₹2,100-crore bonus for Chhattisgarh’s farmers

first_imgChhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Thursday announced a bonus of ₹2,100 crore to paddy farmers of the State. The Opposition termed the decision an “election ploy”.Mr. Singh said, “The Prime Minister asked me to immediately disburse the bonus for last year before Diwali. Next year’s bonus will also be disbursed on time. Thirteen lakh farmers will be benefited.”The State BJP government has been facing criticism from the Opposition for its failure to disburse the bonus to paddy farmers since it was elected to power for the third consecutive time in 2013. Chhattisgarh Congress president Bhupesh Baghel said, “The government didn’t want to give the bonus. It has made the announcement to save its face as it is being accused of corruption.” Ajit Jogi, Chhattisgarh Janata Congress chief, said, “They have always made false promises. If they really have guts then disburse bonus from 2013 to 2018 and increase the Minimum Support Price.”Sanket Thakur, convener of Chhattisgarh Kisan Majdoor Mahasagh, said the Chief Minister was trying to score a brownie point by announcing the bonus in an election year.last_img read more

Sport soft and pretty skin

first_imgI have severe cracks on my heels. Even regular pedicures don’t help. What’s the cause and what can I do? -Deepa, HyderabadCracked heels are a problem for those who have naturally dry skin. The thickened dry skin around the heel that we call callus usually cracks due to mechanical factors that put increased pressure on that area (eg. the way you walk).Other factors include: prolonged standing; being overweight; open sole shoes; medical conditions like autonomic neuropathy (in diabetics). Skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema also cause dryness. To get rid of the ugly cracks, wash feet with warm water and soap, twice a day. Scrub the heels and soles with a gentle scrubber or pumice stone after lathering up with soap. Massage with moisturising cream after washing your feet just before hitting the bed and wear socks.I am 24 years old and have dry skin. Can face washes dry out my skin further? Should I use cleansing milk instead? -Chandra, KolkataDry skin tends to be thinner and more susceptible to rashes, especially from harsh cleansers. It’s important to find a cleanser that removes dirt and make-up thoroughly. Cleansing milks are modified moisturiser formulations without surfactants-the active cleaning ingredients of soaps and face washes-which remove dust and grime effectively.You need to use cleansing milk if you are exposed to pollution, dust, etc., for more than half an hour every day and also use make-up. The best way is to put cleanser on a soft facial tissue and clean your skin thoroughly. Finish by washing your face with warm water and a gentle face wash. Try: Toleriane Fluid, Toleriane by La Roche-Posay, Cetaphil Cleansing Lotion and Uriage Crme Lavante.advertisementDr Rekha Sheth is a leading cosmetic dermatologist. She is founder-president, Cosmetology Society (India) and also runs Yuva, a successful chain of skin clinics. Write to her at rekha.s@preventionindia.comlast_img read more

Blackwater ‘no plans’ of trading newest star Ray Parks

first_imgPanelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The Elite finished dead last in the standings in the Philippine Cup, winning only two of the possible 11 and Parks would be very much welcome addition to the team.’READ: Blackwater draft pick Ray Parks still pondering future The 41-year-old Dimaunahan has nothing but high praise for Parks, whom the first-time coach doesn’t regard as a rookie even though technically he still is due to his vast playing experience.Dimaunahan, a former PBA veteran who was drafted by Ginebra in 2002, also thinks Parks’ winning pedigree would be of great help to the Elite, who are hoping for a fresh start after years of languishing at the bottom.“The winner that he is. We’re expecting him to bring it here to our team, That’s what we’re in need of plus his athleticism and his leadership. We expect that from him because we’re a young team and need every support that we could get,” Dimaunahan said.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Comeback Cavs! A year after pain, Virginia gets its NCAA title Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Ray Parks. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Blackwater coach Aris Dimaunahan said the Elite have no plans of trading Ray Parks despite reports that came out four months ago that the versatile guard is part of a three-team deal.Parks, who was selected second overall by the Elite in the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft, signed a one year deal Tuesday but has yet to join the team in practice.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “He’ll be a huge part of the team. Basically, he’s a rookie on paper but with his experience he’s not a rookie anymore.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Dimaunahan, however, assured that Parks will be making his PBA debut for Blackwater starting the Commissioner’s Cup next month.READ: Ray Parks signs with Blackwater EliteFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“As far as I know he will play for us,” Dimaunahan said Monday after wrapping up his first practice as head coach. “That’s what I’ve been told by my superiors.”“Boss Dioseldo said it loud and clear that we’re not trading Ray Ray Parks and we want this team to be more competitive in the coming conference so I don’t think we’re going to trade him,” he added, referring to Blackwater team owner Dioseldo Sy. View commentslast_img read more

