NGT directs Himachal hotel to demolish illegal structure

first_imgThe National Green Tribunal (NGT) has imposed an environmental compensation of ₹10 lakh on a hotel in Himachal Pradesh for causing ‘irretrievable damage to the ecology’ by raising unauthorised construction.A Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Swatanter Kumar directed Hotel Barog Heights to demolish the illegal structure within four weeks. “Such constructions need to be demolished to prevent further degradation of environment and ecology in the area and also to ensure that undue pressure is not put on the natural resources causing scarcity of resources like water.”Rainwater harvestingFurther, the green panel directed the hotel to install rainwater harvesting systems to store and reuse the rainwater appropriately. The hotel has also been asked to ensure that water from the sewage treatment plant be recycled for gardening and other non-potable uses. The applicant, Society for Preservation of Kasauli had alleged that large scale commercial activity in Kasauli was affecting the ecology in adverse ways and had demanded a regulation on the construction of hotels in the area.Further, the Himachal Pradesh Pollution Control Board alleged that the hotel was operating without obtaining the necessary permissions.last_img read more

Assam man marked doubtful voter found dead behind home

first_imgA man in north-central Assam’s Udalguri district, marked a doubtful voter before his name was published in the complete draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), was found dead on Sunday morning.Dipak Debnath, 50, received a notice from a Foreigners’ Tribunal in district headquarters Udalguri on July 29, a day before the NRC complete draft came out. Relatives said the notice troubled him so much that the joy of his family – comprising his wife and two daughters – over the inclusion of names in the NRC was short-lived.“We found Debnath’s lifeless body behind his house. The family has not yet filed an FIR, but we are awaiting the post-mortem report to ascertain the nature of his death,” the officer in charge of Harisinga police station said, declining to be named.Troubled over notice Uttam Debnath, a nephew of the deceased, said his uncle had lived in dread of being sent to a detention camp. “He hardly ever felt assured that there could have been some mistake somewhere since all their citizenship documents were vetted by officials before inclusion in the NRC,” he said.“Not everybody can handle the pressure of a situation where one can be made stateless. The D-voter and foreigners’ tag has killed many like him. The harassment must stop,” Bapi Sarkar, assistant general secretary of All Assam Bengali Youth Students’ Association, said.IIT-Guwahati helpline for students in collaboration with Saathi: 8486814024. Saathi uses this helpline for non-IIT cases too.last_img read more

Bengal Governor ‘rescues’ Union Minister Babul Supriyo from Jadavpur University

first_imgKolkata’s Jadavpur University campus turned into a battle ground on Thursday after students of the university surrounded Union Minister of State Babul Supriyo in the afternoon and did not let him leave the campus.West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar, who is also the Chancellor of Jadavpur University, managed to rescue Mr. Supriyo on Thursday nightWhile Mr. Dhankar could get the Union Minister out of the campus, his convoy was stopped for about an hour in front of the university gate with Mr. Supriyo onboard. Mr. Dhankar and Mr. Supriyo could finally leave the campus later at night.The university witnessed rounds of fights on Thursday between students affiliated to both left and right wing political parties. Students’ union offices were ransacked by supporters of RSS’ students’ wing ABVP and members of Durga Bahini.According to eyewitnesses, the commotion started early in the afternoon when students formed a barricade trying to stop Mr. Supriyo from entering the campus, who had come to address the freshers and attend a seminar on governance in India. However, even as Mr. Supiyo managed to enter the university, he was asked to apologise by the students when he tried to leave.The Vice-Chancellor and other senior officials of the campus fell sick and were admitted to a south Kolkata hospital.While it is not clear which students’ body led the protest, Communist Party of India-Marxist-Leninist [CPI-ML] condemned the incident. Red flags were also visible in the protest.“We have always opposed political leaders from entering the campus, we are opposing such plans now as well. We don’t know how the Minister was allowed to hold a programme in the campus and why the authority gave the permission,” a student said. The students, few hundred in number, surrounded Mr Supriyo and shouted “go back” slogans. The university gates were blocked from inside.“His security men manhandled the students, including girl students and the Minister used choicest words to abuse us. His security was fully armed. He has to apologise,” another student alleged. Mr. Supriyo said that that the campus had no security arrangement.“If an untoward incident takes place State Government will be responsible,” he said. Mr. Supriyo further told the journalists that “television cameras should show agitating students, they should be identified and rusticated.” This further aggravated the situation and students refused to let him go out without an apology.Meanwhile the Governor issued a statement arguing that the Union Minister is under “gherao…by a section of the students.” He asked the Chief Secretary Malay De, to initiate “prompt” action. Mr. Dhankar spoke to Vice Chancellor Suranjan Das and told him that “it was improper for him [Mr. Das] not to have taken prompt steps in the matter.” The Governor’s statement further indicated that the “detention” of Mr. Supriyo was “unlawful” and a “serious reflection on the law and order of the State and on the conduct of the law enforcing agencies.” Meanwhile Mr. Das — who was admitted to a south Kolkata hospital — said that he will not let police enter the campus. Mr. Das’ predecessor faced massive student ire by letting police enter JU campus in 2014.Soon after making the statement Mr. Dhankar arrived with a large police force and rescued Mr. Supriyo at around 8.15 p.m.Once Mr. Supriyo left the campus, ABVP supporters entered the campus and damaged the union room of the students. They damaged the furniture of the union room, painted ABVP in pink on the walls, next to a painting of Che Guevara. They set some furniture and wooden material on fire, adjacent to the Gate 4 of JU.Later at night, CPI-ML issued a statement saying that the Minister entered the campus with “fire arms” and “brutally attacked the students.” The statement alleged that the Minister “manhandled” a female student.“This is planned hooliganism to create space in JU,” the CPI-ML State Secretary Partha Ghosh said. Both Trinamool Congress and CPI-M leaders independently said both the Minister and the students are “responsible” for the flare up. Protests are planned in the university on Friday.last_img read more

