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Sikh Man Faces Racist Attack Outside UK Parliament

first_imgAn Indian Sikh man said he faced a racist attack outside the United Kingdom parliament on Feb.21, when his turban was pulled by a man who shouted, “Muslim go back.”Ravneet Singh, 37, from Punjab said that he was waiting in a queue to enter Portcullis House to meet a Labor MP when the alleged incident happened. “I was in the queue outside Portcullis House and this guy ran up to us. Just before we got to the entrance he came up to me and attacked me,” Singh said, the Independent reported.Portcullis House is a building situated adjacent to the Houses of Parliament, where the offices of members of parliament and their staff are located.Singh added that the man tugged strongly at his turban and it half moved, before he held it back. He shouted at the perpetrator before he could make his next move and the man then ran away.“He made a racist comment in another language that I didn’t recognize. He was a white man, but he didn’t sound English. He said something like ‘Muslim go back’,” Singh said, according to reports.Singh was on a three-week trip to the United Kingdom to have a discussion about his work for an environmental group. He was waiting to meet the Labor MP for Slough, Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi.The police are investigating the alleged racist attack. A spokesperson from the Metropolitan Police confirmed that they received a call at 5.20 pm alerting them about the assault outside Portcullis House. No arrests have been made by the police so far and investigations are on, according to reports.Singh said that the attack came out of the blue.Labor MP Dhesi, who Singh was supposed to meet, took to the social media to express his feelings over the incident.“Disgusted to discover today that someone filled with hatred tried to pull off the turban of one of my guests standing in line outside the UK Parliament. I hope the authorities will take urgent action,” he said on Twitter.Disgusted to discover today that someone filled with hatred tried to pull off the turban of one of my guests standing in line outside @UKParliament. I hope the @metpoliceuk /authorities will take urgent action. https://t.co/0MRgdICPwa— Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi MP (@TanDhesi) February 21, 2018The Sikh Council of United Kingdom also called the attack disgraceful and cowardly on the social media.Disgraceful and cowardly racist attack on @ecosikh Ravneet Singh on the grounds of @UKParliament estate. Please ensure reports are filed with @metpoliceuk and @SikhAwareUK. Inspiring and compassionate words by Ravneet Singh “I pray for the man who attacked me”.— Sikh Council UK (@SikhCouncilUK) February 21, 2018Dudley North MP Ian Austin also condemned the attack on social media.Outrageous. Complete disgrace https://t.co/PVSg7tSBuI— Ian Austin (@IanAustinMP) February 21, 2018 Related ItemsracismSikhismUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

Australia’s Proposed Change in Welfare Payments to Affect 50,000 Migrant Families

first_imgThe proposed three-year waiting period for new migrants in Australia to claim government benefits will affect around 50,000 families, involving about 110,000 children, between July 2018 and 2021, the Department of Social Services revealed during a Senate hearing last week.According to the legislation, which is now before the Australian parliament, new residents will have to wait for three years instead of two to avail the family tax benefit, paid parental leave and carers allowance, reported SBS News.Through the planned legislation, the government expects to save around $1.2 billion. The new steps that will take effect from July 1, will hit those coming to Australia on family and skilled visas. However, it would not apply to those on humanitarian visas, the Guardian reported. Those coming on a partner visa and later face a breakdown in their relationship will also be exempted.“You’ve got people coming here as skilled migrants. How is denying them access to these types of supports encouraging self-sufficiency?” Labor senator Kristina Keneally questioned during the inquiry on Feb.28, reported SBS News.Keneally added that she depended on social services when she arrived to Australia from the United States in 1994.The new measure, it has been anticipated, will affect as many as 50,000 families who are eligible to avail family tax benefit part A by 2021. Along with this, 30,000 people who are waiting for other welfare payments will also be hit.According to the government, the changes have been planned so that the new migrants become “self-sufficient” when they first come to Australia. The Department of Social Services said that it did not take advice or consultation from migrant resettlement services or migrant groups regarding the measures, the Guardian reported.“From our perspective we believe that new migrants who are granted a permanent visa or a relevant temporary visas on or after the first of July 2018 should be placed and well-placed to support themselves through work, existing resources, or family support,” said minister Concetta Fierravanti-Wells.Condemning the measures as harsh, the Australian Council of Social Services (Acoss) said that the delay in getting these government benefits may force migrants to lead a life of difficulties and poverty, creating a new “underclass” of migrants.“This will hurt people who lose their job, people who need to care for a child with disability, or a family member with a terminal illness,” said Edwina MacDonald, Acoss’s director of policy and advocacy.MacDonald added that it will disproportionately affect women and see more children live in poverty. “This will drive more people to our charities for meeting the essentials of life, such as food and shelter.”Several Indians migrate to Australia, whether it is to work or to pursue higher education. Nearly 190,000 foreign students applied to study in Australia between July and December 2017, with the number of Indian applicants rising by 32 per cent, according to the latest statistics released by the Australian Department of Home Affairs. Related ItemsAustralialast_img read more

