Italy Says No to Reintroduction of Nuclear Energy

first_img“We probably have to say goodbye to nuclear energy.” That’s how Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi summarized the results of the country’s referendum on nuclear power even before the polls had closed. The first projections showed that over 90% of the voters oppose the reintroduction of nuclear power, an overwhelming victory for Italy’s antinuclear movement. Berlusconi’s government had tried to stop the referendum through elaborate legislative maneuvering, arguing that the post-Fukushima atmosphere was “too emotional” to put the issue up for a vote. But a few weeks ago, Italy’s Supreme Court of Cassation ruled that the referendum should go forward, although with some changes to the originally proposed text. A key question was whether voter turnout would exceed 50%, the threshold for the referendum to be binding. Berlusconi’s government had tried to discourage turnout, and the prime minister’s own TV channels had downplayed its significance. Nonetheless, an estimated 57% of eligible voters showed up. 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Italians didn’t vote up or down on the construction of new reactors, explains Roberto Vacca, a retired professor of system engineering at the University of Rome and an expert on Italian science policy. As a result of the legal wrangling of the past few months, the question actually put to the voters was whether they wanted to abrogate a law passed on 26 May—and introduced by Berlusconi—which postponed the new nuclear strategy by a year. Voters said yes, which means Parliament will have to rethink its energy policy anew, says Vacca. But as Berlusconi’s words indicated, the vote’s political significance is clear–which is why it was welcomed by environmental groups. “This result is even more relevant if we take into account all the maneuvers of the government to block the referendum in whatever way possible until the last moment, the polling day,” a statement issued today by Greenpeace said.last_img read more

No one should tell me when to retire, says Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgSachin Tendulkar does not want to predict whether his seemingly unconquerable record of 100 international centuries would ever be broken but the iconic cricketer hopes that as and when it happens, the feat is accomplished by a fellow Indian.In a wide-ranging interaction with the media, the 38-year-old Tendulkar also said that he does not intend to retire anytime soon no matter what the critics have to say.”I don’t know. I guess all the records are meant to be broken but I hope it’s an Indian. I don’t think you can predict that (whether it will be surpassed) but I hope it’s an Indian whenever it happens,” Tendulkar, who reached the milestone during the recent Asia Cup, told reporters here.”I feel that when I retire is something that I would decide because when I started was not decided by someone else. Those who are advising me about retirement did not bring me in the team.”I get my strength from my coaches and family. When I feel I don’t have that, on that day, I will think of retirement. I feel those who say you should retire at the top are selfish because when you are at the top, you should serve the country instead of retiring,” he said.India went on to lose the match, that too against Bangladesh, in which Tendulkar got to the feat and he said the disappointment meant that the celebrations were muted.”I don’t think that we are celebrating that one match. Where I am right now took 23 years and not one match. I feel the result was very important. It was very disappointing. The day I got the hundred there was no celebration,” he recalled.advertisementFor a player who has virtually every batting record that is there to be taken, Tendulkar said the biggest compliment for him was when the legendary Sir Don Bradman included him in his all-time Test XI.”I think the best compliment was from Sir Don Bradman when he announced his all-time Test XI and I was part of that squad. That would be the best compliment,” he said.Talking about his journey so far, Tendulkar, the highest run-getter in both Tests and one-dayers, said his late father Ramesh Tendulkar was his idol growing up.”My hero is my father because he is the one with whom everything started in my life. I follow my father. In cricket, even whose who haven’t scored a hundred were advising me but as long as it was in good intention, it was fine,” he said.When asked about India’s early exit from the Asia Cup, Tendulkar said credit should also go to the rivals who played better than them.”All three teams won two matches, it eventually boiled down to who beat whom. I want to clarify that Bangladesh are a good team and played well in all the four matches. The rival teams also come to win. Sometimes you play well but the other team plays better,” he explained.The diminutive right-hander said he does not have to prove anything now and would continue as long as he enjoys the game.”I don’t think I need to prove anything right now. I started playing this game because I loved it, I enjoy it. The passion for cricket was there. The dream was to play for India and win the World Cup, I don’t think anything can be bigger than that,” he said.”I can’t think of milestones. I have been able to play for India and win the World Cup. I don’t know what is in store for me but my focus would be to just enjoy the game. I don’t want to focus on what I have to achieve because I have already achieved what I wanted,” he added.Tendulkar also detailed the one year barren spell during which he got into 70s and 80s but somehow missed out on hundreds.”At the time of the World Cup when I got to 99 hundreds, no one was discussing about my 100th hundred because the focus was on the World Cup. But after the World Cup, the media built on it and started asking. I was only focused on playing cricket like always. I just wanted to score runs,” he recalled.”But as time went by, people who were listening to the media, those people, excluding my friends and family, would wish me about the 100th hundred. But I felt cricket should be the focus and that is what I kept telling myself,” Tendulkar said.advertisement”I can say that from a cricketing point of view, it was a tough phase because the good wishes were not stopping. Now, at least they won’t pray for my 100th ton and my ears will get some rest,” he joked.”I can’t complain about all these good wishes.”Talking about his own form in this one year, Tendulkar said, “I can say that there were patches when I didn’t bat well, there were patches when I felt that I batted my best. I felt that sometimes you need luck to be on your side.””Sometimes that luck factor was missing because as far as preparations were concerned, my commitment and passion was in place. I scored 100 out of 100 on that. But you don’t always achieve the results that you dream of,” he said.”Something that is more important is not to lose hope. I did not lose hope, I continued trying my best. Here I only waited for a year but for the World Cup I waited for 22 years and it happened.”Tendulkar said being a celebrity, his struggles hogged the limelight even though every individual goes through tough times.”There are going to be rough phases in life. I don’t think there is anyone who hasn’t experienced rough phases but they are personal. But because we are public figures, our rough phases are on camera. But I didn’t lose faith in my ability and that is what has allowed me to be where I am.”Asked to assess himself, Tendulkar said he would leave that job to his fans and critics.”I can’t judge myself but definitely there was a dream to be regarded as one of the top players to have played the game. To be in that league that was my dream. I wanted to be right at the top or to be there in that group and I feel I am there but if you ask me to judge myself, I can’t do that. That’s for others to say,” he said.Asked to compare the pressure he felt at the time of his debut hundred and the 100th hundred, Tendulkar said it is incomparable.”I think in 94′ when I did a press conference, even half of the journalists present right now were not there. There were few expectations. Today the expectations are a lot more. Even if I score 70-80, it is a disappointment like in Delhi last year against the West Indies.”It’s about how you look at things. My first century and this one can’t be compared because expectations are different,” he said.Like him, the Indian team has also gone through a tough phase since winning the World Cup in April last year.Tendulkar said the key to recovery lies in not losing hope.”Wherever we go, we want to win. When you lose the number one ranking, it means someone is playing better cricket than you, you need to perform better and win. That is what we go out for. At no stage should we lose hope. It is a rough patch but we can overcome that obstacle, we require hard work and we will do that,” he said.advertisement”I think our team has had a few injuries. During the England tour, we suffered because of injuries. I don’t want to give excuses because whoever plays, he is expected to do well. I can’t pinpoint reasons but we can get better.”I don’t know how to put it across. I don’t think you can find solutions in 3-4 sentences. It is a process. When we became number one, it was a process and we will have to repeat that,” he added.Talking about the state of the game in general, Tendulkar said Test cricket should remain the pinnacle.”There has to be more importance to Test cricket. This format is very challenging for which you need planning. You need to play at a different pace at different times. If you ask any player, most would tell you that Tests have to be number one and I have no different opinion,” he said.last_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar voted best Test player of 21st century by CA website

