Novak Djokovic defeats Thomaz Bellucci in 2nd round to advance in Rogers Cup

first_imgWorld number one Novak Djokovic kicked off his bid for a fourth Canadian crown with a 6-3 7-6(4) second round win over a stubborn Thomaz Bellucci at the Rogers Cup on Tuesday.Bellucci, with just one win in five visits to Canada and coming off a first-round loss at Washington, appeared to be the perfect opponent for Djokovic to launch his buildup to the U.S. Open but provided a stiff test for the Serb.”Match could have gone either way, honestly, especially in the second set,” Djokovic told reporters after battling Bellucci for an hour and 50 minutes. “But we both had our chances to break. We got to the tiebreak, which I thought was fair, then it was anybody’s game.Also read: Sania Mirza’s name approved for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award “It’s the first hard-court match for me from Miami earlier this year in March. It takes a little bit of time to get into the rhythm, get into the groove.”The top seed in Canada for the fifth straight year, Djokovic saved all three break points he faced in a tight opening set.The Serb, who narrowly missed out on a fourth Canada title last year after losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final, also saved two break points in the second as the set went to a tie break, which he quickly took control of and took 7-4 to register his 250th world tour Masters 1000 match win.Only three players have beaten Djokovic in 2015 — Ivo Karlovic, Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka.advertisementIn first-round action, Tsonga opened his title defence with a 6-4 6-4 win over Croatian teenager Borna Coric in a rain-interrupted match that began on Monday.Czech Lukas Rosol upset South African 12th seed Kevin Anderson 7-6(2) 7-6(4) while Bulgarian 14th seed Grigor Dimitrov, a semi-finalist last year, advanced 6-4 7-5 against Ukrainian qualifier Alexandr Dologopolov.Belgian 13th seed David Goffin beat American Steve Johnson 6-2 6-2, leaving John Isner to carry the United States flag into the second round, the 16th seed blasting 23 aces past Germany’s Benjamin Becker in a 6-4 6-7(6) 6-3 win.last_img read more

