Tiger Woods and Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn break up

first_imgPro golfer Tiger Woods and US Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn have broken up after a nearly three-year relationship, the pair said on Sunday.Vonn, 30, used her Facebook page to announce the split before Woods confirmed it on his website.”After nearly three years together, Tiger and I have mutually decided to end our relationship,” Vonn said.”I will always cherish the memories that we’ve created together. Unfortunately, we both lead incredibly hectic lives that force us to spend a majority of our time apart.””I will always admire and respect Tiger. He and his beautiful family will always hold a special place in my heart.”Woods, 39, confirming the breakup, said, “I have great admiration, respect and love for Lindsey and I’ll always cherish our time together. She has been amazing with (daughter) Sam and (son) Charlie and my entire family.””Unfortunately, we lead very hectic lives and are both competing in demanding sports. It’s difficult to spend time together.”Woods, a four-times Masters tournament champion, and Vonn, a four-time World Cup ski champion and Olympic gold medalist, announced in 2013 that they were a couple and were routinely seen as spectators at each other’s sporting events.Both went through long recoveries from injuries that prevented them from competing in their respective sports. Woods played at this year’s Masters and is due to compete at the Players Championship this month in Florida.Vonn returned from knee surgery to break the record for most World Cup ski championship wins by a woman. Woods, 39, has been single since a 2010 divorce from former Swedish model Elin Nordegren, which occurred less than a year after the golfer became embroiled in an infidelity scandal that rocked the sports world.advertisementMore than a dozen women said they had affairs with Woods, and the golfer admitted to “transgressions.”Companies including Accenture Plc, AT&T and PepsiCo’s Gatorade ended their sponsorship deals with Woods in the wake of the scandal.last_img read more

Angel Di Maria signs 4-year deal with PSG

first_imgMoving on from his English Premier League flop, winger Angel Di Maria signed a four-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain to complete his transfer from Manchester United on Thursday.Di Maria, who struggled to adapt to the physicality of the Premier League during his one-year spell at Old Trafford, said he was wanted by clubs other than PSG, but was impressed by the depth of its ambition to win a first Champions League title.He won the Champions League with Real Madrid last year, and was man of the match in the final. Still recovering from a thigh injury, he is not available for the French league opener on Friday at Lille, and said in a Parisian palace conference room packed with journalists that he will need “two or three more weeks” of recovery before making his debut.He will be introduced to the home fans on Aug. 16 against Ajaccio. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press this week that Di Maria joined for a fee in the region of 63 million euros ($69 million).United paid 59.7 million pounds for him last summer, the most expensive signing in the history of British football. But after scoring just three goals in 27 Premier League appearances, United and Di Maria decided mutually to part.”Leaving United was not only my decision,” he said. “I’m here because they wanted to sell me, it was a collective decision.”PSG lost out to United last season because of Financial Fair Play restrictions that have since been eased.advertisementNow, PSG have made him the second most expensive player in French league history.He will team with Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, who joined PSG for a reported fee of 64 million euros when the club broke the French transfer record in 2013. He will also be reunited with Argentina teammates Javier Pastore and Ezequiel Lavezzi.”Lavezzi has been telling me that PSG is a fantastic club,” he said. “One of the factors that brought me here is my friendship with Lavezzi.”Since Qatari investors took over in 2011, PSG has spent heavily to build one of the most expensive teams in world football. The investment has taken a while to pay dividends. Laurent Blanc’s team secured an unprecedented domestic treble last season, but has repeatedly failed to advance beyond the Champions League quarterfinals, losing 5-1 on aggregate to Barcelona this year.”We’ve got the team to win the Champions League,” PSG president Nasser Al Khelafi said. “With Angel Di Maria we will continue our European dream. We are close to achieving this dream, we will try this year. He is a big plus to our club.”last_img read more

5 Tough Interview Questions And How To Answer Them

first_imgYou’re in the middle of an interview that’s going well and your interviewer asks an off-the-wall question. Why? To find the best cultural match for the company.Forty-nine percent of employers know within five minutes of an interview if the candidate is a good fit for the position, CareerBuilder found in their January 2014 survey. Strange interview questions help employers choose the best candidate.Use these five examples to prepare for anything your interviewer asks:1. What are you proud to have accomplished at your last job?This question gives the interviewer the opportunity to learn your strengths. Simply saying “I increased social media engagement” isn’t going to give your interviewer a sense of what you accomplished. Instead, tell them how you increased social media engagement for the company and why your help was valuable.It’s important to master the art of the humble brag to make a good impression. Feeling proud of your accomplishments is fine. Endlessly discussing your value to the last company you worked for gives the impression you are arrogant.2. Tell me about a time when you messed up at work. How did you fix your mistake?Everyone makes mistakes, but not everyone has the ability to quickly solve them on their own.This question is not a trap. It’s the employer’s way of learning if you are able to fix your mistakes. Honestly talk about a mistake you made, but focus mainly on how you solved the problem.Begin by saying, “A time I messed up at work was when I gave a customer a quote that was considerably lower than it should have been. I realized my mistake and immediately told my boss about the situation. I knew the business was going to take a hit financially, so I offered to work longer hours until I had worked off the debt from my mistake.”This answers the interviewer’s question but focuses more on the positive parts of the mistake.3. What is your five-year plan?When interviewers ask this question, they want to know if you will last at the company.Picture where your career is going. Maybe the job you’re applying for is only a stepping stone to a bigger and better career. Letting your potential employer know their business is nothing more than a pit stop on your career road trip could cost you the job.Instead of letting an employer know you don’t plan to stay with the company long-term, think about what you hope to get out of the position. Talk generally about how you hope the position will prepare you for your next career move. Mention your desire for career growth within the company.Only apply for jobs if you honestly see yourself working there for the foreseeable future. Otherwise, it’s not fair to you, the company, or the person who would actually be the best fit for the position.4. Describe how an apple tastes to someone who can’t taste.There isn’t a right or wrong answer to this question. This question reveals your ability to think critically. Take a moment to think about how you will respond.One way to answer the question is, “I would describe the taste of an apple as refreshing because of how juicy they are. While a person may not be able to taste, they can probably feel the juice as they bite into the apple. When I think about apples, I imagine the fresh, juicy sensation that comes with taking my first bite.”Even if your answer isn’t the same as the rest of candidates interviewing, it shows your ability to think on your toes. Your interviewer will appreciate whatever answer you give as long as you provide a reason for why you chose the description you used.5. What religious holidays do you practice?It is illegal for an interviewer to ask you about your religion, age, marital status, if you’re a parent, or your sexual orientation. Employers use these questions to discriminate against applicants in the hiring process.Don’t assume your interviewer is intentionally asking illegal questions. One in five interviewers unknowingly asks an illegal interview question based on CareerBuilder’s April survey.There are three ways you can answer this question.If you feel comfortable answering the question, just answer it.Or, instead of responding to the original question, try answering the question you think the interviewer is trying to ask. Interviewers asking what holidays you participate in religiously could be their way of finding out if you will be unable to work on specific days of the year.Finally, if you feel the question is too personal, you can refuse to answer it. Decline to answer respectfully and let the interviewer know the answer will not impact your work ethic. However, refusing to answer might result in another candidate receiving the job offer.How have you answered questions you were unprepared for in an interview?last_img read more

