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Congress slams U.P. government over encounter deaths

first_imgFormer Union minister P. Chidambaram on Friday slammed the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh for alleged encounter killings and asserted that the State had become a victim of a “muscular government” after Jammu and Kashmir.Mr. Chidambaram, who had overseen the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, referred to media reports that said 78 people were killed in encounters by the Uttar Pradesh police in the past 16 months.“Is this the rule of law under the Constitution of India? It is the rule of law under the ‘muscular’ model of governance offered by the BJP. After Jammu & Kashmir, it is UP that is the victim of muscular government,” Mr. Chidambaram said in a series of tweets.“This culture of false encounters and killing people comes from Gujarat,” said senior Congress leader Anand Sharma, reacting to news reports of encounters under the government headed by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in U.P. “Now they want to make it a national campaign. We are a rule-based country, where there is a rule of law and everybody has their rights. Nobody can be killed and encounters are not sanctioned by law. It is against the basic tenets of natural justice,” he said.Reports said that the U.P. Police had recorded more than 3,000 encounters in 16 months, in which at least 78 criminals had been killed.“When the history of this period is written, time will tell what damage they have done to governance in the State of U.P.” asserted Mr. Sharma. “If encounters is the soul target of an elected government in a democracy, then God help our country.”last_img read more

GlaxoSmithKline’s Witty Ranks #1; 10 Highest Rated CEOs in the UK (2014)

first_imgGlassdoor is releasing its inaugural list of the 10 Highest Rated CEOs in the UK, based entirely on employee feedback. As part of Glassdoor’s global expansion and its mission to help people everywhere find jobs and companies they love, this list highlights strong leaders across the UK that have gained support and approval from their employees.The report features global and national companies, across a range of sectors including retail, engineering and banking. GlaxoSmithKline’s Andrew Witty takes the top spot with a 100% approval rating, followed by Rolls Royce’s John Rishton (97% approval) and John Lewis’ Charlie Mayfield (97% approval).The companies and leaders taking the plaudits this year are:1. GlaxoSmithKline, Andrew Witty, 100% approval rating2. Rolls Royce, John Rishton, 97% approval rating3. John Lewis, Charlie Mayfield, 97% approval rating4. Waitrose, Mark Price, 96% approval rating5. Barclays, Antony Jenkins, 89% approval rating6. Accenture, Pierre Nanterme, 89% approval rating7. BP, Robert Dudley, 88% approval rating8. Sainsbury’s, Justin King, 86% approval rating9. dunnhumby, Simon Hay, 86% approval rating10. Vodafone, Vittorio Colao, 83% approval ratingReport as of 31/01/14, based on companies headquartered in the UK or Ireland with at least 20 CEO approval ratings shared on Glassdoor by UK employees. So, what is it about these CEOs that employees appreciate? According to the reviews shared by employees, consistent themes among the top CEOs include clear communication, providing career advancement opportunities and building company culture.This list is based entirely on employee feedback shared on Glassdoor by UK-based employees voluntarily and anonymously as part of Glassdoor’s company review survey. Employees are asked: Do you approve of the way your CEO is leading the company?Check out the Highest Rated CEOs in the U.S. at large companies and Highest Rated CEOs in the U.S. at small & mid-sized companies.Do you approve or disapprove of the way your CEO is leading your company? Share a review.last_img read more

How To Turn Your Temp Job into a Full-Time Job

first_imgTemporary workers are no longer just that. Increasingly companies are using temp and contractors to find full time employees, relying on short term projects to weed out the good and the bad.That’s great news for job seekers looking to land a full time job. But it doesn’t mean every temp worker is going to transition into an employee.“Test driving employees is a great way to get to know a candidate, before making the full investment of bringing them onboard permanently,” says Joel Garfinkle, author of Getting Ahead: Three Steps to Take Your Career to the Next Level. “Obviously, what each employer is specifically looking for during this ‘test drive’ is different. However, there are some general factors that usually help determine whether or not a temp successfully transitions to full-time.”From treating the assignment as an on the job interview to going above and beyond, here’s a look at ways career experts say you can parlay a temp job into a full time one.When it comes to working as a contractor or temp with an eye toward making it a permanent job, career experts say you have to carefully choose where you are temping. After all, you may be an expert in marketing, but if you take a temp position as a receptionist is it really something you would want to do full-time? “You want to pick (a temp) job that most closely resembles what it is you want to do permanently,” says Tom Wharton, Managing Partner with OI Global Partners, the career consulting firm. “If something is too far out in left field you won’t do it well and you won’t last long in the assignment.”Even if you are hired to simply answer phones and make copies, you have to treat the assignment as the equivalent of an interview and act accordingly. “Don’t under estimate the watchful eye and the impact you are making while doing your job,” says Paul McDonald, senior executive director with Robert Half. “The impression you are making while on the job speaks volumes to those around you.”For technical roles, it’s likely you were given the assignment because of you skills. While it’s important to showcase those needed skills during your temporary work, experts say you also want to demonstrate you possess the soft skills like being a great communicator, flexibility and a penchant for being a team player. If you are able to show your boss and co-workers that you listen and play nice with others it can compensate for any weaknesses in your technical skills. “The other most important factor an employer is test driving is the qualitative aspects of the candidate,” says Garfinkle. “How are their personal skills? Do they fit well with the other team members? Are they able to communicate effectively? These are things you hope to get a feel for during an interview, but really can’t know for sure how it’ll go until the candidate is actually in place and interacting with everyone.”Going above and beyond cannot be understated if you want the temp job to become full-time.  Not only do you want to do your job to the best of your ability but you also want to volunteer for extra work and help co-workers in a pinch. Wharton has had clients who did so well during their contract assignment that they ended up replacing a current full-time employee who wasn’t at the same level. “Being a team player is very important,” says Wharton, noting it behooves people to try to work with other departments as well as their own so that they come into contact with all the different department heads. “You want to be recognized as a key contributor and somebody who believes in the company and its mission,” he says.Most people aren’t mind readers, and that’s particularly true of hiring managers, which is why McDonald says it’s important to communicate your interest in working for the company on a permanent basis. Not only do you want to let your boss or bosses know that but you should also alert the staffing firm, which may have a contract with the company.  McDonald says to ask if there is an opportunity for the role to transition to full time, then be flexible about taking on jobs in other departments that you may be qualified for. “If you want to parlay it into a full time position then demonstrate your flexibility,” says McDonald. “Let them know you are interested because not every temp is interested in full time employment.”last_img read more

