5 Tips to Land a Job You’ll Love by the New Year

first_imgAs the year comes to a close, both hiring managers’ and job seekers’ attention will begin to turn away from the hiring process and on to the holidays. And who can blame them?While you might be tempted to press “pause” on your job search during the holiday season, if you want to make your New Year’s resolution to find a job come true, you have to keep the job search alive between the turkey dinner and holiday caroling.Full-time, permanent hiring this holiday season is projected to be the most robust since 2006, with 34 percent of U.S. employers planning to hire full-time employees in the fourth quarter, according to a recent CareerBuilder study — all the more reason to continue your search.To land a job you love by the new year, here are five things to start doing today:1. Put together a wish list.It’s time to put together your holiday wish list — for jobs, that is. With only a few months left in 2015, blindly applying to job posts isn’t going to do you much good.The first step in any successful job search is to develop a solid game plan. Decide what companies you’d like to work for and what job openings interest you the most. What kind of job or company do you see yourself in? Where do you want to end up by January?Don’t be afraid to add a few “hopefuls” to the list — it is a wish list, after all.2. Make a realistic timeline.Keyword: realistic.In order to land a job you’ll love by 2016, you need to set goals that are achievable between now and the new year. Start by outlining what you’d like to accomplish each week. For instance, maybe you devote this week to creating your wish list and tailoring your resume and cover letter to each item on the list. You can focus on applying next week, following up the week after that, and so on.Consider creating a calendar specifically for your job search. This way, you can keep track of the companies you’ve applied to and followed up with, networking events, and interviews all in one place.3. Reach out to your connections… To stay in line with your job search timeline, it can help to reach out to any (and every) professional connection you might have. These connections can inform you of job opportunities that aren’t yet being advertised, which can give you a leg up on the competition.What’s more, your professional connections can also serve as references when it comes time to interview. It’s a win-win.4. …and make new ones.The holiday season means corporate holiday parties and events (i.e., new networking opportunities). Take advantage of any holiday events, fundraisers, and parties that are open to the public, and use them to make new professional connections.Attending and networking at these events gives you an opportunity to meet and speak with the company’s employees, learn about the company culture and current job openings, as well as helps employees put a face to the name on your application.5. Be open to seasonal work.While the forecast for full-time, permanent hiring this holiday season looks merry and bright, the holiday season also calls for seasonal employees. If there’s a seasonal opportunity with a company on your wish list, don’t cross it off just yet.According to the aforementioned CareerBuilder survey, an encouraging 57 percent of employers expect to transition some seasonal staff into full-time, permanent roles — up from 42 percent last year. Who knows? The key to landing the job of your dreams may be to start off in a seasonal position.What are some other tips for landing a job before the new year?last_img read more

How to Get Back Into the Workforce After A Maternity Leave

first_imgAt times, returning to work can stress new moms out as they think about childcare, schedules, the demands of the job and the emotions around separation. However, preparing in advance can help mitigate some of the upheavals and hopefully provide comfort during what, for many, is an amazing time.Whether you are returning in a few more months or you are gearing up for a maternity leave right now, keep reading.A Business State of MindIt is normal to feel out of touch after being out of work for a while. Get prepared by re-engaging with work colleagues, checking up on emails if you’re returning to your company, and start reading updates on what you may have missed. Try out your proposed “return to work” schedule a week before going back to work so you get reacclimated to commute traffic, saying goodbye to your little one, and the time it will take to get out the door while still packing a diaper bag, getting dressed, and having adequate snuggle time.If you are not on LinkedIn but are looking for a new, post-maternity job, I suggest that a few months before your return, you sign up and reconnect with colleagues and previous employers. Meeting with a recruitment consultant can assist you with updating your resume, conducting mock interviews, and registering for online courses to enhance your skills.Consider Asking for FlexibilityAs a mother and employee, your life is three-dimensional, and your work-life balance can become unpredictable. For example, you might need to carve time in your schedule for when you need to drop your child off at daycare or pick them up after school, and your hours may shift. So before you go back to work, you may want to consider requesting a flexible schedule. The first five years of being back to work will come with mixed emotions, stress, and occasionally having to leave work to tend to your child. Speaking with your boss about your needs, any changes to your goals, and what support you may need as you transition back can help you find balance.Workplace Rules to Live ByNow that you’re a mom, the rules may be a little different. Talk to your boss about any new expectations and changes in your abilities, as well as any company shifts that have happened while you were away. Avoid feeling left out by making an extra effort to reconnect with team members. Try attending an off-site outing with colleagues to show you are a team player interested in finding out who they are as individuals.Returning to the workplace can be a challenge, but by taking the right steps, you can make the transition as smooth as possible. 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Also on Glassdoor: RN, Registered Nurse – OP Chemotherapy CHRISTUS Health Houston, TX 23 hours ago 23h 4.7★ 3.0★ Registered Nurse (RN) – Charge Nurse – $7,000 Sign On Bonus EmpRes Healthcare Management Gardnerville, NV Makeda Waterman is a professional writer with an Education in Journalism, Mass Communications, and Public Relations. She writes for the Huffington Post Canada and Elite Daily on millennial topics with the goal of helping people improve the quality of their lives and career. 4.8★ 23 hours ago 23h Part-time Day Associate Crew Carwash Indianapolis, IN Registered Nurse Supervisor RN Waterbury Gardens Nursing and Rehab Waterbury, CT N/A 3.5★ 23 hours ago 23h ICU Registered Nurse Del Sol Medical Center El Paso, TX Deli Associate F&M Deli & Restaurant Mount Laurel, NJ 2.8★ 23 hours ago 23h 2.5★ 23 hours ago 23h LCPC – Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center Chicago, IL 2.3★ 3.4★ 23 hours ago 23h Director, Advanced Technology Policy General Motors United States Paramedic* Mecklenburg EMS Agency – Medic Rochester, NY 3.1★ Service Advisor Prime Motor Group Saco, MElast_img read more

Glassdoor Study Reveals Which College Majors Lead to the Largest Gender Pay Gaps

first_img 3.0★ 23 hours ago 23h 3. BiologyMedian Base Pay for Women: $40,000Median Base Pay for Men: $46,000Gender Pay Gap: 13%Browse Open Jobs 5. Health SciencesMedian Base Pay for Women: $40,000Median Base Pay for Men: $45,000Gender Pay Gap: 11.1%Browse Open Jobs 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 8. BusinessMedian Base Pay for Women: $45,000Median Base Pay for Men: $50,000Gender Pay Gap: 10.0%Browse Open Jobs 2.9★ CDL-A Dedicated Truck Driver USA Truck Washington, DC 23 hours ago 23h 3.8★ 7. Industrial EngineeringMedian Base Pay for Women: $58,000Median Base Pay for Men: $65,000Gender Pay Gap: 10.8%Browse Open Jobs 3.0★ 4. AdvertisingMedian Base Pay for Women: $46,500Median Base Pay for Men: $43,020Reverse Gender Pay Gap: -8.1%Browse Open Jobs 2. MathematicsMedian Base Pay for Women: $49,182Median Base Pay for Men: $60,000Gender Pay Gap: 18%Browse Open Jobs 4.5★ CDL A Driver Cardinal Logistics Management Washington, DC Glassdoor research also shows that there are a handful of majors that result in a “reverse” unadjusted gender pay gap, in which the median base pay for women is actually more than what it is for men. 10 College Majors Leading to the Biggest “Reverse” Gender Pay Gaps 1. ArchitectureMedian Base Pay for Women: $57,000Median Base Pay for Men: $50,000Reverse Gender Pay Gap: -14.0%Browse Open Jobs Nursing: Intermediate Care – Telemetry MedPro Healthcare Staffing Washington, DC Charity Field Engagement Representative (Washington, DC) DialogueDirect Washington, DC Regardless of your gender, major, field, or title, Glassdoor encourages you to learn how much you deserve to be paid and negotiate your salary in order to receive equal pay. The gender pay gap is a persistent problem that will certainly not disappear overnight, but transparency, knowledge, and self-advocacy are our biggest assets in the fight against it. For employers, Glassdoor recently published a guide that will help you analyze your own pay data for any existing gaps. For more information on how college majors affect the gender pay gap, read the full study here.*The gender pay gap in this research refers to the “unadjusted” gender pay gap, defined as the average pay gap comparing all women and all men in the sample.Methodology: Based on more than 46,900 resumes shared on Glassdoor from individuals who completed college between 2010 and 2017. Full study methodology: https://www.glassdoor.com/research/studies/pipeline-problem-college-majors-gender-pay-gap/ Browse Open Jobs 5. Environmental ScienceMedian Base Pay for Women: $47,000Median Base Pay for Men: $44,000Reverse Gender Pay Gap: -6.8%Browse Open Jobs CDL-A Regional Truck Driver Averitt Express Washington, DC 23 hours ago 23h 4.1★ Hair Stylist – Licensed – WASHINGTON, DC-3307 14th Street NW, 20010 Sport Clips Washington, DC Education is often touted as the key to overcoming inequity. And on the surface, it makes sense — in order to enter into the highest-paying jobs, you often need technical, highly specialized degrees, which have traditionally been male-dominated. However, Glassdoor’s 2017 economic study reveals that even within the same major, there can be a significant difference between how much men and women earn, largely due to the occupational sorting that happens after graduation.Take a look at how the median base pay stacks up differently for men and women five years after graduation for the following fields of study:10 College Majors Leading to the Biggest Gender Pay Gaps1. Healthcare AdministrationMedian Base Pay for Women: $40,000Median Base Pay for Men: $51,250Gender Pay Gap: 22%*Browse Open Jobscenter_img 9. Sports ManagementMedian Base Pay for Women: $42,672Median Base Pay for Men: $42,000Reverse Gender Pay Gap: -1.6%Browse Open Jobs Security Guard Allied Universal Washington, DC 10. Exercise ScienceMedian Base Pay for Women: $40,000Median Base Pay for Men: $44,232Gender Pay Gap: 9.6%Browse Open Jobs 6. Chemical EngineeringMedian Base Pay for Women: $63,770Median Base Pay for Men: $60,480Reverse Gender Pay Gap: -5.4%Browse Open Jobs 10. AnthropologyMedian Base Pay for Women: $41,250Median Base Pay for Men: $40,640Reverse Gender Pay Gap: -1.5%Browse Open Jobs 23 hours ago 23h Front waiter – Clyde’s of Georgetown Clyde’s Restaurant Group Washington, DC 6. Biomedical EngineeringMedian Base Pay for Women: $53,450Median Base Pay for Men: $60,000Gender Pay Gap: 10.9%Browse Open Jobs 8. Mechanical EngineeringMedian Base Pay for Women: $68,000Median Base Pay for Men: $66,040Reverse Gender Pay Gap: -3.0%Browse Open Jobs 3. Social WorkMedian Base Pay for Women: $40,640Median Base Pay for Men: $37,500Reverse Gender Pay Gap: -8.4%Browse Open Jobs 4.0★ Senior Contract Specialist (DOE) GCC Technologies Washington, DC 23 hours ago 23h 3.7★ 7. KinesiologyMedian Base Pay for Women: $43,000Median Base Pay for Men: $41,000Reverse Gender Pay Gap: -4.9%Browse Open Jobs 9. MarketingMedian Base Pay for Women: $45,000Median Base Pay for Men: $50,000Gender Pay Gap: 10.0%Browse Open Jobs Engineering and Operations Lead Chameleon Integrated Services Arlington, VA 4. Human ResourcesMedian Base Pay for Women: $44,222Median Base Pay for Men: $50,000Gender Pay Gap: 11.6%Browse Open Jobs 3.7★ 23 hours ago 23h 3.5★ 2. MusicMedian Base Pay for Women: $44,020Median Base Pay for Men: $40,000 Reverse Gender Pay Gap: -10.1%Browse Open Jobs 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Browse All Jobslast_img read more

10 Fortune 500 Companies With Work-From-Home Jobs

first_imgWhen you think about a Fortune 500 company, you probably picture thousands of employees located in a gigantic headquarters. And while many Fortune 500 employees do work out of an office, the rising popularity of remote work means that more and more employees get to work right from their homes. Recently, FlexJobs compiled a list of Fortune 500 companies with remote work options — here are some of the most notable. Take a look, and apply today — these jobs won’t be open for long! 1. DellGlassdoor Rating: 3.8Open Remote Positions: Systems Consultant, Technology Services Manager, Business Development Executive, Sr. Consultant for Learning & Development, Account Executive & moreWhat Employees Say: “Flexible work options, many career paths and opportunities for career growth. Great place to get world class experience.” —Current Account Manager IIISee Remote Jobs 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Internship- Information Technology CR England – Remote Office Salt Lake City, UT N/A 23 hours ago 23h 7. Anthem, Inc.Glassdoor Rating: 3.7Open Remote Positions: Provider Network Mgr I, Business Information Analyst II, Mgr. II Enterprise Benefits Administration, Program Manager, Community Relations Rep III & moreWhat Employees Say: “Anthem offers competitive salaries, achievable career path for advancement, diversity, and advanced industry training. Anthem recognizes the importance of work life balance. Anthem cares about their employees and is a great company. Anthem has excellent benefits for their employees.” —Current Senior Project ManagerSee Remote Jobs 23 hours ago 23h 9. McKessonGlassdoor Rating: 3.3Open Remote Positions: HEOR / RWE Business Development Sales Director, Sales Executive – New Business Health Systems, Manager Research Site Services, McKesson Brands Field Sales Specialist, Talent Advisor & moreWhat Employees Say: “Great culture. Low turnover. Work life balance for customer service. Great vacation package.” —Current Key Account SpecialistSee Remote Jobs 10. Thermo Fisher ScientificGlassdoor Rating: 3.3Open Remote Positions: Product Support Specialist, Account Manager, Blood Transfusion Business Development Manager, Field Applications Scientist, Sr. Dir. – Commercial Sales & moreWhat Employees Say: “Advancement opportunities are excellent, financially driven, continuous improvement culture, site hosts fun activities after work, great leadership training programs.” —Current EmployeeSee Remote Jobs Trailer Technician – Casa Grande, AZ – $5,000 signing bonus! CR England – Remote Office Casa Grande, AZ 2. UnitedHealth GroupGlassdoor Rating: 3.3Open Remote Positions: Account Manager, Human Capital Service Advisor, Instructional Designer, Sr. Data Scientist, Marketing Specialist I & moreWhat Employees Say: “Love being able to work from home. Supervisor and Team Lead are compassionate about their employees. Large selection of benefit plans to choose from and the amount of paid time off is very good even for lower grade positions.” —Current Clinical Administrative CoordinatorSee Remote Jobs 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Tractor Technician – Smithfield, VA – $5,000 signing bonus! CR England – Remote Office Smithfield, VA 5. AetnaGlassdoor Rating: 3.3Open Remote Positions: Continuum of Care Manager, Bus Project Program Mgr, Senior Informatics Analyst, UM Clinical Consultant, Consumer Financial Services Sales Executive & moreWhat Employees Say: “I really enjoyed who I worked with and even though I had several supervisors over the years. I had a really great one for the longest time. The benefits are really good and they try to help encourage staff with rewards. The working environment was pleasant.” —Former EmployeeSee Remote Jobs 3. LeidosGlassdoor Rating: 3.4Open Remote Positions: Cloud Engineer, COOP Analyst, Industrial Outreach Energy Engineer, Price-To-Win Analyst, Software Developer & moreWhat Employees Say: “Great environment, excellent employer, promotes work/life balance, amazing management, all around strong team, and lots of room for growth within the company.” —Current AccountantSee Remote Jobs Senior Financial Analyst CR England – Remote Office Salt Lake City, UT Lead Parts Technician CR England – Remote Office Colton, CA Truck Wash Bay Technician & Detailer CR England – Remote Office Casa Grande, AZ N/A Data Processor Part Time (Temporary) Remote Medical International Seattle, WA 23 hours ago 23h Hot New Jobs For You N/A N/A 23 hours ago 23h N/A 4. HumanaGlassdoor Rating: 3.4Open Remote Positions: Manager – Telecomm/Voice Engineering, Salesforce DEVOPS Architect, RN Case Manager – Telephonic Nurse 2, Senior Infrastructure Architect, Senior Software Engineer – Workday & moreWhat Employees Say: “Humana is the rare type of company that truly seems to care for its employees. Work/life balance is tremendous and the culture is focused on well being. Benefits and pay are great and the company is always looking for ways to improve. I’ve only been here a short while but I have every intention of retiring here.” —Current EmployeeSee Remote Jobs N/A Trailer Technician – Salt Lake City, UT – $5,000 signing bonus! CR England – Remote Office Salt Lake City, UT Remote Solar Panel Ambassador Remote Reps LLC Pinedale, WY N/A See more remote jobs 23 hours ago 23h N/A 2.8★ 23 hours ago 23h 8. AppleGlassdoor Rating: 4.0Open Remote Positions: AppleCare at Home Team Manager, Technical Specialist, AppleCare Technical Support Advisor, AppleCare Customer Relations Advisor, AppleCare Readiness Support Advisor & moreWhat Employees Say: “The position is at home. The company is AMAZING. There are limitless advancement opportunities. You work with some very cool people and the leadership cares about your development. You may get coaching but you never get battered or belittled. The pay is decent and the benefits include, 401(k) match, stock purchase options, product discounts and discounts on services across many different areas, education assistance, child care assistance, paid vacation, sick time and other time off options, health club Reimbursment or bike cost set off.” —Current Apple At Home AdvisorSee Remote Jobs 6. OracleGlassdoor Rating: 3.4Open Remote Positions: Global Sales Enablement Specialist, Marketing Manager – Trial Conversion, Senior Project Manager,IRT Designer/Principal Consultant, Principal Solution Architect & moreWhat Employees Say: “The work is intellectually stimulating.. Great benefits and incentives for salespeople. Great culture and community. Talented leadership with years of experience.” —Current Client PartnerSee Remote Jobs N/A Utilization Review /Case Manager – RN UHS Corporate Office – Remote King of Prussia, PAlast_img read more

​Puel thanks Southampton fans after dismissal

first_imgFormer Southampton manager Claude Puel expresses his gratitude to the fans following his exit from the St. Mary’s Stadium.Despite leading Southampton to a decent 8th place finish in the Premier League as well as to the final of the EFL Cup, Puel has been sacked by the Saints recently and the South Coast club are now actively looking for replacements.Following his departure, Puel has now gone on to thank the Southampton supporters and described his time with the club as ‘tremendously enjoyable’.The statement reads: “It has been tremendously enjoyable to manage in the unbelievable and unique environment of the Premier League. However, today marks the end of the current chapter in my management career.”I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to all the players, staff at the club’s training ground and at St Mary’s, and all others who gave their very best on a daily basis for Southampton Football Club.”I also say a very big thank you indeed to the Southampton fans, who gave me their tremendous support and backing over the course of last season.”last_img read more

​West Ham ready to make Arsenal striker Giroud record signing

first_imgWest Ham look prepared to go the extra mile to secure the services of Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud.The Mirror claims that the Hammers are prepared to pay £20m in transfer fee and staggering £130,000-a-week wages to convince the French striker to join the club.Giroud has been strongly linked with a summer exit from the Gunners, who appear to be closing on a deal for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette.The France international, who turns 30 in September, only signed a new deal with Arsenal in January, and he has almost three years left in his current deal.last_img

Bangkok Delivers

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on May 14, 2014November 4, 2016By: Ana Langer, Director of the Maternal Health Task Force and Women and Health InitiativeClick 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)Big news from Bangkok. With the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals approaching, the maternal health community spoke with one voice to set the next goal for global maternal mortality: 70 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births by 2030. Nearly 100 people from more than 30 countries agreed on this target last week at a meeting in Bangkok, Thaliand, hosted by the World Health Organization, Maternal Health Task Force, UNFPA, USAID and MCHIP.The goal is aligned with those of mortality rates of childhood (ending preventable child deaths) and newborns (ending preventable newborn deaths and stillbirths). It was determined in preparation for the UN-led processes of creating the next set of development goals. Ending preventable maternal mortality, essential to sustainable development, is critical for women and children’s health and families and communities’ well being.Towards this end, the global maternal health community has engaged in numerous technical and country consultations, including the Bangkok meeting. Meeting participants strongly felt that meeting a maternal mortality ratio (MMR) of 70 by 2030 is within reach. To be achieved, however, progress in many countries needs to be accelerated. To meet the global average target, countries with a high burden of maternal mortality—an MMR of more than 420—need to increase the pace of reduction of maternal deaths and strive for an MMR of no more than140 by 2030. Countries with MMRs already lower than 70 must increase their efforts and target their most vulnerable women.The priority for the next 15 years is to support the work at the national level to improve maternal health and reduce inequalities. We need to keep a close eye on helping all women everywhere gain access to high quality health care across the lifespan.This post was originally published on Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action‘s blog.Share this:last_img read more

Meetup is growing!

first_imgSince we launched Freelance Meetups less than a month ago, they’ve really started catching on. The fastest-growing group, Brooklyn freelancers, already has 61 members! Here are some others you should check out if they’re in your area:Los Angeles freelancersGreater Montclair (NJ) freelancersAustin freelancersPittsburgh freelancersAnd c’mon, San Franciscans! There must be more than two of you!last_img

Austin is #1!

first_imgForget hearting NYC (sorry!); apparently Austin is the number one city in the U.S. for creating and developing small businesses, according to the Austin Business Journal. Over the past few years, Austin’s population grew by 20.2% (only Raleigh grew faster); its job base grew by 9.3% (the third-fastest); and the number of small businesses grew by 1.5% (no other city did better than 0.6%). Admittedly, these stats aren’t a total surprise to us. Right now, we have 3,136 members in Texas, with a good portion from Austin, and we totally dug the scene when we were visiting in March for SXSW. (photo by lloydi, via Flickr)last_img

What to expect after unexpected tragedy

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.Death is an uncomfortable subject and most of us are unprepared to discuss it. Indeed, death is a subject most people barely speak about even in our personal lives. We prefer to keep it the domain of life insurance salespeople and H.R. departments.But what if you’re not one of those people? 

When I learned that my son had died a few months ago, I didn’t know what to do or say to my client. The timing couldn’t be worse, as we were preparing a website preview for a presentation by our marketing director. Talk about inconvenient deadlines. 

I had to leave the next morning for Asheville. What should I tell my client about my son’s death?On the one hand, I couldn’t leave my client in the lurch with an impending deadline for no good reason. On the other hand, I wasn’t going to reveal too many personal details and make them feel uncomfortable.So, I went to the Internet and Googled “how to discuss death with business associates.”Express condolencesThe first hits were about expressing condolences. Not relevant to me at that point, but expressing condolences is something every company policy should address. Condolences mean a lot to the bereaved. When my mom died, the ad agency I was employed at sent me flowers and a personal note from the president. I received nothing as a consultant, including no reply from the recruiter when I asked about bereavement leave from the employment agency.Who gets paid bereavement leave?Under the Family Leave and Medical Act (FLMA), companies must grant leave to an employee to care for a newborn, handle an adoption, or care for yourself or immediate family member during extended illness IF the employee:• Works at a worksite within 75 miles of which that employer employs at least 50 people• Has worked at least 12 months (which do not have to be consecutive) for the employer• Has worked at least 1,250 hours (31.25 40-hour weeks) during the 12 months immediately before the date FMLA leave is to beginHowever, the FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act) does not require the private sector to provide either paid or unpaid bereavement leave. Eleven states have their own version of this law, but only Oregon specifically provides for bereavement leave.Private sector leaveIf you work for the private sector, check your company’s policy or ask human resources. Most companies should provide at least three days leave for the loss of a child or spouse. However, don’t be surprised if when you return from the funeral, your boss or H.R. asks for proof of death: Either a death certificate or obituary or both.A 2016 survey by the Society of Human Resource Management reports that over 80 percent of companies have bereavement policies, with an average of four days off for the death of a spouse or a child. An average of three days’ leave is given for partners, parents, grandparents and grandchildren, foster children, and siblings. Two days’ paid leave is typical for a miscarriage and the death of a partner’s relative.Bereavement for a temporary employee, a contractor, or a freelancerIf you work through a temp agency, you may want to check if they have paid time off benefits and how many hours you need to work to accrue them. If you’re an independent contractor or 1099 freelancer, it’s best to build bereavement pay into the rates you charge, and budget for time off–including time for grieving. Personally, I was able to jump into meeting three days after the funeral and focus on the actual work about a week after that. However, I was working from home most of the time. Getting back to work soon is emotionally and financially necessary.As far as what a freelancer/contractor should tell a client about a funeral and death in the family: My executive friend advised me to tell the client my son had died. I opted to be vague. The email said I had a personal tragedy and would have to take three days off to attend my son’s funeral. No one said anything except for other oblique mentions from other freelancers on my team. Perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised that I received no condolences.Susan Carroll is a very senior copywriter, not yet ready for retirement. She consults on marketing communications and content, primarily in health, tech, and professional services. Join in her musings at her blog, PoetsofCommerce.blogspot.comlast_img read more

Client communication tips every freelancer should use

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.Not sure why you aren’t getting clients? If you already know who your ideal client is, then it might be because you’re making a mistake in how you communicate with them.When it comes to communicating effectively with clients, here are 5 important tips you should keep in mind:Email communications make it hard to convey enthusiasm or excitementIf not done right, an email response to a potential client can come off as stilted, boring, or disinterested. It can be challenging to balance out being professional with friendly underlying tones!One of the ways you can keep things a little more casual without sacrificing your professional voice is to use some grammatical contractions throughout (e.g. “doesn’t” instead of “does not,” “I’ll” instead of “I will,” etc.). Another way to master this is to incorporate adverbs and adjectives into your writing (for example, instead of saying “Thanks,” try “Thanks very much”). It conveys a little more personality and gives the other person some insight into who you are—it will make you more human.Being informal does not mean using sloppy spelling or grammarJust because you’re shortening words and perhaps incorporating more informal phrases (such as “That’s great” or “Sounds good!”), doesn’t mean you should sacrifice your spelling.In fact, if you are going to have a more informal voice as a key component of your brand, spelling and sentence structure matters even more than if you write in a formal voice. You want potential clients to take you seriously. Always proofread your email communications before hitting the Send button.Combine casual elements with more professional elementsIf you’re using an exclamation point or two in your email communications, for example, then balance it out by signing off with a slightly more formal closing, such as “Best,” “Best Regards,” or “Sincerely.”As much as possible, try to consider how you would feel about receiving this email if you were in the other person’s position. How much do they know about you and your voice? If this is their first time connecting with you, what is it going to make them think about you and your brand?When in doubt, avoid using emoticons and emojisIt all depends on the feel of your brand, but as a general rule, in professional settings where you are providing a freelance service and you are responding to a stranger’s inquiry, avoid peppering your email with smiley faces. If it’s a client you’ve been working with for a while and you know each other well, by all means, toss in the odd smiley face. Just be sure that it’s in an appropriate place to do so!As a blogger, when I connect with other bloggers, I’ll often use emoticons or emojis in my communications—it’s common among bloggers to use smiley faces. But it’s something I avoid doing for potential clients unless I know it’s something they’re really into, which brings us to the next point…Try mimicking the language your clients useThis goes for your clients in general (what type of language does your target audience use?) as well as individual clients. If someone reaches out to you with tons of exclamation marks and emoticons, and you respond with a formal email because that’s typical of your brand, they might not be as interested in working with you.People want to work with others who reflect their attitudes, values, and personality—and one way to demonstrate that is through our language and writing style.This isn’t to say that you should change who you are or deceive people in your communications, of course! On the contrary, it’s about showing different people different aspects of your personality depending on which fits with them the best.Sagan Morrow has a decade of experience as a freelance writer, editor, and social media manager. She is the Chief Communications Officer at Juxta Communications and loves being able to pass on what she’s learned over the years with other freelancers, in between doing her client work.last_img read more

Barca eight clear as Girona stun Madrid

first_imgGirona 2 Real Madrid 1: Champions stunned by second-half fightback Matt Dorman Last updated 2 years ago 01:05 10/30/17 Girona - cropped Getty Images Real Madrid took an early lead through Isco, but a stunning second-half fightback from Girona dealt the champions their second LaLiga loss. Real Madrid slumped to a shock second defeat of the Liga season as Girona staged a thrilling comeback to win 2-1 at Estadi Montilivi on Sunday.Two goals in the space of four second-half minutes overturned Isco’s opener as the hosts claimed one of the most famous victories in their 87-year history.Played against a tense political backdrop in Catalonia, Girona started brightly as their intensity and enthusiasm appeared to unsettle the champions. 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 Zinedine Zidane’s side looked to have calmed the storm when Spain midfielder Isco gave them a 1-0 lead at the break, but significant cracks in defence were soon pried open by the promoted side.Cristhian Stuani equalised with his fifth league goal of the season before attacking midfielder Portu put Girona within touching distance of a victory in their first ever competitive clash against Los Blancos.And Pablo Machin’s men held on to end a three-match losing run at home in LaLiga in improbable fashion, leaving the visitors eight points off leaders Barcelona after just 10 matches.Stuani’s record v Real Madrid2012/13 (Espanyol)2014/15 (Espanyol)2017/18 (Girona) #GironaRealMadrid pic.twitter.com/tjAKxqu3dT— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) October 29, 2017Zidane recalled a host of first-team stars who sat out the midweek Copa del Rey win at Fuenlabrada, as only Kiko Casilla and teenager Achraf Hakimi held their places.Girona were hardly overawed and went agonisingly close to a shock lead when Pablo Maffeo’s curling effort came back off the left upright.The hosts’ frustration was immediately compounded by a blistering Madrid counter-attack. Goalkeeper Bono spilled Cristiano Ronaldo’s dipping shot at the end of the move, enabling Isco to bury the close-range rebound for a 12th-minute lead.Isco in #LaLiga in 2017!!GranadaOsasunaLas PalmasAlavesSportingDeporEspanyolGirona #GironaRealMadrid pic.twitter.com/XEDFnxbBYJ— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) October 29, 2017Despite their advantage, Zidane’s men looked shaky at the back as they regularly gave away possession in dangerous areas.And the woodwork proved their saviour a second time, Casilla this time indebted to his right post for keeping out Portu’s superb looped header late in the half.Girona finally got their reward in the 54th minute when Pere Pons’ incisive dribble broke for Stuani, who skilfully stepped past his marker and finished clinically into the bottom near corner.Madrid’s back four, which lost Raphael Varane to an apparent leg injury at half-time, was completely scattered by that stage and shipped a second just four minutes later.Casilla saved with his feet from Stuani before Portu, possibly in an offside position, intelligently flicked home Maffeo’s follow-up attempt to complete the comeback.58’ | 2-1 | GOOOOOOOL del Girona!!! @cportu92 capgira el marcador! Bogeria a Montilivi! #GironaRealMadrid pic.twitter.com/SWvyZtJYSo— Girona FC (@GironaFC) October 29, 2017It could have been 3-1 with just over 20 minutes remaining, but Stuani guided his finish narrowly wide following Alex Granell’s smart through pass.The miss did not matter, though, as the introduction of Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez failed to deny Girona a famous victory.Madrid will hope to regroup for their Champions League excursion to Tottenham on Wednesday, before returning home to host Las Palmas next Sunday. read morelast_img read more

First Ocean Plastic Garbage Collector to Be Deployed in 2016

first_imgzoom The world’s first system to passively clean up plastic pollution from the world’s oceans is to be deployed in 2016, Boyan Slat, 20-year old founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup announced at Asia’s largest technology conference – Seoul Digital Forum, South-Korea.The array is projected to be deployed in Q2 2016. The feasibility of deployment, off the coast of Tsushima, an island located in the waters between Japan and South Korea is currently being researched.The system will span 2,000 meters, thereby becoming the longest floating structure ever deployed in the ocean (beating the current record of 1,000 m held by the Tokyo Mega-Float). It will be operational for at least two years, catching plastic pollution before it reaches the shores of the proposed deployment location off Tsushima island. Tsushima island is evaluating whether the plastic can be used as an alternative energy source.The scale of the plastic pollution problem off Tsushima island, approximately one cubic meter of pollution per person is washed up each year, has led the local government to seek innovative solutions to the problem.The deployment will represent an important milestone in The Ocean Cleanup’s mission to remove plastic pollution from the world’s oceans. Within five years, The Ocean Cleanup plans to deploy a 100 km-long system to clean up about half of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch floating between Hawaii and California.”Taking care of the world’s ocean garbage problem is one of the largest environmental challenges mankind faces today,” said Slat.”Not only will this first cleanup array contribute to cleaner waters and coasts, but it simultaneously is an essential step towards our goal of cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This deployment will enable us to study the system’s efficiency and durability over time.”last_img read more

Flu Vaccination Campaign Begins

first_imgNova Scotians can get their free flu vaccine beginning today, Oct. 14. This is the first year that the vaccine will be free for everyone. Health Promotion and Protection Minister Maureen MacDonald and chief public health officer Dr. Robert Strang are encouraging everyone to be immunized. “Providing a free flu shot is the right decision to support better health care for families in every region,” said Ms. MacDonald. “This investment will help keep people well and is part of our overall plan to reduce pressure on our emergency rooms.” “Every year, influenza creates a burden on our population, our workplaces and our health care system,” said Dr. Strang. “This burden was particularly felt last year during H1N1. But the flu can be prevented safely and easily by getting immunized.” The H1N1 strain will be part of this year’s seasonal flu vaccine. The flu shot will be offered through doctors’ offices, workplace clinics and public health clinics. Jim Nickle, who volunteers three days a week at the IWK Health Centre, understands the value of flu immunization. He comes in close contact with patients and their families as they visit the hospital. “As a senior and as someone who volunteers in a health-care setting, I know the importance of getting my flu shot,” said Mr. Nickle. “By getting immunized, I am looking after my own health and the well-being of those around me.” Certain risk groups are especially encouraged to receive the influenza vaccine. These include: Flu symptoms usually include a sudden high fever, headache, general aches and pains, fatigue and weakness, a runny, stuffy nose, sneezing and sore throat. Proper hygiene, such as handwashing and covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, are also important to prevent the spread of influenza and many other infections. People with flu symptoms should stay home and minimize close contact with others. The typical flu season in Nova Scotia runs from November to April. Government expects to invest between $1.2 to $1.4 million in the immunization program. For more information on the flu, visit www.gov.ns.ca/hpp/flu People over 65 years of age People of any age who are residents of long-term and other chronic care facilities Adults and children with chronic health conditions Children and adolescents (age 6 months to 18 years) with conditions treated for long periods with acetylsalicylic acid; Adults and children with any condition that can compromise respiratory function or that can increase the risk of aspiration All children between 6 months and 5 years of age All pregnant women People who live with or care for someone in one of the above groups Health Care Workers and Health Care Worker students First responders such are firefighters and police People living on First Nations communities People living in a home where a newborn is expected during the regular influenza season, usually November to April.last_img read more

