PenSam hit by deeper-than-expected 2013 loss

first_imgThis is why the 2013 result fell short of expectations expressed in an interim report published at the half-year stage, the fund said.It said last year’s exercise, whereby many customers in the old PMF-Pension switched to the non-guaranteed Fleksion product, delivered a DKK132.2m blow to profits.PMF-Pension – the labour-market pension fund for childcare assistants, which PenSam took over from Sampension in 2006 – was merged into PenSam in 2012.Customers with old-style PMF-Pension plans, which included guarantees, were given the option last year to accept a bonus for changing their plans to Fleksion.PenSam said 38% of the 30,000 customers asked did opt to switch.PenSam Liv’s overall investment return for 2013 was 3.2%, and the Fleksion pension product generated a 7.7% return, the fund said.Helen Kobæk, PenSam’s managing director, said PenSam Liv had produced good investment returns in all asset classes.Equities returned 27%, while private equity and infrastructure generated a return of 8-9%, she said.Last year’s investment return was the result of the more active investment strategy put in place in 2010, which aimed to balance assets actively and manage risk effectively, PenSam said.Developments on the financial markets in the wake of the financial crisis had thrown up good investment opportunities, it said.As part of this, PenSam said it made active investments in construction projects in the Copenhagen harbour, in addition to buying up a mortgage bond portfolio from the state liquidator Finansiel Stabilitet. Contibutions for the year were broadly unchanged from the year before at DKK5bn.Assets under management rose to DKK84.5bn at the end of 2013 from DKK77.6bn a year before. Denmark’s PenSam reported an unexpectedly large loss for 2013 after it paid bonuses to customers switching to non-guaranteed pension plans.PenSam Liv – the part of the PenSam group that runs its core labour-market pension schemes – made a loss of DKK85m (€11m) in 2013 before tax, down from 2012’s profit of DKK186m.In its annual report, PenSam said: “The year’s result is not satisfactory but should be seen in the light of the product changeover that was carried out and developments on the financial markets.”The return on capital in the second half of the year failed to offset the effect on results of the product changeover, it said.last_img read more

Social Protection Ministry to launch handbook for TIP victims

first_imgThe Social Protection Ministry in collaboration with the Trafficking In Persons (TIP) Ministerial Task Force will be launching the first victims’ rights handbook, in observance of World Human Trafficking Day on July 30, 2016.The handbook is intended to guide TIP victims to realise, understand, accept and demand their rights.Some of the most common violations of human rights are; the right to personal autonomy, the right not to be held in slavery or servitude, the right to liberty and security, the right to be free from cruel or inhumane treatment , the right to safe, healthy working conditions and the right to freedom of movement.Tanisha Williams- Corbin, Coordinator (Ag) Counter Trafficking In Persons (C-TIP) Unit, said that, the Ministry will also be launching a campaign titled “Look Out, Speak Out and Take Down” which will be taken to various hotspots.She explained that the Ministry will be aggressively pushing its awareness campaign to educate citizens about TIP with the aim of preventing, reducing and eliminating the scourge.Some of the activities planned are roadside gaffs, school awareness sessions for community, structured awareness sessions for community leaders, distribution of educational materials and novelties, and sessions with social minority groups inclusive of Sex Workers’ Coalition and Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination SASOD.The Ministry will also be providing counselling services for TIP victims, public assistance and necessary psychosocial support in keeping with the Combating of Trafficking in Persons Act of 2005, and provision of technical training and grants and loans for at risk families.last_img read more

How 3 Companies Are Using Node.js

first_imgklint finley Node.js is still all the rage on the Web. But how is it actually being put to use? It’s still in its early stages of development, so in many ways its dangerous for production use. None the less, a few companies are already using it. Kevin McCarthy talked to three companies – Yammer, Proxlet and Bocoup – about how each one is using Node.js. Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Related Posts Tags:#hack#Tools Why You Love Online Quizzes Yammer – Yammer is using Node.js as a proxy for its API.Proxlet – Proxlet’s Chrome plugin is built entirely in JavaScript and MongoDB. It uses Node.js as its proxy.Bocoup – Bocoup built an IRC bot using Node.js that it uses for various purposes, such as logging and generating statistics.What are some other real world uses of Node.js? 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac…last_img read more

