No Turning Back

first_imgIt seems oddly fitting that the UK’s first museum dedicated to the topic of migration has yet to find its permanent home. London’s newest museum began life four years ago as a series of temporary exhibitions and events, before moving to its current venue in spring this year.It’s now housed in The Workshop, Lambeth, a cavernous arts space in a South London borough that has historically been, and continues to be, a destination for many migrants. The building is earmarked for redevelopment, and so it seems likely that next year the museum will be moving on once again. For now, though, the organization is using its current space to showcase exactly why there is a need for a permanent Migration Museum in Britain.The museum’s remit is to explore a divisive issue that is so often talked about in a polarized way. Its current exhibition, No Turning Back, was conceived as a reaction to the 2016 EU Referendum and ongoing Brexit negotiations.Photo: Migration Museum ProjectAs Britain stands poised for momentous change that will affect its relationship with the world, the exhibition explores seven key “migration moments” from British history, to show that this is not the first time that the movement of peoples from one place to another has had a profound effect on the country.Indeed, one exhibit in No Turning Back quotes a newspaper headline decrying immigrants as “a pest and a menace,” a sentiment that will be all too familiar to anyone who witnessed the anti-immigration campaign waged by the British tabloid press in the run-up to the 2016 EU Referendum. But this particular indictment is actually taken from an early 20th-century edition of the Pall Mall Gazette and describes the influx of Jewish refugees escaping persecution in Eastern Europe. Clearly, the cry of “Keep Britain British” has echoed down through the generations.According to Aditi Anand, one of the curators of No Turning Back, this idea of continuity is central to the exhibition:“One of the aims is to show history not just as something that happened 700 years ago, but something that informs who we are in the present as a country and as people. That, really, it has a contemporary relevance,” she says. “At times people have been accepted and at times rejected, and it’s just part and parcel of this great national story.”Ranging from the 13th to the 21st centuries, the migration moments that make up the framework of No Turning Back include the expulsion of the Jews from England in 1290, the first East India Company voyage to India in 1607, and the Rock Against Racism movement of the 1970s. “We wanted to pick moments that reflect the long history of migration. That was our rationale for choosing things that go back to 1290 to the present day,” says Anand. “We wanted to show that there’s this very long history and to put it into context.”The moments are not presented in chronological order as a history of migration in Britain. Rather, they embody themes — colonialism, control of borders, persecution, the media, globalisation, grassroots movements — that help to illustrate the way that migration has shaped the country.Spanning the height of one narrow column in the gallery is the Global Passport Power Rank: a list of passports of the world ranked by how many countries holders can visit without a visa. Topping the list is Germany, with 158; way down at the bottom, hovering just above the floor, is Afghanistan, with a mere 26. It could be easy to forget that behind these numbers there are human beings, real stories of people being granted or denied the right to free travel based on an accident of birth. It’s the aim of the Migration Museum to unpack these stories. From the thoughts that Almas Mir jotted on a menu card on her flight to England from Pakistan in 1966 — “I will be embracing a new life, in a far-off land that I have only read about” — to Martin Spafford’s reminiscences of watching punk and reggae bands playing together at the Rock Against Racism carnival, the exhibition reveals the people behind the numbers.No Turning Back. Migration Museum ProjectAs well as artifacts, personal histories and photographs, No Turning Back presents a number of contemporary artworks that relate and react to the moments explored.One piece that grabs visitors immediately is The Singh Twins’ All that I Am, a stunningly intricate painting that illustrates their Punjabi father’s journey to Manchester following the Partition of India.Also featured is a selection of photographs from Angélica Dass’s project Humanae, which aims to create a photographic catalogue of every conceivable skin tone. The people-based Pantone swatches ask the viewer to reconsider our identity as part of one human race.“We’ve tried to bring the contemporary relevance of the moment out of every moment through the artwork and the personal stories,” says Anand. “We like collaborating with artists because it really brings the history to life and allows us to have a contemporary lens on the past. We collaborated with a lot of different artists who interpreted the moment using their own compass, from their own point of view.”All That I Am by the Singh Twins. Photo: Migration MuseumIn order to gather new stories, No Turning Back also asks its audience to participate, encouraging them not just to consider the exhibits presented, but to share their own migration moments and join in with conversations.Lining one wall is a series of envelopes containing people’s responses to questions posed by fellow visitors: questions such as, “Could we ever live in a world without borders?” “What is the difference between a migrant and an expat?” And, “What advice would you give to biracial couples that have ‘mixed race’ children?”“The conversation we generate is a really big part of it,” says Anand. “People tell us what moments they think are of national or personal importance to them. We want to make people feel that the migration story is a part of their story. We’re not a campaigning organization; we just try to tell really rich stories that show that migration has been this organic thing that’s happened across generations. We’re showing that there is a common thread that connects us.”The most recent migration moment featured in the exhibition is the 2011 census, which revealed the rise of mixed-race Britain, with an 85% growth in the number of people describing their heritage as “mixed or multiple ethnic.”The exhibition presents portraits and personal accounts from mixed-raced families in Britain today. The photographs celebrate just how diverse the family is in modern-day Britain, to emphasize the way that traditional notions of “Britishness” are being challenged and changed. If there’s one thing No Turning Back makes clear, it’s that there may be no turning back.VISITOR INFO No Turning Back is on at the Migration Museum, Lambeth, London, until 25 February 2018. Admission is free. For more information visit www.migrationmuseum.org/exhibition/noturningback Related Itemslast_img read more

