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Hold Me Accountable

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now The sales manager was speaking to his young business development representative about his results and his activity. The results weren’t there, and the activity was low, and certainly lower than the sales manager expected. When the sales manager asked the BDR why he didn’t have better results and greater activity, the salesperson told him that he was used to being held accountable for these things. Because the salesperson wasn’t being held accountable, he was coasting.Another manager interviewed a young salesperson who decided to the leave the company. When the manager asked the salesperson what he thought might be improved, the young salesperson told his manager that he wished he would have been accountable for removing deals from this pipeline when it was clear he should have stopped pursuing them. This salesperson wanted to succeed and, right or wrong, he didn’t feel he was being effectively led.What You Get WrongYou might think, “People don’t want to be micromanaged.” There is no part of accountability that requires one micromanage their team, those being two very different concepts. It is a mistake to conflate accountability to micromanagement.It’s also possible that you could believe that you shouldn’t have to impose accountability on “grown ups,” who should be capable of managing and leading themselves, especially when salespeople are given more autonomy than most other roles and should possess an equal amount of self-discipline.There is no doubt that these is always more work to be done than there are hours in the day. You have other duties and responsibilities that require your attention and your effort. You might think that shouldn’t have to hold people accountable when you are paying them, an unhealthy belief that always limits the success of a team and the individuals that make up that team.Accountability is a prerequisite of high performance.Your Leadership is RequiredNo one ever believes their best manager was the one who accepted their mediocre performance and stayed off their back. Neglect, in all its forms, is a lack of caring, and it is something that the person being neglected feels.If you reflect on the best leader you have ever worked for, you will recall that they held you accountable, pushing you to reach your full potential. You’ll also state that the individual you worked for prodded you because they cared about you personally and contributed to your growth and success.If you want your people to turn in the best performance they are capable of, you will hold them accountable for just that.last_img read more

The First-Ever Invictus Games Veterans Career Summit Seeks to Hire Hundreds of Vets

first_img 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 3.4★ Phoenix – Mine Maintenance Mechanic Barrick Gold Corporation Battle Mountain, NV 3.4★ Turquoise Ridge – Operational Excellence Analyst Barrick Gold Corporation Winnemucca, NV 3.4★ 23 hours ago 23h Safety & Health Superintendent Barrick Gold Corporation Jean, NV 3.4★ Mill Metallurgical Technician Barrick Gold Corporation Marathon, FL Leeville Underground Engineer, Short Term Planning Barrick Gold Corporation Carlin, NV 23 hours ago 23h Underground Process Control Technician Barrick Gold Corporation Elko, NV 3.4★ 23 hours ago 23h 3.4★ 3.4★ 23 hours ago 23h 3.4★ Advanced Helper (3), Process Maintenance, Electrical Department Barrick Gold Corporation Carlin, NV 3.4★ 23 hours ago 23h Open Pit Mine Engineer I Barrick Gold Corporation Elko, NV 23 hours ago 23h The 500 wounded veterans who will be competing in the annual Invictus Games in Toronto this weekend will not only be inspiring follow veterans, current service men and women, plus spectators, they will show us all how to pivot in our careers.In addition to competing for gold, silver and bronze medals in events like sitting volleyball and wheelchair tennis, athletes and attendees will have the opportunity to attend the Veterans Career Summit to plan their transition from service person to civilian.The Invictus Games Toronto 2017 Veterans Career Summit, brought to you by Barrick Gold Corporation, will offer employers the chance to connect national and international job seekers looking to transition to civilian life. The two-day event will feature keynote speakers and an informal area where ad hoc job interviews can take place.Career advisors will be available to consult on a range of topics, including resumé building, interview and presentation skills, and identifying transferable skills. They can also provide other valuable tips on landing a dream job. Make a 20-minute appointment before the event to participate in the career advising sessions.Companies in attendance — including Amazon, Jaguar Land Rover Canada,  and the Toronto Police Service — are looking to hire veterans for roles that range from data scientist, senior infrastructure analyst, operations manager and more.As the sponsor of the first-ever Invictus Games Veterans Career Summit, Barrick Gold Corporation is doubling down on its pledge to help veterans find enriching careers.“Through Invictus, veterans find the motivation to overcome their injuries while being recognized for their achievements. The Career Summit will build on this, helping veterans connect their unique and impressive skills with meaningful career opportunities back home,” said Barrick President Kelvin Dushnisky.“[This event] will allow these individuals an opportunity to connect with top-ranked employers, hear keynote speakers, and obtain much-needed career guidance from counselors as they search for meaningful employment after service,” said Michael Burns, CEO, Invictus Games Toronto 2017.About 550 competitors from Afghanistan, Italy, the U.S., New Zealand and beyond will take part in 12 sports in the annual event, which was created by Prince Harry and aims to help the war wounded with their recovery.Learn More About The Invictus Games Veterans Career Summit Here!9 Awesome Companies Hiring Veterans Now! Available Jobs at Barrick Gold Corporation 23 hours ago 23h See more jobs at Barrick Gold Corporation Chief Geologist Barrick Gold Corporation Elko, NV 3.4★ Roaster Maintenance Technician Barrick Gold Corporation Jean, NVlast_img read more

