Kaveree Bamzai on the police’s sensitivity to crime

first_imgShobhit Modi was like any other young man in a Delhi mall. Tissot watch, check. iPhone, check. Chauffeur-driven car, check. That was till he was stabbed to death just outside his posh South Delhi apartment on May 5 and became another statistic for the National Crime Records Bureau. Soon, we,Shobhit Modi was like any other young man in a Delhi mall. Tissot watch, check. iPhone, check. Chauffeur-driven car, check. That was till he was stabbed to death just outside his posh South Delhi apartment on May 5 and became another statistic for the National Crime Records Bureau. Soon, we had a police narrative of his life that went thus: He had more than one girl’s number on his phone. Was he a two-timing Casanova? He occasionally sniffed glue as many boys do in posh schools. Was he part of a drug cartel?Only his family knows the truth, and in this day and age of aggressive individualism, perhaps not even they. But anyone who remembers the initial police narrative on Aarushi Talwar’s murder will hear the echoes. Here was a girl who chatted with her friends, many of them boys, till late in the night. Who was allowed the freedom to go out with her friends unescorted. Who was left unsupervised by a known adult for some part of the day.There is no doubt that there is a clash of civilisations. What one class thinks is indulgent enabling is parental duty for others. What one class believes are luxuries are necessities of metropolitan adolescence. The class that investigates the murder invariably has no comprehension of the lifestyle of the murdered. How can a student with no known source of income afford an expensive phone or daily visits with friends to a mall? Or how can a young girl, barely 14, have so many friends on Facebook who are boys? For that one would have to explain how buying a phone is considered a rite of passage in an affluent adolescent’s life. And how having Facebook friends is a marker of one’s existence. If you don’t have them, you are a non-person.advertisementThese are issues that even the most educated parents are grappling with. And don’t even ask about sexual experimentation and recreational drug abuse. Neither our teachers, who still treat sex education like an embarrassing relative who has to be wheeled out at family functions, nor parents, who cannot even begin to count the ways children find to get high on intoxicants, are prepared for this universe. It’s not surprising. Our police officials see the worst of human behaviour.They see parents who kill their daughters for their izzat, men who set their wives on fire for dowry, and children who are routinely sexually abused. They are also now seeing gigantic financial frauds using the most sophisticated legal advice, murders arising out of cyber bullying, and teenage crime related to drugs and sex. A particularly repulsive movie recently, Luv Ka The End, aimed at the so-called youth demographic, had its hero being part of a Billionaire Boys Club. Their sport? Putting their sexual encounters online and winning points. The highest, 1,000 points, was for bedding a virgin. To use the wonderfully expressive terms of this generation. Eww. Indeed. But don’t be surprised to see it playing at a home near you.last_img read more

Celebrity athletes consider it below their dignity to compete in National Championships: SAI Director General

first_imgTop players missing in action from the National Championships is a common sight in Indian sports. Various National Championships fail to attract the cream of Indian sports and as a result the organisers have to make do with a depleted field.With top players having a reasonable clout, there is hardly anyone to challenge their decisions. But Sports Authority of India (SAI) Director General Injeti Srinivas has taken a strong view of this tradition.Srinivas minced no words and claimed that ‘celebrity’ athletes don’t feel the need to participate in the nationals.”Celebrity athletes consider it below their dignity to play at the nationals,” Srinivas said without naming anyone.”If an athlete is unable to play in a National Championship, he or she should seek for an exemption. It should be a policy that an athlete should compete at the nationals so that he or she is eligible for national selections.”India had sent its largest ever contingent for the Rio Olympics but unfortunately, the number of medals that the country won was not a true reflection of that.In his tour note, after he came back from Rio, Srinivas wrote: “Some of the athletes showed physical fitness issues, which is certainly a matter of concern and reflects inadequate monitoring.”There were doubts over physical fitness of some of the athletes but Srinivas admitted that it was a collective failure, which also included SAI.”It was a tour note and it indicated some pluses and some minuses. There was absolutely no attempt to find faults because it was a collective failure. SAI also does not absolve itself of the responsibility. If an athlete has gone to the Olympics without being 100 per cent fit, there is something wrong with the system,” he noted.advertisementSrinivas also felt that there is a need to tweak the ambitious Target Olympics Podium (TOP) scheme which came into effect ahead of the Olympics. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also announced that the government will launch a task force for the next three Olympics.”TOPs was a very good scheme and I don’t see any reason why it should be shelved. Of course there is a need to tweak it a bit but it should stay,” he added.last_img read more

