Rally seeks restoration of Internet services in Darjeeling

first_imgActivists of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) and other hill parties on Thursday held a demonstration outside the district magistrate’s office in Darjeeling, demanding the restoration of Internet services, which reain suspended for the past 32 days.There were no incidents of violence or arson since Wednesday night as the indefinite shutdown in the hills entered the 36th day on Thursday.Some political activists dressed in traditional Nepali attire took out rallies in the morning.Police and security forces patrolled the streets and kept a tight vigil at every entry and exit points.All shops, restaurants, hotels, schools and colleges remained closed but pharmacies were open.last_img read more

Soaring Eagles eye sweep of eliminations

first_imgWith Espejo emerging as the leading scorer, the four-time UAAP MVP also paces the spiking department with 60.71 percent success.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games But going by the way they crushed the field so far, the Eagles look headed to accomplishing the mission for a crack at the inaugural men’s crown of the league organized by Sports Vision.Ateneo trounced the FEU Tamaraws last Sept. 3 to open its campaign then strung up shutout victories over San Beda, UST and St. Benilde to zero in on the first semifinal berth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingTop hitter Marck Espejo has been lording it over the field with 76 hits, including 68 attack points, after four games.Midway though the tournament, the dominant Eagles are soaring in the stats sheet. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul After racking up four straight victories in emphatic fashions, reigning back-to-back UAAP champion Ateneo braces for a tougher stretch of three matches in its drive for a sweep of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference eliminations at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Veterans at the forefront as powerlifting squad shoots for 2 gold medalslast_img read more

Asia Cup T20: Rain threatens to mar India vs Bangladesh clash

first_imgThe opening game of the Asia Cup T20 could be marred by rain. There was a light drizzle in Dhaka this morning and rain has been forecast ahead of India’s clash against hosts Bangladesh at the Shere-e-Bangla Stadium this evening. (MS Dhoni fitness concerns ahead of India’s opener vs Bangladesh )Cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle tweeted a picture of a gloomy Dhaka sky this morning.Outside my window in Dhaka. This is going to be some shower! Luckily game 7 hours away! pic.twitter.com/BvRrIP5H2U&; Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 24, 2016There is also a chance that play might be delayed due to wet outfield.Meanwhile, India would keep their fingers crossed and hope for Mahendra Singh Dhoni to take the field in the evening. He was present at both of the team’s practice sessions in Fatullah but he did not train.Virat Kohli said yesterday that Dhoni’s absence would affect the balance in the side. Back-up wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel is an opening batsman but India have two in-form openers in Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan.The persistent drizzle could also favour the seam bowlers and Bangladesh might just have the edge there. India’s batsmen, who have been in superb form this year, were exposed on a green surface in Pune against an inexperienced Sri Lankan pace attack.(With inputs from Ateet Sharma)last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo becomes La Liga’s second all-time scorer

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo scored four second-half goals to become the second all-time leading scorer in La Liga as Real Madrid routed Celta Vigo 7-1 on Saturday.Ronaldo’s haul gave him 252 career goals according to the league, surpassing Telmo Zarra’s mark of 251 goals that had stood as a record until Barcelona star Lionel Messi passed that milestone in 2014. Messi’s hat trick in a 5-1 win at Rayo Vallecano on Thursday took his leading tally to 305.After Pepe put Madrid ahead before halftime, Ronaldo scored with a long blast. He added another goal from a free kick, tapped in a short cross, and headed home a corner kick.Jese Rodriguez and Gareth Bale completed the demolition of a Celta side that held its own before halftime but fell apart in the second half.Besides surpassing Zarra’s mark for Athletic Bilbao from 1955, Ronaldo also passed Barcelona’s Luis Suarez as the league top scorer for the season. Ronaldo has 27 goals to Suarez’s 25.Madrid remained in third place and a provisional nine points behind leader Barcelona, which visits Eibar on Sunday, when second-place Atletico Madrid also visits Valencia.Disqualified from the Copa del Rey and its Liga title hopes all but gone, Madrid turns back to its most realistic chance to salvage the season when it hosts Roma on Tuesday in the Champions League round of 16, holding a 2-0 advantage.”Ronaldo is one of a kind,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “I never scored four goals. It’s important that he scores heading into the Champions League.”advertisementElsewhere, Las Palmas ended fourth-place Villarreal’s 14-round unbeaten streak with a 1-0 away win, dropping the host seven points behind Madrid. David Garcia’s header on the half-hour mark helped the Canary Island club edge away from the relegation zone with a third consecutive victory.Fifth-place Sevilla stayed winless on the road this season after conceding a late goal in a 1-1 draw at Getafe, which broke a streak of seven losses. Ever Banega’s free kick put Sevilla ahead late, only for Emiliano Velazquez to level with four minutes left.An own goal by Deportivo La Coruna’s Alejando Arribas in the 89th gifted Malaga a 3-3 draw as the hosts remained winless in 12 rounds.Madrid’s big win over sixth-place Celta came at a perfect time, as Madrid was jeered by the same Santiago Bernabeu Stadium fans the previous weekend after a 1-0 loss to Atletico.That defeat ended with Ronaldo criticizing his teammates, opening the first squad crisis that Zidane had to publicly quell.”Nobody can doubt Cristiano,” said Madrid forward Lucas Vazquez, who started along with 18-year-old striker Borja Mayoral in place of the injured Karim Benzema. “You have to congratulate him. Today there wasn’t any friction and I didn’t hear any jeers.”Defender Pepe headed the hosts in front in the 41st minute after a drab first half for Madrid that saw Celta’s Iago Aspas hit the woodwork early.But the second half was lopsided after Ronaldo looped an unstoppable long strike over goalkeeper Ruben Blanco and into the net. Earlier, a poor pass by Ronaldo earned him some whistles from the crowd, and instead of celebrating the impressive goal, he pointed to his ear while soaking up the applause.Ronaldo curved a free kick over the wall to make it 3-0, tapped in another goal after Aspas hit on the break, and got his fourth goal with a header, a minute before Rodriguez scored.Bale, who played his first minutes as a substitute since being injured in January, scored off the post.last_img read more

