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French company bungled clinical trial that led to a death and illness, report says

first_imgWhy one man died and four others fell ill during a drug safety study in France last month is still very unclear. But a preliminary inspection report lashes out at Biotrial, the company that conducted the study, for how it responded after the first volunteer in the clinical trial was hospitalized. Three major errors by Biotrial put other volunteers at risk, says the report, published yesterday by France’s General Inspectorate of Social Affairs (IGAS).Biotrial was testing a compound called BIA 10-2474, developed by Portuguese pharma company Bial as a candidate drug for a range of diseases. The study started in July 2015, and initial administrations of the drug produced no severe side effects; things went wrong in a group of eight people who entered the study on 6 January and received multiple, high doses. Six of them were scheduled to receive 10 daily doses of BIA 10-2474, two others a daily placebo. On 10 January, a subject identified as “volunteer 2508” complained of headaches and blurry vision; he was taken to the hospital in the early evening and stayed there overnight.The next morning at 8 a.m., Biotrial staff proceeded to give the seven remaining volunteers their daily dose of BIA 10-2474 or placebo without first finding out how volunteer 2508 was doing. Biotrial apparently assumed his condition wasn’t serious and that he was recovering. “We expected to see him come back,” one staffer told the investigators. “The hospital didn’t call us,” said another. But at 9 a.m., a Biotrial doctor was told by the hospital that the patient’s condition had worsened and that he had been sent to get an MRI. The patient was declared brain-dead later that day, and the study was halted. 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As a result, they were unable to reconsider their participation in the study. This violated what Biotrial had promised in an informed consent form: “You will be informed about any new significant information that could affect your willingness to continue the trial.”The third big mistake was not reporting the disaster to the French National Agency for Medicines and Health Products Safety (ANSM) until 14 January, 3 days after Biotrial stopped the study. That made it impossible for ANSM to take measures to protect volunteers who took part earlier or those enrolled in other studies of the same class of molecules.Because BIA 10-2474 works on the body’s endocannibinoid system, it would also have been better to exclude volunteers who regularly use cannabis, the report says, to reduce the risk of any interactions. Biotrial’s exclusion criteria for use of psychoactive substances were inconsistent and not precise enough, the report says. According to the company, however, volunteer 2508 had declared that he didn’t use cannabis; a urine test taken before the trial started had come back negative. The report says more study is needed on this issue.How the other four patients are doing isn’t entirely clear. At a press conference where she presented the report yesterday, French health minister Marisol Touraine said they are improving and have all gone home, but that it’s too soon to say whether they can fully recover. Last month, a doctor who treated them said that three might have irreversible brain damage.The study of BIA 10-2474 had been going on for half a year. Between July 2015 and October 2015, Biotrial tested single doses of the drug on a total of 64 volunteers, with doses increasing from 0.25 to 100 milligrams. After that, 12 volunteers took part in a study that compared a single 40-milligram dose taken on an empty stomach with the same dose combined with a fatty lunch. In November 2015, a series of multiple-dose trials began, each enrolling eight subjects. The first group received 2.5 milligrams daily, the second 5 milligrams, and so on; the accident happened in the fifth group, which received 50 milligrams daily, the highest dose.The 90 people who received BIA 10-2474 earlier have all been contacted; so far, 75 have had a checkup and an MRI, Touraine said yesterday, and all seem fine.IGAS will not present a full report on the matter until March. ANSM is doing its own investigation, as is the public prosecutor’s office in France.Responding to the report, Touraine said that from now on any hospitalization during a clinical trial should be regarded as “new fact” that needs to be brought to the attention of health authorities immediately. Such events should “lead to an immediate suspension of the trial until the safety of volunteers is guaranteed,” she said. “Volunteers must be clearly informed about the suspension of the study and its reasons.”last_img read more

India seek quick acclimatisation in 1st warm-up game

first_imgBarely four days after a hectic series against the West Indies, India begin their tour of Australia with a two-day warm-up game against CA Chairman’s XI here on Thursday with focus on acclimatising to conditions ahead of the gruelling Test series beginning later this month.India are high on confidence after their 2-0 and 4-1 wins in the Test and ODI series against the West Indies and they would straightaway get down to their task of getting a feel of Australian conditions which would be much different from what they had faced at home.Sniffing India’s best chance to beat a weakened and demoralised Australian side at their own backyard, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni had stressed upon the importance of acclimatising to the conditions as fast as possible in the 12 days ahead of first Test starting in Melbourne on December 26.The Indian Cricket Board had also sent seven players, including the trio of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and V V S Laxman five days in advance to train in Melbourne, to prepare for what would certainly be their last tour of Australia.The remaining players, including Dhoni and coach Duncan Fletcher landed in Australia last night and straightaway left for Canberra for the first warm-up game tomorrow.It is to be seen if India will roll out a star-studded team for the first warm-up match at Manuka Oval, given that there is a three-day game starting on Monday against another CA Chairman’s XI boasting of Australian players like David Warner, Usman Khawaja and Phil Hughes.advertisementWith the tour coming in four years after the acrimonious series in 2008, Dhoni had indicated that the team management would want to use the 12 days before the first Test as much as possible and in that case he would want to use as many players as possible from his 17-man squad.One concern though would be not to rush players like pacer Zaheer Khan, on whom the Indian team could rely on heavily in the tour in the bowling department.From what coach Fletcher had said in Chennai before departing for Australia, Zaheer could be rested for the first game tomorrow and fielded in the second game starting on Monday.”Zaheer has got these two games. It will be preparation for him. We do not want to rush him too quickly. The one three day game there will be important for him before the first Test,” Fletcher had said.Dhoni had also said that remaining injury-free would be crucial in the Test series, more so after pacers Praveen Kumar and Varun Aaron have been ruled out due to injuries after being named in the touring squad.”We had enough time for some preparation also before the start of the first Test. Looking good as of now. Hopefully we do not have too many injuries before the start of the Test series,” he had said before team departure.Most of the batsmen are among runs in the Test and ODI series against the West Indies at home with the likes of Virender Sehwag and Virat Kohli fresh from impressive show in the limited-overs format.Tendulkar, who is just one short of a historic 100 international tons, was below-par against the West Indies considering the high standards he sets for himself and he would be eager to knock down some runs before he gets into the groove for Test series.The same would be the case for Laxman, who has also not been in his best form against the West Indies. Dravid, who was the stand-out performer against the West Indies and England before that, would want to straightaway be in the thick of things.In the bowling department, Ishant Sharma would be raring to go for the first warm-up game tomorrow as he would look for another memorable tour after an impressive show three years ago when he tormented Ricky Ponting no ends in Perth.India’s opponents tomorrow do not have many prominent Australian cricketers with Test hopeful Ed Cowan being replaced by Queensland opening batsman Ryan Broad at the last minute.Broad will captain the side, which has no Australian Test player and is composed of players not involved in the Big Bash Twenty20 League.It won’t, however, be easy for the visitors to be at their best under cold conditions and seaming wicket expected to be found at Manuka Oval.The teamsIndia (From): Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Virender Sehwag (vc), Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Gautam Gambhir, Zaheer Khan, Virat Kohli, Abhimanyu Mithun, Ravichandran Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha, Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav.advertisementCA Chairman’s XI: Ryan Broad (c), Joe Burns, Tom Cooper, Alex Doolan, Peter George, Jake Haberfield, Josh Lalor, Tim Ludeman, Glenn Maxwell, Joe Mennie, Wes Robinson, Dean Solway.last_img read more

