Amsterdam Merit Scholarships 2018

first_imgDeadline: 1 November 2017Open to: non-EEA nationality or nationalities onlyBenefits: EUR 6,000 – EUR 9,000 – EUR 12,000 or a proportional amountDescriptionThe Academic Medical Centre of the Universiteit van Amsterdam offers the Amsterdam Merit Scholarships (AMS), a scholarship for outstanding who have been admitted to one of the (Master’s) programs of the Faculty of Medicine.The AMS is highly selective: only applicants with excellent study results and motivation will be considered for the scholarship. The scholarship is funded by the Universiteit van Amsterdam.EligibilityHold non-EEA nationality or nationalities only;Not be entitled to receive a Dutch study grant or loan (“Studiefinanciering”);Not be eligible to pay the reduced tuition fee rate for EEA students at the UvA;Not receive a full coverage scholarship for the same period of study as the AMS scholarship;Have submitted a complete application to one of the (Master’s) programs of the AMC UVA;Have been (or will be) admitted to one of the (Master’s) programs of the AMC UVA;Be able to comply with the conditions to obtain a Dutch visa (if applicable).BenefitsPlease note that the scholarship cannot be used as a (partial) tuition waiver;The applicant must still pay the full amount of tuition.The scholarship consists of EUR  6,000 – 9,000 –  12,000 or a proportional amount if the student starts in February.How to apply?AMC UVA applicants wishing to apply for an AMS scholarship should send an email with their letter of motivation attached to Ms. N.V. Blankendal at [email protected] we have a limited number of scholarships, only the most eligible candidates are selected for a scholarship on the basis of the following criteria;Their academic excellence and promise in the proposed field, as evidenced by their academic records, letters of recommendation, written work and/or publications;The quality of their letter of motivation.Make sure to keep in mind the application deadline, which is 1 November 2017.For more information, please visit the official website. September 27, 2017 Published by Verce Arsovska Tweet Share 0 Amsterdam Merit Scholarships 2018 Reddit Pocket Similar Stories POSCO Visiting Fellowship Program 2018 in Hawaiicenter_img 21st Japan Media Arts Festival 2018 Paid MBA Internship at Google in Japan 2018 LinkedIn 0 +1 Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. ← How to Improve Your English and…Why?! National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest 2017 →last_img read more

‘Our guys had a good day’ – CCHS Coach Justin Price

first_imgWe’re one day away from the start of the 2018 Cougar Football season.     The Campbell County Cougars take on Cherokee on the Chiefs’ home turf on Friday night.CCHS Head Football Coach Justin Price tells WLAF, “Our guys had a good day (at Wednesday’s practice), and they are eager to play on Friday.”  Offensive management was the focal point at yesterday’s session.  Price says, “We want to make sure we don’t have any concerns before Friday.”In 2017, Campbell finished with a 7 & 4 mark including a 48-20 home win over Cherokee.  The Chiefs ended up at 5 & 5.Coverage of Cougar Football begins Friday at 7 pm on the WLAF – B & M Tires Sports Network. Hear the game over WLAF-FM 100.9 and WLAF-AM 1450. Watch the game on WLAF-TV 12 and 1450wlaf.com. The Cougars on WLAF are brought to you by these outstanding corporate partners: Terry’s Pharmacy, United Cumberland Bank, PCUD, Tracy Lobertini and Alco Builders and Realty, Community Trust Bank, B & M Tires, State Farm Agent Tabatha Smith, First National Bank, Cumberland Gap Medical, Rice Oil-Marathon, TCAT, Fazoli’s, Norris Lake Insurance, Riggs Drug Jacksboro, LUB, Valley Roofing, Gray Insurance Agency and Peoples Bank of the South.CLICK HERE to see the full 2018 CCHS schedule.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 08/16/2018-6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

BlogRovr Acquisition by BuzzLogic Calls Data Portability Into Question

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick Tags:#Analysis#web The innovative OPML browser plug-in BlogRovr is announcing tonight that it has been acquired by PR monitoring and ad sales startup BuzzLogic. It’s a victory for all the startups who face hostile questions about “how are you going to monetize that?” and answer by pointing to the potential for data mining. For BlogRovr users, who piled up the feed subscription and traffic data that make up much of Blogrovr’s value, it’s a clarion call to engage with the hard questions about data portability and ownership.BlogRovr lets you identify what blogs you read, then notifies you when any URL you visit has been linked to by one of those blogs. That technology will remain free but will now be put to use for PR monitoring and advertising sales by BuzzLogic.Both of these are companies we’ve covered a lot here because they are very interesting. BuzzLogic is interesting because they use sophisticated algorithms to determine blogger influence that are practically unfeasible for most users to replicate through free, public methods. BlogRovr is interesting because, amongst other things, it is a fascinating way to leverage RSS and OPML data. See for example our interview with BuzzLogic co-founder Mitch Ratcliffe in 2006 and our initial review of BlogRovr in 2007.Before you sell my data, even in anonymized aggregate, to a PR and ad sales firm – should I be able to export my clickstream and the subsequent analysis? Is that my data? Is it BlogRovr’s to sell without concern for my access to it? This announcement brings up a number of interesting questions about Data Portability.Below, a screenshot from BuzzLogic’s dashboard.If I Use Your Tool and You Use My Data – Who’s Property is the End Product?Presumably Blogrovr is or is going to track user clickstreams (browsing history). That, combined with the overlap with subscribed blogs, will be useful in determining blogger influence and a price point for rapid ad placement.This certainly isn’t the entirety of what BuzzLogic has acquired – BlogRovr execs are being given extensive responsibility over BuzzLogic technolgies as a whole. The minds behind the browser plug-in may be as valuable as the data it churns out, but the data is important to discuss.On one hand, the company used its proprietary technology to capture this data in a way that users are practically incapable of capturing themselves – at least the overlap with all subscribed blogs. On the other hand, BlogRovr minus their 180k users isn’t good for much of anything.I asked Chris Saad, Chairman of the Data Portability Working Group, what his take on this question was. “If the data was generated for or by your behavior then you co-created it,” he said, “therefore u should have co-ownership of it at least.” What does that mean, practically? As a thought exercise, should BlogRovr split its acquisition price somehow with it’s users? “No,” Saad said, “BlogRovr gets to keep the money and the aggregate derived data – but the user should be able to export their own data as well, and perhaps even request their account to be deleted.”That sounds reasonable to me, but that’s not what’s being made available. Users are allowed to export their OPML file of subscribed feeds – but all other data is unavailable.Is Clickstream Data a User’s Own Responsibility?Pundit Steve Gillmor has been arguing lately on the Gillmor Gang (now hosted by TechCrunch – thanks Mike!) that data portability advocates are wrong to demand that services capturing their clickstream data turn that data over to users. He, and if he’s alone he’s probably all the more right, argues that user clickstream data is a user’s responsibility to capture if it’s so darned important. We don’t need anyone to give it to us – we already have access to it.While that may be technically true of browsing history, it is much less true of the subsequent analysis of history cross referenced with blog subscriptions. In theory though, is that data more difficult to access for a typical user than the clickstream is? Neither is particularly accessible without some technology, but if a company builds that technology do they then own its fruit?Saad again says, “if BlogRovr is capturing it, then they should share it. It’s user generated content.” I’m not sure it’s quite that simple, but it might be.It seems to me that there aren’t clear answers around any of this. Some people and companies are engaging with these questions, but BlogRovr’s Marc A. Meyer admits that his company simply hasn’t been one of them. That’s a refreshingly honest answer, and better than I got from Meyer’s new PR/ad network bosses – but so what? The company was clearly blazing a trail in terms of using users’ data – do they not have a responsibility to explore the other half of the equation – user access to that data?Maybe This Isn’t About User RightsIt’s also possible that Data Portability is best advocated not from a position of right and wrong, of user rights, but instead as a matter of competitive advantage. If BlogRovr had a viable competitor that differentiated itself by offering users access to their data throughout the process – perhaps that competitor could emerge victorious. Would a PR/ad network have bought such a company, though, if it offered to hand over this valuable user data? Would enough users have cared to make such differentiation meaningful as a competitive advantage?There are no end of questions that still need answers in regards to data portability. For now, BlogRovr and BuzzLogic deserve congratulations at least for recognizing the value of user data in the blogosphere. How should the rest of us feel about the news, though? Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

How Online Reading Habits Have Changed Over 2010

first_imgWhither RSS Readers?ReadWriteWeb’s 2010 In Review:Top 10 Semantic Web Products of 2010Top 10 RSS and Syndication Technologies of 2010Best BigCo of 2010: FacebookTop Trends of 2010: App StoresMost Promising Company For 2011: SimpleGeoTop Trends of 2010: Internet TVTop 10 Startups of 2010Top Trends of 2010: PrivacyAll of these new social and mobile tools have meant a decline in the usage of RSS Readers. From a personal perspective, I have found that my usage of Google Reader has dropped and changed. I consume less content inside of Google Reader now and I mostly use it to scan for interesting news and information from niche blogs. If I find something I want to read, I’m more likely to open it in a browser window and then save to Instapaper, than read it within Google Reader. Your mileage may vary, but that has become my main use case for RSS Readers.It may be that we can just no longer cope with RSS Readers, with the information overload that Facebook, Twitter and others have only added to over the past year. That’s where filtering tools – like LazyWeb, Regator, Feedly, my6sense – have come into play in 2010. They aim to filter and personalize news for your tastes.My6Sense is a favorite of several of our writers. It’s a mobile app that filters your RSS feeds and displays an algorithmic guess at the most important news for you. ReadWriteEnterprise writer Klint Finley said that he uses My6Sense “when I’m on my phone and looking to see if there’s anything important in my feeds.” Co-editor Marshall Kirkpatrick added that My6Sense is “just like using Google Reader (they sync up) but offers recommendations based on your past reading behavior.”Tell Us How You’ve Consumed News in 2010…Consuming content has become a more social, mobile experience in 2010. Facebook and Twitter in particular have fundamentally changed the way we find and consume news. At the same time, mobile devices like Android phones and the iPad have become more widely used – leading to Flipboard, Instapaper and other innovative reading apps. It’s also undeniable that RSS Readers and start pages have declined in importance over 2010, which has created an opportunity for apps like My6Sense that better filter RSS feeds. Tomorrow, we’ll be publishing our list of the Top 10 RSS and Syndication Technologies – which will have more detail about the specific products that have caught our eye this year. In the meantime, let us know in the comments how reading on the Web has changed for you over 2010. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#2010 in Review#Features#New Media#NYT#web#Year in Review Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… richard macmanuscenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Meanwhile, Twitter has become the place to go to see breaking news and the very latest updates about a popular story. If for example you want to know up-to-the-minute news on Wikileaks, then Twitter is where you’ll find it. Related, powerful aggregation apps like TweetDeck and HootSuite have become the tools of choice for power users of Twitter, Facebook and other social information services.Mobile: Flipboard & InstapaperMobile apps have changed news consumption in a big way. Two apps that showcased this in 2010 were Flipboard and Instapaper.Instapaper is an app that saves web pages for reading later. But unlike older ‘web 2.0’ social bookmarking services, it doesn’t just bookmark a web page. Instapaper saves a copy of the content so it can be read later, offline if need be, within the app. I use Instapaper frequently and one benefit has been that I’m able to read content in a more relaxed state – on my iPad in the evenings while spread out on my sofa, or in a cafe on my iPhone.Flipboard is a magazine-like reading application built specifically for the iPad. My Co-editor at ReadWriteWeb, Marshall Kirkpatrick, is a big fan. He creates content lists on tlists.com and then subscribes to them in Flipboard (Marshall will elaborate on his methods in an upcoming post).The main point here is that Web reading has moved away from the PC and onto mobile devices, which is changing the way we find, consume and organize our reading. Apps like Instapaper and Flipboard also place a big emphasis on sharing things. For example, I have gotten into the habit of tweeting links to articles that I enjoyed reading in Instapaper. Related Posts One of the more subtle trends of 2010 has been the way that our reading habits have changed, due to a convergence of other Web trends: mobile apps, real-time Web (mostly Twitter), and social networking as a way to track news (mostly Facebook). In the previous era of the Web, the so-called Web 2.0, RSS Readers and start pages were all the rage. Over 2010, though, more people used tools like Twitter, Facebook, Instapaper, Flipboard, LazyWeb, Feedly and TweetDeck, to track news.Nowadays I’m more likely to find stories to read via a vertical aggregator (the media-focused Mediagazer is my current favorite) and save them to Instapaper for later reading via my iPhone or iPad. I still use Google Reader, but in all honesty I now use it more to scan than to read.Facebook & TwitterFacebook has continued to expand beyond its original social networking purpose over 2010, including enabling people to track news and information of interest to them. In September, Facebook added a news search, by surfacing widely “liked” news stories from independent media organizations in its basic search bar.last_img read more

InVision Looks Like a Web Designer’s Dream Come True

first_imgCreation of an attractive and compelling web app prototype is no small task, but a new startup called InVision offers a framework to do so that looks easy, fast and like a real pleasure to use.The service lets designers drop image files into its web interface, then create clickable hot-spots on each page. The next page each spot links-to is chosen from a drop down menu of images uploaded and the end result is a stitched-together series of pages that can be shared publicly with a single URL and commented on. It looks really nice and is priced from free for a single small project through $75 per month for up to 25 simultaneous projects with unlimited collaborators. I saw one error in the account creation flow (which the company has now fixed), but otherwise the service appears to work well as promised.It looks like a lot of hot designers are already excited about the service and the company says it’s got thousands of signups already, despite getting very little press coverage in the week since it’s launched. Trying to create a free account resulted in an error message each time I tried to do so, but my account was in fact being created and I got verification emails each time I tried. (Update: This has been fixed and account creation is remarkably fast now.) Otherwise it appeared to work really well and was very fast and easy to get started with. Check out the demo video below. Building to LearnAs Tom Hulme, Design Director at IDEO (designers of Apple’s first mouse, Microsoft’s second, the Palm PDA and much more), told BoingBoing in an interview today, “Building to learn is a really important part of our approach – it’s the idea that we should prototype as quickly as possible to test ideas. Building stuff forces decisions, centers everyone on the idea at hand, enables valuable feedback from users.”A service like InVision seems likely to be useful in that kind of strategy.InVision was created by Epicenter Consulting, an 8 year old firm in New York. There are already many app wireframing apps available on the market (see Balsamiq, MockFlow and iPlotz, for example) but InVision appears to be winning hearts early with its ease of use. Smashing Magazine’s Editor in Chief Vitaly Friedman called it “very promising.” UX designer Rachel Anna Lehmansaid this morning that she’s excited to do some wireframes with InVision and then user testing of them using Silverback. That does sound like fun.“You can do a similar thing in Fireworks, but this makes it a lot easier,” mobile UX designer Brianne Baker told me after looking at the service. “The service’s resources section is cool too, they offer links to various wireframe kits and UI kits all in one place. Of course it depends on your workflow, not everybody prototypes like this. But it looks pretty awesome.” Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#design#Product Reviews#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

IPsec Offload: Meet Microsoft* DirectAccess*

first_img—– So while using IPsec to help create a VPN connection provides functionality that is secure and provides outside-in access to the corporate network, it requires additional configuration by the end user, is not seamless for either user or administrator, and is generally provided by an additional application running on the system. This is all non-optimal. Using IPsec to set up a VPN can be a bit of a pain because you have to key in an access code or password and it’s far from seamless. On the IT manager’s side, this setup does not eliminate security problems because the VPN tunnel only secures the network pipe once it is established. There is nothing stopping the end user from browsing the web on their work computer or somehow exposing it to a virus before connecting to the corporate network in a secured way. This has a few downsides from a manageability perspective. First, the security is compromised because of potential infections transferred from an insecure network to the corporate network due to lack of continuously active protection. Second, the manageability of this solution is lacking because enterprise systems outside of the corporate network are not manageable until the user manually connects to the VPN gateway. Microsoft*’s implementation of this functionality at the OS level, so each application can have its own secure IPsec tunnel. This can provide secure access both outside and inside of the corporate network. Up until recently, using IPsec internally has not been of much focus, but recent estimates suggest 80% of successful attacks come from internal threats, so encrypting and authenticating internal data is now in focus for IT administrators. Microsoft* DirectAccess* allows for this new seamless security model. Enter Microsoft* DirectAccess*. In Windows* Server 2008 r2 for servers and Windows* 7* for clients Microsoft* will be supporting a seamless IPsec support layer called DirectAccess*. What this will provide is the ability to integrate the encryption/authentication of IPsec directly into the Operating System so the end user connects securely outside and inside the corporate network to the systems and applications they need via IPsec. Because this is integrated into the OS, the set up of the security and connection details are more seamless from both an IT person and end user perspective. Initial configuration is obviously required, and each IT organization must set up the security policies to their own specifications, but once that is done the system is up and running. One technology that has been around for quite a while to help improve security is IPsec (aka, IP Security). IPsec is a set of protocols for securing and authenticating IP packets by encrypting their contents in an end-to-end manner. Most people are familiar with IPsec as the underlying technology for facilitating Virtual Private Network (VPN) connections from the outside of an organization’s LAN to inside the network. IPsec secures the Internet to Intranet tunnel in this case. Manageability, security, and performance are always hot topics in the computing world. At times the focus shifts between them as needs and technologies change, but these areas have remained key vectors of enterprise computing for a long time. However, in many cases these usability vectors conflict with each other. IT managers’ desire for security and manageability may lead to extra applications and process hoops for end users, which can decrease performance. Increasing the ability to remotely and seamlessly manage a pc almost always adds security headaches that must be dealt with. Enterprise IT design is always about finding the right tradeoffs and improving the process over time.center_img In order to solve this issue, Intel networking products offload the computationally expensive encryption engine (AES-128) onto the LAN Controller while the IPsec configuration, management, policy creations etc all remain in the OS to keep usability simple. Intel offers both dual port 1 and 10 Gigabit networking solutions that support not only solid performance on standard networking workloads and advanced virtualization features, but also the ability to offload IPsec in hardware to improve system performance under large IPsec I/O workloads. For companies looking to enable IPsec into their network environment using DirectAccess*, they have the potential to improve security, reduce complexity, and enhance manageability of their end clients. They just need to remember that in order to make this all work seamlessly on the server side without choking off processing performance, offloading the IPsec workloads to I/O hardware will be a requirement. Now this all sounds well and good… but what’s the catch? Well, a key angle here to note is that IPsec is a highly CPU intensive technology. Encryption and decryption of IP packets in real time can easily swamp a CPU core when attempting to push much more than a few hundred megabits of network data. For a typical end user system, a few megabits of data across a few IPsec connection applications will likely not cause much heartache, but for network servers that are hosting potentially thousands of simultaneous IPsec connections while trying to drive multiple Gigabits of I/O the performance results will be much more… uhh, what’s a nice way to say ‘unimpressive’? Intel® Ethernet® can deliver this support in adapter or down on motherboard form factors while supporting a wide range of Enterprise class performance and virtualization features. So is this a way to improve security and manageability without impacting performance? It seems that way to me. Ben HackerFor more information on DirectAccess* — http://www.microsoft.com/servers/directaccess.mspxlast_img read more

Ethiopia rules as Tesfaye Abera, Dinknesh Mekash win Mumbai Marathon

first_imgEthiopia’s Tesfaye Abera prepares to cross the finish line to win the Mumbai Marathon.Ethiopia’s Tesfaye Abera, a rank outsider, and defending champion Dinknesh Mekash clinched the men’s and women’s titles respectively and the top prize of USD 41,000 in the 12th Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon in Mumbai on Sunday.Abera, basically a 15 and 21-km runner, made his maiden marathon run a memorable one by leaving his rivals – including several Kenyans and compatriot Dereje Debele – in his wake at the 32-km mark to storm to the finish in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 46 seconds, 14 seconds slower than the course record, reported PTI.Debele was second in 2:10:31 while 2007 world champion Luke Kibet of Kenya finished third in 2:10:57.Mekash, who won last year after having come in second in 2013, left the rest of the field behind at the halfway mark to win the women’s competition in 2:30:00, slower than the 2:28:08 and 2:28:46 she had clocked last year and in 2013.Ethiopian women runners took the first seven slots.India’s seasoned track athlete O P Jaisha, running her maiden marathon, and steeplechaser Lalita Babar, last year’s fastest Indian woman finisher, took the eighth and ninth slots with Jaisha also breaking a 19-year-old national mark in the process.Jaisha clocked 2:37:29, thus bettering the age-old national mark of 2:38:10 set by Vally Satyabhama in Chennai in December 21, 1995.Lalita, the 3,000m steeplechase bronze medal winner at last year’s Asian Games in Incheon, clocked 2:38:21 while Sudha Singh finished 11th in 2:42.12 and all three Indian women thus qualified for the August World Championship in Beijing by dipping under the 2:44 cut-off mark set by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI).advertisementAmong the Indian men, last year’s topper Karan Singh retained his position as the best finisher by clocking 2:21:35 to finish overall 11th.Arjun Pradhan – Karan’s teammate from the Army Sports Institute, Pune – took the 12th spot clocking 2:22:22.Bahadur Singh Dhoni was the third best among Indian men clocking 2:22:41, to finish 13th overall.Six-foot, 4-inch tall Abera took control of the men’s race after being in the leading bunch of 8-9 runners till the last 10 kms.Keeping his speed between 18-20 km per hour, the 22-year-old Ethiopian – who came into this event after taking part in a 15-km race in The Netherlands – stepped on the gas to lead the rest by a wide margin.He was on course to dip under the two-year-old course record of 2:09:32 on the Marine Drive stretch, but constantly looked behind to see who was closing the gap and this cost him precious seconds.”I wanted to break the course record in my first marathon but unfortunately could not do so,” said the Ethiopian who has run quite a few half marathons.The race saw a few Kenyans drop out due to rising temeperatures and after being hit by a stomach bug, according to Elite Athletes co-ordinator Jose Hermens.Women’s champion Mekash said that after the 35-km mark her calf and back started aching.”I run in three marathons in a year – in China, Mumbai and Paris,” said the 29-year-old Ethiopian whose personal best is 2:25:09 clocked while ending up fourth in 2013 in Paris.Asian Games medalist Kavita Raut of ONGC clinched the women’s half marathon, her fourth road race in two months after recovering from a stress fracture in her leg, by clocking 1:19:50.The corresponding men’s title was clinched by last year’s winner Indrajeet Patel in 1:08:09.Results:Full marathon: Overall: Men: 1. T Abera (Eth) 2:09:46, 2.D Debele (Eth) 2:10:31; 3. Luke Kibet (Ken) 2:10:57.Women: 1. D Mekash (Eth) 2:30:00, 2. Kumeshi Sichala (Eth) 2:30:56, 3. Marta Megra (Eth) 2:31:45.Indian: Men: 1. Karan Singh 2:21:35, 2. Arjun Pradhan 2:22:22, 3. Bahadur Singh Dhoni 2:22:41.Women: 1. O P Jaisha 2:37:29, 2. Lalita Babar 2:38:21, 3.Sudha Singh 2:42:12Half marathon: Men: 1. Indrajeet Patel 1:08:09, Atwa Bhagat 1:08:11, 3. Govind Singh 1:08:14.Women: 1. Kavita Raut 1:19:50, 2. Eve Bugler (Britain) 1:22:18, 3. Supriya Patil 1:26:48.last_img read more

Corporates, Rajasthan govt paid Lalit Modi’s charter bills

first_imgThe investigation of Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has revealed that charter bills of Bombardier Challeger 300 aircraft – used mostly by Lalit Modi with his family and friends, were paid by corporate companies from its pocket.Even the Government of Rajasthan was not spared. Out of three charter bills – used by Vasundhara Raje and others – one was paid by the Rajasthan Government and two remained outstanding.Exclusive copy of DRI’s showcause notice with Indiatoday.in, expose how on the instruction of Lalit Modi, the corporates/individuals and the government were paying the charter bills for the usage of Lalit Modi and his aircraft.Based on the passenger manifest and bills raised by GWPL, it appears that out of its total flying of 792 hours 50 minutes -a) 125 hours 45 minutes (16 pc) have been utilised for self use of Modi, his family members and friends and billed to Lalit Modi,b) 553 hours 10 minutes (70 pc) have been utilised for self use of Lalit Modi, his family members and friends, but billed to others,andc) 113 hours and 55 minutes (14 pc) have been shown as utilised for chartering to others.Investigation revealed that 86 per cent of the aircraft has been used mostly by Lalit Modi, and in these cases the Charter bills have been billed to different companies as per the instructions of Modi.According to Pradeep Thampi’s statement to DRI, there was no system or procedure as such for getting written requisition or email for charter in M/s GWPL. “Most of the chartering were done as per the oral directions of Lalit Modi, since GWPL was basically working under the direction of Modi. There was no written requisitions received for chartering”, Thampi stated.advertisementSome of these parties against whom the charter bills were raised as per the directions of Lalit Modi, are: Ansal Properties, Net Link Blue (Dubai based), Ananda Heritage, Renuka Calil, Percept Pictures, Aditya Chellaram, Pawan Goel, Ashok Kumar Goel, Zoom Communication, Global Sports Broadcast Services (Singapore based, linked to Zoom Communication), DNA Entertainment Network, Go Airlines Pvt Ltd, Gherzi Eastern Ltd and the Govt of Rajasthan.N Srinivasan in his statement to ED had given the name of Netlinkblue for paying Rs 3.5 crore to Golden Wings. Even Pradeep Thampi revealed all these corporate names before the ED officials while giving his statement last week.Harinder Singh, managing director, Percept Pictures denied paying the bill. He said, “I had been invited by Modi for Formula 1 event to Singapore. I had travelled with few other gentlemen in Modi’s aircraft, but why I was billed for it, I dont know. In fact, I returned back in Jet Airways flight, paying from my pocket. Therefore, we did not pay Rs 24 lakhs bill raised in the name of Percept Pictures.”In case of Government of Rajasthan, as per DRI’s showcause notice, between 11/9/2008 to 11/11/2008 – Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje and her team had travelled thrice – across the country in Lalit Modi’s aircraft. Specific details are:1) Travel Number 1Dates of flight:– 11/09/08 – Mumbai to Jaipur — 12/9/08 – Jaipur to Bangalore– 13/09/08 – Bangalore to Mumbai– 15/09/08 — Mumbai to Jaipur– 15/09/08 – Jaipur to MumbaiNumbers of Hours of Flight: 9.40 hrsTravellers– Vasundhara Raje– Omprakash Mathur– Prakash Chand– Venkatesh Sharma– Phoolsingh– Usha,– Arja Shridhar (related to KKR)All these dates – the invoice number was: GWPL/08-09/015Name of the party to whom billed: Govt of Rajasthan, Dept of Civil Aviation, RajasthanBill Amount: Rs 38,01,513 (Rs 38 lakh)Bill paid/outstanding: PAIDCategory of Usage (as per DRI analysis): Private use of Mr Modi, but billed to others.2) Travel number 2Dates of flights– 15/10/2008 – Mumbai to Jaipur– 16/10/08 – Jaipur to Guwahati– 16/10/08 – Guwahati to Kolkata– 18/10/08 – Kolkata to JaipurNumber of hours of flight; 9.45 hrsTravellers– Vasundhara Raje– Phool Singh– Harinder Singh– Dushywant Singh– Gopinath Munde– Dhana– Usha– Arja ShridharInvoice No: GWPL / 08-09/024Name of Party to whom billed: Govt of Rajasthan, Dept of Civil Aviation, RajasthanBill Amount : Rs 38,34,285 (Rs 38 lakhs)Bill Paid/Outstanding: OUTSTANDINGCategory of Usage (DRI analysis): Private Use of Mr Modi, but billed to others.3) Travel Number 3Date of flights– 9/11/08 Mumbai to Delhi– 9/11/08 Delhi to Jaipur– 10/11/08 – Jaipur to Cochin– 10/11/08 – Cochin to Tirupati– 11/11/08 – Tirupati to Delhi– 11/11/08 – Delhi to Jaipur– 11/11/08 – Jaipur to MumbaiNumber of hours of flight: 11.45 hrsTravellers:– Vasundhara Raje– Dushyant Singh– Niharika Raje– Hari Singh– Phool Singh– Usha– Uma– Arja ShridharInvoice Number: GWPL/08-09/029Bill Amount: Rs 46,20,805 (Rs 46 lakh)Name of Party to whom billed: Govt of Rajasthan, Dept of Civil Aviation, RajasthanadvertisementBill paid/Outstanding: OUTSTANDINGCategory of Usage (DRI analysis): Private use of Mr Modi, but billed to others.Every month, a statement showing the bills raised and position of payments, were handed over to Rohit Salian, manager (accounts) working at the office of K K Modi group companies, Mumbai. “GWPL never followed up with any of the parties for collection of outstanding amount as it was either Modi himself, or through Rohit Salian, that the outstanding payments were monitored for collection. As the entire affairs of GWPL were as per the directions of Modi, neither he or nor any other person from GWPL had taken any steps for collection of outstanding payments from the parties to whom the bills for charters were raised,” Thampi stated to DRI. Scrutiny of the lease agreement between GWPL and Peel Aviation revealed that the aircraft was leased to GWPL without any security deposit. Further probe of ledger, balance sheet and annual report of GWPL exposed that GWPL has only made payment of Rs 1,10,92,782 (out of Rs 10.78 crore) to Peel Aviation towards the lease amount. The remaining lease amount of Rs 9,75,00,000 is still outstanding. “Although this amount has been outstanding for a period of over three years and more now, still Peel Aviation never took any legal action against GWPL for recovery. It is indeed queer that the aircraft worth Rs 81.21 crore has been leased by a company based in Ireland to a company based India having no past relationship and continue to lease the aircraft even though there is no regular payment of lease amount, ” the DRI’ SCN stated.The lease agreement was terminated on 30/09/2010, apparently only after DRI initiated an enquiry on the import of the aircraft. The SCN concludes, “therefore, it appears that the so called lease was just a cover – part of overall, “management overview”, created by professionals/persons hired by Lalit Modi to import the impugned aircraft into India for his private use, but under cover of NSOP not to pay due customs duty.” Lalit Modi has not replied back to DRI’s showcause notice till now, whereas, the enforcement directorate is likely to issue summons to all corporate parties to know the reasons of making these payment in lakhs/crores to Golden Wings – on the directions of Lalit Modi.The aircraft is at present parked at Beggin Hills airport after it made its last trip to the United Kingdom on January 20, 2010.last_img read more

