Newbie: PDP candidate for the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat and Chief Minister Mehooba Mufti’s brother Mufti Tassaduq (in glasses) meets voters. NC’s prospectus in Srinagar received a shot in the arm when PDP rebel leader and former Member of Parliament Tariq Hameed Karra joined his party. In the 2014 parliamentary polls, Mr. Karra, then a PDP candidate, defeated Dr. Abdullah with over 40,000 votes, a first ever defeat faced by the NC president.Unhappy with the PDP’s alliance with the BJP, Mr. Karra evoked Islam to seek votes for the NC. “It’s jehad to defeat the PDP-BJP.”Heavy-weight Dr. Abdullah is pitted against PDP’s recent-entrant Nazir Khan, a former Congress leader who gave a close fight to the NC working president Omar Abdullah in the Beerwah Assembly constituency.Fifteen Assembly segments of the Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency will vote this time. Of the 15, seven Assembly seats have NC MLAs, while eight have PDP MLAs.In the restive south Kashmir’s Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency, it’s first-timer Tassaduq Mufti, son of PDP patron Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, versus J&K Pradesh Congress Committee chief Ghulam Ahmad Mir, who is a joint candidate of the NC-Congress alliance.The civilian killings and injuries to over 15,000 other during the five-month unrest in 2016 is weighing heavy over the polls in south Kashmir.Mufti bastionThe Congress hopes that the growing anger and alienation, triggered by the 2016 unrest in the wake of militant commander Burhan Wani’s killing, will turn into an anti-PDP vote in otherwise a Muftis bastion. “There have been killings before 2016 too. If one traces the history of unrest in Kashmir, it goes as far as 1953. Our poll plank remains implementation of the Agenda of Alliance (AoA), which talks about peace with Pakistan and talks with all stakeholders including the Hurriyat,” PDP spokesman Mehboob Beg told The Hindu. The Congress has made its plan clear too. “Both parties, the NC and the Congress, have come together to defeat the RSS and the BJP. It’s not for power but a sincere effort to stop the march of communalism and bigotry from entering Kashmir,” said Mr. Mir.As a highly volatile south Kashmir is going to the polls on April 12, all parties have maintained a low-key public campaign so far. Mr. Tassaduq, a Bollywood cinematographer who worked in movies likeOmkara and Kameenay, recently asked his party workers “not to risk lives for his win”.Mr. Tassaduq, in his recent interviews, refused to talk about the larger political question of Kashmir and restricted himself to working for an “internal change” on the front of ecology, development and tourism.“I will fight for truthfulness,” said Mr. Tassaduq, whose prospects largely depend on the political capital earned by his father rather than his own image. It remains to be seen if that political capital has taken a dent in the wake of the PDP’s alliance with the BJP since 2015. The upcoming Lok Sabha by-elections to the Srinagar and Anantnag Lok Sabha constituencies will see a contest between the National Conference-Congress alliance and the Peoples Democratic Party over the Bharatiya Janata Party’s growing regional aspirations.NC president Dr. Farooq Abdullah, who on Monday filed his nomination papers for the Srinagar seat which is gong to the polls on April 9, called for stopping “the fast spreading fire of communalism and polarisation”.Terming the PDP “an affiliate of the RSS”, Dr. Abdullah said: “It will engulf our values and rob us of our rights, our sense of dignity and our special constitutional status. Unity against these forces is the need of the hour.”The NC has already taken pot shots at the PDP over the appointment of Yogi Adityanath as the UP chief minister. “Congratulations Mehbooba Mufti. Your friends & allies have chosen a man who called for the dead bodies of Muslim women to be raped as CM.”
The Election Commission on Saturday asked the Chief Secretary of Gujarat to submit a report on Monday, inquiring into the Congress’s allegations against the BJP that the latter has been engineering defections of its MLAs in the State. Simultaneously, the EC has directed the State government “to ensure proper security to all the MLAs and their family members”. Money powerThis comes in the wake of the Congress flying out most of its MLAs in Gujarat to Benguluru, ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls. It also follows a meeting that the Congress team, led by the Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, had with ECI officials here, when they accused the latter of using “money and muscle power to engineer and manipulate defections/ resignations”. In a memorandum to the Chief Election Commissioner, the Congress said that three of its MLAs in Gujarat, Punabhai Gamit, Mangalbhai Gavit and Ishwarvhai Patel, were approached by the BJP and its agents “to defect in consideration of monetary allurements”.
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Crystal PalaceEPLfootballjamie vardy First Published: November 3, 2019, 10:44 PM IST London: Leicester City moved up to third in the Premier League as the Foxes fine form continued with a hard-fought 2-0 win at Crystal Palace thanks to second half goals from Caglar Soyuncu and Jamie Vardy.Brendan Rodgers’s men smashed Southampton 9-0 last Friday, but were made to work much harder for all three points by a resilient Palace. Soyuncu’s stooping header from James Maddison’s corner just before the hour mark made the breakthrough and Vardy’s hot streak continued when he finished off an excellent team move two minutes from time.Leicester edge ahead of Chelsea on goal difference and six points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal, who they host next weekend, in the battle for a top four finish.Vardy had the best opportunity of an uninspired first half when a wonderful Maddison pass freed the former England international in behind, but he could not force the ball beyond Vicente Guaita from a narrow angle.Set-pieces seemed the most likely source of a goal for either side early on and Jonny Evans headed the first warning shot from the visitors looping just over moments later.Securing the W in style. pic.twitter.com/xIliuUjhgn— Leicester City (@LCFC) November 3, 2019 Vardy was then inches away from latching onto a brilliant defence-splitting pass from Youri Tielemans, but it was the hosts who threatened first after the break.Cheikhou Kouyate’s cross picked out Jordan Ayew, but the Ghanaian could not make contact as the ball flashed across goal.At the other end Evans threatened again when he met a Maddison corner with a towering header that Guaita turned over the bar.However, from the resulting corner, Leicester made the breakthrough when Soyuncu stooped to head home.Palace have scored just four goals in their first six home games of the season and their lack of a goal threat was clear as they probed for an equaliser without ever forcing Kasper Schmeichel into a serious save.Leicester then produced one of the few real moments of quality in the game to seal all three points when Vardy played a one-two with substitute Demarai Gray before drilling into the bottom corner with his left foot.
