Meerut farmers don’t burn crop stubble: they make manure out of it

first_imgWith stubble burning being held responsible for raising pollution to dangerous levels in the National Capital Region, over 50 villages in Meerut in western Uttar Pradesh have started an environment-friendly initiative. They have stopped burning crop residue, paddy waste and sugarcane leaves; instead, their farmers have started making organic manure from the remains. In the process, in the past one year alone, they prevented 2,250,000 kg of carbon dioxide from being released in the environment. The practice of stubble burning is confined mainly to Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh. During the summer last year, over 250 farmers from 50 villages in Meerut division came up with a model that uses large quantities of paddy waste and sugarcane leaves to make rich quality of organic manure in a compost pit. Kanwar Singh of Atrada village, for instance, doesn’t buy fertiliser any more.“I have been using the fertiliser which I prepare in the compost pit I made with the help of Neer Foundation. I use the crop waste and mix it with cow dung and water. In 20 days organic fertiliser is ready,” Mr. Singh told The Hindu. Neer Foundation is an NGO that works on environmental-friendly methods of farming. Rajendar Singh, a resident of Narangpur village, said that not burning the crop stubble and using it to make fertiliser not only saved money but also the environment, besides further enriching the soil. Raman Kant, who heads the NGO, told The Hindu that by burning crop residue from one acre of farming area, about 45,000 kg of carbon dioxide is released in one year. “In this case we have managed to save the environment from 2,250,000 kg of the gas which would have been otherwise released into the atmosphere. “All one needs is a compost pit. After digging the pit the farmer fills it with cow dung, sugarcane leaves, paddy waste, green grass and field soil By spreading every content in 4 inch thick player one by one, repeating till the height is nearly one metre. Finally water is added to the contents,” Mr. Kant said.This model of saving the environment from carbon dioxide is being followed by many farmers of Atrada, Khaspur, Putti, Khatki, Badam, Bhatipura, Nanglamal, Amarpur, Ataula, Narangpur, Karnawal, Puthkhas, Dhanpura, Bana, Nasarpur, Jaisinghpur and Ataura villages in Meerut. “The ministries of agriculture and environment and also several other non-governmental institutions have encouraged farmers of this area to use our LR compost pit and save the environment,” Mr. Kant said.last_img read more

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NBA legend Julius Erving defends LeBron James’ NBA Finals record

first_img“Dr. J” Julius Erving (left) with fellow NBA legends Oscar Robinson and Bill Russell  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)Despite taking part in the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) last six Finals—with eight total appearances overall—LeBron James has drawn flak for his subpar 3-wins-and-5-losses championship record.Although his individual greatness on the court cannot be questioned, the NBA’s premier superstar remains hounded by pundits questioning his presumed lack of success on the league’s grandest stage.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet “So, 3-5 doesn’t mean anything. I’m more impressed with eight Finals than I am with the record in the Finals,” he said.“If he was 0-for-8 in Finals, that would still be an amazing achievement. That’s like going to eight Super Bowls.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NCAA: Letran scrapes past EAC for first win Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’00:50Trending Articles01:50Palace defends Duterte’s absences from Asean events02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Having won titles in both the NBA and ABA (American Basketball Association), Julius Erving put in his two cents on James’ record and what it means for his legacy.The retired legend, best known as “Dr. J,” who experienced several Finals setbacks of his own as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, said that LeBron’s past shortcomings do not entirely fall on his shoulders.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“The game is a team sport, so individuals don’t win championships. Teams win championships,” he told FS1’s Undisputed. “You’re only as good as the team can take you. You can only go as far as the team can take you.”Knowing first-hand how hard it is to contend for a championship on a consistent basis, the NBA Hall of Famer also lauded James’ efforts throughout his storied career.last_img read more

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I – League 2018-19: Real Kashmir FC ropes in Adidas as their kit partner

first_imgAdvertisementDebutant I-League club Real Kashmir FC roped in sportswear giant Adidas as their official kit partner for the 2018-19 season.Real Kashmir FC became the first club from the state of Jammu & Kashmir to qualify for I-League after winning the second division on 30th May 2018.Real Kashmir FC will wear the jerseys of AdidasSpeaking on the matter, club co-owner Shamim Mehraj alluded, “It is a momentous day for Real Kashmir. Such a big brand coming to support us as official partner is an achievement in itself. No other club has Adidas as sponsor but we have got it.”The Srinagar based side will begin their campaign on October 31 when they take on Minerva Punjab in Panchkula. The viewers can get a glimpse of their picturesque Bakshi stadium when they would cross sword with Churchill Brothers on November 6.Head coach David Robertson, who played for prominent Scottish sides Rangers and Aberdeen, is looking forward to this challenge. “The first match against defending champions Minerva Punjab will be a huge match, our debut. Then we play Churchill Brothers for the first time at home, that will be the first I-League match in Kashmir. These two matches will be historic. After these two matches, I will be able to know how good is my side and then I can plan for the remaining I-League,” he added. Advertisementlast_img read more

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How To Fix Resume Holes

first_imgIf your career trajectory contains a few speed bumps such as a gap in work history or job hopping, you’re among the multitudes in this job market.Given the state of economic affairs over the past few years, most job seekers don’t fit the classic picture of a “stable” work history at a single employer the way they once did.I recently sat down with Jacquelyn Smith of Forbes.com to discuss ways of dealing with a not-so-perfect career history for What To Do When Your Resume Looks Like Bad News, reiterating that problematic job situations can often be overcome with just a few key changes to your resume.Here’s how to address common “sticky” situations (ones that seem to trip up even the most well-qualified job seekers):1. Job Gaps. A period of unemployment is no longer an automatic red flag to many employers. Therefore, you’ll want to be as up front and concise as possible when dealing with a gap. If you can give a “name” to a period that stretched in between jobs, then provide a descriptive term, such as Volunteer Work, Family Care, or College Studies. Avoid mentioning specifics, such as a cancer scare or the number of children you have, as this is too much detail for a resume (and can knock you out of the running if employers think you’re focused elsewhere). And if you were merely job hunting during the gap, you’ll want to consider leaving this off your resume – it’s a given.2. Job Hopping. Frequent job changes have, in recent years, become much more common than the long tenures (and 30-year gold watches) that used to be standard for most American careers. If you’ve had jobs that lasted just a few months, consider adding them (without dates) at the end of your resume work history section in an area entitled “Additional Experience.” That way, you can talk about the role and include it on a formal application, but it won’t take up space in your career chronology.If your last several positions ended in employer layoffs or downsizing from an acquisition, you can mention this fact (wrapped into the job description for that role), with a note such as “pursued sales opportunities until company went through acquisition” or “assisted to transition staff, while personally undergoing RIF.” These quick explanations of circumstances beyond your control can help prospective employers understand your situation (and avoid making the assumption that you left under different circumstances).3. No Degree. Many professionals lack a degree—a fact that might catch you by surprise. However, if it applies to you, it’s often not a deal-breaker. Many employers consider “some” college perfectly fine – and they’re more interested in how you’ll add to the bottom line than your scholastic activities. Still, here are ways to handle this on your resume. If you’ve decided to start or go back to school during unemployment, list your degree program as “Studies for Bachelor’s Degree,” along with the school name. This method also works well if you attended college, but did not graduate. No matter the situation, showing the program on your resume will assure employers that you have some college experience, which can suffice for many positions.If you didn’t attend college, consider whether you really need the education section of your resume. While you can list professional training, seminars, and other specialized education in this section, it’s best to leave the entire category off if your training and academic experience is light.Remember – what seems hugely problematic in your job search might be more the norm than you think. Rather than dwelling on credentials or experience you don’t possess, you’ll get better results by framing your experience in a way that highlights your value proposition to employers. – Originally posted on onTargetjobs by Laura Smith-Proulxlast_img read more

