Van Gaal to land World Cup winning duo? Man United transfer news hotting up!

first_img 7 7 OUT? Nani – The Portuguese winger spent last season on loan at Sporting Lisbon. Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of the latest Man United transfer rumours – United outcast Nani will join Fenerbahce for just £3.5million this week, according to the Daily Mail. The Portuguese winger has been out of favour at Old Trafford since van Gaal took control of the club, spending last season on loan at Sporting Lisbon. He has been told he has no future at the club and has been given permission to talk to clubs elsewhere, with Fenerbahce reportedly seeing off competition to seal the deal. OUT? Robin Van Persie – The Dutchman was reportedly made available to potential suitors in January. Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the more of the latest Man United transfer rumours – Van Persie could be on his way to Turkey, with The Sun reporting that Besiktas are ready to ‘break the bank’ to sign the 31 year-old. Director Yalcin Kaya Yilmaz suggests the Turks will pull out all the stops to land the Holland international. Yilmaz is quoted as saying: “If the conditions are right, and he wants to come, we are willing to make an offer, even if it would push us to the limit financially.” United are willing to listen to offers for Van Persie this summer, with the 31-year-old forward out of contract next summer – when he can leave for nothing. OUT? David De Gea – The Spain international is strongly linked with a switch to his homeland. Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of the latest Man United transfer rumours – United have agreed a fee with Real Madrid for David de Gea, according to Spanish newspaper AS. The Spanish goalkeeper is set to move to the Bernabeu after the two clubs ‘met in the middle’ on a fee of £24.8million (€35million). Madrid wanted to pay a fee more in the region of £20million, while United were thought to have wanted nearer £30million. AS also say that United will move for Hugo Lloris once the transfer is complete. 7 IN? Bastian Schweinsteiger – The experienced midfielder worked with van Gaal during the Dutchman’s tenure in Bavaria. Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of the latest Man United transfer rumours – Pep Guardiola has said that only Schweinsteiger can decide where his future lies. He did say, however, that he hoped the World Cup winner would remain in Bavaria. “Of course I am planning to work with Basti next season,” he said. Meanwhile Bayern sporting director Matthias Sammer has admitted that Schweinsteiger could leave the club. Sammer said he was aware of the interest from clubs such as United, and that he would rule nothing out during the window. He said: “Basti is a very important player to Bayern Munich but there are a few things to consider. We have noticed the speculation going around but we’ll just have to wait, you can’t rule anything out during the transfer window.” 7 7 IN? Sergio Ramos – The European and World Cup winner has reportedly told Madrid he wants to join United. Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the full list of the latest Man United transfer rumours – United have offered Sergio Ramos a giant contract worth £39million after tax to join the club, according to reports. Reports in Spain say two offers have already been made for his signature, and now Cadena SER radio says United have made Ramos a huge contract offer to join. They claim a five-year deal has been proposed which would see the 30-year-old earn £39million after tax. It’s day two of the summer transfer window – but Manchester United have already been dealt a blow with target Ilkay Gundogan agreeing a new two-year deal at Borussia Dortmund.The Red Devils were also reportedly interested in new Liverpool duo Roberto Firmino and Nathaniel Clyne before their move to Anfield.Louis van Gaal has been linked with a host of midfielders as United look to strengthen in the middle of the park.But who is on the Dutchman’s radar? And who is deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford?Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see all of the latest Manchester United transfer rumours… 7 IN? Thomas Muller – The Red Devils are set to put together a package worth £120million to land the German. Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the full list of the latest Man United transfer rumours – German football expert Raphael Honigstein told talkSPORT United are attempting to sign Thomas Muller but Bayern Munich are highly unlikely to sell the forward. According to Honigstein, former Bayern boss Louis van Gaal is desperate to link up with the World Cup winner again and United have put together a £120million package to try and lure him to Old Trafford. But he claims that will not be enough for the Red Devils to get their hands on the 25-year-old. 7 IN? Morgan Schneiderlin – Dutch media claims the Frenchman’s move to Old Trafford is imminent – Schneiderlin is ‘almost certain’ to complete a transfer to Manchester United from Southampton, according to Dutch media. The French international is a top target for the Red Devils and is expected to make a move in the coming days. The only thing delaying the move seems to be the negotiations over the fee between the two clubs. But it is supposedly a formality that an agreement will be reached and that the player will move to Old Trafford, according to De Telegraaf.last_img read more

