Sachin Tendulkar Continues to Remain Jewel of India

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Indian Govt Launches New Initiatives for Easier Passport Application

first_imgA person can now apply for a passport from anywhere in India, the Ministry of External Affairs announced on June 26. Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also launched a mobile application, available for Android and iOS platforms, that would help people apply, pay and schedule appointments for getting a passport.The new initiatives were announced by the government on the occasion of the Sixth Passport Seva Divas. With the launch of this scheme, applicants can now choose the Regional Passport Office (RPO), and the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) or the Post Office Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK) under the RPO where they wish to submit their application. A particular passport office can be chosen even if the applicant’s present residential address specified in the application form does not lie within the jurisdiction of the selected RPO. The police verification process, if required for a specific passport, would be conducted at the address specified in the application form, the ministry said in a statement.In her address on the occasion of Passport Seva Divas, EAM @SushmaSwaraj highlighted the transformation in simplification of rules for issuing passports in the last four years. Watch EAM’s address at— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) June 26, 2018The passport will be printed and dispatched by the RPO that was selected for application submission by the applicant to the address specified on the application.For example, a resident of Jaipur, who is temporarily residing in Kolkata, will now be able to apply at a PSK/POPSK under RPO, Kolkata, and will not have to travel all the way to Jaipur to submit an application for passport. The police verification, if necessary, would be conducted at Jaipur while the Kolkata office would print and dispatch the passport at the address specified in the application form.This initiative aims to benefit the applicants who are unable to apply at a passport office near their ordinary place of residence, the statement added.Also, the new “mPassport Seva App” would make it possible for a person to apply for a passport without the use of a computer and printer.Another step towards simplification of passport service to people! EAM @SushmaSwaraj and MoS @Gen_VKSingh launched Mobile Passport Application on the occasion of Passport Seva Divas.— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) June 26, 2018The app will provide passport services such as new user registration, signing in to registered user account, application for passport and police clearance certificate, and appointment scheduling. It will also include a document adviser and a fee calculator, the MEA statement said.Speaking at the launch of the initiatives, Swaraj said that “revolutionary” changes have been brought about in the process for applying for an Indian passport, PTI reported. While 77 Passport Seva Kendras were made available in 48 years, 231 more were added in the last 48 months, she said, adding that there are 307 PSKs in the country now, and the number will be increased so that at least one PSK or POPSK is available in all the 543 Lok Sabha constituencies.Swaraj also pointed out that unnecessary document requirements for a passport, including the marriage certificate, have been done away with since she took charge of the ministry. Related Itemspassportlast_img read more