first_imgIndia’s legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar has been voted the ‘Best Test player’ of the 21st century in an online poll conducted by Cricket Australia’s website.The former India skipper got the highest number of votes to emerge on top of the list of the 100 best Test players since 2000, in a poll conducted by cricket.com.au.Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara received the second highest votes, followed by Adam Gilchrist of Australia in the third position. Currently the ‘Icon’ of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians, Tendulkar earned 23 per cent of votes, with more than 16,000 fans participating in the survey.Sangakkara got 14 per cent votes after CA released the top-100 Test players’ list since 2000 on its website. Tendulkar, who retired from international cricket in 2013 after playing his 200th Test, is the lone Indian player to be figuring in the top-10 list, while there are four Australian, three South African and two Sri Lankan cricketers.”After 10 days of counting down and no end of deliberations, cricket.com.au released its final countdown of the 100 best Test players since 2000 a couple of days ago.”Readers debated the top 10, just as you did players 11 through 100, but we also provided an opportunity for you to decide your No.1 Test player of the century,” CA’s website stated.”Tendulkar, the Little Master who remains an iconic figure in the sport, was a runaway winner, jumping four places from where cricket.com.au had him placed, while batting giants Ricky Ponting and Jacques Kallis were separated on countback, with the Australian just edging out his Proteas counterpart,” it further said.advertisementThe 42-year-old Tendulkar, who is the only batsman to have hit 100 international centuries, holds the record for highest run scorer in both Tests and One-Day Internationals.Poll result: 1. Sachin Tendulkar (Ind) 23 per cent, 2. Kumar Sangakkara (SL) 14 per cent, 3. Adam Gilchrist (Aus) 13 per cent, 4. Ricky Ponting (Aus) 11 per cent, 5. Jacques Kallis (SA) 11 per cent, 6. AB de Villiers (SA) 10 per cent, 7. Shane Warne (Aus) 9 per cent, 8. Glenn McGrath (Aus) 5 per cent, 9. Muttiah Muralitharan (SL) 3 per cent, 10. Dale Steyn (SA) 1 per cent.last_img read more

Centre yet to give Rs 387.2 cr for last yr flood rehab: Gogoi

first_imgGuwahati, Sep 9 (PTI) Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said the Centre has not released the sanctioned Rs 387.2 crore under the NDRF for carrying out rehabilitation and restoration works after the last years floods in the state. Speaking at a press conference, Gogoi said he had written two letters to the Prime Minister and Home Minister last month, raising the issue. “After last years devastating floods, we had sought assistance of Rs 2,485 crore in our memorandum to the Centre. The inter-ministerial team recommended Rs 414.39 crore, but the Centre sanctioned Rs 387.2 crore,” he said. “…even the sanctioned funds have not been released so far,” he had written in the letter to the Prime Minister on August 26, which was made available to the media. Gogoi refuted claims of Union Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal that the Centre released Rs 1,655 crore during the beginning of this fiscal, of which Rs 1,400 crore were still unspent. The State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) has received Rs 207 crore from the Centre against the states share of Rs 230 crore for the first installment during the current fiscal. “Annual allocation for the SDRF for 2015-16 is Rs 460 crore, of which the Central share is Rs 414 crore and states share is Rs 46 crore. We will receive the second installment of this fund in October,” he said. The Chief Minister also said the state government has not received the pending Rs 1,273 crore from Water Resources Ministry for implementing various projects. “We have not got any special flood fund under the NDRF. Whatever amount we have received so far is under the SDRF and was allocated by the Finance Commission. So the fund under the SDRF is anyway supposed to come to all states,” he said. (More) PTI TR DKB AARadvertisementlast_img read more

