Twinkle Twinkle Little India

first_imgAn analysis of the Earth’s nighttime illumination shows that the United States and India are brightening while Moldova and Ukraine are growing darker. The illumination is reflected in computer enhanced charts from the National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) in Boulder, Colo, of a composite of satellite images snapped in 2003. Related Itemslast_img

A to Z Guide To Natural Beauty

first_imgNo amount of makeup can make you look beautiful unless you have created an inner glow of radiant health. Feed your body internally with anti-oxidants found in fresh vegetables and fruits and externally by applying nutritious packs on the skin.AAcne This skin disease is caused by excessive secretion from the grease glands, which blocks openings in the skin, giving rise to pimples. Apply a paste of one teaspoon mint leaves with one teaspoon of sandalwood powder and a pinch of camphor to the face and wash after 20 minutes with plain water.BBody Odor If you suffer from foul smelling sweat, pay special attention to personal cleanliness. Bathe twice a day with a good antiseptic soap. If you sweat in your armpits, dust them with boric acid powder, mixed with equal quantity of good scented powder of your choice. A glass of coriander leaf juice mixed with lime juice helps reduce body odor as it is rich in chlorophyll, which has a powerful deodorizing effect and also removes toxins from the blood.C Chapped Skin The best remedy is to keep it well moisturized always. Before sleeping, wash and wipe face until almost dry, then spread some petroleum jelly over the skin. Apply petroleum jelly on the skin in the morning. Instead of soap, cleanse your skin with good cleansing milk during bath, followed by a lather of moisturizer.DDandruff This disorder of the scalp appears in the form of white flakes in your hair. A good conditioner for preventing dandruff in any season is plain yoghurt. Once weekly, massage yoghurt into your hair, let soak for half hour, then wash off with mild shampoo. For dry dandruff, massage a mix of one lime and one egg white on scalp, soak for half hour, then wash off with baby shampoo. For greasy, sticky dandruff, soak egg-lime mix for 1 hour, then wash with mild shampoo.EEyes Rest and exercise is very important for healthy, bright and sparkling eyes. Splash your eyes with tap water several times a day to remove impurities. To relax tired eyes, dip cotton wool pads in chilled ice water and place on your eyes for 10 minutes in dark room for an instant relaxed feeling.FFoul Breath The culprit here is tooth decay. Food particles caught in the cavities of broken teeth create bacteria, which gives rise to a foul smell. To reduce foul breath, wash and rinse your mouth thoroughly after every meal; gargle with warm water and salt solution both in the morning and night; clean tongue; avoid foods like onions, garlic and radishes. Peppermint tea, yoghurt and Vitamins B and C help cure bad breath.GGreasy Skin To reduce the greasiness of the skin, wash frequently with a good medicated soap and water. Avoid spicy, oily and junk foods. Consume fresh fruits and vegetables and fruit juices. Use chilled eau- de-cologne on the face as it acts as an astringent. Apply apple pack one to three times weekly. Grate an apple and mix a few drops of lime juice; apply to face for 20 minutes, then wash off.HHome Made cosmetics Effective cosmetics can be made at home from ingredients found in the kitchen. Egg Mask for wrinkles. Break egg and separate egg white. Beat yolk and apply over your face and neck. When mask turns a little stiff, beat egg white, mix few drops of glycerin and rose water and apply over top of egg yolk. Wait till completely dry. Remove with lukewarm water, then splash cold water. Repeat weekly for several weeks.Lettuce lotion for greasy skin. Extract the juice of a lettuce and mix with equal amount of lime juice. Apply to face and neck for half hour before bath.Carrot tonic for smooth skin. To 1/4 teaspoon of carrot juice add one teaspoon of honey. Apply on face and remove after 15 minutes. Repeat once weekly for silky smooth skin.Make your own oil. Grind dry coconut to paste. Cook over slow fire until oil settles at top and residue settles at bottom. Add essence of rose or lavender.IItching To combat itching, apply a paste of basil and neem leaves.JJaded skin To make jaded, tired looking skin sparkle, apply paste of 1 teaspoon each of ground oats , sandalwood powder, orange peel powder, honey and yoghurt for 20 minutes two times a week on skin . Wash with plain water and splash on rose water.KKnees For rough skinned knees, massage syrup of sea salt, teaspoon of lime juice and water massage on knees regularly.LLovely Lips Unlike the skin on the rest of your face, the skin on your lips is not equipped with oil glands and therefore can crack, peel or chap. For rosy pink lips, grind a red rose to a paste, mix in milk cream and apply on lips. For peeled and cracked lips, mix pure ghee with a pinch of common salt and apply on lips at night.MMane care Here’s the lowdown for healthy, thick and shining hair. Trim hair every three months, otherwise the split-ends will make your hair brittle, leading to breakage. Wash with mild shampoo regularly. Massage your hair at least once a week to encourage hair growth with four tablespoons honey, two tablespoon olive oil and two teaspoons lime juice. Let sit for half hour and wash with mild shampoo for healthy hair with shine and vitality.NNails Once a week keep your nails free of polish to allow them to breathe natural air. Wear gloves when using detergents, as chemicals in detergents can give rise to nail deformities.OOpen pores A good remedy for open pores is to rub half teaspoon of lime juice mixed with ¼ teaspoon of orange juice and milk on the skin.PPleasant Voice Take a teaspoon of honey with a teaspoon of tulsi juice. For sudden hoarseness hum for a while, which warms up the muscles and lubricates the voice.QQuick Beauty Fixes If you discover a pimple on your face before heading to a party, apply your saliva on it. In a few hours the boil will burst, squeeze out the pus and clean the pimple with an antiseptic. Apply powder on it and then cover with a dot of black eyeliner.For unruly hair, wash hair with flat beer, tie it up in a pony tail or a French knot. Here is how to perform a temporary repair job on a cracked nail. First fill the crack with a base coat. When it dries, moisten a tiny piece of tissue with the base coat, place on the crack and apply another layer of base coat.RRashes Most commonly seen on elbows, face, knees and wrists, rashes start by inflaming the skin, followed by intense itching and burning. The main culprits behind rashes are allergies from cosmetics or food. 400 units of Vitamin E taken daily works wonders on rashes. Six tablets of Brewers yeast consumed daily cures itching and swelling and turns the skin smooth and beautiful. Sandalwood lotion applied on the skin once or twice a day also offers relief from rashes.SSkin care For glossy, radiant and beautiful skin you need a daily skin care routine. Apply a lotion of one tablespoon milk or coconut milk, a pinch of turmeric powder and a drop of almond oil on the face and neck in circular upwards movements using your fingertips and wipe off with damp cotton. Immediately after cleansing the face, apply chilled rose water, whose evaporating and cooling action causes the pores to shrink temporarily, serving as a skin toner.TTeeth For healthy teeth, floss regularly. Brush at least twice a day, once after getting up from sleep and before going to sleep at night. Eat foods rich in calcium, phosphorus, and Vitamins C and D. For bright white teeth, brush with 1 teaspoon salt mixed with a little soda bicarbonate and lime juice. Strawberries are also excellent teeth whiteners and cleansers. Just rub a sliced strawberry on your teeth daily.UUnder eye dark circles The dark circles under the eyes are caused by blood vessels under the skin. Apply grated potato, mixed with lime juice and powdered milk, on the darkened areas for 20 minutes every day and wash off.VVitamins and Beauty Vitamins aid the body to be healthy, attractive, slim and trim. Vitamin A is useful for maintaining a clear, bright and youthful complexion. Good sources of this vitamin are carrots, bananas, papayas, apples, mustard greens and leafy vegetables. Vitamin B2 not only prevents pigmentation of the skin and wrinkles, but also prevents early graying of the hair. It can be found in yeast, yoghurt, buttermilk, etc. Vitamin C is believed to make the skin appear vigorous and fresh and also mends skin tissues. Natural sources of this vitamin are Indian goose berries, tomatoes and oranges.WWrinkles Dry skin around the eyes, the mouth and the neck gives rise to wrinkles. To remove wrinkles, every alternate day apply a paste of one tablespoon of mashed papaya, 1 teaspoon each of milk cream, honey and milk powder to the face and wash off after 20 minutes. Protein deficiency also leads to the wrinkling of the skin. Good sources of proteins are mutton, chicken, eggs, beans, lentils, soya beans and especially yoghurt. Two times a week also apply a banana pack. Mash a ripe banana into a paste, mix with heavy cream and apply on face. Remove after 20 minutes to reduce dryness and fine lines.XXercise The best way to maintain your health and stay fit is to exercise regularly, which improves circulation, tones the muscles and improves lung functions. Stretching keeps the body firm and makes you look graceful too. Before you get up from the bed in the morning gently stretch from one side to the other. After you get out of bed stand up with your feet flat on the ground and reach for the ceiling by stretching as much as possible. Stretch from one side and try to feel the pull from touching your finger tips to your feet, and then stretch the other side.Cycling exercises all the muscles of the body and at the same time increases blood circulation in the body. Skipping exercises the whole body and improves breathing posture and also helps relieve tension. Swimming helps reduce blood pressure and relaxes and strengthens the whole body.YYoga Yoga exercises not only help control a restless, turbulent and obstinate mind, but also makes the skin soft and smooth, purifies the body and enhances the immune system, so make it a point to do yoga daily.ZZest For a radiant glow to the skin, apply the zest of citrus fruits, such as oranges and lemons, mixed with sandalwood powder, yoghurt, olive oil and egg yolk, to the face for 20 minutes and wash off with water.   Related Itemslast_img read more