What’s The 411? How to Prepare for a Phone Interview

first_imgIf you’ve secured a phone interview, then your resume and cover letter are turning heads, which is no small feat. According to Glassdoor’s data, each corporate job post attracts an average of 250 resumes. So pat yourself on the back. You’re a stand-out!Now it’s time to do your homework. Phone interviews are short meetings, usually no longer than 30 minutes, during which interviewers access candidate’s general fit for the open position.Follow these five steps to prepare yourself to maximize the opportunity:1. Review the position description.Learn everything you can about the position that you are about to discuss and take careful notes. Because this is a screening round, the interview questions tend to be open-ended and general. So think about questions like: “What attracted you to this position” and “Why do you think you would be a good fit for this job?” Note your answers as you examine the job posting.Also, jot down any questions that you have about the position, the company or about the hiring timeline. Toward the end of the call, you will have the chance to pose your questions.[Related: What Interview Questions Will You Be Asked?]2. Research the company.Familiarize yourself with the organization that’s hiring and the work it enacts. See what information you can find about the staff and what it’s like to work there. Perhaps you can find details about the team that has the open position that you are pursuing.Think about how the company and the position fit with your professional goals. Are you excited about the position and the organization? Remember that job interviewing is a two-way street, and talent is a precious commodity.3. Learn about the interviewer.Often candidates are invited to participate in phone interview via email, at which point you usually learn the name and title of the interviewer. He or she is likely to be a human resources professional or a recruiter rather than the manager who has the available position. Once you have that information, do some recon about the professional who will be conducting the screening. It’s helpful to learn about his or her professional background.[Related: Last Minute Phone Interview Tips]4. Set the stage.Schedule this meeting for a time where you can give it your undivided attention. Make sure you have a quiet place to talk, a fully charged phone, a copy of your resume and your notes.5. Harness your chi.Phone calls can be awkward. Know this going in and make your peace with it. Let the interviewer lead this phone call. Try not to get nervous and babble. Be purposeful, mindful and polite. If you need to rehearse in order to feel calm about this, then do so. Have someone who you trust and with whom you feel comfortable call you, and run through a trial call.Good luck!DISCOVER: 2016’s Best Places to Interviewlast_img read more

7 Advantages Former Athletes Should Play Up During Job Interviews

first_img The Best Places to Work in 2019 3.7★ Whether playing a sport in high school, college or pro, many athletes enter the workforce after their athletic careers, and lucky for them, they enter with a competitive advantage.At NCSA, we hire many former athletes because we know that lessons learned as an athlete can translate into great performance in the workplace. We also know many former athletes just don’t know how to sell the value of their athletic skills, team experience, and training during a job interview.After spending years playing a sport, athletes have developed at least seven key traits they should play up to score their next job:1. They excel at time management.Managing academics and athletics is no easy feat. Between morning and night practices, and a full class schedule in between, athletes need to find the time to complete homework and study to maintain a minimum GPA. Not to mention making time for social events or spending time with friends. In the workplace, former athletes excel at creating a schedule and hitting deadlines.2. They don’t make excuses. Given the all of the tasks they have to balance, athletes can’t and don’t make excuses. They need to create solutions. If they have an exam to study for while on the road traveling for a game, they stay up all night or spend every off-minute studying. Athletes don’t make excuses; they figure it out and do whatever it takes to stay ahead.3. They make sacrifices.Athletes understand how to prioritize their schedules based on importance and are okay with making sacrifices. They may miss a social event to work on a paper they didn’t have time to get to during the day because of their full class and practice schedule. They don’t back burner important things for personal preference, but understand how to prioritize to hit goals.4. They don’t take things personally. Athletes know a coach’s feedback, as direct as it may be, is for the better good of their development as well as that of the team. Also, given the amount of coaches they have had throughout their athletic careers, athletes also have experience receiving feedback from different types of leaders, allowing them to be receptive regardless of what type of manager they work for. They’ve been exposed to a vast range of personalities and management types.5.They are resilient. Athletes are their own toughest critics. They want to be the best and will be harder on themselves than any coach or manager could be. If there is a flaw in the process, they will be relentless about getting better. If they have a failure in the workplace, former athletes won’t dwell on what went wrong, but instead learn from it and push to improve.6. They’re team players. Athletes understand the concept of success being a team effort. They are not selfish. If a coworker is behind, they will stay at the office late to help them finish a project. They understand that leaving a coworker behind won’t benefit the team or the company in hitting a goal and achieving success.7. They’re manageable. Every manager wants employees who are easy to manage. This means people who are receptive to feedback and are open to learning new processes. Athletes have been coached their entire lives, having had to adapt to different feedback and approaches, which translates effortlessly into the workplace. N/A 23 hours ago 23h Customer Escalation Specialist NCSA Athletic Recruiting Chicago, IL See more NCSA – Next College Student Athlete jobs in Chicago, IL Dir Sales Strategy and Operations NCSA Athletic Recruiting Chicago, IL Lisa Strasman is President and COO of NCSA, Next College Student Athlete, whose mission is to help families realize their collegiate dreams by fulfilling the genuine need for today’s student-athletes to become better college recruits. A version of this article was originally published on Fast Company. center_img N/A Available Jobs at NCSA – Next College Student Athlete in Chicago, IL 23 hours ago 23h Recruiting Coordinator – Entry Level – Inside Sales NCSA – Next College Student Athlete Chicago, IL Also on Glassdoor: 23 hours ago 23h How to Negotiate Your Salary at Your First Joblast_img read more

