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first_imgRishi Kapoor loves recalling how he felt like a prodigal son when he first visited the Johnnie Walker distillery in Scotland. The Scotch label, he remembers feeling at that time, owed his family at a least a square metre of land for the services it had rendered to it for three generations.The whisky-gargling generation of Bollywood heroes has made way for Bacardi-loving hunks. The three Khans of Mumbai’s dream factory – Aamir, Shah Rukh and Salman – are famous for their love for Bacardi and Coke, so is Sanjay Dutt, and fawning film journalists dine out on stories of how Salman and Sanjay just breeze through their parts even after a night dedicated to Cuba’s exiled rum.But if there’s a drink that’s synonymous with Hindi cinema, it’s VAT 69. Think of any villain of the yesteryear, from Ajit to Pran, and there’s bound to be the light green bottle of VAT 69 somewhere in the background of the frame.Maybe the satraps of Bollywood couldn’t bear to see their favourite Johnnie Walker Black being sullied by bad company.VAT 69′ s biggest Bollywood moment, however, was when a very drunk Shatrughan Sinha lipsynched Zindagi Imtihaan Leti Hai swigging from a bottle of VAT 69 in the Manmohan Desaiblockbuster Naseeb (1981).For reasons I haven’t been able to fathom, the whisky of the villains went out of favour in the retail market despite all the free publicity it got from Bollywood, but VAT 69 is being re-launched in a new bottle and will be available across the country for Rs 900 (its price point, clearly, makes it the poor cousin of the guy who keeps walking). VAT 69, incidentally, is owned by Diageo, whose topselling brand is Johnnie Walker.advertisementThe world of alcoholic beverages can be incestuous.Will Bollywood be drinking to its health? I doubt it. Bollywood’s new generation tends to swing between Bacardi and wine ( Winchester- educated Saif Ali Khan is said to be quite a wine connoisseur, for instance), but VAT 69′ s recurrence in popular culture doesn’t cease to surprise me.Sir Ernest Shackleton took a stock of VAT 69 with him on the 1914 Imperial Trans- Antarctic Expedition. Gregory Peck drank it in the 1949 World War II film, Twelve O’Clock High.It shows up frequently in James Hadley Chase novels, and in Fawlty Towers, and puts in a guest appearance in Raymond Chandler’s The Lady in the Lake . And in the film version of Graham Greene’s Our Man in Havana, starring Alec Guinness, one of vacuum cleaner salesman James Wormwold’s agents is found killed with a bottle of VAT 69 in his hand.Even the high priestess of feminist literature Simone de Beauvoir had a thing for VAT 69. A character in one of her lesser- known novels, She Came to Stay (1943), makes this statement that’s often quoted in cocktail parties: ” When I’m rich and run my own house, I’ll always keep a bottle of VAT 69 in my cupboard.” That’s a line Diageo can filch for its promos. California Burger doesn’t sound any goodCan you imagine a Superbowl final without hot dogs or a Kentucky Derby sans a Mint Julep, or an English Premier League match without the lager fumes blowing across the stadium?Every big-ticket sports event becomes synonymous with a kind of food (or drink), so what is the signature offering of the Commonwealth Games going to be? We now know all about the kitchens that have magically become operational in the Games Village but what about the appetites of spectators?With Fast Trax, a lesser-known fast food chain backed by the Rs 1,000-crore meat processing company, Hind Group, getting the contract at the last minute – as we have come to expect by now – for catering to spectators and the media during the Games, it looks like the event will be remembered for the California Burger.I’m not being hyper-nationalistic, but shouldn’t thick chicken burger with mint yogurt sauce-in place of the traditional mayonnaise- been named after hamaari Dilli? I would’ve loved to dig into a New Delhi Burger, or Shera Tikki Wrap. And I would have wolfed down a Purani Dilli take on the vada pao with aloo tikki and chhole.Such finer details must have escaped Fast Trax – after all, it has had to plan in record for over 16 lakh meals that it estimates it’ll serve across 97 outlets at all the 12 stadiums during the Games. It promises to flip a burger in three seconds. I’ll be around to see if Fast Trax delivers on its promise.A little bit of trivia: Siraj Qureshi, who heads the Hind Group, is also the chief of the Indo- Islamic Cultural Centre, which has a fine restaurant that you enter, literally, through a back gate for a meal you would normally get only at Jama Masjid.advertisementBurger for veg buffs If you’re vegetarian and are tired of having the McAloo Tikki Burger, which insults both the aloo tikki and the burger, I strongly recommend Choko-la’s Lentil Burger. The name, let me forewarn you, can be misleading, for the burger patty does not have any daal. Instead, it’s made with kidney beans (rajmah) that are spiked with crushed walnuts and masala. It tastes different and its crunchy exterior quilts a melt-in-the-mouth core that entices you with its simple charm. I only wish chefs across the industry get innovative and make life peppier for the vegetarians.last_img read more

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CBI drag players to court in match-fixing scandal, to prove charges against them to be difficult

first_imgEarly in cricket’s never-ending and completely tiresome match-fixing scandal, sports writers with a sense of history turned their gaze to the infamous 1919 baseball rigging scandal in the US. That year the Chicago White Sox had lost the World Series to the underrated Cincinnati Reds and eight of its players,Early in cricket’s never-ending and completely tiresome match-fixing scandal, sports writers with a sense of history turned their gaze to the infamous 1919 baseball rigging scandal in the US. That year the Chicago White Sox had lost the World Series to the underrated Cincinnati Reds and eight of its players were disgraced and banned for life.The star batsman of the team, Joe Jackson-nicknamed “Shoeless” in a literal indication of the near-poverty that led him to temptation-is still seen in baseball annals as the great American fallen angel, the sort of anti-hero Kapil Dev or Mohammed Azharuddin would be if convicted.MD AZHARUDDINThe IT raid found * Evidence of three flats in Mumbai, undisclosed property in Hyderabad, lavish personal effects. The legal upshot The IT team has to go through Azhar’s returns for a decade to decide if he possesses black money. Only if so can the CBI ask if it’s a slush fund.Tortuous.KAPIL DEVThe IT raid found Five properties in Delhi, probable irregularities in coal business, “gifted” cars. Rs 5 lakh jewels in only one locker. The legal upshot Most Indian businessmen have a tax problem. So to try and link his wealth to fixing will require a process similar to Azhar’s. Section 420 looks some distance away.AJAY JADEJAThe IT raid foundThree properties in Delhi, suspicions of more. Name appeared in abookie-business partner’s records. The legal upshot That his nameappears in Hiren Hathi’s diary is not enough.The hawala case precedentis there. Besides knowing shady characters is per se not a crime.NAVJOT SIDHUThe IT raid found Unexplained property. A VDIS declaration of Rs 81 lakh.Plus “gifts” from admirers amounting to Rs 65 lakh. The legal upshotPrima facie the IT-CBI team may be able to ask some sticky questions tothis man. Nevertheless, it has to be proven that his donors were bookies bribing him.NIKHIL CHOPRAThe IT raid found Some inexplicable property papers and foreign exchange. His biggest”crime” seems being Mukesh Gupta’s neighbour. The legal upshot Like anumber of Delhi cricketers, seems to have, unwittingly or not, met a lot of bookies. But there is no direct link of “gift” leading tounderperformance. Can’t be held responsible for neighbours.  That final point is crucial for the parallels between baseball’s year of darkness-it was the culmination of betting syndicates’ insidious influence on the game and actually led to a purge-and cricket’s moment of infamy are striking. The most marked similarity relates to the legality of the match-fixing case. When the baseball commissioner punished the guilty players, he did so “regardless of the verdict of juries” and on the day after they were acquitted by the court.advertisementThe reasons for their acquittal sound suspiciously familiar. Some players initially confessed and then retracted their confession. Important documents “disappeared” mid-trial. Nobody was sure precisely which law was infringed in fixing a baseball game. Defendants such as Jackson kept changing their minds, stating they had heard rumours of fixing, had refused offers, had accepted money without meaning to throw matches.Eight decades later Hansie Cronje read from an identical script. Eight decades later the CBI-despite the great drama of the Income-Tax (IT) Department’s “Operation Gentleman”-is on as sticky a legal wicket as the Ohio judicial system was in 1919. In sum, India’s premier investigators admit that nailing the cricketers on the charge of match fixing is well nigh impossible.That is why they are hoping that the trauma of an IT raid and interrogation and sheer public opprobrium will lead to some Indian cricketer cracking up and spilling the beans. After all, it was psychological pressure and that wily being called conscience that did in Cronje and his teammates.Yet, as a cynical Delhi lawyer who represents a senior cricket official snorts, “South Africa ke cricketer bewakoof hain. Hamare cricketer bewakoof nahin (The South African cricketers are fools. Our cricketers are not).” So expect nothing close to the truth-with oath, without oath, in spite of oath. The CBI’s last hope, then, is a slender one.That, however, is getting ahead of the story. For a start, top lawyers can’t even agree if a plain case of cheating under Section 420 can be registered against the cricketers for match-fixing and if so who the complainant should be.Mumbai lawyer Mahesh Jethmalani says, “Any paying spectator can complain that he was made to part with property (ticket fees) to see an unfair match.” While Section 420 is applicable and the matter could even go to court, Jethmalani, Azharuddin’s lawyer, says, “it will be virtually impossible to prove” and obtain a conviction.R.K. Anand, one of Delhi’s leading criminal lawyers, is simple in his verdict: “There is no case.” His logic is that under Section 420 “Whoever cheats and thereby dishonestly induces the person deceived to deliver any property to any person … shall be punished with imprisonment which may extend to seven years”spectators cannot file a complaint because the cricketers have not “induced” them to pay to see the match. The only possible aggrieved party is the BCCI, which is committed to paying cricketers a set fee for an optimum performance. Even here, argues Anand, “building a case under section 420 is very far-fetched”.Ashok Arora, another lawyer in the capital, is far more optimistic. “A case under Section 420,” he says, “is absolutely on.” The spectator has paid to see a fair fixture and can be the complainant. “It is a cognisable offence and the police will be forced to investigate.” When it comes to securing a “guilty” verdict, however, Arora is less certain. While “tapes of conversations and the like are evidence on record and admissible if not doctored and so authenticated”, they need to be corroborated.advertisementArora should understand the importance of “corroborative evidence”, a phrase much used in the hawala case, in which he was a defending lawyer and which came back as a whipping memory when, after the IT raids, there was talk of “incriminating diaries”. Apparently, at the homes of certain bookies diaries and books were found with amounts marked against names of cricketers. Hiren Hathi of Ahmedabad, for instance, had-to quote a tax offi-ciala diary seized “with the names of Ajay Jadeja and Kapil Dev written against sums of money”.The chargesheet in the hawala case was filed in 1996 on exactly such a flimsy basis-entries in the diaries of the Jain brothers, showing sums of money against the names of politicians to whom they had allegedly been paid. The case was thrown out of court and the hawala accused walked out unblemished. Now legal circles are wondering if the cricket swindle will be hawala II.Anyhow, with hope in its heart and prayer on its lips, CBI is looking at three stages to a denouement-or mirage.Step I: First the agency has to establish that there are bookies who run a gambling grey market in India and accept bets on cricket. This is relatively simple. Some 100 bookies have been questioned by the CBI since the beginning of May-25-odd are still absconding.Most of the bookies questioned have admitted accepting cricket-related bets-the menu of betting options actually ranges from horse racing to speculation on who will read the evening news on television. Less than 20 bookies have admitted to “links” with cricketers. Eight Indian players figure prominently on this list, six are Delhi-based-including a former Indian captain who is a compulsive punter and even bets while teeing of f at the Delhi Golf Club-and the other two are from Mumbai and Hyderabad.Step II: This involves proving that cricketers were in touch with bookies on match days and kept tabs on odds. The CBI is tentatively optimistic here, particularly due to the mobile phone records of cricketers and big bookies. These indicate regular conversations between the Indian dressing room and the betting nodal rooms as it were.advertisementHowever, all this will lead to is a rough conclusion that Indian cricketers were perhaps punters and could be prosecuted under the Gambling Act (maximum punishment: Rs 500 fine). It will not establish rigging.Step III: The CBI could register a case against a bookie or a player under Section 420 after establishing a direct link between underperformance in a match and monetary consideration. This is where the danger gong is sounded. How do you make clear the channel by which bookies paid corrupt cricketers? Bank deposits? Hawala? Lifetime achievement awards from rich NRIs?Plaintiff’s PointDefendant’s CounterThe CBI’s possible case And the cricketers’ likely answerThey’re cheats: Register cases under Section 420, accusing fixers of cheating spectators of a fair game.Diary items: Names of cricketers have been found against sums of money in bookies’ diaries.Take a gamble: Charge cricketers under the Gambling Act by accusing them of links with bookies.Liar, liar: Invoke sections such as 191 and 193, charge cricketers with hiding or fabricating evidence.Tax evasion trick: The IT raids reveal huge assets, perhaps the result of ill-gotten, fixing-time gains.The King route: Set up a South Africa-type commission, appeal to cricketers to come clean.Who’ve we cheated?: Section 420 requires “inducement” of property (money) from victim. Sticky point.Remember hawala: The hawala case collapsed because diary entries alone were insufficient evidence.Damp squib: It still doesn’t prove match-fixing. Besides the Gambling Act entails only a Rs 500 fine.Truth or dare: Will only work if you prove they’ve lied under oath. Besides real fixers may still get away.Penalty corner: Charge the usual tax penalty and leave us alone. Every second Indian evades taxes anyway.Royal salute: Indian player-fixers are too shrewd to let a minor being like a conscience prick them.  In Delhi, one cricketer was gifted a house worth Rs 50 lakh by a noted bookie. The many expensive gifts cricketers receive from overseas “fans” are sometimes used as a conduit to “pay cricketers for services rendered”. The point is: can you link these with the tanking of a specific match? Nishit Dhruva, senior advocate, Bombay High Court, says, “For the prosecution to prove the linkage will be very difficult.”The CBI certainly isn’t confident. As an officer says, even the IT raids haven’t really helped because a particular cricketer’s wealth will have to be correlated with a chosen bookie’s allegation of payment at a given time. Since bribes are rarely paid by crossed cheques that are instantly deposited, this logic has a snowball’s chance in hell of working.It is for reasons such as these that the CBI privately admits it is likely to end its investigations in a couple of months without filing a chargesheet and submit a report explaining its limitations to the Government-and cricket will presumably go back into its complacent slumber. No wonder Adhik Shirodkar, a top Mumbai lawyer, says, “This is no way to go about fixing the fixers. Even if you begin a criminal trial, it will take 10 years.”Shirodkar recommends a BCCI-imposed ban on grounds of “reasonable suspicion”. Arora has a slightly different strategy. If you analyse the secretly recorded Manoj Prabhakar tapes, he says, the testimony offered by some cricketers and officials before the Justice Y.V. Chandrachud Commission and then before the CBI and, should trial begin, before the court, you are likely to find “huge contradictions”.Obviously some people are saying one thing in private and another in public, to protect their friends in a conspiracy of silence, even if they themselves are not guilty. Arora proposes that they be charged under Sections 191 and 193 for giving false evidence and “sent to jail to put the fear of God into others”. Like a crafty bowler, cricket’s cleansing agents may have to resort to a legal googly. Bowling a tidy length doesn’t seem to be getting them anywhere.-with V. Shankar Aiyar in Mumbailast_img read more

