Amazon India Explains How it Raced Past Flipkart

first_imgAmid all this action, the world’s biggest online retailer, Amazon, is quietly ramping up Indian operations. Related Itemslast_img

Clinton Aide Huma Abedin’s Classified Emails Released by U.S. State Department

first_imgThe U.S. State Department has released 2,800 work-related emails from Huma Abedin, a South Asian American Hillary Clinton aide, found on the laptop of her estranged husband, former Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner.Among the emails that were released, five were classified while many others were heavily redacted. The emails are from the period when Abedin was the Deputy Chief of Staff to Clinton in the State Department.The emails were released under a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group.The emails on Weiner’s laptop were found during an investigation of an unrelated case. The disgraced former Congressman was convicted of sending lewd messages to a minor, which the Federal Bureau of Investigation was investigating at the time. During the search of the laptop, emails forwarded by Abedin to Weiner, which were classified, were found.Weiner was given a 21-month jail term for the crime. Abedin filed for divorce in early 2017.Abedin, who is of Indian and Pakistani descent, was born in 1976 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to Syed Zainul Abedin and Saleha Mahmood Abedin. Her father was born in New Delhi and her mother in pre-Partition India in what now lies in Pakistan.The State Department said it “carefully reviews the content of records requested through FOIA to determine whether any information is sensitive or classified…Today’s production will have documents with classified information that has been redacted.”“This is a major victory,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement on Dec. 29. “After years of hard work in federal court, Judicial Watch has forced the State Department to finally allow Americans to see these public documents. It will be in keeping with our past experience that Abedin’s emails on Weiner’s laptop will include classified and other sensitive materials. That these government docs were on Anthony Weiner’s laptop dramatically illustrates the need for the Justice Department to finally do a serious investigation of Hillary Clinton’s and Huma Abedin’s obvious violations of law.”Among the classified ones were emails about talks between Hamas, the Palestinian militant movement, and the Palestine Liberation Organization; a call to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; and conversations with the United Arab Emirates’ foreign minister. Related ItemsHillary ClintonIndian AmericanUnited Stateslast_img read more

South African Businessman Held for Questioning After Meeting Fugitive Ajay Gupta in Dubai

first_imgSouth African businessman Justin van Pletzen, who filmed embattled Indian-origin billionaire Ajay Gupta outside the Indian consulate in Dubai last week, was released following brief arrest in the UAE city, Huffington Post reported. He was released the same day after undergoing a round of questioning in connection with the video, as it would have been considered illegal under the UAE law, the report added.Pletzen’s arrest was reported by TimesLive, that quoted Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) spokesperson Ndivhuwo Mabaya as saying that Pletzen’s family phoned Dirco on April 10. “According to his family‚ he has been arrested. They say he has informed them that he is in police custody,” Mabaya said in the report.“We have no reason not to believe the parents here in South Africa. That is why we have dispatched our ambassador and staff,” Mabaya further said, adding that they are expecting more information on his arrest from South African embassy in Dubai. A family member confirmed the arrest as well, the report said. Pletzen and his family are assisting the authorities with their investigation.Pletzen met Gupta outside the Indian consulate on April 4, and posted the video of the encounter. He asked Gupta about his plans to return to South Africa, and Gupta responded he would come back once he gets a proper response from “authorities.”According to Pletzen, he could hardly believe it when he called Gupta’s name, he came walking up to him and even shook his hand. He went on to say if it weren’t for strict laws in Dubai, he would have “tackled his head off his shoulders.”Pletzen said: “I wanted to tackle the head off his shoulders. But then I saw the bodyguard behind him and I thought to myself: If you tackle him you are going to get into big trouble‚ probably going to lose your job‚ probably going to go to jail. And I thought‚ just ask him the question. Ask him when he is going home to go face the music,” the 39-year-old father of two is reported to have said.Pletzen has been in the United Arab Emirates city since 2016. Gupta is a fugitive from justice, according to Hawks, the South African police’s elite unit.The Gupta family is in trouble in South Africa, with its parliament committee looking to team up with the Hawks to track down the brothers so they can appear before the Eskom inquiry. Eskom is one of the three South African state-owned companies under investigation for “state capture.”The brothers,  Ajay, Atul and Rajesh, also failed to appear before the committee along with Duduzane Zuma, a business associate who is also former president Jacob Zyma’s son. Gupta’s lawyer said that he did not receive summons from parliament on behalf of his clients, Fin24 reported.The summons could not be delivered to Zuma as he was not at the address registered with the electoral commission, Zukiswa Rantho, chairman of Eskom inquiry, added.The Gupta family has been accused of “state capture,” and face allegations of corruption and influence peddling through their close relationship with former South African president Zuma’s family. Zuma resigned on Feb. 14 after the ruling political party mounted pressure on him following police raids at Gupta family’s Johannesburg home.The brothers have also missed several deadlines with Indian tax authorities. Related ItemsDubaiGupta FamilySouth Africalast_img read more

