Jumbos to patrol Odisha’s Satkosia Tiger Reserve

first_imgPatrolling in the Satkosia Tiger Reserve is set to be strengthened as two trained elephants would be deployed there shortly.Trained elephants will help ground-level forest guards patrol deep in the forest where jeeps cannot go.The two elephants are being brought from the Similipal Tiger Reserve.“We are mobilising a few trained elephants as per the guidelines of the National Tiger Conservation Authority. The elephant deployment in STR at present has no connection with the possible release of tigress Sundari, imported from Madhya Pradesh, from the special enclosure set up inside Satkosia,” said Sandeep Tripathi, Principal Chief Conservator Forest (Wildlife).Sources in the Forest and Environment Department said the authorities did not want to leave any stone unturned before approaching the NTCA for resuming the ambitious tiger reintroduction programme in Satkosia.The tiger reintroduction programme in STR had run into rough weather following the death of India’s first inter-State translocated tiger last year.The Odisha government had planned to bring six tigers (three male and three female) from Madhya Pradesh to increase the feline population in Satkosia. Last year, one pair of big cats was brought to Satkosia.However, the programme did not go as per plan. While the tiger T1 reportedly died after falling into a poaching trap, there was huge discontentment among villagers residing in the buffer areas over the frequent straying of the tigress into human habitation. As the situation went out of control following a human kill, the tigress was captured. Subsequently, the programme was put on hold.last_img read more

‘Mr. Volleyball’ happy to see more attention given to men’s division

first_img“I think that men’s volleyball is now treated the same way as women’s volleyball and this award isn’t just for me this is for all the athletes and volleyball players,” said Espejo in Filipino Wednesday at Manila Hotel.“I’m very happy to see that men’s volleyball is being recognized and even televised on TV. I hope in the future we also get more support when it comes to international competitions, because I believe the men’s side can also be competitive and win medals. ”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“There are now kids who idolize us, and in return we inspire them to play harder so they can go to the schools they want to. They will be encouraged to study harder because they also want to get to the universities where we are right now.”Espejo, who is gunning for an unprecedented fifth MVP and fourth title for the Blue Eagles, added he started off as a young kid dreaming of just playing volleyball and study at a renowned institution through an athletic scholarship. Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City AFP official booed out of forum And now that he’s living that life, he wants the younger generation of aspiring volleyball players to follow on his footsteps and, maybe, win the same Mr. Volleyball award he got.“I want to give them hope that nothing’s stopping them from achieving their dream,” said Espejo who first drew Ateneo’s attention when he was playing for NCR in the 2012 Palarong Pambansa.“They should never think that economic hardship or dilapidated equipment are hindrances to their dreams. I also experience that, but I never stopped dreaming and now that I’m here I’m going to use this platform to give back.”ADVERTISEMENT Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments WATCH: Harden ends Johnson with filthy crossover MOST READ LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexicocenter_img Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Marck Espejo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s the first time that the Philippine Sports Writers Association acknowledged a male volleyball player, and the recipient of the Mr. Volleyball plum already sees big things for the future of men’s volleyball.Ateneo’s Marck Espejo, who is a four-time MVP in the UAAP, was the PSA’s first Mr. Volleyball and he knows the award he just got would bring men’s volleyball further into the public consciousness.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Myanmar’s Yangon United ends Ceres Negros in Asian club tournament

first_imgSwimming sisters make big splash Playing in front of almost 10,000 spectators, Stephan Schrock’s spectacular goal at the stroke of halftime proved to be a consolation as the Busmen crashed out in the first phase of the most prestigious club competition in the continent.“It’s a tough result for us, but it’s hard to play when half of the team has not played since September and half the team has been playing a lot of competitive games in the past three months with different teammates,” said Schrock.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Busmen looked a step slower in the opening exchanges and their lack of a natural striker was exposed late on when they chased for an equalizer in the second half.Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic admitted he may have underestimated Yangon, which the Busmen defeated over two legs in the AFC Cup zonal semifinal last year. A 28th-minute free kick from Brazilian midfielder Vinicius Miller right at the edge of the area and sub Kaung Htet Soe’s close-range strike early in the second half boosted Yangon to a second round duel with Chiangrai United of Thailand on Tuesday.With Bienvenido Maranon only available for a cameo role as he was hampered by a back injury, the Busmen’s attack didn’t look as potent as it used to be, although OJ Porteria’s volley rattled the crossbar in the second half.A moment of brilliance from Schrock in the 44th minute gave the Ceres faithful a ray of hope heading into halftime. But while the Busmen had plenty of ball, they struggled to carve open a compact Yangon defense.The loss relegated the Busmen to the AFC Cup, where they will face Becamex Binh Duong of Vietnam, Persija Jakarta of Indonesia and Shan United of Myanmar.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war BACOLOD CITY—Ceres Negros shifts its focus to the AFC Cup for the fourth straight year, after a stunning first round exit in the AFC Champions League preliminary stage on Tuesday night.A night that started in a festive mood ended in heartbreak as the Busmen absorbed a stunning 2-1 loss to Myanmar champion Yangon United at a jampacked Panaad Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants View commentslast_img read more

Tata Jaguar Land Rover launches the latest Jaguar XE in the vity of London

first_imgTata Motors owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) today announced the official launch of Jaguar XE here.”The Jaguar XE is a vehicle at the very heart of the UK’s manufacturing renaissance. It combines pre-eminent British design with British engineering in a special car for customers around the world,” Ralf Speth, JLR CEO, told reporters at a briefing on the new model.”This premium mid-sized sports sedan is the outstanding realisation of two new factories, 2,300 new jobs and around 2 billion of investment in the UK,” he added.The new compact executive saloon is all set to hit the European market early 2015, with the US later in the year and will eventually be available in India and other emerging markets.”The XE comes with a very exciting driving experience and is intended for the global market. We hope to deliver in China, India and other emerging after its US launch later next year,” Speth said.The aluminium-intensive mi mid-size premium sports sedan is the first model developed from JLR’s new modular vehicle architecture.The XE will be the first model to get the high tech “Ingeniu engine” – a family of ultra-low-emission, four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines from the company’s Engine Manufacturing Centre.The company said the facility in Wolverhampton brings JLR engine supply back to its production heartland with a total investment of 500 million and the creation of 1,400 skilled jobs, of which 600 have already been recruited.This new advanced engine family has been described as highly flexible, scalable and modular and will be used in future Jaguar and Land Rover products.advertisementlast_img read more

