PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Both he and 27-year-old Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) said they wanted a rematch.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Get over the hangover View comments MOST READ Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto “It’s going to be another great fight, so it’ll likely be a natural to do another rematch, but it’s not in the agreement,” promoter Eric Gomez told the Los Angeles Times at a workout for welterweight title fighter Lucas Matthysse in Indio, California, east of Los Angeles.“We want to concentrate on getting this (second Alvarez-Golovkin fight) done and then we can talk about a third fight later,” added Gomez, president of Golden Boy Promotiions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingUndefeated Golovkin, who was making his Las Vegas debut, and Alvarez fought to a draw in a September 16 thriller that lived up to its hype as a showdown between the top two middleweights in the world.Kazakhstan’s Golovkin, 35, came away from the bout with a record of 37-0-1 with 33 wins inside the distance and kept his World Boxing Council, World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation belts. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gennady Golovkin (R) exchanges blows with Canelo Alvarez (L) during their WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight championship fight at the T-Mobile Arena on September 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.Gennady Golovkin retained his three world middleweight titles, fighting to a draw with Mexican star Canelo Alvarez in a showdown for middleweight supremacy that lived up the hype./ AFP PHOTO / John GURZINSKIMexican fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has agreed to a May 5 rematch against three-belt middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, the Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday.The report said Golovkin’s camp was expected to greenlight the bout in “the next few days”, noting there was no rematch clause for a third fight in the agreement. ADVERTISEMENT
SHARE SHARE EMAIL All the Indian players came out wearing the caps handed over to them by former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni during the 3rd ODI – BCCI Twitter All the Indian players came out wearing the caps handed over to them by former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni during the 3rd ODI – BCCI Twitter COMMENT COMMENTS March 12, 2019 The Indian cricket team wanted to show “solidarity” with the country’s Army in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack, bowling coach Bharat Arun said Monday, defending the decision to wear camouflage military caps during the third ODI in Ranchi.All the Indian players came out wearing the caps handed over to them by former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is also an honorary Lieutenant Colonel with the Territorial Army.“We did what we really felt, we needed to do it for the country, in solidarity with what Army has done for the country. In some we wanted to show we appreciate the cause,” Arun said on the eve of the fifth and final ODI.The gesture was not well received by the Pakistani politicians, who demanded an ICC action, calling it politicisation of the game.“It’s beyond us what PCB is saying, beyond our control. The BCCI has done well to take permission from the ICC,” Arun said.A tinge of patriotism has been added to fifth and final ODI as well as the organisers have covered parts of the Wellingdon Pavilion with the tri-colour. × SHARE Published on
Throughout 2013, the Glassdoor blog has brought you job search tips, tricks and advice to help you find the job you love. Now, we’ve compiled a short list of the top five blogs from throughout the year on topics ranging from interview mistakes to avoid, to how to write a cover letter and more. Enjoy, and see you in 2014!1. 5 Phrases To Close Your Cover Letter & Land The Interview2. 5 Common Job Search Tips That Will Actually Help3. 6 Mistakes You Made At Your Last Job Interview4. Four Questions You Must Ask During An Interview5. 5 Standout Things To Bring To Your Next InterviewWant more inside information from employees? Glassdoor brings you over 5.5 million employee-generated insights on interviews, company ratings and reviews, salaries and more. Or, search Glassdoor’s millions of job listings to find the right fit for you!
Last summer Glassdoor made headlines by creating a new interactive map-based tool, Job Explorer, to help visualize job search that was lauded by Vice President Biden and recognized in Ready to Work: Job Driven Training and American Opportunity report.Today, Glassdoor is adapting Job Explorer to help job seekers find local technology jobs as part of the White House TechHire initiative. Beginning today, job seekers interested in opportunities in the technology sector will be able to search active job listings through a customized Glassdoor Job Explorer tool embedded in the White House TechHire website.The White House announced Glassdoor’s support earlier today. In addition to making the U.S. job search map available, Glassdoor will serve as a resource to states and communities that want to integrate localized Job Explorer maps into their own websites to showcase local job opportunities. These local tools can feature just technology jobs or include job opportunities in all sectors.Both Code Louisville and KentuckianaWorks have implemented such localized map-based job search into their own websites. Below is the implementation for KentuckianaWorks.“Glassdoor is delighted to make U.S. and local Job Explorer search tools available for free to any organization, community or state,” said Robert Hohman, co-founder and CEO of Glassdoor. “Our mission is to help people everywhere find a job and company they love, and we are delighted to partner with the White House and communities across the country to connect local job seekers with local jobs to help people, our communities and our economy prosper.”Other interested states and communities may request a similar customized Job Explorer tool to help their local job seekers find opportunities with the right employers. To request a free embeddable map, interested parties simply need to register for Glassdoor API access and indicate interest in Job Explorer or TechHire. Then, a Glassdoor representative will contact you shortly.
Arsenal are ready to sell Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexis Sanchez this summer.The Sunday Mirror says they’re both set to reject new contracts at the club.Liverpool are interested in signing Oxlade-Chamberlain.And Bayern Munich and Manchester City are gunning to land Sanchez.Both players’ current deals expire next summer and Arsenal don’t want to lose them to free deals.And the pair will therefore likely be sold this summer in order to raise cash for new recruits.
