Which is the oldest trophy in sport? Football’s FA Cup, of course. Which is the most expensive sport in the world? Formula One, but naturally. In which sport do big money, big egos and big mouths collide in a constant clamour? Heavyweight boxing, without a doubt. Wrong every time.It is,Which is the oldest trophy in sport? Football’s FA Cup, of course. Which is the most expensive sport in the world? Formula One, but naturally. In which sport do big money, big egos and big mouths collide in a constant clamour? Heavyweight boxing, without a doubt. Wrong every time.It is yachting’s America’s Cup, which began in 1851, 20 years before the FA Cup. It is still going even though no one but the Americans won for 132 years. Right now it is being sailed off the coast of Spain between a yacht from New Zealand, a country of naturally nautical islanders, and another from Switzerland, a country surrounded by land on all sides.Among those who have actually raced in this ultraprestigious event are media magnate Ted Turner and software tycoon Larry Ellison. The leader of the champion Swiss team is a biotech billionaire named Ernesto Bertarelli. The collective budget for teams competing in the America’s Cup crosses $500 million without sneezing.The Cup could have turned into an event meant only for the monstrously rich and the chronically famous. For mad billionaires willing to gamble away their moolah for extra cred at the home yacht club. In any case, the sport is also extremely spectator and TV-unfriendly. But still the lure of America’s Cup is growing. Olympic medallists vie to make it to competing syndicates even though one NBA player’s salary can pay for an entire Cup team. Boats are covered with the logos of big-ticket sponsors and mounted with cameras and mikes that fill TV screen with sea spray and the swearing of sailors.advertisementThe challenger races for the right to meet defending Swiss yacht Alinghi included first-time teams from South Africa and China. The New Zealand Government has put in $26 million in the 2007 challenge, after Bertarelli signed up leading Kiwi yachtsmen and went on to win the Cup for the Swiss in 2003. The venue for the Cup defence was open to bidding, and already the turnstiles at the racing dock in Valencia, Spain, have registered five million entries. The port city has been revitalised. Bertarelli, despised by many for competing with his cheque book, says he wants to make the Cup self-sustaining and not dependant on the deep pockets of a few.Everyone opposing Formula One in India should take a cue from what is happening out at sea in Spain. Behind every extravagant sporting event, lies an opportunity.
Charles Leclercferrariformula onelewis hamilton First Published: October 27, 2019, 12:54 AM 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. Mexico City: Max Verstappen took pole position and Valtteri Bottas crashed heavily in the final seconds of Saturday’s dramatic qualifying session for Sunday’s Mexican Grand Prix.The Dutchman, who is chasing a hat-trick of Mexican triumphs for Red Bull, outpaced the Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel with a best lap in one minute and 14.758 seconds. Verstappen’s success consoled him for missing out on pole at the same event last year when he was beaten by his then team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, now with Renault, and gives him a great chance to add to his wins in 2017 and 2018.VERSTAPPEN: “To come out on top is incredible! A huge thank you to the team, they worked very hard. We showed today that we are very quick”#MexicoGP 🇲🇽 #F1 pic.twitter.com/uv8Ub1V0Vn— Formula 1 (@F1) October 26, 2019 Lewis Hamilton qualified in fourth place in his Mercedes, the champion-elect never finding the pace to challenge for a front row grid position, ahead of Red Bull’s Alex Albon and Bottas who was sixth.Hamilton will wrap up his sixth drivers world title if he can finish on the podium and 14 points ahead of Bottas, his only remaining rival this year.Bottas lost control of his Mercedes at the high-speed sweeping Peraltada corner, veering off track and into the barriers. He sat still in his car for several minutes, breathing heavily, before he climbed out.Carlos Sainz was seventh ahead of his McLaren team-mate Lando Norris and the two Toro Rossos of Daniil Kvyat and Pierre Gasly.
For those people knee-deep in daily social media chatter, it may seem that everyone else is similarly active. Perhaps even, you judge anyone who opts out of social media as out of touch or an outlier, negligently avoiding this global, career- and life-boosting forum.Conversely, you may be the social media outlier above the fray, or think that it’s simply too noisy and unkempt. Maybe you feel that involving yourself in the conversation will mar your professional or personal reputation (or both).Reasons for avoiding – or even having disdain for– social media can vary. The following are four reasons you may be avoiding, or greatly restricting, your social media activities and ways you can overcome the negatives in order to step into the conversation. By doing so, you may expand your visibility and career opportunities.Reason #1. Social media is for braggarts. You witness folks trumpeting vacation itineraries, trips to the gym and dinnertime photos. Not only does this seem silly, but it also is not something you’re interested in doing.Your Way: While you may not want to divulge your day-to-day for a variety of reasons, there are other ways to be personable without being showy. Consider how you can connect, one-on-one through this venue. If there’s someone in your network who could use a lift, post a photo of your city’s skyline at sunset or of the sun rising over your favorite lake with an encouraging message, and make sure your friend sees it by tagging them.Or, perhaps you know your colleague is interested in golf or skiing or some other activity, and you see an interesting article on one of these topics. Read it, extract an anecdote you know may resonate and customize a share, including your friend’s social media name or handle in the post.This more intentional, conversational method of sharing on social media versus simply posting a meme or broadcasting the latest leg of your vacation is a way to get more comfortable on this public forum, while deepening the connection one person at a time.Reason #2. People are too chatty, and you don’t want another conversation to manage.Your Way: While it may seem that in-person conversation protocol translates directly into the online world, it doesn’t have to. While some folks meticulously respond to every utterance directed around or to them online, others do not burden themselves this way.Instead, they post what inspires them, respond as they are inspired to do so and comment upon others’ sharings as they are roused.As in many things in life, you are not going to please everyone all of the time. Being conversational as you see fit, and as is conducive to the rhythm of your day is what will ultimately make your social media experience an enhancing one as opposed to another job on your overflowing plate.Reason #3. Politics and religion are such tough, often divisive subjects, and you don’t want to get caught up in the quagmire.Your Way. You do not have to get involved in either of these topics if you choose not to do so. This includes filtering out streams on topics that are hot buttons you simply do not want to engage in or be confronted with in your daily line of vision.Moreover, creating special lists or groups that you can check into for inspiring, positive or intellectually stimulating messages that suit your particular needs and goals is an ideal way to maintain harmony in your online experience.Reason #4. It’s a waste of time.Your Way. Behave intuitively and naturally, but also weave strategy into your activities. For example, if you read an article that lights your fire, perhaps you will then be inspired to write your own angle on a similar topic, which provides an opportunity to quote the author whom originally inspired you.When you then share the article or blog you’ve written, be sure to provide a shout-out to the person you quoted (include their handle or ‘tag’ them in the post so they see it).By organically noting favorite authors, leaders or other motivating communicators, and shining a light on them and their thought-work, you may in turn spark a new relationship, or draw in new opportunities for work, collaboration or referrals down the road.By adding value to someone else’s life you can in turn add bricks to the foundation of your career and business, while also paving new pathways to opportunity. In other words, social media can enhance your day if you take the time and thoughtful energy to engage in your unique way.
