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Schoolchildren from across Japan will vote on the winner by the end of February and Coates said the new sports approved for Tokyo 2020 — including skateboarding, sports climbing and BMX freestyle cycling — would bring some street cred to the Games.“That youth focus and gender balance will be one of the greatest legacies of Tokyo 2020,” he added, pointing to the record 48.8 percent of women set to compete in the Games.Koike, who has often been at loggerheads with local organisers over the prickly issue of costs, revealed the IOC president had “praised Tokyo’s progress” during a recent meeting in Paris as both sides painted a rosy picture before getting down to business.Suzuki, meanwhile, underlined the role of the Japanese government in guaranteeing a safe Olympics.“Of course security will be of paramount importance,” he said. “To that end, the government’s cooperation will be crucial, in particular in terms of counter-terrorism measures and identifying potential risks and threats to the Olympics.”Tokyo won hosting rights in 2013, beating bids from Istanbul and Madrid, but preparations have been far from smooth.After the fiasco of the Olympic stadium, designs for the official Games logo were ditched following accusations of plagiarism.There was more bad news in October when organisers admitted that prolonged summer rain had brought high levels of bacteria to a venue earmarked for triathlon and open water swimming.Share on: WhatsApp Tokyo, Japan | AFP | Tokyo organisers are back on track and will complete their 2020 Olympic venues on schedule, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said Monday at the start of a three-day visit.After bungling the rollout of the showpiece Olympic stadium two years ago, local organisers have come under scrutiny but last month unveiled their first new permanent venue for the 2020 Olympics in a welcome public relations boost.The new national stadium is set to be completed by November 2019 after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tore up the original blueprints over its eye-watering $2 billion price tag.But the IOC’s Games coordination commission chairman John Coates backed Tokyo 2020 to deliver the venue on time.“It was a significant accomplishment to complete the first permanent venue,” he said before a meeting with key Japanese officials, including Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike and Olympics Minister Shunichi Suzuki.“There are six other venues under way and with the progress of the national stadium, we are very confident of meeting the delivery dates you’ve set.”Other items on the agenda in Tokyo this week are security, efforts to further reduce the $12 billion Games budget and anti-doping protocols, officials said.Coates noted further progress with last week’s shortlist of three Tokyo 2020 mascot candidates.
Everett Glenn with Minnesota Vikings Head Coach Leslie FrazierAn Action Plan for Success(LAST OF A 3-PART SERIES: As a sports agent, Attorney Everett Glenn has negotiated contracts for some of the biggest names in sports, including NFL Hall of Famers Jerry Rice, Richard Dent and Reggie White as well as 11 first round draft picks. He has also had a front-row seat observing how Black athletes and the Black community are exploited, enriching others while leaving the community and, ultimately, the athletes themselves destitute. Sports are a $500 billion per year industry, but few of those dollars return to the African-American community. According to Sports Illustrated, by the time former NFL players have been retired for two years, nearly 80 percent of them “have gone bankrupt or are under financial stress because of joblessness or divorce.” Within five years of retirement, approximately 60 percent of former NBA players are broke. After more than three decades of looking at this tragedy on the collegiate and professional level, Attorney Glenn pulls back the cover on these practices in a 3-part series for the NNPA News Service and, more importantly, outlines what can be done to halt the wholesale exploitation and initiate economic reciprocity.)WASHINGTON (NNPA) – A description of Rice University’s stand-alone major in sports management describes the enormity of the sports business: “Experts conservatively estimate the sport industry at $500 billion a year making it one of the top 10 industries in the nation.”Touting its sports management program, George Washington University in the District of Columbia observes: “No single aspect of our culture receives as much media attention nor has the power to bring people together as sport.”It is clear from above that universities are following the money in hopes of their students getting a larger slice of it and, along the way, praying that alumni will not forget their alma mater when they write checks to charity.However, as we’ve seen in Part I and Part II of this series, Black athletes are primarily fueling this money-machine at the collegiate and professional levels yet African-Americans are excluded from everything from getting in on construction contracts, agent representation, media advertising