IAAF chief Sebastian Coe to visit India on Oct 5-6

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 1 (PTI) Into his second month as the head of world athletics body IAAF, former Olympic middle distance champion Sebastian Coe will visit India on October 5-6 and meet the top brass of the national federation and the Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on how to improve the profile of the sport in the country. The 59-year-old, who has Indian connections as his maternal grandfather was a Punjabi, will attend the executive committee meeting of the Athletics Federation of India to be held on October 5-6. Coe, who won 1,500m gold at 1980 Moscow Olympics and the 1984 Los Angeles Games, will meet the sports ministry officials, including the secretary and Sports Authority of India Director General Injeti Srinivas, as well as the Sports Minister on October 6. “IAAF President Sebastian Coe will visit the country for two days. He is reaching on the morning of October 5 and he will attend the AFI Executive Meeting. A dinner will hosted in his honour at a city five star hotel on the night of October 6,” a top official of the AFI told PTI. “During his stay, he will meet the sports ministry officials, including the Minister. Coe has Indian connection and he is interested in the well being of Indian athletics,” he added. This will be the first visit of 2012 London Olympics Organising Committee chairman to a particular country after taking charge as head of the IAAF in August end from long serving Lamine Diack. Last week, he had visited Vrsac, Serbia, but that was to attend the Congress of Association of Balkan Athletics Federations. Coes grandfather Sardari Lal from Punjab met his maternal grandmother Vera Swan in the 1920s when he went to England for university studies. Coes mother Angela spent her early childhood (till 10 or 11 years of age) at Hotel Marina at Connaught Place in Delhi, which was owned Lal and his brother, before returning to England around the time the second World War was to about to break out. PTI PDS CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

4 Types of CEOs to Avoid

first_imgThe CEO sets the tone for corporate culture. In fact, not only do they set the tone, but they also live it, day in and day out. If they exude a positive, invigorating vibe that rallies employees to higher levels of productivity, then the employees, and the company as a whole, win.Moreover, certain traits and behaviors make CEOs successful (and well liked), and are integral to employee happiness. Conversely, there are behaviors that, if vetted out early, can signal job seekers that an opportunity may not be a fit, after all.Four CEO traits that you may want to watch out for when considering your next role include:1. Navigating Without a Compass. Whether the CEO has been piloting the company for one year or 20 years, if they don’t have a compass or have lost their way, then everyone else (i.e., the employees) will be following them down this ambiguous path. While your chief leader could get lucky and navigate you to a pot of revenue gold, the chances are their lost-in-the woods approach will create future instability, decreasing revenues, and ultimately, employee dismissals.2. Slash and Burn Turnaround Record. If the CEO of your target company is known for applying the slash and burn style to repairing revenues and profits, cutting employees without considering their length of service, age or welfare, and overall, leads an enterprise where human suffering is disregarded, you might want to reconsider hiring on.3. Flexibility. Is the CEO is an old-school iron-fist ruler with a “do as I say, and never question my way” attitude? Or, is disrespect is demonstrated through omission; e.g., excluding key players to meetings that would benefit from their expertise? Then consider whether you would thrive in such an environment.4. Fair-weather. Perhaps the CEO supports employees when revenues are soaring and market share growing – but is quick to point blame at employees when the environment, and with it, profits, begin to plunge. Do you want to be the victim of such fair-weather leadership?To help avoid getting caught up in the quagmire of job uncertainty, research your company well before accepting your next gig. Start with Glassdoor’s Highest Rated CEOs to help identify those companies whose CEOs get what makes for a happy, productive employee – who are focused on a growth path that increases your likelihood of a secure future.last_img read more

Edmunds.com Seeks to End Meeting Mania With “Thinking Thursdays”

first_imgIn the work world, there is almost nothing worse than a case of “the Mondays”. Almost. We’d argue that a case of “meeting mania” might just take the cake.Not familiar with meeting mania? It’s the obsession many companies, from SMBs to startups and big corporations, have with meetings. If you get a sinking feeling when you check your Google Calendar, see the back-to-back meetings in store for the next 8 hours, and lose all hope for a productive workday—yep, I think we all know meeting mania.But for those working at Edmunds.com, there is a glimmer of hope in a sea of calendar invites.This past July, the company implemented a new policy that bans meetings on Thursdays. Aside from the 15-minute engineering pow-wows that keep the site up and running, the whole day is focused on spending less time pouring over agendas and more time, quite frankly, getting stuff done.But “Thinking Thursdays,” as the company has come to call them, are much more than just meeting-free days. Julie Merges, Edmunds.com’s Chief People Officer, has worked with her team to ensure that the day is focused on reflection through meditation sessions, walking groups, and leadership development training.Merges also uses “Thinking Thursdays” as a way to encourage employees to become smarter when it comes to planning meetings. She recommends limiting meetings to 50 minutes or less, sticking strictly to an agenda, and only inviting people who really need to attend. Hopefully, employees will not feel inclined to squeeze five days of meetings into four, which according to Merges would “totally defeat the purpose” of the initiative.Edmunds.com employees love the change. An account executive in Grand Rapids, MI says, “I have gained a work/life balance that I did not know was possible…I am working about 20 hours less that I was and making about $3,000 more a month.”An analyst in Santa Monica, CA appreciates the chance to be a happier and more productive worker: “[Edmunds.com] actually cares about their employees and understands that happy employees are much more productive.”It’s no wonder Edmunds.com chief executive Avi Steinlauf is 2016 Glassdoor Highest-Rated CEO.Implementing employee health and wellness programs such as Edmunds.com’s “Thinking Thursdays” is not just a quick fix. Study after study shows that happy employees are more likely to bring a positive attitude and commitment to the workplace, which trickles down to company performance at every level.And while salary is very important to people when they’re looking for or accepting a job, Glassdoor research shows that pay is not one of the leading factors tied to long-term employee satisfaction. Actually, culture and values, career opportunities, and trust in senior leadership are the biggest drivers.Whether or not your company follows Edmunds.com’s lead and imposes a meeting-free workday, perhaps their initiative can remind you to maximize meeting efficiency and prioritize individual work time. Viva la Thinking Thursday!DISCOVER: Check Out Open Roles at Edmunds.com!last_img read more

