4 Cover Letter Blunders and How To Fix Them

first_imgSome people meticulously write their resume but then treat their cover letter as an afterthought, resulting in a mistake-riddled, dull and underperforming document. It is important to ensure your job search tool kit is fully equipped with high-quality, well-honed marketing messages that are blunder-free. The following four cover letter mistakes—and accompanying remedies—will help sharpen your cover letter saw.1. Using a Generic Salutation. While it is not always possible to obtain the name of the cover letter recipient, often, with a little digging, you can!The Fix. One example is to use LinkedIn. Let’s say you discover an opening for an electrical engineer position at an engineering organization’s website. The position description indicates the employee will report to the lead electrical engineer.  You decide (initially) to bypass the company’s automated application system so you can customize your communications.You sail over to LinkedIn and begin researching. Use the advanced search feature and type in “name of company” for the company name, “lead electrical engineer” for keywords and “64152” for a zip code for greater Kansas City (where the company headquarters and this position are located) and click enter. Your results will appear.Search within your first or second tier contacts. You want to be sure to land on the contact with lead electrical engineer in the title. You will have access to that person’s first and last name. This information, along with the company’s mailing address which you can generally pick up at a corporate website, will equip you to create a custom-addressed letter.This is just one of many examples to research contact names that will help you tailor your cover letter versus writing a generic “Dear Hiring Manager” salutation. Another method is to use Glassdoor’s Inside Connections feature that finds any connections to companies you search for through your friends on Facebook.2. Peppering The Letter With “I.” While the cover letter touts your value, you should be familiar with the reader’s areas of pain and heartily address their needs with your solutions.The Fix.  While it is nearly impossible not to use the words I or my in the cover letter, you can slant the tone and construct your sentences to better reverberate with the reader’s needs. For example, instead of launching into a diatribe of “I did this” or “I did that,” you might lead into a letter with something like:“Simplifying complicated information in measurable, digestible ways to align stakeholders is my talent.”  Notice how my is used, but the sentence does not lead with the first person possessive.Also, consider directly connecting the dots of your traits with the current industry or market need. For example: “With more than 15 years’ technology process management experience, I’ve learned to cut through the fog and chart a clear course. Clarifying routine processes versus necessary processes has sharpened investigative abilities… (etc.). These traits are particularly imperative in the current tumultuous economic climate.3. Droning On and On. Putting every thought, including the kitchen sink, into your letter will lose the reader’s interest.The Fix. Put your content through the so-what filter as you write; however, you don’t want to stifle your creativity by trying to build a perfect letter out of the gate. Assuming that you are fairly focused on your target goal by the time you get to the letter-writing stage, the initial draft should be somewhat on point. That said, self-editing is crucial. Read through your letter several times. Use a red pen, ruthlessly. Trim, edit, augment, focus. Corral the cover letter into a four- to five-paragraph format, and use bullets to showcase certain information. Keep it to one pithy page, if possible.4. Running Out of Steam. It is tough to close a story well. And, like your resume, a cover letter is a mini-story that needs a clean, compelling close. Don’t make the mistake of running out of steam at the end of your letter and relying on easy, but typically boring endings. This is not only uninteresting, but it makes you look lazy.The Fix. Research other people’s letters to get the creative juices flowing. Some professional resume writers publish cover letter samples on their site. Do not steal other people’s language; instead, use the language as a launch pad to stimulate your own! While your closing should be sincere, it shouldn’t be bland. Pretend you are talking with the person face to face. What would you say to display your enthusiasm (not desperation) for the opportunity at the end of the conversation? You would be politely persistent, right? Show the same vigor in the written word!last_img read more

DONE DEAL: Watford sign Derby attacker Will Hughes

first_imgWatford have completed the signing of Derby County midfielder Will Hughes.The 22-year-old, currently in Poland with the Young Lions, will leave Derby for an undisclosed fee and has signed a five-year deal at Vicarage Road.The move to Marco Silva’s side completes a journey that has been long in the making for Hughes.He has been spoken of as a Premier League prospect ever since making his Derby breakthrough in 2011 as a 16-year-old.117 appearances for the Rams later, Watford have decided now is the time to give Hughes his chance.Watford say Hughes will complete the move when he returns from Poland, with England Under-21s waiting to find out their semi-final opponents at Euro 2017.last_img

AC Milan keeper Donnarumma: My focus only on U21 Euros semi

first_imgAC Milan goalkeeper Gigio Donnarumma says he won’t consider his future until after the U21 Euros.Linked with Real Madrid, Donnarumma will feature for Italy on Tuesday against Spain in the U21 semifinals.”We think only of Tuesday’s game,” he said to reporters in his pre-match press conference.”I am calm, and I’ll decide my future after playing with the national team.”Coach Luigi Di Biagio had already warned of the importance of concentrating only on the game against a fantastic Spanish team.”Please do not ask him about his team and his situation because he will not respond,” he said tersely.last_img

Aston Villa eyeing Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur

first_imgAston Villa are eyeing Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur.McArthur found himself on the substitutes’ bench in the second half of last season, but still made 31 appearances for Palace during the campaign, and scored five times.The Daily Mail says the Scottish international is one of a number of players being considered by Villa boss Steve Bruce as he looks to shape a squad for a promotion challenge this season.Villa, who signed Mile Jedinak from Palace last summer, are also said to be interested in signing Stoke City midfielder Glenn Whelan.last_img

Tune in Today for Maternal Health and HIV: Global Priorities for Research and Action

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 13, 2014August 10, 2016Click 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 MHTF and our partners at UNFPA and the Wilson Center are convening Maternal Health and HIV: Global Priorities for Research and Action, the latest in the ongoing MH Dialogues series today at the Wilson Center in Washington, DC. The dialogue will include be webcast live, beginning at noon (EST), with two panel discussions:12:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Creating a Comprehensive Research and Evaluation Agenda for Maternal Health and HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Addressing HIV Stigma and Preventing Disrespect and Abuse: Global Insights to Improve Maternal Health and Promote Reproductive RightsIn addition to exploring critical challenges for developing and implementing high quality maternal health, HIV and AIDS services, the first panel will also serve as a launch for the Research and Evaluation Agenda for Maternal Health and HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, developed by the Maternal Health Task Force and the CDC based on last June’s technical meeting, Maternal Health, HIV and AIDS: Examining research through a programmatic lens – the full agenda and a technical summary will be published on the MHTF website following the dialogue.To take part, tune in to the Wilson Center’s webcast or join our discussion on Twitter under the hashtag #MHDialogue or follow the MHTF: @MHTFShare this:last_img read more

AIDS Conference Exclusive: HIV Diagnosis and Forced Sterilization in Mesoamerica

first_imgPosted on July 23, 2014November 2, 2016By: Katie Millar, Technical Writer, 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)A quarter of HIV-positive women surveyed in Mesoamerica reported health care workers pressured them into sterilization, recent research shows. This rate was consistent across the four countries (Mexico, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Honduras), all races, and education and socioeconomic levels in the study, showing distinct, consistent discrimination against women with HIV. This is a serious violation of reproductive rights, especially in light of advances in treatment and prevention of HIV.“It’s really unthinkable that women living with HIV are being pressured and forced into sterilization when treatment almost eliminates the possibility of mother-to-child transmission… and also provides options for safer conception and pregnancy,” says Dr. Tamil Kendall (Reuters), lead research for this project and a Canadian Institutes of Health Research postdoctoral researcher with the Women and Health Initiative and a Takemi Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health. But, Kendall relays, “We found that only slightly more than half of the women who participated in the study were told that there exists an intervention—a regimen of AIDS-fighting antiretroviral drugs—that can reduce the probability of HIV mother-to-child transmission by 98%–99%.” Even without any intervention, an HIV-positive woman has only a 15-45% chance of transmitting the virus to her newborn. So why are health workers pressuring women to be sterilized?Stigma.Kendall said, “Even though our knowledge is growing about how safe conception and pregnancy can be with current HIV treatments; about the possibility of dramatically reducing transmission of HIV to a partner; and about interventions to help people with HIV conceive safely, this knowledge is still often ignored as a routine part of HIV care—even in the U.S. Reproduction among people with HIV continues to be very stigmatized.”The lengths to which health workers go to pressure or coerce women to sterilize are drastic. “Women are told that if they have another pregnancy that either they will die or their children will almost surely acquire HIV and die,”  Kendall said (Reuters). Some women are even denied medical care if they do not consent to sterilization. One 19-year old woman from El Salvador said, “The nurses forced me to sign. They asked me more than three times and threatened not to perform the cesarean. Because of the pressure, I had no option but to sign.” Even more extreme, some are sterilized without any consent or knowledge of the procedure.These findings have significant implications for policy advocates, makers, and enforcers. “There’s also a great need to evaluate how health care providers are held accountable—in the courts, for example—for violating the reproductive rights of women with HIV. And it’s important to work with policy makers, because they are the ones who ultimately need to hold institutions accountable,” Kendall states. Continued research and policy advocacy is needed to produce change and respect for HIV-positive women’s reproductive rights.The unique aspect of this research was it was community-based and broadly collaborative. Led by Dr. Kendall, the research was initiated by Balance, a Mexican NGO, and the International Community of Women Living with HIV and AIDS. More than 60 peer researchers, most of whom are women leaders living with HIV, collected data. In addition, research and policy advocacy are routinely integrated through in-country presentations to participating organizations and national decision-makers, the formation of a regional manifesto, and advocacy with the Commission on the Status of Women and other UN bodies.Kendall would like to recognize and thank all the organizations that participated in this research.Want to learn more about Dr. Kendall’s Research? Read interviews with her by the Harvard School of Public Health and Reuters. Want to learn more about HIV/AIDS and maternal health? See our topic page.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Steve Smith cuts short Caribbean Premier League with abdominal strain

