Dolphin Memories Span at Least 20 Years

first_imgEver been at a party where you recognize everyone’s faces but can’t think of their names? That wouldn’t happen if you were a bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus). The marine mammals can remember each other’s signature contact whistles—calls that function as names—for more than 20 years, the longest social memory ever recorded for a nonhuman animal, according to a new study.“The ability to remember individuals is thought to be extremely important to the ‘social brain,’ ” says Janet Mann, a marine mammal biologist at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., who was not involved in the research. Yet, she notes, no one has succeeded in designing a test for this talent in the great apes—our closest kin—let alone in dolphins.Dolphins use their signature whistles to stay in touch. Each has its own unique whistle, and they learn and can repeat the whistles of other dolphins. A dolphin will answer when another dolphin mimics its whistle—just as we reply when someone calls our name. The calls enable the marine mammals to communicate over long distances—which is necessary because they live in “fission-fusion” societies, meaning that dolphins in one group split off to join other groups and later return. By whistling, they’re able to find each other again. Scientists don’t know how long dolphins are separated in the wild, but they do know the animals can live almost 50 years. 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The six sites belong to a consortium that rotates the marine mammals for breeding and has decades-long records of which dolphins have lived together. The dolphins ranged in age from 4 months to 47 years and included males and females. Some of the animals had spent as little as 3 months together; others had been housed with each other for as long as 18.5 years before being separated and sent to another facility; and some had been apart for 20.5 years.At each facility, Bruck placed a submerged speaker in the dolphins’ pool and waited for one of the animals to swim past. He then played a recording of a whistle that the dolphin had never heard before. “They don’t pay much attention to signature whistles of dolphins they don’t know,” he says. But when he played the whistle of a dolphin they had once lived with, the animals often swam immediately to the speaker. “They will hover around it, whistle at it, seemingly try to get a response,” he says.Bruck also played recordings of an unfamiliar dolphin that was the same age and sex as the familiar animal—but these also did not elicit much of a response. “It was a striking pattern,” Bruck says. “They were potentially bored by unfamiliar calls but responded to whistles from the animals they’d known,” even if they had not heard the whistles in decades. “It seemed to be stimulating to them. In Bermuda, a mother dolphin even brought her calf over to listen to the whistles of dolphins she’d known,” Bruck says. Sometimes the dolphins got upset, slapping their tails in protest, when Bruck removed the speaker from the pool; but they quickly settled down again after he put it back in the water.In one case, Bruck played the whistle of Allie, a female dolphin at the Brookfield Zoo, for Bailey, a female in Bermuda. They had lived together at the Dolphin Connection in the Florida Keys when Allie was 4 and Bailey was 2. Twenty years and 6 months had passed—yet Bailey instantly recognized Allie’s whistle, Bruck says, as evidenced by her close attentiveness to the speaker.The dolphins often responded as if they were picturing their long-ago social pals, Bruck reports online today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. For instance, two younger dolphins, Kai and D.J., became watchful and alert when they heard the whistles of Lucky and Hastings, two dominant males they had spent time with at the Brookfield Zoo. “Their whistles elicit a certain vigor and spirit in males that hear them,” says Bruck about the responses of Kai and D.J. “It looked as if those whistles put the image of those two dominant males in the heads of Kai and D.J.,” although he adds this has yet to be shown experimentally.The study demonstrates the “long-term stability of the dolphins’ whistles,” Mann says. “Even though dolphins may change in size and physical characteristics—getting scars and speckles—their whistles provide a reliable means of identification.” And that in turn enables them to “track relationships and connections between individuals,” she says. “We know they have relationships in the wild that last decades,” adds Richard Connor, an animal behaviorist at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. “Remembering a particular individual—even in the absence of that individual—could help them navigate their current social milieu.”Bruck’s study, however, did not test whether the dolphins mentally picture the correct dolphin when they hear his or her signature whistle. So far, scientists have only been able to demonstrate this ability in horses. Researchers from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom videoed individual horses while a herd member was led past them and out of view. The scientists then played the whinny of that horse or of a different horse. If the whinny was from the horse that had just walked by, the watching horse continued doing whatever it had been doing before; but if the whinny came from a different stable-mate, the watcher instantly turned to look in the direction of the call, as if saying, “that didn’t sound like you.”A similar experiment now needs to be done with dolphins, says Stephanie King, a biologist at the University of St. Andrews in the United Kingdom. She wonders if the animals are paying attention to the whistles of their former pool-pals because the sounds are familiar—or because they “evoke a mental representation of the absent animal in the dolphin’s mind.” In other words, does Kai mentally picture Lucky when he hears the dominant male’s brassy whistle erupting from the speaker? Or does he merely register, “That call takes me right back to Chicago.” Stay tuned—Bruck has a test in the works to find out.last_img read more

