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Five Sikh men are among the eight asylum seekers who have been released on bond from a federal prison in the United States, three months after they were detained for entering the country illegally. All the five men from India made their first public appearance on Aug. 22 and shared their experiences in the Oregon prison. “In the beginning I had no hope,” Karandeep Singh, 24, said during a press conference at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) office in Portland, Oregonlive reported. “Now it’s like a dream. I’m so happy. Thanks to all of the people who have helped us,” he added. “We were seriously depressed,” Lovpreet Singh, 22, said at the press conference. “We couldn’t get out of our cells at all, let alone use the phone to call our families. Even the prison officials didn’t know who we were. How were our families supposed to help us when they don’t know where we are?,” he was quoted as saying. The immigrants were released on bond payments ranging from $1,500 to $25,000. After coming out of prison, they still have to convince an immigration judge that they deserve asylum in the United States. The immigrants were caught during the Trump administration’s crackdown under its controversial “zero-tolerance” policy. But instead of being kept in detention centers, they were shifted to the federal prison in the U.S. state of Oregon by authorities due to shortage in the centers meant for asylum seekers or other immigrants with pending crime convictions. A total of 52 Indians were among the 124 asylum-seeking illegal immigrants shifted to the Sheridan prison in May. They were detained at the southern border of the country and were among the approximately 1,600 immigrants transferred to federal prisons in five states of the country, AP reported. After visiting the Sheridan facility, local federal public defender had filed petitions on behalf of the detainees and claimed that the conditions in the prison were unconstitutional. Detainees at the Sheridan prison were initially even prevented from meeting lawyers, after which rights activists came to their support to ask for the right to due process. In June, the U.S. Bureau of Prisons and Immigration and Customs Enforcement was ordered by a district court to allow the 121 migrants from 16 countries, being held at Sheridan, to meet lawyers. Federal immigration officials determined in August that at least 79 of the detainees at Sheridan had legitimate asylum claims. They also said that these 79 persons have a “credible fear” of violence or reprisals on their return to home country, according to Oregonlive. After this determination, the immigrants asked a federal immigration judge to release them on bond while their immigration case is pending. More people are expected to be released this month, as per media reports. Related Itemsillegal immigrationOregonUnited States
A 150 year old carpet commissioned in India to decorate the tomb of the Prophet Muhammad in Medina was sold for almost $5.5m at a Sotheby’s auction in Doha. The red and blue rug, known as the Pearl Carpet of Baroda, has three large round rosettes that are embedded with almost two million natural seed pearls and 350 carats of diamonds, as well as sapphires, rubies and emeralds. It was commissioned by the Maharaja of Baroda, Khande Rao Gaekwad in the mid 1860s. Related Items
Countries from across the world are eyeing to increase tourism from India in the next few years. They are trying to attract families, only women travelers and even first-time travelers, which is a sound strategy to grab the attention of the millennial traveler that spends more than seniors.According to a study by travel company ixigo, 22 per cent seniors, aged over 55, spent over Rs 6,000 per night for their most significant trip during the year whereas 34 per cent of the millennials, in the age group of 25-30 years, spent this much or more.“Millennials are changing the way Indians travel. Travel apps, coupled with rising smartphone penetration, has brought about a marked evolution in traveler’s behavior. In 2017, Indian travelers on an average spent Rs. 1.5 lakh on their travel and took three leisure trips across the year,” ixigo CEO Aloke Bajpai said in a statement.According to the study, more and more millennial travelers are ditching the hotel for non-hotel options like bungalows. Indian millennials are also using holidays to not travel alone but to spend more time with loved ones.According to a report by Expedia in 2017, 50 per cent of the Indian millennials prefer to travel to spend quality time with family, 42 per cent travel with a partner, 37 per cent with friends, 20 per cent with children and only 7 per cent alone. As many as 50 per cent of them travel to get away from work while 46 per cent travel to bust stress.In light of the fast-moving Indian traveler, foreign destinations are attracting visitors from the country that is going to be the youngest nation in four years, with the average age being 29 years.Thailand wants a 10 per cent increase in arrivals from the Indian market in 2018, it said in a statement on Feb.8, while Mexico wants more than 200,000 Indian travelers to visit by 2022. Both destinations, located in opposite directions from India, are known for their exotic beauty.Thailand is focusing on families, first-time travelers and women travelers, for whom it is offering a huge range of activities, special deals, discounts and privileges. For women, Thailand offers shopping centers and women-journey application to check tourism destinations.Apart from travel for leisure, Thailand is also promoting the country for the meetings, incentives, conferencing, exhibitions (MICE) segment. More than 1.4 million Indian travelers went to Thailand in 2017.Meanwhile, by country of origin, the number of visitors from India to Mexico in 2016 was 22,431 while 64,000 Indian visitors, as identified by nationality, visited the same year. Mexico wants to capture 4 per cent of outbound tourists from India, a number that is set to rise to 19.4 million by 2025.