World’s Deadliest Disasters

first_imgMay 22, 2010: Air India flight from Dubai to Mangalore overshot a hilltop runway, killing 158 people.May 12, 2010: Afriqiyah Airways plane en route to Tripoli, Libya, from Johannesburg, South Africa, crashes into the desert less than a mile from the runway, killing 103 people.April 10, 2010: The plane of Polish President Lech Kaczynski crashes outside the western Russian city of Smolensk, killing all 96 aboard.June 30, 2009: Yemenia Airbus 310 en route to the Comoros Islands crashes into the Indian Ocean with 153 people on board.June 1, 2009: Air France Airbus A330 runs into thunderstorms and crashes into Atlantic Ocean en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, killing 228 people on board.Feb. 19, 2003: Iranian Revolutionary Guard military plane crashes into a mountain. 275 dead.May 25, 2002: China Airlines Boeing 747 breaks apart midair and crashes into the Taiwan Strait. 225 dead.Nov. 12, 2001: American Airlines Airbus A300 crashes after takeoff from JFK Airport into the New York City borough of Queens. 265 dead, including people on the ground.Oct. 31, 1999: EgyptAir Boeing 767 crashes off Nantucket; the NTSB blames actions by the co-pilot. 217 dead.Sept. 2, 1998: Swissair MD-11 crashes off Nova Scotia. 229 dead.Feb. 16, 1998: China Airlines Airbus A300 crashes on landing at airport in Taipei, Taiwan. 203 dead.Sept. 26, 1997: Garuda Indonesia Airbus A300 crashes near airport in Medan, Indonesia. 234 dead.Aug. 6, 1997: Korean Air Boeing 747-300 crashes on landing in Guam. 228 dead.Nov. 12, 1996: Saudi Boeing 747 collides with Kazakh cargo plane near New Delhi. 349 dead.July 17, 1996: TWA Boeing 747 explodes and crashes into the Atlantic off Long Island, New York. 230 dead.April 26, 1994: China Airlines Airbus A300 crashes on landing at Nagoya Airport in Japan. 264 dead.Dec. 12, 1985: Arrow Air DC-8 crashes after takeoff from Newfoundland, Canada. 256 dead.Aug. 12, 1985: Japan Air Lines Boeing 747 crashes into a mountainside after losing part of its tail fin. 520 dead in the world’s worst single-plane disaster.Aug. 19, 1980: Saudi Tristar makes emergency landing in Riyadh and bursts into flames. 301 dead.May 25, 1979: American Airlines DC-10 crashes after takeoff from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. 275 dead.Jan. 1, 1978: Air India 747 crashes into the ocean after takeoff from Mumbai. 213 dead.March 27, 1977: KLM 474, Pan American 747 collide on runway in Tenerife, Canary Islands. 583 dead in world’s worst airline disaster. —AP  Related Itemslast_img read more