Agent admits Lucas Perez Arsenal future decided before preseason kickoff

first_imgThe agent of Arsenal striker Lucas Perez says a decision over his future is expected before preseason kicks off.Rodrigo Lovelle has claimed two Spanish sides are interested in the Arsenal forward.Perez has struggled for game time at the Gunners following his arrival from Deportivo La Corona last summer.Fernandez said: “The key date is 3 July when Arsenal’s pre-season begins. Anything is possible.”The president of Deportivo can do wonders, while last year I met with Sevilla, who again are interested.”last_img read more

​Leeds boss Christensen: Cruyff influence will help me succeed at Elland Roa

first_imgLeeds Utd boss Thomas Christensen says that Johan Cruyff’s influence will help him succeed during his time in Championship.The former striker, who won the Cyprus First Division with APOEL last season, was signed by the Dutch legend on a four-year contract while he was still in charge of Barcelona.Denmark-born Christiansen said: “Everyone has way of their coaching, but of course Cruyff was very important to me. I came to Barcelona as an 18-year-old and there were many things I didn’t understand, but he showed me.”He was a genius on the pitch and as a coach, plus he also changed the way football is played.”This is one of the things I want to bring to Leeds and I will die with my ideas and my philosophy.”I believe in myself and what I can bring to Leeds. That’s why I’m here and I learned a lot at APOEL, where they sacked two or three coaches each season in the last four or five years. I started and finished the job and earned the respect of everyone.”I’ll give everything to succeed because I would have died to come here unlike other coaches who were mentioned.”last_img read more

​Tottenham without THREE players for the start of the season

first_imgTottenham are expected to be without three key players for the start of the next season.South Korean international Son Heung-Min has reportedly suffered an arm injury in the World Cup qualifier against Qatar last week, and he is expected to be out for up to three months.Left-back Danny Rose hasn’t played since January due to a knee injury, and he is also expected to miss the start of the season.Argentina forward Eric Lamela has been ruled out until October after undergoing surgeries on both hips. The 25-year-old hasn’t played for Spurs since last October.last_img read more

​Arsenal defender Chambers heaps praise on Bayern winger Gnabry

first_imgCalum Chambers is aware of the danger Serge Gnarby poses after their time together at Arsenal.The winger will line up for Germany when they take on Chambers and England in the U21 European Championship semi-final on Tuesday. Gnabry, who left Arsenal for Werder Bremen last summer, secured a move to Bayern Munich earlier this month.”I know him, trained with him for a few years at Arsenal. He’s a good player, a quality player, strong, quick, skilful, so we will focus on that and how to deal with that. He’s done well,” said Chambers via the Express.”He’s always been very professional, and when he wasn’t getting as much game-time at Arsenal he was doing a lot off the pitch to keep himself going. “He’s a good guy, I know him well. I’m pleased for him. No surprises.”last_img read more

PSG keeper Sirigu confirms Torino move

first_imgTorino are closing on a deal for Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu.The Italian has confirmed he’s set to sign for the Granata.It’s expected he will sign a three-year contract, worth €1.2m per season in addition to performance related bonuses.“I’m very happy,” Sirigu told reporters.“I can’t wait to get started.”last_img