Asian Games 2018: Iraq not sending team to Jakarta for football event

first_imgIraq have withdrawn from the football tournament of this month’s Asian Games in Jakarta, potentially throwing the competition into turmoil less than two weeks before kickoff.The Iraq Olympic Committee have pulled the team from the event, according to a source in Baghdad, and the decision will leave officials needing to address an imbalance in the opening phase of the tournament.Last week the Asian Football Confederation conducted a redraw of the competition’s group stage to add Palestine and the United Arab Emirates after the pair had been left off the original entry list.That meant two of the six groups swelled from four teams to five, but Iraq’s withdrawal now means one group – containing China, Timor Leste and Syria – will feature just three countries.The Olympic Council of Asia, the organisers of the Asian Games, have yet to respond to a request from Reuters for comment.A source at the Iraq Football Association had initially denied reports the team would be removed from the competition and that the squad’s preparations were being finalised following the completion of a training camp in the northern city of Erbil.Earlier this week, football officials were reported to have been fired over their involvement in the selection of overage players for the nation’s under-16 team after they were stopped at passport control on their way to participate in a regional tournament.The withdrawal of Iraq’s footballers follows a decision by the Philippines not to send the nation’s basketball team to Jakarta in the aftermath of their on-court brawl with Australia during a recent World Cup qualifier.advertisementThe football tournament at the Asian Games begins on August 10 and features teams made up of players 23 years of age and under. Coaches are permitted to select three overage players.The final will be played on Sept. 1.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Old vs. New Marketing Haiku

first_imgAnd the winner of the haiku challenge is…Lorraine. Not only is she good, she’s prolific. I loved them all, but she takes the cake (book, actually). Here’s my favorite from her body of work:Old Marketing HaikuSuch a big, loud adCosts your client a fortuneWith no ROI.New Marketing HaikuWant to sell your stuff?Stop shouting at your buyers.Try conversation.Lorraine, email me your address for your free copy of Robin Hood Marketing!last_img

