Podcast: Tanning addiction, veggie-eating Neandertals, and more

first_imgIs tanning addictive? Did Neandertals eat their veggies? And would a volcanic eruption make you move?Science’s Online News Editor David Grimm chats about these stories and more with Science’s Sarah Crespi.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Underground experiment confirms what powers the sun

first_imgScientists have long believed that the power of the sun comes largely from the fusion of protons into helium, but now they can finally prove it. An international team of researchers using a detector buried deep below the mountains of central Italy has detected neutrinos—ghostly particles that interact only very reluctantly with matter—streaming from the heart of the sun. Other solar neutrinos have been detected before, but these particular ones come from the key proton-proton fusion reaction that is the first part of a chain of reactions that provides 99% of the sun’s power.The results also show that the sun is a remarkably steady power source. Neutrinos take only 8 minutes to get from the sun’s core to Earth, so the rate of neutrino production that the team detected reflects the amount of heat the sun is producing today. It just so happens that this is the same as the amount of energy now being radiated from the sun’s surface, even though those photons have taken 100,000 years to work their way from the core to the surface. Hence, the sun’s energy production hasn’t changed in 100 millennia. “This is direct proof of the stability of the sun over the past 100,000 years or so,” says team member Andrea Pocar of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.The core of the sun is a fiery furnace so hot and dense that protons—nuclei of hydrogen, the sun’s main constituent—slam together with such force that they fuse, producing a deuterium nucleus (heavy hydrogen, made of a proton and a neutron) plus an antielectron and a neutrino. This is the start of a whole sequence of reactions: Protons collide with deuterium to produce helium-3; helium-3s combine to give helium-4 plus protons; other reactions produce lithium, beryllium, and boron. Many of these reactions produce neutrinos, but the vast majority of the neutrino flux from the sun is produced by the original proton-proton, or pp, reaction. “The pp reaction is the most basic process. Everything that goes on in the sun stems from it,” says Steve Biller of the University of Oxford and U.K. spokesperson for the SNO+ neutrino detector under construction in Canada, who was not involved in the new work.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Researchers have been detecting neutrinos since the 1960s. Initially, a two-thirds deficit in the detection rate confused the results. It turned out that neutrinos could transform from one type to another as they fly through space, but detectors were sensitive to only one of the three types. Once this “neutrino problem” was resolved, neutrino observatories went on to detect neutrinos from almost all the predicted reactions in the sun—but not the pp reaction. What makes the pp reaction hard is that the neutrinos have very low energy that is about the same as the energy of various radioactive decays that happen on Earth, making it easy for an earthbound detector to confuse a decay with a neutrino event. “Detecting neutrinos of this kind is an almost impossible thing to do. You need very low background levels and a lot of patience,” Biller says.The Borexino detector at the Gran Sasso National Laboratory, 1400 meters below the Italian Apennines, is made up of a spherical transparent vessel filled with 300 tonnes of highly pure pseudocumene, a benzenelike liquid. Neutrinos pass easily through the overlying rock, but occasionally one will hit a nucleus in this “scintillator” liquid, producing a flash of light that is detected by an array of detectors positioned all around the sphere. Such detectors are always situated deep underground, to protect them from cosmic rays, and are surrounded by buffer layers of liquids to fend off radioactive decays in the rocks.Despite these efforts, to detect pp neutrinos the Borexino collaboration had to go through an especially lengthy purification campaign to reduce the levels of radioactive contaminants in the scintillator liquid—particularly krypton-85, a byproduct of nuclear testing and reprocessing that now pervades the atmosphere and produces a decay signal very similar to that from the arrival of a pp neutrino. “Any tiny air leak and krypton-85 will get inside,” Pocar says. The researchers, Biller says, “really pushed the cutting edge, achieving ridiculously low levels of radioactive contamination.”There followed a year and a half of data collection and a year of analysis “to show it was not background or a detector effect,” Pocar says. After painstakingly removing multiple sources of background signals, the team was left with a neutrino flux of 66 billion per square centimeter per second, close to the standard solar model prediction of 60 billion, they report online today in Nature.“They did a stellar job in doing this—incredibly impressive,” Biller says. “They’re peeling back the branches to get to the trunk of the main process.”last_img read more

Sports Wrap: Yuvraj eyes Test return, Kohli-Dhoni in IPL faceoff and more

first_imgYuvraj Singh wants to play Tests againYuvraj Singh is not ready to give up. Despite a period of poor form and fitness concerns, Yuvraj Singh has not given up hopes of a Test comeback. The gutsy cricketer has been through a lot over the last half-a-decade and he is now prepared to grind it through further.BCCI forgives West Indies for abandoning 2014 tourBoard of Control for Cricket in India president Shashank Manohar has decided to waive off the USD 41.97 million claim for damages imposed on the West Indies Cricket Board for abandoning their tour of India midway in 2014. West Indies will visit in India to complete the unfinished matches next year.Pune, RCB eye return to winning waysRising Pune Supergiants and Royal Challengers Bangalore will aim to return to winning ways when they meet in an Indian Premier League clash at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Friday. Both teams started off in promising fashion by winning their respective opening matches, but lost their way thereafter with back to back defeats. A win on Friday will be crucial in getting their campaign back on track.Pandya brothers draw inspiration from Pathan brothersThe brothers from Baroda, Hardik and Krunal Pandya, who are stealing the show with some strong performances in the Indian Premier League 2016, said the Pathan brothers — Yusuf and Irfan — who had also played for the city in Gujarat, were their inspiration.Alexis Sanchez double lifts Arsenal into third placeArsenal’s resurgent Alexis Sanchez scored twice to help ease their top-four jitters in a 2-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League at a less than full Emirates Stadium on Thursday. They moved above Manchester City into third place with 63 points.advertisementlast_img read more

