After coaching first game, Ildefonso says he has no plans of becoming head coach

first_imgIt’s hard for someone of Ildefonso’s caliber to feel any pressure inside a basketball court, but that happened on Sunday when he subbed in for the suspended Jamike Jarin as National University’s head coach in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.And although NU took a 91-83 victory against University of Santo Tomas, Ildefonso knew coaching is far from him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I really don’t have any ambition to be a head coach,” said Ildefonso in Filipino at Filoil Flying V Centre. “Honestly, coaching’s not for me.”“Coach Jamike knows it but he told me that I wasn’t exactly geared for that path. But let’s see. Only God knows where I’ll end up.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award NU trailed, 43-40, at the end of the first half and it was in the first 20 minutes of the game that Ildefonso looked rattled, a far cry from his days as the PBA’s Demolition Man.“During the first half I was really nervous, being a player is really different from being a coach. As a player, I immediately knew what to do with a ball, but as a coach there are so many players that you have to look at. And you also have to look at your opponents.”NU’s captain Matt Salem may have given Ildefonso a “10 over 10” mark in the legendary player’s debut as head coach, the San Miguel icon humbly gave himself a less impressive grade.“To be honest, as a coach I’ll give myself a really low grade,” said Ildefonso.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene UE continues resurgence, beats UP Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setcenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThere’s no need for any argument that Danny Ildefonso is one of the greatest Filipino basketball players of all time.Ildefonso is a two-time PBA MVP, eight-time PBA champion and is a five-time Best Player of the Conference, tied with his student June Mar Fajardo atop that list.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Vulnerable channels and 20 zones: the tactics behind Guardiola’s title win

first_imgManchester City Because they were so terrified of leaving Henry or Eto’o free, defences did not push up and full-backs did not move into midfield. The effect was to create more space in midfield for Lionel Messi dropping off as a false nine and for Xavi and Andrés Iniesta advancing from midfield (not to mention the complication of Dani Alves’s surges from a notional right-back position).City have exploited the same basic idea slightly differently but the importance of those channels between the centre-back and full-back is seen in the way Guardiola, as he did at Bayern, has the City training pitches marked out in 20 zones. In principle no more than three zones in the same horizontal line and no more than two zones in the same vertical line should ever be occupied.If a player moves into a zone that means four in the same horizontal line are occupied, one of the other three should move, ensuring the man on the ball always has two or three passing options. But what is also significant is that dividing the pitch in such a way emphasises the importance of those channels between full-back and centre-back.Last season one of the great strengths of Chelsea was the way their structure controlled those channels, their 3-4-2-1 system providing both two holding midfielders (N’Golo Kanté and Nemanja Matic) and two players who were in effect inside-forwards (Eden Hazard and Pedro or Willian), who operated in awkward pockets in which they fell outside the natural zone of the opposing centre-back, full-back and holding midfielder. Topics Manchester United in the 60s weren’t as good as this City side The system brought two wins and a draw but perhaps because the attacking six frequently found themselves strung out in a line as the forwards tried to drop off to create space for Silva and De Bruyne to burst into, it never resurfaced after a switch to 4-3-3 brought a 6-0 win over Watford and a 5-0 win over Crystal Palace in quick succession.The role of Fernandinho in protecting the back four is crucial, particularly on those occasions when both full-backs have been given licence to attack. But there have also been times when the full-backs, Fabian Delph in particular (and most notably away against Chelsea), have tucked inside, with the corresponding centre-back moving wider, occupying precisely those channels De Bruyne and David Silva try to attack at the other end of the pitch.That is useful as a way out from the back – and Ederson’s calmness in possession has been a major feature, notably at home against Tottenham when he bypassed the press with a string of accurate long passes. It also gives City protection against the counterattack; although, as the Champions League games against Liverpool suggested, perhaps not enough.City’s domination of the channels at one end of the pitch has been their triumph; their failure to do the same at the other end has been their undoing. Reuse this content It is a simple enough idea but, as Thierry Henry explained on Sky, it remains potent at the highest level. The idea of disruption, of existing in the pockets that elude the marking structure, was at the heart of Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona.“If you stand between the right-back and the right centre-back and [Samuel Eto’o] or me does the same on the other side, suddenly you hold four players alone,” Henry said. “Just from you being high and wide, and then coming back in, you are actually freezing four players because we are threatening to go in behind.” Share on LinkedIn Ottmar Hitzfeld, the former Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich manager, used to speak of the red zone, a central area of the pitch just outside the penalty box. Control that, he believed, and you controlled the game. If in your half you denied the opposition the ball in that space, they were forced wide and while crosses can be dangerous they are a low percentage route to goal.At the other end a player with time on the ball in that zone was a major threat, able to shoot or slide balls through the defence. As teams have become increasingly adept at plugging the red zone – often with the use of two holding midfielders – the danger area has shifted. Manchester City, notably, target the area on the edge of the Hitzfeld red zone, the space between the central defender and the full-back.An awareness of the vulnerability of that area is not something particularly new. In a 4-4-2 a forward with any level of tactical awareness would try to exploit it. Perhaps the centre-back and the full-back both think the other is covering and the forward is left unmarked. Or perhaps both mark the one player, leaving space elsewhere. Or if one marks the forward he can move into the other defender’s zone, disrupting the defensive structure. Read more What Pep Guardiola must do to make Manchester City even better Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Read more Pep Guardiola has the Manchester City training pitches marked out in 20 zones. Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Pep Guardiola features Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Share via Email Share on Messenger Guardiola had Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva operating in “free eight” roles from the start of last season, to all intents roving inside-forwards whose forward runs would exploit those channels. The big difference with Chelsea, though, was that City maintained out-and-out wingers (in the modern sense of the term) rather than wing-backs.Guardiola did toy with a back three at the start of this season, although that seemed to be a way of getting Sergio Agüero and Gabriel Jesus into the side in a 3-3-2-2 (or perhaps even 3-1-4-2) rather than Chelsea’s 3-4-2-1.last_img read more