21 Companies Hiring Like Crazy in September

first_imgJetWhere Hiring: Hoboken, NJ; Draper, UT; Dublin, Ireland; Gardner, KS and moreWhat Roles: Talent Experience Director, Pricing Strategy & Analytics Manager, Talent Operations Coordinator, Safety Manager and moreWhat Employees Say: “Jet is the best. There’s a focus on the employee experience here like I’ve never seen before and people literally hang out in the office after work. Couple this with the ridiculous (in a good way) challenges you face professionally given the quick scale of eCommerce and the lead role Jet seems to be taking post-Walmart acquisition, and you have a place where your career can be elevated quickly with all of the fun rewards that go with that.” —Senior DirectorSee Open Jobs City National BankWhere Hiring: Los Angeles, CA; San Jose, CA; San Francisco, CA; Las Vegas, NV and moreWhat Roles: Programmer Analyst IV, Portfolio Analyst, Relationship Banker Associate, Senior Treasury Management Sales Officer and moreWhat Employees Say: “This company REALLY cares about its people and its customers. The employees here are deeply loyal. CNB puts its clients and staff first and it shows in everything it does. Work-life balance is a strong value here. High-touch client experience is a strong value. CNB is playing the long-game. Recently acquired by Royal Bank of Canada, creating an infusion of investment in the business.” —Current Sales ManagerSee Open Jobs Gap Inc.Where Hiring: Walnut Creek, CA; New York, NY; Chicago, IL; Chino Hills, CA; Rancho Cucamonga, CA; Chandler, AZ; Nashville, TN & more.What Roles: Buying Manager, Training and Operations Manager, Fixture Designer, Assistant Manager, Senior Analyst, Brand Associate, Specialist & more.What Employees Say: “Great discount, great people to work with, when new merchandise ships to the store you get first look and dibs on items, awesome volunteer work, cool managers.” —Current EmployeeSee Open Jobs Wells FargoWhere Hiring: San Francisco, CA; Menomonee Falls, WI; Charlotte, NC; Juneau, AK and moreOpen Jobs: Part Time Teller, Project Manager 4, Customer Sales and Service Representative, Senior Audit Manager and moreWhat Employees Say: “Great room for growth. Wells Fargo is all about building a better company from the inside out and that starts with the employees.” —Personal Banker ISee Open Jobs Roehl TransportWhere Hiring: Jonesboro, AR; Saint Peters, MO; Bridgeport, CT; Ames, IA; Aurora, IL; Cape Coral, FL & moreWhat Roles: Truck DriverWhat Employees Say: “Very driver oriented. I’ve been here 10 years, I’ve been OTR, I’ve been local. I’ve always been treated with respect. I had problems with one dispatcher, Roehl made it right.” —Current EmployeeSee Open Jobs Hewlett Packard Enterprise | HPEWhere Hiring: Portland, OR; Andover, MA; Dallas, TX; Overland Park, KS; Atlanta, GA; Palo Alto, CA; Roseville, CA & more.What Roles: Security Sales Representative, Channel Sales Specialist, Consortium Career Form, Resident Engineer, Supply Chain Strategic Development Analyst, Inside Sales Manager Portland, Asset Recovery Consultant & more.What Employees Say: “Amazing group of people to work with. As an intern I was able to work on a variety of projects, I felt like I had a real impact on the company. All of my mentors were very knowledgeable and more than willing to answer any questions I had. I would definitely work for them again.”—Former Mechanical Engineering InternSee Open Jobs SM EnergyWhere Hiring: Appleton, WI; Denver, CO; Williston, ND; Midland, TX and moreWhat Roles: Senior Reservoir Engineer, Production Superintendent, Geophysicist, Customer Service Representative, Junior Marketing Coordinator and moreWhat Employees Say: “Pay and benefits are second to none. Job satisfaction is strong and career development is plentiful and encouraged.” —Current EmployeeSee Open Jobs Thermo Fisher ScientificWhere Hiring: Waltham, MA; West Palm Beach, FL; Angola by the Bay, DE; Charlotte, NC; San Jose, CA; Baltimore, MD; Lenexa, KS; Carlsbad, CA; West Greenwich, RI & more.What Roles: Manager Supply Chain, Technical Sales Specialist, Senior Sales Manager, Technical Support Specialist, Staff Software Engineer, Production Operator, Order Entry Specialist, IT Business Analyst, Production Operator & more.What Employees Say: “Great opportunities for advancement. [The] company goes out of its way to communicate and provide training on how to advance your career.” —Current EmployeeSee Open Jobs GenentechWhere Hiring: San Francisco, CA; Vacaville, CA; Hillsboro, OR & more.What Roles: Scientist, Part-time Intern of Product Development, Associate Director of Internal Communications, Associate Program Director, Head of Device Development, International Payer Strategy Leader & more.What Employees Say: “Flexibility in working hours and working from home, employee focus, good benefits, nice people with a good pipeline. It is a ‘work hard and party hard’ atmosphere.” —Current Project ManagerSee Open Jobs SagenceWhere Hiring: New York, NYWhat Roles: Business Analyst, Data Analyst, Data Management Consultant, Data Scientist & more.What Employees Say: “Small secure company that cares about [its] employees careers. Much greater personal growth opportunities compared to big firms. Amazing teams to work with. Highly intelligent employees with a combination [of] technical and business skills.” —Current EmployeeSee Open Jobs AT&TWhere Hiring: Lancaster, OH; Helena, MT; Kalispell, MT; Utica, NY; South Burlington, VT; Columbia, MD; Richardson, TX; Bothwell, WA & more.What Roles: Assistant Manager of Store/Kiosk; Retail Store Manager, Assistant Manager, Lead Manager eCommerce, Bilingual Spanish Part Time Sales Support Representative, Senior Network Architect, Logistics Manager & more.What Employees Say: “Opportunity to work on cutting edge technologies. Support for women in technical leadership roles. Pride in diversity & inclusion with 12 Employee Resource Groups with 40k+ members. Great benefits including 4+ weeks vacation, 6% salary match of 401k, paid maternity/paternity leave, financial support for adoption. Flexibility to work from home or office in newly renovated collaboration zones.” —Current Associate Director of Technology DevelopmentSee Open Jobs Cox CommunicationsWhere Hiring: Omaha, NE; Manhattan, KS; Tulsa, OK; San Diego, CA; Sterling, VA; Atlanta, GA; Las Vegas, NV; Junction City, KS & more.What Roles: Indirect Retail Sales Rep, Customer Support Specialist, Senior Financial Analyst, Process Support Specialist, Outside Sales Rep of Home Security, Cox Business Security Sales Consultant, Part-Time Retail Sales Associate & more.What Employees Say: “If you are ambitious you can go to another department in a year. You never stop learning. I learn something new every day which is an asset to my career.” —Current TrainerSee Open Jobs GlassdoorWhere Hiring: Mill Valley, CA; Chicago, IL; San Francisco, CA & more.What Roles: Senior Data Engineer, Enterprise Account Manager, Software Engineer of Search, SMB Sales Manager, Director of Global Customer Success, VP of B2B Marketing & more.What Employees Say: “It’s a senior start-up, as I like to say. Glassdoor has the nimbleness of a start-up with none of the uncertainty. It has the professional polish of a large company without the politics or bureaucracy. It’s a great place for those who know what they want and have the drive, passion and mid-career experience to make it happen..” —Current Editorial DirectorSee Open Jobs MongoDBWhere Hiring: New York, NY; Palo Alto, CA; Stockholm & more.What Roles: Global Deal Desk Manager, Sales Commissions Analyst, Enterprise Account Executive, Solutions Architect, Senior Site Reliability Engineer, Technical Writer, Tax Accountant & more.What Employees Say: “Culture is direct, fair, meritocracy. Management is demanding but everything they ask for is proven to work. If you’re talented, work hard and demonstrate success, you’ll earn lots of money and can get promoted quickly (hasn’t happened to me but there are lots of examples). I seriously believe this is the best sales team in the industry.” —Current EmployeeSee Open Jobs Muscular Dystrophy AssociationWhere Hiring: Alameda, CA; Broomall, PA; New York, NY; Worthington, OH; Okemos, MI; Richmond, VA; Cypress, CA; Honolulu, HI; Troy, MI; Little Rock, AR & more.What Roles: Executive Director, Database Administrator, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relation, Administrative Assistant, Fundraising Coordinator, Family Specialist, Fundraising Intern, Director of Community Engagement & more.What Employees Say: “Mission driven, lots of flexibility and great relationships. The families and sponsors are amazing. The company continues to make changes that are beneficial to its employees.” —Current Executive DirectorSee Open Jobs The seasons are changing — what better time to change jobs!But before you click ‘Apply,’ take your time reading about companies, interview questions, and salary estimates. Finding a job that fits your life is a big deal, and Glassdoor is the biggest tool in your arsenal to landing that dream gig. We’re the only site with all the jobs, all the information, all in one place.To get you started, here are 21 top companies that are hiring like crazy this month. Check out where they’re hiring, what roles and get the inside scoop on what employees say about the company. Ready, set, search!RoverWhere Hiring: Seattle, WA; Spokane, WA & more.What Roles: Senior Data Engineer, Walker Onboarding Coordinator, Senior Manager of Customer Experience, Remote Overnight Trust & Safety Specialist, Sr Financial Analyst of Strategic Planning & more.What Employees Say: “The top management team is very transparent about how the business is going. We also get internal training sessions from the top management team, on various business topics, which is very helpful to people interested in starting a business on their own at some point.” —Current Software Engineering ManagerSee Open Jobs LyftWhere Hiring: San Francisco, CA; Baltimore, MD; Nashville, TN; Dallas, TX; Denver, CO; Atlanta, GA; Plano, TX & more.What Roles: Executive Assistant, Corporate Counsel, Financial Analyst, Partner Engineer, Senior Brand Designer, City Marketing Lead, Director of Business Development, Leadership Recruiter, Community Associate, Operations Lead & more.What Employees Say: “I was just hired onto Lyft, and very excited for this career. Lyft is so welcoming, positive, and uplifting. It is a dog-friendly office, so how can you not be happy in that environment? Cute dogs, all day long.” —Current Critical Response Team AssociateSee Open Jobs HiltonWhere Hiring: New York, NY; New Orleans, LA; Oxnard, CA; Conroe, TX; Memphis, TN; La Quinta, CA; San Diego, CA; Utah; Hollywood, FL & more.What Roles: General Manager, Assistant General Manager of Restaurant, Gift Shop Clerk, Guest Service Agent, Room Service Server, Housekeeping Manager, Head Golf Professional, Part Time Year Round Bell Person; Purchasing Coordinator & more.What Employees Say: “Awesome benefits; great support from the top down; amazing community partnerships with numerous volunteer opportunities.” —Current DirectorSee Open Jobs UberWhere Hiring: Atlanta, GA; San Francisco, CA; Takoma Park, MD; Salt Lake City, UT; Seattle, WA; Mexico City & more.What Roles: General Manager of UberEATS, App Store Optimization Manager, Product Manager, Web Analytics Tagging Analyst, Director of Global Talent Research, Software Engineer, Chief of Staff, Marketing Manager & more.What Employees Say: “I love being able to work around truly passionate people who are ready to change the world. The culture is great, free snacks and food is big plus. I had the opportunity to take ownership of projects within my first month.” —Current Operations and Logistics ManagerSee Open Jobs ExperianWhere Hiring: Costa Mesa, CA; Dallas, TX; Schaumburg, IL; Nashville, TN; Boston, MA; San Francisco, CA & more.What Roles: Net Software Developer, Account Manager, Regulatory Compliance Advisor, Systems Engineer, Director of Product Management, IT Administrator, Analytics Director, Software Developer & more.What Employees Say: “I love love love the people I work for. Everyone at our call center has a great and friendly personality. I’ve never worked for a company this big before and was really nervous. They’re flexible and work with you if you have stuff come up.” —Current EmployeeSee Open Jobs Outcome HealthWhere Hiring: New York, NY & Chicago, ILWhat Roles: Director of Campaign Operations, Executive Director, Client Success Executive, Engineering Manager, Client Partner, Head of Procurement, Legal Assistant, Sales Manager & more.What Employees Say: “I have been with the company for just over a year and have already been promoted multiple times. If you’re able to adapt to the ever changing environment and tackle the challenges of a hypergrowthh organization head on there are endless opportunities for you here.” —Current EmployeeSee Open Jobslast_img read more

Should I Interview at a Company That Has Overwhelmingly Negative Reviews?