Glassdoor Finds No Gender Pay Gap in Annual Internal Analysis

first_imgAt Glassdoor, we’re proud to be a company that doesn’t just talk the talk — we walk the walk. Instead of simply telling companies to embrace principles like transparency and pay equality, we strive to become a real-life example for them to follow.That’s why Glassdoor not only released a step-by-step technical guide for employers to detect and remedy pay gaps at their own company — about a year ago, we also published a public analysis of our own gender pay data. And today, in the spirit of continued transparency, we’re following up on our commitment to conduct an annual analysis using 2017 payroll information. So, what are the results? In short, Glassdoor found once again that no significant adjusted total pay gap exists between men and women. In other words, when we compare similar employees by controlling for factors such as job title, department, performance, race/ethnicity, etc., we don’t see a difference between men and women in terms of total pay. These findings are similar to the findings from our analysis last year.Similar to last year and to many tech companies, Glassdoor has a 20 percent unadjusted pay gap — that is, the difference between what men and women earn as a whole without controlling for factors beyond gender. This is largely due to the tendency of men and women to sort into different roles.While we’re pleased that the results of our 2017 analysis reflect our commitment to equal pay for equal work and experience, we will continue to monitor and evaluate our data to maintain pay equality — and encourage other companies to do the same. The gender pay gap is not a one-time fix, and if we as a society truly want to eliminate it once and for all, it will require persistent reflection, analysis, and above all, action.For more details on Glassdoor’s gender pay gap analysis, including methodology, visit our Economic Research blog. Want to conduct a gender pay gap analysis for your own company? Download our employer’s guide here. To understand if you’re being paid fairly in your market, get a free, personalized salary estimate from Know Your Worth™.last_img read more

When to Ignore Common Career Advice

first_imgDetermine what you are good at, what you enjoy, and what is available. When these three things align, you’ve found your calling. Of course, these three things won’t necessarily align immediately. It might take some time to figure out the first two and for the third to emerge. So, start at the top. What are you good at?You might have to try a couple of jobs to figure this out, to determine what skills you have and how they relate to the workforce.   Then, think about how using those abilities could bring you enjoyment and purpose. For example, using your writing skills to keep on writing papers the way you did in college might not seem rewarding, but using those same skills to craft grant proposals for a non-profit might be. You may stumble upon an opportunity to combine your abilities and affinity, but in all likelihood, you’ll probably have to search a little. Get creative. Think outside the box about how your abilities can be used. In reality, there are probably way more opportunities than you realize. Remember, striving for the ‘dream job’ will simply raise career aspirations beyond what is feasibly achievable. That being said, don’t stay at a job just because you found an opportunity. If you discover the first two components are missing — ability and affinity — you still haven’t found the right opportunity.  Think of your job search as a marathon, not a sprint. The advice others give is bad because it is aimed at creating a short-term solution, but your career is a long-term responsibility. Take your time…you’ll get there eventually. 31 Companies Hiring Like Crazy in October It seems everywhere we turn in life, there is always someone eager to share advice. But which advice is good? And which tips should you ignore?On top of it all, you may be part of the group that is most commonly targeted by these well-intended advisors: college graduates. Even though you’ve left the classroom, the education hasn’t ended. You have one last lesson to learn: when to trade common career advice for more logical and fulfilling alternatives. Choosing a Job…The Task People Comment On the MostNo matter what task you are facing — writing your resume, buying an interview suit, paying your dues as the newbie — people will offer their input. But there is no task that draws as much critique as choosing your first job. Perhaps the reason for this is because it is one of the biggest challenges college graduates face. It’s a struggle to determine your calling, which path you should take. Even those who have narrowed their focus to, say, teaching or becoming a doctor, still have important decisions to make. For example, which school district is best? Which grade? Your loved ones will try to make this decision easier–by offering bad advice and old clichés. Like…Follow your passion and you’ll never work a day in your life. Keep your options open.College prepared you for this.Start by looking for a job in your chosen field.  Don’t worry about money.Just find a way to put food on the table. All in all, that’s not a whole lot of encouraging, actionable advice.5 Modern Career Skills & Advice That You Don’t Learn In CollegeWhy You Should Ignore Their AdviceIf you ask more than one person for their advice, you’re bound to receive different messages. And chances are, those messages will be contradictory. And neither option will likely be the best advice.For example, some people might tell you that you shouldn’t base your decision on how much you’ll earn. “Money can’t buy happiness,” and all that.  However, establishing financial stability is a responsibility a lot of people struggle with. You should be thinking about your monthly expenses, your emergency fund, your savings, and your retirement — and how much you’ll need to earn to take care of all those things. On the other hand, people might tell you to just accept any job so you can start earning a living–and probably paying off student loans. But should you really base your decision on which job pays the most? (No!)At the other end of the spectrum, people might encourage you to choose a job based on emotions instead of finances. What makes you happy? This, unfortunately, isn’t sound advice either.Glassdoor Wants You to “Find The Job That Fits Your Life”While it is important to choose a job you enjoy and gives you a sense of purpose, it is foolish to think your career will be the source of your happiness. Want to test this statement? Ask those people who claim they love their job if they’d work for free. The answer is probably no. The reason for this? Psychologist Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic says it’s because work is a poor vehicle for self-actualization. “Pretending otherwise adds heaps of unfair pressure on the average employee to find their ‘dream job.’ It’s raised career aspirations beyond what it is feasibly achievable for most.”Yet, settling isn’t the answer either. If you don’t feel a sense of purpose at your job, it could be hard to even get out of bed in the morning. So what is the advice you should follow?A Better StrategyHere’s what you should do instead.Author Tim Keller encourages job searchers to consider three things:AbilityAffinityOpportunitylast_img read more