How to Get A Job At Snapchat According to Insiders

first_imgDISCOVER: 15 Highest Paying Jobs in Los Angeles Snapchat has become famous thanks to its playful filters and real-time engagement. For brands, it has turned into a very appealing and lucrative platform for targeting its more than 100 million daily active users. Snapchat even forced Facebook to step up its offerings prompting them to release Instagram Stories.But what is it like to work for the mobile-focused marketing master? Is scoring a job at Snapchat as engaging as adding a floral headpiece to a selfie?To get an insider’s look at the company, we turned to real employees and job candidates. Here’s what they had to say:The interview for a content analyst:“It was about a month and a half process. I was first asked to do the SnapStory challenge and create a story within a 24 hour period. That advanced me to the phone interview which I thought was very pleasant and engaging, and the questions were very manageable. [Questions Snapchat asked me]: Who is your favorite story teller? (producer, director, author) What was a favorite recent story? Least favorite story and why? Tell me about you non-resume self? What is a story that you have not seen that you would like to see? What is your favorite movie? (offer more than one) Why did you want to get into a creative role? What are your career goals?”[Related: Check Out The Most Popular Interview Questions at Snapchat]The interview for a lens concept designer:“A recruiter from the California office reached out to describe the open position. After speaking with him, a Skype interview was setup with the design team overseas. I had to do a few test designs and after this process I was flown in for an in-person interview in NY. Spoke with 6 people and the interview lasted 2 hours. There was a vague closing and was not sure what the next process was, but then received an email the following week from the original recruiter saying I didn’t get the job. Slow and a bit scattered at times, but everyone was friendly and super helpful in the process.”Improved perks:“Snapchat has upgraded their benefits for 2016 — and they are AWESOME! 401K Plan: Snapchat offers a retirement savings plan through Transamerica that allows you to save for your retirement on a pre-tax or after-tax basis. Snapchat matches both your pre-tax and/or Roth elective contributions, dollar for dollar, up to 3% of pay and 50 cents for each additional dollar between 3% and 5% of eligible pay. The match is immediately vested. Vacation: Employees accrue 15 days of vacation per year. You can rollover your unused vacation to the next year (maximum 240 hours). Healthcare: On a national basis, we offer an Anthem Blue Cross PPO 500 program for free (for yourself and eligible dependents). Free Food: At our Venice HQ we’ve got an amazing chef who prepares delicious lunches and dinners (even the broccoli tastes good…for real). Elsewhere, we’ve got hookups with local restaurants to keep you nourished! Other: – Phone Stipend: Snapchat gives you $75 per month on a tax-free basis to help out with your mobile bill. – Yoga, Fitness, Team Retreats”[Related: How Do Your Benefits Measure Up to Other Employees?]Drawbacks of fast growth according to a product designer:“Expanding constantly, campus scattered throughout LA. Hard to meet people outside of your team and those you interface with for work (although bi-weekly council helps a lot with this)”Fast-paced, hard-work culture according to a content moderator:“There is a cool and very open environment which enables you to collaborate well with your coworkers. The people are fun to work with, and the perks are great. The hours were very random, and sometimes ran from midnight until 6am, or 6am until noon.”[Related: Search For Jobs In Your Area Now!]You have to be scrappy says a sales team member:“Snapchat NYC is a blast. In less than a year, the office has grown immensely. You won’t find any bean bag chairs or ball pits here like at other startups, but you will find a small, scrappy group of enthusiastic folks building a vibrant team in New York. If you work hard and seek out new ways to help your team, there’s a ton of potential to move up and even take on new responsibilities within the company (even in Snapchat’s LA headquarters). We’re growing fast! The NYC team is super high-energy, so it’s always fun and maybe even sometimes enlightening.”last_img read more

The 13 Best Health Care Companies to Work For in 2019

first_img Restaurant Manager Red Lobster Milpitas, CA 3. Trilogy Health Services Company Rating: 4.3Open Roles: Maintenance Manager, Director of Food Services, Medical Records Technician, Collections Specialist, Clinical Quality Analyst, Senior Vice President of Operations & moreWhat Employees Say: “I feel so lucky to have been offered a position to work for Trilogy Health Services. I’ve been welcomed so very kindly since day one. This is my first nursing job and everyone I’ve worked with so far is very supportive and encouraging. I have no doubt I will be here as long as Trilogy will keep me. I’m confident I will learn so much from my mentors to give the best care each resident deserves. I’m really in awe of the attention to detail each of my co-workers has, and I look forward to providing care as they do. I value that management takes the initiative to listen to employees and residents, and do what it takes to improve upon suggestions.” —Current Licensed Practical NurseSee Open Jobs 8. BAYADA Home Health Care Company Rating: 4.3Open Roles: Insurance Confirmation Associate, Registered Nurse, Physical Therapist, Health Care Sales Account Manager, Client Services Associate, Bereavement Coordinator & moreWhat Employees Say: “All employees show true caring for their coworkers as well as clients and their families. Cases are close to home and makes the morning commute easy. Great pay with opportunity to get paid STAT rate if you help out when short staffed. Ability to accumulate paid time off based on hours you work per week. Bayada bucks are given out and can be exchanged for items in the prize catalog. Monthly schedules sent out to all employees via email.” —Current Pediatric Licensed Practical NurseSee Open Jobs 7. MD Anderson Cancer Center Company Rating: 4.3Open Roles: Innovation Designer, Supervisor of Volunteer Services, Senior Community Relations Specialist, Training Specialist, Tumor Registrar, Cord Blood Bank Collector & moreWhat Employees Say: “It is very rewarding to be part of the MD Anderson healthcare team; where we are working to cure cancer and truly help so many people. The ability to help others has drawn many like minded staff members and volunteers and has created a supportive and caring culture. Employees, management and the clinical staff work well together and treat each other respectfully. Professional expertise is appreciated and we have autonomy to make clinical decisions. If you are motivated to make a difference you will have the ability to do it at MD Anderson Cancer Center.” —Current Doctor of PharmacySee Open Jobs 10. Phoenix Children’s Hospital Company Rating: 4.2Open Roles: Administrative Assistant, Financial Clearance Specialist, Formula Technician, Staff Physician, Patient Placement Coordinator, Clinical Supervisor, Clinical Nurse Lead, & more.What Employees Say: “The whole hospital works as a team to provide outstanding quality care for the patients while also helping staff grow and develop in a healthy, positive environment. It’s a phenomenal place to learn and help children heal.” —Current Registered Nurse, BSNSee Open Jobs 12. Texas Health ResourcesCompany Rating: 4.2Open Roles: Facilities Maintenance Tech, Materials Transporter, Nurse Practitioner Palliative Care, Pharmacy Tech, Security Officer, Trauma Administrator, & more.What Employees Say: “Positive culture among employees, promote within, tools available to show appreciation to employees and great pay.” —Current Senior DirectorSee Open Jobs 23 hours ago 23h 3.4★ CMA/Certified Medical Assistant – Part Time Traveler Matrix Medical Network Portland, ME 13. Kaiser Permanente Company Rating: 4.2Open Roles: Community Resource Specialist, Optical Dispense, Human Resources Consultant, Pharmacy Assistant, MRI Tech, Principal Software Engineer, Market Data Analyst, & moreWhat Employees Say: “Kaiser really cares about employee and patient wellness. You get to work with really caring people. The benefits and programs and processes to promote work life balance are terrific.” —Current EmployeeSee Open Jobs 11. Massachusetts General HospitalCompany Rating: 4.2Open Roles: Program Manager, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Clinical Research Associate, Education Program Coordinator, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist & moreWhat Employees Say: “Great company culture in the research institute. Flexible schedules. Beautiful campus (in Navy Yard). Innovative research. Amazing benefits. Excellent training opportunities. Good people.” —Current Senior Grants AdministratorSee Open Jobs Lube Technician Heiser Automotive Group Glendale, WI Turns out, jobs in the healthcare industry aren’t just for doctors and nurses. While a hospital relies on its MDs and RNs to provide care, there are a host of other jobs that are integral to helping the hospital run, providing a smooth experience for patients and researching the next cures. But how to find these jobs? Glassdoor’s got you covered.We’ve pulled together a list of the top-ranked healthcare companies from our 2019 Best Places to Work U.S. large employers list. Whether you’re a software engineer, chef or administrator looking for a change of pace, or a doctor, nurse, dentist, pharmacist or other healthcare professional looking for your next employer, this is the place to look. All of these companies are hiring now!1. St. Jude Children’s Research HospitalCompany Rating: 4.4Open Roles: Staff Scientist, Senior Software Engineer, Biocontainment Technician, Licensed Practical Nurse, Psychological Examiner, Internal Audit Project Manager & moreWhat Employees Say: “Very inspiring work environment, good pay and balanced life. Working here makes you feel that you are not just working to make a living, but to make people’s lives better” —Current Research SpecialistSee Open Jobs 2. Smile Brands Company Rating: 4.4Open Roles: Treatment Coordinator, Insurance Collections Specialist, Patient Concierge, Accountant, Market Manager of Operations, Pediatric Dentist, Lead Dental Assistant & moreWhat Employees Say: “Fantastic company with tremendous support. The culture that has been set by the company to not only take care of their employees, but to create an environment of quality, patient focused care is one I am proud to be a part of. I look forward to coming to work everyday, and love the opportunities of career growth.” —Current Office ManagerSee Open Jobs 3.5★ Lead Line Cook/Line Cooks IL MITO Trattoria e Enoteca Hartland, WI 23 hours ago 23h 6. Memorial Sloan Kettering Company Rating: 4.3Open Roles: Research Technician, Sourcing Manager, Patient Representative, Data Analyst, Research Lab Manager, Executive Assistant, Clinical Research Trainer, & moreWhat Employees Say: “Best company I have ever worked for. They really pride themselves on their reputation and their amazing staff and that’s what sets them apart from all other healthcare organizations” —Former Session AssistantSee Open Jobs View More Jobs 3.4★ 3.5★ Physical Therapist AthletiCo Mount Pleasant, IA Mechanic – Equipment & Fleet Yellowstone Landscape Group Durham, NC CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) – Weekend Op Days Westminster Village, West Lafayette Inc. West Lafayette, IN 3.0★ LPN-Updated Competitive Wages! CareOne Hopewell, VA N/A 2.6★ Sales Lead Generation Specialist RMM Solutions Milwaukee, WI 5. New York-Presbyterian Hospital Company Rating: 4.3Open Roles: Carpenter, Clinical Nurse Manager, Dietary Worker, Health & Safety Specialist, Registrar Receptionist, Surgical Secretary, Environmental Services Aide & moreWhat Employees Say: “Came here from another large hospital chain and the difference is noticeable. People actually want to work here and it shows. Great learning and growing environment. Friendly and helpful staff. Amazing pay and benefits too.” —Current Registered NurseSee Open Jobs 23 hours ago 23h Hot New Jobs For You 3.4★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h RN, Registered Nurse – Cardiopulmonary CHRISTUS Health Austin, TX 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 2.4★ 4. Northside Hospital Company Rating: 4.3Open Roles: Front Office Assistant, Surgery Scheduling Specialist, Organizational Coach, Pharmacy Systems Specialist, GI/Endoscopy Lab Technician, Medical Technologist & moreWhat Employees Say: “Northside is a great place to work because of the people, opportunity for growth, and because I feel I am truly appreciated. I really feel like Northside puts not only their patients first but also their employees.” —Current RecruiterSee Open Jobs 9. Great Lakes Caring Company Rating: 4.2Open Roles: Home Health Branch Director, Home Health Registered Nurse, Private Duty Team Leader, Part-Time Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, Campus Care Attendant & moreWhat Employees Say: “Great Lakes Caring is a company that takes care of its employees and works hard to ensure employees have the tools they need to succeed.” —Current EmployeeSee Open Jobs 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 3.4★ 23 hours ago 23hlast_img read more

