Principal Watson welcomed

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Even a little fogginess can’t stop Steve Archdekin from his love of triathlons

first_img“There was one short hill in particular where you had to really dig in . . .. I forgot how much pressure it puts on my shoulders and wrists to drive into my bike,” Archdekin explained.“By the time I got to the top of the hill and back up to speed each time (two-lap bike course) my arms were numb and I was conscious of the fact that they could give out and I could bail.”“I never did though,” Archdekin said.Two triathlons in two weeks miles apart is enough for now, said Archdekin.He has a few weeks to rehab before jumping into Kootenay Lake at the Cyswog’n’ Fun August 5 in Nelson.“Even though I love road tripping, driving hurts my body so badly, so it’ll be nice to be at home for one,” he said.“The last time I raced here was in 2009 which was three days from getting off of crutches after that goat whipped my (butt).”Archdekin will be just one of many local racers competing in the 30th annual Nelson Cyswog’n’ Fun Triathlon.The race, with a course distance of 1.5-kilometer Olympic swim, 39 km bike and 10 km run, goes Sunday August 5 at 8 a.m. from Lakeside Park in Nelson.The short distance, the sprint race, is 500-meter swim, 22 km cycle and five km run.Registration deadline is Friday, August 3.Participants can pre-register online athttps://eventsonline.ca/events/cyswog/ Horrible headaches, fogginess, more sleeplessness, seeing spots, quick second long blackout-y-type things, squinting eyes because of how much pain generated through my skull, parts of my head are also numb . . . and this is happening during the race.Despite experiencing all these aches and pains, Nelson’s Steve Archdekin still managed to finish the Peachland Triathlon coming across the finish line in a time of two hours, 13 minutes and change.“It’s hard to explain, but is nothing new and has been going on from a few days before race and is still going on,” Archdekin said about the 750-meter swim, 20 kilometer bike and five km run Peachland race Sunday in the Okanagan.“Having my head off the vertical plane makes everything even worse,” Archdekin adds.“The bike is horrible for that. It’s bad enough on my neck on the best of days, but when my neck is doing this it is an absolute killer to be on my bike.”Despite suffering from a rare form of arthritis called, Reiter’s Syndrome — a form of arthritis that produces pain, swelling, redness, and heat in the joints — Archdekin continues to seek out his first love, competing in triathlons.He started the season out in Christina Lake before heading to Calgary earlier this month where he finished in a time of two hours, 15 minutes — which just happened to be 25 minutes better than Christina.Back to Peachland, Archdekin persevered during the swim, coming out of the water second to last.During the cycle he reeled in a bunch of competitors who got the upper hand during the run.last_img read more

Whitewater hosts Teck Kootenay Zone Race

first_imgThe Teck Kootenay Zone Race at Nelson’s Whitewater Resort, has come and gone, but the excitement is yet to wind down for all those involved. More than 115 skiers and their families traveled from Lake Louise, Kimberly, Fernie, Rossland and Golden to test their skills in four races spread across two days.Saturday and Sunday both dawned clear and cold, with perfect bluebird skies and firm chalk on Bonanza — a classic Whitewater groomer easily visible from the base lodge. The slalom track started gently on a sunny bench before taking a hairpin left turn into the shadows and plunging straight down to valley bottom. A combination of gates, stubbies, and panels challenged 117 skiers through four races, bringing U12, U14, U16, and Masters level athletes together for a weekend of sportsmanship, competition, and big fun. Behind the scenes, a small army of tireless volunteers worked ten hour shifts to solve problems, support the racers, and keep everyone safe.Saturday night featured a kids’ awards banquet and volunteer appreciation event at The Hume Hotel in downtown Nelson. Sunday afternoon saw athletes take to a snowy podium at the Whitewater base area, where they were wreathed in medals and ribbons by the legendary Bobby Swan — who along with Leigh Brousson competed in the Masters category. Whitewater posted impressive results, with top ten finishes across all categories.The Whitewater Ski Team wishes to thank the many dedicated coaches, volunteers, ski patrol, and Whitewater Ski Resort for the truly unbelievable level of support they continue to show our young athletes.last_img read more

Mazars sponsors Oughterard Pro-Am for its Second Year.

first_imgMazars are again sponsoring the very popular Pro-Am event at Oughterard Golf Course on the 29th July 2016.Eugene McMahon, Partner, Mazars has laid down the challenge to the professionals to match or beat the new course record of 63 set by the exciting young amateur member, Devin Morley.Eugene said “I cannot see any professional getting close to it, but the challenge is there to be met!”He continues, “This vent has gathered tremendous momentum since its very successful inauguration.  It brings professional golfers together with amateur golfers so there’s a great opportunity to learn from the best or perhaps try and beat them!”For those interested in taking part each group of three costs € 300 and each group will then be assigned a professional golfer.If you haven’t already booked your group, Eugene advises “contact Oughterard Golf Club on 091-552131 as places are already filling up fast.”print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Pictured at the recent launch of the event was L to R:  Joe Donnelly, Captain,Eugene McMahon, Partner, Mazars, Barbara Buckley, President and Derek McNamara, Resident Professional.last_img read more

Camogie Semi-Finals and Finals to be held this weekend

first_imgDetails of the coming weekend’s Lough Ree Hotel and Spa Senior and Duanes Daybreak Intermediate Camogie Championship fixtures have been announced. The Senior Quarter finals will be played on Saturday next in Tynagh as a double header with Killimor taking on Oranmore/Maree at 3.30 followed by Ardrahan and Eyrecourt at 5pm. The Intermediate Semi-Finals will be held on Sunday as a double header in Killimor. Carnmore will take on Ahascragh/Caltra at 11am followed by Mountbellew/Moylough and Cappataggle at 12.30. The Junior A Semi-finals will be played this weekend with St Colmans taking on Shamrocks on Friday at a venue and time to be confirmed and Kiltormer and Cois Farraige in Craughwell on Sunday at 11am.The County Junior B Final is fixed for Sunday in Loughrea with St Dominics facing Liam Mellows at 6.30 and the Junior C Final between Kilconieron and Portumna is provisionally scheduled for Friday with a time and venue to be confirmed.The action gets underway on Thursday with the Under 13 Division One and Two Finals. Athenry take on Davitts in Division One and Kinvara face Turloughmorein Division Two. Venues and Times to be confirmed.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Seniors Alert Scheme launched by Bundoran Community Centre

first_imgBundoran Community Development CLG launched their Seniors Alert Scheme on the December 6 in the Bundoran Community Centre.This Pobal funded free personal alarm is for those over 65, living alone or living with someone else over 65 years or with a carer.The Bundoran Seniors Alert Scheme covers Bundoran, Kinlough and Ballyshannon areas. Applications are taken each Friday morning between 10am to noon in the Bundoran community centre. There is no financial assessment required.Seniors Alert Scheme launched by Bundoran Community Centre was last modified: December 15th, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click 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 share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Bundoran Community CentreSeniors Alert Schemelast_img read more

Beyers Naude: man’s law second

first_img8 September 2004Afrikaner cleric Beyers Naude went against his entire upbringing, community, and the government of the day to campaign against apartheid. His contribution to the fight against oppression in SA, and his challenge to the establishment from which he came, makes him one of the country’s most courageous heroes.Naude passed away at the Elim retirement village in Northcliff, Johannesburg on 7 September 2004. He was 89. His wife, Ilse, aged 92, was by his side.Former president Nelson Mandela, paying tribute to his old friend, said Naude had “stood up against apartheid at a time when it was an unpopular thing for white people to do, and he did so at the expense of his family and his freedom”.Fellow church leader Desmond Tutu, also a close friend, said Naude’s integrity had led him to obey his conscience whatever the cost.“Although he continued to love his community, he did not allow this to deflect him from the truth as he saw it”, Tutu said. “While his community rejected him, he was embraced with great affection and admiration by the black community.“Beyers helped black people to not hate white people by showing them that not all white people are bad.”Raised in the heart of AfrikanerdomChristiaan Frederik Beyers Naude was born in Roodepoort, west of Johannesburg, on 10 May 1915. In 1921, his family moved to the Cape. He completed an MA in languages at the University of Stellenbosch, and later obtained another qualification in theology.Naude was raised in the heart of Afrikanerdom, the son of a founding member of the Broederbond, a secretive, elitist, highly influential club dedicated to promoting the interests of Afrikaners by preserving apartheid.In 1940 he was appointed assistant minister at the Dutch Reformed Church in Wellington, Cape Town. In the same year he married Ilse Weder, the daughter of a Moravian missionary. He also joined the Broederbond as its youngest member, aged 25.But as Cedric Mason puts it in an obituary published by Business Day, while Naude’s star seemed firmly on the rise, “inside he was hearing a different story.“He began to examine his Bible and theology more critically”, Mason writes, “and reluctantly admitted to himself that apartheid was not scriptural, that its effects were unacceptable, that Christians were one people throughout the world …“Such suspicions threatened the truth he had been brought up to revere and the prominence he was attaining.”Still Naude said nothing, and accepted a call to the prestigious Aasvoelkop congregation in Johannesburg.After SharpevilleThe 1960 Sharpeville massacre, in which 69 anti-apartheid demonstrators were shot dead by the police, was Naude’s turning point.He resigned from the Broederbond after 22 years of membership, and while attending an ecumenical conference at Cottesloe the following year, formed the idea of an interdenominational, inter-racial Christian Institute.In 1963, the Dutch Reformed Church insisted that Naude choose between it and the Christian Institute. On a Sunday in September of that year, he made his decision known to his Aasvoelkop congregation.Mason writes: “It was, he said, a choice between obedience in faith and subjection to the authority of the church. He must obey God rather than man. He hung his gown on the pulpit and walked out, a reluctant rebel, 48 years old.”Naude and his family, ostracised by their fellow Afrikaners, were embraced by the black community, and joined a Dutch Reformed congregation led by Reverend Sam Buti in Johannesburg’s Alexandra township.This marked the beginning of years of support for the fight against oppression in South Africa. In 1968, the Christian Institute was a partner in the Message to the People of SA, which denounced apartheid as false gospel.In 1977, Naude and his Christian Institute were banned. This did not stop him, however, from clandestinely supporting those involved in the struggle in every way he could – most importantly, by giving them counsel.“A constant stream of visitors came to Naude for counsel, friendship and support”, Mason writes. “Many now in high places recall those discussions by the fruit trees in his garden. It was there one day that he showed me a scrap of paper brought by a traveller in the bottom of a cigarette packet, which read: ‘Thank you for all you are doing.’ It was signed by Oliver Tambo.”In 1984, after seven years, Naude’s banning order was lifted. According to SA History Online, he immediately threw himself back into the struggle against apartheid, succeeding Archbishop Tutu as the secretary-general of the South African Council of Churches in 1985, and in 1987 forming part of the Afrikaner group that met with ANC representatives in Senegal.The demise of apartheid and the move to democracy in South Africa turned Naude from pariah to hero. President Nelson Mandela, speaking at Naude’s 80th birthday, said: “His life … demonstrates what it means to rise above race, to be a true South African.”“Oom Bey and Tannie Ilse paved the way during difficult years”, Mandela said, “and they remain in the company of our lodestars. Their force of example and message are simple: We must build one another and build together.”In June 1999, despite failing health, Naude opened the inauguration ceremony for President Thabo Mbeki. By the end of the same year he had returned to his old congregation of Aasvoelkop as worshipper.He is survived by his wife, four children, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.SouthAfrica.info reporter.Sources: “Reluctant rebel loved people”, by Cedric Mason, Business Day, 8 September 2004; SA History Online; City of Johannesburg.last_img read more

10 Social Media Stats for Nonprofit Marketers

first_imgIs one of your 2014 goals to get your social strategy in order? Here are 10 fun stats on social media that can help you decide how to spend your time.73% of U.S. online adults now use social networking sites. Source: Pew Tweet this.Roughly one-third of the world’s population is now online. Source: We Are Social Tweet this.68% of Instagram’s users are women. Source: Business Insider Tweet this.50% of nonprofit communicators label social media as a “very important” communication tool. Source: Nonprofit Marketing Guide Tweet this.Tweets with images receive 18% more clicks and 150% more retweets. Source: Buffer Tweet this.71% of U.S. online adults are now Facebook users. Source: Pew Tweet this.55% who engaged with causes via social media have been inspired to take further action. Source: Waggener Edstrom Tweet this.In the U.S., users spend 114 billion minutes a month on Facebook. Source: Business Insider Tweet this.70% of YouTube traffic comes from outside of the U.S. Source: 9Clouds Tweet this.40% of Facebook users surveyed say they log in to the social network multiple times per day. Source: Pew Tweet this.Need some help thinking about how to leverage social media for your nonprofit’s outreach strategy? Download this free guide from Network for Good, Social Media Mini Guide for Nonprofits.last_img read more

How to Get Your Board on Board with Online Fundraising

first_imgIf you’re a fundraiser who is struggling to get your executive director or board to understand why you should launch an online fundraising program or invest more in online giving tools, try these talking points to help plead your case.Online giving boosts individual giving.You might have experienced push back on launching online fundraising because your leaders want to focus more on grants and major gifts from foundations. Remind them that individual giving is the biggest slice of the fundraising pie, and online fundraising is a key way to help diversify your funding. Having an online presence (and a way to give online) will help you recruit and retain donors who are likely shifting away from writing checks.Online giving allows you to interact with your donors where they are—online.Are your board members questioning how many of your target donors are really online? Send them these statistics from Pew Research:· 85% of American adults use the Internet· 61% of Internet users bank online · 73% of American adults use social mediaWhen potential donors find your nonprofit on social media or through a Google search, you’ll miss out on gifts without an easy online donation option. If you don’t make it simple for donors to support your mission, they may think you don’t need help! You don’t have to set up a merchant account.Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to set up a merchant account, payment gateway, or other fancy money-processing component to accept online donations—and you don’t have to be a tech whiz, either. In 2001, Network for Good made it easy for donors to give to any registered 501(c)3 online. Thirteen years and $1 billion dollars later, we still make it easy! You can get up and running with a branded donation page over your lunch hour.It’s not just a fad.Every year online giving continues to grow. Organizations like Crowdrise and Causes have leveraged the power of social networks to help encourage peer-to-peer giving. National giving campaigns like Giving Tuesday and Give Local America are here to stay. Wonder how areas affected by natural disaster get the instant funds they need? The answer: through online giving disaster relief campaigns. Consider these four conversation starters the next time you bring up online fundraising with your board. What other things do you want to teach your board about online fundraising? Do you have advice for those who are still trying to convince their leaders? Share your thoughts in the comments section.This post was created as part of this month’s Nonprofit Blog Carnival. The roundup of February’s submissions will be featured on The Fundraising Coach blog later this month.last_img read more

Quick-Start Guide to Data Success for Nonprofits

first_imgAll organizations generate a lot of data. The challenge is knowing what to do with it—and what it can do for you. From gathering to reporting, this quick primer will help you get started transforming raw data into insights that will help your nonprofit be more strategic.Nonprofit data fits into four general categories:Financial and internal operations data: Think basic metrics like cash on hand, expenses, volunteer hours, and staff training. These are crucial for budgeting and making program decisions.Marketing, communications, and fundraising data: Also called “outreach” data—how many people signed up for your newsletter, or the number of new donors from your latest campaign.Program data: Arguably the most crucial for articulating the effectiveness of your mission, this includes things like the number of clients your organization served and the outcomes of that service.External data: Just like it sounds, external data comes from sources other than your organization, like the Census Bureau or private research firms.Lots of options, right? And you probably have limited resources. Here’s how to narrow down which data you collect so you can get the most bang for your buck.Focus on data that helps you answer important questions.Before you begin gathering numbers, decide what you want to know. Be specific. Instead of a broad-ranging question—“Is Facebook really working for us?”—ask one that requires specific answers: “What tangible results are we getting from Facebook?” The data could be engagements per post type, new likes over time, or donations resulting from specific types of status updates. Your analysis might show, for instance, that you aren’t getting much from Facebook, but you might also learn that your organization isn’t putting much into it.Beware of “it would be interesting to know…”If you don’t have a plan to use a certain type of data, it might not be worth going down lots of little rabbit holes. It’s easy to get carried away with gathering lots of data out of free-ranging curiosity. Focus on answering those specific, measurable questions we just talked about.Now that you’ve clarified your questions, it’s time to collect the data to answer them. These tips will get you started.Get buy-in from your team.You’ll probably depend on other people to help collect data. The key is helping them understand how it will benefit them—and that it won’t just be extra work. Here’s a great example of how data analysis helps your team target its efforts where they’re effective and skip where they aren’t.How many people is your team meeting at outreach events?Of those, how many are signing up for your newsletter?Of that second group, how many are further engaging in some form, like volunteering or donating?The events generating the most people in Question 3 are the ones your team should focus on. They can skip events with the lowest numbers.Appoint a data czar.Find the person who likes to run numbers and is good at Excel. The data might live in lots of places and be viewed by lots of people, but that one person collects it and helps explain it to the rest of the team.Start small, but with big impact.If your nonprofit is shifting to being more data informed, address resistance by looking at specific key questions your group is facing and finding data to answer them.Let’s say you want to increase fundraising from individual donors but don’t know who is the most effective target. Break down one year of donor records by how they originally made contact with your organization: Maybe some participated in programs (we’ll call them “alumni”), others signed up for your e-newsletter, and others are on your board. Your data shows that alumni are giving much higher average gifts—almost double—but fewer are actually giving. You make a small shift in communications and ask alumni to give using language that reflects their relationship with you. This results in more alumni making donations because now they feel engaged and part of the community.A really simple piece of data analysis can have a big impact.Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.In some ways, you’ll never know the full impact of your programs, but you can know how you’re doing along the way. Six months after a training, for example, call people and ask what they learned and if they made any changes because of it. You might not be able to call everyone, but you (or an intern) could call 20% or 60% of them. You can look at just a few pieces of data that will move you toward a better understanding of your impact.Record your method for Future You.When you go back to collect and report on the same type of data months or even years later, odds are you won’t remember how you did it. Write down your method in simple language so you—or someone else—can replicate it later and generate data that you feel confident comparing over time. Adapted from Network for Good’s Nonprofit 911 webinar “Data Management Strategies to Maximize Your Success” with Heather Yandow from Third Space Studio. Download the complete webinar here.last_img read more

Nonprofit Spotlight: True Impact Ministries

first_imgCreating a Real Connection Meet True Impact Ministries One of the keys to their sponsorship program’s success is in TIM’s ability to create a lasting connection between their donors and volunteers and the children they’re supporting. From individual pictures and descriptions for every child on their sponsorship page, to their use of fun and approachable videos on social media, they work to create a true connection that makes a sponsorship more than just a donation. Network for Good works with so many amazing nonprofits and we want to introduce you to them and the great work they are doing! As part of our Recurring Giving Challenge we’re highlighting members of our leaderboard who are producing compelling, creative campaigns to recruit recurring donors and build a sustainable fundraising model for their organization. Today I want you to meet True Impact Ministries, a customer using recurring giving to sponsor children and the current holder of 4th place on our leaderboard. True Impact Ministries believes they have the ability to help ordinary people make an extraordinary impact on the lives of people in impoverished areas of the world. Since their humble beginnings in 2004, through the establishment as an independent nonprofit 3 years ago, they’ve proven this to be true. Their groups of volunteers have grown from just a handful to 35 volunteers planning their visit to Uganda this June! And as their mission grows, so too has their circle of supporters. Like so many nonprofit organizations, True Impact Ministries has changed and molded its mission to meet the needs of the communities it serves. Ten years ago, when True Impact’s founders Andy and Susie Stewart first began their work, they brought a small team of volunteers to Uganda to help build a modest school house. It was the beginning of an ever-expanding mission that now includes orphan homes, water structures, and medical care. In 2006 True Impact Ministries completed their second building project, an orphan home and rainwater collection system in Naama, Uganda. With this project they’d solved a problem by providing shelter, and created another by taking on the care of children in need. Building projects alone would not provide the schooling, medical care, food, and clothing these children needed to thrive. It was a problem they embraced by creating their first sponsorship program, a funding strategy that has helped them provide continual support for the children they serve. Sponsorship Model For more great videos and pictures head on over to Facebook to like True Impact Ministries and support the work they do!last_img read more

The Lancet Features Series on Health in Bangladesh

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 21, 2013November 17, 2016By: Sarah Blake, MHTF consultantClick 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 week, The Lancet launched a series on the remarkable progress and remaining challenges for improving health in Bangladesh, focusing on what The Lancet’s Bangladesh study team calls the Bangladesh paradox: remarkable progress on health-in spite of persistent economic hardship. In a commentary that highlights the country’s commitment to gender equity, economist Amartya Sen argues, “It is important to understand how a country that was extremely poor a few decades ago, and is still very poor, can make such remarkable accomplishments particularly in the field of health, but also in social transformation in general.”Along with the remarkable health gains in Bangladesh, the series also highlights critical challenges. As The Lancet’s Pamela Das and Richard Horton write: “This is a story not only of unusual success, but also one that describes the frailties and challenges that lie ahead as the country charts a course towards universal health coverage.” Among the major issues that articles in the series tackle are the persistent challenges for improving health in the country’s growing urban slums. In one article, authors Kaosar Afsana and Syed Shaba Wahid of BRAC point out that in urban slums:Many women die in slums during pregnancy and childbirth. Mortality of children younger than 5 years in slums is almost double that in rural areas. Two-thirds of these deaths could be avoided if timely, appropriate services were available. Unfortunately, antenatal care, skilled birth attendance, and full childhood vaccine coverage are quite low in urban slums. Primary health-care clinics regularly held in slums are not open at convenient times for working women. Community mobilisation to improve health services hardly exists.For more on the series, tune in to The Lancet’s most recent podcast.Share this:last_img read more

Twelve Convening Partners Join the Global Maternal and Newborn Health Conference 2015

