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first_imgA checklist on where to eat and what to shop for.New in town BejewelledArguably Bangalore’s most creative jewellery designer, Pallavi Foley has launched her new collection in 18k gold, diamonds, rubies and fresh water pearls called By The Lombok Moonlight. Inspired by the historic jewellery traditions of South-east Asian islands,,A checklist on where to eat and what to shop for.New in townBejewelledArguably Bangalore’s most creative jewellery designer, Pallavi Foley has launched her new collection in 18k gold, diamonds, rubies and fresh water pearls called By The Lombok Moonlight. Inspired by the historic jewellery traditions of South-east Asian islands, Foley has put together 21 limited edition sets of necklaces, bracelets and earrings. The motifs used on each piece include shapes of various elements.Price: On Request.At: Leela Galleria.RestaurantHome touchThe spirit of Coorg comes alive at this new restaurant serving traditional home-style cuisine from the lush green area of Karnataka which is nestled in the Western Ghats. The two-floor restaurant with a rooftop (set to open soon) has an indoor air-conditioned section, an outdoor smoking section and a party area alongside. The rooftop is slated for outdoor grills with music dedicated for a younger crowd. The menu has a huge variety for non-vegetarians with a handful of options for vegetarians to choose from. Start with the mutton broth and some Pandi Chops or a choice of meat that can be prepared in a variety of styles. The main course is served with a variety of rice like steamed string hoppers or rice balls. The dcor is swathed in yellow and natural light with photographs of gorgeous Coorg as well as relics native to the culture like traditional weapons and rifles used for hunting mounted on the wall.Average meal for two: Rs 1,000 plus taxes (without alcohol).At: 29, 80 Feet Road, Indiranagar, Bangalore.Tel: 30412940.-Ayesha AleemTaste of AsiaSavour the flavours of the Far East with delectable treats. Chinese Master Chef Thi Giang from the award winning Li Bai restaurant at the Sheraton Saigon in Vietnam has been invited as a special guest for this event. The menu has on offer lotus root, sweet corn soup, wok-fried flat noodles, Szechuan-style braised tofu and Chinese mushrooms.Price: Rs 995 (lunch buffet); Rs 1,145 (dinner buffet) plus taxes.At: Feast, Sheraton Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway.Tel: 42521000.EventsadvertisementSweet delightsChef Manu Chandra and pastry chef Girish Nayak bring you a selection of sugary creations. Start with their berry amuse bouche, a strawberry consomme followed by the orange meringue filled with passion curd. Also recommended is the inevitable chocolate course followed by toffee.From: October 5-15.At: Olive Beach, Wood Street, Ashok Nagar, Bangalore.Tel: 41128400.Classic collections Back with its ninth edition, the Ranga Shankara Theatre Festival celebrates the greatest playwright of all time-William Shakespeare. Inspired by the Globe to Globe festival that recently concluded in the UK, theatre enthusiasts in the city will be treated with productions from around the world as well as two from India.From: October 27 to November 11.At: Ranga Shankara, Bangalore.Tel: 9742478886.ProfileMedic AidIndiritta D’mello’s Initiative hospital guide connects you to the best doctors in your city.Finding a doctor at a time when your body, or that of a loved one, is battling against itself can be confusing. Even if you find what you are looking for, you are likely to be preoccupied with thoughts of whether you are being prescribed the best treatment possible or being overcharged. This is where Hospital Guide, a nonprofit service that is currently available online, helps. Since they do not charge for their service, they are unbiased in their recommendations to patients.Started in 2010 by Indiritta Singh D’mello, the initiative is active and has a visible component on Facebook. Their forum on the social networking website with currently more than 20,000 members, is meant to serve as a guide with the vision to revolutionise healthcare in India. Apart from being a platform for people to share their experiences with hospitals and doctors, Hospital Guide is useful if you are looking for a doctor to help you find aid for a specific ailment. The guide helps a patient connect with reputed doctors who have been chosen for maintaining a stellar record and offer support in cases of negligence.Indiritta Singh D’mello is the daughter of Rajkumari Priti Singh Kuchaman and the late Rodolf D’mello. She pursued a bachelor’s degree in philosophy at Delhi University after which she went to Oxford University for higher studies. “I was always interested in social development,” she says. She soon realised that India was home to the best doctors but it did not always translate to the best health services. She also realised that healthcare was a goldmine as it was immune to recession as a result of which, quality was an element that was often compromised upon. Moreover, with super speciality setups emerging in the medical sector, many patients were becoming skeptical of doctors, a situation that some doctors would take advantage of. With a desire to learn more about this sector, Indiritta began working with hospitals in Delhi and Bangalore. “When I started Hospital Guide, it was built with the intention of enhancing the services of healthcare in the country,” says Indiritta. This allied service, which is free of cost, is meant to start a movement through engaging people online and discussing their experiences with doctors.Indiritta relates the story of a man based in the United States who needed care for his mother in India who had breast cancer. “A hospital that his mother consulted in India recommended chemotherapy and radiation therapies, both of which are expensive procedures and have drastic side effects. However, when they came to Hospital Guide, we made sure they got a second opinion from a top hospital in Delhi which stated that just radiation would be sufficient.” Therefore Hospital guide was able to lower the medical cost of the patient as well as avoid unpleasant health repercussions. Her long-term vision is to make Hospital Guide available to all sections of society with a point based system instating rewards and recognition for good doctors. “I would also like to establish an R&D division and perhaps open a hospital someday,” she shares, Hospital Guide has over 300 doctors across India registered in its database and is active in Delhi and Bangalore, although it functions on an emergency basis in cities including Mumbai, Jaipur and Hyderabad among others.-Ayesha AleemGadgetsadvertisementAsus S & F SeriesThe new Asus S Series Ultrabooks, S56CA-XX030R and S56CA-XX056R, are aimed at the budget-consciousbuyer. With options of Intel 2nd and 3rd generation iCore processors, the S series Ultrabooks have a 15.6-inch HD LED Backlight Glare display and a hybrid SSH+HDD storage to ensure instant resume. They also sport a brushed aluminum hairline texture and have a 2.4 kg body weight.Price: Rs 35,999 onwards.Sony DSC-RX 100Using the imaging features of Sony’s Alpha range of A-mount and E-mount camera families, the DSC-RX100 promises impressive picture quality and comfortable control options in a pocket-sized camera. It is also the world’s first 1.0-type Exmor CMOS sensor with a resolution of 20.2 effective megapixels. The sensor area is around four times larger than the 1/2.3-type imager in regular point-and-shoot cameras and hence captures more light for vivid and detailed images.Price: Rs 34,990.Gogear Soundot MP3 PlayerRefreshing its portable music player lineup, Philips has introduced a funky looking MP3 player called SoundDot. The music player has a in-built clip for convenient and hands-free use. It also has a Fastcharge feature where a quick sixminute charge powers up the music player to last for 60 minutes. Price: Rs 1,599.Available at Second Floor, Koramangla, Tel 64518820; Gk Vale, MG Road, Tel 41232098; Computer Warehouse, Barton Centre, MG Road, Tel 4173972; Sennheiser Elctronics India, Cumingham Road, Tel 49037800; Sony Centre, 100 ft. Road, Indiranagar, Tel 42116677Gadget reviews by India Today G&G www.gadgetsngizmos.inadvertisementlast_img read more

