Indian-American Lawyer Preet Bharara Fired After Refusing To Quit

first_imgPreet Bharara said he was fired after refusing to submit a letter of resignation as part of an ouster of the remaining U.S. attorneys who were holdovers from the Obama administration. Related Itemslast_img

NDA to rename UPA schemes after Hindutva icons

first_imgThis Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi marked the end of the Nehruvian era with his emphasis on phasing out the Planning Commission. Now, his dispensation has taken up another task that could lead to the demise of Nehruvian politics and cut to size the very family behind it – the Nehru-Gandhi family.If insiders are to be believed, the NDA government is moving to rename about a dozen central schemes bearing Nehru-Gandhi names. The babus have been instructed to make a list of icons, ignored thus far by previous dispensations, who could lend their names to government schemes. “Earlier, there was an unwritten law not to go beyond the ‘Family’ except in some exceptional cases.Now it’s different,” said a Delhi-based bureaucrat who did not want to be named. The first hint of change was apparent last month when Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the 2014-15 Budget. Unlike the dominant practice, the names of the Nehru-Gandhi family – Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi – were conspicuous by their absence in the speech. Jaitley did not invoke them even once while announcing new schemes, programmes or institutions.Instead, one saw the emergence of a set of names largely ignored in post-Independence India. Jaitley proposed `500 crore for the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Rural Electrification Programme, earlier named after Rajiv Gandhi. Upadhyay was one of the founding members of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, the forerunner of the BJP.Jaitley then invoked the likes of Jayaprakash Narayan, who successfully took on Indira Gandhi during the Emergency, as he proposed to set up a Centre of Excellence in Madhya Pradesh after him, Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya for a teaching programme, and Syama Prasad Mookerjee for an urban renewable mission earlier named after Nehru.advertisementThe first round of rechristening went in favour of right-wing stalwarts like Mookerjee and Upad-The Centre is mulling renaming about a dozen UPA schemes. The govt may change the names of Nehru-Gandhi schemes with those of RSS and BJP’s ideologues such as Deen Dayal Upadhyay (from left to right), Syama Prasad Mookerjee and Madan Mohan Malviya; social reformer Jaiprakash Narayan. hyay. And if insiders are to be believed, the national highway programme is to be named after Atal Bihari Vajpayee.But the list isn’t confined to the right. The bureaucrat said, “The mandate is to make a list of those who have been deliberately ignored for the sake of the ‘Family’ and the names go beyond Sangh circles. More so because the BJP doesn’t have enough icons of its own.”The sheer absence of such icons has forced the BJP to appropriate those who don’t necessarily belong to it. This explains why the likes of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, B.R. Ambedkar (both Congress leaders), Jayaprakash Narayan and Ram Manohar Lohia (both socialists) are being given so much importance in the BJP’s scheme of things.An RTI query in 2012 revealed that 12 central and 52 state schemes, 28 sports tournaments and trophies, 19 stadiums, five airports and ports, 98 educational institutions, 51 awards, 15 fellowships, 15 national sanctuaries and parks, 39 hospitals and medical institutions, 37 institutions, chairs and festivals and 74 roads, buildings and places are named after three members of the Nehru-Gandhi family.Almost half the nearly 60 institutions and schemes run by the Centre are named after the Nehru-Gandhi family. Of these, 16 are named after Rajiv, eight after Indira and three after Nehru. Mahatma Gandhi had only four named after him.last_img