When it pays to be an un-hip marketer

first_imgAre you uncool and old school? I am, apparently – at least my teenage daughter tells me so.The good news is, sometimes it pays to be un-hip. Especially if you work in marketing. I was reminded of this by Dorie Clark’s recent piece in the Harvard Business Review Blog. As she notes, sometimes the pursuit of shiny new things leads us away from basic marketing principles that work best.She says, ask yourself:1. What is everyone else doing — and how can I do the opposite? Being trendy makes you less of a standout. If every other charity is sending out calendars to thank supporters, buck the trend and give donors personal calls, for example. If everyone is zigging, zag.2. What worked in the past that’s been abandoned — and why? Some old ideas should not come back. Like the below fashion statement which I first saw via Jeffrey Forster. But we often stop effective marketing programs because staff change, people find it dull or someone drops the ball. Take a tour of your past and brush the dust off what worked before. It might work well again.3. What circumstances have changed that might allow for new opportunities? Are there old ideas whose time has come?I’m with Dorie Clark. It’s not a bad thing to eschew the shiny and embrace the dusty. Especially if it’s marketing gold. But not if it’s double denim.last_img read more

What Kind of Donor Gets a Thank You?

first_imgPop quiz: Who should receive a thank you?a. A recurring donor who gives $15 a month.b. A major donor who gives a $10,000 gift.c. A first-time donor who gives a $50 gift.d. A regular donor who gives a gift to a special campaign like #GivingTuesday.e. A new donor acquired through a peer-to-peer fundraising campaign.f. All donors.If you answered “f,” you’re right! Every donor should be thanked for their gift. The type of thank you will vary, but no matter the size of the gift or where it came from, every donor should get a thank you.“Should I send multiple thank you messages to a recurring giver?” Have you ever heard of anyone getting mad for receiving too much gratitude? Not very often. Recurring donors are a special group of supporters who love your cause enough to give you a financial commitment on a consistent basis. You should thank these donors as often as you see fit. If that’s an email every quarter, go for it. But listen to donors’ preferences. If a donor provides helpful feedback that the frequency of communication they are receiving is too much (or too little), take it to heart and respect their input.“Is a thank you note enough for a major donor?” A thank you note is just the first step in your donor relations strategy. In addition to a thank you note, major donors should receive an appropriate level of recognition for their gift (or the option to remain anonymous), engagement with your organization, and updates on how their gift is used. Depending on who the donor is and what the funds will be used for, the thank you should come from your executive director or board director. We aren’t discussing the importance of a phone call as a thank you in this post, but this would be the perfect opportunity for the development director to pick up the phone and chat with a generous donor.“Can the receipt serve as the thank you for a first-time donor? I doubt I’ll see them again.” It’s an unfortunate but true reality: Most first-time donors won’t return to make a second gift. But with a sound donor relations strategy that starts off with a stellar message of thanks, you could turn this one-time donor into a loyal supporter who gives year after year!“Is it awkward to send another thank you to someone who gave to a specific campaign?” Most definitely not! In this case, your thank you message should focus on how the donor was part of the campaign’s success. If the campaign is ongoing, thank them soon after the gift was made, and then send a second note of thanks to update donors on the campaign’s success. Check out this great #GivingTuesday thank you from Collective Action for Safe Spaces. Did you notice how many times the word “you” was used in this thank you message? This is an excellent example of what a donor-centric, campaign-specific thank you message should look like.“Shouldn’t it be the responsibility of the peer fundraiser to thank those who gave to their campaign?” Sure, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t too. These donors gave to you because a friend asked not necessarily because they are super educated about your nonprofit. How can you show your appreciation, encourage them to stay connected to your organization, and educate them on what your nonprofit does? The best way to keep these new donors engaged is to start off the relationship right with some gratitude.Want more tips on donor thank yous? Download our newest eGuide: The Complete Donor Thank You Guidelast_img read more

Reducing Newborn Deaths by Targeting Adolescent Mothers

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on March 3, 2014November 14, 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)Last week, Save the Children published a report entitled, “Ending Newborn Deaths.” The report highlights the need to concentrate on the reduction of newborn deaths as it lags behind the efforts of those tackling <5 deaths.  The report calls on governments, world leaders, the private sector and philanthropists to commit to a five-point Newborn Promise to end these preventable deaths by increasing access and availability to skilled health workers, increasing funds for healthcare improvements, and decreasing user costs and fees for services, medicines and interventions.While the report lists numerous factors that must to be addressed to reduce preventable deaths, a recent editorial by The Lancet also points out the need to specifically target young mothers (who make up 10% of all births) and adolescents who are known to have some of the most risky pregnancies and deliveries.The Save the Children report says this about young mothers:In low- and middle-income countries overall almost 10% of girls become mothers by the age of 16. They are at greater risk of losing their babies than women who become mothers later – mothers under 20 are 50% more likely to have a stillbirth or to lose their baby within the first week after birth than mothers aged 20–29 years.By targeting adolescents, the Lancet argues, not only will there be a reduction in neonatal mortality, but by reducing child marriages, unwanted births, delaying their first child, and creating more options for education (including secondary, reproductive, and contraceptive education) these young women will be given the tools to start to take charge of their own health, work options and economic destinies.  With the commitments of governments and local health agencies these women will not only better care for their own pregnancies and  newborns, but also will have the education to know that they can advocate for their family’s health rights.  Adolescent programming must include the input of the adolescents themselves, while ensuring that the programs give them the oversight, support, and education they need.Lasting interventions are needed for newborn death reduction and who better to target than the adolescents who will eventually become the mothers who want their children to survive.How do we make these adolescents a priority? Lend your voice to the discussion.  Find us on Twitter or contacts us.Share this:last_img read more

