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Staying focused

first_imgTournament format calls for the top two teams after the single round eliminations to gain win-once bonuses against their quarterfinal foes, which would be the seventh- and eighth-ranked teams.Those qualifying from Nos. 3 to 6 will fall into two best-of-five series.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Athletics hobble to 1st win MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlaska coach Alex Compton doesn’t want the team’s off-court issues standing in their way, more so with the Aces riding a hot streak.“We just need to stay focused and not let ourselves get distracted,” said Compton as they resume their drive for a top two berth in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup. “We’re having a good run and hopefully we can keep it up.”ADVERTISEMENT Compton and his crew have done a tremendous job at that even with the indefinite suspension that management slapped on superstar forward calvin Abueva and rookie sensation Jeron Teng getting stabbed last week outside a bar.Alaska will be putting the tournament’s longest winning streak—six games—on the line against another side that is also having manpower woes of their own, the NLEX Road Warriors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownKiefer Ravena, suspended for doping, and Kevin Alas, who is recovering from a knee operation, will again be out of the NLEX roster when the Road Warriors test Alaska in the 7 p.m. game at Mall of Asia Arena.Yeng Guiao and his boys need nothing less than a win to stay in playoff contention.Vic Manuel has blossomed in the absence of his frontcourt mate Abueva and is again expected to carry much of the scoring among Compton’s locals. “He’s pretty phenomenal, he just went on (a scoring spree),” said Compton, referring to Manuel’s 35-point effort where he scored his last 17 points in the fourth quarter of a 103-99 come-from-behind win over the Magnolia Hotshots last week.Since Alaska opened the conference with a loss against Rain or Shine, the Aces have gone unbeaten and a win against the Warriors would give them a tie for the lead with the Elasto Painters at 7-1 and closer to a top two finish.Abueva has been suspended indefinitely by management for skipping their game against GlobalPort two weeks ago and for missing the team’s practices.“He’s going through some personal issues and he’s trying to sort things out,” said Compton.In the 4:30 p.m. game, Meralco also tries to stay within striking distance of the lead—and mathematically in the race for a twice-to-beat quarterfinal bonus—when it tangles with also-ran Blackwater.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View commentslast_img read more

Over 300 Albion sugar workers on 8-day strike

first_imgHarvesters who were transferred from the Rose Hall Sugar Estate to Albion are on an eight-day strike in protest over being asked to cut and load cane in snake-infested fields, while management refuses to supply bell loaders, which will result in them just having to cut the cane and not risk the dangers of picking it up and taking it to load in a punt.An Albion cane harvester holding up a snake which he found in his working areaIt has been eight days since the cane has been burnt waiting to be harvested. More than 300 workers of 15B Gan, which is the leading harvesting gang at the Guyana Sugar Corporation, would start with a daily average of more than 100 punts of cane.According to the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) Field Representative, Inderjeet Gopaul, the gang worked at Enterprise C fields one, two, three, four and five and after some negotiations with management because of the high number of poisonous snakes which were spotted in those fields, bell loaders were sent in to gather the cane and place in into the punts. However, management is refusing to do the same for field six.Gopaul said when the workers were going into the field last Wednesday, they noticed two snakes in one of the punts. He said the workers refused to go any further. After killing the two reptiles, they again approached management.“The manager go to see if he would see any snake…. Snake wouldn’t sit down and wait on manager. He did not see the two that was in the punt, any snake would go in the crack and hide.”Meanwhile, one of the harvesters, Adrial Hall, feels the current situation, which has caused them to be off the job for eight days, is because of a personal issue management has with the workers who were transferred from Rose Hall.He told Guyana Times that he was told by one of the managers that the Albion Estate was operating without them.Harvey Tambron, who is GAWU’s Berbice representative and who has been representing sugar workers for decades says management at the Albion Estate could do much better but seem bent on suffering the workers.He noted that after the workers were finished harvesting the canes from the first five fields, management sent the bell loaders to Skeldon.“Skeldon is not harvesting any cane… They just sitting there, and the workers request that they use the bell loader in field six. The bell loader is the property of NICIL. They were sitting at Rose Hall and they borrow it and not using it just having them at Skeldon and the harvesters are not working.”“It is simple all they had to do was to bring the bell loader and it would take one day in the field. It is only 8.8 hectors of cane. Management is using these workers as a scapegoat,” he said. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

