Manganiyar singer thrashed to death in Rajasthan village; families flee homes

first_imgAbout 20 families belonging to the Manganiyar community of folk musicians have fled their native village in Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan after a community member was allegedly beaten to death following a dispute over a ritual in a local temple. The folk singer was held responsible for failure of a temple ritual.A faith healer, Ramesh Suthar, who belongs to the ‘Bhopa’ (exorcist) clan, had claimed that Amad Khan (45) had failed to perform a specific melody at the temple in Dantal village during the Navratra festival, because of which the spirit of the temple goddess did not enter his body. He allegedly thrashed the singer and broke his musical instruments.Suthar allegedly entered the house of Khan, along with some accomplices on September 27 night and assaulted him again, leading to his death. Police have arrested Suthar and launched a hunt for two other accused after registering a murder case under Section 302 of Indian Penal Code.The frightened Manganiyar families have fled Dantal village and about 200 persons are camping at Balad, 20 km away, under the police protection. Some of them shifted to the Jaisalmer town earlier this week and are staying at a night shelter near the railway station.Though the police have assured them of security if they return to their native village, Manganiyars claim that they were being threatened by the dominant Rajput and Suthar castes. Gunasar Lok Sangeet Sansthan president Baksh Khan said the Manganiyars expected the district administration to help in their rehabilitation.last_img read more

‘Cong., BJP nexus with miners is clear’

first_imgThe Aam Aadmi Party’s Goa unit has criticised the BJP-led ruling coalition and the Congress over the proposed all-party delegation to raise the issue of mining ore licenses with central ministers in New Delhi.In a press release issued here AAP leader Siddarth Karapurkar questioned the “nexus” between the ruling and opposition parties in planning the Delhi meeting to urge the Union Mines Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari to “find out means and ways so that mining operations in the State were not affected due to Supreme Court order”.The Supreme Court has directed that all mining activities on 87 cancelled leases be stopped from March 15.Mr. Karapurkar called it as yet another case of a friendship between the Congress and BJP and its alliance partners to sell the interests of the State to a few miners. AAP also lamented that the absence of a responsible opposition in the legislature is strikingly visible.The AAP has alleged that a few MLAs of both parties, whose stakes in the mining business is no secret, are grouping together in the name of this all-party delegation to New Delhi.Mr. Karapurkar demanded that the people of Goa must know what dialogue this delegation will have with the Central Ministers and people must also know what are the advantages and disadvantages of such a course for the State.“Mining resource is a wealth of the people,” he asserted and lamented that the all-party delegation, was “surely carrying a brief of a select few who have been enjoying the mining wealth of the State hitherto as payback for the funding they have been receiving for their political careers.”The AAP leader pointed out that while the senior-most Minister in the government, Sudin Dhavlikar, had in justification of their proposed Delhi delegation, said the State faces a loss of ₹3,500 crore and the ban will affect 2 lakh people, he has not spoken of who is going to recover the “loot of the mining wealth as estimated by Justice (retd) M. B. Shah Commission in its report on illegal mining. Why is there no clarity on that?” he asked.last_img read more

In Rajasthan, 10 lakh farmers identified for loans in next crop cycle

first_imgThe Congress government in Rajasthan has identified a whopping 10 lakh farmers for grant of loans through cooperative banks during the next crop cycle, amid allegations by the Opposition BJP that its “populist measure” of farm-loan waiver had failed to extend the benefit to the eligible agriculturists and led to scams in several districts. State Cooperative Minister Udai Lal Anjana said here on Saturday that the cooperative debt structure was being strengthened for the benefit of farmers who would get the loans without mortgaging their land. Farmers getting themselves biometrically registered under the scheme would be given preference in the loan disbursement, he said. The farm loans will be disbursed in two stages during the next crop cycle of kharif season from April 1 to August 31 and rabi season from September 1 to March 31. Mr. Anjana said the loan recipients would also get the benefit of other schemes operated by the Cooperative Department. The BJP has alleged that the loan waiver scheme, announced by the State government without the Cabinet’s approval, was not clear about the eligible farmers and the process of implementation. BJP State president Madal Lal Saini said the “loan scams” had come to light in several districts, where the loans were picked up in the name of farmers who had never received the amount. The Congress government had announced loan waiver for farmers up to Rs.2 lakh each, resulting in the burden of an estimated Rs.18,000 crore on the Exchequer, on December 19, 2018, two days after being sworn in. The Congress had promised to tackle agrarian distress during its campaign for the 2018 State Assembly election. The entire short-term loans taken by small and medium farmers from cooperative and land development banks without any monetary ceiling and the debts up to Rs.2 lakh due on November 30, 2018, for the defaulter farmers who had obtained loans from nationalised, commercial and rural banks was to be waived in the scheme’s first phase. Registrar of Cooperative Societies Niraj K. Pawan said the farmers who had become members of village cooperative societies several years ago would be among the beneficiaries selected for the crop loan disbursement scheme.last_img read more

New Visa Rules Indian Passport Holders Need to Know

first_imgIf you are an Indian passport holder and travel often, chances are that you have had to face visa issues once or more.As of 2018, 59 countries offer visa on arrival or visa-free travel to Indian passport holders. But that is hardly any consolation, given that most countries in Europe and the Americas still require you to get that visa stamped on your passport.Read it at India Today Related Itemslast_img