With ‘Fishy’ Jet Deal, India’s Opposition Finally Lands a Blow on Modi

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi of India swept into office four years ago vowing to crush corruption. Some of his most momentous acts since taking office, like wiping out nearly 90 percent of India’s currency virtually overnight, have been to clean up the country’s endemic graft.Modi was also quick to accuse the rival Congress Party, India’s long-standing political dynasty, of lavish spending and crony capitalism.But in the past few weeks, the role of accuser has been dramatically reversed.The Congress Party, which had seemed anemic since Modi’s election, has found a new spring in its step by hounding the prime minister over an opaque arms deal that has raised some serious questions.Why did Modi renegotiate a deal for 36 fighter jets?Why was a company run by members of one of India’s wealthiest families chosen to participate in the deal, despite having no experience building jets?Why did the costs of the planes seem to jump so much?And why isn’t Modi sharing more details?For several years, Indian politics have been dominated by Modi’s party, the Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, which has grown accustomed to pushing around its rivals.But for the first time in a long time, the opposition, by building a damaging narrative around this arms deal, has landed a solid punch, and is hoping to keep the pressure on Modi and his party before next year’s general election.Congress Party officials have dominated headlines and social media with their accusations that Modi inflated the price of the aircraft, estimated to cost $8.7 billion, and brought in a trusted ally on the deal so his political party could get something back in return.“We smell something fishy,” said Jaiveer Shergill, a Congress Party spokesman.The story of the jets starts in 2015, when Modi, on a visit to Paris, proudly announced he had struck a deal with the French to buy three dozen supersonic Rafale fighter planes. The surprise wasn’t the French partner, Dassault Aviation, maker of the storied Mirage.What raised eyebrows was a new twist in the deal announced more than a year later. The arrangement included what is called an offset contract in which the French, in return for selling India billions of dollars of planes, would invest in India and help Indian companies build aerospace components.The lead partner chosen for the offset contract was Reliance Group, a conglomerate run by members of the Ambani family, one of India’s richest and most ostentatious. While Reliance has long been involved in manufacturing and has billions of dollars in capital, it has no experience making jets. And the Ambanis are known to be strong Modi supporters.The former French president, François Hollande, added to the controversy surrounding the deal when he said recently that the Modi government had specifically proposed the Ambani-owned company for the offset contract.“We did not have a say in this,” Hollande, who was president at the time the deal was made, has been quoted as saying by Mediapart, a French news outlet. “We did not have a choice.”Mukesh Ambani, the billionaire who built a 27-story house that overlooks slums, is considered one of Modi’s closest corporate allies.His younger brother, Anil, runs Reliance Group, a separate operation from Mukesh’s holdings. Some of Reliance Group’s business units are struggling, and it recently sold a number of assets to lower its debt load.Anil has also heaped praise on Modi, calling him “a king among kings” and likening him to one of the greatest heroes of Hindu mythology.Though most pundits believe next year’s national elections are still Modi’s to lose, the contest appears to be tightening. More and more Indians are frustrated with the economy, inflation and Modi’s lofty but unfulfilled promises to create enough jobs.So opposition politicians have seized on this jet deal with an almost desperate glee.Reliance will make an “unwarranted, escalated profit,’’ said Shergill, the Congress Party spokesman. “How much of a share is the BJP getting out of that profit?”Rahul Gandhi, the Congress Party leader, put it even more bluntly. On Twitter, he called Modi the “commander in thief.”With these accusations swirling around him, Modi has gone with his usual response: silence.Rather than speaking out himself, he has deputized party officials and ministers to fend off claims of a quid pro quo between the governing party and Reliance Group. His stand-ins have argued that the details of the agreement, including how the price was set and why Reliance was selected, cannot be revealed because of the contract’s “secrecy clause.”Analysts say the strategy isn’t working.“This is a persistent problem with this government,” said Milan Vaishnav, director of the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “You have no clear spokesperson with the prime minister’s office, you have no media adviser. I think on many of these issues they often come across as flat-footed or disorganized.”Until the backlash over the jet deal, Modi had seemed to float above the most serious allegations against his administration or political party. A shrewd steward of his image, he would draw on his personal story of being the son of a tea seller, a devout Hindu and a prime minister who lives simply.He has often boasted that his government was clean and that he was a cut above previous prime ministers tainted by corruption. One was Rajiv Gandhi, Rahul’s father, who was suspected of taking millions of dollars in kickbacks in the 1980s from another opaque arms deal, although an Indian court officially cleared him in 2004, 13 years after his assassination.Now, Vaishnav said, the opposition can say about Modi: “You’re just like anybody else.”India’s Defense Ministry denied any wrongdoing in the deal, calling the offset contract “a purely commercial arrangement between two private companies.”An official with Dassault Aviation said in an email that the company chose “our partners freely without pressure from the Indian government.”Supporters of Modi argue that Reliance Group, a conglomerate with thousands of employees and experience working on big infrastructure projects, isn’t such an odd choice as a partner to the deal.A Reliance spokesperson said that other Indian companies with little track record in defense manufacturing had also jumped into the sector and that this controversy was a “nonissue” stirred up by corporate rivalries.India’s original plan was to buy 126 Rafale jets, with a large portion of them built in India, for less than $100 million per jet, according to figures provided by Congress Party officials, whose leaders negotiated the first rounds of the deal when they were in power several years ago.At that time, the leading contender on the India side was Hindustan Aeronautics, a government-owned company with a history of making military aircraft, though its record on deliveries was mediocre.Under the terms of the deal negotiated by Modi, the price-per-plane rose enormously, Gandhi contends, to over $230 million each.That figure has been contested by defenders of the deal, who say its total price also includes missiles, spare parts and other costs — more than just the planes themselves, which they say individually cost a little more than $100 million each.One point on which there is widespread agreement: India’s need to update its aging fighter jets. India aspires to be able to wage a two-front war, but analysts say its current air force would be annihilated by a simultaneous attack from China and Pakistan, India’s regional rivals.While voters may find the murky affair hard to follow, the opposition is likely to do all it can to make sure people don’t forget.“This is all about optics,” said Harsh V. Pant, an international relations professor at King’s College in London.“It’s not about bringing anyone to justice or doing anything for the greater good,’’ he added. “It’s all about the 2019 election.”Emma Bubola contributed reporting from Paris, and Hari Kumar from New Delhi.c.2018 New York Times News Service Related Itemslast_img read more

