Citizenship Bill in focus as Budget session of Nagaland Assembly begins

first_imgThe contentious Citizenship Bill will be in focus in the budget session of the Nagaland assembly that begins from Thursday, with the State government set to adopt a resolution against the proposed legislation. Minister for Planning and Coordination, Neiba Kronu, said the Nagaland government would table a resolution against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, on February 23. The bill was passed by the Lok Sabha during the Winter Session on January 8, but could not be tabled in the Rajya Sabha, meaning it has now lapsed. The legislation proposes to accord Indian citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after seven years of residence in India instead of 12 years, which is the norm currently, even if they do not possess any document. Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, who also holds the Finance portfolio, will present the full budget for the fiscal 2019-20 on February 25. The State government is also scheduled to table the supplementary demands for grants for the fiscal 2018-19 in the budget session that concludes on February 26.last_img read more

Narvasa insists he’s ‘always ensured parity in all decisions’

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Why did he have to use us to justify his decision?” the team’s statement said.Narvasa defended himself regarding the issue, saying that he “did not have any bad intentions” when he shared the information to the media.“I received the trade from (TNT governor) Rickie Vargas and (alternate governor) Pato Gregorio. They found my statement mentioning that it was uncalled for. I told them, when I said that, I was just telling the story. I did not mean to discredit you or disrespect them, but they found it very offensive,” he said.The league’s ninth commissioner said that if governors had an issue with his decision, they should have made an appeal in the weekly board meetings as predicated in the PBA by-laws, a move which is in contrast to the Board’s agreement days prior expressing their “all-out support” for his decision.“In any trade, there is a recourse. If the commissioner has made a grave mistake, anyone from the Board of Governors can appeal the decision of the commish as long as it wins by a vote of two-thirds. They can review, they can reverse, and/or modify the decision of the commissioner. It’s in the by-laws and constitution. It’s specifically written there,” he saidADVERTISEMENT Narvasa remains defiant: I’m fighting for principle QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “Therefore, let’s say I made a grave mistake in this trade, they have the recourse among themselves in a special meeting to hold the trade. They have 10 days to make the complaint, so that means the trade is on hold and it’s not approved. Even if the commissioner approved it already, if there is an appeal to the chairman, they can review, they can modify, or reverse my decision, which they did not adopt.”Narvasa shared that he is saddened by the recent turn of events which cast the league in a bad light.“I feel bad more for the PBA. I was already involved in the private sector and I was happy there. But I was willing when they asked me to do the sacrifice in trying to balance their interests,” he said. “Now, they wanted to get me out of the way and I don’t know where that’s coming from, but that’s the situation.”The executive then stressed the necessity for the Board to convene and mend these issues quickly to maintain the credibility the Office of the Commissioner holds going forward.“I hope the Board of Directors talk among themselves already. I want it to be clarified for future commissioners. I know I’m here temporarily. There will be another commissioner here. Everybody wants to make sure that he has to remain independent. He cannot be influenced by any team. He cannot be frightened,” he said. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:33‘We are all suffering,’ Panelo says of commuting00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ LATEST STORIES Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netEmbattled PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa has heard enough and said that despite all the controversies hurled his way, parity has always been his priority since he assumed his post.Narvasa said that he always tried to give everyone a fair shake, citing his approval of TNT’s trades to secure the top selections in the 2015 PBA Draft.ADVERTISEMENT “What call for parity are they talking about? I have always ensured parity in all decisions I made as commissioner, not only in the trade involving Kia and San Miguel Beer, but even when TNT acquired the first round picks of Kia and Blackwater in the past to get Mo Tautuaa and Troy Rosario,” he said on a statement in Thursday.The KaTropa first got Blackwater’s first rounder, which turned out to be Tautuaa, in exchange for Larry Rodriguez and the former’s 2015 first rounder a year prior, before dealing with then-Mahindra for the second overall pick Rosario for Aldrech Ramos, Nino Cañaleta, and Rob Reyes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTNT has been vocal of its displeasure of Narvasa following his approval of the San Miguel-Kia trade, which sent 2017 top overall selection Christian Standhardinger to the Beermen.The KaTropa management also hit Narvasa for allegedly dragging them into the issue after the league executive bared that assistant team manager Magnum Membrere also submitted the Fil-German’s application papers, a duty Membrere did in “as a representative of Smart Gilas.” Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View commentslast_img read more

Mandela practised Yoga at Robben Island: Fellow prisoner

first_imgFrom Fakir HaseenJohannesburg, Jun 9 (PTI) Former prisoner-turned-president Nelson Mandela practiced Yoga to deal with the harsh conditions imposed on political prisoners at Robben Island for the more than two decades when he was imprisoned there.One of the last surviving freedom fighters from that era, Isu Laloo Chiba, shared this in a message to support the Indian missions plan to celebrate the second UN-sanctioned International Day of Yoga (IDLY) on 21 June in South Africa.Chiba said, he too had found solace by practising Yoga for 40 minutes daily for more than a decade-and-a-half while he was an inmate in the single cells on Robben Island.”I fully agree that the philosophies and practices of Yoga assists people to be healthy and cultivates a positive attitude,” Chiba said.Mandela died in December 2013 at the age of 95. He spent over two decades (1964 to 1990) in prison and served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.Activities to mark the occasion have started already, with Yoga gatherings planned at public venues across the country that are expected to attract tens of thousands of people of all races on Sunday, 19 June, as the official IDOY date falls on a Tuesday, when most people will be at work or school, Indian High Commissioner Ruchi Ghanashyam said at the official launch here today.”Cricketer Jonty Rhodes, who is involved in cricket in India, has already confirmed his support, as have some leading South African sport and entertainment industry personalities, in order to serve as role models for young people,” said Ghanashyam, who expects thousands of people to converge at Johannesburgs huge open space of Zoo Lake for the main event on Sunday.advertisement”Every school of Yoga practiced in India will be represented in the South African IDOY,” the diplomat added.Organisers at various other educational and cultural institutions will simultaneously host events on the same day in most major South African cities, some of them offering substantial prizes to participants for painting and essay competitions related to Yoga.Elisha Sirkissoon from the Art of Living Foundations African chapter said that the organisation, which had coordinated activities in 15 African countries for the inaugural event last year, is expecting to do so in many more this year.”In South Africa, we take Yoga to every sector of society, even going to prisons where we teach even maximum security prisoners how to use Yoga techniques to calm their lives and deal with their transgressions to find inner peace,” Sirkissoon said, adding that there would be a major event in the mainly Black township of Soweto on 21 June.Veteran South African-Indian sportsman and community activist Mohan Hira said that it had taken him three days last year to visit all the schools in the huge Indian suburb of Lenasia, south of Johannesburg, to accommodate the requests from schoolchildren to participate in the event.He said this year, the response so far has been even greater. PTI FH SUA AKJ SUAlast_img read more

Sonam and Deepika slay in the same top; teach you a very important style lesson

first_imgSonam Kapoor and Deepika Padukone might be away from home ground in two very different continents, but that didn’t stop the two ladies from picking two VERY similar outfits.Also read:18 saree-wearing rules we learned from birthday girl Sonam KapoorWhile Deepika Padukone made waves with her green carpet style at the 17th Annual IIFA awards in Madrid, the actress’ off-duty looks have been no different. From off-shoulder to bell-sleeves, the actress has been busy ticking every single style off the trend list.She made the most of the Spanish summer in a Chloe top finished with a pair of shorts and the iconic Rock Stud flats from Valentino. Her hairand red pout worked beautifully with the look.Deepika’s so breezy chic. Picture courtesy: Instagram/@deepikapadukoneNeerja actress Sonam Kapoor on the other hand took a very different route with the same Chloe top. Currently in Los Angeles, she wore her top with a pair of wide-legged pants and neutral accessories that included a bag and a pair of slip-ons. Statement earrings, a top knot and rosy pink makeup finished her look.Tan and white always works well as a combo. Picture courtesy: Instagram/@sonamkapoorWhile Deepika’s look is perfect for the beach, an attire like Sonam’s can be easily sported on a day dedicated to shopping–especially since the sale season is on.Also read: Deepika and Athiya are busy painting Spain blueThe two actress’ outing in the same top is the perfect answer to those, “I don’t have anything to wear days.” The same thing can be worn in so many different ways, you only need to stop being lazy with your choices! Thanks to the two actresses, wearing the same thing can be a happy accident that easily give their fans major #outfitgoals.advertisementlast_img read more

