Modi Calls Trump, Offers Condolences On New York Terror Attack

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi during a call to the White House on Nov. 1 offered his condolences to the families of victims killed in the New York City attack, and strongly condemned terrorism.A readout of the call, issued by the White House, said that Prime Minister Modi and U.S. President Donald Trump have resolved to jointly fight the war against terrorism. Trump accepted Modi’s condolences over the attack that saw eight people dead and dozen others injured.“The two leaders resolved that India and the United States will continue to fight together against the global scourge of terrorism,” according to the White House statement.Prime Minister of India Mr. @narendramodi spoke to President Trump and conveyed his condolences on the New York terrorist attacks. pic.twitter.com/rBbynjn48L— India in New York (@IndiainNewYork) November 2, 2017Modi had condemned the attack that had been linked to the Islamic State group in a tweet on Nov. 1. “Strongly condemn the terror attack in New York City. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased & prayers with those injured,” he tweeted.Strongly condemn the terror attack in New York City. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased & prayers with those injured.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 1, 2017British Prime Minister Theresa May also spoke to Trump over a call, in which they emphasized the importance of coordination between the two countries. “President Trump and Prime Minister May agreed on the importance of closer counterterrorism coordination between the United States and the United Kingdom,” the White House said.Eight people were killed when 29-year-old Uzbek immigrant Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov drove a pickup truck into bicyclists and pedestrians near the 9/11 memorial. Six of those who were killed were tourists. The statements he made after the arrest linked the attack to the Islamic State group, the authorities said. Saipov came to the United States in 2010.No Indians were hurt in the attack, the Consulate General of India in New York said. The consulate tweeted: “Our sources in the New York Police Department (NYPD) indicate there are no Indian names amongst the casualties. So far preliminary information.” The Indian embassy is in touch with the NYPD for more details, the tweet said.Our sources in NYPD indicate there are no Indian names amongst the casualties. So far preliminary info. We are ascertaining. @SushmaSwaraj— India in New York (@IndiainNewYork) October 31, 2017 Related ItemsIndia US tiesIslamic State US attackLittle IndiaModi TrumpModi White HouseNew York truck attackUS terror attacklast_img read more

NHS Staff Shortage Crisis Deepening Due to Hostile Environment, Say UK Doctors

first_imgThe tough immigration rules stemming from a “hostile environment” in the United Kingdom are worsening the crisis of shortage of medical staff in the country’s National Health Service (NHS), say medical professionals, the Guardian reported.In a letter to UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid, Prof Helen Stokes-Lampard, the chair of Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), stated that NHS needs an urgent overhaul. This is due to the Theresa May government’s failure in fulfilling its promise of hiking the number of general practitioners (GP) in England by 5,000 by 2020. The numbers are now decreasing instead of increasing.“Clear targets to increase recruitment to general practice have been set out in NHS England’s General Practice Forward View, but these look increasingly difficult to achieve,” Stokes-Lampard wrote, as per the report.The RCGP has requested Javid to help in providing relief to the United Kingdom’s shortage of family doctors by placing them on the shortage occupation list of the migration advisory committee. This will make the process of hiring GPs from foreign nations easier.Many health professionals, including nurses, paramedics, old age psychiatrists and radiographers, are already on the shortage occupation list as they are very short in supply in the United Kingdom.A lobbying group led by doctors has also cautioned Javid that doctors who are presently working for the NHS, and other doctors who have been chosen for GP training, have been asked to leave the country after being denied Tier 2 visas, the Independent reported.The Doctors’ Association UK has written a letter to Javid, saying that “severe understaffing of the NHS is being exacerbated by visa rules,” the report said.The letter added that among the thousands of doctors who have been refused Tier 2 visas are those who are currently training as well as working in the United Kingdom. “We, as doctors, are feeling the strain of working in departments, wards and general practices, which are severely understaffed. Several specialties are under-filled, and too often we find we are having do the jobs of several doctors at once,” the letter said, as per the Independent.The letter added that 1,500 doctors have been refused Tier 2 visas to come and work in the NHS in the past four months. “This is despite the fact that there are reportedly 10,000 vacant posts for doctors,” the letter pointed out.Javid on June 3 said that the United Kingdom will review the country’s visa system for highly skilled immigrants, BBC reported. Two UK Cabinet members had earlier asked May for relaxation of the visa cap on foreign doctors coming to the United Kingdom from outside the European Union. Related ItemsNHSSajid JavidUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

Indian IT Firms Exploit Loophole in UK Visa System: Report

first_imgAn immigration think tank in the United Kingdom has accused Indian IT companies of exploiting an existing “loophole” in the Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) scheme to obtain visas for Indian employees, thus narrowing down the opportunities for British workers.International IT companies, mainly from India, obtain a project or contract from a UK-based firm, and then tend to bring workers from the native country via the ICT visa route, which is a system intended for posting senior executives to and from the United Kingdom, the report by Migration Watch UK said.The migration advocacy organization has cited many discrepancies in the ICT visa route, and also recommended some measures to change the current situation, in its report titled “Distortion of the ICT visa system” that was released on Aug. 14.“This is known as third-party contracting and usually involves an international IT company, typically based in India, obtaining a contract to deliver a project or support services to a UK entity and then staffing it with workers from the company’s home country,” the report said, adding that this route has no cap on numbers and does not require the sponsoring company even to try to source its workforce within the United Kingdom.The report lists 32 international companies, each of which issued at least 50 percent ICTs for third party contracting. A total of 16 of these firms are India-based, including Infosys Ltd, Wipro Technologies, Tech Mahindra Ltd and HCL Great Britain Ltd. American companies such as Cognizant and IBM have also been named in the list.Topping the list is India’s Tata Consultancy Services, which issued 6,285 ICTs in 2017, of which 6,205 were meant for third-party contracting. Infosys and Wipro issued 2,030 and 1,795 ICTs, respectively, of which 1985 and 1690, respectively, were for third-party contracting. The corresponding figures for Tech Mahindra were 1,020 and 1005, respectively, while HCL Great Britain issued 750 out of 800 ICTs for third-party contracting. Cognizant issued 2,720 out of 2,780 ICTs for third-party while IBM used the route for 1035 out of 1,135 ICTs. Companies from Ireland, France and Japan made the rest of the list with smaller numbers.The major loophole being exploited by Indian IT firms, according to the report, is the absence of any cap on the number of visas issued under Tier-2 (ICT). A limit of 20,700 visas is applied on the Tier-2 (General) visa route, which is the appropriate way to bring in skilled workers in the United Kingdom.The misuse of this route by foreign-based companies undermines the integrity of the immigration system in the United Kingdom, the report said, adding that it also leaves a drastic effect on the British workforce.Citing the huge surge in the numbers of visa issued under ICT, the report pointed out that since 1992, the number issued has increased eightfold and now constitutes over 60 percent of all work permits. “In 2017, 58,000 of 94,000 Tier 2 work visas issued to migrants and their dependents, were via the ICT route – the majority of which were for third-party contracting,” it said.“Many people are asking why non-EU migration has not been reduced. Here is part of the answer. Either the government have taken their eye off the ball or they have been too heavily influenced by a small group of companies and have ignored their own Advisory Committee. Those who have lost out are British workers whose opportunities have been diminished,” Lord Green of Deddington, the Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said.The report underlines that exploitation of the ICT route by international companies leaves a negative impact on the work opportunities of British IT workers and computer science graduates. Also, it undercuts the British competitors of these firms as they hire the talent at low wages in comparison to the market rates in Britain.This report recommends that ICT salary threshold should be increased to reflect the ongoing rate for IT workers in the UK labor market accurately. It also advocates for a Resident Labor Market Test to be conducted by third-party contractors, who should fill as many vacancies from that before taking the ICT route.It also suggests that income tax and national insurance payments be made mandatory for ICT recipients, regardless of the period of their stay. Also, the company must prove that there is no capacity within its UK-based operation to perform the function before sponsoring an ICT.TechUK, the IT industry representative body that forged the U.K.-India Tech Alliance with NASSCOM earlier this year, said it was wrong to suggest that international talent undercuts the domestic skilled workers from the United Kingdom, PTI reported.“At a time when many tech firms are already concerned with changes to EU migration, the government should be looking to make it easier to secure international talent to support the needs of a growing digital economy, including by removing the arbitrary cap on Tier 2 visas. That is a far better way to help drive the competitiveness of the U.K. post-Brexit and create jobs,” the news agency quoted Antony Walker, Deputy CEO, TechUK, as saying. Related ItemsTier 2 VisaUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

