ITER Dodges Trouble With Superconducting Cables

first_img A potential stumbling block that threatened to delay construction of the huge ITER fusion reactor—an international project based at Cadarache in France—looks like it has been resolved. Tests last year on samples of superconductor cable for the facility’s magnets indicated the cable would last only one-tenth as long as required. That prompted a scramble to find out what the problem was and identify a new cable configuration that would work. Recent tests at a high-magnetic-field facility in Switzerland showed that engineers had succeeded. “This demonstrates clearly that there is a solution that works,” says Neil Mitchell, head of ITER’s magnet division. Keeping the 150 million°C plasma at the heart of the machine in place requires huge and powerful electromagnets made of superconducting cables. The cables that failed last year were made of niobium tin and were destined for the central solenoid—a coil at the very center of the machine that acts to create a current of plasma around the doughnut shaped reactor. The solenoid will require nearly 36 kilometers of superconducting cable and, once complete, will weigh nearly 1000 tonnes. Samples of the superconductor are tested at the SULTAN facility at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Villigen, Switzerland. The facility subjects the samples to pulses of high magnetic field and electric current, simulating the cycles that it will go through in the completed reactor. Last year’s samples, manufactured in Japan, began to degrade after just 6000 cycles, while the specification requires them to last for 60,000 cycles. The conductors are built up from individual strands less than a millimeter across. Three such strands are wound together to form a “triplet” and 288 triplets bunched together in a metal jacket form a conductor. Investigators studying the failed conductors realized that part of the problem lay in the fact that in the Japanese sample each triplet was made up of two niobium-tin strands and one of copper. This is a protection against damage to the conductor from “quenching,” when the niobium-tin material suddenly loses its superconducting ability. Including copper strands means that if there is a quench, the large quantity of current in the conductor has somewhere else to go and so doesn’t do any damage. But the Japanese configuration of one copper strand with two of niobium-tin means that, in normal operation, only two strands in each triplet carry current. Those two must shoulder the large magnetic forces that the conductors experience. A better solution would be three strands made from a combination of copper and niobium-tin, so that all three share the load of magnetic forces. “We looked around the world for what was the best conductor. We built it and it works,” says Mitchell. The ITER researchers made new conductor samples using combination strands made by the British company Oxford Instruments and other components from elsewhere in Europe. In tests at SULTAN these endured 10,000 cycles with a level of degradation that was much closer to the original specification. The combination strands are more expensive to produce and ITER officials are now in discussion with Japan, which is responsible for making the central solenoid superconductor, about how they can replicate them. Although this has delayed the start of conductor manufacture, Mitchell says this shouldn’t be a problem because a number of other delays—including last year’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan—have already forced ITER managers to push back the scheduled start of the reactor by 1 year to late 2020. Correction: A conductor is formed by 288 triplets, not 192 as originally reported. ITER last_img read more

India and Pakistan share Hero Asian Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy as match gets abandoned…

first_imgAdvertisementThe finals of the Hero Asian Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy between India and Pakistan was called off even before it started due to the terrible weather conditions at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Muscat.India-Pakistan hockey encounter got washed away by rainThe rain gods showed mercy in the earlier third-place playoff match between Malaysia and Japan where the Speedy Tigers triumphed after winning the game 3-2 in the shootouts. The game had earlier finished 2-2 in regulation time.However, they downpoured heavily as India and Pakistan prepared to square off. The teams hadn’t even come out for the national anthems and not a single minute of hockey was played.After 90 minutes of wait and inspection, the match officials deemed the surface unplayable as the rainwater accumulated on the turf. With this joint achievement, India has now won the coveted trophy three times previously winning it at 2011 in Ordos and 2016 in Kuantan. Pakistan, too, became three-time winners as they lifted the trophy at the 2012 edition in Doha and the 2013 edition in Kakamigahara.The next major tournament for both the sides will be the Men’s Hockey World Cup which will commence from 28 November in Bhubaneswar. India is grouped alongside Belgium, Canada, and South Africa in Pool C whereas Pakistan will be battling out against the Netherlands, Germany, and Malaysia in Pool D.The Sportsindiashow team wishes the Indian hockey team all the best for the World Cup.Advertisementlast_img read more

8 Ways to Cut the Cost of Moving by $100 or More

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How Usage-Based Programs Can Lower Your Auto Insurance Premium

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The Clumsy Traveler’s First Steps to Planning a Vacation

first_imgFirst Things First…When deciding a vacation, there are a few things you need to consider outside of your budget. Ask yourself the following:When is the best time for me to travel/can I get work off during this time?Is that a reasonable amount of time to save enough money?Where do I want to go?What is the weather like there? Is it tourist season? What are the current state of affairs?All of these questions not only affect your budget, but how much fun you might have on your journey. So with these in mind, I’ve come up with a few destinations I see myself going to this summer for my birthday:PeruIrelandTanzaniaFive months seems like more than enough time to save for all three of these locations. And while it is in the height of tourist season, they’re still reasonably affordable (not like major attractions like Rome or Paris midsummer) and the weather will be wonderful.The First StepBefore I do anything at all, I make a very general first draft budget.Not only does this help give me an idea of what I need to save before my trip, but it also helps me figure out where I’m leaning towards as far as best destination. Am I leaning towards one place more than another? Is a certain city’s attractions more desirable than another? Am I going to go for the more expensive option because it just looks cooler? All is answered during the initial budgeting.To give you a general idea of my budgeting technique, I’ve provided an example of a 1st draft travel budget for each destination: Follow Along!Next month, I’ll discuss exactly what I do to save and start putting together a more detailed budget of my chosen location. Make sure to follow along so you can learn insider tips and tricks to making a luxury vacation on a budget actually happen.Question: have you ever been to one of these countries? I’d love to hear your recommendations and tips in the comments! Welcome to the very first installment featuring Mint and The Clumsy Traveler! Follow along as I give you monthly financial advice to budget the trip of your dreams, whether you’re off to Southeast Asia or backpacking through Europe.So What Exactly Am I Doing Here?If you’re trying to take your own trip overseas and do so affordably, then you’ve come to the right place. I’ve teamed up with Mint to show you exactly how you can save for a trip abroad. Over the next 6 months, I’m going to be planning a birthday trip (mark it in your calendars, June 24th. You can buy me a present later). I’m going to take you through my money-saving journey where you will see firsthand how I save for an exotic trip abroad.After traveling internationally for 10 years, visiting 5 continents and living abroad in Europe, I have made plenty of mistakes when it comes to spending money on travel. Like a lot of mistakes.That’s why you can trust me when I say that I can help you with your travel plans. I’m going to provide you with travel-planning hacks, apps and websites, money-saving techniques and budgeting guides to help you plan the ultimate vacation. Credit: Brooke Borough PhotographyMeet the Clumsy Traveler:My name is Sebrin Elms, a twenty-something newlywed with two kitties and a serious obsession with travel. I started my blog, The Clumsy Traveler, in anticipation of my husband’s and my 3-month long honeymoon around the world. When I came back, I didn’t want to stop writing and traveling! You can learn more about my story on my blog or follow me on Instagram @theclumsytraveler.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Relatedcenter_img Most of these figures were found from a variety of travel blogs, travel websites and airline websites. Again, this doesn’t need to be 100% accurate, or even 75% accurate. But if one budget is way more expensive than another (say Ireland vs Peru), it will help me make my decision.As you can see, Tanzania is about double the price of Ireland or Peru. Meanwhile, Peru and Ireland are very similar in price. Still, I’ve been wanting to visit Tanzania for a very long time and I would love to see Peru (adding my 6th continent to my list). Knowing how much of all these locations cost helps me figure out a couple of things:Do I want to go with the affordable option?If I choose the more expensive option, am I willing to work harder and sacrifice?What does my heart tell me? What does my wallet tell me? Post navigationlast_img read more