Nakul Dev Mahajan Defends Bollywood Moves in So You Think You Can Dance

first_imgChoreographer Nakul Dev Mahajan has come out to defend himself against viewers who slammed his Bollywood routine on the popular American reality TV show So You Think You Can Dance this season. The performance of the contestants, Kaylee Millis and Kiki Nyemchek, on the Gallan Goodiyan song from the Hindi movie Dil Dhadakne Do left many unimpressed after the video was posted on the Facebook page.Mahajan, who calls himself “Hollywood’s favorite Bollywood choreographer”, told India West that a little background on how a competitive live TV dance show works would serve as an eye opener for his “trolls”.He pointed out that he only has seven hours to train the dancers, who are new to Bollywood-style dancing, with additional pressures like camera presence, the inability of American contestants to connect to the Hindi music, and the fact that dancers have 3-4 other routines to practice and perfect.“They always come into it unknowledgeable of not just the culture but how the movement is, yet, I have the pressure to make them look like they’ve been doing it forever,” Mahajan told India West. “That is nearly impossible. I know how hard I have to work in order to get these two people ready to showcase something completely foreign to them on national TV and that also airs in 30 other countries.”Mahajan, who has been a part of So You Think You Can Dance for 13 seasons now, also highlighted what makes the show different from other Bollywood sequences. “That is a massive undertaking that a normal person wouldn’t understand who looks on a number on a reality dance show and expects them to look like Madhuri and Shah Rukh,” Mahajan said. “It’s not going to happen because when the Bollywood actors dance, they are doing it [for which] they have the experience of doing it and plus it’s done in shots. This is a one-minute-forty-second number nonstop. There are different dynamics in play.”The show, which was telecast on Sept. 11, failed to impress viewers. While people appreciated the efforts put in by the dancers, Mahajan’s choreography was called “uninspired”.Here are some of the reactions the act received online: Related ItemsIndian American choreographerLittle IndiaNakul Dev MahajanNRI TV showSo You Think You Can DanceSo You Think You Can Dance Bollywoodlast_img read more