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CEO Spotlight: Great Advice From GM’s Mary Barra

first_imgGeneral Motors has been a giant in the auto industry for more than one hundred years so the company understands that choosing a CEO is not a decision to be taken lightly. A great business leader needs to be strong, dedicated, and sincerely care about the company and its employees. Given that criteria, it’s no surprise that in 2013, GM announced Mary Barra would become its new CEO, making her the first female CEO of any of the world’s major automakers.Since then, Barra has also become the company’s chairwoman and earned a highly respectable CEO approval rating of 88 percent on Glassdoor.com. In honor of Women’s History Month, the Glassdoor team took the opportunity to pick the brain of this historic female leader.Here are Barra’s thoughts and advice on some hot leadership topics in the professional world:Actions speak louder than wordsConsistency is key if you want to be a trusted leader. For Barra, the best way to accomplish that is to make sure all her values and words are supported by her actions:I follow the words of Theodore Roosevelt: “Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.” There’s no shortcut to earning respect. Your relationship with your team is like any other relationship — you can’t build it the moment you need it. You build it over time. It starts when you make it very clear what your values are and articulate a clear vision for the organization. It gets stronger when you live those values every day and deliver results. If your values are little more than words on a page, they won’t mean much to you or the people on your team. But when you do what you say you are going to do — in both results and behaviors — that’s when you begin to build trust and earn respect.Finding, and hiring, great female talentIt’s no secret that there is a shortage of female employees in leadership roles, especially in STEM related industries. Barra understands that there’s no quick fix, but by continually focusing on finding the right people for her team, she’s confident more diversity can be achieved:Underrepresentation isn’t an issue you fix overnight by parachuting people in. That’s a recipe for failure. It’s important to build a strong pipeline of candidates, while also recruiting exceptional new hires. When you promote or hire women (or any demographic) who have earned the opportunity — who are the best trained, best qualified, and best prepared people for the job — then you not only address the problem, you make the whole team stronger. That’s one reason I’m such a strong advocate for STEM education, especially for middle-school girls.Standing up for what you’re worth as an employeeIn order to close the gender wage gap, Barra encourages women to take the matter into their own hands. But for female employees still experiencing salary discrimination, the solution is a positive and rational approach:I’ve been very fortunate. I’ve been able to approach each new assignment purely as a professional, and I’ve been compensated on that basis. I’m encouraged that more and more women are being treated this way. At the same time, I know that wage discrimination still exists and far too many women are not fairly compensated. If this is true for you, discuss it with your manager. Be positive. Document your achievements and experience. Talk about how you can move the organization forward and ask for opportunities to show what you can do. If more money is not an option at the moment, ask for other forms of compensation as an interim step, like assignments that broaden your skills or high-profile projects that allow you to work with senior management. In the end, focus on being the best at what you do. That’s the most effective way to advance your career.Taking over the helm of an automotive giant is no easy task. But thanks to Barra’s dedication and focus on accountability, she makes it look easy.What are some other pieces of advice for female leaders? Share in the comments below!last_img read more

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How to Ask for a Raise

first_img How to Negotiate More What to Do After a Raise Conversation Sometimes, there will be no room in your company’s budget for a raise. When this happens, it’s important to recover gracefully and to set yourself up for a successful raise conversation the next time around. Make a PlanIf you can’t get the raise you deserve now, set up a plan with your manager with a specific time-table and specific goals for you to reach your desired salary. Ask for More Perks If there is no way that your salary can be increased now, you can still get better compensation for your work by asking for more workplace perks, like:Additional Vacation TimeTitle ChangeHalf-Day FridaysFlex-TimeTelecommuting The way you act during a raise conversation is just as important as the tone of voice you use, so be sure that you balance confidence, graciousness and enthusiasm for the work you do.  Be confidentHow is an employer going to feel comfortable giving you a raise if you’re unsure yourself? Express gratitudeExpressing gratitude and appreciation for what you currently have at the company is a gracious and professional preface to an ask for more money. Express enthusiasmSharing excitement for your future goals, and for the future goals of the company, is a way to show you’re invested in doing your job well. Asking questions of yourself and your manager is important for getting the raise that you want. Questions for YourselfIs the raise I plan to ask for truly reflecting the value that I bring to this team and company?Is the raise I want realistic or will I be asking for compensation beyond my experience?Questions for Your ManagerWhat are the new responsibilities that will come along with this raise?Will this raise involve managing or reporting to new colleagues?If a raise isn’t possible at the moment, when will it be possible?Following this raise, what will be required to advance even further in my career at this company? How to Prepare Picking the right time to ask for a raise is just as important for preparing for this discussion. When picking a good time to ask for a raise, find out when your company’s fiscal budget planning takes place so you can be sure that you aren’t asking for the impossible.A few great times to ask for a raise are:Annual Performance Reviews: A natural time for this conversation may be at your annual performance review, when the topic of salary is not only timely, but often expected.After Completing an Important Project: A great time to ask for a raise is after successfully completing an important project or showing excellent work.When your Manager is Happy: Asking for a raise during of a stressful or hectic period will guarantee that your manager is short on time and patience. Wait to ask for a raise until the dust has settled and you have, once again, proven your worth. How to Recover from a Failed Raise Conversation If you have any more questions about asking for a raise or calculating the salary you deserve, here are some related articles we’ve written on asking for raises.How to Ask for a RaiseThe Employee’s Guide to Know Your WorthIs It Presumptive to Ask About Raises In a Job Interview?How to Negotiate Beyond the Raise You Were Offered?9 Amazing Gifts For Your Boss That’ll Score You A RaiseIs Your Raise Helping or Hurting You?4 Things to Consider When Asking for a Raise6 Strategies to Get a Raise Without AskingCan’t Get A Raise? Ask For More PerksDon’t Accept a Promotion Unless you Know the Answer to These 3 QuestionsGot a Raise? How Should You Really Spend Your Money? If you have chosen an appropriate time to ask for a raise and have built your case for a raise with specific evidence of your great work, you should expect your manager to give your proposal serious consideration. You should also expect:Questions: Expect some direct questions about the accomplishments you’re using to justify your raise, your plans for your future at the company, as well as the classic, “Why do you think you deserve this raise?”Negotiation: You will probably have to negotiate on the specifics of the raise you are asking for. Compromise: You may not be able to get the raise you want today, but a compromise will help you take a step in the right direction. Make sure that any promised or conditional future raises you discuss are documented in writing. What to Expect What to Say to Get a Raisecenter_img How to Justify Your Raise Important Questions to Ask How to Act Learn More! After preparing your evidence for why you deserve a raise and choosing a good time to talk to your manager, it’s important to think about what you’re going to say during your raise conversation. You don’t need to have a strict script, but you do need to be clear and specific in your delivery and it helps to have a few phrases up your sleeve to help guide the conversation. Be clearAn easy way to begin a raise discussion is to say something like: “As I’m looking forward to working and growing with the company, I’d love to discuss my salary.” Or “I’m interested in discussing my salary, is now an appropriate time?”Be specificMention your desired salary number and specifically outline how you came to this conclusion. Bring a copy of your Know Your Worth salary estimate.  Also, be clear about when you’d like your new desired salary to be effective, and any other details that are pertinent to your desired compensation. After having a raise conversation, it’s crucial that you sustain or even exceed the performance levels that you are using to justify your desired salary. It’s also crucial that you and your manager are on the same page about any new responsibilities that are coming along with your new raise, including:New deliverables.New colleagues to manage.New superiors to report to. New performance standards. When a manager’s proposal for your raise doesn’t match the salary you objectively deserve, it’s time to negotiate for more. These 5 steps will guide you through this negotiation: Set your expectations. You may not be able to get the salary you want immediately.Do your homework so your manager doesn’t have to. Establish your target salary and the accomplishments and accolades that justify this salary.Start the conversation. Start a conversation with your manager to begin working out how to reach your target salary.Set a goal and establish a timeline. Establish specific goals on a timeline with your manager for reaching your desired salary.Work with your manager to reach your goal. Make sure to meet your goals and that your manager is paying close attention to your progress. You should never ask for a raise without preparing for this conversation. No matter how good your relationship is with your manager, they will be expecting you to prove that you deserve the salary you’re asking for and won’t respond favorably if it seems like you did not prepare. Before broaching the subject of a raise, always:Build your Case: Look back to recent projects and periods of time where you went beyond what was expected and provided real value for your company. Always use specific performance data when possible.  Know your Worth: Glassdoor’s Know Your Worth™ salary estimator gives you a clear idea of the raise you should be asking for, by giving you an objective figure to compare your current salary against. Just enter your job title, location, years of experience, and a few other pieces of information to get a free, personalized estimate of what the market value of your skill set is. This way, you can both understand if you’re getting paid fairly and have a concrete number to bring to the table when it comes time to negotiate your salary. When to Ask for a Raise Justifying your desired salary will be accomplished with specific examples of work done well. Use specific, recent accomplishments and the value you’ve brought to the company as reasons for why you deserve the salary you’re proposing. Quantify your value with data and awards/accolades so you can demonstrate more tangibly how you’ve contributed to your company’s bottom line.Present the points for your justification for a raise in a logical, compelling way.Respond to questions from your manager about your raise logically and tactfully to further justify your request. last_img read more

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What Your Favorite Superhero Says About You In Job Interviews

first_img Available Jobs at AWeber in Pennsylvania, US 23 hours ago 23h Senior Data Analyst AWeber Chalfont, PA PostgreSQL Database Admin AWeber Chalfont, PA 23 hours ago 23h Product Manager – Growth Team AWeber Chalfont, PA 3.9★ 23 hours ago 23h 3.9★ 21 Words To Never Include In Your Resume See more AWeber jobs in Pennsylvania, US Superheroes are cool. From their names that ooze with authority (think Captain America and Wonder Woman) to their undeniably cool costumes, who wouldn’t want to be a superhero? To me, the best part about being one is the satisfaction that comes from helping others in need. This got me thinking: What do other people find interesting about superheroes? Is it the superpowers? What superpowers would they wish for?At AWeber, we tend to do things different than the rest. So it’s not surprising that our curiosity about superheroes has made its way into our recruiting and hiring efforts. There’s a lot you can learn about potentially new team members when you ask them which superhero they’d like to be and why. It’s true. By adding this question to our application for employment and conversations during interviews, we’ve actually gotten smarter at the way we hire. Here’s what superheroes have taught us about building a team.Ask unique questions, get unique team membersI like asking the superhero question because it’s unique and unexpected. Interviewees don’t have a stock answer for it so it takes them outside of something they might have thought about in advance. The purpose isn’t to create a “gotcha” moment. In fact, it’s the exact opposite. The purpose is to create a moment for candidates to show an unfiltered version of themselves, their personalities, and how they think.What this means is there is no right or wrong answer to the question. It’s simply a way to showcase the unique individual that they are.Find out what inspires a personAs business professionals, we all have something that motivates us to do innovative things within our crafts and drives us to greatness. I challenge you to get to the core of this by asking job candidates questions such as, “What do you love most about your job?” or suggesting they tell you about their employment history. Certainly we can come up with questions way cooler than these!But why a superhero? Sure, we could just ask candidates to name a mentor or celebrity they most admire. And we’d likely get some compelling responses. But placing the focus on a superhero takes it a level deeper. While they usually have a superhuman characteristic that makes them stand out, many also have very obtainable (mortal) characteristics for which they’re admired.Take Batman for instance. This is the most common superhero that is referenced when AWeber interviews engineering professionals. They cite their appreciation for Batman because his super power isn’t superhuman, it’s simply using technology to solve problems. Other popular responses we’ve heard are Dr. Who for being smart and a good problem solver, plus Flash for being super cool. Each of these things are little tells about how a person’s brain works and how they go about expressing themselves. Again, there’s no right or wrong here, it just gives us more qualitative insight about the candidate who’s looking to join our team.Uncover dynamic personalitiesThe best use-cases of the superhero question are when candidates themselves take advantage of the opportunity to let their personalities shine. For example, ever heard of the superhero named Hackzor? He’s known for hacking into any mainframe and using his knowledge for good. Not ringing a bell? That’s because he’s completely made up by one of AWeber’s job candidates (now team member)!Who says there are any rules to this question? After all, all superheroes are make believe. Oftentimes candidates will put their personalities on display like this and, at AWeber, we can’t get enough of it.What it all meansFor us here at AWeber, the ideal team is made up of superheroes who are smart, creative, assertive, results driven, persistent, humble, and reflective. They may know how we accomplished one thing, but they’re are also looking for ways they can do it better next time.As for me, my superhero of choice is the same as many of our engineers. If I were a superhero, I’d probably be Batman for much of the same rationale that’s already been mentioned. He’s just a normal guy who solves problems with unique, specialized tools. He doesn’t want recognition for his accomplishments or for other people to know who he is. Instead, his only desire is the satisfaction of knowing he’s helped others when they needed it.Tom Kulzer is the Founder and CEO of AWeber, an email marketing service provider located in Chalfont, Pa. Over the company’s 18-year history, Tom has nurtured it from a small start-up to an organization with 100 team members serving more than 100,000 customers worldwide. Also on Glassdoor: 50 Most Common Interview Questions 3.9★last_img read more

