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‘Last prince of Awadh’ passes away

first_imgThe “last prince of Awadh” who lived in abject penury was found dead on September 2 in Delhi’s ‘Malcha Mahal,’ a Tughlak-era hunting lodge tucked deep inside a patch of forest overrun by moss and disrepair.The news of the death was broken by a section of the media on November 6, over two months after a team of police officers found Cyrus lying motionless inside the derelict 14th century structure.He was the last surviving member of a family that traced its lineage to the royals of Awadh — a claim that was never verified.Cyrus had been staying here since 1985, after his imperious mother Begum Wilayat Mahal, who allegedly swallowed crushed diamonds to kill herself in the early 1990s, forced the then Union government to provide them accommodation that behove their royal antecedents. The Begum started camping in a first class waiting room of the New Delhi Railway Station in the 1970s, demanding recognition for the sacrifice made by her family during the 1857 war of independence. Sometime in 1985, the Begum and her two children — Cyrus and his sister Sakina — moved into the lodge, which was then known as ‘Bistadari ruins’.last_img read more

U.S. House budget bill would nix Steven Chu’s brainchild

first_imgFifteen months after Nobel Prize–winning physicist Steven Chu stepped down as secretary of energy, budgetmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives have moved to kill the project perhaps most emblematic of Chu’s vision for reshaping research in the Department of Energy (DOE). In their version of the proposed DOE budget for fiscal year 2015, which begins 1 October, House appropriators zero out funding for the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP), which seeks to develop a technology to convert sunlight to a fuel such as hydrogen gas. The White House’s proposed budget, released earlier this year, had requested $24 million for JCAP, which is based at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California.JCAP was one of five energy innovation hubs that Chu envisioned as miniature versions of the storied Bell Labs. The hubs, Chu argued, would make DOE research more nimble and responsive to the nation’s energy needs. And JCAP was arguably the hub closest to Chu’s heart: He had strongly promoted research into artificial photosynthesis during his tenure as director of Berkeley Lab, from 2004 to 2008.Launched in July 2010, JCAP aims to develop an efficient, cheap, and durable system for producing fuels using only sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide as inputs. As with the DOE’s other hubs, it was originally funded for a total of $122 million over 5 years, with the possibility of having its funding renewed for a second 5 years. That means JCAP has already received the last of its initial funding and DOE officials must decide whether to renew the center. But they haven’t done that. Instead, the White House’s budget asks for one extra year of funding and said that DOE officials would make a decision on whether to continue the project by the end of fiscal year 2015. House appropriators apparently felt no need to indulge such dithering, zeroing out money for JCAP next year in the report accompanying the budget bill. “The committee notes that the Department has made no decision for continued funding for the hub beyond the initial term,” explains the report, rolled out Wednesday.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The episode is just the latest of many examples in which DOE has failed to communicate effectively with Congress, says Michael Lubell, a lobbyist with American Physical Society in Washington, D.C. “Given what the Administration has said, I don’t think you can blame appropriators for saying, ‘Look, we don’t know what you want to do,’ ” he says. The absence of a permanent director for DOE’s Office of Science may also have played a role, he adds; the U.S. Senate has not yet acted on the nomination of Marc Kastner of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. Others have suggested that the current secretary of energy, Ernest Moniz, may be considering tweaking the hubs concept.Carl Koval, director of JCAP, did not respond to requests for comment. And JCAP is far from dead. The Senate Appropriations Committee must still reveal the specifics of its version of the budget. And Senator Dianne Feinstein (D–CA) heads the subcommittee in charge of DOE’s budget, a California connection that could redound to JCAP’s favor.Overall, the House budget bill would hold spending in DOE’s Office of Science at its current level of $5.071 billion. The White House had requested $5.111 billion. But the House bill would shift spending levels among the offices six research programs. For example, it would slash spending on biological and environmental research, including DOE’s research on climate change, by 11.5% to $540 million—in contrast with the 3% increase proposed by the Obama administration. On the other hand, the House bill would boost spending on fusion energy science by 6.7% to $540 million—as opposed to the 17.8% cut called for by the White House.The House bill also calls for spending on DOE’s advanced scientific computing research to climb 12.9% to $600 million, the same as in the White House request. Nuclear physics would see its budget climb 5.3% to $600, slightly more than the requested 4.2% boost. Basic energy sciences, which runs DOE’s big x-ray synchrotrons, neutron sources, and nanotech centers, would get a 0.6% haircut to $1.702 billion, instead of a requested 5.4% boost. And high-energy physics would take a cut to of 2.9% to $775 million, instead of the requested 6.7% cut.House appropriators would also hold the budget of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E, at its current $280 million. The Obama administration had requested $325 million for ARPA-E, another of Chu’s brainchildren that aims to quickly take the best ideas from basic research and develop them enough so that private industry can take them over and turn them into technologies.*Correction, 24 June, 8 a.m.: The date by which DOE officials have said they will make a decision on JCAP’s future has been corrected.last_img read more