These 10 Trade Schools Have Some of the Best ROI in the Country

first_imgWe’ve all seen the lists of the “best colleges in the country” — and it’s never a surprise which ones come out on top.Harvard, Yale, Princeton… but how about St. Paul’s School of Nursing in Queens? Forbes recently published a list of the top 30 two-year trade schools in the country, and St. Paul’s was No. 1.Here are the benefits of attending a trade school, the trade schools with the best return on investment (ROI) and the steps you should take before making any decisions about your education.Why Go to a Trade School?When it comes to choosing a college, two of the most important factors are affordability and ROI. That’s why trade schools are worth your consideration.For one thing, attending a trade school could mean you’ll graduate with less student loan debt.Here are the average costs of attending different types of colleges:Two years at a trade school: $33,000Four years of in-state tuition at a public institution: $37,640Four years at a private institution: $129,620The cost difference between a trade school and an in-state public university isn’t huge. But keep in mind that most trade schools are two years or less. That means you’ll graduate and earn money sooner than you would with a four-year degree.7 Well-Paying Vocational JobsAnd because you’ll have skills that prepare you for a specific career, you’ll be less likely to float around and work minimum-wage jobs while you figure out what you want to do with your life after graduation. 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 2.8★ 10 Trade Schools With Excellent ROIForbes analyzed more than 400 two-year trade schools and ranked them based on earnings, affordability, and quality to determine which ones provided the biggest bang for your buck.It looked at data such as:Graduates’ average earnings six and 10 years after graduationSticker price, median student loan debt and repayment successRetention and completion rates and student-faculty ratioWe included a sampling from the top 30 schools below. We chose not to include an ordered list of the top 10 because the majority were nursing schools — and we wanted to offer a diverse selection.Based on the data above, here are some of the best trade schools in order of best to worst ROI.1. St Paul’s School of Nursing (Queens)Location: Rego Park, New YorkEarly career salary: $75,800Most popular area of study: Health professions and related programs2. Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied HealthLocation: Los Angeles, CaliforniaEarly career salary: $87,200Most popular area of study: Health professions and related programs3. Pittsburgh Institute of AeronauticsLocation: West Mifflin, PennsylvaniaEarly career salary: $52,900Most popular area of study: Transportation and materials moving4. Island Drafting and Technical InstituteLocation: Amityville, New YorkEarly career salary: $42,900Most popular area of study: Engineering technologies and engineering-related fields5. Triangle Tech (Greensburg)Location: Greensburg, PennsylvaniaEarly career salary: $42,900Most popular area of study: Construction trades6. Morrison Institute of TechnologyLocation: Morrison, IllinoisEarly career salary: $43,900Most popular area of study: Engineering technologies and engineering-related fields7. West Coast Ultrasound InstituteLocation: Beverly Hills, CaliforniaEarly career salary: $50,100Most popular area of study: Health professions and related programs8. Wyotech (Laramie)Location: Laramie, WyomingEarly career salary: $42,500Most popular area of study: Mechanic and repair technologies/technicians9. ITI Technical CollegeLocation: Baton Rouge, LouisianaEarly career salary: $46,100Most popular area of study: Engineering technologies and engineering-related fields10. Nebraska College of Technical AgricultureLocation: Curtis, NebraskaEarly career salary: $43,500Most popular area of study: Agriculture, agriculture operations and related sciences3 Steps to Take Before Choosing a SchoolIf you’re tempted by the idea of trade school, the important thing is that you compare your options carefully.Here are three steps you should take before saying yes to any school.1. Gather InformationKnowledge is power — especially when it comes to choosing a college. For each school you’re considering, find out everything you can.Here are some action steps we recommend:Read rankings (and methodologies).Talk to current students and alumni.Research retention rates and average salaries of graduates.Ask about specifics that matter to you: study abroad programs, student-faculty ratios, professional organizations, job placement services, etc.The Top 10 Highest-Paying College Majors2. Crunch the NumbersOnce you receive your financial aid package, it’s time to break out the calculator.If your package includes student loans, remember that it’s not funny money. It’s money you’ll have to pay back each month while trying to enjoy your 20s.To estimate your monthly payment — and maybe open your eyes to the reality of loans — use our monthly payment calculator.For example, if you took out $35,000 of loans at a 5.70% weighted interest rate, you’d be on the hook for $383 per month for 10 years after graduation.If that won’t put a dent in your social life, we don’t know what will!3. Find Ways to Lower the CostWhichever path you choose, look for ways to lower the cost.You can negotiate with your financial aid office, work while you’re in school and apply for scholarships (although you should make sure you won’t be subject to scholarship displacement before doing so).Whether it’s a trade school, community college, four-year university or gap year, don’t take your decision lightly. The financial repercussions of your education will last for far longer than your college years will.This article was originally published on Student Loan Hero. It is reprinted with permission.Browse Open Jobs 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 3.5★ Registered Nurse (RN) – Charge Nurse – $7,000 Sign On Bonus EmpRes Healthcare Management Gardnerville, NV Registered Nurse Supervisor RN Waterbury Gardens Nursing and Rehab Waterbury, CT Director, Advanced Technology Policy General Motors United States Service Advisor Prime Motor Group Saco, ME 3.1★ 23 hours ago 23h 2.5★ 3.4★ 4.8★ 4.7★ 3.1★ 23 hours ago 23h ICU Registered Nurse Del Sol Medical Center El Paso, TX Certified Nursing Assistant CNA Towne Nursing Staff Hollis, NY Part-time Day Associate Crew Carwash Indianapolis, IN N/A Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, the need for workers in skilled trades is growing. If you get a trade degree, you could help fill that gap. 23 hours ago 23h RN, Registered Nurse – OP Chemotherapy CHRISTUS Health Houston, TX Deli Associate F&M Deli & Restaurant Mount Laurel, NJ LCPC – Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center Chicago, IL 23 hours ago 23h 2.3★ 23 hours ago 23hlast_img read more

4 Benefits You Can Negotiate (and How to Do It!)

first_img Director, Advanced Technology Policy General Motors United States N/A 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Pest Control Technician United Pest Solutions Seattle, WA Administartive Assistant Sentry Mechanical Pittsburgh, PA 23 hours ago 23h 2.8★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Registered Nurse Supervisor RN Waterbury Gardens Nursing and Rehab Waterbury, CT 23 hours ago 23h N/A 3.5★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23hcenter_img Interior Designer – St. Louis & Dallas Oculus Saint Louis, MO 23 hours ago 23h 4.5★ 2.5★ 4.7★ 5.0★ As you consider what you need most out of a new position, salary is an important component of your compensation picture — but it’s not the only factor. A guide published by Northwestern Mutual titled Changing Jobs? Top Financial Considerations Beyond Salary cites data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to solidify the claim: “Salary typically accounts for just 70 percent of an employee’s total compensation. Benefits make up the remaining 30 percent.”When it comes to benefits, it’s important to have a clear sense of where you can negotiate. Ellen Kuntzmann, Director-Talent Acquisition for Integrity Staffing Solutions advises: “When speaking with a hiring manager you will want to understand what benefits can be negotiated vs. what is fixed. For example, smaller companies may not be able to adjust medical benefits but would be more likely to offer additional PTO.” This is where you want to do your research and be clear on what you’re after. Also, recognize what constitutes “fixed benefits”; you’re unlikely to negotiate your way into a program the company doesn’t offer. So it’s probably not a good strategy to target transportation benefits if the company doesn’t offer that. But you might be able to negotiate a bonus or higher base salary by touting your merit. You can then use that extra pay to underwrite your transportation expenses.Kuntzmann advises: “Things which are often negotiable may include work hours such as 4×10 hour days, span of control for your function or work location if you want to move to the corporate office or have family in a different branch that you may be supporting. Be sure to ask for any changes to benefits you are looking for in a concise, focused one-time request. Once you get agreement on one change or benefit, asking for additional may be perceived as not fully focused on what you want.”A few other benefits you may want to consider negotiating for?1. COBRA One benefit that Kuntzmann notes may be worth pursuing is COBRA benefits. This is short-term healthcare that covers you and your family during transitional times. Kuntzmann points out: “If you are between jobs or are leaving your current job for a new role, you may ask for your cost of COBRA to be covered by your new employer until your medical benefits go live.”9 Companies That Cover 100% of Healthcare Costs — Hiring Now2. Telecommuting  Telecommuting can help foster fit for many employees. But some employers have not caught the wave. Maybe it doesn’t suit their business model, or their leadership isn’t open to it. Telecommuting can be a great job perk, but if you’re targeting it as a key benefit for job fit, it’s in your best interest to learn whether or not your prospects are open to it. If you learn that it’s an option, Kuntzmann offers this advice for negotiating a telecommuting arrangement: “The key to remote work or telecommuting is to be specific — is it one day a week or one day a month?”3. PTOPTO is commonly negotiated as a means to better foster job fit. Kuntzmann explains: “PTO is what I’m most often asked to negotiate. Some companies have ranges that they offer based upon tenure, and others may allow you to use time already allotted for a personal vacation that’s already been paid for without utilizing paid time as part of your offer negotiation.”Cool Companies Offering Unlimited Vacation & Hiring Now4. Bonus or Stock PayKuntzmann explains that if you’re going after a particular benefit when you negotiate your salary, don’t assume that you need to accept a lower base pay to negotiate that benefit. However, this might be true in the case of additional compensation. Kuntzmann explains: “I’ve often negotiated higher bonus or higher stock for a candidate for a lower base pay.” So if you find that the base pay offered is lower than what you’d expected, it might make sense to negotiate for an additional bonus or stock.  Remember — negotiations are a collaboration, not a contest. “I always appreciate creative requests,” Kuntzmann says. When it’s time to negotiate, be prepared, be gracious and be confident — you can do this!Browse Open Jobs LCPC – Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center Chicago, IL 3.4★ Registered Nurse (RN) – Charge Nurse – $7,000 Sign On Bonus EmpRes Healthcare Management Gardnerville, NV RN, Registered Nurse – OP Chemotherapy CHRISTUS Health Houston, TX 3.1★ Deli Associate F&M Deli & Restaurant Mount Laurel, NJ Service Advisor Prime Motor Group Saco, ME See More Jobslast_img read more

6 Classes That Will Help You Add In-Demand Skills to Your Resume

first_img CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) – Weekend Op Days Westminster Village, West Lafayette Inc. West Lafayette, IN Customer Service Representative Tower Loan Columbia, MO RN, Registered Nurse – Cardiopulmonary CHRISTUS Health Austin, TX 2.6★ 3.0★ Restaurant Manager Red Lobster Milpitas, CA Mechanic – Equipment & Fleet Yellowstone Landscape Group Durham, NC 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 3.4★ CMA/Certified Medical Assistant – Part Time Traveler Matrix Medical Network Portland, ME 3.4★ 3.5★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h There are few things more frustrating in the job search process than the application black hole — that endless cycle of applying to job after job without hearing a word back from recruiters or hiring managers. But that doesn’t mean you need to throw in the towel. Just because you’re not getting responses at the moment doesn’t mean you never will — it just means you need to shake up your approach.To stand out to the folks reviewing your resume, you might need to touch up your resume’s skills section. And what better way to do that than taking a cheap or free online class?Here’s a list of six online courses that will help you add highly marketable skills to your resume. Master them, and you might just start to see the opportunities come flooding in.1. So You Want to Be a Network Engineer?Cost: FreeSkills Gained: Microsoft MTA – Operating System Fundamentals, Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching, TCP/IP Tools and Commands & moreInterested in becoming a Network Engineer? With about 63,000 jobs available, a median base pay of $71,103 and a year-over-year salary growth of 3.6 percent according to Glassdoor’s latest Local Pay Reports, it’s no wonder. This introductory course from Udemy will not only let you dip your toes into the field of Network Engineering to see whether or not it’s right for you — you’ll also learn valuable information about the fundamentals of the field that you can hopefully apply on the job.Mastering These 3 Skills Can Earn You $110k a Year2. Photoshop Beginners Mastery: Zero to Hero in PhotoshopCost: $49.99Skills Gained: Editing photos, creating and applying layers to images, using selection tools & morePhotoshop isn’t just for graphic designers anymore. In a labor market where skill stacking is increasingly necessary to stand out from the crowd, learning Photoshop can set you apart from the rest of the crowd when it comes to applying to jobs. Besides art and design fields, Photoshop can be useful in many different areas, like marketing, web development, social media and more.3. Introduction to Data Analysis Using ExcelCost: FreeSkills Gained: Creating pivot tables, visualizing data, creating aggregate reports & moreA solid mastery of Excel is one of the most valuable skills out there. With more and more companies turning to data as the source of truth for business decision-making regardless of the business function, there’s hardly a position out there that can’t leverage Excel to improve their processes. Marketers, finance professionals, HR practitioners, salespeople and many more will all benefit from learning how to interpret data, and this course from edX is a great place to start.4. Intro to HTML and CSSCost: FreeSkills Gained: HTML Syntax, debugging with Developer Tools, CSS Rulesets & moreAnother hot career, according to this month’s Local Pay Reports? Web Developer. Web Developers earn a median base pay of $65,013, with a year-over-year pay growth of 3.2 percent. As a bonus, this is one position in the technical field where a bachelor’s degree isn’t a requirement. If you can use classes like this one from Udacity to hone your skills and practice applying them over time, you might just land a job in this exploding field, projected to grow 15 percent between 2016 and 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.5. The Manager’s Toolkit: A Practical Guide to Managing People at WorkCost: $49Skills Gained: Conducting interviews, assessing performance, managing conflict & moreIf you’re not already in a management role, you likely will be at some point in your career. And while you’ll probably learn the most about management on the job, it never hurts to supplement your on-the-ground education with some best practices from experts. In this Coursera class, you’ll dive into the foundations of management to make you a better leader, coach and mentor.10 of the Biggest Mistakes New Managers Make & How to Avoid Them6. How to Get a Job: A Step-by-Step GuideCost: FreeSkills Gained: Crafting a resume, negotiating for salary, researching companies, interviewing & moreYou might not list the skills you learn from this class on your resume, but they’ll nevertheless be evident in your job application. By learning how to find the right opportunities, determine whether or not a company is a culture fit, create outstanding application materials and wow recruiters and hiring managers in the interview process, this Skillshare class led by Glassdoor’s own Director of Corporate Communications Scott Dobroski will help you find the perfect job along every step of the way.Browse Open Jobscenter_img 23 hours ago 23h Lead Line Cook/Line Cooks IL MITO Trattoria e Enoteca Hartland, WI 3.4★ N/A 23 hours ago 23h 2.4★ 23 hours ago 23h 2.9★ 3.4★ LPN-Updated Competitive Wages! 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Join Us! How To Get a Job Livestream

