Celta Vigo 1 Barcelona 1: Dembele returns as Copa del Rey holders draw in 2018 bow Jamie Smith 03:59 1/5/18 Getty Images Ousmane Dembele made his first appearance for Barcelona since September, but the LaLiga leaders were held 1-1 at Celta Vigo. Ousmane Dembele returned but Barcelona’s Balaidos woes continued as the LaLiga leaders were held 1-1 at Celta Vigo in the first leg of their Copa del Rey last-16 tie on Thursday.Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez were among the big names rested by Ernesto Valverde, who named Dembele, fit again after sustaining a hamstring injury in September, among his substitutes.The Catalan giants lost on their last two visits to Celta and the hosts, coached by former Barca goalkeeper Juan Carlos Unzue – who was Luis Enrique’s Camp Nou assistant – ensured the visitors’ difficulties in Galicia did not let up. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Barca’s lack of cohesion was clear throughout, although they took an early lead thanks to Jose Arnaiz, who tucked away an Andre Gomes cross to open the club’s account for 2018.But Celta equalised before half-time, Pione Sisto taking advantage of slack defending to slam home a powerful drive from the rebound after Iago Aspas hit the crossbar and the ball ricocheted off goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen.Arnaiz spurned chances to put Barca back in front and Valverde turned to Dembele with 20 minutes remaining, but the club-record signing could not inspire his side to victory, although Sergi Roberto turned Nelson Semedo’s cross on to the outside of the post in injury time.Our first goalscorers for the last 10 years 2008 – Ezquerro 2009 – Henry 2010 – Pedro 2011 – Pedro 2012 – Cesc Fàbregas 2013 – Xavi 2014 – Alexis 2015 – Neymar 2016 – Messi 2017 – Messi 2018 – Arnaiz #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/nszcfQWcyH — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 4, 2018 Aspas had the first chance inside seven minutes, finding himself through on goal, but Semedo’s pace allowed the right-back to make a fine recovery block.Arnaiz had scored in two consecutive Copa del Rey appearances and he took his chance again in the absence of Luis Suarez and Messi, putting Barca in front in the 15th minute.3 – Jose Arnaiz has scored with his first three shots on target for Barcelona in all competitions (three goals in Copa del Rey). Stellar. pic.twitter.com/1OyXS2msIh — OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 4, 2018 The visitors won the ball on the edge of their own area and broke rapidly down the left channel through Denis Suarez, before Gomes pulled the ball back for Arnaiz to drill home a first-time finish.Celta drew level in the 31st minute, however, Sisto reacting quickest to lash in from a tight angle after a close-range Aspas strike crashed against the bar and Cillessen.The hosts went close five minutes prior to the break, Daniel Wass driving narrowly wide, before Paulinho thumped a low shot off-target at the other end.Arnaiz should have scored his second in the 56th minute, sending a diving header from Lucas Digne’s cross wide.Denis Suarez then missed an even better chance at the back post, Semedo’s centre begging to be finished but somehow put wide by the midfielder.Barca were cranking up the pressure and a placed Sergio Busquets shot clipped the bar with Sergio Alvarez well beaten, before Dembele came on for his first appearance in over three months.He’s back @Dembouz — Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) January 4, 2018 Emre Mor drilled inches wide in the 72nd minute, while Alvarez had to save a poked Dembele effort and an ambitious strike from substitute Ivan Rakitic.Dembele looked sharp on his return, but despite heavy pressure from Barca – Roberto hitting the post in stoppage time – they could not force a winner, leaving the tie in the balance ahead of next Thursday’s return leg at Camp Nou, where Celta drew 2-2 last month. read more
UEFA Europa League ‘We were lucky’ – Stoger unhappy with Dortmund despite advancing in Europa League Sacha Pisani 13:27 2/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Emilio Andreoli UEFA Europa League Borussia Dortmund Atalanta v Borussia Dortmund Atalanta The Bundesliga side’s head coach counted his blessings following Thursday’s dramatic draw in Italy Peter Stoger conceded Borussia Dortmund were fortunate to overcome Atalanta en route to the Europa League last 16.Dortmund advanced to the next round 4-3 on aggregate thanks to Thursday’s dramatic 1-1 draw with Atalanta in Bergamo.The German side looked set to bow out on away goals following Rafael Toloi’s 11th-minute opener until substitute and captain Marcel Schmelzer equalised with seven minutes remaining. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Speaking afterwards, Stoger told reporters: “Well, effectively, we were a bit lucky. It was only to be expected that it would be difficult, but we certainly made it easier for them in the first half.”We were not aggressive or physical enough, and we did not apply what we had spoken about doing beforehand. That was not the kind of professional game that you have to play on such occasions.”We were better in the second half, and the substitutions worked well above anything else. I am really pleased for Schmelzer that he got the goal at the end, as he is our captain and had been out injured.”Marco Reus showed what good he does for our game when coming off the bench. We had talked to him in recent weeks and wanted to be careful to avoid a relapse.”We have the right attitude, and the boys have demonstrated that a number of times. Of course, I’m pleased that we are through to the next round, but we have also got a lot to talk about after this match.” Europapokaaaaaaaaal! Gute Nacht, Borussen! #atabvb #UEL pic.twitter.com/9Owf6T9yjw — Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) February 22, 2018 Dortmund – second in the table and 19 points behind leaders Bayern Munich – return to Bundesliga action against Augsburg Monday.BVB will find out who their opponent will be in the Europa League round of 16 on Friday .
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.AdChoices广告 Ramon Richards, who was part of a defense that gave up seven hundred yards to Baylor on Saturday night, called out OSU fans for leaving early in OSU’s 10-point loss against the Bears.Hey, it could be worse!
