IPL 2016: Don’t write off Pune Supergiants so early, says Rajat Bhatia

first_imgThe new team Rising Pune Supergiants has not got off to a desired start in IPL 2016 and added to that are hit my injuries to key players but allrounder Rajat Bhatia feels the team can still stage a comeback.With Faf du Plessis, Kevin Pietersen, Mitchell Marsh and Steve Smith having been ruled out of the tournament due to injuries, Pune have managed only two wins from their eight games so far. (Full IPL 2016 coverage )Pune take on an in-form Delhi Daredevils in their next match and Bhatia said that it would be too early to write off his team at this stage of the tournament.”You never know. Some teams who are winning might lose and teams that are losing may win. You can’t judge any team at this stage of the tournament. In T20 cricket, it can change any time. It’s all about momentum,” Bhatia said.”We now have Usman Khawaja and George Bailey in the side, coming in as replacements. Hope it (combination) works now.”Bhatia, who has played Ranji cricket for Delhi, said no side can do much if the players get injured but it gives chance to other players to showcase their talent.”Injuries are unavoidable. We can only do our best. It’s a big squad and everybody gets opportunity. Let’s hope for the best,” he said.Asked if the team’s strategy would be moulded according to the new players coming in, Bhatia said it won’t make much of a difference.”There is no strategy. When you win people say, the strategy has worked. But it is about momentum.”advertisementBhatia also said that skipper MS Dhoni was still keeping a cool demeanour and that is remarkable.”Nobody knows what is going on in his mind. His thinking is completely different. He is unbelievable. Even when you are expecting that he will be angry, he does not get angry. That’s what I am learning from him. How to stay calm.”Since he has played a lot at the Feroz Kotla ground and is familiar with the conditions, will it help RPS in Wednesday’s game?”You can just share your views, which I am going to do. Wickets and associations keep changing in Delhi,” Bhatia said.(with PTI inputs)last_img read more

Vijender Singh unsure of Rio participation despite new AIBA rule

first_imgIndia’s biggest pro-boxing star Vijender Singh is unlikely to feature at the Rio Olympics 2016 despite the international boxing association AIBA allowing professional boxers to compete at the Games. (Boxing body votes to let top pros fight at Rio Olympics)LANDMARK RULING The AIBA today approved a constitutional change that will now open the Olympic doors for professional boxers.AIBA boss Ching-Kuo Wu said the change of the constitution was approved with 95 percent in favour – 84 of 88 voting members – paving the way for professionals to fight for medals for the first time at the Olympics starting on 5th August.MIXED RESPONSE The boxing body’s decision has been met with a mixed response with some like Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis calling it “foolish” and “preposterous” while others like Amir Khan welcoming the step. (Rio Olympics: India to seek wildcard for MC Mary Kom)In India, AIBA’s decision brought the focus on Vijender, who turned professional last year. The 30-year-old, a former amateur world No.1 in middleweight, is enjoying an unbeaten run in his pro career and is scheduled to fight for the WBO Asia title belt on 16th July in New Delhi.NO TIME FOR VIJENDERHowever, the Beijing Games bronze medallist will not be seen in Rio as he is not left with any time or chance to make the cut.”I welcome AIBA’s decision of allowing professional boxers to compete in the Rio Olympics. I am yet to receive the formalities for this entire process. Since there is no federation in the country, I don’t know who will guide me for this entire thing. Right now I am concentrating on my 16 July title fight to be held in New Delhi,” Vijender told PTI.advertisementVijender’s measured response to the world body’s decision is not without ground given that the final Olympic qualifier for the Indians will be the AIBA World Qualifiers in Azerbaijan, starting 16th June.The team for that event has already been finalised and since Vijender was not a part of the trials held last month, he is not in the reckoning to make the cut.Vijender is already preparing for his next pro bout which leaves him with no time to pursue an Olympic berth at this stage.last_img read more

