A Smoker’s Wage Gap?! Yep—Smokers Make 20% Less Than Non-Smokers

first_imgIt’s no surprise that smoking is bad for your health, but did you know that it’s also bad for your earning potential?The research paper “Even One Is Too Much: The Economic Consequences of Being a Smoker” has proven smokers earn 20 percent less than non-smokers. That’s right. Those who pause for smoke breaks during the work day, actually earn less than non-smokers which, for young adult smokers, translates to a loss of up to $10,000 a year.In fact, the study, completed by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, found that it is not differences in smoker vs. non-smoker productivity that drive the smoking wage gap. Instead, it’s differences in the abilities smokers bring to the job such as education. And if you’re an occasional stress smoker, be advised: even one cigarette per day is enough to trigger the smoking wage gap.This data has prompted truth, one of the nation’s oldest and longest running youth tobacco prevention campaigns, to launch a new campaign that shines a spotlight on the “smokers wage gap” by tapping into the desire of most young adults to build a successful financial future. The campaign kicked off during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards (VMA’s) on August 28th with a video that highlighted the “smokers wage gap” and encourages teens to rally to close the gap.Missed the VMA’s? Check out the video campaign here.TELL US: Did you know your habits could be costing you a promotion or salary bump?  @Glassdoorlast_img read more

Liverpool ready to make a major offer for Arsenal ace Oxlade-Chamberlain

first_imgLiverpool are ready to make a major offer for Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.The Mirror says Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will continue the Anfield spending spree with a £30million move for Oxlade-Chamberlain.The Kop boss completed a £39m deal for Roma winger Mohamed Salah on Thursday and, has now set his sights on raiding the Emirates for the Gunners’ England midfielder.Oxlade-Chamberlain, 23, has just 12 months left on his contract and has become frustrated at the club’s lack of talks over a new deal — and with not being a regular starter under Arsene Wenger.That has alerted Klopp, who is a confirmed admirer of the former Southampton starlet.last_img read more

Live from the Social Enterprise Summit

first_imgI’m at the Social Enterprise Alliance Summit here in Boston, where I’m presenting this tomorrow. My favorite session today was by Jerr Boschee, who spoke about what makes a successful social enterprise. (For the jargon-averse, a social enterprise is an organization with a double bottom line – it yields both social and financial returns.) He spoke about the importance of focusing on the one thing you do well – and getting rid of the rest. I’m a huge advocate of this approach. (My version of this advice is here.) Jerr says focus yields a lot of good for everyone:1. Have a sharp focus: Be great at one thing. Contraction is good. Kill programs that aren’t core to what you do best. He calls this “organized abandonment.”2. What happens when you focus? Expanded impact. You get more profound penetration into your area of focus – and greater social impact. 3. You also get a revitalized culture. Clear focus yields happy, productive and united staff.4. Influence is also an important outcome. The more power you have, the more freedom you get to speak the truth and do what you need to do. I like his list. It is scary to focus. But like all things that require courage, it is powerful. Fuzziness and fear don’t make great organizations or significant social change. It’s not always about what you should do. It’s also about what you should not do.last_img read more

The World Bank Announces New Five-Year Reproductive Health Action Plan

first_imgPosted on May 27, 2010July 14, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)An article, More Condoms, Contraceptives, Midwives, and Educated Girls Could Prevent Most Maternal Deaths―New World Bank Reproductive Action Plan, on the World Bank News and Broadcast page outlines the rationale and the details of the new plan. The plan will focus on increasing access to contraception, attendance of antenatal services, knowledge of preventive measures and interventions for complications related to pregnancy, and training of new health workers. The plan also includes boosting primary and secondary school attendance for girls.“Bank health financing in FY10 is expected to triple to an unprecedented US $4.1 billion―a 40 percent increase over the previous year’s record― in support of stronger health systems; boosting the prevention and treatment of communicable diseases; and improving child and maternal health, hygiene, and sanitation.Given the weak state of health systems in many countries, the Bank has been working closely with governments, aid donors and agencies, and other partners to strengthen these systems so that women gain significantly better access to quality family planning and other reproductive health services, skilled midwives at their births, emergency obstetric care, and postnatal care for mothers and newborns…”Read the full article here.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Butterflies

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on February 28, 2011June 20, 2017By: Carolina Damásio, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Carolina Damásio, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.In some cultures butterflies are a symbol of rebirth, regeneration, and happiness. And now I think of butterflies when I think about the women in Mali! So many colors, smiles, wishes… So many births and rebirths, and they are ready to fly…This month I started meeting with Coumba (Ashoka’s Regional Representative for West Africa) and a group of women in Kati, trying to make something close to my organization (The Art of Being Born) in Brazil: education in maternal health and use of artistic techniques in order to increase the bond between mothers and babies. At first the proposal was only for pregnant women, but now the group is growing and women of all ages are welcomed to participate: students, housewives, pregnant women, women who work in the community, and even some husbands, too! I was very impressed. In one of the meetings we discussed sexuality, and the women talked about their problems, doubts, pain, and fears. Muslim countries usually don’t have much dialogue about these things, so I was surprised! The arts enrich the meetings and, as Mali is one of the most well known countries for African music, I am trying to discover the local cultural songs and lullabies. At each meeting they always bring a new song and the work is getting incredible.I had a meeting with the NGO ASDAP that works with maternal health in five regions of Mali, and they are very interested in replicating my idea. They are interested in incorporating artistic techniques in the work they already do in the area of reproductive health. I was invited to visit Koutiala, a town about 300 km from Bamako, where they do a great job teaching community’s women about reproductive health.During my days in Koutiala I attended a meeting with women in the ASDAP office, and had about 70 women participating! I decided to ask some questions and I was glad to hear their proposed ideas to reduce the maternal mortality in Mali. They acquire knowledge of contraceptive methods, and after they are able to guide other women in their villages. I also visited a village near Koutiala and met other women and learned a little about their lives and their problems. I think I learned much more about maternal health talking with those women than all my research about health in Mali.After these experiences, we decided to start a translation and adaptation of my book (The Art of Being Born) for Mali. The goal is to help someone conduct health education with groups of women anywhere in Mali, as a means of improving maternal and child health indicators. With the same mold as the book in Portuguese, we suggest techniques for artistic encounters, such as poems, lullabies, and crafts. For this purpose I started extensive research to learn about cultural differences, and what points we need to intervene to improve the health of pregnant women and children. The women in my group are helping me develop new strategies to improve communication, discover the myths about pregnancy, and some practices favorable to care of the newborn!I am very excited about working with the book, because it is a part of me that will stay in Mali after the program, and we can also help many more women here!Share this:last_img read more

