How to Handle This Political Season at Work

first_imgIt’s political season again. People are going to be talking about the election and, as always, there are going to be sharp disagreements. For your part, here is how you should handle this political season at work.You Aren’t Going to Change MindsDon’t argue with your peers at work about politics. You are every bit as likely to change your co-worker’s long held political beliefs as you are having yours changed—and you aren’t going to have your mind changed, now are you?Your co-workers with different political opinions aren’t going to understand your view, and you aren’t going to understand theirs. Your co-workers are entitled to their stupid, shortsighted, pig-headed, partisan opinions, and you are equally entitled to yours.Don’t try to change minds at work.Remember, You Have More In CommonRegardless of your political beliefs or party affiliation, you are joined together with your co-workers by all that you have in common. There is more that binds you together than separates you, even if you have very different and very strong political opinions.Your co-workers are important to you. These are the people you spend a lot of time with, and this is the team that produces results for your clients with you. Rancorous political arguments don’t bring you closer together, and sometimes they pull you apart. Attacks can get personal. Feelings are unnecessarily hurt.Your relationships with your co-workers are too important to allow them to be damaged by politic opinions. When politics are discussed, be civil. Don’t attack your co-worker’s political opinions.You Aren’t Rush Limbaugh or John StewartYou don’t get paid to entertain people with your political opinions. Leave the professional political entertaining to the professional political entertainers.Your Results Aren’t Tied to PoliticsUnless you work in politics, your results aren’t going to be improved or reduced by the outcome of this year’s election. You alone are responsible for your results, and you will succeed or fail based on your efforts.For those brave enough to accept the truth, successful people find a way to be successful regardless of the political party in power. They don’t allow themselves to believe that the outcome of an election can prevent them from succeeding.The successful know that they make their own economy. Instead of arguing with your peers at work, make your own economy.Your Clients Need Never KnowYour political opinions and beliefs alienate half of the people that come in contact with them. My personal political opinions frustrate a far greater percentage than half. But you don’t see my political opinions plastered on this blog. There is a reason for that.If this blog were a vehicle for my political opinions, some people that disagree with my politics would dismiss the rest of my message here. My goals here have nothing to do with politics and everything to do with sales, sales management, business, leadership, and success. My goal here is to empower salespeople and business people with ideas.Your goals, like mine, have nothing to do with politics. Your clients need never know your politics. You can assume that your clients have strong political opinions too, and there is no reason to have your message or motive questioned over your political opinions.(If your Facebook or LinkedIn page is a long line of vitriolic political rants and pictures, consider taking them down).A Final ThoughtNone of this is to suggest that you shouldn’t participate in this experiment that is our great, messy, Democratic Republic.If you and your co-worker’s disagree without being disagreeable, by all means, discuss your thoughts and ideas. But that means you have to be thoughtful and mature, and you have to prevent people who aren’t from engaging in your conversation. It’s your responsibility not to stir the pot.If you want to make a difference, work for your candidates and your party. Get involved in the process. But don’t try to make that difference where you work.QuestionsWhy shouldn’t you engage in vitriolic political arguments at work?Why don’t you need your clients to know your strong political beliefs? What do you risk?Have you ever really changed your co-worker’s political opinions or had yours changed?How can you make your own economy? How can you run your own campaign to get the results you really need. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Reaching the Clients You Are Meant to Serve with Michael Port – Episode 11

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 34:26 — 16.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSWhen it comes to making any kind of presentation, from a keynote address to a crowded hall to the one on one sales presentation that could push your sales numbers over the top of your annual goals, you’ve got to know what you’re doing if you want to be effective. On this episode of In The Arena Anthony taps the experience and knowledge of one of the best presenters in the business, Michael Port. Michael is a classically trained actor who’s moved into the entrepreneurial world by authoring some incredible books and creating incredibly helpful tools to equip those who speak or present for impact. You’re going to enjoy this refreshing interview.Overcoming dyslexia to build his own entrepreneurial business, with Michael PortClick To TweetOvercoming dyslexia to build his own entrepreneurial business.When you first hear that Michael Port was a successful classically trained actor before he became an entrepreneur and speaking coach, you may think that he had all the advantages he needed to make that transition happen successfully. But you would be wrong. His struggle with dyslexia made it difficult for him to learn anything new in rapid fashion but it was his determination to overcome the voice of his inner critic and bring something of value to the world that enabled him to push forward. If you have that struggle against your inner critic you will learn a lot from Michael in this conversation as he talks about how to encourage the “inner hero” who can help you get moving in your best direction. Be sure to listen.What is marketing – really.When it comes to marketing most people feel that the tried and true definitions and approaches are what they need to adopt. But Michael Port says that when he began studying the marketing approaches of the last century he felt a bit uneasy taking it all in wholesale. He discovered the source of that feeling of unease when he realized that many of the tactics we follow in modern marketing were created by crooks who only wanted to manipulate people into purchasing things that weren’t always good for them. Michael talks about his departure from traditional marketing and how he’s forged a new path for himself on this episode, so be sure you listen to learn what marketing with integrity really looks like.What is marketing – really, on this episode with Michael PortClick To TweetHow to find your ideal clients using the “Red Velvet Rope.”Michael Port realizes that every beginning business or entrepreneur has to build a client base so that revenue can begin coming in. It’s natural and it’s part of the process. But over time it’s important to narrow your focus to serve your ideal client, the one you are able to serve with the highest degree of output and integrity, AND the one who brings you the most life and energy through your interaction with them. He calls this the process of establishing a “red velvet rope” policy that excludes some potential clients and invites others into the exclusive club of what you offer. You can learn how he fashioned this approach and how it could translate into your business endeavors, on this episode.How you can improve your next sales presentation.Any time you are presenting to others your goal is to make a connection on an emotional level. It’s not touchy-feely stuff, it’s the normal way that human beings establish rapport and build trust. If you can’t do that you’ll have a very difficult time making the sale, even if you know all the facts and features of your newest service or widget backwards and forwards. Michael Port says that the emotional and vulnerable aspects of what he learned from acting are what make up the vital aspects of every presentation, whether on the stage or in the sales office, and on this episode he gives some important tips for how you can build the kind of emotional connection that will increase your sales numbers over time.How you can dramatically improve your next sales presentationClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Anthony’s introduction to Michael Port and this episode. The harsh reality Michael was faced with when he began in business. What marketing really is – and how you have to approach it. Michael’s story of building his own entrepreneurial business in spite of obstacles. What is the “Red Velvet Rope” policy. How to deal with the “What if I can’t get enough clients?’ voice. Why people are ruled by an inner critic rather than their inner hero. How Michael replaces the traditional sales tactics with something different (and more effective). How someone can improve as a speaker or presenter. How Michael prepares for his speeches. Michael’s newest book: Book Yourself Solid IllustratedResources & Links mentioned in this episodewww.BookYourselfSolidIllustrated.comwww.MichaelPort.com111849542X 0470643471054455518XThe theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: Plus: you can use to share this episodeStand for something, share it, and be comfortable in that place ~ Michael PortClick To TweetHow to find your ideal clients using Michael Port’s “Red Velvet Rope” conceptClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address belowlast_img read more

