Portfolios to new Goa Ministers: Kavlekar to be Deputy CM

first_imgThe four new ministers inducted into the Goa cabinet will be allotted portfolios on Monday, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Sunday. Chandrakant Kavlekar, who was the Leader of the Opposition, will be designated as Deputy Chief Minister, Mr. Sawant told reporters.Days after 10 Congress MLAs in Goa joined the BJP, Mr. Sawant on Saturday reshuffled his cabinet, dropping three members of the ally, Goa Forward Party (GFP), and an Independent legislator as ministers.Michael Lobo, who resigned as Deputy Speaker of the Goa Assembly, and three of the 10 MLAs who joined the BJP — Chandrakant Kavlekar, Jeniffer Monserratte, Philip Neri Rodrigues — were sworn in as ministers on Saturday.The monsoon session of the Assembly begins on Monday. Asked how the new ministers would handle questions in the House, Mr. Sawant said, “I will be there to help them.” The 10 Congress MLAs joined the BJP last Wednesday, increasing the saffron party’s strength to 27 in the 40-member House.Prior to the swearing-in, Mr. Sawant issued a notification, dropping all three GFP leaders — Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai, Water Resources Minister Vinod Palyekar, and Rural Development Minister Jayesh Salgaonkar — and Independent MLA and Revenue Minister Rohan Khaunte from the cabinet to accommodate the new members.The GFP, which has three legislators in the House, and Mr. Khaunte withdrew their support to the BJP-led State government on Saturday. Mr. Sardesai said the induction of the 10 Congress MLAs into the BJP was the “death of the legacy” of late chief minister Manohar Parrikar, who was a towering figure in politics of the coastal State.last_img read more

Champions Trophy: Virender Sehwag rips through opposition attacks

first_imgVirender Sehwag in actionAs the floodlights at the Premadasa Stadium were switched off one by one, Sourav Ganguly, captain of India, issued an order. “Everybody…” the Indian captain said over his shoulder to the assemblage of reporters, camera crew, ice officials, policemen and hangers-on, “everybody clap for Veeru.” Everybody clapped,Virender Sehwag in actionAs the floodlights at the Premadasa Stadium were switched off one by one, Sourav Ganguly, captain of India, issued an order. “Everybody…” the Indian captain said over his shoulder to the assemblage of reporters, camera crew, ice officials, policemen and hangers-on, “everybody clap for Veeru.”Everybody clapped but it seemed pitiful, inadequate. Maybe, a thunderclap would have been more fitting for Virender Sehwag, flayer of cricket balls and slayer of opposition hopes, small-town boy turned big-time bully.In the short game, the Indians today are not just a cricket team. With 10 wins in their past 13 matches they are a curious collective of artists and escape artists, builders and jailbreakers, locksmiths and lockpickers. Every time there’s a job to be done, there’s a man around who knows just how to do it. In Colombo it was Sehwag: a century and a 50 and a handy turn with the ball at the death that brought him two man-of-the-match awards and took his team into the final of the biggest tournament in cricket after the World Cup.Sehwag destroyed England in a matter of 90 minutes – this when chasing 270 to win. Then the Indians choked World No. 2 South Africa – or rather South Africa choked itself – in a semi-final that was all done until Herschelle Gibbs began to cramp and the Indians decided they hadn’t heard any fat lady sing. Not bad for a team Tony Greig described as playing “without a logo, sponsor or a fifth bowler”.What the team has instead is a core of young players who are getting used to the temperature of the international game. Sehwag, 23, is one of them, a player with talent that leaves his seniors goggle-eyed and a mindset that has survived and outlasted two breaks due to injury and even a diplomatic crisis (the Mike Denness affair).It is a mindset that began and ended with the catch-phrase band leaders use to open campus gigs: hit it. It’s one thing to crank out a few tunes in front of dopey teenagers, quite another to do so in an arena crammed with the paying public. The transition in this case has had to be made from being an attacking batsman bowlers believe will go after everything and give them a chance every ball, to a player who keeps bowlers nervy wondering when the latest round of punishment is due.SHOULDER TO SHOULDER: Sehwag has flowered under Ganguly (left)Sehwag’s gifts – balance and the eye to pick length early – allow him to play a high-risk, high-returns game, where boundary board and scoreboard keep clattering. His Ranji Trophy captain Vijay Dahiya of Delhi says, “He took the game he played at the domestic level to the international level, played the same strokes, dominates in the same way.”The ability to dominate and subdue can also give a young man an addiction to aggression. Sehwag’s buddies in the Indian team used to despair at how many one-day centuries he has let go as opener due to loose shots before scoring his second in Colombo. Now it has become a job of keeping that marvellous eye on the ball, the scoreboard-and the clock. “Earlier I had no responsibility. All I did was go out and hit shots. But now I need to stay at the wicket longer for India. The more I do, the better our chances of getting big scores.”None bigger in terms of occasion than his patient century as Test opener in Nottingham earlier in the summer; he was another in a long line of makeshift openers but has no time for the anxieties of the job: he would rather fuss over his batting, he says, not his batting position.Bishan Singh Bedi first saw Sehwag when he played for Jamia Millia Islamia, after enduring a daily 42-km round-trip bus commute starting at 4.30 a.m. To the burly old left-arm spinner, the chunky son of a flour-mill owner was ” an uncut diamond”.John Wright, the coach who speaks as softly as Sehwag does, recently had a quiet word that hit home. With a single half-century in his last 13 one-dayers, Sehwag was reminded that Sachin Tendulkar had sacrificed his opening slot in the one-day game for him –  a spot where he scored a century every three games. That if he could apply his mind for 40 overs, he would get a hundred and take his team past tall totals. That this was not any old batting spot. It was the seat of royalty itself in the Indian team, handed over by the king. Swapping places with Tendulkar was only the final act in their two-man drama. Sehwag’s nickname, Najafgarh ka Tendulkar, was bad enough but then the syndrome went potty, physical similarities highlighted by television gurus lining up slow-mo shots of the two side by side. But Sehwag is a sturdier sort, trying to return the respect given by his peers with big runs and treating the comparisons that follow like media manure. A deep-rooted common sense helps; asked for the nth time about the difference between Tendulkar and himself, Sehwag says, “Our bank balance.” advertisementadvertisementUnderneath that deadpan cheekiness is a nerveless competitor. Yuvraj Singh describes Sehwag as operating in two gears: “Either he’s bashing bowlers or he’s asleep. Fifth or neutral. Nothing else.” Away from the centre, Sehwag prefers neutral. He’s comfortable in his own skin and knows that a lack of English has cost him nothing more than a shoe contract. The marketing men told his agent that he wasn’t worthy of their shoes because “he can’t speak English and he is the kind of player who just hits or gets out”. Guess, who’s cringing now?The cautionary notices are already up: Viv Richards told INDIA TODAY, “He’s on fire. But it’s how he plays when the ball is in his ribs that will be the true test.” Sri Lankan captain Sanath Jayasuriya says, “You can bat like this for one series, maybe two or three, but continuously, it’s going to be very tough.”This, however, is the man who has won a match for India with a broken thumb, and says he didn’t panic even when Jacques Kallis hit him for a six in first ball of the final over of the match against South Africa because he knew that one dot ball in the next five would take his team into the semi-final. The Indian team and Virender Sehwag, a batsman of expansive talent and supreme confidence, are discovering that rewards lie in wait if they keep the balance between the big picture and the smallest detail.-with Vivek Lawlast_img read more

Dwyane Wade passes Michael Jordan for most blocked shots by a guard

first_imgView comments Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sorry not sorry MOST READ P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Jordan still has the all-time regular season record for blocks by a guard with 893. Wade’s two first-half blocks against the Hawks gave him 877.Johnson became the 449th player to get a shot blocked by Wade. Joe Johnson and Ben Gordon have been blocked by Wade the most, 12 times each.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:30Counsels of 8 convicted coast guard personnel to appeal court decision02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 27: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat celebrates after teamamte Wayne Ellington #2 of the Miami Heat hit a three against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on January 27, 2019 in New York City.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. Elsa/Getty Images/AFPMIAMI — Dwyane Wade now has more blocked shots than any guard in NBA history.The Miami Heat star swatted away the 1,052nd shot of his career Monday night, blocking an attempt by Atlanta’s B.J. Johnson. When factoring in regular-season and playoff games, that’s one more block than Michael Jordan had in his career.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Venus misses record fifth gold after defeat in mixed doubles finals,Venus misses record fifth gold after defeat in mixed doubles finals

first_imgVenus Williams missed out on becoming the first tennis player to win five Olympic gold medals when she and partner Rajeev Ram were defeated in the Rio mixed doubles final.Fellow Americans Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock downed Williams and Ram 6—7 (3/7), 6—1, 10—7 to grab the gold.Venus won the singles gold at Sydney in 2000 and the doubles titles with sister Serena in 2000, 2008 and 2012. She and 32-year-old Ram had never played together before Rio.“You always go into a match trying to win it and you never know if you are going to be able to cross that line,” said 36-year-old Venus who had to be content with a record-equalling fifth medal in total.“So I really feel just excited that we played really well the whole tournament. I’m excited that we had chances and put ourselves in a position to win that match and you can’t ask for more.”The silver medal made up for a disappointing Games for the Williams sisters.They lost in the first round of the doubles, while Venus was also dumped at the first hurdle in the singles.Defending singles champion Serena was defeated in the third round.Ram was a late call-up to the US squad after 2012 men’s doubles champions Bob and Mike Bryan pulled out for health reasons. ve × COMMENTS August 15, 2016 Rio 2016: Faster, Higher, Stronger COMMENTcenter_img ve SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL tennis Published onlast_img read more

Manchester United makes profit of $ 177.8 million despite dismal Premier League season

first_imgEnglish Premier League soccer club Manchester United on Friday reiterated its full-year financial targets as it reported a 30 percent rise in third-quarter revenue despite inconsistent performances on the pitch.United, English league champions a record 20 times and currently fifth in the Premier League before the final round of matches, said total revenue rose to 123.4 million pounds ($177.8 million) in the three months to March 31, from 95 million pounds a year earlier.The club’s adjusted core earnings jumped 76.8 percent to 44.9 million pounds. ($1 = 0.6941 pounds)last_img read more

Virat Kohli bromances with star footballer over Twitter

first_imgIndia’s Test captain Virat Kohli had declared his support for defending World Champions Germany ahead of Euro 2016. The Delhi batsman, who has been rested ahead of a busy cricket season, posed for a photograph donning a Germany jersey with his name on it.Excited for #Euro16I’m all in with Die Mannschaft for the Euros! Which team are you supporting? #FirstNeverFollows pic.twitter.com/iAGbAE1r4N Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) June 9, 2016Thanks @ToniKroos Wish you the best for #Euro16. Will be cheering! Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) June 11, 2016Toni Kroos, the German central midfielder who wears the number 18 shirt, took out time from his busy Euro schedule and thanked the Indian batsman for his support and also the jersey choice ahead of his team’s opening game. The Real Madrid star had also promised a gift for Kohli.Kroos has kept his words. The German player has sent Kohli a signed jersey. Kohli, who took to Twitter on Monday, posed with Kroos’ jersey and thanked the German superstar. He also wished Germany for their quarterfinal clash and promised a return gift for Kroos. Is a signed India jersey on its way to France?Thank You @ToniKroosSending a present for you as well. All The Best for the quarters ??? #FirstNeverFollows #Euro16 pic.twitter.com/DPcY3sYpFn Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) June 27, 2016Germany brushed away Slovakia’s threat in the round of 16 game with an emphatic 3-0 win. Goals from Jerome Boateng, Mario Gomez and Draxler made sure Germany asserted their dominance over a spirited Slovakian side. The tournament favourites will now take on Italy, who knocked out defending champions Spain, on Saturday at Bordeaux.advertisementlast_img read more

