Police Raid Gupta Family’s Home in South Africa

first_imgAn elite unit of South African police raided the home of the influential Gupta brothers, the Indian-origin businessmen friends of South African President Jacob Zuma on Feb.14, during an investigation into allegations that the family used their links with the president to win state contracts and Cabinet appointments.The raid, which marks an escalation of pressure on Zuma, resulted in three arrests. A dozen officers cordoned off the streets leading to the Gupta house in Johannesburg’s upscale Saxonworld suburb. Police also raided the Guptas’ Oakbay holding company in Johannesburg’s Sandton financial district, Reuters reported citing a security guard stationed outside the building.The raids comes at a time when country is waiting to see if Zuma steps down after being asked to do so by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party.The Gupta family, central to allegations levelled against Zuma, is said to have had access to sensitive state information and government contracts, and played a role in hiring and firing of Cabinet ministers.Zuma and the Guptas deny any wrongdoing, and the family’s lawyer said he cannot comment on the raid as he is yet to see a search warrant, according to reports.The spokesperson of Hawks, South Africa’s Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, Hangwani Mulaudzi asserted they are not “playing around” as the raid is a part of investigation into influence peddling and corruption in the government, the reports said. “We’re viewing this investigation in a very serious light. We’re not playing around in terms of making sure that those who are responsible in the so-called state capture, they take responsibility for it,” he said, the reports added.Mulaudzi declined to comment further, saying a full statement would be released later. “Finally something is being done about it. These guys must get out of our country. They must leave us alone. They have done enough damage,” Tessa Turvey, the head of the local residents’ association, told the media about the Gupta family who were accused by local publications for “state capture.”The Guptas have a range of business interests in South Africa, including computing, mining, air travel, energy, technology and media. The three brothers — Atul, Rajesh and Ajay — came to the country in 1993. Zuma’s son, daughter and one of his wives have worked for the Gupta family’s firms.Zuma was expected to respond on Feb.14 morning to the ruling ANC order asking him to step down as head of state.Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba had said Zuma would speak at 0800 GMT on Feb. 14. While journalists and satellite trucks were in position at Pretoria’s Union Buildings, the seat of the government, Zuma’s office denied any “official communication” of an impending address.The ANC had on Feb.13 asked Zuma to step down. The president is also facing a no-confidence motion moved by the opposition in parliament, set for Feb. 22. If Zuma refuses to resign, the ANC is expected to back the no-confidence motion, even though the entire Cabinet will have to resign if it is passed. Related ItemsGupta FamilyJohannesburgSouth Africalast_img read more

Come All Ye Faithful

first_imgAs the morning sun rises on Sagar Island’s horizon, hordes of devotees make a beeline for holy dips in the waters of Gangasagar.For centuries, pilgrims have been thronging to Gangasagar, an island in the Sunderbans in West Bengal, on the estuary of the river Ganges at the confluence of the Ganges and the Bay of Bengal, to wash away their paap (sins), earn punya (virtue), and attain moksha (liberation). Legend has it that 60,000 burnt sons of King Sagar attained salvation at this very spot from the waters of Ganga. They had been reduced to ashes by the fiery look of Kapil Muni for disturbing his meditation.Manoj crawls in search of mokshaIn 1727 Capt. Alexander Hamilton of the East India Company who was visiting Sagardweep, reported a large number of people taking dips in Gangasagar. Nearly three centuries later, in January on Makar Sankranti nearly a million people from as far as Canada, Nepal, Australia, New Zealand, Bangladesh, Mayanmar, Sri Lanka, USA, England, Mauritius, Fiji and of course all over India descended upon Gangasagar for the largest annual ritual in West Bengal.Come All Yee FaithfulFaith may reign supreme among the millions of followers who have made a pilgrimage to Gangasagar. However, ironically, Kapil Muni around whose legend Gangasagar emerged, was arguably the first Indian atheist as the founding head of Samhkya, one of six schools of classical Indian philosophy, which questions the existence, evidence and relevance of God. Kapil Muni argued, “Nothing should be accepted without evidence,” and asserted that there are only three ways to know anything: perception, inference and testimony.Bhola plays with his grandad’s hairHis exhortations notwithstanding, dreams of moksha lure hundreds of thousands to Gangasagar every year. Devotees like Bholaram, who does not know what paap, punya or moksha are, much less anything about Kapil Muni. But he had been coming here every year since he was two years old.His Dadaji, Tularam, with whom he makes his annual pilgrimage on Makar Sankranti, however, knows the meanings and intricacies behind the rituals. Tularam believes that as a result of his bad karma in his previous birth, Bhola’s parents and his “Dadiji” died in a road accident in Jodhpur in Rajasthan.Unlike Bhagirath who brought Ganga to earth at Sagar Island to give moksha to 60,000 sons of King Sagar, Tularam cannot bring Bhola’s parents and his “Dadiji” back to life, so he brings his grandson Bhola perched on his shoulder instead. Bhola often plays with Dadaji’s head with his fingers while roaming around Sagar Island, but Tularam does not seem to mind.Ratan Singh Walia: If I can fly deom Vancouver with my crutches evry year, why can’t people come here from different parts of India.Ganga Devi has attended every Makar Sankranti since 1960, one year after her husband Ramcharan Bhadoria was gunned down by dacoits in Chambal in the Morena district of Madhya Pradesh on suspicion of being a police mukhbir (informer). Mukhbirs don’t survive in Chambal even today.Devi is convinced that her past life’s bad karma caused Ramcharan’s death and is confident that Kapil Muni, an avtar of Lord Vishnu, would offer her moksha.Moksha seemingly torments all those thronging GangasagaDevi does not know her age. Her father often said that 15-years before her birth he had given a salam (salute) to King George V and Queen Mary when they attended Delhi Durbar in 1911, marking the transfer of the imperial capital from Calcutta to Delhi. Serving in the British Army at the time, he was the only person from Sumawali hamlet of Morena to salute the British monarch. The wrinkles on Ganga’s face mutely corroborate her age.Gangasagar Bar BarThis is one really holy cow. They are given special fodder and never made to plough the field or push a loaded cart.“Sab tirath bar-bar, Gangasagar ek bar” (you can visit other pilgrimages repeatedly, but coming to Gangasagar is possible once only). This centuries old saying irritates 77-year-old Ratna Singh Walia, “If I can fly from Vancouver with my crutches every year, why cannot people come here from different parts of India?”Every January, she comes to Gangasagar from Canada. After a holy dip, she heads to Kolkata to meet relatives and enjoy sarson da saag, makke di roti and some mouth-watering rosogolla. Her daughter Roop Chadha relishes mishti doi (sweet curd), which she is hard pressed to find in Canada. “If they open Mishti Doi stores in Vancouver, Ottawa, Ontario or any other Canadian city, it would do brisk business, people would line up to buy, you have my word. Oh! Mishti Doi, so delicious,” Chadha coos.It isn’t just humans who troupe to Gangasagar, however. Calves and cows also undertake ritualistic puja ceremonies and doobki (dip) in its waters.Devotees from Haryana, where Kapil Muni is considered to have established his Samkhya philosophy, and Rajasthan, where he is thought to have performed his tapasya, bring their cows to Gangasagar for moksha. Back home, they enjoy special status within their animal community for having taken a doobki in Gangasagar. They are given special fodder and never made to plough the field or push a loaded cart.Such are the wages — and rewards — of moksha.Photos: Prasenjit Home Chowdhury    Related Itemslast_img read more