Ned vs SA: South Africa beat Netherlands by 231 runs

first_imgHashim Amla and AB de Villiers scored centuries as South Africa beat the Netherlands by a massive 231-run margin in their World Cup Group B match at the PCA Stadium in Mohali, Chandigarh, on Thursday. Score Chasing 352, the Netherlands batsmen were stifled by the South Africa pacers from the start of their innings. And as a result they lost their opener Alexei Kervezee and in-form batsman Tom Cooper early.Both Kervezee and Copper fell to Jacques Kallis, who wanted to make up for the loss of his batting by bowling a good line.Then it was J.P . Duminy’s turn to join the party and he scalped the other opener Wesley Barresi on 44 with his round the wicket delivery that skid past him to the wicketkeeper AB de Villiers, who cleaned his bails off with precision. Bas Zuiderent too could not stay at the crease for long and Robin Peterson scalped him on 15. The Netherlands score post his dismissal was 83/4 in 22.4 overs.But their plight was far from over as all South African bowlers claimed wickets to reduce the Dutch to 119/8 in 34 overs. Even Ryan ten Doeschate, who had scored a century against England in their opening game, too couldn’t do much and walked back on 11.In fact by the end of their innings Barresi’s 44 was the highest individual score in the Dutch scorecard which ended in the 35th over with just 120 runs on it.Leg-spinner Imran Tahir was the most successful bowler from the Protea camp, he finished with 3-19 on board.      South Africa inningsEarlier, Hashim Amla and Ab de Villiers scored tons as South Africa posted 351/5.In the morning, the Netherlands taking advantage from the overcast conditions scalped skipper Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis early. This was after their skipper Peter Borren intelligently decided to put South Africa in the middle Bernard Loots claimed Protea skipper Graeme Smith in the 13th over with a ball that caved in to uproot his leg stump on 20 and Kallis (2) gave a nick to wicketkeeper Wesley Barresi off Ryan ten Doeschate in 16th over.    advertisementSouth Africa’s AB de Villiers acknowledges the applause from the spectators after scoring his century. APSoon South Africa got back into the game with Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers at the crease. The two started with a cautious approach but soon got going against the opposition bowlers, who were heavily relying on the weather conditions to do the tricks for them.Soon Amla completed his ton in 127 balls and de Villiers followed. De Villiers’s ton came off just 88 balls. Clearly the two batsmen were having a good stay at the crease against the Dutch bowlers.Post his ton, de Villiers let loose a flurry a boundaries. He hit three consecutive sixes in Loots over, the 44th over of the innings, and then followed it up with a four on the next ball.But it wasn’t just Loots, who had to face de Villiers’ wrath as in the next over Ryan ten Doeschate too was treated in the same fashion. But he was a little lucky as after four consecutive fours he managed to get Amla’s wicket. Amla, taking cue from de Villier, went for an aerial shot but was cramped for room and ended up slicing the ball to Loots at point.Amla fell on 113 decorating his innings with eight fours and stitching together a 221-run third wicket partnership with de Villiers.But, no sooner had Amla departed that de Villiers too fell. He got run out on 134 and the South Africa score at the stage was 283/4. Interestingly, South Africa scored 69 off the batting Powerplay, just one short of the record 70 in ODIs, which came to an end in the 46th over – the over that de Villiers was dismissed.J.P. Duminy was the last wicket to fall. But he too had a good stay in the middle as he scored 40 off 15 balls. South Africa’s final score was 351/5 in 50 overslast_img read more

5 Tips for Changing Jobs in 2015

first_imgWith the new year in full swing, 48 percent of employees are planning to switch jobs in 2015, according to a new survey by Lee Hecht Harrison.Not only is 2015 the year to find a new job, but also it’s a great year to earn a higher salary. Research also shows that people who leave their current jobs for a new position are more likely to earn more than those who stay in their current position.As the workforce continues to improve in 2015 and more jobs are created, job seekers will need to focus on ways they can market themselves has highly sought-after talent. Here are five tips for changing jobs in 2015:1. Make sure you’re prepared.Before you can fully immerse yourself into the job market, make sure you’re prepared for your job search. Take a look at your current skills and experience, and determine whether you’ve developed enough in your current position to find a new job.It’s also important to make sure your personal brand is prepared for your job search. Take a look at your LinkedIn profile, online portfolio, and any additional social media accounts, and update as needed. You should also share industry-related content, maintain a professional blog, and network with professionals online as you continue your job search.2. Create a vision for your career.When switching jobs in 2015, don’t simply leave your current position because you want a higher salary. Decide whether your current job will help you reach your overall career goals. By creating a vision for your career, you’ll locate jobs that are best suited for your next move.To create your vision, focus on what you enjoy doing and the type of work you believe is fulfilling. By paying attention to the type of work you find rewarding, you’ll be drawn to opportunities that will be the best direction for your career.3. Improve your SEO.Type your name into Google. What do you see? Does your LinkedIn profile show up? Are there any professional blog posts written by you? Do an assessment of your online search results and figure out how you can improve your digital footprint.When improving your SEO (search engine optimization), identify keywords that pertain to your industry and expertise. As you update your social media profiles, incorporate these keywords into your headlines and profile descriptions. These keywords will help you get noticed as employers search for your name online.4. Keep networking wherever you go.Whether you’re at a professional networking event or standing in line at Starbucks, always keep your eye open for networking opportunities. You never know what conversations you’ll spark as you meet new people.When you’re out and about, be sure to keep business cards handy and your 30-second elevator speech ready. You want to give a positive first impression whenever you meet somebody new, so always be prepared to talk about your background and where you hope to go in your career.5. Don’t tell your boss just yet.If you’re serious about finding a new job in 2015, it’s a good idea to keep your job search on the down-low. Searching for a new job while you’re currently employed is risky business, however, it’s essential if you want to create new opportunities for yourself.As you search for new jobs, avoid talking about your job search on social media and sharing the news with coworkers. Depending on how understanding your boss is, it’s a good idea to keep your job search quiet until you’ve secured several job interviews. Although most bosses are understanding, there are those who could fire you before you find a new job. This is why it’s important to have something lined up before you decided to give your boss two weeks notice.Finding a new job in 2015 is going to be a goal for many professionals this year. By following these tips, you’ll be able to change jobs and create more opportunities for your career.Are you thinking about switching jobs in 2015? What do your career goals look like?last_img read more

