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Naveen ups the ante on Mahanadi

first_imgOdisha Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal president Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday alleged that the BJP-led government at the Centre and the BJP government in Chhattisgarh were adopting an anti-Odisha approach on the Mahanadi water-sharing dispute.Launching his party’s ‘Save Mahanadi’ campaign from Jharsuguda district, Mr. Patnaik criticised the BJP leaders of Odisha saying that they were supporting the Chhattisgarh government but shedding crocodile tears in the State.Observing that Mahanadi was the lifeline of Odisha, Mr. Patnaik said that if the BJP leaders had compassion for Odisha and Odia people, then they should oppose the constructions the Chhattisgarh government was carrying out over the river. The BJD government had moved the Supreme Court and a Tribunal to resolve the Mahanadi water dispute as per its demands, he said.Mr. Patnaik said that there was no shortage of water in the Mahanadi during the monsoon season. But the river was drying up in other seasons and the water level at Hirakud reservoir was declining due to construction of several barrages over the river by the Chhattisgarh government, he added.Stating that the crisis will not end with the construction of barrages by Odisha, Mr. Patnaik said that water will not be available in the entire 500-km stretch along the river for the rabi season, which would also affect the lives of the fishermen community.The people have realised that those who are supporting barrages are applying double standards, Mr. Patnaik observed.He said that the Odisha government had constructed many mega lift irrigation projects on the Mahanadi and more such projects will be undertaken in future. Some barrages will be constructed on the river by the State government, but requisite care will be taken not to displace people, he said.Maintaining that Mahanadi was the pride of Odisha, the Chief Minister announced that they will not allow the river to dry up.Insisting that the movement to save Mahanadi was not the BJD’s fight alone, Mr. Patnaik urged other parties to rise above political considerations and participate in the campaign and protect the rights of the people of the State.The campaign, which will continue for about a fortnight covering as many as 15 of the 30 districts of Odisha, will end at Paradip where the Mahanadi flows into the Bay of Bengal.last_img read more

Adityanath now terms Bulandshahr incident a ‘political conspiracy’

first_imgBulandshahr cow slaughter case solved, claim U.P. police  At a media event in Delhi on December 7, the Chief Minister termed the incident an accident. ‘Incident part of a larger conspiracy’Earlier, soon after the violence on December 3, he had said the incident was part of a larger conspiracy and all those involved in it should be arrestedThe violence, which occurred over an incident of alleged cow slaughter, claimed two lives including that of a police inspector.On December 19, responding to questions on the issue,  Mr. Adityanath said those whose political ground had receded were embracing each other to hide their shortcomings. Wednesday was the second day of the brief winter session spread over four sittings.Both the Assembly and the Legislative Council were adjourned on the first day of the current session on Tuesday after condoling the deaths of former Chief Minister N.D. Tiwari, BJP legislator Patel Ram Kumar Verma and Union Minister Ananth Kumar. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday hit back at the Opposition for stalling the the legislature proceedings on the issue of law and order, saying the Bulandshahr violence, was a “political conspiracy” hatched by those who have lost political ground.The Question Hour in both Houses of the legislature witnessed uproar. Slogans were raised by the Samajwadi Party and Congress members over various issues, including the plight of farmers and the law and order situation in the State, causing repeated adjournments.“The December 3 [Bulandshahr] violence is a political conspiracy [hatched] by those who have lost political ground,” he told reporters after the Assembly was adjourned.”It was a political conspiracy which has been exposed… peace and order will be maintained at all cost… the administration and government have repulsed the designs [of conspirators] sternly,” Mr. Adityanath said.Also Readlast_img read more

Amid transfer boom, UEFA eyes stricter club spending rules

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games After Porto overspent on first-team budget targets, UEFA deducted 700,000 euros ($820,000) prize money and limited the squad to 22 instead of 25 senior players in this season’s competition.UEFA’s independent club finance panel praised the 27-time Portuguese champion’s “realistic financial and business plan,” and expects compliance by 2020.Still, do clubs ignore the scrutiny that goes with entering UEFA competitions?Milan’s new Chinese owners, who needed American equity fund cash, spent heavily on players after six years without a Serie A title.“I’m so upset at UEFA. It’s a joke,” Roma president James Pallotta told the AP about Milan’s offseason. “They don’t have the money.”ADVERTISEMENT Recent Milan spending outweighs its 217 million euro ($254 million) revenue in 2015, according to a UEFA review of club accounts.However, UEFA cannot stop clubs buying, while Milan can use August and January trading periods to balance its books.“Milan will not be an exception to Financial Fair Play, because no club enjoys an exception,” Traverso said. “All clubs are free to operate on the market but then they might face consequences if they do not operate according to the rules.”Milan’s case is unusual because it had no FFP assessment for three years. A Europa League qualifying match on Thursday was its first UEFA game since March 2014. New club officials will meet UEFA in October to explore a “voluntary agreement” on financial targets.It continues Milan’s interesting history with the UEFA project. In 2009, then-UEFA President Michel Platini cited lobbying by owners, including Milan’s Silvio Berlusconi, to limit clubs spending only what they earned.Critics said it protected elite clubs with global income, and blocked ambitious clubs with wealthy owners.When UEFA rules took full effect in 2014, Qatar-owned PSG and Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City were hardest hit. Both had 20 million euros ($23.4 million) deducted.By 2015, Milan was slumping when UEFA offered to be sympathetic with clubs which had an affordable business plan. This helped clubs to woo buyers, including Chinese investors who now own Milan and city rival Inter.As the $800 million Milan sale was sealed in April, PSG and Man City completed periods of stricter UEFA monitoring. Both clubs are high in UEFA’s revenue-earning list with more than 460 million euros ($540 million), and are major transfer market players.PSG’s chase of Neymar could double the world-record price Manchester United paid for Paul Pogba. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Kevin Durant arrives in India as NBA tries to grow game FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ GENEVA — In another European summer of lavish transfer deals, it can seem that UEFA has given up trying to curb clubs’ excessive spending.Skeptics question AC Milan’s 200 million euro ($240 million) spree and how Paris Saint-Germain could squeeze a 220 million euro ($258 million) pursuit of Barcelona’s Neymar by the UEFA rules.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Don’t believe it, says the “Financial Fair Play” project leader monitoring hundreds of clubs’ accounts since 2011.“Certainly FFP is not dead and we will, for sure, reinforce the rules going forward,” Andrea Traverso told The Associated Press at UEFA headquarters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsLuxury taxes and salary caps once dismissed as unworkable in Europe are again talked about. UEFA could start evaluating club debts and make competitive balance a formal goal.“We have continuous dialogue with the clubs. They are all aware of the rules,” Traverso said, noting Champions League regular Porto was sanctioned last month. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress UEFA never barred PSG or Man City from the Champions League, as Platini warned could happen to a top club.Instead, clubs like Dynamo Moscow, Galatasaray and Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, the 2015 Europa League runner-up, have missed one season in the second-tier competition.UEFA points out that losses across European top-tier clubs totaled 1.7 billion euros ($2 billion) in 2011 and are now about 300 million euros ($352 million).Juventus is a model club. It won six straight Italian titles, reached two Champions League finals, and funded a new stadium to raise income and close the gap on Spanish and English clubs’ huge global earnings.UEFA’s Traverso insisted: “FFP is definitely not over.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