“We are happy that over the years, we are seeing a steady growth in Indian tourists to and are confident that this trend will continue. We are delighted in targeting the outbound tourists from India by focusing on the vibrant, multi-faceted experiences that keep visitors coming back to Mexico and its hundreds of destinations, time and again,” Mexican ambassador Melba Pria said.Abu Dhabi and Malaysia also want more tourism from India. In 2017, 350,000 Indians visited Abu Dhabi and they expect more travelers after adding the Louvre Museum. Abu Dhabi has tied up with tourism marketplace GoFro to increase tourism from India.Malaysia too seeks to increase Indian travelers by at least one million visitors per year by 2020. There had been a slowdown recently due to closure of indoor and outdoor theme parks, but they are set to open soon and are a good attraction for families.The increased outbound tourism can be attributed to ease in obtaining a passport and visa as well as more people having disposable incomes. Indian millennials are also more likely to not focus on owning cars and houses and instead spend on having a better lifestyle and emotional health, according to a 2017 Deloitte millennials survey. Related ItemsTourism
An Indian publisher is facing heat for including Hitler in a children’s book called Leaders, the New York Times reported. The book puts spotlight on world’s leaders, who, according to the book’s description on the publisher’s website, “will inspire you.”Published by the Pegasus imprint of India’s B. Jain Publishing Group, the book features Hitler, along with Barack Obama, Mahatma Gandhi, Aung San Suu Kyi, Nelson Mandela and Narendra Modi, on the cover. It talks about leaders who have “devoted their lives for the betterment of their country and people living in them — who have not just governed nations during peace times but also during times of crisis.”Responding to the inclusion of Hitleri in the book, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international Jewish human rights organization, said in a statement: “Dedicated to the betterment of countries and people? Adolf Hitler? This description would bring tears of joy to the Nazis and their racist neo-Nazi heirs. Adolf Hitler was a visionary—his vision almost destroyed our planet; started WWII – which left tens of millions dead and mass murdered 6 million Jews during the Nazi Holocaust.”He added: “Placing Hitler alongside truly great political and humanitarian leaders is an abomination that is made worse as it targets young people with little or no knowledge of world history and ethics.”Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center has called for the removal of Great Leaders, the hard copy version of the e-book titled Leaders, which has been on sale since 2016, from circulation and its online store. The center said in a statement that Great Leaders had been sold this month at the Krithi International Book Fair in Kochi, a city with a long Jewish heritage.Annshu Juneja, a publishing manager at the imprint, told the NYT by email that Hitler was featured because, like Obama, Mandela and Gandhi, “his leadership skills and speeches influenced masses.”Juneja added: “We are not talking about his way of conduct or his views or whether he was a good leader or a bad leader but simply portraying how powerful he was as a leader.”The publishers also said that they had not received any complaints against the book.The news about the book drew a spate of comments on social media:Text books under the Modi Regime name Hitler along with Modi as the most admired world leaders in history! This, along with Vigilante attacks on Muslims by saffron thugs & dumbing down of science by Modi’s govt, by making ludicrous claims are in world newshttps://t.co/75C58eyKa8— Prashant Bhushan (@pbhushan1) March 19, 2018Here’s some news to cheer up all the Modi Bhakts:India, under Modi, is making world headlines, yet again…albeit for all the wrong reasons.Text books under the Modi Regime name Hitler, along with Modi, as the most admired world leaders in history!https://t.co/gzRhgoyLFb— Sanjiv Bhatt (IPS) (@sanjivbhatt) March 19, 2018Indian Children’s Book Lists Hitler as Leader ‘Who Will Inspire You’ – This is unsurprising for anyone familiar with the widespread positive reception of Hitler, especially Mein Kampf, in India. https://t.co/219QpWC3tN— Audrey Truschke (@AudreyTruschke) March 18, 2018This is not the first time Hitler’s regime has been glorified in India. In 2014, reports emerged that a high school textbook of Modi-led Gujarat had spoken highly of Nazism. The textbook said that Hitler “lent dignity and prestige to the German government,” “made untiring efforts to make Germany self-reliant” and “instilled the spirit of adventure in the common people,” the Times of India had reported at the time. The book made a passing mention about the extermination of millions of Jews and others in World War II. Related ItemsGermanyHitlerNazism