11 Midwest Companies Offering Silicon Valley Perks

first_imgMonsanto Company Perks & Benefits: Monsanto provides employees with a complete package of total rewards, which includes competitive pay, support for employees’ health and financial security, opportunities to grow, recognition for employees’ contributions, and a great working environment. Internal and external seminars and conferences are available to increase your technical, professional and managerial skills. They also offer a comprehensive employee relocation program for eligible company-initiated moves. Benefits may include: home sale assistance, transportation of household goods, home finding assistance, expenses associated with home finding trips, return trips home, temporary living expenses, final move expenses and job search support for an eligible spouse or domestic partner.Where Hiring: Urbana, IL; Saint Louis, MO; Ashton, MD; Illiopolis, IL; Nampa, ID; Luling, LA & more.What Employees Say: “Wonderful benefits, amazing vision to feed the world, cutting-edge technology and innovation, dedication to conservation and donating to charitable causes, career learning experiences, great people, travel, development opportunities, work/life balance (unless you’re under-resourced), on-site daycare in St. Louis, diverse teams (unless you work in US Row Crops)” —Current Communications ManagerSee Open Jobs Strive Consulting Perks & Benefits: According to employee reviews, Strive Consulting offers Unlimited PTO, 401k mating, performance bonuses, maternity & paternity leave, company social events, mobile phone discounts, job training, an apprenticeship program, professional development and diversity programs.Where Hiring: Chicago, IL; Columbus, OH; Atlanta, GA & more.What Employees Say: “Strive has a great culture with core values that inspire people to learn, grow, and reach their potential. The environment is collaborative, fun, tight-knit, and people want their coworkers to succeed. Senior leadership is very approachable and has an open-door policy.” —Current EmployeeSee Open Jobs Uptake Perks & Benefits: “We offer medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, plus health savings accounts, flexible spending accounts and commuter spending accounts. We don’t just offer a 401(k), we offer a match as well. We’re all about family. We provide parental leave for primary and secondary caregivers – birth or adoption. Our medical plan offers a Special Beginnings program to get expectant parents and their children off to a healthy start with ongoing education, guidance and support. We launched our own in-house education program to promote ongoing learning and development.”Where Hiring: Chicago, ILWhat Employees Say: “I’ve been here over 4 months and I can definitely say that your work and opinion is valued, there are many opportunities to learn about something completely new, people are engaged, there are opportunities for professional growth, and there is a good work/life balance through WFH flexibility, flex hours, and unlimited PTO.” —Current DesignerSee Open Jobs Brunswick Perks & Benefits: Brunswick recognizes that a happy workforce is a productive one. They offer tuition reimbursement, paid vacation and holidays, and flexible work arrangements, Brunswick offers employees 401(k) matching and potential annual variable contributions of up to 9 percent, in addition to Brunswick Employee Stock Options. As the leading recreation and lifestyle brand, Brunswick offers it’s team of fun and fitness-seekers an array of marine, fitness and billiards products and experience. High-speed boats? Check. Top of the line fitness equipment? Check. Employees are inspired to stay active with premier discounts on boats, engines and fitness equipment from Brunswick’s wide-ranging family of leading brands.Where Hiring: Merritt Island, FL; Mettawa, IL; Vonore, TN; New York Mills, MN; Fort Wayne, IN & more.What Employees Say: “I’ve been working at Brunswick for 5+ years. The company has went through several acquisitions in the last few years and a new corporate headquarters. As the company continues to progress, the benefits, compensation, and departments continue to excel. I highly recommend Brunswick as a company to work for.” —Current EmployeeSee Open Jobs Nestlé Purina Perks & Benefits: At Purina, every day is Take Your Dog (or Cat) to Work Day. Plus, Purina is proud to offer up to 14 weeks of paid leave for a designated primary caregiver. Primary caregivers can elect up to 12 more weeks for a potential total of 26 weeks. The company also provides Comprehensive Health Benefits Package, Onsite Weight Management Programs, Child Adoption Assistance Program, an Infant Formula Program and Corporate Discounts.Where Hiring: Saint Louis, MO; Clinton, IA; Arlington, VA; Davenport, IA; Hartwell, GA & more.What Employees Say: “The culture is family-focused, down-to-earth executives, a cheerful work environment, friendly colleagues and we are constantly celebrated via lobby events, discounts, give-aways, etc. I also love the approachable nature of the leadership. It’s not unusual to receive a friendly hug from a member of leadership or even share a joke. Further, our CEO is forthright and never hides from tough questions. Also, prior to working for Purina, I wasn’t really a pet person. I was ironically afraid of dogs. However, with our “bring-your-pet-to-work” culture, I’ve grown quite fond of dogs and it seems mutual. It’s not unusual for my colleague’s dog to come and sit by me during the workday. It’s very comforting.” —Current EmployeeSee Open Jobs 3M Perks & Benefits: As a 3Mer, you’ll have opportunities to make a substantial impact, fueled by competitive pay, comprehensive quality benefits and recognition of your achievements. Mothers and fathers of newborn or newly adopted children are entitled to up to 20 weeks (10 weeks paid and 10 weeks unpaid) of Parental Leave. 3M also provides company-paid short-term and long-term disability coverage in the event you become ill or are injured and unable to work. Plus, the ability to work from home makes 3M really stand out.Where Hiring: Saint Paul, MN; Maplewood, MN; Monroe, NC; Brookings, SD; Stafford Springs, CT; Medina OH; Fairmont, MN & more.What Employees Say: “Excellent and supportive atmosphere. Upper tier of pay and super great benefits. Excellent work-life balance. Huge discounts on health care insurance for healthy living. New computers every 3 years. Opportunity to promote.” —Current EmployeeSee Open Jobs Duo Security Perks & Benefits: As a tech company with Midwest roots, Duo offers an open vacation policy (mgr approved to ensure coverage, workload planning and work/life balance is achieved – we ask that you minimally take 3 weeks off per year), free HSA health care plan, paid family medical and parental leaves to support you when you need it the most, Vanguard 401k with immediate match vesting (contingent), quarterly bonus program, commitment to individual training and development, and free life insurance, short and long-term disability insurance.Where Hiring: Ann Arbor, MI; Detroit, MI; Austin, TX; San Francisco, CA & more.What Employees Say: “Everything you could ask for from a medium to small business plus some. There is a free health care option, 401k, profit sharing/stock option, unlimited vacation and more. Large investment in people.” —Current EmployeeSee Open Jobs World Wide Technology Perks & Benefits: The well-being of WWT employees is essential. So, when it comes to their benefits package, WWT has one of the best. Tuition Reimbursement, Paid Time Off and Holidays, Volunteer Opportunities, Competitive Salaries, Profit Sharing Plan, Flexible Spending Accounts, 401K with Company Matching Program, Health, Dental and Vision Care (for Employees and Their Families), Prescription Drug Coverage, Life Insurance, Employee Assistance Program, Sick Leave, Long-Term Disability and more.Where Hiring: Saint Louis, MO; Washington, DC; San Francisco, CA; San Antonio, TX & more.What Employees Say: “Great benefits, culture, work environment, continuing education…great place to work!” —Current DirectorSee Open Jobs New Home Star Perks & Benefits: “The total compensation packages (including benefits, perks, time off etc.) that New Home Star offers its people is very good and competitive (and continues to get even better and more robust YOY),” says one current employee. “On top of NHS’s unparalleled company culture, they offer a 401(k) with company match and profit sharing, BCBS health insurance plans (PPOs and HSA option) plus dental, vision and life insurance with company contribution, paid Fidelity retirement incentive programs and a generous vacation, volunteer time off and PTO policy to name a few. Additionally, they make sure you are taken care of on your birthday and work anniversaries, pay for your professional development courses/training and host a lot of pretty incredible company-wide outings, events and parties in destinations like Cancun Mexico in 2017, for example.”Where Hiring: Batavia, IL; Houston, TX; Melbourne, FL & more.What Employees Say: “Life changing opportunity. This company does everything and anything to set you up for success.” —Current Sales ConsultantSee Open Jobs Bright Health Perks & Benefits: Bright Health offers affordable, benefit-driven Individual & Family and Medicare Advantage health insurance plans. Their employees receive health insurance, a health savings account, vision and disability insurance, the ability to work from home, family medical leave, maternity & paternity leave and more.Where Hiring: Minneapolis, MNWhat Employees Say: “Most everyone at Bright is great to work with. Great place to work if you’re looking to get experience with things above your pay grade.” —Former EmployeeSee Open Jobs If you think you have to live in California to score perks like free lunch, unlimited vacation and a dog-friendly office, think again! Midwest companies in Illinois, Minnesota, South Dakota and Missouri have hopped on the benefits bandwagon to give Silicon Valley businesses a run for their money.Calling all job seekers in the Heartland, here are 11 midwest companies offering Silicon Valley-style perks to employees. Luckily for you, each of these businesses is hiring right now. Get the benefits you deserve by applying today!Total Quality Logistics (TQL) Perks & Benefits: TQL offers adoption assistance, remote work, tuition reimbursement, paid job training, legal assistance, identity theft protection, gym reimbursement (a free gym at HQ), and more. TQL also offers its employees access to hundreds of exclusive discounts at some of their favorite local and national merchants. TQL offers a free Kids Club program where employees dependent children receive annual birthday cards, surprise mailings throughout the year and a name badge just like mom or dad. TQL also hosts an employee-driven annual giving campaign with matching gift programs.Where Hiring: Cincinnati, OH; Lexington-Layette, KY; Boston, MA; Tampa, FL; Milford, OH & more.What Employees Say: “Compensation potential, growth opportunities with training, company growth and values, office culture.” —Current Group Sales ManagerSee Open Jobslast_img read more