Provide the Content Your Audience Craves

first_imgConsider translating some of your content into Spanish. Most organizations should at least include a Spanish-language summary of their work, linked from the home page.Source: Groundspring ITS Topic 4 Adobe Acrobat PDF files allow you to publish long-form content in its accurate, original form, but not everyone can read them. If you plan on using them also offer an alternative. Links to other web sites show your knowledge of the field and allow you to be a portal to information your visitors want. A search function allows site visitors to find content quickly. Audio and video clips allow you to publish multimedia content that keeps your audience entertained and informed.center_img Visuals, photos, maps, graphics, and cartoons help present information in a user-friendly format, as well as creating an emotional connection. Calendars present event content in an easily understandable format. People come to your web site because they are looking for something – a phone number, services, news, etc. They want information. Give it to them. Here are ways to create content that will help you meet the needs of your donors and your prospects.Define your audience. Most organizations have several audiences – media, program participants, volunteers, activists, donors, community leaders, etc. Can each of your audiences find what they need on your site? It’s useful to make a list of your audiences and what they seek on your site; refer to the list as you develop the site and update it. Remember to think from the outside-in, not from the inside-out.Publishing offline content online. Each time you discuss producing a document for your organization – a report, a flyer, a newsletter, or an invitation – consider how it will translate on your web site. In some cases, you may post it word-for-word. In others, you’ll edit it heavily.Developing new content for the Web. Posting your offline content online isn’t enough. For one thing, your print newsletter probably only comes out once a month, or once a quarter – your web site will need to feature more current news. Crisis information, photos, job announcements – you probably don’t print and widely distribute items like these very often, but you can – and should – on the Web.Posting free content. You don’t have to create all the content on your web site yourself – you can get some (free) from others. If you collaborate with other organizations, ask to repost their articles, and include a link to their web site. You can also take advantage of content found elsewhere on the Web.Keeping content fresh. Take a look at your web site right now. Is the lead story about an event that happened three months ago? It’s hard to keep your whole site fresh, so experiment with changing images and stories. The pages you should change include the pages with dates and events on them; you absolutely must remove those old events and dates. There’s nothing worse than visiting a site with an old event featured prominently. Keep in mind though, that you will probably get sick of your content before your visitors. If something is working well and isn’t outdated, keep it. Just make sure to throw the old stuff out.Writing and editing for the Web. It’s true, writing for the Web is different. It’s usually shorter. More casual. Funnier. Punchier. However, that doesn’t mean it has poor grammar or punctuation, or is silly or rude. Take the same care with your online writing that you do with your offline writing. Keep in mind that people don’t generally “read” on a web site, they skim. Make sure that your key points are in short, easy-to-read, paragraphs and bullets. Then, make sure your longer documents are easily printable.Other content tips and tricksDon’t put whole articles on the home page – post the first paragraph or two, then link to full article on another page to draw people further into your site.last_img read more

Three Possibilities for a Post-MDG Framework

first_imgPosted on August 15, 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)Women Deliver has been hosting a discussion of what global frameworks might exists in post-Millennium Development Goal world after 2015 in a series “Beyond 2015.” Last week, Andy Sumner of the Institute of Development Studies and the Center for Global Development laid out three possibilities:The first option, could be called MDGs 2020/2025 and would simply extending the deadline of 2015, perhaps with some minor changes to the indicators and goals in order to reflect that new timeline.A second approach could be called MDGs+ and would still be a goal-led framework, but either set by national governments through deliberative processes, or by a combination of a streamlined set of global indicators (child nutrition, infant mortality and primary/secondary enrolment rates) with actual indicators and targets set by national governments via deliberative processes.A third approach could be called a ‘One World’ or ‘Global Challenges’ approach and would be much bolder and more ambitious. It would build a global agreement binding both north and south, with poverty targets for the south and sustainable consumption targets for the north.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

DFID Celebrates Mothers Day in the UK

first_imgAs it happened, the friend I was walking with was a doctor. He managed to operate on the mother with makeshift tools and delivered the baby safely. Jemima Khan also contributed, writing:I remember once trekking with a friend in a remote mountain region in northern Pakistan, when we heard crying from inside a wooden hut. If we value our mothers, how can we continue to stand by as a global community and allow others to continue to be undervalued? Especially when hundreds of thousands of women die each year due to preventable complications in pregnancy and childbirth. The outcome was happy: both mother and baby survived. But the event itself was brutal. There was no anaesthetic or even basic equipment in the hut and I still remember the poor woman screaming and begging, “Qeenchi nahin” meaning, “Not the scissors.” Had we not come across her by chance, both she and her baby would almost certainly have died. Click here to view a photoessay about DFID’s work to promote maternal health. It turned out that a young woman was struggling to give birth alone in an empty and unequipped basic health unit. She had walked there in the late stages of labour, hoping to find help. There was none. To learn more about DFID’s Mother’s Day campaign, click here.Share this: Every day, 1,000 women, like this young Pakistani mother, die in childbirth unnecessarily and 1000 babies are left motherless because of pregnancy-related complications and a lack of access to basic medical care. Posted on March 20, 2012November 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)Last weekend, the UK celebrated Mother’s Day. The UK Department for International Development (DFID) highlighted the work they support to improve the lives of mothers around the world and engaged advocates for maternal health. On DFID’s blog, Christy Turlington Burns writes:For those of us who understand the value of having had a mother to teach, nurture and inspire us, or those of us who know how much our own children rely on us to feed, clothe and encourage them each day, just imagine for a moment what our lives would be without this stability. ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Join the MHTF as a Guest Blogger: Setting Priorities and Assessing the Impact of Advocacy for Maternal Health Measures

first_imgPosted on October 9, 2013February 2, 2017By: 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)Advocacy is a critical element of efforts to advance maternal health around the world. At local, national and global levels, it takes more than high quality evidence to establish policies that support advances in health, including maternal health issues. Identifying key stakeholders, building coalitions and carrying out advocacy initiatives can be challenging, and assessing the effects of this work is a complex, often challenging task.As the MHTF prepares for the upcoming meeting, Measuring Advocacy for Policy Change: the case for respectful maternity care, we are organizing a guest blog series, and we invite you to join us. Through the series, we hope that advocates working in diverse settings will collaborate, reflect and share insights on lessons to foster new thinking in support of respectful care during pregnancy and childbirth. We are particularly interested in posts that reach across traditional boundaries and specialties, bringing maternal health specialists together with program, policy and technical experts focused on other global health issues. We are happy to consider any posts that provide fresh insights into both what it takes to promote effective advocacy and strategies for assessing the effects of advocacy efforts.To be considered for publication, please share a draft blog post (750 words or less), along with your title, institutional affiliation (if any), and contact information by email with sblake@maternalhealthtaskforce.org by October 21.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Every Woman Deserves Respectful Maternity Care During and After Childbirth

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on October 9, 2014May 9, 2017By: Susan Moffson, MCSP Senior Program OfficerClick 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)At a training center in Tanzania, Jhpiego’s Senior Maternal Health Advisor, Sheena Currie, addressed the group of brightly dressed nurse-midwives and doctors. As part of an overview about respectful maternity care (RMC), Sheena used role-play to show these health care providers how to warmly greet pregnant women with a smile and kind words when they arrive at the health facility to give birth. “Hello, I am Sheena your midwife and I will be looking after you,” she said. Her words were met with giggles and snickers, and several training participants shook their heads skeptically. Sheena described this type of reaction as common: “Disrespectful and abusive (D&A) care is the elephant in the room; everyone knows it takes place, but it makes them uncomfortable to talk about it.”USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP), led by Jhpiego, has always incorporated RMC in quality improvement (QI) approaches, for example, by integrating RMC in provider trainings on checklists and clinical standards. “But,” noted Sheena, “practicing RMC is completely behavioral, and requires changing attitudes, especially in more hierarchical cultures where doctors typically tell midwives what to do, and midwives in turn may tell women what to do.”“The reasons for this are many,” she added. “Providers themselves may be treated poorly, be underpaid, or face harassment and difficult working conditions—overcrowding, understaffing—so we need to address RMC holistically and look at how to create more supportive work environments.”Addressing health system factors, as well as professional behavior, are compelling health priorities, since D&A care is one of the top reasons women cite for not seeking care from skilled health care providers. When women choose not to give birth in health facilities, due to fears of being treated poorly, their chances of having a clean and safe birth are reduced, and maternal and newborn health (MNH) outcomes are threatened.As a lead implementer in RMC, MCHIP has made important progress in advancing RMC globally by developing and disseminating key resource materials to address factors that compromise the quality of MNH care. MCHIP launched the RMC toolkit on the K4Health website in June 2013, introducing RMC implementation materials to a broad audience and providing the necessary guidance to program implementers looking to strengthen RMC in their countries.MCHIP maternal and newborn trainings always emphasize women-friendly care, by introducing skills checklists which providers use to evaluate their ability to provide RMC. However, training in RMC is often inadequate: it is not typically well addressed in pre-service programs for health providers, and students may not learn about respectful professional behavior.To address this, the RMC toolkit includes a short training module devoted to the topic, which encourages group discussion. In this way, participants better understand the evidence demonstrating how key components of respectful care—such as involving women in their care and allowing them to have a birth companion of their choice—make the birth experience go more smoothly for both the woman and the health care provider. Additionally, MCHIP is collaborating with TRAction to develop a training toolkit to more comprehensively address RMC in both pre-service and in-service training.MCHIP has also worked to promote the integration and measurement of RMC as a critical aspect of quality of care (QoC). The program conducted QoC assessments in seven African countries —Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, Rwanda, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe—with the overall objective of measuring the quality of facility-based care. These QoC assessments focused on measuring RMC through direct observations of labor and delivery at selected facilities, and included data collection on RMC and D&A. Alarmingly, results of these studies confirm that women routinely experience care that is disrespectful and abusive during facility-based labor and delivery. MCHIP shared these results at international and national conferences as well as online, drawing greater attention to important, specific quality challenges, and contributing to a growing emphasis—at the global level—on quality and the notion that RMC should be a central component of high-quality services.Building on the current momentum to include RMC within the QoC framework and promote its measurement, MCHIP expanded the QoC study methodology to incorporate questions looking at RMC in a Pakistan QoC assessment carried out in April 2014. Assessment tools included questions on:Provider working conditionsWhether providers encouraged women to have a support person present during labor and birthIf providers asked these women (and support persons) if they had any questionsIn Ethiopia, RMC is also a central component of MCHIP’s Quality Improvement approach, and figures prominently in an upcoming assessment to measure the outcomes of the Program’s QI efforts. The study will assess facility readiness, provider performance, job satisfaction, and client perspectives (specifically, experiences and satisfaction with antenatal care, labor and delivery, postnatal care and RMC). Providers’ perceptions and practices will be explored on the seven dimensions of RMC.Documenting client’s perspectives—whether through anonymous client interviews or other innovative data collection mechanisms—helps to focus attention on the importance of institutional and personal accountability during labor and delivery. “Currently there are not many professional regulatory frameworks to ensure safe quality services,” Sheena noted. “If a provider treats a woman poorly, there are generally no consequences. This is an area that needs strengthening, since facilities and providers are not often accountable to women or the communities.”In countries like Ethiopia, Pakistan and Yemen, MCHIP and Jhpiego are looking more closely at QI processes and how they can be linked with community mobilization to ensure that facilities and their staff are more accountable, and that women understand their right to respectful and dignified care. Future activities should build on current efforts under way to incorporate women (and community) perspectives more routinely into quality assessments, whether through direct observation (QoC assessments), client exit interviews (Ethiopia) or other innovative mechanisms. Further refinement of research and assessment methods to determine the prevalence of RMC (and D&A) will help to inform policy and spur grassroots changes toward greater adoption of RMC globally.This post was originally posted by the White Ribbon Alliance.To promote the WHO’s consensus statement,”Prevention and elimination of disrespect and abuse during childbirth”, follow #EndDisrespect and contactNatalie Ramm for a copy of our social media toolkit.Share this:last_img read more