Katie Mehnert was an unlikely energy executive: a communications major who found herself not only in the industry, but quickly rising through the ranks at firms like Shell and BP.But Mehnert was troubled by the lack of diversity in the sector’s workforce. She worried the industry would stay homogenous and misunderstood due to its insular nature and unwillingness to court the press. So she left the corporate world to create Pink Petro, a learning community and social platform aimed at pulling more women and minorities into the energy sector.Here, she explains why an engineering degree isn’t a prerequisite to an energy job, how applicants can make their resumes shine, and why an offhand comment on a plane inspired her to launch Pink Petro.You worked at some of the largest energy companies, including Shell and BP. What spurred you to leave and start Pink Petro?I consider myself a “tweener” — I’m no longer officially inside [the industry], but I’m not an outsider either. I wanted Pink Petro to be the rational middle.I studied journalism in school, but I landed in [oil & gas] in part because my dad had been an engineer. And I found the energy companies are pretty standoffish to media. A lot of what they do is difficult, serious work – handling hydrocarbons and electric current – and there are men and women risking their lives every day to make sure we can get hot coffee and power our iPads. Energy underpins every aspect of modern life.But unfortunately, that’s a great story that gets no press at all. You generally only hear about energy in the press if something goes wrong. The industry is terrible at telling its story because it’s been deathly afraid of the outside world. So it gets vilified. Meanwhile, you don’t hear about the women and minorities who are changing the old storyline, so it doesn’t inspire others to come join.I really wanted to be in the thick of telling that story. It began after Hurricane Katrina, when I was at Shell. I saw how the company sprang into action to get people fuel, how they flew people to the Gulf to figure out how to handle this disaster and get energy to people when the platforms were turned over. I was thinking, “God, life has come to a screeching halt here because of the lack of energy. But nobody sees what we do unless we screw up.” It was this massive a-ha moment.The big push for Pink Petro came a few years later, when I was on a flight in 2013. The man next to me and I got to talking, and he ended up saying, “What’s a nice, pretty lady like you doing in a dark, dangerous business like energy?” I thought, Dammit, I’m doing something about this.My husband thought I was nuts. I was on the path to take a big, big job in the sector. And I was leaving it to start…a website? But I said, “the time has come.” The industry needs to get rid of its camera shyness. Otherwise, everyone else is telling the story, based on incorrect assumptions. If we’re going to attract new kinds of talent, we need to tell our own story.Browse Thousands of Oil & Gas Jobs — Open NowWhat is the key to getting that new talent – namely women and minorities – into the energy sector, and how is Pink Petro working toward that goal?I’ve been talking to executive women in the sector who are retiring, asking: Is it getting better? They’re saying no, sadly. We’re seeing some women rise to C-suite positions – Susan Ellerbusch [new CEO of Air Liquide USA], Vicki Hollub [CEO of Occidental Petroleum], Jessica Uhl [CFO of Shell] – but the pipeline for the next generation is pretty dry.There’s a perfect storm: a generational, gender, and reputation gap. To bring people from different backgrounds into the industry, the biggest thing is showing them it’s possible. On the C-suite side, it takes measureable performance to make it happen. It’s taken a couple of major incidents in our business to realize safety is a license to operate. The CEOs who get it understand diversity is a license to operate too.So in order to engage CEOs, at Pink Petro we’ve focused on how inclusion offers great ROI. You need to clearly show the business case, and measure the results, to create change. A lot of people get nervous about quotas and the like. But if you don’t measure, it doesn’t happen. Safety is measured religiously as part of a company’s sustainability report. Inclusion should be measured the same – for example, inclusive companies have a 22% lower turnover rate, and if you have an engaged workforce they’re likely feeling empowered and extra-responsible for keeping everyone safe. It all ties together.I always correct people when they call us a “women’s networking group.” That’s so transactional. Pink Petro is a global business community — all about the business case tied to diversity. We’ve had companies come to us and want to throw money at us, but we’re not looking to have people just slap our name on something. We’re asking, “Where are you in your journey, and how can we get you to the next level?”On the side of individuals, we provide professional development training, hold an annual conference and other events, perform resume reviews, enable conversations between people in the industry, post job listings at our Experience Energy site, and do anything we can to support our people. And we include men. There’s no room for the boys’ or girls’ clubs when you’re tackling a problem like this. In fact, 40% of the traffic to our site is men. Not all of them may be active in speaking up yet, but they’re consuming the information and I think that means they’re taking pause. We can’t do it unless we’re all working toward these goals.What Do We Need to Get