Mohammad Amir like family, we are behind him: Wahab Riaz

first_imgAhead of the first Test against England at Lord’s, Pakistan pace spearhead Wahab Riaz on Monday backed tainted pacer Mohammad Amir, who is set to return to the scene of his spot-fixing crime on Thursday.Amir, who earned himself a five-year jail term after deliberately bowling no-balls in the 2010 Test against England, has been the talking point since the Misbah-ul-Haq-led side landed in the country. (Also read: Alastair Cook warns Mohammad Amir: Get ready for hostilities)”We are very happy to have him (Amir) back. He’s a dangerous bowler for any opponent,” Wahab was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.”Everyone’s behind him — all the other 16 members of the squad. He’s a part of our family, he’s a part of Pakistan, he’s represented our country — so we are all behind him. We will support him and we really want him to do well,” he added.The left-arm quick also targeted the English batting line-up, terming it “fragile” and said he believes it will fall apart while facing Pakistan’s strong bowling. (Also read: Shoaib Akhtar advises Mohammad Amir to remain humble on England tour )Wahab feels that apart from skipper and opening batsman Alastair Cook and No.3 Joe Root, the rest of the batting comprising youngsters Gary Ballance, James Vince will find it difficult to handle Pakistan’s fiery bowling.”We know that England is struggling with their middle order. Joe Root is one of their best players and he has to take the responsibility, so that’s why he is at No.3,” he said.advertisement”But I think the other batting is fragile. If you get Cook and Root quickly, you can really put pressure on them, but you can’t take things easy against them,” he added. (Also read: Mohammad Amir can lead Pakistan attack in England: Wasim Akram)Throwing his weight behind the young bowlers, the 31-year-old said despite lack of experience they have the pedigree to win a Test.”I love to take responsibility. We’re not a very experienced attack, but we all have the ability to win a Test match. “Mohammad Amir, RahatAli, Sohail Khan, Yasir Shah – they can all win you a game,” he said.last_img read more

Resume Tips for New Grads

first_imgRecent grads or soon-to-be graduating students face an exhilarating next chapter. Most already have planted career seeds along the university journey, learning practical skills through the classroom, internships, part-time jobs, volunteer activities and sports affiliations.Taking advantage of your already honed skills and abilities while also fanning the flame of passions helps to fuel a powerful resume story.However, many graduates fall short when constructing their career vessel. Assumptions often weaken the opportunity to build a strong, interview-landing resume that will outperform your competitor. Following are three assumptions you will want to avoid and how to circumvent them:Assumption #1The “I don’t have any real experience” assumption. Thinking this way diminishes the real thought work and effort involved in articulating your meaningful value.RealityMost graduates have compiled enough experience and results to fill a small book. To hone that experience, you must first dissect your day-to-day. Start with your most recent year of school. Did you carry a full course load? How many hours? What was the most difficult class, and why? Did you perform group projects? Case studies? Did you work a part-time job (on- or off-campus) or an internship? What was your role? Did you perform in a customer-facing role? What did clients say about your work and your service?Did you learn to use specific software applications? Which ones? Did you learn how to analyze problems better? What types of problems? How did you fix specific issues? Did you get a chance to manage people or projects? What was the outcome? Did you have to work fast and efficiently to meet deadlines at work while also juggling coursework and grades? How did you adapt to ensure you got everything done? What systems did you employ? What tasks were you complimented for? What did you do that made you feel empowered, and ‘in the zone?’You get the drift? You’ve done a lot, and this is only the tip of the iceberg.Assumption #2Your resume should be squeezed onto a single page.RealitySome new graduate resumes are complete in one page; some require three pages. What matters is that the writing is succinct, focused and targeted, but also interesting. What this means is you have poured all of your achievements into a virtual vessel and let the cream rise – these are the accomplishments that most appeal to your target reader. You want to walk through your accomplishments in mini-story format, showcasing not only the outcomes, but also the situation you faced, the actions you took – and even the hurdles you had to leap over – to achieve the result. This requires words and resume real estate, and sometimes spills over to a second, maybe even third page. Just because you have an accomplishment, however, doesn’t mean it should go onto your resume, which brings us to assumption #3:Assumption #3Your resume is about you.RealityOnce you’ve skimmed the cream of your achievements, you’ll need to do more work, because you don’t simply want to dump ALL of your wonderful accomplishments onto the page. Instead, you must select and frame your stories around the needs of whomever you wish to attract. In other words, you will need to research what types of customers your ideal company serves or what kinds of products they produce or who their competitors are or what types of marketplace challenges they face. In what ways do they ache for someone like you to come in and help ease that pain?Now, you must craft your resume stories in a way that says you have accomplished things using the skills they require to fix their problems. You must paint a picture of how your classroom work, team projects, part-time or summer jobs, campus affiliations, sororities and fraternities, service groups, individual initiatives and such are equivalent to the type of talent they need to solve problems, grow and add revenue to their bottom line.last_img read more