Sexy Is Healthy

first_imgIf you think women with the belle-curve are sexy, you are not being sexist. You actually have an “evolved sense of beauty.” You see, “Waist size is the only scientifically documented visible body part that conveys reliable information about reproductive age, sex hormone profile and risk for major diseases.”What’s more, say a team of researchers led by University of Texas’ Devendra Singh, this is not a modern Western discovery, but can be traced as far back as 16th century Britain, fourth century China and first century India. In fact, there is even a celebratory hreference to the hour glass shape in second century B.C. on Egyptian Queen Nefertari’s epitaph, whose “buttocks are full, but her waist is narrow.”Their research, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society – let’s bow to that – studied British literature from the 16th to 18th century for hreferences to the female anatomy: breasts, hips, buttocks, legs, thighs, etc. Breasts, waist and thighs had the strongest romantic appeal. But whereas it was roundness rather than the size of the breast that enraptured writers of the period, the verdict on the waist was unambiguous: “the narrow waist has a universal and timeless appeal.”The researchers’ analysis of the Mahabharata and Ramayana found that all 35 hreferences in them celebrated slender waists, such as in this quote in the Mahabharata – “accept this slender-waisted damsel for thy spouse.” The epics apparently also approved of “full and round” hips and breasts and “tapering” thighs.The researchers conclude: “This body part – a known marker of health and fertility – is a core feature of feminine beauty that transcends ethnic morphological differences and cultures.”Well not quite. The British seem to be partial to the breast, waist, thighs and legs in that order. By contrast, Indians rank the female anatomy as waist, hip, buttock and breast.  Makes sense, doesn’t it? The Western mind is linear – goes down the body sequentially. By contrast, we Indians are free floating. Come on, move that butt, will you?REFERENCES TO BODY PARTS IN MAHABHARATA AND RAMAYANABody Part ReferencesRomantic ReferencesWaist 4437Breasts 3411Buttocks186Hips 40 21Thighs127Legs 4 0Plump00Slim 2 2 MOST ROMANTIC BODY PART Indian LiteratureWaistHipsButtocksBreastsBritish LiteratureBreastsWaistThighsLegs Related Itemslast_img read more

Brown Clouds Melting Himalayan Glaciers

first_imgUniversity of California, San Diego, researchers say pollution-filled “brown” clouds over South Asia are responsible for global heating that is responsible for the retreat of Himalayan glaciers during the past half century. These glaciers feed India’s major rivers, including the Ganges, Indus and Yangtze and major melting can contribute to flooding and weather changes.  Related Itemslast_img

Unions Back Tatas in Jaguar Race

first_imgThe Ford workers union Unite has thrown its support behind the Tata’s bid to acquire the company. The company allayed apprehensions of the 16,000 British workers that it would shift many manufacturing jobs to India. Tony Woodley, joint general secretary of Unite, who is pitching for Tata, said, “We don’t want Ford to sell off the two brands, but if that is inevitable, then we would prefer the bidder to have an established presence in manufacturing.”Ford is expected to settle on the winner of the auction, which has attracted JP Morgan’s OneEquity and Mahindra & Mahindra, in December.  Related Itemslast_img read more

Who is a Hindu?

first_imgA genuine Hindu prays daily, volunteers at the temple, and abstains from meat and alcohol, according to guidelines established by U.K.’s first state-funded Hindu school. The Krishna-Avanti Primary School in the London borough of Harrow, which has the highest concentration of Hindus in the country, established the criteria as part of its admissions policy for its first class set to start in September 2008.Applicants are required to submit a report from their temple priest attesting that they engage in daily prayer and deity worship; accept the authority of the Vedas, “in particular the Bhagvad Gita,” attend temple at least fortnightly and abstain from meat, fish, alcohol and tobacco.A school spokesman said it would accept people’s representations on trust, but “The criteria – for example, the one about abstention from meat and intoxication – reflect the mainstream Hindus in this country.” Related Itemslast_img read more

Indian Mission Ordered To Fork Out $42 Million

first_imgA US court has ordered India to pay $42.4 million in back real estate taxes on a 26-storey building occupied by its United Nations diplomatic staff in New York. The building in mid town Manhattan houses the Indian Mission to the United Nations, which is exempt from tax. However, New York City has assessed taxes on the 20-storeys occupied by its diplomatic staff.US District Court Judge Jed S Rakoff ruled on Monday that under Vienna conventions, only the residence of head of the mission, not of the diplomatic staff, is exempt from taxes.The judge also ordered Mongolia to pay $4.3 million and the Philippines $10.9 million.  Related Itemslast_img read more