10 Job Interview Questions You Don’t Have to Answer

first_imgDuring job interviews, employers want to learn everything they possibly can about the people they interview. However, sometimes their questions can cross the line and promote discriminatory hiring processes.There are a number of reasons job seekers should be aware of the types of questions employers can ask during a job interview. For example, in a recent study by Slater and Gordon, 40 percent of managers avoid hiring younger women to avoid dealing with maternity leave.Examples like this show how important it is for job seekers to be aware of the questions they can and cannot be asked. Questions about race, age, gender, sexual orientation, and marital status are off limits during the interview process.To avoid becoming a victim of discrimination during a job interview, here are 10 interview questions you don’t have to answer:1. Are you married?Employers cannot ask questions about your marital status. Although an employer might ask this question to learn more about your time commitment, they cannot find out whether you’re married or single.2. Do you have children? If not, do you plan on it?Again, employers tend to ask this question to find out about your availability at work. As stated in the study mentioned earlier, employers will (wrongly) use children as a determining factor of whether they hire a candidate or not.3. How old are you?Age discrimination is a huge problem job seekers face during the hiring process. Employers cannot ask you about your age, how long you’ve been in the workforce, or the year you were born.4. What religion do you practice and religious holidays do you observe?Employers may want to ask you about your religious practices to learn about your lifestyle and schedule outside of work. However, they legally cannot ask about your religious background.Employers can ask you if you could work on Sundays or a particular holiday, but they cannot ask any question that reveals your religious beliefs.5. Do you have any outstanding debt?Employers cannot hold your credit history against your ability to perform in the workplace. When employers want to learn about your debt, they must ask for permission before obtaining a credit check.6. Have you ever been arrested?Employers cannot ask you if you’ve ever been arrested, but they can ask you if you’ve been convicted of a crime.7. What country are you originally from?If you speak with an accent, employers might want to ask where you’re from. Although this might seem like an innocent question, it is illegal because it’s asking about your national origin.8. When was the last time you used an illegal drug?Employers cannot ask about your illegal drug use history, but they can ask if you currently use illegal drugs.9. Do you enjoy drinking socially?Employers cannot ask about your drinking habits during a job interview. This question violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.10. Do you live nearby?Employers may want to ask about where you live to determine the length of your commute and availability. However, employers cannot use location to discriminate against you during the hiring process. They can only ask you if you’re willing to relocate for the position.Have you been faced with one of these questions during a job interview?last_img read more

50 Highest Rated Private Cloud Computing Companies to Work For

first_imgWith cloud computing companies among the hottest in tech – and a key driver for tech mergers and acquisitions as of late – which privately held companies are really the best to work for?Battery Ventures and Glassdoor (a Battery investment) have partnered to identify the 50 Highest Rated Private Cloud Computing Companies to Work For. As more critical tech infrastructure systems and software are delivered through the cloud, these companies represent those where employees report the highest levels of satisfaction at work, according to employee feedback shared on Glassdoor.The highest ranked companies—all larger, privately held firms, with 200 or more employees—deliver a broad range of business services, from team-collaboration software to IT automation to technology that helps companies recruit new employees, design better products and bolster cybersecurity. Taking the top 3 spots: Asana (#1, 4.9 company rating), Greenhouse Software (#2, 4.9) and WalkMe (#3, 4.9). Which other companies made the list?Methodology: This report identifies private cloud computing companies that are highest rated on Glassdoor, based on company ratings shared by employees. To be considered, a private cloud company must have received at least 30 company reviews on Glassdoor as of 8/2/16. The report tracks private cloud companies that, according to data from research service Mattermark, are based in the U.S., have a B2B business model, 200 or more employees (as of 7/15/16), and have raised funding over the past three years (on or after 7/1/13). A company’s CEO approval rating and positive business outlook rating—indicating the percentage of employees who believe their employer’s business will get better in the next six months–was not taken into account to determine rank or overall company rating, though we display these added data points for additional insight and perspective into each of these companies.last_img read more

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Reprinted with permission from Class Central. The 8 Ivy League schools are among the most prestigious colleges in the world. They include Brown, Harvard, Cornell, Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale, Columbia, and the University of Pennsylvania.All eight schools place in the top fifteen of the U.S. News and World Report 2017 national university rankings.While these schools are all highly selective and extremely hard to get into, the good news is that they all now offer free online courses across multiple online course platforms.Class Central has made a collection of all these 250 classes, which you can explore below. The courses are split into the following categories:Computer ScienceBusiness & ManagementHumanitiesArt & DesignScienceHealth & MedicineMathematicsEducation & Teachingand Engineeringlast_img read more