On The Verge

first_imgTo be on the verge is like being poised on a narrow ledge. The potency can be gauged when we juxtapose that instant with what may or may not happen or what really does or does not happen. With hindsight we acknowledge how critical was the moment when we were struggling for breath and about to be snuffed out, when we were plummeting down in a plane momentarily gone berserk, or that instant when we were hurtling in a speeding uncontrollable car.There is the tragedy of being on the verge of success and failing, or the good fortune of being touched by failure and escaping its grasp — like a shower of droplets which dampen, but do not drench. These moments have to be savored or brooded over later, for, like trauma, the impact is a necessary corollary to what happened or didn’t.To have been so near and not arrived occasions grief and regret. Ironically, fruition brings euphoria, which swamps the memory of the tautness prior to success.A flower about to bloom has the purity and innocence of dawn, the vulnerability of a baby. Its unfurled head could have been wrenched from the stem or plucked to be gifted as a token of love. If it didn’t happen, it was followed by the flower’s lascivious flirtations with the wind.Being on the brink of comprehension is akin to daylight seeping out from under the skin of twilight to be stamped all over the earth.The position of stars, the mood of the powers , the minute the second, when on the verge of being born, charters the scale and quality of life.A baby about to emerge from the womb comes wrapped in the enigma of life. The first gasp and his tale unfurls as decreed by fate, his own actions in the future or by what you will. But it could have been strangled by its own umbilical cord. That one moment of uncertainty — when everything stood still, when it could have been this or that — can never be under-valued.Like waves building up a momentum, our thought processes, experiences, circumstances climax to that crucial moment before pronouncing a final decree.Words of love, anger revelation, regret come to the tip of the tongue are swallowed into oblivion or trip out with negative or positive results. But that instant, when on the verge of expression, is significant, because it is pregnant with possibilities. That crucial moment is like being propelled to the top by desperation, hopelessness, helplessness, love and hate and then mustering courage to jump from a height.So many tragedies and comedies stem from the one moment, which might ripen or go awry — a tragedy might be averted, a windfall might be lost.In meditation there is that one instant when you plunge deep down into yourself and reach the inner core; on the verge of sustaining it, a frivolous thought intervenes and frustrates the profound experience.Standing on the crossroads and deliberating on the direction to take is, in that instant, the potent creator of one’s fate. The choice made, one faces the music hummed out by that irretrievable moment.Ironically, we often value life, moments, people only on the verge of losing them.Ignored, forgotten is that one moment, when we are on the verge because it gets swept into a larger moment into which we fit the frame of our practical existence. Related Itemslast_img read more

Illuminating the Story of Indian Science

first_imgWho invented the wireless radio? The development is commonly attributed to the Italian engineer Guglielmo Marconi, who made the first transatlantic radio transmission in 1901. However, it was actually a Bengali scientist, Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose, who invented the receiving device (a mercury autocoherer) that made Marconi’s transmission possible.Bose first announced the development in 1899, two years before Marconi‘s demonstration. But while Marconi patented his invention, Bose — a man of science rather than commerce — refused to, instead making his findings public so that others might learn from and develop his ideas. Today, though rarely remembered as the inventor of the wireless radio, Bose is recognized as one of the fathers of radio science, whose research paved the way for a breakthrough that would fundamentally change the way we communicate.Illuminating IndiaBose is just one of the Indian innovators who have played a pivotal role in the history of scientific discovery. Now, a new exhibition at London’s Science Museum is celebrating some of these great minds and the impact they have had on the world. 5000 Years of Indian Innovation uses artifacts to tell the stories of the science of the subcontinent, from the ancient cities of the Indus Valley civilization through to the achievements of today’s Indian space program.Illuminating India 5000 Years of Science and Innovation. Photo: Science MuseumIn doing so, 5000 Years of Innovation aims to give visitors a better understanding of India’s role in the shared global history of science. “Throughout the exhibition visitors will encounter objects, ideas and people who have shaped the history of science and technology yet rarely received the credit that their Western counterparts have,” says curator Matt Kimberley. “The exhibition very much sets out to challenge some of the assumptions of traditional narratives about science and technology that focus on Europe and North America from the Enlightenment onwards.”5000 Years of Innovation opens at a particularly interesting time for science in India. Over the past two years academics have criticized the Indian government for being “anti-science” for underfunding research, and in August this year thousands marched in protest in cities across the country. At the same time, many of the leading figures in the tech industry today are Indian-born and educated, and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is emerging as a serious player in the race to commercialize space travel.The exhibits on display here chart the history of India’s contribution to scientific discovery, but they may well help start a timely conversation around what the next 5,000 years of innovation might bring.Conceiving of the VoidOne of the highlights of the exhibition is a small fragment of an ancient Indian text known as the Bakhshali Manuscript. This unassuming scrap of birch bark represents one of the most significant discoveries in the history of mathematics: the earliest written record of the zero symbol that we use today.It may mean “nothing,” but the importance of this small black dot should not be underestimated. The use of zero as a placeholder (e.g. to mean that one has no tens in the number 203) completely revolutionised mathematics and made possible the calculations that our modern world and its digital technologies rely on.The mathematical revolution that changed the way we think logically about the world originated in India around the 3rd or 4th century. “This is coming out of a culture that is quite happy to conceive of the void, to conceive of the infinite,” says Marcus du Sautoy, professor of mathematics at the University of Oxford. “That is exciting to recognize, that culture is important in making big mathematical breakthroughs.”A Uniquely Indian ApproachIf 5000 Years of Innovation tells us anything, it’s that the culture of a place can have a marked impact on breakthroughs in all fields of science and technology. The exhibition is most successful when it explores the way that Indian innovations have been (and continue to be) shaped by the unique history of the nation and the challenges faced by its population of over 1.3 billion people, all trying to live and work together.Jaipur foot prosthesis. Photo: Science MuseumKimberley cites the example of an innovation that is part of everyday life for hundreds of thousands of Mumbaikars. “I think the dabba, or tiffin tin, lunch delivery network is a fantastic testament to how innovation need not always focus on the material technological aspects,” he says. “Each day, the dabba service delivers some 200,000 hot lunches across Mumbai. While in Western nations this service would involve the development of an expensive and complex IT system and infrastructure, the dabba service is achieved with a simple letter, number and color coding system marked on the tins. The error rate is an estimated one in 6 million, a result so astonishing the service has been the subject of extensive studies by both the Indian Institute of Management and Harvard Business School.”One theme that runs through many of the exhibits is that of jugaad, or low-cost innovation. “The concept of jugaad has certainly played an important role in technological research and development in India, particularly in recent decades,” says Kimberley. “What I think is most impressive today is that this Indian concept is one that is being embraced the world over by entrepreneurs, and Indian innovators are being recognized as paving theway here.”T his tendency to find intelligent, affordable solutions to problems is reflected in the technologies of Micromax, a company that has helped to democratize mobile communications in India with its low-cost smartphone; affordable medical technologies, such as the Jaipur Foot, a flexible prosthetic limb for amputees; and, of course, the work of ISRO.“ISRO is the world’s first space agency to reach Mars orbit on the first attempt, and they did it for around £50 million. This is a lot less than the budget of the average Hollywood blockbuster movie!” says Kimberley. “I think it speaks to the power of the principle of jugaad to change our ways of working, not just at the human scale in day to day life, but in our interplanetary ambitions.”Five Millennia of ScienceNovaSAR in build at Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. © SSTL Photo: Science Museum5000 Years of Innovation is vast in scope, but small in size. It would be difficult for any exhibition occupying just one gallery to satisfactorily cover a 5,000-year history, and these displays are only able to scratch the surface of some subjects — there are just six exhibits on medical innovation, for example.It is an ambitious task to distil and showcase five millennia of scientific advancement, but 5000 Years offers many glimpses into the fascinating stories of Indian discovery. Compact it may be, but with this exhibition the museum is helping to rewrite the dominant Western-centric narratives around science and technology by revealing how Indian innovation has shaped all our lives.VISITOR INFOThe exhibition 5000 Years of Innovation is part of the museum’s Illuminating India season, which features two special exhibitions, 5000 Years of Innovation and Photography 1857–2017, as well as a programme of events exploring the country’s contributions to science, technology and thought. The exhibition runs from 4 October 2017 to 31 March 2018.Web: sciencemuseum.org.uk Related Itemslast_img read more

India-Themed Cafe In UK Faces Heat For Glorifying Colonialism

first_imgAn India-themed cafe in Tottenham, north London, which offers ‘The Gandhi’ vegan breakfast on its menu, is facing heat from activists who say that it is glorifying the British empire and presents a “garish” colonial view of India, PTI reported.A cafe chain called Blighty India Cafe, started by Chris Evans in 2013, celebrates the United Kingdom, and the Commonwealth. The name Blighty is traced back to the word “bilayat” and “bilayati” used in the Indian subcontinent during the Colonial times.The cafe facing criticism is the second one set up by Blighty Commonwealth of Cafes, and takes inspiration from the “great Commonwealth powerhouse of India,” and seeks to showcase it through the decor, menu and atmosphere.The cafe runs on the concept of sourcing coffee beans from the Commonwealth countries. “We are serious about coffee. We source our beans from Commonwealth countries — Rwanda, Kenya, India, Tanzania, Papua New Guinea and Malawi — and roast them ourselves to ensure we are serving the highest quality drink possible,” says the company’s mission statement.However, Labour Party activists, including Indian-origin Zainab Khan, have started an online petition that urges local Tottenham MP David Lammy to force the cafe to change its theme as “it insensitively evokes memory of the Empire.”“It is adorned with Hindi and a neon Gandhi on the wall. The owners are not Indian, and the food is not Indian, but British with an Indian ‘twist’ – which frankly many Indians would find offensive. It is a garish colonial view of India, stereotyped and built for English consumption,” the petition says. The petition has supporters in Ewa Lefmann and Jasmine Davies, who claim that the cafe makes “many in the community feel uncomfortable”, Telegraph reported. The petition says Evans “has made little attempt to tastefully or sensitively celebrate India in its Tottenham branch.”The petition comes a few months after a street art mural of Britain’s war-time Prime Minister Winston Churchill outside the company’s first eatery, the Blighty UK Cafe in Finsbury Park, was vandalized.The street art mural featured Churchill’s famous two-fingers’ victory sign pose alongside the slogan “double shot,” which stood for a double espresso coffee order. The mural had to be removed after it was repeatedly defaced with words such as “warmonger” and “imperialist.”“We never imagined that Churchill or Gandhi would attract complaints. We thought they were both widely-liked and admired figures,” co-owner Chris Evans was quoted as saying in a PTI report.“All we are doing is celebrating a true British hero in Churchill and the ties between Britain and Commonwealth countries through the mediums of coffee and food,” he said.“The Churchill mural was just a bit of fun with the idea that he had two fingers up ordering a double espresso. Sadly, we had to get rid of it some months back after it was repeatedly vandalized,” Evans said. “It is simply silly to say we are celebrating British imperialism and colonialism. We are just an independent cafe chain put together by people who work hard to make it happen and yet people seem to want to bring politics into it to try and drag us down.”Both his cafes in north London have signature dishes that are full English breakfast in three variants — the Winston as the traditional non-vegetarian version, the Clementine as a vegetarian option, and the Gandhi as “the only vegan full English breakfast we know of.” Evans wants to establish 52 such cafes in the United Kingdom. Related ItemsBritainHospitalityLondonlast_img read more

Over 2.49 Lakh Indian Students Studying in U.S Universities: Report

first_imgIndian students are the second largest group of international students to study in American universities, according to an official report. China tops the list with more of its citizens studying in American universities.The International Student Data of 2017 released by Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Oct. 26. says that 2,49,763 Indian students were studying in American universities in 2017.It mentions China as the largest provider of international students to the U.S. with 4,81,106 students in 2017 studying there. According to the report, there were 15,91,070 foreign students in American universities.India is followed by South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Japan. According to the data, there were 95,701 South Korean students in American universities last year while the numbers for Saudi Arabia and Japan were 72,358 and 41,862 respectively.Other countries in the top 10 are Canada, Vietnam, Brazil, Taiwan, and Mexico.“SEVP monitors more than one million international students pursuing academic or vocational studies (F and M visa holders) in the United States and their dependents. It also certifies schools and programs that enroll these students. The U.S. Department of State monitors exchange visitors (J visa holders) and their dependents and oversees exchange visitor programs,” according to the release regarding this data report.The data report also shared the number of international Students with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Optional Practical Training (OPT) Authorization. In this list, Indian students topped with 50,507, followed by China (21,705), South Korea (1,670), Taiwan (1,360) and Iran (1,161).“Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) OPT is a 24-month extension of OPT for qualifying students with STEM degrees,” the release added.To participate in OPT, an international student must receive employment authorization from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Related Itemslast_img read more

Raj Rajaratnam Sentenced to 11 Years

first_imgHedge fund billionaire Raj Rajaratnam, accused of masterminding the biggest insider trading scam in U.S. history, was sentenced to 11 years in prison, considered the longest sentence for insider trading.Rajaratnam, 54, founder of Galleon, which at its peak had over $7 billion in assets, who was convicted in May of nine counts of securities fraud and five counts of conspiracy, was also fined $10 million and ordered to pay nearly $54 million in restitution by Judge Richard Holwell, who concluded that he reaped over $50 million in profits from the illegal trades.“His crimes and the scope of his crimes reflect a virus in our business culture that needs to be eradicated,” Judge Holwell said, adding that the 11 year prison term was “highly likely to act as a strong and necessary deterrent.”Prosecutors has sought 19 to 24 years, but the judge said he considered severeal mitigating factors, including Rajaratnam’s medical condition (he needs a kidney transplant and suffers from advanced diabetes) and his charitable “good works” in assisting vistims of the tsunami in Sri Lanka and the earthquake in Pakistan, in reducing his sentence below the nonbinding federal sentencing guidelines.“Some form of forbearance, however constrained by circumstance, is fundamental to our system of justice and appropriate here,” Howell said.The defense had pleaded for leniency citing his failing health and ailments. His lawyers submitted nearly 200 letters on Rajaratnam’s behalf. “Raj Rajaratnam has attempted to make the world a better place,” his lawyer Terence Lynam told the court. “If there is a ledger in one’s life, he should have some credit to draw upon in that ledger now that things have gone bad.”Rajaratnam declined an opportunity to address the court at the sentencing hearing, saying, “No, thank you, your honor.”Rajaratnam’s trial singed several leading Indian American businessmen, most notably former managing director of McKinsey and Goldman Sachs board member, Rajat Gupta, as well as former executives of Intel, IBM and Morgan Stanley.Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney in Manhattan, who prosoecuted the case, said: “It is a sad conclusion to what once seemed to be a glittering story. We can only hope that this case will be the wake-up call we said it should be when Mr. Rajaratnam was arrested. Privileged professionals do not get a free pass to pursue profit through corrupt means.”Rajaratnam must report to prison on Nov. 28 until when he is confined to his home.His lawyers have requested that Rajaratnam be detained at the Butner Federal Correctional Complex, North Carolina, where Bernard Madoff, who admitted to masterminding the largest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history, is serving out his 150-year sentence.For a report on the Galleon trial see, A Dirty BusinessRajat Gupta’s Tragic AmbitionHow Rajat Gupta Came Undone  Related Itemslast_img read more

Outgoing Chief Justice of India JS Khehar Thanks Land of Birth Kenya

first_imgOutgoing Chief Justice of India JS Khehar on August 25 thanked his family, India and Kenya ahead of his last working day on Sunday, August 27. Khehar was born in Kenya and completed his primary education in the African country.“I would thank my land of birth for all it gave me. My primary education was in Kenya, which laid the foundation of my character,” Khehar, 65, who will retire on Sunday, said during his farewell address to lawyers at the farewell function organised by the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA).He also thanked his parents, teachers and his seniors in the profession for their contribution in his life. Recalling his late father for teaching him “perseverance and resolve,” Khehar said, “When I drew my first salary as a high court judge, my father’s pension was higher.” He said that he feels “devoted” to his 95-year-old mother. “She loves me so much and is always worried about me,” he added.Khehar’s great-grandfather Wazir Chand was a part of the DAV institutions in Lahore and moved to Kenya to avoid arrest since the British believed that he was motivating people towards the freedom struggle. His father held a job in the postal service in the country. The family moved back to India after Independence, when his father decided to take Indian citizenship. Khehar was still a school student then.The first Sikh to become the Chief Justice of India, Khehar ties his turban in a compact, angular style that is typical of East African Sikhs, according to an earlier feature in the Caravan. The family perhaps moved back to  Kenya for some time after their return to India, where Khehar excelled in hockey and represented Nairobi in many tournaments, the report added.“I think Africa has something in its soil; as it nurtures those leaders who believe in revolution by standing tall or Rule of Law,” SCBA president RS Suri said about Khehar’s childhood during his speech at the occasion.Khehar took over as the 44th Chief Justice of India on January 4 this year. The Panjab University alumnus took over as the chief justice of the high courts of Karnataka in 2010 and Uttarakhand in 2009. He became a Supreme Court judge in 2011.During his last week in office, Justice Khehar headed the Supreme Court benches that delivered two significant judgements. It struck down the triple talaq practice among Muslims, and pronounced privacy as a fundamental right for Indian citizens.Following Khehar’s retirement, Justice Dipak Misra will be sworn in as the new Chief Justice by President Ram Nath Kovind. Related ItemsEast African SikhIndian chief justice AfricaJustice Khehar NairobiJustice Khehar retirementJustice KS Khehar KenyaKhehar Kenya birthLittle Indialast_img read more

Wailing mothers plea compels young LeT militant to surrender

first_img(Eds: With additional inputs)Srinagar, Nov 17 (PTI) Pleas of a wailing mother and passionate appeal from his father finally compelled college student Arshid Majid Khan, an obsessed footballer, to surrender before security agencies today, barely days after he joined the Lashkar-e-Taiba terror outfit, officials said.Twenty-year-old Khan walked into an Army camp quietly after videos of his mother Ayesha and his father appealing to him to return home started circulating on social media.Khan appeared before the Army camp in the middle of the night and surrendered.He was taken to the headquarters of Victor Force, an Army unit engaged in countering militancy in South Kashmir, at Awantipora, 33 kms from here.”He is with us and we will take care of him. We hope that this will encourage others who have not indulged in any heinous crime to surrender before the authorities,” Major General B S Raju told reporters at Awantipora.Major General Raju, who has been giving a humane touch in dealing with people in South Kashmir, said, “I would like to compliment the brave boy, Majid, who decided to shun the path of violence.”Giving details, he said his team had information that he wanted to surrender and “we only facilitated his smooth return and keeping in mind his parents and career”.”He strayed from his path and realised himself. No charges will be pressed on him,” he said, adding that he would be given all opportunities to pursue his career as well as sporting talent.The Army officer also made an appeal to the youths who have joined the ranks of militants to follow the path of Majid.advertisement”Even if some local youths, after joining, had committed some small crime, I assure them that lenient view will be taken,” he said.The Army officer felt that Khans return could turn into a test case for those who want to leave militancy and join the mainstream.Khan, who is the only son of his parents, was allowed to meet his mother and father for a few hours separately after which he was kept at a room with all the amenities required for a student.”Look, he is neither under arrest nor under any detention. We will decide on his future course after sometime. A bit of rehabilitation would do no harm,” Maj Gen Raju said.Inspector General of Police (Kashmir Range) Muneer Khan said that there would be no case against him. “He went on his own and he came back on his own with persuasion of his parents and friends. We stick to our policy of letting the youth, who treaded the wrong path, to return and we will welcome them with open arms.”He said the youth would be rehabilitated and sent back to his parents. “Rehabilitation is a process and all the youths, who are on the other side of the fence, have every right to stay in the society with honour and dignity. We are true to our words.”Majids surrender was seen as a whiff of fresh air in tense South Kashmir which has witnessed large-scale recruitment of local youths by militants in the past. Unofficial estimates have put the figure of such youths at nearly 150 since July, 2016.”I request other mothers to make such appeals to their sons asking them to follow Khans footstep,” Director General of Police S P Vaid told PTI over phone from Jammu.Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said that at the end “mothers love has prevailed”.In a couple of tweets, she said, “A mothers love prevailed. Her impassioned appeal helped in getting Majid, an aspiring footballer back home. Every time a youngster resorts to violence, it is his family which suffers the most.”Mehbooba said she understands the predicament of the youths who have joined militancy, but the fear of social stigma clouds their judgement.”I understand the predicament of young boys who have strayed into militancy. Most realise the futility of senseless violence and want to return home and live normal lives with dignity.”But the choice to renounce violence is not an easy one and they find themselves between the devil and the deep blue sea. The fear of social stigma clouds their judgement,” the chief minister said.Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also termed the return of Khan as “good development” and expressed hope that he would resume his normal life soon. PTI SKL SMN SMNlast_img read more

Since Namath, Jets Hunt Top QB

first_imgNEW YORK — The search continues for the New York Jets.Since the glory days of Broadway Joe, finding a franchise quarterback has been an elusive and often frustrating undertaking for a team that has rarely had a dominant player at the position.Richard Todd, Ken O’Brien, Vinny Testaverde, Chad Pennington, and, yes, even Mark Sanchez all had their moments since Joe Namath led the Jets to their only Super Bowl win in 1969. So did Boomer Esiason and Brett Favre.But none was either around long enough or able to sustain consistent success to set up the franchise at the game’s most vital position. And, of course, none has been able to get to a Super Bowl.It’s Geno Smith’s turn to prove whether he can break the vicious cycle. He’s headed into his second season, coming off a rough, up-and-down rookie campaign that ended on an upswing.But with Michael Vick in training camp to compete for the job, Smith knows nothing is guaranteed — just ask the 26 quarterbacks, including Kyle Mackey and David Norrie, who have started at least one game for New York since Namath last played for the Jets in 1976.“I’m pretty sure of myself,” said Smith, who had 12 touchdown throws and 21 interceptions last year. “I’m always going to have confidence in myself solely because I believe in my teammates and my coaching.”Good thing, or Smith could watch Vick end up becoming No. 27 since Namath — and the Jets could be in the market for a franchise-type quarterback next year. Again.Here’s a look at some of the Jets’ most notable and notorious quarterbacks through the years:___JOE NAMATH: The conversation about the team’s greatest player — let alone quarterback — starts and ends here. Broadway Joe might not have had gaudy career stats, but he’s a Hall of Famer who still leads the franchise in several passing categories. Oh, and then there’s also that whole delivering on his Super Bowl guarantee thing.___RICHARD TODD: Drafted as the heir apparent to Namath and a fellow former Alabama star, the expectations were way too lofty. Todd led the Jets to the playoffs only twice in his eight seasons, capped by a five-interception performance — three by A.J. Duhe — in a muddy AFC title game in Miami in January 1983 that still makes New York fans cringe when they hear the Dolphins linebacker’s name.___KEN O’BRIEN: He might be the closest thing to a franchise QB the Jets have had since Namath, and often doesn’t receive enough credit for a pretty solid career in New York. O’Brien could certainly fling it, but he took a beating for years behind a shoddy offensive line and gets unfairly compared to the QB the Jets passed on in the 1983 draft and the guy the Dolphins took three picks later: Dan Marino.___BROWNING NAGLE: Remember him? Nagle burst on the scene in his first NFL start to open his second season, throwing for 366 yards and two TDs in a loss to Atlanta. Well, the second-round pick never matched that success, tossing only five TD passes the rest of the season. He lost his starting job the next year, was an ex-Jet after the 1993 season, and finished his playing career in the Arena Football League after stints with the Colts and Falcons.___BOOMER ESIASON: After an already terrific career in Cincinnati, which included leading the Bengals to their second Super Bowl appearance in 1989, Esiason was traded to his hometown Jets in 1993. He wasn’t bad, making the Pro Bowl in his first season, but the teams he played on weren’t very good. He also played for three coaches in his three seasons: Bruce Coslet, Pete Carroll and Rich Kotite.___VINNY TESTAVERDE: After Esiason was released following the 1995 season, the Jets fell on tough times, including a 1-15 campaign under Kotite in 1996. New York also went through the likes of Jack Trudeau, Bubby Brister, Frank Reich, Neil O’Donnell and Glenn Foley before Bill Parcells restored some order and signed Testaverde in 1998.The Long Island native rejuvenated his career that season, leading the Jets to the AFC title game. He ruptured an Achilles tendon in the season opener the next year, dashing the team’s Super Bowl hopes. Testaverde came back in 2000 and engineered one of the most memorable games in franchise history, throwing five TD passes in the “Monday Night Miracle” win over Miami.___CHAD PENNINGTON: The 2000 first-round draft pick was considered a possible franchise-type QB, and he appeared well on his way after leading the Jets to a first-round, 41-0 victory over the Colts in Indianapolis in his third season. Never known for his arm strength, Pennington was a cerebral and accurate QB — but his career was derailed by shoulder injuries. He split the 2007 season with Kellen Clemens and was shown the door the following offseason when the Jets traded for Favre.___BRETT FAVRE: One of the more stunning moments in franchise history came when the Jets acquired the not-so-retired former Packers quarterback. It was a Hail Mary move for New York and coach Eric Mangini, and looked pretty good for a while as Favre led the Jets to an 8-3 start that included a six-TD performance against Arizona.But, with Super Bowl chatter starting to gain steam, the ironman quarterback injured his throwing shoulder late in the season, struggled the rest of the way and the Jets finished 9-7, missing the playoffs and costing Mangini his job. Favre then retired again — before playing two more seasons with the Vikings.___MARK SANCHEZ: The Jets were so high on the Southern California QB, they traded up to grab him with the fifth overall pick in 2009. Sanchez helped lead New York to the AFC title game in each of his first two seasons and set the franchise record with four playoff victories — all on the road.Things went bad fast, though, as he failed to build off that early success, his supporting cast frequently changed and he struggled with turnovers (yes, “The Butt Fumble”). Sanchez also dealt with the distraction of having Tim Tebow around in 2012, and then was lost for the season last summer after injuring his shoulder in the third preseason game. He was cut this offseason and signed with Philadelphia.(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more



