SC Villa target top spot at home to URA

first_img“It is one of those games that we need to win, said SC Villa head coach Wasswa Bbosa.“It has big implications at the top of the league because if we win it, we are back on top but if we fail, we fall back in the race for the tittle.“The boys understand the importance of the game too especially the fact that we lost our last game to KCCA.“We will do all we can to win and hopefully luck will be on our side against a very good URA Side.URA them selves have all to do especially in the second round as they find them selves only six points off the relegation, a scenario that is undesired for the tax collectors. Match Facts.Villa enter the game in second position on the log with 33 points from 17 games while URA are eighth, 10 points behind the Jogoos having played the same number of games.The two teams played out a goaless draw in the first round, the first scoreless fixture between them in more than eight years.URA have won only one of their last eight meetings with Villa, a 3-0 victory in Lugazi on 15-May-2016.Paul Nkata’s side have also managed one victory away to Villa in their last eight trips, 4-0 in September 2013.Villa have gone three games minus victory in the top flight(D2 L1), the last time that Wasswa Bbosa’s side won a league fixture was against Proline in a 2-1 home win dating back to 20th December.Villa is unbeaten in Masaka, winning 13 out of the 17 matches they have hosted their(D4).URA’s 1-0 win at home to Bright Stars was their first victory in the last four league games(D1 L3).Nkata’s men have struggled on the road this season, winning only two of the eight games they have played on the road, 2-0 at Masavu and 2-1 against Vipers.Away to the sides above them, URA have lost two, drawn one and won one of the four games they have played so far this season.Comments Both teams drew 0-0 in the first leg at Mandela National stadium: PHOTO BY SHABAN LUBEGAAzam Uganda Premier leagueSC Villa vs URAMasaka Recreation Grounds, Masaka04:00pm16 time record league champions will have to spot on their mind when they host URA today in the Azam Uganda premier league.Villa in second at the start of the match seat only two points behind leaders Vipers despite the Kitende based side playing one more game than the Jogoos.center_img Tags: KCCAsports topvillalast_img read more

Funding Facility Established to Accelerate Progress to End Preventable Maternal and Child Death

first_imgPosted on September 29, 2014November 2, 2016By: Katie Millar, Technical Writer, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public 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)In a landmark decision, the World Bank, the United States, and governments of Canada and Norway announced at the 69th UN General Assembly their efforts to establish a new funding mechanism—the Global Financing Facility (GFF)—to support not only the acceleration needed to achieve MDG 4 and 5, but also a more long-term vision through 2030 to end preventable maternal and child deaths.Dr. Ana Langer, Director of the Maternal Health Task Force at the Harvard School of Public Health welcomes this fund and its strategy. “The focus on both maternal, child and reproductive health for women and girls and 2030 as a finish line is most welcome as it reflects both a life cycle approach and proves consistent with the new set of goals that the global maternal and newborn health community has proposed post-2015,” said Dr. Langer.In addition, the establishment of this fund is a concrete action made by the global community to break down silos between initiatives and donors. This fund is collaborative by engaging a variety of stakeholders—from United Nations agencies to the private sector and domestic agencies—and integrates progress for both the MDGs and sustainable development goals.“The Global Financing Facility provides much needed support to the collective efforts of the maternal, newborn, child and reproductive health global and national communities to significantly advance the unfinished agenda that still affects millions of girls, women and children around the world,” said Dr. Langer as she reacted to the announcement.Dr. Langer also emphasized the importance of the strategic approach taken by GFF to accelerate progress in countries that are falling short of their MDGs. “The GFF will focus on the most vulnerable countries having the potential, therefore, to reduce the unacceptable disparities that currently exist between countries and population groups,” said Dr. Langer.The GFF is not only for financing health initiatives, but will also aid developing countries to grow their economies from low- to middle-income and transition to long-term sustainable domestic financing.Lastly, “the GFF emphasizes health information systems, an incredibly critical but weak area in most low- and middle-income countries. Having reliable and timely information will allow us to identify priorities, track progress, and improve accountability,” said Dr. Langer.The jumpstart to this fund comes with a pledge of $400 million from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), $600 million from Norway, and $200 million from Canada. These resources will work jointly with public-private partnerships and low-interest loans and grants through the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA). The combination of these resources is up to $4 billion and it is anticipated that this momentum will also mobilize additional funds from other donors, both domestic and international funds, and the private sector.Countries and key partners are now consulting as they make plans for the design and implementation of GFF. The fund is expected to be fully functional in 2015.Original news story: Development Partners Support the Creation of Global Financing Facility to Advance Women’s and Children’s HealthShare this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