When the Music Stopped

first_imgIn the end, not even a combination of bhangra, rap and Bollywood could save MTV Desi. After its parent corporation, Viacom, axed Desi and other ethnic channels, MTV Chi (Chinese) and K (Korean) in February, the music television network contritely blamed economics for its decision. Unfortunately, the premium distribution model for MTV World proved more challenging than we anticipated in this competitive environment,” the network said in a press release, adding that it remained “steadfast in superserving multicultural youth.”If you read between the lines, MTV no longer feels that spending extra to reach out to an underrepresented population is fiscally prudent, but it is more than willing to figure out new ways to commodify young South Asian Americans.While MTV Desi employees insist that the channel is only on hiatus and that MTV World General Manager Nusrat Durrani is looking for ways to bring the channel back soon, it’s painfully obvious that MTV has pulled the plug on its failed attempt at multiculturalism.With all the talk of MTV’s commitment to diverse markets, its unwillingness to include MTV Desi as part of its regular lineup of cable offerings (including MTV, VH1, BET and the now defunct MTV2) is likely more telling of its actual faith in the South Asian American community.MTV is not the first network to try to capitalize on diverse and marginalized audiences. Comcast bought AZN and promptly dismantled the Asian American network’s programming, choosing instead to import shows and videos from Asia as a means of saving money.To its credit, MTV tried to go with original programming; moreover, it generated interest among Desis by going to South Asian cultural and professional events throughout the country. Its marketing approach was typical MTV: making the content seem as if it were created by Desis for Desis.In November, Business Week touted MTV’s innovative ethos, noting that “the company has fostered a culture of innovation, an open and active environment in which new ideas are encouraged from a variety of personalities and perspectives.” Other media sources hailed MTV Desi, which launched in 2005, as a bridge between South Asian American youth and their counterparts in the subcontinent. MTV banked on the notion that young Desis, like many of their parents paying extra for Indian satellite channels, would fork over cash to subscribe to the channel as a premium service. Besides grossly overestimating Indian-Americans’ willingness to spend, MTV did not give them much reason to.MTV Desi was a novel concept in its own right, a seemingly genuine effort to give South Asian American youth a venue to watch the blossoming of a second-generation identity. The channel became home to established Desi artists such as Karmacy, Chee Malabar, the1shanti and MC Kabir, while allowing young, driven and talented Indian-Americans to showcase their talents as hosts and producers.But MTV failed to make Desi innovative, relying on imported music videos from India and shaping its content through assumptions about the diverse South Asian American community. As a result, MTV Desi’s programs seemed generalized and repetitive, a common complaint that many young African Americans have made about BET.MTV relied on an alchemic mix of Hindi music and (mostly) hip-hop, alienating the sizable number of those who have no interest in either. In its attempt to break out of stereotypes, MTV bought into them.Not every second-generation Desi listens to bhangra, understands Hindi or is enamored with Bollywood culture. Many continue to be outsiders in their communities, looking instead for something that speaks to their struggle to negotiate two identities.The music network’s Bollywood-infused programming also seemed superfluous in media markets such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia, where second-generation South Asians already have ample access to Bollywood movies and music videos.MTV gave it “the old college try,” but its formula for success proved formulaic in less than two years. Instead of providing Desi at no extra charge, MTV made its commercialized and conformed content relatively inaccessible to most second generation viewers.While MTV Desi fans might share its employees’ optimism about a future return to the airwaves, it is far more likely that its demise will be a caveat to other companies looking to tap into the growing South Asian American market. In its futile – and somewhat constrained – attempt to reach out to a diverse community, MTV forgot to heed the golden rule in media: know your audience.   Related Itemslast_img read more

Bickering Choudhury

first_imgWho doesn’t know Bikram Choudhury? The flamboyant yoga guru has revolutionized this ancient practice with his famous Hot Yoga.  He owns the famous Bikram’s Yoga College of India, a fabulous mansion in Beverly Hills, scores of classic cars which he lovingly restores — and a reputation for suing spas and health clubs using his techniques without his authorization. Q. A lot of people have tried to imitate you and you’ve unleashed your lawyers on them. Can yoga poses really be copyrighted?A: One hundred and ten percent! The individual posture cannot be copyrighted – it’s in public domain like ‘do re me’ or ‘sa re gama’ – but the same yoga posture, when I put it in a sequence, I own it. I have my own way of teaching, so the whole subject is copyrighted. You know I won the case in federal court.Q. So now nobody can teach yoga the way you do?A: They cannot copy it; before people think they could teach my yoga without learning it from me. I proved that my intellectual property could be copyrighted. I created history. I proved it and now it’s become law.  If you want to teach Bikram Yoga or Hot Yoga anywhere in the world, you have to have a license from me.Q. To practice your brand of yoga, they have to learn it from you?A: Just like people have to go medical school to learn medicine or to a driving school to learn driving or to law school to pass the bar – it’s exactly the same thing. If you want to teach Bikram Yoga, you have to learn from me and be a graduate.Q. Do they have to give you some franchise fee? A: People think I am an idiot; they are using my name and making millions of dollars. Up to now, I never take anything from them, I don’t take a penny.  Soon as I get the final stamp from the federal government, the franchising will be done. Then people will have to pay my franchising fee.  I spend so much money to protect my intellectual property for whom? To protect my students. So when I’m franchising, they will pay a small fee which we’ll use for policing and marketing. I don’t need the money.Q. What if spas offer to pay you to use the Bikram name?   A: They have. One of them said we want to buy Bikram Yoga and I told them who told you it’s for sale? They offered me a quarter of a million and I said “No, thank you.” I’m loyal to my students and to my class. They are my family and my child. Q. What would your turnover be like? And how many students do you have?A: I really don’t know. Maybe 20,000, maybe 50,000. I cannot calculate. Who knows? Different newspapers quote different figures. I really don’t know how they get them.Q. What is the value of Bikram Yoga?A: You answer my question: what is the value of one human life? Q. Well, I guess it’s priceless. You can’t put a value to it. A: That’s it, you already answered the question. I save people’s lives. So what’s the price of Bikram Yoga? It’s priceless, because I save people’s life.Q. You are 61 but you don’t look like it at all. A: No, everybody says I look 35 – and I feel like 17. My body is not more than 25. University of California Medical Center checks me once a year and they say my body is like that of a 20 year old athlete.  Q. What are your exercise and diet secrets?A: I do yoga three times a week and the other days I workout in the steam room. I eat one meal a day and it’s a very small meal. I don’t eat breakfast or lunch. I eat only four things – meat, fish, eggs and chicken.Q. So you eat no fruits or vegetables?A: No fruits or vegetables because they are all chemicals. The body never accepted them, and never digested them. There’s a Hindi saying — Ched wale matke mein pani dal rahe ho — you are putting water in a pot with a hole in it.Q. But won’t one get heart disease?A: Not if you workout like me. Vegetarians die quickly. Look at what buffalos eat and what tigers eat — and then think of what the tiger looks like and what the buffalo looks like!  Related Itemslast_img read more