As the last piece of confetti settled to the Alamodome turf late Thursday night and celebrations started to move elsewhere, Mike Gundy was already reflecting on his fifth 10-win season.“A win like this doesn’t guarantee anything,” Gundy said, “but it certainly means a lot for the seniors, the organization and the people that put a lot of time and effort into success.”The disappointments and frustrations of Bedlam seem like a distant memory (or at least an accepted fact) and the Cowboys get to ride off on a good note for the first time in two years. And in one way, for the first time in six.In 2014, when Oklahoma State beat Washington in the Cactus Bowl, they were just glad to be there. The lowest year in several ended with a true freshman quarterback pulling out a Bedlam win that got them the chance to be there in the first place.This year’s Alamo Bowl win was an example of what that QB was capable of. Optimism for next year is not simply, “how good can he be?” but “how far can he take us?”“I’m very excited about coming back for my senior year. It’s a chance to finish what we started this season and another great opportunity to play at Oklahoma State.”That quote is almost six years old. It’s from Brandon Weeden as he and Justin Blackmon announced they would be returning for the 2011 season.While the announcement by Rudolph and Washington was much more subdued (amounting to an 18-second video tweeted out by OSU) the message is the same, especially in terms of what it means to Oklahoma State.In 2010, the Cowboys finished their season with another Alamo Bowl win against a Pac 12 school in Arizona, capping off an 11-2 season. Justin Blackmon was the Biletnikoff winner (his first one) and Brandon Weeden definitely had the numbers to back up a leap to the NFL (4,277 yards and 34 touchdowns).But the duo stuck it out and made history for themselves and Oklahoma State the next year. Could #Rudolph2Washington make a similar run?Next season, the Cowboys get their “easy” home schedule. With the currently constructed Big 12, you can predict home and away opponents by odd and even years. This upcoming odd year will bring Oklahoma, TCU, Baylor and Kansas State. Baylor has slipped in the conference pecking order, but Kansas State may be on an uptick.In 2017 the Cowboys figure to take another step in reclaiming a “Tailback-U” moniker that’s slipped away over the last four years. Justice Hill is a stud and has three (!) more years of eligibility. And let’s not forget Jeff Carr who figures to compete for snaps in the new-look backfield. Then you have incoming potential stars like Chuba Hubbard and JD King. All will be competing for playing time.“We should be more consistent in how we block,” said Gundy. “We have good backs. Obviously 27 is coming back. We’ve got young guys redshirting in our program that we like.”In 2010, Kendall Hunter was a senior but was backed up by freshmen Joseph Randle and Jeremy Smith. In 2011, Randle rushed for 1,216 yards and 24 touchdowns as a sophomore. Justice Hill set the freshman rushing record at OSU with 1,142 yards. It’s not inconceivable to imagine he and at least on of the those other guys putting up huge numbers on the ground.Another big difference in the 2011 team and the last few has been the process of rebuilding an offensive line almost from scratch. It was supposed to take about three years (from 2014) and it definitely has. But OSU is finally getting there.“I think we can have up to eight linemen next year that can play,” Gundy said. “I would love to play a first group, then after the fourth series put another group in and play. We may be able to do that. We’ll see.”Of course, the Cowboys will have enough stars at wide receiver to start for three Big 12 teams. I’m only partly kidding. Gundy recognizes his embarrassment of riches at wide-out.“We’re very fortunate to have a really quality group of mature receivers that have had a considerable amount of experience playing in big games, with the addition of Ateman coming back. Really, we lose Seales and Austin Hays. Stoner was able to play for us some this year until he hurt his foot. We’ll get him back. Then we’ve got some young players that we feel really good about.”“I think it just sets us up to do greater things,” said Washington after the game. “We have Marcell and all of our weapons back. I’m looking forward to coming out next year and doing the same thing, hopefully ending with a great outcome.”On the defensive side, the Cowboys will lose a lot. Vincent Taylor, Mote Maile’, Jordan Sterns, Jordan Burton, Ashton Lampkin, Devante Averette and others have all played their last games as Cowboys.To put it into perspective, the outgoing players accounted for 419 tackles out of the 921 that were credited this season. That’s a huge loss for Glenn Spencer. The burden will fall to the likes of Chad Whitener, Ramon Richards and Tre Flowers to become the playmakers on defense.But that 2011 defense was young as well. Only four seniors played meaningful reps that season but still led the nation in turnover margin, largely due to takeaways. Will next year’s team have the same kind of talent as 2011? That’s yet to be seen. In 2011, a sophomore named Justin Gilbert made a name for himself.The Cowboys were able to end the season on a good note. How much does that really carry over into the spring? I’m not sure. But that’s not really the point anyway.Oklahoma State gets another year with Mason Rudolph and James Washington and finally has figured out their running game. If a young defense can get up to speed quickly enough, we could be in for a pretty special year. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. 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While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. It’s not been a great year and a half for the Baylor football program. The University, which has been mired in a sexual assault scandal stemming from the Art Briles era, took another awful turn on Monday night under its new football staff. The Waco Tribune-Herald reported that its strength and conditioning coach, Brandon Washington, was arrested on a prostitution charge as part of a sting operation conducted by the McLennan County Sheriff’s Department. Washington was arrested at a local hotel according to the report. Upon learning of his arrest on Feb. 4, he was “immediately fired.” A first year coach at Baylor, Washington accompanied Matt Rhule from Temple from his former staff. A statement from Rhule, via the Waco Trib., was released on Monday:After a full criminal background check was completed and cleared, Brandon Washington was recently hired as an assistant in the Football Strength and Conditioning area. Baylor was notified on February 4 of Brandon Washington’s arrest and terminated his employment immediately that day.When we arrived at Baylor we made a commitment to character and integrity in our program,” Rhule said. “Brandon’s actions are completely unacceptable. We will not tolerate conduct that is contradictory to these values.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways. Joseph Randle unfortunately cannot stay out of the news.On Wednesday, The Wichita Eagle reported that the former Oklahoma State running back had appeared in a Sedgwick County courtroom being charged with one count of aggravated battery and one count of disorderly conduct stemming from an incident with another inmate.According the article, Randle told the judge that he was simply running away from the other inmate and was trying to defend himself. This according to the Wichita Eagle.“The state is charging me for running from somebody?” Randle asked. “The state is charging you with aggravated battery and disorderly conduct,” the judge said.“For getting punched in the face,” Randle said, his voice trailing off.“I don’t know what the facts of the case are, sir,” Goering replied. “I’m just here to tell you what you’re being charged with, what your court date is and what your bond is.”Randle who was recently the subject of a “True Crime” series by Sports Illustrated has been incarcerated since June of 2016, this latest charge making his fifth pending criminal charge, including allegedly hitting someone with his car and threatening a law enforcement officer. The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
