Farmers’ rally in Maharashtra: Maximum march

first_imgOn March 6, nearly 10,000 farmers embarked on a long march from near Nashik to the Maharashtra Assembly in Mumbai. By the time they reached Maximum City on March 12, walking about 25 km a day to cover the 180 kilometres, their numbers, by some estimates, touched 40,000.Men and women of all age groups walked in searing heat — the temperature peaked at 38 degrees Celsius on some days. Some were in their late seventies, and many walked barefoot as they tried to draw attention to their distress in a silent, dignified manner. En route, hey cooked simple meals for themsleves and refilled their bottles with water from tankers. By day, they kept up their spirits with slogans enunciating their rights and the strength of unity. At night, many relaxed with music and singing; some even had the energy to dance. Walking at the crack of dawn, they were off again by 6 a.m. every morning.As they neared Shahapur in Thane district, residents came out in support and provided water and refreshments. As they reached Mumbai’s border on March 10, the long strip of red evoked a poignant response from a city that is usually insular to reral distress. On March 11, , as they reached Vikhroli, residents showered flower petals on them and provided water. A nearby gurdwara cooked poha and served it to the marhcers. For the rest of the way, scores of people chipped in with refreshments at regular intervals.The original plan was to start from Sion on the morning of March 12, Monday, and gherao the Assembly. But that was dropped to avoid disrupting life in the city, particularly when schoolchildren are in the middle of exams. Displaying an empathy rarely seen among protesting groups, the farmers found secret reserves of energy to attain their goal and let the city go about its business. They marched through the night after just a few hours’ rest and assembled peacefully at Azad Maidan before daybreak. In the process, the farmers, with their tired limbs and steely resolves, not only won over Mumbai’s heart but also left the Chief Minister “humbled”. By evening, the government yielded to most of the demands of their long march, and special trains were arranged to take them back to their fields.last_img read more

Alejandro lifts Go for Gold in upset win vs CEU

first_imgJ-Jay Alejandro found his mark when it mattered as Go for Gold stunned Centro Escolar University, 91-89, in overtime heist Thursday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT GO FOR GOLD 91 — Gutang 20, Casiño 15, Pasturan 14, Alejandro 9, Gaco 9, Leutcheu 9, Haruna 7, Domingo 3, Salem 3, Dixon 2, Ocampo 0.CEU 89 — Ebondo 34, Wamar 16, Chan 12, Aquino 11, Manlangit 8, Cruz 4, Opiso 2, Arim 0, Caballero 0, Fuentes 0, Guinitaran 0, Saber 0, Uri 0, Veron 0.Quarters: 27-17, 43-38, 58-65, 84-84, 91-89. He first tied the game at 82 with a booming right corner three with 50.3 seconds remaining, but Art Aquino got fouled and cashed in on his foul shots to give CEU the 84-82 lead with 33.0 seconds remaining.Joseph Manlangit secured a steal on Matt Salem, but Aquino this time muffed both of his foul shots, setting the stage for Casiño to once again knot the score at 84 with a layup over Rod Ebondo with 5.1 ticks left.Orlan Wamar forced the issue on the other end and gave Go for Gold one last chance, but Casiño could not connect on his desperation three at the buzzer as the game went to overtime.It was the first defeat in four games for the Scorpions, which leaned on Congolese Ebondo, who finished with 34 points, 25 rebounds, and three blocks in the loss.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT View comments The former NU Bulldog drilled two treys in the extra period, the last giving his side a 90-87 lead with 2:43 remaining before the Scratchers defense got the job done with Jimboy Pasturan securing crucial offensive boards in the final minute.“It’s definitely a big win,” said coach Charles Tiu as his side leveled their standing at 3-3. “CEU is probably the best team in the league while we’re a new team. I like the fact that we fought and won against them.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlejandro fired nine points on a 2-of-6 shooting from downtown, while also nabbing four rebounds and two assists.Justin Gutang led Go for Gold with 20 markers, five dimes, and four boards, while JK Casiño had 15 points, including the team’s last five points in regulation to force the overtime against his former squad. AFP official booed out of forum Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Read Next LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Gilas Pilipinas bows to Australia in Fiba World qualifiers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Ind vs Aus T20 World Cup Live Blog; Live cricket scores and commentary