Sevilla president Jose Castro admits they’re keen on Inter Milan pair Ever Banega and Stevan Jovetic.Sevilla are believed to want a double deal worth €20m for the two Nerazzurri-owned players.“We are trying to make a huge effort to keep Jovetic, but not at the conditions that were initially worked out,” Castro told Il Messaggero.“It’s a slow-burning negotiation process.”He added: “It’s true that we are interested in Banega, but for the moment we have only just started talking. We need to wait and see what happens.“The player wants us, but we need to reach an agreement with Inter, so negotiations continue with the Nerazzurri.”
Photo by Vidiot at flickr.What if you were put in charge of getting more funding for food stamps? How would you market that idea? What would get media coverage? Blog comments? Attitude change?A good answer is in today’s Washington Post. (Other articles from the Post here.) While I was eating a burnt waffle fresh from my daughter’s breakfast reject pile this morning, I read about how the House Hunger Caucus launched a Food Stamp Callenge. The caucus chairs asked lawmakers to try to live off $21 in food stamps for the past week – the amount of benefits the average recipient receives. Only four members of Congress did it – but their experiences got a lot of attention. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) struggled through with one lapse (he succumbed to a pork chop before a commencement speech so he wouldn’t faint from hunger). He described his heartbreak when airport security confiscated his PB&J and his fear of dropping a jar of sauce or jam because he’d lose a meal. He said he learned two things – that he made some poor choices shopping and the food stamp program is insufficient. Ryan and Jim McGovern (D-Mass) kept blogs about the experience, and got hundreds of comments, including food stamp recipients who sent recipes and tips for stretching meals.Says McGovern, who lost five pounds: “I’ve been a little low on energy, but I feel guilty complaining about anything. For us, this is an exercise that ends Tuesday. For millions of people, this is their life.”This all reminds me of the famous press conference when advocates of better school lunches trotted out cafeteria ketchup and showed it was classified as a vegetable years ago. Taste that. Or when an advocacy group for better sidewalks put local officials in wheelchairs and told them to try to cross the street.Or Oxfam’s fundraising fasts.If you have any idea you are trying to convey, sometimes there is no better way than to put the policymaker or supporter through the experience. They might do it for the right reasons – or, in the case of some folks, simply because they want the media spotlight. Either way, it may well be a transformative experience for them, as well as a way for you to help a broader audience imagine what it would be like to live a harder life. Imagine if these lawmakers had just held a press conference instead. Yawn. Imagine if you canceled your next press conference and did something like this instead. Wow.
If you’re like most people who use the Internet, chances are you often come across new and interesting sites, but then completely forget to visit them again. Or likely you spend too much time visiting the same sites looking for new information, only to be disappointed. In addition, your e-mail inbox is probably flooded with messages you barely have time to read, including subscriptions to newsletters that tell you about new content available on still more Web sites.And while you’re occupied finding new content, you still want to make sure others can find your organization’s interesting new content without relying on their bookmarks or your e-mail newsletter, which may not make it past their spam filters or get noticed in their crowded inboxes.Wouldn’t it be nice if there were an easy way to have all this information come to you and go to them in a way that was easy to manage, timely, and put the reader in control?The answer is RSS, and not only can it help you manage information you want to find, but it’s also a great way for your nonprofit to ensure that people interested in your mission receive automatic updates from your Web site. What’s more, RSS can help you spread the word through the easiest content syndication model out there.R-S-What?RSS stands for Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication, depending on whom you ask. Either way, it’s a simple way to deliver frequently changing Web content — all the new content from favorite sites, or just summaries.By plugging links into something called an RSS feed reader or aggregator, you can retrieve the newest content offerings from Web sites while saving the time it takes to visit each site. Many RSS feed readers are available, and they all allow you to display content for reading at your leisure. (For more details about RSS, read the Digital Divide Network’s “What’s RSS and Why Should I Care About It?” and Fagan Finder’s All About RSS).RSS: Content Aggregation and So Much MoreSo why should your nonprofit use RSS? Frankly, for the same reasons everyone else should. Here are the top 10 reasons you — and your organization — should use the technology. It’s only just beginning: RSS is still in the relatively early stages. The tools are pretty raw, but it pays for nonprofits to get in early on communication technologies. It will better position you to take advantage of them as they mature and additional uses become available. Ultimately, it’s about making your views and your work part of the conversation.Getting Started With RSS(The source for this section of the article is “A Nonprofit Guide to Getting Started with RSS,” also from ConsultantCommons.org .)Surely, by now you’re convinced of the benefits of RSS. Getting started is easy.First, you’ll need a feed reader. Choose between a Web-based reader, an e-mail client, or a stand-alone application. A Web-based client, such as Bloglines, is a good option if you work on multiple computers, you’re usually connected to the Internet, you don’t want to download any special software, and you want to be