4 offbeat places around Shimla every traveller must explore

first_imgShimla happens to be one of the most preferred weekend getaways for Delhiites. And why not? One can easily drive up to this hill station in about eight hours. But that hasn’t stopped travellers from other parts of the country to visit this destination. No matter how many times you have been to this place, Shimla never ceases to charm you in a different way each time you are there. But at same point, you might feel like exploring beyond the Scandal Point, the Mall Road and other common tourist spots of the place.We thought it would be a wise idea to draw your attention towards a few places near the main town of Shimla, that are really beautiful. After all, it would be a nice way to explore more of the area you have always been in love with.FaguPicture courtesy: Twitter/@parnashree19Distance from Shimla: 21 kmFagu looks like one of those pretty spots you have been wanting to stop your car for enjoying some stunning views. Surrounded by the Western Himalayas on all sides, this serene hamlet will satisfy your urge to just switch off from the world and spend some time in silence, in the company of Mother Nature. Take a walk through the deciduous forest of the area or spend hours enjoying the views of apple orchards, flower fields and the snow-clad peaks.Also read: 6 of the most beautiful homestays in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh MatianaPicture courtesy: Twitter/@nidhi1saiDistance from Shimla: 47 kmThe road to Matiana from Shimla takes travellers on a journey through a thick foliage that occasionally allows the snow-clad peaks of the surrounding mountains to peep in. From the village of Matiana, one can enjoy unparalleled views of the winding Hindustan-Tibet road and a stunning expanse of the valley fading into horizon of towering peaks. Besides, there are plenty of beautiful apple orchards and areas with lush vegetation, providing visitors with the opportunity to go on nature walks.advertisementNarkandaAt the top of Hatu Peak in Narkanda. Picture courtesy: Twitter/@imharishDistance from Shimla: 63 kmDuring the winter months, Narkanda turns into a white paradise, making it a perfect place for skiing. It is one of the key apple cultivation areas of Himachal Pradesh and is thus nothing more than a quaint and picturesque spot in the hills. At 11,000 feet, Hatu Peak is the highest point of Narkanda, where travellers go to catch stunning 360-degree views of the valley and its surrounding mountains.KufriPicture courtesy: Twitter/@nomadLineDistance from Shimla: 17 kmTourists visiting Shimla usually don’t miss out on this place. A popular place for horse riding throughout the year, Kufri is also known for skiing and other winter sports. The place is a paradise for nature and wildlife lovers as the Himalayan Nature Park is situated at the outskirts of the town.last_img read more

Are Mismanaged Expectations Ruining Your Life?

first_imgDo you ever feel like you’re working hard, but no one really notices? In fact, the harder you work, the more people seem to expect of you…You’re not alone.In fact, over half of employees believe they are underappreciated. About 40% of employees think they should be making more money. One-third of employees are technically “overworked.”But here’s the good news: It’s all your own fault.Yes, it’s true that life has its share of challenges and curveballs, but the simple truth is, you have a ton of control over your own life. All you have to do is learn how to manage expectations.My StoryNow, you might be inclined to think, “Jake, you’re a successful business owner. Of course you think everyone has a ton of control over their own life.”But I wasn’t always a business owner. I started my career working as a web analytics consultant for Adobe. I was fresh out of school and I’ll admit that I was far from the brightest or most talented consultant on the team.That meant it took me a lot longer to do the same work as my teammates. As a result, I was working more and earning less than almost everyone on my team.Not a good situation, right?To make matters worse, things didn’t seem to be getting better with time. Yes, my skills were improving, but my overall workload was increasing as well. I was going nowhere…fast.[Related: Buried Alive? What To Do When You’re Overwhelmed At Work]Identifying the ProblemAfter a few months, I decided that something needed to change. Working harder wasn’t helping me reach my professional and personal goals—I needed to work smarter.So, I asked myself a simple question: What do my clients actually expect from me?To answer that question, I sat down and read through the terms and conditions of our client agreement. What I read there shocked me. On average, we were doing way more work for our clients than was outlined in the contract.Good for the clients? Sure. But there was a problem.On the introductory call, we basically told the clients, “You’ve paid for X billable hours, but we should be able to get the projects outlined in the contract done much faster. With the rest of those billable hours, here are some cool things we’re going to do for you.”Essentially, we were resetting our clients’ expectations. Now, just to meet their expectations, we had to do a lot more work![Related: A CEO Reveals How to Increase Your Value as an Employee]Making a ChangeWith all this in mind, I decided to try an experiment. Instead of telling my clients about all of the extra things I would do for them on the kickoff call, I would simply use the call to review project expectations—per the actual contract.I then worked hard to meet their expectations. If I managed to complete the project early, I would then use the remaining billable hours to do something extra as a surprise for the client.All of a sudden, I wasn’t increasing expectations anymore. Instead, I was exceeding them.As a result, I was working less and my clients were thrilled with their results. Now, I’ll be honest, the solutions my teammates were providing were still better than what I could achieve, but who did clients call to rave about? Me.[Related: One Thing You Can Do To Improve Your Professional Karma]Managing Expectations at WorkThere’s a simple moral to this story: Successful employees effectively manage expectations.To do that, however, you need to understand exactly what your job is…and what it isn’t. Odds are, if you’re reading this article, you’ve taken on quite a few tasks that aren’t (or shouldn’t be) expectations.Going above and beyond is an awesome way to prove your worth, provided that your extra work doesn’t become extra, uncompensated expectations. If you are going to do more on a regular basis, your boss should be willing to pay you more.But, if you’re a bit of a “yesaholic,” you’ve probably picked up a lot of extra work without really meaning to. You’re overworked and underappreciated.Something needs to change.To fix things, make a list of your current tasks and projects and how much time each one takes. Then sit down with your boss and go over the list together. Identify what your real expectations are and the tasks you should let go or let someone else take care of.It can be a bit of a scary conversation, but if you are in this situation, you are probably a pretty valuable employee, so most supervisors will be willing to work with you.Incidentally, as you put together this list, it’s usually best to inflate your time estimates by around 10-20%. Things don’t always go according to plan, so leave yourself a bit of buffer time. That way, when life happens, you can still meet your boss’s expectations.And, if everything goes smoothly, you can use that extra time to actually exceed their expectations![Related: 9 Biggest Professional Breakthroughs of 2016]Managing Expectations at HomeThe good news is, this idea works just as well at home as it does at work.For example, I used to tell my wife that a project would take 4 hours. Then, something would inevitably come up and the project would eat up the whole weekend. Or, I’d tell her that I would be home at 6:00 pm and then walk through the door at 6:20 pm.Not a great way to meet—let alone exceed—expectations.Now, I will admit that I’m much quicker about figuring things out at work than I am at figuring them out in my home life, but I eventually discovered that managing expectations is a great way to make my wife and family happy too.These days, I don’t tell my wife I’ll be home at 6:00. I say 7:00. That way, when I get home at 6:20, I get a hug and a kiss…not a frustrated “where were you?”ConclusionSo, if you’re killing yourself at work and no one seems to care, don’t blame your boss, your coworkers or your spouse! They might be part of the problem, but ultimately it’s up to you to solve the problem.It might be a bit nerve-wracking to sit down and reset expectations, but if you make the effort, your workload will be more manageable and your extra effort will be more appreciated.DISCOVER: How To Balance Your Full-Time Job & Part-Time Side Giglast_img read more