12 Jobs Hiring Now That Will Earn You Over $120K

first_img9. Vice President for Communications, The GettyGlassdoor Salary Estimate: $152,000/yearLocation: Los Angeles, California Job Details: “As a key member of the executive team, the VP for Communications works closely with the President & CEO, the Getty’s Vice Presidents, and four Program Directors to develop strategies to communicate the Getty’s institutional vision. The VP leads a team to execute the entire range of communications activities, reaching across digital, social media, and traditional platforms in support of that vision.”Learn More 10. Data Scientist, MicrosoftGlassdoor Salary Estimate: $135,000/yearLocation: Redmond, WashingtonJob Details: “We are looking for a Data Scientist who is passionate about solving large business optimization problems at scale and develop a new class of services. If you are comfortable working in a startup-like environment in the initial phase of a complex system, and you are motivated by solving hard business problems with technology then, this could be the position for you.”Learn More There’s obviously more to a fulfilling career than how much cash you take home each year, but being compensated at a high level certainly doesn’t hurt. When you use Glassdoor Salary Estimates, you’re able to easily spot the gigs that fall into your desired pay range, so you never have to wonder whether you’re wasting precious time submitting applications for jobs that aren’t paying what you’re looking for. For a preview of what the tool can do, check out these 12 cool jobs that will earn you top dollar. 1. Content Strategist, FacebookGlassdoor Salary Estimate: $122,000/year Location: Menlo Park, CaliforniaJob Details: “As a Content Strategist at Oculus, your mission is to create a compelling and elegant content system to share the company’s vision with the world. Working alongside the Design team, you’ll craft smart, relevant, and contextually curated content for a great user experience within the emerging field of virtual reality. You’ll comfortably move from the big picture to the smallest detail across various platforms; equipped with top-tier marketing and analytic skills, as well as possessing a deep knowledge of the latest technology products and gaming culture. The ideal candidate will confidently define, create, optimize, and publish compelling content, maintaining superb attention to detail throughout its lifecycle, collaboratively employing a creative, research-driven process to shape content structure, visuals, and tone.”Learn More 6. Technical Solutions Engineer, Google Cloud Platform, GoogleGlassdoor Salary Estimate: $127,000/yearLocation: Austin, TexasJob Details: “As a Technical Solutions Engineer, you will combine software development, networking, and systems administration expertise with an aptitude for technical advising, troubleshooting and analysis. You will work across multiple customer-facing teams to improve the product’s vision and to make global businesses and organizations successful. You are a technical solutions expert, helping Googlers and customers approach and resolve technology problems and design Google-scale services.”Learn More 4. Design Director, McKinsey & CompanyGlassdoor Salary Estimate: $182,000/yearLocation: New York, New YorkJob Details: “You’ll participate in ever-changing projects for our clients worldwide – in industries that range from healthcare and education to finance and consumer electronics. You will strive to be an inspirational leader and will have exceptional knowledge in human-centered and digital design processes. You’ll join a passionate group of individuals that work together to bring an engaged perspective to our three main disciplines: people insight, design impact and business innovation.”Browse Open Jobs 3. Senior Business Development Manager, AmazonGlassdoor Salary Estimate: $138k-$194k/yearLocation: Herndon, VAJob Details: “Have you ever thought about the next model for software procurement and deployment? Are you interested in helping to create and drive a new US Public Sector National Security business? AWS Marketplace ( is looking for people who thrive in an environment where you are faced with new things every day and have the latitude to figure it out and run with it. We have created an online store where customers can find, buy, and immediately start using software in a utility model that runs on the AWS Cloud. Our job is to bring Amazon’s e-commerce expertise to cloud software and fundamentally change how software is discovered and consumed in the cloud.” Learn More 2. Director Global Packaging Operation, NikeGlassdoor Salary Estimate: $97k-$151k/yearLocation: Beaverton, OregonJob Details: “This new position within a newly created Global Packaging Operations team, is designed to unlock new capability across the packaging area, inclusive of transport, consumer, and retail packaging. While the team has an initial charter to update and consolidate existing packaging guidance, and lead some specific packaging optimization initiatives, this role will lead formalization of a comprehensive packaging operation program and organization.”Learn Morecenter_img 8. Associate Director Human Resources, Astellas Pharma USGlassdoor Salary Estimate: $161,000/yearLocation: Northbrook, IllinoisJob Details: “Responsible for directing human resource policies and programs that support achievement of the company’s business objectives. Directs human resources activities for assigned organizations within Astellas, functioning as a human resources “generalist”. Remains informed of state and federal laws and regulations, and competitive practices, ensuring the company’s policies and programs conform to laws and regulations and are designed to attract and retain employees.” Learn More 12. Senior Brand Manager Beauty Face/Sun, Johnson & JohnsonGlassdoor Salary Estimate: $136,000/yearLocation: New Brunswick, New Jersey or Los Angeles, CaliforniaJob Details: “This person will lead upstream innovation strategy development and new product development for the Face and Sun category need states across J&J Beauty and will be a critical link to inform the global brand strategic plan development.”Learn More 11. Economist, NoblisGlassdoor Salary Estimate: $130,000/yearLocation: Washington, D.C.Job Details: “Noblis is seeking an Economist to plan, analyze and report findings as they relate to project financial performance, revenue generation and other business related questions. This opportunity supports a government agency with analysis to help them understand organizational cost impacts of new projects and methods of implementing intercompany chargebacks. The goal being to identify project cost drivers and accurately charge them back to appropriate projects and also identify cost savings and revenue impacts attributable to their respective projects. Responsibilities include: data collection, data analysis; statistical analysis; technical writing; and communicating findings. As part of a Noblis team, candidates will work closely with government clients to understand current issues and challenges, implement practical and effective solutions and foster the clear understanding of research results.”Learn More 7. Senior Director, Global Hospitality and Events, Workplace Services, SalesforceGlassdoor Salary Estimate: $172,000/yearLocation: San Francisco, CaliforniaJob Details: “We are looking for a seasoned, experienced, multi-talented hospitality leader who can wrangle thousands of moving parts, program manage all hospitality elements and lead a global team to success. Salesforce is a marketing-driven company and more specifically, a very events-driven company. Our incredible spaces support executive receptions, non-profit fundraising events, customer networking and more. This senior leadership position is very hands-on in the day-to-day management and execution of our hospitality and events globally that will include managing a team in multiple offices, working with teams inside Salesforce as well as customers and non-profits outside of Salesforce. In this position it will be critical to lead the team in supporting internal and external requests with, budgeting, execution, team and vendor management, analysis and reporting. Help shape the vision, values and key results for this new world-class hospitality and events team.”Learn More 5. Global Learner Senior Portfolio Manager, Boston Consulting GroupGlassdoor Salary Estimate: $153,000/yearLocation: Boston, MassachusettsJob Details: “The Global Learner Portfolio Senior Manager is responsible for driving the learning agenda for our supported ABMs and ECTers and will shape the core skills learning experience for our specialist consultants. In addition, he/she will take a strong role in raising the bar for all our consulting learners by fostering cross-learning and collaboration across our consulting teams. In this role, you will own the full value chain across our suite of L&D services: from assessment to set-up, activation and delivery as well as ongoing continuous improvement.”Learn Morelast_img read more

Six-Figure Jobs With the Most Competition

first_imgJobs with big salaries can equal big competition. Glassdoor’s Economic Research Analyst Amanda Stansell defines job competition as high when “there are at least two job seekers for every job, per job title,” and some well-paying positions can have as many as 10 applicants for every job listing on Glassdoor.The tech industry is home to many of the most sought-after positions, and Stansell explains that exciting perks and benefits in tech combined with impressive salaries are attracting a large number of applicants. “Many young, skilled workers are flooding into these roles,” she says. Keep reading to see if your dream job made it on the list, plus expert advice for candidates in competitive fields on how to stand out from the crowd.1. Data Scientist Median Base Salary: $110,000Ratio of Applies to Job: 9.51Number of Open Jobs: 3,702Companies Hiring: QuickenLoans, Walker Advertising, Sauce Labs, Grammarly, Tufts Medical Center, Hulu & more.See Open Jobs 4.1★ 3. PharmacistMedian Base Salary: $120,000Ratio of Applies to Job: 5.11Number of Open Jobs: 1,228Companies Hiring: UMass Memorial Medical Center, Worldwide Clinical Trials, Albertsons Companies, Aurora HealthCare, ScriptDash Pharmacy, US Department of Veterans Affairs & more.See Open Jobs 10 Jobs That Pay 100k With the Least Competition4. Software EngineerMedian Base Salary: $103,000Ratio of Applies to Job: 4.65Number of Open Jobs: 24,743Companies Hiring: ENSCO, Dynetics, Bentley Systems, Ayco, Sage, Brainshark, Applause & more.See Open Jobs See more jobs in Michigan, US Auto Technician Belle Tire Wyoming, MI How to Beat the Competition In Your Next Job Search7. Strategy ManagerMedian Base Salary: $135,000Ratio of Applies to Job: 3.29Number of Open Jobs: 1,206Companies Hiring: Storyblocks, TMobile, MarketStar, MediFast, Unilever, seek & more.See Open Jobs 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Diesel Mechanic / Technician Dickinson Fleet Services Grand Rapids, MI Are you a job seeker facing stiff competition? Fear not – just because the competition is high doesn’t mean your chances of scoring the job you want are nonexistent. Make sure you stand out from the crowd by being specific on how you – and only you – can best fit the company. Tim Toterhi, executive coach and founder of Plotline Leadership, advises supplementing your resume and cover letter with a “side by side one-pager that lists the big ticket items from the job description and how exactly you will tackle those if awarded the role.” Use previous experiences listed in your resume to demonstrate how you can deliver these promises: “If you can back up your assertions with metrics and proof points from prior positions that’s even better.” Ultimately an employer has already determined that you are qualified for the position – what’s important is what you specifically can bring to the position; Toterhi says, “What I need to know is why you can do it better than anyone else.” 3.0★ 23 hours ago 23h 2. IT ManagerMedian Base Salary: $116,000Ratio of Applies to Job: 6.76Number of Open Jobs: 1,188Companies Hiring: Radisson Hotel Group, Brainshark, Change Healthcare, Curtis Instruments, USAA, App Annie & more.See Open Jobs 2.9★ 6. Product ManagerMedian Base Salary: $114,000Ratio of Applies to Job: 3.92Number of Open Jobs: 7,979Companies Hiring: ShowPad, Blue Shield of California, ArcTouch, Esurance, Bridge Partners, NetApp & more.See Open Jobs Ask a Resume Writer: How Do I Make My Resume More Competitive10. Engagement ManagerMedian Base Salary: $120,000Ratio of Applies to Job: 2.43Number of Open Jobs: 1,251Companies Hiring: Simplee, SHYFT Analytics, PCM, Travelers Companies, Slack, Collaborative Solutions & more.See Open Jobs Available Jobs in Michigan 3.6★ Mortgage Application Support Specialist Mortgage Center Southfield, MI 23 hours ago 23h Diesel Mechanic – 1st Shift Star Truck Rentals, Inc. Warren, MI 4.1★ 5. Finance ManagerMedian Base Salary: $120,000Ratio of Applies to Job: 4.35Number of Open Jobs: 2,286Companies Hiring: UMA Education, Meltwater, Kaufman Financial Group, LendingClub, Reddit, Allied Telecom Group & more.See Open Jobs 23 hours ago 23h 3.4★ 9. Technical Program ManagerMedian Base Salary: $130,000Ratio of Applies to Job: 2.47Number of Open Jobs: 1,338Companies Hiring: Credit Karma, Leanplum, Amazon, Apttus, Riverside Research Institute, Mercury Systems & more.See Open Jobs 2.9★ Hair Stylist – Licensed – BIG RAPIDS, MI-710 Perry Ave., 49307 Sport Clips Big Rapids, MI 4.6★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Retail Assistant Store Manager Destination XL Grand Rapids, MI 3.7★ Methodology: For a job to be considered for “Six-Figure Jobs With the Most Competition” report, job titles must have 1,000 unique U.S. active direct employer openings as of 5/18/2018, and 100 apply starts between 4/10/2018 – 5/10/2018. A job must have also received at least 30 salary reports shared by U.S.-based employees between 6/1/2016 and 5/16/2018 on Glassdoor. This list reveals just a sample of jobs in which U.S. employees report a total median annual compensation of $100,000 or more. Glassdoor economic research analysts define “competition” for this report as the ratio of apply starts (in last 30 days) to unique count of open jobs. There is “most competition” when there are at least two job seekers for every job, per job title on Glassdoor. This report takes into account job title normalization that groups similar job titles. Intern level jobs were excluded from this report.Browse Open Jobs 3.8★ 23 hours ago 23h CDL-A Flatbed Truck Driver Maverick USA Niles, MI CDL-A Owner Operator Truck Driver USA Truck Saint Clair Shores, MI Restaurant Manager Red Lobster Southgate, MI 23 hours ago 23h Physical Therapist Doctors of Physical Therapy Lansing, MI 8. Data Engineer Median Base Salary: $100,000Ratio of Applies to Job: 3.06Number of Open Jobs: 2,572Companies Hiring: Asana, Coupa Software, eBay, Fanatics, Pinterest, Interfolio & more.See Open Jobs 23 hours ago 23h Find Jobs Near Youlast_img read more

6 Employers With Free or Subsidized Housing

first_img Service Advisor Prime Motor Group Saco, ME 2.5★ 23 hours ago 23h N/A AmeriCorps Company Rating: 3.8Housing Details: Want to be a force for good and not have to worry about rent? Then you might want to look into AmeriCorps. While not every one of AmeriCorps’ open positions provides free room and board, many of them do, in particular their AmeriCorps NCCC and FEMA Corps positions. Particularly popular among recent graduates, AmeriCorps members get to make a real difference in local communities, gain valuable leadership experience and earn valuable perks like student loan deferments and education awards.What Employees Say: “I have completed 3 Terms of service. Every project is different. Gain excellent, highly employable and valuable skills. Nothing compares to the gratification gained from serving others.” —Former EmployeeSee Open Jobs Registered Nurse Supervisor RN Waterbury Gardens Nursing and Rehab Waterbury, CT Asheville City SchoolsCompany Rating: 3.4Housing Details: Sixty percent of teachers believe that a lack of affordable housing poses a significant barrier to teaching in their district, which can in turn cause turnover and severe teacher shortages. To combat this growing problem, a handful of forward-thinking districts around the country have begun partnering with different organizations to provide more affordable housing. One of them is Asheville City Schools (ACS) in Asheville, North Carolina. In partnership with the local government and several charitable organizations, ACS unveiled the Williams-Baldwin Teacher Campus in 2017: a cost-effective, 24-unit apartment complex that aims to provide teachers with a vibrant, close-knit community at a fraction of the cost of other housing options in Asheville.What Employees Say: “Asheville City Schools is a small and intimate community of educators, administrators, and facilitators that work together to create a positive and nurturing environment for all students. They offer support to new and experienced staff.” —Current Special Education TeacherSee Open Jobs AddeparCompany Rating: 4.3Housing Details: Cutting down on your commute is a reward in itself, but getting paid to do so? That’s even better. That dream is a reality for the employees at Addepar, a wealth management platform. Employees who live within a mile of their Mountain View office, or 15 minutes of their New York office, receive an additional $300 per month, reported The Wall Street Journal. Meanwhile, employees who live slightly further out, but still close to the office, receive $150 per month.What Employees Say: “Fun and curious coworkers who genuinely enjoy building software and solving problems! Eric and leadership team are wonderful people, and Addepar has an admirable history of internal promotion and helping employees grow their careers.” —Former EmployeeSee Open Jobs 5.0★ 23 hours ago 23h Deli Associate F&M Deli & Restaurant Mount Laurel, NJ 23 hours ago 23h Administartive Assistant Sentry Mechanical Pittsburgh, PA FacebookCompany Rating: 4.5Housing Details: Not only do Facebook employees “receive a five-figure bonus if they live near the office,” according to the New York Times — the company is also in the beginning stages of creating a planned community called Willow Village which will include 1,500 apartments, retail stores, a hotel and more near its Menlo Park, California headquarters. While the housing development will be open to the public, it’s expected that the majority of residents would be Facebook employees.What Employees Say: “You learn from great peers, work on unique planet scale problem, grow, move around and learn new tech while enjoying first class benefits. Leadership is visionary, genuine, surprisingly transparent and always looking for what is best for the facebook community.” —Current Engineering ManagerSee Open Jobs Pest Control Technician United Pest Solutions Seattle, WA 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h PPR Travel NursingCompany Rating: 4.4Housing Details: If you’re a healthcare professional who’s prone to wanderlust, you might want to consider working for PPR Travel Nursing. Through short-term assignments, PPR Travel Nurses are sent to different locations throughout the country where their skills are needed the most. In exchange, employees receive competitive pay, travel reimbursements, 401(k) matching and housing stipends or paid private housing. And with 6.4k different jobs available, you’re sure to find a job function and location you’re interested in!What Employees Say: “As a first-year SLP I was nervous to work for a contract company, but I have to say accepting a position with PPR TMG has been one of the best decisions I have ever made! My recruiter is excellent and has been there for me every step of the way. Not only is she personable, but she checks in with me at least once a month to see how things are going. PPR really advocates for their employees and appreciates them (and it shows!).” —Current Speech PathologistSee Open Jobs N/A RN, Registered Nurse – OP Chemotherapy CHRISTUS Health Houston, TX 4.5★ LCPC – Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center Chicago, IL Registered Nurse (RN) – Charge Nurse – $7,000 Sign On Bonus EmpRes Healthcare Management Gardnerville, NV 2.8★ Hot New Jobs For You 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 3.1★ 4.7★ Interior Designer – St. Louis & Dallas Oculus Saint Louis, MO 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 3.4★ 3.5★ In today’s housing market, just about everybody is feeling the squeeze. A study by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University found that fewer Americans own homes today than in 1988 due to rising housing costs, while exorbitant rents in major metropolitan areas like San Francisco and New York continually make headlines.While public policy is often touted as the solution to housing woes, there are a small, but growing, number of employers attempting to make a difference themselves. Whether through mortgage assistance, bonuses, corporate housing or rent stipends, the following six innovative employers are going above and beyond to assist employees with burdensome housing costs. Read on to learn more about their programs, and don’t forget to apply today! Director, Advanced Technology Policy General Motors United States 23 hours ago 23h University of ChicagoCompany Rating: 4.0Housing Details: Think it’s only large tech companies that help employees with housing costs? Think again! The University of Chicago is one of several academic institutions that assists employees with housing costs. Through its Employer-Assisted Housing Program, U of C provides up to $10,000 in down payment assistance or up to $2,400 in rental assistance to full-time, benefits-eligible employees who live in one of several neighborhoods surrounding the campus.What Employees Say: “Great place to work, awesome team and they appreciate hard work and try to promote [within]. Also they provide great professional development opportunities.” —Current EmployeeSee Open Jobs View More Jobslast_img read more