able to access your reader on public-access computers. A mail client, such as Newsgator, might be the best choice for you if you live in your e-mail program, you’d like to easily mail information you find, you store a wide variety of information in your mail folders, you primarily use one dedicated computer, and you want to use an application that’s familiar to you. Consider a stand-alone RSS aggregator — such as Feed Demon for Windows, NetNewsWire for Mac OS X, or Straw for Linux — if the thought of more e-mail makes you sweat, you use the same dedicated computer, you prefer using specialized applications, and you don’t want to add any additional plug-ins to your e-mail program (which can make it harder for your technical staff to support your e-mail application).Once you have a feed reader, the next step is to sign up for feeds that interest you. When you’re on a Web site that updates frequently, check to see if it has a feed that you can add to your reader. Feeds are often indicated by a small icon with the acronyms RSS, XML, or RDF. Just add the RSS feed to the list of feeds that your aggregator checks.Sign up for an account at PubSub, Feedster, and Technorati. Use these accounts to watch for any information related to your organization’s URL, name, key partners, key funders, mission, as well as bills and other legislative efforts relevant to your work.Don’t forget to share the information you find. Consider setting up a blog with a service like Blogger, and turn on the RSS option so the information you find can spread even further. E-mail interesting items to people who will appreciate them. Try this every day for six months, and see if you’ve started interesting new conversations, networked with people who can help your mission, driven more traffic to your site, or learned more about relevant issues than you could before.About the Author: RSS makes it easy to read the Web: How many bookmarks do you have in your browser? Does it make you ill to think of clicking through all of them to check for new content? Make RSS do the work for you — subscribe to sites and your reader will collect the new relevant content. My bookmarks no longer scare me. In fact, I rarely use them.RSS makes it easy to find relevant information: Searching the Web can be a chore, and most of us don’t even have the patience to do more than search Google and check the first pages of results. RSS allows you to tap relevant, even mission-critical information by letting you create feeds based on keywords. How this works varies, but there are a variety of tools — PubSub, Technorati, Feedster — that you can use, and many aggregators integrate with them in way that allows you to create searches. Let’s say you work for an organization that is following issues pertaining to same-sex civil unions and marriages. You can set up some keyword searches and then subscribe to those searches. The relevant information comes to you.RSS lets you share the information you get: With RSS, information comes to you in manageable pieces: a NY Times headline with a sentence-long article summary; a blog entry; a teaser for a longer blog entry; the pointer to a newsgroup posting; an e-mail announcement list; events listings. You can push that information out to interested communities — simply send it via e-mail, or put it on your own Web site or blog.RSS helps you participate in conversations relevant to your work: Naturally, if the New York Times or your local paper writes about your organization, you’ll want to be the first to know. But it’s also important to participate in discussions on popular blogs or other online communities. RSS can help you find these conversations, advance your organization’s agenda, and generate attention for your work.RSS makes it easier to control your own subscriptions: Unsubscribing from some e-mail mailing lists and announcements can be a chore. You can’t remember how it is that you elected to receive the information in the first place, and worse, it ends up mixed in with your inbox and distracts you from getting work done. RSS gives you complete control. You can easily segment your feed from your regular e-mail or use an aggregator that bypasses e-mail entirely.RSS allows people to share your content: When you create a newsfeed, you’ve opened the door to content sharing, and others can easily disseminate your good, relevant content.RSS makes it easy for others to lend you a bit of their Web real estate: With RSS, other organizations can display some of your content on their Web sites. This is good. It gets your content out to a variety of audiences, and it can enhance partnerships. The best part? They don’t actually have to talk to you for this to happen. Painless content partnerships — what more could anyone want?It’s easy to avoid being a spammer: Forget opt-in and double opt-in worries. Allowing people to subscribe via RSS puts control into their hands and gets you completely off the spammer hook. Okay, so some e-mail publishers hate that (Bill Pease even asks if e-mail is dead in a TechSoup community thread). It’s hard to track traffic, they say, and it puts control completely in the hands of the subscriber instead of the publisher. I disagree. If you are creating good content, people will subscribe and they will stay subscribed. That means ultimately, the control is really in your hands. Compelling content is the most important thing. And not being a spammer is more than an ethical and legal issue, it means that your message will get to your intended audience instead of a spam filter.RSS makes it easy to contribute to Web-wide conversations: If you’re using RSS to track what people are saying about important issues and what people are saying about you, so are others. By making your content available via RSS, you’re allowing other people to discover you. And they’ll be commenting on your site, linking to it, and subscribing to your RSS feed. Marnie Webb is Vice President of Knowledge Services at CompuMentor and author of the blog ext337.Copyright © 2005 CompuMentor. This work is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License.
Do your homework. Check references, try to visit organizations that are using the software and ask lots of questions. Look for comparable organizations with similar fundraising operations. The questions to ask include: How long did it take them to ‘go live’ on the software? Were they happy with the vendor’s support during the conversion? What would they do differently if they had it to do over? This is where you test whether your impressions of each product match reality.On the other hand, it is important to distinguish software and vendor problems from problems caused by the client. The organization might have implemented the software incorrectly, failed to offer adequate training or support or have purchased the wrong software to begin with.Remember, there is no perfect database. But there might be one that is perfect for you. There is no perfect donor database. Every donor database on the market has strengths and weaknesses. The challenge is to find a database with strengths that meet your needs and weaknesses that will not get in your way. Next, decide what matters most. Now that you have documented your requirements, you need to decide which are mandatory. If a vendor cannot meet your mandatory requirements, you should not look at their system – even if it is free. Next, prioritize the ‘nice to have’ features. Since every system you look at will have to meet your mandatory requirements, the nice-to-haves might be the deciding factors. Involve stakeholders in the decision. If you get buy-in during the selection process, staff members will be likely to support you during the implementation. This will be critical when the conversion encounters the snags that are inevitable in such a complex project. This is not to say that software selection is a consensus decision. But stakeholders need to understand how the system was selected and that their interests were taken into account. If you do not get buy-in from the start, all subsequent decisions are likely to be questioned. Robert Weiner, President of Robert L. Weiner Consulting, is an independent technology consultant based in San Francisco. He specializes in helping nonprofits make informed, strategic decisions about the selection, use, and management of information technology. He has consulted for a wide variety of organizations including the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Earthjustice, EMILY’s List, the California Hospice Foundation, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Trust for Public Land, UC Berkeley, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Pomona College, the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Reed College, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the American Red Cross of the Bay Area, and the San Francisco Ballet. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. First, decide what you are looking for. It is hard to comparison shop until you know what you are looking for. Start by identifying the key features that you are seeking in a new database. Include both what is missing from your current system as well as what it does well. For instance, is the new database primarily going to support any particular type of fundraising, such as membership, major gifts, special events or capital campaign management? Does it need to support special events, prospect research or moves management?You also need to be specific about any special features or interfaces you need, such as a Web front end, support for Macintoshes or the ability to record gifts in multiple currencies. The sophistication of the software should support the sophistication of your fundraising operations, but must also fit within your budget and staff resources. Set up software demonstrations so you can compare ‘apples to apples.‘ In a ‘scripted demo,’ all vendors are asked to demonstrate the same scenarios in addition to providing an overview of the system. For instance, they might show you how to enter a variety of gifts that match different situations you encounter (hard and soft credits, matching gifts, multi-year pledges, crediting gifts toward campaign priorities, and so on).Vendors will need to show that they can meet your mandatory requirements as well as the top nice-to-haves. One caveat: your ability to get this level of detail will depend upon which vendors are bidding. Some vendors will do extended on-site demos; others only do web-based demos. Make sure you understand all the costs. The price of the software is just one piece, and often the smallest part, of the ‘total cost of ownership.’ You might need to upgrade your server, desktop computers or network. You might need consulting help to implement the software, develop special interfaces or write custom reports. You might need to invest in additional training or add technical support personnel. Some of these will be one-time capital expenses, but many will become ongoing operating costs.
Posted on August 21, 2012June 16, 2017By: Jill Sheffield, Founder and President, Women DeliverClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This post is part of a blog series on maternal health commodities. To view the entire series, click here.Recently, a new study by the Guttmacher Institute and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) informed the world that while the overall unmet need for contraceptives has declined, in the Global South—where 73% of all women with unmet need live—the number has significantly increased. This is disheartening news. Family planning is hailed as one of the great public health achievements of the last century, and yet over 200 million women worldwide who want to use contraceptives don’t have access to them. The worldwide demand for family planning is clear.Across the globe, grassroots and global leaders are taking creative approaches to meeting this demand. This March, on International Women’s Day, Women Deliver celebrated some of the innovators masterminding these solutions in our list of The Women Deliver 50, the “top 50 inspiring ideas and solutions that deliver for girls and women.” These programs help generate demand for contraceptives and dialogue about social justice. Here are a few of the pioneering efforts:– Leveraging the portability and privacy of mobile phones, Mobile for Reproductive Health (m4RH) has tapped into the vast power of social media to revolutionize the way men and women learn about their contraceptive options–including implants, intrauterine devices, injectables, oral contraceptive pills, condoms, and emergency contraception. To date, m4RH has reached more than 13,000 users in Kenya and Tanzania.– PATH and its research partners have developed a new form of contraception that puts power into the hands of women. The Woman’s Condom is an innovative, easy-to-use, and more comfortable female condom designed to promote greater control for women in their sexual decision making, and help prevent unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.– Every year on September 26, World Contraception Day is held to raise and improve awareness on contraception and reproductive health. Under the motto “Live your life. Know your rights. Learn about contraception,” this year’s campaign encouraged youth worldwide to exercise their right to accurate, unbiased contraceptive information and services.These solutions give us hope that we may one day see a world where every child is wanted, and every woman can control her own fertility. In the last year, we have seen amazing successes: maternal mortality rates are finally dropping, and the launch of the UN Secretary-General’s Every Woman Every Child initiative has garnered unprecedented support from governments to civil society to the private sector. The recent London Summit on Family Planning brought global leaders together to raise funds to deliver contraceptives to an additional 120 million women worldwide.Proven, life-saving solutions are out there, from removing barriers of access, to engaging heads of state as family planning champions, to ensuring village-level outreach to postpartum mothers. We all must remember that change is possible, and that the momentum for girls and women is building. Let’s move forward with renewed energy to build a better world for girls and women!Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