Re: Setting the Post-2015 Maternal Mortality Target Globally and for Each Country

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 16, 2014November 7, 2016By: Gabala Franco, Program Manager, Maternal and Child Health, Health Child, UgandaClick 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)As we approach the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals, what does the future hold for international maternal mortality targets? The MHTF is pleased to host a blog series on post-2015 maternal mortality goal setting. Over the next several weeks, we will be featuring responses and reactions to proposed targets from around the world. Please share your thoughts with us! The following guest post was submitted in response to the initial post in the series, “Setting the post-2015 maternal mortality target globally and for each country: A proposal” by Marge Koblinsky, senior maternal health advisor at USAID.It’s my pleasure joining this interesting dialogue.Uganda and other African countries fall under the 400 and over mortality ratio category and the implication is that the situation is alarming. A 75% or more annual reduction rate makes sense however the time lag is also an important issue that should be given prime attention. The shorter the period, the more committed systems and governments become; and the wider the space, the lesser committed they become. What happens in the latter case is that government starts trading and wiring  resources meant to improve maternal health outcomes to other sectors including defense, politics and individual investments. I therefore propose that reducing the maternal mortality ratio from 400 to 100 deaths/100,000 live births (for the countries above 400) only makes sense if the end year is 2025. It is also important to note that victim countries should be helped to put in place strong monitoring frameworks that will enable individual countries to timely and accurately generate data necessary for measuring progress.Share this:last_img read more

New Positions in Maternal Health

first_imgAsiaDeputy Chief of Party: Jhpiego; Nepal North AmericaAdministrative Coordinator: Jhpiego/MCSP; Washington, D.C.Advisor, Community Health: Pan American Health Organization; Washington, D.C.Advisor, Maternal and Reproductive Health: Save the Children; Washington, D.C.Communications Director, Family Planning 2020: United Nations Foundation; Washington, D.C.Communications Specialist – Advance Family Planning: Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health; Baltimore, MDCommunications Summer Intern: MSH; New York, NYDevelopment Manager: Rise Up; Oakland, CADirector of International Research: Guttmacher Institute; New York, NYProgram Associate, Monitoring and Evaluation: EngenderHealth; New York, NYProgram Manager, Consortium for Graduate Studies in Gender, Culture, Women and Sexuality: Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Cambridge, MAReproductive Health Technical Advisor: PSI; Washington, D.C.Senior Director, Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child & Adolescent Health: Jhpiego; Baltimore, MDSenior Medical Officer – The Demographic and Health Surveys Program: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Rockville, MDSenior Program Officer, Family Planning Service Delivery and Quality: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Seattle, WASenior Technical Advisor for Health System Support and Innovation: CARE; Atlanta, GAGlobalMidwife: International Medical Corps—Is your organization hiring? Please contact us if you have maternal health job or internship opportunities that you would like included in our next job roundup.Share this: Posted on May 4, 2017November 6, 2017Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Interested in a position in reproductive, maternal, newborn, child or adolescent health? Every month, the Maternal Health Task Force rounds up job and internship postings from around the globe.AfricaChief Executive Officer: Jacaranda Health; Nairobi, KenyaMaternal Neonatal Health Mentor: Management Sciences for Health (MSH); MalawiTechnical Advisor – Family Planning and Reproductive Health: Population Services International (PSI); Nairobi, KenyaTechnical Advisor for Contraception and Family Planning: Jhpiego; ZimbabweTechnical Advisor for Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health: Jhpiego; ZimbabweTechnical Director: Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP); Rwandacenter_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Tips for saying “Thank you and Happy Holidays” to clients