Ganesha: God of All Things

first_imgJust starting a new job, buying a new car or embarking on a new relationship? The surefire recipe for success is simple: first get Sri Ganesha’s blessings on the project. In fact, nothing in the Hindu world begins without appropriating the approval of Sanathana Dharma’s beloved elephant-headed God, the son of Shiva and Parvati. Who doesn’t know Ganesha? His image is everywhere from temples to roadside dhabas, from the high art of classical miniature paintings to the low art of the bazaars. Ganesha is omnipresent from the sculptures in ancient 5,000 year old temples to guest appearances in Bollywood films like Don. At the recent Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations in Mumbai, Ganesha was even seen as muscle-bound ‘Krrish.’He’s even starred in Terence McNally’s off-Broadway play, The Perfect Ganesh and is an integral player in Vikram Chandra’s acclaimed novel, Red Earth and Pouring Rain. American artist Heyoka Merrifield designs Ganeshas out of gold, silver, rubies and diamonds and his Ganesha shrine was in the collection of Beatle George Harrison.The actress Goldie Hawn is a big believer and Olivia Hussey has a whole collection of Ganeshas. The Hollywood screenwriter Tracey Jackson constantly wears a Ganesha around her neck. And President Clinton is known to keep a silver image of the Lord of Wisdom on his office desk in Harlem.  Every luxury goods purveyor from Lalique to Baccarat to Daum and Lladro has jumped on the Ganesha trail, offering his images for thousands of dollars, which are being snapped up by the wealthy in India as well as in the Diaspora.Narender Agarwal of Ram Creations in Framington Hills, Mich., is a leading stockist of these upscale images and sells everything from Ganesha by Swarovski for $1,395 to one by Baccarat for $9,500 in a limited edition of 500 pieces.This must surely amuse Ganesha, who has seen himself created out of everything from green bananas to mud. Enterprising manufacturers in Shenzen, China, have capitalized on his popularity and are producing colorful images for the huge market in India and the Diaspora. Walk into Dipali, a store in New York, and you will find countless deities made in China by the Communists! While Ganesha is often exoticised in the West, pictured on fashion clothing and bags and even having alcoholic drinks named after him, such as Tears of Ganesha at Tantra, a bar and lounge in Los Angeles, those who connect with Ganesha know and celebrate his true meaning and greatness.In Flushing, Queens, at Ganesh Pathshala, in honor of the Lord of Knowledge and the Arts, immigrant children gather to learn Bharat Natyam, Carnatic music and the veena, besides Hindi, Tamil, Telegu, advanced Math and English. He is on chains worn by women and children, sometimes tattooed on the arms of men, and ensconced in temples across America.There is hardly a Hindu Indian home without an image of Ganesh. He is everywhere from home shrines to décor items to kitschy fashion gewgaws. Even non-Hindus are fascinated by Him as a good luck icon, a benevolent presence. He is endearing because he is so accessible and non-judgmental. You have a few pounds to lose, so does Ganesha. You love sweets, so does Ganesha. You love the arts? So does Ganesha. You have a problem? Ganesha is happy to take it on for you.“For the Hindu, Ganesha is easily contacted, and He is thought of as lenient of our errors and shortcomings, most understanding of our humanness,” writes Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami in the book Loving Ganesha. “So vast is Ganesha’s Being that He cannot be contained by any single concept, and therefore He is portrayed in many forms. He is each of them and He is all of them.”He adds, “As lord of obstacles Ganesha wields the noose and the goad, icons of the benevolent power of preventing or permitting events to happen in our life. Thus we invoke his grace and wisdom before any worship or task.”In fact, He is so powerful that according to the Upanishads, all other deities emanate from him. He is the only God with the power to banish obstacles. It seems this lesson was learnt the hard way by the mighty Lord Shiva who left to fight demons without first invoking the blessings of Ganesha, thinking He was, after all, only his son. Offended, Ganesha caused the axle of Lord Shiva’s chariot to break, stranding Shiva. The mighty god realized the error of his ways and immediately prayed to Ganesha, who then removed all obstacles from his path. No wonder, no new undertaking begins without Ganesha. No Bollywood film will start production without blessing the cameras, breaking a coconut and invoking Ganesha. Hard-boiled multimillionaires wouldn’t dream of sealing a deal without first bowing to Ganesha and even the man who leases his phut-phutti or auto-rickshaw wouldn’t start his business day without folding his hands before the tiny photo of Ganesha propped against the steering wheel.Known as the God of New Beginnings and the Remover of Obstacles, Ganesha is central to the rituals of Hindu weddings. In fact, you’ll rarely find an invitation card that does not include an image of Ganesha, with the result that it becomes difficult to throw away these cards. Ganesha fans sometimes clip his image from the cards to serve as book markers.Appropriately so. After all, Ganesha is not only the Lord of Wisdom, but also the scribe who sacrificed his own tusk, breaking it off to use as a quill when transcribing the epic tale of Mahabharata from the sage Vyasa. Without him, this mighty tale and the Bhagvat Gita would not be written. Not surprisingly, he is beloved by Indian writers as a guard against writer’s block.Accessible and human as he seems to ordinary mortals, Sri Ganesha hreflects, Hinduism’s supreme power.“His four arms stand for His immense power in helping humanity. The noose and the goad borne in two of His hands stand for His all-pervasiveness and grace. The broken tusk held in the right hand shows that He is the hrefuge for all,” writes M. Arunachalam in Festivals of Tamil Nadu. “His huge belly is indicative of His tolerance and also signifies that all things, the entire Universe, are contained in Him. His feet stand for the bestowal of siddhi and buddhi, attainment of desires and knowledge. The modaka (sweet) in His hand is symbolic of jnana, conferring bliss. His mount, the shrew, represents the worldly desires, which are to be overcome.” Ganesha is believed to be the Pitcher of Prosperity, the Granter of Boons and the Guarantor of Success and yet He is so much more. The noted writer Gita Mehta, author of Karma Cola and Snakes and Ladders, introduces people to this benign, chubby deity in Eternal Ganesha (Vendome Press), her new coffee table book about the God who is beloved the world over for his interactions with the affairs of humans.Ganesha has crisscrossed faiths in India to become the icon of protection, of good luck and prosperity. With his elephant head, his potbelly, his weakness for sweets and his preferred vehicle of a mouse, he is quite irresistible, but as Mehta points out, he’s much more than just a good luck emblem: “He is regarded as the Origin of the Universe, the Lord of Connection, of Cause and Effect, the Moment of Creation. He’s really a metaphor for a philosophical quest, an eternal search.”  “What I love about Ganesha is that he symbolizes the greatness of Sanatana Dharma,” she adds. “The best thing that happens to you is that he forces you to explore yourself, the greatness within you. When you strip away everything else, our gods are accessible and there is a profound and beautiful logic as to why they exist and I try to show that.”And yet he’s such an intrinsic part of people’s daily lives – even a student’s struggle for good grades. She writes that Ganesha is the special god of India’s vast student population: Many students believe if they slice a closed text book with a Ganesha medallion the book will fall open at the very topic on which they will be examined!So how does one reconcile the elephant head with the human body? Says Mehta, “The comically corpulent body indicates the physical appearance is an illusion which must be overcome to reach truth. It is also symbolic of a divinity vast enough to contain the entire universe and all the contradictions that exist within it.”Indeed, Ganesh iconography is fascinating with deep meanings behind each of his attributes. He is a composite of four animals, with the head of an elephant, the body of a man, a snake binds his belly and he rides on a mouse. These contradictory animals – elephant and mouse, serpent and man – says Mehta, are contained within a single image, pointing to the supreme goal of Hindu metaphysics, finding an overarching unity in which all apparent contradictions can be contained. Trimukhi Ganpati, Tanjore glass painting“They also point to a moral imperative: that opposites can and must live in peaceful coexistence,” says Mehta. “Non-violence and humanism derive from that imperative. It is the union of the small with the great, the microcosm with the macrocosm. Illustrating the intimate connection between all life forms, as a meditational diagram, Ganesha incarnates Hindu philosophy’s fundamental law, the unity in diversity that it is humanity’s primary duty to maintain.”Gita’s lush, oversized book is laden with 125 color photographs, which show the fascinating array of Ganesha’s  portrayal in India. He is shown with four arms, 12 arms, even 32 arms – and with three faces or even five faces – or sometimes as simply as a triangle of mud with a streak of vermilion at its apex, in some humble homes. Ganeshas have been fashioned out of green bananas, entirely out of peanuts, and in some cases matchsticks or discarded rubber tires. And at home, the images are often taking on a contemporary touch, with Ganesha sporting everything from a Gandhi cap to swinging a cricket bat.Ganesha Chaturthi is the festival celebrating the birth of this joyful god and is one of the most colorful national festivals of India. After rituals, chanting and prayers, thousands of clay images of Ganesha are taken in colorful processions in the streets before being immersed in the ocean in a rite called Visarjna. The festival is especially big in Maharashtra, but is now celebrated in many parts of the Indian Diaspora.In the evening as the sun sets on Hindu communities around the world, thousands of clay images of Ganesha are taken in procession with chanting, music and dancing to be immersed in the rivers, tributaries and oceans. Appropriately, the very first temple to be built in America was dedicated to Ganesha, who is after all, the Lord of New Beginnings. The Sri Maha Vallabha Ganapati Devasthanam in Flushing, New York is a magnificent temple constructed in the South Indian tradition.It is here that Ganesh Chaturthi was first celebrated in America in 1977 and says Uma Mysorekar, president of the Hindu Temple Society of North America which manages the of the temple, “When the clay dissolves in the water, the energy of Ganesha is spread all over, floating across the oceans to bless the entire universe.”In her book A New Religious America, Diana Eck, professor of Comparative Religion at Harvard University recounts how this festival has been celebrated also on the West Coast since 1991: “The Hindus from the San Francisco Bay area launched this tradition, carrying painted clay images of Ganesha to an artillery site in the old presidio that they converted into a temple and then broke coconuts at the feet of Ganesha and then immersed the images – all biodegradable – in San Francisco Bay. For the first time in history the mayor of San Francisco issued a proclamation declaring the date September 22, 1991, as Golden Gate Ganesha Visarjana Day.”When the diverse communities of Nashville were building a temple they had to choose a central deity; they voted amongst the many gods of the Hindu pantheon – and Ganesha won by a landslide. In constructing hundreds of temples across the world from South Africa to Germany to Australia, immigrants have taken their biggest asset, the Remover of Obstacles, with them on their journeys. At many places, a Ganesha image was initially installed in an empty space; priests were brought from India, devotees flocked to the shrines, the worship began, and the funds to construct the temple began to flow. As Subramuniyaswami notes in Loving Ganesha: “This practice has now become a tradition in the West as Hindus have learned from experience that once Lord Ganesha is worshiped, it is actually He who builds the temples in a most wonderful and inspiring way, and they are his helpers.”Ganesha continues to fascinate people everywhere, including young Hindus who are growing up far from their homeland. The Hindu Cultural Society in Cambridge provides this succinct interpretation of Ganesha: “The whole cosmos is known to be the belly of Ganesha. Parvati is the primordial energy. The seven realms above, seven realms below and seven oceans, are inside the cosmic belly of Ganesha, held together by the cosmic energy (kundalini) symbolized as a huge snake which Ganesha ties around Him. The mouse is nothing but our ego. Ganesha, using the mouse as a vehicle, exemplifies the need to control our ego. One who has controlled the ego has Ganesha consciousness or God-consciousness.”Educating the younger generation on Hindu values and spirituality continues across continents and the Ganesha Temple in Queens, New York has a Ganesha Pathshala where young Indian Americans learn about their own religion, music and dance, and Hindu values.A beautiful story about Ganesha exemplifies just how he conquered the world. Shiva and Parvati once asked their two sons, Ganesha and Kartikeya to race around the world three times to see who should be the leader. While Kartikeya dashed off on his peacock mount, Ganesha was expected to make the journey on his slow-moving mouse. Showing wonderful logic and diplomacy, he won by simply circling around his divine parents three times, saying “You are the world.”Riding on his mouse, holding his axe and his goad and noose to catch bad karma, Sri Ganesha continues to engage believers and non-believers, holding out the sweet modaks of divine joy for a life well-lived.MOUSE INTERACTIONLord Ganesha may ride on a mouse, but you can make instant contact with him through your own mouse – just click to get to the following site and actually participate in a puja of Lord Ganesha, with pealing bells, flowers and incense. SCIENCE OF GANESHA Everything in Hinduism begins with the worship of Lord Ganesh, who is installed as the main Deity in Sri Maha Vallabha Ganapathi Devasthanam (Ganesh Temple). With an elephant head and human form, he represents universality of creation. All creation is said to begin with Sound, and He is that first Sound OM or pranava in which mantras are born. When Shakti (Energy) meets Shiva (Matter) both Ganesh (Sound) and Lord Skanda (Light) are born. This is the scientific basis of this part of Hinduism.(Hindu Temple Society of America. Related Itemslast_img read more