5 Signs Your Boss Is Trying to Drive You Out

first_img Service Advisor Rush Enterprises Amarillo, TX Available Jobs in Texas 3.0★ 2.9★ 3.0★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h See More Jobs Clinic Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist Talking Tadpoles Fort Worth, TX 23 hours ago 23h N/A Physical Therapist Milestones Therapeutic Associates McAllen, TX 23 hours ago 23h Hair Stylist – Licensed – EDINBURG, TX-403 W Trenton Rd, 78539 Sport Clips Edinburg, TX 3.0★ 23 hours ago 23h 3.5★center_img Line Cook Double Diamond Graford, TX 23 hours ago 23h 4.2★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Registered Nurse (RN) Medical Surgical PRN Corpus Christi Medical Center Corpus Christi, TX N/A Chili’s – Server Star Concessions Dallas, TX 2.4★ Registered Nurse (RN) – Observation Unit Valley Regional Medical Center Brownsville, TX CNA – Certified Nursing Assistant Life Care Centers of America Fort Worth, TX RNs, Registered Nurse Kindred Healthcare San Antonio, TX In the course of any job, it’s natural to get a little paranoid once in a while. Maybe you weren’t included in an email you should’ve been on, or maybe a project was discussed on the fly, and you were left out as a result. But there comes a point when paranoia gives way to reality, especially if it’s your boss who’s causing you to raise an eye. Here are a few indications your boss might be trying to push you out — and what to do about it.1. You’re Excluded From MeetingsMost of us only have so much patience for meetings, so if your boss stops inviting you to key sit-downs, you might initially be happy to have that time back in your schedule. But being excluded from meetings is a key sign that your boss doesn’t intend for you to stick around. This especially holds true if your manager stops inviting you to participate but also doesn’t offer an explanation as to why.What to Do When Your Boss Is Mad at You2. You’re Losing Responsibilities, Not Gaining ThemA healthy career progression is usually one in which you gain responsibilities along the way. So if your boss starts taking certain tasks off your plate instead, and doesn’t replace them with others, it could mean that your manager is secretly (or not so secretly) planning your departure.3. You’re Not Formally Introduced to New Hires — When Everyone Else on Your Team IsNot every company has a formal introduction process when new folks are brought on board. But if you find that your colleagues have all been introduced to a string of recent hires, and you were never included, it could be because your boss wants you out.4. Your Boss Won’t Talk to You in PersonManagers tend to be busy people, so it’s not unusual for them to communicate with their direct reports via email. But if your boss never seems to have the time to talk to you in person, or declines your requests for one-on-one sit-downs, that inability to look you in the eye could spell trouble.5. You’re Criticized Frequently in PublicIt’s your manager’s job to offer feedback on your performance. But there’s a right way and a wrong way to provide criticism, and a public forum falls under the latter category. If your boss consistently calls you out in front of your peers, it could be a sign that your manager is trying to embarrass you in the hopes of having you up and quit.What to Do When Your Manager Hints That You Should QuitHow to Cope When Your Manager Wants You OutOnce it becomes obvious that your boss blatantly wants you gone, you’ll have to decide whether you want to stay on board or take your career elsewhere. Assuming the former, your first move should be to document all instances of your manager’s behavior. Not inviting you to meetings and shifting responsibilities aren’t necessarily egregious offenses on your boss’s behalf, but if your manager refuses to give you the time of day, bashes your performance in public and makes a point to treat you differently than the other people on your team, that’s something you can take to your human resources department.Before you run to HR, though, it’s worth pushing your manager for a conversation to try to sort things out. Maybe you said or did something to rub your boss the wrong way that you need to apologize for. Or maybe your performance just hasn’t been all that great, and your boss wants you out for what are actually some pretty valid reasons. If you’re able to get to the bottom of things and pledge to improve, your boss might soften up and give you another chance.If that tactic fails, though, meet with HR, present the data you’ve collected and discuss your options. Affirm your commitment to the company and ask to be transferred to another team. If that’s not possible, and you must keep working with your manager, insist that HR intervene. Otherwise, your boss will likely continue to make your life miserable.Finally, accept the fact that despite your best efforts to keep your job, your boss might end up emerging victorious and ousting you nonetheless. It’s an unfortunate situation to be in, but you can prepare for the worst by updating your resume in advance and doing a little pre-emptive networking to see what’s out there. You may come to find that there’s a better position for you at another company, one that comes with a manager who doesn’t seem to have it in for you.Related Links:7 Ways to Maximize Your IncomeForget Mars: The City of Tomorrow Will Be in Arizona3 In-Demand Jobs That Let You Work RemotelyThis article was originally published on The Motley Fool. It is reprinted with permission.Browse Open Jobs See more jobs in Texas, US 2.5★ 23 hours ago 23hlast_img read more

Agent reveals PSG chasing Torino striker Belotti

first_imgThe agent of Thiago Motta has revealed PSG are chasing Torino striker Andrea Belotti.Belotti has been linked with a move away from Toro this summer, though president Urbano Cairo insists he won’t leave for less than his €100m buyout clause.Alessandro Canovi told TMW: “The PSG project is among the main players in the world, it makes sense that they follow every player who would adapt to their requirements.”As for Belotti, he is one of the best strikers in Europe and could play anywhere in Europe except Barcelona. A Belotti-Cavani combination would be extraordinary. PSG has already shown that it could make Ibrahimovic and Cavani cohabit.”last_img