and accounting to financial planning.This must change.In its TV commercials, the NCAA accurately states that most college athletes will turn pro in a field other than athletics.I hereby submit Community Action Plan #1:Petition the NCAA to finance a study to determine what happens to the 99 percent of Black student-athletes in college basketball and football who do not go pro.Some who do turn pro are ill-equipped for life.One of the saddest spectacles I have ever witnessed was former All-Pro defensive end Dexter Manley of the Washington Redskins testifying before Congress in 1989 that he could not read, write or spell. He was failed at every point in his life – from high school and university coaches who allowed him to play football without mastering basic academic skills to the NFL that allowed him to continue on his dead-in path to nowhere.That’s one of the reasons we at the National Sports Authority established our Business of Sport Success program (BOSS). Essentially, we use sports as a vehicle to motivate middle and high school students to complete high school and go on to college by exposing the students to the business side of athletics.To get our young Black males pointed in the right direction, we hereby submit Community Action Plan #2:As part of the BOSS initiative, convene a national conference, to be jointly sponsored by such organizations as 100 Black Men and male Greek organizations for the fall of 2014 to address Black male issues, including Black male student-athletes.As was pointed out in Part I of this series, Black athletes represent 52.9 percent of Ohio State University’s basketball and football rosters and dominate among its star players, fueling a nearly $130 million athletic department budget on a campus where Black males represent only 2.7 percent of the student body. The disparity between the graduation rate for OSU’s Black football players, at 38 percent, and all student-athletes, at 71 percent, represent the highest disparity in the Big-10.Community Action Plan #3:Petition the NCAA and each of the six major conferences (ACC, Big East, Big-10, Big-12, Pacific-12 and SEC) to impose sanctions on their members, including the loss of scholarships and/or a ban on bowl appearances, if the graduation rate of Black student-athletes in basketball and football is not within 20 percent of the graduation rate of all student athletes in their respective institutions, commencing in 2016 when the NCAA’s new eligibility standards for prospective student-athletes go into effect.In Part II, we cited examples from the long list of professional athletes who earn millions of dollars yet, in the case of Allen Iverson, for example, he had reached to point where he said he could not afford to buy a cheeseburger.Again, this is where family and friends – true friends, not vultures looking for a soft landing spot – can assist.It was inspiring to see that Philadelphia 76ers rookie Michael Carter-Williams, who is being managed by his mother and her best friend, is placing his entire salary in a trust fund that he cannot touch for three years. Instead of dipping into his salary of $4.5 million over his first two season – with the possibility of earning $10 million if the 76ers pick up the final season of his two-year deal – Carter-Williams is living off of the money he is making from endorsement deals with Nike and Panini trading cards. Other pro athletes should follow his example.Of course, athletes need stadiums and arenas in which to play. And, like everything else related to the business side of sports, Blacks are Missing in Action.Our taxes are used to help finance new or modernized sports facilities, but we do not get a return on our investment.Approximately two-thirds of the $21.7 billion spent on the 95 stadiums and arenas built between 1990 and 2000 were heavily subsidized or entirely financed by tax revenues. The carnival of construction taking place today is proceeding without an effective strategy to ensure meaningful participation by Black construction professionals. The National Sports Authority (the “Authority”), of which I am president, was established in last year, in large measure, to reverse this trend.The entire Black community will benefit if we can redirect just 10 percent of the sports industry spend on goods and services. Such a shift will create new and exciting opportunities for Black accountants, construction professionals, consultants, financial and real estate professionals in the sports industry.It will also have the trickle down effect of increasing discretionary income available to Black professionals and businesses to support institutions and organizations in our community, from the NAACP, the National Urban League, the National Action Network and the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition to Black churches that have been the backbone of our community.We know from first-hand experience this can work.The National Sports Authority was able to secure more than $25 million in contracts for people of color on the Levi’s Stadium project, the new home of the San Francisco 49ers, even though the project was already 60 percent complete and contracts for more than 80 percent of the work had been awarded.On the heels of that experience, our organization has initiated conversations with the principals on the new $500 million Sacramento Kings arena and the $1 billion-plus Atlanta Braves stadium/entertainment center project, with a view towards creating even more opportunities by being engaged from the very start of those and other projects.Our effort was supported by more than 12 million Blacks who are members of the California Black Chamber, the National Association of Minority Contractors, the Empowerment Experiment, the Fritz Pollard Alliance, the NAACP, National Action Network, the National Association of Real Estate Brokers, the National Baptist Convention, the National Urban League and the U.S. Black Chamber, Inc., as well as the San Francisco and Oakland African-American chambers.Of course, the problem extends beyond sports.A Nielsen report, produced in cooperation with the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) titled, “Resilient, Receptive and Relevant: The African-American Consumer 2013 Report,” disclosed that although annual Black spending is projected to rise from its current $1 trillion to $1.3 trillion in 2017, advertisers allot only 3 percent of their $2.2 billion yearly budget to media that target Black audiences.To address this and related problems, we offer Community Action Plan #4:Convene a national conference in July of 2014 jointly sponsored by major civil rights organizations and the U.S. Black Chamber to develop strategies for holding colleges, professional leagues and major corporations accountable for the lack of economic reciprocity in their goods and services they purchase.As Cheryl Pearson-McNeil, senior vice-president, public affairs and government relations for Nielsen, said, “Until we do a better job as consumers in the choices we make and invest in companies that invest in us, we are not going to have any changes.”We hope you’ll join our nationwide effort at the National Sports Authority to empower our community by letting everyone know that sports in more than a game – it’s a business.Everett Glenn of the National Sports Authority can be reached at 562.619.8460 or [email protected]
Parasitism is bad. Parasitism is evil. Parasites wage war against innocent hosts. This is our mindset. What if parasites can do good? This change of heart seems to be happening in one case, the case of transposable genetic elements. If they are only doing harm to the host, why did some biologists find that “positive selection” seems to be maintaining them? That makes it sound like the cells need them.An article in Science Daily began with the warfare metaphor: “Many living organisms suffer from parasites, which use the hosts’ resources for their own purposes. The problem of parasitism occurs at all levels right down to the DNA scale.” The article went on to describe the “intracellular battle that is constantly being played out between the host and invading DNA.”While no one would deny the suffering parasites cause, a team of scientists at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna was surprised to find a possible beneficial side of genetic parasites known as transposable elements. These are pieces of DNA that “are capable of moving around within and between genomes, generally represent a drain on the host’s resources and in certain cases may lead directly to disease, e.g. when they insert themselves within an essential host gene.”The scientists logged all the transposable elements (TE’s) they could find in a population of fruit flies. “The findings were dramatic,” the article said. The insertion points of TE’s varied widely between individuals, meaning that many of them were apparently not “fixed” or permanent in the population. At first, this led Christian Schlötterer to maintain the warfare metaphor: “the genome is like a record of past wars between hosts and the parasitic DNA. There have been waves of attacks and the majority of them have been repelled, with only few transposable elements managing to survive and spread throughout the population.”But then another surprise cast doubt on that metaphor, and supported a more cooperative picture:Even more surprisingly, the scientists found about a dozen sites of insertion that were more frequent in the population than would be expected from their age (assessed via a different method). It seems, then, that there is positive selection for transposable elements at these sites, suggesting that insertion has a beneficial effect on the host. Such an effect had previously been shown for two insertions that give increased resistance against insecticides and these cases were refound by Schlötterer’s analysis.The researchers do not know what benefit these TE’s confer such that they are being maintained by selection. Schlötterer is considering a new, happier metaphor: “perhaps we shouldn’t really think of transposable elements as parasites at all. They represent a way for organisms to increase their genetic repertoire, which may be advantageous in helping them meet future challenges.”The suggestion is too premature to apply to other parasites, let alone all of them, but provides an occasion for thinking about metaphors in science. The human mind naturally tends to classify phenomena in nature into moral categories: good kitty, bad dog; good dog, bad kitty. We do that with parasites because we know how often some of them harm or kill us. No one is going to suggest from this story that there is anything good about a guinea worm or malaria. The suggestion of a benefit in TE’s may be entirely isolated to a few cases in fruit flies. What’s instructive about the story is that the team started with the assumption that TE’s are bad. They are at war with the host, Schlötterer said, using the host’s resources for their own good. The evidence they gathered suggested the opposite; they might be beneficial.Biologists classify parasitism on one end of the scale of interactions among many things: sapping the resources of the host for the parasite’s own benefit. Examples are mistletoe and tapeworms or parasitic roundworms. At the other end are mutualistic interactions, where each organism benefits from the other: examples are the yucca moth and cleaner fish (1/13/2003). Some of these interactions are so finely tuned, it is difficult to imagine how they could have evolved. Perhaps our categories are too simplistic. We often put viruses in the “bad” category, since they invade a host cell and use its machinery to make copies of themselves. Why, then, do only a small fraction of viruses cause disease? What are the others doing? Many of them kill bacteria; that’s “good,” isn’t it? Maybe we should take a look afresh. In biology there are many pushes and pulls. Pushes and pulls are not good or bad; they are opposite forces that maintain homeostasis. For more along that line, see the 3/14/2003 commentary.A possibility open to those of a Biblical perspective is that these interactions began as all beneficial but became destructive, either as direct judgment on sin, or as an indirect judgment through the relaxation of controls that would have kept them beneficial. Like machines run amok, mutations might have planted bugs in the software that led to disease and suffering. The Genesis account of the curse suggests this: it was easy and pleasant in the garden, with the Tree of Life, but once the judgment came, life became toilsome and difficult, ending in death.Such thoughts stray beyond what science can reveal. The findings in this article, though, do lend themselves to new ways of thinking about parasites as designed mechanisms originally intended for health, a few of which have subsequently gone bad. For readers who cannot accept that, the story is a lesson about not trusting metaphors as reliable guides to understanding the natural world. See “Metaphors Bewitch You,” 7/04/2003.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Musa Mkalipi Nomvula Mokonyane, premier of Gauteng; Ibrahim Patel, minister of economic development; Kgalema Motlanthe, deputy president of South Africa; and Johannesburg mayor Parks Tau all signed the accord. Blade Nzimande, minister of higher education and training, signs the accord .(Images: Musa Mkalipi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Roslyn DanielsCommunications officer, Department ofEconomic Development+27 21 466 9800RELATED ARTICLES• Helping street kids responsibly• Maths, science teaching gets boost• Building blocks of hope• Grooming the future of tourism Unemployment is probably South Africa’s most pressing problem, particularly among the youth, where two out of every three people under the age of 24 are unable to find and sustain a job, according to Harambee, a private sector group that finds work for underprivileged youth.Driven by these shocking statistics, the Youth Employment Accord was signed on 18 April at Hector Pieterson Memorial in Orlando West, Soweto, by several cabinet ministers, the South African Youth Council, student bodies, unions and others. The accord, signed in front of an audience of young people, brings a vast range of organisations to develop programmes such as internships, learnerships and workshops to upgrade skills, so making these young people more employable.“The benefits will reach many more people through sustainable, decent opportunities and in this way we will avoid youth unemployment schemes that simply displace older workers,” Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said at the signing.The accord makes commitments to improve education and the skilling of young people. It also aims to help them find jobs and start their own businesses. It had six commitments, Motlanthe said:The first is on education and training. It commits to improve education and training opportunities for the gap group between school-leaving and first employment.Commitment to work exposure, to connect young people with employment opportunities through the support for job placement schemes and work readiness promotion programmes.To strengthen measures that increase the number of young people employed in the public sector, through co-ordinating and scaling up existing programmes under a “youth brigade” programme.Targets for new jobs in areas such as infrastructure, business process services sector and the green economy.Public agencies such as the Small Enterprise Finance Agency, Small Enterprise Development Agency and Jobs Fund are encouraged to develop and strengthen dedicated programmes of support for youth enterprises and youth co-operatives.Develop private sector measures to expand the intake of young people. More jobs neededMotlanthe said the approach to youth employment was based on the common recognition of the government’s social partners that more jobs needed to be created to ensure that the total number of South Africans employed was increased.Companies involved in Harambee will implement aspects of the accord through the placement of 3 000 young people in entry level jobs by the middle of this year, and 10 000 by the end of 2014. Motlanthe said that in the accord, social partners recalled the commitment they had made to work with the government to achieve five million jobs by 2020.Its benefits should reach youth in all corners of the country. “The Industrial Development Corporation [IDC] has agreed to set aside R1-billion of its Gro-E funding scheme to make low interest rate loans available to youth-owned or youth-focused enterprises over the next three years,” said Motlanthe.The IDC would also provide technical support to young people to help them access these funds, and would refer them to other support available from the state.A financial commitment was also made by the Motsepe Family Foundation. “I am pleased to note the commitment by the Motsepe Family Foundation to make R100-million (US$11-million) available over the next three to five years for youth co-operatives and enterprises.” It would give a further R100-million ($11-million) for education in attempts to bring young people into the economic mainstream. Youth co-operatives and youth entrepreneurship should be promoted. Public agencies such as Small Enterprise Finance Agency, Small Enterprise Development Agency and Jobs fund would be asked to develop youth enterprises and youth co-operatives. Work streamsThree work streams are proposed in the Youth Employment Accord:Identifying areas of immediate action that need to be implemented from 2013;Using the lessons learned in the first phase as well as the trust that develops through practical measures, to identify possible actions on youth employment; andStarting discussions on constraints in the economy that hinder job creation and growth.The government plan calls on the private sector to play an active role in creating new jobs for young people. It will also increase the intake of interns as this will lead to job experience, which is often a requirement for employment in both the public and private sectors.Economic development minister Ibrahim Patel said: “We wanted to sign the youth accord in Soweto; we wanted to sign it in the presence of young people; we wanted to sign it with the premier of the province and the executive mayor of the city here today with us.”This is the fifth accord introduced by Patel. Others include the Green Economy Accord, National Skills Accord, Local Government Accord, and partnerships between the Department of Basic Education and schools. Harambee helpsHarambee has been working to pair work seekers with jobs since 2011. It is “a business initiative that seeks to address youth unemployment through partnerships with many of South Africa’s top brands”, according to its website.The Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator was founded by Yellowwoods, the holding company of brands such as Hollard, Clientele, Telesure, Direct Axis, and Nando’s. The project prepares first-time employees for work. It partners with the country’s top brands and private corporations, and then finds people sustainable jobs for young, unemployed people by matching them with the relevant employment.It has already placed 790 adults into permanent employment. Candidates are interviewed and assessed. If successful, they either go through a bridging programme or are placed directly into a job that matches their qualification and skills.Harambee caters for South African citizens between the ages of 18 and 29 who have a matric certificate and who are unemployed. Job seekers should also have no criminal record and must have not been permanently employed for more than 12 months.Harambee prepares young adults for the job world to improve their chances for a fruitful and successful career. Candidates who are interested in getting employment can go to the Harambee website to register. They will then be contacted should they meet the criteria.