I was recently online looking at the 2018 “Freedom in the World” report published by Freedom House and came to a grave realization. There is only one country in the Arab world that has been classified as “free.” That nation is Tunisia. Jordan, Morocco and Kuwait come second, with a classification of “partly free.” The rest of the countries in the Arab world are classified as “not free.”As a result, Arabs living in these countries are either uninformed or misinformed. They are unable to adequately address, much less publicly discuss, matters that affect the region and their day-to-day lives. A state-run narrative dominates the public psyche, and while many do not believe it, a large majority of the population falls victim to this false narrative. Sadly, this situation is unlikely to change.The Arab world was ripe with hope during the spring of 2011. Journalists, academics and the general population were brimming with expectations of a bright and free Arab society within their respective countries. They expected to be emancipated from the hegemony of their governments and the consistent interventions and censorship of information. These expectations were quickly shattered; these societies either fell back to the old status quo or faced even harsher conditions than before.My dear friend, the prominent Saudi writer Saleh al-Shehi, wrote one of the most famous columns ever published in the Saudi press. He unfortunately is now serving an unwarranted five-year prison sentence for supposed comments contrary to the Saudi establishment. The Egyptian government’s seizure of the entire print run of a newspaper, al-Masry al Youm, did not enrage or provoke a reaction from colleagues. These actions no longer carry the consequence of a backlash from the international community. Instead, these actions may trigger condemnation quickly followed by silence.As a result, Arab governments have been given free rein to continue silencing the media at an increasing rate. There was a time when journalists believed the Internet would liberate information from the censorship and control associated with print media. But these governments, whose very existence relies on the control of information, have aggressively blocked the Internet. They have also arrested local reporters and pressured advertisers to harm the revenue of specific publications.There are a few oases that continue to embody the spirit of the Arab Spring. Qatar’s government continues to support international news coverage, in contrast to its neighbors’ efforts to uphold the control of information to support the “old Arab order.” Even in Tunisia and Kuwait, where the press is considered at least “partly free,” the media focuses on domestic issues but not issues faced by the greater Arab world. They are hesitant to provide a platform for journalists from Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Yemen. Even Lebanon, the Arab world’s crown jewel when it comes to press freedom, has fallen victim to the polarization and influence of pro-Iran Hezbollah.The Arab world is facing its own version of an Iron Curtain, imposed not by external actors but through domestic forces vying for power. During the Cold War, Radio Free Europe, which grew over the years into a critical institution, played an important role in fostering and sustaining the hope of freedom. Arabs need something similar. In 1967, the New York Times and The Washington Post took joint ownership of the International Herald Tribune newspaper, which went on to become a platform for voices from around the world.My publication, The Post, has taken the initiative to translate many of my pieces and publish them in Arabic. For that, I am grateful. Arabs need to read in their own language so they can understand and discuss the various aspects and complications of democracy in the United States and the West. If an Egyptian reads an article exposing the actual cost of a construction project in Washington, then he or she would be able to better understand the implications of similar projects in his or her community.The Arab world needs a modern version of the old transnational media so citizens can be informed about global events. More important, we need to provide a platform for Arab voices. We suffer from poverty, mismanagement and poor education. Through the creation of an independent international forum, isolated from the influence of nationalist governments spreading hate through propaganda, ordinary people in the Arab world would be able to address the structural problems their societies face.Note from Karen Attiah, Washington Post Global Opinions editor: I received this column from Jamal Khashoggi’s translator and assistant the day after Jamal was reported missing in Istanbul. The Post held off publishing it because we hoped Jamal would come back to us so that he and I could edit it together. Now I have to accept: That is not going to happen. This is the last piece of his I will edit for The Post. This column perfectly captures his commitment and passion for freedom in the Arab world. A freedom he apparently gave his life for. I will be forever grateful he chose The Post as his final journalistic home one year ago and gave us the chance to work together.© 2018 Washington Post Related Items