Scrabulous And The New Social Operating System

first_imgMost industries do not begin on a single day, but it’s easy to see Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s presentation on May 24, 2007, as the starting gun in an entrepreneurial race that some have dubbed “the Facebook Economy.”On that day, Zuckerberg announced that the privately held social networking site he founded in 2004 would open to third-party developers, transforming itself from a popular website to a platform on which other businesses can operate. Eight months later, more than 14,000 applications from third-party developers are live on Facebook, allowing users to do everything from flirt to browse for books. The most successful are raking in profits from ad revenues. Is Facebook becoming the social operating system of the Internet, poised to support a whole new generation of businesses? Or is this new industry of applications leaning too heavily on the quixotic popularity of a single website?“There’s no question that social networking platforms will be the basis for a great deal of innovation and business opportunity,” says Kevin Werbach, professor of legal studies and business ethics at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. “What’s not clear yet is whether there will be one or two dominant players. It’s a very dynamic environment.”For the moment, however, Facebook is “king of the hill” as a social networking platform and will be for some time, according to Peter Fader, a Wharton marketing professor. While MySpace is bigger, currently the third-most-popular site in the U.S., compared to Facebook’s rank of fifth, it has not yet opened to third-party developers (although owner Rupert Murdoch has announced intentions to do so). “Facebook is like the QWERTY keyboard: There’s nothing particularly special about it, but it came along at the right time and place. At some point that standard just becomes locked in,” says Fader.What makes Facebook attractive as a platform for businesses is obvious, says Kendall Whitehouse, senior director of IT for Wharton. “It brings in this huge audience from the get-go and you have a built-in infrastructure (for online interactions), so you get the network effect in spades.” The payoff for Facebook? Rich interactive content that keeps eyeballs on the site, and an entire world of developers competing with each other to create newer and better applications, says Whitehouse.With the floodgates now open to developers of every stripe, from Facebook-addicted teenagers to major public companies, Fader says entrepreneurial excitement is reaching a fever pitch. Judging from interest among his students, he jokes, Facebook entrepreneurism could be “a stand-alone major” at business schools. “Many of them aren’t even thinking of making money. Facebook is just where they spend so much of their lives already, and now they have a chance to play on it themselves.”But such enthusiast-entrepreneurs are just one group climbing onto the Facebook platform, says Fader. For already established companies, making a Facebook application is a way to “stand up on a mountaintop and shout.” In that category are applications tied into real-life products, like the popular game “Parking Wars” created by A&E Television Networks to advertise a new series about the Philadelphia Parking Authority. This “advergame” allows Facebook users to “park” cars on one another’s profiles and earn virtual cash by ticketing illegally parked vehicles. There’s no doubt that Facebook’s platform, known as “f8”, has spawned a fledgling industry, says Fader. “I’m only surprised it’s taken so long.” But with many start-ups focused entirely on Facebook, Fader sees potential downsides. “Being based 100% on Facebook is very risky, because social networks are inherently unstable. Five years ago, we would have been talking about Friendster.” Still, he says the market is vibrant enough now to at least “give businesses a start.”Two Brothers and a Board GameJayant and Rajat Agarwalla are typical in many ways of Facebook entrepreneurs. The Kolkata, India-based brothers first created a website for playing an online version of the word game Scrabble several years ago “just for the love of the game,” says Jayant, 21, who also runs an offshore web development firm with his brother. The website attracted about 3,000 regular players. When an American user suggested the brothers launch a Facebook version of the game, they spent 10 days cooking up the application and then launched it in July 2007.With this small investment, the brothers were suddenly owners of one of Facebook’s biggest hits: Scrabulous. As of late January 2008, more than half-a-million Facebook users play Scrabulous daily, with four times that number having added the application to their Facebook profiles. Because third-party developers can keep all the revenue they generate, the Agarwallas are currently pulling in about $25,000 a month from advertising, according to Jayant, resulting in a “decent profit” after expenses like hosting, labor and server costs.But the Agarwalla brothers may become victims of their own success: In mid-January, Pawtucket, Rhode Island-based Hasbro, which holds the Scrabble trademark in the U.S. and Canada, asked Facebook to remove Scrabulous because of copyright infringement. “We have spent many years building the Scrabble brand, and what Scrabulous is doing is piracy,” reads an official Hasbro statement. “We … hope to find an amicable solution. If we cannot come to one quickly, we will be forced to close down the illegal online game.”The Agarwallas’ entrée into viral superstardom demonstrates the business opportunities inherent in the Facebook platform, according to Whitehouse. Launching an online application is “not like cranking up a manufacturing plant,” he says. “The barriers to entry, while not trivial, are relatively low – basically the cost of a clever programmer’s time.” The Agarwallas’ seemingly accidental success is actually a common pattern, he adds. “Often developers create their first application without any immediate plans for revenue generation. If it doesn’t take off, it doesn’t matter, because they didn’t expect to make any money. If it does take off, they can then figure out how to generate revenue.” Such a nothing-to-lose strategy is less appealing for major businesses. “The lone programmer has a different set of incentives for making his work available for free. An established company, with a responsibility to its shareholders, will probably take a more measured path.”In August 2007, Hasbro sold the digital rights to Scrabble and other games to the Redwood City, Calif.-based online gaming giant Electronic Arts (EA). The following month, EA launched a version of Scrabble for mobile phones. Technology reviewers gave the game a thumbs-up except for one potentially fatal flaw: Users can only play with one another by physically passing the phone back and forth between them.Hasbro does have online multiplayer games. Users can download Monopoly, another Hasbro board game, for $19.95, but playing with friends is only possible if they buy the game as well.Both attempts at digital board-gaming demonstrate how Scrabulous filled a niche by drawing on Facebook’s greatest asset, what Zuckerberg calls “the social graph,” the links between users and their friends. Scrabulous makes it possible, for example, to recreate a big family game of Scrabble, even when family members are scattered around the world (assuming, of course, that all family members are tech-savvy enough to maintain a Facebook account). Because Scrabulous games can be saved and played out over weeks or months, they allow for what new-media entrepreneur Rodney Rumford calls “short bursts of interaction.”