Minutes later, Hummels was substituted off to muted Minutes later, Hummels was substituted off to muted applause from the Dortmund fans.Bayern continued to push forward in vain, and two more Dortmund counter-attacks came to nothing in the final five minutes.Neither side could break the deadlock, and Guardiolas farewell was taken to extra-time.Ribery set up Lewandowski in the penalty area. The Polish striker was denied only by a brilliant challenge from Erik Durm.Dortmunds best chance came in the 103rd minute, Henrikh Mkhitaryan firing a shot across the face of goal. David Alaba also had a chance for Bayern, but neither side could score, and the final went to penalties.After Sven Bender and Sokratis failed to score for Dortmund, Douglas Costa fired home the winning penalty to give Guardiola the perfect happy ending. AFP AH AH
Next year is bursting with tech innovations, potential IPOs and cool companies hiring like crazy. Since the jobs market is booming, the unemployment rate is steady at 4.9 percent and the U.S. median base pay rose 3.1 percent year over year in November to $51,372, it seems like 2017 has an exciting outlook.This may just be the perfect year for you to find a job you love.Take a look at a few of the awesome companies looking to make 2017 their biggest year yet!1. Dropbox In 2016, Dropbox added scanning capability to its iOS app and introduced Dropbox Paper for online document collaboration, plus it’s recently allowed paying mobile users to designate entire folders for offline access. This is a clear sign to us that Dropbox is moving fast and in the right direction. With growing reports that Dropbox will IPO in 2017, this is one we’ll be watching closely and seeing how employees react. From marketing program manager to diversity technical sourcers, Dropbox is also staffing up. Now may be the time to apply.2. Truth InitiativeTruth Initiative is dedicated to achieving a culture where all youth and young adults reject tobacco. In 2016, they rolled out a compelling campaign about the Smokers’ Wage Gap, noting that smokers earn 20 percent less than non-smokers which translates to a loss of up to $10,000 a year. According to insiders, Truth will be launching a new, gripping campaign during the Grammy awards. We wouldn’t be surprised if that had to do with vaping. In a new report in which he cast “vaping” as an emerging public health threat for young people, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said the growing use of e-cigarettes by American teens “has the potential to create a whole new generation of kids who are addicted to nicotine.” Based in Washington DC, Truth is hiring a research assistant, digital marketing analyst and more to help fight for tobacco-free lives.3. GenslerThe San Francisco-based architecture firm is now the biggest in the world and boasts clients like Facebook, Airbnb and Salesforce. As the trend of innovative and beautiful office spaces continues to grow, Gensler is at the forefront of creating high-performing and collaborative work environments. We expect their work will only continue to wow as large companies lead the way in building solar-powered offices that don’t rely on fossil fuels. Plus, Gensler is one of the 2017 Best Places to Work, with employees raving about their company culture, innovative projects, and talented people. Interested in joining a winning team? They’re hiring.4. LiveNationLiveNation has been one of the go-to outlets for entertainment and music, but 2017 promises the next level of interaction. Citi, LiveNation and NextVR recently announced a partnership to produce a series of up to ten live virtual reality concerts as part of the banking concern’s longtime “Backstage with Citi” initiative, which rewards card members with thousands of events annually. In full swing in 2017, the series will transport fans via virtual reality technology into an immersive experience with what the companies’ claim are the “world’s biggest artists.” The initiative will include select concerts and “backstage” experiences with artists. Radio heads, get in while jobs are still available.5. TeslaWith Tesla’s Model 3 expected to hit markets next fall with its $35,000 price tag, we could all see more of the sleek sedans on the highways. Plus, Tesla and Uber are both vying to break into (really, create) the driverless car industry, making autonomous vehicles synonymous with Elon Musk’s brainchild. Needless to say, Tesla is one of the companies to watch in 2017. And with over 3,000 open jobs available at the motor company, you could be a part of history if you just apply.6. WeWorkRenting out office space to businesses, freelancers and entrepreneurs, WeWork is effectively a real estate management company. However, WeWork has an extremely high $15 billion valuation, which is more closely aligned with major Silicon Valley tech companies. At a tech conference over the summer, company CEO Adam Neumann stated he was not afraid to take the company public, and indicated he was eager to make his investors money. Could 2017 be the year? We’re excited to see if it is. The business model and the co-working spaces popping up across the country address a real need as more and more Americans look to work remotely. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, they’re hiring this month too! Sales leads, community managers, analysts and even director-level positions are all open and accepting resumes now.7. Vice MediaWhat began as an indie magazine in 1994 has now morphed into a global media company now operating in 30 countries.Vice Media is a news outlet that often reports on edgy topics, such as sex and drugs, and is marketed to millennials. According to PrivCo estimates, Vice’s valuation at IPO may be close to $5 billion. “The reason why Vice News is successful is because there was this sort of misconception that young people don’t care about news, they don’t care about international news—all of which as people realize now is completely untrue,” said Shane Smith, founder of Vice. “They just didn’t like the way news was presented to them.” Solidifying deals with HBO and a new nightly news show on their own channel in 2016, next year promises to see more unique programming and dynamic coverage. And we’re tuning in, for sure.8. NextivaOver 100,000 companies rely on Nextiva for their business VoIP communications and cloud technology. In 2017, this number will only grow as businesses look for simpler and more efficient ways to communicate. The Arizona-based company prides itself on its “Amazing Service,” and its focus on the customer and customer care. Based on the way the team treated the analysts and consultants at the recent nextCon event, it’s clear that the company really lives and breathes “Amazing Service.” Nextiva is in the process of setting up more international infrastructure based on the success of small-and-medium businesses and big franchises like Burger King, Taco Bell, Target and even the Conan O’Brien Show. Looking to work in telecomms? Nextiva could be your next big step.9. SlackThe team communication startup has been a Silicon Valley darling ever since it hit the tech scene, especially in discussions around diversity and inclusion. But 2017 promises to be the year of Slack. Next year, Google Drive will automatically extend permissions on a file to members of a Slack channel where the file is shared. Forget the manual share—Slack will do it for you. You’ll also be able to view more detailed previews of a file’s contents, whether it’s a document or spreadsheet, right within Slack. And a new Google Drive Slack bot will now ping you about changes to a file. #Winning. If you were looking for an excuse to leave your current job for the hottest startup on the scene, Slack has given you plenty of reasons. Jobs are in demand, so polish your resume now.