5 Things To Say in Your Interview Follow-Up Letter

first_imgFollowing up in writing after a job interview may seem like an easy task. However, after the “Dear Mr./Ms. Nickels” salutation, uncertainty often prevails.What exactly should I say?While thanking the interviewer for his or her time obviously is important, being to the point with such courtesies is advisable. Maximize the limited follow-up letter real estate with a focus on value-add, extending the interview conversation.1. If the interviewer asked you a weakness-revealing question that left you speechless in the moment, use this opportunity reflect, regroup and formulate the right words that convince them your weakness is irrelevant. You may wish to follow-on with an example where the purported weakness was actually an advantage, or you could show (don’t tell) ways you have overcome this perceived Achilles’ heel with other tools, training and knowledge.2. If the interviewer mentioned a specific area of pain or concern that his department or region currently was facing, use the follow-up letter to sketch a possible solution that you could be a part of if hired. Perhaps even relate how you were integral in solving a similar problem in your current job or past roles. Connect the dots for the interviewer.3. If the job involves direct sales or other revenue-generating involvement, remind the reader (with a quick chart/graph) how you’ve helped drive climbing sales recently and/or boosted marketplace expansion through your direct efforts. Be visual, if you can to quickly solidify the impact.4. If the job involves cost containment, show an example where you took a leaky spending valve and tightened it, not only saving the company money but also alleviating funds for investments in future gains. Or, if you manage projects, show how you creatively cut time or process corners without cutting quality.5. Did your interviewer seem to be personally aching for help in an area that–while outside the scope of your ‘job description’–you could immediately support? If so, consider how you might weave in a way to promptly quell his or her responsibility ache upon coming on board in your new role. At this point, worry less about how exactly you want the role to be defined and more about resolving their needs.Mostly, think outside of the box in how you will add value beyond the next ‘similarly qualified’ candidate. Show this through sincerity, interest and a willingness to customize your solutions.last_img read more

How to Get Your Boss to Actually Listen to You

first_img N/A Project Manager IA Interior Architects Washington, DC 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 4.0★ 3.9★ 23 hours ago 23h 4.2★ Charity Field Engagement Representative DialogueDirect Washington, DC 23 hours ago 23h Police Officer Metropolitan Police Department of Washington DC Washington, DC 3.2★ Bosses don’t know everything. Even the most empathetic leaders need feedback to understand the specific challenges their employees face. Unfortunately, plenty of workers — especially those new to the workforce — don’t feel safe being vocal. When they have ideas to contribute, they hesitate to share them; after all, they don’t want to risk potential repercussions.Ultimately, this environment leads to erosion of communication between team members and even entire companies. People assume their suggestions won’t be met by someone who appreciates their feedback, so concerns remain unspoken. At the same time, each unnoted issue can cost businesses $7,500 per incident, on average. Over time, a human disconnect and financial draining system develops, creating a gap that grows larger each year. The only way to bridge the chasm if you’re not a top dog? Speak up.Not surprisingly, workers seldom take that route. A VitalSmarts study found that only 1 percent of respondents were willing to break the mold; roughly three out of 10 cited a negative organization as the reason for their silence. Anyone who’s seen a colleague punished for being honest knows how quickly open dialogue can shut down; thus, it can be tough to become the turtle willing to stick its neck out.Ironically, this is exactly the reason you need to take control of the situation and be the one to buck the “silent treatment.” Despite surveys, open-door policies, one-on-one meetings, brainstorming sessions, and other planned events, leaders depend on the voices of proactive, loyal employees — even if they don’t realize it. No company succeeds if its people stop managing up and regularly sharing ideas; talented performers have jumped ship for far less important reasons.For instance, take a lesson from our company’s business development manager: Like an assertive jet pilot, he consistently keeps himself on my radar. Together, we’ve discussed ways to make our conversations more effective so they focus on productivity. Without his willingness to tell me what I don’t know, our organization would suffer.Learning to ‘Manage Up’Whether you’re an extrovert, an introvert, or just someone who’s tired of (and stressed by) holding everything in, you owe it to yourself and your company to find your voice. By following a few guidelines, you can confidently bring up issues with your supervisor — and feel better about your job altogether — without losing sleep:1. Ready to complain? Take a different tactic.You might have a list of criticisms or grievances; that’s understandable. However, before you blow up in your meeting, plan to stay in control. Clarify each pain point ahead of time by writing it down. Often, employees lump natural job stressors with programmatic or organizational issues. Divvy them up, and only speak of the latter.5 Things Your Boss Wants You to Try in the New Year2. Articulate your concerns in a solution-oriented way.Forget the idea of merely bringing issues to the table. Go a step further and offer solutions, too. Don’t assume your role is to dump concerns onto your corporate leaders and walk away. Instead, have the poise to lean on your expertise and provide solutions. Not only will this show your self-assurance, but it will also help your employer. When researchers studied a restaurant chain in which leadership actively listened to managers and implemented their suggestions, they discovered a 32 percent decrease in turnover and savings of no less than $1.6 million.How to Be A Positive Influence on Company Culture3. Commiserate sparingly with peers.Everyone knows the Negative Neds or Nellies in the office. Their pessimism spreads like cancer, killing productivity and morale. And their professional reputation? Forget it. If you’re going to become a voice to upper management, temper your desire to vent all the time. Although griping makes sense from time to time — and can even be productive under the right circumstances — it doesn’t solve anything. Rather than whine incessantly, allow yourself a bit of kvetching and then move on to developing a viable result.4. Leverage anonymous feedback.If you’re hesitant to reveal your identity by marching into your supervisor’s domain, you have a less direct way to make yourself heard. Most companies offer a suggestion box, allowing you to provide the same information you would face to face in written form. You can also write a review on Glassdoor to give your feedback anonymously. Although it’s not as productive as having a direct conversation, you’ll still have a say. Be sure to avoid anger with your words; write concisely and stick to facts for optimum results.Yes, it’s tough to stand out when others hold their tongues; still, saying nothing will only dampen your business’s effectiveness and keep you from achieving your own objectives. Take charge of your career by moving out of your comfort zone. Your co-workers — and boss — might thank you for your candor.Tony Delmercado is the COO at Hawke Media, passionately curious entrepreneur, and all-around solid dude. He enjoys building businesses, playing golf, improving his Krav Maga and jiujitsu game, writing, studying business tax loopholes, and eating Mexican food. He spends his weekends at the T&A Bungalow in Santa Monica hanging with his wife, Anthea; his sons, Onyx and Fox; and his dog, Naz.Browse Open Jobs 3.8★ Credentialed Bilingual Tax Advisor – CPA – Remote Intuit Washington, DC Sr. Business Analyst **MUST HAVE AN ACTIVE SECRET CLEARANCE** Tsymmetry, Inc. Washington, DC 23 hours ago 23hcenter_img 4.1★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Chief Engineer / Plumber Tilden Gardens, Inc. Washington, DC Partner Development & Enablement – U.S. Federal Scaled Agile Washington, DC 23 hours ago 23h Travel Nurse (RN) PACU (Post-Anesthesia Care Unit) Emerald Health Services Washington, DC 23 hours ago 23h CDL A Driver Cardinal Logistics Management Washington, DC 3.5★ CDL-A Flatbed Truck Driver Earn up to $85K a Year! Western Express Arlington, VA 23 hours ago 23h 3.3★ 4.2★ Browse All Jobslast_img read more