Paul Pogba was a CHEAP buy for Man United at £89m, his agent tells talkSPORT

first_imgSuper agent Mino Raiola believes the £89million Manchester United paid for his client Paul Pogba has proved to be a bargain.The midfielder hasn’t exactly set the world alight since returning to Old Trafford last summer in a world record transfer from Juventus.His huge price tag has been questioned by some, but Raiola says inflation in the transfer market this year has left it looking like a good deal.“I think that Paul Pogba was a cheap buy if you see the market now,” he said, in an exclusive interview with Jim White on talkSPORT.“Who bought him at that time for that money did a good deal.”Another of Raiola’s clients, Romelu Lukaku, could soon replace Pogba as the world’s most expensive footballer.The striker, who scored 25 Premier League goals this season, is being eyed by numerous elite teams around Europe.Everton are understood to have slapped a staggering £100million valuation on the Belgian, but Raiola says that is unlikely to put clubs off in the current market.“In two years’ time maybe £100million for a guy who makes 24 goals is a good deal,” he said. “I don’t know.“The market will be ruled by the people who buy so if there is a club that needs Lukaku and thinks he is worth £100m, then Everton are right [to ask for £100m].”In the last summer transfer window, Premier League clubs splashed out a record £1billion on players.Raiola would not be surprised to see that amount DOUBLED this time around.The Italian-born Dutch agent, who also boasts Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mario Balotelli among his clients, said: “The Television rights are the fuel of the transfer market.“If they go down, the market goes down. If they go up, the prices go up. If there are not so many good players then the prices go up again.“You have two types of markets in the world – the Premier League and outside the Premier League.”Read more from Mino Raiola on the likelihood of Romelu Lukaku leaving Everton HERElast_img read more

OWEN COYLE: ‘I HOPE McGEADY AND McCARTHY DON’T GET ANTI-IRISH HASSLE AGAINST SCOTLAND’

first_imgFORMER Ireland soccer star Owen Coyle says he understands why Aiden McGeady and James McCarthy chose to play for Ireland over Scotland – and hopes there isn’t an anti-Irish element in the crowd when the Republic take on the Scots at Celtic Park this Friday night.Coyle’s mum Frances was from Gortahork and dad Owen Snr was from Gaoth Dobhair.He was brought up in an area of Glasgow known as ‘Little Donegal’. McGeady and McCarthy’s grandparents are also from Donegal; they chose Ireland over Scotland.“James and Aiden will probably get some stick, but it should be because the supporters are simply upset that they chose to play for Ireland above Scotland and nothing else,” said Owen.“The great thing about Scotland and Ireland is that both sets of supporters are known for being some of the very best in the world. People will be told to keep it decent if they do go over the score a little.“I would like to think that anti-Irish sentiment is not a part of our modern society. I hope we have moved on, but it would probably be naive to think that there won’t be some people who come along to give them a bit of stick with something of an agenda. The main thing is that it doesn’t get vitriolic. “With all due respect, I feel it would be slightly hypocritical [for Scotland fans] to get too serious about it all because there are players in the Scotland team who were not born in Scotland. It certainly won’t affect James or Aiden. To be involved in football, you have to have a thick skin and these guys are two terrifically talented players who would play in the Scotland team all day long.“Supporters maybe aren’t aware of all the circumstances that lead someone to make such a decision either. It was a different era when I chose to play for Ireland and I think supporters who knew the game could understand it. I was fine. I didn’t get abuse. With the type of personality I had, I would like to think I would have been able to deal with it anyway,” he told The Herald. OWEN COYLE: ‘I HOPE McGEADY AND McCARTHY DON’T GET ANTI-IRISH HASSLE AGAINST SCOTLAND’ was last modified: November 10th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click 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 share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:aiden mcgeadyceltic parkIrelandJames McCarthyOwen CoyleScotlandlast_img read more

Zuma on two-day state visit to China

first_img16 April 2014South Africa will be seeking support for its industralisation agenda during President Jacob Zuma’s two-day state visit to the People’s Republic of China, the Presidency said in a statement on Tuesday.Zuma is leading a delegation of ministers and business people on a trip aimed at consolidating and strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.He is expected to meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Thursday to discuss efforts to create jobs, fight poverty and end inequality.The Presidency said the visit would also offer South Africa an opportunity secure investment in the development of science and technology, agro-processing, mining and mineral beneficiation, renewable energy, finance and tourism.The visit will see the signing of four agreements in agriculture.Second state visitThis is Zuma’s second state visit to China. In 2010, he took 17 ministers and about 300 business executives on a trip which saw the signing of the Beijing Declaration on a comprehensive strategic partnership with China.“One of the major objectives of the state visit is to ensure that our relations with China remain central to realising our developmental agenda through our foreign policy, as we increase our efforts to implement the National Development Plan (NDP), co-operating in the areas of agriculture, environmental affairs, trade and industry, including finance,” Zuma said ahead of his departure on Tuesday.Zuma is being accompanied by the Minister of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries Senzeni Zokwana, Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe, Minister of International Relations and Co-operation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Ambassador Bheki Langa, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies, Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters, and Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene.The South African delegation is also expected to engage with the Chinese government issues such as the adoption of the China-South Africa 5-10 Year Framework on Cooperation to further entrench the implementation of agreements entered into since the conclusion of the Beijing Declaration in 2010 and expand on the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.Other issues will include the reviewing of the progress and co-operation in infrastructure development, such as the locomotive procurement project. particularly cooperation in equipment manufacturing and the localisation of procurement through joint ventures with South African companies.Trading partnersChina is South Africa’s single largest trading partner, while South Africa is China’s largest trading partner in Africa. China’s total trade with South Africa increased from about R190-billion to R270-billion in 2013, and is rapidly approaching R300-billion.“The accession by South Africa to the membership of Brics was an important milestone in the relations between the two countries,” the Presidency said. “It was in December 2010 during China’s tenure as Chair of what was then BRIC, that South Africa became a member of this important grouping.”It was recently decided that the Brics Development Bank would be headquartered in Shanghai, with the African Regional Centre located in South Africa.This not only raises the level of co-operation between China and South Africa in addressing global challenges, but it is yet another clear indicator of South Africa’s growing significance in driving the African agenda, the Presidency said.SAinfo reporter SAnews.govlast_img read more

