Stricter U.S. Visa Rules

first_imgTwo US senators are reintroducing a stricter H-1B visa reform legislation to require outsourcing companies to hire U.S. citizens and to pay H1-B employees prevailing wages for the work.The bill proposed by Sen Dick Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, and Sen Charles Grassley of will hit Indian outsourcing leaders like TCS, Wipro and Infosys, each of whom sponsors 2,000 to 3,000 H1 B visas every year. “The Durbin-Grassley bill would require all employers seeking to hire an H-1B visa holder to pledge that they have made a good-faith effort to hire American workers first and that the H-1B visa holder will not displace an American worker,” according to a statement released by Sen. Grassley’s office.Sen Grassley recently asked Microsoft to lay-off foreign H-1B visa workers first before cutting U.S. citizens under its planned 5,000 job reductions.    Related Itemslast_img read more

Nitish flags off ‘publicity rath’

first_imgBihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday flagged off a vehicle to be used for creating awareness about the State government’s water resources schemes and steps to save and conserve water.The vehicle, which is being called a ‘publicity rath’, will create awareness on the Jal-Jeevan-Hariyali (water-life-greenery) campaign via the audio-visual medium, an official release said here. The publicity rath will also make people aware of the fact that groundwater is the only source of water in the event of less rainfall and people will have to go for rainwater harvesting to conserve water, the release said. Mr. Kumar had on August 9 launched the Jal-Jeevan-Hariyali campaign in Patna.last_img read more

Temba Bavuma century on debut, South Africa beat Ireland by 206 runs

first_imgTemba Bavuma made a century on his one-day international debut as South Africa overpowered Ireland to win by 206 runs in their one-off game on Sunday.Warming up for a five-match series against Australia, South Africa racked up 354-5 and bowled out the Irish for 148 in a convincing start to their home season.Normally a middle-order batsman, Bavuma was selected as an opener for his first ODI and responded with 113, sharing a 159-run opening stand with Quinton de Kock (82).Bavuma survived a chance to the slips in just the second over, then found his range to collect 13 fours and a six on his way to becoming the 12th man to make a hundred on ODI debut. Bavuma was the second South African to achieve the feat after Colin Ingram in 2010. (Also read: South Africa’s Chris Morris ruled out of Australia ODI series)With Bavuma and De Kock setting the pace, South Africa pounced on Ireland’s decision to put the home team in to bat at Willowmoore Park in Benoni. JP Duminy added 52 not out and Farhaan Behardien made 50 from 22 balls with three sixes at the end of the South African innings. Behardien was caught on the boundary off the last ball of the innings while attempting a fourth maximum.Ireland lost captain William Porterfield in the second ball of their chase, lbw to Kagiso Rabada, and never threatened South Africa’s total.Opener Paul Stirling made 40 and Kevin O’Brien hit a quickfire 41 in the only innings of consequence for Ireland.Duminy took 4-16 with his off-spinners to overshadow the frontline bowlers and Ireland lasted just 30.5 overs.advertisementIreland plays Australia on Tuesday, also at Benoni.South Africa was without injured captain AB de Villiers, and also gave Hashim Amla, Dale Steyn and Imran Tahir time off.South Africa starts its series against Australia on Friday.last_img read more

Vice President Joe Biden Touts Glassdoor at National Governors Association

first_imgVice President Joe Biden spread the word about Glassdoor at the National Governors Association summer meeting, discussing how technology can bridge the gap to help Americans find the right jobs and get back to work. Biden explained how job seekers can easily use Glassdoor for job listings, company ratings and reviews, salary reports, and interview reviews.Biden also mentioned that Glassdoor currently partners with more than 1,000 colleges and universities as part of our College Partnership Program, giving students free and easy access to all job listings and employee-generated content on Glassdoor.As you may have seen on our blog last week, members of Glassdoor’s executive and data teams recently met with Vice President Joe Biden to demo a new interactive job search tool to help Americans everywhere discover where job openings are located in their particular field.The Glassdoor team left the nation’s capital with some great feedback and is hard at work refining this tool.last_img read more

3 Ways to Ensure You Don’t Price Yourself Out of a Job Offer

first_imgDavid Osborn is an entrepreneur, public speaker, and author. He is a principal franchisee of Keller Williams, the 19th-largest real estate company in the U.S., which grossed more than $5.2 billion in sales in 2015. Life is a negotiation, right? Well, if you hail from the “work to live, not live to work” school of thought, deliberating and agreeing to the best salary possible can greatly affect your life.What’s surprising, however, is how many people choose not to haggle over that all-important starting wage. Glassdoor finds that 59 percent of American employees accepted the salary they were first offered, and did not negotiate at all! Furthermore, 68 percent of women accepted the salary they were offered and did not negotiate, a 16-percentage point difference when compared to men (52%). Whether you find negotiating unpleasant or are simply satisfied with your initial offer, refusing to sit at the bargaining table could end up costing you more than $1 million in lifetime earnings.But a successful salary negotiation requires striking a fine balance. If you go too high too early, you risk having the door shut on you; if you lowball yourself, you can limit your earning potential right out of the gate. Your job is to settle nicely into that middle ground.Negotiate Your Starting Salary Like a ProYour question in life and in your career shouldn’t be “What’s in it for me?”; rather, it should be “What do I have to offer in value?” Many of today’s startups and small- to medium-sized companies want employees to grow with them.They’ll quickly pass on workers who seem entitled and more concerned about a paycheck than the company’s purpose. The surest way to price yourself out of a job is to put more emphasis on a potential salary than on how you and the company can help each other.[Related: Get Paid Fairly! Glassdoor Launches Know Your Worth™]The more your value to a growing company increases, the more you’ll earn. So the best employees put themselves in a position to earn more through performance instead of trying to cash in on a substantial starting wage.But if you’re looking to set yourself up better when starting a job, try out these three tactics when mediating over an initial salary:1. Know what you’re (potentially) buying into. Get to know what the position entails and whether it’s a good match for you before delving into compensation. Ask lots of questions to find out whether the position aligns with your values, character, and skill set.Having conducted hundreds of interviews, I’ve found that something magical happens when a prospective employee is genuinely excited and intrigued about the position. Dig deep into the specifics of the role to create space for those transcendent and memorable interviews to occur.[Related: 10 Interview Questions to Ask to Evaluate a Company’s Work-Life Balance]During your interview, use your personal strengths and what you know about the job to establish your worth. If you see areas in which you can excel and bring additional value to the role, your potential negotiating position strengthens.2. Find the silver linings that lead to gold. An interviewee once gave me a response on a salary-related question that, to this day, is still one of my favorites. The young woman said, “I don’t care what the base is; I only care what the performance bonuses are.”Try to align your compensation with the overall performance of the company, especially if it’s a smaller company. That’ll be music to your potential employer’s ears and can lead to an early home run.Like athletes who win more games, lawyers who win big cases, and actors who make great movies, find out whether you, too, will earn performance-based incentives. The best employees put themselves in a position to earn more through actions than initial agreements.[Related: 10 Dos & Dont’s of Salary Negotiation]3. Assess emotional tolls as well as economic ones. One of the most important lessons I’ve learned is that I find so much joy in using my own skills to help others. Aim for a position in which your efforts can make a difference. Not only will it be more satisfying, but you can also earn the most income in the future by making a difference from within the firm to help it achieve higher goals.Before going into an interview, ask yourself how you can be of service to the company and its clients and how the company will help you serve your family. If the job is going to take you away from home for extended periods of time or you see the company being a place where you can grow for a long time, bring that up in negotiations.Consider whether you’ll be invested enough to go above and beyond the call of duty in this role. If you feel like you can, bring that enthusiasm to the bargaining table. Express excitement about what you and your employer can each gain from you coming aboard. Diagramming your vision — and showing your ability to execute it — can get employers more comfortable with investing in you.Knowing you’ll be passionate about the position makes salary negotiations less important, but it also helps ensure the likelihood of your long-term success, both financially and emotionally. The idea of enjoying where you work can create common ground for both negotiating sides, helping both sides come to an amiable conclusion and keeping the employee on that “work to live” track.Being a part of something bigger than yourself gives you the potential to help others realize their dreams while making your own come true at the same time — and that should be nonnegotiable.last_img read more