9 Hot Jobs in the Legal Marijuana Industry

first_img Assembler-Cannabis Greenfield Organix 4th St. Greenfield, CA View More Jobs 23 hours ago 23h Open Cannabis Jobs Hiring Now 23 hours ago 23h 4.5★ 2.2★ Accounting Manager Nirvana Enterprises LLC Miami, FL Assistant Grower/Cultivation SupervisorDetails: As second in charge, the assistant grower oversees the lab team and trimmers in place of the head grower. He or she is in charge of training new team members and ensuring compliance and quality of product.Companies Hiring: Designworks Talent, Groundworks Industries, GreenForce Green Elephant, Connected Cannabis Co., Native Roots Extracts & more.Learn More N/A N/A Demand for Cannabis Talent Heats UpDispensary ManagerDetails: This person is responsible for overseeing daily operations of the dispensary, handling the needs of all patients and hiring and developing a team of budtenders who are passionate about medical cannabis and compliant with state and local rules and regulations. Like any other manager, this person will manage, supervise and direct the activities of assigned staff, and make recommendations regarding hiring, discipline, termination or advancement of employees.Companies Hiring: GreenForce, Heavy Hitters, Weedmaps, Green Cross Health, PharmaCannis, Vangst & more.Learn More 23 hours ago 23h Cannabis GM Sanctuary Medicinals Brookline, MA 23 hours ago 23h Cannabis Trimmers THC123 Germfask, MI Territory Sales Manager Omura Los Angeles, CA Let’s be blunt, one of the fastest-growing industries in America is the marijuana or cannabis industry. According to Glassdoor research, there are 1,512 cannabis-related job openings in the U.S. today and median salary for cannabis industry job openings is $58,511 per year, 10.7% higher than the U.S. median salary. Plus, according to Arcview Market Research, spending on legal cannabis worldwide is expected to hit $57 billion by 2027.Given the industry’s rapid growth, companies are eager to hire workers to tackle in-demand cannabis jobs, including Brand Ambassador, Budtender and Marketing Manager. Here are a handful of the hottest jobs in the cannabis industry today.Head GrowerDetails: Part people manager, part horticulturalist, a head grower or grow manager coordinates the daily grow operations and Grow process, including taking clones, potting, transfers, watering, mixing, flower blocks, spraying, cleaning, maintenance, harvesting and schedules/timelines for each, equipment requirements and training/ development. The person also assigns work and monitors progress; guiding, training and developing employees in the accomplishment of their duties and goals through professional growth.Companies Hiring: Green Thumb Industries, Curaleaf, Surterra, Cannabis Verified, Designworks Talent & more.Learn More 23 hours ago 23h 1.0★ Delivery DriverDetails: A transporter is responsible for delivering medical cannabis products to customers. This person loads the van and executes deliveries throughout the day, and has the ability to manage the documents associated with medical cannabis delivery, ensuring that proper documents are kept and manifests are returned completed and ready for filing. As with all marijuana industry roles, this person must be and remain compliant with any and all legal or company regulations for working in the industry.Companies Hiring: Humboldt Legends, Ohana Gardens, Fresh Mint Collective, Williams LLC, greenRush, Green Thumb Industries & more.Learn More 23 hours ago 23h Trimmer/Cultivation Site WorkerDetails: The trimmer’s job is to trim, manicure and prepare cannabis products in the variety, size, and quality prescribed by company and department standards. They are also responsible for maintaining sanitation control per company policy, utilizing and maintaining equipment as required by the department, and following approved procedures for receiving, preparing, storing, arranging, and manicuring product to ensure quality, accuracy and product rotation and protection.Companies Hiring: Cannabis Verified, Hemp Temps, BudHire, GreenForce, LivWell Enlightened Health, Palomar Craft Cannabis, High Mountain Health & more.Learn More 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h N/A Laboratory Worker Details: Lab workers and managers perform all the tasks necessary to process and manufacture cannabis products. From operating highly sophisticated extraction equipment to processing concentrates and extracts, laboratory workers also ensure the processing operation is fully compliant with state regulations and federal and state law.Companies Hiring: Moffitt Cancer Center, Hocking College, Perkinelmer, Parkview Medical Center, UCHealth, KDS Executive Search & Staffing,Fluid Manufacturing, Tanner Medical Center & more.Learn More Cannabis Harvester MJardin Group Denver, CO Cannabis Trimmers Remedy Intelligent Staffing Las Vegas, NV Security Guard Henry’s Original Cotati, CA 3.4★ Sales/Client StrategistDetails: The responsibilities of an account manager or sales client strategist would be to develop relationships with new prospective clients and grow existing partnerships within the emerging and rapidly expanding cannabis industry. While managing a sales pipeline of revenue, this person is charged with enhancing the business by gaining new cannabis clients regionally or nationally through creative sales/marketing initiatives and innovative customer service.Companies Hiring: ForceBrands, Leafbuyer Technologies Inc, The Scienomics Group, Vangst & more.Learn More Marketing LeadDetails: A variety of marketing roles exist at many cannabis companies. From community management to demand generation, marketing roles can run the gamut. In general, a lead in this role would market products by developing and implementing marketing and advertising campaigns; tracking sales data; maintaining promotional materials inventory; planning meetings and trade shows; maintaining databases and preparing reports.Companies Hiring: Packaging Brothers, Flowhub, Global Strategic Management Institute, SVN10 Creation, Designworks Talent & more.Learn More N/A 3.9★ Cannabis Packager Vangst Denver, CO 23 hours ago 23h N/A Budtender/Dispensary TechDetails: Usually in the cannabis store, budtenders are knowledgeable salespeople who consult with customers, educate customers regarding products and/or effects, and execute sales transactions. Budtenders also ensure the sales floor is properly stocked and the presence of the store is well maintained.Companies Hiring: Cannabis Verified, JBCStyle, GreenForce, Green Thumb Industries, Green Elephant, Connected Cannabis Co., Native Roots Extracts & more.Learn More 23 hours ago 23h Accountant – Cannabis CannabizTeam Hollister, CAlast_img read more

