Bail for man accused of lying about his religion for marriage

first_imgThe Jharkhand High Court on Saturday granted bail to Raqibul Hassan alias Ranjit Kohli, who was arrested five years ago on a complaint from national-level air rifle shooter Tara Shahdeo that he had lied to her about his religion and married her. Acting Chief Justice H.C. Mishra allowed Mr. Hassan’s bail plea on the ground that he had spent five years in judicial custody.Conditions for bail The court granted the bail on the condition that Mr. Hassan should deposit his passport, not influence witnesses and appear in the trial court on every date of hearing. If any of the conditions were flouted, then the Central Bureau of Investigation, which was handed over the case in 2015, was at liberty to move the court for cancellation of bail, the court ruled. The Bench also asked Mr. Hassan to deposit cash sureties of ₹15,000 each.Mr. Hassan was arrested on August 26, 2014, in New Delhi after Ms. Shahdeo filed an FIR against him at the Hindpiri police station here the same year, accusing him of marrying her after lying to her about his religion and physically torturing her. Ms. Shahdeo hails from Ranchi and her marriage with Mr. Hassan, which was termed “love jihad”, took place in 2014. She had filed a divorce petition on January 6, 2017, and the principal judge of the family court, B.K. Gautam, had on June 27, 2018, granted the divorce on the ground that the accused had lied about his religion and subsequently subjected Ms. Shahdeo to domestic and physical violence and allegedly exerted pressure on her to change her religion. On July 27 this year, a CBI court framed charges against Mr. Hassan and four of his alleged associates in connection with the case. The charges were framed under IPC sections 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 212 (harbouring an offender).last_img read more

Relief package inadequate, says Uddhav

first_imgCalling the ₹10,000-crore relief package announced by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for farmers hit by unseasonal rain “grossly inadequate”, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday demanded that the government provide ₹25,000 per hectare as compensation to farmers without any conditions attached.The Sena chief, who toured parts of Aurangabad district to assess crop damage, parried questions on the tussle between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Sena over government formation, merely saying the people would come to know soon enough if his party would be in power.“The damage to crops is so extensive that the government must immediately give recompense of at least ₹25,000- ₹50,000 per hectare for these farmers… nothing will happen in the ₹10,000 crore package announced,” Mr. Thackeray said, stating that the farmers stared at an existential crisis because of this ‘wet famine.’At a time of fraught relations with ally BJP, the Sena president’s criticism of the relief package chimed in with that of the Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP), which dismissed the assistance as “a joke.” When asked if his party would form the new government to ensure help to distressed farmers, Mr. Thackeray refrained from giving a direct answer and merely said it was “inappropriate” to speak of government formation at a time when farmers were suffering. Dig at FadnavisThe Sena chief, however, took a swipe at Mr. Fadnavis, remarking: “Despite the monsoon withdrawing, it seems to be saying mi punha yein (I shall return)… now, this has created fear among people.”Mr. Thackeray was referring to Mr. Fadnavis’s oft-repeated assertion of mi punha yein (‘I shall return’) during the Assembly election campaign that he would easily return as chief minister for a second term.Mr. Thackeray also took jibes at the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre, saying it was New Delhi’s “duty” to help Maharashtra’s farmers in their hour of crisis. “The State has given its wholehearted blessing to the ruling party at the Centre by voting it back to power in the general election. When the Prime Minister had come to Ausa in Latur ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, I had told him the people will give you their blessings if you assure relief during drought. I now expect the Centre to extricate Maharashtra’s farmers from this crisis,” he said.The Sena chief had toured drought-hit parts of the State before a particularly acrimonious run-up to his party sealing the alliance with the BJP before the general election.Warning to banksHe exhorted crop insurance companies do away with cumbersome documentation and not create impediments while giving insurance aid to farmers. “I also urge banks to behave in a humane manner in this grave hour facing farmers,” he said, warning that Shiv Sainiks would take to task any financial institution that created obstacles in disbursing credit to farmers. “There is a need to give succour to farmers and not conduct surveys via helicopters. The farmers’ subsistence crops have been destroyed in one night at many places,” Mr. Thackeray said, remarking that the despair had reached such a point that farmers were contemplating extreme steps.Appealing to farmers not to commit suicide, the Shiv Sena chief said his party stood firmly behind them and would leave no stone unturned to provide them just assistance.last_img read more

Glassdoor Wins North Bay Business Journal’s Best Places to Work Award for 2015

first_imgWe are thrilled to announce that for the fourth year in a row, Glassdoor has been named one of the North Bay Business Journal’s Best Places to Work!The winners were selected by the results of anonymous employee surveys, along with review by editorial staff. The survey, completed by thousands of North Bay company employees, asked people to rate and review their employer, including giving feedback on workplace attributes like diversity, employee benefits and perks, career advancement opportunities, community involvement and more.Here’s what some Glassdoor employees have to say about working in the North Bay:“From the moment I interviewed, to this very moment, I have been thrilled to be here. Glassdoor has a collection of wonderful people with wonderful ideas. Our goal is to help people to find the job they love, and as work is such a critical part of our lives, it is so important to be in an environment you love. I love being at Glassdoor. I have worked in many places over the years. I feel like I am home now with Glassdoor.” – Glassdoor Senior Software Engineer (Sausalito, CA)“Great people, culture, benefits, training, and leadership. I’ve worked for many companies where I’ve hated going to work everyday, Glassdoor is not one of those companies. I wake up and am thrilled to go to work with such amazing people everyday! I don’t ever want to leave!” – Glassdoor Account Executive (Sausalito, CA)“Great benefits including fully covered medical, dental, vision insurance, free catered lunches daily, great training programs, fantastic team atmosphere, and unlimited PTO! I couldn’t have made a better choice and am very grateful for this opportunity.” – Glassdoor Associate Client Success Manager (Mill Valley, CA)Interested in working at Glassdoor? Check out our open jobs!last_img read more