Benefiting from puts, calls and straddles

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest CornThe market continues to be uneventful. End users want to buy $3.40 Dec futures and farmers are hoping for $3.60 to sell some excess production. Slow exports aren’t helping. Realistically farmers may need to plant 1 million to 2 million fewer acres next year to see $4 by next summer. BeansWith bean harvest nearly over, farmers are hoping for reduced market pressure, which might allow for a small rally. Export pace has also been slow for beans. Unlike corn though, demand growth for beans has been increasing year over year at great rates, which could support 1 million to 2 million more bean acres next year. In fact, 2018 may be the first year in over 30 years where bean acres exceed corn. For this to happen though, prices will need to exceed $10.25 at some point before April on the Nov ’18 while Dec ‘18 corn stays below $4.Once the U.S. bean harvest is complete, prices will be heavily driven by South American weather where nearly 60% of the world’s bean production is grown. Benefiting from selling callsI’ve read “advice” from “experts” recently about option volatility being at a 10 year low and that it is a GREAT time to buy “cheap” options. These experts state they wouldn’t dream of selling options right now. This may be good advice for a speculator, but I’m not a speculator, I’m a farmer. And usually, a trade that is good for speculators isn’t always a good trade for a farmer. That is because a farmer will always have more crops to sell in future years. This is why I view buying calls as an unnecessary risk for farmers.Recently I have had some opportunities to SELL calls during this low volatility period. Selling calls can allow me more flexibility and opportunities to pick up extra premium when prices are below breakeven points. For instance, in the last two months I’ve collected 30 cents of premium on 10% of my production (8 cents back in Sep and 22 cents in Oct see trades below). I still have another call working next month where I could pick up an additional 10 cents. Even with a corn rally over the next month I may have to sell Dec futures at $3.60. If I have to sell at $3.60 because of a short call position, I’ll still pick up a total of 40 cents in premiums, which means I’m really selling at $4 against the Dec. Then I can move that sale from Dec futures to July futures, picking up another 30 cents of market carry and suddenly I’m selling 10% of my production at $4.30, which is at profitable levels and much better than any prices I’m seeing today. Following provides the trade detail. Sold call: CornOn 8/24/17 (Dec corn was $3.55), I sold a Nov $3.55 call on 10% of my production for 11 cents. What does this mean?If Dec corn is above $3.55 on 10/27 I have to sell corn for $3.55 and keep the 11 cents ($3.66 total). If Dec corn is below $3.55 on 10/27 I keep the 11 cents to use on another trade in the future. What happened?Corn closed at $3.48, so the options expired worthless. I keep all the premium from the trade that I will add to a future trade. Straddle: CornOn 9/19/17 I sold a Nov $3.55 straddle for 17 cents (I sold the $3.55 put and the $3.55 call and collected a total of 17 cents) on 10% of production.Trade Expiration – 10/27/17Expected Market Direction for the next month — The market will likely find a bottom and bounce off of it.Potential Benefit — If Dec futures close at $3.55 on 10/27, I keep the 17 cent premium.Potential Concern — Reduced or no premium if the market moves significantly in either direction. Every penny higher than $3.55 I get less premium until $3.72. At $3.72 or higher I have to make a corn sale at $3.72 against Dec futures. At $3.38 or lower a new crop corn sale is removed, but any profits gained on that trade can be added to a future sale.What happened?When corn was near $3.50 on Friday, I bought just the put portion of the trade back for 6 cents (after commission) and let the call expire worthless. I netted out 11 cents (17 – 6) on this trade that I will keep and add to a future trade. Selling a put on my beansLate last year I sold a bean put that allowed me upside potential with downside protection on 20% of my ‘17 production. Sold call/Purchased putOn 12/14/16 with beans around $10.15, I purchased a Nov $10 put for 55 cents and sold a Nov $11 call for 35 cents (20 cent net cost). What does this mean?If on October 10/27/17 beans are trading:Above $11 – I have $11 maximum or ceiling price (less 20 cents) = $10.80Between $10-$11 – I can set my price wherever the market is (less 20 cents)Below $10 – I have $10 floor price (less the 20 cents) = $9.80. What happened?Beans closed at $9.75, so the call options expired worthless and the puts got exercised. Thus I made a sale on Nov soybeans at $10 less the 20 cents = $9.80 net on the trade. Looking back, this trade ended up giving me 5 more cents than if I had done nothing. I’m not disappointed in this trade because it ultimately did what it was supposed to do — it gave me upside potential with downside protection. I could see where another farmer might be frustrated. Sometimes farmers get upset when they trade several options, but in the end they don’t have much to show for it, maybe only a minor profit or worse a loss. But that is usually because of hindsight bias. The key to not being frustrated is to make sure you outline all the possible scenarios for each trade to make sure you are comfortable with all potential outcomes and not just the ones you were hoping for. Bean straddle — New tradeWhile I make sure to understand all possible scenarios when I make my trades, my grain marketing goal is to try to squeeze as much profit and premium out of the market that I possibly can while minimizing and reducing risk. That’s why I added another trade to the previous one above. Following are the details. New bean trade — StraddleKnowing the above put options would get executed, I sold a straddle against it. On 10/27/17 when Jan futures were $9.85, I sold a $10.20 straddle for 45 cents (sold the $10.20 put and the $10.20 call and collected 45 cents) against 20% of my ’17 production. Trade Expiration – 12/22/17Expected market direction for the next two months: The market will likely find a bottom and bounce off of it due to South American weather concerns.Potential benefit – If Jan futures close at $10.20 on 12/22/17, I keep the 45-cent premium.Potential concern — Reduced or no premium if the market moves significantly in either direction. For every penny lower than $10.20 I get less premium until $9.75. At $9.75 or lower, the $9.80 sale above that I just made from the put will be wiped away, but any profits gained on that trade and from market carry will still remain, which probably will be at most a 15-cent profit. For every penny higher than $10.20 I get less premium until $10.65 At $10.65 or higher I have to make a bean sale at $10.65 against Jan futures.Right now, I’m 100% priced for my ’17 bean crop. Any additional futures sales will need to be moved to ‘18 production. There is some concern with spreads between ’17 and ’18 crop, i.e. a sudden $1 per bushel rally due to South American production issues. However in past years when this has happened, it’s been manageable with less than a 50-cent inverse. With no ’18 sales in place yet, a potential inverse could mean opportunities at selling next year’s crop at much more than $10 per bushel. In other words, I’ve weighed all my risks and potential benefits and I’m comfortable with all potential outcomes. Selling puts OR buying calls is speculative in natureSelling puts as a grain producer is a speculative trade, just like buying calls. In both cases it requires farmers, who always have more grain to sell, to buy MORE grain. This doesn’t make any sense to me and I feel it exposes farmers to additional unnecessary risk.While I would never completely rule out a possible trade option that could make me long grain, I would be careful to never sell a put that I don’t already have a sale in place against it first. I also never sell a put without selling a call against it to help offset some of my risk of prices going down. In the very rare occasion when I would consider the re-ownership of grain, there would have to be a clear value to do so and even then I would have a clear limit to how much I would do. I typically will do less than 33% of my production on a trade like that.Many people like to speculate and gamble. And, that’s ok. In fact most farmers have the mindset that prices will go up no matter what, regardless of the price on any given day. And to their credit, there is always an expert out there telling them what they want to hear and the reasons why the market will rally. But, prices don’t always go up, especially when we want or need them to. That’s why I consider all possible market scenarios (up, down and sideways) with each trade. Up markets are relatively easy to manage, and even sideways markets have potential opportunities. It’s when the market goes down that I get concerned along with every other farmer. But, just because I plan for sideways and down markets, doesn’t mean I’m hoping they happen. I’m just spreading out my risk and maximizing all of my opportunities. Remember, hope is not a marketing strategy. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at jon@superiorfeed.com.last_img read more