Lyon star Memphis Depay maintains Man Utd connection

first_imgLyon star Memphis Depay is still close to former club Manchester United.The Manchester Evening News says the 23-year-old only featured eight times under Jose Mourinho before moving to France Ligue 1 side Lyon in a £21.6m deal in the January transfer window.He endured a frustrating 18 months as United’s No.7 but clearly still has affection for Old Trafford, despite his struggles.Memphis took to Instagram to post a photograph of himself in Beverly Hills on holiday – and eagle-eyed followers spotted he was wearing a gold chain with a huge United crest on it.United are believed to have first-option in re-signing him if he leaves the Parc Olympique Lyonnais – and it seems that Memphis isn’t bitter about how his spell in Manchester ended.last_img

​Chelsea defender Ake nearing £20m Bournemouth switch

first_imgBournemouth are set to complete a £20m move for Chelsea defender Nathan Ake, according to The Telegraph.The 22-year-old impressed during his loan spell with the Cherries last season before he was prematurely recalled by the eventual champions in January.Ake scored three goals in ten appearances for the Cherries in the first half of the last season, but he could manage just two appearances for the Blues in the second half.The Dutch defender is set to sign a five-year deal with the South Coast club.last_img

Tips for tipping boring communications upside down

first_imgIn the kiddie movie Barnyard, there is a scene where some beleaguered bovines avenge the abuse of cow-tipping. They sneak into their tormenter’s bedroom and upturn his bed, sending him to the floor with a big splat. My two daughters thought it was hilarious, and they talked about it incessantly. Why? In the paradigm of Chip and Dan Heath, it’s because it was a sticky story with an unexpected twist.Some stories stay with us long after statistics, and the ones that are most memorable are those that surprise us in some way. You don’t expect cows from a barnyard to engage in boy-tipping, so you remember that, especially if you’re a kid.This is a completely trivial example of a very important concept.I’m becoming concerned that some of our storytelling in the nonprofit sector is becoming rather rote. We stick to a sad-to-happy, cookie-cutter template that fails to cut through the clutter. We make more wristbands. We print brochures. Instead, we should be challenging ourselves to seek out striking details, exhibit unexpected stories and communicate in unusual ways. We should think about how to tip expectations on their head (stupid pun intended).Courtesy of Nancy Lee, who put these on a social marketing listserve, here is some inspiration.last_img read more

Solidarity and Stigma: The Challenge of Improving Maternal Health for Women Living With HIV