3 Steps to Transitioning Careers As A LGBTQ Professional

first_img 23 hours ago 23h RN, Registered Nurse – OP Chemotherapy CHRISTUS Health Houston, TX 2.3★ N/A 23 hours ago 23h 4.7★ 23 hours ago 23h ICU Registered Nurse Del Sol Medical Center El Paso, TX 4.5★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 2.5★ It’s official: more and more companies are encouraging LGBTQ friendly policies and environments for employees. This is good news for LGBTQ job seekers, as finding a job in an inclusive office can improve your professional life and your well-being; The Williams Institute reports supportive workplaces result in “greater job commitment, improved workplace relationships, increased job satisfaction, and improved health outcomes among LGBTQ employees.” This was the atmosphere Sam Young was seeking when she began her job search as an openly queer, gender non-conforming woman after working in investment banking – she explained, “As a queer feminist, I wasn’t on the same wavelength as most of the people that I worked with.” Now Senior Director of Content, Creator, and Markets Operations at Spotify, Young’s journey can help some of those who are transitioning to a new career to find a job that accepts their whole self.1. Know When It’s Time to LeaveIf your identity is causing limitations between you and your colleagues, it may be time to consider a new workplace. At her bank job, Young had difficulty connecting with her co-workers due to her queerness. “I sensed that many of my colleagues were awkward around me, not out of fear or hatred, but simply because they didn’t know anyone else like me,” she said. After years of being misgendered at the office, she recognized she wanted a change in her work environment. “I wanted more than colleagues at work; I wanted friends.”The Moment I Knew It Was Time to Quit My Job2. Network with CommunityCalling upon peers in the LGBTQ community and other friends can help you identify inclusive organizations and find the perfect job. Young informed her connections that she was beginning her job search and asked them to refer her to companies she may be interested in. She also sat down with friends and colleagues to find out what they enjoyed about their jobs to see what would potentially interest her as a career. Young was eventually drawn to the tech industry because of its independent work ethic and welcoming atmosphere for LGBTQ people. She also joked, “I also wanted to wear shorts to work after years of wearing suits.” Attending LGBTQ-friendly meetups and conferences also provides a more formal atmosphere to network. Young recommends Lesbians Who Tech and LGBTQ-friendly Meetups to find fellow professionals.15 Companies That Offer Trans-Inclusive Health Care Coverage3. Bring Your Whole Self to Your Job SearchOne way to show off your authentic self before meeting a potential employer in person is by sprucing up your resume. Young used Enhancv to make her resume feel more genuinely her. She credits the tool for allowing her to add sections about her favorite books and activities, life philosophy and a personal photo, saying, “It gave potential employers more insight into who I am and whether I was a personality fit for their team.”Rocking your signature style when networking and interviewing can ensure you find a workplace where you can present yourself comfortably. When starting her career, Young was advised by a counselor to “soften” her look and present more femininely during her job search. But Young recognized that doing so could limit her potential to express herself: “I knew that pretending to be someone else during recruitment meant I would have to continue faking it at the workplace.” Since she felt safe presenting as herself during her second job search, Young took the opportunity to do so. “It’s possible that I missed out on opportunities by coming to interviews in a suit and tie, but a company that would only hire me if I wore a skirt and pumps was not a company I wanted to work for,” she said.It’s not the responsibility or obligation of LGBTQ employees to be out at work. But for those professionals who are open about their identities, feeling comfortable expressing yourself in the workplace can be instrumental to succeeding in your career. At Spotify, Young finds herself in an environment where being queer and gender non-conforming is no longer the elephant in the room: “I can be my authentic self when I walk into the door and it’s an enormous relief.” Deli Associate F&M Deli & Restaurant Mount Laurel, NJ 3.1★ 23 hours ago 23h 2.8★ Registered Nurse (RN) – Charge Nurse – $7,000 Sign On Bonus EmpRes Healthcare Management Gardnerville, NVcenter_img LCPC – Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center Chicago, IL Service Advisor Prime Motor Group Saco, ME 20 Companies That Champion LGBTQ Equality Hiring Now Browse Open Jobs 23 hours ago 23h Administartive Assistant Sentry Mechanical Pittsburgh, PA 3.4★ Director, Advanced Technology Policy General Motors United States 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h N/A 23 hours ago 23h 3.5★ Interior Designer – St. Louis & Dallas Oculus Saint Louis, MO Registered Nurse Supervisor RN Waterbury Gardens Nursing and Rehab Waterbury, CT Find Jobs Near Youlast_img read more