How To Navigate This Year’s Office Holiday Party

first_imgIt’s the most wonderful time of the year: holiday party season! As the temperature gets cooler, festive decorations make their appearance and gingerbread and candy cane flavors are infused in our favorite treats, you can expect those holiday party invites to roll in. Undoubtedly, one such invite will come from your company.The holiday season might be a time to eat, drink, and be merry, but when it comes to the office shindig, there’s a fine line between holiday cheer and a little too much beer.To help you successfully navigate the social minefield that is the holiday office party, here are some office party do’s and don’ts you need to be aware of:Your Plus OneDo: Bring (a special) someone.The office holiday party provides a perfect opportunity to give your coworkers a better sense of the real you. So, if you’re encouraged to invite a guest, bring along a special someone (keyword: special). The purpose of the party is to get to know your colleagues on another level; bringing along a spouse or significant other helps you do just that.Bringing someone for the sake of having a plus one (or to save you should the going get rough), on the other hand, can prevent you from truly getting to know your colleagues. Not to mention, inviting someone you don’t fully trust to be on their best behavior can spell trouble for you later on.Don’t: Bring an uninvited guest.The last thing thing you want to do is bring an uninvited guest to your office holiday party, putting both you and your plus one in an uncomfortable situation. Before extending your company’s invitation to someone outside of the organization, check with your employer to be sure guests are included in the office festivities.Your DressDo: Dress up.It’s the holiday season, so don’t be afraid to wear something slightly more festive to celebrate. Trade your typical office wear for something a little more fun and representative of who you are outside of the workplace — just be sure that you remain polished and professional, as this is still a business function. If you’re unsure of what attire is best, ask your employer whether the event is formal or casual.Don’t: Dress for a night out on the town.The office holiday get-together may be a party, but it’s not that kind of party, so leave the clubbing attire at home. These are still your colleagues, so aim to wear something fun and festive, but still fairly conservative.You want to be seen as a professional by your boss and your co-workers in and out of the workplace. A good rule of thumb is to wear something you’d be comfortable wearing in front of your grandmother — there’s no room for error there.Your WalkDo: Eat, drink, and be merry.Your company went out of its way to plan (and pay) for a well-deserved holiday party, so there’s no shame in enjoying it to the fullest. It’s one of the few opportunities you’ll have to get to know your colleagues and show them a different side of yourself. Take full advantage and eat, drink, and be merry together. You’ll find forming better office relationships will make going into work a little bit easier.Don’t: Overindulge or over-share.Too much of even a good a thing — like that eggnog your cubemate brought to the party — can end in a disaster. While the office holiday party is one of the few times you can openly drink at work, it’s best to keep from overindulging, as that tends to lead to over sharing.To avoid offering your coworkers too much information (#TMI) — and becoming the talk of the office come Monday morning — you may want to steer clear of the open bar.Your TalkDo: Network.Company events give you a chance to mingle with employees you don’t see every day. Make the most of this opportunity by networking with employees from various departments. Step outside of your comfort zone and strike up a conversation with someone new. You never know, this person could be your key to breaking into new work territory.Don’t: Talk shop.If there’s one thing you need to take away from this, it’s to avoid engaging in work-related conversations at the office holiday party (that and going shot for shot with Alan from IT). The purpose of this event is to take a much-needed break from day-to-day projects and conversations and engage with your colleagues in a more enjoyable environment; it’s not the time to discuss next quarter’s business strategy.Instead, keep the conversation light and friendly. Get to know your superiors and team members on a more personal level by asking about their family, favorite local hangout spots, or holiday plans. You’ll be glad you did.What are some other holiday office party do’s and don’ts employees need to know?last_img read more

Why Haven’t You Landed Your Dream Job Yet? (Part 1)

first_imgWhen it comes to millennials finding a job, it’s not all about the money. According to a May 2014 survey by AfterCollege, 72 percent of college students actually care about what a company does when deciding where to apply. However, college graduates are not guaranteed jobs. In fact, 83 percent don’t have a job lined up before graduation.Much like a rookie football player entering the pros for the first time, these recent college graduates have to be strategic when they job search. And like a rookie player finally making the team, he has to stand out to make his way from the bench to the field — but he can’t do it alone.The first in a two-part series, here are five of the top 10 reasons why people aren’t getting the jobs they want and the supporters job seekers need on their side while searching in order to earn a spot on the team:1. The Cheerleader. To get to the bottom of why so many people aren’t getting hired after interviews, OI Global Partners interviewed its career consultants in an October 2014 survey. Thirty-three percent of them say people don’t get jobs because they are lacking humor, warmth or personality during the interviewing process.Interviewees are often timid during interviews not because they lack personality, but nerves are working against them. Everyone needs a cheerleader on the sidelines rooting for them along the way. Because even if they don’t score the job after the interview, they need someone to remind them just how great of a person they are and to encourage them to win the next big interview.2. The Agent.When it comes to interviews, researching the company and the person giving the interview is crucial — and the lack thereof is why many fail to secure jobs. In fact, 39 percent of the OI Global Partners consultants say interviewees don’t research a potential employer/interviewer.When it comes to potential jobs, people sometimes need an outside source to guide them during the job search process like a sports agent. The agent knows the field the job seeker is entering well and where his or her skills will best be used.Agents are right with the job seeker throughout the process to scope out all prospective jobs and decide together the person’s best choice.3. The Reporter.They say there is no such thing as a stupid question. That may or may not be true, but certain questions can make or break a person during a job interview. In reality, 41 percent of professionals agree that people are not asking enough, or the right, questions.The questions people ask on interviews are just as important as the questions being asked of them. That’s why everyone needs a reporter in the job searching process. The reporter’s curiosity will not only challenge the job seeker in the best way but can even help with crafting all the right questions to ask during a job interview.4. The Person From Back Home.You can tell a lot by a football player based on his attitude. For instance, when he isn’t sure of himself, he can miss a catchable ball because he believes he isn’t right for the position. On the other hand, he can be too cocky and do a flip in the end zone which results in a fumble.In a sense, the same thing can happen to a person job searching, too, because 46 percent of OI Global Partners consultants say people being interviewed often appear over- or under-qualified for the job.It’s obvious when a person thinks they are too good or not the right person for the job based on attitude. That’s why job seekers need a person from home who knew them before to keep them grounded and act as reminder of where they came from when times get stressful.5. The Wide Receiver.If the interviewee can’t connect with the interviewer, he might as well just walk out the door before the interview even begins. In actuality, 49 percent of people don’t get hired because they aren’t able to personally connect with the interviewer.Being able to connect is everything, just ask a wide receiver. He can be the best receiver in the world — but if he doesn’t connect with the quarterback, he might as well be the worst. Skills alone can only get a person so far.Interviews are a two-way street. The wide receiver can show this person the ropes on how to network and how to get employers to not only like the interviewee but to also believe in him or her.Do you believe that a team of supporters can help someone land his or her next job?last_img read more