Olympic 100-meter swim champion to have heart surgery

first_img‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes “We are at the beginning of a new Olympic cycle and, for some of our athletes, we need to look at longevity to allow them to stay at the highest level for longer,” he said. “Kyle has our full support and we know he will use this time away from competition positively and to his advantage to return for a home Commonwealth Games in 2018 and beyond.”Chalmers will have the heart operation within several weeks.“There is never a good time for this type of procedure, but given I’ve suffered from these symptoms during two of the past three major meets and, following my doctor’s advice, I have made the tough decision to withdraw,” he said. “I have increasingly begun to suffer from an abnormally fast heart rhythm during training and competitions, which now requires surgery,” he said in a statement Wednesday. “I have had surgery in the past and, unfortunately, it did not work.”The 18-year-old Chalmers said it was a difficult decision to miss the world championships in Budapest, but he did so with a longer-term view, setting his sights on the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingIn April, he finished second to Cameron McEvoy at the Australian championships.Swimming Australia head coach Jacco Verhaeren said athletes’ health and well-being were the priority. Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES In this file photo, Australia’s Kyle Chalmers celebrates after winning his gold medal after the men’s 100-meter freestyle during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Chalmers has withdrawn from world swimming championships in July, 2017 to undergo surgery for a worsening heart condition. APSYDNEY — Rio Olympics 100-meter freestyle gold medalist Kyle Chalmers has withdrawn from July’s world swimming championships to undergo surgery for a worsening heart condition.Chalmers has supraventricular tachycardia, or recurrent rapid heartbeat, that is normally not life-threatening but can impact on his quality of life.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO MOST READ SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo ADVERTISEMENT Faster, higher, rustier: Medals from Rio Olympics damaged Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF View commentslast_img read more

Real Madrid vs Sevilla: High-profile debuts to sparkle Super Cup

first_imgJames Rodriguez will make one of the highly-anticipated debut for Madrid against SevillaAfter exquisite touches and exceptional goals established him as the World Cup’s breakthrough star, James Rodriguez has a new platform to showcase his skills at Real Madrid – starting with his debut in the UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday.The versatile 23-year-old playmaker, who landed a $108-million move from Monaco after scoring a World Cup-leading six goals for Colombia, will be in the starting lineup for the European champions against Sevilla at Cardiff City’s stadium.”He can help the team to be better,” coach Carlo Ancelotti said Monday. “He can play both in front and on the wings. He can also play behind the forward as he did at the World Cup, and he can also be deeper down as a more attacking midfielder.”Even though the Super Cup lacks the status of the Champions League, Ancelotti is preparing to unleash the full might of his team against the Europa League winners with another new signing, midfielder Toni Kroos, also being handed his debut. Kroos, who joined from Bayern Munich for around $40 million, hasn’t played since featuring in Germany’s World Cup final win over Argentina.”He has joined training for past five days and shown he is up to the task,” Ancelotti said. “He is a player with great abilities, in strategic terms, positing and helping other players.”It was only a year ago that Real spent $130 million to bring in Gareth Bale from Tottenham to link up with Cristiano Ronaldo, who cost only slightly less in 2009 when joining from Manchester United.advertisementThe spotlight in the Welsh capital at least is not on the newcomers or Ronaldo but on Bale, the Cardiff boy preparing to play for the Spanish giants on his home soil for the first time.”It could be strange if he starts on the bench,” Ancelotti said, before reassuring the local media that Bale would start. “He is in perfect condition – physically and mentally.”The winger is in the Welsh capital with little to prove, having completed a debut season at Madrid by netting the decisive goal in May’s Champions League final win.”It’s nice not being new and to start the season settled in and to have a good preseason,” said Bale, whose move from Tottenham took until September last year to be completed. “It’s obviously a lot easier having a preseason under your belt rather than sitting at home waiting for a transfer to go through. I feel I can start the season with a better tempo.”I don’t feel the pressure of being back home. It’s a big trophy we want to win.”It is a chance to put down an early marker as the European season begins after Real ended a 12-year wait for the coveted “Decima” – a 10th European Cup.Bale already raised some eyebrows when training ground photographs last week showed a bulked-up physique for the once the scrawny Welshman. But when asked about his growing muscles, Bale said: “I’ve done nothing in the gym or anything like that. It’s pure conditioning training.”Those expanding shoulders could have another trophy to raise aloft by Tuesday night in Cardiff – the first of potentially six for Real this season.last_img read more

