Abu Sayyaf militants free TV crew

first_img——————-10.06.2008 – TV station’s presenter and crew kidnapped on southern islandReporters Without Borders calls for the release of ABS-CBN television’s presenter, Ces Drilon, her two-member crew and their guide, who have been missing for the past two days on the southern island of Sulu and may have been abducted by the militant group Abu Sayyaf, which has kidnapped more than 30 journalists.”We hope that those who have abducted these three journalists and their guide will hear the appeals being made on their behalf by many of the country’s leading figures,” the press freedom organisation said. “Taking hostages is unacceptable. We call on all those could have any influence over the kidnappers to try to get Drilon and her colleagues released.”The country’s largest privately-owned TV network, ABS-CBN confirmed today that it lost contact with Drilon and her crew, Jimmy Encarnacion and Angelo Valderama, and the Mindanao University professor who was serving as their guide, Octavio Dinampo.It is believed that they were kidnapped on the evening of 8 June in Maimbung, on Sulu, an island to the southwest of Mindanao island, where they had gone to do a report. ABS-CBN asked other news media to consider the security of its journalists when covering the story.Drilon, who has worked for ABS-CBN since 1989, produces and presents its programme Business News. She has won several media prizes for her reporting.The Mindanews agency said Dinampo has guided journalists on Sulu several times in the past and has written articles after interviewing Abu Sayyaf militants. “The kidnappers must free him because he is a man of peace,” said Roberto Layson, another Mindanao peace activist.President Gloria Arroyo has ordered the security forces to do everything possible to find the ABS-CBN crew.Abu Sayyaf’s many hostages have included European journalists Andreas Lorenz, Maryse Burgot, Jean-Jacques Le Garrec and Roland Madura, who were kidnapped on the island of Jolo in 2000. Arlyn de la Cruz, a reporter for the daily Inquirer and privately-owned TV station Net25, was released in April 2002 after being held for 100 days on Jolo. June 18, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Abu Sayyaf militants free TV crew Organisation News Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped Receive email alerts May 3, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that ABS-CBN presenter Ces Drilon and cameraman Angelo Valderama, and their guide, Octavio Dinampo, were released shortly before midnight last night by members of the radical group who had been holding them for a week on an island in the southern Sulu archipelago. They were taken to the nearby city of Zamboanga and from there to ManilaDrilon said she had been shaken by the experience but was now happy to be free and she thanked all those who helped to obtain their release, including Senator Loren Legarda. She said her kidnappers had tied her up and hit her. They had gone to Sulu province to interview an Abu Sayyaf leader but had been betrayed, she added.National police chief Avelino Razon said: “There will be a manhunt operation. We will not allow that the perpetrators will go unpunished. We will run after them, file cases against them.” The police have already questioned Alvarez Isnaji, the mayor of a town near to where the hostages were held, and his son. Both played a key role in the negotiations for their release.————17.06.2008Concern mounts for TV crew held hostage by Abu SayyafReporters Without Borders is deeply concerned about the ultimatum issued by the radical group Abu Sayyaf, which is holding ABS-CBN television presenter Ces Drilon and cameraman Angelo Valderama, and their guide, Octavio Dinampo. After threatening to kill them if a ransom of 15 million pesos (300,000 US dollars) was not paid by midday today, the kidnappers agreed to extend the deadline “indefinitely.”One of the people conducting the negotiations, mayor Alvarez Isnaji of Indanan, a town on the southern island of Sulu near to where the hostages are being held, said the last time he talked to Drilon yesterday, she was sobbing.The families of the three hostages have called for their release, saying they were not able to meet the ransom demand. “We need our father, we do not even know where to find the money to pay for school,” the cameraman’s daughter, Joy Encarnacio, said in an interview for a radio station that broadcasts to Sulu. ABS-CBN has said it will not pay any ransom.The police have identified Sulayman Patta and “Walid” as the persons responsible for the kidnapping and have offered a reward of 500,000 pesos for information leading to the arrest of either of them.————13.06.2008ABS-CBN cameraman freed, two other journalists still held in SuluReporters Without Borders hails cameraman Angelo Valderama’s release last night and calls for this to be followed up with the release of reporter Ces Drilon and cameraman Jimmy Encarnacion. Police chief Avelino Razon said this morning: “We hope the remaining hostages will be freed today.” According to armed forces chief Lt. Gen. Alexander Yano, the ABS-CBN television crew led by presenter Ces Drilon is in good health although still held hostage in the mountains of the southern island of Sulu by a group that is believed to be the radical organisation Abu Sayyaf.ABS-CBN is reportedly talking to their abductors but the armed forces are refusing to comment on the possibility that negotiations for their release are under way. In a statement on 11 June, the network said it opposed the payment of any ransom in order to discourage future abductions of journalists.“Negotiations for their release have reached critical stage with an increase in the ransom demand from 145,000 to 290,000 euros,” a source close to the case told Agence France-Presse yesterday. All those involved in the case have urged the media to act with the utmost care. Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago February 16, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa PhilippinesAsia – Pacific June 1, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Philippines to go furtherlast_img read more

