Gautam Gambhir speaks on KKR’s losses and criticizes Virat Kohli

first_imgAdvertisementGautam Gambhir had been an integral part in KKR being a dominant team in the Indian Premier League for many years. Under his captaincy, KKR lifted the IPL Trophy twice and reached the play-offs in another three occasions.However, Gambhir criticized the way KKR has been performing lately. Though fifth on the card, the team’s internal atmosphere was questioned. Andre Russell, who plays for KKR, questioned the team’s atmosphere as well.Gambhir, who has dipped his feet into politics as he now represents the Bharatiya Janata Party, also questioned the environment of his former team. He said the following :“It’s unfortunate. We had created a legacy after what KKR had gone through in the first three years. We have worked really hard to create a legacy, create a culture, and for seven years we had given our blood, heart and soul to it. Now suddenly players come out in the open and start talking about the culture. It is not a happy environment, that kind of stuff,” he said.“Hopefully, things will fall in place. I wish KKR all the best, I want them to be the top side. Hopefully, this is just one bad season.”Gambhir once again commented on Virat Kohli’s RCB captainship :“I’d talked about his captaincy only at IPL, not India. I’d say again that he has been very fortunate to remain RCB skipper. He is a fabulous player, best in the world, but as captain he is very fortunate. One gets seven years captaining RCB, without winning.”Advertisementlast_img read more

5 Job Search Mistakes You’re Making & How to Fix Them

first_imgMost of us have probably experienced a point in our job search when it seems like it’s going nowhere.Regardless of the time and effort you’ve invested in your search, you still feel like nothing has paid off. Especially if your search is taking longer than you anticipated, you’re probably wondering where you went wrong.After the recession, the average length of time it took an individual to secure a job doubled from five weeks to 10 weeks. This is worrisome for many job seekers because this time can definitely cost you in other aspects of your life, such as a lack of steady income.If you’ve found your job search to take longer than you anticipated, there’s a chance you’re making some mistakes holding you back from landing a job. To help you find more clarity in your search, here are some solutions to turn it around for the best:Mistake #1: You aren’t prepared for your search.When you lack a strategy for your job search, it’s easy to feel like you’re wandering aimlessly through job boards and postings. Every job seeker needs to have a goal followed up with a plan. If you find yourself randomly applying for jobs and not following up with each application, then you’re lacking the preparation you need for a successful search.Solution: Create a strategy.The key to turning around your job search is beginning with the end in mind. Ask yourself where you want to be in the next six months, upcoming year, and even five years from now. Once you have an idea of where you want to be in the future, search for opportunities that will help you accomplish those goals.As you begin applying for jobs, staying organized is essential. You can start by creating bookmark folders and a spreadsheet to keep track of jobs you’ve applied for and ones you’d like to apply for. You should also begin building a list of contacts who can help you during your search, too. This way, you’ll know exactly who to contact when trying to network your way into a position.Mistake #2: You don’t have examples of your work readily on hand.The majority employers will expect you to show them what you’ve accomplished as you apply for jobs and attend interviews. If you don’t have copies of your best work conveniently located, it could definitely set you back during your search.Solution: Create a folder on your desktop for your portfolio.A good way to keep all of your work organized is to create a designated desktop folder for your portfolio. This way you can easily locate samples of your work when you apply for jobs online or an employer requests one. It’s not uncommon to find ourselves sifting through our hard drives to find our best work. By keeping everything centrally located, you’ll be more efficient when applying for jobs.Mistake #3: You attend networking events in groups.Although networking events and job fairs are great opportunities to make connections, they can also be counterproductive. A common problem job seekers run into is attending these events in groups. When this happens, you end up doing less networking than you would if you went by yourself because you tend to gravitate towards the people you arrived with.Solution: Go solo or schedule private meetings with employers.As scary as it may sound, consider going to a networking event by yourself. This will force you to step outside of your comfort zone to talk with employers and make connections.Another option is to set up informational interviews with employers. If you’re feeling intimidated by attending a large networking event by yourself, meeting an employer at their office or for coffee can be a much more comfortable setting for conversation.Mistake #4: Not taking responsibility for your search.It’s easy to blame outside factors such as the economy or employers for your unsuccessful job search. However, when you have this attitude, you’re actually setting yourself up for failure. Many job seekers don’t take responsibility for their job search because they easily feel discouraged when things don’t go right. This is probably one of the largest setbacks you can create for yourself during your search.Solution: Be proactive.Instead of wallowing in your failures or fears, you need to turn that energy into a positive attitude. For example, if you’ve received interviews but haven’t had any job offers, consider following up with the interviewer to find out where you went wrong. This feedback will help you learn where you need to improve for your next interview.Mistake #5: Being self-absorbed in your job search.As you attend networking events, job fairs, or interviews, it’s easy to become self-absorbed. There’s a lot of pressure as a job seeker to sell yourself to employers, however, it’s possible to sell yourself a little too much.Job seekers who are self-absorbed are individuals who only talk about themselves or don’t answer the right questions during interviews. Sure, employers want to learn what you have to offer, but on the same note, they also want to hear your interest in your company.Solution: Step back and evaluate your situation.Job seekers finding themselves focused too much on selling their skills to employers should step away from their search and evaluate their progress. It’s important to take an objective look at your search because it can help you find the roadblocks you’ve been creating for yourself.Start your evaluation by making a list of the positive and negative things you find yourself doing with your search. For example, let’s say you have a flawless resume and cover letter which has landed you numerous interviews. However, prior to the interview you do very little research on the employer. You’ll discover that this mistake in your preparation could be holding you back from landing the job.If you find yourself making some of these mistakes, it’s not too late to turn around your job search. Whether you’ve been on the first for two weeks or two months, searching for a job is a learning process. You’re going to discover what works best for you and what employers want. Just remember to be attentive to your search and be aware of mistakes you could be making.last_img read more

