You Have a Choice to Make

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now Producing better results requires that you make a fundamental choice. You have to decide whether you want to change your beliefs and the actions that you are taking, or whether you want to continue to produce the results you are producing now.It is actually quite simple: You can’t have both. You can’t keep your limiting beliefs and the accompanying actions and have the better results you want. If you decide to keep your limiting beliefs and actions, then you have to change your desired outcome, which means you must accept your current state.This is a recipe for mediocrity, an unfulfilled life, and a life that is less than exceptional.If you would like to be thin and fit, you have to change your beliefs around nutrition and exercise. Refusing to change your beliefs and your current actions is a commitment to your present state.You might want to double your sales. To do so you are going to have to change what you believe about client acquisition, and you’re going to have to take the actions necessary to produce double the results you are producing now. Not changing means accepting the results you are producing now. It means settling.You can have anything you want, provided you are willing to pay in advance for that result. The bigger your desired outcome, the more factors you will have to change in order to achieve those results.It is within your power to decide whether you would rather change your beliefs and your actions or whether you will settle for the status quo. But you cannot have your desired outcome and maintain your current beliefs and behaviors. If that was possible you would already be producing the better results you want. You have a choice to make; change your behaviors and beliefs and get where you say you want to go, or accept where you are by continuing to believe and do the things you’ve always done.Choose.last_img read more

Masti In Motion

first_imgBackstage, things have heated up.Delicate feet, decorated with chunky payals, “rumjhum” their way hurriedly from one end of the dressing room to another. The casual chatter of an hour ago has now been replaced by a stillness that hangs, expectant, in the air. Little under an hour remains before showtime for the young women of the University of Pennsylvania’s desi dance troupe PENNaach.Between pocket-sized packets of bindis and Ziplock bags-worth of makeup and bangles, stray safety and hair pins litter the dressing table top. An economy-sized bag of Starburst chews has spilled its contents. The candies provide a handful of calories for the lithe women to burn as they bustle, from mirror to mirror, armed with hairbrushes and lip liner.This year’s production is called “Chori Chori: Mischief in Motion.” In preparation for it, troupe members have averaged four hours worth of rigorous dance practice every day for the past month. Tonight, they are ready to wow the audience with a jam-packed showcase of glitzy dance numbers.Established in 1997, PENNaach — or simply “Naach” — describes itself as the first South Asian American collegiate dance group in the nation. Fourteen young ladies between the ages of 18 and 24 are proud to call themselves this year’s “Naachos.” Most came to Penn with years of dance experience already under their belts. Mother of freshman PENNaach rookie Priya Shankar, remembers shuttling her five-year old daughter to countless Bharatnatyam and Kuchipudi dance lessons on weekends. Kamala Shankar was pleased with the news that Priya had become a part of the troupe. “She came home for winter break and couldn’t get the Naach songs out of her head. She was very excited — singing and dancing constantly to them at home. It’s nice to see her continue with dance as a college student.” Today, Dr. Shankar has taken a cross-country flight all the way from Pleasanton, Calif., to see her daughter perform. With her is Priya’s petite, 75 year-old grandmother who sits, beaming in her second-row seat.The Shankar family isn’t the only one in town from the West Coast. Senior biology student and this year’s PENNaach president, Divya Bhatt, is helped backstage by her younger sister Anu. A University of California, Berkeley student, Anu is an accomplished dancer in her own right. The two have been attending each other’s performances for years. Anu explains: “Divya started Bharatnatyam at five years old and I joined her two years later. We took dance classes together for ten years with the same teacher, going every weekend to learn.”The Shankars and Bhatts are examples of a larger trend apparent in Indian communities. Immigrant families remain interested in preserving elements of the India they left behind years ago. Many see classical dance lessons for children as a sensible way to achieve tradition-based continuity.But being part of a desi performance group in college necessarily means endless practice — hours that might otherwise be spent studying or socializing. So why join? For Pareen Sheth, of Rutgers University’s co-ed dance group SAPA, the answer is easy. “Dancing has always been a huge part of my life. As SAPA members, we are all friends, and have a lot of fun at practice. Being involved in something that I am so passionate about is a great break from the stress of academics.”On the surface, shows like Chori Chori may just seem like a simple collection of song-and-dance numbers. But dig a little deeper, and you’ll find they are actually quite critical to the college experience of many second generationers. Across the country, desi dance, theater, and a cappella groups are making their mark on campus stages, offering audiences vibrant, thoughtful representations of hip Indian American talent. In the process, these students are forging lifelong friendships, gaining confidence, and cultivating a strong, healthy sense of what it means to be desi American.Through dance, groups like PENNaach incorporate styles and moves associated with Bharatnatyam and, to a lesser extent, Odissi traditions. PENNaach alumna Ansu Mathew explains that most “everyone in the troupe is an Indian classical dancer.” This is reflected strongly in the choreographies put together by the women. “We want people to see that classical Indian dance training,”perhaps as a means to lend authenticity to the production. On stage, the next generation pays dutiful homage to the Mother India of their parents’ collective memory. Yet beyond this, the performers also routinely allow for fresh, urban elements of contemporary American youth culture to wield their way into dance numbers.As sophomore Wharton student and Naach member Vrinda Shah explains, “We want to keep and share parts of Indian culture, but we also want to show that we are interested in assimilating to a certain extent. We can balance between the two, and are able to incorporate both worlds in our dance.” Not only are these young women capable of finding balance, it seems they thrive in this fertile, complicated alternate space; a space that is neither fully “Indian,” nor mainstream “American” but, rather inventively, incorporates components of both.Back in the Iron Gate Theater lobby of the University of Pennsylvania, the unmistakable scent of intermission — samosa has taken over. The short break ends, and a lingering audience chatters its way back inside. “This musical medley exhibits Naach’s more modern personality,” announces the woman introducing “Aaj Ka Mazaa,” “Dancing to music from all around the world, Naach reveals a glimpse of a few other dance styles, such as hip hop, jazz, and ballet.”Such creative interweaving of rhythms is not uncommon, and today’s youth see clear value in taking a global approach to performance. Not doing so would, in fact, seem disingenuous of them. Playful nicknames for the Naachos — like Hena “Bollywood” Mehta and Vrinda “Vrindeezy” Shah — gesture to the comfort the women feel in their Indian American skin. They might be dismissed as American-Born Confused Desis, but by watching these confident women gliding between western and Indian dance styles and sensibilities one recognizes that they are anything but.For this generation, there is no difficult choice to be made between desi/non-desi forms-of-self. Using the language of spins and leaps, both allegiances are expressed, with extraordinary flair and graceful ease. It seems college stages today, like this one in Iron Gate Theater, have become symbolic sites — forums to showcase facets of a highly fluid “Indian American identity.”The final curtain is about to go down on “Chori Chori.” The women rush on stage for their last piece of the night. Carefully dressed in straight-fanned, heavy Indian fabric, they are serious about appropriately replicating authentic hand and facial gestures of the Bharatnatyam tradition. Yet mid-song, PENNaach unexpectedly shifts gears.Before the audience can say “Mridu Angaharas,” the dancers have begun stomping their feet to Pon de Replay — a chart-topping catchy hit from contemporary reggaeton sensation Rihanna. Although this isn’t quite the ending audience members were expecting, whatever discordance they feel is apparently only temporary. Naach receives an enthused, standing ovation.Troupe president Divya Bhatt is careful to emphasize the group’s deep respect for classical Indian art, but adds that with Pon de Replay the women were “interested in showing even though the dance style is thousands of years old, it can be revitalized and put to any beat.” Apparently, even to the beat of a hot Caribbean dancehall track, circa 2006.“From food to film to fashion, the fusion of East and West seems to be all around us these days,” PENNaach members tell the audience through the program booklet, “so why not take it a step further and incorporate it into dance?”Here, in a cozy college theater, where the lines separating old and new, Indian and American, are more blurred than ever before, the answer seems clear; why not, indeed. Related Itemslast_img read more

