Nitish to take oath as Bihar Chief Minister at 10 am

first_imgNitish resignation: A ‘scripted’ sequence of events Bihar Governor has invited caretaker Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to take oath as Chief Minister at 10 am today at Rajendra Mandap inside Raj Bhawan, a press release stated.Mr.Kumar has submitted a letter of support from 131 legislators to the Governor. The legislators were from BJP, JD(U), Lok Janshakti Party, Rashtriya Lok Samata Party, Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) and two Independent MLAs, said the release.“The Governor took the decision to invite Mr. Kumar to take oath as chief minister on Thursday and prove majority in the state assembly within two days,” said the Raj Bhawan release.Also Read  Meanwhile, sources said Mr. Kumar will take oath with senior state BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi as his Deputy in the cabinet and other ministers.Some central BJP leaders too are expected to attend the swearing-in ceremony.On Wednesday, Mr. Kumar resigned as Chief Minister of Bihar, saying indirectly that his tenure was no longer tenable as Tejashwi Yadav, his deputy from the Rashtriya Janata Dal who was facing corruption charges, had refused to resign.Prime Minister Narendra Modi had immediately hailed Mr. Kumar’s uncompromising stand on corruption and the Bharatiya Janata Party extended support to the JD(U) to form the next government.With the JD(U) and the BJP unwilling to face a mid-term poll, the BJP late on Wednesday evening handed over to the Governor the letter extending support to Mr. Kumar.last_img read more

Morocco Aims to Double Tourist Inflow From India by Next Year

first_imgMorocco is aiming to attract twice the number of tourists from India by 2019. The country is planning to set up a tourism office in New Delhi in the next three months to facilitate the goal.About 21,850 Indians and people of Indian origin visited Morocco in 2017. “We expect to more than double this number by 2019. For this we are taking a number of steps,” the ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco, Mohamed Maliki, told the Press Trust of India. “We are eyeing people of all purse strings as we have all range of hotels and activities. We have the lowest visa fees (about Rs 3,000 per person) in the world which is refundable if it is not issued,” he added.To increase tourism from India, the first step is to set up a full-fledged Moroccan National Tourism Office in New Delhi.“We hope the office will be set up in 2-3 months. This will help us in planning various strategic promotional and awareness programs to tap the robust tourism sector in India,” Maliki added.The north African nation, bordering the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, has partnered with Cox and Kings Global Services (CKGS) to set up 12 visa application centers in India, of which nine are already operational. Currently, visa application centers are in New wDelhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Pune, Goa, Indore, and Bengaluru.A new Morocco Visa Application and Information Centre (MVAIC) will be opening in Hyderabad in June 2018.“Foreseeing the growth in the number of Indians travelling to Morocco, we needed to create a seamless experience for Indian travelers in applying for visas. The Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco is glad to entrust the responsibility to CKGS by appointing them as our representatives to open visa application centers in India,” Maliki said.River Bou Regreg seafront and Kasbah in medina of Moroccon capital, Rabat.Ties between Morocco and India go back over several centuries and both the counties have enjoyed cordial relations over the years, Maliki said, adding that the two governments have also agreed to a newly revised air service agreement, which will have a positive impact on facilitating and boosting tourist movement.Morocco, which is a major source of phosphates for India, is also keen to diversify its cooperation with the country and target high-end tourists and filmmakers, according to the Economic Times. The Moroccan ambassador added that there is a growing interest from Bollywood, wedding, meetings, incentives, conferences, events (MICE) segments. Related ItemsmoroccoTourismlast_img read more

Sports Wrap: Shashank Manohar creates history, Azhar comes to Dhoni’s rescue and more

first_imgShashank Manohar elected unopposed as ICC’s first independent chairmanFormer Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Shashank Manohar was on Thursday elected unopposed as the ICC’s first independent chairman.MS Dhoni should be allowed to take a call on retirement, says AzharuddinFormer India captain Mohammad Azharuddin has said that MS Dhoni should be allowed to take a call on his future after having served Indian cricket so well over the years.Shaun Tait replaces John Hastings in Kolkata Knight Riders squadAustralian fast bowler Shaun Tait has replaced compatriot John Hastings in the Kolkata Knight Riders’ squad for the remainder of the Indian Premier League season nine.SRH aim to extend stay on top, DD look to bounce backComfortably placed on top of the rankings, the David Warner-led side has been beaming with confidence after sneaking past Rising Pune Supergiants by four runs in a nail-biting encounter.Real Madrid top Forbes’ most valuable teams listSpanish football giants Real Madrid retained top spot on a list of the world’s most valuable football teams for a fourth consecutive year, according to a Forbes poll.last_img read more

SPORT-HOCK-OLTMANS 2 LAST

first_imgIndian captain and goalkeeper PR Sreejesh celebrated his Indian captain and goalkeeper PR Sreejesh celebrated his 150th appearance for India with an outstanding show under the bar as he brought off several fine saves and lent confidence to two young defenders, Surender Kumar and Harmanpreet. The defenders also had seasoned VR Raghunath to keep them company. It was a Raghunath penalty corner shot that struck England captain Barry Middleton on the shoulder to earn India the penalty stroke, which Harmanpreet converted for Indias second goal. “Im obviously pleased at the win, which was a great result on my 150th international,” said Sreejesh. Sreejesh and Raghunath had missed the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh (Malaysia) two months ago when coach Oltmans took some junior players to test them against top-notch rivals. At the ongoing Champions Trophy, the Indian team is without playmaker Sardar Singh and defender Rupinder Pal Singh, who had featured in the bronze winning Indian team at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. PTI Cor ATK ATKlast_img read more

