Open Letter to the Global Fund Board on MNCH

first_imgPosted on December 14, 2010November 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)Written by: Tim Thomas, Senior Advisor, MHTFOver the past 12-18 months, a dedicated group of advocates have been pushing the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria to expand its mandate to include maternal, newborn and child health programs. (The Global Fund was created in 2001 by then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to galvanize and coordinate global funding for HIV/AIDS and two of its major co-infections.) The movement to add MNCH to the Fund’s thus far successful vertical programming will face a deciding moment at the upcoming Global Fund Board Meeting being held in Sofia, Bulgaria today through Wednesday. The Board has received the following letter showing broad popular support for the shift and they will be discussing if and how to implement it. We will be tracking the progress of this movement and reporting more here. Stay tuned!Read the letterShare this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

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9 months agoLee Clark Exclusive: Chasing Man City can’t slip-up; don’t forget Spurs

first_imgLee Clark Exclusive: Chasing Man City can’t slip-up; don’t forget Spursby Lee Clark9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe festive period is a great time for a football fan, and for close to 30 years, I was fortunate enough to be around professional football clubs during those hectic two-and-a-half weeks.It’s very similar for a player and a coach. There’s certainly no festivities because you need to be in peak condition, ready to face the amount of games that you have. You lose track of the days really, because the games just come thick and fast, you’re playing every 48 to 72 hours over a two-and-a-half-week period.I think if you ask players, they prefer the playing side to the training sessions and the opportunities to get games. But the hardest part as a player are the little knocks and niggles where as if you had a full working week you could maybe get over them. And then from a manager’s point of view, you’ve got a conundrum. What if you’re team plays well and the individuals play well and they get a result? Do you stick with that team? They’re playing with confidence and they’ve got a good result. But in the back of your mind, you’re thinking, have they got the energy levels to reproduce the level of performance again? And if you do stick with the winning team and they lose because they’re lacking freshness, then you regret that you didn’t freshen the group up. So its a tough one really. Also, with the size of squads in the Premier League and squads that have players that can replicate each other with good performances, it’s a real tough period and balancing act for managers especially. There were a number of great games over the festive period, it’s a great time to go and watch football. All I would temper with that is, are we getting value for money because teams are resting players? To argue against that, I would look at the last game of the festive period when the two sets of players for Manchester City and Liverpool still had enough energy left to produce a fantastic game.It was a really interesting two weeks of football, but obviously the stand-out was City vs Liverpool. It was a game of the highest quality. And when I say highest quality, I mean world-class players for both teams at every position in every aspect of the game, it wasn’t just the quality of the passing and the possession, it was the high-tempo pressing of both teams, and the individual talent was also incredible. It was class in every aspect of the game. And I think for some people who maybe don’t understand the game would have been expecting a lot of chances from both sides. But when you have so many good players, including the defenders and goalkeepers, you’re going to be dealing with some quality footballers and that was what was achieved on the day. I agree with what Pep said after the game. City have to treat every game like a cup final. I don’t think they are in a position to drop any more points. But if there’s any team in the league that could go from now until the end of the season and not lose, it’s Manchester City. The win over Liverpool will give them a huge lift. Jurgen Klopp went and made big changes against Wolves which resulted in another loss, but I think when they get that starting XI back they’ll be fine. It’s different for them now because they’re the leaders and are getting chased by people. It does bring extra pressure onto the players when they are getting chased, knowing that every game they play that doesn’t end with maximum points and they’ll be looking over their shoulder to see if that gap between them and the others is getting closer. I’m excited to watch it, it’s going to be a cracking race with them going toe to toe. And let’s not forget what Tottenham are about because they’re hanging in there. They’ve got a terrific young squad as well. I’m certainly looking forward to second-half of the season! TagsOpinionAbout the authorLee ClarkShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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2 days agoMaguire reveals Man Utd talks over UEFA racism protocol

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Maguire reveals Man Utd talks over UEFA racism protocolby Freddie Taylor2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Maguire says Manchester United have spoken about the UEFA racial abuse protocol ahead of Thursday’s clash with Partizan Belgrade.The Serbian giants played their last two European home games behind closed doors after racist abuse by supporters.”We will trust Uefa to follow their protocol,” Maguire said.”Sofia was a sickening atmosphere, something I don’t want to be part of again.”We’re positive tomorrow night will be a great atmosphere, one we’re all looking forward to playing in.”If something does goes off, then we’ll follow the three-step protocol and I’m sure there will be people on and off the pitch doing their bit to make things better for the future.” last_img read more