Diwali Without the Fireworks in Delhi?

first_imgImagine Christmas without Christmas trees — that’s how some in India are describing a Supreme Court order banning the sale of fireworks in New Delhi, ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights.The ruling is an effort to prevent a repeat of last year’s post-Diwali toxic smog in the Indian capital, which plunged the city into an air pollution emergency, forcing authorities to temporarily shut down construction sites, a power plant and close schools for three days.According to The Hindu, a panel of Supreme Court judges said, “Let’s try out at least one Diwali without firecrackers.”The test-run this year, if successful, could result in restricted Diwali fireworks around the country in the future. To many, that signals a radical change in how Diwali has been celebrated for years and threatens the country’s Hindu traditions.During Diwali, fireworks light up Indian skies, as families stock up on the latest combustive craze – from fiery spinning wheels to colorful rocket showers. In many parts of India, the festivities celebrate the homecoming of the Hindu god Ram after defeating a ten-headed demon king, symbolic of the triumph of good over evil.The celebrations bring communities together, but can cause huge environmental damage. Think America’s Fourth of July — but lasting for days.Some said the Supreme Court’s ruling was unfair to India’s Hindu majority and went way to far. “Banning crackers on Diwali is like banning Christmas trees on Christmas and goats on Bakr-Eid. Regulate. Don’t ban. Respect traditions,” Chetan Bhagat wrote on Twitter.In 2016, post-Diwali pollution levels were so high that many air quality instruments could not even measure them. PM 2.5 particles, which are harmful to human health, spiked to over 16 times their safe limit. Air quality declines rapidly around Diwali time partly as well because farmers in surrounding regions burn crop stubble illegally.Fireworks sales were already curbed after Diwali last year. Those who have bought fireworks already can still set them off, the court said.Still, some welcomed a the idea of a “Green Diwali,” arguing that festivities could continue without fireworks. “Ban on firecrackers may just be the best thing to happen to Diwali. Let us reinvent Diwali with lights without sound and smoke,” Shivam Vij wrote on Twitter.© Washington Post Related ItemsDiwaliSupreme Courtlast_img read more