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on February 17, 2015August 10, 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)Join the Secretariat of Health of Mexico and 15 other convening partners in Mexico City, October 18 to 21, for a landmark technical conference to discuss strategies for reaching every mother and newborn with high-quality health care.Who should attend? The conference will have a technical focus, highlighting approaches and lessons from programs, policies, research, and advocacy for improving both maternal and newborn health. We welcome participation from stakeholders at all levels including: program managers, policymakers, researchers, donors, clinicians, technical advisors, advocates, and representatives of professional organizations.How to join?Abstract submission will open in March 2015. For more information, including updates on open registration, please sign up for the conference mailing list or visit www.globalmnh2015.org.Why now? 2015 is a critical milestone in international development. The deadline for the Millennium Development Goals; the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals; and the launch of an updated UN Secretary General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health under the Every Woman Every Child movement will provide the framework for the Global Maternal and Newborn Health Conference 2015. Our gathering will offer the first opportunity for the global maternal and newborn health communities to engage in technical discussions together and strategize how to meet the new goals and translate international commitments into concrete action.Share this:last_img read more

The Global Epidemic of Unnecessary Cesarean Sections (Part 2)

first_imgMorocco2% (1992)16% (2011) Dominican Republic20% (1991)56.4% (2013) 4. Iran: 47.9% (2009)4. Timor-Leste: 1.7% (2009) 10. Italy: 38.1% (2011)10. Gambia: 2.5% (2010) 1. Dominican Republic: 56.4% (2013)1. Niger: 1.4% (2012) Egypt4.6% (1992)51.8% (2014) Posted on January 25, 2017January 30, 2017By: Sarah Hodin, Project Coordinator II, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Read Part 1 here.Trends over timeIn 1990, roughly one in 15 babies on the planet was born via cesarean section surgery. In 2014, one in five babies was born via cesarean. The rates have increased dramatically over the past few decades in most regions, with the fastest growth taking place in North Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean. There is substantial variation within regions, with certain countries experiencing more rapid increases than others. Highest National Cesarean RatesLowest National Cesarean Rates ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Romania7.2% (1992)36.3% (2011) 7. Colombia: 43.4% (2012)7. Nigeria: 2% (2013) Considering data and measurement limitations is important when interpreting trends. Currently, there is no standard, internationally-accepted classification system to measure and monitor cesarean rates, which presents challenges when attempting to make comparisons between locations or time periods. Despite this limitation, though, available data illustrate a clear upward trend in most parts of the world.Wide geographic variationThe highest cesarean rates are mostly found in middle-income countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, Europe, Australia and Southeast Asia, while the lowest rates are found in sub-Saharan Africa. National cesarean section rates vary widely, ranging from less than 2% of births in Burkina Faso, Chad, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Niger and Timor-Leste—where many women do not have access to safe cesareans when they need them—to greater than 40% in Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Iran, Maldives, Mexico and Turkey. CountryPrevious Cesarean Rate (Year)Current Cesarean Rate (Year) 5. Turkey: 47.5% (2011)5. Burkina Faso: 1.9% (2010) There is also wide variation within countries depending on location. For example, in the United States, facility-level cesarean rates ranged from 7.1% to 69.9% in 2009. Similarly, cesarean rates in China ranged from 4% to 62.5% in 2014 across provinces.Read Part 3 here.Graphs and adapted tables from Betrán et al. The increasing trend in caesarean section rates: Global, regional and national estimates: 1990-2014. PLOS One 2016; 11 (2): e0148343.—Read a statement about the prevention of primary cesareans from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine.Share this: 8. Maldives: 41.1% (2011)8. Guinea-Bissau: 2.3% (2010) China4.4% (1990)36.2% (2011) 3. Egypt: 51.8% (2014)3. Ethiopia: 1.5% (2011) 6. Mexico: 45.2% (2012)6. Madagascar: 1.9% (2013) Mexico12.4% (1987)45.2% (2012) Colombia16% (1990)43.4% (2012) Georgia3.8% (1990)36.7% (2012) Turkey8% (1993)47.5% (2011) 2. Brazil: 55.6% (2012)2. Chad: 1.5% (2010) 9. Uruguay: 39.9% (2012)9. Guinea: 2.4% (2012)last_img read more

Midwives’ Voices, Midwives’ Realities: Results From the First Global Midwifery Survey

first_imgPhoto: Midwife Zainab Manserray, who runs a clinic in Sierra Leone. Courtesy of Abbie Traylor/H6 Partners.“Midwives play a vital role in the health care of mothers and babies,” said Samara Ferrara, a midwife from Mexico, at the Wilson Center on February 27. But in many parts of the world they face a confluence of stressors that make working conditions miserable: low and irregular pay; harassment and disrespect from both patients and doctors; and little supplies, training or say in the policy dialogue about maternal health.While there is never any excuse for abusing patients, such conditions can lead to poor quality of care for mothers and newborns, as well as burn out among midwives themselves.Starting in 2014, the World Health Organization, International Confederation of Midwives and White Ribbon Alliance, with support from USAID, began a first-of-its-kind global survey of midwives to gain a greater appreciation of the challenges they face.After surveying 2,470 midwives from 93 countries, they published the results in Midwives’ Voices, Midwives’ Realties. In total, more than a third of those interviewed said they experienced harassment, lack of security or fear of violence. Fifty eight percent felt they were treated with respect, said Mary-Ellen Stanton, senior maternal health advisor at USAID’s Bureau for Global Health.“This report is not just about problems; the midwives have identified solutions, and we need to look at them carefully and see what can be implemented,” said Stanton.Burnout and over-medicalizationIt’s hard to overstate the importance of midwives to maternal health outcomes, said Frances Day-Stirk, president of the International Confederation of Midwives. According to the UNFPA’s 2014 State of the World’s Midwifery Report, out of the 73 countries that account for 96 percent of maternal deaths worldwide, only 4 had the potential midwifery workforce to deliver essential interventions.There is growing evidence that midwives help reduce maternal mortality rates in a number of ways, including by assisting with family planning and distributing reproductive health services, providing prenatal consults and attending births and leading community-based interventions to educate women about normal birth processes and prevent complications. Some call this the “midwife effect.” Investing in midwifery and listening to midwives can result in a 16-fold return on investment, according to the World Health Organization.But not every health system is embracing midwives. Twenty years ago, almost half of all births in Mexico were attended by midwives; now the rate is down to two percent, said Ferrara. Most births are now attended by physicians in private clinics and “over-medicalization” is the challenge. From 2006 to 2012, almost 50 percent of births in Mexico were planned or emergency cesarean births, a high rate for such a major surgery than can have significant effects on the mother and newborn.In Malawi, Nancy Kamwendo, a national coordinator for White Ribbon Alliance with more than 10 years of experience working in the midwifery field, said the problem is not enough midwives to meet demand. Even in the best districts, the ratio of childbearing women to midwives may be more than 800 to 1 (the World Health Organization recommends a ratio of 175 to 1). In addition, midwives work on average more than 58 hours a week, Kamwendo said, go months without being paid and operate in unsafe conditions that require them to travel long distances.“You can find one midwife at a health center,” Kamwendo said. “This one midwife will have to provide family planning care, antenatal care, labor delivery, postnatal care, neonatal care – one person, 24 hours.”A matter of voiceThe report emphasizes that when midwifery is sidelined as “women’s work,” its value is diminished, midwives face moral distress and burn out and the quality of their care declines.Some two-thirds of the global health workforce are made up of women, and on a certain level the challenges facing midwifery – professional, socio-cultural, economic – are deeply rooted in gender inequality, said Fran McConville, technical officer of midwifery for the World Health Organization.“It has to do with women’s status in society,” she said. “We have, frankly, a very big job to do around gender, power, politics and money and how those…things come together and link to undermine the health and wellbeing of women and newborns, as well as the midwives who are caring for them.”With this context in mind, one of the major goals of the survey was to give voice to midwives, tabulating their perspectives on issues such as vulnerability to physical and sexual assault, infrequent and inadequate wages and hierarchies of power in which midwives are not respected by senior medical staff. The sheer number of respondents is proof of a clear desire to share their stories, said Day-Stirk.Midwives have frontline experience that should be incorporated into the policymaking process, said McConville. “It strikes me that in all of these organizations, maternal and newborn health has been huge for decades, but the people doing the talking are not actually the people caring for women and newborns in the normal sense.”Ferrara said that as a midwife, the experiences shared in the survey rang true to her. “That’s the way we feel, and it has not been expressed in an official way before,” she said. “I think that’s a very big step to come forward and to listen to midwives’ voices.”Getting to appreciation and leadershipGetting more midwives into decision-making positions is the ultimate solution to the disconnect between demand and action, said McConville. Providing better education and training would attract talented and ambitious young people. Strengthening communication networks between midwives, meanwhile, would amplify feedback from young midwives so concerns can be taken up by senior midwives.McConville also recommended government and non-government organizations working in maternal health address at least two of the overlapping professional, sociocultural and economic barriers identified in the survey.Organizations like the World Health Organization have become more sensitive to the challenges around midwifery, balancing concerns about quality of care for patients and quality of life for midwives. And reports like Midwives’ Voices, Midwives’ Realities and The Lancet Maternal Health Series have helped people understand how to talk about it.In some middle and high income countries where over-medicalization is a problem, Ferrara said the challenge is helping people understand the added value of having a midwife present over a surgical or non-attended birth. “We have come to a point that we realize that it’s not enough to survive birth,” she said. “We want the best experience for mothers and babies, and we know that midwives can provide the kind of care that we want for future generations.”“My hope is that the midwifery profession will receive as much respect as possible, commensurate with what they are providing for women and their families,” said Stanton, “that we will raise the attention of the professionalism of midwifery to get the positive appreciation from women, from communities, from their employers and from policymakers.”Event Resources:Photo GalleryVideo This post originally appeared on New Security Beat.–Read a summary of the “Midwives’ Voices, Midwives’ Realities” report on the MHTF blog.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on March 16, 2017June 21, 2017By: Nancy Chong, Intern, Maternal Health InitiativeClick 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)last_img read more