Movie Review: Mary Kom deserved better than this

first_imgVinayak Chakravorty’s rating: Untitled Document Tweets about “#marykom”Movie VideosIn conversation with the cast of Mary KomWe caught up with Priyanka Chopra who’s awaiting the release of her next Mary Kom to find out about her experience while shooting for the film.PhotosPriyanka Chopra launches ‘Mary Kom doll’ in New DelhiPriyanka Chopra, who is garnering praises for her power packed performance in her upcoming film Mary Kom, visited the capital to launch the ‘Mary Kom’ doll as part of the film’s promotion.Mary Kom deserved better than this. As a sporting icon, as an Indian woman – the two traits this self-proclaimed biopic overtly harps on to serve mediocre melodrama. Mary Kom deserved much more than a Bollywood load of tripe that manipulates every reality of her life to turn her story into popcorn masala, highlighted by overthe-top histrionics coming from its heroine (in Bollywood, they inexplicably call it good acting).You would go in for a watch hoping to understanding what defines MC Mary Kom – the person behind the passion. The tough deal for Omung Kumar perhaps did not lie in turning to film direction from set designing. It lay in fathoming the indomitable will to excel that has defined the aggression of Mary Kom as a boxing phenomenon, one who meteorically rose from an impoverished corner in Manipur to become India’s reason for joy in the world of amateur boxing.Koel Purie’s review | Rohit Khilnani’s review | Suhani Singh’s review | Faheem Ruhani’s review Kumar makes no effort to explore Mary Kom’s inspirational persona, to understand the psyche behind the suffering, the struggle and, finally, the triumphs. Rather, the film takes an easy route. It bottles vignettes of her poverty, the early resistance coming from her father, her love life and marriage, motherhood and its resultant sacrifice to serve a cocktail of box-office friendly clichs aimed at making you laugh, cry and feel proud as an Indian by turns. In short, Mary Kom is a neatly manipulated blend of plastic passions that masquerades as an inspirational biopic. In a way the film is smart commercial stuff riding an underdog’s tale.advertisementThe worst part of the film perhaps has to be its climax, a blatant ploy at manipulating viewer sentiments. The sequence mixes Mary’s comeback fight after motherhood in the 2008 World Championship final in China with scenes of her baby’s heart surgery happening in India. Logic defies how and why the turn of actions in the ring should be in sync with the baby’s health in the OT (every time Mary takes a hit, the baby’s heart monitor graph also nearly flattens; when she finally triumphs in the match the doctors rush to announce the child is out of danger).It is the sort of make-belief that would seem amateurish even by a school-level play standard. The very Punjabi Priyanka tries her best to impress as Mary Kom, freckles on her face duly added by the make-up artist. She misses a boxer’s body language in the ring sequences and manages a purely Bollywood heroine’s routine in the scenes outside it.The film looks at a whole lot of subtexts including women’s empowerment and racism against Northeasterners, but does not really deal with them. There is a sense of over-the-top artificiality about everything in Mary Kom. Any connection that bit may have with the fact it is produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali is perhaps purely understandable.The film looks at a whole lot of subtexts including women’s empowerment and racism but does not really deal with them. There is a sense of over-the-top artificiality about everything in Mary Kom.last_img read more

“I Had Three Jobs in Three Years”

first_imgIn college, life after graduation seems like a dream — no homework, studying for finals, or late night cram sessions. It’s the first chance to use your college degree, attend business meetings and brainstorms, get a big paycheck, and have financial freedom.Financial security is important, but it’s not the only thing that matters. Once expenses are paid, studies show that an increase in your paycheck doesn’t always equate to happiness. And after having three jobs in three years, I can certainly attest to that. I learned a lot about work-life balance, finding fulfillment, and why salary isn’t everything.Here’s the rundown of my three jobs in three years — and what I learned from each.The Resume Builder JobAfter graduating college, I landed a job that seemed to fit perfectly with my career goals. It was in my field, it paid well, and it looked great on a resume. My boss told me to view this job as my master’s degree and learn as much as I could. I spent the first year observing everything — listening in on meetings, being mentored by my coworkers, taking notes, asking questions, and networking.After a year, I began to feel unfulfilled, uninspired, and generally unhappy at work. I was torn because on paper it was a picture-perfect job that I knew would open up doors for me. However, there came a point when I couldn’t do it anymore. So, I put in my two weeks’ notice and accepted my “dream job.” While this first job wasn’t for me, I’m glad I took advantage of learning as much as I could from my incredibly smart coworkers.The 11 Best Resume-Building Jobs to Grow Your CareerThe Dream JobSince fifth grade, I’d dreamed of being a wedding planner; so I was ecstatic to accept a position planning weddings. I loved everything about this job. I loved the people, the environment, and the work. It seemed like a perfect fit.There was one problem: The work-life balance was non-existent. I was newly married and working 70 hours a week. I was gone every night and weekend for six months. While I loved the work, I felt like I was missing out on my first year of marriage. Ultimately, I made the decision to choose my family over my job, and for the second time in two years, I quit my job.The Work-Life Balance JobMillennials are known to switch jobs frequently. They’ll often take a job for less money if it provides balance and unique perks. At this point, I’d had two jobs within two years — which doesn’t look great on a resume. I knew I needed to find a job that paid the bills, engaged my interests, and provided work-life balance.15 Companies With Excellent Work-Life Balance Hiring NowAfter a three-year search, I finally found a job that met all my needs. I realized quickly that money definitely doesn’t buy happiness. It’s important to be responsible, work hard, and pay your bills — but it’s equally important to find a job that engages your mind and soul. Plus, when you spend 40 or more hours a week at work, it’s essential to like what you do.Have the courage to make a change if you’re unhappy. Three jobs in three years taught me to prioritize my wants and needs and make them happen.This article was originally published on DailyWorth. It is reprinted with permission.last_img read more

Man City, Bayern Munich move for Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic

first_imgBarcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic is back on the radar of Manchester City.The Croatia international attracted interest from City in January before ultimately committing to Barca.However, El Mundo Deportivo says City and Bayern Munich are now ready to try a new move for the midfielder.And Barca are willing to cash in on the 29 year-old this summer.The Catalans will only sell for €50 million, however.last_img

