2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust MOST READ ‘Gago’ Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees ‘People evacuated on their own’ University of the Philippines coach Bo Perasol barged into his team’s locker room inside the Ynares Center in Antipolo Sunday night and immediately raised both hands in front of his players.After a 71-68 cliffhanger over De La Salle that clinched a twice-to-beat bonus in the Final Four of UAAP Season 82, it was as if a huge weight was taken off his shoulders and the rest of the Fighting Maroons, who whooped it up by pouring water on their coach as if they had won the championship already.ADVERTISEMENT 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw Young Azkals in impressive debut “Losing the game against La Salle could have put us in a really difficult spot and increased the pressure on the players. I couldn’t thank the Lord enough for giving us this win.”The Maroons did not win by more than six points in their nine victories so far. Two of their victories came by the slimmest of margins.Heading into the duel with La Salle, the Maroons had a combined 10-point winning margin against National U, University of the East and Adamson.Yet, here they are—armed with a twice-to-beat advantage in the next round—and now the only team in the league that can stop Ateneo from completing a 14-game sweep.“Honestly, we haven’t really thought about Ateneo because we’re also looking forward to the playoffs. That’s where we will get our ticket to the finals,” said Perasol.ADVERTISEMENT The Maroons still have one more assignment in the elimination round on Wednesday against the unbeaten Ateneo Blue Eagles at Mall of Asia Arena, but Perasol said his players needed to let their emotions out after a roller-coaster elimination round.“It was a blessing to achieve this goal,” said Perasol. “I had to allow my players to be proud of what they’ve achieved. They’ve been through so much in the elimination round.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4From Perasol’s initial three-game ban that was reduced to two following his apology to the UAAP, to the closely fought matches they had to play, the Maroons’ campaign has been littered with stress and anxiety.“I think the players and even the coaching staff were really tight because of the pressure that came with the expectations,” Perasol told the Inquirer. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown The stepladder format will be applied if the Eagles complete the sweep and advance to the finals, leaving University of Santo Tomas and Far Eastern U to contest the right to meet UP, which will have a twice-to-beat edge in the battle for the second championship spot.“We will be using that Ateneo game to prepare ourselves for the playoffs,” said Perasol, whose outburst in the 63-89 first round loss to Ateneo led to his suspension.“What’s important right now is that we’ve gotten the twice-to-beat advantage which was our goal right from the start.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist LATEST STORIES View comments
22 August 2014The Department of Health has launched a new mobile phone-based messaging service to provide South Africa’s estimated 1.2-million pregnant women with free antenatal health care information.The department will seek to register as many pregnant women as possible with the SMS service, MomConnect, which will both provide information and advice on pregnancy as well as notify the department about poor service.Launching the service at Soshanguve Multipurpose Community Centre outside Pretoria on Thursdasy, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said the service would advise women on what to do at any stage of their pregnancy and also encourage them to start ante-natal care at an early stage.“We will say, Mom, since you registered with us you are now 13 weeks pregnant, this is what you must do, this is where you must go and this is what you must avoid.“Even after the birth of the baby, we will continue to send the messages for the period of one year. The messages will include advice on the baby, this is what you must do, this is what the baby must get.”He said pregnant women would also be able to send messages to the department to criticise or compliment the services they had received.“In a particular period, we will be able to know from here in Pretoria that in the past six months that most of the messages that are bad were coming from a particular clinic.”The R59-million project will be funded for the first two years by the US government, which is providing R49-million, and Johnson & Johnson and ELMA Philanthropies, each of whom contributed R5-million.The department, with the help of its partners, has trained 10 300 health workers nationally to help pregnant women to register for MomConnect and to provide associated services.