Forbes’ Billionaire List

first_imgAmar Bose, founder of Bose Corporation of Google’s Kavitark Shriram each with $1.8 billion in personal wealth tied for 271st position on Forbes’ annual list of the richest Americans. Syntel’s Bharat Desai with $1.7 billion and venture capitalist Vinod Khosla with $1.5 billion ranked 286th and 317th respectively.The list is headed, predictably, again this year by Microsoft’s Bill Gates with a net worth of $59 billion and Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffet with $52 billion. Related Itemslast_img read more

Her Lotto Fix

first_imgAn Indian store clerk at a 7-Eleven store in California has been charged with cheating a man out of a half-million-dollar winning lottery ticket. The man asked Rajinder Kaur at the Roseville, Calif., store to verify his mega million ticket and was told he had won $4. She paid him the money and then pocketed the $555,000 winning ticket, according to lottery officials.Kaur’s scheme allegedly fell apart, because the victim called lottery officials as he became suspicious after learning that the ticket had been sold at the Roseville store and remained unclaimed. Lottery officials say the ticket was found on Kaur. If convicted she faces up to four years in prison. Players are encouraged to sign the backs of their tickets to avoid such scams. Tickets that have been altered automatically trigger investigations.   Related Itemslast_img read more

India’s Highest paid CEOs

first_imgMukesh Ambani is India’s highest paid CEO with an annual paycheck of $10 million. Mukesh Ambani Reliance $10 million P R Ramasubrahmaneya Rajha Madras Cement $6.2 million Kalanidhi Maran Sun TV $5.7 million Kavery Kalanidhi Sun TV $5.7 million Sunil Bharti Mittal Bharti Airtel  $3.8 millionK Anji Reddy Dr Reddy’s Labs $3.6 million Brijmohan Lal Munjal Hero Honda $3.5 million Pawan Munjal Hero Honda $3.5 million Naveen Jindal Jindal Steel $3.3 million Toshiaki Nakagawa Hero Honda $3.4 million Sajjan Jindal JSW Steel $3.3 million    Related Itemslast_img read more

Toxic Medicine?

first_imgOne fifth of ayurvedic herbal supplements online have traces of lead, mercury or arsenic, according to a study in The Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers led by Dr. Robert B. Saper, assistant professor at the Boston University School of Medicine tested 193 ayurvedic herbal supplements available online.The average consumer, Saper said, “has no way of determining which supplement is free of contaminants and which isn’t.”The American Herbal Products Association, a trade group, said the levels were well below international standards and not toxic. The F.D.A. does not specify acceptable concentrations for contaminants in dietary supplements.  Related Itemslast_img read more

Indian Scientist Reprimanded

first_imgPurdue University has reprimanded an Indian-born scientist for false claims regarding his research on nuclear fusion in tabletop experiments. In 2002, Rusi Taleyarkhan made international headlines with a study, published in the journal Science, in which he claimed to have produced nuclear fusion by making tiny bubbles collapse in a liquid.The university said he had falsely represented that his “bubble fusion” findings had been independently replicated. He was stripped of his named professorship and is barred from serving as a major professor for graduate students for at least three years.Taleyarkhan disputes the charges and has accused the university of railroading him.  Related Itemslast_img read more

Kumar Escapes From The White House

first_imgKalpen Modi, of Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle fame, has quit his low key position as associate director in the White House’s Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, to return to making movies. He is teaming up with John Cho (Harold) on a new movie, titled A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas. Soon after he announced his departure, Modi was robbed at gunpoint in Washington, D.C  Related Itemslast_img

$22 Ferari

first_imgAn Indian millionaire dentist was fined $3,300 for using a disabled badge to avoid $22 in daily parking charges for his Ferari.Dr Chirag Patel, 33, used the badge, issued to his business partner’s late father, to park outside his south London dental practice. He was charged with fraud, according to prosecutors because of his “premeditated” and “repetitious” use of the badge. Patel’s attorney expressed “remorse, shame and embarrassment” for his client: “He has been branded a skinflint, a miser and a cheat. He has been mocked as a cheapskate worthy to be despised. This was an offence that was committed by a man who was not hungry for money, but hungry for time. He has sacrificed 700 days of peace of mind because he tried to avoid a trifling inconvenience.” Related Itemslast_img read more