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Chot Reyes underscores importance of tune-up games for Gilas’ World Cup bid

first_imgColombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Speaking to reporters during the PBA’s lull on Wednesday night, Reyes recalled Gilas’ participation in a couple of tuneup games that helped them prepare for the prestigious global contest.READ: Chot Reyes likes Gilas’ chances in 2019World Cup: ‘We have proven we can compete’FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“[Those games] really toughened us up,” he said. “That was a big factor and hopefully coach Yeng (Guiao’s) team gets a chance as well,” he added.Gilas played Ukraine, Australia, France, Venezuela and Dominican Republic in a battery of friendlies to prepare for the 2014 edition of the games in Seville, Spain. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Google Philippines names new country director “I know there are some challenges with the schedule but with the [league] throwing its all-out support? I think it’s [going to be] important,” Reyes said.Reyes said it is imperative for Gilas to generate something similar as it could help with the players’ headspace.“They should have a good feeling about themselves that they can compete with anybody,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss San Beda knocks out Jalen Green, FilAm Sports to advance to NBTC semis View comments Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Coming into Group B play as overwhelming underdogs, the Philippines played Greece, and then put up valiant stands against Croatia, Argentina and Puerto Rico. They finally eked out a victory—their only one in the campaign—versus Senegal.“We kept on losing. But at least we tried to level with them,” Reyes said in Filipino. “Our players felt that they were improving and getting stronger as we progressed. And I think that feeling spilled over into the World Cup.”READ: Chot Reyes steps down as PH men’s basketball team coach “When they got into the actual games, the players had a very good feeling about themselves,” he added.Earlier this month, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) said that Gilas will be skipping the Jones Cup—a perennial training ground for the country for years—due to conflicts in schedule. But the federation said they are looking to compensate by hosting pocket tournaments.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhile Chot Reyes is optimistic with the Philippines’ chances in the of the FIBA World Cup, he couldn’t stress enough the importance of preparation.Gilas Pilipinas has over five months to gear up the squad and Reyes hopes that the current iteration of the National team could be afforded with an opportunity to generate edge—just like what his squad had nearly five years ago.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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The Rs 35 crore Suresh Raina would never have

first_imgSomewhere in the middle of 2015 Suresh Raina had announced to the world that his stocks had sky rocketed and he would be taking home Rs 35 crore in the next three years courtesy his new brand managers, IOS Sports and Entertainment. The deal was projected as Raina’s coming out of the shadows’ moment having moved on from previous managers Rhiti Sports.Rhiti Sports manage MS Dhoni and around that time cricketers had begun to speak in hushed tones of how Rhiti could never do justice to anyone beyond Dhoni. Raina would get another crack to move out of Dhoni’s shadows with the Chennai Super Kings suspension from IPL and the southpaw getting a leadership opportunity with new franchise Gujarat Lions in 2016. The stage was set for the underperformer to pack punches and become a mega brand on and off the pitch.Unfortunately for Raina his form deserted him when he needed it the most and some believe he also ran out of luck. The first ODI series that Raina played under his new managers against South Africa in India was a disaster where he managed just 68 runs from five matches at an average of 14. He went on to lose his place from the Indian ODI team and was slotted as a mere T20 specialist. The unprecedented 13-Test long home season did not help where Suresh Raina did not feature. Raina has a century on Test debut to show but averaging 26 in 18 Tests for a career spanning more than a decade, chances of a revival there were remote.advertisementThe IOS-Raina relationship did not last the distance and the projected Rs 35 crore fizzled away quicker than cola would.”It was a two plus one-year deal. After two years, both sides decided to move on,” Neerav Tomar, MD, IOS told India Today.When quizzed further how the Rs 35 crore promise could not be met, Neerav shared some hard facts. “Look we had foreseen what we had based on performance. Him being in and out of the Indian team, the expectations did not match on both the sides. The athlete has to go out and perform at certain levels to get those numbers. We have parted amicably and wish Suresh the best,” he said.Industry insiders evaluating the Raina-IOS deal say the cricketer got just what he deserved. “I think he came to them without any major deal in the bag. His Adidas deal had expired and the new managers got him a three-year Ceat deal. A couple of other contracts and few appearances are just fine for someone who had moderate performances during that period. His visibility wasn’t the best and that will always become an overriding factor,” said an insider on condition of anonymity.The minimum guarantee projections have been long abused in the Indian sports marketing space. In the final contract, a number of these projections are heavily ambitious and subject to numerous clauses which can rarely be met. “These may be something like a brand asking for a discount if the player misses out on two India series or being out of the team for a certain span of time. Visibility is the most important and that can be maximized in cricket only if a player plays in all forms of the game,” said another seasoned brand manager.Raina’s new managers Laqshya media group are new entrants in the sports marketing space. Getting a cricketer on board works well for them. With the IPL in progress and Suresh Raina being one of the captains it’s an opportunate time to make the announcement. “It’s a 3 year deal and we hope we can continue longer. We hope to position Suresh in the right manner and be able to create a decent market for him,” Laqshya MD, Anil Jalan told India Today.Raina ticks most boxes when it comes to T20 cricket. IPL is his domain where he only in the other game beat Virat Kohli to become the all time highest run scorer. Market experts however contend that IPL is only a two month business. How a cricketer does in India colours for the rest of the year not only defines his overall brand value but also impacts his clout in IPL.  Does that worry Raina’s new managers? “Everybody has gone through lean phases from Sachin to Yuvraj. Yuvraj was out of the team and has made a good comeback. I feel post IPL, Suresh will be able to make a comeback. He is captain of Gujarat Lions and this performance will be good enough to comeback,” Jalan hoped.advertisementThe rules in the ruthless celebrity marketing space are clear. You are identified with your last performance; film-stars and directors by their last two films and cricketers by their previous two series.Raina no longer a contracted India cricketer and having lost his ODI place, chance of him reclaiming it during the prestigious Champions Trophy to follow the IPL are slim. Both the cricketer and his brand managers may sound upbeat in a press release marking the new association but deep down, Raina knows he has turbulence to overcome.last_img read more

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‘the den’ Arrives in Atlanta; Highlights & Resources from our third ‘Digital Education for Nonprofits’ Workshop

first_imgTrisha Pentavore from Habitat for Humanity said, “I learned more in the first hour and a half today than I did from an entire conference my company had to pay for last week. Today was amazing.”Constant changes to the digital and social landscape have impacted traditional methods of fundraising and ways of connecting people to causes they care about, and it’s important for nonprofits to establish meaningful, long-term relationships with potential millennial and Gen Z donors. Christina Cummings, Executive Director at Kidz2leaders, found the analysis of millennial demographics and behavior most valuable, saying “Learning how to motivate younger donors was very helpful and interesting.”To help extend the content covered at ‘the den’ workshop beyond the event, we’re sharing a top-level guide to some of the insights, tools and best practices covered during the day.Thank you to our partners who made the day possible, and to all the nonprofit marketers that joined us for ‘the den’! We will be continuing to host workshops at our offices around the country, so follow 360i on Twitter or subscribe to our blog feed here to find out when we we’ll be holding our next session.First time hearing about it? You can learn more about ‘the den’ in our introduction blog post or by watching the video below. Building on the success of previous workshops in New York and Chicago, yesterday the den – digital education for nonprofits – made its official arrival in Atlanta. Our ATL office hosted more than 50 nonprofit professionals from 40 organizations for a complimentary full day of programming and discussions about “Navigating the Future of Giving.” Subject matter experts from our various disciplines shared best practices in digital marketing to prepare attendees for a new generation of donors and arm them with the tools and resources they need to succeed.We kicked the day off with guest speaker Jeff Hilimire from 48in48 who encouraged our nonprofit attendees to maintain a startup mindset to help their organizations grow.last_img read more