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Tunnel vision

first_imgWhat can the optimum travelling oven achieve? Fast efficient baking well, that should be a given. But nowadays, every semi and industrial user is looking for more. At the Iba exhibition in Germany, Gouet, a part of Mecatherm, launched its new Double Action oven. Gouet chairman Olivier Sergent took British Baker through its workings: “The Double Action oven combines two of the most sought-after baking systems: cyclotherm and impingement, also known as radiation baking and forced convection baking.” Radiation baking means there is no air movement, so the products bake gently and evenly. “In convection baking, when the core temperature is correct, the top opens and hot air flow gives fast surface baking for exactly the right amount of colour.”Its dual action makes the oven ideal for tin breads, he says, ensuring they have no burnt tops, but is also suitable for flat breads, rolls and topped lines, such as pizzas. Sergent adds: “There is fantastic flexibility, but also consistency. And what makes it unique is that you can bake such a range of goods on an industrial scale in one oven. Baking time is reduced, saving energy, while the quality of the product, including tin bread, is excellent.”The first oven has already been sold to the Village Bakery (Coedpoeth) for its gluten-free production site at Wrexham.Italian manufacturer Polin’s tunnel ovens are designed for larger-scale bread, pastry and biscuit production. Polin manufactured its first oven some 80 years ago in Verona, Italy. The company now makes ovens capable of multiple applications. From cyclothermic heated systems to convection and electric, the made-to-order range can be adapted to suit a particular product and the production levels required.With the benefits of combining multihead depositors and sheeters to the line, as well as a choice of conveyor, from wire mesh, metal or stone-based, production can become more streamlined and versatile.Travelling cookerDouble D, now a division of JBT FoodTech, installed its first Revoband Continuous Oven over 16 years ago, using technology based on the company’s travelling cooker for the meat and poultry industry. Designed in zones, for extreme flexibility, the high impingement oven can be programmed to suit any number of different bakery recipes and specifications, while the travelling stainless steel band can be custom-built up to 3.6 metres wide.The production of chilled or pre-cooked speciality breads is an expanding market, one in which New Primebake, part of the Bakkavör Group and one of Double D’s customers, specialises. Three factories in Nantwich, Barton and, most recently, Crewe, produce speciality breads for most of the major UK supermarkets, including a range of handcrafted breads with toppings, comprising butter, garlic, cheese, olives, herbs and sun-dried tomatoes.With the addition of the Crewe factory, Mark Jones, New Primebake’s manufacturing director, was charged with the task of doubling capacity without changing the technical specifications of the bake and, importantly, maintaining safety, as toppings like butter and cheese can be extremely volatile. He says: “We initially wrote a spec for 10 oven manufacturers from across the world and shortlisted five. Double D ticked all our boxes. Their knowledge straddles both baking and food industries, allowing our initial specification and design to benefit from a diverse product knowledge, imparting significant benefits that we would not have thought possible in traditional baking principles.”The oven also boasts Double D’s Clean In Place (CIP) system, featuring sparge pipes that deliver a pressurised, heated, caustic solution throughout the oven, cleaning any debris or residue. “The Double D oven also contains a water bath, which collects and discards this volatile residue. It has halved our cleaning down-time,” says Jones.Energy-saving featuresSpooner Industries of Ilkley has over 75 years’ experience in bakery, developing new technologies in its in-house testing and R&D