6 Career-Ending Mistakes You Should Never Make on the Job

first_img Marketing Communications Specialist Allied Telecom Group Arlington, VA 4.0★ 3.9★ 4.1★ 23 hours ago 23h LPN Washington Fertility Center Annandale, VA 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 2.9★ There’s more than enough advice out there about what you should do when you land a job and want to jumpstart a successful career: Show up on time, do what you say you’ll do, and be curious (among other great suggestions). But have you ever wondered if there was a list of things you definitely should not do?As it turns out, your HR manager has a list like that! And to get some insight on what’s likely on that list, we connected with Kate Kastenbaum, seasoned HR Director at Certain, Inc. If you’re trying to figure out which behaviors will get you ahead at work – and which you should avoid at all cost – here’s a list of six things you should never do on the job: Never hold a grudge or let a problem fester“If someone wronged you and you hold a grudge towards them, you tend to avoid them,” says Kastenbaum. “That can make it really difficult to get your day-to-day job done because you’re naturally less productive when you’re busy creating work-arounds.”The solution? Deal with your issue face to face. Put personal feelings aside and focus on the work: “You may not personally like everyone, but you have to be willing to work with everyone,” Kastenbaum continues. “People want to work with a team player. Avoiding the problem shows a lack of maturity and difficulty handling challenging situations.”Don’t avoid your bossIf you’re more inclined to be open and honest with your peers, that’s a mistake. Your boss writes your performance reviews and often decides how much you get paid. She can be your advocate for your career – but only if you have a strong relationship.  “It’s one thing to let a problem fester with a coworker you rarely see, but it’s damaging when it comes to your boss,” says Kastenbaum. “Open and honest communication with your manager is vital. If you have an issue and don’t bring it up right away, you’re not using your manager for what they’re there for, which is to help you navigate problems and guide you to the answer.”The Career Mistake That Still Haunts MeDon’t ask your coworkers for drugs Before you laugh, it’s a true story! While many company cultures work hard to build a close and friendly team, sometimes that can lead employees to feeling a little too friendly. Don’t let feelings of closeness blur the professional boundaries that must always be present when working with managers, coworkers, and clients. “It’s the season for holiday and event parties, and it’s natural to want to go out with peers and have a good time,” says Kastenbaum. “But even if you feel relaxed with your coworkers, remember that there’s always someone watching. Don’t get drunk, abuse drugs, or abuse the situation you’re in because the truth will come out and your career and work relationships will pay the price.”Never say “You’re wrong!”The customer may not always be right, but there’s never an appropriate time to flat out tell a manager, coworker, or customer they are wrong. Even if the person you’re working with is obviously mistaken, mediate the situation by assuming that the problem is real or the error is a mistake. “Always assume the customer is right, and give your coworker the benefit of the doubt,” Kastenbaum elaborates. “ As you work through the solution you can clarify or help them realize where the error is, but if you start the conversation off with an accusation you won’t get very far in the discussion.”8 Things You Should Never Say In A MeetingNever make a habit of being arrogant or disrespectfulYou can be the best of the best in your field, but if no one wants to work with you, you won’t get much done. While even the most well-intentioned among us can have a bad day and be too short or too egotistical with a coworker or boss, it’s in your best interest to not make it a habit. “No one wants to work with the kind of person who has his nose in the air or frequently disrespects others,” says Kastenbaum. “No matter how prestigious your background or important your project, you’ll build much better relationships if you show respect and humility in your interactions with others. Frankly, if you can’t get along with the janitor, then you won’t get along with the CEO either.”The Brilliant Career Advice from Deloitte’s CEO in One SentenceDon’t leave your personal career development to your bossDon’t be afraid to talk to your boss about how you can make a difference and grow in your career – and don’t expect your boss to be the one who initiates that conversation. “Your manager can help you, advocate for you, and look out for opportunities, but your manager does not own your career,” says Kastenbaum. “If you don’t initiate those conversations about what you want to learn or where you want to go in your career, they may never happen.”Sometimes what not to do is just as important as what to do. Use this list to double-check that you aren’t making any of these mistakes in your own career. 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Sponsors vs. Mentors: What’s the Difference & Why It Matters

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It isn’t necessary for mentors to work at the same company as those they mentor.Economist, founder and CEO of the Center for Talent Innovation Sylvia Ann Hewlett explains: “Mentors can build your self-esteem and provide a sounding board – but they’re not your ticket to the top.” Sponsors, on the other hand, can be that ticket. Sponsors take a direct role in the advancement of their protégés.  Sponsors work at the same organizations as their protégés. They advocate for protégés, helping them earn raises and promotions and garner success in their shared environment. Sponsors put skin in game, using their connections to advance their protégés through their endorsement and guidance.  Having a sponsor, a career champion, is a game-changing asset that is especially important for minority and female professionals. A two-way relationshipA sponsorship serves both parties, just as a mentorship does. But, while mentorships tend to be more ideological and educational, sponsorship involves concrete action on both sides. Holly Brittingham, Senior Vice President of Global Talent and Organizational Development with Foote, Cone & Belding, FCB Global explains: “Sponsors actively seek out and facilitate career-expanding opportunities for their protégé, and, in turn, the protégé commits to stepping up and demonstrating value to the organization, even if this requires them to shift their way of thinking and their leadership behaviors, in order to be successful.”Sponsorship, then, is a symbiosis rooted in action that furthers both sides’ aspirations. Brittingham notes: “Sponsors open doors and provide access, while protégés support and drive a sponsor’s vision.”9 Companies That Offer Incredible Professional Development ProgramsWhy women and minorities especially need sponsorshipIn a recent Fortune Magazine post Grace Donnelly points out: “It’s well-documented that the C-suites and boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies are overwhelmingly white and male.” In fact, Stacy Jones, also writing for Fortune, explains that although only 3% of Fortune 500 companies shared full details about the diversity of their leadership and staff, among “high ranking officials, 80% are men and 72% of those men are white.” These figures indicate that because they are earning these roles, white men are already getting the support they need to advance. Meanwhile their non-white, non-male peers are clearly not earning leadership positions at the same rates; therefore, sponsorship can be an important key to advancement for these professionals.   Brittingham explains: “The barriers to advancement for women and minorities in organizations tend to be structural and rooted in unconscious bias. To put it simply, human beings are innately drawn to and trust people with whom they have things in common, and are thus more likely to extend themselves as advocates for those people. As you would imagine, this unintentionally creates a rather insular way of cultivating talent.” Purposeful sponsorship can remedy this. Brittingham explains how: “Breaking this pattern requires more than offering words of encouragement and support to those who fall outside the conventional profile of a leader or emerging leader. It requires taking a stance towards meaningful action. At FCB, we refer to this as Intentional Inclusion, which is the philosophical core of our Culture & Inclusion initiative. We believe that meaningful and sustainable change in this area requires a willingness to not only acknowledge unconscious bias, but to take concrete steps to mitigate its effects when it harms the business. And this is everyone’s responsibility.” While sponsorship enhances individual relationships, it also has implications that radiate throughout a professional culture, enhancing it in myriad ways. Brittingham asserts: “when a well-connected senior leader commits to advocating for someone from an underrepresented group – even when this requires more investment in building relationship capital required for success – this individual-level action translates, at an organizational level, to disrupting the patterns that prevent career advancement for women and minorities.” Sponsorship can have a tremendous impact on the organization, especially when it comes to cultivating diversity, retaining talent and training leaders.The Other CEO: Tony Prophet, Salesforce’s Chief Equality OfficerInitiating sponsorshipsAs with mentorship, certainly individuals can initiate their own symbiotic relationships. But because there’s more at stake in a sponsorship, it can prove helpful to have an institutional program in place to foster sponsorships. Brittingham explains: “It’s been customary for sponsorships to be informal and to emerge organically, but a more intentional effort is needed when seeking to improve diversity at the senior levels of an organization. Formal sponsorship or advocacy programs should contain elements that support the roles and development of both the sponsor and the protégé. For example, these could include focused leadership programs for protégés, selection/positioning of sponsors as agents of change in the organization, and strategic touch points and guidance for interaction between the two.” If your organization doesn’t have a sponsorship program in place, cultivating your own organic sponsoring relationship can stand to serve you well. Also, it’s likely that your colleagues in human resources are versed in the basics of sponsorship and they can provide input and support. Petition your HR colleagues to start discussing sponsorship with company leadership with an eye towards adopting a company-wide program. Sponsorship can have concrete benefits for individuals and for the organizational culture.     3.9★center_img CDL-A Dedicated Truck Driver USA Truck Washington, DC Cybersecurity Program Associate Noblis Washington, DC 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h N/A 3.8★ 3.0★ Browse More Jobs Director of Rehabilitation Kindred Healthcare Washington, DC Innovative Outpatient Family Medicine Opportunity Near FedEx Field Steele Healthcare Solutions Capitol Heights, MD 4.1★ Police Officer Metropolitan Police Department of Washington DC Washington, DC 2.9★ 23 hours ago 23hlast_img read more