The spring football game on Saturday marks the official end of spring ball. And while not a lot has taken place of note in regards to the depth chart with players on campus, there will be a shakeup because of several players not yet in Stillwater.OSU has landed two graduate transfers this week — Aaron Cochran of Cal and Adrian Baker of Clemson — bolstering two of the Cowboys’ thinnest positions just in time for the summer.So with that in mind, we’re taking a fresh look at the cornerback depth chart and how it projects headed into the summer. CB2Rodarius Williams -or- Madre HarperR-Fr./Soph. CB3Malik KearseSr. With Ramon Richards being moved to safety, it obviously opens the door for others to step up and take on larger roles. He was far and away the most experienced returning cornerback, signaling OSU’s confidence in its young group of inexperienced corners.As you can see I’ve listed Clemson transfer Adrian Baker at the No. 1 spot. Before he tore his ACL and missed Clemson’s national championship season, Baker was an emerging star in the secondary for the Tigers. He appeared in 13 games and made three starts in 2015, notching two interceptions and 15 tackles in a reserve role. With a year of recovery and rehab under his belt, Baker has the opportunity to step in and play right away for a title contender.“I think they have an opportunity to compete for a national championship,” Baker told ESPN’s Jake Trotter. “I’m hoping I can come in there and help.”Past Baker is where lines get blurred for me. OSU’s young cornerback corps of A.J. Green, Madre Harper and Rodarius Williams are all wild cards to me. But of the three, I think Green is the most technically sound. He played in a reserve role last season in spurts and did well. CB2Darius CurryR-Sr. Depth ChartPlayerClass CB3Bryce BalousR-Soph. CB3LaMarcus MortonFr. CB1Adrian BakerSr. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. CB1A.J. GreenSoph. Despite the fact that he might not be as twitchy and fast as Rodarius, I think his fundamentals and footwork will boost him to a starting spot. But he’ll be competing with veteran Darius Curry up until opening kickoff. Curry won’t wow you with his athleticism like Justin Gilbert or lock down the opposing team’s No. 1 like Kevin Peterson, but there’s something to be said about an experienced player who understands the system and plays with confidence.Like my man Kyle Cox wrote, Curry’s fifth year in Stillwater might be his most important on the gridiron.As for Rodarius Williams and Madre Harper, I think they will both see the field in a reserve capacity. Harper scored the first touchdown of the 2016-17 season on a muffed punt, and saw his playing time primarily on special teams as a true freshman while also seeing limited time in a reserve role.Both he and Williams, who redshirted last season, figure to be in the mix for playing time. Both are uber-talented and once highly touted high school recruits. In my opinon, they are scratching the surface of what they will become as defensive backs at OSU. They will be thrust into larger roles this year, and if they can learn and adjust as the season progresses, the secondary could go two-deep comfortably.Determining the depth chart — who will start, who might redshirt, etc. — won’t take place until August. Right now getting Baker on campus and developing the young guys is priority No. 1 for Glenn Spencer and his defensive unit.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. There is much hype surrounding Oklahoma State’s 2017 season. The flip side of that is that there is a long way to fall if it goes poorly. We have been talking a lot about what could be in dream OSU football world. But the other side? Well, it invokes Ernest Hemingway-esque visions in my head.“He looked for a potential season-breaker. The potential season-breaker was there.”When you consider what appears to be an unknown at cornerback, the kicking competition which Mike Gundy has not convinced me is fully solved and the lack of Heisman Trophy-type protection on the offensive line in recent memory, there are certainly things that could go wrong.AdChoices广告That was a long sentence. This list is not. Here are the top three ways the Cowboys’ most hyped season in years could fall short of expectations.3. Lack of Defensive IdentityThere are a few potential derail-ers on the defensive side of the ball, but I’ll try to address the most dangerous. There has been loads of talk about the 3-3-5 defense OSU ran toward the end of the 2016 season, but it’s still not clear whether that will be the full-time defensive identity defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer will go with.Giving an offense different looks is important, but for all but a handful of plays in the first quarter of the Alamo Bowl, OSU went with its traditional 4-3. They also employed a 3-3-5 and a 3-4. Colorado was a run-heavy team, so that’s likely why they didn’t use the 3-3-5 as much, but it only kind of worked against Texas Tech last year.Having a bread-and-butter look is extremely important defensively. Too many changes in the scheme can cause confusion in coverages, personnel, alignments and assignments. If it’s going to be the 3-3-5, fine, but I’d like to see them pick something and stick with it.2. The Tulsa Game (or the Pitt game)Had OSU not lost* to Central Michigan last year, who knows what would have happened.The Cowboys would have been 10-1 heading into Bedlam against a 9-2 Sooner squad. But if they beat the Chips, they would have had three straight confidence boosters before the Baylor game. Maybe they would have won that game, too. Maybe they would have reached all of their goals, which were all still intact.Tulsa is last season’s Central Michigan. We hear it all the time. “One game at a time.” “One game at a time.” “We’re taking it one game at a time.” This is most clearly the only way to prove that because last year, that didn’t happen.This is the best second chance at a good first step toward a season that could end up having 14 of them. And the Pittsburgh game two weeks later is another one. Win those two convincingly, and it could be off to the races for the Pokes.If they blow one of the two, though, the dream season could be over before it truly begins.1. Mason RudolphHis play is not what I’m worried about.This extends to Justice Hill to a lesser degree, but if Rudolph gets injured, it’s hard to see a way through. When J.W. Walsh got hurt early in 2014 and Daxx Garman came in, … yeah, no.Maybe Keondre Wudtee would come off the bench as many freshmen quarterbacks have at this university and lead the Cowboys to hope and salvation, but Gundy is so reticent to play freshmen, we might never even see that come to pass.This team goes as Rudolph goes, and if he doesn’t, the Cowboys will have to scrape away a patina of ambiguity and inexperience to find what they’re looking for. And by then, it could be too late.