Mbappe to become adidas’ highest earner (ahead Man Utd star Pogba)

first_imgAdidas face losing Monaco whizkid Kylian Mbappe to Nike.Mbappe is being chased by Real Madrid, Liverpool, Arsenal and a host of other clubs after scoring 26 goals in an outstanding breakthrough season.And Sport reports Mbappe has become embroiled in a tug-of-war between the two biggest sport manufacturers in the game – adidas and NikeThe 18-year-old has been contracted to Nike since making his professional debut, but with his deal coming to an end adidas are now prepared to offer him an enormous deal to become their latest star performer.In fact, the German company are prepared to make Mbappe their top-earner at £4.4m per year.That would outstrip the £3.1m currently paid to Manchester United star Paul Pogba, says the Daily Mail.last_img

Milner eager for Liverpool to carry on buying

first_imgLiverpool veteran James Milner is backing Jurgen Klopp to carry on his transfer plans.Mohamed Salah’s arrival adds to the attacking options at Klopp’s disposal for 2017-18 – and Milner welcomed the boost to the squad given the demands ahead.“Liverpool is a top club, we’re a good squad of players and you’re going to attract top players. That’s what you want – the best players in and around the squad to push each other,” the Englishman told liverpoolfc.com.“The bigger the squad of top players you have, the more successful you’re going to be. The competition for places is exactly what you need all over the field.”last_img

Inter Milan see Southampton midfielder Tadic as Perisic replacement

first_imgInter Milan are launching a bid for Southampton midfielder Dusan Tadic.Milan sources say Inter see Tadic as a potential replacement for winger Ivan Perisic.Croatia international Perisic is a big money target for Manchester United, which are currently haggling with Inter over a fee for the midfielder.The Nerazzurri are resigned to losing Perisic and have identified Tadic as a potential replacement.The Saints ace is due to meet with new manager Mauricio Pellegrino before considering his options.last_img

Bayer Leverkusen welcome AC Milan approach for €50M pair Calhanoglu, Kampl

first_imgAC Milan are eyeing Bayer Leverkusen pair Hakan Calhanoglu and Kevin Kampl.Milan have been in contact with Bayer over the past week about a price for Turkey international Calhanoglu.And Express says the Rossoneri have also sounded out the Germans about Kampl.Bayer chief Jonas Boldt admits a deal could be done, with Milan learning it will take €50 million to sign the duo.”If the price is right we are ready to talk about it,” he stated.last_img

Chelsea push to make £95M double signing in 48hrs

first_imgAS Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko has passed his Chelsea medical.The Sun says Bakayoko will start Chelsea’s £95million spree this week by completing his move from Monaco.And Juventus’ Alex Sandro is also closing in on a switch to the Premier League champions as Antonio Conte looks to seal his first signings of the summer.Chelsea hope to announce the deals when the transfer window opens on Saturday as they plan to unveil their new Nike kit.France midfielder Bakayoko will cost £35million with Brazilian Sandro, valued at £60million, set to become the most expensive defender in world football should the left-back finalise a move to Stamford Bridge.last_img

Liverpool defender Joel Matip: I must do better next season

first_imgLiverpool defender Joel Matip is determined to build on his debut Premier League season.The elegant centre-back excelled in his maiden season with the Reds following his free transfer switch from Schalke last summer.He told liverpoolfc.com: “I really like to have the ball. It’s one of the nicest things when you’re out on the pitch. I try to do my best: when to look forward, when to create chances or help my teammates in front.“But I am very self-critical as well. I always want to improve myself. You have to work hard and keep trying and learning – that’s the way you get better.“Before I came here I knew about the Premier League. I saw a lot of games and I had an idea what to expect. So I prepared right from the beginning. Maybe the top teams try to play a bit more, but every team gives everything in this league.“The ball goes from one end of the pitch to the other, all the time, so you can always be vulnerable if you’re not at your best. You have to concentrate because in every match just one situation can decide it.”last_img read more

Two New Additions to the MHTF

first_imgPosted on November 9, 2009November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)We are so excited to have Sarah Blake and Kate Mitchell on board as our new Knowledge Management Interns. We have already felt their contributions speeding up the pace of our work!Sarah holds a M.Sc. in Gender, Development and Globalisation from the London School of Economics, where she wrote a dissertation on the history of global initiatives to combat maternal mortality, beginning with the Safe Motherhood Initiative. In addition to her work with MHTF, she has explored different dimensions of international reproductive health and development issues through work with the Communications Consortium Media Center (CCMC), Family Care International, the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), and The United Nations Foundation.Kate holds a MPH in International Health from Boston University and a BA in International Relations from Florida International University. For her ‘culminating experience’ at BU, she completed a 25 minute multimedia piece on the public health paradox of high levels of institutionalized deliveries and high levels of maternal mortality in the Dominican Republic. Before pursuing her MPH, Kate spent most of 2006 working for the Institute for Latin American Concern in the Dominican Republic. She has also worked on water and sanitation projects in Nicaragua and volunteered with HIV/AIDS orphans in South Africa.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