Breaking Up is Hard To Do

first_imgShahid Kapur, star of the box office hit Vivaah, says he is still hurting from his break-up with Bollywood starlet Kareena Kapoor.Kapoor acknowledged that he is pained by reports linking Kapoor, with whom he is co-starring in the new movie Jab We Met, with the actor Saif Ali Khan. “It will be dishonest to say that this doesn’t affect me. I am human, it hurts to see and read this all the time,” he told the Times of India.No Vivaah in this Met.  Related Itemslast_img

$100,000 Sari

first_imgA silk sari studded with gold, diamonds, sapphire, ruby and emeralds and replicating 11 paintings of the famous artist of Raja Ravi Verma is vying to set the world record for the most expensive sari. 30 weavers worked on the $100,000 sari over seven months, which was designed employing CAD software, according to Chennai Silks.  Related Itemslast_img

Tax Free Indian Zones In Zambia

first_imgZambia is proposing the creation of a tax free economic zones for Indian companies to invest in its mining industry.“We have had a long partnership in India, with investments in several areas. But what has been lacking was visibility. This zone will help in improving India’s profile (in Zambia),” Zambia’s Minister for Commerce, Trade and Industry Felix Mutati told the media.Similar economic zones have been created in the country for Malaysian and Chinese companies.Zambia is hoping to attract almost $1 billion in Indian investment in its mining sector, principally in equipment and processing of raw products.At 50 percent, Indian companies already dominate foreign investment in the country’s mining industry. Total Indian investment in Zambia tops $2 billion, principally in mining, banking, health and education.  Related Itemslast_img read more

Indian Economy to Match U.S. in 2050

first_imgIndia’s economy will grow to 90 per cent of the U.S. by 2050 and China will become the world’s current largest economy by 2025, according to a PriceWaterhouseCoopers report. “The global centre of economic gravity is already shifting to China, India and other large emerging economies and our analysis suggests that this process has a lot further to run. Our latest projections suggest that China could overtake the US in around 2025 to become the world’s largest economy and will continue to grow to around 130 per cent of the size of the US by 2050,” the report concludes.PriceWaterhouseCoopers projects that Brazil will overtake Japan by 2050 for fourth place and that Russia, Mexico and Indonesia will overtake Germany and the UK. Related Itemslast_img read more

May I Hug You?