First Ride Review: Honda CBR 650F

first_imgTake a look around and you won’t need numbers to tell you that superbike sales are up. It is easy to spot a Kawasaki here and a Triumph there which means there are buyers and most importantly demand for these machines.All this however, doesn’t translate to wanting a “big” motorcycle. People now have particular uses for a motorcycle, thankfully as has dawned on our biking fraternity, that a motorcycle can have uses other than just commuting.The middleweight 600c class is a safe bet for most stepping up to the higher capacity classes and this is a market that now has a lot of options. Honda Motorcycle and Scooters India has realized this to bring in its newest contender for the segment, the CBR 650F.The CBR name has heritage and the attachment to the newest 650cc motorcycle from Honda isn’t uncanny. It’s what gets attached later in the nomenclature that dictates the type of motorcycle this is. F denotes the sport touring line-up that began in the mid-Eighties with the CBR 600F.Where the 600RR took care of the hardcore, race-bred track duties, the 600F catered to the daily, more practical users looking for a little comfort along with the performance.The “Hurricane” as it was known in some markets was followed by the F2, F3, F4 and F4i in the later years. In 2011, Honda got the new CBR 600F out internationally. It was based on the Hornet and was only bettered by the CBR 650F when launched in 2014. However, the 650F has been long in the making and is a brand new motorcycle.advertisementHazard lights are a thoughtful integration. Horn and indicator switches aren’t intuitively placed. (Photo: Pawan Dagia)In the flesh, the 650F is a big machine. The fairing and the fuel tank make up the bulk of the front-end while a sharpened tail section is complemented by a chunky 180-section rear tyre. Getting astride the bike, the first noticeable trait is the large 17.3-litre tank. Now, a bigger tank is always good to grip, keeping weight off your arms but we found the tank a tad on the larger side.This and the fact that it’s entirely smooth, devoid of contours means that it’s slippery. Nothing a set of Stompgrips can’t solve so make sure it’s on your list of accessories. Once you seat yourself into the one-piece seat, you find yourself stooped down (albeit comfortably so) on the clip-ons.650cc in-line four is banked at 30-degrees for better mass centralisation. (Photo: Pawan Dagia)It’s a sporty stance and most riders will find the riding position spot-on. Honda’s have always been about feeling good and the 650F definitely conveys those emotions to its rider.Starry eyes are usually an enthusiast’s reaction to the sound of an in-line four but I’m going to disappoint you a little here. The 650F when cold started idles into a soundtrack akin to industrial fans. It won’t be what you’ll expect a four to sound like.No grab rails keep the rear look neat while pillions can use underseat grab recesses to hold on while on the move. (Photo: Pawan Dagia)Muted and humble, just like most Honda’s. It’s not all that bad though and as you climb through the gears and revs the exhaust note gets better, wailing only beyond 9,000rpm. A little advice, save up for an aftermarket exhaust and you won’t be disappointed. A smooth and light clutch with an equally slick gearbox made trotting about in traffic a breeze.Most importantly, the 650F doesn’t let its weight be felt. Riding about, the 215kg kerb weight is easily managed by the twin-spar steel frame which used the engine as a stress member. Also helping the weight is a near 50:50 weight distribution between both axles. Old-school 41mm right-side up suspension in the front and a seven-step preload adjustable rear monoshock are setup to supply pliant ride quality.This is a point where the 650 shines as the rider barely gets to know undulations as bad roads are soaked up really well. The suspension is firm enough to also make the bike hold its line around a corner and not wallow about upsetting itself.320mm twin Nissin ABS-assisted brakes handle stopping duties well. (Photo: Pawan Dagia)The front-end is light and aides in handling the bike through traffic but I would’ve liked a little more feedback from the Dunlop tyre. This is probably because it isn’t built as a sharp corner carver and focus is undeniably on comfort. The handling is forgiving and it’ll be easy for riders new to this capacity and weight to get accustomed to the 650F.advertisementThe engine is smooth as silk, it had to be it’s a Honda. Heating is controlled and never annoying; the engine revs freely and is eager to climb up the revs. The CBR isn’t scarily fast nor does it take offence to sudden throttle inputs and will pull cleanly to the ton and beyond without making the rider realise its quickness.VerdictHonda has managed to price the CKD, 650F at a place where it’s inviting competition not only in price but capacity too. We’ve got the Kawasaki offering a 650 and the naked Z800 while there’s Benelli too with touring and a naked in their line-up at a lower price band too. Then there is Ducati jumping in the price range with a the Scrambler.The Ceeber however, can hold its own amidst them as being the most refined of the lot. This is a trait that tourers have to consider and will surely swing towards it for the very reason. Also, it will probably be the most reliable amongst them too. Styling is mostly desirable and Honda is offering a few accessories to further spruce up your CBR.last_img read more

GST 3 LAST

first_imgBriefing reporters about todays meeting, Mitra said it Briefing reporters about todays meeting, Mitra said it was a “very constructive” meeting attended by all major finance ministers. “I am happy to say that the wording which would guarantee five years of compensation was worked out. I cannot go into details of the wordings, I can only give you spirit of it. States are satisfied that in the constitutional amendment the wording (will be provided) by which states will be guaranteed five years of compensation if there is any loss of revenue,” Mitra said. He said it is “very big development” and appropriate wording gives confidence to states that for five years if there is any loss of revenue, Centre will compensate. On the issue of dual control, state finance ministers have conveyed to Jaitley that small businesses with turnover of Rs 1.5 crore and below will be taxed only in the hands of state. “Above Rs 1.5 crore a smooth consistent methodology has been worked out for both centre and state to be able to work together shoulder to shoulder with regard to revenue generation,” he said. Himachal Pradesh Excise and Taxation Minister Prakash Chaudhary said that the state is in favour of dual control. Himachal is ready to implement GST but nitty-gritty has to be worked out, he added.The Congress, which originally mooted GST in 2009 to replace all indirect taxes, has been demanding that the overall rate be capped at 18 per cent and scrapping of an additional 1 per cent tax designed to compensate manufacturing states that fear losing out on revenue. It also wants an independent mechanism to resolve disputes between states over revenue sharing. GST would subsume all indirect taxes like excise, sales and service levies. In the new regime, there will be one Central GST or C-GST and State GST or S-GST. States levy sales tax or VAT on goods sold within their jurisdiction and get a Central Sales Tax (CST) on sales made outside their territories. This CST will no longer be available in the new regime and a 1 per cent additional tax was proposed to make up for that.advertisementThe GST Bill, which intends to convert 29 states into a single market through a new indirect tax regime, was earlier planned to be introduced from April 1 this year, but the deadline was missed as the legislation to roll it out remains in limbo in the Opposition-dominated Rajya Sabha. The government, which has agreed to a five-hour debate on the GST bill in the Rajya Sabha, is keen to get the law passed during the current Monsoon Session of Parliament that ends on August 12. PTI JD DP MRlast_img read more

25 Best Jobs in America for 2016

first_imgWith 45% of people planning to look for a new job in 2016 according to a Glassdoor survey, now is the time to fire up your job search. Luckily, we’ve got you covered with the 25 Best Jobs in America for 2016. Data Scientist (#1), Tax Manager (#2) and Solutions Architect (#3) stand out as the three Best Jobs in America for 2016. But which other jobs made the cut?Looking to land in the UK? If you’re thinking about a new job across the pond, Glassdoor has also identified the 25 Best Jobs in the UK for 2016.[Related: Employers, find out how Glassdoor is designed to help you find the best candidates faster.]Also, to help your job search, check out our new job search experience, offering an easier and faster way to find a job and company you love.This report highlights the 25 best jobs based on each job’s overall Glassdoor Job Score*. The Glassdoor Job Score is determined using three key factors – earning potential based on median annual base salary, career opportunities rating and number of job openings. The jobs that made this list stand out across all three categories.*Methodology: Glassdoor’s 25 Best Jobs in America report identifies specific jobs with the highest overall Glassdoor Job Score. The Glassdoor Job Score is determined by weighting three factors equally: earning potential (median annual base salary), career opportunities rating, and number of job openings. Results represent job titles that rate highly among all three categories. The Glassdoor Job Score is based on a 5-point scale (5.0=best job, 1.0=bad job). For a job title to be considered, it must receive at least 75 salary reports and at least 75 career opportunities ratings shared by U.S.-based employees over the past year (1/8/15-1/7/16). The number of job openings per job title represents active job listings on Glassdoor as of 1/8/16. This report takes into account job title normalization that groups similar job titles.last_img read more

Kohl’s E-Fulfillment Centers Are Hiring 5,300 People ASAP!

first_img Customer Service Associate – Seasonal – Haymarket Kohls Burke, VA 3.8★ Customer Service Associate – Seasonal – Golden Kohls Littleton, CO 3.8★ 23 hours ago 23h See more Seasonal jobs at Kohls Customer Service Associate – Seasonal – Hingham Kohls West Roxbury, MA 23 hours ago 23h Customer Service Associate – Seasonal – Newington Kohls Rochester, NH Customer Service Associate – Seasonal – Pottstown Kohls Woxall, PA Customer Service Associate – Seasonal Kohls Orland Park, IL 23 hours ago 23h 3.8★ 23 hours ago 23h 3.8★ Customer Service Associate – Seasonal – Wadsworth Kohls Bath, OH Between clothing, furniture, appliances, decor and more, leading specialty department store Kohl’s has it all. The one thing that’s missing? You!With the holiday season just around the corner, Kohl’s is staffing up in a big way — in the next month, they’re looking to fill 5,300 Full-Time Seasonal Distribution Associates in their E-Fulfillment Centers in Edgewood, MD;  Desoto, TX; and Monroe, OH. In all three of these locations, they’ll be holding regular job fairs from now through early November. Here are the details — apply now!Edgewood, MDAvailable Positions: 1,900Job Fair: October 25th from 9am-4pmWalk-In Interview Dates: Weekly on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 12pm-3 pm, now until November 10th.Desoto, TXAvailable Positions: 2,100Job Fair: October 18th from 9am-6pmWalk-In Interview Dates: Weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11am-6pm, now until November 3rd.Monroe, OHAvailable Positions: 1,300 peopleJob Fair: October 25th from 9am-7pmWalk-In Interview Dates: Weekly on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9am-2pm, now until November 3rd.Wondering what Kohl’s has to offer? In addition to an employee discount, they provide the following perks!15% Associate DiscountWeekly PaychecksPaid Lunch BreaksFree Access to onsite Wellness ClinicAverage Hours and Weekend IncentivesShift PremiumsIf you’re looking for a rewarding, flexible retail job with great perks to boot, learn more about Kohl’s careers and apply to one of their many open positions while the hiring extravaganza is still going on!Learn More by Visiting Kohl’s Career Site! Customer Service Associate – Seasonal – Rochester Hills Kohls West Bloomfield, MI 3.8★ 23 hours ago 23h Available Seasonal Jobs at Kohls 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 3.8★ Customer Service Associate – Seasonal – Plano Kohls Rowlett, TX 3.8★ 3.8★ 3.8★ 3.8★ Seasonal Retail Sales Associate – Haymarket Kohls Clifton, VA 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23hlast_img read more

