Lakshmi Mittal England’s Richest Man

first_imgWith a net worth of £27 billion, steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal is England’s richest man, ahead of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich and The Duke of Westminster. Srichand and Gopichand Hinduja ranked fourth on the list of ten richest people in the United Kingdom, published by the London Times.  Related Itemslast_img

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BSP releases second list

first_imgBahujan Samaj Party released its second list of 27 candidates for the Haryana Assembly elections on Wednesday. The list includes two women. Earlier, the Mayawati-led party had announced names of 41 candidates.The polls to the 90-member Assembly will be held on October 21 and the results will be declared on October 24.last_img

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HYUNDAI 5

first_imgThe chassis structure is developed to give stability andThe chassis structure is developed to give stability and actual mileage improvement during high-speed driving. In-house developed 6-Speed Manual and 6-Speed Automatic Transmission offer superb smoothness and better fuel efficiency. The 2nd Generation 6- Speed Petrol AT is more refined with reduced frictional losses. The First-in-Segment DRIVE MODE select? feature gives an option to the driver to choose between ECO Mode-for higher fuel efficiency or SPORT Mode for enthralling performance at the press of a button.Mileage Engine ARAI (Certified figures) (6 Speed MT) ARAI (Certified figures) (6 Speed AT) Petrol Nu 2.0 MPi 14.59 Kmpl 14.62 Kmpl Diesel 1.6 VGT CRDi 22.54 Kmpl (Best -in-Segment) 18.23 KmplSmart ComfortInterior of Elantra continues to depict a modern driver oriented design that is optimized for intuitive control, improved interior roominess, high quality material and latest technology features. The contemporary interior design integrates premium soft touch material. The wide design of instrument panel offers a feeling of spaciousness.(MORE) BusinessWire AKGlast_img read more

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3 Ways to Get in the News & Why it Will Help You Get a Job

first_imgThere is a lot of information online. Did you know that? Sure, you might know this from an intuitive standpoint but allow me to share with you some empirical evidence. Check out these stats from Digiday:New York Times produces 350 pieces of content per day.Huffington Post produces 1,200 pieces of editorial content and 400 blog posts per day.Slate produces 60 pieces of editorial content per day.Business Insider produces 300 pieces of editorial content per day.“So what?” you ask.“Everything,” I reply.You know what all of these blogs have in common? They all carry quotes from industry experts. Why couldn’t you be one of the experts they cite? Think about it. You might not think of yourself as an expert, but does your resume argue otherwise? Have you been serving a niche or operating at a certain level, for so long? Why isn’t your opinion as valuable as the next person?If you are cited in the news, it reflects very well on your personal brand, reputation and positions you as a go-to person in your field. Can you imagine the eyebrows raising when a recruiter or hiring manager researches your background and finding you in one or several news outlets? Speaking from personal experience, it can be most beneficial when it comes time to negotiate your compensation package.Okay, hopefully the little light bulb above your head is now lit and you like the idea. Here’s how to do it:Create a list of outlets/reporters who would most likely want to interview or quote you.Pitch yourself to reporters as someone worthy of being interviewed and/or quoted.Seek opportunities where your expertise would be appreciated and/or solicited.First, to build a list or reporters who might have an interest in speaking with you:Muck Rack. Subscribe to a service like Muck Rack, which is a comprehensive database of journalists and the publications where they work. It also cites the reporters’ social profile and the stories they typically cover. It isn’t free or cheap but, if you are dissatisfied, they do offer a money back guarantee.Help a Reporter Out (HARO). It’s the closest thing to free publicity I have ever seen. How does it work? Sign up and HARO will send you an email comprised of reporters seeking experts to quote in their upcoming article.Google. Of course, you can always do a web search for reporters cited in the news themselves. Click here for an example of how I would find a reporter who might be connected with the cloud computing industry.Second, pitch yourself as an expert in your field and relevant to a current news event or trend.Consider the following template for an email:Subject: (1) I’ve been right about X for years, but nobody wanted to listen to me… until now. Dear Reporter, (2) No one saw X situation coming, but I did. I saw it years ago, (3) blogged about it constantly on my blog – “Political Joe” and petitioned the President on CNN to take a sterner position during his last presidential run. People laughed at me, but I was right. (4) Do you need a quote from a credible source about this? If so, let’s connect. Jim Stroud(5) Political Analyst with 10+ years experience(6) Phone / Email / WebsiteCatchy subject lineFirst sentence is intended to grab their attention.Second sentence lays out my experience and reasons for the reporter to listen to me further.My pitch in a nutshell.My experience summed up quicklyMy contact infoThird, seek timely opportunities to share your knowledge. Now you may be thinking that, “Jim, I am not a political analyst. How does that apply to me?”To which I would reply, keep an ear out for the “hot news” equivalent. If your background is telecom, what could you add to a story about the new iPhone? If you are an administrative assistant, how could you add to a story on “7 Ways an Admin Should Manage a President” the day after a new president is elected? Get me?Keep in mind that reporters are extremely busy people and may not jump on every idea you pitch. Be patient and be willing to assist them on other stories if asked. A good relationship with the press could pay off over time.last_img read more