Relationship Between Child Maltreatment and Disability

first_imgBy Ashley Ann Marshall, Catherine Corr, and Deserai MillerMany individuals are aware of the risk for abuse experienced by typically developing children, however, fewer are aware of the increased risk for children with disabilities. A common misconception is that young children with disabilities are less likely to be abused because they are regularly cared for or supervised by adults. However, this belief is untrue as children with disabilities are three to four times more likely to be abused or neglected than typically developing children, which can have devastating effects on their development [3].Children with developmental disabilities present unique challenges to parents, which can result in a less secure attachment and more punitive control. Subseqently, these outcomes are correlated with higher rates of abuse [1]. Additionally, children with disabilities require extra care and supervision, which can lead to parental stress. Through their literature review, Algood and colleagues (2011) found that parents of children with disabilities were more likely to experience emotional, physical, and financial stress. They also noted the importance of parents of children with disabilities creating a system of social support. Simply being aware that parents of children with developmental disabilities may experience higher levels of stress can help us to be vigilant when maltreatment is suspected and sensitive to the needs of these families.Not only are children with disabilities more likely to be abused or neglected, children that are abused are at an increased risk for disability [2] [4] [6] [7]. This bidirectional relationship highlights the importance of our need to be aware of these increased risks.We have a responsibility to recognize the signs of abuse and to be knowledgeable about the reporting process. Our role in understanding and reporting child abuse is difficult, but essential to supporting the healthy development of children. You can become familiar with some of the signs of abuse in children from the table below. If you believe a child is being abused or neglected you need to report it.  You are not in charge of investigating, so you do not need to have a certain amount of facts before you can report abuse or neglect.  Since you are not investigating, you do not need and should not push the child for more details than needed.  If you suspect immediate danger you can call your local emergency number. Also, most child protective workers will ask if you think there is an immediate danger. If you say yes, they will send someone out much faster.In summary, do not be fooled by the misconception that children with disabilities are at a lower risk for abuse and neglect. This is untrue and our fostering of this misconception could prevent children from receiving the help that they may need. We must be aware of the signs of abuse and vigilant in reporting when we suspect abuse or neglect has occurred.Table 1. Signs of abuse in children from Fresno Council on Child Abuse : http://www.fccap.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=37&Itemid=48References[1] Algood, C. L., Hong, J. S., Gourdine, R. M., & Williams, A. B. (2011). Maltreatment of children with developmental disabilities: An ecological systems analysis. Children and Youth Services Review, 33(7), 1142-1148.[2] Larson, S. A., & Anderson, L. (2006). Children with disabilities and the child welfare system: Prevalence data. Impact: Feature Issue on Children with Disabilities in the Child Welfare System, 19(1).[3] Murphy, N. (2011). Maltreatment of children with disabilities the breaking point. Journal of Child Neurology, 26(8), 1054-1056.[4] Musheno, K. (2006). Children with disabilities and the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act. Impact, 19, 13.[5] National Scientific Council on the Developing Child (2010b). [6] Sedlak, A. J., Mettenburg, J., Basena, M., Petta, I., McPherson, K., Greene, A., & Li, S. (2010). Fourth national incidence study of child abuse and neglect (NIS–4): Report to Congress, executive summary. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.[7] Sobsey, D. (2002). Exceptionality, education, and maltreatment. Exceptionality,10(1), 29-46.This post was written by Ashley Anne Marshall, Catherine Corr, PhD, and Deserai Miller, LCSW. Ashley Anne Marshall graduated from the University of Dayton, where she received her bachelor of arts in psychology and family development.  She is currently a student in the Child Studies program empirical research track in Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.  Catherine Corr, PhD, is currently a research associate in the department of Special Education at Vanderbilt University.  Deserai Miller, LCSW, earned her Master’s degree in social work with a specialization in schools from the University of Illinois and is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in early childhood special education.  Ashley Ann, Catherine, and Deserai are all guest bloggers for the MFLN Family Development Early Intervention team.last_img read more