first_img Sous Chef – Flower Child Fox Restaurant Concepts Washington, DC 23 hours ago 23h 3.0★ LPN Washington Fertility Center Annandale, VA 23 hours ago 23h Executive Assistant Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board Washington, DC Cybersecurity Program Associate Noblis Washington, DC 3.1★ 23 hours ago 23h 4.0★ N/A 23 hours ago 23h 2.9★ 3.8★ 23 hours ago 23h N/A 3.9★center_img 23 hours ago 23h It’s a thrill to get that hard-earned ping from a prospective employer. It confirms that your candidacy package is a hit and you’re a hot prospect.But that sense of excitement can quickly give way to concern when you peruse the prospect’s Glassdoor profile to discover a trove of negative feedback: the CEO sports a painfully low approval rating; review after review radiates discontent.   How does it impact your interview game plan when a prospective employer has terrible Glassdoor reviews? To meet or not to meetIf you get an invitation to interview, pursuing the meeting is usually a good plan, even if you have concerns. Your interview skills get better with practice; therefore, it’s a sound strategy to snap up the opportunity, especially if you’re a less-seasoned professional. Keep in mind, too, that building your network within your industry tends to be a savvy move.  However, you may encounter deal breakers as you review Glassdoor feedback, and it’s important to discuss those as they relate to the position you’re seeking. For example, you may learn that it’s hard to be a working parent at this company because the schedule is 9-6 with no exceptions. If you can’t accommodate hours that span the time after most daycare centers and after-school programs close, then this professional culture may not be a fit for you. It would still be in your best interest, though, to discuss this with the recruiter or hiring manager. Let them know that you did some preliminary research, and you’re concerned about the required hours. Those on the hiring side can let you know if the feedback remains relevant or if the employer has amended the required hours in response to staff input. If not, then it may not be worth your effort to pursue a meeting. But in many cases, the opportunity to interview can be professionally beneficial, so you should consider accepting the invitation, despite your concerns.The 45 Questions You Should Ask In Every Job InterviewPursue the company’s side of the storyBefore you make a judgment on this employer, make sure to thoroughly study their Glassdoor profile. While companies can’t remove comments that reviewers make, they have the chance to respond. So they can indicate changes they’ve made, speak to issues they’ve addressed or discuss leadership changes that may have ushered in a new era. Go full FBI on the reviews. Note the dates the reviews were submitted. See if you can observe patterns: was there a particular division or team that was garnering negative reviews? Does feedback center on a past CEO or is the current leadership generating negative responses? Also, note whether or not the company has responded to the reviews. Doing so can have powerful implications. It suggests a willingness to address internal issues. It also demonstrates the problem-solving language the company culture espouses. This can help inform your gut instincts about the company. Recruiters can helpIf you’re working with a recruiter, s/he may be aware of the negative Glassdoor feedback. A recruiter can offer helpful insights, as s/he may have a sense of how the company has been evolving and changing to repair past damage. The recruiter you work with may not offer this information, but s/he may be able to provide insight if you ask about it.  So hear it and consider it, but also pay attention to your own observations and to your gut. 8 Secrets Recruiters Won’t Tell You (But Really Want To)Informed candidates are in demand Remember, it’s your job is to do this reconnaissance in the interest of becoming an informed candidate. According to a Glassdoor survey conducted among hiring decision makers, 88% agree that quality candidates are informed candidates. You are not digging up dirt by conducting this research. You are doing research that’s relevant to your potential fit in a new job, and to the vast majority of employers, this makes you a more desirable candidate.   But because it can be delicate, make sure to strategically formulate your communications.  While it’s fine to say: “Several mid-2017 Glassdoor reviewers mentioned that the professional culture felt stressful and that they craved more structure from leadership. I notice that this was also the time when the new CEO came on board. I wonder if you could speak to that, and explain changes you’ve noticed since she’s acclimated to the role.” You would want to steer clear of saying something like: “Several mid-2017 Glassdoor reviewers said that the leadership change was not going well and that they had concerns about the leadership abilities of the new CEO.” Think through your concerns and write your questions out ahead of time so you’re fully prepared and you can get the lowdown that you need to make a good decision about potential fit. That’s the important thing here. That’s why Glassdoor amasses this feedback. It’s in your best interest to learn as much as you can about this employer, so that if you get an offer you can make an informed decision about whether or not this position and this employer fits your life.  Good Luck!Browse Open Jobs 23 hours ago 23h Innovative Outpatient Family Medicine Opportunity Near FedEx Field Steele Healthcare Solutions Capitol Heights, MD Police Officer Metropolitan Police Department of Washington DC Washington, DC 23 hours ago 23h 2.9★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Front waiter – Clyde’s of Georgetown Clyde’s Restaurant Group Washington, DC Marketing Communications Specialist Allied Telecom Group Arlington, VA 4.1★ CDL-A Dedicated Truck Driver USA Truck Washington, DC Director of Rehabilitation Kindred Healthcare Washington, DC Browse More Jobslast_img read more

SPLIT? AC Milan keeper Donnarumma considers sacking Raiola

first_imgAC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma is considering splitting with agent Mino Raiola, it has been revealed.Milan have held talks with Donnarumma’s family over the past week after the teen rejected a new contract offer.Mediaset Premium says this has infuriated Raiola, who sent his cousin Enzo (part of his agency) to Poland for a meeting with Donnarumma.It’s reported that Enzo Raiola has told the player there is no news from Milan and push him towards Real Madrid instead.If the family and Raiola continue to have such opposing views on how to progress, it’s increasingly likely that Donnarumma will split with the agent and seek new representation.last_img

Huddersfield consider new bid for Derby winger Thomas Ince

first_imgDerby County winger Thomas Ince is being lined up for a Premier League return.The Daily Express says Huddersfield are weighing up if they are going to match Derby County’s £10 million asking price for winger Ince.The Terriers have had a £7.2 million bid rejected for the former Liverpool player.Newcastle United who failed to sign the son of former England midfielder Paul in January are also keeping a close eye on developments and could make a bid themselves.last_img

Released Man Utd striker Ibrahimovic rejects MLS move

first_imgReleased Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is resisting interest from MLS.Ibrahimovic is currently making his way back from the serious knee injury that ended his Old Trafford career.The Swedish star, 35, is still training with Jose Mourinho’s side but is unlikely to continue playing with the club when he returns.Don Balon says Zlatan is desperate to stay in Europe – despite being linked with moves to Major League Soccer and the Chinese Super League in recent weeks.The striker has sounded out Real Madrid – through agent Mino Raiola – about a deal, but the response has been lukewarm.last_img

Ex-West Ham winger Blair Turgott close to pro move thanks to Vardy academy

first_imgFormer West Ham winger Blair Turgott is rebuilding his pro career thanks to Jamie Vardy’s academy.The Mirror says Vardy’s V9 set-up showcased 42 hopefuls in front of 60 scouts at Manchester City academy’s first team campus recently.It led to striker Danny Newton last week clinching a contract at League Two Stevenage after leaving Conference North side Tamworth.Now Vardy’s latest find Turgott is also on the brink of a deal with Stevenage after travelling for a medical yesterday (Monday) ahead of penning a one-year deal.Turgott, 23, is an ex-England U19 player and West Ham youngster who was languishing at Bromley last season after falling down the leagues.He has had off the field problems after being charged in April with fraud offences.But Turgott expects to be cleared at a hearing in October after presenting new evidence and it has persuaded Stevenage to give him another chance.last_img

Improving Health Systems through a Maternal Health Framework: Meeting Overview

first_imgPosted on October 20, 2011June 19, 2017By: Emily Puckart, Program Associate, MHTFClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)After the meeting in Nairobi in July on maternal health challenges in Kenya, I was looking forward to hearing more productive, and sometimes provocative, discussions during the most recent Nairobi policy dialogue on Improving Health Systems through a Maternal Health Framework. During this two day event on October 17-18, 2011 organized by the Woodrow Wilson International Center and the African Population and Health Research Center, attendees from various areas of practice and maternal health focus in Kenya convened in Nairobi.The focus on the first day was a brief overview of health systems challenges that specifically relate to maternal health. After the overview, the day was structured to maximize the discussion opportunity for the attendees, and give them time to draft a list of action points to share virtually with a Washington DC audience later on the first day of the meeting, as well as with members of Kenyan parliament who attended on the second day. The group discussions were quite intensive and animated- it was difficult to get participants to break for lunch!The first breakout group discussed the diagonal approach to health systems thinking and how to define priorities in maternal health. This group focused on using maternal health indicators to improve broader health indicators. Numbers in Kenya show that most women attend at least one antenatal care visit, so group members theorized that linking ANC visits to other health activities could improve uptake of actions such as child immunizations and HIV/AIDS testing.The second breakout group focused on knowledge gaps and research that is needed in maternal health. They highlighted their desire to use mobile and electronic technology for capturing maternal data in the field that is currently difficult to collect and disseminate. Challenging the question of research, most of the group concurred that the focus in the maternal health community in Kenya should not be on conducting more research, but rather using current research more effectively and efficiently, and actually implementing programs and activities based on research findings.The final group focused on how to engage policymakers and funders. They focused primarily on the need to hold politicians accountable to commitments the make towards maternal health. For example, participants wanted to push policy makers on Kenya’s commitment to have 15% of the budget go towards health programming. Despite this promise funding remains at 5.5% They also urged maternal health groups to develop an advocacy package for maternal with evidence based strategies that have been used in the HIV/AIDS advocacy movement with success.All three groups presented their action points to a Washington DC audience at the Woodrow Wilson International Center that was live streamed to Nairobi. There was a great discussion between both groups. Using live streaming to link up the two countries truly demonstrates how technology can link maternal health practitioners across the ocean and can benefit both groups simultaneously. The participants in Nairobi were able to present their action points to potential partners in Washington DC and then receive immediate feedback on those points. In turn, Washington DC participants were able to directly interact with the Nairobi participants, asking clarifying questions on Kenyan maternal health practices and policy, and hearing directly from practitioners in the field.Over the next several blog posts on this series I hope to capture and convey some the excitement, strong opinions, and action points on maternal health that came up over this two meeting – stay tuned!Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Save the Children Publishes 16th State of the World’s Mothers Report

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on May 6, 2015December 3, 2015Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Yesterday, Save the Children released the State of the World’s Mothers 2015 report, which focuses on the disadvantages of being poor in an urban setting.This report presents the latest and most extensive analysis to date of health disparities between rich and poor in cities. It finds that in most developing countries, the poorest urban children are at least twice as likely to die as the richest urban children. In some countries, they are 3 to 5 – or even more – times as likely to die.Read the full report here >>Share this:last_img

Facilitators and Barriers to Engaging Communities in Maternal and Newborn Health Programs

first_imgIn their review of the literature on this topic, the authors identified several areas that warrant additional research, attention or clarification including:Stakeholder perspectives on maternal and newborn health quality improvement initiativesConnection between implementation factors and specific health outcomesReasoning behind choosing a certain approachProcess of community participation and motivationRoles of program implementers throughout the learning processIncreased use of qualitative dataClear operational definitions of “community”Community-based interventions to improve maternal and newborn health are only successful and sustainable over time when the communities themselves are engaged and are equipped with the resources they need to be successful. A deeper understanding of how to involve communities effectively and respectfully is key to making a lasting, positive impact for mothers and newborns.—Read the full, open access paper, “Factors affecting effective community participation in maternal and newborn health programme planning, implementation and quality of care interventions.”Check out a related post from the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) blog, “Community-Based Maternal Health Care: Meeting Women Where They Are.”Subscribe to receive new posts from the MHTF blog in your inbox.Share this: Facilitators Health systemAdequate numbers of trained health workers, availability of accurate data, leadership at district and facility levelsHuman resource constraints, weak health system supervision, lack of equipment and technologies, low quality data, limited capacity for data management, poor health worker attitudes, ineffective referral systems Enabling/supportive environmentSupportive policies, interest from community, more cohesive social networksGender inequality, lack of supportive maternal health policies, discrimination against marginalized groups, conflict, insecurity, violence against women, uncooperative politicians Intercultural sensitivity/competenceAcknowledgement and respect for existing local beliefs and practices, use of culturally appropriate materials in local languages, focus on changing cultural norms, emphasis on gender rightsReluctance to travel far for newborn care, challenges reaching marginalized groups and people with low literacy levels Community capacityStrong community leadership, participation of women, youth and marginalized groups, multi-organizational partnerships, awareness and support of community health workers (CHWs), community use of data and resources for decision-making and problem-solvingLack of prioritization of maternal health among community leaders, limited community capacity to work together, trust issues, disorganization Community and health system interactionCHWs help link communities with formal health services, regular meetings and joint assessments, participation of non-governmental organizations as facilitatorsLack of access to health facilities, financial constraints, poor communication General program conditionsParticipatory methodology, packages of complementary interventions, long-term funding, trained program facilitatorsLow coverage for complex interventions, overworked volunteers, limitations of proxy indicators for monitoring and evaluation Barriers Posted on October 19, 2017October 19, 2017By: Sarah Hodin, Project Coordinator II, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick 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)Several community-based interventions have achieved impressive results, driving increases in the utilization of maternal and newborn health services, improvements in the quality of care and even reductions in maternal mortality. Involving community members throughout the process of designing, implementing and evaluating maternal and newborn health interventions is critical to the success and sustainability of programs.A recent review published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth examined factors that contribute to effective community participation in maternal and newborn health programs. The authors presented several facilitators and barriers from sixteen studies across the globe to understand how maternal and newborn health initiatives can successfully engage communities. Several of their findings are included in the table below. ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

The IRS is targeting taxpayers who deal in cryptocurrency

first_imgLike many of the freelancers who are involved with cryptocurrency, you may be unaware of the tax rules related to it. This is evidenced by last Friday’s news that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is sending “educational letters” about tax penalties and obligations to more than 10,000 cryptocurrency holders. It is likely that there are many more people out there who do not know the related rules. If you have not reported virtual currency income or you have failed to pay tax on it, now is the time to make sure you come into compliance before the IRS contacts you.Here is how the IRS is cracking down on taxpayers with cryptocurrency income.With its first wave of letters to taxpayers with virtual currency transactions who may have failed to report income and pay the resulting tax, the IRS is issuing a stern warning to take seriously the obligation of reviewing and amending previous returns and paying back taxes, interest, and penalties when necessary. The consequences of not doing so can mean hefty fines and even criminal prosecution.The IRS started sending educational letters last week to taxpayers whose names were obtained through the agency’s various compliance efforts. It is expected that by the end of August more than 10,000 taxpayers will receive these letters. If you are one of them, you will receive one of three variations: Letter 6173, Letter 6174 or Letter 6174-A. No matter which one you receive, the goal is to help you understand your tax and filing obligations and how to correct past errors by visiting if you don’t receive a letter this time around, be certain that if you do have virtual currency income you need to be compliant with all tax laws because this is an area of focus for the IRS and it is expected that they will expand to other virtual currency exchanges in the future. The IRS will also be actively addressing non-compliance related to virtual currency transactions using tactics such as taxpayer education, audits and criminal investigations. The IRS is planning to issue additional legal guidance in this area soon.A quick overview of virtual currency tax rulesFor tax purposes cryptocurrency is not treated like cash. It is treated like stocks, bonds, and other investment properties. You need to report your holdings, gains, and losses on Form 8949 and 1040 Schedule D at tax time. When you trade cryptocurrency to cryptocurrency (calculating its fair market worth in US dollars) or to a fiat currency like the dollar it is a taxable event. It is also a taxable event when you use cryptocurrency to purchase goods and services. You may also end up owing sales tax.Buying cryptocurrency with U.S. dollars is not a taxable event because you are not realizing gains when you do so. If you trade one type of virtual currency to the same kind in a wallet-to-wallet trade you may not obligated to pay tax, but you do have to account for it, depending on the exchange you are using. Make sure to check the tax rules of the specific exchange and the IRS accordingly.Gift tax rules apply if you give cryptocurrency as a gift that is larger than the annual exclusion amount, which is $15,000 for 2019. The recipient inherits the cost basis and will owe tax when they sell or trade it.If you are mining and using virtual currency as a business the general rule is that you must account for the dollar value of the coin at the time you received it and again when you trade it or use it. If you make a payment in cryptocurrency you must report it as well. If you receive a payment in cryptocurrency for your business, it is a taxable event. The rules for businesses are complex, so consider seeking the advice of a tax professional to help you.One of the key things to remember when it comes to taxes and virtual currency is that you must keep track of your gains and losses each year and deduct this from your cost basis. This makes it vital to keep track of the value of any trades you make in U.S. dollars at the time of the trade.No matter whether you are using cryptocurrency personally or for your freelance business, you must report your activity and pay tax on your assets. You can find additional information on the tax treatment of virtual currencies on yourself up on virtual currency taxes before the IRS “educates” you.If you think you might owe taxes from past years, file an amended return now —before you receive a letter from the IRS. If you are one of the 10,000 recipients of an IRS letter this August, be sure to take appropriate action if necessary. Don’t ignore it or you face the risk of fines, penalties, or even legal action.Jonathan Medows is a New York City based CPA who specializes in taxes and business issues for freelancers and self-employed individuals across the country. He offers a free consultation to members of Freelancer’s Union* and a monthly email newsletter covering tax, accounting and business issues to freelancers on his website, — which also features a new blog, how-to articles, and a comprehensive freelance tax guide.*Jonathan is happy to provide an initial consultation to freelancers. To qualify for a free consultation you must be a member of the Freelancers Union and mention this article upon contacting him. Please note that this offer is not available March 1 through April 18 and covers a general conversation about tax responsibilities of a freelancer and potential deductions. These meetings do not include review of self-prepared documents, review of self-prepared tax returns, or the review of the work of other preparers. The free meeting does not include the preparation or review of quantitative calculations of any sort. He is happy to provide such services but would need to charge an hourly rate for his time.last_img read more