Russian government protected doped athletes at Sochi Winter Olympics: WADA

first_imgWidespread doping and manipulation of tests by Russian athletes and officials at the Sochi Olympics, overseen by the ministry of sport, was confirmed by the World Anti-Doping Agency on Monday, further fuelling calls for a complete ban on the country from the Rio Games.According to the WADA’s independent commission report, which was led by Canadian law professor and sports lawyer Richard McLaren and unveiled at a Toronto news conference, a Moscow laboratory protected Russian athletes during the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.McLaren, who was a member of WADA’s independent commission which last year exposed widespread doping and corruption in Russian athletics, leading to the ban on Russian track and field athletes from Rio, said the Russian Ministry of Sport oversaw the manipulation of athletes’ analytical results and sample swapping.REPORT REVEALS SHOCKING FACTSThe report addressed accusations made by former Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory head Grigory Rodchenkov, who two months ago told the New York Times dozens of Russians used performance-enhancing drugs in Sochi with approval from national sports authorities.Rodchenkov claimed that up to 15 Russian medal winners at the Sochi Winter Games were part of a program in which tainted urine samples were switched for clean ones.According to McLaren, Rodchenkov and all other witnesses interviewed were deemed credible and the personnel at the Moscow laboratory did not have a choice in whether to be involved in the state-directed system. (Also read: Anti-doping agencies want total Russia ban from Rio)CALL FOR BAN INCREASES Many organisations, including the United States Anti-Doping agency, have said that the Sochi revelations should lead to a blanket ban on Russia.advertisementHowever, Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) indicated last week that he was reluctant to see athletes from one sport punished for the crimes of those, or officials, from another.Russian President Vladimir Putin staked his reputation on the Sochi Games, which at around $50 billion was the most expensive in Olympic history. Russia topped the medal table with 13 gold medals and 33 overall.WADA appointed McLaren in May to lead the probe after some observers voiced concerns about a conflict of interest given that the allegations related to the Sochi Olympics and that WADA is funded by the International Olympic Committee.last_img read more

World Cup 2018: Neymar trolled again despite heroics vs Mexico

first_imgNeymar Jr was the focal point with one goal and an assist in Brazil’s 2-0 win over Mexcio at the Samara Arena on Monday.The Paris St Germain forward was both the architect and executioner for Brazil, who inflicted a seventh straight last-16 exit on the central Americans, sliding home in the second half and then teeing up Roberto Firmino late on.It was the seventh World Cup running that Brazil reached the last eight, where they will now face Belgium, while Mexico have not made it to that stage since they hosted the tournament in 1986.World Cup 2018: Brazil, Belgium in quarter-finals, Japan go down fighting”I’m here to win. I hope I can improve always. I knew that I was going to need some pace to get back to my normal tempo. I feel much better. I’m happy for the whole team and I congratulate my whole team and were always improving,” said man-of-the-match Neymar after the game.Neymar even praised Ochoa for his performance but stressed that it’s in his DNA to not “give up.””He’s a great goalkeeper (Ochoa). Everybody knows about Ochoa’s qualities. Congratulations to him on a great match. I don’t give up. I’m a Brazilian. It was a goal made of perception of will and being connected to the game and pushing the ball forward,” Neymar added.REPORT | HIGHLIGHTSYet the less attractive side of his game was also on display, as he writhed on the floor, seemingly in agony, after Mexico’s Miguel Layun had made the slightest contact with his ankle, before making an immediate and miraculous recovery.advertisementBut this is not the first time that Neymar has done something like this in this tournament.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThe 26-year-old was the subject of numerous memes on social media last week as well after his performance in the final group match against Serbia which Brazil won 2-0.He was brutally trolled after he went rolling along the pitch following a foul by Serbia’s Adem Ljajicn on the sidelines in the 33rd minute. The Brazilian, who also came under fire for his antics against Costa Rica earlier, was slammed on Twitter for overreacting to the foul.Oscar performance from @neymarjr throughout this world cup! pic.twitter.com/aXVTErNLG4Nancy Mcphanny (@NancyMcphanny) July 3, 2018Neymar’s habit of constantly hitting the deck is what irked the Mexico coach as well on Monday.”Unfortunately, and it is a shame for football, we wasted a lot of time because of one player,” Juan Carlos Osorio said.”It is a shame for all the people watching, all the children watching… There shouldn’t be acting. I think this had an impact on our pace and style.”The Brazilian was not spared for this as social media tore into the forward, ridiculing him for antics on the field once again in this tournament.#Neymar has already won a big award this tournament! #Bra #Bramex #oscar #WorldCup #Oscars (#BELJAP) pic.twitter.com/XJZhi8vjac #BRAMEXBsc….Msc…A.B.U Breed!!! (@Bemshima__PhD) July 3, 2018FFS @neymarjr man. STOP IT. We are fed up of it. #BrazilvsMexicoAlan Shearer (@alanshearer) July 2, 2018Neymar went to church and got some of that holy water. pic.twitter.com/XUNofyLGwIMiriti Murungi (@NutmegRadio) July 2, 2018Nobody heals faster than NeymarMiriti Murungi (@NutmegRadio) July 2, 2018If Neymar was a dog @neymarjr pic.twitter.com/jVpoXnGJaHSergio Guerrero (@Checolon) July 3, 2018Neymar family reunion pic.twitter.com/OR5LadGtU1Hugho (@tuviejapurrpurr) July 3, 2018How to stop Neymar. pic.twitter.com/cs5gLBw9mlDzul Izzat (@dzulizzat_) July 3, 2018Wow… Truly depicts the plot @neymarjr #BRAMEX #FifaWorldCup18 pic.twitter.com/waAu8Lw3AKAnurag Wats (@anurag_wats) July 3, 2018Or this: pic.twitter.com/NqiiZGmhGyMarco Vinicio Flores (@vinymodee) July 3, 2018If Neymar was a Rat pic.twitter.com/uN5MZwBuBOUnvrified (@__Mutuku) July 3, 2018People hating on layun? Cuz of neymar? get out #TodosConLayún pic.twitter.com/Zo3a4TM54Rcindy (@INTENTlONALLY) July 3, 2018but really, if neymar acted like that today after being barely stepped on imagine what his tattoo artist has to deal withluis barbosa (@x_vsns) July 3, 2018Live look at Neymar working out for quarterfinals. pic.twitter.com/5RyQZeKmTWDavid White (@DavidWhite007) July 3, 2018last_img read more