Liverpool keeper coach Achterberg: Mignolet saves key to fourth-place finish

first_imgLiverpool goalkeeper coach John Achterberg is full of praise for Simon Mignolet over his form last season.Mignolet overcame being dropped early into the campaign to produce the best form of his Liverpool career.Achterberg told the Liverpool Echo: “Simon did very well.“He got a lot of praise which was well deserved. He made some important saves in vital games towards the end of the season which earned points for the team. There were match-winning saves and he helped us get to that fourth place.“He improved in all areas of his game. That’s credit to him for the hard work he put in on the training ground. He produced it on the pitch. Now he needs to try to keep that momentum going and take it into next season.”last_img read more

Huddersfield eager to re-sign Chelsea midfielder Kasey Palmer

first_imgChelsea midfielder Kasey Palmer is on the move.Palmer is set for another loan spell with Huddersfield.The 20-year-old spent last season on loan with the Terriers and helped them win promotion to the Premier League.West London Sport says Chelsea are keen for him to pick up more first-team experience and are close to agreeing a loan deal with Huddersfield.last_img

New Positions in Maternal Newborn Health

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on March 3, 2017May 19, 2017Click 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)Interested in a position in reproductive, maternal, newborn, child or adolescent health? Every month, the Maternal Health Task Force rounds up job and internship postings from around the globe.AfricaCommunications and Knowledge Management Specialist: John Snow, Inc. (JSI); Lusaka, Zambia *Application deadline is TODAY, 3 March 2017*Country Director: Jhpiego; BotswanaData Analyst: Jhpiego; MadagascarData Analyst: Jhpiego; MozambiqueDeputy Chief of Party: JSI; Dar Es Salaam, TanzaniaMonitoring and Evaluation Advisor: Jhpiego; MadagascarMonitoring and Evaluation Advisor: Jhpiego; MozambiquePerformance-Based Financing Team Leader: Management Sciences for Health; Abuja, NigeriaProgram Interns: Save the Mothers; Mukono, UgandaProgram Officer: Jhpiego; MadagascarProgram Officer: Jhpiego; MozambiqueProject Manager: Jhpiego; MadagascarService Delivery Technical Advisor: PATH; KenyaNorth AmericaAdvisor, Newborn Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP): Save the Children; Washington, D.C.Communications & Knowledge Uptake Officer, Maternal, Newborn, Child Health and Nutrition: PATH; Seattle, WADirector, Communications and Knowledge Management: Abt Associates; Bethesda, MDDirector of Advocacy and Programs: White Ribbon Alliance; Washington, D.C.Monitoring & Evaluation Consultant – Family Planning and Reproductive Health: Population Services International (PSI); Washington, D.C. Organizational Development Manager: White Ribbon Alliance; Washington, D.C.Project Director, Global Nutrition Procurement: FHI 360; Washington, D.C.Project Lead – Family Planning and Reproductive Health Department: (PSI); Washington, D.C.Professor and Director, Midwifery Program: University of British Columbia; Vancouver, British ColumbiaSenior Research and Knowledge Management Advisor Research and Policy Division, Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition; Bureau for Global Health, United States Agency for International Development (USAID); Arlington, VATechnical Advisor, Sexual, Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Social Accountability/Community Engagement: CARE; Atlanta, GA *Application deadline is 9 March 2017*Technical Specialist, Resources Mobilization – Family Planning and Reproductive Health: CARE; Atlanta, GA *Application deadline is TODAY, 3 March 2017*Technical Specialist Resource Mobilization – Maternal, Newborn and Child Health: CARE; Atlanta, GA *Application deadline is 6 March 2017*—Is your organization hiring? Please contact us if you have maternal health job or internship opportunities that you would like included in our next job roundup.Share this:last_img read more

Preterm Birth: A Critical Issue for the Mother-Baby Dyad

first_imgPosted on November 17, 2017November 17, 2017By: Sarah Hodin, Project Coordinator II, 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)According to World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, prematurity is the leading underlying cause of death in children under five years, with over one million babies dying each year worldwide due to complications of preterm birth. For those who survive, the consequences of being born too soon can continue throughout the life course, impacting individuals, families and communities.Preterm birth, which is distinct from small-for-gestational age, is defined as live birth before 37 weeks of pregnancy are completed, and is classified by the following gestational ages:Extremely preterm (<28 weeks)Very preterm (28 to <32 weeks)Moderate to late preterm (32 to <37 weeks)The rates of prematurity are rising around the world. Of the 15 million babies born preterm every year, 60% occur in Africa and South Asia. A baby’s risk of death due to prematurity depends largely on where he or she is born: In high-income countries, 50% of babies born at less than 28 weeks survive, while half of babies born at 32 weeks die in low-income countries. Moderate or late preterm babies can often be cared for effectively with simple, low-cost, evidence-based methods requiring limited technology, such as kangaroo mother care and feeding support.Although the causes of preterm birth are complex, risk factors include maternal smoking and substance abuse, adolescent pregnancy, infections like syphilis, Group B streptococcus and malaria, pre-eclampsia, bleeding in pregnancy and premature rupture of membranes. High quality preconception and prenatal care are key factors in preventing preterm delivery. Furthermore, social determinants can greatly influence the likelihood that a woman will delivery prematurely. Disparities in preterm birth by factors such as socioeconomic status and race persist. For example, in the United States, the risk of premature delivery is three times greater among black women compared to white women.There are a number of challenges related to the management, prevention and treatment of preterm births, particularly with pregnancy dating. Last menstrual period is often unknown or unreliable, and until recently, there were no international standards for relating ultrasound measurement of fetal crown-rump length to gestational age. Even with these new standards in place, access to ultrasound and trained sonographers in low-resource settings can be highly variable. Preventative strategies and early treatment can help mitigate the effects of preterm birth, but these practices require continued research. For example, while administering antenatal corticosteroids has been promoted as an effective way to prepare preterm babies’ immature lungs for life outside the womb in case of imminent preterm birth, the treatment is debated for its implementation challenges, including insufficient support for managing side effects. Additionally, early neurological development care for preterm newborns is an emerging field, but further evidence is needed to evaluate the efficacy of those interventions.At the policy level, the global issue of preterm birth has gained momentum in recent years, especially through the Every Newborn Action Plan. New estimations suggest that scaling up evidence-based, low-cost interventions to prevent and manage prematurity could avert 70% of preterm deaths in low- and middle-income countries. However, scaling interventions for the mother-baby dyad in a way that provides equity in access and quality of care remains a crucial challenge.Access resources related to preterm birth>>Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Misclassification Crackdown in Tough Times