A Second Group of Researchers Trained by ICDDR,B

first_imgPosted on September 2, 2011August 15, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The following is part of a series of project updates from the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B). The MHTF is supporting their project, Knowledge Sharing and Knowledge Translation in Bangladesh. More information on MHTF supported projects can be found here.Written by: ICDDR,BThe second group of ICDDR,B researchers successfully completed the course, How to Write a Knowledge Translation Brief: Knowledge Translation in Maternal Health. The course was facilitated by Fauzia Akhter Huda and Laura Reichenbach. In this batch, nine researchers from ICDDR,B’s different units participated. Like the previous course each participant was instructed to bring a data set or a completed study report or manuscript to the first session. The final draft of Knowledge Translation Briefs from the second group will be sent to the technical review committee during the first week of September.The Knowledge Translation Briefs of the first group have been peer-reviewed, revised and are almost finalized. These briefs will be shared on the Access for All web-page on the icddr,b web-site shortly.The course materials have generated a lot of interest both within and outside of ICDDR,B. A special one-hour session of the KT Brief writing course was delivered to a group of fifteen policy makers and program managers. This was done as complement to another ICDDR,B project “Enhancing capacity to apply research evidence in policy making for reproductive health in Bangladesh”. The session and the course materials were highly appreciated by the policy and program people and they proposed to conduct this session for their other staff as well.Titles of KT Briefs of the second group:-Antenatal care reduces perinatal deaths in rural Bangladesh-Behavior change communication (BCC) intervention improves MNCH practices in urban slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh-Acceptability of BCC intervention in urban slums in Bangladesh-Effectiveness of ‘SAFE’: An intervention addressing sexual and reproductive health and rights and violence against young women in urban Bangladesh-Identifying points of intervention: Voices of physically abused wives in rural Bangladesh-Improving the quality of midwives in Bangladesh: Addressing barriers of midwifery course in nursing training-Reducing the risk of occupational exposure to Mycobacterium tuberculosis among healthcare workers in Bangladesh-Evaluation of a new diagnostic kit (ELISA) to detect falciparum malaria in non-endemic regions in BangladeshThe webpage for the Knowledge Translation for Maternal Health: Building Capacity and Culture for Change website has been launched on the redeveloped ICDDR,B website. The webpage provides access to Knowledge Translation briefs; evidence which includes different reports, presentations, and publications from completed studies related to maternal health conducted at the Centre for Reproductive Health of ICDDR,B different times; and Government of Bangladesh documents relevant to maternal health. This webpage will be a useful resource for researchers and policymakers alike.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

WHO Misoprostol Approval Means Lifesaving Treatment for Women in Low-resource Settings

first_imgPosted on September 16, 2015June 12, 2017By: Lindsay Grenier, Maternal Health Technical Advisor, MCSP ; Susan Moffson, MCSP Senior Program OfficerClick 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 has been slightly edited from it’s original posting on the blog of the Maternal and Child Survival Program.A young woman arrived at a health clinic in Sierra Leone with heavy bleeding. She was suffering from postpartum hemorrhage (PPH)—or excessive bleeding after birth—the most common cause of death for women after delivery.The midwife at the clinic acted quickly, administering oxytocin, a uterotonic that helps the uterus contract to stop the bleeding. However, the facility was lacking the refrigeration needed to properly store the drug, which was also two years out of date. As a result, the oxytocin had no effect, and the woman died two hours later.Mother and newborn in Allahabad, India. (Kate Holt/MCHIP)Tragically, poor and marginalized populations suffering from a disproportionate burden of disease often have the least access to high-quality health services. This is especially true of women during childbirth, who often deliver at home instead of health facilities. Those women who do make it to a facility may find them ill-equipped, lacking skilled personnel and essential medicines. Or, as in the case of the young woman from Sierra Leone, the medicines may be expired and improperly stored, thereby greatly diminishing their effectiveness.Alarmingly, all of these women will be at risk of dying from PPH without access to uterotonics. And while oxytocin is the gold standard for preventing and treating PPH, it is not always available or kept sufficiently cool. It must also be given through injection by a skilled birth attendant, such as a doctor or nurse.Thankfully, there is a second-line uterotonic drug that can be used to prevent and treat PPH when oxytocin is not available: misoprostol. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently added misoprostol — which does not require refrigeration and can be taken as a pill — to the Essential Medicines List for treatment of PPH in every country. This action expands the range of options to treat PPH, empowering health care workers with one more tool in their arsenal to fight bleeding after birth.As professionals who work every day around the world to ensure our interventions reach the most vulnerable populations, and understand the endorsement of misoprostol means more equitable access to and appropriate use of uteronics for countless women across the developing world.The WHO announcement opens an exciting new chapter in global health. While much work remains before every facility can guarantee a stable stock of viable oxytocin, the endorsement of misoprostol for the treatment of PPH will increase the availability of lifesaving care for some of the world’s most vulnerable women.As part of our own comprehensive PPH strategy, MCSP continues to strengthen essential health system functions, with the goal of overcoming local system barriers to provision of high-quality care, effective referral systems, and trained providers.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Maternal Health Innovations: Strengthening Quality of Care

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Pregnancy, Delivery and Postpartum Care: This study utilized 26 ‘signal functions’ to assess the quality of obstetric and newborn care at six health facilities in Bangladesh. Childbirth Checklist: Researchers in Bangladesh found that the World Health Organization’s Safe Childbirth Checklist is a low-cost, effective tool that can improve quality of maternal and newborn health services and thereby increase uptake of facility-based services.Learn more about the Maternal Health Innovations Fund and read the rest of the knowledge briefs >> Share this:center_img Posted on March 10, 2016October 12, 2016By: Kayla McGowan, Project Coordinator, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)While improving access to maternal and newborn health services is fundamental in reducing the global maternal and neonatal mortality ratios and meeting the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, ensuring quality care is an equally important aim.The Maternal Health Innovations Fund, a project of the MHTF, recently supported several projects in collaboration with The International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) and Pakistan’s Agha Khan University (AKU) that examined ways to improve quality of care in low- and middle-income countries.Icddr,b and AKU have published 10 knowledge briefs summarizing findings from their recent maternal health research that took place in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Southern Kyrgystan, and Pakistan. The knowledge briefs identify urgent needs in maternal health, highlight improvements in the field, and offer recommendations for addressing gaps in access, quality, and measurement of care based on the implementation research conducted under this project.Three of the projects investigated solutions related to improving the quality of maternal and newborn care:Knowledge Exchange for Health Service Providers:  This study in Bangladesh convened a health services provider club (HSP) consisting of maternal and neonatal health service providers in rural Shahjadpur. The HSP gathered for monthly refresher training sessions and developed an action plan to improve the quality of maternal newborn health services in the sub-district. Pre- and post-intervention research showed significant improvements in antenatal care and postnatal care services, as well as increased essential newborn care practices.last_img read more