10 Interview Questions for Software Engineers

first_imgWhen you’re looking for a software engineer job and you make it as far as the interview, don’t forget to do your homework beforehand and research what questions you may be asked. Lucky for you, we’ve done some of the work. Here are ten interview questions software engineer candidates were recently asked:“If an intern approaches you for help with a bunch of garbage code, how would you go about troubleshooting and solving the issue?” – Apple Software Engineer job candidate (Cupertino, CA). See more software engineer interview questions at Apple. “What is the difference between a process and a thread?” – Intel Software Engineer job candidate (Austin, TX). See more software engineer interview questions at Intel.“Given two words (beginWord and endWord), and a dictionary’s word list, find the length of shortest transformation sequence from beginWord to endWord, such that only one letter can be changed at a time and each intermediate word must exist in the word list.” – Snapchat Software Engineer job candidate (San Francisco, CA). See more interview questions at Snapchat.“I have a slow query. How do I make it fast?” – Lookout Senior Software Engineer job candidate (Boston, MA). See more software engineer questions at Lookout.  “Can you implement a stack?” – eBay Software Engineer job candidate (San Jose, CA). See more software engineer interview questions at eBay.  “Suppose you are writing a test script to test a function running in a process overnight. How do you make sure that if the process is halted, your test function will be able to detect it?” – Dell Software Engineer job candidate (Austin, TX). See more software interview questions at Dell.“What are you working on right now?” – Valve Corporation Software Engineer job candidate (Bellevue, WA). See more software engineer interview questions at Valve Corporation.“Given a list of strings, return all pairs of strings that can make a palindrome.” – Airbnb Software Engineer job candidate (San Francisco, CA). See more software engineer interview questions at Airbnb.“What is something you’ve built that you’re proud of?” – Facebook Software Engineer job candidate (Seattle, WA). See more software engineer interview questions at Facebook.“Given two strings, each consisting of 0s and 1s. Add both the strings to a third string keeping the binary form intact.” – EatStreet Software Engineer job candidate (Madison, WI). See more software engineer interview questions at EatStreet.See more to help you find a new job you’ll love as a software engineer:More Software Engineer Interview Questions25 Best Paying Cities for Software Engineers9 Companies Hiring Software EngineersHow to Get a Job as a Software EngineerHow to Prepare for a Behavioral Interviewlast_img read more

7 Reasons Your Resume Sucks

first_imgYour resume, your life’s story on one page, so what are employers looking for and what can’t they stand? Glassdoor spoke with an HR executive (who wished to remain anonymous) to hear first-hand how your resume, well, for lack of a better word, sucks.Here are 7 details you may be guilty of including on your resume that need to be cut, ASAP!1. High school diplomaSure, graduating high school is a huge accomplishment—no seriously, many people don’t do that. However, if you went on to a 4-year college or university, there is no need to put that you were captain of the football team when you were a teenager. Show off more recent accomplishments and use Facebook for the more detailed trip down memory lane.2. Jobs irrelevant to the role you’re applying forFriends will be impressed if you worked at an ice cream store in college to make sure you could afford a post-college loft apartment instead of couch surfing at mom’s house. However, if you are applying for a corporate job, there is no need to include this gig on your resume. Our insider insisted there is no need to include a position on your resume if it isn’t in line with the job you are applying for.[Related: See What Companies Are Really Looking For From Candidates]3. “References upon request”Having “references upon request” at the bottom of your resume is a sign that a candidate is overeager. If a recruiter wants to call to know more about you, they will reach out directly. There is no need to point out the obvious. As our HR expert said, “everyone assumes we want references, but honestly, we can ask.”4. Your resume is unreadableDon’t you hate when your friend sends you a novel of a text message instead of just calling? Don’t make your resume that novel-long text message. Make sure the points you are trying to convey are clear, concise, and honest.[Related: 25 Best Cities for Jobs]5. You can “talk the talk, but can’t walk the walk”You went to Yale, graduated with honors, and worked at a Fortune 500 company for a good three years. However, your resume doesn’t tell your prospective employer what you can do and the results you can deliver.  Make sure that impact and results are also reflected in a resume; hiring managers want to see evidence of impact in the workforce.[Related: Confessions of an HR Manager: You Need a Resume Overhaul]6. Grammar and spelling mistakesThe biggest “red flag” on a resume are “misspelled words, wrong punctuation, and poor spacing.” You have “attention to detail” in your qualifications but have mixed up “there” and “their” on your resume?! “Get it right.”7. Your objectiveAn objective statement tells an employer what you want from the specific role that you are applying to. It should not be your elevator pitch or include what you think you’re good at. Keep it simple—a few brief sentences that reflect the expectations of the employer and/or hiring manager of the specific job. Ultimately, an objective statement is not about you, but about why you are the best for the job. DISCOVER: Search available jobs in your area hiring now!last_img read more