8 Finance Jobs With The Biggest Pay Growth

first_img Restaurant Manager Old Chicago Peoria, IL 3.8★ 5. Financial AnalystMedian Salary: $63,863Year-Over-Year Growth Rate: 2.5%Companies Hiring: Lightspeed Systems, The M.K. Morse, Lumos Networks, NBS, Newfield Exploration, SunOpta, and more.Browse Open Jobs 8. Insurance AgentMedian Salary: $39,008Year-Over-Year Growth Rate: -7.2%Companies Hiring: The Nolan Group, State Farm, American National Insurance Group, Allstate, The Leazer Group, Acceptance Insurance, and more.Browse Open Jobs Restaurant Manager The Saxton Group Waco, TX 3.3★ 7. Tax ManagerMedian Salary: $91,276Year-Over-Year Growth Rate: 0.1%Companies Hiring: Houlette & Garland, Metcalf Hodges P.S., Coker James & Company, Elliott Davis, Blue & Co., Forbes & Company, and more.Browse Open Jobs Store Manager Infinite Hair & Beauty Opelousas, LA N/A Manager Cafe Rio Mexican Grill Lynnwood, WA 23 hours ago 23h 4. AccountantMedian Salary: $57,160Year-Over-Year Growth Rate: 2.8%Companies Hiring: Cognitive TPG, Avitus Group, Express Services Inc., Gigabyte Technology, Vanguard Properties Inc., and more.Browse Open Jobs 3.5★ 23 hours ago 23h Restaurant Manager Hideaway Pizza North Little Rock, AR Kitchen Manager Famous Toastery Myrtle Beach, SC Restaurant Manager Red Lobster Orland Park, IL 23 hours ago 23h 3.4★ 23 hours ago 23h Manager In Training Crew Carwash, Inc. Cumberland, INcenter_img 3. Loan OfficerMedian Salary: $47,479Year-Over-Year Growth Rate: 6.1Companies Hiring: Edward Jones, Increase Financial, Capital Financial Group, Bank of America, Grow Financial, Artifex Financial Group, and more.Browse Open Jobs 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Just because you work in the financial sector with money doesn’t mean you a make a lot of money—nor does it mean you can expect big bumps in your salary each year. But there are jobs in the industry that show pay growth year over year, according to Glassdoor’s annual Local Pay Report. Here are eight finance jobs that offer raises—plus the companies hiring. 1. Bank TellerMedian Salary: $30,872Year-Over-Year Growth Rate: 7.5%Companies Hiring: BNB, Pearl Capital, Wells Fargo, Citizens Bank, Dollar Bank, and more.Browse Open Jobs 23 hours ago 23h 4.7★ Canvass Manager HomeGuard Roofing & Restoration Denver, CO 23 hours ago 23h 3.2★ 2. Financial AdvisorMedian Salary: $55,242Year-Over-Year Growth Rate: 7.5%Companies Hiring: Bank of America, Ascent Wealth Management, Edward Jones, Increase Financial, Capital Financial Group, and moreBrowse Open Jobs 23 hours ago 23h Store Manager Northern Tool + Equipment Midland, TX Hot, New Jobs For You 6. Claims AdjusterMedian Salary: $53,401Year-Over-Year Growth Rate: 1.2%Companies Hiring: California Casualty, Progressive Insurance, Gallagher, Safelite, FCCI, McLarens, Liberty Mutual, and more.Browse Open Jobs 3.4★ 4.3★ 4.8★ View More Jobslast_img read more

Real Madrid president Florentino plots Barcelona blow as PSG target Bale

first_imgReal Madrid president Florentino Perez is prepared to entertain an offer from PSG for Gareth Bale.With Perez pursuing a world record deal for AS Monaco superkid Kylian Mbappe, there are suggestions Real are willing to sacrifice Bale to make room.PSG are in contact with Real and have asked to be kept informed about the Welshman’s situation.Diario Sport says Perez has left the communication lines open – indeed, he is prepared to do a swap with the Parisians.Perez, should PSG firm up their interest, will seek €60 million cash plus Marco Verratti in exchange for Bale.The Real president would put the cash raised towards signing Mbappe, while also deal Barcelona a major blow by trumping them for Verratti.last_img read more

​Swansea striker Gomis heads for Turkey

first_imgSwansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis has headed to Turkey to complete his move to Galatasaray, reports Sporting Life.Gomis posted a picture of himself on Instagram on an Istanbul-bound plane on Wednesday, while also showing his flight tickets from Lyon to the Turkish city.Galatasaray announced on their Twitter account on Tuesday night that official talks had begun with Swansea to sign Gomis.Swansea expect to receive around £2.5million for the 31-year-old, who joined them on a free transfer from Lyon in 2014.last_img read more