Posted on November 2, 2012August 15, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Recently, the Guardian’s Global Development Network posted an article, Developing world gains open access to science research, but hurdles remain, that describes the rise in commitments from various groups to ensure that their research is openly accessible to all. The article also explores the many persistent barriers to increasing open access publications around the world.From the story:These are heady days for supporters of open access (OA), who argue that the results of publicly-funded research should be made freely available to all, not just those who can afford subscriptions to the scientific journals in which they are published.Earlier this year, the World Bank announced that it would adopt an open access policy for all its research outputs and “knowledge products”, which will be entered into a central repository to be made freely accessible on the internet.Last month, the British government said that, in future, it will require all the research it funds in British universities to be made openly accessible, with authors paying publishers a fee (funded out of research grants) to make this possible – a position already adopted by the influential Wellcome Trust. The move was rapidly followed by an announcement from the European commission that the same rule will apply to all commission-funded research.The UK’s Department of International Development recently announced all its research will be made freely available. And publishers such as BioMed Central are pioneering open access journals in developing regions such as Africa.Read the full story here.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
Dr. Stephanie KaydenChief, Division of International Emergency Medicine and Humanitarian Program, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Director, Lavine Family Humanitarian Studies Initiative, Harvard Humanitarian InitiativeSamer SalibaUrban Technical Specialist, International Rescue CommitteeAlicia WilsonExecutive Director, La Clínica del PuebloModeratorMary Nell WegnerDeputy Director of Policy & Technical Support, Maternal Health Task Force, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public HealthHostRoger-Mark De SouzaDirector, Population, Environmental Security and Resilience, Wilson CenterEvent detailsWednesday, 31 May 20172:00pm – 4:00pm EST5th Floor Conference Room | Wilson Center | Washington, DCWant to attend but can’t? Tune into the live or archived webcast at WilsonCenter.org the day of the event.Join the conversation on Twitter by using #MHDialogue and following @NewSecurityBeat and @MHTF. Find related coverage on NewSecurityBeat.org.RSVP FOR THIS EVENT ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Check out past dialogues in this series.Share this: Posted on May 19, 2017May 23, 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)We are excited to announce the upcoming dialogue, “Humanitarian Response in Urban Settings: Meeting the Maternal and Newborn Health Needs of Displaced Persons.” The event will take place at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. (and online!) on Wednesday, 31 May 2017 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm. This dialogue is part of the Maternal Health Task Force’s Advancing Dialogue on Maternal Health Series, in partnership with UNFPA and the Wilson Center.Interested in attending or following along online? See the invitation from the Wilson Center below to learn more and register for the event.Humanitarian crises expose vast health inequities. Globally, women and children are up to 14 times more likely to die than men in a humanitarian crisis. And of the 15 countries with the highest neonatal mortality rates, 14 are affected by chronic conflict or political instability.The world’s humanitarian landscape is changing. Today more than 60% of the world’s refugees and 80% of internally displaced persons (IDPs) live in urban areas. Strains on local systems due to population density and diversity, political complexity, the presence of informal power structures and other common features of urban settings can exacerbate pre-existing health inequities that harm displaced mothers and newborns. Such unique urban challenges require humanitarian actors to rethink how and where they respond.On 31 May, please join Save the Children, the Maternal Health Task Force and the Wilson Center’s Maternal Health Initiative for a discussion on the issues and lessons learned in responding to the needs of displaced persons in urban areas, with an emphasis on maternal and newborn health.SpeakersSarah AshrafAdvisor, Reproductive Health in Emergencies, Save the Children
I recently rejoined Mediabistro’s AvantGuild because I was in the mood for a little professional development–I wanted to expand the roster of publications I was pitching to and maybe even take a class. Their “How to Pitch” articles are almost as good as having a friend at the publication who can give you the inside scoop, and they have a new feature called “Pitches that Worked” which is a very detailed dissection of how an idea made it to publication. Anyway, they’re running a great, realistic piece right now that is relevant to all freelancers, called “What To Do When You Get Stiffed.” To sum up: make sure you did the work and followed directions; make sure all your paperwork is in order, from contract to invoice (which should be complete, correct, and numbered); be gentle and cheerful, but firm and persistent, with your editor (or client) and take it straight to accounting when necessary. Be wary of taking on outlets (or clients) with their own financial difficulties, if you can’t afford to lose the money. You should take your claim to a lawyer, the Better Business Bureau, or a professional organization for intercession only after several months have passed, and/or if you’re really getting stonewalled. One person actually recovered her money by shaming the repeat offender in an online gossip column. This advice is great, but sometimes you just have to chalk these things up to experience. I am still owed a chunk from a time several years ago where I wrote encyclopedia entries for a small book packager. A fellow freelancer recommended me for the assignment, which I was very grateful for at the time, but we both ended up getting stiffed.