first_img 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Do you want to know what top companies look for in candidates? Would you like to hear why recruiters may not respond to your application?Facebook, Salesforce and Kaiser Permanente are revealing exactly what you need to do to get hired.Glassdoor is hosting “How to Get a Job Live” on April 25th from 6-7pm PST. This exciting livestream event will give you the advice, tactics and tools you need to land a job. Whether you’re a seasoned pro, a career transitioner, new to the job market or a recent graduate, experts from Kaiser Permanente, Facebook, Salesforce and Glassdoor reveal how to get hired in today’s competitive job market.Facebook’s Recruiting Director Liz Wamai will share what her team looks for when hiring tech and non-tech talent in their dozens of offices worldwide. Ashley Core, a Senior Manager of Tech Recruiting at Salesforce, works hard to recruit the best in the business for roles like software engineer, infrastructure engineer, data scientist, software developer, and product manager. Plus, Kaiser Permanente’s Claire Arnold shares what the healthcare giant looks for when recruiting top talent and how to stand out when applying for one of the over four thousand jobs. Each expert will also reveal the hot jobs they are hiring for today, and reveal what really happens to your resume after you hit ‘submit job application.’In just one hour you can get the inside scoop on how to:Master the job searchStand out from the crowdAttract top companiesPlus, Glassdoor’s Chief Economist, Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, and Job Search Expert, Scott Dobroski, to learn where the best jobs are, and hear actionable tips on how to find your dream job and get hired.Register today and join us live for 60 minutes that will change your job searching forever. Browse Open Jobs 4.2★ 3.9★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 4.2★ 4.5★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h N/A Credentialed Tax Expert – CPA Intuit Arlington, VA N/A 23 hours ago 23h Lead Teacher Infant/ Toddler St. Albans Early Childhood Center Washington, DC Stop Lethal Injection (SLIP) Officer Reprieve U.S. Washington, DCcenter_img Front of House Manager Pisco Y Nazca Ceviche Gastrobar Washington, DC CDL-A Truck Driver Home Weekly with HIGH MINIMUMS! Western Express Washington, DC 3.7★ Independent Sales Agent Symmetry Financial Group Washington, DC Executive Intelligence Briefer Noblis Washington, DC Browse All Jobs CDL-A Truck Driver – Dedicated – Top Paying Route! Roehl Transport Washington, DC 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Senior Software Consultant Appian Corporation Washington, DC 4.0★ 23 hours ago 23h Federated Wireless – Senior Software Engineer (Linux Networking, LTE) Federated Wireless Arlington, VA N/A 3.5★last_img read more

DONE DEAL: Partizan Belgrade youngster Nikola Milenkovic joins Fiorentina

first_imgPartizan Belgrade youngster Nikola Milenkovic has joined Fiorentina.The 19-year-old has already been capped for Serbia, and won the SuperLiga this season, as well as the Serbian Cup.“ACF Fiorentina announces that it has reached an agreement for the permanent transfer of Nikola Milenkovic from Partizan Belgrade,” the Viola confirmed in a statement on their official website.“Milenkovic was born in Belgrade, Serbia on October 12, 1997, and will compete with his country’s national team in the upcoming European Under-21 Championships.“The player is tied to the Viola for the next five seasons.”last_img

Gladbach chief Eberl: West Ham’s Oxford is one of England’s ‘best young defenders’

first_imgBorussia Monchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl reckons that the Bundesliga club have signed one of the best young English talents in West Ham’s Recce Oxford.The 18-year-old defender joined Borussia on a season-long loan deal on Wednesday.”Reece Oxford has played for England at youth level and is considered one of the country’s best young defensive talents,” Eberl told the club’s website.”This loan deal gives us the chance to add a very interesting player to our squad. “On top of that, we’ve had good experience with signing young Premier League players in the recent past.”last_img

Ex-Leicester boss Ranieri on Nantes: I want to build on Conceicao work

first_imgFormer Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri has big ambitions for new club Nantes.Ranieri admits Sergio Conceicao’s work with Nantes last season convinced him about taking the job.He said: “Was the club’s good end of the season important in my choice to join FC Nantes? Yes, it was very important because the team played well, it was very compact, well organized.”I am very curious to see what they can do with me. Going from 19th to 7th place is fantastic. Sergio Conceição has done a great job with the players. I want to continue in that direction.”We’re going to work hard. I hope the fans will be happy with us. The feedback is good but the most important is the training.”Ranieri added: “(Chairman) Mr Kita’s enthusiasm has finally convinced me. He has a lot of confidence in me. I take full responsibility. When I’m not happy, I’ll tell him but I think he’s going to do everything he said.”last_img

World Health Day: A Reflection on the Relationship Between Maternal Health and Neglected Tropical Diseases

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on April 7, 2010June 21, 2017By: Kate Mitchell, Knowledge Management Assistant, 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)Women and Neglected Tropical Diseases: Shared History, Shared Hope*The theme of this year’s World Health Day is “Urbanization and Health.” Maternal mortality and morbidity, and neglected tropical diseases have a hugely debilitating impact on urban slum populations—who often lack access to health services. I would like to take this day to celebrate the increased attention to the connected issues of neglected tropical diseases and maternal health and to highlight the importance of a comprehensive, integrated approach to maternal health. This sort of approach not only includes universal access to reproductive health services but also addresses neglected tropical diseases—and their impact on maternal morbidity and mortality.Maternal health and neglected tropical diseases have a number of things in common, ranging from a shared history plagued with little political will to the death tolls associated with each issue—according to the World Health Organization, 536,000 women die from pregnancy complications a year, and neglected tropical diseases kill an estimated 534,000 people a year. More recently, these two global health issues share something else: a boost in funding, international attention and overall momentum.The issue of maternal health is attracting more attention than ever before. Organizations like Women Deliver and the Maternal Health Task Force are reaching out to new partners and new sectors, holding global conferences, and advancing the dialogue around MDG5, the maternal health Millennium Development Goal. New sectors are also getting involved, funding projects, and producing innovative technologies in each of these fields. The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, which funds international reporting projects, named maternal mortality a priority issue for 2010—and will be funding journalists to investigate the crisis of maternal mortality. Several efforts are underway to investigate the use of cell phone technologies to improve access to maternal health information—and also to track neglected tropical diseases. The Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases is building support and raising the profile for the control and eradication of a variety of neglected tropical diseases. Several public-private partnerships are helping to expand the coverage of treatment and prevention of neglected tropical diseases. Finally, President Barack Obama has set an example by naming neglected tropical diseases and maternal and child mortality as two of the four pillars of the Global Health Initiative.It is encouraging that these two issues have gained so much attention at the same time – not only because they share a history of neglect, but because of the impact they have on one another. In a recent paper, Dr. Peter J. Hotez, outlined how certain neglected tropical diseases, such as hookworm, contribute to anemia in pregnant women and explained that deworming during pregnancy has a significant impact on reducing maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality. Deworming is also an extremely cost-effective way to improve school attendance—and female education is an important predictor of a woman’s risk of surviving pregnancy and childbirth.The reverse is also true: women’s health during and after pregnancy impacts the incidence and impact of neglected tropical diseases on whole communities. Around the world, women are the primary caregivers for children, the sick and the elderly. They boil water, make sure their children wear shoes, and put their children to sleep under bednets—all of which reduce transmission of disease. If women’s health is not protected, their children suffer: a child who loses his or her mother is far more likely to die before their fifth birthday than a child whose mother survives.The momentum around these two issues is building. The time is now for the maternal health community to focus on a comprehensive approach to maternal health – that not only includes universal access to reproductive health services, but also considers maternal health in a broader context, including the relationship between maternal health and neglected tropical diseases. This kind of comprehensive approach, will dramatically improve the lives of the world’s most economically, socially and geographically marginalized populations—specifically those living in remote rural villages and crowded urban slums.*This article was originally posted on the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases blog, End the Neglect.Share this:last_img read more