Playing for ‘Our Own,’ Afghan Cricket Stars Return Home as Heroes

first_imgSome of the children walked for two hours. Others paid about 30 cents for the bus ride. Some left home in their faded blue uniforms, backpacks and all, but skipped school rather than risk missing anything.Now they are here, at the Kabul International Cricket Ground, among a crowd of roughly 300 who are watching the final of a local league, with a $15,000 prize up for grabs. It is 75 degrees in the intense sun of early afternoon.Most of the older people in the crowd sit in the stands, in the shade of pop-up marquees. But not these children. They are pressed against the blue railing, their eyes intent above its spearlike tips, and just below the razor wire that is supposed to prevent anyone from entering the field.They are not just cricket fans — they are fanatics, commentator-mimics, encyclopedias of often-imagined trivia about their favorite players. And just curious, demanding children. For hours, they remain intent on every play, almost immediately returning to the railing each time they are chased up the stands by a Taser-carrying guard.Many of the players in front of them are stars: celebrities propelled by the game from villages and dusty refugee camps to the highest national, and even international, stage. So when the fans demand, they oblige. This is the love they play for.“Hey Shafaq, sign this, will you?” shouts one boy, sticking his cap through the railing at Shafiqullah Shafaq, a member of the country’s national team who is fielding at the boundary now for one local side. Shafaq steps over the boundary rope and signs cap after cap on his raised knee.As the play resumes, he drops the pen and runs after the ball.“Shafaq, any chance for a photo?” calls another young fan.“After this ball,” Shafaq says. Phone after phone is handed to him as he extends his arm, smiles, takes selfies with the children behind the railing, and then hands the phones back.“Playing in our own nation, for our own people, it gives me happiness,” Shafaq said after the game, which his team lost by a small margin. Cricket has had a remarkable rise in Afghanistan, after its first team was born, more than a decade ago, by players returning home from the dusty parks of a refugee camp in Pakistan. Now Afghanistan’s team consistently ranks in the world’s top 10. “A very long journey, in a very short time,” said Shukrullah Atif Mashal, chairman of the Afghanistan Cricket Board. “I think it’s a great example, for all institutions in Afghanistan.”Responsive WordPress YouTube Gallery PluginWordPress Gallery Free VersionMohammed Ibrahim taking a selfie with a fan’s phone during a May 1 cricket match in Kabul, Afghanistan. His side, the Terra Defenders, defeated the Pamir Riders.Photo: Andrew Quilty/ The New York TimesIn the documentary “Out of the Ashes,” which beautifully captures the Afghan cricket team’s rise, one player recites a couplet that describes the team’s philosophy — and the escape that this unlikely game continues to bring to a weary and traumatized nation:Pull up your sleeves and danceThe happiness of the poor comes only now and thenAfter every victory, every step up in the rankings, the team is, in fact, welcomed home with song and dance. Fans and officials wait at the stadium with flowers and music. The players are driven around Kabul in the backs of trucks, trophy in hand, smiles beaming.The players’ faces are all over billboards and commercials. Television channels carry their games live; radio stations compete for the commentary. In the small province of Khost, four local television channels and eight of the 10 local radio channels broadcast games live, sometimes even local provincial games. There is tremendous money in the game. The International Cricket Council, the sport’s organizing body, gives Afghanistan about $1.4 million a year, around 33 percent of the game’s overall budget, Mashal said. The rest comes from private sponsors, their willing numbers increasing with the game’s popularity.Like almost everything else in Afghanistan, the game is not untouched by accusations of ethnic bias and cozying to certain political groups. But Mashal, the chairman, says he is committed to equal development of the game across the country.These days, a top national team player could make as much as $10,000 a month, with everything from salary to match fees included, according to Mashal. That is a large sum in a country where a police officer’s monthly salary is about $200. Then there are private leaguesfor bonus income.A player like Shafaq, for example, is paid about $1,000 for a week’s play in a private tournament like this one. Other leagues offer as much as $500 a match.Some top Afghan players also play for the game’s largest international leagues, in Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Caribbean. The talk these days is about two players who were given contracts in the lucrative Indian Premier League, the highest private stage for the game. The Afghan teenage star Rashid Khan got a whopping $600,000 contract, and a veteran, Mohammed Nabi, received $46,000 — all for about six weeks’ play.In the evenings, televised Indian Premier League games are a big show in town.At his small fast-food and sweets shop in the Macroyan neighborhood of Kabul, Sediqullah Khan is glued to his 32-inch Samsung television. He usually closes shop by 9 p.m., but on a recent Wednesday night he was waiting for the game to finish.“I didn’t know what the Indian Premier League was before this, but now I watch because Nabi and Rashid are playing — I have not missed a single game,” Khan said. “I have a TV at home also, but it’s not this big and I can’t watch in this good quality.” At the cricket ground, with snow-covered mountain peaks hovering in the distance, the curious children behind the railing are busy with all sorts of subjects, including last night’s Indian Premier League game in which Khan, the young Afghan star, was playing. “Who won last night?” Bismillah, 13, asks. He fell asleep after the game was interrupted by rain.Before he has even heard the answer, he sees Mohammed Ibrahim, one of the players on the field in front of him, gulping from a water bottle during a fielding break.Bismillah asks his friend next to him the player’s name, and then shouts after him: “Hey, Ibrahim, can you give me some of that water?”Ibrahim, tall and athletic, steps over the rope to hand him the bottle through the railing.“Toss it back here after you drink — this is the only bottle I have,” Ibrahim says.The bottle makes the rounds. The children drink from it one after another. It does not make it back to Ibrahim on the field.His sun-beaten lips moist now, Bismillah puffs his chest and begins a commentary on the game in front of him as if he were on the radio: “What a glorious shot! The ball is running toward the boundary!” “They should just give me a list of the player names and a loudspeaker,” Bismillah says, satisfied with his own performance. “But they won’t.”Next to him, Rahatullah, 11, is busy with different ways of calculating what the $600,000 Khan is being paid in India means.“Every ball that he pitches is one lakh rupees,” roughly $1,500, Rahatullah calculates.During the innings break, the renowned national team player Mohammed Shahzad walks out of the VIP room in jeans and sandals. He has recently been suspended from the game for a short while by the international council for using a prohibited substance.The children have decided he is going to jail. “It’s not just a regular jail,” Bismillah says. “It’s a nice room, and it has a television, too.”© 2017 New York Times News Service Related Itemslast_img read more

UK Universities Pitch for New Post-Study Visa for Foreign Students

first_imgUniversities in the United Kingdom have called for a new post-study work visa that will allow international students to work there for up to two years after studies. According to these universities, this will not only help the students get work experience but will also help British employers hire talented people.UK had this policy before the government scrapped it in 2012 severely impacting students from some countries including India. As a result, the number of students from India going to UK for higher studies declined by 26 percent between 2012-13 and 2016-17, according to a statement by UK’s Higher Education Statistics Agency.In the annual conference (4-5 Sept.) of Universities UK (UUK), an umbrella body of leading British Universities, university leaders said that by allowing students to work for two years after they complete their studies, United Kingdom can once again become attractive for foreign students. Since 2011, enrolments in British universities has been flat.UUK took the Twitter to share the idea of new post-study visa, pitched in the conference, held in Sheffield, England.As we propose a new visa to allow international students to stay and work for two years after they graduate, here is a reminder of international students’ impact on jobs and the economy across the UK. This, alongside their vital academic and cultural contribution. pic.twitter.com/P1fiBmcAnD— Universities UK (@UniversitiesUK) September 4, 2018UUK members underlined the need of easing the tightened student visa policy citing the relaxed student visa policies of Unites States, Canada, and Australia resulting in these countries becoming top choice among international students for higher education.Prof. Dame Janet Beer, President of UUK and Vice Chancellor of University of Liverpool said that many international students carefully choose their educational destination only after assessing the possibility of working there after completing their studies.Highlighting the importance of this proposed visa, he said, “This improved post-study visa would put us on a par with what is offered by countries such as the U.S., Canada, and Australia. It would send a more welcoming message to international students and signal that the UK is open to talented individuals from around the world.”According to current rules to work in United Kingdom post study, students must find a job with a salary of at least £20,800 at an employer having Tier 2 sponsor license within four months of completion of the course or they must find sponsorship as an entrepreneur. However, Ph.D. students can stay for up to 12 months after completing their degree. The universities want these conditions to go as they are tough and are discouraging students from studying at British universities.The universities want the government to bring new student visa that would give international students longer period to search for a Tier 2 eligible job. It will also allow higher education institutions registered as Tier 4 sponsors to sponsor their graduates to search for and gain work experience in the UK for up to two years, that too without any restriction on job level or salary.Prof. Beer stressed that keeping the Brexit discussions in thoughts, UK should opt an ambitious immigration policy that helps boost our regional and global competitiveness.“Allowing talented international students to work for a period post-study in the UK will help employers, large and small, to fill skills gaps. As well as enabling growth, our universities will become more internationally competitive and it will mean that UK students can develop a global mindset too,” said Stephen Isherwood, Chief Executive at the Institute of Student Employers. Related Itemslast_img read more

Indian Identity Issues In Spotlight Ahead of Malaysia Elections

first_imgThe identity of Indian Muslims is at the centre of several debates in Malaysia as general elections loom ahead in the country. Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi sparked a fresh controversy this weekend when he took a dig at former PM Mahathir Mohamad’s origins, saying the veteran politician had used the Malay community to boost his political career, despite the fact that he was an Indian. Mahathir, in an interview with The Malaysian Insight on Thursday, countered the charge by saying the Malays were the ones to have used him.Mahathir as KuttyThe fact that Zahid cited Mahathir’s identity card to say that his name is “a/l Iskandar Kutty” instead of “Mohamad” drew sharp reactions from several quarters. Political observers feel the comment will only serve to dampen the chances of the ruling United Malays National Organisation (Umno), Malaysia’s largest political party, of which Zahid is the deputy president. The remarks have come at a time when the government is trying to draw the Indian Muslim voters, with Prime Minister Najib Razak saying recently that they would consider a proposal by an Indian Muslim organisation to recognise the community as bumiputera, which means ‘sons of the soil’.Zahid-Mahathir Spat ContinuesMahathir, who earned a fair share of supporters during his 22 years as prime minister until 2003, lost no time to retort to Zahid’s comments. “This is good enough to show that Zahid is a big liar. A big liar because he cannot show the blue-coloured identity card,” Mahathir said on Monday in a video post on the Facebook page of his party, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, that he launched last year after quitting Umno.Courtesy IANSHis daughter Marina Mahathir did not deny her Indian heritage, saying Iskandar was the name of her father’s grandfather and that the late Iskandar had married into a prominent Malay family, Straits Times reported.Indian Muslims in MalaysiaIndian Muslims, numbering about 200,000 people in Malaysia, came out with mixed reactions over the proposal to give them the Bumiputra status. “We are a minority community, so we need government assistance,” Dhajudeen Shahul Hameed, president of the Federation of Malaysian Indian Muslim Associations, was quoted as saying by Straits Times. Many elders in the community don’t agree, the publication reported. The proposal also drew criticism from some in the Malay community.What is bumiputera status?The term bumiputera was introduced in 1971 by PM Razak’s father, then Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, to classify those who would benefit from the New Economic Policy (NEP) that was devised with an aim to eliminate poverty among Malays and other indigenous races.The scheme entitles the bumiputera to avail of a quota in public universities, and gives them access to housing discounts, and other government facilities like loans. Related ItemsIndian Muslims bumiputeraIndian Muslims MalaysiaMahathir Mohamad Indian originMahathir Mohamad kuttyMalaysia electionsZahid Hamidi Mahathir Mohamadlast_img read more

Withdrawal of H-4 Visa Work Permit in Final Stages, Says Trump Administration

first_imgThe Trump administration has told a U.S. court that the move to roll back work authorization for certain categories of H-4 visa holders is in final stages, PTI reported. The decision that could hit tens of thousands of Indians, as 93 per cent of total H-4 visa holders with work permits in the United States are from India, according to a recent Congressional report.The Department of Homeland Security told a federal court in a status update on May 24 that the proposed rule is in the final stages of clearance, the report said.The court was told that once the proposal is cleared through the DHS, it will be sent to the Office of Management and Budget for review under Executive Order for regulatory and planning review.The DHS reiterated in its court filing that it intends to proceed with the publication of this new rule concerning the H-4 visa rule. The final notification on the work authorization rollback is expected in June.The H-4 visa is popular among the spouses of H-1B visa-holding Indian IT professionals. The move to end the Obama-era program is likely to have an adverse impact on about 70,000 H-4 visa holders who have work permits.It was in 2015 that the Barack Obama administration came out with an executive order to give work authorization permits to certain categories of H-4 visa holders.Last week, a group of 130 U.S lawmakers led by Indian American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal wrote a letter to the administration, urging it to continue to grant work permits to certain dependent spouses of workers with H-1B visas. The letter, dated May 16, was signed by Republican as well as Democrat lawmakers.The leaders pointed out in the letter to DHS Secretary Kirsten Nielsen that providing work authorization for accompanying spouses helps American employers recruit and retain highly qualified employees from other countries, putting it on par with Canada and Australia, which are competing to attract talented foreign nationals.They wrote: “Many are on the path to permanent residency and would already be permanent residents if not for the decades-long employment backlogs. Rescinding the rule will hurt the competitiveness of U.S employers and the U.S economy, as well as H-4 accompanying spouses and their families. We strongly urge you to reconsider this action.”From May 2015, when the Obama-era rule was implemented, to December last year, the U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services approved 126,853 applications for employment authorization for H-4 visa holders. This number includes 90,946 initial approvals, 35,219 renewals, and 688 replacements for lost cards. Over 100,000 H-4 visa holders have been beneficiary of this rule. Related Itemsh-4 visaUnited Stateslast_img read more

Pacquiao gives away cars on 40th birthday

first_imgManny Pacquiao takes a break from training to party.Manny Pacquiao is known for two things: boxing greatness and generosity.The only boxer to win belts in eight weight divisions celebrated his 40th birthday Monday by giving away cars, motorcycles and home appliance to his townmates in General Santos City.ADVERTISEMENT Pacquiao has also established himself as a political heavy hitter after being named campaign manager for PDP Laban candidates in the 2019 midterm elections.Zonio said 12,000 tickets were distributed for the party while wide screens will beam the party happenings for those unable to get in.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READ NLEX sending Desiderio, Tratter to Blackwater for Erram On a break from his training camp, ahead of the Jan. 19 fight against Adrien Broner in Las Vegas, the senator raffled off prizes in a local mall, according to his aide Aquiles Zonio.On the eve of his birthday, he was seen giving away grocery items to thousands of the city’s poor residents, something that has been a tradition even when he is in the United States training.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefBut for family and friends, Pacquiao threw the “the biggest birthday bash ever” on Monday night.His guest list included no less than President Duterte and other personalities in politics and show business. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñolast_img read more

Indian Premier League 2016: Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians, As it happened

first_imgParthiv Patel slammed a brilliant 81 while Ambati Rayudu came up with asuperb knock of 65 off 37 balls as Mumbai Indians crushed Kings XIPunjab by 25 runs in Mohali. (Scorecard)Highlights!Kings XI Punjab innings:23.35 IST: That’s it! Its all over for Punjab! Parthiv (81), Rayudu (65) star as Mumbai Indians crush Kings XI Punjab by 25 runs.23.31 IST: OUT! Bowled again! McClenaghan destroys KXIP completely. This time removes Johnson for 1. KXIP 151/7 in 19 overs23.28 IST: OUT! Bowled! Mitchell McClenaghan knocks over Axar Patel for a duck! KXIP 149/6 in 18.3 overs23.23 IST: OUT! Bumrah strikes again in the same over, removes Nikhil Naik for 1. A perfect half volley on the off stump, Naik looks to hoick it over theleg side but is undone by the pace. KXIP 141/5 in 18 overs23.20 IST: OUT! Big wicket! Bumrah castles Maxwell for 56! Fuller ball on off, bit slow too Maxwell looks to go hard over the offside but gets a bottom edge an ball gets dragged onto the stumps. Big,big wicket for Mumbai! Punjab 139/4 in 17.1 overs23.17 IST: It looks like a difficult task for Punjab now with 51 runs needed in 18 ball. KXIP 139/3 in 17 overs23.10 IST: Fifty for Glenn Maxwell off 33 balls – his first in IPL 2016. He need this innings badly. KXIP 124/3 in 15.2 overs23.06 IST: OUT! Southee gets the much-needed breakthrough for Mumbai, removes Marsh for 45. KXIP 121/3 in 15 overs22.57 IST: 100 comes up for Kings XI Punjab! Both Mash and Maxwell are going superbly. KXIP 102/2 in 13 overs 22.50 IST: Maxwell and Marsh have forged a strong partnership for Punjab. They are playing smart cricket. 50-run stand comes up between them.  KXIP 88/2 in 11 oversadvertisement22.42 IST: A good over for Kings XI Punjab as Krunal Pandya gives away 11 runs. Punjab need more big over. KXIP 68/2 in 9 overs  22.35 IST: 50 up for Kings XI Punjab in 7 overs. Both Shaun marsh and Glenn Maxwell will be the key for the hosts.  22.28 IST: Powerplay is over and Punjab have lost both their openers to be at 40/2 in 6 overs 22.23 IST: OUT! KXIP lose their 2nd as Bumrah removes Manan Vohra on 7. KXIP 32/2 in 4.5 overs chasing 190 vs MI22.13 IST: OUT! Southee draws first blood, removes Murali Vijay on 9. Fuller ball on off, Vijay shimmies down the track and lofts it but gets a leading edge to the off side. Buttler runs to his left and takes a well judged catch at cover-point. Mumbai all pumped up! KXIP 21/1 in 3 overs 22.10 IST: Good over for KXIP as Mitchell McClenaghan gives away 9 runs. KXIP 10/0 in 2 overs 22.03 IST: Krunal Pandya drops an easy chance to get rid of Murali Vijay. KXIP 1/0 in 1 over 22.00 IST: Here we go with the KXIP chase. Murali Vijay takes the first ball as Southee opens for Mumbai Indians. Mumbai Indians innings! 21.45 IST: Parthiv Patel (81), Ambati Rayudu (65) power Mumbai Indians to 189/6 in 20 overs against Kings XI Punjab.21.44 IST! Mohit Sharma gets rid of Pollard and Hardik Pandya off his last two balls. However, Mumbai finish at 189/6 in 20 overs 21.39 IST: OUT! Parthiv has to go this time! Banged in short, Patel was cramped upfor room who wanted to pull but at the end just opens the face towardspoint. Catch is been taken by March there, The southpaw is gone. MI 185/4 in 19 overs21.32 IST: OUT! Mohit Sharma castles Jos Buttler for 24. Finally gets his man! Slower ball on the stumps, Buttler was gettingnervy there after missing his last shot. He looks to smoke it to the leg side but gets beaten. The ball disturbs the timber and the big man isgone. MI 174/3 in 17.5 overs 21.26 IST: Another good over Mumbai Indians. Sandeep Sharma gives away 9 runs off his final over. MI 165/2 in 17 overs 21.20 IST: SIX! Jos Buttler brings up the 150 for Mumbai with a maximum. It’s raining sixes in Mohali. Sahu gives away 16 runs. MI 156/2 in 16 overs 21.17 IST: OUT! Ambati Rayudu departs after hitting Axar for consecutive Sixes! MI lose their second as Rayudu goes for 65. MI 137/2 in 14.3 overs 21.10 IST: Mumbai Indians look set for an imposing total. Both Parthiv and Rayudu have are not giving a single chance to the Punjab bowlers. MI 125/1 in 14 overs21.00 IST: Half-century come up for Parthiv Patel in 41 balls! Outstanding innings! MI 114/1 in 13 overs20.56 IST: Rayudu welcomes Axar Patel with a Six and four to complete his half-century in 31 balls. MI 101/1 in 12 overs 20.51 IST: Parthiv and Rayudu have completely settled. Both are playing smart cricket. Punjab need to find ways to get a breakthrough here. MI 77/1 in 10 overs 20.46 IST: Dropped! Axar Patel puts down Ambati Rayudu at 34! That’s the second chance for Punjab going down the drain. MI 69/1 in 9 overs 20.40 IST: Another good over for Mumbai Indians – 11 runs coming off Maxwell’s 1st over, including a SIX! MI 60/1 in 8 overs advertisement20.35 IST: Parthiv