How to Ask for a Raise

first_img Justifying your desired salary will be accomplished with specific examples of work done well. Use specific, recent accomplishments and the value you’ve brought to the company as reasons for why you deserve the salary you’re proposing. Quantify your value with data and awards/accolades so you can demonstrate more tangibly how you’ve contributed to your company’s bottom line.Present the points for your justification for a raise in a logical, compelling way.Respond to questions from your manager about your raise logically and tactfully to further justify your request. Learn More! Sometimes, there will be no room in your company’s budget for a raise. When this happens, it’s important to recover gracefully and to set yourself up for a successful raise conversation the next time around. Make a PlanIf you can’t get the raise you deserve now, set up a plan with your manager with a specific time-table and specific goals for you to reach your desired salary. Ask for More Perks If there is no way that your salary can be increased now, you can still get better compensation for your work by asking for more workplace perks, like:Additional Vacation TimeTitle ChangeHalf-Day FridaysFlex-TimeTelecommuting Important Questions to Ask After preparing your evidence for why you deserve a raise and choosing a good time to talk to your manager, it’s important to think about what you’re going to say during your raise conversation. You don’t need to have a strict script, but you do need to be clear and specific in your delivery and it helps to have a few phrases up your sleeve to help guide the conversation. Be clearAn easy way to begin a raise discussion is to say something like: “As I’m looking forward to working and growing with the company, I’d love to discuss my salary.” Or “I’m interested in discussing my salary, is now an appropriate time?”Be specificMention your desired salary number and specifically outline how you came to this conclusion. Bring a copy of your Know Your Worth salary estimate.  Also, be clear about when you’d like your new desired salary to be effective, and any other details that are pertinent to your desired compensation. Picking the right time to ask for a raise is just as important for preparing for this discussion. When picking a good time to ask for a raise, find out when your company’s fiscal budget planning takes place so you can be sure that you aren’t asking for the impossible.A few great times to ask for a raise are:Annual Performance Reviews: A natural time for this conversation may be at your annual performance review, when the topic of salary is not only timely, but often expected.After Completing an Important Project: A great time to ask for a raise is after successfully completing an important project or showing excellent work.When your Manager is Happy: Asking for a raise during of a stressful or hectic period will guarantee that your manager is short on time and patience. Wait to ask for a raise until the dust has settled and you have, once again, proven your worth. If you have chosen an appropriate time to ask for a raise and have built your case for a raise with specific evidence of your great work, you should expect your manager to give your proposal serious consideration. You should also expect:Questions: Expect some direct questions about the accomplishments you’re using to justify your raise, your plans for your future at the company, as well as the classic, “Why do you think you deserve this raise?”Negotiation: You will probably have to negotiate on the specifics of the raise you are asking for. Compromise: You may not be able to get the raise you want today, but a compromise will help you take a step in the right direction. Make sure that any promised or conditional future raises you discuss are documented in writing. After having a raise conversation, it’s crucial that you sustain or even exceed the performance levels that you are using to justify your desired salary. It’s also crucial that you and your manager are on the same page about any new responsibilities that are coming along with your new raise, including:New deliverables.New colleagues to manage.New superiors to report to. New performance standards. How to Justify Your Raise When to Ask for a Raise What to Expect How to Negotiate Morecenter_img What to Say to Get a Raise How to Prepare The way you act during a raise conversation is just as important as the tone of voice you use, so be sure that you balance confidence, graciousness and enthusiasm for the work you do.  Be confidentHow is an employer going to feel comfortable giving you a raise if you’re unsure yourself? Express gratitudeExpressing gratitude and appreciation for what you currently have at the company is a gracious and professional preface to an ask for more money. Express enthusiasmSharing excitement for your future goals, and for the future goals of the company, is a way to show you’re invested in doing your job well. When a manager’s proposal for your raise doesn’t match the salary you objectively deserve, it’s time to negotiate for more. These 5 steps will guide you through this negotiation: Set your expectations. You may not be able to get the salary you want immediately.Do your homework so your manager doesn’t have to. Establish your target salary and the accomplishments and accolades that justify this salary.Start the conversation. Start a conversation with your manager to begin working out how to reach your target salary.Set a goal and establish a timeline. Establish specific goals on a timeline with your manager for reaching your desired salary.Work with your manager to reach your goal. Make sure to meet your goals and that your manager is paying close attention to your progress. What to Do After a Raise Conversation How to Act How to Recover from a Failed Raise Conversation Asking questions of yourself and your manager is important for getting the raise that you want. Questions for YourselfIs the raise I plan to ask for truly reflecting the value that I bring to this team and company?Is the raise I want realistic or will I be asking for compensation beyond my experience?Questions for Your ManagerWhat are the new responsibilities that will come along with this raise?Will this raise involve managing or reporting to new colleagues?If a raise isn’t possible at the moment, when will it be possible?Following this raise, what will be required to advance even further in my career at this company? You should never ask for a raise without preparing for this conversation. No matter how good your relationship is with your manager, they will be expecting you to prove that you deserve the salary you’re asking for and won’t respond favorably if it seems like you did not prepare. Before broaching the subject of a raise, always:Build your Case: Look back to recent projects and periods of time where you went beyond what was expected and provided real value for your company. Always use specific performance data when possible.  Know your Worth: Glassdoor’s Know Your Worth™ salary estimator gives you a clear idea of the raise you should be asking for, by giving you an objective figure to compare your current salary against. Just enter your job title, location, years of experience, and a few other pieces of information to get a free, personalized estimate of what the market value of your skill set is. This way, you can both understand if you’re getting paid fairly and have a concrete number to bring to the table when it comes time to negotiate your salary. If you have any more questions about asking for a raise or calculating the salary you deserve, here are some related articles we’ve written on asking for raises.How to Ask for a RaiseThe Employee’s Guide to Know Your WorthIs It Presumptive to Ask About Raises In a Job Interview?How to Negotiate Beyond the Raise You Were Offered?9 Amazing Gifts For Your Boss That’ll Score You A RaiseIs Your Raise Helping or Hurting You?4 Things to Consider When Asking for a Raise6 Strategies to Get a Raise Without AskingCan’t Get A Raise? Ask For More PerksDon’t Accept a Promotion Unless you Know the Answer to These 3 QuestionsGot a Raise? How Should You Really Spend Your Money?last_img read more