Rio 2016: PV Sindhu becomes India’s 15th individual Olympic medalist

first_imgWith Sakshi Malik finally ending India’s medal drought last night after scripting an incredible comeback from being 0-5 down to winning 8-5 against Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan and PV Sindhu making it to the women’s singles badminton final, a Silver is now guaranteed for India at the Rio Games. Here’s a look at the other individual medal winners for India since Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav’s Bronze back in 1952. (Rio Olympics: Full Coverage)Khashaba Dadasaheb JadhavYear: 1952Discipline: WrestlingMedal: BronzeKhashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav was the first athlete from India to win an individual medal at the Olympics. Jadhav was extremely nimble on his feet and that’s what made him different from the wrestlers of his time. Training under English coach Rees Gardner made him better since the 1948 Summer Games and finally four years later in Helsinki, it paid off.Leander PaesYear: 1996Discipline: Tennis (Men’s singles)Medal: BronzeIt was an inspired performance against the odds from an inspired 23-year-old Leander Paes. There were no expectations from him and he did what nobody expected. Paes lost an impressive semi-final but all was not lost as he defeated Brazilian Fernando Meligeni, world number 93. He went down in the first set but came back stronger to win 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 and get India a Bronze medal in an individual event after four decades.Karnam MalleswariYear: 2000Discipline: Weightlifting (Women’s 69KG)Medal: BronzeMalleswari won the Bronze in women’s 69kg category with an overall lift of 240kg. She finished just behind winner Lin Weining of China and Hungary’s Erzsebet Markus. Malleswari started with 105kg and then lifted 107.5kg, followed by 110kg in her subsequent two attempts. She started off with 125 kg in the clean & jerk attempt and then increased it to 130 kg. In her third attempt, she went for broke by trying to lift 137.5kg. Malleswari couldn’t get a Gold but her effort was enough to help her bag the Bronze.advertisementRajyavardhan Singh RathoreYear: 2004Discipline: Shooting (Men’s double trap)Medal: SilverRajyavardhan Singh Rathore had qualified for the final round after finishing fifth with a tally of 135 points (46, 43, 46) from three rounds in the preliminary stage. In the finals, the 34-year-old army major gave India its first individual Silver medal at the Olympics. The army man managed a score of 179 (135 in qualifying and 44 in the final round) which gave him the Silver medal. Rathore managed to score 44 out of 50 in the final round.Abhinav BindraYear: 2008Discipline: Shooting (Men’s 10 metre Air Rifle)Medal: GoldAbhinav Bindra in his biography said that he’s the Rahul Dravid of shooting and he aims for perfection. In 2008, Abhinav Bindra made the nation proud and won India its first individual Gold medal in Beijing. Bindra was fourth after qualifying but a brilliant final round and after a near perfect 10.8 on his last, he pulled in front of Henri Hakkinen of Finland. Bindra shot a total of 700.5 in the finals to clinch Gold for his country.Vijender SinghYear: 2008Discipline: Boxing (Men’s 75kg)Medal: BronzeAt Beijing 2008, Vijender defeated Badou Jack of Gambia 13-2 in the round of 32 and followed that up with a win against Angkhan Chomphuphuang of Thailand 13-3 in the round of 16 to reach the Middleweight Boxing quarter-finals. He beat Carlos Gongora of Ecuador 9-4 in the quarters which guaranteed him a medal, the first ever Olympic medal for an Indian boxer. However, he lost 5-8 to Cuba’s Emilio Correa in the semi-finals and shared the Bronze medal.Sushil KumarYear: 2008Discipline: Wrestling (Men’s 66kg Freestyle)Medal: BronzeSushil Kumar lost to Andriy Stadnik in the first round of the 66 kg freestyle wrestling event in Beijing. This left the Indian wrestler’s medal hopes hinging on the repechage. He defeated Doug Schwab in the first repechage round and Albert Batyrov in the second round. In the bronze medal match, Kumar beat Leonid Spiridonov 3:1 to clinch Bronze for India. Kumar won three bouts within a span of 70 minutes to take the Bronze.Gagan NarangYear: 2012Discipline: Shooting (Men’s 10m Air Rifle)Medal: BronzeGagan Narang won Bronze in the 10 metre air rifle event with a total score of 701.1, becoming India’s first medal winner at the 2012 games. Narang was just behind Silver medallist Niccolo Campriani of Italy who scored 701.5. He shot 10.7, 9.6, 10.6, 10.7, 10.4, 10.6, 9.9, 9.5, 10.3  and 10.7 in the 10 rounds and 103.1 in the final.Vijay KumarYear: 2012Discipline: Shooting (Men’s 25 Rapid Fire Pistol)Medal: SilverVijay Kumar won Silver in the 25 metre rapid fire pistol event. He finished with an average score of 9.767 and had a score of 293 with 7 inner 10s in the first stage. Vijay won India’s second medal at London 2012.advertisementSaina Nehwal Year: 2012Discipline: BadmintonMedal: BronzeSaina Nehwal earned India’s third individual medal in London. Saina defeated China’s Wang Xin after winning the first game 18-21 and then won the second game 0-1 as the Chinese had to retire to due an injury.Mary KomYear: 2012Discipline: Boxing (Women’s Flyweight)Medal: BronzeMary Kom defeated Karolina Michalczuk of Poland 19-14 in the third women’s boxing match of the first round. In the quarter-final, she defeated Maroua Rahali of Tunisia with a score of 15-6. Kom faced Nicola Adams of UK in the semi-final but lost the bout 6-11. However, she stood third in the competition and garnered an Olympic Bronze medal.Yogeshwar DuttYear: 2012Discipline: Wrestling (Men’s 60kg Freestyle)Medal: BronzeYogeshwar lost to Russian B Kudukhov 1-0, 2-0 and was knocked out from the pre-quarterfinal round. He got a chance to contest in the repechage rounds as Kudukhov reached the finals of the event. In his first repechage round he went on to beat Franklin Gmez of Puerto Rico with a score of 1-0, 1-0. Yogeshwar then scored 7-5 to beat Masoud Esmaeilpour with an aggregate of counted points 3-1 in repechage round 2. He finally beat his North Korean opponent Ri Jong-Myong to clinch the bronze medal (0-1, 1-0, 6-0).Sushil KumarYear: 2012Discipline: Wrestling (Men’s 66kg Freestyle)Medal: SilverSushil Kumar won a Silver medal after losing the final to Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu. He had entered the final amid some controversy by beating Kazakhastan’s Akzhurek Tanatarov in the semis. Sushil lost his final bout to his Japanese opponent with a score of 3-1.Sakshi MalikYear: 2016Discipline: Wrestling (Women’s 58kg Freestyle)Medal: BronzeSakshi Malik brought an end to India’s long wait for a medal at the ongoing Rio Olympics by winning Bronze in the Women’s Freestyle 58kg category. The 23-year-old overturned a 0-5 deficit to script an 8-5 victory over Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan in the Bronze medal bout. Earlier, Sakshi had crashed out of contention for the Gold medal after a one-sided 2-9 loss to Valeria in the quarter-finals. She however, started her bid for the Bronze by defeating Orkhon Purevdorj of Mongolia 12-3 in the Repechage round 2 and then went on to win the Bronze medal bout by defeating the Kyrgyzstani.last_img read more

5 Excuses You’re Making To Avoid Taking a Risk At Work

first_imgWhen you get into a groove at work, it’s tempting to want it to stay that way. It makes sense — feeling like you understand your role and have mastered your responsibilities bolsters confidence. Why wouldn’t you want to ride that wave for as long as possible? But if you truly want to grow in your career (think: raise, promotion, new job), it’s important to resist complacency. There comes a point at which you’ve got take on the next challenge.Rather than stepping up to tackle more, though, people often make excuses so they don’t have to learn a new skill, take a mentee under their wing or expand their professional horizons. If you’ve found yourself getting too comfortable at work, take note.Here are 5 excuses you may be telling yourself to avoid taking risks at work:1. I’m too busy.You might think it’s not the right time to step outside of your comfort zone, but let’s get real: Is there ever really a good time? At any given moment, there are a dozen different things on your plate, and it becomes all too easy to use these tasks as justification for why you shouldn’t take on something new. Brush your inner procrastinator aside and commit to making a concrete plan that will help you accomplish your objective.In a select few cases (such as if you’re in the middle of a two-week sprint to meet a deadline), it is actually a good idea to hold off for a little bit. But don’t simply say you’ll get around to it when you have time — set up a reminder for yourself to get down to business as soon as things start to slow down.[Related: 9 Work Habits That Could Be Killing Your Chances For A Promotion]2. I don’t want to step on anyone else’s toes.The office politics struggle is real, so it makes sense to try to avoid drama when you can. But if this is one of your excuses to not try something new at work, it holds no water. Unless your goal involves actually vying for somebody else’s job, you’re unlikely to offend any coworkers. In fact, you’ll probably only flatter them if you reach out to express your curiosity about their job and ask to pick their brain. Having a well-rounded background can only benefit you and your company, so don’t be shy.3. I should wait until my boss brings it up.While good managers always have your career development on their radar, they’re not mind readers. You’re the only one who knows where your true passions lie and where you want to go. Therefore, it’s on you to speak up. And hey, bringing up a new idea to your manager is a great way to impress them with your proactivity (maybe even enough for them to offer you that raise you’ve been eyeing!).[Related: Bosses Reveal: 7 Things That Will Get You Promoted This Year]4. I don’t know how.In an age of unprecedented access to information, claiming that you can’t do something because you don’t know how doesn’t really cut it anymore. Beyond reaching out to your current coworkers, you can look up thousands of articles, videos and courses on any given topic you’d want to learn about, from coding to SEO to leadership skills and more. You’re just a Google search away from becoming more marketable — don’t hold back![Related: 6 Skills That Will Get You the Job]5. I’m scared of messing up.When it comes down to it, this is usually at the heart of why people avoid trying something new at work. It’s important to keep in mind, though, that mistakes are a natural part of growth. Everyone has made a mistake at some point in their career and lived to tell the tale. And if you find yourself needing extra support/advice as you navigate a transition into a previously unexplored role, you can always turn to HR, your boss or your mentor.Being scared of trying something new is natural, but, as a cheesy motivational poster might say, “life begins where your comfort zone ends.” Any real progress is made by taking a risk, so drop the excuses and try to accept that those feelings of nervousness as just a sign of greater things to come. Before you know it, your new initiative will become second nature — and you’ll be that much better off because of it.DISCOVER: See Open Jobs Hiring In Your Area Today!last_img read more

79 & Still On The Front Line: Women’s Equality Trailblazer Lilly Ledbetter

first_img“Our history is our strength and we all have to remember that and focus on the future to make it better.”We had only been on the phone for 28 seconds, but already, Lilly Ledbetter was proving that activism is a 24-7 passion for her. One would be hard pressed to speak to women’s rights activist Lilly Ledbetter for a half hour and not feel the fight in her Southern-accented voice. After all, she’s hard at work even though she’s well into her retirement years. Celebrating her 79th birthday this month, Ledbetter has spent the last 20 years championing equal rights for women in the workplace.An Alabama native, Ledbetter worked as an area manager at Goodyear plant in Gadsden, Alabama for nineteen years. Just a couple of years away from retirement and after enduring years of bias and sexual harassment, she was tipped off to the fact that she was dramatically underpaid compared to her male counterparts for the entirety of her tenure at Goodyear.Outraged, Ledbetter made a formal complaint against Goodyear with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 1998. After the company retaliated by assigning her to manual labor, Ledbetter filed a discrimination suit and was awarded approximately $3.3 million in damages. The tire-maker, however, appealed and the case ended up in the Supreme Court, which, in 2007, ruled 5-4 in favor of Goodyear, ruling that Ledbetter had missed the statute of limitations to file a suit.Determined, not defeated, she pressed on rallying, speaking and lobbying for change. In 2009, Ledbetter was honored to have her name and groundbreaking case inspire President Obama’s first official piece of legislation as president, The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which states that the 180-day statute of limitations for filing an equal-pay lawsuit regarding pay discrimination resets with each new paycheck affected by that discriminatory action.While two decades have passed since she was first tipped off, very little of that time has been spent lamenting or hibernating. The widow, mother of two and grandmother of four, zig-zags across the country speaking out against the gender wage gap. We caught up with her between back-to-back flights to Washington DC to speak about Equal Pay Day, her journey and her sage advice to women starting their careers in male-dominated industries.Glassdoor: I love to hear the passion and the fire in your voice especially you being such a champion of equal pay and women’s rights. The Fair Pay Act was passed about eight years ago. What is kind of the current state of equal pay right now?Lilly Ledbetter: Women are still underpaid. When women get behind it is a snowball effect because if your wages start out low, your raises are percentages of what you’re earning. That keeps them lower than they should. You can’t catch up. It also affects your retirement because if a company has retirement benefits, it’s based on what you’re earning your 401K or whatever the retirement plan is it’s based on what you’re earning matched by a percentage. Of course, social security is based on what a person earns. When you’re shortchanged like I was and so many other people across this nation it’s for the rest of your life.Glassdoor: Are you concerned that the new political climate and administration will roll back the progress that has been made in terms of equal pay?Lilly Ledbetter: I hope not because so many corporations and small employers have really heard the voices across this nation and they’ve understood that when men and women are paid equitably, their company will excel and their bottom-lines will be greater. There is still more progress to be made. However, I think that progress may slow down just a smidgen because right now I have not seen any outward support from the White House and the new administration yet.Glassdoor: Many people are watching and waiting to see what happens and to see the kind of impact Ivanka Trump has because equal pay is a passion of hers as well.Lilly Ledbetter: I’ve heard her speak about it but you have to put some action with those words. One of the things that I am so very proud of is I’ve walked the halls of Congress working on support for the Ledbetter Bill and it was co-sponsored by both parties, the Republicans and Democrats. That bill became law within 18 months— that’s a record. It takes action.Glassdoor: You continue to be so passionate, even at nearly 79 years old. Why?Lilly Ledbetter: I’ve shared my story because I understand what it’s like to sit around your kitchen table trying to make your checks go and pay all of the bills, the college tuition, your home mortgage, your car payments, your dental bills, buy food and just the norms of everyday living. It is so hard when it should not be. Women are working every day, volunteering or overtime but it’s still extremely difficult, especially for women who are single mothers.Glassdoor: Looking back to that day in the 1990s when you first found out that you were underpaid and you received that slip of paper showing the wage gap. Do you remember how you felt that day?Lilly Ledbetter: I was devastated. I really wanted to just hide because I was just embarrassed. I thought about it and the first thought I had was my overtime because being paid 40% less than those other three guys that had the same job I did, same identical job, just a different shift that really affected my overtime not to say that just my base pay was affected. I was two years away from retirement, but I couldn’t let it go. I just could not because that is who I am. I thought about all those lean, hard years when I didn’t know where I would get enough money or when I had to work all that overtime in order to make all of my bill payments on time and feed my children.Glassdoor: How has your life changed since your case went to the U.S. Supreme Court?Lilly Ledbetter: The change in my life has been so dramatic — testifying before Congress, giving speeches, traveling. All of it has deepened my passion because when the verdict came out, I saw that it was no longer just about me, but it was about all of the women, and minorities, and girls across this great nation. This fight is also about the businesses and the employers because they do better work when people know that they have been treated fairly.Glassdoor: Women are now in leadership positions, they’re CEOs, they’re traveling the world working in all types of industries. Has the status of women in the workplace changed as much as you would have hoped in the past 20 years or since you were at Goodyear?Lilly Ledbetter: I was hoping for more advancement for women and more equal pay than what we have already but progress has been made. Equal Pay was passed in 1963 and Title VII in 1964. We should have been much further, closer to our male counterparts than we are. I thought surely I was. The company I worked for has told when I went to work that if you discuss your pay you will not have a job here. No one ever discussed their pay. I could not find out exactly where I stood with my coworkers.Glassdoor: The conversation around salary transparency is getting better nowadays with Glassdoor…Lilly Ledbetter: I wish I would have had something like Glassdoor. That would have been super because [salary transparency] was all I wanted. Pay was a secret and I didn’t know. Two years away from retirement and they told me all this information and laid it out. I just couldn’t let it fly.People ask me all the time, “Did you ever want to give up?” No, because the giving up part would have been too great. The law had been broken. I thought surely the government would hold Goodyear accountable to equal pay given Title VII but they didn’t.Glassdoor: What advice would you give women about negotiating their salaries?Lilly Ledbetter: Anyone starting out in their careers needs to make sure that they’re getting the same pay as their colleagues. They need to work on every evaluation and at every opportunity to pursue that next [promotion] because they need to continue adding to their income. Equal pay doesn’t mean that you earn dollar for dollar always like a lot of people think. It’s based on your ability and your education and the expertise that you bring to the table. Being a woman shouldn’t be a handicap. Sometimes it should even make you a better employee. Women are more detailed. They don’t slack up. They work hard.Now that I am older, I’ve learned that women are outliving their spouses by 10 years on average. Our income is much less than what we should have been getting not because we didn’t work, but because we didn’t get paid what we had rightfully earned. Now we don’t have the social security benefits we deserve because of our earnings and that needs to change. [We] don’t want a handout. [We] don’t want to be given something. [We] will earn it. Also on Glassdoor:last_img read more

