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Vijay Hazare Trophy: Saurabh Tiwary booed as his hundred robs MS Dhoni chance to bat

first_imgFans who turned up to watch a MS Dhoni special returned disappointed even as Jharkhand cruised to a comfortable seven-wicket win over Services for their second victory in the Vijay Hazare Trophy here on Tuesday.Chasing a stiff 277, Jharkhand did not require services of their captain as Saurabh Tiwary (102 not out off 103 balls; 3×4, 6×6) and Ishank Jaggi (116 not out off 92 balls; 10×4, 4×6) put together an unbroken 214-run partnership to script a fluent chase with 22 balls to spare.He may not have played a role with the bat but Dhoni’s tips during the drinks break played a big role in their win, Jaggi later revealed.”Mahi bhai advised us to play in a calm and composed manner. He told us, ‘If you play with patience runs will come. It’s about staying there and finishing the game’,” Jaggi said.The left-hander Tiwary added: “We played without any pressure well aware of the fact that MS comes next.”Jharkhand had a shaky build-up and were reduced to 65/3 inside 17 overs but poor fielding from Services let the duo build on a firm stand. Yet to open his account, Tiwary was dropped at mid-off by Shakti Malviya off Poonam Poonia, while Jaggi got a reprieve on 25.At 107/3 midway into their innings, the match tilted heavily in favour of Services with required run rate going past six.It was an ideal situation for the ‘finisher’ Dhoni as the crowd kept on shouting his name in anticipation but Tiwary and Jaggi did not take a step wrong and complemented each other in their solid left-right combination.advertisement’SAURABH TIWARY HAI HAI’They kept rotating strikes and got an odd boundary or six in every over providing a calm assurance in the dressing room as the crowd started to become frustrated and shouted ‘Saurabh Tiwary Hai Hai’.Tiwary however took it in a positive spirit and said: “We must understand that they’re emotional as Mahi bhai never played here..Being a professional I did not mind. We were subjected to much more sledging on the field.”Having slowly built their innings, the duo took charge of the show and Jaggi completed his sixth List A century in 82 balls with a boundary in the 42nd over, while Tiwary followed suit reaching his second List A hundred in 100 balls.Having trolled by the crowd in his exquisite knock, Tiwary later acknowledged his hundred to the crowd gesturing that ‘keep shouting’.But Dhoni returned on the field during the customary handshake after the win and walked midway on to the boundary rope near the spectators and waved at them.Thousands gathered outside the venue unable to enter, while a few hundreds managed to get in with passes, while rooftops of the residential buildings and a school surrounding the stadium wore a packed look since 9 am in a never-before atmosphere.But the only action they could have of Dhoni was his two run-outs and a caught-behind dismissal on a flat deck of Bengal Cricket Academy in the small industrial township of Kalyani about 50 kilometres from Kolkata.Earlier Services could not capitalise on a solid 104-run opening partnership between Gaurav Kochar (50) and Nakul Verma (48) to be restricted for 276/9.Fresh from his 124 against Saurashtra here two days ago, Verma missed a half-century narrowly when Vikash Singh gave the first breakthrough of the day in the 20th over.Dhoni produced a spectacular runout to dismiss Abhijit Salvi (31) before his caught behind claimed the skipper Soumya Swain’s wicket for 12 to reduce them to 158/4 in 32nd over. Salvi played on the legside for a single but Dhoni was quick to gather the ball and hit the stumps directly at the opposite end.But it was Shamser Yadav and Rahul Singh who added a quick 84-run for the fifth wicket from 13.2 overs to prop the lower order. But another collapse followed with Dhoni effecting a second run out to restrict the total.SCORESAt Bengal Cricket Academy, Kalyani: Services 276/9; 50 overs (Shamsher Yadav 54 not out, Gaurav Kochar 50, Nakul Verma 48, Rahul Singh 40; Shahbaz Nadeem 3/52) lost to Jharkhand 279/3; 46.2 overs (Ishank Jaggi 116 not out, Saurabh Tiwary 102 not out) by seven wickets.At Eden Gardens: Karnataka 201; 47.1 overs (Mayank Agarwal 89; Kushang Patel 4/36, Chirag Jani 3/40) beat Saurashtra 128; 36.2 overs (Ronit More 4/20, Prasidh Krishna 2/19, Stuart Binny 2/37) by 73 runs.At Jadavpur University second campus, Saltlake: Chhattisgarh 235/9; 50 overs (Abhimanyu Chauhan 90 not out, Amandeep Khare 57; Mohammed Mudhasir 6/33) beat Jammu and Kashmir 231; 48.2 overs (Punit Bisht 68, Parvez Rasool 51; Pankaj Rao 4/35, Sumit Ruikar 2/33) by four runs.last_img read more

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Why is getting paid by clients always so difficult?

first_imgPhoto by wsssstI’ve yet to meet a freelancer who was paid on time, every time.But whose fault is it? Is it the people or is it the system? Here are the most common culprits of late payments:1. “The project still needs to be approved by the higher-ups.”Often invoices can’t be paid until the project is approved — and the approvals process can last weeks or more, which puts your invoice on hold. In this case, a late fee clause in your contract can mean the difference between your project wallowing away in the back office and reaching the top of a budget-conscious boss’s desk.2. “I have nothing to do with that. I already submitted to accounting.”The truth is that in difficult financial times, accounting departments are often advised by higher-ups to put freelancers on a ninety-day payment cycle, treating them like any account receivable. But unlike those other large vendors, freelancers don’t have the same cash flow cushion.Finding someone to talk to in the accounting department will be invaluable. If that fails and you don’t want to work with this client again, consider going up the ladder and contacting a few directors or presidents.3. “X person got fired, so things are pretty crazy here.”Again, find someone in accounting or go up the chain of command. Make it clear to your new point-of-contact that it’s not right that their disorder should affect your finances.4. “We only pay contractors once a quarter.”This is sometimes the case with large institutions. You should know this from the start of the contract so that you can prepare in advance. If it’s a smaller organization, you may be able to negotiate on this when drawing up your contract.5. “We went way off budget, so this is going to take some time.”This is the time to suggest a payment plan. The truth is, you’re probably going to get shoved to the bottom of their pile (because you’re small), but if you negotiate to get at least a little at a time, you’re more likely to get paid.So…how do I get paid?Prevent (many but not all) problems before they start:8 Contract provisions every freelancer should knowGet paid what you’re worthUse our free Contract Creator to draw up a contractDo you know your freelance rights?After a problem:What to do when a client doesn’t pay: 10 rules to live byShare how terrible the client was on Client Scorecard so other freelancers don’t have to deal with them.Freelancers, share your tips for getting paid. What works and what doesn’t?last_img read more

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India beat Pakistan by 2 wickets to win Blind Cricket World Cup

first_imgIndia beat Pakistan by two wickets to retain title at the Blind Cricket World Cup after playing out a thrilling final at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in UAE on Saturday.India, who remained unbeaten throughout the tournament, chased down the target of 309 inside 39 overs to win the trophy. Sunil Ramesh (93) and Ajay Reddy (62) top-scored for India.WATCHThe victory on Saturday comes after India’s T20 Blind World Cup victory last year. Even then, India had defeated Pakistan in the final to successfully defend their title.Moments of tear and joy. This is what defines a sportsman!!#worldchampions #TheOtherMenInBlue #INDvsPAK pic.twitter.com/d8iCUBeOxr— Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) (@blind_cricket) January 20, 2018Pakistan made 308-8 off 40 overs after India won the toss and put Pakistan in to bat first. Badar Munir top scored for Pakistan with 57, while Riasat Khan and Nisar Ali added 48 and 47 runs respectively.India reached the final of the tournament after defeating Bangladesh by seven wickets, while Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 156 runs to book a place in the final.India had already beaten their arch-rivals Pakistan by seven wickets in their group match earlier in the tournament.last_img read more

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OnePlus 6 rumours: Everything we know so far about the next OnePlus flagship phone

first_imgOnePlus 5T is a little over three months old now, and despite its relative new-ness, it’s almost time for its cycle to end. With rumours of the next OnePlus picking up, it looks like we’re just a couple of months away from its launch. OnePlus still hasn’t confirmed the existence of the phone or its name, but even money says it could be called the OnePlus 6. The smartphone is expected to bring a new look and pack updated hardware compared to the OnePlus 5T.There have been a few rumours regarding the OnePlus 6 doing the rounds. Most notable of them being that the smartphone could sport a display notch much like the iPhone X and a bunch of other Android smartphones since. Other than that, the OnePlus 6 will pack in some hardware to keep the phone on the same playing field as other flagship smartphones this year. Since we still have a few months to go, some these rumours are still sketchy and should be taken with a pinch of salt. So here’s what we know so far.– The OnePlus 5T sports an 18:9 display, and the OnePlus 6 is expected to push the display wider. With notches unexpectedly becoming the new trend in the Android world, the OnePlus 6 is also expected to sport an iPhone X-like notch as per recent leaked images. This will likely allow for a wider 19:9 aspect ratio.– With Google’s upcoming Android P being redesigned to support the notch, Android OEMs like OnePlus will be keen on introducing the forehead. The biggest hint of the OnePlus 6 getting the notch comes courtesy the Oppo R15, which was recently launched with a notch as well. Since the OnePlus 5 shares design traits similar to the Oppo R11, one assumes the OnePlus 6 will also borrow some of the design cues from the R15 .advertisement– The notch has not been met with widespread acceptance. OnePlus, which is known for listening to its consumers needs, may launch a very divise phone with the OnePlus 6. This is perhaps why the company will look to balance things out by retaining the headphone jack.– OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei last week conducted a poll, asking users to vote whether they like the headphone jack or not. Much like the poll conducted in 2016 and last year, the results were largely in favour of the headphone jack, which suggests that the OnePlus 6 will come with the port.– You can also expect a dual rear camera and a fingerprint sensor on the rear of the upcoming OnePlus 6. Based on the leaked images so far, the rear cameras will be placed vertically on the centre above the fingerprint sensor rather than on the top left corner as seen on the OnePlus 5/5T. But you should take these early leaked images with a pinch of salt.– Not much is known about the camera configuration on the OnePlus 6, but the company will be expected to make some improvements over the dual rear camera setup on the OnePlus 5T. The cameras on the 5T have been lauded for produces good low-light shots, but there have been some issues regarding lack of detail and oil painting effects in some conditions, which OnePlus will look to iron out with the next flagship.– Like most flagship smartphones this year, the OnePlus 6 is expected to be powered by a Snapdragon 845 chipset. You can also expect 6GB and 8GB of RAM options much like the OnePlus 5T with 64GB and 128GB of internal storage, respectively.ALSO READ: OnePlus 5T after three months: Android Oreo makes it a better flagship phone– If recent AnTuTu benchmarks are anything to go by, the OnePlus 6 will be a powerhouse performer. The smartphone scored around 2,76,510 in AnTuTu, beating every other Android smartphone currently in the market. Benchmarks don’t reveal the entire picture, but it does give us an idea as to what the SD845 chip will offer.– The upcoming OnePlus smartphone is expected to run close to stock Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box. You can also expect Dash Charge and dual-SIM support as well.– Sources close to XDA-Developers last week claimed that the OnePlus 6 will be the first for the company to offer Cat.16 Gigabit LTE connectivity, which means it will be the fastest OnePlus device in terms of data throughput.– OnePlus co-founder Pete Lau confirmed earlier that the next OnePlus flagship will launch in Q2 2018, suggesting that we could see a launch before the end of June.last_img read more