The Most Important Attribute for Landing a Job in 2019

first_img QA Engineer Greenhouse Software New York, NY Hot New Jobs For You Senior Sales Enablement Manager Greenhouse Software New York, NY 23 hours ago 23h 4.7★ 4.7★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 4.7★ 23 hours ago 23h Product Manager, Structured Hiring Greenhouse Software New York, NY 23 hours ago 23h Brand Designer Greenhouse Software New York, NY 4.7★ 23 hours ago 23h 4.7★ Customer Support Specialist Greenhouse Software San Francisco, CA 4.7★ 4.7★ 4.7★ Customer Marketing Manager Greenhouse Software New York, NY Enterprise Account Executive Greenhouse Software San Francisco, CA 23 hours ago 23h Enterprise SDR Manager Greenhouse Software Denver, CO 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Platform Toolkit Engineer Greenhouse Software New York, NY Knowledge is power. We’ve heard this idiom many times before, but in this tight job market it takes on new meaning. Being informed about a job and well-versed in a company’s expectations, needs and culture have never been more important when it comes to being a stand-out job applicant.On the eve of the new year, I spoke with Cheryl Roubian, Director of Talent, Greenhouse Software who couldn’t agree more. “Get really clear for yourself about the profile of role and company you’re looking for,” says Roubian. “Candidates should expect to have a clear picture of what their role and responsibilities would be and what the company is like and should be prepared to demonstrate how they can add to the business and culture.”Being an informed candidate and showing this knowledge throughout the application process — in your resume, cover letter (no, it’s not dead!), through thoughtful interview questions and replies — are essential for beating the competition for in-demand jobs.Here are a few other key ways to land a job at a Best Places to Work winner like Greenhouse:Glassdoor: As a director of talent, how are you looking at candidates differently in 2019? Or are the ways you and your team evaluating candidates changing given the job landscape?Cheryl Roubian: The market is really tight and all signs indicate it will continue to be. But good hiring is the same in any market: define the attributes that will make someone successful for a particular role and then test for those attributes. Candidate experience is a big part of that as well. Candidates should expect to have a clear picture of what their role and responsibilities would be and what the company is like and should be prepared to demonstrate how they can add to the business and culture.Glassdoor: Many people say the cover letter is dead, especially in 2019. Is it still an important factor in the application? If not, what matters more?Cheryl Roubian: A well-written cover letter that is thoughtful, genuine, informative, and targeted at the company and role you’re applying for is still very relevant. It sets you apart from candidates who apply en masse to open roles and may be the deciding factor if the recruiter is on the fence about whether or not your skill set is relevant.Write the Perfect Cover Letter With This TemplateGlassdoor: Landing a new job isn’t just about submitting a resume and interviewing, it’s about getting to know a company and really gauging alignment and fit. What are your tips for how job seekers can determine whether a company is right for them?Cheryl Roubian: Get really clear for yourself about the profile of role and company you’re looking for (e.g., inclusive culture, sustainable business, compelling purpose). What questions will you need to ask to test for those things? Ask those questions of every interviewer you meet in your process and then look for patterns. If everyone is generally saying the same thing (and you like what they’re saying) that’s probably a good sign. Good companies use this structured hiring process to interview you. Set yourself apart by using it on them!Glassdoor: How is landing a new job at a small- or medium-sized company like Greenhouse different from angling for a gig at a big company?Cheryl Roubian: At small or medium-sized companies like Greenhouse, it’s a lot easier to see the impact of your work on overall business success. Every deal makes a difference. Every customer matters. Your involvement in the organization and culture can visibly make a difference.How to Find a Job in a New CityGlassdoor: Once candidates evaluate company culture and are hopefully extended an offer, how should job seekers be approaching negotiations in 2019? Cheryl Roubian: Unless being a strong negotiator is part of your job description (i.e., you’re in sales), being able to negotiate a fair title or market salary shouldn’t be a requirement for a fair offer. Educate yourself about the company – what they’re able to offer will depend on a bunch of different factors – e.g., size, industry, funding. Look at the whole picture and don’t expect a 50-person startup to offer the same package as a company like Google. Good companies will have a philosophy or framework to help them make fair and equitable offers. It’s ok to ask how a company arrived at the offer they made you. 4.7★ Manager, Enterprise Customer Success Greenhouse Software Denver, CO 23 hours ago 23h 4.7★ View More Jobslast_img read more