Brand South Africa in collaboration with the National Heritage Council hosted a heritage schools outreach camp from the 23rd to 27th of September 2019. The national camp, with all nine provinces represented, took place in Bela Bela, Warmbaths in Limpopo, with the aim of inculcating the culture of self-appreciation and national identity for school learners.For the past 10 years the NHC has been leading the schools programme to promote the embracing of culture and self-identity. This is in line with Brand South Africa’s mandate of promoting pride and patriotism. “Our goal is to ensure that young people in South Africa must be exposed to the diverse cultures this country is known for, thereby learning to appreciate who they are, where they come from and how this contributes to the positive image and reputation of the country, said Ms Toni Gumede, the Strategic Relationship Manager for government at Brand South Africa.The week-long heritage camp focused on learners’ research skills, time management and oral presentation skills. Several stakeholders such as the Department of Sports, Arts & Culture, the Nelson Mandela Foundation as well as the Department of Military Veterans participated as adjudicators.The award ceremony on the 26th of September ended with an announcement of the winners, with Sitintile Secondary School from Mpumalanga taking first place, Vuyani Mawethu High School from North West 2nd place; 3rd place Nsikayethu High School from Kwazulu Natal and Theron High School from Western Cape taking 4th place.Winners received laptops, tablets and other goodies. The prizes were given as a way of helping the learners to have access to tools that would assist them adapt to the digital era and hone their computer skills.Brand South Africa would like to congratulate the winners and to encourage them to continue playing their part in building a better future for their communities.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement As a folklorist and a history buff, I’ve long thought about taking a road trip that involved stopping solely at interesting and obscure historical markers. A new iPhone app released today might not be what makes me follow through with those plans, but it’ll certainly help locateHistorical iMarkers includes a fairly comprehensive database of roadside markers, with data on almost 130,000 local, state, and national historical markers. Data comes from participating State Historical Preservation Offices, the National Register of Historical Places, as well as other sites and users who contribute information.Using your location, the app displays nearby markers, along with their description. You can also search by a specific area – a state or an intended route. The latter is particularly handy if, like me, you’re keen to stop at these sorts of sites.The app contains information about the sites, as well as links to Wikipedia entries where available. It does boast the ability to read the descriptions out load, but as many of the entries are very basic name, address, and marker type and the computer-generated voice is pretty monotone, I don’t think that the aural element is really the selling point for the app.The app works on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad and costs $.99 to download. A portion of the sales, says creator Dzine Apps, will be donated to contributing historical organizations. Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#mobile#web audrey watters The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
Manchester City Aguero out of Stoke game after training ground injury Sam Lee Last updated 1 year ago 22:45 11/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester City Premier League İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Raheem Sterling Leroy Sané Sergio Agüero Guardiola Yaya Touré The former Atletico Madrid striker could also miss Argentina’s upcoming friendlies with Italy and Spain having been ruled out for a few weeks Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is out of Monday’s game at Stoke City after picking up a knee injury in training, he has confirmed.The striker sustained the problem during City’s final session ahead of the game at bet365 Stadium.City medical staff have carried out further tests and informed Aguero that he will return in around two weeks. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The Blues have a sparse fixture list in the coming weeks despite the fact they are gunning to clinch the league title in record time and are preparing for the Champions League quarter-finals.City do not have a game next weekend as their scheduled opponents, Brighton, are in FA Cup action, while international fixtures are slated for the following weekend.Given the gap between City’s next two matches the squad will fly to Abu Dhabi following the game against Stoke on Monday for a warm weather training break.Aguero will, however, be hoping to be fit for Argentina’s friendlies against Italy – to be held at City’s Etihad Stadium – and Spain on March 23 and 27.City will be back in action at Goodison Park on March 31, before facing Manchester United at the Etihad on April 7. During yesterday’s training I had a discomfort on my left knee. The club’s doctors told me I’ll be back with the team in approximately two weeks. Now it’s time for a full recovery!— Sergio Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) March 11, 2018As well as a forgiving fixture schedule in the coming weeks, any potential Aguero injury blow would be further softened by the return to fitness of Gabriel Jesus, who started his first game in over two months against Basel in midweek and marked his comeback with a goal. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Posted on March 8, 2010June 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)WATCH THE LIVE WEBCAST TODAY AT THIS LINK.The Woodrow Wilson Center’s Global Health Initiative, the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) at EngenderHealth, and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) have announced the third event, Maternal and Newborn Health as a Priority for Strengthening Health Systems, in their series, Advancing Policy Dialogue on Maternal Health.The event will be held on March 8th, 2010 from 3-5pm at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC.About the EventIncreasing investments for strengthening health systems requires improved donor coordination and additional research to help guide decisions about where investments will have the greatest return. The inclusion of key maternal health indicators such as access to emergency obstetric care is an important strategy to improving health systems and encourages the implementation of priority evidence-based interventions.PresentersJulio Frenk, Dean of the Harvard University School of Public Health; Helen de Pinho, Assistant Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health at Columbia University; and Agnes Soucat, Senior Health Economist & Lead Advisor for Health, Nutrition and Population with the World Bank, will be presenting.For the original post on this event with more information, click here. Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
England Allardyce: Lack of pressure on England will help them succeed Tom Maston in Volgograd Last updated 1 year ago 18:00 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Getty Images England World Cup Tunisia v England Tunisia Powerade The ex-Three Lions boss is hopeful the likes of Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling will not be inhibited by expectations and dominate games in Russia Former England manager Sam Allardyce is hopeful that the lack of expectation being placed on the Three Lions will benefit their chances of progression at the World Cup.Gareth Southgate’s side kick-off their campaign against Tunisia at the Volgograd Arena on Monday as they look to improve on recent tournament disappointments.England failed to make it past the group stages at the 2014 World Cup before being embarrassed by minnows Iceland in the last-16 of Euro 2016 in France. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar As such, Southgate’s squad has faced less scrutiny than previous iterations, with many England supporters believing a run to the quarter-finals would be an achievement given the lack of experienced stars available to the 1966 winners.But Allardyce, who played his part in England qualifying for the tournament, having taken charge of their 1-0 win over Slovakia before being sacked in controversial circumstances, believes the lack of pressure will enable the likes of Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling to dominate matches as they do for their clubs.”It doesn’t appear to be quite as volatile and as pressurised as previous tournaments, which is hopefully a good thing,” Allardyce told Goal at the launch of the William Hill Arms Pub.”The emergence of some of these younger players is very encouraging. He’s [Southgate] not gone too overboard with that and there are still some experienced players who have gone to other international tournaments.”The young players shouldn’t have that pressure and hopefully will be free to express themselevs and play their best. The level of football that they have played at has been exceptionally good.”England have only won their opening match in a major tournament once since they last met Tunisia in their first game of the 1998 World Cup as goals from Alan Shearer and Paul Scholes secured a 2-0 win for Glenn Hoddle’s side.As such Allardyce is under no illusions as to the importance of getting off to a winning start, particularly with many of the favourites for the competition having slipped up in their own opening matches in Russia.”The most important game isn’t Panama or Belgium. They have to do everything they possibly can to beat Tunisia. That win and that three points would relieve a huge amount of pressure on everybody,” he added.”Then they can look to Panama, who everyone is saying are the weakest team in the group, and be totally professional in that game to try and win it. Then when we get to Belgium there shouldn’t be as much pressure. Obviously they would like to win but there isn’t the pressure of whether we need points to get through to the next stages.”Southgate is set to hand starts to Harry Maguire and Ashley Young on Monday evening, with Belgium playing Panama in the other Group G match earlier on Monday in Sochi.Sam Allardyce was speaking at the William Hill Arms, the pub which will offer fans the ultimate England watching experience including expert analysis, plus free food and drink. For your chance to win exclusive access to England’s group games with Emile Heskey and Sam Allardyce at the pub, head to William Hill’s Twitter or Facebook pages. England are 16/1 with William Hill to win the World Cup. #ThisIsMore #itscominghome