My Mint Tips: How to Save When Dining Out

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

Study Finds Compassion and Kindness Linked to Higher Rates of Depression

first_imgIn a world full of vile, hateful incidents at every turn, a kind and generous human soul can sometimes feel hard to come by. A recent study claims there may be a reason for the rarity: niceness has been linked to more severe depression.Researchers from Rutgers University have taken a look at the correlation between personality traits such as kindness and generosity, and the development of mental illnesses such as depression. The study showed a significant link between the two.The Research. Researchers at Rutgers University took a look at previous studies that measured depression and various personality traits. From studying earlier research, they found a curious link between people who displayed niceties and a later development of depression.Curious Findings. From looking at the findings, they became curious to study whether certain personality traits linked to being “nice” would put a person at a greater risk of depression. They set out to find out if their suspicions were true by using the previous studies as a base and building on the research.Surveys. Using previous studies, the researchers were able to narrow in on the specific details they were looking for in a series of surveys given to study participants. They gave two separate surveys to 350 case study participants, and asked them to complete the questionnaires.The Questionnaires. The questionnaires were formulated to specifically ask for first, their levels of kind behaviors, and second, their levels of depression. Newsweek reports the participants were given the tests in order to determine their degree of niceness to be compared with their degree of sadness or depression.Prosocial or Individual. “For the study, the experimenters gave almost 350 people a personality test to determine if they were more ‘prosocial’ or ‘individualist,’ meaning more or less concerned with distributing resources equally. Then they gave the participants surveys to measure their tendency to depression,” Newsweek reports.Games. To ensure they were getting the most accurate results, researchers took the approach of playing games to determine how socially conscious the participants were. During the games, participants were asked to make financial decisions in regard to affecting themselves and others, and their brain functions were monitored during the decision-making process.Prosocial People. The prosocial group – or the “kind” people as they were identified in the simplest terms – “were more likely to reject deals that were unfair, and their brains showed a distinct reaction to these deals. They were also more likely to pick deals that were fair,” Newsweek reported.The Results. Scientists followed up with their group of participants one year later and took another survey to look for signs of mental health issues. What they found showed a significant uptick in mental illness and depression symptoms in those who had been placed in the “prosocial” group.Published Study. The group was able to have their study reviewed by peers and approved for publication in an American medical journal. They published the findings in the October issue of “Nature Human Behavior” which drew a lot of attention to their work.Things to Consider. Having the work published allowed for a broader spectrum of eyes reviewing the work and bringing additional insight into the study and its findings. While the work was found to be quite solid, others have pointed out there are things to keep in mind when considering the results.It Doesn’t Mean Doom. The biggest consideration others have warned about, is that finding the link doesn’t correlate to all kind people suffering from depression. “’Scientific American’ points out the study doesn’t necessarily mean that caring about other people dooms you to depression,” the article states.Considering Participants. In another consideration, scientists point out the participants in the group were of a specific subset. The group participants were all aged 18 to 26, which allowed for a similar bracket to eliminate discrepancies age can bring, it also disallows further development.The Age Discrepancy. Because the participants were all a moderately young age, they do not have fully developed brains yet. Their brains will process scenarios much differently than older brains, which also affects the likelihood of developing mental illnesses.Predisposition. Other factors that could have influenced the study were rooted in genetics and family history. The researchers did not take into account any family history of mental illness or any genetic predisposition to mental diseases that could also trigger a later depression diagnosis.Counseling. Overall, the study gained high praise for their extensive work, and insight into the link between kindness and depression. The key, they said, is to find a way to cope with the emotional state of compassion. “Therapy could be a good shot at learning to keep those prosocial attitudes without becoming depressed,” Newsweek reported.Sourcelast_img read more

13 Foods That Can Make Your Headaches Worse

first_imgIf you’re consistently suffering from headaches or are prone to migraines, the culprit could be in your kitchen. Here is a list of foods that may trigger headaches.Diet sodaIf you’re plagued with headaches, look at your diet soda intake. While the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) recently gave the go-ahead to consume aspartame in moderation, the FDA has received thousands of consumer complaints about aspartame due mostly to symptoms such as dizziness, memory loss, and headaches. The 2015 Scientific Report of the DGAC says, “If individuals choose to drink beverages that are sweetened with aspartame, they should stay below the aspartame Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) of no more than 50 mg/day.” (A 12-ounce diet beverage contains approximately 180 mg of aspartame.)Ripe bananas and avocadosYou’ve heard nutrition experts praise bananas and avocados because of their many health benefits, but ripe bananas and avocados are also high in tyramine. “Certain foods that are high in tyramine can cause migraines,” says Jennifer Kriegler, MD, of the Center for Neurological Restoration at the Cleveland Clinic. Even if you’re not prone to migraines, high tyramine levels can still cause headaches. Tyramine is an amino acid that most people can digest without issue. However, if a person has the enzyme monoamine oxidase (MAO) deficiency or if the person is taking certain antidepressants it can interfere with the breakdown process. “Ripe bananas and ripe avocados can be potent headache triggers because they contain high amounts of tyramine,” says Kriegler.BreadGluten in foods like wheat, crackers, pasta, and seasoning mixes may cause digestion woes (not to mention celiac disease), but for some, headaches can also be a symptom of gluten sensitivity. Gluten is in food products made with wheat, wheat germ, rye, graham flour, crackers, pasta, and seasoning mixes, to name a few. But, according to Michael Gregor, MD, of, celiac disease should be ruled out before going on a gluten-free diet.Ice creamThe first few slurps of a chocolate shake are heaven, but then suddenly your tasty adventure comes to a screeching halt when you encounter an “ice cream headache.” Luckily, the crushing pain usually subsides a minute or two later. The mystery is: Why does this come on so hard and fast and then disappear? Introducing a very cold food like ice cream or an ice drink to the throat may cause a reflex constriction of blood vessels around your head. When you think about the last “ice cream headache” you had, it does resemble a vice grip on your head!Cocktail party foodsAged cheeses, nuts, olives, and pickled products like baby corn and pickles are the standard appetizers for many cocktail parties. However, these little bites are high in tyramine. The National Headache Foundation suggests limiting intake of tyramine to help control headaches. Tyramine levels can increase in foods that are aged, fermented, or stored for long periods of time.The #11 special at your favorite Chinese restaurantMonosodium glutamate (MSG) is a flavor enhancer used to prepare many foods but the MSG content in foods like our favorite take-out may be higher enough to trigger a headache. To be fair, MSG isn’t just in Chinese foods. MSG can be found in everything from frozen foods, to canned soups, and snacks foods. The higher the MSG content, the more risky it could be for a headache trigger. Patients with migraine may have an exacerbation of headaches after ingesting MSG, because of its effects on cranial blood vessels.GumChewing a piece of minty gum for a few minutes after a garlic-laden lunch probably won’t trigger a headache, but if you’re a frequent chewer, you may want to switch out gum for a mint. Excessive chewing gives your jaws quite the workout. In a recent small study, 19 of the 30 gum chewing teens observed found relief from chronic headaches when they stopped chewing gum. Even though the study focused on teens, the same holds true for adults.CheeseThe aging process for cheese makes it taste better but the longer it ages, the more tyramine it contains. Blue cheese, brie, cheddar, feta, mozzarella, parmesan, and Swiss cheese have a high tyramine content, which can trigger migraine headaches.Red winePouring a glass of wine is often something we do to unwind at the end of the day, but for some, it could give you a bigger headache than the looming deadline you left at the office. Red wine, beer, and other alcohols contain high levels of tyramine. “The reason for this is that tyramine is an amino acid that our body usually has no problem breaking down with the enzyme monoamine oxidase (MAO). Unfortunately, certain circumstances can inhibit the breakdown of this amino acid, such as when a person takes certain antidepressants or if the person has an MAO deficiency,” says Tory Tedrow, a registered dietitian for the app MigraineChecked. Cold cutsYour beloved turkey sandwiches could be giving you a post-lunch headache. The high levels of tyramine and food additives like nitrates or nitrites can increase blood flow to the brain in some people. A nitrate-induced headache is no picnic because they usually cause pain on both sides on the head.SaltWe took the salt shaker off the table and we’re not sprinkling added salt on our food but we still could be fooling ourselves. Sodium is sneaky. “A large amount of sodium in the American diet comes from some processed, prepackaged, and restaurant foods. Some people may not realize that cheese, canned soups and vegetables, frozen entrees, boxed macaroni and cheese contain sodium,” says Leigh Tracy, a registered dietitian at The Center for Endocrinology at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. “A study last year suggested a link between high sodium intake and the occurrence of headaches; however, it is unclear exactly what happens in the body and more research is needed,” says Tracy.ChocolateSorry, but yes: This delicious dose of happiness could cause a headache. Chocolate contains a few substances that may be to blame: caffeine, tyramine, and phenylethylamine (a neurotransmitter that has stimulating effects). While this combination may make some people swoon, in others, it is a formula for a headache.No foodSpeaking of foods, you should eat something! When you skip meals your glucose levels drop, a buildup of muscle tension occurs, levels of serotonin and norepinephrine are out of whack, and a rebound dilatation of the blood vessels ensues, all adding to a whopper of a headache.How to deal with headache food triggersThe National Headache Foundation recommends keeping a food log of the foods you have eaten before a headache. Note the time you ate and when the symptoms occurred. Identify the trigger foods and see if eliminating them from your diet reduces or eliminates your headaches. Sourcelast_img read more