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.If there is any motto that I try to live my daily life by, it would be “shoot your shot.” In short, it means to go after what you want. My shooting percentage isn’t always 100 percent, but I am okay with the misses. What I am not okay with is telling myself “damn, I should have attempted that.”Shooting your shot is important no matter if you’re a small business owner, entrepreneur, freelancer, or have a regular day job. If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll always be stuck in the same place. Below I outlined some tips and past stories of my experience going after what I want. They weren’t always positive, but they led me to where I am at today.Closed Mouths Don’t Get FedIf you ask, you shall receive. Does that sound familiar to you?In my mind, it is one of the simplest ways of getting ahead, but also the most difficult for people to do. For example, if you’re working for a company and have been there for a while with a proven track record, but your salary is below expectations, why aren’t you shooting your shot and asking for more? What is stopping you from going up to your boss and asking for a raise? I understand nerves come into play, but until you ask about receiving higher pay, the only one you can blame about your job dissatisfaction on is yourself.Now, if your boss denies your request, at least you know where you stand in the company and can start looking for new opportunities. The point being, either way, you come out on top because you’ll either get a higher salary or know that you should move onto a better opportunity.That is just one example of many. I always hear from people who are unhappy with their situation but aren’t actively doing anything about it. It’s definitely not an easy process by any means, but neither is change. If you want better, you got to ask for it.Creating Your Own SituationOne thing is for certain, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to freelance if I didn’t shoot my shot. If I didn’t go for it and make the jump I would still be wondering what it is like to work for myself. Now, there are a lot of other systems you have to put in place before you make a leap like the one I did, but it all starts with attempting it.It comes down to realizing what you don’t like about your current situation and doing something about it. As simple as it sounds, that is what it is all about. It is also a lot easier said than done, which is why a ton of people who are unhappy in their daily lives don’t do anything to make the change. However, until you shoot your shot, you’ll continue to be in the same situation with no improving.Being Okay With MissesJust like you were told as a kid, you don’t get everything that you ask for. I can apply for an executive position at NIKE, but it doesn’t mean that I am going to get it. However, I attempted the shot and to me, that is what counts. I found something that I wanted and went after it.This is also how I deal with searching and signing on new clients. I am always actively pitching myself to new clients that I want to work with. I don’t always hear a yes back from them, sometimes no email at all, but I’ve been able to land clients that I normally wouldn’t have had the opportunity to work with because of this strategy.You have to be okay with hearing no, and even no response at all. The way I look at it is you can only benefit from reaching out and asking. Even if you hear a no or no response, you’ll be in the same position that you are today, but not any worse off.Don’t Play The Waiting GameYou can sit there and wait for your situation to change all day and you’ll notice that nothing will happen. On the contrary, you can start asking for what you want out of life, and be working towards it to make your goals happen.The reality is we have no idea how long we are going to be on this earth for, so what is holding you back from living your best life?Max Pete aka One Hand Wonder Man is a freelance website designer and digital marketer. Max Pete also specializes in social media management, email marketing, content creation, and paid advertising. You can check out his work and get in touch with him via his portfolio www.maxpete.co.
It feels like a long time in the making, but nonetheless, on behalf on everyone at Freelancers Hub, it’s truly exciting to unveil Faces of Freelance to the world. This community-based project is yet another way in which we are choosing to empower freelancers by offering a platform to present their unique stories and experiences in freelancing.Not long after joining Freelancers Hub as Marketing Manager, I was thrust into Faces of Freelance meetings with our collaborating partner Narratively. My understanding of the project’s purpose and scope were simple: interview freelancing community members about their experiences. As my connection with the project and our community grew, however, the significance and purpose of this project were reshaped and rediscovered. Faces of Freelance is not simply a collection of interviews with New York City freelancers, but the beginning of a very important conversation.According to our recently published Freelancing in NYC study, more than a third of New York City’s workforce is freelancing and contributing more than $30 billion annually to the city’s economy. The city’s diversity is also represented, as freelancers work in each of New York’s major industries, represent wide-ranging backgrounds, and make up significant populations in each borough. Freelancing provides many with freedom through autonomy, flexibility, and the opportunity the pursue a passion otherwise unavailable to them. The experiences of freelancers are typically much more complex than that, however, as issues involving affordable health insurance, fair and on time payment, and debt continue to persist. Faces of Freelance is about providing freelancers with the opportunity to express their issues, successes, and experiences in freelancing.Check out Faces of Freelance and start sharing your own stories with #FacesofFreelance on social media.
Sitting has been dubbed “the new smoking” due to the ever-accumulating body of research linking our sedentary lifestyles to everything from poor metabolic health to an increased risk of heart disease. And on Thursday, a small new study published in the journal PLOS ONE added to that chorus, suggesting that too much sitting may over time contribute to memory loss and cognitive decline.The study looked at 35 adults between the ages of 45 and 75. Researchers took brain scans to measure the thickness of each person’s medial temporal lobe (MTL) — a part of the brain crucial to memory — and quizzed each person about how much time per day they spend sitting and moving around. While it wasn’t possible to identify a clear cause-and-effect relationship, the researchers did find that increased sedentary time was associated with decreased MTL volume, suggesting that excessive sitting may be a risk factor for cognitive decline.Based on findings like those, you couldn’t be blamed for swearing off your desk chair. But that decision grows more complicated when you consider studies like one published in February in the journal Ergonomics, which says long bouts on your feet may not be so healthy, either. Standing for a two-hour chunk during the work day, that study found, may lead to physical discomfort all over the body, and make it harder to stay focused and energized.Source