Stop Whining And Embrace Google+ Already

first_imgfruzsina eordogh Oh, the horror! Google is so evil it’s making everyone use its stupid social network.As the Wall Street Journal pointed out earlier this week, Google+, the social network all about the circles, is now inescapable.  Besides Google employees being forced to use it (and now bitching about using it to the Journal), YouTubers, companies, restaurant reviewers – anyone, really, that wants to maintain a presence on the Internet – has to use Google+ in some capacity. Heck, anyone who signs up for Gmail gets connected to Google+.And because it is so inescapable – we’re not going to stop using Google products any time soon –  it’s about time digital citizens bucked up and learned to accept Google+ and all of its weird Circle-y, ad-free ways.After all, there are some benefits to using Google+. Besides being ad-free, Google promises to never sell your individual Google+ information to advertisers, and by using Google+ you make the ads we all see across other Google properties better. (At least that’s what Google claims.) So, yes, we have to put up with email integration and having to sign into the service to write restaurant reviews, but that doesn’t mean using Google+ has to be all doom and gloom.YouTube Leads The WayPerhaps we should take our cues from YouTube, the video-sharing mega-site and community that was the first Google property to begin Google+ integration in late 2011. Sure, users kicked and screamed via online protestations just like all the other Google service users are doing today, but it seems that after all the fuss, many YouTube users actually kind of like Google+.Jamie Spicer-Lewis, a young up-and-coming cartoonist on YouTube with more than 24 million views of his works, doesn’t like that he has to enter his Gmail address instead of his username to get into his YouTube account, but “other than that it seems functional and useful.”Spicer-Lewis doesn’t actually use Google+, though, except for Google Hangouts “with my mother because she has a ChromeBook and can’t get Skype.” Artist, teacher and YouTuber Merrill Kazanjian thinks Google+, particularly Google Hangouts, is “historic.” Kazanjian says he has held several  Google Hangouts on his YouTube channel and some of them have received “more than 2,000 comments from artists from all around the world.” “The impressionists had cafes in Paris,” writes Kazanjian, and “YouTube artists have Google+ Hangouts.”Cameron Magruder, a sports vlogger (video blogger) and winner of YouTube’s Next Vlogger competition in 2012, thinks Google Hangouts will be “a major player in the next 3-5 years especially within colleges and universities.”Magruder actually likes using Google+, and writes that it reminds him of “Twitter when it first started” because “none of your friends are on it so you have to seek out conversations.” With fewer people involved, Magruder writes, he is more attentive to the people he is following so he can respond to everyone. “I expect it to change in the coming years… especially as Facebook ramps up on more ads,” adds Magruder. (And as more people give up fighting Google+ integration, no doubt.)Gaining More VisibilityThe most obvious reason YouTubers are using Google+ is, of course, the fact that their profiles now show up on the top right hand side of the screen.  “Google shows no signs of changing course and from a user perspective there are a lot of upsides to integration,” writes Michael X, the founder of YouTube analytics site VidStatsX, such “as better discovery and promotional opportunities.”Better “discoverability” and promotional opportunities equates to what shows up first in Google search: a YouTube user’s Google+ profile. Companies and anyone living online would be wise to do this, too. Why waste first-class advertising space, after all?  Michael X admitted in an interview that he strongly dislikes Google+, but adds that given how forcefully Google is making everyone use the service, “it’s best just to give it time and make the best of the integration.”So take a hint from the YouTube community and stop with all the complaining. Embrace Google’s wacky social network already. There is nothing you can do about it, anyway. Oh, and if you need more inspriation, check out this Queen parody about Google+:  Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#Google A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditcenter_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