Manny Pacquiao sits out Tuesday training

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte urged to order review of all power deals with generation firms Fernandez also said Pacquiao plans to leave for General Santos City on Thursday to continue his training camp.The eight-division champion defends his WBA belt for the first time against American Adrien Broner on January 19 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefPacquiao, who turns 40 on Monday, hasn’t fought in the US since his onesided victory over Jessie Vargas back in November 2016.Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs), who stopped Argentine strongman Lucas Matthysse in the seventh round five months ago in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, began his buildup against the much younger Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs) two weeks ago. Fans are in a frenzy as Netflix reveals that Henry Cavill is coming to Manila PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting UST sets up finals meet vs UP in PSL Collegiate Grand Slam 3 IS-linked gunmen slain in Maguindanao offensives Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao trains at a boxing gym in Manila on November 27, 2018, ahead of his WBA Welterweight bout title with US boxer Adrien Broner in Las Vegas, on January 19, 2019. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)MANILA, Philippines–Manny Pacquiao skipped training on Tuesday to rest after a long day in Senate, as per his longtime friend and trainer Buboy Fernandez.Pacquiao, the reigning WBA welterweight titleholder, was supposed to have another sparring session with fast-rising star George Kambosos Jr. at Elorde Boxing Gym at Mall of Asia in Pasay City after his Senate work in the afternoon.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Comelec disputes PCIJ report on voter turnout in Lanao del Sur town Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View commentslast_img read more

Petron whips defending champion F2 Logistics

first_imgBecoming his own man Also, starting setter Kim Fajardo, playing her first game since skipping the previous conference due to a finger injury, was clearly not in her element.“So I told the team let’s not give them the opportunity,” Delos Santos said. “It should be us taking this opportunity.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Sure enough, the Blaze Spikers grabbed the chance without hesitation, scoring a swift 25-22, 25-23, 25-18 victory at Ynares Sports Center in Pasig.It was vengeful win over the team that recently wrested their title during the All-Filipino, when the Blaze Spikers crashed out of the semifinals. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ MOST READ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The victory also allowed Petron to send a message that it was ready to get back on top and renew its heated rivalry with F2 Logistics.Moreover, Sisi Rondina, who scored 17 points, said the win should bolster the Blaze Spikers’ confidence in the tournament.“We just beat the defending champion,” Rondina said in Filipino.Delos Santos, who is also the national team head coach, said he was relieved finding Petron’s standouts still on the same page despite him and two stars being out of the country for a two-week training camp and a tournament in Thailand.“We know the system and I have confidence in my players,” said Delos Santos, who was joined in the trip by Ces Molina and Aiza Pontillas.ADVERTISEMENT Petron star Mika Reyes, another member of the national team, skipped the match to rest her knees.In the first game, PLDT Home Fibr notched its first win of the conference at the expense of Sta. Lucia Realty, 25-19, 25-19, 25-13.Grethcel Soltones and Jerrili Malabanan scored 12 points each, while Jorelle Singh added 11 for the Power Hitters, who lost their debut last Tuesday to the Cignal HD Spikers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue This jewelry designer is also an architectcenter_img Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics BanKo Perlas strengthens semifinal bid, trips Motolite; BaliPure avoids Chef’s Classics upset Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical LATEST STORIES DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers PLDT’s Sasa Devanadera and Jasmine Nabor thwart Sta. Lucia’s Amanda Villanueva.Petron coach Shaq delos Santos spotted right away a window of opportunity against F2 Logistics on Saturday night.The Philippine Superliga Invitational defending champion was without MVP Kalei Mau, who was resting a calf muscle she hurt during the recent Asean Grand Prix in Thailand.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

IPL 2017: Umesh Yadav likely to return for Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab

first_imgUmesh Yadav is all set to play his first Indian Premier League game this season when Kolkata Knight Riders take on Kings XI Punjab at the Eden Gardens on Thursday.Yadav joined the KKR team on Monday and looks all set to play their first home game in the tenth edition of the tournament. (Also read: Good news for Kolkata Knight Riders: Chris Lynn could still play IPL10, Umesh Yadav joins trainning)Kolkata beat Gujarat Lions by a record margin of 10 wickets in their tournament opener but lost the second game against Mumbai Indians on Sunday. (Also read: IPL 2017: Will Kolkata Knight Riders miss Chris Lynn for the entire season?)The 29-year-old, who has 35 wickets from 14 Tests in the last 12 months, was advised rest by the BCCI medical team for two weeks after the 2-1 series triumph against Australia.Yadav, according to the Indian team physio, had right hip and lower back soreness after finishing the four-match Test series against Australia, where he took 17 wickets.KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir was surprised initially to know about his top bowler’s absence in the first week of the tournament.”Umesh was a bit of a surprise because the form he was in, we thought if he could start it would have been a big advantage, but it gives others an opportunity. We have got a pretty good bowling attack, so hopefully the guys can deliver,” Gambhir had told reporters before the first match.On Tuesday, Umesh got down to the business straightaway, hitting gym and tweeting his photograph on joining the team.advertisementlast_img read more