Liverpool, Bayern Munich target Pulisic shuts down BVB exit talk

first_imgBorussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic says he won’t seek to force a move away this summer.The USA international has been linked with Bayern Munich and Liverpool in recent weeks.But Pulisic says he couldn’t consider moving to Bayern: “No, that I could not do.”Asked about Premier League interest and playing in England, the youngster was also adamant.He told pennlive.com: “Nah, I mean when I was little I wanted to play in the Premier League but now that I’m in the Bundesliga I’m not planning on a move because that’s what I want to do.”I’m really happy there and I’m just kind of going with the flow and I’m happy with it.”last_img read more

Delap delighted for Lee Grant over Stoke success

first_imgStoke City hero Rory Delap is delighted for Lee Grant over last season’s success.The goalkeeper finished the season as Stoke’s Player of the Year.Delap told The Sentinel: “I know Granty really well from years ago and I enjoy keeping up with him and his family.”He kicked off last season in Derby’s reserves, but got the chance to go to Stoke for his first taste of the Premier League and played so well.“He’s deserved all the plaudits he gets. He won the player of the year trophy and it’s a massive credit to him.”last_img read more

Donnarumma and Raiola plan fresh AC Milan talks

first_imgGigio Donnarumma is ready to return to the negotiating table at AC Milan – and with Mino Raiola’s approval.Corriere della Sera says the teenage goalkeeper is set to perform a U-turn and reconsider signing a new deal with Milan.Raiola, Donnarumma’s family and the keeper are set to meet with Milan officials after the U21 Euros to resume negotiations.Milan are willing to soften their stand over Raiola’s demand of a buyout clause being included in the agreement.Indeed, it’s suggested the buyout clause is the lone sticking point over the new deal.last_img read more

Stoke chairman Coates: ‘Tapping up’ is a fact of life in football

first_imgStoke City chief Peter Coates has revealed that tapping up players is a common occurrence in football.Clubs are prohibited from talking to players from other teams before agreeing on a transfer fee but despite such rules, many have been regularly found guilty of ‘tapping up’ their transfer targets through the use of agents and intermediates.Liverpool were recently reported to the FA by Southampton for an illegal approach for defender Virgil van Dijk and while the episode was an embarrassing one for the Reds, Coates believes that the practice of ‘tapping-up’ is very common in football.Coates said: “Everyone sounds out players one way or another to see if they would have any interest in coming to their football club.”There’s no point in pursuing something if the player doesn’t want to come. You want to find out: ‘Would he be interested if we were interested?'”You could waste so much time and money otherwise. But it’s how decent you are about how you do things. You’ve got to have some sensitivity.”cvvlast_img read more

Crystal Palace boss de Boer puts hand up for Chelsea defender Zouma

first_imgFrank de Boer has focused his attention on Kurt Zouma. According to The Sun, the new Crystal Palace manager is unwilling to pay £30m for Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho, and has instead shifted his focused to the Chelsea stopper.Zouma, who rode the bench for the Blues for much of last season, has been linked with loan moves to Lyon and Marseille in recent weeks.But despite the speculation, Zouma has publicly declared his desire to succeed at Chelsea.”I’m very happy at Chelsea. I hear the rumours, it’s flattering. It means I’m a player people are looking at, but I’m not going to stop there,” he said.”My objective is to stay at Chelsea. Next season, we’ll start from scratch, there will be a lot of games.”De Boer is hoping to tempt the 22-year old away from Stamford Bridge with a loan deal instead of a permanent move.last_img read more

Leicester closing on deal for Sassuolo striker Gregoire Defrel

first_imgLeicester City are closing on a deal for Sassuolo striker Gregoire Defrel.Sportitalia says Defrel is close to joining Leicester for €18m plus bonuses.The French forward had already been in advanced talks with the Premier League side during the January transfer window.At the time, he had also been of great interest to Roma, but the Neroverdi refused to sell.Defrel can play as a centre-forward, in a supporting role or as a right-sided winger.last_img

Liverpool legend Fowler: Klopp making right call spending £180M on three top-class players

first_imgLiverpool legend Robbie Fowler is backing Jurgen Klopp’s bid for quality over quantity this summer.Liverpool broke their transfer record to buy Mohamed Salah from Roma for £37million but have so far been frustrated in their attempts to land top targets Virgil van Dijk and Naby Keita.“They seem to be concentrating on getting in that bit of extra quality in crucial positions,” Fowler told the Mirror.”And that is the right policy, rather than splashing their cash on six or eight players, like they seem to have done during the last few years.“If they have to spend £150m to £180m to get three top-class players, it will be money well spent.”last_img read more

Wrapping Up the Discussion on the Use of Catheters for Fistula Prevention and Treatment: Dr. Ruminjo Replies

first_imgPosted on June 21, 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)Over the past couple weeks, Dr. Fatouma Mabeye, the Medical Coordinator for WAHA International, and Dr. Joseph Ruminjo, the Clinical Director for the Fistula Care Project, have engaged in a lively public dialogue (via the MHTF Blog) around the use of catheters for prevention and treatment of fistula. Take a look at the previous posts in this series: Dr. Mabeye’s first post, Dr. Ruminjo’s reply, and Dr. Mabeye’s reply.Dr. Ruminjo’s closing remarks:Thank you for the detailed and insightful comments.This is certainly a very useful and evolving approach, so a continuing discussion of the evidence base as it is gradually built up is rewarding, even when not all the answers are immediately available at research and programmatic level.Just a clarificication, in case this was not apparent: EngenderHealth/Fistula Care Project does indeed recognize, and support implementation of bladder catheterisation as one of the key interventions both for prevention of fistula after obstructed labor and for treatment of select cases of fistula.Special thanks to Dr. Mabeye and Dr. Ruminjo. Our readers have enjoyed ‘tuning in’ to a very informative conversation about the use of catheters to prevent and treat fistula. Readers, please let us know other topics that you would like to see covered on the MHTF Blog. Submit your ideas in the comments section of this post!Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Janani Suraksha Yojana and the Bumpy Road to Maternal Health in Rural India

first_imgPosted on June 2, 2011June 20, 2017By: Kate Mitchell, Clinton FellowClick 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 was originally published on Kate’s blog, Maternal Mortality Daily, and is reposted here with permission.This post is the first in a series on maternal health in the Seraikela block of Jharkhand, India. In 2009, Sarah Blake and I worked together at the Maternal Health Task Force, a Gates Foundation funded maternal health initiative based at EngenderHealth in New York City. Since then, Sarah went on to work as a consultant with several non-profit organizations, including UNFPA and Women Deliver. I took off for India as a Clinton Fellow with the American India Foundation where I have been working for the past nine months on a maternal and newborn health project in Jharkhand, a state with high levels of maternal and newborn deaths.A new mom holds her newborn in a small community called Sini, in the Seraikela block, as community members look on.Sarah and I recently teamed up again (this time, in India) to explore our common interest in maternal health. Over the past two weeks, we have visited hospitals, health centers, government offices, rural villages, and homes in the Seraikela block, a rural area with rugged terrain and limited infrastructure outside the industrial city of Jamshedpur, in the state of Jharkhand. We conducted a series of interviews with women, families, health workers, and government health officials. We asked questions about pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. We learned about the women’s experiences with home and institutional deliveries–and the factors that influence their decision to deliver at home or in an institution. We explored the implementation of and attitudes toward Janani Suraksha Yojana, a conditional cash transfer program that aims to increase institutional deliveries across India.A collapsed road on the way from Jamshedpur to the Seraikela Block of Jharkhand.Conditional cash transfers are trendy. Various governments, non-governmental organizations, and private enterprises across the globe are supporting cash transfer initiatives in efforts to improve school attendance, reduce child under-nutrition, improve maternal and newborn health, and to address other development goals.What is a conditional cash transfer program? According to the World Bank, “conditional cash transfer programs provide cash payments to poor households that meet certain behavioral requirements, generally related to children’s health care and education”.Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY) is a widely discussed (mostly within the global health community but to some extent in mainstream media) and frequently praised cash transfer program. JSY was launched by the Indian government as part of the National Rural Health Mission in 2005, in an effort to reduce maternal and newborn deaths by increasing institutional deliveries.JSY provides cash incentives to women who deliver in government health institutions as well as accredited private health centers. The program also provides a cash incentive to the health worker who supports the woman throughout her pregnancy and accompanies her to the facility. (For details and FAQs on JSY, click here.)A community health worker accompanies a pregnant woman to Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Jamshedpur, the main referral hospital for the surrounding rural communities.Maternal and newborn death rates have gradually been declining across India (and the world), but the problem has yet to be resolved. Both maternal and newborn deaths in India continue to make up an extremely large percentage of the overall global burden. According to a study published in the Lancet last year, 20% of global maternal deaths and 31% of global newborn deaths in 2005 occurred in India.JSY is a big program (the biggest of its kind in the world) that aims to deal with a big problem. The lessons that are drawn from it have the potential to influence global health policy in a big way. The 2010 evaluation of JSY published in the Lancet suggested that the program is having a significant impact on perinatal and neonatal health, but the paper asserted that the verdict was still out in terms of any impact on maternal mortality.The lesson that has emerged from JSY for newborn health is that giving women money increases institutional deliveries and reduces perinatal and neonatal mortality. It is likely that the same message will emerge in terms of reducing maternal mortality—and there is a good chance that this approach will be picked up in national health programs in numerous other countries that also have high levels of maternal and newborn mortality.Our concern is that JSY is far more complex than providing women with money—and reducing maternal mortality is far more complex than increasing institutional delivery.Given the scope, cost, and potential of JSY; it is incredibly important that we ask questions about the nuances of JSY—the role of money as an incentive for women, families and health workers; the readiness of institutions; the challenges with transportation; the human rights implications of the program; and a variety of other related factors.Over the next week (or couple of weeks), Sarah and I will share our experiences and insights from our time with the women, families, health workers, and government health officials of the Seraikela block of Jharkhand, a focus state for JSY. We will highlight stories from the people most impacted by and involved in Janani Suraksha Yojana.We believe that we have scratched the surface of some interesting issues related to JSY, but our time in Seraikela certainly left us with more questions than answers, and we will be sharing those questions in upcoming posts.We will also be asking our colleagues working in maternal and newborn health to share their thoughts through guest blog posts. If you are interested in submitting a guest post, contact us at katemitch@gmail.com and sarahcblake@gmail.com.Tata Steel Rural Development Society, my host organization for my fellowship, provided us with transportation and interpreter services. Many thanks to Shabnam Khaled for her help with translation.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Call for Abstracts–Global Maternal Health Conference 2013: Improving Quality of Care

first_imgPosted on July 24, 2012October 15, 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)GMHC2013 is a technical conference for scientists, researchers, and policy-makers to network, share knowledge, and build on progress toward eradicating preventable maternal mortality and morbidity by improving quality of care.The conference is co-sponsored by Management and Development for Health, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and the Maternal Health Task Force at the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, USA.In 2010, the first Global Maternal Health Conference was convened in New Delhi, as a partnership with the Public Health Foundation of India and the MHTF. The 2013 conference will build on the successful technical focus and abstract-driven structure of the 2010 conference.GMHC2013 will be held at the Arusha International Conference Center in Tanzania, January 15-17, 2013, featuring:– up to 700 participants/presenters– parallel sessions and poster presentations within 5 tracks– 3 plenary sessions with leading maternal health experts– scholarships for developing country-based presenters– high-level government officials– a gala event at the new Mt. Meru HotelThe GMHC 2013 Steering Committee has been established to oversee the conference program. The GMHC2013 Scientific Sub-Committee has been established to review and approve abstracts. A call for abstracts will be issued soon.Guidelines for submitting abstracts and information about conference tracks can be found at: www.maternalhealthtaskforce.org/gmhc2013Abstracts can be submitted only online. The deadline for submissions is midnight EST, September 30th, 2012.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Spreading the Message of the International Day for Maternal Health and Rights

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on April 14, 2015October 26, 2016By: Katie Millar, Technical Writer, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)On April 11th, the world gathered to celebrate the second annual International Day for Maternal Health and Rights. Voices of maternal health groups from around the world called for recognition and action on human rights abuses that women suffer during pregnancy, labor and the time after birth. These voices were organized by the MHTF and CHANGE into a blog carnival during the week leading up to April 11th.  From health disparities in the U.S. to fighting stigma against HIV-positive women in India, 24 different blogs were shared that chronicled women’s experiences and the work we have left to do as the maternal health community. We invite you to learn more about the International Day for Maternal Health and Rights and the stories of women from around the world by reading these featured blogs:MHTF: Addressing disparities in the U.S. for maternal health and rightsCHANGE: Center for Health and Gender Equity: #IntlMHDay: It’s time to make maternal health and rights a priority!EngenderHealth: Taking Action on International Maternal Health and Rights DayUSAID’s TRAction Project: International Day for Maternal Health and Rights 2015: Addressing Disrespect and Abuse during ChildbirthEvery Mother Counts: International Day for Maternal Health and RightsElizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation: Speaking Out Against StigmaRH Reality Check: Rights-Based Maternity Care Must Become a Global PriorityWaterAid America via Huffington Post: The Basics of Maternal Health: Taking a Stand for Clean Water and Hygiene in Health FacilitiesJacaranda Health: Why Respectful Maternity Care Should Be the Right of All WomenPathfinder International: Saving Mothers’ Lives in India & Too Good, and True: Ensuring rights-based, quality maternal health care in MozambiquePlanned Parenthood: Fighting for Maternal Health and rights means acting on the Helms AmendmentInternational Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF): Does Maternal Healthcare Include Abortion? Global Health Council: Ensuring maternal health and rights is central to sustainable developmentIDEAS: Reproductive Health Rights: Collateral damage in the face of Ebola?What to Expect: What I Want Every Mom Around the World to Be Able to FeelWomen and Children First (UK): International Day for Maternal Rights – let’s take actionLeadership, Management & Governance Project: Equipping midwives to transform workplaces and end preventable maternal and child deathsGlobal Moms Challenge: Every Woman Deserves the Chance to Live Through ChildbirthPAI: A call to action on maternal health careAPHA International Health blog: Humanity of Gender EqualityDandelion Kenya via Rural Reporters: Maternal health and access to SRHRAdvocates for Youth: Access to family planning and reproductive healthcare in developing countriesHealth Families, Health Planet: Reclaiming Birth with Sacred WorthThe International Day for Maternal Health and Rights is co-organized by the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), EngenderHealth, Ibis Reproductive Health, International Planned Parenthood Federation Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR), Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF), Pathfinder International, White Ribbon Alliance, and Women Deliver.Share this:last_img read more

12 quick tips for aspiring freelancers

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.A few weeks ago, I had a chance to meet with some of my fellow freelancers in a workshop held near our place. I just knew about the event a day before, and because I was excited to meet other freelancers (it was my first time to meet with fellow freelancers), I asked one of the organizers if I could drop by and meet with her and everyone in the event.I was glad that they welcomed me to the event and had a chance to talk to some of them. When I left, I was thinking ― the freelancers who attended the event must be lucky because there are workshops designed to help them launch their freelance business. Many of them are just starting in the industry, and some are still contemplating leaving their office-based jobs to become full-time freelancers.Looking back, I thought, that was one thing I never had. I started freelancing in 2008 and I hadn’t heard of an organization helping out freelancers succeed in the industry. Or maybe I was just unaware of such support available in our area.If you’re contemplating freelancing, consider these 12 quick tips to get you started:Ask yourself these questions and be honestDo you think you’re cut out to be a freelancer?Or maybe you’re just looking at freelancing as an “escape” from the 9-to-5 job you’re in right now?Not being happy with your full-time, office-based job does not always mean that freelancing is the way to turn things around. Also, being happy with your 9-to-5 job doesn’t always mean that you have no chance at launching your own freelance business.So, before you dive into freelancing, think about this several times: Is freelancing the career path that you want to take?Don’t quit your full-time job yetFreelancing is a totally different world. No matter how excited you are to leave your 9-to-5 job, you still have to be realistic.Here’s what you can do:Start as a moonlighter. Keep your day job while you take part-time freelance jobs. Just make sure your full-time job won’t suffer because of the amount of time you need to spend doing freelance jobs.Take part-time freelance jobs that are aligned with what you are currently doing. That was how I started. I was in the academe, so I started as a freelance academic writer. I wrote and edited research papers, speeches and other academic papers. It was easier for me because I had the skills needed to do the jobs. Doing a totally different job while you’re employed full time could be so tiring, so I suggest that you leverage your current skill sets while moonlighting.Listen to what people are not sayingWhen you finally decided to transition to freelancing, expect to hear a lot of comments or remarks. Your close friends will be excited for you. Some may doubt your decision. Others will ask you endlessly, “Why? What kind of career or future await you if you’re just working from home?”You may respond to them, but you don’t necessarily have to listen to them. Your own voice should be louder than their voices, and that’s what you have to listen to. With a lot of misconceptions going around about freelancing, you’re better off doing your research to learn as much as you can about the industry, so you can make an informed decision.Set clear boundaries at homeFirst, have a home office or any distraction-free spot in your house where you can focus. So, when you’re ready to work, you just need to go to that spot and your body knows it’s time to work and time to focus.Second, let everyone in the house know when you’re working and why they should not disturb you unless there’s an emergency. This is important when you’re in a call with your client. If your family understands the nature of your job, you’ll certainly get that kind of support from them.You may also consider staying at co-working spaces where you can meet and work with other freelancers.Invest in a good equipment and a reliable Internet connectionYou can’t function well if you don’t invest in these basic requirements. And always be ready with backup plans. If your ISP fails you, you need to have a backup Internet connection or maybe a pocket Wi-Fi. Your clients don’t care whether your Internet fails so have some decent equipment and backup plans ready.Be comfortable with technologyBecause your clients are from other parts of the world, you will communicate with them using technology. You should know how to use at least the basics: Skype, Google Drive, Dropbox, etc. It may sound obvious, but I’ve encountered subcontractors who didn’t know how to use Skype on their desktop PCs.Brush up on your communication skillsTo thrive as a freelancer, you must have good communication skills, i.e. writing, reading, listening and speaking. Whether you are a virtual assistant, a graphic designer, a web developer, or a content creator, you will benefit tremendously from having great communication skills.How? Well, you will have to write emails, talk to your clients, negotiate with prospective clients, write proposals, read tons of references, do web research, etc. Everything that you will do, basically, is communication.Seek support from industry groupsHere’s the truth: The freelance industry is not very friendly to those who are just starting out. The competition is so high. And if you end up competing with each other, nobody can get ahead.Don’t ever compare yourself with other freelancers. Remember that even if you have the same job description or title, you are still different from each other. Find out what makes you unique and position yourself around those traits that make you stand out.Take advantage of meetups for freelancers in your area. It’s good to hang out with your fellow freelancers, share your skills and talk about your experiences.Develop the habit of learningEvery freelancer is a learner. Unlike in an office where your manager arranges relevant training for you each month or quarter, in freelancing, you’re the only one in charge of your own professional growth.If you don’t enjoy learning (and I mean learning on your own) or you’re not keen at upgrading your skills, you will be left out. The skills you acquired in college are no longer enough to make you thrive as a freelancer.For example, journalism students might have learned writing, editing, proofreading, data gathering and interviewing while in school, but as freelance content writers, they need to learn other skills, including search engine optimization (SEO) and content strategy, which they probably haven’t heard of while in school.Adopt the right mindsetFreelancing is a business. You will be self-employed, which means you will do practically everything for yourself. You will do your own marketing, manage your finances, do the actual job, manage your resources, pay your bills, negotiate with clients, etc.You may hear others say that as a freelancer, you are your own boss ― this may sound great, but in reality, you are still accountable to someone else and that is the one who helps you pay the bills.Build your freelance portfolioI know what you’re thinking right now ― what if you haven’t really started freelancing? Well, remember tip #2? While you’re a moonlighter, document all your projects and do great jobs that you can include in your portfolio.It makes sense, then, to take part-time freelance jobs that require the skills that you are already good at, so you can deliver an output that you can be proud of, and therefore worth displaying on your portfolio.Build your personal brandOnce everything is set, you’re ready to build a strong personal brand that can help you win clients even in unexpected places. Don’t skip this part!Remember that with a strong personal brand, you can make winning clients and landing high-paying jobs easier, and thus making freelancing a much more rewarding experience.By considering these 12 tips in getting started with freelancing, you will be better equipped and be fully prepared to dive into a new journey. Good luck!A freelance writer and editor for nearly 10 years, Virginia helps businesses win more clients through high-quality, engaging content. Plus, she helps freelancers and other professionals leverage LinkedIn to build a strong personal brand that generates business.last_img read more

How to make your freelance business sustainable

first_imgAfter launching a freelancing career and figuring out how to transition from the ideation phase to the execution phase, it’s important not to forget about the stage that often determines whether freelancing will be a hobby or a career: Sustainability.Sustainability and longevity are interconnected and for many freelancers, sustainability is the end goal. Who wants to start something, invest time, energy, and resources into it, just for it to dissipate over time or to discover that it’s not sustainable?I think it’s fair to say that none of us entered freelancing full-time without some sense of it being a sustainable lifestyle.As such, there are certain infrastructures that freelancers can put in to place that will lead towards a more sustainable freelancing career.Maintain a savings cushionIf there is a canary in the mine, it is often money. Too often, it is the lack of steady income that deters freelancers from pushing through the tough times.Even for those freelancers who have enjoyed financial stability, it is still important to have a cushion. Whether you refer to this as a savings account, rainy day fund, or reserves, the premise is the same—be prepared.The nature of freelancing is that some months will be better than others. Even if your average monthly income is predictable, it’s probably never the same. Just as you have disability insurance for medical emergencies and liability insurance for your business, it’s important to have some built-in security so that if a contract falls through, a client leaves you, or you need to take an unplanned leave, this does not become the catalyst for you to quit freelancing.Ideally, try to put savings away for multiple months—3, 6, or 9—based upon what your monthly expenses are.Be willing to evolveThere was a time when I edited by pen. Then I started using Word and the track changes function. I slowly started editing PDFs, and now many of my clients prefer that their documents are edited using Google docs. This all changed over a relatively short period of time. Although I miss my red pen, I had to adjust or risk being left behind.In fact, I cannot think of a single industry that does not change in some capacity. As freelancers, we have to be willing to evolve. Sometimes this involves integrating new technology or software into our lives. In other instances, it is necessary that we attend conferences, workshops, or even online courses.We can’t be so stuck in our way of doing something or “how things used to be” that we don’t grow, even if that growth leads to growing pains. Does this mean that we should forsake best practices for some new gadget just because it is new?Absolutely not! But, it does mean that if we want to compete, which ultimately leads to greater sustainability, we need to pivot when necessary.Maintain your staminaA few years ago, I worked out at the gym 3 to 4 times a week. As a former athlete, I understood that there would be days when I just didn’t want to work out, but I conditioned myself to go and finish, even when I didn’t feel like it. As I built up my stamina, working out became such a steady part of my life that it was unusual for me not to go.In some ways, freelancing is just like this. Whereas we often think of stamina as a sustained physical effort, it is worth noting that stamina can also mean a sustained mental effort. Our mentality towards something will also determine how we react to it. If freelancing is something that you are committed to doing long term, be willing to put in the work, not just physically, but mentally as well.Sustainability, or the ability to continue at a certain level, is a realistic outcome for freelancers. Yet, it is not uncommon for some freelancers, especially second-career freelancers, to stop freelancing after a few years–not because they don’t love it and not because they are experiencing fatigue, but because they find that either the revenue isn’t there, their clientele has plateaued, or the market is over saturated.All of these potential hurdles are realistic, but they are just that—hurdles, not impenetrable fortresses.last_img read more

Splurge Vs. Save: Which Beauty Products are Worth the Extra Cost?

first_img(photo: stuartpilbrow)A $25 face mask may be cheap enough to make it onto a magazine’s “bargain” beauty buys list, but there are less expensive and more effective head-to-toe pampering products to be had in your fridge and pantry.Even professional aestheticians and stylists turn to household staples like lemons, baking soda or yogurt when it’s time to clear skin of acne, soften rough patches or keep teeth sparkling. “What better way to achieve a natural glow, then from natural products?” asks Lily Morgan, the founder of Lily Organics Fresh Skin Care.Post your own tips below, and try these beauty uses for common household goods: Avocado * Scott-Vincent Borba, the author of “Skintervention: The Personalized Solution for Healthier, Younger and Flawless Looking Skin,” suggests mashing an avocado with the oil from one vitamin E soft gel, a dash of cayenne pepper and a tablespoon of honey. Apply the anti-aging mask in a thick coat all over face and neck for 20 to 30 minutes. Rinse with damp washcloth.* Gently rub the inside of an avocado peel on your face, says Morgan. Leave the residue on for about 20 minutes for a moisturizing mask.Baking soda * Pour a quarter-cup of baking soda in a cold bath to relieve sunburn, Morgan says.* Jan Patterson, a nurse in Cotati, Calif., makes homemade toothpaste with the contents of two Myrrh capsules, a quarter-cup baking soda, two lid-fuls of hydrogen peroxide and mint or another flavor extract to taste. Mix until fluffy, and then store in a covered container.* Make a firming mask from a beaten egg and a tablespoon of baking soda, Borba says. Brush mixture onto face and let dry for eight minutes, and then gently wash off with warm water. “Egg yolks are high in skin-nourishing vitamins A, D, and E as well as firming protein,” he says. “Baking soda will tighten and kill bacteria.”* Mix a tablespoon each of baking soda and raw sugar for a pore-opening scrub, Borba says. Rub gently onto your face, and leave until your skin begins to tingle, at least 30 seconds but no longer than five minutes. Rinse off with warm water.Coffee Brunettes can give their hair color a lift with coffee, says Sheri D. of Sé Mō Hair. Make a strong pot of black coffee, then let cool. Shampoo your hair, and then pour the warm coffee on. Work it through and leave in for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse with cool water, condition and style as usual.Cucumbers A true DIY spa treatment: place slices on eyes to de-puff and lighten dark circles, says Sucheta Rawal of “Go, Eat, Give.”Eggs To remove hard-water deposits from hair and add shine, Sheri D. uses an egg-oil mix. Separate one egg, and pour an ounce of olive oil over the yolk. Mix. Shampoo your hair, and then pour the egg mixture into your hair, using a large-tooth comb to help distribute it. Leave on for five to 10 minutes. Shampoo your hair again, condition, rinse and style as usual.Honey Use a mix of honey and milk as a cleanser to ease acne-prone skin, Morgan says.Lemons * Applying diluted lemon juice to acne-prone skin can help. Morgan says it can act as an antiseptic.* “Cut a lemon in half and rub the open part on your heels to remove stains,” says Judy Woodward Bates, The Bargainomics Lady.* To add oomph to light-colored hair, Sheri D. suggests making a strong pitcher of lemonade – water and lemon only, no sugar or honey. Shampoo your hair, and then pour the lemonade on. Work it through and leave in for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse with cool water, condition and style as usual.Oatmeal * Fill a mesh bag full of dry oatmeal, Morgan says. Rub your face with the bag for a gentle exfoliation.* For Borba’s clarifying mask, stir together a cup of lukewarm water, a tablespoon of honey, a tablespoon of chocolate syrup and a cup of oatmeal. Apply the mix to face for 15 minutes. “Lightly scrub the mask off is circular motion to ‘buff’ away dead surface skin cells,” he says.* To ease sunburn, Morgan recommends applying a compress of cold skim milk mixed with oatmeal.Olive oil * Actress Vida Ghaffari says she uses olive oil as a conditioner. “I have to often get my hair styled and it’s the only thing that conditions my hair in the LA elements,” she says. “I put it in my hair a couple of hours before I wash my hair as sort of a pre-conditioner. It’s a bit oily, so I wear comfy clothes I don’t worry about.”* Mix a quarter-cup with a cup of vanilla sugar for a body scrub, says Megan Moriarty of Savor: The Food Agency.Shortening “Many people don’t know that a very common baking ingredient, Crisco solid, can be used as a moisturizer on very dry heels, elbows, knees, as well as around dry, cuticles,” says Risi-Leanne Baranja of “Palacinka Beauty Blog.” In a thin layer, it can also work well as an overnight facial moisturizer.Yogurt * Mix a half cup of plain yogurt with a half-cup cornmeal and a quarter-cup grapefruit juice, says Joanna Vargas, the founder of Joanna Vargas Salon, Skin Care Sanctuary in Manhattan. Cool in the fridge to thicken, and then use as a face scrub.* For a hydrating mask, Vargas mixes a half-cup of plain yogurt with half an avocado and a quarter-cup honey. Apply with a sea sponge.Frugal Foodie is a journalist based in New York City who spends her days writing about personal finance and obsessing about what she’ll have for dinner. Chat with her on Twitter through @MintFoodie. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) RelatedHow to Treat Yourself This Summer on a BudgetJuly 18, 2018In “Budgeting”Best Places to Travel on a BudgetJuly 13, 2016In “Budgeting”The Five Easiest Ways to Save MoneyApril 16, 2019In “Saving” center_img Post navigationlast_img read more

What To Do If You Have to Cancel a Vacation

first_imgNo matter how thoroughly you plan your trip, last-minute changes to your personal schedule still happen. If you need to alter or cancel your travel plans a headache, and a lot of lost money, can be next.While some cancellation fees are unavoidable, there are a few simple things to keep in mind when these things happen. Follow these tips and they may help you avoid paying full cancellation fees.1. Know the PoliciesWhen booking big ticket items for travel make sure you read the fine print. This includes their cancellation policy. For hotels, I usually book with Hotels.com – this is because their cancellation policy includes general refunds at most hotels. I go a step further (per usual) and always make a note on my calendar on the last day it is free to cancel.For flights, you should know, federal law states you have 24 hours to cancel your flight from the time you book your flight if you book it at least seven days before the departure date without having to pay a fee. This only applies to flights booked through the carrier itself, not flights booked through third-party websites.2. Cancel As Early As PossibleJust like most industries, time is money – so whatever you do, don’t put it off. The minute you know you can’t go, start making calls to cancel all your plans. Begin with the big-ticket items, flights and hotel reservations, and work your way down to smaller things like tours and restaurant reservations.It’s important to start early because if the hotel, resort, or cruise line has time to resell your tickets you have a higher chance of receiving a refund.3. Just Ask, You Never KnowEven if you think a reservation is hopeless, it doesn’t hurt to ask. Recently, I had to cancel a trip due to a vaccination error (that was completely my fault). I had to cancel my entire trip and found out the night before! Instead of giving up, I called and explained the situation. The hotel gave me a full refund because they receive tons of walk in service and since it was high season they knew they would sell the room immediately. Pleasant surprise, that I didn’t see coming.4. Call, Don’t emailNotice I said start making calls, not sending emails. Talking to a person, and especially the right person, can make a huge difference in getting a partial or even full refund.You want to speak to someone in management, as high up as possible. Remember, a manager is much more likely to waive a cancellation fee or refund your money than an hourly employee. When you first call you’re probably getting a normal employee, ask to speak to managers and slowly move your way up the chain of command.5. Be NiceAs you are speaking to different employees remember to be EXTREMELY polite. Anger in these situations, will get you nowhere. Most hospitality workers want you to come back to their resort, or use their tour company for when you do visit and will work hard to give you the fairest refund possible – if you are nice.6. Keep that CodeIf you manage to score any sort of refund write down that confirmation code and keep it somewhere safe. Keep an eye on your bank accounts or credit card statement and only discard the code after the money has been refunded for a couple of days.7. Seek Alternatives Other Than MoneyIf a vendor can’t refund your cash, your next inquiry should be about any sort of alternatives other than money. This may be in the form of a voucher, or rain-check.That same trip I had to cancel because of vaccinations I had tons of tours booked. Although I wasn’t able to get a refund for them they did promise to reschedule all the tours when I did get a chance to come. Just like confirmation codes I had them send me that in writing. I kept the emails and when I did go a couple of months later I rebooked all the tours!8. Book Travel InsuranceIn the future, think about add insurance onto big-ticket items like hotels and flights. Most of the time, insurance policies cost a mere 3-4% of the total cost of your trip. They will make getting a refund for last minute changes much easier and fast.Coming UpWhen traveling, you want to make every dollar count. Make sure you know the best way to exchange foreign currency and stay tuned for my next article which will detail all the tricks that will save you money.Be sure to follow on Mint and follow me on Instagram so you don’t miss an article.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) RelatedHow Travel Cards Can Save You MoneyNovember 27, 2017In “Credit Info”How to Save for a Trip to AsiaApril 30, 2019In “Travel Tips”How to Save Money on Holiday Travel (Hint: Book it Soon!)September 18, 2017In “Travel Tips” Post navigationlast_img read more