Govt asks citizens not to use national flags made up of plastic

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 8 (PTI) Ahead of Independence Day, the Centre has urged all citizens not to use national flag made up of plastic and asked states and Union Territories to ensure strict compliance of the flag code.In an advisory to states and Union territories, the Home Ministry said the national flag represents hopes and aspirations of the people of India and hence should occupy a position of honour.The ministry said it has been brought to its notice that during important events, the national flag made of plastic is used in place of paper flags.Since plastic flags are not biodegradable like paper flags, these do not get decomposed for a long time and ensuring appropriate disposal of national flag made of plastic commensurate with the dignity of the flag, is a practical problem, the advisory saidAs per Section 2 of ‘The Prevention of insults to National Honour Act, 1971’ – Whoever in any public place or in any other place within public view burns, mutilates, defaces, defiles, disfigures, destroys, tramples upon or otherwise shows disrespect to or brings into contempt (whether by words, either spoken or written, or by acts) the Indian National Flag or any part thereof, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both.The advisory said on important national, cultural and sports events, flags made of paper only are to be used by public in terms of the provisions of the ‘Flag Code of India, 2002’ and such paper flags are not to be discarded or thrown on the ground after the event.advertisementSuch flags are to be disposed of, in private, consistent with the dignity of the flag. Wide publicity for not using the national flag made of plastic should be made along with its advertisement in the electronic and print mediaState governments, UT administrations, secretaries of all ministries and departments of government of India were told to ensure strict compliance of the provisions contained in the ‘Flag Code of India, 2002’ and ‘The Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971.There is universal affection and respect for and loyalty to the national flag. Yet, a perceptible lack of awareness is often noticed amongst people as well as organisations and agencies of the government in regard to laws, practices and conventions that apply to ‘display of the national flag’, the advisory said. PTI ACB ACB DVDVlast_img read more

Saina Nehwal is mentally the toughest Indian badminton player, says former coach

first_imgSaina Nehwal is mentally the toughest shuttler in the country and the ability to overcome injuries is to key to her longevity, believes former coach Vimal Kumar.Saina, who had suffered a shin injury late last year, won the Indonesia Masters last Sunday after the withdrawal of Carolina Marin from the summit clash due to a leg injury.Her former coach Vimal has also backed the Indian ace to win the coveted All England Championship in March.”She is definitely mentally the toughest, even I will give her edge over the men’s players, she is much tougher than all of them,” Vimal, who had coached Saina from 2014 to 2017, told PTI on Tuesday.https://t.co/iFVJv2ctlo pic.twitter.com/sOaxbtxyZHSaina Nehwal (@NSaina) January 29, 2019″She doesn’t think too much once she is on court, no matter if she has some pain, she will go all out and make it difficult for her opponents,” said the former India coach, under whom Saina attained the World No. 1 ranking in 2015.With Marin suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) — the ligament that stabilizes the knee — and world no 1 Tai Tzu Ying also recuperating from a wrist injury, Vimal feels Indian duo of Saina and P V Sindhu will have a great chance to end India’s wait for an All England title.”It (Indonesia win) will give Saina a lot of confidence and can help her in All England Championship, she can target that,” he said.”Carolina also might need 5-6 months to recover if the injury is serious, so the All England will be wide open. Carolina and Tai Tzu Ying were favourites. So now Saina and Sindhu will have big chance to win the title.”advertisementSaina, who will turn 29 in March, is currently the oldest player in the top ten and Vimal said it is important for the Indian to train smart to stay at the top of her game.”She has had her share of injuries. I was there with her at the Olympics, she was preparing well and suddenly it came up. But subsequently, the way she came back, have to give her credit.”Now it is a question of training smart. She has a couple of years at the top and with the Olympics coming up, she would want to do well… I don’t want to go that far now but she can immediately think of doing well at the All England.”Saina had aggravated her knee injury at the Rio Olympics and needed surgery and rigorous physiotherapy to return to the sport.The London Olympics bronze medallist returned to win the Malaysia Masters in 2017, her last BWF title before she ended the two year wait by clinching the Indonesia Masters last week.”It is a creditable performance from. I saw a few matches, I don’t know if she had the stamina to play at a good pace like Tai Tzu Ying and Carolina Marin as she was carrying a bit of injury.”I don’t think she was in right shape but because of mental toughness she pulled through quite a few matches,” said Vimal.Last year, Saina had won her second Commonwealth Games title, besides winning a bronze at the Asian Games and reaching finals at Indonesia Masters, Denmark Open and Syed Modi International.Also Read | Carolina Marin to undergo surgery after rupturing knee ligament in Indonesia Masters finalAlso Read | Unfortunate: Saina Nehwal empathises with injured Carolina Marin at Indonesia Masterslast_img read more