World Athletics Championships: Christian Coleman Wins 100m Gold in 9.76 Seconds

first_img 100100mChristian Colemangld First Published: September 29, 2019, 7:51 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Doha: Christian Coleman stormed to victory in the 100 metres at the World Championships in Doha, emphatically shrugging off the missed drug test controversy which had threatened to derail his career.The 23-year-old American, who escaped a doping ban earlier this month on a technicality, swept over the finish line in a world-leading personal best of 9.76sec to claim his first major outdoor championship gold medal on Saturday. Defending champion Justin Gatlin took silver in 9.89sec at the age of 37 while Canada’s Andre De Grasse claimed bronze in 9.90sec.It completed a flawless championship campaign for Coleman, who had been the only man to duck under 10 seconds in both Friday’s opening rounds and Saturday’s semi-finals.Coleman’s victory in perfect conditions at the Khalifa Stadium was never in doubt, the stocky 2017 World Championships silver medallist exploding out of the blocks to take the lead over the opening 20 metres.The American let out a roar of triumph as he crossed the line before punching the air in jubilation after a performance which makes him the sixth fastest man in history.”I am humble, I am just here to win titles,” an elated Coleman said afterwards.”It is an incredible time, it is a PR for me. I think the sky’s the limit, I think I still have a lot of things I can work on and improve, I think I can keep dropping my time,” added the 60m indoor world record holder.The victory was the culmination of a rollercoaster season for Coleman, whose participation in the championships had been in doubt until only a few weeks ago.Coleman, who has strongly denied ever using performance-enhancing drugs, was left facing a lengthy suspension in August after it emerged he had registered three drug-testing “whereabouts” failures in a 12-month period.The violation is regarded as equivalent to a failed drug test and often followed by a ban of up to two years.Yet Coleman avoided a sanction when the case against him was dropped in early September because of a technicality.Coleman had recorded his first whereabouts failure on June 6 last year, before two more offences in January 16 and April 26 this year.However, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) abruptly withdrew the charges on September 2 after a review of the rules regarding how the 12-month window should be calculated.Under an obscure regulation in the International Standard for Testing and Investigations (ISTI) guidelines, Coleman’s first missed case in June last year should have been backdated to the first day of that quarter, April 1, 2018.That meant the dates of the three offences fell outside the required 12-month time-frame for a doping offence to have occurred — leaving Coleman in the clear and free to compete in Doha.last_img read more

A family that works out together stays together

first_imgAs soon as the door opens, Zorro runs out of the house in all excitement. Just before exiting the gate, he stops to turn around to confirm that his play buddy is following him. Every evening, as soon as the clock strike 6, the Sharma family hits the local park for good, heart-pumping work out for an hour. For the three-year-old Zorro, the family’s pet Labrador, this is the most exciting time of the day. Exercising is as significant as excelling in academics in this family. “We live by the motto of ‘Health is wealth’. Fitness is not just about looking good, but also about good strength and endurance levels. Like all other family values, exercising regularly should also be inculcated in kids from an early age. It also helps them face the challenges in life with strong yet calm mind,” says Neeru Sharma, mother and entrepreneur.Also read:Exercise is the best way to boost ‘body confidence’: Jacqueline FernandezThe weekends are even more exciting. Instead of getting up late and indulging in food, the family makes the most of it by clocking a few extra hours on the playground, playing “tug of war” or going for swimming. “A fitness trainer comes on the weekends for cardio and strength training. This brings more seriousness and discipline in the routine. After all these years, exercising has become a habit now,” says Neeru.Body to bonding: Nowadays, everyone is busy and rushing around, leaving little opportunity for family time. While the parents are busy with meeting work deadlines, the kids are mostly occupies with studies and tuitions. “Exercising together is an excellent way to spend some quality family time together. Though we all have different fitness levels, we all work towards the same goal. It’s a great stress buster too. I feel that a family can have great time in the park rather than over a big meal at a restaurant,” says Sharma.advertisementAlso read:Bra bulge: Easy exercise moves, so you can wear tank tops with confidenceMotivation comes easy as fitness becomes a collective effort where one encourages the other to challenge one’s limits. “I have seen family members encouraging each other to work out to the best of their efforts. There is a healthy competition here. As a result, they achieve greater results. While practising yoga, they help each other correct the postures and align the body,” says yoga expert Varuna Shunglu.Bridging the gap: Working out together also promotes better communication in the family, bridging the generation gap. As kids work out with parents, they communicate freely with them, sharing things and seeking their suggestions. “Besides fat, the generational divides also get dissolved over a good workout. There are open chats and discussions,” says Pulkit Sharma, clinical psychologist, Imago-Centre for self, New Delhi.It especially helps the teenagers to feel more comfortable while sharing things with their parents. According to Neeru Sharma, it also helps in cutting the screen time and improving their concentration levels. “By the end of the day, they are too tired to watch TV or browse internet,” says she.For Delhi-based fashion designer Deepa Sondhi, exercising is a great way to teach kids the significance of discipline in life. She started taking Zumba classes with her two teenage daughters Kanika and Karishma at home. “As they entered the adolescence, I saw the body image issues coming up. It was important to intervene and tell them that there are no shortcuts to healthy body,” says Sondhi. For her, the gym at home is the “family’s shared personal space” where laughter, good energy and ideas flow freely.Also read:Bootylicious: 4 exercises for a derriere that defies gravityFun with fitness: When it comes to exercising together, there is no dearth of activities you can enjoy with your friends and family. “Summer is an ideal time for swimming, so you can try aqua aerobics or simply the different styles of swimming. The evening can be spent together either in the gym for some weight training or cycling around for a good cardio. You can also play sports like squash, badminton, volleyball, basketball, etc,” says Bindiya Sharma, fitness expert, Transformation 101 Studio, New Delhi.Group classes like zumba and spinning are also gaining popularity. “Group workout settings are great places for a novice exerciser to gain motivation. The excitement and high energy around help you continue until the end of the session,” says Sharma. In fact, these group classes are also becoming the ideal socialising places, where you meet like-minded people. “You meet new people and cultivate new friendships. You also share workout tips, nutrition advice and other tidbits of information with your workout peers,” says Sharma.advertisementlast_img read more