CDA Hires More Staff to Investigate Child Abuse

first_imgStory Highlights The unit now has a manager and 10 investigation officers deployed island-wide The Development Agency’s (CDA) capacity to effectively address incidents of child abuse has been boosted through the beefing up of staff in its Investigation Unit.Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CDA, Rosalee Gage Grey, told JIS News that the unit now has a manager and 10 investigation officers deployed island-wide.Most of the officers have been placed in the South East Region, which comprises Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Catherine and St. Thomas.In addition, she informed the unit is receiving assistance from students at the University of the Technology (UTech) in carrying out field investigations.This is being facilitated through a three-year agreement between the Government and UTech for collaboration in the area of child and adolescent development.Ms. Gage Grey told JIS News that the students, from Levels III and IV of the Child and Adolescent Development programme, are placed with the CDA during the summer to assist with the investigations among other activities. “That has been going pretty well,” she stated.She informed that the students have assisted the agencyto respond to cases received in a more timely manner. “We are trying to tighten the timelines in which we are able to respond to the needs of our clients and these are children and their parents,” she stated.The Acting CEO said the CDA has been having more interventions within communities through presentations to schools, churches and other community groups.“We take our mandate very seriously and with the resources that we have, we try to meet the needs of the clients through the services that we provide across the island and we believe that we are being very effective in what we do,” she said.The CDA, which falls under the Ministry of Youth and Culture, deals with reports received from the Office of the Children’s Registry, set up under the Child Care and Protection Act of 2004. This is being facilitated through a three-year agreement between the Government and UTech The unit is receiving assistance from students at the University of the Technologylast_img read more