Robbie Fowler says coaching Brisbane Roar ‘is a massive opportunity’

first_imgBrisbane Roar Topics Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Share via Email Liverpool great Robbie Fowler has achieved a major post-playing ambition after being named the new head coach of A-League strugglers Brisbane Roar. The 44-year-old has signed on a two-year deal with the Roar after beating a field of over 150 applicants for the role, which has been vacant since ex-Socceroo John Aloisi’s departure in late December. Fowler reportedly got the nod ahead of ex-Welsh international Carl Robinson and outgoing Adelaide United boss Marco Kurz.A storied player who scored 183 goals in 369 matches for the English Premier League giants, the job will be Fowler’s first major coaching position since retiring in 2012. A short stint as player-coach of Thai Premier League club Muangthong United is the only senior coaching role Fowler has previously held. Share on WhatsApp Fowler holds a Uefa pro coaching licence and says he put his hand up for the Roar position as soon as it was available. “Why not? For me it’s a massive opportunity, coming over here, coaching a top club in a country I’ve always loved,” he said. “I’ve worked hard getting this job. I wanted people to take me seriously, that’s why I went down the route of doing all the badges because I know people would take me serious then. Don’t get me wrong I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time … I think I’ve shown people how passionate and committed I am.”Fowler, who played in the A-League for the North Queensland Fury and Perth Glory in the latter stages of his career, said the Roar are a club that deserve to be at the top end of the competition. “There’s not going to be any stone left unturned,” he said. “I’m going to do everything right. There’s going to be plenty of hours on the training pitch to bring the club and the team up to speed. Massively looking forward to it. Obviously can’t wait to get going now.”Roar chief executive David Pourre said Fowler’s previous experience in the A-League and specifically Queensland had been a big part of winning the position. “His insatiable hunger to succeed was clearly a standout against any other candidate as well,” Pourre said. “For the club, I think it’s a great day.”Fowler will be in the crowd at Suncorp Stadium on Thursday as the Roar bring down the curtain on a forgettable 2018-19 campaign against Adelaide United. The once-mighty Roar, who won three A-League grand finals in 2011, 2012 and 2014, have won just four matches this season and sit second-last on the competition ladder. Reuse this content news Read morecenter_img David Squires on … the Glory days returning to Perth The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on Twitter A-League Liverpool Fowler’s first challenge will be rebuilding a squad which has endured an awful 2018-19 season. With just one match remaining, the Roar are second last, having won just four of 26 matches this season. Most recently they were humiliated 6-1 by seventh-placed Newcastle last weekend.Veteran captain Matt McKay has announced he will retire after Thursday’s Anzac Day clash with Adelaide at Suncorp Stadium, while Brazilian veteran Henrique will not be part of the playing group next season. French marquee Eric Bautheac is among several Roar players off-contract and has been linked to Melbourne Victory before an expected shake-up of the Brisbane squad. Fowler is expected to be given free rein at the Roar regarding recruitment.Interim head coach Darren Davies, who’ll remain in the role for the visit of Adelaide, will stay on as an assistant to Fowler. The ex-England international will also bring former Everton and Manchester City player Tony Grant from the United Kingdom as an assistant. Share on Pinterest Australia sport Share on LinkedInlast_img read more

How to Integrate Your Email Program with Your Website

first_imgYou have a website.You’re sending out email newsletters.But how well are these two tools working together?If you haven’t thought about how to integrate your website and email marketing, your nonprofit could be missing out on valuable opportunities to grow your audience, increase donations, and ultimately further your cause.Ready to see what you’ve been missing?The first thing you need to do is add an email sign-up form to your website.Think about all the people who search for your nonprofit and come across your website. Maybe they’ve heard about your organization from a friend, or maybe they’re looking for volunteer opportunities in their area.A great website will open the door for further connection by providing additional ways to stay in touch.Give your website visitors the opportunity to hear about upcoming events, fundraisers, or announcements by adding an email sign-up form to your website.That way, even if they’re not ready to commit and sign-up to volunteer or donate right away, they still have the chance to hear more from your organization.Tip: Make your mailing list inviting by telling new subscribers what they’ll receive even before they sign up. By setting clear expectations about what you’ll send and how often, you’ll ensure that everyone knows what they’re signing up for and they can look forward to receiving your messages.Here’s how Canadian nonprofit The Local Good promotes their mailing list right on their homepage (right»).In addition to your homepage, make sure your sign-up form is visible on each page of your website. You don’t want new visitors to have to hunt it down themselves.Next, encourage your subscribers to go back to your website.Think of your email and website as a two-way street. You want to encourage website visitors to sign up for your emails, but you also want your subscribers to go beyond their inbox and spend some time back on your site.Getting traffic back to your site is dependent on your email content and design. If your nonprofit uses newsletters to share recent blog posts, this is an easy way to link back to your site and increase readership. Include a few lines to attract the readers’ attention, then encourage them to continue reading on your website.Here’s an example from Constant Contact’s Hints and Tips newsletter («left).Here, we provided the blog post headline along with an image and a few lines of text. To read the whole post they would have to go our website, where they have access to even more posts on related topics.In addition to promoting content from your website, don’t forget to include your website URL in the footer of your email. If you’re using an email template, you can use this same footer in each email you send out to give people the option to visit your website or social media channels after reading your latest email. Remember that integrating your email marketing and website will work best if each of these tools is already working well on their own. Could your emails be more effective? Here are 5 questions you should ask yourself before hitting send on your next email.Is your website set up to persuade visitors to donate? Make sure you’re using these 5 proven ways to increase online donations.last_img read more