Venture capitalist Vinod Khosla filed a petition on Feb. 22 with the United States Supreme Court to keep access to Martins Beach, which is next to his 89-acre property in Northern California, private. The access to the surfing beach is through the Indian American billionaire’s property.Khosla was ordered to open the Martins beach to the public in August 2017 by the state court. In the latest petition, Khosla’s lawyers argued that the state law regulating California’s coastline is “Orwellian”, and that the state court’s interpretation of the law in Khosla’s case “crosses a constitutional line.”The ruling against Khosla “will throw private property rights in California into disarray,” the petition states, the Guardian reported. “After all, petitioner is hardly the only private property owner along the vast California coast, or the only one who would prefer to exclude the public from its private property.”In response to Khosla’s petition, Mark Massara, an attorney for the Surfrider Foundation — which is trying to keep the beach open — called the appeal “a Hail Mary pass for a financial windfall” based on “preposterous” legal arguments. He said that if Khosla wins there could be a “financial free for all.”“The only way they can find for Vinod is to throw out the entire California coastal program,” Massara said, according to the Guardian. “It’s hard to fathom what would happen to California’s beaches and all beach access in the United States.”He told India West that the analytics are against Khosla. The Supreme Court hears only 150 of 7,000 cases it receives and if the apex American court dismisses Khosla’s petition he would have to open the beach to the public.The previous owners of the property had opened access to the public for half a century and charged them for parking and other amenities. But Khosla has been embroiled in this controversy ever since he bought the property.He has never applied for a permit to close the road but took the matter to court directly, where he was warned that he would have to pay around $11,000 a day for keeping the access shut. “It’s the equivalent of saying that you know the IRS is not going to treat you fairly so you’re not going to file a tax return,” said Massara. “He won’t spend $200 on a permit application, but he’ll pay $10m to go to the U.S. supreme court.” Related ItemsIndian AmericanMartins BeachUnited States
Indian President Ram Nath Kovind, who is in Mauritius on a five-day visit during the nation’s 50th Independence Day celebration, asked the Indian diaspora to be a bridge between the two countries.Kovind asked the youth to plug into the local network of the states they come from during a speech at the Gandhi Institute in Port Louis on March 11. He underscored that the values that Mauritius and India share have inspired the two countries through the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi.President of India Ram Nath Kovind & the first lady Savita Kovind pay respects to the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Mahatma Gandhi Institute in #Mauritius. pic.twitter.com/RNg35JcyuH— ANI (@ANI) March 11, 2018He also praised the island nation on its sanitation record under its Swachh Mauritius program, saying that it is a model for India’s efforts. India and Mauritius can share developmental and economic experiences in agriculture and dairy farming, tourism and textiles, coastal zoning and urbanization, and skilling and education, Kovind said.On March 11, he met his Mauritian counterpart Ameenah Gurib-Fakim.Kovind is accompanied by Minister of State for Family Welfare Ashwini Kumar Choubey and members of parliament Vijila Satyanath, Hukum Dev Narayan Yadav, Manoj Tiwari and R.Radha Krishnan.I am pleased to be in Mauritius today. His Excellency asked me did you ever visit Mauritius. I replied when I was a Member of Parliament I dreamt of visiting Mauritius, today I am happy that my dream came true: President Ram Nath Kovind in Mauritius pic.twitter.com/0YSzMeAO3M— ANI (@ANI) March 11, 2018President Ram Nath Kovind and the first lady Savita Kovind met Dr. Ameenah Gurib, President of the Republic of #Mauritius at Le Reduit (State House). pic.twitter.com/CaA67pAStJ— ANI (@ANI) March 11, 2018Kovind appreciated the fact that citizens of diverse backgrounds of Mauritius have built the nation as a prosperous one and a place that stands as a model for the Indian Ocean region. He said that the youth of a country plays an integral part and contributes significantly to its progression. He added that the Mauritian youth should strive for success so as to make their country proud and at the same time promote peace, harmony and unity among the population.He further said that Mauritius is one of the largest participating countries in the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation program, with over 300 young people from Mauritius undergoing civilian and defense-related training in India every year.On March 14, Kovind will visit Madagascar, marking the first ever visit by an Indian VVIP to the island nation.Mauritius mostly comprises people of Indian descent, with Hinduism being the largest practiced religion in the country. The largest spoken language is Creole, followed by Bhojpuri, French and other languages, according to the World Factbook by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), United States. Related ItemsmadagascarMauritiusRam Nath Kovind
NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side READ: SEA Games: PH booters score first win, deny Cambodians ‘bonus’That win avenged the Nationals’ 1-0 loss during the recent AFC U-23 in Cambodia.The Philippines men’s side will battle Indonesia on Thursday and that win, according to Maro, would inspire them.“Indonesia is a tough team but we studied their game and we know how to handle them,” said Maro. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The Malditas, who like their men’s counterparts are hoping for a podium finish, will meet Vietnam on Thursday.The men’s team encountered less resistance.Football match between Cambodia and Philippines at Selayang Stadium during 29th SEA Games Kuala Lumpur 2017 on 15 August 2017. Photo by Dzulfadlil Azim / MASOC“I told them to win the match at 2-0,” said men’s head coach Marlon Maro.He was that specific. And the team responded accordingly.Reymart Cubon came away with go-ahead goal off a corner by Javier Gayoso in the 52nd, before Fil-Japanese Kouichi Belgira converted a free kick in the 81st.