first_imgPosted on May 6, 2014June 12, 2017By: Donald Borenstein, Environmental Change and Security Program, Woodrow Wilson CenterClick 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 post was originally posted on the New Security Beat, the blog of the Environmental Change and Security Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center. The post highlights an event focused on the connections between HIV status and stigma, respectful care, and maternal health, as part of the Advancing Dialogue on Maternal Health series. A video of the event is available here.Despite the fact that with proper interventions, the likelihood of mother-to-child transmission of HIV is less than five percent, expectant mothers with HIV or AIDS often face intense stigma and marginalization from health care providers around the world. As a result, in some areas, the mortality rate for mothers with HIV is seven to eight times greater than the rate for non-infected women, said Dr. Isabella Danel of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.Leading researchers, clinicians, and advocates gathered at the Wilson Center on January 13 to discuss the need to re-evaluate maternal health priorities to create an enabling environment for women with HIV. “It’s not only elimination of new HIV infections in children, but it’s keeping the moms alive,” said Dr. Heather Watts, medical officer with the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator.Systematic Failures and AbusesFor women living with HIV throughout the world, the threat of stigmatization upon disclosure of their diagnosis is dire. They are often perceived as promiscuous, blamed for other HIV diagnoses in the family, or threatened with outright hostility over the prospect of having children, said Janet Turan of the University of Alabama.Florence Anam of the International Community of Women Living With HIV/AIDS said these women, “especially from Africa where I come from, are constantly in fear of losing the status quo of their life – family, friends, relatives, but most importantly the support they get from their male partners or husbands.” According to a study conducted by Turan in Kenya, pregnant women who anticipate male partner stigma are more than twice as likely to refuse HIV testing than those who don’t.This stigma often results in domestic abuse, and partner abuse of women living with HIV is a global epidemic. Naina Khanna of the Positive Women’s Network noted that a 2013 survey of women living with HIV in the United States found 72 percent of respondents were survivors of intimate partner violence or domestic abuse. As a result, they often opt not to disclose their diagnoses and fail to receive the necessary care and counseling.In the developing world, when women do disclose, they face another set of barriers. Clinics are often prohibitively far to reach by foot and women living with HIV can be asked to make the trip several times. “Going to the hospital to get tested at an [antenatal care] clinic and be told you’re HIV positive means you have to go back and bring your partner, and then you have to come back with him or bring someone to the clinic and they have to be told you’re HIV positive,” said Anam. “So many women come to the clinic when they’re pregnant, but do not come back again.”And health care providers are often misinformed about the nature and treatment of HIV. “Many times, providers are operating under false assumptions about the risk of transmission, which is added to already existing discrimination and stigma,” said Tamil Kendall of the Harvard School of Public Health.After carrying out community-based surveys on reproductive rights violations in Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua, Kendall noticed a clear trend of withheld care and abuse. Some survey participants recounted harrowing ordeals, ranging from complete denial of treatment to coerced or forced sterilization, including the story of one survey participant who was surgically sterilized without her consent while under anesthesia from another procedure. Such systemic failures and abuses seem to be the rule rather than the exception, said Kendall. “Under half of the women [surveyed] considered that they had received comprehensive reproductive health services, and in fact 41 percent said that they have been discriminated against by health care workers specifically when seeking reproductive services.”Another study, of care in Tanzanian public health facilities, found 77 percent of all women interviewed, regardless of HIV status, reported some form of abuse by clinicians in the process of delivering a child, according to Dr. Mary Mwanyika-Sando. “If 50 percent of women reported feeling some form of abandonment during an actual time where they were so vulnerable they needed a health care provider to help them as they are about to deliver their child,” she said, “where are we going with all this?”What Gets Measured Gets Done Dr. Hannah Sebitloane of the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa believes a more focused research agenda could help. “Why is an HIV [-positive] pregnant woman in the area where HAART is now accessed…still more likely to die just because she has HIV?” she asked. That can’t easily be answered right now, and better quantifying the negative effects of not seeking care could tangibly show how social and medical stigmas are harming mothers.To this end, Kendall and Danel shared the results of a new study on anti-retroviral therapy (ART). It is crucial to document and evaluate ways to improve access and retention of care, they said, and available evidence shows improving access to ART for women living with HIV can make a significant impact in lowering mortality rates. “The longer women are on ART,” Danel said, “the risk goes down further.” On one hand, these are promising results, but overall, pregnant women are less likely than other adults to get the treatment, Kendall noted, meaning there’s a clear gap in distribution that is likely systematic and due to stigma.Combating Stigma Not An Easy TaskOvercoming the stigma that dissuades mothers living with HIV from seeking care is ultimately the goal, said the panelists.Personal accounts from people actually experiencing these stigmas can help tremendously, said Anam. “People living with HIV need to be involved in documenting qualitative research…it actually brings out the voices in what people, especially women, indicate as their challenges, and why exactly they do not access, or do not have the adequate medication, or do not get to the hospital in time.”Public support groups can also be effective. These groups allow mothers living with HIV to understand the needs of their child and themselves in a way that the impersonal nature of primary medical care often does not, Anam said. “You’re told, don’t breastfeed and nobody tells you why; check your medicines at this time and no one tells you why. But then moving this to a support group then breaks it down. This is what your medicine does, this is why you need to take it…The woman begins to understand it, and then begins to own it.”Kendall suggested a concerted effort to engage men, to prevent violence against women living with HIV and to reduce stigma caused by misinformation. Reaching men often proves difficult, however, as many don’t participate in maternity care, regardless of HIV/AIDS, she said. “We know less about how to engage men who are not already choosing to come to ante-natal clinics with their female partners in HIV testing and in support.”Ultimately, any effort to combat stigma needs to put the empowerment of mothers living with HIV first and foremost. As Anam points out, the effect of solidarity and group support is vital. “You walk out of that test room and you’re confused, and you don’t know what to do, and when you sit somewhere with that group of people and you realize you’re not alone – that in itself is huge. I don’t know how we can document that, but it’s huge.”Event Resources:Naina Khanna’s PresentationTamil Kendall and Isabella Danel’s PresentationTamil Kendall’s PresentationMary Mwanyika-Sando’s PresentationHannah Sebitloane’s PresentationJanet Turan and Laura Nyblade’s PresentationFriday Podcast With Tamil KendallPhoto GalleryVideoShare this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Member of the week: Chris Gibson, sound engineer

first_imgOur member of the week is Chris Gibson. Chris works in the music industry as a studio engineer, record producer, and a session musician. In Chris’s 24 track digital studios, located in Hoboken, New Jersey, he provides musicians with recording, mastering, CD pressing, and graphic design services. Chris also goes on tour with bands, and has engineered sound for concerts all over the country and even in Japan. You can hear samples of work from Chris’s studios on his website. Please also check out his profile in the Freelancers Yellow Pages, and the interview below, to find out more about Chris and his life as a freelancer.1. What has been your most interesting project? I can’t name only one since I’ve been involved with so many. I can name a few — When I toured Japan as a sound engineer with the band Quicksand in the mid ’90’s, tour managed and did sound for a slew of really awesome bands from Sweden doing their first ever U.S. tours — again in the mid ’90’s, an on again/off again stint as a record producer traveling back and forth to Maryland to record debut CD’s for developing bands in the early ’00’s, building from the ground up my most recent band rehearsal rooms that I currently manage. Too many more…2. Why did you decide to go freelance? Sort of out of necessity — I was laid off from a full-time job in the record industry in the early ’90’s and after 15+ years of working for The Man, I decided to put my blood, sweat, and tears towards fulfilling my own destiny and financial gain. At the time, I was already running my business on the side so the transition was relatively smooth — although the first six months out of work were absolutely terrifying.3. What tip would you give to a new freelancer or someone who is considering going freelance? Be a solid money manager first and foremost. You’ll need to be able to squeeze every last drop out of whatever savings you have set asid,e in addition to properly using whatever cash income you currently have to properly start your business, market yourself, and have the resources to survive the up and down swing or living from gig to gig. There will be some weeks/months where you may hardly have any work at all. How you handle that pressure is the true test of how well you can handle the fear of not always knowing where your next dollar is coming from. In addition, you should already be preparing or currently working in the field you wish to freelance in on the side, before you quit your full-time gig. During this time you should be networking in your chosen field as much as possible. Don’t hesitate to count on contacts that you may already have from your full-time gig. Then when you’re finally ready to move on from that job (or if the worst happens and you lose that job), I reiterate what I stated above: that the transition will be smoother and not so much of a shock when it’s time to set your own schedule, motivate yourself to get the gigs, and, most importantly, properly use the new found freedom you’ll have to properly budget your time towards work, verses your time towards necessary down time to recharge.4. What is your favorite spot in the city in which you live? This is going to sound strange — my apartment. I do pretty much everything out of here in terms of running my business. Plus my recording studio is a simple ‘roll out of bed and get to work’ set-up. Although I primarily go from location to location for a variety of the jobs I do (a night club in the city for Live Sound and/or performing music on stage, a different recording studio outside of my place for Producing/Engineering, NYC/NJ based offices, stores, and homes for my Accounting and Bookkeeping work), my calendar always begins with my land line phone and e-mail in my home office first thing in the morning. Plus when I’m home-based for a workday, I can stop and start projects at my leisure, watch the news on TV, run errands locally, etc. The only restriction I have is when the day runs short.5. What is your inspiration? The hope that someday I’ll be able to have the financial stability where I can be even more discerning about the work I choose to do versus the work I have to take. I also continue to be inspired by the true entrepreneurial spirit of so many of the self-made people of past and present that have made this country great and continue to achieve the American Dream on their own terms. Maybe someday I’ll be remembered in the same light.last_img read more