11 Amazing Four-Star (or Above!) Companies, Hiring Now

first_img See more jobs at Masergy Communications 4.3★ 4.8★ Experiential Marketing Manager E. & J. Gallo Winery Modesto, CA See more jobs at Aegis Living 23 hours ago 23h Regional Sales Manager Oshkosh Corporation Portland, OR Solutions Engineer Masergy Communications Southeast Owasco, NY 23 hours ago 23h See more jobs at Sprout Social Web Engineer Sprout Social Chicago, IL Available Jobs at E. & J. Gallo Winery Utility Clerk E. & J. Gallo Winery Modesto, CA Backend Engineer – Customer Support Experience Spotify Stockholm Engineer – Mobility Systems Oshkosh Corporation Oshkosh, WI 4.5★ SMB Account Executive Sprout Social Chicago, IL Full-Time Server Aegis Living United States Housekeeper – Full-time Aegis Living Seattle, WA 4.5★ 4.1★ 23 hours ago 23h 4.4★ 23 hours ago 23h Sr. Manager UC Service Delivery Masergy Communications Plano, TX 4.3★ 23 hours ago 23h 4.1★ 4.2★ 4.1★ 4.5★ Part Time Tasting Room Representative – Columbia Winery E. & J. Gallo Winery Woodinville, WA 4.5★ See more jobs at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory 23 hours ago 23h 3. Oshkosh CorporationCompany Rating: 4.0Where Hiring: Oshkosh, WI; Blair, NE; Garner, IA; Appleton, WI; Dodge Center, MN and more What They Do: “Oshkosh Corporation is a leading manufacturer and marketer of access equipment, specialty vehicles and truck bodies for the primary markets of defense, concrete placement, refuse hauling, access equipment and fire & emergency.”What Employees Say: “Who wouldn’t want to work for a company that builds grown up toys. Firetrucks, military vehicles, cement mixers, and much more. There is a culture [that is] flexible for hours, easy to communicate with leadership, and excellent opportunities for growth. Offers Great benefits. Company always wants to be what’s best for people, community, and area.” —Current Executive Assistant Channel Sales Manager (Future Opportunities) Nextiva Chicago, IL 23 hours ago 23h 11. NASA’s Jet Propulsion LaboratoryCompany Rating: 4.1Where Hiring: Pasadena, CAWhat They Do: “[NASA Jet Propulsion Lab]  is a place where science, technology and engineering intermix in unique ways: to produce iconic robotic space explorers sent to every corner of the solar system, to peer into and beyond the Milky Way galaxy and to keep a watchful eye on our home planet. Analyzing the data pouring back from these machines’ emissaries, scientists around the world continue to discover how the universe, solar system and life formed and evolved.”What Employees Say: “This is a place where your work, without hyperbole, can change the future of human exploration. There is no place on earth that does what JPL does. People love their work and stay here for a very long time.” —Current Computer Scientist 23 hours ago 23h Ramp Agent-Part-Time Southwest Airlines Company Pittsburgh, PA 23 hours ago 23h Available Jobs at LiveRamp 23 hours ago 23h 4.2★ There are good companies to work for, and then there are great companies to work for. Sometimes, they can be tough to identify — there’s no one recipe for a perfect company — but Glassdoor makes it easier. With company ratings, you get a multi-dimensional look at what real employees across multiple job functions, teams, and often locations, think. With that many different people and personalities to please, though, scoring an excellent rating is certainly no easy feat!However, these 11 companies below seem to have cracked the code. Whether due to their competitive salaries, awesome perks, or just a certain je ne sais quoi about them, they’ve all achieved overall ratings of 4.0 or greater — well above the average score of 3.3. Ready to join a workplace that goes above and beyond? Check out these 11 companies below.1. Sprout SocialCompany Rating: 4.9Where Hiring: Chicago, IL; Washington, DC; New York, NY and moreWhat They Do: “Sprout Social develops and delivers social media engagement, advocacy and analytics solutions for leading agencies and brands. We’re relentless about solving hard problems, building elegant software and ensuring customer and team success.”What Employees Say: “I’d be repeating many of the same things that others have in past reviews, so I want to focus on the company culture from a broad perspective. It is, without a doubt, one of the strongest and most harmonious teams I’ve ever been part of. Sprout has created an environment that brings out the best in each individual, both as an employee and as a person. It starts from the top and the attitude of senior leaders is incredible. It makes it easy to understand how that results in such a positive work culture.” —Current Product Marketing Employee 23 hours ago 23h 9. Southwest AirlinesCompany Rating: 4.1Where Hiring: Baltimore, MD; Warwick, RI; Denver, CO; Dallas, TX; Kenner, LA; Indianapolis, IN and moreWhat They Do: “Southwest is one of the most honored airlines in the world, known for a triple bottom line approach that contributes to the carrier’s performance and productivity, the importance of its People and the communities they serve, and an overall commitment to efficiency and the planet.”What Employees Say: “There is no other job out there like this one! It’s amazing! Having about 18 to 19 days off in a month you are able to have so much freedom and even maybe pick up a different part time job, go back to school, etc. In my opinion this is the best airline to work for. You are a customer to them and not many companies view you as that[…] I received a birthday card from the CEO, a happy one month, and a lot more. Plus you get to travel and meet awesome new people and see the world! And the pay is the best in the industry. I have nothing bad to say about this fantastic company!” —Current Flight Attendant 5. Trek BicycleCompany Rating: 4.0Where Hiring: Waterloo, WI; Saint Louis, MO; Corte Madera, CA; Madison, WI; Highland Park, IL and moreWhat They Do: “Trek Bicycle Corporation is a global leader in bicycle design and manufacturing. From the original hand-built steel touring frames introduced in 1976 to the revolutionary OCLV Carbon first introduced in 1992, Trek’s passion for innovation, quality, and performance leads the industry with next-generation thinking and cutting-edge technology.”What Employees Say: “I actually look forward to going to work every single day at Trek. This is true even on days when I know I’ll have a busy schedule and on days when I know I’ll have to hold high priority, potentially difficult meetings. Trek is full of wonderful people who work hard, play hard, and support each other every single day.” —Current Project Manager Sr. Engineer Oshkosh Corporation Oshkosh, WI Guide Services Coordinator Trek Bicycle Corporation Madison, WI Store Manager Trek Bicycle Larkspur, CA 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 4.5★ 23 hours ago 23h 3.1★ 4.4★ 3.1★ 8. NextivaCompany Rating: 4.2Where Hiring: Scottsdale, AZ; San Francisco, CAWhat They Do: “Nextiva simplifies the way businesses communicate. We acquired our first customer in 2008, and today over 150,000 businesses across the United States use Nextiva. Our team consists of over 700 talented people that embrace Amazing Service.”What Employees Say: “Management and teams will treat you like family and do anything necessary to help you out. A team environment. Awesome benefits and perks. Uncapped commission and the potential to make great, consistent money. Awesome work/life balance.” —Current Senior Account Executive 6. SpotifyCompany Rating: 4.5Where Hiring: Stockholm, Sweden; New York, NY; Toronto, Canada; Boston, MA; Paris, France; Tokyo, Japan and moreWhat They Do: “We’re pioneers. Our industry sector didn’t exist before we arrived. Nowadays, when people think music streaming, they think Spotify. And we’re not done yet, nowhere near. Our mission is to give a million artists a way to live off their creative work, and to entertain and inspire a billion fans.”What Employees Say: “West Coast Perks, Swedish Work Life Balance, Boston Culture. What’s more to ask for?” —Current Employee Available Jobs at Spotify 3.1★ 23 hours ago 23h 4.5★ Director of Engineering – Platform SDKs Spotify Stockholm Editor – Middle East and North Africa Spotify Dubai Available Oshkosh Corporation Jobs at Oshkosh Corporation 4.2★center_img Supervisor Tech Ops Supply Chain Southwest Airlines Company Dallas, TX 3.6★ Caregiver PM SHIFT Aegis Living Moraga, CA See more jobs at E. & J. Gallo Winery 4. MasergyCompany Rating: 4.6Where Hiring: Plano, TX; San Francisco, CA; New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA; Dallas, TXWhat They Do: “Masergy owns and operates the largest independent Software Defined Platform in the world, delivering hybrid networking, managed security and cloud communication solutions to enterprises around the globe.”What Employees Say: “I didn’t believe the reviews on Glassdoor, at first. Too good to be true, right? Not this one. Masergy is the best company I have worked for in the seventeen years since I entered the workforce. Masergy leadership says they put customers and employees first, and they really mean it.” —Current Tier I NOC Mid-Market Account Executive Sprout Social Seattle, WA 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h SaaS Sales Development Representative Nextiva Scottsdale, AZ 23 hours ago 23h 4.5★ 4.3★ Assembler Trek Bicycle Corporation Waterloo, WI 7. E. & J. Gallo WineryCompany Rating: 4.3Where Hiring: Modesto, CA; Elizabeth, NJ; Healdsburg, CA; Sunnyside, WA; La Grange, NC and moreWhat They Do: “We are recognized as one of the leading global producers of [wines, spirits, and other alcoholic beverages], both in the art of grape growing and wine and spirits making and also in the distribution and marketing of these products in more than 90 countries around the globe.” What Employees Say: “High expectations with flexible schedule. The training is awesome and the people you work with are just as good. Creates a very healthy motivating environment.” —Current Field Marketing Manager 4.3★ Available Jobs at Nextiva 4.8★ Accounts Receivable and Billing Specialist Nextiva Scottsdale, AZ Postdoc research opportunity in unraveling earthquake cycle processes using InSAR and GNSS time-seri NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Pasadena, CA Available Jobs at Masergy Communications 23 hours ago 23h Product Security Engineer LiveRamp San Francisco, CA 23 hours ago 23h See more jobs at Spotify 23 hours ago 23h 10. LiveRampCompany Rating: 4.5Where Hiring: San Francisco, CA; London, EnglandWhat They Do: “LiveRamp is the industry leader in identity resolution. We connect and unify data from the world’s largest companies at a person-centric level, allowing advertisers to deliver relevant, tailored experiences to specific audiences across all of their devices.”What Employees Say: “LiveRamp is a high growth company that provides employees opportunities to wear many different hats, tackle interesting projects, work across multiple departments. We still maintain a very high caliber for talent which leads to us hiring more slowly than we would like but overall strong contributors and teams. Flexible working hours, unlimited PTO, remote work options and good medical benefits.” —Current Employee How to Become the Candidate Recruiters Can’t Resist Available Jobs at Southwest Airlines Company 23 hours ago 23h 4.5★ Available Jobs at Aegis Living 23 hours ago 23h 4.8★ 23 hours ago 23h 4.4★ See more jobs at LiveRamp Available Jobs at Sprout Social 4.3★ 23 hours ago 23h See more Oshkosh Corporation jobs at Oshkosh Corporation Available Jobs at Trek Bicycle Lead Program Manager LiveRamp San Francisco, CA 23 hours ago 23h Business Consultant Performance Southwest Airlines Company Dallas, TX 4.5★ 2. Áegis LivingCompany Rating: 4.2Where Hiring: Seattle, WA; San Francisco, CA; Ventura, CA; Kirkland, WA and moreWhat They Do: “Áegis Living is a national leader in assisted living and memory care, providing the finest in senior lifestyle and living options available.”What Employees Say: “I recently completed the one year mark as a General Manager for Aegis, and I couldn’t be happier. This is a company that ‘walks the walk’ of having a strong, distinctive company culture and I am appreciative every day of having the privilege of working with such a supportive team.” —Current General Manager 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Ask a Resume Writer: Where Do I Start? See more jobs at Trek Bicycle 4.3★ Available Jobs at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory 3.6★ Electronic Systems Failure Analysis Engineer III NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Pasadena, CA See more jobs at Southwest Airlines Company 23 hours ago 23h Digital Media Technician NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Pasadena, CA 23 hours ago 23h Inside Account Manager Masergy Communications Plano, TX Also on Glassdoor: 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 3.6★ Threat & Vulnerability Management Lead LiveRamp New York, NY See more jobs at Nextiva 21 Words To Never Include In Your Resumelast_img read more