How to Negotiate Your Salary

first_imgWhen it comes to negotiating your salary, the biggest mistake you can make is to not negotiate at all. Many people avoid negotiation for fear of coming across as high maintenance or greedy, but it actually shows the opposite. Negotiation is an opportunity to display some of the most valuable characteristics employers look for in employees. If you were an employer, would you be more impressed with a candidate who accepts an offer right away? Or would you want to hire a confident candidate that goes the extra mile to ask for something better than what’s currently at hand?Here are five steps to help you with your next salary negotiation:Mindset: Negotiation is not a competition to see who can “win.” It’s a conversation to find a compromise for both parties. Therefore, it’s important to not only be sensitive to your own wishes and limitations, but to those of the company and/or hiring manager as well. Know your BATNA: This is your “Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement”, or how you’ll measure the success of your negotiation, and know when to walk away if necessary. If you know your BATNA, you’ll be able to distinguish between an offer that is in your best interest, and an offer that is not in your best interest. Starting the conversation: Before you begin negotiating, express your appreciation and gratitude for the offer. It’s a best practice to be thankful for what’s currently at hand before asking for more. An easy way to start your negotiation is to ask—a simple and direct manner is all you need. For example:“Is the salary negotiable?”“Is now a good time to discuss the details of my compensation package?”“I’m interested in discussing the details of my compensation package. Who is the best person for me to have this conversation with?”Now’s the time to turn your preparation into action and negotiate your salary with confidence! Start researching the salary range for your position on Glassdoor. Practice: “Winging it” is not an advisable strategy for negotiation. Outline all the points you want to propose in your negotiation and practice getting comfortable speaking about them. The more comfortable you feel, the more natural the conversation will flow. As you’re practicing, try to imagine what questions the person across the table may ask you so you can proactively incorporate the answers into your request. Decide on your number: Glassdoor is a great resource to help you figure out a reasonable target salary. Our database of salaries will allow you to see what the going rate is for your position in your industry. This information is an excellent way to provide credibility to how you arrived at your desired salary. And don’t forget to factor in the worth of your experience and skills!last_img read more

What to Do When Your Coworkers Find You Intimidating

first_imgBeing assertive at work is a great quality. You can stand up for what you believe in, advocate for yourself and for others, and be sure that credit is given where it’s due. But when does assertiveness cross over into the territory of being intimidating?Sometimes, assertiveness can go too far and can make people feel afraid to state their opinion and contradict you. A healthy environment of debate is essential to a productive and innovative business environment, so there’s really no room for intimidation in the workplace. So what should you do if you get this feedback at work from your peers or superiors?Here are five steps to reforming your unapproachable image and getting back on track.1. Get all the details. “You must first understand what it is exactly that your peers or superiors perceive as intimidating,” explains Charina L. Flores, VP of HR for the Barbelo Group. She suggests asking for specifics. “Our brain tends to reject or dislike people or something that is too perfect or demands perfection from us. Social Psychology calls this the Pratfall Effect.  The Pratfall Effect happens when a person makes a mistake and, in doing so, becomes more likable.  Admitting that you are not perfect and need help understanding how people perceive you can give you the Pratfall Effect.” In other words, you can start combating the perception that you’re intimidating by admitting a small amount of fault and asking people to explain how your behavior affects them. “Being open and authentic to others, and giving them a reason for your actions not only humanizes you but also increases your likeability,” says Flores. She also points out that self-awareness is critical to personal growth, so knowing exactly which of your actions is making others uncomfortable will be worth it in the long run.[Related: 7 Annoying Coworkers To Avoid]2. Consider what others bring to the table. Part of what makes people give off that intimidating vibe is an unwillingness to acknowledge that others have ideas that are worth considering. “It’s important to be able to accept and value contributions from others, and to not act as if you can singlehandedly ‘run the show,’” notes Ferne Traeger, career coach, psychotherapist and founder of Beyond the Boardroom. “This is potentially a problem not only because it repels others, but also because it doesn’t give them the opportunity to contribute and feel valued.” It’s true that if one person is dominating a team, the other members will become less invested, feeling as if their contributions don’t matter or won’t be acknowledged. “What is critical,” says Traeger, “is that others have the opportunity to struggle, learn and grow.”[Related: Break These 5 Bad Office Habits]3. Work on your relationships with your colleagues. In the same vein, being part of a team means having relatively good, friendly relationships with your coworkers. “This isn’t about being best friends,” cautions Karlyn Borysenko, Principal at Zen Workplace. “This is about having more informal bonds and allowing them to see a different side of you.” The more personable you are with others, the harder it is for them to be nervous around you. “Get to know them on a more personal level and that fear will start to go away. It brings humanity back into the equation!”[Related: 7 Types of Companies You Should Never Work For]4. Ask for feedback, and keep asking. “If you’ve gotten feedback before that you come across intimidating, ask for more feedback,” says Coach Colene, career coach and HR professional. Colene recommends being clear that you don’t intend to be intimidating, signaling that you’re open to working on the problem, and actively requesting more information. Ask questions like: “Was it what I said, or how I said it?” and “What would make the situation better?” Colene notes that you need to “be really open and set goals to make specific behavioral changes. All of business is about building the best, most impactful relationships you can. It’s hard to do so if people are intimidated or scared of you.” 5. Rework your image. Certain small actions can have a big impact on how others perceive you in general. Alison Popp, Talent Programs Manager at Influitive, says you should take the time to “build the brand you want” for yourself, or craft the way you want others see you. “If you want to be less intimidating, take practical steps that rework your image in another way using things like body language, emails, less curtness in interactions etc.” One strategy you can try is to take a little more time with each workplace interaction than you normally would. “You don’t need to be a sap,” says Popp, “but you can take a moment to listen and think about how your behaviour affects others and how you are being perceived.” She warns “not to swing too far the other way,” though, because it could seem disingenuous if you’re suddenly interested in every little detail of people’s lives if you weren’t before. More than anything, just take the time to listen to what your colleagues are saying, and let them know you’re hearing them.DISCOVER: Search Jobs Hiring In Your Area!last_img read more