Sales Associate Belle Tire Auburn Hills, MI Sales Insurance Broker The Summers Family Services Remote 23 hours ago 23h 4.2★ 3.1★ Sales Specialist Sumitomo Riko Bluffton, OH N/A 3.8★ N/A 23 hours ago 23h Sales Consultant US Auto Sales Charlotte, NC 23 hours ago 23h Sales jobs often stink. Maybe the service delivered isn’t exactly what you described, or your sales quota is sky high. That’s probably why it takes an average of 41 days to fill technical sales positions yet only 33 days to fill similar jobs in other fields.But some people were born to sell. If you’re that person — the right combination of confident and tenacious — you may be thinking, “What is this guy talking about? I literally just applied for four sales positions.”That’s great. The key, though, is to make sure you’re applying to a company that’s the right sales fit for your personality and skill set. Trust me: You want your job to be the right fit. Employees in stressful work situations report more serious health issues than those at positive companies.A wide range of factors determine whether a job is going to be a good match for you. Don’t just look at the salary and benefits — consider the company culture, whether you can see yourself there long-term, and whether the company’s mission aligns with your own values.Are your potential co-workers more introverted or extroverted (and it can go either way with salespeople)? Are they collaborative and honest? Will they give you the feedback you need? If you find a job that meets all of your requirements, you’ll want to ace the interview to show that you’re the right fit. Here are four ways to help your interviewer see that you and the company are a perfect match:1. Treat the interview like a sales call.Any sales book or training system will tell you that the best sales calls are when the prospect talks more than the salesperson. So why should an interview be any different? Out of hundreds of interviews I have conducted, just one candidate for a sales position started her interview by asking me a question. I hired her almost immediately.When interviewing for a sales role, you need to be able to sell your interviewer on your ability to do the job. Prepare for the interview as well as you would a sales call. Know your stuff. Be prepared to answer questions about competition, pricing, etc.2. Showcase your experience as the right experience.My company (and there are plenty like it) never hires Millennials with no sales experience. There’s a real benefit to hiring someone who has sold another product and now wants to sell mine.Even if you don’t have traditional sales experience, make sure you can package some of your other experience as relevant to sales. In addition, I love when candidates have read (or at least heard of) the same sales books that I have. Some of my favorites that are good reads for both experienced and inexperienced salespeople are “The Challenger Sale” and “Pitch Anything.”6 Jobs With No Experience Needed3. Be ready with great sales success stories, not just goals met.Employees measure success differently, but those metrics reveal a lot. Résumés that mention 360 consecutive quotas met don’t impress me. Who set the quota? What was the product? What were your incentives?I want to hear a good sales success story. So when the time is right, tell a story that shows that you get it. It’s very telling to hear what people consider successful. Do they understand that success isn’t necessarily just a sale, but rather a loyal customer? Hearing how they determine and achieve success not only shares a good sales story, but it also reveals what is important to the candidate.Prepare an anecdote that reveals a deeper level of understanding: Lots of sales this month are good in the short-term, but a good relationship is forever. Those kinds of people understand how to succeed, regardless of whether they’ve done it yet. 40 Interview Questions You Should Be Prepared to Ask & Answer4. Show that you can find leads yourself.It’s one thing to close deals that were referred to you or were generated from SEO or web leads. It’s quite another to close deals that you prospected from scratch: deals you took all the way from stranger to customer. When I am interviewing a sales candidate, I want to hear that you can execute on this — that you are not an account manager (nothing against account managers, of course). If you’re going to be a salesperson, you need to show that you can run a process that takes a prospect from total stranger to customer. This way, even if your leads will be generated from referrals or search, you’ve shown that you can close.Sales is not for everyone. But people with the right talents and experience can thrive in the field. 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4.2★ 4.1★ Browse Open Jobs As you are about to attend a team meeting at work, your manager asks you to walk with her into an empty room. You are puzzled because this is out of the ordinary. She places a pink slip on the table, and your heart starts to beat faster, and faster. These six words come rolling out in what seems like slow-motion: “We have to let you go.” Sure, your inclination is to grab your personal effects, then run out the door with as few coworkers seeing you as possible. However, there is some important information you need before you head for the elevators. Most people that lose their job are unaware of the benefits, and helpful information to ask during a job loss that will get them prepared to get back into the workforce. This experience can be stressful and disappointing especially if this is your first job or you had long-term goals to stay with a company. You are not alone. Here are a few questions we recommend you ask if your professional world has been turned upside down.Question #1: Do you have outplacement services?Some employers offer outplacement services to laid-off employees to help them with job searching, resume writing, career coaching, and overall transitioning. The employer pays for it to help you find new job opportunities. Not only will it save you time searching for a new job, but it can help to improve your confidence while navigating this challenging situation.If outplacement services are unavailable, get creative by binge-watching your way into a new job with interview tutorials on YouTube. Instead of letting this situation keep you down, rise above it and get ready for upcoming interviews.As you meet new people through your previous employer’s outplacement service program, hand out your business cards to