Fukushima nuclear statue ignites online furore

first_imgTokyo, Aug 14 (AFP) A giant statue of a child wearing a radiation suit in the Japanese city of Fukushima has touched off a storm of criticism online as the nuclear-hit area seeks to rebuild its reputation.”Sun Child”, a 6.2-metre (20-foot) figure sporting a yellow protective suit with a digital display on its chest showing “000” — symbolising no nuclear contamination — was installed this month near the city’s train station.The figure holds a helmet in one hand, showing the air is safe to breathe, and a symbol of the sun in the other, representing hope and new energy.Its creator, Japanese artist Kenji Yanobe, intended the statue to be a symbol of hope but critics said it was insensitive to the plight of Fukushima as it continues to struggle with radioactive contamination from the 2011 meltdown.”I saw Kenji Yanobe’s ‘Sun Child’. It was truly creepy. I think it derides us and all the work Fukushima has done to erase reputational harm,” said one Twitter user.Another online critic wrote: “I understand it was intended to express hope as the helmet is removed but considering that Fukushima’s awful reputation continues, I believe the installation should have been cancelled.”Others pointed out the work may lead viewers to believe that residents had to protect themselves until such point as the radiation level becomes zero — which cannot actually happen as radiation occurs naturally on Earth.Radiation levels are back to normal in most parts of the region but people are still forbidden to live in certain areas, especially within a few kilometres of the affected plant.advertisementYanobe published a three-page dossier to apologise for triggering the uproar but stressed his work was meant to show hope, not ridicule Fukushima.”It was my intention to show bright hopes for the future” by depicting the child as looking to the skies, he wrote.City mayor Hiroshi Kohata said in a separate statement that he accepted the criticism and would consider what action to take but stood by the work’s value.”I sense the strength to face adversity and the hope in the statue, which is looking to the skies,” the mayor wrote.Despite the online uproar, city officials said they had received only a handful of phone calls and emails about the statue.And the mayor noted the statue has been well received by art patrons in Fukushima, where it has previously been shown at a local airport while also travelling in Japan and abroad.Some online commentators backed the work, saying it was unreasonable to demand scientific accuracy in art.The city is the local capital of Fukushima prefecture, whose Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant melted down in the 2011 tsunami, becoming the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.The meltdown affected a vast agricultural region, forcing many local residents to give up their ancestral properties — possibly never to return due to severe radioactive contamination.The area is battling to restore its reputation and local farm produce undergoes radiation checks to ensure safety before being shipped to stores.Nevertheless, many consumers shy away from buying for fear of contamination. (AFP) RUPRUPlast_img read more

Hazard: I need pre-World Cup break

first_imgWorld Cup I need pre-World Cup break after Chelsea FA Cup win – Hazard Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent 15:00 5/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Eden Hazard FA Cup Final Chelsea Manchester United Getty Images World Cup Chelsea Chelsea v Manchester United Premier League FA Cup Eden Hazard Belgium The Blues talisman won a cup final for his team at the weekend but concedes that he is in need of a rest before travelling to Russia for his country Eden Hazard is looking forward to a break ahead of the World Cup in Russia after providing Chelsea fans with the gift of an FA Cup win over Manchester United.The Belgium captain was officially announced in Roberto Martinez’s squad list on Monday, although his selection for the tournament was never in doubt.The 27-year-old was the match winner at Wembley on Saturday when scoring the only goal of the final from the penalty spot. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now It was a first FA Cup success for Hazard and, after celebrating the achievement with his family, the playmaker admitted that he is keen to rest up to help give Belgium their best chance of winning the World Cup. “We will go somewhere where I can get a tan, but we do not know where. We’ll see. Thereafter we prepare for the World Cup. You can sunbathe in London but it is not the same sun as Copacabana,” Hazard said at Wembley Stadium, before talking about his fitness ahead of the World Cup.”July 15 is the final? Let’s make sure we get there first (laughs). The season was not good, but we close our season with a trophy. It feels good. We deserve it. We worked hard for this. We party, but after that I’m going to rest properly to prepare for the World Cup.”Phil Jones brought Hazard down with a clumsy challenge in the first half and the former Lille man admits that it was one of his most high-pressured penalty kicks yet.”They made a mistake and the ball came to me. I’m lucky that I managed good control and I got past Jones. I only went down in front of the goal,” he added. “There is always a bit of pressure with a penalty. Especially if it is 0-0. If you have a penalty at 3-0 or 4-0 you obviously do not feel any pressure because the game is won.”But at 0-0 in a final there’s always [pressure]. I have handled it well. Waited for the keeper to choose a side and kicked it the other side. I am content. You never know what can happen but for me it was mainly a way of thanking the fans. They have always supported us. We have not always played well but they were here en masse.”I think it’s always good to celebrate between players but also the audience, without thinking of anything else. To be honest, we have not seen the real Chelsea. We can do better. They had more chances than us. Thibaut has done two or three important saves. We know how they play. We know how Jose likes to play. But Jose has won many finals.”That could have also happened. Unfortunately for him, they lost to us. We defended well. We are content. I have not thought about the achievement much yet. It’s like the cup with France. It is always important to win the cup for your country, especially if you have not won it.”last_img read more