facilities. The company’s tunnel ovens are designed with an energy efficiency mode installed. During product change-over, the oven temperature and airflow can be automatically lowered, while remaining ready to bake with minimal energy usage. Spooner has also integrated energy-saving features to automatically minimise the combustion air quantity and can install easy-clean heat recovery systems to capture the flue stack energy and use it to preheat fresh air or for bakery hot water heating.Adjustable air systems allow Spooner’s tunnel oven to alter its baking characteristics, providing the ability to adjust heat flux at numerous points throughout the baking process. The company uses various methods of retraction for ease of access, including traditional hinge doors, retracting doors and a complete retracting top half. Specific attention is paid to hygiene throughout the detail, design and also in the manufacturing techniques used in the oven construction.Forced convection systems provide uniform airflow, which results in even and consistent bake quality, says the company, while the installation of radiant effect damper systems offers versatility in the type of bake between either convection or radiant type baking to give the product the desired quality and appearance.Spooner Industries recently secured a fourth order from Warburtons to design and manufacture a tunnel oven for its new ’super-bakery’ in Bristol. Warburtons chairman Jonathan Warburton says: “The new Bristol Bakery is one of our biggest developments. We’ve invested heavily in the latest state-of-the-art equipment from companies we know and trust.” Spooner Vicars, a separate company, also supplies tunnel ovens.Benier UK supplies ovens to suit every type of bakery and works with four main manufacturers three within the Kaak Group, and Sveba Dahlen, a specialist semi-industrial oven supplier in Sweden. Within Kaak are: German-based Daub, which pioneered the use of thermal oil ovens, saving customers up to 30% on their energy costs while producing a quality end product; and Italian firm MCS, a specia-list manufacturer of pizza ovens and industrial cyclotherm ovens. Its products are also suitable for almost any kind of baked goods, from traditional bread (hearth-baked) to all types of panned bread, rolls and the more delicate products. MCS ovens can reach a baking temperature of up to 350°C. Also, in the Kaak Group itself is the Multi-Step oven which travels vertically rather than horizontally.The Daub Hanseat range is a multi-deck tunnel oven system that can either be batch or continuous. Its special system means heat cannot escape when products are being loaded and the oven is aimed at large bakeries that require a continuous throughput. David Marsh, managing director of Benier UK, says: “Daub’s ovens use thermal oil to heat a radiator, which runs through the oven and maintains it at the optimum temperature throughout its entire length, a bit like a domestic central heating system that maintains the same heat throughout a property.”The MCS Bakemaster tunnel oven can be supplied with either a wire mesh or a stone plate baking conveyor. The wire mesh oven is suitable for hearth-baked products as well as baking on trays or in tins, pans and moulds. Similarly, one or more turbo zones can be incorporated to optimise heat transfer. Its modular design also allows each Bakemaster oven to be easily adapted to bake a wide range of products, such as rolls hearth-baked and in pans or trays; bread hearth-baked and/or in tins; cakes; confectionery; and pizza. The MCS direct-fired HT Oven is used for baking products that require high temperatures, often more than 350°C, such as pizzas, pitta bread and other similar products. The Kaak Multi-Step vertical tunnel oven has an indexing chain at the entrance, which lifts the baking trays stepwise towards the top of the oven. The trays are then pushed into the second baking chamber, where a similar stepping mechanism will bring them down. This process is repeated, after which the trays will leave the oven.last_img read more