first_imgAt times, two innings of a Twenty20 match can appear as though they were played on two different continents. So it was on Friday, when India’s batting appeared to have taken place on a slow and low R Premadasa Stadium deck while Australia’s openeRs  seemed to bat on a flat, even-paced one at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Shane Watson (72 off 42 balls) registered yet another half-century – to go with his three-wicket haul – and David Warner made an unbeaten 63 off 41 balls as Australia crushed India by nine wickets with 31 balls to spare in their opening Super Eights game here. Having chosen to bat, India posted 140 for seven, which was pretty much par for the couRs e, given the preceding low-scoring thriller between Pakistan and South Africa. But a short, sharp shower in the fiRs t over of the chase seemed to freshen up the pitch beyond recognition, and the Aussies’ strokeplay was also assisted by some rubbish bowling by four of India’s five specialist bowleRs . While India managed just two sixes in their innings, the two Ws hit 10, with Watson dealing almost exclusively in the big hits. He slammed seven of them, peppering all parts of the ground at will, and with Harbhajan Singh, Piyush Chawla, R Ashwin and Irfan Pathan bowling a lot of short balls, his favourite pull shot was often on display. Watson thus won his third successive man of the match award, despite falling to Yuvraj towards the end. Warner played the perfect foil, going a little slower but hitting the ball as well, though he was lucky to be unbeaten after surviving two very close lbw appeals from Zaheer Khan. The senior left-armer bowled with venom on his return to the team, and was the only positive for India. Earlier, the pace of Watson, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc seemed to rattle the Indians. In the space of seven balls at the halfway mark of the innings, India’s middle-order had virtually served the game to Australia on a platter with Yuvraj Singh, Irfan Pathan and Rohit Sharma’s dismissals reducing them to 74 for five. It was Suresh Raina’s 19-ball 26 and Ashwin’s unbeaten 12ball 16 that helped them regain some respectability. Aussie skipper George Bailey surprised one and all by handing the new ball to part-time off-spinner Glenn Maxwell, but Gautam Gambhir negotiated the first few overs with ease to give India a good start. But at the end of the third over, Gambhir was run out in a freak way, as Cummins kicked the ball onto the stumps at the striker’s end. Virat Kohli began like a man possessed, punching a back-ofa-length ball from Starc to the boundary, before Pathan took over the scoring, smacking a straight six and a lofted off-side four against Shane Watson. India reached 50 for one after six overs , but Cummins delivered on his promise to rattle them with short balls, getting Kohli caught off a top edged pull. Watson then produced a double breakthrough with the wickets of Yuvraj and Pathan, and Rohit misread the line of Starc’s angled delivery from around the wicket and lost his off stump. The final flourish through Raina and Ashwin was too little too late for India, after Cummins & Co. had kept things tight. The youngster finished with two for 16, while Watson took three for 34. ScoreadvertisementInd vs Aus T20 World Cup:MATCH SUMMARY: Hard to explaining the bowling show from India. Yes, there was a shower and gripping the ball could have been more difficult for the spinners but India seemed to have lacked a plan B. There was nothing else to fall back on. Once the spinners failed, Dhoni went on to try all his part timers as a gamble. Nothing worked though. Watson and Warner continued their stupendous run as an opening pair and knocked the wind out of India with some explosive batting. This is the 7th consecutive loss for India at the super 8 stages in T20 championships. They are yet to win at this stage since that final of 2007.10:25 pm | 14.5 overs: It’s all over and Australia win by 9 wickets. Ashwin to Glenn Maxwell, 1 run, there it comes. A misfield by Zaheer at cover gives Glenn Maxwell a single and the game for Australia. An absolutely comprehensive victory this. This will be very hard to take for India.Glenn Maxwell, right handed bat, comes to the crease10:15 pm | 13.3 overs: WICKET! Finally a wicket for India. Yuvraj to Shane Watson, out Caught by (sub)Manoj Tiwary!! A wicket finally. Not too short from Yuvraj, Watson gets back and slaps it straight into the hands of short extra cover. Tiwary takes the sharp chance and flings the ball up in delight. His enthusiasm is not shared by many other Indian fielders. Watson has played his part in demoralising them. Shane Watson c (sub)Manoj Tiwary b Yuvraj 72(42) [4s-2 6s-7] (Aus 133/1 in 13.3 overs)advertisement10:09 pm | 12.5 overs: Rohit Sharma to Warner, 1 run, fuller length, Warner pushes it down to long off for a single and brings up his 8th T20I FIFTY. This has been a fabulous knock.10:00 pm | 10 overs: Irfan Pathan to Shane Watson, 1 run, the 100 comes up in no time. Shane Watson (53) and David Warner (45) are still in the middle.9:58 pm | 9.4 overs: Irfan Pathan to Shane Watson, FOUR, Shane Watson has suddenly raced past Warner and gets to his FIFTY. Poor bowling though. On the pads with fine leg up in the circle. Watson flicks it with ease. Ninth fifty in T20Is for Shane Watson.9:45 pm | 6.4 overs: 50 up for Australia and their openers are still in the middle. Harbhajan to Warner, FOUR, terrific placement from Warner, Harbhajan keeps it flat from round the wicket, Warner goes deep in the crease and pulls it right between deep mid wicket and long on.9:36 pm | 3.6 overs: Zaheer to Shane Watson, no run, very loud appeal turned down. It was straight and on middle. Australia are 22/0 at the stage with David Warner (16) and Shane Watson (5) are at the crease.The players are walking out already. So are the umpires.Looks like it is just a passing shower, the crowd has got excited. The covers are being removed. We should have play in a short while9:15 PM: The rain has got heavier and the umpires decide that it is time for the groundstaff to do their job, the players rush to the confines of the dressing room. Rain stops play9:10 pm | 0.1 overs:  Ashwin to Shane Watson, no run, flighted delivery outside off, some bounce for Ashwin, Watson punches it to coverShane Watson and Warner are at the crease. Shane Watson is on strike. Ashwin will open the attackINDIA INNINGS: A decent score on this pitch. India started well but lost their way towards the middle of the innings. The pitch is showing signs of slowing down, it has not been all that easy to play strokes. Irfan struggled his way to 31, Raina played a neat little cameo. India have the runs on the board and the bowlers to defend this. Join us in a short while for the chase..9:03 pm | 19.6 overs: INNINGS! Shane Watson to Ashwin, 1 run, full ball outside off, Ashwin gets across and drives it to the right of point, the batsmen settle for a single, India end up on 140Harbhajan Singh, right handed bat, comes to the crease9:00 pm | 19.3 overs: WICKET! Raina was playing well, but could not clear Maxwell in the deep… Shane Watson to Raina, out Caught by Glenn Maxwell!! Raina falls after playing a decent hand, this was a length ball outside off, Raina was looking to go over extra cover, does not time it all that well, gets it right off the toe end and straight to long off. Maxwell accepts the offering with glee. Raina c Glenn Maxwell b Shane Watson 26(19) [4s-4] (India 137/7 in 19.3 overs)advertisementRavichandran Ashwin, right handed bat, comes to the crease8:42 pm | 15.6 overs: WICKET! Captain Dhoni falls! P Cummins to Dhoni, out Caught by George Bailey!! Dhoni falls and India slump futher, this was a slow and wide ball, Dhoni reaches out for the drive, gets it right off the toe end of the bat and presents a straight forward catch to Bailey at short extra cover. Cummins strikes another body blow for India. Dhoni c George Bailey b P Cummins 15(21) [4s-2] (India 104/6 in 15.6 overs)8:36 pm | 14.4 overs: Brad Hogg to Dhoni, 5 wides, bonus runs for India, the googly goes wrong, spins down the leg, Dhoni lets it go, Wade can’t collect it either, the ball races away to the fence, brings up the 100 for India.MS Dhoni, right handed bat, comes to the crease8:22 pm | 11.1 overs: WICKET! Another one takes a walk… Starc to Rohit Sharma, out Bowled!! Australia are on fire and India lose another one, exceptional bowling from Starc, comes from round the wicket and angles it back into Sharma, he was caught in the crease as he looked to defend, the ball stays a tad low and crashes into the off-stump. India have lost their fifth wicket. The ball deflected off the pads, but Sharma was beaten for sheer pace. Rohit Sharma b Starc 1(2) (India 74/5 in 11.1 overs)Suresh Raina, left handed bat, comes to the crease8:20 pm | 10.6 overs: WICKET! And Pathan who was holding fort all this while falls… Shane Watson to Irfan Pathan, out Caught by Cameron White!! Soft dismissal for Pathan, this was full and on the pads, Pathan clips it sweetly but straight to White, he makes a sharp catch look easy, India are losing the plot in the middle overs. Irfan Pathan c Cameron White b Shane Watson 31(30) [4s-2 6s-1] (India 74/4 in 10.6 overs)Rohit Sharma, right handed bat, comes to the crease8:15 pm | 10.1 overs: WICKET! And Yuvi walks… Shane Watson to Yuvraj, out Caught by Glenn Maxwell!! As I say, Yuvraj has perished, this was short and on the stumps, sticks in the pitch and does not come onto the batsman, Yuvraj plays the pull a bit too early, gets a thick top-edge that goes high in the air and drops in the safe hands of Maxwell at deep mid-wicket. Yuvraj c Glenn Maxwell b Shane Watson 8(10) [4s-1] (India 70/3 in 10.1 overs)Yuvraj Singh, left handed bat, comes to the crease8:02 pm | 7.2 overs: WICKET! Big wicket for Aus, Kohli falls! P Cummins to Virat Kohli, out Caught by Christian!! The short ball has done the trick, Cummins bangs in another short ball, Kohli was in no position to play the pull, gets it high off the bat, Christian runs back from mid-off and takes the skier with both hands. A rare failure for Kohli. Good catch in the end, the ball seemed to going away all the time. Virat Kohli c Christian b P Cummins 15(13) [4s-2] (India 56/1 in 7.2 overs)7:52 pm | 5 overs: India are 42/1 at the stage with opener Irfan Pathan (15) and one-down batsman Virat Kohli (8) in the middle.Virat Kohli, right handed bat, comes to the crease7:42 pm | 2.6 overs: WICKET! And Gambhir departs on the last ball of the over… P Cummins to Irfan Pathan, out Gambhir Run Out!! Gambhir falls after looking good. This was banged in short from Cummins, Pathan fended at at that, gets a thick inside edge onto his body, Gambhir called for a quick single, he had to go wide off his stride as Cummins rushed forward, Cummins wins the race, kicks the ball onto the stumps with Gambhir inches short of the popping crease. Gambhir run out (P Cummins) 17(12) [4s-3] (India 21/1 in 2.6 overs)7:38 pm | 1.5 overs: Starc to Gambhir, FOUR, beautifully played, width from Starc, Gambhir waits for the ball, throws his hands at that and gets it into the gap between point and cover point, no need to run for those7:35 pm| 0.6 overs: Glenn Maxwell to Irfan Pathan, leg byes, 1 run, Maxwell drifts one on the pads, Pathan looks to paddle it fine and misses, the ball rolls off the pads and behind the keeper, the batsmen take a single7:30 pm | 0.1 overs: Glenn Maxwell to Gambhir, 2 runs, fab shot, that deserved a boundary, this was tossed up outside off, Gambhir gets well forward and drives it past cover, the ball slows down near the ropes and the batsmen scamper across for a second runGambhir and Irfan Pathan are at the crease. Gambhir is on strike. Glenn Maxwell will open the attack Welcome back. Time for the national anthems. Pathan will, in all probability, walk out to open again. Got to be very interesting.Sehwag has been left out to make way for the fifth bowler.Bailey: “We have the same team. This wicket will be slower and lower. The spinners will play a big part. India have real depth in spin bowling and in their batting.”Dhoni: “We want to put runs on the board. The wicket is on the slower side and the spinners will be useful. Dinda and Balaji are out and we are playing three spinners. Ashwin and Piyush Chawla can bat. Sehwag is not playing this game.”7:00 pm | TOSS: India have won the toss and elected to batTeamsAustralia (Playing XI): David Warner, Shane Watson, Michael Hussey, Cameron White, George Bailey(c), Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Christian, Matthew Wade(w), Brad Hogg, Pat Cummins, Mitchell StarcIndia (Playing XI): Gautam Gambhir, Irfan Pathan, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w/c), Piyush Chawla, Harbhajan Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, Zaheer KhanImp news: Just heard that Virender Sehwag has been ruled out for today’s Super 8 match due to an injury.Team News:India: In their last group stage game, India went in with a team that saw quite a few changes. Harbhajan Singh and Piyush Chawla were brought in to the side and R.Ashwin and Zaheer Khan were rested. That change led to England being bowled out for a paltry score of just 80, with Harbhajan and Chawla managing to take six wickets collectively. With “the Turbanator” and Chawla coming good, Mahendra Singh Dhoni will have to think twice before opting to exclude either spinner when they take on Australia, a side that also has shown some difficulties against spin in the past.Australia: George Bailey has made it clear that his side are ready for the spin challenge and has acknowledged that this Indian bowling line up needs to be treated with respect. He has also stated that his side aren’t totally dependent on Shane Watson and that they can do well as a team. “Do well” is exactly what they have done so far in this tournament. First the Australians demolished Ireland and after hammering West Indies all over the park for nine overs, they were helped by some rain as the Duckworth and Lewis method ruled in their favour.last_img read more

Charley horse

first_imgDefinitionA charley horse is the common name for a muscle spasm. Muscle spasms can occur in any muscle in the body, but often happen in the leg. When a muscle is in spasm, it contracts without your control and does not relax.Alternative NamesMuscle spasmCauses, incidence, and risk factorsMuscle spasms often occur when a muscle is overused or injured. Things that might bring on a muscle spasm include:Exercising when you have not had enough fluids (youre dehydrated).Having low levels of minerals such as potassium or calcium.Some spasms occur because the nerve that connects to a muscle is irritated.One example is a herniated diskirritates thespinal nerves and causes pain and spasm in the back muscles. Spasms in the calf often occur while kicking during swimming. They can also happenat nightwhen you arein bed. Upper leg spasms are more common with running or jumping activities. Spasm in the neck (cervical spine) can be a sign of stress.SymptomsWhen a muscle goes into spasm it feels very tight. It is sometimes described as a knot. The pain can be severe.Signs and testsTo diagnose a spasm, your health care provider will look for tight or hard muscles that are very tender to the touch. There are no imaging studies or blood testsfor this condition. If the spasm is caused by nerve irritation, such as in the back, an MRI may be helpful to find the cause of the problem.TreatmentStop your activity and try stretching and massaging the affected muscle at the first sign of a spasm.advertisementHeat will relax the muscle at first. Ice may be helpful after the first spasm and when the pain has improved.If the muscle is still sore after heat and ice, you can usenonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicinesto help with pain. In more severe cases, your health care provider can prescribe antispasm medications.After you get treated, your health care provider should look for the cause of the spasm so that it doesnt recur. If an irritated nerve is involved, you might need physical therapy or even surgery.Drinking water or sports drinks when exercising can help ease cramps due to dehydration.If drinking water alone is not enough, salt tablets or sports drinks may help replace minerals in your body. Expectations (prognosis)Muscle spasms will get better with rest and time. The outlook is excellent for most people. Learning how to exercise properly can prevent spasms from occurring regularly. You might need other treatments if an irritated nerve caused the spasm. Results from these treatments can vary.Calling your health care providerCall your health care provider if:You have a muscle spasm with severe pain.You have weakness with your muscle spasm.Even if your spasms are not severe, your health care provider can help you change your exercise program to reduce the risk of spasms in the future.PreventionStretch to improve your flexibility.Change your workouts so that you are exercising within your ability.Drink plenty of fluids while exercising and increase your potassium intake. Orange juice and bananas are great sources of potassium.ReferencesBrinker MR, O’Connor DP, Almekinders LC, et al. Physiology of Injury to Musculoskeletal Structures: 1. Muscle and Tendon Injury. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drez’s Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2010:chap 1, section A.Geiderman JM, Katz D. General principles of orthopedic injuries. In: Marx JA, Hockberger RS, Walls RM, et al, eds. Rosen’s Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice. 7th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2010:chap 46.Review Date:4/13/2013Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img read more