New FIGO Guidelines for Misoprostol Use

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on June 29, 2017December 20, 2017By: Samia Khatun, Project Manager, Global Safe Motherhood Projects, International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) call for a reduction in global maternal mortality to fewer than 70 deaths per 100,000 live births by 2030. Achieving this target will require specific attention to postpartum hemorrhage (PPH), which is estimated to cause more than a quarter of maternal deaths worldwide. The burden of PPH is even higher in certain regions: In Eastern Asia and Northern Africa, more than 35% of maternal deaths are attributable to hemorrhage.A relatively basic set of interventions can dramatically reduce the rates of PPH, including skilled care before, during and after childbirth, active management of the third stage of labor (AMTSL) and, in many cases, administration of uterotonics. The preferred uterotonic of choice is oxytocin, which is delivered to the mother by intravenous injection immediately following delivery. Where oxytocin is not available, storage conditions are inadequate or health workers are not trained to administer it safely, misoprostol is currently the best alternative. Unlike oxytocin, misoprostol tablets do not need to be refrigerated or administered with a syringe, which can make it a more viable option in low-resource settings.In 2012, the International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology (FIGO) produced guidelines for the prevention and treatment of PPH with misoprostol along with a chart detailing recommended dosages of misoprostol when used alone for a variety of gynecologic and obstetric indications. In June 2017, FIGO released an updated chart informed by recent scientific evidence and developed through consultation with maternal health experts.The chart, divided into stages of pregnancy, outlines recommendations for dosages and routes of administration for misoprostol use for several indications including medically induced abortion, clinical management of miscarriage, cervical preparation for surgical abortion, fetal death, induction of labor and management of PPH. The chart has been endorsed by the FIGO Prevention of Unsafe Abortion Working Group and the FIGO Safe Motherhood and Newborn Health Committee.Some of the changes to this updated version include the addition of alternative routes for misoprostol administration and the introduction of secondary prevention of PPH. A group of experts agreed that secondary prevention of PPH is a strong, alternative approach to universal prophylaxis because it involves medicating far fewer women (only 5-10%), thus risking fewer adverse effects and substantially reducing costs.While the development of the dosage chart and its dissemination are critical steps in reducing the global burden of PPH, further work is needed to ensure that misoprostol is included in national essential medicine lists, high quality misoprostol is available—particularly in low-resource settings—and that health workers are trained to administer it safely.For more information, please contact Samia Khatun.—Download different versions of the new FIGO misoprostol charts in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.Learn more about the updated FIGO guidelines.Read about barriers to misoprostol use in developing countries.Access resources related to the maternal mortality targets under the SDGs.Share this:last_img read more

Exploring Group Antenatal Care in Low-Resource Settings

first_imgPosted on May 21, 2018May 22, 2018By: Kayla McGowan, Project Coordinator, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Amid persistent low coverage and poor quality of antenatal care (ANC) in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs)—and with recent guidelines from the World Health Organization calling for high quality ANC as well as more antenatal contacts—innovative approaches to delivering health care during pregnancy are needed. High quality ANC is not only vital to optimizing health during pregnancy, it also serves as an important touchpoint in the lives of women and families and can promote the use of health services in the future.Research in high-income countries has shown that compared to the traditional one-on-one model of ANC, group ANC—in which several women, typically of similar gestational age, gather for physical assessment, education, skill-building and peer support—can offer positive health outcomes such as decreases in preterm delivery, increased prenatal knowledge, higher rates of breastfeeding and higher engagement in care. CenteringPregnancy®, the model of group ANC for which the most evidence exists, was established to meet clinical guidelines for ANC in the United States. As such, most of the available evidence on group ANC comes from high-income countries and more research is needed to explore the feasibility, acceptability and effects of group ANC models in LMICs.A “generic” model of group ANC for low-resource settingsTo address this gap in evidence, researchers have begun exploring group ANC models in low-resource settings. A recent systematic review and evidence synthesis by Sharma and colleagues analyzed existing literature on group ANC in LMICs and extracted common attributes of models used to date in such settings. They synthesized descriptive data from group ANC experiences in 16 low and middle-income countries—derived from nine published papers and 10 key informant interviews—to develop a composite “generic” model of group care for LMIC settings. It outlines fundamental components that are consistent across all settings, as well as flexible components that may be adapted based on context. Standard components include providing a physical assessment during the group session, facilitating discussion to cultivate learning and peer support and incorporating self-care activities by women. The “generic” model includes 90-120-minute sessions with a group of 8-12 women of similar gestational age facilitated by the same two leaders (including one health care provider) for the duration of the program. Flexible components, such as the number of sessions and session content, may vary depending on the local guidelines and setting.As the authors note,“Several components of the ‘generic’ model aim to empower and support women. For example, engaging in discussion and shared care with other women of similar gestational age helps to normalize the experience of pregnancy and gives women a voice for knowledge sharing and a sense of community for support. The group format also fosters self-efficacy and social support for pregnant woman by creating a forum for participants to build skills and confidence, share experiences and resources and socialize with one another.”Adapting the model in India: Methods and resultsTo investigate whether this model would be possible and accepted by community members in an urban low-resource setting, Jolivet and colleagues conducted a feasibility study in Vadodara, a city of around 1.2 million in India, with both providers and beneficiaries. The researchers adapted the model to include four sessions (three antenatal sessions and one postnatal care session) and reflect local clinical care standards. Conducted at three different types of facilities where ANC services are commonly provided—a private maternity hospital, a public health clinic and a community-based mother and child health center—they demonstrated one session of the model to doctors and auxiliary nurse midwives, and to pregnant women and support persons. Focus group discussions, interviews and a survey collected feedback on participants’ perceptions about the group model specifically about the physical assessment, self-assessment (in which women measured their own blood pressure and weight), peer support and education components of the model as well as potential implementation challenges and solutions.According to the authors,“Ultimately, both groups of participants saw group ANC as a vehicle for delivering more comprehensive ANC services, improving experiences of care, empowering women to become more active partners and participants in their care, and potentially addressing some current health system challenges.”Overall, participants reported feeling comfortable with the physical assessment, and providers found the self-assessments to be a “novel idea… [that] helped women pay more attention and develop a feeling of ownership of their health information.” Women were enthusiastic about the model, offering solutions to facilitate its implementation, such as conducting sessions in the afternoons to accommodate women’s schedules and grouping women by common language in addition to gestational age.Despite some initial skepticism about group participation and engagement, providers found that most women were attentive and more than willing to share information and experiences with the group. Providers also expressed that the group model could meet the goals of high quality ANC while allowing more time for counseling and learning in an interactive format. As one provider reflected, “I could see that they were happy playing games and learning. It is a better way of teaching.”The findings from these studies can help drive further research testing the effects of group ANC in LMICs. The generic model suggests how researchers and programmers might approach or design group ANC in their own low-resource setting, while the feasibility study is a key step towards making group ANC accessible to women in urban India.The experiences of group ANC in low-resource settings, while limited, are quite promising. Forthcoming research will provide more insight into the effects of the group care model on coverage of recommended ANC contacts, provision of care, health system efficiency and responsiveness and—notably—women’s experiences of care.—Read the studies in full:Group antenatal care models in low- and middle-income countries: A systematic evidence synthesisExploring perceptions of group antenatal care in Urban India: Results of a feasibility study—Have you conducted research or participated in group ANC? Send us your feedback!Learn more about antenatal care>>Read about developing an adapted group antenatal care model for global implementation>>Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Politicizing border conflict wont help BJP Kejriwal

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said that BJP’s politicization of the “surgical strikes” on terror camps in Pakistan will not help it in the Lok Sabha election in Delhi. “Whatever happened after the Pulwama attack on India-Pakistan border and the way BJP’s conduct was, which politicized it, it is causing damage to the BJP. There’s a notion that it is helping it but it is not, at least not in Delhi,” he told reporters here. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items Kejriwal said people were now largely divided between “Modi-bhakts” and those who don’t back Prime Minister Narendra Modi and that the Aam Aadmi Party “will do whatever is in its power to defeat Modi”. Kejriwal also said that many people had told him that they were apprehensive of a Pulwama-like attack just before the Lok Sabha polls. “I am only saying what people told us… They told us that they were apprehensive for the last two years that they (BJP) will either foment a conflict over Ram Mandir or between India and Pakistan,” he said. A suicide bomber killed 40 CRPF troopers in Pulwama in the Kashmir Valley on February 14, leading the Indian Air Force to bomb the biggest training camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Pakistan.last_img read more

Properties in JK Pak identified for attachment

first_imgNew Delhi: At least 10 properties of a Jammu and Kashmir-based businessman, an Islamabad house of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin and a host of immovable assets of separatists have been identified by security agencies for attachment in multiple terror financing cases, officials said Monday.The 10 properties of Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali, currently in Delhi’s Tihar jail in a terror funding case probed by the NIA, and Salahuddin’s house in a prime location in the Pakistan’s capital city are under the scanner of the agencies. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The federal probe agencies like the Enforcement Directorate, the National Investigation Agency and the Income Tax Department will soon initiate steps for attaching them under various criminal laws by approaching the international bodies concerned, a security official said. Watali’s properties include a single storyed house at Chhanpora in Srinagar, land at Trison City, Narbal in Srinagar, a single storyed house at Handwara, eight kanal land at Nagrota in Jammu and an under construction nursing home in Srinagar district. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe businessman’s Gurgaon house has already been attached by the ED under the PMLA. Among the other accused whose assets have been identified include one two storyed house of Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate, situated at Naseem Bagh in Hazratbal tehsil, and a two storyed house of Mohammad Akbar Khanday on a 2.5 kanal land at Shalteng in Srinagar. A two storyed house of Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal located at Hamza Colony, Kenihama in Srinagar and a two storyed house of Bashir Ahmad Bhat alias Peer Saifullah at Chadoora, Srinagar are also on the list. The identification of the properties was part of the continuing crackdown on terror financiers by security agencies over the few months. Security agencies have already identified 13 people, including Hizbul Mujahideen founder Syed Salahuddin, Hurriyat leaders and businessmen, who are allegedly providing funds to terrorists and stone pelters at the behest of Pakistan spy agency ISI. The Centre has started seizing properties belonging to terror financers in a big way. Funds were provided to the leadership of Kashmir-based terrorist groups for misguiding, motivating and recruiting local youths to militant ranks, another official said. Operational activities of terror groups, including attacks on security forces, camps and convoys, are also being financed, the official said, adding money obtained through these channels are being used by major secessionist formations, especially the Hurriyat Conference. These funds are used for maintaining Hurriyat’s top leadership and a massive propaganda machinery to arouse disaffection among the people of Jammu and Kashmir against the Centre.last_img read more

Urban Bangalore gives cold response to LS polls

first_imgBengaluru: Almost half of Bangalore’s urban voters didn’t vote during the second phase of Lok Sabha elections on Thursday, as voter turnout in India’s tech hub continued to remain stagnant and the lowest in Karnataka. “Comparison of voting percentage in the city’s three Lok Sabha constituencies and its 28 Assembly segments during the parliamentary and Assembly elections shows no change in the apathy of the urban electorate in exercising their democratic rights,” a poll official told IANS on Friday. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Out of the 28 Lok Sabha constituencies in Karnataka, fourteen seats in the state’s central and southern regions went to the polls on Thursday. The average voter turnout in the city was 53.87 per cent, with Bangalore North registering 54.63 per cent, Bangalore Central 53.53 per cent and Bangalore South 53.47 per cent. “In contrast, Bangalore Rural polled 64.07 per cent, although the rural constituency is 40-50 km from the city centre,” admitted the official. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Interestingly, in the Assembly elections held on May 12, 2018, the apathy of the urban voters was by and large the same in the city’s 28 Assembly seats under 3 parliamentary constituencies. “The average turnout of Bangalore Urban in the Assembly elections was 54.72 per cent, while in Bangalore Rural it was 84.03 per cent,” recalled the official. In the 2014 general elections, the average turnout in Bangalore was 55.97 per cent, with Bangalore North registering 56.53 per cent, Bangalore Central 55.64 per cent and Bangalore South 55.75 per cent. “It is unfortunate that about half of Bangalore’s electorate of 72.69 lakh don’t care to vote in either Lok Saba or Assembly elections despite being registered voters in the city. “We need to find out the reasons for the low turnout in the city despite the best efforts of the poll panel to educate, promote and encourage the voters about exercising their franchise,” Congress official K.E. Radhakrishnan told IANS. According to the final electoral list for the 2019 general elections, Bangalore North has the highest number of registered voters in the city and the state — 28,48,402 — while Bangalore Central has 22,04,853 voters and Bangalore South 22,15,533 voters. In contrast, Bangalore Rural has 22,15,533 voters.last_img read more