Hot Companies Hiring in Seattle

first_img Registered Nurse ICU RN Full Time Days Kindred Healthcare Seattle, WA Facebook Company Rating: 4.3What They Do: Facebook is one of the world’s leading social media platforms, along with two of the other powerful social media platforms that it owns, Instagram and WhatsApp. Although the social media giant is headquartered in Menlo Park, California, Facebook has a significant presence in Seattle, employing more than 2,000 in its Seattle offices. What Employees Say: “Great work culture. People here are very understanding and are invested in your learning. There’s a lot of room to grow here, and the benefits are the best out of any company I’ve worked for.” – Current Solutions Engineer See Open Jobs 4.0★ American Seafoods Company Rating: 3.5What They Do: American Seafoods is one of the largest seafood companies in North America. The company is based in Seattle and operates large catcher-processor vessels that harvest and process fish caught in the waters of the Pacific Northwest. What Employees Say: “Great pay, excellent benefits, good work-life balance, not too many bosses and generally speaking people let you do your job so long as you know what you are doing” – Current EmployeeSee Open Jobs 2.8★ Guest Support Group Consultant Toyota of Seattle Seattle, WA Cook ERA Living Bellevue, WA New Jobs in Seattle For You 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h SporcleCompany Rating: 4.3What They Do: Sporcle is an online quiz app that also hosts live trivia events across the country. The company has offices in Seattle, along with Southfield, Michigan and San Francisco, California. What Employees Say: “I’m a professional DJ who has been hosting trivia with Sporcle for well over a year. This is the best part-time job I’ve ever had and Sporcle is a fantastic company! They provide almost everything from equipment to stamps and has a great training program so almost anyone with a good attitude can learn how to host trivia. The best part is, the company listens to their hosts concerns and takes action to correct problems. There are also many opportunities to pick up extra shows throughout the month to earn even more cash. This is a very organized and fun company that is always improving.” – Current Trivia Host See Open Jobs 5.0★ CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) EmpRes Healthcare Management Seattle, WA Airbnb Company Rating: 3.8What They Do: Airbnb allows people to rent and stay in residences across the globe through the power of technology. Although the company headquarters in San Francisco, Airbnb has a significant presence in Seattle – last year, the company signed a lease for an office building with space for 300 employees. What Employees Say: “Free, fresh, healthy meals and snacks the entire day. Dogs everywhere. Work from home allowed, but the office is so amazing that all the employees enjoy being there rather than home office. Great benefits. Great environment. Great opportunities and growth.” – Current EmployeeSee Open Jobs 2.8★ PT Optical Stylist SEE Eyewear Seattle, WA The Seattle area is the birthplace of some of the most innovative companies of our time, from tech giants like Amazon and Microsoft to culture-shaping chains like Starbucks and Nordstrom. With so many companies in the area, the options are wide open for job seekers in the Seattle area. We’ve pulled together some of the hottest companies that are hiring in Seattle right now – all you have left to do is choose which ones you want to apply to! Amazon Company Rating: 3.8What They Do: Now one of the world’s premier e-commerce companies, Amazon traces its roots back to Seattle, where Jeff Bezos first founded the company in the 1990s. Amazon is the largest private employer in the city of Seattle, providing jobs to more than 40,000 employees. What Employees Say: “Really smart people, a lot of opportunity for growth, always encouraged to be innovative, think big, and create something new. Competitive salary and benefits with other major tech companies. 100% self motivating work environment. No dress code and 4 legged friends are welcome.” – Current EmployeeSee Open Jobs 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Starbucks Company Rating: 3.8What They Do: Starbucks is another child of Seattle, and a grown-up one at that. The revolutionary coffee company was founded in Seattle back in 1971, and its headquarters remain there today. What Employees Say: “High energy, positive environment with a company that lives up to its mission statement” – Former Store ManagerSee Open Jobs Gravity Payments Company Rating: 4.8What They Do: Gravity Payments is a credit-card processing and financial services company that was founded more than 10 years ago in the Seattle area. The company currently works with over 11,000 independent business customers across America. What Employees Say: “Some of the best people I have ever personally had the pleasure to work with and work for. Great leadership from top to bottom and very smart, intelligent and forward-thinking culture. Exciting place to work and rewarding. People make up the difference in this company as the industry itself is one of the more challenging ones but the management team and trainers keep you interested and excited to come to work each day. No doubt the people working here provide the support you need to do your job well and be successful. Also, a very open and honest company about all types of issues and you can feel the confidence to speak your mind here. Truly one of the best work environments I have experienced in my career.” – Current EmployeeSee Open Jobscenter_img 3.9★ View More Jobs ZillowCompany Rating: 4.0What They Do: Zillow is a leading real estate and rental marketplace that provides digital tools for renters, buyers, homeowners, and sellers. The Zillow Group portfolio also includes sites such as Trulia, StreetEasy, and RealEstate.com. The company was launched in 2006 and is based in Seattle. What Employees Say: “Amazing culture/environment, compensation and work-life balance. They truly take care for their employees. Opportunity for advancement is there and executive management is on point.” – Former Sales Executive See Open Jobs 4.1★ Getty ImagesCompany Rating: 3.4What They Do: This Seattle-based company is a leading supplier of stock images, editorial photography, music, and videos for businesses and individual consumers, with over 200 million assets available through its sites, which include gettyimages.com and istock.com. What Employees Say: “I’ve worked for several sales organizations in my career, but I finally found my ideal job at Getty Images. I recently took a new position within the company, but for the last two years I’ve been working as a Senior Account Executive on the Agency team. Management is very fair, and provides all the tools needed to excel at the role. The position has also afforded me opportunities to grow as a salesperson and develop the skills necessary to move up within the company. I would recommend this position anyone with prior sales experience who wants to work for a cool company and make some money!!!” – Current Senior Account Executive See Open Jobs PEMCO Insurance Company Rating: 4.1What They Do: Serving only Washington and Oregon residents, PEMCO Insurance is a personal lines insurance company, which includes auto, home, and boat insurance.  What Employees Say: “Flexible schedule and time off. Great benefits. 2-1 match up to 6% with 401k. Employer paid medical premiums. Comfortable and spacious work stations. Management is very accessible and friendly. Busy but workload is not unbearable. They celebrate the employees with lunch and swag often.” – Current Auto Liability AdjusterSee Open Jobs Pest Control Technician United Pest Solutions Seattle, WA 3.0★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 2.9★ 23 hours ago 23h 4.8★ N/A Licensed 06 Journeyman Low Voltage Electrician Froula Alarm Systems Seattle, WA 23 hours ago 23h Part-time MDS Nurse (RN or LPN) EmpRes Healthcare Management Seattle, WA Tire Service Technician – Northgate Discount Tire Seattle, WA 23 hours ago 23h Assembly Mechanic / Millwright Machinists Inc Seattle, WAlast_img read more