5 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Time When Searching For A Job

first_imgIt doesn’t matter whether you’re looking for your first job post-graduation or you already have a job but are ready to move on. Job searching is a grueling, time-consuming, unavoidable task. On average, it is taking employers more than 26 working days to fill a job opening, leaving you in job limbo for almost a month.Ideally, by now you have come up with your own serious, in-depth job search strategies. Here are five tips that can further aid your search, especially when you’re short on time:1. Combine personal opportunities with networking opportunities. When you are in a situation where discussing your career aspirations is not considered out-of-place, use that time as an opportunity to feel out possible job leads.Often times, having a family friend who has known you your entire life creates an additional upper-level reference. Internal references help ensure you are at least given the opportunity to interview, but almost all personal interactions can turn into a networking opportunity if you are willing to seize the moment.Bring up work naturally in conversations with others by talking positively about their job. If your friend is happy where they work, there is a good chance you would enjoy working there, too.Additionally, if you know someone who works for a company you like, ask them how they got hired. The more you know about the hiring process, the easier it will be for you to put your best self forward.2. Identify if your new connection is beneficial professionally. While personal opportunities can turn into networking opportunities, learn how to navigate away from a professional conversation that you don’t feel would be beneficial to you professionally.There are times when your friends’ own career wishes cloud their ability to identify whether or not their advice is useful to you. Only take networking opportunities that make the most sense to you. Not all connections are created equal.3. Spend 15 minutes per day researching and contacting potential employers. Making a little headway each day can help prevent burning out from the long, arduous hours of job searching.During the week, it’s understandable if your time is limited. Make the most of your time and limit your job search to 15 minutes. When you have more time to spend searching for jobs, take advantage of that time.Visit the job boards each day to check for the newest posts, but don’t waste your time digging through positions you’ve already decided weren’t a good fit. Also, search specifically for companies you are familiar with and would like to work for.4. Use templates when contacting potential employers. A lot of employers are looking for the same information. Examples of your work, your relevant experience, etc. will all virtually be the same.By creating an email template that you use to provide this information, you will save time on drafting completely new emails each time you reach out to an employer. Just make sure you edit the template to match the needs of whomever you are reaching out to.Your template should include a space for you to address the hiring manager by name, a section stating the job posting you are referencing, a list of relevant skills you have, and samples of your work. Save the template so sending out multiple applications in a row is easy.5. Use mobile. Think about the number of times per day you check your social media accounts on your phone. Consider installing job search applications on your phone and treat them as another way that you spend your free time.Using your phone is one of the easiest ways to narrow down job opportunities. Many apps allow you to save job postings that appeal to you the most, so you can sit in front of your computer and complete multiple job applications at the same time.Outside of apps like Glassdoor, LinkedIn, and Indeed, you can use your phone’s web browser to Google job postings on the go. You can also set up mobile alerts so you know about job postings as soon as they happen.Setting aside the time to find a new job doesn’t have to be time-consuming and stressful. By making a little progress each day, you will have set yourself up for a quick, successful end to your job search.last_img read more