Miley displays topless love in a crop top

first_imgMiley Cyrus was recently spotted wearing a cheeky pink and white crop top. The crooner was sporting the graphic top with denim cutoffs while rehearsing for Tommy Hilfiger’s Art Basel party. Her look was accessorized by an awkward looking pink braided hair band and barely there jewellery. Miley’s friend, Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne also joined her for the soundcheck during the rehearsal. Coyne paired his multicoloured top with grey coloured trousers.Image credits: Manuel Munoz, Pacific Coast NewsMiley jetted to Florida city with her rumoured boyfriend Patrick Schwarzenegger. The singer chose to wear a black top with denim hotpants and a matching jacket for the flight. A pair of Marijuana earrings accessorized her look. While the two have been reportedly dating for some time now, they spent Thanksgiving with their respective families.The couple was seen indulging in a lot of merrymaking as they partied together on Miley’s 22nd birthday. The pictures of the party seem to have come across as a shock for Patrick Schwarzenegger’s mother Maria Shriver. Apparently the former First Lady of California, doesn’t approve of her son’s relationship with Miley and is troubled about the influence the singer will have on her son. However, a source informed a leading magazine that, “It’s untrue that Maria is unhappy. If Patrick’s happy. She’s happy.” Nevertheless with all the time they are spending together, the couple seems to be headed towards a long term romance.last_img read more

How To Complain While Still Being Professional

first_img 23 hours ago 23h 4.1★ Available Jobs in Texas 23 hours ago 23h Nursing: Labor and Delivery MedPro Healthcare Staffing Rockwall, TX 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 4.4★ 3.5★ ICU Registered Nurse Del Sol Medical Center El Paso, TX 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Maintenance I Delek US Big Spring, TX 2.3★ 3.9★ 3.6★ RN, Registered Nurse – OP Chemotherapy CHRISTUS Health Houston, TX 3.7★center_img 3.8★ 23 hours ago 23h Chef Manager / Director of Food & Beverage Civitas Senior Living Fort Worth, TX Find Jobs Near You Restaurant Manager The Saxton Group Waco, TX 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h CDL-A Flatbed Truck Driver Maverick USA Sulphur Springs, TX 3.1★ Material Handler I (8am-4:30pm) Imperial Supplies Grand Prairie, TX Licensed Plumber ARS Rescue Rooter Dallas, TX 4.3★ Hair Stylist – Licensed – PROSPER, TX-4940 W. University Drive, 75078 Sport Clips Prosper, TX At any job, issues are bound to come up. From your coworkers to your company policies, not everything can be perfect all the time. So, what exactly should you do when you disagree with a company policy, or need to lodge a formal complaint about your annoying co-worker?There’s a huge difference between exhibiting radical candor and becoming the office complainer. In order to help employees strike the right balance, Glassdoor spoke with a few career experts to help you resolve your office woes the professional way.Turn Complaints Into RequestsThe first step to take when raising concerns in the work place, according to Amy Van Court, CPCC, PCC, is to talk to your direct supervisor. Despite any past experiences you’ve had bringing feedback to your manager, Van Court notes this is always the best way to start addressing your concerns.“Start clean. Give your boss an opportunity to surprise you, to advocate for you if necessary,” says Van Court.But, before actually going in to make your complaint, Van Court suggests taking a moment to consider what you want to happen.“Turn every complaint you have into a request,” suggest Van Court. “Then you’re creating a path instead of staying stuck in the mud and expecting someone else to get you out.”8 Little Things That Drive Your Coworkers CrazyIdentify the Solution Ahead of TimeBefore you walk into your manager’s office, it’s best to go in prepared with solutions. If you walk in with a long list of complaints and no proactive steps to take to solve them, you’ll end up sounding like a complainer.“If you have concerns, take some time to get clear on what they are and why they upset you — journaling is great for this,” says Laura Weldy, leadership mentor and life coach at The Well Supported Woman. “Taking some time to prepare will allow you to be precise with your concerns and also help you to avoid saying anything too hastily.”Laura notes she encourages clients who experience this issue to take this practice one step forward and actually identify what their ideal solution to the problem would be. Whether it’s changing the way you communicate with someone, or requesting a change in your schedule, coming to this meeting prepared will help your manager better understand how to help you.“Your manager may not be able to make it happen, but they will never know what you’re hoping to see happen if you don’t tell them — plus it shows that you’re proactive about problem-solving,” says Weldy.When to Take a Complaint Above Your BossIf your manager can’t help with the situation, or nothing gets resolved after your complaint is made, what steps should you take next? Try taking the request to the person’s boss, or to your manager’s supervisor. Then, if the issues continue to be ignored or unresolved, you can go to human resources.“I have heard of many examples of people feeling they are not treated justly by their boss (or their boss being unreasonable or speaking in nasty tones) and issues with a fellow employee — such as inappropriate behavior, irritation by sitting too close in a cubicle situation or gossip, etc.,” describes Anne Angerman, MSW at Career Matters. “If there are still issues, I would recommend consulting with an employment attorney and learning if the grievances are valid. Also, it depends what the issues are:  Are they personal, such as age discrimination? Or is it an issue with a boss or another employee? Or treatment by another employee?”Make an Agreement With Your BossIf you want to ensure your complaint gets the attention you feel it deserves, the best way to keep this conversation professional and between you and your manager is to come to an agreement on how to best handle the situation.“When you approach your boss with your request, ask him/her if they will agree to look at it and get back to you,” advises Van Court. “Agreements are far better than expectations because they represent a dialogue, where expectations are just something we place on someone whether they want it or not.”Van Court notes that, if your boss agrees to look into your request, make sure you ask for a date that you can both agree to that the issue can be resolved by. But, if it’s a more serious issue, such as sexual harassment or illegal actions, you will want to have this resolved within a shorter time period, if not immediately.How to Get Your Boss to Actually Listen to YouDon’t Be Afraid to Issue a Complaint — You’ve Got This!Though making a complaint at work can feel intimidating, approaching the issue in a professional manner will help you reach a resolution.“I think that the biggest difference between a complaint and constructive feedback is that constructive feedback is solution-oriented,” says Weldy. “Everybody needs to vent now and then, but make sure that the person you’re complaining to is the right person — let small frustrations about scheduling, slightly annoying coworkers or not-so-fun tasks out during conversations with friends and family, not your boss. If you have a bigger problem to address, don’t be shy about addressing it with your manager — you’re both here to make your team better!”Browse Open Jobs See more jobs in Texas, US 23 hours ago 23hlast_img read more