Chelsea convinced Morata can be ferried away from Man Utd move

first_imgChelsea are convinced they can tempt Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata away from his expected Manchester United move.The Mirror says Morata could turn down Manchester United to join Chelsea – as he wants to work with Antonio Conte again.United had been favourites to sign Real Madrid wantaway Morata – with a £65m deal appearing close to completion last week – but the Blues have barged in.But Chelsea’s interest will be of concern to Mourinho – particularly given the player’s affection for Conte – the manager who signed him for Juventus in 2016 before taking over the Italian national team.Morata has stated in the past: “Conte is the manager who most ‘bet’ on me, without even ever having had me in his team. I’m very conscious of that: he bet on me for Juventus but left before I arrived; then he wanted me at Chelsea come what may. He knows me better than I could imagine, I’m sure, and that’s important: it motivates you to work hard, train well.“I feel indebted to him because he’s the coach that most trusted in me, most wanted me, who made me feel I could perform at the highest level. And yet I’ve never had the fortune to actually work with him. I’m sure sooner or later I will.”last_img read more

Liverpool target Naby Keita talks up ‘Real Madrid, Man City’ ambition

first_imgRB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita admits he has Premier League ambitions.However, Keita name-checked Manchester City, rather than long-term suitors Liverpool, as a team he’d like to play for.Keita claims he was approached by a number of English clubs – including Liverpool, City and Arsenal – last summer prior to his £12.75m move from Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg.”Arsenal, Southampton, Manchester City and Liverpool, although I did not talk with the coach,” Keita told Welt when asked about who had expressed an interest in him last summer.Keita this season has enhanced his profile and now he is now more confident about his abilities.”I hope, however, that I have the level in two, three years and could play for one of the very big clubs,” he added.”This includes Barcelona, but it also includes Real Madrid or Manchester City.”last_img read more

Listening To the Bad and Using It for Good

first_imgOne of the great things about social technology is that anyone can have a platform for promoting their view of the world – via blog, comments on another person’s blog, Facebook page, Twitter, etc. That means that sooner or later, people are going to talk about your organization or cause online. That can feel great, if they love you; or it can feel bad, if they say stuff that’s not so nice. But I think the not-nice stuff is even more valuable sometimes, especially when it relates to our communications and customer/donor service. It’s good to know when people aren’t happy, because it can help us do a better job serving them by solving problems we may have been unaware about.Tactical Philanthropy blog asked me my philosophy on this topic after GiveWell blog had some not-so-nice things to say about Network for Good, which I replied to and discussed before eventually settling the matter. I thought I’d share what I said:Good marketing is about listening to the audience, acknowledging their perspective and having a conversation based on that perspective. A good marketing relationship is like any other relationship – it’s based in listening and conversation, and not simply monologue. Now everyone – including donors – has the tools to talk to the world, and that means nonprofits have the opportunity to listen, and sometimes, to start a conversation. I consider the Internet one big focus group – a place to see what donors, nonprofits and others are saying and doing, and a means to engage those audiences in conversations about what they care about. Donors’ blogs are incredibly useful – they are audience research, a feedback loop, a sounding board and a place to start a relationship – all rolled into one.That’s all really easy to say, but hard – even painful – to experience. Blogs allow people the freedom to talk about your issue or organization in their own words, and that means a loss of message control, which can be difficult to embrace. Sometimes what people say online is not especially nice or constructive, or it may not be based in a thorough understanding of any issue. It can be unpleasant – and sometimes, I think it’s best not to respond if what you read is a cheap-shot from someone not very invested in the issue at hand. I’ve stayed out of some conversations for that reason. But often, what a comment or post online may lack in warmth, it more than makes up for in authenticity and passion, and, however much it hurts to read it (and it hurts, especially if you believe in what you do), it’s very useful to know what people are honestly thinking. Those honest thinkers are worth listening to and learning from, and speaking with.In the case of GiveWell, it was very important to know people don’t have a good understanding of our fees, and why. Obviously, we should do a better job explaining them, and we will. I stand by our fees and believe they are incredibly fair considering all that we offer nonprofits, but if folks think they are not worth it, then I need to listen to that opinion – and learn from it, then do a better job as a communicator going forward.If I were working in marketing at United Airlines, I’d spend more time reading http://www.untied.com/and thinking about how to improve my company than I would on creating new ad campaigns.We have a serious problem in our sector right now – so bad, we might end up with an untied.com of our own. Most donors stop giving to charity because of dissatisfaction with how they were treated by the charity rather than personal constraints like financial problems. Too much mail, no thank-you acknowledgements, and little information on how their money was spent. If they are that mad, we had better listen-and learn.last_img read more

24 Hours for Darfur User-Generated Video Campaign

first_img24 Hours for Darfur is a grassroots video advocacy campaign dedicated to ending the conflict in Darfur and promoting peace and security for the people living there. The goal is to collect thousands of personal video appeals from people all over the world. All appeals will be displayed on our website and sent directly to participant’s political representatives. On September 16, 2007 they screened 24 hours of rolling footage at a rally in front of the UN headquarters and at smaller events at halls of power throughout the world – all connected through a real-time online broadcast.Check out the hundreds of videos submitted! There are videos from US Presidential candidate John Edwards, Author Samantha Power, Actress Mia Farrow, two former United Nations Deputy Secretaries-General, two former United States Deputy Secretaries of State, and private citizens from around the world. You can speak out against genocide by submitting a video appeal of your own. Use a webcam to record a video right in your web browser, or upload a video you’ve recorded offline.You can learn more about Darfur at the website’s education section.Also that they are asking people to spread the word on Facebook by embedding one of their videos in your profile!Source: http://beth.typepad.com/beths_blog/2007/07/24-hours-for-da.htmllast_img read more

The Three Pieces of Background You Need Before You “Make the Ask”