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A Look at Freshmen Running Back Production Under Mike Gundy

first_imgKendall Hunter – 20071076966.54101371 RB – YearCarriesYardsAVGTDsReceptionsRec YdsRec TD Jeff Carr – 2015361423.9111242 Herschel Sims – 2011312427.821-1– Michael Roberts – 200815422.80––– With the news that Justice Hill could legitimately start coming out recently, we have been thinking a lot about how this running back situation is going to play out this season. Apparently a lot of you have as well. Reader Jon Jester sent me a terrific email breaking down all the freshman RBs who have played in recent memory. Here’s his email with commentary and a pretty chart.You guys keep the great emails coming!I promise I think about more than just the RB mayhem in Stillwater, but i found some stats on former freshman RBs at OSU in recent years and felt like I would pass them on. I guess our ultimate question is: Where will Justice Hill fit into this a year from now? Corey Bennett – 201212917.61––– Keith Toston – 20061066316.0610922 Caleb Muncrief – 201214574.11–––center_img Rennie Childs – 2013411894.614490 Jeremy Smith – 20091516010.71––– Desmond Roland – 201117955.60––– *Ed. note: Chart has been updated to reflect the fact that Dantrell Savage and Beau Johnson were not freshmen. I have added in Herschel Sims and Caleb Muncrief. Apologies for the mistake earlier. You can check it against all the RBs from the Mike Gundy era here.A few thoughts on this.• Can you imagine a freshman and a juco transfer getting 100+ carries in the same season like what happened in 2006 with Toston and Savage? Holy smokes, OSU has come a long way in just a decade.• I’ve thought following their freshman years, respectively, that Carr and Childs had great years as freshman, and then I look at what Hunter/Toston/Randle did and I get all nostalgic about feeling what that was like to have a freshman have a season like that and know that we have three more years of that dude running the football for us.• Modern day OSU RBs have to wait for their shot behind the older guys which can be a good thing because it shows progression from guys that have been in the system (right?)• Joe Randle with almost equal totals of rushing and receiving yards, but he had 50 less receptions than carries. HB slip screen in its heyday.• Jeff Carr got in the end zone the most as a freshman RB since… Joe Randle.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Joe Aska – 2011362.00––– Julius Crosslin – 200417714.212260 Joseph Randle – 2010824525.52374271last_img read more

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Hamid leaving D.C. United after season

first_imgTransfers Bill Hamid leaving D.C. United after season ends Mike Slane 04:13 10/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) HD Bill Hamid D.C. United MLS Isaiah J. Downing Transfers DC United v New York RB New York RB DC United MLS After spending eight seasons with the MLS side, the goalkeeper will not extend his contract as he reportedly looks for new opportunities in Europe D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid will be leaving the club after the 2017 MLS season.Hamid’s contract with D.C. United is set to expire this winter, and it appears all talks regarding a contract extension with the team have ended as he looks for a new opportunity in Europe.“I want to push myself and see how far I can go because I know I have the work ethic and the hunger to take myself very far in this game,” Hamid told the Washington Post. “I know I can make it to the next level.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Hamid, who will turn 27 next month, said an announcement on his next club could come within the next two days, with Danish side Midtjylland a likely destination, according to the Washington Post.“I think you are going to find out in the next 48 hours,” he said. “I am extremely excited for what’s next. It’s a big opportunity. It’s a big steppingstone to what can come later on in my career.”Hamid is the longest-serving player on D.C. United’s roster, having joined the club at the academy level and spending eight seasons with the senior side. His final appearance for the team will come this Sunday at RFK Stadium against the New York Red Bulls.A former MLS goalkeeper of the year, Hamid holds the D.C. United record for goalkeeping appearances in the regular season with 184 (all starts) and shutouts (49). He has been called up to the U.S. national team several times, making three appearances, including one start.“I want to see myself continue to grow and continue to get better and be the number one for the national team,” Hamid said.last_img read more