Ask the Interview Coach: What to Say in a Phone Interview to Score an In-Person

first_img Director, Advanced Technology Policy General Motors United States 23 hours ago 23h 3.1★ N/A 23 hours ago 23h 5.0★ Hot New Jobs For You 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h RN, Registered Nurse – OP Chemotherapy CHRISTUS Health Houston, TX Registered Nurse Supervisor RN Waterbury Gardens Nursing and Rehab Waterbury, CT Interior Designer – St. Louis & Dallas Oculus Saint Louis, MO 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h LCPC – Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center Chicago, IL 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Service Advisor Prime Motor Group Saco, ME Administartive Assistant Sentry Mechanical Pittsburgh, PA 23 hours ago 23h Companies are increasingly choosing to use a phone interview at the early stages of screening candidates, before inviting them on-site for in-person interviews. This is a way to efficiently screen through large candidate pools, as the average job has over 250 applicants. Moreover, the phone screen is typically conducted by recruiters, many of whom may be remote so the phone-screen is a good medium to tap into remote talent and reduce the recruiting overhead for the hiring manager.What the Interviewer Is Looking forThe recruiter has three main goals for a phone interview:1. Confirm InterestHiring managers have a limited amount of time, and a recruiter’s first filter is to make sure they are passing along candidates that are truly interested in the role. We are in the era where recruiters reach out to candidates more often than the other way around, and often prospective candidates will take a phone screen just to get interview practice and see what the market is willing to pay. As such, recruiters use the phone interview to ensure you have a genuine interest in the company and the role.The Dos and Don’ts of Showing Passion in an Interview2. Match Core SkillsA recruiter will not typically conduct a deep-dive on each of your core skills, but rather, they want to make sure you have general experience in the core requirements of the job. For example, if you are interviewing to be a digital marketing manager they are less likely to get into the specifics of how you measure the success of a marketing campaign, but they will want to ensure you have indeed run marketing campaigns of similar size and scope as theirs. This is more of a checklist approach rather than grading your skills in each category.3. Assess Culture FitBehavioral interviewing is how most companies comprehensively assess “culture fit” in later rounds. However, the phone interview is also meant to do a preliminary check on how well suited you are to the company’s culture. Key areas of interest for the recruiter is whether you have worked in similar environments (e.g., pace of work, level of collaboration), your overall demeanor (e.g., level of humility), and your mindset (e.g., growth orientation).How to Ace This Stage of the Interview Process1. Demonstrate SynthesisDuring a phone interview, it is easy for the interviewer to get distracted (e.g., check email). This makes it even more important to be succinct and compelling to ensure you capture their attention. This can be applied to the first question the recruiter will ask — “Tell me about yourself.” Many candidates ramble and spend too much time on unimportant details, and miss out on highlighting the core aspects of their candidacy. A practical way to solve this and demonstrate synthesis is to focus on the themes of your career progression. For example, you might describe your career in three stages — your first role, your ascension into leadership roles and your current job, instead of reciting everything on your resume.You can also describe your career by functional themes, especially when your career has breadth and a non-linear path. For example, you might frame your career as being a mix of bringing new products to market, developing and coaching teams, and partnering with cross-functional stakeholders.5 Ways to Prove That You’re the Best Candidate for the Job2. Be Precise About Why You Want the JobAs mentioned earlier, often the recruiter has reached out to you, and it is important to show you are not passively taking a call, but rather have clear interest in the role. This is why it is important to do your research on the company to understand them more deeply, and then weave that into why it fits with the career path you are charting. Specifically, you should have clarity on their mission, their ecosystem (e.g., customer segments, key competitors) and their products/services. Ideally, in your research, you will find something that truly connects with your experience and/or professional interests and speaking to that will show a deep interest in the opportunity.3. Simulate a Real Interview EnvironmentA common mistake candidates make is not recreating the environment that brings out their best, professional self. Often candidates will take a call from home, while reclining on their couch, and this casual attitude shows up in their communication style, dimming their professional energy.Given this, it is important to find an environment that can simulate a professional aura (e.g., a home office, in front of a desk), and dress accordingly as your communication style will be more polished as your brain picks up on the subtle cues. The right posture will also ensure your voice projects well, as opposed to reclining on your couch and sounding muffled.4. Ask Thoughtful QuestionsThe questions you ask towards the end of the phone interview serve as an indicator of what is important to you in the opportunity so avoid administrative questions such as vacation policy. Instead, focus on high-value questions that show you are thinking about things that really matter such as “What does success in the role look like?” These questions will also better prepare you to engage on a deeper level in the following rounds, especially when speaking with the hiring manager.45 Questions to Ask in a Job Interview5. Avoid Reciting From PaperSome candidates use phone screens as an opportunity to script their answers and read them word for word. This takes away from having an authentic conversation, and most interviewers can sense when you are reciting from a script. Instead, you can have a few bullet points written out that you want to make sure you cover in the conversation and also have your resume handy so you can speak to specifics when asked.Jeevan is the Founder and CEO of Rocket Interview ( ) where his team helps job seekers ace the most competitive interviews. He was an Associate Partner at McKinsey and Company and a VP of a Tech Startup where he regularly interviewed job candidates. Since then, he has helped clients land jobs in roles ranging from product management to marketing. His clients have landed jobs at Facebook, LinkedIn, Amazon, Coca-Cola and other competitive companies. Email: 4.7★ 2.8★ 2.5★ 3.5★ Deli Associate F&M Deli & Restaurant Mount Laurel, NJ 3.4★ Registered Nurse (RN) – Charge Nurse – $7,000 Sign On Bonus EmpRes Healthcare Management Gardnerville, NV 23 hours ago 23h Pest Control Technician United Pest Solutions Seattle, WA N/A 4.5★ View More Jobslast_img read more

Inter Milan due massive Sunderland payout over Alvarez row

first_imgSunderland have been ordered to cough up for past signing Ricky Alvarez.The Sun says Sunderland look as though they will have to fork out £9.2million – for a player who started just five Premier League games.The already cash-strapped Black Cats are understood to have lost their long-running legal battle with Inter Milan over Alvarez.Sunderland signed the winger on loan from the Italians in August 2014, with an agreement they would make his move permanent – for 10.5m Euros – if they stayed up.But although the Wearsiders did avoid relegation, they refused to buy Alvarez.They claimed he was injured on arrival at the club and that Inter had deliberately delayed the knee surgery that he needed.The row was taken to the Court of Arbitration for Sport for them to settle.And sources in Italy last night claimed that Inter have now won the case in what is another hammer blow for the relegated Black Cats.last_img read more

Adam Ounas says Napoli move on track

first_imgThe agent of Adam Ounas says the Bordeaux midfielder is excited to join Napoli.He arrives on Monday for his medical in a deal reported to be worth €10m plus €2m in bonuses.“Napoli had been following Ounas for a long time and they approached us on several occasions,” agent Samuel Zambelli told Gazette du Fennec.“The Azzurri gave us their priority and we wanted to continue the negotiations. The reports of Roma and Zenit interest were true, but the Partenopei have been tracking him for about a year.“Roma also considered Ounas a priority, but they started the talks too late, practically at the start of June. When Zenit contacted us via Roberto Mancini, we were not convinced by the Russian option. That league is not what he’s looking for.“Maurizio Sarri called us often, as he was worried about how the negotiations were going. He really wanted Adam in his squad.“Director of sport Cristiano Giuntoli proposed a long-term project. Napoli have world class players like Jose Callejon, Marek Hamsik, Dries Mertens and Arkadiusz Milik.“We know full well that Adam won’t be a regular starter, that he’s there as Callejon’s understudy, but he wants to become a starter within two years.”last_img read more

The Two Words You MUST Include in All Your Outreach

first_imgPut “Contact Us” everywhere. Include a link on your homepage and all of your subpages, and make that link easy to find. Many websites put the links in the top navigation as well as the very bottom of the page–different web-users have different reading habits, and you try to satisfy as many as you can. Scammers love to trick you by pretending to be someone they’re not. For instance, how many times has “Your Bank” attempted to get you to confirm or re-enter your personal information for their records? They’re basically saying, “Haha, we’re not real… Yoink*!” (*That’s the sound of your information and identity being snatched.) Read more tips for creating an effective “Contact Us” page. Include the two key words–“Contact Us.”  Are you asking for people to join your email list, make a donation or get involved without a way to reach you for more information? Don’t let your potential supporter bounce from your website thinking, “What’s the deal?” Now, put yourself in the shoes of someone new to your organization. She’s never heard of you, and through the magic of marketing, search engine optimization or sheer luck, this newbie is navigating around your website. Will she think you’re for real or just a scam? Letting  people know there are actual people on the other side of your website is one key to proving your legitimacy. Here are few tips to prove that people can contact you–a real, live person: Less isn’t always more. Sometimes more is more. Don’t hesitate to give out as much information as you can: an email address (that someone at your organization actually checks and responds from), a physical address and a phone number. Bottom line: It feels easy and safe to play Oz, but don’t be afraid to come out from behind the curtain–let folks approach you. (By the way, you can reach us at read more

Community Health Workers Compete to Develop Creative Slogans and Images to Improve Maternal and Newborn Health in Jharkhand, India

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on October 25, 2010June 20, 2017By: Kate Mitchell, Click 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 published on Kate Mitchell’s blog, Maternal Mortality Daily. Reposted with permission.On Wednesday, September 29th, nearly 300 community health workers from 174 villages in the rural Seraikela block of Jharkhand, India came together for an interesting event that involved plenty of art supplies, a flurry of creative ideas, a tangible passion for and dedication to improving rural maternal and newborn health, and a little bit of healthy competition.The gathering, part of the Maternal and Newborn Survival Initiative (MANSI), was an effort to develop effective behavior change communication tools for four maternal health interventions being implemented through MANSI– by tapping into the vast knowledge, experiences, and creative capacity of the newly identified community health workers.Holding the belief that there is no better source of ideas for effective slogans and images than the community itself, MANSI staff coordinated a contest that called on community health workers to develop slogans and images to explain the importance of the MANSI health interventions. The thinking behind the contest was that if the artistic representations of the health interventions and the key messages come from within the communities, then the images and messages will be more likely to resonate with the community members—and ultimately the health practices will be more likely to be widely understood and adopted.Before the contest began, the MANSI team provided an overview of the four maternal health interventions that the health workers would be developing images and slogans for: Misoprostol for post-partum hemorrhage, intermittent preventive treatment for Malaria, Vitamin A supplementation, and deworming. (In-depth training on these interventions will take place in the coming months.) Craft supplies were distributed and the nearly 300 health workers spent one hour competing to develop the most creative, compelling, and scientifically accurate slogans and images to be used as behavior change communication tools throughout the MANSI project.A panel of judges made up of doctors, public health professionals, and government officials recently selected three winning submissions for each health intervention. The winners received prizes and their slogans and images are being incorporated into the final behavior change communication strategy for the MANSI project.To learn about another initiative that is tapping into creative energy to improve maternal health, visit is a global project that is uniting artists around the world to use their collective artistic abilities to develop multimedia maternal health advocacy pieces.Share this:last_img read more