first_imgPakistan President Asif Ali Zardar floored GOP Vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, who was trotted out before several world leaders, to embellish her national security credentials. Although Palin’s meetings were held well outside the glare of media lights, her introduction to Zardari was caught by TV mikes. Palin: “I am honored to meet you.”Zardari: “You are even more gorgeous than you are on the (inaudible).”Palin: “You are so nice. Thank you.”Zardari: “Now I know why the whole of America is crazy about you.”An aide asks them to shake hands.Palin: “I’m supposed to pose again.”Zardari (leering): “If he’s insisting. I might hug.”Palin plays couqetish. Related Itemslast_img read more

The Sneaky Tricks Scammers Use to Fool Job Seekers and Take Their Money

first_img 23 hours ago 23h Line Cooks Red Robin Clackamas, OR 3.6★ HVAC Lead Installer Franklin Sheet Metal Shop, Inc. Franklin, NC Admission Nurse Heart to Heart Hospice Terre Haute, IN See More Jobs 5.0★ 3.1★ CNA Health Center (PT) 3p -11p Westminster Palms Westminster Communities of Florida Saint Petersburg, FL 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h N/A Wound Care Specialist American Medical Technologies (CA) Panama City, FL RN – Grandview Medical Center – ER – Full-time (Days) **$12,500 Sign-on Bonus Kettering Health Network Dayton, OH 2.0★ 23 hours ago 23h 4.2★center_img 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 3.8★ Plumbing Apprentice Corley Plumbing Air Electric Greenville, SC 3.9★ 23 hours ago 23h HVAC Installation Technician ARS Rescue Rooter Atlanta, GA 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 2.8★ Restaurant Manager The Saxton Group Irving, TX 23 hours ago 23h In a perfect world, an employer pays you, not the other way around. The internet is ripe with job scams that seem too good to be true but are designed to take your money instead.Consumer Affairs notes that good old-fashioned check fraud is still a preferred method scammers use to steal money. But tricks are becoming much more advanced these days. Scammers absolutely troll job boards looking for their next victim. The company might be real, but the job offer is fake. So how can you discern between a legitimate job offer and scam expertly designed to steal your money? Here are eight signs to watch for and what you can do if you fall victim to a scam.1. They Give You the Job Right AwayJob scammers often attempt to speed up the process of identity theft and fraud by offering you a job instantaneously. And while such a strong interest from a potential employer does wonders for your ego, a costly money trap does not. Real employers will go through the application process methodically, meaning they’ll typically conduct a phone interview, an in-person interview and a follow-up before ever submitting a job offer. If you’re guaranteed a job — no application required — it’s probably a scam.5 Red Flags to Watch Out For When Applying to a Company2. They Use a Bait-and-Switch Sales PitchHopeful job seekers are the perfect target for scammers looking to score a little cash from a desperate candidate. Less-than-honorable career consultants or recruiters may employ a sneaky bait-and-switch tactic to sell you services rather than recruit you for legitimate job openings.In this instance, they’ll hook you by saying they’re impressed with your resume and offer to help you find a job, but proceed to only pitch costly products, services and training sessions that help improve your candidacy. Most career consultants are valid, but if they’re not putting words into action, it could mean they have no openings available and are just after your money.3. They Ask for Money to Guarantee an OfferSometimes con artists will guarantee job placement — but only if you cough up a few bucks first. This is a telltale sign of a job scam because legitimate employers will almost never ask you to fund training materials, certification fees, credit reports or other onboarding expenses during the application process. Steer clear of nearly anything that asks for money upfront. Understand that these people will likely take your money and disappear forever.4. They Use a Generic Job Title With Massive Pay IncentivesCertain positions lend themselves to job scams more than others. The Better Business Bureau warns you to be wary of work-from-home, secret shopper or direct sales positions that require little to no special training. Scammers often pair generic job titles with high pay in their fake ads to attract a bounty of applicants. The promise of large paychecks for little work is likely a scam, as is the possibility of a six-figure income off-the-bat. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.5. They Ask for Contact Information Like It’s No Big DealPeople casually asking you to provide confidential information through a job posting is almost always a sign of a scam. What used to be a no-brainer is now a gray area, as nearly everyone asks for your Social Security number or credit information these days. Some scammers request your driver’s license number, bank account or credit card information flippantly. With this info, they’re well on their way to committing identity theft.Use your best judgment in these scenarios and understand that it’s best to be overly cautious with your private info. Until you’re sure the employer is real, this information should remain confidential.12 Privacy Mistakes that Can Cost You Your Job in 20186. They Do Their Best to “Look” ProfessionalA job posting with glaring grammatical and spelling errors should always be viewed as suspicious. Real human resource professionals will take great pains to post positions that portray the company properly. But even if a job description is mistake-free, scammers often sneak faulty email addresses and contact information into the text to trick you.Always research the email address provided. Never trust a scammer who uses a personal email address from a Yahoo, AOL, Gmail or Hotmail account to communicate. Frauds also occasionally use fake domains that mimic company names. Just because it sounds appropriate, doesn’t mean that it is. Know that any type of imitation can be caught by proofreading the email provided.7. They Contact You FirstJobs that fall from the sky will seem like an answered prayer. But being contacted by a company you never applied with could be a scam. Job seekers who want to protect their money should be extra wary of communicating with these scammers and conduct thorough research to ensure the company is authentic.8. They Claim to “Represent” Another Notable CompanySeventy-six percent of organizations report being the victim of a phishing attack. A proper phishing scam goes like this: You get an email saying their company has a client with open positions they need to fill. As luck would have it, your resume catches their attention and your qualifications are a perfect match for the client in need. They provide you a link that redirects you to the “job description” and application form where you are required to fill out a form of personal information to move forward.This is a sneaky trick scammers use to collect your personal information and sell it to a third party. The Federal Trade Commission warns all job seekers to be wary of emails containing links and job inquiries you can’t apply for directly. Usually, there’s no real “client” or “job opening” available in these types of scams.What to Do About Job ScamsThe FTC offers a few tips for avoiding fake job scams. Your local consumer protection agency or the Better Business Bureau can help you vet potential scams and tell you if any prior complaints have been filed against a company. A thorough internet search will also reveal any prior fishy activity or complaints.Domain White Pages will tell you when a website was created, offering you additional insight on validity. If the website is less than a year old but the company has been around for decades, be on your guard. Should you uncover a sneak job scam, report it to the FTC by filing a complaint.This article was originally published on The Cheat Sheet. It is reprinted with permission.Browse Open Jobs 3.2★ Major Gift Officer Dynamic Catholic Cincinnati, OHlast_img read more

McAuley confident West Brom will find Fletcher replacement

first_imgGareth McAuley is confident West Brom will find a replacement for Darren Fletcher.The former Albion captain left last week for Stoke City.“Fletch was a big, big player for us on and off the pitch,” said McAuley.“He was our captain and I was a little disappointed he has moved on but people come and go in football all the time.“I am sure the club will work hard to try and find a suitable replacement.”last_img

Ferdinand happy with Man Utd boss Mourinho’s style of football

first_imgManchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes Jose Mourinho has introduced a new exciting brand of football over the past season.Louis van Gaal led United to fourth and fifth and won the FA Cup but his mundane playing style drew widespread criticism.Ferdinand said: “I definitely think there’s been an improvement in the way the team’s played.”The idea of going to Old Trafford isn’t boring like it was for the last couple of years.”I didn’t enjoy watching Manchester United the last couple of years. This season has been better, so you hope that will continue.”last_img read more

Del Piero tells Ronaldo: Come to Juventus!

first_imgJuventus legend Alessandro del Piero says unsettled Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo would be welcome in Turin.The Italian champions fell again at the last hurdle in Europe as they lost to a Ronaldo-inspired Real Madrid in the Champions League final.”It is a damn cup,” Del Piero said, Juve having been on the losing side in their last five finals.”We hope to win it again, and if Cristiano Ronaldo is not happy at Real Madrid and wants to go, Juventus have a lot of space for him.”last_img read more

​Real Madrid striker Morata hints at Man Utd move on social media

first_imgManchester United target Alvaro Morata has hinted he may move to Old Trafford this summer. Discussions between United and Morata’s club, Real Madrid, have been ongoing, but a disparity in the fee is believed to be holding things up.However, according to The Sun, Morata has let slip he might be moving to Manchester by ‘liking’ an Instagram post by Red Devils midfielder Juan Mata.Mata, who is Spanish teammates with Morata, posted a photo of him playing football on a gravel pitch.The caption read: ‘Wherever. Whenever. #TheBeautifulGame’.last_img read more