How to Transition Into Working in the Solar Industry

first_img 23 hours ago 23h 4.6★ Master Licensed Electrician for Solar Installation Company Bright Eye Solar LLC Lancaster, PA 3.1★ 23 hours ago 23h N/A N/A See more Solar jobs N/A Jr. and Sr. Canvasser Solar Power Supply Corona, CA N/A N/A Customer Service Specialist Elevation Solar, LLC Chandler, AZ 5.0★ Available Solar Jobs 23 hours ago 23h With the growing uncertainty when it comes to the sustainability and profitability of fossil fuel production – coal mines, oil rigs, oil companies, gas companies – people are either being laid off or are considering changing careers. The biggest trend? Transitioning into the solar industry.The solar industry has taken the world by a storm. The price of fossils is exponentially growing, just as the price of solar energy and technologies is in a decline, becoming more affordable by the day. It is the marking of a new generation of power. While the solar industry is plummeting, some other branches of industries are inevitably crumbling. Oil, gas and coal industries have suffered the most through this process. Companies are closing or struggling and people are losing their jobs. Production of fossils has become a liability for the environment and is deteriorating the climate due to its high greenhouse gas emissions, and this is one of the main causes for the advancement of and the transition to renewable, natural energy.But just as the rise of the solar industry closes certain opportunities and doors, it also opens new, different ones. There are many new job positions available for new and for old workers. For those who have previously worked in the oil or gas industries, there are also different options and ways to transition into this new, growing solar industry. It is a process, and it certainly does take some adjustment, as well as more or less extensive training, but it is possible and very feasible.Inside The Transitioning TrendFirst of all, when it comes to the financial part, there is no exact rule on whether workers will earn more or less money than before, it is even more likely that the pay will be smaller. But the thing is that oil workers, for example, working at oil rigs, are facing more and more uncertainty when it comes to their jobs. They may be working one month, and be out of a job the next month. Working intermittently like that can take a toll on a person, both physically and financially. Therefore, working regularly, full-time, but on a smaller salary, can seem much better.Explore the Jobs and Salaries in the Solar IndustrySome workers are even considering transitioning before they are laid off due to the rather reasonable fear that they could lose their job. They may be settling for a smaller salary, but they are gaining certain job security. Salaries vary depending on the position, experience, level of education and training. Some technical workers, or janitors could even earn more in the corresponding jobs in the solar industry. They would do the same or similar work but at a higher standard, in an industry whose profits are rapidly increasing. Some will have a smaller annual pay, but after the required training and education, that can also change and grow.Some states and local governments offer programs for training unemployed skilled workers, particularly those from the oil and gas industries, training them in various areas of the solar industry. increasing their employability and opening new opportunities. Organizations, such as the Solar Energy International, offer different courses, training, retraining and career transition programs that help workers learn, adjust and prepare for the new industry and the new circumstances it has created. Department of Energy and the US Departments of Labor and Education partnered up to create The Solar Instructor Training Network, providing education and training as well as encouraging the development of a solar workforce.Some companies like Vivant Solar and SolarCity offer training programs for their workers before they get laid off. This helps with the process of transition and prepares them rather early on for the changes that will inevitably happen. The process of finding a new job and entering the new industry is easier this way and significantly shortened. This is, of course, the ideal solution and in ideal circumstances, but unfortunately, not very common or often practiced.   All in all, transitioning workers have to be prepared for a somewhat difficult period, probably a stiff competition, and they certainly have to be willing to learn, acquire new skills or upgrade their old ones.It is important to know and understand that many skills that oil and gas workers have are transferable to the solar industry. The job search may be hard and often discouraging or disillusioning, but perseverance is the key. Steps also need to be taken by the recruiters and employers, who have to put aside their preconceptions and recognize the value of a skilled worker. 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23hcenter_img Hostess/Barista/Fast Food/Servers Wanted – Sales & Customer Service Efficient Solar Services San Diego, CA 23 hours ago 23h Residential Outside Sales Representative Astral Power Binghamton, NY Customer Service – 5 OPENINGS! Efficient Solar Services San Diego, CA N/A Matt Reilly is an operations manager and home improvement writer currently working for Reilly Roofing and Gutters in San Antonio. He is a promoter of sustainable living, both on a large scale and through the use of eco-friendly technology in everyday life. Site Surveyor Titan Solar Power Dallas, TX Also on Glassdoor: 3.1★ Sales Representative 40-105197 Bay Sun Solar Pleasant Hill, CA 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h PV Designer Titan Solar Power Mesa, AZ 23 hours ago 23h Residential Solar Designer Axis Solar Design Los Angeles, CA Ask a Resume Writer: Where Do I Start? 23 hours ago 23hlast_img read more