11 Companies That’ll Let You Work From Home

first_imgGitLab What They Do: “GitLab Inc. is a fully-remote company based on the GitLab open-source project, helping developers collaborate on code to build great things and ship on time.”Open Roles: Candidate Experience Specialist, UX Designer, Web Content Manager, Full Stack Engineer, Senior Product Manager, VP of Product, Engineering Manager, Strategic Account Leader, Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Director of Sales and Customer Enablement & more.What Employees Say: “GitLab embraces a fully transparent “open source” culture and the values represent this – just check out the handbook online. A visionary solution that is changing the DevOps market and how companies develop their software. Remote company provides a great work/life balance. “ —Current Enterprise Sales Development RepresentativeBrowse Open Jobs Intuit What They Do: “Leveraging big data insights, machine learning, and powerful automation, we help consumers, small business owners, and the self-employed achieve their dreams of prosperity.”Open Roles: Searonal Remote Tax Professional, Tax Advisor, Tax Support Specialist, Spanish Bilingual Tax Expert & more.What Employees Say: “Flexible scheduling, great communication, good pay, great incentives to move up, able to work from home, great training, and they send you cool little thank you items as appreciation for your hard work.” —Current Tax Support SpecialistBrowse Open Jobs Ultimate Software What They Do: “Ultimate Software helps organizations simply and easily manage global people data & processes to ensure their people feel engaged and productive from day one.”Open Roles: Manager of Data Services, Compliance Analyst, Service Excellence Fellow, Benefits Specialist, Software Engineer & more.What Employees Say: “From day one in my position I felt like I was treated like part of the family. Training and the tools for you succeed are always provided. The opportunity for growth is always there.” —Current EmployeeBrowse Open Jobs 3.9★ 4.1★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h InVision App What They Do: “InVision is a fully distributed company and a Digital Product Design platform used to make the world’s best customer experiences.”Open Roles: Solutions Consultant, Senior Product Designer, Jr. Communication Designer, Product Marketing Manager, Principal Technical Program Manager, Inbund Business Development Representative, Strategic Account Executive, US Design Researcher & more.What Employees Say: “Communication is a must due to fully remote workforce so everyone makes an extra effort to communicate. We treat our employees great and in the US we have recently upgraded our benefits plans to be more family friendly. I find it is easier for me (not everyone) to stay focused while working from home. My quick breaks of throwing in a load of laundry or running the dishwasher between meetings also helps me in my work/life balance!” —Current EmployeeBrowse Open Jobs Site Reliability Engineer (Remote) StyleSeat San Francisco, CA Director, Regulatory Affairs (Remote) Greenwich Biosciences United States JetBlue What They Do: “JetBlue is New York’s Hometown Airline®, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 40 million customers a year to 101 cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 1,000 daily flights.”Open Roles: Customer Support, Reservations Crewmember, Analyst Workforce Planning & Analytics, Associate Analyst IT Support CTS, Planner Maintenance& more.What Employees Say: “Working for JetBlue out of Salt Lake City provides high schedule flexibility and the opportunity to work from home.” —Current Customer SupportBrowse Open Jobs 4.5★ Tax Processing Specialist Senior (Remote) Vertex (Pennsylvania) Naperville, IL 4.2★ 23 hours ago 23h 2.7★ Hot New Jobs For You 4.7★ NCSA Next College Student AthleteWhat They Do: “NCSA is the world’s largest and most successful collegiate athletic recruiting network. ”Open Roles: Entry Level Recruiting Coordinator, Entry Level Inside Sales, Software Developer & more.What Employees Say: “Great team atmosphere and culture! NCSA has created a great compensation structure that allows you to manage your own business all while controlling how much money you make.” —Current EmployeeBrowse Open Jobs Airbnb What They Do: “Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone.”Open Roles: Home Consultants/Property InspectorsWhat Employees Say: “Benefits are top notch. Perks go above and beyond any previous employer.” —Current Customer Experience SpecialistBrowse Open Jobs 23 hours ago 23h Senior Director, Clinical Development (Remote) AVANIR Pharmaceuticals Aliso Viejo, CA 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 3.2★ Installation Technician I- Remote Imperial Supplies Los Angeles, CA Enterprise Account Executive (Remote – WA) Commvault Seattle, WA 23 hours ago 23h 3.6★ As one employee describes it, working from home means “the freedom to move and travel, [plus] work in your pajamas.” Sounds pretty irresistible. If you are looking for more flexibility and the ability to work wherever inspires you, a remote gig may be the answer.“Remote work requires you to be a problem solver and a great communicator,” says Wade Foster, CEO and co-founder of Zapier, a 100-percent remote internet company. “In a remote environment, you have no one looking over your shoulder to help show you the next steps. That means you need to default to action and identify the opportunities where you can help your team and go find ways to solve those problems.”If you have these soft skills or are ready to hone them, here are 11 companies with work-from-home job openings.ZapierWhat They Do: “Zapier is a 100% remote team that gives everyone internet superpowers: We help people easily connect and automate the apps they use every day so they can get more work done with less effort.”Open Roles: Head of Strategic Alliances, Customer Champion, HR Coordinator, Product Manager, Director of People Operations, Events Manager, Senior Product Manager, Test Automation Engiener, Contract Recruiting Coordinator & more.What Employees Say: “Amazing team and leadership here, they are always there when you need them and they are world class.” —Current Sales AssociateBrowse Open Jobs 23 hours ago 23h Product Manager Application Modernization (remote w/travel) 2nd Watch, Inc. United States Back-end Engineer (Remote – USA) Creative Market United States 3.6★ 4.7★ Full-stack Engineer (Remote – USA) Creative Market United States Kelly ServicesWhat They Do: “As a global leader in providing workforce solutions, Kelly offers a wide array of outsourcing and consulting services as well as staffing on a temporary, temporary-to-hire, and direct-hire basis.”Open Roles: Software Engineer, French Translator, Manager MDR, Contract Remote Recruiter, Technical Support Engineer, Usability Research Engineer, CCDS Writer, In-House CRA & more.What Employees Say: “Virtual, work from home position. The pay was great, the hours were great, they work with you and are very flexible, can always pick up shifts if you have under 40 hours, (you’re scheduled 40 hours but if you miss a day that week) you can pick up another shift from the board.” —Current EmployeeBrowse Open Jobs ReCharge What They Do: “Our Mission at ReCharge: make it easy for people to sell subscription products online, and make our company an amazing place to work. In two years we’ve gone from a team of 3, to a team of 40 people across the world. Our culture is remote-first, so we stay connected every day using Slack and video chat.”Open Roles: Director of Marketing, Solutions Consultant, Technical Project Manager, VP of Operations, Software Engineer, People Operations Manager, Jr Marketing Associate, Technical Recruiter, Front End Engineer & more.What Employees Say: “Remote company, freedom to move and travel. Quickly growing company, great opportunities to grow. Super fun culture. Each team has a retreat every few months (lots of fun!). Yearly company retreat. Fun and entertaining employees and staff. You’ll probably be turned into a gif or a meme. Work in your pajamas.” —Current EmployeeBrowse Open Jobs Technical Architect (Supply Chain Planning) -Remote JDA Software Dallas, TX WeddingWireWhat They Do: “The international leader for online wedding planning, WeddingWire develops relationships with and drives success for small businesses while providing engaged couples with the technology resources they need to plan and execute their big day.”Open Roles: Account Executive-Mid Marketing, Analytics DirectorWhat Employees Say: “Incredibly quick opportunities for advancement for high pay, very challenging yet rewarding. Always receive credit when its due, fantastic work life balance with great perks and company culture. Fantastic people who become your family inside and outside of the office.” —Former EmployeeBrowse Open Jobs View More Jobslast_img read more