The Lancet Maternal Health Series: “The Scale, Scope, Coverage, and Capability of Childbirth Care”

first_imgPosted on October 31, 2016October 27, 2017By: Sarah Hodin, Project Coordinator II, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Lancet Maternal Health Series published in September 2016 contains six papers highlighting the importance of improving access to high quality maternal health care for all women across the globe. In paper 3, “The scale, scope, coverage, and capability of childbirth care,” Campbell and colleagues examine the adequacy of global intrapartum care with a particular focus on who helps women deliver and where those deliveries take place. They also recommend strategies for improving access to high quality maternal health care.Where and with whom do women deliver?Every woman should be able to deliver with a skilled birth attendant who has both the knowledge and technical skills necessary to provide appropriate, timely health services and the ability to communicate in a caring, respectful manner. Maternal mortality ratios remain high in many countries despite high coverage of skilled birth attendance, suggesting that this indicator is limited in its ability to measure quality of care. Because there is not a standard definition for the term “skilled birth attendant,” providers labeled as such may not be able to deliver essential services such as manually removing the placenta after delivery.Shortages and poor distribution of the global health workforce has resulted in 64 countries having fewer than 23 skilled health providers per 100,000 people, failing to meet the minimum critical threshold calculated by the World Health Organization. Based on the authors’ review of the evidence, the majority of women who deliver at home in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) do not have a skilled birth attendant present. Among women who deliver in facilities and hospitals, the type of provider (doctor or nurse/midwife) varies. In some cases, women deliver at facilities without a skilled attendant or at home with no one present.Health facilities vary widely in their capacity to provide high quality intrapartum care. The authors found that facilities in LMICs are generally better equipped to offer routine care than emergency obstetric care (EmOC). In Kenya, only 16% of facilities are capable of offering emergency obstetric services. Basic infrastructure is also lacking: 66% of hospitals in sub-Saharan Africa lack electricity, and many facilities in low-resource settings lack adequate sanitation and clean water. Similar to skilled birth attendance, facility-based delivery does not necessarily indicate high quality care.Access and qualityIn addition to shortages in the health workforce, many countries do not have enough fully functioning EmOC facilities to serve the population of pregnant women. Furthermore, emergency transport systems, including the availability of reliable ambulance services, are often insufficient for transporting women with obstetric complications to an EmOC facility. The authors propose a number of strategies for addressing access and transport, including expanding the use of maternity waiting homes, developing governmental programs for subsidizing women’s transportation costs for delivery and building alongside midwifery-led units.The authors illustrate that facility-based delivery does not necessarily coincide with skilled birth attendance and vice versa. Encouraging women to deliver in facilities that they cannot access or that do not have the capacity to provide high quality maternity care is unreasonable and unethical. In order to improve maternal health outcomes around the world, the global maternal health community must take into account all of the complex, interconnected factors that influence where and with whom women deliver their babies, as well as the quality of care received.—Check out other posts in The Lancet Maternal Health Series on the MHTF blog, and subscribe to receive the next post in this series in your inbox!Learn about the skilled birth attendant indicator and other measures for quality of maternal health care.Read more about the barriers women face trying to reach a health facility for delivery. ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Photos: The scale, scope, coverage, and capability of childbirth care. The Lancet Maternal Health Series, 2016.Share this:last_img read more