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Book to highlight beauty of Victoria Memorial garden

first_imgKolkata: To shatter the common belief that the sprawling garden of Victoria Memorial is not merely a hangout spot, the memorial perhaps for the first time in its history is bringing out a publication with a compilation of the flora and fauna that beautify its 64-acre garden.The book will also highlight the method adopted for maintenance of the garden and the water body on the memorial campus. “We want to project the Victoria Memorial highlighting the inclusivity we nurture. We had written to the West Bengal Biodiversity Board to undertake a study of the animals, birds, reptiles and the fishes present in the garden and the water body in the memorial. They have consented and soon a joint meeting will be held to finalise the matter,” said Jayanta Sengupta, curator and secretary of Victoria Memorial. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIf everything goes according to the plan , the publication will be released by January 2020. In recent times, the authorities had captured a variety of Indian birds that may go up to 100, more than a score of migratory ones, at least 50 varieties of butterflies, scores of caterpillars , 40 odd species of buzzing bees , varieties of snakes and several other insects and small animals in the garden. The Botanical Survey of India has conducted a census of the trees and the memorial authorities have urged them to come up with small text capsules with description of some prominent trees in the garden. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThere are more than 2,800 tress and the varieties are over 500. A large number of these tress are rare. The Calabash tree, native to Central and South America and the national tree of St. Lucia was brought in and neutralised here by the British. The Cuban Royal Palm, the Canon Ball tree from the Amazon rainforest and the breadfruit tree from the Pacific come under this category. Talking about the maintenance of the garden Sengupta said the they have procured a composting machine where waste matter is recycled and used as manure for the garden. The falling leaves of the trees and the food waste from the canteen are converted to manure and used for the upkeep of the garden. “People will be amazed to know that when the memorial was established in the year 1921 there was no grass on the campus. It needed a lot of effort to make such an attractive garden,” he added. Out of 38 lakh annual visitors at the Victoria Memorial, 18 lakh avail tickets for the garden.last_img read more

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Punjab National Bank appoints Rajesh Yaduvanshi as new executive director

first_imgNew Delhi: Punjab National Bank (PNB) Tuesday said it has appointed Rajesh Kumar Yaduvanshi as the Executive Director of the bank with effect from April 15.Yaduvanshi brings with him a diversified experience of over 3 decades in the banking industry, having held senior positions in the banking sector both in India and abroad, the bank said. He has also worked with Dena Bank in capacity of the Executive Director. Yadivanshi, having 34 years of banking career, had joined PNB as a management trainee in 1985. He holds a doctorate in science from lndian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi and has over and is also a certified associate member of lndian lnstitute of Bankers. With his joining, PNB now has three Executive Directors, the others being L V Prabhakar and A K Azad.last_img read more

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Sweeping electoral reforms needed to end malpractices Hazare

first_imgRalegan Siddh: Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare has called for large-scale electoral reforms in the country to remove poll-related malpractices and to cleanse the system. The 81-year-old activist lamented that lack of awareness among voters and focus of political parties on winning the elections by hook or crook has led to degeneration of politics, and he saw no bright future for the country if the situation continued. Talking to PTI at his native village in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, Hazare said voters were one of the pillars of the democracy. “But looking at the reports of cash seizure from various places during the electioneering, one wonders why voters take money to vote. Is this the value of our freedom fighters, who gave us independence?” he asked. Hazare felt that the parties’ approach of coming to power by hook or crook has resulted in criminalisation of politics. “The sanctity of Parliament and state assemblies have come under threat,” he said. The octogenarian said he believed in the Constitution of India, in which there was no mention of election symbols and political parties. “Any individual who is above the age of 25 can contest elections. For the last six years, I am in correspondence with the Election Commission of India (ECI) seeking removal of election symbols. The Constitution of India recognises only individuals,” he said. The veteran Gandhian said using the sacrifices of martyrs for seeking votes was saddening. “When the trend is to do anything to come to power, such misuse is seen and voters are sleeping,” he said. He expressed sadness over not getting any response from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to his 32 letters written on a range of issues. He said the appointment of Lokpal recently done by the Centre was not up to his expectations. “But, I am confident that it will put a break on corrupt practices,” Hazare added. He said he will vote on April 23, as Ahmednagar goes to polls in the third phase of Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra. “I will vote for the correct candidate or exercise the NOTA (none of the above) option,” he said. To a question whether he was following the Lok Sabha election campaign, the activist said, “Society does not remain the focal point in politics. The only motto is to get money through power and power through money.” Hazare said instead of the election symbols, names of candidates and their photos should be enough for voting. “In 1952, when the first (general) elections were held (in India), printing technology was not advanced and hence symbols were used. But now, you do not need symbols. This will curb the entry of undesirable people in the law-making bodies,” he said. If the system of symbols is done away, people with good image and proven track record will get elected, he opined.last_img read more

