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Volunteers needed for F2F conference

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 2 September 2007 | News Tagged with: Events Individual giving Volunteering  29 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Volunteers needed for F2F conferencecenter_img The organisers of the Where Now for Face-to-Face Fundraising? conference on 27 September are looking for a couple of volunteers to help out on the day.The conference, which covers topics such as what our donors lok like, what the Charities Act means for face-to-face fundraisers, prospecting, using in-house teams and face-to-face and the media, takes place at City University.Organiser Penny Stephens said: The conference is the first on face-to-face fundraising for some time, and we think the time is right to look at what’s been happening in the market and how it has changed, as well as looking ahead to see what the future could hold for such an astoundingly successful technique. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. We need a couple of volunteers to help out on the day – helping to register delegates, making sure speakers have all they need – and would like to offer these places to people from smaller organisations who are thinking about, or already taking part in, face-to-face programmes. Volunteers will still be able to attend all the sessions throughout the day.Anyone who is interested should contact Penny at [email protected] explaining what organisation you are from and why you would like to volunteer.last_img read more

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Female football phenom says schools should have girls’ teams

first_img Written by Porter Huntsman FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A lawyer for a viral video star contends girls should have the chance to play football on female-only high school teams.Attorney Loren Washburn says Sam Gordon wants to represent her school on the field, but joining the boys’ team isn’t a safe option.Washburn argued in a Utah court Tuesday that state athletics officials have not done enough to provide girls with equal opportunities to play the sport.An attorney representing the state said there may be interest from some girls in playing football but that doesn’t necessarily mean it would be sustainable. September 8, 2020 /Sports News – Local Female football phenom says schools should have girls’ teams Tags: Girls Football/Sam Gordonlast_img read more

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Why the coronavirus is killing so many of Mexico’s healthcare workers

first_imgTopics : Garcia is one of over 70,000 medical workers to catch the coronavirus in Mexico, where the pandemic death toll is now the third-highest worldwide, behind the United States and Brazil.Government data indicates that healthcare workers’ risk of dying is four times higher than in the United States, and eight times higher than in Brazil.”The coronavirus has hit healthworkers all over the world, but it’s been especially bad in Mexico,” said Alejandro Macias, an epidemiologist who spearheaded Mexico’s response to the 2009 swine flu pandemic.Staff have had to buy their own equipment, often in informal marketplaces and of substandard quality, Macias said. The government has said there were shortcomings in equipment provision early on but says it has worked hard to protect workers and flown in vital equipment from China and the United States. It also accuses past administrations of letting the health service deteriorate.Mexico’s deputy health minister and coronavirus czar, Hugo Lopez-Gatell, said in July that many of the nurses and doctors who died of the virus had pre-existing medical conditions, and that some did not use protective gear in “optimal fashion.”In Mexico, 19% of confirmed infections are of medical staff, almost three times the global average, according to figures from the International Council of Nurses and the Mexican National Association of Doctors and Nurses.The plight of healthworkers is complicating efforts to contain the outbreak, which has killed close to 50,000 people in Mexico, battered the economy and cost millions of jobs.Garcia, 48, said in an interview that he believes he was one of about a dozen medical staff indirectly infected by a patient who arrived at the Lomas Verdes hospital with coronavirus symptoms and later died.”They’ve been very irresponsible with us,” he said, referring to his employer and its alleged failure to provide protective equipment.The hospital’s director, Gilberto Meza, said that 213 Lomas Verdes staff had contracted the virus. Citing an epidemiological study he said the hospital had conducted, he said that all were infected outside the facility.He said all staff had received goggles, face shields and masks. He declined to say when they were provided.Garcia and his family survived and he is now back at work. But the two weeks they had coronavirus symptoms were, he said, “hell”: headaches, fever, diarrhea and shortness of breath.As of July 24, 72,980 Mexican medical staff had caught the coronavirus, and 978 died, government figures show.In the United States, which has a population 2.5 times that of Mexico, 123,738 medical personnel have tested positive for coronavirus and 598 have died, according to the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) figures.The health ministry of Brazil, which is about two-thirds more populous than Mexico, had reported 189 deaths of medical practitioners by end-July. Some private data in Brazil give higher figures, but still well below Mexico.Over a dozen nurses and doctors interviewed by Reuters said they got the virus in part because they did not receive timely information or protective equipment.Many have protested about having to reuse disposable gear and launched petitions for better kit.In one public hospital in northern Mexico, medical workers told Reuters in April their managers told them not to wear protective masks to avoid unsettling patients.Zoe Robledo, head of Mexico’s main public health service, IMSS, said in April that it had suffered equipment shortages, as well as “delays, oversights, and errors that needed correcting.”Low spendingMexico’s spending on health as a share of gross domestic product (GDP) is one of the lowest in the 37-member Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).A recent study by the OECD put Mexico’s health spending at 5.5% of GDP, compared to 9.1% in Chile and 7.3% in Colombia in 2019. In Brazil it was 9.4%, though the latest data available were from 2017.Nurses often work in multiple hospitals to supplement wages of about 8,500 pesos ($377) per month, according to Mexico City’s government. Movement between hospitals heightens the contagion risk, said Oliva Lopez, the city’s health minister.”Our health personnel combine multiple jobs and are exposed in multiple spaces,” Lopez told Reuters, saying her ministry had gone to great lengths to get staff protective equipment, and blaming previous governments for “pauperizing” the profession.More than 600 nurses had died by the end of June in some 30 countries surveyed by the Geneva-based International Council of Nurses. Mexico accounted for 160 of the deaths, or over a quarter.Speaking on condition of anonymity, one nurse at a Mexico City public hospital said she felt “abandoned” by authorities.”But we can’t say: ‘Now I can’t work, or don’t want to’,” she said. “This is what we trained for.”center_img When the coronavirus epidemic began to intensify in Mexico at the end of March, Doctor Jose Garcia said his bosses at a public trauma hospital in Mexico City denied his request for masks, gloves and disinfectant.They argued such protective equipment was only necessary for those working directly with coronavirus patients, Garcia said. Unconvinced, he bought it himself.The hospital’s director disputes this, saying all staff received protective equipment. Either way, Garcia had already contracted the virus and infected his wife and one-year-old daughter.last_img read more

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