Does Tech Discriminate More Than Other Industries?

first_imgThe tech industry might just have a discrimination problem. A New Yorker article published last year unveiled workplaces dominated by men. An expose in The Verge shows tech has a serious lack of diversity. And a new survey by Blind, an anonymous community app for the workplace, supports these conclusions, with 35 percent of tech industry employees saying they’ve seen or experienced discrimination at work, up four percent from earlier this year.  Blind asked more than 4,800 users a simple question: have you witnessed or experienced discrimination at your current workplace? And 35.8 percent said “yes,” the survey reports. (FYI: discrimination is treating someone unfavorably due to age, ethnicity, gender, religion, pregnancy, and myriad other personal characteristics, and we’re protected from it by law.) But that 35.8 percent is an average, with some tech giants topping that number: at eBay, for example, about 43 percent of respondents said they’ve seen or experienced discrimination at their office. Cisco, Intel, Veritas, Microsoft also have higher-than-average percentages.  6 Real-Life Examples of Age DiscriminationBut just because about one-third of tech workers surveyed have seen or experienced some kind of work discrimination, does that mean the tech industry is any worse than others?“The tech industry is dominated by cisgender—meaning their gender is aligned with the sex they were assigned at birth—white male persons,” according to Max Masure, workplace inclusion strategist and co-founder of Argo Collective. But why? “When we don’t make an intentional effort to be inclusive and bring diversity, we tend to hire and interact with humans similar to ourselves,” Masure explains. So, “when a startup grows, the first hires are usually similar identities than the founders, meaning cisgender white men,” he says.Bob Kantor, founder of Kantor Consulting Group with experience helping IT teams, believes that discrimination is “rife” in the tech industry—but no more so than any other industry. “I do think that our tech industry is rife with discrimination, as are most industries today,” Kantor explains. But, “unfortunately, I think this is a reflection of how divisive our social situation has become over the past few years—and especially over the past year.” Whether or not the tech industry is worse than any other when it comes to discrimination, what’s important is knowing what to do if you see or experience discrimination in your own office. Some signs that you have been discriminated against include being passed up for a promotion when you are deserving; being written up without a defined, clear reason; being left out of meetings after announcing a pregnancy; and many more, Masure says. Kantor adds that, “the top two types of discrimination I see in tech relate to age and gender. Older people are often passed over for job openings and assignments. Women are passed over for management and leadership roles more than men with similar qualifications.” 6 Unsung Heroines of Workplace EqualityIf you feel you have been discriminated against—or see some else experience it—Bonnie Crater, cofounder and CEO of Full Circle Insights recommends taking the following steps: 1. Ask for help. Before you go to HR, Crater suggests finding “a senior manager who can be your mentor in this journey. Describe the problem [to him or her] and ask for help.” 2. Report the problem to HR. Whether you’ve seen it or experienced it, you must report the incident to your workplace’s human resources department. “If the HR department is functioning properly, they should be able to take action,” Crater says. “However, many of these problems are systemic to a company culture and require full attention by the CEO.” 3. Follow up. Make sure the HR department or a senior manager has brought the “issue to the executive team for discussion and action,” Crater says. And make sure you’re satisfied with the outcome. If you’re not, it may be time to get an outside agency involved. “Get help from communities and organizations to get the name of some lawyers who are typically willing to help in this type of cases—some lawyers are even doing it pro-bono, “ encourages Masure. Then, “in the meantime, document every discriminatory word when it happens—place, time, persons involved, witnesses, etc.—so later on you can recall the event clearly.”last_img read more