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Draymond Green’s Top Tips For Succeeding Under Pressure

first_img 4.0★ Event Security Specialist NBA Secaucus, NJ Project Employee, Broadcast Scheduling NBA Secaucus, NJ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h International Elite Basketball – Talent Identification NBA New York, NY 4.0★ Ask a Resume Writer: Where Do I Start? Data Engineer, Group Leader NBA Secaucus, NJ 4.0★ 4.0★ Also on Glassdoor: 23 hours ago 23h How to Become the Candidate Recruiters Can’t Resist 4.0★ Department Operations Assistant NBA New York, NY 23 hours ago 23h Here we are in the midst of the NBA Finals, and Draymond Green – arguably smackdab in the middle of the highest-stakes moment of his career – continues to keep his cool. He’s so chill he’s throwing down in a playful meme-off with Drake. How do we as employers foster this kind of clutch performance – with humor and calm fully intact – when there’s a company-wide full-court-press? It may be fundamental to who Green is as an athlete; even in his rookie year, he was known for his uncanny ability to stay fired up under pressure. Then-coach Mark Jackson noted that he’s a great leader no matter how high the stakes are, saying “guys embrace him because they realize he doesn’t just do it when he’s playing well and when we’re winning. He does it in the face of adversity.” But it’s also a trait that can be nurtured and developed. No matter what team you’ll root for in The Finals, there’s a lot to be learned from Green’s playbook. Here are Draymond Green’s tips for staying fired up – while keeping your cool – under pressure: 1. Keep your eye on the ball.Hint: “the ball” isn’t always the actual ball – even for Draymond Green. Every organization has to keep their eye on their Key Performance Indicators. Your KPIs help you track where you are on your path toward accomplishing your mission. They break it down into manageable bite-size pieces that can be taken down voraciously on the daily. The Warriors are athletes at heart, but they too can be motivated by deep analysis. Same goes for writers, designers, marketers, developers, manufacturers – you name it – anyone and everyone can benefit from understanding how to look at the numbers to understand patterns and opportunities for growth.  “Most of our work is done off the court. Watching film, studying opponents and keeping our routines fresh motivates us to work towards our goal one day at a time.”  – Draymond Green2. Embrace adversity. There will always be adversity, and if you don’t learn to be fueled by it – it will consume you. You hear a lot of hackneyed statements like “Learn from mistakes” or “every loss has a silver lining.” Green knows that on paper that’s all true, but that in reality you have to learn to set those silver linings aflame and then breathe fire. And, yes, in the meantime, take the time to discuss what went wrong and how to prevent the same thing from happening in the future. “It’s no secret that I’m fueled by adversity. All I can do is control what I do and stay focused every day.  The rest will take care of itself in the long term.” – Draymond GreenThe NBA Is Hiring! Apply Now3. Make an art of communication.When you recognize that stress or frustration is getting the best of a team member, a little levity goes a long way. Knowing your audience is key – you have to say or do just the right thing to help them dial in a more constructive emotion so they can quickly gain composure. And this one correlates to the good chemistry piece. Getting to know one another and learning to have fun together is crucial, but even just spending lots of time together in environments that are more relaxed than on the court can open you up to being in sync. The more you know your teammates, the better you can help steer them back on course – so they can crush. “Every person responds differently to communication and feedback. Knowing how your team (and your competition) respond to things you say and do to motivate them makes your communication more effective. It’s a game within a game.” – Draymond Green4. Never rest on your laurels. This one is about both knowing your own strengths and understanding those of your teammates – and playing hard to them. Green has talked openly about playing to his own strengths. Likewise, to get the best out of your teammates, it’s crucial to understand where they excel, where their weaknesses are, what motivates them, and what’s a stumbling block. And, most importantly, you yourself have to show up and put in the work every damn day. It’s infectious, and team members feed off of that work ethic. Green doesn’t feel great every single day on the court, but he always gives 100%. And then some. “…my IQ has to be the strongest part of my game. I know I’m not the most athletic, not the fastest, not the strongest, not the quickest and not the highest jumper. My understanding of the game can’t come to a standstill, or my improvement will come to a standstill.”  – Draymond GreenEach and every one of these strategies for firing up your team is an act of discipline that becomes somewhat automatic over time. And if you can show up every day and put into place the habits you’ve carefully developed, the payoff is enormous for everyone: your organization, your team members, your personal satisfaction, and your biggest fans – whomever they may be.For more on how to light a fire under employees (who know how to keep their cool), download the Complete Guide to Employee Engagement Activities. 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5 Ways to Know If You’re Making Less Than Your Coworkers

first_img 3.5★ 23 hours ago 23h TV IHOP Line Cook Traditions Spirits Davis, OK 3.6★ 1.0★ Call Center Representative OPC Pest Control Louisville, KY Property Maintenance Technicians – Floating PARAGON MANAGEMENT SERVICES LLC Southfield, MI 23 hours ago 23h 2.9★ Nursing: Labor and Delivery MedPro Healthcare Staffing Alamogordo, NM 3.4★ 4.3★ Tooling Maintenance Tech. VEKA Fombell, PA 3.8★ 23 hours ago 23h Orthodontist Afdent Fort Wayne, IN 4.8★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Service Center Operations Manager Penn Power Group Muncy, PA CDL-A Drivers (Van/ Reefer) Buddy Moore Trucking Tuscaloosa, AL 23 hours ago 23h TRUCK DRIVER, HOME EVERY WEEKEND, $75,000 YEAR Houff Transfer Suffolk, VA Knowing where you stand in terms of compensation compared to your coworkers can help you understand your value to the company, whether or not it’s time to ask for a raise, and if you should potentially be looking for a new gig. It can be quite tricky to figure out how your salary stacks up, but lucky for you, there are many options these days for gathering financial intel. Below, find for our top five methods for making sure you’re in the know about where you fall on the pay scale.1. Know Your Worth™Get your free, personalized salary estimate with Glassdoor’s latest tool. When you enter in your current job title, employer, current salary, location and years of relevant work experience, you will see the median estimated market value, or the base pay you could command in today’s job market. That’s right. It’s a real-time tool to see what colleagues with your same qualifications can earn, and the number changes as the job market fluctuates. This allows you to see if you’re underpaid or overpaid, and allows you to determine if you want to ask for a raise. It also allows you to think through the other portions of your compensation package, like how much you value benefits, equity or stock options and the perks of the job.How to Negotiate Your Salary2. Job ListingsMany job listings, including ones on Glassdoor, list the salary or salary range for the position they’re advertising. This practice is most common with government jobs, but is also seen in other industries frequently — especially if you’re accessing job postings through a recruiting service. If you’re able to find a few listings for positions that are similar to yours, take the average and see where your compensation falls. You can also use job listings as a tool to evaluate if people with similar titles have the same duties that you do. If you’ve got way more on your plate than what job descriptions for positions like yours indicate, you’re probably being under compensated.3. Your CoworkersWhile many experts caution against getting too specific with your coworkers about your salaries, speaking in generalities can help you figure out a broader idea of where you stand. Barry Maher, career consultant, speaker and author, notes, “both within the industry and with fellow workers, you have to show them yours before you ask to see theirs. I always advise using the idea of a pay range rather than specific numbers.” He suggests that a way to broach the subject could be to say something like “I’ll be talking with my boss about compensation at some point soon, and I’m just trying to get a rough idea of what I should be looking for. I know the company doesn’t want us to compare salaries and I can see how that benefits them, but I can’t see how it benefits us. To give you an idea of I’m getting right now, it’s roughly (whatever you feel like sharing). Is that the kind of range you’re in as well?” It’s important to note that you may or may not get an answer, and if you do, it might not be 100% true. “But if you’re at all perceptive,” says Maher. “And you carefully watch their reaction, you can often tell from that reaction if they think your number is low or if they’re a bit jealous because it seems high or if it’s just about what they’d expect because they’re in the same range.”The Secret to Negotiating $5,000 – $15,000 More in Pay4. Glassdoor Salary Reports/ReviewsGlassdoor has a vast database of self-reported salaries available for browsing—for free! If you aren’t into the idea of asking your coworkers about their compensation in a general way, give our crowdsourced intel a try. Not only can you research pay rates at your current company, but you can also check out your competitors’ stats. Who knows, maybe your company’s rival is more generous with compensation, making a jump over there a no-brainer. Another handy tool Glassdoor offers is a salary estimator. All you have to do to access this is go to Glassdoor.com and click on salaries. Then in the open field for job, just type in your occupation (i.e. nurse or software engineer), and make sure that the city/location field is blank. Once you hit “submit,” you’ll get to see the national average for the job you entered, plus what Glassdoor users say they make. Pretty nifty, huh?5. Your NetworkPersonal and professional coach Rachel B. Garrett emphasizes the importance of using your professional contacts to get the full picture on your industry. “Mine your professional network for former colleagues and others who may be hiring managers for positions like yours.” she suggests. “Try to set up informational interviews with these folks and ask about salary range as part of your conversation. I would aim to set up these conversations with a wider context in mind, beyond the topic salary. You never know — you could get a new job out of one of these conversations so you may not need to revisit your less than exciting salary du jour! “Browse Open Jobs 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 4.5★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 4.0★ CNA Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society Mohall, NDlast_img read more

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8 Inspiring Career Podcasts to Listen to Today

first_img CDL-A Regional Truck Driver Averitt Express West Point, MS View More Jobs 3.3★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 2.8★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Hot New Jobs For You 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h PRN RN or LPN EmpRes Healthcare Management Rawlins, WY 23 hours ago 23h Maintenance Technician Affinity Property Management Portland, OR 3.9★ 3.5★ 23 hours ago 23h 3.0★ Senior Security Account Manager Allied Universal San Diego, CA Dunkin’ Store Manager The Waldwin Group d/b/a Dunkin’ Donuts Boston, MA Listening to career-oriented podcasts is a great way to absorb the wealth of knowledge from the speakers you’re listening to while drawing from their successes. They also help to pass the time while being productive when you’re on the go. If you’re looking to inject some inspiration into your daily media consumption, here is a list of eight inspiring career podcasts to listen to today.1. Second LifeIn this podcast, Hillary Kerr spotlights inspiring women who have found extreme success in their “second life” and have mastered serious career pivots. With high profile and awe-inspiring guests like Eva Chan, Mandy Moore and Busy Philips, this podcast features women who are willing to discuss how they’ve found success and fulfillment while sharing their vulnerabilities and honest advice too. If you’re considering making a leap into something new, this podcast is sure to inject some needed inspiration.How to Change Careers2. How I Built This In this podcast, Guy Raz highlights the journeys of many successful companies as they built their empires’ from the ground up. Innovators, idealists and entrepreneurs share the pivotal moments that have shaped their careers and the movements that brought them through their journeys toward success. Guests like Sarah Blakely and Jerry Murrel explain how they got from point A to Z in both their personal and professional lives.3. WorkLife with Adam Grant In this TED original podcast, Adam Grant explores the minds of people who are reinventing the way we understand work. He shares key insights from his conversations on how to enjoy the work we’re doing and make it more worthwhile. Guests include inspirational speakers like Trevor Noah and Richard Branson. If you’re feeling stuck and looking to make sense of your career, this podcast could be for you.4. Don’t Keep Your Day Job This podcast explores the lives of entrepreneurs who have found success while following their passions. Cathy Heller is the host of this podcast and each week she encourages listeners to find their true purpose. Some notable guests include Howard Schultz, Daniel Pink and Angela Duckworth. This podcast is a great place to learn practical first steps needed to build a career that allows you to do what you love.5. IN PURSUITIN PURSUIT was created by Glassdoor itself as its first inaugural podcast! The host, Amy Elisa Jackson, discusses candid, personal reflections from guests who are evolving to meet the challenges life throws at them. In the first episode, they speak with researcher and star of her own Netflix special, Brené Brown, on the topic of courage and vulnerability as the necessary pillars for strong leadership. They also delve into Brown’s personal journey through sobriety. If you’re looking to kick your career up a notch while improving yourself on a personal level, this podcast is for you.Taking Off the Armor: Brené Brown on How Pain Leads to Bravery6. The Smart Passive Income PodcastIn this podcast, Pat Flynn explores his tried and true methods for building an online business and optimizing it for passive income. In some episodes, he features himself and shares from his wealth of knowledge, and in others, he features guest speakers to share their strategies for building passive wealth. If you’re someone who’s itching to build a side hustle or online business but feel overwhelmed just thinking about it, this podcast can provide tactical first steps and help guide you through the process.7. The Tim Ferriss Show The Tim Ferriss Show is the podcast of all career inspiring podcasts and is often ranked as the #1 business podcast on Apple Podcasts. The host, Tim Ferriss, features successful guests from different areas and deconstructs what “top performance” means and how it’s been achieved through deep and meaningful interview questions. Notable guests include Arnold Schwarzenegger, LeBron James, Ray Dalio and many more.  If you’re looking to find tools, tactics and routines you can apply to your own life, this podcast is for you.8. We Study Billionaires In the podcast “We Study Billionaires”, Preston Pysh and Stig Brodersen explore the lives and strategies of self-made billionaires who’ve built their wealth investing in the stock market. Notable guests include Warren Buffet and Ray Dalio. If you’re someone interested in further building your wealth through investing, and looking to learn from the best, then tune in to this podcast.With the new year just around the corner, now is a better time than ever to get re-motivated. Whether you’re trying to make it onto the next billionaire watch list, or looking to gain clarity around what success means to you, these podcasts will have something for everyone. Happy listening! Physical Therapist AthletiCo Mount Pleasant, IA RN PRN, Registered Nurse-ICU CHRISTUS Health Austin, TX 23 hours ago 23h 5.0★ Pest Control Technician United Pest Solutions Seattle, WA 3.4★ Restaurant Manager Red Lobster Suitland, MD 23 hours ago 23h Physical Therapist / PT – Outpatient Pediatrics My Left Foot Children’s Therapy Las Vegas, NV 3.7★ N/A 3.5★last_img read more