How To Win A Second Chance At A Company You Want To Work For

first_imgThe world is full of second chances, if only we go after them.Olympic athletes compete in two events and have a second chance at gold or silver medals. Companies from General Motors to Yahoo get a second chance at success. And job-seekers need to overcome their trepidation and try again, when they feel an employer is a great fit for their talents and approach.“We never know the real reasons we were turned down for a job,” said Annie Stevens,  managing partner of ClearRock, an outplacement and executive coaching firm in Boston. “It never hurts to reapply,” she says, as long as you did not make an egregious mistake your first time around, and as long as you did not clearly see that there was a problem related to you fitting into the corporate culture.To be sure, some people stumble so badly the first time they may not want to try again. But many others were a strong runner-up who ought to go after another opening.Here are five ways you can create a second chance for yourself at an employer you want to work for:1. Overcome the rejection.  Let go of any bitterness, disappointment or embarrassment. This may be easier if you wait three or four or more months before reapplying, said Stevens. Make sure you have rebuilt your confidence and you’re willing to be transparent about coming back around again.2. Be more strategic. This means more research and more and better use of the connections you made the first time around. Find out more about the opening, the dynamics of the department, and find someone to recommend you for the new job. “Leverage your network to get in,” said Stevens.3. Show your progress.  If you did not land the job because of a hole in your qualifications, show how you’ve spent six months improving your skillet or filling that hole, Stevens said. “You have a very powerful message that way,” she said. If your progress is in an area that is important to that employer, connect the dots and indicate your continued interest in joining their team.4. Stay in touch.  Too many rejected candidates “go away like a whipped puppy,” said Susan Healthfield, with the About.com guide to human resources. Choose one or two managers who you liked and write a follow up letter reminding them what you could do for the department or company. “Stay in touch. Remind them how much you like them,” said Heathfield. Forward articles or other useful information they may have expressed interest in.5. Build bridges. “Do some intentional networking,” said Sunitha Narayanan, a career coach with OI Partners and at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. Craft a congratulations letter to the person who landed the job you sought. Suggest you’d be willing to help by taking on a project or two as a consultant, she suggests. Or after they’ve been on the job for a couple of months, “build a relationship for the future” and ask them to recommend other areas of the organization that might be a great fit.It’s definitely not as easy as ordering a second margarita at a bar or a second scoop of Italian ice at the neighborhood shop. So if you really want a second chance, work it. Pave your path with confidence and connections and clearly communicate your value.last_img read more

How to Write a Resume If You’re Changing Careers

first_img 3.5★ Manager, Customer Experience Center CarMax Norcross, GA RN PRN, Registered Nurse- Emergency Room CHRISTUS Health Austin, TX Registered Nurse (RN)-Nursery-Full Time-Nights Johnston Health Smithfield, NC 23 hours ago 23h 3.4★ 23 hours ago 23h 2.8★ 23 hours ago 23h Certified Nursing Assistant (Days) EmpRes Healthcare Woonsocket, SD CDL-A Regional Truck Driver Averitt Express Dallas, GA Driver / EMT or CNA Nursing Home The Gardens at Scranton Wilkes-Barre, PA 2.4★ 23 hours ago 23h 3.7★ 23 hours ago 23h Physical Therapist – Outpatient / AthletiCo Bensenville, ILcenter_img Making the decision to change careers is a huge undertaking. Not only do you have to be willing to acquire new skills and step outside your comfort zone, but you also have to be able to sell your past experience to recruiters and hiring managers. While the majority of this “selling” happens in person during interviews, a well-crafted resume is a key to getting yourself actually called in for one. Though tried-and-true resume rules still apply to career changers, there are definitely some special guidelines to consider, according to resume-writing pros. Do your research.“It’s critical to talk to those who are in the careers you want to go into to find out what they would want to see in a resume,” says Denise Riebman, a career development specialist. What are the hot terms in the field right now? The most in-demand skills and relevant knowledge? These are things you need to find out, then incorporate into your resume where you can. Highlight transferable skills. “When you’re changing careers, it’s assumed that your recent work experience will not perfectly align with the role you’re now targeting,” says Amanda Augustine, career advice expert for TopResume. “To ensure your resume isn’t immediately trashed by the ‘bots”’or a recruiter, you need demonstrate that you possess the skills necessary to do the job well, even if this new job isn’t a natural next step after your previous role.”That’s where transferable skills come in. “Some transferable skills are universal, regardless of the field: leadership, communication, analytical skills, and many others,” Augustine says. But to find industry-specific ones, you’ll want to conduct informational interviews and review the job descriptions you’re targeting. Look for commonalities between the postings, and you should get a good idea of what skills hiring managers are looking for.“If you need help, create a word cloud out of the job descriptions using a site like Wordle to identify which skills are emphasized the most across multiple job postings,” Augustine suggests.Ask a Resume Writer: How Do I Showcase Transferable Skills?Show, don’t tell. This is good advice for any resume, but it’s especially important for career changers. Why? Well, you’ll be able to not only highlight transferable skills, but also prove that you’re excellent at them. “Use statistics and numbers to show concrete information about the value you bring,” recommends Dustin Polk, President and Executive Resume Writer at Oracle Resumes. “Instead of just saying ‘developed and implemented innovative process improvements,’ say ‘increased operational efficiency and annual revenues by 13% by developing and implementing innovative process improvements.’ Show the value you bring, don’t just claim to bring it with nothing to back it up.”Learn the lingo. “Each industry has its own jargon — terminology, acronyms, and initialisms that only make sense to people who are familiar with the field,” Augustine says. “It’s your job to figure out how to translate your experience and past successes into terms that will resonate with your new target audience. Subscribe to industry-specific publications and follow their social media accounts, set up Google alerts for some of the major players in the space, and attend trade shows and other events that are relevant to your target field to gain this insight. Then update your resume accordingly.”How Power Words Can Help You Land Your Dream JobUse your space wisely. “You don’t have unlimited space,” Polk points out. “You get one to two pages to fill with your most impressive accomplishments and qualifications.” Especially if you have a long job history in a previous career, this can be difficult to enforce. “Many people will turn into a sort of hoarder when writing their resume,” Polk says. “You can’t fit 18 bullet points of details for a job you had in 2002. It’s barely relevant, and a busy hiring manager won’t read it. If they want extreme details on the things you’ve done, your resume has already done its job, and you’ll be getting a call for an interview. Keep it clear, concise, and as relevant to your new industry as possible.”Put education in the right place.Most resume advice tells you that once you’re a few years out of school, you should move your education down to the bottom of your resume. This is true for the most part, but there’s an important exception career changers may want to consider. “If you recently earned a degree relevant to your new field, place your education section before your experience section,” Polk recommends. “Make sure they see that new degree. If it came with a designation, put that with your name at the top of the page, i.e. ‘John Smith, MBA.’”QUIZ: Which Type of Resume Is Right for You?Choose your format wisely. Sometimes, a functional resume — one that highlights skills above job history and is generally not chronological — is recommended for career changers, as it allows candidates to showcase what they choose. “While I strongly discourage professionals from using a functional resume format, some career changers find it easy to present their marketable skills in this structure,” Augustine says. “A word of caution: Recruiters despise this resume format and most applicant tracking systems (ATS) have difficulty reading and parsing your resume’s information when it’s presented this way.” That means you could automatically get rejected just for using the wrong resume format. The consensus among experts? Stick with a chronological format, providing more or less detail for each job, depending on how transferable your responsibilities and accomplishments were. Remember that you’re more than your resume.Having a great resume is no doubt important, but when you’re a career changer, there are things that matter more. “Especially when you are making a career shift, connecting with people in the field through authentic relationship building can give you a leg up, so that someone is willing to take a chance on you — no matter what is on your resume,” Riebman points out. 23 hours ago 23h ISS Sr Support Specialist Red-Classic Transportation Services Charlotte, NC 23 hours ago 23h Browse Open Jobs 23 hours ago 23h 2.5★ 3.3★ 23 hours ago 23h 3.9★ 2.6★ Leasing Consultant Affinity Property Management Portland, OR 3.4★ Certified Nursing Assistant (Full Time) Genesis Healthcare Norristown, PA 23 hours ago 23hlast_img read more