SAP Promises Employees “Become Everything You Want” — Here’s How They Deliver

first_imgIn addition, our formal onboarding processes assigns each new employee a “buddy” to assist with the transitions for new hires. And we continuously invest into learning. In 2017, the learning budget was 185 Mio. Euros (2016: 140 Mio. Euros). Glassdoor: For many job seekers, their decision on where to work comes down to the benefits. What are some of the coolest or most unique perks and benefits you offer?Stefan Ries: One of the coolest and most unique benefits SAP offers to its employees is the award-winning Own SAP equity plan. Own SAP enables employees to purchase company shares with a generous employer contribution and low investment risk. On top of their own investment, participants benefit from a 40% matching contribution and an additional €20 per month (for non-executives). So far, more than 70% of SAP employees worldwide are participating in Own SAP, showing that its employees believe in SAP and want to become shareholders. 23 hours ago 23h SAP NS2 Army/SOF Sr. Account Exec- Herndon-20171 SAP Herndon, VA 23 hours ago 23h 4.5★ SAP FICO & COE Director RED – The Global SAP Solutions Provider Arlington, VA 4.5★ 4.5★ 4.5★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h CI/CD DevOps – SuccessFactors SAP San Francisco, CA SAP ABAP Associate SAP Palo Alto, CA 4.5★ “Candidates and employees can afford to be choosier than in the past,” says Stefan Ries, Chief Human Resources Officer of SAP. “[This] means employers must learn how to market their open positions in ways that resonate with what today’s jobseekers are looking for.”In other words, candidates and employees are in the drivers’ seat. With the job market favoring job seekers, companies are doubling down on company culture and employee engagement to attract and retain top talent. However, SAP is in a class of its own. The enterprise application software company has set a mission of helping companies of all sizes and industries run better, and for its employees, SAP is laser-focused on supporting, challenging and inspiring every day. It’s no wonder SAP was named a Best Place to Work by Glassdoor in 2018.With a 4.4 company rating, SAP has an enviable company culture that 92% of employees would recommend to a friend. CEO Bill McDermott has a 97% approval rating on Glassdoor, and reading reviews of the company is an exercise in professional FOMO for those of us who don’t work for the German-based company.“The company has also invested in continuous learning, mentoring, development opportunities and flexible working hours,” says Ries, revealing a bit of SAP’s ‘secret sauce’. “By listening and keeping a close eye on our culture, career opportunities, management, and compensation & benefits, we can give back to employees to ensure they are in a healthy environment with inspirational leaders, room for growth, and reward them appropriately. Glassdoor is a critical tool to help us do that.”On the heels of SAP’s Best Places to Work win, we caught up with SAP to dig into what makes their company tick and why it could be the home of your dream job.Glassdoor: Congratulations on winning the Best Places to Work award this year! How does it feel for you to know that your employees love working for SAP?Stefan Ries: Thank you, it feels great. It’s an incredible achievement that SAP is one of only two employers to receive all five Glassdoor ‘Best Places to Work’ awards. This award is a strong endorsement of our efforts to provide a consistent and meaningful employee experience across the globe. Seeing this kind of a result is a powerful statement and affirmation that our employees love working at SAP. Glassdoor: What do you do to foster employee trust and engagement for a global company with employees spanning many countries and cities?Stefan Ries: At SAP, we understand how important it is to let employees voice their opinions and feedback. Transparency and trust are deeply anchored in our company culture. We strive to ensure that our employees are aware of the many open communication channels including through Glassdoor & our ‘Life at SAP’ social media channels, all-hands meetings, annual People Surveys, coffee corner sessions with senior leadership, virtual collaboration & discussion spaces, and more. These channels and tools are available to ensure we foster dialogue among and beyond individual teams, leaders – as well as to ensure we give our people platforms to express their concerns, share their ideas and discuss their questions with leaders.We also have internal departments focused specifically on helping our employees and leaders succeed in their roles and build their careers – particularly Mentoring Programs, Learning & Career Development programs, Business Network Groups, Success Counseling Centers at our offices, and more. Glassdoor: Is there one stand-out thing you and your team did in 2017 to help build a great company culture?Stefan Ries: It’s hard to break it down to one single aspect. Employee trust and engagement do not come overnight. This is the result of many efforts over years – and the journey continues each new day. We can’t take trust for granted. And it must come from both sides: the top leaders and our employees. If I have to narrow it down to one thing that we have developed over the past years, I would say it’s that SAP runs with purpose. At SAP, we have a vision: we are committed to helping every customer become a best-run business. Now more than ever, being the best means making a difference. It means connecting people and information to address the world’s biggest challenges. This is what we do. That’s why we engineer solutions to fuel innovation, foster equality, and spread opportunity across borders and cultures. Every time our customers turn their ideas into action, we help improve people’s lives. Together, we can transform industries, grow economies, lift up societies and sustain our environment. Glassdoor: Your employees love working here as we see the strong rating on Glassdoor. How do you make this a great place to work day in and day out?Stefan Ries: Candidates and employees can afford to be choosier than in the past, which means employers must learn how to market their open positions in ways that resonate with what today’s jobseekers are looking for. Our employee value proposition (EVP) “Bring Everything You Are, Become Everything You Want,” is designed specifically to appeal to the desire among today’s candidates to get a genuine sense of what it’s like to work at a company. The campaign includes video testimonials from a diverse group of SAP employees explaining what drew them to the company and what keeps them here. The best way to communicate our EVP is to have employees speak on our behalf in their authentic voice. As such, our employees provide tangible examples of how SAP fosters a culture of openness, encouragement, and innovation, and how we challenge and inspire each other. The company has also invested in continuous learning, mentoring, development opportunities and flexible working hours. By listening and keeping a close eye on our culture, career opportunities, management, and compensation & benefits, we can give back to employees to ensure they are in a healthy environment with inspirational leaders, room for growth, and reward them appropriately. Glassdoor is a critical tool to help us do that. Glassdoor: Good leadership is not just one person. How do you work w/ your management teams to make sure employees have great leadership here?Stefan Ries: Leadership performance and development are important topics for us at SAP. We look for leaders who embody the SAP leadership principles: drive simplicity, ensure customer success and develop amazing talent. Throughout the year, we encourage our leaders to engage in their personal development plans. To help our leaders execute successfully in their roles, we invest a lot in learning. Some years ago we have built leadership training curricula for each level that are mandatory for all managers. Ultimately, at SAP, we have a culture that embodies transparency and open dialogue between colleagues of all professional levels to build a firm environment of mutual trust and respect. Additionally, we have many unique programs to foster our employees’ development, such as the Women Leadership Excellence Acceleration Program (LEAP), which is designed to maximize the unique value women bring to the workplace. LEAP addresses the specific leadership development needs of females and equips participants with the right skills, knowledge and leadership behaviors. Thanks to programs we have like LEAP, we have a stronger pipeline of leaders that are more prepared to take on business challenges and be role models to up and coming leaders.Glassdoor: What is the best part about working here?Stefan Ries: The people. It’s not cliché. I truly believe SAP’s people are a diverse group who bring their own experiences and ideas to the table. They create this exciting work environment and together they can succeed in anything. We are innovators and we strive to help the work run better and improve people’s lives. Glassdoor: What do you look for in informed candidates?Stefan Ries: Since our people are our greatest assets and the source of SAP’s innovation and continued success we choose them carefully and hope to attract the right ones. We are always on the lookout for people with diverse personal and professional backgrounds who are true team players and think outside-of-the-box. We look for passionate, authentic and genuine individuals who are in turn looking for a place they can come to help make an impact.See our latest campaign “Bring Everything You Are. Become Everything You Want” or “Business Beyond Bias”. These campaigns features SAP employees who have achieved great things in their personal and professional lives and who have special pride in SAP. Reading these colleagues’ stories is something that personally motivates me. We hope that by featuring our own employees and their stories, we can inspire others to join our SAP family as well.Glassdoor: How do you recruit talent? What are some of your best practices?Stefan Ries: We realized if we want to attract the right talent, we have to be pro-active and be where our talent is. We are very active on social media, partner with key universities, and local schools to build relationships and expand our networks. This includes programs such as the University Alliances or our SAP Student Entrepreneurship Program. We have also developed unique applications like our virtual “Get Home” game and “Perfect Match” Facebook app, which help us identify potential fits at SAP. These provide instant personality profiles and match roles for the candidates. We also provide an immediate, 3-page feedback report for candidates, which go to the hiring manager with suggested interview questions and training plans for new hires so everyone is fully prepared and knowledgeable of what to expect. Moreover, we have developed a “Recruiter Playbook” for those HR teams that are hiring. This is our “how to” guide to recruitment at SAP. The playbook includes data points, facts, and figures but also includes personal stories and insights into our history, culture, strategy, and getting to know what it is like to work here. This ensures our recruiters are one of the first-line ambassadors to the company and ready to answer any company questions the candidates may have.Finally, our candidates can check out our award-winning careers website, browsing through the many content areas to make sure SAP is the right fit. The candidate can also very quickly join our Talent Community, even before starting any sort of interview process, ensuring they get the information they need via regular updates straight from the source. Once a candidate lands an interview, we provide them with our unique “Brand Insights” digital flipbook. This document helps outline SAP’s culture, history, purpose but even more importantly highlights the employee and customer stories that have had a huge impact. Glassdoor: How do you keep top talent at SAP?Stefan Ries: It is a priority for us at SAP to foster a work culture that makes everyone feel valued, empowered, and trusted. By focusing on these criteria, coupled with our “How We Run” behaviors, we aim to maintain a work environment that is comfortable for everyone. “How We Run” was developed from employees for employees – and these behaviors are the basis for how we operate and work with each other – and our customers:Tell it like it is.Build bridges not silos.Keep the promise.Stay curious.Embrace differences. 4.5★ 23 hours ago 23h Senior Product Specialist, S/4HANA Product Success & Customer Co-innovation SAP Atlanta, GA 4.1★ 23 hours ago 23h Available Jobs at RED – The Global SAP Solutions Provider 4.5★ Intern, Product Management SAP Palo Alto, CA SAP Fieldglass Application Specialist SAP Chicago, IL CFE Senior Consultant SAP Vienna, VA 23 hours ago 23h 4.5★ 23 hours ago 23h Browse More Jobs 4.5★ Intern – Business Analyst [ SAP Newtown Square, PA 23 hours ago 23h SAP Concur – Director, Engineering SAP Allen, TX See more jobs at RED – The Global SAP Solutions Provider 23 hours ago 23hlast_img read more