​Costa will not leave Chelsea until Atletico ban ends

first_imgChelsea forward Diego Costa is refusing to move to any club besides Atletico Madrid.According to Starsport, the Spaniard is willing to wait until January when Atleti’s transfer ban is lifted.The 28-year old revealed publicly that Blues boss Antonio Conte had notified him that he was not in the Italian’s plans next season.And in what seems like a move to further infuriate his manager, Costa is happy to wait it out at Stamford Bridge until he gets his wish.last_img

Gold casts doubt over future of West Ham academy

first_imgWest Ham co-chairman David Gold has cast doubt over the future of their academy.Hammers fans are generally proud of their academy and its history, and have not reacted well to Gold’s claims that they should not expect home-grown players to get a chance in competitive games.”Today, if we’re having a cup final, there probably would be 30 internationals on the pitch, so there is a big difference and a changing landscape that’s changed the whole dynamics.” Gold told TalkSPORT.“There is nothing more pleasurable, for a fan, owner or manager, to have a young academy player breaking through. However, I think we’ve got to be realistic and say that is now virtually impossible.”I think we had one or two that broke in this season. I think we had Rashford and that was really a freak situation. That wouldn’t have happened under normal circumstances and I think there was an injury during the warm-up and he got his chance.”It’s just not going to happen on a regular basis. It’s different now. We have to face the fact that 17, 18 and 19-year-old young men are not going to get into the Premier League first-team. That would be very, very rare.”He continued: “From a financial point of view we’d like them to come through earlier, but we’ve got to face up to the fact, the academy is in place and that’s not going to change, what will change is that instead of teenagers breaking into the first team, they are going to have to go out on loan.“That’s what is happening and there is a big drive for players to go out on loan and they may do that for three of four years.”last_img read more

Liverpool to make offer as Keita enters transfer talks with RB Leipzig

first_imgLiverpool are to make an offer for Red Bull Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita this week.The Times says Reds boss Jurgen Klopp wants to bring Keita to Anfield as soon as he can, with the player now working the deal at his end.Keita is set for talks with RBL over his future with Klopp having told Liverpool to step up their pursuit of the Guinea midfielder.Klopp will return to Melwood this week for the resumption of preseason training and wants the interest in Keita brought to a head.The Anfield hierarchy will now make contact with Leipzig again over the Guinea international and test the German club’s resolve that the 22-year-old midfielder is not for sale.last_img

The Fire of Future Solutions

first_imgPosted on May 1, 2011June 20, 2017By: Seth Cochran, Young Champion of Maternal 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 blog post was contributed by Seth Cochran, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. He will be blogging about his experience every month, and you can learn more about him, the other Young Champions, and the program here.My mind is on fire.Maybe it’s the altitude or perhaps the furious travel schedule. Or it might just be that I spent the better part of the last week fully immersed in the explosive energy of the Young Champions Future Forum (YCFF) in Accra, Ghana. But in any case, I have so many ideas burning up my brain that I can hardly breathe. The YCFF was solid gold.After back-to-back overnight flights from Peru and then New York, I landed in Ghana dirty, dizzy and dazed. I had a shower and hustled over to the hotel’s restaurant where several of myYoung Champion compatriots were hanging out. We ordered a round of Cokes and started catching up.But before we could really start talking, a young man set up a massive keyboard near the door and started playing it at a disruptively high volume. Like an obnoxious voice at the table, the keyboard kept breaking up the conversation with jarring interruptions. But everything changed when an older woman with traditional dress and slightly tinted glasses walked into the room with a wireless microphone and started singing. Her perfect sequence of pop favorites from the last forty years set a hypnotizing foundation for an enlightening exchange.Ashoka paired every Young Champion with an Ashoka Fellow working somewhere in the world. The diversity of placements resulted in a wide variety of experiences and talking to each other about our challenges and what we learned proved to be an incredible education. Besides hearing about how ideas and plans have changed, it also became clear that organizational structure and sustainability were common challenges across every placement.How do we structure roles and responsibilities to best engage our teams? How can we find additional resources so we don’t have to depend exclusively on donor charity? The epiphany is not in the answers to these questions, but rather in the fact that everyone is trying to answer them.When we moved into the formal part of the YCFF the next day, I had a hard time staying focused. I kept thinking about sustainability – about how I could more effectively engage donors and introduce business into OperationOF’s program to reduce our reliance on them. With a very small budget and the Young Champion program finishing at the end of May, this is a question that keeps me up at night.I snapped out of internal monologue when Ashoka Fellow Kathryn Hall-Trujillo (aka Mama Kat) talked about unlocking empathy and connecting people in The Birthing Project. This part of her narrative seemed to shake something loose inside me. Over the next several days, we heard from several accomplished entrepreneurs, all of whom contributed to the developing fire inside of me. I felt a collection of possibility converging into something yet unknown.The lineup of speakers reached its peak in the legendary Dr. Fred Sai who shared his deep knowledge and insight with an unparalleled charm. Dr. Sai gave us a brief history of the Safe Motherhood movement and then answered questions from the group. When Ifeyinwa Egwaoje asked Dr. Sai about how to improve the situation for mothers in Nigeria, Dr. Sai smiled and said, “Goodluck.” The room, surprised at such a short and seemingly consigned answer erupted into laughter. But as the laughter calmed, Dr. Sai repeated his answer, which is also the Nigerian President’s name, and then went on to discuss how critical engaging government was achieving the objective.While the speakers proved to be extraordinary, the other Young Champions were the final element that turned the kindling fire inside me into a bonfire of innovation. Sparked through an exchange with Zubaida Bai, I came up with an idea. Every other Young Champion I shared it with contributed to that idea in some way with momentum building up to an unclenching excitement. This idea, which I am not yet ready to roll out, is a way to answer many of the questions that keep me up and night. Now, I am losing sleep thinking about how to make this idea a reality.That is why my mind is on fire.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Maternal Health Commodities: Looking Beyond Medicines