3 Skills You Should Develop That Are Guaranteed to Improve Your Career Prospects

first_imgMany employees in the workforce today aren’t adequately equipped to achieve their full career potential. Too often, they’ve been taught, “Go to school, get good grades and get a job.” As far as they are concerned, they are fine once that’s done.Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. From negotiating your salary to effectively managing your time, career success requires more than just showing up. These extra skills will almost certainly help you have a more successful career.1. Train Yourself to InnovateVery few employees will describe “being innovative” as part of their job requirement, yet research shows that this essential skill often differentiates between those at the top and those at the bottom of the career ladder. According to research by PWC, 43 percent of executives believe that the ability to innovate is a competitive skill required for the success of their company.A great case study on how much of a difference being innovative can make is that of Matthew Epstein, who was looking for a marketing job three years after graduating college. He wanted to work at Google in particular, and decided to use an innovative approach: he set up the website and created a fun YouTube video resume trying to get Google to notice him. The results were astounding: He had over 700,000 visits to his website in three weeks and got over 80 job interviews — including with Microsoft and Amazon. While Google didn’t hire him, his efforts got him a lucrative job offer and he created a viral marketing campaign that made his resume look more attractive.When you work on your ability to innovate, to constantly look for unique ways to help your company be more efficient and be more profitable, your efforts will be recognized and you will be rewarded in return.19 Innovative Companies Hiring Now2. Develop Your Negotiation SkillsResearch shows that only 39 percent of employees tried to negotiate their salary with their last job offer, and that a whopping 49 percent of employees never negotiate an initial employment offer — resulting in a loss of $634,000 over their career compared to those who are able to negotiate.According to Dr. Nina Bal, an award-winning facial aesthetics doctor and CEO of London-based Facial Sculpting clinics, “There’s so much to negotiate in the course of your career: your job offer, your salary, a raise or even your position. Yet, unfortunately, many employees fail to negotiate these things due to a lack of negotiation skills.” Dr. Bal recommends that employees get training to hone their negotiation skills, and that they think beyond just salary negotiation.Here are some of the other things you can negotiate in your job:Your salaryYour positionYour titleYour severance packageYour officeYour work schedule/arrangement3. Work on Your Time Management and Deadline SkillsLoss of workplace productivity costs the American economy hundreds of billions of dollars annually, and lack of proper time management skills is probably the biggest culprit. In fact, due to lack of proper time management skills, researchers have found that some employees lose up to 6.2 hours at work in a day — every day.“When you don’t have proper time management skills, you’re likely to keep missing deadlines, and that won’t bode well for your job or career prospects,” says Margot Bushnaq, the CEO and founder of BrandBucket, a marketplace for startup business names. “In fact, consistently missing deadlines is one of the reasons employers fire employees,” she concluded.Bushnaq believes that proper time management skills would play a large role in the success of the startup when they decide to finally start their own business.It’s good to be good at your job, but the above skills — while basic — will often go a much longer way toward impacting your career prospects than simply fulfilling your basic job requirements.Jessica Stevens is a thought leader in the area of Human Resources with a special focus on compensation structure and human capital as an asset. She has helped multiple startups through rapid growth expansion while operating without a tightly knit legal and social framework.last_img read more

DONE DEAL: ​Bromley sign Crystal Palace defender Ben Wynter

first_imgNational League side Bromley have signed Crystal Palace defender Ben Wynter.The 19-year-old left Palace just one year after signing his first professional contract with the Eagles.He never featured for the Palace first team, although he was involved in the matchday squad a couple of times.The defender, who can play at centre back or right back, has now made the switch to join Bromley.last_img

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud in Lyon as swap talk sparks

first_imgArsenal striker Olivier Giroud has been spotted in Lyon today.The Sun says Giroud spotted at Lyon airport – sparking rumours that Alexandre Lacazette is headed the other way.An Instagram user posed for a selfie with the international today amid rumours he will make way for fellow France striker to move to Arsenal.Chatter is abound today that Arsene Wenger is losing in on £50million Lacazette — putting other clubs including West Ham in pole position to nab 30-year-old Giroud.And Lyon appear to have moved on, the French outfit agreeing a £16.5m deal with Chelsea for striker Bertrand Traore, 21.Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas confirmed: “We’re fine-tuning the talks with the player and I hope to be able to conclude the deal in the next few days.”last_img read more