Retrial set for exNavy commander accused of attempted rape

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Jury selection is scheduled to begin today at the retrial of a former Navy helicopter squadron commander accused of trying to rape a junior officer in her San Diego home.In December, jurors voted 11-1 to convict John Michael Neuhart II of assault with intent to commit rape during a burglary and attempted forcible rape, prompting a judge to declare a mistrial.Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Tag told a jury that Neuhart went with the alleged victim to her Valencia Park home in the early morning hours of Sept. 12, 2016, after a night of drinking downtown, entered her house and “ripped her clothes off and tried to rape her.”The prosecutor said the woman — who had worked under Neuhart’s command in a helicopter squadron in Guam — respected the defendant but told him that night that she wasn’t interested in having sex with him.“This is about a man taking what he wants,” Tag told the jury. “To the defendant, no didn’t mean no. This was a game to him.”When Neuhart broke into the woman’s home and attacked her, she screamed like she was being “murdered,” prompting a neighbor to call 911, the prosecutor said.Neuhart, 41, knew the woman was intoxicated and was not going to leave her home “until he gets what he wants,” the prosecutor said.In a video recorded by the defendant on his cell phone about 3 a.m., the woman is heard saying “no, stop,” or “get off” at least 90 times in a 15-minute period.Defense attorney Kerry Armstrong told the jury that the alleged victim was not telling the truth when she said she wasn’t attracted to Neuhart.The woman gave the defendant mixed signals by kissing and hugging him during a limousine ride to her residence, Armstrong said.Neuhart testified that he set up his cell phone outside the alleged victim’s door so he would have evidence in case she claimed rape.The defendant, a married Iraq War veteran and father of six, was relieved as commander of the helicopter squadron after his arrest. Neuhart, a Navy commander, was commanding officer of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 based at Anderson Air Force Base on Guam.Neuhart — who is still in the Navy — faces life in prison if convicted of the most serious charge of assault with intent to commit rape during a burglary. KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 9:31 AM Retrial set for ex-Navy commander accused of attempted rape Posted: March 27, 2018center_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter March 27, 2018 KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

SonyATV Songwriting Camps Are Giving Songwriters More Opportunities To Showcase Talent

first_img https://twitter.com/SonyATVMusicPub/status/1051838253270294528 Facebook Twitter Sony/ATV Songwriting Camps Are Giving Songwriters More Opportunities To Showcase Talent News Email Inside Sony/ATV’s Successful Songwriting Camps sonyatv-songwriting-camps-are-giving-songwriters-more-opportunities-showcase-talent “Get Loud For Me” was written and performed by Gizzle, with a co-write from Mike Sabath. With initial placements in ads for NFL/Bose and Adidas, it has gone on to more than 4 million streams on Spotify and is featured on more than 67,000 playlists.”Do It Like This” was written and performed by Daphne Willis, with co-writes from Austin Massirman and Sabath. Initially placed on Comcast Xfinity ads, it will soon appear in a Royal Caribbean Cruises campaign and has sparked viral dance-alongs across South Korea.Stories like the placement of “Get Loud For Me” and “Do It Like This” in successful campaigns inspire writers to get invoilved with songwriting camps, an general concept that is sometimes credited to the long-time practice of producer Max Martin. Since 2015 this has caused his native Stockholm to be associated with the growing trend, which includes its own organizing group with support from CISAC.Sony/ATV didn’t miss a beat getting started with the concept and now they will be using their sync camp model more widely. Brands associated with their initial-placement success stories also include Apple, Dunkin’ Donuts, Google, Miller, Nissan, Orbit, Ram, and Universal Theme Parks. It is a commercial approach of a different kind, first appearing alongside advertisements or on soundtracks. Time has proven that sync licensing can provide an effective launching pad for powerful songs.Bringing The Streaming Music Revolution To Small BusinessesRead more The music publisher is using songwriting camps to help writers land their songs in world-famous media and entertainment brands Philip MerrillGRAMMYs Oct 22, 2018 – 4:08 pm For songwriters, getting their songs placed on TV ads, movie scenes or television shows, can hugely boost their audiences and be one more way to generate income. Music publisher Sony/ATV is using “songwriting camps” to help writers gain more opportunities to successfully collaborate and land song placements or “sync licenses.”So far, the camps have obtained 300 sync licenses, Sony/ATV says. In Sept., Ross Copperman and other writers including Brian Fallon, Jon Nite, Marc Scibilia, Jason Wade, and Geoff Warburton were among about 20 participants at the Nashville camp.”It was so inspiring and refreshing and I’m so grateful for the new people I’ve met and got to work with,” said Copperman. “I would love to do this more often wherever and whenever … These few days have fed my soul in a big way.””Sync” is short for “synchronization” or a kind of license used by music publishing companies like Sony/ATV to give licensees the permission to place administered songs in “movies, TV shows, commercials, trailers, and video games.”The camps began five years ago in New York and London. Sony/ATV has plans to expand to Atlanta and Miami, seeing this as “a proactive way” to provide opportunities for its songwriters.last_img read more