first_imgThe bad news? You should do this, and it will take a little effort – yes, that’s just one more to-do in an already packed season.The good news? It won’t take much effort.Put in a little, gentle, personalized work towards thank-yous and holiday greetings. Don’t send out a generic email to clients. Don’t just show up at their holiday party. Don’t even send out a form thank-you card, unless you take the time to personalize it for each client.The stink of the completely generic holiday greeting is quite distinct; it smells remarkably like that cranberry-scented candle people get strangers in a Holiday Swap. Sending out no-effort holiday greetings is perfunctory, and reads as such.Go the extra inch – not the extra mile, phew! – with your holiday greetings and end-of-year thanks. If you’re in the same city as your client – and it doesn’t feel weird – drop off your card or small thank-you gift in person. You may get in some real face time, which strengthens relationships!At the very least, MAIL a card; we all get much more email than physical mail these days, and actual letters and cards can be a real treat. Email can slip through the cracks, and doesn’t have that same I-went-out-and-got-a-stamp-for-you-darnit glow. Personalize cards with specific messages to each client; it’s not that hard to scratch out a handwritten note, and it significantly ups the chance that your thanks will be a) acknowledged and b) remembered.Think about the holiday cards you receive each year. The ones with thoughtful notes are more meaningful than the pre-packaged cards that contain a single scrawl: best wishes, Your Generic Friend.This is an opportunity to lean towards your strengths; if you’re a brilliant graphic designer, make a really nice card that’s relevant to your business (and shows off your skills!). If you’re a writer, use that superpower to craft a great little message to your client. At the very least, buy a nice, high-end card (quality shouldn’t matter, but it does) and write a personalized note. This can be short and sweet:Dear [Client]:Thanks so much for a great year! I’m really proud of the work we did together – the site looks fantastic – and look forward to doing more in 2017!Happy and Healthy Holidays,[Freelancer]Recapping your work together, saying thanks, and expressing your enthusiasm for continued collaboration is about all you need to do… it’s totally savvy, and it’s always appreciated.DON’T feel like you need to buy gifts for your clients – this is not some archaic ritual of tribute / bribery (“I gave you graphic design work in September; BRING ME YOUR FIRSTBORN”). A card is sufficient, unless it’s not common practice in your industry.However, if you have a particularly close or longstanding or fruitful relationship with a client, a small gift is never unwelcome. Here, it’s okay to go vaguely generic: personalized touches are great (if you know Bill likes golf, go for golf), but it’s fine to aim broadly at Things People Generally Like: food, wine, flowers, donations in their name to charity. I personally like to either donate in a client’s name or get them nice things that can, theoretically, be re-gifted – I’ll never know!Doing an end-of-the-year wrap-up and saying “happy holidays” to your clients is a nice thing to do; it is also, quite honestly, smart. It’s an easy, low-effort marketing tool – reminding clients (who may know you mostly as a deadline, an email account, or an invoice) that you’re alive and an important part of their team. Holiday greetings are a good excuse to recap your work together and celebrate mutual accomplishments, as well as express enthusiasm for a new year.Happy 2017!last_img read more

How to Tell If a Company is Lying About Its Prices

first_imgHas an organization or university offered you an opportunity with a stipend? Whether it’s an internship or apprenticeship, a stipend is a set amount of money that helps offset living expenses. This fixed amount is financial support provided while you’re… Full Story,Truth is, there is a lot to be excited about when it comes to college: new friends, a new routine, (college parties!), and more independence. But along with all these perks, it’s also time to start thinking about your finances…. Full Story,A routing number is a unique number that identifies a specific banking institution. Each routing number is made up of nine digits. Routing numbers are sometimes referred to as an American Banker’s Association routing transit number or an ABA RTN…. Full Story,It’s stressful enough having a car loan over your head and staying on top of your monthly payments. But what if you have an upside-down car loan — in other words, the amount you owe on your set of wheels… Full Story,When you’re trying to get your financial house in order, it’s easy to get lost in the specifics. You might stress about how to adjust your budget, where to find some extra cash for the holidays or what funds to… Full Story,Shortly after graduating from New York University with a Master’s degree, Melanie Lockert turned to food stamps, as she worked her way out of $81,000 in student loans. “There were a lot of emotions around carrying that debt. It caused… Full Story,Traveling is one of the best things in life, and luckily, low funds don’t have to dash your dreams of enjoying an epic adventure. A wealth of destinations—both in the U.S. and abroad—are so affordable that even hardcore penny pinchers… Full Story,While we don’t yet have flying cars that collapse to the size of a suitcase, pneumatic tubes that transport us from room to room or machines that automatically bathe and clothe us in the morning, every day we’re getting closer… Full Story,Times have changed since Grams and Gramps were your age, looking to settle down and buy their first home. But today the house with the white picket fence—or that trendy loft in downtown—isn’t completely out of the question if you… Full Story,We recently hosted a Twitter chat as part of our #RealTalkSeries. And let’s just say, things definitely got real. Many of you joined us to discuss “taboo” and cringe-worthy money questions such as how to improve a bad credit score,… Full Storylast_img read more

The Future of Lending

first_imgHas an organization or university offered you an opportunity with a stipend? Whether it’s an internship or apprenticeship, a stipend is a set amount of money that helps offset living expenses. This fixed amount is financial support provided while you’re… Full Story,Truth is, there is a lot to be excited about when it comes to college: new friends, a new routine, (college parties!), and more independence. But along with all these perks, it’s also time to start thinking about your finances…. Full Story,A routing number is a unique number that identifies a specific banking institution. Each routing number is made up of nine digits. Routing numbers are sometimes referred to as an American Banker’s Association routing transit number or an ABA RTN…. Full Story,It’s stressful enough having a car loan over your head and staying on top of your monthly payments. But what if you have an upside-down car loan — in other words, the amount you owe on your set of wheels… Full Story,When you’re trying to get your financial house in order, it’s easy to get lost in the specifics. You might stress about how to adjust your budget, where to find some extra cash for the holidays or what funds to… Full Story,Shortly after graduating from New York University with a Master’s degree, Melanie Lockert turned to food stamps, as she worked her way out of $81,000 in student loans. “There were a lot of emotions around carrying that debt. It caused… Full Story,Traveling is one of the best things in life, and luckily, low funds don’t have to dash your dreams of enjoying an epic adventure. A wealth of destinations—both in the U.S. and abroad—are so affordable that even hardcore penny pinchers… Full Story,While we don’t yet have flying cars that collapse to the size of a suitcase, pneumatic tubes that transport us from room to room or machines that automatically bathe and clothe us in the morning, every day we’re getting closer… Full Story,Times have changed since Grams and Gramps were your age, looking to settle down and buy their first home. But today the house with the white picket fence—or that trendy loft in downtown—isn’t completely out of the question if you… Full Story,We recently hosted a Twitter chat as part of our #RealTalkSeries. And let’s just say, things definitely got real. Many of you joined us to discuss “taboo” and cringe-worthy money questions such as how to improve a bad credit score,… Full Storylast_img read more