As Indonesia’s Dry Season Looms, a New Tool Can Predict Daily Forest Fire Risk

first_imgKaryn Tabor works at Conservation International on the development of their Firecast tool. Greg Soter is a GIS programmer who adapted the Firecast model for Indonesia.This summer, visitors to U.S. national parks and forests will be greeted by Smokey the Bear, the Forest Service’s beloved mascot, delivering a warning about the day’s fire danger. Those warnings are important–signs point to another record fire year for the country. But this summer, many of the world’s most damaging fires may actually occur halfway around the world in the forests and peatlands of Indonesia.Last year, Indonesia’s forest and land fires emitted more than the entire U.S. economy on a daily basis for half the summer. Toxic smoke and haze afflicted hundreds of thousands, disrupting the economy, triggering respiratory problems and even causing deaths. Could this crisis be averted if Indonesia had its own version of Smokey the Bear’s daily fire danger warnings?Smokey the Bear fire danger sign in Paradise Valley, Nevada. Photo by Famartin/Wikimedia Commons Land managers can take proactive actions to prevent fires during periods of high fire risk:Take preventative measures. For example, APRIL, a company with extensive pulpwood concessions across Riau Province in Indonesia, is already implementing fire prevention measures for when conditions grow excessively dry. The company is blocking drainage canals to raise the water table in plantations to reduce chances of fires igniting.Subscribe on GFW Fires to be alerted by email or SMS as soon as fires are detected, and quickly send firefighters to contain the fires. Soon, you will also soon be able to subscribe to alerts for high fire risk.Work with local communities around plantation areas. Smallholders and communities may not have the same capacity or tools as a large company, and may need to borrow land-clearing equipment or gain knowledge from businesses on how to prevent fires.Government agencies can also be proactive:Inform the public when fire risk is high. In the United States, fire danger warnings help forest users know whether it is safe to build a campfire or operate certain equipment. Similar warnings or prohibitions on fires on dry days could help raise awareness. Public campaigns could also educate farmers on using non-fire methods to prepare their land for agriculture.Require plantation companies to develop fire management plans and implement fire prevention actions. This could including requiring companies to maintain adequate fire response capacity, such as hiring firefighting staff and experts.Coordinate fire response actions when fires occur to prevent spreading. National agencies should work closely with local governments, and may also accept assistance from other national governments in the form of funding, equipment or investigations into companies or individuals implicated in fires.Global Forest Watch and Conservation International plan to continue working together to build on this effort, including potentially expanding to other geographic regions. We welcome your input on how this information could be useful to your work.To learn more about the fire risk map, read the Conservation International publication, A satellite model of forest flammability, and visit the Firecast website. Download daily fire risk or days since last rainfall maps through GFW’s Open Data Portal. What to Expect in 2016Indonesia is currently entering its dry season (June to October), when fires typically spike and air quality deteriorates. However, El Niño, a cyclical climate event which warms sea temperatures and led to dry conditions in 2015, has now largely ended. Instead, there is a 75 percent chance of La Niña, the cooler inverse of El Niño, which would create wetter-than-average conditions for Indonesia and perhaps a shorter dry season.So far in 2016, most of Indonesia has been relatively rainy and with few fires, although conditions are growing drier. The new fire risk data shows that average fire risk is at moderate to low in provinces that saw significant fire outbreaks last year, but beginning to enter high-risk conditions in portions of Riau Province and Central and West Kalimantan.Preventing Future Fire OutbreaksSigns of lower fire risk should not be cause for complacency. It is cheaper to prevent fires than react to them, and this fire season could present an opportunity to tackle the roots of the problem. The new Fire Risk Map on Global Forest Watch Fires aims to provide a Smokey for Southeast Asia. Every day, a computer model generates a new interactive map showing where dry conditions increase fire risk in Indonesia and Malaysia. The tool can help decision-makers take action to prevent fires before they ignite.A year’s worth of fire risk data, 2015-2016. How the Map WorksExperts with Conservation International’s Firecast initiative, the Global Solutions Group and WRI developed the fire risk map based on the U.S. Forest Service’s Fire Danger Rating System. It calculates the risk of a fire catching and spreading in a given area using satellite-based data on temperature, humidity and rainfall. These metrics help estimate how wet or dry forest litter (dead tree and plant materials) is—the drier the litter, the higher the risk. As the chart below shows, when you have sustained periods of high flammability such as last season’s El Niño conditions, fires can quickly surge. Last year, Central Kalimantan, which experienced the greatest number of fires, sustained a moderate to high average fire risk score for a period of 143 days from June 21th until Nov 11th, resulting in 29,785 fire alerts.Of course weather isn’t the only factor determining whether fires will take hold. Most of Indonesia’s forest fires are human-caused, usually to clear forests for agricultural and forestry activity. But levels of dryness affect whether these fires will spread and surge out of control. With daily warnings on when and where land is most flammable, government agents, companies and communities can channel resources to areas most likely to burn.last_img read more

At Davos, Mahindra Chairman Commits to Science-Based Emissions Reductions, Calls on Other Companies to Join Him

first_img“This is the greatest business opportunity in history,” said former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. “We’re at the early stages of a global sustainable revolution that is based on hyper-efficiency. It has the magnitude of the Industrial Revolution, but the speed of the Digital Revolution.”A Need for Greater Political WillStill, business leaders agreed that what’s really needed to shift the world firmly toward a low-carbon economy is government action. Policy can push investment into greener infrastructure, the same way policies of the past, such as fossil fuel subsidies, helped create the high-carbon economy of the present.We’re already seeing what this looks like at the local level. Washington state Governor Jay Inslee recently proposed what could become the first U.S. state carbon tax. “It would create an investment pool to help [clean tech] businesses develop,” he said. “That’s a common-sense measure and a moral responsibility.”This year is also a prime one to watch for policy action at the national level. As part of the Paris Agreement on climate change, every country in the world committed to review and ratchet up their national climate policies every five years, beginning in 2020. Gore said that at the UN climate summit in Poland this December, world leaders should commit to strengthen their national climate targets.“2018 is the beginning of this cycle,” Gore said. “We need to convince every country in the world to renew and increase their commitments … and convince them to save humanity’s future. We can do it because the will to change is a renewable resource itself.” Anand Mahindra, chairman of the India-based $19 billion Mahindra Rise conglomerate, told a World Economic Forum crowd that climate action is “the next century’s biggest business and financial opportunity.”“Everything that our group of companies has done to try to improve energy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions has given us a return,” Mahindra Rise chairman said at an event on “Stepping Up Climate Action.” “In the last five years, we’ve saved 58 million kilowatt-hours of energy, which could fire up 15,000 homes in India. That saved us money.”To that end, Mahindra committed all of Mahindra Rise’s companies to setting science-based emissions-reduction targets, which aim to limit global temperature rise to 1.5-2 degrees C (2.7-3.6 degrees F), the level scientists say is necessary for preventing the most disastrous of climate impacts.He also called on 500 other companies to commit to set science-based targets by the Global Climate Action Summit in California in September.“It’s the one way in which every company in the world can find a quantitative roadmap in how they’re going to contribute to meeting the Paris Agreement goals,” Mahindra said.So far, more than 330 companies have committed to science-based emissions-reduction targets as part of the Science Based Targets initiative.Climate Action Is Good for BusinessOther panelists shared Mahindra’s belief that what’s good for the climate is good for business.Insurance company AXA has already divested from coal and oil sands due to climate change’s threats, including increasingly frequent and severe extreme weather. “It’s already a reality and it makes our pricing more difficult, but today, it’s still insurable,” AXA CEO Thomas Buberl said. “But we can say that under a scenario of 3 or 4 degrees C [of temperature rise], you’re not insurable anymore. Your basement shop in New York, your basement shop in Mumbai will not be insurable anymore.”The company is now increasingly prioritizing green investments. “When we put up the first chunk of green investments—$3 billion—we calculated it over six years because we thought nobody would take it,” Buberl said. “It was gone in two years, so the demand is there.”last_img read more