Tottenham hero Sheringham: Dele Alli on brink of outstanding period in career

first_imgTottenham hero Teddy Sheringham admits he enjoys watching Dele Alli play.Last season, Alli claimed the PFA Young Player of the Year award for a second year in a row.“For someone still so young, he’s been very good,” Sheringham told the Spurs website. “A lot of people forget what it was like to be 21. I know from my point of view, I was still learning my trade and trying to understand what I could and couldn’t do on a football pitch at that age.“He’s doing that, but he’s doing it at the top level and producing outstanding results week in, week out, so for me, he can only get better.“I think the next four or five years will be outstanding years for Dele because he’s really grasped what he can and can’t do very quickly and he’s performing regularly.”last_img read more

Let’s Create Disruptive Innovation For Maternal Newborn Health at GMNHC2015

first_imgPosted on October 16, 2015May 19, 2017By: Lauri J. Romanzi, Project Director, Fistula Care Plus, EngenderHealthClick 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)The 2015 Global Maternal and Newborn Health Conference (GMNHC2015) holds a key position in the definition, design and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals for the health and well-being of pregnant women and their newborns. In a world where women in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia are 14 times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy than women in high-income countries, equity must serve both as the ethical platform of engagement and the ultimate goal.Considering the long duration of siloed efforts in global maternal, newborn and under-five morbidity and mortality, critical reflection on the global, national and local dynamics that allow this inequity to persist is needed. GMNHC2015 is an optimal setting to facilitate equity by “replacing concepts of charity with concepts of justice”.[i]It may be time for the maternal, newborn and child health community to accelerate the processes of disruptive innovation. What is disruptive innovation? It is a “fundamental shift in the paradigm or dynamics of use of a product or service through ‘innovation that is disruptive (by) allow(ing) a whole new population at the bottom of a market access to a product or service that was historically only accessible to consumers with a lot of money or a lot of skill.’ Such transformations turn complicated services into ones that are easier to access and use, opening up new markets that were not being served.”[ii]Examples of disruptive innovation include personal computers disrupting dominance of mainframe computers, cell phones disrupting dominance of fixed-line phone systems, and group practice medical clinics replacing traditional single-physician offices in high-income countries. The expansion of cesarean and pelvic surgery skills, along with integration of prolapse and incontinence services into obstetric fistula services, represent similar such innovation in the realm of maternal and newborn health in non-wealthy countries. Equity requires sustainable transformations through efficiencies captured in economies of fiscal scale and clinical scope, as illustrated in the potential extrapolations of the SEED assessment model originally designed for family planning programs.As GMNCH 2015 embraces attention to quality of care, might we also include quality client-provider interaction that embraces systematic engagement of maternal and newborn quality assurance/improvement implementation and monitoring on a broad scale? One such program is The Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa that accredits private clinics, private hospitals and public hospitals in Southern, Central, East and West Africa. This program uses a list of indicators that underpin national quality assurance and improvement policy in many of the countries where this organization is active.Let us work within GMNHC2105 find a way to improve health worker density, reward and retention, operative delivery and newborn resuscitation skills and supply chain deficits that plague the progress of health care practice in non-wealthy nations.Integration at every level, from perspective to programming, is fundamental to the implementation of the SDG agenda. GMNHC2015 is an ideal venue to transform liaisons between governmental and non-governmental stakeholders and each country’s academic institutions and professional associations for obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, anesthesia, midwifery, nursing, mental health and general surgery. GMNCH 2015 is also an ideal venue to create viable liaisons between governmental and non-governmental stakeholders and each country’s legal, religious, grassroots, education and local leadership toward the health and well-being of every woman and every child on a platform of equity, catalyzed by efficient service integration and effective quality improvement.[i] Tifft, Sara. Taking action to ensure access to contraception: new technologies. 2015 (Oct) HR2FP conference, Seattle Washington, USA.[ii] Christensen, Clayton. Harvard University this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Now available: health insurance in 31 states!