UK Court Permits Seizure of Vijay Mallya’s Assets

first_imgA significant amount can be expected to be gathered through the sale of Vijay Mallya’s London assets, State Bank of India Managing Director Arijit Basu said on July 6, a day after a court in the United Kingdom granted permission to authorities to search the Indian businessman’s home at Hertfordshire and seize his assets. SBI is working closely with counsels in London to ensure that the money is recovered, Basu said, the Financial Express reported.A UK enforcement officer “may use reasonable force to enter the property if necessary,” according to an order passed by Justice Bryan at the Queen’s bench division of the Commercial Court in London, the Hindu reported. The High Court Enforcement Officer or other enforcement agents acting through their authority may enter Mallya’s residence at Ladywalk, and Bramble Lodge in Tewin, Welwyn, and take control of his assets, the report cited the order as saying.“The High Court Enforcement Officer, including any enforcement agents acting under his authority, may enter Ladywalk, Queen Hoo Lane, Tewin, Welwyn and Bramble Lodge, Queen Hoo Lane, Tewin, Welwyn, including all outbuildings of Ladywalk and Bramble Lodge to search for and take control of goods belonging to the First Defendant (Mallya),” the June 26 order by Justice Byran said, the Times of India reported.The court order comes in connection with the case filed by a consortium of 13 Indian banks, including the State Bank of India (SBI) against Mallya, who is facing money-laundering charges in India.“We are looking at recovering our entire debt from Vijay Mallya. The UK (United Kingdom) court enforcement order is a world-wide freeze order,” Basu told CNBC TV18 in an interview.India is seeking extradition of the liquor tycoon from the United Kingdom over accusations of fraud and unpaid loans worth about Rs 9,000 crore that his now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines owes to the Indian banks. Mallya fled to the United Kingdom in March 2016, soon after investigations against him in India gathered momentum. India’s case seeking his extradition is scheduled to come up for hearing in a UK court on July 31.A UK High Court last month ordered Mallya to pay a minimum amount of £200,000 towards costs that have been incurred by 13 Indian banks in their legal bid to recover their alleged dues, PTI had reported at the time.The 62-year-old businessman may be declared a “fugitive economic offender” in India, even as the Enforcement Directorate seeks to attach his assets worth Rs 12,500 crore in the country. Mallya has denied the charges of fraud, and offered to clear his dues by selling his assets last week. Any objections to his efforts to sell his assets by Indian authorities will “clearly demonstrate that there is an agenda against me beyond recovery of dues to Public Sector Banks,” Mallya said in a statement, adding, “I have become the ‘Poster Boy’ of bank default and a lightning rod of public anger.” Related ItemsState Bank of IndiaUnited KingdomVijay Mallyalast_img read more

Over 800,000 Indians Moved to U.S. in Seven Years

first_imgOver 8.3 lakh Indians moved to the United States in seven years between 2010 and 2017, the highest among all countries, according to the U.S. Census Bureau which released data from the 2017 American Community Survey (ACS).According to the survey, there has been a significant growth in the population of both legal and illegal migrants living in the United States. The number of migrants from Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America other than Mexico grew while the number from Mexico, Europe, and Canada stayed flat or declined.As far as Indian immigrants are concerned, about 830,215 Indians moved to the United States between 2010 and 2017. In 1990, there were 450,406 Indians in America, and by the turn of the century i.e. in 2000, the number grew  to 1,022,552. The figure number increased to 1,780,322 in 2010, 2,434,524 in 2016 and 2,610,534 in 2017. The increase of 830,215 persons between 2016 and 2017 marked 47 percent growth of Indians in the United States.The “foreign-born” immigrants includes all those who were not U.S. citizens at birth. It includes those immigrants who later obtained U.S. citizenship, as well as green card holders, temporary foreign workers, and students.The Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey (CPS) said that there were 45.4 million migrants in the United States in 2017, an increase of 1.6 million over the previous year, indicating that the pace of growth has accelerated. Migrants comprised 13.7 percent or nearly one in seven U.S. residents in 2017, the highest percentage in 107 years.A major shift was marked in the background of newcomers, with the number of those from Asia overtaking immigrants from Latin America in the country. As many as 41 percent of the people who arrived in the United States since 2010 were from Asia while only 39 percent were from Latin America.For many years, the maximum number of immigrants came from Mexico. But since 2010, the number of people coming from Mexico has decreased, while that from China and India has increased.  Since 2010, the increase in the number of Asian people — 2.6 million — was more than double of the 1.2 million people who came from Latin America. The level of education among new arrivals was also recorded to be higher than those who arrived earlier. About 45 percent of the immigrants since 2010 were college educated, marking an increase of 15 percent from those who came between 2000 and 2009.  Related ItemsIndian AmericanUnited Stateslast_img read more

Indian or Bangladeshi?

first_img50,000 Indian residents of enclaves near Cooch Behar on the India-Bangladesh border will be given the choice of citizenship under a proposed border agreement between the two countries.Fifty-one Bangladeshi enclaves in India and 111 Indian enclaves in Bangladesh are to be exchanged  under the agreement. Union home minister P. Chidambaram said 51,590 people live in the enclaves, of whom 37,369 are Indians. Chidambaram told the Rajya Sabha that people living in an enclave “shall be given the right of staying on where they are as nationals of the state” to which the area will be transferred. “That option is given to the people.”Residents of an Indian enclave to be transferred to Bangladesh can opt to take Bangladeshi citizenship or move to India where it would be the Indian  government’s responsibility to provide them land for resettlement. Related Itemslast_img read more

The Race to Build a Smarter Cellphone Charger

first_imgExactly 183 years ago last week, on August 29, 1831, British chemist and physicist Michael Faraday discovered electromagnetic induction. The technology is becoming the underpinning of the wireless charging products swarming the marketplace today, as smartphone and tablet users look for easier, quicker and more efficient ways to keep their devices up and running.It has taken a while for wireless chargers to latch on to Faraday’s discovery, but the demand for them will see a vertical take-off in the coming year, according to Rahul Mangharam, a professor at the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania.Mangharam said demand is growing for hassle-free battery charging and the availability of universal wireless chargers that work across brands. “The technology is here and ready to be used, and [we see] a lot of commercial activity at the retail level,” he noted. “New solutions are coming out that are much more efficient and much more convenient.” Wireless chargers are also safer for use in medical implants and offer “a lot of durability,” he added.Battery power has not kept pace with the advances in smartphone and tablet technology and the billion-plus apps that can be used with them, Mangharam noted. “There has been an exponential increase in demand for services on the phone, but battery capacity is increasing only incrementally,” he said. “Our batteries are now not lasting for three quarters of the day or half the day.” As users run multiple Internet-based applications on their smartphones, they consume “a lot of the juice” in battery power, and the devices are completely drained by late afternoon on a typical day, he pointed out.Smartphone and tablet makers could extract competitive advantages from advances in battery technology, Wharton management professor David Hsu said. “As users rely on their mobile devices for more functionality across a spectrum of domains, ” he noted. In particular, he cited the potential for “incremental advances” in the software and non-battery hardware that could optimize battery consumption.Some of that is already occurring, Mangharam said: Samsung already offers replacement wireless charging kits for its Galaxy S4 and S5, and Google’s Nexus 7 tablet includes built-in wireless charging. Apple has filed a patent for wireless charging, and the next iPhone may include that feature. “Apple has to catch up,” he said, adding that the company may have an edge over its rivals, because Android phones of the type Samsung makes drain power much faster than iPhones. Apple owns “the entire ecosystem” around its technology and therefore has the ability to achieve “power optimizations through the entire [system] all the way to the software.”Power optimization is an ongoing effort among device makers. Companies including Samsung, Apple and Motorola are looking at ways to reduce power consumption on smartphones and tablets, said Mangharam. As an example, he pointed to the launch of the low-energy Bluetooth Smart by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, a nonprofit in Kirkland, Wash., that oversees the development of Bluetooth standards. Bluetooth Smart aims to lower power consumption without compromising on communication range, with applications in health care, security and home entertainment. Today’s wireless battery charging pads are also getting more efficient, retaining more than 98% of the power after charging, a far cry from the 50% wastage in earlier years, Mangharam noted.Efforts are also underway by two groups to develop industry-wide standards for wireless charging technology, said Mangharam. One is the Wireless Power Consortium, an alliance formed in 2008 by device makers, which is promoting the so-called “Qi” standard for products that need under five watts of power. Samsung, Sony and Philips are among the device makers that have adopted the Qi standard, Mangharam noted. The second group is the Power Matters Alliance, founded by Procter & Gamble and Powermat Technologies in 2012. This group’s standards cover devices that consume between five and 50 watts.Even with the growing focus on improved wireless battery technologies, Hsu would like to see much faster innovation than what is currently going on in the sector. “I suspect the need for more radical innovation on the direct battery side has never been higher,” he noted. “Perhaps more engagement with the basic research efforts in battery technology may be in order. Current efforts to develop intermediate solutions, such as the charging mat or more ubiquitous charging stations, are good, but are probably stop-gap measures.” Related Itemslast_img read more

India Races to Avert Disease Outbreak as Floodwaters Recede, Leaving 341 Dead

first_imgIndia’s tourist hub of Kerala is shifting its focus to relief and rehabilitation work to assist millions of people affected by the worst flood in a century as rescue operations wind down.Even as rain eased and waters receded in the southern state, some areas remained inaccessible to those providing relief materials, while nearly a million people are still taking shelter in camps.“We are slowly winding down rescue operations and concentrating on relief and rehabilitation,” E. Chandrasekharan, Kerala’s revenue minister said by phone. “About 95 percent of people affected have been rescued and put up in relief camps. We are hoping to reach out to every one by end of day today.”The death toll has climbed to 341 since the monsoon started in June, including 191 since Aug. 8, the state’s disaster management control room said by phone, while the number of evacuees at relief camps is growing. As many as 928,000 people have taken shelter at 3,700 camps. Kerala received 164 percent more than its normal rainfall in the first 19 days of this month.Chandrasekharan said only a small number of people remain stranded in some pockets that have so far been inaccessible to rescue crews. Helicopters, aircraft and motorboats, as well as thousands of rescue personnel, are providing emergency supplies of food, water, medicines and restoring essential services such as power, fuel, telecommunication and transport links.The threat of disease outbreaks is now a primary concern, with carcasses in floodwaters raising fears of health risks to the state’s nearly 34 million population. India’s health ministry on Monday was to airlift 60 tonnes of emergency medicines and has put six specialized medical teams on standby, the home ministry statement said.“Health workers are already surveying the risk of water borne diseases across villages and municipal wards to ensure that steps are taken to avoid any outbreak,” said Chandrasekharan, adding drinking water sources, mainly wells, across homes have been contaminated. “We are stocking essential medical supplies and ensure that each region is being sent adequate quantity of medicines.”The focus is now on ensuring cleanliness and medicine supply, said R. K. Jain, secretary of India’s National Disaster Management Authority. “We need to ensure there’s no major outbreak of water-borne diseases.”The floods have caused damage worth $2.8 billion so far, according to a tweet from Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. Flights to the state’s commercial capital of Kochi have started on Monday and train services are likely to be restored as waters begin to recede.Fake NewsThe state, which is forming committees of private citizens and local municipal officials to help clean up residential areas, is also struggling with rumors on social media.“We’re not just fighting the after effects of floods,” said Rajesh V. Menon, district organizing commissioner for The Bharat Scouts and Guides. “We’re also fighting against fake news campaigns.” Rumors about electricity shortages and the spread of diseases shared on WhatsApp and Facebook were creating panic, Menon said.Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an immediate relief of 5 billion rupees as losses continues to mount in one of the country’s top tourist destinations. A special train will carry 1.4 million liters of water and a navy ship with 8,00,000 liters of water will reach Kerala today.“The immediate concern is rescue and disease but in the long term, India will have to plan taking into account the rising risk of climate events,” said Arivudai Nambi Appadurai, India Adaptation Strategy Head at the World Resources Institute. “This is an extraordinary climate event and is in line with scientists’ predictions for south Asia.”©2018 Bloomberg Related ItemsEnvironmentKeralalast_img read more

Indian Athlete Indicted for Sexual Abuse of Minor in US

first_imgIndian snowshoe athlete, Tanveer Hussain has been charged by the Essex County court in New Jersey for sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of  a 12-year-old Saranac Lake girl. In a press release The Essex County District Attorney Kristy Sprague said:“Hussain is alleged to have subjected a 12-year-old female to sexual contact and engaged in inappropriate conversations with said child during the time he was in Saranac Lake.”Accused of misbehavior with a minorIn the March this year, minor girl had told the police that two days after he participated in the World Snowshoe Championships at Dewey Mountain Recreation Center on February 27,  Tanveer Hussain allegedly kissed and groped her, Scroll reported.Hussain had previously denied the charges and also declined a plea deal which would have allowed him to return to India as he wanted to clear his name.Denial of Visa Hussain had hit the headlines before arriving in the US for the championship after the US Embassy in New Delhi had denied him and another athlete, Abid Khan visas as reported by NDTV. This was around the time when President Donald Trump  had issued an executive order banning travel to the US from seven Muslim-majority countries.Though India doesn’t come under those seven Muslim-countries, the denial of the visas was seen to be linked to the order issued by Trump. Hussain was finally allowed a visa to enter the US after the lobbying from local officials and residents in the Adirondack. Related ItemsEssex County courtIndian snowshoe athleteKashmir AthleteNew JerseyTanveer Hussainlast_img read more

Sri Lankan National Arrested After Chennai Police Bust Drug Cartel

first_imgA Sri Lankan national, who held a fake Indian passport, was arrested along with his associate after a key drug cartel was busted by the Chennai city police last week. The police seized large quantities of methamphetamine from the accused. He was involved in peddling drugs through contacts he made with people in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, reports said.Shabudeen, 55, allegedly obtained a fake Indian passport with the help of his associate Nagoor Hanifa of Nethaji Nagar who was also held. Shabudeen held the passport under the name of Ibrahim, resident of Angappan Naickan street, reported the Hindu.Shabudeen fell in a trap laid by the Fake Passport Wing of the Central Crime Branch (CCB) on March 2 when he came with the contraband, which is also known as “ice” or meth. According to the CCB, he visited Malaysia, Dubai and Saudi Arabia while he was living in Chennai, and was involved in drug peddling and hawala transactions.Chennai Police Commissioner AK Viswanathan said that the suspect was living in the city in a rented house and was involved in peddling drugs. He advised people not to let out their houses to characters who may come across as suspicious. “Since movement of such accused is a danger, people should come forward to share information to the police,” he said in a statement, reported the Hindu.Shabudeen had been obtaining brown sugar in Mumbai and selling it in his native country Sri Lanka since 1996. He was held by the police and imprisoned for four months in 1999, when he was caught trying to sell contraband that weighed 9 kg. The Narcotics Control Bureau of India was again on a lookout for him after that for peddling brown sugar weighing 12 kg in the country, following which he was arrested in Chennai and sent to the Central Prison till 2012.His Sri Lankan passport expired after he was released from the prison, and he managed to get hold of forged documents with the help of a broker, who got a passport for him in the name of Ibrahim.Investigating agencies are now looking into his associations with drug cartels. Shabudeen had been staying illegally in Mannady in Chennai for the last five years.Data released recently by India’s National Crime Records Bureau revealed that West Bengal recorded the maximum number of crimes registered with foreigners as offenders, at 520 cases, while Delhi recorded 143. A total of 91 cases were registered in Karnataka in 2016. In all, 1,226 crimes were registered against foreigners from 47 countries in 2016. In 2015, the figure was 1,278. Related ItemsChennaiDrug cartelSri Lankalast_img read more

Medial collateral ligament pain

first_imgInitial treatment of an MCL injury includes ice to the area, elevation of the joint above the level of the heart, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and limited physical activity until the pain and swelling subside. A hinged knee immobilizer should be used to protect the ligament as it heals. The extent of this type of injury is usually excessive stretching of the ligament causing the pain and tenderness.Review Date:6/13/2010Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine; and C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.last_img read more

ICC should give us more chances: Afghan captain Stanikzai

first_imgKolkata, Mar 16 (PTI) Growing in confidence with every opportunity that has come their way, Afghanistan cricket captain Asghar Stanikzai today said his team knows how to bea the big guns of the game but the ICC has to give it enough chances. “You can make a comparison between Afghanistan and other associates. Many associates have been playing for last 30-40 years. They have been participating in World Cup tournaments. If you see our history, at the elite level were playing only recently. We have really done well something other nations could not do it in 30-40 years,” Stanikzai said. “It shows how much talent we have to play at the elite level. Definitely we need big games with full members to increase our experience level. If you play within the Associates we will get experience from each other. But if we take on Full Members it will help us more,” he added referring to their 3-2 win in ODIs and 2-0 win in the T20Is in October last year. Afghanistan won the ODI series against Zimbabwe 3?2 and became the first Associate side to beat a Full Member nation in a multi-game ODI series and followed it up with a 2-0 win in T20Is. “We know how to beat Full Members at the Elite level. We have got that experience. As long as we play more games with Full Members, we will get that experience and the distance between the associates and full members will definitely go away,” he said on the eve of their World Twenty20 opener against Sri Lanka in the Super 10s. Sri Lanka survived a scare in the 2015 World Cup before winning narrowly by four wickets and the Afghanistan skipper said they have it in them to upset the defending champions. “We have players who can perform and change the game at the end of the day. We are not only participating but looking forward to beat some big teams,” he said. In the Asia Cup, they failed to make the main round after losing to UAE in a qualifier but the skipper said theyve sorted out the mistakes. “We fielded poorly in the Asia Cup, dropped six seven catches against UAE. any team can beat you if you drop six seven catches…We have had good preparation in the last two months. We went to Gujarat and had a two-week camp. We played five T20 games then we were in the Asia Cup. We won three in qualifying ground.” The newly-built Greater Noida cricket stadium is the home ground for Afghanistan cricketers after the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA), the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in December last year. “We appreciate BCCI and the Greater Noida to give us the home ground. Its so useful. It is not only helping infrastructure also helping in other sport. They proved the friendship.” PTI TAP PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

Father asks Swaraj to help bring back teen footballers body

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 12 (PTI) The father of a 15-year-old footballer from Delhi who drowned at the Glenelg Beach in Australia has requested External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to help bring back his daughters body as soon as possible.The school girl, Nitisha Negi, had gone to take part in the the unrecognised Pacific School Games in Australia.Nitishs father Puran Singh Negi said that he has also approached Swarajs office to bring back Nitishas body.”I request External Affairs Minister Sushma Swarajji to help us bring back my daughters body as soon as possible. We are also in touch with a senior official of her office,” the father told PTI.Nitisha was one of the five Indian footballers who were swept away by a huge wave on Sunday when they ventured into the seawaters after the completion of the games.Four of the five girls were rescued by local surf lifesavers on Sunday while Negi was found dead after resumption of the search operation yesterday morning. Her body was recovered near a rocky breakwater, the same section of beach where the two migrant boys drowned last year.The Sports Ministry has ordered an inquiry into the unfortunate incident.The School Games Federation of India (SGFI), which is headed by double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar, had fielded U-18 teams in six disciplines including hockey, football and softball for the invitational event, jointly organised by the Australian government and School Sports Australia.These games were not recognised by the International School Sports Federation, the parent international body. The Indian contingent had around 120 members. PTI BUN AARadvertisementlast_img read more

ST and Biricha Digital Power cooperate to implement digital power supplies on STM32 MCUs

first_imgThe continuing development of low-cost, high-performance microcontrollers specifically aimed at intelligent power solutions has created new design possibilities. Taking advantage of this progress, STMicroelectronics and Biricha Digital Power have developed a workshop to show power-supply engineers why – and how – to quickly move to a digital implementation.The workshop, aimed at analog PSU (Power Supply Unit) designers and embedded-system engineers who need to build high-performance, stable digital power supplies and Digital PFCs (Power Factor Corrections), will be based on a complementary portfolio of tailored hardware, software, tools, labs and detailed training documentation. This includes the STM32F334 product line (with its high resolution timer – 217ps), a member of ST’s STM32 family of more than 800 MCUs covering the full spectrum from ultra-low power to high performance and supporting ecosystem, combined with Biricha’s Power Supply and PFC design software.Key sessions will demonstrate how to quickly design digital power supplies and power factor correction from scratch, and how to design stable digital control loops for both voltage and current mode DC/DC and PFC applications. Workshop participants will get a chance to design, code, implement, and test several digital power supplies.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Syslogic launches AI rail computer at InnoTransNext ADI to show mastery of digital-to-physical interface at Electronica 2018last_img read more

Basel ATP: Federer survives scare in opener against Krajinovic to reach last-16

first_imgTop seed Roger Federer showed signs of ring rust in his first match at the Swiss Indoors on Tuesday but still had enough in the tank to push past unseeded Serbian Filip Krajinovic 6-2 4-6 6-4 and reach the last-16 in Basel.Playing in front of his home fans Federer struggled to find his usual precision, racking up 38 unforced errors, but still managed some produced his usual array of dazzling winners a contest which stretched just past the two-hour mark.Next up for the world number three, an eight-time Basel champion, is Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff, who beat Australian John Millman 7-6(3) 6-2.In-form Russian seventh seed Daniil Medvedev also reached the last 16 by defeating German Maximilian Marterer 6-3 7-5.Medvedev, winner of this month’s Japan Open as a qualifier, faces unseeded Italian Andreas Seppi next after he served up the day’s only bagel en route to beating Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel 6-0 6-4.Australian teenager Alexei Popyrin claimed his first main draw victory on the ATP Tour as the qualifier got the better of a tussle with compatriot Matthew Ebden, winning 7-6(4) 6-4.His prize could be a clash with second seed Alexander Zverev if the German gets past Dutchman Robin Haase.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Apna time aayega: Prithvi Shaw promises to bounce back after injury

first_imgRecovering from an ankle injury that forced him out of the Australia tour, Prithvi Shaw promises to be a among runs once he’s attains full fitness. Prithvi Shaw, 19, suffered the injury in Australia before the start of the four-match Test series.Shaw had twisted his ankle while fielding in the deep during India’s practice match ahead of the first Test against Australia in Adelaide.Taking inspiration from ‘Apna Time Aayega’ rap from the upcoming film Gully Boy, Shaw wrote a few lines on Twitter.Aapna time aayega…Injury se fit hoke…Mein aur run banayega…Aapna time aayega…#Gullycrickettointernationalcricket #ps100 Shaw (@PrithviShaw) 30 January 2019Having stayed on with the team hoping to be fit for the second Test in Perth, Shaw was eventually ruled out of the remainder of the series and sent back home for an extensive rehabilitation programme.Efforts were then on to get the batsman fit for the series but the severity of the injury dashed his hopes.Mayank Agarwal was named Shaw’s replacement. Agarwal had a successful debut series, having finished with 195 runs from two matches with the help of two half-centuries.Shaw had a record-breaking start to his Test career as he aggregated 237 runs in three innings at an average of 118.50 against the West Indies.Shaw had recently revealed that he will be fit in time for the 12th season of Indian Premier League starting March 23. Shaw has been retained by Delhi Capitals for what will be his second season.advertisementMeanwhile, Shaw’s U-19 World Cup-winning teammate Shubman Gill is in line to make his international debut. Gill is likely to replace India skipper Virat Kohli in the playing XI when India take on New Zealand in the fourth ODI in Hamilton on Thursday. Virat Kohli has been rested for the final two ODIs and the three-match T20 series in New Zealand.Also Watch:last_img read more

Letter: Kevin Beattie obituary

first_imgKevin Beattie very much regretted not receiving a medal for Ipswich’s Uefa Cup final win in 1981. He had played in most of the earlier rounds and was an instrumental figure in dumping the much-fancied St Étienne side, containing Michel Platini, out of the competition 7-2 on aggregate.By the time the final came, Kevin was not even allowed on the bench, as he had broken his arm in an FA Cup semi-final – a 1-0 defeat to Manchester City, a few days earlier. Because he was wearing a cast, rules dictated that he was not permitted to sit on the bench, so he never got a medal, as only the starting XI plus substitutes qualified. Kevin Beattie obituary Share on Pinterest Listening to Kevin’s sadness about those circumstances as I worked on a biography of him (The Greatest Footballer England Never Had – the Kevin Beattie Story), I started a petition to get him a medal. Eventually this led to Kevin receiving a medal at half-time during the 2008 Uefa Cup final. Platini, by then president of Uefa, made the presentation.It was a terrific night and Platini and Kevin spoke for quite a while afterwards. It was clear that he had great respect for Kevin, as well as for the Ipswich side of that era. It was a nice interlude in what was an often difficult life. Share on WhatsApp Read more Reuse this content Share via Email Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Ipswich Town Topics Share on Messenger letterslast_img read more

Placing Women at the Center: Rethinking the RMNCH Continuum of Care

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 22, 2013June 12, 2017By: Ann Starrs, President and Co-Founder, Family Care InternationalClick 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 cross-posted from the FCI Blog and the PMNCH website.Last week’s Global Maternal Health Conference (GMHC), held in Arusha, Tanzania, was both inspiring and sobering. Twenty-five years after the Safe Motherhood Initiative was launched at an international conference held in neighboring Kenya, maternal mortality has finally begun to decline, and there are many and diverse examples of how countries are addressing the challenge of preventing deaths of women and newborns from complications of pregnancy, childbirth, and the postnatal period. But as the conference highlighted, huge challenges remain — in improving the quality of care, the conference’s core theme; in strengthening the functionality and capacity of health systems; in addressing major inequities in access to care, within and across countries; and in ensuring that maternal and newborn health receives the political support, increased funding, and public attention that it needs.The majority of the conference’s breakout sessions featured informative and often fascinating presentations on research findings and promising programmatic and technical innovations. One session, however, took a different tack — a debate on “Has the ascendance of the RMNCH continuum of care framework helped or hindered the cause of maternal health?”  I proposed this session to the Maternal Health Task Force, which organized the GMHC, because for me and the organization I head, Family Care International, maternal health has been at the core of our institutional mission since we planned the first Safe Motherhood conference in 1987. For much of the past decade, however, I have been closely involved with the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) and Countdown to 2015, two coalitions that are dedicated to promoting an integrated, comprehensive approach to the reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) continuum of care. Have our efforts to define and advance the continuum of care framework contributed to progress in improving maternal health? If so, how much? If not, what can be done about it?These questions were debated by a stellar panel I moderated, which included Wendy Graham, Professor of Obstetric Epidemiology at the University of Aberdeen; Marleen Temmerman, the new head of the Department of Reproductive Health and Research at WHO; Friday Okonofua, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Benin, Nigeria; and Richard Horton, Editor in Chief of The Lancet, as well as a fantastic and diverse audience. To start the discussion I shared the definition of the continuum of care that PMNCH has articulated, based in part on the World Health Report 2005: a constellation of services and interventions for mothers and children from pre-pregnancy/adolescence, through pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal/postpartum period, until children reach the age of five years. This continuum promotes the integration of services across two dimensions: across the lifespan, and across levels of the health system, from households to health facilities. Key packages of interventions within the continuum include sexuality education, family planning, antenatal care, delivery care, postnatal/postpartum care, and the prevention and management of newborn and childhood illnesses.It is, of course, impossible to conduct a randomized control trial on the impact of the RMNCH continuum of care on maternal health, so the discussion was based more on perceptions than on hard evidence. Nevertheless, there are a few data points to consider in debating the question. From an advocacy perspective, panelists generally agreed, the adoption of the continuum of care framework has helped the cause by appealing to multiple constituencies related to women’s and children’s health. Attribution is always a challenge; there are many other developments over the past 5-7 years that have also had an impact, such as the two Women Deliver conferences held in 2007 and 2010 (with the third one taking place in May of this year). But participants generally agreed that linking women’s and children’s health, and defining their needs as an integrated whole, has appealed to policy-makers and politicians on an intuitive and practical level, as demonstrated by the engagement of heads of state, celebrities, private corporations, and other influential figures.Let’s look at the money: during the period 2003-2010 overseas development assistance (ODA) has doubled for MNCH as a whole, according to Countdown to 2015 (Countdown’s analysis did not look at funding for reproductive health, but a new report later in 2013 will incorporate this important element). Maternal and newborn health, which are examined jointly in the analysis, have consistently accounted for one-third of total ODA, with two-thirds going to child health. Given the significant funding that GAVI has mobilized and allocated for immunization over this time period, the fact that maternal and newborn health has maintained its share of total MNCH ODA is noteworthy.And let’s look at how maternal health has fared within the UN Secretary General’s Every Woman Every Child initiative, launched in September 2010: a recent report summarizes each of the commitments made to Every Woman Every Child in the two years since it was launched. Of the 275 commitments included, 147, or 53%, had specific maternal health content. If we look at the commitments according to constituency group, developing country governments had by far the largest percentage of commitments that had specific maternal health content — 84% — compared to 39% for non-governmental organizations, 24% for donors, and 52% for multilateral agencies and coalitions. Clearly, maternal health has not been marginalized within the continuum from a broad policy, program and funding perspective, despite the fear some had expressed that it would be pushed aside in favor of child health interventions that are perceived as easier and less costly to implement.Another benefit of the continuum of care framework, as noted by Dr. Okonofua, has been increased collaboration among the communities that represent its different elements. While there were tensions and rivalries when PMNCH and Countdown were first established, especially between the maternal and child health communities, today groups working on advocacy, policy, program implementation, service delivery, and research within the continuum generally work together more frequently, cordially and effectively than they did before, especially at the global level. PMNCH and Countdown, as well as Every Woman Every Child, have brought together key players to define unified messages and strategies that have achieved widespread acceptance.That was the good news; but panelists and participants at the session also saw a number of problems with the continuum of care concept. The concern articulated by Richard Horton, and echoed by many of the session participants, was that the continuum views women and adolescents primarily as mothers or future mothers. This narrow view contributes to a range of gaps and challenges; it means crucial cultural, social and economic determinants of health and survival, including female education and empowerment, are not given adequate weight. Gender-based violence deserves much more attention, both for its own sake and for its impact on maternal, newborn and child health. Politically sensitive or controversial elements of the continuum, especially abortion but also, in some cases, family planning and services for adolescents, may be neglected in policy, programming, and resource allocation.The fragmentation inherent in the continuum of care also contributes to what Wendy Graham called the compartmentalization of women. As Countdown’s analysis of coverage has demonstrated, the continuum of care doesn’t guarantee continuity of care; coverage rates are much higher for interventions like antenatal care and child immunization than for delivery or postnatal/postpartum care. Women’s needs for a range of interventions and services, available in a single health facility on any day of the week, are not being met in many countries.Other concerns that emerged during the discussion were that the RMNCH continuum of care framework does not explicitly or adequately reflect the importance of quality of care, which in turn depends on a range of factors: skilled, compassionate health care workers, functional facilities, adequate supplies and equipment, and an effective health information system that tracks not just whether interventions are being provided, but also whether individual women and their families are receiving the care they need throughout their lives.Dr. Okonofua, in his comments, focused on how the continuum of care concept has been implemented, or hasn’t, in countries. The implications of the continuum of care for on-the-ground program implementation have not been fully articulated and communicated; more effort, he noted, needs to be invested in making the concept relevant and useful for policy-makers, program managers, and service providers.Despite these gaps, however, participants in the session – and the panelists themselves – agreed that the continuum of care is a valid and valuable concept, and that the inadequacies identified should be addressed. “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater,” said one member of the audience. The continuum of care, as a concept, has already evolved; initially, for example, it did not fully integrate reproductive health elements. As Marleen Temmerman commented, the continuum of care concept is a tool; what is important is what is done with it.As 2015 approaches, the global health community is struggling to articulate a health goal for the post-2015 development framework that will resonate widely and guide accelerated, strategic action to prevent avoidable deaths and improve health of people around the world. The RMNCH community — or communities — needs a framework that more fully reflects the realities and complexities of the lives of women and children, and that enables us to reach out to other health and non-health communities, including HIV/AIDS, NCDs, and women’s rights and empowerment, for a common cause. To do this, we need to revise the continuum of care framework to maximize its relevance and utility for countries, and to incorporate the following missing elements:Recognition of the importance of quality of careResponsiveness to the needs of girls and women throughout the life cycle, not just in relation to pregnancy and childbirthLinks to the cultural, social and economic determinants of women’s and children’s healthRichard Horton’s call for a manifesto to emerge from the GMHC included 10 key points; redefining the RMNCH continuum of care was one of them, inspired by the panel. The challenge has been issued; it is now up to us to meet that challenge.Share this:last_img read more