How to Make a Career Pivot & Get The Job You Deserve

first_img 23 hours ago 23h Kitchen Manager Famous Toastery Myrtle Beach, SC 3.2★ 3.8★ 4.3★ Manager In Training Crew Carwash, Inc. Cumberland, IN Hot New Jobs For You Restaurant Manager Hideaway Pizza North Little Rock, AR 23 hours ago 23h In her book, Fearless and Free: How Smart Women Pivot — And Relaunch Their Careers, writer and content strategist Wendy Sachs explains how to move out of your work slump with a little more grace and intention. We asked Sachs to share some nuggets of advice for women looking to take the next step in their careers. Ahead, five pro tips that just might help you make your own career pivot.1. Reframe Your ExperienceWhether you’re applying for a new dream job, a better role within the company where you already work or simply looking to take the next natural step in your career, you’ll need to talk about your experience in a way that feels relevant. Sachs suggests using LinkedIn as a cheat sheet. Find someone in your immediate or close network who currently holds the type of position you want, read through their profile and pay attention to the language that they use to talk about their skills. “When you look at a job description, you want to match your skills to what [the person hiring] is looking for and position it that way,” Sachs says.Don’t feel the need to downplay past positions that you’re genuinely proud of, even if you think they might seem like a detour. In Fearless and Free, Sachs tells the story of one woman who took time out of the workforce after becoming a mom and volunteered to raise money for a local playground. “When she started interviewing again, people would ask her what job she was most proud of, and she would say Hippo Playground,” Sachs says. “She didn’t position it as, ‘Yeah, I helped raise money for some swings.’ She spoke about it in the terms that the industry she was looking to get into were looking for — raising X amount of money, bringing in programming and new partners, and it didn’t matter that it was volunteer work.”How to Change Careers2. Don’t Hop On The Bandwagon 3.5★ N/A 23 hours ago 23h It’s tempting to follow the latest trend in business or technology, especially when people make it seem like all your hopes for landing a job hinge on the skill du jour. Don’t feel the need to mindlessly follow that advice. Case in point: Not everyone needs to be a coder, Sachs says. In her book, she interviews Tami Pardee, a woman who went from fundraising and party planning for the Muscular Dystrophy Association to becoming the CEO of a small tech company. “She had no tech background, but realized all those skills of development, working across teams and event planning actually fit beautifully into a project manager position, and that happened to be at a tech company.”If there are certain skills that align with the industry you’re trying to break into, learning them can absolutely be a boon. But there’s no need to derail everything based on the smaller picture. “Other people will tell you that not everyone needs to be a social media expert. Should you know about Snapchat and maybe pay attention to things happening there? For sure — if your job is in online publishing, or in entertainment, or in retail, or in fashion, or in any of these industries that spend a lot of time posting things. But does that mean that you need to be the go-to expert in it — or that everyone needs to be an expert in everything? Absolutely not.”Most jobs these days will want employees who can wear many hats, Sachs says, but it’s possible to utilize the skills you already have in new fields, and grow into a job at the same time. Case in point: Pardee launched the Just Not Sorry Gmail plug-in after she made her foray into tech, simply to gain a little more street cred. She told Sachs that she still has no plans to learn how to code, and is still moving along just fine.How to Identify and Develop Soft Skills3. Try Not To Be Afraid To Take A RiskThis is easier said than done, of course. It’s also subjective: What feels like a risk for you may be a breeze for someone else. But it’s hard to break through stagnation by doing the same things, over and over again, so you need to find a middle ground.“The more risks you take, the faster your confidence will grow, so the through line is to do whatever feels risky for you,” Sachs explains. “Maybe that’s going into a networking event, signing up for a class online, showing up in person to go take a class or reaching out to that more senior-level person in an industry you’re hoping to move into.”Most people usually know what gives them that sinking, but slightly excited feeling — or they can figure it out pretty easily. Whatever it is for you, dip your smallest toe in to start, and see where it takes you.4. Use Other People’s Time WiselyIf your risk involves asking someone else for something, make it easier on both of you and come prepared. “Don’t ask to ‘pick someone’s brain’,” Sachs warns. “No one wants or has time to have their brain picked. Be very strategic in what your ask is.”If you’re hoping for an introduction, be forthright about that — but not rude! — and also explain what you’d like an intro for. “You might say, ‘I’m interested in launching my own jewelry company and I know that you’re friends with someone who has an Etsy store. Can you connect me to your friend who does this?’” suggests Sachs. “You need to do that research so you don’t waste your one chance with that person.”It’s also okay to have more than one person you’d like to reach out to. Humans are complex with varied interests, and you might want to look into a few areas. Just don’t bombard one person with all of your hopes and dreams.“When you sit down with someone who is well-connected that you want to network with, don’t throw all 10 ideas you have out there,” says Sachs. “No one knows what to do with that and frankly, they can’t really help you — that’s a conversation to have with a career counselor, your therapist, your mother or your best friend.” Instead, pick a lane when you have a networking opportunity, and make it the one thing that is relevant to the person you’re talking to. Starting small will be less overwhelming for both the other person and you, so that you can start taking small steps forward.What is Internal Networking & Why It Matters?5. Don’t Leave With Nothing“Our career lives are long and mistakes will inevitably be made,” Sachs says. Those mistakes can include picking a job you hate, doing something that gets you fired, even staying in a job too long, way past the point of when you learned something new. (Not to mention the possibility that at some point in your career, you may face layoffs, which is beyond your control.)“Look at all of this stuff as very much part of the journey and part of the learning experience,” says Sachs. “When you leave a job, the most important thing is — even if it was a bad fit or you weren’t getting along with your boss — to leave on good terms. These people remain part of your network, and you would be surprised how you’ll circle around similar people over time, even when you switch things up.”Sachs experienced that firsthand after accepting a job that met most of her criteria on paper — a well-respected company, great coworkers and a wonderful boss — but turned out to be a place where she would stagnate. “I had interviewed five or six times and we talked about the creativity and innovation that I would bring to the job, but the reality was that the agency just wasn’t ready for that. They had their own ways, and for me, it was taking five steps back and doing a job that I had already done for years.”Sachs didn’t leave immediately; quitting a job in a huff isn’t a luxury most people have. But she did try to make the most of it while she looked for a way out. “I stuck with it [for nine months] because you don’t want to let people down, and you think maybe it’ll work out,” she explains. “Now I’m a lot smarter when it comes to thinking about my next move.”Within reason (in terms of how much wiggle room you have when it comes to your work situation), think about what matters to you, whether that’s making a certain wage, working in a particular atmosphere or having a certain kind of relationship with your coworkers. Then, before you say your final goodbyes, make sure that you’ve at least learned something new, or built a few relationships that you can take with you.“You’d be surprised at how much experience you’ve really accumulated along the way. So don’t beat yourself up over it,” Sachs says.This article was originally published by Refinery29. It is reprinted with permission. 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 3.4★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Restaurant Manager The Saxton Group Waco, TX 23 hours ago 23h Canvass Manager HomeGuard Roofing & Restoration Denver, CO 23 hours ago 23h Store Manager Infinite Hair & Beauty Opelousas, LA 4.8★ Restaurant Manager Old Chicago Peoria, IL Although it would make life so much easier to have one of those fabled dream jobs you’ve known about your whole life, and eventually move through with joy, most people’s career paths aren’t so linear. 3.4★ 4.7★ Store Manager Northern Tool + Equipment Midland, TX Manager Cafe Rio Mexican Grill Lynnwood, WA 3.3★ Restaurant Manager Red Lobster Orland Park, IL View More Jobslast_img read more

REVEALED: Lionel Messi pushed Barcelona to sell him to Man City last year

first_imgBarcelona superstar Lionel Messi asked to be allowed to join Manchester City last season, it has been revealed.The Argentinian was keen to join Pep Guardiola at the Etihad, says El Mundo Deportivo, at the height of his row with local tax authorities.Led by president Josep Maria Bartomeu and vice-president Jordi Mestre, who flew to Miami in a bid to find a solution with Messi’s father Jorge, the Catalan club attempted to reassure the player.Despite Messi’s initial wish to leave, Barcelona stood firm, pointing to the €250m release clause and nothing less, even if City would have willingly put up a record-breaking €150m offer.It wasn’t until after a heart-to-heart with Luis Suarez that Messi ultimately chose to stay.last_img read more

Budgeting For Your Internet Strategy

first_imgThe cost of running and promoting your website can vary greatly depending on the scope and how much you decide to handle in-house. Often you can save money by doing things yourself or using free tools, but this can be demanding on staff time and, depending on your staff’s experience and expertise, can compromise the quality of the outcome. Hiring a consultant will cost more money, but with the right one, the impact on staff will be minimal, the project will be completed in a timely manner, and you will save your self some hard lessons about strategizing and implementation. Of course, you’ll have to weigh your own resources to decide the best path for your organization.To successfully fundraise online you have to take a special interest in your website and overall Internet strategy. Here’s an overview of the resources you may require.Planning/development costs. Integrate your online work with the rest of your organization’s strategic plan. From a staff cost perspective, you want to look at what you want to accomplish first, how much money you want to spend overall in your first phase, how you want to manage the project, and which employees will do the work.In addition to staff, you will have to make budget decisions on what vendors to use for your Internet presence- for designing (or redesigning) and hosting your web site, for example. While it is possible to design your site in-house, most organizations outsource the initial design to a design firm or consultant, then handle the maintenance and updates in-house.Contracts for building Web sites vary tremendously according to the anticipated size of the site, interactive features, and any special technologies. Be sure to compare bids from multiple vendors, and, depending on the complexity of your site, consider hiring a consultant to help you with the vendor selection process. has an excellent section on working with consultants.Hosting your web site and making technology decisions is another cost factor. If you have a very simple site with little technology, your hosting fees can be as low as $20 per month. If you have a more complex site that is database-driven, be prepared to pay between $250 and $1,000 per month or more.Marketing and promotion. Often a web site launch has two phases – the “soft launch” and the “hard launch.” For the soft launch, a site is made “live” without a lot of fanfare and promotion. Often organizations use this time to ensure everything works as expected, work out any kinks, and make final changes to the site. Then, when everything is in tip-top shape, the hard launch begins – a fanfare-filled series of announcements and events that drive traffic to the new site.A combination of online promotional strategies and traditional public relations techniques is most effective for the hard launch, and the costs can vary based on the scope of the promotion and the degree of outsourcing. At a minimum, your launch should include e-mailing all of your lists and contacting relevant portals and sites. A more aggressive launch would include faxing your press release to known media outlets, developing an online campaign to drive traffic to your site, pitching stories about newsworthy features on your site to specific reporters, holding a public meeting or event to announce the launch, distributing collateral marketing materials and more. A marketing firm or consultant might charge between $2,000 and $25,000 (and up!) to handle the launch, or you could handle the promotion in-house, investing less money but more staff and volunteer time.Source: Groundspring ITS Topic 7last_img read more