How to scale your business with content marketing

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.Word of mouth will only grow your business for so long before referrals stop coming in. In order to keep a steady stream of clients and projects, provide value with content marketing.I am sure you have come across what content marketing is or at least heard of it.But, did you know that content marketing has been one of the most powerful tools that businesses and freelancers can use to grow their business?It works too. According to Content Marketing Institute, content marketing generates three times as many leads as outbound marketing does and for a lot cheaper.Content marketing can do a lot to help grow your business, and here’s how to start your own content marketing strategy today.Showcasing Your Expertise Publicly##If you are freelancing or own a business it is very important to showcase to potential clients why you’re the right expert to work with.It is one thing to just have a distinguished resume and references, but if you’re not actively showing your clients that you are an expert in the field that you specialize in, then what incentive does it give the client to hire you over someone else? Execution: Start researching topics that you’d be interested in writing about as well as topics related to your field of profession. I recommend using Buzzsumo, which is a powerful resource to help with this process. Buzzsumo will help filter what popular blog posts are out in the market today and help inspire picking a topic. Idea: A great way of doing this is to start writing for your own blog. Use it as an opportunity to showcase your work and also as an avenue to write about topics in your field that can add value to your potential clients.center_img Once you select a topic, start writing a draft of your article. Aim for 1,000 – 1,500 words per blog post as readability and SEO tends to deliver the best results within this range.Next, edit your article until it is in final form before publishing. Once it is published, share with your network on social media, and repurpose as a separate article on Linkedin.Note: Don’t just share once and call it quits. Tailor the post to the specific platform that you’re sharing it on. For example, on Twitter embed the article with a short excerpt or quote enticing people to read more.To reach a wider audience, reach out to influencers and other writers in your industry. If you’re using Buzzsumo, you can see the people who shared articles similar to yours. Send them an email first introducing yourself, and explain why your article can benefit them.Collect emails from previous and potential clients to start building your mailing list. If you aren’t already using email marketing, I recommend using MailChimp for their ease of use and also because the software is cost-effective.Design a template to feature your newsletter, and keep in mind that branding is important. Adding your logo and style guide for colors and fonts should be a key focus. You want everything to have a cohesive look and feel.Once you have your list and template designed, start with your first email marketing campaign. In MailChimp, the software is already built to A/B test your campaigns with different subject lines, and segment your lists. This way you’ll know which subject line appeals best to your audience.After your campaign is sent, monitor the reporting to review open rates, click-throughs, and unsubscribes to better format for your next campaign.Things To Note:  Consistency and quality are two major components here for a successful campaign. Stick to a schedule that works best for you to create and send your emails, and only share posts with your audience that will provide valuable insight for them. If they can’t find value, they are likely to unsubscribe.Visuals Tell Great Stories##If you want to tell your story in a more engaging way, creating visual content to compliment your writing is quite helpful. Adding an infographic might increase the exposure of your post significantly because of its sharable value.However, the actual type of visual content that is created is up to the freelancer or business owner. The main purpose of this type of content is to drive the results that they are after.Infographics: According to Nielsen Norman Group, eye-tracking studies show readers pay close attention to information-carrying images. In fact, when the images are relevant, readers spend more time looking at the images than they do reading text on the page.Plus, 65 percent of us are visual learners so creating compelling visual infographics to compliment your blog post or even act as a stand alone will be important to add to your content marketing strategy.P.S. creating infographics doesn’t have to be hard, even if you don’t have a graphic design background or friend to help you out. I strongly recommend checking out Canva.Charts and Graphs: If you are trying to prove something with data, then there aren’t a lot of better options out there than telling the story with charts and graphs.It is very valuable from a business standpoint to not just write about any findings that you have, but also showcase it with visual content.Charts also play a big factor into the amount of trackbacks (other blogs pointing to your blog) which has seen a 258 percent higher rate than other images.Video: As stated above, visual content is much more than just what you incorporate on your blog. It also included content that you share on your YouTube or Facebook/Instagram page.Since we already know that 65 percent of us are visual learners, it is time to craft content around attracting and retaining those people.For example, if you are a freelance graphic designer, instead of creating a blog post on how to do a certain effect in Photoshop, why not create a “how-to” video on YouTube to reach their 30 million visitors per day.Like Speaking? Podcasts Might Be Your Thing##A lot of your potential clients are busy and simply don’t have the time or interest to read your blogs posts, no matter how effective they might be. This is where the power of creating a podcast comes in.Podcasting is growing, in 2016 an estimated 57 million people listened to podcasts each month. Just like YouTube, there are millions of people out there and potential business waiting for you to capture.Podcasting isn’t for everyone, and the “content is king” motto still applies here. No matter the quality of your sound, the effects that you add, etc. If it simply isn’t interesting, people are not going to tune in and listen.On the contrary, if you have an established network of interesting people to interview, I would recommend giving podcasting a try. Podcasting is only going to get bigger from here, so start exploring how to add it into your content marketing strategy to attract new clients.Using Existent Content For LinkedIn##As a freelancer or business owner, LinkedIn is and for the foreseeable future will be your good friend. Not only is it easier to find gigs on LinkedIn through their new ProFinder feature, but you can also repurpose your existing content that you published on your blog straight to all of your connections in a matter of minutes with Linkedin Publisher.When you publish an article on LinkedIn it becomes part of your professional profile. It is displayed in the articles section of your profile. It is also shared in the newsfeed of your connections and followers.You can also get members to follow your account from the articles that you published without being in your network. Lastly, it is also searchable on and off of LinkedIn, depending on your privacy settings of course.This can dramatically increase awareness around your content without having to do a lot of extra work. If you aren’t publishing on LinkedIn, start today.Let Content Marketing Work For You##Marketing yourself as a freelancer or business owner and breaking the mold is a challenge. You’ll find that many other freelancers and companies offer similar services that you do, and sometimes for even cheaper. Instead of lowering your prices to compete, focus on content marketing.You’ll notice that clients don’t hire you for the services you offer, but for the value that you can bring them.If your potential client is a small business owner, and you can effectively layout examples on a blog post about how they can make money off of Facebook advertising, then it doesn’t matter that another freelancer or business offers services for cheaper, because they didn’t provide value like you did.It doesn’t matter if it is writing, creating graphics, videos, podcasting or the other various ways to promote your brand through content marketing. Focus on the value that you can provide to your potential client, and you will start seeing the results you have been looking for.Max Pete aka One Hand Wonder Man is a freelance website designer and digital marketer. Max Pete also specializes in social media management, email marketing, content creation, and paid advertising. You can check out his work and get in touch with him via his portfolio www.maxpete.co.last_img read more

DIY Halloween Costumes for Under $10

first_imgHas an organization or university offered you an opportunity with a stipend? Whether it’s an internship or apprenticeship, a stipend is a set amount of money that helps offset living expenses. This fixed amount is financial support provided while you’re… Full Story,Truth is, there is a lot to be excited about when it comes to college: new friends, a new routine, (college parties!), and more independence. But along with all these perks, it’s also time to start thinking about your finances…. Full Story,A routing number is a unique number that identifies a specific banking institution. Each routing number is made up of nine digits. Routing numbers are sometimes referred to as an American Banker’s Association routing transit number or an ABA RTN…. Full Story,It’s stressful enough having a car loan over your head and staying on top of your monthly payments. But what if you have an upside-down car loan — in other words, the amount you owe on your set of wheels… Full Story,When you’re trying to get your financial house in order, it’s easy to get lost in the specifics. You might stress about how to adjust your budget, where to find some extra cash for the holidays or what funds to… Full Story,Shortly after graduating from New York University with a Master’s degree, Melanie Lockert turned to food stamps, as she worked her way out of $81,000 in student loans. “There were a lot of emotions around carrying that debt. It caused… Full Story,Traveling is one of the best things in life, and luckily, low funds don’t have to dash your dreams of enjoying an epic adventure. A wealth of destinations—both in the U.S. and abroad—are so affordable that even hardcore penny pinchers… Full Story,While we don’t yet have flying cars that collapse to the size of a suitcase, pneumatic tubes that transport us from room to room or machines that automatically bathe and clothe us in the morning, every day we’re getting closer… Full Story,Times have changed since Grams and Gramps were your age, looking to settle down and buy their first home. But today the house with the white picket fence—or that trendy loft in downtown—isn’t completely out of the question if you… Full Story,We recently hosted a Twitter chat as part of our #RealTalkSeries. And let’s just say, things definitely got real. Many of you joined us to discuss “taboo” and cringe-worthy money questions such as how to improve a bad credit score,… Full Storylast_img read more