first_imgAccording to a new story from USA Today, authorities at both the state and federal level are taking a harder stance against companies that call their employees “independent contractors.” Why the sudden attention to a longstanding issue in the workforce? It could be that freelancers are flooding the workforce as full-time jobs are harder to find, or it could be that misclassification is eating into federal revenue by a few billion dollars each year. Misclassification can be a two-way street, with bad consequences for both company and worker. The ways in which workers are classified has legal and economic repercussions for both the individual as well as the broader population. Employees not only have access to a range of employer-sponsored benefits like health insurance and retirement plans, but also a host of protections that the government mandates, including unemployment and workers’ compensation insurance, along with unpaid wage claims assistance. Employers also withhold taxes for their employees, while independent contractors or the self-employed must pay for both the employee and employer portions of federal taxes (15.3% instead of 7.65%) and often have no access to the aforementioned benefits and protections. However, the self-employed have different tax advantages, among them, tax deductions for health insurance premiums and different means of saving for retirement. Employees should receive Internal Revenue Service (IRS) form W2, while independent contractors should receive IRS form 1099. Various organizations and taskforces have largely focused on employees being wrongly classified as independent contractors. However, the opposite also occurs: independent contractors are wrongly classified as employees. In fact, our own 2009 survey of over 3,000 individuals found that up to 12% had been misclassified in the last year alone as employees, when they were in reality independent contractors. Only 9% said they were misclassified as independent contractors.last_img read more

Freelancers, have you had to take time off for parental leave or to care for a family member?

first_imgOne of the most difficult challenges freelancers can face is the loss of income that results from needing to take time off to care for a family member or take leave after the birth of a child.Traditional employees can often access benefits through their employer or through state programs, but the landscape is much more challenging for freelancers.In New York, freelancers can sign up for family leave, but you currently need to pay premiums for two years before you could access benefits.In order to help us push for change, we need to hear from you! How has this issue affected you?SHARE YOUR STORY Have you had to take time off for one of these reasons?Having a babyCaring for a sick family memberAssisting loved ones when a family member is deployed overseasTell us your story and let us know if you’d be interested in sharing with our community or testifying in support of better options!last_img read more