Writing Your Annual Report in 5 Easy Steps

first_imgTerrified at the prospect of writing your first nonprofit annual report? Relax! Follow these five basic steps and you’ll be on your way to creating an annual report that impresses your donors and other supporters.How to Write an Annual ReportDefine Your Accomplishments:What difference did you make? What has changed in your community or field as a result of your work over the last year? Take all of your activities over the last 12 months and convert them into three to five major accomplishments.Learn from twelve fantastic annual reports.Interview Your Supporters:Make a list of people who have great stories to tell about your accomplishments or who will share positive comments about your organization. Interview them and turn their words into personal profiles that help tell the story of your accomplishments and testimonial pull-quotes to sprinkle throughout your design.Raise more money with smarter donation pages, peer-to-peer campaigns, and donor management.Boil Down Your Financials:Even if you choose to include your full financial statements (and you don’t have to, as long as you tell people how to get them), you should still include some graphics like pie charts and a few paragraphs of text to explain in plain English where you get your funding and how you spend it.Compile Your Lists:Your annual reports should always include the list of your board of directors and your executive staff. Most organizations also print a list of financial supporters. Depending on how many donors you have and the range in gift size, you may want to set a minimum donation level for inclusion in the annual report.Put it All Together:If you have the resources to produce a full-color, 20-page publication with lots of great photography, that’s great. But a much shorter and more modest 4-page newsletter format can work just as well. You’ll find more resources and training on writing nonprofit annual reports at https://www.nonprofitmarketingguide.com/resources/nonprofit-annual-report-examples/About the Author: Kivi Leroux Miller provides training and personal coaching on all aspects of nonprofit marketing and communications to organizations big and small across the U.S. If you want to write newsletters and annual reports that your supporters will love or create websites and blogs that educate and inspire, visit www.NonprofitMarketingGuide.com, where you’ll find a free e-newsletter, articles, webinars, e-courses, and more.last_img read more

Silent Suffering: Maternal Morbidities in Developing Countries

first_imgSilent Suffering: Maternal Morbidities in Developing CountriesTuesday, September 27, 2011, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC5th Floor Conference RoomPlease RSVP to globalhealth@wilsoncenter.org with your name and affiliation. For every mother that dies in childbirth another 20 women experience acute chronic morbidities or “near misses” that would otherwise result in death. The scope of maternal morbidities is diverse and the most prevalent types include anemia, fistula, infertility, uterine prolapse and maternal depression. Morbidities can cause serious pain, stigma, and suffering as well as negative social and economic consequences. Additional data is needed to measure the prevalence and effects of morbidities and safe motherhood programs should expand their focus to address these life-altering conditions.Ann Blanc, Director, MHTF, will chair the dialogue session and discuss the prevalence of maternal morbidities in developing countries. Karen Hardee, President, Hardee Associates, will highlight programmatic approaches to address different types of morbidities and recommend key actions to improve maternal morbidity. Karen Beattie, Project Director, Fistula Care at EngenderHealth, will discuss the fistula morbidity and share lessons learned in prevention and treatment. Marge Koblinsky, Senior Technical Advisor, John Snow Inc., will present a case study of maternal morbidity in Bangladesh and the mental, social, and economic impact of morbidity on women and their families.About the 2011 Maternal Health Dialogue SeriesAs one of the few forums dedicated to maternal health, the Woodrow Wilson Center’s 2011 Advancing Dialogue on Maternal Health series brings together senior-level policymakers, academic researchers, media, and civil servants from the U.S. government and foreign consuls to identify challenges and discuss strategies for advancing the maternal health agenda.In order to promote greater voices from the field, the 2011 dialogue is partnering with the African Population and Health Research Center in Kenya to co-host a two-part dialogue series with local, regional, and national decision-makers on effective maternal health policies and programs. These in-country dialogue meetings will create a platform for field workers, policymakers, program managers, media, and donors to share research, disseminate lessons learned, and address concerns related to policy, institutional, and organizational capacity building.The Wilson Center’s Global Health Initiative is pleased to present this series with its co-conveners, the Maternal Health Task Force and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and is grateful to USAID’s Bureau for Global Health for further technical assistance.If you are interested, but unable to attend the event, please tune into the live or archived webcast at www.wilsoncenter.org. The webcast will begin approximately 10 minutes after the posted meeting time. You will need Windows Media Player to watch the webcast. To download the free player, visit: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/download.Location: Woodrow Wilson Center at the Ronald Reagan Building: 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW (“Federal Triangle” stop on Blue/Orange Line), 5th floor conference room. A map to the Center is available at www.wilsoncenter.org/directions. Note: Photo identification is required to enter the building. Please allow additional time to pass through security.Share this: Posted on September 14, 2011July 5, 2017Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Woodrow Wilson Center’s Global Health Initiative in coordination with the Maternal Health Task Force and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) invite you to a discussion of: featuringKaren Beattie, Project Director, Fistula Care at EngenderHealthAnn Blanc, Director, Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF)Karen Hardee, President, Hardee AssociatesMarge Koblinsky, Senior Technical Advisor, John Snow Inc. ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Member of the week: Daniel Michalik, furniture designer