Tax humor for freelancers

first_imgIf you’re one of the many freelancers hustling to get your taxes done by this Thursday, take a break for a bit of humor by reading this New York Times Op-Art piece: “A Tax Form for the Marginally Employed”. This piece is for you if you meet any of the following criteria (as written by Sam Potts): • You spend more than 8 hours of daylight in your pajamas. • You are known by name at more than 4 public Wi-Fi hot spots. • Your wallet has alphabetical category dividers for receipt filing. • You ghostwrote a book for Sarah Palin, Rod Blagojevich or Bernard Madoff’s mistress. (Thanks to Freelancers Union member Abbe E. for sharing this with us!)last_img

The World’s Easiest Invoicing Tool

first_imgGot 5 minutes to spare? That’s plenty of time to create a clean, professional looking invoice by using Billable: a nifty new web app that gives you a blank slate template that you can edit, then save as a PDF or print. You can find other great productivity tools at the 99% blog.last_img

360i Partners with FOX Sports to Bring the World Cup to the U.S.A.

first_imgWorld Cup Fever hit 360i! As Media AOR for FOX’s 2018 World Cup broadcast, we were challenged with no small task: how do we get America to tune into a tournament where there is no USA team? 360i rose to the challenge to develop the biggest media effort in FOX Sports history. The robust, integrated campaign took more than a year to prepare, and was a joint effort of our FOX and FOX Sports teams, both based in Los Angeles.On top of the brilliant basics of a national media campaign and some great digital partnership executions, we ran tech-driven digital out-of-home in major markets. Digital kiosks and billboards offered “virtually live” highlights of every game leading up the World Cup final on July 15. We even helped FOX Sports bring the games to the heart of New York City with a live broadcast in Times Square. The Spain v. Portugal match aired on Silvercast’s 78 by 330-foot HD screen known as “Mega-Zilla” between 45 & 46th Street on Broadway.Back at 360i HQ, we invented our own celebrations, which included viewing parties, an “Around the World (Cup)” best beverage contest, and a Spanish and Portuguese brunch feast with our USA Today partner. All in all, we scored big time.last_img read more

WTFinance is Credit Card Pre-Qualification?

first_imgWhen it comes to shopping for credit cards, while pre-qualified or pre-approved sound very similar, they’re quite different things. In this post we’ll give you the low down on what pre-qualification means, particularly when it comes to financing, its top benefits, how it impacts your credit, and how to go about evaluating offers.What Is Pre-Qualification?In a nutshell, pre-qualification is when you give the green light to providing your credit information to lenders to shop for different types of financing, such as credit cards, a car loan, or a mortgage. When it comes to credit cards, you typically have to contact the credit card issuer or bank and provide your limited personal information and basic financial details, such as your income and expenses, credit score, debt load, and employment.In turn, you’re giving the issuer permission to access your credit report and credit score, and allow them to determine what product, you qualify for if, explains credit card expert John Ulzheimer, formerly of FICO and Equifax. You’re then formally asked to apply for that card.When you give the okay to start the pre-qualification process, you’re in the discovery stage to see what kind of financing you’re eligible for. For example, let’s say you have your eye on a credit card with awesome travel perks. You reach out to the credit card company to see if you qualify. During the pre-qualification stage, the creditor goes through an assessment to see if you’re eligible.If you receive a pre-qualification offer, it means you “might” (operative word here is “might”) be eligible to receive a line of credit. But after your credit report is requested and your file is looked over, there’s a chance you might be denied an offer.Pre-Qualification Versus Pre-Approval When it comes to pre-approval, which is also known as pre-screening, a lender decides on their own whether you’re creditworthy enough and meet the criteria for them to extend credit to you. The credit card issuer provides the credit bureaus with a list of criteria, which is then used to generate a list of consumers who meet that criteria, explains Ulzheimer. “The card issuer makes a firm offer of credit, either by mail or online, to those consumers hoping they will respond and become new credit card customers,” says Ulzheimer.They’ll then send you an offer. The ball is then in your court whether you want to accept the offer. Pre-approvals are guarantees that you’re eligible for that credit card.Does Pre-Qualification Impact My Credit? The short answer is “no.” Opting in to pre-qualification doesn’t impact your credit. When you give permission to a credit card company, bank, or lender to start the process, a soft inquiry is added to your credit file. Soft inquiries don’t affect your credit score, so you can check your free credit report without a credit card without impact. It’s only after you’re eligible for an offer and submit an application that your credit reports are pulled and a hard inquiry is added to your credit file.Benefits of Pre-Qualification Because you’re screening for offers before you apply for them, you won’t be blindly applying for cards and loans that you don’t qualify for—which could ding your credit. It’s only after you complete the process to apply for a credit card that it can lower your credit score, points out Ulzheimer.Typically, each hard pull could lower your credit by a few points, and usually stays on your credit file for about a year. Too many hard pulls could negatively impact your credit. By choosing to undergo the pre-qualification process by reaching out to a credit card issuer, bank or lender, you aren’t taking a stab in the dark, and you aren’t needlessly dinging your credit.Another perk about pre-qualification is that you’ll get more targeted offers that are a potentially a better fit for your income, credit situation, and needs. You won’t be wading through offers or applying for cards that aren’t suitable for your current financial situation. It’ll save you time, money, and trouble.Plus, you’ll also be able to choose card issuers and test drive their offers before choosing the one that fits best, says Ulzheimer.What to Do If You’re Not Pre-QualifiedIf you end up not pre-qualified for a card, don’t call it a complete loss and give up. Just think of it as a way to gauge types of cards you might get approved for. For instance, let’s say you don’t pre-qualify for a card. Look into why you might have not qualified for a particular card.Perhaps the reason is that card you applied for typically requires a higher credit score or income than what you currently possess. If that’s the case, then consider applying for pre-qualification for another card with lower credit score or income requirements, and see what happens.Tips for Evaluating OffersOnce you’ve received an offer—congrats! You’ll want to carefully look over the offer, of course. As they say, not all offers are good ones. This includes poring over the fine print, and going over the terms, fees, and conditions.If there’s an introductory APR, check what the standard APR once the promo period ends. And how long is the introductory period for? Is there an annual fee? Another thing to check is the rewards and perks of the card. What’s the earn and burn rates? And if there’s an annual fee, do the rewards offset the costs of the card?And while it’s certainly exciting to receive an offer, don’t necessarily go for the first one you receive. See how the rates and fees of the card you’ve been approved for stack up against other cards. And no need to go hog-wild. Choose judiciously.When shopping for credit cards, while pre-qualification and pre-approved are terms that are oftentimes used interchangeably, it’s important to know the difference. Pre-qualification is a great way to see what types of cards you might be approved for without having to sacrifice credit points, so to speak, sans the needless hard pulls on your credit profile. Happy hunting!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) RelatedFall Into These Good Credit HabitsOctober 16, 2018In “Credit Info”Using Rebuilding Credit Cards to Rebuild Your Credit ScoreApril 20, 2018In “Credit Info”Why is My Credit Score Never the Same?December 20, 2017In “Credit Info” Post navigationlast_img read more