How Nonprofits Can Use Facebook

first_imgHave a strategy.Remember: Social media isn’t marketing, it’s a way to build a relationship with your audience. Be sure you’re connecting on human level. You have to awaken the heart to arouse the mind. Tell real stories to connect with your audience and cultivate your community. Let those stories tie into your larger marketing and donor cultivation strategy.Make it a family affair.Involve your organization & your supporters — set some posting guidelines and let them run with it. Let your supporters help program your Facebook page by offering polls and questions to get feedback on upcoming events and features.Be consistent. Don’t set up a social media profile and then walk away. Be sure to set a schedule for what you’re going to post when and how often. Let your supporters know what they can expect from “liking” your page — then deliver! Pay close attention to what seems to get the best response and adjust as needed.Be Yourself.There is no one-size-fits-all social media plan — find the posting frequency and style that works for your organization and supporters. Use Facebook as another platform to express your organization’s unique voice and approach to your cause. Let your supporters get a glimpse behind the scenes of your nonprofit by posting updates about staff and office life.Integrate It. The key to getting the most out of Facebook is to integrate it with all of your channels. Kivi Leroux Miller suggests, “Do you have an email list? Ask a question on Facebook, and then ask it in email, but link back to the Facebook page for people to add their answers there. Post notes and events on your page and link back to those from email.”Make it Sharable. Take advantage of the fact that Facebook was built to allow users to interact and share. Give your supporters compelling content (like trivia, photos and videos) that lends itself well to sharing. Let your Facebook fans help you spread the word and attract new supporters.last_img read more

Weekend Reading

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on July 1, 2011November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This week on the MHTF blog:We received the final posts from the Young Champions of Maternal HealthWe introduced a series of posts on cash transfersKG Santhya from the Pop Council wrote about her research on JSY in IndiaThe deadline for abstract submissions for the MHealth Summit is next weekFrance Donnay from the Gates Foundation reflected on her experience at the 29th Congress of the ICMCIESAS is moving along with their evaluation of Mexico’s ALSO programSome reading for the weekend:Evaluating the evidence: post partum hemorrhageMisoprostol use in MozambiqueNew data from the OECDPrioritizing family planning in UgandaShare this:last_img read more

Day One of “Measuring Advocacy for Policy Change: The Case for Respectful Maternity Care” Technical Meeting

first_imgPosted on October 21, 2013February 2, 2017By: Tiffany Clark and Emily Forsyth Queen, USAID Traction ProjectClick 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)Today marked the first day of Measuring advocacy for policy change: The case for respectful maternity care, a meeting convened in Cambridge, MA by the MHTF and the USAID Traction Project. The day kicked off with accounts from past advocacy successes in campaigns on HIV/AIDS, tobacco, and child health. Lessons learned included the need for coalition building, emphasizing contributions rather than attributions to the cause, and being flexible enough to seize opportunities for progress as they arise.Later in the day, experts discussed the need to develop  a sound theory of change to ensure a logical flow between what organizations are doing and what the movement is hoping to achieve. An important part of this process will be to clearly define interim outcomes as pre-conditions for policy change. The session closed with varied perspectives on maternal health advocacy, sparking discussion on opportunities to integrate bottom-up and human-rights approaches in the case of respectful maternity care policy change efforts.Tomorrow, participants will work to develop measurement strategies and to determine follow-up steps for strengthening synergies within the respectful care community on measurement for policy and advocacy.Presentations and meeting documents are available on the meeting page. A detailed summary of today’s discussion is available on Storyify. Follow the day two conversation on Twitter at #RMCadv.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Wilson Center Event | Reaching the Farthest Behind: Facility-Level Innovations in Maternal Health