Mumbai Indians beats Kings XI Punjab by 25 runs

first_imgPublished on Mumbai Indians player Parthiv Patel raises his bat after scoring 50 during IPL Match at the IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali on Monday. – PTI × April 25, 2016 SHARE IPL 2016 In the next over, Maxwell sent the ball soaring over in the same direction for similar result, the bowler being Tim Southee. However, Punjab were dealt a blow at a crucial juncture as Marsh fell in the same over to bring to an end a partnership of 89 runs for the third wicket. Parthiv Patel shone with a breezy 58-ball 81 and powered Mumbai Indians to a 25-run win over Kings XI Punjab whose campaign turned from bad to worse in the Indian Premier League cricket tournament, here today. Chasing a stiff target of 190, Kings XI Punjab were restricted to 164 for seven in the stipulated 20 overs.This was Mumbai Indians’ third win in seven outings, while the Punjab franchise suffered its fifth defeat in six appearances. For Kings XI Punjab, Glenn Maxwell finally found form as he top-scored with 56 off 39 balls, hitting five boundaries and a six. Shaun Marsh made 45 off 34 balls with the help of three fours and a six. Marsh and Maxwell then got together and rebuilt the innings by playing sensibly.While they ran the singles and twos, on and off, the Australian duo found the fence to keep the scoreboard moving with the run rate hovering around 7.5-8 an over. Jasprit Bumrah was the pick of MI bowlers, returning impressive figures of 3/26. Batting second, the hosts lost openers Murali Vijay (19) and Manan Vohra (7) cheaply with just 32 runs on the board in five overs.center_img COMMENT The home side reached the 100 in the 13th over and, after Maxwell hit his fifth boundary, Marsh broke the shackles with a six over long-on off Harbhajan Singh. cricket Soon after, Maxwell cruised to his half century in 33 balls. But Maxwell too got out after a while and the asking rate just kept heading north, even as KXIP skipper David Miller remained not out on 30 off 17 balls. Jos Buttler blazed his way to 24 off 13 balls with the help of three fours and a six as the visitors posted a competitive 189 for six. SHARE SHARE EMAIL Mumbai Indians player Parthiv Patel raises his bat after scoring 50 during IPL Match at the IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali on Monday. – PTI Invited to bat, Mumbai Indians rode on Patel’s knock, his best in IPL, and Ambati Rayudu’s 65 off 37 balls to record their highest score against Kings XI Punjab in the cash-rich league. COMMENTS In the halfway stage of the innings, Kings XI Punjab were 75 for the loss of two wickets, still needing 115 runs from 10 overs.last_img read more

Glassdoor Rallies for Hurricane Harvey Relief

first_imgSince Hurricane Harvey first hit the U.S. on August 25, Glassdoor employees have watched with heavy hearts as the storm ravaged communities in Texas and Louisiana — areas that several employees and customers have close ties to. Witnessing the devastation that Harvey has wrought, Glassdoor offices across the country have decided to band together and contribute toward relief efforts.  As a first step, Glassdoor will be donating $5,000 to the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce. A small town of about 10,000 people along the Gulf Coast, Rockport was the first area to be hit by the storm and has seen the most destruction, with electricity, roads, cell phone service, and other critical parts of their infrastructure effectively wiped out. The Chamber of Commerce plays a key role in supporting local businesses, and it is our hope that our donation can contribute toward sustainable economic growth in the wake of the hurricane. In addition, each of Glassdoor’s U.S.-based offices — Mill Valley, CA; San Francisco, Chicago and Green, OH — will be launching local drives to lend support to more specific organizations and areas, with Glassdoor matching donations up to $1,000 per office. Organizations to receive funds include the Houston Diaper Bank, JJ Watts Harvey Relief, Houston Humane Society and Corpus Christi Food Bank. Glassdoor is also working directly with its customers in the affected region to extend their Glassdoor accounts as needed.*“Our hearts go out to the people and communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey,” said Dawn Lyon, Glassdoor’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs. “It will take some time to recover and rebuild and we’re pleased we can help people in the affected communities get their lives back on track.” Restoring the areas devastated by Harvey is certainly no easy feat, but the more people and organizations that pitch in, the quicker we can help those impacted by the storm regain a sense of normalcy — to that end, we invite you to join us by donating to the Rockport-Fulton Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund and the organizations listed above. In the coming days, we will also be keeping a close eye on Hurricane Irma and wish everyone in its path well.*If you are a Glassdoor client in an area affected by Hurricane Harvey, please reach out to your rep and they will be happy to assist you.last_img read more