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4 Personality Traits You Must Have To Land A Job

first_imgYou’ve made it through the heap of resumes and got a call back for an interview. You have all the technical skills and experience, but still, it doesn’t mean you’re a shoe in for the job. Hiring mangers look beyond skills and experience when choosing the right candidate for their company. They have a list of ‘must have’ personality traits that transcend all jobs, whether it’s a secretary or CEO.Here’s a look at four character traits you want to have to help you land the job:1. Hard Work EthicIt’s no secret recruiters want to hire people that aren’t afraid to work hard, but they also want to see that you are willing to sacrifice in order to get the job done. According to Tom Gimbel, founder and Chief Executive of LaSalle Network, a staffing and recruiting company, that’s why it’s important to get across during the interview instances where you sacrificed personal things for your job. For instance, maybe you postponed a vacation to complete a huge project or perhaps you didn’t blink when you had to work ninety hours in one week. Whatever it was, as long as you are sincere it should resonate with the interviewee.“The fact of the matter is most people that don’t work a million hours are usually talking about the work/life balance on the interview,” says Gimbel. “The hiring manager wants to hear that your career is your priority.”2. Playing Well With OthersIt’s easy for an employer to teach someone a new skill, but it’s not so easy to teach them how to get along well with others. That’s something that’s either in you or isn’t and the hiring manager wants to bring on the candidate that has it. “A lot of people aren’t team players,” says Gimbel. “Companies want people who can interact with other departments and communicate well.”According to Terry Pile, Principal Consultant of Career Advisors, the best way to demonstrate you’re a team player is to tell the recruiter stories about how you stayed after work to help employees that weren’t on your team or how you trained co-workers on a new system. Giving real examples of how you are a team player should go a long way come decision time.3. Showing InitiativeIt’s easy to show initiative when you are on the job, but hiring managers also want to see that on the interview. The best way to demonstrate that: do you homework. Learn everything there is to know about the company, industry and if at all possible the person you’ll be working for and/or the one doing the interview. By doing that you’ll demonstrate you care enough about the job to educate yourself about the company and the cultural parts about it.“Take something you read about the company and connect it to your own experience and abilities,” says Marjorie Terry, VP of client services at career advisory company Great on the Job.Researching the company will also put you in a position to ask insightful questions during the interview, which is what hiring managers want to see. “Showing you are interested and have some knowledge about the company and industry is impressive,” says Pile. Know the challenges the company faces, its competitors and how the industry is performing and address it during the interview, she says.4. Strong Communications SkillsYou may be a top programmer or great at what you do, but if you can’t communicate on the interview it will be lost on the recruiter. According to career experts, hiring managers want job candidates that can speak clearly and concisely. So if you were the one to give presentations for your team or was in charge of training new hires, make that known in the interview. If your strong suit is writing, let the hiring manager know you were in charge of writing the company manual.“Being a strong communicator is key to getting hired and being successful once you land the job,” says Terry.last_img read more

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9 Conversations to Have Before Searching For A New Job