DONE DEAL: Bologna swoop for AC Milan midfielder Andrea Poli

first_imgBologna have snapped up AC Milan midfielder Andrea Poli.The 27-year-old put pen to paper on a four-year contract.“I am very happy, because the club and President wanted me and I have to thank them. I really wanted Bologna too,” he told the Rossoblu’s official YouTube channel.“It was an objective to come here, as it’s an ambitious club with great potential and I can’t wait to start this new adventure.“The fans are great, there is a lot of potential in the squad and many young players here. The supporters are passionate, as I realised every time I came to the Stadio Dall’Ara to play against Bologna, where it’s always tough.“The city needs enthusiasm, as Bologna deserve a season at a strong level. I have already played with Daniele Gastaldello at Sampdoria, Mattia Destro at Milan, Antonio Mirante when I was young at Samp, Angelo Da Costa and a few others.“I watched Bologna this season, as I always had a strong feeling with the side. I’m happy to be here and can’t wait to get started.”last_img read more

Media Habits of 12-24 Year-Olds vs. 25-54 Year-Olds — Key to Shaping Your Nonprofit Marketing Agenda

first_imgI recently read the 2007 Digital Future Report from the USC Annenberg School’s Center for the Digital Future, and am still digesting. Take some time to dig into the summary of findings that’ll help you shape your communications choices to today’s (and tomorrow’s) digital habits.Here’s are some crucial takes on habits of those 12 to 24–juxtaposed with those of audiences 25 to 54–and how they’ll impact your nonprofit marketing:Audiences 12-24Will never read a newspaper but attracted to some magazinesSo op-eds don’t reach them, at least in print Heavy into email Trust unknown peers more than experts/community at the center of Internet experience/want to be heard (user generated)Stop ignoring social networking Care GREATLY about sources of news and information onlineNurture your brand — it’s vital for these folks Source: http://www.gettingattention.org/my_weblog/2007/10/media-habits-of.htmlAbout the AuthorNancy E. Schwartz helps nonprofits succeed through effective marketing and communications. As President of Nancy Schwartz & Company (http://www.nancyschwartz.com/), Nancy and her team provide marketing planning and implementation services to organizations as varied as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Center for Asian American Media, and Wake County (NC) Health Services.Subscribe to her free e-newsletter “Getting Attention”, (http://www.nancyschwartz.com/getting_attention.html) and read her blog at http://www.gettingattention.org/ for more insights, ideas and great tips on attracting the attention your organization deserves.NOTE: You’re welcome to “reprint” this article online as long as it remains complete and unaltered (including the copyright and “about the author” info at the end), and you send a copy of your reprint. Use IM. Think email is for their parentsLife of a 25-54Still read offline newspapers and magazinesCast your op-eds to this group, boomers and seniors For first time willing (2005) to pay for digital content-never beforeInventory your information assets and think about options for distribution Little interest in the source of information and most information aggregatedEverything will move to mobileMore than advocacy and fundraising alerts, and make it interactive please Aggregate information online and use RSS (though few know the term)Community important for tasks, much less so for socializingTrust experts on factual information but rely heavily on reviews of peers on hotels, electronics, etcStart to use social networking with these folks, they’re on the path of increased reliance on audience-generated content Like mobile for voice (and a few for data) but do not see their world on mobile phonesI think this is going to change very soon, pay close attention to this factor Will never own a land-line phoneWill not watch television on someone else’s schedule much longer, and much less interested in TVTV ads won’t work, unless they’re part of the show (how about cause placement?)last_img read more