Senior Management Specialist at FIGO

first_imgPosted on February 3, 2011November 13, 2014Click 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)IMPROVING MATERNAL AND NEWBORN HEALTH IN LOW-RESOURCE COUNTRIES THROUGH STRENGTHENING THE ROLE OF OBSTETRIC AND GYNECOLOGICAL NATIONAL ASSOCIATIONS Senior Management Specialist (International Health Programme)FIGO received a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to lead an initiative to improve Maternal and Newborn Health in low and middle resource countries. The initiative aims to strengthen the leadership, advocacy and organisational capacity of selected FIGO member national professional organisations and is being undertaken initially in eight FIGO member associations in Africa and Asia.In connection with this initiative, FIGO is seeking to recruit a highly qualified London based Senior Management Specialist.The selected individual will assume following responsibilities:To directly support, in-country, the Member Associations’ implementation of specific activities of the project from the agreed work plans.To provide direct support to the Member Association in the documentation of the project and the development of reports of the outputs and the outcomes from implemented activities to FIGO and the M&E consultants.To provide one-to-one coaching, small group training workshops and technical assistance for the participating member associations in the following:Governance: To include the development of strategic plans and implementation, constitution, by-laws, minutes, action plans, implementation strategies and reporting mechanisms.Leadership: Leadership models, committee skills, communication skills, negotiation skills, facilitating skills, conflict resolution skills, gender equality.Management, including project/programme management: Log frames, work plans, roles and responsibilities, appraisal skills, performance management, understanding monitoring & evaluation, filing systems.Financial management: Financial planning, annual budgets, policy manuals, financial probity, external audit, fund raising including membership fees, external grant writing, accessing government support, in-kind contributions, charitable donations, investments.Human Resources: Recruitment procedures, job description, advertisements, pension/benefits, policy manuals, performance reviews, skills enhancement/ training.Communication/IT: Paper and IT based systems for internal and external communication, newsletters, media training, advocacy training.To facilitate the identification of national and regional consultants who may be able to provide technical assistance and discuss these suggestions with the Project Director.The successful candidate will have the following:A relevant university degree, or equivalent qualification or expertise in a health related setting (Master level or above is required)Demonstrated experience in project management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation tools, development of workplans, budgets and proposal writingAbility to train individuals and organizations in the above mentioned skillsPrevious experience in working and coordinating with the UN, NGOs or government agenciesFluency in Portuguese or French would be desirableThe fixed-term full-time position will be based in central London. The appointee will also be required to spend significant periods of time in Africa or AsiaSalary will be by negotiation based on experienceFurther information, together with detailed job descriptions, may be found on the FIGO website at http://www.figo.orgApplications in writing – including a full CV – should be submitted by no later than on Friday, the 11th of February 2011 to:Professor David TaylorFIGO, FIGO HouseSuite 3 – Waterloo Court10 Theed StreetLondon SE1 8STE-mail: [email protected] Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics is a UK Registered charity –(No 1113263; Company No 5498067) and is an equal opportunities employerThis job description is also available for download as a Word documentShare this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Gates 2011 Annual Letter

first_imgPosted on January 31, 2011November 13, 2014Click 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)The Gates Foundation released the 2011 Annual Letter from Bill Gates today, which focuses on the final push to eradicate polio. Afghanistan, India, Nigeria and Pakistan are the four countries where polio remains a problem, and each of the four also has a high burden for maternal mortality. While polio and maternal health do not necessarily have a great level of overlap, addressing diseases of poverty, such as polio, malaria and other neglected tropical diseases has positive health benefits in general that may have spillover effects to maternal health.In addition to focusing on polio, the letter does address some other significant health issues that the Gates Foundation will be addressing in the coming year, including maternal and child health:Melinda has been a strong leader on maternal and child health issues. She gave an especially powerful speech last year to the Women Deliver conference (www.gatesfoundation.org/womendeliver). The plight of mothers and their babies is something she feels deeply, and it’s something we talk about a lot.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Only in Africa

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on February 28, 2011June 20, 2017By: Peris Wakesho, 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 Peris Wakesho, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.This is where there is so much love, the only place in the world where a sister will back a younger sister, sing to them lullabies to sleep…hmm I can hear the African sisters, noting it is by force not will. Well, yes, sometimes against our will, but what stands out is the experience, an experience that we, at our old age would die for!Anything you need, anything you can think of, the bad and the good, the experiences that make us African, unique as they are, either worthy remembering or whether we want to forget! We are blessed and some will say, with the blessings come the curses!I do not know what you might call this, but the photo above says so much about Africa…yes, I can feel the nostalgia, for Africans, in Africa, in the diaspora and those sharing in the spirit of Africa, in whatever corner of the globe.Wonder where I am going with this? Yes, I know is your answer, but am just asking me so many questions…where could this continent have gone wrong? When or how, for her to bear the brunt of hunger, HIV infection, Poverty and now Maternal related deaths, infections and injuries. Home to two of the countries amongst those with the highest maternal mortality rates globally, Nigeria and Ethiopia, running second and third respectively to India in the continent of Asia!What can we do? What are we doing? Who is or will do it? Until when and how? We have to start somewhere….as I log off, my mind fills with nostalgia. We all want the good old days and, yes, it can happen! To start with, motherhood should not be a risky business, a negotiation process that often than not leaves women scared and wanting to opt out. We can change this; we can tilt the scales towards the women’s side. And do you know what this will mean?The African and world children will play again! The men will have hope for a brighter future, society will dance, sing and undulate at the continuation of their lineage. So let us embrace family planning, stop early marriages, end female circumcision (FGC/M), keep our girls longer in school, let our mothers and mothers to be visit the doctor at least four times during their pregnancy and for post pregnancy services, let us support our women to deliver under observation or care of a trained midwife, nurse or doctor and where possible in a health facility. Is this much? No. Not for nostalgic, life-loving Africans and citizens of the world. It is not much, but it will save our women and you know deep down, there is something you can do. So choose now and follow it through, for our children want to play, call mummy and be children. Let us give them this because we can.Share this:last_img read more

