Australia Mulls New ‘Values Test’ for Immigrants

first_imgThe Australian government is considering the introduction of a new “values test” for immigrants seeking permanent residency in the country. The value test will be in addition to the proposed English test that potential migrants would have to take in order to settle down in Australia. The test is being considered to protect Australia’s multicultural society, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said, the Guardian reported. The move is aimed at preventing the spread of disquiet among migrant communities that’s seen in some other countries, he said in Tasmania on July 20.“We share those Australian values of democracy, freedom, the rule of law, respect for women, equality between men and women,” Turnbull said, according to thewest.com.au. “All of these values are vitally important and we must never, ever take for granted and we should always ensure that we maintain them because that is what creates this extraordinary, short and merrily successful multicultural society that we have.”Turnbull’s comments follow the remarks made over the issue by Australia’s Citizenship and Multicultural Minister Alan Tudge at the Australia/UK Leadership Forum in London. “Our ship is slightly veering towards a European separatist multicultural model and we want to pull it back to be firmly on the Australian integrated path,” he said. “Some of the challenges to social cohesion that we are facing today are similar to ones that the UK is facing – such as ethnic segregation and liberal values being challenged,” the Guardian quoted Tudge as saying. “If we want Australia to continue its multicultural success, we must take active steps now to ensure that social cohesion remains strong,” he added.The new proposed test is certainly one of the issues under consideration, Turnbull said in Tasmania, adding that Australia is the most successful multicultural society in the world. “One of the reasons we are is because we put an enormous amount of effort, in Australia, into integration, into ensuring that our form of multiculturalism is one where we can all benefit from the diversity of cultural and religious and ethnic backgrounds that Australians have,” he was  quoted as saying by the Guardian.“This is a country where 28 percent of Australians were born outside of Australia, over half have a parent born outside of Australia – but isn’t it remarkable that we live together is so much harmony because of the values we share and those Australian values, of democracy, freedom, the rule of law, respect for women, equality between men and women,” he added.The Turnbull government is also considering a mandatory basic English language requirement for all permanent resident immigrants. Any new test would be assessing “conversational” or “primary-school” level English, Turnbull said in Hobart on June 14. “Everyone should recognize that we all have a vested interest in being able to converse and engage in our national language,” he said.Australia’s migrants increasingly first enter the country on temporary visas before transitioning to permanent residency. Permanent migrants are also increasingly coming through skilled routes, including employer sponsored pathways, according to a report, titled “Shaping a nation: Population growth and immigration over time,” released in April by the Australian Department of the Treasury, and Department of Home Affairs.India tops the list of countries from where immigrants arrived and settled in Australia from 2000 to 2016. Almost 300,000 permanent migrants came from India to Australia during this period, with most of them arriving on skilled worker visas. As many as 291,916 permanent migrants born in India arrived between 2000 and 2016, of which 154,012 individuals acquired Australian citizenship, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) last week. Related ItemsAustraliaMalcolm Turnbulllast_img read more

Bill Zhou

first_imgAlmost half of all Americans believe the next Bill Gates will come from China or Japan. An Internet Attitudes poll by Zogby and 463 Communications found that 27% of Americans believe the next Bill Gates will come from China, followed by Japan (22%), U.S. (21%) and India (13%).But then Americans aren’t exactly bowled over by new technology. Just a third rate the Internet as the greatest human invention, with almost twice as many deferring instead to Gutenberg’s printing press.Bill Zhou better be hitting those programming books. Related Itemslast_img read more

Om To the Leadership

first_imgMany business executives aspire to lead with integrity, where their thoughts, values, words and deeds are in harmony. That can be challenging in a business world that is increasingly characterized by complexity, turbulence and greed. So is it really possible for spiritually conscious business executives to lead their business with that ethos? In our book, Leading with Wisdom: Spiritual-Based Leadership in Business, the answer is resoundingly loud and clear: Yes, it is not only possible, but also personally and organizationally rewarding!During the past four years we interviewed executives from all around the world — North and South America, Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. Common to all these leaders, who transcended the boundaries of nation, culture and religion, is a deep awareness of what is truly important in life and a dedication to integrate this awareness and sensitivity into their leadership. N.S. Raghavan (left) is one of seven “computer freaks” founder of Infosys, sometimes tagged as “The Beatles of the Indian IT industry.”They search for meaning, purpose and fulfillment in the external world of business as well as in the internal world of consciousness and conscience. Their external actions and internal hreflections are mutually supportive – so that spirituality and rationality go hand in hand, rather than being at odds with each other. Our research shows that leaders can achieve success, recognition, peace of mind and happiness, while at the same time serving the needs of all those affected by their leadership, when they lead with wisdom drawn from a spiritual core, which may or may not be associated with an organized religion.Here, four prominent Indian business executives share their perspectives on how they integrated spirituality into their leadership style.Beatles of the Indian IT Industry Ananth Raman: “I think of ethical values as nothing but a reflection of my spiritual values.” N. S. Raghavan is one of the seven “computer freaks” who founded Infosys as India’s first software house in 1981 and helped grow this radically successful IT firm, putting India on the “Silicon map.” The original founding group is sometimes tagged as “The Beatles of the Indian IT industry.” Somehow they found each other, inspired each other, trusted each other, and had major positive effects on the lives of hundreds of thousands of people first and foremost in India, but also in many other parts of the world.Raghavan says trust is a by-product of love, where “love is unconditional” and trust is obtained simply by trusting others. “For me, love is a natural phenomenon and is spontaneous. When you expect something in return, then it is not pure love. I believe very strongly in the part of religion that says you should show love, kindness and compassion towards people and try to make a difference in the lives of those you touch. To me, if you are doing things that are not meant to further your personal interests, but which are meant to help others, then it is spiritual.“I always encourage people to work together as a team and to build trust and respect among everyone. I believe that one of the reasons Infosys was so successful is that we knew our individual strengths and we respected the strengths and contributions of others. We were very fortunate that everyone believed in a common value system. We could be very open and frank with each other as our relationships were based on a foundation of trust and respect. Peter Pruzan, professor emeritus, Copenhagen Business School, and Kirsten Pruzan Mikkelsen, former newspaper editor in Denmark, authors of Leading With Wisdom.“There are probably very few organizations like Infosys where even the project managers were aware of the financial profitability of their projects and whether they were contributing or not to the profit of the company. I always felt that we should share financial information with the employees and trust them with this information.”Since his retirement from Infosys in 2000, Raghavan continues to seek ways to express his spiritual values of “love and trust.” He says, “It is important to me to see the good in people and to care for people.”Multi-cultural Chairman Leading With WisdomAnanth Raman was chairman of Graphtex, Inc., an American manufacturing company. Raman moves with equal ease in the globalized world of big business and the villages in his native India. Both of these environments have exerted a strong influence on his spiritual development. Says Raman: “I was taught by my mother that ethical values were the way to maintain order in society, so I naturally used them in my working experience over the last 30 years. The ethical guidelines that my corporation set up guided me in the right direction. Once I started thinking along the lines of spirituality, these kinds of ethical policies became a part of me. I discovered deeper values within each one of them. I realized that it is not just a good business practice to be ethical. We all have a duty, a role to perform, that has been given to us by God.“My spiritual development has helped me to institutionalize the principles of having a purpose, adding value, and setting an example. As a business leader I must set an example which others can follow. There is no point in me trying to get my organization to be truthful, unless I am truthful.“In a business sense, I like to talk about spirituality as ethical values. When I was in one of the West African countries, the country was full of corruption, and you couldn’t do anything without bribing someone. We were losing contracts and losing business. But the policy in my corporation was that you could not give bribes. Initially, I followed these ethical values because this was what I was taught. When I began thinking more spiritually, it gave me the reasons for why to behave this way.“Values such as justice, truth, respect for others, equanimity, ability to take decisions, honesty and integrity are the core values that became very strong for me when I went into business. These are more on the ethical side, rather than on the spiritual side. Somewhere along the line however, these two kinds of values began to link. Now I think of ethical values as nothing but a hreflection of my spiritual values. For instance, in business you must respect yourself, your feelings, your customers, your employees. But then when you go deeper into spirituality, your self-respect begins to include respecting the inner Self. Then you try to understand: ‘What is meant by Self?’ Self means ‘I’, it means awareness.”Personal Tsunami Amber Chand: “Without the anchor of my spiritual practice, I could not have weathered this personal tsunami.” Amber Chand was co-founder and vice president of vision at Eziba, USA, which at one time was a flourishing internet-based retailing company selling high quality crafts from poor artisans around the world. This anthropologist and international businesswoman says: “In the world as a spiritual woman, I see my purpose as trying to find a way to put love into action … knowing that our work with artisans around the globe – many of whom are talented craftswomen – helps to support, sustain and strengthen their lives. I always felt that in founding this company I was finding a way to bring together my spiritual perspective into a more worldly business arena.”Chand says her spiritual-based leadership unfolded with the help of very practical, down-to-earth activities. One example was how she focused on being “a nurturing, reassuring, loving spirit for the employees. I created a new initiative and called it ‘Tea with Amber.’ I was inspired to do this when, one day, my heart sank when I realized that the company had grown to such a degree that I no longer knew everybody.“So the idea came to me to just begin to have a cup of tea with every person. I rearranged my office completely. I created a little sitting area where I have some lamps and plants, I got out my lovely Mexican tea set and then I began to invite people to tea.”When we next interviewed Chand in spring 2006 – roughly a year after Eziba, the company she had invested her heart and soul in, went bankrupt – we were struck by how her engaged spirituality had enabled her to maintain peace of mind and courage in the face of Eziba’s demise. She said: “Without the anchor of my spiritual practice, I could not have weathered this personal tsunami. For at some level, I knew that Eziba’s meteoric rise and fall were part of a larger archetypal story. That there were to be many lessons learned and that somehow I would find my way, guided by a sense of profound trust in life and the truth of who I am and what I believe in.”Chand had by then founded a new business, “The Amber Chand Collection.” She says: “I am grateful to Eziba for teaching me important lessons and in illuminating for me that one can indeed create successful businesses that are spiritually inspired – only when this becomes one’s singular mission and clear intent.”Correct and Righteous Rajan Govindan: “The purpose of business is to make money through proper values.” Rajan Govindan, former senior managing director, Bankers Trust, USA, has a very clear view of his spiritual view of life: “To me spirituality in the workplace means two things: One is you have to be ‘correct and righteous.’ I hesitate to use the word righteous because it has many connotations, but you have to be very correct in how you conduct yourself at work. The second is more personal to me and that is that God has given me the work to do and I must leave the results up to God. It has taken me 35 years to really understand this. Spirituality to me is also that people should behave as human beings; this is actually what I mean when I say ‘correct and righteous.’ To me this means that you must be honest, fair and objective. Being here in the USA for 36 years, it has taken all of this time to continuously focus on ‘How do I become a better human being?’“All of my spiritual exercises are about how I spent my day. I think that when it comes to determining how well a job you have done, you must ask yourself, ‘Did I do the best I could?’ The only person, who really knows whether I did a good job or not is me. I don’t have the ability or desire to do all of the things that other more spiritually evolved people do. My path is to focus on acting from love each day, each moment, and not reacting.”Govindan says: “The purpose of business is to make money through proper values. There is so much corruption today in business and all of it represents an absence of values and an absence of character. Spirituality is clearly needed in business today. When a company environment is wholesome it will be quite productive.”Govindan is now chief operating officer at another major American financial institution, Bear Stearns Asset Management in New York. “Unfortunately it is only when you get older that you see that everybody gets their just rewards, and the ones with principles and integrity are usually the happiest and most content, if not the richest. I am not worried or stressed out. I work hard and do my best, but now for the first time in my life, I am not worried about the results.”Skepticism and fearWhen we present our research to audiences of business leaders and MBA students we often encounter scepticism centred around two common fears and doubts.The first is that one cannot be both spiritual and a successful leader. However, all the executives we interviewed achieved their leadership positions while being spiritual, which in itself is compelling evidence that spirituality and leadership in business are not incompatible. That is not to say that success is ensured just because you are spiritual. Many of the executives we interviewed overcame great challenges. Just as jogging and eating organic food do not guarantee a long and healthy physical life, spiritual perspectives on leadership do not ensure a healthy organization or a successful career. However, it is possible to draw upon both rationality and spirituality to successfully lead a business.The second source of scepticism we run into is the belief that to be spiritual one must renounce the world and its material wealth. In fact, some of the executives we interviewed had a very affluent lifestyle, to put it mildly. Others own modest dwellings and lived simply, in accord with their values and aspirations. However, none of them viewed wealth as an impediment to spiritually based leadership. In fact, many of the leaders we interviewed related how they had used their wealth to initiate humanitarian service projects, some even on a grand scale.Spiritually grounded business success transcends traditional economic rationality while embracing the principles of love and service to all. The authors acknowledge the research contribution to their project of Debra and William Miller. Related Itemslast_img read more

Electric Discpline

first_imgA physics teacher in Bhusaval, Maharashtra, who administered electric shocks to discipline 22 unruly eighth grade students has been charged with criminal intimidation. The teacher used an exposed wire connected to batteries to administer the mild shocks. None of the students were injured.   Related Itemslast_img

US Vice Consul Apologizes for ‘Dirty and Dark’ Tamilian Comment

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PH Azkals eye revenge vs Syria in World Cup qualifiers

first_imgMatteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:12Trump: IS group leader killed in US raid in Syria00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue FILE – The Azkals celebrate a goal during their first round encounter with Syria in the Fifa World Cup and AFC Asian Cup Qualifying last September at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod.DUBAI—Surprisingly level with China at the end of the first round of matches in Fifa World Cup and AFC Asian Cup Qualifying, the Philippines seeks payback against another powerhouse in Group A as the Azkals take on Syria anew on Tuesday at Al Maktoum Bin Rashid Stadium here.The Azkals arrived in this bustling economic hub in high spirits after their 2-1 away win over the Maldives in Male last Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT “Things will really open for us if we get a win tomorrow (Tuesday),” said Cooper. “We need to show desire and character and we need every player to step up.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rice industry paralysis READ: Azkals overcome Maldives for 2nd win in World Cup qualifiersBut they’ll be battling a Syrian side that has won all of its matches so far, including a tough 2-1 victory over China last Thursday that kept China at seven points just like the Azkals after four matches.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceSyria came from behind to drub the Azkals, 5-2, in their first round duel at Panaad Stadium last September in Bacolod City – a result that left a bitter taste for captain Stephan Schrock.READ: Azkals absorb heavy defeat to start World Cup qualifying bid LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments “That was a hard result to swallow that night so we’re looking for redemption,” said Schrock. “We’re looking to learn from our mistakes. The next game will prove that we learn from our mistakes. We took in even more tactical stuff for this match and we’re looking to connect better on the pitch.”Azkals coach Scott Cooper said his team “got too brave and adventurous” against the Syrians in their initial meeting. “We saw in Bacolod how strong and talented they are, but we rocked them in the first 20 minutes so that gives us confidence,” said Cooper.The race for the top spot in the group remains open with Syria holding a five-point edge over China and the Philippines.A win for the Azkals will trim that gap to just two points with the Philippines still to play Maldives and Guam at home next year. The other Azkals assignment in June 2019 will be against China on enemy ground.Only the top team in the group will advance to the third round of qualifying together with the four best second-placed teams from the eight qualifying brackets.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ GALLERY: 2019 UAAP Cheerdance Competition What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? MOST READ Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Priority legislation in the 18th Congresslast_img read more

​Brighton forward Baldock extends Seagulls contract

first_imgBrighton forward Sam Baldock has signed a new three-year deal with the Seagulls.The new deal will keep the 28-year-old at the South Coast club until the end of the 2019/20 season.Baldock, who scored 11 league goals for the Seagulls in Championship last season, said: “As soon as the club made noises that they wanted to extend my contract it was always in my head that this is where I want to be. “Last season was probably the pinnacle of my career, and I hope now we can establish ourselves in the Premier League and continue to improve together.”last_img read more

Swansea boss Clement seeks Badstuber reunion

first_imgReleased Bayern Munich defender Holger Badstuber has attracted interest from Swansea City.Germany international Badstuber, who can operate at left-back or in the centre of defence, has been with Bayern for 15 years. But his contract expires this month and he has decided to seek a fresh challenge.Swansea boss Paul Clement knows Badstuber from his brief spell as Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant at the Allianz Arena, and the Swans boss remains an admirer of the 28-year-old.The defender is weighing up his future, with the Swans on his radar.last_img read more

Lyon president Aulas: What Giroud told me about Arsenal exit plan…

first_imgOlympique Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas has confirmed talks with Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud.Aulas admits he’d like to bring Giroud back to France this summer.And he revealed to L’Equipe: “There was a move, at one point, with Giroud. He is a boy whom we appreciate, who also scores many goals and who has a lot of ambition for Russia.”He told me himself that he wanted to take his time, that things were not completely defined with Arsenal, that he had the secret hope of being number one next season.”last_img read more

Prince Albert admits Monaco ‘cannot afford to lose Mbappe’

first_imgPrince Albert says AS Monaco cannot afford to lose Kylian Mbappe next season.The striker is the subject of world record offers from Real Madrid, Arsenal and Manchester City.Prince Albert, who is on ASM’s board, was asked about Mbappe while attending the Tour de France.”Can we afford to let Kylian Mbappé go? No. Everything is being done to keep him,” he said. “Now there are discussions going on.”He wants to stay. I think we will reach an agreement.”last_img

Remembering the Mother in Preterm Birth

first_imgPosted on November 17, 2014November 2, 2016By: Katie Millar, Technical Writer, 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)As the world recognizes World Prematurity Day today, the Maternal Health Task Force is ever mindful of the key role a woman’s and mother’s health plays in the prevention of premature birth. While improving neonatal care and promoting interventions—such as kangaroo care are important—the rising rate of preterm births suggests prevention is key for decreasing neonatal mortality rates. And what would prevention be without ensuring the health of the woman before and during pregnancy?The health of a pregnant woman is paramount, not only for her own survival and health, but also to prevent the number one killer of neonates: prematurity. While it is true that a large percentage of preterm births are iatrogenic, meaning the cause is unknown, there are several preventable factors that increase a woman’s risk of delivering prematurely. Ensuring women’s rights; preventing and treating infectious and non-communicable diseases; providing quality preconception and antenatal care; and promoting facility delivery to prevent maternal death will not only improve the lives of mothers, but also aid in preventing prematurity and neonatal death.Women’s RightsRespecting a women’s right to live a violence-free life and plan her family is basic and essential, yet women around the world still suffer violence, often in their own homes, and many are not given the choice to plan their families. Domestic violence plays a significant role at putting a woman at risk for delivering prematurely. Family planning also plays a key role in decreasing premature birth; meeting the unmet need for family planning is estimated to decrease the number of premature births and neonatal mortality. In addition, appropriate birth spacing decreases a woman’s odds of giving birth prematurely by 16 percent.Preventing and treating infectious and chronic diseaseWhile the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases has long been a focus of antenatal care, more recently the importance of mitigating the effects of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) through preconception care has been realized as key for decreasing prematurity and birth complications.Providing a women with the education and means to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and treatment if needed is not only key for her health, but can significantly decrease birth complications and prematurity. In addition to STIs, rubella—a vaccine-preventable disease—and malaria significantly increase the risk of preterm birth. Providing methods of prevention and appropriate treatment for these infections will have a significant impact on the rate of prematurity and the health of women and their children.A life course approach to preventing prematurity necessitates the need for ensuring the overall health of women prior to pregnancy. Non-communicable diseases—such as low BMI, high BMI, high blood pressure, asthma, diabetes, and thyroid and heart disease—are significant contributors to prematurity. Providing regular care before conception and antenatal care during pregnancy to address chronic health problems will improve the chances for a healthy pregnancy for both the mother and her newborn.Antenatal Care and Facility BirthsSkilled care is a key intervention for the health of the mother and the prevention of birth complications, including prematurity. Regular antenatal care visits allow complications to be addressed, familiarization with the health sector, and increased chance of delivering in a facility. Since not all preterm births can be prevented, a facility birth, which has an incredible positive impact on maternal mortality, also situates the premature infant in a setting where emergency services may be provided. Given that 36% of neonatal deaths occur in the first 24 hours of life, this indicates the need for immediate emergency and supportive facility-based care, such as resuscitation, treatment of sepsis, and thermoregulation.The rate of preterm birth—the number one cause of death in children under-five—can be reduced through integrated maternal and neonatal health. By addressing the health of both the mother and the newborn, complications can be mitigated and lives saved.For more information on preventing and mitigating the effects of preterm birth, access our Preterm Birth Topic Page and the recently published standards on pregnancy dating. ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Share this:last_img read more

Improving the Quality of Maternal and Newborn Health in Low-Resource Settings: Lessons From the Saving Mothers, Giving Life Program

first_imgPosted on January 19, 2017January 20, 2017By: Claudia Morrissey Conlon, U.S. Government Lead, Saving Mothers, Giving Life; Senior Maternal and Newborn Health Advisor, USAIDClick 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)For maternal and child health advocates, witnessing the declines in maternal and newborn mortality over the past 25 years—especially the accelerated reductions during the last decade—has been encouraging. However, the reality that these largely preventable deaths continue to occur primarily in low-resource settings should heighten our resolve to end this egregious global public health inequity.As we work to meet the Sustainable Development Goals and achieve equity in care, the global health community realizes the need to increase efforts to ensure access to quality maternity services. Expanding access means improving care wherever women seek it, whether from a physician in an urban government hospital or from an independent midwife operating her own clinic in a rural village. It also necessitates addressing the structural and process-related aspects of quality, including the woman’s experience of care.We can draw some valuable lessons on quality care from our experience over the past three years with Saving Mothers, Giving Life (SMGL). This public-private partnership has produced impressive improvements in maternal health in sub-Saharan Africa by addressing all three of the delays to receiving quality care: seeking appropriate care; accessing care in a timely manner; and receiving high quality, woman-centered care.The 2016 Annual Report, based on 2015 data, highlights results from SMGL’s comprehensive systems approach:In Zambia, the maternal mortality ratio in health facilities decreased by 55% in the original six SMGL learning districts.In Uganda, the maternal mortality ratio declined by 44% in both facilities and communities in the four original learning districts.Both countries are currently on track to meet SMGL’s ambitious goal of halving the maternal mortality ratio in the target districts by 2017.These successes are the result of strategic investments that have not only increased the facility delivery rate in both countries, but have also improved the care a woman receives while giving birth at that facility. One critical step is to routinely measure quality. SMGL measures the cesarean section rate trends, the number of women tested for HIV and newborns receiving HIV prevention medication, the status of the case fatality rate, among other indicators.The results indicate that the quality of care that facilities are providing now is much better than before the start of the SMGL partnership. Both the local and national governments in Uganda and Zambia are proud of what has been accomplished so far and, as SMGL transitions to full country ownership, they have committed to sustaining this improved level of quality, scaling up the SMGL model to new districts.While the early years of SMGL produced dramatic improvements in maternal health outcomes, comparable changes in newborn health have remained elusive. The teams on the ground are intensifying quality improvement efforts to strengthen healthcare providers’ ability to care for underweight and unhealthy newborns. There is now greater emphasis on training and mentoring related to caring for sick newborns to ensure all providers are equipped to save newborn lives. For example, home visiting programs are expanding to reach more women and newborns during the critical first three days of life. We are starting to see results from these efforts in Zambia where the perinatal mortality rate has decreased by 44%.The SMGL partnership formally ends in Uganda and Zambia in December 2017. During this final year, there will be a robust evaluation to measure timely availability of quality services as well as other important indicators including changes in behavior; care-seeking; provider and client satisfaction; health system readiness and performance; and, of course, health outcomes. In Nigeria, SMGL is initiating operations in Cross River State, a region with disproportionately high rates of maternal mortality.The efforts of our many partners—the U.S. Government, the Governments of Nigeria, Norway, Uganda and Zambia, Merck for Mothers, Every Mother Counts, Project C.U.R.E. and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists—will be crucial to our continued success.Over the next 15 months, ensuring and sustaining high quality care will be our top priority.—Check out other posts in the MHTF’s Quality of Maternal Health Care blog series.Learn more about the issues surrounding quality of maternal health care.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

From the Archives | Recognizing Child Marriage as a Maternal and Women’s Health Issue

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on October 11, 2017October 11, 2017By: Yvette Efevbera, Doctoral Candidate, 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)Fatimatah* was forced into marriage by her family at the age of 16. She described not wanting to marry: “I told him, ‘No, I do not love you, and I do not want that this is my husband. For now, I am going to pursue my studies, and even if I am going to marry, it is not with you. I do not love you.’”But she was already three years older than the age at which her sister was married, and her family said she had no choice. Fatimatah ran away from home, hid at neighbors’ houses and tried to finish her schooling, but was eventually forced to return home, where her family had already celebrated the traditional marriage.Married life for Fatimatah was physically and emotionally painful. Her husband was poor, and she was forced to find ways to earn money for her own livelihood; she still has scars on her head from carrying buckets of water and candies to sell over four miles a day. Her husband regularly beat her and threw objects at her, causing chronic back pain, headaches and sinus infections. Fatimatah suffered from three miscarriages that went untreated and is now told she cannot have children. She described her ailing physical health and overall wellbeing as consequences of her marriage.Unfortunately, Fatimatah’s story is not hers alone. Globally, one in nine girls marries before age 15, and about one in three marries before age 18. The majority of these child marriages occur in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. In Guinea, a West African country recently devastated by the Ebola epidemic, more than 50% of girls marry early, despite that the legal minimum age of consent for marriage in Guinea is 18 years old.As Fatimatah’s case illustrates, early marriage puts young girls at risk of developing numerous negative maternal and reproductive health outcomes including early pregnancy, reduced contraceptive use and poor birth spacing. Studies have also found poorer maternal health-seeking behaviors among child brides, such as fewer antenatal visits and lower odds of deliveries with skilled birth attendants.Women who marry early may also have lower decision-making power and autonomy in the household, another pathway through which early marriage affects health. Like Fatimatah, young brides may be at increased risk of experiencing domestic violence. One study found that women who married before the age of 18 in India were almost twice as likely to have reported ever experiencing intimate partner violence in their married lives than those who married as adults. In addition to physical consequences, these interactions directly led to stress and depression, as described by Fatimatah, ultimately affecting socioemotional wellbeing.Risk factors for early marriage, as well as poorer maternal health outcomes, may be linked to education and poverty. In the African context, early marriage has accounted for up to 28% of school dropouts in some countries. Girls with primary education or no education are more likely to marry early compared to girls with secondary education, and secondary school attainment has been documented to be disrupted by the marriage, as illustrated by Fatimatah’s case. When girls are not able to complete higher levels of education, their opportunities to find employment and earn income are reduced. Lower income and education may affect maternal knowledge, behavior and accessibility to resources. Moreover, a mother’s education not only affects her own health, but also that of her children. Recent evidence from across sub-Saharan Africa illustrates that through reduced wealth and education, early marriage negatively affects early childhood development, creating an intergenerational cycle.When asked to share any positive experiences from her marriage, Fatimatah responded, “Yes, there were positive things: suffering. The suffering that I suffered there. It is that which gave me the courage to become what I would be tomorrow, or what I am today.”In some ways, her story might be considered a success. Her parents, fearing for her life, removed her from her marital home after five years. Her knack for entrepreneurship and her perseverance to study enabled her to make enough money to complete secondary school, national exams and eventually university. She was also able to start her own small organization and is now in a role that allows her to guide and council other young women.So what we can learn from Fatimatah’s experience? Child marriage cannot be viewed or treated exclusively as a human rights issue. The public health community must also address it from the perspective of maternal and women’s health.*Name changed to protect the identity of the participant. **Fatimatah’s interview is part of a larger qualitative study on child marriage, health and wellbeing in Guinea led by Yvette Efevbera. Most sincere thank you to Fatimatah for sharing her experiences, to numerous Guinean friends and colleagues who supported and encouraged this research and to Dr. Paul Farmer, Prof. Jacqueline Bhabha and Dr. Günther Fink for academic advising. —Access resources related to global adolescent sexual and reproductive health.Learn more about child marriage from UNFPA, UNICEF and the World Health Organization.Share this:last_img read more

Providing Equitable, High Quality Maternity Care in the Context of a Limited Health Workforce: Lessons From Nigeria

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 29, 2017September 29, 2017By: Michael Ezeanochie, Obstetrician/Gynecologist, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, NigeriaClick 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)Shortages in the availability of well-trained health workers have been well documented in developing countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Even in cases where there are relatively large numbers of health care providers, inadequate pre-service and in-service training, suboptimal proportions of different clinical specialties and a lack of strong health system support remain major challenges to providing high quality maternity care.The question therefore arises: How do developing countries facing severe shortages in well-trained, equitably distributed health workers ensure access to high quality maternal health care for all women?Perhaps the most logical long-term solution is to invest more resources into the expansion of training capacity to meet the health needs of the population. However, amid widespread poverty and competing needs for scarce resources, as well as migration of health workers across geographic boundaries, this may not be attainable for most developing countries. There are several other potential solutions that may be feasible in the short-term, which are currently being tested in Nigeria.The Midwives Service SchemeThe National Primary Healthcare Development Agency launched the Midwives Service Scheme in 2009 to expand skilled birth attendance to reduce maternal, infant and child mortality, especially in rural communities. Since 2010, more than 2,600 midwives have been recruited and deployed to over 650 rural primary health centers across Nigeria. The program incorporates training of midwives and medical officers to improve the quality of maternity care while strategically adding to the health workforce.West African College of Surgeons training program and curriculaLessons learned from the Midwives Service Scheme partly stimulated the development of other innovative strategies involving redistribution of the health workforce to rural areas. For example, the Faculty of Surgery, West African College of Surgeons revised its training program and curricula in 2016 to include a mandatory six-month “rural posting” for senior trainees before their exit fellowship exams. It is expected that this will make senior health workforce team members available in underserved communities to work with and mentor non-specialist physicians in the provision of maternal health services.The Volunteer Obstetrician SchemeSimilarly, the Volunteer Obstetrician Scheme (VOS) was launched in Nigeria in July 2016 as an initiative of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Primary Health Care Development Agency. Under VOS, experts in obstetrics and gynecology who work in referral hospitals volunteer to commit some of their regular work hours in designated lower level health facilities where they treat patients and provide in-service training. This program gives experts in obstetrics the opportunity to share their knowledge and skills with caregivers working at community-based and primary health care centers.What is next?Nigeria, like many other developing countries in Africa, is confronted with severe health workforce shortages, but the resources needed to expand training capacity for health workers to meet the needs of the population are not readily available. Therefore, it is necessary to explore innovative solutions that maximize efficient use of the available health workforce, including redistribution to vulnerable communities. Programs like these could help to ensure equitable access to maternal health services with skilled providers. Rigorous research is needed to evaluate the effects of these interventions.Have you tried these strategies in your country? If so, tell us about it!—Read other posts from the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF)’s Global Maternal Health Workforce blog series.Access resources related to the global maternal health workforce.Are you interested in sharing your perspective on the MHTF blog? Read our guest post guidelines and send us an email with your idea.Share this:last_img read more

Official Contest Rules: #FreelancersUnionApp contest

first_imgOfficial RulesNO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.1. EligibilityThe #FreelancersUnionApp contest (the “Promotion”) is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States, including District of Columbia who are above eighteen (18) years of age at the time of entry. Void where prohibited by law. Employees of Freelancers Union or any of its respective affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, or any other company or individual involved with the design, production execution or distribution of the Promotion and their immediate family (spouse, parents and step-parents, siblings and step-siblings, and children and step-children) and household members (people who share the same residence at least three (3) months out of the year) of each such employee are not eligible. The Promotion is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. Participation constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Promotion. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.2. SponsorsFreelancers Union, 408 Jay Street, 2nd floor Brooklyn, NY 112013. Entry PeriodThe Promotion begins on May 17, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) and ends on May 24, 2017 at Noon ET (the “Promotion Entry Period”). Freelancers Union’s computer is the official time keeping device for this Promotion.4. How to EnterDuring the Promotion Entry Period you must be a Freelancers Union member, send a tweet, Facebook post or Instagram post from your account using the hashtag #FreelancersUnionApp with the caption “I stand with freelancers because [write your reason!]” with a photo of yourself holding the Freelancers Union app.Limit of one (1) Submission per person during the Promotion Entry Period. Once submitted, Entry cannot be modified.You retain all right, title, and interest in and to your Submission, including the copyright, provided, however, that by participating in the Promotion, you hereby grant Sponsors and Prize Providers the non-exclusive, royalty-free right and license to publish your Submission, in whole or in part, and your name and biographical information for publicity, advertising, and promotional purposes, without limitation, and without consideration whether or not such Submission is selected as a winning Submission. You additionally grant sponsors the right, but not the obligation to, edit, amend, or cut your submission for publication, the time and format determined solely by the sponsors.You are allowed to remove your entry from the contest at any time during the course of the Promotion.5. Submission Requirements▪ Submission must not contain defamatory statements.▪ Submission must not invade privacy, publicity or other rights of any person, firm or entity.All Submissions will be reviewed for content eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules before being judged. Submissions containing prohibited material or inappropriate content, as determined by the Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may be disqualified. Sponsor makes the final determination as to what Entries are eligible to take part in this Promotion.6. Winner SelectionThe winners will be chosen at random using random.org.7. POTENTIAL PROMOTION WINNER IS SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION BY SPONSORS WHOSE DECISIONS ARE FINAL AND BINDING IN ALL MATTERS RELATED TO THE PROMOTION.8. Verification of Potential WinnerPotential winner must continue to comply with all terms and conditions of these Official Rules, and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements. The potential winner will be notified by social media message, email, telephone, or registered mail after the date of the judging. If a potential winner of any prize cannot be contacted, fails to sign and return the affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release within the required time period (if applicable), or if the prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, potential winner forfeits prize. In the event that a potential winner of a prize is disqualified for any reason, Sponsors may award the applicable prize to an alternate winner.9. PrizesFive (5) Grand Prizes will be awarded. The Grand Prize winners will receive a an hour free of legal advice by phone, and cannot include court appearance or other intervention or engagement with a third party.ALL FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL TAXES ASSOCIATED WITH THE RECEIPT OR USE OF ANY PRIZE ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF WINNER.10. Entry Conditions and ReleaseBy entering, each participant agrees to: (a) comply with and be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsors, and/or the Promotion Judge which are binding and final in all matters relating to this Promotion; (b) release and hold harmless the Sponsors and their respective parent, subsidiary, and affiliated companies, the Prize Providers and any other organizations responsible for sponsoring, fulfilling, administering, advertising or promoting the Promotion, and all of their respective past and present officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to negligence and damages of any kind to persons and property, including but not limited to invasion of privacy (under appropriation, intrusion, public disclosure of private facts, false light in the public eye or other legal theory), defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, infringement of trademark, copyright or other intellectual property rights, property damage, or death or personal injury arising out of or relating to a participant’s entry, creation of an entry or submission of an entry, participation in the Promotion, acceptance or use or misuse of prize (including any travel or activity related thereto) and/or the broadcast, exploitation or use of entry; and (c) indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Sponsors and Prize Providers from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys fees) arising out of or relating to an entrant’s participation in the Promotion, the Submission and/or entrant’s acceptance, use or misuse of prizes.11. PublicityExcept where prohibited, participation in the Promotion constitutes winners’ consent to Sponsors’ and their agents’ use of winner’s name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions and/or hometown and state for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration.12. General ConditionsSponsors reserve the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Promotion, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures or any other factor beyond Sponsors’ reasonable control impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Promotion, as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion. Sponsors reserve the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Promotion or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or any other promotion or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Promotion may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsors reserve the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Sponsors’ failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.13. Limitations of LiabilityThe Released Parties are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrants, printing errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Promotion; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Promotion; (4) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Promotion or the processing of entries; or (5) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Promotion or receipt or use or misuse of any prize. If for any reason an entrant’s Submission is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, entrant’s sole remedy is another Submission in the Promotion. No more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded.14. DisputesEntrant agrees that: (i) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Promotion, or any prizes awarded, other than those concerning the administration of the Promotion or the determination of winners, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (ii) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Promotion, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved exclusively by the United States District Court or the appropriate New York State Court located in New York County, New York; (iii) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Promotion, but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (iv) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrant and Sponsors in connection with the Promotion, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of New York or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of New York.15. Entrant’s Personal InformationInformation collected from entrants is subject to Freelancers Union’s Privacy Policy which is available at https://www.freelancersunion.org/about/privacy-policy.html. By entering the Promotion electronically and voluntarily providing your personal information, all entrants consent and agree to (i) the Sponsors’ collection and use of the entrant’s information for the administration of the Promotion, including contacting entrant in relation to the Promotion, and (ii) Freelancers Union’s other uses consistent with its privacy policy and terms of service. Entrant may revoke Freelancers Union’s right to use entrant’s personal information for purposes unrelated to the Promotion at any time (without revoking entrant’s participation in the Promotion or impairing entrant’s chances of winning) by emailing lvanthoen@freelancersunion.org.16. Promotion ResultsFor Promotion results email your request to community@freelancersunion.org or mail a written request to Promotion Results c/o Freelancers Union 408 Jay Street Brooklyn NY 11201. Requests for the winner list must be received within six (6) months of the end of the Promotion Entry Period. 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3 quick ways to beat stress

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.Do you sometimes get those days, where your to-do list feels like a ball and chain, getting bigger every day. Drowning in deadlines and projects. Suffocating in a sea of chores, client requests, proposals.It all. Feels. Too. Much.You snap at colleagues and loved ones. Leave housekeys in the fridge. And almond milk on the tray by the door.And you’re not actually getting anything done because of the heart-aching panic and paralyzing nerves.Fear not, help is at hand. I’m sharing with you three things you can do to feel better in minutes (without punching pillows).Give yourself a few minutes so you can think clearly and effectively, and get stuff done.What are you grateful for?(2 minute exercise)Step away from your computer, your laptop, grab a pen and paper (not your phone or laptop).Set your phone in airplane mode, then set the countdown timer for two minutes.For the next two minutes make a list of things you’re grateful for.Don’t stop writing for two minutes.Here’s mine:I am grateful for the world-wide internets, allowing me to you send this message this minuteI am grateful you’re reading this articleI am eternally grateful you’ve invited me into your lifeI am deeply grateful for my perfect health and my wife’s perfect healthI am so grateful our cat Whiskey’s eye is better (she had conjunctivitis–it was scary because our last cat died after eye trouble!)I’m so grateful for the beautiful trees outside the window.Listen to the sounds around you(1 minute exercise)Stress and overwhelm are incredibly disempowering emotions. They over-activate your amygdala, your brain’s fear center, causing you to react, be impulsive, and not particularly productive. An overactive fear center literally shuts down your pre-frontal cortex, the part of your brain associated with prioritising, decision-making, creativity, self-control.To calm your fear center, set your phone timer for one minute. 
For the next minute, listen to all the sounds you can hear around you.Mine:Birds tweetingWhiskey snoring (I know!! Snoring cats are unbelievably cute)Whiskey’s water fountainCars shzooming byPipe’s making whooshing noiseFridge hummingThere. This simple exercise takes you out of your head, bringing you into the present moment.You can’t think and listen at the same time. Forcing your mind to listen, directing your attention, steers you away from the thoughts causing you stress, giving you a mindful moment.Send thoughts of loving kindness to three people(3 minute exercise)The primary cause of suffering is thinking about yourself. When the negative thoughts are on a roll, it’s extremely difficult to stop them. It’s far easier to replace those thoughts with other thoughts. When you think loving kindness, you can’t think of the things causing you stress.Here’s how it works.
 Start with you. Yes, you. You can’t give what you don’t have, so fill yourself up, first.Repeat to yourself these words, feeling the words sink in–just saying them without feeling won’t work:I wish myself peace and happiness
I wish myself love and kindness
May I be free from mental suffering
May I be free from physical suffering
May I be free from bitterness or anger
May I take good care of myselfIn case you were wondering, self-love and kindness does not make you a narcissist. Those people are selfish. As a Freelancers Union reader, I’m certain you care about others and have the tendency to place others before you. So chill and give yourself one minute of loving kindness.Next, after flooding yourself with love and kindness, think of one person, a loved one, a colleague, the person sitting opposite you on the tube, anyone, and send them thoughts of love and kindness for between 30 seconds to one minute:Sending her love and kindness
Sending her happy thoughts
Wishing her a warm and happy day
May she be free from mental suffering
May she be free from physical suffering
May she be free from bitterness or anger
May she receive all that she wishes
May her family and loved ones be wellThen pick one more person and do the same for them.Your turnPick one from these three ways and do it right now. Give yourself this time. You deserve it.Sending you loving kindness and wishing you a day free from mental suffering.Anis Qizilbash is founder of Mindful Sales Training and author of Mindful Selling: Seven principles to banish stress and boldly grow your impact, your way. Grab her free guide: How to close a sale without being pushy.last_img read more

360i Press Release: Twitter Still Largely Untapped Opportunity for Brands to Engage with Consumers

first_imgNew research from 360i reveals striking contrast between consumer and marketer usage of TwitterNEW YORK – July 27, 2010 – 360i, a full-service digital marketing agency, today shared results of a six-month study tracking Twitter usage by consumers and marketers. The research demonstrates that while Twitter presents a vast opportunity for brands to learn about and converse directly with consumers – who, according to the study, generate more than 90 percent of all tweets – marketers have yet to tap the enormous potential of the medium.Key conclusions from the study include:(1) A major disparity exists between how consumers and marketers are using Twitter.Most marketers are still largely using Twitter to broadcast, while consumers are using Twitter to converse. The study reveals that the number one reason for a consumer to compose an original tweet (non re-tweet) is to converse with another user, with conversations between users representing 43 percent of all original consumer tweets. By contrast, three out of four tweets by marketers contain messaging centered on news and information, with only 16 percent demonstrating active dialogue with consumers. In fact, just one percent of all original consumer tweets represent conversations with brands.(2) Conversations about brands on Twitter are still limited.According to the study, only 12 percent of consumer tweets mention a brand by name. When they do refer to a brand, consumers are sharing news or information about the brand (43 percent) or reporting use of or interaction with the brand (35 percent). A fifth of tweets mentioning brands demonstrate an outward opinion of the brand, but only seven percent demonstrate negative sentiment toward the brand. Most mentions fall into the neutral/informational category (82 percent), and 11 percent reflect positive sentiment. Thus, the consumer research opportunity with Twitter centers more on an ethnographic focus – as a window into how people are living their lives – and less on whether people like or dislike brands.When a consumer mentions a brand on Twitter, they’re likely talking about a social network (22 percent of mentions), entertainment (17 percent) or technology property (17 percent).The top brands mentioned on Twitter are Twitter itself (34 percent), Apple products/brands (22 percent) and Google (15 percent).(3) Twitter presents a huge opportunity for brands to learn about their customers.The study shows that Twitter continues to be an important tool for brands to listen to what consumers are saying and to get to know their customers better, as 94 percent of tweets are personal in nature and 85 percent of tweets represent original content (non-retweets). Unlike with Facebook, where privacy controls make it difficult for marketers to monitor conversations among consumers, only eight percent of Twitter users make their tweets private, creating a ripe platform for online listening.Marketers will have the easiest time targeting users by geographic locale, with 66 percent of users willing to provide information about their location. Conversely, targeting by age range will be a challenge, as only three percent of users are willing to share specifics on their age.“While many people perceive Twitter as a place for random status updates, re-tweets and marketing messages, this study shows how Twitter is largely a reflection of everyday conversation,” said Sarah Hofstetter, Senior Vice President, Emerging Media & Brand Strategy at 360i. “Twitter is a platform dominated by the voice of the consumer and consisting primarily of two-way conversations — marketers can be doing so much more to participate fully in this two-way medium. The real value for marketers who participate on Twitter is in creating an ongoing dialogue with consumers that enables brands to become a more meaningful part of people’s everyday lives.”For more findings and to download the full research report, please visit www.360i.com/TwitterWhitepaper.last_img read more

Monthly Hot Jobs: Browse 360i’s Latest Openings

first_imgWe know what you’re thinking: isn’t the point of Monthly Hot Jobs to post… monthly? Well we’ve got jobs so hot we had to serve ‘em up twice.If you want to join our team, apply to one of the open positions listed below. Or visit our careers page to view more openings. Director, New Business (Media Focus) (New York, NY) – The Director of New Business will be responsible for providing both strategic and project management support for new client business initiatives, including new business pitches, organic growth opportunities and other initiatives. In addition, they’ll be tasked with strategic new business planning, vetting and qualifying opportunities, and contributing to the agency’s processes and mechanisms to pitch new business to the highest quality. We’re looking for someone with 7+ years in a new business and/or senior account role at an agency involved in new business for integrated media pitches. A proven ability to think strategically and manage complex timelines is a must.Associate Media Manager (Los Angeles, CA) – This entry-level role is an opportunity to join a growing team on a high profile account within the entertainment category. This role will be part of a fast-paced team and one that will include involvement from various departments, providing the chance to fully integrate into the exciting culture at 360i. This person will be responsible for day-to-day management of campaigns against their assigned clients, supporting their immediate Media Managers/Supervisor/Director. There is a high degree of accountability and ownership in this role, including the development and execution of campaigns, budgets, optimization and analysis of results, and providing proactive recommendations.Search Analyst (Chicago, IL) – This role requires an eager and passionate individual seeking to bring new ideas and develop rich experiences within Search. This person must have a detail oriented mind with the ability to multitask and think outside of the box. Additionally, this person must demonstrate critical thinking and be resourceful in gathering data and processing data and turning it into actionable insights. The Search Analyst will be a key component in the overall success of an integrated search team, our clients and 360i, as they are responsible for optimizing, reporting and implementing both paid and natural campaigns to meet and surpass client success metrics. This position requires close collaboration with both SEO and Paid Search teams as well as Account Management, Advanced Analytics and Technology.Senior Account Manager (Atlanta, GA) – 360i is looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic Senior Account Manager to partner with a peer Senior Account Manager, supporting the planning and execution of detailed media programs, as well as the implementation of integrated marketing strategies across paid search, display, paid social media and SEO. The position requires a proactive, energetic person who develops healthy, trustworthy team and client bonds. The ideal candidate has 4+ years of online/digital account management experience, and is curious, positive, and an efficient communicator.Supervisor, Programmatic (Los Angeles, CA) – We’re looking for someone with programmatic experience that can help lead our clients into the new age of media buying. This person should have strong problem-solving skills to deal with new challenges as they arise, have excellent communication skills to impart critical information to a broad audience, be organized and detailed oriented, and possess a passion to be a programmatic evangelist.  This person should know the ins and outs of programmatic buying tools and be able to dissect campaign performance. The Supervisor of Programmatic must also have a working knowledge of RTB, PMPs, DSPs, SSPs/ ad exchanges, and 3rd party data providers. All candidates must be comfortable with working in a cross-office environment and possesses a start-up mentality.View more job openings on our careers page.last_img read more

3 Reasons Why Personal Finance Should be Taught in High Schools

first_img Post navigation Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related The old argument about taking algebra in high school if you’ll never need it later brings up an interesting point — exactly what is important, and how do you decide?First, algebra is important, even if you don’t plan to go to college. The logic required to succeed with algebra helps in all facets of life.But what about the things every adult will use every day?The most common could arguably be money. And if money is part of every adult’s life, it only makes sense to start teaching personal finance as soon as possible.Here are 3 reasons why personal finance should be taught at the high school level:Money Management Is A Learned SkillKnowledge is power. No one is born understanding how to manage money, and not every parent has a strong financial foundation for kids to learn from at home.Financial planning at the high school level can empower students with skills that their lives at home can’t.There are differing views on whether financial planning taught in high school has any lasting effect on money management as children grow into adults.Forbes argues that while financial planning at the high school level seems like a good idea, additional math classes in high school do more to help.But one doesn’t need to exclude the other. Financial planning with additional math in high school gives students more skills to understand not just how numbers work, but how they apply to managing money.The Sooner Education Starts, The BetterOnce habits are formed, they’re hard to break.The Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants has taken action at the high school level in the Greater Philadelphia area.In a yearly series of money management programs, PICPA volunteers work with students to help them understand basic financial concepts, such as “pay yourself first,” and the fundamentals of making a personal budget.If the value of such a program seems uncertain, the reaction of students to learning about taxes should clear the waters. Most of them were shocked to see just how much taxes reduce their take-home pay.That can be a hard lesson learned later in life, or an empowering one to students who are just starting out.Awareness Of The Bigger Concepts That Most Adults Will FaceMath skills allow anyone to calculate interest, deduct pay withholdings, and understand whether there’s enough money in the bank to afford a purchase or pay a bill.However, there are many financial concepts that are entirely foreign, even to some adults.Some programs, such as Money as You Learn, are designed to teach students about concepts such as compound interest, investment risk evaluation, debt management, goal setting, and determining the difference between needs and wants.Think about a first-time home or vehicle loan.A student who has learned about amortization will have a better understanding of the total cost when taking on a large purchase, and that helps hem make better choices when faced with those decisions later in life.Financial planning at the high school level can’t turn all students into money-management dynamos, but it certainly can’t hurt.Combined with more math classes, students have the ability to understand their pay after graduation, and even the weight of student loan debt if they go on to college.Education is rarely a bad thing, and adult life revolves around finances.With financial planning taught at the high school level, students have the opportunity to enter adulthood armed with a better understanding of how money works, and how to make it work for them.Mary Hiers is a personal finance writer who helps people earn more and spend less.last_img read more

How to Care for a Loved One Without Breaking the Bank: The Complete Guide

first_imgTaking care of aging parents is an inevitable part of life, and it’s not always easy. We watch the people who raised us slowly slip away, and we want to do everything in our power to give them the best care we can. While it may be challenging to watch your loved one age, there are luckily tons of resources available to help make the transition into long-term care as simple as possible. This guide will provide you with the tips and information you need to help make a decision on what kind of care is best for your family, options to help you afford that care and how to take care of yourself throughout the process.Table of Contents:How to Begin the ConversationBudgeting & Saving for End-of-Life CareLong-Term Care Living OptionsLong-Term Care InsuranceOther Things to ConsiderAdditional ResourcesHow to Begin the ConversationOne of the most challenging parts of planning for senior and long-term care (LTC) for your loved ones is simply knowing how to approach the subject. Many times, children must start this difficult conversation with their parents, and the role reversal can be intimidating. While the intention may be pure and you’re just looking out for your loved one, you never know how they’ll react. They might feel thankful for your concern, or they might feel attacked and that their independence is being taken away. But with almost three quarters of the U.S. population needing some type of LTC, it’s likely that you’ll eventually have to have the conversation. Luckily, there are steps you can take to make sure that it’s positive and effective. Prepare in AdvanceBefore you sit down with your loved one to have a conversation about long-term care, it’s important that you do your due diligence. By doing some homework and understanding the basics of long-term care, you can lead the conversation and hopefully answer questions that your loved one may have about their options. This also provides you the opportunity to see what long-term care options are available locally and the benefits they offer. It’s also suggested to prepare talking points or questions ahead of time — this is especially helpful if the conversation becomes emotional. Include Any Necessary Family MembersPlanning care for a loved one can be an emotional experience, but you shouldn’t have to do it alone. If you have siblings, be sure to bring them into the conversation. What each of you envision as the best option for your parents or loved ones may vary, so it’s vital that everyone is on the same page prior to having the larger conversation. Start Your Discussions EarlyWhile it’s hard to think about long-term or end-of-life care for our loved ones, it’s important to begin discussions early. There are many factors to consider when it comes to long-term care, and you may not come to a resolution the first time around. By starting your discussions now, you can revisit all your options without feeling rushed to come to an agreement. This will also allow you to find unparalleled care and provide the best quality of life for your loved one. Let Your Loved One Be Part of the Decision Making ProcessOne of the most common concerns for seniors when it comes to long-term care services is losing their independence. To help honor your loved one during this time of transition, it’s vital that this conversation is a two-way street. This allows them to share their opinion on what might be right for them and helps everyone be on the same page. Budgeting & Saving for Long-Term CareEveryone wants the best for their loved one. But sometimes, the best care comes with a hefty price tag. End-of-life and long-term care options can be an expensive, and wind up putting the caregiver in debt and under pressure. It’s important to know what options fit your budget, and where you might be eligible to receive benefits or financial aid. Plan Ahead and Set a BudgetNo one wants to think ahead to needing long-term care and support. But if planning continues to get pushed aside, your loved one could be in need of care before you’ve had an opportunity to consider the options. Worse than that, you may have fewer care options, and that could put a dent in your savings. The cost of long-term care is higher than many think — the average cost of a private nursing home room can run you more than $100,000 annually. Your parents likely saved money their entire lives for big things like your education, and all the small things like clothes and supplies. You can do the same for them and save money for their eventual LTC. By planning far in advance for LTC, you can start putting small amounts of money away without sacrificing your regular spending habits. Using budgeting software can help you determine how much to set aside or save to pay for long-term care, while also staying on track with your other expenses.Veterans’ BenefitsThe Veterans Administration (VA) has a pension benefit that both veterans and their surviving spouses may be eligible for. The benefit is called Aid and Attendance, and is highly underutilized by veterans. Only five percent of these assistance funds are even applied for, meaning there are many qualified people who could be receiving financial assistance. The funds from Aid and Attendance are tax-free and can be used for a variety of long-term care costs, including in-home care, assisted living communities and even some nursing homes. If your loved one has served in the military, urge them to look into whether or not they are eligible to receive these benefits. It could save you a ton of money! Long-Term Care Living OptionsOften when people think of long-term care options, their minds immediately go to dim and depressing homes. Fortunately, there are many different facilities available that can accommodate all health and wellness needs for seniors. Whether your loved one prefers to stay in the comfort of their own home, or if they need more assistance at a live-in facility, we’ve outlined some of the most popular long-term care options. In-Home CareIn-home care or private caregiving is a highly popular option that allows a person to stay in their own home or a family member’s home comfortably. This will usually involve non-medical care or assistance, such as bathing and dressing, basic house chores, and ensuring that medication is taken properly. Assisted Living FacilitiesAn assisted living facility is a great option for a loved one who still want to maintain their independence and can care for themselves, but might need an extra hand. It is similar to in-home care, only the care takes place in a designated community or facility. Assisted living facilities are not for individuals who need intensive medical care. However, there is staff to help with medication reminders and basic health care monitoring. Adult Day Care Health CentersWhile not one of the most popular or well-known options for care, adult day care centers are an excellent option for caretakers, including in-home caretakers, who still have to work a 9–5 job. These facilities provide a safe setting during daytime hours, and many often have specialized services and activities on-site as well. From physical therapy, health care services and social engagement events, adult day care health centers offer a variety of benefits for your loved one. Nursing HomesIf your loved one has fallen ill and needs extensive medical care, a nursing home may be the right option. It is the in-between for people who don’t need to be in hospital care, but can no longer be cared for at home. The type of nursing home will vary, and you’ll find that some are set up similarly to a hospital, whereas some feel more like an assisted living facility. Nursing homes will have aides or nurses on-hand 24 hours a day who can help with custodial care such as bathing, dressing, and eating, as well as skilled care which includes medical monitoring and administering treatments.Retirement CommunityAlso known as active-adult communities, a retirement community is a great option for your loved one who still wants to maintain their sense of freedom and independence. These residences allow seniors to continue living their lives, but with a few added benefits. Retirement communities offer amenities such as housekeeping, 24-hour security, laundry services, transportation to errands and appointments, and so much more. These residences are perfect for seniors who are still able to take care of themselves, and provide peace of mind for their families. Long-Term Care InsuranceWhile long-term care is a necessary part of aging, many people don’t prepare for the financial burden that comes with it. Federal data shows that 15% of people who require some form of long-term care pay more than $250,000 out of pocket, and that amount is not realistic for most Americans. Purchasing LTC insurance is one way to prepare for the costs that come with senior services that are not covered by your regular health care provider. Why to Consider LTC InsuranceSince most regular health insurance does not cover long-term care, LTC insurance is something to consider to help pay for the costs. It’s important to urge your loved ones to begin shopping for different policies early to find the best fit for their situation, but don’t wait until they need coverage. This could help alleviate the financial pressure down the road. Medicare will cover a minimal amount of long-term services and care — typically up to 100 days in a nursing home if your loved one requires rehabilitative care. Qualifying for LTC InsuranceIn order to be eligible for long-term care insurance, you must be in good health at the time of application. It is highly likely that insurance companies will deny you for LTC insurance if you already require some form of long-term care, or if you require assistance with daily living activities. In addition to being in good health, it’s recommended to purchase a policy at about 60 years old, though you may be as young as 40. There are also pre-existing conditions that may disqualify you from LTC insurance, including but not limited to Alzheimer’s, dementia, and muscular dystrophy. Costs and BenefitsLike other insurance, long-term care insurance is underwritten by insurance companies, and the premiums you pay will depend on a variety of factors. It definitely pays to shop around and get various quotes, as the same policy could change by about $1000 or more based on the company. Despite the cost of premiums, LTC insurance provides a safety net and will likely be minimal compared to what you would pay out of pocket for care and services. Other Things to ConsiderWhile your primary concern during this time of transition is ensuring your loved one is taken care of, it’s important to think about yourself as well. Setting someone up with long-term care affects everyone involved, but it’s easy to get wrapped up with only worrying about them. Here are a few things to consider for yourself when planning long-term care for a loved one.Think About Your Own Needs and AbilitiesProviding someone with long-term care can be stressful, and it’s highly unlikely that it’s the only stressor in your life. For many people, it’s unrealistic that they can commit their entire life to providing care, and they will likely have to carry on with daily tasks such as work, errands, and personal care. Be cognizant of your personal health and wellbeing during this time of transition, as many caregivers tend to put themselves last. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance in San Francisco, more caregivers are hospitalized due to burnout and stress-related illnesses than other medical conditions. Emotional Support for Yourself and Others InvolvedWhen you make the decision to move your loved one into a long-term care facility, it’s an act of love and respect for their well-being. As we’ve discussed, it’s certainly not an easy decision to make, and can be an emotional time for a family. Much like any life-changing event, people will react in different ways and likely feel a variety of emotions. Make yourself available to others as a shoulder to lean on, and consider professional help if you begin to feel too overwhelmed. There are many support groups and community resources that can help with emotional fatigue and stress. The sooner you begin to educate yourself and learn what options are available for your loved one, the sooner you can start preparing for this life transition. Long-term care is something that a majority of Americans will need in some capacity during their lifetime, and yet so many people choose to ignore the issue until it is too late. There are many care options available, and you can encourage your loved one by letting them know this is not a loss of their independence — this is just the next chapter of their life. 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