Your Next Big Professional Leap

first_imgThis is part of the “Hi, AleX” series — advice to AleX NetLit about enhancing her levels of network literacy through day-to-day personal and professional social networking. AleX Netlit is a fictional persona created by Network Literacy Community of Practice to serve as a guide to Military Families Service professionals, Cooperative Extension educators and others seeking to learn more about using online networks in their work.More about Alex NetLit Hi, AleX:I know you’re making great headway understanding this whole networking thing, and I venture to say that you’re close to your next professional leap.However, before you take this leap, you need to understand how this new networked environment is changing the way you work with your clients.leap – used under Creative Commons license from will no longer be serving the normative role you once did.  Before the advent of networking, you were essentially one among a relatively select handful of vanguards who helped define standards on behalf of your clients.Now, you, like countless other people all over the world, are making the transition from a normative to nodal professional.  You be one of millions of nodes within a vastly extended informational network in which all sorts of people — experts and clients, or more accurately, former clients — interact within an information landscape that is more open and democratic than ever before.But that doesn’t mean you will lack value or that your role will be diminished. Far from it: you’re better prepared than many of your peers to operate in this new world because you have always prided yourself on building the skills that best equip you for your next leap.The new information order values people like you — the reason why you are well suited to serving two emerging and important roles as editor and curator.In case you haven’t noticed, despite all the remarkable strides that have been made in organizing and prioritizing knowledge on the Web, plenty of people are still threatened by it. They view all these algorithmically generated pages and they’re led to wonder: Is all this really what I’m looking for? Are these pages really the very best the Web has to offer me?Small wonder why the late Steve Jobs observed that there will be a greater need than ever for skilled editors to sift through this content and to improve it on behalf of end users.Many of your end users are no exception: they need help sifting through all this dense information.That’s where you have a valuable role to serve, AleX. You’ve spent years striving to be a trusted professional — that’s your strong suit.  The times are calling on you to take an even greater professional leap by transforming yourself into both an editor and curator.As writer Britanny Morin related recently, it takes a special person to be an editor, someone who can improve the Web-based content of others.  But it takes an unusually special person to be both an editor and a curator. By curator, I mean someone who can choose among the different sources of information to provide the best ones available to your end users, often adding new ideas and perspectives.Yes, skills and professional convictions fully equip you for this role, AleX.   As Morin so aptly describes it, you are one of those special professionals whom people can “relate to and trust and who have expertise, real life experiences, and the ability to filter through and share bold perspectives.”You are a natural-born editor and curator, AleX.Now go out and set the world on fire.Author: Jim LangcusterThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.last_img read more

Arellano’s Lervin Flores crowned new NCAA slam dunk king

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Lervin Flores jumps over three people! Perfect 50! #NCAASeason93— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) September 1, 2017FEATURED 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 #KicksStalker: High schooler LaMelo Ball gets signature shoe Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ The Kapampangan forward also relished winning the title on his second try after losing last year to champion Yankie Haruna.“Without Yankie, I really took the opportunity to be a champion,” he said.Justin Gutang pys a tribute to last year’s dunk champ Yankie Haruna, gets a 45. #NCAASeason93— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) September 1, 2017ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLervin Flores jumped over Renato Ular, host Andrei Felix, and judge Empoy Marquez and hammered the tomahawk dunk to win the Slam Dunk contest in the 2017 NCAA All-Star Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Arellano forward scored a perfect 50 in the Finals to outlast St. Benilde’s Justin Gutang and Ular.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I really prepared hard for it. I was thinking in the final round to jump over (Eugene) Toba, but he lost, so I just convinced myself to be firm. I was also thinking to jump over (Elie) Ongolo Ongolo,” kidded Flores, who was undoubtedly enjoying his time with his dance celebrations to pump the crowd. Gutang paid tribute to Haruna in his championship slam with a 360 flush while wearing Haruna’s jersey, which got him a 45.Ular, meanwhile, failed to make his ambitious off-the-glass dunk in the championship and settled for 30.Flores topped the first round after completing an off-the-bounce two handed reverse to nab a 45.Letran’s Renato Ular makes his dunk, gets a 45. #NCAASeason93— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) September 1, 2017Also joining the competitions were San Beda’s Toba, JRU’s Jed Sarmiento, Lyceum’s Yancy Remulla, EAC’s Rustan Bugarin, San Sebatsian’s Allyn Bulanadi, Perpetual’s Kervin Lucente, who all missed their dunk attempts in the first round.The competition was judged by Alab Pilipinas coach Jimmy Alapag, reigning ABL Local MVP Bobby Ray Parks, celebrities Marquez and Ria Atayde, and NCAA Press Corps president Cedelf P. Tupas of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Read Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