Snow… AYZH… EG… UI… More Snow…

first_imgPosted on February 28, 2011June 20, 2017By: Zubaida Bai, 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 Zubaida Bai, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.18 inches – 24 inches – 14 inches… SNOW & MORE SNOW – Is this a sign of things to come?One month has passed in 2011 and, in the midst of all the snow Boston’s been struck with, we at AYZH have been busy like never before:24 JANMA kits have been sent to Rural and Tribal Karnataka, India, thanks to support from Rotary and its members. JANMA is the clean birth kit developed by my organization, AYZH. The vision behind JANMA is that every woman should have a safe, clean, and hygienic delivery whether she delivers at home, at a primary health care center, or in a government hospital. The JANMA kit is intended to give women the right to a clean delivery at a low cost. The kit focuses on “six cleans” recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO): clean hands, clean perineum, clean delivery surface, clean cord cutting and tying instruments, and clean cutting surface. JANMA is sourced and assembled in India by rural women, creating an economic opportunity in the communities we serve. JANMA is distributed through an established network of local pharmacies, clinics, and women-focused nonprofit/nongovernmental organizations.AYZH was short listed for Echoing Green (EG). Of 2,854 applications received only 7% were selected for the semi-final round. Seth Cochran, another Maternal Health Champion, has also been selected for the next round.AYZH has also been selected as a finalist at Unreasonable Institute (UI). Of 300 businesses from over 60 countries, 45 have been selected through an intensive evaluation process. We have an arduous task ahead to raise $8000 at the Unreasonable Marketplace to attend the six week intensive mentoring workshop. The first 25 organizations to raise this money will get to attend the Institute. If we are successful, not only will it help us steer our venture in the right direction, but it will also give us access to investors and mentors in the field. Please help us raise these funds by spreading the word among your networks and contributing anything over 5 dollars.Many great opportunities, like the snow in Boston, have been falling into AYZH’s hands. They will make for a very busy, but exciting year!Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

TBA or Not TBA?

first_imgPosted on June 16, 2011November 13, 2014Click 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) Joseph Ana, a former health commissioner in Nigeria, argues that TBAs can have a positive impact on maternal and perinatal health:Where traditional birth attendants have been trained and integrated into existing health systems, they have not posed any threat to skilled midwives; rather, they have been seen as stakeholders in the effort to improve maternal health. They are very helpful as “counsellors,” comforting frightened rural women with complicated labour, often in the middle of night, in difficult to reach remote villages without electricity, water, or transport and no skilled health worker. In fact, it should be considered unethical to stop a lay person from assisting in such circumstances, especially one with many years’ experience. However, Kelsey A. Harrison, a retired gynecologist and obstetrician who worked in Nigeria, believes that TBAs are detrimental to maternal outcomes:Their use is a distraction in that it seeks to manage extreme poverty instead of working to eliminate it…From an equally practical standpoint, we should be worried by the fact that once something substandard gets entrenched it becomes difficult to replace it with something better in future…Initiatives that exclude traditional birth attendants have been shown to improve maternal health.Share this: The British Medical Journal published two articles this week in their Head to Head feature focusing on the use of traditional birth attendants (TBAs). The use of TBAs has led to contentious debates in recent years.center_img Do you think traditional birth attendants are good for improving maternal healthYesNoVoteView ResultsCrowdsignal.comTake Our Poll ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more