first_imgCheck out past dialogues in this series.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Monica KerriganVice President for Innovations, JhpiegoJohn SimonFounding Partner, Total Impact CapitalNick PearsonExecutive Director, Jacaranda HealthModeratorRoger-Mark De SouzaDirector, Population, Environmental Security and Resilience, Wilson CenterEvent detailsThursday, 14 September 20172:00pm – 4:00pm EDT5th Floor | Wilson Center | Washington, D.C.Light refreshments will be served after the discussionWant to attend but can’t? Tune into the live or archived webcast the day of the event.Join the conversation on Twitter by using #MHDialogue and following @NewSecurityBeat and @MHTF. Find related coverage on NewSecurityBeat.org.RSVP FOR THIS EVENTcenter_img Posted on September 7, 2017September 7, 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)We are excited to announce the upcoming dialogue, “Reaching the Farthest Behind: Facility-Level Innovations in Maternal Health.” The event will take place at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. (and online!) on Thursday, 14 September 2017 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm EDT. This dialogue is part of the Maternal Health Task Force’s Advancing Dialogue on Maternal Health Series, in partnership with UNFPA and the Wilson Center.Interested in attending or following along online? See the invitation from the Wilson Center below to learn more and register for the event.Every day, more than 800 women die from mostly preventable pregnancy-related causes. Improving access to quality maternal health care services in remote areas and among rural and marginalized populations has been among the biggest challenges, calling for innovative solutions. With global emphasis on women giving birth with a skilled birth attendant, the role of functional facilities in reducing the number of maternal deaths worldwide is expanding. In order to have more women access these facilities for prenatal and postnatal care and deliveries, innovations within these facilities must attract women with assurances of better quality of care. As the global community moves towards the fulfillment of Sustainable Development Goal #3 to reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 deaths per 100,000 live births, these innovations are paramount to meeting this ambitious goal.Please join the Wilson Center, the United Nations Population Fund and the Maternal Health Task Force on 14 September for a discussion on current maternal health innovations being developed at the facility level and how they are shaping the landscape of maternal health today.SpeakersGeeta LalSenior Advisor Strategic Partnerships, Sexual and Reproductive Health Branch, United Nations Population Fundlast_img read more

Member of the week: Sara Barker, technical writer/editor

first_imgOur member of the week is Sara Barker. Sara is a technical writer as well as an editor. She completed a Professional Certificate Program in Technical Communications at the American University in Paris. When web sites or computer programs are too complicated to figure out, refer to the user guide, and you may see some of Sara’s work. Sara’s website has examples of what she does. Check out our interview with Sara and her profile as well, and if you have yet to create one of your own, what are you waiting for?1. What has been your most interesting project?My most interesting work is editing for McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. Because they provide consulting services to businesses and governments around the world, I have the opportunity to learn about all sorts of issues and interesting new trends in business, technology, and governance. 2. Why did you decide to go freelance? I also work in New York theatre and find that I really need my schedule to be flexible. In addition, I love to be able to set my own hours and find I am more productive working this way than were I to sit at a desk from 9 to 5 everyday.3. What tip would you give to a new freelancer or someone who is considering going freelance?Never underestimate the power of acquaintances. Some of my best assignments have come from simply letting friends of friends know about my skills.4. What is your favorite spot in the city in which you live?Prospect Park: I live within walking distance and my dog, a seven year old whippet, and I go there nearly every day. 5. What is your inspiration? A job well done. If I complete an assignment and feel good about the work I put in on it, I’m always eager to start another.last_img read more

A Message from Sara: Building for the Future: Health Care & Solidarity

first_imgIn building FIC, we incorporated the most successful labor strategies, such as mutual insurance, cooperatives, and labor unions, to direct our vision of pooling economic power to provide long-term sustainability and improving strength. We have created FIC to bring our members together in solidarity to collectively pool our economic power and our financial risk. In building a group based on solidarity, we focused on having plans that would cover freelancers across age, health status, and income.  We looked at all groups together to make sure that the plans can be counted on in the long-term. We employed a team of experts to monitor these plans with a particular focus on viability, affordability, and comprehensiveness. Unfortunately, we exist in an economy where prices for hospitals, doctors, and drugs are rising each year.  This year we managed to adjust the plans to keep the designs comparable for all but the current Empire POS Direct plan, which was changed to the FIC PPO 1 plan. Now, I want to focus on the FIC PPO 1 plan.  Almost all of the blog posts and concerns raised in member chatter are focused here.  It makes sense because this plan went up in price the most. Commercial insurers base prices on not only regional trends in health inflation, but also plan utilization.  We know this: plan utilization for some of our plans, especially Empire POS Direct, was high.  Therefore, our actuarial team predicted that the high utilization of plans was likely to trigger a restructuring of benefits or even a discontinuation of these plans by commercial insurers. We believe our most comprehensive plans would unfortunately not have been continued in their current form. Solidarity is all about joining a group and participating through thick and thin.  The point of insurance is that we don’t know what the future will bring, so we need to spread the risk. We created FIC PPO 1 to protect your access to the kind of coverage offered with Empire POS Direct.  Because of the high usage, we had to ask those in the Empire POS Direct to bear more of the cost to keep this ecosystem sustainable. Many of you have asked for comparisons between FIC 2009 plans and what BCBS would have offered. As much as we’d like to provide these, we can’t. Neither Empire nor PerfectHealth would have been able to provide us with costs for our current plans for 2009 without negotiations and analysis of plan utilization through at least Q3 of 2008. I know these changes hurt.  Episodic income without a safety net is always scary, and in these economic times it’s even worse.  Please know I am listening and continually strategizing about getting you the care you need. Please continue to visit our blog page as we post more information and address your questions and concerns.last_img read more

An international self-employment boom

first_imgNot only have we seen an influx of new freelancers here in the U.S., but the UK is experiencing an emergence as well. More than 1 million people become self-employed in the UK since 2008; that’s one quarter of all self-employed in that whole country. Read on. Now, will policy makers address their needs?last_img