More Women in STEM? 7 Experts Weigh InHow can someone break into oil and gas? What kinds of skills do you think are vital for success, and how can applicants make their resumes shine?Whether you do it through Pink Petro or otherwise, get to know someone who has worked inside oil and gas. Accessibility is key – it’s an insular industry that has bred from its own, and that talent strategy is not going to work in the future. We’ve got to show the role models and bring new blood in. Even in the past five years, I think people have become more willing to hear from and help new applicants.When it comes to training, I wasn’t a technical person myself. But a woman at Shell recommended me for a safety job and explained she needed someone who could get into hearts and minds. So I had to learn a lot about processes. I asked a million questions of people on the rig. What does this piece of equipment do? An engineer could take 20 minutes and explain if this piece breaks it costs a million dollars and we’ll have to take it out of distribution and it will affect supply…it was a lot. But I kept asking until I really got it. So don’t count yourself out if you weren’t an engineering major.The number one thing I look for, period — male or female, industry agnostic — is someone who is curious and hungry to learn. “I went to school and got X degree” doesn’t cut it anymore. I want to see on your resume that you’re always striving to take more on, you’re able to adapt in a volatile environment, you’re flexible and nimble. It can be hard to articulate that on a resume, so Pink Petro offers a free resume review on our careers site. Our approach is, before you put your name in the hat let’s put your best foot forward.It’s helping an individual, but it helps us all. This industry has been in a cave, and it’s an industry that affects everyone’s lives. It’s time to open it up.The Brilliant Career Advice from Deloitte’s CEO in One Sentence
Work hard and your dreams will come true, right? That’s a mantra that many people have used to pursue their dreams and bring great things to life. However, it’s not always a perfect recipe for success. In fact, sometimes working hard can work against you. Here are three reasons your hard work could actually hinder your success:Problem: You don’t take enough credit for your work Something awful happens when you get good at what you do: you start to think it’s easier than it is. This variant of impostor syndrome strikes when you take your skills for granted, finish assignments quickly and accurately, and accomplish a ton of work without ever feeling like you’ve done enough. Or worse – while feeling like you don’t deserve credit for getting it done. Fix it: Stop taking your work for granted. Start a gratitude journal and make time to reflect on all you accomplished each day, even if it seems really basic. This is especially important for positions that don’t produce tangible pieces of work but rather coordinate and communicate at high levels, like account and project management. Without stopping to appreciate how intricate your work really is, you’ll continue to downplay your achievements and your hard work will feel fruitless. Should I Always Accept a Promotion? (And Other Questions to Ask Yourself)Problem: You overwork yourselfBurnout is real. It stresses you out, costs you money, and damages your health. But ironically, it also dilutes the effectiveness of the hard work you’re doing – which was the cause of the burnout in the first place. Being truly effective (and not just working hard) is the result of strategic thinking, focus, and carefully applied mental or physical muscle. If you work hard to the point of burnout, you train yourself to value work for work’s sake. You lose the benefits of strategy and focus and weaken your mental or physical muscles in a loop of aimless “hard work.”Fix it: If you work too hard without taking the time to decompress or relax, you won’t be the most effective version of yourself and your hard work won’t get you anywhere. Make time in your schedule to relax daily, weekly, and monthly, incrementally increasing that relaxation time accordingly. Don’t think of it as time off – think of it as refueling and regenerating your ability to do hard work.Bosses Reveal 13 Sure-Fire Ways to Get PromotedProblem: You get too much done, but it’s not important stuffSpeaking of getting closer to your goals: deep work is more important than shallow work, yet most of us feel better about inbox zero than we do about spending 30 minutes thinking about a long-term project. That’s a real shame, because it turns hard work into a slang word for working long hours on tasks that may or may not help you achieve the big picture tasks that are truly important to you or your career. In real life, however, nothing good comes from winning the “Responded to The Most Emails Within A 72-Hour Period” certificate. Fix it: It’s tempting to work on small tasks because they’re right there in front of you. But if you spend all your time on small tasks, you won’t make progress on achieving long-term goals. Make intention-setting an integral part of your work life and add specific strategy time to your day for every project you’re working on to make sure that your hard work is focused on things that are important. You may get less done, but it will be more important and of higher quality – and that’s the kind of work that matters.It sounds funny, but don’t let your hard work stand in the way of your success. Use these tips to make sure that the work you do strategically makes your work life stronger and better – not just busier.
More people are working remotely than ever before. In fact, as many as 43 percent of Americans who are employed reported they spend at least some time working remotely, and about 31 percent work remotely 80-100% of the time. Does the idea of working from home appeal to you? Not to mention the other benefits of remote work, such as working with a diverse group of people on some of the most cutting-edge products in the world? Then maybe it’s time you considered applying to a few remote job listings!But there’s just one thing… not everyone enjoys working remotely. The way you interact with your manager and coworkers is completely different, and your strengths and weaknesses may or may not leave you satisfied with your work experience. So, when you first start thinking about taking a remote position, it’s critical that you go into the interview process ready to have an honest conversation about how you work and how well you might adapt to the remote work environment.To dig deeper into what makes for a successful remote job interview, we connected with Catharine Strauss, Infrastructure Capacity Planning manager at Fastly. Strauss is part of a global team, half of which works remotely and half of which works at the company’s San Francisco headquarters. She also manages a 100% remote team.Whether you’re preparing for your first or fifteenth interview for a remote position, here’s some valuable insight you can use to find out if a particular remote position is the best fit for your skills and how you work: Glassdoor: What are the top three skills a job candidate needs to have in order to successfully function as part of a remote team?Catharine Strauss: It can be hard to pin down which skills make someone most successful when they are working out of a solo office, but here are some skills that are helpful: 1. Self-motivationFor our work at Fastly, I look for proactive candidates who demonstrate the ability to collect information cross-functionally, read from the context of a group chat whether it’d be most helpful to own the solution to a problem (versus assuming a supporting role), and connect with colleagues to get regular feedback on how they are doing. Self-motivation can also manifest itself as taking initiative to research and leverage technological tools for sharing, crafting processes that lend themselves to asynchronous feedback, and showing that you’ve thought about how to make your role more fault-tolerant. 2. Communication Individuals who are looking to work remotely, especially for the first time, must able to provide examples of how they are currently successfully communicating with email, video conference, and online chat programs like Slack or IRC. Although I work from the central Fastly office, the majority of my conversations with team members – even the “how was your weekend”-type – happen on Slack, because we’re not being inclusive if the conversation isn’t accessible to all of our co-workers, whether remote or across the desk in San Francisco. Even work conversations in the hallway are put on pause to consider, “Who else needs to be part of this conversation?“ then picked up in a more inclusive Slack or IRC channel. 3. Visibility into impactIf you deliver something great and no one can tell, then you’re not doing your job effectively. I like to hire people who don’t need an invitation to provide clear visibility into their work and the value it drives for the business, which allows them to become a respected resource for their peers, whether they’re in the same room or collaborating from across the world.The 14 Most Common Remote Jobs (& How Much They Pay)Glassdoor: What questions should someone interviewing for a remote job expect to be asked? Catharine Strauss: One of the questions I might ask to evaluate fit is, “What tools do you use to collaborate?” The key follow-up question would be: “In your current job, how do you remain productive when one of those tools goes down?” The way a candidate compensates for the loss of a core collaboration tool says a lot about their problem-solving skills, and whether they view communication with their coworkers as essential.I also ask a lot of questions to determine how customer-oriented a candidate is, and whether helping people makes them feel good, as that is one of Fastly’s core company values. This is also a good marker for the kinds of positive interactions that allow people to stay empowered and energized at work. Finally, I also look for people who aren’t shy about discussing the time they take away from their job. When you work remotely, you need to be very clear about when you will not be behind a keyboard. Setting healthy boundaries and clear expectations prevents confusion around deadlines; if you share a well-thought-out process for what colleagues should do if you’re a dependency while on out on vacation, I know that you’re the kind of diligent employee who can handle complex projects without constant supervision. 12 Companies That Let You Work RemotelyGlassdoor: What do you think are the biggest indicators that a candidate is or is not likely to be successful as part of a remote team?Catharine Strauss: Working remotely requires a really intentional and facilitative attitude towards all kinds of communication, including conflict and disagreement. If this is something a candidate struggles with, remote work may not be the right fit.Glassdoor: What are some common faux pas you’ve seen during the actual remote interview process that candidates should try to avoid? Catharine Strauss: As for the actual remote interview, being prompt is important, as is the ability to handle things like high-latency video lag with grace. Try to prepare for common technical issues with sound or background noise by mentally rehearsing how you would handle them, what you plan to say, and what backup communication you have to reconnect or reschedule. Privacy and attention are important, so make sure you’re meeting in a location where you won’t be disturbed, and turn off notifications on your phone or background applications so you aren’t reading them during your interview. Another faux-pas in remote interviews is having the camera in one location and the screen for the call in another, because it’s hard to connect if you don’t have the illusion of shared eye-contact. Make sure your camera angle doesn’t obscure your face, give your full attention to the interviewer, and dress professionally. How to Sell Yourself in a Video Interview, According to a Remote WorkerGlassdoor: What else should remote job candidates consider before their interview?Catharine Strauss: Communication and collaboration are a two-way street, and you should use interviews as an opportunity to judge whether your potential colleagues and company are committed to helping you be successful in a remote role. Some companies will have an existing network of remote employees that you can learn from and depend on; at others, you will have the opportunity to forge new ground and take an active role to build a culture that supports remote employees. Are you interested in pursuing a job in your field that works remotely? 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PSV chief Marcel Brands has confirmed they plan to “buy” Marco van Ginkel from Chelsea.The Dutch midfielder has had two separate loan spells with PSV over the last two seasons and Brands says they’re now seeking a permanent deal.He revealed: “Marco has had a positive conversation with (coach) Phillip Cocu. I’ll now go to Chelsea for talks to see what the possibilities are. “It would be good to buy him as far as we are concerned.”A move for Tottenham striker Vincent Janssen is also on the agenda for Brands.AD says they’ll move for the former AZ star if Luuk de Jong leaves this summer.
Everton are eager to find a buyer for Oumar Niasse.The Liverpool Echo says the expected arrival of Sandro Ramirez from Malaga will push Niasse further down the pecking order at Goodison as Ronald Koeman performs a revamp of the Blues’ attack.The Senegal forward was sent out on loan to Hull City in January and scored five goals in 19 appearances but it is understood that he still does not feature in Koeman’s plans.Hull were offered the chance to make his move permanent in a deal said to be worth around £10m but after being relegated to the Championship appear to have passed on the opportunity.
PSG are threatening Chelsea’s deal for Juventus fullback Alex Sandro.Italian transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio reports PSG are keen to sign the left-back and have a good working relationship with the Serie A champions.Di Marzio says contact between the two clubs is still ongoing regarding a deal for PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi, boding well for a swoop for Sandro.And the French club’s sporting director Antero Henrique is also said to be forging ahead with a move for the 26-year-old who he knows from his days with Porto.It’s also emerged today that Chelsea haven’t improved on the €45m offer tabled for Sandro last week.
