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Archana Vijaya- The rebel who made her own mark on the cricket field

first_imgAt first glance, Archana Vijaya comes across as an intimidating woman. She is drop-dead gorgeous, confident and wears the look of assurance that comes from years of hard-earned success. But when you see through all of that, you discover a girl, whose passion for life and a glittering career burns bright.A model, a VJ, a wife and now a successful entrepreneur, Archana has donned many hats. But history will remember the sultry beauty for her sterling contributions in the world of cricket presentation. Many years ago, she started a revolution and changed the rules of the game for generations of female sports anchors. Archana Vijaya wanted to prove to the world that she was more than just a glamorous face – she wanted to be known as the quintessential beauty with brains.Cricket followers around the country have fond memories of the girl that traversed a different path on the cricket field. Archana questioned the norms and decided to carve her own nice in a male-dominated industry. Her stint as a presenter for ‘Extraa Innings’, a show that previews and reviews Indian Premier League matches, shot her into instant fame. Yes, she was well known in the cricket circuit, thanks to her association with a sports channel early on in her career but Archana has no qualms admitting that it was the IPL that catapulted her career into greater heights.But it hasn’t been an easy journey. Archana was under no illusions when she was first signed up for the IPL – she knew she was there to up the ante on the glamour quotient but the feisty Calcutta girl was determined to change that perception. “I did not want people to just talk about how I looked or how I dressed. It has taken a lot for people to come out and say that she knows what she’s talking about,” Arachana told intoday.in in an exclusive interview.advertisementArchana had to sail through choppy waters in the IPL despite her experience with NEO Sports. She hosted the popular ‘Tour Diaries’ and travelled with the Indian team, got to know the players and developed a keen interest for the game. In spite of that background, Archana was asked to lighten up and be less serious. “I was also told not to be so serious. Sometimes they were taken aback with my insight on the game. I learnt about cricket as I went along. My eyes and ears were always open,” she said.Archana had covered international cricket and she knew what she was talking about in front of the cameras. Archana wasn’t going to end up as a sex-symbol despite the several comparisons with Mandira Bedi.”I did international cricket for four years with NEO. We were like a touring family. They were the best times . That was like going on a picnic. We used to eat together and had a lot of fun together at “Tour Diary”. It was like a transition from being a VJ to being a cricket presenter travelling with the Indian cricket team. In fact, I never realised what a crazy fan-following I had until I was in the thick of things,” Archana said.In her own words, she “grew up” with MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh, who were establishing themselves as future superstars. That experience and exposure were not going to be wasted, playing blonde on screen.  “I had a know-how of the game. I had a rapport with everybody. My rapport helped in translating my show on TV. I knew the support staff, I knew Gary Kirsten from his time as India coach. I knew others in the coaching staff. In the IPL, they were all in different places, When you know people for a while, your conversations are automatically easier,” said the 33-year-old. Consequently, in no time, Archana started charting her own course in the IPL. She was not like the other glamorous figures before her. If you wanted Archana on the cricket field, she would talk cricket and she would strike you as a sharp presenter, who knew her trade.But there were pitfalls along the way. Despite her ‘cricketing experience’, live television was a different ball-game altogether but fortunately that was a challenge Archana was prepared for. “Presenting live on TV like I did for the IPL was the first time I was given that much responsibility on my shoulders. It was a different experience. I am so very glad that I was thrown into live presentation before the IPL. It’s nerve-wrecking. Presenting live is a different ball-game all. A lot of people don’t realise that. Once you start to enjoy it, you can’t replace the thrill either.”advertisementArchana also acknowledges the fact that the IPL has made her who she is. She gives credit where it’s due and feels that the glitzy T20 league helped her come to terms with reality – she realised at last that she was a star to be reckoned with!  “Before I did the IPL, I did what I did but not that many people saw what I did unless they were cricket aficionados.”When I did the IPL, what I was doing was suddenly in the limelight. The IPL made me. I was there at the right place at the right time doing the right time. I have a very deep bond with the sport and I will always be grateful for that,” she said with a glow on her face.  Archana forged an impressive partnership with Shibani Dandekar and the two were an instant hit across the country, across age-group and across sexes. Therefore, it was a shock when the duo were replaced by novices Rochelle Rao and Pallavi Sharda.Both Archana and Shibani received an outpouring of support and their Twitter handles were flooded with messages. But the split, it seems, could not be avoided. But why?”We couldn’t reach mutual agreement. They came to me with something and I couldn’t work with it. I have reached the stage in my life where I would not settle for the raw end of the bargain. I have greater things going on. I am not going to be unhappy where I work. I won’t take up something for the heck of it or because I am desperate. Actually, I didn’t feel the need to do it,” said the feisty woman, who got married last year and now runs a successful online shopping portal Label Kiss.But you get the feeling that this is not the end of it. Archana, like a lot of other people, knows that the Rochelle-Pallavi combination is not working wonders. You could see that spark in her eyes. Yes, she is busy with her business (she has created a monster), she is happily married and she is much sought-after by advertisers and is a regular face at special events across India but the legend of Archana is far from over. In fact, it has grown alarmingly over the last few weeks. Her absence from the IPL has been noticed and it has not gone down very well with fans.Archana, successful as she is in her other roles, was meant to kiss the skies as a cricket presenter. She was revolutionary and driven. She remembers how it all began, in Calcutta on a rainy day when she had to present a weather update in a match involving India and Australia at the Eden Gardens. She remembers those  butterflies in her stomach, she remembers Dhoni, standing behind her, making faces at the camera and she remembers Irfan Pathan having a gala laugh at her predicament.advertisementArchana remembers everything and she won’t be forgotten in a hurry. Brace yourselves, she will be back soon!last_img read more

10 Sizzling Summer Jobs for All Ages

first_img10. Sailing InstructorAverage Salary: $10-13 per hourGet out on the water and share your knowledge with others as a sailing instructor. You’ll teach students interested in sailing how to operate the boat responsibly and safely, plus how to clean it and maintain it. You could work at a camp or a recreation center, but we bet no matter where you hang your sailor’s hat, you’ll have fun.See Open Jobs 4. Dog WalkerAverage Salary: $24,000Calling all animal lovers: If you’re looking for a little exercise or an excuse to spend hours outdoors, this part-time position could be for you. Dog walkers should be fit enough to walk for a few hours each day, and responsible enough to manage multiple clients—including their pooches—at the same time. You should be available to work mornings, evenings, and weekends, and be flexible when pet owners call you for a last minute walk. But most of all, you should love dogs—and be ready to take a lot of licks to the face.See Open Jobs 9. InternshipAverage Salary: $33,120It’s not all running coffee and errands these days. As an intern, you might sit in on meetings, answer emails (or the phones), make mailings, create content, write speeches, crunch numbers, file papers, or anything in between. The point is, you’ll gain insight into a career—and hopefully, some college credits, too, if you’re still studying up.See Open Jobs 6. Babysitter Average Salary: $20,320Watching kids isn’t, well, just for older kids. Whether you work for a dedicated family or for an organization, such as a fitness or recreation center, you could be responsible for one or several children of all ages, making sure they’re fed, bathed, and content until their parents come to pick them up or come home. A degree isn’t a must—but enjoying all children is.See Open Jobs 2. Camp Counselor Average Salary: $18,560Whether you are a kid at heart or were a kid yourself just a few short years ago, a summer job as a camp counselor could call your name. As a camp counselor, you’ll corral, teach, and encourage campers, helping them develop everything from leadership to canoeing, singing, and sports skills. And those are skills that translate well on all resumes—trust us. Most jobs come with housing and food as part of a perks package, so consider this job a paid vacation. See Open Jobs You’re never too old to enjoy certain occupations. (For example, who—with a few hours’ free time each day—wouldn’t want to walk a pack of happy dogs?) And these 10 positions are equally perfect for 18-years-olds and those 18-years-old at heart. Bonus: They all earn a pretty penny, whether they’re a side hustle or a full-time job as you work your way through school. Check ‘em out and apply—before they’re snapped up by summer workers. 1. LifeguardAverage Salary: $18,960Love fun in the sun? Then a position as a summertime lifeguard—stationed at your favorite local watering hole, camp site, recreation or senior center—might be the job for you. You’ll need a high-school diploma—and a killer breast-stroke—to apply, but if you’ve got a desire and some sunscreen, this could be the perfect position for any proverbial fish out of water. Of course, it’s not all tanning and soaking up the sun: most lifeguards will also be expected to maintain the pool grounds, equipment, and teach swimming lessons. Lifeguards should also know CPR, and basic—if not complete—first aid practices.See Open Jobs Also on Glassdoor:center_img 3. Tutor Average Salary: $26,080You’re a teacher—without the degree. With a high school diploma or GED, you can coach kids in math, science, and so much more, imparting your wisdom and helping them achieve better grades. Most tutors meet with their pupils after school hours, providing one-on-one tutelage and giving constructive feedback that will help students improve their grades. Bonus: this is a position you can work part-time, leaving hours for other summer jobs.See Open Jobs 8. Paralegal Average Salary: $45,637You’ll need at least an associates’ degree to work as a paralegal, in a law office, where you’ll maintain documents, draft legal notices, proofread lawyers’ papers, conduct research, and assist with trials. In other words, you’ll be the behind-the-scenes Matlock to an attorney. Of course, the job takes some serious organizational skills—and legal knowledge, of course. See Open Jobs 7. Disney CastmemberAverage Salary: $9 per hourWho wouldn’t want to work at the most magical place in the world? Whether you land at Disney World, Disney Land, or, perhaps, you take your talents to the high seas on a cruise line, you could entertain young and old and everyone in between with your musical and acting talents as a character from the classics such as Beauty and the Beast, or Snow White, or even the new hits, such as Moana or Zootopia.See Open Jobs 5. WaitressAverage Salary: $18,280As a waitress (or waiter), you’ll take customers’ food orders and serve up their sizzling meals during shifts at bars, restaurants, and cafes. You could work mornings, nights, and even holidays—so don’t apply to this job if personal time is important. But on the plus side, you’ll often be paid cash tips under the table—and what you do with them, we won’t judge.  See Open Jobs Ask a Resume Writer: Where Do I Start?last_img read more

Clorox Gets Thousands of Resumes & Candidates — Here’s What It Takes to Succe…

first_img Corporate Safety & Health Resource The Clorox Company Kennesaw, GA 4.1★ 4.1★ Product Supply Intern-Technical Track The Clorox Company Kennesaw, GA 23 hours ago 23h 4.1★ Senior Process Engineer The Clorox Company Kennesaw, GA 23 hours ago 23h Senior Supply Chain Lead The Clorox Company Durham, NC Payroll Specialist The Clorox Company Pleasanton, CA 23 hours ago 23h 4.1★ Available Jobs at The Clorox Company 23 hours ago 23h 4.1★ Safety and Health Team Lead The Clorox Company Amherst, VA Distribution Manager The Clorox Company Aberdeen, MD See more jobs at The Clorox Company Glassdoor just revealed the 2017 Highest Rated CEOs based on employee reviews, and atop the list is Clorox CEO Benno Dorer.Top-rated Dorer leads a low-turnover staff at Clorox – so the company’s Chief People Officer, Kirsten Marriner, doesn’t recruit as much as HR leaders might at other large companies. Instead, she’s focused on retaining and training Clorox’s “highly tenured” workforce.“Being part of a team that wants to win, but wants to do it in the right way, is compelling,” Marriner tells Glassdoor’s Editorial Director Amy Elisa Jackson. “The strategy is working.” She credits the low turnover with Dorer’s authenticity, Clorox’s focus on individual leadership, and the company’s strong commitment to its core values.  “If you talked to a hundred Clorox people, I’d be willing to bet that at least 90 of them would start by talking to you about doing the right thing,” Marriner says.  Here’s how she attracts top talent – and engages them to stick around for the long term.Clorox Chief People Officer: Here’s Who We Want To Hire from Glassdoor on Vimeo.Values that go beyond the laminated sign“Chiefly, some of the secret sauce starts with trust,” Marriner says. “Our employees trust us, I think, because they know what to expect from this organization.” Many companies describe themselves as values-based, but that involves a lot more than slapping a list on a wall or a laminated card. At Clorox, values “resonate” and are “pervasive” in everyday actions: “the choices we make, the decisions we make, how we design programs,” Marriner says. “Through the consistency of how we live those values, our employees know that they can trust us.”Clorox’s mission statement focuses on four core values: do the right thing; take personal ownership; work together to win; and stretch for results. Employees feel connected to the company, Marriner says, because those values are reflected in decisions from corporate responsibility projects to leadership initiatives. Staffers are part of a larger purpose, which engenders loyalty.A CEO who’s “authentic” and accessible CEO Dorer embodies Clorox’s four missions, Marriner says, and employees respond to him for two key reasons: He’s “a real human being” in his interactions with the entire workforce, and his “strategic clarity” is a company touchstone. “He is clear about where we are and where we’re headed as an organization,” she explains. “He’s also really steadfast with respect to how we’ll achieve it.” Charging every employee with leadership goals“We believe every employee can and should be a leader,” Marriner says. “Leadership isn’t a member or a matter of hierarchy, but it’s rather incumbent on every person in the organization.”On a basic level, Marriner explains, that means inspiring each and every staffer to be a role model for the people around them. In turn, espousing qualities like “authenticity and humility and integrity” helps form the vision and “create shared purpose for their team whether it’s big or small.”But Clorox has also created concrete tools in the form of several management leadership development programs – from the year-long Diamond Leadership Institute for middle management to function-specific training and personal effectiveness seminars. A new leadership model implemented 18 months ago is “built on that premise that every employee is a leader in our organization,” Marriner says. “We have embedded that in our processes around selection, performance management, development and we’re continuing to invest in that.”They’re one of the largest drivers of staff retention at the company, Marriner says. Beyond “teaching our folks how to be leaders across multiple dimensions,” Clorox also retains talent by developing succession plans and frequently promoting from within.“We’re invest[ed] in building strong leaders who can have a meaningful career here,” Marriner adds. “We’ve heard from our employees through our engagement surveys that career path-ing is really important to them. [We want to] insure that our employees have every tool to be effective leaders.”Prioritizing feedback — both the good and the bad Members of Marriner’s team are responsible for monitoring Clorox’s Glassdoor reviews – “it filters nothing and is transparent,” she explains – to see where the company can improve and what employees are enjoying about the culture. Many reviewers mention the work/life balance that comes with working at Clorox, a point of pride for the company.“Whereas some organizations aren’t willing to flex on how, when, and where people do their work — we are,” Marriner says. “People here work hard but they often have choices about how and when and where to do their work.”Flexible scheduling is a strong retention tool, she adds, because it “creates an opportunity for people to stay and grow their careers here that they might not have in other organizations.”Engagement through inclusionClorox thinks about diversity in two ways:  different gender, race and orientation; and varied “thought, experience, perspective, and style.”On the first point, Clorox has focused heavily on hiring people of diverse backgrounds and has built 10 employee resource groups over the past decade.  “We’re seeing a lot of success in that realm, but it’s not enough,” Marriner says. Part of the path forward is “extending how we think about diversity,” Marriner explains, expanding the definition to diversity of thought. Varied experiences and points of views are value drivers at a company like Clorox, so the ongoing goal is clear: “Accelerate our progress on that journey and, most importantly, sustain it. “We’re leaning into inclusion because we believe with the right culture and environment, we can create and sustain the most diverse organization possible.”While the journey to improve an organization is never complete, Marriner is proud of Clorox’s work so far. “I think it is an incredibly special organization because of our focus on winning in the right way,” She says. We are growing in an environment where growth is hard to come by where many of our peers are struggling to grow. That feels good, because we’re not just winning — we’re doing it in the right way, with strong value and investment in our people.” 23 hours ago 23h Manager, Internal Controls The Clorox Company Durham, NC 23 hours ago 23h Finance / Accounting Staff Analyst The Clorox Company Oakland, CA 4.1★ 4.1★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 4.1★ 23 hours ago 23h Environmental Health & Safety Leader The Clorox Company Kennesaw, GA 23 hours ago 23h 4.1★ 4.1★last_img read more