Why Company Loyalty Isn’t Everything

first_img 3.6★ 3.6★ Body Shop Porter Roush Honda Westerville, OH 23 hours ago 23h CNA – Certified Nursing Assistant Interim HealthCare Brigham City, UT 4.8★ 4.4★ Construction Sales Engineer Syserco Petaluma, CA Sometimes, we get so bogged down by what’s happening at work that we let it cloud our perception: I can’t start a job search in the midst of this re-organization. I have to assist with this database upgrade before I can even look for a new position. I need to hold down the fort until my company onboards a new executive director.At times like this, you have to remember: company loyalty is admirable, but your own free agency is important too. Just as employers have to do what is in the best interest of their business, you have to do what best serves you — so if you’re eager to explore new career opportunities, don’t think that you have to wait until the time is right for your employer.Recognize Your PrioritiesYour priorities are different than your company’s goals. It’s important to take stock of yours, independent of your manager’s or your team’s aims. What is it that you hope to accomplish professionally, and how are you progressing towards achieving your ambitions?Ian D. Boreham, career coach and author of Why Your Boss Can’t Help You, explains: “Problems arise when we stop listening to ourselves. Our own intuition and inner guide. We start to prioritize company goals and needs over personal ones. . . Over time we start to unconsciously give up the thing that is most precious to us – what we want – our inner sense of direction and purpose. This is why you need your career plan and [a] set of criteria that you can evaluate your career progress against.”Revisit your career goals and analyze where you are in terms of achieving them — your true priority is to work towards those. Hopefully, your current role aligns with those aims. If not, don’t surrender your focus in support of your company’s; find a role that better supports your ambitions.Boreham advises: “Helping your company achieve their objectives will always be a part of a successful career, but it should never be at the expense of your long-term vision for your own personal and professional growth.”How to Find a Job That Fits Your LifeThe Thrill of Being a Hot ProspectTalent is a hot commodity, and you’re likely to get a boost of confidence when you see how your current role has enhanced your marketability. While you’ve been diligently fulfilling your duties, you’ve also been learning new skills, enhancing your technological prowess and building your network.Every day, you are learning and growing as a professional. Hopefully, your employer continues to cultivate your skills and talents and there’s room for you to grow and advance. A pipeline to further such professional growth is not a job perk, it’s a necessity.Being supported in your development goals and knowing that there’s room for you to grow at your institution is key to job satisfaction. If you feel stagnant in your role, despite efforts to move to a different team or get a promotion, it’s up to you to keep moving forward towards your goal. Boreham explains: “Each person needs to take personal responsibility for future-proofing their own career. This may not always be consistent with the immediate needs of the business that employs you, but yours is a longer and more important goal.”If you find yourself feeling unfilled in your current role, then it’s a good time to start updating your candidacy package and plan. Doing so can give you that infusion of energy you’ve been craving. While it might seem challenging, at first, to go through the project of refining and revising your materials, it also gives you the chance to take stock of how you’ve evolved, which can be so refreshing.While it may not be a good time for your company to lose you, the reality is that the company should have stewarded you better. Part of an employer’s role is to support employees in their continued development — that keeps employees engaged.9 Companies That Offer Incredible Professional Development ProgramsBe Honest With YourselfComfort is hard to concede. Transition can be a full body exercise, which can be difficult to invite. Sometimes it’s easier to say, “I want to wait out a transition that my employer is weathering,” than it is to ask yourself: “Am I bored and restless enough to get out of this comfy and familiar arrangement?”But having a job that brings out the best in you is worth dislodging your comfortable seat to pursue. Comedian Jim Carrey reflected: “My father could’ve been a great comedian but he didn’t believe that that was possible for him. And so he made a conservative choice: Instead, he got a safe job as an accountant, and when I was 12 years old, he was let go from that safe job, and our family had to do whatever we could to survive. I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which was that you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.”You’re a free agent. Pursue the aims that matter to you.Browse Open Jobs 3.9★ 4.0★ Diesel Mechanic / Technician Dickinson Fleet Services Winder, GA 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 3.9★ 23 hours ago 23h 3.5★center_img 23 hours ago 23h N/A 23 hours ago 23h 3.5★ NICU – Level 2 RN – Travel Nurse – $1,944/week Fastaff Beverly, MA Find Jobs Near You Mortgage Loan Officer Castle & Cooke Mortgage Albuquerque, NM 23 hours ago 23h Welder/Fabricator/Field Guy/Installer Mid Atlantic Metal Solutions, Inc. Hampton, VA 23 hours ago 23h Full-time Associate Crew Carwash Lawrence, IN OTR Professional Truck Driver Leonard’s Express Orlando, FL Diesel Mechanic A Royal Flush Inc Bridgeport, CT 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23hlast_img read more

Dying Man Throws Himself from Plane to Raise Money

first_imgI’ll bet that headline got your attention. Thanks to First of Its Kind Philanthropy for calling attention to this rather unusual example of personal fundraising. Visit Mike Blacktopp’s site here if you’d like to see his jump.I’m in Dallas at the moment at the Association of Fundraising Professionals conference, but most the sessions are on asking for money rather than asking donors to ask for money. I’d like to see more on this topic. At Six Degrees, we’ve seen more than $300,000 raised in the past two months by bloggers and social networking folks. Don’t forget, you may have some very compelling – and daring – fundraisers among your donors. Ask them to spread the word.If you happen to be in Dallas, drop by and say hi at the Network for Good booth, #747, or come to my session on Wednesday morning!last_img read more