13 Jobs That Will Help You Get in Shape

first_img 3.6★ 4.2★ 23 hours ago 23h Warehouse WorkerAverage Base Pay: $28,979Job Description: Many of these jobs will keep you fit, but this job might just make you buff. As a Warehouse Worker, you won’t just be on your feet — you’ll be regularly lifting, organizing and handling (sometimes heavy) packages. Companies Hiring: Target, Mattress Warehouse, Penske Logistics and moreSee Open Jobs 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 3.4★ Line Cook Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino Santa Fe, NM MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR Deco Products Decorah, IA Residential Carpenter/Remodeling James Construction and Renovation, LLC Dayton, OH Production AssistantAverage Base Pay: $39,184 Job Description: If you’re interested in making it big in film or television, working as a Production Assistant (PA) is one of the best ways to launch your career. As a PA, you’ll be running around all day (or night) doing everything from going on coffee runs to assisting with props — whatever it takes to keep the production going smoothly.Companies Hiring: NBC, CGI Communications, History Channel & moreSee Open Jobs 3.4★ 23 hours ago 23h Massage TherapistAverage Base Pay: $41,729Job Description: One of the most overlooked job requirements of being a massage therapist is the physical rigor involved in the profession. Imagine kneading dough for 6 to 8 hours a day? Working on a patient to alleviate muscle tension, pain, stiffness or just to provide relaxation requires you to be healthy and fit, and take care of your own wrists, elbows, shoulders and back.Companies Hiring: Massage Retreat & Spa, St. Croix Hospice, Breckenridge Grand Vacations and moreSee Open Jobs Browse More Jobs DRG Recovery Auditor – Credentials and Experience Required Amenity Consulting Remote Physical Therapist Doctors of Physical Therapy Randleman, NC Land SurveyorAverage Base Pay: $59,350Job Description: Land surveyors prepare sites for construction by making precise measurements to determine property boundaries. It is as much mathematical as it is physical. Surveyors need the ability to cut brush using chain saw or machete; ability to dig with a shovel or digging bars; ability to walk and hike through rough terrain, snow, and ice.Companies Hiring: DOWL, Pape-Dawson Engineers, National Grid USA and moreSee Open Jobs NurseAverage Base Pay: $65,976Job Description: While it will require a degree and licensure, becoming a nurse is a great option for those interested in healthcare, helping others and well-paying jobs. Besides going from room to room to assist patients, you’ll likely also be doing physical activities like lifting or moving patients and administering medication.Companies Hiring: US Department of Veteran Affairs, Kaiser Permanente, Carolinas HealthCare System and moreSee Open Jobs 23 hours ago 23h ElectricianAverage Base Pay: $52,621Job Description: Electricians are specialized handymen (and women!) who design, install, maintain and troubleshoot electrical wiring systems. As such, electricians must be in good shape to reach high places and the low places in a home or business to install wiring. Companies Hiring: X3 Tradesmen, Specialty Granules, Arandell, Pechanga Resort and Casino and more.See Open Jobs 23 hours ago 23h If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to get in shape and another was to find a new job, why not combine the two?! There are plenty of professions that won’t leave you stuck behind a desk, but instead will keep you on your feet moving and feeling physically fit. Here are 13 jobs that pay well and pay off when it comes to keeping you in shape. Apply now and get the compensation and the body you’ve always dreamed of!Construction Project ManagerAverage Base Pay: $110,263Job Description: Think there’s no money in construction? Think again. As a Construction Project Manager, you could pull in six figures as you supervise the teams that build structures like houses, office buildings, bridges and more on site, which will definitely keep you active. And perhaps just as exciting, this job ranked among Glassdoor’s Best Jobs in America in 2017.Companies Hiring: S3 Builders, Colarelli Construction, Feldco Factory Direct & moreSee Open Jobscenter_img Line Cooks Red Robin Woburn, MA 3.2★ 9 Jobs You Cannot Pass Up! Apply Today 4.0★ 3.1★ FirefighterAverage Base Pay: $52,103Job Description: Firefighters fight to minimize loss of life and property in the event of fire. They control and extinguish fires, and serve as a fully trained member of a firefighting crew and serves as a team member. They must be physically able to operate a variety of machines, tools and equipment which includes a motor vehicle, computer, generator, fire pump, fire hydrant, axe, shovel, hydraulic tools, power tools, hand tools, medical equipment, etc.Companies Hiring: City of Brentwood, TN; City of Portsmouth, NH; Del-Jen; and moreSee Open Jobs Outdoor Education Instructor Average Pay: $300 per weekJob Description: High energy and endurance are a must to be an outdoor education instructor. Add to that a love for working with kids, an interest in experiential education, enthusiasm for hard work, and a ton of patience.Companies Hiring: YMCA, REI, North Carolina State University and moreSee Open Jobs N/A 23 hours ago 23h 3.2★ 23 hours ago 23h Wound Care Physician Vohra Wound Physicians Trenton, NJ 23 hours ago 23h Property ManagerAverage Base Pay: $50,764Job Description: In addition to managing tenants and leases, property managers are regularly tasked with walking the property regularly, overseeing maintenance work, inspecting the property and performing light housekeeping as needed. Companies Hiring: New Land Enterprises, Bold Property Management, Drucker and Falk LLC and moreSee Open Jobs Physical TherapistAverage Base Pay: $69,464Job Description: An important member of treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention plans, they help individuals manage pain and improve movement from injuries caused by accidents, injuries related to work or sports, or from fractures and sprains, arthritis, neurological disorders, and other chronic conditions. Needless to say, you’ll get a work out as you’re working out your patients.Companies Hiring: MedCare Pediatric Group, Veterans Administration, Capital Region Medical Center and moreSee Open Jobs End of Line Operator – Nights 7pm – 7am Palram Kutztown, PA Dog WalkerAverage Base Pay: $24,000 Job Description: In addition to loving dogs and being comfortable with dogs of all shapes and sizes, dog walkers must be able to keep up with the physical demands of being on your feet and walking for much of the day. Plus, walkers need to be able to cope with inclement weather (rain, snow, cold, or heat wave, you can walk through it all).Companies Hiring: Wag!, Barkly Pets, Out-U-Go, NYC Pooch and moreSee Open Jobs 3.6★ Electronic Banking Specialist American River Bankshares Rancho Cordova, CA Browse Open Jobs Registered Nurse (RN) – PRN CHRISTUS Health Houston, TX SurgeonAverage Base Pay: $273,922Job Description: Standing on your feet for hours at a turn, holding your arms and hands in very precise positions to meticulously cut, sew, adjust and mend — a surgeon is perhaps one of the most physically and mentally demanding jobs around.Companies Hiring: Veterans Administration, Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, Vohra Wound Physicians and moreSee Open Jobslast_img read more

Aubameyang happy as Liverpool prepare €70M offer

first_imgLiverpool are launching a stunning bid for Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Aubameyang is ready to leave BVB this summer and was expected to join PSG.However, the trail to Paris has gone cold, which has opened the door to rival suitors.Le Parisien says Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is jumping into the battle with a club record €70 million bid being prepared.Aubameyang was brought to Dortmund by Klopp and they enjoy a good relationship.And having qualified for next season’s Champions League, Aubameyang has welcomed Liverpool’s interest and is keen to speak with Klopp about his future plans.last_img read more

Kalidou Koulibaly agent reveals Chelsea, Liverpool talks

first_imgThe agent of Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly has confirmed talks with Chelsea and Liverpool.Both English giants have lodged bids for Koulibaly in recent days.”Important players can receive offers, but at the moment he’s a Napoli player and they can also reject them,” Bruno Satin said on Radio Crc.“Every day you can read about interested clubs, in terms of rumours you in Italy are top of the world.“It’s nonsense, and you don’t only do it with Kalidou. There’s a healthy working relationship with Napoli.“Chelsea and Liverpool? I always talk with these kind of clubs, but about all of my clients, not just Kalidou. I do my job, we’re in the transfer window.“Big clubs are looking for great players, and Napoli have a lot of good, in-demand players – [Dries] Mertens, [Marek] Hamsik, [Arkadiusz] Milik, [Lorenzo] Insigne…”last_img read more

Man City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan reveals Turkish offer

first_imgManchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has revealed he had an offer from Turkey last season.Just a year after he moved to the Etihad, Gundogan plans on continuing his career at City for at least the next three seasons.“I received an offer from Turkey but declined because I want to stay at Manchester City and have big goals to achieve first,” Gundogan told Turkish-Football.“I will be 29 by the time my contract with City runs out. That is when I will consider my future.”Gundogan was ruled out for the rest of the season after tearing his cruciate ligament against Watford in December.Having bounced back, again, the 26-year-old is set to feature on the club’s pre-season tour of the U.S next month as he looks to win back his place in the starting line-up.last_img read more

Emergency Obstetric Referral and Transport in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: The Direction of Travel