first_imgOur member of the week is Daniel Michalik. Daniel is a furniture designer, but his focus is on using environmentally friendly material in his designs. Lately, he’s been working on furniture made of cork. Daniel recently designed 12 benches and a reception desk for the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian in New York. To see examples of Daniel’s work, along with explanations of each piece, take a look at his website. Also check out Daniel’s profile and our interview with him below to find out more about him and his experiences as a freelancer.1. What has been your most interesting project?Exhibiting my furniture at the Milan International Furniture Fair in April of 2005. So much work and stress to get the work complete in time, crates built, deal with international shipping and customs, but it really launched my fledgling career and was one of the most exciting experiences of my life.**2. Why did you decide to go freelance? **I committed to the idea of going freelance after the Milan show in 2005 showed that there was some interest and demand for the work that I do, the fact that I couldn’t find anything else really like it in the marketplace at the time, and that if I played my cards right, I might just be able to make it work!3. What tip would you give to a new freelancer or someone who is considering going freelance?Meet as many people as possible, stay laid back and open to any new opportunity, and don’t freak out over any more than 4% of the problems that come your way, because they are not as bad as they seem at the time!4. What is your favorite spot in the city in which you live?The spooky abandoned hospital on Roosevelt Island.5. What is your inspiration?Nature’s talent for growth and adaptation.last_img read more

Feedback from Fantastic Freelancers

first_imgWe’ve gotten a lot of feedback from our last survey of people’s awareness and perception of Freelancers Union, and we’d like to thank those of you who took part. Here are a few choice morsels:Most of you aren’t aware of the discounts that are available through Freelancers Union. To fix that, we’re planning on overhauling the discounts section of the website. Also, keep an eye out for the featured discount on the homepage.Many of you don’t know about the political victories we’ve won for independent workers. We understand we’ve got to toot our own horn a bit more and make it easier to show you about our political work. We’ve got some ideas about how to make that happen, and we’ll make sure to let you know what we’re up to.last_img read more

Deal with good people, use a contract anyway

first_imgNeed help dealing with a legal issue? Download the Freelancers Union app to connect with a lawyer committed to helping freelancers and who understand the freelance life.Protect your work: Build a standardized client agreement with our step-by-step freelance contract creator.In the midst of working with a friend on a contract, he sent me an e-mail with the quote “You can’t have a good contract with a bad person.”* He hates contracts. A lot of freelancers and business owners do. They slow down projects and are a hallmark of the corporate world.As an attorney, I’d argue that you can have a good contract with a bad person, but not a good outcome. But I agree with the point: don’t enter into working relationships with bad people, it will only lead to legal and financial heartache. Deal with good people, but use a contract anyway.Deal with good peopleNo freelancer has set out with the intention of working with a bad client, yet most have. It’s easy to ignore early warning signs and justify working with a bad person when you could really use the extra money. Don’t fall into this trap. Long-term, bad people lead to bad results like wasted time, money and energy.It’s hard to catch all of them, but if you start by avoiding or dumping these bad seeds you’ll be well on your way:Mad at the World Mark – Mark hates his prior graphic designer and his prior photographer and his prior wife and that slow driver in front of him. In fact, you’re not sure if Mark likes anyone…except for you. When you meet, Mark seems to take a liking to you and expresses an interest in using your services. Don’t be duped, Mark will turn on you too eventually.No Contract Needed Nancy – Nancy is a friend of a friend that has agreed to pay you to complete a project for her. You sent Nancy a contract to sign but it’s been over a week and she hasn’t. When you bring it up, she avoids the topic or makes you feel guilty by talking about how contracts are unnecessary if you trust the person you’re working with. But if Nancy is such a good client, why is she concerned with signing a contract? It doesn’t cost her any extra time or money, it simply provides a safety net if she doesn’t comply. Just say “nah” to working with Nancy.Freddie Freeloader – Freddie monopolizes your time from the first meeting where he spends an hour talking in what was scheduled as a 20-minute consultation. He is constantly asking for free work or trying to add big changes to the scope of work without paying extra. Freddie will suck your energy and the time that you could be spending on work for other clients who pay you for all your expended time.Use a contract anywayBy avoiding the bad clients, you’ll be left with the good clients…but use a contract anyway. Think about the childhood game of telephone where players whisper a word or a phrase to one another in a chain. What the last person in the chain thinks they heard is compared with the word or message that the first person spoke and the two are rarely the same. The same thing happens with agreements, they can get lost in translation, even among close friends. One person might really think the agreement was for “A” while the other person thinks that they agreed to “B.”A contract gives each party the ability to review what was agreed to in writing to make sure it reflects what they thought they were agreeing to. It is also much easier to enforce than a verbal agreement. A contract doesn’t have to be complicated. For simple matters, start by ensuring that the contract identifies the parties, sets out each party’s responsibilities, details any required deadlines, lays out compensation, and is signed by all parties as proof that it is the final recitation of the agreement.The challengeI challenge you to give it a try. For the next three months, only “work with good people, but use a contract anyway.” You’ll be protecting yourself legally and I suspect you’ll also be much happier with your freelancing business and clients.*He attributed this quote to Warren Buffet but I haven’t been able to find support for this. I’m beginning to wonder if he made it up and cited Buffet for authority. Either way, good quote.This 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.last_img read more

Tips & Tweets: Get the #Money411 from the Experts

first_imgWhether you’re running your own business or working for someone else, certain metrics are key to understanding how you’re doing financially. Net income and gross income are two numbers that can help you evaluate your business or personal finances. Various… Full Story,Black Women’s Equal Pay Day is deliberately separate from the Spring Equal Pay Day. It is held at this time of year as it marks the amount of additional time it takes for a black woman to earn the same… Full Story,Sometime last week, news might have filtered to you through your favorite social media platform, feed, or blog, that the Federal Reserve lowered the Fed interest rate by 0.25%. The announcement made on July 31st by the Federal Reserve chairman… Full Story,The other week, while I was digging up weeds during my volunteership at the botanical garden, my 19-year-old colleague turned to me and asked, “Jackie, what would you tell your 20-year-old self?” Whelp. I leaned in, gave her my wise,… Full Story,I’ve gotten to a point in my career where I’m commonly referred to as a financial “expert”. I’ve worked hard to broaden my knowledge and fill in the gaps, so I feel pretty comfortable in that role. When a friend… Full Story,With much of the country experiencing frighteningly cold temperatures, it doesn’t seem like the time to issue “ways to save during winter” advice. With temperatures well below zero, the last thing anyone should be doing right now is turning off… Full Story,Personal finance and investing gurus are fond of an old Chinese proverb: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” Chances are you’ve heard it before. It’s a profound quote, and… Full Story,For most of us, getting organized is a pipe dream. The random creams, pastes, and oils in your bathroom cabinet will probably never be color coordinated or arranged alphabetically. Your sock drawer will probably be a nest of tangled and… Full Story,For some people, stability is the norm. They’re successful, happy and blissfully unaware of just how lucky they are to be in such a comfortable position. For the rest of us, chaos is the status quo. Financial and mental instability… Full Story,If your finances are a constant source of stress and anxiety, you’re certainly not alone. In fact, 40 percent of American adults say they would have a tough time covering an unexpected expense of $400 or more, according to the… Full Storylast_img read more

6 Recent Signs of Hope for the Ocean

first_img1. Indonesian Government and Partners Tackle Plastic PollutionThe Indonesian government, which in 2017 pledged $1 billion a year to reduce marine debris 70 percent by 2025, recently teamed up with the Global Plastic Action Partnership (GPAP) to take an innovative and data-driven approach to solving the ocean plastic crisis.Hosted by the World Economic Forum, GPAP aims to redesign the global “take-make-dispose” economy into a circular one.The GPAP team in Jakarta is collecting local waste management data and building a model that evaluates solutions such as reducing overpackaging, substituting materials, creating new recyclable plastics, increasing recycling rates and improving waste collection rates.For each solution, the model will estimate the investment needed, timeline, environmental footprint and greenhouse gas emissions, as well as the impact on people’s lives. The partnership aims to deploy solutions that could eventually be replicated in other countries.2. Electric Ferries Help Decarbonize Maritime TransportThe operators of Norway’s first all-electric ferry, the Ampere, reported impressive statistics after two years of operations. The all-electric ferry cut carbon dioxide emissions by 95 percent and reduced operating costs by 80 percent compared to traditional diesel-powered ferries.Cruise liners, ferries, tankers and freighters are a significant source of carbon dioxide emissions and other pollutants. To reduce reliance on diesel and heavy fuel oil that power these vessels, shipbuilders are turning to hybrid and electric ships.3. A Turning Point for Africa in the Fight Against Illegal FishingThe Southern African region loses an estimated $500 million per year through illegal fishing. Namibia recently became the seventh signatory to a charter establishing the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Monitoring, Control and Surveillance Coordination Center.The Center, to be based in Mozambique, will strengthen regional efforts in combating illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Signatory countries will create joint law enforcement operations, reform legislation, and build small fisheries’ capacity to more effectively manage fish populations.Fishing boat in South Africa. Photo by coda/Wikimedia Commons It’s easy to lose sight of good news amid the barrage of negative stories about the threats facing the ocean—everything from growing plastic pollution to dying coral reefs. However, there is a lot to celebrate when you look more closely at ocean-related developments.Over the past few years, the ocean has been rising rapidly on the international agenda, powered by the recognition that we need major change to secure ocean health as a basis for generating ocean wealth (in other words, sustainable development). People are increasingly realizing that the ocean is essential to life on this planet, providing oxygen and food, controlling the weather, absorbing excess carbon emissions and supporting entire industries and millions of jobs.Now, governments and industries are joining forces for ocean solutions. New approaches to the ocean are allowing production and protection to operate together. Here are just a few recent positive developments:Cleaning up pollution in Bali. Photo by O L/Flickr 4. Indonesia Creates Three Marine Protected Areas Within Coral TriangleIn April 2019, the Indonesian government established three new marine protected areas within the Coral Triangle, a region home to the highest diversity of corals and reef fishes anywhere on the planet.The three new zones will span 226 square kilometers (87 square miles). Only traditional and small-scale fishers using sustainable fishing equipment will be permitted to operate there.Indonesia has committed to set aside 200,000 square kilometers (77,200 square miles) of its territorial waters for conservation by 2020, and so far has achieved about 96 percent of this target.5. “Blue COP”There is a growing movement to integrate ocean and climate action. Recent international climate meetings have notably advanced the effort, including both the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in September 2018 and the UN Climate Change Conference (COP24) in December 2018 in Katowice, Poland.Limiting global temperature rise to 1.5-2 degrees C (2.7-3.6 degrees F), the targets set out in the Paris Agreement on climate change, is essential for preserving the vibrancy of ocean life. Ocean action also can help mitigate climate change, improve the resilience of coastal communities and conserve marine ecosystems.This year will hold more opportunities to integrate ocean issues into the global fight against climate change. Ocean-climate action will be a main theme of the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit and the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) in December 2019 in Santiago, Chile.UN Special Envoy for the Ocean Peter Thomson speaking in 2017. Flickr/OECDcenter_img “They are calling the 25th Conference of the Parties ‘The Blue COP’—a recognition that the oceans and the climate are inseparable,” said Peter Thomson, UN Special Envoy for the Ocean. “It’s all one ecosystem.”6. Heads of Government Unite for the OceanA group of world leaders have banded together, forming the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy. The panel is a group of world leaders dedicated to improving the way we treat the ocean. The panel will catalyze innovations in governance, technology and investment. It’s a global call for ocean action. Co-chaired by Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg and President of the Republic of Palau Tommy Remengesau, Jr., the panel consists of 14 heads of government and is supported by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean.The panel is the only ocean policy body made up of serving world leaders, with the authority needed to trigger, amplify and accelerate action for ocean protection and production in policy, governance and finance. The panel consists of leaders from Australia, Canada, Chile, Fiji, Ghana, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Namibia, Norway, Palau and Portugal.Over the coming year, the panel will continue research on evidence-based solutions and develop a set of bold and transformative, but also cost-effective and politically feasible, recommendations for transitioning to the sustainable ocean economy, articulating how the world can make the vision a reality.Looking Ahead2020 has the potential to be an “ocean super year,” with the UN Ocean Meeting (co-hosted by Portugal and Kenya in Lisbon), the IUCN World Conservation Congress (France), Our Ocean 2020 (Palau) and the 15th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (China). At each of these meetings, current ocean targets will be reviewed and discussed, and new ones will likely be generated. It will be a year for planning transformative action in line with the 2030 Agenda and the forthcoming UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030).The ocean continues to rise on the international agenda, resulting in major public and private sector commitments. How long this will last is hard to say—but while 70 percent of the planet is being given such attention, we need to make the most of it and transform hope into reality.last_img read more