When I get into bed at the end of a long ole day, very little thought goes into the position I sleep in.I might start by face planting my pillow, before tossing and turning for a bit and finally lying on my side… usually my right side to be precise.But apparently my sleeping position is a lot more important than I first thought because according to Elite Daily my side sleeping habit is going to give me more wrinkles than that shirt I’ve never bothered ironing.Elite spoke to Skin Repair Expert, Lorena Öberg who explained that sleeping on your side causes premature ageing by creating small folds which leads to wrinkles.And according to a study by the UK Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service, 41% of us sleep on our sides. So basically we’re all looking at a wrinkly-faced future.But I’m gonna be honest with you, as much as I don’t want to prematurely age, I know that I’m going to go home tonight, get into bed and roll straight onto my side because that’s just what I do.Source
Like Mbwana and dos Anjos, many rural women’s lives and livelihoods depend almost entirely on their land. Advancing their land rights — from equal treatment in commercial land deals to better representation in community decision-making — is critical to realizing gender equality not just in Tanzania and Mozambique, but in countries across Africa. Soma blogi hii kwa Kiswahili.Leia este post em português.Kuluthum Mbwana remembers the day that biofuel investors arrived in her village Vilabwa, just 70 kilometers west of Tanzania’s capital. In exchange for more than 8,000 hectares (19,800 acres) of land across 11 villages, including Vilabwa in Kisarawe District, she said they promised to bring much-needed jobs, schools and health clinics to her community.Mbwana felt certain her life would change for the better. Children across her village would finally be able to study in a real school. Sick neighbors would receive care from trained nurses or community health workers. New jobs would pump money into the local economy.But after finalizing a land deal with the Tanzanian government in 2009, Mbwana said that British company Sun Biofuels abandoned its commitments to her and the rest of Vilabwa. Families who sold their farms to the company did not receive fair payments for their land. Wages from the new Sun Biofuels jobs were too low to offset the income villagers lost after selling their farms to the company. Apart from a shallow well, a dirt road and few portable classroom blackboards, Sun Biofuels failed to bring social services to Mbwana’s village and nearby communities in Kisarawe District.Kuluthu Mbwana Including women’s voices in local decision-making bodies can help communities address gender disparities in land compensation and resettlement schemes by giving them the opportunity to say “yes” or “no” to proposed land deals, to help negotiate company appraisal processes to ensure that investors do not exclude their assets from valuations, and to raise their specific concerns about relocation plans. But in both countries, governments’ efforts to improve women’s representation are falling short.In Tanzania, the law mandates women’s presence in village councils, but the quota only gives a minority of seats to women, making it easy to secure the meeting quorum without women’s participation.Similarly, in Mozambique, generic language in land regulations, such as “local communities shall be consulted,” does not require investors to include women in the consultation process. Many major decisions on land, including selling collectively held property to investors, are made by male leaders or in meetings exclusive to men. Even if women attend, many stay silent due to an unspoken assumption that the men speak on behalf of the entire community.The Way ForwardFlickr/USAID Unfortunately, stories like Mbwana’s are common across Africa. As soil degradation, climate change and population growth place enormous strains on land that sustains millions of people, multinational companies are also gunning for large swaths of land. Caught between these pressures, many poor, rural communities get displaced or choose to sell their collectively held land. It’s often women who suffer the most.In neighboring Mozambique, Leonor dos Anjos also wrestles with unfilled promises. In 2016, a multi-million-dollar suspension bridge project relocated her family and forced her Malanga community to resettle in three different places. Speaking to Mozambique nonprofit Centro Terra Viva, dos Anjos said that the state-owned company overseeing the bridge’s construction, Maputo Sul Development Company, pledged to provide new cleared land parcels, build a road connecting her resettlement site to the main thoroughfare and pay families for their homes. But like Sun Biofuels, dos Anjos believes that Maputo Sul did not make good on its commitments and saddled already poor families with additional unexpected financial burdens.New research from WRI reveals that, despite constitutional commitments to gender equality, governments in Tanzania and Mozambique are not protecting poor, rural women from harmful commercial land deals. State officials’ failure to close gaps in land laws and overhaul ineffective regulations shortchanges women, who receive little to no payment for their families’ land. Governments’ attempts to amplify their voices in community land decision-making are also falling short.Shortchanged in Commercial Land DealsMalanga women in Mozambique. Although Tanzanian and Mozambique land laws require investors to compensate affected communities and households when they acquire collectively held land, regulations that are poorly conceived or ill-executed shortchange women, who often receive few, if any, payments for their land.Gender-neutral language, in particular, unintentionally discriminates against women by requiring companies to distribute compensation at the household level. Because men traditionally act as the head of the household in both countries, they alone can submit claims and collect payments on behalf of their families. For example, less than 15 percent of those who received compensation from Sun Biofuels in Vilabwa were women. In Malanga, several estranged husbands who had left the community received checks that should have gone to their wives because the government still considered them to be the heads of their households.But even when women do manage to get compensation for their land, many receive lower payments than the men in their communities. In Vilabwa, for instance, men received three to six times more money for their land than women.Such disparities occur for several reasons: Companies only pay those who legally own land, and unlike men, most women don’t have formal rights to their land. The plots of land they do own are smaller and produce lower agricultural yields than men’s parcels. And most women cultivate subsistence crops, like cassava or maize, which companies often devalue or exclude entirely from their appraisals.Adversely Impacted When Communities ResettleWomen also struggle more than men to rebuild their lives and livelihoods when companies displace or resettle villages. When communities move, women often lose access to communal natural resources — like forests, rivers and pastureland — even as they remain responsible for collecting water, firewood, fodder and medicinal plants for their families. Tenuous access to these resources can increase women’s workloads, threaten household food security and expose them to harassment.Faced with these new hardships, many women find that the social networks on which they depend fray when communities relocate. For instance, girls often collect firewood or water in groups, while mothers rely on neighbors or extended family to help with childcare. When women are separated from their networks, they no longer have the support systems they need to cope with daily challenges and manage their many household responsibilities.Sidelined in Community Decision-Making on LandWomen in rural Tanzania. Flickr/CIAT