first_imgAs you introduce people to your cause, it can be very helpful to have some background materials.The Case Statement: If you were called into a court of law and had to make a defense for your fundraising, what would you say? In a few paragraphs, powerfully express why someone should be interested in giving their hard-earned money to this venture. Why is it so important? Why is this the time? You might include a projected timeline for your nonprofits goals and how much it’ll take to make those goals happen.The Players: Whom are the people carrying out the work? Why are they captivated and enthralled by this project? How are you changing the lives of people? If you’re the founder, tell your story. I’d include a listing of your board and a brief explanation of any existing strategic partnerships. People may emotionally want to give but they’ll need this sort of information to rationally back-up their emotional decision.Gift Ranges & Naming Opportunities/Sponsorship Levels: It’s helpful to breakdown the amount you want to raise into different giving levels and/or sponsorship opportunities. Giving levels are often something like $500-$999, $1000-4999, $5000-9999, and $10,000+.It can also be helpful to break your goals name-able chunks and projects like the “Joe CEO Honorary Training” or the “Big Corporate Airlines Institute.” You might be able to use those to pitch to people that their names will be in the press releases and other publicity. This would be wonderful for your nonprofit and give the sponsor visibility as well.Gift ranges, naming opportunities, and sponsorship levels can be extremely effective ways to “tangibilitize” giving, to help donors feel like they’re giving something concrete. If you haven’t yet, check out http://heifer.org/ to see how they make giving tangible. Be sure to check out the small print too. They’re very clear that every gift is a gift to Heifer Project’s mission, not necessarily to the goat or chickens you’re “buying.”You’ll also want to have your 501(c)3 documentation available when you get it. But start asking whether you have it or not. People give because the mission and vision grab them, not the IRS documentation. You’ll probably want everything to be PDF’d so that you can email it easily (and not have to print up a bunch of stuff.)Source: Marc. A Pitman of http://fundraisingcoach.com/. Resource made available in part due to the support of the Surdna Foundationlast_img read more

Overcoming Phase 1 Delays: The Critical Component of Obstetric Fistula Prevention Programs in Resource-Poor Countries

first_imgPosted on July 25, 2012August 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)BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth recently published a commentary titled, Overcoming phase 1 delays: the critical component of obstetric fistula prevention programs in resource-poor countries that discusses fistula prevention in developing countries and takes a closer look at the factors that delay treatment of prolonged labor.Take a look at the abstract here:BackgroundAn obstetric fistula is a traumatic childbirth injury that occurs when labor is obstructed and delivery is delayed. Prolonged obstructed labor leads to the destruction of the tissues that normally separate the bladder from the vagina and creates a passageway (fistula) through which urine leaks continuously. Women with a fistula become social outcasts. Universal high-quality maternity care has eliminated the obstetric fistula in wealthy countries, but millions of women in resource-poor nations still experience prolonged labor and tens of thousands of new fistula sufferers are added to the millions of pre-existing cases each year. This article discusses fistula prevention in developing countries, focusing on the factors which delay treatment of prolonged labor.DiscussionObstetric fistulas can be prevented through contraception, avoiding obstructed labor, or improving outcomes for women who develop obstructed labor. Contraception is of little use to women who are already pregnant and there is no reliable screening test to predict obstruction in advance of labor. Improving the outcome of obstructed labor depends on prompt diagnosis and timely intervention (usually by cesarean section). Because obstetric fistulas are caused by tissue compression, the time interval from obstruction to delivery is critical. This time interval is often extended by delays in deciding to seek care, delays in arriving at a hospital, and delays in accessing treatment after arrival. Communities can reasonably demand that governments and healthcare institutions improve the second (transportation) and third (treatment) phases of delay. Initial delays in seeking hospital care are caused by failure to recognize that labor is prolonged, confusion concerning what should be done (often the result of competing therapeutic pathways), lack of women’s agency, unfamiliarity with and fear of hospitals and the treatments they offer (especially surgery), and economic constraints on access to care.SummaryWomen in resource-poor countries will use institutional obstetric care when the services provided are valued more than the competing choices offered by a pluralistic medical system. The key to obstetric fistula prevention is competent obstetrical care delivered respectfully, promptly, and at affordable cost. The utilization of these services is driven largely by trust.Read the full commentary here.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

What the WHO and IHME Research Tells Us About Unsafe Abortion

first_imgPosted on June 18, 2014November 4, 2016By: Manuelle Hurwitz, Senior Adviser, Abortion, International Planned Parenthood Federation; Rebecca Wilkins, Programme Officer, Abortion, International Planned Parenthood FederationClick 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)IPPF welcomes the research released by IHME and the WHO providing new estimates of maternal mortality and its causes. The research provides a lot of food for thought and areas for discussion, in particular around the recording and reporting of data on unsafe abortion.While these findings are not directly comparable to previous estimates of maternal mortality due to unsafe abortion, currently given as 13% [1], the findings suggest that maternal deaths due to unsafe abortion have been reduced. If accurate, this is in no small part due to the tireless efforts of many service providers and advocates working around the world, often in challenging environments, to increase women’s access to post-abortion care and safe abortion services and the rise in the use of misoprostol, particularly in Latin America and the Caribbean, which may be replacing other less safe methods of “unsafe abortion”. However, the data requires closer consideration and while these new findings suggest good progress in preventing maternal deaths due to unsafe abortion, we must bear in mind that the reality is likely to be much different.The WHO research acknowledges the challenges in collecting accurate data on maternal mortality due to unsafe abortion, challenges which make it highly likely that the number of maternal deaths due to unsafe abortion are consistently under reported. In many countries, abortion is subject to legal restrictions making it very difficult for women to access the safe and legal abortion services they need. Even in countries where legislation makes abortion more accessible, stigma around the issue may result in women using methods of abortion which are unsafe. These challenges can prevent women from telling friends and family about their attempts to end a pregnancy. Therefore any maternal death resulting from unsafe abortion may not be reported as such, leading to the under-representation of this issue in its contribution to maternal mortality.It is also important to note that in this research the categorization of maternal mortality due to abortion includes all induced abortion, miscarriage, and ectopic pregnancy. While we acknowledge that this methodology was chosen due to the ICD-10 reporting category definition of deaths due to “pregnancy with abortive outcome”, we need to recognize both the limitations and the potential for misinterpretation of this categorization. The major concern is that this categorization may lead to the results of the study being communicated in such a way that unfairly and inaccurately implies that all abortions are risky. We know that when performed under the correct conditions abortion is one of the safest medical procedures and carries very minimal risks to a woman’s health and life. The complications and risks to women – which have been well documented – arise from abortions performed unsafely.These statistics highlight two things. Firstly, there continues to be a need for further research in this area looking specifically into the incidence and outcomes of unsafe abortion, to provide a more up-to-date and accurate picture on the impact of unsafe abortion worldwide. Secondly, governments need to make abortion safe, legal and accessible to all women who need it. Abortion stigma also presents a real barrier to women accessing safe abortion services, and deserves equal attention by advocates, service providers and policy makers. Only by addressing these issues, will we see further reductions in preventable maternal mortality and morbidity resulting from unsafe abortion.Efforts to achieve this took a step forward in March 2014, when global leaders signed up to a declaration calling for universal access to safe legal abortion after a key two-day meeting that was co-sponsored by Ipas, the International Planned Parenthood Federation, and the Center for Reproductive Rights.Would you like to share your thoughts on the new maternal mortality estimates? Contribute to our blog series by sending a submission of 400-600 words to Katie Millar.[1] Ahman E, Shah IH. New estimates and trends regarding unsafe abortion mortality. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics. 2011;115:121–126Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Insight Into Non-Communicable Diseases and Maternal Health Around the Globe