Arsenal willing to go higher for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette

first_imgArsenal are ready to go higher for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette.The Telegraph says Arsenal are set to go back to Lyon with an improved bid for Lacazette.The Gunners are currently the frontrunners for the France striker after Atletico Madrid’s transfer ban was upheld.Arsene Wenger and co had a £30m offer rejected last summer and they are set to make another bid close to £50m.Despite Arsenal’s mega-money interest, it is said that Lyon expect the 26-year-old to stay put.last_img

Jon Flanagan prepares for Liverpool preseason with extra Portugal training

first_imgLiverpool fullback Jon Flanagan has been undergoing extra training during the summer break.The defender endured an inconsistent loan spell last season with Burnley.The Liverpool Echo says Flanagan is desperate to hit the ground running in pre-season when he reports back to Melwood on July 5.To that end he has been spending a month in Portugal alongside Luke Powell, a Liverpool-based personal trainer and nutrition consultant to ensure he arrives back in peak shape.As a lifelong Liverpool fan, staying at Anfield is very much number one on Flanagan’s list of priorities and he believes he has put his injury problems behind him.last_img read more

13 Secrets of Holiday Fundraising Online

first_imgIf you’re a procrastinator and are only just revving up your online fundraising, don’t worry. The best is yet to come! Most people do their online giving at the end of December, so you still have time for success.I’d like to point you to the Procrastinator’s Guide to Year-End Fundraising by Sea Change Strategies and Care2. You should definitely read the whole thing, but in the meantime, here are their ten steps to better online fundraising, PLUS my own three additions. What I love about the list from Sea Change is that it doesn’t just tell you how to get a gift – it shows you how to keep the donor in a lasting relationship with you.1. Inspire your donors. Re-connect them with the passion and vision that inspired them to give in the first place.2. Blaze trails to your donate page. Make it easy for donors to give by making it easy to find your site and your Donate button.3. Optimize your donate form. Make it short, simple, easy, safe and inspiring.4. Test drive your online donation process. Sit down a few friends and watch them try to give. Learn. Fix problems.5. Create a “Why Donate” page that makes a case for why someone should care – and explains what happens when someone gives. Endorsements and ratings are good.6. Thank your donor at least three times – when they complete a donation, when they get your email receipt and when they get your full thank-you via email a few days later.7. Provide a warm welcome – an orientation email is a nice idea!8. Launch a cultivation plan. Re-inspire your donors monthly and listen to waht they say. Build a relationship through conversation, not appeals.9. Measure and test throughout the year.10. Avoid procrastinating next year! Have a plan. (Yeah, right.)Katya’s three bonus tips:Last night, I asked a group of folks in the MarketingProfs Book Club a question: When is the last time you gave? The answers revealed three important themes to include in your fundraising thinking:1. People want vivid examples of how their donations will be used. So if your audience has given before, tell them all the great things they’ve done – then all the wonderful additional things more support will bring. As one MarketingProf member pointed out, “I give money regularly to groups where I have been able to see what they accomplish. I’m not impressed by marketing appeals, what interests me is being able to see the impact in action.”2. Emotion motivates. People are more inclined to give if the cause is local or if they know the person asking for help. This holiday, ask some of your biggest supporters to invite their friends and family to support you. The passion they feel for your cause is incredibly compelling to their circles of influence. Bloggers may be a good target. Says one MarketingProf member: “One of the things that I enjoy about blogging is that as the readership and influence of my blog grows, I have a greater ability to help promote ideas and causes. I’ve noticed that many of the blogs I read also make a point to promote their favorite causes and charities from time to time. This of course costs us nothing, but I think it greatly benefits charities and causes, many of which aren’t very social-media savvy.”3. Trust is sacred. Be honest and transparent about your programs, your spending, your impact — everything. As SeaChange advises, show exactly where the money goes and what the donor’s investment will do. And then report back on that investment, again and again.last_img read more

