include those who are not ill—women attending an antenatal care session, for example. PCC incorporates the human-rights dimensions of respectful maternity care and adds domains of knowledge exchange and experience of care (privacy, predictability of costs, cleanliness, etc.) that, when combined with patient-provider interaction, make up the key non-clinical aspects of care. PCC provides a framework for examining maternal health that starts from the perspective of the person receiving care.Based on existing analytic models of patient experience, quality of care, health seeking-behavior and other areas of health, researchers have developed a new model of the key domains of PCC for reproductive health.Domains of Person-Centered Care. Sudhinaraset et al. 2017After conducting qualitative data collection, expert reviews, cognitive interviews, iterative testing and revisions, surveys and psychometric analysis, researchers have translated this framework into a validated scale for measuring person-centered maternity care (PCMC). The PCMC scale is a standardized tool that researchers, program managers from government or health facilities and health providers themselves can use to measure the whole patient experience. The scale, which has been adapted for different contexts, consists of 30 questions in the Kenya-specific scale and 27 in the India-specific iteration. A shorter multi-setting version has been developed with only 12 questions.The PCMC scale has been applied in studies and interventions in Kenya, India and Ghana thus far. With it, researchers are now able to identify and better address the aspects of care that matter most to ensure positive patient experiences. The scale can also identify where these areas of care fall short and inform what practices must change to improve the quality of care as a whole. Both the framework and the scale are important as pragmatic, actionable steps to understanding patient care during childbirth. The improvements being made to infrastructure and medical processes need to be matched by improvements in the respect, empowerment, support and overall women-centered experiences that are at the center of every birth.Donabedian proposed that structure plus process drives outcomes. The experiences of BetterBirth and the WHO Multicountry Survey on Maternal and Newborn Health may seem to have challenged this assumption, at least for hospital-based maternity care and in the geographies they examined. But perhaps it was because a key aspect of process was missing from this work. Donabedian identified process to include technical as well as human components, noting that “the interpersonal process is the vehicle by which technical care is implemented and on which its success depends.” PCMC brings these interpersonal processes to the forefront of maternal health care.Perfect information is not necessary for improvement, although searching for good information when there are unknowns will lead to a better understanding of the complexities of health care and through that to improvements. The recent advances in person-centered care for maternal health, and the development of models and tools to understand patient experiences more accurately, come at a time when WHO’s initiative on Quality, Equity and Dignity is bringing new attention to the same issues. The growing attention to this issue will help us understand both how to improve person-centered Care and how doing so might change both experiences and outcomes for women.—Read the full paper and access the validated scale for measuring person-centered maternity care: Development of a tool to measure person-centered maternity care in developing settings: Validation in a rural and urban Kenyan populationLearn more about measuring women’s childbirth experiences.Share this:last_img read more

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ID of missing woman found 1250 km from where she was last