Achieving Better Outcomes With Maternal and Newborn Integration

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 10, 2014June 12, 2017By: Ana Langer, Director of the Maternal Health Task Force and Women and Health Initiative; Joy Riggs-Perla, Director, Saving Newborn Lives at Save the ChildrenClick 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 the Maternal and Newborn Integration Blog Series,which shares themes of and reactions to the “Integration of Maternal and Newborn Health: In Pursuit of Quality” technical meeting.“Students often ask me, how come a neonatologist is working on maternal health? To me the response is obvious. When I was a clinician, most of my interactions were with the mothers. I learned very soon that for the newborn to be healthy the woman needed to be healthy.”– Ana Langer, Maternal Health Task ForceWhen thinking about the term integration for maternal and newborn health care we need to keep our focus with the intended outcome. Our attention should be on providing equitable, high-quality care for both the mother and the newborn.At a hospital in Petrolina, Brazil, new mothers Elvira and Ana Cristina have been taught the importance of exclusive breastfeeding and how to practice Kangaroo Mother Care with their newborn premature babies. Photo: Genna Naccache/Save the Children“Integration of Maternal & Newborn Health Care”—the recent technical meeting hosted by the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) and Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives program (SNL)—provided the jumping off point for discussing what integration really means, the current knowledge base, promising approaches, and models and tools that exist to move this agenda forward. We believe that, with the global consensus on the importance of the continuum of care approach, we have a unique opportunity to decrease the gaps in care and find actionable and practical ways to foster integration where appropriate.There were two days of in-depth discussion by more than 50 participants who came from around the world to dive deep into analyzing the challenges of, and opportunities for, integration. This group represented academics, NGOs, governments, multilateral organizations and more from global and national organizations. Country perspectives from Ecuador, Nigeria, Nepal, Mozambique and many others were discussed by the presenters, panelists and audience and gave us a better sense of the power of context and localized solutions to gaps in care. We strongly believe that to bring about meaningful and equitable integration, it is essential to understand and take into consideration the epidemiological and health systems’ realities and specific social contexts of countries and communities.Meeting participants discuss the challenges to and opportunities for increased maternal and newborn health integration and service delivery at the local, national and global level. Photo: Ian P. Hurley/Save the ChildrenPerhaps the most critical component of the meeting was to develop a list of actions that the maternal and newborn health communities can take to ensure greater programmatic coherence and effectiveness. Among critical actions, participants saw team-based quality improvement processes, co-location of services, functional referral systems, and simplified and unified maternal and newborn health (MNH) data collection and use, as important steps that countries could take to more effectively deliver quality and equitable care for women and newborns. The group also called for donors and technical cooperation partners to support MNH integration-oriented implementation research to build convincing evidence for policymakers and to align their investments and technical support with national strategies, taking a country-centric approach. The final action item list included well over 60 steps. The just released final report delves deeper into what these are.The SNL program and the MHTF are committed to the pursuit of quality and equity in maternal and newborn care, and seek to increase collaboration in the delivery of integrated approaches of care. The rich and honest discussion that took place among those gathered in Boston is only a beginning. We hope you will join us in this ongoing effort to find ways to most effectively provide services to mothers and their families. In the end, we must keep the patients at the center and work to achieve better outcomes for them.This post originally appeared on the Healthy Newborn Network Blog.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

3 Reasons Why Nonprofits Should Focus on the Donor Experience

first_imgAlthough it’s unclear exactly how the new tax law will impact charitable donations, nonprofits can’t afford to wait and see. Many nonprofits are now thinking of new ways to attract and retain donors to ensure that funding stays consistent.According to research by the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute, the average donor retention rate in the U.S. after the first gift is around 45 percent. Without a focused effort to convert those one-time donors to regular, loyal supporters, nonprofits may struggle to generate enough new donations to reach their fundraising goals.If tax reform isn’t a big enough reason for your organization to create a donor experience that will keep supporter relationships thriving, here are three others to consider.It’s more expensive to attract a new donor than to retain one.Bringing in a new donor requires a series of steps. You have to raise awareness, build trust, make an emotional connection, and facilitate the process of actually making the first gift. These steps take time and can be expensive to implement. To retain donors, on the other hand, you simply need to keep the donors engaged with you and your work by focusing on their experience with your organization.Marketing costs alone eat up between 5 and 15 percent of a nonprofit’s total budget. Add to that your fundraising expenses, and you quickly realize how much your organization could save if you could convert the 55% of donors who only give once into regular supporters.Committed donors will give to multiple projects.If a donor is committed to supporting one of your programs, that person will likely want to give toward multiple projects within the program, or even to related programs. Loyal donors are already sold on the trustworthiness and effectiveness of your organization. They believe in your ability to use their donations to effect real change; so it’s easier to deepen the relationship and increase the amount or frequency of their giving.As you communicate with these donors and share the impact of their most recent donation, you can use that opportunity to introduce them to other areas of your program that might interest them.Regular donors will share insights that you can use to attract new donors.While it’s impossible to read the minds of prospective donors to know what moves them to give, you can gain insight from your regular donors that effectively gives you that superpower. Talk to your loyal supporters and listen to what they tell you. What initially attracted them to your organization? What gives them the confidence to continue supporting your work? What gets them excited about a particular program? What do they like your organization to share with them? What aspects of your charitable programs would they like to see firsthand? What experiences have made the biggest impact on them? The answers you receive to these questions will provide you with the information you need to improve your regular donors’ experience and to attract new donors.Planning and creating a donor experience that grows relationships and causes donors to increase their support takes time and energy. Take heart. The benefits your nonprofit sees will be worth many times over the resources you put into it. Organizations that focus on retaining donors as well as acquiring new ones will also be better positioned to weather the changes that come as a result of the recent tax reform. You’ll have confidence that your programs will remain funded and thriving.Learn why the donor experience is vital to a successful organization and how to implement an effective donor experience program by downloading this white paper “A Better Donor Experience: Is it the Cornerstone of Donor Loyalty?”last_img read more

Women in Philanthropy Profile: Amy Navejas

first_imgFor 61 years, Better Health (a Network for Good customer since 2017) has addressed the unmet healthcare needs of Cumberland County’s low-income residents through education, referral, and assistance. Since 2015, Executive Director and CEO Amy Navejas has managed a small team of ten staff. Though they are small, they are mighty—that small staff touched over 7,000 people in 2017.Caring for a communityOriginally, Better Health filled emergency medications for individuals in need. Over time they evolved to meet the needs of the community; aiding with things that strain a low-income person’s financial reserves, such as emergency dental extractions, eyeglasses, and travel to the larger North Carolina hospitals.“We don’t want anybody to have to choose between food and rent and a critical medical need.”In the 1970s, Better Health launched an education-based diabetes program to help clients manage their disease along with their doctor. Through the program, a patient can get their blood sugar and blood pressure checked; take classes; and even borrow wheelchairs, walkers, and other medical supplies from Better Health’s 1,000+ donated items.Dedicated to patients of all ages, Better Health also helps families with children who are significantly obese create a wellness program. The entire family attends the program together. By providing a safe outlet where children can become physically fit and adopt more healthy lifestyle habits, the entire family learns better health and fitness.“I wear many, many hats.”On any given day, you’ll find Navejas writing or reporting on a grant, reviewing program updates from staff, managing the organization’s financials, and of course lots of meetings—board meetings, committee meetings, fundraising meetings, community meetings.But she hadn’t always planned on becoming a nonprofit CEO. A law school graduate, Navejas switched careers after the birth of her first child.“To be a great attorney you have to bring home boxes and boxes of files every night and pour over them to prepare for court. I watched my firm’s senior partners arrive before all the other staff and leave well after dark. I wouldn’t want to do that any other way in order to be completely prepared for clients. After my daughter was born, I realized that schedule wasn’t conducive to the kind of family life that I wanted to have.”From a young age, Navejas’ parents and grandparents instilled in her a passion for helping others. She followed that passion to Carolina Collaborative Community Care, and when the opportunity at Better Health came up, she jumped on it.“I love it here. There are always challenges and I love working through hurdles, making progress, and finding creative solutions. Sometimes a client walks through our doors, deeply in need, and they don’t expect us to be able to help because everyone else they’ve gone to has said no. We try to find a way to say yes, not a reason to say no. The relief I see on their face when I tell them they’ll be taken care of is all the motivation I need.”Passion for the missionWhen it comes to leading a nonprofit, Navejas relies on her small but mighty staff. The single most critical factor she looks for in a team member is someone who has that passion and that connection with the mission.“It’s all about finding the right people. If someone has the passion and the work ethic, they can be trained and do well. Being such a small organization, that makes a big difference. Our staff has made a huge impact. Better Health excels at what we do because our staff is so dedicated.”Women in Philanthropy is an ongoing blog series in celebration of Women’s History Month, featuring some of the incredible women Network for Good has the pleasure to work with.Read more on The Nonprofit Bloglast_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

Introducing the Fifth MHTF-PLOS Collection: “Non-Communicable Diseases and Maternal Health Around the Globe”

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 1, 2017January 2, 2018By: Staff, Maternal Health Task ForceClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) is pleased to announce the launch of the fifth MHTF-PLOS Collection, “Non-Communicable Diseases and Maternal Health Around the Globe.” Read the open access papers that have been published in PLOS One as part of the collection so far:Maternal cancer and congenital anomalies in children – a Danish nationwide cohort studyCharacteristics of women age 15-24 at risk for excess weight gain during pregnancyInterventions to treat mental disorders during pregnancy: A systematic review and multiple treatment meta-analysisMaternal depression and anxiety disorders (MDAD) and child development: A Manitoba population-based studyAssociations between quality of life, physical activity, worry, depression and insomnia: A cross-sectional designed study in healthy pregnant womenImplementation of a diabetes in pregnancy clinical register in a complex setting: Findings from a process evaluationMaternal BMI and diabetes in pregnancy: Investigating variations between ethnic groups using routine maternity data from London, UKMetabolic markers during pregnancy and their association with maternal and newborn weight statusImpact of maternal body mass index and gestational weight gain on neonatal outcomes among healthy Middle-Eastern femalesPlease join the MHTF tomorrow, 2 November at 10:00AM ET for a live-streamed panel discussion to mark the launch of the collection. Tweet your questions to @MHTF using #MHTFPLOS.Additional papers will be added to the collection in the coming months. Subscribe to stay updated.—Learn more about the MHTF-PLOS Collection on Maternal Health.Read the MHTF Quarterly highlighting issues related to non-communicable diseases and maternal health.Share this:last_img read more