Addressing HIV-Related Stigma is an Essential Part of Respectful Maternity Care

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on June 27, 2013November 27, 2017By: Janet M. Turan, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, Department of Health Care Organization and Policy, Maternal and Child Health Concentration, School of Public Health, University of Alabama at BirminghamClick 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)Pregnant women living with HIV often experience stigma and discrimination in intimate relationships, families, communities, and health facilities. In a recent review of the literature from low-resource settings, our team found that HIV-related stigma and discrimination are significant contributors to the low uptake and utilization of PMTCT and maternal HIV treatment services in a multitude of settings. This evidence has led our team to advocate for the integration of stigma-reduction programming into maternal, neonatal, and child health services globally. Meanwhile, the maternal health community has developed the Respectful Maternity Care Charter in an effort to tackle disrespect and abuse of women seeking and receiving maternity care.  This Charter includes the rights of all childbearing women to information, informed consent, choice, confidentiality, privacy, and freedom from discrimination. Women may be denied these rights because they are poor, because they belong to marginalized racial or ethnic groups, or because they are young or unmarried. These rights are also often denied to pregnant women living with HIV or those at high risk of HIV.   It is time for the HIV and maternal health communities to work together to ensure that these rights are upheld for all childbearing women, with a focus on the special vulnerability of women living with HIV.Respectful Maternity Care interventions can include or adapt evidence-based stigma reduction tools and measures developed in the HIV field. HIV-related stigma reduction interventions that aim to improve outcomes for childbearing women and their families should take into account the wider context of maternity care, and address other types of non HIV-related disrespect and abuse experienced by women in seeking and receiving maternity care.  A pilot project in Kenya suggests that introducing services for prevention of violence against women within antenatal care services (including stigma-reduction training for health workers) will have benefits for all pregnant women and can be especially important in settings where women may fear or experience partner or family violence related to HIV testing or HIV-positive status disclosure.  I recently attended the Maternal Health, HIV, and AIDS meeting coordinated by the MHTF, USAID, and CDC and held in Boston, June 10-12, 2013. Meeting participants from the HIV and maternal health communities from around the globe agreed that working together to ensure respectful maternity care—including care free from stigma and discrimination for any reason—should be an important joint goal for both the HIV prevention and maternal health communities.  This post is part of a blog series on maternal health, HIV, and AIDS. To view the entire series, click here.Visit the MHTF topic pages on Maternal Health, HIV and AIDS and Respectful Maternity Care for more on both of these topics.Share this:last_img read more

The Best Available Tools to Measure Women’s Childbirth Experiences

first_imgPatient Perception ScoreUnited Kingdom3Measures patients’ perceptions following operative delivery While there are several tools available for measuring women’s childbirth experiences, the majority of them require further investigation. It is also important to note that almost all of the tools included in this review were designed and tested in high-income countries. Additional work is needed to adapt these tools for use in diverse settings across the globe to ensure that the constructs being measured are locally relevant. Having accurate, useful tools to measure women’s childbirth experiences is essential for efforts to improve the provision of respectful, high quality maternal health care for every woman.—Read the full open access paper, “Measuring women’s childbirth experiences: A systematic review for identification and analysis of validated instruments.”Learn about recently developed tools designed to measure the quality of women’s interactions with maternity care providers and their role in decision-making during childbirth.Are you a researcher who is using or designing an instrument to measure women’s experiences with maternal health care? Tell us about your work!Share this: The Childbirth Perception ScaleThe Netherlands12Includes postpartum assessment ToolCountryItemsNotes Wijma Delivery Expectancy/Experience QuestionnaireSweden29Measures fear of childbirth Pregnancy and Maternity Care Patients Experiences QuestionnaireNorway145Meant for use in health systems that are similar to Norway’s Posted on August 25, 2017August 25, 2017By: Sarah Hodin, Project Coordinator II, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick 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)Understanding women’s experiences during childbirth is an important component of addressing issues related to the quality of maternal health care. However, measuring the quality of maternal health care, and specifically women’s experiences, is notoriously difficult. Researchers, clinicians and patients disagree about what factors are important to capture, and those factors are often context-specific. Numerous tools have been developed in different parts of the world to measure various aspects of women’s experiences with maternal health care. Some have been tested more extensively than others, and many are designed with a specific sub-population in mind.A paper that was recently published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth reviewed existing measurement tools that aim to capture women’s childbirth experiences. The authors assessed 36 diverse instruments and scored each one based on a set of properties focused on validity and reliability. Overall quality scores were calculated based on accuracy, usefulness and relevance.Based on their analysis, the authors recommended 7 tools with the highest overall quality scores: The Childbirth Experience QuestionnaireSweden22For first-time mothers The Responsiveness in Perinatal and Obstetric Health Care QuestionnaireThe Netherlands40Based on the World Health Organization’s Responsiveness Model The Maternal Satisfaction Scale for Caesarean SectionCanada22Measures patients’ perceptions following cesarean section ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Winks: My style is similar to Xavi