11 Companies Hiring Just in Time for the Holiday Season With Awesome Perks

first_img 3.1★ 2. SephoraCompany Rating: 3.6Benefits: Sephora employees are never left wanting for great beauty products. Team members get free products throughout the year, as well as generous discounts. And no matter your role — full-time, part-time, seasonal, etc. — you’re eligible for a bonus based on company performance.What Employees Say: “always opportunities to grow within the company. your career path is always top of mind and the company invest so much in making sure you get where you want to go. the development is amazing. never have i worked for [an] employer that cares nearly as much. they really want to see you win and i love that about this company.” —Current Education LeadSee Open Jobs 3. AmazonCompany Rating: 3.7Benefits: Employees who work 20 or more hours per week at Amazon get a range of benefits, including “life and disability insurance, dental and vision insurance with premiums paid in full by Amazon, and funding towards medical insurance,” says Business Insider. They can also become eligible for Amazon’s Career Choice program, which offers tuition assistance for training in high-demand careers.What Employees Say: “Pros: 1. The pay is Great 2. The cool coworkers 3. Nice management 4. Good hours 5. Part timers get benefits.” —Current Warehouse WorkerSee Open Jobs N/A See more Seasonal jobs 2.7★ 23 hours ago 23h 3.0★ 23 hours ago 23h 10. Kohl’sCompany Rating: 3.4Benefits: In advance of the hiring season, Kohl’s is on a hiring frenzy — and they’re offering competitive benefits to attract the right candidates. Kohl’s employees get a 15% associate discount, weekly paychecks, paid lunch breaks, free access to an onsite wellness clinic, average hours and weekend incentives, shift premiums and more!What Employees Say: “Flexible hours and starting pay is good for associates. Always an opportunity to grow and switch departments.” —Current Customer Service AssociateSee Open Jobs 23 hours ago 23h N/A 23 hours ago 23h 8. Lowe’s Company Rating: 3.4Benefits: After 89 days of employment, eligible part-time employees can receive a host of benefits such as Part-time Medical Plans, Pharmacy Discount Card, Dental, Vision, Holiday, 401(k) Plan and more.What Employees Say: “Working part-time allows for flexibility, some benefits, 401k, medical, dental, vision as well as a way to stay active and be paid for it.” —Current EmployeeSee Open Jobs 23 hours ago 23h Warehouse Packers and Unloaders J. Crew Group, Inc. Asheville, NC 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Available Seasonal Jobs 3.7★ 9. REICompany Rating: 3.9Benefits: When employees (part-time or full-time) at REI reach their individual, department and company goals, they’re eligible for bonuses through the Annual Incentive Plan. In addition, team members earn a whopping 50% discount on all REI Gear and Apparel, as well as a 30% discount on most REI Adventures trips, to name just a few perks.What Employees Say: “Excellent benefits and the pay was decent as a seasonal employee. Also great discounts.” —Former Sales EmployeeSee Open Jobs Traveling Wellness Director (RN)-Seasons Living Seasons Living Salem, OR Guest Services Lead Supervisor Four Seasons Hotels Inc Dallas, TX 7. CostcoCompany Rating: 3.9Benefits: After a certain period, all Costco employees — full-time hourly, part-time hourly, and salaried — are eligible for benefits which include healthcare, dental care, vision, 401(k) and a stock plan, to name just a few.What Employees Say: “Best retail job out there with room to move up in the company if you stick around. Really easy going and friendly environment.” —Former MerchandiserSee Open Jobs 3.0★ Wellness Clerk New Seasons Market Portland, OR 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Sous Chef Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar Glen Mills, PA Lawn Foreman/ Laborer’s All Seasons Outdoor Masintenance LL Livonia, MI 5. Pier 1 ImportsCompany Rating: 3.3Benefits: A generous 25% discount that kicks in immediately, as well as flexible schedules, competitive pay and opportunities for growth and development.What Employees Say: “The people you work with are wonderful! The customers are great and it is so much fun helping them find the right pieces! If you are willing to learn management is willing to teach! The products are beautiful which helps to sell! I love that it is not commissioned so the environment is very friendly!” —Current Sales AssociateSee Open Jobs HVAC Installer Four Seasons Heating & Cooling, Inc. Beaufort, NC 4. Target Company Rating: 3.4Benefits: 10 percent discount at Target and Target.com with a 20 percent wellness discount on select food and products, flexible scheduling and competitive pay.What Employees Say: “Lots of learning, developing as well as challenging the status quo. Learn to work through big picture problems that plague many workplaces.” —Current Executive Team LeaderSee Open Jobs N/A 11. Land’s EndCompany Rating: 3.4Benefits: In addition to an employee discount, Land’s End employees located at the call center, distribution center and corporate headquarters have access to the Comer Center, a state-of-the-art wellness facility which contains a gym, pool, sports leagues and a variety of exercise, nutrition and wellness classes.What Employees Say: “The company treats their employees in the same manner we are expected to treat the customer…with extraordinary care & service.” —Current Customer Service SpecialistSee Open Jobs Certified Medical Assistant Dynamic Sports Medicine and Pain Solutions The Woodlands, TX Hospice Care Consultant Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care Tampa, FL 23 hours ago 23h Hospice Nurse – RN Inpatient Center (PerDiem/PRN) Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care Dallas, TX Great news for those in the retail industry — according to Glassdoor’s Local Pay Reports, the salaries for several key retail roles are on the rise, outpacing many other job titles and industries. In fact, store managers (up 4.0 percent to $48,616), cashiers (up 3.7 percent to $27,549), warehouse associates (up 4.3 percent to $42,893) and truck drivers (up 4.1 percent to $52,629) have some of the fastest-growing salaries, fueled largely by the seasonal demand for retail workers.But beyond just salaries, many retailers are offering competitive benefits in order to attract the talent they need during this busy time. Given this, it’s hard to imagine a better time to find a job in retail than right now. So if you need some extra cash for the holidays and want to work for a company that offers a total compensation package, consider a job at one of the following companies.1. StarbucksCompany Rating: 3.9Benefits: Starbucks calls their total pay package “Your Special Blend,” and it includes tailored benefits that may include bonuses, 401(k) matching and discounted stock purchase options for those working 20 or more hours a week. In addition, their Starbucks College Achievement Plan allows employees to earn a fully-paid bachelor’s degree through Arizona State University’s online program.What Employees Say: “Company perks like Insurance for part-time employees, College assistance programs, Flexible Hours, Fun environment.” —Former Shift SupervisorSee Open Jobs 6. UPSCompany Rating: 3.5Benefits: UPS’ Earn and Learn program offers full-time benefits like medical and dental coverage and tuition assistance to part-time employees as well.What Employees Say: “Benefits package, overtime for over 5 hrs of work for part-time employees, tuition reimbursement, top of the line health insurance that does not come out of your paycheck, 401k after 5 yrs of service, paid vacations and holidays, no required weekends unless specified in your bid position, opportunities to change positions and be promoted.” —Current High Volume SorterSee Open Jobs 3.9★ 3.3★last_img read more

The 45 Questions You Should Ask In Every Job Interview

first_img 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 3.4★ Manager Cafe Rio Mexican Grill Lynnwood, WA 3.4★ N/A 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Kitchen Manager Famous Toastery Myrtle Beach, SC Hot, New Jobs For You Manager In Training Crew Carwash, Inc. Cumberland, IN View More Jobs Restaurant Manager The Saxton Group Waco, TX Restaurant Manager Old Chicago Peoria, IL Canvass Manager HomeGuard Roofing & Restoration Denver, CO 23 hours ago 23h 3.8★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Store Manager Infinite Hair & Beauty Opelousas, LA 4.7★ 3.3★ 4.8★ Store Manager Northern Tool + Equipment Midland, TX It was the middle of July 2008, and I had just bought an expensive power suit for a job interview. After being laid off during the height of the recession and unemployed for about six weeks, I was feeling desperate and willing to spend money on anything that might put my career on track.Surprisingly, the train was running on time that day, which gave me the opportunity to take my new jacket off, sit back, and prepare for this meeting one last time. At my stop, I realized I was so intently focused that I didn’t notice a robbery happening right under my nose. The jacket was gone. With nothing but an inappropriate tank top on, I was mortified but decided to go for it anyway. I proceeded to meet all of the organization’s department heads, during which time my thoughts repeatedly returned to my improper attire. But believe it or not, I ended up getting the job. Even though my story had a happy ending, there’s no doubt the pressures of the interview process had me unnerved. Anything can happen before or during an interview, which is why it’s crucial to walk in feeling prepared — even if your jacket has just been stolen. Interviewers will be focused on finding out if you’re a right fit for the position, but it’s also important to decide if the company is a right fit for you. Have a list of questions ready to help you through your next interview: Your roleBe careful not to ask questions already answered in the job description. It’s important go beyond those general duties to understand everything the job entails. 1. Can you offer specific details about the position’s day-to-day responsibilities? 2. What would my first week at work look like? 3. How does this position contribute to the organization’s success? 4. What do you hope I will accomplish in this position? 5. How does the company culture affect this role? 6. What job shadowing opportunities are available for an applicant before they accept an offer?Proceed with caution: If rather than going into detail about the primary responsibilities listed in the job description, the employer rambles off many more duties — they may be asking you to take on more than you initially thought.How to Read a Job DescriptionGetting to know the interviewerMost likely, the interviewer is the first contact you’ll have at this company — they could even be your future boss. Asking questions can help you understand their attitude, company values, and where the company’s future is heading.7. What do you enjoy most about working here? 8. Why are you working in this industry? 9. Can you walk me through your typical work day?10. What is your greatest accomplishment with the company?11. What is your team’s greatest accomplishment? 12. What goals do you have for the company, yourself, and employees over the next five years? 13. What hobbies do you have outside of the office? Proceed with caution: Be wary of leaders who have trouble opening up or don’t seem passionate about their company and team.How to Find the Perfect CompanyManagement’s style What type of management style do you need to reach the height of your potential? Now’s the best time to see if the company’s leaders align with your expectations.14. How do leaders encourage employees to ask questions? 15. How do leaders set employees up for success?16. How does employee feedback get incorporated into day-to-day operations?17. How does management deliver negative feedback to employees? Proceed with caution: Employers who can’t list how they encourage employees and set them up for success may not deliver the support you’re looking for in a company. Company cultureFrom benefits and perks to the ways employees interact with each other, not meshing with a company’s culture can put a roadblock on your path to success.18. What is your work culture like?19. How would you describe the work environment here?20. What benefits are focused on work-life balance? 21. What benefits and perks does the company offer? 22. What is the outline of your telecommuting policy? 23. How frequently do employees make themselves available outside of normal working hours? Proceed with caution: Listen closely to how the interviewer describes the company’s benefits and environment to be sure it’s the right culture for your personality and working style.What Aspects of Company Culture Matter Most for Your Next JobCompany reputationAfter doing some research, you should already know a few things about the company’s reputation. Now it’s time to dig a little deeper to make sure this is a place where you’ll thrive. 24. What’s your mission statement?25. How often is a new hire the result of a previous employee quitting?26. Why do most employees leave the company? 27. How would employees describe the company and its leaders? 28. What are the company’s biggest problems? How are they overcoming them?29. What do you want the company to be known for among employees — past, present, and future? Proceed with caution: Quality leaders will be the first to admit that their company isn’t perfect. Interviewers who claim they would change nothing might be failing to grow and make positive changes. Performance measurementsKnowing a company’s expectations and how they measure goals before accepting a job offer helps you decide if their style matches with what motivates you.30. How are employees recognized for their hard work? 31. How involved are employees in the structuring of their own goals and tasks?32. What are your views on goals, timelines, and measuring success?33. How often are employees expected to provide status updates on a project?34. How often do you evaluate employee performance? Proceed with caution: Wanting constant updates and control over employee tasks are warning signs of a micromanager.11 Things to Never Say During Your Performance ReviewFuture co-workersThe employees at this organization could be your next team. Make sure you’re positive this is a group you want to be a part of. 35. Can you tell me about the team I’ll be working with?36. How competitive are your employees? 37. How do you develop teamwork skills among employees? Proceed with caution: A competitive environment can be fun and motivating, but a lack of teamwork in the office could point to a cutthroat company. Opportunities for growthWhat is your ultimate career goal? Set yourself up for success by finding out how far this new position could take you on your career path.38. What type of mentor system do you have in place?39. What type of educational/training opportunities does the company offer?  40. What advancement opportunities are available? 41. How do leaders promote employee growth and success?42. What does it take to be a top performer at this company? Proceed with caution: If an interviewer is unable to share how you can advance within the company, chances are you might not be able to grow at the rate you want. Moving forwardDon’t leave the interview with any questions unanswered — for you or the interviewer. This is your final opportunity to make sure you’re both on the same page before you walk out the door. 43. What’s the next step of this process, and when can I expect to hear from you?44. Is there any other information I can provide you with?45. Would you like to see more examples of my work? Proceed with caution: Interviewers who don’t have a lot to offer on next steps may already have another candidate in mind or might not be in a big rush to hire. Remember to stay positive and continue to job search until you’re officially hired. 4.3★ Restaurant Manager Red Lobster Orland Park, IL 3.2★ Store Manager Chico’s FAS Braintree, MA 23 hours ago 23h 3.0★last_img read more

Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid finalise Theo Hernandez deal

first_imgReal Madrid and Atletico Madrid now have a deal in place for Theo Hernandez.Marca says Real will pay their city rivals a couple of million more than his €24 million buyout clause in order to reduce tensions and will do so in four instalments.Directors of both clubs have held a number of meetings on the subject and the signing off on the deal suggests that the non-aggression pact the two clubs have maintained for several years has come to an end.The 19-year-old, who has spent the 2016/17 season on loan at Alaves, was determined for the transfer to happen, despite being under pressure to change his mind ever since his agent first told Los Rojiblancos’ directors of his intentions.Now his signature will soon be on Real Madrid paper and he will be presented at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in the first week of July.last_img read more

Tottenham hero Jurgen Klinsmann linked with Sunderland

first_imgTottenham hero Jurgen Klinsmann has been linked with a return to English football.The Daily Mail says Sunderland’s prospective new German owners want fellow countryman Klinsmann to be the club’s next manager in order to give the Black Cats a new impetus and glamour after years in the doldrums.The ambitious group are locked in talks with current owner Ellis Short and have big plans should they complete a £90million takeover in the next few days.Klinsmann is central to their idea of trying to raise the profile of Sunderland, who were relegated from the Premier League last season under David Moyes.last_img read more

AC Milan sporting director Mirabelli ‘calm and confident’ of Donnarumma U-turn

first_imgAC Milan sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli says there’s confidence that Gigio Donnarumma could yet sign a new deal.The 18 year-old goalkeeper rejected a contract offer from Milan a fortnight ago.”It’s not an affair of state or a negotiation,” Mirabelli explained to Sky Italia.“We’d like a fairytale with a happy ending, we’re calm and confident. We’re doing our part, we’re waiting.“After the [Under-21] European Championships we’ll sit down and see what’s to be done.”last_img read more

What does Web 2.0 Mean For Your Nonprofit?

first_imgDon’t worry – If you’ve heard the phrase “Web 2.0” and wondered how much that software upgrade is going to cost you, you’re not alone. Truth is, while the phrase certainly conjures up ideas of a technical upgrade, Web 2.0 was coined to describe the significant recent shift from static, information-only Web sites to the demand for an interactive, participatory user experience. Whether you’re advocating for change, managing members, raising funds, or marketing events, services, or products, it’s critical to understand how to leave the hype behind and best leverage your Web experience for maximum success.To fully understand where the Web is moving and how this impacts your marketing strategies, let’s dive into some specific nonprofit examples.The Fundraiser or Membership DriveLet members design their user experience – When members register with you, give them as much power to customize their membership experience as possible. For instance, you can give them the option to opt-in to specific interest-related list servs or news groups.Gather donor data – Use a simple form to gather basic data from each donor that you can use to drive future fundraising efforts (try to limit to 3 questions or so). Find out their basic demographics, their reason for giving, how they found out about you, etc. You can also use this information to determine how you keep donors informed about your organization’s impact, what it will take to keep them giving year after year, and how you can leverage their support to find even more donors that fit a similar profile.Advocating for ChangeMarketing social change or a cause is one of the toughest jobs out there. Let’s face it, you’re trying to promote invisible benefits that people may not see or experience until years into the future. Advocacy and cause-oriented nonprofits now have a wealth of tools available to leverage the Web and social marketing networks to significantly boost public awareness of their issue, as well as to influence direct action.Go viral – Viral campaigns use pre-existing social networks (blogs, YouTube, FaceBook, MySpace, etc.) to produce an increase in awareness for a brand, an idea, or a cause. MarketingSherpa.com posts a hall of fame each year of viral campaigns – http://www.marketingsherpa.com. This is a great tool to understand best-practices and to get the ideas flowing.Leverage social media – Whether you start a blog or create a community forum on your own Web site, social media is about creating an interactive, user-driven experience that has value to your target customers and keeps them coming back. Compare that to a print newsletter or ad placed in a major newspaper – not only is the cost of the tactic significantly cheaper, but when done right, social media can drive more quality traffic to your site, and the interactive experience helps you gather important customer data.Creating community experience on your site – Attaching ourselves to a cause is all about creating community. Think about how you can create an interactive customer experience on your site where your advocates can learn about the cause, take a specific action, and even visualize or experience the impact they and other advocates have had.Promoting Services or Products Gather customer data – Whenever you take a step to enhance or even recreate your Web site, it’s critical to think about it as a tool to learn as much about your customers as possible. Think about your Web site as a tool for starting a conversation. If you haven’t done so already, integrate a simple lead-capture tool on your site (ask for a customer’s contact information in exchange for signing up for your e-newsletter or to download a valuable article).Focus on enrollment rather than action – If purchasing your services or products involves a significant commitment from your customer, likely they won’t be ready to buy the first time the visit your site. Focus on enrolling site visitors through an e-newsletter subscription, offering a white paper or article they can download, or other offers depending on what’s most appropriate. Remember, enrollment is about using tools to find out what that person’s needs are, and using this information to continue the conversation later.Let site visitors experience your services/products – Upload video, customer testimonials/endorsements, personal stories, etc. to fully engage the user in the experience of what you offer. If you run a child care center, this could include a video tour of the facility, video of the kids interacting with the providers, and parents endorsing the facility.Regardless of the specific tactic(s) you choose, the key point to remember is that your Web site or social media tools like blogs or viral campaigns should only be one component of an integrated marketing plan. A Web site alone, in other words, may not get you where you want to go.Putting all of the hype aside, integrating the new Web experience into your site is really this simple: just keep thinking how you can engage the user, enroll them, and keep the conversation going.Tiffany Meyer is president of Numa Marketing, and the author of Writing a Results-Driven Marketing Plan. Find more information about her nonprofit marketing services, register for her affordable nonprofit marketing e-courses, or sign up for her monthly e-zine The Smart Nonprofit at www.numamarketing.com. ©2007 Tiffany Meyerlast_img read more