7 Ways to Improve Your Nonprofit Storytelling

first_imgShare your senses. All five of them. The more you can make the reader feel like he or she is there, the better. Fit into a larger trend or story. You don’t have to try to match up with the biggest headline of the week, but try to find some sort of trend, whether local, regional or national. If there is no trend, then ask yourself if  the story is important right now. Is there a policy decision to be made, other news stories about your cause at large, or any form of public polls taking place? Source: Adapted by Jake Emen from Katya Andresen’s and Macon Moorehouse’s Nonprofit 911 Presentation “How to Tell Your Story” Don’t be too close and don’t be too far. If you’re too close to your cause you may be numb to some of the interesting and amazing things that happen as a result of your work. If you’re too far removed from your cause, you may be stuck in policy planning and have lost touch with the emotion of it. Nice is not enough. You’re a nonprofit and so you are doing good work — it comes with the territory. That is not enough to pique somebody’s interest. You need to find a good backstory — something unique and something that can create emotion and interest. Always keep your audience in mind. Perhaps you have an industry specific newsletter or are trying to reach legislators. In that case, you may want to include the technical details, butin most other cases, you should avoid it. Photo Source: Big Stock PhotoStorytelling is great for fundraising and creating awareness. People relate to other people and their stories. Remember these guidelines and you’ll soon be telling great stories about your impact, the people you help and your generous supporters.  Plus, you’ll be a big hit at the next dinner party, too. Want to inspire more people to give to your cause? To be a more effective fundraiser, you need to learn to tell your story — any story. You might be thinking, “We don’t really have a cool or interesting story,” and you’re wrong. Or, more likely, you just need to adjust your thinking a bit. Everybody has a story to tell. So go find them. If you don’t have a great story, turn to your volunteers, turn to your coworkers, or turn to the people you help. Avoid the “kitchen sink.” Some people try to relay every single aspect and bit of minutia about their organization and their programs in a story. While that may seem like a good idea — the more information you put out the more convincing it is, right? — it actually creates information overload. Instead, find one small anecdote or facet of your work and show how it relates to everything else. Create a snapshot that people will remember.last_img read more

Present Your Work at the APHA Annual Meeting

first_imgPosted on January 24, 2012November 13, 2014Click 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)The deadline of February 6th. is fast approaching to submit abstracts for the American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting. This year’s meeting will be held in San Francisco, CA in October 2012. ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Visit APHA’s Annual Meeting website to learn more about presenting and attending this year’s meeting.Share this:center_img Last year’s conference in Washington featured a number of sessions on maternal and child health.last_img read more

Using the Donor Toolkit to Treat Pre-Eclampsia/Eclampsia with Magnesium Sulfate

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Share this: Posted on August 6, 2014November 2, 2016By: Natalie Ramm, Communications Coordinator, Maternal Health Task Force, Women and Health InitiativeClick 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)There are an estimated 50,000 deaths a year from eclampsia. In a recent presentation, “Promoting Improvements in Maternal Morality in Nigeria,” Judith Helzner of the MacArthur Foundation gives examples of how donors can leverage resources in their toolkit to address this problem.The Magpie TrialA multi-country trial study called “The Magpie Trial” found that magnesium sulfate is the gold standard treatment for eclampsia. With funding from MacArthur, The Population Council conducted a pilot study on the use of magnesium sulfate for eclampsia in Kano State, Nigeria and found a 65% decline in eclampsia deaths. Based on these results, the Kano State government scaled-up magnesium sulfate to all 26 of its hospitals.The Population Council and the Kano Ministry of Health presented results to the National Council on Health and generated interest in other Nigerian states, as well as the Federal Ministry of Health.National scale-up of Magnesium SulfateIn order to “prime the pump,” MacArthur granted funding to the Federal Ministry of Health to purchase the drug and begin provider training on how to use magnesium sulfate in 12 states.After having a huge impact on decreasing eclampsia related deaths, MacArthur continues to fund The Population Council’s efforts to share their success and promote prevention with early detection of pre-eclampsia.If you’re interested more details on this particular case or in learning what all can be found in a donor’s toolkit, watch a video of the lecture below!last_img read more

Twelve Convening Partners Join the Global Maternal and Newborn Health Conference 2015

first_imgPosted on February 17, 2015August 10, 2016Click 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)Join the Secretariat of Health of Mexico and 15 other convening partners in Mexico City, October 18 to 21, for a landmark technical conference to discuss strategies for reaching every mother and newborn with high-quality health care.Who should attend? The conference will have a technical focus, highlighting approaches and lessons from programs, policies, research, and advocacy for improving both maternal and newborn health. We welcome participation from stakeholders at all levels including: program managers, policymakers, researchers, donors, clinicians, technical advisors, advocates, and representatives of professional organizations.How to join?Abstract submission will open in March 2015. For more information, including updates on open registration, please sign up for the conference mailing list or visit www.globalmnh2015.org.Why now? 2015 is a critical milestone in international development. The deadline for the Millennium Development Goals; the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals; and the launch of an updated UN Secretary General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health under the Every Woman Every Child movement will provide the framework for the Global Maternal and Newborn Health Conference 2015. Our gathering will offer the first opportunity for the global maternal and newborn health communities to engage in technical discussions together and strategize how to meet the new goals and translate international commitments into concrete action.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Innovation in Measurement – to Save Lives and Ensure Local Relevance