Google News Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Yahoo! News Where to Submit Your Press Release? Including hyperlinks in your press releases is critical. Make sure you hyperlink relevant words that take you to targeted pages. For instance, if your press release is about a new product launch, you should hyperlink the most important phrases and send people to your website pages corresponding to these phrases. This is essential for search engine optimization. as different search engines, says David Meerman Scott. In order to get your content to be indexed in these places and to generate Google Alerts, you have to submit your press release to one of the recognized press release distribution services. That is how you can gain potential coverage from mainstream media and bloggers. Press releases are like vitamins for people: we either obsess over them or don’t take full advantage of them. What if you are looking for a happy balance between these two extremes? , we try to offer a solution. View our video discussing how marketers can optimize their press releases: Have more questions about optimizing your press releases? Post them in the comments section below and we will try to tackle them! In addition to sending the press release to reputable distributions services, you should also publish it on your own website. Put it up on the Media page, on your blog or wherever you think is appropriate. “If you put it on your site, it is going to get indexed by the main part of Google,” explains David. “If you publish it through the news release distribution services, it will get published by Google news and the other news services as well.” The content of the press release doesn’t have to be much different from what you already put together for the PR services. In this episode of the The five big ones are PRWeb, PR Newswire, Business Wire, Marketwire and PrimeNewswire. There are some other less popular ones and even free services you might be able to use. While we encourage you to experiment with them, make sure you know what you are getting with them. You should have access to the main search engines and the capability to hyperlink from the press release to your site. Why Submit Your Press Release to Distribution Services? Weekly Marketing Cast Think about Topics: and Originally published Mar 14, 2011 8:00:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Don’t Forget to Publish on Your Site Public Relations The # 1 Critical Element in Press Releases
@Shama If you have the time and resources and it fits into your strategy, you should be on multiple social media sites growing your network. , and build a good community there. But also be sure to get your profiles on the other sites to protect your brand. The Hangouts feature on Google+ is a good tool to use too. It’s a way to video chat with small groups of people informally. You can certainly do research and educational things using it. If you have a personal brand, or if you’re the social media spokesperson for your company, you should get involved and set up your profile. Use the right links to link to your website. The most important thing right now is just setting it up correctly, even if you’re not devoting a lot of time to it right now. Inbound Now is currently in booking mode for upcoming episodes! Is there a certain topic you would like covered or an expert you would like to see come on? The Google +1 Button . Shama.TV How much time you should spend on Google+ Check out other episodes of Inbound Now Why Google+ will matter to marketers the Google +1 Button “You can essentially create multiple mini-social networks within Google+ and then share things with them specifically. You can characterize what you want to share with each group and maintain those relationships differently. Facebook also allows you to do this with lists. I just think Google+ is a lot more intuitive to do this.” “You don’t have to spend a lot of time on Google+, is what I find.” . Also, grab a copy of her book, . People with profiles are coming up in Google searches. You should also maximize the description you can add beneath your name. You can follow Shama on Twitter Why Google+ Matters (Currently, you cannot create a business profile on Google+, but according to a Google spokesperson, Using Google+ for Market Research “Just in general, right now the engagement level is a lot higher on Google+.” . . on her page your Twitter account With any new social media tool, it’s important not to abandon ship too early. Consistency is important. You have to do it for a while. Put the time into Google+, but don’t get rid of your fan pages or leave The Reasoning Behind Circles in Google+ Also, people don’t know exactly which circle you add them to. They’re just notified that you added them to a circle in general. or drop me a line on our Using Google+ for market research The Zen of Social Media Marketing “From a cost benefit analysis, and a very rough cost benefit analysis, it will take you like 20 minutes or less to set up a profile. Do it.” Connect With Shama Online start with Facebook Shama Kabani , on Facebook The Marketing Zen Group this feature will be available in a few months If you don’t have the resources to constantly maintain everything, It won’t take you much time. It’s free to do. The difficult thing won’t be getting followers now. It will be maintaining followers as we move forward. SEO Google’s thought process behind this is that people live their lives in layers. We have a layer of professional friends. We have a layer of close friends. We have a bunch of different layers. Google+ lets you create different circles and share things with specific people based on your relationship and by dragging and dropping them into a circle. . social media and inbound marketing podcast “Google’s gotten a lot of flack over time in terms of the quality of its search results. They’re a smart company. They know this. So the only way to really fix this is to make search smarter. And you make it smarter by making it relevant, and you make it relevant by letting people ‘plus one’ it.” If you do nothing else with Google+ right now, go in and Contact me on Twitter Would you like to see a particular marketing mastermind on the show? @DavidWells . She was on the Top 25 Under 25 Entrepreneurs in America list by Businessweek, and she’s been named an Online Marketing Shaman by Fast Company. Shama runs her own web TV show over at “Because Google is the king of search engines and rules a lot of traffic online, Google+ is going to play a big part in that.” Shama is the author of . By putting it on your site, it allows visitors to “plus one” it, thereby recommending it as a good article, page, etc. This is going to make search more social and play a part in how Google ranks websites. Originally published Aug 4, 2011 11:00:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Google has added . Don’t forget to check out Should You Wait to Sign Up for Google+? The Zen of Social Media Marketing How Much Time Should I Spend on Google+? Topics: ! contact page set up your profile .) her web TV show , and on Google+ by searching for Don’t forget to share this post! Right now is a great time to ask questions on Google+ because the most active users are there. Over time, Google+ will get diluted with people (like Twitter and Facebook), and the engagement will be lower. Shama Kabani joins us for another exciting episode of Inbound Now, HubSpot’s Google+ is very different than other social networks because it was built by the king of search engines, Google. You want to be an early adopter of Google+ because it will play a roll in social interaction going forward. and The Google +1 Button and its future impact on SEO In this episode, we chat about: