Posted on May 10, 2013March 8, 2017By: Sarah Blake, MHTF consultantClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This year, as the family health team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation undertakes its annual strategy review, its members are contributing to the Family Health Check Up blog series. In the post introducing the series, Gary Darmstadt, the Foundation’s Director of Family Health writes:This year’s six-part Family Health Check Up 2013 blog series is intended to present the evolution of our thinking leading to adjustments to our strategy, highlight lessons learned from our investments last year, and give some insight into plans for the coming year in pursuing our vision collaboratively across Family Health.The series is a great resource for simply learning more about the Gates Foundation’s work. It also provides an opportunity to reflect on some major developments in maternal, newborn and child health, such as last year’s London Summit on Family Planning, an event generated remarkable new commitments, as well as the upcoming launch of a new Family Planning program in June 2013. As a whole, the series provides an opportunity to consider connections across the spectrum of family health issues, as well as among research and evidence, health programming and policy.In the second series post, “The Health of Mother and Baby,” Mariam Claeson, the Family Health team’s Deputy Director of Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health and Gary Darmstadt reflect on progress and priorities specifically related to advancing maternal and child health. They highlight the ways that driven by evidence, the MNCH strategy has been adjusted in the past year, maintaining an integrated approach to maternal, newborn and child health, with new emphases on preterm births, as well as improving quality of care for the increasing numbers of women who are delivering in facilities health facilities around the world. They write:While we continue to support efforts to ensure that more women have access to a skilled attendant at birth and to life-saving commodities and emergency care if necessary, we need to place more emphasis on assuring that quality of care is provided at health facilities, to respond to the increasing demand for those services. We need to identify effective strategies and define our role, to improve the quality of intrapartum care at facilities, with a better understanding of barriers and facilitators to effective intrapartum and immediate maternal and newborn care. The increased focus on intrapartum and postnatal care brings together maternal and neonatal health efforts and is an important adjustment to our MNCH strategy.Throughout, the series presents questions that the team is considering as it seeks to refine its strategy, often underscoring the need to develop integrated approaches. For instance, in the most recent post, which focuses on maternal and child nutrition underscores the connections between these and issues such as WASH, agriculture, education, and social protection.To join the discussion on Twitter, follow @gatesfoundation and @gdarmsta. Visit Impatient Optimists for the latest posts in the Family Health Check Up series, or to stay up to date on the Gates Foundation’s work on maternal, newborn and child health, family planning or other major global health and development issues. Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 26, 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)Skilled birth attendants are one of the most effective tools to decreasing maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity. Although many women do not receive skilled care. One way to ensure women have this care is to ensure providers can provide it.This Tuesday, September 30th, The Wilson Center will hold the policy dialogue, Innovative Training of Birth Attendants, to discuss innovative, technology-drive training models in low-resource settings. Experts from UNFP, Jhpiego, and Dartmouth Medical School will gather with the Maternal Health Initiative at the Wilson Center to share their models and next steps for promoting healthy deliveries for moms around the world.Interested in attending in Washington, D.C.? RSVP here to attend in person or join us for the live webcast by visiting the event home page from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm EDT this Tuesday.Share this:
It is easy to fall prey to the conviction that we can’t share our work until it’s polished and ready for a formal unveiling. We feel like we need to protect it from slipping away, getting watered-down, unfairly judged or outright stolen. These things can happen, but it is way more likely that the benefits of sharing will outweigh these risks by far.Here are just a few of the many reasons to start sharing your Work In Process (WIP), right now!Helps you get unstuck.When you’re under pressure to deliver completely perfected work, it’s easy to feel creatively paralyzed. Sharing what you have right at that moment can serve as a release valve helping you let go of some of the perfectionism that can stall your progress in any direction. Just a simple comment or word of encouragement can be all it takes to get those gears greased up and turning again.Draws resources to you.Sharing WIP is a way of raising a flag that identifies your current position. It shows the direction your work is taking and invites people to offer something that helps it get there. Materials, collaborators, new directions and clients can turn up without even sharing that much. Illustrator Daphne Helvensteijn explains: “I just show sketches or parts of more finished work, enough to give an idea of how and what I am working on,” which has resulted in commission for a line of cards.Gets people invested in your work.The “magic” of creativity fascinates people to no end. Sharing WIP pulls back the curtain a bit and invites people to peek in. When people get an inside look at your process, they will feel more connected to the outcome. The people you include in the process will cheer you on from the sidelines and be there for you at the finish line and beyond.Builds your brand in an authentic way.Creating a personal brand can be daunting and can feel fake or just uninspired, incorporating WIP is an organic way to show people your unique perspective. Kayti Didriksen, a freelance artist, shares WIP from her studio daily on social media: “It helps make my style and voice even more identifiable to potential clients and collectors. My only concern is that people will want to buy something that was tagged #WIP that I have already changed—it’s happened!”Makes the work better.Don’t wait until your work is completed to open yourself up to feedback on your work. Sharing as you go is a crucial practice to develop, because it helps you get better at accepting and responding to input throughout the process. Over time, this will shorten your learning curve, allowing you to create better work, faster.It might take a few tries to find strategy that works for you, but making a habit of sharing WIP is sure to supercharge your work.Here are a few ways to get started:Jump on the WIP Wednesday bandwagon by using the #WIP tag in your social media each week.Schedule a regular meeting with colleagues or peers just to share WIP.Buddy up and ask a friend if you can email them your WIP weekly.What are you doing to make sharing WIP a part of your creative practice?
Most afternoons in the Fall, I like to sit in my kitchen and look into my backyard. With mature trees and an abundance of hiding spaces, I am normally greeted by a series of friends: squirrels, chipmunks, and rabbits. At one point, my nephew tried to give each of them a name, but it was a futile effort and the innocent gesture became too tasking for him. So, we agreed to call them the backyard crew — it was an inclusive name that covered the cardinals, woodpecker, robins, and hummingbirds who often joined the ground crew.Come the Winter months, once all of the leaves had fallen, the grass stopped growing, and the deck was covered with several inches of snow, my backyard crew was nowhere to be found. Sure, we missed them, but, as I explained to my nephew, this is all a part of understanding the cycle of life.Like clockwork, this Spring, there are new editions to the crew — little babies running around, chasing behind momma (or it could be daddy). My nephew is quick to point out, “I don’t think that one was here before.” Helping to explain to him the changing seasons and how squirrels, chipmunks, and rabbits hibernate gave me a better grasp on a pattern that I have observed for almost a decade now — animals aren’t the only ones who hibernate during the Winter months; sometimes our clients disappear on us too.Within some industries and fields, this can mean that a freelancer’s winter months are not as plentiful as others. Couple that with nicer weather and the ambiance of Spring, and some of us may feel tempted to say, “Yes, of course!” to every project that comes our way. However, you may want to take a long pause before you say ‘yes’ and here’s why.The Winter slowdownThe Winter months can be tough for freelancers for various reasons. SAD, seasonal affect disorder, is a condition that can affect anyone. The shorter days, darker days, colder nights and less natural sunlight in some parts of the country can alter one’s mood, sense of relevancy, creativity, motivation and overall emotional well-being. When you add the multiple holidays that occur between November and mid-March, some of us, and even our clients, may feel overwhelmed and/or depleted.Clients’ projects may get pushed back to a later season and warmer weather. On the surface, this is good news — your Spring calendar may fill up quickly. However, you want to make sure that your decision to take on a project is not determined exclusively by a depletion model.Before you say, “Yes, of course!” make sure that you really mean it. Otherwise, there is a strong possibility that you might take on a project that you would normally pass on.Finding balanceUncertainty and angst can be a double-edged sword for any freelancer. Yes, we need to generate income; yes, we want to remain viable and productive, and yes, we enjoy what we are doing and would prefer not to have unplanned breaks. All of these statements ring true. But, I can also tell you from firsthand experience that we often make mistakes when we are being too myopic.I can also tell you that a tough Winter will, eventually, end. We also know that at the end of Winter, evidence of new birth will appear. I am literally looking at small bulbs forming on the daffodils in my front yard. Much like the cycles and seasons that govern nature, be sure to come out of Winter with a renewed sense of purpose and passion. If a project isn’t going to be a good fit, don’t be afraid to say “no” or “tell me more…” Trust the process that has led to your success thus far and trust that something else will come along.In other words, the adage “something is better than nothing” should not apply if you are coming out of a tough season. Be mindful that your decision-making may be deeply vested in a desire to recoup the revenue that you didn’t make during the Winter months. My advice: Don’t focus on rebounding; instead, hone in on rebuilding and renewal — much like the backyard crew.
Speaking to The Sun about her plan, Wengel explained: ‘I wanted my method to rely on common sense and simplicity — to help people escape the monotony of calorie counting and weighing food, and get away from a restrictive eating model where things are either healthy or unhealthy.‘That’s why I constructed the idea of the handful principle.’Beyond this, the diet has one further principle at its core: that you should learn to recognise when you’re hungry on a ‘hunger barometer’ from 0-10, with 0 being ‘not hungry at all’ and 10 being ‘totally famished’.Wenkel recommends eating when you are at a 7-8 on the hunger scale, and believes that her simple principles will allow followers to end the cycle of yo-yo dieting for good.Source The Scandi Sense Diet is being hailed as ‘the simplest diet plan in the world’ – and, after hearing how it works, we have to say we’re intrigued…Created by Danish weight loss guru and mother-of-five Suzy Wengel – who says she has shed six stone by following it – the diet has already gone massive in Scandinavia.And we reckon it’s bound to go global thank to its fuss-free rules that require absolutely no calorie counting.All you have to is is use Wengel’s ‘handful method’ to determine how much to eat. Her whole concept is based on the idea that your hand size is linked to your height and build.The rules are simple – each meal you eat is made up of up to four handfuls: one or two of vegetables, one of protein and one of starch or fruit.On top of this, your daily diet must include one to three tablespoons of ‘pure’ fat, such as olive or coconut oil. You can also enjoy up to 300ml of dairy per day and up to two tablespoons of dairy-based dressing.The Scandi Sense Diet is being hailed as ‘the simplest diet plan in the world’ – and, after hearing how it works, we have to say we’re intrigued…Created by Danish weight loss guru and mother-of-five Suzy Wengel – who says she has shed six stone by following it – the diet has already gone massive in Scandinavia.And we reckon it’s bound to go global thank to its fuss-free rules that require absolutely no calorie counting.All you have to is is use Wengel’s ‘handful method’ to determine how much to eat. Her whole concept is based on the idea that your hand size is linked to your height and build.The rules are simple – each meal you eat is made up of up to four handfuls: one or two of vegetables, one of protein and one of starch or fruit.On top of this, your daily diet must include one to three tablespoons of ‘pure’ fat, such as olive or coconut oil. You can also enjoy up to 300ml of dairy per day and up to two tablespoons of dairy-based dressing.
Recent research from WRI, Shifting Diets for a Sustainable Food Future, found that shifting more people toward diets rich in plant-based foods can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help close a 70 percent gap in the amount of food available today and that to feed a growing population.And yet, the current terminology used to describe plant-based dining options is less than appetizing. Early research shows that consumers are cold to phrases such as “vegetarian” and “vegan.” That’s in part because of social perceptions about those who identify as plant-based eaters. Studies have found that followers of plant-based diets are perceived to be more virtuous, moral, attractive and intelligent than omnivores — but they are also seen as boring, serious and less fun to be around. Who wants to be the bore at the dinner party?Even foods described as “healthy” can, on certain eating occasions, be a turn-off. During celebrations or social occasions, taste and indulgence steer our food decisions, and many consumers expect a healthy dining experience to be less enjoyable, less tasty and less filling. Using health-based messaging alone is further complicated because many consumers already believe they are in good or excellent health.There are promising efforts underway, though. In London, a group of marketing experts recently launched the #VegCurious campaign, targeting young men who historically have been vegetable-averse but are part of the millennial generation that shows more openness to different ways of eating. The advertising showed muscled men bench-pressing broccoli, countering the stereotype that “real men” eat more meat and using humor to attract new audiences.Soy company Silk‘s “Do Plants” campaign added celebrity power with tennis star Serena Williams as spokesperson. The campaign boldly declares plant-based foods to be a fun option: “Party with us. Tell the digital world what you love about doing plants.”What these campaigns show is a hunger for new ways to approach consumers about plant-based foods. Unlike the beer industry, there’s little consistency across the food industry in how we talk with consumers about plant-based foods and the benefits that should make them desirable.The challenge is clear: The planet cannot sustain current consumption trends much longer, so we have to overcome the linguistic hurdles faced by plant-based eating.There’s no denying that words have power. With the right kind of evolution in language, food industry leaders and the environmental community can redefine how diners experience foods that are plant-based and better for the environment. We can create the kind of step change that’s urgently needed.What would your campaign to promote plant-based diets sound like? This article was originally posted on SustainableBrands.com.As Georgetown University linguistics professor Deborah Tannen says, “We tend to look through language and not realize how much power language has.”We rarely realize it, but language is the lens through which we form perceptions about people, places and products. From my involvement in corporate marketing, I know that companies and advertisers are keenly aware of language’s power for consumers.Marketing specialists pore over focus group data and behavior studies to understand what makes consumers tick, carefully selecting words to evoke emotions, motivate us and shape our tastes. The right phrasing can make a world of difference.Take, for example, the term “craft beer.” The U.S. beer industry first adopted the term in the 1990s to describe the more artisanal beers produced by microbreweries. Recognizing an opportunity, larger firms began co-opting the phrase between 2008 and 2011. Today “craft beer” is used by large and small brewers alike, from the United States to New Zealand, to generally describe beer that is original and flavorful. A quick Google Trends search shows the term is now 40 times more popular than “microbrew.”That popularity has translated to increased market share and sales. Overall beer sales in the United States dropped slightly in 2015, but craft beer sales were up 12.8 percent. The chief economist for the Brewers Association says: “For the past decade, craft brewers have charged into the market, seeing double-digit growth for eight of those years.”Can the same sort of creative turn of phrase advance foods that are healthier for people and the planet?We know that current agricultural patterns are leading to rampant deforestation, strained water sources and a warming planet. Over the past 50 years, agricultural land has expanded by roughly 500 million hectares (1.2 billion acres), and more than 75 percent of that is used to produce just meat and dairy. As incomes rise in emerging economies and more people adopt Western-style diets, precious natural resources will be squeezed even further. That is, unless we change what we eat.
Mechanisms to pool risk between countries are increasingly important. African Risk Capacity (ARC) is a key example developed by African governments through the African Union. ARC establishes a sovereign insurance mechanism: countries pay a premium, and in a drought, payouts normally arrive faster than humanitarian aid. The system has paid out over $36 million to African countries affected by drought since 2014, helping stop millions of people from falling deeper into poverty. Without ARC, many families would have to sell everything they own to put food on the table.However, insurance is only part of the solution. Governments need to build social safety nets and proactively reduce risks. The first task goes beyond water, but the second can be achieved in part by investing in climate-resilient water systems, such as water storage and irrigation.3. Invest in Green as Well as Gray InfrastructureClimate-proofing water systems isn’t just about pouring concrete into taller flood defenses or bigger dams. Governments and businesses can invest in nature to fill part of the infrastructure gap. Green infrastructure plays a huge role in providing safe, clean and regular water flows — from wetlands that buffer coasts from storms, and aquifers that store water, to forests that reduce erosion and help keep water free of sediment.In Kenya, the Tana River provides water for 95% of Nairobi’s residents, and generates half of Kenya’s hydropower. Excess sediment from eroding soil has been getting into the river, reducing reservoirs’ capacity and increasing water treatment costs. The Upper Tana-Nairobi Water Fund, a public-private partnership involving the Kenyan government, private companies and The Nature Conservancy, invests upstream to help poor communities adopt farming and forestry practices that improve yields while reducing water use and soil erosion.By integrating nature-based approaches into conventional infrastructure system planning, governments can ensure water supply and quality. They can save money and protect people, as well as the ecosystems upon which people rely.Improving Africa’s water management and infrastructure will reduce the climate vulnerability of people across the continent. Governments have a window of opportunity and a duty to their citizens to act now, and businesses and donors must back their efforts. Existing projects show that these investments pay off, with positive ripple effects across the economy. The world is vastly underestimating the benefits of acting on climate change. Recent research from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate finds that bold climate action could deliver at least $26 trillion in economic benefits through 2030. This ground-breaking research, produced by the Global Commission and more than 200 experts, highlights proof points of the global shift to a low-carbon economy, and identifies ways to accelerate action in five sectors: energy, cities, food and land use, water and industry. Our blog series, The $26 Trillion Opportunity, explores these economic opportunities in greater detail.Zimbabwe’s government recently declared a nationwide state of disaster, as drought combines with economic and political crises to push farmers and city water networks to the brink. According to WRI’s Aqueduct tool, many African countries have extremely high water risk. This metric considers multiple factors, including vulnerability to droughts and floods, seasonal variability and competition for available water. Already, one in every three people across Africa face water scarcity. Nearly 400 million people in sub-Saharan Africa are denied even a basic drinking water supply.While climate is an important factor driving water stress in Africa and around the world, poor management of water resources and services is the biggest challenge. As climate change makes rainfall more erratic and increases the risks of floods and droughts, investing in better water management and infrastructure is becoming even more important. These investments can strengthen economies. When targeted at the poorest people, they offer a triple dividend: alleviating poverty, supporting jobs and growth, and reducing vulnerability to climate change.Investments in three key areas of the water sector will improve people’s resilience to climate change across Africa:1. Deliver Universal, Climate-Resilient Drinking Water and SanitationSecuring safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene for all in sub-Saharan Africa would require $35 billion per year in capital costs, just 0.5% of the total spending required for global infrastructure.Cheap, “low-regret” options can make water and sanitation services more resilient to climate change. Smart design and management can keep boreholes flowing during droughts, or stop latrines from overflowing during floods. In response to recurring drought, Ethiopia’s government is using public finance to invest up front in water and sanitation services. It is also screening rural water supply projects for climate risk. Acting later is often more costly, as we see in Zimbabwe. In the capital city Harare, the city council has had to buy expensive water tankers to ferry water to residents.Even in a changing climate, design may not be the biggest challenge facing engineers and policymakers in Africa. Often, a harder task is securing revenue to maintain infrastructure and adapt it to climate change once built. This requires taking policy action to back investment in gradual improvements and to make people to pay for water services, while shielding the most vulnerable from unaffordable costs through well-targeted subsidies. While only 15% of city residents in Kampala and Lagos have access to piped water, for these households, piped water is by far the safest and most affordable (up to 52 times cheaper) option. With secure revenue streams, private finance is also more likely to flow into the sector.2. Manage Drought Risk for FarmersPoor communities often face greater exposure to climate hazards, such as more extreme rainfall or drought conditions, and have fewer resources to cope. By 2030, climate change could drive more than 100 million people globally into extreme poverty. In sub-Saharan Africa, 90% of the rural population depend on agriculture as their main source of income, and over 95% of arable farming relies on rainfall. Rising temperatures and unpredictable rainfall caused by climate change are expected to lower crop yields and raise prices. Governments must establish policies to reduce risks up front and manage those risks that are unavoidable.According to Aqueduct, many African countries face extremely high water risk. This metric considers multiple factors, including vulnerability to droughts and floods, seasonal variability, and water stress.
Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Topics: It’s hard to call Amazon a trendsetter in this field, since eBay has done something similar for over a decade. Still, because of Amazon’s influence over ecommerce trends, we may be able to consider it groundbreaking. What’s this “new” thing they’re doing?Haggling.Sure, eBay is and auction site, where buyers try to outbid each other for anything from socks to one-of-a-kind art pieces. Amazon’s “make an offer” option is, for now, available only for rare pieces like collectibles and fine art. The basic idea behind the two is the same, though. By allowing buyers to make their offers, whether in an auction setting or a haggling scenario, these two ecommerce giants give buyers even more power.How It WorksAs you’ll see in the screenshot below, Amazon provides the option for buyers to either purchase the item at a set price or to make an offer. The offer is delivered directly to the seller, who can either accept that offer or make a counteroffer. The deal is done when the seller either accepts or both parties walk away.Just like haggling in real life, right?Why This Is Big NewsIf eBay has done something along the same lines for years, why is Amazon’s new negotiation option such a big deal? In truth, Amazon is a leader in the ecommerce world. The company has made buying online easier and less expensive than ever. When they break new ground, the rest of the ecommerce world follows.Sure, other websites out there probably haggled with buyers if those buyers were savvy enough to seek out the contact information. As far as a structured, easy way for potential customers to make lower offers, Amazon is leading the pack. They may have already patented either the idea itself or the technology used, but that won’t matter.As we’ve seen, using patented technology for ecommerce isn’t new. Amazon may have the 1-Click buying option, the whole “photos on a white background” technique, and even online gift cards locked down, but that hasn’t stopped others from developing their own versions.The more technology-savvy ecommerce companies out there could very well develop their own version of Amazon’s haggling option. And before they go through that trouble, they have the ultimate example to learn from. If it works for Amazon, we’re sure to see it crop up everywhere.Where It WorksIf you’re thinking that haggling just won’t work for a lot of ecommerce outlets, you’re right. The structure isn’t ideal for everyone, but it is the perfect solution for many. Antique dealers who haven’t considered an online outlet for their goods may find this particular buying option perfect. Fine art sellers could experience a higher number of sales if online shoppers felt they could make an offer. Vintage apparel stores could see a huge surge in sales if buyers had the option of haggling over that Chanel purse.Someone looking for a pack of socks, though? This model isn’t going to work. For that, you could still go to eBay.What do you think about haggling? Is this the future of ecommerce, or will Amazon only be able to use the model for a small selection of items? We’d love your thoughts, so leave a comment! Ecommerce and Amazon Originally published Jan 30, 2015 11:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017
Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Job Search Originally published May 11, 2015 8:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 Topics: College graduation is just around the corner, which means it’s almost speech season. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good graduation speech and all the platitudes that come along with it, but very few of them help you transition from full-time student to full-fledged adult in the working world. In fact, it’s hard to find good, actionable advice in general on how to get a job after you graduate. Download our complete guide to getting a job after graduation here and get 10 free resume templates here.The opportunities ahead seem both endless and elusive, making it incredibly challenging to identify and build a career path you love. You just want someone to give it to you straight: How can you actually find a job? We want to help. At HubSpot, we’re lucky enough to interview and hire a lot of recent graduates, so I’ve rounded up some advice below based on interviews, applications, and feedback we hear from hiring managers, recruiters, and job candidates alike.So whether you’re putting your cap and gown on in a few weeks, graduated last year and are in a job you don’t love, or frankly are just sick of your parents asking what’s new on the career front, below are actionable tips to help you create, refine, or revitalize your job hunt — sans any platitudes or cheesy quotes.In fact, HubSpot’s Melissa Obleada has designed some free templates and tools you can use to put the advice below into practice. Download this post’s complementary guide here.Don’t try to boil the ocean.I asked a recent college graduate how many applications he submitted to companies each week as part of his job search. His response (perfect in its honesty) was, “As many as I need to get my parents off my back.”In spite of its hilarity, this type of approach isn’t strategic (and is typically unsuccessful). I refer to this strategy as trying to boil the ocean — it’s virtually impossible and incredibly frustrating. It’s hard to stick out from the pack of other applicants when you’re trying to be all things to all people. Plus, you can’t properly research and follow up with hundreds of job applications. Instead, I recommend doing enough homework to reasonably target 10-12 companies.There is definitely a balance between quantity and quality in the job search, but you get diminishing returns when you’re applying daily to hundreds of positions. You’re much more likely to make spelling mistakes, misstate goals or interests, or miss a scheduled phone screen if you’re trying to juggle too many balls. Instead of boiling the ocean, invest the time to target a few key opportunities and roles — your calendar and your future employer will thank you for it.Talk to 10 people about their jobs.So how do you actually narrow your job search down from “I’ll do anything” to “Here’s why I would be a great sales rep at X specific company?”I recommend starting with the “phone a friend” option. Most recent graduates think of a job in terms of its job description, but the reality of work can differ significantly from the rhetoric. Regardless of the field you choose, you are going to spend a lot of time at work, so it’s worth investing the time beforehand to understand what roles will actually be like after you secure the job. A 30-minute well-organized and orchestrated phone interview can help you achieve this goal.Not sure where to start? Ask a friend who graduated recently, a neighbor from your hometown, or check in with your career services office to ask for some input. If your immediate network isn’t a great resource, get to work on LinkedIn — identify individuals with job titles that interest you and ask if they would be open to a quick conversation (more on that below).For this step in the process, resist the urge to pick senior people — selecting people at or close to entry level jobs gives you a much more realistic sense of what your day would be like and what skills you would need to succeed. Moreover, this step can help you significantly refine your search and align your applications accordingly, so save your targeted emails to senior leaders until after you have clear context on the types of roles you’re most interested in pursuing.Don’t waste their time (or yours) by asking silly questions. Instead, focus on asking questions about what their average day looks like:What do they work on?Are they mostly working alone at a computer or in meetings with other people?How (if at all) do they interact with their boss?What’s the culture at their organization like?What do they like about it and what do they wish they could change?What’s the most important skill to succeed in the job they have, and why?These types of questions are specific and give you a real sense for what it’s like to actually do a given job.Listen.This sounds incredibly obvious, but the reality is that most job seekers spend more time talking than they do listening. Active listening can be the single most effective tool in identifying the right company and role for your skill set.Have you asked your professors and advisors if they know alumni working at companies where you could be a good fit? Have you asked your previous employers (even for your summer lifeguarding job) for feedback on what you’re best at and what you can do better? The answers to these questions should help inform your job search, but you need to actively listen to make their advice actionable.Moreover, when you’re talking to potential employers or alumni in careers you’re interested in pursuing, take good notes. I’d recommend creating a Google doc with the name of the person you’re talking with, the company he or she works for, key takeaways from the call, and next steps. It’s easy to think you’ll remember the titles of jobs she recommends or the person in his office you should reach out to follow up, but life often gets in the way. So take good notes, have clear follow-ups, and carve out time after every informational conversation to thank the person who gave you his or her time.Identify three job tracks and create a playbook for each one.Hopefully your phone calls and interviews help you identify a few roles that really interest you while eliminating a few potential career paths that aren’t a fit for your skills or background.Armed with this knowledge, visit the career site for a few of the companies in your designed geography that offer the roles you’re seeking, and take note of the specific skills the position demands. Many applicants skip this step entirely, but it’s imperative to understand what the hiring managers are seeking and what experience is most relevant to the career paths you’re targeting.My colleague, Mike Redbord, VP of Support at HubSpot and a gentleman who interviews more HubSpotters annually than anyone else I know, says it best: “Understand what potential + skill look like, together, and seek hiring managers who get it.”Recognizing that the best hiring managers can screen for potential and skill, you need to craft a compelling narrative for why you are positioned to succeed in a role. Does that mean you need to check every single box? Absolutely not, but you do need a compelling story for why you are uniquely suited to the position.Far too many people send the same resume for multiple positions that require very different skills and experiences, so my recommendation is to fill in the blanks of this sentence before you start on a resume or cover letter: “I would be a great (_______________) because I have _________, ________, and _______ skills as evidenced by my work with ___________ and _____________.” This may seem elementary, but when you’re in the thick of a job search it’s easy to get lazy and ship the same materials to everyone. Creating a clear, concise summary of why you are positioned to succeed in a given role is a great foundation for the materials you’ll create next before applying.Craft your story.Don’t think about editing and shipping a boring, stale resume — think of your application materials as chapters of the story you’re telling to a potential employer. Far too many people think of their cover letter as re-stating everything on their resume. In reality, the cover letter should draw a direct and obvious line between the job description you’re applying for and the experience illustrated on your resume. And every piece of material you submit should be consistent with the narrative you created above, demonstrating how your experience and potential will make you thrive in the demands of the job.I use the word story here intentionally — far too many people treat creating their resume, cover letter, and any other necessarily application materials as a chore to be completed or a checklist to be generated. In reality, recruiters and hiring managers scan through hundreds if not thousands of resumes on a weekly basis: Make their lives easier (and more interesting) by creating a truly compelling narrative on your interest in the role. Telling a great story doesn’t mean filling every square inch of space on a page. In fact, the best resumes and cover letters use spacing, italics, and bold text to make the materials more readily digestible and enjoyable to read for the hiring manager.When it comes to crafting your narrative for applications, don’t underestimate the role of activities outside of work: You don’t need a formal internship or summer job to show that you’re interested in and capable of blogging, or a seasoned job in sales to show that you’re passionate about engaging people.Did you blog for your college admissions office to help recruit incoming students? You should include that experience if you’re applying for a marketing, recruiting, or human resources position.Did you use iMovie to create videos for your university’s theater program? Learn enough code to launch a website for your parents’ restaurant? If you’re applying for any role in technical support, design, or engineering, incorporate it.Far too many people underestimate the role activities outside the classroom can play in demonstrating your potential and drive, so don’t overlook these experiences when you’re crafting your story.Google yourself.Most hiring managers will run a quick Google search before reaching out to you for a phone screen. So instead of wishing and hoping they miss that photo of you from a recent party on Facebook, Google yourself before you start applying for jobs and ask yourself what story your online presence tells. If it doesn’t align with the narrative you’re using in your job applications, invest the time and energy to change it. Your online presence should reflect your personal and professional interests, and with the proliferation of free publishing forums (from LinkedIn to Medium to About.me), you have no excuse not to put them to work on your behalf in the job search process.For example, let’s say you are interested in applying to Wistia, an online video hosting platform and one of our neighbor companies here in Boston. How could you convey a passion for video if you’re not an editor, producer, or director? You could share remarkable videos you see online as a consumer, blog about how video marketing can influence the sales process, incorporate your previous experience with video on your LinkedIn profile, or tweet articles covering recent brand video launches, among other things.There are countless articles about how to avoid major social media missteps (like your college frat party photos or misspellings on your LinkedIn profile), but too few focus on what you can proactively do to ensure a quick Google search and your official application tell the same story about your talents and goals. Be honest about what your current digital footprint says about your candidacy, and then invest some time and energy to change it from a liability to an asset before you start sending your resume out.Apply thoughtfully.Before you hit submit, triple-check everything for spelling, syntax, and grammar. I’m terrible at editing myself, so I often ask my sister for help given her super powers in editing. Everyone knows someone with a particularly good eye for catching mistakes — pay them in lunch or coffee to help you do a final check of your materials before you ship them. We’re all human, and everyone is juggling a lot of priorities day to day, so don’t let a spelling or grammatical mistake be the reason you don’t land a job. Also, be sure that you have the right details in the right applications. Create separate folders on your computer for each company so that you don’t proudly state how excited you are to work at Company X when your application is for Company Y.Once you hit submit, you’re not done yet. I recommend creating a Google spreadsheet with tabs for each of the job types you’re applying for, along with the name of the company you applied to, the date you applied, a link to the job on the careers site (so you can reference it easily if asked down the line), as well as the name of the hiring manager or recruiter if available.This quick exercise makes follow-up a breeze. If you haven’t heard back within a week, sending an email to your contact to politely check in and ask if there is anything you can do to support your candidacy is a great way to show interest without being overbearing. Logging everything (including return phone calls, informational screens, and rejection emails alike) in one document will also minimize embarrassing gaffes such as applying for multiple positions at the same company or missing a scheduled informational interview. Plus, having a centralized location means it’ll be much easier for you to react if something unexpected comes up, such as if a hiring manager calls you to discuss the role in depth.Respect the process.Far too many candidates underestimate the importance of the entire recruiting process in landing an interview or job. A recruiter calling you to role-play what it’s like to work on our services team? That’s part of the job audition. The emails the hiring manager sends you with details on what to expect in the interview? Your response and timeliness are part of the interview process as well. Treat every element of the entire candidate experience like a formal interview. If you’re taking a phone call from the company, find a quiet place to talk, answer the phone appropriately, and thank the hiring manager or recruiting coordinator for making the time to connect with you.Part of respecting the process is really doing your homework. I mentioned the pre-research phase of homework already, but once you’ve received an indication of interest from the company (whether in the form of an email or phone call asking for more information or a phone interview), the real hard work begins. Here’s a checklist to consider when you’re doing your research:Can you describe, clearly and concisely, what the company does to make money and the problem they are solving in the market?Have you visited their leadership page to understand the backgrounds of people running the company and how the organization is organized?Did you check out interview questions along with recent candidate experience reviews on Glassdoor to check out what people are saying about the company so you can ask better questions when you meet with current employees?Can you reference any recent news the company announced on its company news page, investor relations site, or blog?Have you followed the company on one or more social media channels so you can see how the organization positions itself in the market?If you’re lucky enough to get an interview, have you checked out the LinkedIn profiles of everyone you’re meeting with so you know their role and tenure at the company?It’s important to treat every interaction with the company and its hiring team with the highest degree of professionalism and consideration. Visiting a company’s website on the train en route to the interview does not constitute research. If you expect an organization to invest in you, invest two hours to properly understand its products, people, and value proposition so you can tailor your approach and responses accordingly.Pass the receptionist test with flying colors.Everyone is capable of kissing up to C-level executives for 20 minutes, but the people we actually want working for our team show considerate behavior to all of their teammates. No one wants to work with a jerk, and if you’re rude or dismissive of the person who greets you upon arrival for an interview, chances are you’re not the type of person I want to be in the trenches with on a daily basis. Plus, receptionists usually have the ear of top executives, so if you underestimate them, it could cost you.Treat everyone you interact with at the company as though they are your interviewer. People don’t want to work with anyone who can’t make time for general pleasantries. Pro tip: Keep up that behavior long after the interview is over — it’s good for your career, your life, and of course, your karma.This isn’t a one-off trend: Companies like Zappos rely on the employee driving the company bus or the security guard greeting people for regular input on candidates. In fact, when the co-founder of Warby Parker, Neil Blumenthal, appeared on The Growth Show, he said their entire organization took a page from Zappos in screening heavily for empathy and humility in the hiring process. As Blumenthal correctly pointed out, you spend most of your waking life with coworkers, so hiring people who are jerks just creates “culture debt” — a huge price that your organization has to repay for years to come.Best in class companies want best in class employees, and people often think that’s a reflection of your GPA, your title as your past employer, or your ability to complete a skills assessment for the role in question. While all of those criteria are important factors, you also have to demonstrate that you’d actually be someone that team members would enjoy working with during your tenure with the organization. So be nice and gracious to everyone you meet: It will pay off for many years to come.Know how to accept and negotiate an offer.If you make it through the interview experience and are lucky enough to be offered a job, don’t botch your hard work at the one-yard line.Instead, start off by thanking the company for the offer and asking clarifying questions to better understand the role you’re being offered, the team you’ll be joining, and the salary and benefits associated with the job. Typically, you’ll receive a call from a hiring manager or recruiter with this information, and then ask for the offer to be sent in writing. I generally recommend that people profusely thank their interviewer, then ask for a day to review the offer in detail and return with any questions you may have. Doing so ensures they know you are interested and gives you time to pour over the materials in depth to formulate good questions to ask of your potential employer.For an entry-level position, you have to strike a balance between negotiating a fair deal and being a high-maintenance hire. I recommend formulating a list of your questions then reviewing the materials a second time to ensure that the answers aren’t contained in the information they sent for you. You want to ask questions that are thoughtful, insightful, and reflect what matters most to you. In other words, if your base salary is the most important factor in your job decision, invest most of your time on the phone asking clarifying questions — not on how much vacation time you will have.Bonus tip: Once you have a job, check your entitlement at the door.Your first few jobs out of college should provide you with ample opportunities to grow personally and professionally — but part of that growth process involves paying your dues. At HubSpot, our CMO cleans up the kitchen if people leave a mess. On a business trip together, our CEO waited in line for coffee so I could finish up a conference call. Our CTO does his own presentations, schedule, and travel. There is no room at our company or on our teams for people who aren’t willing to be shockingly helpful (our CTO and co-founder’s term) with even the most menial tasks.Companies need incredible, brilliant, insightful people who will be future leaders in the organization, but they also need people willing to do hard work, especially when it’s inconvenient, unglamorous, or tedious. So if you’re asked to help out with a challenging task, take notes at a meeting with a leading exec, or help an intern with a project, don’t ask why or who will get the credit — your reaction speaks volumes about your willingness to be a team player, and sends a strong message to people about what it’s like to be in the trenches with you.Herb Brooks, a legendary hockey coach, said something I remind myself of often: “Risk something or forever sit with your dreams.” When you’re just starting out in your career, it’s easy to get frustrated and be complacent in your job search. The hard truth is that no matter where you went to school, no one is going to hand you your dream job with a bow on it at your desired salary in your desired location working for the perfect manager with the perfect team. Landing a job in any profession requires patience, competency, commitment, flexibility, and follow-up — and these skills aren’t always required to graduate with your degree.My pitch to you is that there is no better time than the present to pursue the job and career track you love, but it’s not going to fall in your lap. Follow the guide above to narrow your search, target your prospects, and prepare yourself for the application and interview process. It’s an investment of time and energy well worth making — one that will pay dividends for your entire career.
Let’s be honest: These graphics are hard not to love. Rather than employing the same old stock photos we’ve seen time and time again, this unique design serves as a refreshing way to present information that’s both valuable and fun. We especially appreciate the author’s cartoonified self-portrait that closes out the presentation. Well played, Ross Simmonds.Want more? Read How to Create Infographics in Under an Hour [15 Free Infographic Templates]. This wouldn’t be a true Gary Vaynerchuk presentation if it wasn’t a little loud, am i right? Aside from the fact that we love the eye-catching, bright yellow background (which aligns with the SnapChat theme), Vaynerchuk does a great job of incorporating screenshots on each slide to create a visual tutorial that coincides with the tips.13. “20 Tweetable Quotes to Inspire Marketing & Design Creative Genius,” IMPACT Branding & Design How to Create Beautiful PowerPoints [+ Free Templates] If you’re going to go the minimalistic route, take note of this PowerPoint presentation example from Creative Lodging Solutions. This clean design adheres to a simple, consistent color palette with clean graphics peppered throughout to make the slides more visually interesting. Overall there are no frills or unnecessary additions, which allows the informative content to take priority.7. “Healthcare Napkins,” Dan Roam Hi 👋 What’s your name?First NameLast NameHi null, what’s your email address?Email AddressAnd your phone number?Phone NumberWhat is your company’s name and website?CompanyWebsiteHow many employees work there?1Does your company provide any of the following services?Web DesignOnline MarketingSEO/SEMAdvertising Agency ServicesYesNoGet Your Free Templates PowerPoint Design IdeasIt’s impossible for us to tell you which design ideas you should go after in your next PowerPoint, because, well, we don’t know what the goal of your presentation is. But, as it turns out, PowerPoint can make these suggestions.In PowerPoint 2016 and later, PowerPoint is filled with interesting boilerplate designs you can start with. To find these suggestions, open PowerPoint and click the “Design” tab in your top navigation bar. Then, on the far right side, you’ll see the following options:Click the “Design Ideas” option under this Design tab, as shown in the screenshot above. This icon will reveal a vertical list of interesting slide layouts based on what your slides already have on them.Don’t have any content on your slides yet? You can easily shuffle this vertical list of design ideas by clicking various slides themes inside the color carousel to the far left of the Design Ideas icon, as shown below:As you browse and select from the themes shown above, your Design Ideas pane to the right will interpret them and come up with layouts such as:Paint SplashCovering a more creative subject for a younger or more energetic audience? On behalf of PowerPoint, might we suggest the cover slide design above?Artistic CurvesThis design doesn’t have the intensity of the first slide on this list, but it maintains a sense of informality that all PowerPoint presentations benefit from.WallpaperThere’s an old-fashioned feel to the design above that sets a fun but relaxing tone for its audience.Warm TilesThis design idea focuses on warm colors, helping to emphasize the black title tile on top of it.Textured BackdropWe’re particularly fond of this PowerPoint design style. By using real textures — like wood, as shown above — you add depth to your slides. This can help your content capture and hold your audience’s attention more easily.To see some examples of the best PowerPoint presentation designs, check out the following decks. Topics: Here’s another great example of data visualization in the wild. Rather than displaying numbers and statistics straight up, this presentation calls upon interesting, colorful graphs and charts to present the information in a way that just makes sense.12. “6 Snapchat Hacks Too Easy to Ignore,” Gary Vaynerchuk Balancing visual backgrounds with text isn’t easy. More often than not, the text is formatted in a way that winds up getting lost in the image. This presentation from the Center for Entrepreneurial Information combated this issue by combining a blurring effect with a shaded filter to create contrast between the bulleted text and the busy background. Well done.4. “40 Tools in 20 Minutes: Hacking your Marketing Career,” Eric Leist Don’t forget to share this post! This presentation dates back to 2009, but the design is still as good as ever. The colorful, quirky doodles help tell the story while also serving as an interesting way to illustrate data (see slides 20 and 21). For visual learners, this approach is much more inviting than a series of slides riddled with text-heavy bullet points.8. “Eco-nomics: The Hidden Costs of Consumption,” Josh Beatty This presentation employs both powerful images and playful graphics to illustrate the point. While many of the slides contain numbers, they are broken up in a way that makes them easily digestible. Not to mention all of the text is crisp, clean, and concise.9. “10 Powerful Body Language Tips for Your Next Presentation,” SOAP Presentations We’ve all seen our fair share of quote-chronicling presentations … but that isn’t to say they were all done well. Often times the background images are poor quality, the text is too small, or there isn’t enough contrast. Well, this PowerPoint presentation from IMPACT Branding & Design suffers from none of said challenges. The colorful filters over each background image create just enough contrast for the quotes to stand out.14. “The Top 20 Facts About High Fructose Corn Syrup,” Corn Refiners Association This simplistic presentation example employs several different fonts, but instead of coming off as disconnected, the varied fonts worth with one another to create contrast and call out specific concepts. Also, the big, bold numbers help set the reader’s expectations, as they clearly signify how far along the viewer is in the list of tips.10. “Pixar’s 22 Rules to Phenomenal Storytelling,” Gavin McMahon This presentation by Gavin McMahon features color in all the right places. While each of the background images boasts a bright, spotlight-like design, all of the characters are intentionally blacked out. This helps keep the focus on the tips, while still incorporating a visual element. Not to mention, it’s still easy for the viewer to identify each character without the details. (I found you on slide eight, Nemo.)11. “Digital, Social & Mobile in 2015,” We Are Social Not going to lie, it was the title that convinced me to click through to this presentation … but the awesome design kept me there once I arrived. This simple design adheres to a consistent color pattern and leverages bullet points and varied fonts to break up the text nicely.17. “Digital Transformation in 50 Soundbites,” Julie Dodd We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again: We love this presentation from Velocity Partner’s Co-Founder Doug Kessler. Not only is the content remarkable, but the design is also quite clever. While each slide employs the same background visual, the copy in the notebook unfolds brilliantly through a series of colorful doodles and bold text. This gives the presentation a personal feel, which aligns with the self-reflective nature of the concept.2. “You Don’t Suck at PowerPoint,” Jesse DesjardinsIf the contrast used throughout this PowerPoint presentation design were a human, we’d marry it. This skillful presentation from Jesse Desjardins employs the perfect color palette: balancing black and white photos with pops of florescent pink, yellow, and blue. The cheeky vintage photos work to reinforce the copy on each slide, making the presentation both interesting and visually appealing.3. “Build a Better Entrepreneur Pitch Deck,” Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation Free Templates This is another great example of minimalistic design done right. There’s nothing overly complicated about this presentation’s design, which is why it works. The text is large and legible, the images are high quality and placed in a way that’s not obtrusive, and the facts are called out from the rest of the text.15. “Creating Powerful Customer Experiences,” Digital Surgeons Simple, clever doodles tell the story of Google in a fun and creative way. This presentation reads almost like a storybook, making it easy to move from one slide to the next. This uncluttered approach provides viewers with an easy-to-understand explanation of a complicated topic.21. “What Really Differentiates the Best Content Marketers From The Rest,” Ross Simmonds Tell us a little about yourself below to gain access today: We can all agree there’s more than one way of doing something.For example, some people default to the “loop, swoop, and pull” method when they tie their shoes, while others swear by the “bunny ears” technique. Either way you swing it, your shoes get tied, right?The trouble is, in some areas of life, different approaches don’t always return the same results.Free Download: 4 PowerPoint Presentation TemplatesWhen it comes to presentation design, for instance, there’s no shortage of avenues you can take. And while all that choice — colors, formats, visuals, fonts — can feel liberating, it’s important that you’re careful in your selection as not all design combinations add up to success.We’re not saying there’s one right way to design your next PowerPoint presentation, but we are saying that some designs make more sense than others. Luckily, new versions of PowerPoint actually suggest ideas for you based on the content you’re presenting. In this blog post, you’ll learn how to create an awesome PowerPoint deck and then see 21 real presentations that nail it in exactly their own way. All of the elements are working together here to create a compelling, unified presentation. From the font choice to the color palette to the dark visual background images, this design aligns perfectly with the context of the copy.19. “Fix Your Really Bad PowerPoint,” Slide Comet Do you love these hand drawn illustrations … or do you love these hand drawn illustrations? I mean, c’mon, this is amazing. Certainly it would have been easier to generate these designs online, but this approach highlights MarketingProf’s commitment to investing the time and thought it takes to create an out-of-the-box piece of content. And as a result, this presentation stands out in the best way possible.6. “2015 Travel Trends,” Creative Lodging Solutions This design highlights a great alternative to the “text-over-image” display we’ve grown used to seeing. By leveraging a split screen approach to each slide, Julie Dodd was able to serve up a clean, legible quote without sacrificing the power of a strong visual.18. “SMOKE: The Convenient Truth,” Empowered Presentations! When you’re tasked with presenting a lot of information in a little bit of time, things can get sort of messy. To simplify this type of presentation, it’s a good idea to use a visual table of contents like the one shown above. This color-coded index clearly signifies the start and finish of each section to make it easier for the viewer to follow along and keep track of the information.5. “How to Craft Your Company’s Storytelling Voice,” MarketingProfs This presentation offers up a lot of information in a way that doesn’t feel overwhelming. Different colors are used to differentiate one set of numbers from another (see slide eight), and colorful graphics are used to make the information seem less buttoned-up.16. “All About Beer,” Ethos3 Originally published Oct 25, 2019 1:00:00 PM, updated October 25 2019 21 Good Examples of PowerPoint Presentation Design1. “The Search for Meaning in B2B Marketing,” Velocity Partners When you’re creating a PowerPoint about how everyone’s PowerPoints stink, yours had better be terrific. The one above, based on the ebook by Seth Godin, keeps it simple without boring its audience. Its clever combinations of fonts, together with consistent color across each slide, ensure you’re neither overwhelmed nor unengaged.20. “How Google Works,” Eric Schmidt
It was a night of European soccer to forget for England, and one to remember for Andorra.England conceded a late goal against the Czech Republic on Friday and paid the price with its first defeat in a qualifying game in 10 years, while France and Portugal made progress in their bids for places at next year’s European Championship.As for Andorra, it ended a 56-match losing streak.A goal five minutes from the end halted England’s unbeaten streak in qualifying for a major competition with the Czechs beating Gareth Southgate’s team 2-1. A victory in Prague would have secured a spot for England at the finals with three games to go.Instead, England squandered a one-goal lead and lost its first match in European or World Cup qualifying since falling to Ukraine in 2009. That loss came with England already qualified for the 2010 World Cup. Its last meaningful defeat in qualifying was against Croatia in 2007.”We didn’t play well enough, simple as that,” said Southgate.Captain Harry Kane gave England the lead in the fifth minute from the penalty spot.But Jakub Brabec leveled for the Czechs four minutes later and substitute Zdenek Ondrasek completed the comeback late with his first international goal. He scored with a low right-foot shot from inside the area.”I just wanted to hit the ball right and put it in the net,” said Ondrasek, who plays for FC Dallas. “I saw tears in the eyes of my father probably for the first time in my life. It’s a great win and great feeling.”advertisementEngland had won all four of its previous games in Group A. It is tied atop the standings with the Czechs on 12 points but has one more game to play. Group strugglers Bulgaria and Montenegro drew 0-0.Top-ranked Belgium became the first team to qualify for next year’s tournament on Thursday.The top two teams of each group advance automatically. The other four qualifiers will come through four tiers of playoffs in March.PORTUGAL ROLL ONCristiano Ronaldo scored his 94th goal for Portugal to help the defending European champions brush aside Luxembourg 3-0 in Lisbon.Ronaldo pounced on a bad pass near the area and chipped the goalkeeper in the 65th.Bernardo Silva put Portugal in control from the 16th. With Portugal 2-0 ahead, substitute Goncalo Guedes added a third goal.Ukraine kept its lead of Group B after midfielder Ruslan Malinovskyi scored twice in a 2-0 victory over Lithuania.Unbeaten Ukraine has 16 points. Portugal has 11, ahead of Serbia with seven. Both Portugal and Serbia have one more game to play than Ukraine.Portugal plays at Ukraine on Monday.FRANCE ON PACEWorld champion France and Turkey both took big steps in qualifying with wins which consolidated their Group H lead.Olivier Giroud scored to help France earn a hard-fought 1-0 win at Iceland, while Turkey needed a 90th-minute goal from Cenk Tosun to push it past Albania 1-0 in Istanbul.Both France and Turkey have 18 points. Iceland, the revelation of Euro 2016, is in third place with 12 points and at risk of missing the 2020 edition.France hosts Turkey at Stade de France on Monday.Giroud converted a penalty in the 66th after a foul earned by Antoine Griezmann. Giroud set up Griezmann by heading down a long ball for his fellow forward, who was then fouled by Iceland’s Ari Freyr Skulason.France midfielder N’Golo Kanté was ruled out of the match reportedly for a hamstring problem.It was game No. 200 for Didier Deschamps as player and now coach of France. He played 103 games for France and has directed 97 from the dugout.Steve Mandanda played in goal for France in place of Hugo Lloris, who is out with a broken elbow.FIRST WINAndorra made history of its own in Group H with a 1-0 win over Moldova, the first time the tiny mountainous nation had avoided defeat in 57 European qualifiers.Midfielder Marc Vales headed in the Andorran goal in the 63rd after Moldova had been reduced to 10 men.Andorra, with fewer than 80,000 residents nestled in the Pyrenees between Spain and France, had lost all 56 of its previous games in European qualifying.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Committee of Administrators (CoA) appointed by it for the purpose of running the BCCI administration, to demit the office as their term ends once the new office bearers take charge.Justice S.A. Bobde, heading a two-judge bench, made the announcement and also clarified that no civil or criminal case shall lie against the CoA for any step taken by them in “good faith”. This was after the court was told that these official were vulnerable as they carried out instructions of the CEO and CFO of the BCCI.After this apex court order, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) CoA Vinod Rai and the team will demit office as former India captain Sourav Ganguly-led new administration takes charge.The apex court also directed that the BCCI will bear the cost incurred by the CoA including the cost of legal representation. The remuneration of the CoA signed by the CEO is also approved, observed the top court.Also Read | Ranchi Test: India clinch 1st-ever series whitewash of South Africa after Rohit Sharma, pacers masterclass Also Read | Prepared for spin, South Africa trumped by the pace of Shami and Umesh
InNOVAcorp’s newest tenant is hip-hopping its way to success. Wetsand Animation Inc. of Dartmouth recently signed a contractwith Headstart Entertainment of Studio City, California, toanimate two episodes of an urban-lifestyle cartoon based on hip-hop culture. “I’m very pleased for this young company,” said EconomicDevelopment Minister Ernest Fage. “Their growth has beentremendous since they moved into InNOVAcorp’s technologyinnovation centre.” “We’re really excited about working on this great project,” saidBrian Finlay, Wetsand founder. “This is one in a series of DVDcontracts that we’ll be doing between now and 2006.” The hip-hop cartoon, called Da Jammies!, follows the dailyadventures of two groups of young children who want to succeed inthe hip-hop business. Mr. Finlay said the cartoon’s message issocially positive. The cartoon is a direct-to-DVD project and may lead to atelevision contract. Wetsand Animation was founded in the fall of 2003 to producehigh-quality animation combining classical techniques with state-of-the-art technology. The company’s portfolio includes work onthe Warner Brothers TV series Mucha Lucha, and CD-ROM games forSpongeBob Square Pants and Shrek. Wetsand moved into the technology innovation centre in Junebecause it provided the company with the flexibility to expandquickly and take on larger projects. InNOVAcorp helps companies succeed in their early stages ofgrowth and development by promoting innovation andcommercialization of new products and technologies. It’s making asignificant contribution to the rapidly growing technology andlife sciences industries of Nova Scotia through venture capitalinvestment, mentoring, and incubation facilities and services.
Rabat – Rabat will have the longest cable-stayed bridge in Africa by the end of 2015.With a total length of 950 m, the bridge will connect the two banks of Bourgereg River.The Rabat Bridge is expected to become the highest bridge in the African continent with 160 meters in height. The project will cost an estimated 640 million Dirhams. It will be jointly financed by Autoroutes du Maroc and the World Bank.
Rabat – African Football Confederation (CAF) has invited all CAF Member Associations to submit their bid dossier for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations before Friday, December 14.Following the withdrawal of hosting rights of the Total Africa Cup of Nations 2019 (AFCON) from Cameroon, on November 30, the CAF presented an update on Thursday regarding the approval process for a new host country. CAF requirements are as follows: Request for Applications to host the AFCON 2019 have now been sent to all CAF Member Associations; Member Associations interested in bidding must submit their bid books to CAF by midnight EET [Cairo time] Friday 14 December; From December 15, 2018, CAF will make a shortlist announcement, request further information from bidders and make possible on-site visits to complete the evaluation of applications; Once the technical evaluation phase has been completed, the CAF Executive Committee will decide the new host of AFCON 2019 which will take place in summer 2019. CAF will make further statements when appropriate. Local and international news outlets have been speculating that Morocco might replace Cameroon, althoughSouth Africa might also try and clinch the hosting rights.Several Moroccan sports officials denied Morocco’s intention to replace Cameroon, repeatedly stating that Morocco supports Cameroon’s bid. But after their failure to get ready in time, Morocco could be a possible option.The head coach of Morocco’s national football team, Herve Renard, has publicly stated that he believes that Morocco meets all the requirements to host the African event.
“The Secretary-General calls for their immediate release. This incident is a flagrant violation of Burkina Faso’s Constitution and Transitional Charter,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, in the wake of today’s developments in the capital, Ouagadougou.“The United Nations stands firmly behind the transitional authorities and President Kafando. The Secretary-General notes the strong support of the people of Burkina Faso for a peaceful transition and urges compliance with the transitional calendar, including the upcoming elections.” According to media report, the country’s leaders were detained by guards supporting former President Blaise Compaoré during a cabinet meeting at the presidential palace. This comes two days after a commission reportedly recommended the disbanding of the presidential guard, the Régiment de Sécurité Présidentielle. The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, is presently in Ouagadougou and working closely with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union and other international partners to support and safeguard the transition in Burkina Faso. In early November 2014, thousands of Burkinabé protesters took to the streets in Ouagadougou, facing off with security forces outside the presidential palace amid deadly violence that included the ransacking of Government buildings and the state television headquarters.Following the violence, Mr. Compaoré announced his resignation, ending his 27-year stay in office, and handed power over to the military. By the end of that month, the country officially marked the transfer of power to Mr. Kafando, as the Transitional President. A 26-member transitional government was subsequently appointed, and throughout, the Secretary-General called on all appointed leaders to work in a collaborative and harmonious manner.
A WOMAN HAS died after her car hit a lorry in Cork earlier today.The woman was driving on the Clonakilty to Rosscarbery Road and was around a mile outside Rosscarbery when her car collided with a truck at around 10.20am this morning.The 65-year-old was fatally injured and pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the lorry was not injured in the crash.The road is currently closed and gardaí are carrying out a forensic examination of the scene. Diversions are in place.An appeal for witnesses has been issued with anyone who may have information asked to contact Clonakilty Garda Station on 023 88 21570, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Due to a lack of new public works, major road projects have come to a standstill. The consequences of the financial crisis are fully reflected in the disheartening financial results of Greek construction companies for the first half of the year. Virtually all listed construction firms posted losses in the first six months of 2011. At the same time the state appears to owe huge amounts of money for projects that have been completed, rendering the situation even worse. Institutional representatives of the sector estimate the total amount owed by the state at over 2 billion euros. The Ellaktor group suggests that the margin of profit from the first six months of the year has gone into negative territory, amounting to 5.2 per cent from the same period last year, when it had posted growth of 2.4 per cent from the year before. The group registered losses of 24 million euros in H1, with its balance reduced to 2.4 billion euros, against almost 5 billion two years ago. The main reason for the blow that the major construction companies in the country have sustained, is the cessation of most major road projects that were being carried out by public-private partnerships (PPPs). The projects have come to a standstill since the end of last year, with attempts by the Infrastructure Ministry to find a solution proving poor to date. However, there are developments to be expected in the coming months as negotiations have started to pick up speed. Another more positive development is the recent agreement between Athens and the European Commission for the latter to take on a bigger share in the funding of projects and the supply of technical assistance required for restarting a number of projects. Competitiveness Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis stated last week that there are 64 technical documents concerning major projects that have been forwarded to the European Commission, with a total budget of 11 billion euros, including comments and notes about the problems each project has run into, so that troubleshooting can start for each project as soon as possible. Chrysochoidis also stated that with the increase of the EU-subsidy share to co-funded projects to 95 per cent, and based on the payments already made, some 875 million euros can be expected to return to the state budget, retrospectively. Based on payments expected by the end of the year, another 400 million euros will also come into state coffers, for total savings in the public investment program of 1.275 billion euros this year. In the midst of the ongoing financial crisis, tenders for new construction projects have practically frozen, so that the framework of their funding can be cleared up. PPPs such as the extensions to the Attiki Odos ring road and the new airport at Kastelli on Crete have been repeatedly postponed, mostly due to the reluctance of banks to participate. As a result, the domestic construction companies able to retain an outward-looking character are turning their attention abroad, aiming to bolster their works and recoup some of their losses in the local market. Source: Kathimerini
Le vin rouge aiderait à lutter contre le surpoidsSelon une récente étude américaine, le vin rouge contiendrait une substance capable de lutter contre le surpoids, en agissant sur les cellules graisseuses.S l’on savait déjà que le vin rouge, consommé avec modération, a des effets bénéfiques contre les maladies cardiaques ou neurodégénératives, c’est un nouveau bienfait qui vient d’être identifié. Selon une étude américaine publiée dans la revue Journal of Biological Chemistry, le breuvage aurait également la propriété de lutter contre le surpoids. Plus précisément, c’est l’un des composants contenus dans le vin qui aurait la capacité d’agir sur les cellules graisseuses.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Connu sous le nom de piceatannol, la molécule perturberait l’expression et la fonction de gènes bien particuliers normalement activés par l’insuline lors d’une phase appelée adipogénèse. Par là-même, elle retarderait la formation des jeunes cellules graisseuses et empêcherait également ces dernières de devenir des cellules graisseuses matures. “En présence de piceatannol, on peut observer un retardement ou une complète inhibition des cellules graisseuses jeunes”, explique le principal auteur, le Dr Kee-Hong Kim de l’université de Purdue aux Etats-Unis. Selon les chercheurs cités par le Telegraph, la substance également présente dans le raisin, les myrtilles et les fruits de la passion serait ainsi en mesure d’aider à contrôler l’obésité. D’autant plus que le piceatannol découlerait en fait du resveratrol, une molécule déjà connue pour ses bienfaits et vendue sous forme de complément alimentaire. Toutefois, les recherches restent à approfondir dans la mesure où le piceatannol n’a été testé que sur des cultures de cellules graisseuses. “Nous testons désormais notre idée sur des modèles animaux d’obésité pour voir si (la molécule) a les mêmes fonctions bénéfiques. Nous avons besoin de travailler sur la stabilité et la solubilité du piceatannol pour créer un effet biologique”, a ajouté le Dr Kim. Le 12 avril 2012 à 17:31 • Maxime Lambert