2017 NYC September Hardwrap

first_imgView your copy of the 2017 September Hardwrap Magazine now!The Hard Wrap Magazine is published by Touch Football Australia on a bi-annual basis and is devoted to the events and news that have been making headlines.Catch up on the latest news and information in the touch world from the past six months.  Check out our Around the Grounds segment, teams lists, Masters Trans Tasman team previews and much more!Hardwrap E-Zine versionlast_img

3 Metrics Your Nonprofit Should Measure Using Google Analytics

first_imgAccessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, your nonprofit website is a valuable tool for interacting with your target audience and allowing visitors to learn about your nonprofit. Having the insights to efficiently manage your website are important to optimize the experience for your supporters and ensure the success of your nonprofit. Fortunately, Google Analytics provides organizations with a cost effective way to monitor the metrics that matter and help your team make informed decisions.Here are three metrics that your nonprofit should be measuring: This organization located in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, is generating a significant amount of its traffic from outside its city limits. Based on this insight, the organization could consider expanding their target audience into new geographic territories or hosting a fundraising event in a new location. Mobile Traffic Behavior As the number of mobile site searches increases, optimizing your nonprofit mobile site for smartphone and tablet users is becoming even more critical to interacting and engaging with your supporters. Mobile traffic behavior metrics let you monitor your site’s mobile traffic growth over time. When analyzing this metric, it’s important to remember that an increase in mobile traffic growth alone doesn’t indicate that your site is mobile friendly. As mobile visitors typically spend less time on a site that isn’t adequately optimized for their devices, time on site, and average visit duration metrics should also be evaluated. Page Bounce RatesA “bounce” occurs when a visitor navigates to a page and then immediately leaves. Depending on the intent of any given webpage, a high bounce rate could indicate a low level of audience interaction and engagement. For example, if your volunteer application page has a high bounce rate, then you need to reevaluate the page’s content as visitors are not spending enough time on the page to fill out any information.Although these three metrics only begin to cover the extent of the metrics offered by Google Analytics, they provide a foundation from which you can start to measure the performance of your  nonprofit website and your reputation. Knowing how to use the information displayed by these metrics will undoubtedly aid your nonprofit staff in optimizing your organization’s website content and improving overall audience engagement. For more information about the metrics that your organization should be utilizing download the free e-book, Top 10 Things Your Association Should Measure in Google Analytics.DJ Muller is president and founder of WebLink International, the creators of WebLink Connect™ the innovative, insightful and intuitive association management software with superior customer support. WebLink empowers hundreds of trade and professional associations and more than 500,000 small and medium businesses to help them acquire and retain more customers.center_img Audience LocationThe audience location metrics enable you to specifically determine the geographic areas that your site content is reaching. By monitoring this metric, your nonprofit will have the tools it needs to determine if it’s effectively reaching its intended target audience. Additionally, this metric can be used as a means to reveal emerging or previously unidentified audiences as well as the effectiveness of your promotional efforts.last_img read more

Global Health Corps Now Accepting Applications for 2014-2015 Fellowships

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 6, 2013August 15, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Global Health Corps is now accepting the first part of applications for its 2014-2015 fellowships, and will be accepted through January 24, 2014. The fellowships draw young people with diverse backgrounds and interests, and are open to anyone who is proficient in English, will have an undergraduate university degree by July 2014, and is under the age of 30. While job descriptions for next year’s fellowships will be posted in December, details on last year’s fellowships offer some great background on the sort of positions and organizations that host fellows.Share this:last_img read more

Preventing Maternal Deaths in Africa

first_imgPosted on March 7, 2014June 12, 2017By: Isabella Danel, MD, MS, the CDC Division of Reproductive 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)This post originally appeared on the CDC’s Our Global Voices blog.Maternal health has improved in most regions of the world, with far fewer women dying during pregnancy and childbirth than 20 years ago.Progress in sub-Saharan Africa, however, has been much slower. HIV and complications of childbirth are the leading causes of death among reproductive age women around the world, but above all in this region. Being pregnant in sub-Saharan Africa is often a dangerous medical condition. In Zambia, women who have given birth are often greeted with a Bemba expression of relief and surprise: “Mwapusukeni.” Translated it means, “You have survived!”That greeting is becoming more commonplace these days, which is another way of illustrating a basic truth: positive change can happen quickly when the right actions are taken to improve maternal health.The Saving Mothers Giving Life Initiative (SMGL), a public-private partnership that includes CDC, USAID, and many others working together with the governments of Uganda and Zambia, recently released astonishing findings that document a 30% reduction in maternal mortality in one year in the four districts in Uganda where the program is operating.In Zambia, maternal mortality in health facilities in four districts also fell by 30% in one year. Change this rapid is unheard of. It happened because the initiative used a comprehensive district-wide approach to ensure 1) that communities supported pregnant women to increase the likelihood of receiving skilled care during childbirth, 2) that health facilities had the supplies and medications needed to treat women who developed emergencies during pregnancy and post-partum, and 3) that health personnel were properly trained to provide quality care during emergencies including doing C-sections. (Read the SMGL report and other CDC blogs about SMGL.)The danger for pregnant women with HIV is even higher.  They are six to eight times more likely to die during pregnancy and childbirth than other women.That reality is important at any time, but it comes into clearer focus and prominence this week on International Women’s Day (March 8).Worldwide, 17.7 million women are living with HIV. Most are of reproductive age and most of them reside in sub-Saharan Africa. That’s bad enough. Here’ the kicker: while estimated maternal mortality ratios have been cut almost in half over the past 20 years worldwide, maternal mortality actually appears to have increased in eight countries in sub-Saharan Africa with high HIV prevalence. The HIV epidemic is an important reason maternal mortality has not decreased much—or has even increased.That much is clear and it’s the reason CDC and other partners are re-doubling efforts to better understand and overcome the complex mix of medical, cultural, and institutional forces that will have to be addressed if pregnant women living with HIV are to survive. Pregnant women with HIV face the same risks that all pregnant women do—and more actions like the Saving Mothers Giving Life Initiative are critical to saving mothers’ lives.But women with HIV face additional risks and it is those challenges and possible responses that are highlighted in a recent paper I co-authored with Tami Kendall from Harvard’s School of Public Health.During pregnancy, women with HIV are more likely to die from malaria, TB, pneumonia, and from puerperal sepsis. It is likely that HIV treatment earlier during pregnancy will improve survival. However, in 2012 only 49% of pregnant women in Africa were tested for HIV. And not all women with HIV received the treatment they needed. There are many obstacles to receiving care, but HIV stigma and mistreatment is an important reason that women do not seek the care they need.There is good news here too. In June 2013 the World Health Organization released new guidelines that call for the initiation of HIV treatment for all pregnant and breastfeeding women with HIV and continuing it lifelong, regardless of their immune status. The challenge is to rapidly scale up testing and treatment during antenatal care. We know it can be done because it was done successfully in Malawi. (Read the related MMWR article to learn more.)Nevertheless, only time will tell whether women remain on treatment or whether social factors such as stigma impede adherence to treatment in Malawi, as we know they do in other settings. The role of the community in supporting women with HIV is vital as is engaging men in the care of their wives, and of themselves if they too are living with HIV. Likewise ensuring that health workers are trained to treat people with HIV with respect will eliminate an important obstacle to attending health care services.As we conclude in our 106-page paper entitled Research and Evaluation Agenda For Maternal Health and HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa , “Improving maternal health in the context of the sub-Saharan African HIV epidemic requires greater understanding of the relationships between HIV disease and maternal morbidity and mortality, integrated and effective responses by the health system, and a social context which promotes quality care and encourages use of maternal/child health and HIV services.”It seems straightforward—more high-quality services and easier access to care will yield positive results. And while that is true, the work also emphasizes a number of questions that need answers if the problem is to be fully addressed.Some of them are purely clinical. Such as, how does HIV treatment (known as antiretroviral treatment or ART) and the new treatment guidelines in particular, affect rates and causes of maternal morbidity and mortality? Will ART alone reduce the risks and make them comparable to those of other women?Or does the timing for when ART begins and the therapy’s duration affect mortality rates in pregnant women?There are additional questions that blend clinical concerns with logistical challenges and limited funding. A prominent example is how can all the necessary services—including malaria prevention, TB screening and treatment, HIV treatment, and all the routine antenatal care screening and treatment—be most effectively provided by often already overloaded health workers? What is the best way to integrate services?We know the importance, for example, of non-clinical work, such as diluting the still widespread and potent discrimination against people who have AIDS and are HIV-positive. That cultural reality often presents a sturdy barrier even for people who want treatment.Other important questions include what can be done to encourage greater participation by men in maternal and child health activities? How can more men be encouraged to support women who are HIV positive? How can the stigma surrounding HIV be weakened to “promote respectful maternity care” for women who need it? What tools can be used to increase community and peer support for pregnant and postpartum women?We also can’t forget another crucial question that must be addressed so that political and financial support is maintained. The question is this: how do we evaluate new programs and responses so that their impact on maternal illness and death can be measured and understood and so that good practices can be preserved and less effective ones dismissed or modified?CDC supports efforts to answer these questions—and more—with data and proven science. We also support efforts to achieve goals established globally as well as by the U.S. government to reduce maternal mortality and ensure that people with HIV receive the treatment they need. CDC is working with sub-Saharan African countries to improve counseling and testing for pregnant women, improve antenatal care, provide HIV treatment during antenatal care to those with HIV, and eliminate maternal-to-child transmission of HIV.Like the larger battle against HIV/AIDS, finding answers for helping pregnant women who are living with HIV is complicated and challenging. But progress is being made and lives are being saved. That’s what draws me to this battle and what keeps me—and CDC—focused on a future that is free from HIV and AIDS and where preventable maternal deaths are eliminated.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

3 Things You Need Now for a Successful Giving Season

first_imgThe next 120 days are going to be the busiest of the year–and the most important for nonprofit fundraisers. Now is the time to start laying the groundwork so you can crush your goals and land in the black by December 31st. Your organization’s fundraising strategy will be as unique as your mission, donors, and resources, but there are three absolute building blocks of any successful giving season:Your PlanThe best way to make the most of the next few months is to have a plan. Your fundraising plan is the single tool you can use to align time, resources, and people to reach goals. Not sure how to start? Download your free copy of the 120-Day Fundraising Plan for Small Nonprofits. This free guide covers everything you’ll need to focus on the best bets for your organization through the end of the year.Your ToolsOnce your plan is in place, you’ll need the right fundraising tools to get more out of your efforts–and help save you time and money. Fundraising software that’s created for small nonprofits will help you work smarter, not harder, during a season where you’ll have no time to spare.A single, accurate repository of all of your fundraising data will help you make better decisions and create efficiency in your fundraising this year. This means having an easy-to-use donor management system in place that’s ready to take on an influx of new donors. When you have clean data in an accessible and organized system, you’ll be able to send more effective communications and boost donor retention this season.Make sure your online donation process is easy, clear, and user-friendly. Custom donation pages complement the messaging from your campaign, increasing donations and creating a positive giving experience from any device.Give your board members and volunteers the tools that make it easy to fundraise on your behalf with a targeted peer-to-peer campaign.Your TeamThis one is a little more challenging, especially when you’re short on time and staff. In an ideal world, you’d have:An expert fundraiser to strategize, analyze, and coach.A manager to handle the calendar and communications.An assistant for data management and reporting.For most small nonprofits, these all fall to a staff of one, or a “Chief Everything Officer”, so it’s likely you need some extra help with this—but what if there’s no budget for it? How can you get the expert fundraising help you need without hiring more staff?We know that you need more than tools to get the job done—you need expert fundraising help. Learn how you can get the help you need at a cost you can afford with Network for Good’s virtual fundraising teams, which complement our new suite of next-in-class fundraising software.last_img read more

Oklahoma To Play 5th-Straight 11 AM Game Next Saturday

first_imgA closeup of Lincoln Riley wearing an Oklahoma Sooners sweater.NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 11: Head Coach Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners observes during warm ups before the game against the TCU Horned Frogs at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated TCU 38-20. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Oklahoma football fans have been making their calendars for the same kickoff time each of the last three weeks. By the end of the month it’ll be five straight 11 a.m. CT kicks in a row for the Sooners.The Oklahoma-Kansas State game next week has been earmarked for an 11 a.m. kickoff. In the past three weeks, OU has played Texas Tech, Kansas, and Texas at the exact same time.This week’s game against West Virginia will also be an 11 a.m. (noon ET) kickoff.Oklahoma at Kansas State is 11 am next week.The team that carries the Big 12 Conference will play its fifth straight 11 am game.— Jason Kersey (@jasonkersey) October 14, 2019 Having five straight morning games isn’t much fun, as a wide array of Sooners fans made clear. They want to see their team playing in primetime, which has not happened since Week 3.As the premier team in the Big 12 Conference, it seems odd that Texas-Kansas or Kansas-Texas Tech will be playing in the evening instead of Oklahoma.Texas Tech: 11 a.m.Kansas: 11 a.m.Texas: 11 a.m.West Virginia: 11 a.m.Kansas State: 11 a.m.Oklahoma is undefeated (6-0) and ranked No. 5 in the country, but you’re gonna play the Sooners’ games during brunch and right after Saturday morning cartoons?K.— RJ Young (@RJ_Young) October 14, 2019TEMPLATE: Oklahoma will kickoff vs. (insert team) at 11 a.m. (FOX/ABC) on (DATE). *save draft*— Eddie Radosevich (@Eddie_Rado) October 14, 20195 straight 11 am kicks for the premier team (Oklahoma) in the conference. https://t.co/lKwJbNaarl— George Stoia III (@GeorgeStoia) October 14, 2019The Sooners are 6-0 and have won 24 of their last 25 regular season games. In that span they’ve also won two Big 12 titles and two spots in the College Football Playoff while fielding two Heisman Trophy winners.With Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts currently playing like a Heisman contender, it’s even more baffling that the Big 12 wouldn’t make more of his games available for a primetime audience.But November should offer some potential evening matchups. Iowa State and Baylor are both still in contention for the Big 12 title. One or both of those games should be in the evening.last_img read more

Oregon vs. Washington Game Time, Spread, Channel, Announcers

first_img Washington has already dropped two conference games to Stanford and Cal. It’s a rebuilding year in Seattle, but with a coach like Chris Petersen, it’s foolish to ever count the Huskies out.Here’s all the details for Saturday’s Oregon-Washington contest:Game Time: 3:30 p.m. ETChannel: ABCSpread: Oregon -3Over/Under: 48Announcers: Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Holly RoweThis rivalry is one of the conference’s best. In last year’s edition, Oregon knocked off the Huskies in a 30-27 OT win in Eugene. UW will look to return the favor on Saturday and avenge the 2018 loss.Oregon-Washington kicks off at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC. Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe are on the call. Oregon Ducks QB Justin Herbert running with the football.EUGENE, OR – OCTOBER 13: Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 of the Oregon Ducks scrambles in the first half of the game at Autzen Stadium on October 13, 2018 in Eugene, Oregon. The Ducks won the game 30-27. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)It’s rivalry week in the Pacific Northwest. The 12th-ranked Oregon Ducks will travel up to Seattle to face No. 25 Washington in a major Pac-12 North contest.The Ducks are in a prime position to win their division with a two-game lead. Oregon is coming off a dominant 45-3 win over Colorado last Saturday.Traditionally, Oregon has been known for its innovative, speedy offense and flashy uniforms. But this season, it’s all about the defense. Since giving up 27 points to Auburn in week one, the Ducks have allowed just 25 points combined in their last five games.They’ll look to continue that dominant defensive streak on Saturday against the Huskies.last_img read more