Oyeboo (White Man)

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on May 5, 2011June 20, 2017By: Faisal Siraj, 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 Faisal Siraj, 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.Everything is meant to be and nobody knows when it is going to happen. Sometimes people really do not know what their destination is – what are they are in this world for and how they are going to achieve what they desire. Lost some where deep in my thoughts, looking at the golden floor of clouds, all off a sudden the captain made this announcement, “we are landing at Lagos airport in ten minutes.” A little smile danced on my lips and I told myself “at last you made it.”Sometimes it is really difficult to settle down in a new place, but when people around you make you feel like a member of one family then it takes no time by human body and conscious to integrate in. Initially, I had issues with my accommodations so I drove around Lagos from north to south and east to west. During this hunt I learned how to deal with the business block of Nigeria, which really helped me settle down. When I arrived I was strictly vegetarian, though I had never been in my life before, as I was not sure whether the meat they serve here is “Halal”. Fortunately my hotel started providing me with my desired food and I searched a few Halal restaurants around.My first day at the office was really memorable as a lot of people were there to greet me and I came to know how eagerly they were waiting for their Oyeboo (they call me, meaning “White Man”). We had a lot of work ahead, so after a meeting with all staff we made weekly rota and distributed different activities and different stations. I had to visit every station as everyone was waiting for their Oyeboo and that was the best feeling I have ever had in my entire life.I met with traditional birth attendant (TBA) associations of three towns. During our meetings, I tried to map out their skills and the difficulties they are facing in carrying out standard procedures. I was really shocked when I heard that they even do not have a blood pressure measuring apparatus. I got really worried as how to train the TBAs in measuring the most initial and necessary step of first antenatal visit of a pregnant women if they even don’t have an apparatus. I talked about this with my mentor and really wanted to have a meeting with health authorities to raise this issue. Unfortunately election is going to start and everyone is busy so we decided to sort out this issue after elections. Due to elections we are starting our training sessions in one week.We are going to a community awareness session on a daily basis and I can not express how it feels when you start knowing new people and communities. I cannot write the exact wording in Oyeboo language, but the translation of a prayer song that pregnant women sing in a group before the TBA starts the clinic is “I am singing this for my husband who gave me this pregnancy”. During the awareness session we actively involve the pregnant women in the discussion and we talk about healthy diet in pregnancy, importance of cleanliness, sexually transmitted infections, HIV, importance of HIV screening in pregnancy, Tuberculosis (TB), Malaria and family planning. I am happy that the communities are taking interest in discussions regarding the issues and they are very friendly and open about these issues.Along with all these activates, I managed to hang around and make new friends. I always made good friends with my sweet neighbor country India, and here too I made Indian friends. Lagos is one of the most beautiful places I have visited, especially Victoria Island. A huge construction project​ is going on and after seeing the model of Victoria Island I realized that no doubt they have plans for making another Dubai or New York.A lot of things to do, a lot of new experiences, and a lot of awareness to spread, times seems too short for achieving the goals, but still I will try to put my entire effort to make some difference. Amen.Share this:last_img read more

Introducing WASH and Women’s Health: A Blog Series Coordinated by WASH Advocates

first_imgPosted on February 25, 2013March 21, 2017By: Rebecca Fishman, Director of Operations and Special Projects, WASH AdvocatesClick 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 guest post is the first in the series WASH & Women’s Health, which WASH Advocates is coordinating for the MHTF blog.Access to clean water is not only one of the world’s most urgent health issues, but it is also a key to boosting progress in developing countries. Women and children are disproportionately affected by inadequate water, sanitation and, hygiene (WASH), and they shoulder the largest burden in collecting drinking water. What is more, when the needs of women and girls are not taken into account, the effects are felt far and wide, reaching across the education, health, security, and economic sectors.  On the other hand, improving WASH can have positive impacts throughout a girl’s life, and can even extend across generations. As we know, when women thrive, so do their communities.In this spirit, WASH Advocates is excited to collaborate with the Maternal Health Task Force to highlight the positive impact WASH and women. The blog series will be published ahead of International Women’s Day (March 8), World Water Day (March 22), and during this United Nations-designed International Year of Water Cooperation. The authors, who include colleagues involved in WASH programming around the world, will comment on the value of WASH through a woman’s life cycle and the extensive connections to health, economic empowerment, and education. I manage the women and girls portfolio for WASH Advocates and recently presented a poster on WASH and MNCH linkages at the Global Maternal Health Conference (GMHC2013) in Tanzania. My colleague, Lauren Herzer, of the Woodrow Wilson International Center also attended and penned a terrific blog post for the Maternal Health Task Force exploring the potential for synergies between WASH and maternal health efforts. In addition, I am pleased that this series will include blog posts from some of the many excellent partners I visited in Tanzania after the conference.A nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy initiative, WASH Advocates strives to increase awareness of water, sanitation, and hygiene issues and solutions and to increase the amount and effectiveness of resources devoted to those solutions throughout the developing world. For more information about this topic and any of the posts, contact Rebecca at rfishman@WASHadvocates.org. Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Acing the negative stress test