“In the coming weeks, every health facility in the country will have at least one person who is trained and whose job will be to assist and register pregnant women,” Motsoaledi said.Mobile operators Vodacom, MTN, Cell C and Telkom are providing a 50% discount on SMS’s sent to pregnant mothers as part of the service.Pregnant mothers and health workers at the Motubatse Clinic in Soshanguve welcomed the initiative on Thursday. Pregnant mother Patricia Mokese, who is already registered, said the project would help them with their check-up dates, since this could be confusing.“We have lot on our mind at home and work, and sometimes we forget to go to the clinics on time,” said Mokese, who is expecting her second child. “The project will help us, especially when something you don’t understand happens to you during the pregnancy. We can send a message for assistance.”Sister Innocentia Hlongwane, who works at the mother and child ward in the clinic, said MomConnect would help expecting mothers to book their appointments early and provide them with information ahead of time.“We can get early bookings for antenatal care,” Hlongwane said. “It will also reduce the risk of the maternal rate and help us as health workers because they will already know the warning signs if there is an emergency.”Source: SAnews.gov.za
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… sarah perez Related Posts To capitalize on the growing mobile market, a company called HeyCosmo is launching two new location-based service designed for use on both the web and the phone. The first service, HeyCosmo Concierge, wants to help you save time on everyday tasks like making dinner reservations or finding an affordable contractor. The second, HeyCosmo Blaster, is a social event planning tool. HeyCosmo ConciergeThe goal behind HeyCosmo Concierge is great: save you time. However, its practicality makes me wonder. The service implements advanced telephony technology to help you complete tasks. The easiest example of this would be making dinner reservations. Instead of you calling restaurants one-by-one in order to find an 8:00 PM seating for a party of five, you could use HeyCosmo Concierge to do the dialing for you. With an automated, but customizable, message, its robo-dialer immediately contacts all the restaurants in your area (and this can be narrowed down by cuisine, too) and asks the recipient of the call to press (1) for yes, we can accommodate you, (2) no, we cannot accommodate you, etc. in response to the initial recorded greeting and question. The particular questions and how they are phrased can be specified by you. You can also record your own voice if desired. At the end of the messages, an ad will play, which is how the service makes money. After placing the call, you’ll see results return immediately, in real-time, and next to each listing you’ll see the status of the call and then how the person on the other end responded (1, 2, 3, etc.) or if there was no answer. HeyCosmo ConciergeThe technology behind this is pretty impressive, but my concern is for the people on the other end of the call. Would they think this recording is spam? Would they realize it’s just a recording and hang up? Did I just save my time at the expense of theirs? Based on the number of restaurants dialed with no response, I think it’s entirely possible that the answer in many cases would be “yes.” The reason? Phone trees. After years of navigating the annoying phone trees in an effort to reach an actual human being when dialing up customer service, there’s a profound distaste for automated greetings and messages that’s still very prevalent in our culture. And unfortunately, without willing participants on the other end of the line, HeyCosmo Concierge won’t be effective.HeyCosmo BlasterHowever, the other app by this company, HeyCosmo Blaster, might have some potential…at least among the mobile-savvy kids, teens, and young adults of Gens X, Y, and Z. Blaster is a simple social planning app. To use, you just enter in a date, time, and place to meet along with the names and numbers of your friends. Blaster, like Concierge, immediately dials your friends and presents the menu choices you specified. (i.e. “Press (1) from Meet at 1:30 PM at the mall,” “Press (2) to meet at Katy’s house at 2:00 PM,” etc.). Organizers can then see the results in real-time and pick the most popular choice. HeyCosmo BlasterAlthough the technology is essentially the same as that of Concierge, the difference here is that you can have a personal conversation with your friends, family, or other group of message recipients beforehand: “Hey guys, since there’s so many of us, I’m going to use this new mobile tool from now on to organize our __________ (Fill in the blank: meetings, study groups, classes, meetups, parties, etc.) Your phone number will also show on their CallerID, so they will know it’s you. Since your friends will be expecting the call, the responses are bound to be a notch above those that come from Concierge, which is essentially a recorded message beamed to perfect strangers around your city.As for who this service appeals to, my vote goes with the younger crowd. Obviously, anyone could use it, but with this group, mobile devices are glued to their hands, so here it has a better chance of success.Learn MoreYou can visit HeyCosmo’s web site and check out all their services here: www.heycosmo.com. Concierge and Blaster are both also available as Blackberry apps; an iPhone app will arrive in a few weeks.Note: HeyCosmo also has another service, HeyCosmo Prankster, which was not demoed today. As a 10-year-old, I would have loved it. As an adult, I have to say that it’s just plain wrong. Tags:#Product Reviews#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#start A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting chris cameron Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Back in February at the Future of Web Apps (FOWA) conference in Miami, Union Square Ventures‘ Fred Wilson presented on his 10 Golden Principles of Successful Web Apps. For those not fortunate enough to attend the conference, a video and transcript of the talk and subsequent Q&A session with Wilson is now available online for the general public to learn what one of the leading east coast investors advises startups do to succeed on the Web.So what does Wilson say is the single most important feature of the Web apps that win? Speed. He says that while more dedicated users will provide some leeway for speed issues, the average user (his go-to users are his wife and kids) will make quick and lasting judgements of a Web app based on its speed.“When we see some of our portfolio company’s applications getting bogged down, we also note that they don’t grow as quickly,” Wilson said. “There is real empirical evidence that substantiates the fact that speed is more than a feature. It’s a requirement.”This reminds me of an idea I’ve been pondering from time to time about Web apps, and that’s the perception of speed. The design of a Web app can go a long way in how users perceive its speed. Luke Andrews of Dabble DB spoke about this very topic at last year’s mesh conference, a Canadian Web conference. In his talk, Andrews mentioned how Google just feels faster than Yahoo because the homepage isn’t as busy with supplementary items. When the design of a Web app is slick, clean and uncluttered, it translates as speed in our brains. If you saw a Corvette sitting at a red light next to a boxy station wagon, you would assume the Corvette is the faster car just by looking at it (even though the engine could be poorly maintained and slower than the possibly souped up station wagon). Aside from a well designed site, Web apps can also implement small features to their site to bump the perception of speed. Another item Andrews pointed out in his talk was how when we as humans are asked a question, before we begin to respond, we make it clear that we have acknowledged the question with either a nod or a stroking of our beard. Web apps need to do the same thing; if something takes some computing time to complete, let users know with a “Loading…” animation. By providing users with an immediate visual response to their input, you boost their perception of the speed of your Web app, but nothing can truly substitute the real thing. Clean design and well thought out UI can only go so far, so as Fred Wilson advises, make sure speed is not just a feature, but a requirement.Photo by Flickr user Nathan Bittinger.
Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Napoli are reportedly ready to pursue their interests in RB Salzburg starlet Erling Haaland with a €40m bid, as well an offer for Genk midfielder Sander Berge. There are expected a lot of changes at the San Paolo and Aurelio De Laurentiis is reported to be ready to splash €60m in total for the Norwegian duo. According to the Gazzetta dello Sport, they have stepped up their interest in the Norway internationals after facing both in the group stage of this season’s Champions League campaign. Last weekend the RB Salzburg striker added another three to his total tally of 26 goals in 18 matches for the Austrian champions this term – including three goals in two games against the Partenopei in the Champions League. Previous reports have claimed the striker to have a price tag of €100m, far off the reported €40m De Laurentiis is willing to pay. They are also following the development of the situation regarding Berge’s future. The Genk midfielder has been linked away from Belgium and would be a subject of a €20m offer from Napoli. Napoli are back in action against Milan after the international break, where the Norway pair are preparing to face the Faroe Islands on Friday, before travelling to Malta on Monday.
Nonprofit communication is changing-and not just because of social media. Thanks to content marketing, instead of simply keeping donors up to date, nonprofit communicators and fundraisers are directly tying more long-term goals to communication and seeing great results. Here are the three reasons why you don’t want to miss out!1. Content marketing uses the great stuff you already have.Is your nonprofit putting out unique information, like a blog covering community development, data on homelessness, or white papers about animal welfare? Content marketing means using your existing content to attract people (like donors) to your cause. Putting out irresistible content can encourage people to connect with you because they want to know more. But when you’re just keeping them up to date with a newsletter or asking for money with an appeal, you’re not giving them anything, so your message can seem like an interruption.2. Your “partners” will eat it up.With so much emphasis on “finding your target audience,” “identifying your target audience,” and “messaging for your target audience,” it can be hard to rethink who you’re talking to and why. Instead of focusing on your supporters and their demographics as a “target” to be aimed for and an “audience” to broadcast at, think of your supporters as your partners. Although it’s still a good idea to segment the people you’re communicating with, it’s important to think of them as people who are interested in dialogue. By engaging in content marketing and truly informing supporters, you can develop a back-and-forth conversation that encourages regular communication and lays the foundation for a lasting relationship.3. It’s the first step to becoming a favorite cause!The more you participate in continuous dialogue with your supporters, the greater your chance of becoming a favorite cause. If donors put you at the top of their list, you’ll reap huge rewards: more donations over time for bigger amounts and more regularly. And how do you remain a favorite cause? You keep communicating!Okay, so how do you do it?Stay tuned for part two of this article: developing your nonprofit’s unique voice.
Can Peer to Peer Fundraising Work for Your Nonprofit? All nonprofits need money to operate and fulfill their missions. If you are one of the vast majority of nonprofit groups that rely on donations from many sources, either alone or in conjunction with larger grants and charitable donations, then crowdfunding for non profit organizations may be a very valuable tool for you.Peer to peer is a popular form of crowdfunding for non profit organizations, and in its simplest form, you have participated in it if you have ever asked your donors to “spread the word” to their friends and family. That’s really what this form of nonprofit fundraising is all about—asking your supporters to engage their personal networks with your campaign, and specifically, to give money.Peer to Peer is VersatileThere are several different ways to run peer to peer fundraising, and an unlimited number of ways to be creative about it. Like the more well-known crowdfunding projects, peer to peer can be set up to raise funds for a particular project with a definite end date. An example of this might be raising $20,000 by March 31st to build an additional kennel at an animal shelter. There is a target date and a set amount. You can easily share graphics that show how much progress has been made toward the specific goal, and reiterate the deadline to create a sense of urgency.The Personal AppealA more personal approach can be taken in peer to peer fundraising, in which you reach out to your base of supporters and engage them with the current fundraising effort, whether it is a distinct project or an annual fund drive. You then ask them to serve as your ambassadors and to set their own goals to raise money from their personal networks. In this case, you need to supply them with information, images and brief statements that are easily shared by social media, etc. Your supporters are launching from their existing relationships, and each of the people they enlist can come up with their own ideas for how to best present the cause to their own connections.Peer to peer success depends on your network of supporters, but also on how well you support them. Be sure to provide everything they need to succeed!Network for Good has a blog with more free information on how to be successful at nonprofit fundraising. We also have specialists available to discuss how we can help you get the most out of your peer fundraising efforts, so contact us today or call 1-888-284-7978
Danger ahead! A 43% donor retention rate means supporters are likely to cut your organization from the list next time round.Even scarier, what you stand to lose with a low retention rate (or gain, when retention is strong) is huge. “A 10% improvement in retention can yield up to a 200% increase in projected lifetime value, as with higher retention significantly more donors upgrade their giving, give in multiple ways, recommend others, and, ultimately, perhaps, pledge a planned gift to the organization,” says fundraising expert Adrian Sargent. That’s mammoth potential, and your donor newsletter is a vital tool for getting there. Simply mix these four ways to do newsletter content right with the well-tested format formula below to create donor newsletters that delight—and boost retention rate.This Proven Format Formula Makes Reading Easy and SatisfyingYour Print NewsletterYou’re lucky enough to have a well-tested format formula for your print newsletter, created by fundraisers at the Domain Group in the 1990s.The Domain Group formula includes these factors:Page count of four to six pages. Testing shows that adding more pages did not produce more revenue. In some cases, more pages decreased revenue.Articles are short.Writing is optimized for skimmers. Use brief and compelling headlines, bullets, and lots of white space.Sent to donors only—but ensure it goes to all donorsThe voice is personal (the word “you” dominates) rather than institutional. Get one-to-one.Focuses on progress updates. Tell donors how much they’ve changed the world through their gifts.Includes a response envelope—convenience means everything.Mailed in a #10 envelope.Source: Making Money with Donor Newsletters by Tom AhernAlthough this formula was created in the 1990s, it still works! “I spoke with Jeff Brooks, one of its originators, in November,” says Tom Ahern. “His firm, TrueSense, does donor newsletters all the time. They continue to test the envelope versus self-carrier aspect. And in one test, the first since the formula began being used in the 1990s, a self-mailer held its own. One test in 20 or so years,”I’d go one step further to suggest that you:Design a four-page (11-by-17-inch) newsletter that folds to 8.5×11.Print it in four colors on matter paper. Four-color printing is actually cheaper than two-color printing in most cases and brings your photos to life.Test the outside envelope with your list. Even though both Tom and superstar fundraiser Jeff Brooks swear by it, a few of my smaller nonprofit clients have found it doesn’t add to impact.As for your fundraising content, make it more implicit than explicit. You do want to extend the invitation to give and make it easy for folks to do so. I recommend: 1) Include a response envelope like the one below, and 2) feature a shortened URL for an online-giving landing page >that’s specific to your campaign. But, please, no QR codes! Model your print newsletter format on these strong examples from the Nashville Rescue Mission. They’re so great—note the bold pull-quotes, ideal for skimmers—that I don’t even care that they break the sacred page count rule.January 2015December 2014November 2014Your Email NewsletterDid you know that 53% of all emails are opened on mobile devices? Eesh!That means your single most important formatting to-do is ensuring your e-news is easy to read, and click on, via smartphones and tablets.In addition, make your emails brief, punchy, and a pleasure to view and read. Follow usage patterns closely to see what issues, calls to action, layout, subject lines, and other elements drive interest and action and which don’t.Two must-haves here, beyond the content:A big, bold Donate Now button.Links to follow your organization on social media channels and to share your e-news content there as well.Take a look at these e-newsletters from the Tenement Museum in New York City (I’m a supporter and huge fan). There’s a lot to learn here.February 11, 2015January 6, 2015P.S. The museum team could make one quick change to generate even greater impact: add social sharing links at the top of its e-newsletter.Use Your Newsletters to Keep Donors Loyal, Focused, and Giving
#GivingTuesday is 12 weeks away, and by planning now, you can get a head start on creating a campaign that will give your year-end fundraising a boost.One question I’m often asked is whether nonprofits who don’t have a big email list or a huge social media presence should participate in a giving day like #GivingTuesday.Short answer: yes.Here’s why:#GivingTuesday is ultimately about creating excitement and activity in the community you already have. #GivingTuesday has gone from a grassroots movement to a mainstream event in the last four years. Your supporters will likely expect that you’ll participate in this national day of giving. Give them the chance to be involved in a variety of ways beyond making a donation. By involving donors in the campaign and making them feel like a part of the event, you’ll also strengthen their relationship with your cause and increase their loyalty to your organization.#GivingTuesday is a kickoff to December giving. Whether or not you put up big numbers on December 1st this year, getting your message out to supporters early will help you stay top of mind throughout the end of the year. Network for Good’s research shows that nonprofits who participated in #GivingTuesday raised more in December overall, so #GivingTuesday has an additive effect, rather than just shifting giving to earlier in the season.#GivingTuesday is a chance to amplify your results. By taking advantage of free training resources, templates, and even matching funds offered by organizations like Network for Good or GivingTuesday.org, even a small campaign can see bigger returns.#GivingTuesday is about building on your strengths. Although giving days can be a way to try and test new things, all great campaigns start from focusing on your best assets and proven tactics. If you don’t have a big Twitter following, focus instead on your core list of supporters, including board members, volunteers, and community partners. If your email list is just getting started, think about partnering with other organizations or businesses to help get the word out.#GivingTuesday is a good opportunity to attract new supporters and followers through a social fundraising campaign. By leveraging your existing base, you can tap into their networks by providing them with the right messages and tools to spread the word and raise funds on your behalf on the big day.For more #GivingTuesday tips, download our free guide, then sign up to receive our email alerts about new resources, templates, and updates on Network for Good matching funds.
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on April 15, 2014November 7, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)By: Venture Strategies InnovationsAs new post-2015 targets and strategies to end preventable maternal deaths are being discussed and debated, we have the opportunity to leverage the progress made over the past decade by scaling up proven interventions that save the lives of women and girls. Deploying these interventions through an integrated delivery strategy that addresses all aspects of maternal and reproductive health will be crucial to saving the lives of more girls and women going forward. Related to this, the integration of family planning and maternal health services has received much needed attention, with efforts underway to better link family planning with antenatal care, postpartum care and HIV services. One key service that deserves more attention for its unique ability to expand access to family planning and other services, particularly for marginalized women and girls in rural communities, is post-abortion care (PAC).Post-abortion care is the clinical management of complications caused by an induced abortion or miscarriage. It entails immediate treatment of complications, as well as follow-up counseling on contraception use as a means of breaking the cycle of repeated unwanted pregnancies and improving the overall health status of the girl or woman. It is a service typically sought out in crisis, when the girl or woman is at risk of death or serious injury from excessive bleeding or infection. For girls and women in developing countries, post-abortion care may be their first and only interaction with the healthcare system. This visit can therefore be an important opportunity for providers to assess health needs and offer other appropriate reproductive health services.It is essential that PAC services be easily accessible, high quality and youth-friendly. Providers at varying levels of the health care system should be trained to treat girls and women correctly, without judgment. As a critical emergency service, PAC should be integrated into any menu of maternal and reproductive health services; given that it may also be the entry point for girls to access reproductive health services at all, it is important that providers take the opportunity to offer other relevant counseling and services at the point of care. Ensuring that a young girl receives high-quality post-abortion care can introduce her to the health system, and help her to feel comfortable coming back for other services, thus allowing a one-time visit for emergency care to be the first step to her becoming a lifetime user of family planning services offered by her local clinic or hospital.Research has demonstrated that postabortion care can be safely and effectively provided at the lowest levels of the health system by primary care providers. Consequently, it is a package of services that can be scaled up to reach a country’s most rural peripheries. Nurses in Rwanda, primary care nurses in Zimbabwe, and nurse assistants in Angola have been trained to effectively provide PAC services, treating women and girls with either misoprostol or manual vacuum aspiration, and providing contraceptive counseling and methods. Providing these critical services closer to women’s homes reduces the cost and time required to travel to higher-level facilities for care, which can ultimately save more women’s lives.In setting the maternal health agenda post-2015, post-abortion care should be prioritized as it furthers the goal of health equity. Post-abortion care offers a critical window to provide women and girls, many of whom have few other opportunities for entering the health system, with access to contraception, HIV prevention, and STI services. Given this, the maternal health community must seize the opportunity to expand this high-impact intervention, integrated with other services, to rural, hard to reach areas. As a key component of the post-2015 framework, post-abortion care can increase access to services for vulnerable populations and ultimately, help to decrease maternal death and disability.As we approach the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals, what does the future hold for international maternal mortality targets? The MHTF is pleased to be hosting a blog series on post-2015 maternal mortality goal setting. Over the next several weeks, we will be featuring responses and reactions to proposed targets from around the world. Please share your thoughts with us!Share this: