Tell me,My heart is so openMy love is so real for youMy feelings are so strongEspecially when I am aloneBut no, I cannot be aloneBecause your presence never leaves meFor though you may not be around me in personYou are always here with me.Tell me…Say it…I am listening…Tell me.My heart is like a fertile groundMy love is rich in many colors for youMy feelings are like the rush of a waterfallCreating visions of the rainbow.Yes, the presence of loveWill never fade from the heart of the one who loves.Tell me,How much do you love me?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Having received several complaints from Riverstown, Essequibo Coast residents about their frustration regarding the manner in which a project was designed and implemented by the Ministry of Public Infrastructure — without any consultation with the Region or residents, Regional Chairman Devanand Ramdatt and Councillors of the Region Two Administration visited the area on Friday last and met with residents.The team was shocked to see the destruction of many bearing plantain suckers, they having been thrown to the ground.According to a farmer, he lost more than one hundred bearing plantain suckers and is contemplating legal action.Residents are also claiming that the project was done on private farm lands.It was brought to the attention of the visiting team that no engineer or technical staff visited the construction site, and as such, substandard work is being done.It was noted that neither the RDC, NDCs, nor residents were provided with project details and Bills of Quantities.Residents felt they were being grossly disrespected, and therefore compelled the Regional Chairman and Councillors to make immediate contact with the Ministry of Public Infrastructure to get details about the construction project.
Interviews can be a nightmare! Ok, there are probably some of you out there that may be thinking, “What’s she talking about, I love interviewing!” But you are few and far between – if that’s you, read no further. But, if you’re within the norm, like most of us, we are usually running scared when interview time approaches (even if we are trying to present ourselves as the next 007 – cool, calm and collected). Interviewing can easily be like going through a haunted house you have no idea what’s going to pop up next and whether you’re going to scream and run! So, here are some tips to help you combat those scary interview-demons!1. Practice Your Intro! I have coached a zillion people (ok, thousands, but who’s counting!) and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come across someone who thinks they are the quintessential interviewee and are just going to wing it because they believe they come across more naturally when they are unpracticed. So, ok – I’m good with that, let’s get started. I throw out the first common interview question (typical to begin an interview), “So, tell me about yourself,” and we usually just ski downhill from there. They start with where they grew up and went to high school and basically deliver a “what they want to do when they grow up” type of answer that only their mother wants to listen to (enough to make their interviewer beg to keep their eyes open, wondering when it will be over, or maybe when their next manicure will be… you get the drift, the story is boring and far too lengthy).Your intro statement (or 30 second commercial as it is referred to in the biz) needs to be peppered with what helps you stand out from the competition, matches up with the needs of the position, and what makes you interestingly unique (aka: your personal brand). Make sure it is not an all about me answer; instead mix it up and be sure you pepper it with some all about the employer information. If you practice your intro statement enough times it will come off very natural and succinct and not leave your interviewer wondering what nail polish color she is going to choose.2. Help Me Help You. Ok, I know that’s totally “Jerry Maguire” (thank you Tom Cruise!) but that line is so fitting here. Recruiters are trying to find candidates that fit and hiring managers want to find the same. So – tell them what they want to hear: how you fit their needs. Give them answers that pertain to the position and describe how your experience will be the solution to their needs. Talk about examples in your experience that match up with the position requirements. You don’t need to tell them about your entire life in an interview – practice your interview answers by coming up with examples around how you meet the employer’s needs (based on their job description) and information you gather in your research… which brings me to point #3.3. Research, Research, Research. Just when you think you are done with homework for life, you’re back at it. It is critical that you research the company that you will be interviewing with. Turn yourself into a private-eye and dig, dig, dig. Talk to your friends about the company, review everything about them on the internet (press releases, LinkedIn company pages, Facebook pages, Twitter, Google, etc.). Review the website in-depth, find the team members – Google them, look them up on LinkedIn, know about the team. Uncover the company competitors. Learn about the past, current and future product introductions. Get in the trenches around what’s going on with the company you are entertaining a relationship with! In today’s marketplace with so much information available it is unacceptable to an employer for you to be unaware of their business, products and mission.4. Gear up. Yep, you don’t get to just dust off the old suit any longer and think you’re dressing for success. It may very well be that doing that will put you in the “no thanks” pile before you even get to speak your first words. In today’s marketplace you will want to be fashion forward – I don’t mean you need to be looking all Hollywood, but you do need to make yourself aware of the company’s culture and how they dress. You should dress a level above the company’s norm for your interview (based on your research.) In other words, if you’re going to interview with a start-up and all the employees are working in jeans, t-shirts and hoodies, you’ll be sorely out of place showing up in a full-on suit but, you also don’t want to show up in a hoodie (you haven’t been given the nod of approval yet.) So, less than a suit, but a level above jeans… I think you get it. On the other hand if you’re going to an interview in the finance industry for a large accounting firm, a suit may be very appropriate – make sure it’s not from ‘back-in-the-day’ though, something that is current and in style now should be your focus. – Originally posted on Personal Branding Blog by Robin Ogden
Posted on February 13, 2017February 14, 2017By: Sarah Hodin, Project Coordinator II, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), in partnership with the World Bank Group, recently released a report titled, “Inequalities in women’s and girls’ health opportunities and outcomes: A report from sub-Saharan Africa.” The report analyzes the extent to which the following 14 health-related opportunities are equitably available to women of reproductive age in 29 sub-Saharan African countries:Met need for family planningCurrently attending schoolHaving never been pregnantHaving the recommended body mass index (BMI)Four antenatal care visits by skilled personnelDelivery attended by skilled personnelPostnatal checkup for womanMaternity care package (at least four antenatal care visits, delivery with skilled personnel and postnatal checkup)Not having anemiaMalaria prophylaxis during pregnancyHIV test offered during pregnancyKnowledge of a place where to get an HIV testInfant checkup within two months following deliverySix months of exclusive breastfeedingFor each of the opportunities in all of the 29 countries, a composite metric called the Human Opportunity Index (HOI) was calculated. The HOI takes into account coverage rates and levels of inequality, operationalized as a dissimilarity index (d-index): A higher d-index indicates greater inequality.Coverage of servicesCoverage varied dramatically among the 29 countries. For example, the percentage of women attending at least four antenatal care visits ranged from roughly 15% in Burkina Faso to approximately 85% in Sierra Leone. Similarly, the percentage of women who delivered with skilled personnel ranged from less than 15% in Ethiopia to greater than 90% in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.Levels of inequalityIn general, the greatest levels of inequality were observed for the following opportunities: currently attending school, maternity care package, met need for family planning and delivery with skilled personnel. In other words, some women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa are more likely than others to have access to these health opportunities. Inequality stems from a number of factors, often depending on the particular political, economic and sociocultural context.Influential factorsOf the factors examined by the authors, wealth, education level and area of residence were most likely to influence a girl’s or woman’s access to these health opportunities. The findings are consistent with previous research on the social determinants of maternal health care access.Interestingly, there was a strong association between religion and both malaria prophylaxis during pregnancy and not having anemia. Additionally, age/age at delivery was more strongly correlated with having the recommended BMI than the other health opportunities. While the exact mechanisms behind these relationships are unknown, further research may shed light on the relative importance of these factors.Expanding access to key sexual, reproductive and maternal health services and reducing inequalities both within and among countries is critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.—Read the full report for more detailed information.Learn more about coverage of key maternal health services around the globe.Explore the MHTF-PLOS Collection, “Neglected Populations: Decreasing Inequalities & Improving Measurement in Maternal Health.”Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: