Man who told immigrant to go back to country asked to write essay Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NBA: Pachulia’s family receives death threats after Leonard incident Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes LATEST STORIES Lillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder Hornets beat Pistons for 8th straight time Read Next View comments SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo “I do feel like I can still play. But that’s not what is going to make me retire or not. It’s about how I feel. If I want to go through all of that again. It felt like they wanted me to retire. Like they were giving me sort of a celebration night.“And of course, I’m getting closer and closer. There is no secret, for sure. It’s getting harder and harder. But I always said that I wanted to let it sink in for three weeks, four weeks, whatever, and then I will sit with my wife and see how it feels.”Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he would not rush Ginobili into making a decision.“If he decides he’s going to play again that’s up to him,” said Popovich. “Manu is a grown man. He’ll figure out what is best for him and his family.”Ginobili meanwhile said whatever his choice — playing on or retiring — he would be happy.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF READ: Warriors set 12-0 record for 3rd straight trip to NBA FinalsBut the veteran guard, who turns 40 in July, said he planned to let the dust settle on his latest season before deciding on his future in the NBA.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingGinobili said he felt as if the San Antonio crowd were bidding him farewell, but was adamant he could still continue to play at the highest level.“I felt more energetic, more needed, more useful to the team, so I ended up feeling better than the way I started,” Ginobili said. “I have to choose between two truly wonderful options,” Ginobili said.“One is to keep playing in this league at this age, enjoying every day, playing the sport I still love.“The other one is to stay at home, be a dad, travel more, enjoy my whole family. I have a wonderful family and spend time with them.“Whatever it is, it’s two unbelievable options. So there is no way I can be sad, because whatever I decide, it’s going to be great.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Golden State Warriors’ Andre Iguodala, left, Shaun Livingston, rear, and JaVale McGee, right, challenge San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili, center of Argentina for control of the ball during the first half in Game 4 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals, Monday, May 22, 2017, in San Antonio.LOS ANGELES—San Antonio Spurs legend Manu Ginobili said Monday he would take his time before deciding on his future after an emotion-filled defeat to the Golden State Warriors.The 39-year-old Argentine star, a veteran of four NBA championship-winning Spurs teams, left the court to a resounding ovation as San Antonio’s season ended with a 129-115 loss in Texas.ADVERTISEMENT 250 enrolled at phony school arrested in immigration scam
Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? “I was out for eight to 10 months so I’m super excited because I’ve been watching NLEX and the other teams, and also Gilas for so long,” said Alas in Filipino during the PBA Media Day Thursday at Solaire Resort and Casino.Alas spent much of the previous season recovering under the guidance of sports orthopedic Dr. Raul Canlas and was given the medical clearance in November.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“It’s super frustrating because I’m always thinking of the ‘what ifs’ like what can I do to help the team but when I started my therapy I put my mindset on it,” said Alas. “I attacked my rehab, never missed a day, and I even did some extra work.”“I wanted to prove that I have to be better than I was before.” TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Alas, however, will come back to a team that’s missing a familiar face but also acquired a new player.Kiefer Ravena, Alas’ backcourt partner, is still serving his Fiba-imposed suspension but the Road Warriors traded for national team center Poy Erram to become the team’s new post presence.“Of course all of us are looking forward to have Kiefer back but this is now a chance for me and the other guards to prove that we can be effective without him,” said Alas. “But it would still be better if we have Kiefer.”Ravena averaged 16.1 points. 3.8 rebounds, and 5.5 assists in 24 games and was seen as the frontrunner for the Rookie of the Year award until Fiba suspended him for 18 months in violation of its doping regulations.Still, the Road Warriors have a new center in Erram and Alas has seen great things from his new teammate.ADVERTISEMENT #KicksStalker: Westbrook is owning the chaos with ‘Why Not Zero.2’ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “He had a smooth transition to the team because he already played with coach Yeng [Guiao] for Gilas,” said Alas. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Kevin Alas during the PBA media day. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—It had been a brutal 10-month stretch for Kevin Alas, going through the rigors of recovering from a knee injury that had left him sidelined for majority of last season.Alas tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the previous season’s Philippine Cup but now that he’s recovering, he’s raring to get back on the court and prove that he’s still a force to be reckoned with.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES
AM 06:00SPORTS HOUR (E/H) 07:00COL. GIRDHARI SINGH MEMORIAL CUP (POLO) HELD ATJAIPUR POLO GROUND 08:00INDIAN GLOBAL PREMIER LEAGUE T-20 CRICKETTOURNAMENT-2016 TO BE HELD AT NOIDA (UP) 08:30DELHI OPEN ITF WOMEN?S CIRCUIT TENNIS TOURNAMENT-2016MEN?S DOUBLE FINAL MATCH HELD AT R.K. KHANNA STADIUM(NEW DELHI) EP-2 09:30NATIONAL GAMES 2015 HELD AT THIRUVANANTHAPURAM 11:0012TH SOUTH ASIAN GAMES-2016 PM 12:00INDIAN GLOBAL PREMIER LEAGUE T-20 CRICKETTOURNAMENT-2016 TO BE HELD AT NOIDA (UP) 12:30Contn 13:3012TH SOUTH ASIAN GAMES-2016 14:30KHEL SAMACHAR (NEWS) AVOID COMMERCIAL 15:00OLYMPICS QUIZ EP-2 16:00NATIONAL GAMES 2015 HELD AT THIRUVANANTHAPURAM 17:00COL. GIRDHARI SINGH MEMORIAL CUP (POLO) HELD ATJAIPUR POLO GROUND 18:00DELHI OPEN ITF WOMEN?S CIRCUIT TENNIS TOURNAMENT-2016MEN?S DOUBLE FINAL MATCH HELD AT R.K. KHANNA STADIUM(NEW DELHI) EP-2 19:3012TH SOUTH ASIAN GAMES-2016 20:00SUBROTO CUP INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT-2016(U-14 2nd Q/FINAL MATCH) (JHARKHAND Vs AFGANISTAN)HELD AT AMBEDKAR STADIUM, NEW DELHI EP-1 21:00SPORTS HOUR (E/H) 22:00OLYMPICS QUIZEP-2 23:0012TH SOUTH ASIAN GAMES-2016 Wednesday 5th October, 2016 AM 00:30NATIONAL GAMES 2015 HELD AT THIRUVANANTHAPURAM 02:0044TH NEHRU JUNIOR HOCKEY TOURNAMENT 2nd T SEMIFINALMATCH HELD AT SHIVAJI STADIUIM, NEW DELHI EP-02 03:0012TH SOUTH ASIAN GAMES-2016 04:30NATIONAL GAMES 2015 HELD AT THIRUVANANTHAPURAM (PTI) DL DL
PSG are launching a bid for Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero.The Times says PSG are planning to offer £60 million for the Argentina international.The Ligue 1 side want to exploit the “difficulties” in the relationship between the striker and boss Pep Guardiola.PSG, who lost the league title to Monaco last season, have promised to build the team around Aguero and give him an increase on his £220,000-a-week wages.Gabriel Jesus’ arrival at the Etihad in January saw Aguero lose his first-choice status up top.City bosses have no plans to offer Aguero a new deal, which could turn his head towards the French capital.
Everton risk being beaten by Real Madrid to the signing of Malaga striker Sandro Ramirez.Marca says Sandro is on a list of players being monitored by Real at the European Under-21 Championship in Poland.With Alvaro Morata heading for the Bernabeu exit and possibly to Manchester United, the European champions are in need of a back-up striker and the Malaga hitman fits the bill in terms of age and experience.Sandro, 21, saw his move to Atletico Madrid collapse following their transfer ban and is reported to have already undergone an Everton medical before the tournament.The striker’s buy-out clause is £5.2million, so any firm interest from Los Blancos will be a huge spanner in the works for Ronald Koeman and his summer transfer plans.
Everton are moving for Las Palmas defender Mauricio Lemos.The Daily Mail says Everton are maintaining interest in Lemos and he remains an option for the Toffees.Manager Ronald Koeman is hoping for a breakthrough in talks over £25 million-rated Burnley and England centre-back Michael Keane this week.Roma have also enquired about Uruguay U23 international Lemos who was considered by Barcelona last year.He can play at centre-back or defensive midfield and scored five goals last season as he was monitored by Everton scouts.
DON’T THROW THE STRATEGIC BABY OUT WITH THE PLANNING BATH WATERIt’s not as though the strategic plans that so many nonprofits have developed are useless. Also, the process itself is helpful for many goals such as motivating staff and board around the organization’s vision, mission, and values, and fostering communication and inclusiveness. Plus, the above problems can be overcome by good processes and good consulting.But nonprofits need a system that responds to today’s rapidly changing environment and doesn’t require clever workarounds. Fortunately, good strategic thinking is available to all nonprofit leaders, right in their own heads, and in the heads of their colleagues. We just need a better system in which to undertake it. We need a strategy revolution. Judging by articles I’ve read recently, it seems that many nonprofits are avoiding strategic planning. With titles like “Don’t Give Up on Strategic Planning” and “No Time to Plan?” one has to wonder-why the resistance? According to nonprofit strategy expert David La Piana, it’s not you, it’s the process.David is known for his leading-edge thinking on strategic restructuring (he coined the phrase) and strategy development. In his newest book, The Nonprofit Strategy Revolution: Real-Time Strategic Planning in a Rapid-Response World, La Piana presents a “revolutionary” alternative to traditional strategic planning.In this article, I will attempt to give you the Reader’s Digest version of why the nonprofit sector needs a strategy revolution. WHY TRADITIONAL STRATEGIC PLANNING ISN’T STRATEGICAs an executive director and then as a consultant, David has seen first-hand the problems with traditional planning: nonprofits spending large amounts of time and money developing a formal three-year plan, only to find that it needs revision in a few months. Or worse yet, it ends up sitting on the shelf (or in the broom closet in David’s experience).Why does this happen? David and his team at La Piana Associates spent four years researching the issue. They found that strategic planning is still a useful tool-just not for setting strategies.“Strategic planning should make the organization more ‘strategic’-that is, better able to meet the challenges of a dynamic environment,” explains David. “Experts stress that the most important outcome of strategic planning is to instill strategic thinking in the organization which leads to strategic action by management.”Ironically, true strategy formation is not a role traditional strategic planning plays very often. La Piana’s research shows that the current process is used primarily to produce annual workplans and to communicate the leaderhip’s intentions-not to form, adjust, and implement organizational strategies that will carry out those intentions.You see this disconnect between the far-reaching mission and vision statements included in many strategic plans and the relatively mundane goals that are set to achieve them. For example, one organization’s mission is to “end hunger in our community,” but after an environmental scan and several meetings of the strategic planning committee, staff, and board, it arrives at a set of goals that includesIncrease the diversity of our board of directorsDevelop a new staff training program that raises the quality of our servicesInvestigate the possibility of and requirements for establishing an endowment fundNo doubt about it, these are important activities, but it’s hard to trace a direct path from these concerns to the advancement of the organization’s mission. How does this disconnect arise? PROBLEMS WITH THE CURRENT PROCESSMistaking goals for strategyWhen you focus on goal-setting rather than strategy formation you get goals that, while valuable in themselves, may not add up to anything bigger.Generating more goals than can reasonably be pursuedMost plans cover seven standard areas of concern: board, programs, finances, human resources, fundraising, facilities, and outcomes. Let’s assume you have three programs. You set three goals per program (subtotal 9) and three goals for the other areas (subtotal 21). Now, each goal will need at least three action steps. That leaves you with a total of thirty goals and ninety action steps. David says he’s come across plans with more objectives than this! No one is going to be able to keep track of all these goals and steps, much less work steadily on so many disparate issues at once. The result is either to pick and choose, or to ignore the document entirely.Expecting strategies to fit within a rigid timelineThe typical time frame for a strategic plan is three years. In our rapid-response world, it’s impossible to anticipate what’s important to work on years, or even one year, in advance. David finds that most goals projected anywhere beyond the first year are not taken seriously. Yearly check-ups help but, even then, goals may not match reality a few months later.Confusing strategic planning with consensus buildingThe well-meaning nonprofit drive for consensus can undermine difficult, but necessary, priority-setting decisions. Seeking consensus can in fact be damaging. The organization is stymied: unable to reach consensus, yet unable to move forward without it. Reaching consensus is not a good reason in itself to form strategies, but rather, it’s a by-product of a good strategic process.Forecasting the future from a snapshot in timeThe process of researching your market (the “environmental scan”) usually done at the outset of the process, is often poorly focused. “Tell us what people think of our organization, what our strengths and weaknesses are, and what opportunities we should pursue next,” is a common starting place handed to consultants. There are two problems with this approach. First, unless the consultant takes time to focus their research on the issues most pertinent to the organization at the time, the results can be both broad and shallow. Second, outsourcing the environmental scan doesn’t help the organization learn how to do its own on-the-ground research. This skill is key to thinking and acting strategically on an ongoing basis.Pretending to be objectiveAnother popular tool of traditional strategic planning is the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats, or “SWOT” analysis. While this could be a useful exercise, in David’s experience the strengths and weaknesses portion of almost every SWOT analysis is essentially the same. For example, strengths typically include: we have a great leader, we have a talented and dedicated staff, we have a great reputation, our clients love us. Under weaknesses, you rarely see: we have a weak leader, we have terrible staff, no one knows who we are, our clients are impossible to please. This exercise could almost be done with a checklist of fifty choices. When the opportunities and threats are then juxtaposed with the generally meaningless platitudes in the strengths and weaknesses list, most groups fail to take any actionable meaning away from the exercise.Frustrating staff through bad data, inaction, or bothFinally, and probably the worst of the difficulties with traditional planning is this trio of problems: 1) over reliance on under reliable data, 2) time delays that put the organization on hold, and ultimately, 3) the frustration of the very staff and volunteers who must act on the strategies.Over reliance on under reliable data-It’s a fundamentally flawed belief that good data, if it’s available, will yield good strategy. Most nonprofits mistakenly believe that if they ask the right questions on a regular three-year cycle, they can predict major demographic or market shifts and then figure out what to do about them. In practice, it seldom works out this way. Traditional planning puts too much distance between prediction and action. Instead, nonprofits need to continuously scan and engage with their environment as part of their strategic effort.Time delays that put the organization on hold-Research shows that the typical planning process takes six to twelve months to complete. Until the plan is finished, the organization may come to feel as though it’s “on hold.” Unfortunately, strategic opportunities don’t wait to turn up until the strategic planning process is complete. In fact, they usually pop up at the most inconvenient times. Hesitating to respond can be costly, particularly when the organization passes on stellar opportunities that require immediate action.Frustration of staff and volunteers-Perhaps the worst effect of traditional strategic planning is that it wears out participants just when the game is supposed to begin. After months of planning, there’s a collective sigh: “At least that’s out of the way for the next three years!” The end of the planning process sends exactly the wrong message: that the project is “done.” And, too frequently, the strategic plan simply fails to make any significant difference in the organization’s life. This would explain why traditional strategic plans aren’t exactly at staff’s fingertips (unless they have to move boxes of the things to reach the cleaning supplies). LEARN MORE ON THE WEBStrategy Formation Research ProjectProvides background information on the four-year project that culminated in The Nonprofit Strategy Revolution book. It includes lists of people interviewed, a description of the project’s design, and other material of interest to readers who want to know more about the research behind this work. Source: “Tools You Can Use” e-newsletter from the Fieldstone Alliance. Becky Andrews has summarized David La Paina’s book The Nonprofit Strategy Revolution: Real-Time Strategic Planning in a Rapid-Response World.
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on May 24, 2017June 12, 2017By: Kayla McGowan, Project Coordinator, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; 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)Read [Part 1] Obstetric Fistula: A Global Maternal Health Challenge>>Despite living in diverse political, economic and sociocultural contexts, women who experience obstetric fistula (OF) often tell similar stories. Many have encountered extremely poor quality of care, been stigmatized by their families and communities and struggled with rehabilitation and reintegration following OF surgery. However, many women’s stories also illustrate their resilience and hope for the future.Poor quality of care, disrespect and abuse“In the health center in my village, I felt like the nurse used a sharp object, but before using that object the nurses hit me…. There were two nurses who hit me, they pushed on my stomach to apply pressure so that the baby would come out. When the trained midwife arrived, it was too late; she asked who made a hole in the bladder, and the nurses said they did. Everything was bad, nothing went well.” [Democratic Republic of the Congo]“Some put cloths into my mouth; others tightened my legs, while others pinched me, as they were telling me I must push. In the end, I was exhausted, and foam started coming out of my mouth. There was no progress; the baby was stuck in the pelvis, when I raised my legs the baby could easily be seen. It was stuck between my legs. After many hours my legs became numb and I could not walk.” [Tanzania]“The nurses checked me. They advised that I might not have a normal delivery; that it would be by operation… but the doctor was not at the hospital. They tried to reach him but I had to wait another 24 hours before the doctor came to do the operation.” [Uganda]Pain and suffering“Full of pain, can’t eat as usual, becoming too thin, spending most of the time lying on a bed and crawling in the house like a child and being dependent on people for simple things, like eating, drinking, and dressing.” [Ethiopia]“I used to sell cooked rice, but my condition has compelled me to stop. My sales started dwindling as the news of my urine incontinence spread, until one day I failed to make any sale and lost my capital. Since then, I lost my job.” [Ghana]“[Before the fistula he] used to support me but not always. He was not [financially] stable. He did not stick to one person so I found that it was dangerous to me. After finding that I am leaking he started to go here and there so I decided to move away from him.” [Tanzania]“Waking up from sleep, you find urine has spread all over the bed up to the top, to the extent of wetting the hair. Then you feel the burden of changing the beddings to place the dry ones…you fear to drink so that urine does not come much. Then again the urine that comes when you have not taken anything has a very bad smell.” [Uganda]“ …… I don’t even know the reason why I am surviving because I have lost my child and my husband cannot have sex with me I feel so worthless and sometimes I become so down to the extent that I feel like taking my life….” [Zimbabwe]Social stigma“I cannot go out into the community. I cannot walk about. I have to wear a pad all the time. I sleep in a separate bed from my husband. My husband does not complain. I don’t feel comfortable having sex. I refuse my husband some times.” [Eritrea]“Because of the stench that follows the leakage, I spend most of the time cleaning in order to avoid embarrassment. However, no matter how much I clean myself, I still smell. Sometimes some people start to hold their nose when I get close to them, whilst others would openly remark that you are spoiling the air. This embarrassing situation usually makes me sick and worried.” [Ghana]“They start pointing fingers at the woman living with fistula saying, That one! She has a terminal illness; she has AIDS, that is why she leaks urine nonstop.” [Kenya]“I do not have friends anymore; even members of my family do not want to associate with me. I cannot talk to anybody for they are pushed off by the smell of urine. I am alone and isolated.” [Uganda]Resilience“I never thought of myself before. It was always my family, my husband or some of my friends. Now life gave me big lesson and I don’t want to think about anybody else. I feel that I have become self-centered, but it is necessary to survive and become happy.” [Ethiopia]“The quality of life has been restored back to the way I was in my teens before I developed fistula. Now I can be with my friends without any problem. I don’t have to put on a lot of stuff so that they do not know that I am leaking. The way I used to live before fistula is the way I am living now.” [Malawi]Interventions to prevent and treat OF must address the range of challenges faced by women with the condition and overcome delays related to access, utilization and quality. Programs rooted in the principles of respectful maternity care and those that employ community-based strategies are particularly well-positioned to reduce the global burden of OF and help the women who are living with the condition.To learn more about interventions to address OF, subscribe to receive Part 3 of this mini-series>>—Read [Part 3] Obstetric Fistula: Innovative Interventions and the Way Forward>>Read more stories from women around the world who have lived with obstetric fistula.Learn about International Day to End Obstetric Fistula.Join the conversation on social media by tagging @MHTF and using #EndFistula #IDEOF #FistulaDay #HerWords.Share this:
Posted on September 28, 2018October 2, 2018By: Ana Langer, Director of the Maternal Health Task Force and Women and Health InitiativeClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Last week, we gathered in Boston to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Maternal Health Task Force reflecting on the amazing accomplishments within our community and charted a path for future directions in our efforts to end preventable maternal mortality. At the event, we also recognized ten incredibly special people as Maternal Health Visionaries; all people I encourage you to get to know and watch.It has been a great honor to lead the Maternal Health Task Force throughout its first decade. I have learned so much from each of you and treasure the time that we have had together and the things we have been able to accomplish through our collective hard work and collaboration.The Maternal Health Task Force and its online resources will now be managed by our colleagues at the Harvard Chan School Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health. The Harvard Chan School has a long history of leadership in maternal and child health and runs one of the preeminent training programs for public health professionals through the Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child health. I am deeply grateful to Professor Henning Tiemeier and Program Coordinator Bethany Kotlar for enthusiastically taking up the mantle and I look forward to engaging with you in the years to come.Our work to improve maternal health is far from over. Let us continue to bring our best science, our best policies and our best effort to bear to achieve our goal of ending preventable maternal deaths and promote health for every woman, everywhere.Onward! Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
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This is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.One of the first lessons you learn as a freelancer is the importance of effective time management. We all have limited time in each day, and figuring out how to get the most work done in the time available is a big part of building a sustainable and profitable freelance business.But one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned in years of working for myself is something that I hear a lot less about in freelance circles: the importance of energy management.In addition to the limited hours in the day, many of us face the bigger limitation of having fewer productive hours we can put in before we’re worn out. And that’s especially true if you provide creative services that require a lot of focus and thought.The research behind energy managementYou feel like you should be able to do eight hours of focus-intensive design or writing work every day, and feel a little guilty about it when you take more breaks or end the day sooner than that. But if you struggle to manage eight productive hours a day, know that it’s not just you; research is on your side here.The eight-hour workday became the norm over a century ago in part because research showed productivity decreased after 40 hours a week. Working more hours a week doesn’t produce more results, and it brings the risk of lower-quality work because of worker burnout.But the old research was based on factory labor. Newer research shows that for information workers today, we’re only productive for around three hours a day on average.Different people have different abilities, so you may genuinely be able to pack more productive hours into a day than that. But many of us are trying to force our brains to do more than we can handle. Have you noticed the work becoming harder and slower at a certain point in the day? Or do you often feel (misplaced) guilt when your brain increasingly wanders toward social media the longer your workday drags on?If your focus so far has been exclusively on time management, you’re missing an opportunity to improve your work and life by shifting your thinking to the related, and just as important, practice of energy management.5 Tips for better energy management for freelancersI became something of an expert on energy management when I starting experiencing health issues that caused frequent fatigue a few years back. When your energy levels dip far below your previous “normal,” you figure out a way to optimize using whatever energy you do have.What I learned in the process can be just as beneficial to others balancing work with a chronic illness as to those that are healthy, but hoping to avoid freelance burnout.Track your time:While I started out this post by positioning energy management as something different from time management, the two things are linked. Tracking your time is an important first step in helping you understand your productivity. Knowing where your time goes enables you to perform an analysis of how you spend your energy each day as well.Analyze where each activity you do falls on the energy spectrum:Freelancers all do a range of work tasks. In addition to the services you offer clients, you also have to do all the work of running your business—marketing, accounting, networking, etc. Some of those tasks require different amounts of energy than others. You’ll benefit from understanding where on the energy hierarchy they all fall.For example, as an introvert, in-person meetings are at the top of the hierarchy for me, eating up a lot of the energy I have for the day. Writing falls somewhere in the middle (what I spend the bulk of my day on), with tasks like proofreading and accounting being at the bottom. know I can only fit so much writing into my day before I’m tapped out, and that amount decreases considerably on days I have meetings or long phone calls.Determine your high- and low- energy times:One of the great parts of being a freelancer is working on your own schedule — no more trudging into an office at 8 AM if you’re not a morning person. To get the full benefits of creating your own schedule, it pays to understand when you work best.Your time tracking will help with this. Pay attention to how long comparable projects take when you do them at different times of day. If the work is faster and easier in the late afternoon, then those are your best work hours and you should approach each day expecting to get your most important work done at that time.Also pay attention to how your energy levels change throughout the week. If you tend to have a hard time getting going on Monday, that’s good to be aware of. Or if you’re routinely worn out by Thursday after working three full days, then you might want to reconsider how you spread your work out through the week.Organize your calendar for optimum efficiency:With your analysis in steps two and three, you can start planning out your days and weeks so that you’re doing your most important work at the times you’ll be most productive. For example, I’ve found that late morning and early afternoon are my best high-energy times, so I plan on doing most of my writing then. I keep phone calls to the afternoon as much as possible, so I don’t run through my energy before I get my writing done.You may need to do a little experimenting to figure out exactly what works best. Many freelancers find success with productivity techniques like the Pomodoro method, or can make their energy go further by changing up their work process. As you try out different approaches, keep tracking your time so you can see how each change affects your productivity and energy levels.Protect your calendar:Organizing your calendar to get the most done with the energy you have is just half of the equation. You also have to know when to say “no” to work and obligations. In the energy hierarchy you figured out, are there items high on the list that aren’t crucial to your business? If you can get away with cutting inessential high-energy tasks out of your schedule completely, or at least minimizing how often you do them, you’ll have more energy for the work that matters most.It’s ok to block off days that are just for writing or design — no meetings. And it’s OK to let yourself take time off or stick to low-energy tasks during the times you aren’t as productive anyways. As freelancers, it’s hard to give ourselves permission to do what feels like less work, even if by scaling back we end up able to get more done during the time we spend working. Reframe how you think about it: you’re not being lazy, you’re working smarter to get more out of the energy you have.Use your energy wiselyThe culture around us measures the value of work in hours more than anything else. As freelancers, we don’t have to see it that way. We choose the way we organize our lives and schedules, and taking a smarter approach to when and how we work can lead to greater efficiency, better work, and an improved work-life balance.Kristen Hicks is a freelance content marketing writer who specializes in helping online marketing and B2B tech companies produce high-quality blog posts and longform content pieces. Learn more at: http://austin-copywriter.com/
This is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.Becoming your own boss is a big thrill. However, it can be very overwhelming too. All the planning, all the responsibility is yours, and you probably want to see fast profit from all the time spent and all your efforts. Tag along to learn the basics of branding yourself like the pros.Look like an expert right from the startIf you already have a great idea to start a small business, take your time to choose your niche. This will affect everything about your product or service, from image to pricing.So let’s get started…Brainstorm your brand from A to ZDefine your goal, for your customers and for you. Don’t just consider your logo, think about your brand as a whole. Get inspired by other super companies you look up to. Look at their products, their services, their image, and their strategies. You don’t have to be a genius to notice that Starbucks always calls their customers by their names so that they feel like they’re part of the brand. Take your time to really observe everything about your competitors.Determine your target audienceYou should be perfectly clear of your average costumer’s age, sex, town, likes, dreams, etc. This information is gold in order to adapt your small business branding to fit their needs and catch their attention. In this step, you should determine your competitive advantage.Brand your imageYour logo represents everything your brand means. Scout your competitions’ logos and identify which are more eye-catching and which are more forgettable so that you can establish a pattern and make an informed decision on your logo design. This will help your design the best logo for your brand. There are three kinds of logos you can choose: font-based, illustrative, and abstract (think Nike’s swoosh).Create core branding assets and keep them consistentEvery single visual material has to be consistent with your brand. Think of your logo, the fonts you use, and your color palettes. As I’ve said, the difference between a successful brand and a lesser-known can come down to branding consistency and marketing efforts. So, the elements you use in your logo should also be present in your flyer designs, business cards, etc.Given all the options on the market, it takes a huge amount of marketing effort and really good luck for a customer to even remember you. So create an identity. Imagine what would happen to Coca-Cola if it suddenly decided to change their color to blue!?Make good social media choicesChoose at least two social media networks to work with. Which two? That depends on your business. If your work is very visual your best bet is to try a platform like Instagram, instead of a text-based one like Twitter.To post, and be your own community manager, make a schedule on any platform or program you want, and do some research on the peak hours to post. Schedule weeks in advance using your social media image designs along with great copy, hashtags, locations — anything that each post needs, and make a calendar.This way you are ensuring that you post consistently. I recommend you use a scheduling platform like Hootsuite to do this. Another thing to keep in mind is the size of the images you post. If you use the same exact image for all of your social platforms, you risk having images get cut off or simply looking off. Avoid this by creating images at the ideal size for each social media site. Making social media images that fit your brand isn’t hard either, you just need the right tools .Make a website to land potential clientsCreate a website and/or social media pages. I recommend Squarespace, Wix, and Envato. Get to know these platforms to start building your online page. If you are not sure what you would even put in there, then be practical: make a landing page where you can say what you do, put examples of it, your contact information, and your social media.Valeria Santalla is a multi-disciplinary graphic designer and writer who loves to create branding images for local business. She currently collaborates at Placeit.net.