6 Times Being an Out-Of-State Job Applicant Helps (and Hurts) You

first_img Interior Designer – St. Louis & Dallas Oculus Saint Louis, MO N/A 23 hours ago 23h 3.1★ 23 hours ago 23h When clicking submit on an online job application, you’ve probably stared straight into your computer screen and wondered whether your application would ever be seen.These uneasy feelings are compounded when you apply for a job in another state. Even if your resume lands into human hands, something as simple as your mailing address could hold you back.Join the club. About 86 percent of millennials — and 77 percent of employees overall — say they’re willing to relocate for work, according to a 2017 Bamboo report.3 Times Being Out of State Could Hurt YouWhen submitting your application for an out-of-state position, you’ve probably reconsidered including your home address on your rockstar resume. Some applicants even worry about the area code of their contact phone number.Hiding your location from hiring managers might get your resume chosen from the stack. But it will be revealed during the interview process.Here are three scenarios when living out of state might prevent you from getting a job.1. The Job and City Are in High DemandThe more widely shared a job post, the more applicants it attracts, and the harder it is to score an interview.These days, you might see application tickers noting how many views a job post has received, or even how many applications it has garnered.So if you’re living in a smaller city and looking to make a move to San Francisco, New York or somewhere in between, realize you’re not alone.Human resources managers might be concerned that even if you’re the better candidate, you’re also a riskier one. You’ll be making a big move and having to juggle your new living situation with your new job.To make yourself more attractive, you could use your cover letter to show you have a handle on the new city. You could mention, for example, that you already have a new home lined up. You might even cite examples of times you adapted to new surroundings in the past.How to Write the Perfect Cover Letter2. The Position Is Entry-LevelCompanies expand their budgets to hire senior employees; some are willing to go far and wide to bring in the right leaders. For entry-level roles, however, a human resources team might not want to devote part of its budget to flying in and hosting out-of-state job interviews. New graduates with general skillsets are easy to find locally.“Nobody wants to be on the hook for the expenses involved with funding your relocation if the relationship doesn’t last,” said Tyson Spring, founder of Elever Professional, an executive search firm and staffing company.If you’re a new or recent graduate, you could erase a company’s concerns over cost by offering to pay for your moving expenses.3. The Role Requires Local KnowledgeIf you want to work for the state government, many states like Colorado require you to have been a resident for at least a year. In the private sector, you might see similar requirements on job descriptions or learn about them during a first interview.Even if no requirement exists, you might be penalized for a lack of familiarity with a city or region.“The tech scene in Austin has a far different culture than the tech scene in Silicon Valley and the Bay Area; the New York advertising and media culture differs dramatically from Los Angeles,” Spring said.“This is not to say that people can’t make the switch,” he continued, “but when faced with two very similar skillsets, the off-the-resume attributes start to come into the assessment.”Spring added that a candidate’s network and knowledge of a given city could make a local candidate a better bet. The stronger network might make the new hire more helpful with recruiting and employee referrals, for example.Strengthen your connections in the city where you’re hoping to live and work. You can do this by joining a national association tied to your field and attending conferences. You might also look through your LinkedIn connections to see if any of your college classmates ended up working in your preferred city.3 Times Being Out of State Could Actually HelpMany job applications will ask you if you’re willing to relocate for the position. That reveals your status as an out-of-state applicant right away.Here are three scenarios when that status might help your case.1. You Offer Unique Skills or ExperienceThe scope of your desired role should tell you a lot about whether the hiring manager will prefer a local candidate. If you’re hoping to work for a national corporation that happens to be housed in Portland, Oregon, for example, you won’t be expected to be an expert in the Pacific Northwest. In fact, they might even value an outsider that adds diversity to the team.But there will still be a cost to bringing you on board.“In instances where relocation is budgeted [for], your chances of being hired are probably just as good as someone local,” said Tiffani Murray, a human resources consultant. “The reason for this is that the company has already decided, through researching … the market for talent, that they may have to look outside of the city for the best hire.”Having unique experience or skills can push you over the top. When applying for out-of-state roles, ask yourself what helps you stand out from the competition. If you’re a content marketer who can also code webpages or design infographics, for example, that might set you apart.When you discover whatever it is that’s unusually useful about your background, highlight it in your application. Make the case that it’s worth paying for at least the travel expenses required for an in-person interview.2. You Have Connections to the CityUnderstandably, hiring managers are put off by out-of-state applicants who say they’re willing to shift their entire life to take a particular job. They’d feel especially guilty if you moved across the country only for the job to not work out months later.When possible, being transparent about your interest in a job and your ties to the company’s city can help your case. Maybe you tell the hiring manager about your nearby friends or family, your past trips to the city or that you’re moving with a significant other who’s already found a job.These sorts of reasons for relocating give a company the impression that you know what you’re getting yourself into, that you’re ready to lay down roots. That lessens their risk of hiring an out-of-state applicant who sours on the new city and decides to quit the job.If you don’t have ties to the city, don’t worry. You might also try to use the opposite to your advantage. If you’re leaving San Francisco for the lesser-known Santa Fe, for example, you might pitch yourself as someone having big-market experience who can help drive innovation.4 Things You Need to Do Before Relocating for a Job3. You Can Cover Your Moving ExpensesIf you’re feeling bold, you can offer to cover your own moving expenses, helping reduce the company’s cost of hiring you.I have secured entry- and mid-level jobs in big cities on three separate occasions, in part, by explaining to the hiring manager that I:Was planning to move to their city anywayWas able to cover my moving costsWas familiar with the regionHad family or friends nearbyBeing a relatively recent graduate furthered my argument. The companies knew I was green and ready to pay my own way toward more professional experience. But you don’t have to be in your early 20s for this strategy to work.Consider covering the following details in your killer cover letter:When you’re relocatingWhether you have ties to the cityWhat experience you can bring from other citiesYou might wait for the company to ask whether you’re willing to finance your move, in case they make the offer first. Just ensure that you lay out the timeline of your move. A company might be willing to wait on you if you’re paying your way to town.Start Applying for Out-of-State JobsWhen you’re an out-of-state job applicant, you don’t just have to prove you’re right for the job. You also have to prove you’re right for the area.Unlike local candidates, you’ll have to show you can adjust to the cost of living and a potentially different salary in a new state. It’d be wise to perform your own research on the job’s pay, the state’s taxes and your possible living situation before even applying.If the math makes sense and the job description is a match, it’s up to you to put in the work to make the job happen.This article was originally published on Student Loan Hero. 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Frank de Boer confirmed Crystal Palace manager: A great honour

first_imgFrank de Boer has been confirmed new manager of Crystal Palace.He takes charge at Selhurst Park on a three-year deal worth around £2.5million per season.Chairman Steve Parish said of the appointment: “We have undertaken a thorough interview process to ensure we are in a position to appoint a manager of the calibre and experience that Frank brings with him.“I am pleased to welcome him to Crystal Palace and I know he cannot wait to get started and prepare for our record breaking fifth season in the top flight.”Palace had been in the hunt for a new boss since Allardyce’s shock walk out just weeks after guiding the club to Premier League safety.De Boer becomes London club’s third manager in 12 months after Alan Pardew was sacked in December and will be tasked with keeping the club in the top flight.The 47-year-old said it is a “great honour” to be handed his first crack at the Premier League.“It is a great honour to take charge of such an historic club, a club that is known around the world for its hugely proud and passionate fan base.“This role is a hugely exciting opportunity for me, and I cannot wait to get started in the Premier League with the players and staff here in south London.”last_img read more

Word-of-Mouth Marketing for Nonprofits

first_imgYou may not realize it, but you’re already doing a bang-up marketing job by talking about your organization online, offline or some combination of both. It’s OK to talk about your organization (at length). And have other people talk about it. And have their friends talk about it — not just online, but in REAL life.Try a few of these practices to get your word-of-mouth marketing away from your dinner table and into the marketplace where it can thrive:Find other people to talk about you. Just because you’re on the payroll doesn’t mean that you can’t talk shop outside the office — make sure co-workers are doing their part, too. Get your Board out there. Court bloggers. And, of course, tap into your pool of volunteers.Give ’em something to talk about. Turn your talkers into storytellers. You and your web of supporters have passion about what your organization does. Let your advocates explain why.Give ’em a way to talk about it. Give your storytellers outlets: handouts, collateral and online opportunities (through social media, message boards and blogs, etc.). Remember: Social proof is a powerful tool.When people talk back, listen.  LISTEN to them. What are people saying about you? What’s the public’s impression of your organization or your current campaign? Pay attention, and then…Join in the conversation again. Once you get the ball rolling with your word-of-mouth campaign, it’s time to engage the people who are responding. Be tactful and true to your organization, but most of all, be real. You enlisted people to spread your message. Now, show them that your organization is full of people (not a marketing machine) who care about their response. (Here are few tips for showing yourself in the online realm.)Keep in mind that you can apply both offline and online tactics to the above strategy. Being a marketer means getting the message out — whether it’s at computer or over coffee — and engaging with those who hear it. Now get out there and spread the word!last_img read more

MH Film Chosen to Debut for Launch of The Economist Film Project

first_imgAbout The EconomistWith a growing global circulation (worldwide: 1,473,939; North America: 833,667) and a reputation for insightful analysis and opinion on every aspect of world events, The Economist is one of the most widely recognized and well-read current affairs publications. The paper has sections about each region of the world, plus science and technology, books and arts and the weekly obituary. The website (, with its 5.9 million unique readers, is also accessible through devices including the iPhone and iPad.Share this: Posted on April 26, 2011August 17, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)From The Economist:New York, NY–The Economist Film Project, which presents documentary films that reflect the types of issues The Economist is known for covering, announced today that The Edge of Joy will be the initiative’s debut film. Directed by Chicago-based filmmaker Dawn Sinclair Shapiro, The Edge of Joy takes the viewer right into the midst of a busy maternity ward and closely follows an ensemble cast of Nigerian doctors, midwives and families to the frontlines of maternal care. An excerpt of the documentary will air in a special segment on PBS NEWSHOUR on April 28.Inside the maternity ward, the film chronicles distressed labors, deaths, and miraculous survival. In April 2010, The Lancet published a worldwide study on maternal mortality conducted by The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at Washington University. For the first time in decades, researchers are reporting a significant drop in the number of women dying each year from pregnancy and childbirth, from total maternal deaths of roughly 525,000 in 1980 to about 342,900 in 2008. In The Edge of Joy, Ms. Shapiro explores some of the factors that might be contributing to the drop, including new technologies like an anti-shock garment that slows hemorrhaging, to community health initiatives like maternity-only blood banks.In addition to The Edge of Joy, The Economist and PBS NEWSHOUR have also chosen Wagah, Last Train Home and Good Fortune for the Project’s initial slate of films. These films cover a wide variety of issues ranging from the annual mass migration of China’s urban workers back to their villages to the nightly ritual celebrating the closing of India and Pakistan’s only road border to a Kenyan community hurt by foreign aid. Excerpts from each film will be the focus of special segments airing regularly on PBS NEWSHOUR.“Since we announced The Economist Film Project in December, we have had more than 800 submissions of documentaries that tell riveting stories set in all parts of the globe,” said Gideon Lichfield, Editorial Director of The Economist Film Project. “The Edge of Joy and the other films stood out for embodying the spirit of the Project, presenting unusual perspectives on complex issues and enhancing our understanding of the world.”“Unfortunately, documentary filmmakers don’t always have the resources necessary to raise awareness of their films on their own,” said Dawn Sinclair Shapiro, Director of The Edge Of Joy. “Participating in The Economist Film Project not only provides filmmakers with a global platform, but also adds a legitimacy that will expand the reach of this and other films.”Shapiro is a veteran journalist and began her career at CBS Sunday Morning. Dawn has worked as a producer and writer at Tribune Broadcasting, CNBC, MSNBC, Dateline NBC and Chicago Public Radio. She is now an independent producer working with many partners including the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. The Edge of Joy is her second feature-length documentary.The films chosen for the Project are jointly curated by The Economist and PBS NEWSHOUR. Once selected, a producer from PBS NEWSHOUR works with each director to create six- to eight-minute segments of the films, which then become the focus of special segments airing regularly on PBS NEWSHOUR through 2011. The segments will also be featured on both the NewsHour and the Project website ( Additional films selected by The Economist Film Project will be announced throughout the year. ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Maternal Health Leaders Propose Research Agenda for Preconception Care

first_imgPosted on September 5, 2013February 2, 2017By: Sarah Blake, MHTF consultantClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The concept of preconception care has emerged in recent years as a potentially vital tool for not only improving adolescent girls’ and women’s chances of having healthy pregnancies and newborns, but of supporting their reproductive health status over time.  It holds special promise for women and couples who have particular health needs, such as HIV-positive women. As a recent guest blog post by Dr. Jean Anderson, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Jhpiego, Kelly Curran,Jhpiego, MCHIP, and Laura Fitzgerald, Jhpiego, MCHIP pointed out, extending preconception care  and family planning services to HIV-positive women can be a powerful tool for ensuring that they are able to prevent unintended pregnancies, promote  healthy birth-spacing, prevent maternal to child transmission of HIV, and reduce the risk of transmission from infected partners to uninfected partners.In spite of this promise, preconception care remains a loosely defined field, with no set period of time or services. What is more, there is neither guidance on what elements of preconception care should take priority in research or practice. For this reason, a group of maternal, newborn and child health experts gathered recently to develop a research agenda on preconception care. The result, “Setting Research Priorities for Preconception Care in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Aiming to Reduce Maternal and Child Mortality and Morbidity” was published this week in PLOS Medicine.  In it, the authors offer a set of 12 priority research questions meant to guide effective interventions.  In defining priorities, the group placed a high importance on feasibility of interventions, likely effects of interventions on health outcomes, and potential for advancing health equity in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC).  They also suggest that the timeline for preconception care be standardized, with services offered at least one year prior to a possible pregnancy.From the article:The research questions that received the highest scores therefore highlighted the need to develop strategies to increase coverage of basic interventions such as improving nutrition; reproductive planning for adolescents; contraception; prevention, detection and treatment of chronic conditions that affect maternal health; immunization, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious diseases; and reducing harmful environmental smoke exposures. The highest priorities also advocated for a systems-based approach to increase preconception care services in LMICs including integration with other programs; task-shifting to CHWs; improving supply chains for preconception care commodities; partnerships with media and information technology; maximizing demand for and uptake of preconception interventions, especially by adolescents.The authors go on to conclude:It is imperative that preconception care is seen as an earlier opportunity, not just for family planning or to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality, but also to improve long-term outcomes for adolescent girls, women, and children. Adolescent health and reproductive health must increasingly be considered as crucial stages in the continuum of care. Health research investment and policy should be pursued in a more balanced way, promoting increased access and delivery of an essential package of preconception interventions.Along with the article on research priorities, PLOS Medicine also published “Preconception Care in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: New Opportunities and a New Metric” this week. In it, the authors further make the case for incorporating preconception care into the existing continuum of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health measures, and emphasize the particular importance of enabling adolescent girls and young women to delay pregnancy until they are ready, as well as promoting girls’ education as essential to ensuring that preconception care is effective. Building from the notion that preconception care should both have a goal of reducing unwanted pregnancy and securing safe pregnancies, they identify age-adjusted maternal mortality rates as a useful metric for judging the quality of preconception care. Where the agenda-setting piece argues that preconception care should be incorporated into the existing continuum of care for maternal, newborn and child health, this piece looks beyond health services to place this care in a broader context of opportunities and barriers to health that young women and, in particular, adolescent girls face.For more on  recent efforts to advance preconception care,  visit the World Health Organization’s report:  “Meeting to Develop a Global Consensus on Preconception Care to Reduce Maternal and Childhood Mortality and Morbidity.”Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

The Adding Content to Contact Project: Case Studies for Implementing Antenatal and Postnatal Care in Low-Resource Settings

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on May 30, 2014November 4, 2016By: Annie Kearns, Project Manager, Maternal Health Task Force, 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)For the past nine months, the Adding Content to Contact (ACC) project at the Women and Health Initiative has been working to systematically assess the obstacles that prevent and the factors that enable the adoption and implementation of cost-effective interventions for antenatal and postnatal care along the care continuum. The project is also examining how these interventions can best be adopted and scaled up in resource poor settings to benefit women and children. As part of that process, the ACC team has been researching care delivery around the world. Today, we have published eight case studies highlighting various methods of delivering antenatal and postnatal care in a variety of settings:Focused antenatal care in Tanzania—Delivering individualized, targeted, high-quality careGroup care: Alternative models of care delivery to increase women’s access, engagement, and satisfactionHealth Extension Workers in Ethiopia— Delivering community-based antenatal and postnatal careJacaranda Health—A model for sustainable, affordable, high-quality maternal health care for Nairobi’s low-income womenLady Health Workers in Pakistan—Improving access to health care for rural women and familiesPostnatal care in Nepal—Components of care, implementation challenges, and success factorsThe Developing Families Center—Providing maternal and child care to low-income families in Washington, D.C.The Manoshi project—Bringing quality maternity care to poor women in urban BangladeshMembers of the ACC project team will be attending the ICM Congress in Prague, Czech Republic next week. These case studies will be discussed in detail during our session on Thursday, 5 June, 8:30am – 12:00pm in Room 4.3. We hope to see many of you there!Share this:last_img read more

Tax season ends . . . audit season begins

first_img“Middle-class taxpayers who file a Schedule C — freelancers, consultants and very small businesses — are three times as likely to be audited as those in the same income group with no such business income.” That’s according to a New York Times article about an increase in audits of the middle class: those earning between $25,000 and $100,000 annually. Though people who report very low and very high earning are audited at higher rates than middle-income Americans, the number of audits is increasing across tax brackets.last_img

The therapeutic power of saying “No”

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.As freelancers we need to manage our work, our time, our money, the direction we’d like our business to go.Learning to say no is a key step to grow your business exactly the way you want to. And a way to become a trusted professional.But saying no to what?NO to bad payersIs it worth keeping a client who always seems to forget to pay you by your terms, or altogether? Is it worth having to work hard with the worry all that time will go to waste?You know the answer.Yes, it is scary to say farewell to a client, let’s not lie to ourselves. But then you’ll find it is liberating, too. It is, trust me. You will find other clients and you’ll be able to work with the peace of mind of knowing your time, efforts and knowledge will be rightly rewarded. And with people as reliable as you.Trust and reliability must be there on both sides: you do your work at the best of your powers, on time, under the agreed terms, and the other side pays you the agreed sum on time, on your terms. This is the business you want.NO to working during the weekend or at nightI work in the translation business, and some agencies have the bad habit of taking for granted freelance translators who can (or want to) work over the weekend, sending you work on Friday late afternoon for delivery at the start of business on Monday.Of course this is a personal choice, and every one of us has had to work weekends or holidays once in a while, due to work overload (there are times when clients seem to call out to one another and come knocking at our door all at the same time, aren’t there?).But it should not become a habit. Once you have worked for the whole weekend, how do you think you’ll feel on Monday? Fresh with new energies? Don’t think so.It is also a matter of professional dignity and of avoiding going from being a freelancer to being chained to your desk. Finding a balance between work and life is difficult for everyone, but it can be even more difficult for freelancers. In the back of our minds there’s always a tiny (sometimes not-so-tiny) nagging voice asking you, “What if I refuse this and no other project comes along?”In time, we all learn work isn’t (usually) steady and not to be too scared of dry spells (remember that in those times when you can’t even come up for air).NO to work beyond your abilities or capacitiesSaying no can help us become better professionals as well. Like refusing more work where we are already overloaded, knowing we couldn’t give the additional work all of our usual attention, time and focus.Equally important is learning to saying no to work that is beyond our expertise. Being jack-of-all trades is not a smart choice in today’s business world, where the holy grail is, on the opposite, specialization.Saying yes may be easy. Most of the times, saying no is not. It is scary, it generates doubts, sometimes regrets.But it is a stepping stone in becoming a better professional. And in leveraging the free side of our work approach to get a better quality of life.I am an Italian specialist in marketing, creative and legal translation and editing. I put my many years of experience to the advantage of my clients by creating texts resonating with the Italian-speaking audience and making brands locally relevant. Connect with me on Twitter or visit my website.last_img read more

Turn your blog into a lead generator

first_imgWhen I started freelancing, my website was not really working for me. No traffic. No leads. No clients. Nada. And for many months, that’s just how I thought that went.Today? My mindset on a freelance website is completely different.For starters, my website has directly or indirectly landed me all of my clients — and it’s also grown into a profitable side-hustle (think: affiliate marketing). For instance, when I landed a $3k website content project without pitching my prospect:(Psst, my website did the pitching. 😉 ) And that’s how it should be.After all, your freelance website is more than just some random blog — it’s an extension of your identity. But turning my website into a lead gen machine was by no means an overnight process. It took a lot of trial and error (and still has rework due soon).There are many ways to go about building your freelance site, but you need to realize that it will never be perfect. Before you get bogged down in the details, check off these essentials.1)  Clear Value PropositionA value proposition should clearly explain how your service fills a need, communicate the specifics of its added benefit, and state the reason why you are better than other competitors.On another note, It is important to position your value proposition as a speciality as top-dollar clients prefer working with the pros. For example, I’ve niched down to a very specific service and for a very specific audience:Picture: Mark’s HomepageUsing vivid infographics has also proven to be an effective way of making your value proposition stand out.An example of this is how I use a visual timeline to take my prospects through a step-by-step overview of my services:Picture: Mark’s SaaS content service pageSimilarly, you need to break down your value proposition and combine nifty visuals to create compelling sections in your freelance website: How can you solve a client’s problem?The unique benefit of hiring you as their solution provider.Tell them how you are better and different from your competition.A  clear value proposition makes it easier for prospects to understand what you offer and why only then be able to decide if you’re the right fit for them.2) Simple to understand UXClean navigation that has a continuous flow is extremely important to guide prospects on your website, and ultimately to drive them to hit that contact button.For instance, my home page copy follows a sequential order that starts from my value prop and ends with a CTA button to contact me:Similarly, you need to pay attention to the flow of your page copy, navigation, and ensure that it’s logical and not abrupt. Here are a few ways to ensure simple navigation for your freelance site:Adopt a clean minimalist design with a lot of whitespaces.Make sure your navigation is well structured and covers everything your prospect wants to see (think: portfolio, services, about, contact).Write each page’s copy like you’re writing a landing page and implement storytelling to make things more compelling.Make sure your site is mobile-friendly.Essential #3 Get a good hosting plan.Over my time as a freelancer, I learned that when it comes to page load time, every second counts.Did you know that 40% of your traffic will abandon your website if your page takes more than 3 seconds to load? A one-second delay in your load time can result in a 7% reduction in your conversion.This is where a good website hosting provider comes in and helps you maintain that 100% uptime your site deserves.Trust me, you do not want to lose out on opportunities simply because your website was too slow or did not load at all. So do not compromise on your plan.The most essential pages for a freelance websiteNow, I get that building a freelance website is an ongoing process that can take years.However, you need to make sure you have the following pages before moving on to anything else:Home: An overview page that gives your viewers a gist of all the other pages. This is the first-page traffic would land on so you should invest time on this.About: An important page to add establish an emotional connection with prospects. On a similar note, your about page should tell your prospects who are you and why you are in this industry. Pro tip: Always put a face to the name. Do not feel shy to use your pictures. It boosts the emotional connection.Services: Another important page that lists out services you offer as a freelancer. Also, make sure to have A-plus copy here.Testimonials: These are a great way to build trust and authority as clients want to work with freelancers who have other clients backing them up. Contact form: A simple contact form that allows your visitors to reach out.Most essential plugins for a freelance websiteWith your website launched and essential pages in place, you’re just missing one thing and that’s plugins.Plugins are a great way to extend the functionality of your website with minimal tech headaches.1. Yoast for SEO: Optimizes your site for SEOSearch engine optimization (SEO) in 2019 is important, especially when you’re trying to rank for service keywords. This is where Yoast comes in, offering turnkey solutions to freelancers looking to optimize their website and content for SEO, all by customizing a few settings.2. W3 Total Cache: Makes your website load fasterW3 Total Cache is another essential freelancer plugin that helps make your site load faster (an essential for positive user experience). Just like Yoast,  you can customize a few settings and have it set up in a few minutes. 3. OptinMonster: Helps grow your email listOptinMonster is a lead-gen plugin for creating lead capture forms, focused on high conversion. For example, you can use OptinMonster to create a contact form that captures leads and automatically adds it to a nifty lead list for future use (think: email campaigns, etc.).So what makes a good freelance website?Well, there isn’t one single thing that’s going to make your freelance website good. Its a little bit of everything that contributes to building a quality freelance website. Similarly, there’s no one strategy that will make you a better freelancer. It’s a collection of many. At the end of the day, your website is an extension of you. The point of contact between you and your clients, so ensure best practices and make it shine. Good luck!last_img read more

Brazil vs Switzerland: TV, stream & preview

first_imgBrazil v Switzerland Brazil vs Switzerland: Live blog, text commentary, line-ups, stream & TV channel Goal Last updated 1 year ago 19:15 6/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Neymar Granit Xhaka Stephan Lichtsteiner Brazil Switzerland World Cup Buda Mendes Brazil v Switzerland World Cup Brazil Switzerland Powerade Brazil will look to get their World Cup tournament to a promising start with a win over Switzerland to make up for the humiliation against Germany 97 mins: FULL-TIME Brazil 1-1 Switzerland.96 mins: Neymar confuses everyone by crossing but Augusto is unable to volley home as Schar sticks his leg out to deny him from close range.94 mins: Brazil have another free-kick after Neymar is brought down. It is within shooting range… Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move 93 mins: Neymar, Firmino and Miranda have all missed chances in the last few seconds and they now have just two minutes to find their winner.92 mins: CHANCE – Miranda stays forward from a set piece and he lets fly with a volley but his strike takes a slight deflection and Switzerland survive.90 mins: SUPERB SAVE!!! Neymar’s free-kick picks out Firmino and the Liverpool man looks destined to score but Sommer throws himself at his near post and claws the header away from goal.88 mins: CHANCE – Neymar waits until the last second before bursting into the box and his run is picked out but he can only guide his header straight down the throat of Sommer! 87 mins: Nervous moment for Sommer as he nearly reacts too slow to a Brazil free-kick. Neymar’s delivery sailed over the head of everyone and Sommer nearly took his eye off the ball.87 mins: Lichtsteiner is clapped off as Lang enters the game. Just a few minutes for him to settle in and help his team hold on to this 1-1 draw.86 mins: Lichtsteiner has gone down with cramp and it looks as if his night is over.83 mins: Brazil seem to be running out of ideas when they have the ball, but that is mainly down to Switzerland’s defending. Petkovic’s men have stayed within their formation and defended superbly so far tonight.81 mins: 10 minutes to go and the game is there to be won. Brazil have strugged to kick on after impressing inside the first 25 minutes and Serbia will top the group if nobody can find a winner.80 mins: While he has not had many touches, Seferovic has worked himself into the ground for Switzerland. He is now handed a rest, with Embolo his replacement.79 mins: Firmino is stripped off and ready to go as he replaces Jesus.77 mins: Fernandinho decides to try and fire his team back into the lead but the less said about that shot the better.75 mins: It is a little bit end-to-end at present and that will please the neutrals in attendance. Tiredness could come into it and Brazil will feel they have the speed and freshness needed to break down the field and score.73 mins: Brazil scream for a penalty after Jesus goes down after competing with Akanji…they are praying for VAR but Ramos waves away any appeals.71 mins: After watching Behrami get booked, Petkovic has decided to take no chances and he sends on Zakaria.69 mins: CHANCE – Coutinho misses the chance to double his tally for the night but he fails to find the target. The playmaker brought the ball down in the box via his chest but he is only able to slice an effort wide of the far post.68 mins: Behrami has enjoyed some great battles with Neymar but he loses this one and commits a foul. Yellow card awarded and he will need to keep calm for the remainder of the game.67 mins: Renato Augusto enters the field of play and has just over 20 minutes to impress, Paulinho the man that makes way.66 mins: Both Fernandinho and Willian try their luck with shots from the edge of the box but there’s a lack of control with both efforts and it remains 1-1.65 mins: Yellow card for Schar as he pulls Neymar’s shirt and goes for a little ride before the referee finally pulls him up.63 mins: The game is starting to open up slightly and that should suit Brazil but they are yet to really find their top gear. Switzerland’s midfield is working overtime and Selecao have yet to find a way to outmuscle them.60 mins: Casemiro shoots from the edge of the box but that is his last involvement tonight. He turns around and sees his number on the board and on comes Fernandinho.59 mins: Switzerland clear a number of crosses but they did not look settled at any stage there. Several defenders seemed to panic and rush their efforts and it just shows the pressure that is on everyone at the World Cup.58 mins: Coutinho has two shots blocked from the edge of the area before Neymar sees his effort deflected for a corner. The PSG man is limping after that after kicking the studs of another player.57 mins: Behrami is back out there and determined to carry on. That bravery and determination is just what Switzerland need if they are to hold on for a point.54 mins: Big worry here for Petkovic as Behrami goes down and he seems to be holding his left knee.52 mins: Brazil’s resolve will now be tested in this Group E battle and they definitely have not been at their best tonight. They have shown glimpses of their potential but Switzerland have refused to give in and deserved their equaliser.50 mins: Shaqiri won the corner and grabs an assist thanks to his teasing delivery. Much better from the Potters winger.Steven Zuber Switzerland Brazil World Cup 201850 mins: GOAAALLLLLL Brazil 1-1 Switzerland! Shaqiri fires in a powerful cross and Brazil fall asleep inside the six-yard box. Zuber cannot believe his luck as he is left unmarked and he powers home a header from close range. Alisson left helpless and we now have a game on our hands.50 mins: The tempo has yet to pick up in Rostov but Switzerland do have a corner here to try and draw level.47 mins: Referee Ramos hands Casemiro a card after watching him chop down Dzemaili.47 mins: Dzemaili tries his luck from distance but he can only shoot wide of the target from a long way out.46 mins: We are back underway in Rostov as Brazil look to try and extend their 1-0 lead.Jesus and Willian have been too quiet in the first 45 minutes but Coutinho and Paulinho have caught the eye after some good work in midfield. Behrami has impressed for Petkovic’s men but Switzerland need to bring Seferovic into the contest if they are to find a way back into the game.Brazil in the lead thanks to Coutinho’s thunderbolt but they have been disappointing since going in front. For a minute or two it looked like they may kick on and grab a second or a third but Switzerland have dug in to stay in the game.48 mins: HALF-TIME – Brazil 1-0 Switzerland.47 mins: CHANCE – Tite’s men win another corner and Neymar’s cross is met by Silva but the PSG defender can only glance his header over the crossbar.45 mins: Two minutes of stoppage time given at the Rostov Arena. Coutinho’s strike is the difference at the minute but there is room for improvement from both teams!43 mins: Shaqiri gets a rare chance to get forward and he floats a cross into the box but Casemiro climbs up and heads clear.41 mins: In surprising fashion, Switzerland are now starting to come more and more into the game. Behrami has got the better of Neymar in their last three battles and Brazil are not flying forward with the same swagger.40 mins: Silva is now down on the floor after Zuber’s shot smashed into the side of his face. It was going wide but that is some brave defending all the same!37 mins: Brazil are just plodding on at the moment and their lead does not look under threat. Tite will no doubt be urging them to push for a second before the interval but they look full of confidence at present.34 mins: Switzerland are working really hard to try and get back into the game but they need to improve when on the ball. Brazil look so relaxed when in possession and this is impressive stuff from Tite’s outfit.32 mins: Brazil win a corner but PSG forward Neymar is flagged offside as he tries to deliver another cross.31 mins: Lichtsteiner is the first man into the book after he concedes a free-kick after clipping Neymar.30 mins: Dzemaili is trying his best to drop deep and start a move but he is being tracked superbly by Casemiro, Paulinho and Coutinho.28 mins: Lichtsteiner puts Marcelo under pressure under a high ball and he wins a throw-in. He will have wanted more but the Arsenal defender will take confident after Marcelo seemed to struggle for a second or two.25 mins: Play stopped as Schar and Casemiro collide in mid-air and they both need some treatment.24 mins: Dzemaili wins a corner and this could be one area that Switzerland try to dominate…22 mins: Brazil finally open the scoring after some warning signs and it is now up to Switzerland to try and play their way back into the game. They were always going to be up against it but the floodgates may open if they are not careful.Philippe Coutinho Brazil Switzerland World Cup 201820 mins: WHAT A GOAL!!!!!! Brazil 1-0 Switzerland – Coutinho lights up the Rostov Arena with a simply sensational shot. After collecting possession on the edge of the box, the former Liverpool man opened up his body and curled the ball into the far corner. Sommer had no chance and that was breathtaking!17 mins: Jesus beats the offside trap but his cross is intercepted by Sommer but Switzerland are starting to struggle in the middle of the park.16 mins: Neymar gets up off the floor and tries to float it over the wall but he smashes his drive into the Switzerland wall and it remains 0-0.14 mins: Neymar is down on the ground but he wins a free-kick after Behrami chops him down. The Swiss midfielder needs to watch himself now!13 mins: Brazil look like they have found their rhythm and Jesus is the latest man to try and set up a team-mate. The Manchester City striker floats a cross in for Willian but it is too strong and a goal kick is given.11 mins: HUGE CHANCE – Brazil pick their way through the Switzerland defence and that man Paulinho does make his way into the box. Neymar dances inside and finds him but Paulinho gets the ball caught under his feet and he somehow misses the bottom corner. That is a big let off for Petkovic’s side.10 mins: This game has yet to burst into life and the same can be said of Neymar and Jesus who have barely had a kick.7 mins: Paulinho could be one to watch tonight and this summer, as he loves to make late runs in and around the penalty area. The Barcelona star has done just that but on that occasion he could only concede a goal kick.5 mins: Xhaka gets lucky there as he flies into a tackle and many expected him to get a yellow card. Brazil were still able to break forward but Willian’s cross sailed across the face of goal.3 mins: CHANCE – Stoke man Shaqiri works his way to the edge of the box before lifting a low cross towards Dzemaili but the latter leans back as he shoots and he can only fire over the bar. Disappointing but that is a warning sign for Brazil.2 mins: We have had a slow start to this game with Brazil yet to get forward with any real purpose. Switzerland look very rigid and everyone is sticking to their position when Tite’s men have the ball.1 min: Referee Cesar Ramos gets us underway here in Rostov-on-Don, with both teams wearing their traditional kits of yellow with blue and red with white.Here we go…2 mins until KO: The national anthems are done, kick off just moments away!10 mins until KO: The two teams have just finished their warm-ups at the Rostov Arena and we have just 10 minutes to wait before we can finally see what Brazil have to offer!15 mins until KO: Vladimir Petkovic decides to stick with his tried and trusted 4-2-3-1 formation, with Seferovic set to lead the line on his own. New Arsenal man Lichtsteiner leads an experienced side but Akanji is the exception. The 22-year-old wins just his eighth cap at the heart of defence.18 mins until KO: Brazil start with the impressive quartet of Neymar, Jesus, Willian and Coutinho, with Liverpool man Firmino forced to settle for a place on the bench.20 mins until KO: Switzerland SUBS: Josip Domic, Breel Embolo, Johan Djourou, Francois Moubandje, Denis Zakaria, Gelson Fernandes, Michael Lang, Yvon Mvogo, Remo Freuler, Mario Gavranovic, Nico Elvedi, Roman Burki.20 mins until KO: Switzerland Starting XI (4-3-2-1): Yann Sommer, Stephan Lichtsteiner (c), Fabian Schar, Manuel Akanji, Ricardo Rodriguez, Valon Behrami, Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri, Blerim Dzemaili, Steven Zuber, Haris Seferovic.21 mins until KO: Brazil SUBS: Ederson, Douglas Costa, Geromel, Taison, Roberto Firmino, Cassio, Marquinhos, Renato Augusto, Fagner, Filipe Luis, Fernandinho.22 mins until KO: Brazil Starting XI (4-3-3): Alisson, Danilo, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Marcelo (c), Paulinho, Casemiro, Coutinho, Willian, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar.24 mins until KO: Tonight’s TEAM NEWS coming up…26 mins until KO: Those expecting a shock might be waiting a while, with Selecao unbeaten in their last 12 World Cup group games. Brazil have also topped their group in every single World Cup since 1982 so Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia have their work cut out in the next few weeks.28 mins until KO: Bit of a rarity tonight as these two battle it out in a World Cup for the first time since 1950. Switzerland travelled to Brazil on that occasion with the game ending 2-2.29 mins until KO: We could have a cracker on our hands tonight as both teams enter the game in terrific form. Tite’s men are unbeaten in 11 matches, while Switzerland have not tasted defeat since October 10 last year.30 mins until KO: Good evening and welcome to our live text coverage of the Group E match between Brazil and Switzerland from the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The South Americans are the favourites to win the competition this summer and they will be looking to make a statement after Germany’s defeat earlier today.Squads & Team News Brazil are bolstered by the return of Neymar, who makes his first competitive start since February after injury; Philippe Coutinho, Willian, Paulinho and Gabriel Jesus are also included in the starting line-up.Tite’s embarrassment of riches from which to choose means that there is no place on the pitch initially for Roberto Firmino; he is duly named on the bench for today’s game.Brazil XI: Alisson, Miranda, Danilo, Thiago, Marcelo, Casemiro, Coutinho, Paulinho, Jesus, Neymar, Willian.Switzerland will have to make do without Wolfsburg striker Admir Mehmedi, who misses the World Cup due to injury, with Benfica’s Haris Seferovic starting up front for Vladimir Petkovic’s side.Two Premier League players make the starting line-up too; Stoke City’s Xherdan Shaqiri and Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka.Switzerland XI: Sommer, Lichtsteiner, Schar, Akanji, Rodriguez, Behrami, Xhaka, Shaqiri, Dzemaili, Zuber, Seferovic.TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream FOX Sports 1 / Telemundo fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on ITV   or streamed live online using the ITV Player. UK TV channel Online stream ITV ITV Playerlast_img read more