Patel and Ambati Rayudu have revived Mumbai’s innings are the early loss of Rohit Sharma. MI 49/1 in 7 overs 20.30 IST: Mitchell Johnson is leaking runs and it’s not a good sign for Punjab. It is allowing Rayudu and Parthiv to settle down. MI 39/1 in 6 overs20.26 IST: OUT! Wait, it’s a no-ball. Parthiv gets a lifeline as Johnson bowls a no-ball. It’s all happening at Mohali. Short ball on off, Parthiv looks to send it high over the square leg but finds Axar on the ropes. Oh dear, he is gone but wait a minute, the umpires are checking for a no ball of over stepping and yes it is, Parthiv will continue to bat. That was big no ball.20.22 IST: Ambati Rayudu tries to up the run-rate for Mumbai Indians, gets a boundary off Sandeep Sharma’s 3rd over. MI 25/1 in 5 overs 20.18 IST: Good start for Kings XI Punjab. Mitchell Johnson and Sandeep Sharma have kept things tight. MI 18/1 in 4 overs 20.15 IST: Another superb over from Sandeep Sharma, gives away just 2 runs. MI 13/1 in 3 overs 20.10 IST: Consecutive FOURS from Parthiv! Fuller ball on legs, Patel flicks that with ease to square leg boundary to get back-to-back boundaries. MI 11/1 in 2 overs20.08 IST: FOUR! Smacked! Length ball on off from Johnson, bit of a straight as it came onto the bat and Parthiv does the rest to send it to cover boundary.20.02 IST: OUT!  Big wicket for KXIP. Sandeep Sharma strikes in his 2nd ball, removes Rohit Sharma for a duck! Fuller ball on off, Rohit goes for a drive to covers but nicks it to the keeper. Captain goes for a duck. Big, big wicket! That was a very loose shot on the second ball of the over. MI 2/1 in 1 over20.00 IST: Here we go! Parthiv Patel, who is playing in his 99th IPL match, and Rohit Sharma are out to open for MI. Sandeep Sharma starts for KXIP.http://indiatoday.intoday.in/scorecard/matchcenter.jsp #KXIPvMI 19.55 IST: Here are some words of encouragement from KXIP co-owner Preity Zinta. All the best @lionsdenkxip & #kxipboys for today’s game ???Crossing my fingers today from the sets of #bhaiyyajisuperhit #KXIPvsSRH Tinggggg ??? Preity zinta (@realpreityzinta) April 23, 201619.50 IST: Batting has been the weak link in Mumbai Indians’ armour. Apart from captain Rohit Sharma, none of their batsmen have been able to take the responsibility and that’s why the defending champions are languishing in the lower half of the IPL table. Mumbai have to put up a good show with the bat tonight against Kings XI Punjab, who already have the advantage of the toss. Good news for Punjab is that pacer Mitchell Johnson is back for them and will provide the missing venom to their bowling attack.     19.45 IST: Playing XIsKings XI Punjab: Murali Vijay, Manan Vohra, Shaun Marsh, David Miller, Glenn Maxwell, Nikhil Naik, Axar Patel, Mitchell Johnson, Pardeep Sahu, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep SharmaMumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Parthiv Patel, Ambati Rayudu, Krunal Pandya, Jos Buttler, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Tim Southee, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah advertisement19.35 IST: Quotes! David Miller: First time I have won the toss so pretty chuffed about that. Chasing teams have been very successful. We have had good success in the past while chasing. Two changes, Mitchell Johnson and Pardeep Sahu come in.Rohit Sharma: We know where we stand, wicket looks good as usual. High scoring ground. One side is short. We need to post a good total. We know we are going to be on the road for a while now. Same team. 19.30 IST: Toss! Kings XI Punjab opt to bowl against Mumbai Indians. Mitchell Johnson is back for KXIP!19.20 IST: Meanwhile, some good news for Sunrisers Hyderabad fans! Yuvraj Singh is back to training. Block block and the flourish on the final one. @YUVSTRONG12 has a small stint with the bat @SunRisers #IPL pic.twitter.com/aSWBz6UxDB IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 25, 201618.55 IST: While Mumbai Indians are placed 6th on the table with two victories in six matches, Punjab are languishing at the last spot with only one win in five games. 18.40 IST: We are less than hour away from the toss at the PCA Stadium in Mohali where both Kings XI Punjab and defending champions Mumbai Indians will be eyeing a turnaround. Preview: Struggling sides Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians will eye turnaround when they face off in an IPL match. (Full IPL Coverage)While Punjab are at the bottom of the table with two points from five games, having won only one, sixth-placed Mumbai have been a victim of their inconsistency, winning two out of six matches. Punjab come into the match after two successive losses against Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad. The David Miller-led side will aim to put aside their previous defeats and avoid a hat-trick of losses.Despite having match-winners like Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, David Miller and Murali Vijay in their ranks, Punjab have been inconsistent in their batting department. The main reason for their batting failure is the disappointing show from the mainstays – Miller and Maxwell. While South African Miller has scored 46 runs so far, Australian hard-hitter Maxwell has made a bare 39. They have hardly put up enough runs on the board for their bowlers to make an impact.In the bowling line-up, Mohit Sharma, Axar Patel, Sandeep Sharma will look to take a step ahead and put up a collective effort to stop the Mumbai batting powerhouse from exploding. Mumbai have struggled to hit any rhythm but showed signs of getting their act together while successfully chasing 171 against Bangalore. But they again faltered against Delhi Daredevils on Saturday. They left it too late while chasing 165.Mumbai’s batting has lacked fluency. Their opening act has been poor with only skipper Rohit Sharma showing skill and zeal to fight it out against adversity.Rohit has led from the front, scoring three half-centuries. But head coach Ricky Ponting would like to have his other batsmen offer more to the cause. The side’s batting has been too dependent on the skipper and the extra burden on his shoulders proved costly in most occasions this campaign.But today, it will be a fresh start for both the sides and Mumbai will look to get their third IPL title hopes back on track.last_img read more