How to Get a Job as a Paralegal

first_img As you prepare to interview, it’s important to demonstrate your research skills by your interview prep. Learn everything you can about the firm. Scour Glassdoor to see what current and former staff say about their experience there. Make sure to learn what past interviewees have shared about their interviews, including any questions they share.To ensure depth and fluidity in your interview answers, rehearse them as you prepare for your phone screenings and in-person interviews.Consider these paralegal interview questions, submitted by Glassdoor users:There are many contracts that must be properly calendared for anniversary dates, what do you do to keep organized? and if something is held up what do you do to keep it flowing through the pipeline timely?What is your least favorite aspect of working in a legal support role?List the components of the Notice of Sale in Georgia.What types of assignments have you done?Do you have any experience in corporate law?Are you comfortable working with colleagues who have various different personality types?How do you manage a high volume workload? Paralegal Job Interview Tips How to Gain Skills, Knowledge, and ExperienceDegrees needed Candidates can pursue a couple of academic channels to qualify to work as paralegals; for example, they can earn an associate’s degree in paralegal studies. It is preferred, however, that paralegals hold a bachelor’s degree. However, no bachelor’s degree is offered in paralegals studies; therefore, many pursue a bachelor’s degree in a related field, and then they earn a paralegal studies certificate by taking a course that has been approved by the American Bar Association.Paralegals can then earn specialty certifications which designate mastery in a particular specialty area. The Professional Paralegal (PP) certification, for example, designated by the Association for Legal Professionals (NALS), reflects a commitment to ethics and professionalism. It also demonstrates proficiency in procedural and substantive law.In the same way, paralegals may opt to broaden their career prospects by taking the Paralegal Advanced Competency Examination, which is administered by the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. (NFPA).Skills for Paralegals Paralegals have a vast and exciting role. Their skills further the work that drives all applications of the law-from litigation to corporate, real estate, probate, intellectual property, bankruptcy and family law. Paralegals help enact the work of justice on every level.Paralegals are researchers who analyze documents. They also keep business moving for their teams by maintaining files, preparing correspondences, tracking deadlines and monitoring and fostering communications. Some work closely with clients, while other maintain a more internal role. The type of work each paralegal engages differs based on the size and needs of the firm as well as the paralegal’s background, certifications and areas of specialty. There’s plenty of room to grow in this exciting job. Related Careers to Paralegal The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports “Employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Formally trained paralegals with strong computer and database management skills should have the best job prospects.”The BLS further notes that the legal field is aiming to work more efficiently in the interest of its clientele. To that end, resources, including staffing is being used more economically, which can mean exciting career opportunities for paralegals.The BLS explains: “Due to their lower billing rates to clients, paralegals can be a less costly alternative to lawyers, performing a wide variety of tasks once done by entry-level lawyers. This should cause an increase in demand for paralegals. . . Although law firms will continue to be the largest employers of paralegals, many large corporations are increasing their in-house legal departments to cut costs. . . This will lead to an increase in the demand for legal workers in a variety of settings, such as finance and insurance firms, consulting firms, and healthcare providers.” Paralegal Job Market Legal secretary Median pay: $54,000Degrees required: High school diploma plus special trainingCourt reporterMedian pay: $47,000Degrees required: high school diploma plus special trainingFinancial clerk Median pay: $27,000Degrees required: high school diploma Paralegal Hiring Processcenter_img Glassdoor data indicates that the average base pay for paralegals is $54,000. This base remains about the same when a paralegal claims a specialty. Experience matters: those with ten years of experience earned salaries on the high end of the range, garnering sums in range of $59,000-$80,000 annually.Bonus pay is also a common feature for paralegals. The average bonus reported by paralegals amounted to an estimated $2,000 annually.By checking out Glassdoor Salaries, you can filter by location to see paralegal salaries in your area. Salary estimates are based on 11,860 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by paralegals. Learn More! If you have a legal mind, and you’re not sure you’re prepared for the rigors of law school, consider a job as a paralegal. Here are a few additional resources to help you find the job that fits your life:Top Jobs for Lawyers & AttorneysHow to Write a Resume ObjectiveHow to Write A Cover LetterHow to Build Your Own Career Path Within an Organization9 Things to Never Say in a Salary NegotiationThe 45 Questions You Should Ask In Every Job Interview How Much Does a Paralegal Make? How to Get Hired as a Paralegal Paralegals are essential to the legal workforce. Earning a role as a paralegal means demonstrating a broad range of skills. These professionals need acute analytical abilities, plus they know how to keep operations running smoothly. While there is a broad, general skill set for paralegals, there are also many specialists like immigration, real estate and corporate paralegals.Step one in pursuing a role as a paralegal is to make sure that your resume and cover letter are updated, error-free and ready for circulation. If you’ve worked in a legal environment before, you know that the culture in legal offices tends to be formal. If you’re a freshly credentialled paralegal, keep this in mind. Dress and communication, especially at larger firms, follows the mores of the courts and is likely to be formal.Negotiating a salary can be stressful for job seekers. This can be especially challenging if you’re negotiating directly with an attorney, who’s a seasoned pro when it comes to bolstering a savvy deal.But don’t let your nerves get the best of you. Negotiations are all about poise, confidence and research. Prepare for this conversation, and position yourself to own it. Make sure to use Glassdoor’s Know your Worth salary calculator to aid your negotiations.last_img read more