first_imgPosted on March 27, 2018March 27, 2018By: Adya Misra, Associate Editor, PLOS ONEClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)In many parts of the world, the “obstetric transition” is taking place—a shift from mostly direct causes of maternal deaths to more indirect causes, including those related to non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Thus, understanding the root causes of maternal morbidity and mortality is key to optimizing health for women and newborns. Recent research published in PLOS ONE focuses on non-communicable illness such as depression, obesity, cancer and diabetes during pregnancy and its impact on women and their children. The following articles have been selected from the latest collection in partnership with the Maternal Health Task Force, “Non-Communicable Diseases and Maternal Health Around the Globe.”Impact of mother’s weight gain on the babyGaining weight is a natural part of pregnancy, but what happens when mothers gain more weight than is recommended during their pregnancy? A recent study published in PLOS ONE studied the weight gained during pregnancy in young mothers (age 15-24) living in large cities in the United States. Authors found that young women who were overweight or obese were more likely to gain excess weight during their pregnancy. Excessive weight gain during pregnancy has been linked to adverse newborn and child health outcomes. For example, poor health behaviors can be passed on from mothers to children, obesity during pregnancy can lead to complications during pregnancy or increased risk of obesity to the child in later life.What happens when women gain too much—or too little—weight during pregnancy?Related to this, another study from researchers in Lebanon showed that mothers (age 18-40) who did not gain sufficient weight during pregnancy were at risk of having babies who were also underweight. The authors attributed this to the lack of sufficient nutrients to the developing fetus during pregnancy. They also showed that mothers who gained more weight than recommended during pregnancy gave birth to babies that were larger than the average newborn. Typically referred to as “fetal macrosomia,” this can cause complications during birth for the mother, and the risk of injury to the newborn is also high. Both studies highlight the importance of screening pregnant women who are underweight or overweight so that they may receive tailored interventions to maintain a healthy weight during pregnancy.Researchers from Mexico investigated markers associated with diabetes and cardiovascular disease in women who were overweight or obese during pregnancy (age 13-44). Authors showed that in the third trimester, women who had gained excessive weight during pregnancy had higher levels of circulating fat (called triglycerides) in the blood and insulin (hormone produced by the pancreas). Although these markers increase the risk of gestational diabetes (high blood sugar during pregnancy) and pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure during pregnancy), these subtle changes did not cause adverse events during pregnancy, however they might be responsible for changes to the developing fetus that predispose to development of metabolic diseases in the future.The importance of monitoring blood profiles during and after pregnancyOne of the recently published articles focused on the effects of variations in blood profile in women after pregnancy. This work studied women in southern India, who came to the clinic six months after giving birth for a routine check. Authors screened women for symptoms of mental illness and found that 27% of women were experiencing symptoms of postpartum depression. Postpartum depression often leads to suicidal thoughts and lack of responsiveness towards the newborn baby. Upon studying the blood levels of various markers in these women, authors found that there was a correlation between the levels of total cholesterol and the “good” cholesterol High Density Lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-c) with the severity of depression. This study thus highlights the importance of monitoring blood profiles in women after birth so that they can receive appropriate help and treatment.How does mental illness in mothers affect their children?Developing symptoms of mental illness after giving birth is a neglected topic in women’s health. Studies that have highlighted postpartum depression in women have focused on screening those at risk and developing policy on how best to provide appropriate therapeutic interventions. However, fewer studies have investigated the effects of maternal mental illness on the mental health of the child. Researchers in Canada investigated how depression and anxiety in mothers affected the development of their children. The authors found that recurring mental health illness in mothers was likely to affect physical and general cognitive skills in their children. Image from UNICEF (Flickr) under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0—This post was slightly edited and originally appeared on PLOS ONE’s EveryONE blog.Access the MHTF-PLOS Collection>>Watch the video of a panel discussion marking the launch of the collection.Learn more about noncommunicable diseases and maternal health>>Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Join our focus groups on the ups and downs of a freelance lifestyle (and receive $30)

first_imgHow do you manage the ups and downs of earning income as a freelancer? When illness, lost clients and unexpected disruptions affect your work life, how do you cope?Freelancers Union is collaborating with researchers from Columbia University School of Social Work and the Century Foundation to better understand the challenges freelancers face. We are holding two focus groups on economic instability and freelance work.We’re currently recruiting participants in the New York City area to share their ideas and experiences along with fellow freelancers. We’d like experienced freelancers who get most of their income from freelancing and have had money worries over the past two years. Lunch or dinner will be served, and participants will receive a $30 gift card in recognition of their time.Focus group sessions will be held on Monday, September 25th, 6:30-8:00pm, and Tuesday, September 26, 12:00pm-1:30pm in Downtown Manhattan.Interested? RSVP here and you will be contacted by the research team. Questions? Email stettner@tcf.orgRSVP required. Please respond today.last_img read more