How to build a brand that attracts your dream clients

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.Why would you spend $5 on a coffee at Starbucks when you could make yourself a cup for under a dollar at home? Why would your brother buy Nikes over Sketchers? Why would your friend choose Coke instead of Pepsi? Why would your client choose to work with you over the thousands of other freelancers around the world? It’s not just the end product. While other players in a market can easily copy a product, a brand is always one-of-a-kind.Branding your business is one of the most essential – and overlooked – ways to stand apart from your competition and draw the right people to you. Ready to learn how to build a brand online and start landing your perfect clients? Let’s start at the beginning.What is branding?The American Marketing Association defines a brand as the name, term, design, symbol, or any other feature that identifies one seller’s good or service as distinct from those of other sellers.But that’s dense. A brand is more than a recognizable name and logo that distinguishes you in an oversaturated market. Ultimately, it’s the idea people have in mind when they’re thinking about you. It’s what evokes emotion from your audience.So it’s no wonder why, according to a Nielson survey, 59% of consumers prefer to buy new products from brands familiar to them. Just like you, your business should have a name, a style, a way of communicating, and a lasting impression on others that make up its identity and determines how it’s perceived.Why is branding important for my business?Branding is the essence of your reputation online. And you need it now more than ever. Thanks to the rise of websites like Upwork, Fiverr, and Gigster, you’re competing with thousands of others who offer similar services like never before. When done correctly, branding works to help you find clients that are a good fit for your values, services, and personality.How do I build a brand?Branding not only helps you stand out in a sea of freelancers, but it also helps potential clients learn meaningful information about your business before they ever reach out to schedule an initial call. Here’s what you’ll need first.Get to know your target audience and your competitorsOdds are, your target audience is working with someone right now. But that someone isn’t you yet. That’s where a little research and creativity can make all the difference. Take time to explore relevant social media accounts and pages that your target audience engages with regularly. If you’re feeling bold, you can take this a step further by actually asking your dream clients about their biggest struggles and what kind of help they need.It’s also useful to search keywords and phrases your clients might search to see what – and who – comes up. Take a close look at what your competition is doing right and wrong. This can inform what your brand needs to focus on and how you can separate yourself from others in your niche.Build a strong foundationNow that you’ve done your research, it’s time to start building from the ground up. Determine five words or emotions you’d like associated with your brand. Do you want clients to see your brand as innovative? Creative? Reliable? Effective? Professional? Approachable? Caring? Make sure these feature in your foundation: your business name, logo (this will inform colors and fonts), and slogan. For example, since I market small businesses and wellness practitioners, my tagline is “Helping you help others.”From here, your foundation will begin to inform the rest of your brand. It should be consistent throughout your print, signage, website, advertising, content marketing, social media, and even your customer service.Humanize your online presenceDon’t pretend to be something you’re not. People value authenticity. It’s vital that you talk and write like yourself to personalize your presence. Brainstorm ways to personalize everything you do in your business, from your services to the messaging on your website. It’s important to learn your customers’ names, interests, and goals, and then tailor each interaction around those.Appreciate Your clientsOn a similar note, going above and beyond the general “we appreciate your business” email is a great way to brand yourself. While many businesses have a rewards program to encourage repeat business, it’s more powerful to give something personal to show you care like a thoughtful letter or a local gift basket. Unexpected appreciation might be the biggest brand differentiator today – and it never hurts to show a client your gratitude.Protect your brandYour business will evolve over time, so you’ll want to make sure that your brand grows with it. In the words of Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, “Your brand is what other people say about you when you’re not in the room.” Make sure you keep up on your online reputation by responding to reviews, answering questions from your audience, and giving them free content that provides some of the answers they’re looking for.Branding is a long-term and ever-evolving project that requires a little research, a dash of confidence, and a meaningful idea that your dream clients need and only you can provide. What’s yours?Cassandra Miasnikov is the founder of Selene Marketing in Bend, Oregon. Her mission is to help small businesses thrive with clean websites, content marketing management, and brand strategy. She lives with her Savannah cat and a healthy abundance of fantasy novels. To learn more, please visit www.selenemarketing.com.last_img read more

Xiaomi Mi 5X with stock Android could be next Xiaomi phone in India, launch on September 5

first_imgXiaomi is gearing to launch a mystery dual camera phone in India on September 5. Although little is known about Xiaomi’s upcoming phone, chances are it could be the Android One-based phone — codenamed the Xiaomi A1 — that the company is said to be secretly working on with Google. The said phone is said to be a revamped Mi 5X running stock or vanilla Android, which in this case could be the stock or stock version of Android Nougat.This possibly explains why the company is teasing that it will hold a global launch of the new phone in India on September 5. The Mi 5X was launched earlier in China in July and hence teasing a global launch of the that phone in India would be very strange.Also, it is worth remembering that currently Xiaomi has only only two high-end phones with dual cameras. One is the Mi 6, which the company is not bringing to India (this is something India Today had reported several months ago), and the other phone is the Mi 5X. So chances are that either we will see a Mi 5X in Android One avatar in India on September 5 or the company will announce a new variant of the Mi 5X or Mi 6, specifically created for the Indian market.Xiaomi VP and India MD Manu Kumar Jain has previously hinted on Twitter, that the company may launch the Mi 5X in India in September. “Can’t wait for you guys to check out Xiaomi’s first dual-camera phone in India. Coming next month,” Jain had written on Twitter in early August. On Monday, he took to Twitter again, only this time round he has revealed that the phone that the company will launch in India on September 5 does not exist yet. Xiaomi will globally launch the phone in India on the said date, which invariably means the device in question can’t be the Mi 5X the way it exists right now.advertisementXiaomi is rumoured to be working with Google on a new Android One phone. The phone would likely be a cost-effective handset geared towards emerging markets like India with promised timely OS updates right from Google. The Xiaomi A1 would likely be a re-branded Xiaomi Mi 5X with more or less the same innards but updated software. As opposed to its other phones that run MIUI, the Xiaomi’s Android One phone may run a stock version of Android. Although the latest version Android is now Oreo, if Xiaomi indeed launches a new Android One phone that will be all likelihood powered by Android Nougat.Save the date: 5 Sept 2017! Flagship Dual Camera launching soon #XiaomiGlobalLaunch #FlagshipDualCamera. RT if you are excited. @xiaomi pic.twitter.com/psEDjh786s— Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) August 28, 2017The Mi 5X notably brings the Mi 6’s dual rear cameras to the masses. The Mi 5X, just like the Mi 6, (also) comes with a dual camera setup on the rear — 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel — where one lens is wide-angle while the other is telephoto. The Mi 6 dual cameras offer 2X optic zoom and 10X digital zoom (just like the iPhone 7 Plus) and therefore technically result in clearer distant shots and professional bokeh effects in portraits. The Mi 5X should be more or less on similar lines. Although on paper the cameras in the Mi 6 and the Mi 5X seem same, there are some differences. The Mi 5X uses a slower F2.2 lens on its primary camera compared to the F1.8 lens in the Mi 6.The Xiaomi Mi 5X comes with a full metal unibody design and a rear mounted fingerprint scanner. The phone, with its all metal body and dual rear cameras looks remarkably like the iPhone 7 Plus from every nook and corner. Everything from the 2.5 D curved glass on the front to the antenna lines placement on the back, screams the iPhone. The only visible difference is seen in the fingerprint scanner placement. As opposed to the iPhone 7 Plus that comes with a front-mounted fingerprint scanner, the Xiaomi Mi 5X sports one on the back. It comes with physical capacitive — soft keys — keys on the front and will be available in three colours: black, gold and rose gold (pink).On the hardware side, the Mi 5X comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clubbed with 4 gigs of RAM under the hood. It comes with 64GB of internal storage and USB Type-C for charging and data syncing. It is further backed by a 3,080mAh battery.Chances are Xiaomi may call its new phone the Mi 6i or something that would in turn entail in a flagship-grade experience both aesthetically as well as philosophically. But that’s just speculation for now.advertisementAlso Read: Xiaomi Mi 5X: Top specs, features, price and everything you must knowlast_img read more