Mourinho pushes Man Utd to prise Dier from Spurs

first_imgManchester United boss Jose Mourinho wants to see a deal for Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier closed.Mourinho is keen to splash the cash this summer as he looks to build a squad capable of challenging in the Premier League and the Champions League.And after signing Victor Lindelof from Benfica earlier this week, the Portuguese boss is targeting further defensive reinforcements.Dier is said to be his preferred choice with the England international capable of playing in midfield and at centre-back.However, any attempts to lure him away from north London will cost United £50m, says the Telegraph.Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy are keen to keep hold of the 23-year-old.Dier only signed a new long-term deal with Spurs in September that keeps him at the club until 2021.last_img read more

​Man Utd legend Ince: Don’t call England’s youngsters the ‘golden generation’ just yet

first_imgManchester United legend Paul Ince has warned the fans from using the oft-repeated cliché of the ‘golden generation’ for the current youth England sides.The U20 side recently become the first England side to win the World Cup following the success of 1966. Following the success of the U20 side, the U21 side have now made their way into the semi-finals of the ongoing U-21 Euro Championships.However, Ince has warned the English fans that they shouldn’t get carried away just yet. “The golden generation was 1966 – they are the ones who won the World Cup,” said Ince.”I don’t understand why we keep going on about the golden generation. You are only a golden generation if you win things. I thought we had a golden generation in 1998 and 1996 but we didn’t win anything.”We get a bit carried away but it is great to see the kids doing well and all the stuff at St George’s Park seems to be paying off.”last_img read more

Everton ‘few days’ off signing Burnley defender Keane

first_imgThe Sun reports Everton will wrap up the signing of Burnley defender Michael Keane within the next few days.The Toffees were given a free path to the 24-year old after Keane’s other admirer, Manchester United, filled their centre-back vacancy by securing Victor Lindelof from Benfica. Keane has made it clear he would like to leave Turf Moor and the Clarets are prepared to make it happen after Everton agreed to match their £25m evaluation. “We are expecting the deal to be done with Everton in the next couple of days,”said The Sun via an unnamed source.”There are few things left to sort out but the deal is very close to being finalised.”last_img

DONE DEAL: ​Emenalo delighted as Chelsea sign Man City keeper Caballero

first_imgChelsea have completed the signing of Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero.Caballero arrives having been out of contract at Manchester City. He will add strength to Chelsea’s goalkeeper resources following the departure of Asmir Begovic to Bournemouth. The 35-year-old has a wealth of experience at the highest level. He spent the past three seasons at City, having started his career at Boca Juniors in his native Argentina before playing for Spanish clubs Elche and Malaga.Caballero said: “I am very happy to join Chelsea, the champions of England. I am looking forward to meeting the guys and helping the club achieve more success in the coming season.”Blues football chief Michael Emenalo added: “We are very happy to have Willy on board. He knows the Premier League and is tried and tested at the top of the game. “We have three experienced goalkeepers and we look forward to welcoming him to the club when the squad returns to pre-season training.”last_img read more

The fabulous five carnival!