first_imgPosted on December 30, 2014October 28, 2016By: Dr. Julia Hussein, Scientific Director, Immpact, University of AberdeenClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This post is part of our Translating Research into Practice Series, which features guest posts from authors of the MHTF-PLoS open-access collections describing the impact of their research since publicationIn low- and middle-income countries, adequate plans to seek care in case of an emergency are important especially if women live far away from where lifesaving care is available. Decisions to seek care can be deferred or hindered. Even if decisions are rapidly made to seek care, transport may be unavailable or slow.Mechanisms to improve referral and transportation of mothers and babies are crucial to reduce maternal and newborn mortality, as they enable women to reach care when complications unexpectedly occur. Various forms of transport for obstetric emergencies have been put forward, from stretchers carried by volunteers to bicycles, boats, motorcycles and other forms of motorised vehicles. The type of vehicle will obviously affect the time for transportation, with geography, terrain and affordability influencing the choice.The issue of transportation is however more complex than simply identifying the most appropriate vehicle. It has been two years since we published our systematic review, which assesses the effects of emergency obstetric referral interventions. What have we learnt since the publication of our review?Our study called for research to understand how referral and transport interventions work. I am pleased to say that we have since come some way towards understanding some of these mechanisms. Wilson and colleagues in a systematic review have elicited key factors that affect the use and uptake of transport in obstetric emergencies, including the level of family and community support, culture and ergonomics. Of particular interest is the way the authors have distinguished between support and autonomy in relation to decision-making. Ergonomics and position of the woman being transported is another under-investigated factor revealed in the paper.Financing the costs of transportation has been known for some time to be an important factor affecting transport. Getting community members to generate funds to support the costs of health care is not a new idea. Communities have organised the collection of funds to meet costs associated with transport and emergency obstetric care. In another systematic review, Nwolise and colleagues found that where community-based loan funds were used along with other interventions, the utilization of health facilities for childbirth increased, with indications of a potentially positive effect on women’s access to care for complications.An international panel supported by the World Health Organization recently identified research on transport and referral solutions as a priority area to improve maternal and newborn health in low-resource settings. It is good to see that the increasing interest in such research seems to be mirrored by scaled-up implementation of programmes in several areas around the world. In India, a national ambulance service and the ‘dial 102’ system, specifically geared for obstetric care, was launched. The success of this system in India is of special interest as it has been initiated as a public-private partnership. Burundi has initiated a systemised initiative that links peripheral maternity units using an ambulance referral system. Lastly, the eRanger group should also be lauded for their sustained work in developing their motorbike ambulances engineered for use on poor roads in resource-poor situations in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa.There is no dispute that various forms of transportation are required so that rapid transfer of women can be made in the event of an emergency. No single method will fit all situations, so we should continue developing a range of options that are feasible, acceptable, effective and matched to local needs. Apart from directly focusing on transport, broader solutions need to be explored and understood. Too little is known for example, about how obstetric first aid can be used effectively at the community level before transportation, or how maternity waiting homes can replace long travel times and be made acceptable and effective. These are unique and promising referral interventions that may provide a better map to show how to choose our ‘direction of travel’ for the safety of pregnant women in the future.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Expert Ann: Important health insurance dates to remember

first_imgNovember 1, 2016: Open Enrollment starts. This is the first day you can enroll, re-enroll, or change a 2017 insurance plan. Coverage can start as early as January 1, 2017.December 15, 2016: Last day to enroll in a plan or change plans for coverage starting January 1, 2017.January 1, 2017: New coverage starts for those that enrolled by December 15, 2016.January 31, 2017: Last day to enroll in or change a 2017 health plan. After this date, you can enroll or change plans only if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.Looking to save on health insurance in 2017? Get started to sign up before the December 15, 2016 deadline:SHOP NOW Please note, any changes to the current federal health care policy will take time to unfold. We strongly recommend that our members protect themselves for 2017 by selecting a new plan by December 15 for coverage to be effective on January 1st.When you buy through Freelancers Union, the entire freelance community benefits – at no additional cost to you. We’ve got your back when it comes to insurance: no markups, no hidden fees, and we’ll even help you get the subsidies for which you qualify.At Freelancers Union, we fight for better coverage options for freelancers every day. That’s why it is so important for us to stand together – so that we can be sure the next system provides affordable, quality care to the United States’ 55 million independent workers.last_img read more

Open enrollment: here’s the latest on health insurance and your taxes

first_imgAs you look to make decisions about your healthcare coverage during the open enrollment period, there are many things to consider — including the impact your coverage and health-related expenses have on your freelance taxes. Here’s the latest on health insurance and taxes:Updates on the individual health insurance coverage mandateThe 2019 tax year is the first one since the introduction of Obamacare in which the Affordable Care Act’s individual Shared Responsibility Payment, or individual mandate,  no longer applies. This fee was collected by the IRS from taxpayers who could afford health insurance but who chose not to buy it.Some states have introduced a new individual health insurance mandate which requires you to have qualifying health coverage — or to pay a fee in lieu of it — with your 2019 state taxes. These states include the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. In 2020, California and Vermont will have this mandate. There are several other states considering this as well.If you live in a state that requires you to have health coverage and you don’t have coverage (or an exemption), you will likely be subject to a state tax fine.If you buy health insurance through the state or federally run health insurance marketplaces, you can deduct only the portion of the premium you pay out of your own pocket. You cannot deduct the amount of any subsidy.If your health insurance premiums are paid entirely by your employer or the government, you cannot deduct the cost.While not having health insurance doesn’t add to your tax bill in 2019 and beyond, it will eliminate your ability to reduce your taxable income by deducting the cost of your health insurance premiums. This means that unless you have other deductions, you may need to factor in paying more in tax. Also, you will still be paying the same amount of Medicare and Social Security taxes.DeductionsGiven changes under tax reform to the standard deduction (now at $12,000 instead of $6,500), you would have to have a significant number of qualified health-related deductions to make it worth itemizing them. However, these are some of the deductions:Dental expenses such as veneers, braces and root canals.Contact lenses and glasses.Medical devicesPsychiatric and psychological treatmentPreventative carePrescription medicinesSurgeriesMileage for travel to and from medical appointments and monthly insurance payments.Keep in mind that most cosmetic surgeries and over-the-counter health products are not deductible. If you anticipate having a lot of healthcare bills, the medical expense deduction can help defray your costs. For this tax year (2019) the floor to deduct qualified medical expenses is 10 percent of your gross income. This applies only to unreimbursed allowable medical care expenses for the current tax year.Using a Health Saving Account (HSA) for qualified medical costs is a good idea because it allows you to use pre-tax dollars to pay for them as long as you use the money you set aside within the time period allocated by your plan administrator.Getting the appropriate healthcare coverage is an important decision. Open enrollment season is the perfect time to look at your current health insurance status, your healthcare costs, and any possible tax deductions you may have for the current tax year. This will help you make wise healthcare spending decisions for the coming year.Jonathan Medows is a New York City based CPA who specializes in taxes and business issues for freelancers and self-employed individuals across the country. He offers a free consultation to members of Freelancer’s Union* and a monthly email newsletter covering tax, accounting and business issues to freelancers on his website, http://www.cpaforfreelancers.com— which also features a new blog, how-to articles, and a comprehensive freelance tax guide.*Jonathan is happy to provide an initial consultation to freelancers. To qualify for a free consultation you must be a member of the Freelancers Union and mention this article upon contacting him. Please note that this offer is not available March 1 through April 18 and covers a general conversation about tax responsibilities of a freelancer and potential deductions. These meetings do not include review of self-prepared documents, review of self-prepared tax returns, or the review of the work of other preparers. The free meeting does not include the preparation or review of quantitative calculations of any sort. He is happy to provide such services but would need to charge an hourly rate for his time.last_img read more

360i Launches Amazon Marketing Capability

first_imgToday, 360i is excited to announce our dedicated Amazon Marketing capability, designed to help brands capitalize on change in an increasingly Amazon-dominated world. 360i’s unique roots in brand strategy, discovery and e-commerce optimization position it to help brands harness opportunities to develop trusted personalized relationships both on and off Amazon. This includes but is not limited to:Developing integrated marketing strategies to be successful on Amazon and/or via a brand’s wholly owned propertiesDriving discovery and performance on Amazon.com via both paid media and organic optimizationDeveloping voice-interface solutions that help brands be present and relevant with Alexa“Amazon has long been referred to as a ‘sleeping giant’, but there’s no ignoring the impact it’s already had on how consumer goods brands operate in the e-commerce and retail spaces,” said 360i CEO Sarah Hofstetter. “As Amazon continues to disrupt shopping behaviors and upend consumer expectations, brands and their partners face a critical opportunity to take control of their commerce destiny on and off the platform.”This e-commerce marketing offering builds on 360i’s rich history of pioneering marketing capabilities that anticipate market and consumer demands—just as it has done time and again, first with search and then with social. When Google redefined how consumers searched 360i was there to help brands get discovered, and when Facebook revolutionized how consumers engaged through social 360i was there to help brands connect with them. Now as Amazon redefines the e-commerce landscape, 360i is guiding clients towards what marketing success on Amazon looks like. 360i’s Amazon marketing capability is underpinned by the industry’s number one search and discovery practice as well as deep e-commerce performance experience.“360i is uniquely qualified to guide brands through the challenges Amazon presents. When change like this happens, brands will look for a specialized partner who can adapt, lead and capitalize,” said Sarah, “With strong roots in consumer discovery and engagement, we’re very excited to delve into this new territory and formally bring this offering to market.”Will Margaritis, formerly the AVP of e-Commerce Strategy and Operations at L’Oréal, joins 360i to lead the new capability. In this role, Will will help brands unify and optimize their e-commerce strategy across all platforms, building tools, analytics, and marketing plans to deliver sales and increase volume and revenue on Amazon and other e-Retailer platforms.Leading up to formal launch of this capability, the agency has released first-of-its-kind proprietary insights with “Voice Search Monitor” (VSM), which aims to reverse engineer the algorithms behind key marketplace voice technologies, like Amazon’s Alexa, in order to better understand how these voice agents are communicating back to consumers. Testing to date has asked each device 15,000 questions, diving deep into the travel, finance and automotive verticals, with plans to explore more sectors soon. VSM is one of the many proprietary tools that will equip and guide the Amazon-oriented practice.Read more about the new practice in Adweek.If you’re interested in learning more about working with 360i on your Amazon marketing strategy, reach out to amazon@360i.com.last_img read more

Which Major Expense Should I Cut First – Housing, Food, or Transportation?

first_imgWith the holidays’ smorgasbord of excess behind us, it’s probably a good time to consider where we can cut back in 2014.A reader sent in a well-timed question this week, asking which major budget area – housing, food, or transportation – he should focus on cutting first.It’s an excellent question, because as many of us have experienced firsthand, trying to cut them all at once can backfire.Just as holiday party-goers shouldn’t hope to stick to the veggie tray and avoid all their favorite foods, budgeters should also try to be realistic and prioritize their spending cuts.So, where to cut first?Home is Where the Pocketbook IsThere are two ways to approach this question.The first assumes you have greater control over your lifestyle (a luxury not all of us have, since fixed elements like job location and family size influence so many of our decisions), so bear with me through this hypothetical.For most families, housing tends to be the largest expense, so it makes sense to prioritize this budget item, since it’s likely to yield the biggest savings.Housing is usually a fairly fixed cost (mortgage and rent payments don’t fluctuate from day to day), so it’s also an easy way to standardize and lock-in your savings.You can’t “cheat” on paying your rent or mortgage, unless you plan on couch surfing in the New Year.Plus, depending on your particular situation, lower housing costs can also impact your transportation or food budget, since more expensive neighborhoods sometimes have fewer public transportation or low-cost grocery options.So, it makes sense to start with housing, if at all possible, to reduce costs; getting roommates, having kids share bedrooms, or seeking a simpler/smaller home or less costly neighborhood can all make sense, assuming your needs allow for it.Another ApproachLet’s say, on the other hand, that you’ve already reduced your housing costs as much as is feasible, or that your particular situation simply won’t allow for any major changes in this budget item.The next step, then, is to determine whether you’re able to extract greater savings from your food or transportation costs.But answering this isn’t as simple as choosing the bigger budget item.For starters, your food bill might be more expensive than your transportation costs (or vice versa) for good reason – maybe you have a house full of growing kids or special dietary needs.Second, you might just really love food, and so cutting it rather than transportation costs might be harder to accomplish. You might be more prone to slipping up or “treating” yourself.Finally, there’s the question of standardization. For which costs can you create repeatable, standardized habits so that you avoid overspending?(Buying a yearly bus pass or signing up for bulk/discount store memberships are good examples of techniques for ensuring budget compliance.)Prioritizing cuts, then, might be more about understanding your own behavior.Try out this flow for creating your budget priorities:1.     Can you reduce your housing costs? If yes, go to 2. If not, go to 3.2.     Reduce your housing costs as much as is practical. Once you’ve settled into this new budget and lifestyle, go to 3 in order to make new cuts.3.     Are your food or transportation costs greater? If food, go to 4. If transportation, go to 5.4.     Will you be more uncomfortable by cutting food rather than transportation costs? If no, go to 6. If yes, go to 7.5.     Will you be more uncomfortable by cutting transportation rather than food costs? If yes, go to 6. If no, go to 7.6.     Cut food costs, implementing techniques that enable you to make the cuts repeatable and standardized, such as downloading coupon apps, signing up for food coupon clubs, shopping at bulk/discount stores and sticking to core menu items.7.     Cut transportation costs, implementing techniques that enable you to make the cuts repeatable and standardized, such as joining a carpool club, buying a yearly bus/train pass, or switching to a cheaper, more fuel-efficient car.Janet Al-Saad is the founder of the Five Ten Twenty Club, a website designed to help you improve your finances $5, $10 or $20 at a time. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related Post navigationlast_img read more