Chasing an Indian Dream

first_imgAmid the hullabaloo about fear of Indians losing their plush IT jobs in the United States and possible scenario of deportation back to India, there are many who are happy with their decision to head back to the country to make a living.When the government announced in December last year that India is moving from “brain drain to brain gain” — with 243 Indian scientists returning to the nation in the period between 2007 and 2012 to 649 during the 2012-2017 span, it was highlighting only one stream that saw a marked influx. Brain gain, on the other hand, is true for many other occupations, as Indians who have studied in some top-notch colleges across the world, are finding their way back to take up jobs in the country.Sheena Ahluwalia, who pursued MSc in international event management from the University of Brighton in United Kingdom from 2013 to 15, is content with how her life has shaped up. “I am happy to work in India as the opportunities to explore, learn and teach here are boundless,” says Ahluwalia, a creative consultant who teaches marketing and management-related subjects in Mumbai.Many others, who feel that their work in their home country is getting noticed, say studying in a foreign university worked as yet another feather in their cap. Lakshmi Selvakumaran, who did her masters and PhD at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia, coming back to India was always on the cards.“Even when I was studying there, I was quite clear about returning to India as I wanted to work here on grassroot level projects. So I never tried to seek employment outside India,” says Selvakumaran, 28, who specialized in computational solid mechanics of composite materials at KAUST during 2010-15.Among the many reasons that prompt Indians to come back to seek employment, is having a healthy work environment. For some like Samrudhi Sridharan, India provides an environment where she could put her skills to good use. Sridharan earned a Masters degree in Anthropology at the University of Sussex. “I was not sure where I wanted to work when I went to the United Kingdom to study. But after I interned in an organization in the United Kingdom and heard my other friends complaining about the work culture there, I was sure that India would be better suited for me,” she says.Samrudhi SridharanSridharan currently works at a non-profit organization in Bengaluru and feels that her role in her company helps her interact with as well as impact the stakeholders directly — something she always wanted to achieve.Also, getting employed in the United States and United Kingdom in professions other than those in the tech industry is a challenge.“I had no opportunity to work in the United Kingdom,” says Ahluwalia. “The rules while I was studying there were quite strict and the window to look for jobs after getting a degree was very limited. So, unless the company one is employed in sponsors the work visa, one is left with no choice but to return to India.”However, after taking cognizance of the short span of time that foreign students get to look for employment in the United Kingdom, the new changes in immigration rules are set to make switching to work visas more flexible for foreign students. Set to be introduced from Jan. 11, the new rules will make it possible for international students to switch to skilled worker visa or the Tier-2 visa as soon as they complete their course.These schemes will help many Indian students in getting employed in the United Kingdom and pursue their dreams of working abroad. The United Kingdom also announced a scheme on Dec.18 last year, where it extended a pilot student visa scheme to 23 more universities. According to the scheme introduced last year on a pilot basis in four British universities, students are given six months to get employed after they finish their course.While it may be difficult to get a job abroad after finishing education there, having a degree from a reputed international university does give students an edge in the job market in their home countries. “Having an international exposure has its merits as it helped me evolve as an individual and that definitely shows on my overall attitude,” notes Ahluwalia.The experience of spending time in a foreign country, with international students, also helped Indroneel Sen, who recently finished MBBS at Pokhara in Nepal, and looks forward to working with rural people in Bihar. “Stereotypes associated with people, languages, culture and countries are broken when one is studying abroad,” he says, talking about how many of his friends belonged to countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Tanzania and Maldives.Surabhi SrivastavaOthers like Gurugram-based Surabhi Srivastava present another view and note that even though they had work opportunities abroad, they decided to return to India in pursuit of a future where they could use their skills to the maximum.Srivastava completed her Bachelors degree in Forensic Science from Pace University in New York and then did a Masters of Science in Public Health from Yale University. “I wanted to work on sexuality and gender issues and India gave me that opportunity. I was lucky to find a feminist organization that would help me make use of what I learnt in college,” she says.The same experience is narrated by Vinay Rajapuram who pursued his MS in mechanical engineering from San Jose State University in California. He worked in the hardware as well as the software industry in California for more than two years, before deciding to move to Bengaluru.For Rajapuram, what mattered more than earning money was making use of the skills he learnt in the United States. “There is a tradeoff,” he says. “I was making much more in the United States, but I felt stagnated and that was one of the reasons why I returned. Also, living in California is not cheap and I was spending a huge part of my salary on rent and other things and could hardly save much. In Bengaluru, I can save much more.”Rajapuram adds that he was careful to choose an organization in India that helped him experiment, explore and learn, and that keeps him motivated. It is often difficult to find an organization in India that is open to offering employees a window to learn. “The work culture in the United States is very different, a professional can learn and explore much more, while here things are task based,” he notes.Srivastava feels the same about comparing the pay structure abroad and in India. “I had offers from some public health organizations in the United States and there is absolutely no comparison between the pay level in India and the United States,” she says. “However, I was looking to do more with my skills.”Guess, for many like her, home is where the heart belonged all the while. Related ItemsEmploymentlast_img read more

Beauty pick: Try pink lipstick this fall Hollywood style

first_imgGet pumped up to wear shades of pink for the fall season as Hollywood celebrities like Emma Stone and Jamie Chung have been proudly flaunting pink pouts.Here’s a list of celebrities who wore rose lip colours best at different events, reports huffingtonpost.com:Emma StoneThe “Birdman” actress looked stunning with a fresh bob haircut, which frames her round face perfectly. Eggplant eyeshadow, black mascara and magenta-coloured lip balm.Emma Stone flaunts a neonish hot pink color but you can really play with the intensityJamie ChungShe sported her signature centre-parted and sleek ponytail, with subtle shimmery eye make-up, winged eyeliner and creamy pink pout.Jamie Chung’s lipstick can be worn as a tint as well as a full blown colorLea MicheleMichele applied enough bronzer, mascara and mauve lip gloss to accentuate her luminous skin.Matte finish lipsticks are always a welcome and so is a pink matte lipstick as seen on Lea MicheleMoran AtiasShe looked glamorous in loose curls, bronze eyeshadow and rose lips.Moran Atias shows off a red based pink on her lips that has warm undertoneslast_img read more

San Miguel taps ex-Cavalier John Holland to sub for injured Dez Wells

first_img“We’re hoping we can fix the paperwork for Holland tomorrow [in time for Saturday],” said Austria, who expects his new reinforcement to arrive Friday.“Wells told us that he can’t play Saturday so we got a backup. We can’t afford to play without an import for the second time,” added Austria whose Beermen improved to a 6-3 record to stay at the fourth seed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe Beermen defeated Blackwater 99-96 in overtime Wednesday but fielded an all-Filipino lineup while Wells sat on the bench.San Miguel, which is seeking its Grand Slam in franchise history, will play Rain or Shine and TNT in its final two games and it hopes to retain its spot in the top four to get hold of a twice-to-beat bonus come the playoffs. Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Madrid routs Galatasaray with 3 goals in opening 15 minutes Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Without Wells, the Beermen relied on five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo for points with the 6-foot-10 giant putting up 30 points and 13 rebounds in 32 minutes against the Elite.Holland will try to fill in Wells’ insane offensive production in the PBA with the latter putting up averages of 37.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 2.0 steals, and 1.0 blocks a game.The former Cavalier played for two seasons in the NBA but he spent most of his professional career in the United States playing in the G-League.In four seasons in the developmental league, the 6-foot-5 Holland averaged 18.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.4 steals.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014?center_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Rice industry paralysis LATEST STORIES Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Holland #10 of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Media Day at Cleveland Clinic Courts on September 24, 2018 in Independence, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFPMANILA, Philippines—San Miguel has called in former Cleveland Cavalier John Holland to reinforce its roster in the PBA Governors’ Cup with import Dez Wells on the injury list.In a report on PBA.ph, Beermen head coach Leo Austria said Wells is suffering from nagging pains on one of his feet and asked to sit out indefinitely, prompting San Miguel to bring in Holland.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

USA women’s cricket team creates history by sealing twin berths in global qualifiers

first_imgA superb team performance led by skipper Sindhu Sriharsha and a four-wicket haul from Uzma Iftikhar guided USA Women to seal qualification as the Road to Australia 2020 and New Zealand 2021 for them continues. With the ICC Women’s Qualifier Americas acting as a dual qualifier between USA and Canada, USA have booked their spot in both the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier – taking place in Scotland between August 31 and September 7 this year, where USA will join Bangladesh, Ireland, Scotland, PNG, Thailand and Zimbabwe and the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2020.Canada showed early promise in the 114 run-chase as the game was right in the balance at 49 for the loss of four at the half-way stage. But a spell from Uzma and miserly brilliance from Claudine Beckford who bowled three overs for just one run helped the USA close out the game and spark wild celebrations.Earlier, Canada made an early breakthrough with the dismissal of Rendler after sending the USA into bat. But a wonderful second wicket partnership of 68 between the skipper Sriharsha and Chandhraseker brought USA’s total to 83 for the loss of two in the 15th over and ahead of the game. Canada then fought back to restrict the USA to 113 for the loss of six.USA Cricket took Twitter to share their joy.JUMPING FOR JOY!!!#TeamUSA Women celebrate qualifying today for both the @cricketworldcup & the @T20WorldCup Global Qualifiers as we take an unassailable 2-0 series lead over Canada!FULL SCORECARD: https://t.co/PMQm0FCKa1 pic.twitter.com/E98Az2dckqadvertisementUSA Cricket (@usacricket) May 18, 2019The two sides will clash again in the third and final match of the series as the USA, with an unassailable lead, look to close out a 3-0 series victory.Following are the squads:USA: Sindhu Sriharsha (c & wk), Candacy Atkins, Claudine Beckford, Shebani Bhaskar, Sara Farooq, Nadia Gruny, Uzma Iftikhar, Sugetha Kalyanaraman, Mahika Kandanala, Geetika Kodali, Samantha Ramautar, Lisa Ramjit, Erica Rendler, Onika WallersonCanada: Mahwish Khan (c), Hala Azmat, Habeeba Bader, Maliha Baig (wk), Mahrukh Imtiaz, Miryam Khokhar, Chuntell Martin, Kamna Mirchandani, Monali Patel, Achini Perera, Kainat Qazi, Hiba Shamshad, Amanjit Virk, Saniyah Zia.Also Read | India sleeping giants of women’s cricket, says Australia coachAlso Read | Great to be part of women’s Ashes series: Australia captain Meg Lanninglast_img read more

Maternal Health Jobs

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 21, 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)Looking for a job in maternal health? Here’s a round up of what’s available:Jhpiego – Maternal Health Team Leader; Program Officer IICARE – Senior Technical Advisor for Maternal and Child Health; Senior Technical Advisor for Maternal and Child NutritionBill & Melinda Gates Foundation – Senior Program Officer, Maternal Newborn and Child HealthMerck for Mothers – DirectorTo apply, go to this link. Select “Merck Kenilworth” as Location and “Long Term Assignment” as Position Type. Click “search” and select Job Number 301.Share this:last_img read more

“Taking Measure of Growth Charts” Published in The Wall Street Journal

first_imgPosted on December 22, 2014October 28, 2016By: Alison Chatfield, Project Manager, Maternal Health Task Force, Women and Health InitiativeClick 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)Are newborn growth charts one size fits all? Are growth charts developed based on how babies in the U.S. have grown in the past applicable in the U.S. today, or to countries around the world? Is it possible to create truly global standards for how a baby should grow?These are the questions at the heart of a new article published in The Wall Street Journal by Jo Craven McGrinty. Current practice has physicians assess a newborn’s weight and length against growth charts generated from data on previous births in the country they live in. This practice could work if a country’s population is completely healthy, and therefore provides an optimal standard for comparison. But, if it isn’t, then using population-specific standards can lead to certain characteristics of poor growth becoming institutionalized. What is needed are growth standards that provide an indication of how babies should grow under optimal conditions, rather than comparing growth to how babies have grown in the past.Enter, the INTERGROWTH-21st Project. The INTERGROWTH-21st Project has created globally validated growth standards that provide a universal norm of how babies shouldgrow under optimal conditions. By including approximately 60,000 healthy women from eight countries in the study, the project was able to develop true norms for fetal growth and newborn size that can be used in any country.Like the WHO Child Growth Standards before it, the INTERGROWTH-21st charts are poised to replace national-level growth references that describe how babies have grown in the past. The article ends on a forward-looking note, acknowledging that the INTERGROWTH-21st charts are just one of several assessment tools that are needed to inform interventions to improve maternal and newborn health, “but measurements pegged to good health are a start,” McGrinty concludes.The full article can be found at the Wall Street Journal.This article was reposted from the INTERGROWTH-21st blog.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Happy National Philanthropy Day

first_imgFor over 30 years, November 15 has been a day set aside to celebrate the spirit of philanthropy and the dedicated individuals who work in philanthropic circles. National Philanthropy Day honors the tradition of caring for each other and improving the world.From large foundations to small nonprofits, your impact on communities across the United States is undeniable. Without you, countless animals would go unrescued, children would lose afterschool programming, artistic organizations would fold, and the rights of citizens would be in danger.Imagine that for a minute. What would this world be like without philanthropy?Simply put, philanthropy is “goodwill to fellow members of the human race.” (Thanks, Merriam Webster!) Whether you’re a donor or a nonprofit staffer (or both), that desire to improve a situation and care for others is more than just a fleeting emotion. It’s a way of life. It motivates you in good times and lifts you up in bad.Celebrate PhilanthropyLooking for ways to celebrate National Philanthropy Day this year? Here are three quick, easy things you can do to spread the love.Email—Use your donor management system to send a dedicated email blast to your donors thanking them for their support. Get out the white board or construction paper and write out a “thank you” message. Include a photo of yourself and/or your entire team along with your homemade sign. Share the image on social, too.Social Media—Include posts on social media celebrating your donors and volunteers. They make you’re work possible. Include photos from fundraising receptions and community events. Feature a few of your top donors and long-time volunteers throughout the day. Tag them if possible for added appreciation. Use the hashtag #NationalPhilanthropyDay to join the online conversation.Website—Add a homepage banner image to your website that celebrates National Philanthropy Day and an uplifting call to action. Link to your online donation page. Share the image on social, too.Philanthropy is the backbone of who we are. Whether it’s a financial donation or the gift of time, it feels good to do good. Nonprofits bring people together, unite and inspire us, and improve our daily life. Through conversation, education, events, and performances, your work keeps us connected.And it’s what we love about you. It’s why we do what we do, too.Network for Good believes in the power of small nonprofits. We believe in providing useful resources and a donor management system that improves efficiency. Our goal is to free you up to do the good you do in your community. We’re proud to serve you and your mission.From all of us at Network for Good…Happy National Philanthropy Day!last_img read more

7 Best Practices for Donor Thank You Emails

first_imgWe all know that saying thank you is good etiquette. Timely thank yous for donor gifts are expected, as they should be. With just a little extra thought, your thank yous can make a meaningful impact and truly delight donors. And there’s no time like the new year to refine your donor thank you process. Let’s explore seven best practices for creating donor thank yous that generate warmth and a sense of teamwork.1) Say Thank You Within a Week of Receiving a GiftInclude a simple “Thank you for your donation!” with your gift receipt, followed by a more detailed thank you letter or email. If you can, send your thank you within 24 hours of receiving the donation, but definitely within one week of receiving a gift. Whether your first detailed thank you comes in the form of a snail mail letter or an email will depend on how your donors prefer to receive communications. Either way, don’t delay sending this thank you, or you’ll risk donors feeling unappreciated.2) Send From a Recognizable NameYou don’t want donors to miss your email because it gets mistaken for spam. Send your emails from a recognizable member of your staff, such as your executive or development director. You can set this name in the email blast templates in your donor management system so thank yous will always come from the same person. This way, donors will be able to identify the email as yours. Plus, sending from someone higher up in the organization will also make donors feel valued.3) Make Your Subject Line SpecificLet donors know even before opening the email that you’re communicating gratitude. Including words like “thank you,” “grateful,” or “gratitude” in the subject line lets donors immediately identify the email as an expression of thanks. This will also help your thank yous stand out from the other emails you send your supporters.4) Keep the Focus on the DonorKeep the attention on the donors and their gifts, rather than focusing on your organization. Donors should feel they are an integral part of your team, not just a source of money. Use “you” and “your” frequently, and make sure that you always include your donor in any “we” statements.5) Acknowledge Previous GiftsLet regular donors know that you haven’t forgotten previous gifts. Include a brief line mentioning donations given in the past and that you value their ongoing partnership. This will make your thank you more personal and cause donors to feel like a true member of your team.6) Share the Impact of the GiftThank yous should be inspirational, giving donors a feeling of accomplishment. For thank yous sent immediately after a donation is given, remind the donor what’s planned for their gift. After the project or campaign is finished, share the results of how you used the gift. Although the work is never done, taking time to celebrate the impact that the donor’s gift made is motivational and may even result in another gift. Tell an impact story or include a testimonial from a community member.7) Say Thank You More Than OnceIt’s nearly impossible to say thank you too much. Donors will especially value thank yous sent on the anniversary of a large or first gift, on meaningful holidays, after a vital year-end campaign, and along with project updates.Thank yous are one of the most important communications your organization sends to donors. They can make donors feel a part of your team and part of the important work you’re accomplishing together. They can also inspire donors and motivate them to continue their support.Want more ideas on how to create meaningful thank yous? Read 10 Creative Ways to Thank Donors to learn what makes a thank you effective, what to avoid in a thank you, and when to say thank you.Read more on The Nonprofit Bloglast_img read more

Invest in Young People to End Child Marriage, Maternal Mortality, and to Achieve the Development Goals

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on October 14, 2015October 13, 2016By: Kenny Simbaya, White Ribbon Alliance Citizen ReporterClick 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)On September 25, 2015 at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, 193 Member States of the UN unanimously adopted the post-2015 development goals christened Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They are 17 in total with 169 targets. They were received with both optimism and skepticism.The SDGs are an opportunity to end extreme poverty, hunger, protect the planet and end preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths. To achieve these goals, we need accountability and citizen engagement.As an advocate for maternal and newborn health issues, I would like to share some thoughts on Sustainable Development Goal 3, which is about ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages. The health and well-being of mothers is central to this goal, and if we collectively work to achieve it, the new generation of women will enjoy one of their most respected responsibilities – that of bringing a new life.However, ending maternal and newborn death will remain a pipe dream unless we invest in young people with a special focus on girls. Ensuring girls enjoy their human rights just like boys do, will mean that we work hard to end child marriage.Statistics from UNFPA show that 70,000 adolescents die annually from causes related to pregnancy and child birth: pregnancy-related complications, together with HIV, are the leading causes of death among girls 15 to 19 years old. In fact, the risk of maternal death for mothers younger than 18 in low- and middle-income countries is double that of older females. During this year’s UNGA, a young mother of two and White Ribbon Alliance Citizen Reporter from West Bengal, India, Santana Murmu (now 18), shared her own experience of being married at 14. She now advocates for the improvement of maternal health and campaigns to end early marriage everywhere.“The world must stand together to condemn child marriage as it has adverse impact to the development and health of both the child-bride and that of her would-be newborn,” shared Murmu.To achieve this objective, we must engage young people. Children that are now 15 years old were newborns when the Millennium Development Goals were launched in 2000. When the SDGs come to an end, these children will be 30 years old. The SDGs are a young people’s agenda – they will be the ones to implement it.Photo: “Indien” © 2008 M M, used under a Creative Commons Attribution license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/Share this:last_img read more

Exploring Maternal and Child Health Among Sex Workers and Their Children

first_imgPosted on December 14, 2016January 6, 2017By: Sarah Hodin, Project Coordinator II, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Last week, the Women and Health Initiative at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health welcomed Saki Onda to speak about a vulnerable, understudied population: female sex workers (FSWs) and their children. Much of the global health research and programming efforts thus far have focused primarily on the prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and HIV in particular, among this population. The HIV infection risk is approximately thirteen times higher among FSWs compared to the general population. A number of factors put sex workers at greater risk of contracting STIs, including a lack of access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health education and increased exposure to violence.The issue of maternal mortality and morbidity among FSWs has been widely neglected in the public health literature. Along with colleagues Brian Willis and Hanni Marie Stoklosa, Saki recently published an article in BMC Public Health titled, “Causes of maternal and child mortality among Cambodian sex workers and their children: A cross sectional study.” The researchers interviewed 271 FSWs in Cambodia to explore the causes of maternal and child deaths. This was the first study examining these outcomes among sex workers.The authors found distinct differences between the causes of maternal mortality among FSWs compared to non-FSWs: While postpartum hemorrhage and pre-eclampsia were the most common causes of maternal deaths in the general population, complications from abortion were the leading cause of maternal death among FSWs. The most common causes of death for children under 5 were HIV and infection among FSWs compared to prematurity and acute lower respiratory tract infections in the general population. While the results cannot be generalized because of the study design’s limitations, these preliminary findings warrant further investigation in different global settings using more robust methodology.The FSWs who participated in the study reported experiences of disrespect and abuse from healthcare workers. One woman in Paraguay explained, “The majority of sex workers do not want to go for antenatal care because doctors do not treat them well because they are sex workers.” A woman in Uganda told the researchers that a nurse once told her, “You prostitutes go aside and we will treat the respectable people.” Especially in settings where sex work is illegal, FSWs may fear seeking care and disclosing their occupation to providers.Given the vulnerability of FSWs and their children, increased global efforts to understand and address their sexual, reproductive and maternal health needs are critical. According to Saki, these efforts should involve a rights-based, evidence-informed approach, community engagement, comprehensive health services and a focus on ending stigma and discrimination.—Explore resources on maternal health, HIV and AIDS.Are you working on a project related to the health of female sex workers? Tell us about it!Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Sanchez to make Beckham & Miami wait

first_imgAlexis Sanchez is aware of links to David Beckham’s MLS expansion franchise Inter Miami, but is planning to spend several more years playing in Europe.The Chile international is to see out the remainder of the 2019-20 campaign in Serie A .Having struggled to make a positive impact across 18 months at Old Trafford, the decision has been taken to let him head out on loan. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? A spell in Italy, where he has previously impressed with Udinese, is intended to help him rediscover his spark.It remains to be seen whether there will be any future for him back in England once a season-long agreement in Milan comes to a close.United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has suggested that there will be, but speculation has raged around the South American star.It has been reported that Sanchez is among those ex-England captain Beckham would like to see become a marquee addition at his start-up venture in Miami.Such a switch could be made at some stage, with a spell in MLS appealing to Sanchez, but the 30-year-old is not expecting to tread that path any time soon.He told reporters while away with his country preparing for a friendly date with Argentina in Los Angeles: “I always have offers.“They had told me about Miami, but I have got five or six years left at a good level in Europe. One day I could play in the United States.“I’d like it a lot to play in MLS, it is a league that is growing and is very good.”Inter Miami are set to join the MLS ranks in the 2020 campaign.Beckham’s ambition is to bring big names into their squad, with the Manchester United and Real Madrid icon eager to repeat the success he enjoyed in America with the LA Galaxy as a player now that he has taken on an ownership role.Sanchez, though, may remain out of reach, with there still a desire on his part to silence those in Europe who have written him off amid struggles for form and fitness.last_img read more

Which UK & US channels are showing the UCL & UEL?