Three ideas to recharge your marketing

first_imgI’m back from lying on a beach for a week, and I want to thank my colleagues Jono and Stacie for writing such wonderful posts in my absence. You’ll be hearing more from both of them soon. (No good deed goes unpunished.)Since I’m feeling recharged, I thought I’d share some of the energy. Here are three things you can do to recharge your marketing approach.1.) Are you stuck in a storytelling rut? Try telling your story with three photos with interesting questions next to each. My friend Mark sent me the link to this great site, which tells this company’s story with intriguing photos and captions, which lead you through the site. I love it.2.) Second guessing your marketing materials? Invite ten supporters to react to them on the call or through a quick survey, with a nice reward for their time and opinion like tickets to your next event, a picture drawn by a child your charity helped, etc. Nothing like a little research and relationship building rolled into one.3.) Want your donors to be inspired? Give them a regular dose of it. Instead of an “newsletter sign-up,” ask your supporters to opt in for a “thank you of the week” email, written in the voice of people (or animals, or trees) they’ve helped. Just a short, personal note for their inbox. It’s far more interesting and compelling, and it builds loyalty and trust in your organization.last_img read more

13 Tips for Raising Money Online

first_imgWhen you’re trying for raising money online for your members, website visitors, or other constituents.Keep these 13 Tips for Raising Money Online in mind:Ask for money for special projects or other hot items, not for general support – and set a deadline. It’s generally easier to raise money for something specific with a deadline than for institutional support. “Your gift of $25, $50, $100 – whatever you can afford – will help us get these families through the holiday season.” If the gift is tax deductible, say so.Ask as many people as you can (without spamming). The more people you ask, the more gifts you’ll get. If you don’t have a big list, see if other organizations will send your message out to their members for you. (It’s usually not OK for another organization to give you its email list, because the people on it didn’t give you permission to email them. In every email, use a “tell-a-friend” feature to make it easy for people to pass along the fundraising appeal.Make the “Ask” the main message in your email. While you’re probably sending a regular monthly e-newsletter and/or activist alerts to the people on your list, when you want money, don’t bury the Ask in a longer message with other items – it won’t get enough attention.Make sure recipients know (and like) the sender of your e-mail. In the “From” line, use a celebrity or your President or Chair if that makes sense, or just use the name of your organization.In the “Subject” line, make sure it’s clear why you’re writing – and don’t be deceptive.Keep the copy short and punchy, and give people links to the donation page within a few lines of the top. Repeat it every paragraph or so. (Some people get the idea and just want to click on the donation form.)HTML (Web-like) emails generally get a better response than plain text, though they do take more time to format and test.Localize your messages according to users’ zip codes, if that’s relevant.Make sure the content of all your messages – fundraising, informational, activist – is interesting and useful to readers, not just to staff and board. Track click-throughs, so you know what gets read, and send email surveys from time to time.Ask everywhere you can – on your Website, in your emails, in the “signature” at the bottom of your email messages, and offline too.Build your list. Via every channel – meetings, events, parties, at the workplace, in your e-mails, and on your sites – ask people for their e-mail addresses, so you can build your list. Put an email signup form on every Web page, and include a link at the bottom of every email.Test. Email makes it easy, quick, and cheap to test different messages, subject lines, and Asks ($15 or $25 or $32.50?). If you’ve got a list of about 40,000 or more, you could send out two versions of your e-mail, each to 5,000 or 10,000 people, monitor the results through an email service provider, then “roll out” the more successful one 48 hours later to the rest of the list.Integrate your email with your mail, phone, and events fundraising. It’s good for prospects to hear your message via several channels, and you can also use email to alert people that a letter or call is coming, or ask whether they read the letter.If you have any question regarding the above Tips for Raising Money Online, click Network for Good’s fundraising coach and find your help just in one click.Nick Allen is the President of Donordigital (www.donordigital.com), a direct marketing firm that provides consulting and implementation for online fundraising, advocacy, and marketing campaigns. This article is copyrighted by Donordigital.last_img read more

Widgets: The New Black – More Useful Than Ever for Nonprofits

first_imgThe Web is increasingly turning into a sort of online mall with its boutiques filled with thousands of useful, off-the-rack accessories of every description and utility. In the age of openness, it’s suddenly very fashionable and sexy to accessorize Web sites with widgets: small applications that plug into bigger ones. There are a lot of really fun and innovative widgets out there that can add functionality and effective calls to action.The formal definition of a Web Widget is a portable chunk of code that can be installed and executed within any separate html-based Web page by an end user without requiring additional compilation. They are akin to plugins or extensions in desktop applications. Other terms used to describe a Web Widget include Gadget, Badge, Module, Capsule, Snippet, Mini and Flake. Web Widgets often but not always use Adobe Flash or JavaScript programming languages.A few important questions to ask before your consider adding a widget to your blog or Web site.Does your Web site or blog publish excellent content on a regular basis?Do you ask good questions that lead to conversations online?Do you have strategies for encouraging those conversations and linking them to your content?Do you write blog posts that inspire lots of comments?Do you employ a social networking or online outreach strategy that engages your regular readers and enables new readers to discover you?Although using widgets is not yet a standard practice on nonprofit blogs and Web sites, many organizations are experimenting and learning. They have identified the benefits of widgets:Easy to use, you don’t need technical skillsCan help you extend or enhance the conversation on your blogCan help you “listen” by gathering feedback and other information from your blog readersCan help you easily link to other sites, content, or individualsCan help make your blog more “findable”They are lots of funBefore you go hog wild and install every widget known to mankind, consider the following:If most of your readers are following you via blog readers, they might not “pop” out of their reader to visit your browser.The more widgets you add to your blog or Web site, the longer it could take to load your site. Be sure to place your flash widgets at the top of page, and try to keep it to no more than three or four on a page.Many blogs end up being positioned higher in search engine searches, so there must be some blogs that are being discovered via the browser and not a reader. So, perhaps widgets should be designed to reach first-timers or new readers. Consider them as a strategy for point of entry. You need to know from where your audience is coming to your blog.Consider your audience when you select a particular widget. If you’re a podcaster and your audience is likely to have a microphone installed on their computer, then voice message widgets might make sense.The use of widget must be linked to the topic, content, or purpose of your blog or Web site, such as linking a poll to a post on the topic.Some widgets offer more control over the look and feel if you need to use particular color schemes. Not all widgets are ugly.Be sure to test these widgets to make sure they are installed and work.Source: http://www.nptimes.com/technobuzz/TB200706_1.htmllast_img read more

Leaders in Maternal Health Comment on the New Maternal Mortality Estimates: Claire Bangser

first_imgPosted on April 21, 2010June 21, 2017By: Claire Bangser, Program Coordinator, Young Champions of Maternal Health, AshokaClick 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 Maternal Health Task Force is looking to those working in maternal health to comment on the recent findings published in the Lancet that suggest a dramatic reduction in global maternal mortality.Claire Bangser is the Program Coordinator for the Young Champions of Maternal Health program at Ashoka, a partnership with the Maternal Health Task Force to identify 16 “young champions of maternal health” who will spend 9 months working on a maternal health project abroad and being mentored by an Ashoka Fellow. Claire shares her thoughts on the recent Lancet paper on maternal mortality: The findings in this report give the maternal health community reason to be optimistic. We now must work to sustain this momentum and continue to foster an entrepreneurial community of changemakers improving maternal health in the communities and countries where women still lack access to the quality health services they deserve. We should be looking to innovators from the areas of greatest need to inform the decisions of the international maternal health community.Learn more about the Young Champions for Maternal Health program here.Are you a blogger? Learn about Ashoka’s Maternal Health Blogging Competition here.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Making the Final Push for MDG5, Making Women Matter

first_imgPosted on June 29, 2010June 21, 2017By: Kate Dilley, Administrative Coordinator, Management Sciences for 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)This post was originally posted on haba na haba, hujaza kibaba–and has been adapted for the MHTF  BlogOne of the most salient admissions I heard during the Women Deliver 2010 conference in Washington DC (June 7-9) was that the major challenge facing improvements in maternal health is a lack of political will. Kathleen Sebelius, the US Secretary for Health and Human Services, explained that the problem with reducing maternal mortality is not with the lack of knowledge or interventions, but the political will to put that knowledge to action, the will to make maternal mortality a priority of governments, the will to stand up and say that the lives of women matter, and we MUST do something about it.I spent three days hearing about proven interventions – improving human resources for health so that more clinics and facilities will have trained birth attendants and midwives presiding over deliveries, expansion of in-service training to include Emergency Obstetric Care (EmOC) to more professionals and thus more clinics, wider distribution of clean delivery kits, immunization, kangaroo mother care, exclusive breast feeding, access to safe abortion, family planning, and antenatal care. The steadfast and committed people working in the field of maternal health know what to do, and how to do it. Every day, nearly 1,500 women die giving life, and the global health community knows how to prevent almost 1,300, or 90%, of those deaths. But do they have the power to demand and receive the funds from their governments to scale-up these interventions—to make them accessible to the most marginalized populations? Do they have the power to make maternal mortality a national (or international) priority?  Do they have the power to make their voices heard?I find it remarkable the way other similar causes have been able to garner immense support—and financial backing. LiveSTRONG is a striking example. Lance Armstrong and his team have done an extraordinary job of raising awareness, corporate dollars, and determination to find a cure for cancer. TO FIND A CURE. I think it is wonderful that so many organizations’ efforts and resources are being poured into identifying a cure for cancer—but I also wonder, how can it be that we already know how to solve the problem of maternal mortality and morbidity yet hundreds of thousands of women continue to die every year because the global community has refused to prioritize the health of the poorest and most marginalized women in the world?All of this points to the awful reality that in many parts of the world, the lives of women are seen as less valuable. However, at Women Deliver 2010 and the Annual Global Health Council meeting the week after, I witnessed unprecedented collaboration and momentum to change that reality from within the field and beyond. As we approach 2015, the make it or break it year for the Millennium Development Goals, our collective voice is loud and clear. Now more than ever, it is time to make the final push to achieve MDG-5. I hope that the world’s politicians will be held accountable for the funds they promised at the G8 and G20 meetings—and that those funds will go towards evidence-based interventions. At Women Deliver and at the Global Health Council meeting, I met many remarkable maternal and child health practitioners. The brains, the brute, and the determination are all there on the practitioner side. What the global health community needs now is for our politicians to stand beside us, to trust in our evidence-based interventions, to let us save over one thousand women’s lives every day.Be sure to check out Kate Dilley’s  blog, haba na haba, hujaza kibaba.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Weekend Reading

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 21, 2011November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Recently on the MHTF blog:Wendy J. Graham spoke about maternal mortality estimationEngenderHealth Medical Director Roy Jacobstein wrote about contraceptive implants in the UKAnrudh K. Jain reacted to a maternal death in IndiaSome reading for the weekend:WHO and universal coverageLow cost health care in IndiaAn advocacy guide for parliamentariansMen and women may experience diseases differentlyShare this:last_img read more

Maternal Sepsis and Ignaz Semmelweis, the Father of Infection Control

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 13, 2012Click 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)Today is the first ever World Sepsis Day (WSD)! World Sepsis Day is an initiative of the Global Sepsis Alliance (GSA), involving organizations from sixty-nine countries, that aims to call attention to a neglected issue in global health.The overall goal of the Global Sepsis Alliance is to reduce the global incidence of sepsis by at least 20% by 2020 through “promoting good general hygiene practices like proper hand hygiene and clean birthing conditions, as well as improvements in sanitation and nutrition, access to clean water, and vaccination programs for specific patient populations.”What is sepsis?According to the WSD website, “Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to an infection damages its own tissues and organs. It can lead to shock, multiple organ failure, and death, especially if it is not recognized early and treated promptly. Sepsis is the leading cause of death from infection around the world, despite advances in modern medicine like vaccines, antibiotics, and acute care. Millions of people around the world die of sepsis every year.”Sepsis and maternal healthAccording to the World Health Organization, the major complications that account for 80% of all maternal deaths are severe bleeding, infections (sepsis), high blood pressure during pregnancy (pre-eclampsia and eclampsia) and unsafe abortion.The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) offers a brief review of the evidence around maternal sepsis:BackgroundMaternal sepsis, also called “puerperal sepsis”, is defined by WHO as “infection of the genital tract occurring at any time between the onset of rupture of membranes or labor and the 42nd day postpartum, in which fever and one or more of the following are present: pelvic pain, abnormal vaginal discharge, abnormal smell/foul odor of discharge and delay in the rate of reduction of the size of the uterus”. This includes chorioamnionitis and endometritis. In the absence of treatment, maternal sepsis may lead to death and serious long-term morbidity such as chronic pelvic pain, pelvic inflammatory disease and secondary infertility.Epidemiology– Maternal sepsis causes at least 75,000 maternal deaths every year, mostly in low-income countries, and accounts for 14% of maternal mortality in Asia and Africa.– For every death there are a number of women who suffer acute and/or long-term morbidity, although data for a precise estimate are lacking.– There are multiple risk factors associated with maternal sepsis including home birth in unhygienic conditions, low socioeconomic status, poor nutrition, and caesarean sections.Learn more from KFF about maternal sepsis here.Ignaz SemmelweisIn honor of the first World Sepsis Day, the Maternal Health Task Force would like to take a few minutes to highlight the accomplishments of a man who some call “the father of infection control.” Others have named him “the savior of mothers.” While still others refer to him as “the unhappy hero.”According to BMJ Quality and Safety:Ignaz Semmelweis was a Hungarian born physician who received his MD degree in Vienna in 1844. In 1847 he was given a 2 year appointment as an assistant in obstetrics with responsibility for the First Division of the maternity service of the vast Allgemeine Krankenhaus teaching hospital in Vienna. There he observed that women delivered by physicians and medical students had a much higher rate (13–18%) of post-delivery mortality (called puerperal fever or childbed fever) than women delivered by midwife trainees or midwives (2%).This case-control analysis led Semmelweis to consider several hypotheses. He concluded that the higher rates of infections in women delivered by physicians and medical students were associated with the handling of corpses during autopsies before attending the pregnant women. This was not done by the midwives. He associated the exposure to cadaveric material with an increased risk of childbed fever, and conducted a study in which the intervention was hand washing.Learn more about Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis on BMJ Quality and Safety here.Unfortunately, his ideas went against the accepted beliefs of the time about the spread of disease—and his peers adamantly rejected his hypotheses. According to Encyclopedia Brittanica, “The years of controversy gradually undermined his spirit. In 1865 he suffered a breakdown and was taken to a mental hospital, where he died. Ironically, his illness and death were caused by the infection of a wound on his right hand, apparently the result of an operation he had performed before being taken ill. He died of the same disease against which he had struggled all his professional life.”Sadly, Ignaz Semmelweis has gone down in history as an “unhappy hero” despite saving the lives of numerous women and being the first physician to prove that hand-washing is a critical intervention for preventing infection. Eventually, though, about two decades after he died, he was given credit for his discoveries. Soon after Pasteur, Koch, and Lister developed significant evidence of the germ theory and antiseptic techniques, the medical community came to realize the significance of Semmelweis’ passion for hand-washing.The Budapest medical school, where Semmelweis once taught, is now the Semmelweis University of Medicine. More information:– Learn more about World Sepsis Day here.– Learn more about the Global Sepsis Alliance here.– Click here for a factsheet on sepsis.– And here for several interesting facts about sepsis.– If you happen to find yourself in Budapest, and want to learn more about Dr. Semmelweis, be sure to visit the Semmelweis Medical History Museum!Share this:last_img read more

Safe Abortion Information and Services Are Critical for Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality

first_imgPosted on October 20, 2015October 13, 2016By: Kelsey Holt, Senior Project Manager, 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)Pregnant women who do not wish to—or aren’t able to—carry pregnancies to term have been largely absent in discussions at the GMNHC in Mexico City this week. The focus on reaching every mother and newborn with quality care effectively leaves these women out despite the significant contribution of unsafe abortion to maternal morbidity and mortality in areas of the world where abortion remains heavily restricted. One of today’s concurrent sessions, “Improving Access and Quality of Safe Abortion Services: Global Lessons and Questions,” filled this gap at the conference and made clear the need for integration of prevention and management of unintended pregnancy—as well as post-abortion care for incomplete induced abortion and miscarriage—into global efforts to meet the newly agreed upon SDGs. The panel highlighted several countries’ experiences incorporating safe abortion into maternal mortality reduction strategies and demonstrate the promise of such efforts.As Swadesh Gurung from Ipas illustrated in his presentation, Nepal is one example of a country which has met MGD 5 in part by integrating safe abortion and post-abortion care into its national Safe Motherhood plans since liberalization of the abortion law occurred in 2002. Particularly interesting are efforts to integrate emergency obstetric and abortion care training for auxiliary nurse midwifes in order to reach the hardest to reach rural populations with health care workers trained to provide comprehensive services for pregnant women. Nepal is among several countries honored at the recent FIGO conference for achieving MDG 5 through inclusion of family planning and abortion in national strategies to address maternal mortality.Other countries have legalized abortion more recently and are also making inspiring progress towards implementation of quality services. In Ethiopia, where abortion was legalized in 2005, nationally representative assessments in 2008 and 2014 have examined the availability of safe abortion, the incidence of abortion, and the magnitude of abortion-related morbidity. Publications of results comparing the progress made between these two time points are forthcoming. Sally Dijkerman of Ipas presented on the findings related to availability of services using the Safe Abortion Care (SAC) model, which is based on the Emergency Obstetric Care (EmOC) model, and highlighted success in expanding availability as well as areas for future improvements.In Mexico City, impressive efforts by the government and NGO sector since legalization of first trimester abortion in 2007 have led to rapid integration of legal abortion services into the health system. Patricio Sanhueza, head of the Mexico City Ministry of Health’s Reproductive Health Program, highlighted key factors leading to the city’s success, including the development of clinical guidelines, the “ILETel” information hotline and the more recent launch of a website dedicated to providing information about accessing abortion, decentralization of services to the primary care level, and training of various cadre of health workers involved in abortion care.Finally, a panelist from the Ministry of Health in Uganda, Collins Tusingwire, demonstrated what can be done in the absence of abortion law liberalization to address unsafe abortion. According to his presentation, 26% of maternal deaths in Uganda are from unsafe abortion, approximately double the worldwide rate. A diverse group of stakeholders in Uganda worked together to develop guidelines that would be acceptable to all parties and would address prevention and management of unintended pregnancy (including safe abortion for the limited indicators allowed by law) and post-abortion care. Ensuring these guidelines are in place is a first step in expanding access to quality care for women with unintended pregnancies.At the upcoming Women Deliver conference, the new global and regional estimates of induced abortion will be released by the WHO and the Guttmacher Institute and will provide important information on progress towards decreasing unsafe abortion incidence. The maternal newborn health community represented at GMNHC – including donors and key players setting the agenda in the new SDG era—must pay attention and mainstream efforts to promote access to high-quality, safe abortion care as a central part of the strategy for ending preventable maternal mortality.Photo: “Pro-abortion demonstration in Machala, Ecuador” ©2008 vesselthefilm, used under a creative commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 license.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

15 New Jobs in Maternal Newborn Health

first_imgPosted on August 12, 2016August 17, 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)Interested in a position in maternal newborn health? Every month, the Maternal Health Task Force rounds up job and internship postings from around the globe.AfricaChief of Party: Management Sciences for Health (MSH); Abuja, NigeriaCommunications Officer: PATH; Kinshasa, CongoCountry Director: Jhpiego; EthiopiaDirector of Programs: Jhpiego; KenyaMarketing Advisor, Southern Africa: Population Services International (PSI); Johannesburg, Praetoria, South AfricaMaternal, Newborn, Child Health – Director of Health Services Delivery: Management Sciences for Health (MSH); Abuja, NigeriaSocial Behavioral Change Communication Advisor: PATH; Addis Ababa, EthiopiaAsiaMaternal Health Program Director: MaMoni Health Systems Strengthening Project; BangladeshSenior Program Officer, Measurement, Learning & Evaluation (Health Coverage, Quality, & Delivery): Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; New Delhi, IndiaNorth AmericaChild Survival Program Manager: Concern Worldwide; New York, NYCommunications Specialist: Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP); Washington, DCPerformance Monitoring and Accountability 2020 (PMA2020) Deputy Director of Research: Gates Institute – Johns Hopkins School of Public Health; Baltimore, MDPrograms and Partnerships Director: Midwives for Haiti; Hinche, HaitiProject Director – Women ASPIRE: Catholic Relief Services; Baltimore, MDSenior Program Officer, Discovery and Translational Sciences for Family Health: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Seattle, WA ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Is your organization hiring? Please contact us if you have maternal newborn health job or internship opportunities that you would like included in our next job roundup.Share this:last_img read more

We Heart Credit Unions!

first_imgHere at Freelancers Union we heart mutualism – people coming together to collectively solve the problems they face. Applied to the banking sector, it means we really heart credit unions. Credit unions are cooperatively-owned financial institutions that, unlike conventional banks, are not-for-profit institutions. This enables credit unions to prioritize the needs of their members, not their profit margins. Apparently, we aren’t the only ones who are thinking about changing the way we do business. Paralleling the Occupy Wall Street movement, November 5th has been proclaimed “Bank Transfer Day.” Bank Transfer Day encourages citizens throughout the U.S. to move their money from “too big to fail” banks to local credit unions. Energy leading up to the 5th has been building, with nearly 70,000 RSVPs already on its facebook event page, and the effort has drawn national media coverage from Time magazine, Reuters, ABC news and more. If you’re interested in joining a credit union, you can take these five steps to participate in Bank Transfer Day: 1) Research your local credit union options 2) Open an account with the one that best suits your needs 3) Cancel all automatic withdrawals and deposits 4) Transfer your funds to the new account 5) Follow your bank’s procedures to close your account before 11/05 Here are a few of resources to learn more: National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions Our local credit union, Brooklyn Cooperative Credit Union Find a credit union near you and tell us, will you be transferring your bank? Image courtesy of Fibers.comlast_img read more

9 ideal freelance jobs for educators

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.If you are an education industry professional who is interested in working independently, there are many opportunities available to you. Many educators successfully freelance as a means to earn extra money. Others have made the leap into freelancing as a permanent career. If you think freelancing is the choice for you, check out these great jobs.Professional tutorThis may be the most obvious option, but the demand is huge. Further, the opportunities are endless as there are dozens of ways to approach this field. First, as a tutor you can decide whether you will serve students online, in person, or both. You can also choose which grade levels or age groups to work with.Use your imagination. Students need tutors. So do small business owners and senior citizens. You can operate one-on-one or hold small group classes. The key is finding ways to reach your target customer. Consider posting on school bulletin boards, your local library, even the community bulletin boards at local grocery stores.Online academy instructorMany parents want the option to homeschool, but don’t want to design curricula or grade papers. They also worry about complying with local laws. So, they enroll their children in online academies where instruction is delivered through video and face-to-face instruction using video-conferencing software.Many teachers working at these online academies are independent consultants. They record the instructional videos and block out time each week to grade papers and work with students individually. This a great option for anyone who wants to telecommute while still connecting with students.Curriculum developer/consultantIf you have administrative credentials, there is a good chance that you have participated in the process of creating, selecting, or evaluating curricula; perhaps all three. Good news: your skills are in high demand. Public and private schools, camps, colleges, and other institutions need your skills. This is especially true of startups, such as charter schools. Offering a great curriculum that educates students while keeping them engaged is key for an educational institute remaining viable.Corporate trainerEven without a background in the business world, you may have a future as a freelance corporate trainer. As an educator, you are accustomed to learning material and then presenting it to students so they find it to be engaging and understandable. Corporate trainers apply these same skills.Where do they work? Some opt to work for a variety of small businesses that cannot staff their own training departments. Others may work for companies that need people to lead classes on their products or services. For example, software development companies often send instructors to client sites to teach them how to use their software packages.This can be interesting work. The pay tends to be quite nice as well. It is important to note that this is a career path that tends to work best for people who enjoy travelling pretty extensively. While some corporate trainers can make a living working only with companies on local sites, most do not. Instead, they opt to travel to maximize the work they can get and demand higher rates.Educational software consultantWhether it’s learning to type, mastering a second language, learning about the letters of the alphabet, or boning up for a CPA exam, both adults and children use educational software or take e-courses. They use these products at home, in school, and at work. It can take a significant amount of time and money to develop and market educational software. Getting everything right is very important.This is why seasoned educators can make money as software consultants. Even if you aren’t a coder, your insights into instructional methods are very valuable. So is your subject matter expertise. You may be needed to perform tasks ranging from consulting on initial design models to writing scripts to helping test final products.Test administrator and scorerStandardized tests are everywhere. There’s the SAT, ACT, MCAT, and other academic tests. Many states have tests that are administered to students at specific grade levels. In the professional world, there are a variety of tests and certifications that people must sit for in order to work in their fields or advance themselves.All of these tests must be administered by qualified professionals. They must also be scored by them. This presents a great opportunity to educators to earn a bit of extra income. While there is a bit of an evaluation and training process to work as a test administrator and scorer, as long as you have the proper background finding work shouldn’t be too challenging.Educational publication editor/contributorThere are loads of publications online that are dedicated solely to people in the education profession. There are also print magazines and newsletters. Even your local newspaper likely has an education beat or column that is dedicated to school activities and news. Each of these ventures need qualified educators with a talent for writing and editing.You can earn money by:Submitting content as a freelance writerPitching story ideasWorking as an independent editorTaking photographs and videos of educational eventsEducational materials vendorIf you’ve worked as an instructor for awhile, you may have accumulated a lot of “stuff.” You may not use these items anymore, but they are treasure to other students. Check your closets, trunk of your car, basement, and storage shed for any of the following:Educational postersPresentation slidesReward schedulesClassroom calendarsModelsKits for science and art projectsClassroom-style musical instrumentsMaps of the worldArt suppliesYou can earn money by selling these items at a significant discount to teachers.Drop-in instructorWhile the staff at preschools, camps, daycare centers, and community centers are hardworking and well-trained, many parents are demanding something more. They want enrichment delivered by professional instructors. It shouldn’t be surprising. Parents often pay quite a bit of money for these services, and expect to get their money’s worth. This is especially true if it means finding out their child is a gifted athlete, artist, or musician.Rather than keeping these specialists on staff, these organizations often contract with independent instructors. These freelance educators come into businesses to operate programs for students that include music instruction, art workshops, and even athletic coaching. In some cases, the schools provide the space while parents pay the teacher directly.Where will your freelance career take you?There are so many ways to continue to use your talents to educate others. If you believe freelancing is right for you, consider checking out some of the options above.James Daily is a professional writer, content manager, and blogger. With a Master’s degree in Leadership and Teacher Education, he specializes in education, psychology, and upbringing. He counts astronomy, psychology, and cinema among his myriad interests.last_img read more