Can Companies Engage Independent Bloggers? Ask @RealLifeSarah

first_imgIf you’re launching a new product — or even just putting new energy into an old product — the holy grail of marketing is a hearty endorsement from a popular independent blogger.  conference on behalf of the company.  Webinar: Advanced Business Blogging You can offer giveaways, contests, products for review, or sponsor a blogger! on Twitter), a popular and prolific independent blogger based in Boone, NC, explains.  Engage in their conversation and learn what they love. Add fuel to their fire and get to know the fans of your products.  When she and a handful of other bloggers began using and enjoying Nintendo’s new exercise/video game platform,  RealLifeSarah WiiFit Originally published Sep 30, 2009 8:11:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Download the free webinar 3. Reach out and give them something to write about. 2. Create space where bloggers will create content for you. In the video above, Sarah points to three keys for companies trying to engage independent bloggers:  Blog World But how do you do that? What can you as a marketer do to get bloggers talking about your product?center_img The blog,  What do you think? Do you have any other tips for companies trying to engage independent bloggers? Please share them in the comments.  to learn how to create a thriving blog. 1. Find those who are already talking about you. , has been a huge hit. It caught the attention of EA Sports, which then sponsored the group of bloggers to attend the  In the video below, Sarah Pinnix (@ Wii Mommies Learn how to build your business blog into an inbound marketing machine. Sarah is well qualified to give this advice. , they decided to setup a blog dedicated to the product. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Blogging Topics: Invite writers to guest blog on your site or post in forums. Let them know that content creation is encouraged. last_img read more

15 Blog Optimization Stats You Need to Tweet … STAT

first_img Blog Optimization You’ve probably heard many times before that if you want to create and sustain a successful blog, there’s a lot you need to do. You’ve got to create exceptional content. You’ve got to optimize your posts for search engines. You also have to create catchy titles, inspire social shares, and determine the best times for publishing your posts, among a thousand other things.Actually putting all of those best practices into, well … practice … can feel daunting. What exactly makes a title attractive? When are the best times to post? How often should you be posting? How can you inspire social shares?Recently, we came across TrackMaven’s recent Colossal Content Marketing Report because our VP of Content is an advisor. In the report, they analyzed 4,618 blogs, 1.2 million blog posts, and almost 2 billion social shares. The result: some very telling statistics that can help answer the questions above and give you insights into how you should optimize your own blog. Check out some of the highlights from the report below.15 Tweetable Blog Optimization Stats From TrackMaven1) Of the 1.2 million blog posts analyzed, 87% were published during the workweek. (Tweet this stat)2) Tuesday and Wednesday are the most popular days for publishing blog posts.  (Tweet this stat)3) The 13% of blog posts published on the weekend collected the most social shares. (Tweet this stat)4) While only 6.3% of the blog posts analyzed were published on Saturdays, they received 18% of the total social shares. (Tweet this stat)5) The most popular time to publish blog posts is between 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. EST on weekdays, with 6.53% of posts published during that time period. (Tweet this stat)6) Posting frequency steadily declines throughout the day, but then spikes again at 12 a.m. – 1 a.m. EST, with 3.17% of posts published at that time. (Tweet this stat)7) The standard for title length is 40 characters. (Tweet this stat)8) Titles containing 60 characters received the most social shares. (Tweet this stat)9) Titles that included a single question mark have 46.30% social shares, nearly double that for titles without question marks. (Tweet this stat)10) The peak for social shares correlates with standard title capitalization. (Tweet this stat)11) Virality is achieved only by a small minority of blog posts. (Tweet this stat)12) The majority of social shares were on Facebook and Twitter. (Tweet this stat)13) Tweets accounted for 38.6% of the total social shares, while Facebook Likes account for 33.8% of the total shares. (Tweet this stat)14) Content consumers were more likely to “like” a blog post on Facebook than to “share” it. (Tweet this stat)15) Pinterest pins were slightly more frequent than LinkedIn shares at 0.5% and 0.4% respectively. (Tweet this stat)Which of these stats was most surprising to you? Topics: Originally published Jun 3, 2014 11:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 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

Marketing Strategies That Rock the SaaS World

first_imgAccording to Gartner, the market for SaaS (Software as a Service) applications will grow from $20 billion in 2013 to $33 billion in 2016, with a compound annual growth rate of 19.5%. A Compass study shows that SaaS is growing nearly 3X as fast as software as a whole, and that 72% of all SaaS startups are at least partially funded.Good news for SaaS startups and growing SaaS ventures alike, but the space is getting crowded and competition is fierce. What can founders and executives do to improve the odds that their companies will get to the top of the market and stay there?The SaaS ChallengeFor most SaaS CEOs, the problem isn’t opportunity; it’s time. From startup to break-even, your company is under the gun to grow monthly recurring revenues fast enough to offset (and pay back) customer acquisition costs and churn before the funding well runs dry. David Skok calls this deficit the “cash flow gap.”The success or failure of early stage SaaS companies depends on their ability to:Acquire new customers quickly and cost effectivelyRetain customers over the long haulUpsell customers to increase LTV over timeWhat Can You Do to Build Your Customer Base Quickly?Let’s start with your product. Successful SaaS companies like Salesforce or Shopify don’t just invent something unique or cool.They build products that their customers love. They do that by getting to know their customers before trying to sell to them. They also solve BIG problems that their customers have. In the case of Salesforce, they made it much easier to manage Sales by inventing the first cloud-based CRM. Shopify did the same thing with e-commerce, creating an affordable platform for small businesses selling online. Others, like HubSpot, wanted to revolutionize marketing through attraction rather than interruption, so they invented inbound marketing. Now, let’s get to the heart of the SaaS challenge. Assuming you have developed a great product that your customers will love, you have to get to market fast, generate revenues quickly and get to break-even before your seed capital runs out and you go belly up. Successful SaaS companies use a blend of inbound marketing, influencer marketing and “growth hacking”, in which they leverage developer and user communities to test the product, help design it and promote it through their networks. What’s in it for them? In many cases, these brand advocates are rewarded directly with sales commissions or become resellers or channel partners, and they can build their businesses based on those relationships. Shopify, for example, created both a Shopify Expert marketplace for promoting freelancers and a Partner program for agencies.What About CAC and LTV?Next on the challenge list is customer acquisition cost (CAC). If you burn through your seed capital with lots of expensive ads and hire a bunch of sales reps to make cold calls, you will find it hard to survive for long. What do successful SaaS companies do? They leverage inbound marketing to find qualified leads, then hook them up with helpful inside sales reps who act more like consultants. Close rates go up and cost-per-lead goes down. Last but not least, customer lifetime value (LTV). The name of the game in SaaS is monthly recurring revenues over (hopefully) a long period of time. This is how you overcome CAC costs and start driving profitability. There are two aspects to maximizing LTV, minimizing churn and upselling.Successful SaaS companies build educational resources that help users learn best practices, stay current with new features and get the most out of their software investment. HubSpot, for example, created HubSpot Academy with a certification program that helps keep users on top of their game while earning street cred (and resume enhancement) by becoming acknowledged experts. Successful companies also sponsor local user groups to discuss issues and best practices. All of this, plus customer support and services from both internal staff and Partner networks, keeps users happy and retained. As the love spreads within a customer account, more licenses are sold and new features, such as the new CRM, are added to further increase LTV. Everybody wins.The Secret Sauce of Successful SaaS Companies It’s pretty simple really. Successful Saas companies do marketing right. They are crushing it because they believe in what they are doing, they hire great people and they continue to make the investments in customer happiness that drive both revenues and profitability. The challenge for most entrepreneurs and early-stage SaaS companies is understanding how to get started with inbound marketing, content marketing, influencer marketing, social media marketing and levels of customer service required to attract and support users and turn them into brand advocates. How much does it cost and when does each component come into play?We’ve just released our SaaS Marketing for CEOs eBook to help you reach your growth goals by learning from the best of the best and practicing what they preach. We tell the story of Shopify, because they were doing inbound before it was cool. We dive into the details of how Shopify started and continues to dominate their market by forging relationships with small businesses through blogging and channel partnerships. We hope you enjoy the eBook, and we look forward to continuing the conversation with you as you build your SaaS company. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Topics: Marketing Strategy Originally published Dec 11, 2014 1:00:00 PM, updated July 28 2017last_img read more