“I know so many venture capitalists and CEOs who play Scrabulous. It’s a new form of golf. Maybe you don’t have time to play nine holes, but you can socially interact and challenge one another via Scrabulous,” says Rumford, CEO of the Solana Beach, Calif.-based Gravitational Media and publisher of Facereviews.com, a review site for Facebook applications. “Scrabulous has created value for the product in a way Hasbro would have never thought of doing,” says Fader. “Hasbro’s challenge is to call off the lawyers, do better business development and come up with an online version of the game people will like even better. If people are playing more Scrabble, they should figure out how to tap into that.”Karl Savage, whose Facebook photo describes him as “the unelected, unofficial radio spokesperson for the Save Scrabulous Campaign,” was asked during a BBC radio interview last week whether he would play a Hasbro-created online Scrabble game if Scrabulous were shut down. “The main selling feature of Scrabulous for me is the fact I can play it within Facebook. If it was on an external site, I would have to search for my friends all over again, and I don’t think that would work, and I don’t think people would sign up for it.”Online Dating and Greeting CardsBecause the majority of Facebook application developers are individuals or small companies, major companies “who are used to hiring ad agencies with $100 million budgets are only now just beginning to work with microdevelopers,” says Rumford. A few major brands have made it big on Facebook, like Red Bull, the energy drink produced by Austria-based Red Bull GmbH, whose Facebook application “Roshambull” offers an online version of the classic children’s game “Rock-Scissors-Paper.”But many more major brands may be falling behind. Rumford’s Gravitational Media launched a greeting card application on Facebook as a lab experiment, to give its programmers a chance to play around with the f8 platform. “We didn’t intend to make any money on it, but now we’re beating out Hallmark’s application by 10 to one,” says Rumford. On a recent day, Gravitational Media’s “Cool Greeting Cards” had 2,015 active daily users compared to 205 at “Hallmark eCards.”Online dating is another area where big players are lagging. Like the Agarwalla brothers before the f8 launch, Cliff Lerner ran a website, in his case called Iamfreetonight.com, an online dating site owned by the Manhattan-based eTwine Holdings. After the Zuckerberg announcement in May, Lerner recalls, “We decided to stop working on Iamfreetonight.com for a couple of weeks in order to write a dating application for Facebook.” The result was an application called “Meet New People.” “In no time we had more users on the app than we had on the website. And we didn’t spend a dime on advertising the app – it was all viral.”Lerner’s company has since launched an even more popular application, “Are You Interested?” which allows users to find and express interest in other available singles. The application recently had about 600,000 daily active users. Lerner’s company has now changed its name to SNAP Interactive and is preparing to shut down its stand-alone dating website and concentrate full-time on developing Facebook applications.In comparison, two of the dominant players in online dating – eHarmony.com and Match.com – had Facebook applications with 48 daily active users between them on a recent day. And it’s not just on Facebook where the online-dating incumbents are losing out. According to comScore, a web analysis firm based in Reston, Va., traffic to stand-alone sites like eHarmony.com and Match.com fell 21% and 16%, respectively, between 2006 and 2007. Industry observers partly blame the allure of dating opportunities on free social networking sites like Facebook.Scaling an IndustryLerner’s SNAP Interactive receives extra attention in the Facebook business world because it is one of the few publicly held application-development companies. Its preliminary earnings report for the final quarter of 2007 showed revenues of $388,000 – a more than 10-fold increase over third-quarter revenues.In spite of such tremendous growth for application superstars, including the San Francisco-based Slide and San Mateo-based RockYou, Werbach asks whether the Facebook economy will remain on a micro-level for some time to come. “If you are starting a business that needs only a small revenue stream to support a few people, you can do that on Facebook, but to build a business that would become a public company, valuable enough to be a major acquisition – it’s not clear today there is enough opportunity,” says Werbach, founder of the Supernova technology conference. Other questions about the relevance of applications come from Facebook users themselves. Because applications constantly prompt or even require users to invite others, they can lead to a seemingly constant stream of requests from Facebook “friends”. One wants to compare movie tastes with you; another challenges you to a game of Texas Hold’Em; a third invites you and a hundred other people to watch a random video. Some Facebook users have begun to protest such “friend-spam.”But Rumford, of Gravitational Media, says he’s confident the free hand of the Facebook market will separate flash-in-the-pan applications from the truly useful – and in spite of the proliferation of applications, he asserts there is plenty of room for more. “The low-hanging fruit has been picked, but a whole bunch of niches has yet to be filled.”Those bullish on the Facebook market predict that people will conduct more and more of their online lives through social networking venues like Facebook. Styky Phonebook, an application developed by a Wharton undergraduate, for example, allows users to save and synchronize cell phone address books on Facebook pages. Other applications let users import their music libraries or feed in streams of content from outside blogs. And with Facebook planning to launch its own payment system, users will soon be able to shop online without ever leaving the cozy blue-and-white confines of their profile pages.“The apps currently on Facebook only scratch the surface of what’s possible,” writes Salil Deshpande of the Menlo Park, Calif.-based Bay Partners venture-capital firm in an e-mail. Deshpande, together with colleague Angela Strange, created AppFactory, a fast-track venture capital fund targeted solely at Facebook application developers. According to Deshpande, the fund has received several hundred applications and has funded six ventures, all with investments between $25,000 and $250,000.Deshpande says it is fair to ask whether a healthy industry can grow from a single website, but writes that AppFactory’s vision “does not require Facebook’s dominance. Social platforms are here to stay.”One key to scaling up the industry is “interoperability” among social platforms, says Werbach. With Facebook taking the lead, industry participants like Deshpande called on other social networks to make their platforms compatible with Facebook’s so that developers can deploy their applications on multiple platforms with a few clicks.Deshpande says he sees “momentum” in that direction. In early December 2007, for example, the popular social network Bebo announced an open application platform that works easily with Facebook applications. One month earlier, Google launched OpenSocial, a standardized applications platform which gained the support of most of the major social networking sites, except Facebook. Such compatibility may be essential for application developers to break into non-U.S. markets where Facebook is a less-known quantity.For the moment, however, Fader sees Facebook commanding a mass market in a way traditional forms of media no longer do. “Even TV does not have the same level of engagement. Right now, Facebook is unique.” Related Itemslast_img read more