India ‘Most Improved’ Country

first_imgIndia’s global stature has improved most during the past year, according to a new BBC poll.India is viewed most favorably by Indonesians, followed by Canadians, Britishers, Nigerians, Russians and Americans. Its most unfavorable ratings come from Hungarians, Egyptians, Portuguese, Turks and Brazilians.The BBC survey asked over 28,000 people in 27 countries whether certain countries had a “mostly positive or mostly negative influence in the world.” The survey found that Canada and Japan were viewed most favorably and Israel and Iran most unfavorably.  VIEWS OF INDIA  CountryPositiveNegativeIndonesia6119Canada5920India5514Great Britain5325Russia499Nigeria4929United States4831Kenya4433UAE4323South Korea4137France4040Germany3921Australia3941Italy3833Chile3718Lebanon3725China3730Greece3520Philippimes3332Mexico3220Poland279Argentina2421Brazil2340Turkey2324Portugal1832Egypt1821Hungary1625Average3726 INDIANS VIEWS OF OTHER COUNTRIES   CountryPositiveNegativeRussia4215Japan3716Great Britain3719China3522USA3028European Union2920Iran2723North Korea2618Israel2422France2319Venezuela2117 GLOBAL RATINGS CountryPositiveNegativeCanada5414Japan5420European Union5319France5021Great Britain4528China4232India3726United States3051Russia2840Veneziuela2727North Korea1948Iran1854Israel1756 Related Itemslast_img read more

Cricket review system still being debated

first_imgCricket’s inconsistent use of the Umpires’ Decision Review System is the subject of fresh debate and is sure to again be a contentious issue when India tours England later this year.The system was used during the Ashes series in Australia but not for India’s tour of South Africa, because the International Cricket Council has left it up to individual countries to decide whether to use it.India has been reluctant to use the challenge system, however, it will be in place for the World Cup beginning next month, which India co-hosts.ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said recently that the benefits of the system to assist umpires had been seen and “we are now keen to use it in the ICC Cricket World Cup.”India is not open to the idea of using the system in England, even though England Cricket Board’s media manager James Avery indicated it would be part of discussions ahead of the tour starting July.Indian cricket board secretary Narainswamy Srinivasan said no team could insist on using the review system.”Both teams have to agree to it,” he told the Associated Press on telephone. “It wasn’t used in South Africa as we didn’t agree to it.””We don’t trust it and I don’t want to go into further details.”India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni too has not been taken in by the system.”I have a mixed opinion on the system,” Dhoni said during a recent home test series against New Zealand. “It is not something that gives 100 percent results, so it may not be worth it considering the big costs involved.”advertisementBut others seem inclined to use technology.Australia’s stand-in skipper Michael Clarke said the system should be used even though it is not perfect.”The technology has helped the game,” Clarke said during the Ashes series. “I would like it to be 100 percent right, but there’s not many things in the world that are.”Clarke felt it was a matter that would affect all teams.”I’d like it to be either in or out. I’d like us to make that decision, or the ICC to make that decision. And then at least it’s fair … every team is dealing with the same issue. It should be either 100 percent used, or not used,” said Clarke.South African skipper Graeme Smith was more vehement in his support.”The ICC needs to take responsibility for that (implementation of the system),” Smith said after South Africa’s loss in the Durban test, which saw some doubtful decisions. “They (ICC) can’t leave it up to boards to negotiate. They must lead the way.”Smith felt the system had to be used regularly.”Using it once every seven series is not going to benefit anybody. If the technology is available and they want us to use it, then we must use it. Then you can have a proper idea of whether it works or not,” he said.last_img read more

How to Outsmart Your Interviewer

first_imgWant to know your greatest strength as a job seeker? It’s the fact you can outsmart any interviewer.What’s important to understand when interviewing for jobs is that employers are looking to hire people who fit their culture. They want to bring people on board who are not only talented, but also someone they enjoy being around. Although employers may ask questions such as “A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?” this really only determines if you can think on the spot and the type of personality you have.The problem is, employers have the tendency to ask questions that don’t truly measure your skills and experience. Sure, while they want to discover your weaknesses or learn about the leadership experience you have, this doesn’t truly measure what you can bring to the company. It only shows the employer you were able to prepare a story of how you learned from a mistake or how well you can work in a team.If you’re preparing for an upcoming interview, you need to make sure all of your bases are covered. Not only should you prepare your accomplishment stories for common interview questions, but also you should think of the best ways to let your personality shine through. In addition, you need to make sure you are thinking of unique and genuine stories about your career that can help you outsmart any interviewer.Do you want to be smarter than an interviewer? Then here are some tips to help you stand out in any interview:Research the interviewer prior to the interview.If employers are truly looking for a cultural fit, then you need to know who you’re interviewing with. Interviewers aren’t only looking to learn about your skills, but also they’re trying to understand you as a person.If possible, search for the interviewer on LinkedIn and find out what their background is. It’s also a good idea to find them on Twitter to learn about the types of topics they talk about. This way, when you enter the interview, you’ll be prepared for small talk and you might even discover you have something in common with the interviewer.Be actively engaged during the interview.Everyone knows you need to bring questions to every interview, but it’s also important to be very selective about the questions you ask. Many candidates wait until the end of the interview to ask their questions. However, you need choose questions that could easily be intertwined throughout the entire interview.To do this, first think of questions the interviewer will ask you and prepare some examples from your experience. These examples could answer questions as simple as “What is your greatest weakness?” or “Why should I hire you?” After you tell your story and explain how your experience makes you the most qualified candidate, follow up with a question for the interviewer.Let’s say you’re asked about your strengths and weaknesses during the interview. After you provide your response, ask the interviewer what opportunities the company has available for professional development. You could then explain how you believe your career is an ongoing learning experience and you’re always looking for opportunities to build upon the skills you already have.Turn the spotlight on the interviewer.If you really want to outsmart the interviewer, then you should ask them what they did yesterday. Kristine Faxon, executive director for career and alumni success at Savannah College of Art and Design, believes asking probing questions is a great way to impress the interviewer — and I agree.Before any interview, make sure you’ve done your research on the company. This way, you’ll be able to think of questions that can tell you more about the job and company culture. Not only will this question catch the interviewer off guard and put him or her in the spotlight, but also you’ll be able to receive a better description of what the job is like.When in doubt, go with your gut.In the case the interviewer asks you a cutesy question such as, “How many uses are there for a spoon?” give yourself a few seconds to collect your thoughts and provide your best answer. The employer is testing your ability to think on the spot. If you waste time debating your answer, you could over-think the question and even fumble on your answer. Try to go with your first, best answer and roll with it. Always keep in mind that confidence is always key when answering the strangest interview questions.As a job seeker, try not to get caught up in the pressure of these challenging questions. You don’t have to be the most clever, witty, or creative candidate to outsmart an interviewer. All you need to do is arrive to the interview prepared, display your genuine personality, and allow your passion for what you do shine through.last_img read more

4 Steps To Creating Your Personal Board Of Advisors

first_imgMy path to entrepreneurship started when, while pregnant with my second child, I was laid off from my job as a producer for MTV. I was upset, sure. But I also felt like I was being given an opportunity to finally find my true dream job – one where no one else would dictate what I did, whether my position was secure, or how much I was paid. So, instead of applying for new positions, I turned my attention to building a full-service public relations agency based in Philadelphia. Enter: Skai Blue Media.It took five years of feverishly building out my business plan, knocking on doors, creating a network, and cultivating my brand (on my own dime no less). Today, I’m proud to say I’ve created one of the leading PR firms in Philly and we’re changing the future of public relations.But I didn’t get here alone. I owe a large part of my success to my advisory board of “friendtors.”  My friendtors are a group of friends and mentors who have supported me as I’ve built my business. They are more than just pals or business acquaintances. They are my professional peers, whose guidance, wisdom, and care is invaluable to me.My personal board of friendtors includes Mary Doughertry, who leads public relations for the fashion designer Nicole Miller; she’s taught me so much about achieving an appropriate work-life balance within our industry. I lean on Fox 29 producer Berlinda Garnett to always tell it like it is. Finance executive Payne Brown has helped me to determine whether a person’s vision is in line with mine (and whether he or she is capable of executing it). Last but not least, my husband Bram Reynolds – who’s also Skai Blue’s chief operations officer – is, among other things, an incredible friendtor. He recognizes where I can do better and keeps me honest and moving forward. I wouldn’t be the boss and business owner I am today without this group.I encourage everyone I meet to establish his or her own friendtor board. Here’s how:1. Enlist a diverse inner circle.Taking the leap to change careers, ask for that raise, or become an entrepreneur can require a lot of planning. You may have graduated from a great school with a dual-degree, but you’re still only one person with a lens that’s limited to what you know. That means you have implicit biases, strengths, and weaknesses. Consider these when selecting your “friendtors.” Instead of picking a handful of cheerleaders who have the same background and work experience as you, recruit people who are at various stages of different careers. I’m careful to tap “friendtors” at varying life stages, since these people can offer diverse perspectives on everything from balancing your personal and professional lives to managing people effectively and creating company culture. You want to have people who aren’t afraid to tell you “no,” and who don’t see themselves as being in direct competition with you.What I Learned from My Mentor2. Look around, not up.We so often think that in order for someone to help and mentor us, they need to be a big-shot vice president or have 20-plus years of professional experience. That’s simply not true. Don’t discount the people around you who have a host of wisdom, guidance, and skills to offer. My husband, for example, never gets caught in the gray areas of decision-making like I do. He’s the first person to tell me, “You’re doing great, but you handled that inappropriately and you’re not putting your foot down.” His strengths complement my weaknesses.3. Be open and considerate.My friendtors have helped me with everything from being an impactful manager to making difficult business decisions. And, like in any successful relationship, it’s important to reciprocate. Sometimes this simply means being open to receiving people’s advice and guidance (moving past defensiveness, which is often our first instinct). It’s also about offering support in any way you can. Find out what they think could make them more successful in their career and then work with your friendtors in a way that makes sense for them and their goals. Also make a point to meet people where they are – literally. If you know someone hates lunch meetings but loves the outdoors, for example, maybe you suggest going on a hike to discuss a topic of interest. Don’t forget to show your friendtors your appreciation, both when they help you and also just generally. Whether it’s with a thank-you note or a quick email update keeping them abreast of the successes to which they directly contributed, there’s no downside to being gracious.6 Reasons Why We All Need Executive Leadership Coaching4. Be transparent.Even the most successful professionals struggle (and fail!). Much like a good friend, a good friendtor should support you no matter the circumstances. So it’s all the more important to surround yourself with people who will help you develop into the professional you want to be – people who believe in your purpose and plan. These same people should let you cry on their shoulders during the low points. My friendtors helped me through a particularly rough period, when I was blindsided by an ex-partner who stole money from our account and disappeared without a trace. You don’t have to hide your challenges (or triumphs) from your friendtors. Stay honest with them and know that they’ll be there to help you plan your next steps. Also on Glassdoor: This article originally appeared on The Well, Jopwell’s digital magazine. The Well is the digital magazine of Jopwell, the career advancement platform for Black, Latino/Hispanic, and Native American professionals and students. Subscribe to receive weekly stories and advice in your inbox.center_img Search For A New Job Todaylast_img read more

Monaco inform Arsenal of Mbappe asking price

first_imgAS Monaco have informed Arsenal their asking price for Kylian Mbappe.The Daily Mail says Arsenal have been quoted £130 million for the wonderkid.The Gunners’ hopes of landing the talented teenager are fading with Real Madrid leading the race to land the forward.And the mind-blowing price tag Monaco have place on Mbappe has provided yet another huge stumbling block towards a deal.The valuation has left the Gunners to seriously consider switching their focus elsewhere.last_img

Tacchinardi blasts Man City bound Dani Alves for ‘being disrespectful’ to Juventus fans

first_imgFormer Juventus midfielder Alessio Tacchinardi has blasted Daniel Alves over his departure this week.The Brazil international has secured a free transfer this week in order for him to join Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.Tacchinardi is unimpressed and told TMW Radio: “The player’s attitude in the last period seems to have been disrespectful towards the fans who enjoyed him and waited for him after his difficult first months.”If he wanted to go to City or elsewhere, he could have been straight about it.”For players like him, if they are not committed, better to let them go.”last_img read more

​Norwich secure back-of-shirt sponsor

first_imgChampionship team Norwich City have announced a two-year commercial partnership with Bloor International Enterprises (Bloorie), the domestic skylight manufacturer, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.Bloorie will become the Canaries’ back-of-shirt sponsor for the next two seasons. It will also have a strong brand presence at Norwich’s home ground, Carrow Road.”We are very pleased to welcome Bloorie as our back-of-shirt sponsor for the next two seasons, and we are looking forward to working alongside them,” said Steve Stone, Norwich City’s managing director. “Speaking to our commercial team it’s clear that we’ve built some great bonds with the guys at Bloorie already, and we’re really excited about what the season holds for this partnership.”We sincerely thank them for their support.”last_img read more

Addressing HIV-Related Stigma is an Essential Part of Respectful Maternity Care

first_imgPosted on June 27, 2013November 27, 2017By: Janet M. Turan, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, Department of Health Care Organization and Policy, Maternal and Child Health Concentration, School of Public Health, University of Alabama at BirminghamClick 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)Pregnant women living with HIV often experience stigma and discrimination in intimate relationships, families, communities, and health facilities. In a recent review of the literature from low-resource settings, our team found that HIV-related stigma and discrimination are significant contributors to the low uptake and utilization of PMTCT and maternal HIV treatment services in a multitude of settings. This evidence has led our team to advocate for the integration of stigma-reduction programming into maternal, neonatal, and child health services globally. Meanwhile, the maternal health community has developed the Respectful Maternity Care Charter in an effort to tackle disrespect and abuse of women seeking and receiving maternity care.  This Charter includes the rights of all childbearing women to information, informed consent, choice, confidentiality, privacy, and freedom from discrimination. Women may be denied these rights because they are poor, because they belong to marginalized racial or ethnic groups, or because they are young or unmarried. These rights are also often denied to pregnant women living with HIV or those at high risk of HIV.   It is time for the HIV and maternal health communities to work together to ensure that these rights are upheld for all childbearing women, with a focus on the special vulnerability of women living with HIV.Respectful Maternity Care interventions can include or adapt evidence-based stigma reduction tools and measures developed in the HIV field. HIV-related stigma reduction interventions that aim to improve outcomes for childbearing women and their families should take into account the wider context of maternity care, and address other types of non HIV-related disrespect and abuse experienced by women in seeking and receiving maternity care.  A pilot project in Kenya suggests that introducing services for prevention of violence against women within antenatal care services (including stigma-reduction training for health workers) will have benefits for all pregnant women and can be especially important in settings where women may fear or experience partner or family violence related to HIV testing or HIV-positive status disclosure.  I recently attended the Maternal Health, HIV, and AIDS meeting coordinated by the MHTF, USAID, and CDC and held in Boston, June 10-12, 2013. Meeting participants from the HIV and maternal health communities from around the globe agreed that working together to ensure respectful maternity care—including care free from stigma and discrimination for any reason—should be an important joint goal for both the HIV prevention and maternal health communities.  This post is part of a blog series on maternal health, HIV, and AIDS. To view the entire series, click here.Visit the MHTF topic pages on Maternal Health, HIV and AIDS and Respectful Maternity Care for more on both of these topics.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Announcements of New Technologies Underscore Complexity of Challenges in Maternal Health Service Access and Quality

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on October 3, 2013February 2, 2017By: Sarah Blake, MHTF consultantClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)In the past week, three potentially high-impact innovations have made the news. Each holds promise for easing some of the key barriers that women face in reaching high quality maternal health care in a timely way, and together, they demonstrate both the common need for improvements in areas such as transportation and communication, which often inhibit women from reaching health care, and technologies that ensure women who reach health services receive the high quality of health services they require.First, last week, WHO, announced  that it, in collaboration with medical technology company Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) and Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development partners that they would begin scaling up production of the Odon device, an obstetric tool designed for use in settings where birth attendants lack the skills or equipment needed to safely perform forceps or vacuum-assisted deliveries.Second, the Thomson Reuters foundation reported on the launch of the Ghana pilot project for Zero Mothers Die, an effort that draws on the many potential uses of mobile technology, enabling pregnant women to communicate with skilled birth attendants and earn money to cover costs associated with using health care , while also building the capacity of health workers.Finally, The Atlantic and The Huffington post both reported on a new design for a “donkey ambulance,” equipped with an inflatable saddle that British charity HealthProm and designer Peter Muckle developed with the aim of enabling women living in remote, mountainous areas of Afghanistan to reach health facilities that would otherwise be out of reach.Share this:last_img read more

Previewing the Next Generation of Global Maternal and Newborn Health Programs in Mexico City

first_imgPosted on October 9, 2015June 12, 2017By: Sandeep Bathala, Senior Program Associate, Maternal Health Initiative, Wilson CenterClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This post originally appeared on The New Security Beat, the blog of the Environmental Change and Security Program at the Wilson CenterThe Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference, held in Mexico City from October 18-21, will provide a forum to identify, understand, and respond to the most urgent health needs of mothers and newborns. The hope is that it will accelerate momentum for maternal and newborn health in the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals and put us on a track to end all preventable maternal and newborn deaths.One of the best ways to ensure progressive change is to showcase innovative and effective solutions and then consider how to replicate and expand those successes. For maternal and newborn health programs, this applies to improvements in quality, integration, and equity. I’m confident we’ll hear about many new and innovative approaches in Mexico City.As we’ve explored through the Maternal Health Initiative at the Wilson Center since 2009, we know a great deal about what it takes to prevent most pregnancy-related deaths and complications. This collective knowledge, coupled with political commitment and action, has led to a global reduction in maternal mortality of 47 percent since 1990.Yet improvements have not been universal. Many countries and marginalized groups remain behind. Nearly 80 percent of all maternal deaths are concentrated in 21 countries. In fact, six countries account for more than half of all maternal deaths: India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The most underserved communities and women are still too often unable to access the resources, information, and services that ensure safe pregnancy, delivery, and recovery.The main focus of the conference is reaching every mother and newborn with quality care. As we have learned, no single investment will eliminate the stark differences in access to quality maternal care, but there is much to be learned from improved dialogue between practitioners from the field and policymakers.The Wilson Center’s Advancing Dialogue on Maternal Health series, supported by the Maternal Health Task Force and UNFPA, identifies strategies to support policymakers and practitioners around the world in improving these outcomes. Many solutions are low-cost and use existing system elements or technologies, but not all the recommendations have been about medicines, techniques, or numbers of doctors.The need to collect relevant and reliable data on maternal health has emerged as a consistent theme. Experts have emphasized the importance of good data for tracking performance and rewarding competence. As well, benchmarks and indicators are sometimes too focused on contact with skilled birth attendants and not on the quality of care or event context. This focus on qualitative indicators is important to reduce morbidities and improve national standards that encourage institutions and staff to provide quality care and be respectful and accountable to all persons during labor and delivery.While there are general guidelines to improving maternal health, implementation must account for local context. As a representative from the Rwandan Ministry of Health stressed at one of our events, “It is very difficult to do copy-paste; we should do, and think, according to the reality in the field.” I look forward to blogging from the Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference on how policymakers and practitioners are meeting these country-specific challenges.The mandate for addressing maternal mortality and morbidity in developing countries is growing ever more wide and precise, creating an atmosphere of heightened accountability. The next iteration of Advancing Dialogue on Maternal Health by the Wilson Center will build on the series’ momentum and the conference in Mexico City to further the case to policymakers in both Washington, DC, and abroad that high quality, integrated, and equitable maternal and newborn health services are key investments for the future of their countries.To read what global maternal health leaders are saying about and at the Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference and what we need to do to end preventable maternal and newborn mortality, check out the Crowd 360 digital hub and subscribe to the conference Daily Digest.Sources: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, United Nations.Photo Credit: A mother in Afghanistan receives emergency obstretic care, courtesy of UNFPA.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Ensuring Quality in Private Maternity Care

