Punjab govt. has failed to check stray cattle menace: Akali Dal

first_imgAmid the increasing stray cattle menace in the State, the Shiromani Akali Dal has hit out at the Congress government, accusing it of failing to address the issue. SAD leader and former Minister Bikram Majithia on Saturday said the State government had failed to find a solution to stray animals, which are not just destroying crops but have also been the cause of several deaths in the State.‘Cow cess’“The government collects ‘cow cess’ and other taxes in the name of taking care of stray animals, but the problem continues to grow. All concrete steps taken by the previous SAD-BJP government to create and maintain gaushalas and cattle pounds have been withdrawn by this government,” he alleged.Mr. Majithia said that incidents of deaths due to stray animals were on the rise in the State in the last few months. ‘Farmers affected’ “Farmers are also at the receiving end with their fields being laid to waste across the State. Towns and cities are facing an acute crisis with the cattle roaming free and spoiling green belts, besides causing traffic hazards on the State highways,” he said.Asking the Congress government to wake up from its slumber, the Akali leader demanded development of stray cattle pounds, free power to gaushalas on the pattern of the previous SAD-BJP government and judicious use of ‘cow cess’ to tackle the problem.last_img read more

Halep in line for No. 1 after Cincinnati semifinal win

first_img“I think she played very solid, not missing much and obviously serving well. Everything started, I think, in the first game of the first set.”Muguruza took charge early, breaking Pliskova in the first and last games of the first set.She gained a second-set edge with a backhand winner on break point for a 4-2 lead before closing it out in 1 hour, 19 minutes.Stephens, playing her fourth tournament since returning from January foot surgery, also was playing a third match in a span of 24 hours.“That’s never easy,” she said. “I’m going to go with that. I didn’t play that badly. She was a little fresher. It was just not a great day.”The 11th-ranked Dimitrov, who lost in the last year’s semifinal to eventual champion Marin Cilic, had just one double fault and finished with nine unforced errors to No. 19 Isner’s 28 in the 2-hour, 3-minute match. The Bulgarian will play the winner of the semifinal between Nick Kyrgios, who knocked out second-ranked Rafael Nadal in straight sets in a Friday quarterfinal, and David Ferrer.“Today was, I think, one of those matches that I really had to just be patient,” Dimitrov said. “I think that that was the key. I knew I’m not going to have that many rallies against John. I knew that he’s going to serve big, bold serves. I just had to be very composed and use every opportunity that I had. I think in the end of the match, it was just a few points that made the biggest difference for me. I’m just happy obviously with the win, but I’m just happy with the way I kept myself together throughout the whole match. Just remained calm in those tough moments. I mean, I know it’s nerve-wracking from outside, but it’s even tougher when you’re in there and have to receive a serve that comes 141 mph.”Dimitrov’s composure was the key, according to Isner.“The difference was he was a lot more decisive at the big moments,” Isner said. “He was a little calmer as well — a little more free-flowing in big moments. I thought he played a high-level match. He certainly is in good form. I played well enough to beat a lot of players today — just not him.”Kyrgios and Ferrer displayed remarkably efficient serving in their nightcap. They combined for six break points, converting none. The fourth-ranked Muguruza reached her first W&S final with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over defending champion Pliskova.The men’s final will feature two first-timers. Grigor Dimitrov outlasted John Isner 7-6 (4), 7-6 (10) in the first men’s semifinal. Nick Kyrgios beat David Ferrer 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHalep, seeking her first No. 1 ranking, has yet to drop a set in the tournament and appears to be peaking at just the right time.“I think I played my best match on hardcourt so far,” said Halep, who can become the first Romanian woman to be ranked No. 1. “It felt great. I moved very well today. From the first point, I felt like I was going to play good tennis.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief The final Sunday will be the first on American soil for Muguruza, who lost to Pliskova in last year’s W&S semifinals after losing to Serena Williams in the 2015 finals. The Spaniard had lost six straight matches against Pliskova since winning their first in 2013.“I was very precise with my shots,” said Muguruza, who is 2-1 in her career against Halep, though the two haven’t played since 2015. “I wanted to be more aggressive and take my shots. I felt pretty good out there – under control. Everything went my way.”Muguruza won when Pliskova sailed a forehand long on the fifth match point. Pliskova, who played part of one match and all of another Friday after rain forced postponements Thursday, had 28 unforced errors to Muguruza’s 13.Muguruza was coming off playing the tournament’s longest match, a 2-hour, 45-minute three-set win over Svetlana Kuznetsova on Friday. That followed a 2-hour, 18-minute win over Madison Keys on Thursday, when she fought off three match points.“I don’t think I played my best tennis today,” Pliskova said. “I think the energy was pretty low from my side. Obviously, a tough schedule for me the last two days – three matches in about not even 24 hours.ADVERTISEMENT Favorites to win, PH triathletes reminded not to be complacent Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’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 Games Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MASON, OH – AUGUST 19: Simona Halep of Romania returns a shot to Sloane Stephens during Day 8 of the Western and Southern Open at the Linder Family Tennis Center on August 19, 2017 in Mason, Ohio. Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFPMASON, Ohio — Simona Halep moved within a victory of the No. 1 ranking.The second-ranked Halep needed just 54 minutes to cruise past Sloane Stephens 6-2, 6-1 on Saturday in the Western & Southern Open semifinals, and can displace Karolina Pliskova as the top of the ranking with a victory over Garbine Muguruza on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Dhar MP Savitri Thakur of BJP