Serge Ibaka bails out Raptors with winning dunk

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka (9) hangs from the rim and bumps Atlanta Hawks guard Jeremy Lin (7) at the end of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry shared the court for the first time in almost a month for Toronto, yet it was Serge Ibaka who scored the biggest basket of the game for the RaptorsIbaka scored the winning points on a dunk with 17 seconds remaining and the Raptors won their sixth straight home game, 104-101 over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Following a timeout, Young drove against Leonard but missed his shot. Ibaka grabbed the rebound that led to a fast break dunk for Anunoby with less than a second to go.“You had a rookie going up against probably the best defensive player in the league,” Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said. “He just kind of fell for the bait.”Carter, a former star with the Raptors, launched a long 3-point try at the buzzer but came up empty.“Tip your hats to the Hawks,” Lowry said. “Those guys, they’re playing extremely hard.”The banged-up Hawks were without guard Kevin Huerter (back). Guard Kent Bazemore missed his fifth straight game because of a sprained right ankle, while center Miles Plumlee sat for the third straight game because of a sore left ankle. Forward Taurean Prince has not played since Dec. 3 because of a sprained left ankle.“I’m personally not a big fan of the moral victories, but with a lot of guys down, guys stepped up and played hard,” Carter said.A former slam dunk champion whose career began in Toronto, Carter received a brief standing ovation when he checked in for the first time at 5:13 of the first quarter. He scored six points in 13 minutes.“The joy of stepping into this arena each and every year is something I always look forward to,” Carter said.Making his first start of the season in place of Huerter, Lin made all four of his shots and scored 10 points in the first as Atlanta led 31-28 after one.After shooting 0 for 6 from 3-point range in the first, the Raptors shot 6 for 10 from long range in the second. Atlanta led 57-56 at halftime. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Toronto is 16-6 when Lowry and Leonard both play.John Collins had 21 points and 14 rebounds, Jeremy Lin scored 20 points and Trae Young added 19 for the Hawks, who have lost four of five. Atlanta made a season-worst 27 turnovers, leading to 34 Toronto points.“If we keep it under 20, the result is a little different,” Atlanta’s Vince Carter said.Neither team led by more than five in a tight fourth quarter. Atlanta’s Dewayne Dedmon made a pair of foul shots at 2:15 to put the Hawks up 101-98, but Toronto finished the game with a 6-0 run.Anonuboy’s layup with 1:57 remaining cut the gap to one and, after a steal by Leonard, Ibaka’s dunk with 17 seconds to go put Toronto up 102-101.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Raptors: Host Brooklyn on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “We pulled one out,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “We were trying to get away from them and never really could.”Leonard scored 31 points, Pascal Siakam had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Lowry scored 16 points as the Raptors earned their sixth consecutive win over the Hawks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsOG Anunoby scored 14 points and Ibaka had 13.Lowry and Leonard played together for the first time since a Dec. 9 home loss to Milwaukee. Toronto has not lost at home since. Lowry had missed 10 of the past 14 games because of hip and back injuries, returning Sunday against Indiana. Leonard missed that game to rest. View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Leonard and Lowry each scored eight points in the third and Toronto took an 80-77 lead into the fourth.TIP-INSHawks: Atlanta scored 12 points off six Toronto turnovers in the first quarter. … Carter’s mother attended the game.Raptors: G Danny Green (rest) did not play. Fred VanVleet started in his place. It was Toronto’s 14th different starting lineup of the season. Twelve different players have started at least once. … F C.J. Miles (right hip) was active, but did not play. … C Jonas Valanciunas has had the splint removed from his dislocated left thumb. Valanciunas was injured Dec. 12 at Golden State. … Toronto waived G Lorenzo Brown on Monday. G Jordan Loyd was active. Loyd played a G-League game at Philadelphia earlier in the day.ON A ROLLLeonard scored at least 20 points for the 17th consecutive game, extending his career-best streak.STEALING THE SCENELeonard’s six steals were a season-high, while Lowry matched his season-high with four. In doing so, Lowry became the first player to top 700 with Toronto.UP NEXTHawks: Visit Brooklyn on Wednesday night. Stephen Curry’s PGA Tour event scrapped Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

Tamaraws finally put past behind them to return to UAAP men’s volleyball finals

first_imgThe Tamaraws were eliminated from the Final Four in Season 80 despite holding a twice-to-beat advantage against third seed Ateneo and they made sure that won’t happen this time around.FEU ended its finals curse of six years after it upended Ateneo, 21-25, 25-23. 25-22, 25-22, Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena in what turned out to be a statement game for the Tamaraws.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We were at that point [where the past could happen twice] but I told my teammates that this is Season 81, that was in Season 80,” said Richard Solis in Filipino. “We won’t let happen what happened last year repeat itself. We worked really hard to get this victory.”FEU owned the twice-to-beat advantage in its Season 80 series against the Blue Eagles but had no answer for the monstrosity of Marck Espejo. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next With his team at a disadvantage, Espejo put up an unreal average of 39 points per game including a 55-point outburst in the opener.The Tamaraws’ win over the Blue Eagles also pushed them to their first finals series since Season 75 where they lost to National University in three games.John Paul Bugaoan said they won’t stop until they get the title and that the pain they’ve experienced in Season 80 was a lesson learned for them.“We won’t stop until we get that big trophy,” said Bugaoan. “We don’t want what happened last year to happen again. We just have to work hard, and as Kuya Richard said that was in Season 80, this is Season 81.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MANILA, Philippines—Far Eastern University made sure it has learned its lesson from a season ago.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Fiery weigh-in whets appetites for Alvarez-Jacobs showdown Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View commentslast_img read more