recruiters, potential employers, and professionals when networking. It will set you apart from people in your field and leave an impression that you are ready to get back to work.8 Networking Strategies You Haven’t Thought of YetQuestion #2: Is ongoing health insurance available for a time?The premium on your health insurance is one way to receive financial help. Ask if there is a continuing coverage that is available after you leave the company. If the service is unavailable, ask if you can open a private health insurance policy. It might cover Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Question #3: What is the reason for my termination?One of the most mature decisions you can make before you leave is to find out the reason why you were fired or laid off. In most states, an explanation from your manager is not required by law, but it doesn’t hurt to ask.The reason why it is important to inquire is if they had to let you go for poor work performance, you can reflect and figure out if there is a way that you can prevent the repeated behavior in the future. If it is because the company is experiencing financial loss, at least you can rest assured it had nothing to do with you.The ability to gain closure is a part of personal and career development. The last thing you want to do is leave without an explanation or possibly live with the nagging feeling that you were the problem.What to Do When Your Boss Is Mad at YouQuestion #4: Would you be willing to provide me with a professional reference?If this was your first job, a layoff or termination feels like an even bigger blow to the professional ego. However, it’s important to evaluate whether you can ask your manager for a professional reference in spite of the pink slip. It is wise to ask your manager for a letter of reference or if he/she can act as a reference when a new company is interested in hiring you. Another idea is to contact someone on your team that you had a good working relationship with to be a work reference. Your previous colleague can vouch for your potential, effective communication skills and enthusiasm to get the job done on time.Question #5: Does the company offer unemployment insurance? If so, do I qualify?The United States Department of Labor states that people who are laid off can apply for Unemployment Insurance (UI) if you become unemployed through no fault of your own, and meet certain other eligibility requirements. This insurance may provide for food, rent, and other necessities. Don’t feel ashamed. Remember that everyone needs help sometimes. Even the most successful CEOs and industry titans have experienced a job loss or rejection before finding success. 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Chelsea remain determined to close a deal for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku.The Daily Star says Lukaku remains Chelsea’s No.1 striker target despite suggestions they are also keen on Manchester United target Alvaro Morata.The Blues have agreed terms of in excess of £150,000 with the Belgian striker return to Stamford Bridge.Everton say they want a world record £100m for the 24-year-old.But Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich won’t sanction paying so much for a player they sold to the Toffees for £28m three years ago.Negotiations look set to drag on through the summer, leading to speculation the west Londoners could turn to Real Madrid hitman Morata.But a source close to the club insisted last night: “Lukaku is still the one they want.”
Stoke City are still to field offers for Giannelli Imbula.The Sentinel says Stoke are letting it be known to interested parties that a loan deal is off the table as they seek to offload the 24 year-old Frenchman.And the club’s top brass, which met last Thursday, insist Stoke will be no pushover on price despite Imbula’s dramatic fall from grace during his 18 months in the Premier League.Stoke forked out a club record £18.3m to sign him from FC Porto and the fee has clearly weighed heavily on Imbula as he visibly struggled to acclimatise to the greater physical and defensive demands of the Premier League.Stoke are looking to recoup a sizeable chunk of that £18.3m up front, with scope to negotiate further add-ons to minimize the financial hit on one of the club’s most publicised transfer flops ever.
Manchester United defender Matthew Olosunde admits he sees Antonio Valencia as a role model.Olosunde enjoyed a superb end to last season at Manchester United, travelling with the first-team squad twice and almost making the bench.The United States youth international told ManUtd.com: “He is a real inspiration. Bombing forward but also being great defensively. I really look up to him.”When I watch him play, I just think I appreciate he’s a great player and a great marking point to reach for. He’s a big guy and so strong.”He added: “I feel really comfortable at right-back and have done pretty well. I feel like I know my surroundings and have my bearings so I feel good when I’m out with the players on the pitch.”
Today I’m continuing yesterday’s theme: giving your supporters the means to promote you. It’s even better than finding celebrity spokespeople. After all, the number one reason people give money or take action is because someone asked them — especially someone they know. So how do you give your core supporters ways to be evangelists for your cause? 1. Send them a nifty email and ask them to forward it to five friends. Make it an email that just asks for a simple action, like signing a petition or joining a community so you can get the email addresses of those five friends and cultivate them as donors. 2. If they have a blog, ask them to link to you or fundraise for you on their blog. Give them cool tools to do it. At Network for Good, we’re creating cool tools to give bloggers to call attention to your cause next month. In the meantime, check out Word of Blog.3. Send your supporters cool pictures or put them on Flickr and ask people to share the good work you are doing. Pictures are so compelling.4. Ask your supporters to hold events for you, like dinner party fundraisers or races and make it easy for them to recruit people with tools like First Giving.5. Ask them to tell their stories to you (so you can spread them). I love this new campaign encouraging women to vote by sharing stories of their “first times” voting in an attention-seizing way. The personal stories your supporters have about why they support you are often far more interesting and compelling then any appeal you could create.
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on April 12, 2010July 14, 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 paper, Maternal mortality for 181 countries, 1980-2008: a systematic analysis of progress towards Millennium Development Goal 5,was published today, April 12th, 2010, in the Lancet Online First–and will soon be published in the Lancet print edition.The authors of the paper, estimate that there were 342,900 (uncertainty interval 302,100-394,300) maternal deaths worldwide in 2008, a reduction from 526,300 (446,400-629,600) in 1980. They estimate that more than 50% of all maternal deaths in 2008 occurred in six countries: India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The authors also conclude that, “In the absence of HIV, there would have been 281,500 (243,900-327,900) maternal deaths worldwide in 2008.”The MHTF encourages you to read the paper–and let us know your thoughts in the comments section of this post.You might also be interested in Richard Horton’s commentary on these new findings. Please also share your thoughts on Horton’s piece in the comments section of this blog post.Share this:
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on June 8, 2011August 17, 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)The following is part of a series of project updates from the Department of Community Medicine at Rajarata University of Sri Lanka. MHTF is supporting their project, Measuring Economic Impact of Maternal Morbidity. More information on MHTF supported projects can be found here.Written by: Department of Community MedicineThe main objective of the MMP project of the Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka was to develop a tool kit to assess productivity and household cost of pregnancy and ill health during pregnancy. After 12 months of project work, the tool kit is now available online for all Sri Lankan researchers and also all the other researchers with similar cultural settings.This tool kit has originally been developed by the Initiatives for maternal mortality programme assessment (Immpact). The Immpact web tool kit was field tested in Ghana. Since the settings in Ghana was completely different from Sri Lanka culture (and most of the South Asian cultures) the tool kit needed extensive revision. For the cultural adaptation, we used we used the Sumathipala and Murray method in combination with series of focus group discussions, in-depth interviews and two rounds of field testing. We combined the household cost and productivity cost questionnaire of original Immpact tool kit.An English version of the questionnaire is available on our website. Sinhalese version could be obtained by sending the request to firstname.lastname@example.org. This will be available soon in the website.Initial assessment of productivity and household cost will be carried out in one district in Sri Lanka. We encourage all other researchers to use this tool kit or cultural adaptation of Immpact tool kit as it proved to be a very good tool in our setting.Share this:
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on June 14, 2011June 20, 2017By: Mohammad Ahsan, CEDPA IndiaClick 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 following is part of a series of project updates from the Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA). The MHTF is supporting their project, Working on Integration Issues of HIV/AIDS and Maternal Health. More information on MHTF supported projects can be found here.CEDPA India with the support from MHTF has undertaken an initiative to advocate for integration of HIV and Maternal Health programs and policies in India. The effort is to build consensus on strategies which will be developed to address and advocate for the issues of integration on HIV and maternal health through consultations at state and national level. CEDPA will share information related to Maternal Health and HIV/AIDS; pool technical expertise to ensure focused discussion; involve diverse multi-sectoral stakeholders and generate interest at multiple levels through public events used to catalyze action to integrate HIV/AIDS and maternal health.So far, we have conducted a desk review of information on integrated programs and policies at national and global level. As part of this review, we have documented good practices of efforts to integrate maternal health and HIV programs by the government as well as civil society, including those implemented by the corporate sector under public private partnership. A systematic compilation of these initiatives is expected to provide evidence for replication and scale-up. We are now in the process of contacting the authors/organisations who have responded and worked on this issue to get detailed information which will help supplement in developing the compendia of best practices. Apart from following up with the authors, I have been scanning a number of reviews and technical documents. The responses that we received to our queries on HIV and MH integration programs were mostly opinions or anecdotal and not backed by evidence from evaluations or even monitoring data. Also, I could not find any case study on integration from India from these reviews. As of now, I have been able to find only few case studies. These are The Integrated Management of Adults and Adolescent Illnesses (IMAI) program, Karnataka, Karnataka HIV-RCH Integration Program and Integration of voluntary counseling and testing services, with other RCH Services, West Bengal. We are also trying to find many more cases.To get the specific information for the best practices from the reference state, Rajasthan, we organized a meeting on 19 April 2011 with Rajasthan State AIDS Control Society (RSACs), local NGOs and RCH wing of Health Department, Rajasthan. Nodal Officer for the convergence programs from RSACs shared that Rajasthan has made significant strides in the implementation of HIV care and treatment programs. Every block has ICTC centre with counselor in-positioned. The ICTC-NRHM integration program has made noteworthy progress.100 community health centres (CHC) out of total of 368 CHC’s of Rajasthan have ICTCs. In 2010, testing percentage among registered pregnant cases under PPTCT was 86% while only 71% testing was observed among direct in labor cases. A peer counselor initiative was also started with the support of UNICEF, Clinton foundation, CRS, positive network in Rajasthan where a positive person was appointed in every district with ICTCs who do field visits and provides link between services like PPTCT, ART & PLHA.At this time, it is required to get examples of full-integration that could include efforts such as capacity building of staff, supply management, prevention programs, testing, administrative integration, communication strategies, materials, etc. We know that a lot of initiatives are underway as a result of the NACO-NRHM convergence thrust; however, the experiences are not readily available in public domain. To get the experiences through different initiatives, we are planning to organize a consultation workshop in Jaipur in July 2011 that will create platform for NGOs, GOs and corporate to share their vivid experiences along with technical insights on integration of HIV and maternal health to improve health outcomes.Share this:
