Veal Named Southland Men’s Basketball Player of the Week

first_imgWeek Four NotesFRISCO, Texas – Southeastern Louisiana’s Marlain Veal is the Southland Conference Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com.Veal helped the Lions (4-3) to a perfect 3-0 week, averaging 15 points per game alongside 6.7 assists per game. All three wins came on the road, including two away wins and one neutral victory in Birmingham, Ala. Southeastern returns to the court Tuesday to host Southern (New Orleans) at 7 p.m. CT before being idle for two weeks, next competing on Dec. 12 at UCF. Honorable Mention: T.J. Holyfield, Stephen F. Austin; Tevon Saddler, Nicholls; Jaren Lewis, Abilene Christian. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. Men’s Basketball Player of the Week – Marlain Veal, Southeastern Louisiana – Jr. – Guard – New OrleansVeal led Southeastern to three-straight wins away from home for the first time since 2006 as the junior from New Orleans averaged 15 points, 6.7 assists, 2.3 steals and 4 rebounds on the week. He tied for team-high honors with 22 points in helping his side rally from a 12-point deficit to defeat previously-unbeaten Kent State 70-66 on Tuesday. He also had five rebounds, three assists and three steals. He followed that performance by tying his career high for assists with 10 dishes against Samford in a 77-71 victory. Veal also recorded 14 points to earn his second career double-double. He wrapped up the week with nine points, five rebounds and a team-high seven assists in a 73-59 win over Mississippi Valley State on Saturday.last_img read more

When to Ignore Common Career Advice

first_imgDetermine what you are good at, what you enjoy, and what is available. When these three things align, you’ve found your calling. Of course, these three things won’t necessarily align immediately. It might take some time to figure out the first two and for the third to emerge. So, start at the top. What are you good at?You might have to try a couple of jobs to figure this out, to determine what skills you have and how they relate to the workforce.   Then, think about how using those abilities could bring you enjoyment and purpose. For example, using your writing skills to keep on writing papers the way you did in college might not seem rewarding, but using those same skills to craft grant proposals for a non-profit might be. You may stumble upon an opportunity to combine your abilities and affinity, but in all likelihood, you’ll probably have to search a little. Get creative. Think outside the box about how your abilities can be used. In reality, there are probably way more opportunities than you realize. Remember, striving for the ‘dream job’ will simply raise career aspirations beyond what is feasibly achievable. That being said, don’t stay at a job just because you found an opportunity. If you discover the first two components are missing — ability and affinity — you still haven’t found the right opportunity.  Think of your job search as a marathon, not a sprint. The advice others give is bad because it is aimed at creating a short-term solution, but your career is a long-term responsibility. Take your time…you’ll get there eventually. 31 Companies Hiring Like Crazy in October It seems everywhere we turn in life, there is always someone eager to share advice. But which advice is good? And which tips should you ignore?On top of it all, you may be part of the group that is most commonly targeted by these well-intended advisors: college graduates. Even though you’ve left the classroom, the education hasn’t ended. You have one last lesson to learn: when to trade common career advice for more logical and fulfilling alternatives. Choosing a Job…The Task People Comment On the MostNo matter what task you are facing — writing your resume, buying an interview suit, paying your dues as the newbie — people will offer their input. But there is no task that draws as much critique as choosing your first job. Perhaps the reason for this is because it is one of the biggest challenges college graduates face. It’s a struggle to determine your calling, which path you should take. Even those who have narrowed their focus to, say, teaching or becoming a doctor, still have important decisions to make. For example, which school district is best? Which grade? Your loved ones will try to make this decision easier–by offering bad advice and old clichés. Like…Follow your passion and you’ll never work a day in your life. Keep your options open.College prepared you for this.Start by looking for a job in your chosen field.  Don’t worry about money.Just find a way to put food on the table. All in all, that’s not a whole lot of encouraging, actionable advice.5 Modern Career Skills & Advice That You Don’t Learn In CollegeWhy You Should Ignore Their AdviceIf you ask more than one person for their advice, you’re bound to receive different messages. And chances are, those messages will be contradictory. And neither option will likely be the best advice.For example, some people might tell you that you shouldn’t base your decision on how much you’ll earn. “Money can’t buy happiness,” and all that.  However, establishing financial stability is a responsibility a lot of people struggle with. You should be thinking about your monthly expenses, your emergency fund, your savings, and your retirement — and how much you’ll need to earn to take care of all those things. On the other hand, people might tell you to just accept any job so you can start earning a living–and probably paying off student loans. But should you really base your decision on which job pays the most? (No!)At the other end of the spectrum, people might encourage you to choose a job based on emotions instead of finances. What makes you happy? This, unfortunately, isn’t sound advice either.Glassdoor Wants You to “Find The Job That Fits Your Life”While it is important to choose a job you enjoy and gives you a sense of purpose, it is foolish to think your career will be the source of your happiness. Want to test this statement? Ask those people who claim they love their job if they’d work for free. The answer is probably no. The reason for this? Psychologist Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic says it’s because work is a poor vehicle for self-actualization. “Pretending otherwise adds heaps of unfair pressure on the average employee to find their ‘dream job.’ It’s raised career aspirations beyond what it is feasibly achievable for most.”Yet, settling isn’t the answer either. If you don’t feel a sense of purpose at your job, it could be hard to even get out of bed in the morning. So what is the advice you should follow?A Better StrategyHere’s what you should do instead.Author Tim Keller encourages job searchers to consider three things:AbilityAffinityOpportunitylast_img read more

Are We Measuring Correctly? A Way Forward for Improving Maternal and Newborn Health Surveillance in Pakistan

first_imgShare this: Posted on February 17, 2017February 22, 2017By: Jasim Anwar, Doctoral Candidate, University of New South Wales, Sydney, AustraliaClick 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)Globally, more than half a million women die each year from pregnancy-related causes, and almost all of those deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. Pakistan is among the ten countries that comprised 58% of the global maternal deaths reported in 2013. Many births and deaths are not registered, and information on the cause of death is often unknown or unreliable. The lack of information about maternal mortality at the regional level and among high risk populations makes it difficult to identify target groups, for whom scarce resources should be focused. Similarly, risk factor data such as socioeconomic status and medical conditions are not routinely analyzed and reported. Therefore, it is not possible to determine the mortality rate of various high-risk subgroups within populations and to identify problems in a timely manner.In Pakistan, a significant reduction in maternal mortality from 431 deaths per 100,000 live births in 1990 to 178 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2015 has been achieved. However, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) target of 140 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births was not achieved. The recent Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey (PDHS) estimated neonatal mortality at 55 newborn deaths per 1,000 live births, accounting for 74% of all infant deaths in Pakistan, while the perinatal mortality rate (death of an infant occurring between the seventh month of pregnancy through the first seven days of life) was estimated at 75 deaths per 1,000 pregnancies.Many births and deaths are not registered, and information on the cause of death is often unknown. As a result, maternal mortality estimates for Pakistan are likely underestimated. In countries where there is no maternal and child health surveillance system, surveys like the PDHS provide useful information to estimate morbidity and mortality, but their reach is limited.In our research project conducted under the University of New South Wales, Sydney, we estimated maternal, perinatal and neonatal mortality rates by complete enumeration of all pregnancies, births, and maternal, perinatal and neonatal deaths in a rural district of Pakistan using an existing information system of the Lady Health Workers (LHWs) Programme. We also extended data collection to areas without existing information systems by recruiting community health workers (CHWs). The LHWs Programme covers about 70% of population in the Pakistan. Data from the LHWs Programme covered 79% of our study population; for the remaining 21%, we recruited CHWs to ensure 100% population coverage and, therefore, a more accurate and timely estimation of maternal, perinatal and neonatal mortality rates—including area-specific causes of maternal and neonatal deaths.A total of 51,690 women between the ages of 18 and 49 years were recruited for the study. Any of these women who became pregnant between 1 June 2015 and 31 May 2016 were registered and followed throughout their pregnancies through 42 days after delivery. Births were counted and maternal, perinatal and neonatal mortality rates calculated. A “short household questionnaire” developed by the National Institute of Population Studies and used in the 2006-2007 PDHS was adapted for a cross-sectional survey of all households in the study area. Data were compared with those from the LHWs Programme and the PDHS 2012-2013. The causes of deaths were ascertained using World Health Organization’s verbal autopsy tool.Our research found variations in maternal, neonatal and perinatal mortality rates estimated using different information sources. Pakistan, as well as many other countries, currently have weak civil registration and vital statistics surveillance, often missing the most vulnerable women and children. Complete enumeration of all pregnancies, births, maternal, perinatal, and neonatal deaths provides the most reliable mortality estimates, thus enabling health authorities to monitor the progress and impact of ongoing public health programs in a timely fashion.—Learn more about Demographic Health Surveys.Read about the Lady Health Workers Programme in Pakistan.Search organizations working on maternal health issues in Pakistan. ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more