7 Free Apps to Help Simplify Your Life

first_imgThe average person may see anywhere between 4,000 and 10,000 ads in a single day. From binge-watching your favorite shows to checking the pile of coupons in your mailbox, advertisers have inundated our lives. Most of the ads we see… Full Story,Dressing up for Halloween is one of the best parts of the holiday, especially if you’re a creative person. But buying a Halloween costume can get expensive, with many costing more than $50 a pop. And unless you plan to… Full Story,You may not find it on an official calendar anywhere, but Friendsgiving is a newer holiday that has gained popularity in recent years. Much like Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving is a time to gather around the table with loved ones in the… Full Story,My birthday is on Halloween, so every year I get super excited. I plan what my costume will be, decide how I want to celebrate and text all my friends to let them know. Last year, I was finally able… Full Story,Not much of a football fan? Don’t know what all the cheesehead hat-wearing and face paint-smearing is all about? Skip hanging out at the local sports bar or sitting in the stands at a game, and put on your entrepreneurial… Full Story,Living paycheck to paycheck can feel like an endless scramble. Rent is due on the first but your paycheck won’t clear until the second. On top of everything, you need to pay for groceries, a bus ticket, and utilities before… Full Story,Decision fatigue is the decline in energy and focus you experience after making too many decisions. This mental drain causes your brain to abandon your willpower in order to seek more immediate rewards, which leads to poor decision making and… Full Story,If you ask a random person on the street what they do, chances are they have a lot of slashes and hyphens in their job titles. In this day and age, if you don’t have multiple sources of income… Full Story,Do you consider yourself a financially responsible young adult? Personally, I like to think that my finances are mostly in order. Rent, student loans, car payments—everything big is blocked off nicely. If the math works out right, I have a… Full Story,In the financial world, nothing evokes feelings of terror quite like the word “bankruptcy”. It’s become synonymous with a complete and utter collapse of one’s finances – a black hole that’s almost impossible to climb out of. When you declare… Full Storylast_img read more

How to Invest $100, $1,000, or $10,000

first_imgTo start your day off with a happy hypothetical, let’s say you’ve been following our advice on how to build a buffer account.It’s going so well that now you’ve got a little money you’d like to invest.“Great—I’m going to get started today!” you think.Then you Google “How do I get started investing?” and learn that you can choose from thousands and thousands of mutual funds, ETFs, stocks, bonds, brokerages, and asset classes.“Hmm, I’ll get started investing tomorrow. Today: Candy Crush.”I know how you feel. Last month I was in Japan, and my earbuds broke. So I went to a big electronics store, figuring they’d have a few to choose from.Did they ever.I had to contend with ten aisles that looked like this:(Photo Credits)I spent over an hour trying out earbuds before buying a new pair of the same ones that broke.I can’t help you choose headphones, but whether you have $100, $1000, or $10,000 to invest, I can help you get started.In investing, as in headphones, “good enough” is better than driving yourself crazy figuring out the perfect solution.I have $100 to investBuy one share of a stock market Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF) and a good introductory book on investing such as The Elements of Investing, by Malkiel and Ellis.Which ETF should you buy and where?Let me make it easy. Open an account with TD Ameritrade. Opt into the commission-free ETF program. Buy one share of the Vanguard Total World Stock ETF (VT) for about $59.Congratulations! You now own (a piece of) 5351 different stocks from about 50 countries.Now, read the investing book and keep saving money.Why TD Ameritrade? They make it easy to get started with a low balance without zinging you with fees.Another option: Betterment.com has a extremely simple sign-up process and will let you invest the whole $100.They do charge higher fees than TD (the fees decrease as your investment increases) and require you to invest an additional $100/month minimum until you hit $10,000.I have $1,000 to investOpen an account at Vanguard (make it an IRA or Roth IRA if you’re eligible to contribute to one) and put $1000 in the target-date fund of your choice.These funds are cheap and own a diversified mix of stocks and bonds.Go ahead and drop another $20 on that investing book (or get it from the library).You’ll learn that even with a low-cost, diversified portfolio, sometimes you’ll lose money. Sometimes a lot of money.That’s no reason to avoid investing.It’s a good reason to control what you can (keep costs low, diversify, and avoid active management), invest according to your risk tolerance (don’t own 100% stocks if you won’t be able to sleep at night), and stay calm when everyone else is panicking.I have $10,000 to investThe Vanguard target-date fund is still an excellent choice. In fact, it would still be an excellent choice if you had $1 million to invest.Wealthy folks have access to special investment opportunities that the rest of us don’t.Lucky for us, those special opportunities (such as hedge funds) are usually much worse than the boring mutual funds and ETFs we have to settle for.Another option: Wealthfront is a snazzy automated investment management site with a $5000 minimum and no fees for the first $10,000.It’s easy to get started, and they offer some tax management features that Vanguard doesn’t.Keep in mindIf you have a 401(k) at work, you’re probably better off investing there than in your own account.You might get an employer match, and once you set up payroll deduction, you’ll keep saving automatically without thinking about it.The Elements of Investing can help you choose good funds in your 401(k).As you accumulate more money in your investment accounts, the rules of good investing don’t change. They just get more important.There’s a big different between losing $100 and losing $10,000 (or $100,000, or more).Now, if anyone can explain to me how to prevent my headphones from breaking all the time, I’m all ears. (Groan.)Matthew Amster-Burton is a personal finance columnist at Mint.com. Find him on Twitter @Mint_Mamster. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related Post navigationlast_img read more

Bipolar disorder: 5 things a psychiatrist wants you to know

first_imgBipolar disorder hit the headlines this week, after singer Mariah Carey revealed that she has been secretly suffering from the mental health condition for nearly two decades.In a candid interview with People, the US star explained that she decided to speak up about living with the condition in order to help break the ‘stigma’ surrounding mental illness.‘I’m hopeful we can get to a place where the stigma is lifted from people going through anything alone,’ she said.‘It can be incredibly isolating. It does not have to define you and I refuse to allow it to define me or control me.’Bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic depression, is a condition affecting your moods, which can result in swings from one extreme to the other, according to the NHS. Sufferers experience periods or episodes of depression and mania, which can leave them feeling ‘high and overactive’.And, while most of us have heard of bipolar, its complexity and the variety of forms it can take, means there are some misconceptions surrounding it, as the mental health charity Mind notes on its website.Here, we speak to Harley Street Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Arghya Sarkhel of Living Mind, to debunk some of the biggest myths about Bipolar Disorder…Myth 1: Bipolar is rare‘Surprisingly, bipolar disorder is not uncommon,’ Dr Sarkhel tells us. ‘In fact, one in every 100 people have a chance of developing it.’On top of this, the NHS notes that bipolar disorder may initially be confused with clinical depression.‘Almost 20 percent of people with bipolar are diagnosed with depression first,’ Dr Sarkhel says. ‘It’s only over time when they have distinct mania or hypomania that their diagnosis is then revised.’Myth 2: Bipolar Disorder can only develop when you’re youngWhile the NHS notes that sufferers often develop symptoms between the ages of 15 and 19, Dr Sarkhel tells us that the onset usually occurs between your early to late twenties.That said, the condition can actually develop at any age. ‘It’s rare after 40, although not impossible,’ Dr Sarkhel explains, adding that physical conditions including a brain tumour or head injury in later life can cause bipolar.Myth 3: Sufferers are just ‘moody’If you always assumed that bipolar disorder is just another way of saying ‘mood swings’, then you’ve been mistaken.‘One of the biggest misconceptions about bipolar disorder is that the mood swings experienced are the type that we can all suffer with from time to time,’ says Dr Sarkhel. ‘They are, in fact, quite different.‘The mood swings are much more severe,’ he continues. ‘Each episode lasts much longer than our common “mood swings”.’In fact, Dr Sarkhel tells us that the majority of sufferers are more likely to experience periods of depression rather than mania, while depressive episodes also tend to last for much longer.‘Mania tends to last for weeks, whereas depressive episodes usually last for months,’ he explains.As well as this, bipolar disorder is about much more than mood swings, Dr Sarkhel explains. ‘Other symptoms include racing thoughts, pressure of speech, increased or reduced energy, reduced need for sleep, suicidal thoughts and psychotic features, such as delusion, hallucination or thought disorder.‘Most importantly, the reason this is classified as a disorder is that it leads to severe impairment in both social and occupational functioning, unlike simple mood swings that subside spontaneously and quickly without any active intervention.’Myth 4: Manic episodes are positiveAs the NHS explains, anyone going though a period of mania may feel happy, with lots of energy and creativity. However Dr Sarkhel argues that this is actually a myth on one level.‘Because of your elated mood, your perception of experiences gets distorted,’ he says. ‘But, overall, these symptoms are distressing – even if they may appear positive on the surface.’He continues: ‘Another big misconception is that manic states improve a person’s productivity or performance. But, in reality, mania can be equally, if not more distressing than depression because of its severe disruption of functioning as a result of unstable mood, erratic behaviour or poor attention.’Myth 5: There’s only one type of bipolar disorderAs mentioned above, bipolar is a complex condition and the pattern of mood swings varies widely between people. In fact, as Dr Sarkhel tell us, there are several types of bipolar disorder…‘With Type 1, you will go through manic and depressive episodes; in Type 2, you will experience hypomania (a less severe form of mania) and depression but without having a manic episode. In Type 3, you can experience a manic switch induced by antidepressants. And there is also Rapid Cycling, where sufferers experience four or more episodes in a year.’Sourcelast_img read more