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on October 18, 2012March 31, 2017By: Payal Chandiramani, The 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)Obstetric fistula is “not just a medical issue, but a human issue,” said Dr. Luc de Bernis, senior maternal health advisor at UNFPA, during a September 27 panel discussion at the Wilson Center. Obstetric fistula, a hole in the birth canal that can develop between the vagina and the bladder and/or rectum during prolonged labor without proper medical intervention, is preventable and treatable but continues to affect more than two million women worldwide, mostly in developing countries where women lack access to cesarean services. Women stricken with it face severe pain and suffering, social stigmatization, and usually give birth to a stillborn child.Root Causes and EffectsFor Gillian Slinger, a nurse, midwife, and coordinator of UNFPA’s Campaign to End Fistula, the fact that there are 50,000 to 100,000 new cases of fistula every year is a sad reminder of the inequalities that exist between developing and developed countries.Although the women and girls affected by obstetric fistula may not die, the impact on their quality of life is awful, said Slinger. Many become social outcasts because of the “constant and humiliating” incontinence that often accompanies fistula, and in many traditional societies, the inability to give birth also unfortunately alienates these women from their husbands. In addition, fistula can also lead to other health issues, Slinger said, such as kidney disease, severe dehydration, and paralysis through a condition known as foot drop in which nerves in the limbs are damaged by prolonged labor.Childbirth for these women literally breaks their bodies, leaving them completely helpless. “In a world of unequals, the most unequal of unequals are the women and girls with obstetric fistula,” Slinger said.While UNFPA’s Campaign to End Fistula focuses on prevention, treatment, and reintegration into society, the Fistula Foundation’s primary function is to provide surgeries. Kate Grant, executive director of the foundation, stressed that the incidence of obstetric fistula is “a symptom of a system that either doesn’t exist or failed for women when they needed it most.” Malnourishment causes stunted pelvis growth in young girls, she said, which in turn increases the likelihood of obstetric fistula when they give birth later in life. The foundation was working exclusively in Ethiopia but is now funding projects in 19 countries.Synergizing Care or Splitting Resources?Dr. Lauri Romanzi, clinical associate professor at the New York University Langone Medical Center, suggested including uterine prolapse in the discussion with fistula. Romanzi sees patients that have experienced both, since fistula can often lead to prolapse. While there are several key differences between the two conditions, namely that obstetric fistula can be eradicated and uterine prolapse cannot, both produce comparable symptoms and require a related set of surgical skills.Celia Pett, a midwife and medical associate for fistula care at EngenderHealth, said there is a strong case to be made for integrating resources and advocacy efforts for obstetric fistula and uterine prolapse and believes it could be more cost-effective and sustainable in the long-run. But, she is skeptical about the short-term feasibility of such an approach, especially in already fragile health systems. Based on her experience in Nepal, where uterine prolapse is exceptionally high, she said practitioners found it difficult to translate the rhetoric of integration into reality.Pett said she is also concerned about competition between the two for limited resources and attention, and the demand for services outweighing the supply of medical practitioners who can actually deliver treatment.However, she remains optimistic about the role that midwives – “the specialists in childbirth” – can play to prevent and treat obstetric fistula and uterine prolapse in developing nations, where they are often the health professionals best placed to ensure continuing care for women’s health.Dealing with Challenges and Engendering SolutionsDespite the fact that obstetric fistulas are preventable, there are a great many challenges to their complete eradication.One is building infrastructure. Fistula is a traumatic injury which requires considerable medical expertise and facilities. Training surgeons from the countries in which fistula persists (mostly in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia) is the best solution for building up human capacity, said Grant. Investing in Western surgeons who would effectively be “medical tourists,” she says, is not the way to go. De Bernis echoed this sentiment by saying that the only way to solve the problem in a sustainable way is to train people to deal with the issues in their own communities instead of giving them temporary aid or assistance.Following along these lines, Romanzi spoke about an exciting development at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana, that she sees as the future for training in fistula and pelvic floor disorders in developing and middle-income nations. Without any external funding or assistance, Korle Bu recently launched a residency-level urogynecology program, based on the model of the American Urogynecologic Society and British Society of Urogynaecology’s fellowship programs. The International Urogynecological Association has since become involved, but only after being invited to participate by Korle Bu and after the program had already started. It is a three-year training program and that is exactly what is needed to learn the full range of skills, said Romanzi.Funding, however, is also an issue. It is difficult to raise money to address maternal morbidities in general, said Pett, since many resources are devoted to maternal mortality instead. There is usually a backlog of women who require treatment but are unable to receive it because of a lack of financial and human resources, said de Bernis. In places where the medical infrastructure is poor and funding lacking, Pett suggested focusing on strengthening midwives and nursing in the short term.The UNFPA’s strengthening midwifery program has done a lot to add fistula prevention strategies to midwife training, she said. In Nepal, for example, UNFPA has created specific modules on fistula and prolapse prevention for its midwifery training program. Similarly, EngenderHealth has collaborated with the East, Central, and Southern Africa Health Community to create a nursing curriculum that focuses on