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Your Four-Step Plan to Conquer Social Media on #GivingTuesday

first_imgNonprofit Social Media StrategyWhy is there an emphasis on using social media for #GivingTuesday campaigns?  Because social media is immediate and is built for engagement. On a day of giving like #GivingTuesday campaigns, social media will help you:Communicate updates quickly.Create a sense of urgency.Spread your campaign to people inside and outside of your traditional networks.This post is not meant to be the magic key to making your #GivingTuesday campaign go viral. Instead, use these four steps to help set yourself up for social media success on December 1.Step One: Draft your plan.Nail down these three things to get your basic plan in place:1. Focus on your story. The theme or major story that you are communicating through your #GivingTuesday appeal should be an integral element of your social media messaging.For example, Badass Brooklyn Animal Shelter posted social media updates on #GivingTuesday about a group of dogs they were rescued during the first week of December. They featured stories of these pups throughout the day and reiterated that donations saved these dogs’  lives. The images were branded with the #GivingTuesday logo, a call to action to donate, and a short URL that lead directly to Badass’ donation page.For more on multi-channel messaging, check out this blog post from Vanessa Chase.2. Stay consistent with messaging. Map out your social media posts from November to the end of #GivingTuesday. If you draft all your content all at once, it’s easier to see the natural progression of your posts while keeping your campaign’s theme consistent. Line this messaging up with your email campaign, phoneathon, or other mediums you are using to ensure your message is consistent and clear.3. Pace yourself. Don’t stay glued to Facebook the whole day. Pace yourself or give yourself a break. If you’re planning on doing all the social media yourself, please don’t! If you typically have an active social fan base and anticipate needing help, recruit a volunteer or colleague you trust to help you monitor social media or work “shifts” throughout the day.I highly recommend that you schedule the majority of your “donate now!” posts beforehand and create updates on campaign milestones as they are available. In addition to asking for gifts and updating supporters on your campaign’s progress, use social media to thank donors, interact with your ambassadors, and answer questions.Step Two: Recruit some social media ambassadors.To get the most out of your social media efforts, recruit social media ambassadors to help spread your message on #GivingTuesday. Start asking your most loyal social media fans to share and post original content on their pages as a way to drive donations on #GivingTuesday. Better yet, send them pre-made tweets and Facebook posts that they can simply copy paste and post!If you want to take it a step further, ask these ambassadors to launch their own peer fundraising campaign on behalf of your nonprofit.Step Three: Get a tool to automate content posting.You’re going to be quite busy on #GivingTuesday, and you shouldn’t be pausing every hour or so to update your nonprofit’s social media accounts. Luckily, there are many tools out there to help you automate this process so you don’t have to be glued to Twitter and Facebook. Here are a few to look into:BufferSprout SocialHootSuiteTweetDeckSocialOomphThese tools can help you update your Facebook and Twitter accounts with a steady stream of shareable content during the week leading up to and on #GivingTuesday.Step Four: Get some graphics going.Your social media followers respond to images:  with images get two times the engagement and Facebook posts with images have an 87% interaction rate. Images are definitely the way to go!But, keep in mind, not all images get the same rate of attention. Be sure to post images that are relevant to your audience. And, “images” doesn’t necessarily mean “photos.” These images can be calls to action to donate, an infographic highlighting the impact of your work, or be part of your storytelling campaign. Free tools like Canva or PicMonkey are great for creating your own images. Just be sure to use consistent branding throughout your images so it’s obvious that these visuals are supporting the same message and the same campaign on #GivingTuesday.Here are a few social media images created by nonprofits for their #GivingTuesday campaigns:Have questions about leveraging social for #GivingTuesday? Reach out to me on Twitter and let me know how I can help.Need more help with #GivingTuesday in general? Download our essentials guide to plan a successful campaign from start to finish.last_img read more

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8 Insights to Malaria in Pregnancy Programming: Moving Towards Scale-up

first_imgPosted on June 12, 2012June 16, 2017By: Elaine Roman, Malaria Team Leader, MCHIPClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This post is part of a blog series on Malaria in Pregnancy. To view the entire series, click here. Throughout sub-Saharan Africa, malaria in pregnancy (MIP) programs are at a crossroads. While many countries have made important strides in achieving their broader goals, most countries are still far from achieving the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Initiative or the US President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) (80% to 85%respectively) for intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy (IPTp), and insecticide-treated bed net (ITN) coverage among pregnant women. Case management, the third prong of malaria in pregnancy programs is often forgotten in the implementation of country MIP programs. As countries continue scale-up of MIP interventions, there are successful practices and lessons learned that should be reviewed and applied to help countries accelerate MIP programming and achieve country scale up.Recognizing that there are critical lessons to bring to light, USAID’s flagship Maternal Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP), with funding from the President’s Malaria Initiative, conducted country case studies from 2009-2011 to gain a more detailed understanding of MIP programming in three countries: Malawi, Senegal and Zambia. The case studies were compiled using a desk review of secondary data sources, followed by stakeholder interviews designed to gain insights into successes, remaining challenges and a way forward.The case studies reviewed eight key areas of MIP programming- policy, integration, commodities, capacity development, quality improvement, community engagement, monitoring and evaluation and finance. The case studies revealed key insights to MIP programming including what’s working and what remains to be addressed. For each of the eight program areas, in summary, the case studies revealed:1. Policy- While each of the three countries has malaria policies in place that reflect the World Health Organization guidance, there exists inconsistencies between malaria and reproductive health policies in Malawi, which has resulted in duplicative training efforts.2. Integration- Services are integrated at antenatal care (ANC) in each of the three countries, however, national level planning and coordination between reproductive health and malaria programs is not always regular, which impacts program implementation.3. Commodities- While each country reported availability of both medicines for pregnant women and bed-nets, there were stock-outs of these commodities at antenatal care clinics- across countries.4. Capacity Development- All three countries updated both in-service and pre-service education materials with MIP. This positions each country to focus training on evidence-based updates and maintenance of critical MIP competencies.5. Quality Improvement- In each of the 3 countries routine supervision and performance standards are in place. However, due to lack of funding and competing responsibilities among Ministry of Health staff who are tasked with conducting supervision and assessment, comprehensive QA systems are not currently functioning in any of the 3 countries.6. Community Engagement- All 3 countries are actively supporting community involvement to enhance and engender community education and mobilization. Examples include promoting ANC attendance, IPTp uptake and ITN use. However, this support is not consistent and more strategies are required to adequately not only involve communities but also foster the link between communities and facilities.7. Monitoring and Evaluation- While some level of MIP program data is recorded at the health facility, the data is not always integrated as part of the national health information system.8. Finance- While MIP does receive some level of government funding in all 3 countries- there is still heavy reliance on donors- especially PMI and the Global Fund.The case studies highlighted key cross-cutting recommendations including:Promote integration and coordination of reproductive health, HIV and malaria control programs through MIP working groups;Advocate through MIP working groups and other fora to ensure consistent stocks of SP and ITNs at ANC clinics;Increase support for community initiatives to overcome barriers to care-seeking;Dedicate increased resources to strengthening existing M&E systems and integrate data management and data use for decision-making into pre-service education and in-service training programs;Promote capacity-building strategies, including strengthened pre-service education, on-the-job-training, mentorship and supervision, in addition to group-based in-service training; andStrengthen quality assurance systems.Moving forward, MIP implementation will require strong and consistent leadership from ministries of health in order to coordinate donors and implementing partners and target resources towards key interventions. For other malaria-endemic countries, many of the key findings likely apply and can inform programming. Although many obstacles still remain in eradicating malaria and malaria in pregnancy, lessons learned from both our successes and our challenges thus far demonstrate that they are not insurmountable and that the PMI and RBM goals for MIP are still within reach.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

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Planning Beyond the 2015 MDG Deadline to Reduce Maternal Mortality

first_imgPosted on January 16, 2014November 7, 2016By: Himanshu Bhushan, Maternal Health Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of IndiaClick 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)As we approach the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals, what does the future hold for international maternal mortality targets? The MHTF is pleased to be hosting a blog series on post-2015 maternal mortality goal setting. Over the next several weeks, we will be featuring responses and reactions to proposed targets from around the world. Please share your thoughts with us!Point 1:India has the largest annual birth cohort of 26 million babies. In 1990 our maternal mortality ratio (MMR) was 600 deaths per 100,000 live births which declined to 200 in 2010India achieved 66% decline compared to 47% of global decline.We have wide variations in the states. Uttar Pradesh in 1997-98 had MMR of 606 while Kerala had 150. UP came down to 309, while Kerala came down to 81 in 2007-09.The point decline of UP was 297 while that of Kerala was 69. UP declined by 49% whereas Kerala only 46%.Now the point is: targets for UP and Kerala cannot be same.Point 2:The targets and goals for MDGs were set in the year 2000, but its active monitoring by international and national organizations and countries began only after an initial 5-7 years passed. The countries started monitoring the achievement in the past 5-7 years.While keeping next MDG goals and targets and in view of our experiences with different states/provinces it is suggested that:There should be different goals for countries depending upon their present level of achievement since further reduction after achieving a low/very low MMR will not be easy.Percentage reduction (differential) for different groups of MMR i.e. MMR between 500 to 400 . . ., 100 to 20. . . can be one of the options.Every country can then give a differential target or goal to the States and population within their country.For each such group of MMR, the broad strategies should also be decided as a suggestion for the states so that the states having less than 100 or 50 MMR have a clear vision what additional focus is neededWhile preparing strategies, socioeconomic factors should be taken in account along with clinical causes.Process indicators for every 5 years and its part for every year should be simultaneously decided so that the countries know and concurrently monitor where they stand if they have to achieve a certain level within the defined time period.Finally, we need to discuss what should be our ultimate commitment for maternal mortality, whether it should be limited to reduction or should be a commitment like achieving a zero level, at least for preventable deaths – as in the polio programme.The points raised above are at present not the view policy of the government of India but my thought process based on experiences in the implementation and seeing the ground realities from close.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