Three tips for beating freelance fatigue

first_imgWhen I taught full-time, there would come a time during the semester when the push and pull of a full teaching load would take its toll. Mentally drained, physically tired, and emotionally spent, like clockwork, my body would tell me that I was in need of a time out. This would happen around December, just in time for winter break. After a few weeks off, I would often return refreshed, renewed, and reinvigorated to start a new semester.As most of us know, breaks from freelancing don’t quite work like that. Yes, we are prone to the same burnout or fatigue that others experience. And, yes, expending numerous intellectual, creative, and physical hours can lead to exhaustion. However, we often don’t have the luxury of PTO (paid time off).Does this mean that we should just suffer through? Absolutely not. Being the best freelancer possible requires being well-rested and giving oneself a chance to tune out the distractions and static that can drain us. It also means that we may need to plug into sources that recharge us and give us a renewed sense of purpose.So, realistically, what does this look like? Here are three things that I love to do when freelancing fatigue kicks in. All of them are either reasonably priced or free.Try a “staycation”When is the last time that you explored your city? Have you ever decided to pretend to be a tourist and to go to some of the attractions that others visit when they come to your town? Better yet, when is the last time that you got out of the house and stayed in a local hotel? Staycations are an excellent way to check out without having to take on the added expense of travel.Sites such as expedia.com, hotwire.com and travelocity.com make it relatively easy to book 3 to 4-star hotels at discounted rates. You can also avoid expensive hotel parking fees by taking Uber, Lyft, public transportation, or a cab. Wear some comfortable walking shoes and prepare to explore your city. Leave your laptop and other work-related gadgets at home. The point is for you to relax. If possible, splurge and take advantage of the hotels’ amenities. Remember, you deserve it!Get outsideWe are entering into that time of the year when the weather is (slightly) more predictable and you don’t have to wear a bulky coat to venture out. National parks can be amazing, but don’t overlook the jewels that just may be in your own backyard. You don’t have to hop on a plane to take full advantage of this relaxing activity. In other words, have you thought about visiting a local or state park?Many of these parks have minimal entry fees and they have observatories, natural trails and hiking paths that make for an excellent full-day’s agenda. Rich with both physical activities and opportunities to be mindful and to reflect, hiking and walking are great ways to take your mind off of work. Take a book or take a journal to write and to unwind, but do not take work-related projects. Put your phone on vibrate or silent and focus on the awesomeness of your surroundings. Let nature recharge you.VolunteerI wrote about this earlier this year when my company did a day of service at a local transitional housing facility. We are going back to do a cover letter-writing and resume-writing workshop for the residents. The key to engaging in successful volunteer opportunities is to think about your skillset, gifts, and talents and to find organizations that are a good match. Volunteering is an excellent way to share your gifts with the community.Ask yourself: Are there organizations in my city that could benefit from what I have to offer in-kind? Whether it is a one-time volunteer event or a long-term relationship, giving back is an excellent way to not only help but to engage in something that is bigger than you—being of service to others and being connected to members of your community.When you find yourself on empty and you need to refuel, try one of these strategies. The key to dealing with burnout or fatigue is recognizing when it’s coming on. Perhaps you are feeling irritable or you are short tempered or you are not as motivated or inspired as you typically are. It is ok—it’s just your body’s way of telling you that you need to slow down and take a break.With some planning and consideration, taking a few hours or even a day or two to step away from the desk can actually be incredibly rewarding. The reality is that you have earned it, so make sure that you are taking the time to get the rest, relaxation, and reconnection that you need.last_img read more

Navy Football Unveils Stunning Uniforms For Army-Navy Game

first_imgSix jets flying over Notre Dame's football stadium.SOUTH BEND, IN – NOVEMBER 02: The U.S. Navy Blue Angels perform a stadium flyover before the Notre Dame Fighting Irish take on the Navy Midshipmen at Notre Dame Stadium on November 2, 2013 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)One of the greatest American football traditions is the annual Army-Navy Game. Played at some of the nation’s most famous venues and attended by many sitting U.S. Presidents, the game truly is one of the best in college football.With both teams set to go all-out for the game in December, the uniform makers appear to be doing the same.On Wednesday, uniform maker Under Armour unveiled the new look that the Navy Midshipmen will be sporting when they take on the Army Black Knights.The new uniform will feature the iconic Bill the Goat, Navy’s mascot, on the helmet, cleats, and gloves. The jersey will be white with blue sleeves and gold stripes.?ARMY-NAVY UNIFORM RELEASE?Check out our ? Bill the Goat themed @UnderArmour uniforms!#FearTheGoat ? pic.twitter.com/zRVHVGwrep— Navy Athletics (@NavyAthletics) October 17, 2018The Navy Goat has served as the team’s mascot since 1893.In a statement on the UA website, Nick Billiris, Under Armour’s Senior Design Director of Team Sports, explained the reason behind making Bill the Goat the featured figure in the new uniform design:“The Naval Academy has such a rich history, we knew we needed to make a uniform that could uniquely tell their story and convey their exuberant spirit. The Navy Goat is the perfect symbol in which to understand the school’s longstanding excellence and traditions. We wanted the powerful narrative around the goat to shine through as a way to build enthusiasm from both the players and the fans.”The game will be played at Lincoln Financial Field on December 8, 2018.Army currently holds a two-game winning streak over the Midshipmen, their first in over 20 years.last_img read more