prevention, treatment, and care for fistula and prolapse.In addition to training and infrastructure building efforts, Slinger said that continued advocacy and awareness-raising is critical to helping to end fistula. A key strategy that works for mobilizing communities and raising awareness is working with grassroots community networks as well as using women and girls who have suffered from fistula to deliver the message of prevention.De Bernis agreed, stressing that ending obstetric fistula must be a global campaign undertaken through joint collaboration by small and big NGOs, governments, and others. When UNFPA began its Campaign to End Fistula in 2003, “it was very clear for all that piecemeal efforts will never achieve anything seriously,” he said. The diversity of the speakers on the panel showcased this type of coordinated effort and augurs well for continued collaboration around women’s health issues in the future.Event Resources:Photo GalleryVideoSources: Campaign to End Fistula, EngenderHealth, Fistula Foundation, USAID, UNFPA.Photo Credit: Sean Peoples/Wilson Center.Share this:
Posted on April 15, 2015October 27, 2016By: Meagan Byrne, Program Assistant, Gynuity Health ProjectsClick 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 Chitral district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Province, Pakistan, a high rate of home births translates to inadequate or nonexistent treatment for life-threatening obstetric complications, like postpartum hemorrhage (PPH). According to the 2012-13 Pakistan DHS report, nearly two-thirds of women deliver at home in rural areas of KP province.Customarily, home births are managed by a traditional birth attendant (TBA) and if a complication like PPH arises, the only care available is to transfer the woman to a higher level facility or have a skilled provider called to the woman’s home to administer oxytocin as treatment. In Chitral, many villages are located far from health centers and access to care is especially difficult due to poor infrastructure and limited transport. Faced with these barriers, women who develop PPH are rarely transferred to a facility, so having treatment options available at home is critical.Misoprostol, a prostaglandin analog that reduces blood loss after delivery, is a useful drug in this setting because it requires neither cold storage nor a skilled attendant to administer it. A recent study—implemented in Chitral by Gynuity Health Projects and Aga Khan Health Service, Pakistan—explored the feasibility of providing misoprostol to traditional birth attendants and having them administer it to prevent and treat PPH in home deliveries.In this study, women received misoprostol prophylaxis (a 3-tablet dose) and in the event of PPH, the TBA administered a treatment dose of misoprostol with referral to a higher level of care. Study trainings reiterated the importance of transfer if a woman experiences a delivery complication. Despite prophylaxis, there were women who were diagnosed with PPH and received study treatment. The study confirmed that TBAs are able to administer misoprostol correctly and safely for both prophylaxis and treatment.There has been an increase in the number of facility-based deliveries worldwide; yet for many women, a facility delivery is not an option. Among women in our study who had planned to have a facility delivery, many delivered at home due to road blocks, unavailable transportation, or unavailability of a family member to accompany them to the facility.There will always be women who will not be able to deliver at a facility, despite plan to do so. Among women who deliver at home and experience PPH, many will experience delays or will never be transferred to a health facility. For these women, it is imperative to have a treatment option available at the community level since the average time from onset of PPH to death is only two hours.The following video showcases infrastructure barriers to safe delivery and expresses the thoughts of TBAs and other healthcare providers on access to obstetric services in Chitral and the use of misoprostol to manage PPH. ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: This post is part of the blog series “Increasing access to maternal and reproductive health supplies: Leveraging lessons learned in preventing maternal mortality,” hosted by the Maternal Health Task Force, Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition/Maternal Health Supplies Caucus, Family Care International and the USAID-Accelovate program at Jhpiego which discusses the importance and methods of reaching women with lifesaving reproductive and maternal health supplies in the context of the proposed new global target of fewer than 70 maternal deaths per 100,000 births by 2030. To contribute a post, contact Katie Millar.Share this:
I’m originally from Chicago and I grew up hearing the phrase, “vote early and often”. Now that was usually said tongue-in-cheek, (unless we’re talking about a former Governor who has a fantastic head of hair), but I digress. In New York City this election season has offered voters an opportunity to legally vote early and often, (up to three times in two months alone!), and help choose the leadership of NYC for the next four years. Last week, we announced our endorsement of Mayor Mike Bloomberg along with a host of candidates for citywide and council offices. Click here to find out who received Freelancers Union’s seal of approval. We’re endorsing Mike Bloomberg because he has a record of delivering on freelancer issues. Thanks to Mike Bloomberg’s leadership (and a campaign fueled by our awesome members) to cut the UBT, over 17,000 New York City freelancers will save up to $3,400 each year on their taxes. Mayor Bloomberg understands that our city’s economy depends on freelancers. With a partner at the top of city government, we have a powerful ally who is committed to working on an unemployment fund for freelancers, misclassification issues, and non-payment by deadbeat customers. Let’s show the Bloomberg campaign that freelancers are a constituency worth fighting for. *Sign up here to volunteer on our Freelancers Union Action Day, Thursday, October 29th. ** We understand that the Mayor’s policies on term limits and congestion pricing have been controversial to some, and we took that into account when our endorsement committee met. But ultimately we have to make the best choice for freelancers and our endorsement committee strongly believes that Mike Bloomberg is the only candidate who is committed to making New York City a model of freelancer-friendly policies. So what are you waiting for? Sign up here to volunteer on Thursday, October 29th and help make NYC a better place to make a living as an independent worker. Also, don’t forget to find where you vote on November 3, when polls are open from 6 a.m-9 p.m. *In a couple days I’ll post a mini-history on how our whole endorsements process, not even a year old, came to be!