DSME’s Offices Raided

first_imgzoom Offices of the South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. (DSME) were raided Tuesday by the country’s prosecutors within an accounting probe.Some 150 officials have reportedly seized computer hard drives, accounting books and documents from DSME’s headquarters in Seoul and one of its shipyards on the island of Geoje, BBC reports.The accounting probe is said to be linked to two former chief executive officers of the yard suspected of mismanagement of the company.In line with the investigation requested by an audit committee, the officials are said to be examining whether there were any manipulations in the yard’s financial statements for 2013 and 2014, aimed at concealing the yard’s losses.The raid coincides with the creditors’s approval of a self-rescue plan submitted by the cash-strapped Korean shipbuilder.As disclosed, the USD 4.47 billion-worth plan would see DSME sell two of its five floating docks aimed at cutting costs and bolstering the yard’s liquidity in addition to major layoffs and wage cuts.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Rufus Wainwright Performs At LilySarahGrace Benefit

first_imgRufus Wainwright, Natasha Lyonne and Andy Rourke from The Smiths were just a few of the several hundred supporters at the LilySarahGrace (LSG) fund “Color Outside the Lines” benefit last week at Jack Studios in New York.Rufus Wainwright, Natasha Lyonne and Andy RourkeCredit/Copyright: Mike Coppola/Getty ImagesThe evening launched the organization’s “Color Outside the Lines” fundraising campaign based around original drawings from more than 40 artists in film, television, music and visual art that were specially created for LSG. Wainwright performed “Hallelujah” and Rourke performed a DJ set during the evening that honored Charles Best, Hans Tullmann and Whoopi Goldberg for their significant contributions and dedication to arts education.Additional guests included Artist Carole Feuerman, Poppy King, Photographer Mark Seliger, Actress Rebecca Blumhagen and many more. LSG provides underfunded schools with supplies and educational tools to teach their curriculum through the arts. For more information, please visit read more

Overnight Tourist Stays in Agadir Record Decline

By Umnia RaisRabat – During the first quarter of 2016, total tourist nights in Agadir recorded a decline. In the first quarter of 2015 there were 913,978 nights, while the same quarter in 2016 registered 818,374, a decrease of 10.46 percent.According to the Regional Council of Tourism in Agadir, the data show that the tourist arrivals from France designated the largest number of nights with a total of 176,288 nights. However, compared to the first quarter of 2015, when there were 218,558 stays, the total number of the French overnight stays declined by 19.43 percent. In second rank were arrivals from Germany which recorded 133,533 nights in the first quarter of 2016, while in 2015 there were 148,331 between January and late March. Therefore, a decline of 9.98 percent was registered.Meanwhile, tourist arrivals from different Moroccan cities recorded an increase of 10.67 percent. In the first three months of 2016, the overnight stays registered 123,171 nights compared to the same period last year, in which there were only 111,293.Additionally, there has been an increase of 1.85 percent for English tourists in Agadir. The total number of the overnight stays reached 116,589 in the first quarter of 2016, while, in the same period of 2015, there were only 114,467.Edited by Anthony Abate read more

Pace of Canadian housing starts up in March on seasonally adjusted basis

The Canadian Press OTTAWA — Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says the pace of housing starts picked up in March.The national housing agency says the seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts climbed to 192,527 units in March, compared with 166,290 units in February.Economists on average had expected an annual pace of 196,500, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The reading came as starts of urban multiple-unit projects such as condominiums, apartments and townhouses increased 18.6 per cent to 135,894 units in March. The rate of single-detached urban starts rose 12.1 per cent to 42,139 units.Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 14,494 units.The six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts was 202,279 in March compared with 202,039 in February. read more