‘I just felt affection’ – Malcom reacts to Zenit racism storm

first_imgNew Zenit signing Malcom has played down the firestorm over a racist banner that greeted him upon his arrival to Russia. Earlier this month the Brazilian made his debut for the Russian giants and saw a banner unfurled in the stands that read: “Thank you leadership for loyalty to traditions.”The banner was in reference to a manifesto posted online by the club’s Landskrona supporters’ group which called upon Zenit to not sign black players.  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 When asked about the banner, however, Malcom chose instead to focus on the fans who have supported him since his arrival in Russia. “To be honest I just felt affection and a lot of respect here at Zenit,” the Brazilian told Goal. “The show they’ve made during my presentation and during my debut motivates me even more.”That’s all that counts for me. Our supporters can count on me paying back the affection I’m receiving from everyone here at Zenit.”The 22-year-old did concede that he has had overcome plenty during his career, and has used his detractors as motivation.”I do my work, and everything that I’ve faced during my life was fuel so I could reach my objectives, both in sport and in my private life,” Malcom said.”That’s how an athlete’s life is, you can’t stop to grieve at each situation. You have to focus on your objectives.”Following one season at Barcelona in which he struggled for playing time, Malcom made the move to the Russian giants this summer for a fee of €40 million (£36.5m/$44.5m), plus €5m (£4.6m/$5.6m) in add-ons.Malcom had plenty of suitors for his services, but says that he chose Zenit due to the success previous players have enjoyed at the club, including a fellow Brazil international. “Lots of players, like Hulk, have come into here and achieved a lot, and I think that if I play well and keep my level high it will be all that matters.Hulk Zenit“I had the chance to choose and I chose here because I know it will work.”Having made two appearances for Zenit thus far in the new season, Malcom has underlined his desire to repay the club’s investment and faith in him.”To play well and help my team-mates and coach so we can achieve good results and titles,” he said. “That’s how I can be useful and I will give 100 per cent to contribute to Zenit.”I’m a very disciplined player and I know my responsibilities and the effort made by Zenit to sign me. So I must give my response on the pitch.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Klopp sees positives in Alisson’s recovery

first_imgAlisson is “not that close” to returning to action at Liverpool, admits Jurgen Klopp, but the Brazilian goalkeeper is progressing well in his recovery from a calf injury.The South American shot-stopper has been sidelined since picking up an untimely knock on the opening day of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.He was laid low during a meeting with Norwich and has been forced to pass the gloves at Anfield to Adrian in his absence. 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 It was quickly identified that Alisson would only be missing for a matter of weeks, rather than a number of months, but Liverpool are still eager to avoid taking any unnecessary risks.With that in mind, Klopp is not expecting to have the 26-year-old back at his disposal any time soon. Based in the UK? Grab a Sky Sports Day Pass for just £8.99!He told reporters when asked for an update on Alisson:  “Not that close. Nobody told me that I have to consider him.“I had lunch with him today, so at least he can eat. He’s in good shape, a good mood. It will take time. I don’t know exactly. No date in my mind, or nobody has told me.“We want to give him the time he needs but it looks good.“He was on crutches, they are not there anymore. He walks normal and can really train now completely different from a week now. From now it should go quick, but how quickly I don’t know.”Jurgen Klopp Liverpool 2019-20Klopp reported no fresh injury setbacks for Liverpool ahead of their home date with Arsenal on Saturday, with long-term absentees such as Naby Keita the only ones unavailable.He refused to be drawn on whether there could be further movement out of his squad before transfer windows slam shut across Europe.Dejan Lovren has been linked with a move elsewhere, but his current boss is reluctant to be drawn into a debate on speculation.Klopp was, however, prepared to admit that he would like to see the Premier League tweak their schedule once again so that clubs in the English top-flight are not left in a situation again where the market is closed to them but still open for others.The German said: “I don’t care when it closes but I think it should be at the same time. England should have said it was for all or nobody.“What’s the benefit for the Premier League? We don’t really have a problem but other teams have key players on the market and anything can happen. You want to focus on the future but that’s not possible when a door is open.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Ballon d’Or vs FIFA’s The Best: What’s the difference?

first_imgFootball is a team sport and the pursuit of glory in the form of trophies is very much a collective endeavour, but individual brilliance is something that is frequently lauded.There are awards for top goalscorers, for example, while goalkeepers are praised for keeping clean sheets at the other end of the pitch.However, the players who exert the most influence on their team and have the deepest impact on games are the ones who receive the highest individual accolades. 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 In the football world there are two main individual awards that are considered to be the top tier: the Ballon d’Or and FIFA’s The Best.Ballon d’Or vs FIFA’s The Best: What’s the difference?There are a number of differences between the two awards which set the Ballon d’Or and The Best apart from one another.The magazine France Football is responsible for the Ballon d’Or, while football’s world governing body, FIFA, is the driving force behind The Best.Furthermore, the time period the players are judged within varies.While the Ballon d’Or takes into account a player’s performances over the course of the calendar year, The Best assesses players over the course of a season, so from summer to summer.As such, they are awarded at different times of the year. The Ballon d’Or award ceremony is traditionally held in December of a given year, whereas The Best awards are given out in autumn – usually September.Sergio Ramos Luka Modric The Best FIFA 2018They also diverge when it comes to the voting.The winner of the Ballon d’Or is voted for exclusively by a panel of journalists from across the world. The Best, on the other hand, is decided by what FIFA describes as an “international jury” comprising the coaches and captains of national teams, journalists and fans.Naturally, the trophies themselves are also different. The Ballon d’Or is a striking golden ball resting on a pyrite base which is made to look like a bed of crystals. FIFA’s The Best trophy, meanwhile, is a platinum and carbon construction, which resembles the highest prize in football – the World Cup.First awarded in 1956, the Ballon d’Or (which is French for Golden Ball) is the older of the two accolades, with The Best first appearing in 2017.Cristiano Ronaldo Ballon d'Or 2017Was FIFA involved with the Ballon d’Or?FIFA was previously involved with the Ballon d’Or when they joined forced with France Football between 2010 and 2015.The world governing body had been running the FIFA World Player of the Year award from 1991, but it became defunct when they merged it with the Ballon d’Or.The newly merged award retained all the hallmarks of the Ballon d’Or, with the word FIFA tacked on to the front, making it the ‘FIFA Ballon d’Or’.In a sense, the establishment of FIFA’s new ‘The Best’ award is a sort of resurrection of the old FIFA World Player of the Year.last_img read more