first_imgLast week, I invited savvy bloggers to submit their “top five” lists. Top five wisecracks, top five wise insights, top five anything — and I offered lavish praise to those creative enough to somehow work into their posts the words “bikini,” “martini” or “Fellini.”The response was amazing – this is great big, “fabulous five” carnival that I hope you will enjoy. And if you find this list very long – or are overwhelmed just keeping up with the field – start with Sean of Tactical Philanthropy’s great Top Five Ways to Know Everything about Philanthropy.MARKETING WISDOMMarketing Diva Toby not only gets all those juicy keywords in her post (living up to her diva-ness), she also shows fashion sense. Read what five Internet strategies have gone from the “in” list to the tired, “out” list. Read on to find out what IS in style.The Agitator weighs in on five things to worry about if you’re marketing a nonprofit. Tom asks, “Is your organization indistinguishable from others doing essentially the same thing?” Very good question. Very good post.Nonprofit communicator extraordinaire Kivi scored a “-ini” hat trick AND gives you five very sound pieces of advice for your newsletters. My favorite Q&A in her list is, “What should be the focus of a nonprofit newsletter? The audience.” Yes!Lois of the great book Beyond Buzz shows us five things musicians can teach us about marketing. (She also scores a hat trick — hats off to her!) She’s right about fans vs. sales. When you serve the fans, you get the sales. When you serve the donor, get the donations.Britt has a must-read post on Top Five Things to Ask When Your Nonprofit Wants to Start a Community. This is required reading for anyone toying with Web 2.0 toys. As Britt asks, “Why do you want an online community? If the answer is because everyone else has one. Stop right there. Just because bikinis are in style doesn’t mean everyone should wear one, right?” Amen.Nancy of Getting Attention gives you five reasons you should copy this ad’s approach. Only a wordsmith like Nancy could pull off using the word “martini” and “hospital infection” in the same sentence. You go, girl!Getting no marketing love? Elaine share five ways to win support for your efforts in comments. Feeling burned out? Kelly offers five reasons to love being in the nonprofit profession. (She also has a hat trick.)FUNDRAISING INSPIRATIONDonorPower blogger Jeff shares a delightful list of Five Secrets to Fundraising Happiness. There are some gems in this post, especially the first on the list — respect your craft: “If you’re embarrassed to ask for money … if you think direct mail is tacky and awful … if you think fundraising is a necessary evil that besmirches your reputation and annoys donors … well, you aren’t going to be happy. Get right with the profession. Love it. That’s the only way to do great work, and it’s the only path to personal fulfillment in the job.” Peter of the MicroPhilanthropy blog shares the Top Five Person-to-Person Fundraising Campaigns by Keyword and… you guessed it, for kicks he searched under “bikini,” “martini,” and… “Speedo.” A very fun list resulted – as well as a cool tool you can use to search for your cause or keywords in personal fundraising widgets and campaigns.OTHER TOP FIVESBecause I have a thing for economists (just one, actually, who doesn’t lie but who does have superlative soundbites), I just have to include the Top Five Lies My Economist Told Me in this carnival. Adrian of Giving Matters gives us five things that should matter more in our sector. His call for cultivating trust, cooperating (as opposed to duplicating) and operating with efficiency are right on.The lovely Yvonne of Lip-Sticking has a really good list of five tips for success in comments here. I like the first especially: “Just do it. Don’t sit around ’talking’ about it for ten years. Get up out of your chair and do it.”Beth offers five totally fun Flickr photos with bikinis (I know you’ll click through for that one), martinis and yes, Fellini. She gets extra credit for this!Confused about how to make your technology choices? Wild Apricot weighs in on Five Reasons Why You Need Agile Methodology when it comes to software. Read on to learn just what that means, it’s interesting!Finally, Vladamir breaks all the rules with a list of 12, but it’s great so here goes: 12 ways for your nonprofit to use Facebook!Thanks everyone. And PLEASE, if you submitted your top five and don’t see it here, let me know. I had so many entries, it’s possible I accidentally missed one. I’ll get it up right away if I missed your list.last_img read more

Capacity-Building Workshop on “Maternal and Newborn Health Programing”

first_imgPosted on February 22, 2010Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Department of Making Pregnancy Safer at the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced the seventh orientation workshop on Maternal and Newborn Health (MNH) Programing to take place in Geneva, Switzerland, from June 21 to 25, 2010. Course ObjectivesThe objectives of this course are to familiarize participants with WHO guidance on interventions and related health system issues for maternal and newborn health. At the end of this course, participants will be able to design effective solutions for improving MNH programs, plan, implement and evaluate MNH services in countries with high maternal and neonatal mortality.Target AudienceThe target audience for this workshop is people working on Maternal and Newborn Health programing and implementation from governments, donor agencies, international organizations, research institutions, NGOs and the private sector.Application ProcessClick here to apply online. The deadline for registration to this course is April 15th, 2010. Accommodation and travel will not be covered or organized by WHO.For more information about the workshop, click here. To learn more about the Department of Making Pregnancy Safer, click here. Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

DFID Launches Public Consultation on Reproductive, Maternal and Newborn Health

first_imgPosted on July 29, 2010October 16, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Earlier this week, the Department for International Development (DFID) announced a public consultation focused on reproductive, maternal and newborn health. The goal of the consultation is to gather views and opinions from around the world to inform their forthcoming business plan for improving reproductive, maternal and neonatal health.“We particularly want to hear what people in the UK and around the world have to say on the subject of reproductive, maternal and newborn health. We want to know more about your views, opinions and experiences. This will help us to understand different viewpoints, how these issues might vary in different countries, and how DFID could work better with partners….”There are four ways to participate in the public consultation: take a short survey, provide in-depth feedback, email a response, or facilitate a group discussion.Click here to participate–and to learn more about how the consultation works. Click here to read more about the forthcoming business plan for reproductive, maternal and neonatal health. Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

MHTF Partner Highlights

first_imgAMDDCARECHPIDFIDFCIFUTURE GENERATIONSGYNUITYHEALING HANDS OF JOYICDDR,BINTRAHEALTHLIFEWRAPMAIMWANAMANAGEMENT SCIENCES FOR HEALTHMEDIC MOBILEPAIPOPULATION COUNCILSABIN VACCINE INSTITUTEUSAIDVENTURE STRATEGIES INNOVATIONSWAHAWINGSWOMEN DELIVERShare this: Posted on March 8, 2011November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)As part of International Women’s Day, the MHTF would like to honor the amazing work our partners are doing around the world. 20 partners and organizations have submitted brief statements about what they are doing to improve maternal health. Click here to read them all or select an organization from the list below. ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

MalariaCare Webinar September 25: Getting to Universal Diagnosis and Treatment of Malaria

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 9, 2013August 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)MalariaCare is hosting a webinar on the theme Getting to universal diagnosis and treatment of malaria on September 25, from 9:00 am to 10:30 am (EDT). The webinar will be a great opportunity to continue exploring themes related to malaria in pregnancy, as an element of broader efforts to secure diagnosis and treatment for all who need it.From our colleagues at MalariaCare:Please join MalariaCare for an interactive discussion on how countries can make progress towards achieving universal diagnosis and treatment of malaria. Panelists will discuss challenges to scaling up effective malaria diagnosis and treatment and share successes and lessons learned from country programs. Malaria program managers and global health colleagues working on malaria and other illnesses are welcome to join the discussion.To take part in the webinar, click here to fill out the registration form.Share this:last_img read more