Spencers to buy Natures Basket for Rs 300 crore

first_imgNew Delhi: Sanjiv Goenka Group’s Spencer’s Retail Friday said it will acquire Godrej Industries’ grocery chain Nature’s Basket for Rs 300 crore. Natures Basket’s acquisition will make Spencer’s Retail a national player, giving it access to the western parts of India through its 36 stores in prime locations in Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore. “…The Board of Directors of the company….has approved a proposal for acquisition of entire 100 per cent stake held by Godrej Industries Ltd in its wholly owned subsidiary Nature’s Basket Ltd, subject to requisite approval of the shareholders of the company and execution of a share purchase agreement for undertaking the transaction contemplated above. “This acquisition will bring in many synergies in Spencer’s business and fits in well with Spencer’s omnichannel strategy,” Spencer’s Retail said in a regulatory filing. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraSpencer’s Retail will acquire Nature’s Basket’s entire share capital comprising 44,58,30,000 fully paid-up equity shares of Rs 10 each. Spencer’s Retail said the consideration for the proposed transaction is Rs 300 crore (+/- any agreed adjustments) in terms of the SPA to be executed with Natures Basket and Godrej Industries, and subject to the requisite approval of the shareholders and consumation of the transaction. Natures Basket Limited (NBL), a 100 per cent subsidiary of Godrej Industries and reported turnover of Rs 338.28 crore for the year 2018-19. The company sells various food products and beverages through its retail stores and online platform. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysKolkata-based Spencer’s Retail, part of RP Sanjiv Goenka Group, is a multi-format retailer that provides products across categories such as food, personal care, fashion, home essentials, electrical and electronics. “Looking forward, we realised that to further unlock the immense potential of this brand and to grow it to even greater heights, we need to pass on the torch to owners who have prioritised retail in their portfolio strategy and have the relevant ecosystems to take the business to the next level,” said Tanya Dubash, Executive Director and Chief Brand Officer, Godrej Group. Dubash said Spencer’s Retail is very keen to further strengthen the brand and strongly accelerate the growth of the business. “Both Spencer’s and Nature’s Basket are positioned as experiential grocery retailers, and that is the first of many synergies that this acquisition brings. Nature’s Basket has a strong portfolio of private label brands which has huge traction with its consumers. We believe there is huge potential to expand this to Spencer’s stores,” said Shashwat Goenka, Sector Head – Retail & FMCG, RP Sanjiv Goenka Group.last_img read more

Football Billy Price Denzel Ward and Nick Bosa named AFCA firstteam AllAmericans

Ohio State sophomore defensive lineman Nick Bosa (97) sacks Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook (12) in the third quarter of the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe awards continued to pile up for a trio of Ohio State players. Redshirt senior center Billy Price, junior cornerback Denzel Ward and sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa were named first-team All-Americans by the American Football Coaches Association on Wednesday.The announcement comes just two days after Price and Ward were named first-team All-Americans by the Associated Press. Bosa was on the second-team. All three were first-team All-Big Ten members.This is the second consecutive season Price has been named an AFCA first-team All-American as a right guard. The redshirt senior also took home the Rimington Trophy, given to the nation’s top center, and was named the Big Ten Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year. During the 2017 season, Price set the Ohio State record for consecutive games started, having started every game of his career since his redshirt freshman season.Nick and Joey Bosa become only the second pair of Ohio State brothers to both be named first-team All-Americans, joining Ray and Archie Griffin. Nick has continued the legacy of the Bosa name, joining Joey as fellow Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year winners by taking home the hardware in 2017. Bosa has 32 tackles — 18 solo and 14 assisted — with 14.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks. He also forced a fumble.Ward has shined in his first year as a starter, picking up two interceptions, 15 passes defended, 30 solo tackles, seven assisted tackles and two for a loss. He was named a finalist for the Thorpe Award, given to the nation’s top defensive back, but lost to Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick. read more

Leicester City boss will not change the clubs system

Claude Puel will remain with his 3-4-3 formation, even after it has been proven there is not enough personnel available to fulfill itLeicester City is 11th in the English Premier League standings.The team has won twice and lost three times to have six points already. With eight goals scored and nine received, fans are asking for a change.But The Foxes boss Claude Puel is not considering changing his 3-4-3 system yet.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“I am not in the habit to change something. For example, about our last game, if I change the system defensively just to find the good solidity after we can lose all the good aspect from the offensive play,” he was quoted by Foxes Of Leicester.“With four at the back, we can drive the play. I want to keep our quality and possibility to attack and then to correct in our game the defensive aspect: win duels, more aggressiveness, these good things. They are good ingredients.”“Changing the system sometimes, why not? But it is not my concern or my thought at this moment because we made mistakes and we know why we made them. I think it is important to be responsible and correct them,” he concluded. read more

Microsoft to make its Xbox Game Pass available for PCs now too

first_img Tags Review • Microsoft Xbox One S review: The Xbox One S is here, just three years too late $259 Preview • 9 reasons why the Xbox One S is better than the original 0 Microsoft Xbox One S Microsoft’s Xbox service is coming to PC. Kinda. Sarah Tew/CNET If you like the Xbox but prefer to game on a PC, Microsoft has a new service for you.It’s called Xbox Game Pass for PC and, just as it sounds, Microsoft’s offering gamers who don’t play on an Xbox access to a library of 100 games for playing on a computer. “We designed a service specifically for the needs of PC gamers and PC game developers,” Microsoft’s Xbox head Phil Spencer said in a blog post announcing the new service. Subscribers to the service will also get discounts on games and digital add-ons, Microsoft said. The company declined to say how much the new service will cost, nor when it will be made available. Instead, Microsoft said it will reveal more details at its Xbox press conference on Monday, June 9 at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles.The move is the latest from Microsoft to shift its arsenal of Xbox offerings over the past couple months as new competitors like Google’s Stadia prepare to launch later this year. Earlier this month, the company released a new cheaper console, the $249 Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, which relies solely on digital downloads rather than using a disc drive. In April, the company also said it would combine its Xbox Game Pass for console players, and its Xbox Live gaming social network into a new $14.99 monthly service called Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Post a comment Microsoft See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Share your voice Computers Culture Gaming Digital Media See it Mentioned Above Microsoft Xbox One S (1TB) $339 Walmartlast_img read more

Facebook Sued Over Housing Discrimination

first_imgFLICKR CREATIVE COMMONSFacebook is being sued over housing discrimination.The National Fair Housing Alliance, along with affiliated groups in San Antonio, New York and Miami, have sued Facebook for violating the Fair Housing Act.The lawsuit says the company “continues to enable landlords and real estate brokers to bar families with children, women and others from receiving rental and sales ads for housing.”The suit comes as the social media company continues to deal with charges of the misuse of data, belonging to 50 million of its users.Read the entire lawsuit The lawsuit said Facebook allows advertisers to “target” its audience by allowing them to “include” or “exclude” specific types of people.To test its case, the NFHA submitted a fictitious ad in San Antonio for an apartment for rent, using Facebook presets that allowed them to exclude “parents with toddlers,” “parents with preschoolers,” “parents with early school-age children,” “parents with teenagers,” and “parents with preteens,” while targeting “men.”The Fair Housing Council of Greater San Antonio created similar fictitious ads to exclude “corporate moms,” “stay-at-home moms” and “fit moms,” while using Facebook presets to include “men” and “no kids.”“They are giving housing providers the tool to discriminate,” said Sandra Tamez, executive director of the Fair Housing Council of Greater San Antonio. “It’s problematic especially in a city like ours where we are segregated so much.”A Facebook spokesperson told Texas Public Radio the lawsuit was without merit, and that there is no place for discrimination on the platform.Meanwhile, the lawsoh uit said Facebook has been “on notice for more than a year,” citing an investigation by ProPublica in 2016 that its advertising platform violates fair housing laws. In a second article in November, Propublica found Facebook housing ads that specifically excluded people based on race and religion, as well as people with disabilities.Paul Flahive contributed to this reportVince Kong can be reached at vince@tpr.org or on Twitter Sharelast_img read more