Jayant Yadav is a great addition to the Indian Test team, according to captain Virat Kohli, who on Thursday went to the extent of comparing the young off-spinner to former England star Graeme Swann who had tasted considerable success in India. (Chennai Test: Chance for Virat Kohli, R Ashwin to break major Indian records)”Jayant knows his game very well. He knows his bowling very well and has a lot of control,” Kohli told reporters on the eve of India’s fifth Test against England here. (India’s late-order resilience more brilliant than Virat Kohli’s sensational run)”He rushes the batsmen. He doesn’t give batsmen time after the ball has pitched. I think Graeme Swann was very similar in the way he bowled. His control was magnificent without giving the ball too much air. That’s why he was so successful here. (Virat Kohli-Ashwin are the new Tendulkar-Kumble of Indian cricket)”As a captain, I know that as a third bowler, the batsman cannot independently go after him as he can take two-three wickets. He has been a great addition to Team India,” he added.India have already won the five-match rubber 3-0. (Is this the best Indian Test team ever? Let’s wait for 2 more years: Ganguly to India Today)Yadav has picked up nine wickets in the three matches that he has played, also contributing heavily with the bat scoring 221 runs at an average of 73.66 which also includes a century.Kohli said the Indians intend to maintain the same intensity although the result of the Chennai Test will have bearing on the series. (Kohli keen to play county cricket before 2018 England tour)advertisement”The intensity and motivation to win a Test match remains the same. We are looking at one game at a time,” he asserted. (No Wi-FI, no network, no practice: Virat Kohli plays FIFA on PlayStation with teammates in Chennai)Lauding star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin for his batting, Kohli said, “Ashwin has set a benchmark for the other spinners to contribute as well. Jadeja has come of age with his batting. We saw that in Mohali where he came out and got those 90 runs for us.”Even the bowlers understand the importance of their contribution with the bat. So as a captain it gives you a lot of freedom to play five batsmen where your bowlers contribute 120-130 runs every game for you.”Asked about him not taking the aerial route at all nowadays in Tests and whether it is a concerted effort, Kohli, who has hit just one six in the series so far, said: “I don’t necessarily feel the need to hit sixes.”Its just an excitement on the part of a batsman at 150-160 when you feel like expressing yourself but then I realise if I score three-four runs in an over without even hitting a boundary, you don’t need to take the big risk.”If I and my management have decided to play five batsmen, then I have to take up more responsibility.”Kohli has scored in most cricket-playing nations except for England, where he endured a tough tour two years ago. Overall, he has played five Tests in England averaging just 13.40 with his highest score being 39.Quizzed on whether he would like to play county cricket before India’s tour to England, he said: “If I have a chance, I would love to do that. I would love to be there a month, a month-and-half before the tour, get used to playing in those conditions, understand how the wickets behave in that particular time of the year.”
Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton won a record sixth British Grand Prix on Sunday after jumping ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas by taking advantage of the safety car being deployed.In front of his home fans, Hamilton made the decisive move to the front in the 20th of the 52 laps by pitting to get new tires. With the safety car still out after Antonio Giovinazzi spun off in his Alfa Romeo, Hamilton rejoined ahead of pole-sitter Bottas.Hamilton had initially attacked Bottas on the fourth lap, overtaking but failing to keep position.After finally moving into the lead, Hamilton avoided pitting again so stayed on hard tires while Bottas was on fresher soft ones but the world champion still set a lap record on the final lap.A race to remember at Silverstone #BritishGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/IAlJkw6xy5Formula 1 (@F1) July 14, 2019By beating Bottas by almost 25 seconds, Hamilton extended his championship lead over the Finn to 39 points and moved ahead of Jim Clark and Alain Prost to take the record for British GP victories.”I love you Silverstone,” Hamilton said over the team radio in the week when the track’s future for the race was secured until at least 2024.Charles Leclerc of Ferrari completed the podium by finishing third.
Arsenal ‘Lacazette isn’t any better than Giroud’ – Arsenal business fails to impress Hleb Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 15:45 28/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Getty Arsenal Premier League Olivier Giroud The Gunners once again struggled to bolster their ranks over the summer, with their ex-forward of the opinion that no additional quality was acquired Arsenal may have broken their transfer record to land Alexandre Lacazette, but Alexander Hleb sees him as being no better than Olivier Giroud.The Gunners splashed out £46.5 million bolstering their attacking ranks, with Lyon talked into parting with a proven frontman after many years of monitoring the 26-year-old.Lacazette 14/1 to be PL top scorer Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Lacazette has settled quickly in new surroundings, with four goals netted in his opening seven appearances.Hleb, though, is not convinced that Arsenal have acquired anything that they did not already have, with Arsene Wenger having overseen another frustrating summer on the recruitment front.The former Gunners forward told The Independent : “Football is a crazy world now. The market is crazy, there is just so much money involved.“Arsenal would have wanted to sign more players but it’s too difficult to compete with the likes of Manchester City and PSG.“The signings that did come through are good, like Alexandre Lacazette, but I can’t say that’s a ‘fantastic’ signing.“I am a fan of Giroud and I don’t think Lacazette is better than him. I think the two are on the same level.”While Arsenal struggled to bring fresh faces in, they were able to keep unsettled forward Alexis Sanchez at the club – as Manchester City pushed hard for a £60m deal on deadline day.Hleb admits that managing that saga has been tricky for the Gunners, but believes the Chile international could yet be persuaded to stay put and commit to a new contract.“Arsenal found themselves in a very difficult situation with Sanchez,” added the Belarusian.“On one side, if he doesn’t want to play for the team you could say it would have been better to sell him for good money.“On the other hand, he’s such an important player for Arsenal and is a leader.“I have seen him play this season [against FC Köln and Chelsea] and he still fights, gives his best and scores goals. He looked professional rather than angry that he didn’t get his move to Manchester City.“I think he will wait until the winter, see how the team are playing and maybe sign a new contract. Performances like the one against Chelsea are encouraging.“Why not stay at Arsenal? It’s a great club with huge tradition, great fans and Arsene Wenger as the manager. They can achieve things. Why leave?”