Agent expects Stoke midfielder Cameron to return to MLS

first_imgThe agent of Geoff Cameron expects the Stoke City midfielder to eventually return to MLS.The USA international recently penned a new deal.Gary Mellor told The Sentinel: “I think he’ll return to the MLS at some point in his career, without a doubt – but I would say he’s a different case from English footballers. If you’re Glenn Whelan or Charlie Adam you have been playing since you were a teenager so many times, in America you’re protected for longer.“Geoff didn’t turn professional until he was 24. English players have had about eight years of intensive football by then. He hasn’t had that and that’s why at his age he’s still playing like someone in their mid-20s.”last_img read more

PSG midfielder Marco Verratti jokes about Barcelona with local fans

first_imgPSG midfielder Marco Verratti has laughed about claims of a move to Barcelona this summer.Verratti commented on his possible transfer to Barcelona this summer. He didn’t dare to say a lot, reports Sport, but he did manage to say the negotiations are “going well, it’s all good.” After returning to the port and leaving the yacht he’d spent the last few days on in Ibiza, Verratti was met by various supporters who were after photographs with him and who then asked him about his contact with Barça. The Italian, in good humour, attended all of the requests, although at the time of commenting on his situation he was more meager. “It’s going well, it’s all good,” he said.last_img read more

The no-neck view of the world

first_imgHave you ever noticed how very young kids’ drawings usually don’t feature a person’s neck? Have you wondered why?My theory is that if you’re two or three years old and your perspective is pretty low to the ground, you don’t see people’s necks when you look up. You see a head sitting on arms. I can’t think of a better analogy for marketing. Marketing mandates that we look at the world through the eyes of our audience and communicate from that perspective. It can be hard to tear ourselves away from the comfort of our long-necked world view, but we must. Believe me, I know how difficult it is. I forget the marketing principles I tout all the time. The brilliant folks out at ASU (namely a brilliant person by the name of Gregory Neidert) recently reminded me I was violating all my own marketing principles on Network for Good’s web site. Where was the audience perspective? Wouldn’t people who come to the site want it to know if it was safe or reliable? Wouldn’t they want to know if other people trusted the site? And why wasn’t the “search for your favorite charity” — the reason most people come to our site — the most prominent thing on the page? Errrr, because I forgot to do as I say.Here is the way our site was, and how it is now. Since we started working completely from the audience perspective, conversion is up 30%. If you haven’t read it, get this book from those ASU folks.last_img read more

Building on Uncertain Ground

first_imgPosted on February 28, 2011June 20, 2017By: Anna Dion, Young Champion of Maternal 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)This blog post was contributed by Anna Dion, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.This week, we launched our Birth Companion Program in a semi-rural town north of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The program is based on a longstanding program that I was involved with in Canada through Mothercraft Ottawa, but has been adapted to suit the specific needs of the population that the staff at the small health centers see every day.Our first two classes have been beyond my greatest expectations. The first focused on building trust within the group of women that will become Birth Companions. Each of us told a personal birth story—either of our own birth or that of one of our children—to our immediate neighbor who then introduced us to the group. Just as birth itself is unpredictable, people’s experiences ranged from extreme heartbreak, fear and loss to beautiful stories of immediate bonding and joy. Our second class was more technical, focusing on female anatomy, the milestones of pregnancy, the importance of pre-natal care and common danger signs during pregnancy. Through all of our classes, we are also trying to blur the lines between students and teachers, emphasizing that we all have plenty to learn from each other through this process.While I am genuinely thrilled that we have been able to bring this program from an idea to an implementation stage in 4 months, there are still many uncertainties that keep us planning during the day and my mind spinning at night.One is the accessibility that these companions will have to accompany their matches during birth. There is an Argentine law (Ley del Parto Humanizado) that explicitly states that every woman has the right to be accompanied by someone of her choice during labor and delivery. However, the reality is that the main maternity hospital here is not designed for women to be accompanied by anyone without jeopardizing the health safety of other patients. The maternity ward is an open room with beds, side by side, sometimes separated by a curtain, with a door connecting at one end for women coming in from the waiting room and another at the other end leading directly into the operating room. If each woman were to be accompanied during labor, it would not only fill the already overcrowded room, but also increase the risk of infection to the women on the other side of the operating room doors. In parallel to delivering our training course, we are working with the hospital administration to see how we can work together to improve the outcomes of laboring women, without jeopardizing patient safety or disrupting the hospital staff doing their best to ensure every mother and child are discharged from the hospital in the best possible health. This has also made me re-think where accountability lies with respect to making national laws an attainable standard.While the Birth Companion’s role goes well-beyond just supporting her companion during labor and delivery, birth is a transformative process for all involved. Our hope is that, eventually for some of the program’s most high-risk patients, our companions will be able to accompany them through the entire process.We are also continually facing the challenge of sustainability. This program was intentionally designed to be the child of SAHDES and of the Municipal Secretariat of Health in Pilar, with SAHDES providing the core funding for this first year of activities. But as the program expands with a greater demand for resources, and programming issues become more complicated, this program will need dedicated staff and resources, something both organizations are chronically trying to preserve.Despite the perpetual questions and doubts that come up every day, I am still convinced that we are doing the right thing by building this pilot program on slightly unsteady ground. As long as we keep learning along way and trying to catch our mistakes early, as my fellow Young Champion Sara Al-Lamki says in her blog this month, it is better to try and fail than to fail to try.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Charting the Way to a Fistula-free Generation