first_imgSavitri Thakur,  Dhar (ST Reserved), BJPWinning margin – 104,328 votes.2. She defeated her nearest Congress rival Umang Singhar. 3. Educational qualification – Higher Secondary, Marital Status – Married, Children – 2 sons.4.  Asset declared – Rs 9,206,464, criminal cases – noneSavitri was a social worker before joining politics. She was co-ordinator of the NGO Vashp for 9 years. Her husband is a farmer and her father, a retired employee of the state forest department.She didn’t have anyone in her family who was active in politics. However, her family has been associated with the RSS for a long time.The 16th Lok Sabha elections was the first big elections she fought. Earlier, she successfully won  Dhar Zila Panchayat president elections in 2006.She took a plunge in politics to empower poor, especially tribals. Her three priorities for constituency are Dhar-Jhabua rail line construction to join the two tribal-dominated districts, industrialisation and setting up of sugar mills.Savitri is expecting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will provide strong leadership to the country and turn the country into a developed nation. She says that Modi’s wave, Chouhan’s beneficial schemes and hard labour put in by BJP and RSS cadres helped her to win elections.She says that the primary responsibility of Parliament was to make effective laws and make the country strong. She says that social media was an effective tool for communication but it has not yet penetrated in tribal-dominated areas – like her constituency. Savitri says she does doesn’t find time for books, films, music and sports. She says that she draws pleasure in meeting people and mitigating their problems.She says that former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was ideal politician for her. He was a great leader, who linked rural India with roads.She adds that politics can be done without money power but political patronage does help sometimes. Savitri says you money can’t buy votes. “It is the people connect that help a politician to get votes and win elections,” she adds.  She says that there was no threat to the country as long as Modi is the Prime Minister.Her solution to1.    Curb inflation – Strong government check.2.    Tackle communal violence – Tough action against rioters and appeasement of none.  3.    Stop terror attacks – Stringent laws against terrorists.4.    Stop corruption – A powerful campaign against graft and strict punishment.  5.    Normalise relations to Pakistan and China – Effective foreign policy.6.    Stabilise rupee – Increase export, reduce import.7.    Raise employment – Industrialisation.8.    Reduce poverty – More poor friendly schemes.last_img read more