first_imgHolly MooreAPTN InvestigatesA driver’s license belonging to missing woman Ashley Simpson has been found in the tank of a vacuum septic truck at a Northern British Columbia lodge more than two years after she disappeared.“It was pretty shocking,” said her father John Simpson. “It is such a weird piece of the puzzle.”Simpson’s case was one of four missing women in the Okanagan Valley featured in the APTN Investigates episode Dark ValleyCpl. Dan Moskaluk of the BC RCMP confirmed that Simpson’s license was found.“Police are aware that Ashley Simpson’s ID was located at the Sasquatch Crossing Lodge, an area in Pink Mountain that Ashley was linked to prior to her relocation to North Okanagan,” said Moskaluk.Pink Mountain is 1,252 kms north of Enderby, B.C. where Simpson was last seen.Police are supposed to be coming to pick up the driver’s license.“I have the license in an envelope in front of me right now waiting for it to be picked up,” John Simpson said from his home in Ontario.A photo of the license which expired in 2017 was sent to John Simpson’s wife Cindy Simpson on Facebook by the owner of the Sasquatch Crossing Lodge Oct. 9. The license arrived in the mail shortly after.“We aren’t sure what to think of it or what to do about it,” said John Simpson. “We do know she was working up there.”Father recalls she may have lost her ID.Her father recalled Simpson saying that her wallet and ID went missing for a while. He said his daughter worked at the lodge for three years before moving to Enderby, B.C. with her boyfriend Derek Favell.“We aren’t sure if she got it back or if someone just decided ‘Oh I still have this license’ and tossed it somewhere,” he said, “The biggest thing with that is if it was someone in Pink Mountain, why wouldn’t they put it in the garbage and burn it? All the garbage is burned there.”The license was found in the tank of a truck that was used by the lodge. The trucks vacuum sewage out of trailers on the property.“Why wasn’t it soiled if it was in there for any length of time?” said John Simpson, adding the license was relatively clean for being inside of sewage waste.John Simpson travels to the Okanagan Valley to search for his daughter every year.He said he was told that the RCMP near Fort St. John looked into the discovery though he hasn’t heard anything about their findings.“We haven’t heard anything back,” he said. “All I know is that they said to keep the license in the envelope.”John Simpson said it is hard to know what happened and how the ID ended up in the truck tank.“It is very agonizing,” he said. “We are still hoping that sooner or later, someone is going to have remorse and tell us what happened to her.”Women and girls have been going missing from the Splatsin Nation for decades. If you have any information about these or any historical cases, Email us at investigates@aptn.cahmoore@aptn.ca@hollymoorenewslast_img read more

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My dream came true NHL game in Plains Cree a hit

first_imgDennis WardAPTN NewsClarence Iron had called many hockey games on the radio – but what happened on Sunday, during the NHL game between Montreal Canadiens and Carolina Hurricanes, amazed him.Iron made history by being the first play by play announcer to call a game on national television in Plains Cree.“It happened – my dream came true but to call it in Cree. I thought I would call it in English because I’ve called a lot of English hockey games before but to do the Cree, even myself, sometimes I amaze myself,” he says with a laugh.APTN and Sportsnet, the official broadcaster of NHL hockey in North America, teamed up for the historic game – a milestone in Canadian television history.Iron has long been recognized as one of the Cree voices of hockey.He’s hoping this historic moment opens the doors for the next generation too.So does studio host Earl Wood who was beaming with excitement throughout the game.“I want to invite all those young people out there no matter where you are to take it upon yourself to gain an interest in our language and to utilize it,” Wood told APTN News. It has a place in this modern day society and can take you anywhere you want to go.“Anywhere you want to go, your language will take you there.”Shtatahaa Carey Price ngii ngaabinaan mwebigaanhsan! #APTN #aptnhockey @APTN @APTNNews @APTNInFocus https://t.co/xHXn2i1iKP— Dominic H K Beaudry (@DhkBeau) March 25, 2019The game was pure entertainment on and off the ice.The Hurricanes played the spoilers for Canadiens fans in a 2-1 overtime win.In a game with playoff implicationsEven if you didn’t understand a word, you could feel the excitement in the call.“That was exciting tonight,” says Joel Darling, executive producer of special events at Sportsnet. “It really was and to see some of the tweets that were being put out on social media was pretty exciting to and hear you guys call it the way you did, it was entertaining and really fun to listen to.”While some may have tuned in initially for the novelty, many stuck around because it was so exciting to watch.An important game for Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples says Jason Chamakese, a Cree language guest on the broadcast.“The only thing that I can think of right now is wow. To be part of something that amazing, to have our languages broadcast to living rooms all across Canada and to have people who don’t understand the language hear how beautiful our Cree language sounds. It’s amazing to be a part of.”Chamakese hopes the airing of this game is about more than just hockey.“I think we want everybody to get along and to care about one another because I see a disconnect and through something like this our hope is that we build these bridges between people,” he says. “That’s what I’m hoping for that this will lead to something good, something positive (in cree) which is sharing the land in a good way.”Studio analyst and former NHL player John Chabot says this can’t just be a one off.“The NHL has done a job of reaching out to our new Canadians but they’ve really never reached out to our pre-Canadians and this was something that was a long time coming,” he says.And it may not be a one off.Talks are underway in the hopes of airing more games next season on APTN in different Indigenous languages.At the moment, hockey is broadcast in English, French and Punjabi.dward@aptn.ca@DennisWardNewslast_img read more