first_imgPosted on September 11, 2013June 12, 2017By: Dr. Joseph Ruminjo, EngenderHealth; Pamela Barnes, EngenderHealthClick 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)This post was originally posted on the Huffington Post’s Global Motherhood blog.We are thrilled to be in Uganda to recognize the achievements of EngenderHealth’s Fistula Care project, the largest U.S. government-funded initiative to treat and prevent obstetric fistula in more than 10 countries throughout Africa and Asia. We are here with our incredible partners — government officials, representatives of nongovernmental organizations, doctors, community health providers and hospital administrators — to share lessons learned and chart the way forward toward achieving a fistula-free generation.This is a milestone not just for the project, but more importantly for the maternal health field. With our partners, we have supported more than 26,000 fistula repair surgeries and trained 33,500 surgeons, nurses and community health workers to prevent and treat fistula. We have also advocated for policy changes to tackle root causes of fistula, including family planning, early marriage and poor access to emergency obstetric care.In our ongoing efforts, we’ve identified and implemented practices that have significantly improved outcomes for women with fistula. Given the complexity of fistula surgery, ensuring standard prevention and surgical practices and care will have a huge impact on women’s health. Fistula Care embarked on extensive research and training to identify practices that would help improve standard treatment and care, which will ultimately improve the quality of care and outcomes for women with fistula.We’ve learned more about who fistula affects and how to better support women. Unlike what the media portrays, not every woman living with fistula is a destitute young woman, abandoned by her loved ones and marginalized from society. Rather, a recent study published in Global Public Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice indicates that fistula affects women across all age-groups, educational backgrounds and relationship levels. Characteristics of women who seek fistula repair vary from country to country. For instance, not all husbands and families abandon women with fistula, and only a small minority of women with fistula live alone. Understanding exactly who is affected by fistula based on where they live and their individual experiences in seeking treatment — rather than relying on generalizations — will help us better support women in their recovery and reintegration into society.Despite these differences, one constant remains: Not all women living with fistula are victims. For years, EngenderHealth has worked with immensely strong women living with fistula who have refused to yield to their debilitating condition and have gone to great lengths to seek out treatment, including crossing national borders to find someone with the reputation to help them with their condition. Equally courageous women have survived fistula and have devoted their lives to ensuring that members of the next generation have planned births, healthy pregnancies and safe deliveries. If we’ve learned anything from their strength, it’s that the key to prevention lies in empowerment.Access to quality maternal health programs is critical to achieving a fistula-free generation. We know that fistula is not selective — it can affect any girl or woman giving birth if she experiences obstructed labor and doesn’t have access to timely, quality emergency obstetric care. The reality is that girls and women who have increased access to family planning and skilled birth attendance have a greater chance of preventing fistula from happening in the first place.We have the solutions at hand: We must continue working at both policy and program levels to upgrade and increase access to emergency obstetric care, train more surgeons and health care professionals and partner with communities to raise awareness of the need for skilled care at delivery and family planning. We know what it will take to achieve a fistula-free generation, and together we must accelerate momentum to make fistula as rare in Africa and Asia as it is today in the United States.—Pamela Barnes is the President and CEO of EngenderHealth.You can follow her on Twitter at @pamwbarnesDr. Joseph Ruminjo is a consultant obstetrician-gynecologist and Clinical Director of EngenderHealth’s Fistula Care Project.Join the conversation live in Uganda on Twitter at #fistulafree.Stay tuned for more updates from our colleagues participating in the meeting in Uganda this week. We’ll be posting their reactions to the meeting here. Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality: A Call for Comments

first_imgPosted on July 1, 2014November 4, 2016By: Katie Millar, Technical Writer, 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)This year, WHO’s Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality (EPMM) Working Group, including experts from the MHTF, have been working together to help set consensus and strategies for addressing maternal and neonatal health in the post-2015 agenda.Today, their draft paper, Strategies toward ending preventable maternal mortality, is available. This paper expounds on the consensus building for the post-2015 agenda that happened in Bangkok in April. In the paper, the authors summarize the global burden of maternal mortality and the urgency to make EPMM a priority within a human rights framework.The paper summarizes the successes and weaknesses of the Millennium Development Goals and how as a global community we should approach the post-2015 agenda as countries strive to address direct and indirect causes of maternal mortality and morbidities. In addition, a strategic approach to EPMM is necessary given global and national disparities in maternal mortality with 99% of maternal mortality occurring in the developing world and wide national disparities within both developed and developing countries, as well.In order to address these inequities, there are specific targets for global and country equity in maternal mortality ratio (MMR) reduction.  The goal is to reduce the global average MMR to 70 per 100,000 live births by 2030. In order to foster equity at a country level, countries with MMRs less than 420 in 2010 must reduce their MMR by 2/3 while countries with a baseline MMR greater than 420 in 2010 must achieve an MMR below twice the global average, or 140, by 2030.In order to strengthen global consensus on goals and strategies for EPMM, the authors would like your comments on this draft paper before it is finalized. Please submit your comments and feedback on Strategies toward ending preventable maternal mortality, by July 31st, 2014 to this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Lauri Romanzi on Rethinking Maternal Morbidity Care in a Historical Context

first_imgIn May 1855, Dr. James Marion Sims opened the first obstetric fistula hospital in New York City. Just 40 years later, it closed, reflecting a sharp decline in maternal morbidity rates in the United States and other Western countries. The Waldorf Astoria Hotel now stands on the site of the former hospital. “We know that we have eradicated obstetric fistula in high income countries; it happened at the turn of the 20th century,” says Dr. Lauri Romanzi, project director of Fistula Care Plus, in this week’s podcast.That timing is crucial, says Romanzi, because there is a narrative that argues certain social determinants must be changed to eradicate fistula in developing countries today, such as forced marriage, teen pregnancy, women’s education and suffrage, antenatal care, and gender-based violence. Yet at the turn of the 20th century in the United States and Europe, many of these “mandatory” determinants were far from modern progressive standards (teen pregnancy remains substantially higher in the United States than other industrialized nations).Speaking at a Wilson Center Maternal Health Initiative event, Romanzi says the turning point for fistula eradication in Western countries coincided with the advent of crude anesthetics, such as chloroform on cloth, which revolutionized surgical practices and made Caesarian sections more feasible for mothers. “Possibly that was a catalyst at that time, in those cultures,” she says. “We need to figure out what today’s catalyst is.”Beyond the “Truffle Hunt”Obstetric fistula is a childbirth injury caused by prolonged obstructed labor, often leading to incontinence, social stigmatization, infection, and even mental illness. Though fistula is almost entirely preventable and largely eradicated in high-income countries, it is still widespread in the developing world. Prevention and treatment is very simple says Romanzi, yet progress is moving slowly, leading some to question existing approaches.Romanzi notes that in countries where fistula is more common, Cesarean section rates hover around 5 percent, whereas the ideal rate to prevent maternal morbidities is about 15 percent. But increasing the Cesarean section rate without regard to quality of care may cause further complications such as iatrogenic fistula, which is a form of genital fistula unintentionally caused by a health care provider. Iatrogenic fistula is often much more complicated than obstetric cases and is more likely to damage the kidneys, says Romanzi.The “invisibility” of fistula and maternal morbidity care in general is often reflected in funding streams. A bigger budget for one West African hospital increased the number of deliveries the maternity ward could handle from 5,000 to 15,000 a year. Yet there was still only one operating theater, and poor quality of care caused many women to develop complications. “It’s an obstetric fistula factory,” says Romanzi. Patients are often funneled to a fistula clinic literally down the hill from the hospital to treat these maternal morbidities.“Fistula has gotten a lot of attention, and deservedly so,” she says. “But there are many other morbidities as well.” Romanzi proposes implementing an obstructed labor screening program that would utilize many existing resources to address the multiple needs that obstructed labor patients have, rather than simply focusing on the “truffle hunt” of targeting fistula.It’s important to look at the many factors that make eliminating maternal morbidities such a stubborn challenge in many places – patient to midwife ratios, midwifery education programs, waste management, water security, medical supply chains, and others, says Romanzi. She suggests focusing on localized, multi-sectoral, and self-sufficient systems that target disparities between the poor and wealthy to improve all areas of women’s health.“The goal is that every woman, every time, has access to a facility that is outfitted and staffed to meet a minimum standard of care, within which both the health outcomes of the baby and the mother are optimized,” she says, “and that that care is rendered in a humane, kind, and caring fashion.”Lauri Romanzi spoke at the Wilson Center on July 14.Friday Podcasts are also available for download on iTunes.Sources: Academy of Surgical Research, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Fistula Care Plus, Fistula Foundation, Medscape, RH Reality Check, The World Bank, World Health Organization.This podcast and summary originally appeared on The New Security Beat, the blog of the Environmental Change and Security Program at the Wilson CenterShare this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on July 28, 2015June 12, 2017By: Josh Feng, Intern, Environmental Change and Security Program, Wilson CenterClick 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) Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

International Day to End Obstetric Fistula: Ending Fistula Within a Generation

first_imgPhoto: “Africa Partnerships Hamlin Fistula 12” © 2009 Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, used under a Creative Commons Attribution license 2.0Share this: Obstetric Fistula ResourcesDouble Burden of Tragedy: Stillbirth and Obstetric FistulaThis commentary, following The Lancet Stillbirth Series in 2011, draws attention to the highly prevalent link between obstetric fistula and stillbirth.  According to the meta-analysis of obstetric fistula studies published between 1990 and 2015, 90% of pregnancies in which the women develops obstetric fistula result in stillbirth.Good Practices on Ending Obstetric FistulaPublished in 2014, this UNFPA resource shares implementation strategies, progress, and lessons learned from program components and Campaign to End Fistula partner activities. Good Practices describes both challenges and innovations in addressing obstetric fistula.Maternal Health Thematic Fund 2014 ReportThis report examines the impact of UNFPA in ending fistula through the Campaign to End Fistula, one of the main projects of the Maternal Health Thematic Fund. Launched in 2008, the Maternal Health Thematic Fund manages programs in midwifery and emergency obstetric and newborn care that work to prevent and treat fistula. The 2014 report also identifies challenges in fistula prevention.New Research to Shorten Recovery Time For Fistula RepairThis MHTF blog post summarizes findings from Fistula Care Plus Project’s large multi-center randomized controlled trial published in the Lancet, which demonstrated that short duration catheterization is safe and effective following simple fistula repair surgery.Psychological Symptoms and Social Functioning Following Repair of Obstetric Fistula in a Low-Income SettingThis exploratory study identifies changes in psychological symptoms following fistula repair surgery, discharge, and reintegration home among women in rural Tanzania. The authors note the importance of equipping women with coping strategies should they experience residual fistula symptoms.Restoring Hope and Dignity: New Developments and Best Practices in Addressing Maternal MorbiditiesSupported by the MHTF, this Wilson Center event featured a panel presentation of the newest data and best practices from those who work most closely with maternal morbidities like obstetric fistula and pelvic organ prolapse. The speakers discussed root causes of maternal morbidities as well as new approaches and barriers to addressing the global burden of obstetric fistula.Selected Organizations Working to End FistulaCampaign to End FistulaFistula Care Plus Project at EngenderHealthFistula FoundationOperation FistulaDo you have any other resources on obstetric fistula that you’d like to recommend? If so, email us at We’d love to hear from you!Join the conversation on ending obstetric fistula within a generation using #FistulaDay. ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:center_img Posted on May 23, 2016July 11, 2017By: Kayla McGowan, Project Coordinator, 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)In honor of International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, May 23, we’ve compiled resources related to obstetric fistula, a serious and tragic health condition that impacts the lives of women and families around the world. While the global prevalence rate is not known, estimates suggest that obstetric fistula affects around 2 million women primarily in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The devastating effects of fistula include incontinence of urine and/or feces, often accompanied by depression, social isolation, and poverty.Fortunately, the condition is usually treatable and preventable. The maternal health community can support this year’s theme of ending fistula within a generation by promoting universal access to high quality emergency obstetric care, treatment, and social support.last_img read more

The truth behind those unemployment rates

first_imgOver the past few years, we’ve surveyed thousands of independent workers about their employment situations and found that a significant portion are working, but not as much as they would like to, figures which have increased in recent times. That’s why it was no surprise when I spotted “Part-Time Workers Mask Unemployment Woes”, in The New York Times. The article explains that, while the national unemployment rate is 9.5%, this does not include those individuals who have given up looking for work or part-timers seeking full-time employment. Taking into consideration this broader view of both unemployment and underemployment, various states, like California, have rates topping 20%, twice as high as a year ago. And, while seasoned professionals are taking a hit in finding work, it’s especially hard for new grads. The recent Columbia alum magazine even profiled five recent grads and their employment prospects. One was the editor of the school paper who does not yet have a job and another was taking an entrepreneurial approach and starting his own business. So, how are you faring? What are your tips for getting all the work you need?last_img read more

Goal A-League 20: No.7 – Bruno Fornaroli

first_imgA-League Goal’s Top 20 A-League players: No.7 – Bruno Fornaroli Kieran Francis @kieran_francis Last updated 2 years ago 07:08 29/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bruno Fornaroli Melbourne City A-League Melbourne City Goal counts down the top 20 players currently playing in the A-League, as voted by its Australian journalists 7. BRUNO FORNAROLI | Melbourne City Age: 30Nationality: UruguayanPosition: StrikerA-League apps: 56 (Melbourne City)A-League goals: 40 (Melbourne City)Other clubs: Nacional (Uruguay), Sampdoria (Italy), San Lorenzo (Argentina), Recreativo Huelva (Spain), Panathinaikos (Greece), Danubio (Uruguay)Achievements: FFA Cup (2016), A-League Golden Boot (2015-16), Uruguayan Primera Division (Nacional 2010-11, Danubio 2013-14)WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOWAll anyone really knew about Melbourne City’s new Uruguayan striker when he joined the club was that his nickname was ‘El Tuna’.Bruno Fornaroli arrived as Melbourne City’s marquee for the 2015-16 season and embarked on an extraordinary run that saw him score 25 goals in 29 matches to claim the competition’s Golden Boot and club player of the year award.It wasn’t just the volume of goals though, it was also the sheer quality of goal scored by Fornaroli, who found the back of the net in the most spectacular ways as much as he was clinical from close range. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. Bruno Fornaroli Melbourne City v Newcastle Jets A-League 10112016He is still the only player to ever score more than 20 goals in a season.Fornaroli’s second campaign at City wasn’t as prolific as his first but he scored 17 goals and only finished two strikes behind joint Golden Boot winners Besart Berisha and Jamie Maclaren.It’s likely he will go down alongside Archie Thompson, Shane Smeltz and Besart Berisha as the greatest strikers to grace the competition.2017-18 PROSPECTS Fornaroli suffered a fractured ankle in City’s FFA Cup quarter final win against Hakoah Sydney City and will be sidelined until December at the minimum.It’s a huge blow for City’s title hopes and they will be hoping the Uruguayan returns to his best in the new year.The club hasn’t replaced their star striker yet but has been linked with a move for Scottish forward Ross McCormack as an injury replacement. Goal A-League 20: No.8 – Rhyan Grant (Sydney FC) No.9 – Eugene Galekovic (Melb City) No.10 – Andy Keogh (Perth Glory) No.11 – Alex Brosque (Sydney FC) No.12 – Bobo (Sydney FC) No.13 – Kosta Barbarouses (Melb Victory) No.14 – Isaias Sanchez (Adelaide United) No.15 – Luke DeVere (Brisbane Roar) No.16 – Michael Jakobsen (Melb City) No.17 – Brendon Santalab (WSW) No.18 – Michael Zullo (Sydney FC) No.19 – Brandon O’Neill (Sydney FC) No.20 – Matt McKay (Brisbane Roar) No.6 in Goal’s Top 20 A-League players will be named on Friday.last_img read more