first_imgShare this: Posted on October 20, 2015October 13, 2016By: John Grove, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Lara Vaz, Senior Advisor, Save the ChildrenClick 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) “Hello, is anyone home?” asks a young woman from outside a home in Dire Dawa, wearing a T-shirt identifying her as part of the team from Ethiopia’s demographic health survey (DHS). A young mother inside responds, picking up her baby as she heads to the doorway.“My name is Samira and I am here as part of a survey team. Do you have time today to answer some questions?” So begins the detailed process of assessing which health services the young mother and her children have received in the previous years – to establish coverage estimates for the region and nation.It is estimated that of the annual 3 million newborn deaths, 2.6 million stillbirths[1] and 292,000 maternal deaths[2], a substantial proportion could be averted through use of a limited number of high-impact, evidence-based interventions. Household surveys regularly conducted around the world attempt to capture key maternal and newborn health data on recent births such as place of delivery, who attended the delivery, birth weight, care received in the postnatal period and the nature of any complications during pregnancy.Challenges loom with capturing data on coverage of interventions, which often relies on recall of events and services that took place months, even years, prior. National governments and health programs have relied on coverage measurement to assess progress in achieving target outcomes, through a combination of household surveys, real-time observations at the facility level and increasingly through routine information systems. If meaningful progress is to be made towards reducing maternal and neonatal deaths and stillbirths, the role of effective coverage measurement is critical to gauge global and national progress.The importance of coverage measurement is established, building upon over a decade of bedrock work of the Countdown to 2015 project. The Countdown to 2015 final report was released yesterday, tracking progress in 75 countries against maternal and child health goals. More specific measurement of coverage of life-saving interventions, especially clinical services, requires further innovation.A measurement improvement agenda supporting the Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP) was released in September, outlining bold development of some of the toughest metrics in the most challenging contexts. The Canadian government announced investment in improved tools for data collection. Last month, the Primary Healthcare Performance Initiative was launched to ensure tracking of critical health systems indicators. Last week, The Lancet published a comment submitted on behalf of a collective of over 20 global MNCH experts who met in May in Kirkland, Washington, calling for sustained and improved measurement of maternal, newborn and child health interventions in the context of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). This comment proposes five key principles to improve measurement and data use in the MNCH community: focus, relevance, innovation, equity and leadership.How does it all fit together? Fortunately, measurement experts involved in all of these efforts are talking – sharing plans and coordinating efforts closely. This week in Mexico City, global partners have come together for the first-ever jointly-coordinated Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference. This serves as a critical forum for the global community to translate the new SDG health goal and promote sound accountability, measurement and learning. A plenary on October 21st at 9:00 am will highlight global coordination efforts and share perspectives from field implementation; other sessions will shed light on innovations and challenges.In the work going forward, two key principles for improving measurement deserve further focus: relevance and innovation. Coverage data should be relevant – of primary value in and for the country in which the data are collected. We must answer: Who are the users? How will they use the data? What can be learned? What training and support is required? Equally important, how can data collection be improved to reduce recall biases and enable more rapid, timely recording and reporting of services and quality in facilities? Innovation can result in greater relevance. Practitioners and decision-makers should be supported to improve data availability while harnessing technology to avoid over-burdening systems. Data officers must also be supported – building their leadership and analytical skills. Countries can take the lead in prioritizing which decisions they face and which data they need at each level of the system.There are already ambitious examples of innovation for relevance. New measures outlined in ENAP’s measurement improvement roadmap will be field-tested shortly. A set of maternal health indicators has been prioritized by experts in the Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality (EPMM) group (report available soon). Prioritization of quality of care metrics is underway – to improve specificity and utility. Donors are in frequent contact to share plans and ensure momentum. In June, partners endorsed a Call to Action to advance a broader agenda for post-2015 measurement in the health sector. There is also a resounding call for WHO to launch a monitoring and evaluation reference group for maternal/newborn health – to set guidelines and norms for the world.We’re optimistic. Are you? How can your organizations engage and join in this momentum – to measure what matters to save lives of mothers and newborns more effectively on the ground? What are your best ideas to increase relevance of data through innovation?Lara Vaz: Lara is the Senior Advisor for Monitoring and Evaluation in the Department of Global Health at Save the Children- US.John Grove: John is a Senior Program Officer in the foundation’s MNCH team where he leads our strategy measurement and global evidence portfolio. Follow him on Twitter @GroveJohnPhoto: “DSC_4735” © 2013 A.Gichigi/Trócaire, used under a Creative Commons Attribution license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/[1] UNICEF, WHO, The World Bank, United Nations Population Division. The Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UN IGME). Levels and Trends in Child Mortality. Report 2013. New York, USA, UNICEF, 2013[2] WHO. WHO Media Centre Maternal Mortality. Fact Sheet Number 348. Geneva, Switzerland, 2014 ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Tackling Noncommunicable Diseases and Maternal Mortality: A Conversation With Katja Iversen

first_imgPosted on December 15, 2017January 2, 2018By: 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)On 2 November 2017, Katja Iversen joined the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) for a panel discussion about noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and maternal health. Later, she sat down with the MHTF’s Sarah Hodin to talk more about the issues she raised during the event.SH: Please start by introducing yourself and what you do.KI: I am the President/CEO of Women Deliver, a global advocacy organization that focuses on gender equality and the health, rights and wellbeing of girls and women. As the name suggests, our background is in maternal health, but we look at the whole girl and the whole woman. Our core belief is that when you invest in girls and women, there is a ripple effect and everybody wins.SH: You mentioned that Women Deliver takes a holistic approach to improving the lives of girls and women around the world. Could you talk a bit about the role of maternal health in these efforts?KI: Making every pregnancy wanted and every childbirth safe is absolutely essential. A health system that is ready to deliver for women when women are ready to deliver their babies is a strong health system. Unfortunately, we see that one of the leading causes of death among adolescent girls globally is childbirth- or pregnancy-related complications, including unsafe abortion. We see how maternal deaths shatter communities. When women die in childbirth, it’s not just an individual loss—it’s a loss for families, communities and societies at large.I also think that involving young people in the processes, policies and programs that affect their lives is key if we want to create sustainable change. If we’re serious about ending preventable maternal mortality among adolescent girls, we need to work with them.SH: You talked earlier today about the importance of encouraging collaboration among NCD and maternal health experts. What do you see as the greatest barriers?KI: We need to bridge the gap between the NCD and maternal and newborn health communities, as well as other health areas. We know that when we work together, our efforts become more sustainable and impactful. Diabetes in pregnancy is a great example of a natural bridge-builder. This is a core issue in both the NCD and maternal health communities. One in seven pregnant women globally experiences gestational diabetes, and the effects can be devastating for them and their babies in both the short- and long-term.This is about putting the girl or woman at the center. In some ways, it doesn’t matter whether a women dies from postpartum hemorrhage or cancer—the consequences for the woman, her family and her community are dire.SH: Speaking of maternal mortality, as you know, the targets under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are to reduce the global maternal mortality ratio (MMR) to fewer than 70 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births and for countries to reduce their MMRs by at least two-thirds from their 2010 baseline by 2030. What do you think needs to happen to meet those targets?KI: If we want to achieve the maternal mortality targets under the SDGs, we need to have an integrated approach. In addition to addressing the leading causes of maternal deaths, we need to look at nutrition, NCDs, education, women’s status in society, clean water access and other issues that impact maternal health. The SDGs are not meant to be treated as a buffet—all of the goals are intertwined and need to be tackled together. Implementing integrated programs can be difficult, but that’s the way we will be most effective.—Read an editorial by Katja Iversen on the MHTF blog titled, “Diabetes in Pregnancy: A Neglected Cause of Maternal Mortality.”Watch the video from the panel discussion moderated by Katja Iversen about NCDs and maternal health.Learn about the 2019 Women Deliver conference.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Organizing your workspace

first_imgThe ever-inspiring and useful blog Unclutterer has a feature that’s sure to appeal to freelancers: Workspace of the Week. Along with tips on all sorts of ways to organize your life, Unclutterer weekly highlights a well-appointed workspace. If you’re looking for help getting your act together, or if you just want interior design inspiration, this is a great place to start!last_img

