10 of the best online resources for education (and many are free!)

first_imgCreativity and StorytellingZooBurstWith ZooBurst, storytellers can create online 3D pop-up books on PCs or tablets, which can be linked to or embedded on a web page. Authors/creators can find images and combine them with text to create narrative content. Augmented reality is a really neat touch – hold up printed out pages in front of a webcam and it’ll come alive in 3D.ComicLifeUsing digital photos found in libraries, online or taken in real-life, teachers and students can create comic pages to create high-impact and memorable stories with ComicLife. Children might be more easily persuaded to engage in material which is visually compelling, using their creativity and imagination to create their own narratives.PixtonWith the emergence of graphic novels as legitimate reading material, comics have become particularly interesting to educators, bridging the gap between learning and entertainment. With Pixton, teachers create classroom sites, which students join to use a step-by-step comic creator. They build their own visual stories, indulging their artistic and creative sides.StorybirdWith Storybird, teachers and students can create their own narratives through a free online social community, combining their own words with a library of unique curated art supplied by artists. These stories, which could be about any subject (such as science or history) can be shared or even printed for a fee.I Can PresentGreen-screen technology is not something you associate with teaching, but with I Can Present it’s possible to become broadcast journalists by creating and filming presentations in front of appropriate backgrounds uploaded using image files, combined with the use of a teleprompter. An interesting way to build speaking, listening and creative writing skills. To receive further resources and information like this, sign up to our Intel Education Newsletter Follow us on Twitter or FacebookDiscover more about how Intel is powering innovation in education The internet offers numerous online resources for education. However due to the vast array of tools available it can often be confusing for teachers, students and parents to decide which ones to use and which ones really assist in student learning. In order to help you out, and for our own interest, we asked our Intel Education Ambassadors to list their favourite ones.For a bit of background information, the majority of our Ambassadors are teachers themselves. They are also, to a greater or lesser degree, involved in deciding which technologies find their way into the classrooms of their schools and colleges. They therefore have first-hand experience of using these online tools and resources in the classroom and knowledge of which ones really engage their students.As the list did grow quite long, we’ve split them into those focused on collaboration and communication, and those on creativity and storytelling – though there’s naturally some crossover. Many of the resources are ideally suited to 2 in 1 devices, allowing as they do individual input through a traditional keyboard, and further collaboration and presentation in a tablet form.We hope you find them both useful and inspirational. Visit the Intel Education website for more thought-provoking content.center_img Collaboration and CommunicationToday’s MeetToday’s Meet is a tool which helps teachers generate real-time digital conversations about topics covered in the classroom through easy-to-create chat rooms. These are flexible enough to carry wider conversations between different classes and conduct other useful collaborative tasks.ScribblarScribblar allows the creation of online whiteboards encouraging collaboration between students and teachers. Multiple users can use the whiteboards for drawing, writing and downloading images on different devices such as mobiles, tablets and laptop PCs, communicating through messages or voice chat.CreatelyA business productivity tool that may also be useful for older students. Creately is a tool which allows users to create many different types of diagram, including mind maps and flowcharts. Teachers could also use it in subjects like Chemistry and Maths, such as the creation of Venn diagrams and other projects to share with students.Bubbl.usVisual aids such as mind maps and flowcharts can be useful in education, allowing students to learn visually – very effective in aiding memory and organising thoughts. Bubbl.us allows children and teachers to get stuck in with building these types of diagram in the cloud, which they can then share with others.SeesawSeesaw is a tool which allows students to create their own online journals or portfolios, allowing teachers to see their digital and physical work (captured through photography) all in one place. They can also add text and voice recordings to these which allow them to look back and develop an academic voice. Teachers can also share items with parents when required. last_img read more

Why there is so little breathable oxygen in space

first_imgYou breathe it every minute, but there’s hardly any molecular oxygen—otherwise known as O2—in space. In 1998, NASA even launched a satellite that was supposed to find lots of molecular oxygen but never did—except when scientists, worried that the instrument was faulty, aimed it at Earth. Now, a ground-based experiment has revealed why this life-giving molecule is so rare in the cosmos: because oxygen atoms cling tightly to stardust, preventing them from joining together to form oxygen molecules. The discovery should yield insight into the chemical conditions that prevail when stars and planets arise.Oxygen is the third most common element in the universe, after hydrogen and helium, and in the 1970s astronomers predicted that molecular oxygen would be the third most common interstellar molecule, after molecular hydrogen (H2) and carbon monoxide (CO). It obviously isn’t. In fact, astronomers have detected interstellar molecular oxygen in only two places: the Orion Nebula and the Rho Ophiuchi cloud. But even there the molecule is much rarer than theory predicts. For example, hydrogen molecules in the Orion Nebula outnumber oxygen molecules a million to one.To explain the scarcity, astronomers recently proposed that oxygen atoms bind tightly to the dust particles that pepper space clouds. “Everybody knows that the binding energy of atomic oxygen is very important,” says Jiao He, an experimental astrophysicist at Syracuse University in New York. “But there was no experimental measurement of this parameter.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Now, He and his colleagues have measured this number. The scientists heated two types of solids that make up interstellar dust grains—water ice and silicate—to see how readily oxygen atoms escape. As they recently reported in The Astrophysical Journal, the binding energy of oxygen is more than twice what scientists had calculated decades ago: 0.14 electron volts for water ice and 0.16 electron volts for silicate. That’s high enough to keep oxygen atoms stuck to stardust without the minimal heat of cold interstellar clouds dislodging them. The Orion Nebula may owe its small quantity of molecular oxygen to a shock wave that ripped atoms from the dust grains; Earth’s air abounds with oxygen because trees and other plants put it there.”It’s a very valuable measurement,” says Gary Melnick, an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who recently predicted a binding energy about that high. “It explains a lot.”Oxygen atoms that float away from interstellar dust grains can join to make molecular oxygen. But when they stay stuck to the grains, hydrogen atoms combine with the oxygen to create water ice (H2O) instead. The water can then become part of asteroids, comets, and planets, setting the stage for the creation of life.Paul Goldsmith, an astronomer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, spent more than a quarter-century seeking interstellar molecular oxygen before finally succeeding when Europe’s Herschel Space Observatory examined the Orion Nebula in 2010 and detected the elusive molecule. “I may have been misguided in spending so many years searching for it, but in a way, with this laboratory data and all the Herschel data, we can really say well, we do understand it now.”last_img read more