How to Use a Blog to Increase Organic Traffic

first_img Depending on your blogging software there could be different ways of editing your page title, URL and H1. If your software doesn’t allow you to make these changes, you need to think seriously about finding a new blogging platform. Date and time: 3) Publish and watch the results FeedBurner 2) Optimize your post around your keyword (Page Title, URL, H1) means more opportunities for keywords. For most small and medium sized businesses, there is a limit to the number of pages that can fit onto site before it becomes bloated and hard to navigate. Once you’ve reached you’re limit for services, products, case studies, etc, it’s time to start getting serious about creating blog content. Google You also need to make sure that this phrase appears up front. A common mistake is for a company to put it’s name before it’s keywords in page titles. For example “HubSpot | How to use a Blog.” Instead you would want “How to use a Blog | HubSpot.” users understand that using general terms isn’t going to get them where they want to go. Instead, people typically search for keyword phrases, for example, ” .” As you can see in the results form keyword grader (see images below), the difference in difficulty drops from 96 for “blog” to 62 for “how to use a blog.” indexed pages In plain english, this means that there is actually a chance that I could rank for the keyword phrase “how to use a blog.” Granted, it doesn’t have a high search volume, but if you can rank for a dozen or more long tail keyword phrases related to the term “blog” you’ll end up with a significant amount of traffic. Let’s face it, unless you’re Blogger (which is owned by Google), Wikipedia, or WordPress, you’re not going to be taking the #1 search engine result for the term “blog” anytime soon. That’s okay, you can still get crafty and take a sizable chuck of traffic by thinking about the way people search. More often than not, the difference between a 50 page website and a 500+ page site is a blog. Because of this, blogging is an absolutely essential practice for SEO and traffic building. The number of terms that a website can rank for is directly related to the size of the site. More long tail keywords ! ,” or ” Most experienced Social Search for Lead Generation increasing your keyword rankings and growing your organic search traffic Ping-o-Matic The most important places to included keywords on any page of your site is in the page title, the URL and the H1 tag. This means that if you’re trying to rank for “how to use a blog” you need to make sure that phrase in that order in all three places. how to use a blog to increase organic traffic. 1) Identify keywords (be realistic) Join Mike Volpe, VP of Marketing at HubSpot for insights on how to generate leads with SEO and social search.center_img Friday, May 7, 2010 at 2:00pm ET  Topics: Reserve your spot now how to blog Finally, an experiment: or . Photo Credit: Blog Optimization If it’s been more than a few hours since this post has gone live, open up a new browser tab and do a quick Google search for ” Finally, publish your post. Depending on how frequently Google and other search engines scan your site, it could take a few days or longer for your pages to be indexed and show up in Google. A simple tip to get your pages into search engines faster is to publish more often. When Google notices that a site is getting updated daily, it will scan the site more regularly. As an example, let’s say you want to increase the amount of traffic coming to your site for searches related to the term “blog.” Follow the steps below. will also help your blog posts get indexed faster. Lady Madonna , There are many great reasons for businesses to blog but one clearly stands out, ). Twitter The biggest objection I typically hear when I bring up the idea of blogging is, “what am I supposed to write about?” The answer, write about your keywords. Since you’ll be using your blog to write about your industry and niche, it will be a natural place to create content around long tail keywords (view this article to learn more about ” Does this post show up on the front page? If so, do another search for “how to use a blog.” Does it show up again? Originally published May 3, 2010 1:00:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 Additionally, posting your RSS feed to how to use a blog Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more