Keeping Faith in Forests

first_imgThis article originally appeared at and is reposted courtesy of the Thomson Reuters Foundation.I grew up as the minister’s daughter in a Baptist church in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a college town in the southern US. I witnessed first-hand how organized and energized faith communities took on the cause of racial justice in the early 1960s, as church leaders and lay members pushed to integrate the public school system, restaurants and even the University of North Carolina basketball team.Fifty years on, climate change has emerged as the defining challenge for human society around the globe, and conservation of the world’s tropical forests is essential to stabilizing the atmosphere. Standing forests provide safe-keeping for the carbon embodied in leaves, branches, trunks, roots and soil.Forests are also the only technology for carbon capture and storage to date that is safe, natural, proven and cheap. Tropical forests alone capture 1.4 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, almost as much as the combined emissions from France, Germany and the United Kingdom in 2015.And just like in my youth, religious communities are now mobilizing the faithful, helping world leaders include forest conservation—and the rights of indigenous peoples, stewards of these forests—in climate change strategies. The most well known statement was issued two years ago when Pope Francis published his encyclical, Laudato Si. This widely quoted thesis singled out tropical deforestation early and often as a threat to many values of importance to the world’s religions.But the Pope is not alone in his advocacy. He is joined by clergy and lay people from many faiths, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism, all of which share messages of respect and stewardship for the natural world, as well as a moral obligation to help the poor. Over the last 30 years, these leaders have participated in a growing movement to focus religious attention on environmental challenges, leading to a summit in June that formally launched an Interfaith Rainforest Initiative.Appreciation for the wonder and beauty of nature is a thread that weaves across a wide variety of religious traditions. “For the Beauty of the Earth” was a hymn sung frequently in the worship services of my childhood in praise and thanks for Creation. Tropical forests harbor some two-thirds of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity, ranging from the charismatic megafauna of jaguars and gorillas to the astonishing variety of flowering plants.A creek runs through a forest in North Carolina. Flickr/junaidrao In many human cultures, spiritual traditions are inextricably bound up with nature, with forests figuring prominently in creation narratives from all parts of the world. Among the participants in the Oslo meeting are indigenous leaders from the Amazon, Congo Basin, and Southeast Asia. Indigenous communities are the de facto stewards of much of the world’s remaining forested areas, even if their rights to these forests often remain unrecognized.But in addition to their spiritual values, intact forests provide a wealth of wild products and environmental services that nurture and sustain human communities from local to global scales. Households that live in and around forests in developing countries derive, on average, more than one-fifth of their incomes from forest products such as fuelwood, honey and wild fruits. And recent research reveals that forests generate the rainfall that maintains agricultural productivity in landscapes thousands of miles from the forest edge.Faith leaders care especially about the connections between access to forest goods and services and amelioration of poverty and injustice. Dorothy Stang, the American-born nun murdered in the Brazilian Amazon in 2005, is one of many people of faith who have been martyred for standing up to the loggers, ranchers and other agents of deforestation that destroy the forest-based livelihoods of the rural poor.And among these injustices, climate change now looms as the largest. An increasingly unstable climate will worsen poverty and inequality, both within and between nations. Exposure to just one severe tropical storm—of the sort expected to become more frequent and severe with climate change—can knock a country off its path of economic growth for decades.For poor households—without financial assets, sturdy housing, insurance, or access to medical services—the droughts, floods, fires and pestilence that accompany a warming planet are beginning to look apocalyptic. To cite just one example, the 2015 fires in Indonesia—fueled by damaged forests and peatlands—are estimated to have caused some 100,000 premature deaths.Achieving the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement and limiting the scope of global warming is hard to imagine without forests. Currently, emissions from deforestation are a major cause of climate change, accounting for more annual emissions than those from all sources in the European Union. And the role forests play, in removing carbon from the atmosphere, is critical; they buy the world time to achieve the deep, dramatic cuts in fossil fuel use needed to slow global warming.When I get discouraged about the possibility of achieving the Paris goals I remember my childhood, when my father started his ministry in Chapel Hill. At that time, racial segregation was the norm and Coach Dean Smith’s recruitment of UNC’s first African American basketball player was a breakthrough. Today, my father’s church, where Coach Smith found support and encouragement, now has an “Earth Ministry” and solar panels on its roof.Agents of change inspired by religious conviction are again taking the lead. People of faith are bound to follow.last_img read more