I’ve been a little bit sore the whole tournament, says Andy Murray post Wimbledon heartbreak

first_imgDefending champion Andy Murray, who suffered a shocking exit at the Wimbledon at Wednesday after struggling with hip issues in the latter stages of his quarter-final loss against American Sam Querrey, admitted taking a break was not out of the question and did not blame the injury for his defeat.The world number one slumped to a 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 6-1, 6-1 defeat to Querrey in the contest that lasted for two hours and 41 minutes on the Centre Court.Instead Murray praised the 28th-ranked American, saying that Querrey’s game is tailor made for grass, but that he’s also made adjustments to utilise his strengths even further on the surface.”I think he’s played well this tournament. He’s looking to be aggressive. With the strengths and power that he has, it gives him the best chance to do well in these events,” the ATP website quoted Murray as saying.The Brit had arrived at the All England Club feeling the effects of his right hip problem.However, Murray admitted that once he knew playing through the pain wouldn’t affect his plans for the American hard-court season, he wanted to do everything possible to defend his Wimbledon crown.”I knew I wasn’t going to do any major damage by playing. We were looking at short-term solutions because you want to play Wimbledon. You want to play all of the Slams and give your best effort there,” said Murray.”I managed to get through a bunch of matches and did okay. Now I’ll sit down with my team and look a bit longer term, come up with a plan for what I have to do next.”advertisement”I’ve been a little bit sore the whole tournament, but I tried my best right to the end. I’m proud about that. It’s disappointing to lose at Wimbledon. There’s obviously an opportunity there, so I’m sad that it’s over,” he added.After Murray’s defeat, world number four Novak Djokovic could have reclaimed the numero one spot by winning the title.However, the three-time champion succumbed to a right-elbow injury to send Tomas Berdych through to his third Wimbledon semi-final.Djokovic came into the match with a 25-2 head-to-head record against Berdych but retired while trailing 7-6(2), 2-0 on No.1 Court.The result meant that Murray would hold on his current number one ATP ranking.last_img read more

Greek Professor in UK Says Hoop Star Antetokounmpo Not Greek

first_imgEchoing cries from racial slurs against another Greek basketball star with African heritage, Sofoklis Schortsanitis, a Greek professor said to be working for University College London said Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, a Greek citizen whose parents migrated from Nigeria, is not really Greek.Evangelos Markopoulos caused a stir on social media in Greece when he commented below a post in a video showing Antetokounmpo singing the Greek national anthem that the basketball player was “a black guy pretending to be Greek.”He said he was fed up with Antetokounmpo, who didn’t play for the Greek national team that was subsequently bumped out of the European tournament after he said he had a knee injury, which the country’s sports federation suggested was dubious and that he was trying to protect his career in his new home of Milwaukee.Even though Antetokounmpo and three of his four brothers were born in Greece, they did not automatically qualify to receive full Greek citizenship and almost until draft day – where he waved a big Greek flag – he wasn’t a citizen of either Greece or Nigeria, a stateless man.It was a prejudice faced by Schortsanitis, born to a Greek father and Cameroonian mother, a 6-10, 345-lb. basketball behemoth who was a key player on the 2006 Greek national team that stunned the United States team – with LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Paul, and Carmelo Anthony – and got to the final before losing to Spain.The xenophobic Golden Dawn, instead of joining in a celebration of Schortsanitis’ talent and the glory he brought his homeland – it’s his just as much theirs – declared he was a “non-Greek,” which wasn’t true but still better than being non-humans like them.Elias Panagiotaros, Golden Dawn’s troglodyte spokesman in 2012, put it this way: “We don’t think that Schortsanitis is Greek, according to the ideals of the Greek race. He is not Greek. Both of his parents should be Greek and belong to the European race.”TweetPinShare1919 Shareslast_img read more

Moudgil, Chandela secure Olympic quotas at World Championship

first_img(Eds: Updating with more results and details) Changwon, Sep 3 (PTI) Anjum Moudgil and Apurvi Chandela became the first set of Indian shooters to secure quota places for the 2020 Olympics by winning a silver and finishing fourth respectively in the women’s 10m air rifle event of the ISSF World Championship here Monday. Moudgil finished second on the podium behind Korean Hana Im (251.1) and ahead of bronze-medallist Eunhea Jung (228.0), who is also from Korea. The 24-year-old Moudgil shot a total of 248.4 in the eight-women final to open the Indian senior squad’s medal account in the prestigious tournament. While the equally talented Chandela aggregated 207 to finish fourth but still made the cut since a country can avail two Olympic quota places in this event. The International Shooting Sport Federation’s (ISSF) premier tournament assumes added significance as it is the first Olympic quota event for the Tokyo Games, offering as many as 60 berths across 15 events. Both Moudgil and Chandela’s sequence of scores in the finals included quite a few high 10s, an indication that the two were shooting well. Earlier in the qualifications, Moudgil and Chandela finished fourth and sixth respectively. Though the two shooters have secured quotas, as per the stated policy, the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) will take the final call on selection, based on the aggregate scores of shooters (in international tournaments and selection trials) leading up to the Olympic Games. In the men’s 10m air rifle event, Asian Games medallist Deepak Kumar cleared the qualification but finished sixth in the highly competitive final which was dominated by Russia and Croatia.advertisement India had on Sunday bagged two medals in the junior events, even as the seniors failed to make the finals of mixed events in 10m air rifle and air pistol. The junior events are not offering quotas. PTI AH PM ATKATKlast_img read more

Adam Gemili disqualified as Britain’s top sprinters are brought back to reality

first_img Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Inevitably, however, the eyes were drawn to Gemili’s pained expression as he was disqualified from what he intended to be his redemption race after an injury-hit season. “Honestly I didn’t feel like I false started,” he said afterwards. “It’s the first time in my career that’s ever happened to me. I just feel like I’ve let so many people down. It’s just absolutely gutting.“I know I’m in great shape but I haven’t had an individual race since the world championships to prove it. I know it’s only the grand prix – it’s not the world champs – but it feels the same for me. This was my redemption race to show everyone that I am in good shape and back running fast. I just want to say sorry.”Gemili does not have the best of luck here – two years ago he was taken off the track on a stretcher after ripping his hamstring while blasting under 10 seconds for the 100m for the first time, while he hobbled along the home straight during the UK trials in July and ended up missing out on the individual 100m and 200m at the world championships due to the hamstring injury that had blighted much of his season.Ujah, however, was in much more optimistic mood after beating James Dasaolu by 0.03, with Zharnel Hughes third a further 0.02 back. “I was optimistic coming into this race and you can see my current mind-set in my result,” he said. “I am very confident at the moment.”Mitchell-Blake, meanwhile, admitted he had to learn the lessons from his disappointing fifth in the 200m in a modest 20.46sec, behind the world champion Ramil Guliyev, who ran 20.17. “That was a brutal race,” Mitchell-Blake said. “Obviously the time wasn’t that pleasing but I just have to learn from it going forward. It has been a lot physically but a lot emotionally too to recover from the world championships.”In the women’s 100m Elaine Thompson looked back to her best after a strangely subdued performance at the world championships as she won in 10.93sec. Marie-Josée Ta Lou was second in 10.97 with Asher-Smith fifth in 11.21. “I had to bounce back first time after a disappointing world championships but the time is nothing to get excited about,” Thompson said. There was better news for British athletes in the men’s 400m as Dwayne Cowan won a weak race in a personal best of 45.39sec. “I’m pleased to set a PB but maybe I could have run 44 something,” he said. Share on Facebook Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Adam Gemili Athletics Share on Pinterest Read more Topics Share on WhatsApp Mo Farah calls time on GB career after victory in final track outing Share via Email news Reuse this content A week after soaring to scarcely imagined heights at the world championships many of Britain’s top sprinters came tumbling back down to reality at the Birmingham grand prix on Sunday.Poor Adam Gemili, who ran a storming second leg as Britain’s 4x100m men’s relay team took gold, felt it hardest as he was controversially false started in the 100m. Meanwhile his relay team‑mates Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and Danny Talbot faded to finish fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 200m. With Dina Asher-Smith, who inspired the women’s 4x100m team to silver, also coming fifth in a high-quality women’s 100m final, it was left to CJ Ujah to fly the flag highest for British sprinting by winning the men’s 100m in 10.08sec. Share on LinkedIn Share on Messengerlast_img read more