first_imgRight now, you can visit our health insurance page to find out about which insurance plans are available in your area. We’re still offering all our group plans in New York, and now we’re working with Golden Rule to offer individual market plans in 30 more states. We’re excited to be bringing freelancers together to buy insurance in those other states, because we hope that we’ll ultimately be able to get group plans. More than five years ago, we started in New York with a single health plan, and as our numbers grew we were able to negotiate better rates with the insurance companies and add more options for coverage. Now we have five different plans in New York, and our POS plan is less than half the cost of the ones available on the individual market.last_img read more

Unusual office arrangements

first_imgToday, features a small business owner who works, standing, at a custom-made, 4-foot-high desk.It’s the prerogative of freelancers (at least those who work from home) and entrepreneurs to devise whatever unconventional work setups suit them, of course. This story got us wondering about Freelancers Union members: What sorts of unusual office (or even non-office) arrangments do you have?Here are some ideas for customized workspaces:Popular Mechanics: Build a closet officeFord introduced a pickup truck with a mobile office in the cabWired Magazine: Outdoor officeslast_img read more

Big Companies Moving Toward Independent Workers?

first_imgIBM, which employs about 400,000 people around the globe, is reportedly considering converting three quarters of its permanent staff to contractors over the next seven years, according to Personnel Today. While an IBM spokesman denies that there are any such plans, it’s hard to imagine there have not been – at the very least – some serious conversations about the workforce inside IBM’s walls.The head of IBM’s Human Capital Management notes the distinct advantages for the company: “There would be no buildings costs, no pensions and no healthcare costs, making huge savings.” For more than a year now we’ve been watching companies across the board downsize or shift their staffing. If they need additional personnel to complete their projects, they’re turning to independent contractors. But as lean as is the company without full-time staff, so too the freelancer – no pension, no health care, no protection. Since noticing that tough equation over a decade ago, our 130,000+ community of freelancers has been innovating and building a system in which we protect and support ourselves and each other with health insurance, a freelancer 401(k), and a political movement to establish new rules and protections for this emerging workforce. Who knows? In 2017, IBM’s project-based staff may count themselves in our numbers and be enjoying all the security and rights they always had, but with with the invaluable addition of freedom.last_img read more

From Blah to Spa: Simple Ways to Upgrade Your Shower

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10 “Of the Month Clubs” for Food Lovers

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related If you want to pick a holiday gift that will be remembered long after New Year’s, it’s time to revisit of-the-month clubs. They’re literally the gift that keeps on giving.But these aren’t your run-of-the-mill of-the-month clubs, with repeat shipments of fruit or popcorn from one food maker—the latest batches are a discerning foodie’s delight.Most pick up on indie and artisanal brands you might not otherwise find, while sourcing picks that are organic, gluten-free or otherwise healthy.Some subscriptions have a three-month minimum, while others let you set the budget and pay for as many months as you’d like (or send the recipient a gift card redeemable toward the club’s price.)In any case, be sure to check sites like and for coupon codes and other deals. NatureBox offers $10 off a first offer, and TasteGuru members get 20% off a first order.10 clubs to check out, with starting prices ranging from $10 to $75 a month:Love with Food Starting price: $10/monthNot only does a subscription get you a box with at least eight foods, but the company buys a meal for a hungry child with each box purchased.Picks are organic, all-natural, non-GMO, gluten-free or free of artificial ingredients. Recent boxes have included items such as Snapea Crisps and snack-size hummus.UrthBox Starting price: $18/monthA new club, UrthBox sold its first boxes in November. Subscribers can pick a regular box or one to fit specific needs, including gluten-free or weight loss.All include organic and non-GMO picks. Each box holds 20 items; picks in the first box included Love Crunch and Chia Squeeze.BestowedStarting price: $19/monthCelebrity nutritionist Heather Bauer hand-selects the contents of each month’s box of healthy snacks.Among the recent picks: GimMe roasted seaweed snacks and Zico coconut water.NatureBoxStarting price: $19.95/monthNatureBox promises “wholesome, handpicked snacks” that have been approved by a nutritionist. (Other no-no’s include artificial sweeteners and colors, and partially hydrogenated oils.)Subscribers get five full-sized packs each month; recent picks have included baked sweet potato fries and honey crunch crisps.HatcheryStarting price: $20/monthEach box includes five or six sample sizes of artisanal ingredients and condiments; members also get discounts on full-size products and other wares at the site’s shop.Picks have included a spiced sour cherry spread, basil olive oil and a five-pepper spice blend.TasteGuruStarting price: $25/monthFor foodies who want to avoid gluten, TasteGuru pulls together gourmet gluten-free boxes. Recent picks have included Gratify gluten-free pretzels and KIND oats and honey clusters.SprigBoxStarting price: $30/monthThe subscription price gets you seven to 10 full-size gluten-free foods each month.Recent picks have included Matt’s Munchies fruit leather, and Haily Merry “grawnola.”JuliboxStarting price: $36/monthEach month, get enough spirits and mixers to make two each of two specially picked cocktails.For example, a recent box included the makings for Sparkling Applejack Cider and an Applejack Crusta.Mouth.comStarting price: $50/monthThe indie food site offers quirky takes on of-the-month clubs, letting subscribers opt for 3, 6, 9 or 12 months of themed deliveries, all from small producers you might not have heard of.Choices include pickles, cocktail mixers and nibbles, snacks, cookies, chocolates, jerky, and sweets—and of course, a mixed pick of the site’s new food discoveries.Bitters + BottlesStarting price: $75/monthStock your home bar with this club, which sends out at least one sipping spirit each month or, with the cocktail option, bottles and recipes for trendy cocktails.Frugal Foodie is a journalist based in New York City who spends her days writing about personal finance and obsessing about what she’ll have for dinner. Chat with her on Twitter through @MintFoodie. Post navigationlast_img read more