Must-Read Insight into Millennials: Interview with Kari Saratovsky (Part 1)

first_imgKari Saratovsky: I’ve spent the better part of the past five years trying to understand the complexity of what is now the largest and most diverse generation in our history. When I finished reading the Playbook, I was thirsting to know even more, so I asked to interview superstar author Kari Saratovsky. With refreshing practicality, Nancy Schwartz rolls up her sleeves to help nonprofits develop and implement strategies to build strong relationships that inspire key supporters to action. She shares her deep nonprofit marketing insights—and passion—through consulting, speaking, and her popular blog and e-news at GettingAttention.org. Millennials probably aren’t your most generous donor cohort today, but they are the leading indicator of online trends and where your organization needs to shift its communications and fundraising focus. You talk about embracing the “Millennial mindset.” What does that mean, and how do you make it happen? However, Millennials will be the recipients of a $41 trillion transfer of wealth. This presents nonprofits with a huge opportunity to build relationships today that will deepen over time. When NFG recognized that its community was struggling to engage this younger donor cohort, I jumped on the chance to craft this guide. But they’re also impulsive and want to donate easily, whether that’s online, via their phones, or whatever other device is on hand. Plus, because they have limited dollars today, they want to be able to pool their resources with friends and peers for a greater impact. All of this is forcing organizations to get smarter with their outreach to this generation. Yes and no. Millennials want what any smart donor wants. They want to know the impact of the dollars they invest in an organization. They want to be thanked and recognized for their efforts. They want to feel like they’re making a tangible difference. Embracing the Millennial mindset is an opportunity for organizations to integrate qualities that are important to Millennials—such as openness, transparency, and appreciation of diversity and collaboration—into their culture asap. But remember: The only way to get there is to share this recommendation, using data and anecdotes, to get buy-in from your peers and leadership. Everyone has to be invested in making this shift, and it won’t happen overnight. So get started now! Do Millennials really have different expectations when it comes to their philanthropic giving? Nancy Schwartz: Kari, why did you dig into this topic? Read Part Two »Wow! I’m amazed and delighted by the just-released Millennial Donor Playbook (download your free copy here). We finally have a much-needed guide to engaging these prospects who are influencing change across organizations and generations. This prerequisite to current and future fundraising success applies to donors across all generations—and it’s prompting a shift in organizational culture, from large, national-affiliate organizations to small, community-based ones. Peer-to-peer is big in online giving. What’s the secret of five-star peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns? Organizations get the greatest response from peer-to-peer campaigns when they equip their existing donor base with the tools to make it easy for them to engage their friends, colleagues, and families. All of a sudden, you can connect with people who may be one or two times removed from your immediate network, and the possibilities to build upon that are endless. That’s exponential reach, at least potentially. We provide specific how-tos in the Playbook. If you’re still trying to decide if peer-to-peer or social fundraising is right for you, review this list of questions you should be asking. Download your copy of The Millennial Donor Playbook today. But to open that door, you have to be willing to relinquish some control and trust that your people know what their families and friends care about and want. And you have to remain confident that the most passionate members of your network will be the strongest champions of your cause. We’ll be back with Part 2 soon. Thanks so much, Kari! What I’ve learned is that while organizations are on an endless search for the silver bullet to engaging Millennials, there is no magic wand to engage the broad range of Millennial perspectives and backgrounds. Alas!last_img read more

GMHC2013: Stay Tuned to the Live-stream!

first_imgPosted on January 7, 2013June 21, 2017Click 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 Global Maternal Health Conference is right around the corner! In an effort to engage a broad audience, the opening and closing ceremonies as well as the three plenaries will be live-streamed and archived. In addition, all conference sessions will be archived and available for viewing within 24 hours of presentation time.Stay tuned to www.gmhc2013.com to access the live-stream and archived videos.View the conference program here.About the conference:GMHC2013 is a technical conference for practitioners, scientists, researchers, and policy-makers to network, share knowledge, and build on progress toward eradicating preventable maternal mortality and morbidity by improving the quality of maternal health care.The conference is co-sponsored by Management and Development for Health, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and the Maternal Health Task Force at the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, USA.GMHC2013 will be held at the Arusha International Conference Center in Tanzania, January 15-17, 2013.Interested in guest blogging?Are you presenting at the Global Maternal Health Conference 2013 in Arusha, Tanzania? Do you plan to tune in to the live stream to view sessions remotely?Join the team of guest bloggers for the conference! The MHTF is looking forward to a lively online scientific dialogue about the issues presented at the conference sessions. In an effort to fuel this conversation, we hope to engage a variety of perspectives–from various geographic regions and sub-fields–by connecting with health and development bloggers around the world.You might be interested in writing a guest blog post if:You would like to connect with a broader audience about the work you are presenting at GMHC2013,You work in global health and development and would like to share your thoughts on how the issues discussed in the sessions relate to your work in your specific context,You are working on similar issues to those discussed in the sessions, and would like to share your insights,You have a passion for global health and writing, and would like to help synthesize lessons learned from the sessions.Guest posts will be posted on the MHTF Blog and cross-posted on a number of other leading sexual and reproductive health, development, and global health blogs.If you are interested in sharing a guest post, please contact Kate Mitchell (kmitchel@hsph.harvard.edu).Please also get in touch if you plan to post on your own blog or your organization’s blog. We would love to discuss linking to your posts and cross-posting content.Join the conversation on Twitter! #GMHC2013Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

The Need for Malaria Integration in Maternal and Newborn Health

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on July 11, 2014November 2, 2016By: Katie Millar, Technical Writer, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The release of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership’s report, “The Contribution of Malaria Control to Maternal and Newborn Health,” made yesterday, July 10th, 2014, an important day for malaria in pregnancy research and programming. Pregnancy was previously identified as a particularly vulnerable time to contract malaria for both mom and baby, but this is the first time the RBM Partnership has released a thematic report specifically dedicated to how malaria affects pregnant women and their newborns.The report was launched during the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in New York by UN health and development leaders. The purpose of the report launch was to forge new partnerships and strengthen existing ones to expand malaria services to one of the most vulnerable populations, pregnant women.An existing solution, with poor deliveryIntermittent preventative treatment during pregnancy (IPTp) and insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs) have long been the standard for malaria prevention in pregnancy. In 2012, the World Health Organization (WHO) updated these standards by increasing the number of IPTp doses to four during pregnancy. This treatment, delivered during antenatal care (ANC), has existed for decades, but delivery is still poor. Although 77% of pregnant women receive at least one ANC visit in most countries, rates of IPTp and ITN use by pregnant women fall far below global and national targets.Why is malaria prevention part of maternal health?Malaria is both a direct and indirect cause of maternal mortality. Each year 10,000 pregnant women die of malaria infection. In addition, malaria is a major cause of anemia,  which  puts a woman at greater risk for post-partum hemorrhage, the number one cause of maternal death. WHO’s recommended treatment, four doses of IPTp and use of an ITN, can reduce severe maternal anemia by 38% and perinatal mortality by 27%. The treatment’s effectiveness plays a significant role in leading global progress on decreasing maternal mortality. But malaria prophylaxis saves not only women’s lives, but newborn lives as well.Protecting health before birthIPTp and use of ITNs can reduce a newborn’s risk of dying from malaria by 18% in the first 28 days of life; it also provides a 21% decrease in low birth weight, a risk factor for neonatal death. Every year, 75,000 to 200,000 infants die because of a  malaria infection during pregnancy. Also, an additional 100,000 neonatal deaths, or 11% of global neonatal mortality, are due to low birth weight resulting from Plasmodium falciparum, or malaria, infections in pregnancy.Although scale-up of IPTp and ITNs did not meet the global coverage target of 80%, malaria prevention efforts between 2009 and 2012 saved about 94,000 newborns. If global targets had been met, this number could have tripled, with 300,000 neonatal deaths prevented. In addition to preventing neonatal deaths, IPTp and ITNs can reduce miscarriages and stillbirths by 33%.Next stepsAlthough the WHO has given clear guidelines through Focused Antenatal Care (FANC), there is often fragmentation across ANC delivery platforms. Fragmentation makes it difficult to effectively deliver prophylactic malaria interventions through ANC. Solutions to this problem include integration of both funding and service-delivery for malaria, ANC, and maternal health interventions. In addition, countries must harmonize malaria control and maternal health efforts in national policies, guidelines, and funding. Malaria prevention is not just an addendum to current maternal and newborn health interventions, it ensures maternal and newborn health.  With integration we can save lives.Share this:last_img read more

Over 28,000 Deaths in the First Day of Life in Bangladesh Reminds the Urgency of MNH Services Integration

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 6, 2014June 23, 2017By: Mohammod Shahidullah, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neonatology, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical UniversityClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This post is part of the Maternal and Newborn Integration Blog Series, which shares themes of and reactions to the “Integration of Maternal and Newborn Health: In Pursuit of Quality” technical meetingA new mother and her six-day-old baby receive a postnatal check up at the new government clinic in Badulpur, Habijganj, Bangladesh. Photo: CJ Clarke/Save the ChildrenThe continuum of care has become a rallying call to reduce the maternal deaths, stillbirths, neonatal deaths, and child deaths. Continuity of care is necessary throughout the lifecycle (adolescence, pregnancy, childbirth, the postnatal period, and childhood) and also between places of caregiving (including households and communities, outpatient and outreach services, and clinical-care settings). Within the continuum, all women should have access to care during pregnancy and childbirth, and all babies should be able to grow into children who survive and thrive.Unfortunately in the modern era of medical science, the program efforts addressing the health of mothers and newborns are often planned, managed, and delivered separately; though, from a biological perspective, maternal and newborn health are intimately linked.Integration of maternal and newborn health is an important approach to avoid separation between a mother and her newborn baby, places of service delivery, or at any event of health services. A persistent divide between training, programs, service delivery, monitoring, and quality improvement systems on maternal and newborn health limits effectiveness to improve outcomes. But it is evident that at the public health level, even with scarce human and financial resources, integrated service packages can maximize the efficiency for health services.In the last two decades Bangladesh has demonstrated extraordinary progress in reducing maternal and child deaths, but unfortunately, newborn mortality declined in a much slower pace and reduction of stillbirths was not even on the agenda. Fortunately, the country recently prioritized newborn survival and incorporated some priority interventions to reduce neonatal death. Improved delivery care services became one of the key strategies for improving child survival in addition to overall development of the health service delivery system.The following newborn-specific interventions are prioritized to achieve the commitment of ending preventable child deaths by 2035:Ensure essential newborn care, including neonatal resuscitation and application of chlorhexidine in the umbilical cordIntroduce and promote kangaroo mother care (KMC) for premature and low birth weight infantsEnsure proper management of newborn infection with antibiotics at the primary care levelsEstablish specialized newborn care unit at the sub-district and district levelEnsuring delivery by skilled birth attendants at the community levels and establishing an effective referral linkage to ensure continuum of care from community clinics to the sub-district, district and higher level hospitals—which can provide round the clock emergency obstetric and newborn care—are actions incorporated in the declaration. These give a clear indication of the government vision on integrated approaches to improve maternal and newborn health.Intra-partum complication, prematurity-related complications and newborn sepsis are the major causes of newborn death is Bangladesh. Without integration of maternal and newborn health we cannot reduce mortality especially due to the fact that intra-partum complications and prematurity-related complications together cause 67% of all newborn deaths in the country. Bangladesh recently scaled up the Helping Babies Breathe initiative and that is a unique example of integration of maternal and newborn health.Every year in the first day of life, 28,100 newborns of Bangladesh die indicating the importance of integration of maternal and newborn services in pursuit of quality of care.This post originally appeared on the Healthy Newborn Network Blog and has been lightly edited.Share this:last_img read more

Happy Valentine’s Day: Donor Love Infographic

first_imgLooking for a new way to show your donors some love this Valentine’s Day? Look no further! Let our Donor Love infographic show you the way. We’re here to help you with all your nonprofit fundraising and marketing needs, including:Campaigns & AppealsThank YousResults & ReportsDonor RelationsCommunicationsCheck out our donor love infographic today. Plus, hover over each image for a special surprise!Donor Love InfographicRead more on The Nonprofit Bloglast_img

Use Our New Organizations Search!