IN PURSUIT: Lara Bazelon, Episode 3 Transcript

first_imgMothers might feel that they must be moms 150% of the time. Lawyer, law professor, and author Lara Bazelon started to question this assumption. Honestly examining the myth of “perfect” work/life balance helped Lara breakthrough to redefine motherhood for herself. “I’ve never felt normal and I’m so curious to know if women listening to this also feel the same way,” she says in our interview. “Because in my mind I always had this idea of what a mom was. They were on the soccer field watching every kick. They were on the playground watching every game. I’m the kind of mom where I’m there, and then in my mind, I’m writing my closing argument.”When Lara’s passion for her legal work conflicted with the time she spent with her kids, she learned to stop apologizing for her ambition and explain her work to them. She works for social justice, overturning wrongful convictions in court. Bringing her kids into her passion expanded their view of “what mommy does at work” and inspired them.You can’t have it all every day, she recognizes, but you can play the long game.“I think a lot of women experience this where they’ve striven, they’ve achieved and then they find a life partner, and they have children, and there’s this idea that somehow some switch is going to go off in their brain and they’re going to cease to want to achieve in the professional sphere and cease to be ambitious.”Listen and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.  IN PURSUIT features candid, personal reflections from guests who are looking for answers and evolving to meet the challenges life throws at them. You’ll get inspiring conversations about life and career.Amy Elisa Jackson: Welcome to In Pursuit, the podcast from Glassdoor. I’m your host, Amy Elisa Jackson. In every episode, we share the real stories of extraordinary people navigating life’s most pivotal moments at the intersection of the personal and professional. In this episode, attorney Lara Bazelon shares her experience with difficult career choices. She wrote an Op-Ed for the New York Times titled, “I’ve Picked My Job Over My Kids.”Amy Elisa Jackson: In the article, she tells the story of being a trial lawyer on a case to free an innocent African-American man named Kash Register. He was serving a life sentence for a murder he did not commit. Lara moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles to be closer to the courthouse, taking her away from her children. She’s here to talk about unapologetically choosing her work over her children at times. Lara, welcome to In Pursuit.Lara Bazelon: Thank you for having me.Amy Elisa Jackson: Absolutely. You wrote an Op-Ed for the New York Times called I’ve Picked My Job Over My Kids. This headline jumped out at me. Right now you’re wincing as though you are nervous about such a provocative headline. What really was it that provoked you to write this piece about sort of how you navigate work-life balance and whether it’s even achievable?Lara Bazelon: I think what motivated me was, I don’t think that it is achievable and I feel like so many women get that question, how do you balance your work and be the best mother you can be? Whereas men are never asked, Gee, how do you balance your high-powered career and be the best dad that you can be? It puts this pressure on women to chase after what I think of as a mirage in this kind of exhausting sapping quest for this perfect aqua poise that doesn’t really exist. And so, I just felt like I was calling out what so many women know in their hearts to be true.Amy Elisa Jackson: I love the line that you wrote in the article that says, the term work-life balance traps women in an endless cycle of shame and self-recrimination. Those are pretty strong words. What was it or was there a moment when you first felt that shame or that self-recrimination around work-life balance? Talk to me about that pivotal moment or if anything sort of jumps out where you said, “Oh my gosh, this is a farce. This is BS.”Lara Bazelon: I think I first experienced it really profoundly when I was in a two-year fellowship and I was learning how to be a law professor. I had a small child and then I had another baby and I was going back to work. I went back to work after 12 weeks because that was all the time that was given to me and I felt that when people heard that I was coming back relatively soon, that I was putting my daughter in daycare, I got a lot of looks of, I thought surprise and kind of judgment like, “Well, you’re married to someone who works at a law firm. Can’t you take more time?”Lara Bazelon: The truth was, I couldn’t, my job wouldn’t let me, I would have been fired. But also I wanted to go back to work and I wanted to continue to do my job and finish my fellowship. That’s the first time I kind of felt that pressure and a little bit of judgment.Amy Elisa Jackson: It’s interesting because something that just jumped out was the fact that you wanted to go back to work. I feel like that seems to be a taboo thing, whether you’re going back to work after three weeks of having a child or five months, but just that somehow motherhood flips this switch and that you no longer want to work.Lara Bazelon: That is exactly right. I think a lot of women experience this where they’ve striven, they’ve achieved and then they find a life partner and they have children and there’s this idea that somehow some switch is going to go off in their brain and they’re going to cease to want to achieve in the professional sphere and cease to be ambitious. And that actually that’s something that we as a society want to encourage and we do encourage it in the sense that we discourage women, right? We don’t have paid family medical leave and women are the primary caregivers for children. Often they’re in relationships where they’re the less-earning partner. And so, if somebody is going to have to step back, it’s usually women.Amy Elisa Jackson: I absolutely agree, Lara. In the intro to the show, I mentioned that you wrote an Op-Ed for the New York Times titled, I’ve Picked My Job Over My Kids. In the article, you tell the story of being a trial lawyer on a case to free an innocent African-American man named Kash Register who was serving a life sentence for a murder he did not commit. You moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles to be closer to the courthouse for the case, taking you away from your children. How did you navigate that decision, Lara?Lara Bazelon: One of the conversations that I had with my son, we were talking about how much I was away and I said, “Look, Cash’s mommy has been waiting for him to come home for 34 years and his mom needs him to come home and that’s part of why I’m doing this.” It was a huge part because his mom, Wilma, was a force of nature and a force of life and his primary connection to the outside world. Once I met her, it became just so much more imperative to be able to bring her son back. That was part of my kids’ understanding what I was doing. Then I was kind of reconnecting and reuniting a family. That’s what I was trying to do.Amy Elisa Jackson: That’s so powerful that you were able to explain that to your son and he was really able to understand that Kash, your client, wanted to be with his mommy and his mommy wanted Kash to be home, and so does your son. Just making it the human experience, right? And really conveying that. I have a mother who sacrificed quite a bit to be a physician and to work really hard and I always had to understand that she’s out saving lives. Mommy is not at my soccer game or she’s not at my volleyball game because she’s saving lives. I think making sure that you teach your children that is so pivotal. I think sometimes parents try to shield their kids from what it is that they actually do. But you’re bringing that home for them and making it very tangible for them, which is very commendable.Lara Bazelon: That is a really good point. I think that sometimes parents think, my kids will be overwhelmed by what I do or bored by what I do or it will somehow fracture their inner sense if I tell them what I do.Amy Elisa Jackson: I agree. But we totally let our fathers off the hook. It was like, “Oh my dad’s out saving the world and he’s doing something cool and bringing home his briefcase.” With mom, it’s like, “Ah, why aren’t you available to get me ready for the dance or for… Why weren’t you there? Why couldn’t we talk?” It’s just a very interesting takeaway and it’s what’s still unfortunate, I think, about being a working mother; to have to address some of those questions and feel that guilt a little bit. But there are times when the pendulum swings the other way, when you pick your kids over your job.Amy Elisa Jackson: And so, you wrote in an Op-Ed that you turned down an additional teaching assignment because you didn’t want to lose time with your kids. What changes and how do you gauge and make those calls as to whether or not this is a time where mommy needs to be gone or this is a time when mommy really needs to be there? Do you feel like your kids or those around you gave you credit for that decision, because you kind of get dinged when you do and you get dinged when you don’t, but did you get credit?Lara Bazelon: I’m not sure that my kids are in the credit giving business, as kids tend not to be. But I do think if I had made a different decision, they would have been upset. And you know what? Rightfully so.Amy Elisa Jackson: Mm-hmm (affirmative). One of the things that you sort of talk about also and I want to dig into is this idea that you’re not a normal mom, and there’s a difference between normal mom and bad mom. When did you realize you weren’t a normal professional mom?Lara Bazelon: I’ve never felt normal and I’m so curious to know if women listening to this also feel the same way, because in my mind I always had this idea of what a mom was, and that person was just 150% present. They were on the soccer field watching every kick, they were on the playground watching every game. I’m the kind of mom where I’m there and then in my mind I’m writing my closing argument or I’m thinking about this phone call or I’m remembering this list of things that has to do with work.Lara Bazelon: I don’t go home and forget about my job. I go home and I’m still kind of conjuring and thinking over something that happened that day. Then I tend to want to talk about things that are interesting with my kids that have to do with my job. As you and I were talking about before, not a lot of parents I don’t think make that choice.Amy Elisa Jackson: But it’s interesting because that’s the intersection of the personal and the professional, right? You don’t take off one hat when you’re at one location and then vice-versa. It’s not as though when you go to your law firm or you’re standing in front of your students, that you’re somehow not a mom and vice-versa. When else in your life do you feel like that intersection between personal and professional has felt potentially as palpable as it does when you’re thinking about being a professional mom and a working mom?Lara Bazelon: Well, I’ll tell you the reverse of it which is, this past semester I taught criminal procedure, which is a class for about 70 students. It’s their first year and you’re teaching them kind of basics about their Fourth Amendment and Fifth Amendment, Sixth Amendment rights. Really important stuff. It’s a podium class and you lecture for an hour and a half to two hours. Normally I turn off my phone, I put everything away, I focus on my students. I said at the beginning of class, “Look, my son had an accident. He’s at the doctor. We’re waiting to hear about some test results about whether or not he has a broken bone. I’m leaving my phone on and if the doctor calls, I’m going to take the call and step out of the room.”Lara Bazelon: She didn’t happen to call then, but if she had, I would have left. I feel like I do that too, that my students have seen me in the moment struggling with this childcare falling through, some kind of deadline getting pushed forward, and me having to kind of grapple with my childcare situation being a single mom. And so, it’s not like I bring it all out and over-share, but I’m very upfront about, “Okay. This is what it looks like when you are a working mom. This is your life. Sometimes you can’t perfectly separate everything.”Amy Elisa Jackson: It’s interesting because that’s what I like to call being unapologetically authentic. Bringing your full self to work and bring your full self to whatever it is that you’re doing. And so, you’re not sort of creating the appearance that you’re not a mom or the appearance that you don’t have an outside life. I think for those who are listening, it’s so important to bring your full self to work and to be okay with admitting to your boss or your colleagues that, “Hey, I have a sick parent, or I have a child who needs my attention, or I have a chronic illness and I need to handle that.”Amy Elisa Jackson: I would imagine earlier in your career, before you were tenured, perhaps it would have been pretty daunting to sort of admit to a classroom of people that, “Hey, I’ve got to take time off, or I’ve got to step away if I get a phone call.” Was there a process of becoming that authentic in front of your students?Lara Bazelon: It really was a process and I agree with you. I think we have this idea, particularly as women, that we have to present this front of being perfectly professional, which I think we also equate with being perfect. And that if you show any sort of vulnerability or people somehow question your commitment to what you’re doing, because you have to leave early to get your kid, that there’s going to be a cost that you’re going to have to pay for that.Lara Bazelon: It took me a while to come to the point of not wanting to apologize and not feeling like I should have to apologize, but just being really frank and upfront with my colleagues, with my bosses, with my students, “This is my life. There’s a lot going on. I’m doing the best I can to juggle everything. Sometimes there’s going to be an imbalance and you’re going to see it.” That’s okay because it’s more important really for you to see what’s real than for you to go out into the world and have this idea that there’s this mirage-like existence that’s possible for you when that’s really not.Amy Elisa Jackson: We’ll be back in a moment after this from Glassdoor.Commercial: Do you want the job done, or the job done right? If you’re hiring for your business, you want it done right. You want Glassdoor. Simply post your job on Glassdoor and just like that, it’s available to over 67 million job seekers. Glassdoor only matches you with the best applicants so you can find the right fit faster in half the resumes. Plus, there are 30% more likely to stay with your company longer. Hire better, higher faster. Start your free trial today at Glassdoor.com/hire.Amy Elisa Jackson: Now back to my conversation with Lara Bazelon. Do you remember a key time or a moment that stands out in your career where you had to get real, real with your boss or your colleagues and really sit them down to say, “Hey, this is what’s going on.”Lara Bazelon: The example that I’m going to give is funny. It’s in the reverse. It was a male colleague, a single dad, and he and I were trying a case. I was 27 and he was maybe 41 or 42 and our jury was out. I closed. They went out at 3:30 and he was supposed to pick up his two young sons. He said to the judge, “I need to leave at 4:30 to go get my kids.” The judge was not having it. The judge said, “If the jury comes back, they come back, you’re coming back.” They came back after an hour, which was shocking. I mean, the jury is usually out for longer than that, especially after trial that long.Lara Bazelon: I remember he and I got into a huge argument walking back to court where I was just berating him for even wringing his hands over the fact that he was having this childcare issue. Ultimately he was scrambling to find somebody to pick up his kids. I remember in that moment feeling so unsympathetic. And now in retrospect, I think about all of it. Just how unsympathetic the judge was. What kind of situation he was in; divorced, no partner, or had to rely on his mom’s scrambling. He really pushed back hard against me and I appreciate that, and I have appreciated it ever since because so many people are in that situation.Amy Elisa Jackson: It’s amazing that he was actually able to model that behavior that then you adopted later on. Because I think we all have moments in our careers where we wish we had done things differently or we hold people’s feet to the fire only later on to realize, “Wow, that guy really had to make a tough decision. I empathize with them and I understand that now that I’m in this position, et cetera.” That’s an impressive learning.Lara Bazelon: I feel like it’s incumbent on us once we’re in some kind of position of power, however relatively minor, to try to just relieve unnecessary stress for other women. Just for example, we’re interviewing right now at USF for a position and we’ve been interviewing a number of excellent candidates. One of them wrote a general thank you note and then just said, “I’m concerned that one of the questions that I asked was misinterpreted and so I just wanted to explain.”Lara Bazelon: I’ve been in that position, really wanting a job and thinking, “Oh God, when they asked for the question part, my question probably wasn’t phrased the right way or maybe I blew it.” Then you spend the whole weekend just turning it over in your mind and obsessing about it. I could’ve just written back. She didn’t even write it directly to me. I could have not written back or I could have written back, thanks. It was so great. I wrote back, “Nothing that you asked was problematic. You didn’t ask a problematic question. We think you’re an excellent candidate. Have a good weekend. Don’t worry about it.” She wrote back, “I’m so relieved.” I wrote back, “Been there.”Amy Elisa Jackson: That’s the sisterhood of the professional network. I mean, I think there is such power in other professionals being encouraging and empathetic and sharing because we’re all in it together.Amy Elisa Jackson: We’re all navigating these personal challenges while trying to succeed and climb the ladder in our careers, while trying to navigate all of the other things that life brings. It can be a real challenge to open up about your personal life.Amy Elisa Jackson: You have authored several opinion pieces about motherhood, about your work. I’m so in all of your work — especially as it pertains to African-American women in the legal clinic for rape — that really spoke to me. But there’s so much that you write about where you put yourself out there and that can be pretty daunting. Talk to me a little bit about the feedback that you’ve gotten on your articles. What’s been the feedback, because transparency is no joke.Lara Bazelon: Transparency is no joke. What I say to my students about litigation is, if you step into the arena, you should expect to get hit. I don’t think you should write a personal essay if you think that 100% of people are going to respond and tell you how brave and eloquently you are, because that’s not going to happen. People have really strong opinions about a lot of the issues that I read about: divorce, work, co-parenting.Lara Bazelon: And so, the reactions really run the gamut and you just have to be prepared for that. This sounds weird to say, but sort of not take it personally. The people who are writing, they don’t know you. They are speaking from their own life experiences and those vary. That said, with this piece, I was actually pleasantly surprised because so much of the direct response that I got was overwhelmingly positive.Amy Elisa Jackson: Now, is there sort of a standout anecdote or piece of feedback that you’ve gotten that really warmed your heart and then one that made you roll your eyes?Lara Bazelon: I got a lot of letters from moms and from dads about this last one, and they were really moving. The ones from some of the dads said, “I know this double standard. I see it. I see my partner subjected to it and I don’t really feel like there’s anything that I can do about it. This is kind of the way our society is.” I had some women write to me and say something like, “You go girl. I’m a generation ahead of you and I did sort of what you were talking about with our moms.”Lara Bazelon: I had women write to me and say, “I made a different choice. I am home, but I support what you’re doing.” It wasn’t sort of one particular anecdote. It was more just this really diverse group of people responding and saying, “This was my experience and maybe I don’t agree with everything that you did, but it resonated with me for this reason.”Amy Elisa Jackson: Was there anything that someone said that made you say, “Hmm, have I approached that differently, how would I think about navigating my career, my professional life, et cetera?”Lara Bazelon: One comment that I got from a bunch of people was, I hope that you don’t expect your kids to visit you when you’re in a nursing home. Essentially saying, you’ve de-prioritized them. They are going to de-prioritize you. They’re essentially like the Cat Stevens song about the boy and his dad, going to grow up and you’re going to sort of get the back of their hand and don’t be surprised when that happens to you.Lara Bazelon: It did really make me stop and think. I mean, I will say in my own family situation, one of my parents got quite sick. I dropped everything and went 3000 miles back home and felt like I was as present as I could be, given the distance between us. But that did make me stop and think. Just like in the piece I talk about these times where I feel like, am I damaging my kids? And I guess the converse of that is, is the damage going to come back to haunt you because they’re disengaged from you? I don’t in my heart believe that that’s true, but I guess there’s a tiny part of me that’s fearful that it might be.Amy Elisa Jackson: That feedback can sting. That is like an ouch, whoo! That hit me in the chest, in the white meat.Lara Bazelon: I know, I know, I know.Amy Elisa Jackson: Goodness. If you had one piece of advice for other professionals —where a lot of people will be affected by their role and their professional decisions — what advice would you give them about navigating this world of the personal and the professional? Any advice that you’ve learned or that has really helped you along your journey?Lara Bazelon: The advice I always tell myself is, play the long game. I think with issues like childcare, work-life balance, relationships, it’s so easy in that moment to think, I’ve really messed up and everything’s falling apart. I mean, this horrible decision at work or at home and I’ll never get past it. The truth is, almost everything is repairable. In the long term, if you have very specific goals and you are committed to your job and you love your children, most likely it’s going to be okay and you just sort of have to keep your eyes on the horizon even though there’s a little fire in front of you that you’re putting out. “I’m the kind of mom where I’m on the soccer field and then in my mind I’m writing my closing argument. It took me a while to come to the point of not wanting to apologize and not feeling like I should have to.” —Lara BazelonAmy Elisa Jackson: When you look back at your career thus far, because it’s not over, what has surprised you the most about it?Lara Bazelon: What surprised me the most and made me the happiest is that I’ve been able to combine different things that I love. I love having clients and I love going to court. I have to tell you that I wake up a little disappointed every day if I have no one to cross-examine. I also love writing and teaching. And so, the fact that I have a job where I get to do all three things; that I get to teach and I get to teach my law students how to be lawyers by essentially having a small law firm, inside the law school we have our own clients. And [I love] that my job gives me the freedom to write scholarly pieces, but also to write Op-Eds or to write a book. It just feels very dreamy to me. I never thought I would be able to find a job that satisfied all of those parts of me.Amy Elisa Jackson: When have you felt the most in control or in the driver’s seat of your career?Lara Bazelon: I mean, the truth is, it’s now. I think once I got tenure I realized I am probably going to be okay. I love this job and now it’s more or less permanent. What that also means is, I have room to grow in the job and there are new responsibilities I can take on. I can grow and shift and I don’t have to be afraid to ask for things like more money or different teaching assignment. For the first time, I think it’s just this magical thing that tenure brings to you, which is a real sense of economic stability and freedom. I guess I would have to say that that moment is really now.Amy Elisa Jackson: Lastly, what’s the best thing your kids have said to you this month?Lara Bazelon: Oh, that’s a good question. My daughter wrote this poem, it’s called getting up. I don’t know if she wrote it for me specifically, but there are lines of it that I always say to myself and I think that there are such important lessons in it. She’s only eight and she’s a really great writer. So is my son. Part of it says, “If something deep and heavy is weighing you down and you fall down, get back up. If someone says something not nice to you and you think, I will never talk to this person again. Think, no, I will get up and I will talk to them. Even if they push me down, I will get up again and I will try again.” I just think that that encapsulates so much of what it means to be a woman, a person in this world, which is to be resilient in the face of adversity and never give up.Amy Elisa Jackson: Thank you so much Lara Bazelon.Lara Bazelon: It was fun to be here. Thank you for having me.Amy Elisa Jackson: Thank you for listening to In Pursuit, the podcast from Glassdoor. This episode was produced by Lee Schneider and Alison Sullivan. Music by Epidemic Sound, production by Red Cup Agency. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes or Google Play. Leave us a comment or reach out on social to let us know what you think. I’m Amy Elisa Jackson, and this is In Pursuit.last_img read more