Man Utd signing Lindelof: Mourinho chat convinced me. I’m ready!

first_imgVictor Lindelof admits Jose Mourinho was key to him signing for Manchester United.The Sweden defender joined United this week from Benfica.He told Aftonbladet: “He told me about the club and everything around it. He also evoked what he thought of me and wanted me here. It was a good discussion. It was very important for me to hear that.”Mourinho is a great coach and working with him is a tremendous opportunity.”Lindelof continued: “There is pressure everywhere. This was also the case in Portugal. After all, there will be more here in one of the biggest clubs in the world, but it’s also very fun and inspiring. No matter where you play, you need to be performing and adapt to this new environment no matter if it is in Germany, Italy or Spain. “I remain focused and I believe in my qualities.”last_img read more

Stoke chief Scholes admits interest in Hull fullback Tymon

first_imgStoke City chief executive Tony Scholes admits they’re interested in Hull City fullback Josh Tymon.Tymon, who was only 18 last month, has been on Stoke’s radar for several months after breaking through intermittently into first-team circles on Humberside.“He’s a player we are looking at, he’s a player we like,” Scholes told The Sentinel. “He would fit the bill in a number of ways, not least he’s a very talented young Englishman with experience in the Premier League.“So it’s fair to say he’s one that would fit the bill, like a number of players, and we are looking at a number of players and a number of different options.“He’s one of a number of players we do like the look of.”last_img read more

Juan Cuadrado agent expects Juventus stay

first_imgThe agent of Juan Cuadrado denies he is up for sale at Juventus.Alessandro Lucci has made it clear there was no truth to any of the speculation.“Juan doesn’t want to leave Juve and Juve don’t plan to sell him, so all these supposed negotiations have no real basis,” he told GianlucaDiMarzio.com.“That Cuadrado might interest other clubs, I don’t doubt it, but no-one has contacted me directly or started negotiations with Juve.”last_img

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger questions VAR push extremes

first_imgArsenal boss Arsene Wenger has questioned the growing demand for video technology.Fifa’s VAR system – or video assistant referee technology – is being trialled at this summer’s Confederations Cup, with a number of key decisions already being referred upstairs to a mixed reception from fans, managers and players alike.”The only question we have to answer now is how far will we go?” Wenger told Arsenal Player.”For example there is a guy in the box who should be given a penalty. The opposition win the ball, go up the other end and score. Do you cancel the goal and give the penalty to the other side?”That could become a very controversial decision, because if the referee lets the game flow he cannot stop the game.”If he comes back and gives a penalty of course that can create havoc, because he has to wait until the game has stopped to intervene. We have to think about how you deal with that.”At the moment I would [use VAR] for offside and goals allowed or disallowed, but keep it as simple as possible.”It would sometimes allow the linesmen to let the game go – they would be encouraged to be a bit less protective of the defenders if they knew that if a goal was scored you could come back to see if it was offside or not.”The penalty decision I’m not 100 per cent convinced about because even if you watch it 10 times on video and have 10 specialists in the studio, five might say it’s a penalty and five might say it’s not.”last_img read more

Hasselbaink joins fellow Chelsea legend Lampard as candidate for Oxford job

first_imgJimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has joined ex-teammate Frank Lampard in the race to become the next Oxford United manager.Oxford United are currently on the lookout for a new manager following the departure of Michael Appleton to Leicester City and recently, Chelsea legend Frank Lampard had been mentioned as a shock contender for the job.Now according to reports from The Sun, another Chelsea icon in Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has been placed as a candidate to take over the reins at the League One outfit.The Dutchman is already said to have held discussions over the vacant managerial position at the Kassam Stadium.last_img read more

Small Grants to Support Research in Family Planning Request for Proposals

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on April 8, 2011November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The MEASURE Evaluation Population & Reproductive Health Associate Award (PRH) is pleased to announce its second call for proposals for its small grants program to increase the evidence base in family planning (FP). The primary objectives of this program are threefold:To support research efforts of developing country researchers and research institutions to provide needed information that informs FP policy and programmatic decision-making.To increase use of existing data that informs local and/or global FP programs. Such data sources may include the DHS, SPA, BSS, and high-quality, country-specific data.To increase use of research findings by policy and programmatic decision-makers not traditionally involved in the research process.The small grants are intended to support primary and secondary data analysis – especially national program or policy evaluation – and data use activities based on research findings. Small grant recipients are expected to produce a publishable manuscript and complete a data use activity.For more information and to learn how to apply, visit the MEASURE Evaluation site.Share this:last_img read more

Maternal Health in Kenya

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on July 13, 2011November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Yesterday, the MHTF, along with the Woodrow Wilson Center, UNFPA and the African Population and Health Research Center, held a dialogue on maternal health in Kenya that featured a discussion between experts in Washington and Nairobi. Prior to the event, workshops were held in Nairobi to develop strategies and recommendations for promoting maternal health in Kenya.The discussion covered a number of topics, including the differences between urban and rural settings, the role of traditional birth attendants, Kenya’s future demographics, the role of the private sector, and many other topics.The availability of data is increasing, but there continue to be areas where more research is needed that focuses specifically on maternal health issues. For example, some of the DHS questionnaires provide data on whether or not mothers use of health facilities, but are not necessarily able to determine why facilities are used or not used. Knowing why mothers do not use health facilities (inability to pay, cultural reasons, lack of transport, etc.) is crucial to develop proper interventions to improve the chances that childbirth is safe.Given the variety of topics that were discussed, be sure to check back later for a full summary and recording of the event that will be available soon on the Wilson Center website. A briefing paper (DOC) is also available from APHRC.While thinking about data and evidence it Kenya, it is appropriate to note that the Kenyan government recently launched a new website:This site makes public government data accessible to the people of Kenya. High quality national census data, government expenditure, parliamentary proceedings and public service locations are just a taste of what’s to come. There’s something for everyone: maps to start exploring, interactive charts and tables for a deeper understanding, and raw data for technical users to build their own apps and analyses. Our information is a national asset, and it’s time it was shared: this data is key to improving transparency; unlocking social and economic value; and building Government 2.0 in Kenya.Although Kenya’s critics are concerned about corruption and may not be impressed by the release of the data, Johannes Zutt, of the World Bank, is optimistic:It’s true that the same old crowd is in control, that corruption remains Kenya’s biggest problem, and that some government officials continue to betray the trust of the citizens. But it is different today. The people have spoken. They enacted a new constitution. They are demanding accountability, and they are getting it. Ten years from now, Kenya will be a different and better place.This morning, you can watch a webcast discussion of the launch of the site.Share this:last_img read more

Results from the Citizens’ Health Care Working Group

first_img”Employer-based coverage is melting away like a Popsicle on the sidewalk in August.” -Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) Senators Wyden and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) have a proposal for universal health coverage by 2012. The new plan would eventually detach health insurance entirely from the employer-employee relationship. Ultimately, employers would pay into an insurance pool, from which all workers would purchase their own coverage. It’s nice to finally see policy makers thinking about health insurance reform outside of the employer system.  As the details of the plan come to light, we’re sure we’ll have a lot more to say about it.last_img read more

Good news for songwriters in ’07

first_imgWe were looking at Jeff Schnepper’s tips for cutting your 2006 taxes (standard-but-good advice on increasing your tax-exempt expenses this month), when we came upon this nugget about the new tax code for next year: The sale of music you wrote or the copyright to that music will be treated as the sale of a capital asset, subject to the maximum 15% bracket. That’s a substantial savings for those who would have had to pay the tax on ordinary income at rates as high as 35%. This provision is effective as of Jan. 1, 2007, through Dec. 31, 2010. Thanks to the lobbying efforts of the Nashville Songwriters Association International, songwriters will have the same tax advantage that music publishers do. (Publishers have always been able to claim revenues from songs as sales of capital assets.) The Entertainment Law Reporter covered this in more detail when the bill passed last June, and notes, “What still isn’t fair, though, is that book authors and visual artists – who also created copyrighted works – still must pay federal tax at ordinary income rates, when they sell the copyrights to their works.” Addendum, 12/18/06: This last quotation from the Entertainment Law Reporter may be misleading to writers.  While it is possible to sell a copyrighted written work as an asset, in nearly all cases authors retain the copyrights to their works and receive payment in the form of royalties, which are reported on Schedule E.last_img read more

On the mysteries of talent

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.The world is filled with supremely talented people who never do much with their talent. As a freelance writer, I’ve come to realize that talent isn’t enough.Former New England Patriots (and New York Giants) head coach Bill Parcells used to say, regarding his high-paid, first-round draft picks, “potential just means you haven’t done anything yet.” He’d usually spit on the ground derisively while saying this.Given the choice between hiring a talented person without persistence or a persistent person without talent, I’d hire the persistent person every single time. As a former teacher (and a writer who focuses on psychology and business), I believe profoundly in human potential. A willingness to learn is the most underappreciated characteristic in all realms of human endeavor.When you blend talent and persistence, genius can emerge. Think of jazz saxaphone great Charlie Parker. We say he was an epic talent, but he practiced endlessly, with his every waking hour (“woodshedding,” Parker called it). What we’re hearing through Parker’s instrument may be “talent,” but it’s talent developed from intense, non-stop practicing over decades.What is Talent, Exactly?Oscar Wilde once said that “experience is the name we give to our mistakes,” and we might say the same about talent. I think of talent as accumulated learning (and making all the mistakes over time) that may or may not manifest itself in a worthy outcome. The effort behind talent must never be forgotten. Some people CAN do, but don’t want to; others WANT TO, but can’t. The WANT TO comes first, while the CAN do gets developed after.We worship talent — in the arts, in business, in sports, and everywhere else — but we woefully undervalue effort, persistence and grittiness, qualities that lead directly to the acquisition of skill. Often when we refer to a writer as “talented,” we fail to acknowledge the immense amount of work and effort invested in reaching that point. Baseball fans, for instance, love the hustler, the player who shows effort and emotion on his face and gets dirt on their uniform.Why? It’s both simple and unfair. We identify with the “hustler,” no matter the outcome, because we can all see ourselves making effort, but we’re not all “talented.” We trust effort, while talent seems a bit flighty, unpredictable, and mysterious. The talented player who isn’t seen hustling can expect boos, even when her outcomes are objectively better than the hustler’s.The talented player, the skilled freelancer or “gifted” plumber, has also invested tremendous effort in developing his or her talent. We should celebrate their effort, not just their outcomes. Talent is effort accumulated over time, period. If we want to develop great freelancers or great managers, we should be celebrating effort towards skills acquisition, and get rid of the largely-meaningless word “talent.”The Dangers of TalentTalented people sometimes think they don’t need to work hard. They are wrong. Hard workers, people who give their full efforts every day, might think they don’t have talent. They’re also wrong.I don’t think I’m a particularly talented writer, but I do know I’ve spent the last 40 years confronting the infinite number of challenges that writing presents — both technical challenges and lifestyle/business challenges.Over time, I have solved every writing problem I’ve faced. This has taken tremendous effort, persistence and grit. I’ve found a way to keep confronting these challenges not because I’m talented but because I’ve been determined to improve myself. Forty years later, I have learned a lot and may (or may not be) talented.No freelancer achieves complete mastery — it’s akin to chasing the sun. The object you desire will always be just out of reach. You’ll always have things to learn, no matter your level of talent.Want to be a great writer or great at anything? Irish playwright Samuel Beckett offers the best formula: “Try. Fail. Try again. Fail again. Fail better each time.” The values Beckett is celebrating here are resilience (fail and keep failing, forever), humility, passion, and grit. Give me these values any day over the mysteries of “talent.”As a freelance B2B Brand Storyteller, Chuck Leddy connects brands and customers through engaging stories that solve problems. His clients include ADP, Catalant Technologies, The Boston Globe’s BG Brand Lab, and The National Center for the Middle Market. His website is www.ChuckLeddy.comlast_img read more

How to Turn Your Tech-Savvy Skills Into Extra Income

first_img Post navigation In today’s Information Age, much of our daily routines, both personal and professional, rely on our ability to utilize technology, remote communications, and social media networks.We have embraced technology wholeheartedly, and we’ve accepted it into our lives in ways in which parts of the brain may never understand.Whether this sounds like you or not, chances are you possess a valuable talent that could be producing a second income.CNN Money reports, an astronomical 49% of Americans 35 and older are not saving for retirement. It’s tough balancing a budget, paying off debt, and finding ways to save at the end of each month. That’s why I would like to share with you some ideas for turning your tech savvy skills into income.So, whether your goal is to save towards your emergency fund, Roth IRA, 401k, or simply to have peace of mind, I encourage you to explore, cultivate, and market your habituated talent(s).BloggersAccording to SimplyHired, the average Blogger earns roughly $50k per year. Blogs can easily be set-up using a Content Management System (CMS).To attract an audience you’ll need to post regular niche content. With that said, web traffic is how you’ll earn your money. The more web traffic your blog has, the more advertisers will pay to display their ads. You can monitor your web traffic using Google’s free “Google Analytics” tool.You can also sign-up with one of the popular ad partners like Commission Junction and Google’s AdSense if you would like to streamline the process of managing ads until you become an established blogger.Social Media ManagerIf you have a knack for social media and enjoy its emerging trends, like the latest; Instagram, you could be earning a second income as a social media manager. Consider searching online and soliciting local businesses to offer your services.Your fee is at your discretion; however,  the average cost for this service is between $250-$500 per month. Your price should reflect your client’s specific needs and the number of pages you manage.On-line InstructorBecoming an online instructor will take some time and research, but will generate a very lucrative second income.Each state has its own guidelines and qualifications regarding each type of online instruction. GMAT, GRE, and university online instruction will likely require a PhD.However, to teach GED course instruction, the requirement may be to have completed a Bachelor’s Degree. Online instructors earn an average of $750 – $3,500 for each 5 – 9 week course taught.Freelance WriterIf you’re good at writing, offer your services as a freelance writer. Freelance writers can earn $30k+ per year working part-time. The majority of companies, especially small businesses, contract out for their writing needs.This is a very broad field, ranging from at length research reports to short daily blog posts.Freelance writers are in high demand, though be prepared to show samples of your work. These positions often get posted on Monster, Indeed, LinkedIn, various Facebook groups, Career Building job boards, and directly on the company’s job board. Translator or TranscriberIf you speak a second language, consider becoming a translator or transcriber. Translators and transcribers are paid to translate speech or text from one language to another.With the growing popularity of small businesses and individuals doing business abroad, there are opportunities for translation services on freelance sites and a private site like Gengo.com.Virtual AssistantVirtual Assistants perform many of the same tasks as traditional assistants. The difference is, virtual assistants never have to commute to the office. There is a downside to becoming a virtual assistant. This is a growing field where you’re competing on a global stage.The upside is, there are dozens of reputable sites seeking virtual assistants and there appears to be room for everyone. Also a plus, you can work with several sites pitching multiple proposals at a time.ProofreaderIf you’re thinking of becoming a proofreader, attention to detail and excellent grammar skills are a must. For many of you, perhaps all you’ll need is a grammar refresher course that you can teach yourself.Proofreading jobs have a fast turn-around, which makes it possible to take on more projects, but because they finish rather quickly, more time may need to be spent seeking them out.These and other online job postings can be found in the same places you would search for traditional jobs – on job posting sites like Indeed, Monster, Career Builder, LinkedIn, and Craigslist.You may also want to search freelance sites like Elance, Odesk, Problogger, and more. Be sure to have your website, links to samples of your work, and proposals ready.Qiana Chavaia is the CEO and Founder of Q Arts & Media, LLC, a New York City-based marketing firm. She’s also a digital and interactive marketing strategist, and small business and personal finance columnist for Mint.com and Quicken.com. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Relatedlast_img read more

When Should You Give a Business a Second Chance?

first_imgHas an organization or university offered you an opportunity with a stipend? Whether it’s an internship or apprenticeship, a stipend is a set amount of money that helps offset living expenses. This fixed amount is financial support provided while you’re… Full Story,Truth is, there is a lot to be excited about when it comes to college: new friends, a new routine, (college parties!), and more independence. But along with all these perks, it’s also time to start thinking about your finances…. Full Story,A routing number is a unique number that identifies a specific banking institution. Each routing number is made up of nine digits. Routing numbers are sometimes referred to as an American Banker’s Association routing transit number or an ABA RTN…. Full Story,It’s stressful enough having a car loan over your head and staying on top of your monthly payments. But what if you have an upside-down car loan — in other words, the amount you owe on your set of wheels… Full Story,When you’re trying to get your financial house in order, it’s easy to get lost in the specifics. You might stress about how to adjust your budget, where to find some extra cash for the holidays or what funds to… Full Story,Shortly after graduating from New York University with a Master’s degree, Melanie Lockert turned to food stamps, as she worked her way out of $81,000 in student loans. “There were a lot of emotions around carrying that debt. It caused… Full Story,Traveling is one of the best things in life, and luckily, low funds don’t have to dash your dreams of enjoying an epic adventure. A wealth of destinations—both in the U.S. and abroad—are so affordable that even hardcore penny pinchers… Full Story,While we don’t yet have flying cars that collapse to the size of a suitcase, pneumatic tubes that transport us from room to room or machines that automatically bathe and clothe us in the morning, every day we’re getting closer… Full Story,Times have changed since Grams and Gramps were your age, looking to settle down and buy their first home. But today the house with the white picket fence—or that trendy loft in downtown—isn’t completely out of the question if you… Full Story,We recently hosted a Twitter chat as part of our #RealTalkSeries. And let’s just say, things definitely got real. Many of you joined us to discuss “taboo” and cringe-worthy money questions such as how to improve a bad credit score,… Full Storylast_img read more

7 Thanksgivukkah Recipes for a Once-in-a-Lifetime Holiday Event

first_imgThe average person may see anywhere between 4,000 and 10,000 ads in a single day. From binge-watching your favorite shows to checking the pile of coupons in your mailbox, advertisers have inundated our lives. Most of the ads we see… Full Story,Dressing up for Halloween is one of the best parts of the holiday, especially if you’re a creative person. But buying a Halloween costume can get expensive, with many costing more than $50 a pop. And unless you plan to… Full Story,You may not find it on an official calendar anywhere, but Friendsgiving is a newer holiday that has gained popularity in recent years. Much like Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving is a time to gather around the table with loved ones in the… Full Story,My birthday is on Halloween, so every year I get super excited. I plan what my costume will be, decide how I want to celebrate and text all my friends to let them know. Last year, I was finally able… Full Story,Not much of a football fan? Don’t know what all the cheesehead hat-wearing and face paint-smearing is all about? Skip hanging out at the local sports bar or sitting in the stands at a game, and put on your entrepreneurial… Full Story,Living paycheck to paycheck can feel like an endless scramble. Rent is due on the first but your paycheck won’t clear until the second. On top of everything, you need to pay for groceries, a bus ticket, and utilities before… Full Story,Decision fatigue is the decline in energy and focus you experience after making too many decisions. This mental drain causes your brain to abandon your willpower in order to seek more immediate rewards, which leads to poor decision making and… Full Story,If you ask a random person on the street what they do, chances are they have a lot of slashes and hyphens in their job titles. In this day and age, if you don’t have multiple sources of income… Full Story,Do you consider yourself a financially responsible young adult? Personally, I like to think that my finances are mostly in order. Rent, student loans, car payments—everything big is blocked off nicely. If the math works out right, I have a… Full Story,In the financial world, nothing evokes feelings of terror quite like the word “bankruptcy”. It’s become synonymous with a complete and utter collapse of one’s finances – a black hole that’s almost impossible to climb out of. When you declare… Full Storylast_img read more

Wedding Gifts: What’s Proper and What’s Not?

first_img Post navigation If it’s been awhile since you’ve attended a wedding, or if you’re a young adult whose friends are just starting to tie the knot, you may feel clueless about buying wedding gifts. You’re not alone: giving gifts for big life occasions can be tricky for anyone.The traditional guideline for wedding gifts is that if you’re invited, you should send a gift whether or not you attend. There is no “correct” amount of money to spend on a wedding gift. The amount should be guided by your closeness to the couple, and your budget. Here is some guidance for choosing and giving wedding gifts.The “Cover Your Plate” GuidelineYou’ve probably heard this “rule.” When people don’t know how much to spend, they may gauge it based on how much the couple is spending per guest. This is not a hard and fast rule, so don’t be intimidated if you’re invited to an upscale wedding. You don’t buy birthday gifts based on the value of the cake you expect, and it’s not your job to match your gift to the bride and groom’s wedding budget. Choose the most generous gift you can afford that you will feel comfortable giving.Dollar FiguresHere are some rough guidelines for how much to spend on wedding gifts, but keep in mind that there are exceptions:Wedding of a close relative or close friend: $100 to $200Wedding of the typical friend or relative: around $100Wedding of a work colleague or boss: $75 to $100Wedding of a neighbor or acquaintance: $50 to $75Think of these figures as a starting point, and use other factors to fine-tune your wedding gift budget.RegistriesWhen a registry consists of a range of gifts in a range of prices, it makes your job as a wedding guest much easier. Registering online is a common practice now, and that simplifies things further. If you need gift ideas, start with the registry. Couples today register at retailers ranging from Walmart to Tiffany & Co., so you’ll have plenty of choices and will worry less about gift duplication. You don’t have to use the gift registry, but if you want to go off-registry, it’s still a good idea to look over the sites the couple is registered on for ideas.Giving MoneyThere’s nothing wrong with giving money as a wedding gift. As with gifts, how much you give depends on your relationship with the couple and your budget. You can use the gift guideline dollar figures above as a starting point. If you’re bringing a “plus one” to the wedding, consider bumping up the dollar figure a bit.Typically, you’ll want to hand cash gifts to a close family member, such as a parent of the bride or groom. And it’s perfectly acceptable to mail a check directly to the couple rather than bringing it to the wedding.Gifts for Destination WeddingsIf you’re spending serious money getting to a destination wedding, it is acceptable to give a somewhat less expensive gift than you would otherwise. However, you’re not relieved of your obligation to give a gift. Destination weddings can be expensive for guests, and most couples understand that you’ve already spent a lot getting there. Spending $50 to $100 on a gift for a destination wedding is appropriate.When You’re BrokeIt can be hard to get into the spirit when everyone is giving lavish wedding gifts while you’re on a constrained budget. But you’re not obligated to blow your budget just to buy a wedding gift. If you can spend $50, do so. If that amount is out of your reach, you can still give a nice gift if you get creative. Here are some ideas:A selection of kitchen gadgets or gourmet ingredientsTheir wedding invitation framed in a nice, matted frameA bottle of wineA DVD of a romantic movie, microwave popcorn, and a festive popcorn bowlWhen You’re in the WeddingWhen you’re a member of the wedding party, by the time the wedding day arrives, you’ve already spent a lot and bought several presents. Close friends won’t want you to go broke because of their wedding. Choosing a personal, or creative gift is absolutely appropriate, as is going in together with other bridal party members on one larger gift.Whether you’re looking for a wedding gift or you’re the one getting hitched, using a great budget app like Mint will help you keep your budget in line. You can create custom line items and easily track progress of your financial goals. Mint can help you make your wedding expense dollars work their hardest.Mary Hiers is a personal finance writer who helps people earn more and spend less.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Relatedlast_img read more

4 Stages of Raising Children According to Tibetan Wisdom

first_imgAs you might already know, the people of Tibet are patient, wise, and have their own unique look at all facets of human life. So, there’s a special “Tibetan view” when it comes to bringing up children. It helps them raise a self-sufficient person who will make thoughtful decisions and respect their parents.Цу discuss the 4 temporary stages of raising children, according to Tibetan wisdom.Stage 1: before the age of 5According to the Tibetan upbringing system, during this period parents should talk to the child like they are “a king or queen.” They shouldn’t prohibit anything or punish the child.At this age kids are curious, active, and they are ready to explore the world. But they haven’t had any experiences to learn from, and they can’t come to logical conclusions yet. So if they do something wrong or dangerous, you should look and act scared and try to shift their attention to something else. Emotions are the language kids understand very well in this period.If you are overprotective of your child and prohibit them from doing a lot of things, then there is a risk that you will suppress their mental acuity and teach them to follow without thinking.Stage 2: from 5 to 10 years oldDuring this period, parents should talk to their children like they are “a slave.” But being mindful to not be cruel. At this time in their life, intelligence and logical thinking are developing and the base of their future personality is forming.Now, it’s important to set different goals for your child, control how they achieve them, and teach your child to be ready for consequences that are caused by not achieving their goals. So, a child should start to learn to be responsible for their actions. Don’t be afraid of giving your child a lot of tasks during this period, they can handle it and are ready to learn.If you don’t switch from “king” to “slave” during this period, they will grow up childish and unable to be responsible for their own actions.Stage 3: from 10 to 15 years oldFrom age 10 to 15, it’s important to talk to the child as if you are equal. You know that you have more life experience and knowledge, but the child must be able to tell you what they think and and share their own opinions.Help them with this: ask them for advice and encourage independence. It’s important to give advice, not orders or prohibitions, because this is the age when the independence of thinking is formed.If you prohibit a lot of things, you will worsen your relationship and your child might put themselves in a dangerous situation. And if you are overprotective, they will grow up insecure and dependent on someone else’s opinion.Stage 4: from age 15 and olderBy this time, the personality of the child is fully formed. Now it’s important to be respectful. You can give advice, but it’s too late to teach. And you will see the results of your actions: the child is independent, self-sufficient, and they respect their parents and everyone else.Sourcelast_img read more