Yoga Pause

first_imgYoga can reduce hot flashes and night sweats among women going through menopause.Researchers at the Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana in Bangalore claim that women who undertook a yoga regimen showed a noticeable reduction in traditional menopausal symptoms.“The present study shows the superiority of yoga over physical activity in improving the cognitive functions that could be attributed to emphasis on correctness in breathing, synchronizing breathing with body movements, relaxation and mindful rest,” the researchers said.  Related Itemslast_img read more

Djokovic beats Tsitsipas to win his 3rd Madrid Open title

first_imgPanelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles “These are the best tournaments, biggest tournaments we have in our sport, in the ATP, of course alongside the Grand Slams,” Djokovic said. “This is as important and as good as it gets.”Djokovic was in control from the start against his 20-year-old Greek opponent, who had defeated Nadal in the Madrid semifinals and was trying to become the first player to win three tour titles this season.The Serb broke Tsitsipas early in the first set and late in the second to comfortably close out the match at the Magic Box center court, securing his 14th clay title — and 74th overall — without dropping a set.The eighth-seeded Tsitsipas, the tour’s winningest player in 2019 with 27 victories, lacked the intensity and aggressiveness that he showed against second-ranked Nadal and was overpowered by Djokovic. He had beaten Djokovic in Toronto last year in the first meeting between the two players.“He deserved the victory, he played unbelievable. I couldn’t do much,” Tsitsipas said. “Physically I was not there. My legs were not coping with my mind. Completely I could feel the fatigue and this soreness, not just in my legs, but everywhere in my body. I had a tough match last night, so he took advantage of that. I just didn’t have solutions.”ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Man City retains Premier League title on final day of season View comments The top-ranked Djokovic earned a comfortable 6-3, 6-4 win over Stefanos Tsitsipas on Sunday to join Nadal as the most successful players in Masters 1000 tournaments, moving five ahead of Roger Federer, who is third in the all-time list.It was Djokovic’s second title of the season, adding to his triumph in the Australian Open.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I feel like this tournament win was very important for my level of confidence because after the Australian Open I wasn’t playing my best, I wasn’t finding the right game and the consistency on the court in Indian Wells, Miami and Monte Carlo,” Djokovic said. “(It’s a) very important time for me in the season, because this gives me a lot of confidence prior to Rome and, of course, Roland Garros, where I definitely want to play my best.”Djokovic will be seeking his second French Open title in June. He now has three Madrid Open trophies, adding to the ones he won in 2011 and 2016. MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Serbia’s Novak Djokovic kisses the trophy as he celebrates winning the final of the Madrid Open tennis tournament in two sets, 6-3, 6-4, against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas, left down corner, in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, May 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)MADRID — Novak Djokovic celebrated a lot more than a record-tying 33rd Masters 1000 title at the Madrid Open.Djokovic left the Spanish capital feeling pretty good about his game, too, carrying a lot of confidence into the rest of the clay-court season.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Djokovic didn’t concede a break point on Sunday, earning a crucial one for himself at 4-4 in the second set by returning Tsitsipas’ overhead shot with a backhand winner down the line. He then served out to win the match.The 31-year-old Djokovic, who now has 200 wins against top 10 opponents, had struggled after winning the Australian Open, with his best result since then having been a quarterfinal appearance in Monte Carlo at the start of the clay-court season.He was coming off another confidence-boosting win over an in-form Dominic Thiem to make it to the final in Madrid.Tsitsipas, who will reach a career-high No. 7 ranking this week, won titles in Estoril and Marseille, and reached the final in Dubai, where he lost to Federer. He was beaten by Nadal in the Australian Open semifinals for his best-ever showing in a Grand Slam. The Toronto final, when he lost to Nadal, was his first in a Masters 1000 event.In the doubles final, Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau defeated Thiem and Diego Schwartzman 6-2, 6-3 for their second Madrid Open title, adding to their 2016 victory.Kiki Bertens won the women’s title on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

7 Jobs for Healthcare Workers—Apply Now

first_imgDespite what some political candidates may say, the jobs market is looking good. In fact, last month over 151,000 new jobs were created and the unemployment rate is steady at 4.9 percent, according to the federal government. And many those jobs are in healthcare. That’s right. Over 36,100 new healthcare jobs became available last month, and there are over 300,000 open healthcare jobs on Glassdoor!Check out some of the most exciting gigs hiring now!Senior Healthcare Analyst, AetnaIf you love data and the healthcare industry, this job may be the next step in your career. If hired, you will conduct research associated with local health plan network performance and provide support to ensure that business needs are executed with the highest quality results. Candidates must possess a detailed knowledge of Physician and Facility reimbursement methodologies; assist the department in contract reviews, network adequacy reports as well as monthly unit cost trend reviews; and develop a consultative relationship with internal/external customers. Those with 5-7 years of project/program/process management experience and 5-7 years of data interpretation and analysis experience should apply.Registered Nurse – Surgical Trauma Transplant ICU, Cedars-Sinai HospitalNamed one of America’s Best Hospitals, Cedars-Sinai is one of the premiere places to work on the west coast. They have an immediate opening for Registered Nurse II for 5SCCT-SICU (Surgical, Trauma, and Transplant Intensive Care Unit). SICU is a 24-bed unit with the highest severity of illness of all the patients in the hospital. You’ll find the latest technology and advanced bedside monitoring and computerized documentation. The SICU utilizes the team approach to patient-centered care with highly skilled multidisciplinary team members and knowledgeable nursing staff. The patient population includes critically ill surgical, trauma and solid organ transplant patients. Those with more than 2 years recent acute ICU RN experience are encouraged to apply.[Related: How Do I Know If I Want To Be A Nurse?]Nurse – Pay Per Visit Healthcare, Brookdale Senior LivingBrookdale is looking for home health nurses to provide services in the Fort Worth, TX area. In this role, you will join a dynamic team of healthcare providers focused on health, wellness, and prevention. Be prepared to provide direct care to residents, create treatment and care plans, supervise and direct nursing assistants as needed, and follow state and federal regulations. Current vocational nursing licensure within the state of practice is required. Current CPR and first aid certifications are a plus. At least two years of relevant nursing experience is required to fill this role which includes the option to work evenings, weekends and holidays as needed.[Related: 11 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Became A Nurse]Chiropractor, The Joint ChiropracticThe Joint Chiropractic is accepting resumes for a full- and part-time chiropractor in their new Wichita, KS clinic. Doctors can expect to see 40+ patients per day. In addition, they hire and train all the support staff for the clinic so the doctor can focus on giving the best possible care to patients. The wellness, cash-based practice handles all of the marketing and advertising for the clinic, and doctors outsource the insurance and billing to a software program. Doctors earn a base salary plus some earn a lucrative productivity based monthly bonus. The base salary is negotiable depending on your past experience. The bonus is directly related to your performance with patient care, retention, and growth.Healthcare Building Maintenance Mechanic, MU Health CareLooking for a union job? Consider working for MU Health Care in Columbia, South Carolina. In this role, you will provide semi-skilled maintenance and repair for a building or group of buildings. From repairing HVAC units to maintaining building equipment like tables and chairs, this job pays $16.23 – $21.91 per hour. A high school degree or equivalent is necessary, as is four years experience in general building maintenance.[Related: 10 Healthcare Jobs That Don’t Require Med School]Medical Office Assistant – Johns Hopkins Community PhysiciansLocated in Columbia, Maryland, the Medical Office Assistant in the managed care practice provides for the smooth flow of patients through the practice, for the proper disposition of telephone calls that are received by and originate from the practice and for the coordination of patient appointments and correspondence. Offers friendly, courteous assistance to every customer to ensure that they have a positive, professional experience while at Johns Hopkins. Previous experience is preferred and graduates from high school or GED program are appreciated.Biomedical Equipment Tech, University of Alabama at BirminghamIn this role, you will be responsible for installing biomedical equipment and keeping inventory which includes inspection, repair, and calibration in clinical and support areas. The salary range for this job is $14.84 – $23.36 per hour to ensure the safe operation and effective performance of equipment by conducting approved programs for quality control and maintenance. Those with Associate’s degrees in electronic technology or equivalent military training are encouraged to apply.SEARCH! Check Out the Over 300,000 Jobs Available in Healthcare & Hiring Now!last_img read more