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Want to Know If Someone Is Trustworthy? Look for These 15 Signs

first_imgGreat relationships give live significantly more purpose, and in business, they translate to resources, advice and stability. Trust is at the heart of these connections. These 15 signs are dead giveaways that you’re dealing with a keeper.1. They are consistent.A trustworthy person will use roughly the same behavior and language in any situation. They have the self-control to maintain character and follow through on what they say they’ll do, even when they are tempted to walk it back. They won’t wear different masks or pretend they’re someone they’re not just to impress. Switching gears comes from having learned reliable new information, not from self-serving whims. What’s more, what they say matches what you hear from others.2. They show compassion and humility.Both these traits demonstrate that the person can think of others well and doesn’t consider themselves as more important than anyone else. Because they are more outwardly focused, they’re less likely to step on your toes or betray you to get something they need or want.3. They respect boundaries.Trustworthy individuals don’t try to impose their will on others because they don’t feel the need to control those around them. They avoid bullying and acknowledge that no means no.4. They compromise and don’t expect something for nothing.Small sacrifices show that the individual recognizes that trust is a two-way street. They’re willing to give a little to get something back later. And if they do ask for something, they’re sure to demonstrate the value of their request.5. They’re relaxed (and so are you).A person who is faking it and who is more likely to behave in shady ways usually will display some signs of anxiety, such as agitated body language. If the person seems at ease, they likely have nothing to hide and are being honest and open with you. You’ll likely feel calm, too, because you won’t be subconsciously picking up on and mirroring back negative cues.6. They are respectful when it comes to time.Trustworthy people do their best not to be late or cancel plans at the last minute because they know doing so inconveniences you and violates promises. They won’t try to rush or drag things out for their own benefit.7. They show gratitude.Trustworthy individuals are willing to admit they can’t do it all alone and value teamwork. They give credit where it’s due, even if it means they don’t advance as quickly or shine as much themselves.8. They give up all the facts, even if it hurts.Truth and transparency matters to trustworthy people. They won’t lie by omission or fudge data. They will give up even the information that could put their reputation at risk or create conflict, believing that those conflicts can be solved with good empathy and communication.9. They confide in you.Confiding in someone, exposing faults and all, involves a certain amount of vulnerability. So when someone confides in you, it demonstrates that the individual already trusts you and that they want you to be open with them, too.10. They aren’t materialistic or desperate for money.While there’s zero wrong with having nice things, trustworthy people don’t put stuff ahead of people. They’re willing to give up what they have (or could have) to help. Financial stability facilitates trust because it reduces the temptation to treat others poorly out of the need for self-preservation.11. They’re right a lot.Because trustworthy people value truth, they are willing to do their homework. They do the research that leads to verifiable conclusions, so they have a track record of having the right answer.12. They skip the water cooler gossip.Trustworthy individuals don’t like to make assumptions about anything or anybody. They prefer to get information from the source and to let the source speak for themselves. They avoid rumors because they know that rumors usually include negativity that tears people down instead of building them up. When they do talk, their language is empowering and respectful.13. They’re learners.Individuals who are worth your trust know they don’t have all the answers. They look for ways to learn and improve themselves constantly, and through that process, they’re willing to share the resources and facts they find.14. You know who they’re connected to, and they try to connect you.Both these elements show that the other person sees you as important. They want you to be part of their regular social group and meet the people you need to succeed. Others can affirm or contradict what you know about the individual, too. Subsequently, the more people the individual introduces you to, the more likely it is that they’re not hiding who they are.15. They’re there for you and others.Trustworthy people will listen to and support you even when they don’t need something from you. They do their best to be available to help, whatever you might be going through.Sourcelast_img read more

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With New Climate Plans, Adaptation Is No Longer an Overlooked Issue

first_imgAs the Paris COP approaches, national climate action plans—known as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs)— and their associated emissions reductions have captured headlines. Less attention has been paid to the important fact that 121 countries – 86 percent of those who submitted INDCs — also include an adaptation component in their plans.  These components outline goals, activities and needs for countries to cope with increased drought, stronger storms, sea level rise and other consequences of a warming planet. Including adaptation in INDCs was optional, and the fact that almost all countries did so reflects the growing importance that nations—especially developing nations—are placing on adaptation as part of their response to climate change. As adaptation rises on the global agenda, the adaptation content of INDCs provides insight into issues that are likely to be key in finalizing and implementing the Paris agreement. Here are a few adaptation trends we’ve noticed in analyzing countries’ INDCs:Click to enlarge Articulating National Adaptation Goals in INDCsMost INDC adaptation components include a clear set of adaptation goals, though those goals take many different forms.  We identified three ways that countries frame their adaptation goals:Outcomes:  These goals articulate a particular adaptation outcome that a country aims to achieve.  These goals are the most likely to be quantitative, such as Mexico’s ambitious goal to achieve 0 percent deforestation by 2030, conserving the biodiversity and ecosystem services that are central to the country’s adaptation strategy.Processes:  Adaptation to climate change will require an ongoing, iterative process over a span of decades.  Many countries’ INDCs created goals to set in motion or complete particular elements of this long-term process. This was the most common type of adaptation goal we found in our review.  For example, Gambia intends to mainstream climate change adaptation into national development frameworks, such as its Program for Accelerated Growth and Employment and sectoral policies in agriculture, forests and fisheries. Vision Statements:  Some INDCs articulate an overarching vision for adaptation in their country, either in combination with outcome and process goals, or in lieu of them. For example, Seychelles aims “to minimize the impacts of climate change through concerted and proactive action at all levels of society.”The diversity of adaptation goals in the INDCs reflects the fact that adaptation needs, priorities and activities vary greatly from country to country.  This means the Paris agreement needs to promote flexibility and country-driven approaches in how and what countries commit to do on adaptation. Drawing Adaptation Priorities from National Planning and PolicyFor many countries, the impacts of climate change touch on all aspects of the economy, ranging from infrastructure to ecosystems to tourism. Many INDCs reflect this reality in long lists of sectoral activities needed for adaptation. Most commonly cited activities are in water, agriculture and human health.Given this need to work across sectors, plus the short timeframe for preparing INDCs, few countries have truly used the INDCs to plan for adaptation.  Rather, the INDCs mainly synthesize and communicate adaptation activities identified and planned for in other national policies, plans or strategies—such as National Adaptation Programs of Action (NAPAs), national development plans or sectoral plans.  For example, Ethiopia draws heavily on its Growth and Transformation Plan and the Ethiopian Programme of Adaptation to Climate Change.  The Philippinesdraws on several national strategies and plans, including its National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan.Going into COP21, it is important to recognize the INDC adaptation component as a communications document instead of a plan because of the concerns expressed by developing countries that the Paris agreement might create onerous planning and reporting burdens. Experience with the INDCs suggests that communicating about adaptation actions and plans doesn’t need to be burdensome, and many countries can relatively quickly synthesize existing adaptation activities, plans and priorities into a short “snapshot.”Linking Adaptation to Capacity, Technology and FinanceThe adaptation components in most INDCs are valuable because they clearly identify existing gaps, barriers and resource needs that must be addressed to foster effective action. In some cases, countries go so far as to estimate the costs of adaptation and the likely economic impact of climate change absent adaptation. For example, South Africa’s INDC places the cost of its adaptation planning process at $170 million per year, and estimates costs of adaptation action for the post-2020 period under two specific mitigation scenarios. As with mitigation, some INDCs indicate adaptation actions they can undertake with their own resources, and specify others for which they will require international support. For example, Central African Republic’s INDC includes a table of prospective adaptation measures, alongside the amount of funding they can cover from their own resources and the amount that will be required from international sources for full implementation.INDCs Are a Roadmap for Global Adaptation Action and SupportCollectively, the adaptation content of INDCs begins to form a roadmap for the ways in which global cooperative efforts can most effectively and efficiently support and enhance adaptation action over time. Synthesizing this nationally determined information can help to identify global priorities and guide adaptation investment.By building on the INDCs, the global community has the opportunity to create an iterative process—some call it a “cycle of improvement” for adaptation—through which periodic national adaptation communications can collectively inform decisions about ongoing international support.  This process of communicating national efforts followed by new commitments for supporting adaptation action moving forward will need to be a central element of the Paris negotiations.last_img read more