Views from the Frontline of Maternal Healthcare: Over 2000 Practitioners Worldwide Make Their Voices Heard!

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 27, 2011June 20, 2017By: Hannah Knight, Community Moderator for Global Voices for Maternal Health at the University of OxfordClick 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)An online project, run by the Oxford Maternal & Perinatal Health Institute and Nuffield Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University of Oxford, has recently sought the expert views of over 2000 healthcare providers in 91 countries so as to identify: a) barriers to providing best-practice care in maternal health and b) potential solutions using an innovative‘crowdsourcing’ initiative.The results of the Global Voices for Maternal Health study are expected to give new weight to the views of midwives, nurses and doctors on the frontline in the fight against preventable maternal deaths. The data, which are being collected over a 9-month period until March 2011, should provide a useful tool for implementing the required changes to health care delivery in these countries, as well as for advocacy and priority-setting purposes.The participants were drawn from over 900 healthcare facilities worldwide, which together oversee approximately 2.5 million deliveries annually. As Principal Investigator, Dr. José Villar, said: “This represents one of the largest ever direct consultations with practitioners in the history of medicine regarding their views on how to improve the clinical care that they provide.”Data analysed so far reveal low rates of uptake for several safe, effective and affordable interventions for the prevention and management of obstetric complications:Almost 40% of respondents reported that the WHO’s six clean delivery principles (clean hands, clean delivery surface, clean perineum, clean cord cutting instrument, clean cord ties, and clean cord care of the newborn) were not routinely followed in their facilityOver 20% of respondents had never seen clinical practice guidelines for the active management of the third stage of labour35% of respondents revealed that magnesium sulphate was not routinely used to prevent fits in women with severe pre-eclampsia in their facilityThe next stage of the analysis will be to examine the barriers that have been identified as playing an important role, to assess how improving access to these interventions can be achieved within developing country health systems. As Bill Gates recently said during a meeting of global Health Ministers in China, “If we don’t change the systems, even the best tools may do no good, because they may never get to the people who need them.”The full results of the study, which is funded by the Maternal Health Task Force, are due to be published later this year.For more information on the initiative, visit the GVMH website: www.globalvoices.org.ukShare this:last_img read more

Updates on Post-2015 Maternal Mortality Target Setting

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on February 26, 2014August 10, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality (EPMM) working group met in January 2014 to continue the ongoing discussion of maternal mortality targets, post-2015 and the end of the Millennium Development Goals. The group has issued a communiqué, providing additional details on the proposed targets and outlining next steps in the consultation process.The working group is planning a series of virtual and face-to-face regional consultations to spark discussion on the proposed targets and gather country-specific feedback.The proposed targets are discussed in depth in the communiqué. Additional information about the development of the targets is available on our Maternal Health, post-2015 topic page. Reactions to the proposed targets are collected in our on-going blog series.Tell us what you think about the proposed targets by joining the conversation on Twitter—using hashtag #Post2015—or contact us by email.Want to learn more and be a part of the discussion?Join the White Ribbon Alliance this Friday, February 28 for a webinar focused on setting targets to reduce maternal mortality in the post-2015 world.The first half of the webinar will focus on the process of setting global goals, while the second half will be focused on target setting for the national/country level.Betsy McCallon and Jennifer Winestock Luna will be leading the discussion and are interested in hearing your thoughts and suggestions in regards to global targets, as well as those targets for your own country.  The webinar will be documented and passed on to decision makers for further discussion on maternal mortality targets post-2015.The webinar will last from one hour starting at 9:30am EST on February 28, 2014. For more information contact Evelia Castillo.Register now to be a part of this discussion.Share this:last_img read more