Why Kyler Murray is set to forfeit a $4.6m MLB bonus and join the NFL

first_imgSo this is what a college athlete with real leverage looks like. Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray has done a masterful job pitting two sporting giants, Major League Baseball and the National Football League, against each other.Let’s rewind for a moment to explain what’s happened. Murray was a brilliant two-sport athlete in high school, which is little surprise given that his father was once a star quarterback at Texas A&M and his uncle played professionally for the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs. Murray started off his college career playing both sports, but the Oakland A’s were excited enough by his talent that they picked Murray in the 2018 first-year player draft and signed him to a deal that guaranteed the outfielder $4.6m. This despite the fact that Murray was still playing football.The rest, as they say, is history. Murray, who had been a fringe college football player prior to the 2018 season, strolled into the Sooner’s QB-friendly offense and exploded. Murray threw for 4,361 yards, ran for another 1,001 and accounted for 54 total touchdowns (42 passing, 12 rushing), leading Oklahoma to the College Football Playoff. He capped the year off by winning the Heisman Trophy, the sport’s most prestigious individual honor. Twitter … 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. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. 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. Suddenly the decision became a bit more difficult: football or baseball? On Monday, Murray revealed his choice with a simple tweet: It could have changed NFL forever: the day the Royals drafted Elway and Marino Share on WhatsApp Facebook Support The Guardian US sports Kyler Murray takes batting practice after signing his contract with the Oakland A’s in June. Photograph: Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images NFL Read more features But that’s not the end of the discussion. Monday was the deadline for Murray to declare himself eligible for April’s NFL draft, not the fail-safe point before his final decision. He hasn’t signed a deal with an NFL team, and could still report for spring training with the A’s at the end of February. If he does choose football, he will forfeit his $4.6m bonus with the A’s.That gives Murray, his family and representatives a month to figure out how much he’s worth to an NFL team, but the general feeling is that he’s a star in the making even if, at 5ft 10in, he is very small for an NFL quarterback. For example, the new Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury said in October he would take Murray with the first overall pick in this year’s draft if he had the chance.If Murray is confident he will be a first-round selection, and his first love is football, this should be an easy decision: the NFL wins every time. Let’s start with the money. The average annual MLB salary is around $4.5m compared to $2.9m in the NFL. What’s more, baseball players’ careers are longer and every cent of their contracts are fully guaranteed.But quarterbacks selected in the first round aren’t average players. Last year’s top overall pick, Baker Mayfield, landed a $21.8m signing bonus and will earn $32m during his four-year rookie deal. Even at the tail end of the first round, NFL signal-calles do well for themselves. Lamar Jackson, selected 32nd overall in the 2018 draft, the final pick of the opening round, commanded a signing bonus a hair above $4.9m, more than Murray’s current deal with the A’s. Topics Trevor Lawrence is already great at 19. Money is keeping him out of the NFL There’s a lifestyle question here, too. Murray was a superstar before he turned 18: he may have been the best high school football player in Texas history. At Oklahoma, he won the biggest award college sports has to offer. But getting to the big leagues in baseball is hard. Top draft picks are routinely sent down to the minors to develop their games: the average player spends anywhere from three to five years in the farm system, sometimes longer, and the flameout rate even among touted prospects is high. Minor-league lifers earn below a living wage thanks to a spending bill that exempts baseball teams from having to pay minor-league players minimum wage and overtime for all hours worked. A life of luxury it is not.NFL players, by contrast, are thrown directly into action. There is no minor league or developmental structure you must work through before seeing the field, since college serves that purprise. Murray may not start right away in the NFL, or have overnight success, but he’ll at least get to enjoy all the trappings of being a professional athlete, and a star one at that.MLB does have one thing going for it, however: long-term health. Baseball is unquestionably easier on the body than football. The NFL has never been safer but it is not safe. Even with all the rule changes meant to protect the health of quarterbacks, playing pro football is asking for a lifetime of health concerns, and the dangers of brain trauma in the NFL are never far from the national conversation. Retired baseball players, meanwhile, still suffer the aches of pains of anyone who has devoted their life to sports, but the incidence of serious brain injury relative to football is infinitesimal. And, besides, any MLB player who spends 41 days on a big-league roster is granted a pension and access to MLB’s healthcare program for life.Ultimately, Murray will soon be a very rich young man, whichever sport he chooses. He has played his hand perfectly so far, leveraging the NFL and MLB against one another in a way no athlete has since John Elway. Now he gets to follow his heart and pick the sport he grew up dreaming of playing. Only he knows which one that is. Share on Twittercenter_img College sports The dynamics of long-term quarterback deals are changing, too. Many NFL contracts sound huge but much of the money is not guaranteed. That paradigm appears to be shifting. Kirk Cousins’ agent made sure the $90m contract his client signed with the Vikings last offseason was wholly guaranteed. Aaron Rodgers worked out a similar deal in which close to $100m of his new deal is non-refundable.Off the field, football has the edge, too. Cam Newton, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees all earn more money in endorsements than they do from their NFL salaries. To reach that level of fame in MLB, and therefore command that kind of money, is a long, arduous road. After all, baseball has failed spectacularly to market Mike Trout, arguably the most gifted player in the game’s rich history.Last year a market research firm told the Washington Post that only 22% of Americans know who Trout is. Only LeBron James, Lionel Messi and Aaron Rodgers compare to Trout on the field: all-time greats doing all-time great things in the social media age. But according to the Post report, Trout’s recognition level was equal with NBA bench player Kenneth Faried. Only one baseball player ranks in the 100 most followed athletes on Twitter: Tim Tebow, a former college football star, whose baseball career is stuck in the New York Mets’ minor-league system.There’s a slight chance the financial discrepancy won’t be so great if Murray does choose baseball. ESPN reported on Sunday that MLB had given the A’s approval to offer Murray a major league deal with significant guaranteed money – Murray wants $15m – in an effort to convince him to stick to baseball. MLB rules prevent teams from signing players right out of the draft to major league deals, but Murray’s situation is considered unique given his post-draft success and national relevancy. Share via Email Baseball Pinterest Kyler Murray (@TheKylerMurray)I have declared for the NFL Draft.January 14, 2019 College football Share on Pinterest Read more Oakland Athletics Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn MLB Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Mohali crowd chant Dhoni, Dhoni after Rishabh Pant’s missed chances vs Australia