10 Healthcare Jobs That Don’t Require Med School

first_imgIf you are considering a job in healthcare, this is an ideal time to explore your options. Healthcare is the fastest growing industry in America. Whether you have the skills and sensitivity to administer hands-on care, or you prefer a more administrative role, the healthcare industry needs your talent. In 2014, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicted that the coming decade would see the fastest employment growth in healthcare jobs over any other industry. America’s more than 75 million Baby Boomers (those born between 1946-1964) are leaving the workforce. They are also in need of increased medical resources as their physical needs change.   Glassdoor’s measure of the 25 Highest Paying Jobs in 2016 saw physicians grab the #1 spot with a median base pay of $180,000.  To get the full picture of what many physicians bring home, their medical school expenses have to be factored in, and debt for new physicians averages a whopping $166,750. If you are interested in a medical career, but the rigors and expense of medical school are beyond what you are willing to take on, consider applying to one of these jobs: 1. Surgical TechnologistThese professionals ensure that operating rooms are sterile and stocked with equipment and supplies for surgical procedures. They also help prepare patients for surgery by disinfecting incision sites. Additionally, they support surgeons during procedures by handing them instruments and taking stock of their tools. To qualify, candidates are required to enroll in a training program. It can take several months, or they can pursue an associate’s degree which takes about two years. Additionally, they can get certified in the field, which is optional but viewed favorably.  National average salary: $43,560Projected job growth through 2024 (the total for all occupations is 7%): 15%2. Occupational Therapy AssistantOTAs Work under the direction of an occupational therapist. They help patients recover skills they lost due to illness, injury or trauma. Patients may include children with development disabilities, adults with diseases like Parkinson’s or patients recovering from strokes or other types of brain injuries. OTAs help patients use equipment geared to address their specific needs and stretch and move in ways that benefit them. They also encourage patients and chart their progress. To work as an OTA, candidates need an associate’s degree from an accredited program. National average salary: $55,310Projected job growth through 2024: 43% 3. Ambulance ParamedicParamedics respond to emergency calls, provide initial treatments, transport patients and report their status to hospital personnel. “Paramedic” is the highest level of certification one can earn for providing emergency ambulance care. The specific treatments a certified paramedic can enact vary by state. To qualify, candidates in most states are required to have an associate’s degree in emergency medical technology plus certification. National average salary:  $36,000Projected job growth through 2024: 24%4. Physical TherapistPT’s help infirmed or injured patients to increase their mobility and manage their pain. PTs work with patients of all ages. Some are have been injured while playing sports and are trying to get back in the game. Some have suffered back or neck injuries, are struggling with arthritis or the loss of a limb and are trying to regain basic life skills. PTs see a wide range of patients and develop an individual plan for each. PTs help patients through a routine of movement that targets problem areas, builds strength and help patients achieve their mobility goals.To qualify to work as a Physical Therapist, candidates need an undergraduate degree in a related field and a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. All PTs also need to be licensed in the state where they practice. National average salary: $66,180Projected job growth through 2024: 34% 5. Major Gifts OfficerHospital and healthcare MGOs have a portfolio of high-level donors and prospects with whom they maintain relationships. They meet with their prospects and inform them of new developments at the hospital (like the naming of new buildings and new research initiatives), so that if an exciting campaign or initiative is in the works, supporters can get involved. In addition to securing gifts to help fund the hospital, MGOs may consult their networks when the hospital needs volunteers’ leadership support. MGOs help broker opportunities for people who are eager to support their communities. To qualify, MGOs usually need an undergraduate degree plus a solid track record of fundraising experience.  National average salary: $80,733Projected job growth through 2024: 7%6. Registered NurseRNs are in demand in the US and around the world. Some of their responsibilities are to observe and record details about patients’ status and symptoms, to assist in administering medications and treatments, to help facilitate tests and analyze results, to advise patients and their families about at-home care and to consult with doctors and medical staff.  Candidates have three options for pursuing their credentials: they can earn a diploma through an approved nursing program, secure an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or get a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN). RNs also need to pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN), and there may be additional certifying requirements that vary by state. National average salary: $63,070Projected job growth through 2024: 16%7. Nurse Midwife Nurse Midwives represent one type of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). Midwives perform physical exams, offer prenatal care and administer family planning information and medications. They also deliver babies and can be primary care providers for mothers and their newborns. Although they consult with physicians when necessary, midwives have a high degree of autonomy. To qualify, nurse midwives need an RN. Most programs also prefer that candidate hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing.  Plus, candidates must earn a master’s degree in nursing. Individual states may require additional certifications.Potential Salary: $107,000Projected job growth through 2024: 31%8. Physician’s AssistantA physician’s assistant (PA) is similar to an APRN. PAs are qualified to examine patients, order tests, diagnosis medical issues and prescribe some medications. PAs always work in collaboration with medical doctors (MDs). PAs typically espouse a specialty such as surgery or pediatrics, and they usually work within that field. To qualify for the job, PA’s need a master’s degree from a PA program plus they need to be licensed. Many PAs start out as registered nurses, EMT or paramedics and build on their medical training. National Average Salary: $93,030Projected job growth through 2024: 30%9. Hospital AdministratorThese professionals oversee hospital operations and keep everything running smoothly. They oversee staff hiring, ensure that the hospital is operating within its budget, ensure that the facility is functioning in a safe and legal way and make sure that the services are efficient and effective.  To qualify, candidates need at least a bachelor’s degree in health management, health administration or a related field. A master’s degree is often preferred. In some cases, professionals with a nursing degree or similar medical backgrounds enhance their credentials and parlay their knowledge into an administrative role.Potential Salary: $58,000 Projected job growth through 2024: 17%10. AudiologistThese professionals test patients’ hearing and balance, and diagnose ear-related issues. When they identify that patients have hearing loss, they try to find ways to help their patients cope. This may mean finding and fitting them for the right hearing aid. It also may mean pursuing lip-reading or sign language classes.Working as an audiologist requires a doctoral degree in audiology (Au.D), which takes four years to complete after a bachelor’s degree has been secured. All states also require that audiologists be certified.  National Average Salary: $67,280Projected job growth through 2024: 29%Methodology: Healthcare jobs reflected in this article were chosen at random. The national average salary for each represents salary data on Glassdoor as of 8/23/16. Potential salary reflects data points for job titles where Glassdoor has limited (less than 15) salary reports available. This report takes into account job title normalization that groups similar job titles. As a reminder, on Glassdoor, employees can anonymously and voluntarily share salary reports, including base salary and the option to share other pay details.last_img read more