8 Useful Tools for Identifying and Connecting With Prospects

first_imgWhile all of this does serve to make us feel a bit like Sherlock Holmes or Columbo (childhood ambition #7 … check), the larger win here is that when that prospect from West Nottinghamshire College does decide to reach out or convert, we already have a starting point for the conversation. We have a sense of what might matter to them, and can get them quickly to the most relevant material.  Learn more about the Prospects Report . What to Do When You Find a New Prospect: Some people use the Prospects Report as a way to make informed first calls into a potential lead’s office. Others wait for the prospect to turn into a lead on his or her own and then leverage the past information from their prospect days to inform future communications and discussions. A final tactic I’d suggest is to use your prospect data to help inform the content you create. If a prospect from a good company is interested in ecommerce statistics, I’d use that as a jumping off point for an in-depth blog on ecommerce.  Once interest has been shown, don’t let that opportunity run dry. Twitter and LinkedIn Search Not all purchase research happens on your website. In fact, according to Google and CEB research , a lead conducts 57% of the research they’re going to do before ever talking to a sales rep. That’s where social search tools become really handy. You can use the search feature on almost every social media site to find people talking about your company or focus area at any given moment. Here’s how it works on Twitter and LinkedIn.Twitter actually has an incredibly precise advanced search tool. For any search, you can narrow down to exact phrase or location (something that’s especially helpful for local businesses interested in finding people who need their services). What’s even cooler, though, is that you can tell Twitter to try to find you tweets with the right tone to them. You can search for only questions, positive comments, or negative comments. It’s not flawless, but for a free tool it’s pretty great.In the example below, I’m searching for people who have asked a question about HubSpot versus any other marketing tool. I use the exact phrase “HubSpot vs. ” and leave a space for the competitor. Then I specify that I’m looking for tweets with question marks in it. The result is about a dozen different people who have very recently sought advice on their software purchase decision. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Ah, the elusive prospect. You know they’re out there in need of your service or product, but it can be tough to uncover them at the right time in their search. So how do you find them ? And once you find them, what the heck do you do with them? Just poke ’em with a stick?First of all, that’s a veritable “no” to the stick thing. And fortunately, there are a handful of tools available to help you identify prospective customers and find out what topics and content are most interesting to them.I’ve compiled a starter list of some of the prospecting tools I’ve used most often in my career — some free, some paid — along with some tips on how to address prospects in a helpful, prospect-focused, inbound way.  HubSpot’s Prospect Report I’m going to start out with HubSpot’s Prospect Report here because it’s probably the most thorough tool on the list, though it does require a HubSpot subscription. The Prospects Report does a nice job of giving you a sense of not only where your prospects come from, but also what they’re interested in and what contacts you have in common. That way, the first call you make to them doesn’t have to be so cold.The Prospects Report works by showing you the company name or IP address associated with any website visitor you have. You won’t get the names of people until they opt-in by deciding to contact you or filling out a form on your website, but the nice thing is, the Prospects Report gives you a sneak peak of what they may be interested in.In the example below, for instance, you can see that the company had two unknown visitors from West Nottinghamshire College — the second line item in the image below. We also know that those visitors came to the site looking for “e-commerce statistics.” When we dig in a little more, we can learn more about that visit, including the specific content viewed, how recently it occurred, and whether or not you have other contacts at that same location. Topics: What to Do When You Find a New Prospect: The first thing to note is the piece of content that got these new prospects to click. What topic were they interested in? What channel was it on? In the case of Twitter, you can follow your new prospects right then and there within HubSpot, without even opening up Twitter’s interface. If they’ve retweeted your content, you can reply to them to start off the relationship right.So there you have it — a starter list of tools to help you identify and engage new prospects for your business. The one theme that I hope was evident throughout is that even though you have all these tools available to you, it’s important you’re using them in responsible and helpful ways. Don’t rush to talking about your company or selling your product or service. Make yourself an asset to the person, and see if your company is a fit later on. I’d love to grow this list. What other tools have you used successfully to help you find prospects?  Image credit: Tom Newby Photography center_img Originally published Feb 21, 2013 9:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 Marketing Resources What to Do When You Find a New Prospect: Write a blog post and ask people to tell you what they’d do with this information in the comments. #KiddingNotKidding. Actually, I asked my colleague Lia Cefalu (<< follow her she’s wicked smaht ) who’s in the center of the social graph stalking photo above how she would use this for business and she advised the following: Businesses can use social graph to find people interested in key topics, then subscribe to their news feeds. You don’t have to be Facebook friends with someone to subscribe to their feed. Subscribe to their news feeds, and comment.  HootSuite We're big fans of HootSuite, who offers both a free and a paid version. We actually have an  integration with them that pulls your HubSpot Lead and Keyword data directly into your HootSuite view. Their monitoring allows you to keep a steady stream of people mentioning certain keywords or your company name. This allows you to find prospective leads in a similar way to the Twitter or LinkedIn monitoring above, but you can see the full gamut across channels, saving you some time. What to Do When You Find a New Prospect: At the paid level, you can assign tweets to members of your team for follow-up. If you notice someone mentioning your company or asking for advice for something you can help with, quickly assign that request to the person on your team best able to address it. Again, this is the time for helpful responses, not promotions or sales.  Quora Alerts  For the right company, Quora is a great way to find people interested in the service or product you provide. Quora is a question and answer forum that was created to help people  get answers from people with first-hand experience. Questions on Quora range from travel to nonprofits to software and beyond. While some topic areas are more fruitful than others, it's worth spending some time there to see if questions are being asked about your industry. In the example below, I've tapped into the topic on Inbound Marketing. You can see right off the bat there are questions about inbound marketing software, in particular -- pretty good place for me to be then, right? What's great about Quora is you can subscribe to get email alerts on certain topics as new questions arise, so you'll always be notified when a future prospect is seeking information.  What to Do When You Find a New Prospect: If you have a direct answer to their question, you can certainly chime in with some resources and link them back to your site for further reading. Another option is to use Quora's "Ask to Answer" functionality to ask someone in your network with first-hand experience to respond.   Google Alerts Google Alerts are less precise than some of the other tools we've explored, but do work to help you find people talking about certain topics. Google Alerts will bring in mentions from multiple channels -- you could unearth blog articles, questions for Q&A forums, reviews, or other content. What to Do When You Find a New Prospect: The biggest challenge with Google Alerts will be weaning down the fire hose to show you just the most important mentions of your keyword or company -- and it takes work to get the phrasing just right. You also may ask an intern or volunteer to keep an eye on the alerts feed and elevate anything that seems like a promising interaction. When it comes to prospecting, Google Alerts isn't my favorite, but it can help you capture mentions of your company and keywords on a wider range of channels so you can figure out where to spend your prospecting time. HubSpot Interactions I started with a HubSpot tool, I'll end with one too. Within HubSpot Social Media , for any piece of content that you've shared to Facebook or Twitter, you can see a breakdown of not only how many clicks it earned, but who clicked on them. What I especially like is that HubSpot separates out those interactions into two sections: 1) People who are already in your contact database as leads or customers ("Engaged Contacts") and 2) People who aren't yet known to you ("Interactions"). For the people who aren't yet known to your database, also known as your prospects (yay!), you get a quick preview of who they are and, in the case of Twitter, how many followers they have. Here are some examples of this: What to Do When You Find a New Prospect on LinkedIn: My guess is that these people are not looking for a sales rep to jump down their throats. (Is anybody? Ever?) They’re looking for help and advice from a third party. So while it’s never a bad idea to answer them and offer help, you should also think about retweeting their question out to your followers. Odds are you’ve got some friendly customers in the group who might be able to give their perspectives.At the free level, LinkedIn's search function isn’t quite as advanced as Twitter's, though I’ve heard rave reviews of the search ability at the premium levels . At the free level, you can search for people and status updates across LinkedIn using keywords and company mentions. To do so, change the search box dropdown to "Updates" and include a keyword that matters to your business, or choose Groups and find collections of people interested in similar topics.  What to Do When You Find a New Prospect on Twitter: Like Twitter, this shouldn’t be a race to the closing bell. If you find someone asking a question, step up and give them helpful information. If you find a group that’s relevant to your company, join it and engage in the conversation. Don’t just broadcast your content or website. (For HubSpot customers, here’s some info on how to post to LinkedIn Groups in a more scalable way.) Facebook Social Graph When my HubSpot colleagues and I first started diving into Facebook Social Graph, we were awed (Actual photo evidence of state-of-HubSpot-awe below). We of course started with the silly searches: "People who work at HubSpot who like unicorns,"  and "People who work at Facebook and like Twitter." But that gave way to more professional searches. "Marketers who live in Boston and like inbound marketing," for example. Doing so enabled us to get a sense of some of the potential prospects out there and their other interests. last_img read more

7 Google for Nonprofits Tools That Will Change Your Cause Marketing Forever

first_imgGoogle for Nonprofits, a membership program for nonprofits based in the U.S. and U.K. (with country-specific programs), is looking to amplify its online engagement. Though it has eligibility requirements, once accepted, you have access to free versions of all Google products, including tutorials for each to help you get started (not too shabby, we know).Organizations like Kiva, charity: water, BeatBullying, and UNICEF are part of the Google for Nonprofits community. Each of these groups has used Google’s tools to heighten their awareness, particularly through Google Ads, YouTube, and Google+, among other features.We wanted to share the details of this free program with you so you can capitalize on these invaluable resources — seven of which are shared below — that can be game-changers for your organization’s online awareness and fundraising campaigns.1) Google Apps for NonprofitsGoogle Apps includes 30GB of storage on Gmail and Google Drive, a cloud-based document-sharing and creation tool. Your nonprofit also receives 24/7 support for any technical issues you may encounter with these features.The benefits of the apps are substantial. For instance, if your team is disbursed in the field or operates in different countries, you can share and store information securely with Google Drive. Meanwhile, you can communicate online with people in various countries with Gmail and stay up-to-date on events with Google Calendar.Google Apps in ActionSamasource uses the various tools available to it through the program to connect about 850 people in five countries. Using Google Drive to communicate and share information across a vastly distributed workforce has been very important for training and tracking the organization’s projects across the world.2) Google Ad GrantsGoogle Ad Grants (formally known as Google Grants) is a $10,000 monthly grant given to organizations looking to advertise on Google. With the potential of driving 10,000 to 40,000 new visitors a month to your website, using this “free money” to attract new constituents to engage with your organization online is a no-brainer. Here are 10 tips to success with Google Ad Grants.Google Ad Grants in ActionDirect Relief International started using Google Ad Grants in 2003. Google helped the group revise its marketing plan, consisting of eight campaigns in paid search and remarketing, including 150 newly created text ads for an end-of-year giving campaign. Recently, the organization saw a 44% year-over-year increase in the number of online donations and a 40% bump in total dollars donated online just from Google Ads.3) YouTube for NonprofitsNot only can your nonprofit use YouTube channels to share videos about your organization, its events, its achievements, and even to say thank you, you are also able to collect donations through it. Video is a great medium to connect with a large audience and inspire them to support your organization. With YouTube, your nonprofit is able to:Drive viewers to action by placing a call-to-action overlay directly on your videos.Customize the look and feel of your channel with your organization’s logo and branding.Boost fundraising through a Google Checkout “Donate” button on your channel homepage.YouTube for Nonprofits in ActionThe Anaheim Ballet has utilized YouTube to “make ballet accessible to a broad audience and collect donations from the community.” The group is able to tell stories of their dancer profiles, show behind-the-scenes rehearsals, and display instructional videos. It gives Anaheim Ballet a global stage to perform and also eliminates the barrier of entry to viewing the performances. The organization also gets feedback on its performances from its YouTube viewers by asking questions during videos. 4) Google Earth OutreachShowing the impact of your work in the field is a constant challenge, but it’s a growing demand from supporters and can drive a lot of attention if done effectively. Google Earth Outreach is a mapping tool that includes Google Earth and Google Maps to allow your supporters to see your work. With Google Earth Outreach, you can:Create a custom map of your project sites in 10 minutes.   Create a narrative Google Earth movie and make it available on YouTube.Collect data in the field with Android devices and Open Data kit and map your data.View online tutorials to help you get the most out of the available mapping tools.Google Earth Outreach in ActionChief Almir of the Sururi tribe in the Brazilian Amazon started using Google Earth in 2007 as a way to protect the rain forest and preserve his people’s way of living in harmony. He invited Google to train his community on how to record stories of tribal elders to share on YouTube, geo-tagging their content, and uploading it to a cultural map on Google Earth in order to share their unique history with the world.In 2009, the tribe started using mobile phones and an Open Data Kit to record instances of illegal deforestation and logging in their territory on Google Earth. Since then, the tribe has begun using the tools to track its forest’s carbon stock. This will allow it to trade on the carbon credit marketplace and “build a sustainable future for their territory.”5) Google AnalyticsUnderstanding which of your marketing efforts, whether it’s via social media or Google AdWords, is driving the most traffic to your website is crucial to growing your online presence and using the right channels to your advantage. Google Analytics provides your nonprofit with information on how people find and interact with your website and eventually take action to support your mission. With Google Analytics, you can:Measure engagement of your supporters with your website.Determine which of your AdWords ads are most effective.Identify and understand how volunteers, donors, and stakeholders interact with your website.Track the effectiveness of social media for your campaign.6) Google+Similar to Facebook, Google+ provides a medium for you to converse with your audience and share photos, videos, and all of your beautiful stories to your community of followers and supporters. Google+ also allows you to use Google Hangouts to host live video conferences with individuals across the world. You’re even able to tailor and target your message to your Google Circles, creating communities within your larger Google+ community for volunteers, donors, sponsors, and even your staff.Google+ in ActionGoogle+ Hangout proved to be a great tool for UNICEF, as it was able to raise awareness about polio in the Republic of Congo. The organization “connected activists, bloggers, and students on the important issues affecting the Democratic Republic of Congo, such as polio, child soldiers, and gender-based violence.”7) One TodayThis Android app allows nonprofits to launch projects that can make a big impact with $1 donations made via mobile devices. Once you’re a member of Google for Nonprofits, you have complete access to set up your projects and fundraise through One Today. You can read all about One Today in a previous post.How to Register for Google for NonprofitsTo register for Google for Nonprofits, you must be a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in the U.S. or an organization in the U.K. To apply for a Google for Nonprofits membership, go here and follow the basic steps below. Make sure to review the eligibility requirements before applying, as some types of organizations are not eligible.How does your organization use Google for Nonprofits’ products? Let us know in the comments section below!Image credit: Robert Scoble Originally published Oct 7, 2013 6:00:00 PM, updated July 28 2017 Nonprofit Marketing Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

A Sales & Marketing Love Story: From LinkedIn & HubSpot [SlideShare]

first_imgA Sales and Marketing Love Story from HubSpot All-in-one Marketing SoftwareWant to see what some of our findings about the sales-marketing relationship? Here are eight interesting statistics that came from our survey:1) 41% of marketers don’t use buyer personas. (Tweet This Stat)2) 95% of marketers said that lead quality is important to them. (Tweet This Stat)3) Only 5% of marketers feel they give sales a perfect-fit lead. (Tweet This Stat)4) 40% of marketers don’t know what a marketing- or sales-qualified lead is. (Tweet This Stat)5) 59% of marketers have no formal agreement with sales to determine both teams’ responsibilities. (Tweet This Stat)6) 87% of salespeople think they do a good job of following up with leads marketing gives them, but only 64% of marketers agree. (Tweet This Stat)7) 88% of salespeople think that their marketing teams are a crucial source of revenue. (Tweet This Stat)8) 72% of marketers believe their sales team is collaborative. (Tweet This Stat)Since this topic is close to our hearts at HubSpot and LinkedIn, we want to fix this broken relationship. That’s why we created the ebook, How to Create a Love Story Between Sales & Marketing. Download your copy below to learn how your sales and marketing teams can live happily ever after! It can sometimes feel like marketers are from Venus and salespeople are from Mars. They often have a rocky relationship and argue with each other over lead quality, follow-up procedures, social media monitoring, and cost vs. revenue (among other things).In the middle of this bickering, it’s hard to know what marketers and salespeople really think of each other. Is it truly a dysfunctional relationship, or is it simply a few miscommunications that, if solved, could turn their relationship into a classic love story? To find out what’s really going on, HubSpot and LinkedIn Sales Solutions joined forces to uncover the truth. Together, we surveyed marketers and salespeople around the globe to get to the heart of the matter. In the SlideShare below, you’ll see our findings from the survey and the answer to the timeless question, “Are sales and marketing in a loveless marriage, and if so, how can it be fixed? Originally published Feb 14, 2014 4:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 Marketing and Sales Alignmentcenter_img Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

The Definition of Net Promoter Score [In Under 100 Words]

first_img Originally published Feb 22, 2014 8:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017 The Net Promoter Score (NPS) is a customer satisfaction metric that measures, on a scale from 0-10, the degree to which people would recommend your company to others.The NPS is derived from a simple survey designed to help you determine how loyal your customers are to your business. To calculate NPS, subtract the percentage of customers who would not recommend you (detractors, or 0-6) from the percent of customers who would (promoters, or 9-10).Regularly determining your company’s NPS allows you to identify ways to improve your products and services so you can increase the loyalty of your customers. Customer Success Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

A Data-Driven Guide to Writing Better Headlines [Free Ebook]

first_img Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack  Click to Tweet:  “Learn data-driven strategies for writing effective headlines: by @HubSpot & @Outbrain”  Headlines featuring the word “photo(s)” performed 59% better than headlines without this word, showing that visuals are a winner whether they’re getting the initial click or keeping readers engaged after the click. [Tweet This]Want more tips, charts, stats, and graphs about what types of titles work best? Download Data-Driven Strategies for Writing Effective Titles & Headlines right here. Topics: Bracketed clarifications, which are clarifications of the type of content represented by the headline — e.g. [Infographic] — increase CTR when included in headlines. [Tweet This]center_img Originally published Feb 19, 2015 6:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 A captivating title is your first (and maybe only) chance to grab your target audience’s attention and draw them toward your content. But titles shouldn’t be created based on what feels right or what sounds cool — it’s much more effective to let data guide your title creation decisions.That’s why HubSpot and Outbrain teamed up to bring you a data-driven guide to writing effective titles and headlines. In this guide we look at how headlines affect reader behavior in the context of traffic, engagement, and conversion. Here’s a taste of some quick tips and stats you’ll take away from the guide:Headlines generate the highest level of engagement at moderate lengths (81-100 characters). [Tweet This] Blog Headlineslast_img read more

How to Build A Social Media Strategy Dream Team [Free Ebook]

first_img Topics: Social Media Strategy Don’t forget to share this post! Originally published Dec 13, 2016 6:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017 Social media is no longer the new kid on the block when it comes to marketing channels. Today’s most successful B2B and B2C companies have recognized and harnessed its potential as a scalable lead generation tool. It’s also a great growth engine, driving conversions throughout the funnel.Although the importance of social media seems obvious to modern brands, many are still struggling to make it work. In fact, in certain contexts, social media is the hardest strategy for 38% of SMBs to execute.  At the same time, a sound social media strategy has never been more critical to the health of a growing business’s inbound funnel.Most of the challenges working against these brands come from poor social media team structure and organization. Whether you’ve got a team of one or a bevy of interns working on social, now’s the time to reassess how you build and incentivize your team for ROI and scalability.That’s where HubSpot and Sprout Social’s new guide, How to Build and Manage a Social Media Team, comes in. Inside, you’ll find tips on:Structuring your team for social media ROILooking for the right skills in a social media hire to complement your teamShortening the onboarding process by setting up new hires for successMeasuring individual success to ensure your employees have a trajectory of career growthPreventing burnout with leadership and team-building activitiesClick here to download How to Build and Manage a Social Media Team.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy M30s India launch date set for September 18, 6,000mAh battery confirmed

first_imgSamsung will launch the Galaxy M30s in India on September 18 at 12pm. The launch date was revealed on Amazon India alongside an image of the Galaxy M30s. Like every other Galaxy M-series phone launched so far, the Galaxy M30s will also be an online-exclusive product and will be available on Amazon following its launch. The listing also confirms past rumours that the Galaxy M30s will pack a massive 6,000mAh battery.This will be the first Samsung smartphone to house a 6,000mAh battery capacity, promising a really long battery life for your multimedia needs. On Amazon, the company is teasing that the Galaxy M30s 6,000mAh battery will deliver hours of gaming and photography experience. Additionally, the Galaxy M30s will bring a new processor and a 48MP triple camera setup, among other things.The Galaxy M30s will sport a Super AMOLED display as well. The size of the display hasn’t been revealed yet, but the phone has been listed on the Android Enterprise directory with a 6.4-inch display. The phone will sport an Infinity-U display with a FHD+ resolution. As for the processor, Samsung is teasing a new chipset powering the Galaxy M30s. It may not be the Exynos 9610 SoC as previously rumoured. In addition to a 6,000mAh battery, the 48MP triple camera setup will also be a major upgrade over the 13MP triple camera setup on the original Galaxy M30.Samsung plans to launch a series of enhanced versions of its Galaxy A and Galaxy M series phones in the coming months. The company has already launched the Galaxy A10s in India with dual rear cameras and a fingerprint sensor. The Galaxy M30s looks to be a pretty major upgrade over the M30. The Galaxy M30s is expected to be priced similar to the M30, so we expect the phone to launch in India somewhere between Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000.advertisementALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M30s key specs revealed via Android Enterprise listing, may launch soonlast_img read more

Vijay Patil files nomination, set to be elected MCA president

first_imgFor the first time, resulting out of Lodha reforms, 39 international cricketers from Mumbai will be making the voter base in addition to the 350 clubs that vote in Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) elections slated for October 4th.However, cricketers with a right to vote from Sachin Tendulkar, Dilip Vengsarkar and Zaheer Khan will ironically have only two cricketers to choose from amongst 38 who have filed their nominations across 14 posts. Former Mumbai cricketers Amit Dani and Ravi Thakkar are the only cricketers vying for managing committee posts; subordinates to the office-bearers.The sorry state of affairs is partly due to the winnability quotient taking prominence. However, the same Lodha reform clauses that were meant to facilitate cricketers into the game’s administration have also played a role, bowling out cricketers with stringent conflict of interest rules. “We wanted to field Sandeep Patil as our presidential candidate but he could not qualify due to his conflict with his commentary contract,” a senior administrator of Bal Mhadalkar group tells India Today.The likes of former India captains Dilip Vengsarkar and Ajit Wadekar have contested in the past unsuccessfully for President’s post. But in the first elections post reforms, the picture gets bleaker for cricketers wanting to foray into administration.MCA’s international stadium is named after a late politician Sheshrao Wankhede and ever since political heavyweights of the day have remained interested and invested in running Mumbai cricket.It’s no different this time but with the cooling-off and tenure clause coming in the picture, many have had to use the proxy route to stay in power.advertisementFormer Maharashtra Chief Ministers Manohar Joshi, Sharad Pawar, and Vilasrao Deshmukh have served as MCA Presidents over the last three decades. But this won’t be a year for a political potboiler.The soon to be crowned MCA President Vijay Patil is not a politician himself but comes with political lineage; his father Dr. DY Patil has been Congress politician and Governer of three states.”I have to be very candid, considering stature of people who have been Presidents of MCA and the rich legacy is has, to be considered for the post of President, unanimously, is humbling,” he spoke after filing his nomination.Patil fought hard against Sharad Pawar for the top post in 2015 but could not overcome Pawar’s political nous.The weight of the Chief Minister’s chair also makes its presence felt in the final analysis. Amol Kale, a Nagpur based industrialist and close aid of CM Devendra Fadnavis is fielded by the Bal Mhadalkar group for Vice President and allowed free sailing with no contest from opposing, Cricket for Change group.Maharashtra state sports minister and former MCA President Ashish Shelar backed Sanjay Naik is contesting for the crucial Secretary’s position but likely to face stiff resistance from the seasoned administrator and pitch curator Nadeem Menon.Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik who has unsuccessfully contested in past MCA elections has fielded his son Vihang Sarnaik, this time for one of the nine Managing committee posts.While none of the political candidates this time are heavyweights, a look at representatives of 350 clubs’ voter base would tell you, there will be no shortage of mega politicians turning up on the voting day. Starting from Aditya Thackrey who could be the next Deputy CM of the state, his father and Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackrey, BJP’s current minister Ashish Shelar, NCA politician Jitendra Awahad – politicians across party lines have stakes and will come for voting.Also See:last_img read more