Roger Federer out of Australian Open, Andy Murray advances

first_imgRoger Federer is out of the Australian Open in the third round, beaten by Italian Andreas Seppi 6-4, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (5) on Friday.Federer was trying to come from two sets down for the 10th time in his career, most recently at last year’s US Open against Gael Monfils.The 17-time Grand Slam champion hasn’t been beaten this early at the Australian Open since 2000, the second year he played here. It was also the unseeded Seppi’s first win against Federer in 11 matches.Federer was up 4-1 in the second-set tiebreaker before he allowed the Italian to win six of the next seven points and the set. He led the fourth-set tiebreaker 3-1 before a double-fault helped allow the Italian to again overcome the deficit.Earlier, Andy Murray beat Portugal’s Joao Sousa 6-1, 6-1, 7-5 to set up a fourth round clash with Grigor Dimitrov. The sixth-seeded Murray is attempting to become the first man to win the Australian Open after losing three times in the final. He lost to Novak Djokovic in 2013 and 2011 and Roger Federer in 2010.His next match against the 10th-seeded Dimitrov will be a reprise of their Wimbledon quarterfinal last year, won by the Bulgarian. With coach Amelie Mauresmo watching from the stands, Murray has yet to drop a set at Melbourne Park.He said, “I’ve played three quite quick matches, which helps. You expect with every round they’re going to get a little longer, tougher on the body.”last_img read more

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq invited to OIC meet

first_imgSrinagar, Sep 18 (PTI) Moderate Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has been invited by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation for the annual meeting of the groups foreign ministers and “Kashmir contact group” to be held in New York later this month. On receiving a letter addressed to him from Director General of Cabinet, OIC, Dr Abdulaziz Alsebail, the Mirwaiz said he would attend the meeting if the government allowed him to. “The annual coordination meeting of the OIC foreign ministers as well as the meeting of OIC Contact Group of Jammu and Kashmir will be held during the 70th session of the UN General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York from September 27 to October 1. “I have the pleasure to invite you to attend the meeting in New York, as invitee,” the letter said. According to Hurriyat, it has an observers status in OIC and Mirwaiz has several times raised the Kashmir issue in its summits. However, the authorities have denied the Mirwaiz travel documents for the last three years, due to which he has not been able to participate in the OIC summit and other international fora to which he is invited, Hurriyat said. The Mirwaiz said he would write a detailed letter to the OIC about the current political, social and religious scenario in the state if he was not allowed to participate in the meeting. PTI SSB GVSlast_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick helps Portugal enter final of Nations League

first_imgPortugal manager Fernando Santos hailed Cristiano Ronaldo a “football genius” after his 53rd career hat-trick sent Portugal into the final of the Nations League on home soil in Porto with a 3-1 win over Switzerland. The hosts had to withstand a huge moment of VAR controversy as after Ronaldo’s free-kick opened the scoring, Portugal thought they had the chance to double their lead from the penalty spot. Instead German referee Felix Brych reversed his initial decision and awarded a spot-kick at the other end for an earlier incident, which Ricardo Rodriguez converted to seemingly send the game to extra-time. However, Ronaldo predictably took centre stage as he struck twice in the final two minutes to set up a clash with England or the Netherlands, who meet in the second semi-final on Thursday, in Sunday’s final. “I was his coach in 2003 and I could see where he’d go,” said Santos. “He’s a genius. There’s genius paintings and sculptures and he’s a football genius!” Portugal made it to the last four without their all-time record goalscorer as Ronaldo took a hiatus from international football to concentrate on his first season at Juventus. However, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner returned to the national team in March and was always likely to be the centre of attention, particularly on a day when it was reported a rape lawsuit against him had been dropped. A lawyer for the American woman who claimed she was sexually assaulted by Ronaldo — accusations he has strongly denied — later dismissed that report, saying the case had not been dropped. In front of an adoring home crowd, Ronaldo put the spotlight back on his performance on the pitch as he opened the scoring with a brilliant free-kick. Debut for FelixThe Portugal captain is however no longer his country’s only star name, with Bernardo Silva starring for Manchester City where he could soon be joined by Joao Felix. City are reportedly set to pay Felix’s 120-million-euro ($135 million) buyout clause from Benfica, but the 19-year-old missed a glaring chance to mark his international debut with a goal just before the break as he blasted over from Ronaldo’s pass. Switzerland had posed a threat themselves in the first half with Xherdan Shaqiri, fresh from winning the Champions League with Liverpool, particularly lively. However, it took the help of VAR to get them back in the game just before the hour mark. Brych had waved away appeals for a foul by Nelson Semedo on Steven Zuber before awarding Portugal a penalty as play broke down at the other end, but overturned his initial decision. Rodriguez drilled home the resultant spot-kick much to the fury of the home supporters at the Estadio do Dragao. The Swiss could then have gone in front when Benfica forward Haris Seferovic headed just wide. By contrast, Portugal had one of the deadliest finishers in football history on the end of their chances. “Congratulations to Portugal. They had street smarts, they had the cherry on top of the cake and that made the difference. Four shots, three goals,” said Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic. Silva was the creator for Ronaldo to drill home his second of the night two minutes from time. Moments later the hosts sealed their place in the final on the counter-attack as Ronaldo curled into the far corner for his 88th international goal. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updateslast_img read more

9 Amazing Companies in New York City – Hiring Now!

first_imgNew York City can be a great place to work and build a successful career thanks to the diversity of companies and industries throughout the city. Companies range from small startups to multinational corporations in almost any industry, including financial services, advertising, technology, fashion, media, law, pharmaceuticals and more.But what is it really like to work at some of these companies located in New York City? We turned to employee insights on Glassdoor to get an inside look at some of the highest rated places to work in the Big Apple* (Average company rating on Glassdoor is 3.3, based on the 580,000 companies featured on site). And great news for job seekers, there are open jobs at every company on this list.9 Amazing Companies in New York City – Hiring Now:1. EYCompany rating: 3.8 (Ratings based on a 5.0 scale) About them: EY is a global professional services firm that focuses on financial, tax, assurance, transaction and consulting services. As a company, its culture incorporates inclusiveness, development and engagement to be able to help their employees thrive. EY hires talented employees from different backgrounds with a variety of skillsets. It’s New York City office is located within the city’s iconic Times Square.NYC employee comment: One EY Manager notes, “Within just a few months, you will feel like you are part of a family, almost, at EY. The people oriented culture is quite possibly the best among the competitors. The diversity is abundant.”See Open EY Jobs in New York City2. GoogleCompany rating: 4.4About them: Google knows that as a company, it can’t build great products without great people. Their culture is about hiring people who share the company’s vision. The company looks for smart and determined employees while maintaining an open culture similar to what you’d find at a startup. Interestingly, their second largest office is in New York City.NYC employee comment: A Google Senior Software Engineer writes in a review, “A lot of freedom for charting your own path. A lot more encouragement to make yourself productive than being pressured to be productive.”See Open Google Jobs in New York City3. Time WarnerCompany rating: 3.4About them: Time Warner is a global leader in media and entertainment. Its portfolio includes a variety of subsidiaries and other entities, including CNN, TBS, TNT and HBO networks, as well as Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema film studios and comic book publisher DC Comics through Warner Bros. Entertainment, and magazine titles published through Time Inc. The company is committed to telling stories in many different mediums.NYC employee comment: One Time Warner employee writes, “Produces some of the world’s most popular media content; competitive compensation and benefits; flexibility to transition into new roles; leadership varies by department but mine have been very considerate of career goals and development; above average cafe food; parent company of major entertainment leaders HBO, Warner Bros., and Turner; great location (next to Central Park).”See Open Time Warner Jobs in New York City4. Credit SuisseCompany rating: 3.6About them: Credit Suisse is a leading global wealth manager that advises clients in all aspects of finance, in all time zones and all over the world. Their core strengths are described as “its position as a leading global wealth manager, its specialist investment banking capabilities and its strong presence in our home market of Switzerland.” New York City is the regional headquarters for Credit Suisse in the Americas.NYC employee comment: A Credit Suisse HR Business Partner notes, “The culture and people at Credit Suisse are fantastic. There are great mobility opportunities both within and between locations. HR is structured in such a way as to provide good experience across multiple SME areas.”See Open Credit Suisse Jobs in New York City5. Memorial Sloan KetteringCompany rating: 4.1About them: Memorial Sloan Kettering is the world’s oldest and largest private cancer center that prides itself on combining state-of-the-art science with clinical studies and treatment. It’s a place where scientists and physicians collaborate to provide patients with the best care available.NYC employee comment: A Research Project Coordinator writes, “It does not matter if you are managing the gift shop, are a world-class surgeon, or a dedicated researcher, you will be working with the best. The environment is incredibly friendly, professional, competent and non-competitive. This is a staff that wants to do their best, and will do everything to help new staff learn their way around!”See Open Memorial Sloan Kettering Jobs in New York City6. YextCompany rating: 4.1About them: Yext is a global location data management leader that helps companies manage location data across websites, mobile apps, internal systems and the industries ecosystem of maps, apps, social networks, directories and search engines. Founded in 2006, the company looks to constantly improve and push the boundaries of products and teams when building software.NYC employee comment: One employee in Yext Enterprise Sales notes, “Everyone at Yext is extremely hardworking, dedicated, and respectful. This does not feel like an organization where every seller is working towards a number on his or her own. Every single seller goes out of his or her way to help teammates so that the entire team can achieve its goal.”See Open Yext Jobs in New York City 7. Return PathCompany rating: 4.2About them: Return Path is a global data solutions provider that helps companies promote and protect their brands. The company analyzes email data to help marketers connect with their customers in a more reliable, effective and secure manner.NYC employee comment: One Return Path Relationship Manager writes, “Fantastic people, interesting work, and a fabulous culture. The CEO is as sincere as they come, and while the salary is fairly average, the benefits and perks make up for it.”See Open Return Path Jobs in New York City8. New York UniversityCompany rating: 4.0About them: New York University is one of the country’s largest private universities with multiple locations in the Big Apple. The school was founded in 1831 and offers diverse majors and areas of study for more than 50,000 students. It is consistently ranked among the top universities in the world by a variety of publications.NYC employee comment: A current NYU employee has shared that “NYU provides an excellent opportunity to work at a world-class institution in the heart of NYC. Students are highly engaged in their academic work and are passionate about their interests. Professionally, NYU offers excellent benefits and opportunities for professional development.”See Open New York University Jobs in New York City9. ZocdocCompany rating: 3.7About them: Zocdoc strives to provide a better healthcare experience for patients by helping them make appointments with doctors. While the company is about refining its product as the healthcare experience continues to change, their mission is to “give power to the patient”.NYC employee comment: A Zocdoc Inside Sales Manager says, “I have been at Zocdoc for over three years now and plan on staying for many years to come. The culture here is simple, if you work hard there is plenty of opportunity for career growth and you will be rewarded financially as well as having the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping patients get easier access to healthcare each and every day.”See Open Zocdoc Jobs in New York CityWant to work for a different company in New York City? Search all jobs in NYC.Want to see your company featured on the Glassdoor blog? Email us.*This list features a selection, in no particular order, of companies currently hiring in New York City, and in which the company rating is above average (3.3 on a 5.0 scale; based on the 580,000 companies featured on Glassdoor), according to full and part-time employees as of 7/13/16. Companies must be headquartered, have offices, locations and/or employees based in New York City to be considered. Company ratings on Glassdoor based on a 5.0 scale: 1.0=very dissatisfied, 3.0=OK, 5.0=very satisfied.last_img read more

This Wacky Cover Letter Scored Me My Dream Job

first_imgHere’s What the Perfect Resume Looks Like Medical Writer Predictive Biotech Salt Lake City, UT 2.8★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h N/A Proposal Writer Curriculum Associates Remote Available writer Jobs Technical Writer DataLink Tampa, FL Grant Writer Deborah Heart & Lung Center Browns Mills, NJ Content Writer and Instructor – XCEL Colibri Group Jacksonville, FL 3.3★ 3.7★ 3.5★ Aircraft Maintenance Support Engineer-Technical Writer ISPA Marietta, GA 23 hours ago 23h Service Writer Automotive Moore’s Tire & Auto Liberty, TX 23 hours ago 23hcenter_img Senior Technical Specifications Writer IA Interior Architects Philadelphia, PA 3.5★ 3.7★ 4.8★ Director of Content Strategy Ozmo Blacksburg, VA 23 hours ago 23h N/A Grant Writer & Manager Great Oaks Charter Schools New York, NY 23 hours ago 23h 3.4★ If there’s one way to make a recruiter yawn, it’s submitting a dry, dull cover letter that’s essentially a reworked version of your resume. Your cover letter shouldn’t just be a list of your skills and experience — it’s an opportunity to highlight who you are as a person, and what makes you different from all of the other candidates who are vying for the same position as you. You want to strike the right balance between professional, passionate, and creative. But what does that actually look like on paper?Kaitlin Westbrook, a content writer and digital marketer at Eezy.com, seems to have struck just the right balance. Rather than a traditional cover letter, she applied for her current position with a cover letter formatted to look like a “clickbait” article, sensational headline and all. While we can’t guarantee this is the right approach for every job opening out there, it certainly was for Westbrook — not long after she submitted her cover letter, she scored her dream job.We reached out to Westbrook to hear her take on why she thinks her approach worked so well, what she learned from it, and what advice she has for other job seekers trying to catch the attention of recruiters and hiring managers.Glassdoor: Can you tell us a little bit about your background?Kaitlin Westbrook: I do content writing and marketing at Vecteezy, an online tech startup that provides resources for graphic designers and other creatives. When I applied for my position with Vecteezy, I wasn’t in the best place. I was doing contract work as a customer service representative, and because it was contract work, I knew it wasn’t going to last forever. I was ready to pursue something that utilized my strengths in a way my current job didn’t.Long story short, I was applying for a lot of things that didn’t seem to pan out. Meanwhile, my contract was about to end soon, and I was worrying about rent and bills and where my future paychecks would come from. Then, an illustrator friend posted a Vecteezy position on Facebook. I knew right away I wanted it, but I wasn’t sure what the best plan of action would be.Glassdoor: How did you come up with the idea for a “clickbait” cover letter?Kaitlin Westbrook: Like any younger sibling, I called up my older sister to ask for advice. She’s an art director, so she’s always asking, “How can you do this more creatively?” So, we started discussing my cover letter, brainstorming different ideas on how to make it stand out. I wanted a writing job, so we broke it down; write a cover letter that advertises writing. Instead of a typical cover letter, I wrote clickbait on why the company should hire me. Once I wrote it, I submitted it and hoped I hadn’t made a mistake.Glassdoor: Submitting a cover letter like this is definitely a leap of faith. Why do you think it worked so well?Kaitlin Westbrook: I was applying for a senior level position with only some copywriting experience under my belt. So, while I really wasn’t qualified for a senior level position, I think the company saw I really wanted to work for them and that I was willing to hustle. 

With that in mind, they were able to offer me a content writing position that also involved marketing. I honestly think they appreciated seeing someone with drive.Is It Ever Okay to Apply for a Job if You’re Underqualified?Glassdoor: I also saw that you pointed out a grammatical error in your cover letter — that’s pretty gutsy!Kaitlin Westbrook: The job listing required me to point out a grammatical error and include my favorite food in the cover letter. (I would never correct someone’s job listing otherwise!) 

I really tried to go above and beyond, and I think that showed.Glassdoor: What advice would you give to job seekers looking to spice up their cover letters? Kaitlin Westbrook: This experience taught me professional risks can be worth it. Employers want professionalism and creativity, so it’s certainly a balancing act, but I would definitely try it again. I would encourage job-seekers to consider how they can be professional and still take risks, whether it’s in the cover letter, the resume, or something else. The right place will appreciate the creativity. 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h See more writer jobslast_img read more

Man Utd ‘will keep quiet, but strike’ for Cristiano Ronaldo

first_imgManchester United are keeping close tabs on Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning situation at Real Madrid.Bombshell revelations today claim he wants to leave the Spanish capital following the news that an investigation into his into his tax affairs had been launched.BBC report Simon Stone told 5Live: “I think Manchester United will be surveying this, they’ll be keeping their heads down.“I don’t think they will be telling anybody that they want to sign Ronaldo.“But, if they get the chance, I am absolutely certain they will be straight in there.“The word is that Mourinho and Ronaldo fell out when the pair were at Real Madrid.“The thing is, if you were going to ask Manchester United fans who would they want at United? Jose Mourinho or Cristiano Ronaldo? Most of them would say, ‘We want Ronaldo’.“I think it would be up to Jose really to make it work because I don’t think many Manchester United fans would understand, if the option was there to sign him, why Manchester United wouldn’t take it up.”last_img read more

Man Utd boss Mourinho seeks Darmian talks over Juventus interest

first_imgManchester United boss Jose Mourinho is eager not to lose Matteo Darmian this summer.The Sun says Mourinho wants to hold talks with Darmian in a bid to ward off interest from Juventus.The Manchester United defender has been heavily linked with a move to the Serie A champions.He is considering leaving Old Trafford in search of regular minutes and to better his chances of making the Italy squad for the 2018 World Cup.But Mourinho has made it a top priority to convince Darmian to stay as he views him as a useful squad player.The Portuguese is hopeful of coming to a conclusion on this before they jet off for their pre-season tour of America on July 9.last_img

Man Utd willing to wait for James price to drop

first_imgManchester United may wait until later this summer to resume talks with Real Madrid for James Rodriguez.Diario Gol says Madrid are hoping to recoup close to the £65million they paid Monaco for Rodriguez in 2014.But so far, none of Europe’s elite are willing to match Madrid’s valuation.To try and force through a move to United, Rodriguez is threatening to stay at the Bernabeu.Other options are fading for the Colombia star, and only a switch to United interests him.As a result, Manchester United could benefit if they remain patient this summer.last_img