What Is Emotional Intelligence, and Why Everyone Needs It

first_imgRecently, I was asked what exactly emotional intelligence is, and why it’s necessary. There are a number of definitions and lists, if you will, that try to define emotional intelligence, or EQ as it’s known. The two researchers who created the term were Peter Salavoy and John Mayer, and it is generally defined as follows:To be able to…“Recognize, understand and manage our own emotions,” as well as “recognize, understand and influence the emotions of others.” While that seems simple, there are a number of advanced skills and competencies that must be learned in order to become emotionally intelligent.While EQ is key to becoming a successful manager,  it doesn’t just apply to managers and leaders. It applies to all of us, in all aspects of our lives and relationships… with ourselves, at home, at work, and in life.So, what the heck is it then?In my work, I’ve identified five key skills or competencies those that best define EQ for work, for relationships, and for life. This is not an all-inclusive list, but in my experience, if one masters each of the following and stays mindful of them daily, you are well on your way to being highly EQ skilled.Today, we’re going to talk about the first key skill: self-awareness.Self-AwarenessAt the most basic level, we are a highly social animal. To support the development and maintenance of those social relationships, which are essential for our surviving — and thriving — we’ve developed the ability to process the world not only through our thinking, but also through our emotions and feelings. Our feelings/emotions tell us how the events of our lives are impacting us, and how we, in turn, are shaping our perception of the world through those feelings we have in reaction to those events at work, at home, and in life. It’s a circle, if you will. I experience ‘events’ in my life, I use my emotional constructs to tell me what that event means to me and how it’s impacting me, and those emotions, in turn, greatly influence my thinking and understanding of the event as well as my next choices and actions as I engage others. That next engagement creates more events for me. And ‘round and ‘round she goes… That impact, information, and understanding of our own emotions is the beginning of taking full ownership of the creation of our lives and our realities, in work and in life. When we finally understand that, other than at a pure survival and trauma-induced flight or fight response, we are entirely responsible and accountable for the emotions we create as we try to understand the world around us and make sense of it.Don’t Meltdown: How to Handle Major Changes At WorkThat, then, is self-awareness. Self-awareness is about being conscious of our emotional states at all times. The emotions we create in reaction to the world can ‘shape’ what choices and behaviors we choose as we next engage the world. Self-awareness questions for work, family and life might include: What feelings am I having right now? What feelings are trying to get my attention? What feelings am I deliberately not feeling? What are these feelings telling me about how I’m interpreting the events of my life? Is that interpretation accurate? Is it reality based? Is it an old ‘story’ from my past? Are these feelings from my present or from my past? If I changed how I ‘thought’ about a situation and what it means to me, what feelings would I have then? What feelings would I like to have around this situation? Does my feeling level and intensity feel appropriate for what the event is? Am I feeling too much? Too little?  Am I using some feelings to hide other feelings that make me feel more vulnerable? Am I overusing certain feelings? Am I underutilizing certain feelings? What am I not feeling that probably makes sense given the situation/event? What did I learn in that family I grew up in about feelings?  What didn’t I learn?Unfortunately for many, if not most of us, the homes and neighborhoods we grew up in, and the cultures and families that impacted us when we were young, did not provide a great education on what adult level emotional health looks like. Many of us never developed a healthy relationship with our own emotional selves, and still haven’t. We pay a price for that in our lives and relationships, with ourselves and others. We may not have learned how to feel our feelings, how to decipher and name them, and how to understand what our feelings are trying to tell us about our lives. Based on how the adults around us showed up in their feelings when we were children, we may have learned an immature, incomplete, or imbalanced view of feelings/emotions and what to do with them.Full ownership of our lives starts with owning our emotions as ours, and then using them, along with our clear, conscious thinking, to make the decisions that lead to a meaningful and fruitful life, work and home. And we must make decisions that lead to deep and meaningful connection to others. I’m all about making this ‘stuff’ of growth, learning, transformation, agency, and personal power simple and easy to use in our lives. If you Google ‘emotions’ you can find charts, wheels, lists of dozens if not hundreds of feeling/emotion words. While all are useful, in my own life and work the last 25 years, I’ve discovered you really don’t need hundreds of feeling words.  It’s also much easier to talk about my feelings with those that matter to me if it’s more simple. I’ve found that if I pay attention to what I call the Big Six, I can have a deep, informative, and useful understanding of what my current or recent emotional state is/was. And if I know my current emotional state, I’m much more informed about what my next choices and actions should be.The Big Six:Joy/Happiness  I have to have some words to tell myself and others that this is the good part of my life, that I like how events are impacting me. That I feel more alive, uplifted, positive about things in my life. Joy/happiness, glad, excited, hopeful, passionate are all ways to communicate that life is working well. There can be less intense forms such as glad, content, or satisfied, as well as more intense forms such as bliss, ecstatic, or elated. But all tell me that I like this stuff in my life.Think: What are you happy about right now in your life?Sadness/PainSadness and pain help me understand the losses in my life, be they ‘lost’ people (moved away or passed away), lost opportunity or lost stuff. Sadness, then, is that feeling that tells me I’m losing or have lost something that matter to me. Sadness seems to travel with pain as a companion a lot of the time. Pain is that sensation that says ‘life hurts’ right now… it feels heavy, dark, constricted. Sadness and pain can be anywhere from a mild form of sadness like melancholy or bleakness to heavier forms of sadness/pain like anguish, misery, despair, heartbreak. I have to have a way to tell myself and others that I’m experiencing loss. or think I am, or that life hurts right now.How To Handle Grief In The OfficeA quick note here: After becoming proficient with my own EQ skills, I started to wonder how can we even know what brings us joy and happiness if we won’t allow ourselves to be devastated by sadness, pain and grief? Just a thought.Think: What are you sad about right now in your life?FearFear is that sensation that goes through our body when we think something is challenging or overwhelming to us. Whether it’s a noise outside our tent in the middle of the night, a driver not paying attention on the freeway, or not reaching our numbers at work, fear tells us this situation is challenging to me, maybe even overwhelming, then fear charges the body with lots of energy so you can engage in the actions to get out of the challenge. Fear can be everything from mild forms of fear like anxious, nervous, doubt, or concern to heavier forms like despair, panic or terror.Think: What are you afraid of right now in your life?AngerAnger is that sensation that’s telling us that whatever the situation or event is that has our attention, it doesn’t work for us. We need it to be different. That’s all anger is trying to tell you — that you need that situation to be different. I’m not talking about acting angry, which is an act of poor self-management. I’m talking about the feeling anger which is trying to tell us something about a situation. Think about every time you’ve been angry. The only thing going on is this: You just got something you don’t want, or you’re not getting something you do want. In either case, you need it to be different. Whether it’s that your kid came home smelling of alcohol for the first time or someone took something off your desk without your permission to you didn’t get the raise you really, really needed, that sensation, that anger is just telling you that you need that situation to be different. Anger, like fear, charges your body with a boatload of energy so you can make the situation ‘different’ and make it work better for you. Anger at a fundamental level is ‘difference making’ energy.Think: What are you angry about right now in your life?GuiltGuilt is that sensation we have when we have thoughts or judgments that our behaviors or actions should have been different than what they were. A little bit of guilt can be useful to help remind us of the behaviors that are more consistent with our vision of ourselves and our lives. A lot of guilt can be quite toxic… so don’t go there!Think: Where do you feel a bit guilty right now in your life? Where do you think you should have said or done something differently?ShameShame is that sensation that goes through our bodies when we have judgments and negative thoughts about ourselves at a fundamental level. Shame goes to the core of our being. Let’s say your workmate arrives really late for a really important meeting. You, super busy today, are sitting there getting angrier and angrier. (That doesn’t work for you. You need that to be different). When they arrive, you make a really sharp, sarcastic comment about them in front of their peers. “Well I guess that last meeting was waaaayyy more important than this one, so we’re just sitting here wasting time waiting for you!” Later, you might feel guilty about what you said, but feel shame about who you are… as a leader, a peer to that person, a member of the team. A little healthy shame can be good to remember we are human and do very human stuff, some of which we may not be proud of. A lot of shame is toxic. Again, don’t go there.Think: Where do you feel a bit ashamed in your life right now? Where you are not proud of you?While I use words like gratitude, proud, compassion, and more, when asked about how I’m feeling about almost anything from any of my journeys in work or life, I am most likely to respond with some combination of those Big Six as the most accurate emotional description of the events of my life. I might add in another feeling word or two, but I’ll start with the Big Six.‘Jim, how are you feeling about work right now?’ ‘Well, I feel, happy, fear, sadness and gratitude’And then I might tell you, or not, a bit about what’s driving each of those feelings in my life. There will be very intimate and build trust, connection and relationship dept.Why those Six? I find these Six are some of the biggest impact players in how we ‘process’ the world and try and make sense of it. At some level, it will most likely be “It’s working for me, I’m losing stuff that matters, I’m challenged, I need something to be different and work better for me, I’m thinking my behaviors haven’t represented me well, I’m thinking I haven’t represented myself well.”The Big Six give me an instant, accurate assessment of how my life, choices, actions, and relationships are impacting me. They cut to the bone, no bullshit, no guessing, no confusion. They let me truly understand me. So, through sharing sometimes, I can help others truly understand me.A fundamental adult-level emotional skill is to know what I’m feeling, why and to be able to feel it, identify it, name it and talk about it with myself and others.  When I can have that level of clarity 24/7 about my relationship with my own feelings and emotions, then I’m truly being Self-Aware.Jim Mitchell is a native Arizonan and recognized personal and corporate leadership development specialist and leadership consultant. He facilitates vulnerability-based leadership, emotional intelligence-based leadership, deep personal leadership, advanced communication skills, conflict resolution, personal vision, mission and purpose, culture change and performance acceleration and improvement workshops for a variety of individuals and clients around the globe.last_img read more

Why I Chose a Career in Health Tech

first_imgI’m your prototypical product person. After cutting my teeth at ICQ, which is arguably the first successful social network company, I’ve continued my path of monetizing data at scale by leveraging technology and my business acumen. And what better domain to excel at monetizing data through technology? That’s right, online advertising. I have spent a better part of a decade working for companies like Dotomi (now part of Alliance Data Systems Corporation), Facebook, and others. I’ve learned how to convert data into money. The birth of my second daughter, Aya, made me question my career choices and take a deep look at how I’m spending my time. Do I really want to continue and optimize the way people purchase more stuff they don’t need? Or should I spend my time helping people? Make the world a better place and all that. So there I was. A product person, looking to make the world a better place. Where should I start?The ImpactI was looking for a big problem to solve, where the total addressable market is substantial, and the ability to drive positive outcomes is within reach, or doesn’t rely on technologies that have yet to be invented. There were a few reasons that attracted me to healthcare.It’s a big problem: US healthcare spending grew to $3.3 trillion in annual health care costs, led by chronic conditions.135 million American are living with chronic conditions.Today, chronic conditions are the leading cause of death and disability in America and the leading driver of healthcare costs.Lastly, my personal affinity towards healthcare: My father is a medical doctor. He oversaw an internal medicine unit in a leading hospital in Israel, and as I child, I remember vividly the heated debates with his colleagues and friends about the state of health care back home. The impact of these was apparently profound, as all my siblings ended up in medical school and later specialized in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Plastic Surgery. When I got the call from Livongo, I was delighted to see they’ve spent the first three years of their existence honing their products and services, and finding a strong product-market fit: It is hard to argue with 650+ clients, and 95% retention rate.With proven clinical results, Livongo is able to demonstrate financial cost-reduction to its clients. Livongo’s members are getting healthier, which results in our clients paying less and less in health care costs.The CultureEvery company’s culture is different. And yet, there are commonalities, especially in Silicon Valley. If I were to describe a culture which celebrates shipping products fast in order to fuel its massive growth, leapfrog its competition and increase its marketshare, I suspect you’ll know which company is the poster child of that culture. In a similar vein, if I were to describe a culture that celebrates its cut-throat approach to winning business, drivers and riders, I suspect you’ll know which company I’m talking about. As you evaluate your next career move, it is important for you to map out your current core values (these might change over time) and find a company these aligns with.Personally, earlier in my career, I suspect my competitive nature would thrive in a cut-throat environment. These days, I don’t need a stick to motivate me, nor am I looking to artificially introduce stress into my life in order get going. I’m motivated to be the best version of myself and make a positive impact in the world. I rather work with likeminded people.What makes Livongo’s culture unique and appealing?Its obsession with our customers, and with its members — the humans who actually need help managing their chronic conditions.This obsession with customers and members led to a few innovations, that shaped out Livongo’s DNA:When members are using their blood glucose meter a few times a day, they were paying for test strips. Removing that barrier, and supplying our members with unlimited test strips free of charge, increased how often members were testing their blood glucose levels. We’ve also learned that getting members’ data and acting on it can create positive outcomes. So we started building our own cellular-connected devices. Whether its a blood glucose meter, blood pressure monitor, or a scale- they are all cellular connected. If we see that your blood glucose level are low, we will notify you to drink a glass of orange juice and bring it back up to normal levels.We have also learned that pairing a person with a chronic condition with a certified coach can yield positive outcomes. And so we’ve built out a national coaching team so we can provide unlimited coaching to our members. Combined these, you realize you’ve got a unique organization. One that excels in building hardware devices. Excels in building personalized digital experiences at scale. One that is leveraging the knowledge of expert physicians. One that is powered by human coaches. One that is obsessed. Obsessed with its customers and its members.Digital Health startups raised approximately $8.1 billion last year, according to venture fund Rock Health latest report, up from $5.7 billion the year before. As I said — U.S. health care spending is in the trillions.What are you waiting for?Come join me in our journey, as we help everyday people lead healthier lives.Eitan Shay is the Director of Product Management at Livongo responsible for Livongo’s Member Experience platform and driving usage, retention, observability, and clinical improvement across Livongo’s member base. 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Growth Marketing Associate Livongo Mountain View, CA 23 hours ago 23h 4.2★ QA Automation Engineer Livongo Denver, CO 4.2★ 23 hours ago 23h Senior Site Reliability Engineer Livongo Chicago, IL Senior Data Analytics Engineer Livongo Mountain View, CA 4.2★ Regional Vice President, Labor and Trust Sales | West Coast Livongo Los Angeles, CA 4.2★ New Jobs For You Staff Software Engineer – Backend Livongo Mountain View, CA 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Director, Growth Marketing, Acquisition Livongo Mountain View, CA 4.2★ 23 hours ago 23h 4.2★ 4.2★ 4.2★ 4.2★ Fullstack Engineer Livongo Denver, CO Client Success Manager Livongo Chicago, IL 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Eligibility Specialist Livongo Chicago, IL 4.2★ 23 hours ago 23h View More Jobslast_img read more