New PMNCH Knowledge Summary Highlights Integration of Immunization and Maternal and Child Health

first_imgPosted on April 26, 2013March 13, 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)The latest in the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Knowledge Summary series highlights the potential for integration of immunization services with other reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. This summary, “Integrating Immunizations and Other Services for Women and Children,” was prepared by IDEAS. As with the series as a whole, it synthesizes scientific evidence into a brief, user-friendly format so that key findings can inform policy and practice.From the introduction to the “Integrating Immunizations” knowledge summary:The Expanded Program on Immunizations (EPI) has dramatically decreased childhood morbidity and mortality since its introduction in 1974, and now reaches over 85% of the world’s children. Some countries and regions are still working to achieve high coverage, however, and many non-vaccine programs have not gained the same traction needed for maximum impact. Integrating service delivery, for example, health service providers could use the opportunity of immunizing a child to provide nutrition and family planning services for the parents, can provide a program foundation through which broad services can be equitably provided as well as give a beneficial boost to EPI coverage. While integration requires thoughtful and measured planning, the potential impact for families and communities is great.For the full series, including summaries on child marriage, the economic benefits of investments in maternal and child health and midwifery, visit PMNCH’s RMNCH knowledge portal.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

The Lancet’s Editor Richard Horton Provides Commentary on Recent MMR Estimates

first_imgPosted on May 28, 2014November 4, 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)If you have been following the news and our MMR Estimates Blog Series, you know that the WHO and IHME recently released new global estimates for maternal mortality. These estimates have strong implications for global maternal health goals as they will be used as baselines for Post-2015 targets.Dr. Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief at The Lancet, recently addressed a common concern with these estimates—the estimates differ greatly at a regional and country level. Dr. Horton points out, “These differences are not at all obvious when one examines the headline numbers from each source. IHME’s global estimate for maternal deaths is 292,982. The equivalent UN figure is 289,000. But at the regional level, big differences begin to appear.” In fact, 15 of the 75 countries with the highest burden of maternal mortality have estimates that differ by 1,041 to 21,792 maternal deaths. The discrepancy of 21,792 deaths falls on India—the country with the highest number of maternal deaths in the world.For a country that needs to strategize well to address this high burden of disease, India is faced with a discrepancy that could affect how they respond. Dr. Horton says, “[If] you were India’s new Prime-Minister-elect, Narendra Modi, you might just alter the urgency with which you acted to reduce maternal mortality if you believed the UN figure, which records a remarkable 21,792 fewer maternal deaths than the independently calculated estimate from a competing large international collaboration. It would not be unreasonable if other Presidents and Prime Ministers, let alone Ministers of Health, were confused by these often strikingly divergent results.” The discrepancies not only affect the important decisions of country officials, but also affect the credibility of the estimates themselves.So what can be done to address these discrepancies? Dr. Horton suggests reviewing the methods and models used to generate these estimates. “[The] Gates Foundation funded Independent Advisory Committee for the Global Burden of Disease… meets next month in Seattle. One of its remits is to ‘engage in dialogue with other efforts on global health estimates.’ A further goal is to review strengths and weaknesses of the GBD’s methods. But this second objective will solve only half of the problem. Someone also needs to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the UN’s methods. [The Independent Advisory Committee for the Global Burden of Disease] could consider conducting a careful comparison of methods used by both the UN and IHME.”The most important conclusion of this discussion is that country leaders need accurate data to effectively mitigate maternal mortality. As the common management adage teaches us, “You can’t manage what you can’t measure.” Hopefully with increased collaboration we can bridge the gap between UN and IHME estimates for maternal mortality.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Women, Girls and Universal Health Coverage: Who Is Accountable?

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 14, 2015December 7, 2016By: Belkis Giorgis, Global Technical Lead for Gender, Management Sciences for Health (MSH); Fabio Castaño, Global Technical Lead for Family Planning and Reproductive Health, Management Sciences for Health (MSH)Click 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 Woman-Centered Universal Health Coverage Series, hosted by the Maternal Health Task Force and USAID|TRAction, which discusses the importance of utilizing a woman-centered agenda to operationalize universal health coverage.Who is accountable for the young woman dying during childbirth in a hospital in Lusaka, Zambia? For the woman in a health center in Bugiri in Uganda? For the girl child in a rural home in Uttar Pradesh, India? In a shanty town in Tegucigalpa, Honduras? Who is accountable for the women and adolescent girls in a thousand places everywhere?The burden of ensuring safe delivery does not fall solely on the shoulders of women and girls, but falls on all of us. Whether we are policymakers, service providers, development workers, husbands, fathers or mothers-in-law, we can all make a difference. It is our responsibility to do so.  As a society, we owe it to women to ensure they have a safe delivery and access to family planning information and services.Complications from pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death among women and female adolescents in their reproductive years in low- and middle-income countries. Both family and cultural structures, as well as the health system, fail many women and girls, especially those living in rural and hard-to-reach regions. This is evidenced by the father who married off his daughter when she was a child, the husband who would not let his wife go to a health facility and a lack of affordable, accessible, quality facility-based care. These factors—in addition to ill-equipped clinics, poorly trained health workers and cultural perceptions that childbirth does not require skilled care—contribute to the high maternal mortality rates in developing countries.We have the responsibility to hold policymakers accountable for reforming health systems in pursuit of universal health coverage (UHC), which will transform populations’ health and save women’s and children’s lives. UHC shifts the burden of health costs from women to society and in a small way, shows our gratitude to women for giving life. UHC recognizes that women should not be neglected when they give birth and that women should not die while giving life. The responsibility of caring for women during delivery is a societal debt paid partly by eliminating the obstacles to safe, skilled and respectful care during childbirth.Because women often bear the greatest share of the economic costs associated with their families’ health, UHC can also have a proportionally greater effect on women by dramatically reducing their out-of-pocket costs and offering financial protection.Low-income countries must start with modest but high-impact services. A core package of services for reproductive, maternal and child health driven by community health workers provides the logical cornerstone of UHC plans.Family planning should be non-negotiable and included in even the most frugal UHC plans. Everyone has the right to access family planning services, which includes the ability to choose when and how to utilize a variety of options. Fulfilling the unmet need for family planning alone would prevent 150,000 maternal deaths and 640,000 newborn deaths globally each year.Through UHC, health systems can be strengthened to ensure that frontline health workers are in the right place at the right time to deliver the right services effectively.Who is accountable? We are. UHC that delivers for women and girls in the post-2015 era requires us all to be accountable. We must embrace this responsibility to accompany, support and empower women and adolescent girls on this journey fraught with both barriers and possibilities.Share this:last_img read more

Rangers vs Celtic team news: Old Firm line-ups confirmed

first_imgRangers meet Celtic at Ibrox in the 2019-20 season’s first Old Firm match this weekend.Both Glasgow sides were left celebrating in midweek as they won through to the group stages of the Europa League in contrasting fashion.Neil Lennon’s side cruised through with a convincing 4-1 win over AIK in Stockholm, while Rangers needed a last-gasp Alfredo Morelos goal to dispatch Legia Warsaw and seal a spot in the pools for the second successive season. 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? Will the feel-good factor around Steven Gerrard’s men continue, or will their neighbours spoil the party? Game Rangers vs Celtic Date Sunday, September 1 Time 12 noon BST / 7:00am ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game will be available to stream on B/R Live. US TV channel Online stream n/a B/R Live. In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be available to watch on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football. It can be streamed via Sky Go Extra. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Football Sky Go Extra Squads & Team News Position Rangers squad Goalkeepers McGregor, Foderingham, Firth Defenders Goldson, Helander, Katic, Edmundson, Barisic, Tavernier, Flanagan, Polster Midfielders Kamara, Halliday, King, Arfield, Davis, Jack, Dorrans, Holt, Docherty, Aribo Forwards Murphy, Jones, Hastie, Dodoo, Ojo, Grezda, Morelos, Defoe, Stewart Confirmed Rangers XI: McGregor; Tavernier, Goldson, Katic, Flanagan; Jack, Davis, Kamara; Aribo, Arfield; Defoe Position Celtic squad Goalkeepers Gordon, Bain, Forster Defenders Jullien, Hendry, Simunovic, Bolingoli, McInroy, Ralston, Welsh, Ajer, Miller, Bauer Midfielders Bitton, Brown, Sinclair, Morgan, Ntcham, Connell, McGregor, Forrest, Rogic, Christie, Hayes Forwards Griffiths, Bayo, Johnston, Shved, Edouard, Sinclair, Elyounoussi, Afolabi Confirmed Celtic XI: Forster; Elhamed, Jullien, Bitton, Bolignoli; Brown, McGregor; Forrest, Christie, Johnston; OdouardBetting & Match Odds Rangers go into the game as 13/10 faovurites with  bet365 . Celtic are priced at 21/10 while the draw is on offer at 11/5.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Alfredo Morelos Rangers 2019-20Rangers and Celtic both head into the opening Old Firm game of the season at Ibrox on Sunday in buoyant mood.The two Glasgow giants produced impressive performances in midweek to move through into the Europa League group stages, the Gers creating history by doing so as they became the first club to negotiate every qualifying round to reach that point in successive seasons.Although manager Steven Gerrard has previously said that the board of the Ibrox club have set Europe as their main goal, unseating eight-time defending Scottish champions Celtic must be to the forefront of their plans, too.Rangers have shown that they mean business this term, winning all three of their opening league fixtures while juggling their European commitments, yet they find themselves trailing their rivals on goal difference.If Celtic have looked vulnerable at the back, they have been prolific going the other way, scoring an impressive 15 goals.They have not, however, netted on either of their last two trips to Ibrox, where they have suffered successive defeats.Neil Lennon, however, is optimistic that his side have the potential to end that run and reassert their dominance over their neighbours.“We are in powerful form, particularly going forward,” he said. “The defence is looking like players are getting up to speed with how we play and more familiar with their surroundings. “I’d be delighted to keep a clean sheet. I’d fancy our chances to nick a goal or two. “We have a lot to look forward to going into the game.”Gerrard, meanwhile, is bullish about the hosts’ chances amid a surge of confidence in the blue half of the city.“I think when I first came in there was a fear of Celtic,” he said. “The supporters, I also predict some of the players, feared these fixtures. I think over the course of the 12 months we’ve proved that is no longer the case and on our day we’re a good match for Celtic.“It was always going to take time to close that gap but I think the fixture last year, the Christmas one where we beat them 1-0, lifted a lot of fear and gave us a lot of confidence and belief that, if we find the right level of performance, we are a match for anyone, certainly at Ibrox.“That’s what gives us confidence going into this fixture.”With the international break looming, a victory would be a huge shot in the arm for either side.last_img read more

Maradona to Gimnasia has ’80 per cent chance’ of completion

first_imgDiego Maradona is close to taking charge of Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata, according to the Argentina icon’s lawyer.Maradona has been out of work since leaving Ascenso MX side Dorados in June due to health reasons after undergoing surgery on his knee and shoulder.Superliga strugglers Gimnasia are bottom of the table after taking a single point from five matches this term. 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? Earlier this week, manager Dario Ortiz resigned his position after the club’s poor start to the season.Gimnasia could soon have a high-profile replacement for Ortiz, with Maradona’s lawyer saying that his legendary client is closing in on the position.”He’s very happy,” Maradona’s lawyer Matias Morla said to ESPN. “It’s been a while since he was taken into consideration to coach in Argentine football.”His intention is to lead and that of the president is that he be in charge. The fans sent him love through the [social] networks. We are on a positive path. Only formal procedures remain.”We have to close it quickly because the matches are immediate … [on Thursday] at 11 we will get together. There is an 80 per cent chance.”Earlier on Wednesday, Maradona posted on Instagram that he had not been in contact with anyone at Gimnasia about the position.”I want to clarify that I did not receive or reject any proposal from Argentine teams, as they are saying,” Maradona wrote.”I had no official contact with any club. I am in good health and of course it would be an honour for me to lead in my country.”Maradona joined Dorados in September 2018 and led the club to the final of both the Apertura and Clausura, but lost on both occasions to Atletico San Luis, therefore missing out on promotion to Liga MX.The 58-year-old coached Argentina at the 2010 World Cup, where they reached the quarter-finals before being beaten 4-0 by Germany.Prior to joining Dorados the former forward had spells in charge of Al Wasl and Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates.As a player Maradona led his country to their most-recent World Cup title, as Argentina defeated West Germany 3-2 in the final of the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.last_img read more

Georgia vs. South Carolina Game Time, Spread, Channel, Announcers

first_img Here are the details for the game:Game Time: 12:00 PM ETChannel: ESPNSpread: Georgia -23.5Over/Under: 52.5Announcers: Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Allison WilliamsGeorgia has cruised to victory in their four straight wins over South Carolina and three straight in Athens. Since 2015, the Bulldogs have beaten the Gamecocks by at least two touchdowns each time.Next week Georgia will play Kentucky before a bye. After that, they head to TIAA Bank Stadium for what could be an SEC Championship qualifying game.But Kirby Smart and the Bulldogs won’t be looking past the Gamecocks at all. This game could get nasty. A general view of a game being played between Georgia and South Carolina.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 10: A general view of half the field at Sanford Stadium during the game between the South Carolina Gamecocks and the Georgia Bulldogs on September 10, 2011 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)After easily dispatching Tennessee in Knoxville last week, the Georgia Bulldogs return to Sanford Stadium to take on SEC rival South Carolina.Georgia has mostly dominated en route to a 5-0 start. The team’s only bit of adversity came in a 23-17 win over Notre Dame. With Jake Fromm having yet another superb season, Georgia is expected to roll through the SEC East en route to a third straight trip to the SEC Championship Game.South Carolina is riding pretty high after a huge win over Kentucky last week. But they’re in the midst of one of the toughest schedules in all of college football. They’ve already lost to North Carolina, Alabama, and Missouri, and still have to play Georgia, Florida, Texas A&M and Clemson.As good as the Gamecocks looked against the Wildcats last week, the Bulldogs are going to be massive favorites in this one. Georgia will head into the game favored by more than three touchdowns.last_img read more