Costa scores five minutes into Atletico return

first_imgDiego Costa Diego Costa scores five minutes into Atletico Madrid return Ben Valentine Last updated 1 year ago 04:01 1/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Diego Costa Atletico Madrid PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images Atlético Madrid Lleida Esportiu v Atlético Madrid Lleida Esportiu Copa del Rey The striker did not wait long to make his impact felt, picking up a goal in his first game back with the La Liga club Diego Costa did not wait long before he endeared himself to the Atletico Madrid faithful once more.In his first game available for the club since his fall transfer from Chelsea was agreed upon, Costa was on the bench to begin Atletico’s Copa del Rey match against Lleida Esportiu.He entered the game in the 64th minute to make his first appearance in an official game for Atletico since the end of the 2013-14 season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And five minutes later, Costa was on the scoresheet as he managed to steer home a low cross from Juanfran.That Costa goal made Atletico’s lead an even more-comfortable 3-0. They went on to win the first-leg contest 4-0.  70′ | 0-3 | GOOOOAAAAALLLL!! It had to be him! @diegocosta scores the third! #CopadelRey #LleidaAtleti #AúpaAtleti— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) January 3, 2018There was some concern, however, as Costa appeared to suffer an injury on the play. Thankfully for the striker, he was able to return to the match.It was Costa’s first goal for Atletico since April 2014, which he scored against Chelsea, his future team.Costa would leave that season for London in a €40 million deal, spending the next three seasons with the Blues, and winning two Premier League titles.He returned to Atletico this fall in a deal worth a reported €66 million, and will hope to build on a club career that included a La Liga and Copa del Rey title.last_img read more

Raymond Taylor Needs to Play More (and He’s Going To)

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Is Raymond Taylor going to start at running back on Saturday against TCU? Not according to the depth chart. But you can be certain he’s going to play more. And he should. Scoring against UTSA is one thing, doing it against Kansas is another but doing it in a shootout on the road against Texas Tech? That was nice.And as good as Taylor has been on the field, it’s what he’s said that’s made fans fall in love with No. 30.“I know that once I get the ball, I better turn it on, because if something happens other than a touchdown, I’m going to be disappointed in myself,” Taylor told the Oklahoman. “At any point they put me in the game it’s like, ‘OK, touchdown.’ In my mind, I just keep telling myself, ‘Touchdown, touchdown,’ knowing that it doesn’t take too much and I should be there by the end of the play. I see the end zone. And at that point, that’s the only thing that matters. Full effort.”AdChoices广告“I believe in no plays off,” he added. “At any part of the game, I can be a part of the play, whether it’s blocking or setting something up for other players.”David Glidden offered up this eye-opening quote about Taylor to the Oklahoman as well. “Even against our starting defense, he makes those guys look silly sometimes. He’s probably the least favorite guy for them to tackle.”Even though he’s not likely to start on Saturday, Gundy all but guaranteed the former walk-on would be in the thick of it when TCU comes to town.“Yeah, we need to use him more. He’s earned his stripes for lack of a better term. We need to work him in. When he’s carrying the ball, he’s been effective. He’s shown toughness, durability, and he’s a guy we need to work into our offense more. He’s a success story for us. I mean, he works hard and never says a word.”Gundy, always loving those dudes who never talk.last_img read more

It Looks Like Dillon Stoner Is Out For the Season, Could Take Medical Redshirt

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Highly touted freshman receiver Dillon Stoner, who has played in every game this season for the Cowboys, was injured in the conference opener against Baylor and will undergo surgery next week, according to a Facebook post from his mother.screen_shot_2016-09-27_at_11-43-34_amStoner also posted about the news in a more vague way.screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-12-21-35-pmAs far as that potential medical redshirt, the information about medical redshirts is complex (which I know is shocking when it comes to the NCAA). Here are the criteria:• The incapacitating injury or illness occurs in one of the four seasons of intercollegiate competition at any two-year or four-year collegiate institutions or occurs after the first day of classes in the student-athlete’s senior year in high school.Check• The injury or illness occurs prior to the first competition of the second half of the playing season that concludes with the NCAA championship in that sport and results in incapacity to compete for the remainder of that playing season.Check (apparently).• In team sports, the injury or illness occurs when the student-athlete has not participated in more than three contests or dates of competition (whichever is applicable to that sport) or 30 percent (whichever number is greater) of the institution’s scheduled or completed contests or dates of competition in his or her sport.Oops.One instance of this happened at Ohio State a few years ago, and it came up that a conference championship game would count as part of the season but not a bowl game (this is bylaw — a real bylaw!) So if you don’t count a potential bowl game for OSU, then Stoner has played in 33 percent of the season and would be ineligible for a medical redshirt.HOWEVER. There’s a caveat. This is bylaw (another real bylaw!)A conference that denies an institution’s hardship waiver may submit the waiver to the Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement. The committee shall have the authority to review and determine whether to approve the waiver based on circumstances that may warrant relief from the application of the legislated waiver criteria.You could make a couple of arguments here for Stoner getting a redshirt. One, Stoner got hurt in the game between 25 percent and 33 percent of OSU’s games. Two, the Big 12 does not have a conference championship game and would next year so that should be taken into consideration.UPDATE (3:58 p.m.) — as Ben pointed out in the comments section, there’s another bylaw here. Specifically bylaw (LOL!) Fraction in Percent Computation. Any computation of the percent limitation that results in a fractional portion of a contest or date of competition shall be rounded to the next whole number (e.g., 30 percent of a 29-game basketball schedule — 8.7 games — shall be considered nine games). So 12*.3= 3.6 which rounds up to 4 games…We have never really received a great reason for why J.W. Walsh didn’t get a sixth year after pretty clearly meeting all the requirements. Either way, this is a huge bummer for Stoner and for Gundy.Stoner recorded five receptions for 27 yards through four games, and played a large role in special teams in the early going this season.If Stoner does indeed take a medical redshirt as his mother stated, it will be a big blow to the receiving corps. who is already missing Marcell Ateman who is still recovering from an injury. With Stoner likely out, I would expect Austin Hays to take over those extra snaps at inside receiver in his absence, and Chris Lacy’s importance to the offense will likely increase as well.last_img read more