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Carmelo Anthony to sign with Trail Blazers in NBA return, report says

first_imgMORE: Porzingis booed loudly in return to MSGThe 35-year-old forward has been working to get back into the league ever since being waived last February by the Bulls, who had acquired him a trade with the Rockets. He recently expressed confidence that he would land with a team. Anthony will give Portland a scoring threat at power forward in the absence of the injured Zach Collins. Even in a diminished role the past two seasons, Anthony averaged 16.2 and 13.4 points, respectively. He is a career 24.0-point-per game scorer. Carmelo Anthony is returning to the NBA with the Trail Blazers, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday night.Anthony has agreed to a non-guaranteed contract with Portland and will join the team during a road trip that begins Saturday in San Antonio, Wojnarowski added. Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes reported that Blazers star point guard Damian Lillard is on board with the move. Two of Anthony’s best buds, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, were also pleased to learn the news RIGHT!!!! 🙌🏾 https://t.co/7wCnzozgNV— LeBron James (@KingJames) November 15, 2019It’s about damn time‼️ https://t.co/6A3wDbbrQ2— DWade (@DwyaneWade) November 15, 2019Portland has has struggled to a 4-8 record through its first 12 games.last_img read more

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What is ‘Sahara’ fact, what is fiction?

first_img“You have two men here who tell different stories,” Fields said to jurors. “It’s Mr. Anschutz who wants you to enrich him at Mr. Cussler’s expense.” Cussler sued Crusader, claiming it reneged on a contract that give him creative control. Crusader filed a countersuit against Cussler, claiming he was disruptive during the filmmaking process and disparaged the movie before its release. Both parties seek millions of dollars in damages. Each side blames the other for the dismal box-office returns of “Sahara,” which starred Matthew McConaughey and Penelope Cruz, and grossed only $68 million in the U.S. Jurors will have to decide whether to believe a best-selling author or a reclusive billionaire in a trial involving dueling lawsuits over the movie “Sahara,” an attorney argued Tuesday. Lawyer Bert Fields wrapped up his closing arguments, saying his client, Clive Cussler, should receive damages because a movie production company broke a deal that gave the novelist approval rights over the “Sahara” screenplay. Lawyers for the other side will present their closing arguments today. Superior Court Judge John Shook adjourned the trial for most of Tuesday because of an immigration protest in downtown Los Angeles. Fields told jurors the trial pits two men against each other: Cussler, the aging author who has written 32 books, and reclusive billionaire Philip Anschutz, who owns Crusader Entertainment, the company that produced the 2005 action-adventure film. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Scientist Tries to Explain Away Miracle of Jesus Walking on Water

first_imgEaster is approaching.  That must mean it’s the season for skeptics to try their hand at debunking the miracles of Jesus.  The first entry this year seems to be one by Doron Nof of Florida State University who claims Jesus walked on ice, not on water.  He came up with an explanation for how parts of the Sea of Galilee might, on rare occasions, create sheets of ice that would have given the disciples an appearance Jesus was standing on the water.  Conditions for ice formation on this body of water below sea level are effectively zero today, but he presumes it could have happened once in 30 to 160 years at the time of Jesus.    With RSS syndication, (see CNet News), this story appeared on many syndicate news summaries, including JPL.How come scientists expect believers to just sit back and take their weird-science theories without objection, but the moment someone challenges their own weird-science explanations of evolution, they get paranoid and threaten lawsuits?  This hypothesis is so stupid.  To avoid creating irreverent mental images, let’s imagine some Hollywood actors trying to reenact the scene.  The actor playing Jesus is trying not to slip and slide all over a tipsy piece of thin ice.  The actors in the boat playing the disciples are faking a sense of awe looking at their leader wavering and struggling to keep his balance.  Suddenly he plunges through a hole, and the sense of awe turns to laughter.  Cut; take two.    Once the actor on the ice manages to keep his footing while the cameras are rolling, the actor playing Peter gets out of the boat but his slab of ice slips from under him and he falls in, to the laughter of the other actors.  He swims over to the actor on the slab and yells back at the other disciples that it’s just a trick.  The character on the ice reaches down to pull in the one in the water, and loses his footing, and both wind up flailing around in the drink.    It won’t work.  Doron Nof tried this before with the Red Sea crossing.  He tries to come up with purely natural explanations for Biblical miracles.  They wind up taking more faith than just trusting the word of the credible eyewitnesses.  Next thing you know he will say the calming of the storm was all just special effects on a sound stage.(Visited 43 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Mayweather, McGregor ready to rumble in much-hyped fight