Forgetting people’s names and feeling stiff are the top signs of aging

first_imgForgetting people’s names, groaning when you bend down and falling asleep in front of the TV are among the signs you’re getting old, according to research.A poll of 2,000 adults also found needing an afternoon nap, finding it tricky to sit cross-legged and choosing comfort over style are indicators you’re getting on a bit.Complaining more often, declaring you’re ‘gasping’ for a cup of tea and feeling flattered when you get asked for ID when visiting a bar also made the list.Other warnings include preferring a night in with a board game, knowing your alcohol limit and struggling with technology.The study, commissioned by Future You to highlight the benefits of Turmeric+ tablets, also found feeling stiff and talking about your joints a lot featured in the top fifty signs you’re growing old.A spokesman said: “It’s fascinating to see nearly half the nation considers joint pain and stiffness a sign of growing age.“In fact, knees came out as one of the most common body parts giving Brits physical discomfort so it’s important you take care of yourself regardless of your age.”Researchers named 41 as the age adults typically start exhibiting these signs, with 57 the point at which people consider themselves to be ‘officially old’.While waving goodbye to their youth, 47 per cent said losing their memory is their biggest worry about getting old, with 29 per cent concerned about the impact ageing will have on their fitness.More than one third are fretting about becoming lonely as they get older and one in five are agonising over whether they will retain their looks with age.And nearly half agreed they feel ‘old before their time’.But the saying “you’re only as old as you feel” is true for three in four, with more than half of adults feeling younger than their actual age.Millions also admit to making significant lifestyle changes to try and increase their lifespan, typically pulling their finger out by age 40.Making changes to their diet is the most popular lifestyle change with others cutting back on bad habits such as drinking and smoking or even giving them up all together.Taking up new sports and opting to cook with healthy spices are also among the ways people try to turn back the clock.But 28 per cent admit getting old isn’t as bad as they thought it would be.A spokesman for Turmeric+ added: “It’s interesting to see a number of Brits are making a conscious effort to reverse the ageing process, by recognising the benefits of natural ingredients and taking food supplements.”Top 50 signs you’re old:1. Forgetting people’s names2. Losing hair3. Feeling stiff4. Talking a lot about your joints/ailments5. Groaning when you bend down6. Not knowing any songs in the top ten7. Misplacing your glasses/ bag/ car keys etc8. Getting more hairy – ears, eyebrows, nose, face etc.9. Avoid lifting heavy things due to back concerns10. Saying ‘in my day’11. Finding it tricky to sit cross-legged on the floor12. Hating noisy pubs13. Choosing clothes and shoes for comfort rather than style14. Falling asleep in front of the TV every night15. Thinking policemen/teachers/doctors look really young16. Falling ill more often17. Saying “it wasn’t like that when I was young”18. Complaining about more things19. Needing an afternoon nap20. Feeling tired the moment you wake up21. Struggling to use technology22. Finding you have no idea what ‘young people’ are talking about23. Having colleagues who are so young they don’t know what a cassette tape is24. Losing touch with everyday technology such as tablets and TVs25. Complaining about the rubbish on television these days26. Spending time comparing illnesses and injuries with friends27. Your friends are all ill more often28. Not knowing or remembering the name of any modern bands29. You consider going on a ‘no children’ cruise for a holiday30. You know your alcohol limit31. Struggling to think of anything worse than going to a music festival32. Never going out without your coat33. Putting everyday items in the wrong place34. You move from Radio 1 to Radio 235. You start driving very slowly36. You struggle to lose weight easily37. Buying a smart phone but having no idea how to do anything other than make phone calls on it38. You say ‘I’m gasping for a cup of tea’39. Spending more money on face creams / anti-ageing products40. Falling asleep after one glass of wine41. Feeling you have the right to tell people exactly what you are thinking, even if it isn’t polite42. You like getting asked for ID43. Paying by cash or cheque rather than using your card44. Preferring a night in with a board game than a night on the town45. Being told off for politically incorrect opinions46. Joining the National Trust47. Your ears are getting bigger48. Preferring a Sunday walk to a lie in49. You think, ‘maybe I’ll drive instead of drink’50. Drinking sherry.Sourcelast_img read more