first_imgPosted on October 13, 2016January 4, 2017By: Bulbul Sood, Jhpiego India; Frank Kaharuza, AOGU; Hema Divakar, FOGSI; Naveen Rao, Merck for MothersClick 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)One of the most challenging areas of maternal health is measuring, improving and assuring quality of care. Measuring the quality of maternal health care can be particularly difficult, especially surrounding labor and delivery. Maternal mortality and morbidity outcomes can be misleading indicators of quality, and data on the content of care is extremely limited. For private maternity care providers, investing in continuous quality measurement and improvement can be a real hurdle. Particularly for small, independent providers, time is money and taking on complex, continuous quality improvement processes is unrealistic. However, our experience working with private providers demonstrates that they are eager to invest in quality improvement measures.We cannot overlook private providers in quality improvement efforts, especially given new research from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine: according to their analysis, a surprising 40 percent of women in low- and middle-income countries receive maternal health care and family planning services from private providers. Yet, most countries’ national quality assurance and quality improvement plans only apply to public providers, and regulation does not effectively cover private care. If we want to achieve greater progress in ending preventable maternal and child deaths, we must develop innovative strategies to improve the quality of care a woman receives—regardless of where that care takes place.For that reason, we created the Private Maternity Care Quality Toolkit (PMC-QT) to help measure and improve the quality of private maternity care. With financial support from Merck for Mothers (known as MSD for Mothers outside of the United States and Canada), the PMC-QT was designed in consultation with dozens of stakeholders in India and Uganda, including the Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI), the Association of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Uganda (AOGU), Population Services International/Program for Accessible Health Communication and Education Uganda (PSI/PACE), Hindustan Latex Family Planning Promotion Trust (HLFPPT), Pathfinder International, World Health Partners and Ministry of Health representatives from both countries. Key features include clinical standards targeting the most essential evidence-based practices, clear metrics for measurement and simple data collection tools. The practical, user-friendly toolkit incorporates lessons from three years of programming and on-the-ground input from a diverse group of stakeholders in India and Uganda. It spans the entire maternity care continuum, including antenatal, intrapartum and immediate postpartum care, and was designed to be useful for doctors at large, urban hospitals and midwives in rural villages alike.Earlier this year, Jhpiego previewed the toolkit at the Women Deliver conference where many of the private providers in the room acknowledged the usefulness of the toolkit in addressing their specific challenges and contexts. Others expressed optimism that quality standards and tools for private providers would help counter negative stereotypes about their services and, instead, demonstrate their commitment to high quality maternity care.In August 2016, Jhpiego hosted a webinar to introduce partners and external stakeholders to the PMC-QT and plans for implementation in India and Uganda. Attendees shared challenges they face and discussed how the toolkit could help improve their quality management processes. Jhpiego will offer additional webinars to continue sharing this resource with private providers, professional associations, accreditors, regulators and government authorities. Our hope is that the PMC-QT will contribute meaningfully to global efforts to measure and improve quality of maternal health care.To view the PMC-QT and fact sheet, visit www.pmcqt.org.For more information, contact Vikas Yadav at Vikas.Yadav@jhpiego.org. Photo credit: Kiran Thejaswi/Jhpiego, 2014Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Barriers to Misoprostol Use in Developing Countries

first_imgInadequate integration of misoprostol in basic health service packagesSuboptimal road infrastructure and communication systemsHealth service deliveryFragmented supply and distribution chain for essential medicinesPAC services not availablePoor supervision or monitoring capacityLack of access to misoprostolProvider’s preference is not misoprostolHealth workforceShortages of skilled birth attendants, traditional birth attendants and community health workersFear and confusion among providers related to potential misuseBelief that misoprostol will increase home birth rates and discourage facility-based deliveryLack of knowledge and skills among providers due to inadequate trainingLimited scope of midwifery practicePoor inter-professional collaboration and communicationCommunity perception, knowledge and preferenceStigma surrounding misoprostol due to its abortion-inducing propertiesSocioeconomic, ethnic and cultural barriers to accessLack of community awareness of and knowledge about misoprostolInequitable distribution or geographic disparities in utilizationHealth information systemAbsence of national reporting system on uterotonicsGaps in inclusion of important national-level maternal health indicatorsCost of medicinePaying for medicine hindering efforts to increase coverageFinancial constraints to training traditional birth attendantsRecommendations for improvementThe authors concluded the paper with policy and practice recommendations for countries, facilities, providers and communities such as establishing supportive policies that reflect international standards; strengthening health monitoring and reporting systems; training health care workers to administer misoprostol safely and effectively; designing supply plans to ensure reliable availability of misoprostol; and developing educational materials for community members about appropriate misoprostol use. These efforts represent a critical step towards ending preventable maternal mortality.—Read the full open access paper.Learn about the new guidelines for misoprostol use from the International Federation for Gynecology and Obstetrics.Subscribe to receive new posts from the Maternal Health Task Force blog in your inbox.Share this: Posted on December 20, 2017December 20, 2017By: Sarah Hodin, Project Coordinator II, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Where oxytocin is not readily available for post-abortion care (PAC) and postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) prevention, misoprostol is the recommended alternative. Nevertheless, many countries have not been able to ensure access to safe misoprostol use to prevent maternal deaths.A recent systematic review by Amir Ali Barket Ali Samnani, Narjis Rizvi, Tazeen Saeed Ali and Farina Abrejo published in Reproductive Health identified barriers to misoprostol use for PAC and PPH prevention in developing countries. The authors analyzed nineteen studies conducted in Eastern and Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa that outlined challenges for programs and policies that support the administration of misoprostol for these indications.Barriers to successful implementationLeadership, governance and policiesLack of national policies or registration of misoprostol for the management of PAC or PPHFear and confusion among implementers, policymakers and government officialsNo awareness about existing policyTechnical inconsistencies in guidelines and protocols ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Deadbeat Client Bill Introduced in NY

first_imgThe New York State Senate just introduced S8084, a bill that would at long last grant freelancers the same protections that traditional employees currently enjoy. This remarkable piece of legislation: * Grants freelancers the same wage protection as traditional employees. * Requires the Department of Labor to pursue freelancers’ unpaid wages. * Holds deadbeat executives personally liable for up to $20,000 and jail time. This happened thanks to hundreds of members organizing, making phone calls, spreading the word, and donating to the campaign. Ask your senator today to support S8084! Here’s looking forward to the day when deadbeat clients are no longer the specter looming behind every freelancer’s career.last_img read more