Can Axel Tuanzebe become Man Utd’s first-choice left-back?

first_imgAxel Tuanzebe was going through his usual stretching routine ahead of Manchester United’s League Cup clash with Rochdale last week when Mike Phelan approached and asked him a question that took him completely by surprise.”Are you ready to go talk to the referee?” the assistant manager enquired.”What do you mean?” a confused Tuanzebe replied. “You’re captain,” Phelan revealed, “Let’s go!” 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 At 21 years of age, Tuanzebe would be leading his team out at Old Trafford. “I had goosebumps,” he admitted afterwards.Tuanzebe actually made his first-team debut in 2017 but only now has he really worked himself into first-team contention.Indeed, he has taken his time to emerge as a legitimate option in defence but a successful loan spell at Aston Villa last season significantly aided his development.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was certainly impressed by what he saw, admitting in May that Tuanzebe was “a boy I can’t wait to see in pre-season training”.The Norwegian was taken with Tuanzebe’s temperament as much as his talent – hence the decision to hand him the captain’s armband ahead of the likes of Paul Pogba for the visit of Rochdale.”Why not give it to young kids?” Solskjaer asked. “Axel is a captain in the making, he’s a leader. And he was fine; he enjoyed it.”Solskjaer was just as pleased with the way in which Tuanzebe reacted to the role he played in Arsenal’s equalising goal in Monday’s Premier League draw at Old Trafford.Tuanzebe didn’t let the wayward pass midway through the second half knock his confidence; he simply went back to nullifying the Gunners’ £72 million ($88m) winger Nicolas Pepe.The Ivorian’s performance was slated by many pundits and fans but the role Tuanzebe played in keeping Pepe quiet didn’t go unnoticed by Solskjaer, who was full of praise for the way in which his young charge adapted to playing out of position.Axel Tuanzebe Man Utd PS“I think Pepe’s a threat and Axel did really well,” the Norwegian enthused. “We’ve had a few injuries and illnesses and [playing Axel at left-back] was a decision we took when Aaron wasn’t fit to play.”It would still come as something of a surprise if Tuanzebe emerges as a long-term option at left-back. In his years with various youth sides at the club, Tuanzebe was predominantly used as a central defender.However, he did impress as a left-back during the club’s 2017-18 pre-season tour under Jose Mourinho, demonstrating a comfort on the ball that is sorely lacking amongst many of the more senior players at Solskjaer’s disposal.Certainly, with Luke Shaw still recovering from his latest injury, Tuanzebe has been presented with an unexpected opportunity to stake a claim for a starting spot.On top of Shaw’s longstanding fitness issues, there is a feeling at Old Trafford that he lacks the right mindset to build upon his occasionally bright performances.Conversely, the way in which Tuanzebe conducts himself on and off the pitch – his humility at the 2017 club awards ceremony was noted by many of those present – has made him an attractive option in defence.In addition, he was a popular member of the same Under-18 squad as Marcus Rashford and Timothy Fosu-Mensah, so is finding the step up to the senior squad easier than others his age.Axel Tuanzebe Solskjaer Man Utd PSHis former coaches at under-age level have also long believed he would have little trouble adapting to the requirements of top-flight football.United’s faith in him was underlined by the fact that even though he was given a new three-year contract in July, with the option of a further year, the club refused to even entertain the idea of sending him out on loan this season, and instead allowed Chris Smalling to depart for Roma.The plan was always for Tuanzebe to be a part of the senior squad for the 2019-20 campaign.Naturally, he would prefer to play in his natural position, in the centre of defence, but there is little chance of him breaking up Harry Maguire’s promising partnership with Victor Lindelof, for now at least.United have seen a few youngsters fail to break through in defence of late, with Tyler Blackett and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson unable to make progress.However, Tuanzebe’s versatility could work in his favour and allow him to gain invaluable first-team experience before moving into his preferred position in the middle.Certainly, with Shaw still struggling to prove his fitness ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash with AZ, Solskjaer may once again turn to Tuanzebe.And why not trust in the kids? Tuanzebe is, after all, a captain in the making.The mistake against Arsenal hasn’t changed Solskjaer’s mind in that regard; if anything, his belief has been strengthened by response to it.As the manager said, “We trust him.” And they will continue to do so. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more