France Deschamps out on his own with most wins as France coach Guy Atkinson Last updated 2 years ago 05:22 10/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images France Bulgaria v France Bulgaria WC Qualification Europe Blaise Matuidi’s strike early on was the only cheer of a subdued 90 minutes, but it was enough for Deschamps to pass Hidalgo and Domenech in wins Didier Deschamps has now won more games in charge of France than any other coach after guiding his side to a 1-0 victory over Bulgaria on Saturday.The 48-year-old, who has at the helm since 2012, has now overseen 42 wins, overtaking Michel Hidalgo and Raymond Domenech who both oversaw 41 triumphs.13/5 for Albania and Italy to draw Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Deschamps led France to the quarter-finals at the 2014 World Cup, while they were runners-up at Euro 2016 on home soil.Les Bleus were a long way from their fluent best in Sofia, but a third-minute goal from Blaise Matuidi propelled them back to the summit of Group A in Russia 2018 qualifying.42 – Didier Deschamps has now become the manager with the most games won as France manager (42). Pragmatic.— OptaJean (@OptaJean) October 7, 2017They now go into Tuesday’s game against Belarus knowing victory will secure their spot at the World Cup in Russia next year.
Steven Davis pushing to leave Southampton for Rangers returnby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSteven Davis is set to leave Southampton for a return to Rangers.Davis is in the final six months of his contract and Steven Gerrard is keen to bring him back to Ibrox, says the Daily Mail. Gers will try to sign him for a small compensation fee this month.The 33-year-old, who has started just two times this season, is understood to be keen on the idea of returning to Ibrox to gain more regular playing time. The experienced Northern Ireland international is a firm favourite with the Rangers fans having made over 140 appearances for the club during a four-year spell between 2008-12. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
zoom The AIS vessel tracking service MarineTraffic has started supplying geographical positioning data to the Equasis project, a European Commission initiative started in 2000 which makes ship safety information more widely available.The Equasis project makes information, including a vessel’s age, ownership, management, flag, classification society, P&I club and recent geographical positions, available via an online database that is freely accessible worldwide to registered users.Along with other AIS information providers, MarineTraffic said that it is supplying Equasis with vessel position information via its network of over 2,000 AIS receiving stations located in more than 165 countries, and has become a member of the Equasis board.“In the future, Equasis users will also have access to vessel pictures provided by MarineTraffic from our extensive vessel photo database,” Argyris Stasinakis, Partner at MarineTraffic, said.
zoom Shell Trading (US) has finalized a long-term charter agreement with Q-LNG Transport for an LNG bunker barge with the capacity to carry 4,000 cubic meters of LNG fuel. As the first of its kind to be based in the United States, the ocean-going LNG bunker barge will supply LNG to marine customers along the southern East Coast of the US and support growing cruise line demand for LNG marine fuel.“This investment in LNG as a marine fuel for the US will provide the shipping industry with a fuel that helps meet tougher emissions regulations from 2020,” Maarten Wetselaar, Integrated Gas and New Energies Director at Shell, said.“Our commitment in the Americas builds on Shell’s existing LNG bunkering activities in Singapore and Europe, as well as recently announced plans in the Middle East and gives us the ability to deliver LNG as a marine fuel to customers around the world,” Wetselaar added.The LNG bunker barge will feature an innovative transfer system enabling it to load LNG from big or small terminals. It will be owned and built by Q-LNG Transport, and operated by Harvey Gulf International Marine.More ship owners and operators are choosing cleaner-burning LNG fuel over traditional marine fuels to respond to sulphur and nitrogen oxide emissions regulations, including the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) recent decision to implement a global 0.5% sulphur cap in 2020.
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — A Newfoundland jury is expected to resume deliberations this morning at the trial of a man accused of the first-degree murder of his five-year-old daughter.Trent Butt is accused in the death of his daughter Quinn at his Carbonear, N.L., home in April 2016.After closing arguments and the judge’s charge Thursday, the jury deliberated for about four hours before retiring for the evening.Butt testified at the St. John’s, N.L., trial that he did not remember killing Quinn, but said he found himself over her body and concluded he must have suffocated her.Crown lawyer Lloyd Strickland said the killing was a calculated plan to inflict suffering on her mother, his estranged wife.But Butt’s lawyer, Derek Hogan, told the court there was no way to know Butt’s thought process on the night Quinn was killed.The jury is being asked to decide whether the death was planned and deliberate, which would mean Butt is guilty of first-degree murder, or if he is guilty of a lesser charge.In his charge to the jury, Justice Donald Burrage of the provincial supreme court asked jurors to put aside their emotions while considering the case’s distressing evidence.“This has proven to be an emotionally charged trial. A man stands charged with the first-degree murder of his own daughter,” Burrage said.“You must put aside any feelings of emotion you may harbour, consider the evidence with an open mind and make your decision without sympathy, prejudice or fear.”Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press