Aston Villa push to re-sign Man Utd goalkeeper Sam Johnstone

first_imgAston Villa are pushing hard to re-sign Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.Villa are hoping they can convince Sam Johnstone to quit Manchester United for Villa Park – despite a number of other clubs eyeing the goalkeeper.Johnstone played on loan at Villa in the second half of last season and is available.It is claimed United are demanding £5m for the 24-year-old, although Villa are keen on another loan move.last_img

Bournemouth striker Benik Afobe: Sam Surridge has big chance

first_imgBournemouth striker Benik Afobe says Sam Surridge has Premier League potential.Afobe has tipped young striker Surridge to follow in the footsteps of Baily Cargill and Matt Worthington in plotting a path into the Premier League. He told the Daily Echo: “Sam is a good lad and a good finisher. He works hard. He has come through the youth system here and, hopefully, he can emulate Matt Worthington who came on against Leicester. One day, that could be him.”He is still young and has a lot to learn. He isn’t the finished article but his finishing ability is very high. He likes scoring goals. You can see that every time a finishing drill is put on, he wants to join in.”He is quite tall and is going to fill out. He will get stronger and his finishing is probably his best attribute, which is a great attribute to have.”You can see he has the hunger to score goals and he did that last season. Every time he has trained with us, he has done well.”We have a good academy and a good development squad. They are a good bunch of lads and when they train with us, they never let themselves down and, hopefully, a few of them can make the grade.”last_img read more

DONE DEAL: Crystal Palace defender Luke Croll joins Exeter

first_imgReleased Crystal Palace defender Luke Croll has signed with League Two side Exeter City.Speaking to Exeter City’s website, Croll said it was an easy decision for him to make to move to Devon.”I am delighted,” he said. “Last season when I was on loan I really enjoyed my time here and the environment of the club and the management and the players is what made me want to sign.”It was something that was spoken about at the back end of last season as I knew I was leaving Palace. There were options on the table, but it was just about playing where I felt I was going to progress the most.”We gave promotion a good go last season and I think we were quite unlucky, but I feel we have got the players and the staff to push forward again.”It wasn’t that tough of a decision (to join Exeter) as even at the back end of last season when I wasn’t playing that much, I still wanted to stay at Exeter.”I am really excited and I can’t wait to get back on the pitch.”last_img read more

Juventus captain Buffon: I’ve spoken to Donnarumma

first_imgJuventus captain Gigi Buffon has revealed he’s spoken with AC Milan goalkeeper Gigio Donnarumma since his contract blow up.Buffon was asked about the situation surrounding Donnarumma and his contract dispute.“I don’t give advice, because I always made my own mistakes and would only be adding further chaos to the situation. I did have a bit of a 15-minute chat with Gigio, though. I can’t tell you what we said,” said Buffon.“I have no idea if he’ll remain at Milan, but I merely tell him to do what makes him happy.”last_img

How to Convert One-Time or Annual Donors into Monthly Givers

first_imgRevisit the language you’re using in your appeals. Frame your ask in such a way that it’s a win-win situation-monthly donations for you, convenience and budgeting for your donors. (Read more about the four parts of a great fundraising appeal.) Thinking about monthly giving is one of the smartest things you can do as a fundraiser. At Network for Good, we find that 30-40% of the online donation volume coming from a nonprofit’s website is monthly giving. It would be wonderful for nonprofits to thank people every month instead of asking them for donations every few weeks.How do you do that? How do you turn your annual givers into monthly supporters? Make sure your donation form offers a recurring giving option. Whenever you’re asking for money, ask for the monthly pledge, not just a one-time gift. (Need a donation form that allows and encourages donors to set up monthly giving? Find out more about DonateNow.) Package the appeal in an exciting way. For example, some organizations have an ambassador program or a sponsor-a-child every month program. Put a face on that sustainable gift. This way you’re creating some tangible tie to the idea of giving every month. Remember: To increase charitable donations, you should appeal to the heart–not the head. Don’t be afraid to ask for a monthly gift of support after someone completes a one-time transaction. It can be ingrained as a nice thank-you message: “Thank you so much for making a one-time gift. This is how you can put your support to work for us each and every month. Would you consider becoming a monthly supporter?” This can be done when asking for another gift later in the year, but consider this: First-time online donors are more likely to turn into monthly donors within three days their original online gift. Think of using this strategy during the holidays when you’re experiencing high traffic of one-time donations!Source: Adapted from the Nonprofit 911 Presentation “The Experts Are In! Your Online Fundraising and Nonprofit Marketing Questions Answered.”last_img read more

Weekend Reading

first_imgPosted on February 11, 2011November 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)This week on the MHTF blog:We wrote about a visit from Hamlin Fistula Hospital to EngenderHealthKate Mitchell told us about folk dance and maternal health in IndiaThe Journal of Health Communication is looking for submissions on mhealthSome reading for the weekend:text4baby in the NY TimesFDA approves mobile diagnostic radiology appAffordability of facilities for child birth in ChinaArtists and maternal health in TanzaniaShare this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

DFID Health Research Competition: Focus on New Technologies to Impact Diseases of Poverty

first_imgFor full details, see the Call for Expressions of Interest. Answers to questions about the competition will be posted on the Questions and Answers page. Posted on April 5, 2012Click 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)On March 13, DFID announced their Health Research Competition for the Development of New Technologies to Impact Diseases of Poverty. The competition will fund research projects on a number of global health issues–including malaria in pregnancy, reproductive health commodities, family planning technologies, and more. See below for details on the competition! The competition is open to all areas of work but at the present time areas of particular interest to DFID are:Malaria – drugs – in particular for P. vivax and malaria in pregnancy; diagnostics; insecticides; G6PD testCommunicable diseases (e.g. TB/HIV/Diarrhoea/Meningitis/etc) – drugs; diagnostics; vaccines; microbicidesNeglected tropical diseases – drugs; diagnostics; insecticidesReproductive, maternal and newborn health – e.g. reproductive health commodities, family planning technologies, dual prevention technologies. G6PD testOther – hunger and humanitarian issues This competition for DFID health research funding concerns developing new technologies to impact on diseases of poverty e.g. vaccines, drugs, insecticides, diagnostics, reproductive health commodities, etc. DFID priority geographic areas are Africa and resource poor areas in Asia. Deadline for applications: 2 pm UK time, 23 April 2012 Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Alarming Shortage of Health Personnel in Conflict-Affected Nigeria

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 12, 2017September 13, 2017By: Anne Wittenberg, Program Specialist, United Nations Population FundClick 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)Midwife Hauwa Lassa (third from left) shows colleagues how to use UNFPA-supplied equipment to safely deliver babies. © Anne Wittenberg/UNFPAMaiduguri, Nigeria – Retired but not tired. This is how people describe Hauwa Lassa, a nurse and midwife who came out of retirement to care for women and girls affected by the conflict in northeastern Nigeria.“I have been working in the field of maternal health in this country for more than 35 years,” she told UNFPA in Maiduguri, where she works at a health facility in one of the displacement camps. “It is now with this crisis going on that the women need support. So I decided to come back to the health center and help.”Her skills are desperately needed. There is an alarming shortage of skilled health personnel in the region. The violence has left more than 40% of health facilities either destroyed or badly damaged, and many doctors and nurses were forced to flee.Women in Nigeria already face one of the highest maternal death rates in the world – a woman dies of pregnancy-related causes about every nine minutes. The conflict has aggravated this dire situation, leaving around 8.5 million people in need of life-saving assistance. Millions have fled their homes, filling displacement camps and host communities in the three worst-affected states, Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.UNFPA estimates that 1.7 million affected women are of reproductive age, meaning they will require reproductive health care and support. Some 276,000 of these women are likely to become pregnant this year. Health personnel are critically needed to provide reproductive health services, including obstetric emergency obstetric care and treatment for survivors of sexual violence.Training for a crisis environment“Well-trained doctors, nurses and midwives, like Hauwa Lassa, are the bedrock of our mandate to save lives,” said Ada Pouye, UNFPA’s humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria.To help these personnel work in a complex humanitarian environment, UNFPA is training them in the Minimum Initial Service Package – a series of actions required to meet reproductive health needs in a crisis setting. These actions include coordinating with humanitarian partners, providing clinical care to survivors of sexual violence, preventing HIV through condom distribution and other measures and facilitating access to emergency obstetric care.“This, together with equipping the health facilities and hospitals with supplies for safe deliveries, access to family planning and equipment to respond to sexual and gender-based violence is one of the cornerstones of UNFPA’s work here,” said Mr. Pouye.Ms. Lassa was one of more than 300 health providers in Borno State to participate in the training. “I learned a lot in this training which I can use in my daily work,” she told UNFPA. “I did not like to give family planning to single ladies before, but now after the training I know that I can give it to everyone who needs it. It’s to protect people from sexual transmitted infections like HIV, and I learned it’s important to give it to everyone who wants to delay pregnancy. I will inform people about female and male condoms because giving choices is important.”Caring for those most in needMdapilawa Yatzubu also participated in the UNFPA training. She works in a health center in the local government area of Biu. There, she and her colleagues manage an average of 150 deliveries per month. They also provide antenatal care, family planning services and immunizations for newborns.“We have a special way of making women come back for the second immunization shot for their baby after 40 days,” said Ms. Yatzubu. “We give them a small gift, mostly soap. They all come back to collect the soap and have their health checked and the baby immunized with the second dose. This is how we follow up on them.” She sees her share of pregnancy complications, most of them involving bleeding, hypertension and sepsis – potential fatal conditions.“If the women have complications that we cannot manage, we refer them to the general hospital,” she said. Establishing a referral system for emergency care is one of the requirements of the Minimum Initial Service Package. So far, the efforts are working. “Right now, we have had zero maternal deaths in our health facility,” Ms. Yatzubu said. And she is determined to keep it this way.This post originally appeared on the United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA) website.—Check out the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF)’s three-part series, “Profiles of Maternal and Newborn Health in Humanitarian Settings”:Ebola Virus Outbreak | 2015 Nepal Earthquake | Conflict in SyriaRead other posts from the MHTF’s Global Maternal Health Workforce blog series.Share this:last_img read more

Getty Images/iStock to slash freelance royalties by up to 93%

first_imgGetty Images has announced a huge reduction in the royalties it will pay to thousands of freelance photographers and illustrators.In an email to its freelance contributors, Getty announced that they will reduce royalties for non-exclusive images licensed by subscription to as low as 2¢ per license—93% lower than current royalties. The slash in royalties is scheduled to take effect on December 23, 2016, at the height of the busy holiday season.Many of the photographers and illustrators who license their images through Getty Images/iStock have reacted by deactivating images or demanding their accounts be closed. An international group of freelancers, Microstock Coalition, has started a petition demanding that Getty not only keep the current subscription royalty structure as is, but increase credit royalties to 40%.Getty currently pays the lowest non-exclusive credit royalties in the industry—15% to freelance non-exclusive photographers and 20% to freelance non-exclusive illustrators. Competitors such as Shutterstock, Adobe/Fotolia and Alamy pay from 30% to 50%.Microstock Coalition asks fellow freelancers to support their fight for fair royalties by signing the Change.org petition here.last_img read more

3rd Test, Day 1: Mural Vijay, Virat Kohli hundreds give India firm grip against Sri Lanka

first_imgIndia’s run-machine Virat Kohli and in-form Murali Vijay smashed big centuries in a massive 283-run stand to deflate Sri Lanka on the opening day of the third and final Test on Saturday.The tourists claimed two wickets in the morning session and two more in the final one but it otherwise was a microcosm of a series dominated by the hosts as India scored at more than four runs an over to reach 371 for four 4 at the close.Kohli remained not out after a majestic 156, which contained 16 fours and followed his 104 not out in the first Test in Kolkata and 213 in Nagpur.The 29-year-old also joined the 5,000-Test run club in his 105th innings.Rohit Sharma was on six at the other end, with the hosts chasing arecord-equalling ninth consecutive Test series win after Kohli won thetoss.The run machine continues. Three consecutive 100s for @imVkohli #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/sevr4oLuid- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 2017Right-handed opener Lokesh Rahul made way for the left-handed Shikhar Dhawan as India, 1-0 up in the series, shuffled the top of their batting order for a third match in a row.Dhawan could not make the most of the opportunity, though, his attempted sweep shot off Dilruwan Perera finding Suranga Lakmal at deep square leg.The opener made 23 before becoming the off-spinner’s 100th Test victim in a Sri Lankan record of 25 Tests, two less than spin great Muttiah Muralitharan.Cheteshwar Pujara hit four boundaries before walking into a Sri Lankan trap.Paceman Lahiru Gamage stationed Sadeera Samarawickrama at leg slip and bowledthe perfect delivery which Pujara tickled to the fielder to depart for23.advertisementTwo consecutive centuries for @mvj888. This is his 11th Test ?? #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/7igFLIW8ks- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 2017Kohli, however, was simply unstoppable as the right-hander scored at nearly a run a ball, treating the weekend crowd to some exciting shot-making.Gamage was on the receiving end of Kohli’s sublime batting in an eventful 37th over when the batsman hit the bowler for three boundaries – a drive through extra cover, followed by a leg glance and an imperious pull in front of square.Vijay brought up his 11th Test century with a ninth four, celebrating the feat with a little jig.The right-hander, who scored 128 in Nagpur, hit 13 boundaries in his elegant 155 before a lapse in concentration.Left-arm wrist-spinner Lakshan Sandakan, one of the three new faces in the Sri Lankan team, dismissed Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane stumped in successive overs in the final session.last_img read more

The Unforgettables: Rani Mukherjee and Anushka Sharma talk about mutual admiration, Aditya Chopra and more

first_imgIt doesn’t take long for Rani Mukerji and Anushka Sharma to break the ice for there’s mutual admiration and a shared talent agency – Yash Raj Films (YRF). Mukerji is married to its owner and filmmaker Aditya Chopra, who in turn launched Anushka in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. But,It doesn’t take long for Rani Mukerji and Anushka Sharma to break the ice for there’s mutual admiration and a shared talent agency – Yash Raj Films (YRF). Mukerji is married to its owner and filmmaker Aditya Chopra, who in turn launched Anushka in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. But apart from YRF, the two have supportive mothers, a sense of humour, a similar independent mindset and a self-assurance that steers well clear of arrogance.Rani: What I would really like to know because I have heard it from my husband [Aditya Chopra] that you were not a very avid Hindi film watcher when you became an actor. You auditioned for Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008) and I remember seeing your audition and saying “My God! Look at the spark this girl has.” I wouldn’t say you were drop-dead gorgeous but there was something in your performance, something in your personality that was vibrant and lovely.Anushka: Thank God you saw it too.Rani: How come you decided to be an actor then?Anushka: I do remember asking you this question whether you were good in studies and you said that you were and you said that you used to ?Rani: …love studying.Anushka: You used to get good marks. So I think that is another thing we have in common. While growing up I never had any ambition in my mind.Rani: Yes. But did you feel like what I always felt-I didn’t know which path I would choose but I definitely knew that I wanted to be successful.advertisementAnushka: And I cannot explain this to anybody but I just always knew that I have to be something.Rani: Yes. You can’t pin point what you wanted to be ?Anushka: It was an instinct you know that I am going to be someone very successful but had no idea what. Once Adi asked me a very strange question: “Were you good in studies?”Rani: (Laughs)Anushka: Now obviously I don’t get surprised when Adi asks questions because he can ask anything. So I was like, ‘Yes, I used to come first or second’. He said “Hmm… that’s why you are very good.” And I thought what is he saying?Rani: What is the connection?Anushka: But today I understand what he meant. I think I was always an achiever. If I was taking part in some sport in school I would also do very well.Rani: We only played throwball in my school.Anushka: Just the smallest thing you know. Taking part in a collage-making competition and I wanted to be the best. So I think that is something that was driving me. I also have a mother who is a huge motivator and I think she was the one who sent my photographs to people for the first time.Rani: My mom and your mom should meet each other.Anushka: I didn’t realise for a very long time how I got into this. Who put this seed in my head? Because I thought I was going to be a model. I think that also came from my mother somewhere.Rani: I’ll tell you something very funny. My maternal grandmother is a go-getter. My mother started singing from the age of 13 with Mohammad Rafi on stage. All my mother’s siblings have done something in the arts field you know-somebody is with Rabindranath Tagore’s institution, my youngest masi [aunt] is an actress in Kolkata. So the day I was born, my nani started planning that she would make me an actor. This I didn’t know till I became an actor. She would tell my mother: “Krishna, your daughter is good-looking, we should make her an actress.” It’s so funny that our strength, our motivations always come from our mother’s side. I started during a time when things were changing, stars descended from the galaxy and became like those plastic glow stars that you put up in the ceiling of children’s bedrooms. Film stars have become more accessible. They are no longer thought of as celestial beings. They are thought of as regular average, normal people.Anuskha: So catching you outside your house when you have just got out of your workout and someone’s taking your photograph.Rani: It wasn’t like that earlier. Today I think the fans who used to write us letters of love have become more like witness of hate letters now. Actors are getting trolled on social media. Thank God I am not there. Also because I am married to a very private person?advertisementAnushka: Who might be a myth.Rani: Yes, he might be a myth.Anushka: Your daughter is the only reason people will believe that he exists.Rani: (Laughs) He is not Mr India. So I consciously chose not to be on social media because when you are on social media then you can’t choose that there is only one part that you would like to give to you fans. Because you are answerable to all those people who are following you, reading your tweets or wanting to see more of your personal self on that platform. Today, I am married, I have a daughter and I can’t force my husband to be suddenly media savvy and ask is it alright if I post your picture with mine.I don’t mind giving my pictures 24X7 because I am in this field and I am used to it. But I can’t suddenly take responsibility for my husband’s or Adira’s picture being published. I can’t do that because her father also takes certain decisions for her. But I can understand the pressure that comes with being an actor today because you are constantly judged. You can’t imagine anybody wearing slippers and boarding a flight now. There are stylists who actually dress you up for the airport and I find that hilarious.Anushka: But you know how I became relaxed with all of this? It is when I decided that I am not going to give a damn about this.Rani: Does your stylist tell you what bag to carry at the airport?Anushka: No, but there are people who make fun of me because I am repeating my bags or I am repeating my shoes and I genuinely don’t care.Rani: No I want to understand. How are we supposed to house all these shoes and bags? Our homes in Mumbai are small. We can wear them but where do we keep them?Anushka: I made my life very simple. I wear black.Rani:You wear black. (Laughs)Rani: No but then I always think what’s the point? When you go through airport security, you have to take off your belt and boots anyway. You can’t keep them on.Anushka: And I am so scared of authority that I cannot do all that.Rani: I have heard of actors going into depression because of social media. Because they actually take the things written about them so seriously that they start believing it.Anushka: That can happen. When I started reading these negative things about myself, it took me a while to understand what that meant.Rani: But see that’s why at my time it was so wonderful because a person would not waste his postal stamp and his letter to write me something bad na?last_img read more

Cosco Targets 2 Mln TEUs by 2018

first_imgzoom China Ocean Shipping Company (Cosco) has revealed its plans to hit a 2 million TEUs operational capacity mark by the end of 2018, according to China Daily.The company has increased its aim in an effort to seize a larger slice of the cake, known as the East-West and South-North routes.Namely, Cosco is looking to expand beyond the usual container shipping services on Asia-Africa and China-Southeast lines, and focus on the major shipping lines, in particular, Asia-Europe and Asia-America.Ranking fourth in the world of container shipping operators, after the Danish Maersk Line, Swiss Mediterranean Shipping Co SA, and French CMA CGM SA, Cosco intends to compete with its three European rivals for more volume.China Daily quoted the company’s general manager, Wan Min, as saying that the share of Chinese companies in major shipping lines is relatively small, adding that the new goal would boost Cosco’s capacity.The company currently owns 1.58 million TEUs of the world containership capacity.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Moroccos Foreign Minister Meets UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Rabat – Morocco’s minister of foreign affairs and cooperation, Salaheddine Mezouar, held a meeting this Tuesday with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, currently on a four day official visit to Morocco at the invitation of the Moroccan government.The invitation extended to the UN official comes to confirm the continuous and close partnership uniting Morocco and the UN human rights mechanisms.It is part of Morocco’s irreversible choice, spurred by King Mohammed VI, to consolidate, protect and promote human rights and defend basic freedoms. This is Pillay’s first official visit to Morocco since she took office in 2008.During her stay in Morocco, the UN high commissioner will meet the head of government, the minister of foreign affairs and cooperation, the minister of justice and freedoms and the inter-ministerial delegate for human rights, the source adds.On her schedule are also work sessions with the speakers of the two parliament’s chambers, he president of the National Human Rights Council (CNDH), the chairman of the economic, social and environment council and representatives of the Moroccan civil society.Talks will cover the whole set of cooperation aspects between Morocco and the UN body as well as means to reinforce partnership. read more

Moroccan Urologist Karim Touijer Named among 2018 Best Doctors in New

Rabat – Moroccan Karim Touijer, a urologist at the MSK Cancer Center, has been named the 2018 Top Doctor in New York.Top Doctor Awards recognizes the achievements of the most influential and respected doctors in medicine. The selection criteria are based on education, research contributions, patient reviews, and other quality measures.Health News Today published the news about Touijar’s award in a statement on August 30. “He has been awarded the prestigious title of Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and his dedication and expertise make Dr. Karim Touijer a very worthy winner of a 2018 Top Doctor Award,” reads the statement.Touijer told Morocco World News, “I am not sure what is taken into consideration in the selection process.  My understanding is that the nomination is based on  the votes from other doctors (peers) and patient testimonials.”He added, “Once a year the hospitals and Doctors receive a ranking and awards in their respective specialties. US world news report, New York magazine and top doctors awards are the ones doing  the rankings and giving the awards.”Dr. Touijer is a urologist at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York, where he has also served as a professor since 2002. He is also an oncology specialist who has been practicing for 26 years.Touijer is known across New York as a specialist in the treatment of patients with genitourinary cancers, including cancers of the prostate, kidney, bladder, and adrenal glands.“I perform approximately four to six prostate cancer surgeries a week and about 150 to 200 each year,” Touijer said.The types of surgery Touijer performs include “Nerve Sparing Laparoscopic or Robotic Radical Prostatectomy (removal of the prostate) for prostate cancer Laparoscopic Radical Cystectomy (removal of the bladder) and Urinary Diversion for invasive bladder cancer Laparoscopic,” he added.The Moroccan doctor is known for his expertise in invasive surgical techniques and advanced laparoscopic surgical techniques to treat urologic cancers. Touijer’s educationTouijer completed his specialized studies in oncology and urology and graduated from the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy at Hassan II University in Casablanca in 1992.After completing a fellowship in urologic oncology and advanced laparoscopic oncology at MSKCC, Touijer joined the attending staff of MSKCC’s Urology Service in 2004. The awarded doctor received a master’s in public health (MPH) from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2015.Touijer is also board certified by the American Board of Urology and a member of the Society of Urologic Oncology, the American Urological Association, and the European Association of Urology. Toujier said he also “serves as a reviewer for a number of peer-reviewed urology and cancer journals.” read more

Global economic slowdown having fiscal impact on Canada Harper says

CAMBRIDGE, Ont. — Prime Minister Stephen Harper is lowering expectations when it comes to Canada’s economy, saying a global financial slowdown is affecting the country’s growth.The prime minister spoke after the Bank of Canada downgraded its economic growth outlook for the country to 1.9% for the year just ended and 2.0% for this year.[np_storybar title=”BoC signals no rate hikes anytime soon as economy slows” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/01/23/bank-of-canada-signals-no-rate-hikes-anytime-soon/”%5D While the Bank of Canada acknowledges the economic outlook here and elsewhere “is slightly weaker” than thought, policymakers are also offering up some hope for the near future. Full story here. [/np_storybar]The central bank also said it will likely have to keep interest rates at super-low levels for longer than expected in the face of the surprisingly weak economy.Harper says his government downgraded its own growth forecast in the fall due to changes outside its borders.“There has been a general slowing of the global economy over the past half-year so it is obviously a concern to us. And…it’s going obviously to have some fiscal impact on us, will have some impact on the pace of job creation.”But Harper says despite the setback, Canada continues to create jobs and is faring relatively well compared to other countries.“Families and businesses and ourselves as government should try and look past the fluctuations we’ve had over the past several years and are likely to continue to have, and look instead at what we need to do to continue to create jobs, growth and prosperity in the long term for this country.”Harper spoke after announcing that Toyota will receive nearly $34-million from the federal and Ontario governments as it retools an assembly line at its plant in Cambridge, Ont., for the first Lexus hybrid produced outside of Japan.The Canadian Press read more