Advice for freelancers taking parental leave

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.I’m a full-time freelance web designer and developer—and a momma. I have two kiddos—Quinn and Julia, ages 9 and 3. So fellow freelancers, especially ones who are expecting, ask me all the time: Did you take maternity leave? How do you handle childcare?Well, as you know, self-employment doesn’t come with maternity leave. (Although some states like New York offer paid family leave options).That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t create your own.I did. And it was great. But I had to learn a few things, and didn’t quite get it right until my second time around.When it comes to taking time off for babies, here’s what I did, what I learned, and what I recommend…First child: big ’ole messWhen I had Quinn, the fact that I can’t do it all hit me like a ton of bricks. “Maternity leave” was a learning experience that left me dealing with projects that were running late, with a 3-day old baby by my side. You see Quinn was born 4 weeks early and I thought I had plenty of time to wrap things up. Not!Child two: lessons learnedWhen I discovered I was pregnant with my second child, I was determined to do maternity leave right. Julia was due in October, and since daycare didn’t have openings until January, I decided to take three whole months off. Here’s how I did it:Own itYes, I’m having a baby and I’m taking THREE months off. It felt foreign to me, especially after Quinn, but I wanted to do it right with Julia, and I needed to be confident and fearless in my own mind first.Start earlyYour maternity leave planning should start as soon as you find out you’re pregnant, if not before. Don’t wait to deal with it until the month before the baby arrives (or you’ll end up like I did with my first baby, in the throes of work with a newborn and seriously regretting your naivety).Save 3x your monthly salaryEvery month, I pay myself a salary. This salary goes towards living expenses. So in order to not make any money for three months, I’d need to have 3 months’ salary in the bank. As soon as I found out I was pregnant, I started stashing money away.Give clients plenty of noticeI started telling clients in the second trimester. I didn’t tell everybody, just those it would affect most. Then about two months before my leave, I told everyone on my newsletter list.Set scheduling expectations, and communicate themBefore my maternity leave, I told clients I was booking projects for January. Then when January filled up, February. While I was out, my website and email replies clearly stated that I was on maternity leave, and how to start the process of booking a project together.Get helpIf waiting until January wasn’t doable, or current clients needed help with maintenance, I wasn’t going to leave them high-and-dry. I needed somebody awesome to fill my role while I wasn’t available. Fortunately, a long term colleague (who’s amazing!) was willing to be the go-to.Maintain your marketing pipelineEven though I wouldn’t be working on projects for three months, I did need my pipeline to be there when I came back. I wrote and scheduled three-months-worth of blog posts and newsletters while I was out.Have a little cushionAs a freelancer, and as a parent, you realize there always needs to be wiggle room. Unexpected stuff happens. To account for that, I saved a little extra money, and allowed a little extra time. I wrapped up in early September, just to be safe. Julia ended up arriving two weeks early on September 22nd, but the extra time gave me time to rest, focus and prepare.Arrange childcare!Yes, I have a home office. But I can’t watch kids AND work. That means I’d be 50% mom, and 50% designer—neither is good enough. My 3 year old goes to pre-school every day, and will continue to go to school. My kids attend camp in the summer. Sure, if they’re sick, they stay home with me and I reschedule my day. I’m grateful for that flexibility! But being able to put my all into work while I’m working, means I’m able to put my all into being a mom when I’m momming. And that feels really, really good. Kids don’t want a mom who isn’t fully-present, and nobody wants to hire somebody who’s half-a$$ing their job. I’m a firm believer that if you work, you need childcare. To be good at anything, we need to be focused. And seriously, in any other profession, you don’t take your children to work with you—how is freelancing any different?A few more thoughts about maternity and parental leaveIt’s going to be okay. Sure, I was nervous about taking three month off, but it didn’t break my business. If anything, my business was stronger for it. With planning and communication, you can absolutely make this work.Yes, I love being a freelance web designer. But at the end of the day, I do this work to support my family and make a good life for them. (I even state this in my values on my website.) It’s okay if family is more important than work—it should be!Yes, you can love your job—and still take three months off for maternity leave. This doesn’t make you a bad businessperson.In many other countries in the world, maternity and parental leave is much longer than here in the U.S. Just because we need to create this time for ourselves doesn’t mean it’s not necessary, deserved or possible. Like most things, it just requires some planning to be successful.I will leave you with this: Do what is right for you and your family. I certainly hope the information I shared will help to guide you.Jill Anderson is a web designer/developer who partners with graphic designers, writers, and creatives to craft custom, responsive WordPress websites. Have you wanted to revamp your website for a while but haven’t gotten very far? Get my FREE guide, Get Your Website Done: JillLynnDesign.com/freegift/last_img read more