Course change: Why it’s okay to shift your business

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.There once came a time in one freelancer’s life where the services she was so passionate about at one time brought no joy. It felt almost like she was trudging through the motions on begrudging autopilot and dreaded getting up each day “for work.” She didn’t want to spend time sitting behind a computer and put off doing it for as long as possible.She dreaded opening her inbox to see emails from clients, who all wanted something or other from her. It seemed like her list never ended and she couldn’t seem to find a break.She didn’t want to be working anymore and felt stuck in a block of procrastination without going anywhere useful. She wanted to do something different. The seed of changing her freelancing business was planted. She started to look around at the options available to her. What was she already familiar with that she enjoyed doing?She had an answer after a few days and a smile drifted across her face. Then a sudden question dawned on her that quelled her excitement about a welcome change. What about the clients she already had at this point? What will happen to them?This is a very valid question that comes across many a freelancer’s mind as they shift gears.A revolutionary changeWho is this freelancer, you ask, and why should you care about her story?Because the freelancer was me and this revelation happened to me only a couple months ago. Up to this point, I had been doing blogging for businesses in several different niches without real guidance.I began to feel burned out in more ways than one and felt no desire to help the people I had been so excited to help only weeks earlier. My business was at a plateau I couldn’t get past and I couldn’t understand why for the longest time. Then I realized something revolutionary: I wasn’t doing what I loved anymore.I felt stagnant on the plateau and knew I was going nowhere due to some very deep-rooted resistance toward growing my business. Because of that, I fell out of love with what I was doing. I was at a cross-roads and knew I had a very difficult choice to make in regards to what I’d be doing with clients. When I saw the crossroads clearly for the first time, that’s when I knew something had to give in my business.I knew I had some changing to do within myself and within my business. I had to do something to fall in love with what I was doing for people. I needed to remind myself why I was in business as a freelancer in the first place. I had to look again at the driving force for my business as it stands now.Because of that inner work, I knew my heart had already made the decision for me. I knew that the blogging and social media work I was doing for people wasn’t going to be enough for me. I knew right then and there that I needed to go wider so I wasn’t doing the same thing each day behind my computer.How did I justify my decision to switch gears?Why it’s okay to shift your businessThe answer to this question is simple: It is your business and your choice.As a freelancer, you are a business owner at the mercy of no one but yourself. You chose to enter into business because you didn’t want to answer to someone else, no matter who it was. You are working WITH clients instead of FOR them.That is a huge difference and one we all struggle with as new freelancers. It is no one’s decision but your own at the end of the day. There will be days where the inner battle is harder to deal with than others but there is also the idea that you are free to make decisions that will benefit you in the long run.Take care of yourselfYou need to take care of yourself first and foremost. The clients will come along with you as they come to realize they want to continue working with you. One thing I’ve learned over the past two years of freelancing is that the clients who do not see the value in what you do for them are not going to be a good match for you.It’s okay to let those clients go for your own sanity along with their own sanity. It’s okay to change gears in your business if you feel like it is time to do so. I made the decision in my own business and I’m feeling better than ever about it these days!In fact, I believe my business is better off because of the decision. When you make a decision to release the negative aspects of your business once and for all, the relief is so worth it for us all.Lizzie Fourman is a freelance writer by day who specializes in the marketing, entrepreneurship, literary, and gaming industries. By night, she is a gamer who prefers games from the late 90s. You can find her portfolio on Contently. You can also email her at (fearless.gamer.chick@gmail.com) if you’re interested in working together.last_img read more

PAOK’s Mind on the Derby

first_imgWith a terrible showing in Azerbaijan, PAOK easily fell to Qarabag 2-0 in their third match in Europa League group play. The Dikefalos tou Vora did not seem to have their mind on today’s fixture as the big derby against Olympiacos awaits this weekend. The hosts scored twice in the second half with PAOK creating only one good chance in the game.Ivic displayed PAOK in a 4-3-3 formation with Glykos (GK), Leo Matos (RB), Varela (CB), Crespo (CB), Leovac (LB), Cimirot (MF), Canas (MF), Shakhov (MF), Campos (LWF), Thiam (CF), and Rodrigues (LWF), leaving Biseswar on the bench. Athanasiadis was ruled out due to injury.In the opening half, PAOK gave space to the hosts as they controlled the possession and rhythm of the match. In the opening 20 minutes, Qarabag wasted two good opportunities before PAOK created their only chance of the game in the 23rd minute. Leo Matos’ cross was met by an acrobatic scissors kick from Shakhov, but a great save from Sehic kept the scores goalless. PAOK’s warning resulted in more conservative play from the hosts and the teams went into the break goalless.Despite PAOK’s better play in the second half, the Dikefalos tou Vora went behind in the 56th minute when poor defending allowed Medvedev’s to easily play Quintana through on goal and his shot beat Glykos to give Qarabag the 1-0 lead. In hopes of making PAOK more offensive, Ivic put Biseswar into the match but the visitors continued to struggle on the attack. More lackluster defending allowed Qarabag to seal their victory in the 88th minute when Amirguliev was easily played in by Muarem and his shot found the back of the net to double Qarabag’s lead and margin of victory.Qarabag’s win puts them right back into contention for second place in the group as they now have four points, along with PAOK. The Dikefalos tou Vora will need to earn all three points when they host the team from Azerbaijan in matchday 4, which will re-give them the advantage to qualify from Group J. In today’s other group match, Fiorentina defeated Liberec 1-3 and will likely claim top spot in the group.Source: AGONAsport.com (Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and Twitter)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

NASL champions fold after inaugural season

first_imgNASL NASL champions fold after inaugural season Allen Ramsey 07:09 11/16/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Kenny Teijsse San Francisco Deltas John Hefti NASL San Francisco Deltas After just one season, the San Francisco Deltas are both champions and defunct, with the club officially closed up shop after winning the league title After winning the North American Soccer League title in their first year of play, the San Francisco Deltas have folded. The club stopped operations just two days after claiming the NASL title with a 2-0 win over the New York Cosmos in front of a sold-out crowd at San Francisco’s Kezar Stadium. Despite the title, the club suffered terribly low attendance throughout the season, drawing around 20,000 fans over 10 home matches in a stadium with a listed capacity of over 9,000.  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 “You dream of moments like this.”@TommyHeinemann gave his postgame thoughts after scoring in #TheChampionship Final. #SFDvNYC pic.twitter.com/kJlIv5Zkbb— NASL (@naslofficial) November 15, 2017The Deltas struggled early in the NASL season, winning just once in five matches, but picked up six wins in 10 down the stretch to earn a playoff spot. Victories over the Carolina Railhawks and the Cosmos in the playoffs secured a first, and only, title for the club.last_img read more