M4health Dialogue

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 4, 2010June 20, 2017By: Tim Thomas, Senior Advisor, MHTFClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)It was my great pleasure to moderate the most recent Maternal Health Policy Dialogue at the Woodrow Wilson International Center, co-sponsored by the MHTF and UNFPA with invaluable technical assistance from USAID: “New Applications for Existing Technologies to Improve Maternal Health.” An impressive panel was convened; each of them brought a unique and complementary perspective to the role that digital technologies, especially mobile phones, can and does play in improving maternal health in developing countries.As they have done with each of these Maternal Health Policy Dialogues, our colleagues at the Woodrow Wilson Center have posted an excellent summary report along with photos and copies of the panelists’ presentations on their website. A video of the session is also available there.New and existing communications technologies demonstrate great potential to fill vital gaps in referral, data collection, training, patient monitoring and so many other challenges to improving maternal health especially in remote communities. This policy dialogue and the upcoming mHealth Summit are contributing to the exciting and accelerating movement to apply existing communications technologies to solving one of the world’s most enduring and devastating public health challenges: maternal mortality and morbidity.Share this:last_img read more

Building Bridges

first_imgPosted on January 1, 2011June 20, 2017By: Anna Dion, 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 Anna Dion, 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.Perhaps because of my background in engineering, I have a tendency to use bridge-building metaphors in describing my work. However, these days, my bridges are symbolic rather than the bricks and mortar of my past.Over the past months, I have been preparing a reference manual for the pilot of a training course for birth companions to pregnant adolescents that will begin in February. This will be a key milestone within my Young Champion Fellowship, as we will be using this course as a pilot to adapt further trainings for other community health posts, and it will also graduate a first cohort of birth companions in the municipality of Pilar in the Province of Buenos Aires. We are hoping that this training will prepare these young volunteers to build a space for young women to make informed choices about their own pregnancy, delivery and early parenting choices.These graduates will be the true ‘bridge-builders’ in the months and years to come. With the program’s support, these volunteers will help close the gap between the birthing experience that women hope for and the reality that they often face. The training course includes basic information on changes and care during pregnancy, labor and delivery from both the laboring women’s perspectives as well as those providing care, as well as a information on the rights of parents and children in childbirth as described by Argentine law. Woven throughout the course is an emphasis on interpersonal communication, as these volunteers will be challenging the status quo amongst their peers, within their communities and across the different levels of the health system.In preparing these materials and foundations for the program, I have also begun building my own bridges in trying to translate what I have learned through my current work in Argentina to my upcoming challenges in developing my program in Canada. In addition to learning how to develop, deliver and adapt a training course, I am learning how to encourage leadership and critical thinking in others—hoping that we can create a new generation of ‘change agents’ in maternal health.I have also learned valuable lessons about the potential role of private sector involvement in funding and advocating for social programs. My mentor and Ashoka Fellow, Alberto Vazquez, has built an impressive variety of private sector supporters for his NGO SAHDES, without compromising the vision and objectives of the NGO’s work. Particularly as so many of the issues to be addressed in maternal health are steeped in cultural, religious and social value systems, I think that this will be a key tool for me in all of the bridge-building in my future.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Choice Not Chance: Family Planning Returns to the International Development Agenda

first_imgFrom the piece:The term “family planning” dropped out of fashion—it was associated with coercive population controls—and was replaced by “sexual and reproductive health”. Many economists have argued that contraception anyway is largely irrelevant: demographic patterns, they claim, do not have much influence on economic growth and the important thing is broader socio-economic development. Others disagree. John Cleland of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine calls the past 15 years ones of “horrendous neglect”. Posted on July 13, 2012August 15, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Following the London Summit on Family Planning, the Economist reports on global access to contraception in a piece titled, Choice not chance: Family planning returns to the international development agenda. So a summit on family planning, held in London on July 11th, represents a big change. The meeting, called by the British government and the Gates Foundation, a charity, won promises of $4.6 billion from donors and developing countries, to provide modern contraception (coils, pills, injectables, implants and condoms) to an extra 120m women by 2020. This would be a hefty increase on the $4 billion spent each year on family planning in those countries. Learn more about the London Summit on Family Planning here. Read the full story here. Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Dispelling the Myth of the “Happy Pregnancy”: An Interview With Astrid Kamperman

first_imgPosted on January 4, 2018January 5, 2018By: Sarah Hodin, Project Coordinator II, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)On 2 November 2017, Astrid Kamperman joined the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) for a panel discussion about noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and maternal health. Later, the researcher based at the Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands sat down with the MHTF’s Sarah Hodin to talk more about her research on maternal mental health.SH: Your paper, “Interventions to treat mental disorders during pregnancy: A systematic review and multiple treatment meta-analysis,” was published in the MHTF-PLOS Collection on NCDs and maternal health. What was the impetus for that study?AK: The problem is that there are a substantial number of women around the world who experience mental illness during pregnancy, and we don’t really know how to help them most effectively. My research team and I set out to conduct a systematic review to identify high quality studies that have tested interventions to treat all kinds of mental disorders in pregnant women.SH: What did you find?AK: Twenty-eight of the 29 papers we included in the analysis targeted major depressive disorder. I was surprised to see how little research has been done on other types of mental health issues during pregnancy such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and anxiety. We didn’t find any clinical trials that evaluated the effects of medication for mental health disorders during pregnancy on women.The interventions we examined fell into six broad categories: cognitive behavioral therapy, acupuncture, bright light therapy, interpersonal therapy, body-oriented and mindfulness approaches and food supplements. Based on the available evidence, the most effective interventions tended to be psychotherapies: cognitive behavioral therapy and interpersonal therapy. Limited evidence on body-oriented and mindfulness approaches also showed positive effects. However, we need more research on these interventions and their effects on different mental disorders before drawing conclusions on effectiveness.SH: During the panel discussion earlier, you talked about stigma associated with mental health disorders during pregnancy. Can you talk more about that?AK: As I mentioned, I think we are still living in the myth of the “happy pregnancy.” We need to get rid of the stigma, especially since one in ten women globally experience a major mental health disorder during pregnancy. Women, their babies and their families are not helped in any way by stereotypes about pregnancy being a wonderful, struggle-free period. The current stigma around mental illness prevents women from feeling safe enough to express their mental health concerns and also prevents health care providers from asking the right questions.SH: What else would you like MHTF readers to know about mental health during pregnancy?AK: Many women use some type of medication for symptoms of mental illness. During pregnancy, it is important to consider the potential benefits and harms for both mother and baby when making recommendations about medication. Unfortunately, we still have many unanswered questions in this area because of limited research. It is time to start taking the burden and consequences of mental illness in pregnancy more seriously.—Learn more about perinatal mental health.Watch the video from the panel discussion featuring Astrid Kamperman about NCDs and maternal health.Explore other open access papers from the MHTF-PLOS Collection on NCDs and maternal healthShare this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