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No 4 seed mens tennis earns 11th consecutive NCAA berth

The Ohio State men’s tennis team was selected as the No. 4 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament on Tuesday evening. The Buckeyes (30-2) will take on Ball State (15-14) at home in the tournament’s first round. “It’s an honor to be seeded at all,” senior co-captain Matt Allare said about the selection. Fellow senior co-captain Balazs Novak said the team was “kind of expecting to be seeded third.” The selection gives OSU its 11th straight appearance in the championship. Of the 64 teams that make up the 2011 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship Tournament, OSU was one of 31 teams that automatically qualified into the tournament because it won its conference championship. The team’s first match of the tournament is scheduled for 1 p.m. May 13 at the Stickney Tennis Center, or the OSU Varsity Tennis Center in the event of inclement weather. If the Buckeyes win, they will move onto the second round against the winner of the Notre Dame and East Tennessee State match, also to be hosted by OSU, at 1 p.m. on May 14. “We need to focus on the first two rounds,” Novak said. “Since we’re not one or two the pressure isn’t as great; we’re like the black sheep.” The No. 4 seed isn’t as much of a pressure-adder as it is a challenger, said senior co-captain Shuhei Uzawa. The Buckeyes have made it to the quarterfinals of the tournament in each of the past five years. This year’s team hopes to make it even further. “We’re just hoping to make it past (the quarterfinals),” Allare said. “We just want to get out of Columbus.” He added, however, that there are a lot of good teams in the tournament. “Virginia hasn’t been beaten at all, and USC are the back-to-back champions,” he said. Virginia is the No. 1 overall seed, followed by Southern California and Tennessee. “We just need to give everything we’ve got,” Uzawa said. Although the team may be facing what it said is tough competition, Novak summed up the team’s goal two words: “Win it.” The last 16 teams left in the competition will head to Stanford, Calif., to compete in the last rounds of the tournament May 19–24 at the Taube Tennis Center. If the Buckeyes win the championship, they will be the first men’s tennis team in the history of the school to bring home an NCAA championship. read more

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Mourinho and the team are united Man Utd vicechairman

first_imgFor Ed Woodward, the English Premier League giants are united and working together to get the best results possible in all competitionsManchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has insisted that there’s no division at the club.There have been many rumors about how Jose Mourinho has had problems with the different Red Devils footballers.But for Woodward, the club is really united.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“On the pitch, we remain well positioned in the Champions League, and although we’ve had a mixed start to our domestic campaign, the squad and manager are fully united in their determination to regain our momentum in the Premier League,” he told Sky Sports.“Over the summer we had a good pre-season tour to the US and while we couldn’t have all of the first-team squad with us, due to many of our players advancing deep into the knockout stage of the World Cup, it provided a good opportunity for many of our emerging prospects to experience being part of the first-team set-up.”“We’re looking forward to a number of them making the successful transition to the first-team, like many before them, including Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Scott McTominay and Andreas Pereira of the current squad,” he added.“Our financial strength enables us to continue to attract and retain top players and to invest in our academy, as we look to drive the success on the pitch that the club and our fans expect,” Woodward said.”last_img read more

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Simone Inzaghi backs brother Filippo at Bologna

first_imgLazio manager Simone Inzaghi believes his brother Filippo can turn things around at Bologna, despite beating his team 2-0 on Boxing Day.Lazio versus Bologna on Wednesday afternoon pitted the two brothers against each other in the dugout, but Simone’s Lazio came out victorious with a 2-0 win.It was the first time the two brothers had faced each other as managers.Bologna is left in the relegation zone after the defeat, but Simeone has faith in his brother to change the club’s fortunes.“I think they’re just missing incidents going their way,” Simone Inzaghi said in his post-match Press conference quoted in Football Italia.SS Lazio v AS Roma - TIM CupMatch Preview: SS Lazio vs AS Roma Boro Tanchev – August 31, 2019 Lazio will host Roma to the Olimpico Stadium in the first Derby della Capitale of the 2019-20 Serie A campaign.“I’m convinced that with the attitude of the second half and recent games, Bologna can get out of this.“When you look at both the European race and the relegation battle there’s not much in it. There are teams who are higher up whose season has hinged on an incident.“Look at Sampdoria after [Riccardo] Saponara’s goal against us.”last_img read more

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