NY Sun covers proposal to reform UBT

first_imgThe UBT, or unincorporated business tax, is a bane to many New York freelancers. (Briefly, it’s a City tax aimed at LLCs and other partnerships, but it ends up hitting many successful sole proprietors, as well. You can learn more in our report on tax challenges.) This morning, the Sun ran a preview of the issue scheduled to be discussed at today’s City Council hearing on the independent workforce. A quick summary:Mayor Bloomberg is proposing a reform that would reduce the UBT for freelancersCouncilman Yassky wants to exempt those who earn less than $100,000 a yearFreelancers Union wants to exempt independent workers entirelyOur position is clear and well-established: freelancers shouldn’t have to pay a tax originally meant to capture revenue from big companies that didn’t have corporation status. Last June, executive director Sara Horowitz wrote in a Daily News op-ed, The UBT is double taxation, allowing the city to tax income first as personal income and again as business income. That’s just plain unfair. . . . The tax is finally being seen for what it is: an unfair burden that makes it even tougher for many of New York’s unique and most important economic contributors to make ends meet.We’re thrilled that City leaders are listening, and are taking action on this issue. More coverage of the hearing to come!last_img read more

Join the Conversation About Big Goals for 2012

first_imgStill figuring out what you want to tackle in 2012? Get motivated and inspired with the DIY Business Association’s Twitter chat this Thursday, January 5. The theme? Setting Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals for the new year. Here are the basics: DIYBA Twitter Chat Thursday, January 5, 7–8 p.m. EST Theme: What’s your #BHAG2012? Your special guest co-hosts for this chat are Kari Chapin, author of The Handmade Marketplace (@karichapin), Amazon’s top-selling craft book of 2010, and Christen Carter, Founder/CEO of Busy Beaver Buttons (@BusyBeaverCC). If you’re new to Twitter chats, DIYBA has a primer on their website. You can also read more about those BHAGs. Folks are already getting started on the Facebook page for the event, too.last_img read more

5 ways to legitimize your freelance business

first_imgIf you’re one of the estimated 56.7 million Americans that are independent contractors, you’re running a small business — even if you work from your kitchen table.The good news is, more companies have embraced the idea of working with freelancers. A Learning House survey found that 40 percent of established businesses would rather outsource specialized jobs to an independent contractor than hire or upskill full-time employees to perform that same function onsite.As freelancing continues to rise in popularity, the benefits of this career path are obvious and the opportunities are plentiful. If you want to continue earning clients, however, it’s crucial to legitimize your business — both on the front- and back-end.Keep the following in mind as your freelance work blossoms into small business.Create a formal business entityAs a freelancer, you need to register as a business entity for tax purposes. In your line of work, there are two main entities to choose from — sole proprietorship and limited liability company (LLC). According to the Small Business Association, a sole proprietorship is the simplest and most common structure by which to start a business.Many independent contractors gravitate toward sole proprietorship because it’s simple, convenient, and costs very little to set up. After filing all legal documents and licenses required by either the city or state, the business is operational. While this sounds like an ideal choice, The Street explains: “On the downside, any financial legal or liability is the [personal] responsibility of the sole proprietor who is now vulnerable to lawsuits, fines, debts and other obligations.”To protect your personal assets in the case of a legal dispute, you can instead register as an LLC, which transfers risk away from you and onto the business. Since an LLC separates your personal finances from the professional revenue and expenses, the business would absorb responsibility for lawsuits, fines, and debts.What’s more, you have the option to be taxed as an S Corporation, which can help reduce the burden of self-employment taxes — 12.4 percent for social security and 2.9 percent for Medicare, according to the IRS. While forming an LLC requires more paperwork and money on the frontend, it can also be a smart legal and financial decision.Enroll in a health insurance planMore than 40 percent of freelancers cite affordable healthcare access as the primary concern with their jobs, according to a 2018 Fiverr report. While the majority of traditional workers receive a W-2 benefits package that includes health coverage, as a freelancer, you have to get it yourself — which can be both stressful and expensive.Though it may seem like an easy expense to avoid, an accident or illness could be a financial disaster without the right health insurance in place.What’s more, the 2019 Freelancer’s Union Health Insurance guide explains that, while the federal penalty for not having health insurance has been reduced to $0, residents of the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, and New Jersey still face state-level penalties, ranging from $300 to over $1000 each year. What’s more, more states are considering imposing such penalties for 2020, so it’s not feasible to opt out of coverage.The good news is, that as a freelancer, you could be eligible for a tax deduction on the premiums since they are often considered a business expense, according to HealthMarkets. This can reduce your total taxable income at the end of the year, saving money in the long run while protecting you from potential penalties.Update your business insuranceA recent survey from Qdos revealed that 53 percent of independent contractors don’t think they need business liability insurance, as reported by Small Business Trends. What’s more, 25 percent assume it’s too expensive. Yet, insurance is critical for your growing business.CEO of Qdos explains, “Self-employed workers are exposed to all kinds of risks on a daily basis — many of which they have no control over and cannot see coming. When running a small business, there’s no escaping the fact that you might have an accident and not be able to work, make a mistake for which you’re liable, or even be investigated by the taxman.”Most freelancers fall into the category of “professional services.” According to the insurance shopping guide from USA Business Insurance, the recommended types of coverage for this type of business includes:General liabilityProfessional liabilityAuto insuranceWorker’s compensationAt a minimum, general and professional liability are critical, both of which work to protect you against lawsuits related to damages or accidents and disputes related to your professional services. Freelancers Union and Hiscox specialize in customizing professional and general liability insurance for many freelance professionals. Learn more here. Another type of business insurance to consider—especially for writers—is media liability,  suggests Authors Guild. This will cover any potential claims of defamation and libel, plagiarism, intrusions of privacy, copyright or trademark infringements, errors and omissions, and other risks associated with producing written content online or in print.Establish your rates and create a rate sheetEstablishing a rate that’s comparable to what your time and expertise are worth is critical. Doing so in advance and up front does a few things. While it reduces the time it takes to create proposals, having a rate sheet also adds to your legitimacy to your work as a freelance professional.If you’re not sure where to start, benchmark yourself with the average hourly freelance rate — which is $19, according to Payoneer’s 2018 report. Note, however, that that rate fluctuates depending on the line of work. For example, the average freelancer working in tax law charges $30 per hour.Don’t forget to consider fixed retainers as well, which may provide you with more flexibility and the client with more stability. With a set budget, your time can wane and wax as needed, and their monthly financials are clearly set, with no questions about time at the end of the month.Before creating your rate sheet, take a look at these seven rate models and consider which is best for your line of work. Outline your pricing in PDF, branded with your logo, and send it to prospective clients.Build your brandYour website is the first step in building your brand, but it’s not where you should stop. “A strong personal brand means that clients will come to you instead of you having to hustle to find them,” says Pamela Webber, COO and CMO of 99designs. To develop a brand that clients recognize is to initiate a relationship with them before they ever speak with you.This means all images and materials associated with your brand should reinforce your authenticity and status as a professional. Thus, it’s important to look at your brand from all angles.Start with social media, where all images and posts should be both appropriate and professional. Set all personal accounts to private so, in their search, potential clients won’t see personal photos. Don’t forget to be active on the appropriate sites as well. For example, a B2B marketing consultant should be regularly sharing on LinkedIn, where many decision makers are most engaged.Don’t overlook other tactics like building thought leadership with guest posting. Using this strategy, you’re able to share your expertise with articles and interviews on other websites, which helps you build authority in your space. Not to mention, networking, speaking, connecting online, and sharing testimonials from previous clients all aid in building your brand.Remember: a great brand is built over time. Make this a priority as your business grows to continue earning more clients.Legitimize your businessTake your freelance business seriously with these five steps. Get details in order on both the front- and back-end of your work to build a business that’s prepared to grow and thrive.last_img read more