10 of the Best Cities for Open Jobs

first_img3. Chicago, ILJob Openings: 166,070Median Pay: $55,470Popular Companies Hiring: Deloitte, Accenture, University of ChicagoSee Open Jobs 2. Boston, MAJob Openings: 132,512Median Pay: $58,387Popular Companies Hiring: State Street, Boston University, Fidelity InvestmentsSee Open Jobs 7. Philadelphia, PAJob Openings: 106,480Median Pay: $53,818Popular Companies Hiring: Comcast, Deloitte, University of PensylvaniaSee Open Jobs 9. Seattle, WAJob Openings: 107,685Median Pay: $59,246Popular Companies Hiring: Amazon, University of Washington, MicrosoftSee Open Jobs 5. Los Angeles, CAJob Openings: 186,062Median Pay: $59,371Popular Companies Hiring: UCLA, University of Southern California, NetflixSee Open Jobs 6. New York, NYJob Openings: 265,577Median Pay: $60,639Popular Companies Hiring: J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Goldman SachsSee Open Jobscenter_img 4. Houston, TXJob Openings: 86,902Median Pay: $54,182Popular Companies Hiring: Infosys, Hewlett-Packard, MD Anderson Cancer CenterSee Open Jobs Looking to make a move this summer? Some of America’s most exciting cities are also hiring like crazy and looking for talented people in industries like manufacturing, retail, education and professional services. Plus, you’ll have access to all the perks of city life: culture, food, mass transit, summer concerts and more.So if you’re looking to change jobs, consider also changing cities. Here are 10 of the best cities for open jobs according to the Glassdoor Local Pay Reports, as of May 2017. Revamp your resume and pack your suitcase!1. Atlanta, GAJob Openings: 102,463Median Pay: $52,524Popular Companies Hiring: Georgia Tech, Emory University, The Home DepotSee Open Jobs 10. Washington D.C.Job Openings: 159,168Median Pay: $51,159Popular Companies Hiring: Booz Allen Hamilton, Tee Advisory Board, DeloitteSee Open Jobs 8. San Francisco, CAJob Openings: 122,090Median Pay: $67,352Popular Companies Hiring: Salesforce, Glassdoor, UC San FranciscoSee Open Jobslast_img read more

7 In-Demand Careers That Are Predicted to Grow by 30 Percent or More

first_img 23 hours ago 23h Member Service Supervisor (MSS) BJ’s Wholesale Club Quincy, MA Plumber C.E. Long Construction New Market, VA 23 hours ago 23h 2.8★ In the early 1800s, gas lamplighters completed an important job. Each night, they’d light the flames on the gas lamps around the city. In the morning, they’d snuff them out again. But once electricity came onto the scene, that job faded into history.Whenever technology advances, the professional landscape changes with it. Some jobs disappear, but others grow by leaps and bounds. By training for a growing field, you can improve your chances for job security in the years to come.According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), these are seven of the fastest-growing careers today. Check out the forecasted growth of these jobs, and learn how you can get in on the action.1. Wind Turbine Service TechniciansAs the world moves toward sustainable energy sources, there will be more and more “green” jobs. Because of that, it makes sense that wind turbine service technicians are one of the fastest-growing jobs today. BLS predicts a whopping 108 percent growth outlook for this position over the next seven years.You could make $52,260 per year installing and repairing wind turbines. Most technicians learn the trade at a technical school and gain plenty of hands-on experience. Besides ample training, the job has one more requirement: You can’t be afraid of heights.See Open Jobs 7. Personal Financial AdvisorsIf you’re a wizard with your personal finances, you might excel at advising others. As a personal financial advisor, you’ll help individuals manage their finances. You might help with taxes, mortgages or retirement planning.You could work at a financial services firm or break out on your own as an independent contractor. Although requirements vary based on your specific role, most financial advisors have a bachelor’s degree in a related field. Plus, a master’s degree or certification could boost your credentials and attract clientele.By advising others about their income, you’ll be making a median of $90,530 per year. And you don’t have to worry about your job getting taken over by robo-advisors — the BLS predicts that the number of personal financial advisors will grow by 30 percent before 2024.See Open Jobs 3.6★ See More Jobs Residential Plumber $3000 Sign-on bonus! Horizon Services Lindenwold, NJ 4.0★ 23 hours ago 23h RN – Soin Medical Center – ICU – Full Time – Nights – **$12,500 Sign-On Bonus Kettering Health Network Beavercreek, OH 23 hours ago 23h 3.2★ 3. Physical TherapistsPhysical therapists help their patients manage pain and recover from injury. As a physical therapist, you’ll show patients how to do therapeutic exercises and improve their mobility. You might incorporate alternative treatments, like yoga and massage therapy.Most physical therapists complete a three-year doctor of physical therapy program. You might also need to complete an internship and meet state licensing requirements. This worthwhile job — which commands a median salary of $85,400 — is predicted to grow by an impressive 34 percent over the next few years.See Open Jobs Safeguard Your Future by Pursuing the Fastest-Growing CareersWith technology advancing at a rapid pace, it’s hard to predict what the future will look like. Some jobs that are common today could be replaced by machines before we know it.You don’t want to find out the hard way that the job you have today will be gone tomorrow. If you’re still figuring out your career, consider training for one of the fastest-growing jobs listed above.Check out data from the BLS to learn which careers are expanding and which ones are going the way of the gas lamplighter. That way, you can ensure job security — and financial well-being — for years to come.This article was originally published on Student Loan Hero. It is reprinted with permission.Browse Open Jobs 2.4★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT (CNA) OR STUDENT NURSING ASSISTANT (SNA) Blessing Health System Quincy, IL N/A Line Cooks Red Robin Hurst, TX 23 hours ago 23h 4. StatisticiansWithout statisticians, we might never have all this data about the fastest-growing careers. Statisticians collect and analyze data to understand patterns and predict trends. They can work in any field or industry, whether that’s in academia, private business or government.To become a statistician, you’ll need at least a bachelor’s degree in statistics or math (though many employers also require a master’s degree). The job pays well, with a median salary of $80,500 per year. And here’s another statistic you’ll like: BLS predicts the job will by grow by 34 percent.See Open Jobs 3.8★ 23 hours ago 23h 6. Ambulance DriversEven with self-driving cars on the horizon, BLS expects ambulance drivers to be one of the fastest-growing careers. In fact, there could be 33 percent more ambulance drivers in 2024 than there were in 2014.To work as an ambulance driver, you must complete 80 to 120 hours of basic EMT training. Plus, you’ll need to be able to handle high-pressure situations that involve medical emergencies. Although you’ll be helping save lives, the work doesn’t pay very well. The BLS puts the median salary at $23,850 per year.See Open Jobs 3.0★ Chili’s – Cook Star Concessions Dallas, TX Residential Plumber Gold Medal Tinton Falls, NJ 23 hours ago 23h 3.5★ 4.8★ Baker Traditions Spirits Thackerville, OK 2. Commercial DiversIf you’re comfortable in the water, you might be interested in becoming a commercial diver, another of today’s fastest-growing jobs. BLS predicts 37 percent job growth for divers, where you could make $53,990 per year inspecting and repairing equipment underwater.Most divers go to diving school; the best ones are accredited by the Association of Commercial Diving Educators. Although the work can be physically demanding, you’ll definitely have the most unique workspace of all your friends.See Open Jobs Part-time Evening Associate Crew Carwash Avon, IN 5. Nurse PractitionerNurse practitioners are advanced registered nurses that largely share the same responsibilities as doctors. They examine patients, diagnose diseases and give treatments. In 21 states, nurse practitioners can work independently of a physician.Not only does this job help people in a major way, but it also pays well. According to the BLS, the median pay for nurse practitioners in 2016 was $107,460. What’s more, this career is expected to grow by 31 percent over the next few years, a rate much faster than the seven percent national average for all occupations.So, how can you snag one of the 53,400 positions expected to open up before 2024? You’ll need to become a registered nurse and earn your Master of Science in nursing. If you worry about accruing student debt while pursuing this career field, you’ll be happy to hear that nurses qualify for student loan forgiveness.In addition to other requirements, you’ll need a license and certification in your state. You might need one, for instance, in an area such as pediatric care or family medicine. As a nurse practitioner, you’ll continue to take classes and earn credits throughout your career.See Open Jobslast_img read more

5 Ways to Compensate for Not Having Enough Experience

first_img Registered Nurse (RN) – Charge Nurse – $7,000 Sign On Bonus EmpRes Healthcare Management Gardnerville, NV So you finally found it — your dream job. There’s just one little problem: the job description rattles off a list of qualifications and experience that you don’t quite have. Talk about discouraging. But even if you don’t check all the required boxes, you should still apply. Why? According to Jason Patel, founder of Transizion and former career ambassador for George Washington University, you may still catch a recruiter’s eye. For example, “there might be keywords on your resume and cover letter that impress or appeal to the hiring manager,” he says. “The key is to get an interview. If you can get your foot in the door, you’re on the right path.” Serena Holmes, CEO and hiring manager at Tigris Events, agrees. “We cannot forget the human factor,” she says. “Hiring and interviewing for a position is an extremely emotional job. If you land the interview and connect with the interviewer on an emotional level, they may disregard the fact that you are not 100 percent qualified for the job they are hiring.” So how do you get your foot in the door — and what do you do in an interview to prove you are the right guy or gal for the job? Here are five ways to compensate for a lack of experience. 1. Customize Your Resume With Key Terms“The worst thing a seemingly underqualified candidate can do is apply with a generic resume,” Patel warns. “If you’re already at a disadvantage, then you shouldn’t dig yourself deeper into the hole.” Instead, study the job listing carefully, focusing on the requirements and qualifications for which the company is looking. “If your experiences match with those terms — look at the action verbs — then put those on your resume,” Patel says. That way, you’ll pass through an initial filter, whether by a machine or a human.How to Customize Your Resume for Each Job You Apply to2. Stand Out With Social MediaSometimes, all it takes to avoid the slush pile is a little name recognition. And one way a hiring manager or recruiter might get to know you and your name is through social media. So, before you apply, “use your social media presence to interact with various aspects of the company,” Holmes recommends. “Plus, comment and share the company’s blog posts and the other components of their social media activity.” 3. Know Your Elevator PitchAn elevator pitch is a synopsis of your experience that you can rattle off quickly — hence the elevator part — that describes why you’re the perfect person for the job. “Your elevator pitch should consist of what you’ve done, what you’re doing and where you’re going,” Patel advises. It’s often used in response to “tell me about yourself,” a question that most recruiters and hiring managers will ask in an interview. So, “prepare a two-minute answer for the [inevitable] interview elevator pitch,” says Patel. Having a succinct, thorough answer will impress them.How To Craft An Irresistible Elevator Pitch (& Deliver It Like A Pro)4. Link UpIf you can find the hiring manager or the head of the recruiting department, you can “stand out by connecting with them on LinkedIn, liking their content and creating and sharing your own content,” Holmes says. “This will keep you top of mind and help you catch the recruiter’s eye.” It’s also worth reaching out to current employees of the company to find out what it’s like to work there, and maybe even eventually asking for a referral.5. Be ConfidentEven if you’re convinced you don’t have the qualifications to snag the job, don’t let a recruiter or hiring manager see your concern, Patel encourages. “Sounding confident is a key to human communication,” he explains. “Many professionals climb the ladder by acting and sounding confident.” But how, as they say, can you fake it until you make it? “Talking points that help you speak in a clear and confident manner will allow you to project charisma and confidence,” Patel points out, “and that is always a good thing.”Browse Open Jobs 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h RN, Registered Nurse – OP Chemotherapy CHRISTUS Health Houston, TX Director, Advanced Technology Policy General Motors United States Deli Associate F&M Deli & Restaurant Mount Laurel, NJ 3.5★ ICU Registered Nurse Del Sol Medical Center El Paso, TX 4.5★ 2.5★ LCPC – Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center Chicago, IL 2.8★ See More Jobs Interior Designer – St. Louis & Dallas Oculus Saint Louis, MO 23 hours ago 23h 3.4★center_img Service Advisor Prime Motor Group Saco, ME 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h N/A 3.1★ Registered Nurse Supervisor RN Waterbury Gardens Nursing and Rehab Waterbury, CT 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h N/A 23 hours ago 23h Administartive Assistant Sentry Mechanical Pittsburgh, PA 23 hours ago 23h 2.3★ 4.7★last_img read more

Your Coworkers Are Leaving. Should You Do the Same?

first_img 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Service Advisor Prime Motor Group Saco, ME 3.4★ Director, Advanced Technology Policy General Motors United States Having a group of great coworkers could spell the difference between enjoying your time spent at work and dreading the idea of going into the office every day. But what happens when your colleagues start leaving the company in rapid succession? Do you stick it out in the hopes their replacements will be just as awesome, or do you hop aboard that bandwagon and quit yourself? It’s a tough call to make, so here’s how to reconcile it.People Are Important at WorkRemember back in the day when you learned about peer pressure? Your parents probably gave you that whole “If your friends jumped off a bridge, would you do it, too?” speech to drive home the point that it’s generally better to be your own person and make your own decisions.But the scenario described above is a little different, because we’re not talking about a leaving a job for the sake of doing the cool or popular thing. Rather, it’s a matter of preserving your happiness. If your coworkers are what make your job more pleasant, and the bulk of them leave, it’s bound to impact your happiness in a negative way.Not only that, but research from Rutgers University has shown that having strong relationships with colleagues can improve performance. If you have coworkers you get along with, you’ll have an easier time asking for help as needed without worrying about being judged. Having solid relationships with colleagues in different areas of your company can also help you gain access to key insight and information you may not otherwise be privy to. And then there’s morale to consider — employees who have friends at the office report being in a good mood more often, which could translate into increased motivation and better output. So when those awesome colleagues go away, the opposite can occur — your outlook can take a turn for the negative and your performance can quickly begin to follow suit.20 Companies Where Employees Are the HappiestGet to the Bottom of ThingsPersonal impacts aside, when deciding whether to follow your colleagues out the door, it’s important to think about why they’re leaving. Is it coincidental that several of them happened to get better offers around the same time? Or were they actively trying to leave because they recognized that they were stuck in dead-end jobs or that impending company changes would’ve made their job situations worse? If an unusually large number of colleagues are leaving at once, chances are, there’s a reason for it, and that alone might raise a red flag.Making the CallIt’s natural to be tempted to follow your colleagues’ lead when the bulk of them decide to leave your company and go elsewhere. But before you do, think about your own status at work. Are you happy with your title, tasks and salary? Does your company give you the flexibility needed to maintain a decent work-life balance? Moving to a new employer means grappling with a series of unknowns, so if you like most aspects of your job, it may be worth it to stay put, ride out the upcoming transition and see what sort of new colleagues you wind up with.Furthermore, if you’re generally happy at work and have a bunch of colleagues leaving, that could serve as an opportunity for you to take over some of their responsibilities and prove what a valuable asset you are to the company. Being that person who shows those incoming new hires the ropes can also help you stand out to your employer and perhaps pave the way to a promotion.How to Get A PromotionOn the other hand, if you’re not necessarily in love with your job and don’t see a compelling reason to stay, you might consider jumping ship along with your colleagues. This especially holds true if your work is collaborative in nature, and you feel that losing those coworkers will substantially impact day-to-day life at the office.Or, the answer might lie somewhere in the middle: Let your colleagues leave, see how things shake out at your current company, but have an exit strategy in case things quickly take a turn for the worse. Having terrific colleagues can truly turn an otherwise tough work situation into a bearable or even enjoyable one, so it’s perfectly OK to acknowledge that loss and let it drive your own career-related decisions.Related Links:7 Ways to Maximize Your IncomeForget Mars: The City of Tomorrow Will Be in Arizona3 In-Demand Jobs That Let You Work RemotelyThis article was originally published on The Motley Fool. It is reprinted with permission. Registered Nurse (RN) – Charge Nurse – $7,000 Sign On Bonus EmpRes Healthcare Management Gardnerville, NV 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h RN, Registered Nurse – OP Chemotherapy CHRISTUS Health Houston, TX ICU Registered Nurse Del Sol Medical Center El Paso, TX 4.7★ View More Jobs 23 hours ago 23h N/A LCPC – Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center Chicago, IL Deli Associate F&M Deli & Restaurant Mount Laurel, NJ 2.5★ 23 hours ago 23h 2.3★ N/A Registered Nurse Supervisor RN Waterbury Gardens Nursing and Rehab Waterbury, CT 23 hours ago 23h Administartive Assistant Sentry Mechanical Pittsburgh, PA 2.8★ Hot New Jobs For You 23 hours ago 23h Interior Designer – St. Louis & Dallas Oculus Saint Louis, MO 4.5★ 3.1★ 3.5★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23hlast_img read more

Huddersfield only want loan deal for Chelsea midfielder Izzy Brown

first_imgOnly a loan deal is likely for Huddersfield over Chelsea midfielder Izzy Brown.The Huddersfield Examiner says Brown’s move to Huddersfield Town is not happening.It was claimed an £8m permanent deal was being discussed between Huddersfield and Chelsea.Brown impressed on loan at Huddersfield last season and the Terriers are seeking new recruits ahead of their first campaign in the Premier League.But there are no talks currently taking place and that any deal would likely be on loan terms.last_img

Arsenal boss Wenger seeks to intensify talks for Lacazette deal

first_imgArsenal boss Arsene Wenger is ready to focus on signing Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette this summer.The Daily Mail says Wenger is set to accelerate his interest in Lacazette a year after he launched a failed £35m bid to sign the player.Lacazette scored 37 goals in 45 games for Lyon last season including 28 in Ligue 1 and looked set to leave for Atletico Madrid before a transfer embargo was imposed on the Spanish club.The 26-year-old has already confirmed his desire to leave the club and has also suggested Arsenal losing their Champions League status would not necessarily stop a deal.Lyon will demand significantly more than the £35m Arsenal offered last summer.last_img

​Ex-Chelsea star Burley: Arsenal has Lacazette over Aubameyang

first_imgThe transfer of Alexandre Lacazette to Arsenal is imminent, says former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley.Lacazette is being allowed to leave Lyon this summer, with a number of potential suitors showing interest. According to Burley, Arsenal has prioritised the 25-year old – who scored 37 goals last season – above another available target, Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.”He’s had a good few seasons at Lyon, I saw him play in the Champions League last year a couple of times,” Burley said on ESPN FC.”The only thing I would say, it seems for the last two or three years we have talked about this guy leaving.”Nobody has really taken the bait and paid, a bit like Aubameyang at Dortmund, nobody seems to be going that extra mile to get him.”But I do get the feeling this year could be the year for him.”What we’re hearing and what we’re hearing from a couple of our colleagues, primarily back in the UK, is that Arsenal are more keen on him than they are on Aubameyang for various reasons.”I think that could be a move that happens for him and Arsenal.”last_img read more

Stuttgart, Wolfsburg chasing Chelsea midfelder Mario Pasalic

first_imgVfB Stuttgart are chasing Chelsea midfelder Mario Pasalic.Pasalic spent last season on-loan at AC Milan and is attracting a raft of enquiries this summer.Kicker says Stuttgart, Wolfsburg and Red Bull Salzburg have all made contact about the midfielder’s availability.Pasalic, 20, is tied to Chelsea until 2018, which leaves this summer’s transfer window their last chance to cash in.The midfielder is yet to make a competitive appearance for Chelsea.last_img

Help! My Boss Hates Marketing!

first_img“Help! My boss hates marketing!” is one of the most common comments I get from people who speak to me after my presentations. Here are some quick answers to: “How do I get my boss/board/team to value/fund/stop hating marketing?”Simply stated, you don’t. Instead, you do the following six things.1. Stop calling it marketing. Call it something else.Instead of trying to convince your boss, board or team to love marketing, try showing them what THEY care about and how you can make that happen.2. Show how your “initiative” meets their agenda. Don’t position your agenda as a marketing campaign; frame it as your initiative to support your boss’s goals, in your boss’s language. Demonstrate how you are going to help make that fundraising goal, audience behavior change or front-page newspaper story happen.3. Make it about the audience.A good way to depersonalize different visions for “marketing” is to make it about your audience’s preferences rather than a philosophical tug of war between you and said boss. A little audience research is great fodder for advancing your agenda.4. Report every wee step of progress.Every single time anything good happens, be sure the boss knows it. Identify some early, likely wins toward your boss’s goals and report victories.5. Give your boss credit and put him or her in the spotlight. When good things happen, give credit to your boss. Create a dashboard that shows progress against your boss’s goals and let your boss show that progress to the board. Your boss will like you for it. If you pitched your organization’s story in a completely new, marketing-savvy way to reporters and that yielded your boss’s photo in the paper, all the better.6. Seek forgiveness, not permission. If all else fails, just do what you want to do anyway, quietly, and tell your boss about it when something good happens.last_img read more

Quick Tips on Great Email Subject Lines

first_imgLots of great ideas here for you to put to use. I urge you to experiment, but wait to complete the body of the email before you write the subject line. Review the email to identify the most compelling element; then feature that in the subject line.Source: http://www.gettingattention.org/my_weblog/2007/03/more_tips_on_gr.htmlAbout the AuthorNancy E. Schwartz helps nonprofits succeed through effective marketing and communications. As President of Nancy Schwartz & Company (http://www.nancyschwartz.com/), Nancy and her team provide marketing planning and implementation services to organizations as varied as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Center for Asian American Media, and Wake County (NC) Health Services.Subscribe to her free e-newsletter “Getting Attention”, (http://www.nancyschwartz.com/getting_attention.html) and read her blog at http://www.gettingattention.org/ for more insights, ideas and great tips on attracting the attention your organization deserves.NOTE: You’re welcome to “reprint” this article online as long as it remains complete and unaltered (including the copyright and “about the author” info at the end), and you send a copy of your reprint. Tell it like it isThe just the facts approach works best when you have a specific audience and know their interests There’s no more important content in your organization’s email and e-newsletters than the subject line.I’ve thought and written a lot about this topic, but was struck by these imaginative suggestions from Gail Goodman, CEO of e-newsletter service provider Constant Contact:Ask a questionObviously, the question has to be relevant to your audiences Get up close and personalUse “you” in the subject line — Your gift can change this family’s life. Be a teaseYou’re not going to believe this…last_img read more

Call for Posts: Launch of “Mental Health: The Missing Piece in Maternal Health” Series

first_imgPosted on May 28, 2015October 24, 2016By: Katie Millar, Technical Writer, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)To explore knowledge gaps and current and past successful approaches in maternal mental health, The Maternal Health Task Force at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Mental Health Innovation Network at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Dr. Jane Fisher of Monash University are hosting the blog series, “Mental health: the missing piece in maternal health.” This blog series will bring light to a myriad issues that encompass maternal mental health: from determinants of mental health disorders and the importance of measurement to maternal mental health’s relationship with gender equality, child development and family dynamics. We invite you to participate in the series by contributing a post and following the series.The World Health Organization defines health as “a complete state of physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Yet, mental health is often absent in maternal health programs, indicators and research. This leaves mental health a neglected pillar of maternal health care, resulting in poor health outcomes along the continuum of care. Mental health is not only an aspect of maternal health, but inherently linked to all facets of a woman’s health.First associated with pregnancy in 1858 by Louis-Victor Marcé, maternal mental health was not formally evaluated or recognized until 1964 when Paffenberger first described psychosis in the postpartum period and 1968 when Pitt first recognized and described postpartum depression. Since then, the study and understanding of the relationship between pregnancy and mental health has grown into a discipline of its own, yet we have a lot of progress to make in both research and clinical care of maternal mental health, especially in low-resource settings.Today, mental health disorders, most commonly depression or anxiety, occur in 10% of pregnant women and 13% of women who have given birth. However, these rates are representative of only high-income countries. A dearth of maternal mental health research in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) has made it difficult to assess disease prevalence and understand the complex factors that affect prevention and treatment of these disorders in this vulnerable population.What we do know is that 85% of LMICs have no data on maternal mental health and as of 2012 there were only 34 studies in LMICs on mental health in the postpartum period. From the few studies from LMICs, we know that low-socioeconomic status, intimate partner violence (IPV), poor quality intimate partner and family relationships, poor reproductive health status and a history of mental health problems predisposes women for mental health disorders throughout pregnancy. Education, employment, structured direct care of the woman and an affectionate intimate partner relationship all protect the woman in this setting from mental health disturbances. In order to address the great inequalities in maternal mental health in LMICs, it is critical that researchers and program implementers bolster the evidence base and translate what we know works in high-income settings to interventions that are appropriate for low-income settings.But maternal mental health is more than just the prevention and treatment of a disorder. Suicide during pregnancy and beyond is not often accounted for in maternal mortality even though in some areas it can account for 20-33% of maternal deaths. Also, mental health disturbances affect a woman’s ability to seek perinatal care and adhere to pregnancy care plans, such as daily iodine supplements, affecting both her health and the health of her baby.The relationship between a woman’s mental health status and the health of her newborn extends into early childhood and beyond. Women with maternal mental health disorders are more likely to have a premature and low birth weight baby who then faces poor cognitive and motor development, stunting and behavioral and emotional problems.Questions and topics for potential guest posts:Addressing risks, research and programs in LMICs: What unique risks does a woman face in regards to her mental health in LMICs? What are the research priorities for the maternal health community? How do we translate what we know about maternal mental health into low-resource settings? What are the inequities in maternal mental health disorders between women in LMICs and high income countries.Measurement: Currently the measurement of maternal mental health indicators are nearly absent in policy, programs and national frameworks. Do you have an experience of success in implementing maternal mental health indicators? How would the prevalence and treatment of maternal mental health change if measurement was improved? Would support for maternal mental health improve if suicide was considered a part of maternal mortality? What should we be measuring and which indicators are valid and reliable?Stigma and Gender: How does stigma affect the identification, prevention and treatment of maternal mental health disorders? How do stigma and gender inequalities work together against preventing and treating these disorders? Do pregnant women face unique barriers that other women or men do not face? Do we have to use psychiatric language when we talk about maternal mental health? Is there other language we can use that decreases stigma?Maternal mental health and the life course: How do early childhood experience, like sexual abuse, and IPV affect the maternal mental health? How does taking a life course approach to maternal mental health change where we focus our attention for prevention? How do maternal mental health disorders affect not only a newborn, but other children and family members? How does a family’s expectations of and relationship with the mother affect her risk for mental health disorders?Maternal mental health in the context of overall health: How can respectful and responsive care impact a woman’s mental health? How does a woman’s biological health affect her risk for mental health disorders and vice versa? How do maternal mental health disorders affect a woman’s ability to seek and receive appropriate care?Strategies for reducing and treating maternal mental health disorders: Which strategies have you found effective in the prevention, support and treatment of maternal mental health disorders? How have you made these strategies context appropriate in low-resource settings?You may also feel free to suggest your own topic to our editors.General guidelines for guest blog posts:Please include the author name, title, and photoGoal: Guest posts should raise questions, discuss lessons learned, analyze programs, describe research, offer recommendations, share resources, or offer critical insight.Audience: The audience for this series is health and development professionals working in maternal and newborn health around the world, primarily in resource-constrained settingsTone: Conversational. Doesn’t need to meet professional publication standardsFeel free to choose your own style or approach. Q/A as well as lists (eg. top ten lessons) can often be effective ways of organizing blog posts.Length: 400-600 wordsNo institutional promotionPlease include links to sources such as websites and/or publicationsMay also include photos and videos, please include a caption and a credit for the photoTo contribute a post to this series, please contact Katie Millar at kmillar@hsph.harvard.edu.Submissions to this series will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis, but preference will be given to posts received by June 8th, 2015.Posts in this series will be shared on the MHTF blog and the Mental Health Innovation Network blog—and may be cross-posted on other leading global health and development blogs.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Guided by principles? Heather Graham? Wall Street?

first_imgWhen the goal of a company is to cover people, it makes radically different decisions than one driven to make profits for its shareholders. We can speak first-hand about the differences. For one, traditional insurers often try to eliminate the sickest, most at-risk from their pool of enrollees. Our goal, on the other hand, is to keep people in the group, no matter their health status. So whereas a traditional insurer might cut a plan or benefit that attracts less healthy people, we try to find the right balance of benefits and pricing to keep people on the plan and work to subsidize their costs in other ways. For example, we may decide to take on more actuarial risk to keep prices down and keep people insured.Maybe Ms. Graham’s next collaboration with MoveOn can feature her not just running fast, but developing good form and best practices? We’d be happy to train along with her. Have you seen MoveOn’s latest video in support of a public option? Heather Graham (playing the public option in a pair of running shoes) sure looks good compared to all those big, lazy insurance companies. You can tell she’s different, and as the voice-over tells us, “a public option is the key to quality, affordable health care for Americans.” The video argues that a public option would encourage healthy competition that’s good for consumers. But that’s not all! Really, a public option isn’t just any competition, it’s a totally different kind of insurance company. What does that difference look like? Here’s an excerpt of something we wrote recently:Whether it’s a public plan, health insurance cooperatives, social-purpose insurance companies, or some combination of the three, there should be plans in the private market that seek to cover people, not maximize profit.last_img read more

Plagiarism can wreck a writing career: How to avoid it

first_imgWe all know that plagiarism is wrong. It was drummed into our heads in every English class we ever took, and it’s a sure-fire way to sabotage a writing career.But plagiarism happens – and cribbing content from another source isn’t always a premeditated act of subterfuge, it’s often an unthinking act of assimilation. We see and hear language that has been plagiarized more than we may think.For example, political speech and ghostwriters frequently face allegations of plagiarism. The most likely reason for this is that speech writers are often discouraged from being “creative.” Political speeches typically thrive on the familiar. Writers are encouraged to stay within certain boundaries and provide generalized ideas with which many people can identify.There have been several noteworthy cases that have happened recently – most notably the uproar over the resemblance between Melania Trump’s Republican convention speech and First Lady Michelle Obama’s original speech at the Democratic convention years earlier.Hillary Clinton has been accused of plagiarizing large sections of text from a number of speeches she made while she was Secretary of State. She has also reused some content she wrote in a review of World Order by Henry Kissinger – an article that was published in the Washington Post on September 2014.MSNB talk show host Rachel Maddow accused Senator Rand Paul of taking certain sections from a Wikipedia article about a sci-fi movie called “Gattaca.”Rand Paul said that he has implemented safeguards to prevent any plagiarism in the future, and Hillary Clinton has given up trying to hide the fact that she has repeatedly stolen rhetoric from other sources.4 tips on what writers can do to avoid plagiarismIt doesn’t matter what exactly you write – a speech for politics, a script for a movie, a short story or anything else, it makes sense to take care of the originality of your writing. Plagiarism is a tricky thing: there are different types of plagiarism, and sometimes it’s rather difficult to recognize it at first sight. So let me give you 4 tips on how to avoid plagiarism in your creative writing.1. Carry out an extensive researchAs a writer, I know that research is a significant part of the process – especially when you’re writing informative content. Doing your own original research will help you avoid the temptation to use ideas and language of other writers in your work.2. Cite properlyAny facts that aren’t considered “common knowledge” must be cited, especially if you’re writing an academic paper. A blog article won’t always have the same level of rigidity as an academic paper, but you still don’t want to directly copy information.Instead, you should try to put your own spin on it by mixing that idea with one of your own. This will allow you to get the information you need without plagiarizing.3. Give referencesIf you’re going to cite information from other sources, you need to tell your readers where you got it from. You can try using RefME, a citation generator, which cites any type of source (book, video, blog post, legal bill, review and many others) in different styles (APA, MLA, Harvard, Chicago, etc.).4. Use plagiarism detection softwareAnother useful tool (and it comes in handy if you’re writing online content) is a plagiarism checker, which will check your work for any sections or phrases that have been previously published. Unplag is great for this type of checking, and I would recommend you use it. It could, after all, save your job and your writing career.Final ThoughtsThere’s no question that plagiarism is the enemy of any professional writer. There may be many different reasons why it’s so common in that field, but there are certain things writers can do to prevent these problems from occurring.Even accidental plagiarism can be a problem, which is why many writers are encouraged to use online checkers or citation generators as a form of quality control for pieces that are scheduled for publication.But even with these tools and apps, there are still some things that they can do to make sure they don’t run into a problem during the final edit. It’s often said that “an ounce of preventions is worth a pound of cure.” I think that’s true.last_img read more

4 Reasons to List or Buy a Home in December

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7 Recipes for Your Excess Summer Produce

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8 Ways to Navigate the Student Loan Waters

first_imgIf you’re in default, Jay Fleischman, a student loan and bankruptcy attorney, says you may be able to consolidate your loans under the U.S. Department of Education’s Direct Consolidation Loan Program, which is free and does not depend on creditworthiness.  “You could also rehabilitate by making nine agreed-upon monthly payments over a 10-month period of time with the collector assigned to the account. Those payments may be adjusted based on your income, and payments can be as low as $5 per month,” he says.For private student loan borrowers, “the situation is markedly different because there is no right to consolidate or rehabilitate unless the lender has a specific program to do so,” says Fleischman. Contact your loan servicer and learn about ways you may be able to reduce or eliminate payments until you get back on your feet, he says.If your lender won’t budge, you may choose to remain in default until a settlement opportunity presents itself or until the statute of limitations for collection expires. As a last resort, you may also consider bankruptcy as a way to wipe out other debts and repay your student loans under court supervision. “Though bankruptcy may not wipe out your student loans except in limited circumstances, many people opt for bankruptcy as a way to get more control over the ways in which your loans get paid,” says Fleischman.Tap Home Equity…With CautionHomeowners may be eligible to use a home equity line of credit (HELOC) to pay off their remaining student loan balance. This allows them to pay off the student loan with the existing equity in their home and save money if the HELOC has a lower interest rate than the student loan.There’s also a new program offered by online lender SoFi called the Student Loan Payoff ReFi that allows some homeowners to pay down student debt using their home’s equity.  SoFi refinances the total amount of your student loans and existing mortgage at a lower rate. Through that process your student loan balance is paid off directly to the loan provider.To qualify, SoFi says borrowers need healthy credit scores (check your free credit score to verify you qualify), a debt-to-income ratio that’s 45% or less (calculate debt-to-income ratio to see if you fall under this number) and a loan-to-value ratio that’s 80% or less (meaning you can’t be underwater on your mortgage). You can calculate your debt-to-income ratio with Turbo, andJust keep in mind that when paying off your student loans with home equity – be it through SoFi or another lender – if you default on the consolidated loan the lender has the right to use your home as collateral and foreclose on the property. It’s a serious risk if you don’t have enough in savings or stable income to help you get by during tough times.Remember to Deduct ItStudent loans are no fun, but paying them can yield lower taxes. Each year the IRS lets borrowers deduct up to $2,500 in student loan interest from their taxable income.Maybe Your Employer Can Help?A growing number of companies are helping employees squash their student loans as an added perk like a 401(k) and health care.Gradifi is a Boston-based start-up that’s working with over 200 employers to set up its student loan pay down plan, including PriceWaterhouseCoopers.It’s a trend that’s likely to grow over the years with more than 50 percent of student loan borrowers saying they would rather receive student loan benefits than heath care from their employer.Start a Side Hustle While it’s important to cut back on spending to make room for paying down debt, that move alone isn’t always enough. “Pinching pennies and cutting back is really useful as an initial strategy, but at some point, there’s only so much you can cut back,” says Lockert, whose now chronicled her debt payoff strategies in the book Dear Debt: A Story About Breaking Up With Debt.Through a series of side hustles over the years, including housecleaning, event assisting and pet sitting, earning $10 to $50 per hour, Lockert managed to not only afford her living expenses, but also erase five figures worth of student loan debt.Depending on your interests, you can find relatively easy gigs at sites like TaskRabbit, Tutor.com, GigWalk and Care.com. Have a question for Farnoosh? You can submit your questions via Twitter @Farnoosh, Facebook or email at farnoosh@farnoosh.tv (please note “Mint Blog” in the subject line).Farnoosh Torabi is America’s leading personal finance authority hooked on helping Americans live their richest, happiest lives. From her early days reporting for Money Magazine to now hosting a primetime series on CNBC and writing monthly for O, The Oprah Magazine, she’s become our favorite go-to money expert and friend. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) RelatedWhat to Do If Your Wages Are Being Garnished for Student LoansAugust 28, 2019In “Student Finances”Discretionary Income and Student Loans: What Does It Mean?August 19, 2019In “Financial Goals”Student Loan Assistance Programs: What You Need to KnowAugust 20, 2019In “Student Finances” Shortly after graduating from New York University with a Master’s degree, Melanie Lockert turned to food stamps, as she worked her way out of $81,000 in student loans.“There were a lot of emotions around carrying that debt. It caused a lot of stress and depression and anxiety for a long time,” she shared with me recently during an interview on my podcast.The student loan crisis in America has reached epidemic proportions. With households across the country carrying $1.26 trillion in student loans, it is the second largest category of debt following mortgage debt.For the class of 2016, the average student loan balance is $37,172, up six percent from the previous year, according to a new analysis by student loan expert Mark Kantrowitz published in the Wall Street Journal.If you’re struggling to make ends meet due to student loans or wondering how you’ll ever pay off the debt in a timely manner, here are some key steps to support you along the way.Never Pay Late. Ever.Whoever likes to call student loans “good debt,” has probably never faced a late payment. “Falling behind on payments can cause federal loans to enter default, triggering expensive fees and collections,” says Heather Jarvis, attorney and student loan expert.If you miss several payments and are in default, federal loan borrowers may also seize your wages, tax refunds and possibly social security benefits. And you can only imagine how all this can damage your credit score. (Keep reading for advice on what to do if you’re already in default.)To avoid ever paying late, sign up for automatic payments with your lender. Doing so could also earn you a reduced interest rate (usually 0.25%), which could save you hundreds of dollars, maybe more, over the life of your loan.Extend the TermSpeaking of your loan’s life, extending the term from 10 to 15 or 20 years could provide you with some payment relief since when you extend the term, your monthly payments decrease.Bear in mind that since your interest rate remains the same this strategy may mean you’ll end up paying more to pay off the loan over time.One way to avoid paying too much more interest is to take advantage of the smaller monthly payments for only a window of time. As soon as your finances strengthen place more than the monthly minimum towards your balance to help you get out of debt closer to your original term. Be sure to place extra payments directly towards the principal to knock down the debt even faster.Tap Government AssistanceIf you have federal student loans you may qualify for Income-Based Repayment (IBR), a government program that helps qualifying borrowers cap loan payments to a percentage of income, typically 10% of their income. The program will also forgive any remaining student loan debt after 20 or 25 years of making payments.The Department of Education also has a program called Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF). If you work full-time for a “public service” employer such as not-for-profits, AmeriCorps or PeaceCorps, the military or a government agency, PLSF may forgive your remaining federal loan debt after 10 years of employment.If You’re Already Behind…You Have Optionscenter_img Post navigationlast_img read more

Putting Leonardo DiCaprio’s Words into Action: 3 Ways to Ensure Responsible Land and Resource Governance

first_imgAt the Golden Globe Awards, Leonardo DiCaprio dedicated his award for Best Actor to the First Nations and Indigenous Peoples of the world. Speaking directly to these populations in his speech, he stated “it is time that we recognized your history and that we protect your indigenous lands from corporate interests and people that are out there to exploit them. It is time that we heard your voice and protected this planet for future generations.”Ensuring that indigenous and community land rights are respected and protected is important, not only from a human rights perspective, but also as a sound climate mitigation strategy. While there are several ways to achieve secure community land rights, one important approach involves helping governments make socially equitable land decisions.How Do Land Conflicts Arise?In many parts of the world, conflicts arise when outsiders claim rights over indigenous and community land. In many parts of Africa and other places around the world, governments legally own or “hold in trust for the people” all land in the country. Many governments designate a considerable percentage of land for various public purposes, such as infrastructure and protected areas , which sometimes encroach on regions historically held and used by Indigenous Peoples and local communities. In other cases, governments transfer or lease land occupied by communities to private companies for natural resource extraction, plantation farming, and other economic activities. When governments extinguish or restrict land and resource rights for these purposes—and especially when governments are corrupt and misuse their authority—communities are at risk of losing their homes and livelihoods.Yet with the right laws and policies, governments can balance the need for secure land rights and public demands. Three actions can help ensure responsible land and resource governance:1) Governments should only compulsorily acquire or restrict land rights for genuine public purposes.Governments often acquire land for legitimate public purposes, such as schools, hospitals and airports. However, in some cases, government-acquired land is designated for purposes that do not serve public interests. In Uganda, government land, originally acquired for conservation purposes, was subsequently transferred to private sugar and palm oil companies. In other cases, land may initially be intended to serve a genuine public purpose, but the government ultimately fails to achieve that goal due to poor planning and financial constraints.To ensure land continues to serve the public interest, governments should establish democratic processes by which the public can meaningfully participate in land decisions. These processes should include consultations with the public and local landholders. Governments should also conduct social impact assessments to analyze the public benefits against the costs borne by affected landholders. If the costs significantly outweigh the benefits, governments should return land to the original landholders.2) Laws should limit government discretion to compulsorily acquire or restrict land rights.In almost all countries, governments must establish a public purpose justification for restricting or limiting land rights. According to a preliminary analysis by WRI’s Land and Resource Rights Initiative, 10 of the 30 national legal systems assessed in Asia, Africa and Latin America grant executive branches broad discretion to interpret what constitutes a “public purpose.” In Zambia, for example, the president can acquire land “whenever he is of the opinion” that it is in the public interest to do so.Without effective legal measures to check this discretion, governments in these countries can abuse their authority, and arbitrarily eliminate or restrict land rights even when doing so does not serve a genuine public purpose. Under such circumstances, indigenous and local communities are at risk of losing their land rights for questionable purposes.Laws and policymakers should clearly define procedures for determining whether the extinguishment or restriction of land rights for public purposes is justified. Governments should democratize the legal process for acquiring land, ensuring that the public and affected landholders are consulted and empowered to challenge decisions in court. And lawmakers should limit executive agencies from acting outside the law and altering the purposes for which acquired land is used, unless they receive judicial or legislative approval.3) Governments should consider ways of achieving public purposes without disrupting land and resource rights.Infringements on land and resource rights should only occur when there are no less-intrusive alternatives – a measure of last resort. In many cases, governments can serve many public purposes without acquiring land in a compulsory manner. For example, Australia recently established an innovative new conservation program that allows private landowners to form agreements with the government to conserve and restore native vegetation on their land.Governments can also grant communities land and resource rights without jeopardizing the public good. In Brazil, for example, the government established “extractive reserves,” state-owned lands allocated to traditional communities for sustainable use. These community-managed areas have dramatically lower deforestation rates than other parts of the Brazilian Amazon.Looking Ahead: Improving Land Governance in 2016Land disputes between governments and communities are common throughout the world. However, the amount and severity of these disputes may decrease if government land genuinely serves the public, if laws limit government authority, and if governments view disruption of land and resource rights as a last resort. 2016 is a new year—a new opportunity to turn the tide, respect indigenous and community land rights, and ensure the responsible governance of the world’s land and natural resources.last_img read more