Chelsea Conte plays down talk of long-term issue for Kante after fainting incident Jon Fisher 23:11 9/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Chelsea Premier League Chelsea v Crystal Palace Crystal Palace The France international has trained this week after passing out following training in the build-up to the defeat at Manchester City. Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has allayed fears over the long-term health of N’Golo Kante and insisted the France midfielder is “fine”.Kante passed out after a training session in the build-up to Sunday’s 1-0 defeat at Manchester City, prompting speculation the former Leicester City man could have a previously hidden issue.But Conte, speaking ahead of Saturday’s home clash with Crystal Palace, is adamant the 26-year-old is fit and in contention to face Roy Hodgson’s Premier League strugglers. 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 He said: “N’Golo is fine, he trained the whole week. He’s in good form, yeah he’s fine.”Asked to explain what happened, the former Juventus boss added: “On Friday it was very cold and after the training session he passed out briefly in the dressing room.”After this situation, the doctor gave him many check-ups to understand his physical condition but it was all clear.”On Sunday he was well [and could have played] but it was right not to take risks. He’s okay and every check-up is okay, is perfect.”Kante’s availability will come as a huge relief to Conte, whose position continues to be questioned after four defeats in five league games have left his side fifth, five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham.And the Italian is not expecting things to get easier against a Palace team he believes are better than their 18th place in the table suggests.”They have lost their last two games but they deserved more against Tottenham and Manchester United,” he added. “We must pay great attention. We need three points and we know very well that we are playing against a good team with talented players.Conte says N’Golo Kante is fine, in good form and has trained all week. #CHECRY — Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) March 9, 2018 “Our confidence when you lose many games in a row is not simple. Our confidence is normal, we are working very well like always.”Chelsea lost the reverse fixture at Selhurst Park in October to a Palace side inspired by Wilfried Zaha, a player who may return from injury on Saturday, but Conte insisted the visitors are not just a one-man team.”We are talking about a really good player,” he said. “I remember in the first game, when we lost away, he scored and created a lot of problems.”But I think Crystal Palace are not just Zaha. [Andros] Townsend for me is a really good player, Benteke… there are many good players in their squad. To see them in this position in the table is a bit strange.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Transfers Man Utd target Timo Werner says he’ll ‘definitely’ be at RB Leipzig next season Seth Vertelney 01:46 12/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Transfers Manchester United RB Leipzig Bundesliga The 22-year-old striker has attracted plenty of suiters with his scoring exploits for the Bundesliga side RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner said he’ll “definitely” stay with the German club next season. Werner has alerted plenty of top teams across Europe with his performances for club and country over the past two seasons. The 22-year-old scored 21 goals from 31 Bundesliga appearances last season and has 10 in 24 so far this term. 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 Manchester United, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are just a few of the teams linked with a move for the Germany international. But, speaking to Sky after RB Leipzig drew Stuttgart 0-0 on Sunday, Werner committed his future to his current side, at least for the short term. Werner was asked if he’d stay at Leipzig until the end of his contract in 2020 and he replied: “Next year, definitely.”Earlier in the week, Werner indicated he’d like to play in the Premier League at some stage in his career. “Playing in the Premier League is a dream for me,” he told FourFourTwo. “I would like to play for two or three clubs, and Manchester United are one of those clubs. But probably not in the next few years – later, when my English is a little bit better! I’m very comfortable at RB Leipzig, though.”