Pregnancy Beyond 40 May Become Easier For Women: Study

first_imgScientists were able to identify a hormone which increases protein levels in the womb lining, making it more conducive for fertilized eggs to get implanted.Women who opt to shelve their plans of motherhood for later in life are often faced with challenges when trying to get pregnant. Now, a new study may have come one step closer to finding a possible solution to help older women conceive.Scientists at the University of Edinburgh were able to identify a fertility hormone that improves conditions of the womb lining, preparing it for pregnancy. According to a paper published in the medical journal Fertility and Sterility, the hormone Dehydroepiandrosterone or DHEA, was able to double the number of proteins that helped make the uterus conducive to conception.Typically, the uterus releases hormones during the menstrual cycle which signal the womb lining to create additional protein to help fertilized eggs get attached to it. As this production reduces with time, the chances of implantation of the fertilized eggs decrease, making it more difficult for women of an advanced reproductive age to get pregnant.For the research, tests were conducted on tissue donated by women in their 40s who were undergoing unrelated surgery. Scientists discovered that by treating womb lining cells with DHEA, there was a significant increase in the production of proteins required for implantation.Additionally, it also boosted production of active androgens – a group of hormones found in men.“A fertilized egg will implant only if the conditions are just right and we were excited to see that DHEA and androgens might help improve this environment in cells,” said lead author Dr Douglas Gibson, from the Medical Research Council (MRC) Centre for Inflammation Research at the University of Edinburgh. “The findings will help us develop studies for potential therapies but more research is needed before we can tell if this approach could be used to help women who are struggling to conceive.”Considering the early stage of the research, the team was unable to confirm if DHEA treatment could help women suffering from fertility problems. However, the discovery does hold promise.“This study is important in learning more about what’s required for a successful implantation and healthy pregnancy. This research may be in its early stages, but it’s worthwhile because it lays the groundwork to uncovering potential treatments down the road to help women trying to conceive,” said Dr Stephen Meader, Program Manager for Reproductive Health at the MRC, which funded the research.Typically, female fertility begins to decline from the age of 30. Women in their 40s have fewer eggs and a higher chance of these eggs having genetic abnormalities which could increase chances of miscarriage, cause birth defects, and health problems in the babies. Keeping this in mind, a growing number of women are opting for oocyte cryopreservation or egg freezing in the hopes of getting pregnant at a later date. If research into DHEA does prove successful in improving chances of pregnancy, a combination of IVF (in vitro fertilization) along with hormone treatment could help older women get through the early period of pregnancy and reduce the chances of miscarriages. In the meanwhile, scientists are yet to identify the exact environment fertilized eggs require for healthy implantation. Research into the issue led a team from the Centre for Trophoblast Research at the University of Cambridge to create miniature functional models (organoids) of the lining of the womb in a conducive lab environment, in the hopes of better understanding the early stages of pregnancy.The findings, published in the journal Nature Cell Biology in April 2017, shed light on the changes that occur in the uterus lining prior to and at the time a fertilized egg gets attached.“These organoids provide a major step forward in investigating the changes that occur during the menstrual cycle and events during early pregnancy when the placenta is established,” noted Dr. Margherita Turco, the study’s lead author. “These events are impossible to capture in a woman, so until now we have had to rely on animal studies.”Sourcelast_img read more