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters WATCH: LeBron, Melo, KD clash in star-studded pickup game Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Over at UITM Shah Alam Stadium, the women’s team also scored a morale-boosting 2-1 stunner over host Malaysia.READ: SEA Games: PH team stuns host Malaysia in women’s footballFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingPatrice Impelida scored in injury time of the first half for the Malditas before Malaysian Dadree Rofunos equalized in the 51st.But the Malditas refused to share a point with their foes and Camille Rodriguez struck the winning goal in the 73rd for the winning goal before a stunned hometown crowd. Women Football Match Between Malaysia vs Philippines at Stadium UiTM Shah Alam on 15 August 2017. Photo by Faeiz Shah | MASOCKUALA LUMPUR—From both ends of this city, Philippine football’s goals rang loud and clear.The men’s and women’s football team scored rousing victories against their respective rivals Tuesday night to begin their Southeast Asian Games stint on a bright note.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR View comments
Chelsea ‘I’d be a liar if I said money didn’t interest me’ – Nainggolan explains China rejection Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 17:05 3/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Chelsea Roma Serie A Premier League The Roma midfielder has interested Chelsea and the Chinese Super League in recent months, but he maintains he is still happy at Roma Radja Nainggolan says he would be a “liar” if he claimed he was not interested in money, after rejecting advances from both China and Chelsea over the past two years.The Roma midfielder joined the club in 2014 from Cagliari, but has been courted by the CSL and Antonio Conte’s side in the past couple of seasons.While the 29-year-old admits that he is, of course, interested in the idea of perhaps doubling or tripling his current pay packet, he maintains that he is more interested in maintaining his current lifestyle in Italy. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “There was a little something, nothing serious,” Nainggolan told Il Tempo regarding interest from China earlier this year.”I’d be a liar if I said money didn’t interest me, I’m 30 … But the truth is that in the past I rejected important offers, two years ago I could have gone to Chelsea and earned more, but for me there is not only the economic aspect. “Let me explain, one thing is to say: ‘I’m going to have a good time in China and get the money’. There are people willing to do anything, even to wash their clothes with their hands, just to go and get all that money. “Another question is if I have to stay on the same level, is it better to change city and lifestyle so often? I don’t have this thought yet. I’m fine here and that’s it.”Nainggolan has made 24 appearances in Serie A this season, with Roma third in the table, four points ahead of fourth-placed Inter Milan.Spalletti’s Inter had also been linked with a move for Nainggolan last summer, but the Belgian again insisted he was happy to stay at Roma.He added: “There was interest from them because the coach rates me and vice versa, even if you wrote a thousand stories about it…but forget it.”I have always had a good relationship with Spalletti, he put me in the best condition to express myself. But, in the end, in the summer there was no chance that I would leave Roma.”It’s not that I didn’t want to go there. There was interest but nothing concrete. There was no offer, yet it was claimed ‘Spalletti’s bringing Nainggolan, Strootman etc with him’. It was mostly paper talk.”
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 28, 2013March 21, 2017By: Girija Sankar, Director of Haiti Programs, Senior Program Manager, Global Health ActionClick 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)Over 2000 abstracts were submitted to the Global Maternal Health Conference 2013. Eventually, around 800 delegates from all around the world presented papers and posters on maternal health topics under the theme of “Quality of Care”.While all the sessions and plenaries were thought-provoking, some of the sessions that I found especially interesting dealt with home birth attendance and the role of traditional birth attendants (TBAs).Speakers from Nigeria, Pakistan, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Uganda all highlighted the role that TBAs continue to play in home deliveries. Just because a country’s Ministry of Health dictates that women should deliver at facilities does not mean that women will indeed deliver at facilities. The reality in many of these countries, quite like Haiti, where I work, is that as long as there are significant barriers to safe, affordable and accessible obstetric care, women will continue to turn to other older women whom they know and trust: traditional birth attendants.Presenters from Bangladesh and Nigeria presented findings from promoting the use of clean delivery kits (CDKs) and the consequent impact on improving safe deliveries. The CDKs were promoted through social marketing to families who would then either take the kit to the facility or give it to the TBA for use in home births.We heard from a practitioner in Ethiopia whose organization works with pastoralists in the remote Afar region to improve health outcomes by training TBAs and encouraging women to visit the maternity waiting rooms built close to the referral centers. The group had identified 6 harmful practices that TBAs practiced, often leading to maternal and neonatal deaths. When trained on safe practices, the TBAs realized that what they had been doing in the past may have led to deaths.In Bangladesh, women, after child birth, are often allowed to bleed for a long time owing to the traditional belief that any blood that leaves the woman’s body after child birth is bad blood. The TBAs have since been trained on why that is dangerous for women.Discussions on task-shifting in HRH must acknowledge the role that TBAs continue to play in communities where women do not seek facility-based care for various reasons. If working with the community and women is important, then so is understanding and respecting decisions that women make in why and how they seek services from traditional birth attendants.Prof. Mahmoud Fathalla perhaps said it best when he said “more women have died from child birth than men have died fighting each other in battles.”Learn more about the conference and access the conference presentations at www.gmhc2013.com. Join the conference conversation on Twitter: #GMHC2013Share this:
I was fortunate to attend the plenary discussion in Arusha. Richard Horton provided a provocative performance as Chair, and the panelists were excellent in their responses.However, little mention was given to WHO’s WHO’s role and responsibilities in health research: Draft WHO strategy on research for health. That document states, “all the goals concern all Member States and all individuals, communities, institutions and organizations involved in the production and/or use of research, including WHO.”Paragraph 25 discusses the issue of standards:No country is self-sufficient in its research capacity, so Member States need to be able to share research outputs. Effective and equitable sharing requires internationally agreed norms and standards for research; with this in mind, the standards goal concerns the promotion of good practice in research by means of work to establish agreements on good practices, scientific benchmarks, ethical guidelines and accountability mechanisms. The achievement of this goal is essential for winning public support and confidence.The principles from Arusha are sound, and the debate will no doubt continue. But live, Q&A sessions in plenary will not always allow for panelists to critically think through the implications of their intuitive responses. Caution is needed, with consideration of the inadvertent effects that may arise.Several examples in relation to the points proposed:A PhD researcher (from the global north), applying for ethics approval at their host University for their independent, original research is immediately in breach of the first point. Is it feasible that Harvard, Yale, Oxford, Cambridge, the LSE etc., etc. would change their academic standards of research to insist that all research in LMICs is a joint endeavor – unless you happen to be from the global south?The World Bank/IBRD is a funder of research (often at the country’s expense) but would they shift to this principle on all their publications? Including those that inform their financing decisions with a country? They are after all, a Bank.It is not just “medical” journals that need to heed the call. Aspirations for effective coverage and quality of care for all (i.e. Universal Health Coverage) require many types of health workers. Public health, midwifery, nursing, management, pharmacy and other journals should all be included.More reflection is needed, and perhaps the WHO is best placed to steer a future code. In the meantime, we should all continue to encourage “health” journals to ensure that health information is available for all.For more information on Integrare’s presentations on the High Burden Countries Initiative in Arusha please click here.To learn more about the H4+ High Burden Countries Initiative, click here and follow ICS Integrare on Twitter. Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on February 6, 2013March 21, 2017By: Jim Campbell, Director, Instituto de Cooperacion Social Integrare based in Barcelona, SpainClick 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 in Arusha, Tanzania had many highlights, including the closing plenary presentation from Dr. Mahmoud Fathalla ( watch the presentation here and see Karen Beattie’s blog), and the GMHC2013 manifesto proposed by Richard Horton (see Ann Starrs’ blog for more).A recent article in The Lancet also reports on the plenary discussions on a proposed new Code of Conduct for health research in low-income countries. Lancet Editor Richard Horton reports:The meeting in Arusha was opened by Agnes Binagwaho, Rwanda’s Minister of Health. She argued passionately that research and ethics must be more closely bound together. She spoke about the theft of data from Africa and the new enslavement of Africans. She called for a Code of Conduct for research in low-income countries.Here is a draft of a Code – a set of principles – assembled from a debate between Agnes Binagwaho, Wendy Graham, Rafael Lozano, and Marleen Temmerman: No ethics committee, funder of research, or medical journal should approve, support, or publish research about a low-income country without joint authorship from that country.In any research project in a low-income setting, local scientists must be included as co-principal investigators.Before starting research in a low-income country, western authors and institutions must define a clear plan for how they will transfer research skills back to that country. Medical journals and their publishers must ensure that all global health research is free at the point of use in countries.Western journals must facilitate language translation of research, either themselves or by enabling local journals to republish freely.
