TUCSON, AZ – NOVEMBER 11: Quarterback Khalil Tate #14 of the Arizona Wildcats watches from the bench during the second half of the college football game against the Oregon State Beavers at Arizona Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)After taking college football by storm midway through last season, Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate looked like a strong pick to at least be in New York for the Heisman ceremony. Through two games, those hopes have been all but dashed.Arizona had a very disappointing Week 1 loss to BYU, in Kevin Sumlin’s first game as head coach, falling to the Cougars 28-23.Tate, who threw for just under 1,600 yards (and nearly nine per attempt), and ran for 1,411 (9.2 per carry) and 12 touchdowns after taking over as starter a few weeks into last season, just has not looked like himself.Tate was mediocre through the air, throwing for 197 and a touchdown on 17-of-34 passing, but was completely shut down on the ground. He picked up just 14 yards and a score on eight carries.Today, Arizona is playing against Sumlin’s former team Houston, and things are going so, so much worse.The Wildcats trail these Cougars 38-0. Houston got a run from a bad Rice team last week, so it doesn’t appear that UH is a great team either, despite the presence of all-world defensive lineman Ed Oliver.Tate is just 15-for-31 for 182 yards and two interceptions. Once again, he’s been a total non-factor on the ground, with three attempts for -5 yards.Yahoo! Sports analyst Pete Thamel has already declared Tate’s Heisman candidacy dead.We can declare on Sept. 8 at 11:33 a.m. that Khalil Tate’s Heisman chances have officially ended. (I blame @RossDellenger for the jinx). Houston leads 21-0 and Arizona looks completely hopeless on defense. UH’s D’Eriq King 8-12 with 2 TD touchdowns passing and 1 rushing.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) September 8, 2018Tate was so magnificent last year because his dual-threat abilities. This season, there seems to be no focus on his running game, and overall the Wildcats’ offense has been ineffective all-around.Sumlin has found success with dual-threat players before. Johnny Manziel won a Heisman Trophy wheeling and dealing in Sumlin’s offense at Texas A&M. They really need to unlock Tate’s abilities, before this season gets away from them.
Maternal deaths have dropped by nearly 50 per cent, down from an estimated 523,000 in 1990 to some 289,000 at latest count. And according to the UN, midwives who are educated and regulated to international standards can provide 87 per cent of the essential care needed by women and their newborns.“As we approach the deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), we are proud of the progress made for Goal 5, to improve maternal health,” said Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). “But while this progress is welcome, it is not enough,’ he added.This Day – observed around the world on 05 May with the theme this year Midwives: For a better tomorrow –highlights gaps that need to be addressed in order to provide universal sexual and reproductive, maternal and newborn health care. This year, in preparation for the post-2015 international development agenda, midwives are being recognized for their critical role in ensuring safe deliveries, promoting healthy birth spacing, and protecting the health and rights of women and girls. However, a massive midwife shortage around the world exists and has been documented in the State of Midwifery 2014 report. That gap is particularly dangerous when it comes to countries in crisis. “The need for strong health systems and sufficient health workers was recently highlighted by the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, where pregnant women struggled to find available health services to ensure safe delivery,” said Dr. Osotimehin. UNFPA is expanding midwifery services to support resilient health systems in the affected countries. Today, it funds more than 250 midwifery schools with books, training equipment and trained faculty, and has helped train over 15,000 midwives globally. It also supports midwifery in more than 70 countries worldwide, and in 2014 helped launch Bachelor’s degree programmes in midwifery in Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Somalia and Zambia.In the past four years, more than 35 countries have made national pledges to strengthen midwifery. Ethiopia pledged to quadruple the number of midwives from 2,050 to 8,635, and will achieve this target ahead of time. Bangladesh pledged to train an additional 3,000 midwives, and some 2,000 midwives are already undergoing training at 31 training centres. Haiti dispatched the first group of midwives last year from its new midwifery school built after the 2010 earthquake. And Afghanistan revived and strengthened community midwifery, which has helped reduce maternal death ratios by more than 80 per cent since 2002.Midwives – and people with midwifery skills – are the main caregivers for women and their new-borns during pregnancy, labour, childbirth and in the post-delivery period. In addition to their work caring for women during and after childbirth, midwives provide a wide range of assistance, including advancing women’s and girls’ rights, care in humanitarian emergencies, training and supervision, and counselling services on family planning and reproductive health.