26 BRILLIANT FAMILY-FRIENDLY FESTIVALS

first_imgPort Eliot, Cornwall FESTIVAL NO. 66-9 September 2018 |Even Beck loves Festival No. 6, a multi-genre arts and music festival held at weird and wonderful Portmeirion, a romanticized re-creation of an Italian village – in Wales. Expect performances by Bloc Party and The Flaming Lips and readings by Irvine Welsh, plus an excellent children’s area, Mischief Meadow, and a tipi-filled family camping village.Address:Portmeirion, Gwynedd, Wales LL48 6ERWebsite:festivalnumber6.com Tickets: Adult weekend tickets from £195; 12-15 year olds from £140; ten and under are freeSMOKED & UNCUT MUSIC FESTIVALSFour weekends between July and September 2018 | Bath, Devon and HampshireThese five festival weekends, one at each of the four PIG hotels and the fifth at grander sibling Lime Wood, serve up food and music in a country garden setting and are super family friendly. With performances by The Kooks, The Blockheads, Top Loader and Karen Elson, food by Angela Hartnett and Mark Hix and Arts and Crafts and ‘tug of war’ for the kids, it’s an all-round crowd pleaser.Address: 10-11 June, THE PIG on the Beach, 8-9 July, THE PIG at Brockenhurst, 22-23 July, Lime Wood, 19-20 August, THE PIG near Bath, 9 September, THE PIG at CombeWebsite: smokedanduncut.com Tickets: One day adult tickets from £35, 5-13 year olds £20 SHREWSBURY FOLK FESTIVAL24-27 August 2018 | ShrewsburyIt’s three for the price of one at Shrewsbury Folk Festival, which this year features Loudon Wainwright III and the Unthanks among others. The other two festivals are Pandemonium, offering circus skills, willow lantern making and family yoga for 9 and unders and ‘Refolkus’, for older yoofs, with music and dance workshops and the chance to perform live.Address: West Midlands Showground, Berwick Road, Shrewsbury, SY1 2PFWebsite: shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk Tickets: Adult weekend tickets from £150, 11-17 year olds £90, 5-10s £50, 0-4 freePort Eliot, CornwallKids at Wilderness festival, Oxfordshire Address: Pippingford Park, Nutley, Uckfield TN22 3HWWebsite: elderflowerfields.co.uk Tickets: Adult weekend tickets from £110, 5-16 year olds £60, under 5s £10Gypsy caravans at Port Eliot, CornwallFeeling bouncy at Camp Bestival Address: Lowther Deer Park, Hackthorpe (nr Penrith), Cumbria CA10 2HNWebsite: kendalcalling.co.uk Tickets: Adult weekend tickets from £140, 11-15 year olds £81.50, 6-10s £19.25, under 5s freePort Eliot, CornwallPort Eliot, Cornwall NOZSTOCK: THE HIDDEN VALLEY20-22 July 2018 |Growing from a family party-on-a-farm for 50 people into a nine-stage bonanza for 5,000, this independent little festival still feels like a private fancy-dress party but with tons of activities thrown in. You can watch Happy Mondays, Seasick Steve, The Sugar Hill Gang and The Correspondents – or skip over to the Little Wonderland kids’ area for art workshops, breakdancing lessons and meditation. ‘The family side of the festival is a huge part of what we do here,’ says Ella, organiser and daughter of Noz, ‘particularly now I’m a mum with a toddler, and pregnant with my second child. There’s even a bottle-warming service for brave new parents!’Address: Rowden Paddocks, Bromyard, Herefordshire HR7 4LSWebsite: nozstock.com Tickets: Adult weekend tickets from £115, teens from £95, 12 and under, freeCrossing the river at Latitude festival in Suffolk CAMP BESTIVAL2-5 July 2018 |At Lulworth Castle on Dorset’s impossibly beautiful Jurassic coast, your small people can get on down with Dick and Dom, Mr Tumble and Andy & The Odd Socks and you can all whoop along to sets by Mark Ronson, Madness, All Saints and Brian Wilson.Address: Lulworth Castle, East Lulworth, Dorset BH20 5QSWebsite: campbestival.net Tickets: Weekend adult tickets from £197.50, students £185, 13-17 £125, 10-12 £98.75, 5-9 £45, 4 and unders £15Port Eliot, Cornwall PORT ELIOT FESTIVAL26-29 July 2018 | CornwallBy boho poshos for boho poshos, there’s a Narnia-like quality to this family friendly literary festival in the grounds of the oldest continually inhabited dwelling in the UK. A feast of books, food, music, art, comedy, fashion and film, there are also children’s workshops in Bollywood dancing and costume design, wild swimming and a forest school camp out.Address: Port Eliot Estate, St Germans, Saltash PL12 5NDWebsite: porteliotfestival.com Tickets: Adult weekend tickets from £165, 14-17 year olds £105, 8-13s £70, 0-7s freeWilderness CURIOUS ARTS FESTIVAL20-22 July 2018 |Its all snail racing, midnight bat walks and bee-keeping lessons at Curious Arts Festival, in the grounds of stately Pylewell Park. But wait! It’s also sloshing great G&Ts in deckchairs, music by Tom Odell, comedy by Ed Byrne and bookishness by Joanna Trollope. Kids can join writing, ukulele and puppetry workshops and try croquet and crazy golf.Address: Pylewell Park, East End, Lymington, Hampshire SO41 5SJWebsite: curiousartsfestival.com Tickets: Adult weekend tickets from £128, 5-13 year olds £23, under 5s free GIVE13-16 July 2018 | LeicestershireThe antithesis of a corporate festival, this teeny celebration of soul, house, funk, reggae and blues, grew out of a series of club nights started by a gang of warehouse ravers in the 80s. While it is not a family festival, many regulars now bring their offspring, who like it. I’ll be watching British Soul singer Corrina Greyson and joining a ‘Pimp My Ride’ kart-decorating workshop. Others may prefer the treehouse, bouncy castle, karaoke and magic forest school.Address: Stanford Hall, Lutterworth, Leicestershire, LE17 6DHWebsite: houseofhoney.org Tickets: Adult weekend tickets from £175, under 18s £55, under 13s £30Secret Garden PartySecret Garden Party KENDAL CALLING26-29 July 2018 | CumbriaLike a tiny Glastonbury, Kendal Calling, in pretty Lowther Deer Park in the Lake District, attracts the big names – this year, Franz Ferdinand, Manic Street Preachers, Tinie Tempah, Editors and Jake Bugg – but has great stuff for kids too. They’ll sit down to make tutus and kazoos, leap up to learn circus skills then flop in a heap in front of a Pixar favourite in the cinema tent. Genius. GREEN MAN16-19 August 2018 | Brecon BeaconsAs always, Green Man brings a stellar musical cast of characters – from the best unsigned acts to PJ Harvey, Ryan Adams and Drum ‘n’ Bass legend Roni Size – plus comedy, literature and film. Impressively immersive areas for kids and teens include the fabulous Einstein’s Garden, for playful experiences inspired by science and nature.Address: Glanusk Park, Crickhowell, Powys NP8 1LPWebsite: greenman.net Tickets: Adult weekend tickets from £180, £155 for full time students, £115 for 13-17 year olds, £20 for 5-12s, under 5s freeDancing at Port Eliot, Cornwall ELDERFLOWER FIELDS25-28 May 2018 |This sweet little gathering in the Ashdown Forest is gloriously ‘all age’-inclusive. So while you get all