Sultan of Brunei Refutes Rumours of Bidding for Saharas New York and

first_imgHotel Plaza owned by Sahara Chief in New YorkReutersThe Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah, has dismissed a report by The Wall Street Journal, which said that he offered the Sahara group $2 billion for Plaza Hotel in New York as well as Dream Hotel and Grosvenor House Hotel in London, a spokesperson said.”Neither His Majesty, the Brunei Investment Agency, nor the government of Brunei are involved in any way in the purchase of the Grosvenor House in London or the Plaza and Dream Downtown hotels in New York,” a spokesman at Bell Pottinger, acting on behalf of the Sultan of Brunei, wrote in an email.The Wall Street Journal mis-reported that an investment firm in Brunei has offered to pay $2 billion for the three hotels, which are currently owned by the Sahara chief Subrata Roy. Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal BolkiahReutersRoy has been dealing with the sale of the luxury hotels from his special high-tech room in Tihar Jail, where he is being held for over five months after failing to repay ₹20,000 crore to investors who were sold outlawed bonds. The court has ordered him to pay ₹10,000 crore to get out on bail.Sahara bought the Plaza Hotel for about $570 million in 2012. Two years earlier, it paid 470 million pounds ($786.5 million) for the 494-room Grosvenor House overlooking Hyde Park near Buckingham Palace. The Sahara group is also looking ahead to sell the Dream Hotel in Manhattan. Subrata Roy arrestedReutersMeanwhile, the Indian tycoon has been trying to sell his properties in order to get out of prison under a deadline set by the Supreme Court. Apart from vast real estate, media enterprises and luxury hotels, Sahara also owns Formula 1 team and even used to sponsor the Indian cricket team.However, Brunei has been criticized by civil rights and gay rights advocacy groups in the United States for becoming the first East Asian country to adopt sharia criminal law, which punishes sodomy, reported Reuters.The harsh laws in Brunei, including death by stoning for homosexuals and adulterers have led to the boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel and Dorchester properties in Europe costing the hotel operator millions of dollars in lost revenue, Dorchester has said.last_img read more

Egypts Mohamed Morsi dies during court trial Muslim Brotherhood calls for protests

first_img Close 2,500-year-old mummy found inside empty coffin IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/0:49Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:49?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Mohammed Morsi behind bars during his trial in Cairo, June 16, 2015AFPMohamed Morsi, the first democratically elected President of Egypt, collapsed and died while attending trial on espionage charges at a Cairo court. A Public prosecutor said the 67-year-old collapsed in a defendants’ cage and was pronounced dead at 4:50 pm local time on Monday. The medical report showed no recent injuries on his body, he prosecutor said.Morsi was ousted by a military coup by Egypt’s current President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi following mass protests in June 2013. He served as Egypt’s president for a year after the Arab Spring uprising in 2011 propelled the end of the 30-year rule of President Hosni Mubarak.According to Al-Ahram newspaper, Egyptian prosecutors charged Morsi with various crimes including espionage for foreign military groups, leaking classified documents to Qatar, escaping from prison during the country’s 2011 revolution and inciting his supporters to kill protesters opposed to his rule during his time in office.Prosecutors had also sought the death penalty, a move that was denounced by human rights group Amnesty International as a “charade based on null and void procedures.” The death sentence was overturned in November 2016 and a retrial was ordered.Amnesty has called for a “thorough and impartial investigation” into Morsi’s death. “The Egyptian authorities must immediately order an impartial, thorough and transparent investigation into the circumstances of his death, as well as his detention conditions and his ability to access medical care,” the rights organisation said. Abdel-Fattah al-SisiGetty ImagesMorsi’s lawyer said his health had been poor in jail as he was known to suffer from a history of health issues including diabetes, liver and kidney disease. “We had put in several requests for treatment, some were accepted and others were not,” the lawyer, Abdel-Menem Abdel-Maqsood, told Reuters.The Human Rights Watch called Morsi’s death “terrible” but “entirely predictable”, and pointed fingers at the government’s “failure to allow him adequate medical care.”Muslim Brotherhood reactsIn a statement to Al Jazeera, the group said: “The government of Egypt today bears responsibility for his death, given their failure to provide him with adequate medical care or basic prisoner rights.”Sunni Islamist organization Muslim Brotherhood described Morsi’s death as a “full-fledged murder”. The now-banned Sunni Islamist organization called for masses to gather at the funeral of Morsi, a former leader of outfit.  The former president’s son, Abdullah Mohamed Morsi, told Reuters that the authorities have refused to allow Morsi’s body to be laid to rest in the family burial grounds in his native Nile Delta province of Sharqiya.”We know nothing about him and no one is in touch with us, and we don’t know if we are going to wash him or say a prayer to him or not,” he said, reported Reuters.last_img read more

Brian Lara admitted to Hospital in Mumbai due to chest pain

first_imgBrian Lara will lead the Leo Lions side in the Masters Champions League.ReutersWest Indies cricket legend Brian Lara who is currently in India working as an analyst for Star Sports had to be admitted to a hospital in Parel, Mumbai due to chest pain. The 50-year old former West Indian batsmen has been in India for a long time and covered both the Indian Premier League as well as the World Cup for official broadcasters.Considered one of the greatest batsmen of all time, Lara holds the record of having scored the highest individual score – 400 not out that he recorded against England at Antigua in early 2004. He also holds the record for the highest first-class score of 501 which he managed against Durham in the 1994 English county season while playing for Warwickshire.The hospital where he is admitted, Global Hospital, will issue an official statement on the condition of the legendary cricketer in a short while.last_img read more

ACLU Sues Trump Administration over Decision to Exclude Most AsylumSeekers Fleeing Domestic

first_img Share Bob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneU.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks about carrying out President Donald Trump’s immigration priorities at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas in Austin on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017.The American Civil Liberties Union has launched another sweeping challenge to President Donald Trump’s administration, this time in a federal lawsuit over the administration’s “gutting of asylum protections for immigrants fleeing domestic violence and gang brutality.”The case, filed Tuesday in federal court in Washington, D.C., takes aim at a June 11 decision from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions stating that, in general, victims of gang violence and domestic abuse do not qualify for asylum in the United States.“The mere fact that a country may have problems effectively policing certain crimes — such as domestic violence or gang violence — or that certain populations are more likely to be victims of crime, cannot itself establish an asylum claim,” Sessions wrote. Immigration advocates were quick to condemn the decision, saying it upends decades of precedent. The decision is part of the Trump administration’s efforts to systematically narrow the path to refuge in the United States, experts say.Immigration attorneys working with migrants in detention facilities in Texas and across the country say the decision has had major impacts on asylum-seekers in the months since it was handed down.Katy Murdza, who works with asylum-seekers in Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention through the Dilley Pro Bono Project, told The Texas Tribune last month that far more of her clients are being denied at the first stage of the asylum process, the “credible fear” interview.In general, asylum-seekers must demonstrate that they face persecution in their home countries due to “race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.” Before Sessions’ decision, that generally included victims of gang violence or domestic abuse.In the new lawsuit, the ACLU claims that Sessions’ decision “unlawfully [changes] the credible fear standard,” making it more difficult for asylum-seekers to state their claims. Migrants who are apprehended near the U.S.-Mexico border may be placed into what’s called the “expedited removal” process, allowing immigration officials to deport them more quickly. Migrants can delay or avoid deportation by demonstrating a “credible fear” of returning to their home countries, the first step toward attaining asylum in the United States.The ACLU claims the new standards do not give migrants sufficient opportunity to argue their case and argues asylum protections have historically included “women fleeing gender-based persecution.”“This is a naked attempt by the Trump administration to eviscerate our country’s asylum protections,” said Jennifer Chang Newell, a managing attorney with the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project. “It’s clear the administration’s goal is to deny and deport as many people as possible, as quickly as possible.”“Our nation’s immigration laws provide for asylum to be granted to individuals who have been persecuted, or who have a well-founded fear of persecution, on account of their membership in a ‘particular social group,’ but most victims of personal crimes do not fit this definition — no matter how vile and reprehensible the crime perpetrated against them,” a Justice Department spokesperson said in an emailed statement Tuesday night. “The Department of Justice remains committed to reducing violence against women and enforcing laws against domestic violence, both in the United States and around the world.”last_img read more

NMA Hosts Interactive Summit on AfricanAmerican Health Issues

first_imgHealth disparities among gender and races, and a review of the inaugural summit’s National Action Plan was the agenda for the National Medical Association (NMA) second Summit on African-American Health. The event was held April 17 at the Washington Hilton Hotel in D.C.NMA, the nation’s largest organization of African-American physicians, and about 20 people from diverse organizations convened to address working together in raising awareness about access to healthcare and health inequalities among the African-American population.”If we in healthcare help begin to consider and discuss how those sectors of health inequalities occur and are disproportionately affecting persons of our community, we would much likely get a better quality of outcomes and would decrease the mortality rate in our community,” said Rahn Kennedy Bailey, chair of the Summit on African-American Health and 113th president of the NMA. Bailey said there is a difference in the rate of access to health care amongst the different minority populations. African-American women and men between the age range of 25 and 75 in 2006 had the largest death rate from heart disease and stroke compared to other men and women in the same age range from other ethnic populations. From 2005 to 2008, the people with the largest prevalence of hypertension age 65 were African American. The infants of African-American women had death rates twice as large as infants of White Americans in 2006.According to Bailey these statistics are inexcusable, especially as the United States has more healthcare opportunities than other countries. “The Affordable Care Act has tremendous opportunity to address issues of disparities in our community,” said Bailey to the AFRO. “Our goal would be to get everybody insured, especially in states where there is a large Medicaid population, like the South and often in the African-American communities who may be indigent or have a job that does not provide insurance.”During the summit, Michael LeNoir, summit co-chair, said, “Our purpose is not only to get a message out, our purpose is to engage our partners to give life to what they are doing.”Summit program director Sharon Allison-Ottey echoed LeNoir’s comment and agreed that collaboration between organizations sharing the same mission and values need to come together to expand the messaging pipeline.When Allison-Ottey asked how organizations and advocacy groups can collaborate to educate the community, Reginald Ware, CEO of Blackdoctor.org, suggested that his organization could break the research down into a basic educational series. This breakdown would be shared on the Blackdoctor.org website.Ronae Neal, 20, a Biology major student from Prince George’s Community College representing the United Black Fund, said the summit provided an immense amount of information on health issues in the African-American community. “I want to grow into the health industry, so I thought this would be great for me to come and hear about all the ideas [the good things and bad things] that the group has and the way that the health system can be improved,” she said.A working group session was later formed to engage the attendees in identifying and defining the strategies and tactics for the summit’s National Action Plan objectives that were assembled last year.last_img read more