first_imgMayweather is so confident of his chances that he’s spent much of the week before his fight having meet-and-greets in the early morning hours at the strip club he owns not far from the T-Mobile arena where they will fight.Though he’s made hundreds of millions in the ring, Mayweather has a tax lien of $22 million to the IRS, so the lure of $200 million to come out of a two-year retirement and face a novice boxer was great. But he said this will be definitely be his last fight, and he wants to go out with a dominating performance.“I gave my word to my children and once I did that it came to an end,” Mayweather said. “What better way to go out than with a bang.”The fight is expected to match or surpass the 4.6 million pay-per-views sold for Mayweather’s 2015 fight with Manny Pacquiao at $99.95 a household. Industry observers say people across the country will use the telecast as an excuse to party in tense times and 10 people could watch each pay-per-view.Tickets in the arena haven’t done nearly as well, largely because promoters wildly overestimated what people would pay to watch in person. Ringside seats were $10,000 and nosebleed tickets started at $2,500, though prices have been dropping rapidly as the fight approaches. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Conor McGregor pose during weigh-ins Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, in Las Vegas for their Saturday boxing bout. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — Conor McGregor has been kept pretty much under wraps ever since his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. was announced, emerging occasionally to trash Mayweather only to disappear again behind the closed doors of the UFC training center.It’s not by accident. The biggest selling point of the spectacle that is Saturday night’s 154-pound fight is the unknown.ADVERTISEMENT McGregor vows Mayweather knockout as moment of truth nears “After 21 years I’ve been hit with everything and I’m still right here,” Mayweather said. “If you give it you must be able to take it.”It’s a fight that really makes no sense other than millions of people want to watch it. But the economics of the fight wouldn’t make any sense, either, if people saw McGregor — the UFC star who has never boxed professionally — in action and decided he just wasn’t good enough to be in the ring with a fighter like Mayweather.No mystique, no 5 million buys on Showtime pay-per-view. That’s why there was never any chance of McGregor having a tuneup fight.And that is why the only boxing anyone outside McGregor’s inner circle has seen was him hitting the heavy bag in a comical media day performance and a few seconds of a UFC clip purportedly showing him knocking down Showtime announcer and former fighter Paulie Malignaggi.No worries, said McGregor, who says his boxing talents shouldn’t be underestimated.ADVERTISEMENT LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Is McGregor good enough to land a big punch on Mayweather? Did he acquire enough boxing skills in just a few short months to make what should be a lopsided fight competitive?Inquiring minds want to know, and there are enough of them to make this the most watched fight in history. Some 50 million people in the U.S. alone are expected to gather with friends and family to see it all unfold.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I will be the king of both sports,” McGregor crowed. “I’m already the king of fighting, I’ll soon be the king of boxing.”Not so fast, said Mayweather, who comes from a boxing family and famously began throwing punches before he could walk. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Read Next “I’ve been lacing up the gloves my entire existence,” McGregor said. “Of course, we will come with a different approach than people are used to, we will paint many pictures inside the ring. It’s not going to end well for Floyd. It’s not going to end well for all the people who are doubting me and are so convinced that this is what it is.”McGregor weighed in at 153 pounds Friday to 149 ½ for Mayweather. A crowd that nearly filled the T-Mobile arena — many waving Irish flags — cheered loudly for McGregor while booing Mayweather.McGregor’s fan base is driving this fight, united in their fervent hope that the Irish UFC champion can muscle Mayweather around the ring and deliver knockout punches to his head. Sports books in this gambling city have taken so many longshot wagers on McGregor winning by a knockout early that they will suffer their worst loss ever should it actually happen.What should be a 100-1 fight began as 11-1 in Mayweather’s favor. Now it’s 5-1, though a lot of big money — including a few million dollar bets — has been wagered on Mayweather in recent days.“I don’t see him lasting two rounds,” McGregor said. “He messed up with the 8-ounce gloves. Keep your hands up, keep them down. I don’t care. I’m going to break through whatever is in front of me.”For the flamboyant McGregor the fight is a chance to make money he couldn’t dream of in the UFC and gain a fan base outside of mixed martial arts. Estimates vary, but he could take home $100 million for a challenge of Mayweather that seemed improbable when he first started talking about it two years ago.He’s got youth on his side (he’s 29 and Mayweather is 40), and he’ll probably go in the ring much heavier than Mayweather after rehydrating following Friday’s weigh-in. He’s also got a reputation as a big puncher and the prevailing wisdom is he’ll try to maul Mayweather much like Marcos Maidana did in their 2014 fight.Other than that, everything favors Mayweather.He’s unbeaten in 49 fights as a pro and has a chance to pass Rocky Marciano on the perfect record list with win No. 50. Not only has he beaten every fighter put in front of him but he’s found ways to deal with big punchers like Miguel Cotto, Diego Corrales and Canelo Alvarez.He’s also a pure boxer with an innate ability to adapt to any fighter put in front of him. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more

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9 days agoLiverpool to listen to offers for Herbie Kane

first_imgLiverpool to listen to offers for Herbie Kaneby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool will listen to offers for Herbie Kane in January.Although the 20-year-old is highly-rated at Anfield, the club feel as though he won’t be able to crack into Jurgen Klopp’s first team.Football Insider says Rangers, Swansea and Hull City are all interested in the central midfielder.Kane excelled on loan last season at Doncaster Rovers. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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2 days agoLiverpool veteran Milner: We’re all delighted about Oxlade-Chamberlain return

first_imgLiverpool veteran Milner: We’re all delighted about Oxlade-Chamberlain returnby Freddie Taylor2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJames Milner says Liverpool are delighted about the return of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.The midfielder, who missed almost all of last season with injury, seems to be hitting his straps after a double in Wednesday’s 4-1 win over Genk.Speaking after the victory, Milner told BT Sport:”Everyone’s delighted for him. It’s the things that people don’t see behind the scenes, the hard work around the training ground.”He’s got a great strike and he’s good in those pockets. It’s great to have him back and he’s another option in that midfield, where there’s already great competition for places.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Melissa Joan Hart Joins Once Upon A Birth Campaign

first_imgMelissa Joan Hart has joined Merck for Mother’s Once Upon a Birth campaign.Every few seconds, in every corner of the globe, a mother welcomes a baby into the world. A new U.S. consumer survey confirmed that nearly every parent characterizes this moment as “life-changing,” and it is celebrated as a happy occasion. However, what is not often discussed is that childbirth can be a very dangerous time for a woman. According to the World Health Organization, every two minutes somewhere in the world a woman dies during pregnancy or childbirth.As part of Merck’s ongoing efforts to reduce the rates of maternal mortality around the world, Merck for Mothers launched a pilot program in the United States on Thursday, October 25, 2012 titled “Once Upon a Birth.” Every story shared, triggers a donation from Merck to Join My Village, a program from CARE that empowers women and girls, and supports safe pregnancies and deliveries.Melissa Joan Hart shared her birth story as part of the campaign, and celebrated the special new addition to her family.“It really is the perfect timing for me to be a part of this, having just given birth to Tucker,” she told OMG. “I’ve gone to Facebook and shared my birth story. Now I’m just passing on the word for people to go there to share their stories too. For every story shared, they’re making a donation to Join My Village. … 90 percent of deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth are actually preventable. And this happens here in the U.S. and it happens all over the world. It’s just so sad. So the Once Upon a Birth campaign is an incredible thing to do for mothers all over the world.”You can read Melissa’s story here.Help make sure that no birth story goes untold. Help honor all of the moms who are not here to share their story. Help make this an issue that receives the global attention it deserves so that in the not-so-distant future, maternal mortality becomes history.Help support mothers around the world by visiting www.Facebook.com/MerckforMothers and sharing your story on the “Once Upon a Birth” tab!last_img read more

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