India slams UNSC Sanctions Committees for ‘opacity’, ‘lack of accountability’

first_imgBy Yoshita Singh United Nations, Nov 11 (PTI) India has slammed the UN Security Council’s Sanctions Committees, saying they are opaque and lack accountability and never inform the reason for not acceding to requests for sanctioning terrorists, in an apparent reference to China repeatedly blocking New Delhi’s bid to list Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.Addressing a UNSC debate on ‘Strengthening Multilateralism and the role of the United Nations’ Friday, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin said even as the Council has spawned an entire range of subordinate bodies, the functioning of this “subterranean universe” of subordinate bodies has become “byzantine”.”In an age where informed publics increasingly demand transparency from public institutions, the Sanctions Committees are the most egregious examples known to multilateralism in terms of their opacity and lack of accountability,” he said.Akbaruddin said the Sanctions Committees “ostensibly” act on behalf of the entire membership of the UN, “yet, they do not inform us (general members) that due to a negative vote cast by any of their 15 (veto-wielding) members, they have decided not to sanction an entity or individual proposed by any member state”.Though he did not mention the name of any country, it is well known that China, a veto-wielding permanent member of the UNSC, has repeatedly blocked India’s move supported by the US, Britain and France to designate Azhar a terrorist under the Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the Council. The Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), founded by Azhar, is already in the UN’s list of banned terror outfits.advertisementAkbaruddin said it is obvious that the UNSC is facing crises of performance, credibility, legitimacy and relevance.”However, to blame multilateralism for the dismal situation of the Council, is, to use a New York sporting analogy, like ‘blaming the Madison Square Garden for the failure of the New York Knicks in the NBA’, year after year, for decades, he said.He lamented that the Council’s membership diverges from the distribution of global power and is unable to accommodate contemporary realities. Large sections of global populations are left disenchanted and nursing a sense of historical injustice due to the anachronistic composition, he said.”Nimble organisations seek to replace routines with initiatives, continuity with exibility and rules with results. On one hand, the Council has expanded its remit by broadening definitions of violent conflicts, addressing issues of nuclear proliferation…and recognising a new generation of challenges relating to terrorism…On the other hand, it has remained rooted in the historical events that gave birth to it,” Akbaruddin said.”The Council’s ‘path dependency’ is reflected in its aversion to reform its membership and work methods,” he added.India along with Brazil, Germany and Japan — which constitutes the G-4 grouping — has been seeking a permanent seat on the Security Council to make the powerful UN body more representative and reflective of the changing global order.Akbaruddin also voiced concern that the Council has failed to provide leadership on issues which are contested in spaces which no state controls, but all rely for their security and prosperity the global commons.”The domains of maritime, outer space and cyberspace are the principal channels of flow of goods, capital, data, people and ideas all of which are key factors in our interconnectedness. They all cry for multilateral solutions. The Council, alas, is missing in action.”Therefore, a patchwork of ‘plurilaterals’, minilaterals’ and other regional fora are becoming the venues of convenience, sewing together codes of conduct, ad hoc coalitions of the willing and partnership agreements on issues of global peace and security,” he said.Akbaruddin called for renovating, reinvigorating and reforming the Council, warning that otherwise, instead of a world at peace, “we are likely to see a world order in pieces, even as the welter of piecemeal arrangements extend their sprawl to deliver partial measures of international cooperation and the Council courts obsolescence”. PTI YAS SCYSCYlast_img read more