9 Interview Questions You Should Be Prepared to Answer This Month

first_img CNA Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society Lennox, SD 2.8★ CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT (CNA) OR STUDENT NURSING ASSISTANT (SNA) Blessing Health System Quincy, IL 2.8★ 3.0★ 3.8★ Baker Traditions Spirits Thackerville, OK Line Cooks Red Robin Hurst, TX 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h RN – Soin Medical Center – ICU – Full Time – Nights – **$12,500 Sign-On Bonus Kettering Health Network Beavercreek, OH 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Member Service Supervisor (MSS) BJ’s Wholesale Club Quincy, MA 3.0★ 3.6★ CNA – Certified Nursing Assistant Life Care Centers of America Fort Worth, TX Part-time Evening Associate Crew Carwash Avon, IN Residential Plumber Gold Medal Tinton Falls, NJ 3.2★ 23 hours ago 23h 4.8★ Chili’s – Cook Star Concessions Dallas, TX If you’re looking for the magic bullet to acing an interview, you’re going to be let down. The secret to a successful interview isn’t really a secret at all — it just takes practice. Of course, you want to make sure that you’re practicing the right thing.To that end, we’ve rounded up a few of the most common interview questions you’re likely to come across, as well as some tips on how to answer them. If you’re doubling down on your job hunt in the New Year, take note — honing your responses to these nine questions will get you that much closer to scoring your dream gig.1. Describe yourself.This classic interview question might seem annoyingly vague, but there’s actually a fairly specific answer that recruiters and hiring managers are looking for: why you’re a good fit for the job. Describe where you’ve worked, what you’ve done, what you’ve most enjoyed and how your work style has made that all possible. Finally, show a little personality — mention a few favorite hobbies or interests. Who knows? Your mutual love of cross stitching might make all the difference.  [Related: 50 Most Common Interview Questions]2. Discuss your resume.Your resume was designed to be quickly scanned, not read aloud, so when asked to discuss it, make sure you don’t recite it verbatim or repeat too much of the exact phrasing. Instead, let the various bullet points illustrate a story of how you got to where you are right now. If you have any gaps or unrelated experiences in your resume, resist the urge to gloss over it and instead share why that situation occurred and how it contributed to your overall journey.3. Why are you looking for a new job?Venting about your work frustrations can be cathartic, but in a job interview, it’s destructive. Badmouthing your current employer isn’t a good look, no matter how difficult it’s been lately. The key to answering this question is telling the truth, but softening the edges — if you think the CEO’s incompetent, for example, you might want to say that you and management have conflicting views about where the company should be headed. It’s all about striking a balance between being honest and being polite.4. Why are you interested in working for [insert company name here]?Note: “Because I need money” and “You guys are just so cool!” are not acceptable responses to this question. Interviewers are looking for a deeper answer than that — ideally something that speaks to their core mission, product/service or values. Before walking into any interview, do some research on the company beforehand and figure out which of those aspects appeals to you the most, then be prepared to talk about it. And if none of them do? You may want to rethink whether or not you want to interview there in the first place.[Related: How to Prepare for a Behavioral Interview]5. Tell me about a time you made a mistake.This is another question where balancing honesty with good judgment is key. Don’t share a silly mistake like missing the first ten minutes of a morning meeting because you slept through your alarm clock. Talk about a time when you made the wrong call, but it served as a learning moment for you and ultimately led to growth. Employers don’t expect you to be flawless, but they do want you to learn from your mistakes.6. What would you look to accomplish in the first 30 days/60 days/90 days on the job?Demonstrating a thorough understanding of the scope and responsibilities of the role is key for this question. Look through the description on the job post you saw when you first applied, and break those objectives down into the three key phases of the first 90 days of your job: the learning stage (days 1-30), the value-adding stage (days 31-60) and the transformation stage (days 61-90).7. Why should we hire you?Sure, you’re hardworking, talented and a quick learner — but so is everybody else in the final stages of consideration. Avoid general adjectives like this and highlight specific reasons that you, above all other candidates, are the right fit. Do you have a useful and in-demand skill that most others don’t? Can you offer a unique perspective based on your background? Whatever sets you apart, don’t be afraid to flaunt it.[Related: 7 Things To Never Do In An Interview]8.  What are your salary requirements?A question like this is often the first step of the salary negotiation process, so you don’t want to sell yourself short — but you also don’t want to scare a potential employer off with an exorbitant figure. A good rule of thumb is to determine your market value beforehand (try Glassdoor’s Know Your Worth™ salary estimator) then offer a range between that figure and several thousand above it9. What questions do you have for me?While this question signals that you’re near the end, you’re not in the clear just yet. Employers want thoughtful and curious people working for them, and a “Nothing right now!” indicates the exact opposite. Memorize a few go-to questions about work-life balance, the workplace environment and the company mission, but feel free to throw in some improvised ones based on the information you learn in the interview as well. Then, breathe — you just rocked your interview! 23 hours ago 23h 3.5★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 2.4★ 23 hours ago 23hlast_img read more