The No. 1 Reason Why Searching for Jobs Is Better on Glassdoor

first_img 3.5★ RN – Interventional (Per Diem) Deborah Heart & Lung Center Browns Mills, NJ With dozens of job search sites on the web, it’s easy to think that they’re all the same. But they’re not. Why is searching for a job better on Glassdoor? Because Glassdoor gives you all the information plus all the jobs in one place.As the #2 job site in the U.S.1, Glassdoor helps 45 million people every month2 to find a job across all industries and at every level, from intern to executive. A recent survey revealed that 93% of job seekers and employees today want to be informed about all aspects of a company prior to accepting a job3. And the best place for job seekers to do that is on Glassdoor.We want to make you the most informed candidate by showing you what it’s really like to work on the inside of all of the companies eager to hire you. In fact, Glassdoor job seekers are 2x more likely to be hired because they are the right fit4 Glassdoor has spent the last year focused on our job search experience, to make it even easier to use and more helpful. Here’s what makes Glassdoor better than ever:1. A refreshed appearance makes searching for a job easier.In a recent survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Glassdoor5 in which people were shown blinded job listings from four leading job sites, Glassdoor’s job search experience was preferred over other job sites.The focus on clean, modern and purposeful design emphasize the information that job seekers want and the message that companies are trying to convey:Clear prompts to apply to a job, create a job alert or save the roleEmphasis on company reviews, ratings and insightsEngaging videos and photos showing a unique view into the cultures of companies On-Call Dental Assistant | North Seattle / Lynnwood / Willamette Dental Group Everett, WA 2.8★ Browse Open Jobs 3.3★ 23 hours ago 23h Line Cook – Food Services Part Time EmpRes Healthcare Management Carson City, NV Staff Accountant HUB International Novato, CA 5. We work with employers daily to increase transparency and the amount of information you have to make the best decision possible.Through webinars, in-person events, how-to content and support trainings, Glassdoor is actively helping employers attract and retain you. Here’s how you benefit:Explore the company cultures of over 700,000 employer profilesRead what people on the inside have to say about the office atmosphere, perks and benefitsBrowse interview questions that candidates at various companies have been asked in order to prepare for your interviewAll of the jobs plus valuable information from people on the inside, this is what makes Glassdoor the most preferred job search experience. Never has it been easier to find a job that fits your life. _______________1 Based on unique users, custom job list sites % Change Media Trend Report, Comscore June 2017 Media Metrix®; Compared to,, and Google Analytics, Q217 average as of 6/9/173This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of Glassdoor from March 30-April 3, 2017 among 1,329 adults ages 18 and older. All responses noted are from adults who are employed full/part time, self employed or not employed but looking. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact measured by application-to-hire ratio compared to other job sites based on a study of 2015 hiring data of 30 million applications analyzed by leading third-party recruitment advertising agency.5This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of Glassdoor from May 12-16, 2017 among 2,091 adults ages 18 and older, among which 34% of all respondents prefer the Glassdoor format. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of Glassdoor from May 12-16, 2017 among 2,091 adults ages 18 and older, among which 34% of all respondents prefer the Glassdoor format. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact pr@glassdoor.com7This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of Glassdoor from March 30-April 3, 2017 among 1,329 adults ages 18 and older. All responses noted are from adults who are employed full/part time, self employed or not employed but looking. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact 23 hours ago 23h Registered Nurse PMC PACU Per Diem CHRISTUS Health Austin, TX 23 hours ago 23h 4. It’s easy to go from search to apply, all on one screen.Go from job seeker to candidate in seconds. The preview pane of jobs allows you to read job descriptions without having to click back and forth between tabs.Many jobs feature an “Easy Apply” button that allows you to apply for a job with just a few clicks.Upload your resume in advance of finding your dream job, so that when you do, you can apply quickly. Residential Carpenter/Remodeling James Construction and Renovation, LLC Dayton, OH 23 hours ago 23h Our goal is to make it easy to find a job that fits your life.2.  We have millions of jobs. Glassdoor has millions of job listings from companies across the globe.  Job seekers can search all the open positions online and filter to search for what matters most to them, including by:Company sizeSalary and pay rangeLocation 23 hours ago 23hcenter_img Pet Product Merchandiser (Part Time) Chuck Latham Associates Arab, AL 23 hours ago 23h 3.7★ 3.2★ 23 hours ago 23h Residential/Ligh Commercial Service Electrician Snappy Electric, Plumbing, Heating & Air Marietta, GA 23 hours ago 23h N/A N/A Service Coordinator Road Machinery LLC-West Sacramento West Sacramento, CA 3.4★ Plus, you can let us do the searching for you. Sign up for daily job alerts to get the newest jobs sent right to your inbox. 3. We reveal the salary information that’s vital to all job seekers.When determining whether to accept a job offer, nearly 3 in 4 (72%) of employees/job seekers say the salary & compensation package is a top consideration6. Given this, we give job seekers all of the control with salary information like: Salary Estimates: Our estimated salary ranges in job listings help people instantly know what they could be paid before applying to a job. Nearly all (98%) employees/job seekers say it would be helpful to see pay ranges included in open job listings7.Know Your Worth™: People can get a free, personalized salary estimate based on today’s job market, allowing them to discover their current worth and find out if they are being paid fairly or not.Specific Salary Info: People can explore salary information from others in their location and or industry, from retail to manufacturing to tech, healthcare and more 3.7★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h RN PRN -UTILIZATION REVIEW Presbyterian Healthcare Services Albuquerque, NM 2.2★last_img read more

Bellerin raps Man Utd striker Rashford snubbing U21 Euros

first_imgArsenal fullback Hector Bellerin has questioned Marcus Rashford’s absence for England from the European Under-21 Championship.Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho spoke out against including Rashford in Aidy Boothroyd’s squad, claiming it was illogical to make the play “drop levels” after impressing for the senior England team.”If Marcus Rashford is ready for England then he should play,” Bellerin is quoted as saying.”Sometimes taking it slowly, taking a player through the paces is the best way to keep him wanting more.”He added: “You can see so many players who people think could be in the first team, like [Marco] Asensio at Real Madrid and Saul [Niguez], who has played more than a 100 games for Atletico.”People like Juan Mata, David de Gea and Ander Herrera have won this competition and know what it’s like. They’ve moved into the first team, winning the Euros and the World Cup.”last_img read more

​Newcastle go all out to capture Chinese supporters

first_imgNewcastle United has launched three new social media accounts in China as part of the club’s 125th anniversary celebrations, reports club has unveiled official accounts on Sina Weibo, WeChat and Dongqiudi platforms, in an attempt to boost communications and engagement with millions of sports fans across the Far East.They have been named as the fastest growing football club brand in the world in 2017 by industry experts Brand Finance, with 92% growth in the last 12 months.Lee Charnley, managing director at Newcastle United, said: “Social media plays a hugely important role in how we engage with supporters, particularly those who are unable to be close to St. James’ Park, so we are pleased to be launching new accounts on Sina Weibo, WeChat and Dongqiudi.”With a number of existing fan groups in China and a growing presence in the region, both as a Premier League club and now as a partner of FUN88, this is a natural step for us and we look forward to connecting with even more fans and sharing our experiences with them.”Micro-blogging site Sina Weibo is one of the most visited websites in China; with well over half a billion registered users. It is widely regarded as hybrid of Western social media platforms Facebook and Twitter.The Magpies’ ‘Weibo’ account will feature a variety of bespoke content, including the best images, video and digital content from the Magpies throughout the 2017/18 Premier League season and beyond.WeChat is a dynamic micro-messaging app with more than 900m active users – around 90% of whom are based in China.Newcastle United’s official WeChat account will provide subscribers with a packed feed of the latest news and updates from the club, as well as the use of unique player-based sticker emojis and the potential for a number of additional services.Dongqiudi, meanwhile, is a popular football-specific social networking app that was established in 2013. The app enables supporters in China to join their own online club community, getting closer to the team despite following from afar.The three new accounts add to Newcastle United’s growing social media portfolio, with a presence on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat (search: nufcofficial) and YouTube – generating a combined following of almost 3.5m people.last_img read more

Sassuolo midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini: I know Roma can re-sign me

first_imgSassuolo midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini knows Roma are eager to buy him back.Roma sold the midfielder to Sassuolo in 2015, but retained a buyback clause allowing them to buy him back for €10m.”There’s still nothing settled,” Pellegrini said.“I’ve heard from my agent and he told me they were talking, but I don’t want to think about it right now.“I know the clause Rome can exercise expires on June 30, so if we go through with Italy then we’ll have to settle things here. I’d sign up for that right now though, as it would mean going through the group.“For now though I’ve told my agent not to let me know anything, then we’ll see.“We have to do our jobs, but sometimes it’s not easy to get away from the rumours or to always read your name.“Now though I’m thinking of the Euros, everything else comes after.”last_img read more

West Ham go for Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez

first_imgWest Ham are pushing to sign Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez.The Mirror says the former Manchester United star, whose nickname ‘Chicharito’ translates as ‘Little Pea’, is understood to be open to a return to England.And the Hammers are ready to hand him the opportunity to do so by meeting the £13million release clause in his contract at Bayer Leverkusen.West Ham have had the player watched closely at the Confederations Cup in Russia.And his performances, on the back of a season in which he scored 11 goals in 26 appearances, have convinced them to make their move.last_img read more

5 Ways to Improve Your Nonprofit Call to Action

first_imgHave a mindset of humility. That means thinking of your audience before yourself.People have limitless options to spend their time and money. It is important to quickly and confidently create a powerful case for why people should donate to you.Honor your audience and respect their time by getting straight to the point, making it easy for them and addressing what they care about. There are three ways to communicate your call to action. Through your website, through email and direct mail and through social mediaSegment your audience and present personal and unique messages to different groups.Shorter is better in online communications. People tend to scan rather than read, in fact a study shows that changing the words “Read More” to “Continue” dramatically improved response rates. Keep it short and sweet. Source: Adapted by Jake Emen from Katya Andresen’s Nonprofit 911 Presentation “Crafting Your Call to Action” 2. Don’t market the mission. Market a specific action. 4. Frame your call of action to answer four questions. 3. Construct your call to action. A good call to action will be all of the following: highly specific, feasible, free of barriers, filmable and first priority. Your call to action — where you actually ask somebody to do something — is an essential part of your fundraising venture. Many nonprofits wrongly assume that by creating awareness people will automatically do something. That is just not the case. After all you aren’t taking part in a propaganda campaign; you are taking part in a marketing and fundraising campaign. Here are five steps to can take to improve your call to action.1. Know and respect your audience. 5. Communicate your call to action. Why me? Your audience needs to care about what you are doing. They need to connect to you on a human level. Use pictures, tell stories and do anything that can help your audience relate.Why now? The more specific you can be with how much you need and when you need it by the more credible, compelling and worthy you will seem. Create a sense of urgency and immediacy.What for? Show what specific and tangible result will come from a donation — for the donor and for your programs. People give because they want to do something good, so give assurances that good things will happen due to their donations.Who says? The messenger is often as important as the message. Use trustworthy messengers — people you’ve actually helped or other donors instead of just you. People say friends and family are the most influential in determining where they give money, so also think about how you can get your supporters to speak for you among their own circles of influence. Reverse the way you think. Focus on how the audience will take in your message in as opposed to how you will get your message out.Start with the audience and what you specifically want them to do. Avoid vague generalities, larger goals and mission statements. Give people something specific to do.last_img read more

Grand Challenges in Global Health Seeks Novel and Innovative Approaches to Reducing Maternal, Fetal, and Neonatal Mortality and Morbidity

first_imgPosted on March 31, 2010July 14, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Grand Challenges in Global Health has announced Round 5 of their Grand Challenges Explorations Initiative: New Technologies to Improve the Health of Mothers and Newborns. Grand Challenges in Global HealthAbout Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE)Grand Challenges Explorations is an accelerated grant-making initiative that is open to all disciplines, students, professors, and members of all sorts of organizations–including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for-profit companies.The goal of the initiative is to foster innovation in global health research. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation supports this initiative and will make initial grants of $100,000–and successful projects will have the opportunity to receive a follow-on grant of up to $1 million.“One bold idea. That’s all it takes. Unorthodox thinking is essential to overcoming the most persistent challenges in global health. Vaccines were first developed over 200 years ago because revolutionary thinkers took an entirely new approach to preventing disease.”Click here for more information on the GCE initiatve.About Round 5: New Technologies to Improve the Health of Mothers and NewbornsThis is the first GCE topic focused entirely on maternal and neonatal health. The goal is to solicit novel and innovative technologies to reduce maternal, fetal or neonatal mortality and morbidity. GCE asks that proposals for new interventions meet the following two criteria:1.      Have a strong likelihood of achieving a substantial impact on one or more important adverse maternal, fetal, or neonatal outcomes described here.2.      Be designed to meet the requirements of minimally-trained health workers in homes and communities as well as workers in primary clinics;Grant proposals are being accepted online at until May 19, 2010. ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: “We seek proposals that may be ‘off the beaten track,’ daring in premise, and are clearly differentiated from approaches currently being developed or employed. Technologies or approaches should enhance uptake, acceptability and provide for sustained use; enable or provide for low-cost solutions; promote effective delivery and administration of new solutions; and ensure or enhance safety.”center_img Click here for more information on Round 5: New Technologies to Improve the Health of Mothers and Newborns.Share this:last_img read more

St. John’s Research Institute, MHTF Launch Maternal Health Young Professionals Program in India