snake-hipped to bands like Jally Kebba Susso (funky afro beats) and Manière des Bohémiens (gypsy jazz) and order another icy one from the Lazy Glades Cocktail Bar, your kids can escape to the sports and arts camps, learn mud hut building and even give parkour a shot. WOMAD26-29 July 2018 | WiltshireOn a country estate in deepest Wiltshire this global music festival is an enchanted wonderland for grownups and kiddos alike. Expect everyone from acclaimed Brazilian artist Seu Jorge (samba, pop and soul) to house music pioneer, DJ Joey Negro plus the ‘World of Children’ area where creative little ones can make giant puppets for the kid’s parade.Address: Charlton Park, Malmesbury, Wiltshire SN16 9LLWebsite: womad.co.uk Tickets: Adult weekend tickets from £175; teenagers, £85, under 13s freeCamp Bestival, Dorset THE GOOD LIFE EXPERIENCE WILDERNESS2-5 August 2018 | OxfordshireHeaven for foodie musos, Wilderness offers an excellent mix of bands (spectrum-wise: Grace Jones to First Aid Kit) and super suppers by Angela Hartnett’s Café Murano, Petersham Nurseries, Yotam Ottolenghi and Nuno Mendes. Its also about rough and tumbling with your kids in the great outdoors and camping under the twinkling stars.Address: Cornbury Park, Charlbury, Oxfordshire OX7 3EHWebsite: wildernessfestival.com Tickets: Adult weekend tickets from £178, 13-17 year olds £105, 6-12 £35, 0-5 freeWilderness festival BEARDED THEORY24-27 May 2018 | DerbyshireIf actually cultivating a beard isn’t on the cards, beg or borrow one for this music festival in silly costumes by the River Trent. It’s so family friendly that it runs a fun but national-curriculum-supporting ‘school’ on the Monday to encourage families not to bail early. Alongside a line-up including Jimmy Cliff, Sleaford Mods and the mighty Robert Plant are ‘Wild Things’ woodland activities and teen-orientated The Rogues Hideout for free-style graffiti sessions and beat-boxing.Address: Catton Park, Catton, Walton upon Trent, Derbyshire DE12 8LNWebsite: beardedtheory.co.uk LATITUDE12-15 July 2018 |Latitude must be the closest grown-ups can get to a real festival experience with the tiddlywinks in tow. Watch Goldfrapp, Placebo, John Cale and Maggie Rogers while your cuties hang out in the Enchanted and Angel Gardens or the Inbetweeners teen area, doing art, archaeology, woodland crafts, fashion and technology workshops, and dancing at kids-only discos.Address: Henham Barns, Nr Southwold, Beccles, Suffolk NR34 8AQWebsite: latitudefestival.com Tickets: Adult weekend tickets from £197, accompanied teens from £132.50, children £10 JUST SO17-19 August |Don’t even think of turning up to Just So not dressed up as one of six different woodland animals for its tribal tournament. This festival ‘for children and their families’ in Rode Hall Parkland, brings art, music and theatre to a series of wild natural landscapes, with immersive and whimsical activities, performances and installations.Address: Rode Hall Estate, Scholar Green, Cheshire ST7 3QTWebsite: www.justsofestival.org.uk Tickets: Adult weekend tickets from £140, children £50, under 3s freeSHAMBALA22-26 August 2018 | NorthamptonshireEverything from location to line up is kept one big fat secret until you buy your ticket for this relaxed, family-friendly festival. It’s always a good mix of emerging talent and big names in rock, pop, folk and World Music. The offerings range from African Sambista sessions and Fair Trade talks to family raves and bedtime stories.Website: shambalafestival.org Tickets: Adult weekend tickets from £150; 15-17 year olds £89; 5-14 year olds £39, under 5s free THE BIG FEASTIVAL24-26 August 2018|This foodie music festival is run by Blur bassist Alex James on his farm in Kingham, and is now in its seventh year. Expect Basement Jaxx, Paloma Faith, Craig David and Sugarhill Gang & Furious Five to provide the ‘choons’, leaving Marco Pierre White, Raymond Blanc and Mark Hix, among others, to sort out the food. For kids, there’s Justin Fletcher, Paddington, Peppa Pig and George, a vintage funfair and field-to-fork cookery classes.Address: Alex James’ farm, Kingham, Oxfordshire, OX7 6UJWebsite: thebigfeastival.com Tickets: Adult weekend tickets from £159.50 without camping, teens from £94.50; under 13s from £32.25, babes in arms freePort Eliot, Cornwall DEER SHED FESTIVAL 820-22 July 2018 | North YorkshireKick off the school holidays with this weekend of fun at Baldersby Park in Yorkshire, combining music (Teenage Fanclub, The Divine Comedy, Let’s Eat Grandma and others), cabaret, comedy, theatre, book readings, family films, science workshops and lots of scampering like lunatics in the woods.Address: Baldersby Park, Topcliffe, North Yorkshire YO7 3BZWebsite: deershedfestival.com Tickets: Adult weekend tickets from £135; 6-15 year olds £45, 3-5 £10, 0-2 freeCurious Arts FestivalCurious Arts Festival, Hampshire It’s been a decade since DJ Rob da Bank launched Camp Bestival, one of the first music festivals to make bringing the kids along not seem like the Worst. Idea. Ever. Now there are dozens of totally amazing ones – these are the best family festivals in the UK. Wilderness BLISSFIELDS5-8 July 2018 | WinchesterWhether you’re grooving to English funk band Metronomy or dancing all night at the Blisscotheque, Blissfield warms the cockles. Add in your sproglets making woodland fancy dress costumes in the Angel Gardens Family Area, having paint fights and dancing their Salt-Water sandals off at the onesie disco and everyone’s in their happy place.Address: Vicarage Farm, Woodmancott, SO21 3BLWebsite: blissfields.co.uk Tickets: Adult weekend tickets from £110, 10-16 year olds £90, 0-9s £15LatitudeLatitude, Suffolk 14-16 September 2018 |Cerys Matthews’action-packed carnival-like festival is held on the Hawarden Estate in North Wales against a backdrop of not one, but two castles. With pursuits from axe throwing and knot tying to foraging and campfire cooking there’s bags for everyone of all ages to get stuck in to. We love the magical 1930s fairground. And the fact the campsite’s bell tents come pre-erected.Address: The Good Life Experience, Hawarden, Flintshire, Deeside CH5 3FBWebsite: thegoodlifeexperience.co.ukTickets: Adults from £109; 12-17 year olds from £49; under 12s go freeThe Good Life ExperienceToasting marshmallows at Port Eliot festival, CornwallLatitude, SuffolkButterfly-catcher at Latitude, SuffolkFaraway Forest at Latitude festival, SuffolkAt the Next Stage at Secret Garden PartyWatching Temper Trap on the Great Stage at Secret Garden PartyWonky Races at The Amphitheatre, Secret Garden PartyThe Pagoda at Secret Garden PartySecret Garden PartyCamels at Wilderness festivalDinner at Wilderness festival, OxfordshireWilderness festival at Cornbury Park, OxfordshireChasing bubbles at LatitudePort Eliot, CornwallWildernessWatching the New English Ballet through the trees at LatitudeSourcelast_img read more