Oklahoma State 1945 Football Team Awarded National Championship by AFCA

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The Oklahoma State Cowboys can now boast a national championship in football.The American Football Coaches Association recently announced that OSU has been retroactively named as football national champions for the 1945 season..@WeAreAFCA recognizes @CowboyFB as 1945 National Champion— Oklahoma State (@OSUAthletics) October 13, 2016 “After gathering all the pertinent information and doing our due diligence, it is the pleasure of our panel of coaches to officially recognize Oklahoma State’s 1945 championship season with the AFCA Coaches’ Trophy,” said AFCA executive director Todd Berry.The 1945 Aggies went 9-0 under head coach Jim Lookabaugh and finished the season with a 33-13 win over St. Mary’s in the Sugar Bowl. Bob Fenimore led the nation in both rushing and total offense and also ranked top 15 in the nation in rushing yards, passing yards, scoring and punting. The Aggies also featured All-American Neill Armstrong and All-Missouri Valley Conference player J.C. Colhouer.With this announcement, OSU becomes the first school to earn a national championship in both football and men’s basketball in the same academic year. According to OSU Athletics, the school now has 56 national championships, which keeps them at first in the Big 12 and fourth among all Division I schools.Read the full AFCA announcement here.last_img read more

Preventing Malaria in Pregnancy in Mozambique

first_imgPosted on July 9, 2012June 21, 2017By: Leonardo Chavane, National Senior Advisor for Mozambique, MCHIP & JHPIEGOClick 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 a blog series on Malaria in Pregnancy. To view the entire series, click here.In Mozambique, malaria constitutes a primary cause of demand for health care, including among pregnant women and children under five years of age. Malaria also contributes to significant mortality among children under five years of age and is the leading cause of indirect maternal deaths.Although the country has adopted the strategy of Intermittent Preventive Treatment in pregnancy (IPTp) as a measure of prevention, implementation has encountered numerous difficulties that have limited national coverage. Our experience coordinating public health activities from the primary health care level to the national level demonstrates how addressing barriers is vital to ensuring adequate coverage of interventions to prevent malaria in pregnancy.In the following paragraphs, I will share four critical components of health systems that need to be strengthened in order to see improvements in coverage of IPTp.1. Coordination and integration in the implementation of malaria control and maternal and child health programsIn Mozambique, several policy documents and strategies advocate a coordinated management of health interventions and programs and, whenever possible, an integration of services offered to the communities. Despite clear expression of political support and strategic objectives, the degree of integration at different management levels and the provision of care remain poor. Although it is common for program managers to speak to each other, we have not yet reached the stage where programs are complementary. At the health unit level maternal and child health care, as well as malaria prevention services, are implemented in the same location and by the same person, yet an urgent need for unification and standardization of instruments (program management guidelines, supervision guidelines, etc.) for the management of malaria in pregnancy remains.2. Management of logistics and capacity to forecast commodities stock outsThe capacity of the system at different levels to forecast the need for commodities and to ensure arrival at health facilities remains a major obstacle to ensuring access. The indicators of coverage for pregnant women receiving at least two doses of SP in the past three years is 67%, 14% and 19% respectively, although nearly 100% of women accessed prenatal care at least once. Often there are stock outs in health facilities that do not correspond to stock outs in the national system or at the district level. Commodities related training activities for health workers, improved communication strategies between health workers at various levels of the system, and better tools for forecasting stock outs at the facility level are recommended.3. Lack of awareness of the danger posed by malaria among health workers and communitiesDespite clear evidence that malaria in pregnancy has significant impact on the health of women and newborns, health workers at various levels and communities do not always recognize the threat that malaria poses and do not always prioritize malaria prevention activities. Many times, other health issues take precedence—such as prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Increasing education and training for health workers and communities about the health implications of malaria in pregnancy is crucial for the success of any intervention aimed at preventing malaria in pregnancy. 4. The role of leadership in preventing malaria in pregnancyIn my opinion, strong leadership is a cornerstone for the success of prevention programs that aim to address malaria in pregnancy. Strong leadership is needed at every level–from communities and health units up to the highest level of political leadership of the country. This strong leadership around the issue of malaria in pregnancy should result in continued support of prevention efforts—specifically, prevention efforts that build the capacity of health workers and influence community members to seek prevention and care for malaria.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

21 New Job Opportunities in Maternal Health!

first_imgPosted on April 8, 2016May 19, 2017Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Interested in a position in maternal and reproductive health? Every month, the Maternal Health Task Force rounds up job and internship postings from around the globe.***We’re hiring! The Maternal Health Task Force is looking for a Project Coordinator to join our knowledge management and communications team. Come work with us!AfricaCountry Program Manager: EngenderHealth; NigerDeputy Chief of Party: EngenderHealth; MalawiMonitoring and Evaluation Associate: EngenderHealth; TanzaniaNurse: Jacaranda Health; Nairobi, KenyaProgram Officer: EngenderHealth; TanzaniaAsiaBusiness Development Associate: ayzh; Chennai, IndiaChief of Party (Project Director): Jhpiego; IndonesiaClinical Trainers: EngenderHealth; Bihar, IndiaClinical Trainers, Technical Support Unit: EngenderHealth; Bihar, IndiaField Researcher: ayzh; Chennai, IndiaMarketing and Communication Manager: ayzh; Chennai, IndiaMonitoring and Evaluation Manager: ayzh; Chennai, IndiaNorth America***Project Coordinator II: Women & Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Boston, MAEducator of Maternal Child Health; Lawrence General Hospital; Lawrence, MAMonitoring & Evaluation Advisor: Jhpiego; Washington, DCPolicy and Advocacy Advisor: Jhpiego; Baltimore, MDPRAMS Project Director, Maternal and Infant Health Surveillance: New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; New York, NY; (Job ID 234393)Program Associate, Maternal, Newborn, Child Health & Nutrition: PATH; Washington, DCProposal Officer: Jhpiego; Baltimore, MDReproductive Health Technical Advisor: Population Services International (PSI); Washington, DCSenior Research Analyst, Surveillance: New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; New York, NY; (Job ID 234433)Is your organization hiring? Please contact us if you have maternal health job or internship opportunities that you would like included in our next job roundup.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more