6 Environment and Development Stories to Watch in 2016

first_img4) Food Loss and Waste: A Growing Movement?Food loss and waste may not feature prominently in the public consciousness, but it should. The world wastes one-third of its food every year, despite the fact that we’ll need to produce 70 percent more calories by 2050 to feed a growing population. If food loss and waste were its own country, it would be the world’s third-largest greenhouse gas emitter (behind China and the United States). And this waste costs nearly $1 trillion a year worldwide, Steer explained.This could be the year the world gets serious about curbing food waste. A new SDG calls for halving food loss and waste by 2030. The Consumer Goods Forum, representing more than 400 companies, has already promised to cut its food loss and waste in half by 2025. WRI and partners will release a common international framework to help businesses, organizations and other stakeholders consistently measure and reduce their food loss and waste. And next week in Davos, WRI will launch with government and business leaders a new effort called Champions 12.3, with aims to accelerate progress toward the SDG goal.5) China: Will a New Vision Take Hold?China is again in the spotlight with challenges to its economy and environment. Air pollution in Beijing and other cities reached such extremes last year that for the first time, the government issued “Red Alerts,” closing schools and businesses. President Xi Jinping recognizes that the country needs to move in a new direction focused on the quality of growth rather than the size of growth. Signs of China’s commitment to action will be evident in its 13th Five-Year Plan, set to be released in March of this year.The Plan will build on commitments China has already made, including to peak emissions by 2030 (or sooner) and increase its share of non-fossil fuels in primary energy consumption to 20 percent. Look for more specific targets in its new Plan, such as more renewable energy targets pre-2020, additional caps on coal production, more low-carbon pilot cities and a rebalancing of the economy from heavy industry and steel to a focus on services. Also, look for China to make progress on its carbon-trading pilots, which are supposed to evolve into a national system in 2017.6) U.S. Climate Leadership: Will it Continue?“The US has over the past two years become a climate leader, and that wasn’t the case several years before that,” Steer said. Last year, the Obama administration extended renewable energy tax credits, blocked the Keystone XL Pipeline, and, most importantly, finalized the Clean Power Plan (CPP) to reduce emissions throughout the power sector. In addition, the United States played a critical leadership role in bringing countries together around the climate agreement.2016 will be the year to seal President Obama’s climate legacy. How will courts rule on states that are challenging the Clean Power Plan? What will states’ CPP implementation plans look like? Will President Obama pursue more executive actions before he leaves office, such as emissions standards for heavy-duty vehicles, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), and methane in landfills and infrastructure?We’ll also watch to see how climate change plays out in the presidential debates and campaigns. Given the stakes, climate change must be part of the national conversation around America’s next leader.These are just a few of the many environment and development issues that will garner attention this year. How they progress will provide clear benchmarks for how the world is handling the “big pivot,” as Steer called it, from commitments to concrete action on the ground.Did we miss a key story? Share your own ideas on big issues to watch this year in the comments section below. Check out our event page for video and other resources from WRI’s Stories to Watch. Stories to Watch 2016 #stw16 from World Resources Institute (WRI) On many levels, 2015 was a turbulent year: the migrant crisis grew, terrorist attacks spiked, and global economic growth slowed. Yet on the bright side, last year saw groundbreaking advances when it comes to the environment and human development. The United Nations formally adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of 169 targets to end poverty and boost growth while caring for people and the planet. The year ended on high note with 195 nations joining together in establishing the Paris Agreement to limit global temperature rise to 1.5-2 degrees C and prevent the most disastrous impacts of climate change.So what happens now?WRI President and CEO Andrew Steer addressed that question and many more yesterday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., the site of WRI’s annual Stories to Watch event. Steer looked ahead to the big topics for the environment, economy and sustainability.“2015 introduced a new era of multilateralism,” Steer said. “If 2016 has a theme, it’s going from commitments, design and promises to action.”Steer highlighted six issues to keep an eye on for signs that the world is building on progress made in 2015:1) The Paris Agreement: Will Momentum Continue?Leading up to COP21 in Paris, 187 nations delivered national climate plans, setting the foundation for a strong international agreement. On April 22nd of this year, many countries are expected to formally sign on to the agreement and begin the ratification process. It’s important to see if countries not only sign on, but go beyond promises and make tangible shifts to a low-carbon economy. “Is it taking hold within ministries of finance and planning and agriculture and so on?” Steer asked. “Is there a seriousness here?”India is one country to watch, making bold commitments to ramp up solar generation from 3 gigawatts (GW) to 100 GW by 2022. Progress this year will be an important indicator if the country will reach its goal.2) New Climate Economy: Will the Message Take Root?A decade ago, leaders in business, government and elsewhere thought that climate action came at the expense of strong economic growth. Then, leaders began to see how these two endevors can go hand-in-hand. Today, with research from the New Climate Economy and elsewhere, many thinkers (but not all) understand that sustained, high-quality economic growth actually depends on climate action. In 2016, will more leaders continue this intellectual journey and take the necessary action that follows?There are signs they’re already coming around to this line of thinking, especially in the business and city sectors. More than 1,000 companies now support carbon pricing, while 116 have gone even further and committed to set Science-Based Targets, emissions-reduction goals in line with what scientists say is necessary to prevent the worst effects of climate change. At the same time, leaders from more than 425 cities have signed onto the Compact of Mayors, a global, voluntary initiative to measure and reduce emissions at the local level. The question now is: Will other business and city leaders join these pioneers?3) Green Finance: Will the Financial System Evolve?2015 saw progress on important new funding streams for green infrastructure, such as the Green Climate Fund, which has committed to disburse $2.5 billion in financing for low-carbon projects in 2016. But as Steer noted, achieving the kind of transition the world needs will require more than new money—it will mean shifting trillions of dollars toward sustainable growth. According to New Climate Economy, there will be $90 trillion invested in land use, cities and energy systems between now and 2030. The question is which way will this go? Governments and financial institutions are already starting to move toward greener investment pathways, such as France, which now mandates that banks declare environment-related financial risks. Look for more progress during the G20 meeting this year, hosted by China, where green finance is expected to be high on the agenda.last_img read more

4 Ways to Deliver Bold Action on Climate and Justice This Year at Back-to-Back UN Summits

first_imgAs students take to the streets around the globe to push for immediate action on climate change and justice, two summits set for September on climate action and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a strategic opportunity to showcase a leap in ambition.To be effective, these summits must address country commitments for climate action, social inclusion and other sustainable development goals together. In two recent high-level United Nations gatherings in New York and Copenhagen, leaders from government, international organizations, business and civil society groups agreed that tackling the climate and SDG agendas separately dilutes messages and can lead to inconsistent policies. We cannot build a sustainable future without urgently putting climate action at the core of all policies and investments. And as we have seen from recent protests in France, we cannot successfully advance climate action if they don’t create opportunities for all and help reduce inequalities.The forthcoming Climate and SDG Summits should be planned jointly. They need to rally leaders around a single, compelling narrative and common priorities that step up climate action and progress for more inclusive and sustainable societies. Here are four ways to help make that happen.1. Ramp Up Ambition for Transformational ChangeWith greenhouse gas emissions and  inequalities on the rise, there is no time to simply tweak existing economic systems if we are to avoid the worst consequences of a changing climate.September will be a key moment to raise our ambition: the SDG Summit will be the first in five years to review progress on the 17 SDGs almost a third of the way towards the 2030 milestone. The Climate Action Summit will put the spotlight on high-impact actions countries can take to enhance their national climate commitments under the Paris Agreement – known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) – by 2020.UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres asked heads of state to come at the Climate Action summit not with speeches, but with plans. If more than 100 countries – a majority – announce what they will do to step up their national commitments by next year while highlighting economic, social and environmental benefits, it would inject the momentum we need to put us back on track to achieve the Paris Agreement and our sustainable development goals.Both summits should focus on making radical changes. Countries need to set new metrics, norms and timebound targets that shift the preferences of decision makers, investors and consumers towards smarter, more responsible choices. Among the signals most needed by 2020 are an increase in carbon prices up to at least $40-80 per ton of carbon dioxide, a global phase-out of fossil fuels, new standards for sustainable buildings and infrastructures, and science-based targets for all Fortune 500 companies. Countries must also take climate commitments aligned with the 2020 SDG targets on halting deforestation, restoring degraded land and water ecosystems and adopting sustainable city plans.2. Leave No One Behind and Ensure a Just TransitionBoth the SDG and Climate Summits should also spur countries to fulfill the promise to leave no one behind in building sustainable economies. This pledge, central to the 2030 Agenda, not only involves ending extreme poverty and reducing inequalities by 2030, but also prioritizing the poorest and most vulnerable so that they make faster progress than those who are better off.Most countries’ initial NDCs lacked specific measures to help enhance social equity. There is a need to better assess and monitor social impacts of climate actions and take adequate measures to minimize and offset any regressive back-sliding. For instance, Germany’s Climate Action Plan 2050 and Ghana’s 2018 National Dialogue on Decent Work and Just Transition require regular impact assessments of climate actions on jobs and welfare of low-income households. To avoid any fiscal burden for low-income taxpayers, Canada’s redistributive approach to carbon pricing also gives back more money to 70 percent households through tax credits than they spend on carbon taxes.We also need to highlight climate solutions that take into account existing inequalities and are designed to benefit the least well-off. Such actions include bonuses supporting retrofit work to reduce energy poverty in France and Colombia’s land-tenure reforms enabling indigenous communities to protect their forests and improve livelihoods.3. Scale Up the Best SolutionsSeptember presents a major opportunity to scale up impactful solutions that deliver multiple benefits for climate action, sustainable economy and social inclusion. Examples of actions to be taken by 2020 and offering $26 trillion opportunities have been identified by Mission 2020 and WRI in six milestones – in energy, transport, land use, industry, infrastructure and finance. These include scaling up renewable energies, shifting public transportation fleets entirely to electric buses and trains, decarbonizing infrastructures and heavy industries, and reducing food loss and waste.The summits can build and strengthen coalitions of countries, cities and companies around breakthrough solutions, such as Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 or the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action, while increasing the ambition of those initiatives to reach tipping points needed for transformational change.Quantified benefits for the SDGs at the national level will help build momentum around climate solutions. A new report from the Indonesian government shows that a low-carbon development strategy can create 15.3 million jobs and reduce extreme poverty by 4.2% by 2045. The Mexican government also analyzed the contribution of its climate commitments to the SDGs in 2018 and is now quantifying top co-benefits to mobilize all institutions and businesses. For instance, treating urban and industrial waste water to adapt the productive system to water scarcity will save the equivalent of one sixth of the water used for irrigation in country.4. Define Long-term Goals for Net-zero Emissions and EquityAll countries need long-term goals for carbon neutrality and equity, such as zero-emission energy, building and transport systems, 100% renewables and inequality reduction. Driving systemic transformations requires long-term horizons, and decision makers and investors look for long-term policy and fiscal certainty to take action.The preparation of long-term zero-emissions development strategies should be much more inclusive and linked with the formulation of long-term development plans and national visions or ad hoc nationwide debate. The definition of long-term goals offers a great opportunity to bring together government, civil society and businesses and engage citizens to shape a vision and aspirational goals. Such inclusive processes can foster ownership of the goals, fight the feeling of disempowerment that citizen experience in many countries, expand mobilization for action and enhance accountability of government and private actors.The clock is ticking. We have only a few months to make the SDG and climate summits a success. Everyone has a role to play to enhance mobilization, political pressure and ambition. We cannot miss this opportunity.last_img read more

3 Essential Strategies for Crazy-Busy People

first_img on March 17 & 24 (my book on selling to crazy-busy people) came out last year, I was deluged with requests from sellers who said, “I’m crazy-busy too! How can you help me?” SidewaysSarah How can I possibly be overwhelmed before the day has even started? Yet this morning, as I sit down at my desk to get to work, that’s exactly how I feel. But let me give you some advice right now that can make a difference. Everything I’m sharing is based on research into how the brain works. Every day I select just one thing that absolutely has to get done the next day. If I have five things, I get bogged down. But with just one essential “to do” I can ensure it’s completion. (Note: Writing this article is my “one thing: for today.) SNAP Selling & Selling to Big Companies, two bestselling sales books and is a popular speaker who helps sellers crack into new accounts, speed up sales cycles and win more business. These simple ideas really do work. They enable me to focus better. My thinking is better. I see more creative options for solving my problems. th Sales Productivity Summit After The truth is, your poor little brain is really incapable of handling all the things clamoring for its attention. The more things you have to do, the less efficiently it functions. Decisions are harder. You can’t think of as many ideas. Everything takes longer. with HubSpot. SNAP Selling It’s something I’ve been studying with a vengeance since then. Because I need help – and so do you. It’s also why I’m hosting an online Topics: 1. Pick the “One Thing” Sound familiar? 2. Put up a Barricade Image: 3. Dump Your Ideas Got some fledgling ideas floating around in your mind? How about something that you really need to remember for tomorrow? In order for your brain to function best, you don’t want it to keep using its limited resources to remember things for you. Always write things down. This frees your brain up for more important thinking – like how to best win business with a new account. This is a guest post written by Jill Konrath, author of In short, I get a lot more done in a lot less time! If you’re crazy-busy too, I ‘d suggest you give them a try. My To Do list is overflowing with calls to make, proposals to write, customers to satisfy. Checking my email only makes things worse. Now another 72 people want my attention. I sometimes wonder if there’s any light at the end of the tunnel. Here are three simple but highly effective strategies I use to minimize my crazy-busy feelings. Originally published Mar 8, 2011 9:12:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 It’s so easy to get distracted. A phone call leads to six other tasks. Checking your email can result in the loss of an hour. When I’m serious about getting my “one thing” done, I don’t answer the phone, check emails, or respond to any other interruptions. My time is valuable so I protect it. Usually I do this in one-hour increments. Time Management 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