Fighting Climate Change with Trees in Africa

first_imgWanjira Mathai, daughter of Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai, is the co-chair of the Global Restoration Council and chairperson of the Green Belt Movement.A version of this article also appeared on GlobalPostWhen world leaders gathered in Paris to open negotiations for a pivotal international climate agreement, I was happy to see so many heads of state reaffirm the central role of trees and forest landscape restoration in fighting and adapting to climate change.As an African woman and the daughter of Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai, founder of the Green Belt Movement, the restoration agenda is very close to me. The movement my mother established has been mobilizing communities for close to 40 years to restore their landscapes by planting trees for food, for fuel and to bring barren land back to productive life.Restoration is also Africa’s best chance to protect itself from climate change. Even though the continent as a whole has contributed minimally to the global climate change problem, Africans will be among those most affected.By mid-century, Africa’s population is expected to nearly double — from 1.1 billion to 2 billion — pushing the demand for already scarce resources of soil and water. Nearly three-quarters of all drylands in Africa — 1 billion hectares (3.86 million square miles) — are affected by desertification, while a quarter of African agricultural land is seriously damaged, costing an average of 3 percent of GDP each year due to the loss of soil and nutrients on farmland.In sub-Saharan Africa, nearly half the population, 47 percent, earns less than $1.25 a day.Restoration holds the potential to shield us from those dangers while also providing a wide range of benefits: trees as a source of energy; trees as a source of nutritious food; trees to bind the soil so that agriculture thrives; trees that make our landscapes beautiful. And especially in the developing world, restoring landscapes and planting trees is something we can do right away — we have boots on the ground! By investing in this amazing opportunity, we can tackle a suite of problems with one useful tool.A new movement called AFR100 is poised to take advantage of this opportune moment. This new pan-African, country-led effort aims to restore 100 million hectares (386,000 square miles) of degraded and deforested landscapes in Africa by 2030. It’s an ambitious goal, but within reach — at the initiative’s launch in Paris during COP21, African countries have already committed to restore more than 30 million hectares (116,000 square miles), an area larger than the nation of Gabon or the United Kingdom. And AFR100 partners are earmarking more than $1 billion in development finance and $600 million in private sector investment to support restoration activities.The Power of Landscape RestorationAFR100 builds on global commitments for landscape restoration, specifically the Bonn Challenge and the New York Declaration on Forests. It is also inspired by initiatives such as Initiative20x20, which focuses on landscape restoration in Latin America and the Caribbean. We are proud to contribute so substantially to this global movement, as restoration is both in our own self-interest and it benefits the whole world.I get energized by the landscape restoration movement in its power to address so many issues simultaneously — health, environment, energy security and empowerment of women — in way few other interventions can. Restoration can be especially powerful when paired with other solutions like clean cook stoves and lighting, which I also advocate as director of the Women’s Entrepreneurship in Renewables (wPower) Hub at the Wangari Maathai Institute, where we spotlight and support the important role women play in their communities.The challenges are great, but so are the opportunities. More than 700 million hectares of land are ripe for restoration in Africa, according to analysis by World Resources Institute and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). These lands are diverse, offering the potential to both restore natural forests and wooded landscapes and also increase the density of trees in highly-populated landscapes to help farmers and protect watersheds.At the opening ceremonies at COP21, many African leaders called for more climate action from the developed world, and that is appropriate. There are a handful of countries we know are responsible for the majority of greenhouse gas emissions, and this is going to cause catastrophic suffering in Africa. We must then call upon the developed countries to play their part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and finance mitigation and adaptation activities like restoration in other parts of the world.We didn’t choose this challenge. But we also can’t afford to wait for others to take action. We have a huge responsibility to mitigate and adapt for our own sake and the sake of our children, because a world of extreme climate change is grim for us all. We have to be diligent in our advocacy for climate justice, but at the same time, we cannot be asleep. We have to put the measures in place in our own countries that will protect our people from the climate crisis. Planting or nurturing a tree seedling in African soil is a good place to start.last_img read more

Great Links for Marketing Mavens

first_img Originally published Apr 11, 2008 4:10:00 PM, updated October 01 2019 Here are some links to great marketing articles that I found on Links.HubSpot.com.Taking Your Blog Writing from Good to Great – (Idiot’s Guide to Blogging)Social Media Starter Moves for Entrepreneurs – (Chris Brogan)What Every Entrepreneur Ought to Know About Traditional Advertising – (Baymard)How Often do you Calculate CPC ROI? – (Startup Hustle)Do you know of other useful articles for Marketing Mavens?Submit them to Links.HubSpot. Once you join, you can submit articles and vote other articles up or down. It is a great way to share information and see what other marketing professionals are reading.Have a great weekend! Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

Online Reputation Management: Big Deal For Small Business

first_img Timely (and appropriate) reaction to criticisms and issues goal Monitoring your online reputation is of course not enough, you at least need to manage it. Managing online reputation means: To start out use This is of course only the tip of the iceberg. You can’t control all the websites out there but there are little helpers and some professional solutions too. free guide from 2006 subduing the original messages Digg or top-ranking blogs. There are many social media sites that are based on on User Generated Content (UGC) — their Trying to sweep things under the run is not an effective way to manage your online reputation. The issues will reappear again and again. You may not care about politics but politics cares about you. Technorati Watchlist You should resist the strong temptation to automatically defend your company online when you receive criticism.  If you do respond with truthful and objective information, you should make clear your affiliation with the company.  Most small businesses struggle with managing their online reputation. When they notice their brand being under fire they often resort to tactics of More and more, users are conversing on sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and others about products and services.  Although you can ignore these conversations, there’s one inherent risk with this:  Your online reputation can have a significant impact on your offline business relationships.  What makes this particularly troubling is that social media sites, blogs and forums can often rank well in Google — perhaps even higher than your own website. Imagine a prospective customer searching on Google for your company or product and landing on a discussion of your business online.  An important conversation that impacts your business.  One that you’d likely want to at least participate in. Tripadvisor Wikipedia All of these sites are featured very prominently in Google search results for related search terms. Shopping search engines rank well for product results where users review them. Tripadvisor reviews are used to determine the importance of a hotel and it’s position in local search results which appear above the other Google search results. The more reviews, the better. Wikipedia ranks in the Google top 10 for almost any query so it is very likely that the Wikipedia entry will be found near or even above your company website. . These methods in most cases backfire! and other so called shopping search engines, the let users rate products and shops You have to monitor these sites depending on what your business focuses on. If you want more check out Even if you are a small business, social media users are increasingly likely to talk about your business online.  Now you might argue that you don’t need to worry about this as nobody would write about your business in a blog, discussion forum or social news site.  Technorati tracks weblogs for the terms relevant to you, Google will notify you when instances of your keywords appear on Google results but also Google News or Google Blogsearch. these services Do not try to squash the conversation.  ” is an old saying that also applies to social media and the Web. . tools for reputation management ” Google Alerts Local SEO Consider popular sites like: has entries for most companies, international corporations entries always have a “criticism” part as well as this larger list that includes also other Bizrate Why would anybody talk online about a biotech patent attorney or a niche-market enterprise software company?  Most small businesses are not important enough to be referenced in social popular, mainstream social media sites.  But it’s not only about and similar let users rate hotels, restaurants and local businesses beyond monitoring. is to attract discussion and debate on a specific topic or industry. Originally published Mar 11, 2008 10:42:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Publishing your own take on your company via different media like blogs, press releases, UGC sites Note:  This article was written primarily by a freelance writer who is an internet marketing and social media consultant.  Monitoring search results and social media for mentions of your company or product Topics: If you want to read more about reputation management try this Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