Jacques Kallis, owner of 25534 internatioanl runs and 577 wickets, turns 42

first_imgOn this day in 1975, South Africa and the world of cricket was blessed with the birth of a legend, Jacques Kallis.The only cricketer on the planet to score more than 10,000 runs and take over 200 wickets in both Test and ODIs, Kallis is widely considered as the greatest all-rounder in the modern era.In Test cricket, Kallis’ stats are as good as the combined figures of Rahul Dravid (13288 runs) and Zaheer Khan (311 wickets) with both bat and ball respectively.During the course of his illustrious career of 19 years, Kallis amassed 13289 runs at an average of 55.37 and took 292 wickets in 166 Tests (at 32.65) and scored 11579 runs (average of 44.36) with 273 wickets in 328 ODI matches at 31.79.He is the fifth highest run-scorer in international cricket with 25534 runs in 519 matches with 62 hundreds and 149 half-centuries.A modern-day marvel, Kallis ended up as the third highest run-scorer in Test cricket behind Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting. Only Tendulkar (51) has slammed more Test hundreds than Kallis (45).When Kallis burst onto the scene in 1995, he was a fast-bowling all-rounder and clocked over 140kmph on a regular basis. But a spate of injuries in the second-half of his career saw him cut down on his pace, but his prowess with the bat remained unparalleled.During the 2003-04 season, Kallis scored five consecutive Test hundreds and is only among the four batsmen to achieve the feat. The other three are Sir Donald Bradman, Mohammad Yousuf and Gautam Gambhir.Kallis was not just a legend in Test cricket and ODIs, but he was also a very effective batsman in the shortest format as well. In 25 T20 internationals, Kallis scored 666 runs at an average of 35.05 with five fifties and took 12 wickets with 4 for 15 being his best bowling figures.advertisementThroughout his career Kallis steered clear of controversies due to his quiet nature and very rarely did he indulge in sledging or got into verbal spats with his opponents.Even after his retirement from the game in 2014, Kallis opted to work behind the scenes with the IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders and assumed the role of head coach in 2015 after playing three seasons for the team.A workhorse for South Africa and a great servant of the game, cricket was truly blessed to have a player like Jacques Kallis to play the sport.last_img read more