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Italian broadcaster Mediaset has made its flagship

first_imgItalian broadcaster Mediaset has made its flagship service Canale 5 available on Sky’s satellite platform after an absence of three years, the first step in making all free-to-air Mediaset channels available via the pay TV broadcaster.Canale 5 is now available on Sky’s channel 105 in HD. Mediaset said that the move was the first step to making all free general and thematic channels available on the satellite platform, including Italia 1 and Rete 4. Mediaset said its strategy continued to be to make its channels available on all free and pay platforms, whether terrestrial, satellite or online streaming.The agreement between Mediaset and Sky covering the airing of free-to-air channels is the latest phase in an ongoing rapprochement between the pair that started with their March agreement covering pay TV services.Mediaset’s free channels disappeared from Sky’s line-up in 2015 following disagreements about retransmission fees.The March deal between the pair covering pay TV sees Mediaset make a number of cinema and TV series channels from Mediaset Premium available to Sky customers at no additional charge, along with a raft of on-demand content from Warner, Universal and Medusa.The reciprocal agreement saw Sky create a new digital-terrestrial pay TV offering of its own for Italian DTT viewers via Mediaset’s transmission capacity.Sky Italia is also renting bandwidth from the DTT multiplexes operated by Mediaset-owned Ei Towers to deliver a DTT pay offering.last_img read more

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A Trump administration effort to shift family plan

first_imgA Trump administration effort to shift family planning funding away from organizations that offer comprehensive reproductive health services, including abortion, could cripple federal efforts to stop a dramatic increase in sexually transmitted diseases in the U.S., some public health officials fear.”This is the perfect storm, and it comes at absolutely the worst time,” says Daniel Daltry, program chief of the HIV/AIDS, STD and Viral Hepatitis Program at the Vermont Department of Health.In 2016, the most recent year with reported federal data, there were more than 2 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis reported to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It was the highest number of reported cases ever.This month, the Trump administration proposed new funding changes to the Title X program, which provides grants to programs in family planning, STD screening and breast and cervical cancer screening at nearly 4,000 sites nationwide. The program primarily serves low-income, young women, although a growing number of men also receive services at clinics that get Title X money.Title X funds have never been permitted to be used for abortions. But the president and other Republicans have vowed to cut off all federal funding for Planned Parenthood and other organizations that provide abortions. President Trump’s new rules, if adopted in their current form, would require that Title X services be physically and financially separate from abortion services.Daltry and other public health officials fear these changes will make testing and treatment for STDs harder to get.Many family planning clinics are committed to offering comprehensive services, including contraception and abortion referrals, said David C. Harvey, executive director of the National Coalition of STD Directors, a membership group of public health department STD directors and community organizations.”These principles are near and dear to them,” he says, “and if the changes are enacted we fear many programs would decide not to take Title X funding.”And with less federal money, he says, these clinics would have fewer resources for STD screening, treatment and outreach.Young people ages 15 through 24 accounted for half of all new STD cases in 2016, according to CDC data. And at least one in 4 four adolescent girls who were sexually active had a sexually transmitted disease; many of those infected don’t have obvious symptoms.STDs are generally easy to cure with antibiotics, but without treatment can cause serious, lasting health problems, including pelvic inflammatory disease, which can lead to infertility.Even if young people have insurance coverage through a parent’s health plan, surveys show many avoid using that coverage, out of concern that their parents will learn that they’ve been tested or treated for an STD.Instead, young people often take their concerns about STDs to a health clinic that gets Title X funding, where they can get confidential services and pay for the visit on a sliding scale, based on their income.The number of STD clinics funded by local or state governments has dwindled over the past decade, Harvey says, and many states now rely on other providers — such as Planned Parenthood — for testing and treatment.With 12 sites in Vermont, “Planned Parenthood has operated as our STD clinic,” says Daltry. Access to these clinics is very important, he adds, noting that while there are other providers throughout the state, they might not offer the same continuum of care.However, advocates of the Trump administration’s plan point out that some new clinics may also now get Title X funding. Earlier this year, the administration made a point of encouraging providers that emphasize fertility awareness methods for family planning to apply for money.The Catholic Medical Association, for example, applied for Title X funding this year. According to a written statement from the organization, “The CMA supports all types of natural family planning; we do not support artificial contraception of any type; nor do we support abortion for any indication, but support appropriate treatments for both mother and baby as indicated by medical circumstances.”Similarly, Dr. Anne Nolte, a family physician at St. Peter’s Gianna Center, a gynecology and infertility practice in New York City, says doctors in her practice don’t prescribe birth control pills or other FDA-approved methods of contraception. But “patients are welcome to come to us for STD screening and treatment,” she says. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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first_imgA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… A senior Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) official has told MPs that a highly-critical UN report on poverty in the UK was “factually correct” and “made a lot of good points”, despite ministers repeatedly attacking its accuracy.Donna Ward, DWP’s policy director for children, families and disadvantage, told the work and pensions select committee yesterday (Wednesday) that the report by Professor Philip Alston, the UN’s special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, made “really good points” on issues such as austerity and cuts to local government spending.Ministers have consistently dismissed Alston’s report, with minister for disabled people Sarah Newton, who has since resigned, claiming last November – following the publication of his preliminary report – that he had made “factual errors”.And in May, after Alston published his final report, DWP described it as “a barely believable documentation of Britain, based on a tiny period of time spent here” that “paints a completely inaccurate picture of our approach to tackling poverty”.Amber Rudd, the work and pensions secretary, reportedly claimed that Alston had not carried out enough research and apparently threatened to lodge a formal complaint with the UN.But Ward (pictured) has now told MPs on the committee – during an evidence session on the impact of universal credit – that DWP has carried out a “fact check” on the report and has concluded that Alston “made a lot of good points” and that his report was “factually correct”.She said: “I think where the secretary of state took issue with it and where I as a civil servant can’t be involved was the political interpretation of a lot of what’s happened.“But in terms of the facts, in terms of austerity, and cuts to local government funding, in terms of the reliance that we have on the labour market and the risk that we have if there was a recession, all of those things were really good points that we have taken on board, we should take on board.”SNP’s Chris Stephens said Ward’s comments were “quite revealing” because the rapporteur’s report was “very often pooh-poohed” by ministers and some Tory backbenchers.Will Quince, the junior minister for family support, housing and child maintenance, said he took such reports “incredibly seriously”.He said: “I’m not going to say I don’t regret the quite inflammatory language and in some cases quite overtly political tone of the report but there are areas in there that of course I recognise and I know that we need to do a considerable amount of work on and any report of that nature is always going to highlight areas.”Alston said in his preliminary and final reports that government policies such as cuts to public spending and “highly regressive” changes to taxes and benefits suggested that the UK government had breached the “principle of non-discrimination enshrined in international law”.He also said that figures from the Social Metrics Commission showed that 14 million people, a fifth of the population, were living in poverty and nearly half of them were from families in which someone was disabled.And he said that many disabled people’s families had been “driven to breaking point” by cuts to social care.last_img read more

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Web Pioneer Tim BernersLee Wins Computings Highest Award

first_img 2 min read World Wide Web pioneer Tim Berners-Lee just chalked up another accolade, and it’s one of his greatest yet. The Association for Computing Machinery has given him the 2016 Turing Award, frequently considered the Nobel Prize of the computing industry. He’s receiving the award not just for inventing the basics of the web, but designing them in an elegant way. His concepts for links (URLs and URIs) were simple and easy to implement, while making HTML the heart of the web helped anyone publish info in a practical format.The award also pays tribute to Berners-Lee’s efforts in the years after getting the web off the ground. He fostered the early web by distributing open source code, and he shaped groups like the World Wide Web Consortium (the standards body), World Wide Web Foundation (promoting the web as a basic right) and Web Science Trust (which studies the web’s social effects). The web “is what it is today” because of him, according to the ACM, and he’s still involved in supporting it.The prize isn’t just about the honorifics — Google also offers $1 million. And it’s safe to say that it’s well-earned in this case. While the internet certainly existed before Berners-Lee fired up the first public web server in 1991, it wasn’t until then that it found a simple framework that could catch on with the mainstream. Modern commerce, news and politics almost certainly wouldn’t be the same without him. –shares Web Pioneer Tim Berners-Lee Wins Computing’s Highest Award Next Article April 5, 2017 Image credit: Henry Thomas/ACM via engadget Technology Add to Queue Jon Fingas Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. This story originally appeared on Engadget Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business It’s recognition for building the basics of the modern internet. Register Now »last_img read more

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Most YouTube Influencers Still Dont Disclose Sponsored Deals Study Says

first_img Next Article Same goes for Pinterest influencers, according to this Princeton study. Add to Queue It’s been almost a year since the FTC warned social media influencers that they should “clearly and conspicuously [disclose]” if they’re being paid for a post or video. But according to a new Princeton University research, most YouTube and Pinterest influencers still don’t add proper disclaimers to the content they produce.The researchers analyzed over 500,000 YouTube videos and over 2.1 million unique Pinterest pins from August to September 2017 for the study. They found that 3,472 videos and 18,237 pins in the bunch had affiliate links, but only 10 and seven percent, respectively, contained written disclosures.Those that did have disclosures didn’t even follow the FTC’s guidelines, which recommend lengthier explanations than “hey, these are affiliate links.” The FTC wants influencers to be very clear in their wording: for instance, as Wired said, they can write “I make a small commission every time you purchase through these links.”According to lead author Arunesh Mathur, his study doesn’t even represent all types of undisclosed affiliate partnerships, since they didn’t take coupon codes and other linkless deals into account. That said, the researchers also didn’t take into account any disclosure YouTubers mention in the video and those written in languages other than English. Mathur, however, is “fairly confident that only a tiny fraction of content creators disclose affiliate links at places other than the description.”Advertising on social media without the proper disclosure has become a huge issue in recent years. Just take a look at celebrities’ accounts, and you’ll see them promoting products without saying whether they’re getting paid for the post. It’s not the advertisements themselves that are the problem, it’s that without the proper label, people won’t know whether influencers are simply recommending a product they like or if they’re getting paid to praise it.Instagram, YouTube and Facebook have labels influencers can use to indicate sponsorship, but they’re a bit too subtle for the FTC. Things might change as more and more social media superstars pop up. Mathur and his team, for one, believe the answer lies in browsers: they plan to develop an extension that can automatically detect and highlight affiliate marketing campaigns. Image credit: Getty via engadget Most YouTube Influencers Still Don’t Disclose Sponsored Deals, Study Says 2 min read Mariella Moon Social Media This story originally appeared on Engadget Register Now » March 28, 2018 Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. –shareslast_img read more

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What Businesses in NYC Need to Know About Discrimination Against Transgender Workers

first_img December 28, 2015 Legal What Businesses in NYC Need to Know About Discrimination Against Transgender Workers 3 min read Entrepreneur Staff –shares 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Apply Now » Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Image credit: Shutterstock.com Next Article Businesses in New York City, be warned: If you intentionally and repeatedly refer to a transgender worker as a “he” when the person prefers “she,” you could be setting yourself up to face a discrimination lawsuit.The NYC Commission on Human Rights recently released updated guidelines to clarify what actions are considered discrimination on the part of business owners, particularly with regard to transgender and gender non-conforming employees in the workplace. Under the rules, employers are required to use the employee’s chosen name, pronoun and title “regardless of the individual’s sex assigned at birth, anatomy, gender, medical history, appearance, or the sex indicated on the individual’s identification.”Related: When Company Culture Becomes DiscriminationFor transgender and gender non-conforming people, preferred pronouns can include he/him/his, she/her/hers, they/them/theirs or ze/hir. If you are unsure what someone’s preferred pronoun is, it is within your right to ask. The NYC Commission on Human Rights notes that checking with an employee to make sure you have the correct name and pronoun is not a violation of the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL).An action that does constitute a violation of the law, however, is the withholding an employee benefit like health insurance because of someone’s gender or gender identity. In accordance with the NYCHRL, health plans that are offered must include coverage for “transition-related care or gender-affirming care.” In that same vein, for something like medical leave, employers are required to “treat leave requests to address medical or health care needs related to an individual’s gender identity in the same manner as requests for all other medical conditions.”Related: How Entrepreneurs Can Spot Subtle BiasUnder the law, employers cannot prevent an individual from using a restroom, locker room or any customarily single-sex facility that aligns with their gender identity, regardless of that person’s sex at birth. For instance, a transgender woman cannot be barred from using the women’s restroom nor be forced to use a single-occupancy restroom. And when it comes to dress codes or uniform standards, instituting a rule that is based on sex stereotyping, like one that requires men to wear ties or women to wear high heels in the office, is prohibited. The NYC Commission on Human Rights recommends creating gender neutral requirements for professional attire.Those who break the law can be landed with a civil penalty of up to $125,000, but the NYC Commission on Human Rights explains that violations of the NYCHRL “that are the result of willful, wanton, or malicious conduct” can be fined up to $250,000.Related: It’s Time to Close the Workplace Gender GapWhile sex has been a federally protected class for decades, in 2002 the New York City Council added the Transgender Bill of Rights to the NYCHRL to extend that protection to gender identity and gender expression. New York City is not the only city — or state — that has legislative protections in place for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. The American Civil Liberties Union says 19 states including the District of Columbia, and at least 200 cities across the country have their own varying laws on the books. The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Add to Queue Nina Zipkinlast_img read more

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In FirstEver Campaign Hackers Target Apple Users With Ransomware

first_img Image credit: TungCheung | Shutterstock.com Reuters Next Article March 7, 2016 This story originally appeared on Reuters 3 min read Add to Queue In First-Ever Campaign, Hackers Target Apple Users With Ransomwarecenter_img Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. –shares Apple Inc. customers were targeted by hackers over the weekend in the first campaign against Macintosh computers using a pernicious type of software known as ransomware, researchers with Palo Alto Networks Inc. told Reuters on Sunday.Ransomware, one of the fastest-growing types of cyber threats, encrypts data on infected machines, then typically asks users to pay ransoms in hard-to-trace digital currencies to get an electronic key so they can retrieve their data.Security experts estimate that ransoms total hundreds of millions of dollars a year from such cyber criminals, who typically target users of Microsoft Corp.’s Windows operating system.Palo Alto Threat Intelligence Director Ryan Olson said the “KeRanger” malware, which appeared on Friday, was the first functioning ransomware attacking Apple’s Mac computers.”This is the first one in the wild that is definitely functional, encrypts your files and seeks a ransom,” Olson said in a telephone interview.Hackers infected Macs through a tainted copy of a popular program known as Transmission, which is used to transfer data through the BitTorrent peer-to-peer file sharing network, Palo Alto said on a blog posted on Sunday afternoon.When users downloaded version 2.90 of Transmission, which was released on Friday, their Macs were infected with the ransomware, the blog said.An Apple representative said the company had taken steps over the weekend to prevent further infections by revoking a digital certificate that enabled the rogue software to install on Macs. The representative declined to provide other details.Transmission responded by removing the malicious version of its software from its website. On Sunday it released a version that its website said automatically removes the ransomware from infected Macs.The website advised Transmission users to immediately install the new update, version 2.92, if they suspected they might be infected.Palo Alto said on its blog that KeRanger is programmed to stay quiet for three days after infecting a computer, then connect to the attacker’s server and start encrypting files so they cannot be accessed.After encryption is completed, KeRanger demands a ransom of 1 bitcoin, or about $400, the blog said.Olson, the Palo Alto threat intelligence director, said that the victims whose machines were compromised but not cleaned up could start losing access to data on Monday, which is three days after the virus was loaded onto Transmission’s site.Representatives with Transmission could not be reached for comment.(Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe and Sandra Maler) Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Cyber Attacks Register Now »last_img read more

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