OK. Put your donut down for a minute and pay attention. I have some questions for you:Can you recommend a career coach for my cousin who’s thinking of leaving her job?Can you recommend a mason who could repair my front steps?Can you recommend a recruiter who could find a vice president of marketing for my 25-store restaurant chain?Take a look at the questions again and this time, pay attention to what your brain does as you read them.If your brain is anything like mine (i.e., squishy, hardworking and predisposed to help), upon reading each of these questions, it diligently starts searching itself to see if it can find a match:“My friend Sandy is a career coach.”“Maybe. There’s a guy I play basketball with who I’m pretty sure is a mason.”“Hmmm… I know a couple of recruiters but I’m not sure if any of them work in food service.”And even though these are made up examples (except for the part about my front steps; I really do need a mason), this is exactly how word of mouth business – both B2B and B2C – gets done every day:You and I ask the people we know for ideas and recommendations relative to our immediate problems. The people we know try and help.I mention all this because when it comes to getting enough of the clients we want, most of us professional service providers are too focused on proving how capable we are and not focused enough on getting recommended in the first place.“Now wait a second,” you probably just said out loud to your computer monitor and/or mason. “Isn’t that the same thing? Aren’t recommendations based on capability?”In a word, no. In two words, not really.Think about it. When I ask you for a recommendation relative to a specific problem, you immediately start looking for a match: A career coach who works in job transition. A mason in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. A recruiter who specializes in marketing people for the food service industry.Sure, if you know a great coach, or a skilled mason, or a terrific headhunter, all the better. But at this initial, “Who do you know?” stage, it’s all about the match.It’s so much not about capability, in fact, that in my experience, most of the people who offer up potential names, haven’t even worked firsthand with the people whom they’re recommending. All they know is that this person they’re telling you about appears to do the thing you need to get done.Remember, people have very specific problems. A key piece of your marketing therefore, is making sure that your name appears on someone’s lips when the “Can you recommend…?” question is asked.So try this: Stop trying to impress the people you meet with fancy-pants phrases that shine brightly for a minute and then evaporate. (I’m pretty sure that last sentence was a triple-mixed metaphor). Instead, just help others understand and remember what you do.Don’t say: “I’m a human capital development expert with a 20-year track record of helping Fortune 500 companies increase employee productivity through world class internal communication documents.”Say: I’m a human resources consultant. I specialize in developing employee handbooks.Nothing about how good you are, or the results you create, or who you’ve worked with in the past, or anything like that. Just a simple statement describing what you do.Something they can understand. Something they can remember. Something that will make you pop into their heads the next time someone says, “Can you recommend…?”Here’s the bottom line. Being seen as an experienced, capable, impressive professional who can get the job done is important, no doubt about it.But none of that matters until someone throws your name into the ring as a possible contender. And that won’t happen (much) until what people think you do matches what people think they need. Keep it simple.
This 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.Are you thinking about becoming a freelance digital artist? Before you get started, set yourself up for the best possible success with a solid plan for your finances, equipment, and career trajectory. Get the tools you needUnfortunately, art software and hardware cost a lot. So if you want to become a freelance artist, you should be ready to dig into your savings for essential tools. If you have a really tight budget, you may avoid overspending in the following ways:Use free trials and demo versions. Don’t rush to buy premium services, if you can use a basic set of features for free for a few weeks.Get student discounts. If you currently study at college, you may get software well below retail cost. Check the information at the academic support center.Ask artist friends to share their promo codes. If they are professionals who use art software on a regular basis, it’s highly likely that they have access to lots of discounts.Participate in referral programs. Create your account using the promotional links, which you can get from your friends or find online.Calculate your freelance hourly rateIf you currently have a high-paying job, it might be scary for you to leave the office and start freelancing. Yep, it’s highly likely that you will face some temporary financial instability in the first few months of freelancing. But as soon as you become an expert in your niche, you will get enough contracts to hit your financial goals.To overcome financial difficulties, you should calculate your optimal freelance hourly rate. You can do it in three steps:Calculate your target annual income. How much do you want to earn in a year? Do you want to keep your income on the current level or increase it? Let’s imagine that you want to make $80,000 annually.Compute your number of billable hours per year. How many hours are you going to work per day/week? How many days/weeks of vacation will you have? Let’s say that you plan to work 1,350 hours.Divide target annual income on the total number of billable hours. According to the example, the rate should be around $59 per hour. In case if you work with your clients via freelance platforms, you should add a platform’s fee to your rate.Take advantage of tax deductions“As a freelancer, you are eligible to deduct all expenses related to your work from taxable income,” says Miller, the content manager at Top Writers Review. Here is a list of deductions he cites:Mortgage payment (if you work from home office), or rent payment (if you work from co-working space)Software and hardwareOffice supplyAdvertising and membership feesTravel expenses (conference and expo passes, air tickets, hotels, etc.)Insurance premiumsTax preparation feesCreate the perfect freelance profileIf you want to sell your services at a high price, you should create a winning profile. Try to find the right words to present yourself in the most favorable light.Your freelance profile should include the following items:Professional photoSuitable title (digital artist, 3D artist, 3-D specialist, graphic designer, etc)Short, yet catchy bioAt least three samples of your workList of your skillsEducational backgroundTests and certificates, which prove your qualificationVideo presentation (if applicable)Be active on social mediaToday, social media runs the world. And if you want to become a successful digital artist, you should promote your works on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube. It will help you to find new clients and boost your revenue.Visit conferences and festivalsEven if you work from home, you should still communicate with other professionals in your niche. And if you want to meet new people who share your passion for designing, you should visit conferences and expos. Here is a list of must-attend events in 2019:Smashing Conference, San Francisco, CAOFFF Barcelona, Barcelona, SpainD&AD Festival, London, EnglandPictoplasma, Berlin, GermanyCircles Conference, Fort Worth, TXIn conclusionIf you really want to become a digital artist, let nothing to stop you on the way to your goal. And if you believe that it’s time for you to start freelancing, don’t hesitate to make the first step. Your new career opportunities are right in front of you, don’t hesitate to take them!Daniela McVicker is a blogger with rich experience in writing about UX design, content planning, and digital marketing. She helps individuals and organizations improve their web content writing, design, and planning skills.
SIOUX CITY AUTHORITIES ARE LOOKING FOR A WOMAN WHO ROBBED A MORNINGSIDE CONVENIENCE STORE TUESDAY NIGHT.POLICE SAY THE WOMAN ENTERED THE TRANSIT GENERAL STORE AT 2324 TRANSIT AVENUE AT 10:45PM, DISPLAYED A GUN AND DEMANDED MONEY.SHE FLED THE SCENE WITH AN UNDISCLOSED AMOUNT OF CASH.THE CLERK WAS NOT INJURED IN THE ROBBERY.