UN Report Finds Global Progress; Growing Inequality in “ICPD Beyond 2014” Report

first_imgPosted on February 13, 2014November 7, 2016By: Sarah Blake, MHTF consultantClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The United Nations ICPD Beyond 2014 Global Report, launched today by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin, offers a global review of progress toward the groundbreaking 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action. The report explores evidence on a range of health, gender equality, economic development and education challenges. In particular, it notes that the dramatic global decline in maternal mortality is among the most significant developments signaling progress toward achieving the ICPD vision of universal access to sexual and reproductive health. However, the report also finds that like many other elements of the vision laid out in the ICPD Programme of Action, progress on maternal health has not been shared equally.From the report’s launch announcement:“Too many people, particularly the poor, still live without access to sexual and reproductive health services, including family planning,” said Dr. Osotimehin. “And laws designed to protect the rights of women and girls, where they exist, are often not enforced.”The report also finds, that the global community still must do more to protect women’s rights, even beyond adolescence. Significant gains have been made, particularly with respect to maternal death, which has declined by nearly half (47 per cent) since 1994. Yet, in one of its most alarming statements, the report says that one in three women worldwide still report they have experienced physical and/or sexual abuse and there are areas where many men openly admit rape without facing consequences. And, in no country are women equal to men in political or economic power.For more, including full text of the report, visit the ICPD Beyond 2014 website.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Demanding Accountability Isn’t (Just) About Shouting and Making Noise: Reflections From GMNHC2015 Day 1

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on October 20, 2015May 16, 2017By: Rima Jolivet, Maternal Health Technical Director, Maternal Health Task ForceClick 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)Accountability ran through today’s offerings at the GMNHC, both those explicitly dedicated to the topic and others I attended. I chose the title for this blog from the opening remarks made by Betsy McCallon, Executive Director of the White Ribbon Alliance global secretariat, in WRA’s panel entitled “Demanding Accountability for Quality Maternal and Newborn Health Services: Lessons Learned and Best Practices”.Citizens Hearing in India (Photo: White Ribbon Alliance)She pointed out that while demanding accountability might conjure visions of people protesting in the streets (and this is one important tactic), it is much more than that.Accountability is a process. McCallon went on to define the demanding of accountability as a systematic process that includes analysis of barriers, identification of context-specific solutions, targeted goal-setting and attention to results, scaling up successes and learning from less successful attempts (my paraphrasing).WRA National Alliance representatives described the steps they undertook to hold health systems and decision-makers accountable for commitments to ensure availability of emergency maternal and newborn health (MNH) services in Tanzania and Uganda, to legislate women’s entitlement to respectful maternity care through a Safe Motherhood bill in Nepal, and to hold facilities responsible for providing quality care in India through a cellphone-based citizen monitoring program that simultaneously educates women on their entitlements and empowers them to rate the quality of the services they receive.Accountability is also a mindset. Accountability to stakeholders and beneficiaries has to be built into both the design and the evaluation of health programs and policies. Abhijit Das, from the Centre for Health and Social Justice in India, a panelist in the session titled “The Role of Evaluations in Bridging Inequities: Experiences from Latin America, Asia and Africa,” made this point passionately. He asked participants to critically question the assumption that the priority interventions for saving maternal and newborn lives are known and it simply a matter of getting them to marginalized communities in all corners of the globe, pointing instead to the great diversity reflected in these populations. He criticized the current strategy for addressing inequities as “policy fundamentalism”: to identify gaps and then simply intensify efforts using the same approaches. Instead, he exhorted the audience to listen to key stakeholders, to understand their lived experience and their key concerns, and to design and evaluate programs on the basis of how well they meet the needs and expectations of women who experience inequities in access, availability, acceptability and quality of MNH services.Das pointed out that all women are concerned with survival of pregnancy and childbirth, for themselves and their babies; he said that by pushing people into a system they do not understand, that doesn’t match their experiences or meet their needs, and then faulting them for not complying, we convey the message that we believe they are naïve and ignorant and that we know best. He concluded that this leads to disempowerment of communities, and sets the stage for coercion and stigmatization of their already marginalized members within health care delivery systems.In 2011, under the umbrella of the UN Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Every Woman, Every Child, the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health (CoIA) was created. One of the key goals of CoIA was to propel budget transparency to track the flow of resources for women’s and children’s health, and to monitor the return on investments in the form of measurable results.Today, a multi-sector panel presented on the Global Financing Facility (GFF), a shared financing partnership created and launched in support of the updated Global Strategy 2.0 for Every Woman, Every Child and Every Adolescent, which aims to fulfill many of these functions. The GFF is a multi-stakeholder financing partnership that will pool resources from multiple donors, the private sector, and governments themselves, to ensure adequate resources are available to finance costed national plans that are based on context-specific priorities and national investment cases, and to track expenditures and return on these investments and deliver financing based on results, with the ultimate goal of enabling and accelerating efforts to end preventable maternal, newborn, child and adolescent deaths by 2030. Four countries, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania are currently in the process of developing investment cases and negotiating financing packages through the GFF. Civil society representatives are participating in every stage of the project to ensure that issues of concern to communities, for example attention to equity, are addressed. This financing facility delivers on the promise of CoIA.Today’s panels demonstrated amply that demanding accountability for MNH is much more than (just) shouting and making noise.Share this:last_img read more