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Inter 4-0 Lecce: Lukaku strikes in debut rout under Conte

first_imgRomelu Lukaku scored on his Inter debut as Antonio Conte’s reign began with an impressive 4-0 victory over Lecce at San Siro.Club-record signing Lukaku started up front on Monday with former captain Mauro Icardi left out of Conte’s squad amid continued uncertainty over his future at the club.Marcelo Brozovic and Stefano Sensi struck excellent goals in the space of four first-half minutes then Lukaku snaffled a rebound for his maiden Inter goal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Promoted Lecce’s day went from bad to worse when substitute Diego Farias rightly saw red for a terrible tackle on another new Inter arrival Nicolo Barella, before Antonio Candreva’s 84th-minute stunner from range.Inter, who had to replace Stefan de Vrij with Andrea Ranocchia after the Dutchman’s injury in the warm-up, took time to find their feet but scored the first goal of the Conte era in the 21st minute.Brozovic bent home a beauty from just outside the area and it was soon 2-0 thanks to another excellent strike, as Sensi scored on his first appearance.The midfielder, who joined Inter on loan from Sassuolo in July, advanced into space and arrowed a 20-yard drive into the bottom-left corner.Marco Calderoni thumped a shot just wide as Lecce briefly threatened early in the second half but a long-range Lautaro Martinez shot was spilled by debutant goalkeeper Gabriel and former Manchester United striker Lukaku reacted quickest to slot home the loose ball on the hour mark.Inter were cruising thereafter and Conte replaced Matias Vecino with Barella, who was the victim of an awful lunge that saw Farias dismissed in the 76th minute.Substitute Matteo Politano had a fine goal ruled out for Lukaku being offside, but Candreva added late gloss to the scoreline with a 30-yard thunderbolt that ripped into the top-left corner.What does it mean? Good signs for ConteInter are being widely backed as the most likely contenders to usurp Juventus thanks to the arrival of Conte – a three-time Scudetto-winning coach with the Bianconeri.He used his typical system of three at the back and although Inter initially showed signs of nerves they went on to dominate Fabio Liverani’s side, who almost certainly face a relegation battle after successive promotions.Lukaku finds early formHaving lost his place at Old Trafford last term, there were suggestions an old-school style operator like Lukaku could find himself left behind as elite European teams seek more mobile strikers to lead the line.But Conte has always preferred a strong “reference” point for his attack and Lukaku fits that billing, with the Belgium international impressing when he dropped deep to link the play and showing a poacher’s instinct to open his Nerazzurri account.Gabriel’s dream debut falls flatThere was nothing Gabriel could do about Inter’s first two goals, but any slim hopes of a Lecce fightback died when he pushed Martinez’s effort back into the danger zone. The former AC Milan keeper will not have happy memories of his return to San Siro.What’s next?Inter return to action on Sunday with a trip to Cagliari, who signed Radja Nainggolan on loan during the close season, while Lecce will hope for a fairer test of their top-flight mettle when they host Verona on the same day. read morelast_img read more

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His golden pastime

first_img Next Shail Desai New Delhi May 10, 2019 ISSUE DATE: May 20, 2019UPDATED: May 10, 2019 13:47 IST (Photo: Yasir Iqbal)Though Abhishek Verma, 29, started shooting to get away from textbooks, the new World No. 3 has sealed an Olympic berth for India by winning gold at Beijing’s ISSF World Cup last monthQ. You finished 24th at your first World Cup in February. What did you do differently to takeThough Abhishek Verma, 29, started shooting to get away from textbooks, the new World No. 3 has sealed an Olympic berth for India by winning gold at Beijing’s ISSF World Cup last monthQ. You finished 24th at your first World Cup in February. What did you do differently to take top spot in Beijing?A. I realised after my first World Cup that I was having a hard time handling the pressure during the last few shots. So, I worked on maintaining my composure, so that even if I had a few bad shots, I would still be able to execute my plan.Q. You have a degree in engineering and law. Why take up shooting at an age when most people choose to focus on their careers?A. I picked up shooting as a distraction from my law studies while at home in Hisar. I started with a rifle before picking up the pistol in December 2014. It all changed when I won gold at a state-level competition in Haryana in 2015. So when I found the right coach, Omendra Singh, there was no looking back.Q. How different would things have been had you started shooting in your teens?A. I think I took less time to understand the sport, since I started at a later age. I tend to grasp things faster and I think that being mature really helped me progress rapidly.Q. Are you aware of another Abhishek Verma, who is an arms dealer?A. I’m off social media because I prefer to stay in the real world rather than the virtual one. But I know that there is a third Abhishek Verma as well, who’s into archery. These are times when it is possible to even confuse Google!advertisementYou’ve reached your article limitSign in to keep reading India TodaySign inSign up NOW to get:Premium content on Aaj Tak HD ChannelUnrestricted access to India Today magazine contentGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShreya Sinha Tags :Follow Abhishek Verma His golden pastimeThough Abhishek Verma, 29, started shooting to get away from textbooks, the new World No. 3 has sealed an Olympic berth for India by winning gold at Beijing’s ISSF World Cup last monthadvertisementlast_img read more