How Gensler’s Diane Hoskins Has Made Her Mark on Global Skylines

first_img See more jobs at Gensler 4.0★ 23 hours ago 23h 4.0★ 23 hours ago 23h Hospitality Interiors Practice Area Leader (Focus on Food + Beverage) Gensler Seattle, WA Project Architect – Senior – Commercial Core + Shell Architecture Gensler San Francisco, CA IT Technical Coordinator Gensler New York, NY 4.0★ Available Jobs at Gensler 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 4.0★ Design Director – Senior – Commercial Office Buildings – Architecture Gensler Alameda, CA Studio Director – Workplace Interiors Gensler Oakland, CA Regional Practice Area Leader Education Gensler San Antonio, TX Also on Glassdoor:center_img 23 hours ago 23h Life Sciences/Lab Planning Market Leader Gensler Seattle, WA Public Relations & Communications Director Gensler New York, NY Industrial Designer Gensler New York, NY Practice Area Leader Education, Civic and Culture Gensler Washington, DC 4.0★ At the helm of the world’s largest architecture firm sits co-CEO Diane Hoskins.A hands-on leader, Hoskins oversees Gensler’s global platform and its day-to-day operations, some 5,000+ people networked across 45 offices, serving clients in 120+ countries. She is also the founder of Gensler Research, which is dedicated to cutting-edge surveys into how design innovation makes cities more livable, work smarter and leisure more engaging. If you look up at an urban skyline, chances are she’s helped to craft it. More importantly, she working to craft structures for our future longevity, taking everything into consideration in her work from climate change to purpose-driven design.We caught up with Hoskins for a quick, yet candid conversation about her career journey, her rarely-talked-about family background, design inspirations, and the advice she’d give aspiring architects.Glassdoor: What was the first moment when you thought you could be an architect? Tell us the story.Diane Hoskins: My interest in architecture began very early in life. Growing up in Chicago, the city skyline of tall buildings made an impression on me. I used to spend hours creating model buildings out of LEGO blocks and would dream about bringing beautiful and inspiring things to life. By the time I was nine years old, I already knew that I wanted to be an architect.Glassdoor: What was your first job in the field?Diane Hoskins: I started my first job in architecture at SOM in Chicago. As a large commercial architectural practice, it was a vibrant and exciting place to start my career. Most of my friends who worked in small firms were working on small projects. At SOM, I was assigned to a team to design a 30story office building in New York! I considered myself very lucky because I was able to work on everything from the early concept design all the way through construction documents. It was a great experience.Glassdoor: How would you describe your training? Did it prepare you or simply give you a liberal arts backdrop that has informed your design?Diane Hoskins: I did my architectural training at MIT which gave me a fantastic broad scientific and mathematical education along with my architecture major. The MIT School of Architecture at that time was led by N. John Habraken, a Dutch architect and theorist in the same vein as Herman Hertzberger. Their dominant theoretical framework in the school was the idea of people-centric design and adaptability. This has always stuck with me and is the basis of how I think about architecture. The users and their experience is the driver and design needs to be adaptable over time. It’s an “inside out” approach.While at MIT, I also took a class at the Sloan School of Business on managerial psychology, course 15.301. It was during this class that I started to think more about how architecture connects to organizational behavior. Specifically, the connection between how we might design an office space and how it could have an impact on people. I consider that class the foundation of my interest in how workplace design affects performance of people and organizations. At Gensler, we have advanced this concept into 10years of research studies and have developed the WPI (Workplace Performance Index), a web-based tool that demonstrates the correlations between workplace design and organizational performance.Glassdoor: What is your ethnic background, and how does it inform your work?Diane Hoskins: I have a background that I share with probably only 5% of Americans…. I am both black and white. My mother’s family background is Danish and my father is African American. While I don’t perceive that my ethnicity has informed my thinking as an architect, it has certainly informed my leadership style. I define myself as a naturally inclusive leader and I believe this is a distinct advantage because I see potential in every person that I work with. I have seen repeatedly that great ideas can come from anyone. Many leaders try to surround themselves with versions of themselves. They limit the voices that they listen to. I am the opposite, I seek and relish diversity. Growing up, my family life was generationally diverse; three generations lived together in our home. We had diverse ethnicity and nationality; my parents were a “mixed marriage” and my grandfather grew up in Copenhagen. And everyone in our family had diverse gifts in music, art, writing, sports, science and technology; each with incredible individual drive. No two people were alike in a family of 8 around the dinner table every night. What I grew up thinking was normal, I now know was an incredibly valuable and special experience of immersive diversity that has given me unique perspectives and versatility of thought.Glassdoor: Finish this sentence: “When a young person tells me that they want to become an architect, I tell them…”Diane Hoskins: I tell them to follow their interests to the fullest and be open to new interests. I look at my early career and I bounced around between architecture, interior design and real estate. In addition, I worked in three different cities in five years. I was very restless, but it helped me find what I was looking for. I think it’s important to get a good educational background and then really push yourself and don’t settle for anything other than what stimulates you and challenges you every day. No coasting!Glassdoor: What has been your most favorite design or hallmark project?Diane Hoskins: There are so many projects that I was involved with along my career that were turning points or learning points. As I mentioned earlier, the first building I worked on, 875 3rd Avenue in NY, was an amazing learning opportunity. I not only learned how to design a major building, but I grew through the project to a team leader role by the end of the project. In Los Angeles, I was able to work with Amtrak on a new building and call center that helped me to push the innovation and groundbreaking ideas in that typology. In Baltimore, the historic restoration/renovation of the 150yearold Bagby Building was an opportunity to lead an extremely complex project which began the transformation of the East Inner Harbor. And then winning the Armstrong headquarters project in Pennsylvania. It was an extraordinary design opportunity and an opportunity to work with a client to reimagine their midcentury campus for the future. I have found over and over that every project is an opportunity to impact people and communities in a positive way. This is why I love design and architecture.Glassdoor: One or two can’t live without items?Diane Hoskins: My iPhone and my coffee (a crafted pour over, of course)!Glassdoor: Why did you choose Gensler at this point in your career?Diane Hoskins: I have been at Gensler for over 20 years. I bounced around quite a bit during the early stages of my career but when the opportunity to take a leadership role at Gensler presented itself, I knew this was the right opportunity for me at the right time. Gensler is an amazing organization with an entrepreneurial culture that is a platform for individual success and growth. At the same time, Gensler has a “one firm firm” culture in which people share and collaborate effortlessly across the global array of offices. In addition, we have grown into an extraordinarily diverse array of practice expertise which allows us to bring unique combinations to our projects and truly innovate through diversity. It’s such an energizing environment that personally, I am truly growing and stretching every day…even as one of the CEOs! I believe Gensler is an amazing place for professionals in architecture and design at any stage in their career. As co-CEO with an amazing partner, Andy Cohen, we are tremendously excited about the future ahead. Our vision is to create a better world through the power of design in everything we do. We are committed to enriching the lives of people through our projects and enriching the lives of every person at Gensler by creating a great experience and great place to work. 23 hours ago 23h 4.0★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 4.0★ 4.0★ 4.0★ 23 hours ago 23h 4.0★last_img read more

How to Compete With Internal Candidates

first_img Director, Advanced Technology Policy General Motors United States 5.0★ 23 hours ago 23h The toughest candidate you’ll ever face? It may just be the guy or gal sitting in the cubicle next to you — or the one who already works for your potential employer. Internal candidates, whether from your current company or your dream business, can be really intimidating. After all, they already know the ins and outs of the company, and could have built a relationship with the person you hope to one day call your boss. Of course, “external candidates bring a fresh perspective, which the company might want,” points out Sharlyn Lauby, president of consulting firm ITM Group Inc., founder of HR Bartender and author of Essential Meeting Blueprints for Managers. But there’s no guarantee that that alone will help you outshine competition from inside the organization — and faced with that dire idea, you may feel as if you’re set up to fail. But the truth is, that’s far from a sure thing — here’s how you can stand out against an internal candidate. 1. Focus on the JobIn other words, Lauby says, tough as it may be, “don’t make this a competition.” The application process is “about having the knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the job,” she says. So don’t spend your prep time obsessing over an internal candidate, or your interview trying to directly compete with him or her. Instead, “spend time during the interview talking about how the experience you’ve gained with other employers will benefit the organization,” Lauby recommends.11 Things To Never Say in a Job Interview2. Have a PlanOne advantage that internal candidate clearly has? He or she knows the inner workings of the employer, and that means “the company might want to know how you’re going to ‘get up to speed quickly,’” Lauby says. To answer that question, “think about how you might spend your first 90 days in the job and the things you would do,” Lauby advises. “Then, let the company know you’ve spent some time thinking about how to transition successfully,” and spill the details. 3. Remember the TeamIf you — the outsider — do prevail in the interview and snag the new position, don’t forget that you could soon be working alongside your previous competition, Lauby says. “If an external candidate is selected over an internal candidate, the new hire should be prepared to make building relationships a priority,” she says. “Be sure to bring up your team building skills in the interview.”How to Eliminate Job Interview Nervousness4. Set the ExampleIf you’re facing competition from inside your own ranks, try to remember that “you can only control you,” Lauby encourages, “meaning, if you’re competing against a coworker and they want to turn this into a competition, that’s their business. But you don’t have to play the game.” Instead, focus on the task at hand: being the best fit for the job no matter who else is vying for the title. “You have to decide what you’re prepared to do in order to get this job,” Lauby says. 5. Be YourselfGoing after the same job as your coworker may sound like a serious nightmare, but there is a silver lining to this tough situation: “The good news is the company already knows you and your skills,” points out Lauby. “It might be helpful to remind your manager about specific projects you’ve worked on or training you’ve taken, [rather than focusing] on the other person.” Like in any job interview, you should “let management know why you’re the right person for the job,” Lauby says.6. Congratulate the Other PersonIf the worst happens in your race for a new job against a current coworker, be gracious. “Regardless of the outcome, let the other person know that you respect the process,” advises Lauby. “You would want them to do that as well.” Plus, unless you plan to quit, “both of you still work for the same company, and could still be working together into the future,” reminds Lauby. 3.1★ Registered Nurse Supervisor RN Waterbury Gardens Nursing and Rehab Waterbury, CT 23 hours ago 23h 4.5★ Registered Nurse (RN) – Charge Nurse – $7,000 Sign On Bonus EmpRes Healthcare Management Gardnerville, NV LCPC – Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center Chicago, IL Pest Control Technician United Pest Solutions Seattle, WA 23 hours ago 23h 4.7★ Certified Nursing Assistant CNA Towne Nursing Staff Hollis, NY 23 hours ago 23h 3.5★ 23 hours ago 23h 3.4★ 23 hours ago 23h RN, Registered Nurse – OP Chemotherapy CHRISTUS Health Houston, TX 2.5★ Service Advisor Prime Motor Group Saco, ME 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 2.8★ 3.1★ Interior Designer – St. Louis & Dallas Oculus Saint Louis, MO N/A Deli Associate F&M Deli & Restaurant Mount Laurel, NJ 23 hours ago 23hlast_img read more

18 Interview Questions that are Fun to Answer

first_imgThere are so many ways to prepare for an interview and set yourself up for success. A quick Glassdoor search will find you the internet’s most common situational and behavioral interview questions. You can write up your answers following the S.T.A.R. method. You can sit with a headhunter to mock interview for hours. With the growing volume of candidates applying for jobs (up to 1000 people sometimes for even an internship position!), the high cost of turnover, and the war for great talent, recruitment teams are doing whatever they can to separate the best candidates from the best-practiced candidates. Sometimes, this means throwing a hilarious curveball question your way. To get some real-time data on what’s really going on in interviews, I took to social media platforms to ask, “What’s the most fun question you’ve ever been asked in an interview?” Here are real, true responses from professionals across industries around the world:If you turned around and in the doorway was a penguin with a mustache, wearing a big sombrero and poncho, what do you think the penguin would say? -Medical School Resident What’s your spirit animal? -Government EmployeeIf a lion and a tiger fought, who would win and why? -LawyerIf your neighbor asked your child to supervise a pool party at their house, would you let your child go? -LawyerWhat would you do if you found an elephant in your backyard? -Management StudentWhat would you name this painting and why (Referencing an abstract painting on the wall)? -Insurance UnderwriterHow do you fit a giraffe in a fridge? -LawyerIf you were a movie character, who would you be and why? -Network AdministratorWhat would you want your title to be when you retire? -EngineerDescribe how you would make me a sandwich. -HR ProfessionalWhy are manholes round? -FirefighterWhen was a time you lied and got away with it? -Flight AttendantHow much would you charge to clean all the windows in Chicago? -DoctorIf you don’t get this job what’s your backup plan? -Sales RepIf you were a flower, what kind would you be and why? -HR ProfessionalWhat were you like in high school? -HR ProfessionalWould you be comfortable working in a hospital, since you were born in one? -Social WorkerAre you a superstar? -Marketing Professional So what really is the point of asking questions that have no objectively correct answer? In short, hiring managers want to see what you’re like unscripted. While they can easily assess your skills by examining your past projects and experiences, it can be challenging to get to know you as a person and get a sense of your compatibility with a team. Since the rest of an interview can be fairly easy for to prepare for, organizations want to see how you think through problems and approach abstract situations. For example in question 7, “How do you fit a giraffe in a fridge?”, asking questions like “What kind of fridge”, or “What age is the giraffe”, would show the interviewer that you’re able to connect concepts and ideas, and think outside the box. Is there a great deal of validity to this method? Probably not. However, this is a great opportunity for you show the hiring managers just how funny, cool, and creative you can be. The worst thing you can do in a situation like this is to respond by saying “I don’t know” or by getting flustered. The next time you hear one of these questions, rather than freak out over the absurdity, take a beat, think logically, and remember that there is no right or wrong answer, only an opportunity to stand out from the crowd.last_img read more

Agent admits MLS clubs eyeing Stoke talent

first_imgAgent Gary Mellor admits Stoke City players are attracting MLS interest.Mellor handles Potters midfielder Geoff Cameron.And he told The Sentinel: “There has been interest in players at Stoke.“Obviously I have the calls because I do a lot of work over there.“I think there are players who could do very well. It’s a league which is getting bigger and bigger and what will happen as more clubs progress, the domestic talent pool will get thinner.“They will look at overseas slots to raise the quality of the league. I look at someone like a Jon Walters, who I don’t represent, and the way he carries on running and works hard, the way he almost bullies people… I think he would have a phenomenal chance in Major League Soccer.”last_img read more

Stoke striker Bojan: Barcelona should’ve signed Bellerin last year

first_imgStoke City striker Bojan Krkic can see Hector Bellerin returning to Barcelona.Like the Arsenal fullback, Bojan came through the La Masia system at Barca.Bojan told El Mundo Deportivo: “First of all, I would not have let Dani Alves go because he was one of the most important players on the team.”On the other hand, Sergi Roberto did a fantastic job as a wing-back. Concerning Bellerin, I would have recruited him last summer when Alves left.”Currently, he is one of the best wing-backs. He is young, playing at Arsenal where he knows the pressure and he knows how to play for Barça.”last_img read more

Agent admits Inter Milan loan plans for Gabriel Barbosa

first_imgInter Milan striker Gabriel Barbosa is set to leave this summer.Gabigol’s agent admits Inter want to loan him out in the coming months.“Inter want to loan the player out and there is interest from Spanish and English clubs,” agent Wagner Ribeiro told Record.There had been reports in Globoesporte that Porto were in negotiations to take the 20-year-old.“Nobody has contacted me from Porto, so that is a lie.”last_img

Demarai Gray desperate for Leicester chance

first_imgDemarai Gray has hinted he is frustrated at Leicester City.Gray’s pace, power, skill and eye for goal mean he is being monitored by several clubs, headed by Liverpool, but he is irked by his lack of opportunities.”I was on the bench a lot last season and it was frustrating,” said Gray. “I kept myself motivated with this tournament.”I’m hungry and want to make my mark. I want to express myself as much as I can. I don’t feel like I have been able to do that as much as I want. These are great occasions to express yourself. I thought I was ready last season but sometimes you have to be patient.”Playing at first-team level is how you progress best. You learn about the real game. If opportunities are given you’ll see more of the youngsters coming through.”Managers have to trust you and give you a chance. If they do we’ll have more English talent coming on show. I’ve got a great relationship with (Leicester manager) Craig Shakespeare and I’m looking forward to next season. Any opportunity you get you have to express yourself.”The young England generation has some very good players. I hope opportunities will be given to all those lads coming up.”last_img read more

Liverpool watching Max Meyers’ situation at Schalke

first_imgLiverpool are watching Max Meyers’ situation at Schalke.The Daily Star says Liverpool are keeping tabs on Meyer.Meyer, 21, is currently on international duty with the Germany Under-21s.And the Reds are tracking his progress at the tournament in Poland.Jurgen Klopp is keen to sign another quick and tricky winger with Mohamed Salah already signing this week.And Meyer, who is valued at under £20 million, could be a possible target for the German boss.last_img

​Crystal Palace will play the Ajax way, says De Boer

first_imgNew Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer is adamant his new side will emulate the ‘total football’ style made famous by his former club, Ajax.The ex-Inter Milan boss will implement the style in the hope that he can transform the Eagles from relegation battlers to competing for the European spots in the top half of the table.”The fans are excited to come to see a team that wants to win, who wants to fight for every metre,” said the former centre-back. “That’s always the starting point for me. Also the technical ability to change to different systems.”Ajax is famous for Total Football when [Johan] Cruyff started in the 1970s with Rinus Michels, so it’s in our DNA to try and play tactical and technical football – to try to dominate. “If you do that well it’s a plus because it’s attractive and it looks nice.”When you don’t have the ball you can try to move them [the opposition] to where you want them to go. “That’s what I also mean, to be dominant. Everybody knows, ‘Okay, this is happening, we’re still in charge.’ “Against big clubs with fantastic players sometimes you will be pulled back, but still you have to be in the kind of shape where you can transition, be dangerous, or get the ball.”last_img read more

DONE DEAL: Leeds sign Liverpool youngster Madger Gomes

first_imgLeeds United have signed Madger Gomes from Premier League outfit Liverpool.The 20 year-old Spanish midfielder has penned a three year deal with United, following his release from Anfield.Speaking about the move, Gomes told leedsunited.com: “I’m really excited and happy to start life with Leeds United, I hope to have a good season here.“Hopefully I will get a chance to progress and make the first team as my dream is to play professionally.”Gomes will initially link up with the Whites Under-23s, with a view to training with the first team.last_img read more

Sevilla jump into battle for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi

first_imgSevilla have joined the race for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi.The Belgium international is expected to be allowed to leave on-loan this summer by Blues boss Antonio Conte.A return to France and former club Marseille has been mooted for the striker.However, El Desmarque says Sevilla chief Oscar Arias has made Batshuayi a priority signing. Indeed, the youngster is their No1 striker target.Arias is prepared to pass on Inter Milan striker Stevan Jovetic to focus on a deal for Batshuayi.last_img

The Secret of “Me Marketing” vs. “You Marketing”

first_imgMany organizations put together their marketing materials with the worst approach for getting attention from the people they want to reach. They send their messages out with what Jay Conrad Levinson calls “You Marketing.”You marketing: is the kind of communication that centers on the organization. When I pick up your brochure as a prospect, I am learning about you. You are talking about you. You are telling your side of the story.Me Marketing: Most people are tuned into what matters to them. They tune in to the messages that speak to their needs from their perspective. If I pick up your brochure and it is talking about “me” I am far more interested. This approach, forces you to find the benefits and life-application of what you are offering to people.That reminds me of an illustration I read in the Outreach Church Communication’s Strategic Outreach Guide by Ed Stetzer and Eric Ramsey, imagine a restaurant that spoke only of their features in “you marketing”. They would talk about their staff, their great kitchen, their use of the latest cooking techniques. Who cares?Now, imagine that same restaurant with “me marketing.” They would talk about fresh ingredients, the options I have for what kind of food I want, the variety, the atmosphere of the restaurant for meetings and special occasions like my anniversary. They would make the price right for me, the food to my taste, the presentation pleasant to me.Now go back and look at your website or brochures. Do you tell about your mission, your great staff, your awards, your programs? Is it all about you-you, you, you? How can you change the copy to reflect more “me marketing?” About the author: Chris Forbes is a certified Guerrilla Marketing coach and founder of MinistryMarketingCoach.com. He speaks and writes on the subjects of ministry marketing, faith-based nonprofit marketing, social marketing, and Guerrilla Marketing for nonprofits.last_img read more

Website Survey

first_imgPosted on August 4, 2009November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)In order to better serve you, we are requesting that you fill out a very brief survey (click here). There are only 7 questions and it will take no more than 2 minutes of your time (we promise!). Your answers to these questions will help us to better understand our membership profile as well as your individual interests and needs. The better we understand you and what maternal health resources you would find most useful, the better we will be at providing you with useful content.We appreciate your input very much!Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

“If You Are Alive Today, Thank a Midwife”: How Mobile Phones Can Increase Skilled Birth Attendance

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on December 30, 2016January 6, 2017By: Ida Marie Boas, Program Manager, Maternity FoundationClick 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)A few weeks ago, my colleague and I sat in the car in Accra, Ghana on our way to a stakeholder meeting with several professional midwives to introduce our Safe Delivery App, a new mobile training tool for skilled birth attendants. Together with our fellow colleagues, we sat in the hot and dusty car and discussed the day’s meetings and expectations. In front us was a car with a bumper sticker that read, “If you are alive today, thank a midwife.” Immediately, I turned to my colleague who is a midwife, and I thanked her with a smile.For those of us living in countries with easy access to a skilled midwife during pregnancy and delivery, we tend to take maternal and newborn health care for granted. This is not the case in many countries across sub-Saharan Africa. Every day, over 800 women die from causes related to pregnancy or childbirth. According to the World Health Organization, 99% of these deaths occur in developing countries, particularly among women living in poorer rural communities. Every year, 5 million babies in the developing world die before reaching their first birthday. Skilled care during pregnancy and childbirth could save the lives of countless women and their newborn children.Imagine this scenario: You are a midwife stationed alone in a remote health clinic in rural Ghana. A young man comes in carrying his wife who has clear convulsions and is unconscious. She is 35 weeks pregnant with their first child. The man is terrified and looks to you desperately for help. You want to do everything in your power to save the woman’s life, but with limited training and clinical experience, you feel powerless.Without proper training and practice, midwives cannot provide high quality maternal and newborn care. Maternal mortality has afflicted women across the globe for millennia. Fortunately, unlike our ancestors, we now have access to technologies with the potential to prevent maternal deaths. Maternity Foundation’s Safe Delivery App aims to enhance midwives’ skills and knowledge in order to improve the quality of care women receive. The Safe Delivery App is a mobile health training tool that provides midwives working in remote, low-resource settings with access to evidence-based clinical guidelines and animated instructions, helping them to prevent and manage obstetric emergencies.A randomized controlled trial evaluating the effectiveness of the Safe Delivery App in Ethiopia yielded promising results: Compared to the control group, the skill scores of health care workers who used the app increased by 80% from baseline to 6 months and 107% from baseline to 12 months. Knowledge scores also significantly improved among workers using the app.While the Safe Delivery App does not address all barriers—transportation challenges and weak referral systems, for example—its success in expanding health workers’ skills and knowledge is highly relevant in low-income settings where quality of care is challenged by a lack of continuing education. The use of technologies such as the Safe Delivery App can help midwives prevent major causes of maternal and neonatal death, not just in Ghana but in many other developing countries as well. Midwives have the potential to be crucial change agents, but we must ensure that they have the resources they need. I will continue to thank all of the midwives I meet for the amazing work they do for mothers and babies.—Learn more about the Maternity Foundation based in Denmark.Explore how mhealth strategies can help improve maternal health.Read another perspective on how midwives can help reduce maternal mortality.Share this:last_img read more

Landmark Ruling in Kenya: A Victory for Respectful Maternity Care

first_imgPosted on April 12, 2018April 12, 2018By: Rhiannon George-Carey, Visiting Fellow, 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)International Day for Maternal Health and Rights (IDMHR), launched in April 2014 by the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) in conjunction with other sexual and reproductive health and rights organizations, advocates for comprehensive, respectful and rights-based maternal health care for all women. This year, IDMHR fell three weeks after a watershed case in which a Kenyan woman was awarded 25,000 USD in compensation by a court in Bungoma, Kenya for the disrespect and abuse she suffered during childbirth in 2013.Mrs. Josephine Majani had been admitted at Bungoma County Hospital for an induction of labor. Despite a recent national directive instructing all public health care facilities to offer free maternity services, Josephine had to purchase her own induction medication. She received no physical assessment or monitoring during her labor and was told that she had to make her own way to the delivery room if she required medical attention. When Josephine arrived at the delivery room, having walked there alone while experiencing intense labor pains, she found that the beds were all taken. She attempted to walk back to the labor room before collapsing and subsequently giving birth on the floor. Josephine then suffered physical and verbal abuse from two nurses who found her there unconscious and were angry that she had dirtied the floor with her childbirth. She was ordered to walk to the delivery room, again unsupported, to be examined.Josephine suffered severe emotional trauma following her mistreatment. Sadly, Josephine’s case is not unusual in Kenya, or in fact in many countries around the globe. Evelyne Opondo, Senior Regional Director for Africa at the Center of Reproductive Rights described the situation as “a systemic culture of institutionalized negligence towards women’s health, dignity and human rights, which seems to permeate the country’s health services at all levels.” The findings of a recent study in Kenya exploring the prevalence of disrespect and abuse (D&A) during childbirth supported this statement: 20% of women reported any form of D&A, and 1 in 5 experienced feeling humiliated during labor. D&A can include non-confidential care, non-consensual care, physical abuse, neglect or abandonment and detainment for non-payment of fees. Researchers have identified D&A as a widespread global issue and are working to measure its prevalence around the world.Kenya has a maternal mortality rate of 510 per 100,000 live births, one of the highest in the world. Causes include lack of funding for maternal health, inadequate training and supervision of health care providers, negligence and unethical practices. As well the D&A described above, many facilities in Kenya lack basic equipment and infrastructure, including electricity and clean water, as well as skilled birth attendants and emergency care capacity. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently published a new intrapartum care guideline which highlights every woman’s right to a positive childbirth experience and respectful maternity care. It brings together new and existing WHO recommendations that, when delivered as a package, ensures high quality care regardless of the setting or resources available. It advances a woman-centered and holistic, human rights-based approach.This is a landmark case for women, in Kenya and globally, and is an affirmation of their human right to respectful and dignified maternity care.—Learn more about respectful maternity care>>Read expert perspectives on respectful maternity care>>—To advance respectful maternity care for all, we must hear from women themselves! Join the What Women Want campaign, which seeks to gather input from at least one million women and adolescent girls about how they define high quality maternal and reproductive health services.Take the one-question survey>>Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

The science behind plagiarism, and tips for catching violators

first_imgEver since writing evolved, plagiarism has existed in one form or another. Religions share origin stories, and it is difficult to determine who was first or who copied who. As soon as school was invented, students copied off each other’s papers. In the digital age, essays are for sale on countless websites.As ideas and information proliferates at lightening speed, it’s important to understand the psychology behind plagiarism and how you can protect yourself against it.The motivesThere are many motives for piracy, plagiarism, and cheating. From financial gain to getting a better grade without all the hard work, or just passing a class that seems impossible, every person that cheats seems to be able to justify their actions.On the contrary, most people would agree that cheaters, plagiarists, and pirates should be punished. If someone copied their work, they would expect or even demand that they pay the consequences.Cognitive dissonanceThis is a common manifestation of cognitive dissonance, where the majority of us tend to self-justify while condemning others for the same things we are guilty of. Often we even believe that we are right, according to Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson, authors of Mistakes Were Made, But Not By Me. “We make a small slip, say to ourselves it is not that bad, and our minds rationalize the next slip.”The truth about dishonestyEnter Dan Ariely. Ariely is a professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University. He’s the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Honest Truth About Dishonesty has studied the cognitive science behind exactly why people cheat.We don’t think we will get caught. In Dan Ariely’s documentary (Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies, a series of experiments indicated that when people don’t think they will get caught, they cheat at least a little. Most do not cheat in a big way, but inflate their performance only slightly, the theory being that this is easier to justify than a “smaller cheat.”We think everyone is doing it. This is a part of group dynamics, which tell us that once something becomes a norm, that is what the group mimics and produces. In the study, when those taking a test saw that even one person was cheating, even more of them cheated as well.We value creatively reaching goals above honesty. In the documentary, when those taking tests were told to “be creative” they were also more likely to cheat. “What we found was that when people are in a creative mindset,” Francesca Gino, a behavioral scientist at Harvard Business School says, “they’re more likely to come up with lots of justifications for why what they’re about to do is morally okay and is justifiable.”What Can You Do To Stop It?If you put your name out there, your words, your photographs, your drawing or paintings online, they will be taken by someone and used in a way you never intended.Another friend of mine wrote a now famous poem about 9/11, and it is constantly being plagiarized, posted on countless websites, with photos, and being used in commemoration ceremonies without his permission. Although it is one poem, and most of those using it are well intentioned, they are still not crediting (not to mention paying) him for his work.How do you find out if someone is stealing your work, who they are, and put a stop to it? There are a few simple steps.Set up Google Alerts. If you are an author or a blogger, set up a Google Alert for your name and the titles of your books if you have any. If you are a blogger, set up Google Alerts for titles and keywords of your most popular posts. If you don’t know how to do this, click here.Use Google Image Search. If you are a photographer or artist, set up time at least once a week to search Google for your images. You can even set up Google Alerts for them, although if you post frequently on your own behalf, these posts will show up as well. If you are an author, set up an alert for your book covers. A common pirate theme is to take your book cover, retitle it, and sell it under a different name.Use the WhoIs Tool. Once you have found the site your material is being used or sold illegally on, use whois.net to figure out who owns the site and how to contact them. Not all sites will be listed, but site owners have to pay extra to not be in the directory, so there will probably be some contact information available.Send a DMCA notice. This is an official document asking the site to remove your material or compensate you for its use. If you need an example of one (that you can copy) you can find one by clicking here. If you do not receive a response (website owners are often counseled to remain silent) send the notice again. Set up your mail to receive a read receipt or use a program like Mailtrack that lets you know when your mail has been read.Teachers, please use plagiarism checkers. Most of these are free to use, and protect authors, other students and their hard work. Sites that sell essays are not strictly illegal, but obviously plagiarism is against college and university rules. Having the IT department on your campus blacklist those sites can help, but it can’t prevent students from accessing them elsewhere.People are going to steal. They are going to cheat. So as a freelancer, you will deal with plagiarism, pirates, and identity thieves. You might deal with all three at some point in your career.The science behind it is fascinating, but when you do discover those who are stealing your work, you can do something about it, and you should. The more people get away with it, the more likely they are to do it again.last_img read more