first_imgPosted on August 16, 2012October 12, 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)This post is part of a blog series on maternal health commodities. To view the entire series, click here.Written by: the Fistula Care team at EngenderHealth.The UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities is working to improve access to essential but overlooked maternal health medicines, such as oxytocin, misoprostol, and magnesium sulfate. This is welcomed, wonderful news: Proper access to these drugs will save the lives of many women every year. As we consider how to improve mothers’ health worldwide, however, we must recognize that life-saving medicines are only a part of the story. Facilities require equipment and supplies to save lives, too.On the USAID-funded Fistula Care project, we at EngenderHealth have given some thought to the essential obstetric equipment that hospitals should have on hand. As it turns out, very little on our equipment list is exclusively for genital fistula repair surgery. The same retractors, specula, scissors, scalpels, and forceps can largely be used not only to repair fistula, but also to enable health providers to carry out cesarean sections, laparotomy and other surgeries. That is, the same tools that enable trained surgeons to repair fistula can also allow hospital staff to provide the comprehensive emergency obstetric care that will prevent fistula – not to mention maternal deaths.Equipment requirements go beyond surgical kits: Autoclaves, operating tables, and appropriate lighting can improve care hospital-wide. All equipment – both large and small – must be appropriately maintained and, when necessary, repaired. Ensuring local capacity for maintenance and repair is therefore essential.A functioning surgical service also needs supplies – items like gloves, disinfectant, gauze, and sutures that will naturally be used up and need replenishing. These items share the supply chain needs of the essential medicines, and it follows logically that improving access to lifesaving drugs could efficiently translate into systems able to maintain and appropriately distribute necessary consumables, too.Costing of consumables for maternal health is acknowledged as an issue that has not received sufficient attention. Our recent cost study assessed the average consumption of supplies related specifically to fistula surgery. Just like our equipment list, most consumables for fistula repair overlap with those required for emergency obstetric care.Can the UN commission include equipment and consumables among its concerns? Perhaps not, since its specific focus is central to its success. Nevertheless, all players in the maternal health field would do well to keep in mind that lifesaving medicines are just part of the story. Properly maintained, functional equipment and appropriate consumables also save lives.Learn more about the Fistula Care project here.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Maternal and Newborn Health Take the Spotlight at the World Health Assembly

first_imgPosted on May 12, 2015October 26, 2016By: Rima Jolivet, Maternal Health Consultant, Maternal Health Task ForceClick 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)In an important development for the global maternal health community, the long-awaited Strategies toward Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality (EPMM) will be launched at the 68th World Health Assembly, at an event hosted by Cameroon and Malawi and co-sponsored by the contributors to the Every Newborn Action Plan.This event marks the culmination of over two years of consensus work and collaboration with multiple stakeholders that began in January 2013. The EPMM Working Group—led by the WHO in partnership with MHTF, UNICEF, UNFPA, USAID, Family Care International, Maternal Child Survival Program (MCSP), and White Ribbon Alliance—has stewarded the process to gather key inputs and consult widely with a broad range of stakeholders to develop the ambitious yet feasible targets for ending preventable maternal deaths within a generation, and to identify the strategic priorities and actions necessary for achieving this vision. The strategies are presented in full in the EPMM report that has been recently published by the World Health Organization. The EPMM targets were included as part of the Every Newborn Action Plan resolution at last year’s World Health Assembly.The EPMM targets and strategies are grounded in a human rights approach to maternal and newborn health, and focus attention on eliminating significant inequities that persist, resulting in disparities in access, quality, and outcomes of care within and between countries. The strategy emphasizes effective planning for high-functioning maternal health systems that are equipped to identify the immediate and underlying causes of maternal deaths and to develop evidence-informed, context-specific programme interventions to avert future deaths.Both the EPMM and ENAP strategies informed the technical working paper on “Effective Interventions and Strategies for Ending Preventable Maternal and Newborn Mortality and Stillbirths”, which fed into the updated United Nations Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Every Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent’s Health. This technical paper is slated to be published in the British Medical Journal as part of a series of papers that support the Secretary-General’s updated strategy. The “zero draft” of the full “Global Strategy 2.0” is currently open for public comment, through June 5, 2015.The EPMM Strategy will be launched in conjunction with the one-year anniversary of the passage of the Every Newborn Action Plan resolution and with it the launch of the ENAP Progress Report. To mark the occasion of these significant achievements, an event at the 68th World Health Assembly will showcase a combined strategic approach using the EPMM and ENAP frameworks to accelerate progress and feature examples from country champions of successful models of integration at national policy and point-of-service levels.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Medical Detailing: Teaching Providers How to Properly Use and Advocate for Health Care Products

first_imgPosted on May 11, 2015October 26, 2016By: Saundra Pelletier, CEO, Woman Care Global & EvofemClick 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)I am thrilled to have a discussion about the need for better metrics and measurement for establishing best practices on correct use of maternal health supplies. As organizations focus on global maternal health, we need to evaluate provider practices and use of health supplies in the countries where we work. How are we going to address the gaps without first determining what the gaps are? Are providers short on supply? Do providers choose not to use certain products because of storage requirements? Are providers trained properly on the health supplies they’re being encouraged to use?At Woman Care Global, we use an approach called medical detailing to support providers in the correct use and advocacy of women’s reproductive health supplies. Medical detailing is considered one of the few interventions capable of impacting provider performance. The core theory of medical detailing is to use support and training through frequent contact with providers to develop customized interventions to improve healthcare outcomes. Trained representatives visit medical practitioners regularly to determine the individual provider’s needs, motivations and barriers around the use of medical devices, products or services.We have utilized, and had success with, medical detailing for a program we pioneered called Maximizing Provider Healthcare Performance™, or MAX for short. MAX representatives visit over 300 healthcare providers in Kenya and South Africa to gather information about the care being given to patients. The information is collected on tablets in the field and uploaded. Through a research partner, that data is analyzed to pinpoint which specific interventions lead to enhanced care. The representatives then follow up with each provider to implement the customized interventions indicated in each situation. They also share the provider’s own analyzed data with them each quarter, in order to provide a measurement of changes in service delivery, and to identify and discuss any gaps that may have resulted in decreased performance. The whole aim of the MAX program is to raise the bar on quality care delivery.Now, I can happily talk strategy and create a bunch of flow charts about how the program works, but I want to emphasize one crucial element to the success of medical detailing. We have found the interaction between our MAX medical detailing representatives and the healthcare providers is the predominant determinant of success with both changing provider practices and collecting accurate data. Yes, the representatives are there to gather data, but they also take the time to talk, walk and drink tea with the clinicians we’re trying to reach. These interactions happen very naturally out in the field where trust and true partnership are developed over time. In an era of big data and analytics, we should never underestimate the impact of taking a minute to have a cup of tea and the value of engaging people. On a personal level, I am encouraged by programs that layer emotional intelligence and solid business practices. I am also truly and deeply encouraged by programs that take the first step and recognize that each subsequent step is meaningful.“I long to accomplish a great and noble task; but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.” – Helen KellerTeaching providers how to properly use and advocate for health care products is a small task with big potential. Each woman helped will benefit and she will bring those incremental gains back to her family and her community. And that in itself is great and noble.This post is part of the blog series “Increasing access to maternal and reproductive health supplies: Leveraging lessons learned in preventing maternal mortality,” hosted by the Maternal Health Task Force, Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition/Maternal Health Supplies Caucus, Family Care International and the USAID-Accelovate program at Jhpiego which discusses the importance and methods of reaching women with lifesaving reproductive and maternal health supplies in the context of the proposed new global target of fewer than 70 maternal deaths per 100,000 births by 2030. To contribute a post, contact Katie Millar.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Maternal Health Task Force Honors 10 Global Visionaries for Commitment to Advancing Women’s Health

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 18, 2018September 24, 2018By: Staff, Maternal Health Task ForceClick 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)In honor of its 10th anniversary, the Maternal Health Task Force has presented 10 distinguished pioneers from around the world with the inaugural Maternal Health Visionary Award. This award recognizes individuals who have made an impact, pushed for innovation, inspired others, exhibited sound leadership and demonstrated a powerful vision for the future of maternal health.“We are delighted to offer this Visionary Award to 10 leaders who have made a significant impact on advancing maternal health worldwide,” said Dr. Ana Langer, director of the Maternal Health Task Force and professor of the practice of public health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “As we celebrate the past 10 years of the Maternal Health Task Force, we want to recognize the important achievements of our collective efforts and those of these talented individuals that will help keep us on the path towards our goal of ending preventable maternal mortality and morbidity worldwide.”The recipients of the Maternal Health Visionary Award are:• Fatemeh Ahmadi, President of the Department of Health School Curriculum Enrichment at the Mahdavi Institute, Iran• Pushpa Chaudhary, Secretary of the Ministry of Health & Population in the Government of Nepal, Nepal• Joia Crear-Perry, Founder and President of the National Birth Equity Collaborative, United States• Darwin Dela Cruz Diaz, Nurse Activity Manager at Medecins Sans Frontieres, Bangladesh• Hawa Abdullahi Elmi, Lead of the National Midwifery Training Schools & Vice President of the Somali Midwifery Association, Somalia• Lealaiauloto Liai Iosefa-Siitia, Executive Director of the Samoa Family Health Association, Samoa• Theresa Shaver, Senior Maternal Health Advisor at USAID, United States• Özge Tunçalp, Scientist at the World Health Organization, Switzerland• Linda Valencia, Senior Program Officer at Planned Parenthood Global, Guatemala• Westone Khisa Wakasiaka, Fistula Surgeon and Obstetrician at the Kenyatta National Hospital, KenyaIn addition to the Visionary Award announcement, the Maternal Health Task Force hosted a Symposium in Boston on Monday, 17 September 2018, to celebrate its anniversary, showcase achievements in global maternal health and chart a course forward for critical steps to end preventable maternal mortality and optimize maternal health around the world. Distinguished speakers at the event included: Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda, Former President of Malawi; Christy Turlington Burns, Founder and CEO of Every Mother Counts; Nina Martin, Reporter at ProPublica; and Dr. Mary-Ann Etiebet, Executive Director of Merck for Mothers.To learn more about the Visionary Award recipients and their achievements, please visit the Maternal Health Task ForceTen years ago, the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) was founded with the vision of creating a strong, well-informed and collaborative global community focused on ending preventable maternal mortality and morbidity worldwide. The MHTF is the flagship maternal health project of the Women and Health Initiative at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. It serves as a platform that generates and disseminates high-quality scientific research, surfaces key issues for critical discussion, consensus building and policy advocacy; supports emerging professionals in maternal newborn health; and connects researchers, policy-makers, providers and other stakeholders in the global maternal newborn health field.About the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public HealthHarvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health traces its roots to public health activism at the beginning of the last century, a time of energetic social reform. From the start, faculty were expected to commit themselves to research as well as teaching. In 1946, no longer affiliated with the medical school, the School became an independent, degree-granting body. Today, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health brings together dedicated experts from many disciplines to educate new generations of global health leaders and produce powerful ideas that improve the lives and health of people everywhere.Share this:last_img read more

Musical chairs for New York’s freelance instrumentalists

first_imgThis weekend, the New York Times ran a feature on the upheaval in the New York music scene caused by Barbra Streisand’s upcoming European tour. It’s a fascinating glimpse into the complexities of the classical-musician labor market. 58 musicians are being plucked mostly from philharmonics and Broadway orchestras. According to the Times, “It’s a sweet gig for the players. But beyond that, the tour has created a mild economic boom for the pool of musicians left behind.” When substitutes get called in, they have a chance to make an impression that could lead to full-time work. Equally interesting are the informal network ties that lead to much of this employment. The contractor who’s putting together Barbra Streisand’s backing orchestra is quoted as saying, “Had another contactor been given the assignment, I dare say the makeup of the orchestra would have been substantially different.” In that way, it sounds like what we hear from freelancers all the time: you get work based on a combination of skill and who you know.last_img read more

New podcast of a presentation from Sara Horowitz

first_imgOn March 26, Freelancers Union founder Sara Horowitz spoke about the changing workforce at Albany Law School. You can download audio or listen online at their website. The talk was entitled, “Providing Benefits and Protections to the New Flexible Workforce.”last_img

5 ways artificial intelligence is shaping the future of eCommerce

first_imgAccording to Antoine Blondeau, CEO of Sentient Technologies, by the early 20s, AI will be taking a larger role in making decisions, pre-emptive solutions, and insight delivery. Society will be more efficient. AI will help deliver things more quickly and more cheaply, as well switching customers onto products they hadn’t considered.Speed and ease are of the essence. Research suggests that users currently leave websites that fail to load in 3 seconds. Almost three-quarters of online shopping carts are abandoned. There is a lot of competition for all those limited attention spans.Here are 5 ways that AI will make things quicker and easier, shaping the future of e-commerce.Visual SearchYou’ll be able to upload an image to find similar or complementary products. This will work particularly well via mobile. Think of it as Color911’s Color App but for any product, matching shape, size, fabrics, and brands.It takes shopping out of the mall and off of e-commerce websites. You could be working out in the gym when you see a pair of sneakers that you like. Take a snap on your mobile device and you can be on your way to finding the same, similar, or complementary items.Akash Bhatia (Infinite Analytics’ cofounder and CEO) says that AI-driven platforms are going to be essential to e-commerce success.The Merging of Online and Offline WorldsAdvances in AI will mean that when you enter a bricks and mortar store, the information gleaned from your activities and comments on the website will be used to improve your offline experience and make appropriate suggestions.Personalization of the Customer ExperienceWe’re already seeing advances in personalization to create great user experiences. Think Amazon, which aims to provide the best customer service in the world. They, and sites like theirs, use most viewed items, best sellers, and other trends to serve their clients better. AI will take this to the next level, however, by gathering data not only from websites but also from bricks and mortar stores and apps.A lot of data is required to create proper personalization. AI, with its deep learning algorithms, will continually learn new signals and use them to provide a seamless experience with truly personalized products.The Rise of the Virtual Personal ShopperIn an increasingly busy world, many shoppers will have dreamed of having a personal shopper to take care of their needs. Guess what? With AI, this is becoming more practical than ever.North Face is one of a growing number of businesses sites that are integrating AI technologies that shop on behalf of their customers. During these interactive shopping experiences, websites will deliver product recommendations based on cognitive data and natural conversation derived from AI.Personalized AINot only will customers’ experiences be personalized, but different AI bots will also have their own unique personalization.Chat bots are not intended to be flat responders to human interactions. As they become more sophisticated, they will have personalities that reflect the brands they represent.These intelligent shopping assistants are going to be able to analyze and interpret data faster than a human can. Yet, they’ll be able to communicate with you in a natural sounding way. Increasingly, they are going become an important part of a brand’s image. They will provide entertainment, as well as fostering engagement.Worried that AI is an invasion of privacy? According to J. Walter Thompson, almost three-quarters of millennials in the US are in favor of brands and retailers using AI to suggest more interesting products. A similar number believe that the technology will be able to predict their desires.Given time, AI may understand this better than anyone.last_img read more

Has the Freelance Isn’t Free Act helped you? We want to hear from you!

first_imgIn 2016, thanks to the efforts of freelancers who banded together to demand change New York City passed landmark legislation protecting freelancers from nonpayment.The Freelance Isn’t Free law became effective May 15 2017, stipulating that clients must use a contract for any work over $800, and awards double-damages and attorney’s fees to freelancers who successfully sue for nonpayment.Has this law had an impact on your life? Have you successfully utilized it to recover lost wages? Has it helped you in getting a contract, or in negotiating fair payment terms? We want to hear from you!Please tell us your story at’re tracking the impact to help showcase why we need better laws for freelancers nationwide. We plan to share member stories on our blog and with the press to highlight its effect.Curious about learning more about the law or working to enact it in your city? Please visit our Freelance Isn’t Free resources page to learn more.last_img

4 tips for overcoming your greatest challenge as a freelancer

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.Finding our first freelance project is hard. Creating a stream of prospects and new customers can feel impossible. And this is why creating a steady stream of paying clients is usually the biggest challenge freelancers face. But, once we embrace this challenging reality, we freelancers can overcome it by passing the following four powerful checkpoints.Actively find new projectsThere is the first client, and then there are the many inconsistent ones to follow. The key here is knowing our selling strength and tackling the easiest sources first.Make selling predictableOnce we’re confident in our ability to get and take care of a client, we’ll need to embrace the numbers game so we can make that inconsistent sales effort a reliable way of life.Extend our sales efforts with a teamAs a successful freelancer, our sales team will consist of friends, clients, and our network. To succeed, we’ll need to actively cultivate these relationships.Establish a reputation where referrals seek us outBy focusing on doing great work, time will eventually build a reputation where people know and hear about us. When we have people seeking us out to help grow their business, we’ve hit a major milestone in creating a sustainable freelance income.We’re finding new projectsI remember the moment when I landed my first website customer. I had called through an Atlanta suburb’s business association directory. One of the owners I got on the phone happened to need a website and agreed to hire me. Wow, I was in business building websites!While I garnered a quick win, I’d soon find out the challenge of selling. After moving to Atlanta from Arizona, I didn’t have a network, so I started attending many events looking for people in search of websites and marketing support. I operated more as a “grill” type sales person seeking the opportunity and pushing for the close.Fast forward to today and the past few years, I’ve operated more as a crockpot sales person slowly and steadily creating content and growing relationships. As a freelancer we don’t need many clients to sustain success, so we can realistically apply an inbound approach to growing.There’s also an order of ease when it comes to finding new paid work. Getting more work is always easiest from our current clients. Finding it with strangers takes way more energy and resources. Unfortunately, it took me awhile to recognize and embrace this and I ended up spending way more energy finding and landing new projects.Now that I’ve shifted strategies, I simply work through my contact list in the order listed below when I’m seeking additional paid work.Active clientsRecently active clientsInactive clientsProspects & leadsConnectionsStrangersThese simple insights and strategies are what freelancers need to create and sustain success. When we recognize how we’re best suited to sell and run a strategy that tackles the low-hanging fruit first, we’ve got a plan to effectively find our first of many new customers.Sales is a predictable processSales can feel like an abstract process, but the quicker we can make it concrete the faster we can take control of fostering a flow of new clients. And, the best part of all is we can actually map out our activity in a way that predicts the types of results we’ll have.How many customers do you have right now? How many leads did it take to get those customers? How many meetings did it take to generate those leads? How many strangers did you need to network or call to get those meetings?If you want five customers, figure out how many meetings you need to have to get them. When we’re selling, many times we can get too focused on making a sale, but it’s much more effective for us to know the actions we can take along the way and simply focus on doing those activities.A clear understanding of what it takes to succeed is only the first step. To sustain the activity we need to not only survive, but thrive, requires fearlessness, discipline, and perseverance. The fires of freelancing will cultivate these attributes if we don’t bring them to the table on the offset.We’ve built a team of advocatesWhile we as freelancers are lone rangers, we can’t succeed on our own. We need others helping to connect us with the right people. And there are three types of people that can elevate our independent career. Rainmakers, customers, and friends (or family) become our extended sales team.Rainmakers are people we come across that send referrals our way. Happy customers are enthusiastic about our results, so they share away with their fellow business owners and friends. And trusting friends care about helping us and want to make it slightly easier.Don’t go into freelancing without building your extended promotional team!Referrals & leads seek us outI remember the first few times leads came my way out of what seemed like nowhere. Several years back, I began working with a customer on the Hubspot platform. I was able to help him leverage the tool to the max and the Hubspot staff took notice and referred other small companies my way.Great work done well over time leads to prospects seeking us out, and this example worked out well for me with several projects flowing my way from people I didn’t even know. When strangers are you referring you, you know you’ve hit this checkpoint.Sustain a sustainable freelancing businessGetting those first few clients, and channeling them into a predictable process helps us leverage the referrals from our network. As we serve these new customers well over time, we build a reputation where people seek us out to solve the problems we’re an expert at resolving.It isn’t easy, but the steps are fairly simple once we get out of our head, face our fears, and make it happen.Jason Scott Montoya is a full-time freelancer, author (Path Of The Freelancer), husband, and father (4) located in Atlanta Georgia. He helps grow small business income, teams, and owners. On his blog, he shares stories & systems to live better & work smarter.last_img read more

How to bridge the divide between you and your clients

first_imgFor small businesses and freelancers alike, it’s important to recognize that your business is as strong as the relationships you build with your customers.We can learn a lot about creating those relationships from the customer experience industry. In particular, we can learn how to create customer-centric messages and how to weave the customer relationship into marketing strategies and plans. This starts with something as simple as reaching out directly to customers with a personal note.As you grow, you may implement more complex systems to reach out to customers with consistent, branded messages. Make sure that, no matter what technologies you use, the goal remains the same. To create lasting, personal connection with customers and clients.Shorten the distance between you and your customerThe shorter the distance (or perceived distance) between you and your customer, the stronger the relationship. Freelancers and small business owners can learn from the CEO of men’s apparel brand Masorini and how he uses email to connect with customers in a crowded market.After every purchase, Masorini sends a personal thank you note from the CEO directly to the customer. This small online store is demonstrating that they recognize the value of every customer and every customer’s experience.Make a personal commitmentBy doing this, the CEO shows his personal commitment to his customers. He inserts himself into the customer journey in a unique and powerful way.This mindset applies in the freelancer-client relationship, too. Consider these questions: Are you reaching out to your clients with clear messages?Are you taking a moment to say thank you, or to connect in a person-to-person way, beyond outlining deliverables?Express gratitudeWith the thank you note, the Masorini CEO accomplishes three goals: create a relationship, build loyalty, and increase sales. All of this applies to the freelancer-client relationship.As part of expressing gratitude for your client and the work you are creating, you also want to connect with and listen to the client so that you can better structure your workflow and manage your relationship in a way that benefits both you and the client.Personalizing your outreach helps to accomplish those goals in a positive context that builds, rather than challenges the relationship.Acknowledge challenges and limitationsWhen you acknowledge challenges and limitations on the client’s side and your own, you reinforce trust and loyalty. Both trust and loyalty are key to creating a better experience for your client and a strong relationship that is profitable for you.Here we learn another lesson from the small business, boutique retail space. Online retailer Hello Spud did something truly impressive by using email and handwritten correspondence. They made me a loyal customer by making me wait!Apply lessons and customize to your needsIn many ways, the retail space can be a much easier space in which to create loyalty and customer retention. Of course, there are many situations that are specific to freelance projects. And there is no one size fits all solution.However, the best practices we see in place as customers are a great place to start. Create experiences for your clients and build relationships that make your clients excited to work with you and eager to spread the word about the unique value that you provide.last_img read more

Asian Games was a trailer, you will watch full film at Tokyo Olympics: Army chief Rawat

first_img(Eds: Minor edit in 10th para) New Delhi, Sep 5 (PTI) They have contributed 11 out of the 69 medals in country’s highly successful Asian Games campaign but chief of Indian Army, General Bipin Rawat, termed it as “only trailer” as the full length movie will be released during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. “I want to congratulate the entire contingent and I am not just talking about the medal winners. Some won medals and some did not perform up to the mark but I am hopeful that they will continue to work hard. Asian Games was just a trailer and you will get to watch the full movie during Olympics. That’s our endeavour for Mission Olympics,” Rawat told media after felicitation of the Army athletes. The Chief of Army Staff said that he expects more medals in future marquee events. “We had 73 representatives of the Indian Army which included 66 athletes and seven coaches, who were a part of the Indian contingent. We won 11 medals including 4 gold and 4 silver and 3 bronze medals. I expected even more but I am not disheartened. I know that they will train harder, be more determined to win many more laurels for the country.” Rawat said that most of the athletes who interacted with him on Wednesday requested the Army to help them get more international exposure. “They spoke to me about need for international exposure. They want to compete with world’s best athletes on a regular basis, have access to state-of-the-art training abroad. This exposure boosts an athlete’s confidence. We have seen our athletes perform well at home but at times fail due to stage fright in overseas conditions.advertisement “That’s why international exposure with good foreign coaches will be of great help with only two years left for the Tokyo Olympics,” the Army chief said. Rawat was all praise for the Indian equestrian team that won two silver medals and promised that Army is on course to buy quality horses of foreign breed. “There are lot of events where we haven’t won medals earlier but during this edition we have won medals. We have never won any medals in Equestrian after 1982 Delhi Asiad. This time we won two silver medals in the Equestrian. “We are in process of buying new horses. The 61st Cavalry of Indian Army has been tasked to buy new horses from foreign land. We will buy good horses so that riders can train here. However we would also see to it that they can train in foreign countries.” There are five specific sports units of Army that are working on Mission Olympics which include Army Sports Institute, Army Rowing Node, Army Yatching Node, Army Equestrian Node and Army Marksman Unit . “All our nodes are working on the Mission Olympic programme. But we are not working in isolation. We are getting a lot of support from the Sports Ministry. We have some fields where we specialise — like boxing, shooting and rowing. These are some of our specialities. We would continue to work with sports ministry,” General Rawat concluded. PTI KHS BSBSKHSlast_img read more