Two US Marines arrested for migrant trafficking

first_imgLos Angeles: Two US Marines have been arrested for smuggling undocumented Mexican migrants into the United States in exchange for money, according to a court document. Byron Darnell Law II and David Javier Salazar-Quintero were arrested on July 3 along the Mexican border in Jacumba, California, the document said. They were charged with having transported three undocumented migrants about six miles (10 kilometers) over the border. The three Mexican nationals seated in the back of the Marines’ vehicle were prepared to pay 8,000 “to be smuggled into the United States,” although it is unclear to whom they would have paid the money. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping The two Marines, who were stationed at Camp Pendleton near San Diego, have been accused of “knowingly” transporting the migrants into the US “for the purpose of… private financial gain,” according to the court document. During their hearings, both men accused each other of responsibility in the matter: Law said that Salazar received directions to the pickup location via a cell phone, while Salazar said that Law originally got him involved with smuggling. Salazar also said he had made four other smuggling trips to Jacumba. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang Law and Salazar were formally charged Monday, according to The Washington Post. The office of the attorney general did not respond to AFP’s request for comment. “We continue to cooperate fully with the investigative efforts into this matter,” Marine spokesman First Lieutenant Cameron Edinburgh told Marine Corps Times. This is not the first case of US military members helping migrants enter the US. There were similar instances in 2014, 2017 and last year. The US Border Patrol apprehended nearly 700,000 people illegally crossing into the United States from October to June, 140 percent higher than during the same period a year earlier.last_img read more

Rescue Film Featuring Olate Dogs To Open Sonoma Film Festival

first_img“Who rescued who?” is a question often pondered by those who know the joy of rescuing a pet. This question was the impetus of a powerful short film that is opening the Sonoma International Film Festival in Sonoma, Calif. this week.Video: Le Sauvetage (The Rescue) — #rescuefilm“Le Sauvetage” (The Rescue) is a six-minute film produced by Peter McEvilley, award-winning filmmaker and composer whose credits include The House Bunny, Last Vegas and Alias, and starring the Olate Dogs, winners of America’s Got Talent. The film is a magical tale about life, love, and finding our true destiny….with a little help from a furry friend.Sponsored and produced by Halo, Purely for Pets, Ellen DeGeneres’ natural pet food company, Le Sauvetage will open the Sonoma festival on April 2, an honor and exciting opportunity to showcase pet rescue and adoption. The film has also been selected to appear at the Court Metrage, Festival de Cannes in France this May.In 2012 the Olate Dogs shot to stardom when they won the America’s Got Talent grand prize. These sweet, funny, talented dogs and their entertaining owners and handlers captured hearts across America. But there’s more to their story.Many of the Olate Dogs are rescue dogs themselves. Family patriarch, Richard Olate, developed his act on the streets of his native Chile when he was a poor boy of just 12. He rescued stray dogs and trained them to be part of his amateur show. He worked hard for years to realize his dream of becoming a professional dog act. Today, Richard and his son, Nicolas, and wife, Rebecca, continue to save dogs from shelters and train them to become part of their professional troupe.Halo, known for its philanthropic efforts to promote rescue and adoption, admired the Olate Dogs and their dedication to rescue. Steve Marton, Halo’s CEO and Executive Producer of Le Sauvetage, wanted to find a unique way to draw attention to the special bond we share with animals.“We see this film as an entertaining yet meaningful way to show how companion animals add value to our lives,” he said. “Producer Peter McEvilley did a phenomenal job conveying this extremely important message by combining his creative story telling and film making capabilities.”Because the Olate Dogs love Halo natural pet food, it seemed the stars aligned to bring the two groups together to do great things for homeless pets.Halo has a track record of promoting rescue and adoption through film. The company sponsors all three episodes of Shelter Me, a PBS special dedicated to showcasing shelter dogs and the incredible lives they lead. Halo also sponsored the Humane Society of the United States’ video campaign, “Meet My Shelter Pet,” a series of videos featuring celebrities and their adopted pets.The Olate Dogs will also perform at the Sonoma festival. And, in keeping with the film’s mission, Halo and Freekibble.com will donate 10,000 meals of Halo Spot’s Stew to local Sonoma animal shelter, Pets Lifeline.To view the film and for more information, click here.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

AnnaSophia Robb And DoSomethingorg Premiere The AntiFood Waste Kitchen

first_imgDoSomething.org, the largest organization for young people and social change announces “Feeding Better Futures” in partnership with General Mills.Video: Feeding Better Futures with AnnaSophia RobbFeeding Better Futures looks to address hunger relief and sustainable agriculture issues by championing the ingenuity of today’s youth. The new campaign launches today with a PSA starring actress, AnnaSophia Robb, who steps into “The Anti-Food Waste Kitchen” to show how thoughtful food consumption choices today can solve food access issues now and in the future.Today, 842 million — nearly 12 percent of the world’s population — struggle with hunger, including 13 million kids and teenagers in America. By 2050, it is projected there will be 9.2 billion people on the planet and recent estimates suggest food production will need to increase by 70 percent to feed everyone. These alarming facts are why DoSomething.org is activating it’s over 5.6 Million young members to help make a change.“At DoSomething, we know that young people are more aware today than ever before, and we also recognize how important it is for young people to have a voice in the creation of long-lasting change,” said Aria Finger, CEO & Chief Old Person, DoSomething.org. “We’re thrilled to partner with General Mills for the launch of Feeding Better Futures. Together we will empower young innovators and encourage them to showcase new perspectives on ways we can address the global issue of food security, starting in their own backyards.”General Mills has been active in hunger relief and sustainable agriculture for years, as a leader in promoting environmentally and socially responsible practices across its supply chain, as well as providing resources to food insecure communities. With the launch of the General Mills Feeding Better Futures Scholar Program, the company seeks to elevate the fresh thinking of today’s young innovators.“General Mills’ mission is to serve the world by making food people love, and to do that for another 150 years, we must protect the resources we all depend on,” said Jerry Lynch, chief sustainability officer for General Mills. “We’ve seen it time after time, small steps lead to big ideas and even bigger impact. We believe hunger is something we can solve for — if we work together.”Actress and social activist AnnaSophia Robb is supporting the initiative by filming a PSA. Robb steps into the “Anti-Food Waste Kitchen” where she shows how to use one simple ingredient in multiple ways. The fun video encourages young people to think about how we consume foods and offers solutions for how to repurpose food beyond the kitchen.“Almost 13 million young people don’t have access to the food they need,” says actress AnnaSophia Robb. “I’m excited to be partnering with DoSomething.org to build awareness around this topic and encourage other young people to take action. It’s my hope that through Feeding Better Futures my generation can create real solutions that can turn this issue around!”Young people can sign up for the campaign at Dosomething.org/food or by texting FOOD to 38383. Those who take a photo of a food issue, upload it to the site, and suggest a solution their community could use will be entered for the chance to win a $5,000 scholarship from DoSomething.org.Young people also have the opportunity to amplify their impact by applying for the General Mills Feeding Better Futures Scholars Program, where they will be asked to share a short video that explains a solution for an issue they have identified in one of two categories: hunger relief and sustainable agriculture. A General Mills panel of hunger relief and sustainability experts will review the video submissions and select five finalists. From these five finalists, General Mills will engage the public’s help in selecting a grand prize winner who will receive $50,000, as well as a mentorship with an industry leader and the opportunity to share their program at the 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival. The remaining four finalists will each be awarded $10,000 each to grow their programs.last_img read more

Hydro succeeded in what church government have been unable to do for

first_imgThis story is part of the APTN News series Power Failure: The impacts of hydro dams on Northern Manitoba.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsDouglas Kitchekeesik points to the spot on the beach where he found the bones.It was late July, and he was out on the land at his family’s camp on Split Lake.“We found other remains going down to the water and after we flagged them, marked them on GPS, then continued a little further up the shore,” he recalls. “That’s when we found the skull. We knew what it was right away.”It was the latest unsettling find on the shores of Split Lake by a member of Tataskweyak Cree Nation.For years their ancestors’ remains have been washing out along the banks of the once clean and bountiful lake in Treaty 5 territory, some dating back millennia.Split Lake is part of the Nelson River watershed and sits about 150 kilometres upstream from where the river empties into Hudson Bay.A couple weeks prior to Kitchekeesik’s find, more remains were discovered about a 15-minute boat ride away.They were about 1,900 years old, he says.Kitchekeesik has a calm demeanor and exudes a wisdom common among those who spend as much time on the land as he does.(Douglas Kitchekeesik on the shores of Split Lake. Photo: APTN)He’s one of only a handful of remaining fishermen who harvest from Split Lake.A few decades ago, prior to the wave of hydro development that dammed the Nelson River in multiple places and altered the local ecosystems, the Split Lake fishery was alive and well.But Kitchekeesik is hanging on to his people’s traditional ways, trying to preserve them or future generations.He sometimes brings community members, including youth, to his camp, where they speak Cree and learn how to live off the land.“Our waterways, it’s the most important thing to teach our young people,” he says. “What’s in the water and how to navigate that water.”But working to preserve that way of life isn’t easy.A few winters back, Kitchekeesik’s cousin went through the ice and plunged into the frigid water beneath.“He was still alive when he got here, we pulled him out of the water,” he recalls, explaining he got his cousin back to the camp, where he died of hypothermia.Kitchekeesik attributes his cousin’s death to the “high water going up and down” due to the hydro dams upstream on the Nelson River.“The community was self-sufficient”The Clean Environment Commission’s recent report on the cumulative effects of hydro development in the region describes a woman who showed up to the community hearing in Tataskweyak.She said prior to hydro development the people of her community “had everything they needed.“Fish were abundant, the water was healthy, and the land was teeming with wildlife,” the report reads. “The community was self-sufficient.”The woman “felt that Manitoba Hydro played with people like a ‘predatory animal,’” and that “all it had brought was destruction and deceit.”Tataskweyak was hit doubly hard by hydro development in the 1970s.The Churchill River Diversion impacted the waters of the Burntwood River, which flow from the west into Split Lake. And the Lake Winnipeg Regulation altered the waters of the Nelson, which empties into Split Lake from the south.Several dams control the flow of waters that eventually make their way into Split Lake.Now, 60 kilometres downstream, another is being built.(The massive Keeyask dam in northern Manitoba. Photo: Ashley Brandson)Kitchekeesik fears once the Keeyask dam is complete it will back water up into Split Lake and further erode the shorelines and impact the fisheries.Incidentally, Tataskweyak is a partner on the Keeyask project.After decades of destruction and dispossession at the hands of Manitoba Hydro, the crown utility has made First Nations whose lands stand to be impacted partners on the first two dams of the 21st century.Tataskweyak, Fox Lake, War Lake and York Factory are all partners on Keeyask, with a 25 per cent stake in the project.But Robert Spence, a band councillor, and until recently, one of the last remaining commercial fishermen harvesting from Split Lake, says his people’s traditional economy isn’t going to get any better.Spence says Keeyask is “going to change the dynamics of the whole system.”He says Hydro once promised the people of O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation at South Indian Lake, a few hundred kilometres northwest of Split Lake, that their waters “would recover in 50 years.”Spence says it’s been almost 50 years since Hydro built the Missi Falls dam, which controls the flow of water out of South Indian Lake into the Churchill River — “and South Indian still hasn’t recovered,” he says. “It’s still getting worse to this day.“So do you think we’re going to believe Manitoba Hydro when they tell us that Gull Lake and Split Lake will recover in 50 years?”(Erosion along the shores of Split Lake contributes to the amount of trees and other debris in the water. Manitoba Hydro pays community members to clean up the debris and pile it along the shores, creating a safer environment for those who still fish and use the lake. Photo: Justin Brake/APTN)Spence says he has watched the “demise of the fish population on Split Lake,” and that his community’s fishery is “slowly collapsing.”“There’s only six fishermen on the lake right now,” he explains. “There was 12 of us in 2005, and it’s 2018 now and there’s only six fishermen on the water now.”Spence doubts he’ll return to fishing after his time on council comes to an end. He laments that Split Lake “is going down the same path as South Indian Lake did.”And he doesn’t have hope that being a partner on Keeyask will do much good for the community’s long term well-being.In addition to the continued impacts on the Split Lake fishery, Spence says “the partnership that [Hydro] talks about isn’t so much of a partnership when the majority partner, the owner, doesn’t even include you on any of the major decision-making that takes place.”He points to a series of protests by members of his community in 2014, when they blockaded provincial route 280, a long dirt road that connects Tataskweyak and Fox Lake Cree Nations to the paved provincial highway system.Heavy traffic to and from the Keeyask worksite had made the road impassable for community members, including patients who regularly needed to get to the hospital in Thompson for dialysis treatment and other medical needs, Spence explains.He says the Keeyask traffic was a “safety issue” for his community when large trucks would get stuck in the mud. Other times trucks would unload cargo in the middle of the road when they couldn’t pass due to the poor road conditions.“It was like playing Russian roulette with your life going on that road,” he says. “There was no restrictions on the traffic there.”In the end, the province agreed to repair the gravel road, but as partners on Keeyask, Tataskweyak would have to foot part of the bill.Spence says the council wasn’t made aware of this at the time.Meanwhile, as partners on the project, Tataskweyak members were promised good jobs.But reports of racism on the construction site and in the worker’s camp have repeatedly made their way back to the community, says band councillor Robert Garson.He says the council has “put pressure” on Hydro to address racism on site, and that while they “have done a few things about it, it’s not enough.”APTN News requested an interview with Manitoba Hydro for this series, but they declined.Instead, spokesperson Bruce Owen forwarded a statement that outlined a number of measures the utility has taken to “ensure all workers feel safe and welcomed at our project sites,” including “cross-cultural training” and a mandatory two-day cultural awareness workshop for supervisors and managers.The statement claims “almost 50 per cent of our staff in the north” is Indigenous, and that “respect and support of Indigenous peoples in all aspects of our business is a critical priority for us.”The 695-megawatt Keeyask project was originally estimated to cost $6.5 billion, but the price tag has since risen to $8.7 and, according to some analysts, could reach $10 billion by the time construction is complete.Peter Kulchyski, a professor of Native Studies at the University of Manitoba and co-founder of the Wa Ni Ska Tan alliance who is leading the visits to the hydro-impacted communities, says Tataskweyak “invested their own money in the hope of windfall profits,” but “they may be investing in a losing proposition.”The destruction of South Indian LakeO-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation at South Indian Lake was once a thriving community with one of the healthiest fisheries in the region.The Indigenous presence along the 100-mile long lake dates back 6,000 years.But by the late 1960s the community’s 500 residents who were living on a small island just off the lake’s north shore found themselves in the way of Manitoba Hydro’s master plan for development.The Churchill River Diversion (CRD) would raise water levels by 10 metres and transform the lake into a massive reservoir.(Erosion along the shores of South Indian Lake. Photo: Justin Brake/APTN)To make way for CRD, the O-Pipon-Na-Piwin people were paid to burn their own houses down in a forced relocation off the island where they lived, onto the lake’s shore.“In some instances, the RCMP had to come in and take the people out, ‘cause they didn’t wanna move,” recalls Steve Ducharme, a fisherman and former community leader who is helping lead the Wa Ni Ska Tan members on a tour of the lake.O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Elder and educator Hilda Dysart has lived in South Indian Lake her entire life.She says South Indian Lake “was once a self-sufficient community prior to the flood,” adding there was a total of “three people on social assistance” before the Churchill River Diversion.She estimates 95 per cent of the people now rely on social assistance.The flooding “made a drastic change,” she says, adding her people “have a lot of social problems, which we didn’t have before.“You can’t even find words to explain how much destruction there’s been done to the beautiful environment that we used to live in.”Hydro “a major contributor to the assimilationist agenda”Kulchyski says while assimilation of Cree in Treaty 5 territory may not have been an explicit goal of hydro development, the government and Manitoba Hydro were aware it was certainly a consequence.“The intention was to make money, basically, but one of the elements of hydro development, and any development really, is it impedes the ability of people to make a land-based living,” he says.“And that therefore is a major contributor to the assimilationist agenda.”With residential schools, the Cree were subjected to “government policies that are specifically designed to—through education and everything they’re doing—assimilate Aboriginal people.“And on the other hand,” with hydro development, he explains, “you have economic development…presuming that being menial wage labourers is the best possible future for them, and [which] is destroying the land base that allows a degree of independence and is the material basis of their culture.”Kulchyski says today Manitoba Hydro could be “doing a lot more to support traditional culture in the communities” as a mitigation of its ongoing damming of rivers.Most of the agreements Hydro has signed with First Nations in the region include monetary compensation to fishers and trappers whose activities are impacted.But that type of compensation is missing the point, Kulchyski says.“Hydro thinks its impacts are wrecking nets, and it’s compensating people for [lost or damaged] fish nets,” he says.But Hydro is “not willing to think about the impact of their dams on people’s language, people’s ability to pass down their cultures.”Intentional or not in 2018, the perceived necessity of assimilating Cree to facilitate hydro development on their lands has long existed.A 1967 report from a group of University of Manitoba researchers who were commissioned to study the South Indian Lake and report back to Manitoba Hydro and the government advised against flooding the lake.They said relocation “would be unjust to the present inhabitants and unworthy of the Province, although it might be in keeping with much past treatment of the Indians.”Manitoba Hydro Chair Donald Stephens rejected the report and ultimately worked with the province to determine an amount of monetary compensation they felt was adequate.A few months later, in May 1967, another report was released, this one by a the law firm Ginkel and Associates. It was commissioned by the Manitoba Development Authority to produce an “exhaustive examination of the settlement and the problems at South Indian Lake,” according to a report on the Clean Environment Commission’s website outlining the history of hydro development in Manitoba.The report concluded that flooding South Indian Lake would “move forward in time the breakup of this community and way of life,” and help them to make a “substantial contribution” to Manitoba’s growing economy.APTN requested an interview with Manitoba’s Minister of Indigenous and Northern Relations, Eileen Clarke, but she declined.Instead she emailed a statement saying that “Manitoba is working to build better relationships with northern First Nations affected by hydroelectric development, including the Keeyask Hydro project partnership.”Ducharme, standing on the shore of South Indian Lake, says “the Manitoba government and Manitoba Hydro have succeeded [in] what the church and the federal government have been unable to do for the last 500 years. And that is the total economic, cultural and social genocide of our people.“That’s what happened. That’s literally what happened,” he continues, “because our culture’s gone. You can’t live off the land anymore because it’s been totally destroyed.”jbrake@aptn.ca@justinbrakenewsabrandson@aptn.ca@ashleybrandsonlast_img read more