Fantasy: What to do with your Man City players

first_imgGaming Fantasy Football: Aguero, Jesus and De Bruyne feature in the Manchester City conundrum Kevin DeVries Fantasy Football Writer 16:34 10/26/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pep Guardiola Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City Getty Images Gaming Premier League Kevin De Bruyne Sergio Agüero West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City West Bromwich Albion Manchester City Our Fantasy writer looks at the frustrating unpredictability of Pep Guardiola’s selection, rotation and breaks down who can and can’t be trusted Trying to second guess Pep Guardiola’s rotation policy at Manchester City has been a thorn in the side of many Fantasy players thus far.Last week, despite terrific recent performances, both Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling were dropped from the starting line up against Burnley. Conventional wisdom said to respond to that by bringing in Aguero… who then played 120 minutes midweek against Wolves in the Carabao Cup. That now throws the Argentine’s chances of starting on Saturday into doubt despite his recent spike in ownership. So what’s the answer here?It would be lovely if we could all avoid these frustrating rotation issues but, unfortunately, Manchester City are the best team in the Premier League. Not only do they currently top the table, but Guardiola’s team have also scored the most goals while simultaneously conceding the fewest. Basically, you have to own at least one of their players. If you can find the money, you really may want to own three City players. 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 Here’s a look at some of the best options and their chances of becoming the gems in your Fantasy crown over the coming months.Goal-Fantasy-Football-registertowinKevin De Bruyne – Midfielder, £7.8m, owned in 36.87% of teamsChance of starting – Very GoodAfter a slow start to the season, De Bruyne has really turned it on of late having scored a goal and recorded four assists in the last five matches. He is easily one of the best creators in the Premier League and currently sits first in chances created and assists while placing second in accurate crosses. While the wing and striker positions keep fluctuating, the Belgian’s game time is all but guaranteed having played 60+ minutes in every league match thus far this season.Verdict – On current form, Kevin De Bruyne is a must own.Gabriel Jesus Raheem Sterling Manchester CityGabriel Jesus – Forward, £8.2m, owned in 18.03% of teamsChance of starting – Pretty GoodBeing dropped last weekend was obviously a blow, but Jesus definitely still holds value. With Aguero coming off 120 minutes in the Carabao Cup and Kelechi Iheanacho now at Leicester, Jesus is a solid bet to start against West Brom this weekend. His six goals make the Brazil international top five in the league and have come in just seven starts so, if he’s in the XI you can count on high level production.Verdict – Ownable but long-term rotation concerns cap his upsideSergio Aguero – Forward, £8.6m, owned in 17.61% of teamsChance of starting – Not GoodAguero is still the best striker at the club but has played in a surprisingly low 66% of matches over the last two seasons. While his price and injury/suspension history have definitely have turned many off, the Argentine forward has placed in the top 5 goal scorers in five of his six seasons in the league. He will miss matches here and there (this weekend looks likely) but if you stick with Aguero you’ll have many, many points by season end.Verdict: Good “set and forget” option, but there is better value out thereJohn Stones Kyle Walker Manchester CityKyle Walker – Defender, £7.0m, owned in 16.51% of teamsChance of starting – Very GoodThe former Tottenham man’s Fantasy success should come as a surprise to few. Walker finished as a top five defender in the Goal game last season and currently sits fourth in this one. City have conceded the fewest goals in the Premier League and Walker has played in all but one match (suspension) which should allay any rotation fears. His price is admittedly high, but only Ederson and Phil Jones have lower prices and more points.Verdict: Expensive but worth itLeroy Sane – Midfielder, £7.8m, owned in 13.37% of teamsSane has been an absolute nightmare for opponents of late, notching three goals and four assists in the last five matches. After starting just once in the first five matches, the German has now started the last four Premier League matches for City. As for the West Brom match, Sane should once again get the start having only played 25 minutes midweek in the Carabao Cup. Only three players (Kane, Otamendi and Aguero) have more points in the Goal game than Sane.Verdict: Great counter play to Salah, De Bruyne, Salah, Alli, etc. goal-fantasy-football-banner Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

15 days agoMan Utd to bid for £130M-rated Leicester duo Maddison and Chilwell

first_imgMan Utd to bid for £130M-rated Leicester duo Maddison and Chilwellby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are planning to bid for £130m-rated Leicester City duo James Maddison and Ben Chilwell.The Sun says United have sent scouts to watch the Foxes pair during their recent matches against Tottenham and Liverpool.It is understood the Old Trafford chief was impressed with Maddison and Chilwell during their 1-0 home win over Leicester earlier this campaign.A United source said: “We have already compiled a scouting report of both of them. We have been watching them for a few years now.“They fit all the right requirements and criteria in terms of quality and keeping an English core which is important.“Ole likes them but it would be difficult to get them both at the same time. We will have to wait and see what happens.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Premier Congratulates Team Nova Scotia Winners

first_imgContinuing their winning streak, Team Nova Scotia swimmers won two more bronze medals Tuesday night, Aug. 6, during the 2013 Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, Que. Timothy Ferris, 17, of New Glasgow, took home another bronze medal for the 100m backstroke in men’s Special Olympics. This is Mr. Ferris’s third medal at the games, after a bronze in Special Olympics the 50m breaststroke and a silver in the 100m freestyle. Claire McNally, 17, of Bridgewater, won bronze in the women’s 50m fly female para race, bringing the province’s medal count to five. “I want to again congratulate our athletes on their impressive performances last night,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “Our athletes work tremendously hard and I am so pleased to see their hard work pay off.” The 2013 Canada Summer Games are taking place in Sherbrooke, Que. and run until Aug. 17, featuring more than 4,000 athletes competing in 20 sports in 20 venues. Team Nova Scotia is will send a contingent of more than 400 athletes, coaches, managers and mission staff over the two weeks. The Canada Games are held every two years, alternating between summer and winter. They are key in developing Canada’s young athletes producing the next generation of national, international and Olympic champions. For more information, visit http://teamnovascotia.ca , @teamnovascotia on Twitter and facebook.com/teamns on Facebook.last_img read more