How to Get Your Board and Administrators to Support Marketing

first_imgWhile the overall investment in marketing amid nonprofits has grown substantially over the years, the general comfort level with marketing among nonprofit executives has not yet caught up. Indeed, even next to its second cousin “public relations,” marketing can still carry a dirty connotation, sometimes difficult to justify to spendthrift board members and constituents.Conquering the Potato ChipFor many grassroots and cause-oriented nonprofits in particular, the term “marketing” can conjure up what I call the “potato chip syndrome”- people trying to sell me something I simply don’t need just for the sake of making money. The discomfort arises because it puts a nonprofit leader’s values in question: “I’m here to make a difference in the world, not to make money.”If you struggle obtaining buy-in for your marketing program budget, just sharing the cold hard facts about potential financial results may not be enough. It’s time to a take a different approach by putting these five keys to action. Buy-in begins with a shift in perception – starting with the potato chip.Key #1: Shift perception – Marketing is our friendThe first key to obtaining executive buy in is to help shift your board and administrators’ perception of what “marketing is.” The truth is this: Marketing is a nonprofit’s friend. To help shift perception, continually share these key concepts about the benefits of nonprofit marketing:Marketing helps us make a bigger difference – A strategic, results-oriented, well-planned marketing program will position our organization to make a difference to a greater number of people with the least amount of expenditure possible.Strategic marketing helps us stand out from the crowd – Marketing gives us the tools and messages to tell the public and our customers what we do exceptionally well.Strategic marketing equals efficiency – The truth is, most nonprofits ARE marketing their organization, products or services, but many are doing so reactively – without a plan in place. Strategic, formal marketing brings efficiency, focus, accountability, and cost-effectiveness to your effort. It helps you ensure that every dollar spent renders positive results.Key #2: Deliver efficiencyNothing can turn a marketing-phobe off more than a stack of seemingly useless marketing collateral materials that scream “expensive.” Yeah, they’re beautiful, but what will our constituents think? The second key to obtaining – and maintaining – executive buy-in for your marketing expenditure is to deliver efficiency with everything you do.Audit your publications and your program processes to see where you can streamline, eliminate waste, reduce printing or mailing costs, etc. Consider which publications will have more positive results by integrating budget-conscious designs (e.g. black and white or two color, recycled paper, etc.). Report your audit findings and the actions you take to executives to prove that you’re making every dollar count.Key #3: Start with needsYour organization exists to serve basic human needs, right? That’s where the passion to serve comes from, and that’s where your organization can make a difference. Perhaps it’s to educate at-risk youth, to provide essential resources for families affected by cancer, or to provide quality recreational spaces for the community. How will marketing help you maximize the number of people your organization is able to serve?The third key to landing executive buy-in is to “start with needs.” Work with your key leadership to identify measurable marketing objectives that are based on meeting the needs of your customers. In most cases, you will be able to set objectives that do double-duty – they meet the needs of your customers AND your financial needs (e.g., revenue) at the same time.For instance, let’s say that with little or no marketing you’re parent training programs reach 500 people each year. Sounds great doesn’t it? I mean that’s 500 people whose lives and families were changed by your training. But what is the context for measuring the value of that number? How many people really need what you’re offering? Is it 10,000 or 50,000? What is your potential market and what is your current share of that market?Let’s say your training programs are filling rooms each time, but so far you’ve only been successful reaching one of your two primary markets. In other words, you’re making a difference, but there’s another group out there that you haven’t helped yet. Yes, in reaching that second group there is definite potential to increase your revenue and your market share, but it also means helping make a difference in more people’s lives.Instead of an objective that simply reads, “increase revenue by 20% in 2006” you state “increase market share by 20% among Hispanic clientele in the southwest Washington region,” you not only have a very specific objective to work toward, but you’ll have a much easier time getting buy-in to fund that initiative.Key #4: Stay flexible, yet focusedWhen we sell the benefit of marketing by selling the potential impact of results, we often set our tactics up to be prematurely scrutinized by upper management. Take care to stay flexible but focused during your quarterly marketing plan evaluations. If some strategies simply aren’t doing the job it may be time to pull the plug on them. But do so with caution. Avoid quickly replacing one strategy with another, particularly mid-year.Before pulling the plug on a tactic, ask these questions: What is your evaluation telling you? Are you getting no response from your marketing tactic, or simply not the degree of response you’d like? Could your messaging be tweaked? Or is your messaging paying off, but your distribution simply isn’t finding enough of your target market? In other words, instead of pulling the plug entirely (and potentially losing your focus on reaching a specific market), stay flexible.When you facilitate a quarterly or semi-annual marketing report to your board, come prepared. Understand what your evaluation is telling you, and come with a game plan of recommendations. For instance, if your recommendation is to continue status quo with a tactic that hasn’t achieved the desired results by waiting it out another six months, be prepared to justify this choice. (e.g., Perhaps you’ve read a case study or consulted a colleague who has advised that your tactic takes longer to render results than you’d originally anticipated).Key #5: Communicate results as impact statementsLet’s face it; we’re not all numbers people. And reporting on marketing results can quite easily become a game of “fun with charts.” If you want to maintain buy-in on your marketing initiatives, report your results each quarter but take care in how you report. Remember pathos and logos? Appeal to your executives “emotional” and “logical” appeals by partnering the numbers with the personal impact your marketing program is having on the customers you serve. In other words, growing market share typically means your organization is bringing in more revenue. But it also means you’re making a bigger difference in the communities you serve. Period. Tiffany Meyer is president of Numa Marketing, and the author of Writing a Results-Driven Marketing Plan. Find more information about her nonprofit marketing services, register for her affordable nonprofit marketing e-courses, or sign up for her monthly e-zine The Smart Nonprofit at ©2007 Tiffany Meyerlast_img read more

High Level Leadership Group Announced

first_imgI was delighted to represent the MHTF at a meeting recently organized by Sarah Brown, wife of UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, at which a range of individuals and organizations participated in discussing strategies for the Maternal Mortality Campaign that Mrs. Brown is leading. As one facet of that campaign, a new international leadership group to tackle maternal mortality was launched on March 18th, with Bience Gawanas (African Union) and Sarah Brown as the co-chairs. Read the press release (PDF, 16kb) for more information. AnnShare this: Posted on April 2, 2009November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)New leadership group announced to spearhead drive against maternal mortality center_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Collaboration, Integration, and Maternal Nutrition