Valeant Pharmaceuticals Q1 revenue rises 25 but loss doubles to 275M

Valeant Pharmaceuticals Q1 revenue rises 25%, but loss doubles to $27.5M by The Canadian Press Posted May 2, 2013 7:15 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LAVAL, Que. – Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (TSX:VRX) saw its net loss more than double in the first quarter, with the Quebec-based concern citing costs associated with its acquisition of Medicis Pharmaceuticals Corp. among the reasons.Valeant, Canada’s largest publicly traded pharmaceutical company, says its net loss for the three months ended March 31 was $27.5 million or nine cents a share.That compared with a first-quarter loss of $12.9 million or four cents per share in the same 2012 period.However, total revenue rose 25 per cent to almost $1.04 billion from $750.9 million.Valeant said selling, general and administrative expenses rose four per cent in the quarter to $242 million, or about 23 per cent of revenue.“SG&A was unusually high this quarter due to the integration of Medicis, and we expect this ratio to return to historical levels for the remainder of 2013,” the company said in its earnings release.“Despite a slow January due to the integration of the Valeant and Medicis sales organizations, we delivered another solid quarter of strong growth in cash EPS and adjusted cash flow to our shareholders,” added chairman and CEO Michael Pearson.“We were particularly pleased with the strong organic growth of our emerging market segment, which was primarily driven by Poland, Russia, Brazil, South East Asia and South Africa, as well as the continued growth in many of our promoted brands.”Valeant is a multinational specialty pharmaceutical company that develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of pharmaceutical products primarily in the areas of dermatology, neurology and branded generics. read more