Patellar dislocation

first_imgDislocation usually occurs as a result of sudden direction changes while running and the knee is under stress or it may occur as a direct result of injury.Review Date:6/13/2010Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine; and C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.last_img read more

Neymar Becomes Youngest to 100 Caps for Brazil in Friendly Draw against Senegal

first_imgSingapore: Neymar became the youngest player to make 100 appearances for Brazil on Thursday but the Paris Saint-Germain forward had to settle for a 1-1 draw as he failed to score in a friendly with Senegal in Singapore.Roberto Firmino opened the scoring for the Copa America champions with a stunning lob after a Coutinho lay-off in the eighth minute. As the half progressed, the livelier Senegal became, driven on by their captain Cheikhou Kouyate.Famara Diedhiou levelled from the penalty spot just before half-time after Sadio Mane was dragged down in the area.Neymar, who was not in the side that won the Copa America in June, had a relatively quiet game but went close with a 67th-minute free-kick.He then teed up Richarlison whose shot from the edge of the box flashed wide.Ismaila Sarr and Mane both had chances to snatch the game for the Lions of Teranga.Although he failed to get on the scoresheet, it was still a big day for the 27-year-old, who became one of seven Brazilians to reach 100 caps.He has scored 61 goals for the Selecao, making him the third-highest scorer in the history of his national team.Neymar is one behind Ronaldo but needs 16 to catch Pele who only played 92 matches. He has also provided 41 assists.He won an Olympic gold medal in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 but has experienced many disappointments for his national team, particularly at the World Cup.In 2014, in Brazil, a back injury in the quarter-finals against Colombia prevented him from being on the field for the 7-1 semi-final thrashing from Germany.He scored twice during the tournament in Russia four years later, but Brazil were dumped out at the quarter-final stage by Belgium. 100Brazildrawfriendly First Published: October 10, 2019, 9:15 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Two Millennial Founders Talk: Why It Pays to Ask For Help

first_imgLet’s start with the evolution of your own careers. What did you almost do?Bianca: My career has taken so many different turns in such a short time that it sounds sort of like a reality TV show audition when I share it. When I received a full-ride to Penn State, I had plans to go to dental school. My family’s from Haiti, and they encouraged me to go the doctor, lawyer, or engineer route. I wasn’t necessarily in love with the idea, but I figured that was what I was supposed to do. I followed the “I’m supposed to” mantra, and it definitely blurred the vision of what I actually wanted to do. That lack of control in my decision-making essentially got me kicked out of school. I had to get laser-focused about my life’s vision. I made the decision to pivot from biological sciences to communications. Miraculously, I got back into school and graduated.Netta: I entered college as a nursing major because my mom was a nurse, and I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. After one semester I quickly realized that anatomy and statistics weren’t my strong subjects and that I felt uneasy at the sight of blood and needles. I was always interested in the mind, so I transitioned to a psychology major. I loved it, but I knew I didn’t want to be in school for eight more years earning a graduate degree. I became involved in several organizations on campus and began to do a lot of event planning and writing. I wanted to do that full-time, so I once again changed my major – this time to public relations. After graduation, I took a job at a small firm in Nashville and eventually moved to New York City for an internship at one of the largest entertainment public relations firms in the area. After about two years, I realized once more that I wanted to take my career in a different direction, and I transitioned into advertising. The crazy thing is MiMConnect actually opened the door for that to happen. I attended an event posted by one of our MiMbers and met the senior vice president of my current company, who invited me to interview for the role I now have.How has asking for help propelled your careers?Bianca: I wouldn’t be in my current position had I not asked for help. I sent cold emails to alumni and media mavens to learn the industry language. After landing my first gig in advertising sales, I took advantage of industry opportunities to share value and learn along the way. Being eager to learn from others is what actually led me to MiMConnect.Netta: Asking for help continues to open doors for me and expand my network. If I have a question about anything, I know I have someone in my corner who’s knowledgeable on the subject and can help me – or at least point me to someone who can.Can you speak to those barriers to asking for help – the things that make us hesitate?Bianca: Most people know they should ask for help, but have a hard time getting clear on their actual needs. Usually it’s because they don’t want to close the door to an opportunity or to hear a “no.” So, they keep their questions vague and often times don’t get the answers that can really help propel them forward. But as you evolve, you’ll understand that not every opportunity is meant for you.Netta: It was initially really hard for me to admit I needed help. I’ve always been the “I can do it by myself” type of person. It can be hard to escape that mindset, humble yourself, and realize that you’re only one person. You can’t do everything by yourself.Can you talk about the good that can come from asking for help in the right way?Bianca: I like the “right way” part of this question. I always challenge myself to ask smarter questions to show I’ve done research. I make sure that I pay for coffee if someone took the time to speak with me. Most of our MiMbers connect with each other offline to pitch project ideas or even learn about an industry topic. Make sure you’re offering your help at the end of a request, especially in these conversations. Showing your value and treating people well are subtleties that set you apart.Netta: Everything gets easier. As you build genuine relationships with people, you develop a valuable support system to help you succeed. Everyone in MiMConnect is interested in helping each other succeed. So many people have been given opportunities they probably wouldn’t have had access to had they not joined. On Friday’s we celebrate our wins in our Slack group. People are always enthusiastically commenting on how they were successful that week or how connecting with another MiMber allowed them an opportunity to speak on a panel, attend an event or land an interview at a company they’d been interested in.Are you ever surprised at how open to helping people are when you ask?__Bianca: People are eager to help, especially if they see that you’re serious and aren’t wasting their time. Taking it a step further, more people are willing to continue to help beyond your request if you follow through with what you say you are going to do.Netta: I’ve learned that when people truly believe in you and what you’re doing, they’ll always help you. Specifically with MiMConnect, people believe in our vision. They know that prior to its creation, there was no space for minority millennials in the media industry to connect and learn from one another, so they want to support that.What are you tips for getting more comfortable with being uncomfortable?Bianca: You have to remember that even when you’re in uncomfortable situations or surrounded by people who are 10 times smarter than you, you still have value. Speak up and build those necessary relationships. Fear of making mistakes is essentially the fear of learning lessons. I personally want to evolve into a media-tech maven. The only way that can happen is if I get over some high levels of discomfort. Looking back, my greatest moments started out with me being a bit uneasy — getting a full collegiate scholarship, winning a pageant, graduating on the dean’s list, landing my first “adult” job, building a media network, developing a personal website and now building an innovative company. If I can handle a few minutes of nerves, I know I can handle years of success.Netta: I try to live by the saying, “If something doesn’t make you uncomfortable then you’re aiming too small.” The last two years have been completely uncomfortable. I moved to New York City in 2014 with only about $1,000 (and my monthly rent for my Brooklyn apartment was about $800 – yikes!). I had never even been to New York City before I moved, nor did I have family that lived here. My internship was unpaid, and, luckily, I had built a relationship with someone who was able to offer me a job in the Bronx at an after-school program. I really wanted to be in New York City and, at the time, I really wanted to work for this firm so I had to adjust, readjust, and reread just to make my dream happen. That experience taught me that if you want something badly enough, you’ll work hard to find a way to get it. Now, whenever I start a new business venture and I begin to get that uncomfortable feeling, I know I’m about to go on another crazy ride, but I’m confident that I will survive it.Images courtesy of Sascha Mallicott and Ashley Osborne/JopwellREAD MORE: What We Get Wrong About People With Disabilities This piece originally appeared on The Well, Jopwell’s editorial hub. It was written by Jopwell and is reprinted here with permission. In 2016, Bianca Jeanty, 26, and Netta Dobbins, 24, came together with their friend Anthony Crawford, 24, to create MiMConnect – a networking platform that provides multicultural media professionals with a direct, influential community. “MiMbers” have access to recruitment opportunities, and exposure to professionals across the span of the media industry.What started as an informal email thread among media professionals has grown to a formal networking group with more than 850 members nationwide. The founders say their growth is a direct result of their fearless ability to ask for help. We asked them to tell us more.last_img read more

10 Hot Companies in Hawaii Hiring Now

first_img 25 Amazing Companies Hiring in All 50 States Also on Glassdoor: 7 Companies With Incredible New Offices Editor’s Note: The companies and jobs highlighted in this article are curated by the editorial staff, listed in no particular order, and do not necessarily reflect the official methodology of Glassdoor’s official awards or honors. To be included, each company’s rating is above average (3.3 on a 5.0 scale as of 3/16/2017). For more details about how companies and specific roles are considered for editorial coverage, please visit Glassdoor for Employers. Beaches, warm weather, vibrant culture and diverse food make Hawaii an ideal place to live. However, those are the things, along with a thriving economy, that make it a great place to work as well. While we cannot promise that you’ll get to surf every morning or take conference calls on the white-sand shores, we can offer up a selection of high-rated companies that are looking for top talent now.If you’re tired of the snow of the northeast or looking for a change of pace, consider a move to the Aloha state. Here are 10 hot companies hiring now in Hawaii!1. Bank of Hawaii Company Rating: 3.9 What They Do: Bank of Hawaii Corporation is a regional financial services company serving businesses, consumers and governments in Hawaii, American Samoa and the West Pacific. What Employees Say: “Awesome benefits, fair pay, fun and caring coworkers, leadership that thinks strategically and looks around corners, and a go-forward plan that ensures the sustainability of our nearly 120-year-old company.” —Current Assistant Branch ManagerSee Open Jobs2. US Navy Company Rating: 4.0 What They Do: The U.S. Navy is truly one of America’s great places to work – an organization that not only serves the greater good every day but also rewards those serving with the kind of personal and professional fulfillment rarely found elsewhere. What Employees Say: “Educational benefits, health care, 30 days paid vacation, travel, incentives, bonuses, military discounts, steady paycheck, advancement opportunities, different types of allowances.” —Current Avionics TechnicianSee Open Jobs3. Sephora Company Rating: 3.7 What They Do: Now with more than 400 stores in the Americas—including US, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil—and 500 inside JCPenney, Sephora has become a leading international beauty destination with over 2,000 locations in 31 countries. What Employees Say: “Sephora is by far one of the best companies I’ve ever worked for. Since joining Sephora I met several people who has a long tenure with the company, which is great because it shows me that they’re big on having a low turnover rate. There’s plenty of opportunities to move up in the company. The relationship/communication with the Regional and District Managers are exceptional. They really took the time out to hear my opinions and thoughts on topics I’ve discussed with them. Sephora has helped me enhance my skills as a Loss Prevention Agent. The challenges of the tasks that were given made me utilize skills that i never knew I had. Joining the Sephora team was the best decision that I’ve made and i would recommend that if anyone one is looking for a Company where it’s more like a family atmosphere Sephora is the pace to be.” —Current Loss Prevention AgentSee Open Jobs4. Castle Medical Center Company Rating: 3.8 What They Do: A full-service medical center offering a wide range of inpatient, outpatient, and home-based services, Castle Medical Center is a 160-bed facility with more than 1,000 employees and staffed by 300 physicians. What Employees Say: “Faith-based, great benefits, patient-centered, interested in employee wellbeing.” —Current Registered NurseSee Open Jobs5. Mission EssentialCompany Rating: 4.4What They Do: For a decade, Mission Essential has served customers at the strategic and tactical levels, providing operational solutions to the U.S. Departments of Defense, State, and Homeland Security; the Intelligence Community; friendly foreign governments; and multinational corporations.What Employees Say: “Mission Essential is a diverse company with opportunities to grow and develop. Management actually values their employees and will go above and beyond to take care of them. The company has competitive benefits and constantly looks for ways to improve.” —Current Senior Geolocation AnalystSee Open Jobs6. Security Industry SpecialistsCompany Rating: 3.9What They Do: Security Industry Specialists, Inc. provides unique security solutions to Fortune 500 luxury brands and tech companies, special events, and celebrity clients.What Employees Say:See Open Jobs7. Hawaii Pacific Health Company Rating: 3.7 What They Do: Hawaii Pacific Health has nearly 7,000 health care professionals all dedicated to providing the highest levels of care, prevention and partnership with their patients. What Employees Say: “We get to help the community. Great leadership and fiscal accountability. Employee engagement is a focus so they truly emphasize programs that empower and appreciate employees.” —Current ManagerSee Open Jobs8. AES Corporation Company Rating: 3.9 What They Do: AES is the Fortune 200 company engineering tomorrow’s energy solutions. From field technicians to business specialists, our 19,000 people fuel quality of life for tens of millions of customers in 17 countries across four continents, while creating the power generation and delivery systems that will enable a clean, unbreakable energy grid. What Employees Say: “Interaction with intelligent, creative people from around the world. Leaders who are interested in developing talent. Engaged in creating solutions for tomorrow’s energy needs.” —Current ManagerSee Open Jobs9. N2 Publishing Company Rating: 4.5 What They Do: Across the nation, communities with an N2 publication find they know more about their neighbors, are better able to connect with and support local businesses, and can more deeply invest in their communities. What Employees Say: “Great start up support. Just started and am scheduled for intro training next week. They have answered every question in a timely manner. Great enthusiasm.” —Current Area DirectorSee Open Jobs10. T-Mobile Company Rating: 3.9 What They Do: As America’s Un-carrier, T-Mobile is redefining the way consumers and businesses buy wireless services through leading product and service innovation. What Employees Say: “Great work life balance, solid pay, not extremely hard work, very balanced and equal expectations vs demand. CEO John Legere is changing wireless for the better.” —Current Retail Sales Associate/KeyholderSee Open Jobslast_img read more

How to Look Out For Yourself While Still Being a Team Player

first_img 3.1★ 23 hours ago 23h Registered Nurse (RN) – Charge Nurse – $7,000 Sign On Bonus EmpRes Healthcare Management Gardnerville, NV From the moment we step foot in the door of a company, collaboration is drilled into our head. We know that even if it’s difficult or stressful at times, we must be willing to set our own egos aside for the good of the team. It makes sense — for a company to truly succeed, each component has to be firing on all cylinders. But sometimes, we get so caught up in the idea of lifting up the team that individual recognition and reward fall to the wayside.While being a team player is critical, it’s also necessary to look out for yourself.  After all, if you aren’t your own biggest advocate, odds are that no one else will be — even if they’re rooting for you all the way. But the good news is, you don’t have to choose between helping out your colleagues and advancing your own career. Below, we’ve tackled a few common situations where you might feel torn between team loyalty and boosting your own career prospects — but if you play your cards right, you might just make it a win-win situation for everyone involved.How to Encourage Employees to Own Individual Value in a Teamwork EnvironmentScenario 1You’re on a team where you rely heavily on the other members of your group. All of your goals are shared, and in order to achieve them, you have to collaborate closely — as a result, no single person is responsible for the success (or failure) of the team. However, you’ve consistently gone the extra mile. All of your individually-owned components have exceeded expectations, and you’ve played a large role in keeping the project running smoothly. But ultimately, your team is recognized for your efforts as a whole, with little acknowledgment of your contributions in particular. Make It Work for You: Publicly bringing up what a critical role you as an individual had in the project’s success may come off as self-aggrandizing, so it’s best to avoid bragging of this type. But don’t worry — there’s always a time and a place for mentioning your own accomplishments.Performance reviews, for example, are a great time to bring up the impact that your own contributions have had on the overall team’s success. Whether you’re filling out a self-assessment or discussing with your manager face-to-face, make sure to mention specific, detailed actions you took and the effect they had on the project. No official performance reviews? No problem. This is also great evidence for why you deserve a raise or promotion. It may take a little more proactivity to begin a conversation like this, but remember: when it comes to your career, you need to be your own biggest advocate.Scenario 2You’re on a team with a larger-than-life leader. They think big and guide the team strategically, but also have a heavy hand in day-to-day execution. The problem? Their management style leaves little room for you — or anyone else — to offer your own ideas.Make It Work for You: Getting a word in edgewise with a heavily involved team lead is difficult, but in a large group situation, it can feel almost impossible. To make sure your voice is heard, it’s best to meet in a one-on-one setting. You don’t necessarily have to make it about feeling ignored — instead, lead with the fact that you’ve got some exciting ideas you’d like to share. Ideally, they’ll work with you to implement some of your ideas, but at the very least, you can demonstrate that you’re proactive, creative, and truly care about doing great work. As a bonus, you’ll get some valuable feedback in the meantime. Who knows? In the next meeting, you might find your team leader asking for your thoughts specifically.Scenario 3You’re the newest member of a team that’s already been working closely together for some time now. Bonds between your new colleagues are tight, and you feel like you’re still on the outside looking in — and they’re not the most welcoming crew. Make It Work for You: Being new may feel like a liability, but it can actually be a big asset if you frame it as such. You’ll have to be delicate about not interrupting the current group dynamic or insulting their work so far, but if you let your team know that your fresh eyes have given you some exciting new ideas about how to shake things up, they may very well appreciate an outsider’s perspective. It’s easy for teams that have worked together closely for a long time to get too mired in their ways, and they might just be looking for ways to break out of it.7 Ways To Create Beneficial Alliances At WorkScenario 4You’ve got a flair for the creative, but your team’s a bit more cut and dry. They’d rather stick to the basics than think outside the box.Make It Work for You: If you’ve already chatted with your team about your ideas and they’re less than receptive, explore what other opportunities there are available within your company so that you can exercise the right side of your brain. This doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have to leave your team — rather, you may want to find a special side project to scratch your creative itch. If you truly don’t feel that your current career path will lend itself well to the type of work you want to be doing, however, you may want to chat with your manager or HR. Being a team player is certainly important, but if your efforts are better served elsewhere, you aren’t doing anyone a favor by staying. And at the end of the day, being satisfied with your own career is what matters the most. 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What to Do When You’re Feeling Blue – or Blah – About Work

first_imgAlmost everyone deals with a stall or slump at some point in their career. I’ve had days, weeks, even months when I’m unmotivated at work. Left unchecked, that blah or low feeling bleeds over into my personal life before I realize that something needs to change. Work is such a big part of life; I want to love my job, and believe that everyone should do work that they enjoy.  Despite this core belief that everyone should have a job they love, there have been times when I really didn’t like my job at all. As a district manager at Starbucks, there were always plenty of employee and customer challenges – but after doing the job for so long, I found that I wasn’t learning much from them. Sometimes circumstances outside your control can sap your motivation. For me, going through an acquisition was one such circumstance. Almost everyone around me was either stressed about losing their job or stressed about keeping their job amidst big changes to company culture and values. It was hard to focus on the positive impact I could still make in my role. People struggle with all kinds of things at work that make them feel powerless or disconnected: a controlling boss, unattainable goals, lack of community, mindless work, skills that are becoming obsolete, etc.  Large or small, these things are enough to make a person feel unengaged and unmotivated at work. So, what can you do when you’re feeling blue at work? When you are in a slump, you could employ the strategies of the powerless: ignore your feelings, wait and hope for a change, blame others, or engage in some magical thinking — hoping someone or something saves you from the situation you’re in.  Or, you could ask yourself, “What can I do about this situation?” and work to get yourself to a better place. If you’d prefer the latter, try these tips for regaining your motivation.1. Take stock of your energy When was the last time you felt really energized about work? What was happening then? What’s different now? Think about what you can reinstate or change to get re-energized. 2. Separate facts from feelingsOftentimes motivation isn’t about the situation, it’s about how you view it. List out the facts and then identify the way you feel about the facts. Naming your emotions can move your thinking away from reactive, negative or fearful emotions to a more open and curious state — and that allows you to explore different ways of viewing your situation. Sometimes you’ll find that while the situation is still the same, your take on it has changed dramatically.What Is Emotional Intelligence, and Why Everyone Needs It3. Tap into your communityGetting connected to people who do similar work or have similar interests can make you feel connected and feel less isolated. If your work is short on meaning, see if you can find a new purpose by helping others as a mentor, thought partner or collaborator. Emotion is contagious, so be deliberate in finding positive people to affiliate with. Surrounding yourself with pessimists or cynics when you’re already feeling low is not going to restore your motivation. 4. Take care of yourselfThis is especially important if others rely on you. During challenging or uninspiring times, you can boost your energy and resilience by getting enough sleep, regular exercise, and spending time with family and friends. Accomplishing things for yourself can also put work challenges in perspective. 5. Find your purposeYou might draw inspiration from the purpose of your company or team. For example, Glassdoor’s mission to help job seekers find jobs and companies they love is inspiring to me personally. The work I do has purpose: building organizational and individual capabilities. If you need to be reminded of why your work matters, check in with your customers. What impact is your work having on them? 6. Look out for your self-interestsThis may appear to be at odds with tip #5, but it’s not. If you can do more of what you love and more of what you’re good at, your company will reap the benefits in increased productivity, longevity, and commitment. The best scenario is doing more of the things that further both your goals and the company’s goals. For example, if you really love data but most of your time is spent on customer issues, carve out some time to track the issues and see what the possible causes or correlations are. There’s a clear benefit to your company and your customers. And you may even create demand for your analysis and be able to dedicate more time to customer insights in the future.7. Learn something newPeople and organizations must change or they will stagnate. Either seek out learning and development on your own or ask your network for advice. Let your manager know if you feel like you’re plateauing and in need of a new challenge. Solicit feedback about how to make a bigger impact in your current role, and what to work on to reach your next goal.Should You Stay or Should You Go?8. Explore other optionsSometimes you do have to make a major change. If you’ve tried all of the above and are still feeling stuck in a bad situation, it may be time to explore other options. Explore lateral moves at your own company and check out what’s available outside too — then you can make an educated choice about what’s best for you, and not feel like you’re a hostage to your situation. Putting your resume together can also give you a boost when you see in print how much you have learned and accomplished in your current job. It can be rough when you’re at a low point and feeling uninspired at work. While you can’t always change your circumstances – for example, I couldn’t change the fact that my company got acquired – you can do a great deal by reframing how you view the situation and thereby change your response to it.  You can also give yourself a boost by taking action on the things you can change. Sometimes that means changing jobs, but often the solution is to make small but meaningful adjustments to your perspective and your approach.Marca Clark is the Director of Learning and Organizational Development at Glassdoor. She has over 10 years experience in organizational change, talent management, culture change, internal communications, and leadership development.last_img read more

To Email or Not to Email? A Glassdoor Recruiter’s Tips for Following Up After Applying t…

first_img Available Jobs at Glassdoor 4.1★ Director, Sales Strategy Glassdoor San Francisco, CA 4.1★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h See more jobs at Glassdoor 4.1★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Senior Systems Engineer Glassdoor San Francisco, CA 4.1★ 4.1★ Digital Analytics Manager Glassdoor New York, NY 23 hours ago 23h What Questions Do Glassdoor Recruiters Ask Job Candidates? Data Science Manager, B2B Decision Science Glassdoor San Francisco, CA Are you the kind of person who carefully researches a position and company before you submit an application? Or do you look up job titles in your field on Glassdoor and desperately wish there was an “APPLY ALL” button?However you enter into the application process with a company, submitting your application is not the end of your work. In fact, it’s just the beginning of a long and hopefully fruitful relationship – which makes it extra frustrating when you submit your information and don’t hear back for days and days, or even weeks and weeks. Should you follow up? And if so, should you email or call or show up at the company’s next all-hands meeting? These are the questions we’re answering today with the help of Glassdoor’s expert recruiter and Talent Acquisition Partner James Parker.Whether you’re passively targeting one or two specific opportunities or peppering your field with inquiries, here are the most important things to think about when you follow up after a job application:Try email firstIn today’s highly structured world, few professionals have time on their calendars to field anonymous phone calls. Emailing recruiters and hiring managers shows greater respect for their schedule because they can process and respond to your note on their own time.“Since I frequently recruit for sales positions, I often get candidates who cold call me to showcase their skills,” says Parker. “But since almost every minute of the day is accounted for, cold calls go right to voicemail. For most jobs, emailing is the safest way to follow up after a job application without ruffling any feathers.”How to Write A Winning Thank You Letter?Be specific about your fitFocus and relevance are the two most important pieces of communicating with hiring managers and recruiters during a job search. Beyond individual preference, it’s not so much the format you use but what you say. A boring and generic, “Hey, I applied!” or “Look at my application and let me know if I’m a fit!” email is just as bad as pestering your contact with unwanted phone calls. “Look at our positions, find one, do research, and do the work of letting me know how you’re a good fit,” says Parker. “If you’ve been proactive and you can show me how your background in XYZ fits the XYZ role we’re hiring for, that’s meaningful, and I’ll want to talk to you.”This strategy works especially if you’re applying for a job that’s different from your background: “When you explain your fit for the role for me, showcase how you’ve developed the skills you need,” explains Parker. “If you’re bringing camp counselor experience to an entry-level sales role, tell me how you’ve talked with parents and overcome objections and managed multiple conversations at the same time. Connect the dots for me, or I won’t be able to justify spending time on your application when there’s a large pool of more traditionally qualified candidates.” These Are Recruiters’ Favorite Interview Questions to AskLet company culture guide you“The type of company and the type of role should guide how you follow up to a job application,” says Parker. “In the case of Glassdoor, we’re not a cold calling company, so calling your contact out of the blue wouldn’t be as welcome as, say, a meaningful follow-up email or reaching out through one of my social media channels.”Whether or not you’re applying for an open position with Glassdoor specifically, the job search tool is so detailed that you never have to approach a company blindly. It’s up to you to use the research at your disposal to get a sense of what is and isn’t in line with the company’s culture and build a follow-up plan based on that information. Display your skillsEvery interaction you have with a recruiter or hiring manager is part of the interview process – email, phone call, voicemail, or in-person meeting. So however you choose to follow up after a job application, treat it like the opportunity to display your communication skills that it is. Carefully proofread your emails and make notes in advance of calls so that you can always speak with poise. “Part of the interview process is assessing a candidate’s communication skills as we exchange emails,” says Parker. “In the past, if I’ve been on the fence about a candidate and then see they respond with poor grammar or bad English – especially if they were born and educated in an English-speaking country – I start thinking that that’s how they’ll communicate with clients. If it’s not a good email coming in, then it won’t be a good email going out to clients or coworkers.”View Related ContentBe considerate of your contact’s timeIf your contact welcomes the attention, a being slightly more aggressive when you follow up after a job application may show that you’re passionate about the job. However, if you aren’t very careful, it may also show that you’re oblivious to the needs of others.“In one situation, I chatted on the phone with a candidate and determined this person was not a good fit,” explains Parker. “After I send an email explaining the situation, this person showed up at the office to ‘prove me wrong’ and insisted on meeting with me. Because I pride myself on customer service and being attentive to everyone I speak with, it put me in a difficult position of fitting in an unexpected 1-hour meeting into a packed schedule. This move ended up solidifying my original decision not to pursue this person.” If you feel strongly that you need to show up to make your case, do so in a way that shows your interest without burdening your recruiter or hiring manager with a long visit. Deliver a handwritten note in person and leave after giving your contact a quick hello, or send a small treat like coffee and donuts with a short note responding to any feedback you received throughout the interview process. These methods still may not change the fact that you simply aren’t a good fit for the job, but they’ll give you one more contact point without damaging the relationship you have.Customized all of your correspondenceIt’s always appropriate to send a thank you note after an interaction or a meeting. But if you copy the same note to everyone you interact with at the company, you’ll undermine your efforts to show how thoughtful you are. Make sure your interviewers won’t be disappointed when they compare notes by customizing your message for the recipient. “If you speak with three recruiters, email each of us with a unique message based on our background or a particular part of our conversation,” says Parker. “If you interview and send the same follow-up email to each of us, it’s a missed opportunity to make yourself stand out. Taking the extra three to four minutes to write a unique email could be the difference in the next three to four years of your life. There’s a reason the post-application phase of a job search is so confusing: there are as many different ways to follow up as there are recruiters and companies. If you want to confidently follow up after a job application, the most important step you can take is to understand the company’s culture and align your actions accordingly. Good luck!center_img 4.1★ Data Science Manager, Consumer Decision Science Glassdoor San Francisco, CA 23 hours ago 23h 4.1★ 4.1★ 4.1★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Manager, Customer Success Specialists Glassdoor Mill Valley, CA B2C Engagement Marketing Manager Glassdoor Mill Valley, CA 4.1★ Programmatic Analyst Glassdoor Chicago, IL Sr. AWS Security Engineer Glassdoor San Francisco, CA 23 hours ago 23h B2B Marketing Manager Glassdoor Mill Valley, CAlast_img read more

12 Companies With Amazing Wellness Benefits

first_imgOrganic lunches, gym memberships, 24/7 access to a physician, in-office massages, yoga classes and much more. It’s all about the wellness in today’s work world. Companies are boosting the benefits and pumping up the perks in a major way.Here are 12 companies who rank wellness alongside success and who are investing in benefits that scream work-life balance. Grab your workout gear and dust off your resume, these companies are hiring now!Cumulus NetworksWellness Benefit(s): “Our offices are set up in an open space model, with sit/stand desks for every employee. We have excessively fancy espresso machines in every location. We have catered lunches three times per week, and stock organic fruit in the kitchen.”Where Hiring: Cary, NC & Mountain View, CAWhat Employees Say: “Smart friendly people who understand work/life balance and recognize when an employee has gone above and beyond. There are sprints but it’s not the typical startup death march. Interesting work that allows for learning new skills, some nice perks like free lunch and excellent dental/vision coverage. Flexible remote working policy.” —Current EmployeeBrowse Open Jobs Lose It! Wellness Benefit(s): The company offers gym memberships/stipends & a flexible schedule allowing for a gym break throughout the day as well as an open vacation policy/parental leave.Where Hiring: Boston, MAWhat Employees Say: “Crazy-Good Benefits — Not just the insurance and options, either. When I tell my friends and family about things like company trips they can’t believe the benefits could be that good; they literally think they’ve misunderstood what I’ve told them.” —Current Software EngineerBrowse Open Jobs Reebok Wellness Benefit(s): Free fitness classes. Reebok is an athletic wear company, after all. Employees here can snag free classes at its on-site gym and Crossfit Box any time of day.Where Hiring: Boston, MA & Canton, MAWhat Employees Say: “Company culture is incredible. You are able to work around people with similar passions each and everyday.” —Former EmployeeBrowse Open Jobs PNC Wellness Benefit(s): PNC Living Well offers activities for each employee — like wellness challenges and biometric screenings — that lead to credits, which are deposited as dollars into HSAs or paychecks. The company also has onsite Well-being Centers in Pittsburgh, PA and Miamisburg, OH, and employees participating in its medical benefits have access to Teladoc which provides 24/7/365 access to quality medical care through phone and video consultations.Where Hiring: Bridgeton, NJ; Pittsburgh, PA; Baltimore, MD; San Diego, CA; Charlotte, NC; Philadelphia, PA; New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA & more.What Employees Say: “PNC has amazing work-life balance. They also have phenomenal benefits;401k, pension, maternity (10 weeks 100% pay), educational assistance, childcare assistance, adoption assistance, etc. They promote from within and give you training to be successful in many areas.” —Current Universal BankerBrowse Open Jobs Microsoft Wellness Benefit(s): Microsoft offers an annual $800 “StayFit” reimbursement program to help cover the cost of gym memberships and fitness programs.Where Hiring: Redmond, WA; Raleigh, NC; London, England; Mountain View, CA; Cambridge, MA & more.What Employees Say: The best things were the 401K (Microsoft would match up to 50% of max) and the employee stock purchase plan. Also the Stay Fit options were good (could go to a gym or get $800 to spend on fitness related activities/equipment or other things).” —Former EmployeeBrowse Open Jobs GoDaddy Wellness Benefit(s): This web-hosting tool developer pays fully for employee healthcare premiums, plus 50% of all premiums for dependents. And that’s not all: their health benefits package includes everything from acupuncture to fertility treatments – not to mention dental, vision, and prescription drug subsidies.Where Hiring: Tempe, AZ; Hiawatha, IA; Sunnyvale, CA; Kirkland, WA & more.What Employees Say: “Fun, open, and accepting culture. Great healthcare and other benefits. A great place for your first job in IT.” —Current Site Reliability EngineerBrowse Open Jobs MINDBODY Wellness Benefit(s): MINDBODY offers 20 vacation days per year, $65 in monthly wellness vouchers, 21 onsite wellness classes every week, 5 onsite massage therapists, onsite Acupuncture, 25+ daily menu items from our in-house caterers, 1 monthly outdoor activity (dodgeball, for example).Where Hiring: San Luis Obispo, CA; Austin, TX; Atlanta, GA & more.What Employees Say: “There is a lot of autonomy for individuals on the sales development teams at MINDBODY and the product is useful. It really does feel like you are selling a product that helps businesses in the health and wellness industry succeed. The lifestyle of San Luis Obispo and company culture at MINDBODY can definitely be more rewarding than at a large Bay Area tech company.” —Former EmployeeBrowse Open Jobs Squarespace Wellness Benefit(s): According to Squarespace’s website, “at the office, we provide daily gourmet lunches, yoga sessions, and chair massages. And so many snacks.” Yum!Where Hiring: Portland, OR and New York, NYWhat Employees Say: “The work life balance on the engineering side speaks for itself in terms of respecting employees’ personal time outside of work. There are seldom arbitrary deadlines set for projects. Very few people work past 7PM and those who choose typically choose to start their day late. When it comes to the unlimited vacation policy, people actually do make use of it generously.” —Current Software EngineerBrowse Open Jobs 9 Companies with Cool Office Perks WeWork Wellness Benefit(s): While specific benefits vary by location, WeWork is known to offer comprehensive insurance (health, dental, vision, life and disability), wellness programs like yoga and sound baths, free food and beverages, unlimited sick days and annual retreats like their WeWork Summer Camp and Summit.Where Hiring: Washington, DC; Denver, CO; Seattle, WA; New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Tyson’s Corner, Fairfax, VA & more.What Employees Say: “I had outstanding and empathetic team-members . I love how chic the office spaces are. Makes coming into work more enticing. I was reasonably paid and since the company is still young, there are many opportunities to set yourself apart. I definitely took advantage of all the free food and coffee. I flew out to 4 major cities throughout my time there and Summer Camp was awesome.” —Former Member Technology SpecialistBrowse Open Jobs Showtime Networks Wellness Benefit(s): The cable network offers 6 weeks fully paid for parental leave, free flu shots, subsidized back up day care for children and elders, a doctor on demand with allow co-pay as well as other wellness incentives like discounts to gym memberships.Where Hiring: Los Angeles, CA & New York, NYWhat Employees Say: “The teams are awesome. People like coming to work. We generally have a great work life balance, if not heavier in the life side at times. Some groups have more freedom than others, but the management is pretty clear in direction.” —Current EmployeeBrowse Open Jobs Carilion Clinics Wellness Benefit(s): In addition to competitive base salaries, and performance based merit increases, Carilion Clinics offer childcare discounts, farm-to-table cooperatives, employee assistance programs and wellness discounts plus incentives.Where Hiring: Roanoke,VA; Christiansburg, VA; Waynesboro, VA & more.What Employees Say: “Very patient focused and provides ongoing training. Staff set high standards of excellence. Great teamwork. Good benefits. I enjoyed working here and highly recommend.” —Current EmployeeBrowse Open Jobs KIND Wellness Benefit(s): As their name might suggest, this healthy snack company is pretty darn kind to their employees. They offer flexible paid time off, comprehensive insurance, fitness reimbursements, a bonus program, 401(k) matching and equity, among other perks. You can also look forward to growing your career at KIND through coaching, training and tuition reimbursements. And if you fall on hard times, don’t worry — KIND has your back. They offer a Hardship Fund, which “supports team members and their families in times of need.” And, of course, employees here get all the healthy snacks they could ever want!Where Hiring: New York, NY; Dallas, TX; Los Angeles, CA; Detroit, MI & more.What Employees Say: “We have great benefits, stock options and other perks like [on-site] massages and mindfulness. We also have a program that helps any team member when they are going through tough financial times. Our culture is the best I have ever experienced in my career! We may not be perfect, but everyone at KIND cares about our culture and company.” —Current EmployeeBrowse Open Jobslast_img read more

3 Steps to Transitioning Careers As A LGBTQ Professional

first_img 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Browse Open Jobs Loan Originator Castle & Cooke Mortgage, LLC Provo, UT MA / Medical Assistant – Parkview Medical Group Parkview Medical Center Pueblo, CO 3.1★ 3.8★ Hospice Aide – CNA St Croix Hospice Cedar Rapids, IA 3.5★ 3.6★ 4.4★ 23 hours ago 23h 5.0★ Warehouse Associate – 3rd Shift Columbus Equipment Company Columbus, OH 4.8★ 4.4★center_img Line Cook Alvarado Restaurant Group Albuquerque, NM 23 hours ago 23h Certified Pharmacy Technician – Evenings New England Baptist Hospital Boston, MA Senior Audit Accountant Altman Rogers & Company Anchorage, AK 20 Companies That Champion LGBTQ Equality Hiring Now 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h It’s official: more and more companies are encouraging LGBTQ friendly policies and environments for employees. This is good news for LGBTQ job seekers, as finding a job in an inclusive office can improve your professional life and your well-being; The Williams Institute reports supportive workplaces result in “greater job commitment, improved workplace relationships, increased job satisfaction, and improved health outcomes among LGBTQ employees.” This was the atmosphere Sam Young was seeking when she began her job search as an openly queer, gender non-conforming woman after working in investment banking – she explained, “As a queer feminist, I wasn’t on the same wavelength as most of the people that I worked with.” Now Senior Director of Content, Creator, and Markets Operations at Spotify, Young’s journey can help some of those who are transitioning to a new career to find a job that accepts their whole self.1. Know When It’s Time to LeaveIf your identity is causing limitations between you and your colleagues, it may be time to consider a new workplace. At her bank job, Young had difficulty connecting with her co-workers due to her queerness. “I sensed that many of my colleagues were awkward around me, not out of fear or hatred, but simply because they didn’t know anyone else like me,” she said. After years of being misgendered at the office, she recognized she wanted a change in her work environment. “I wanted more than colleagues at work; I wanted friends.”The Moment I Knew It Was Time to Quit My Job2. Network with CommunityCalling upon peers in the LGBTQ community and other friends can help you identify inclusive organizations and find the perfect job. Young informed her connections that she was beginning her job search and asked them to refer her to companies she may be interested in. She also sat down with friends and colleagues to find out what they enjoyed about their jobs to see what would potentially interest her as a career. Young was eventually drawn to the tech industry because of its independent work ethic and welcoming atmosphere for LGBTQ people. She also joked, “I also wanted to wear shorts to work after years of wearing suits.” Attending LGBTQ-friendly meetups and conferences also provides a more formal atmosphere to network. Young recommends Lesbians Who Tech and LGBTQ-friendly Meetups to find fellow professionals.15 Companies That Offer Trans-Inclusive Health Care Coverage3. Bring Your Whole Self to Your Job SearchOne way to show off your authentic self before meeting a potential employer in person is by sprucing up your resume. Young used Enhancv to make her resume feel more genuinely her. She credits the tool for allowing her to add sections about her favorite books and activities, life philosophy and a personal photo, saying, “It gave potential employers more insight into who I am and whether I was a personality fit for their team.”Rocking your signature style when networking and interviewing can ensure you find a workplace where you can present yourself comfortably. When starting her career, Young was advised by a counselor to “soften” her look and present more femininely during her job search. But Young recognized that doing so could limit her potential to express herself: “I knew that pretending to be someone else during recruitment meant I would have to continue faking it at the workplace.” Since she felt safe presenting as herself during her second job search, Young took the opportunity to do so. “It’s possible that I missed out on opportunities by coming to interviews in a suit and tie, but a company that would only hire me if I wore a skirt and pumps was not a company I wanted to work for,” she said.It’s not the responsibility or obligation of LGBTQ employees to be out at work. But for those professionals who are open about their identities, feeling comfortable expressing yourself in the workplace can be instrumental to succeeding in your career. At Spotify, Young finds herself in an environment where being queer and gender non-conforming is no longer the elephant in the room: “I can be my authentic self when I walk into the door and it’s an enormous relief.” 4.3★ Find Jobs Near You Maintenance Technician Educare Academy Toledo, OH 3.2★ Certified Nursing Assistant – Part time Heart to Heart Hospice Midland, TX 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Part-time Evening Associate Crew Carwash Greenwood, INlast_img read more

How to Get an Internship

first_imgConsider your experience: Think about your previous work experience, and which roles it might prepare you for. A student working at a campus newspaper might consider a journalism internship, while a student who tutors for a statistics class may want to look at data science internships. Learn More Once you’ve gotten past your interview, breathe — the hard part is over! But your work isn’t quite over just yet. To start with, you’ll need to send a thank-you note to anybody you spoke with. Thank-you notes show that you’re organized and thoughtful, which both matter a great deal to employers. To write a great thank-you letter:Send it within 24 hoursThank the interviewer for their timeMention what you enjoyed learning about the companyEnd with a call-to-action that invites them to reach out to you for anything they might needThen, it’s time to wait until an interviewer provides you with an update. If they don’t reach out to you when they said they would, feel free to send a short check-in note — something like the following:Dear [contact name],I hope you’re doing well. I wanted to follow up about the [job title] role. I really enjoyed meeting you and the team last week, and I’m very interested in the opportunity. I’d love to know if there’s any further information I can provide during your hiring timeline.Thank you,[Your name]With any luck, you’ll get an internship offer from the company shortly afterwards. Most companies make it official by sending you an offer letter, which you will be expected to sign and return to them. Look out for important details like start dates, responsibilities, pay and location. You should also ask if there’s anything you can do between now and your start date in order to prepare for your role — you want to make sure to start off on the right foot.Congratulations on this exciting step forward in your career, and good luck! Prepare Your Application Materials One of the most common misconceptions that students have about how to get an internship is that they must apply to every position that catches their eye to increase their odds. But this is a sure-fire recipe for radio silence from recruiters and hiring managers. Instead, think about the skills and experience you currently possess, and which positions you might be a good fit for based on that information. A few ways to narrow down which internships are right for you:Think about your degree: Look up common career fields and job titles for people with your major. Write an Irresistible First Resume in 5 Easy StepsTop 5 Most Common Interview Questions For InternsWrite the Perfect Cover Letter With This Template3 Things Not to Do When Interviewing for an Internship7 Ways You’ll Fail To Land An InternshipHow to Network5 Things You Need to Do to Land a Great Job Out of College4 Tips for Building an Incredible Online PortfolioUse Social Media to Build a Personal Brand and Stand Out from the CrowdHow to Get a Job: a Job Seeker’s Toolkit Be yourself: Students often get caught up thinking about what interviewers want to hear, but if you just tell somebody what you think you should, you risk coming off as artificial or maybe even ending up at an internship that isn’t right for you. Identify transferable skills: Skills that help you succeed in school or in the student organizations you participate in — such as organization, critical thinking and time management — will all be useful in the working world. Some quick research should reveal which jobs require these skills. No matter what job you apply to, there are a few key materials you’re going to want to have on hand. Here are the most common ones, and how to perfect them before you apply.ResumeResumes are brief documents that showcase your skills, education and professional background. Typically, resumes will contain your name and contact info, education, professional summary, work experience, skills and additional experience. If you’ve never written a resume before, using a template can be helpful.Some tips to keep in mind as you write your resume:Use the STAR format — situation, task, action and result — in your work experience bullet pointsQuantify your impact whenever possible (e.g. ‘Served 50-100 customers per day and handled a cash register that totaled over $1,000 a day in sales.’)List your key wins and accomplishments, not just your day-to-day tasksHighlight meaningful extracurriculars & awardsEmphasize skills & responsibilities found in the job descriptionKeep it clean, concise & easy-to-readCover LetterCover letters add additional color and context to your application. It’s important to note, though, that cover letters shouldn’t just list what’s on your resume — they should persuade whoever is reading the letter that you are uniquely right for the job. While not always mandatory, cover letters are almost always a good idea. They show that you are passionate about the opportunity, and provide a more well-rounded picture of who you are as a candidate. Some tips to keep in mind as you write your cover letter:Start with a unique opening line — anecdotes, quotes and fun facts are all good optionsDo some research into the company, and mention a few things you’ve learned about it throughout the letter to showcase your knowledge of and passion for the organizationExplain how your previous work experience has prepared you for this roleShare a few ideas about how you would contribute to the company if hiredCustomize your cover letter for each new job that you apply toSocial Media ProfilesMany recruiters use social media to research candidates — some may even require a link to your social media profiles. So if you haven’t already, you may want to create a professional social media profile, especially on a networking site like LinkedIn. A few best practices to follow as you polish your social media presence:Choose a professional headshot for your profile pictureAdd relevant work experience as applicableKeep it appropriate — delete any suggestive references or picturesShare and engage with relevant industry contentOnline PortfolioIf you’re entering a creative field like web development, graphic design or writing, an online portfolio is an excellent way to stand out from the crowd. Platforms like Squarespace and Wix make it easy to put together a polished collection of your most notable projects and work samples. As you’re creating your profile, remember:Highlight the projects that most closely resemble the type of work you’d like to do moving forwardDescribe the impact these projects hadFeel free to add some color and design, but keep it clean and easy to readUpdate it frequentlyWith your materials ready, you’ll be ready to apply! It will likely take multiple tries, but if you keep at it, you’re bound to eventually hear back from a recruiter or hiring manager hoping to set up an interview. Interviewing is often the process of the job search that people dread the most. But if you adequately prepare, it won’t be nearly as intimidating. Before your interview, make sure to look up some basic information on the company — things like what products/services they offer, who’s on their leadership team, what milestones they’ve reached recently, who their competitors are, etc. Any of these subjects are fair game in an interview, and not knowing the answer to one of them will show that you haven’t done your due diligence. You can also use this information to come up with a few questions of your own. Asking your interviewer specific questions about the company will show that you are passionate, curious and well-informed.You’ll also want to research common interview questions beforehand. You can reference Glassdoor’s list of the 50 Most Common Interview Questions, as well as search interview reviews for your job title and company on Glassdoor in order to see what real recruiters are asking candidates like you. Once you’ve identified a few of the questions most likely to come up, practice them aloud with a friend. Here are some tips that can be applied to answering nearly any interview question:Get specific: There’s nothing interviewers find more frustrating than a vague or evasive answer, so when responding to a question, share specific ideas, examples and anecdotes.Think positive: Always exude enthusiasm and optimism. No one wants to hire a candidate who makes it clear that this isn’t their first-choice internship. Know Where to Look Ask for time if necessary: When faced with a tough interview question, sometimes your mind just goes blank. That’s okay — it happens to the best of us! Rather than rushing through a half-baked answer, say “That’s a good question, let me think about it for a second,” and take a few moments to gather your thoughts. Follow Up & Finalize the Offer Once you have a more concrete idea of which internships would be the right fit, it’s time to see what’s out there! Here’s how you can do that.Visit Job Sites: Websites like Glassdoor have millions of job listings, so you’re bound to find something that’s right for you. You can search for the internship titles you’re interested in, and narrow results down by location, size, industry, company ratings and more. To get relevant results delivered to your inbox, create a job alert.Use Your College’s Career Resources: Almost all colleges have a career site where employers interested in hiring their students can post positions. Career and internship fairs can also be invaluable, as they allow you to connect face-to-face with hiring decision-makers.Leverage Your Network: Getting a personal recommendation can make all the difference in your internship search, so make sure to reach out to friends, family, colleagues, classmates, professors and alumni to see if they know anyone hiring. Another great strategy is to look up the companies you’re interested in and reach out to employees there for an informational interview. You never know what opportunities it might lead to!Contact Companies Directly: If you have a dream company in mind, but they don’t have any relevant internships, you can always try writing them a letter of interest in hopes that they will either contact you when one opens or even create a new one for you. It’s more of a longshot than applying directly, but you’ll never know if you don’t try. Consider Your Qualifications Explore your interests: With how much time you spend at work, you want to make sure you enjoy it! Write down a few career fields that interest you, and search internships in those areas.Start small: Don’t feel pressured to get your dream internship right away, especially if you have no prior work experience. Start by exploring small local organizations, groups affiliated with your school or volunteer work in order to bolster your resume. Interview Like an Expertlast_img read more

DONE DEAL: ​Ludogorets defender Jose Luis Palomino joins Atalanta

first_imgLudogorets defender Jose Luis Palomino has joined Atalanta.He moves to Atalanta for a fee of €4 million.The 27-year-old centre-back, who can also play at left-back, makes the move on a permanent basis.Born in Argentina, he arrived in Europe with Metz in 2014, then joined Ludogorets as a free agent in 2016.This season he scored two goals with one assist in 40 competitive games for the club, including the Champions League and Europa League.last_img

Tune in to hear me talk on Ask Without Fear

first_imgIf you’d like to hear me field questions from Marc Pitman on his Ask Without Fear show tomorrow, check it out here. It’s at 11 am EST. I’ll be talking with Marc about how I stumbled (literally) into social marketing, trends in fundraising and my book.last_img

Reflections on My First Trimester

first_imgPosted on December 22, 2010June 20, 2017By: Hellen Kotlolo, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Hellen Kotlolo, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.It is true what they say about the first twelve weeks: feeling sick, the sleepless nights spent contemplating followed by fatigue and tiredness, the abdominal cramps, and even more difficult, the food, which tastes and smells different. What they do not mention is that this period is also a joyous and life-changing experience and similarly my experiences in India have had these “first trimester” aspects. But the symptoms are slowly fading as I enter the second trimester of my mentorship.It has been a wonderful journey of learning and interacting with the other Young Champions and my colleagues at work. I am reflecting on lessons learned and identifying certain skills that I need to improve. I have currently downloaded an introductory online research and statistics course which is helpful because I am currently working on an analysis of the Focused Group Discussions from the Birth Preparedness and Complications Readiness (BP/CR) project, and will be working on the interventions, tools and materials for implementation of this operational research project in Rajasthan, my “project in India.”CHETNA is collaborating with other NGOs with this project as a resource centre that provides materials, tools and publication. The coming weeks will require meetings with the field NGO and training of field workers for the implementation of the BP/CR project. So the next few months will be about developing materials and planning. CHETNA also facilitated my participation at the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Conference in Delhi. Not only was I with other Young Champions but it was a great opportunity to interact with Professor Wendy Graham and Tim Thomas who both challenged us to start thinking about our projects more intensively especially when we return to our countries of implementation. Following our conversation, I have dedicated the months of my “second trimester” to the Lerato-Care YC, my own “project in South Africa”. Below a picture from the conference.I also participated in a review meeting in Vadodara held at Shroff Foundation Trust. CHETNA provides technical support to the foundation to implement RCH activities in underserved areas.I was fortunate to get an orientation of the hospital located on the city outskirts. While they conduct 25 deliveries a month, the maternity unit was empty when I visited and I discovered majority of the deliveries are conducted by doctors not nurses/midwives. When I was on the Surat field trip last month the maternity unit was also empty and unfortunately the community health centre in Surat only had one nurse/midwife and one doctor with majority of deliveries conducted either at home or by Dais. This CHC had nothing, not even a drip (intravenous infusion) except for IFA tablets. And the next referral centre was about one to two hours away. I am still wondering where the midwives/nurses are and what their responsibilities are if not providing care and conducting deliveries for women in labour? It has been a difficult process for me to understand the health care system in India. At the moment I am trying to figure out how I can help.As I enter the “second trimester” of my mentorship, a lot of work related activities and planning await me but mostly I am urged to fulfil my Young Champion project.Below an official introduction of my mentor and Ashoka Fellow, Indu Capoor and Smita Bajpai, maternal health project coordinator (working with her on the BP/CR project) from CHETNA.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Folk Dance is used to Convey Maternal and Newborn Health Messages in a Remote Village in India

first_imgPosted on February 9, 2011June 20, 2017By: Kate Mitchell, Clinton FellowClick 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)Seraikela Chhau is a traditional form of dance that originates in the Seraikela block of Jharkhand, part of the eastern steel belt of India. I am currently working as a Clinton Fellow with the Maternal and Newborn Survival Initiative (MANSI) in the Seraikela block. MANSI is a partnership between the American India Foundation, Tata Steel Rural Development Society, and the local government—with technical support from SEARCH. As part of our project activities, our team has recently coordinated a series of Seraikela Chhau performances that will combine the native dance form with key maternal and newborn health messages throughout the 174 villages of our project area.On Monday, I traveled with my colleague, Anupam Sarkar, a nutrition and newborn health expert and Project Advisor for MANSI, to Hudu, a small, hard-to-reach village amidst forest, steel plants, and roaming wild elephants, to observe the performances of the day. It took us nearly 2 hours from Jamshedpur, weaving around and cutting through steel plants and villages along bumpy and muddy roads–the same roads that women must travel on if they opt for institutional delivery.When we arrived in Hudu, we learned that a pair of twins had recently passed away in the village and we decided to visit the family before the performance began. We are conducting similar home visits for every maternal and newborn death that has been reported in our project area (spanning 174 villages) since the baseline survey was completed in 2009. The goal of the home visits is to gain a better understanding of the ground realities and knowledge gaps so that we can shape and inform the messages of the MANSI health communication campaigns in a way that meets the needs of the communities.The local health worker guided us to the home where the twins had passed away. The parents were not at home–but we were able to meet with the paternal grandparents, Asha and Ganesh Sardar.They shared their story…The mother of the twins, Vilasi, is 28 years old. She and her husband, Ragdu, already had four children, all girls, and they were eager to have a boy. Soon they became pregnant with twins, one girl and one boy. All four of the previous children were delivered at home without complication–and the family assumed that this delivery would also be free of complications. They explained that they were unaware of the benefits of institutional delivery. When the twins were born, they seemed very small. Immediately following delivery, the mother put the babies to her breasts to feed them. They were weak and unable to suckle. Initially the family thought about giving them goat’s milk–but eventually decided to give sugar water (locally called Misri Pani). When it became clear that the babies were extremely weak and in critical condition, the family wanted to take the infants to the hospital but they had not anticipated the emergency. They were not prepared. They did not have a transportation plan or money set aside. One baby died the very same day–and the other died the following day.We thanked the grandparents for sharing their story and asked them if it would be OK if we also shared their story with other communities. The grandparents agreed and the grandfather said, “After losing the twins, I have come to know about the importance of institutional delivery. Why not share our story and let others also come to know?”It is tough to know precisely what led to the death of the twins—and if giving birth in a facility would have made a difference. But it is clear that many factors were stacked against them. The family was faced with poor roads, long distances to health centers, limited resources, combined with a lack of information at the community level about birth spacing and planning, care of low birth weight babies, danger signs, institutional delivery, and information on how to tap into government schemes that offer cash incentives for institutional delivery—all potential topics for future Chhau performances.With the story of the twins on our minds, we returned to the center of the village to observe the performance.With no electricity in the village, the performers rigged their loud speaker system to their vehicle battery. They began beating their drums and singing loudly, calling on community members to gather in the village center.It did not take long for community members to gather, all curious to know what the commotion was about. They formed a crowd of boys and girls, and men and women of all ages. Soon the drumming and singing picked up pace, a performer dressed in a traditional colorful costume with a big mask jumped out from behind the vehicle, and the show began!The performers acted out various situations, using dance and drama to cover several critical maternal and newborn health topics—with a focus on the importance of institutional delivery, birth planning/preparedness, and the five cleans of safe delivery. The audience watched with great enthusiasm.As we traveled the bumpy roads away from Hudu, a jagged rock punctured our tire–delaying our return to Jamshedpur and reminding me of the numerous barriers that women face in accessing care. While we waited for the tire to get repaired, I thought of the twins and the grandparents who we interviewed. I also thought of the Chhau dance and all of the community members in attendance. That day, I witnessed the consequences of the various factors that were stacked against the twins. I also witnessed one strategy for building community awareness of critical maternal and newborn health information. I left feeling confident that the Chhau performance that we observed will help to equip the community of Hudu with key information about maternal and newborn health—and will serve as one of many important steps toward the overall goal of protecting the health of women and infants in the Seraikela block.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Exceeded Expectations!

first_imgPosted on May 1, 2011June 20, 2017By: Onikepe Oluwadamilola Owolabi, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Onikepe Oluwadamilola Owolabi, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.I woke up every day in April waiting for something……many things, actually, and treasuring every moment of work at SNEHA because it felt so close to the end. I spent a great deal of my work hours looking through work I’d completed, thinking of what I’ve learned, putting the information together, and asking how else it could feed into the community work we’re doing and planning to do. The plans for the community resource center trial are evolving nicely and learning about the possibilities for the design of the intervention has been immensely exciting. At the same time, the sustainability plan for the project and community resource centers is taking off slowly but steadily. While we’re making sure the initial approach is practical enough to sustain the up-drive for maternal health in the community, it can be the foundation for so much more, and I hope and dream it will become a practical social model. Social enterprises have actually been the subject of so many of my conversations this month. I’ve had extensive discussions with my friends – Minal who works with another Ashoka Fellow’s organization, Drishtee, in Delhi, and Sheila who is also SNEHA’s monitoring and evaluation consultant – on how to combine impact with financial sustainability for maternal health. Indeed, I have spent much time thinking about this especially with the comprehensive Ashoka Future Forum pre-work.What happened at the end of April? The wait was well worth it!The funding proposal I worked on with my supervisor was approved, and we received a grant for our project on enhancing outreach on maternal health to slums and facilitating a community-based monitoring system of public health facilities. The monitoring and evaluation training I was excited about happened in good time. On the same day I was learning about something I love, I got an email telling me I had funding to go to my dream graduate school! This also meant that I would possibly be close to Julianne Parker, my friend and fellow Young Champion. I finally landed in Ghana on the 1st of May for the Future Forum, and thanks to Ashoka, had the opportunity to see all my friends again and meet some of the most inspiring maternal health experts, including Fred Sai, whose autobiography I have my head buried in and I am completely in love with. In addition, I have some real answers to many of my questions about social enterprises and have received additional skills which will help me tremendously in my career in maternal health. I can say conclusively that this month, all my expectations were exceeded and the lessons I have learned have surpassed what I expected or even hoped for.Sometimes I wish I could put every second of April in a bottle, distill it and keep the scent for the rest of my life. And even though I literally can’t do that, the things I’ve learned in the past 30 days- the history and the field experiences of my mentors and colleagues will help me make ​change in the lives of millions of women around the world.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

The Role of mHealth for a Post-2015 Agenda

first_imgPosted on June 30, 2014November 4, 2016By: Kirsten Gagnaire, Executive Director, Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This post is part of our recurring series, mHealth MondayAs the international development community increasingly shifts its focus to a post-2015 agenda, we must reflect on how the world has changed since the Millennium Development Goals were adopted. For example, the mobile industry has grown dramatically over the last decade. At the end of 2003, there were a little more than one billion unique mobile subscribers. Today there are seven billion, and four out of five new mobile connections occur in the developing world.This proliferation has helped initiatives like MAMA, Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action, grow from an idea to a cross-sector alliance that is helping more than 1.3 million women access vital health information right in the palm of their hands. It is important that we leverage our successes and move forward in ways that bring advances in maternal, newborn and child health to larger numbers women and children. When looking at the role of mHealth, and specifically mobile messaging, we have an exciting opportunity to collaborate at the highest levels and be even more strategic about our work.By integrating our programs with ministries of health (MOH) and syncing our health messages with pregnancy registrations, we have the potential to scale our work to new heights, expanding our reach as seamlessly as possible. By connecting directly to the woman’s health records, we will have access to data that can help the mHealth community measure its impact more effectively. And by syncing with MOH pregnancy registries, we also support the work of governments to track the number of pregnancies and health outcomes and, therefore, support them in better serving women and children.One example is in South Africa, where the local MAMA team has been working closely with the South African National Department of Health (NDoH) on their new pregnancy registry, messaging and help desk program that will be launched in the coming months.By linking directly with pregnancy registries, we will be able to reach greater numbers of women more efficiently, giving us the true opportunity for scale up. Of course, we’ll always need to do more targeted outreach to those most in need, as we do in Bangladesh through community health workers, brand promoters and other outreach officers. As more women at all levels of the economic and health spectrums have access to mobile messages, the gap between the privileged and most vulnerable will shrink.Mobile technology transcends geographic and socioeconomic boundaries, allowing for an opportunity to reach populations that were previously unreachable and those that most need access to information, goods and services. Pregnancy is a pivotal time in a woman’s life and one when informed choices can create generations of healthy, happy women and children. By integrating mobile messaging during pregnancy, and through formal health channels, we will realize the true power of mobile to bridge the digital divide.As we turn to post-2015 goals and begin to address development challenges in a more holistic, integrated way, mobile is a key tool to provide women the access to health-related and other information and services that will help them improve their lives and the lives of their children.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more