Interviewing with a CEO? 10 Tough Questions and Answers

first_img Director of Nursing (DNS) EmpRes Healthcare Management Colville, WA Director of Content Strategy Ozmo Blacksburg, VA Preparing for a job interview can be stressful. When you throw in an interview with the CEO of the company, the process can become even more intimidating.If you have an interview coming up and you know you’ll speak with the CEO, here are some interview questions you should be able to answer:1. Why have you had X number of jobs over the last X years?In today’s workforce, it’s not uncommon for professionals to job hop. In fact, more than half of employers have hired a job hopper. Most CEOs ask this question because they want to learn about your loyalty to previous employers and your decision-making process.What to include in your answer:When talking about your job history, focus on experiences that shaped your career in a positive way. For instance, explain you’ve been searching for the right job that fits your career goals and how the position you’re interviewing for fits these goals.The Ultimate Job Interview Preparation Guide2. What do you hope to accomplish within the next year?One of the most important things CEOs want to know about a candidate is what you’re going to accomplish once hired for the position.What to include in your answer:Tell the employer about your vision as an employee for their company. The interviewer already knows you’re qualified (on paper) for the position; now you need to explain how you’ll help their company reach the next level.Talk about a combination of your skills and strengths that will bring you success as an employee. You should also reference previous accomplishment stories that would support your vision for this job.3. Would you quit your job if you won the lottery, even if you loved your current position?CEOs may ask this question to determine whether you’re more passionate about finding a job that brings you happiness, or if you’re simply in it for the paycheck.What to include in your answer:This might seem like a trick question for most people, but it’s important to be completely honest and candid with your answer. Whether you simply want a job for an income or you’re truly passionate about your career, share your opinion and the reasoning behind your answer.4. Tell me about an accomplishment that shaped your career.Employers love hearing about accomplishment stories. Not only do they illustrate how you’re qualified for the position, but also it shows what makes you unique as a candidate.What to include in your answer:Share an accomplishment story from past experience that’s applicable to the position you’re applying for.What to Do When You Don’t Know How to Answer an Interview Question5. Tell me about a project that forced you to be innovative and creative.According to a CareerBuilder survey, twenty-one percent of employers want to hire candidates with strong creative-thinking. Chances are, CEOs will ask candidates how they can push the envelope in their positions once hired.What to include in your answer:Talk about a project where you were forced to think outside of the box and utilize your resourcefulness. This helps CEOs understand your willingness to take risks and try new things.6. How would your boss from your last job describe you?This can be a tricky question, especially if you left your job on a negative note. However, employers ask this question to learn about your personality.What to include in your answer:This is a good opportunity to talk about your work ethic and how your personality fit into your previous position. If you had a negative experience at your last job, share what you learned for the position and how you turned it into a positive experience.7. What do you value most about our culture and vision?CEOs ask this question because they want to know if a candidate understands what their company is trying to accomplish. CEOs already know you’re going to research the company. Therefore, by asking this question, you’re able to explain what you truly think about the company.What to include in your answer:Focus your answer on what you’ve learned about the mission and values of the organization. You should also incorporate your personal values into your answer and how they will help you bring success to the organization.5 Job Interview Questions You Never Have to Answer – And Here’s Why8. What do you enjoy doing in your free time?This is another question employers ask to learn more about your personality and values.What to include in your answer:It’s important to be genuine when answering this question. Talk about your interests and hobbies that have shaped you as a person, which are also appropriate for an interview setting.For example, talk about how you’re a marathon runner in your free time or that you teach a yoga class. Sharing interests such as these display how your work ethic and leadership skills transfer into your personal life.9. What makes you excited about Mondays?Mondays can be a struggle for most professionals. However, when you love your job, Mondays can be positive. A study by CareerBuilder shows that 66 percent of employers seek candidates who are self-motivated and 72 percent want to hire candidates with a positive attitude.What to include in your answer:This is your opportunity to share why you’re passionate about your career. Talk about what motivates you most in your career and how you’ll use that passion as inspiration during the work week.10. Why are you working in this industry?Employers want to learn what drew you to their industry, why you’re interested in working for their company, and why you’re passionate about what you do.What to include in your answer:Share a story about the time when you first become interested in your career. It could be a story about your first internship or an experience that attracted you to this type of work. When you tell your story, be sure to highlight experiences that relate to the job you’re interviewing for.Have you answered one of these questions during a job interview?  Director, Advanced Technology Policy General Motors United States 23 hours ago 23h 2.5★ 4.3★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Rehab Director RehabVisions South Bend, WA 23 hours ago 23h Studio Director Amazing Lash Studio Pasadena, CA 3.4★ 4.2★ View More Jobs Admissions Director The Gardens Memory Care Easton Easton, PA 23 hours ago 23h Director of Food Service Wyandot Snacks Marion, OH 2.8★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 3.2★ RN Director of Nursing Servies EmpRes Healthcare Management Shelton, WA 2nd Assistant Store Director Metcalfe’s Market Madison, WI 3.7★ 23 hours ago 23h 3.7★ 3.1★ 2.8★ 23 hours ago 23h Hot New Jobs For You Tax Director Hood & Strong San Francisco, CA 23 hours ago 23hlast_img read more