4 ETFs You Should Consider Owning Now

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Back-to-School on a Budget + Printables

first_img Post navigation The long summer days are coming to an end soon, which means that back-to-school season is almost upon us. While back-to-school shopping might be a source of excitement for the little ones who are looking forward to the year ahead, the cost of these shopping trips can cause stress for the parents. According to a report from Deloitte, parents will spend an average of more than $500 per child on new apparel, supplies, and gadgets during the back-to-school season. If you’re a household with multiple children, that number can be quite staggering. Whether your kids are heading into kindergarten or a college classroom, there are lots of ways you can get everything you need for back-to-school without breaking the bank.Back to School Budgeting TipsTake an Inventory of What You Already HaveOne of the easiest ways to save on school supplies is to take a look at what you already have. Your kids likely have supplies leftover from the previous school year, so empty out their backpacks, desk drawers, and miscellaneous storage bins to see what you have on hand. This way you can determine what they really need to purchase new, and what they can reuse. Items such as backpacks, pencil cases, and lunch boxes often don’t need to be replaced annually. This is also an opportune time to clear out closets and dresser drawers and donate clothing that your children have grown out of. Many nonprofits such as Goodwill will provide you with a receipt for your donation, which you can use to claim a tax deduction at the end of the year. Once you’ve cleared out closet space, you’ll have a better idea of what apparel your children actually need to purchase new. Make a List of Necessary ItemsAfter taking an inventory of the supplies you already have, create a list for yourself of the items that are “must-haves” and not just “nice-to-haves.” Bringing a shopping list with you can prevent you from making impulse purchases as well. Studies show that people who go shopping without a list end up spending as much as 23 percent more than people who create a shopping list. Set a Budget and Stick To ItOnce you’ve put together a list of school supplies that are needs and not just wants, set a realistic budget for yourself. Mint can help you set and stick to your budget, while also giving you a holistic view of your spending. If you’re doing back-to-school shopping for younger kids, this can be a great way to teach them about how to budget for something. You can shop together and let them make decisions about what they want to buy that’s within the specified budget. Don’t Buy Everything at OnceIt can be tempting to get all of your shopping done in one trip, but this could actually cause you to spend more than necessary. For your big shopping trip, buy the necessary items like pencils and notebooks, but it may be worth holding off on other purchases like binders and art supplies. During the first few weeks of school, your children will get a better sense of what supplies they’ll actually be using and what would just be excess. Plus, you may be able to capitalize on sale prices following peak back-to-school shopping season. Rent or Buy Used EquipmentThere are some items that are just too expensive and can totally throw off your budget. After school activities and extracurricular activities often require equipment, such as a musical instrument for the school band and miscellaneous sports equipment. By renting these items (or buying second-hand), you can save a lot of money while still letting your kids pursue whatever activity they want to participate in. Rent My Instrument charges low monthly rental payments for a variety of instruments, and stores such as Play It Again Sports offer used sporting goods for a fraction of the price. Collect Coupons Despite back-to-school season being one of the most profitable sales times for big box stores and retailers, many still offer great coupons for an extra incentive to get you in the door. Signing up for email offers from stores can deliver deals and discounts straight to your