Hot Week for Climate Action During Bonn Talks

first_imgFrom Bonn to Fairbanks, Vienna to Washington, this was a surprisingly active week for climate action. The two-week Bonn climate negotiations got underway, President Donald Trump delayed his anticipated decision on whether the United States would stay in the Paris Agreement, the Arctic Council recognized climate change as an urgent threat — and more.Here’s a quick recap of key developments:Steady Progress on the “Paris Rulebook”During the first week of the negotiations in Bonn, delegates worked constructively to create the so-called “Paris rulebook,” the operating manual for countries on how to use the Agreement to advance climate action for decades to come.Discussions include:Linking each of the core elements of the Paris Agreement to avoid duplication and fit them together like interlinked cogs in a machine. Just before the Bonn meeting, the Project for Advancing Climate Transparency (PACT) consortium released a working paper to help negotiators identify such linkages with the transparency framework, exploring how they can be leveraged to improve the design of the “Paris rulebook.”Advancing efforts on the transparency framework, such as how to report national greenhouse gas emissions inventories, what information is necessary to track progress on countries’ climate actions and what information should be provided on financial support, technology transfer and capacity-building.Sharing ideas on how to design the global stocktake, when countries gather every five years to assess progress thus far, the gap remaining to reach the Paris Agreement’s climate goals, and opportunities for increased action. Read a WRI perspective on options for designing an effective global stocktake.Grappling with how they will communicate their adaptation actions.Furthering the conversation on climate finance, including accounting of finance that countries have provided and mobilized, and on how to the Adaptation Fund can serve the Paris Agreement. WRI’s recent report, the Future of the Funds, includes an analysis of the Adaptation Fund’s comparative advantages and suggests ways it could serve the Paris Agreement.Exploring voluntary efforts to help deliver on countries’ climate commitments, such as market mechanisms, in a way that promotes sustainable development and environmental integrity.Developing a process that fosters implementation and compliance by countries of their national commitments.Raising Ambition by 2020Beyond the “Paris rulebook,” countries are also preparing for a key moment in 2018 – the Facilitative Dialogue – when they will take stock of progress made thus far, as well as identify opportunities for enhanced action and get ready to submit enhanced Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) by 2020. There is growing consensus that this stocktaking exercise could be a year-long process rather than a single event and could leverage the inputs and participation of non-state actors such as cities and business.Negotiators also had productive conversations about increasing capacity for delivering on national climate plans, including both for reducing emissions and planning adaptation actions. Additionally, this week negotiators wrapped up a session exploring how to encourage gender balance in the UNFCCC negotiations and make climate plans gender-responsive.Countries Examine Peers’ Climate ActionStarting on Friday, countries are participating in a dialogue with their peers on progress and lessons learned from climate actions they have already taken. A multilateral assessment took place on Friday and Saturday for developed countries, including the United States, Canada, Russia, France and Spain, while a facilitative sharing of views on Monday is for developing countries, including India and Indonesia. This process is an opportunity for countries to openly share successes, challenges, and underlying assumptions about their actions.Trump Punts Paris DecisionTuesday’s White House announcement that President Donald Trump will postpone any decision on whether the U.S. will stay in the Paris Agreement temporarily lifted some of the uncertainty that shadowed the start of the Bonn talks. The announcement of the delay came after a huge outpouring of business, security and diplomatic leaders urging Trump to stay in the global pact. This week Chinese President Xi Jinping and newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron stated that they would defend the Paris Agreement and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with Trump to make the case for staying in the pact.India Affirms Climate CommitmentFollowing the delayed decision from the White House, Indian Energy Minister Piyush Goyal proclaimed at the Vienna Energy Forum that “India stands committed to its commitments made at Paris irrespective of what happens in the rest of the world.” Goyal also spoke eloquently of how a transformation towards clean energy will enable his country to eradicate poverty and his personal intention to overachieve and deliver early – by 2019 – on India’s target for achieving full energy access. Read more about India’s progress towards its ambitious renewable energy targets.Arctic Nations Acknowledge Paris AgreementThe Arctic Council concluded its summit in Fairbanks, Alaska, with a communique which highlights the risks of climate change, affirms the need for global climate action and notes the Paris Agreement, even as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson indicated the United States is currently reviewing its climate policies.New Tools to Use for NDC ImplementationThe NDC Partnership released a beta version of the NDC Toolbox Navigator, the first online resource to provide countries and other stakeholders with resources for each stage of implementing their NDCs. This user-friendly resource a wide range of tools for governments and stakeholders. The NDC Toolbox Navigator already features 250 tools and resources, and more will be added over time.Next WeekCountries are aiming to agree on the outline of draft negotiation text for the “Paris rulebook” before the Bonn climate talks conclude next week. To get there, negotiators will need to maintain the constructive approach they have taken thus far, putting us one step closer to a more prosperous and climate-resilient world.last_img read more