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on December 17, 2010October 3, 2017By: Emily Puckart, Program Associate, MHTFClick 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)During the latest Woodrow Wilson International Center Dialogue on maternal undernutrition, Amy Webb Girard highlighted some effects of maternal undernutrition. Anemia, increased susceptibility to infection, depression, fatigue, low work productivity, and poor cognitive development can plague undernourished women. Just as undernutrition has a widespread effect on women’s lives, the root causes of undernourishment are varied and spread across a variety of sectors and areas of programming. In fact, addressing maternal undernutrition with a multi-sector approach was emphasized many times during the policy dialogue.Instead of viewing maternal nutrition in isolation from other maternal health programs, maternal nutrition programs can be combined with other programs to increase the chances of maternal nutrition success. Handing out iron supplements to anemic women who come for antenatal care is not effective if women only seek antenatal care late in their pregnancies, preventing them from taking the full course of iron and folic acid supplements.Similarly, encouraging women to take iron supplements is not useful if hospitals and health clinics do not keep enough tablets in their facility. Combining maternal nutrition programs with, for example, health facility strengthening programs can improve not only the care women receive but also the nutrition women receive from these facilities.How can we ensure that nutrition becomes a critical component of maternal health-focused programs? Although integrating maternal nutrition into a variety of programs is a promising approach, there are a number challenges to integration. Among these challenges, and highlighted by Doyin Oluwole, it can be difficult to keep stakeholders engaged with maternal nutrition, especially as stakeholders must content with shifting and competing priorities.Despite these challenges, it appears that addressing maternal undernutrition as a multi-sector issue could lead to promising change for women.This is the first post by Emily Puckart on “Maternal Undernutrition: Evidence, Links, and Solutions.” Read the second and the third.Share this:last_img read more

Request for Participation: Survey to Enhance Understanding of Barriers to Appropriate Use of Essential Maternal Health Technologies

first_imgPosted on February 5, 2013March 21, 2017By: Priya Agrawal, Executive Director, Merck for MothersClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This is a quick reminder to encourage you to fill out our survey on barriers to appropriate use of essential maternal health technologies before the deadline on February 8. The survey should take no longer than 5-10 minutes to complete and participation is anonymous.The results will be used to inform Merck’s ongoing efforts, as part of Merck for Mothers, to get life-saving maternal health solutions to women.Thank you, in advance, for taking the time to give us your thoughts on this critical issue. Your insights will help keep the momentum going following the outstanding Global Maternal Health Conference and bring us one step closer to creating a world where no woman dies while giving life.To take part in the survey, please click hereFor more from Dr. Agrawal, visit her guest post on the GMHC2013For more information on Merck for Mothers visit: www.merckformothers.comShare this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Watch out for this hidden 2017 tax increase

first_imgPerhaps you’ve heard from the older folks you know that the government is feeling generous when it comes to Social Security recipients this year—giving them a whopping 0.3% cost of living adjustment (COLA). What you probably haven’t heard is that the IRS has quietly raised the “wage base” (a.k.a. the maximum amount of earnings) that will be subject to Social Security taxes in 2017. Compared to the $118,500 cap in 2016 this represents an increase of 7.3%—ouch!How hard will this “hidden” tax increase hit your wallet? If you are self-employed and crack $127,200 in earnings you will be paying more tax—$1,078.80 more, to be exact. For W-2 employees the increase is only half of this amount, since employers pick up half of the Social Security tax bill.While this tax increase has gone largely under the radar to date, it’s worth noting that it’s the largest Social Security tax bump in recent history. According to, when Social Security started in 1937, the tax was levied on the first $3,000 of income and remained at that level until 1950. In 1980, the Social Security tax applied to the first $25,900 of earnings, rising to $51,300 in 1990 and $76,000 in 2000. Given the current state of Social Security, it’s likely that this is not the last increase freelance professionals will see during the course of their earning years.Despite the sticker shock you might experience due to this change on your next tax bill, there is a little bit of good news from the Social Security Administration this year. The tax rate for Social Security and Medicare remains the same: 7.65% for employees and 15.30% for self-employed individuals.There’s still no escaping the Medicare portion of your taxes, though. Earnings above the $127,200 wage base are subject to the 1.45% Medicare portion of the tax—or 2.90% for the self-employed. There is no wage base limit on Medicare taxes. In addition, individuals with earned income of more than $200,000 ($250,000 for married couples filing jointly) pay an additional 0.9% in Medicare taxes.So, while your grandma may be feeling a little bit of relief with the Social Security COLA increase, the rest of us are going to be squeezed even tighter when it comes to paying Social Security taxes—especially self-employed individuals who have to foot this entire bill on their own with no employer subsidy. Given this, it’s more important than ever for freelancers to pay their estimated taxes on a quarterly basis throughout the year to avoid insurmountable tax bill at the end of 2017.Jonathan Medows is a New York City based CPA who specializes in taxes and business issues for freelancers and self-employed individuals across the country. He offers a free monthly email newsletter covering tax, accounting and business issues to freelancers on his website, which also features a new blog, how-to articles, and a comprehensive freelance tax guide.last_img read more

8 ways to wise up on your retirement savings as a freelancer

first_imgTraditional IRA & SEP IRA – Save on taxes on the money you put in now and pay taxes when you withdraw it Honest Dollar is passionate about making saving for retirement simple and flexible for freelancers. To help you save for retirement we offer Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs). Below are some responses to FAQs – some you may know, some may surprise you.Why should I open an IRA?Most Freelancers do not have access to an employer sponsored account (such as a 401(k)), so Roth, Traditional and SEP IRAs are common and accessible ways for Freelancers to save for retirement.What are the tax advantages of IRAs? What is the maximum amount I can contribute?The maximum amount you can contribute each year varies by the IRA option you choose:Roth IRA – Below age 50: $5,500 / Age 50+: $6,500 (for 2016 & 2017)Traditional IRA – Below age 50: $5,500 / Age 50+: $6,500 (for 2016 & 2017)SEP IRA – 25% of your self-employed income, up to $53,000 (for 2016) or $54,000 (for 2017)Why an IRA and not a savings account?First, there are tax benefits as listed above. Additionally, investing in a retirement account like an IRA means that you can take advantage of compounded growth — that means that as the portfolio grows tax-free, the money gets re-invested in the markets. Because of this, starting early can have a big impact on your retirement balance when it comes time to retire:Can I contribute whenever I want? Can I change my contribution amount as I’m paid for big/small jobs?Yes! You are in control of how much you want to contribute each time to an IRA, as long as it does not result in you exceeding the maximum yearly contribution.With Honest Dollar, you have the option to set up small recurring contributions if you’d like. Then, if you want to make a larger one-time contribution when you’re paid for a big job, you can do that very easily.Can I take money out early?Roth IRA – Withdrawals of principal are allowed with no penalty or income tax. Withdrawals of gains on your investment prior to age 59½ are generally subjected to a 10% IRS penalty along with the applicable taxesTraditional IRA & SEP IRA – Any withdrawals prior to age 59½ will be generally subjected to a 10% IRS penalty along with the applicable taxesWhat percentage of each paycheck should I put away?Guidance on the percentage of earnings to save towards retirement ranges. It’s more important to get in the habit of saving what you can early, and then increase your savings target from there. If you’re looking for a reference point, a 2014 study from the Boston College Center for Retirement Research suggests a typical household save about 15% of earnings toward retirement.How do I choose between a Roth, Traditional and SEP?Choosing between a Roth, Traditional or SEP IRA breaks down to a number of personal factors such as your income level, or the contribution maximum, and tax treatment that make sense for you.Some points to consider:Do you think you can contribute more than $5,500 this year? It might be worth looking into a SEPDo you want to pay taxes now, perhaps because you will be in a higher income tax bracket in the future? A Roth may be right for youDo you want to save on taxes on your contributions now, and pay taxes when you withdraw in retirement? You can do this in a Traditional or SEPAs a final tip, don’t let the name “Simplified Employee Pension (SEP)” trick you, Self-Employed individuals are eligible for a SEPIt’s never too late to start: Join us on January 18, 2017 at 1 pm EST for a webcast on saving for retirement presented by Honest Dollar. To register for the webcast, please click here.Sources: irs.govThis information is subject to change and should not be considered legal or tax advice. Individuals may not qualify for the IRA choices offered and not every IRA is suitable to every person due to individual circumstances. Honest Dollar does not provide legal or tax advice and if you have questions regarding your personal circumstances, you should consult a tax or legal professional.Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC (“GS&Co.”) does not provide accounting, tax or legal advice. Nothing communicated to you on this website should be considered tax advice. You should consult an independent tax professional regarding your personal circumstances. This material is provided solely on the basis that it is educational only and will not constitute investment advice. GS&Co. is not a fiduciary with respect to any person or plan by reason of providing the material or content herein.center_img Roth IRA – Pay taxes on the money you put in now, don’t pay taxes on it when you take it out after age 59½last_img read more