6 Signs You’ve Outgrown Your Current Job & Need a New One

first_img 23 hours ago 23h 2.8★ In the United States, the average job term per person was a mere span of 4.2 years. Now, employees don’t wish to spend their sole career in the same organization. Furthermore, work satisfaction is more important than ever as the amount of time spent working gradually increases from each generation to the next.Given how valuable this time is and the growing popularity of job hopping, it’s important to stay in tune with how you are feeling at your current job. Unsure about how you really feel? Here are some of the signs of being unmotivated and disinterested in work. Perhaps it’s time to consider signing that resignation letter. But before you do, gut check with these signs to uncover whether you’ve outgrown your current role.Sign #1. Your job impacts your mood even after workThe level of your happiness elevates on weekends considering the environment of your workplace. If your boss perceives you as a partner and if you believe working in a trusted environment is necessary, then your happiness increases exponentially. On the contrary, if work conditions do not fulfill, then you might have a pretty low self-esteem which can affect your mood even during non-work hours.To suss things out, ask your family and friends about your mood on the weekends. While occasional low points are to be expected, ask them whether or not your mood has seemed consistently sour. If so, it may be time for a change.How to Spot Burnout Before It’s Overtaken Your LifeSign #2. Professional development has plateauedIf you’re not dealing with new projects and are unable to learn anything new, then this might be the perfect time to resign. In an ever-changing era, it is imperative to learn new skills. This is essential for your long-term career.Do not drain yourself over a job which doesn’t place importance on your goals – surviving and not adapting to change.Be wary of investing in an organization that does not value skill enhancement. Discuss this with your manager and ask about working with different teams.Sign #3. Being at the same job for more than 5 years but still not happyYour tenure’s been over 5 years, yet, you are glad, ask yourself. Am I enhancing my skills, being challenged, or getting rewarded? Multinational companies have a perception that hopping jobs is a good sign. According to their chief officers, an employer builds his skills quicker when he shifts companies due to the learning sphere.The learning sphere reaches to a next level frequently after 3 years. Job hoppers quicken their pace of learning, create better impressions and improve instantly since they know they have to hop to a new destination in a couple of years. These views were expressed by Penelope Trunk, an entrepreneur, and author.Thus, whether you’re in search of new jobs or not, it is significant to frequently examine your skills and analyze that, have you become more competent than before or not. Any job should bring you positivity rather than any sort of negativity.As an engineer at Apple describes the satisfaction in words which were, “Engineers at Apple get to make real contributions that will benefit tens or hundreds of millions of people every day. That’s awesome.”QUIZ: Should I Look For A New Job or Stay Put?Sign #4. You couldn’t adjust to the environmentIs your boss afraid of new marketing strategies? Your company doesn’t advertise itself and follows the same conventional office rules then it’s just for you to shift to a better place. Change is like thirst. It needs to be filled with time.If your company isn’t a changing one then it will never make an impact on your career and on your reputation. Recently, Cambridge University, founded in 1209, enabled Dropbox for the synchronization and changes of records. Thus giving the academic staff independence from traditional methods of file sharing. If such an old university considered change vital, then even your office should.Sign #5. You are not satisfied with the earningFor any organization, it is important to keep track of their financial growth. Obviously, you will not receive a 15% hike after the 6 months of your job, but if it does not reach there after a year then look for another company or talk to your boss.Matters even get worse when your less experienced colleagues are given salary increments while you are unquestioned. Talking about salary raise needs a lot of confidence. Keep your facts and figures strong and explain why you are deserving of an increased salary.Are You Worth More This Year than You Were In 2017?Sign #6. There are health declines due to job hasslesIf your job drains your muscles, it’s time to evaluate whether you should you continue or not. Health over everything, keep this fixed somewhere in your brain. There’s no job, business, work which is worth risking over your physical health. No matter how much figures are there on your paycheck, they can never be near to the worth of your health.The survey report by CareerBuilder shows, Almost half of the US citizens have gained weight at their current jobs and most of them pointed out stress as the cause.Again, we are at the part of discussing matters with your manager. Talk about the stress you handle and persuade them to lighten your workload. Go for a vacation, or if not possible, then work for a restricted amount of time. If nothing’s coming out, the time has come for a job which syncs with your body. Do what your body requires and give care to it the most.Resigning from any job is not a piece of cake. It’s your bread and butter, so make the choice wisely. Think about it for a hundred times and examine, analyze and prepare for all the possible outcomes, whether bad or good. Choose a workstation, which challenges you, supports you, values you and makes you, you. This will be a job that will remain an integral part of your life.15 Companies With Excellent Work-Life Balance Hiring Now 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 4.0★ 4.2★ Outside Sales Representative BJ’s Wholesale Club Alexandria, VA 3.8★ Travel Nurse (RN) OR (Operating Room) Emerald Health Services Washington, DC Residential Plumber $3000 Sign-on bonus! Horizon Services Mount Rainier, MD 3.5★ 3.3★ Browse Open Jobs 3.9★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 4.2★ Project Manager IA Interior Architects Washington, DC Executive Intelligence Briefer Noblis Washington, DC 3.1★ 23 hours ago 23h Treatment Coordinator Oasis Pediatric Dental Care & Orthodontics Falls Church, VA 23 hours ago 23h Diesel Technician in Arlington, Virginia | Careers at Amerit Fleet Solutions Amerit Fleet Solutions Arlington, VA N/A 23 hours ago 23h Manager, Actuarial Risk & Analytics Willis Towers Watson Arlington, VA Hair Stylist – Licensed – WASHINGTON, DC-3307 14th Street NW, 20010 Sport Clips Washington, DC 23 hours ago 23h Technical Sales Consultant Vyaire Medical Washington, DC 23 hours ago 23h Browse More Jobslast_img read more

How to Land a Contract Gig at Facebook, Google & More

first_imgWhile the gig economy may be most closely aligned with freelancers and on-demand apps, people in a wide variety of professions are now choosing contract work as a way to break into the top tech companies. A report by Intuit states that by 2020, 40% of the U.S. workforce will be made up of different forms of contract workers. This report also states that “more than 80 percent of large corporations plan to substantially increase their use of a flexible workforce in the coming years.” Whether the trend is being propelled by employee preferences for flexibility and autonomy, or employer’s desire to save on budget and “accommodate workload fluctuations”, the employment market is quickly shifting towards the contract and gig economy. In years past, contract work was stigmatized. However, people of all skill levels are now much warmer to the concept, says Alan Zel, Founder and President of Akinu IT Staffing. Looking to find contract work at some of the world’s top tech companies? Here’s how! Land a Gig at Facebook, Google, & MoreLarge tech organizations often have contract employees staffed by outside hiring agencies, says Ed Epstein, VP Staffing Solutions at Be Group. For example, a company like Facebook works directly with Pro-Unlimited, which manages relationships with dozens of staffing agencies to collect and manage the best talent. Through companies like Pro-Unlimited, the hiring process for roles as wide-ranging as Content Marketing Associate, Data Analyst, Engineering Project Coordinator, and Lab Technician can become much more streamlined. The larger tech organization may not post the contract role directly on their career page, rather, the selected list of staffing agencies would host the job description on their internal career site, and manage the process that way, says Epstein. If you’re looking to find a contract position at an international tech company, it would be wise to align yourself with recruitment agencies like Hays, Manpower, Randstad or Robert Half, that are all international, as large recruitment firms might often be on the supplier list for larger enterprises. You may also benefit from connecting with more specialized local recruitment agencies. For example, Nelson Staffing handles many of the administrative and entry-level roles for Google in California.  Facebook, Salesforce & Kaiser Recruiters Reveal How to Get Hired (& What Not to DoBenefits of Contract WorkStill on the fence about a contract gig? Here are the benefits of adding a temporary role to your resume:1. A great way to get into a big companyLanding a contract job is a great way to get your foot in the door with a prestigious company, though it is never guaranteed that a contract will turn into a permanent role. Once you have built credibility and added value, it will be easier to investigate and find those full-time positions that you may not otherwise be privy to. Pro Tip: If you’re hoping to turn your contract into something long-term, continue networking with the recruiters you worked with, as they will be the gatekeepers to new opportunities. Do amazing work, and these simple efforts can go a long way when getting buy-in from leaders and colleagues!2. Exposure to new training, skills, and projectsIncreasing and diversifying your experiences provides you with key insights you can bring to your next job. These insights make you more employable and attractive to recruiters.Pro tip: If you’re currently on a contract, make sure to add value to the projects you’re working on. Figure out where the pain points are on your team and look for solutions that help mitigate them. Keep a log of all of your projects and accomplishments as they come up which can make putting together or updating your resume significantly easier. 6 Impressive Skills to Include on Your Resume3. Opportunity to explore your professional interestsIf you’re someone who is still exploring what you want from your career, or considering a career change, accepting a contract is a great way to try out different projects and get a sense for your next big challenge. Questions to Ask Yourself Before Contracting1. Do you expect a full-time job to result from the contract?Before accepting a contract gig, ask yourself what your hopes are for the experience. Many people enjoy long-term contract work, while others hope that the contract role will lead to a full-time position. Know which you are and set your expectations. Furthermore, ask the recruiting agency whether the role has the potential for a full-time hire at the end of the contract. Don’t hesitate to get key questions answered so that you can make a fully informed decision.2. What’s the reason for the role being contract? Some organizations may create a contract opportunity to see how the role might fit into the larger scope of the team. Sometimes the opportunity might be contracted as they are replacing a maternity leave. Whatever the reason, it’s important to ask the recruiter what the future of the role looks like. Will it be a one and done project? Or is there some potential to stay on afterward, says Zel?3. What is the length of the contract? It will be difficult for you to accomplish much in under 6 months. A 3-6 month contract is likely a better fit for someone exclusively in the gig economy, seeking out short contracts. Ideally, a 1-year contract would be enough time for you to demonstrate your skills and leave your mark.While a contract position is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea, it might just be an exciting risk worth taking to find the job that fits your life!last_img read more

​Newcastle chief scout Carr leaves the club

first_imgNewcastle chief scout Graham Carr has departed from the club with mutual consent.Carr, who was responsible for identifying players likes of Yohan Cabaye, Mathieu Debuchy, Moussa Sissoko and Papiss Cisse, had joined the Magpies at the end of 2009-10 season.Managing Director Lee Charnley said: “It has been my pleasure to work with Graham over the last seven years as both a colleague and a friend. He can count some of Newcastle’s most successful players in recent years as his ‘finds’.”Everyone connected with Newcastle United wishes Graham the very best for the future.”A Newcastle United statement said: “The club is now reviewing its scouting operation and will make an announcement on any further changes in due course.”last_img read more

The Lancet Maternal Health Series

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 19, 2016January 6, 2017By: Sarah Hodin, Project Coordinator II, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) is pleased to share with you The Lancet Maternal Health Series! We are grateful to Oona Campbell and Wendy Graham who played crucial roles in putting this series together and to the many authors and colleagues who were involved in the production of the series. The series highlights key issues in the global maternal health field and provides diverse perspectives on the way forward:CommentariesMaternal health: Time for a radical reappraisalAudrey Ceschia, Richard HortonQuality, equity, and dignity for women and babiesMary V Kinney, Amy Boldosser-Boesch, Betsy McCallonImplementation and aspiration gaps: Whose view counts?Lynn P FreedmanWorld ReportsFrontline: Helping women deliver in South SudanAndrew GreenChallenges for maternal health effortsAmy LiebermanPerspectivePicturing health: Challenges for Syrian refugees in TurkeyDanielle VillasanaSeriesDiversity and divergence: The dynamic burden of poor maternal healthWendy Graham, Susannah Woodd, Peter Byass, Veronique Filippi, Giorgia Gon, Sandra Virgo, Doris Chou, Sennen Hounton, Rafael Lozano, Robert Pattinson, Susheela Singh>> Read a summary of this paper on the MHTF blog.Beyond too little, too late and too much, too soon: A pathway towards evidence-based, respectful maternity care worldwideSuellen Miller, Edgardo Abalos, Monica Chamillard, Agustin Ciapponi, Daniela Colaci, Daniel Comandé, Virginia Diaz, Stacie Geller, Claudia Hanson, Ana Langer, Victoria Manuelli, Kathryn Millar, Imran Morhason-Bello, Cynthia Pileggi Castro, Vicky Nogueira Pileggi, Nuriya Robinson, Michelle Skaer, João Paulo Souza, Joshua P Vogel, Fernando Althabe>> Read a summary of this paper on the MHTF blog.The scale, scope, coverage, and capability of childbirth careOona M R Campbell, Clara Calvert, Adrienne Testa, Matthew Strehlow, Lenka Benova, Emily Keyes, France Donnay, David Macleod, Sabine Gabrysch, Luo Rong, Carine Ronsmans, Salim Sadruddin, Marge Koblinsky, Patricia Bailey>> Read a summary of this paper on the MHTF blog.Drivers of maternity care in high-income countries: Can health systems support woman-centred care?Dorothy Shaw, Jeanne-Marie Guise, Neel Shah, Kristina Gemzell-Danielsson, KS Joseph, Barbara Levy, Fontayne Wong, Susannah Woodd, Elliott K Main>> Read a summary of this paper on the MHTF blog.Next generation maternal health: External shocks and health-system innovationsMargaret E Kruk, Stephanie Kujawski, Cheryl A Moyer, Richard M Adanu, Kaosar Afsana, Jessica Cohen, Amanda Glassman, Alain Labrique, K Srinath Reddy, Gavin Yamey>> Read a summary of this paper on the MHTF blog.Quality maternity care for every woman, everywhere: A call to actionMarjorie Koblinsky, Cheryl A Moyer, Clara Calvert, James Campbell, Oona M R Campbell, Andrea B Feigl, Wendy J Graham, Laurel Hatt, Steve Hodgins, Zoe Matthews, Lori McDougall, Allisyn C Moran, Allyala K Nandakumar, Ana Langer>>  Read a summary of this paper on the MHTF blog.—Join the conversation on social media by using #MaternalHealthNowDon’t miss out on important updates from the maternal health field: Subscribe to receive content from the MHTF! Photo: GMB Akash/Panos Share this:last_img read more

Resources for personal finance & retirement

first_imgCheck out the Carnival of Personal Finance, featured today at Money Blog Network.According to Freelancers Union’s most recent survey (full results to be released this fall), most independent workers don’t save enough for retirement. It’s an understandable problem, since freelancers don’t have the same access to tax-advantaged plans that traditionally-employed people do–not to mention the absence of employer contributions. Keep an eye out for an announcement about retirement planning services from Freelancers Union in the coming months. In the mean time, look for tips and share your own on our wiki.last_img read more

Sharing office space

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Mutual Support for the Information Age

first_imgIt’s clear to me how much hard work was done in 2010. Freelancers worked hard to get gigs in a tough economy, our member leaders worked hard to mobilize other members and push for policy change, and we worked hard to use your feedback and suggestions to guide our work. And we want to do even more of that in 2011. This year, we’re planning to integrate all of that hard work so that we can stay connected to you and you can stay connected to each other. We know that freelancers do best when they are linked to other freelancers. It’s how you get work, stay on top of your field, collaborate with partners, and stay sane after many hours toiling away at your desk. But staying connected does more than just help your individual career and mental health. It also enables freelancers overall to become a more powerful constituency and get their needs met. But we can’t do it alone—we need your input and involvement. This big idea of connectivity is what we call new mutualism. New mutualism is a community of people with shared interests, the realization that we are much stronger as a group than as individuals, and the understanding that we can form our own cooperative model to meet our needs—while still maintaining our independence and individuality. What binds us is the shared need for protections, supports, and a voice for the independent workforce. Together, we realize that companies and government are not providing what we need, and we have to create a new social support system that works for independent workers. We must join together and use the resources and power that exist in our group to get our health insurance, retirement, education, and training. Mutualism will be a key part of the strategy to help us reach our 2011 goals, particularly because we are at a huge moment of change in this country. The entire U.S. economy is shifting from industrial-based to information-based, and independent workers are now 1/3 of the country’s workforce. Many people lack the economic security that previous generations took for granted, and we’re told that we won’t do as well as our parents did. In the current economy, even the most educated and talented among us struggle to find work. But while we’re facing significant challenges, we also have opportunities to create innovative and entrepreneurial solutions. In future blog posts and issues of The Buzz, I’ll be communicating more about new mutualism and how it impacts our 2011 initiatives. You’ll be hearing from us about our innovative explorations in health care to bring affordable, stable, long-term health insurance to freelancers; our advocacy initiatives to use our strength in numbers to enhance our political voice; and our efforts to build a community where freelancers can stay connected to one another. We’re excited about the year ahead, and our ability to continue working with a talented, supportive, and dedicated membership. In solidarity, Saralast_img read more

Why Freelancing Ain’t Free (Nor Should It Be)

first_imgYes, I used “ain’t” in the title. There are times, such as this, when a potent colloquialism carries far more weight than using conventional language that makes us all feel comfortable—maybe even too comfortable at times.When I entered the freelancing ecosystem, I did so with great intentionality. I wanted to monetize my writing skills. As I have mentioned in previous posts, I now mentor quite a few younger writers who want to become professional writers. The first thing that I tell them is that this is a business. Yes, you have a gift and yes, you are passionate and yes, the world needs to hear your story, but you also need to be clear about your services. Your creativity, your intellect, your skills, and your personality are all valuable assets.It is so tempting in this age of e-commerce and my “friend’s friend” to simply take a job post or a request from a stranger at face value. But this is dangerous and can lead to exploitation, especially for young writers who are learning how to navigate the vast sea that we call freelance writing. As I help my mentees to take their first swim, I am starting to notice the frequency in which horror stories are emerging about freelancers who either aren’t getting paid or their payments are long overdue. Hence the title, “Freelancing Ain’t Free Nor Should It Be.”One recent story was particularly disturbing. If you are Black (or are familiar with Black culture) and you have lived in America from the 1960s through the early 2000s, then there is a strong possibility that a copy of Ebony, and her sister publication Jet, was somewhere on a coffee table, a night stand, or in a magazine rack in your home, your neighbor’s home, and all of the Black enterprises that you frequented that had waiting rooms. Yes, Ebony was that ubiquitous in Black communities. In fact, it was the pride and glory of all Black publications. If your picture and/or your story made it into this esteemed magazine then you had arrived.So, when I discovered that one of the most iconic Black magazine outlets was allegedly not paying some of its writers, my mouth, literally, dropped. It’s 2017 and a recent article by a young writer of color, Jagger Blaec, spells out that there are, reportedly, several Black writers who have not been paid for their published work, some dating as far back as 2013.In the spirit of transparency, this is hard to believe not because I don’t believe Jagger Blaec, but because I have always held Ebony to a higher standard. It is not a start-up. It has a long-standing brand. At one point, it was a multi-million-dollar entity. More importantly, if anyone should do right by its Black writers, it’s a medium that would not even exist without its Black readership.My point in bringing this up is not to single out just Ebony because I know that this has happened with other print and digital publications. With this particular story, the author notes that many of the Black writers have been eerily quiet or have just waited for everything to work itself out. Of course, most of us do not desire to take legal action, but no freelancer should ever accept being exploited by anyone. Period.This is why it is so important for young freelancers to advocate for themselves and to have the terms of their contracts honored, even if it means taking legal action. New York City was the first to pass the historic Freelance Isn’t Free Act, which goes into effect on May 15. Under this new legislation, clients will have to use contracts when working with a freelancer, and they will now face double damages, attorney’s fees, and other penalties for nonpayment. Stories like these illustrate just why we need this law, and why we should be working together to get it passed across the nation.Unpaid invoices are the underbellies of being a freelancer. Not talking about it will not make it go away. Just as many of us had zero tolerance for inequity in corporate spaces, we must bring that same tenacity to the world of freelancing.Editor’s note – please reach out to if you have experienced a nonpayment issue with Ebony magazine or another client.last_img read more

Updated IRS per diem rates may impact your freelance expenses

first_imgA couple of months ago, we shared advice on how to manage freelance expense deductions using either the traditional itemized deduction approach or the per diem method. The first requires receipts for every expense and to-the-penny record-keeping of each category of your travel expenses; for the latter you use the per-diem rate established by the federal government for its employees traveling to the same destination. If you are using the per diem method, then this update is for you because the IRS has released the 2019-2020 special per diem rates.As a refresher, remember that to keep per diem payments free of income and payroll tax obligations each expense must have a record of its date, place, and purpose. With this proof, you can  deduct 100 percent of  lodging per diems and 50 percent of meal per diems. You will also need a copy of the federal government’s per-diem reimbursement schedule for each locality that you or any of your subcontractors travel to for the current tax year. If you don’t want to try to keep track of multiple localities, you can choose to set your per diems based on general “low cost” or “high cost” travel destination amounts for the lower 48 states as set by United States General Services Administration or international destinations set by the U.S. Department of State.Here are the details on the new per diem rates you need to use for 2019 and 2020 tax purposes.:If your freelance business happens to be in the transportation industry, there are special meal and incidental expense (M&IE) rates which apply to you:$66 for any locality of travel in the continental United States (CONUS), and$71 for any locality of travel outside the continental United States (OCONUS).For all other taxpayers using the per diem expense method, these rates should be used:$5 per day for any CONUS or OCONUS travel for the incidental expenses only deduction.If you are using the high-low substantiation method, these rates should be used:$297 for travel to any high-cost locality, and$200 for travel to any other locality within CONUS.The amount for paid for meals using the high-low substantiation method is:$71 for travel to any high-cost locality, and$60 for travel to any other locality within CONUS.If you are using the high-low method you must still substantiate the time, place, and business purpose of these expenses in accordance with IRS regulations. In addition, be sure to watch for any future updates for these rates as the IRS may provide additional updates in the future.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,— 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

7 Tricks for Enticing Picky Eaters

first_imgThe average person may see anywhere between 4,000 and 10,000 ads in a single day. From binge-watching your favorite shows to checking the pile of coupons in your mailbox, advertisers have inundated our lives. Most of the ads we see… Full Story,Dressing up for Halloween is one of the best parts of the holiday, especially if you’re a creative person. But buying a Halloween costume can get expensive, with many costing more than $50 a pop. And unless you plan to… Full Story,You may not find it on an official calendar anywhere, but Friendsgiving is a newer holiday that has gained popularity in recent years. Much like Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving is a time to gather around the table with loved ones in the… Full Story,My birthday is on Halloween, so every year I get super excited. I plan what my costume will be, decide how I want to celebrate and text all my friends to let them know. Last year, I was finally able… Full Story,Not much of a football fan? Don’t know what all the cheesehead hat-wearing and face paint-smearing is all about? Skip hanging out at the local sports bar or sitting in the stands at a game, and put on your entrepreneurial… Full Story,Living paycheck to paycheck can feel like an endless scramble. Rent is due on the first but your paycheck won’t clear until the second. On top of everything, you need to pay for groceries, a bus ticket, and utilities before… Full Story,Decision fatigue is the decline in energy and focus you experience after making too many decisions. This mental drain causes your brain to abandon your willpower in order to seek more immediate rewards, which leads to poor decision making and… Full Story,If you ask a random person on the street what they do, chances are they have a lot of slashes and hyphens in their job titles. In this day and age, if you don’t have multiple sources of income… Full Story,Do you consider yourself a financially responsible young adult? Personally, I like to think that my finances are mostly in order. Rent, student loans, car payments—everything big is blocked off nicely. If the math works out right, I have a… Full Story,In the financial world, nothing evokes feelings of terror quite like the word “bankruptcy”. It’s become synonymous with a complete and utter collapse of one’s finances – a black hole that’s almost impossible to climb out of. When you declare… Full Storylast_img read more

Easy Ways to Start Investing Your Money This Summer

first_imgIt’s Financial Literacy Month again!How did you celebrate last year?I bet your financial literacy party wasn’t as much of a rager as mine, which consisted of a comfy couch, a local craft beer, and a big pile of personal finance books.This year, I’m bringing the party to you.I’m going to teach you the basics of investing over the course of three short columns in three weeks.In fact, it’s easier than that, because today’s isn’t really about investing.Here’s the schedule:Week 1: Before you investWeek 2: The secret of great investingWeek 3: Staying in the gameLet’s go! (You bring the beer.)Before you dive inInvesting is important, but it’s not so urgent that you need to start today.Think of investing as Personal Finance 201. If you haven’t passed the 101 class, you’re not ready to invest.Here are the four steps you need to take before putting your first dollar into stocks or bonds—plus one sneaky exception.1. Save up an emergency fundWhy? It protects your investments from being raided before their time.Access your retirement accounts before your retire, and you’re on the hook for a big penalty and a tax bill.In his great book The Little Book of Safe Money, the Wall Street Journal’s Jason Zweig writes: “Just as travelers in the wilderness die without water, investors perish if they have no liquidity.”Liquidity is a fancy term for cash or stuff that can be easily turned into cash.A savings account is liquid. Home equity and comic books are not liquid.Save up an emergency fund of at least a couple of months of expenses and keep it someplace safe and boring, like a savings account, even if the interest is paltry.2. Pay off high-interest debtWhy? If you’re building up an investment account and simultaneously paying off credit card debt, you’re limping up the down escalator.It’s all about compound interest.(To a personal finance writer, everything is about compound interest. Hand them the latest issue of Cosmo and they will flip right past 37 pages of orgasm tips and find a paragraph about compound interest.)If your credit card charges 15% interest and your investments are making 8%, you should put every last dollar toward the credit card and zilch toward investing.Paying off the credit card is like earning 15% interest, risk-free.What counts as high interest? You know it when you see it.Credit cards, unsubsidized student loans, most car loans.Frankly, I think it makes sense to pay off all debt before investing—even your mortgage and subsidized student loans—but I’m distinctly in the minority on this.3. Understand what investing is and what it isn’tWhy? Reasonable expectations help you avoid scams and bad decisions.Here, this one’s a little less ambitious. Investing, in short, means:Buying a piece of a company and sharing in its growth (stocks)Loaning money to a company or government and having your money paid back with interest (bonds)Buying land and sharing in the rising price of the land or rent payments from the people using it (real estate)You are not going to get rich quickly by doing any of these things.You’re not going to make 20% a month. You’re not going to make 20% a year—although in some years, you might.Some years you will lose money. There aren’t a lot of sure things in investing, but that’s one of them.If this makes investing sound boring, congratulations: You get the idea.4. Read a bookWhy? Because I’m cheating by making reading this book part of my supposedly short course.I always recommend the same investing book.It’s short, written by two of the greatest investment thinkers ever, found in most public libraries, and written in plain English.The book is Elements of Investing, by Burton Malkiel and Charles Ellis.By the time you finish reading this short book, you will know more about investing than practically anyone you know.This may not make you more fun at parties, but it will make you wealthier.5. Actually, do this first: get your 401(k) matchWhy? A 401(k) match is the best-performing investment you’ll ever find. Ignore it at your financial peril.If you have a 401(k) with an employer match, always contribute up to the match.It’s okay to do this even if you have credit card debt or student loans or car loans. Get the match while you build your emergency fund and pay off debt.This is the only thing that literally everybody in the personal finance game agrees on.If we ever make contact with intelligent alien life, the first thing financial planners will ask the aliens is whether they’re maximizing their employer match.(Although if the aliens are so intelligent, why do they still have employers?)Next week: The secret to investing! (It’s probably not as exciting as I’m making it sound.)Matthew Amster-Burton is a personal finance columnist at Find him on Twitter @Mint_Mamster.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

6 relationship truths you never find in rom-coms

first_imgIt’s easy to feel shortchanged when you compare your long-term partner to the adoring, witty alpha males in your favourite rom-coms. If the most romantic thing he’s done lately is call in a Domino’s Meat Feast, and his proposal was a mumbled effort over dinner in your local, you may long to ditch him in favour of someone who truly appreciates you.But the truth is: Rom-coms would be awful in real life. Those men would be exhausting. So here are the truths about real-life relationships that rom-coms won’t tell you. Settle back and open the popcorn.1. You won’t start off hating himFrom the screwball comedies of the ’40s to When Harry Met Sally and beyond, the biggest lie in all rom-coms is that instant hatred leads eventually to falling helplessly in love.That know-all, mansplaining colleague… your brother’s dorky best friend… the ex who dumped you 20 years ago… all that loathing and back-chat sparks sudden, unexpected passion, right? Er, wrong. If you’re spitting and snarling from the outset, you’re in for a life of misery, not magic.2. You don’t have to quit your careerMost women in rom-coms start off hopelessly uptight and enormously successful (see Sandra Bullock in The Proposal or Reese Witherspoon in Sweet Home Alabama).But while they may be killing it at work, these women are Not Happy, and will joyfully and immediately give up their career once they meet The One. Obviously, this is ocean-going garbage. If The One is worth anything, he’ll be cheering on your success, not sulking pettily because you have to go to a work thing and he wanted to have the guys round for a barbecue.3. You won’t have a personality transplantThere’s always a point, about a third into the film, where the prissy, sensible heroine suddenly lets her hair down unexpectedly, proving that she’s wildly fun and spontaneous.It’s true that you might shock your partner by being surprisingly terrible at karaoke, or get drunker than he ever imagined on cheap prosecco at the office party – but if you’re normally the type to get home by 10 in time for the news, you’re not going to suddenly leap on top of a taxi and start tap-dancing. With most of us, what you see is what you get.4. There may not be ‘A Moment’Generally, good relationships blossom gradually, through dating to pleasant co-habiting. They don’t pivot on one glorious Moment That Changes Everything – like John Cusack standing under the window with a boombox in Say Anything, or the marching band serenade in 10 Things I Hate about You.So if you feel disappointed that your engagement ring wasn’t delivered by a Halloween parade, and he didn’t declare his love with a dancing flashmob, stop. It’s far more normal to propose over a nice meal.5. You won’t fall for your best friendIt’s somewhat unlikely that you’ll make friends with a handsome, straight male and utterly fail to notice that you’re attracted to each other (see Just Good Friends or Friends With Benefits).Even as you suffer through relationships with awful men, and he’s always there to eat ice cream with you, you’ll somehow both remain blind to the burning passion that could spark into life at any moment? This doesn’t happen.If the guy’s your best friend and you fancy him, marry him – don’t spend 10 years sobbing on his shoulder while you both miserably date other people.6. You don’t have to test his loveThe Airport Dash™ Is the cornerstone of many rom-coms. But it only ever happens because there’s been a ridiculous misunderstanding culminating in someone getting on a plane, and disappearing forever. See also ‘not turning up at the top of the Empire State Building, because for some reason, nobody thought to check the traffic.’In real life, however, most misunderstandings are simply resolved with a brief text message or a quick bout of sulking. Making someone ‘prove’ their commitment by refusing to communicate and simply disappearing is the behaviour of a sociopath.All the more reason to be glad you live in the real world – and not a rom-com.Sourcelast_img read more