Klopp: Surprise line-up was key in romp

first_imgLiverpool Klopp: Surprise Liverpool line-up was key in Brighton romp Ben Spratt Last updated 1 year ago 02:20 12/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) JurgenKlopp - cropped Getty Images Liverpool Brighton & Hove Albion v Liverpool Jürgen Klopp Brighton & Hove Albion Premier League The Reds were forced to line up with an unorthodox three-man defence, and subsequently made light work of their hosts Jurgen Klopp was delighted to be able to spring a surprise on Brighton and Hove Albion with an unorthodox Liverpool line-up, even if his players were similarly in the dark about the new system until Friday.With Joel Matip ruled out, Klopp fielded midfielders Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum in a three-man defence – and it worked to good effect as Liverpool romped to a 5-1 triumph at Brighton.The front three of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Philippe Coutinho were all on song and their manager believes the late call on a change of formation played a big role. 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 “We had no idea we were going to have to line up like this until [Friday’s] meeting and I’m pleased for the boys,” Klopp told Sky Sports. “They were able to adapt.”Our line-up surprised everybody. It’s a good moment that we can do things like this. They adapted and did the job. We need to adapt with plenty of different systems – that’s how it should be.”Klopp: “We are a really good football team, we know that, but we need to carry on. It’s good but it’s important that it’s good because we need the points.” pic.twitter.com/FOrLLDcQ3E— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 2, 2017Despite the convincing margin of victory, Liverpool endured a few nervy moments as Glenn Murray made the scoreline 3-1 shortly after Firmino’s second goal.And Klopp conceded that this win was not as comfortable as the result suggests.Asked whether he had enjoyed the victory, the Reds boss replied: “Not really, not all the time.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

DeShone Kizer, Kevin Durant and the myth of the wayward black athlete

first_img Pinterest Both McNair and Trump clearly spoke for the legion of white Americans that have tuned out NFL football in reaction – an ESPN survey found most whites disagree with the protests and TV ratings are down. The entire pretext of that closed-door NFL owners meeting where McNair spoke those words was about the desire for control, the urgent and evergreen agenda item yoked to seemingly every conversation about black athletes. One can hardly imagine white athletes being so infantilized. Rob Gronkowski thrives on his party animal reputation (although much of that may be artful self-promotion: he does not drink alcohol during the season) while his fellow NFL tight end Travis Kelce is known for his hot temper and brash persona. Joe Namath owned a piece of a New York nightclub while on the Jets roster. When they talk about burning the candle at both ends, no one calls them immature. They don’t have to keep winning to justify their night-owling the way Michael Jordan and Lawrence Taylor, the New York Giants’ Hall of Fame linebacker, had to. They get grace. Richie Incognito can leave a voicemail for his Miami Dolphins team-mate calling him “a half-nigger piece of shit”, and get another job with the Buffalo Bills after the scandal dies down. Tony Stewart’s career as a Nascar star and team co-owner can cruise along, with minimal interruption, even after he runs over and kills someone during an amateur event (the death was later ruled an accident). Johnny Manziel, the Heisman trophy winner turned NFL flameout, gets grace – gets called a good kid who just needs to grow up. Kizer? He’s the irresponsible quarterback. Never mind if his excursion, late as it was, was likely the first night off he’d earnestly taken for himself since being drafted by the Browns last April. (Kizer is a triple threat: he can run, he can pass and he’s harder on himself than any coach.) Never mind that he can’t go looking for trouble, not with a bailiff for a mother and a police officer for a father. Never mind that Kizer “was at the facility the next day, preparing for the [Titans] game”.His sweat equity is starting to pay off. On the road against the Detroit Lions last Sunday, Kizer posted a career day (232 yards passing, 57 more rushing and a pair of touchdowns through the air and on the ground) and had the Browns trending toward a win before he was briefly knocked out of the game late in the third quarter with a rib injury. Cleveland eventually fell 38-24 but the game showed that the Browns can be competitive if their receivers don’t drop Kizer’s passes, a chemistry problem that has plagued the team all season. Kizer’s prime target is Kenny Britt, a dazzling if mischievous talent who for whatever reason (maybe a knee injury) hasn’t been able to connect with his quarterback all season. Britt and another misfit receiver, an injured second-year man named Corey Coleman, were out with Kizer on the night the Snapchat video was filmed. Rounding out their party were linebacker Christian Kirksey and two native Ohioans who play for the Kansas City Chiefs: running back Kareem Hunt and Kelce, the aforementioned party animal. So this wasn’t a true night out for Kizer. This was maybe a team-building exercise, or a chance to talk shop outside of shop walls.Kizer, and black athletes like him, deserve the benefit of the doubt. I can’t wait to see the day that they finally get it. Share on Pinterest Sportblog US sports Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant ejected as Warriors lose again Cleveland Browns Share on Messenger Support The Guardian Twitter Share on Twitter Share via Email You’d think that Jackson, a man who makes a living breaking down tape, could see the Kizer video for the gotcha moment that it is. You’d think that Jackson, a black coach, could appreciate how often black athletes feature in such gotcha moments. But, no. Confirmation bias against black athletes is so pervasive that it’s practically conventional wisdom. Even when they don’t do anything wrong, they must be guilty of something.It’s a pretzeled logic that springs from decades of media conditioning – or so reasons Dr Cynthia Frisby, the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism professor behind a 2016 study that examines how black male athletes are portrayed in the media. After analyzing a decade’s worth of clippings, she found that black athletes received “significantly more negative coverage” – hard news stories about domestic and sexual violence, in other words. Meanwhile, their white counterparts – the minority group in the landscape of big-time sports, ironically – get the opposite: softball features about drive and commitment.What’s more, the sisters can’t catch a break either. In the last four months alone we’ve seen Serena Williams caricatured in antiquated style, as a big ol’ brute – this time in a recent memoir by Maria Sharapova, an oft-vanquished peer who happens to be five inches taller than the American. And we’ve seen Simone Biles shamed for having the audacity to go on holiday after dominating the gymnastics at the Rio Olympics. We’ve been reminded that black athletes can be everything: grand slam champions, Olympic gold medalists, explosive, magic. Everything, that is, except benign.Kevin Durant knows. Last month the Golden State Warriors forward was ejected from a road game against the Memphis Grizzlies, and heckled by fans on his way out. To silence them, he raised his ring finger, a nod to the championship he led the Warriors to last season, and was immediately accused of flipping off the crowd. The confirmation bias was obvious, so much that Durant had to laugh about it afterward: “I’m sure everyone thinks I’m the angry black athlete,” he said.How could he not be when we’ve been conditioned to believe that the angry black athlete can literally be every one. They can be Curt Flood or Muhammad Ali or Colin Kaepernick, entitled to their anger. They can be Latrell Sprewell or Terrell Owens or Floyd Mayweather, hot-blooded. They can be Durant, the mama’s boy who delivered one of the all-time Hallmark moments in sports with his league MVP acceptance speech three years ago. Ultimately it won’t matter because they all look the same – like “inmates running the prison”. Share on LinkedIn If Rob Gronkowski fights he is funny, if Richard Sherman does he’s a thug Topics Share on Facebook Read more Share on WhatsApp Robert Silverman NBA ‘I’m sure everyone thinks I’m the angry black athlete,’ joked Kevin Durant after his ejection earlier this season. Photograph: Jack Dempsey/AP … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. What’s a brother gotta do to catch a break in sports? Asking not for myself, a black sportswriter, but for a friend. OK, not for a friend. For DeShone Kizer, the beleaguered rookie quarterback of the terrible Cleveland Browns.Early one Saturday morning last month Kizer ducked into a downtown bar for a break, a bit of release. The pressure on him at the time surely pinched, what with the Browns being 0-6 and his passer rating at a league-worst 27.3. He is of legal drinking age, didn’t break any laws and didn’t violate any sacrosanct policies held by the team. But a Zapruder-grade Snapchat video emerged of Kizer at the bar – although he looks less like a starting NFL quarterback than a rebel prep-schoolboy as he attempts conversation on the fringe of a loud and crowded dance floor.A local TV station went on to cover the story like it was the Paradise Papers. Naturally, these findings quickly found their way into a news conference with the Browns coach, Hue Jackson, who was sympathetic to Kizer at first. “A guy’s personal time is his personal time,” he said. “I’d be surprised if that happened. I don’t think DeShone has that kind of character or personality that way.”But when a reporter from the station that scored the video insisted to Jackson that, yes, not only did this night out happen, but “to a guy trying to learn the playbook”, the coach shifted support. “You’re right,” he told the reporter. “I appreciate you guys sharing that with me.” NFL features Basketball Read more Since you’re here… Golden State Warriors Facebook Those, of course, were the immortal words Houston Texans owner Bob McNair used in reference to NFL players using the national anthem as a platform to protest a justice system that’s equally demonizing of black men. Frisby’s study underscored this point in her survey, which cites research that arrived at three dominant media images of black men: entertainers, athletes and criminals. Donald Trump also underscored this point when he dismissed genuflecting players as sons of bitches. Kizer, among those protesters, was quick to respond. “I’m no son of a bitch,” he said. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Smriti Irani calls Navjot Singh Sidhu modern India’s Jaichand