first_imgHave you ever had a “stress test?” I had one just last week.The purpose, more or less, is to test your heart and make sure all is functioning properly.In my case, as a man older than, let’s say 35, my doctor thought it would be a good idea. And so off I went to the local hospital.The process is quite straightforward…First, they attach a bunch (I think it was 8) of EKG sticky things with wires to your chest.Next, they take a resting, baseline measurement while you’re just sitting there.Finally, they put you on a treadmill and you start walking.Nothing hard about that.At least for the first three minutes, that is. Because when you reach the three-minute mark, two things happen: both the speed and incline increase.But still, not a big deal. You’re still walking, you’ve just moved up from “leisurely stroll” to “let’s give the dog a little bit of exercise.”Guess what happens at six minutes. Yep – more speed, more incline.Now you’re starting to really move; depending on how long your legs are, it might be time to break into a run.And so it goes – every three minutes, an additional increase in speed and incline.When does it stop? Well, that’s kind of the point. They are trying to stress your heart to the maximum. And so your job is to go until you can go no more – you tell them when you’re ready to stop.And so stop I finally did (12 minutes, 35 seconds, thank you very much). Then, once again, they measure your heart.You’ll be relieved to know that I’m apparently quite healthy. But there’s even more good news for you today:Relationship marketing and its related activities – newsletter publishing, social media participating, systematically staying in touch with the people you know, etc. – works in precisely the opposite way as a stress test…The longer you do it, the easier it gets.That’s a critical insight for those of us looking to expand our respective solo professional businesses.Because if you don’t understand that when it comes to relationship marketing, the hard work – the grinding, uphill, sweaty battle – is at the beginning, and that over time it will get both easier and more effective, you’re very likely to give up too soon.It would be as if someone gave you a “negative stress test,” dropping you on a treadmill, cold, at the 12-minute mark … but never hinting that before you know it, things will be getting a whole lot easier.Well, today I’m doing more than hinting. I’m telling you, as clearly as I can, thatthe longer you engage in relationship marketing, the easier and more fruitful it will become.The more regularly you stay in touch with the people you know, the more they’ll stay in touch with you (and bring you business).The more consistently you publish your newsletter, the more people who will notice it, read it and share it (and bring you business).The more available, helpful and “out there” you are, the more other people will be available, helpful and “out there” for you (and bring you business).Are you beginning to sense a pattern?Here’s the bottom line. I know relationship marketing is hard in the beginning; it’s a lot of effort for (usually) no immediate payback. But that’s why they call it “the beginning.”Your job, my tired, sweaty friend, is to stay on the treadmill just a little bit longer.last_img read more

The benefits of taking an unexpected technology break

first_imgCan you imagine a day without the tools that you need for your craft? Neither could I until it happened to me earlier this week.The day started off like most others. I had a few writing projects to complete on pretty tight deadlines. I noticed that my computer was dragging her feet—not the ‘I am going to eventually get there’ drag, but the ‘good luck if I make it’ drag. Being the do-it-yourselfer that I am, I decided to investigate.I grabbed my phone and started searching for what to do if your computer gets stuck in the perpetual thinking mode. I tried a few things but to no avail. Then I discovered what I thought was the holy grail. Several links discussed the virtues of refreshing one’s PC. I read the fine print and it seemed like a great idea. It clearly stated that all of my files would be saved.I hit the magical button, waited several minutes, and like clockwork, my computer rebooted. But, it looked different, a lot different. As I scrolled across looking for familiar apps, I didn’t see many of my favorites. I thought, “No worries. I can sort through all of this later.”I proceeded to open my libraries so that I could retrieve a document that I was working on. I opened up Documents and where the blue W with white stripes once appeared, there was now an orange, non-descript blob. The title of the document was still the same, so I just figured that I would click on it and proceed as normal.A message popped up that asked me to either purchase or to download Word 2016. I paused. Well, maybe it wasn’t exactly a pause. Honestly, I freaked out.What happened to Word 2010 and how in the world was I supposed to access my documents, especially all of my work for my clients?For me, trying to write without Word is like a painter trying to paint a canvas without a brush or an accountant calculating monthly expenses without a calculator. I had become some accustomed to using it that I froze. This may sound silly, but for a brief moment, I literally thought the sky was falling.I noticed a box that asked for my Microsoft Office 25 key activation code. Since I downloaded it over three years ago, I had no idea where the paperwork was and the avenues for retrieving it were even less helpful because I could not remember where I purchased it. I stared at the box and after a while, I think it started staring back at me. I grabbed my IPad to see if I could find a short cut or a workaround. Many people online warned against buying codes from third parties and I discovered that most retailers no longer sell 2010, so my options were slim.I looked around my office. There were several notebooks and a container of brightly colored, unused pens. An internal dialogue began. A part of me said: Just write it out by hand. Another part of me balked and questioned: Who does that anymore?I honestly spent 15 minutes oscillating back and forth about what to do. Now, it seems foolish, but in that moment, I was in crisis mode.I finally decided to grab some paper and start writing. Before I knew it, there were pages and pages of my handwriting before my eyes. It was eerily familiar and unfamiliar at the same time. I handwrote an entire 1200 word blog, misspellings and all. I marveled at my own creation, not because it was brilliant, but because it had been so long since I took the time to just write without the assistance of technology.I can honestly say that it was also challenging. I did not have a mouse or a curser to help me rearrange my ideas. Because of this, I found that I was more thoughtful and deliberate about where I placed each word and how I ordered each paragraph. I neither had the luxury of a toolbar nor the crutch of spelling and grammar check. After I finished one document, I took a brief break, turned to a new page, and started writing again. This time, it was not for a client and it wasn’t for a specific purpose. It was just some good old-fashioned free writing. I even wrote a poem and I am not a poet.As my day unfolded, my Word-induced anxiety subsided. Eventually, a dear friend passed along an activation code (I put out a 911 earlier in the day). I was able to upload Word and the problem was fixed or was it?If you are anything like me then you probably rely very heavily on software, apps, and technology to maintain a certain level of productivity and efficacy. In some ways, we all have bought into the idea that our lives would be more chaotic and more ineffective without innovation. Don’t get me wrong, innovation is necessary, but is it possible that we have gotten so tech-savvy that we actually rely too heavily upon it?I didn’t know that I missed writing things out free hand until I had to do so out of necessity. When was the last time that you drew a picture just using crayons and not software? Or when was the last time that you wrote a poem using a pen and not a keyboard?I didn’t set out to rediscover my first love of handwritten words, but it happened and I am glad.It was not convenient, and yes, it did take longer and it did create an additional step—I eventually had to type it in order to send it to my client—but there was something magical about realizing that yes, we use technology quite frequently and in some cases, we have to use technology. But, technology is just a set of tools that we use to aid us in the building process. Without it, we can still function; we are still creative human beings and, like I learned this week, life does go on without it.Tyra Seldon is a former English Professor turned writer, editor and small business owner. Her writing addresses the intersections of race, gender, culture and education. Reach her at seldonwritinggroup@hotmail.com.With over 300 contributors and 2 million readers, the Freelancers Union Blog is the foremost publication dedicated to empowering the independent workforce. Write for us!last_img read more

Freelancers Union endorses Rafael Espinal for Public Advocate!

first_imgI’m thrilled to announce that Freelancers Union is endorsing Rafael Espinal, City Council Member for the 37th District, for Public Advocate. I hope our New York City members will join me in voting for him in the special election on Tuesday, February 26, and at our Text Banking Party to support him.In a race with a number of good candidates, Rafael Espinal has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to improving the lives of independent workers. He has been dedicated to engaging with freelancers on the issues that matter most, and an ally of Freelancers Union as we raise our political voice.RSVP FOR TEXT BANKING Meet Rafael EspinalAs Chair of the NYC Council’s Committee on Consumer Affairs in 2016, Rafael Espinal was instrumental in helping New York City pass the landmark Freelance Isn’t Free law protecting freelancers from nonpayment. “I was a co prime sponsor and cleared my committee’s schedule to pass the bill as soon as possible,” he says. “Freelance workers are an integral part of New York’s economy and they deserve fair working conditions like everyone else.”Council Member Espinal also favors a number of other reforms to ensure that freelancers have the protections and support that they need to thrive. He has voiced strong support for universal healthcare, and is a sponsor of NYC bill Int.136-2018, which would extend protections from harassment and discrimination to independent workers under the City’s Human Rights Law.What is a Public Advocate anyway?The Public Advocate is a citywide elected position in New York City, which acts as an ombudsperson for all New Yorkers – a government official who champions the public and ensures government is responsive to their needs. Created in 1993, the office has historically served as vehicle for championing worker and consumer protections by drawing attention to citywide issues. Public Advocates can also introduce and sponsor legislation.If elected to office, Rafael Espinal plans to uplift the freelance community. “I would want to establish regular meetings with freelancers and their representatives to ensure that I’m always up to date with issues and ready to take opportunities — whether that’s new legislation, advocacy work, or some other way to support.” He also cites expansion of the Fair Fares Metrocard program to cover freelancers as a priority. “We need programs like this to recognize that some people’s income is very different month to month,” he says. “I’ll push for access to Fair Fares in times when freelancers are between jobs.”Get involved!Freelancers are a growing political constituency. By supporting candidates who drive meaningful changes, together we have a chance to build our political power. Learn more about our endorsements process here.Here’s how you can help:Join me and fellow Freelancers Union members for a Text Banking Party on February 20 to support Rafael Espinal, and vote for him on Tuesday, February 26. Find your polling station here, polls will be open from 6am to 9pm.Please share with your fellow freelancers and encourage them to vote too.Let’s do this!last_img read more

India cruising towards World Cup 2019 semi-finals? Too early to decide, says Virat Kohli

first_imgIndia made quite a statement with their clinical victory against holders Australia but captain Virat Kohli is not entertaining any premature thoughts or taking a place in the semi-finals of the World Cup for granted.India have won both ways in their first two matches, expertly pulling off a chase in their tournament opener against South Africa before astutely defending a 350-plus total against Australia.They ticked almost every box in Sunday’s mouth-watering clash at the Oval where Kohli and his top order colleagues fired in unison, their bowlers troubled Australian batsmen, and they looked pretty sharp on the field too.”We were motivated to win the game against Australia” – @imVkohli #TeamIndia #INDvAUS #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/EYMPwjd1XfBCCI (@BCCI) June 9, 2019Kohli was naturally pleased with the strong start but dismissed suggestions that India were now cruising to the last four.”No, I think in my opinion it’s too early to decide that,” the 30-year-old said.”I think after about six games we’ll be in a better position to know where we stand in the tournament, where we stand in the table, but we couldn’t have asked for a better start against two strong sides.”2 in 2 for #TeamIndia as they clinch the ODI against Australia by 36 runs #CWC19 #INDvAUSFull scorecard here https://t.co/T0QT6nNmtc pic.twitter.com/Ux2c5NkgXABCCI (@BCCI) June 9, 2019Currently ranked second in ODI, India began their World Cup campaign after everyone else against a South African side playing their third match on Wednesday.advertisementThey face New Zealand and Pakistan in their next two matches and take on hosts England at Edgbaston on June 30.”The good thing is we’re playing all strong sides up front, so as I mentioned in Mumbai before we left, if we do well in the first phase, we’ll be in a better position to reach the semi-finals,” Kohli said.”From that point of view, we have to be at the best, at the top of our game, and precisely what we’ve done in the two games, and that’s why we’ve won both.”Hardik Pandya also gave a good account of his pinch-hitting ability against Australia when the all-rounder, promoted ahead of the likes of KL Rahul and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, smashed 48 off 27 balls to help India past the 300-mark.”In the past, sometimes he tried too hard, but I think what this IPL (Indian Premier League) has done for his batting is that he knows that he can clear the boundary whenever he wants,” Kohli said.”So he’s not trying to over-hit the ball and he’s just timing the ball so well.”When you know that you can clear the boundary and you necessarily don’t need to make anything happen, the bowler is under pressure because he needs to get it right.”That’s the most amazing place to be in, and I think he’s going through that,” Kohli said.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan to undergo scans on his swollen thumbAlso Read | He was able to bat deeper: Glenn Maxwell defends David Warner’s slow knock vs IndiaAlso Read | Class act: Darren Lehmann lauds Virat Kohli as India captain stops fans from booing Steve SmithAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Sachin Tendulkar surprised with David Warner’s slow batting vs Indialast_img read more

Three Things We Learned From the Tulsa Game

first_imgOklahoma State is 1-0 after taking care of a retooling Tulsa squad. What a blowout win at home against the Golden Hurricane actually proves remains to be seen but we definitely learned some things about this year’s Cowboy squad.Mike Gundy isn’t afraid to show his handHeading into Thursday night my biggest question was whether or not OSU would start fast and try to bury a lesser team. Tulsa won 10 games last year and blew out Central Michigan in its bowl game, but Philip Montgomery is breaking in a new quarterback and still finding out which receivers he can trust. Would we see a rusty or timid Oklahoma State? Was Gundy going to “go vanilla” and save his good stuff for Pitt?No, the Cowboys came out just as you’d expect the No. 10 team in the country to and fared better than most of their top-10 counterparts. Teams likes Ohio State, Washington, USC and Wisconsin had to knock off the rust but OSU came out of the tunnel humming like a well-oiled machine. And it didn’t go full vanilla either. Gundy didn’t hand out laminated sheets from the playbook but he wasn’t ashamed to show what he has. He basically said, “We’re really good. We’re going to run you over (and past) you and there’s nothing you can do about it.” That’s the sentiment I wanted to see from Oklahoma State and its coaches and I was pleasantly surprised.OSU has some dudes… at tailbackWe knew the receivers were great. We knew Tyron Johnson’s first target would be a 44-yard score. Well, pretty much. But we did not know anything about OSU’s running backs not named Justice Hill. True freshman J.D. King carried the ball six times and gained 95 yards. Redshirt freshman LD Brown got 92 in five tries. Each had a score.During Mike Gundy’s tenure, a freshman has rushed for 100 yards just 14 times. Five of those were last season by Justice Hill and each of his came as the starter. King and Brown were each one play away from that happening twice during the season opener, both in a reserve role. Each broke loose for runs of 71 and 73 yards, respectively.Each backup also showed out with his own unique skill set. King, the bulldozer who can run over Division I athletes at just 18 years old. And Brown, whose break-neck speed and wiggle can be deadly in space. We’ve yet to see world-class speedster Chuba Hubbard who gave us our latest classic Gundy moment and Ja’Ron Wilson who is the biggest back of the group and has shown potential in practice.Mike Gundy summed it up pretty well.“(Running back is) going to be a special position for us over the next three or four years.”This defense has real speedHeading into fall camp we knew that the Cowboys had some athletes. Thursday night taught us just how fast OSU is on defense. The middle of the field resembled a kamikaze run from Oklahoma State’s head hunters. Tre Flowers was all over the place. The same with linebackers Kevin Henry, Kenneth Edison-McGruder and Justin Phillips. Ramon Richards looked as comfortable as he’s been since taking snaps for Brackenridge High School.All in all, Oklahoma State recorded 85 total tackles to Tulsa’s 60. But the eye test told the real story. The Cowboys have some dudes that are fast and like contact. Is this defense perfect? No. It gave up five of six third-and-longs to end the game. But it might be perfect for the Big 12. Here’s what we know after Week 1 (combined with how it finished last year). It’s opportunistic. It’s good at guarding the red zone and it’s good at limiting points.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Neymar, Mbappe & Ligue 1’s biggest earners

first_imgLigue 1 Neymar, Mbappe, Balotelli & Ligue 1’s biggest earners Goal Last updated 1 year ago 17:55 2/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) Neymar Getty/Goal Ligue 1 PSG Nice Olympique Marseille Olympique Lyonnais Monaco French newspaper L’Equipe has revealed the wages of some Ligue 1’s biggest earners – but who takes home the most cash?last_img

Beyond the Chalk: Why the Term ‘Spread’ Has Lost Its Meaning

first_imgModern offenses have become the proverbial melting pot of college football. Teams are constantly changing and stealing from others in an effort to find success, which has in turn made offenses too complicated to label.Still, many fans or broadcasters will often use terms without actually knowing what they mean (Brent Musburger — not everything is an end around; please stop misusing it like Ron Burgundy’s “When in Rome”).In the world of the spread, teams’ philosophies often get categorized in an effort to help one understand what they are. But due to the nature and prevalence of the spread, this isn’t an accurate way of describing an offense. This directly applies to Oklahoma State, who has long been a chameleon, as Porter calls it, in a world where people are constantly trying to put things in boxes.AdChoices广告The nature of identifying an offense by a title is accurate when a team is running it in the purest form, like June Jones’ erstwhile “Run n’ Shoot” at Hawaii or Mike Leach’s “Air Raid” at Washington State. But modern offenses no longer rely on one overarching concept. The spread, which has become the craze of football at all levels, is a perfect example of this. The spread itself isn’t a particular set of plays or even a philosophy. The spread is an amalgamation of concepts and ideas that have accumulated from the beginning of football. Two teams might run the “spread,” but they might run it completely differently, The term might give you an idea of a team’s offense, but it doesn’t give you much of one. Additionally, with the media and fans constantly using the term “spread,” it’s created an effect of semantic saturation, meaning the term has been used so many times that it has lost its meaning.Oklahoma State is a perfect example. They have a number of different influences. They have an air-raid influence from their days of Dana Holgorsen, who was a direct air-raid disciple from his days as walk-on and eventual assistant coach for Mike Leach and Hal Mumme. They still have many of the same formations, concepts and signals from their Fiesta Bowl days, but they’re not the exact same offense. Now, the Pokes incorporate a cowboy back into their scheme, often moving it around the field in a number of different positions. In that sense, the offense frequently operates as pro-style or two-back, as OSU used 11 personnel (one back, one tight end, three receivers) on roughly one third of their plays last season. The offenses during 2014 and 2015 could be seen as a more true pro-style offense because of their use of gap schemes (power, counter, etc.). There’s even a west coast influence, as the Cowboys use a handful of west coast concepts, including “sluggo seam,” which they installed last season.The point is that offenses, and specifically OSU, have become ineffable in a sense. They are too varied and their origins are too expansive to be accurately described by a single title. In the era of the spread, teams are actually often identified by the coach, and more importantly the coaching tree, that the offense operates under. Chip Kelly has his own offense while Urban Meyer has his, and so on. Mike Gundy is a wild card because he’s brought in offensive coordinators from a number of different backgrounds, and OSU is constantly evolving to both adapt to personnel and stay ahead of the curve. Gundy, who (don’t forget) is an intelligent offensive mind, has said in the past that he’s also constantly bringing new plays to the table.Expect the Cowboys to keep changing their version of the spread, just like they’ve been doing in the past. Fans are constantly worried about coaches not properly adjusting to the personnel as if they care less than the fans do. The Pokes will be fine this season. But when it comes to a name, does OSU fall under any particular title? What’s the most accurate name you can give to OSU’s offense? Successful. That’ll be plenty accurate, or at least we hope so.Writer’s note: This article was written in response to the great feedback I’ve received asking what offense OSU runs. This, combined with our devoted readership and constant drive to create original content, motivated me to write on the subject. Thank you to all the devoted fans of the Chalk Talk series — let’s have a fun season this year, shall we? While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more