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If Marketers Went Caroling, What Would They Sing? [Video 1]

first_img Topics: Holiday Marketing Fa la la la la! La la la la! Fa la la la la! La la la la! Search Engine Optimization Kit ‘Tis the season for happy marketing.  We hope this special carol will bring a smile to you and the marketers in your life. This is the first of a series of four HubSpot Holiday videos. Enjoy! Download our Keyword rich with inbound linking Tweet this marketing carol! . and @ Fa la la la la! La la la la! Learn moreabout how you can optimize your site to rank higher in search enginesso you get found by more qualified prospects. Common Soundcenter_img HubSpot Singers: repcor search engine optimization kit shaxxon Search Engine Optimization! Fa la la la la la! La la la! Begins with content creation! Lyrics Video Credits Originally published Dec 17, 2009 8:30:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Gets you traffic. That’s smart thinking! Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Producers: @last_img read more

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6 Compelling Social Media Stats Marketers Should Know [Data]

first_img Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Social Media Analytics Originally published Sep 14, 2011 5:30:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 This week, the media research firm Nielsen released its Q3 report on the state of social media. Unsurprisingly, social network usage is up, and the findings showed that nearly 80% of US internet users spend time on blogs and sites like Facebook and Twitter.Here were 6 of the most interesting facts from the report and what each means for marketers as they look ahead to Q4.1. 37% of consumers access their social media networks through their phone. (Tweet This Stat!)As a marketer, this means that any landing pages, blog posts, or ebooks you link to on Facebook or Twitter accounts should be optimized for mobile devices. It could mean the difference between a new lead and a lost opportunity.2. During May 2011, over 31 million people in the U.S. watched video content on social networks and blogs.(Tweet This Stat!)Providing a rich media experience for your company can increase engagement on your website. Video content is a great way to bolster your inbound marketing efforts.3. Tumblr nearly tripled its unique US audience over the last year.(Tweet This Stat!)As a marketer, it’s important to keep your eyes open to new online tools and forms of media and determine if you can use them to deliver your message. In May alone, Tumblr generated over 21,000 messages and links a day to the site. The amount of traffic you could leverage from a new medium like Tumblr should never be overlooked.4. 56% of mobile users most value the GPS capabilities of their smartphone.(Tweet This Stat!)In today’s world, geo-marketing is a powerful opportunity that both small and medium-sized businesses can leverage. Leveraging location-based applications and social media platforms can be a great way to engage with and capture a mobile audience of prospects.5. 53% of active social networkers follow a brand.(Tweet This Stat!)As a marketer, it’s important to engage with your users in social media, and make sure you’re providing them with valuable content. These active social networkers don’t just follow brands. According to the report, they’re also 60% more likely to write reviews about brands’ products or services as well.6. In May, internet users spent more time on Facebook than Yahoo, Google, AOL, and MSN combined.(Tweet This Stat!)With 53.5 billion minutes spent on Facebook, the site continues to prove the value of being “Liked.” While Google and other search engine rankings are extremely crucial for a company to get found, Facebook and other social media sites are also as important for companies to engage with their customers as well as prospects who can potentially be converted into sales.have you come across any other interesting facts from the report you think marketers should be aware of? Let us know!last_img read more

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JMI joins ‘Fit India Movement’, organises walkathon,  takes pledge to promote sports and healthy lifestyle

first_imgJamia Millia Islamia(JMI) Vice-Chancellor Prof Najma Akhtar today, on August 29, flagged off a walkathon as part of ‘Fit India Movement’ launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to mark the National Sports Day. Before the walkathon a congregation of students and staff were assembled to view the live telecast of the launch of Fit India Movement on Doordarshan.In the leadership of the Vice-Chancellor hundreds of students from Jamia Schools and university including NSS volunteer and NCC cadets, teachers, officers, and non-teaching staff walked through various parts of the large university campus from gate number 7. The march culminated at Dr M A Ansari Auditorium.Students carried the tricolour, banners, and placards displaying Fit India Movement slogans. They also shouted slogans promoting fitness and following a healthy lifestyle.Flagging off the march, the Vice-Chancellor said, “education demands us to take care of our health. It is the most prized possession of every individual. Health is also the quality of life which enables the individuals to live life to the full. We have to pay attention to preservation, promotion, and restoration of health through our healthful activities.”Inside the Ansari Auditorium, the participants were administered a pledge by A.P. Siddiqui(IPS), Registrar, JMI to include sports in their daily life and motivate others to play in order to keep themselves fit and make a healthy India.Students were also provided Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) technique to handle life-threatening emergency situations at home, workplace, academic places and playground till the arrival of the medical help. The event was part of a workshop organised by Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Basic Sciences of the university.advertisementlast_img read more

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David Warner is going to be a lock for Australian summer: Ricky Ponting

first_imgHis abysmal form notwithstanding, senior opener David Warner will continue to be a part of the Australian team when they embark on their home summer with the Test series against Pakistan, former captain Ricky Ponting has said.Warner, 32, has all single digit scores barring a 61 in the Leeds Test. He also got out to England pace spearhead Stuart Broad six times, including on a duck on three consecutive occasions.Australia have retained the Ashes 2-1 and in the ongoing fith Test are staring down the barrel with England taking a huge 382-run lead after Day 3.Ponting said Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne and Warner are the only certaincies for the first Test at the Gabba against Pakistan, starting November 12.”Warner’s going to be a lock,” Ponting told cricket.com.au. “I don’t care if he gets another duck in the second innings of this Test match, he’s going to be a lock for the Australian summer.”Marnus is an absolute lock. Smith’s a lock,” Ponting was quoted as saying by www.cricket.com.au.The Australian middle order has failed to get runs and so has the opening pair of Warner and Marcus Harris.They have heavily depended on Smith, who averages 125.16, and Labuschagne (56.50).”(There are) still question marks around the guys in the middle, (Matthew) Wade and (Travis) Head.”(Opener Marcus) Harris has looked Tested against good quality fast bowling in this series. (Tim) Paine will continue as the captain but there are a few spots in the batting order that they’ll be thinking about for the Pakistan series.”advertisementPonting also said that young batter Will Pucovski will be given an opportunity on home soil.”With so many gaps like that, I’d like to see somebody like a Pucovski get an opportunity.”Everyone’s talked about him for a long time. He was in the Test squad back in Australia, he was in the Australia A squad over here.”He hasn’t got an opportunity yet but apparently he’s quite an impressive young man.”A couple of years before the next Ashes series you want to try and blood someone in that No.6 role and he’d be the obvious candidate,” Ponting said.Also Read | There was nothing in it: Tim Paine plays down Joe Root-Matthew Wade sledging incident on Day 3Also Read | Ashes 5th Test: Joe Denly shines as England finish Day 3 with big leadAlso Read | He got me, dirtied my clothes: Smith reacts to Bairstow’s fake run-out attemptlast_img read more

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Vinesh is one of India’s finest female wrestlers, she never gives up: Geeta Phogat

first_imgGeeta Phogat, who won Indias first-ever gold medal in women’s wrestling at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, lauded India’s performance at the just-concluded World wrestling championships, saying she is very hopeful of the contingent doing well in Tokyo Olympics next year.Four wrestlers bagged medals and as many Olympic quota places from the World Championships held in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.While Vinesh Phogat was the sole Indian woman wrestler to bag a medal when she won the bronze medal in the 53kg category, Deepak Punia settled for silver in the men’s freestyle 86kg category after not being able to play in the final due to injuries.Bajrang Punia claimed the bronze medal in the 65kg category, while Ravi Kumar also won bronze in the 57kg category.”It’s a great achievement that they have qualified in the first round of qualification and won medals too. This is a big thing. Going by this performance, we can gauge how well they will do in the Olympics. I am really hopeful we will get medals in Tokyo,” Geeta told IANS.”Now these wrestlers have one year to prepare, see other bouts and develop overall. So I hope more wrestlers qualify from the upcoming events. More the number, more is our chance of getting medals,” said Geeta who is pregnant with her first child.There will be atleast two more qualifying events before the Olympics from where more wrestlers can seal their berth.Talking about cousin Vinesh who is being considered as a bright medal prospect for India in Tokyo 2020, Geeta said her grit and never-say-die attitude should hold her in good stead.advertisement”She is one of India’s finest female wrestlers. She is very hard working and dedicted towards her game. She never gives up.”Vinesh, who was strechered off the mat mid-way during her quarter-final bout in Rio, had shifted her weight category to 53-kg earlier this year.Geeta, who recently announced the news of her pregnancy on social media and also shared a picture of herself flaunting the baby bump, said she wants to return to the sport after she becomes a mother.”I want to make a comeback. I am doing my yoga and whatever fitness training is possible at this stage. I will see to it that after my child is born, I do enough to get back to wrestling,” said the 30-year old who won bronze at the 2012 World Championships in Canada.Also Read | Emotional and critical: Rijiju on Punia’s wrestling for national sports commentAlso Read | Maths and Heights: What scares wrestling superstar Vinesh Phogat?Also Read | Want to fight for 6 full minutes in Tokyo Olympics: Vinesh Phogatlast_img read more

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Sudden U-turn in my selection despite passing yo-yo test: Yuvraj Singh

first_imgFormer India cricketer Yuvraj Singh has revealed that he was taken aback after not being selected for the Indian team despite passing the mandatory yo-yo test. In an exclusive chat with Aaj Tak, Yuvraj spoke on a number of issues ranging from his retirement to India’s World Cup 2019 campaign, unravelling a host of startling revelations about Indian cricket.Yuvraj Singh was particularly scathing in his attack on Indian cricket and the team management, who according to him never took the chance to sit down with him and tell him that they were going to favour youngsters in favour of an ageing player like him.”Never thought that I would be dropped after being the man of the match in 2 games out of the 8-9 I played after the Champions Trophy 2017. I got injured and I was told to prepare for the Sri Lanka series. Then suddenly, the yo-yo test came into the picture. It was a u-turn in my selection. Suddenly I had to go back and prepare for the yo-yo test at the age of 36. Even after I cleared the yo-yo test, I was told to play domestic cricket. They actually thought that I wouldn’t be able to clear the test due to my age. And that it would be easy to decline me afterwards…yeah you can say it was an exercise in making excuses.”I think it was unfortunate for a guy who has played 15-17 years of international cricket to not being made to sit down and being talked to. No one told me and no one told Virender Sehwag or Zaheer Khan either. Whichever player it is, the person who is in-charge should sit down and talk with the player that we are looking at the youngsters and we’ve taken this step. This way, you do feel bad at the beginning but at least you give them the credit of being true to your face – sth which doesn’t happen in Indian cricket. It has been like that forever almost. I have seen it happen to big names. Took it personally then but not now as there is a time for everything to move on and I have made my peace with it,” said Yuvraj.advertisementAlso Read | Playing for India, you should not be picking and choosing series: Gautam Gambhir on MS DhoniAlso Read | You need to respect bowlers like Rabada and Keshav: Ajinkya Rahanelast_img read more

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What’s Missing from Your Small Nonprofit’s Fundraising Plan

first_imgThe secret to better campaign results, more engaged donors, and board buy-in is a thoughtful and clear fundraising plan. While we all know we need a plan, sometimes it’s not always easy to make time to create a realistic plan and in many cases, we may not have the information we need to make the right strategic decisions. If you’re like most small nonprofits, it’s likely that your plan is missing a critical element—clean, accurate fundraising data.Your Fundraising Plan Must Be Based on Accurate Fundraising DataHaving the right data on your campaign performance, funding sources, donor history, and giving patterns will allow you to make smarter decisions on how to spend your time and resources going forward. Why is this so important?You’ll know what’s working, and what’s not.Sounds obvious, right? But most nonprofits are surprised when they see their aggregated fundraising results and campaign data. As trends emerge, you can make better decisions on what to do more of…and what to stop doing in the coming year. You can double down on the tactics and messages that work best for your supporters.You can identify donor segments and create strategies for them.Once you understand who your new, major, recurring, lapsed, and event donors are, you can develop tailored outreach to best reach and convert them. (Just getting started with donor segmentation? We have a simple planning template that will help you maximize your communications.)You’ll have more credibility with your board.You can feel more confident presenting your plan to your board when you have the data to back it up vs. relying on a hunch or opinions. Having a data-backed plan will also help you answer questions and fend off “creative tinkering” from well-meaning board members.You’ll know what you need to spend to meet your fundraising goals.Armed with the data about your past fundraising results and donor opportunities, you can project how much you’ll need to spend (and which resources to allocate) to make the plan happen.Need some help getting a better fundraising plan in place and figuring out how to collect, compile, and understand the data you need? Check out this upcoming webinar to learn simple steps for quickly creating a solid plan that will allow you to reach your small nonprofit’s funding goals this year.Register for this webinar now and learn How to Create Your 12-Month Fundraising Plan!last_img read more

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Woman-Centered Maternity Care, Family Planning, and HIV: Principles for Rights-Based Integration

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on June 6, 2013March 6, 2017Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Our colleagues at the Wilson Center Global Health Initiative are hosting a discussion with experts on rights-based maternity care and the intersection with family planning and HIV. The event will take place on June 11th from 3-5pm at the Wilson Center in Washington DC.About the event:Increasingly, family planning and HIV programs are seeking to expand their services to include maternal health care. The movement to integrate health services provides an important opportunity to share lessons learned across the different communities on their experiences with rights-based care. Join us for a discussion with experts in rights-based maternity care and its intersection with family planning and HIV.Click here for the list of speakers for the event.Click here to RSVP.Click here for directions to the Wilson Center.Learn more about this topic by visiting the MHTF’s topic pages focused on maternal health, HIV, and AIDS and respectful maternity care.For a compilation of the latest news and publications on maternal health, HIV and AIDS, click here. For a compilation of the latest news and publications on respectful maternity care, click here.Explore the MHTF’s ongoing blog series on maternal health, HIV, and AIDS and respectful maternity care.Share this:last_img read more

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Moving Beyond the Numbers

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 24, 2014November 7, 2016By: Renuka Motihar, Independent Consultant and member of the Executive Committee of the White Ribbon Alliance 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)As we approach the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals, what does the future hold for international maternal mortality targets? The MHTF is pleased to be hosting a blog series on post-2015 maternal mortality goal setting. Over the next several weeks, we will be featuring responses and reactions to proposed targets from around the world. Please share your thoughts with us!In India, there has been considerable economic progress, but the country is still grappling with inequities and the basic right to safe childbirth. There are about 30 million pregnancies; 27 million deliveries and about 56,000 women are lost in childbirth each year. This accounts for 19 percent of maternal deaths around the world. Most of these can be prevented. India still has a way to go to reach MDG 5, which would require reducing the maternal mortality ratio (MMR)  to 109 deaths per 100,000 births  by 2015. There has been some progress in the country in the last decade. The MMR has fallen from about 390 to 212 deaths per 100,000 live births in about 10 years, approximately 67 percent decrease. There are some areas in the country, such as states of Assam, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh/Uttarakhand that still have MMRs greater than 300 deaths per 100,000 live births. Social determinants such as early age of marriage and early and repeated childbearing are also contributing factors. Thirty-six percent of Indian women are malnourished and about 55 percent are anemic. Bodies are ill prepared to handle childbirth with poor nutrition, stunting with negative outcomes for maternal health. The main causes of death in India have been found to be heavy bleeding (hemorrhage) and eclampsia (high blood pressure).The Government of India has policies and programs to improve outcomes for maternal health. Janani Suraksha Yojana, a safe motherhood cash assistance scheme, and now the Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakarm (JSSK) have facilitated the shift of births from homes to health facilities. Births in clinics and hospitals have increased over 75 percent in the last 5 years; however the maternal mortality ratios have only declined by approximately 25 percent. But the question arises: Are the health facilities equipped with the desired quality to handle the onset of numbers? Is there adequate inter-partum care and emergency care for complicated deliveries? Is the poorest woman being able to reach services? Is it inclusive and equitable?To address quality of care issues, quality protocols are being developed — for the labor room, antenatal care and postnatal care by the government and there is an effort to standardize. There is an attempt to strengthen supportive supervision, task shifting (reduce dependence on doctors and train a cadre of health workers for providing services), strategic skilling, respectful maternal care and maternal death reviews. However, challenges still remain: India is a vast country, and problems of supplies of essential drugs, medicines, inadequate human resources, inaccessible terrain, socio-cultural factors, and translating policies/programs into action persist. The government of India is grappling with all these issues and is focusing on improving quality of services. There is a realization that only looking at numbers is not enough. Improving quality of services is critical. As Anuradha Gupta, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW), Government of India and Mission Director, National Rural Health Mission has said in a recent meeting, “We need a shift in the focus on achieving numbers to achieving quality of care”. The global targets for preventing maternal deaths are useful in providing goals to aspire for a country. They have acted as a catalyst to accelerate progress. However, the targets currently only reflect maternal mortality. They do not reflect maternal morbidities or the fact that for every woman dying in childbirth, many more women suffer long-lasting and debilitating illnesses, which are now being neglected. For countries, a relative or percentage target may be more useful; and those countries that are on track should also examine the reaching of targets sub-nationally. However, within countries, focusing only on numbers is not enough. Efforts need to go beyond numbers to reflect on enhancing the quality of services, and, in turn, improving the lives of women and children.If you would like to submit a guest post for to our ongoing series exploring potential goals for maternal health in the post-MDG development agenda, please contact Andrea Goetschius: goetschi@hsph.harvard.eduShare this:last_img read more

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Five Ways an Innovative Program Increased Facility Birth in Nigeria

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 13, 2015October 28, 2016By: Nnenna Ihebuzor, Director of Primary Health Care Systems Development; Seye Abimbola, Research Fellow; Ugo Okoli, Program Director of SURE-P Maternal and Child Health Programme, Nigeria’s National Primary Health Care Development AgencyClick 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 is part of our Translating Research into Practice Series, which features guest posts from authors of the MHTF-PLoS open-access collections describing the impact of their research since publication.The Midwives Service Scheme (MSS) was set up as a game changer to reduce maternal and child mortality so Nigeria could achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on maternal and child health (MCH). Established by the national government in 2009 to improve the availability of skilled birth attendants in rural communities, the program engages newly graduated, unemployed and retired midwives to work temporarily in rural areas. Four midwives are posted for one year to selected primary health care (PHC) facilities to provide the human resources for health necessary to achieve the MDGs in their states and local government areas.1. Scale upSince the publication of our PLoS Medicine paper, the MSS has subsequently been scaled up from 625 PHC facilities to an additional 375 facilities, providing 1,000 facilities across Nigeria with an additional 4,000 midwives and 1,000 community health extension workers.2. Antenatal care, facility delivery, and family planning increase, maternal and neonatal mortality decreaseThe MSS continues to contribute to improved health outcomes in the rural communities where antenatal care visits and facility delivery have increased by more than 100%, family planning uptake by more than 200% and maternal and neonatal mortality have decreased by 19% and 5%, respectively, since the 2009 baseline. In 2012, inspired by the success of the MSS, the national government created an MCH component of the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P), which provides an additional 1,000 PHC facilities and strategies to mitigate some challenges encountered in implementing the MSS. Since its commencement, routine monitoring data show a 50% reduction in maternal mortality, 48% increase in antenatal visits, 61% increase in skilled birth attendance and 59% increase in first time acceptors of contraceptives in SURE-P MCH facilities compared to the baseline data.3. Policy Change for Family PlanningThe experience of implementing the MSS has helped reveal to the national government the existing realities of PHC in Nigeria. This has contributed to influencing a change in national policy to now allow community health extension workers, who form the bulk of the PHC workforce in Northern Nigeria, to provide contraceptive injectables to women.4. Conditional Cash Transfers Increase Facility DeliverySince antenatal care uptake far outpaces facility deliveries within the MSS, SURE-P MCH includes a conditional cash transfer component that is currently being piloted in 18 of Nigeria’s 36 states. Pregnant women receiving the cash transfer are required to attend four antenatal care visits, deliver in a facility and attend postnatal visits. In return, they are given N5,000 (US$32), pro-rated based on the number of conditions they meet. Preliminary results show a 27% increase in facility delivery with this incentive.5. Improved community engagement and human resources investmentFurther, the MSS has renewed attention to community engagement in PHC by reactivating community health committees, which have been successful in ensuring community ownership and support for health workers. To support these committees in generating demand for MCH services, SURE P MCH introduced a cadre of 6,000 lay community-based health workers nationwide. Selected by the committees, they help pregnant women, mothers and their children use PHC facilities along the continuum of care.Despite these improvements, the high health worker attrition within the MSS continues. This is worse in northern Nigeria, where in some states only one third of deployed midwives stay. SURE-P MCH is trying to address the challenges responsible for attrition: challenging living and working conditions, irregular payment of salary and deployment far from home, since the majority of the midwives are from southern Nigeria.The way forwardAlthough we’ve seen great success from the MSS, SURE-P MCH and the MSS together support only 10% of PHC facilities in Nigeria. While they significantly improve health outcomes where they are implemented, nothing short of active support for PHC by states and local governments will make a major dent on national MCH indices to affect progress towards the MDGs. Translating MSS into significant improvements in national MCH indices requires innovative ways of getting sub-national governments to support PHC. One such way is contained in the 2014 National Health Bill, which was signed into law by President Goodluck Jonathan on December 9th, 2014. The bill guarantees that 1% of national revenue will go to PHC, but sub-national governments have to match federal allocation as a condition for accessing support for PHC. Hopefully this new law will help us to turn the page on PHC governance in Nigeria.Share this:last_img read more

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New faces, same old Arsenal! Gunners exposed at Anfield again

first_imgAnother trip to Liverpool, another defeat for Arsenal.The Gunners have now conceded 16 goals in their last four games at Anfield, losing 3-1, 4-0, 5-1 and now 3-1 once again.In the first half in particular, this was a far more assured performance than in recent seasons here, but a mixture of poor finishing and bad defending ensured Arsenal returned to north London on the back of a hiding once again. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Before the game, Unai Emery admitted Liverpool were a step ahead of Arsenal, but the Spaniard was adamant his side had an “amazing opportunity” to do something special at Anfield.Successive wins to open up the Premier League season certainly sent them to Merseyside in confident mood and for 40 minutes they were a match for the European champions.Tactically, Emery changed things up – moving away from the 4-2-3-1 we have seen in the opening weeks of the season in favour of a midfield diamond and a front pairing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe.The idea was clearly to try and shut down the space in the central areas which Liverpool exploited so clinically in the 5-1 win last season, and to then spring forward with the pace of the front two.And for the first 40 minutes it worked perfectly. Despite dominating possession, Liverpool created very little and the visitors were a constant threat on the counterattack.Jordan Henderson Liverpool 2019-20Even the usually colossal Virgil van Dijk struggled to deal with Pepe, who was making his first start since his club record move from Lille.The Ivory Coast international bent one effort just wide of the far corner after a fabulous break from Joe Willock and saw another effort from distance comfortably saved by Adrian.Pepe then had a golden chance to open his Arsenal account, breaking with electric pace from inside his own half to get through on goal. The new boy did everything right, but his finish let him down – shooting tamely at the keeper from the edge of the box.It was a costly miss, as Liverpool took the lead soon after, and from that point on there was only ever going to be one winner.Arsenal, who had defended so well, allowed Joel Matip a free header from a corner and the big defender gave Bernd Leno no chance with a thumping finish.All Arsenal’s good work had been undone – and worse was to come after the break.If the first half had been encouraging, the second was an all too familiar story as Mohamed Salah hit a double to inflict yet more Anfield misery on the Gunners.Unai Emery Arsenal 2019-20David Luiz inexplicably pulled back the Egyptian to give away a penalty just four minutes after the interval, it was one that Salah took himself and buried into the top corner.And the Liverpool frontman doubled his tally just before the hour mark, skipping away from Luiz before racing clear and beating Leno once again.There was still half an hour remaining at this point, but the game was up. Arsenal did pull a goal back late on through substitute Lucas Torreira, but it was no more than a consolation.This was always going to be a big challenge for Emery’s new-look team, which is very much a work in progress.There were some bright spots. Willock was outstanding once again in midfield, continuing the form he has shown throughout the summer, and Pepe certainly gives the attack a new dimension.But the frustrating aspect of the defeat was the way they once again crumbled defensively after falling behind and it was Luiz – brought in for his experience – who was the chief culprit.Arsenal will need far more from the Brazilian if they are to start bridging the gap that exists between them, Liverpool and Manchester City. On this evidence, there is still a long way to go. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Report: Atletico 3-2 Eibar

first_imgThomas Partey scored a last-minute winner as Atletico Madrid recovered from two goals down to maintain their perfect start to the LaLiga season with a 3-2 victory against Eibar.The home side looked set to drop points in Sunday’s match after conceding twice inside the opening 20 minutes of a home league game under Diego Simeone for the first time, with Charles and Anaitz Arbilla defying the form book at the Wanda Metropolitano.Joao Felix scored his first LaLiga goal to start the comeback before the half-hour and Vitolo, introduced at the interval, dragged his side back onto level terms early in the second half against an Eibar side still without a win this season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Los Rojiblancos carved out 1-0 victories over Getafe and Leganes in their initial matches and they showed true fighting spirit as Thomas poked home to lift Atletico above Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla to the top of LaLiga.1 – Atletico de Madrid have won a game they were trailing in by two goals for the first time since May 2009 in LaLiga, with that occasion being a 3-2 victory over Espanyol. Suffering. pic.twitter.com/C8HEhJDoVO— OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 1, 2019Charles converted Fabian Orellana’s cross on the counter to give Eibar a seventh-minute lead and, after Diego Costa fired over the bar from close range, Arbilla doubled his side’s tally with 19 minutes played.The left-back’s powerful shot took a deflection off Jose Gimenez and Jan Oblak was unable to react.It did not take long for Simeone’s men to respond, though, with Costa showing good strength in the box and returning the pass to Joao Felix for a simple finish into an empty net.Atletico, who had a penalty appeal rejected before half-time when Joao Felix was seemingly clipped inside the box, brought on Vitolo for Marcos Llorente at the interval and that change proved inspired.The lively Renan Lodi picked out Vitolo’s run and the attacker poked the ball past Marko Dmitrovic to level matters seven minutes into the second half.It looked like being a day of frustration for Atletico when Costa had two goals ruled out for offside, only for another substitute, Thomas, to pop up with a dramatic late winner.What does it mean? Simeone needs to find right system after third narrow win97′ [ 3-2 ] FT!!! Atleti secure epic comeback to earn 3 points!Let’s go Atleti Family, you were incredible todayATLEEEEETI!#AtletiEibar#AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/I78D75lCp7— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) September 1, 2019Simeone reverted to a four-man backline for this match, having operated with wing-backs in the 1-0 win at Leganes last weekend, but Atletico started slowly and were very nearly made to pay come full-time.Last season’s runners-up have been far from free-flowing in all three matches this term, winning each by a one-goal margin. They were bailed out here, though, and Simeone now has a two-week break to find the right system to get the most out of his stellar squad.Joao Felix up and runningAs well as showing incredible fighting spirit to claim all three points, another big positive for Atletico was the partnership between Costa and Joao Felix, with the latter’s goal making him the youngest Portuguese player to score in LaLiga in the 21st century at 19 years and 296 days.Llorente rightly sacrificedThe decision to bring on the more attack-minded Vitolo for Llorente at half-time gave Atleti some added impetus. Llorente attempted an underwhelming 10 passes in the opposition half during his 45 minutes on the field and lost possession four times. It was not the only inspired change made by Simeone, of course, as Thomas popped up with a late winner after coming on for Joao Felix.Key Opta facts- Atletico Madrid won a game they were trailing in by two goals for the first time since May 2009 in LaLiga, when they also prevailed 3-2 against Espanyol.- Atleti have earned six LaLiga points thanks to Thomas’ past six goals in the competition: two versus Deportivo La Coruna (November 2017), two against Athletic Bilbao (November 2018) now two at Eibar’s expense.- Vitolo has scored in back-to-back LaLiga games for the first time since November 2016 when playing for Sevilla.- Charles scored the fastest goal by a visiting player at the Wanda Metropolitano in all competitions after his opener clocked in at six minutes and 41 seconds.What’s next?Atletico travel to Real Sociedad in their first match back after the international break on September 14, while Eibar host Espanyol the following day. read morelast_img read more

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ESPN’s Bowl Projections For Clemson After Week 5

first_imgClemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence in Week 1.CLEMSON, SOUTH CAROLINA – AUGUST 29: Quarterback Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers warms up prior to the start of the Tigers’ football game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Memorial Stadium on August 29, 2019 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)Clemson has taken care of business through the first month of the season, winning all five games. However, the Tigers haven’t always looked impressive.Most notably, Clemson came within a couple of plays of losing to UNC on Saturday. By stopping a two-point conversion and an onside kick in the final minute, the Tigers were able to get out of Chapel Hill with a 21-20 victory.The near-miss was enough for Dabo Swinney’s team to drop out of the top spot in both polls, and several pundits have said Clemson should have dropped further. At least one ESPN expert doesn’t think the defending national champions are a lock for the College Football Playoff.ESPN has released its newest bowl projections for the Tigers. While one analyst thinks Clemson gets back to the CFP, another is pegging them to fall short. Kyle Bonagura: Clemson vs. Oklahoma, College Football Playoff at the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 28.Mark Schlabach: Clemson vs. Notre Dame, Capital One Orange Bowl on Dec. 30.Without question, Clemson will be favored in every remaining game. The ACC is weak, and on paper, there really isn’t a team on their schedule that can beat them.To put it simply, if Clemson winds up going 13-0 and winning the ACC, they will be playoff-bound. It doesn’t matter how many style points they accumulate along the way.You can view ESPN’s full bowl projections here.last_img read more

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