first_imgSmriti Irani calls Navjot Singh Sidhu modern India’s JaichandJaichand had betrayed Prithviraj Chauhan in a battle against Muhammad Ghori in 1192.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiFebruary 20, 2019UPDATED: February 20, 2019 23:19 IST Smriti Irani said those who call Pakistan PM their friend are modern India’s Jaichands. (Photo: PTI)Union minister Smriti Irani Wednesday hit out at Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, calling him modern India’s Jaichand for “defending” Pakistan after the Pulwama attack.”Such people will be taught a lesson by the people” she added.Jaichand had betrayed Prithviraj Chauhan in a battle against Muhammad Ghori in 1192.”Those who call Pakistan PM their friend and try to defend Pakistan by claiming it had no role in the Pulwama attack are modern India’s Jaichands,” she said while replying to questions on Sidhu but didn’t take his name.Following the car bomb attack carried out by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14 that had killed forty CRPF personnel, the cricketer-turned-politician had said that an entire nation could not be blamed for the actions of “a handful of people”.Condemning the attack, Sidhu, who was among the invitees for the swearing-in ceremony of Imran Khan as Pakistan prime minister last year, however had posed, “For a handful of people, can you blame the entire nation and can you blame an individual?”On whether cricket matches should be played with Pakistan, she said, “Being an Indian I think that each Pakistani with ill intentions should be taught a lesson… at a time when our country wants justice for the martyred families, there is no relevance of this question of playing with Pakistan.”However, she added, it was her personal view and any decision in this regard will be taken by the sports ministry.The Union Minister also criticised Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for seeking “actionable intelligence” in Pulwama attack, saying before asking for evidence, he must answer what Pakistan had done after getting evidence of 26/11 Mumbai attack masterminded by Hafiz Saeed.advertisement”What action did Pakistan take against him?,” she asked.Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan Tuesday said he would act against the perpetrators of the Pulwama attack if India shares “actionable intelligence” with Islamabad.She said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a free hand to the Indian army to deal sternly with terrorists and “we have full faith in our jawans who will avenge at appropriate time.”She was in Lok Sabha constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi here Wednesday to seek suggestions for the party’s ‘Bharat Ke Mann Ki Baat’ programme in which she held interaction with people to include their views in the BJP manifesto.Also Read | The Kapil Sharma Show: Salman Khan asked Navjot Singh Sidhu to step down, final decision on holdAlso Read | Convince your friend Pak PM Imran bhai to act against terrorists: Digvijaya to SidhuFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byChanchal Chauhanlast_img read more

Thousands to Participate in NYS Summer Programme

first_imgSome 3,750 spaces are available for secondary and tertiary students between 17 and 24 years of age to participate in the National Youth Service (NYS) Summer Programme 2013.The programme was officially launched by Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, at a press briefing on Wednesday, April 3, at the NYS offices on Collins Green Avenue, in Kingston.The Minister urged participants in the programme to make good use of the opportunity.“There are not a lot of resources floating around right now in the public service, but the Government is committed to making sure that whatever resources we have, we are focused on youth development in particular areas, as well as children,” Miss Hanna said.Successful applicants in the programme will be placed with public and private sector organisations for a three-week internship period, either in July or August. They will be paid a small stipend of $12,000 for the period to assist with expenses for travelling and meals.Some $57 million has been allocated for the 2013 programme, with 75 per cent of the sum going directly to the participants. At least 10 per cent of the figure to be placed will be persons with disabilities.For her part, Chairman of the Board of the NYS, Maureen Webber, also urged the participants to make good use of the opportunity being offered to them.“It is important for persons who are applying to understand that they are coming in for a work opportunity, and they need to be focused and committed,” she said.Applicants should submit a completed application form with photograph attached; identification, such as Passport, National Identification Card, Driver’s Licence or School Identification Card; Birth Certificate; and Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN) to the NYS office in their parish by April 26.Preference will be given to individuals with three or more Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate (CSEC) subjects.Applicants who satisfy the eligibility criteria will be invited to attend an interview. Selected participants will be informed and invited to an orientation session. They will also be invited to open a bank account, if they do not currently possess an account. The orientation is intended to reinforce the importance of strong work ethics and prepare participants to function effectively in a work environment.During placement, it is expected that participants will practise the values taught during the orientation process and gain meaningful experience, while appreciating the concept of voluntarism.By Latonya Linton, JIS Reporterlast_img read more