10 Things to Stop Doing in Your Next Public Speaking Opportunity

first_img Public Speaking Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published May 29, 2015 11:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017 Most of us at some point in life have to stand up in front of other people and make some sort of presentation. That’s just the way it is.Whether it’s only a verbal presentation to a few people or a TED Talk with cameras and a large audience, there are some simple things to remember that will help you make as strong a presentation as possible. Click here for our free guide to improving your presentation skills.Preparing your talkSo, you’ve just been invited to make a presentation and the fear starts to set in. Well, don’t panic. According to my Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, I’m a 100% confirmed introvert, so not someone who naturally enjoys public speaking. However that doesn’t necessarily mean I can’t stand on a stage and give a speech—in fact I’ve done it hundreds of times and have survived, and so can you. The most important thing is to prepare correctly, practice and then stick to a few simple rules. These are the focus of this blog —they are the rules I’ve lived by and they seem to work for me. 1) Don’t Reach for a Computer FirstMy first rule is don’t get out the computer right away. Plan in analog. Get a plain sheet of paper or better still, a large flip chart, and map out what you want to cover in your presentation. I’m a digital nut, but the computer can come out later as you start to build the actual slide deck. 2) Don’t Start With Detail – Start With an IdeaThe most important part of any speech or presentation is an idea, not detail. Detail is there to support the idea and I see too many people who think that just simply presenting lots of data and facts makes for a great, engaging, presentation. It doesn’t. It starts with a good idea. 3) Don’t Focus on Too Many Things. The Rule of ThreeA presentation is a story, so think of it that way. You are telling a story and like all good stories there is a beginning, a middle and an end. Build three parts to your presentation and start to decide how you will structure it into these three sections.Doing this makes it much easier for the audience to remember the salient points and helps them structure in their own minds what you are talking about. 4) Don’t Use Bullets on Slides (Repeat This Statement 10 Times)If there is one thing that puts me, or just about any audience to sleep rapidly, it’s slides covered in bullet points. You see people’s eyes glaze over as presenters show a long bulleted list of things they will be talking about. Too often presenters use a bullet point list to remind themselves of the points they are hoping to talk about, which really means the presenter is not well rehearsed enough. Humans don’t engage with bullet point lists. We engage with stories (as noted above). Instead, aim to make your slides visually interesting and appealing. Use single words or at most a phrase or single image on a slide to support what you are talking about and never just clutter your slides with ‘stuff’. Big simple words and images work best. One practice I always stick to is dissection. Once I think I have a presentation ready, I try to go through it again and take away even more words or images. Keep things simple.5) Don’t Talk about What You Want to Say. Talk about What Your Audience Wants to HearAny good presenter knows that focusing on what the audience wants to get out of it is key. Always get advanced information about your audience, and put yourself in their shoes. Try to imagine what they want to get from your presentation and what is going to make it a great presentation from their point of view. There will be certain points you need to cover, so think about where you will cover these in the presentation, and the evidence and facts you have to support these points. 6) Don’t Discombobulate (Don’t Use Difficult Words)A common mistake I see in presentations is that people use overly complex or obscure language. It just confuses people. One way of getting an audience to remember your presentation is to use simple everyday language and powerful big numbers. Use fun and interesting words that add that extra punch. Too many business presenters hide behind complex terms and phrases, and this doesn’t help their presentation or get the audience to engage with it. When using numbers, keep it simple and add context so the audience can better understand what the numbers mean. I recently gave a TED Talk about the benefits of remote working and working from home, and wanted to talk about how much time I used to waste every day that I sat in a car. I didn’t just want to state the number of hours per day, which was 2 hours per day. I wanted to really communicate what that meant in context. So I talked about the 18 days a year I was wasting, which is equivalent to more than a two-week holiday. Give your numbers a human scale.  7) Don’t Just Hope It Will Be All Right on the Day. Practice!We all know that practice makes perfect, and this is never truer than when it comes to making a presentation.Once you’ve got your draft presentation ready, rehearse with yourself and talk it through. See if the words come out easily and where there are complexities you need to navigate. I tend to practice talking out loud and even time the presentation. Whenever I start practicing a new presentation, it sounds awful – but that’s why you practice! I then typically ‘rehearse’ parts of my presentation in conversation with friends to test out my arguments to see if they hold up under discussion. Finally, I run through the whole presentation with close friends, or my wife, who can give honest, critical, feedback.In the TEDx speaker’s guide they list the most important elements in making a great TED Talk. And top of the list is rehearsal. So know your subject and rehearse, rehearse, rehearse.8) Don’t Assume… Check the TechnologyMy biggest actual fear in making a presentation is technology not working. So I always check that the technology works. Confirm that the films play, slides animate correctly, and sound is working. Don’t just assume it will work. Have a run through: check the projector, and that the slides look good. Check the sound system if you have one as well as any other technology like remote controls or pointers. And even once you have done all that, be prepared for disaster. I’ve been in those situations. Once I was giving a presentation in Phoenix, Arizona, to around 250 people and, despite there being two technicians present, the computer system crashed as I walked out on stage.  (They were using a PC running PowerPoint. Since that day, I have always insisted on using my own Apple Macintosh computer running Keynote as the presentation program). But in spite of the technical issues, I managed to cope, as I had prepared for a verbal version of the presentation using notes I’d written on cards—just in case. I keep the cards tucked away in my pocket as a final back up. So never assume everything will just work. 9) Don’t Keep Looking at the Slides, or Your Laser Pointer or Anything Else Except the AudienceOne of the worse nervous habits some people have is to stare out into space or at anything except the audience. One very senior executive I know has the habit of examining in detail the remote control in his hand to avoid looking at the audience.So, look the audience in the eyes and don’t even look at your own slides. It will make you look awkward. Know your material well enough to make eye contact with your audience and engage them throughout. Even try to build in some two- way dialogue where possible with your audience. 10) Finally – You Don’t Have a Boa Constrictor Wrapped Around You. So Breathe! Boa constrictors kill their prey by wrapping around them and squeezing tighter every time their prey lets out a breath. Some people, when they’re presenting, seem to have the same problem. So don’t forget to breathe!Before you walk on stage or stand up, take a couple of good deep breaths and compose yourself. When you are talking, take a moment every now and again and make sure you are not rushing. Slow things down—it’s not a race. Even when giving a TED Talk, and the 18-minute clock is counting down in front of you, remember to take pauses. It allows you to breath naturally. Pace is so important. Taking those pauses makes you look more in control and confident as a speaker, and lets you breathe. Relax and Be YourselfSo those are ten important points to consider when giving a presentation. And remember, most people in the audience want you to give a great presentation—so they are sympathetic. Smile, be yourself and genuinely engage with them on a human level. They will appreciate it.If it’s a larger audience, say over 200, try to pick out a few people around the room to use as focal points, covering all areas of the audience. It helps make you look more animated. Good luck!Want to Know More?Interested in the topic of Julian’s latest TED Talk: E-ployment & remote working? Download a free chapter from the new book E-ployment here.Watch Julian’s keynote presentation on Inbound Marketing in Riga here. 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