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on April 11, 2017May 8, 2017By: Sarah Hodin, Project Coordinator II, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Every woman around the world has a right to receive respectful maternity care. The concept of “respectful maternity care” has evolved and expanded over the past few decades to include diverse perspectives and frameworks. In November 2000, the International Conference on the Humanization of Childbirth was held in Brazil, largely as a response to the trend of medicalized birth, exemplified by the global cesarean section epidemic, as well as growing concerns over obstetric violence. Advocates emphasized the need to humanize birth, taking a woman-centered approach.The concept of “obstetric violence” gained momentum in the global maternal health community during the childbirth activism movement in Latin America in the 1990s. The Network for the Humanization of Labour and Birth (ReHuNa) was founded in Brazil in 1993, followed by the Latin American and Caribbean Network for the Humanization of Childbirth (RELACAHUPAN) during the 2000 conference. In 2007, Venezuela formally defined “obstetric violence” as the appropriation of women’s body and reproductive processes by health personnel, which is expressed by a dehumanizing treatment, an abuse of medicalization and pathologization of natural processes, resulting in a loss of autonomy and ability to decide freely about their bodies and sexuality, negatively impacting their quality of life.Disrespect and abuse (D&A), a concept closely related to obstetric violence, has been documented in many different countries across the globe. In a 2010 landscape analysis, Bowser and Hill described 7 categories of disrespectful and abusive care during childbirth: physical abuse, non-consented clinical care, non-confidential care, non-dignified care, discrimination, abandonment and detention in health facilities. A 2015 systematic review updated this framework to include:Physical abuseSexual abuseVerbal abuseStigma and discriminationFailure to meet professional standards of carePoor rapport between women and providersHealth system conditions and constraintsSome evidence suggests that ethnic minorities are at greater risk of experiencing D&A during facility-based childbirth. Other factors that might influence a woman’s risk include parity, age and marital status. Women who have experienced or expect mistreatment from health workers may be less likely to deliver in a facility and to seek care in the future.Respectful maternity care (RMC) is not only a crucial component of quality of care; it is a human right. In 2014, WHO released a statement calling for the prevention and elimination of disrespect and abuse during childbirth, stating that “every woman has the right to the highest attainable standard of health, including the right to dignified, respectful care during pregnancy and childbirth.” WHO also called for the mobilization of governments, programmers, researchers, advocates and communities to support RMC. In 2016, WHO published new guidelines for improving quality of care for mothers and newborns in health facilities, which included an increased focus on respect and preservation of dignity.While a number of interventions have aimed to address this issue, many women around the world, including those living in high-income countries, continue to experience aspects of disrespectful and abusive care during childbirth. As facility-based birth and the use of skilled birth attendants continue to rise, a focus on quality and RMC remains critical for improving global maternal health.Access resources related to respectful maternity care >>Share this:
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)Kirk Herbstreit has a weekly tradition of releasing five team performances which impressed him the most. But with Week 5 in the books, Herbstreit is changing things up a bit.This week, the popular college football analyst released 10 team performances which impressed him. Herbstreit’s list includes some of college football’s best-known programs as well as smaller teams which pulled off major wins.Here’s his full list:Ohio StateSMUWashingtonDukeAuburnNotre DameMinnesotaArkansas StateOklahoma StateToledoNo team was more impressive in Week 5 than Ohio State. The Buckeyes throttled Nebraska in a 48-7 blowout in Lincoln. The talent disparity of the two teams was obvious. Herbstreit loves what he saw from OSU. SMU moved to 5-0 with an impressive 48-21 win over South Florida. No one expected the Mustangs to be undefeated at this point in the season.Washington checks in at No. 3 in Herbstreit’s ranking. The Huskies had no trouble defending USC’s passing attack in a 28-14 victory.This week I decided to have some fun and do top 10 rankings instead of just 5Here are my top performing teams from WEEK 5:1-@OhioStateFB2-@SMU_Football3-@UW_Football4-@DukeFOOTBALL5-@AuburnFootball6-@NDFootball7-@GopherFootball8-@AStateFB9-@CowboyFB10-@ToledoFB— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 30, 2019Coming in at No. 4, Duke embarrassed Virginia Tech in a 45-10 rout. It was one of the worst home losses in Hokies history.Auburn had no difficulty with Texas A&M on Saturday in a 28-20 win. The Tigers are the only team in the nation with two wins over ranked opponents.The rest of Herbstreit’s list includes: Notre Dame, Minnesota, Arkansas State, Oklahoma State and Toledo.Certainly some impressive performances in Week 5. Do you agree with Herbstreit’s list?
Jurgen Klopp has expressed how grateful he is to have a “world-class” attacking triumvirate at his disposal at Liverpool after they played a starring role in a 2-1 win at Southampton.The Reds maintained their 100 per cent start to the new season with a narrow victory at St Mary’s on Saturday afternoon , thanks to goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.The former opened the scoring right on half-time with a superb curling effort, before the Brazilian doubled the visitors’ advantage with a brilliant individual effort after 71 minutes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Liverpool were forced to play their third game in eight days against the Saints, with little time to prepare following a UEFA Super Cup final victory over Chelsea in Istanbul last Wednesday.Klopp’s men were not at their fluid best against Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side, who set up a nervous finale when former Anfield striker Danny Ings capitalised on an Adrian error to score with nine minutes remaining.The Reds held on for a hard-earned three points and their head coach saved praise for his talismanic forwards who were a “constant threat” once again in the final third.”A lot of times in my life I had sensational players always [but] not world-class players,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website .”Now, thank God I have them and they make the difference. We don’t have to talk about that. “Sadio Mane, Bobby Firmino, Mo Salah – these guys in the last situation are really outstanding. “They were a constant threat, however tired they are. That’s brilliant and, of course, made the difference. We don’t have to talk about that.” Klopp went on to reveal that he made a slight tactical tweak at the break against Southampton, in order to exploit the spaces the hosts were leaving open in wider areas.”I think Southampton tried to kill our game with their formation and they played differently against Burnley obviously,” the 52-year-old added.”They had a real proper fight at the back, so that gave us space on the wings. We used that but not often enough, otherwise, they would have had to run much more. We could adjust that a little bit at half-time.”I’m really happy. It’s so important. The start of the season is so important. Having an away game at Southampton is always difficult, but in the week we had, it was special.”Next up for Liverpool is a huge showdown against Arsenal, who have also won their first two matches of the 2019-20 campaign, at Anfield on August 24.The Reds are top of the Premier League on goal difference ahead of the Gunners at the moment, while champions Manchester City are down in third after a 2-2 draw with Tottenham over the weekend . Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Gareth Bale scored a late winner to keep Wales’ Euro 2020 qualification hopes very much alive with a 2-1 triumph over Azerbaijan in Cardiff on Friday.Ryan Giggs’ men looked to be heading for a thoroughly underwhelming stalemate, but Bale – who was otherwise poor – came up trumps six minutes from time to keep them in the hunt in Group E.Wales were dominant in the first half and played the ball around nicely, though clear-cut chances were hard to come by, with the hosts having to rely on a freak Pavlo Pashayev own goal to take the lead. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream They had similar issues after the break and a costly combination of errors from Neil Taylor and Wayne Hennessey allowed Mahir Emreli to equalise, but Bale – back among the goals at club level with Real Madrid – nodded in towards the end to rescue Giggs’ side.It was by no means a shock when Wales took the lead in the 26th minute, though the manner of the goal was certainly fortuitous, as Bale’s long-range effort deflected into the air and was then diverted into the empty net by Pashayev with goalkeeper Salahat Agayev stranded.That came shortly after Harry Wilson had been lucky to escape a red card, having seemingly stamped on Richard Almeida.Wales then wasted the chance to go 2-0 up just before the break – Tom Lawrence shooting at the goalkeeper after a Bale dummy released him into the area.Azerbaijan were back on level terms just before the hour, as Taylor gifted possession to Ramil Sheydaev and he fed Emreli, who slotted home on the rebound after Hennessey haplessly fumbled the initial tame effort right back to the forward.The visitors looked like they might hang on, but Joe Allen’s late strike ricocheted to a nice height for Bale to head over the goalkeeper and seal the victory.FULL-TIME |2-1 | #WALAZECYMRU #TogetherStronger pic.twitter.com/LbO47riGqP— Wales (@Cymru) September 6, 2019What does it mean? Giggs still searching for answer to striker problemMuch has been said of Wales’ dearth of striker options. Lawrence was the one filling that role on Friday, but the move did not come off as intended. The attacking midfielder lacked the required conviction in the penalty area and was unable to worry the Azerbaijan defence physically.James a ray of hopeWhile most of Wales’ forwards flattered to deceive, James transferred his sparkling club form to the international stage. The Manchester United winger was a constant threat with his pace, direct running and desire to shoot.Bale eventually comes goodTo say Bale was the star of the show on Friday would be to tell a bold-faced lie. The Madrid winger saw plenty of the ball, but he routinely had two defenders on him in a flash and he failed to heed the early warnings of that, losing the ball frequently or holding on to it for too long. However, he did hold his nerve at the crucial moment and that will likely spare him from the criticism he might have otherwise received.What’s next?Wales are at home again on Monday, when they host Belarus in a friendly. Azerbaijan welcome Croatia the same day, though their contest is a qualifier. read more
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