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 24, 2014August 10, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This week, St. John’s Research Institute in Bangalore, India, welcomed the inaugural class of the Maternal Health Young Professionals (MHYP) program.The program, designed to strengthen the research skills of young health care professionals in India, kicked off with a weeklong intensive course in research methods. Eight young professionals were selected from across India to participate.With the help of mentors from St. John’s Research Institute and their home institutions, each young professional will design and complete an innovative research project on a maternal health topic.The young professionals will be blogging about their experiences in the MHYP program and sharing updates about their research on the Maternal Health Young Professionals blog. Follow along to learn more!The MHYP program is supported by the Maternal Health Task Force in collaboration with St. John’s Research Institute.Share this:last_img read more

Call for Papers: Women’s Health in the Americas

first_imgPosted on June 26, 2014July 22, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)With the end of Millennium Development Goals and the start of the Sustainable Development Goals, the year 2015 is a critical time for redefining priorities and strategies for women’s health. Recognizing this unique time, Pan American Journal of Public Health/Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública, published by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), has issued a call for papers for a special issue on women’s health to be published in March 2015.This series will highlight threats to women’s health caused by demographic, social and epidemiological changes. Key topics for this series range from knowledge gaps in policy to women’s mental health and from sexual and reproductive health to occupational health.The deadline for papers is August 17th, 2014. For more details on this series and how to submit a paper, please see PDFs of the guidelines in English and Spanish.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

New Jobs and Internships in Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

first_imgPosted on July 26, 2019July 26, 2019Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Interested in a position in reproductive, maternal, newborn, child or adolescent health? Every month, the Maternal Health Task Force rounds up job and internship postings from around the globe.AfricaSenior Technical Advisor: PSI; Addis Ababa, EthiopiaChair of Nursing and Midwifery: Partners in Health; Butaro, RwandaSenior National Consultant for Updating Emergency Obstetric Care Guideline (Rwanda): UNICEF; Rwanda (For Rwandan nationals only; Closing date: Aug 08, 2019)Reproductive Health Clinical Mentor: Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI); Monrovia, LiberiaAssociate, Sexual Reproductive Maternal and Newborn Health (SRMNH): Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI); Lilongwe, MalawiChief of Party: Jhpiego; TanzaniaAsiaService Contract: Project Assistant, Reproductive Health and SGBV: UNFPA; Colombo, Sri Lanka (Closing date: Aug 05, 2019)National Professional Officer (Sexual Reprod. Health Rights): WHO; Kathmandu, Nepal (Closing date: Aug 05, 2019) North AmericaResearch Assistant II Non-Lab: Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health; Boston, MA (Closing date: July 29, 2019)Project Manager, Maternal and Child Health Center of Excellence: Boston University, School of Public Health; Boston, MAVice President for Domestic Research: Guttmacher Institute; New York, NYMaternal and Child Health Epidemiologist: Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services; Helena, MTWIC Program Coordinator: City of Waterbury, CT; Waterbury, CTStudy Coordinator – Women’s Health/Pregnancy/Adolescent Health: Nationwide Children’s Hospital; Columbuas, OH (Closing data: Aug 15, 2019)Research Assistant II, Innovation Platform: Ariadne Labs; Boston, MAAssociate Director, Media, Health & Education: Planned Parenthood Federation of America; New York, NYAssociate Director, Health Center Regulatory Strategy: Planned Parenthood Federation of America; New York, NYPolicy Analyst: Planned Parenthood Federation of America; Washington, DCDirector, Women’s Health and Rights: Center for American Progress; Washington, DCSenior Program Officer (SPO), for Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health Discovery and Tools: Gates Foundation; Seattle, WADeputy Director, Program Advocacy and Communications, Family Planning & MNCH: Gates Foundation; Seattle, WASenior Director Sexual, Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR): CARE; Atlanta, GAEuropeRegional Director – Eastern and Southern Africa: Marie Stopes International;  London, UKProject Manager – Global Health System Project: Marie Stopes International;  London, UK—Is your organization hiring? Please contact us if you have maternal health job or internship opportunities that you would like included in our next job roundup. Share this:center_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

How one freelancer’s invoice snowballed into an $80,000 unpaid bill

first_imgIn 2011, I started doing video projects for a company called Sierra Circuits, they make prototype circuit boards for electronics hardware makers. This is a relatively successful small business, they were doing revenues around 40M when I last heard a report from their marketing director.Here’s some of the work we did for them.As time moved on, they recognized that I understood how to use content for marketing and engaged me on retainer to develop a comprehensive content marketing strategy. We on-boarded to Marketo and began developing a content pipeline for all their channels. Things seemed to be going well, but I started to see the writing on the wall as they began hiring junior marketing people and asking me to train them.END NONPAYMENT IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK: SIGN THE PETITIONIn summer of 2014, I pitched a new product to them that was positioned as a branded content play. They signed up for a 6 part web series about hardware startups. Because I had been working with them for a few years, I gave them latitude on payment schedule, but I was eventually only paid 50% of what was owed on these two shows. Despite the fact that I had engaged a production crew for 6 shows and promised additional work, Sierra never made additional payments and production was terminated. Here’s the final product.This video series was pitched in addition and separate from my regular work with them as a content strategist. While this show was in production in late 2014 and early 2015, I was also handling their “regular” content marketing on the assumption that they would be maintaining their retainer through 2015. We were in the middle of a negotiation in the first couple months of 2015, but I continued work under verbal agreement that they would backpay for work completed when we eventually reached terms.Unfortunately, in April 2015, after 4 months of work under that assumption, I had my last contact with the company. They stopped returning calls, emails and text messages. Their outstanding bill for completed work for 2015 was over $30k, plus another $50k owed per terms of our contract for the remaining 4 episodes of the web series.I had incurred about $30k debt paying my crew and talent for the work performed and was left to eat that cost. Additionally, I suffered a difficult loss of face with crew who relied on my promise for additional work. That actually may have been the hardest pill to swallow in all of this, not coming through with my end of a promise on work to other freelancers who work project to project.After a few angry months of consternation and stress, at the end of last year I was referred to Scott Comerford, an attorney with expertise in breach of contract law. We filed a complaint and are now in the early stages of motion filings and case management conferences.I learned a lot from this – primarily not to trust clients, even long term clients, to pay their bills. While trust is a necessary part of a good relationship, I realize now that business is business and must be handled much differently than a personal relationship because there are hard consequences beyond the loss of a relationship when you “break up” with a client.I think taking this perspective is especially difficult for creative people. We go freelance because the rigidity of the business world isn’t for us – it’s not where creativity lives. But the difference between a successful creative and a starving one is knowing how to implement boundaries and standards for operating a one-person-show. We have a right to demand payment for work at a rate reflective of our talent – and getting paid upfront, before product delivery and on-time is normal.Also, I learned an important lesson about contracts. Just having a client’s signature on a contract does not mean much if you can’t enforce it. Enforcing a contract is expensive; corporate clients know this and take advantage of it. There are ways to make contracts more enforceable and desirable for attorneys to take on. Specifically, as I learned in my case, having an “attorney’s fees” clause could have added more leverage in our negotiation before trial.END NONPAYMENT IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK: SIGN THE PETITIONlast_img read more

This week! Building a better freelance life with our founder Sara Horowitz

first_imgEpisodic income is one of the biggest challenges freelancers face. That’s why Freelancers Union’s founder Sara Horowitz is building a new kind of social safety net designed for the freelance life — and she wants to hear from you.Click here to sign up for focus groups at Freelancers Union’s headquarters in downtown Brooklyn April 11 and 12. You’ll join Sara for an hour long discussion with other local freelancers on how to build your safety net. You’ll also learn about her Sara’s new project Trupo.Each discussion will last about an hour and comes with light refreshments and a $25 gift card for each participant. This event is intended for freelance professionals and space is limited, so don’t delay!After sign up, we will email you if you’ve have been selected – along with exact times and location.See you there!last_img read more

Are You Asking Your Accountant the Right Questions?

first_imgGetting physically fit takes discipline, effort, and more than a little energy to get to where you want to be. Regularly moving your body and sticking to a fitness plan isn’t easy, and doing so is certainly commendable—and comes with… Full Story,Table of Contents Benefits of Working During Retirement Phased Retirement Types of Employment Recommended Jobs for Seniors  Resources for Seniors  Retirement looks different for everyone. Some people dream of playing golf and visiting their grandchildren, while others see it as… Full Story,A study conducted by Charles Schwab just last year found that three in five Americans live paycheck to paycheck, yet only one in four has a written financial plan. In fact, the majority of Americans are hesitant to receive any… Full Story,Life is unpredictable. Some days aren’t all sunshine, like when your car breaks down or your house needs a repair. These situations happen to everyone. That’s why it’s important to save while things are going well, so you can cover… Full Story,Structure is the key to growth. Without a solid foundation – and a road map for the future – it’s easy to spin your wheels and float through life without making any headway. Planning allows you to prioritize your time,… Full Story,Car accidents are not only scary but also a monumental hassle. That’s largely thanks to what comes after the accident itself.   After an accident, you’ll likely have to spend ample time on the phone with your insurer. Then there’s dealing… Full Story,If you’re a furloughed government employee, you are likely feeling a good deal of stress and uncertainty about how to manage your finances during the government shutdown. While missing a paycheck is a financial moment no one wants to experience,… Full Story,Buried underneath paying bills, digging out of a debt hole, and saving for your kids’ college is the marathon of money goals: retirement. Cue the fantasies of spending your days at a leisurely pace, working on The Great American Novel—at… Full Story,When I’m on top of finances, I’m all up in my money management apps, checking my balances and the swift progress I’ve been making on my savings goals. But when things aren’t going so hot? I’m like an ostrich with… Full Story,With all of today’s home-based tech gadgets and virtual personal assistants, smart homes are quickly becoming ubiquitous. And with high demand for connected products, so too comes ease of use, accessibility and affordability.   But as with all expenses, it’s important… Full Storylast_img read more

How to Dine During Restaurant Week on a Budget

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Part 3 of 3: Life Insurance Buyers’ Common Q&As

first_img Post navigation Natasha Cornelius is the content manager and editor for Quotacy. She has worked in the life insurance industry since 2010 and has been making life insurance easier to understand with her writing since 2014. A long-time Mint user, Natasha lives in Bozeman, Montana where she loves to garden, DIY anything she can, and explore beautiful Big Sky country. Connect with her on LinkedIn.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related Replacing your policyI currently have a life insurance policy – could I get a better price elsewhere?The short answer is yes – it is possible to get a better price. The long answer is that it depends on quite a few factors, and there’s no guarantee that your price will drop with a second application.One of the biggest things to keep in mind is your age. The older you are, the higher your chances of dying naturally, which will slowly increase the baseline price of a policy. Applying for a policy at 45 will be more expensive than applying at 35, all other things being equal.When in doubt, work with a life insurance agency. They’ll be able to give you some insight into how much your price could drop if you switch to another carrier.If my health has improved since I got my last policy, can I reapply for a better price?Depending on how your health has improved and the amount of time that has passed since your previous application, you could see significant price drops.For example, smoking is one of the priciest things that you can do with regard to a life insurance application, and typically, you need to have kicked the habit at least one year ago before life insurance carriers are willing to look past your tobacco history.My last agent sold me a policy from the company he worked for. Can I get a better price if I shop around?If your agent was captive, meaning they only represented one insurance company, the first thing that you should do is get a quote from an independent source that represents many. Because carriers jockey for position to undercut their competitors’ prices in certain situations, it’s possible that another carrier beats your current carrier in price.Sometimes the difference in price will be pretty obvious from the get-go. If you can’t find a dramatic difference in price, it’s often wise to talk to an independent agent or online company and tell them the facts about your case. An experienced agency can help point you in the right direction by shopping your case around for preliminary price checks with various carriers.last_img read more

7 Common Mistakes People Make In The Shower That May Ruin Their Skin And Hair

first_imgShowering isn’t a very elaborate task. You simply get in and go through the motions the way you’ve been doing since childhood. But it turns out, it’s possible to do it the wrong way and inadvertently harm your skin. In fact, a lot of people make some mistakes when showering without even realizing it.Here are seven common mistakes people make while in the shower:1. Scrubbing too vigorouslyScrubbing too hard with a loofah or washcloth can ruin the natural protective layer on your skin, making it more prone to irritation. Showering without using a loofah will still be enough to make your skin clean, but if it’s hard for you to break the habit, at least try not to use a loofah every day.2. Showering in steaming hot waterShowering in hot water may be pleasant and relaxing, especially at the end of a long, hard day, but it’s bad for the same reason overusing your loofah is harmful. To prevent your skin from becoming dry and irritated, shower in warm water – at (or slightly below or above) your body temperature.3. Staying in the shower for too longWhile in the shower, your mind may start to wander to the monotonous sound of running water, and you may lose track of time. But long showers can deprive your skin of its natural protective barrier and make it dry and flaky. It’s best to limit your shower time to 10 minutes or less.4. Forgetting to moisturizeMoisturizing should be a part of your post-shower routine. Apply a moisturizer right after you finish showering to effectively lock in moisture and keep your skin soft.5. Using harsh shower gels and other body care productsDo you know what’s in your shower gel and shampoo? Most of these products available on the market contain SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate), which is a foaming agent. It’s deemed safe by the FDA, but overusing products that contain it can cause your skin to become dry. It’s recommended to avoid using antibacterial and deodorant soaps and other products, as they contain substances that can cause skin irritation. Make sure to rinse off well any shower gels, conditioners, and shampoos that you use.6. Rubbing your skin with a towelRubbing your skin dry with a towel after getting out of shower is one of the things that can cause irritation. Instead of rubbing, gently pat your skin dry with a towel. If you have time, it’s best to just pat your skin until it’s damp and let it finish drying on its own.7. Using shampoo every daySebum is a fatty substance that is secreted by your sebaceous (oil) glands and protects your skin from environmental irritants. If you shampoo your hair every day, it can lead your scalp to become dry and flaky, and your hair will become greasy more quickly. If your hair is oily, try shampooing it every other day.Sourcelast_img read more

When is the Best Time to Publish Blog Posts? [Infographic]

first_img on the topic. Based on over 170,000 blog posts I’ve created a visualization of the best times and days to post for views, links and comments. Click on the image below to see it full-size. Originally published Dec 8, 2010 5:51:00 PM, updated October 18 2015 For more data like this, be sure to Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack . In working on the data for mycenter_img big overarching post for ProBlogger Science of Blogging webinar tomorrow register for tomorrow’s webinar Over the past few years, I’ve researched and written a lot about the best time, and recently, I wrote a , one of the most important questions I could ask my data was “when is the best time to publish a blog post?”last_img read more