3 Things Your Hair Stylist Wishes You Knew Before Showing Up to the Salon

first_imgSafe to say, we’ve learned our lesson when it comes to walking into any hair appointment blindly. Whether it’s the time two inches turned into three (plus bangs) or golden lowlights turned into frosted tips, it’s been a learning curve of splendid highs and tragic lows on the road to discovering the rulebook for pre-cut and color proceedings. Aside from the core tenets of salon etiquette—arrive on time, tip appropriately, keep off the phone—there are a few guidelines of utmost importance that don’t fall under the basics. Getting down to the nitty gritty, here are three essential tips to keep in mind the day of your hair appointment.Lay off the products.It’s never a good idea to show up with heavy product build-up from styling your hair the day of your appointment, especially if you’re getting a dry cut or color. It can cause hair color to go on unevenly, and it can also affect how your hair stylist evaluates your pre-cut hair type and texture.Leza Duncan, stylist at Salon U in Birmingham, Alabama, gave a welcome exception: “It’s fine to use products you normally use for your everyday blowdry, but stay away from a lot of hairspray.”Bring visuals.We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it until the cows come home. Always bring tangible inspiration that details your vision clearly and objectively. We can’t always describe what type of layers or which shade of color we’re looking for, and a picture is worth a thousand words.Leza Duncan, stylist at Salon U in Birmingham, Alabama, added: “Be prepared to really communicate with your stylist about what does and does not work for your hair. Start with a length you want, and find pictures of looks that you could see yourself loving.”Come clean—at least, clean-ish.We gasped when we heard that many clients will show up with hair that hasn’t been washed in almost a week. Though it might seem fine if you’re heading straight to the washing basin, it’s really not good form. If you’re getting your hair colored, clean hair helps the hair color be applied evenly and thoroughly; if you’re getting a haircut, dirty hair can be bogged down with product and dry shampoo, as well as look a tad too greasy to get a good pre-wash consultation. (Washing your hair the day before is completely fine for both of these instances.) A good rule of thumb: if you’re a little grossed out by your hair when touching it, odds are your hair stylist feels the exact same way.Sourcelast_img read more

WRI Expert Forum: How Should COP22 Move the Needle on Climate Action?

first_imgThe world celebrated last year when countries adopted the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change at COP21 in Paris.This year at COP22 in Marrakech, the need for global climate action is no less urgent. While the Paris Agreement demonstrated the will for global climate action, important questions regarding implementation, financing and ambition remain to be worked out. We asked four WRI experts to explain how COP22 (Nov 7-18) could best be used to advance climate action across different sectors. Here is what they said:On ClimatePaula Caballero Last year, Paris delivered the vision and the framework to more effectively tackle climate change. Incredibly, the Paris Agreement has already entered into force, years ahead of what most expected. COP22 needs to build on the momentum of the Paris Agreement by setting out a clear and convincing process for defining the rules and procedures that will underpin the new regime. These should be in place by 2018, clearing a path to raise ambition in 2020, when countries will share their five-year climate plans. We need clear commitments to increasingly decisive climate action given that we know that countries’ current climate plans combined are not enough to sufficiently limit temperature rise to avoid catastrophic climate impacts. Equally, developing countries must leave COP22 with confidence that developed countries are committed to mobilizing enough financial support for both adaptation and mitigation in accordance with agreed pledges. — Paula Caballero, Global Director, Climate Program On FinanceJoe Thwaites This year’s COP is being called “the COP of Action,” a moniker that sets a high bar for expectations. To meet the challenge, the global meeting has to achieve momentum in areas where large-scale change can happen quickly. COP22 can do that by advancing efforts to conserve and restore forests. More than 1 billion people earn their livelihoods from forests, but half of the world’s forests have been cleared or degraded. COP22 needs to accelerate adoption of climate-smart agriculture, an approach that will ensure food security for the world’s growing population, 800 million of whom are undernourished today. COP22 must also expand initiatives to reduce inefficiencies in land use, including food loss and waste, which causes 8 percent of greenhouse gas emissions and costs the global economy $940 billion every year. If we manage forests and farmlands right, we can produce, protect and prosper. — Craig Hanson, Global Director for Food, Forests and WaterOn CitiesAniruddha Dasguptacenter_img At COP22, countries will discuss the roadmap developed countries prepared on how they will mobilize $100 billion in climate finance for developing countries by 2020. Developing countries have placed particular emphasis on the need to increase adaptation finance, as well as the need for more information on the breakdown between grants and loans. The High-Level Ministerial Dialogue on Climate Finance on November 16th presents a good opportunity for a new commitment on scaling up adaptation finance. Countries are considering the future of the Adaptation Fund; agreeing to a mandate for the Fund to support the Paris Agreement would be a significant outcome from Marrakech, allowing it to continue supporting vital adaptation efforts around the world. In addition, countries will continue to work on developing procedures and guidelines for accounting and reporting of finance. Getting this right is key for tracking progress towards funding targets and ensuring that money is used effectively. — Joe Thwaites, Research Associate, Finance CenterOn Forests and AgricultureCraig Hanson Historically, when talking climate change, cities have typically been considered part of the problem without much discussion about how they can be part of the solution. COP21 changed that. Last year in Paris, more than 400 mayors joined the Compact of Mayors, a global initiative that works with cities to reduce emissions. This drew attention to cities’ important role in climate action, including the fact that cities account for 70 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions. With the Paris Agreement, the Sustainable Development Goals and the UN’s recent conference on housing and urban development (Habitat III), the global commitments to urban sustainability are set. The important step, now, is to implement these goals in a unified way. COP22 will be critical for scaling up actions as well as engaging the private sector, national governments and civil society to collaborate better with cities to create transformational urban change. — Aniruddha Dasgupta, Global Director, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Citieslast_img read more