Badminton Player PV Sindhu Among Top 10 Highest-Paid Female Athletes on Forbes’ List

first_imgIndian badminton player PV Sindhu has been ranked the seventh highest-earning woman sportsperson in the world by Forbes. The Olympic silver medalist, with annual earnings of $8.5 million (Rs 59.58 crore) during 2017-18, is the only Indian on the list of “Highest-Paid Female Athletes 2018.” The Indian shuttler and American racer Danica Patrick are the only non-tennis players to figure among the Top 10 players on the list. American tennis player Serena Williams takes the first spot, with earnings worth $18.1 million, despite a 14-month maternity break from the game. Williams endorses Nike, Intel, Audemars Piguet, JPMorgan Chase, Lincoln, Gatorade and Beats, besides owning the fashion label named Serena.  Tennis players Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark and Sloane Stephens of the United States took the second and third places, with total earnings of $13 million and $11.2 million, respectively. The Hyderabad-based Indian player earned around 90 percent of her earnings off the court. She made $0.5 million from her prize money while $8 million came from endorsement of popular brands. Sindhu, 23, is also the brand ambassador for the Central Reserve Police Force in the country. “The Indian badminton player burst on the scene with a silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics. She was the first Indian female athlete to win a silver,” the publication said about Sindhu. “The 23-year-old has a robust sponsor roster with Bridgestone, Gatorade, Nokia, Panasonic, Reckitt Benckiser and a half-dozen other brands.” After winning the silver at the Rio Olympics in 2016, Sindhu received cash awards worth over Rs 13 crore ($18.5 million) by different state governments and government institutions. She was also awarded with land by the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana governments, and received a BMW car from the Hyderabad Badminton Association as a gift, which was presented to her by cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar.  Sindhu is followed on the list by tennis star Simona Halep, who is the current  World No. 1 on the WTA circuit. Halep earned $7.7 million between June 2017 and June 2018. Indian cricket player Virat Kohli was the only Indian athlete to be placed in the Forbes’ list of the world’s 100 highest earning sportspersons in June this year. He was ranked 83rd with his $24 million earning, sourced from salary, winnings and endorsements.  Related Itemsbadmintonforbeslast_img read more

Jagmeet Singh Wins Fans With Response to Racist Heckler in Canada

first_imgCanadian Sikh politician Jagmeet Singh’s calm and measured response to a belligerent woman has gone viral on social media. Singh, the New Democratic Party politician, was subjected to a racist rant by a woman during a campaign event in Brampton, Ontario last week. After the heckling, Jagmeet responded in a cool manner, which has received wide appreciation online.Jagmeet Singh, With love and Courage“We welcome you. We love you. We support you, we believe in your rights,” Singh said to the woman, CBC reported.His supporters then continuously chanted “Love and Courage”, the slogan of the campaign, as the woman repeatedly shouted at Singh and made Islamophobic comments.During the ‘JagMeet and Greet’ event, a white woman who identified herself as Jennifer aggressively invaded Singh’s space, as he was getting ready to address his supporters.“We know you’re in bed with Sharia. We know you’re in bed with the Muslim Brotherhood,” said the woman loudly.Sharia is a set of laws in Islam, and it has nothing to do with Jagmeet, as he is a Sikh believer. The 38-year-old politician always sports a long beard and wears a turban, and this might have misled the lady regarding his religious belief.Even though the woman was aggressive in her gestures and words, Singh calmly responded to the crowd, saying, “We believe in love and courage… We don’t want to be intimidated by hate, we don’t want hatred to ruin a positive event.”After four minutes of heckling, the woman finally stopped.“You know growing up as a brown-skin, turbaned, bearded man that I’ve faced things like this before. There’s going to be other obstacles that we’re going to face and we’re going to face them with love and courage,” Singh said during his speech.He later uploaded a post on Facebook as a response to the incident. “Despite this person’s anger and hate, I told them that we loved them, respected them and would protect their rights,” he said. “It is important that we stand united against all forms of hate,” Singh added.“It takes love to understand that we’re all in this together. It takes courage to come together, demand better and dream bigger, so that we can build a world where no one is left behind,” he concluded, and signed off with his slogan, ”With love and Courage”.With #LoveAndCourage pic.twitter.com/eRbuvOWNJX— Jagmeet Singh (@theJagmeetSingh) September 10, 2017Jagmeet Singh: All You Need to KnowSingh is the first turban-wearing Sikh to sit as a provincial legislator in Ontario. He was born in 1976 to Indian parents who hail from Punjab. Singh spent his childhood at St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Windsor, Ontario. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School.Before entering politics, Singh worked as a trial lawyer, and even offered free legal rights seminars across Ontario. He also provided pro bono legal counsel for people and organizations in need. Related ItemsJagmeet SinghJagmeet Singh CanadaJagmeet Singh Canadian politicianJagmeet Singh heckling videoJagmeet Singh NDPJagmeet Singh New Democratic PartyJagmeet Singh Sikh politicianLittle Indialast_img read more

Panjab University May Make SAT, GRE and GMAT Score Mandatory for NRI Students’ Admissions

first_imgThe Panjab University (PU) is considering making SAT, GRE and GMAT score mandatory for the admission of Non-Resident Indian students in the 2018-19 academic year in its new guidelines.According to the proposal, NRI students, in order to take admissions in PU in the NRI category, will have to take tests like the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT), Graduate Record Examinations, and Graduate Management Admission Test.The committee is yet to take the final decision and once decided the senate would finally deliberate on the matter and give the final nod, Meenakshi Malhotra, dean, university instructions (DUI), said, the Times of India reported.“More than 500 international students have been pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Panjab University and its local affiliated colleges. Seats are available for Non-Resident Indian (NRI) candidates. Foreign Nationals sponsored by Government of India can seek admission if they are otherwise eligible,” said a statement from PU.In its 2017-18 admission guidelines, Deepti Gupta, the dean of international students, said that 10 per cent seats over and above the total number of regular seats in each course are reserved for foreign nationals or NRI candidates.According to the guidelines for NRI and foreign students last year, the applicants would have to comply with any other requirements prescribed by the government of India and Panjab University from time to time.In its last meeting on Dec.16, 2017, the senate gave its approval post facto for the guidelines for NRI students who wanted admissions in UG and PG courses for the academic year of 2017-18, similar to the 2016-17 guidelines. It was decided that a set of new guidelines would be made for the upcoming academic year.With regard to the Ph.D. program, the guidelines stipulated that the International students who are not present in India at the time of the Panjab University Ph.D. CET will need to achieve at least band 5 in IELTS Academic or 60 in TOEFL or 150-154 in GRE or 600 in GMAT.In 2017-18 academic year, only 17 NRI students took admission in the university, while 41 NRI students took admission in 2016-17, according to official records.The 2017-18 guidelines also said that foreign nationals and NRI candidates will have to provide the academic certificate of passing the qualifying or equivalent examination as prescribed for each course to which admission is sought.The Panjab University has been ranked 363 in the Thomson Reuters-powered Best Global Universities Rankings 2016 by US News and Global Report. It was ranked in the bracket 501- 600 internationally in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings during 2015-2016. Related ItemsPunjablast_img read more

‘Dramatic Increase’ in Number of H-1B Visas Being Held Up: Employers Group Claims

first_imgThere has been a significant increase in the number of H1B visas being held up, an alliance of American employers representing Amazon, Google, Intel, Deloitte, and other major companies told in a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.The coalition named “Compete America” points out that the increase in the number of H-1B visas being held up by the country’s immigration organization has been significant and also alleged USCIS of “acting outside of its own regulations.”The letter, which was addressed to Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of U.S. Department of Homeland Security, L. Francis, Cissna Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, George Fishman Deputy General Counsel of U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Craig Symons, Chief Counsel of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, urges the council members to “reevaluate the Trump administration’s unprecedented use of sub-regulatory actions to change policy governing the high-skilled immigration system.”The letter says that the coalition has observed several inconsistencies which may occur with the new regulations of H-1B visas, issued by the USCIS.The H-1B is one of the most sought visas which lets U.S. companies to hire highly skilled foreign workers to work for the company. Indians are one of the highest applicants of H-1B visa, an earlier report said.The letter, talking about the trouble that H-1B visa holders faced while going through a number of H-1B visa rule variations, stated, “We have observed three changes in H-1B adjudication practices under the current administration that seem to permeate most of the increased H-1B adjudication inconsistencies experienced by employers. Individuals who are in long green card backlogs and have held valid H-1B status for a decade or longer now subject to ambiguity and, consequently, possible denials, necessitating they depart the country and abandon their quest for lawful permanent resident status.”Further the letter points out that under the new regulations, “An employer requesting an extension of H-1B status for a foreign-born engineer that has held H-1B status with that employer in the same position for five years might receive a denial without the benefit of an RFE because the agency no longer has to provide deference to its prior decisions or afford the petitioner an opportunity to provide evidence if the adjudicator believes that the agency’s current view on H-1B specialty occupation disqualifies the beneficiary.”On the other hand, White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Coordination Chris Liddell said that the president wants to refurbish old H-1B policies to attract more highly skilled foreign workers, Washington Post reported. Related Itemslast_img read more

Shoulder replacement- discharge

first_imgAlternate NamesTotal shoulder arthroplasty – discharge; Endoprosthetic shoulder replacement – discharge; Partial shoulder replacement – discharge; Partial shoulder arthroplasty – discharge; Replacement – shoulder – discharge; Arthroplasty – shoulder – dischargeWhen You Were in the HospitalYou had shoulder replacement surgery to replace the bones of your shoulder joint with artificial joint parts. The parts include a stem made of metal and a metal ball that fits on the top of the stem. A plastic piece is used as the new surface of the shoulder blade.You received pain medicine. You also learned how to manage swelling around your new joint.What to Expect at HomeYour shoulder area may feel warm and tender for 2-4 weeks. The swelling should go down during this time.You will need help with daily tasks such as driving, shopping, bathing,making meals, and housework for up to 6 weeks.Activity You will need to weara sling for the first 6 weeks after surgery. Rest your shoulderon a rolled up towel or small pillow when lying down.Your doctor or physical therapist may teach you pendulum exercises to do at home for 4-6 weeks. You will also learn safe ways to move and use your shoulder.Ask your doctor about which sports and other activities are okay for you after you recover. You may not be able to drive for at least 4 weeks. Your doctor or physical therapist will tell you when it is okay.Consider making some changes around your home so it is easier for you to take care of yourself.advertisementPainYour doctor will give you a prescription for pain medicines. Get it filled when you go home so you have it when you need it. Take your pain medicine when you start having pain. Waiting too long to take it will allow your pain to get worse than it should.Narcotic pain medicine (codeine, hydrocodone, and oxycodone) can make you constipated. If you are taking them, drink plenty of fluids, and eat fruits and vegetables and other high-fiber foods to help keep your stools loose. Do not drink alcohol or drive if you are taking these pain medicines.Taking ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or other anti-inflammatory drugs with your prescription pain drugs may also help. Ask your doctor about using them. Your doctor may also give you aspirin to prevent blood clots. Stop taking anti-inflammatory medicines if you take aspirin.Wound Care Sutures (stitches) or staples will be removed about 1-2 weeks after surgery.Keep the dressing (bandage) over your wound clean and dry. You may change the dressing every day if you like.Do not shower until after your follow-up appointment with your doctor. Your doctor will tell you when you can begin taking showers. When you do, let the water run over the incision. Do NOT scrub.Do not soak your wound in the bath tub or a hot tub for at least the first 3 weeks.When to Call the DoctorCall your doctor or nurse if you have:Bleeding that soaks through your dressing and does not stop when you place pressure over the areaPain that does not go away when you take your pain medicineSwelling in your armRedness, pain, swelling, or a yellowish discharge from the woundTemperature higher than 101 FAlso call the doctor if:Your hand or fingers are darker in color or feel cool to the touch.Your new shoulder joint does not feel secure. It feels like it is moving around.ReferencesGlenohumeral arthritis and its management. In: Rockwood CA Jr, Matsen FA III, Wirth MA, Lippitt SB, Clinton J, eds. The Shoulder. 4th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:chap 22.Throckmorton TW. Shoulder and elbow arthroplasty.In: Canale ST, Beatty JH, eds. Campbells Operative Orthopaedics. 12th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 20012:chap 12.Review Date:11/15/2012Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img read more

Onus on spinners as India look to establish domination over England

first_imgIndia will look to apply themselves better when the hosts will take on a confident England in the second Test match at the ACA-VDCA cricket stadium tomorrow.India who looked nearly invincible on the home pitches with the ingenuity of spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, accuracy of Ravindra Jadeja and experience of leg-spinner Amit Mishra, were cornered and were forced to play for the draw in the opening Test.India’s batting line-up failed to rise to the challenge when they needed 310 at a run-rate of just over five on a fifth-day track. (Also read: Virat Kohli an absolute street-fighter: Nasser Hussain to India Today)While Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara came up with a century each in the first innings, Gautam Gambhir and Ajinkya Rahane failed to respond.But the Virat Kohli-led side can take good things from this as, despite losing early wickets, he along with lower-order batsmen Ashwin, stumper Wriddhiman Saha and Jadeja took India out of the woods and managed a draw.KL RAHUL RETURNSThe latest addition of in-form opener Lokesh Rahul, who was sidelined from the first Test squad due to an injury, will also give a big boost to the team confidence as Gambhir, who replaced an injured Shikhar Dhawan in the New Zealand series, failed to gave the hosts the start they wanted in both the innings against England.Commenting on the choice of openers, captain Kohli hinted that Rahul might play in place of Gambhir. “We are pretty clear in our mind that KL (Lokesh Rahul) is our number one choice along with Murali Vijay. and when he is fit at any stage he will come back in the team and we will start with him,” Kohli said at the pre-match media conference.advertisement”We are waiting for him to get fit as soon as possible and in the meantime Gautam got the chances and he played really well in the different situations and that’s how team combinations go.””I cannot give any pointers about what we are going to do, all possibilities… You might see a few surprises in the team.”The bowling department, which has been firmly put in its place by Kohli against New Zealand, also looked a bit lost against England as it failed to put the pressure on the English opening duo of Alastair Cook and Haseeb Hameed. (Also read: No one expected England to perform so well in Rajkot: Ian Botham to India Today)SHAMI’S FITNESS A CONCERN Mohammad Shami’s fitness once again came into the limelight after he suffered a hamstring cramp in the first innings and as a result England posted a mammoth 537.Along with Shami, who bowled in the second innings, Umesh Yadav, Mishra and Ashwin have to bowl the disciplined line and take wickets in order to come back strongly in the next match.Hence, after a nervous draw at the sporting wicket in Rajkot, the hosts will now be hoping to keep things simple and repeat what they have been doing over the last two home series.On the other hand, England, who came to India after the lacklustre performance against minnows Bangladesh, somehow managed to put things together against Anil Kumble-coached side.IMPRESSIVE HAMEED Promising opener Hameed as well as Joe Root along with skipper Cook and Moeen Ali have impressed the critics who had predicted them to be tormented by the Indian spin attack.In terms of batting, England seemed much more stable than the hosts as their four players — Cook, Joe Root, Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes — slammed centuries as compared to India’s two.The bowling department, which created problems for Indian batsmen throughout the match also filled the team with confidence after the inclusion of star pacer James Anderson. He had missed the first Test due to injury.Going into the match, the visitors hold psychological advantage against the hosts but they have few loopholes to work on to take a crucial lead in the five-Test series.Squads:India: Virat Kohli (captain), Ravichandran Ashwin, Gautam Gambhir, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Karun Nair, Hardik Pandya, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Lokesh Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ishant Sharma, Murali Vijay, Jayant Yadav, Umesh YadavEngland: Alastair Cook (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Zafar Ansari, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jake Ball, Gary Balance, Gareth Batty, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Duckett, Steven Finn, Haseeb Hameed, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.last_img read more

Reader question: What’s a good framework for a fundraising plan?

first_imgToday, I’m answering another reader question. Beth asks:Can you provide a basic (simple) framework to create a fundraising plan (or resources to do so) – for a brand new nonprofit and their completely new to fundraising staff? Thanks!Here’s what Network for Good recommends in our Fundraising Campaign in a Box. (You can get the whole free kit here. It has worksheets, templates, etc.)1. Figure out what you’re trying to accomplish.Any campaign worth its salt is about getting results. What results are you and your organization looking to achieve? When you’re planning your outreach, remember these three tips:There is no such thing as “the general public”…Instead, you need to segment your communications to be effective and targeted.Some audiences are more important than others. Think about your goals and who holds the key to your success. Lack of participation from primary groups can cause your campaign to falter or fail.2. Determine how you’re going to accomplish your goals (tell a great story).So – you have groups of people and actions you want them to take. How are you going to tell your story in a compelling manner? What themes, messages and ideas are you going to take from your arsenal of content to encourage action? Need inspiration? Read How to Tap into the Heart and Soul of Your Organization When You Write.3. Determine which communications channels you’ll use.There are a variety of online and offline channels that you can use to send the right message to the right audiences. Examples of online channels include your website, search marketing, email marketing and social networking. Offline channels include things like direct mail, paid advertising and public relations.4. Decide which resources you need to get the job done.Ensure that you have all of your tools and resources in place to make your job-and the jobs of your audience(s)-as easy, effective and cost-effective as possible.Is email an important part of your plan, but you’re still communicating with supporters via Outlook? (eek! Stop what you’re doing and read 5 Steps to Choosing the Ideal Email Service Provider)Is your website well-branded and easy to use, with a clear way to donate?Is your website set up to take safe, secure online donations? (I of course recommend Network for Good!)5. Determine who will execute your campaign steps.Accountability will make or break the success of a campaign. As much fun as it is to pass the buck, now is as good a time as any to decide which members of your organization, board or volunteers are responsible for the different portions of your campaign.6. Lay out how you will measure your success.In the case of holiday fundraising, this could be as simple as a dollar sign with a number after it. But take a moment to consider what other goals you may have. Wow your organization’s Board and leadership with conversation rates, list-building, website traffic and any other number results into which they can sink their teeth.7. Set your timeline and benchmarks.One of the defining features of a campaign is that it has a defined start and end. Now that you have planned out the ‘who, what and why’ questions of your campaigns, it’s time to determine the when. Continue to build your campaign plan by setting ownership and deadlines for the associated activities. Begin with the end in mind – if your campaign will run from 11/1 – 12/31, work backwards to be sure that all activities will happen in a smooth manner. Don’t use magical thinking to set deadlines! Run activities in parallel if you are worried about compression time-wise.Good luck!last_img read more

Fundraising for a Cause? Look into Peer Fundraising

first_imgFundraising for a Cause? Look into Peer FundraisingPeer fundraising, also called peer to peer fundraising, has become a popular way to raise money, but it is also exceptionally useful for spreading the word about your cause. In addition to meeting your nonprofit fundraising goals, you also gain new supporters.How Peer Fundraising WorksYour existing supporters become your first line of outreach in a peer fundraising campaign. As with any fundraiser, you begin with your plan. Then, instead of just sending out your appeal, you also send out a request to forward your information, share on social media, etc. to your supporters’ own personal networks. With minimal effort, you are able to turn your supporters into advocates for your cause and have them help raise the money your organization needs.Keep It SimpleBecause you are so passionate about your cause, your organization, and fundraising, it can be tempting to provide your supporters with too much information. Your supporters can get easily overwhelmed if they feel like they are being asked to do anything that’s too involved. Therefore, ensure your peer fundraising materials are more simplified than what you might present otherwise.You still need to make a strong case, and nothing does that better than engaging stories. Make it clear with your heading that it is a story, and use a layout that indicates a quick read, as opposed to an academic presentation of the “facts,” so that people will be drawn in and not be afraid they don’t have the time to read it now.Peer Fundraising Is an Online EndeavorInclude links to your donation page wherever it’s appropriate. If your organization gains a supporter, but she can’t figure out how to contribute, then the effort was wasted. Your supporters know that they are asking for money and their friends recognize the technique by now.Taking advantage of peer fundraising has enabled even very small nonprofit fundraising efforts to reach huge numbers of people. Don’t be afraid to get your feet wet in this new, and fun, approach!Network for Good has a blog with more free information on how to be successful at nonprofit fundraising. We also have specialists available to discuss how we can help you get the most out of your peer fundraising efforts. Call us today at 1-855-229-1694 to learn more!last_img read more

Fear Factor: Help Your Board Conquer Fundraising Phobias

first_img“Fundraising is the F-word to many board members.” —Gail Perry, Fired Up Fundraising It’s all too common for board members to avoid fundraising for your nonprofit because it can cause a lot of anxiety—even downright fear. We asked Rachel Muir, vice president of training at Pursuant and founder of Girlstart, to share how you can reframe some common fundraising fears to help your board members feel confident every time they make an ask. Fear: If a donor gives to our organization, it might hurt them in some way. Truth: The world is full of generous people who want to give. The wrong approach to fundraising is feeling like you’re taking something away from someone. Encourage your board members to believe in abundance. We don’t have to look any farther than the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which raised $220 million. Before the challenge, that $220 million was sitting in people’s pockets and bank accounts, but that challenge inspired people to give. Fear: I’ll be rejected and fail. Truth: Ninety-five percent of the ask is what leads up to it. Think about a marriage proposal. You pretty much know the answer before the words are spoken out loud. It’s not how the question is asked; it’s all the work you did beforehand to build the relationship. That’s what gets you to yes, and it’s the same in fundraising. It’s what happens before the solicitation that brings a person to give. Getting a meeting with a donor, for example, is a very positive indicator. People won’t agree to a meeting unless they’re highly likely to make a gift. Ideally, you’ve been cultivating this person appropriately. It’s important for your board to remember that. The ask feels like the hardest or scariest part, but the real ask is all the work that happened before your board member invites the donor to contribute. Fear: I don’t want to put someone on the spot. Truth: Giving is a joyous experience that feels good to the donor. This fact is so important to remind your board. According to a recent donor engagement study from ABILA, donors feel the most engaged and connected to your cause when they’re making a gift. As donors, we tend think about how the person on the receiving end will feel. We’re excited about the organization opening the mail and finding our check. If we’re giving online, we’re excited about the nonprofit receiving the email announcing our donation. It just feels good to give. Ultimately, it comes down to reminding board members that they’re simply sharing their passion for your cause. They’re offering people an opportunity to make a real impact in the world. There is much to be given, and there is much to be had. Want more great advice from Rachel Muir to help your board members become fundraising superstars? Download the complete Nonprofit 911 webinar, “10 Tips to Get Your Board Fundraising in One Hour,” right now!last_img read more