How to Train Providers Where Maternal Mortality is Highest

first_imgPosted on February 13, 2015October 28, 2016By: Atziri Ramírez Negrin, Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and ResearchClick 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 Mexico, maternal mortality continues to be a public health problem. Throughout the country, the burden of maternal mortality varies greatly between different locations. The three states with the highest maternal mortality ratio are Guerrero, Oaxaca, and Chiapas. The main causes of maternal mortality continue to be hypertensive pregnancy disorders and postpartum haemorrhage.Medical interns practice management of postpartum hemorrhageIn order to help meet the needs of these underserved and high-burdened states, newly graduated medical students are required to oversee a low-income community for an internship year after completing medical school. However, this means that the most inexperienced clinicians are caring for the most vulnerable with restricted access to other medical assistance.Based on these worrisome facts, the director of community service at the National University and I decided to organize a three-day course covering pre-eclampsia and postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) for the soon-to-be doctors of the most affected areas in Mexico. We hosted 160 students, which was a big challenge, but an encouraging one.The first day a very important question was posed to the medical students: “How many of you have seen a woman die from postpartum haemorrhage?” The answer was shocking: half of the medical students had witnessed a maternal death caused by PPH during their short practice.The students were trained using both e-learning modules and hands-on experience. The PPH and pre-eclampsia/eclampsia e-learning modules were created by the Oxford Maternal and Perinatal Health Institute and Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research (GFMER). The three hands-on PPH simulations were key to solidifying knowledge presented in the e-learning modules.At the first station, students practiced risk factor assessments and bleeding measurement. A series of clinical cases were posed where risk factors were reviewed. Also, students were handed gauzes and compresses soaked in red liquid to practice assessing what different quantities of blood looked like.At the second station, students learned how to build a low cost balloon for uterine tamponade with condoms and Foley catheters. They then practiced inserting the balloon in a pelvis model to treat simulated PPH.At the last station, participants were faced with a delivery patient model where they assisted a delivery, practiced shoulder dystocia maneuvers, implemented the active management of the third stage of labour and followed a PPH protocol, which included pharmacological strategies.Students were asked if they considered the training course interesting and useful and the answer was an overwhelming, yes! Ninety six percent considered it very useful and interesting. One of the most curious comments during the feedback was that although students considered the training adequate for their skill level, 50% thought it should have been given much earlier, since the skills were needed for many cases during medical school.Overall the course participants and staff had a great time. Hopefully this will become a routine course every year and perhaps available to all medical school students before they finish their career!Any comments or suggestions, please feel free to e-mail the author at:atziriok@yahoo.comShare this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Towards a Global Discourse on Vaginal Birth After Cesarean

first_imgPosted on December 13, 2017December 13, 2017By: Sarah Hodin, Project Coordinator II, 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)What do we know?One of the strongest predictors of a woman’s likelihood of having a cesarean delivery is whether she has had one with a previous pregnancy. Vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) has been a contentious area in medicine for decades. Studies have demonstrated an association between VBAC and ruptured uterus and neonatal morbidity. However, repeat cesarean delivery also carries increased risks of complications such as placenta accreta in future pregnancies.When done in an appropriate context with the necessary resources in place, VBAC can have high rates of success. Evidence suggest that the relative risks associated with VBAC and repeat elective cesarean delivery are comparable among low-risk women. In addition to clinical risk factors, there are several elements that can influence a woman’s decision to attempt a VBAC including providers’ beliefs and practices, hospital-level and national policies, limited resources, lack of information, health insurance reimbursement and concerns about malpractice litigation.Clinical guidelines related to VBAC decision-making and management are inconsistent across hospitals and countries, and most of the research on the safety of and indications for VBAC has been conducted in high-income countries (HICs).Expanding the conversationOver the past few decades, cesarean section rates have increased dramatically in virtually every part of the world—including in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). As global cesarean rates rise, more and more women will be faced with a dilemma: “Do I attempt a VBAC or choose a repeat cesarean?” Weighing the risks and benefits of these choices becomes even more complicated in health facilities that do not meet basic requirements for safe surgery.More evidence from diverse settings is needed to understand the complexity surrounding VBAC in the global context. Very few studies on this topic have been conducted in LMICs, and findings from HICs may not always apply to different populations and health systems. For example, in some cases, the process of assessing whether a women is a good candidate for VBAC might incorporate facility-level factors such as the availability of safe anesthesia, a sterile operating room and a properly trained surgeon. In HICs, these issues are often not considered relevant in conversations about VBAC.Obstetricians, midwives and other maternal health care providers around the globe must be trained and equipped to safely conduct cesarean deliveries when needed, carefully monitor attempted VBACs to prevent complications and help women to make informed decisions about which option is best for them and their babies.—Explore the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF)’s mini-series, “The Global Epidemic of Unnecessary Cesarean Sections” [Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3]Read the report from a technical meeting that the MHTF hosted with the Fistula Care Plus Project, “Cesarean Section Safety and Quality in Low Resource Settings.”Subscribe to receive new posts from the MHTF blog in your inbox.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more