inbox. If you’re opting to do your back-to-school shopping online this year, try using apps like Honey that will automatically help you find the best available discount code to make sure you never spend more than you have to. Buy in Bulk If you have some extra space to store items, buying in bulk is a great way to save money on certain items. Bulk purchases are especially helpful for households with multiple children going back to school — you can buy the essentials and use them throughout the entire year, and possibly into the next year as well. Many schools and teachers do not have the budget to afford all the classroom necessities themselves, and often ask parents to lend a helping hand. A recent study even found that teachers spend more than $600 out of their own pockets — approximately $2.2 billion total annually across all U.S. teachers — to ensure their classrooms have the necessary supplies for a productive learning environment. If you have the ability to contribute, buying in bulk is a great way not only to get the supplies you need for your family, but also enough to donate supplies to the entire classroom. Items like disinfectant wipes, tissues, pencils, and even non-perishable snacks are great for buying in bulk and will last you many months. Visit the Dollar Store You can get a great bargain on a majority of your school supplies at the dollar store. These shops often carry basic essentials such as notebooks and writing instruments, and even items like dry erase markers that you can donate to the classroom. Printables for Kids  We’ve created unique printables to help manage your back-to-school shopping budget, and that will help your kids stay organized and on track the entire year. Don’t forget to print copies of our “coupons” to help teach the kids the importance of prioritizing and budgeting. Shopping “Coupons” These printable “coupons” are a helpful tool to help younger children learn about budgeting and prioritizing. They can redeem a coupon for one nice-to-have clothing item, or to help them make decisions about what supplies they really want. We’ve also provided blank coupons so you can create your own exclusive shopping deal for your little ones!School Subjects StickersDuring your back-to-school shopping, you may notice that the plain colored folders and binders tend to be less expensive than the colorfully branded products from your kids’ favorite TV shows and movies. The good news is that you can save a bit on your back-to-school budget and still give kids a colorful folder with these printable stickers. It allows them to get creative and put their own unique mark on their school supplies! You can print these on a standard sticker/label sheet from home. Homework PlannerRather than buying an annual planner, these printable homework planners can help you and your student keep track of assignments every week. By laminating this weekly planner, you can reuse this week after week using dry erase markers. Not only will this help you save a few bucks, but it’ll also help you stay organized throughout the school year.Printable for AdultsIf you need some extra assistance staying on budget during your back-to-school shopping trips, this printable shopping checklist will help you stick to the task at hand. Shopping ChecklistWalk into the stores with a plan in hand… literally. Print out this shopping checklist to ensure you only get the items your family needs, and also keep your estimated budget in mind while you shop.Getting everything your kids need for back-to-school doesn’t need to break the bank. There are plenty of ways to save money and still be prepared for the new year ahead. With a little bit of planning and thrifty shopping, you’ll be able to send your kids off to school with everything they need to be successful. SourcesBusy Budgeter | CNBC | The Motley Fool | Dave Ramsey | My Money Coach Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) RelatedHow to Get Through Back to School Shopping on a BudgetAugust 16, 2018In “Student Finances”How to Create a Budget for Back-to-SchoolJuly 25, 2019In “Student Finances”How To Go Back To School As An AdultJuly 30, 2019In “Student Finances” last_img read more

Exercise before pregnancy key for healthy motherhood

first_imgExpectant mothers who are more fit before pregnancy are at lower risk of developing gestational diabetes, a study suggests.As Zee News reports, gestational diabetes is a condition in which women develop diabetes during the last half of pregnancy.Women with gestational diabetes are more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes after giving birth.“Women are very careful during pregnancy with what they eat and the exercise they get. But the study shows women should engage in these healthy behaviours before they get pregnant as well,” said co-author Kara Whitaker, Assistant Professor from University of Iowa.For the study, published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, the team analysed data from 1,333 women over a 25-year period (1985 to 2011) who enrolled in a National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute study called Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA).The women completed seven study visits after first being enrolled, reporting whether they had become pregnant or gave birth and whether they developed gestational diabetes.The researchers also performed a fitness exam during the first study visit by testing whether the women could walk for two-minute intervals on a treadmill at increasing speeds and on steepening inclines.Over the study period, 164 women developed gestational diabetes.Using that information, the research team determined that pre-pregnant women with high levels of fitness had a 21 per cent lower risk of developing gestational diabetes than did those with lower fitness levels.“People interested in becoming more fit can do so by engaging in at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week — 30 minutes per day, five days per week,” Whitaker said.“Brisk walking would constitute moderate physical activity — jogging would be considered vigorous physical activity,” she added.last_img read more

The Rank Nazi: Your Content Is Not Worthy, No Rank For You! [cartoon]

first_imgShare . The book’s been a runaway success (I think it’s because of the cartoons, but my co-author thinks its the marketing advice — you decide). Inbound Marketing: Get Found Using Google, Social Media and Blogs Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack By the way, if you’re a Seinfeld fan, what’s your favorite episode/scene?  (I’m looking for more ideas for future cartoons).center_img Looking to get more organic traffic from Google? You need to create content that’s worthy! (Yes, it’s that simple.  Not easy, but simple). Originally published Nov 6, 2009 3:18:00 PM, updated March 21 2013 If you liked this cartoon, you can find more cartoons in the recently released book:last_img read more

Baby, It’s Cold Outside: A Puppet’s Holiday Duet #HoHoHubSpot

first_imgBaby, It’s Cold Without Inbound MarketingRebecca: I really can’t stayUnicorn: But baby, it’s cold outside
Rebecca: I’ve got to go awayUnicorn: But baby, it’s cold outside
Rebecca: This evening has been …Unicorn: You need inbound marketing
Rebecca: … So very niceUnicorn: I’ll make your website optimized
Rebecca: My mother will start to worryUnicorn: Beautiful, what’s your hurryRebecca: My father will be pacing the floorUnicorn: Let’s go write one blog post more
Rebecca: So really I’d better scurryUnicorn: But my mane is soft and furry
Rebecca: Well maybe just a half a drink more Unicorn: Let’s check our lead gen while I pour 

Rebecca: The neighbors might thinkUnicorn: Baby, it’s bad out there
Rebecca: Say, what’s in this drinkUnicorn: Cold calls and ads out there
Rebecca: I wish I knew howUnicorn: To check your analytics now
Rebecca: To break this spellUnicorn: Your conversion rates, they sure look swell
Rebecca: I ought to say no, no, no, sirUnicorn: But our bounce rate is getting much lower.Rebecca: At least I’m gonna say that I tried Unicorn: Our marketing is giving me pride
Rebecca: I really can’t stayUnicorn: Baby, don’t hold out
Together: Baby, it’s cold outside Holiday Marketing Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Topics:center_img Hu, the HubSpot Unicorn, is known for many things. First and foremost, he is known for his constant need to get his mouth washed out with a bar of soap. But more importantly, he is known for his ‘coming to light’ moment this holiday season, finally stopping the spread of those awful marketing myths and embracing inbound marketing.What most people don’t know is that Hu is also an amazing singer. How else do you think he gets all the ladies? So to celebrate the season, Hu and HubSpot’s very own Rebecca Corliss decided to duet an updated holiday classic in order to spread marketing and holiday cheer. The lyrics are listed below the video so don’t hesitate to sing along! Happy Holidays from HubSpot and the HubSpot Unicorn!  Originally published Dec 12, 2011 9:00:00 AM, updated October 20 2016last_img read more