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on May 14, 2015August 8, 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)We are excited to present a new feature on the MHTF website: the organizations search.We have created a database of maternal health organizations to help foster connections and build partnerships between groups working on similar issues. There are many diverse organizations around the world working on maternal health, and this new tool will help you connect with them!The organizations database grew out of the maternal health mapping project, part of phase 1 of the MHTF. As more and more organizations added themselves to the map, it became difficult to find anyone! The new search-based interface enables easy access to the information.We want to hear from you! Test out the new organizations search feature and let us know what you think. If your organization is not included in the search, but you would like it to be, please fill out the information form. We would be happy to add you!Share this:last_img read more

Maternal Health Innovations: Strengthening Quality of Care

first_imgPosted on March 10, 2016October 12, 2016By: Kayla McGowan, Project Coordinator, 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)While improving access to maternal and newborn health services is fundamental in reducing the global maternal and neonatal mortality ratios and meeting the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, ensuring quality care is an equally important aim.The Maternal Health Innovations Fund, a project of the MHTF, recently supported several projects in collaboration with The International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) and Pakistan’s Agha Khan University (AKU) that examined ways to improve quality of care in low- and middle-income countries.Icddr,b and AKU have published 10 knowledge briefs summarizing findings from their recent maternal health research that took place in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Southern Kyrgystan, and Pakistan. The knowledge briefs identify urgent needs in maternal health, highlight improvements in the field, and offer recommendations for addressing gaps in access, quality, and measurement of care based on the implementation research conducted under this project.Three of the projects investigated solutions related to improving the quality of maternal and newborn care:Knowledge Exchange for Health Service Providers:  This study in Bangladesh convened a health services provider club (HSP) consisting of maternal and neonatal health service providers in rural Shahjadpur. The HSP gathered for monthly refresher training sessions and developed an action plan to improve the quality of maternal newborn health services in the sub-district. Pre- and post-intervention research showed significant improvements in antenatal care and postnatal care services, as well as increased essential newborn care practices. Childbirth Checklist: Researchers in Bangladesh found that the World Health Organization’s Safe Childbirth Checklist is a low-cost, effective tool that can improve quality of maternal and newborn health services and thereby increase uptake of facility-based services.Learn more about the Maternal Health Innovations Fund and read the rest of the knowledge briefs >> Share this: Pregnancy, Delivery and Postpartum Care: This study utilized 26 ‘signal functions’ to assess the quality of obstetric and newborn care at six health facilities in Bangladesh.center_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Juve boss Sarri to miss first two Serie A matches with illness

first_imgJuventus will play their first two Serie A games of the season without coach Maurizio Sarri on the touchline as he continues his recovery from pneumonia.The 60-year-old was diagnosed with the illness after missing his side’s friendly win over Triestina on Saturday and has been unable to oversee training despite returning to the club’s training ground on Monday.The Bianconeri begin the 2019-20 league campaign with a visit to Parma on Saturday before welcoming Sarri’s old club Napoli to Turin on August 31, ahead the two-week international break. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? 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? Although Juve said the latest test results have shown an improvement in Sarri’s condition, they confirmed he will be absent from the bench as he has been given time to recover.”Maurizio Sarri underwent further medical tests today, which showed a good clinical improvement,” a statement read. “To completely recover from the pneumonia that hit him over the course of the past few days, the coach will not sit on the bench for the first two Serie A matches against Parma and Napoli.”The decision was taken to allow the technician, who even today went to the JTC [Juventus Training Centre] to coordinate work with his staff, to resume regular activity as soon as possible.”Juventus head into the new season looking to claim a ninth consecutive Serie A crown as well as capture their first Champions League title in over two decades. The Turin giants appointed Sarri this summer after Massimiliano Allegri brought an end to a successful five-year spell.Sarri returned to Italy following one season at Chelsea in which he guided the Blues to Europa League victory and a third-place finish in the Premier League.After finishing 11 points clear of Napoli last season, Juve have been busy adding to the squad in the close season. Centre-back Matthijs de Ligt was signed from Ajax in a €75 million (£68m/$84m) move, while full-back Danilo joined from Manchester City as part of a deal that saw Joao Cancelo go the other way.Meanwhile, Aaron Ramsey, Adrien Rabiot and returning club icon Gianluigi Buffon were added in free transfers.last_img read more

Van Dijk beats Messi & Ronaldo to win UEFA Men’s Player of the Year

first_imgVirgil van Dijk has been named the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year for 2018-19, seeing off competition from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.The Liverpool defender was crowned at the ceremony for the  Champions League group stage draw on Thursday.Van Dijk kept five clean sheets in 12 appearances as well as scoring two goals and contributing two assists as the Merseyside club lifted the European Cup for a sixth time. Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? 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? That victory in Madrid capped a fine campaign for the former Celtic and Southampton defender, who was also named PFA Players’ Player of the Season as well as Liverpool Players’ and Fans’ Player of the Season.Van Dijk was also integral to the Netherlands’ run to the inaugural Nations League Finals in June, where they beat England 3-1 after extra-time in the last four before losing to Portugal in the final.”I need to think my team-mates; without them I wouldn’t have achieved what I’ve achieved over the past year,” said Van Dijk.”It’s been a long road but it’s been part of my journey.”I had to work hard at every step along the way and I’m happy to have done that. I’m happy to receive this trophy – it’s a credit to everyone I’ve worked alongside.”Liverpool also scooped two of the four positional awards, with Van Dijk named best defender ahead of club-mate Trent Alexander-Arnold and new Juventus signing Matthijs de Ligt.Virgil van Dijk Champions League 2018-19Alisson Becker won the goalkeeper award, beating Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris and Marc-Andre ter Stegen of Barcelona.The Brazilian kept six clean sheets during Liverpool’s Champions League run, including in the final where he made eight saves in the Reds’ 2-0 win over Tottenham.Barcelona star Messi beat rival Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Sadio Mane to the forward award, after scoring 12 goals in 10 Champions League appearances for the Catalan giants last season.Frenkie de Jong claimed the midfielder award ahead of Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen and Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson. The Netherlands international played a key role in Ajax’s memorable run to the semi-finals, which included victories over Real Madrid and Juventus.His performances unsurprisingly saw him attract interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs, with Barcelona ultimately winning the race for the 22-year-old in a £65 million ($81m) deal.Burnley fan Scott Cunliffe was joint winner of the UEFA #EqualGame Award, which honours those who highlight diversity, inclusion and accessibility in football. Cunliffe ran to every single Burnley away match during the 2018-19 season, raising more than £54,000 for the club’s charities.Borussia Dortmund were also honoured for their work in tackling tackling far-right extremism among their fanbase, challenging racism and adopting a clear policy on the humanitarian rights of refugees and asylum-seekers.The first award of the evening went to Manchester United legend Eric Cantona, who collected the President’s Award from UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin to honour his illustrious playing career and charity work.last_img read more