first_imgSearching for a job when you already have one can feel like a top secret, covert mission. While you shouldn’t announce in the breakroom that you’re looking to exit your current gig, there are several people you should talk to before launching your search. “It’s always great to get somebody else’s perspective,” says relationship expert Jane Greer, Ph.D. “They can often suggest constructive tips to help you make a positive move—whether it’s advice on the interview, commute time, salary, or benefits, and they can share whatever they’ve found to be helpful in their personal experience.” So with that in mind, here are nine people you need to talk to before searching for a new job—and exactly what you should talk to them about. 1. Talk to: a career mentor. This may not be your first job hunt, but a career mentor has “been around the block a few times and can provide you with a 10,000-foot perspective of where a move might figure in the bigger picture,” says Dawn Rasmussen, certified resume writer and president of Pathfinder Writing and Career Services. What’s more, he or she will surely know what it takes to make the change you crave. “Speak to them about what challenges you may face, how to start over, and what transferable skills you have that would be useful to your new career path,” advises career coach Hallie Crawford.[Related: Job Hunting? Money Isn’t Everything—Here’s What Is]2. Talk to: a career coach. Unlike a mentor, a career coach is positioned to “work with you to identify potential options and open your mind up to exploration and realization of your key goals,” Rasmussen explains. Another difference worth noting? You’ll pay a career coach with more than a thank-you latte. But a career assessment with him or her could open up new possibilities—including a complete career change—that you may never have broached with an industry mentor. Plus, the conversation can be ongoing. “A career coach can also give you regular advice and support along the way, helping you create the plan and implement it as well,” says Crawford. 3. Talk to: your significant other. “It’s always helpful to talk to your partner so he or she feels considered and involved in whatever career decisions you are making,” explains Greer. “Whatever you choose will directly affect them and the quality of life you share together, so their input is really valuable.” Consider asking his or her opinion on what, if any, flexibility you might have in your budget for a salary change, Greer suggests, or if there are any job demands—such as travel—that might disrupt your relationship.[Related: See Thousands of Jobs Hiring In Your Area]4. Talk to: a financial advisor. According to Elle Kaplan, financial expert and founder of LexION Capital, many people only turn to a financial advisor for help with investments. But a worthwhile financial advisor “will look at the big picture and ensure you have holistic financial health,” she says, and that’s why it’s smart to include one in your potential new job search. “Financially speaking, you’ll want to determine the long-term income prospects of your career change,” Kaplan says. “Even if a job switch doesn’t eat into your day-to-day spending, it could drastically throw off your investment plans—especially for retirement, where consistent saving and investing now can have an enormous impact decades later. A check-in with your advisor will help you see how this career switch will affect how much you’re able to stow away and invest.” [Related: 9 Motivating Career Podcasts to Listen to This Week]5. Talk to: your parents. You may have left the nest years ago, but your parents may still have a thing or two to teach you. If your mom or dad ever worked in a similar field—or heck, ever left a job—she or he could have knowledge from which you could benefit. Ask your parents whether they ever made a similar transition, “and if so, do they have any regrets?” Greer suggests. “What were some of the challenges? Would they recommend that you do this? How did it work out for them?” 6. Talk to: a professor. Like a career mentor, a professor “may have ideas on how to break into a new industry and what skills are required, and may even have networking connections within that industry that you could ask to leverage,” points out Crawford. And that’s why you should reach out to your favorite academic before you launch a job search. Ask him or her for any industry-specific insight to give you a leg up.  You never know—he or she may know the hiring manager at the company you’re eyeing.[Related: How to Find A Kick-Ass Mentor At Your Job]7. Talk to: a former supervisor. Yes, it could be intimidating to approach a boss to whom you said goodbye years ago. But “former supervisors have inside knowledge of how your career trajectory might translate to other opportunities,” says Rasmussen. So if you have a good relationship with a previous employer, approach him or her with any questions you might have about the state of the industry, and how your experience could fit with any current openings—at their company, or another. [Related: How To Introduce Yourself In An Interview]8. Talk to: your coworkers. If you’re considering searching within your own company, your coworkers could provide valuable insight about different departments and bosses. But even if you’re going to jump your company’s ship, you should seek your coworker’s advice—as long as you trust them to keep your job-search secret, says Crawford. “Ask them what they see are your greatest strengths and how you come across at work,” she suggests. “They can help you understand what you bring to the table, and how to sell yourself to the next employer.” 9. Talk to: your boss.OK, so this isn’t a talk you want to have before you begin your job search—but it’s one you should prepare to have once you land a new job. Start thinking now about what you’d like your next steps to be, and how you’ll broach your resignation with your boss. Remember, “let your boss know with a reasonable amount of time that you will be moving on to a new road in your career,” says Crawford. “Give him or her enough notice to find a replacement, and train them if possible.”  Alright, now you’re ready to search for your dream job. Good thing you’re already on Glassdoor! 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Amazon Announces 50k New Jobs and Nation’s Largest Job Fair