Trump Rips LeBron James Smarts Hours Before Rally in Ohio

first_imgBy JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated PressBRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — Ahead of campaigning in Ohio on Saturday, President Donald Trump unleashed a withering attack on the state’s favorite son, savaging NBA star LeBron James in a late-night tweet that derided the intelligence of one of the nation’s most prominent African-American men.Melania Trump’s spokeswoman quickly distanced the first lady from the criticism of James, saying in a statement Saturday afternoon that it appeared James was “working to do good things on behalf of our next generation” and that the first lady would be open to visiting his new school for at-risk children. The statement didn’t criticize the president.In this July 30, 2018 file photo LeBron James listens to a question at a news conference after the opening ceremony for the I Promise School in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Phil Long, File)Trump blasted James late Friday after an interview aired with CNN anchor Don Lemon in which he deemed Trump divisive. Although James has long been a Trump critic, calling the president “U bum” in a 2017 tweet, the tweet was Trump’s first attack on the player, who just opened up a school for underprivileged children in his hometown of Akron.The tweet came hours before Trump traveled to Columbus, Ohio, for a rally north of town in support of the Republican in a special U.S. House election on Tuesday. Once in Ohio, however, Trump stayed away from the controversy and never mentioned James as he hammered away at Democrats and other favorite targets.“Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon,” Trump posted. “He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do.”Trump then, unexpectedly, appeared to weigh in on the growing debate over who is the greatest NBA player of all time, James or Michael Jordan, by writing “I like Mike!”Many former and current professional athletes, including Jordan, jumped to James’ defense.“I support LeBron James. He’s doing an amazing job for his community,” Jordan said in a statement to The Associated Press through his representative via text Saturday.Trump has long denounced the media — CNN in particular — and rarely lets a slight go unnoticed. But the attack on James, who was being interviewed by another Black man, to some resembled a racial dog whistle. He routinely deems Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California, who is also Black, as “low IQ” — an insult he repeated during the Ohio rally Saturday night.Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican who at times criticizes Trump, tweeted: “Rather than criticizing @KingJames, we should be celebrating him for his charity work and efforts to help kids.”Trump has repeatedly been questioned about his views on race, from deeming many Mexican immigrants “rapists” during his campaign kickoff speech for the Republican presidential nomination to placing blame on “both sides” for the violent clash between White supremacists and counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, a year ago.James, who campaigned for Trump’s opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton, and has not been shy about using his celebrity for social causes, did the interview from the public school he opened, called the “I Promise” school. Every student receives free tuition, as well as free food, a uniform and even a free bike.In the interview, James said he “would never sit across” from Trump, though he would talk to former President Barack Obama. James’ publicist declined to respond to Trump’s tweet, but early Saturday afternoon, James retweeted a post from the “I Promise” school and said: “Let’s get it kids!! Love you guys.”Lemon responded to the president, invoking both the administration’s forced-family-separations policy and Mrs. Trump’s social media etiquette campaign.“Who’s the real dummy? A man who puts kids in classrooms or one who puts kids in cages? #BeBest” Lemon tweeted.James played for over a decade — and in two stints — with the Cleveland Cavaliers and delivered a title to the championship-starved region in 2016. Although he departed for the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this summer, the superstar remains very popular in the Buckeye State, and Trump’s attack could be a gift for the Democrat in Tuesday’s special congressional race.“I don’t have to tell (asterisk)anyone(asterisk) what LeBron James means to Ohio,” tweeted Democrat Danny O’Connor, who was running against state Sen. Troy Balderson.The White House did not immediately respond to a request to clarify Trump’s remarks. But even some Trump allies chided him.Geraldo Rivera, the journalist and Trump confidant, broke with the president to say he wished Trump “turned other cheek re @KingJames & @donlemon While I disagree with their conclusion that @POTUS is using sports to divide America along racial lines, they’re both sincere & intelligent men. LeBron just pledged millions for a school for underprivileged kids.”Along with Jordan, a number of other athletes spoke out in support of James.Pro Football Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe tweeted: “It should be beneath the dignity of a sitting POTUS to take racist shots at D. Lemon and Lebron James.” NBA player Karl-Anthony Towns wrote: “So let me get this straight: Flint, MI has dirty water still, but you worried about an interview about a man doing good for education and generations of kids in his hometown?”Before entering politics, Trump frequently praised James and his own family tried to recruit him to the New York Knicks in 2010. But commenting on someone’s intelligence, including his own, has long been a Trump trope. He has been criticized for complimenting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (“smart cookie”) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (“very smart”) and has been known to praise himself as “a very stable genius.”But he also uses “stupid” — or variations thereof — as a favored insult. He has used it to describe the FBI, the NFL, Democrats, the filibuster, the nation’s immigration laws, journalists, trade policies and how the nation’s leaders have dealt with topics like Iraq, Muslims, Canada and China.He also, after then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly called him a “moron,” challenged his own Cabinet member to an IQ test.___Associated Press writer Steve Reed in Charlotte, N.C., contributed to this report.last_img read more

Louisville Football Names McKenzie to Coach Running Backs

first_imgMcKenzie earned an undergraduate degree in secondary education, political science, and American history in 2005. He completed his master’s degree in education at Vanderbilt in 2010. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville football program has hired Norval McKenzie as its running backs coach, head coach Scott Satterfield announced on Tuesday. McKenzie is the father of one daughter, Anaya, and he and his wife Amber have a son, Storm.MCKENZIE AT A GLANCE2006-07: Hiram (Ga.) H.S. (assistant coach)2008-09: Vanderbilt (graduate assistant)2010: Vanderbilt (assistant recruiting coordinator)2011-15: Furman (running backs/special teams coordinator/recruiting coordinator)2016-18: Arkansas State (running backs) McKenzie helped lead Furman to a 2013 SoCon championship and several victories over FCS nationally-ranked teams, including No. 5 Wofford in 2011. The Paladins also knocked off then-FCS member and No. 3-ranked Appalachian State in 2011. Story Links Before his stint at Arkansas State, McKenzie spent five seasons at Furman, serving as the running backs coach, special teams coordinator and recruiting coordinator. The 2008 season saw him help Vanderbilt post its first winning season (7-6) since 1982 and a 16-14 victory over Boston College in the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl – the program’s first bowl victory since 1955. McKenzie assumed the duties of assistant recruiting coordinator, while also helping with player development and coordinating the Gridiron Club for former Commodore letter winners, in 2010. A Powder Springs, Ga., native and former football standout at McEachern (Ga.) High School, McKenzie was a four-year football letterman for Vanderbilt (2001-04), where he rushed for 1,411 career yards. He battled back from a serious leg injury his sophomore year to lead Vanderbilt in rushing as both a junior and senior. Last season, McKenzie’s running backs were an integral component of the offense that averaged 186.4 yards on the ground, guiding the Red Wolves to an 8-5 record and a win over Nevada in the Arizona Bowl. McKenzie tutored two of the Sun Belt’s top-10 rushers in Marcel Murray and the league’s Freshman of the Year Warren Wand. McCloud, who completed his career ranked 10th in Furman rushing history, garnered all-conference recognition in 2013 after running for 1,110 yards and five scores. Triston Luke rushed for 385 yards and a pair of scores in 2015 to find a place on the league’s All-Freshman team, while Marcus Anderson earned the recognition in 2013 when he posted 334 rushing yards and two touchdowns.center_img Alma Mater: Vanderbilt, 2005Hometown: Powder Springs, Ga.Wife: Amber (Falcone)Daughter: AnayaSons: Storm Print Friendly Version While coaching at Furman, McKenzie instructed a pair of All-Southern Conference running backs and two others who were named to the league’s All-Freshman team. Jerodis Williams was a two-time All-SoCon choice after rushing for 2,225 yards and 20 touchdowns over his junior and senior campaigns, in addition to earning All-America honors in 2012 when he led the FCS in kickoff returns (35.9 avg., 2 TDs). Before joining the Louisville staff, McKenzie spent the last three seasons as the running backs coach at Arkansas State. Following graduation, he began his coaching career at Hiram (Ga.) High School, working two seasons there before returning to Vanderbilt as a graduate assistant coach for the 2008 and 2009 campaigns. Playing Experience2001-04: Vanderbilt (RB) Murray, who finished seventh in the Sun Belt in rushing, ran for 860 yards and eight scores, while Wand totaled 792 yards and four touchdowns to help the Red Wolves finish fifth in the conference in rushing. Wand closed his career finishing in the top 10 in school history in rushing yards. In McKenzie’s first season in 2016, the Red Wolves won a Sun Belt Conference championship with a 7-1 record and defeated UCF 31-13 in the Cure Bowl. During that campaign, Wand and junior Johnston White combined to rush for 1,351 yards and 12 touchdowns. Wand, a second-team all-conference honoree, rushed for a team-high 879 yards, while also posting 24 receptions for 279 yards and three more scores. McKenzie’s impact was felt during his second season, helping the Red Wolves rank No. 10 in the nation in total offense, averaging a school-record 494.8 yards per game. The unit also accounted for 10 combined touchdowns as the team ranked No. 13 in the country in scoring offense with 37.8 points per game. In that season, Wand and Johnson combined for 1,145 yards and nine touchdowns. last_img read more

The Russian Ambassador and his Delhi connect

first_imgHonouring our diplomatic ties with Russia, Delhi Study Group celebrated the silver jubilee of Alexander M Kadakin, a veteran Russian ambassador to India. Vijay Jolly, the president of the group, presided over the event to elaborate on the bilateral relations between India and Russia.The ambassador was presented with a flowers, trophy and citation for his years long services to promote the ties between the two countries and its people. Mayors of South and North Delhi, Sarita Chaudhary and Master Azad Singh and Deputy Mayor of East Delhi, Mahender Kumar Ahuja, graced the occasion with their benign presence. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In his address, Vijay Jolly proclaimed that during Kadakin’s tenure, the bilateral relations got a boost and we worked together successfully in the field of science, technology, space, education, military hardware and two way trade between the nations.  Kadakin, who is fluent in Hindi, French, Urdu, Romanian and Russian languages was a great force in bolstering the relations. It was a nostalgic moment for the ambassador who recollected his memories from 25 years. He also narrated his close relations with various former Indian Prime Ministers & his intense love for India.A photo exhibition relived  his moments in India with pictures of him interacting with great Indian leaders like Late Smt. Indira Gandhi, Late Morarji Desai, Late Rajiv Gandhi, Late Narsimha Rao, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Lal Krishna Advani and Manmohan Singh during his long innings in India.last_img read more

Capering with the Cape Town boys

first_imgOn a Saturday afternoon in Capetown, basking in a corner of the Old Biscuit Mill- an erstwhile mill turned into a buzzing art and craft market- Jeremy strummed his guitar inconspicuously. Taken in by his music, Motheo walked into the picture with a polite request, ‘If I may rap along?’ This was back in 2010.Fast forward to 2013: Jeremy Loops is a rage in South Africa, after having performed in Rocking the daisies and Oppikoppi festival to over 10000 plus audience. And on this World Music Day, they came to the Capital as an upcoming international music band under Viacom 18’s emerging artistes platform – Emerge.  Jeremy,  armed with his loop peddle, harmonica and guitar; Motheo Moleko with his engaging rap; and Jamie Faull with his smooth saxophone tones made a debut in Delhi with some balmy notes, a heart full of curiosity for India, and exuberance writ large on their faces. Millennium Post catches up with Jeremy.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’How’s India, going by the first impressions?I have been here since today morning but I always dreamt of coming to India as a little boy.  The things that I thought of imaginatively, I have already sensed them: the smells, the people, the crazy motorcyclists…Growing up in South Africa, I had quite a few Indian friends. So, it’s not foreign for me.Looping live on stage post a degree in finance was a big transition. What did you set out for?I am a creative person by nature who was balancing the creative side with academics while growing up. I did my B.Sc in property development and finance. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe academic pressures made me go more creative. By the end of four years of college, when I had to take up a corporate job, I wanted to be in a band. I knew a lot of bands never take off or fail quickly and I had never sung before. I could only play guitar, so nobody would have accepted me back then. So, in 2007, I sailed off on a yacht and carried a set of loop peddles to escape for a few years. That extra time on my hands, my solitude, night time photography and music forced me to be more creative and dreamy. I have always loved Neil Young’s ’Dreaming man’, I connect to the song that goes this way: I am a dreaming man but that’s my problem.. I can’t say when I am not being real. It is wonderful to travel around the world with my music.  Was meeting Motheo in the Old biscuit mill, a significant juncture for your musical journey?Old biscuit mill is this organic place to go to for food and craft markets. I had just come back from sailing then and didn’t know what to do with my life. I was in a dark space. I had all this material I had been writing and I wanted to be in a band but I had never performed. I was making folk music and he jammed in with rap. Two weeks later, I was invited to play a gig in a club that made me believe, ‘maybe I can do something.’Quoting you, ‘I was scared of walking on stage to a gathering of 20000 people…’ Does the fear still overpower the performer in you?People always tell me that the scare would subside while excitement grows on.Standing amidst so many people out there, you have to grow over your personal barriers and insecurities. Its your music that you are putting out there and if people don’t like it, it gets personal.  With looping, we make our music live, so there are more chances of mistakes but the fear dissipates sooner now. What inspires you as a musician?Folk movement in the last few years by bands such as Mumford and sons.Ten years ago I couldn’t have been making my kind of music, but now the folk electronic music is commercially feasible. And I love music– live music by real people. Of my own songs, I really connect to ‘Power’. I made it to motivate myself and listening onto the radio, people connect to it in the same way, while starting their day in the morning.Is there a dream platform where you want to perform?I think I told myself, when I play in Glastonbury festival in UK, I will believe I have really achieved. But my goals are constantly changing. That’s the problem with human nature!Now, I am trying to set my goals as to where I want to spend my time. I don’t want to be a band that tours all around the world the entire year because it is incredibly taxing to be on road all the time. It will be better for us to find places where we resonate with the people to make them our strongholds. Eventually I would love to jam with the tabla and sitar players in India. It would be great if there could be a musical exchange between South Africa and India.last_img read more

Foodies FIFA

first_imgEnjoy the thrill and action of this FIFA World Cup along with some great food as The Imperial brings it together. The matches will be shown on big screens which can be enjoyed along with the special Football Burger which would be available with four soft beverages and four imported beer bottles. Also the Global gourmet offers snacks combo with refreshing drinks while following the heat of the matches. The menu includes specialties from almost all the major Soccer regions in the world like fish and chips, Bratwurst and caramelised onions, Tortilla de patatas, Yakitori and Sushi, Barbecue pork ribs, battered onion rings, Imam Bayildi, Hummus and Pita and Panini Caprese. When: 4 – 13 July Where: 1911 Bar, The ImperialPrice: Rs 4500 – 5500 plus taxeslast_img read more

Singer Carlisle to drive rickshaw in India for charity

first_imgFormer lead vocalist of music band Go-Go, Belinda Carlisle has revealed plans to drive an auto-rickshaw across India to raise money for charity.The 56-year-old ‘Heaven Is a Place on Earth’ singer has just got her motorcycle license in Los Angeles in preparation for the 1,135 mile journey.“I’m doing a rickshaw ride in India in March from Kolkata to Udaipur,” Belinda shared in a video shot in her LA living room with her pug Bam Bam.“So why not make a donation in somebody’s name this holiday season – that person who is impossible to buy for.”  Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenCarlisle has a fund-raising goal of USD 25,000 to help the Animal People Alliance (APA), which works to improve the lives of slavery survivors with economic empowerment and education strategies.The charity helps to “train and employ vulnerable youth and women as veterinary technicians, dog handlers and animal caregivers” in India.Fans of the singer can donate to get signed copies of Carlisle’s studio albums, a Skype call from the star and a chance to ride the rickshaw with the singer on the last day of the journey.last_img read more

Red Hat releases Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 beta deprecates Btrfs filesystem

first_imgEarlier this month, Red Hat released RHEL 7.6. Now, Red Hata Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8 beta version is available with more container friendliness than ever. This RHEL release is based on the Red Hat community Linux May 2018 Fedora 28 release. It uses the upstream Linux kernel 4.18 for its foundation. RHEL 8 beta introduces the concept of Application Streams. With this, userspace components can now update more quickly than core operating system packages and without having to wait for the next major version of the operating system. With Application Streams, you can also keep multiple versions of the same package around. RHEL 8 beta features RHEL 8 beta introduces a single and consistent user control panel through the RHEL Web Console. Systems admins of all experience levels can easily manage RHEL servers locally and remotely, including virtual machines. RHEL 8 beta uses IPVLAN to support efficient Linux networking in containers through connecting containers nested in virtual machines (VMs) to networking hosts. RHEL 8 beta also has a new TCP/IP stack with Bandwidth and Round-trip propagation time (BBR) congestion control. This increases performance and minimizes latency for services like streaming video or hosted storage. RHEL 8 is made secure with OpenSSL 1.1.1 and TLS 1.3 support and system-wide Cryptographic Policies. Red Hat’s lightweight, open standards-based container toolkit comes with Buildah (container building), Podman (running containers) and Skopeo (sharing/finding containers). RPM’s YUM package manager has also been updated. Yum 4 delivers faster performance, fewer installed dependencies and more choices of package versions to meet specific workload requirements. File Systems in RHEL 8 beta RedHat has deprecated the Btrfs filesystem. This has really confused developers who are surprised why RedHat would opt out of it especially considering that it is also used for ChromeOS’s Crostini Linux application container. From hacker news: “I’m still incredibly sad about that, especially as Btrfs has become a really solid filesystem over the last year or so in the upstream kernel.” “Indeed, Btrfs is uniquely capable and important. It has lightweight snapshots of directory trees, and fully supports NFS exports and kernel namespaces, so it can easily solve technical problems that currently can’t be easily solved using ZFS or other filesystems.” Stratis is the new volume-managing file system in RHEL 8 beta. Stratis abstracts away the complexities inherent to data management via an API. Also, File System Snapshots provide for a faster way of conducting file-level tasks, like cloning virtual machines, while saving space by consuming new storage only when data changes. Existing customers and subscribers can test Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 beta. You can also view the README file for instructions on how to download and install the software. Read Next RedHat shares what to expect from next week’s first-ever DNSSEC root key rollover. Soon, RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) won’t support KDE. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5 (RHEL 7.5) now generally available.last_img read more

Nine Labour MPs on the partys left called for a

first_imgNine Labour MPs on the party’s left called for a ‘final say’ on Brexit at a meeting in parliament today while proclaiming their loyalty to the Labour Party and Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.The meeting, titled ‘Love Socialism, Hate Brexit’, was chaired by Lloyd Russell-Moyle and featured speakers including Chi Onwurrah, Clive Lewis, Alex Sobel, Matt Rodda, Rosie Duffield, Rachel Maskell, Ged Killen and Paul Sweeney. It was organised by campaign group Another Europe is Possible.The speakers made the left-wing case for staying in the European Union – arguments that Russell-Moyle said should have been more prominent in the 2016 referendum. They argued that Europe needs to work together to combat climate change, tax big tech companies, defeat the far-right and put class interests over national interests.Clive Lewis said that if Labour enabled a Tory Brexit, it would be punished by the electorate as the Liberal Democrats were for working with the Tories in the coalition. “This is a Tory Brexit. This is their mess. It’s not the job of Labour to help the Tories,” he said.The MPs were keen to stress that they are loyal to Jeremy Corbyn and his socialist policies. The Financial Times reported today that six Labour MPs would form a breakaway party if Labour did not support a ‘people’s vote’.Canterbury MP Rosie Duffield said that she had been uncomfortable when she first came out in favour of a second referendum because the ‘people’s vote’ campaign was associated with the right of the party. Now though, she said that all sides of the party are coming round to the idea of a second referendum and she encouraged everyone present to put “gentle pressure” on their colleagues and MPs.Alex Sobel and Clive Lewis both said they preferred the term “final say” to “people’s vote”. Lewis said that ‘people’s vote’ has baggage associated with it and ‘final say’ is more easily understandable. “You measure twice and cut once,” he said. “A ‘final say’ is what a trade union would have on a pay deal.”When asked to confirm he was calling on Corbyn to support a second referendum, Russell-Moyle said he wanted to stay in the EU and didn’t really care whether that was through an election or a referendum.“The end result is not a peoples’ vote and that’s the problem that people think that’s the end result. Actually, that’s going to be a bloody hard campaign and we might not even win if we have the same idiots in charge as last time,” Russell-Moyle said.At the end of the meeting, the left-wing MP for Brighton Kemptown added that there will be Love Socialism, Hate Brexit events every week until Brexit day with similar line-ups of left-wing Labour MPs.Tags:Labour /Brexit /Corbyn /People’s Vote /Love Socialism Hate Brexit /Lloyd Russel Moyle /Rachel Maskell /Final Say /last_img read more

Results of EP election for early Sunday morning – sources

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Miguela XuerebMiguela Xuereb Sources close to the Partit Nazzjonalista told Newsbook.com.mt that the unofficial results of the elections of the European Parliament could be unofficially known by 2.00a.m. and 3.00a.m. Sunday morning though they would probably be announced a few hours later. This has become possible because the Partit Laburista, according to a report in timesofmalta.com, is expected to accept the counter-proposals of the PN to the plan of the Electoral Commission to have solely an electronic counting system.According to the system proposed by the PN ballot boxes that reach the counting hall will be immediately opened and the votes reconciled. Then the votes will be manually distributed to the different candidates in such a way that the party representatives can make an unofficial tally while the process is going on. This will enable the parties to extrapolate the election result from their counting.This also means that there will be a manual check before the electronic counting is done.eCount announcedLast November the Malta Electoral Commission has announced that the counting hall shall be benefiting from new eCount technology taking six and a half hours to scan all votes,allowing final results to be out by the end of the day. The Electoral Commission’s staff havebeen preparing for a mock count all summer filling in mock ballot sheets for a full scale testto iron out any problems on December 1st.Watch: New eCount system makes 3-day wait a thing of the pastThe initial reaction of the partiesLast December 3, the PN’s Secretary General Clyde Puli had raised concerns about apparent flaws in the new electronic vote counting system which could lead to electoral fraud. In a news conference, PN’s Secretary General Clyde Puli expressed his worries about the new system saying that changes to the machines had been made without the ElectoralCommission’s consent. He said that the second test of the machines which had been carried out on the previous Saturday revealed, ‘strange things’ which encouraged him to inquire with the makers.Read: ‘Strange things happening’; flaws in e-voting system – PNThe PL had responded critically to the comments from Puli, calling them hyperbolic. Theysaid that the PN’s comments also show a lack of viable alternatives and a reflection of the antagonistic view of the former PN leader Simon Busuttil towards people’s votes.According to timesofmalta.com the PL changed its position and is now expected to agree to the proposals made by the PN.WhatsApplast_img read more

Smart lifecollar could save lives of young children

first_img Source:https://en.ktu.edu/news/smart-life-collar-created-by-lithuanian-scientists-will-save-lives/ Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Dec 10 2018The startup company Smartmedic and a team of researchers of Kaunas University of Technology (KTU), Lithuania developed a smart life-collar prototype which inflates once in contact with water thus keeping the head of its wearer above the surface. Buddy, the Life-Collar can be vital for parents of young children, who are still not confident in water.Drowning is one of the most often causes of accidental death among small children (1-4 years). Around 5 thousand children drown in Europe every year. This mostly happens in lakes and rivers, and parents’ supervision is not always sufficient means of protection.Related StoriesNanoparticles used to deliver CRISPR gene editing tools into the cellNANOLIVE‘s novel CX-A defines a new standard for live cell imaging in 96 well plates for continuous organelle monitoring in cell populationsNew study reveals ‘clutch’ proteins responsible for putting T cell activation ‘into gear'”Our smart life-collar is working similarly like an airbag in a car. Once the sensor installed into the collar touches the water, it activates the release mechanism, which fully inflates the airbags in 3-4 secons, and they lift the wearer into the surface of the water. The head of the swimmer is kept over the water and he or she cannot drown”, says Tadas Juknius, the author of the idea.The first functioning prototype of Buddy, the Life-Collar was created by Tadas Juknius in Smartmedic company, then PhD student at KTU. Later, working together with researchers of KTU Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Design – Valdas Grigaliūnas and Algis Karpavičius – Juknius developed and improved the prototype.Buddy, the Life-Collar weighs approximately 120 grams, the weight of a cell phone. It is worn around the neck, and the accessory doesn’t restrict movements of a child. It is made from high-tech materials meant for long term usage. Once in water the collar inflates itself in 3 seconds, which is an optimal speed for protecting the child from injuries and being efficient in saving life.”We have introduced our prototype in international fairs, and received very positive reviews. The next stage is designing a prototype for mass production”, says Kristina Judinė, head of the company Smartmedic, which is a commercialization partner of Buddy, the Life-Collar.last_img read more

New insights into brain cell types of people with MS could help

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 24 2019Fresh insights into the types of cells found in the brains of people with multiple sclerosis could help develop improved therapies, research has found.The study focused on cells in the brain that help to repair damage to nerve cells caused by the disease.Researchers identified various types of these cells – called oligodendrocytes. People with MS have different types of oligodendrocytes than healthy people, the study found.The findings could shed new light on how the disease progresses and could also help scientists develop treatments.Experts from the University of Edinburgh and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden analysed post-mortem brain samples from five people without neurological disease and four people with the most advanced form of multiple sclerosis, called progressive MS.Working with researchers from the healthcare company Hoffmann-La Roche, the team used an advanced genetic analysis technique called single nuclear RNA-Seq.This technique provides a snapshot of all the genes that have been switched on in a single brain cell, providing insights into how each individual cell functions.By doing this on thousands of brain cells, the approach can build a detailed picture of all the cell types that are present in the brain from that person.The researchers found there are several types of oligodendrocytes, and that the ratio of these cells in people with MS differs from healthy people.These differences suggest the oligodendrocytes are functioning differently in the brains of people with MS, which might be key to understanding how disease progresses, the researchers say.MS occurs when the protective sheath that surrounds nerve cells – called myelin – becomes damaged. This means that nerve cells cannot transmit signals around the body as effectively. It also leaves nerve cells vulnerable to damage, and eventually the nerves can die.Oligodendrocytes are found in the brain and spinal cord where they repair damaged myelin. In people with MS, this process does not work as well as in healthy people.Many treatments under development for MS are designed to target oligodendrocytes in the hope of boosting myelin repair.Studies with mice had previously identified several types of oligodendrocytes in the mouse brain, suggesting each have slightly different functions. This is the first study to show that people also have several types of oligodendrocytes in the brain.Related StoriesRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaWearing a hearing aid may mitigate dementia riskNanoparticles used to deliver CRISPR gene editing tools into the cellResearchers say the differences in types of oligodendrocytes they found in people with MS might explain why their myelin repair process does not work as well.The study also found people have and different types of oligodendrocytes than mice. The findings suggest the cells may work differently in each species. This could have important implications for how findings from mouse studies of MS are interpreted.Multiple sclerosis is a lifelong condition that causes balance problems, fatigue and progressive disability. Around 2.5 million people are living with the condition worldwide. There are currently no treatments for the progressive form of the disease.The study, published in Nature, was funded by the UK MS Society, the European Union and the European Research Council. The European Committee for Treatment and Research of Multiple Sclerosis and the Wellcome Trust also funded the research, among others.Professor Charles ffrench-Constant, of the Medical Research Council Centre for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, said: “We found that oligodendrocytes are a diverse population of cells and that different types are likely to have different functions in the brain.”Professor Anna Williams, of the Medical Research Council Centre for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, said: “Understanding which types of oligodendrocytes are most beneficial in repairing myelin will be crucial for maximising the chances of developing much-needed treatments for MS.”Associate Professor Gonçalo Castelo-Branco, of the Karolinska Institute, said: “Our findings highlight the power of this technology to study the mechanisms of human diseases such as MS. We predict that the widespread use of this technology with larger numbers of samples will further enhance our understanding of MS.”Dr Susan Kohlhaas, Director of Research at the MS Society, said: “More than 100,000 people in the UK have MS, and many of them are still without effective treatments. Those living with progressive forms of MS desperately need new options that repair myelin damage and halt progression.”We believe that one day we can stop MS and projects like this are going to make that happen more quickly.” Source:https://www.ed.ac.uk/news/2019/brain-cell-changes-in-people-with-ms-revealedlast_img read more

Netflix shares dive as subscriber growth misses mark

first_imgNetflix shares plunged Monday after the leading streaming television service said subscriber growth fell short of expectations in the recently ended quarter. Netflix shares jump as subscriptions top 100 million Netflix shares took a hit after disappointing growth figures for the second quarter Membership in the quarter grew 5.2 million to a total of 130 million, matching the same period last year but a million shy of what Netflix had forecast, according to a letter released along with earnings figures.Netflix shares dropped 14.11 percent to $343.97 in after-market trade, in a setback to the television juggernaut operating in some 190 markets around the world.”We had a strong but not stellar Q2 (second quarter),” Netflix said in a letter to shareholders.”Earnings, margins, and revenue were all in-line with forecast and way up from prior year.”The Silicon Valley based company said it is beginning to “lead artistically” in some categories with its original content, earning enough Emmy nominations this year to break a 17-year top-spot streak by HBO.Netflix said it made a profit of $384 million on revenue of $3.9 billion in the recent quarter, compared to net income of $66 million on $2.8 billion in revenue in the same period last year.Wall Street analysts had expected Netflix revenue to be slightly higher.”After four consecutive quarters of beating its own guidance, and analysts’ expectations on key metrics such as revenues, profits, and subscriber gains, Netflix disappointed with a weak Q2,” said eMarketer principal analyst Paul Verna.”This isn’t entirely surprising given rising competition in the video streaming market, where Amazon, Hulu, HBO and others are gaining share of subscription video dollars at Netflix’s expense,” he added.Competition in the streaming television market includes YouTube, a platform under the umbrella of Google parent Alphabet, and entertainment titan Disney, along with AT&T.However, GBH Insights saw the Netflix subscriber forecast miss as a “speed bump,” rather than start a downward trend, reasoning that the “content arms race continues to be a major tailwind” for the company.”While the knee jerk reaction will clearly be negative from the Street’s perspective, we would be buyers of Netflix on this weakness,” GBH Insights technology research head Daniel Ives said in a note to investors.Netflix has spent billions of dollars on original content, backing films or shows from creators from a gamut of countries and cultures as it strives for broad appeal as a global television service.”We continue to ramp up our production of non-English originals,” Netflix said in the letter.”Our international originals can be important to specific countries and regions and also play well outside of their home markets.”Netflix added that while there is an increasing focus in the traditional film industry on superheroes and sequels, the on-demand service can serve a broad variety of tastes. Explore furthercenter_img © 2018 AFP Citation: Netflix shares dive as subscriber growth misses mark (2018, July 17) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-netflix-subscriber-growth.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Space Archaeology Is a Thing And It Involves Lasers and Spy Satellites

first_imgWhat does it take to be a space archaeologist? No, you don’t need a rocket or a spacesuit. However, lasers are sometimes involved. And infrared cameras. And spy satellites. Welcome to Sarah Parcak’s world. Parcak, an archaeologist and a professor of anthropology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has mapped sites around the world from space; she does so using images captured by satellites — from NASA and from private companies — orbiting high above the ground. From these lofty heights, sensitive instruments can reveal details that are invisible to scientists on the ground, marking the positions of walls or even entire cities that have been buried for millennia. Parcak unpacks how views from space are transforming the field of archaeology, in her new book “Archaeology From Space: How the Future Shapes Our Past” (Henry Holt and Co., 2019). [Read an excerpt from “Archaeology From Space”] AdvertisementArchaeology Gets a Sci-Fi Makeover, In ‘Archaeology From Space’Live Science sits down with archaeologist and author Sarah Parcak to talk about her new book, “”Archaeology From Space: How the Future Shapes Our Past” (Henry Holt and Co., 2019).Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Better Bug Sprays?01:33关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65924-space-archaeology-highlights.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0020:0420:04Your Recommended Playlist01:33Better Bug Sprays?01:08Why Do French Fries Taste So Bad When They’re Cold?04:24Sperm Whale Befriends Underwater Robot00:29Robot Jumps Like a Grasshopper, Rolls Like a Ball02:31Surgical Robotics00:29Video – Giggly Robot关闭  Satellites analyze landscapes and use different parts of the light spectrum to uncover buried remnants of ancient civilizations. But studying archaeological sites from above had very humble (and low-tech) beginnings, Parcak told Live Science. Researchers first experimented with peering down from a great height at a historic location more than a century ago, when a member of the Corps of Royal Engineers photographed the 5,000-year-old monument Stonehenge from a hot-air balloon. “You could even see — from this very early and somewhat blurry photograph — staining in the landscape around the site, showing that there were buried features there,” Parcak said. Through the 1960s and into the 1970s, aerial photography continued to play an important role in archaeology. But when NASA launched its first satellites it opened up “a completely new world,” for archaeologists in the 1980s and 1990s, Parcak said. In fact, declassified images from the U.S. government’s Corona spy satellite program, which operated from 1959 to 1972, helped archaeologists in the 1990s to reconstruct the positions of important sites in the Middle East that had since disappeared, eradicated by urban expansion. Image Gallery: How Technology Reveals Hidden Art Treasures An eye inlay from a tomb dating to 4,000 years ago, in Lisht, Egypt. The expedition, co-led by Dr. Parcak, was conducted in partnership with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities. 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And archaeologists need as many tools as they can get; there are thought to be millions of sites around the world that are yet to be discovered, Parcak added. But remote sensing isn’t one-size-fits-all; different terrains require different space archaeology techniques. For example, in Egypt, layers of sand blanket lost pyramids and cities. In that type of landscape, high-resolution optical satellites reveal subtle differences on the surface that may hint at structures underground. And in regions with dense vegetation, such as in Southeast Asia or Central America, lidar emits millions of pulses of light to penetrate beneath the trees and detect hidden buildings, Parcak explained. In her own work, Parcak’s analysis of satellite views led to the creation of a new map for the legendary city of Tanis in Egypt, famously featured in the movie “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” Satellite images of Tanis revealed a vast network of the city’s buildings, which had previously gone undetected even as the site was under excavation, she wrote.center_img If these stories of space archaeology in Parcak’s book leave readers wanting more, they’re in luck. An online platform called GlobalXplorer, launched and run by Parcak, offers users access to a library of satellite images for browsing and annotation. Aspiring “citizen-scientists” can join “campaigns” to assist in the ongoing search for lost cities and ancient structures, and to help experts identify signs of looting in vulnerable sites, according to the platform website. Since 2017, approximately 80,000 users have evaluated 14 million satellite images, mapping 700 major archaeological sites that were previously unknown, Parcak said. “Archaeology From Space” is available to buy on Amazon. Satellite images of the buried ancient Egyptian city Tanis revealed city walls that were invisible to archaeologists on the ground. Credit: Courtesy of Sarah Parcak 7 Amazing Places to Visit with Google Street View In Photos: Ancient Egyptian Tombs Decorated with Creatureslast_img read more

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