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Huddersfield go for Man City winger Patrick Roberts

first_imgHuddersfield are moving for Manchester City winger Patrick Roberts.The Daily Record says Town want Roberts on a season-long loan deal and hope they can get the move wrapped up soon.Huddersfield manager David Wagner was successful in the loan market last term and had the bulk of his transfers done before the squad went on a pre-season tour of Sweden.Roberts, 20, joined City from Fulham in a £12m deal two years ago and scored 11 goals for Celtic last term.last_img

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​Man Utd midfielder Pogba ‘forgot’ after a week about world-record price tag

first_imgManchester United star Paul Pogba has revealed that he never really paid attention to his huge transfer fee.United splashed a record breaking £89million to sign Paul Pogba from Juventus last summer.Many felt that the burden of being the world’s most expensive player affected Pogba’s performances negatively last season but the 24-year-old has revealed that he paid little attention to his price tag just a week after returning back to Manchester.Pogba told Esquire: “After one week, I forgot. It’s people that reminded me. “Because at the end of the day, when you die, the most expensive and the less expensive, they go in the same grave. So I don’t even think about it.”last_img read more

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The Conversation Continues: Catheters as an Important Component of Fistula Prevention and Treatment

first_imgPosted on June 16, 2010July 14, 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)On June 3rd, 2010, I posted a guest blog post from Dr. Fatouma Mabeye of WAHA International on a recent meeting in Benin of midwives from West and Central Africa. Dr. Mabeye explained that the goal of the meeting was to explore the role of midwives in preventing and treating fistula—and to discuss the use of catheters to treat new fistula cases. Later that day, I asked Dr. Joseph K. Ruminjo, Maternal Health Task Force Editorial Committee member, obstetrician-gynecologist, and the clinical director for the Fistula Care project, to share his thoughts on Dr. Mabeye’s post.  Dr. Ruminjo wrote a response and raised several questions. In this post, Dr. Mabeye responds to Dr. Ruminjo’s very important questions. Written by Dr. Fatouma MabeyeThank you Dr. Ruminjo for your comments!We strongly agree with you that there are several interventions that should go hand-in-hand to help prevent new fistula cases from occurring, including family planning, complete antenatal screening, skilled attendance at delivery and access to comprehensive emergency obstetric care.However, in terms of urethral catheterisation for women, we like to distinguish between i) prevention of obstetric fistula and ii) (early) treatment of obstetric fistula.In terms of preventing a fistula from occurring in the first place, the use of a catheter during and after prolonged labour can help by decompressing the bladder and reducing distension of the bladder wall. This allows the bladder wall, which was subject to devascularisation and subsequent ischemia, to repair, thus preventing the onset of fistula in some cases.However, a catheter can also be used as a first step in a treatment plan for new fistula cases. Its use may reduce the diameter of the fistula or close small fistulas completely.Concerning your specific questions – Dr. Ruminjo : What is the process for selecting appropriate cases or those that are most likely to succeed?If the patient is in the presence of a trained surgeon, then cases can be selected with the highest chances of success after a detailed clinical and physical examination. For example, the cases that are most likely to succeed are smaller fistulas where there is a fresh, single, and relatively small communication between the vagina and the bladder. Complicated cases, including larger or multiple communications are less likely to be effective.Dr. Ruminjo : What is the actual percentage of that selection that will then go on to heal spontaneously?In the cases treated and documented by Dr. Kees Wakdjik in Kano and Katsina 2031 patients (under 75 days post partum) were selected and treated by indwelling bladder catheter immediately upon arrival, of them 1,579 (78%) were cured completely by catheter, all without antibiotics.However, in the vast majority of settings, the patient will not be assessed by a trained fistula surgeon within 75 days post-partum, but by a midwife. As midwives may not be able to make the same well-defined selection of cases, it is suggested that they use a more simple decision tree for selecting cases. Although this will result in more women receiving the catheterisation with lower chances of success, it is estimated that the cure rate will still reach at least 25%. Even if it does not completely cure the fistula, it may help to reduce its size. For patients who are not cured after this intervention, referral for surgical treatment can then be undertaken. Having patients in follow up during their catheterisation will help identify women for this referral.Dr. Ruminjo : What does all of this translate to in terms of cost-effectiveness and safety? For instance, you might need to have the catheter in-dwelling for many weeks; in most but not all facilities, this translates into the woman being an in-patient for all those weeks.Once the catheter is inserted, it needs to remain in place for four to six weeks. However, the vast majority of women will not need to remain as inpatients in a health facility for all of this time, because the catheter can safely be used in the home environment under certain conditions and the catheterisation can be followed up on an outpatient basis. This means that the intervention is also accessible for women who have delivered at home. The important thing is for the woman to have access to a midwife in order to fit the catheter, and to ensure that it is collecting urine, and at least every 15 days thereafter. A midwife would also need to be called in the event of any problems such as if urine fails to collect in the catheter and it needs to be removed.Ideally the woman should drink 6 litres of clean water per day. The catheter needs to be regularly emptied, and the woman should be given a high protein diet for the period of the catheterisation eg/ a diet that includes pulses, beans, chicken, meat, eggs or fish. Where it is impossible for these conditions to be met, women should remain as an inpatient for the 1 month duration.More generally in terms of safety, it is certainly the case that urethral catheterization is a less risky procedure than undergoing fistula surgery.In terms of cost-effectiveness, the calculations are fairly apparent. A catheter costs around 1 USD versus the approximate 300 USD of a surgical intervention for obstetric fistula. Even the additional cost of the disinfectant material and gloves for the midwives bring the total cost of the intervention to a maximum of 5 USD. The recovery time spent in hospital with a catheter (where this is deemed necessary) will not be more expensive per day than the costs associated with keeping a recovering surgery patient in hospital. While a woman with a catheter may have to remain in hospital for a few weeks if her home conditions do not permit her to return early, the additional cost per inpatient per night will still be far from reaching the total of 300 USD for a surgery.Let us also consider the opportunity costs that will be saved: For example, women for whom the catheterisation technique is effective will be able to work after the catheter is removed, to manage their household, and to participate in social activities. Indeed, it is difficult to put a cost value on avoiding the high risk of psychosocial problems that often follow the onset and typically long duration of obstetric fistula.However, the greatest argument in favour of the catheter intervention is that for many women, this will be their only chance to avoid the misery of living with obstetric fistula. After all, the vast majority of women who will develop a new fistula case this year have a far higher probability of being in contact with a midwife than they have of ever seeing a fistula surgeon.Dr. Ruminjo : With regard to training midwives or any other health personnel to do the actual catheterization (rather than the case selection) there is no great mystery to the procedure; indeed, most midwives will already know how to do a safe, clean, urethral catheterization for women from their midwifery training.As you say, most midwives will have already been trained to do a safe, clean, urethral catheterization for women.Nevertheless, the 1st International Conference of Midwives from Central and West Africa held in Benin this year did highlight several important concerns expressed by the Presidents of the National Midwife Associations:1. Many midwives have never seen a case of obstetric fistula and are not aware of the indications of fistula2. Many midwives completed their initial training many years ago, and have not actually regularly practiced urethral catheterisation since that time3. Many midwives are competent at catheterisation but do not have access to the necessary materials including gloves or disinfectants in the settings where they work4. Many midwives expressed the need for additional training or the development of medical protocols to help them to recognise when catheterisation for fistula prevention and treatment is appropriate. This should cover; how to minimise the risk of infection when using a catheter; what advice to give to the patient regarding how to manage the catheter, especially within the home, including advice on diet and hygiene practices; indications for early removal of the catheter; assessment of the success of the catheterisation in repairing the fistula; and indications for referral for further fistula care if catheterisation is unsuccessful.Dr. Ruminjo: Foley’s catheter was mentioned in today’s blog post, but the catheter need not specifically be Foley’s.Yes, that’s a good point! In Dr Kees Waaldijk’s project, Foley catheters have been used, but the important thing is that the catheter should have a balloon to keep it in place so that the patient is able to walk.Thank you for theinsightful comments and questions! It is with thoughtful and helpful debate that we can all move forward together to help prevent and treat fistula more effectively!Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

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In Search of a Better Tomorrow

first_imgPosted on December 22, 2010June 20, 2017By: Zubaida Bai, 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 Zubaida Bai, 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.Over the last month I have been busy with a literature search and am in the process of consolidating the screening and referral tools used at resource desks at different locations by Health Leads. What makes this interesting is that I am doing most of this offline from India, along with a lot of field visits here for my company AYZH. AYZH is a social enterprise incorporated in India as well as in the U. S. that is focused on health and livelihood solutions for economically disadvantaged rural and urban women. Its core product is a $2 Clean Birth Kit that includes, among other items, a sterile sheet, soap, a razor blade and umbilical cord clamps. Such relatively simple measures could help close the gap in providing safer, cleaner births. Thus, incidences of maternal and newborn infection resulting in illness, or even death, could be reduced.Among all my visits to hospitals and clinics, I had less access to the labor rooms of semi-urban and urban government hospitals. Generally, access in these institutions was limited to common areas and pre/post delivery areas. However, what I did see suggested systems being pushed to their limits. In the worst case, stray dogs and urine lined the hallways. Feces covered the toilets and debris littered the floor in one maternity ward. In larger hospitals I saw things happening at a chaotic speed. Indeed, in one PHC a new mother told us that although she lived closer to the city government hospital she had come to the more remote clinic to deliver as she knew she would receive more individualized attention.In one of the hospitals, the doctor I was supposed to meet was also scared to let my little boy into the hospital fearing he would catch an infection, just by entering the place. What about the kids who are born there? I was confident I could take him in. We went around hospital where I saw women who had delivered on rusted metal beds and had to lie down on cold floors to recover. I discussed my project with the doctor and she was very excited about our product but was concerned regarding disposal of the contents since garbage disposal around the hospital is another big challenge being faced by them. This brings forth the next challenge in health, which is disposal of medical waste.After lots of requests and assurances that I would not take any pictures, I was escorted to the maternity ward where I saw women having given birth to premature babies had to sleep on the floor due to shortage of beds amidst stagnant rain water, mosquitoes and rats. The ground so dirty and wet that even I would not dare to step into bare footed.Seeing the situation at this hospital left me with millions of questions in my head. Why isn’t being a mother a blessing for these women? What am I going to do about this? What can we as Young Champions do about this?Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

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Join the Conversation: Sex, Money, and Birth Control

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on July 15, 2013March 6, 2017By: Kate Mitchell, Manager of the MHTF Knowledge Management System, Women and Health InitiativeClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Thomson Reuters Foundation and the World Bank are teaming up on Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 at 3pm London time (GMT+1)/ 10 am EST for a live online dialogue on sexual and reproductive health.The dialogue, titled “Sex, money, and birth control“, will feature several leading experts (see below) who will explore various issues relating to the current state of investments in reproductive health in developing countries. Panelists will take a closer look at a new report, “Closing the deadly gap between what we know and what we do: Investing in women’s reproductive health”, by the World Bank, prepared for Women Deliver.A message from our colleagues at Women Deliver:If you knew that a relatively modest investment in women’s sexual and reproductive health would yield stunningly high returns in terms of the physical and economic health of your nation, why wouldn’t you do it? Money talks, but a surprising number of the world’s financial ministers, particularly those in developing nations, still aren’t listening when it comes to funding in this area.A recent World Bank report, Investing in Reproductive Health: Closing the Deadly Gap Between What We Know and What We Do, released at the Women Deliver 2013 conference, demonstrates large economic incentives to invest in reproductive health: increased labour productivity, increased household wealth as well as broader economic returns. Their panel of experts will explore the major barriers to implementing strong policies and interventions to support sexual and reproductive health, and will seek to identify positive ways forward.Join the online discussion ­live on www.trust.org here. You can also participate in the dialogue by sharing comments or questions with the panelists on Twitter at hashtag #reprohealthinvest.The expert panel will include:Jeni Klugman, Director of Gender and Development, World Bank, and author of the report Investing in Reproductive Health. Prior to her current role Jeni was the lead author of three global Human Development Reports published by the United Nations Development Programme, and has published a number of books, papers and reports on topics ranging from poverty reduction strategies and labour markets to conflict, health reform, education and decentralization.Alicia Ely Yamin, JD MPH, Lecturer on Global Health and Director of the Program on Health Rights of Women and Children at the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University. Yamin’s 20-year career at the intersection of health, human rights and development has included the prestigious Joseph H. Flom Fellow on Global Health and Human Rights at Harvard Law School and Director of Research and Investigations at Physicians for Human Rights. Yamin has published dozens of articles and books relating to health and human rights, and has been awarded multiple distinctions in respect of her work on health and human rights.Rafael Cortez, Senior Economist in the World Bank Health, Nutrition and Population unit. Rafael leads the population and reproductive health research program, focusing on sexual and reproductive health among adolescents, results-based financing, impact evaluation and health equity with special focus on women’s and children’s health. He has a combination of strategic, analytical and operational skills, with a strong track record of developing and delivering innovative health sector operations in Latin American and South Asia regions.Share this:last_img read more

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Harness the Web for Social Good (and win $10,000)

first_imgBy Jono SmithDo you believe in the power of the web to help nonprofits create social change? Do you know a talented Web strategist or developer interested in coming up with new ways to use the Web for social good? The Case Foundation is sponsoring two $10,000 prizes for Web enthusiasts who do just that.Network for Good, NetSquared, and the Case Foundation have come together to challenge developers to mash-up the Network for Good online donation processing API with another Web service to either (a) enhance the online donor experience or (b) revolutionize a nonprofit’s ability to fundraise online. As if changing the world was not enough, the two winners will each receive a $10,000 prize. Full details here: www.netsquared.org/mashup/donatenowchallengeMashup? Mash what? Learn more here.last_img read more

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Successful Fundraising in Turbulent Times

first_imgThings seem to be falling apart all around us and it can seem that our organizations are going to fall apart also.  But, how bad is it for nonprofits?  And what can be done to strengthen our fundraising programs so that we can survive and maybe even grow?Check out this archived presentation to:Understand what this current economic situation will do to your fundraising and how to take advantage of the opportunities inherent in this chaotic environmentLearn three or four things you can do immediately to raise money between now and the end of the yearKnow what are the main weaknesses of your own fundraising program and what you should do to address themAbout our speakerKim Klein is internationally known as a fundraising trainer and consultant. She is the founder of the bimonthly Grassroots Fundraising Journal. She is also the author of Fundraising for Social Change (now in its fifth edition, 2006), Fundraising for the Long Haul (2000), which explores the particular challenges of older grassroots organizations, and Ask and You Shall Receive: A Fundraising Training Program for Religious Organizations or Projects, Raise More Money (2001) which she edited with her partner, Stephanie Roth, and Fundraising in Times of Crisis (2004). Widely in demand as a speaker, Kim has provided training and consultation in all 50 states and in 21 countries.last_img read more

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Online giving: A lively spot in the lackluster economy

first_imgWe just had a happy moment at my job. In a sign of the steady growth in online giving, even amid the recent recession, Network for Good has now processed over $300 million in online donations to more than 50,000 charities since we got started. This year, we’ve distributed money to 60% more charities than last year. The average Network for Good nonprofit is raising the same dollar amounts as in 2008, through more, smaller gifts. To illustrate, the total number of donations through Network for Good is up 92% year to date, but the dollar value of those donations is up 43% compared to last year.That is good news.My colleague Kate Olsen has observed the following trends:•The economy is fragile, but giving online is going strong. Network for Good is seeing double the number of donations this year, just at lower dollar amounts than in years past. The growth in online giving is particularly encouraging in comparison to offline giving trends.•Recurring gifts are a lifeline to nonprofits during a recession. A steady number of donors are setting up automatic monthly, quarterly or annual gifts that provide dependable and compounding cash flow for recipient organizations. At Network for Good, 1 in 5 gifts is a recurring donation this year, which is comparable to last year. •More people are giving the gift of charity to others. Year-to-date sales of Network for Good’s charity gift card (The Good Card) are up 60%, as more individuals and companies choose to say Thank You, Congratulations, and Happy Holidays with the gift of charity. Repeat after me: No more ties! No more scarves!•A rise in grassroots and peer-to-peer fundraising is driving more donation activity online. For any given charity, the most significant source of donations is its own website, but Network for Good is seeing ten-fold growth this year to date in donations made through social networking sites like Causes on Facebook, Change.org and others. •Corporations increasingly insert philanthropy into their marketing and rewards programs. Corporate giving programs like the Capital One “No Hassle” Giving Site make it easy use your card to give to any charity on your card or to donate rewards (with no fees taken out). You’re also going to see more and more so-called embedded giving, which inserts a charitable donation into a commercial transaction. This can be a mixed bag for the sector, as Lucy points out, but it is not going away.The even better news is the best is yet to come – annually, about 40% of giving occurs in December alone. So why is all this happening? Is this trend just cannibalized offline gifts?Not really. Steve from Blackbaud gave a great review of his data today via NTEN, and it tells a story that is consistent with what we’re seeing. Namely, online giving is growing fast (even though it’s still only 5% of overall giving), it brings in younger, wealthier and higher-dollar givers, and it’s a top source of new donors. So you can’t really choose to ignore it. But you also shouldn’t choose to ignore other forms of fundraising. Online donors often give offline after giving online. That raises an interesting issue – we talk a lot about online donors renewing at lower rates and switching to offline giving – while offline givers don’t typically switch to online. I’m not sure how much of this is the donors and how much of it is how and where we cultivate them. I think it’s a mixture of both – which is what Steve said today as well.1. You’re nuts if you’re not doing online fundraising, especially this December when online giving will peak for the year.2. You need to remember online donors are more loyal when they are cultivated through many channels – online and off. So be expansive when thinking about how to build a relationship with them in the New Year.last_img read more

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Emailing now is good; Bad email is not good

first_imgIf it’s not apparent from the screetching halt to my blogging the last week, things are BUSY. This is the time of year when donations are flowing, and the pace will keep picking up until the last hours of the year – when online giving reaches its peak.Don’t forget: Email your supporters now and again the week between Christmas and New Year’s.But don’t make it bad email.Jeff Brooks of Future Fundraising Now has a great post on why email response rates are down. The main reason: Because email quality is down. He says if email is dying, it’s suicide.The issues?Poor permission and opt-in practices.Lack of relevance.Overmailing.Lack of differentiation.Lack of personality.Poor design. Don’t do these!last_img read more

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