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 25, 2010November 13, 2014Click 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)Humanitarian Actors Must Meet the Specific Health Needs of Women and Girls Displaced by the EarthquakeThe Reproductive Health Response in Crises Consortium (RHRC) has issued a statement urging humanitarian organizations to provide lifesaving reproductive health services to women and girls displaced by the earthquake in Haiti.The RHRC Consortium estimates that there are currently 63,000 pregnant women in Port au Prince—and that 7,000 women will deliver in the next month.The statement calls for specific actions to be taken on issues of safe delivery, sexual violence and exploitation, HIV/AIDS, and family planning.To read the statement, please click here.Share this:
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 10, 2014December 3, 2015Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post originally appeared on blogs.plos.orgIn November 2013, PLOS Medicine and the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) called for submissions to the third year of the MHTF-PLOS Collection on Maternal Health. Today we announce an exciting new update to the Year 3 Collection, including original 11 research articles and a policy forum, all recently published in PLOS.This continued collaboration between the MHTF at Harvard School of Public Health and PLOS Medicine is reflected in this latest collection update, highlighting recently published work that ties in with the current theme, “Integrating Health Care to Meet the Needs of the Mother–Infant Pair”. Chosen with the aim to contribute to a better understanding of how and when to comprehensively integrate maternal and infant health care, this year’s theme includes work on conditions such as HIV, malaria, exposure to environmental risks, and other situations that have a significant impact on both maternal and infant health.Featured work in this latest updateA policy forum by Jenny Hill and colleagues highlights the importance of prioritizing pregnant women, as a high risk group, for delivery of long lasting insecticide treated nets through antenatal clinics. Delivering free or subsidized long-lasting insecticide treated nets (or vouchers) to pregnant women is a key approach for controlling malaria and increases coverage and use by both pregnant women and their infants.Published in August, a cross-sectional survey, conducted by Joseph Sam Kanu et al., focused on knowledge and the reported practices of women in rural Sierra Leone. Interviewing women with children of <5 years, they collected and calculated the scores to assess knowledge and current practices. Results showed that the knowledge of maternal and child health held by many women in the country is significantly inadequate. The authors have suggested increasing health promotion activities in order to ensure women are well-informed on various health and environmental issues for the sake of their health and that of their offspring.Further research has concentrated on the effectiveness of a community health worker (CHWs) project for the improvement of maternal and newborn health in rural Kenya. The authors, Mary B. Adam and colleagues, used a quasi-experiment design alongside birth histories to estimate the impact of CHWs health messages on the health of women and their babies who received these messages. The women who were exposed to the health messages by CHWs held greater knowledge of maternal and newborn care and a higher proportion of these women delivered under skilled birth attendance.Through this collection we hope to provide a platform for the dissemination of new evidence and analysis of conditions that affect both mothers and infants, whilst keeping in mind the role that the integration of care provides in the context of Universal Health Coverage in the Post-2015 development agenda.www.ploscollections.org/maternalhealthPost authored by Jennifer Horsley, Editorial Project Coordinator, PLOS CollectionsShare this:
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 30, 2015October 13, 2016By: Priya Agrawal, Executive Director, Merck for MothersClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This post is part of “Inequities in Maternal Mortality in the U.S.,” a blog series hosted by the MHTF.It’s hard to believe that the United States (U.S.) ranks 46th in the world when it comes to the rate of women dying from pregnancy and childbirth complications. Our country’s maternal mortality statistics are the worst of all industrialized countries, and we also lag behind Kazakhstan, Libya and Qatar.It’s not news that we fall behind other countries in health. But what is surprising, and what I’m particularly upset about as an OB/GYN and a maternal health advocate, is the disturbing trend. Maternal mortality is on the rise in the U.S., even as it has declined nearly everywhere else in the world.How can this be when the U.S. spends more than any other country on maternity care?Clearly, it’s time we include the U.S. in the global conversation about ending preventable maternal deaths.That’s why Merck for Mothers is supporting the Maternal Health Task Force to ignite this global dialogue and facilitate resource and information sharing. We want to foster a community inclusive of maternal health experts in the U.S. that will lead an invigorated movement to improve maternal health, including shared learning across all settings.I thought a good way to kick off this blog series and the larger discussion was to share some sobering statistics about maternal mortality in the U.S. and paint a picture of some of the challenges the country is grappling with:Our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. has the highest rate of maternal mortality in the country, behind states including Mississippi, New York and Texas.Every 10 minutes, one woman nearly dies during pregnancy or childbirth. This means that more than 50,000 women every year experience a “near miss,” a life-threatening complication around the time of childbirth.Black, non-Hispanic women are 3-4 times more likely to die during pregnancy and childbirth than White, non-Hispanic women. Even accounting for variations in income and education, Black women face a far greater likelihood of dying than anyone else, and we don’t know why. And in New York City, this disparity is even wider—with Black women 12 times more likely to die than their White counterparts.More than a third of maternal deaths in the U.S. are preventable. An estimated 40% of maternal deaths could be avoided if women had access to quality care.More than half of states don’t examine why a maternal death happened.* The majority of states do not have a formal process to review cases of maternal deaths. If we don’t learn from what went wrong—and share what we find—we can’t make changes to prevent these deaths in the future.More women are entering pregnancy with chronic conditions, heightening their risk of life-threatening complications.* Chronic conditions like obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes are on the rise in the U.S. – all of which increase the chance that a woman will experience a complication. In fact, the leading cause of maternal death in the U.S. is cardiovascular disease.Unlike with heart attacks, there are no standardized national protocols for managing childbirth emergencies.* When someone suffers a heart attack, every hospital has procedures in place to treat the patient. That’s often not the case with childbirth complications. Many hospitals lack consistent approaches for recognizing and handling emergencies, and a woman’s care can vary dramatically depending on where she gives birth.The majority of maternal deaths occur after birth.* An estimated 60% of women who die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth do so in the days and weeks following childbirth – an all-too-neglected period when most of the attention is focused on the baby.It’s clear that that the U.S. needs to do better by its moms. Fortunately, we’re seeing some positive trends.At the federal level, new policies are being proposed to require all states to review cases of maternal death and “near misses,” which will significantly improve our understanding of why women are dying. At the health provider level, hundreds of hospitals have started using consistent, evidence-based approaches for managing childbirth complications – ensuring that all women receive the same, high-quality care during an emergency. And at the community level, grassroots organizations are helping pregnant women with chronic conditions get the comprehensive care they need to be healthy during and after pregnancy.While this progress is encouraging, there is so much more we could accomplish if the U.S. were more fully part of the global effort to end preventable maternal mortality.I’m optimistic that this new global exchange of ideas will help forge exciting and unexpected collaborations. Together, I have no doubt that we can change the trajectory of maternal health in the U.S. and help make pregnancy and childbirth safer for the four million women who give birth here each year.*Please visit merckformothers.com to see how we are supporting efforts in these areas.Photo: “Mom and Daughter” © 2006 tostadophoto.com, used under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.Share this:
Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, author of Random Family, is a Freelancers Union member–and now she’s a certifiable genius, too. Today, the MacArthur Foundation released its annual list of fellows, recipients of the organization’s prestigious “genius” grants.macfound.orgThis year’s list is characteristically diverse: the fellows range from biologists and engineers to sculptors and playwrights. Many of the geniuses, you’ll note, are “unaffiliated,” and they probably fit the definition of “independent workers.” Freelancers Union congratulates all of this year’s independent-minded MacArthur Fellows–but especially member Adrian LeBlanc!
Freelancers Union is featured on tonight’s NewsHour on PBS. Executive Director Sara Horowitz speaks out about the lack of a social safety net for freelancers, who make up one-third of the workforce. Get a preview and check your local listing for the time and channel.
Think of your ideal client. Wouldn’t it be great if those were the only clients you had to work with? And wouldn’t it be even better if you didn’t have to go chasing them down one-by-one?In this webinar, co-hosted by [about.me](http://about.me/partner/freelancersunion/?utm_campaign=freelancersunion_professional &utm_medium=marketing&utm_source=partner), you’ll learn how to market yourself strategically so you don’t have to become an active salesperson on top of everything else.Let your ideal clients come to you. Join us for a webinar on August 15 from 2pm – 3pm ET.You’ll learn to:Promote yourself and your work without bragging.Attract clients that’ll pay what you’re worth.Feel confident about charging what you want.RSVP now!Are you a busy freelancer struggling to promote yourself and get more clients? With about.me, you can grow your client list or audience, market yourself without the stress, and centralize your work with one link. Use your personalized link as the hub for everything you need as a freelancer. about.me Professional comes with lead generation, appointment scheduling, a mini portfolio, and custom email so that you can seamlessly run your business.Freelancers Union members save up to $100 on about.me Professional! Get started today.
With more and more professionals turning to freelancing, it can often feel like you’re getting into a confusing new reality. It sometimes feels as though there’s a vast horizon of potential work on offer, yet also an impossible mountain to climb when it comes to getting your foot in the door.Having consistent freelance work that pays well is often touted as something to struggle and strive for – a hard-won prize for only the most determined freelancer. Yet even top level marketing agencies offer work that’s both attainable and engaging to get into, if you know where to look and how best to tailor your approach.Why in-house agency work worksAs a freelancer, whatever your niche or specialism, you’ve likely had to spend at least half of your aggregated professional time pitching your talent to companies – and at worst, having to prove years of experience and knowledge from scratch.Marketing and advertising agencies already have the work pitched and prepped to go – they just need it completed. And just as many of your own freelance projects might have sometimes been a mad scramble to the finish line, even the biggest of agencies sometimes brush up against steep deadlines or surges of work they need talent like yours to complete to their high standards.Unlike brands you might work with directly, agencies are typically far less hit or miss with paying on time, too. While exceptions exist, agencies work with freelancers often enough to know how much they appreciate timely payment, delivered free of hassle.Getting agencies to notice your skillsBigger agencies often receive numerous approaches and emails from freelancers daily, all hungry for the kind of consistent and well paid work these companies can provide. As you can appreciate, standing out from the crowd is key here.As always, you can let your portfolio do a lot of the talking, tweaking it the same way you might tweak a resume. Adjust what it shows to ensure it always works as a highlight reel of your greatest achievements.How do you recognize what those big achievements are? Try to take the perspective of the agency you’re trying to befriend. Don’t just focus on how long you worked with a client, or even how big a deal that company was in its respective industry (although big brands definitely help plump up your portfolio). Instead, consider the story behind certain moments of success.Did you develop the UX for a client who’s since gone from strength to strength in their industry? Did you write the copy that’s at the heart of a resurgent local business’s marketing campaign? Did you code the backend of a web page that’s since won business in abundance for a financial firm?It’s about selling your storyConsider the benefits of the work you’ve accomplished so far. Communicate to the agency how this same set of skills can be put to their advantage, and – where possible – tie that to campaigns or current projects you know they’re involved in, or niche experience that you know sets you apart from the market.New to freelancing? Not a problem. Communicate your openness to learn and gain valuable experience by aligning with the needs of the business, and even demonstrate some of your own passion projects to highlight your skills.Don’t feel let down by an initial ‘no’, either – get back in touch a few months down the line. Much like you, agencies run in peaks and troughs of business, and some times of a given year simply won’t need external help versus others. It’s nothing personal.That thorny money talkEven the most seasoned freelancers often feel as though their fees and service costs are calculated almost on the fly, and it can feel impossible to know whether the price you set is one your prospective client is going to crinkle their nose at.It’s daunting to know that other people likely want to be having the negotiations you’re having in the moment, and that can elicit panic. And of course, you can feel tempted to rock-bottom your rates to win the day — a practice rarely worth doing if you want respect and reasonable revenue.Many agencies will have set rates and some leeway to negotiate – remember that your talent is essentially a budgetary consideration in that agency’s current campaign or project, and they have their own criteria to fill. Agencies who understand what makes freelancers tick and the value they add, of course, will have set rates that are on the generous side.Those who seem to offer far below the mark, and seem to vaguely hint that your talent could be replaced by any number of other people, are rarely worth too much of your time. Sure, they’re right in saying there are dozens of freelancers they can turn to – but that agency is far from the only game in town themselves, and fabricating a scarcity mentality to get you along for the ride won’t do them any favors, nor you. You’re as free to consider other options as they are.It’s good practice to establish early on the expected timeframe of payments to arrive – weekly, biweekly, monthly and so forth. The best agencies pay well and fast, but some prefer the NET 30 approach of rolling out payments after 30 days have elapsed – something to consider as you plan ahead.Being a team player, albeit not a team memberThere’s much talk in recent times of how the lines between on-site self employed individual and traditional employee are becoming ever more blurred. In the UK, for instance, this confusing gray area is being tackled ever more stringently with IR35 taxation rules, but the same fogginess seems to be the norm wherever you lookWithin that gray area, some agencies and other clients will treat you as an employee in all but name, but avoid making it official simply to avoid contributing to your taxes, pension and so forth. In purely pragmatic terms, this may be because it simply makes no sense for them to take on a formal new employee for, say, a three-month project or a brief flurry of intense activity.However, it’s also important that you ensure you know your own rights and boundaries. For example, although many agencies are happy for you to work on their premises, you aren’t beholden to do so as a freelancer. That said, there’s no reason to be a diva either. By all means offer your own insights on things you’ve learned over your career to not only enhance your client’s experience of working with you, but also increase your value in their eyes – alongside the potential of repeat business in the future.Knowing your limits Expected hours or availability for work are not unreasonable to ask of you, and likewise, if you work on-site you’re expected to treat the facilities and amenities well. However, keep in mind that that boundary between you and the rest of the team will be there, subconsciously, when you are on the agency’s premises – and in the worst cases this can leave you feeling isolated and shut out.A good agency will communicate to its employees who you are and why you are on-site, as well as what is and isn’t being asked of you – and in best case scenarios, they might extend a few perks or staff gatherings your way too. At worst, you might feel as though you’re working in an information silo among teams who have all established their own cliques, with no interest in getting to know you. That said, at least you have the home office option, if this becomes an issue – but it’s better to address these concerns in open communication.Come project’s end, evaluate your experiencesAgency work often comes thick and fast, and then all at once a project will end as rapidly as it seemed to barrel ahead just a short time ago. Agencies move fast, and it can leave you with little time or room in your mind to evaluate whether you found the experience of working with them worthwhile.Honestly discuss what future, if any, exists between you and the agency, but remember that the future isn’t certain. Again, the best agencies will have kept you in the loop about their game plan going forward, and whether it has a place for you as campaigns unfold. This helps you plan your own forward strategy in kind, and of course, having established good workplace friendships and team bonds, will make your likelihood of being invited to contribute in the future that much more likely.Keep an open mind, but also remember your worth, and you’ll find that the most professional marketing agencies around are engaging and courteous to work with. Don’t feel intimidated in making an approach towards them, and likewise, use these opportunities to keep building your network and portfolio — as well as that all important financial success and security. This might just be some of the most rewarding work in your freelance career.
Let’s put Ohio State to the side for now. That’s a preposterous, once-in-a-lifetime situation. Is there any team outside of Columbus that wouldn’t trade their backup QB this year for J.W. Walsh?For that, let’s turn to our good friend over at ESPN, the handy QBR statistic. I’m still not sure what this statistic measures in totality, but I do know that the top three QBs in QBR last season were Marcus Mariota, J.T. Barrett and Nick Marshall. So it measures something good because all of those dudes can go.Back to Walsh. Let’s throw out last season (1.5 games) and look at the two before it. In 2012, his adjusted QBR was 81.9 (15th in the country among all qualified and unqualified QBs). In 2013, it was 74.5 (41st in the country) even though he got pulled in the sixth game of the year.Here’s how those seasons stacked up in terms of QBR among the country’s leaders last year and what role each of those quarterbacks will play this season. 81.9 (2012) Dylan Thompson, SCAR Hutson Mason, UGA Brandon Doughty, WKU J.W. Walsh 2012 80.3 J.T. Barrett, OSU Nick Marshall, AUB Starter Redshirting 76.2 Justin Thomas, GT Gone Kenny Hill, TAMU Gone Brett Hundley, UCLA Marcus Mariota, ORE Starter Gone Backup 83.7 Tyler Murphy, BC 78.9 81.7 79.9 Starter Player Bryce Petty, BAY 78.9 Gone Gone Starter Connor Cook, MSU Starter 74.5 Backup? Cody Kessler, USC Backup Gone Gone Trevor Knight, OKLA 75.5 Jake Waters, KSU 2014 QBR 83.7 J.W. Walsh 2013 Role Gone Blake Sims, ALA Starter 74.5 (2013) Jared Goff, CAL Gone 78 81.2 90.9 75.2 77.6 76.6 Gone Jameis Winston, FSU 85.2 86.7 So Trevor Knight and J.W. Walsh, eh?A quick scan of 2013 tells me Davis Webb had an 80.1 QBR in 2013 and also might not be the starter. So he’s in the conversation. And there are certainly some freshmen that will be backups who would be better than Walsh. There are also unique situations like, say, Kyle Allen at Texas A&M. Allen posted a 77.4 QBR last year (without enough plays to qualify for QBR) and might not start.But Walsh is right there among the most productive QBs in college football. He’s incredibly unique in that he’s had a lot of success in the college level and is still the clear backup.I’ve been on him pretty hard as a starter, and rightfully so. He wasn’t the director OSU needed behind center. But as a backup? I couldn’t be more thrilled.“We’re very lucky to have J.W. Walsh on our football team,” said Mike Gundy at Big 12 media days. “J.W. is going to play. He’ll be a factor in the success of our football team this season.”And it’s a perfect role for him. The hybrid player-coach who can rally the troops and provide a spark when needed. The other OSU might have the best QB situation in the country, but ours isn’t far behind.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
UAE v Saudi Arabia UAE sweat over Omar Abdulrahman fitness Last updated 2 years ago 04:15 8/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) UAEFA UAE v Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia UAE WC Qualification Asia UAE midfielder Omar Abdulrahman is recovering from a back spasm and is in a race against time to feature against Saudi Arabia. Omar Abdulrahman is a doubt for UAE as they take on Saudi Arabia in the Group B fixture at the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium on Tuesday.The Whites have the slimmest of hopes for qualification and are hopeful that their star man can return for the encounter.’Amoory’ has been suffering from a back spasm and while UAE defender Ismail Ahmad is also injured. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Head coach Edgardo Bauza however insists that he will be taking no chances with Abdulrahman and will play him only if he is completely fit.“Only if Amoory is 100 per cent fit he will be on the field,” Bauza said. “We want fully fit players to be there for this crucial clash. What we are looking is to get every point possible and our target is to win this match,” he added.UAE snatched a draw via a late Ali Mabkhout goal against Thailand which left them in fourth place and still in with a mathematical chance of qualification for the 2018 World Cup.However, they will also have to beat Iraq as well as Saudi to keep their hopes alive.Meanwhile, Bauza has suggested that the opposition have an advantage since the Saudi Pro League is already underway and their players have a few games under their belt as opposed to the Emirati contingent.“The only negative thing is that we didn’t play any official match while Saudi players have played in the league matches.”Only national players from the Al Ain Club come into the contest with a competitive match in the AFC Champions League. But you can be assured we will give everything to script a positive result,” he said.The game kicks off at 2030 GST on Tuesday.
León v Puebla Club Leon vs. Puebla: Live stream, starting lineup, kickoff time, & match preview Goal Last updated 1 year ago 11:19 2/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gustavo Becerra León v Puebla Liga MX León Puebla After a pair of crushing defeats, could Landon Donovan be on his way to help turn things around for La Fiera? Coming off back-to-back heavy defeats, Leon looks to right the ship on Saturday at home against Puebla.Gustavo Díaz’s side fell 4-0 to Necaxa two weekends ago before Monterrey destroyed Leon 5-1 last weekend. Puebla, meanwhile, is off to a strong start in the Liga MX Clausura, sitting in sixth place after last weekend’s 2-0 win over Chivas. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Leon could be boosted by the long-awaited debut of Landon Donovan, who signed with the club last month but has yet to make his first appearance for La Fiera. Game Club Leon vs Puebla Date Saturday, February 10 Time 8:06 p.m. ET Stream (US only) fuboTV (7-day free trial) LIVE STREAM Watch Club Leon vs. Puebla 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.SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Leon players Goalkeepers Rodriguez, Yarbrough Defenders Burdisso, Piris, Navarro, Torres, Herrera, Cornejo, Rodriguez, Mosquera, Gonzalez Midfielders Burbano, Hernandez, Montes, Andrade, Mejia, Cecchini, Lainez, Cerato, Rodriguez Forwards Ramos, Boselli, Gonzalez, Barnes, Donovan Manager Gustavo Diaz has hinted that Landon Donovan could finally make his Leon debut in this match. The club was set to do without Fernando Navarro, who was red-carded in last weekend’s loss to Monterrey but it was rescinded.Potential starting XI: Yarbrough; Navarro, Mosquera, Burdisso, Cornejo; Mejia, Rodriguez; Hernandez, Montes, Andrade; Boselli Position Puebla players Goalkeepers Munoz, Villasenor, Rodriguez Defenders Angulo, Gutierrez, Venegas, Rojas, Pimentel, Zamora, Rodriguez, Mondragon, Santamaria Midfielders Araujo, Escoboza, Acuna, Micolta, Marrugo, Guerrero, Torres, Enriquez, Tabo, Chumacero Forwards Cavallini, Fernandez, Carreno Puebla will be without midfielder Alejandro Chumacero, who received a red card in last weekend’s win over Chivas. Potential starting XI: Munoz; Angulo, Venegas, Santamaria, Zamora; Guerrero, Torres; Fernandez, Marrugo, Acuna; CavalliniMATCH PREVIEW After finishing dead last in the Liga MX Apertura, Puebla has started out the Clausura on a much more positive note.La Franja won just four of their 17 games last tournament, but manager Enrique Meza has already led his side to three victories in just five matches in the Clausura.Meza’s charges will face a wounded Leon side at the Estadio Leon, with La Fiera losing their last two league matches by a combined score of 9-1.The home side could be boosted by a pair of debutants from north of the border.Giles Barnes, an Englishman who represents Jamaica internationally, spent the past five seasons in MLS and is nearing the fitness required to make his debut.And American legend Landon Donovan is also nearing full fitness and could make his long-awaited Leon bow on Saturday night against La Franja. Both teams had Copa MX fixtures to deal with in midweek, so whichever side has the better early-season fitness could end up with a massive edge at the Estadio Leon.