first_imgThe Champions League has returned with heavyweights such as Barcelona, Juventus, Real Madrid, Manchester City, Liverpool and more all battling it out to be crowned Europe’s best.Liverpool are defending champions heading into the new season after defeating Tottenham 2-0 in the final in Madrid, and will be looking to add a historic seventh European crown to their trophy cabinet.Group A is already looking to be one of the most exciting match-ups, with Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain set to battle it out in the group stage. This year’s so-called Group of Death comes in the form of Group F, which involves Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Inter and Slavia Prague. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Goal brings you everything you need to know about which TV channels are showing Champions League games in the United Kingdom and the United States and where you can stream matches live online.Champions League 2019-20 football on UK TVIn the UK, BT Sport is the exclusive broadcaster for Champions League football action. UK TV channel UK online stream BT Sport BT Sport Live Sky Sports 128 Games will be shown on BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2, BT Sport 3 and BT Sport Extra.Matches will also be streamed on BT Sport Live.Champions League 2019-20 football on US TVIn the US, Champions League football will be shown on Turner Sports (TNT) and Univision Deportes.  US online stream US online stream TNT / Univision Deportes Fubo TV / B/R Live Streaming will be available on B/R Live and Fubo TV with subscription.Europa League 2019-20 football on UK TVIn the UK, BT Sport is the television broadcaster for Europa League matches. UK TV channel UK online stream BT Sport 2 BT Sport Live Like their Champions League coverage, they will provide all the UEL action on BT Sport 2 while a livestream of the matches will be available on BT Sport Live.Olivier Giroud Chelsea Europa League final 2018-19Europa League 2019-20 football on US TVIn the US, TNT and Univision will broadcast the Europa League action.  US TV channel US online stream Univision NOW Fubo TV / B/R Live Streaming will be available on B/R Live and Fubo TV with subscription.last_img read more

Balotelli: Playing against Ronaldo doesn’t excite me

first_imgMario Balotelli has admitted he doesn’t “really care” about playing against Cristiano Ronaldo as he looks set to make his Brescia debut against the Juventus star.The 29-year has returned for his fourth stint in Italy with the Le Rondinelle but has been absent for their first four Serie A games because of a suspension earned at his previous club Marseille.Balotelli insists his focus is on finding the back of the net in his first Brescia appearance and he is not fussed about sharing the same pitch as Ronaldo. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career “Does it excite me to play against [Ronaldo]? I really don’t care,” Balotelli told DAZN . “He is a great champion, he is the best in the world with Messi. It is nice to play against him but I do not get excited.”I will try to score goals, as in all the other matches I play.”The match will be Balotelli’s first competitive outing since being shown a straight red card in his last game for Marseille on May 24.Balotelli Italy PolandHowever, while the Italian striker feels it may take some time for him to develop match sharpness, he says his body is in the same shape as it was when he played for Manchester City.”I feel comfortable [in my preparation],” he said. “In the last month and a half, I have worked more than I did in the last 10 years of my career.”I don’t care about who [I’m playing], I care only about playing and feeling good.”It is normal that I won’t have the rhythm of the game just yet – because I’ve only played two friendlies so far and you can only find the rhythm by playing.”But one thing is certain, in terms of my weight and shape, I’ve never been like this. The last time I weighed this amount I played for Manchester City and I was 20 years old.”Back playing in Italy for the first time since a stint with Milan in 2015-16, Balotelli is hoping to catch the eye of national team coach Roberto Mancini ahead of the European Championships next summer.The last time he played for the Azzurri was in a September 2018 Nations League match against Poland , and he has only earned three of his 36 caps in the last five years.”My goal is [to be in the Euros],” Balotelli said. “But now I can’t think about it. “My personal wish is for it to be a great tournament for me and the team.”I just have to work to get back to my best form, at 200 per cent, as soon as possible.”last_img read more

Solskjaer: Win at Newcastle ‘vital’ for changing mood at Man Utd

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer says a victory for Manchester United against Newcastle is “vital” in order to change the mood at the club.United have just two wins from their seven league games this season, and are running low on confidence after another abject performance in their midweek Europa League draw at AZ, stretching their winless run on the road to 10 games.Solskjaer’s side are winless away from home in the league in the current campaign, with the Norwegian stressing that a win at St James’ Park is of huge importance in terms of building confidence within the squad. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career “Of course you don’t enjoy not winning games,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports. “You put your heart, life and soul into this job. If you win games you are happier, your mood changes but it doesn’t mean your performances have been better – results change mood.“For us to get a result [at Newcastle] is vital now. I think it will change the mood.“The boys can go away on their international break and freshen up their heads.”Solskjaer was, however, full of praise for the Red Devils fans, who he believes have continued their fantastic support despite the poor run of results.They have witnessed just two home league wins this season, but the manager is confident that the club’s fortunes will soon turn around.“The fans are great I have to say,” added Solskjaer. “It’s easy to be positive when I see them, they have been very positive with me. They see what you are doing and they keep going.“We want to pay them back for their loyalty and support by getting better results and better performances. I can assure them we are working hard to do so.”United are without a win in seven league games away from home, and sit 11th in the table heading into the weekend.They travel to the north east having drawn at Molineux and St Mary’s against Wolves and Southampton respectively, before losing 2-0 to West Ham at the London Stadium.United have not won away from home in any competition since beating Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 back in March. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Lindelof ignored Barcelona transfer talk

first_imgVictor Lindelof claims to have paid no attention to the transfer talk which linked him with Barcelona over the summer, with the defender “loyal” to Manchester United’s pursuit of silverware.The Sweden international emerged as a reported target for the Liga champions during the last window.Those at Camp Nou were said to be in the market for a ball-playing centre-half, leading to Lindelof seeing his name thrown into the mix. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career The 25-year-old is, however, adamant that he turned a deaf ear to the rumours, with his focus locked on events at Old Trafford.Lindelof told Expressen when quizzed on the Barca speculation: “There was a lot of writing about it. But for me, I have a contract with United and I am the loyal type.“For me it was never a question either, I wanted to stay in United and believe very much in what we have going on and that is also why I signed a new contract. I love to represent United and to wear that shirt every day.“My goal when I came here was to win titles and do well for all supporters. But I haven’t won a title yet, so it’s my big goal to take home big titles with United.“If we get to the level we can do and everyone can do their best, we can win trophies.”Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Victor Lindelof Manchester United 2019-20With the summer window closed, Lindelof committed to a new long-term contract with United in September. He is now tied to the club through to 2024.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already made him an important part of his plans, alongside record-setting signing Harry Maguire, and expects that to remain the case for the foreseeable future.The United boss said when fresh terms for the Swede were announced: “Victor has established himself here and has become a very important part of our team.“He brings calmness on the pitch and I can see that he is determined to help this club and to be successful here.“I’m extremely happy that he has committed his future to Manchester United.“We’re all looking forward to working together to deliver the success and get United back to where we know the club belongs.”last_img read more

North Carolina to face Chicago in NWSL championship

first_imgThe North Carolina Courage will face the Chicago Red Stars in next Sunday’s NWSL championship game after both sides won their respective semifinal ties on Sunday. The Courage advanced to their third consecutive NWSL championship game by defeating Reign FC 4-1 in extra time, while the Red Stars got past the Portland Thorns 1-0 to reach their first ever NWSL title game.In their semifinal, the Courage had plenty of opportunities to open the scoring but found Reign FC goalkeeper Casey Murphy in inspired form, with the 23-year-old making a number of key stops for the visitors.  Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career But with just two minutes remaining, the Courage appeared to find the winner from the penalty spot. Lauren Barnes was whistled for a handball in the box and Heather O’Reilly stepped up and buried the spot kick in the 88th minute. There would be late drama, however, as Reign FC substitute Ifeoma Onumonu turned her defender and buried a shot past Stephanie Labbe to tie the game in the third minute of stoppage time.STUNNER 😱@ify_on22 levels the match at the death!1-1 | #NCvSEA pic.twitter.com/7HuZ5OOb3M— NWSL (@NWSL) October 20, 2019The visitors did well to get the game past 90 minutes but in extra time, the regular season’s top team showed their quality by burying Reign FC with three goals. Debinha opened the scoring in extra time with a 99th-minute stunner off a free kick.WOW@Debinha restores the lead to @TheNCCourage with a sheer piece of magic.2-1 | #NCvSEA pic.twitter.com/p6hiy4b4NF— NWSL (@NWSL) October 20, 2019The result was sealed when substitute Kirsten Hamilton got behind the Reign defense late in the first-half of extra time and her cross was deflected in by Barnes for an own goal.Crystal Dunn would add further misery for Reign FC by scoring off a breakaway in the 107th minute to give her side a three-goal advantage. Meanwhile in suburban Chicago, Sam Kerr’s early goal stood up as Chicago ended a run of four consecutive NWSL semifinal defeatsThe NWSL’s top scorer took little time to get on the board, getting on the end of an eighth-minute through ball from Yuki Nagasato and finishing low past Adrianna Franch. The connection of @Yuki_Ogimi ➡️ @samkerr1 picked up right where it left off from the regular season.See how @chiredstarsPR took an early lead.1-0 | #CHIvPOR on ESPN2 pic.twitter.com/bx8LsuPgZC— NWSL (@NWSL) October 20, 2019The Courage will look to make it back-to-back NWSL titles in the championship game, which will be held at their home Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park.last_img read more

ARC Selects Amazon Web Services to Accelerate Transformation

first_imgCloud Migration Will Support ARC’s Future Data and Settlement Platform ARLINGTON, Va. – July 26, 2018 – Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) is pleased to announce that Amazon Web Services (AWS) was selected by ARC to enhance its ability to deliver on all of the key requirements of ARC’s long-term transformation program. AWS will provide a secure foundation on which ARC will deliver its future data and an enhanced settlement product. AWS’s industry-leading cloud services will allow ARC to provide improved functionality that supports new distribution models and relationships between airlines and agencies. Moving to the cloud will let ARC increase capacity as the business scales without waiting until it is procured, delivered and installed. Working with AWS will also allow for more software flexibility. “This platform, with AWS at the core, will permit ARC to meet the needs of our agency and airline customers today and in the future,” said ARC’s Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Dickie Oliver. “ARC will be able to deliver the products and services our customers desire at a pace that matches their needs and will drastically improve ARC’s technology service capabilities.” Massimo Morin, head of worldwide business development, travel at AWS commented, “We are seeing an acceleration of cloud adoption in the travel vertical. Market leaders like ARC are joining the family of travel companies that have chosen to use AWS to transform their businesses and innovate on behalf of their customers. We look forward to working with ARC on their mass migration to AWS, and enabling them to take advantage of the breadth and depth of AWS services like machine learning and artificial intelligence to build new cloud-based products at a faster pace.”  About ARCAn industry leader in air travel distribution and intelligence, ARC settled $88.5 billion in ticket transactions in 2017 between airlines and travel agencies, representing more than 265 million passenger trips. ARC also provides flexible distribution solutions, innovative technology and access to the world’s most comprehensive air ticket transaction data, helping the global air travel community connect, grow and thrive. For more information, please visit www.arccorp.com. Have you registered for TravelConnect? October 11-12, 2018 | National Harbor, Md., www.arctravelconnect.com. #TravelConnect2018last_img read more