first_imgMohali crowd chant Dhoni, Dhoni after Rishabh Pant’s missed chances vs AustraliaIndia vs Australia: Rishabh Pant was also trolled on social media after his goof-ups behind the stumps in fourth ODI against Australia in Mohali on Sunday. scorecard Rajarshi Gupta MohaliMarch 10, 2019UPDATED: March 11, 2019 09:58 IST India vs Australia 4th ODI Mohali: Rishabh Pant was subjected to ‘Dhoni, Dhoni’ chants after missing a couple of chances. (AP Photo)Rishabh Pant replaced MS Dhoni as wicketkeeper for the final two ODIs against Australia and he had a tough time behind the stumps in Mohali. The crowd did not let Pant forget he was filling in for a legend after the 21-year-old wicketkeeper from Delhi goofed up.To be fair to Pant, he batted well. He came out at No. 5 and hit 36 off 24 including four fours and a six. Thanks to his cameo and Vijay Shankar’s fireworks, India set Australia 359 to win.However, Pant was all at sea with his glovework. Yuzvendra Chahal bowled one down the leg-side and Pant failed to collect it as Ashton Turner survived. The Australian batsman had enough time to get back in. In the same over, Alex Carey also benfited from Pant’s sloppy glovework. It all happened in the 44th over.INDIA VS AUSTRALIA LIVE SCORE, 4TH ODITurner brought up his fifty and with Carey kept Australia alive in the steep chase.Itne me toh Dhoni out karke celebrate bhi kar leta. #INDvAUS | | (@AkshayKatariyaa) March 10, 2019You vs the guy she tells you not to worry about. #INDvAUS | | (@AkshayKatariyaa) March 10, 2019The crowd in Mohali was missing MS Dhoni’s glovework and immediately started chanting his name.”They’re missing MSD (Dhoni),” one commentator said, as quoted by Fox Sports.”It’s a little unfair on the young kid,” another commentator said.”They’re chanting ‘Dhoni’ every time he (Pant) misses a bit from behind the stumps. That’s really hard and unfair from the crowd.”advertisementRishabh Pant, who recenly earned a Grade A central contract with BCCI, is widely believed to be MS Dhoni’s successor. He is being tried out in the final two ODIs against Australia so the Indian team management can decide if he is good enough to make it to the World Cup squad.In Australia, Rishabh Pant was on fire behind the stumps. He was also solid with the bat and was the second highest run-scorer behind Cheteshwar Pujara in the 4-Test series which India won 2-1.MS Dhoni had a poor time with the bat in 2018 but this year, he has found form and has already hit four fifties – three of those have come in winning causes.Dhoni is no longer the finisher he once was but his glovework is still brilliant. In 341 matches, MS Dhoni has efftected 434 dismissals including 314 catches and 120 stumpings.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 Tags :Follow Rishabh PantFollow MS DhoniFollow India vs AustraliaFollow India vs Australia 4th ODI graphs view more view lesscenter_img commentary No data available! advertisementlast_img read more

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Final Prize Money: England get USD 4 million, New Zealand pocket USD 2 million

first_imgICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Final Prize Money: England get USD 4 million, New Zealand pocket USD 2 millionEngland cricket team will get richer by USD 4 million for winning the Cricket World Cup 2019 after they beat New Zealand in a humdinger of a final played at the Lord’s cricket ground in London on Sunday. New Zealand NZ New Zealand tied with England (England win Super Over by boundaries) England Bowling ENG Bowling ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019 run out (Jason Roy) ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 15:00 (Local Time) Top Batsmen Top Batsmen 241/8 Chris Woakes (ENG) C. Woakes (ENG) Ben Stokes (ENG) B. Stokes (ENG) 241/8 Match Ended 3/42 (10) (50.0) (50.0) 6s (50.0) 241 (50.0) – 15 Toss: NZ elected to bat e/r r Fall of Wickets 1 84 (98) (1.0) Jimmy Neesham J. Neesham not out Top Bowlers Top Bowlers 1 B nb S/R Scorecard ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019, Final vs 15/1 Extras: 1 runs (B: 0, LB: 0, WD: 1, NB: 0, P: 0) view more view less New Zealand NZ Super Over 0 0 Rohan Sen LondonJuly 15, 2019UPDATED: July 15, 2019 00:56 IST ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Final Prize Money (Reuters Photo)The prize money offered to the winner’s of the Cricket World Cup 2019 is the highest ever offered in an international cricket tournament.England cricket team will get richer by USD 4 million for winning the Cricket World Cup 2019 after they beat New Zealand in a humdinger of a final played at the Lord’s cricket ground in London on Sunday.The scores were tied at 241 each after 50 overs which meant the match went into the Super Over. But even the extra 12 deliveries couldn’t separate the two teams as both England and New Zealand managed 15 runs each. But hosts England were crowned world champions as they had hit more boundaries in the match and in the Super Over.The total prize pot, which sits at USD 10 million, will see the runners-up New Zealand get USD 2 million. Losing semi-finalists Australia and India will get USD 800,000 each.The 10 teams in the tournament played against each other in a single-league format, with the top four sides – India, Australia, England and New Zealand – after 45 matches qualifying for the two semi-finals.For winning each league match, teams will get USD 40,000 each. That means the India and Australia will take home a total of USD 1.80 million each from their campaigns.Officials adjudged Kane Williamson as the Player of the Tournament for scoring 578 runs in the 10 matches. The New Zealand captain got a trophy from Sachin Tendulkar and a watch for finishing as the best player in the 46-day-long tournament.Ben Stokes was adjudged Player of the Match and he will walk away with a trophy and a watch.advertisementEngland players had decided even before the summit clash that they would split the prize money if they end up winning their maiden World Cup title.They will now split the money pro rata among the squad and they will receive a bonus on top of their England deals as well, thought to be worth up to 100,000 pounds each depending on which level of contract a player is on.England head coach Trevor Bayliss will earn a separate payment negotiated when he was appointed four years ago to spearhead the World Cup assault.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow World Cup 2019 Prize MoneyFollow World Cup 2019 Final Prize MoneyFollow Kane WilliamsonFollow Ben Stokes New Zealandcenter_img 3/37 (9) 4s 100 advertisement England ENG w Super Over Kane Williamson (c) K. Williamson (c) view full scorecard Match Ended 0 Martin Guptill M. Guptill run out (Jason Roy) 1 1 15 commentary Series Status: England wins the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup Player Of The Match: Ben Stokes Player Of The Series: Kane Williamson not out 0 No data available! 5 England 15/1 ( M. Guptill 1 Overs) , New Zealand NZ 260.0 m graphs England ENG Super Over 13 wd New Zealand batting NZ batting Jofra Archer J. Archer England ENG 0 241 R Referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SL) Umpires: Marais Erasmus (SA), Kumar Dharmasena (SL) and Rod Tucker (AUS) Liam Plunkett (ENG) L. Plunkett (ENG) o 1 Jos Buttler (ENG) J. Buttler (ENG) 0 59 (60) Nextlast_img read more