25 New Positions in Maternal Newborn Health

first_imgAsiaChief of Party – Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Activity: Save the Children; Yangon, MyanmarCommunications Manager: PATH; Yangon, MyanmarTechnical Specialist: Abt Associates; JordanNorth AmericaAssociate Director – Maternal Child Survival Program (MCSP) Awards Support: Save the Children; Washington, D.C.Communications & Knowledge Uptake Officer, Maternal, Newborn, Child Health and Nutrition: PATH; Washington, D.C.Financial Administrator: MCSP/Jhpiego; Washington, D.C.Knowledge Management and Communications Intern: CORE Group; Washington, D.C.Health Educator, Per Diem – Women’s Health Resource Center: University of California San Francisco Medical Center; Mission Bay, CAMaternal Health Technical Advisor: United States Agency for International Development (USAID); Crystal City, VASustaining Health Outcomes through the Private Sector Plus (SHOPS Plus) Research Associate: Abt Associates; Bethesda, MDSenior Advisor for Newborn Health: USAID; Crystal City, VASexual and Reproductive Health in Emergencies Intern: CARE; Washington, D.C.Senior Associate/Technical Director: Abt Associates; United StatesSenior Newborn and Child Health Advisor: John Snow, Inc. (JSI); Rosslyn, VASenior Program Officer: Jhpiego; Baltimore, MDSenior Program Officer II Communications and Marketing: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Baltimore, MDSenior Reproductive Health Technical Advisor: PSI; Washington, D.C.Senior Technical Advisor, Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health: Pathfinder International; Watertown, MA—Is your organization hiring? Please contact us if you have maternal health job or internship opportunities that you would like included in our next job roundup.Share this: Posted on February 3, 2017November 6, 2017Click 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)Interested in a position in reproductive, maternal, newborn, child or adolescent health? Every month, the Maternal Health Task Force rounds up job and internship postings from around the globe.AfricaChild and Newborn Health Senior Advisor: Management Sciences for Health (MSH); Baringo, KenyaChild and Newborn Health Senior Specialist: MSH; Nakuru, KenyaConsultant Database Center Manager: Women for Health Initiative – UK Aid; Kano, Nigeria *Deadline to apply is 3 February 2017Deputy Country Representative, Reproductive Health Focus: Population Services International (PSI); Niamey, NigerDirector, Family Planning Service Delivery: PSI; Kampala, UgandaSocial and Behavior Change Communication Program Officer: EngenderHealth; Nouakchott, MauritaniaTechnical Officer, Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH): FHI 360; Abuja, Nigeria ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Is it time to hire some help?

first_imgAs a freelancer, if you’re feeling overworked or stretched thin, you’ll probably find that few of your peers will be climbing over each other to offer their sympathy. After all, your problem is an enviable one. In fact, those very peers could ultimately provide part of the solution! If you find yourself consistently missing deadlines or turning down good work that interests you, it may be time to build a team.Shared work = more workIt may seem slightly counterintuitive: If you begin splitting up the workload, you’re ultimately taking money out of your own pocket, right? The truth is that you’ll finish work more quickly, which is of paramount appeal to clients.Also, if you can unburden yourself a bit, you’ll be sure to reap psychological benefits (which can only help your work). When you’re not swallowed up by deadlines and other achingly practical concerns, you can bring fresh energy and perspective to your craft.It’s a difference clients can feel. Increased productivity coupled with a rejuvenated attitude should generate far more work in the long run.Benefit from expertiseThe ability to delegate is a virtue, and you should never be afraid to bring other highly skilled folks into the fold. To that end, if you’re consistently spending lots of time working on very complex, specialized tasks, you may want to hire a consultant or expert.We often expect ourselves to not only be able to do it all, but to know it all, as well. Very often, however, that’s simply not the case, and there’s always someone out there who’s ready, willing, and able to help; someone with information at her fingertips, or for whom the task at hand will come naturally.Remember – frustration is not inherently character-building! If you’re banging your head against a wall over and over again, it’s probably time to get a boost over it.Save yourself wasted timeSimilarly, if you find yourself spending hours and hours (or worse, days and weeks) doing mere “busy” work, you may want to invest in an all-purpose assistant.When you spend your most productive hours filling out forms or entering data into spreadsheets, you’re robbing yourself of time that could be devoted to the work you do best.It should be even easier to find fellow freelancers to help shoulder this burden, especially since these tasks may require little training or oversight. Ask a buddy to help out in return for a fair wage, or place an ad on Craigslist!No matter what kind of assistance you need, though, you’re likely to find that help is just a few clicks away in the freelance community. And the best part? You won’t just be doing yourself a favor.last_img read more

Varane injury adds to Madrid defensive woes

first_imgReal Madrid Injured Varane out of Sevilla clash as Madrid’s defensive woes mount Tom Webber Last updated 1 year ago 07:18 12/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) RaphaelVarane - cropped Getty Images Real Madrid UEFA Champions League Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund Borussia Dortmund Real Madrid v Sevilla Sevilla Primera División Sergio Ramos The France defender sustained an injury that leaves the Blancos short at the back for the La Liga clash on Saturday Raphael Varane will miss Real Madrid’s La Liga clash with Sevilla on Saturday through injury, adding to Zinedine Zidane’s defensive concerns.Centre-back Varane limped off the pitch in the 38th minute of Madrid’s 3-2 Champions League victory over Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday with what appeared to be a muscular issue.The loss of the 24-year-old for the visit of Eduardo Berizzo’s side, level with Madrid on 28 points in La Liga, is a bitter blow for Zidane, who will be without suspended trio Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal and Casemiro, with Jesus Vallejo injured.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “He hurt himself and we will see. Tomorrow [Thursday] they will do a scan. The player is optimistic but he will not be available on Saturday, that’s for sure,” said Zidane, before admitting midfielder Marcos Llorente may have to slot into the back four.”It could happen. He already knows that position. He played it for Castilla some times.”38′ First substitution for #RealMadrid . @raphaelvarane off, @marcoasensio10 on.Real Madrid 2-0 @BVB #RMUCL | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/jQ2128MrNJ — Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) December 6, 2017 Following their clash with Sevilla, Los Blancos travel to the Middle East for the Club World Cup before returning to take on Barcelona in El Clasico.With so many important games approaching, Ramos is concerned by the number of his team-mates being suffering from physical ailments.”[Varane’s injury] is the only bad news from the game, another injury,” he told beIN SPORTS.”This season we are getting too many [injuries]. The season is long and it is preferable to have everyone available for the next game.”Madrid raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Borja Mayoral and Cristiano Ronaldo, before Lucas Vazquez volleyed in the winner after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s double got Dortmund back on level terms.”It was an intense game. We came out with a very strong intensity in the first half-hour,” said Ramos.”Then we lowered our level and they knew how to take advantage of the few chances they had.”We kept going and we earned the victory to finish the group phase.”Asked for his preferred opponent in the last 16, Ramos added: “None. You have to beat the best to be a champion. The draw is a matter of luck.”last_img read more