3 Tests to Improve Your Website and Donation Process

first_imgOne of the easiest and most overlooked ways to improve your website and your donation process is by putting it through some basic testing. People hear “testing” and often get scared off, afraid they will have to hire some expensive firm to perform weeks of scrutiny. The opposite is true for usability testing; all you need is somebody who isn’t already familiar with your website. Your mother-in-law, your neighbor, or even in some instances a coworker from a different department are all acceptable testers. Gather up a handful of people and perform the following three tests, all of which will give you great insight. Source: Adapted by Jake Emen from Mark Rovner’s Nonprofit 911 Presentation “Website 101 for Fundraisers.”Editor’s note: This article was originally published on October 18, 2012 and has been updated. Photo Source: Big Stock PhotoThe Friend TestFor this test you don’t want to use a coworker so find someone a little farther removed from your organization. Watch how quickly could that person figure out what site they are on, what page they are on, what the major sections of the site are, what the navigation options are and how to get home. Simply watch a person on your site or even a printout of your site and have them answer those questions.Task TestingHave your tester go through the process of making a donation on your website. Have them talk about where they are going and what they are doing, where they are having problems or are confused and what they are clicking on and why. This can expose any difficulties a potential donor may have or show you what the overly complex portions of your donation process are.Hypothetical TestingGive your subjects a hypothetical situation – they have heard of your organization and are considering donating to it, but first they need to get on the website and do some research to see if everything’s on the level. Again have them talk through the process, what they like and what they don’t, what caught their eye or drew them in, could they find everything easily and what if any information is missing that they were expecting.In one afternoon of usability testing you can effectively gather all of the information you need to drastically improve your website and gain more donations, for free!last_img read more

Managing and Preventing Preterm Birth: How Findings From the INTERGROWTH-21st Project Can Improve Both

first_imgPosted on November 15, 2013November 17, 2016By: Alison Chatfield, Project Manager, Maternal Health Task Force, Women and 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)Every year, 15 million babies are born too soon – that’s 1 in every 10 births.  Preterm birth is the leading cause of newborn deaths globally, affecting every country; it’s the leading cause of newborn deaths in the U.S. and many other high-income countries, but the burden disproportionately affects Africa and South Asia, where 60% of the world’s preterm births occur.On World Prematurity Day, it is important to highlight areas where important progress has been made for preterm babies and identify some emerging priorities for improving the quality and effectiveness of their care, especially for the parts of the world most affected by preterm death and disability.An important progress point is an improved definition of prematurity that shifted from a weight-based, to a gestational-age based, focus.  Earlier definitions of prematurity used weight (i.e. if a baby weighed under 2500 grams) as the measure of whether a baby was premature or not, which fails to capture developmental progress achieved through gestational age.  Now, by defining preterm birth as a birth before 37 weeks, an important distinction is made between small babies and premature babies.There has also been progress in developing interventions for preterm babies, such as antenatal corticosteroids for accelerating fetal lung maturation for women at risk of preterm birth, appropriate use of antibiotics, and Kangaroo Mother Care, to provide low-cost and effective care for babies born prematurely.  Sustained conversations around scaling up the implementation reflect a growing consensus that these interventions improve preterm health outcomes in a diversity of settings.  Recent commitments from Malawi, Uganda and India to prioritize preterm and essential newborn care are all promising developments.In addition to innovations in managing preterm birth, increasing attention is being paid to preventing preterm birth through investment in maternal and preconception health, particularly through attention to risk factors such as birth spacing, infections like HIV and syphilis, and maternal weight.Yet, rates of preterm birth continue to rise.More progress is needed to effectively manage and prevent preterm births across the globe.  Many groups and organizations are engaging with this agenda – amongst them is the International Fetal and Newborn Growth Consortium for the 21st Century (INTERGROWTH-21st), an international network of researchers that has studied fetal and newborn growth in eight global study sites.  With improved understandings of growth and development central to the mission of the Consortium, this group has gathered evidence that will inform a series of new tools, guidelines and standards that will support clinical decision-making when it matters most to preterm babies.These tools will include:A new, international equation for estimating gestational age through ultrasoundAn evidence-based phenotypic classification system that will include a more nuanced definition of prematurity and better management guidelines for preventing preterm birthNew fetal and pre-term specific growth charts for more accurate monitoring and improved decision-makingThese innovations will contribute to the range of international collective efforts being made to improve the management and prevention of preterm birth around the world.  More information about the INTERGROWTH-21st Project can be found in a special BJOG supplement on the study’s methodology.  You can also read more about developing these universally-applicable standards and what went into managing such a large-scale research project. ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Share this:last_img read more