City of Fort St John to hold Open House on Kin and

first_imgThe City says work on both Park Site Plans will be conducted at the same time for efficiency.Following the creation of both Park Site Plans, the upgrades will be included in future Capital Budgets for consideration.The Park Site Plans Open House will be taking place at the North Peace Cultural Centre on Tuesday, May 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for Kin Park and 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. for Surerus Park.For more information, and to provide input, you can visit letstalk.fortstjohn.ca. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John will be holding an Open House in regards to the future of Kin and Surerus Parks.According to the City, as part of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan, it was identified that both Kin and Surerus are in need of upgrading.As part of the upgrading process, the City is seeking public input on the current state of the parks and what the future vision should include.last_img read more

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford slams Ontario budget says Liberals not curbing spending

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford slams Ontario budget, says Liberals not curbing spending by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 15, 2014 1:17 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is slamming the Ontario budget, saying the governing Liberals aren’t serious about slaying their $12.5-billion deficit.But Finance Minister Charles Sousa says Toronto is getting billions of dollars from the province and Ford is asking for more money.The budget included a promise to spend $130 billion on infrastructure over a decade, including $29 billion for public transit and transportation projects.Sousa says Ford is getting more money from the province than the federal government, which should be committing more funds for infrastructure projects.In his statement, Ford says he’s pleased there’s more money for infrastructure in the budget, but he’s “highly concerned” that the Liberals don’t seem to have a plan to reduce spending and find efficiencies.He says there’s no proof that the province is actually committed to eliminating its $12.5-billion deficit because the budget actually increases the shortfall.Ontario’s debt stands at a “staggering $289 billion,” Ford said in a statement.“That is over $22,000 of debt per Ontario resident,” he said.“Meanwhile, the 2014 provincial budget does nothing to reduce this burden. Instead, the province plans on adding an additional $20 billion to its already crippling debt load.”Toronto’s credit rating and outlook remains strong, while debt rating agencies are putting Ontario on watch about a possible downgrade, said Ford, who is campaigning for re-election in October.“At the City of Toronto, I have shown that we can drive efficiencies and reduce the burden on taxpayers, while still investing billions of dollars in important infrastructure needs.”Ford returned to city hall two weeks ago after spending two months in rehab to cope with substance abuse problems. read more

Sanctity of life paramount UN relief chief says in South Sudan spotlighting

“It is very important that we carry a message that the one thing that matters above all else is that the sanctity of life should be paramount and that we should be doing everything we can to protect civilians, innocent civilians from the terrible risk and the fear of death from all the violence that is taking place,” said Stephen O’Brien, who is also the UN Under Secretary-General for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. In the South Sudanese capital of Juba, he met with President Salva Kiir to discuss the humanitarian crisis, expressing the need for violence to stop for the sake of the people and the future of the country. Yesterday, the Under Secretary-General visited a UN civilian protection site in Juba, where some 20,000 people are sheltered, some for up to 19 months. There, he spoke with a group of women living in the UN protection site who shared stories of their suffering. Tomorrow, Mr. O’Brien is scheduled to visit Unity state, one of the areas hardest hit by the conflict.The security situation in South Sudan has deteriorated steadily over the past year since political in-fighting between President Kiir and his former Vice-President, Riek Machar, and their respective factions erupted in December 2013. The hostilities subsequently turned into a full-fledged conflict, resulting in reported atrocities and possible war crimes.According to the latest estimates released by the UN refugee agency, more than 730,000 people have fled into neighbouring countries such as Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan, which has seen the highest arrival rate this year. Meanwhile, another 1.5 million remain internally displaced, often relocated to increasingly overcrowded ‘protection-of-civilians’ sites run by the UN Mission in South Sudan, also known as UNMISS. Just two weeks ago, the UN Security Council marked the fourth anniversary of South Sudan’s independence by expressing profound disappointment in South Sudan’s leaders for putting their personal ambitions ahead of the good of their country and their people, sparking months of politically motivated violence that has left thousands dead and caused a “man-made…catastrophe.” read more

Colin Kaepernick Reportedly Lands Workout with Seattle Seahawks

Colin Kaepernick is speculated to have been blackballed because of his national anthem protest. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images Sport)Free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick is reportedly set to work out with the Seattle Seahawks a week after Pete Carroll revealed he’s considering him for a back-up role.Kaepernick has remained unsigned since he opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in March and NFL Network reported the Seahawks will have him and other reserve quarterbacks work out Wednesday, May 24, a change of plans notwithstanding. Former Denver Broncos quarterback Austin Davis also is set to visit.Kaepernick’s rumored meeting adds fuel to speculation that he could be joining the Seahawks after Carroll was asked if the team is considering putting him and fellow free agent Robert Griffin III behind QB Russell Wilson.“We’re looking at everybody. We really are,” Carroll told “Brock and Salk.” “We’ve been tracking everything that’s going on, and we’ve got cap and roster issues and stuff like that that we’re still trying to manage properly. But, quite frankly, yes, we are looking at all those guys.”Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett believes Kaepernick, who stirred controversy after his season-long protest of the national anthem, would make a great addition.“I think a person that’s dedicating their life to creating change, why wouldn’t you want that type of leadership in your locker room?” Bennett told 710 ESPN Seattle. “Why wouldn’t you want a young person that’s dealt with people wanting to kill him because of his choices in life?“So, I don’t know why people feel like that is a problem.” read more