States with the most entrepreneurs

first_imgAccording to a report from Fortune Magazine, Vermont is the state with the most entrepreneurs, while Delaware has the least (550 and 160 per 100,000 residents, respectively).  Some interesting findings: Atlanta is a highly entrepreneurial city that bucks its statewide trend, and Florida has experienced the greatest growth in woman-owned businesses.  The report also calculates a Small Business Survival Index based on factors such as personal income taxes and health care policy. See the complete list of states here.last_img

5 pro tips for creating the perfect workplace

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.Do you know when you’ll achieve the ultimate success as an entrepreneur? You’re probably thinking about millions of dollars right now, aren’t you? Well, the answer to this question is a bit subtler than money. It’s about your employees. You will be a successful entrepreneur when you make your employees inspired to do their job in the best way possible. You’ll achieve greatness when you provide the perfect working environment for them.You have to invest time, effort, and money in creating the perfect working environment for your team. Here are 5 key tips on how to do just that:Get feedback from your employeesAsk everyone from the team to share how they envision their ideal working environment.Lianne Miller, a team leader from Essaygeeks, shares her experience in creating the perfect working space: “We wanted to create a lovely coworking space for our in-house writers, so the first thing I did was ask them: What do you want? We got some really interesting answers. There was one aspect that all answers had in common: Everyone envisioned an office environment filled with bright and diverse people. They didn’t want to spend 8 hours a day in a boring space. So we created a colorful office and scheduled fun breaks in between work. It’s working out great!”The feedback from your employees can drive you in the right direction. Find out what exactly they want and do your best to provide the ideal workspace for them.Practice common courtesyNothing is colder than a superior walking down the hall at work and ignoring an employee who just said a friendly “Hello.” Don’t be a stiff! Do not be the one who gives a stone stare in response to common courtesy.Happiness in the workplace starts and ends with the attitude of the boss. You’re there to set the tone. This doesn’t mean you should be making jokes all the time. It only means you should be friendly. Say “Hello everyone” when you enter the office. Say “Have a great afternoon you all!” when you leave. Congratulate people on their birthdays! Show up at their weddings (when invited, of course). Show you appreciate your employees, and they will be happy they work for you.With a pleasant attitude based on common courtesy, you’re setting the overall vibe in the office. Take that responsibility very seriously.Improve communicationHow do you and all members of the team communicate? Is everything going via email? Do you call them in a conference room when you have important news and instructions to give? That’s okay, but those communication channels are too cold. You have to warm up a bit.Your employees will feel more motivated when you give positive reinforcement and you show how their work made your business more successful. So make friendly feedback part of your communication strategy.You should also include “friendlier” channels of communication, such as conference calls and group chats. They will make your employees feel more relaxed.Light it upLight affects our mood. Natural lighting through windows has a positive effect on our motivation and willpower. If natural light is not possible in your office, the least you can do is invest in proper artificial lighting.Blue-enriched white light, for example, is proven to improve performance and alertness. If you have a special space where your employees can rest and socialize, use warmer tones of lighting to promote relaxation.Investing in a professional interior design project that includes the lighting is a smart decision to make when you’re setting up your office.Encourage collaborationInnovation does not happen in a vacuum. If you expect everyone to achieve their best results while being isolated from everyone else in the team, your employees will soon reach the burnout point.The ideal workspace is a collaborative environment, where everyone can get assistance and constructive feedback. Support collaboration! Be there for your employees and encourage them to work with each other.Create a happy placeEveryone wants to work in their happy place! You want your employees to be happy so your organization will thrive. Provide the ideal workspace for them!*Chris Richardson has been working as an editor at a publishing agency in London, UK for 5 years. He is also a professional content writing expert in such topics as career growth, self-improvement, blogging, and technology innovations. Also, Chris sometimes contributes his writing pieces to Essaygeeks.co.uk. *last_img read more

5 Common Habits Among the Wealthy

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related Eat less junk food. Exercise daily. Sounds like a recipe for getting fit, right?Those habits may also be key to becoming financially healthy, says Tom Corley, who interviewed 233 wealthy individuals and 128 poor ones during a five-year period, gathering data on more than 200 activities each group engaged in.He shares his findings in his book Rich Habits — The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals.“What I found was that there was a difference a lot like the size of the Grand Canyon between the daily activities of the wealthy and the daily activities of poor people,” he said in a recent interview for my radio program Talk Credit Radio.Here are some of the habits Corley found to be common among wealthy people.Wealthy people eat less junk food.Corley found that 97% of poor people “ate more than 300 junk food calories each day whereas 70% of the wealthy didn’t.”That’s not surprising, considering junk food is cheap. How often do you see “buy one get one free” specials for organic produce versus chips?[Read: 5 Habits That Can Wreck Your Credit]But eating junk food results in an increase in the number of calories you consume during each day, which affects your weight and ultimately your health.Health issues, such as diabetes and heart disease, interfere with your ability to make money and medical expenses can put a greater strain on your finances.They exercise regularly.Again, the rich subjects he interviewed generally have healthier habits. “Seventy-six percent of the wealthy individuals exercise aerobically at least four days a week versus 23% for the poor.”He added that this habit, along with eating better, is key. “To wealthy people, health is everything,” he said in our interview. “If they’re healthy, they can work. They have more energy. They work longer hours. They have fewer sick days, it increases productivity and it’s a lot driven by their desire to be successful.”The wealthy don’t procrastinate.They are goal-oriented and accomplish things, he notes in his book. Breaking this bad habit is crucial to success, says Corley.[Read: 7 Money Habits That Can Make or Break You]“When the thought of putting off something enters your mind, immediately cast this thought out by saying, ‘Do It Now.’ Repeat these three words a hundred times a day if necessary,” he writes.They keep learning.One of the “eye-openers,” he says, was discovering that 88% of the wealthy people he interviewed read 30 minutes or more each day for education or for career-related reasons versus 2% for poor people.“I even dug a little deeper,” he adds. “I found that 76% of the wealthy read two or more education-related, self-help related books each month and the poor didn’t. So there’s a lot of this emphasis on education, and reading, and self-improvement, improving the vocabulary.”Wealthy people nurture relationships.“Successful people are students of relationship building,” he writes. “They faithfully return phone calls right away. They continuously seek out ways to improve their relationships.”Remembering birthdays — even just to make a happy birthday call first thing in the day — networking, and sharing milestones are regular habits for them.For example, he found that 79% of the wealthy network five hours or more each month vs. 16% for the poor.[Read: How Credit Impacts Your Day-to-Day Life]If reading this list leaves you feeling overwhelmed, Corley reminded me that you don’t have to implement every single one of the dozens of rich habits he uncovered.Each rich habit was intentionally created to be what he calls a “keystone habit.” Keystone habits are unique in that they affect other habits.He says they have a “multiplier effect” that makes them even more powerful.For example, one good keystone habit, like exercising aerobically 20 to 30 minutes each day, can help eliminate other bad habits like overeating, eating junk food, smoking cigarettes and consuming too much alcohol.Corley says that “one or two rich habits is often all it takes to turn your life completely around and raise you out of poverty and onto a new, happy life.”And you don’t have to be perfect.When I responded to one of his tweets about the junk food habit by confessing my habit of eating some kind of chocolate virtually every day, he tweeted back, “If it’s any consolation I am a chocolataholic. Some Poverty Habits are just not worth giving up.”“5 Common Habits Among the Wealthy” was provided by Credit.com.  Post navigationlast_img read more

What To Discuss For a Healthy Financial Future

first_imgWhen it comes to a healthy relationship, it’s very important to talk about money management, how you’re going to budget, save, everything. Joining two lives is complicated enough without forgetting to talk about how you’re going to use money, split bills, and plan for your future.Things like buying a home or a car, or annual vacations need to be budgeted for, and there must be an agreement between you both about how money is spent and saved. If you don’t take the time to lay it all out early on, you may both be surprised in a negative way later. You really want to be on the same page when it comes to money, or it will lead to arguments and resentment.Here are some things that you and your significant other need to discuss, in order to have a healthy financial future:Salaries.You will likely have a salary disparity. One of you will make more, and together you’ll need to decide a fair way of splitting bills.For example, if one of you make a lot more than the other, then 50/50 split may not be fair, OR if 50/50 is very important to you both, then you will need to adjust your lifestyle accordingly, so that the lower earning partner can afford half while still saving money each month.Or maybe 60/40 works best for you, and that allows you both to be spending the same proportional amount of income towards bills. Credit score.You are your partner should both get your credit checked, so that there are no surprises. Ideally, this should be done once a year! You should know what each other’s score is, and learn how to improve your score over time, such as with paying credit cards on time, or having bills in your name.Credit score impacts your ability to buy cars, houses, and more, so if one of you has a very low score, you may need to adjust whether or not you can buy a house on a certain timeline, or using both names on the mortgage. It can also impact the amount you can get for a mortgage, because you would only be using one name and one salary to apply. Retirement.Just like savings, this one is also very important. If your partner is not saving for retirement, like in a 401 (k) or an IRA, will your retirement savings be enough to keep both of you afloat? This is another place where if it is not discussed and decided, it can sneak up on you both and be a huge problem later in life. Just because you are young doesn’t mean you can ignore retirement savings. In fact, when you’re young is the best time to start worrying about retirement! Savings.All of your monthly expenses and budgeting needs to account for saving money monthly, too. How much do you and your partner think is a good amount to save every month? How much have they saved previously? Experts say that you should always have 3-6 months worth of bills saved at any given time, in case of emergencies like an unexpected job loss.How will you keep your savings? You can invest it, keep it in a savings account or money market account, or many other options.You should also discuss what you are saving FOR. Are you going to start a separate vacation fund, or house fund, etc, if you’re earmarking money for specific things and goals. Debt.This one is VERY important to talk about before combining finances. Once you’re married, debt basically becomes shared. You should both be extremely honest about any student loans, mortgage debts, credit card debts, or others. Paying off unexpected debts can breed resentment in couples, and should be discussed before you get married!If either of you do have large debts, you both need to sit down and make a reasonable and realistic plan for tackling it. That plan might be just the debtor’s money, or it could be the combined money, but it must be planned for. These are some of the things that you have to discuss and make plans for when you are combining lives and finances.Mint is just one way to put everything in one place and have clear goals to work towards, as well as have everything organized and accessible. Next time, I am going to talk to you about budgeting for a wedding together! Post navigation Jessica Naziri is the founder of TechSesh.co, a lifestyle website for women inspired by tech. She has been a technology news reporter for The Los Angeles Times, CNN and CNBC.com. Since then, her work has also appeared in TechCrunch, The Washington Post, Mashable, CBS, The Travel Channel, CNN, NPR, USA Today, Inside Edition, Yahoo!, and Business Insider.Follow Jessica on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or reach out directly via email Hello@techsesh.co.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related Credit cards.How are you, as a couple, planning to pay your bills? Will you split individual bills, or use a shared credit card to pay for everything and split the final total at the end of the month? How you plan to pay your bills and use shared finances like credit cards is important to discuss ahead of time.You should also make sure that you agree on the type of credit card to get. Do you want points, miles, etc.You also need to discuss responsibility for credit cards. Make sure you both have the same outlook. For example, some people pay off their card every month and only put on cards what they have readily available, which is a smart way of thinking of them.last_img read more