Faulty hip transplant patients seek clarity from Health Ministry

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 22 (IANS) Patients using Johnson and Johnson’s allegedly faulty ASR (articular surface replacement) hip implant have written to the Health Ministry expressing concern over the quantum of compensation and seeking clarity.A group of 35 patients, in a letter addressed to Union Health Minister J.P Nadda, asked the centre to come clear on the compensation norms through an official statement.Earlier, there have been reports that the ministry was likely to pay between Rs 33 lakh to Rs 1.2 crore to each victim as compensation.”We would like to reiterate our concern regarding the lack of transparency and patient consultation in the compensation process, including lack of information being made available regarding the process of compensation, deliberations of the Arya Committee and the formulation of compensation norms,” they said in a statement.The four-member panel headed by R. K. Arya, Director, Sports Injury Centre, Safdarjung Hospital also has Health Secretary Preeti Sudan, Additional Secretary R.K. Vats, Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) S. Eswara Reddy.–IANSsom/sedlast_img read more

Huawei P30 Pro price in India will be announced on April 9

first_imgHuawei will launch the P30 series in India soon. The company has been teasing the arrival of the P30 Pro in the country for a few days now, and we know that the flagship series will be available on Amazon India. Now, the e-commerce website has revealed that the price of the Huawei P30 Pro will be announced on Tuesday, April 9. Alongside the P30 Pro, Huawei is also expected to launch the P30 and P30 Lite in India.Huawei will likely hold a launch event for the P30 series in India on April 9, but the exact timing is still unclear. The Huawei P30 Pro and P30 were launched in Paris last week touting waterdrop displays, premium glass design, flagship hardware, and top-of-the-line cameras, among other things. Arguably the biggest USP of the P30 Pro is its Periscope camera that allows for up to 50x digital zoom.Huawei P30 series expected price in IndiaThe Huawei P30 Pro has been priced starting at EUR 999 (approx Rs 77,800) for the 8GB/128GB variant going up to EUR 1,249 (approx Rs 97,300) for the 8GB/512GB model. The regular Huawei P30 costs EUR 799 (approx Rs 62,200) and it comes in a single variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.The Huawei P30 Lite was launched a few days later in Canada touting mid-range specs at a price of CAD 429.95, which translates to roughly Rs 22,100. These prices give us an idea of what they could cost in India. However, it is worth noting that European prices are typically higher, so the P30 phone could launch in India with more affordable prices.advertisementHuawei P30 Pro, P30 specificationsThe Huawei P30 Pro and P30 succeed last year’s P20 Pro and P20, respectively. They bring an updated design that includes a waterdrop notch display and in-display fingerprint sensor. The Huawei flagships also come with premium curved glass design and gradient colours in Aurora, Amber Sunrise and Breathing Crystal. It is unclear at the moment whether Huawei will launch all three gradient colours in India.The Huawei P30 Pro is the biggest flagship among the two and highlights a quad camera setup that includes an 8MP telephoto camera with a Periscope lens that can offer 5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom, and up to 50x digital zoom. The other three cameras include a 40MP primary camera with 1/1.7-inch Huawei SuperSpectrum Sensor and f/1.6 lens, a 20MP f/2.2 ultra wide-angle camera, and a ToF (Time of Flight) camera for depth mapping.The regular Huawei P30 comes with a triple camera system that includes a 40MP f/1.8 wide-angle camera, a 16MP f/2.2 ultra wide-angle camera and an 8MP telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom. Both the P30 Pro and P30 offer a 32MP f/2.0 selfie camera.The Huawei P30 Pro and P30 are powered by an octa-core Kirin 980 chipset that is based on a 7nm process. The chipset gets a Mali-G76 GPU and is equipped with dual NPU for enhanced machine learning capabilities. The P30 Pro sports a 6.47-inch FHD+ (2340×1080) OLED display, while the P30 gets a smaller 6.1-inch FHD+ (2340×1080) OLED display. The former also gets a bigger 4,200mAh battery, while the P30 gets a 3,650mAh battery, and both the phones support Huawei’s 40W Super Charge technology.Huawei P30 Lite specificationsHuawei may also announce the P30 Lite on April 9, although the company is yet to confirm the same. The P30 Lite brings a similar design language with a waterdrop display and glass back design as the P30 flagship. It comes with a 6.15-inch FHD+ (2312×1080) LCD display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The P30 Lite is powered by a mid-range Kirin 710 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The phone runs on Android Pie with EMUI 9.1 on top.The P30 Lite also comes with a triple camera setup that comprises of a 24MP primary camera, an 8MP wide-angle camera and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, the phone offers a 32MP selfie camera. The smartphone supports 18W QuickCharge that will charge the 3,340mAh battery over a USB Type-C port.ALSO READ | Huawei P30 Pro quick review: Four-camera play with a big bet on big zoomlast_img read more