4 fitness sites freelancers should bookmark right now

first_imgThere are two reasons home workouts are perfect for freelancers. One, you’re self-motivated. Two, when irregular payment schedules can make the essentials feel like a struggle, who wants to add a gym membership?Of course, there are an infinite number of fitness websites that cater to every workout type, schedule, and fitness philosophy, and you (hopefully) don’t have time to test run them all. To make your next break a productive one, we’ve rounded up four of the best, for every preference. Bonus: they’re free!HASfitFor literally everyoneJoshua “Coach” Kozak and Claudia, the married co-hosts of “Heart and Soul Fitness,” are the definition of fitness and couple goals. Together they’ve produced a broad library of workouts, from senior level and seated for beginners, to strength, HIIT, pilates, and yoga for all levels, to former champion fighter Coach Kozak’s truly lip quivering MMA- and UFC-inspired routines.In short, HASfit has something for everyone, from your grandma to Dwayne Johnson. No matter which routine you settle on, sessions with them genuinely feel like working out with two friends. Two really good-looking friends who have all their s*** together, aren’t remotely annoying about it, and just want to help you “get better at life.” Who could let them down?POP PilatesFor the easily distractedCassey Ho’s POP Pilates has gone from the occasional Youtube video to a legit fitness empire, complete with a clothing line and a certification program. But when Cassey gets in front of the camera, it’s still just the three of you: you, her, and whatever secret source of power she’s drawing on to transcend time and space to make sure that you will. not. stop. Not even if this ab video is from 2011.Even if you consider yourself a pilates pro, Cassey’s brand of high reps and high intensity is a step up. She’s ideal for anyone who needs extra stimulus to stay locked in, as she choreographs every workout to pop music and chats about her latest trip to the MAC store even on her 500th squat.Yoga with AdrieneFor those who need a workout buddyWith instructions like, “Now turn around… and look at my pants!” Adriene Mishler puts having a good time on the mat way ahead of technical prowess. She also welcomes the occasional cameo from her dog, Benji.Whether you’re new to yoga or reading this in headstand, her self-love-infused classes are cures for what ails you. Categories range from “Yoga For Creativity” and “Yoga For Self Doubt” to “Stress Melt” (we’ll take two please). Is self-judgment keeping you from nailing that deadline? Maybe you need to work out with an accomplished yogi-celeb who also falls out of poses from time to time and drops the occasional f-bomb. See, she’s doing fine!Sean Vigue FitnessFor outdoor types (and anyone on a deadline)Hate even seeing gyms? Sean Vigue may just be your fitness soulmate. A former opera singer-turned power yoga and pilates guru (who also moonlights for HASfit), he rarely films indoors, preferring to lay his mat wherever looks most stunning around his Colorado home. And when he does stick close to home, his deck is pretty sweet.Don’t let dramatically beautiful mountains and lakes, or Sean’s chipper personality, fool you. His workouts are intense — particularly the deceptively short “power yoga” variety. If long preambles and focus on yoga philosophy aren’t your thing, trust that you’re in good, to-the-point hands with Sean. While he does espouse the mentally “disruptive” benefits of the practice, his focus is on the athletic.He changes it up constantly, doesn’t waste time, and keeps his sense of humor. Now that’s a philosophy freelancers can live by.last_img read more

How Can I Start Investing in Stocks with Very Little Money?

first_imgOne of the biggest tests for investors — and, for savvy investors, one of the biggest opportunities — is how they behave when the market gets rocky. There are essentially two things every investor can do when the market suffers a… Full Story,There are a number of reasons why it might be tempting to cash out your hard-earned 401k savings before retirement. From hefty car or home repairs to emergency medical expenses, sometimes unexpected circumstances cause us to seek out extra cash…. Full Story,2018 was a roller coaster for the stock market. If you’re an investor, you were probably impacted more than once – for better or worse. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), Nasdaq Composite, and S&P 500 each hit new all-time… Full Story,You’re bound to make a few rookie errors when trying out anything for the first time, whether it’s making homemade greek yogurt, growing heirloom tomatoes, or learning to drive. After all, learning is a process, and trial and error is… Full Story,It’s easy to think of investments as existing in a vacuum. You contribute money, wait a certain amount of time and watch your portfolio grow. Where that money goes – and how it grows – are questions most people would… Full Story,Out of the main pillars of financial wellness—earn, save, spend, invest, and protect—investing can oftentimes feel like the scary, unknown thing lurking in the closet. Being frugal, creating a spending plan, and buying insurance seem to operate within the warm,… Full Story,Getting ahead financially is a game of inches. It’s about finding every trick, tip, and loophole you can find to maximize the growth potential of your money. There’s no topic where the phrase “work smarter, not harder” is more relevant…. Full Story,When you make a mistake in daily life, you usually have the opportunity to immediately make things right. If you spill soda on the floor, you can mop it up. If you burn the chicken you’re roasting for dinner, you… Full Story,One of the precious, oh-so-sweet things you give up when you go freelance is an employer-sponsored 401(k)—along with any matching contributions. But on the flipside, freelancers have quite a few options when it comes to saving for a retirement nest… Full Story,As the VP of Investments at a fintech company, it’s my job to pay close attention to the ever-changing trends and progress within the world of money. Working at Fundrise also means I’m directly involved with the development of the… Full Storylast_img read more