Costa Rica 0 Serbia 1: Kolarov stunner seals points Patric Ridge Last updated 1 year ago 21:58 6/17/18 Getty Images Serbia got their World Cup campaign off to a winning start as Aleksandar Kolarov’s sublime free-kick secured a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica. Aleksandar Kolarov’s sensational free-kick proved the difference as Serbia got their World Cup campaign off to a winning start with a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica in Group E.Serbia, under the tutelage of Mladen Krstajic for the first time in a competitive match, controlled much of Sunday’s clash at Samara Arena, but could not find a way through Costa Rica’s stubborn rearguard until Kolarov stepped just before the hour.Excellent throughout, Keylor Navas could do little to keep out the defender’s blistering effort, which curled over the wall and into the top corner. 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 It was nothing less than Serbia deserved for a dominant display, although the best chance of the first half went to Costa Rica’s Giancarlo Gonzalez, who headed over from point-blank range.Serbia had gone close to prior to Kolarov’s thunderbolt, Aleksandar Mitrovic – a constant thorn in Costa Rica’s side – fluffing his lines when one-on-one with Navas early in the second half.Mitrovic wasted another chance to wrap up the points late on, but his profligacy did not prove costly as Serbia held on to seal the points.3 – The World Cup 2018 has already seen as many direct free kick goals as the World Cup 2014. Precise. pic.twitter.com/lSOlYeAIUs— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) June 17, 2018Both defences were tested in the opening moments – Mitrovic seeing an effort hooked off the line before Gonzalez headed straight at Vladimir Stojkovic at the other end.Gonzalez spurned another gilt-edged chance 10 minutes later, the Bologna defender heading over despite been unmarked at the back post.Marking his landmark 104th Serbia appearance, Branislav Ivanovic rolled back the years with a blistering run down the right soon after, but Navas did well to parry his cross away from Mitrovic.Sergej Milinkovic-Savic should have done better with a close-range effort 27 minutes in, only for the offside flag to spare the youngster’s blushes, before Kolarov drew the best out of Navas with a wicked free-kick.And Serbia were almost punished for their lack of penetration when Francisco Calvo dragged a strike wide as Costa Rica enjoyed a short spell of possession just before the break.Real Madrid goalkeeper Navas showed his quality again five minutes after the restart, racing out to deny Mitrovic, who should have done better from 10 yards out.Navas could do nothing to prevent Kolarov’s stunning opener, though – Kolarov showing his set-piece proficiency with a venomous, dipping strike that flew in the top-right corner.Oscar Ramirez introduced Arsenal’s Joel Campbell as Costa Rica chased an equaliser, and the forward had appeals for a penalty waved away when he went down under pressure from Dusko Tosic.Campbell was proving a nuisance, and only a last-ditch challenge from Nikola Milenkovic prevented Costa Rica’s substitute from getting in on goal.Filip Kostic and Mitrovic both wasted golden opportunities to extend Serbia’s advantage late on, the latter’s frustrating outing ending soon after as he was replaced.Serbia were not made to rue those misses, however, and – although a touchline skirmish between Nemanja Matic and a Costa Rica coach threatened to derail proceedings – stood firm to claim just their second victory from their last seven World Cup group stage matches. Key Opta Facts:- Serbia have won their opening game at a World Cup tournament for the first time since 1998, when they did so as Yugoslavia against Iran (1-0). – Costa Rica suffered their first defeat at the World Cup since 2006 (1-2 v Poland), ending a run of five games unbeaten in the competition (W2 D3).- Aleksandar Kolarov’s goal for Serbia was the third direct free-kick scored at this year’s World Cup (after Russia’s Aleksandr Golovin and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo), which is already as many as there were in the entire 2014 tournament in Brazil.- Los Ticos had two shots on target in the opening three minutes, then didn’t manage another until the 91st minute.- Aleksandar Kolarov’s strike was the first direct free-kick scored by a Serbia/Yugoslavia player at a World Cup tournament since 1998, when Sinisa Mihajlovic netted against Iran. read more
Download Seth Godin’s free eBook “Flipping the Funnel: Give Your Fans the Power to Speak Up“ Network for Good has been extremely privileged to host marketing guru, author and world-renowned blogger and presenter Seth Godin as a guest in our Nonprofit 911 webinar series. His books have been featured on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Amazon.com and Business Week bestseller lists—not to mention his wildly popular ebooks including “Unleashing the Ideavirus” which more than one million people have downloaded. He holds an MBA from Stanford, and was called “the Ultimate Entrepreneur for the Information Age” by BusinessWeek.Access the archive of this training opportunity to:Learn the tricks and common pitfalls of nonprofit marketingGet practical tips for creating messages that compel actionMeet Squidoo, and learn how and why to use it as part of your nonprofit organization’s marketing and fundraising plans
Guess what? They’re assigning marketing homework in fifth grade. Yep.Here was my daughter Sophia’s assignment: to invent a fantasy sled and then write a paragraph to market it. In my unbiased opinion, it was the best piece of marketing I read all week.This is how she described her sled, which was shaped like a giant globe and had a trampoline, elevator, Egyptian desert, Eiffel Tower replica, kitchen and swimming pool among other features:Is the economy getting on your nerves? Don’t want to spend money this winter to travel? Well, I think you need a Debbie. This eco-friendly, travel-themed sled gives anyone a cultural experience without worrying about your economic investment and more importantly, all those pesky tourists… Debbie is like traveling without ever leaving the country!This got me thinking. Here is what ten year olds like, totally understand. And it applies to nonprofit marketing. And fundraising. And most human communication.1. YOU MUST GET RIGHT TO THE POINT: Kids don’t have the corner on the short attention spn market. So ten year olds don’t waste time getting to the heart of the matter. Nor should we. They keep it clear and direct.2. IT MATTERS WHO IS TALKING: Kids listen to who is real and who is cool. Guess what? So do grownups. Sophia is an authentic messenger. To her audience – mom and the teacher – she has a lot of authenticity and credibility. 3. ALWAYS OFFER DESSERT: Kids are always focused on dessert. Adults want the sweets too. Lesson: put the reward right out there, front and center. Kids get the concept of benefit exchange better than anyone on the planet. They are pretty aware of what’s in it for them in any situation. Like travel on the cheap without leaving the country or dealing with tourists…Way to go, Sophia.PS: Sophia could teach those spammers a thing or two. Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of fake “comments” on my blog from people called “San Francisco Personal Injury Lawyer” or “New York personal injury lawyers.” I moderate so I can delete people like this. Not authentic, folks. Lay off my blog.