PLOS Collection Explores Measurement Challenges in Expanding Coverage of MNCH Interventions

first_imgPosted on May 8, 2013March 8, 2017By: Sarah Blake, MHTF consultantClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)As we noted last week, PLOS Medicine launched a new collection on May 7, Measuring Coverage in Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.The collection compiles evidence related to tools and indicators for collecting high quality evidence to expand coverage and improving the quality of care for key health interventions.About the collection:Measuring Coverage in Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health, a PLOS Collection, presents innovative assessments of the validity of measuring population coverage for interventions in this field. Coverage indicators are widely used to assess whether interventions are reaching women and children in low- and middle-income countries, particularly through population-based household surveys. This collection of original research articles and reviews shows that while some indicators can be measured accurately, others may not provide valid results and therefore need further investigation and development.Highlights of the “Measuring Coverage” collection include two articles that address approaches for strengthening quality of maternal health services: “Validating Women’s Self-Report of Emergency Cesarean Sections in Ghana and the Dominican Republic,” and Testing the Validity of Women’s Self-Report of Key Maternal and Newborn Health Interventions during the Peripartum Period in Mozambique.”The collection also includes reviews key determining and interpreting inequalities in coverage and discussing  new findings, strategies and recommendations for action.For more, watch video of the May 7 launch event at the National Press Club, or visit Impatient Optimists to read a blog post by Miriam Claeson and Wendy Prosser of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

New MHTF Topics Page: Post-2015: What’s Next for Maternal Health?

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 23, 2014August 10, 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)The MHTF is pleased to announce the launch of our latest topic page: “Post-2014: What’s next for maternal health?” Along with our ongoing guest blog series on the proposed maternal health goal for the post-2015 development agenda, the topics page will compile key findings and debates on the position of maternal health in ongoing global and national discussions of health and development goals and challenges. The page includes resources on progress and lessons learned under the MDG framework, as well as on the position of maternal health in the ongoing process for developing the next global development framework. As with all of our topics pages, the post-2015 topics page will serve as a hub, featuring the latest in research, news and debates. To recommend a resource, please contact us.  If you would like to submit a blog post for our ongoing guest blog series on proposed maternal health targets, please email Andrea Goetschius: goetschi@hsph.harvard.eduShare this:last_img read more

Digital Fundraising and the Modern Donor

first_imgThe modern fundraising landscape has gone digital and there’s no going back. If you want to stay relevant, you need to keep up. Technology has changed the face of our daily interactions and engagement. Social media and text messaging offer instant connection. Smartphones allow you to make calls, check email, play music, download apps, and more. Fitbits track our health and fitness patterns. All of this leads to greater personalization; experiences tailored to the individual. Netflix sends “Top Suggestion” emails based on viewing history. Amazon recommends items based on recent searches. Donors are looking for similarly unique experiences from the nonprofits they support. Whether you’re new to digital fundraising or a seasoned pro, embracing the digital revolution will add value to your donor relationships and boost engagement levels. But, how to create accessibility and transparency in the digital age? The answer’s at your fingertips. Use digital tools—your website, social media, email blasts, online advertising—to engage donors. To learn more, download Fundraising in the Digital Age. Keep reading for a sneak peek into the guide.What Modern Donors WantThe modern donor wants more access to your organization. Share frequent updates about your work and the impact of their gifts. Donors are much more likely to make a second gift if they receive a personalized communication detailing the influence of their support.Digital fundraising is also a great opportunity for your nonprofit to be discovered online. Harness the power of search engine optimization (SEO) to improve your positioning in search engine results. This will allow your website to increase awareness of your mission and attract new donors.Creating a donor-centric experience puts donors at the heart of everything you do and say. Use this approach online as well as in person. Solicit your donor’s opinion, create new ways for them to connect with you, and watch their loyalty grow.Gone are the days of passive donors who write a check and disappear. Today’s donors want to be actively included in your work. Thanks to your digital toolkit and technology such as Network for Good’s donor management system, there’s no reason not to give them the experience they crave. Read more on The Nonprofit Bloglast_img read more