Freelancers show their solidarity!

first_imgFreelancers Union launched the new Freelancers Union app to harness the power of our members to help solve one of the top challenges faced by independent workers.With the app, you can access network of lawyers who are committed to helping freelancers and who understand the freelance life.Why is it important that we stand together? Let’s hear what some members had to say:@freelancersu I stand with freelancers because by working together we can thrive! #FreelancersUnionApp— Jenny Dyer (@JDGraphicDesign) May 22, 2017 @freelancersu I stand with freelancers because freelancing is freedom #FreelancersUnionApp— Felicia Lin (@felishalin) May 24, 2017Thanks to everyone who shared! We’ll be reaching out to the contest winners next week. I stand with #freelancers because if you could do it yourself you wouldn’t be calling me and it aint free #FreelancersUnionApp @freelancersu— Christy Marie Torres (@jesuischristy) May 22, 2017last_img read more

How to build a freelance website–in just a few hours

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.Let’s say you’re either living the dream or about to–you’re a solo entrepreneur/independent consultant/freelancer. A “business of one”, so to speak.Congrats! For most of us, that’s way better than being in an office.You know at some point you need an attractive website: Something simple yet professional. Maybe a single-page scrolling website or something up to 4-5 pages with a contact form. Maybe some social media links and a newsletter. Nothing crazy.Essentially a digital business card or online brochure that confirms your credibility enough for people to start a conversation with you.Why is that so damn hard to do?!Well, there a lot of options.First things first: disregard everything that anyone has ever told you about websites ever.The amount of confusion and misconceptions around this topic are endless.People read a few articles online on Inc or Entrepreneur and now they’re clearly digital marketing experts.You only need a website for now; forget social media, email lists, forget SEO, and even forget a nice logo + business card.Social mediaDown the road, you may pursue this. For now, I imagine that your clients come in just fine through referrals/hustling/etc. The only thing you need is a professional headshot on your LinkedIn with some profile details, and that’s easily linkable on your website.Email listChances are that people don’t want your emails. People definitely don’t want to be added to your email list without their permission. Don’t take it personally–it’s one less thing for you to worry about for now.SEO (search engine optimization)Chances are, your best leads aren’t just finding you through a cold random internet search. Or it can be very costly and time-consuming to immediately get to the first page of results. So don’t worry about this for now.Logo and business card designThere are lots of online designers that can fit your needs at various price points. The good news is you don’t need this piece to launch a good first version of your website.Start with your websiteNow that those things are out of the way and not involved in you launching your site, find a web-based content management system (CMS) that will allow you to build and manage your site easily and in a modular way (without having code anything by hand and without needing to install any software on your computer).Some of the most common web-based content management systems are Squarespace, WordPress, Weebly, and Wix.Usually, a solo entrepreneur/independent consultant/freelancer just needs a simple brochure website with pages like “Home,” “Services,” “About,” and “Contact.” You can easily implement simple eCommerce on your website if you want clients to pay for certain packages, or implement one of the many booking + payment software tools that can be embedded on your website.You’ve picked a platform, now what?Here are the questions from the project brief that I have new clients of WebsiteByTonight fill out:What’s the purpose of this new website/what are you hoping to accomplish?Chances are, it’s still the simple brochure website with a contact form to boost credibility. So optimize for that–simple enough to build credibility and entice people to pick up the phone/fill out the contact form.Don’t overthink it!Who is your ideal customer/client/audience? Usual demographic?Think about your best customer–the one that you can help the most, enjoy working with the most, and is willing to pay you the most for your service? Create the website with this person in mind. The more specific, the better.What are some websites you like–and why?It’s preferable if the websites are of the same industry, purpose, or type/amount of content.Once again, think of other simple brochure websites you like that. For example, let’s say you’re a business consultant. And you like the website. As lovely as a website as that is, that website is made to advertise high-end electronic products, not consulting services.If you’re having trouble, there are many great online “best of the web” repositories, such as awwwards (which can be filtered by certain categories too), or you can simply search “Web design inspiration for independent consultant websites,” likely with many great results.Even though there are many high-end websites for solo entrepreneurs and thought leaders, many of the elements of those websites might be able to be applied to your site.Once you pick a few websites to model yours after–possibly mixing and matching some ideas–it makes it much easier to build that with your content instead. At the very least, it gives you ideas and a vision so it feels less daunting.When people see your website/brand, what adjectives or feelings do you want to pop into their minds?Is there an overall tone you’re going for (e.g. calm, trustworthy)?This will help determine the fonts and colors that you use on your website. For example, do you prefer a more modern and calm feel or a more sophisticated and passionate feel? There are no right or wrong answers–just whatever works for you and what your target audience can relate to.There are many websites with recommendations for “font pairings” to pick.Getting started on the platform of your choiceOnce you’ve followed the steps above and have picked a template, you’re usually given a free trial. You can build the website entirely on a private URL (and if you already have a website, it remains unaffected).A few other small odds & ends which are related and important:Don’t use a free personal email account for your business (e.g. or, as it looks very unprofessional. Use a business email address, such as through G Suite (business Gmail) or Office 365.I strongly recommend you buy your domain directly from a domain registrar instead of a third party that happens to sell domains from registrars. Some popular registrars are GoDaddy, Google Domains, or Tucows.I recommend creating a contact page with a contact form on it. Reason being that I wouldn’t want my phone number on the site to receive a bunch of out-of-the-blue calls. Instead, I like using forms with the predefined info I need to best serve the prospect and frame the conversation to best set yourself up for success.I recommend the fields on the form to have: Name, Email, Phone (optional), “How can we help you?”, and “How did you hear about us?”.When you receive a message from a prospective client (called a “lead”) and you’ve determined this person could be a good fit, take time to set up an intro call. It’s usually way quicker and easier than email. And for scheduling those, I cannot recommend Calendly (or another widget that syncs with your calendar where people can book themselves) highly enough.Lastly, you’ll need to keep track of your prospective clients and where they are in the stages of becoming a client. I personally use Streak, the free CRM (Customer Relationship Management) software that lives inside Gmail. It has a user interface like a spreadsheet so it’s very easy to see all of your prospective deals at a glance and update them as things change. But there are many great small-scale web-based CRMs.Congratulations, you have everything you need to get started!There’s my exact framework that I recommend to everyone (and have done it myself multiple times).It lays the groundwork to get out there to focus on what matters most: selling, building relationships, and doing great work for your clients.And then you get dig into the nuances later as your business grows: a nice logo + business card, and elaborate content marketing strategy, SEO, etc.But thankfully you can have a pretty solid amount of success without having those things done.If you think it might be a better use of your time and money to hire a pro, schedule a free ideas call over at WebsiteByTonight–mention Freelancers Union for $50 off a WebsiteByTonight package!Jared Gold is the founder of WebsiteByTonight, which provides simple professional websites to solo entrepreneurs, consultants, and freelancers by building and launching live via screenshare. Jared and his team build all of his websites on Squarespace, and is even featured on their website as an expert on the platform, in addition to having a popular course on Udemy on using Squarespace.last_img read more