What my first writing rejection taught me

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.After my freshman year in college at the University of Massachusetts, I lived for the summer with three roommates in an Amherst apartment. I worked part-time as a bagger at a nearby supermarket from 9am to 3pm, and then would bicycle over to the college library in order to read and write poetry. The university offered something called the Juniper Prize, which (if I recall correctly) was $1,000 in cash and publication by the university press. My goal that summer was to read poetry for three hours each day, write fifty poems of my own, and win the Juniper Prize.Spending an entire summer reading and writing poetry did wonders for me as a writer—not because my poetry was good. In fact, it was juvenile and simply awful, as the poetry of teenagers so often can be. I’d write poems about the birdsong I’d hear in the morning from my bedroom window and how it made me feel. Sorry about that, Emily Dickinson. I wrote the sort of bad, navel-gazing juvenalia that every writer has written at one time or another—and hopes gets destroyed in a fire.The reason that summer was valuable was because it was my first encounter with the never-ending struggle every writer faces when trying to write something readable. I had to learn discipline. It helped to have the Juniper Prize as a goal, silly as my ambition was. I began developing an ear for words, actually listening to the sounds they made on the page as I read at the library and typed away at night. Even today, as a business writer explaining changes in the new healthcare law or how companies can reduce their tax burdens, I write with my ear as much as with my brain. This is a good thing, to be musical and conscious of the sounds that words make on the page.I also had to learn how to tell a story, for a poem is nothing if not a compressed story. Best of all, I learned to read in order to inspire my writing. I read voraciously, sitting on the eighth floor of the library in the stacks of the poetry and literature floor. I’d spend a week with e.e. cummings, enjoying his humor, his tenderness, and that wild way he has with language.Emily Dickinson would become a favorite, especially since I’d bicycle past her Amherst house each morning and wonder how she’d once been in her bedroom writing her meditative poems and listening to the birdsong outside, as I was doing a century later. I read Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” over and over—not to mention my favorite poem then and now, T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.”In the middle of August that summer, I finished writing my fiftieth poem and proudly put all the pages into a manila envelope with my $20 entry fee, which I sent to the Juniper Prize Committee with hope in my heart. Did I feel like a “real” poet then, a “real” writer? Of course I did, and I’m embarrassed now at how silly that conceit was from a pimply 19-year-old undergraduate. But every writer goes through that “young poet” phase, and I certainly checked off that box and picked up the t-shirt.A few weeks later, my manila envelope came back to me in the mail, along with a one-page letter from the Juniper Committee. I remember reading the letter with initial excitement which quickly turned into deflation: “Thank you for submitting your poems, however we have decided not to grant you the Juniper Prize.” I was stunned. Had they made some epic mistake? Had they failed to recognize my precocious poetic genius or overlooked me because I was younger than other entrants?I thought for a minute and then, as if unconscious, walked out to the parking lot in front of my apartment building. There was a large dumpster there. I carefully put the letter back into the manila envelope with my 50 poems inside, my only copies of my magnum opus, and hurled the entire package into the dumpster, then turned and walked away. As literary gestures from 19-year-olds poets go, this was a fairly dramatic one.I was done with writing right there and then. I had failed as a poet, and I spent the next week brooding and confused about my “wasted” summer and the idiocy of the Juniper Committee. Needless to say, I somehow found the strength to carry on. Looking back, that was one of the best summers of my life, including “losing” the Juniper Prize. The writing life is nothing if not difficult, and dealing with rejection is the most basic tool every writer needs. As the great Irish writer Samuel Beckett once wrote: “I can’t go on; I’ll go on.” That’s how I felt then. I moved on and kept writing after all.Boston-based Chuck Leddy is a freelance B2B Brand Storyteller who connects brands and customers through engaging stories. His clients include ADP, Catalant Technologies, The Boston Globe’s BG Brand Lab, and The National Center for the Middle Market. His website is www.ChuckLeddy.comlast_img read more

Soaking In A Hot Bath Burns As Many Calories As A 30-Minute Walk

first_imgResearchers claim that relaxing in a hot bath may be just as beneficial for your body as a 30-minute walk.A group of scientists at Loughborough University in England put 14 men through two tests: a one-hour bicycle ride and a one-hour bath in 104-degree Fahrenheit water.Cycling was found to burn more calories, but relaxing in a bath also shed 130 calories – which is about the amount you’ll burn on a half-hour walk – because of the increase in body temperature.They also measured the participants’ blood sugar for 24 hours after each trial.It was discovered that peak blood sugar was around 10 percent lower when a bath was taken in place of the bike ride.“We also showed changes to the inflammatory response similar to that following exercise,” said Steve Faulkner, a research associate at Loughborough University. “The anti-inflammatory response to exercise is important as it helps to protect us against infection and illness, but chronic inflammation is associated with a reduced ability to fight off diseases. This suggests that repeated passive heating may contribute to reducing chronic inflammation, which is often present with long-term diseases, such as type 2 diabetes.”The study suggests that passive heating – soaking in a hot tub or taking a sauna – can do great things for your physical and mental health, especially for people who are unable to exercise regularly.Sourcelast_img read more