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Yuvraj Singh set for Global T20 Canada stint, becomes Toronto Nationals marquee player

first_imgYuvraj Singh set for Global T20 Canada stint, becomes Toronto Nationals marquee playerWorld Cup-winning all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, who had announced retirement from international cricket in June, will feature for Toronto Nationals in the Global T20 Canada, which will be held between July 25 and August 11 in Brampton.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 21, 2019UPDATED: June 21, 2019 09:54 IST Yuvraj Singh has been picked up Toronto Nationals as their marquee player (PTI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSYuvraj Singh will play for Toronto Nationals in the 6-team leagueThe 2nd edition of Global T20 Canada will be played from July 25 and August 11Brendon McCullum, Trent Boult and Kieron Pollard are also set to play for Toronto NationalsFormer India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh is all set to play for Toronto Nationals in the 2nd edition of six-team Global T20 Canada to be held in Brampton from July 15. The World Cup-winning all-rounder was picked by Toronto Nationals as its marquee player in Thursday’s player draft.”For all #YuvrajSingh fans! ??#TorontoNationals get @YUVSTRONG12 for #GT2019,” Toronto Nationals said on social media.Yuvraj had announced retirement in June in a bid to ply his trade in franchise-based T20 leagues across the globe. Notably, the all-rounder had written to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) seeking permission to play in overseas T20 tournaments.”He wrote to the board yesterday. I don’t see an issue in him getting the nod to play in overseas leagues now that he has retired from international cricket and IPL,” a BCCI source had told the PTI.Yuvraj had said that he wanted to play some “fun cricket” in the near future when he announced his retirement. “I want to play T20 cricket. At this age I can manage to play some kind of fun cricket. I want to go and enjoy my life.”Yuvraj will be joined by some big names from world cricket, including New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, Andre Russell, Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Faf du Plessis among others.Yuvraj will share the dressing room with India pacer Manpreet Gony, Brendon McCullum and Kieron Pollard at Toronto Nationals.Global T20 Canada 2019 squads Toronto NationalsYuvraj Singh, Brendon McCullum, Kieron Pollard, Trent Boult, Heinrick Klaasen, Manpreet Gony, Chris Green, Sandeep Lamichhane, Callum MacLeod, Chirag Suri, Ghulam Shabbir, Jasdeep Singh, Jeremy Gordon, Ravinderpal Singh, Salman Nazar, Mark Montford, Rodrigo ThomasadvertisementBrampton Wolves Darren Sammy, Shakib Al Hasan, Colin Munro, Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Lendl Simmons, Andre Fletcher, Babar Hayat, George Munsey, Rohan Mustafa, Zahoor Khan, Timil Patel, Nitish Kumar, Abrash Khan, Armaan Kapoor, Faisal Jamkhandi, Nawab SinghWinnipeg HawksChris Lynn, JP Duminy, Dwayne (DJ) Bravo, Dwayne Smith, Umar Akmal, Rayad Emrit, Najibullah Zadran, Paul van Meekeren, Sompal Kami, Rameez Shahzad, Shaiman Anwar, Sunny Sohal, Hamza Tariq, Kaleem Sana-ur-Rehim, Umair Ghani, Romesh Eranga, Varun SehdevMontreal TigersGeorge Bailey, Thisara Perera, Sunil Narine, Fawad Ahmad, Isuru Udana, Niroshan Dickwella, Keemo Paul, Muhammed Naveed, Kyle Coetzer, Matthew Cross, Nizakat Khan, Steven Taylor, Dillon Heylinger, Nikhil Dutta, Bhupinder Singh, Arslan Khan, Yax PatelEdmonton RoyalsKane Williamson, Faf du Plessis, Ben Cutting, Shadab Khan, Muhammad Nawaz, Sherfane Rutherford, James Neesham, Safyaan Sharif, Anshuman Rath, Richie Berrington, Ehsan Nawaz, Kyle Fitzroy Phill, Davy Jacobs, Navneet Dhaliwal, Satsimranjit Dhinsa, Akash Gill, Shahzad AhmadzaiVancouver KnightsChris Gayle, Andre Russell, Shoaib Malik, Tim Southee, Rassie van der Dussen, Chadwick Walton, Daniel Sams, Hayden Walsh Jr, JJ Smit, Tobias Visee, Michael Rippon, Ali Khan, Saad Zafar, Rizwan Cheema, Rayaan Pathan, Harsh Thaker, Matthew Nandu.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Global T20 CanadaFollow Yuvraj SinghFollow Shahid AfridiFollow shakib al hasanFollow Toronto Nationalslast_img read more