first_imgHarry Winks has spoken of the similarities between himself and former Barcelona and Spain midfielder Xavi, as well as his admiration for ex-Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric.The 23-year-old admitted he has some way to go before he reaches the level of the World Cup winner, but believes they are similar in style.“It’s nice to be compared to such players, but there is still a long way to go for me,” Winks told Goal and SPOX . Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “Nevertheless, Xavi is similar in his way of playing. Like me, he is not the most physical or the biggest player. I have always watched and admired him.“I have always looked at Luka Modric, and it was a pleasure to watch him during training and in games. I looked up to him.”Winks has been at Tottenham since his youth, and the midfielder also spoke of his affinity to the club he grew up playing for as well as supporting.“There are only Tottenham fans in my dad’s family,” he said.“It was clear from birth that I would also become a Tottenham fan. I went to all the games with my dad.“When I was in the youth academy, I always had a game myself on Saturday morning and then drove directly to White Hart Lane with my dad to watch the pros play.“I love playing for Tottenham and I always give everything to my hometown club.”The Englishman has three caps for his country, having made his debut back in 2017 in a World Cup qualifier against Lithuania.Last season he made 41 appearances in total for Spurs, including playing over an hour in the Champions League final against Liverpool.Winks’ profile has risen during the last few years as he’s become an important part of the first team. He credits manager Mauricio Pochettino and the club’s coaching staff with his improvement, and that of the club as a whole.“Our coaches have created a new Tottenham and taken the club to a new level,” he added.“They do incredibly well to improve us as players, and they have integrated youth players like me into the team.“There is a special bond between the coach and the players. In the changing rooms we are almost like a family. We all fight for each other. That’s probably why we’ve been so successful over the past two years and improved so much.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Luiz: Salah said he didn’t feel the shirt tug!

first_imgDavid Luiz says Mohamed Salah told him he didn’t feel the shirt tug which resulted in a penalty for Liverpool, but the Arsenal defender admitted he understands why the call was made.With Liverpool up 1-0 after a Joel Matip goal late in the first half, the defender was judged to have pulled the shirt of Salah after the Egyptian moved to play a ball laid to him in the area by Roberto Firmino.Referee Anthony Taylor showed little hesitation in pointing to the spot, and Salah buried the spot kick in the top corner to double Liverpool’s advantage. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream The Egyptian would add a second to his total as he got past Luiz at the halfway line and delivered an impressive run and finish to make it 3-0 Liverpool, with the match finishing 3-1.After the final whistle, Luiz and Salah were seen talking to one another and the defender has revealed the forward admitted he did not feel the pull on his shirt.Arsenal manager Unai Emery called the decision soft post-match and Luiz echoed his manager, claiming the tug was not all that powerful. “I spoke with Mo and he said ‘I didn’t feel you touch me, that’s why I didn’t go down to the floor,’ but now with the VAR, you cannot see the power so it is difficult for the referees,” Luiz told Sky Sports. “He saw the shirt like that, but I don’t know. It’s difficult for them so I cannot complain with their efforts because it is difficult for them too. “If you play with an extra-large shirt now, there could be a penalty every time. It’s interpretation, so I think if you pull someone with power and you change his strength to go to the ball, it’s different. “It was just a reflex but that’s it, it made the penalty and after that he gave me the yellow. So on the third goal I could not make the foul and put my team in trouble with 10 men. So I think it conditioned my game a bit after that and it was more difficult.” When further questioned over the penalty, Luiz claimed the power of a shirt tug, thus the influence it has over play, is often difficult to judge. However, he conceded that reason makes it tough to blame the referee for making the call. “If I pull your shirt like that and if you put your hand like that, it’s different, the power is different,” Luiz added. “That’s what I said. With VAR it is difficult for them, they cannot see the power, so if I pull like this [gives demonstration] it’s more power than just like this. “So it depends on the interpretation, like I said. But if you see the shirt going like that it’s also difficult for the referee to say it is not a penalty. That’s why I don’t judge him and complain against him. I’m just saying my view. “The reflex is in one second you turn, you do, and you take [away your hand]. But it’s like that, football is like that. We have to look forward. I spoke with Mo, he’s my friend and he said he didn’t feel that. “But that’s football. Football is like that.”  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Liverpool defensive work could shock – Klopp

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed the way he sets up his team to defend may surprise people.The Reds, without first-choice goalkeeper Alisson s since the opening day, are yet to keep a clean sheet this season following an imperious campaign at the back last year.Conceding late on in Saturday’s 3-1 victory at home to Arsenal, Klopp has been drilling his players but, rather than solely focusing on his backline, the entire team is involved. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream “People spoke about our defending,” he said. “We work on our defending but not in the way people probably expected,”“It’s not about the last line; it’s a common thing, defending in the Premier League doesn’t work if you talk to [each individual player] and tell him, ‘We have to do this and that differently.’“We worked really hard now on that, like we always do but this week we had the time to do it. From a defending point of view, it was for sure the best game, against an incredible threat from Arsenal .”Defending and working as a unit, Klopp insists that when his team lets a goal in, it is not always down to the defence, as happened against the Gunners when a ball was played in from midfield.“We really defended really well, I’m really happy,” he insisted.“The goal happened when everybody was in the box, that’s nothing to do with defending.”After another busy season and hectic summer schedule, Klopp has had to deal with injuries in his squad and players arriving back with different levels of fitness.However, he has been pleased with the progress his team has made, as he has worked hard on regaining the form which saw Liverpool keep 20 Premier League clean sheets last season.“As a team you can lose it, defending as a unit and stuff like that. You have a break, and you come back and you have to start again,” he said.“You can lose what you had before…as a team, and you have to work on it as a team, as a unit. But against Arsenal it was really good, really aggressive, and that showed we have been able to work on it.”Liverpool, who are top of the table with three wins from three, are next in action when they travel to Burnley on Saturday evening. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Report: Dinamo Zagreb 4-0 Atalanta

first_imgAtalanta endured a miserable first game in the Champions League as they lost 4-0 to a Mislav Orsic-inspired Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday.Orsic struck a fine hat-trick after Marin Leovac’s opener to bring a stylish end to a run of 11 consecutive defeats in the competition for the Croatian champions.Often one of Serie A’s most exciting teams last season as they famously secured a place in Europe’s elite tournament for the first time, Atalanta produced next to nothing in attack and were exposed all too easily at the back in a humbling defeat. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Dani Olmo’s brilliant run led to Leovac’s opener, the full-back converting Petar Stojanovic’s cross from the right from barely six yards out.Atalanta’s susceptibility at the back was punished again 31 minutes in, Orsic side-footing home a fine finish from the edge of the box after more good work from Olmo and Leovac.Dinamo fans were in raptures before the break, Stojanovic providing another telling cross that was diverted back across goal by Arijan Ademi, giving Orsic the simple task of nodding the ball into the net.There was something of an Atalanta response after the interval, with Mario Pasalic volleying wide from a good position, but the miss was about the best Gian Piero Gasperini’s side could muster.Orsic compounded their misery and made it a night to remember for Dinamo, slotting in his third goal in confident fashion after Kevin Theophile-Catherine’s hopeful ball caught out the entire Atalanta back line.Duvan Zapata at last had a couple of openings but Dominik Livakovic produced a brilliant one-handed save to deny the striker before he prodded wide when played clean through.Dinamo Leovac Oršić Where will they finish in Group C? pic.twitter.com/SV8TQt9JZv— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) September 18, 2019What does it mean? Dinamo steal march in race for secondWith Manchester City expected to win Group C comfortably, Dinamo, Atalanta and Shakhtar Donetsk are effectively in a three-way battle for the other qualification spot.Dinamo certainly look the most likely to take it if they can build on this performance. They were clinical going forward and resolute defensively against a team that scored 77 goals in the Italian top flight last season.Awesome Orsic unstoppableAtalanta could not cope with the movement of Dinamo’s front three, particularly on the break. Orsic was the pick of the attack and his first goal in particular was an outstanding finish.Terrible ToloiNot one Atalanta player turned in a positive performance, but Rafael Toloi was especially weak at the back, unable to control Olmo and caught out of position for the fourth goal.Key Opta Facts- Dinamo Zagreb ended a run of 11 successive Champions League losses with victory over Atalanta, recording their largest margin of victory in the competition.- Atalanta are the 10th Italian side to play in the Champions League – this is the biggest defeat any team from Italy have faced on their debut.- Atalanta conceded with the very first shot on target that they faced in their Champions League history.- Mislav Orsic is the first Dinamo player to score a hat-trick in the Champions League and the first Dinamo player to score more than once on debut.- Dinamo left-back Marin Leovac scored his first Champions League goal in what was his first appearance in the competition since playing for FK Austria Wien in November 2013.What’s next?Dinamo, who face Varazdin in the league on Saturday, travel to Manchester City in their second group game, when Atalanta host Shakhtar. read morelast_img read more

‘I hope Man Utd don’t end up like Liverpool’

first_imgManchester United are in danger of following in Liverpool’s footsteps, Dimitar Berbatov has warned, with it feared that a long wait for Premier League title glory is stretching out in front of the Red Devils.Those at Old Trafford boast 13 top-flight crowns in the modern era, with all of those secured under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson.Since a legendary coach walked away in 2013, United have got nowhere near adding to their impressive collection. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Serious regression has taken the club in an alarming direction, with sixth place the best Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side could muster in 2018-19.Inconsistency has the Red Devils a long way off the pace again this term, with Berbatov admitting that a barren spell similar to that endured by arch-rivals at Anfield could lie in store.The former United striker told Betfair: “It is frustrating and difficult for me to admit that United are so far behind Manchester City and Liverpool.“When it comes to playing the game, you can see how confident and calm on the ball they both are, they know how to play and sometimes United don’t have that and they suffer because of that.“I hope that Manchester United don’t end up like Liverpool and wait at least 29 years for the title. Six years is a long time to wait to win a title for a team like Manchester United.“When you get into that spiral you are going to start slowly losing your DNA, look at Liverpool and all those years, you don’t want that. Sure, Liverpool are playing better now, but it has taken them so long to get to this point now where they are playing great football. United need to find that winning formula as soon as possible.”Mason Greenwood Man UtdBerbatov feels the right approach is being taken by United, as they show faith in youth and the stars of tomorrow, but waiting for them to deliver could be a long process.The Bulgarian added: “It is good to see that they are giving chances to young players, Scott McTominay was excellent against Arsenal, you can see that he is starting to command the midfield and he scored a great goal, an exquisite finish, I could never score a goal like that. It was unbelievable.“At the same time, you can see that some of the players are still young and naive in some situations. In that case, they need the experienced players with them. From the bench or on the training ground they can teach them valuable lessons and teach them how to deal with different situations in games.“To put so much pressure on the young players all at once is not so good and that’s why they need some of the senior members of the squad to step up and help them get back to winning.”United will be in Europa League action against AZ Alkmaar on Thursday, before heading into the next international break on the back of a trip to Newcastle.They are then due to face Liverpool at Old Trafford on October 20. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Mount: Abraham and Tomori deserve England call-ups

first_imgMason Mount has welcomed England call-ups for his Chelsea team-mates Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori after Gareth Southgate announced his squad for the Three Lions’ upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers.The trio came through the academy at Cobham Training Centre and they will be hopeful of taking their form at club level onto the international stage.Frank Lampard has been lauded this season for integrating a whole host of young and homegrown players into his squad, with the trio all starting Chelsea’s crucial 2-1 away win in Lille on Wednesday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career And Mount is pleased to see his fellow academy stars step up to the next stage in their development.”He’s [Abraham] on fire and when you have a player like that, any time the ball goes into the box you’re expecting him to get on the end of it or create a chance or get a goal,” Mount said at Stade Pierre Mauroy. “It’s brilliant to have him scoring as many as he can.”The thing for him is to focus on continuing these performances and trying to get goals and goals. That’s the main thing for him. He’s a striker, so as many goals as he can score, that’s the best thing for him.”Mount quote GFXUnlike Tomori, Abraham has already lined up for England in two friendlies as he played for the Three Lions in 2017 while on loan with Swansea City.Mount knows Tomori better than most having played with him since he joined the academy at the age of eight before spending last season on loan together at Derby County.And Tomori deserves his chance having shone at the heart of Lampard’s defence so far this season, according to the Blues midfielder.”It’s not just the past week, it’s last year as well, how well he did. I’m very close to Fik so my opinion is he can definitely get up there and get in the team. He’s definitely good enough,” Mount continued. “You can see by his performances.”He’s strong, he’s quick, he’s confident on the ball. You never know what can happen.”Reece James also got a major vote of confidence from Lampard as he was selected to start the first European away trip of the season in only his second appearance for the club.The 19-year-old was part of the same Chelsea age group as Mount but has less experience at senior level.And Mount looked to help James as they both enjoyed their first away trip in Europe’s elite competition.”I tried to help Reece in his first start as much as I could but, me being only 20 as well, it’s only my second start,” he said. “It’s weird. When you look around, there are so many inexperienced players in the Champions League, young players who just broke through this season.”It’s nice to have that around you where you can all help each other.”last_img read more

Berbatov: Just let Messi and Ronaldo share the awards every season!

first_imgDimitar Berbatov thinks that the Ballon d’Or and FIFA Best awards should end the debate between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo by simply awarding both players the prize every season.The pair used to compete in Spain as Barcelona legend Messi faced off against Real Madrid talisman Ronaldo at the top of La Liga.Ronaldo has since moved on to play at Juventus and recently missed out on winning the FIFA Best Award to Messi, despite winning Serie A and the Nations League with Portugal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Berbatov is a former Man Utd team-mate of Ronaldo’s but he respects Messi having faced him during his club career.”Ronaldo versus Messi, how can you separate them? I think they should get their awards and give it to both of them. All the time. You can’t say this one is better than the other,” Betfair Ambassador Berbatov told Goal.”Ronaldo wants them all because he is so ambitious. He is desperate to break this record then that record. Messi is not showing it but inside and when he is at home then he probably thinks, ‘I will f***ing destroy everybody’. When you are good, you know you are good. Why shy away from that?”Berbatov recently announced his retirement after a highly decorated career for club and country. The former United frontman joked that Ronaldo knows how he can stay young forever as he continues to be one of world football’s most feared forwards.Dimitar Berbatov quote GFX“I have f***ing respect for Ronaldo’s longevity,” Berbatov added. “He is 34! He plays for Juventus as a star player after playing in England and Spain, now Italy. In every championship he has done unbelievably well.”Look at his physique, how he prepares. He has all the tools around him to stay young forever. He can keep himself young in his soul.”As Ronaldo succeeds in his senior years, Zlatan Ibrahimovic represents an even older footballer who continues to impress with his performances for LA Galaxy. The 38-year-old Swedish striker is aiming to win the MLS championship this season and Berbatov went on to heap praise on his ability to keep scoring as he ages.”Look at Ibrahimovic, MLS is not the same as England or Italy or whatever,” he said. “Although, I am 38, let me tell you, I wake up every morning and have pain here, here, here. I watch Ibra and think what the f*** man? Maybe he has something I don’t have which is why he is still playing.”For more from Betfair Ambassador Dimitar Berbatov head to www.betfair.com/berbatov and to find out more about the new Betfair Exchange ‘How to Hub’ head to www.betfair.com/howtoexchange.last_img read more