5 Items to Delete From Your Website Today

first_img – Contact us forms don’t work. Instead of qualified leads, they mostly attract spam. Having your business contact information as part of your website is critical. However, when it comes to using forms, use landing pages. Landing pages M i x y Do you Agree? Which of these will you be deleting from your website? Topics: Photo Credit: . While all of these things are important, today I would like you to do something completely different: think about things you should stop doing. – Research has shown that Internet users don’t like to scroll. Having a product page that is full of text and graphs that takes several scolls to reach the bottom is asking for your information to be ignored. The truth is that if you have long text pages of your website, you are probably trying to communicate too many ideas on that page. Read through and ask yourself, “Is this all about one topic?” If the answer is “no,” then divide that page into a couple short pages that each contain a single idea. This type of simplification will make it easier for your visitors and search engines to understand what your site and business is aobut. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack search engine optimization – Your website should be written for your customers. Assuming that potential customers know and understand industry terminology is a mistake. Look through your website and highlight terms that are not commonly used outside of industry circles. If you aren’t sure if a word should be removed, ask one of your customers if they are familiar with it. Delete the highlighted words and replace them with more common explanations. optimize your site for search engines , but they can also complicate the website experience for visitors. Remember that when users visit your website, they looking for something specific. Animations can often be slow to load, which slows down the user and can make them abandon your website. Perform a test. Remove your animation for a set period of time and see how it impacts metrics like lead conversion and time-on-site. 2. Industry Jargon When we add ideas and actions, websites become more complicated. Complication creates confusion and often translates to lower effectiveness.  So today instead of telling you to add new things, we offer a few suggestions on things to remove from your Inbound Marketing start a blog . 4. Long Pages of Text , or – Images are important. Images help to tell a story. However, many websites have too many images. The problem with having too many images is that they can drastically slow down the load time for your website in a web broswer. Search engines also take into consideration page load times when ranking websites. Websites that have been around for a while can often collect lots of images, and some of them no longer go with the content of the site. Keep some images, but go through and remove all images from your website that don’t help tell your company’s story. 3. Images Our blog, along with many others, are full of advice and instructions of things to add to your website. These often include: provide a dedicated form that is connected to a lead generation offer. For example, if you have a form connected to a free assessment, you clearly know that submissions from that form are related to potential customers who want a free assessment. You don’t have this clarity with a contact us form, and response rates for dedicated landing pages are much higher. 5. “Contact Us” Form monitor social media – Flash-based animations can be bad for Originally published Aug 20, 2010 10:30:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 1. Complicated Animations , business websitelast_img read more

160 MORE Free Stock Photos You Seriously Need to Download Now

first_img Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Images Topics: Originally published Sep 17, 2013 8:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 We all understand the need for visual content in our marketing, but don’t necessarily have the budget or resources to make it happen amidst various image copyright rules floating around the internet.With all of these challenges ahead for marketers in an ever-increasingly visual web, it’s not hard to see why 55,000 people downloaded our set of 75 free stock photos last month.But while those free stock photos were popular — they weren’t exactly perfect. Admittedly, they lacked diversity and more business-style shots. That’s why we’re pleased to share 160 completely new, completely free, business-themed stock photos that you can download and use today — without any payment or any image credit required. Although, inbound links are always welcome. ;)Now, we don’t want you to download these stock photos and have them rot in a random place on your hard drive — we’d love for you to actually use them. So to help you get inspired to put these free stock photos to use, check out our six places you can feature these stock photos in your marketing campaigns below. 6 Places to Use Your 160 Free Stock PhotosThe 160 free stock photos come bucketed in six categories. Let’s walk through an example from each category by sharing six of the many places you could employ these free photos.1) Web Page ImageAccording to Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab, 46.1% of people say a website’s design is the number one criterion for discerning the credibility of the company. Rather than presenting a stale website or spending a large portion of your budget on an image purchase, try selecting one of our business-themed photos to show off your business. The photo below comes from our photo category of “Employees Working.”2) Pinterest Board ImageData from Marketing Land shows that Pinterest images with less than 10% background receive 2-4 times more pins than images with a heavy background. A variety of images in the group have light backgrounds in order to maximize the probability of your success when using them. The photo shown as the featured image on the pinboard below is an example photo from our collection of “Meeting” photos.3) Facebook Post ImageAccording to Dan Zarrella, photos on Facebook get more likes, comments, and shares than text, video, and links do. We constantly try to employ visuals over plain text or link updates on our own Facebook, but as our social media manager Brittany Leaning can attest to, it’s not easy! She spends hours creating visual content, so these 160 free photos help increase in her productivity. The photo below comes from the category of “Miscellaneous” photos. In other words, here are some more business-esque photos that could work in most scenarios. 4) Landing Page Promotional ImageOur data shows that companies see a 55% increase in leads when increasing their number of landing pages from 10 to 15. But how do you create effective landing pages without engaging visuals? With a little bit of customization, you can take your landing page conversion rate up a notch. The example below uses a photo from the “Printers/Fax/Phone” collection of photos to provide a human touch to a software trial.5) Email Campaign ImageAccording to the “Science of Email Marketing,” 65% of readers prefer emails that contain mostly images. While we don’t recommend cluttering your email campaigns with photos, images can certainly help entice readers to click. In the example below, one of the photos from our “Mobile/Laptop” collection of photos is used to pimp out a blog post in an email to subscribers.6) SlideShare Background ImageAccording to the company, SlideShare receives 60 million monthly visitors and 130 million pageviews, and is amongst the most visited 200 websites in the world. And it’s value in marketing and visual content creation continues to rise. But every SlideShare you create requires images. While you can have text-based slides, you need a variety of images to stand as backgrounds or convey your message. The image is selected from the “Office Supplies” collection of photos, and fits seamlessly in the SlideShare presentation below.While these examples illustrate six ways you can use these free stock photos, they are by no means the limit. We encourage you to check out these 160 free photos for yourself! And if you use these photos in your marketing, feel free to comment below on how you used them! 🙂last_img read more

Women’s Super League: talking points from the weekend’s action

first_imgfeatures Facebook 1) Arsenal surfing a wave of confidenceArsenal got their second-least convincing result of the Super League season against Bristol City: a 4-0 win. The same names keep cropping up on the scoresheet: Danielle van de Donk, Vivianne Miedema and Jordan Nobbs were on the mark again. The big difference between this season and the last is that Miedema is staying fit and Nobbs has added goals to what was already a fantastic game. It means that they have not missed Kim Little, who broke a leg against Chelsea a couple of weeks ago. Little is their captain, the most-capped Scotland player and extremely influential but this Arsenal machine has not missed a beat. They are blowing teams away, whether it was Chelsea (5-0), Reading (6-0) or Bristol City: the level of performance does not change. Some teams are up for certain games and perhaps slightly complacent for others but Arsenal just keep doing what they are doing with no regard for the opposition. They are riding the crest of a wave and there is simply no holding them back.2) Jepson brings resilience to LiverpoolThe 1-0 defeat at Chelsea meant Vicky Jepson’s first game since being confirmed as Liverpool’s full-time manager ended disappointingly but there was still encouragement there. Four of their five league games since being thrashed 5-0 by Arsenal on the opening day have finished 1-0, with two won and two lost, and the other they won 2-1. They seem to have tightened up defensively compared with the end of last season and that is to Jepson’s credit: they always had sound defenders, such as Sophie Bradley-Auckland and Leandra Little, but they just needed some direction. Jepson, and her assistant Chris Kirkland, seem to be providing it. They were second best at Chelsea but it was a resilient performance and an organised one. Rinsola Babajide, the tall, young English forward, offered excitement. She has got the speed and confidence to bring the ball off the wing and drive infield and offers something different, a threat that Liverpool did not have before she signed from Watford in January. It was her second start of the season and she somehow personifies her team: a bit raw, just starting out but looks like she is going to get a lot better. Share on Twitter Play women’s football matches in main stadiums to boost attendances Reuse this content Share on Facebook Read more Women’s football Twitter Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Sportblog Share on LinkedIn Topics Liverpool’s Laura Coombs and Erin Cuthbert of Chelsea in action during Sunday’s match. Photograph: Chelsea Football Club/Getty Images 3) Eriksson comes to Chelsea’s aid with glorious goalChelsea have been pinning their goalscoring hopes on Ji So-yun, Fran Kirby and Drew Spence, and not very successfully – they had scored only two goals, and in one game, before Sunday – so it would have been encouraging for them to see Magdalena Eriksson step up and carry some of that burden. The Swede’s smart overhead was her outstanding moment but Eriksson’s attacking contributions were a feature of the game, and had her crosses from the left been better converted Chelsea’s victory would have been more comfortable. Having struggled so badly in front of goal the team seemed to relax once they took the lead but could not take any of their other chances. The champions are making very hard work of retaining the title, a feat which even at this very early stage is looking very unlikely given Arsenal’s form. However they are fourth and have played the rest of the top five: they will not have to play any of those teams again until mid-January, by which time the table may look very different.4) Have Manchester City been rumbled?Manchester City were held at home by Reading on Friday and are three points behind Arsenal, who have a game in hand. They know they need to have their foot to the floor, iron out those mistakes and then get something from their visit to Arsenal in early December. Their results have not been terrible but their problem is they have played the same way since their inception: playing out from the back through Keira Walsh, getting the ball wide and then driving into the box or crossing. This season there are two key differences: other teams are getting better and they know exactly what City are going to do. Their tactics have been very effective but if they never change their style and their opponents continue to improve tactically and technically, it will pay off less and less. They have also lost key players in each of the last two summers: Lucy Bronze in 2017 and Izzy Christiansen this year, both to Lyon. They were two very attacking players and having created a team whose effectiveness came from speed and power those departures have made a big difference. Suzanne Wrack Women’s Super League Pinterest Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger 5) Everton’s energy goes missing againOnce again Everton, second-bottom last season, find themselves above only Yeovil in the table. In their second season of being professional they seem to have gone backwards. In the summer they lost their No 9, Courtney Sweetman-Kirk, to Liverpool and now they are finding out what a difference she made. She is a tireless worker, one of those who chases everything, and maybe Everton are missing that work rate. They did not always get the results but at times last season they would terrify their opponents, flying at them with a high press. I watched them at Chelsea, where they lost 1-0 but matched the champions-to-be in a lot of areas and were really dangerous on the counterattack. In the summer they signed relatively unknown players and maybe that gamble is not paying off – they certainly seem to have lost some of that youthfulness and energy. On Sunday they were 1-0 up and lost; a week earlier they were 3-1 up at home to Birmingham and drew – throwing away points is an unfortunate habit to get into.BT Sport has coverage of FA Women’s Super League all season. Watch Bristol City v Liverpool on BT Sport 1 on Saturday, 17 November from 2.45pm. Watch via the App or TV. last_img read more