ATP Finals: Alexander Zverev stuns Roger Federer in semis

first_imgAlexander Zverev claimed one of most significant wins of his fledgling career as he beat Roger Federer to reach the ATP Finals title match but became unwitting pantomime villain in bizarre scenes at the 02 Arena on Saturday.The 21-year-old German upstart produced some dazzling tennis and thoroughly deserved his 7-5 7-6(5) win against the six-time champion in a captivating semi-final.But rather then being able to celebrate becoming the first German since Boris Becker in 1996 to reach the final of a tournament ranked not far below the Grand Slams in importance, he was shamefully booed during his post-match speech.With Zverev serving at 3-4 in the second-set tiebreak, Federer held sway in a baseline rally when his opponent shouted “hang on” and stopped the point after a ballboy dropped a ball at the far end.The fans getting behind Sascha #SuperSaturday #NittoATPFinals pic.twitter.com/XgoozFqWO1ATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) November 17, 2018The Swiss looked bemused but after Brazilian umpire Carlos Bernardes checked with the ballboy the point was replayed.The Federer-loving crowd were in uproar, but Zverev composed himself and slammed down a 137mph ace to level the breaker at 4-4.Federer then made a hash of an attempted drop volley at 4-5 — cue more bedlam in the crowd — and two points later Zverev sealed victory when he belted away a backhand drive volley.Bizarrely, rather than bask in the glory of beating the 20-time Grand Slam champion on one of his favourite stages, the tousle-haired youngster ended up apologising for a situation not of his making.advertisement”I want to apologise for the situation in the tiebreak,” Zverev said on court. “The ball boy dropped ball and it’s in the rules that we have to replay the point.”I apologised to Roger at the net and he said ‘it’s okay it’s in the rules.'”Boos rung around the arena again, forcing on-court interviewer Annabel Croft to spring to his defence.”I’m not sure why you are booing, he is telling the truth,” she told the crowd. “The ballboy moved across the court and disrupted play. I think you need to be a little bit more respectful, they are the rules.”Federer, who will have to wait a little longer for his 100th career title, still appeared rattled in his post-match news conference when asked if the incident had affected him.”Of course it did. (The point) got replayed. I got aced,” the 37-year-old snapped at a reporter.He did concede that Zverev had not done anything against the rules.”I’m not questioning Sascha’s sportsmanship in any way,” he said. “I think it’s a bold move by Sascha to stop the rally because the umpire can just say, ‘sorry, buddy, you’re in the rally. I don’t care. You lost the point. I didn’t see it.'”I don’t know what the rule says. I always thought it was an umpire’s decision, not a player’s decision.”One match away from the @TennisTV highlights as Sascha Zverev defeated @rogerfederer to secure his place in the #NittoATPFinals title match #SuperSaturday pic.twitter.com/zlyKtRA5KqATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) November 17, 2018ABSORBING DUELThe chaotic climax to the contest overshadowed what had been an absorbing duel with Federer’s guile and variety up against Zverev’s baseline power.After 11 games without so much as a break point, it was Federer who blinked first.Zverev curled a superb running forehand pass down the line to get to 0-30 on the Federer serve and was then gifted two points and the set as the second seed’s forehand malfunctioned.Federer was not about to be ushered off without a fight though and a rapier-like backhand pass gave him the early break in the second set, only for Zverev to hit back immediately.Chants of “Let’s Go Roger, Let’s Go” reverberated around the arena as the second-set tiebreak began but Zverev kept his cool to prevail.last_img read more

Shikhar Dhawan has ‘moved on’ from Test omission, ready to give his best in 2019 World Cup

first_imgShikhar Dhawan had a stellar beginning to his Test career five years back and still boasts of a great record in home conditions but inconsistency with the bat in overseas conditions and his poor technique against swing bowlers led to his ousted from the Test squad earlier this month.But he isn’t the kind of player who goes into a shell when faced with challenges and wants to bounce back strong whenever he gets the opportunity.The recent T20I series against Australia saw the Delhi batsman amass 117 runs in two matches and was adjudged Player of the Series for his exploits as India shared the trophy with the hosts.Virat Kohli’s team will now face Australia in a four-match series from December 6, which will give Dhawan ample time to prepare for the ODIs which follows after the Tests from January 12.Looking back at his Test omission, Dhawan says he has moved on from the episode and is already looking forward to put his best foot forward in the 50-over format early next year.”Yes, I was a bit sad but I have moved on and I am in a good frame of mind. I am in a happy positive mood. I am enjoying my game. I have got a bit off time and I am going to enjoy my training and get myself fitter. I am happy and once I am happy things go well for me,” Dhawan told ESPN Cricinfo.The 32-year-old left-handed opener is also confident that India will do well in the Test series against Tim Paine’s Australia.advertisement”I think we have got a very good chance to win the series here. We have to play good complete cricket in all three departments whether it’s batting, bowling or fielding and also catching. We have to be consistent and then we will have a good chance of beating Australia,” said Dhawan.While the World Cup is still six months away, the focus will be on the process for the veteran of 115 ODIs.”I am going to give my best. I am a big believer in process and once I get it right, other things will follow on its own. Of course, we would like to bring the World Cup back home,” he exuded confidence.What makes him confident about his success in England is his past record in limited overs cricket.”I have done well in both Champions Trophies in England and with my experience, I hope to score a lot of runs in World Cup and give good starts and sail through so that we can get the Cup back,” Dhawan concluded.Also Read | Shikhar Dhawan breaks Virat Kohli’s record for most T20I runs in a yearAlso Read | Shikhar Dhawan breaks Virat Kohli’s record for most T20I runs in a yearAlso Read | Brisbane T20I: Shikhar Dhawan masterclass in vain as India lose thrillerAlso Read | Australia brace for a summer of battle against Virat Kohlilast_img read more

Google Maps Is Now Taunting Ohio State’s Football Program

first_imgAn Ohio State Buckeyes cheerleader running with a flag.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 03: A cheerleader runs onto the field with an Ohio State Buckeyes flag prior to the Discover Orange Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)It’s been several days since Ohio State were upset by Purdue, but the jokes at the Buckeyes’ expense have hardly died down.The latest outlet to poke fun at Ohio State’s expense is Google Maps, who per an image captured on Reddit, changed the name of Purdue’s football stadium to reflect the stunning result.The venue, Ross-Ade Stadium, was found on Google Maps to have been renamed “Nutcracker Stadium” – a clear reference to Purdue’s 49-20 win on Saturday.As of writing, the change is still visible on Google Maps.Google Maps has apparently changed the name of Purdue’s Ross-Ade Stadium ? #BoilerUp #OSUvsPUR ? pic.twitter.com/w9ygEEFNbN— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) October 22, 2018Purdue took a 7-0 lead in the game towards the end of the first quarter and never lost it the rest of the game.QB David Blough and RB D.J. Knox combined for six TDs. In the final minutes of the fourth quarter, Markus Bailey intercepted Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins for a 41-yard TD.The Boilermakers have won four straight games after starting the season 0-3.last_img read more

DRDO UAV crashes in farmland in Karnataka none injured

first_imgBengaluru: An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) belonging to the Defence Research and Development Organisation crashed during a trial in an agriculture field in Chitradurga district on Tuesday, police said. However, no casualties were reported. The DRDO tweeted, “Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) being developed by DRDO on experimental flight trial in new configuration has crash landed in fields near ATR Chitradurga. Data is being analysed.” The incident created a scare at Jodi Chillenahalli village as a loud noise was heard when the aerial vehicle fell. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Soon, large number of people gathered at the spot, police said. Chitradurga Superintendent of Police Arun K told PTI that the UAV crashed in the arecanut farm this morning, but no one was injured. Videos of the broken UAV went viral on the social media. According to state government officials, the testing of aerial vehicle called ‘Rustom-2’ was in progress when the incident occurred.last_img read more