Achieving MDG 5: More Health Workers Needed to Find Solutions for Vulnerable Women

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 21, 2010June 20, 2017By: Maureen Corbett, Vice President of Programs, IntraHealth InternationalClick 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 MHTF is soliciting reactions from the maternal health community to the newly released UN MMR data. Our hope is that, together, these comments will serve as a springboard for discussion and provide momentum towards MDG5.Last week, the United Nations released the newest estimate of maternal mortality, which shows an important 34% decline in the last two decades. More than 220,000 fewer women died of pregnancy-related causes in 2008 when compared to 1990. These new estimates reinforce the good news reported earlier this year by The Lancet, further confirming that maternal death and disability are not intractable problems.  Progress is possible. However, the new numbers also bring sharp focus to the global inequities, which for too many of the world’s girls and women mean they do not get the high-quality health care they need before, during, and after a pregnancy. This inequity is clear in the fact that the lifetime risk that a 15-year old young woman  in sub-Saharan Africa will eventually die of a pregnancy-related cause (1 in 31) is more than 1000 times that of a young woman in some developed countries (1 in 4,300). These wide disparities between developing and developed regions are unacceptable. If we are serious about achieving Millennium Development Goal 5, a 75% drop in maternal mortality by 2015, we need to more than double our efforts in the next five years.The UN press release accompanying the new report highlighted the four main causes of maternal death—postpartum hemorrhage, infections, hypertensive disorders, and unsafe abortion. Each is preventable, treatable, or both. We know the technical interventions that are needed, including modern contraception, safe abortion, antenatal care, skilled attendance for labor and delivery, and postpartum care. We also know that strong health systems are essential for improving availability, quality, and access to these services. And, essential to the health system is the health workforce. Without increased attention and innovation around solving the problem of the critical shortage of skilled health workers, continued progress in reducing maternal mortality and morbidity will not be possible. The UN report sends a clear message.  Progress in reducing maternal mortality will only be achieved with increased national ownership, strong health systems, and a global commitment to recruiting, training, equipping, deploying and retaining, and supporting more motivated and productive health workers.During a recent trip to India, I learned more about India’s ASHA (accredited social health activist) program. This innovative program recruits female health workers from the communities they serve, and trains them to educate community members and serve as a liaison between the community and the health system. The program offers these women incentives through a “pay for performance” system. Colleagues pointed out, however, that in some of the most marginalized and isolated communities in India there are no ASHA workers because in some villages there are no women who meet the basic selection criteria for being an ASHA, which includes basic literacy. Because of this, these already marginalized communities do not have community health workers to offer even the most basic health care. Continuing to make progress in these communities and the many others that are isolated or marginalized requires us to get creative about how to reach all women with the package of services they need. Doing this starts with a global commitment to value all women’s lives—only then will we be able to galvanize the resources necessary to prevent their deaths.Share this:last_img read more

Gracia amazed by the first half performance against Newcastle

first_imgWatford managed to beat Newcastle United 2-1 at home and Javi Gracia insisted that especially the first-half performance was great and his team deserved the win for their amazing effort at the home stadium.The Spanish coach claimed that his team had enough chances to kill the game before the half-time whistle as they missed a penalty as well – but they were leading just 2-0 and the Magpies were close to equalizíng the game.The Watford manager spoke about this tough win as he said, according to Chronicle Live:Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“We played better in the first half. We could have killed the game and missed a penalty.”“After that, Newcastle played better and created chances to draw the game but we were a bit luckier than in the last games, where we didn’t have it. I’m very pleased to achieve the objective and I am proud of my players.”“Many times we have lost points [late on] and this was an important game. We needed the points and the players showed a good attitude, character and desire, and for that, I’m very happy.”last_img read more