How Surgery Can Treat and Cause Fistula

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 10, 2018August 1, 2018By: Kayla McGowan, Project Coordinator, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Mary Nell Wegner, Executive Director, Maternal Health Task Force, Women and Health Initiative; Sarah Hodin, Project Coordinator II, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Vandana Tripathi, Deputy Director, Fistula Care Plus, EngenderHealthClick 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)Giving birth in low-resource settings comes with substantial risks to mothers and newborns. Women who experience prolonged or obstructed labor—in which the baby is blocked descending through the birth canal—and do not have access to high quality emergency obstetric and newborn care are at increased risk of developing obstetric fistula.The condition, an abnormal opening in the upper or lower female genital tract, leads to uncontrollable leakage of urine or feces. Many of these women have also had a stillbirth or developed other complications resulting from obstructed labor. Fortunately, obstetric fistula—a preventable condition that disproportionately affects the world’s poorest women—can be treated with skilled surgical care.Margaret, a 50-year-old mother of one, is among the women who received surgical fistula repair in Nigeria this year at a treatment center supported by the Fistula Care Plus project. In describing how she developed fistula, Margaret told staff, “After the doctor did a cesarean section and brought out my child, a few weeks later I could not control my bowel. I went back to the doctor … but he had no solution to the problem.”Iatrogenic fistula: A quality of care issueSurgery to treat obstetric fistula is often highly successful, but surgical error that occurs during other operations—such as cesarean section (c-section), hysterectomy or ruptured uterus repair—can lead to a similar condition: iatrogenic fistula.While the root causes of obstetric and iatrogenic fistula differ, both represent failures of the health system to provide women with timely, safe and appropriate care, and both have severe consequences.Women living with fistula experience unpleasant odor and wetness, often accompanied by pain, stigma, lack of autonomy and isolation. Many women with the condition must also grapple with poor mental health, relationship disruptions and economic challenges. Some women have reported pain, weakness and persistent stigma one year after fistula repair surgery.Fistula in any form has grave consequences for women as well as their children, families and communities. Evidence suggests that a growing number of genital fistula cases in low-income countries are being caused by surgical error, which means that more attention to iatrogenic fistula is urgently needed.While the exact global burden of iatrogenic fistula is unknown, the number of women with the condition appears to be increasing with the rise of obstetric and gynecological surgery around the world. In a study assessing nearly 6,000 women who underwent fistula repair surgery across 11 countries—from South Sudan to Afghanistan—about 13% of injuries were caused by surgical error. Recent reviews of fistula case records from three countries indicated large variations in rates—from 8% in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to 27% in Bangladesh.Why is this happening?One of the main factors driving this trend is unsafe surgery. For surgery to be safe, it needs to involve a team of well-trained surgeons and other health care providers; a supportive health system; adherence to evidence-based policies and guidelines; access to anesthesia, essential drugs, supplies and equipment; hygienic conditions; electricity and a safe water source.But many health facilities in low-resource settings do not have some of the most basic resources, such as electricity and safe water. As Lauri Romanzi, project director of Fistula Care Plus, has said, “Nobody can work well, no matter how well-trained they are or personally motivated, when they don’t have an environment that works.”The role of rising cesarean section ratesAnother driver of the rising incidence of iatrogenic fistula is likely the growing pandemic of medically unnecessary c-sections.Researchers have been trying to understand what has been causing cesarean rates to skyrocket in so many countries and why rates between and among nations vary so widely—from less than 2% of births to greater than 40%. As this trend continues, more clinicians—especially those working in low-resourced facilities—will be confronted with conducting surgery under challenging conditions, possibly increasing the problem of iatrogenic fistula.Sustainable solutionsThere are three things we can do to reduce rates of iatrogenic fistula:Improve quality of surgical care. With the rapid expansion of surgical care in low- and middle-income countries must come improvements in quality of care. Advancing safe surgical practices for c-sections, hysterectomy and ruptured uterus repair is key to preventing more cases of iatrogenic fistula. The maternal health and safe surgery communities must collaborate to improve provider training, establish standardized surgical, anesthesia and obstetric criteria and routinely assess EmONC facilities for readiness and quality.Reduce unnecessary surgeries—such as c-sections—in the first place. In childbirth as in other health fields, averting unnecessary medical interventions is crucial. Strengthening the evidence base to support advocacy and empowering women to demand quality obstetric care are critical to prevent over-medicalization and, ultimately, reduce women’s chances of experiencing iatrogenic fistula. Additionally, providers themselves need support, through evidence-based guidelines for labor monitoring and clinical decision-making for delivery methods.Expand access to basic maternal health care. All women have the right to family planning to space desired births as well as quality midwifery services to reduce unnecessary c-sections and promote optimal birth outcomes.Standardizing classification and reporting of iatrogenic fistula is also necessary to better understand the scope of the problem, assess trends over time and respond effectively.Fortunately, Margaret accessed treatment and her iatrogenic fistula was repaired, but no woman should endure the pain and suffering of fistula—whether from childbirth or from unsafe clinical care. Surgeons and maternal health specialists must come together to ensure women’s access to health care that prevents and treats—but never causes—fistula.—This post was slightly edited and originally appeared on News Deeply | Women and Girls.Photo credit: Patients wait in a ward prior to undergoing obstetric fistula repair surgery at the Mulago Hospital in Kampala. AFP/Isaac Kasamani via Getty ImagesShare 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

New Brunswick Medical Society launches campaign cautioning against marijuana use

first_imgFREDERICTON – The president of the New Brunswick Medical Society issued a warning Monday that the coming legalization of marijuana in Canada doesn’t mean that it is safe and the public needs to know the risks of consuming pot.“There’s somewhat of a normalization around marijuana use and I think some of the public really don’t understand there are significant health concerns associated with marijuana use,” Dr. Lynn Murphy-Kaulbeck said Monday.The medical society is launching a public education campaign on the health risks associated with marijuana consumption, ahead of Ottawa’s commitment to make pot legal across Canada by July 2018.Murphy-Kaulbeck said too often governments only look at the financial gains without looking at the long-term impact.“It’s very much like smoking or alcohol — you have your tax and your revenue from that, but down the road there’s great cost that comes with treating all the effects that come from these substances,” she said.She said the health risks inherent with the use of marijuana are clear, particularly for people under the age of 25, and include addiction, worsening of substance abuse and attention deficits.“Marijuana use up to that point does have the potential to affect brain development. As well, the research does show the use of marijuana can be related in young people to psychiatric disorders,” she said.The society has created a new web site — www.LegalNotSafe.ca — to highlight the various health impacts associated with marijuana consumption.Murphy-Kaulbeck said the society will also be using different social media platforms, such as Facebook, to spread its message. It has also posted an editorial on the medical society’s main website.Earlier this year, the society released a position paper with 14 recommendations to government.It said it would prefer marijuana not be sold to anyone under the age of 25, but recognizes that’s unrealistic. It said it would accept the age of 21.The New Brunswick government’s Select Committee on Cannabis is conducting hearings around the province in advance of setting regulations governing the sale of marijuana.The medical society will appear before that committee on Friday in Fredericton.last_img read more

JEFFREY GURIANS JUST FOR LAUGHS RECAP 2017

first_imgAdvertisement Every year when I get ready to go to Montreal I wonder how long it is that I’ve been going. This year I found actual proof that I’ve been going for more than 25 years because I actually found my “VIP” pass from 1992, and I know it wasn’t the first year I went. The festival was only 10 years old and the pass was laminated but my name was written in marker and the pass was on a string. A plain white string. I brought it with me to show Paul Ronca, whose official title reads, “Director of Industry and Special Events Programming”. He’s the guy who works tirelessly to make sure that everything comes off right.So during the festival I get into the elevator and who’s in there but Maureen Taran, currently an executive with truTV, just upped to the position of VP of Talent, but in those days was working at the festival in logistics. I show her the pass and she’s like, “Jeffrey, that’s my handwriting. I wrote out that pass for you in 1992, 25 years ago.” And she couldn’t believe it was on a string and that “Victor” the JFL gremlin’s logo was colored in green on my pass which meant something special. She actually remembered doing it but she couldn’t recall what it was. It was really amazing that of all people I happened to show it to her and she remembered writing it so long ago.Since that time literally millions of jokes have been told at JFL, and I was there to hear a lot of them. This festival was the 35th and somehow magically seems to get bigger every year. My main focus besides seeing as many shows as I could, was covering the two main red carpet events, one for Kevin Hart’s LOL Network, where I hoped to interview Kevin, and the other was the JFL Awards honoring Trevor Noah as the Comedy Person of the Year, Kenya Barris as the Comedy Writer of the Year, Ali Wong as the Breakout Comedy Star of the Year, Mike Birbiglia as the Stand-Up Comedian of the Year, Craig Ferguson getting the Alumni Tribute an award created just for him, and to me the biggest was Jim Carrey receiving the Generation Award being presented to him by no less than Judd Apatow, now not only the King of Hollywood but also the King of cable TV. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement It would be impossible to describe my time there in chronological order so I’m going to present some of the highlights in no particular order. It starts at the airport coming and going. Going up was with the APA team and Rick Glassman. Coming home it was Corinne Fisher, and Krystyna Hutchinson, New Face star Blair Socci, and Nathan Macintosh with Aaron Berg. Funny story about Aaron. I’m just about to sign in for the Kevin Hart red carpet. The woman asks me my name and before I get a chance to answer, literally at that very second, Aaron comes down the street with Annie Lederman yelling out at the top of his voice, “Is that Jeffrey Gurian? Look Annie it’s Jeffrey Gurian!” and the woman from the PR company says, “Well I guess you’re Jeffrey Gurian,” and signs me right in. The timing couldn’t have been better!”It was the David Spade Gala watching Godfrey, Sarah Tiana, the Lucas Brothers and Jeffrey Ross kill it for the cameras. Then it was the Colin Jost/Michael Che Gala for TV where they came out to a high-energy standing ovation which seemed to shock them both by its intensity. It’s obvious they have so much fun performing together and evidenced by their opening. They not only co-host Weekend Update but are also really good friends, and we all hung out to celebrate at the hotel lobby bar afterwards long into the night. Phil Hanley crushed on that show as did Lil Rel, Jim Norton and Steve Byrne who Colin said was the first comic to ever take him on the road and to whom he was very grateful.I was hanging with Big Jay Oakerson at his What’s Your Fucking Deal show, and seeing Kevin Hart hold court at a security sectioned-off site in the lobby with Russell Peters, Bryan Callen, Sherrod Small, Tony Rock, and whoever else was let past the watchful eye of Kevin’s security. He’s always well protected wherever he goes, and before I even saw Kevin just seeing a section of the lobby cordoned off I kind of knew it would be Kevin. When he came over to greet me I told him I’d be seeing him the next day on the red carpet.I attended the press junket for CNN’s History of Comedy docu-series which is a gift to all true fans of comedy and got to videotape an interview with W. Kamau Bell a frequent guest on the show along with Mark Herzog one of the Executive Producers.It was Andy Kindler’s annual State of the Industry speech which he told me he’s been doing for 22 years, which followed directly after the JFL Awards show and the Guys We Fucked Live Experience with my girls Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson who had a sold out show at the Maison Theatre, which had to have held at least 500 people. In their prank call section of the show, they called a guy who does gay porn for money but claims to be straight, to get even with him for breaking up with a girl who had sex with him raw, and after offering him a gay porn gig got him to admit he was gay on the phone. In the airport on the way home, the girls told me they thought it was their best prank call ever.It was Comedy 101’s late night show sponsored by The Interrobang hosted by Ron Bennington and Gail Bennington with judges Jim Norton, Jimmy Schubert, and Dan Soder plus surprise judge Tommy Johnagin. Comedy 101’s been killing it at shows in NY, and it’s basically new comics coming up and being judged kindly and sometimes not so kindly by highly experienced comics.It was the Comedy Central party in the hotel lobby that went on till about 4 A.M. and unlike me I stayed till the end, and it was also the exclusive Funny or Die party in what they call “The Esplanade” of the Place Des Artes, a HUGE space that was taken up by thousands of comedians and their guests eating poutine and drinking their heads off while dancing to really cool music provided by a D.J. who was spinning till 3 A.M., at which time I left with Annie Lederman and Jeffrey Ross to head over to the after-party. On the way over we had a conversation about energy, healing, and TMJ problems, and Jeffrey told me about his next special he just shot for Comedy Central on immigration. Annie, who often opens for Jim Norton, told me about her first feature film coming out soon called “The Long Dumb Road” in which she plays Ron “Office Space” Livingston’s wife. Jason Mantzoukas is also in it and it was written by her friend Hanna Fidell. When I finally dragged myself out at 4:30 A.M. it was still going strong with Yamaneika Saunders and Calise Hawkins holding it down on the dance floor. It wasn’t till I got home and looked at my photos that I saw that the photo I took with Annie was photo bombed by Michael Che.It was the Superior Donuts cast panel in the Grand Salon room of the Hyatt, where I got to congratulate my old friend Jermaine Fowler on not only co-starring in his role as Franco, but also on being an Executive Producer of the show. Seeing Judd Hirsch and Katey Sagal there was also very special as was Judd’s take on working with Andy Kaufman, who he said was very hard to get to know. He showed up for a few days as Tony Clifton, and was late and uncooperative to the point where they had to fire Tony Clifton and someone had to call Andy to tell Tony he was being fired. Judd also told of the first time he met Jermaine at a table read and had to ask, “ Who the heck are you?” Jermaine is always, and has always been very humble and seems to be handling his stardom very well.I was hanging out with Noam Dworman and George Buchalter, partners in The Comedy Cellar when I felt someone come up behind me and embrace me, and it turned out to be Paul Provenzawho was up there doing both of his shows Set List and The Green Room. Paul and I got to spend some meaningful time together on our way home from Comedy 101 and while sharing a donut and ice tea, ( his treat!), he said I was probably one of his oldest friends in comedy. We met on a radio show hosted by Jackie Mason back in the early 80’s. Jackie was filling in for Bob Grant and Paul was starring in a play called “Only Kidding” at the time. Paul had chipped a tooth on stage and Jackie suggested he come to me to get it fixed. Paul said, “Why would I go to a comedy writer to get my tooth fixed” and after I fixed it for him he understood why, and went back on stage with a perfectly bonded tooth!It was the Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here panel the night before the JFL Awards red carpet where I went specifically to see Jim Carrey and the other stars of the show. It’s very rare to see a star of Jim Carrey’s caliber anywhere but JFL gets them the way it did this year with Jerry Seinfeld and Kevin Hart. But I’ve been watching and enjoying the show and wanted to see Michael Angarano, Erik Griffin and Andrew Santino all of whom I had the chance to meet and talk to at the Funny or Die party. That was really a highlight for me. There’s something special about watching someone on TV and feeling you know them and like them and then getting to meet them in person.Andrew Santino and I discussed how hard it is for him to play Bill Hobbs, such a detestable character on the show and how he has to work hard not to bring that energy home with him to his wife at the end of the day. He said he learned for the first time how hard it is to not take home work, and that he had to learn to center himself to get rid of that negative energy. It’s a true testament to his talent that he can play someone so unlike himself. It was very special for me to have such an in depth conversation with someone in the midst of a crazy party. That doesn’t happen often. He’s a really spiritual guy! Very special!And Erik Griffin who plays Ralph, is such a strong presence on the show and told me about his new special “The Ugly Truth” which debuted on July 7th and was the highest rated special on Showtime. And Michael Angarano who plays new comic Eddie Zeidel told me about his friendship with his on-screen pal Clark Duke who plays Ron Shack. He said his part felt comfortable from the very beginning and that he and Clark were best friends when they were 7 years old. Then they hadn’t seen each other for a long time, and then just by coincidence both were cast in the show and met up again at a table read. Michael’s been acting since he was 6 and did a pilot with co-star Ari Graynor when they were both 9 years old. He also did a film with Melissa Leo when he was 15 and another one in which she “roofied” him and seduced him.During the panel Jim discussed going on stage for the first time at 15 at Yuk Yuks and tried imitating people on the Carol Burnett Show, bombing so badly he didn’t try again for two years. he said when he came back at 17 he did much better and when he went home where he lived with his parents he started getting perfumed letters from fans with lipstick on them and then his parents understood why he said he had such a good time. He made a lot of crazy Jim Carrey faces and was very physical in his answers. He told some really fun stories about sharing a joint with Richard Pryor, and his interactions with a young Sam Kinison.I was at the HBO’s Vice Principals cast moderated by the never tired Ron Bennington, with Danny McBride, Walton Goggins, Georgia King, Edi Patterson, and Kimberly Hebert Gregoryalong with the producers. I’m a fan of Walton’s and Danny from his Eastbound and Down days, but had never seen the show. The panel was so interesting that when I got home from Montreal last night as tired as I was I watched two episodes. Can’t wait to watch the rest.I was at the outdoor presentation of Josh Adam Meyers’ Goddamn Comedy Jam. I don’t know how he keeps his voice intact with all the yelling he does on stage but he’s amazing. They did the show in a few different venues but I wanted to see it on the outdoor stage which was incredible. Great performances by Dulce Sloan, Sasheer Zamata, Big Jay Oakerson, Adam Ray and Erik Griffin, and then me and the Bennington crew hung out in the street just chilling till late. They said they saw me at Godamn Comedy Jam and tried to call out to me but I didn’t hear them over the noise.It was running into Kurt Braunohler and his wife Lauren Cook in the elevator on their way to do their podcast Wedlock, which they just started in April available on Audible, and it was running into Donnell Rawlings just after he crushed on Jane Krakowski’s gala who told me he’ll be opening for Dave Chappelle in 10 out of his 15 shows at Radio City starting August 1.I’d have to say the most special part to me was the JFL Awards red carpet and show that followed where I got to interview just about all the award recipients and the presenters. Natasha Leggeropresented to Kenya Barris and was followed on the red carpet by her husband Moshe Kasher, Alonzo Bodden who was the host kept up a running gag throughout the show asking each person to keep him in mind if they needed a character to play a security guard, and he made it work, Jay Baruchel who presented the award to Craig Ferguson and who told me he gave himself the mohawk haircut he was sporting, W. Kamau Bell who presented to Ali Wong, Jimmy Carr who presented to Mike Birbiglia, Jeff Ross who presented to Trevor Noah, and Judd Apatow who presented to Jim Carrey.Mike Birbiglia said of Jimmy Carr, “he always looks like he’s dressed to give an award.” and then said he was always promised a TV deal which he never got, and it turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to him.Judd Apatow had great stories in his intro of Jim Carrey. As a young comedy writer he used to write sketches for Jim for “In Living Color” in hopes of Jim getting more screen time and although he wasn’t considered part of the show Jim paid him 5G’s out of his own pocket to write for him. Judd introduced Jim to his fiirst manager Jimmy Miller, and told the story of Jim being bumped at The Store by Sam Kinison and Dice and then stayed on stage for two hours improvising where he created the character of Fire Marshal Bill. When Ace Ventura was about to come out, Judd asked Jim if there were any scenes grounded in reality and Jim said there weren’t. He said, “I will either be the biggest star in the world or I will never work again.” It was a great intro.In Trevor Noah’s acceptance speech he referenced Jim Carrey and thanked him for talking about Depression. He said “ Comedians don’t win unless you get to the end without comitting suicide.” Trevor is so grateful for his success and reminisced about growing up so poor he didn’t even have a flushing toilet. He gave me a wonderful personal interview on the red carpet.So the next day, it was literally thrilling for me to have the opportunity to interview Jim Carrey on the red carpet. The night before during the Showtime panel someone asked him if he would ever return to doing stand-up, and he said something to the effect of “No, not for now. There’s no more Jim Carrey to sell. I don’t really think of myself as a person!” and he left it at that. It really struck me and I made a note to ask him about that if I got to speak to him on the red carpet. So on the red carpet, I saw him coming towards me and felt really excited, remembering iconic performances in things likeThe Mask and Man In The Moon where he played Andy Kaufman. He was very gracious with everyone he spoke to on the red carpet. Many times stars of his magnitude skip the carpet but with Jim I think he did it out of kindness but also out of respect for his cast on the show. When he got to me, we talked about comedy in the 70’s and 80’s when he started and he told me he had actually performed in the NY clubs as well in The Improv, at Catch and The Comic Strip. And when I asked him about there being no more Jim Carrey to sell he explained in in existential terms. He said ,” we spend our whole lives trying to invent ourselves and figure out what this is, and it’s just a collection of abstract ideas, your ethnicity, your nationality, … all that stuff are just ideas”, and I totaly got what he meant. I said to him, “ You mean the only reason you’re Jim Carrey is because your parents told you you were. Like my parents told me I’m Jeffrey Gurian and I believed them.” And that’s when he said to me, “ “ Right, and Jeffrey means ‘Go eat ‘em up’, … ‘Jeffrey means, “Make us look good!” He may never remember it, but It was truly a special moment for me. You’ll be able to see it all very soon on my Comedy Matters TV You TUbe channel!And on that note, … I’m OUT!!!Jeffrey Gurian is a comedian, writer and all around bon vivant in New York City. Subscribe to his YouTube channel, Comedy Matters TV.last_img read more

Crews responding to house fire in Charlie Lake

first_img Fire Fighters are working to extinguish a fire in Shady Acres Trailer Park – John Luke Keiper CHARLIE LAKE, B.C. – The Charlie Lake Fire and Fort St. John Fire Department are responding to a house fire in the Shady Acres Trailer Park.The fire was reported by eyewitnesses to have started at around 5 p.m. Five fire trucks from the Charlie Lake Fire Department and Fort St. John are on scene fighting the fire.We understand the fire has only affected only one home in the trailer park. Residents are asked to stay away from the area to allow emergency crews the room they need to fight the fire.As we get more information we will update this story. Fire Fighters from Charlie Lake and Fort St. John are fighting the fire in Shady Acres Trailer Park. Fire Fighters from Charlie Lake and Fort St. John are fighting the fire in Shady Acres Trailer Park. 1 of 3 last_img read more

State to set up Fire and Emergency Services Welfare Board for employees

first_imgKolkata: The state government has decided to set up West Bengal Fire and Emergency Services Welfare Board.The board will be recommending work that needs to be carried out to put forth better facilities for the employees of the West Bengal Fire and Emergency Services department. There is a welfare board for the police as well and now there will be a welfare board for the employees of the West Bengal Fire and Emergency Services department. The state Fire minister, Firhad Hakim, announced the decision of the state government with regard to the setting up of the welfare board after the cabinet meeting at Nabanna on Friday. He said: “Fire fighters work day and night and most importantly they risk their lives to save others. Hence, in a bid to ensure a better living for them the state government has decided to approve the setting up of the welfare board.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHe further said the welfare board will be recommending what can be done for better living of the employees of the department and subsequently, the department will be taking the next course of action. Besides the central level welfare board, there will be separate boards for districts. Director General of Fire Services will be the chairman of the central level board with maintenance superintendents, station officers, chief mobilisation officers, fire operators and drivers of fire tenders will be the members of the board. It may be mentioned that the state government has taken a series of steps in the past seven years to improve the infrastructure to ensure better fire fighting. Since pre-independence to 2011 as many as 100 fire stations had come up in the state and in the past seven years, 41 fire stations have come up in Bengal and around 20 are under construction. Moreover, the process of setting up another 41 is also going on.last_img read more

Cant Live WithCant Live Without Skype for Business

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 2 min read Register Now » This story appears in the December 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Can’t Live with It’I use Skype regularly to communicate with clients in the U.S., Europe and Asia and sometimes set up conference calls. Although Skype provides a valuable service at no cost, its security is poor and customer service nonexistent. In the spring, I began receiving unsolicited calls at my home and office from Skype-based numbers. I unplugged my office phones and left a voicemail advising people to try me on another number. Clients were concerned–one asked if I couldn’t pay my phone bill–and I missed other important calls. I tried calling Skype but there is no phone number associated with the phone service. After searching the web, I discovered you could post issues on one of its forums. Eventually Skype stopped the calls. I determined that my phone numbers had been harvested from my Skype profile. Skype is the de facto standard of international business callers, so despite my fears of further security compromises and poor customer service concerns, I still use Skype upon request.”–George Cohen, president, George Cohen Communications Inc., BostonCan’t Live Without It’We literally use Skype all day, every day to communicate between employees and vendors in different locations. Also, both offices use Skype Chat as back-channel communications during conference calls with remote clients. By chatting back and forth, we make decisions literally while the client is asking a question, and decide who on the team is best qualified to do it. We then use chat to pass snippets of information or even full files to help them answer the question. It’s a lot of fun to watch knowledge being passed by a group on one channel and hearing it disseminated by an individual on another channel–all in real time and with great effectiveness. We save Skype Video for more in-depth conversations, creative team meetings or for presentations that need visual representation. We also use it as a social tool to bring the two offices together. Screen sharing is a great feature for offices in multiple locations. Everything runs smoother when we use Skype and fewer mistakes are made.”–Jay Lohmann, creative partner, TagTeam Creative, Dallas and Colorado Springs, Colo. November 13, 2009 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

Rep Frederick votes for needed boost for UP state economy

first_img State Rep. Ben Frederick today co-sponsored an advancing House resolution calling for Cleveland-Cliffs, Inc.’s reinvestment into the Empire Mine in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Frederick voted to approve the bipartisan legislation in the House Commerce and Trade Committee and later in a full House vote, stating that the time was now to bring mining back to the state.The Upper Peninsula facility halted operations in August 2016, which led to the loss of 300 jobs. The mine can resume operations at any time at the company’s behest, but its current shutdown has an annual negative economic impact on the region of nearly $200 million.“A big part of our state’s continued recovery is bringing jobs and industries that have been lost back to Michigan. Our state must again be a place which produces and builds things,” said Frederick, of Owosso. “Our precious natural resources and resource transport through our waterways bolsters the economy of the entire state, not just that of one Peninsula. This reality combined with exciting discussion on major manufacturing expansions in mid-Michigan reminds us that there is no better time for our mines to come alive in the state.”At an event in Marquette in February, Cleveland-Cliffs stated the company is considering an expansion of operations. Locations in Michigan and Minnesota were being considered. Manufacturers use steel produced from iron ore pellets that are made up of materials extracted from across the Marquette Iron Range and through enterprises like the Empire Mine.Copies of the approved resolution will be transmitted to the governor, Cleveland-Cliffs and several local boards and commissions in the region. 01May Rep. Frederick votes for needed boost for U.P., state economy Categories: Frederick News,Newslast_img read more

MTGowned OTT platform Viaplay has selected intera

first_imgMTG-owned OTT platform Viaplay has selected interactive TV specialist Accedo to launch the service on Sony PlayStation 3 games consoles.All PS3 users in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland will have access to Viaplay through their consoles via a PlayStation Plus subscription
.“We have worked with Accedo on a number of successful projects,” said Niclas Ekdahl, CEO, Viaplay. “OTT TV services are becoming increasingly popular with viewers and we are focused on extending Viaplay further to a wider audience.”last_img read more