India And The World

first_imgAt a recently concluded exhibition, titled India and the World: A History in Nine Stories, at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sanghralay (CSMVS) in Mumbai, among the many iconic pieces of art on display was an Islamic gravestone. It was likely carved in the then princely state of Cambay, Gujarat, and found in Aden Yemen, personalized with the name of the deceased, Abu’l-Hassan. Dated sometime in the 15th century, the gravestone, discovered 1864 miles from the port city of Gujarat where it was chiseled, signals that Indian-made tombstones were sought after by Muslims as far as the Arabian Peninsula, Indonesia and East Africa. This notwithstanding the long journeys across the Indian Ocean often meant that the gravestones took several months to arrive from India.Islamic gravestone likely carved in Cambay, Gujarat, found in Aden Yemen. Photo: The British MusuemAlso seen at the exhibit is a paper drawing by Rembrandt. Intriguingly enough, the drawing by one of the world’s greatest visual artists, depicts not the Dutch Golden Age, of which he was exemplar, but Mughal Emperor Jahangir. Copied by the artist in the Mughal miniature painting style, the drawing shows Jahangir seated on a court divan in his regalia receiving an officer.Rembrandt, was so impressed with the detailing of the 17th century Mughal miniature paintings that he drew 25 paintings and etchings of Mughal rulers of his times, including Shah Jahan and Jahangir, and incorporated the techniques into his other works as well. Rembrandt likely acquired the Indian paintings from the merchant vessels that plied between India and Holland.The CSMVS exhibit displayed 228 artworks highlighting the connection India shared with the world, including Indian textiles excavated in Fustat and Qasr Ibrim in Egypt between 1250-1350 AD, a Ganesha stone statue from the 12th century found in Java, Indonesia, Harappan era seals from 2500 BC found in Iraq, and scores of other artifacts.India has long held an exotic appeal for the Western world. Indian influence is scattered through the ages — from ancient times to the European Middle Ages, the Renaissance, colonial expansion, and post-colonialism on to the migration of the Indian diaspora in recent years.It reflects in the propagation of Buddhism across Central and South-East Asia to inspirations both perceptible and imperceptible, in the West. Modern-day influences, such as yoga, spices, Ayurveda, ethnic fashion, the Hare Krishnas and other forms of spirituality movements are the most visible symbols, but there are also less intangible, but impactful ones, such as the invention of the zero by Bhramagupta in 628 AD.Haraoppan seal from 2000 to 2500 BC found in Hillah (Babylon), Iraq. Photo: The British MuseumAccording to Peter Gobets, secretary of the ZerOrigIndia Foundation, or the Zero Project in the Netherlands, “The Indian (or numerical) zero, widely seen as one of the greatest innovations in human history, is the cornerstone of modern mathematics and physics, plus the spin-off technology.”Marcus du Sautoy, professor of mathematics at the University of Oxford, told Life Science: “Today we take it for granted that the concept of zero is used across the globe and is a key building block of the digital world. But the creation of zero as a number in its own right, which evolved from the placeholder dot symbol found in the Bakhshali manuscript, was one of the greatest breakthroughs in the history of mathematics.Pulling The StringsAn exhibit, titled Indian Puppets: The Great Stories and Dancing Dolls, at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, explores how the Indian puppetry tradition influenced art and culture across the world. Museum founder, Nancy Staub, a renowned American puppeteer, says: “There are several important traditions and techniques of puppetry in India that have inspired and influenced western puppeteers. The profound spirituality of the shadow traditions and the Pavakatakhali hand puppets reinforce faith in the power of puppetry.”Nancy StaubKathy Foley, professor of theater at the University of California, Santa Cruz, who teaches South East Asian studies, says that U.S. and Indian puppetry have long being connected: “In the 1970s many theater people were traveling freely to India and the performances we saw astounded. We all said, what stories, what music, what dance, what visual imagery! That is what Peter Brook or Jerzy Grotowski or many others saw and tried to emulate in performance. Pieces like Julie Taymor’s Lion King were really born out of that ‘wow’ experience of Julie spending time studying Asian puppetry.”Staub adds that Indian inspirations are widespread in Western art and culture as well: “The spectacular theater production of The Mahabharata by British Peter Brooks epitomized the great influence of Indian theater on the West. The renowned Théâtre du Soleil directed by Ariane Mnouchkine in Paris used elements of Indian performance traditions. In music, Ravi Shankar not only performed and taught in the west, but created fusion pieces for symphony orchestra and influenced popular musicians, including the Beatles. Phelim McDermott’s highly acclaimed production of Philip Glass’s opera, Satyagraha, concerning Gandhi too includes puppetry.”Ancient to PopularWhile for many millennial Americans the earliest Indian awakening might have been in the form of Yoga, the inspiration dates centuries earlier. In the 19th century, Ralph Waldo Emerson, essayist, poet and leader of the transcendentalist movement, was strongly influenced by Hindu philosophy. His journals make frequent references to the Bhagvad Gita. Author Shanta Acharya in her book Influence of Indian Thought on Ralph Waldo Emerson, writes that Emerson was impressed by Kalidasa’s poetry and Vedantic principles: “Emerson had never been to India, but his ‘Transcendentalism,’ led him to the ancient Indian writings. By the time he read them in translations, he had arrived at his own seminal ideas as expressed in his essays in Nature, The American Scholar, Man, the Reformer among others. So, while he was not inspired by the Indian thought, when he discovered it, it served to bolster his own ideas about aspects of life, he was engaged with — for example, the concept of the self, the question of the evil, illusion, compensation etc.”Jahangir receiving an officer by Rembrandt, about AD 1656–1661, Holland. Photo: The British MuseumIndentured laborers shipped to British colonies worldwide have also left their imprints. Indian influence in the Caribbean is apparent in food, music, art and architecture. Barrackpore and Chandernagor are not just villages in West Bengal, but also in Trinidad, where Indians constitute the plurality of the population. The curry and roti are the mainstay of Caribbean food and in 1961 Afro-Trinidadian political parties even expressed their resentment of the Indian dominated government with “We don’t want no Roti government” slogans.Sikh migrant farmworkers in Central Valley California helped lay the foundations of the young state in the early 1900s. Karen Leonard, professor of anthropology at the University of California has written on the cultural assimilation through Mexican Punjabi marriages during that period in her book Making Ethnic Choices: California’s Punjabi-Mexican Americans.Mahatma Gandhi and his principle of non-violence have especially resonated worldwide. Rev Martin Luther King Jr., who visited India in 1959, famously said: “To other countries, I may go as a tourist, but to India, I come as a pilgrim…If this age is to survive, it must follow the way of love and nonviolence that (Gandhi) so notably illustrated in his life.”South Africa’s Nelson Mandela too drew inspiration from Gandhian philosophy. Harris Majeke, South Africa’s ambassador to India, once said: “While Nelson Mandela is the father of South Africa, Mahatma Gandhi is our grandfather. Mandela was inspired by the Satyagraha campaign led by Gandhi. It was a compelling act of passive protest against oppression. This would later inspire the formation of the African National Congress and strengthen Mandela’s belief in our shared humanity.”American VedaLos Angeles based author Philip Goldberg, author of America Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation How Indian Spirituality Changed the West, says: “I conceptualized American Veda because Indian spiritual influence had been building in America for more than a century and were very apparent if you knew where to look. I witnessed the growth of that influence firsthand from the late 1960s with the baby boomer counterculture and gradually into the mainstream, reaching from those interested in ideas and consciousness to those seeking personal growth, better health and relief from anxiety and depression. Over the years I saw the influence spread wider and deeper into society — reflected in changes in mental health, medicine and spirituality.”Phil Goldberg in his book American Veda illustrates many ideas from yoga to Vedic principles that shaped western sensibilities.By far the most visible expression is in the growth in the yoga movement. A 2016 study by Yoga Journal and Yoga Alliance found that annual spending on yoga in the United States topped $16 billion and the number of practitioners 36 million, or almost one in seven adult Americans.Goldberg views yoga as India’s greatest gift to the West: “I’m talking about yoga in the biggest sense of the word, not just the physical practice that is synonymous with yoga today. That’s just one of many streams through which the profound truths of the Vedic tradition have penetrated the fabric of Western society. I’m talking about the core precepts of Vedanta, which more and more have come to reflect the attitudes and beliefs of Americans and Europeans when it comes to religion, spirituality, and human development. The precepts voiced millennia ago by the Himalayan rishis have become part of a common worldview, and the practices associated with yoga, including meditation, have become mainstream.”The quest for spirituality and inner peace through yogic means or meditation has churned Western culture. Today yoga centers, retreats, boot camps, cruises and meditation mantras are as mainstream as apple pie in America.Sociologist Koyel Bandyopadhyay cautions, however: “India is often viewed as the very exotic country where people (white people) would come to find their nirvana. I mention the race angle because that demographic is the more regular customer of ‘spirituality.’ One can’t see black, or aboriginal or Chinese people coming to India for spirituality. And in a way, it binds with the concept of ‘orientalism’—the exotic East.”Appropriation & MigrationIn recent years, Indian bangles, bindis mehendi, etc. have acquired outsized international appeal. Bandyopadhya is critical of their distorting effects too: “The mehendi is popularly known as henna tattoos in the West. Culturally, we use mehendi on our hands on auspicious occasions. It is not a sign of rebellion, which a tattoo might be viewed as. So, a henna tattoo appears as a very funny term.”Shanta AcharyaAuthor Shanta Acharya says: “When I arrived in Oxford, I noticed that people referred to India, while speaking to me without having much knowledge of India. In literature too, one comes across references to the East, Orient, India, which though vague, often represent the personality of the writer.”Increasingly, the new wave of Indian migrants are spicing up global trends.US-Santa Cruz’s Foley says: “I live in the Bay area. With the rise of the IT and the NRI community here we see so much wonderful Indian work. This is of course shifting from first to second generation where the content starts to shift more. Mythili Kumar’s group (Abhinaya) just did Cesar Chavez and the United Farmworkers’ story in Bharatanatyam. Vinita Belini’s En’Acte did a Conference of the Birds that included all segments of the Silicon Valley mosaic (folkloric, Chinese dance, ballet — we are birds of many feathers on a common journey). Peter Brook was recently back at American Conservatory Theatre with a pared down Mahabharata story. India is here too. Indian arts, due to the enculturation that parents are seeking through classes in music and dance and so on are really now American arts—and this is just going to grow.”Hare Krishna devotees in Budapest, Hungary.She contrasts it with the first wave of migration: “During the big European migrations from Ireland in the late 19th century or from Southern Europe in the early decades of the 20th century, people felt they had to leave language and culture behind. That group was coming in at the bottom of the social ladder and divested quickly of cultural characteristics in self-protection. But here we are seeing a generation that is an educated, empowered group near the top, and India has continued to rise as a global partner in US transnational partnerships. As in the 1970s, we saw the rise of kabuki or noh or anime influencing American theatre and film, so we are seeing rises in things Indian — not just the ‘religious east’ of the Beatles’ Hari Krishna period 1970s, but the global Bollywood and understanding of India and China as global forces in culture. Monsoon Wedding the Musical played in Berkeley last year to sold out houses. American attention is often pragmatic—as it sees the economy flowing one direction it starts to give serious attention to culture in all its dimensions, traditional and modern.”The influences big and small are everywhere. Prof Foley, who delivered a lecture at the ongoing Indian puppetry exhibit in Atlanta, says “We only had a small space at the Center for Puppetry Arts and could only show a snippet — but India is full of big stories which can change, renew, and morph in 1000 ways. ”  Related Itemslast_img read more

PM Narendra Modi and Cochin Airport to Get UN’s Environmental Honor

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi and Cochin International Airport are among the six winners of the “Champions of Earth” award for this year. This award is United Nation’s highest environmental honor.As per a report in the Times of India, this award will be conferred to PM Modi by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in India. The newspaper cited India’s environment secretary C K Mishra as saying, “The UN chief will present the award to the Prime Minister on October 3. Other details (time schedule and venue) are being worked out.”PM Modi has been selected for this prestigious award in Policy Leadership category with French President Emmanuel Macron. Cochin International Airport will be awarded for Entrepreneurial Vision, which has been shown in its leadership in the use of sustainable energy.United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) said in its statement on Sept. 26, “This years’ laureates are recognized for a combination of bold, innovative, and tireless efforts to tackle some of the most urgent environmental issues of our times.”It said about Indian Prime Minister, “Under Modi’s leadership, India pledged to eliminate all single-use plastics in the country by 2022. Prime Minister Modi also supports and champions the International Solar Alliance, a global partnership to scale up solar energy.”UNEP also lauded the Cochin International Airport for being world’s first solar power airport, which has its entire operations powered by solar energy.According to the UNEP statement, the winners of the award are: Joan Carling from Philippines, Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods as joint winners, Emmanuel Macron, Narendra Modi, Zhejiang’s Green Rural Revival Program from China and Cochin International Airport.Seven other environmental trailblazers between the ages of 18 and 30 will be awarded with Young Champions of the Earth for their ambitious project ideas to restore and protect the environment.“In a world of uncertainty, this is certain: We will not solve the extraordinary challenges our world faces today without extraordinary talent, new thinking and bold ideas,” said Head of UNEP Erik Solheim in the statement.“The Champions of the Earth Award and Young Champions of the Earth Prize recognize those not afraid to chart unknown waters or be the voice of the voiceless. These people are changing our world today for a better tomorrow,” he added.Responding to the announcement of the winners, PM Modi tweeted, “I accept, with all humility the ‘Champions of the Earth Award’ and thank the UN for conferring this honor.”“This Award is not for an individual but for the Indian tradition and value systems of living in harmony with nature and protecting the environment,” he added.I accept, with all humility the ‘Champions of the Earth Award’ and thank the @UN for conferring this honour.This Award is not for an individual but for the Indian tradition and value systems of living in harmony with nature and protecting the environment. pic.twitter.com/mq785AozYC— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 27, 2018 He also expressed his delight for Cochin International Airport being selected as the winner and said, “The Airport is an inspiration for several other airports in how we can leverage the power of solar energy for a better tomorrow.”Delighted that Cochin International Airport’s remarkable usage of sustainable energy has been recognised and the Airport is a proud recipient of the @UN ‘Champions of the Earth Awards.’— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 27, 2018 According to the UNEP statement, these awards will be given during the Champions of the Earth Gala in New York City, which will take place on the sidelines of the 73rd UN General Assembly. Related Itemslast_img read more

UK Excludes Indians From Relaxed Student Visa Rules

first_imgThe UK government’s decision to omit India from the list of countries that would benefit from the relaxation of the Tier 4 visa rules for overseas students is drawing criticism from Indians. The list, announced on June 15, includes 25 countries.While nations such as the United States, Canada and New Zealand were already a part of the list, the UK Home Office has now added other countries like China, Bahrain and Serbia in the category that enables students to face less checks on educational, financial and English language skill requirements to pursue higher education in the United Kingdom, the Hindu reported. The new countries added to the list have been considered low risk places.“I consider this another kick in the teeth for India. This sends entirely the wrong message to India, to exclude it from these Tier 4 measures. The government has simply got it wrong,” Lord Karan Bilimoria, Indian-origin businessman and president of the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA), was quoted as saying by PTI.The National Indian Students and Alumni Union (NISAU) UK said that exclusion of Indian students from the list shows that they are being categorized as high risk.“It is important to note that today’s announcement makes no change to the process of application for Indian students, but it is the perception of this message among Indian students that worries us. And, this raises another question — will China continue to get even more favorable actions while India gets the rhetoric,” Sanam Arora, president of NISAU UK, said, as per the news agency.The number of Indian students applying for admission to universities in the United Kingdom showed an increase in 2018. The number of applications from India received from autumn 2017 to January 2018 was 36 per cent higher than that in the corresponding period a year ago, according to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), UK’s centralized university application system. As many as 4,470 Indian students applied for undergraduate courses from autumn 2017 till January 2018.The Tier 4 (General) student visa is offered to students who wish to study in the United Kingdom and are from a country that is not in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland.The changes, which will come into effect from July 6, are aimed at making it easier for international students to study in the United Kingdom. Students of the countries included in the list will be allowed to provide reduced level of documentation for student visas.“This change demonstrates the continued focus on improving the UK’s offer to international students,” Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes said in a statement to the House of Commons.The non-inclusion of Indian students in the list adds to the developing strain in bilateral relations between the two nations. A memorandum of understanding to facilitate return of illegal Indian immigrants from the United Kingdom was earlier left unsigned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Related ItemsacademicsBritainUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

Durban Diwali Festival Termed as a Festival of Social Cohesion

first_imgThe South African city of Durban, which has been affected by tensions between the Indian community in the country and native Zulus, witnessed annual Diwali celebrations that were called a major social cohesion exercise in the city.According to a PTI report, the South African Hindu Maha Sabha organized 20th edition of Diwali celebration on 3-4 Nov.Ashwin Trikamjee, president of the South African Hindu Maha Sabha was quoted by the news agency as saying, “This is social cohesion right on the ground.”He further said that the two-day celebration of culture, color, and cuisine isn’t aimed at Hindu community only but is also aimed at attracting people of other faiths and communities in South Africa.He added that after Nelson Mandela’s election and end of apartheid, this area was racially desegregated. After some years, the idea of Diwali celebration was proposed but many people were skeptical regarding it.The PTI quoted him as saying, “So many people, including from our own community, told us that it would not work. But we took up the challenge and went ahead at the beachfront, where thousands of supporters showed up, prompting us to seek larger venues over the years until we settled on the present site — which was formerly the home of Durban’s only drive-in cinema until its closure.”According to a report in Independent Online, mass prayers were organized on Nov.4 morning at 20th annual Durban Diwali festival, where dozens of people gathered to take part in it.Convener Dhunluxmi Desai was quoted by Independent Online as saying, “This is one of the biggest prayers, with priests from different linguistic groups that will be conducting prayers.”Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi (90), who is a follower of Mahatma Gandhi and head of the Inkatha Freedom Party, was present in the event as chief guest. He also underlined the value of social cohesion and appealed the South African people to remain united against racial divides. Related Itemslast_img read more

NBA: Magic Johnson has no regrets trading D’Angelo Russell

first_imgFormer Los Angeles Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell  (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Before Lonzo Ball took over the spotlight as the “point guard of the future” for the Los Angeles Lakers, the squad was raving about another promising young stud, D’Angelo Russell.Instead of letting the two duke it out for minutes at the point guard position, Lakers President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson opted to  trade the former Ohio State Buckeye to the Brooklyn Nets and give full reigns to the UCLA product.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Defending champion Karlovic wins in Hall of Fame tourney Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games His replacement, Ball, meanwhile, wowed fans during the recently concluded 2017 NBA Summer League en route to bagging the tournament MVP Award.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Johnson dazzled by Ball magic for LakersSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Speaking to ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk, the Laker executive shared that he had no qualms about trading the potential-laden player.“I am not one of them dudes. When I say bye, that’s it,” he said regarding the trade.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I keep moving. I can’t get caught in emotions and all that. That is not who I am. We moved and we kept moving. After that trade we went on to the next thing,” he added.Before assuming the front-office position for his former team, Johnson spoke highly of Russell and said he wanted to mentor the crafty lefty. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim READ: NBA: Laker great Magic Johnson would love to mentor D’Angelo RussellHowever, he opted to trade him for the betterment of the team after multiple franchises showed interest.“Like five teams called for D’Angelo [so] we knew that we could move D’Angelo for one of the pieces that we were looking for,” he explained.“So we decided on Brooklyn, they got a great player in D’Angelo and we got what we wanted,” he added.Although he played erratic at times, the 21-year-old Russell showed promise in his first two years donning the Purple and Gold.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Mary Kom Adjudged Best Female Athlete at Awards for Asia, Son Heung-min Named Top Male Performer

first_imgMary Kom was named as the best female athlete at the first-ever ‘Awards for Asia’ ceremony organised by Asian Sportswriters Union (AIPS Asia), which took place on Tuesday. South Korea’s football star Son Heung-min, who plays for Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League, was adjudged the best male athlete.India’s leading boxer Mary Kom bagged the award based on her exploits in the Asian women boxing scene. The 36-year-old mother of two is the only woman boxer to have won a medal in seven world championships. With the World Championships starting on September 7, Mary Kom is eyeing a record seventh World Championship gold medal, which will take her past the Cuban legend Felix Savon.While Mary Kom general weight category is 48kg, this time at the World Championships she will compete in the 51kg flyweight category – the one that’s chosen for the Olympics next year.Photo Credit: @AIPSmediaOn the other hand, Son was given the award for his contribution to Asian and South Korean football. Son is Asia’s leading face as he plays for Tottenham in the Premier League and the Champions League. Last year, Son also guided South Korea to gold medal at Asian Games.”Son is an amazing football player and we are delighted he has been selected as the first winner of the Asian awards,” said Jung Hee Don, the President of the Korea Sports Press Union.Apart from the individual awards, Japan women’s football team won the best female team award for their 2011 Women’s World Cup victory and runners-up finish in the World Cup in 2015. Having reached the quarter-finals of this year’s World Cup, the team were also winners of the 2014 and 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup as well as the 2010 and 2018 Asian Games.Qatar men’s national football team won the best male team award after they won the AFC Asian Cup earlier this year. Qatar also participated in Copa America 2019 and put up strong performances against the South American biggies. Awards for AsiaJapan women’s football teammary komQatar men’s football team First Published: August 30, 2019, 12:10 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Wimbledon Women’s Singles Final, Serena Williams vs Angelique Kerber: As it happened

first_imgHello and Welcome to our LIVE COVERAGE of the women’s singles final of the Wimbledon 2016.@serenawilliams v @AngeliqueKerber @Wimbledon Serena = champion! Incredible effort. You’re a class act. #22 Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) July 9, 2016Congratulations to the best ever! Serena Williams ! Amazing achievement ?????? Kim Clijsters (@Clijsterskim) July 9, 2016Serena: “It was difficult not to think about (the record). Knowing how hard I worked, it makes the victory sweeter” pic.twitter.com/OZ6ul7Cosj Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 9, 2016Feeling 22.#Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/qjeNNAWCb2 Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 9, 2016Kerber: “Congrats to Serena. You really deserved this. It is always an honour for me to play you in the final” pic.twitter.com/DuVTCm2jrN Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 9, 2016Catch 22…Two legends, nothing to separate them. #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/j2AzVFnGwx Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 9, 2016The legend grows.Serena is warmly congratulated at the net by Kerber after winning her 22nd Grand Slam title. https://t.co/y4eiNRGvcl Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 9, 2016Champion. Again.Serena Williams joins Steffi Graf on 22 Grand Slam titles after clinching a 7th #Wimbledon crown pic.twitter.com/jSa3cVY54X Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 9, 201620.09 IST: That’s it! Serena Williams beats Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 to win her seventh Wimbledon title, equals Steffi Graf’s record of 22 Grand Slam crowns 20.04 IST: Serena Williams breaks Kerber 5-3 in the second set. Serving for the championship. PM: Huge congratulations to @GordonReid91 & @alfiehewett6 on their victory in the Men’s Wheelchair Doubles at #Wimbledon today #BackTheBrits UK Prime Minister (@Number10gov) July 9, 201619.55 IST: Former tennis star Billie Jean King is also present in the stands. Kerber makes it 3-3. advertisement19.46 IST: Pop star Beyonce and Jay Z are in the stands to watch Serena vs Kerber clash. It’s 2-2 in the second set. How I’m feeling about this women’s final so far. #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/iUmNtGdJN7 Laura Robson (@laurarobson5) July 9, 201619.39 IST: Kerber holds on. It’s 1-1 in the second set. 19.37 IST: Serena Williams opens second set with a 1-0 lead. The numbers tell the story of that first set…#Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/27NJcSFUml Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 9, 201619.32 IST: Serena Williams finally breaks Angelique Kerber to take the first 7-5 19.28 IST: After three wonderful serves, Serena gets herself out of trouble to lead 6-5 in the first set. A wonderful embrace at the net as Potapova beats Yastremska to become the 2016 girls’ singles champion #Wimbledon https://t.co/CZWPaiPcHX Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 9, 201619.24 IST: Kerber makes it 5-5 in the first set. Centre Court is being treated to some super tennis. Serena holds again – she has yet to face a BP – to go 5-4 up pic.twitter.com/vdaXbI6pf4 Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 9, 201619.21 IST: Serena holds, leads 5-4 in the first set. 5 aces.16 winners.8 UFEs.Serena posting some excellent numbers but Kerber’s holding her own. On serve at 4-3. pic.twitter.com/CvzSNNVGsa Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 9, 201619.16 IST: No break of serves yet. It’s 4-4 in the first set. 19.12 IST: Serena Williams makes it 4-3 in the first set. It’s been a high quality tennis so far 19.07 IST: Bit of fortune helps Kerber make it 3-3 in the first set. 19.05 IST: Serena Williams holding her serves. She leads 3-2 in the first set. 19.01 IST: Angelique Kerber showing signs of early nerves. 2-2 in the first set. 18.57 IST: Serena Williams races to 2-1 lead vs Angelique Kerber in the first set. Serena has lost just two points in her first two serves.18.54 IST: Angelique Kerber manages to hold on, it’s 1-1 in the first set. 18.47 IST: Serena Williams holds on to her serve, leads 1-0 in the first set. 18.37 IST: The two players warm-up before the big match. 18.33 IST: Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber make their way to the Centre Court, which is absolutely packed. ???? good luck @AngeliqueKerber for the final! #doitagain #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/aMF9xpDayU Nico Rosberg (@nico_rosberg) July 9, 201618.15 IST: Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewitt become Men’s Wheelchair Doubles champions. In pursuit of history… #WimbledonWeekendhttps://t.co/4JbIWr212s Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 9, 201618.00 IST: We are just 30 minutes away from the start of the final. Serena hasn’t won any majors since Wimbledon last year.The atmosphere is building inside Centre Court… #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/ieB3ZbkR2E Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 9, 2016Angelique Kerber goes through some final preparations ahead of her first #Wimbledon final… https://t.co/Acj7UPnPiS Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 9, 2016The final preparations…@serenawilliams warms up for Grand Slam singles final No.28.#Wimbledon https://t.co/EZmK9zBTdc Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 9, 2016″She hates to lose”From one champion to another: @BillieJeanKing on Serena#Wimbledonhttps://t.co/kO44dT8BvPadvertisement Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 9, 2016Three hours to go…#Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/39DWvmbdFK Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 9, 2016Rise and shine! It’s Ladies’ Final day ??? #Wimbledon https://t.co/4bQaj03yvL Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 9, 2016PREVIEWWhen Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber walk onto Wimbledon’s Centre Court for the women’s final today, the legacy of Steffi Graf will loom large.The showdown will see world number one Serena try to equal Graf’s professional era record of 22 grand slam singles titles, while Kerber will seek to become the first German woman to lift the Wimbledon singles crown since her idol Graf 20 years ago.It would be the second time this year she had beaten the American in a grand slam final, having triumphed at the Australian Open in January.Kerber, 28, would also become the first woman apart from Williams to win two grand slams in a season since Justine Henin in 2007, when the Belgian player was world number one.Williams, who turns 35 in September, is a six-times Wimbledon champion and the clear bookmakers’ favourite. But the Graf milestone is nevertheless sure to be weighing on her mind.last_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar feels India can hurt England if conditions favour spinners

first_imgSachin Tendulkar said India would be in a position to hurt England in the Test series in what has been a warm English summer so far. Tendulkar said Virat Kohli’s India would gain a substantial edge over the hosts if there was any help for spinners in the five-Test series starting August 1.India have won three Test series in England – 1971, 1986 and 2007. However, they suffered heavy defeats in the last two series in 2011 and 2014. While India lost 0-4 in 2011, they went down 1-3 three years later after taking the lead with a historic victory at Lord’s.But there is hope of a much improved performance this time. England is in the middle of its warmest summer in recent years and there is a chance the conditions will favour spinners. In fact, England are contemplating recalling leg-spinner Adil Rashid, who left Virat Kohli bamboozled in the final ODI at Leeds.Tendulkar, whose last tour of England ended with the dismal Test series of 2011, said the results could depend on whether the pitches are conducive to spin.Also read – Virat Kohli’s Test record in England will improve, says Alec Stewart”It will depend on the kind of surfaces that we get to play on,” Tendulkar told Reuters. “The English summer is pretty warm this time. If there’s a bit of help for our spinners then I am sure we will be in a position in the series to hurt them. That will be a critical factor.” Kuldeep Yadav has taken 14 wickets from five games against England (Reuters Photo)Tendulkar, the only man with 100 international hundreds and 200 Test caps, said Kuldeep Yadav, the left-arm chinaman bowler, was ready for Test cricket. Kuldeep had spun a web around England’s batsmen in the T20I series and followed that up with a six-wicket haul in the first ODI which India won.Also read – Rishabh Pant named in India squad for first 3 Tests vs Englandadvertisement”I have always maintained that he’s ready for the longest version of the game and that will be the most challenging one. I think he’s ready.”Looking at his repertoire he has the capability to go there and compete, without any doubt,” he said.Despite a long list of injuries to a few key players, Sachin Tendulkar was confident India had the wherewithal to challenge England. Overall, Tendulkar was happy with the balance of India’s squad for the five-Test series.Also read – Tendulkar hopeful of a good show from Kohli, Team India in England Tests”We have bowlers who can bat and we have batters who can roll their arm over. The keeper’s contribution also becomes important in batting and we have that,” Tendulkar told Reuters during the interview.”Ashwin and Jadeja can also bat. We also have a seam-bowling all-rounder in Hardik Pandya who can bat. That was one element missing, though Hardik’s just started his career. But whatever I see on paper, we have good balance.”(Written by Rajarshi Gupta)last_img read more

Nonprofit Spotlight: Firecracker Foundation

first_imgNetwork for Good works with so many amazing nonprofits and we want to introduce you to them and the great work they are doing! Because May is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, I want you to meet one of my favorite customers who is doing amazing work helping child sexual abuse survivors heal their whole being.Meet Firecracker Foundation The Firecracker Foundation challenges their supporters to build a blaze, to be a part of the network that keeps and builds the lively sparks in child survivors. From the adult survivors who serve as mentors to the therapists and yoga instructors who offer their time and expertise, Firecracker truly has built a community of healing around the children survivors they serve. That community isn’t just by happenstance; they’ve consciously made recurring giving the heart of their fundraising strategy as a way to ensure the continued success of their communal work. On a larger scale, however, The Firecracker Foundation is about community. Tashmica Torok, the founder of Firecracker, has built her organization around the historical idea of community members being charged with keeping the communal fire burning. From their mission to their fundraising strategy, this ethos of the many coming together for a common goal is extremely evident. We are honored to serve the Firecracker Foundation as their online donation software provider! You guys are amazing! Using Facebook to rally attendance at events is a great way to meet supporters where they already are: Facebook. During their year-end campaign Firecracker Foundation’s Instagram feed kept supporters updated on how close they were to hitting their goal. http://t.co/FKbNzanWBF #ItsTimeToAct #SAAM2015 #LetsEndViolence #SexualAssaultAwarenessMonth— The Firecracker Fdn (@FirecrackerFdn) April 7, 2015 Due to the sensitive nature of their work, it might not be safe to display the photos of those they serve. However, they embrace that challenge and still share images that show the impact of donors’ gifts, without showing clients’ faces. Social media gives organizations the unique opportunity of giving supporters an inside peek into all the work you do. In addition to their work with sexual abuse survivors, Firecracker Foundation also trains advocates. Their Model Stellar Social Media Don’t worry about constantly generating original content, share content that will resonate with your supporters and promote your mission. On a day-to-day basis, The Firecracker Foundation works with survivors of childhood sexual trauma through long-term strategies of therapy, arts enrichment, and yoga practice. Their work is focused on healing the whole individual. Firecracker Foundation takes their emphasis of community involvement and engagement beyond the clients they serve and the advocates they train. They also take that energy to social media. Check out these posts from their social channels: As one of our “Spotlight” nonprofits, we encourage you to take a look at the great work they’re doing and spread the love by following them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.last_img read more

Quality of Antenatal Care in Zambia: A National Assessment

first_imgPosted on January 4, 2013March 21, 2017By: Kate Mitchell, Manager of the MHTF Knowledge Management System, Women and Health InitiativeClick 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)BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth recently published an article, Quality of antenatal care in Zambia: A national assessment, that classified and assessed the level of ANC services in health facilities in Zambia.Take a look at the abstract:BackgroundAntenatal care (ANC) is one of the recommended interventions to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality. Yet in most Sub-Saharan African countries, high rates of ANC coverage coexist with high maternal and neonatal mortality. This disconnect has fueled calls to focus on the quality of ANC services. However, little conceptual or empirical work exists on the measurement of ANC quality at health facilities in low-income countries. We developed a classification tool and assessed the level of ANC service provision at health facilities in Zambia on a national scale and compared this to the quality of ANC received by expectant mothers.MethodsWe analysed two national datasets with detailed antenatal provider and user information, the 2005 Zambia Health Facility Census and the 2007 Zambia Demographic and Health Survey (DHS), to describe the level of ANC service provision at 1,299 antenatal facilities in 2005 and the quality of ANC received by 4,148 mothers between 2002 and 2007.ResultsWe found that only 45 antenatal facilities (3%) fulfilled our developed criteria for optimum ANC service, while 47% of facilities provided adequate service, and the remaining   50% offered inadequate service. Although 94% of mothers reported at least one ANC visit with a skilled health worker and 60% attended at least four visits, only 29% of mothers received good quality ANC, and only 8% of mothers received good quality   ANC and attended in the first trimester.ConclusionsDHS data can be used to monitor “effective ANC coverage” which can be far below ANC coverage as estimated by current indicators. This “quality gap” indicates missed opportunities at ANC for delivering effective interventions. Evaluating the level of ANC provision at health facilities is an efficient way to detect where deficiencies are located in the system and could serve as a monitoring tool to evaluate country progress.Access the PDF of the article here.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

3 Reasons Your Grantmaking Strategy May Not Be Working

first_imgPictured Here: Central Alabama Community Foundation – what they’re doing is working.It’s understandable. Programs, not payroll nor paperclips, create excitement and enthusiasm among your board, grant committee, and community when it comes to awarding grants. However, if you are in the philanthropy business, you are in the capacity-building business. We can’t create the type of long-term, lasting change we seek without strong organizations. As grantmakers, we’re dependent on nonprofit leaders that can sustain and scale their impact without applying for more grant dollars.To borrow an example from our for-profit friends, have you ever seen the show “Shark Tank” on ABC?If so, you know that the first questions asked after the entrepreneur’s pitch will be, “What are your sales for the last year?” and “How much do you plan to sell this year?”The sharks dig into the company’s ability to effectively market, sell and scale their product, before digging into its competitive advantages or how it’s manufactured.The sharks know that investing in sales and marketing isn’t a separate strategy. It’s an integral part of their investment strategy. More precisely, it’s the path to their return.I have never met an investor that restricts their funds from sales and marketing. That would be foolish. Investors (funders) depend on a company’s revenue growth, increased profits and sales multipliers to create a return on their investment (impact).In the same way, nonprofit capacity and sustainability are not separate or standalone strategies. They are critical components of all grants and to ensuring our philanthropy creates long-term, lasting impact.Yet, we reverse this order all the time. We ask the nonprofit about its programs, outcomes, and impact, and then maybe (not always) we’ll dive into a sustainability plan.Now, you may be thinking, why don’t we just fund sustainable nonprofits and stop this article here? We can just reject nonprofits that need to build their capacity, right?Well, we wouldn’t have many eligible applicants. According to Network for Good’s 2017 research across 10,000 nonprofits, the overwhelming majority heavily relied on single‐source funding.A startling 78 percent of nonprofits applying for grants have no written or specific fundraising plan to sustain their program, after the grant period (on the other hand, 85 percent view their funders as credible, go-to sources for technical fundraising assistance). Further, according to a new report released by GuideStar, approximately 50 percent of U.S. nonprofits are operating with less than one month’s cash reserves.Therefore, if we want to create long-term change and lasting good, we must stop referring to the capacity building as a standalone strategy. We must view it as part of a comprehensive, holistic strategy – as being implemented by the Central Alabama Community Foundation.[CLICK TO WATCH VIDEO]Nonprofits Must Respond to Emerging Needs, Not Live by ContractsDo you believe the environmental challenges we face today are the same as 50 years ago? Do you believe child development and education is unaffected by the growth in social media?As our communities’ complex challenges evolve, we must ensure that the nonprofits we fund have the resources they need to stay nimble and responsive.Nonprofit leaders operating with razor-thin margins, no process to measure success or retain talent will be caught flat-footed during times of emerging needs or a shifting landscape.So, practically speaking, what can you do?As part of The Walton Family Foundation’s Environment Grant reports, nonprofits are asked, “What notable obstacles did you face during this grant period?” as well as, “What changes to the project were made?”The program staff is interested in knowing how work plans, staffing, and timelines may shift throughout the grant period. This enables them to coach the grantee on navigating unforeseen challenges, re-allocating funds from the original proposal or calling in additional support, instead of using the report to rigidly enforce grant contracts.What would happen if you asked your grantees these questions in your reports?Short-Term Strategies Don’t Fix Long-Term ChallengesDo you believe that racism has been wholly eradicated? Do you feel all Americans have affordable health care? No, of course not. These issues are multifaceted and will, undoubtedly, continue to evolve in the foreseeable future.If we wish to confront longstanding issues plaguing our communities, grant strategies must be designed with the long-term in mind. However, grant funding is inherently short-term in nature (do you know any funders that make 10-year commitments through an annual grant cycle?).Yet, how often do we measure outcomes created 10 years after the grant period ends? Do we know if those dollars are creating the same impact today? Has the program declined?Hopefully not.Shifting to multi-year commitments is not sufficient. We must ensure with greater certainty that our grantees have the capacity to self-fund their programs, long after the grant period.So, practically speaking, what can you do?The YouthBridge Community Foundation is an emergent, three-staff member foundation in St. Louis, Mo. The foundation’s CEO, Michael Howard, regularly educates YouthBridge donors and donor-advised fundholders on how to make gift decisions with the long-term in mind.“You’ve proven your commitment to lasting good and meaningful change,” was the headline phrase from a recent newsletter, educating stakeholders on why the foundation is building the capacity of local nonprofits. This education is enabling YouthBridge to increase their investment in the fundraising capacity of nonprofits serving children and youth in the St. Louis area.Do your board members and donors understand the importance of nonprofit sustainability? How might you educate them in your next communication?Community Needs Outweigh Grantmaking BudgetsWill you be able to fund 100 percent of the letters of inquiry or grant applications you receive this year?Most likely not.This is where we derive the phrase, “competitive grantmaking.” Grantmaking is competitive because needs (generally) always outweigh grant dollars available.Because grantmaking is a zero-sum game (a dollar here can’t be invested there) we need to measure the “impact-per-dollar” of each grant. We must ask ourselves, “Will we create more outcomes if we invest a dollar into this program or that one?”To expand this metric with confidence, grantmakers should pair grant dollars with an investment in an organization’s fundraising capacity. Network for Good has found that, on average, every $1 invested into a nonprofit’s fundraising capacity produces $10 in the program or general operating funding. These are dollars that can be used to amplify and expand the nonprofit’s impact—without tying up additional grant dollars from the funder.So, practically speaking, what can you do?The Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation recently revamped its annual grants process to provide community impact staff with greater depth and insight into the applicant’s strengths and weaknesses.During this process, nonprofits are asked to express any concerns about their ability to financially sustain their programs, and some even take a comprehensive assessment. For a group that identifies fundraising as a core challenge, a micro-grant for fundraising services is bundled into their award, ensuring that the organization not only diversifies revenue but also increases the impact of each grant dollar over time.Have you considered bundling a micro-grant for fundraising capacity alongside a restricted or program grant? Could you pilot this concept with a handful of your grantees?Please comment.  We would like to hear from you.last_img read more

Call for Papers: Neglected Populations – Decreasing Inequalities & Improving Measurement in Maternal Health

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 19, 2016June 23, 2017By: Katie Millar, Jacquelyn Caglia and Ana Langer, MHTFClick 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 deadline for submissions has been extended to May 1st!Progress for AllAs a maternal health community, we have much to celebrate as we reflect on progress made with global attention to the Millennium Development Goals. Yet, most countries did not meet MDG 5[i],[ii], to reduce maternal mortality by three quarters by 2015, and, despite progress, inequality prevails both among and within countries[iii],[iv]. The Sustainable Development Goals emphasize the urgent need for increased equality everywhere. [v]In order to address the need to reduce inequalities and showcase necessary measurement improvements to uncover them, the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) is partnering for the fourth time with PLOS for a new MHTF-PLOS collection, “Neglected Populations: Decreasing inequalities and improving measurement in maternal health.” The MHTF’s overarching goal for our collections is to promote and facilitate the wide dissemination of new evidence on this critical topic, highlighting in particular the work of maternal health researchers in low-resource settings.The epicenter of inequality is often found in neglected populations. Groups of women who are marginalized based on their race[vi], ethnicity, language[vii], socioeconomic status[viii], citizenship (or statelessness)[ix], age[iv], disability[iv], or geography[viii] experience some of the worst health outcomes. As the tide of global health priorities turns to universal health coverage[x],[xi],[xii], we must ensure that those worst off are provided access to the full spectrum of quality reproductive, maternal and newborn health care.In 2014, more people were displaced, internally and externally, than any other year in recorded history. The staggering rate of 59.5 million is 59% higher than it was a decade ago.[xiii] The resulting statelessness of displacement often further complicates a woman’s ability to access the care she needs.[ix] In particular, women in areas of conflict experience high rates of trauma, especially domestic and sexual violence[xiv],[xv], and have poor access to reproductive and maternal health care [xvi],[iv].Now, more women live in urban settings than rural, where they face a new set of barriers to health. Urban residence can bring challenges of overcrowding, insecurity, decreased social cohesion, and unhealthy lifestyles.[iv] Other groups, including adolescents[iv], women with HIV, and sexual minorities[iv], have poor access to maternal healthcare due to stigma or prejudice.Call for PapersThrough this latest collection of papers, we seek to draw attention to issues of inequality within maternal health, with a particular focus on new and innovative measurement tools and approaches to track disparities and guide efforts to reduce them.Papers submitted to this collection must present and discuss primary quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods research in maternal health with the following focus:Analysis of strategies to assess and address the needs of neglected populationsCommunity-based research conducted in neglected populationsImplementation and evaluation of programs where the neglected population they were designed to serve was included throughout the planning, implementation, and evaluation processUse of disaggregated data to address inequalities in maternal healthPresentation and evaluation of new measurement tools or novel application of existing ones to reduce disparities in maternal healthResearch articles should adhere to PLOS ONE’s publication criteria and submissions that present new methods or tools as the primary focus of the manuscript should meet additional requirements regarding utility, validation and availability. Authors should refer to the PLOS ONE Submission Guidelines for specific submission requirements.Publication FundingThis special collection has been made possible by generous support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation through Grant #OPP1125608 to the Maternal Health Task Force at the Women and Health Initiative at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. The Maternal Health Task Force is pleased to cover the publication costs for a limited number of papers from authors with a financial need, for example early career researchers and/or authors from low-and middle-income countries. Authors requiring such assistance should include a statement to that effect in their initial correspondence to collections@plos.org (see below).Submitting to the CollectionAuthors should submit a preliminary abstract or full paper (if possible) for scope consideration to collections@plos.org. Potential suitability for the collection will be determined within two weeks. A draft of the full manuscript may be requested if suitability cannot be determined based on the abstract alone. Preliminary decision on scope based on draft abstracts or manuscripts does not imply acceptance by the journal upon submission. Editors have no knowledge of an author’s financial status and all decisions will be based solely on editorial criteria. If your submission has been approved for conditional inclusion in the collection after scope review, a full draft of the paper should be submitted to PLOS ONE using the collection submission guidelines.Submitted manuscripts will then undergo evaluation according to the journal’s policies and no articles can be guaranteed acceptance. PLOS ONE editors will retain all control over editorial decisions.Articles will stand the best chance of inclusion in the collection if they are submitted by May 1, 2016.[i] Countdown Final Report[ii] The Millennium Development Goals Report[iii] Addressing inequity to achieve the maternal and child health millennium development goals: looking beyond averages[iv] Women and Health: the key for sustainable development[v] Ending preventable maternal and newborn mortality and stillbirths[vi] Pregnancy-related mortality in the United States, 2006-2010.[vii] Maternal language and adverse birth outcomes in a statewide analysis.[viii] Disadvantaged populations in maternal health in China who and why?[ix] Health insurance for people with citizenship problems in Thailand: a case study of policy implementation.[x] The Politics of Universal Health Coverage in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Framework for Evaluation and Action.[xi] Towards universal health coverage for reproductive health services in Ethiopia: two policy recommendations.[xii] Universal health coverage in ‘One ASEAN’: are migrants included?[xiii] World at War: UNHCR Global Trends 2014[xiv] What evidence exists for initiatives to reduce risk and incidence of sexual violence in armed conflict and other humanitarian crises? A systematic review.[xv] Symptoms associated with pregnancy complications along the Thai-Burma border: the role of conflict violenceand intimate partner violence.[xvi] Maternal health care amid political unrest: the effect of armed conflict on antenatal care utilization in Nepal.Share this:last_img read more

Alcacer backs Sancho to become one of world’s best

first_imgPaco Alcacer believes that his Borussia Dortmund team-mate Jadon Sancho has what it takes to become one of the world’s best. Sancho enjoyed a breakthrough campaign in 2018-19, scoring 12 Bundesliga goals and tallying 14 assists, the most of any player in the German top flight. The England international has followed that up with a strong start to the current season, having already scored two and assisted three in just three league games thus far.  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? At 19, Sancho has become the youngest Bundesliga player to ever reach 15 career league goals. Alcacer, who has had three of his four Bundesliga goals this season assisted by Sancho, has backed his team-mate to go on to achieve even bigger things.”He’s a kid, 19 years old, with great quality. If he keeps his head, he will be a top player,” Alcacer told Sport.”There’s uncertainty at that age, but as a player and a person in the dressing room, he’s top.”If he improves and picks up other qualities, he will be one of the best in the world.”Alcacer has joined Dortmund permanantly after spending part of the 2018-19 season with the Bundesliga club on loan from Barcelona. After struggling for form at Barca, the 26-year-old had a breakout season with Dortmund last term by scoring 18 goals in Bundesliga play. Paco Alcacer Borussia Dortmund 2019-20Asked if this is the most confident he’s felt in his career, Alcacer said: “It could be. The numbers suggest that. I feel confident and comfortable with my teammates — which is a plus on the pitch. “It’s a question of confidence and feeling comfortable on the pitch. Minutes are important. The treatment from my teammates, having an understanding with them, that’s also key.”Alcacer will get a chance to square off against his former club in this season’s Champions League, as Dortmund have been drawn with Barcelona in Group F.When asked if he would celebrate against his former club if he scores, Alcacer wouldn’t rule the possibility out. “I wouldn’t know what to do, because at the end of the day you’re really happy [to score],” Alcacer said.”A lot of people behaved really well with me there, a lot of people also said things that you don’t like, but the respect was always there.”last_img read more

Vinesh Phogat on Tokyo Olympics: Whatever the results, I want to compete for 6 full minutes

first_imgVinesh Phogat on Tokyo Olympics: Whatever the results, I want to compete for 6 full minutesVinesh Phogat said she is keen on making up for the missed opportunity at the Rio Games when she takes the mat at Tokyo Olympics. The 25-year-old became the first Indian wrestler to seal a quota place for next year’s Olympics.advertisement Akshay Ramesh New DelhiSeptember 23, 2019UPDATED: September 23, 2019 22:26 IST Vinesh Phogat became the first Indian woman wrestler to win a Tokyo Olympics quota place. (@Phogat_Vinesh)HIGHLIGHTSVinesh said she is hoping to regain the missed opportunity to win an Olympic medal in TokyoVinesh said she if feeling confident about wrestling in 53kg categoryVinesh won her maiden World Championships medal in Nur-SultanVinesh Phogat was one of the biggest medal hopes for India at Rio Olympics but her dreams came down crashing when she suffered a career-threatening knee injury in her 48kg freestyle quarter-final bout.Vinesh had stormed into the quarter-final with a win via technical superiority over Romania’s Alina Vuc but her quarter-final against Sun Yanan of China ended midway. In a heartbreaking episode, Vinesh was stretched off the mat. Sun would go on to win a bronze medal but Vinesh headed home with empty hands and an injured knee.Vinesh Phogat would later receive her Arjuna Award during the National Sports Awards ceremony while being on a wheelchair.Cut to 2019, Vinesh Phogat became the first Indian woman wrestler to win a Tokyo Olympics quota place. Vinesh has put behind the Rio Olympic disappointment. She has overcome her knee issues. She got the World Championships medal off her buck list in Nur-Sultan earlier this month.Vinesh Phogat has once again got an entire nation dreaming. Despite coming with a strong show at the World Championships, Vinesh Phogat is not getting ahead of herself. The 25-year-old wrestling sensation has given wings to her Tokyo Olympics dreams but she is keen on doing the basics right at the biggest stage next year.Speaking at the launch of ZEE Kushti Dangal in New Delhi, Vinesh Phogat said she does not feel the burden of expectations and that she has figured out how to deal with pressure in the lead up to Tokyo Olympics.”There is definitely no pressure. Earlier, I didn’t know how to take pressure but now I understand that I can do it and I will work hard for that and I am confident of completing my bouts because I missed a lot of things in the Rio Olympics, even my match didn’t take place [curtailed quarter-final],” Vinesh Phogat said.advertisement”I want to regain the opportunity to win a medal that I lost in Rio no matter what it takes. So whatever the results, I will want to play the full quota of 6 minutes match in the Tokyo Olympics.”If I lose, I will still move forward but if I win I will definitely move forward. The questions which are stuck in my mind will definitely get cleared,” Vinesh Phogat added.Vinesh Phogat had changed her weight category from 50kg to 53kg ahead of the start of 2019 season. The World Championship medal in the 53kg category has given her a lot of confidence ahead of Tokyo Olympics.Vinesh Phogat exuded confidence when asked if she has become familiar with her opponents in the new weight category. There is no bigger testament to her statement than her bronze medal in Nur-Sultan.Vinesh has been working hard with her Hungarian personal coach, Woller Akos of Hungary. Upper-body strengthening has been one of the key aspects and the results are there to be seen.Incidentally, it was Sun Yanan, against whom she suffered the injury at Rio Games, who has heaped rich praise on Vinesh Phogat’s improved strength.”There is nothing negative about weight change but there are definitely many positives as I have won back to back medals in every competition after changing it this year. It will be more helpful as I will get more chances of avoiding injuries.”Also Read | Fought at World Championships to announce to the world I am getting back: Sushil KumarAlso Read | World Championships: Rahul Aware bags bronze as India finish with best-ever medal haulAlso See: For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Vinesh PhogatFollow Tokyo 2020 Olympics Nextlast_img read more

Alisson to miss another seven games for Liverpool

first_imgAlisson is set to sit out at least seven more games for Liverpool, with Jurgen Klopp not expecting to have him back until after the next international break.The Brazil international goalkeeper has been sidelined since picking up an unfortunate injury on the opening day of the 2019-20 campaign.He broke down against Norwich at Anfield and has not been seen since. 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 Initial fears that a serious problem had been picked up were eased, but Alisson is no closer to making a return to action.He has already missed three Premier League games and the UEFA Super Cup, with summer signing Adrian taking his place in the Reds side.Klopp admits that he is likely to require cover between the sticks for several more weeks, with Liverpool eager to avoid rushing Alisson’s recovery.With a cautious approach being favoured, the 26-year-old will remain out of contention until mid-October.Asked to provide a fitness update at his latest press conference, Klopp told reporters of Alisson: “Funnily enough, we had lunch together again so he looks good.“He’s improving, but we cannot put any pressure on it. It was a really serious injury with the calf and it is now much better, good for us and good for him. “We don’t know exactly. The target was always that after the next international break he could be ready, but we don’t know.“There’s no pressure and hopefully everything will be fine for the rest of the season.”With Alisson being ruled out of contention for the foreseeable future, Liverpool will require an alternative option for Premier League games with Newcastle, Chelsea, Sheffield United and Leicester.Adrian Liverpool 2019-20Adrian will also be required to step in for Champions League clashes with Napoli and Salzburg and potentially a Carabao Cup date with MK Dons.While Klopp will not be seeing Alisson on the field any time soon, he is expecting to welcome Naby Keita back into the fold.The Guinean midfielder suffered a recurrence of a hip problem prior to a UEFA Super Cup win over Chelsea.Klopp said of the 24-year-old: “Naby is close, much closer than Ali obviously.“I think he could be in training when we come back from Napoli next week.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

‘Ozil needs to contribute 24/7’ – Arsenal chief Sanllehi backs Emery

first_imgRaul Sanllehi has backed Unai Emery’s handling of the Mesut Ozil situation at Arsenal.Ozil has featured just twice so far this season, with his only appearance in the Premier League coming during the 2-2 draw with Watford at Vicarage Road last month.The German – who is being paid £350,000 a week by the Gunners – has not even been included in the matchday squad for the past three games. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career And when asked after the Europa League win against Standard Liege why Ozil had not been involved, Emery stated it was because others simply deserved their spot more.”Really I am thinking every time to decide the best players for each match and the best player for the squad to play and [who will] help us,” said the Spaniard.”When I decide he’s not in the squad it’s because another player deserves it more.”Ozil’s continued absence has seen Emery receive plenty of criticism from sections of Arsenal’s fanbase, who believe the former Real Madrid man would bring some much-needed creativity to the team.There have been growing calls from supporters for the 30-year-old to be brought back into the fold, but that looks unlikely, with Arsenal due to visit Sheffield United after the international break.Mesut Ozil Arsenal 2019-20And now Emery’s stance has received the backing of Sanllehi, who spoke about the ongoing situation at a fans’ forum with supporters on Thursday night.Responding to a question about Ozil’s lack of playing time, Arsenal’s head of football said: “Unai has had many good players in other teams also, and he has always followed the same policy which is try not to make any distinctions, play the ones who work hard in training and reward the effort with playing time.“There is nothing against Mesut on the contrary and I hope we get to see him much more in the next games because his qualities are without question, but he needs to contribute 24/7 and that’s what Unai expects from him.“It’s not that he’s not working so well, but there are others who are deserving more playing time, but Unai can’t treat him differently than any other player.“You may have read that Unai has put a barrier up, but nothing at all like this has happened.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Millen, Mount Si down Skyview 52-28

first_img Share: GO Skyview StormVideo By Micah Rice, Columbian Sports Editor Published: September 14, 2018, 11:06pm The University of Oregon commit now has 1,024 yards passing and 17 touchdowns in just three games this season. That comes after he threw for 2,447 yards, 32 touchdowns and just four interceptions last year.“We couldn’t duplicate in practice what he can do,” Skyview coach Steve Kizer said. “I don’t know if anybody can put the ball in there like that. He’s the real deal.”Five of Millen’s touchdown passes went to Jonathan Barrett, including a 72-yard dagger one play after Skyview had pulled within 38-20 in the third quarter.Skyview (1-2) makes a point of scheduling tough non-league competition each year. After facing a Mount Si team that is tied for No. 2 in the state 4A poll, the Storm hope to move forward with lessons learned from their battles. Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Follow Tags By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. MOUNT SI 52, SKYVIEW 28Mount Si      14       17       14       7—52Skyview        7          0          21       0—28First quarterMS – Jonathan Barrett 28 pass from Cale Millen (Reed Paradissis kick)S – Cooper Barnum 49 pass from Yaroslav Duvalko (Michael Stromberg kick)MS – Barrett 11 pass from Millen (Paradissis kick)Second quarterMS – Barrett 5 pass from Millen (Paradissis kick)MS – Andrew Mostofi 4 pass from Millen (Paradissis kick)MS – Paradissis 29 FGThird quarterMS – Barrett 37 pass from Millen (Paradissis kick)S – Duvalko 1 run (Stromberg kick)S – Tyler DeJong 17 fumble return (kick failed)MS – Barrett 72 pass from Millen (Paradissis kick)S – Jalynnee McGeen 4 run (Barnum pass from Duvalko)Fourth quarterMS – Mostofi 24 pass from Millen (Paradissis kick)INDIVIDUAL STATISTICSRUSHING – Mount Si: Cole Norah 16-131, Cale Millen 6-17, Andy Cole 1-1, Derek Looper 3-8.   Skyview: Jalynnee McGee 21-86, Yarosla Duvalko 2-6, Tyler DeJong 1-4, Casey Murray 3-4.PASSING – Mount Si: Cale Millen 24-31-0-412.   Skyview: Yaroslav Duvalko 23-39-1-315.RECEIVING – Mount Si: Andrew Mostofi 6-92, Jonathan Barrett 7-200, Kevin Corder 2-12, Colby Botten 6-79, Cole Norah 3-29.   Skyview: Cooper Barnum 7-117, Mason Wheeler 6-94, Jalynnee McGee 4-50, Ahmani Williams 3-29, Gavin Baskette 1-12, Tyler DeJong 1-0, Micah Baylous 1-13. Millen, Mount Si down Skyview 52-28 Oregon commit throws for seven TDs against Stormcenter_img “We just hope we can keep getting better,” Kizer said. “We talked about how our 2011 team was 0-2. We lost 56-6 and were 400 miles from home in Coeur d’Alene. Then we won 11 in a row. We say ‘hey, if we can handle it, it will be great for us.’”Skyview’s offense moved the ball well. Junior quarterback Yaroslav Duvalko threw for 315 yards, giving him 929 on the season.But the Storm had to play catchup in the first half because of turnovers. There were two turnovers on downs in Mount Si territory and a fumble at Skyview’s own 5-yard line.Meanwhile, Mount Si scored on five of its six first-half drives to lead 31-7 at halftime. Micah Rice Columbian Sports Editor micah.rice@columbian.com @col_mrice Cale Millen is the son of a star quarterback at Washington who plans to play collegiate football at Oregon.Friday, he made Vancouver his playground.Millen threw for 412 yards and seven touchdowns to lead Mount Si of Snoqualmie to a 52-28 win over Skyview at Kiggins Bowl.Watching it all was his dad and Mount Si assistant coach Hugh Millen, who quarterbacked the University of Washington to a win in the Orange Bowl over Oklahoma at the end of the 1984 season.Millen, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound senior, showed Friday why he’s one of the top QB recruits in the Northwest. Share: “We tried to stay simple and play with our technique,” said Skyview defensive back Cooper Barnum, when asked about defending a quarterback like Millen. “In the first half, we were a little rough with our technique. But after halftime we competed, which was exactly what we wanted. We didn’t give up.”Tyler DeJong returned a Millen fumble 17 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter to cut Mount Si’s lead to 38-20.After Millen’s 72-yard TD pass, Skyview responded with scoring drive capped by Jalynnee McGee’s 4-yard touchdown run to pull Skyview within 45-28.Barnum had 117 receiving yards, including a 49-yard touchdown catch on Skyview’s first drive. Mason Wheeler had six catches for 94 yards and McGee had 86 rushing yards and 50 receiving yards. (360) 735-4548 Follow The Columbian on Instagramlast_img read more

Boys basketball: Mark Morris 65, Ridgefield 35

first_img Tags The Columbian By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Share: RIDGEFIELD — Carson Knight 2, Nick Jenkins 2, Isaac Aguirre 4, Ben Poppert 0, Josh Mansur 7, Stefan Vossenkuhl 6, Jordan Imai 0, Tyler Poorman 0, Logan Rossman 2, Matt Gama 8, James Corey 0, Curren Whitsitt 4. Totals 14 (3) 4-10 35.M.Morris 16 16 15 18–65Ridgefield 12 2 12 9–35JV — Mark Morris wonC — Ridgefield won. GO Ridgefield Spudders center_img Rarey Sommer scored 18 points, Jack Shipley added 16 and the Mark Morris boys basketball team beat Ridgefield in the regular-season finale for both teams.The visiting Monarchs (13-7, 9-3) outscored Ridgefield 16-2 in the second quarter to take a 32-14 lead. Mark Morris is the 2A Greater St. Helens League’s No. 2 seed to the district tournament.Ridgefield (11-9, 5-7) currently holds the last of the league’s four district berths. Washougal (8-11, 4-7) needs to beat league champion Columbia River on Wednesday to force a fourth-place tiebreaker.MARK MORRIS 65, RIDGEFIELD 35MARK MORRIS — Dawson Fritz 8, Kevin Wilbur 0, Brayden Harris 4, Garrett Ness 5, Cole Busch 0, Keoni Makaiwi 2, Reece Gibb 7, Rome Hendrickson 3, Jack Shipley 16, Thomas Sprague 2, Rarey Sommer 18. Totals 25 (3) 10-14 65. Boys basketball: Mark Morris 65, Ridgefield 35 Published: February 5, 2019, 9:50pm Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Share:last_img read more