Technology Tips and Tools from NTEN

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on March 22, 2011June 20, 2017By: Raji Mohanam, Knowledge Management Specialist, MHTFClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The 2011 NTEN conference came to an end on Saturday and I came away with a lot to think about. It’s going to take a few days to digest and share all the interesting information from the conference. So for now, I’m highlighting a few ‘take-aways’ that I hope you will find helpful!1. Figure out Facebook. If you haven’t given much thought to your organization’s Facebook page, you need to! In the past few months, there have been a number of important updates on Facebook that directly impact how you engage with your audience (who used to be your ‘fans’ but are now your “likers”!). Spend time with your tech team going through the various new features and applications available to you as ‘embed codes’. You can start here.Some new features worth looking at include: the improved “like” button; the social graph ap; remote commenting ap; and the new ‘recommendation’ feature. Facebook is known for its uniform look, but it has also been revamping its page features lately to better suit its users’ and advertisers’ needs.  This could be due to the pressure on FB to increase revenue before it goes IPO. Bottom line: you can take advantage of all FB’s free aps if you know which ones really align with your organizations’ mission and goals.Here are some examples of how some folks are exploiting the new photo banner on their FB profile pages. And, see here and here for some great examples of how customized you can get with your fan page. So, get creative!2. Twitter is not trivial! If you organization is serious about using social media to help meet some of its goals, then you are probably already on Twitter and Tweet often to raise awareness of your programs and activities. If you are that next level and use Twitter to help drive traffic, create a community, and engage your audience every day—then you probably use TweetDeck. The MHTF uses TweetDeck and we’ve found it to be an amazing tool for tracking our ‘universe’ of maternal health Tweets. However, for those of you who are ready take the next leap in your social media strategy, I suggest you take a look at Hootesuite. There was so much ‘buzz’ around this tool at NTEN, but with good reason. Hootesuite actually let’s you schedule tweets for later! If that weren’t enough, it also lets you track what happens to your Tweets once sent, and provides a number of analytics about the influence of your Tweeting! I hope I’m not the only one who is blown away by this! Check it out.3. Clouds with character. If you take a look at the MHTF “tag cloud” to the right of this page, you will see that it rotates and spins when you mouse over it. Neat, huh? Not only is it visually stimulating, but due to the size of various phrases and words– you can see at one glance the topics that have most relevance on our blog before you even read anything. Well, now you can go one step further and customize your tag cloud’s image as well! Go to Tagxedo for examples. Amazing, right?4. Data doesn’t have to be dull! Data visualization and Infographics are here to stay, and according to many experts speaking at NTEN, it is actually the route data-rich websites need to go in order to engage their audience and sustain interest. Here are some great examples. Look out for a new spot on our site later this month that will be devoted to maternal health Infographics!5. Find the funding. For those organizations interested in getting better data on who funds what, where, when, and why….take a look at It’s an interactive, next-generation geographic mapping tool to find philanthropic data.I hope you found these tips helpful. Be sure to stay tuned to the MHTF Blog for the latest information on how technology can help meet your mission.If you found any of these tips useful, be sure to Tweet about it using our Twitter handle #MHTF!Share this:last_img read more

Tech4MH: Avoiding mHealth “Pilotitis” Doesn’t Mean You Shouldn’t Start Small

first_imgShare this: Posted on December 11, 2013November 17, 2016By: Neal Lesh, Chief Strategy Officer, DimagiClick 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)Since 2008, Dimagi has helped organizations in 30 countries set up mobile projects with CommCare, an open source mobile platform that supports frontline workers (FLWs). CommCare is actively being used by over 130 frontline programs across numerous development sectors. One of the most compelling and common uses is to support FLWs who provide vital maternal health services such as registering clients, keeping track of their antenatal care visits, counseling them on the importance of delivery in a facility and calculating due dates of expectant mothers. Thanks to support from USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures, Dimagi will launch at least 40 new frontline programs in 2013 to use CommCare in India alone, a majority of which are focused on maternal health.Technology is never the whole answer, but can be an essential component of empowering FLWs and improving the maternal health services they offer. Our goal is to help frontline programs reach sustained impact at scale by making it as easy as possible to start small while being able to go big. Why start small? Within mHealth, pilots have gotten a bad name. This is for good reason, given the many projects that been declared a success only because they started, regardless of whether they can or do continue. Indeed, many of our partners will tell us that we can start working with a small number of FLWs as long as we don’t call it a pilot.However, mHealth applications, like most technology, take time and field iteration to develop. mHealth is still a young field, and iteration is necessary to develop usable systems. Organizational capacity to utilize mHealth takes time to develop too. Most organizations we work with do not fully appreciate what they are getting into until they’ve used CommCare for a while.One way we make it easy to start small is by, where funding allows, offering Proof of Concept (POC) packages that include 10 free phones and about a month of remote and one-site support from Dimagi’s experienced team. One thing that initially surprised us is how popular the POC packages are. To date, over 68 organizations in 18 countries have started using CommCare through POC packages. We get a large number of applications when we put out RFAs for them, even from huge development organizations with sizeable annual budgets (100 million+). We’ve come to realize that the POC packages are popular because they remove much of the perceived risk for somebody within an organization to initiate an mHealth project.The key thing that allows us to easily start small but go big is that we offer CommCare through a Software as a Service (SaaS) product hosted on our cloud server. All 130 of the frontline programs using CommCare are running on the same platform. Anybody can visit, create an account, and develop their own CommCare application or customize a pre-exisisting application from CommCare Exchange, the first open source mHealth app store.One such example of a customized app is the Reducing Maternal and Newborn Deaths (ReMiND) pregnancy app developed by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in partnership with Dimagi to support the delivery of prenatal and postnatal care in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Following initial testing and refining with 10 government-selected FLWs, the app has been scaled up to 271 FLWs, who are using audio and visual prompts to systematically counsel and assess women and babies for danger signs. FLW supervisors are also alerted when visits are missed. The latest edition of the ReMiND application also includes customized SMS reminders that target specific clients, based upon computer-detected newborn dangers signs that are gathered from survey answers. The CRS site has become a strong innovation test bed and an increasingly well-known example globally of mHealth as a supportive supervision tool. The project is currently assessing how direct-to-FLW feedback improves FLW motivation and performance.Over the next year, we will be supporting CommCare and MOTECH Suite (an integrated set of tools for FLWs, of which CommCare is one component) in several maternal health programs at large scale in India, Haiti, and other countries. In every case, we will start or have started small, and are very excited to being big.Tech4MH is an ongoing guest blog series curated by MHTF Research Assistant Yogeeta Manglani. If you would like to submit a guest blog post for possible inclusion the series, please email Yogeeta at ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

The Struggle to Provide Culturally-Appropriate Maternity Care

first_imgPosted on September 28, 2017October 6, 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)A core component of high quality health care is ensuring that services are people-centered—that providers incorporate the “preferences and aspirations of individual service users and the culture of their community.” The World Health Organization’s “Standards for improving quality of maternal and newborn care in health facilities” released in 2016 recommend that practitioners participate in regular in-service trainings to improve their interpersonal communication, counseling skills and cultural competence to encourage the provision of respectful maternity care. Organizations such as the Joint Commission, the National Institutes of Health, the International Confederation of Midwives and the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics have also emphasized the importance of cultivating cultural competence in health care and offered practical guidance.How have program implementers, clinicians and researchers approached the issue of providing culturally-appropriate maternity care, and what challenges have they encountered?A recent paper in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth aimed to answer these questions. This paper was a secondary analysis of a previous systematic review that the authors published in 2014 as part of the MHTF-PLOS Collection, “Integrating Health Care to Meet the Needs of the Mother-Infant Pair.” The authors reviewed 15 studies to examine how interventions to provide culturally-appropriate maternal health services—specifically related to patients’ ethnicity, language and religion—affected utilization of skilled antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care.Ten of the 15 studies found that the intervention had positive effects on skilled maternity care utilization, especially antenatal care attendance.Keys to successThe following four themes illustrate barriers and facilitators to ensuring that women receive culturally-appropriate maternity care:AccessResearchers noted that financial and geographic barriers often inhibit women of certain cultural groups from seeking maternal health services, even if those services are culturally-appropriate. In some settings, gender-based restrictions on travel, low levels of education or literacy, limited knowledge of health services and a lack of social support or child care were also barriers to access. Facility-based interventions cannot be effective if the target population cannot access services.Community participationCreating mutual respect through coordination and communication among health workers and communities was essential for the success of interventions. Some program implementers highlighted the importance of establishing community ownership over interventions. Community-based participatory research is a promising approach that involves communities in program design from the beginning.Person-centered carePoor interactions between patients and providers was a common issue, with many women reporting caretakers’ unfriendliness, discrimination and negative attitudes. These experiences of disrespect and abuse decreased women’s self-worth and caused feelings of anxiety and shame. The most common strategy to combat these issues was employing staff with similar cultural or linguistic backgrounds to those of the women seeking care.Continuum of careSeveral interventions focused on a specific aspect of maternity care such as antenatal visits, but addressing issues of cultural appropriateness across the entire continuum of care was an important success factor. Collaboration among different care providers was essential to ensuring culturally-appropriate services to women at every encounter with health workers during pregnancy, delivery and postpartum.The stakes are highRespectful maternity care is a human right, and failing to guarantee culturally-appropriate care has serious implications. For example, women who do not receive respectful and culturally sensitive care at a health facility are less likely to seek facility-based maternity care in the future, which can have long-term consequences for both mother and baby.It is important to note that the 15 studies included in this review were conducted in Australia, Peru, the United States and the United Kingdom. Given how critical local contexts are in evaluating interventions to provide culturally-appropriate care, further research in other regions is needed to ensure that no woman is left behind.—Read the full, open access paper, “Interventions to provide culturally-appropriate maternity care services: Factors affecting implementation.”Learn more about respectful maternity care.Check out related posts from the MHTF blog:Respecting Choice in Childbirth: Preferred Delivery Positions Among Ethnic Minorities in VietnamIntegrating Culture Into Maternity Care Programs: A Systematic Mapping of InterventionsShare this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Freelancers Union in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