first_img 23 hours ago 23h Amazon Warehouse/Shopper – Earn Cash Fast Amazon Workforce Staffing Beavercreek, OR 23 hours ago 23h 3.8★ See more jobs at Amazon Amazon Warehouse/Shopper – Immediate Start Amazon Workforce Staffing Battle Ground, WA N/A Whole Foods Shopper Team Member Amazon Workforce Staffing Berkeley, CA N/A Amazon Shopper Amazon Workforce Staffing San Pablo, CA N/A Amazon Warehouse/Shopper – No Experience Required Amazon Workforce Staffing Hubbard, OR Whole Foods Shopper Team Member – Berkeley Amazon Workforce Staffing San Pablo, CA Available Jobs at Amazon 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Want to work for the largest internet retailer in the world? You’re in luck — Amazon announced on Wednesday that they’re looking to bring in 50,000 new employees, primarily in their fulfillment network. With the back-to-school season and holiday shopping just around the corner, the Seattle-based tech giant is looking to fill these open roles ASAP.Both part-time and full-time positions are available, the company says, and employees will enjoy “highly-competitive pay, health insurance, disability insurance, retirement savings plans and company stock” in addition to innovative programs like Leave Share, which allows Amazon employees to share their paid leave with spouses and partners whose jobs don’t offer it; Ramp Back, which grants new mothers flexibility in when they come back to work and how many hours they’ll be working; and Career Choice, which pays 95 percent of tuition for courses that help workers hone in-demand skills in order to grow their careers. Want to get a feel for whether or not Amazon is right for you? In addition to researching their salaries, benefits, and employee reviews on Glassdoor, they’ll be holding a Jobs Day complete with tours, information sessions, and even the opportunity to be offered a job on the spot at the following 10  fulfillment centers:Baltimore, MarylandChattanooga, TennesseeEtna, OhioFall River, MassachusettsHebron, KentuckyKenosha, WisconsinKent, WashingtonRobbinsville, New JerseyRomeoville, IllinoisWhitestown, IndianaAmazon’s latest initiative is proof that you don’t need to live in Silicon Valley to find a job in tech — so if you’re interested in a new job with great benefits and growth opportunities, explore open positions and apply below! Data Center Technician Amazon Salt Lake City, UT 23 hours ago 23h Amazon Prime Shopper Amazon Workforce Staffing Orinda, CA N/A N/A Engineering Operation Technician Amazon San Antonio, TX Amazon Reduce Time Warehouse Associate Amazon Carlisle, PA 23 hours ago 23h N/A 23 hours ago 23h 3.8★ 3.8★ N/A 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23hlast_img read more

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Read the Email That Immediately Scored One Man a Job Offer

first_img Sales Executive Boss Pet Products Oakwood Village, OH 3.2★ Impressed, Chernov responded with: Sales Inspector Home Paramount Pest Control Mechanicsburg, PA 5.0★ 23 hours ago 23h Outside Sales Representative BJ’s Wholesale Club Alexandria, VA 2.8★ Hi Joe,I’ll save you the fluff on ABM as you clearly are well past the education stage that I find most Mid-Market prospects to be in. I was reading through your publication back from April, “The *Annotated* Case for Account-Based Marketing”, and immediately caught something where I feel [company name] can help. You write about the need to be equally as good at building pipeline (supporting SDRs, like me), and increasing close rates (supporting AEs).Unsure as to your current familiarity with the product, we have, in the past month alone, introduced Artificial Intelligence across the entire platform by pushing our [product name] data through each module, and are about to release a new platform making it supremely easier for your team to run ABM programs.A new tool I immediately thought of with the paradox between building pipeline and increasing close rates, is our [tool name]. This tool automatically recommends the optimal content to your unknown and known website visitors, based on where they are in the buyer’s journey (so an account that hasn’t raised a hand will see different content recommendations than one that is deep in a sales cycle) – all of this is done without changes to your website or the need for new content creation.[Customer name] is using [product name] to realize 300% Conversion improvements, 6X Demo Request increase, -70% Bounce Rate, and 100% Time on Site increase.If the metrics in the [customer name] Case Study are numbers you are currently focusing on for the InsightSquared website strategy, I’d love to open up a discussion on how this achieves such results.Respecting that your time is valuable, do you have 30 minutes for a chat? Either way, let me know!Thanks,Ted* So what exactly was it about the email that blew Chernov away?“Ted wrote specifically about a blog article I published titled ‘The *Annotated* Case for Account-based Marketing,’ but unlike others who employ this technique, he didn’t shoehorn his product into my post,” Chernov said. “Instead, he blended flattery (‘You clearly are well past the education stage that I find most Mid-Market prospects to be in’) with relevant perspective from the piece [‘You write about the need to be equally as good at building pipeline (supporting SDRs, like me), and increasing close rates (supporting AEs)’], with a credible product tie-in (‘A new tool I immediately thought of with the paradox between building pipeline and increasing close rates, is our …’) to produce a timely, relevant, compelling pitch.”While Chernov was indeed serious about the job offer, Ted ended up politely declining due to the fact that he’d only been there for six months, and he valued what his current company had been able to teach him so far. Still, the response was far from fruitless for Ted. Chernov agreed to take a meeting with his company, and encouraged Ted to lean on him as an industry contact/mentor.Moral of the story? Pay attention to those online communications — you never know what doors they could open for you.*Name has been changed to protect privacyBrowse Open Jobs Hi Ted, Your email is consistent with everything we’re trying to do internally — it’s personalized, fresh, tied to your product (without being excessively salesy). Pitch perfect. I’d like to offer you a job on our BDR team. If you are interested, I’ll have sales leadership and HR draw up the paperwork. I’m 100% serious.Yours,Joe 23 hours ago 23h N/A Customer Service & Sales Representative Genesis Acquisitions Altoona, PA Sales Representative Restoration 1 of Lexington Longwood, FL Sales Administrator Company 9 Toledo, OH 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Sales Analyst AdvisoryCloud Boise, ID 5.0★ 3.5★ 4.0★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h We’ve talked about the importance of writing a good email before. Among other things, writing a great email helps ensure clarity, impress your colleagues and drive results. But you can add one more reason why paying attention to email etiquette is so critical: it might just lead to your next job. Just ask Joe Chernov, Chief Marketing Officer at InsightSquared.Chernov, like most of us, is used to getting spammy emails from sales reps hawking one platform or another. But recently, Chernov received a sales pitch that caught his eye: 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Available Sales Jobs 23 hours ago 23h Sales Manager Rexco Equipment Cedar Rapids, IA 4.6★ 3.2★ 4.1★ Sales Representative Crown Equipment Corporation Colfax, NC Sales Representative Ritter Insurance Marketing Atlanta, GA See more Sales jobslast_img read more

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Man Utd youngster Matthew Olosunde inspired by Antonio Valencia

first_imgManchester United youngster Matthew Olosunde says he’s taking inspiration from senior teammate Antonio Valencia.The American youngster travelled with the first-team squad for the Premier League games at Arsenal and Tottenham, coming close to making the bench.”Yes, he is a real inspiration,” he told manutd.com of Valencia. “Bombing forward but also being great defensively. I really look up to him. When I watch him play, I just think I appreciate he’s a great player and a great marking point to reach for. He’s a big guy and so strong.”It’s a very demanding game so Mark Hulse [the club’s athletic development coach] works with us a lot and tries to build us up, strengthening us to be able to play at the highest level.”[Interim Reserves coach] Nicky Butt has helped me a lot. He has taken me to one side, talked to me and told me the things I need to work on and the things I do wrong. He tries to help me on and off the pitch.”last_img read more

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Salah agent pulls back from Liverpool claims

first_imgThe agent of Mohamed Salah has played down claims the Roma star will be in Liverpool tomorrow.Reports emerged over the weekend which indicated the Egyptian was close to swapping Roma for Merseyside.Representative Ramy Abbas has been spotted in England as reports claim an agreement had been reached between the two clubs.A friend of Salah posted a message to good luck on Facebook, wishing the former Chelsea wideman well at Anfield.However, Abbas posted to Twitter: “It’s amazing what one fan picture, along with a stab-in-the-dark caption, will lead many to believe… #fakenews.”last_img read more

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​English FA ends all ties with betting companies after Ladbrokes axe

first_imgThe FA have ended their £4m-a-year sponsorship deal with Ladbrokes following a decision taken by the board in May to distance the organisation from betting companies.The lucrative four-year deal was signed just last year, but it was scuppered by the governing body in order to promote an anti-gambling message. In a statement, FA chief executive Martin Glenn said: “We would like to thank Ladbrokes for both being a valued partner over the last year and for their professionalism and understanding about our change of policy around gambling.”last_img read more

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The Activation Point

first_imgCreating awareness is great; however creating awareness does not automatically translate into people taking action. It would be great if it was that easy, however the world is littered with people who say they feel a certain way but will never take any form of action regarding that belief.You need to speak in language your audience can understand and appeal to the values they already have, as opposed to preaching about yours.  You need to motivate them to get up and doing something about what they say they believe in.This all encompassing guide made by Spitfire Strategies will help you connect with your audience and motivate them to take action. For more by Spitfire Strategies, visit www.spitfirestrategies.com/tools.last_img read more

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Thank you

first_imgBefore the year ends, I wanted to thank you. Thank you, readers, for all you have done to make the world a better place in 2007. I know from conversations with you from this blog just how much you have done – to end homelessness, clean up our environment, protect our lands, feed the hungry, shelter animals, comfort survivors of violence, stop the spread of HIV, and restore hope to the hopeless. Your commitment to your cause – and your effectiveness in promoting it – is a daily inspiration and a source of deep gratitude. I wish you all the best in your work in the New Year and always.last_img read more

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Weekend Reading

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on February 24, 2012November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This week on the MHTF blog:How simple are simple solutions?Another grand challenge from Saving Lives at BirthVote for the Women Deliver 50Contribute to our International Women’s Day campaignSome reading for the weekend:A response to mhealth criticismsTalking about reproductive health in Tanzanian schoolsWill India reach the MDGs?Share this:last_img read more

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Improving Health Facility Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) for Enhanced Delivery of Quality Maternal and Newborn Health Services in Kenya

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on March 22, 2018March 23, 2018By: Abdi Hassan, WASH Specialist, UNICEF Kenya; Lutomia Mangala, Health Specialist, UNICEF KenyaClick 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)Efforts for improving maternal and newborn health (MNH) often focus on implementing specific measures of maternity care, strengthening health systems and increasing women’s demand for giving birth in health care facilities—sometimes with little or no attention paid to the conditions of the places in which women give birth. Among these conditions is the availability—or lack—of clean water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities.Inadequate access to clean waterA 2015 World Health Organization (WHO) rapid assessment of WASH coverage in health care facilities in 54 low- and middle-income countries found that 38% of these facilities lacked access to an improved water source, or one that is likely to be protected from outside contamination. Furthermore, 35% did not have water and soap for handwashing, and 19% did not have improved sanitation, or a system that hygienically separates human excreta from human contact. The percentage of facilities without improved water rose to 42% when only countries in the African region were considered.This is consistent with the situation in some parts of Kenya, where a 2016 multi country analysis of WASH in the childbirth environment found only 18% of women delivered in an environment with improved water. UNICEF in Kenya has been supporting the government of Kenya over the past year to improve WASH conditions in select health facilities in the MNH high-burden districts of Kakamega, Homa Bay, Turkana, Garissa and Nairobi.A clean water, sanitation and energy planTo identify health facilities in great need of improved WASH facilities, UNICEF in partnership with United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) supported the government in undertaking a comprehensive assessment of health facilities to determine their WASH birth environment. One example is Homa Bay County’s Nyandiwa Health Centre, which—despite being on the shores of the second largest fresh water lake by area in the world—had no reliable supply of clean water. Nyandiwa was among 50 priority health facilities in the five districts that were eventually selected for a clean water and sanitation improvement plan.The improvements at Nyandiwa entailed rehabilitation and upgrading of existing water supply system to provide sustained WASH services to the health facility. An automatic water pump on the shores of Lake Victoria pumps water from the lake to raised water tanks with a combined capacity of 20,000 liters. These act as a reservoir and are connected through a piped system to various water delivery points within the health center, including the delivery room.A UNICEF-supported green energy project has also installed a solar system which provides reliable energy to the water pumping equipment, as well as lighting to the sanitation and hygiene facilities. Health facility managers and workers were trained on hygiene promotion as well as on operation and maintenance of the water system for sustained delivery of WASH services. For example, the health center has trained and assigned a Community Health Assistant to conduct routine operation and maintenance of the WASH facilities. The health center also conducts regular cleaning of the rain water harvesting tanks which provide clean drinking water for the staff and patients.Impact on maternal newborn healthAt health facilities, hygiene workers deliver messages promoting safe waste disposal, handwashing at critical times and drinking safe water through sessions with mothers during routine maternal, newborn and child health visits as well as through posters and fliers. Although there is a dearth of rigorous research quantifying the impact of WASH on MNH outcomes, available evidence, based on biological plausibility, suggests WASH interventions could improve MNH. It is therefore hoped the improvement in WASH in Nyandiwa and the other 49 health facilities will contribute to improvements in MNH service utilisation, and ultimately better health outcomes for mothers and newborns. Governments should develop plans and frameworks to continue improving WASH in health facilities and ensure that adequate financial resources are available to realize these goals.—Join the conversation on World Water Day by using #WorldWaterDay.Read about giving birth without clean water.Photo Credit: Eric Sakwa, UNOPS Engineer, KenyaShare this:last_img read more

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ITBP unveils mechanised column for deployment on China border

first_imgGreater Noida (UP), Oct 24 (PTI) The ITBP today showcased its maiden mechanised column of power vehicles and machines, along with its agile PARA commandos, aimed at speedy mobilisation of troops along the Sino-India border.The mountain warfare-trained force unveiled a fleet of its newly-acquired military trucks, sports utility vehicles (SUVs), all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), snow scooters, bikes, mobile communication wing, excavators and a few other medium- lift four-wheeled vehicles during its 56th Raising Day celebrations at its base here.A contingent of special PARA commandos, sporting maroon berets, also marched down the track for the first time.The commandos have been trained in night jump and other special combat skills.Home Minister Rajnath Singh, the chief guest at the event, took salute from the contingent, raised for the first time in the over 50 years history of the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).The force was raised this day in 1962 in the aftermath of the Chinese aggression.The decision to raise such a military-style combat wing in the paramilitary force was taken after the Union home ministry recently approved the deployment of snow scooters at all high-altitude border outposts of the ITBP along the 3,488 -km frontier it guards.PTI had first reported that the mechanised column of the force would comprise over 250 SUVs, ATVs, snow scooters, excavators and other vehicles.While the Army has the mechanised infantry, it was essential to have a mechanised column in the border guarding force as it secures this border in peace times and will bear the first onslaught in case of a war or a conflict, officials had said, explaining the rationale for the latest move.advertisementTill now, only the Border Security Force (BSF) under the home ministry, that guards the Indo-Pak border, had an artillery unit and some mechanised components to aid it.The about 90,000-personnel ITBP has been given sanctions by the government to procure about 150 SUVs for high-altitude deployment, out of which it has already deployed about five dozens, half-a-dozen snow scooters and a few excavators to clear snow-bound passes and landslide-prone border tracks.A senior ITBP official had said many more such vehicles and machines, including anti-skid ATVs, would be procured by the force in the next few months.The force has about 30 border posts above the height of 15,000 feet and some 50 such posts above 12,000 feet and the home ministry has accorded sanctions to the ITBP to have at least one snow scooter at each of these frontier bases.The force has also been given sanctions to upgrade its firepower by modernising the support weapons such as 81mm mortars, the ITBP official had said.The defence ministry had also recently decided to significantly enhance infrastructure along this border including around the areas of dispute with the Chinese forces.The decision was taken at the Armys commanders conference which extensively deliberated on the Dokalam face- off with China, besides analysing all possible security challenges on the northern border.The ITBP, as part of bolstering its capabilities to effectively secure this border, had last year procured over six dozen SUVs and sent them to far-flung border areas for patrol and transportation of troops and had procured five snow scooters early this year. PTI CPS NES SMNlast_img read more

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Aggressive Marketing for Recessionary Times

first_imgMeltdown an Opportunity for Marketing, Says UCLA Anderson’s Dominique Hanssens (Hat-tip: BNET Back to B-School Blog)Even when the economy looks bad your marketing doesn’t have to suffer, says Dominique Hanssens, Bud Knapp Professor of Marketing and the Marketing Area Chair at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. In fact, Hanssens, who recently served two years as the executive director of the Marketing Science Institute in Cambridge, Mass., and whose courses Andersen include Marketing Strategy & Planning and Research in Marketing Management, thinks a downturn is one of the best times for marketing to shine.I sat down with him recently to discuss the pressures marketing executives are under during scary economic conditions. Here’s what he said.Dann: What’s different about marketing during a recessionary period?Hanssens: The difference is the challenge on budgets, because many companies feel that marketing should be budgeted as a percentage of revenue, and therefore, if revenue does not look good because of the recession, marketing budgets are often the first to be cut. There’s a lack of understanding of the strategic value of good marketing, so if you work in the marketing function during a recession you get challenged more on your spending levels than other parts of the organization.Dann: What can a manager do to fight this off internally and get the resources he or she needs?Hanssens: The answer is to demonstrate the return on the marketing spending so that you don’t become a cost center where your budget is a percent of revenue, but rather a profit center where the allocations are seen as providing positive returns—especially in light of some recent findings that the impact of marketing can be stronger during recessions than during the good years.Dann: What final advice would you give to marketers who are finding it tough to manage in the current economic environment?Hanssens: It’s a wonderful opportunity to think through the mission of the [nonprofit] again and if [donations are] really is down, not just to chalk it all up to the recession. But think through the goals of the organization and look at all parts of the [organization], some of which are hurt more than others and ask yourself, “why?” You can get an indication of the true value being created by that part of the organization. It’s a good moment to sit down and reflect. In good times, that doesn’t happen because so much money is coming in and companies don’t challenge themselves.You don’t have to wait for the good economic times to be successful; you can be very proactive.last_img read more

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The 5 funniest charts ever

first_imgAll I can say is OMG. You, dear bloggers and readers, have outdone yourselves. I asked you for chart fun for this Blog Carnival and you gave me chart brilliance. The best come from Jan Fonger and Kivi Leroux Miller who not only have a great sense of humor, they have razor-sharp insight. The three below are from the wonderful Janice. This could not be a better explanation of marketing in the nonprofit sector:Janice also offers her take on fundraising and candy corn. Kivi, who is right here in NC with me, hits the humor-insight sweet spot with this great piece on nonprofit reactions to web designers’ work and email. You must check them out.But wait, there’s MORE!!Jeremy Scheller presents Jeremy Scheller: Hyper-Blogging: Loud Message + Deaf Ears = No Communication posted at Jeremy Scheller. John Haydon presents How eNewsletters Can Kill Your Non-Profit | CorporateDollar.Org – Exceed your on-line fundraising goals with social media know-how! posted at CorporateDollar.Org – Exceed your on-line fundraising goals with social media know-how!. It’s not really a chart, but it’s a cool way to present numbers: Marc presents Cape Argus Aids stats – Osocio, Social Advertising and Non-profit Campaigns posted at Osocio Weblog. Thanks everyone for your creativity. And your smarts. And for making us laugh on (yet another) day when our 401Ks tanked.last_img read more

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The one-word secret to great relationships – and great marketing

first_imgAnswer? Gratitude.What if your annual report were a Gratitude Report? What if you told stories about what your supporters did rather than trumpeting what you did?It might look like this. This is a real masterpiece of gratitude. And it inspires generosity.How do you tap your inner generous spirit? Here’s your checklist.1. Give away: Give away everything you can and it will pay off. For example, at Network for Good, we give away free training, free newsletters and free fundraising and marketing tips. Our sales and customer service staff give generously of their time, never rushing someone off the phone. This makes quite a few people love us – and they go on to buy, recommend or evangelize our paid services. Which pays off in the long run. If we tried to nickel and dime nonprofits, they would not feel the same way and we’d have fewer funds in the long run. Keep this approach in mind if you’re a membership or services organization.2. Give thanks. Spend a lot more time thanking donors and reporting on their impact than asking them for more money. Make them feel treasured rather than going after their treasures. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: the number one reason donors quit supporting an organization is how they were treated by the organization. They hate too many appeals, not enough thanks and a lack of information on impact.3. Give credit. It’s not enough to be grateful. Give your donors the credit for everything you do. Don’t say, “with your donation, we did xyz;” say, “you did xyz.” Don’t say “we’re so great,” say “you’re so great.” Tell your donors they are doing good works every day of the week through their support of you. This turns donors into owners of your mission, and you can’t get more powerful than that. Pride Foundation – great job in showing how this is done.last_img read more

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Only in Africa

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on February 28, 2011June 20, 2017By: Peris Wakesho, Young Champion of Maternal 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)This blog post was contributed by Peris Wakesho, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.This is where there is so much love, the only place in the world where a sister will back a younger sister, sing to them lullabies to sleep…hmm I can hear the African sisters, noting it is by force not will. Well, yes, sometimes against our will, but what stands out is the experience, an experience that we, at our old age would die for!Anything you need, anything you can think of, the bad and the good, the experiences that make us African, unique as they are, either worthy remembering or whether we want to forget! We are blessed and some will say, with the blessings come the curses!I do not know what you might call this, but the photo above says so much about Africa…yes, I can feel the nostalgia, for Africans, in Africa, in the diaspora and those sharing in the spirit of Africa, in whatever corner of the globe.Wonder where I am going with this? Yes, I know is your answer, but am just asking me so many questions…where could this continent have gone wrong? When or how, for her to bear the brunt of hunger, HIV infection, Poverty and now Maternal related deaths, infections and injuries. Home to two of the countries amongst those with the highest maternal mortality rates globally, Nigeria and Ethiopia, running second and third respectively to India in the continent of Asia!What can we do? What are we doing? Who is or will do it? Until when and how? We have to start somewhere….as I log off, my mind fills with nostalgia. We all want the good old days and, yes, it can happen! To start with, motherhood should not be a risky business, a negotiation process that often than not leaves women scared and wanting to opt out. We can change this; we can tilt the scales towards the women’s side. And do you know what this will mean?The African and world children will play again! The men will have hope for a brighter future, society will dance, sing and undulate at the continuation of their lineage. So let us embrace family planning, stop early marriages, end female circumcision (FGC/M), keep our girls longer in school, let our mothers and mothers to be visit the doctor at least four times during their pregnancy and for post pregnancy services, let us support our women to deliver under observation or care of a trained midwife, nurse or doctor and where possible in a health facility. Is this much? No. Not for nostalgic, life-loving Africans and citizens of the world. It is not much, but it will save our women and you know deep down, there is something you can do. So choose now and follow it through, for our children want to play, call mummy and be children. Let us give them this because we can.Share this:last_img read more

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