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first_imgLondero broke him, held at love and forced a tie-breaker, but Djokovic won five of the last six points thanks to Londero errors and then dominated the final set.“I want to congratulate Londero for showing a fighting spirit,” Djokovic said. “It was a real fight.”Five-time US Open winner Federer, who lost to Djokovic in last month’s epic Wimbledon final, started poorly but broke early in each of the last three sets and held serve to the end.“I buckled down and told myself I was going to hang tough and not get broken and that made a big difference,” Federer said.Next in Federer’s path is either French 25th seed Lucas Pouille or Britain’s 58th-ranked Dan Evans.– Nishikori, Barty win –Japanese seventh seed Kei Nishikori, the 2014 US Open runner-up, beat 108th-ranked American Bradley Klahn 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.Nishikori, who could face Federer in the quarter-finals, stumbled after seizing a 5-1 edge in the final set and needed five match points to win.“A little bit of lost focus after 5-1,” Nishikori said. “He started playing better too.”French Open champion Ashleigh Barty, the second seed from Australia, eliminated 73rd-ranked American Lauren Davis 6-2, 7-6 (7/2), saving a set point before dominating the tie-breaker.“I knew I was doing the right things,” Barty said. “It was just about execution. I’m glad I came through in the tie-breaker.”Czech third seed Karolina Pliskova, seeking her first Grand Slam title, ousted 202nd-ranked Georgian qualifier Mariam Bolkvadze 6-1, 6-4.Ukraine fifth seed Elina Svitolina defeated seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4 and US 10th seed Madison Keys, the 2017 US Open runner-up, trounced China’s Zhu Lin 6-4, 6-1. Share on: WhatsApp Novak Djokovic fought through shoulder pain to reach the third round of the rain-hit US OpenNew York, United States | AFP | Top-ranked defending champion Novak Djokovic fought through shoulder pain to reach the third round of the rain-hit US Open on Wednesday while Roger Federer shook off another slow start to advance.Djokovic, winner of four of the past five Slam titles and 16 in all, was treated for a sore left shoulder throughout his 6-4, 7-6 (7/3), 6-1 victory over Argentina’s 56th-ranked Juan Ignacio Londero.“It was definitely affecting my serve and backhand,” Djokovic said of his shoulder injury. “I was definitely tested.”Djokovic next faces 27th-seeded Serbian compatriot Dusan Lajovic or American Denis Kudla, but the injury casts grave doubts on his bid to be the first US Open repeat winner since Federer won from 2004-2008.“This is something I’ve been carrying for quite a while now,” Djokovic said. “It wasn’t easy to play with the pain, but you have to hope you will get some opportunities and some lucky shots.“It’s not the first time I’m facing this kind of adversity or challenge. It is what it is and I’m just grateful to be on the court.”Djokovic won’t play again until Friday and until then, “I’ll probably freeze my arm for 48 hours, not do anything with it and see what happens.”Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam winner seeking his first US Open crown since 2008, rallied to beat 99th-ranked Bosnian Damir Dzumhur 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4.The 38-year-old Swiss third seed, who also dropped the first set against Indian qualifier Sumit Nagal in his opener, answered the wake-up call after conceding the first set with 17 unforced errors.“When it happens like this, back-to-back matches, it’s just a bit frustrating more than anything, especially when the level is that low and there is that many errors and the energy is not kind of there,” Federer said. “But can only do better, which is a great thing moving forward.“I didn’t expect to hit 15 to 20 unforced errors, which is basically the entire set just sort of donated… I clearly have to play better from the get-go.”US eighth seed Serena Williams, seeking her 24th career Grand Slam title to match Margaret Court’s all-time record, faces 17-year-old US wildcard Caty McNally in a later match under the roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium.Only 10 of 32 singles matches were played as rain wiped out play except in enclosed stadiums, with Russian fifth seed Daniil Medvedev and three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka among those postponed to Thursday.“I definitely profit from everything I did in the game and my ranking to be put on center court on a day like this,” Federer said.Serbian star Djokovic broke on an errant Londero forehand to close the first set, then was broken twice in falling behind 3-0 in the second set only to win the next five games.“Somehow I managed to find my way back,” Djokovic said.last_img read more

first_imgIndeed, a £40 million drop in Ashley’s asking price since talks began in January is believed to be linked to the falling value of football assets due to a shutdown caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.Manchester City’s run of 11 major trophies since an Abu Dhabi takeover in 2008 transformed their fortunes is an example of the difference wealthy Middle Eastern owners can make.Prior to 2011, City had not won a major honour since 1976. Newcastle’s barren run stretches back to 1969.“They are looking for someone to come in with fresh investment and to get them back where they should be, which is the top end of the Premier League and maybe the Champions League,” former Newcastle manager Graeme Souness told Sky Sports.However, selling out to Saudi investment will see Newcastle become the latest target of criticism over the state’s use of sport to distract from its human rights record.“In recent months, Saudi Arabia has worked hard at ‘sportswashing’ its reputation – trying to use the glamour of sport as a public relations tool to improve its international image,” said an Amnesty International report in February.A world heavyweight title fight between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz in December and the Spanish Super Cup a month later received strong criticism for taking the millions offered to participate in Saudi Arabia.“It is something we need to be aware of,” added the NUST spokesman.“We need to see the specific details of who is involved once it is confirmed. It is only natural there are concerns.”Share on: WhatsApp Newcastle United fans have long campaigned for the departure of owner Mike AshleyLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  Newcastle United fans have long dreamed of ridding the club from owner Mike Ashley, but a potential £300 million ($377 million) takeover backed by the Saudi sovereign wealth fund presents fans on Tyneside with a different dilemma.Retail tycoon Ashley has been deeply unpopular in his 13 years in charge of Newcastle, during which time the club have twice been relegated from the Premier League before bouncing back into English football’s lucrative top flight.British financier Amanda Staveley has held a long-running interest in brokering a deal for one of England’s most passionately supported clubs with attendances often above 50,000 despite years of limited success.Ashley labelled Staveley a “waste of time” when a previous bid to take control collapsed in 2017.However, documents filed last week to Companies House provide a framework for talks between Staveley’s PCP Capital Partners and Ashley.According to reports, 80 percent of the deal would be funded by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund with Staveley providing 10 percent and the other 10 percent coming from British billionaire brothers David and Simon Reuben.The Toon Army have long voiced their dissent as Ashley has tried to cash in on the riches of Premier League television rights deals, whilst investing little on improving the team on the pitch.“There was a famous banner a couple of years ago that read: ‘We don’t demand a team that wins, we demand a club that tries.’ For the last 13 years we haven’t had a club that has tried,” a spokesman for the Newcastle United Supporters Trust (NUST) told AFP.“Under this ownership there has been no ambition, effectively no investment and no hope for a sporting entity that hasn’t been a sporting entity. It’s been there to survive and nothing more.”The prospect of deep-pocketed owners, particularly at a time when most other clubs will be cutting back due to the economic crisis caused by coronavirus, is an alluring one for the Magpie faithful.last_img read more

first_imgThe Florida Department of Law Enforcement needs help locating an 11-year-old Jacksonville boy who went missing over the weekend.A missing child alert was issued for 11-year-old Keavon Washington who was last seen in the area of the 1600 block of West 45th Street in Jacksonville on Saturday.He is 4 feet, 10 inches tall, has brown eyes and has black hair.If you have any information on his whereabouts, call the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office at 904-630-0500 or call 911.last_img

first_imgSAPS officers will be on alert during the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Deputy Police Commissioner Andre Pruis and Interpol’s Ronald Noble speaking at a media briefing in Johannesburg. Noble believes South Africa will stage a great World Cup. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Senior Superintendent Vishnu Naidoo South African Police Services Spokesperson +27 82 567 4153 RELATED ARTICLES • Police hard at work for a safer SA • Cracking down on 2010 crime • New unit to crack down on crime • 5 000 new police for South Africa • Choppers to curb 2010 crimeBongani NkosiInterpol, the global police organisation, has given its assurance that the strictest security measures are in place for the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa.Ronald Noble, Interpol secretary-general, announced a massive collaboration plan with the South African Police Services (SAPS) at a recent media briefing at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.While not revealing the total number of police officers Interpol will use during the event, Noble said about 25 member countries will provide South Africa with additional security personnel. Each of the 32 participating countries will also send in their own security officers.Government will spend R640-million (US$88-million) on deploying 41 000 SAPS officers across the country during the tournament, including 31 000 permanent officers and 10 000 police reservists. As a further measure, special courts will be set up to deal with cases involving foreign visitors – and these will be open 24 hours a days.“Our security plan is very thorough [and] very comprehensive,” said Noble. “Interpol members will be integrated with the SAPS.”This will be Interpol’s biggest operation in the history of international events, Noble added.SAPS and Interpol officers will head joint operations at venues such as stadiums, hotels, public viewing areas and others related to the World Cup. “We will jointly plan specific operations,” said Deputy Police Commissioner Andre Pruis.High-tech general packet radio service (GPRS) will be used to make communication more efficient during the operations.The location of Interpol’s security command control centre is still under discussion, but the structure will be the nerve centre of operations and the SAPS will have direct access to it, Pruis said.“[Interpol] members should be at the heart of operations. They should be part and parcel of [intelligence] decisions made.”Interpol’s involvement will come in handy to boost intelligence during the spectacular. “…With Interpol’s involvement in the World Cup we have an international information- and intelligence-driven operation,” Pruis added.Entry points first call of defencePorts of entry to South Africa will be the “focal points” of police efforts, said Noble. Police presence and intelligence operations will be beefed up along border posts, coastline ports and airports.The main focus will be exposing people entering the country with stolen passports. Visitors will also be screened to detect potential threats of terrorism and hooliganism. Interpol has a list of names of problematic individuals in a database, and South African police will have access to it during the tournament.“We [Interpol] know individuals whose criminal activity is linked to major world events,” Noble said.Identity documents, funded by Interpol, will be issued to each visitor after he or she is screened.“Our database has not identified any [terrorist] threat linked to the World Cup,” said Noble.Interpol’s cooperation in providing South African police with exclusive information about dangerous individuals was commended by Pruis. “We’re very happy that Interpol will play this major role in giving us access to the rest of the world,” he said.“The risk assessment is based on intelligence from all over the world.”SAPS and Interpol are currently finalising the process of profiling participating countries and the nationalities of each match ticket applicant. The country profiles will uncover threats that players and their entourage might be exposed to, among other things.Intelligence from South Africa’s neighbouring countries and states within the Southern African Development Community will also be critical to operations. “We will cooperate very closely …” Pruis said.“It’s not just a South African event. If you look at security, it’s a regional event, it’s an African but also an international event,” he added.Projects on organised crimeThe SAPS will set up special projects to deal with organised crime in the run-up to and during the World Cup. The focus of these will be on human and drug trafficking, which are both predicted to escalate.There’s currently serious concern about children and women being brought into South Africa for illegal work. “Human trafficking will receive attention,” said Pruis.‘Best World Cup ever’Noble is convinced that South Africa will stage the best World Cup with minor security incidents. “It’s my belief … that this will be the best World Cup we’ll ever have.”Pruis is also confident that hooliganism in stadiums and other viewing areas will be combated with ease. “I’ve been in Germany and I’ve seen hooliganism during the World Cup. I think we can deal with it,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseA stealthy hunter slowly creeps through an evergreen forest, scanning the surroundings for his prey. A cold November wind whips through the pines, sending a shiver through the hunter’s body. Undaunted he presses on, silent as snow.Through the cover of some fir branches the hunter stops, keen eyes focused on his quarry — a buck deer warily watching from his spot nestled up beneath the green boughs of the winter landscape. A flash of the bow and the deer slumps. A flick of the knife and the hunter’s task is fulfilled with another successful hunt on the DiVencenzo Family Tree Farm.The tradition started when an upset too-young-to-deer-hunt four-year-old couldn’t go deer hunting with his dad. To amend the situation, the boy’s grandmother instead took him to pick out a Christmas tree and hunt for a stuffed toy deer hidden in the tree field using a toy bow and plastic hunting knife. The result is a harvest of fond memories generated from an amazing string of hunting success stories for the young hunter for both Christmas trees and the toy deer.“If you want a tree you go to Home Depot. If you want a family experience, you go to a tree farm,” said Al DiVencenzo. “You come here for that experience. We don’t sell trees, we sell the tradition and the family values and the opportunity to come out as a family to get a tree.”DiVencenzo grew up on a Lorain County dairy farm. His father died in 1971 and the family had to sell off parts of the farm to pay taxes and make ends meet. By 1983, DiVencenzo was left with a narrowChristmas trees have been a suitable crop for DiVencenzo’s 16-acre strip of land.16-acre strip of land running from the road to the woods in back. He worked full time as a special needs teacher and wanted to get back into agriculture on his land.“The equipment was getting too big to farm it. We needed an alternative crop,” he said. “Ohio State University Extension had a course locally to help us get started growing Christmas trees. They outlined the economics and the literature. At the time, there were quite a few good people in OSU Extension doing tree research and it appeared to be a nice alternative crop, so we planted some Scotch pine and white pine.”Production of DiVencenzo’s alternative crop had a bigger learning curve than anticipated, but after years of trial and error, the farm has established some successful techniques for tree production.“We plant trees in April either with a tree planter or inter-planted by hand with a 36-millimeter auger on the end of a cordless drill to make holes. We plant until early May,” he said. “We have heavy clay and plant on a ridge. We have a three-point implement that can go through sod and make a ridge and then we plant on those ridges. We shear with Beneke pruner starting in late May with the tops of the trees in pines and work through the fir later in the summer. Weed control is a constant with mowing out there. I try to use some herbicide in the rows. I walk the trees to look for insects and will spray targeted areas. I don’t plant a single species of trees in a block — I mix them up so I don’t lose awhole block from an insect. It takes more time to do that, though. And, nobody in those first OSU Extension classes talked much about deer damage. We have a lot of deer damage.”DiVencenzo also had to figure out how to deal with one of the most daunting initial challenges of growing Christmas trees: the economic gap between planting and harvest.“We kept putting money in the ground but were not seeing any income for several years. So we started selling wreathes made from greens from some of the deer damaged trees on the farm. Then I started going to neighbors seeing if I could get greenery to make wreaths and the wreath business started to take off. You only use the very end of the branches so you go through a lot of trees. We ended up going to the UP of Michigan and bringing back boughs to make all of the wreaths,” he said. “We sell around 250 wreaths a year here, mostly traditional round. Now we get our greenery from a place in Cleveland and we still use greenery from scrap trees here and make up to 48-inch wreaths.“And, Mitchell Wire Products in Minnesota makes these Block O wire wreath frames for us. I sent them a diagram one year and they sent me a prototype. You have to order them in January when they can get set up for it. We ship the finished wreaths to places like South Dakota, Washington, D.C. and, oh my goodness, even Michigan. We call them displaced Ohioans. Sales of the Block O wreaths really depend on a certain football game at the end of the season.”The farm also has had to evolve with customers demand.“My customers in the old neighborhoods in Cleveland want narrow and tall trees and I shear for that out in the fields. The customer determines what it is I grow and sell,” he said. “And they want the tree earlier. Now we open the weekend before Thanksgiving and we will be busier that weekend than on Dec. 17.”While there were (and continue to be) challenges with tree production, marketing offered an even greater challenge initially for the operation.These wooden coins have become collectors’ items for some farm customers.“I grew up knowing how to grow things, but this is more than growing a Christmas tree, this is about marketing and working with people,” DiVencenzo said. “I enjoy this time of year the most. The trees provide us the opportunity to provide something for families. It is intense work. When you are shearing in July, it is hot, tough work. This is the time we see the rewards and get to work with customers year after year. It is why we do this. I really enjoy that. It is the people side that is most enjoyable, but sometimes this marketing stuff can be overwhelming.”For DiVencenzo, the marketing on the farm really benefitted by learning from others through the Ohio Christmas Tree Association (OCTA).“In 1983 I didn’t know a thing about advertising. I didn’t even know you had to put a sign out at the end of the road to show people how to get to the farm. That is the value of being a part of an organization — learning those kinds of ideas,” said DiVencenzo, who is now OCTA president. “Our association is great about sharing ideas.”One of those ideas led to the very popular “Scholarship Forest” on the farm.“We are still on just the 16 acres. That is limiting what I can sell. I am only selling maybe 400 trees out of the field each year but more people kept coming to the farm. That led to the Scholarship Forest around 10 years ago. It was an idea from another Christmas tree grower,” DiVencenzo said. “I had started bringing in pre-cut Frasier firs to supplement sales in the field. But what was the incentive for people to buy those pre-cut trees? Well, one of the local schools was looking to do fundraising and so we started giving some of the proceeds of those pre-cut trees to charity. Now three local schools and the Grafton Public Library get some of the proceeds. If you buy a tree from the Scholarship Forest, the tags on those trees have a hole punched in them. When the customers pay, they get to choose the charity and that charity gets $10 for every tag we get. All those charities do all of the advertising and promotion of the fundraiser and the tree farm. They send flyers home from school and advertise the farm in town. The Scholarship Forest volume grows every year. By doing that, we are giving a good chunk of money back to the community and I don’t have to advertise. It works. Now it is pushing 500 trees a year — more than I am selling from the field.”In addition, DiVencenzo promotes his farm with wooden coins he hands out every year, another idea he got from a fellow Christmas tree farmer.“In 2003 we started with the wooden coins. It used to be that if you went to a bar you’d get your second drink with a wooden nickel. We use them to hand out to people so they can remember our farm. We get 1,500 of them every year with the farm name, the year and our contact information and if you walk up to me I’ll greet you with a wooden nickel,” he said. “People get these, take them home and throw them in their junk drawer and then pull them out the following year and bring them back and I give them one for the next year. Now we have people collecting them. Some people even drill a hole in them and hang them on their Christmas tree. I don’t know why, but they do.”In the last couple of years, OCTA has taken an additional step in marketing by participating in the national checkoff program and working with the Christmas Tree Promotion Board.“The checkoff has been a positive boost. The ads from the Promotion Board have been beneficial and they have gotten people talking about real trees. I can’t afford to make those types of videos and promotional materials and we can use them to help market our farm,” DiVencenzo said. “From the Ohio point of view, working with the Promotion Board has been very beneficial. People here can see the value of their 15 cents a tree that they are providing. Advertising is extremely important.”OCTA is working to meet the needs of the wide range of Christmas tree farmers in the state.“Like most of agriculture, we are an organization where we have an aging population that needs help with some of the new technology and promotional opportunities. At the same time, we are constantly looking for new and younger people to get into the business and we are seeing two or four new growers at every meeting,” DiVencenzo said. “We need to establish the next generation and we must promote information about how to get started in the business a well. We have a mentoring program in the organization to help with that. Ohio is also a net importer of trees. We grow 5 million and we sell 8 million and those extras are coming in from other states like Michigan and North Carolina. We have room to grow and are holding strong in our membership.”last_img read more

first_imgHighlighting scripts is the first step in the long haul of turning the written word into a motion picture.A screenplay informs each department of its artistic, technical and logistical responsibilities. We start the process of wrapping our arms around a film by highlighting the script. I like highlighting because it calls for a fun trip to Staples, where I’ll stock up on new pens and all the other supplies needed during prep.Honestly, I only need one highlighter for the story points regarding the photography of the project. But, other colors do come in handy to cue visual effects, special camera movement, flashbacks, day or night, etc. I restrain myself from over-highlighting for the obvious reason that as I study the screenplay, I learn it and soon, highlighting ceases to become necessary.However — for the first two weeks of prep, I refer to my highlights constantly and from these, I build my list of questions and ideas for all of the meetings to come. Prep is for asking questions, resulting in answers, that will help you implement your highlighted issues.Let’s look at the opening scene of Ghostbusters II and then explore how various departments approached highlighting the script.Ghostbusters II is set in New York City. What we know at this point is that the exteriors will be shot on location and on back lots in Los Angeles. All options are open until the studio weighs in on the budget. Shooting in New York is crazy expensive, so the producers are trying to shunt as much of it as they can back to L.A. But at this point, let’s assume that the plan is to shoot New York for New York until told otherwise.Let’s start with the Location Manager. (We’ll use this script example again later for the DP, though for different reasons.)The Location Manager’s initial thoughts might be — “Hmm, East 77th Street, Upper East Side, notorious for their antipathy towards film shoots. We probably won’t be shooting there.”Ok, maybe, maybe not — but a location must be found with the well-heeled feel of Dana Barrett’s movie neighborhood. Can it be found elsewhere in New York? Sure. With snazzy set dressing, nicer cars and well-dressed extras, this illusion is easy to pull off and we do it every day. Because it’s the opening of the picture, the Location Manager will come up with lots of options in New York, but knowing full well that this scene could be picked up easily in Los Angeles.This next bit of business falls within the Transportation department’s domain and will generate lots of questions.“Does the hoisting occur on camera?” “Should we use a real tow truck company?” If so, “Are they teamsters?” “Do we repaint the vehicle with a fictitious name?” “What make of car is being hooked up and can it actually be lifted safely with a hook?” “How many other cars are on the street parked or moving?” “Limos, city buses?” And on and on…In the next example, casting concerns are highlighted in yellow, and prop concerns in orange.This is a fairly straightforward scene for the Prop Master. There are only a couple different kinds of baby buggies seen in New York and the most popular model, that big old-fashioned rig pushed by nannies in Central Park, will definitely be part of the showing. Grocery bags and keys are easy. In fact, the most time and resource consuming aspect of this scene will be propping up all of the extras on the sidewalk with umbrellas, briefcases, backpacks, newspapers, etc. No problems here.I was the ILM Director of Effects Photography on this project and, sadly, this scene offered nothing for me to highlight. The great Michael Chapman, ASC was the cinematographer on Ghostbusters II and I don’t know what he highlighted. But if I had been the DP, here’s what I would have highlighted — though not necessarily in this pink color:As the cinematographer, I would kindly ask for the set to be on the south or shady side of the street. This keeps hard light off of our leading lady and negates the need for big silks and solids. We can easily introduce light to add interest to the set or create back light for the actors.Because it is the opening of the movie, I would propose that we pick a location that allows us to start on a frame that says, “NEW YORK CITY” and boom down to reveal Dana in front of her apartment. Assuming the director agrees to the shot, a light study will be needed to determine what time of day would be best to shoot this “big” shot. I’ll get the Key Grip to put a crane on hold for this day. If we shoot this scene in LA, we’ll add the skyline in post.All the other departments not mentioned here will highlight this scene for their own good reasons. What would an Assistant Director highlight? Costumes, Grip and Electric, Catering? What would you do if you were in their place?last_img read more

first_imgPosted on January 1, 2011June 20, 2017By: Seth Cochran, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick 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 blog post was contributed by Seth Cochran, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. He will be blogging about his experience every month, and you can learn more about him, the other Young Champions, and the program here.December promised to be an eventful month with the activities planned at EHAS, the International Obstetric Fistula Working Group (IOFWG) meeting in Senegal and the holidays. But fate intervened when the Spanish air traffic controllers decided to strike on the day of my flight, effectively cancelling my trip to Africa. While extremely disappointed to miss the IOFWG meeting, I realized how valuable a surprise week of focus could be in terms of moving things forward.At EHAS, we are working on an exhibit of the system here in the lab. What is an exhibit? Think science fair on steroids. If a picture is worth a thousands words, then setting up a little working model of the EHAS product set in the lab is worth a thousand pictures. We know this because every week or so, a small group of people crowd around one of the engineers in our lab and vocally marvel at how cool this stuff is. Setting up an area of the lab with dedicated and functional examples and a program of how to show them off will pique the imagination of anyone in the viewing audience. We also plan to increase the size of that audience by making videos of the EHAS team presenting the technology and put those videos online. Construction will likely start in January or February and the university’s film students have agreed to help us in video production.On my way back across the pond for the holidays, I had the opportunity to stop into Washington, DC and meet with John Townsend and Joanne Gleason of the Population Council. I studied Operations Research at Cornell and have applied that education in the private sector, but I hoped the Population Council might help me understand how I could more effectively focus this training on maternal health research. I have tons of ideas, but really need some coaching on structure and approach in terms of most effectively studying how to improve performance in the space. John and Joanne were beyond helpful, advising me on high-level research strategy and providing me a several tactical resources, including a handbook that directly addressed my needs. Their openness and desire to help and inspire really impressed me.Joanne had to leave the meeting early and John spent the better part of an hour explaining everything from the Population Council’s evolution to emerging technologies in contraception. To say I learned a great deal is an understatement – my brain was stretched. I know that because I left the meeting feeling dizzy and enthusiastic. Having access to inspirational and mind stretching leaders like this is probably one of the best parts of being a Young Champion of Maternal Health.On December 24th, the government of Madrid gave the world an amazing gift by fully funding an EHAS program in Peru. They approved the project some time ago, but with the dreadful state of the economy, getting the money out has proved challenging. It is a huge win for EHAS and the mothers of Peru and could not have come at a more opportune time.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp on Newcastle thrashing: We can perform betterby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says his team can perform better after their 4-0 thumping of Newcastle United.The Reds led 1-0 at half-time on Boxing Day thanks to Dejan Lovren’s powerful early strike, and Mohamed Salah’s penalty doubled their advantage in the opening stages of the second half.Xherdan Shaqiri made it three by rounding off a slick team move with 11 minutes remaining, before substitute Fabinho completed the scoring with his first Liverpool goal.Klopp said afterwards, “It was difficult. It is always difficult. I liked the start offensively, but I didn’t like the start defensively – the protection was not as it should have been. We were not as compact as we should have been. They had the first corner, half-counters and stuff like that, so it looked like kind of an open game. When we had the ball, after the first 15 minutes, we were good – one-twos, good finishes. We lost the formation a little bit, we were too wide offensively. “If we could play the ball in behind it was good, but if they could clear it with a header then we were not there to win the ball back formation-wise. 1-0, a fantastic goal, quick in mind; again it was off a set-piece, which is brilliant. A fantastic cross and then a good reaction from pretty much everybody in the box, then a fantastic finish from Dejan. I was really happy about half-time [so that] we could adjust a few things and go back to the way we actually wanted to play. That made life easier, especially after we scored with the penalty in minute 47 – pretty early in the second half. Then we controlled the game, which was good. “We scored wonderful goals again, set-pieces fantastic. Even Ali could show – apart from all his football-play skills – what his actual job is and saves the clean sheet. A pretty perfect day for us; not a perfect performance, but a really good performance. Result-wise and a lot of parts of the performance, really good.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more