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 17, 2011August 15, 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)On November 24, 2011 at 2pm EST, IDRC is hosting a conversation with Dr Richard Gakuba, director of eHealth in Rwanda’s Ministry of Health.Improving maternal and child health is a key aim of the Millennium Development Goals. Health systems in most developing countries are not up to task, however, and resources to improve them are scarce. Dr Gakuba believes that information technology could help these countries overcome the challenges healthcare systems face. Drawing on Rwanda’s wide experience with these technologies, he will discuss how they can help deliver better care and save lives.Dr. Gakuba has been spearheading the development of eHealth in Rwanda. He led the process of developing a five-year national eHealth strategy, and is now leading its implementation. The eHealth strategy involves deploying various technologies from the central to the remotest areas of the country.This event is free but seating is limited, so please register.IDRC’s Science and Innovation for a Better World speakers’ series, presents IDRC-funded researchers whose ground-breaking work in developing countries is shaping our common future.French and English simultaneous interpretation will be available.If you can’t join in person, watch the live webcast at www.idrc.ca/events-gakuba (at 2 p.m. Ottawa time). Questions may be submitted during the talk and will be answered as time permits. There is no need to register to join the webcast. To attend the event in person, register here.Share this:
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 18, 2011November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This week on the MHTF blog:The MHTF is looking for a Deputy Director of Research, Monitoring, and EvaluationEngaging Faith-Based Organizations at the Wilson CenterRevitalizing the Partograph recaps: Day 1 and Day 2An upcoming conversation on ehealth at IDRCIs the partograph really that simple?Some reading for the weekendMaternal and reproductive morbidity in IranTraining midwives in LaosFamily planning as a tool for development in UgandaShare this:
If you haven’t been following it, there is a great discussion over at Nancy Schwartz’s blog on KFC and Susan Komen. Should an organization promoting health and fighting cancer be embracing fried chicken? Is this a match made in heaven? Heavens, no, in my opinion. And Nancy’s. Read up on it here.Attention nonprofit marketing friends: If you are looking for partners, remember:1. In thinking aobut partners, ask yourself who wins when the partnership wins. You want to look for partners with a compatible agenda with respect to your audience.2. Partner around MUTUAL BENEFITS (not hopes for a big check) or you won’t be partnering at all.
I was recently invited to become one of LinkedIn’s inaugural bloggers as part of its new thought leader platform. Here is one of my first posts. There is some crossover with what I blog here, but in general I’m taking a different direction at LinkedIn, where my posts are more general interest when it comes to causes, marketing and social media. You can follow me and others at LinkedIn here.I’ve always said social media speaks to three fundamental human urges:1. To be seen and heard2. To connect to others3. To feel part of something bigger than ourselvesSome work by Nir Eyal on the idea of a desire engine takes this to a deeper level. He describes three rewards that we seek, and shows that social media fulfills each. When we get these rewards, they trigger the pleasure center of our brains and yield biologically programmed payback. In other words, there is a good reason that you’re addicted to social media. You get a dose of dopamine when you do it.Here are the three rewards that make up the desire engine: Tribe – We seek to be connected to people, because we have specially-adapted neurons to help us feel what others feel. Facebook anyone?Hunt – We have a need to acquire physical things, such as food and supplies, so we can survive as a species. Of course we hunt for other things too – deals, information, funny videos. Groupon, anyone?Self – We seek personal gratification and a feeling of stimulation and mastery. Don’t we just love it when someone retweets that clever comment we made?No wonder we can’t stay away from our smartphones!As someone focused on philanthropy, I also see why we get a “helper’s high” – that rush of dopamine when we donate money or volunteer. We feel part of something bigger than ourselves (the tribe), we feel we’ve acquired something (the knowledge we made a difference), and we feel like we’re a good person (self).Some desire engines lead to nobler pursuits than others!