Everton move for Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro

first_imgEverton are moving for Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro.Sturaro’s future in Turin is again in doubt this summer as enquiries arrive from a raft of interested clubs.Tuttosport says Lazio, Atalanta and Fiorentina have all approached Juve about a price for the midfielder.However, Everton are also in contact and regarded as favourites for Sturaro’s signature.High-profile agent Vincenzo Morabito has been hired by Everton this summer and met with Juve directors Beppe Marotta and Fabio Paratici in recent days.last_img read more

Huddersfield chasing Derby winger Thomas Ince

first_imgHuddersfield Town are chasing Derby County winger Thomas Ince.The Mirror says Terriers boss David Wagner is keen on Derby winger Ince.The former England U21 international could be tempted by a Premier League return.Wagner also will pay £10m to bring back Manchester City loanee Aaron Mooy on a permanent basis.last_img

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte ready to loan out Kurt Zouma

first_imgChelsea boss Antonio Conte is ready to loan out Kurt Zouma for the new season.The London Evening Standard reports that Chelsea want Zouma to play regularly again.He was out for a year from February 2016 with a knee ligament injury.And Ligue 1 sides Lyon and Nice have expressed an interest in the France international.But Conte will stamp his authority and not let Kouma go until a centre-half has been signed.last_img

Barcelona president Bartomeu: Valverde believes in our philosophy

first_imgBarcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is pleased with the arrival of new coach Ernesto Valverde.Bartomeu is confident Valerde will maintain the club’s youth traditions.The president stated: “He is an intelligent coach that believes a lot in Barcelona’s philosophy. He’s already began working, but he will begin definitiely on July 10. On top of that, he’s someone who looks a lot at [a club’s] academy and we’re interested in a manager who looks at our academy because there are wonderful players there.” And on Barça B’s promotion to Segunda A, he lauded “an important achievement and an objective which we had marked out from the beginning of the season.”last_img read more

YouTube redux: recycle or you’re lazy

first_imgNo! Make Free Online Polls I’m ambivalent UPDATE 11/14Wise Scott of Catalyst has such a good comment I’m elevating it to a PS to my post:If a Great Environmental Ad Plays in the Forest and No One is There to Hear It…. Does it Really Matter? This is a great ad – but like many non-profits if there is no marketing strategy you have wasted valuable time and resources. While YouTube may seem like a phenomenon – it is not! People that have networking skills and list building skills thrive. And those that do not– do not! I cannot emphasize this enough. Simply putting out an ad on YouTube does not drive traffic to the ad. Organizations need to drive traffic to the ad themselves– and people need to start forwarding the link to their friends in order to generate buzz. I know this seems like obvious stuff– but shockingly few organizations spend money in marketing these campaigns or generating buzz about their new ad. Organizations need to do more to get young voters engaged in their cause than simply put up an ad on YouTube. Do you like this spot? I got some heated reaction to my last YouTube post, so I am ready for some more! Reader of this blog, Kelley has shared her new spot for 18-34-year-old YouTube viewers to encourage recycling. I really like it, because it’s entertaining (and you gotta be on YouTube). And it provides a reward for taking action. That’s my mantra – you have to give people an immediate, relevant, personal reward for taking the action you ask. This spot tells us we get the benefit of not looking like a lazy fool. I think it works — do you? Yes!last_img read more

“Be your donor” day

first_imgI used to be Donor Services Supervisor for a large nonprofit, which meant my department was largely responsible for how donors were treated. A month into my new job (and I’m embarrassed it took me so long), I gave a small donation via our 800 number and was horrified at how badly it was handled. After fruitless attempts to improve the service, I ended up firing the outside firm that handled the 800 number and found some far better people. The lesson stuck.I’d like to declare today “be your donor day.” Pretend you are one of your donors (you’ll have to disguise your voice) – or, better yet, recruit a friend to help you out — and do the following:-Call your switchboard and see what happens when you ask for help or information-Call your 800 number, if you have one, and ask some average questions and make a donation-Send an email to your nonprofit’s donor services department (if you have one) and see if you get a cordial response-See how many seconds it takes your friend to find out to donate on your web site – and to do it-Donate to your own organization so you see how your thank-yous arrive (if they arrive) and how you’re treatedIt could surprise you.last_img read more

After the MDGs on GlobalMama

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on May 13, 2011November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)In the maternal health community, we often refer to Millennium Development Goal 5, which sets the goal of reducing maternal mortality by two-thirds by 2015. It gets used as an advocacy tool, a way to hold donors and governments accountable and as a way for policymakers to set priorities. However, after 2015, what mechanisms will be in place to address global health and development issues?Find out more by reading a new post on our Medscape blog, GlobalMama!Share this:last_img read more