Gallas dismisses Spurs as Champions League threat

first_imgFormer Tottenham defender William Gallas doubts his old club will be competitive in the Champions League next season.Gallas, a member of the Spurs side that reached the last eight in 2010-11, is far from optimistic there will be a significant improvement from last season.He said: “It was a big shame what happened to them last season but this Tottenham squad is a little too young for the Champions League.“Against Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen in the group games, it showed that they needed more experience.“The Champions League is different to the Premier League. You need experience, you need to be more clever and stay focussed.“last_img read more

Super agent Mendes offers Barcelona 3 Bellerin alternatives

first_imgSuper agent Jorge Mendes is in talks with Barcelona to help them find a fullback signing.Barca are in the market for a new defensive signing and have been haggling with Arsenal over a fee for Hector Bellerin.However, Don Balon says Mendes has made contact with Barca to offer three alternatives.Monaco wing-back Fabinho, Benfica fullback Nelson Semedo and Valencia’s Joao Cancelo are all part of Mendes’ stable and been offered to Barca.All three have been put on the table to Barca, though Bellerin remains their first option.last_img read more

Luis Campos: Ronaldo needs time to consider Real Madrid options

first_imgGood friend Luis Campos says Cristiano Ronaldo needs time to “reflect” on his situation at Real Madrid.The Portuguese player is hurt by the scandal that has been generated around the judicial procedure concerning alleged tax fraud.”I think at this moment Cristiano needs a few days of reflection,” Campos said to French TV programme ‘TF1.'”He told me that he wants it too, and that’s normal.”The situation at Real Madrid is now a bit tense but Cristiano will need time to make the right decision.Mirroring the players last outburst a few years ago, Campos suggested his friend was upset.”He is sad about what is happening now,” he continued.”Cristiano concentrates a lot on his work and that nobody can think that it is he who fills in his tax return.”last_img read more

Create an Online Fundraising Plan: Know Your Numbers

first_imgEmpathetic. Donor-centric. Sympathetic. Your marketing communications are “ticking” along as they should be. But, as we’re all painfully aware, the right-side of the  brain just loves piping in to talk about numbers, figures, trends and goals.Instead of telling that portion of the brain to buzz off (as I often do), use it to create the fourth and final piece of your online fundraising plan: The Numbers. Below, check out our tips for getting a jump on mapping what your numbers look like now and what you hope they look like later:Budget Tips:Planning to raise money online? Of course you are! Why else would you be developing an online fundraising plan? Be sure to build into your budget what you plan to spend for donation processing. For instance, you can check out our own DonateNow service–great value for a price that won’t eat up your budget.Fixing up your website? Be realistic about the features you need versus the features you want. Set up your budget ahead of time, and don’t be distracted by shiny objects: your website is a tool and a resource, not a fireworks show.Thinking about advertising? If you’re considering developing banner ads or other paid online outreach, remember to keep in mind the various items you’re paying for: design, development and placement costs.Hiring extra help? You may be planning to use the talents of a copywriter for your website or consultant to help you out. Those folks often like to get paid–go figure. And in planning this line item, do some brainstorming about how you might cut costs: Maybe a graphic designer (could be a student) will donate time or a communications intern can develop testimonials for your website.Tracking, Benchmarking, Reporting Tips:DonateNow. Are you a DonateNow customer? If so, don’t forget to log into your account to check out your donor reports. You can even track your campaigns by evaluating the tracking codes for different DonateNow buttons on your site and in your emails. Email messaging. Determine an evaluation schedule for monitoring your e-communications. Will you track the number of donors (past and new) directly tied to your email communications? Monitor giving levels of donors receiving your emails versus those who are not.Website traffic. Sign up for Google Analytics to evaluate site traffic. Work language into your online fundraising plan about how you will determine which content is most appealing and how you will increase visibility of that content while simultaneously finding a way to tie in giving opportunities.Testing. Not happy with your fundraising results? Test out new ideas! Vary your email messaging and mix around your website a bit. Testing is a vital piece of the puzzle when working to improve your numbers!last_img read more

United Nations General Assembly: A Pledge for Every Woman, Every Child

first_imgPosted on September 26, 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, the Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report provided a brief summary of the focus on women and children at the United Nations General Assembly. The summary highlights a number of news publications that report on the discussions about the health and well-being of women from the General Assembly.One of the featured articles, A pledge for every woman, every child, was published this morning on devex. The article describes announcements for new money to protect women and children from sexual violence as well as a new funding mechanism for maternal and child health.From the article:World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, meanwhile, announced a new special funding mechanism aimed at boosting financial support for the fourth and fifth Millennium Development Goals at the Every Woman, Every Child event.The mechanism would enable donors to scale up funding for maternal and child health. Details, however, have yet to be fleshed out.“We will be talking with our IDA shareholders and other interested donors and partners in the coming weeks to agree on the best way to do this, together,” Kim said, who also identified the bank’s work to achieve “better outcomes” for money spent on health: increasing focus on maternal health, designing innovative programs linking financing to results, and helping countries put in place strong health systems.Read the full story here.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more