Love Letter to Nonprofits

first_imgI love nonprofits. I must. Why else would I voluntarily spend most of my career working 12-14 hour days for less money than the for-profit sector pays? And vacations or retirement? Those are for other people. Because working for a nonprofit isn’t a traditional job. It’s a vocation. A calling. A personal mission.Nonprofits uplift communities, aid and protect us in hard times, create social change, and inspire action. Whether stemming from religious beliefs, cultural traditions, justice, or simple human decency, nonprofits are what make our world a better place.“The Third Sector”Since America’s earliest days, charitable organizations have been the bridge between what the government can provide and what people need. From churches and schools to libraries and community centers, nonprofits have always brought people together. Working alongside the public and private sectors, philanthropic organizations—”the third sector”—create the backbone of America.As early as 1894, the U.S. government was making tax exemptions for certain organizations. Then came prohibition on private inurement, which ensured that no individual associated with tax-exempt organizations financially benefitted from its existence. To help fund America’s participation in WWI and encourage individual philanthropy, The Revenue Act of 1917 allowed individuals to deduct charitable giving. Corporations eventually followed suit in 1935. In the early 20th century, prominent Americans such as Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and John Ford sought ways to use their wealth for good and created foundations that still stand today.How Nonprofits Shaped AmericaFrom the Native American tradition of giving as a sign of honor to early settlers seeking refuge from persecution to Cotton Mather’s Essays to Do Good and abolitionists who took great risks to help others, we have a long tradition of philanthropy in this country. It has evolved over the decades, but it is uniquely American.1940sDuring World War II, Americans rationed supplies to support the war effort and soldiers. The YMCA, Salvation Army, National Jewish Welfare Board, and several other organizations united under Franklin D. Roosevelt to create the USO. Following the war, Americans sent supplies to Europeans in need and the U.S. government launched the Marshall Plan to help rebuild Europe.1960s and 1970sActivism of the 1960s and 1970s reverberates today in the Me Too and Black Lives Matter movements. From the March on Washington to Title IX, the Civil Rights Movement and Women’s Rights Movement were a tectonic shift in society that inspired individuals and foundations to contribute time, money, and passion—and set the bar for modern activism and philanthropy.TodayWith the advent of the internet as well as online and mobile giving, we have seen an unprecedented increase in American involvement in global philanthropic relief following natural disasters such as the Indian Ocean tsunami, Japanese tsunami, and Haitian earthquake. Support and connectivity were cemented closer to home following the devastation of September 11, Hurricane Katrina, and Hurricane Maria. In 2012, that connectivity earned a Global Day of Giving with the launch of #GivingTuesday.PhilanthropiaSounds almost like utopia, doesn’t it? A place of ideal perfection. The word philanthropy, from the Greek philanthropia, means “love of mankind.” I can’t think of anything more ideal or perfect. That ideal is what donors support. That pursuit of perfection is what nonprofits provide. And that’s why I love them.Read more on The Nonprofit Bloglast_img read more

Holding ready for emotional Old Trafford return

first_imgIt’s been 10 months since Rob Holding lay on the touchline at Old Trafford clutching his left knee.At the time he thought he had only suffered ‘a bit of a bump’ after going down under a challenge from Marcus Rashford, but it soon dawned on the Arsenal defender that things could be more serious.Just a day later his worst fears were realised, with a scan confirming he had ruptured his cruciate ligament and would spend the rest of the season in the treatment room. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career It’s been a long and painful road back to fitness for Holding, but he is now back with the first team and on Tuesday he made his first senior appearance since December – scoring in a 5-0 win against Nottingham Forest.It was a special night for the 24-year-old, who finished the game as captain, and on Monday night he will return to Old Trafford for the first time since his injury when Arsenal take on Manchester United looking to move up to third in the Premier League.“It will be coming full circle,” admitted Holding. “Even if I am on the bench it will be brilliant to just walk back to the spot that it happened, take it in and have a bit of a moment.“I suppose you could say it is a bit of closure. For it to happen there and then your first [league] game involved is back there. It will be interesting, but I look forward to it.”Holding’s injury during the 2-2 draw at Old Trafford last season came at a time when he was arguably Arsenal’s best central defender.He had made himself a permanent fixture in the team under Unai Emery, often playing in a back three alongside Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi.“It was my first long-term run in the team so it couldn’t have happened at a worse time,” the former Bolton man admitted.Rob Holding Man Utd Arsenal 05122018“I was getting a rhythm by getting into the team and being, say, the first name on the teamsheet. You know yourself you are going to play and you can really get in a rhythm. “That’s why it was tough to take, but I just worked on the process and understood each step. Credit to the club again for the way they dealt with it and helping me get back.”Less than a month after rupturing his cruciate ligament, Holding was sitting in the stands at the Emirates watching Arsenal take on Chelsea.He saw Hector Bellerin collapse in agony clutching his knee and, when his friends sent a video of the incident to his phone, the centre-back knew his team-mate had suffered the same injury.It was a moment that reduced Holding to tears.“I was sat with my girlfriend and I saw the video in the group chat with my friends,’ he said. “I thought ‘oh no!’ Because it was so raw for me it hit a spot and I got a bit emotional with it.“I was two weeks post-op when he went down, I was sat up there watching the game and it was really emotional for me to see him getting stretchered off and holding his knee.”Having suffered the same injury so close together, Holding and Bellerin have undergone their rehabilitation side by side.While their team-mates have been making their way out to the training pitches at London Colney every day, they have instead been going through their own painstaking recovery process.So it was fitting to see both return for the first time on Tuesday night during the Carabao Cup win against Nottingham Forest.Hector Bellerin Arsenal 2019-20It was a memorable night at the Emirates, with Holding scoring the second goal in the 5-0 win and Bellerin registering an assist less than two minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute.“The long days in the gym where we had been sat on a watt bike just ticking over for 30-40 minutes, they’d been dark times,” said Holding.“For us to both come out and put in a performance like that and for Hector to come on and get an assist straight away was a real pleasure to see.”Like Holding and Bellerin, Kieran Tierney also made his first appearance of the season as Forest were brushed aside at the Emirates.The £25 million ($31m) summer signing from Celtic has been sidelined while recovering from a double hernia operation and impressed on his debut at left-back.There is a growing clamour from fans for all three to been thrown straight into a back four that has struggled so far this season, with Arsenal conceding 10 goals in their opening six matches in the Premier League.And it’s something that Holding is aware of.“I was speaking with Kieran and we were saying there is actually a bit of pressure on me, Hector and him,” said the centre-back. “Obviously the fans have been putting a lot of pressure on saying: ‘We need those three back, hopefully they can perform’.“It is a healthy pressure. It is not a sort of draining pressure if you know what I mean. It is a nice pressure and it is the competition.“We have been pushing each other in the last couple of weeks in training as to who is going to perform better and who is going to play. We will see what the manager does. It is a good problem for him to have.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more