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Martinez delighted with first hat-trick

first_imgLautaro Martinez was “happy and excited” after scoring a hat-trick for Argentina in an impressive friendly win over Mexico on Tuesday.Martinez struck a first-half hat-trick in Texas as Lionel Scaloni’s men ended Mexico’s unbeaten record under Gerardo Martino with a 4-0 victory.Inter forward Martinez, who impressed at the Copa America earlier this year, dominated, producing three clinical finishes for his first international hat-trick. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Martinez, 22, was delighted with his performance as he moved onto nine goals for Argentina in 13 appearances.”I am happy and excited,” Martinez said, via the team’s Twitter account.”There is a lot of sacrifice that one makes to be here and not every day three goals are made with this shirt.” While scoring three times, Martinez also helped Argentina win a penalty that was converted by Leandro Paredes in a ruthless opening 45 minutes.The former Racing Club forward paid tribute to his team-mates after his match-winning hat-trick.”It is very difficult to get here and stay. There are very good players,” he said.”I am very happy and grateful to my team-mates and the coaching staff. We train to give joy to the national team. Hopefully we continue along this path.”Argentina’s crushing win comes a few days after a lacklustre 0-0 draw with Chile and it was a result that will give coach Lionel Scaloni reason for optimism.Speaking prior to the match, Scaloni stressed the country deserved more credit for its performances over the past few years, despite them failing to claim silverware. “From 2014 to 2016 we played three finals. The line is very thin. To say that Argentina failed, it’s complicated,” Scaloni said. “It seems that not leaving as champion is worthless. The line is very thin. I would not throw so much in the trash.”Everyone who comes to the national team shows incredible self-love. They give everything for this shirt.”last_img read more

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Solskjaer hopeful of De Gea contract extension

first_imgOle Gunner Solskjaer is hopeful that Manchester United will convince David de Gea to extend his contract with the club.The Premier League side have been in talks with the 28-year-old goalkeeper over a new deal for months before his current one expires at the end of the season.De Gea has faced strong criticism in the early stage of the 2019-20 campaign, with some saying the level of his performances has dropped dramatically in recent months . Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream While ex-Chelsea shot stopper Mark Schwarzer argued that De Gea’s performances have been “average” for the past six months , United legend Edwin van der Sar reminded him that he could easily be replaced by the Red Devils.Although the Spain international started the season with a clean sheet in their 4-0 win over Chelsea, he has been unable to stop them from dropping points against Wolves, Crystal Palace and Southampton.The former Atletico Madrid star shouldered most of the blame for his side’s disappointing defeat to Palace, as Patrick van Aanholt’s late effort managed to squeeze past him and seal a late and rare win for the Eagles at Old Trafford.Last week he was dropped to the bench for Spain’s 2-1 win over Romania in Euro 2020 qualifying, with Chelsea counterpart Kepa Arrizabalaga taking his place.Despite his dip in form, however, Solskjaer remains convinced he is the world’s No.1 in his position and has pleaded with him to remain at Old Trafford for the time being.”I want David to stay here, he knows that,” the Norwegian coach told reporters.”He is the best goalkeeper in the world and we have seen that over the years.”I hope that I can make sure he’ll finish his career at Man United, at the highest level. There has been loads of discussions and hopefully we can get it done.”De Gea joined United from Atletico in 2011 and has since made 366 appearances in all competitions, winning the Premier League, Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup with the club in that time. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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World Cup winner Rapinoe named The Best FIFA Women’s Player

first_imgUnited States women’s national team and Reign FC star Megan Rapinoe has been named The Best FIFA Women’s Player, beating off competition from Lyon’s Lucy Bronze and Orlando Pride’s Alex Morgan.Rapinoe receives the individual honour after playing a starring role in the United States’ triumph at the 2019 Women’s World Cup.The 34-year-old scooped the Golden Boot after scoring six goals, while she was also lifted the Golden Ball after being judged the best player at the tournament. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Even more impressive than the number of goals Rapinoe scored were when she scored them, as the winger fired in the Round of 16 game against Spain, against hosts France in a quarter-final clash of tournament favourites and in the final victory against the Netherlands.All the while, Rapinoe was making waves off the field for her outspoken nature, leading the way in the USWNT’s fight for equal pay while also drawing criticism from the likes of President Donald Trump for her political statements.Her team-mate Morgan, who was named Player of the Year in CONCACAF, also finished with the same number of goals in France, though missed out on the scoring crown by virtue of playing more minutes than her compatriot.The 30-year-old striker – who has surpassed a century of goals in her illustrious international career – was the only one of the trio to previously be nominated, finishing third in 2012.Bronze, meanwhile, was a key member of the England squad that reached the last four, following on from an outstanding season for Lyon that included helping the French club lift the Women’s Champions League for a fourth successive season.The England star also won completed a domestic double, sealing a memorable treble for Lyon.Meanwhile, the coach’s award went to Jill Ellis, who made history at the Women’s World Cup.The USWNT boss became the first coach to win the tournament for a second time, having also led them to glory in the 2015 edition in Canada.Under Ellis, the U.S. scored 26 goals while conceding just three throughout the tournament as she edged out Phil Neville and Sarina Wiegman to this year’s award.Ellis is set to step down from her role as USWNT boss in the coming weeks, ending her run with the team after five-and-a-half years.last_img read more

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