Photo: College Football Team’s Crazy New Helmet Is Going Viral

first_imgTulane football's Angry Wave helmet.Tulane football has unveiled a number of different uniform options in the last few years, many featuring the school’s “Angry Wave” logo. None are quite as bold as the newest Green Wave helmet.Tulane hosts Memphis football on Friday night for an AAC match-up. The helmet for the game was unveiled today, and is making its way around the college football internet.The Angry Wave logo takes up basically all of the new Tulane football helmet.The reveal was done with a video from Tulane football.The team will be wearing black jerseys and pants with the bold green and blue helmet.? ⚫ Friday Night Lights ⚫ ? #UniReveal for tomorrow’s game vs. @MemphisFB, courtesy of @TulaneEquipment. #RollWave @uniswag pic.twitter.com/XlBUF6Ya3q— Tulane Football (@GreenWaveFB) September 27, 2018Tulane blog Fear the Wave grabbed a screenshot of the helmet, showing the Angry Wave in all of its glory.!!!! pic.twitter.com/rNTDOredEC— Fear the Wave (@FearTheWaveBlog) September 27, 2018Tulane is 1-3, but has had a pretty tough schedule to start. The team beat Nicholls State, the team that knocked off Kansas earlier in the year, 42-17. It fell by one score to Wake Forest in overtime and UAB in Week 3.Last week, the Green Wave traveled to Ohio State, and served as the first opponent for Urban Meyer. The Buckeyes won 49-6.Memphis has been one of the top teams in the AAC over the last few years, and are off to a 3-1 start. The Tigers have double-digit wins over Mercer, Georgia State, South Alabama, and a one-point loss to Navy.last_img read more

New Video From UCF QB McKenzie Milton Is Going Viral

first_imgUCF quarterback McKenzie Milton.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 01: McKenzie Milton #10 of the UCF Knights looks to pass in the second half against the Auburn Tigers during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)UCF star quarterback McKenzie Milton suffered a horrifying, season-ending leg injury at the end of the 2018 regular season.Milton had to undergo multiple surgeries and there were some questioning if he’d ever be able to play again.The UCF star QB appears to be intent on making a full comeback.Milton posted an encouraging video on social media late on Wednesday night.The quarterback is already back in the gym.“Thanking God for the miracles I see everyday in my life. Went from almost losing my leg to leg pressing 40lbs in a little over a month. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. God is definitely at work..it’s gonna be a long process but it’ll be one hell of a story,” he tweeted.Check it out:Well done, McKenzie.This is a comeback that everyone can root for.last_img read more

Oceanwide Orders Polar Cruise Ship at Brodosplit

first_imgzoom Dutch-based exploratory Polar cruise operator, Oceanwide Expeditions, has ordered a 180-passenger, ice-strengthened ship at Brodosplit shipyard in Croatia. The ship, called the m/v Hondius, will be the strongest ice-strengthened vessel in the Polar regions once delivered in the first half of 2019, according to Oceanwide.Hondius will be the first vessel to be built to class “LR PC6”, meeting the latest and highest demands of Lloyd’s Register for “Polar Class 6” vessels, the highest Polar Class notation for ice-strengthened passenger vessels.The vessel will also be built according to the latest requirements of the International Maritime Organization, in particular concerning the safety of life at sea (SOLAS) and the prevention of pollution from ships (MARPOL) for passenger vessels.“We currently sail with our ice-strengthened 116-passenger vessels Plancius and Ortelius, and the Hondius will give us the opportunity to accommodate more travelers, to grow as a company, and to offer new, innovative products in the Polar regions,” said Oceanwide Expeditions’ CEO, Michel van Gessel.“The name Hondius follows our custom to name our ships for celebrated Dutch-Flemish cartographers who continue to inspire us as we carry on their passion for exploration and discovery.”Hondius was specially designed to support and serve Oceanwide’s exploratory programs and activity-based shore excursions in the Arctic and Antarctica, Oceanwide said.The vessel will be 107 meters long, with a breadth of 17.6 meters. It will be equipped with two main engines for a total of 4,200 kW, generating a speed of 15 knots.last_img read more

Paks former president Zardari arrested in corruption case

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan’s anti-corruption body on Monday arrested jailed former president Asif Ali Zardari in another corruption case. He is already in the custody of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) till July 2 in a multi-million dollar money laundering case along with his sister Faryal Talpur. According to the NAB, the duo made transactions of Rs 150 million through alleged fake bank accounts. The NAB investigators are of the view that if Zardari’s physical remand, which ends on Tuesday, is not extended by the court, they would require another option and could use the arrest warrants in the Park Lane case to keep him in NAB custody for longer, the Dawn newspaper reported. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’The 63-year-old co-chairman of the Opposition Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and husband of the country’s first woman prime minister Benazir Bhutto was this time arrested in the Park Lane case which is related to the alleged properties in London. Zardari became the co-chairman of PPP after the assassination of Bhutto in 2007. His arrest came after he withdrew his interim bail applications filed with the Islamabad High Court against. Zardari said that he withdrew the plea as the NAB would come up with more fake cases if he was granted bail. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingLast week, he appeared in Parliament for the first time after being arrested and called for an end to his arrest, saying it would not make a difference rather create fear among the people. The National Accountability Bureau is expected to seek his remand in the Park Lane case. Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur were already facing charges of using fake accounts to park multi-million dollar money and sending it abroad. Both were arrested last month and both have denied the charges. His political career has been overshadowed by the allegations of corruption due to which he has spent several years in custody although he was never convicted. Zardari, the 11th President of Pakistan from 2008 to 2013, has denied any link with the fake accounts. He has said the allegation was part of a vilification campaign by the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party to malign opposition leaders.last_img read more