Posted on November 9, 2012Click 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)Our colleagues at K4Health recently published a technical brief, The Intersection of Knowledge Management and Health Systems Strengthening: Implications from the Malawi Knowledge for Health Demonstration Project, that explores the integration of knowledge management (KM) and health systems strengthening interventions in Malawi. The technical brief aims to provide public health program designers and implementers with information about the value of knowledge management for broader health systems strengthening goals. The technical brief stems from recent work in Malawi to address gaps in the family planning/reproductive health and HIV/AIDS information pathways in the Malawi health system.About the brief:People working within a health system—whether they are health care providers, program managers, policy makers, or others—rely on specific knowledge to inform their decision making, improve the quality of services, and reduce duplication of effort across programs and activities. Knowledge management—connecting the right people to the right data, information, and knowledge at the right time—is increasingly being considered as an effective approach to help strengthen health systems.The Malawi Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Demonstration Project (2010-2011) was a knowledge management intervention designed to improve the quality of health service delivery in family planning, reproductive health, and HIV/AIDS. At the end of the project’s implementation period, an evaluation identified some unanticipated benefits from the project that went beyond the three target health areas to improve the overall health system…Learn more about the technical brief here.The K4Health project recently shared a blog post, Unexpected Results: Health System Improvements through Knowledge Management Interventions, about this piece of work.Take a look at the PDF of the technical brief, The Intersection of Knowledge Management and Health Systems Strengthening: Implications from the Malawi Knowledge for Health Demonstration Project.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
Posted on May 17, 2016June 23, 2017By: Jacquelyn Caglia, Associate Director, 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)The 4th Global Women Deliver Conference opened with a roaring start in Copenhagen, Denmark on Monday afternoon with more than 5,500 delegates from over 150 countries. At such an extensive global gathering, it can be difficult to choose which sessions to attend. Interested in learning more about maternal newborn health at WD2016? We’ve compiled a list of key sessions to attend throughout the week!TUESDAYHow Parental Depression Impacts Child Development10:30 – 12:00 in Room B5-2Little consideration is given to the mental health of young women during and after pregnancy. This session will examine the cultural factors that shape this norm and develop strategies to strengthen the psychological aspects of perinatal health care services in order to increase the personal agency of young women.Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission on the Edge of an AIDS-Free Generation13:30 – 14:30 in Room C1-M3While progress has been made toward the goal of reducing new pediatric infections by 90%, HIV continues to be a leading cause of under-5 and maternal mortality. This session will address the challenges and solutions for achieving an AIDS-free generation.Private and Public Partnerships to Tackle Gestational Diabetes – Sponsored by Novo Nordisk13:30 – 14:30 in Room B3-1Nearly 830 women die every day in relation to pregnancy and childbirth—75% of these cases consist of preventable complications that can be linked to diabetes. Testing for diabetes during pregnancy is crucial to improving mother and child health. PSI, JHPIEGO, and FIGO will kick off a lively debate.Infertility: Impact, Issues, and Solutions15:00 – 16:00 in Room B3-2Although millions of women have an unmet need for modern contraceptives, infertility affects 15 to 25% of heterosexual couples worldwide. Speakers will address the reproductive rights issue of childlessness, which can be medically, psychosocially, and economically devastating for both women and men.Working with Faith Leaders on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights15:00 – 16:00 in Room C1-M3By acknowledging sexual pleasure and mutual respect as important rights, religious leaders and faith based communities are pushing a progressive SRHR agenda. Learn how their proactive approach is preventing gender-based violence.Whose Business Is it Anyway? Tapping Local Businesses to Improve Maternal Health – Sponsored by MSD for Mothers15:00 – 16:00 in Room B4-5By taking a page from the private sector playbook, healthcare providers are optimizing health outcomes for women and communities. Expert panelists will discuss successful examples of how entrepreneurs and healthcare providers are embracing business principles and market forces to deliver affordable, quality care while sustaining and growing a thriving business.WEDNESDAYInnovations to End Preventable Preterm Birth and Stillbirth by 203010:30 – 12:00 in Room C1-M0Ending preventable preterm and stillbirths by 2030 needs effective interventions and advocacy. This panel of global and country experts, as well as people personally affected by preterm and still born babies, will engage participants in role play and discussion to highlight the extent of the problem.The Female Face of Communicable Diseases10:30 – 12:00 in Room B3-2When it comes to communicable disease, women are both the recipients and providers of care. Learn about the different individual, community, and programmatic solutions—particularly those spearheaded by women—that are increasing access to communicable disease services.She Deserves Better—Innovating to End Postpartum Hemorrhage13:30 – 14:30 in Room B4-1Globally, we’ve made great progress in reducing postpartum hemorrhage—the leading killer of new mothers—yet much work still remains. Innovation is critical to overcoming current challenges to delivering quality PPH care and achieving SDG 3.1. Bring your thinking caps and help develop approaches to end preventable deaths caused by postpartum hemorrhage.Investing in Community-Based Approaches to Strengthen Primary Care – Sponsored by Philips13:30 – 14:30 in Room B4-4The aim of this session is to highlight and discuss the importance of investing in Primary care in developing markets. This session (50 min) envisages an objective noncommercial panel discussion with moderator—starting with short statements by panel members and then moving to questions and discussion. Existing or new solutions will be part of this.The Forgotten Challenge: Maternal and Newborn Morbidity15:00 – 16:00 in Room B3-1What can overburdened health systems do to reduce maternal/newborn morbidity? A young Bangladeshi midwife will share linkages between country-of-birth and newborn morbidity, while a West African physician shares his experience tackling maternal/newborn complications at a busy urban hospital.Young People, HPV, and Cervical Cancer15:00 – 16:00 in Room C1-M2Stopping the spread of cervical cancer will require a new care delivery platform— one that recognizes the linkages between different health needs and services. Learn how the Ebola epidemic in West Africa provided valuable insight on integrated programming and how HPV vaccination of adolescent girls can help reach this under-served population.Breaking the Silence Around Missteps, Mistakes, and Failures15:00 – 16:00 in Room B4-4The public health community is risk averse. Funders see initiatives that falter as bad investment decisions. Researchers write papers about successful interventions, not the unsuccessful ones. Implementers cover up failures, which only leads to repeated mistakes. It’s time to for us to embrace failure for what it is—an invaluable learning experience.THURSDAYCompassionate and People-Centered Care: Why We Need It13:30 – 14:30 in Room C1-M0Respectful maternity