first_imgFrom the 6/21 Atlanta Journal-Constitution:”What these folks are doing makes a lot of sense,” said Jared Bernstein, senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute, a pro-union think tank in Washington. “No way can you stand around and wait for Congress to work this out. People have real health care needs today, and the employer-based system is slowly unraveling,” he said. While traditional unions have provided collective bargaining and purchasing power for decades, Bernstein said it’s a relatively new concept for “quasi-union” groups like the Freelancers Union. They can provide group-purchasing power for freelancers who “probably don’t have a lot of say about working conditions, standards and far less likely to have fringe benefits like health care and pensions. “So they’re able to get better prices than the individual market.”last_img read more

Freelancing over the holidays? A simple guide to maintaining your sanity

first_img“Do you want to go Black Friday shopping with us?”“I have to work.”“You are always working. When do you get a day off?”Well-intended and caring family members and friends may not truly understand the life of a freelancer. The canary in the mine typically presents itself during the Nov-Jan stretch of holidays when people are making plans and mapping out things for the entire family or a group of friends to do.This is not necessarily an easy time of the year for many freelancers. We don’t get PTO (paid time off) and depending on our industry, this may be our busiest season of the year. So, some of us find ourselves in quite the conundrum when it comes to working during the holiday season and making time for our loved ones.My first few years of freelancing, I felt torn and even obligated to explain in great detail why I couldn’t join everyone else. Now, my circle of friends and family understand if I have to gracefully bow out of events.So, what did I do and what can you do?Explain What You DoBelieve it or not, not everyone is familiar with how freelancing works or why some of us opt to do it. The holiday season is a great time to talk to your family members about what you do. If you are able to show them your work that’s even better as it brings home the tangible aspects of your profession.When some extended family members found out that I stopped teaching full time, they’d typically respond with, “I am sorry to hear that” or “You’re just going through a phase.”Demystifying what I did for a living was the antidote to awkward pregnant pauses at the dinner table. Once I started sharing my blogs and even clients’ books with them, they had greater clarity about my career shift.Now, some of my younger family members are intrigued by the entrepreneurial aspects of freelancing and will ask about current projects or for advice.Prioritize Your TimeWhen I taught a freshman seminar course at a small liberal arts college, I would often begin by sharing with my students that time was one of their greatest resources and the management of one’s time would become a life-long skillset. This is particularly true as it relates to freelancing over the holidays.To the extent that you can, prioritize which projects you accept or ask for some flexibility in terms of turnaround times or deadlines. For example, I avoid having due dates that are within a three day window of a holiday. This gives me some wiggle room if the project takes longer than anticipated and it also frees me up to have a couple of days to relax. Is this always possible? No, but it does help tremendously with avoiding burnout and guilt.Have Clear BoundariesFamily and friends are an important part of having a healthy and balanced life so you don’t want to negate the importance of setting aside time to spend with them. Some family members may misconstrue your absence or lack of sociability due to work obligations as being rude or anti-social. By being clear about what you can/cannot do, you create healthy boundaries and expectations. This is particularly important if young children are involved.For example, my nephew is my ‘go to date’ for most G and kid-friendly PG movies. If it were up to him, we would spend his entire week(s) long vacations hanging at the movies. My compromise is that he can pick two movies and I pick the two days that we go. I intentionally select days when my work load is lighter so that I can truly enjoy my time with him. It is a win-win.My greatest advice is to be true to yourself by making sure that you are not adding additional pressure or creating unrealistic expectations for yourself or others. Remember, the holidays don’t have to be stressful and you can maintain your sanity.last_img read more

Selangor prepared to qualify for AFC Cup

first_imgSelangor Selangor prepared to collect maximum points to qualify for AFC Cup Zulhilmi Zainal Last updated 2 years ago 18:11 7/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AFC Cup LOGO AFC Cup LOGO Selangor Super League AFC Cup Selangor head coach P. Maniam remarked that his side will prepare to defeat Melaka United, PKNS and Pulau Pinang in order to qualify for the AFC Cup. BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter When asked by Goal about his side’s chances of qualifying for the AFC Cup next year, Selangor head coach Maniam Pachaiappan answered that they need to prepare for that chance by collecting maximum points from their remaining league matches.Selangor are currently fifth in the Malaysia Super League (MSL) standings, but are within touching distance of the second spot with three league rounds remaining.If the Red Giants succeed in leapfrogging Kedah, Pahang and Felda United to second place, there is a slim chance of them qualifying for the AFC Cup, if confirmed MSL winners Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) qualify for the continent’s premier club competition; the AFC Champions League instead of the AFC Cup. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing “We never thought too much about it, but if we have the chance we will definitely take it.”We want to finish in the second spot or third and I believe we have the chance, and we have to focus on the remaining three league matches.”We have PKNS, Melaka United and also Pulau Pinang. So if we manage to collect the maximum nine points, we have a good chance of qualifying for the AFC Cup,” said Maniam when met after his team’s training session on Thursday.The last time Selangor competed in the AFC Cup was in the 2016 edition, with their campaign ending at the group stage.last_img read more

Don’t buy into the idea that Australia are raging hot Women’s Ashes favourites

first_imgShare on Pinterest Strange start to Women’s Ashes series buried by World Cup Share on Twitter Read more Cricket Read more comment Australia sport England women’s cricket team Especially when we are on the road, which was a big part of it for me as an affectionate and needy sort of person that craves being open about everything. I like being comfortable enough with those around me to ask for a hug if I need one, or to give one in return. We are at that level now. Everyone came to the party on this and we have all seen different sides to each other that we wouldn’t have a couple of years ago when it was a stuffier environment. That meant leading into the first proper game of this series, I was pretty open about the nerves I was experiencing. Having not bowled a lot outside on turf with it being winter at home in Adelaide, it led to me bowling poorly in the warm-up games. Being a day-nighter made it worse, because you have all morning to think about it, but then it all fell into place. It was a bit unusual going back to playing in front of so few people, which wasn’t what we experienced the last time we were in England for the World Cup or the 2015 Ashes when the atmosphere was brilliant. But we also know that with so much cricket going on over here at the moment, that was likely to be part of the deal. It didn’t matter once we got out there. Especially fielding first – always my preference as an opening bowler – running out with the team for the first time since March. We had a lot of energy early and set up the win. I wasn’t surprised that England clung on and got themselves back into it. I don’t buy too much into the idea that we are the raging hot favourites here or anything like that. Remember, they made it to the World T20 final last year missing two of their best players. They are scrappers, which is what makes these amazing games. It’s why I love this series more than any other: there’s no hiding. Winning against them is so satisfying because you have to earn it. It is different playing against the old enemy, partly because off the field we aren’t that way. We play so much cricket with and against each other in the Big Bash and Super League over here and at international level, there are a lot of friendships. That can be good and bad when the Ashes comes along. With me, they know me so well that they know all of my slower balls, for instance, and probably the sequence that I bowl them in. I really love that challenge. Topics Women’s Ashes Alyssa Healy helps Australia take first blood in Women’s Ashes Women’s cricketcenter_img Share on Messenger Australia women’s cricket team Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook Support The Guardian Since you’re here… In saying that, our coach Matthew Mott was pretty honest with us after we made such a mess of the chase. We know that we missed a real chance to stamp our authority on the series by winning by seven or eight wickets rather than by two. The batters know what they did wrong and that’s under control. I was shitting myself on the sidelines ready to go in No 11! But there would have been no benefit in Motty giving us a spray, we all know where we have to improve.One debate to come out of the game, which I found pretty interesting, was the fact that we don’t have access to the Decision Review System in this massive series. It’s very frustrating that we can see the ball tracking up on the big screen yet there is no way for it to be used by either team. I know that Fran Wilson from England got a bad decision and we had a couple too that we could have sent upstairs. I don’t understand why we don’t have access to it. But we aren’t going to spend any energy worrying about it now. That’s also reflective of where we are as a dressing room now compared to a couple of years ago: we focus on what we can control. It’s a much better place and we are such a better team for it.Megan Schutt is an Australian international cricketer and will be writing a weekly column for the Guardian during this year’s Women’s Ashes series Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp I love playing in England. As a swing bowler, you would expect nothing less. Being back in the country over the last couple of weeks building up to the Women’s Ashes has given me a chance to reflect on where we were as a team the last time visited for the 2017 World Cup.That didn’t end well at all, when we were knocked out of the tournament by India in the semi-finals. A major theme of the aftermath of that was that the team was not in the healthiest place, both on and off the field. We had to learn to be more honest with ourselves. At the time, we knew we were skilful cricketers but that wasn’t enough to make us as good as we could be as a team. For us to take that next step, it required being far more open with each other without worrying about the consequences of that vulnerability. These days, if somebody isn’t feeling right and isn’t up to it, then they say so. It makes a massive difference. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Fate of PNG Dockworkers at Lae Port Still Unknown

first_imgzoom The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has raised concerns over the fate of dockworkers at the Port of Lae in Papua New Guinea (PNG) despite a new agreement between International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) and local landowners.The union is seeking assurances that the workers will be able to keep their jobs.ICTSI said on Monday, November 27 that it had signed an agreement with impacted community landowner groups in Lae in PNG Guinea through the ICTSI Foundation and ICTSI subsidiary South Pacific International Container Terminal, Limited (SPICTL) as a necessary first step towards moving the joint ICTSI-community project in Lae. The signing follows ICTSI’s securing of 25-year concessions to operate Lae and Motukea. “We are committed to developing the new Lae terminal into a world-class facility and the best in South Pacific. We will not only be investing in ship-to-shore gantry cranes and the highest levels of information technology but, most importantly, into training and human capital,” Christian R. Gonzalez, ICTSI Senior Vice President and head of Asia Pacific, said commenting on the deal.“The ITF still has serious concerns regarding the future of the current workforce, as there have been no assurances made about their ongoing employment,” Paddy Crumlin, ITF president and chair of the ITF dockers section, said.“This is a step in the right direction, no doubt in part due to pressure from local unions and the ITF, but until local workers have been guaranteed jobs in the port we remain sceptical at best given ICTSI’s recent history.”As informed, more than 1,000 jobs are in jeopardy after the PNG government awarded 25-year contracts for the country’s two main international ports to ICTSI. “ICTSI have indicated they will source their workforce from local communities – but the union has seen no firm guarantee to secure all existing jobs and conditions,” Reg McAlister, general secretary of the PNG Maritime and Transport Workers Union said.The ITF has been urging the Government of Papua New Guinea to review the decision to award port operations in Lae and Port Moresby to ICTSI due to the company’s “poor record on safety and labour relations.”last_img read more

Huge sea turtle found dead in unlikely spot A frozen Cape Breton

first_imgHALIFAX – The endangered leatherback sea turtle is an elusive creature of the deep.Last week, however, scientists were stunned when one of these rare, huge reptiles turned up dead in an unlikely place: at the edge of a frozen Cape Breton lake.Sea turtle biologist Mike James said it’s possible the turtle was following jellyfish — the leatherback’s main source of food — when it entered saltwater Bras d’Or Lake through a narrow channel and later failed to find its way back to the open ocean.There have been previous eyewitness accounts of leatherbacks in the lake, which is more like an inland sea. But this recent find represents the first time a specimen has been positively identified in the area.“It’s a very significant record for sure,” James said Thursday from the Bedford Institute Oceanography in Halifax.“It was probably alive pretty late into the year because of the (good) condition of the turtle’s carapace,” he said, referring to the turtle’s thin but tough layer of leather-like skin. The leatherback is the only sea turtle that lacks a hard shell.Laura Bourque, veterinary pathologist with the Canadian Wildlife Health Co-operative in Charlottetown, performed a necropsy on the animal late Wednesday.The 360-kilogram turtle — about the size of a grand piano — appeared to be emaciated.Bourque confirmed there was no other obvious cause of death, though other tests have yet to be completed.“What it was doing in the Bras d’Or lakes, I really can’t comment on that,” Bourque said in an interview from her lab at the Atlantic Veterinary College.Samples taken from the turtle’s body will be analyzed for bacteria, parasites and disease.“It helps us understand what are the threats to these species,” she said.More often, leatherbacks die when they get entangled in fishing gear or if they eat plastic bags or balloons, having mistaken the trash for jellyfishLeatherbacks typically avoid narrow inlets, like the ones that connect Bras d’Or Lake to the Atlantic Ocean, James said.However, unlike other reptiles, they can survive in relatively cold water because they have a thin layer of blubber, similar to marine mammals.Leatherbacks are summertime visitors to Canada’s Atlantic coast and the Gulf of St. Lawrence, but they typically head south to tropical waters by October.Given their wide range and elusive behaviour, no one really knows how many there are.James, who works with the federal Fisheries Department, said the waters along the continental shelf that extends beyond Nova Scotia and southern Newfoundland are prime feeding grounds for leatherbacks.“They come back to the very same areas to feed every year,” he said.Researchers in Nova Scotia are leaders in the study of the sea turtles, having started a pioneering satellite-tracking program in 1997.Leatherbacks can swim up to 12,000 kilometres per season and are known for diving to around 300 metres, though some have reached depths up to 1,200 metres.At this time of year, the female leatherbacks that feed along Canada’s Atlantic coast are preparing to lay their eggs at beaches that stretch from Florida and the Caribbean to the northeastern edge of South America.This week, James has been tracking four females that are expected to lay their eggs on the island of Trinidad and along the South American coast.“They’re a challenging animal to manage and a tricky beast to study,” James said.The turtles will soon begin their return voyage to Canadian waters, a trip that will see them arrive by the end of June.last_img read more

World Indigenous Nations Games to hit central Alberta in July

first_imgBrandi Morin APTN National NewsThe second annual World Indigenous Nations Games is heading to Enoch Cree Nation and Edmonton July 2-9 said 0rganizers at its official launch Monday in Enoch.So far 14 countries have registered to compete in the games, some of which include Panama, Finland, New Zealand, Uruguay and Russia.“I take full responsibility to work with our predecessors who blazed these trails for us to celebrate sport and culture on not just a national but an international level,” said Chief Billy Morin of Enoch.“We look forward to taking care of all Indigenous peoples of the world for that time that they’re here. They’re going to be our people. They’re going to be our brothers and sisters. We’re going to feed them, house them and make them feel comfortable.”Peace, reconciliation and cultural diversity is the theme for the games. Surrounding First Nations, the Metis Nation of Alberta, Edmonton and the University of Alberta will join Enoch to sponsor the event.“Our commitment to reconciliation goes beyond the walls of our institution,” said Jodi Calahoo-Stonehouse on behalf of U of A. “We are very proud to contribute to the success of these games. We see these games as an opportunity to be a pillar of the lifting up of Indigenous people from around the world.”Over the course of eight days spectators will witness various sporting competition taking place in Enoch and Edmonton. Traditional games will also be featured where Indigenous peoples from Canada will showcase horse relays, lacrosse and Denesuline hand games.Founder and ambassador Dr. Wilton Littlechild said the games will showcase the strength and beauty of cultural diversity from around the globe.“Sport has the power to change lives,” said Littlechild. “We’ve gone through a very sad chapter in Canada where our cultures have been suppressed. We are calling on all governments to join us in leaving a positive legacy for all humanity.”The games are expecting up to 4,000 athletes and participants with registration from at least 30 countries. A budget of $25 million is the goal with fundraising efforts still in motion.Organizers welcome volunteers to submit an application on its website at www.wingames2017.comThe event is designed to coincide with Canada’s 150th anniversary and the 140th anniversary of Treaty 6.bmorin@aptn.calast_img read more