U.S.- China Clean Energy Research Center Works on Carbon Capture and Storage

first_imgThe landmark Paris Agreement on climate change means it’s even more essential to spur the development of low-carbon technology, including technology to capture and store climate-warming carbon to keep it out of the atmosphere. International cooperation is an important way to help make this happen. One strong step in this direction is Mission Innovation, which brings 20 countries together to double spending on clean energy R&D over the next five years.As the two biggest greenhouse-gas-emitting nations, the United States and China are already working together through the Clean Energy Research Center (CERC), which they established in 2009. With participation from universities and the public and private sectors, CERC promotes U.S.-China research on building efficiency, clean energy vehicles, advanced coal technology, the water-energy nexus, and efficiency in heavy- and medium-duty trucks.As CERC begins its second five-year phase this year, it’s useful to see how the first phase went. A new WRI working paper summarizes results of a survey of project leaders and core researchers to examine the experience of the Advanced Coal Technology Consortium, one of five consortia that make up CERC, and offers recommendations for the next five years.  New Procedures, Improved ProductsThe coal technology consortium aims to advance technology for carbon capture, utilization, and storage, and other advanced coal utilization. Within Phase I of CERC, researchers from the two countries produced joint articles and conference papers, new or improved research procedures, patents, and new or improved market products. Some specific accomplishments include:Joint research on post-combustion carbon capture processes at Huaneng’s Shidongkou plant in Shanghai and at Duke Energy’s Gibson Generating Station in Indiana; Knowledge sharing on Huazhong University of Science and Technology and B&W’s oxy-fuel combustion test platform; Collaboration among Shenhua Group, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, West Virginia University, and the University of Wyoming to identify suitable carbon dioxide storage sites in the Ordos Basin in China and Rock Springs Uplift in Wyoming; A carbon dioxide-enhanced oil recovery project in China between Yanchang Petroleum and the University of Wyoming; Data sharing on carbon dioxide utilization with microalgae among the University of Kentucky, Duke Energy, and China’s ENN Energy Group.These joint achievements have driven technology learning on CCS in the United States and China, which is urgently needed at this point to accelerate CCS development. For example, joint research on post-combustion capture processes by Huaneng, Duke, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory suggested a capture cost of $61-68 per metric ton of carbon dioxide if Huaneng’s capture system is installed at Duke’s Gibson plant in Indiana. This type of information adds certainty to carbon capture costs, creating more stability for policymakers and businesses.Sharing of information in this kind of partnership is key, and the coal technology consortium’s success was mixed in this area: it was stronger on published articles, methodologies, and standards, but inconsistent for more sensitive market and engineering information. Importantly, nearly 90 percent of project leaders reported that the coal technology consortium strengthened R&D capacity and helped in establishing research partners and finding research funding.CERC also plays a notable role in the larger U.S.-China relationship, particularly on climate change. With tension rising on cybersecurity, the South China Sea, and other issues, cooperation on climate action is a place where the two countries can anchor their relationship. As a headline initiative within U.S.-China climate cooperation, CERC’s diplomatic significance is as valuable as its support to research and development.Lessons LearnedWRI’s examination of CERC’s coal consortium provides some valuable lessons for its own trajectory as well as for other countries looking to set up similar joint energy R&D initiatives. Our survey of project leaders and researchers identified a few ways to foster more effective collaboration:1. Early Private Sector Involvement: There was some mismatch in research interests among participating institutions at the outset, which reduced opportunities for strong partnerships and created hesitancy among some about sharing information. Including the private sector in initial research set-up discussions and better outlining the benefits of participation in outreach events could foster cooperation from the start.2. More Frequent Contact: Maintaining consistent and effective communication proved challenging with differences in location, time zone, and culture. Improved communication at the consortium and project levels through more frequent virtual and in-person exchanges and assignment of points of contact at the project level would help. 3. Focus on Demonstration Projects: A lack of sufficient private sector partners resulted in a focus on lab-stage R&D. We recommend working toward a stronger focus on demonstration projects; additionally we suggest a more flexible and open platform for the coal technology consortium to attract more private sector resources. Private sector participation is an essential component to achieving large-scale commercial deployment of CCS technologies. To learn more, download the full working paper, U.S.-China Clean Energy Collaboration: Lessons from the Advanced Coal Technology Consortium. One key to continued success will be a clearer definition of each participant’s role within the consortium among government entities, public research institutes, and private companies. Building a stronger partnership will be critical not only to advance technologies that mitigate the impact of climate change, but to demonstrate leadership in multilateral cooperation.   last_img read more

New Chart: Survey Says Inbound Marketing Budgets on the Rise

first_img The State of Inbound Marketing 2010 Businesses that are increasing inbound marketing budgets said they’re doing so because of “past success with inbound marketing” (58%).  Success includes lead generation and client/customer acquisition: 43% of companies using Facebook have acquired a customer Businesses are putting their money where their mouth is when it comes to inbound marketing. According HubSpot’s Why Spending has Increased Download the webinar now 41% of companies who use Twitter for marketing have acquired a customer from a Twitter-related lead Inbound Marketing The small minority of businesses that are reducing inbound marketing budgets are doing so almost exclusively due to economic conditions. 46% of companies that have blogs have acquired a customer from a blog-generated lead Additionally, those surveyed said inbound marketing channels are more important than any outbound channel. Specifically, social media, blogs, and organic search engine optimization are of greatest importance. Eighty-five percent of respondents rated company blogs as “useful” or better in 2010. And Twitter moved into the second spot with 71% saying it is “useful” or better, compared with 39% in 2009. Topics:  Webinar: The 2010 State of Inbound Marketing Listen to Mike Volpe, VP of Marketing at HubSpot for a 30- minute overview of the 2010 State of Inbound Marketing! Social Media to learn how more than 230 professionals have been using inbound marketing to transform their businesses. 41% of companies that use LinkedIn for marketing have acquired a customer from that source Originally published Apr 28, 2010 5:15:00 AM, updated October 18 2015 What about you? Are you doing more with inbound marketing this year? What success have you seen? report, the majority of the 231 businesses surveyed said they planned to increase their 2010 inbound marketing budgets from 2009 levels. In fact, 88% of those surveyed are either maintaining or increasing their inbound marketing budgets. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more