A Fresh Focus on WASH, Maternal and Child Health

first_imgThe project will also include neonatal hygiene care/behavior change training and resources for healthcare professionals to implement with expectant women in the waiting shelters. A site-specific assessment study of the maternity ward at the health center and delivery of a 40-ft container of obstetric-specific medical supplies and equipment will be implemented by our partner organization, Project C.U.R.E.Monitoring of key health, social, environmental, and performance indicators will be used to quantify and demonstrate the benefit to maternal and neonatal health. The primary objective is to reduce incidences of infection at birth. The expected impact of the project includes a reduction in maternal mortality in the southern region of Malawi. This project is innovative because it utilizes a comprehensive, cross-sectorial approach to saving lives at birth through the provision of safe, sanitary access to WASH resources and further strengthens the obstetric capacity of the health centers. If the pilot project is successful, plans will be made to scale up the initiative at other Maternal Waiting Shelters throughout the country.For more on the WASH and Women’s Health blog series coordinated by WASH advocates, click here, or visit WASH Advocates.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on March 4, 2013March 21, 2017By: Charles Banda, Executive Director, Freshwater MalawiClick 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)Imagine giving birth, or watching a loved one give birth, in a mud-floored hut without access to clean water or a basic latrine. This is the reality for millions of women in Malawi and other developing nations.In Malawi, approximately 30% of people in rural areas lack access to clean water and more than half lack basic sanitation. Malawi is one of most perilous places for a woman to give birth, with nearly 40% of rural women giving birth at home. The birth rate is among the highest in Africa, at over 40 births per 1,000 people, and the maternal mortality ratio is also exceptionally high, with approximately 460 deaths for every 100,000 live births.As Oliver Cumming of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine pointed out at the Global Maternal Health Conference (GMHC2013) in January, but the vast majority of home births in Malawi take place in a home that lacks improved water and/or sanitation facilities. Changing this will require taking on many challenges. For instance, upwards of 80% of Malawi’s inhabitants live in rural areas, so distance to health services is a major challenge. The geographic proximity to emergency obstetric care is a key factor in determining the risk of whether or not rural deliveries will be safe, but even in the presence of medical care, lack of access to a clean water source and sanitation facilities can lead to severe risk of infection for both women and babies. However, efforts are underway to improve conditions for birthing mothers in Malawi.Her Excellency, Dr. Joyce Banda, the President of Malawi, has recently sanctioned the President’s Initiative on Maternal Health and Safe Motherhood to address barriers faced by women in rural areas to giving birth at a health facility. This is achieved in part through the construction of Maternal Waiting Shelters, which are built adjacent to birthing centers or health clinics, and provide a place where women can stay with an attendant prior to giving birth.The shelters will allow rural expectant mothers to make the long journey to medical clinics before the onset of labor, while providing them a space to wait until they are ready to give birth. The implementation of these new waiting shelters will reduce the risks that go with giving birth at home in remote villages with traditional birth attendants, often far from any medical, clean water or sanitation facilities.In order to further improve maternal health in Malawi, Freshwater Malawi together with its U.S.-based sister organization, Freshwater Project International, has developed an idea that is focused, but comprehensive it its approach. Our proposal is a pilot project that includes a community-driven, social work approach to the provision of a fresh water source (borehole) and sanitation facility (latrine) at a Maternal Waiting Shelter built adjacent to a health center/birth facility in a rural area of southern Malawi.last_img read more

Making People-Centered Health Services a Reality in Zambia

first_imgPosted on January 3, 2017January 6, 2017By: Paula Quigley, Partner and Technical Lead for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH), Health Partners InternationalClick 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 challengeWith the new era of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the accompanying Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030), there is an increasing emphasis on health systems that are patient-centered, holistic and integrated rather than vertically-driven and aim to reduce inequity by serving the most vulnerable and hardest-to-reach populations—all very laudable objectives indeed; but do health systems have the capacity to deliver results? Although there have been many efforts to improve capacity related to the key building blocks of health systems, such as sufficiently qualified staff and managers, functional equipment, reliable medicines and supplies and adequate data collection, there has often been insufficient attention to building appropriate capacity within the health system to achieve a better balance between supply and demand for essential health services.Like many countries, Zambia struggled for years to improve skilled birth attendance (SBA) with repeated Demographic & Health Surveys (DHS) showing little change between 1992 and 2007, and rates oscillating between 51% and 43%. The DHS 2013-2014 finally demonstrated an increase up to an average of 64%, but a wide urban-rural disparity persisted: 89% of deliveries in urban areas involved a SBA compared to 52% in rural areas. Recently, however, some rural districts have performed much better, achieving an average of 78% SBA. Below is an example of how Zambia has moved to make people-centered health services a reality by using maternal health as an entry point for creating a more responsive health system.The Zambian responseThe Mobilising Access to Maternal Health Services in Zambia (MAMaZ) project, implemented from 2010-2013 and funded by UK Aid through the Department for International Development, was an integrated program working with Zambia’s Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health. MAMaZ strengthened and broadened the focus of the national Safe Motherhood Action Group (SMAG) initiative, a community health volunteer program and a key part of the government’s safe motherhood policy response. The program focused on building up sustainable resources to increase communities’ capacity to respond to essential maternal health needs.A follow-up program, MORE MAMaZ, funded by Comic Relief under the Maanda Initiative and built on the successes of MAMaZ, was implemented from 2014-2016 in new sites. The program included a stronger focus on institutionalizing the approach within the District Health Management Teams, helping them to strengthen the links between health facilities and their surrounding communities through the SMAG volunteers, and addressing issues around respectful care in health facilities. The programs reached people farther away from health centers by supporting the formation of SMAGs, providing bicycle ambulances and encouraging women to use Mothers’ Shelters at Rural Health Centers.Specific strategies to develop stronger people-centered health services included:A community empowerment approach, led by trained SMAG volunteers and tailored to a low literacy context, which fostered local leadership and aimed at reaching entire families and all parts of the community, including the vulnerable and excluded;Embedding of program officers responsible for demand-side interventions in the district health management teams with regular opportunities for learning and institutionalizationInsights and recommendationsMAMaZ and MORE MAMaZ achieved substantial improvements in key maternal health indicators including SBA, antenatal care attendance and modern contraceptive use. The programs also demonstrated achievements in terms of women’s and girls’ empowerment: According to endline surveys, women who participated in the programs felt better able to make health decisions and more confident about having a safe pregnancy. Applying key lessons learned from implementing MAMaZ and MORE MAMaZ will strengthen current efforts to scale-up SMAGs at a national level in Zambia.“Whole community” approaches, rather than interventions that target individuals or individual households, are needed to change social norms in favor of women’s and girls’ health. The many SMAG volunteers trained in the intervention sites were able to trigger a whole community response by ensuring the involvement of men, women, youth and community leaders, and in particular, reaching those most in need. Improving health workers’ communication skills and their understanding of and capacity to address social exclusion was noted as an important achievement in a review of the training. This input complemented the interventions to increase demand in communities for appropriate health services and is likely to have contributed to the increased use of maternal and newborn health services.—Access resources from MAMaZ and MORE MAMaZ.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more