care is a woman’s right, not a luxury. Ensuring that women are not only satisfied with their care but have a positive birth experience can be the catalyst to ensuring they survive and thrive.Breaking Barriers to Breastfeeding: Supporting Families in Today’s Economy13:30 – 14:30 in Room B3-2How much do you know about the benefits of breastfeeding? This panel will showcase the universality of breastfeeding as well as the common challenges that breastfeeding women face. Get ready to test your knowledge and be part of the call to increase investment in breastfeeding.Check in with the MHTF at Women DeliverJoin us in Copenhagen and online!Attend #MomandBaby in the SDG Era: 10 Actions We Can TakeWe’ll be in the Speaker’s Corner on Wednesday, 18 May; 13:10 – 13:25 for a special conversation on the 10 actions we must take to achieve the SDGs for women and newborns with Koki Agrawal, Stephen Hodgins, and Ana Langer.Visit The MHTF BoothCome see the MHTF team, learn how to stay up-to-date on maternal health news, research, and innovations and find out more about the Women and Health Initiative! Look for us in the exhibit hall at booth C3-018.Follow Along on TwitterWhether you’re attending the conference or participating from home, follow @MHTF as we tweet from sessions, discussions, and events. Join the conversation using #MomandBaby, #WD2016, and #WomenDeliver.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
Posted on July 27, 2016September 28, 2016By: Kayla McGowan, Project Coordinator, 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)Last week, experts in maternal newborn health gathered to discuss key takeaways from the 2016 Women Deliver Conference in Copenhagen and offer insights on future directions of the health and rights agenda for women and girls. The dialogue, “After Copenhagen, What Next for Women and Girls?” was part of the Maternal Health Task Force’s Advancing Policy Dialogue on Maternal Health Series in partnership with UNFPA and the Wilson Center.The discussion, held 10 months after the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and two months post-Women Deliver, highlighted progress as well as areas for improvement in maternal newborn health. Panelists presented distinct perspectives from the lenses of policy and advocacy and shared experiences from their home countries and work settings.Susan Papp, director of policy and advocacy at Women Deliver, emphasized that the guiding question of the conference was how to implement the SDGs to maximize benefits for girls and women. The global event had a bold and broad focus that spanned beyond the maternal and newborn health targets delineated in SDG 3. According to Papp, “If we only focus on SDG 3 as a way of improving maternal health and improving sexual and reproductive health and rights, we’re not going to achieve our goals.” Papp also noted that this year’s Women Deliver Ministers’ Forum brought together gender ministers, education ministers, finance ministers, foreign ministers and health ministers to discuss “what policy coherence looks like in the Sustainable Development era, which was a really tremendous step forward.”Though each panelist attended the conference with a unique background and different perspective, the dialogue revealed several steps that will help advance the reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health agenda:1. Consider interlinkagesTo make progress for women and girls, we must go beyond focusing on any one goal or target. As Papp stated, Women Deliver “wanted to create a program for all participants to look at the interlinkages between maternal health, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and education, cross-cutting issues like poverty reduction and water, sanitation and hygiene.”Dr. Mary Nambao, deputy director of Mother Health in the Zambian Ministry of Health, echoed this notion, referencing the cross-cutting issues gleaned from Women Deliver. According to Nambao, “There are two things we have been silent about, and those are stillbirth and menstrual hygiene management.” As a result of the attention given to these issues at Women Deliver, Nambao has led conversations with the Zambian Ministry of Education and Ministry of Home Affairs to address menstrual hygiene management among female prisoners, an often neglected population.Similarly, Alixandra Bacon, president of the Midwives Association of British Columbia, highlighted the theme of intersectionality. According to Bacon, Women Deliver was “a conference that honored the intersectionality of women’s identities and the intersectionality of the different Sustainable Development Goals (not just 3 and 5) and intersectionality of the various organizations and players who are going to see these goals become a reality.”2. Improve accountability and data collectionWhile maternal mortality is on the decline in Zambia, now that more women are delivering in health facilities, those who were dying at home are now dying in the hospital. Thus, Nambao saw Women Deliver as an opportunity to learn how the Zambian Ministry of Health can become more accountable for maternal death beyond routine Maternal Death Surveillance and Response. Her team is now working towards establishing a real-time electronic maternal death notification system that will alert the Vice President and expedite reporting. They also aim to scale up community dashboards and health facility score cards.Another post-Women Deliver outcome discussed at the dialogue was a recommitment to data. After attending the symposium and learning about various midwifery resources, Bacon realized that Canada does not have attrition data for midwives, “so that was a take-home piece of action.” Furthermore, Bacon noted the challenge and importance of implementing evidence-based care to improve maternal newborn health globally. She articulated, “We need this data to be able to change policy, whether you’re working in a developed or developing country.”3. Invest in human resources and partnershipsPanelists acknowledged capacity building as another vital step in advancing the health and rights agenda for women and girls. As Nambao stated,“It’s not that we don’t know what to do or we don’t know where the problem is… We do, but some of the problems need human resources. We need human beings to be there. It doesn’t matter how much money you can bring to Zambia—if we don’t have midwives especially, nothing will work.”Returns on investments go beyond the health sector and include significant economic implications; for example, Papp referenced the recent McKinsey Global Institute report which found that investing in women’s equality has the potential to add $12 trillion to global growth.Bacon reiterated the importance of investing in human resources and forming strategic partnerships. She reflected, “Perhaps what I got most from the [Women Deliver] Midwifery Symposium was connection.” The symposium facilitated organizational support and ongoing mentorship for the young midwifery leader participants.The Canadian Association of Midwives and UNFPA have been supporting midwifery in Canada and South Sudan and have experienced the extensive effects of partnerships. According to Bacon,“It’s about positioning midwives as experts in maternity care. When you’re positioned as an expert and supported by the ideal partner, then you grab the attention of policymakers locally. Before we started to work abroad, it was difficult to get our foot in the door nationally … [having partnerships in place] helps our agenda at home as well as abroad.”—Watch the webcast recapRead a summary of the dialogue and download speaker presentationsDownload the Solutions Panorama, a collection of 100 programs, initiatives, and strategies that were shared at the 2016 Women Deliver ConferenceStay tuned for the call-to-action from the Women Deliver young midwifery leaders, to be published on The Lancet blog next monthPhoto Credit: After Copenhagen, courtesy of the Wilson Center Maternal Health InitiativeShare this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: