Overturning Fighting Faiths

first_imgThe seemingly interminable 2016 presidential is finally ending — and all the weather wanes are pointing to a victory for the Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton. However, the surprising resilience of Donald Trump, notwithstanding his crass, narcissistic and disastrous campaign, has pointed a searchlight on the profound sense of national unease that is at the bedrock of his support.Thirty-two years after Ronald Reagan coasted to a landslide victory over Walter Mondale riding his optimistic “Morning in America” campaign slogan, Trump’s dystopian political strategy has pried open every national scab, with an apocalyptic vision of a country overrun by rampant violence, criminal aliens, crumbling infrastructure and mismanaged by confused, feckless leaders.It is a remarkable and humiliating decline for a seemingly proud and confident nation that strode as a colossal astride the better part of the past century. Somehow, fully a third of the American people seem convinced that the country has been reduced to a Third World colony of faceless globalists and bureaucrats.The vast majority of Trump’s support comes from less educated Whites, who have conflated their aggrieved circumstances with the hyped up threats of foreigners stealing their jobs, undermining their identity and endangering their security.Opinion polls show wide disparities on public perceptions of personal finance and security based on income and education. A Pew Center survey found that 75 percent of those with incomes higher than $100,000 believe their family finances are keeping pace or improving with inflation. By contrast, a majority of those with incomes below $75,000, and nearly two thirds of those with income under $30,000, say they are falling behind financially. While two thirds of those with college degrees feel that their economic situation is steady or improving, a majority of those without a college degree say it is declining. 81 percent of Trump’s supporters feel that life in America is worse today than 50 years ago and 68 percent believe that it will be worse for the next generation. In comparison, a majority of Clinton’s supporters believe the opposite.By all accounts, Donald Trump is a product of the corrupt political and economic system that frustrates and disillusions his followers. A child of privilege, he abused every loophole in the rigged system that he has so effectively inveighed against to not just enrich himself by buying favors with politicians, but also to evade taxes, stiff vendors and businesses by declaring multiple bankruptcies, and even his customers, such as students of the discredited Trump University. Indeed, there could be no better a poster child of the crooked insider system than Trump. He has, of course, brilliantly disarmed that critique by acknowledging it, and asserting, counter intuitively, that his insider experience best positions him to disassemble it.By publicly threatening to swing a wrecking ball against the rigged system on which he has coasted, Trump has been able to tap into the visceral anger that millions of marginalized Americans feel. They forgive his dishonesty and failures — and they likely don’t even believe that he will transform anything, because for the most part, they are past caring. They want only to stick it to the establishment. And by electing Trump, regardless of what he does, they will have accomplished that.As the Las Vegas Review Journal, the lone major newspaper to endorse the Republican nominee, wrote: “Mr. Trump represents neither the danger his critics claim nor the magic elixir many of his supporters crave. But he promises to be a source of disruption and discomfort to the privileged, back-scratching political elites for whom the nation’s strength and solvency have become subservient to power’s pursuit and preservation.”The palpable anger that animates his followers will outlast Trump. Democrats and Republicans alike need to find answers for those who are dislocated by the technological, trade and economic gales that are tearing through traditional industries, jobs and communities. Immigrants, crime and trade deals may be bogeymen for demagogues like Trump, but the distress and dislocation is real.The answers to the genuine problems of real people rest in an activist, progressive state that is people centric — one that guarantees healthcare, a livable minimum wage, a robust safety net, retraining programs for the new economy, enhanced educational opportunities, etc. Republicans have spent two generations demonizing the government and any attempt to leverage it for public good will be heretical to keepers of the flame.But there is no other escape. Already, the political sands are shifting. The Democratic Party’s union constituency has traditionally been more hostile to immigration and free trade. Recent surveys, however, show that Democrats are now more favorably disposed on both issues, whereas Republicans have shifted in the opposite direction. In another reversal in the most recent election cycle, the Democratic presidential candidate is far more hawkish on foreign policy than her Republican opponent. Both political parties risk alienation and irrelevancy if they are unable to sever the shackles of dogma and orthodoxy that have outlived their lifespan.Over the centuries, time and tide have overturned even mightier fighting faiths. Related Itemslast_img read more

Eluding Marriage

first_imgRatan Tata, head the Tata Group, one of India’s largest business empires, recently revealed that he come close to marrying four times, but “each time it got close to there and I guess I backed off in fear of one reason or another.” Tata, 75, told CNN International “Well, you know one was probably the most serious was when I was working in the US and the only reason we didn’t get married was that I came back to India and she was to follow me….. and that was the year of the, if you like, the Indo-Chinese conflict and in true American fashion this conflict in the Himalayas, in the snowy, uninhabited part of the Himalayas was seen in the United States as a major war between India and China and so, she didn’t come and finally got married in the US thereafter.”He harbored no regrets: “[I]n hindsight when I look at the people involved; it wasn’t a bad thing what I did. I think it may have been more complex had the marriage taken place.”  Related Itemslast_img read more

Mastanamma, India Cooking Granny And YouTube Sensation, Dies at 107

first_imgMastanamma got her big break at age 105.After she prepared an especially delicious eggplant curry, her great-grandson suggested that he film her cooking and then post the videos on YouTube.No matter that she was more than 100 years old, suffered from cataracts, wore dentures, cooked outside on an open fire and sometimes roasted chicken inside a steaming watermelon. That was all part of the charm.Over the next two years, she became the star of a YouTube channel with an audience of more than 1 million subscribers. She specialized in adding flair to traditional Indian dishes, especially fish ones, but occasionally experimented with chicken pizza and chocolate cake.“She knew she was famous,” said Srinath Reddy, who helped start the channel. “She loved that.”On Sunday, Mastanamma’s family and friends announced, she died at age 107. “MISS YOU GRANNY,” the moderators of her YouTube channel, Country Foods, wrote. Reddy described her as one of a kind.Born in a rural village in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, Karre Mastanamma married at 11 years old. By the time she was 22, her husband was dead. With no education, she was left to care for their five children.“How can I survive without you?” Mastanamma, as she would come to be known professionally, recalled asking her husband as he was dying. “He said: ‘You are clever. Don’t worry.’ ”To support her children, Mastanamma worked as a laborer, earning a few dollars a day carrying 200-pound rice sacks on her back. Over the years, she would lose four of her children to disease. For much of her life, she lived in a small hut made of palm leaves in the village of Gudiwada.“She never liked leaving that hut,” Reddy said. “Ever.”In 2016, her great-grandson, Karre Laxman, and Reddy, a friend, started filming the videos of her cooking and posting them on Country Foods.Her popularity soared: The channel surpassed 200 million views. Hordes of fans from around the world watched Mastanamma’s pared-down cooking tips on making spicy shrimp powder and “delicious cabbage.”Mastanamma peeled ginger with her thumbs, stored bird eggs in her sari and posed for pictures with lamb heads. She made it all, barking out orders to subordinates from a squatted position over simmering pots. On the menu were snails, catla fish and emu egg fry.Laxman regularly posted Mastanamma’s recipes online. The Country Foods channel grew to hundreds of videos. Mastanamma claimed to be the world’s oldest YouTuber.Fans loved her salt-of-the-earth sense of humor. In interviews, she joked about breaking her dentures, having given her husband a 15-cent dowry, and the time a pair of brothers teased her when she was a young woman. After one of the brothers touched her hand and long curly hair, she threw him in a river.“His brother asked me to save him,” she recalled in a video. “I said: ‘How dare he touch me! If you ask me to save him, I will throw you in the river, too!’”Mastanamma loved cooking for others, regularly feeding biryani to people and doling out pieces of spiced meat cooling on banana leaves to men working in the fields. She also loved her fans.Wearing off-kilter aviator sunglasses, Mastanamma waves at the camera from a leather-cushioned car in one clip on Country Foods. “Hi, kids!” she says, before blurting out observations. “I lost my teeth, naturally. Before, I was so beautiful. My age is above 100 years! It’s in government records.”“Nobody cooks like me in my family,” she brags in another video.In April, Mastanamma celebrated her 107th birthday with cake and party hats. She was surrounded by children.After her birthday, Mastanamma appeared sporadically in new videos on Country Foods, and fans asked about her health. Several months later, her last son died. A few weeks ago, she fell ill, and last week she slipped into unconsciousness. She died peacefully in Gudiwada, Reddy said, “her trademark innocent smile quietly playing around the corner of her lips.”The last few videos on Country Foods are of Mastanamma’s funeral. To the thump of drums, a bright yellow truck carrying her body crawls along a dirt road. Well-wishers gather in the street, dancing, laughing, whistling and sprinkling the open coffin with hundreds of flower petals.c.2018 New York Times News Service Related Itemslast_img read more

India Among Top Four Focus Countries for Forced Marriage in UK

first_imgIndia was among the top four countries that United Kingdom focused on in 2017 for forced marriages, according to figures released recently by the UK Home Office.A forced marriage, which occurs when one or both people do not consent to the marriage and where pressure or abuse is used, and involves at least one UK citizen, is recognized in the United Kingdom as a form of violence against women and men, domestic or child abuse, and a serious abuse of human rights. Forcing someone to marry can result in a sentence of up to seven years in prison.UK’s Force Marriage Unit (FMU) handled cases relating to 65 “focus” countries in 2017. The top four countries with the highest number of cases in 2017 were Pakistan with 439 cases (36.7 per cent), Bangladesh with 129 cases (10.8 per cent ), Somalia with 91 cases (7.6 per cent) and India with 82 cases (6.9 per cent).Among the other “focus” countries were Afghanistan, Egypt, Nigeria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Romania, and United Kingdom.According to the Forced Marriage Unit Statistics 2017, a “focus country” is the country to which the forced marriage risk relates. This could be the country where the forced marriage might take place. The FMU is a joint Home Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office Unit.“Since 2005, the FMU have dealt with cases from over 90 countries. In 2017 the FMU handled cases relating to 65 countries to which a victim was at risk of, or had already, been taken to in connection with a forced marriage,” the report said.In 2017, the majority of cases — numbering 930 — involved women while 256 cases involved males. Also, 120 of the cases had no overseas element, with the probable or actual forced marriage taking place entirely within the United Kingdom.“The number of cases relating to Pakistan has decreased by almost 8 per cent in comparison to 2016. The biggest shift has occurred in Somalia, where the number of cases has increased over 100 per cent year-on-year,” the report said.While 125 cases involved victims who had a learning disability, 21 cases involved victims who identified themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). The UK region with the greatest number of cases was London, with 351 cases – an almost 10 per cent jump when compared to 2016.“The proportion of case linked to India in 2017 was similar to 2016. There was a higher proportion of older victims as well as male victims this is most likely due to the fact that many of these cases were reluctant sponsors,” the report said.Figures showed that in 2017, the FMU gave advice or support related to a possible forced marriage in 1,196 cases through its public helpline and email inbox. This represents a decrease of 19 per cent (208 cases) as compared with 2016. Related ItemsMarriageUnited Kingdomwomen’s rightslast_img read more

SPORT-IPL-FINCH 2LAST

first_img“I think we have seen an unusual spinner in this “I think we have seen an unusual spinner in this tournament in Shivil. He has been outstanding for us. Anyone who can bowl with an unusual action like that and who can spin the ball both ways is a huge asset, and he has been outstanding,” Finch said. The attacking batsman also mentioned Kaushiks impact spell in last nights match, where he gave away only four runs in two overs and eventually 22 in four. His tight bowling in the middle overs put pressure on Hyderabad batsmen, keeping his side in the hunt. “It was beautiful the way that he bowled tonight. Under pressure in a big game, to come back into the team after a few games out just shows a real lot of character and someone who hasnt had cricket given to him easily. He has had to work very hard for what he has achieved. He was great all season and I think he can play a big part going forward,” he said. Asked what positives Lions would take away from their debut season as they finished on top of the table at the end of league stage, Finch said the fighting spirit of the team. “I think the way we played throughout the tournament was fantastic from the teams point of view. To finish top of the table for a franchise in their first year was fantastic. I think its obviously disappointing that we couldnt get through to the final but the way we fought and fought… “We had our back up against the wall a couple of times. We started off the tournament fantastic. I think we had six wins, one loss and then we had a bit of a down period but then we hit back hard and beat two outstanding teams in Kolkata and Mumbai coming into the finals,” he said. “It goes to show what an amazing competition it was. If we had lost one of those games, we would have finished out of top four. But we won both and we finished on top of the table. Same with Bangalore. It was an amazing tournament all around, the way that it unfolded.” PTI AT SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

Pele heralds Neymar’s record

first_imgPele has congratulated Neymar for surpassing the three-time World Cup-winner’s record of 92 Brazil caps – and challenged the PSG man to go after his goalscoring record.Neymar is destined to make history with the Selecao. At only 26-years-old, he is already third on the list of Brazil’s all-time top goalscorers.October’s Brasil Global Tour matches against Saudi Arabia and Argentina brought caps 93 and 94 for Neymar, moving him two clear of Pele’s 92. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Congratulations, @neymarjr, on your caps this week. You surpassed my 92. Now go and get my goals record too – Brazil needs you! // Parabéns, Neymar, por superar meu número de jogos pela Seleção. Supere meu recorde de gols também. O Brasil precisa de você! https://t.co/wEmWBI7WPO— Pelé (@Pele) October 18, 2018But Pele still leads the PSG man in goals for their country. With 77 goals in official matches, Pele is still has plenty of breathing space between himself and second-top scorer Ronaldo (62).Neymar sits 18 goals behind on 59 but Pele said he hopes Brazil’s current captain will go on to take that record, too.“Congratulations, @neymarjr, on your caps this week,” Pele wrote on Twitter after FIFA championed Neymar’s achievement. “You surpassed my 92,” Pele added, “Now go and get my goals record too – Brazil needs you!”Neymar will be back in Brazil action next month when the Brasil Global Tour resumes.last_img read more

Birthplace of yoga guru Patanjali awaits proper facilities

first_imgGonda (UP), Jun 20 (PTI) When yoga is all the rage across the world, the native place of Maharshi Patanjali, considered to be the compiler of the text on yoga theory and practice, still lacks basic amenities like safe drinking water.Kondar village, the birthplace of the sage, is about 150 kilometres from Lucknow.While UNESCO has declared June 21 as International Yoga Day, efforts are needed to improve medical and public transportation facilities in the village of Patanjali, who systematised the practices of yoga in 400 BC, says Bhagvadacharya, chairman of the Patanjali Janambhoomi Nyas.Yoga, as it now performed, is derived from his 196 sutras or aphorisms.”We are working to develop the birthplace of the maharshi as a heritage site. A number of letters have been written to the Centre, and we are awaiting a response,” he says.Bhagvadacharya says he had also written to UNESCO demanding that the village be declared a world heritage site.Patanjali called himself a “Gondariye” — a resident of Gonda. A minister in the previous SP government, Yogesh Pratap Singh, built a polytechnic institute in his memory.The former district magistrate of Gonda, Ashutosh Niranjan, tribute to Patanjali by building a sports complex, he says.The Patanjali Janambhoomi Nyas is a not-for-profit organisation working for the development of Kondar as a heritage site. PTI COR NAV NKS GVSlast_img read more

Sterling Will Fight Clippers Sale

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Donald Sterling won’t get to fight for his Los Angeles Clippers in front of NBA owners next week. His only chance now is in court.He could just pocket about $1 billion, his share of the proceeds from the record-breaking sale of a team that the league was prepared to take away from him. But don’t count on it. His lawyers say he’ll fight the league and his family to keep the team he bought for just $12 million in 1981.His estranged wife negotiated the deal to sell the Clippers for $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, saying she owns half the team and controls the family trust.A person close to the family told The Associated Press that Shelly Sterling took over the family’s assets because Donald Sterling, 80, was stripped of his ability to act as a co-trustee after two neurologists determined he was suffering from dementia.The individual, who is familiar with the trust and the medical evaluations but wasn’t authorized to speak publicly, said Sterling was deemed “mentally incapacitated” according to the trust’s conditions because he showed “an inability to conduct business affairs in a reasonable and normal manner.”“There is specific language and there are protocols about what to do, and steps in order to get a sole trustee position and that’s what took place in the last couple of days,” the individual said.On May 30, the NBA canceled next week’s hearing to oust Sterling, instead moving forward to vote on whether to approve the sale to Ballmer. Also, Sterling’s attorneys filed a federal lawsuit against the league and Commissioner Adam Silver, asking for damages in excess of $1 billion.The lawsuit says Donald Sterling is still a co-trustee and doesn’t want to sell the team.“The assertion that Donald Sterling lacks mental capacity is absurd,” attorney Bobby Samini said. He would not give more details on Donald Sterling’s condition.The suit alleges that the NBA violated Sterling’s constitutional rights by relying on information from an illegal recording that publicized racist remarks he made to a girlfriend.It also says the league committed a breach of contract by fining Sterling $2.5 million and that it violated antitrust laws by forcing a sale.Shelly Sterling said that she had agreed to sell the team to Ballmer “under her authority as the sole trustee of The Sterling Family Trust, which owns the Clippers.”Donald Sterling can try to reinstate his trusteeship by appealing to the California Probate Court.The NBA said that the league, Shelly Sterling and The Sterling Family Trust had “resolved their dispute over the ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers.”“Under the agreement, the Clippers will be sold to Steve Ballmer, pending approval by the NBA Board of Governors, and the NBA will withdraw its pending charge to terminate the Sterlings’ ownership of the team,” it said.The league said that Shelly Sterling and The Sterling Family Trust also “agreed not to sue the NBA and to indemnify the NBA against lawsuits from others, including Donald Sterling.”That means whatever monetary damages Donald Sterling may receive under the suit — filed on behalf of Sterling and The Sterling Family Trust — may go out one pocket and back in the other unless he is reinstated as a trustee and can nullify the agreement.The medical evaluation was made earlier this month when Donald Sterling made voluntary visits to two neurologists who conducted tests, including brain scans, the individual said.Though Donald Sterling is no longer a co-trustee of The Sterling Family Trust, he still retains his 50 percent ownership and still receives proceeds from the sale, the individual said.But Sterling, already a billionaire, seems uninterested in the cash. His lawsuit seeks the elimination of his lifetime ban from the NBA.“Mr. Sterling’s lawsuit is predictable, but entirely baseless,” NBA General Counsel Rick Buchanan said. “Among other infirmities, there was no ‘forced sale’ of his team by the NBA — which means his antitrust and conversion claims are completely invalid. Since it was his wife Shelly Sterling, and not the NBA, that has entered into an agreement to sell the Clippers, Mr. Sterling is complaining about a set of facts that doesn’t even exist.”The ownership hearing had been scheduled for June 3 after the NBA charged Sterling with damaging the league with his racist comments. A three-quarters vote of owners to support the charge would have terminated the Sterlings’ ownership, and the league would have sold the team.Ballmer said in a statement that he is honored to have his name submitted to the NBA for approval. The price has blown past previous offers for an NBA team.“Obviously, I saw $2 billion. That gave me a reaction,” said Miami Heat star LeBron James, who had been vocal in calling for both Sterlings to be out of the league. “… Any time a ‘B’ goes after a number, man, you already know that you’re talking about some real money.”Ballmer and investor Chris Hansen headed a group that agreed to a deal to buy the Kings from the Maloof family in January 2013 with the intention of moving the team to Seattle, where the SuperSonics played until 2008.But Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson lobbied the NBA for time to put together a bid to keep the team in California, and though the Ballmer-Hansen group later increased its offer, owners voted to deny the bid for relocation and the Kings were sold to Vivek Ranadive.Johnson, who has been advising the NBA Players Association in the wake of Sterling’s comments, praised Ballmer in a series of tweets.“When the Clips play next season, players will be proud to wear the logo on their chest & fans will be proud to cheer for their hometown team,” Johnson wrote.___By Tami Abdollah. AP Basketball Writers Brian Mahoney and Tim Reynolds contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Neeraj Chopra’s personal best could have won him an Olympic gold in 2012

first_imgNeeraj Chopra’s 88.06 metre javelin throw in Jakarta won him India’s first Asian Games gold in the event, and would have been good enough to earn him a bronze at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. But nothing is guaranteed when it comes to the javelin, Chropa knows.Germany’s Thomas Rohler won Rio gold with a toss of 90.3 metres. But just 85.38 metres was good enough to earn Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad & Tobago a bronze. And Walcott won gold in London in 2012 with a throw of 84.58 metres.So is Chopra bound for a medal come Tokyo 2020? Not necessarily. As Chopra found out at the Diamond League Final less than a week after the Asian Games, sometimes the javelin will only go as far as 85.73 metres. And you don’t get on the podium at all.Well, found out is the wrong expression; Chopra knows this. It’s the life of a thrower. Or any athlete, really. You can do your best. So might another person. For every Milkha Singh, there will be an Otis Davis, a Carl Kaufmann and a Malcolm Spence – four people can run record times; only three make it to the podium.But, as the 20-year-old from Khandra village in Haryana says, you could well be that person on your day.”My throw was 88.06 metres – it was a good throw even at the world level. But you can’t compare it with the Olympics. In Rio, with that throw, I could have won a bronze. The last time in London, I could have won gold. But it changes from day to day,” he explains. He has a thoughtful head on those very young shoulders.advertisement Then he adds, in charming Haryanvi Hindi, “But at 88 metres, I should be in the medal range in 2020.” A fact that medal-starved Indian sports fans should made a note of.Read – Passion is very important, says Neeraj Chopra after Asian Games 2018 goldChopra’s rise is fascinating, not least because he has charted a course rarely attempted in India – throwing the javelin. It is an expensive, specialised sport that we haven’t traditionally excelled in. Yet, here is Chopra, excelling and how – gold medals at the South Asian Games (2016), the World Under-20 Championships (2016), the Asian Athletics Championships (2017), the Commonwealth Games (2018) and now the Asian Games.The medals come with talent, of course, and support – as Chopra has from JSW Sport, and coach Uwe Hohn, the former German thrower with the ‘eternal world record’ of 104.80 metres. (Rule changes and tweaks to the design of the javelin have meant only the rare throw crosses 90 metres now; 100-plus seems like an impossible dream.)Also Read – When Neeraj Chopa is on the field, expect the very best from him: PM ModiBut keeping the javelin in the 88-90-metre region isn’t impossible, Chopra says. “Technique, and the line, those are the important things, that’s what I speak to my coach about,” he elaborates. “Training, continuous training, and a sensible diet I have to be consistent. If any little thing is loose, if I have a weakness, then it all goes wrong. A little mistake can reduce my distance by 10 metres.”The line – it’s crucial, and complex. The straighter the throw, the better. But wind speed and direction have to be kept in mind. And the release has to be perfect. It wasn’t at the Diamond League Final, when Chopra got more height than distance – that’s how big-hitters get caught at the boundary line. “I could have gone 90 metres at the Asian Games,” he says. Why didn’t he then? “I aimed slightly inside the straight line, but it didn’t go dead straight,” he says. Not an excuse, just a statement of fact. At the Diamond League Final, it went even more awry – “I am trying, let’s see when it happens. Not worrying about it too much, it will happen if I am capable of doing it.”To improve, get to 88-odd metres consistently, the only answer is practice. And competition. Keep at it. Keep doing it. But “too much competition can break the body, so it’s important to be sensible” about balancing everything – rest, training and competition.”I am crossing 85 often, so that’s good. There are strong competitors. Others will also try to do well, so things will go wrong sometimes. It doesn’t matter. It’s good to be competing with them,” says ChopraWith disarming humility and a laugh. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had famously said, ‘you can’t win unless you learn how to lose’, a truism Chopra appears to have internalised. Can he be the best in the world? On his day, yes. Whether that will be on the one day that zillions of Indians discover their hitherto-unrevealed javelin-throw fanatic – the Olympic Games two years on – remains to be seen.advertisementlast_img read more

Abu Dhabi Test: Abbas, Zaman star as Pakistan dominate Australia on Day 2

first_imgMohammad Abbas wrecked havoc on the Australia batting order and claimed his career-best haul of 5/33 and then Fakhar Zaman (66) and Azhar Ali scored half-centuries to put Pakistan in firm control of the second and final Test in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.The first Test between Pakistan and Australia in Dubai ended in a draw.Abbas picked five wickets to register his third five-wicket haul and Australia were knocked out for a paltry 145 in the first innings. Pakistan stretched their lead and were 144/2 at stumps with a lead of 281 runs.After Mohammad Hafeez fell for six off the bowling of Mitchell Starc, opener Zaman picked up from where he left off in the first innings, smashing seven boundaries en route to his second half-century of the match.Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test Day 2: HIGHLIGHTSHowever, the 28-year-old fell when his flat drive off Nathan Lyon was plucked out of the air by the bowler. Ali (54 not out) was joined at the crease by Haris Sohail and the pair ensured Pakistan did not give their rivals any more joy.Two in a row!@FakharZamanLive becomes the fourth Pakistani batsman to score 50+ in each innings of a debut Test. #PAKvAUS Live: https://t.co/OhKLuVj4eQ pic.twitter.com/oMIe0pQFwaPCB Official (@TheRealPCB) October 17, 2018Earlier, Abbas produced a deadly spell of pace bowling in the morning as Australia were reduced to 91-7 at lunch.Resuming on 20-2, Australia batsman Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh struggled to cope with the moving ball as Abbas and Mir Hamza choked the scoring rate in the opening hour.advertisementAbbas, who removed in-form opener Usman Khawaja and nightwatchman Peter Siddle on the first day, grabbed his third wicket when he dismissed Marsh for three after he edged a delivery to Haris Sohail at first slip.The 28-year-old right-arm quick tested Finch with some sharp inswingers but it was his partner Travis Head (14) who cracked under pressure, gifting a catch to Asad Shafiq to leave Australia reeling at 56-4.Mitchell Marsh came in with a positive mindset and added 13 runs before he edged one from Yasir Shah to Shafiq.Finch soon followed Marsh back to the pavilion when he gloved to short leg for 39, handing off-spinner Bilal Asif his first breakthrough of the match.Four overs later, Asif trapped Australian captain Tim Paine leg before for three. Marnus Labuschagne was run out after the lunch break and Nathan Lyon soon followed him.Starc smashed two sixes but was dismissed lbw by Abbas for 34, with the bowler claiming his fifth wicket of the innings.With the momentum going their way, Pakistan look set to deny Australia a first series win in Asia since 2011.Paine’s side sealed a battling draw in the first Test.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

‘Our Neighbourhood’ Grants

first_imgApplications are now open for the Australia Post Our Neighbourhood grants which are aimed at funding community projects that build a more healthy and inclusive Australia.Applications for the grants close on Friday, 28 June 2013, with one-off cash grant payments of between $1000 and $25,000 on offer, with grant amounts based around how strongly the community project or initiative includes and supports disadvantaged groups in Australia.The initiative is aimed at giving services that met these criterions a needed boost, in order to provide all Australians with necessary services, maintain and support diversity, grow community spirit and help areas recover from previous crisis.If you believe your community project or initiative may be eligible for a grant or to find out more information, please visit http://ourneighbourhood.com.au/grants/community-grants.html.Related LinksOur Neighbourhood Grantslast_img read more

4 questions to ask before checking the box

first_imgA few years ago, Bonny Wolf told a great story on NPR that goes something like this:In Chicago, a friend cuts off the end of roast beef before she cooks it. She does it because her mother does it. Her mother does it because her grandmother did it. So one day, the friend asks her grandmother why for years she has cut the end off the roast beef. The reason? Her grandmother says, “because my pan is too small.”I love this story because it tells us so much of how humans think. We often do as we have always done out of tradition or habit or imitation without questioning why. We move within our personal frames of reference, over and over, back and forth, until our ways are ingrained and unquestioned.Established nonprofits and companies create cultures that inadvertently lock in this dynamic. It is a very hard thing to resist the comfort of checking the same boxes without even asking how they got there. Each of my children went through a phase where they asked “why?” about every last thing. It has passed. Things get familiar and they don’t feel the need to pose the question. I think familiarity is one of the biggest barriers to innovation. It’s why we pay for fresh eyes – like consultants. – to ask “why?”In the spirit of rejecting the familiar frame we’re given, here are four questions to ask yourself before you check the same old box:1. Why did we start doing this activity?2. What underlying purpose does this activity serve?3. If it’s because of problem, is there a way to solve its root cause and prevent even needing to do the activity in the first place?4.If it’s because of an opportunity, is there a way to go bigger?The box may not be needed after all. There may be better ways to spend your time.last_img read more

Online Fundraising Campaign in a Box

first_imgIn addition to your ongoing fundraising, advocacy and communication activities, there are times throughout the year when you need to lead your members through a series of actions. Whether it’s communication-list building, hitting a fundraising target to support a new program or structure, or gathering support for a community initiative (to name a few possibilities), you’ll get the most bang for your buck by conducting a targeted fundraising campaign. We’ve put together a step by step guide to the outreach,tracking, follow-up and other activities necessary to reach your goals. Download the free guide: Fundraising Campaign in a Boxlast_img

Fundraising Benchmarks, Donor Data, and You: A Q&A with Heather Yandow

first_imgI’m a big fan of Heather Yandow from Third Space Studio. Heather produces a labor of love for small and mighty nonprofits: The Individual Donor Benchmark Report (IDBR). The IDBR highlights fundraising data trends for nonprofit organizations with annual budgets under $2 million. If you’d like to share your organization’s data for the next IDBR,  please visit Heather’s website for more info.Keep reading this post to discover why the IDBR’s data is so valuable and to collect a few nuggets of wisdom from Heather about donor data.What is the IDBR and why should organizations care about the findings?Heather Yandow (HY): The Individual Donor Benchmark Report digs into the fundraising data of small and mighty nonprofits, those with annual budgets under $2 million.It’s a best practice that nonprofits need to set goals, track outcomes, and learn from past performance. But collecting and analyzing data in a vacuum only gives part of the picture. Organizations also need to the ability to measure the impact of their fundraising and compare it other organizations like theirs, as well as to the larger sector. That’s why we created the Individual Donor Benchmark Project.There is no other benchmarking resource for smaller organizations with individual donor fundraising programs.  Simply put, the IDBR is a resource for nonprofits to see how they stack up. It helps answer questions like:Where is our fundraising doing well?What parts of our fundraising program might need a little more attention?What experiments could we try to improve our fundraising program? What data do you need to have in order to participate in the research?HY: We’ve tried to streamline the data organizations need to participate to only the most critical metrics. To participate, you’ll need to report numbers like:Organizational revenue and expensesTotal amount of individual donor revenue and number of donorsAmount raised online and number of online donorsYou can preview of the full set of questions on this site .We’ve also decided that none of the questions are required. So, if you are unable to answer a question or two (or five), that’s okay! Set aside one hour to dig into your data. You’d be surprised how much you can accomplish with one focused hour! And you might just get on a roll and keep going. Now, for something fun. On a scale from 1-10, how much do you love data?HY: I’m probably an eight. I do love data and spend a good bit of my time collecting data, training about data, and helping organization harness the power of data. But to be a ten, I think I’d have to be this guy. I’m not there yet! What are common challenges orgs face when trying to access the data they need and how can they overcome these challenges?HY: The most common challenge is that organizations don’t have a database that they know and love. For some, it’s hard to get data out of their system. For others, they don’t trust the data they do access.Here are four tips to help you start gathering this data:Take a look at this year’s survey questions. Print them out and identify what data you can easily find (like last year’s total income) and what might take a little more time to figure out (like retention rate). If you run into problems, know that you can skip a question or two on the survey. I know that sometimes a number just isn’t easily available, so you can just leave that question blank.From Network for Good: Don’t have a user-friendly donor database that can help you store, access, and analyze your donor data? Network for Good’s new donor management system is everything you need and nothing you don’t. Check it out now! Last year’s big finding was about how much more money organizations raised when they had a fundraising plan. Are you looking into that again this year or are you trying to determine new/different factors that contribute to fundraising success/misses?HY: Both! We are definitely digging in to our finding that a fundraising plan is the secret to individual donor success. To start, we want to get a better understanding of what a typical fundraising plan looks like. Does it include an annual development calendar? An analysis of the previous year? We’re hoping that getting more specific information will help identify the critical parts of the fundraising plan.At the same time, we will also be looking into other factors that may contribute to fundraising success, like Board participation in fundraising or the number of meetings organizations hold with donors and potential donors.If organizations want to participate in your research, what’s in it for them and how can they sign up?It’s easy to be part of the survey! Just visit http://www.thirdspacestudio.com/idbproject/ to learn more and start the survey.As a thank you for being part of the survey, you will receive:a results reports as well as the complete survey results to share with your colleagues and Boardan invitation to a special webinar just for survey participants to dig into the resultsa copy of official Individual Donor Benchmark Report and Infographica chance to win one of 50 coveted consultations with Ravela Insights, experts in donor data analytics, database strategy, and prospect identificationa chance to win one of five Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training prize packs with a subscription to the Grassroots Fundraising Journal as well as a book from the Kim Klein Fundraising Series Consider all the many ways that you might get the data you need. Your database may produce a perfect report – but it might not! You may need to take a closer look at your data by putting it into Excel. Or, you might need to look at the report from your online payment processor to find information about online gifts and monthly donations.last_img read more

Maternal Health Commodities: Looking Beyond Medicines

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on August 16, 2012October 12, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This post is part of a blog series on maternal health commodities. To view the entire series, click here.Written by: the Fistula Care team at EngenderHealth.The UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities is working to improve access to essential but overlooked maternal health medicines, such as oxytocin, misoprostol, and magnesium sulfate. This is welcomed, wonderful news: Proper access to these drugs will save the lives of many women every year. As we consider how to improve mothers’ health worldwide, however, we must recognize that life-saving medicines are only a part of the story. Facilities require equipment and supplies to save lives, too.On the USAID-funded Fistula Care project, we at EngenderHealth have given some thought to the essential obstetric equipment that hospitals should have on hand. As it turns out, very little on our equipment list is exclusively for genital fistula repair surgery. The same retractors, specula, scissors, scalpels, and forceps can largely be used not only to repair fistula, but also to enable health providers to carry out cesarean sections, laparotomy and other surgeries. That is, the same tools that enable trained surgeons to repair fistula can also allow hospital staff to provide the comprehensive emergency obstetric care that will prevent fistula – not to mention maternal deaths.Equipment requirements go beyond surgical kits: Autoclaves, operating tables, and appropriate lighting can improve care hospital-wide. All equipment – both large and small – must be appropriately maintained and, when necessary, repaired. Ensuring local capacity for maintenance and repair is therefore essential.A functioning surgical service also needs supplies – items like gloves, disinfectant, gauze, and sutures that will naturally be used up and need replenishing. These items share the supply chain needs of the essential medicines, and it follows logically that improving access to lifesaving drugs could efficiently translate into systems able to maintain and appropriately distribute necessary consumables, too.Costing of consumables for maternal health is acknowledged as an issue that has not received sufficient attention. Our recent cost study assessed the average consumption of supplies related specifically to fistula surgery. Just like our equipment list, most consumables for fistula repair overlap with those required for emergency obstetric care.Can the UN commission include equipment and consumables among its concerns? Perhaps not, since its specific focus is central to its success. Nevertheless, all players in the maternal health field would do well to keep in mind that lifesaving medicines are just part of the story. Properly maintained, functional equipment and appropriate consumables also save lives.Learn more about the Fistula Care project here.Share this:last_img read more

Manifesto for Maternal Health: In-Country Perspective From the White Ribbon Alliance Tanzania

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on April 24, 2014November 4, 2016By: Rose Mlay, National Coordinator, The White Ribbon Alliance TanzaniaClick 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)Throughout my career as a midwife, I am all too familiar with the challenge of women arriving too late to the hospital to give birth. Over and over again, I have attended to women who had traveled for days to reach care. It is so heart breaking to know that these women’s lives could be saved if only they could reach quality professional care faster. We, at the White Ribbon Alliance, have advocated strongly over the years to our government in Tanzania to focus on maternal and newborn health, and great promises have been made! Now, we are faced with the challenge of making sure these promises are delivered. And we are working hard on that front!In recognition of the one-year anniversary of the publication of the Manifesto for Maternal Health, I’d like to take this opportunity to share some of our recent efforts to ensure that promises to women and newborns are kept.Just last year the White Ribbon Alliance Tanzania brought together national leaders engaged in maternal and newborn health ranging from the media, government, non-governmental organizations, and professional associations to set out a strategy for holding the government of Tanzania accountable for delivering on commitments made to our women and newborns. More specifically, we collectively set out a plan for holding the government accountable on promises to provide comprehensive emergency obstetric care (CEmONC) in at least half of all health centers by 2015. Together, we concluded to focus our efforts on the commitment to CEmONC because we listened to our citizens who have asked for these services to be closer to their homes. In addition, we know that the majority of the 24 women who die every day in childbirth die due to the lack of access to quality emergency care.In order to make our case, we knew we would need strong evidence to show the government just how off track their promises are, so we carried out a full facility assessment in 10 government-run facilities in Rukwa region. We engaged with community leaders, media and district officials as we moved through the region. Rukwa is beautiful with its rolling hills and great lakes, but it is a treacherous journey through the dirt tracks to get to rural health centers, with many being so remote that they are out of reach of telephone signals.As we gathered the data, we found that for a population of 1 million people, and over 10 health centers throughout the district, there was not a single health center that was providing the level of care that the government had promised.According to plan, we shared the evidence with the district government teams, and we pushed the district leadership to budget adequately for emergency obstetric care. In the meantime, we also set up meetings with national leaders and the Parliamentary Safe Motherhood Group to make sure emergency obstetric care is budgeted for adequately in the 2014-2015 budget cycle.We also made this film about the situation in Rukwa which Dr. Jasper Nduasinde, our White Ribbon Alliance focal person from the region took to the United Nations General Assembly to get global attention on the gap between promises and implementation.We called on our politicians to act. The Safe Motherhood Group in Parliament is working to get all politicians to sign a petition to the government to prioritize this issue.We called for a meeting with the Prime Minister. We spoke for an hour and a half on what could be done now to change this critical situation. He promised to take action.We also made this film about Elvina Makongolo, the midwife in Mtowisa who works tirelessly to save women’s lives.As we move to make these critical changes happen, we are faced with very sad news that motivates us even more. Shortly after this film was made with Elvina, the teacher of her grandchildren died in childbirth. Leah Mgaya died because Mtowisa health center does not have a blood bank. In the maternity ward of the health center ,a big refrigerator stands tall but the electricity to power it is missing. The closest blood supply is 100 km away at the regional hospital, reached only by a 4×4 vehicle due to the rough terrain.Leah’s husband, Cloud Kissi, said: ‘My wife has left a big gap in my life and she has left three children without a mother. It has left me with trauma as every time I see a woman carrying a baby I feel that if my wife could have survived, she could have been carrying a baby like the one I am seeing. I am quite sure that if we had a good operating theater, availability of safe blood and a reliable ambulance, we would have surely saved my wife’s life.’We continue to hear the personal accounts of husbands losing their wives, children losing their mothers, families losing their aunties, sisters and nieces and, in Leah’s case, a community losing their teacher. Citizens want change and they are pushing for it.In Rukwa alone, over 16 thousand citizens have signed a petition pushing the district officials and their MP to prioritize a budget for CEmONC.Recently, on White Ribbon Day in Rukwa, the Minister of Health spoke on behalf of the Prime Minister to say that this budget must be prioritized across the country.We now believe that the Prime Minister has become this campaigns’ greatest ally! And we know that our President Kikwete cares about the women of our nation. He has committed greatly to preventing these tragic deaths. But we cannot let up until women can access emergency life saving care near their homes. It is their right.As critical decisions are being made on budget allocation for 2014-2015, we are urging our leaders to listen to the citizens of our nation and budget adequately for comprehensive emergency obstetric and newborn care.If you would like to share your in-country story with us, please email Natalie Ramm or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.Share this:last_img read more