Bayern still undecided on James signing – Rummenigge

first_imgTransfers Bayern yet to decide on permanent deal for evolving James – Rummenigge Jamie Smith 02:50 1/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) James Rodriguez Bongarts Transfers Bayern München UEFA Champions League Leganés v Real Madrid Real Madrid Primera División Robert Lewandowski Recent reports suggest Bayern could swap Robert Lewandowski to keep the midfielder, but the director says they will wait before buying him outright James Rodriguez’s long-term future at Bayern Munich will not be decided in 2018, according to chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.Reports have indicated James’ parent club Real Madrid could seek to send the Colombia international to Bayern on a permanent deal at the end of the season as part of a transfer involving Robert Lewandowski.Bayern have a €42 million purchase option on James but the Bundesliga leaders are not in a hurry to secure the 26-year-old, while Lewandowski prompted speculation about his future this month by hiring Pini Zahavi as his new agent. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “It was Carlo Ancelotti’s idea to sign [James] and I think that was a very good idea,” Rummenigge told Bayern TV. “He has developed very well, particularly under Jupp Heynckes. “He has become a very important player for us. He is technically strong with a wonderful shot and a great free-kick like we saw recently in Leverkusen. We’re benefiting from his way of playing because he’s evolved into a playmaker.”He’s on loan with Bayern for two years and then we have the option to buy him out of his contract for €42m, if I’m not mistaken. Of course, that’s still a lot of money, even if we all saw some really crazy figures during the last transfer window.”We will wait and see what happens and decide what to do. However, that won’t happen in 2018 because we have plenty of time to decide and the purchasing option won’t expire.”Although Bayern are 19 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga, with 10 rounds of matches still to play, Rummenigge said nothing is being taken for granted in the club’s hunt for a sixth straight league title.”We’ll only celebrate when it’s mathematically certain. We can wait,” said Bayern’s CEO. “It’s not the first time and it’s all to do with experience. And also, Jupp Heynckes won’t tolerate any nonsense.”last_img read more

Should I Force My Executive Director to Blog?

first_imgSource: Adapted from the Nonprofit 911 Presentation “The Experts Are In! Your Online Fundraising and Nonprofit Marketing Questions Answered.” Web-savvy employees are often looking for ways to dive into the social networking realm online. One of the most popular ways to generate conversation is through blogging-organizational or individual blogs.Maybe your organization has a well-traveled, well-spoken ED: She travels a lot, meets a variety of people, gets great stories and can relate to the organization at a bird’s eye level. Should you force your leader to blog? Here are a few points to keep in mind when making a blogging decision:It takes a huge amount of energy and time to blog. You have to be really enthusiastic about the medium, or it’s really not going to work.Your ED may not be your best spokesperson. Perhaps you have a volunteer, another staffer or a constituent that can speak better to what you’re attempting to accomplish through this mode of communications.You’re welcome to blog yourself, but others may be doing it already! If you don’t want to start a blog yourself, what bloggers in your community are talking about your issue that you could reach out to and engage so they’re spreading the word on your behalf?It really comes down to the commitment and the purpose behind the blog. You need someone who will continually contribute and enjoy the process as it’s happening. And, it’s a great opportunity to think about whom you have helped, or what other champions or advocates you have who could blog to advance your mission.last_img read more

The 2 secrets to campaigning like Obama

first_imgI’m blogging from the opening day of Independent Sector, from the first-day session, “Harnessing Election Momentum for Nonprofit Causes.” On the panel are Maya Enista of Mobilize.org, Benjamin Todd Jealous of the NAACP and Janet Murguia of the National Council of La Raza. (I’m sitting next to fellow blogger Rosetta Thurman, whose fingers are flying. Be sure to read her stuff, too. She’s someone to watch in our sector.)I’d sum up the session for you this way: What the election teaches us – and what we need to sustain the kind of momentum it created among so many audiences – requires two things. The themes were:1. Audience appeal2. Infrastructure (both human and technological)By audience appeal, I mean the ability to appeal to the personal concerns of your audience. If you read this blog regularly, then you know I say this ad nauseum. You probably want to plug your ears by now. But I have to keep saying it, because it’s so very true. And we so often forget. The panelists offered great examples of the power of an audience-centric approach on the campaign trail. Benjamin Jealous talked about jobs and financial security as top issues among his members.Maya Enista talked about how the youth vote turned out because “the candidates gave youth a reason to vote. They talked about jobs, the cost of college, personal debt and predatory lending on college campuses, and they used online engagement to do it.” She said “We need to know the issues that appeal.” Janet Murguia talked about the importance of the rhetoric around immigration in engaging her community, as well as the “Yes we can” message of hope harkening back to Chavez and resonating with Latino voters, a group she calls aspirational in nature. Maya Enista talked about calling her mother the night of the election at 11 pm and asking her, “Mom, is this the reason you immigrated here?” Her mother said “yes” through her tears.It’s all about personal relevance. So learn it from the campaign trail: It’s the audience, stupid, and it always will be. An appeal to your audience’s values is the only way to get and keep momentum.Second, you need the engine behind, around and underneath that audience. The panelists identified one obvious engine: community-based organizations. That’s the human, organizational part of the engine. If those community-based organizations work together, which is hard to accomplish in our sector at a time where everyone is fighting for grants, you get a super-engine. (Maya suggests we need not only more cooperation but some mergers as well.)They also discussed a second engine: online engagement. That’s the technological part of the engine. The Obama campaign may not have invented Facebook, as Maya reminded us, but they sure knew how to tap into the platform and all social media to mobilize a younger generation. This is an era when you can enable someone to learn the location of their polling station via Twitter. Online tools put word of mouth on steroids. They also do wonders for your outreach, your fundraising, everything. They enable you to do less with more, as well as to reach new audiences. It’s the audience and the engines you tap. No matter how small your cause or how puny your pocketbook, you can accomplish much if you keep that in mind.More to come from the conference – stay tuned!last_img read more