first_imgSteve Smith flies back to Australia after suffering an abdominal tear in the ongoing Caribbean Premier League (CPL).Smith, who was signed by Barbados Tridents as a replacement for Shakib Al Hasan, scored 185 runs in seven innings and claimed three wickets during his stint at the CPL.The banned Australian skipper was also forced to miss the Tridents’ defeat to the St Lucia Stars and would play no further part in the Twenty20 tournament.Smith is serving a 12-month ban from international cricket for his part in the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal.BREAKING: Steve Smith has a side strain and has been ruled out of the remainder of CPL 2018 #CPL18 pic.twitter.com/oYMBE96RX0CPL T20 (@CPL) September 2, 2018″He had a slight tear and he had to go back, so it’s a really unfortunate situation,” Tridents captain Robin Singh said.The injury is not expected to prevent Smith returning to domestic cricket later this month.Although banned from playing for his home state New South Wales, Smith is scheduled to turn out for his Sydney club side Sutherland on Sept. 22, Cricket Australia’s website (cricket.com.au) said.His ban ends in March 2019 but he will be suspended from leadership roles for a further 12 months.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Virat Kohli’s 38th hundred in vain as India go down to West Indies in 3rd ODI

first_imgVirat Kohli’s hundred in a run-chase ended up in a losing cause for a change as West Indies beat India by a big margin of 43 runs in the third ODI in Pune on Saturday.Chasing 284 for victory, Kohli’s 107 off 119 balls had kept India in the hunt throughout the chase but he kept on losing batting partners and was eventually dismissed by Marlon Samuels in the 42nd over to end the contest there and then.India were eventually bowled out for 240 with Samuels finishing with brilliant figures of 3 for 12 while Obed McCoy and captain Jason Holder picked up two wickets each along with Ashley Nurse who got 2 for 43 from his 10 overs.India vs West Indies 3rd ODI: HighlightsKohli was the top-scorer for India as he smashed his 38th ODI hundred and third successive in the series to become the first Indian to achieve the feat.It was also his sixth in 2018 and fourth consecutive century on home soil in ODIs. It was also his 23rd hundred in a run chase.India vs West Indies 3rd ODI in Pune: As it happenedA hat-trick of centuries for #KingKohliHe becomes the first Indian cricketer to score hundreds in 3 consecutive ODIs. Whaddaaplayaa pic.twitter.com/G08i07ubXoBCCI (@BCCI) October 27, 2018The rest of the Indian batsmen failed miserably tonight with only Shikhar Dhawan (35) managing a score of over 30 after Kohli.MS Dhoni takes stunning catch: Fans taunt BCCI over T20I snubThis was also Windies’ first win on this tour after they tied the last ODI in Guwahati where both teams ended up with identical scores of 323.advertisementIt’s all over here in Pune. #TeamIndia all out for 240Windies win by 43 runs.The series now stands at 1-1 with two games to go #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/drnpfUqfHxBCCI (@BCCI) October 27, 2018Earlier, a disciplined Indian bowling attack restricted the West Indies to a challenging 283/9 with Shai Hope once again top-scoring for his side.The visitors found a notable contribution from wicket-keeper Hope, who smashed a 113-ball 95 to help his side reach a fighting total.India’s Jasprit Bumrah was the wrecker-in-chief, picking four wickets for just 35 runs, while Kuldeep Yadav bagged two for 52.Put into bat, the West Indies were off to a poor start as Jasprit Bumrah struck twice to dismiss openers Kieran Powell (21) Chandrapaul Hemraj (15) within the first nine overs with the scorecard reading 38/2.Hope, who had come after the fall of Powell, was joined by Marlon Samuels, who too, fell cheaply after scoring just nine runs.Shimron Hetmyer and Hope then added 56 runs for the fourth wicket, taking West Indies past the 100-run mark. Just when the partnership looked settling, Hetmyer, while trying to go big, missed the ball before Mahendra Singh Dhoni made no mistake in dislodging his bails, leaving the visitors reeling at 111/4.Kuldeep Yadav, who dismissed Hetmyer, also got the better off incoming batsman Rovman Powell, who could manage to contribute with just nine runs as the visitors were left at 121/5.Skipper Jason Holder was then involved in a crucial 76-run partnership with Hope before Bhuvneshwar Kumar struck to pack back the former on individual score of 31.The visitors, who were at 197/6, then lost Fabian Allen (5) and Hope soon however, Ashley Nurse chipped in with valuable 40 runs down the order before becoming a victim of Bumrah as West Indies reached 283 runs in 50 overs.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

Seattle Sounders land Peruvian striker Ruidiaz

first_imgTransfers Seattle Sounders land Peruvian striker Ruidiaz as designated player Goal Last updated 1 year ago 01:26 6/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Raul Ruidiaz Peru 03282018 Jeff Zelevansky Transfers Seattle Sounders MLS The Cascadia side will be boosted by the Peru international, who has a prolific scoring record at club level The Seattle Sounders have announced the signing of Peruvian striker Raul Ruidiaz as a designated player from Liga MX side Morelia.As Goal reported earlier this month, Seattle has landed the 27-year-old who boasts a prolific scoring record in Mexico’s top flight.Ruidiaz will join the MLS side directly from Russia, where he made two substitute appearances for Peru in a World Cup campaign that saw the South Americans eliminated at the group stage.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar “We are thrilled to complete the signing of our top designated player target in Raul Ruidíaz,” Sounders FC general manager Garth Lagerwey said in a club release.“Collectively, we were relentless in our pursuit of Raul because he is a proven difference-maker at the highest levels of the game. Wherever he has played, he has made his teams better, scoring well over 100 professional goals in the process.”To make room for Ruidiaz on its roster, Seattle used targeted allocation money to lower the salary budget charge of midfielder Osvaldo Alonso, who will no longer occupy a designated player spot. Ruidiaz, Nicolas Lodeiro and Clint Dempsey are now the Sounders’ three designated players. Ruidiaz has been one of the top scorers in Mexico since joining Morelia in 2016. He was top scorer in both the 2016 Apertura and 2017 Clausura, and his 40 goals in the past two years trail only Tigres striker Andre-Pierre Gignac, who has netted 41. The Peru international will be a welcome addition for a Seattle side that is dead-last in goals scored in MLS with just 11 in 14 matches. Ruidiaz has been capped 31 times by Peru, scoring four goals. At club level, he has also represented Universitario in Peru, Brazilian club Coritiba and Chilean side Universidad de Chile.last_img read more

Genius Smith can be dismissed reveals Ponting

first_imgManchester: Hailing him as a genius, former Australia captain and batting great Ricky Ponting on Friday said Steve Smith can only be dismissed if he is bowled around the corridor of uncertainty, outside the off stump. On Thursday, Smith — who had to miss the third Ashes Test due to concussion — played an incredible knock of 211 to help Australia post a mammoth first inning total of 497/8 and take the driver’s seat at the Old Trafford. Smith re-wrote the history books with his 26th Test century and third Ashes double hundred as he batted for 513 minutes, and hit 24 fours and two sixes. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “You hear all sorts of words, ‘genius’ is one that comes to mind,” Ponting told cricket.com.au. “A remarkable innings again. It’s his application to what he does. He just doesn’t make any mistakes. His concentration levels are obviously unbelievably good,” said the World Cup winning skipper. Asked how he can be dismissed, Ponting said: “He’s only been out nine times lbw in his last 99 innings, so you know if you’re bowling straight you’re not going to get him out,” he said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “The one thing you have to do is try and challenge the outside of his bat. He doesn’t miss it on the inside.” World’s No. 1 batsman Smith is being compared to legendary countryman Sir Donald Bradman, regarded as the best batsman to have played the game. “Even what Smithy is doing now is remarkable, to think how good Bradman must have been to be a third again better than what Steve Smith’s doing at the moment is ridiculous,” Ponting said.last_img read more

Newly developed cracks near sinkhole concerning Nova Scotia town

first_imgOXFORD, N.S. – Officials are growing concerned about new cracks in a parking lot near a Nova Scotia sinkhole, and warn a nearby road could become affected.The Town of Oxford says cracks have developed about 22 metres from the shoulder of Upper Main Street and 44 metres from the sinkhole, and the origins of the cracks require further investigation.A news release says due to a lack of subsurface information around the sinkhole and surrounding properties, it is currently not known what risk the cracks pose to “the community, road and local businesses.”It says as a result, residents should begin considering alternative routes for accessing the Trans-Canada Highway, “should circumstances change.”First reported July 28 as a small hole about the size of a dinner plate, it was measured Monday at 32.6 metres by 38.7 metres — the same size as it was on Friday.However, officials say material continues to erode along the margins of the sinkhole, and heavy rain in the forecast for Tuesday into Wednesday means there will likely be more erosion.The sinkhole has swallowed trees, picnic tables and part of a nearby parking lot at the Oxford and Area Lions Parkland.The spectacle has been drawing curious onlookers to the small town, located roughly 30 minutes from the New Brunswick border, and has even caused minor car accidents. A Tim Hortons cafe and a gas bar are among businesses across the road from the park.“Security fencing is expected to be completed later today and security will remain on site for a period of time,” the town said in the release.“Absolutely no trespassing is allowed and trespassers will be prosecuted under the Protection of Property Act.”Oxford, a sleepy town of about 1,000 people that calls itself the wild blueberry capital of Canada, also said there would be a public information session at some point, but the details have not yet been determined.“We expect the meeting to be an educational one from a geological prospective and hope to address a number of residents’ concerns,” a town release said Friday of the meeting.Provincial geologist Amy Tizzard said last week the wider area is underlaid with gypsum, a soft rock that is prone to the development of fractures, fissures and caves.“Just to the west of here there are dozens of known sinkholes and they’re either flooded and ponded and vegetated — there’s nothing that shows an active process like this one does,” she said.Officials had expected to bring in ground-penetrating radar and other technology in a bid to better understand what is happening, but said that “due to the non-compete clause” federal assistance was unavailable.last_img read more

FAMILY CHANNEL CELEBRATES CANADA DAY WITH THE SEASON FOUR PREMIERE OF DEGRASSI

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Toronto, 13 June 2017 – This Canada Day long weekend, Family Channel is heading back to the classroom, bringing fans across the country a brand new season of Degrassi: Next Class. Premiering  Monday, July 3 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, season four of the critically acclaimed teen drama takes a look at some of the most relevant issues affecting today’s youth, exploring important topics such as mental illness, gender identity and cultural adjustment. Following the premiere, new episodes of Degrassi: Next Class will air weeknights at 10 p.m. ET/PT. For fans who’d prefer to spend their long weekend binge-watching, all 10 episodes will be available on The Family Channel App beginning Friday, June 30.Season four of Degrassi: Next Class picks up with the students returning to school from their winter break, many for their final semester. Still reeling from the reality of Maya’s accident, Degrassi Community School is carefully monitoring everyone’s mental health and ensuring that all students have someone to talk to. While exploring situations teens commonly struggle with today, such as break ups and make ups, peer pressure and balancing academia with personal life, season four also continues to focus on the lives of the Syrian refugees as they try to find their place at Degrassi. The new season also marks the graduation of some of the series’ most beloved characters, but not before a beautiful yet dramatic prom.A special treat for fans in honour of the Canada Day long weekend, on Friday, June 30, the entire fourth season will be available on The Family Channel App, along with exclusive behind-the-scenes extra content. For those who are new to the series, missed a few episodes or simply want to re-watch all the Next Class drama, seasons one through three are currently available on The Family Channel App and on Family OnDemand. Advertisement The season four graduates of Degrassi: Next Classcenter_img Login/Register With: Facebook Reprising their roles for season four of Degrassi: Next Class are Amanda Arcuri as Lola Pacini; Amir Bageria as Baaz Nahir; Soma Bhatia as Goldi Nahir; Jamie Bloch as Yael Baron; Chelsea Clark as Esme Song; Reiya Downs as Shay Powers; Ana Golja as Zoe Rivas; Nikki Gould as Grace Cardinal; Ricardo Hoyos as Zig Novak; Ehren Kassam as Jonah Haak; Andre Kim as Winston Chu; Lyle Lettau as Tristan Milligan; Spencer Macpherson as Hunter Hollingsworth; Eric Osborne as Miles Hollingsworth III; Parham Rownaghi as Saad Al’Maliki; Dante Scott as Vijay Miraj; Olivia Scriven as Maya Matlin; Sara Waisglass as Frankie Hollingsworth; Richard Walters as Deon “Tiny” Bell; Dalia Yegavian as Rasha Zuabi and Stefan Brogren as Principal Simpson.Degrassi: Next Class is produced by DHX Media, in association with Family Channel and Netflix. The series was co-created by Linda Schuyler who is also Executive Producer with Stephen Stohn, Sarah Glinski and Matt Huether.Family Channel offers the best in family television entertainment in a premium, high-definition, multiplatform environment. Dedicated to celebrating family life and providing a daily vacation for Canadian families, Family airs a unique mix of top-rated Canadian and acquired series, movies and specials. Family is also home to F2N – an entertainment haven for teens that features high quality programs after 9 p.m. Family Channel subscribers have access to The Family Channel App, Family OnDemand and Family Online at no additional cost, to see hit movies and series when they want them, where they want them. Visit us at Family.ca.About DHX Television DHX Television is composed of Family Channel, Family CHRGD, Family Jr. and Télémagino, and is part of DHX Media Ltd., a leading creator, producer, marketer and broadcaster of family entertainment. Dedicated to celebrating family fun, DHX Television delivers best-in-class programming through premium subscriptions and its original production mandate, and creates and produces captivating in-market events that appeal to Canadian families. DHX Television is home to world-renowned series including The Next Step, Degrassi: Next Class and Teletubbies. DHX Media Ltd. has offices globally, and is traded on the NASDAQ and Toronto Stock Exchange. Advertisementlast_img read more

Moroccos Merchants Close Shops Protesting Electronic Invoicing Law

Rabat – Many shops, groceries, bakeries, butcheries, and service providers are closed in Rabat today.Some people struggled to even find bread this morning, city residents told Morocco World News. Only supermarkets are open.Trade unions and associations representing merchants are demanding the repeal of Article 145 of the General Code of Taxes on electronic billing and the business identification number, which stipulates that merchants have to use electronic billing for commercial transactions. On Tuesday, Minister of Trade and Industry Moulay Hafid Elalamy met with the chambers of commerce and industry, customs, the General Directorate of Taxes (DGI), and merchants’ representatives to discuss electronic billing and merchants’ demands.Read Also: Benchaaboun: Moroccan Merchants Are Exempt from Electronic BillingDuring the meeting, trade unions and the DGI and customs signed an agreement to meet the merchants’ demands and end planned strikes. The agreement stipulated that merchants subject to the lump sum system are exempt from the electronic billing system and the business identification number.The text also specified that the implementation of the new measures on electronic invoicing will be suspended. The development of the organic law regarding electronic billing, according to the agreement, will involve the input of professional bodies “in the context of a participatory approach.”The new tax measures, which recently sparked an uproar among merchants, stipulate that merchants should use an electronic system to issue invoices. To do this, merchants must have billing software approved by tax authorities and an information system allowing a common database with the tax authorities.Read Also: El Othmani Halts Implementation of Controversial Electronic BillingOn January 3, many wholesalers in Casablanca closed their shops and held a sit-in at La Victoire Place protesting the new tax law.The protesting merchants were from Derb Omar, Allal Garage Allal, Korea, and Bayada, the main commercial sites in Casablanca.Last week, trade minister Elalamy, Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani, Government Spokesman Mustapha El Khalfi, and the General Directorate of Taxes (DGI) all reacted to the new tax measures on the use of electronic invoicing.On Monday, economy minister Mohamed Benchaaboun also responded to the issue.Last week, El Othmani announced that the government will suspend the implementation of the new tax measures using electronic invoicing, planned to come into force in early 2019 to fight tax fraud. read more

In Mogadishu UN refugee chief urges scaleup of aid for displaced Somalis

“We are seeing here a deadly combination of conflict and drought and the misery is out of proportion to what is being done,” High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said yesterday as he met with IDPs sheltering on the grounds of Mogadishu’s crumbling cathedral.“The whole humanitarian community needs to scale up assistance to reach people wherever they are in Somalia,” said Mr. Guterres, the first head of the UN refugee agency, known as UNHCR, to visit the Somali capital since the 1990s.Tens of thousands of people have already died and some 3.2 million others are thought to be on the brink of starvation in Somalia, one of several countries in the Horn of Africa that is facing a food security crisis. More than 12 million people across the region are estimated to need outside humanitarian assistance, and a state of famine has been formally declared in five regions of southern and central Somalia, including the area in and around the capital, Mogadishu. While in Mogadishu, Mr. Guterres pointed to the “enormous difficulties of access and capacity” for aid workers trying to help the needy amid insecurity. “My main worry is if there is not enough assistance the humanitarian tragedy we are witnessing will get worse,” he said.Aid agencies are continuing with their efforts to assist the millions in need in Somalia and the wider Horn of Africa. A ship transporting 381 tons of food for the UN World Food Programme (WFP) operations in the region was set to depart today from France for Djibouti, which it should reach in around 12 days. Most of this food – which includes wheat flour, sugar, rice and vegetable oil – is a French in-kind contribution that will help WFP to feed 22,600 people in Somalia for one month, said the Rome-based agency.The ship will also carry 66 tons of rice – a contribution from the French Red Cross to WFP operations in Djibouti, where the agency assists 109,000 people, including 16,000 refugees.UN agencies and their partners need an additional $1 billion to tackle the food security crisis gripping Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti. 1 September 2011The United Nations refugee chief has called for a rapid increase in aid for Somalis uprooted by drought, famine and conflict, as he visited the capital, Mogadishu, which is hosting some 400,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs). read more

Brock welcomes newest crop of international scholars

Brock President Jack Lightstone and Kim Meade, Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President of Student Services, present an award to visiting international scholar Dawei Chen, associate professor at Henan Polytechnic University in China, and her Brock host Cheng Luo, associate professor, Department of Applied Linguistics.Brock welcomed 18 new international scholars to campus last week during this term’s edition of the We Welcome the World reception.The latest visiting international scholars, visiting international professors and university mentorship participants bring the current count of scholars from abroad at Brock to 29. They hail for 27 academic and research institutions from 10 countries, including Belgium, Brazil, China, Germany, Japan, Pakistan, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden and Turkey.Program participants stay at Brock from as little as three weeks to up to one year, working with faculty, staff and students on campus.Gary Libben, Vice-President of Research, who helped welcome the scholars, said hosting scholars from foreign institutions helps with the internationalization of Brock, one of Brock’s key strategic priorities. International collaboration is also key in today’s society, he added.“Our [international collaborations] have demonstrated that such collegiality has vastly expanded, deepened, and enriched academic discovery and learning,” Libben said. “We are all on a journey together to develop and apply our expertise to make our world a better place in which to live. The ‘global village’ that we live in no longer has boundaries. We are all connected by our passion for research and scholarship.”Awards were also presented to visiting academics and their Brock hosts to formally recognize their participation and contribution to the program. read more

SMMT Open Forum event a success

Over 120 people attended SMMT’s free Open Forum event on Tuesday at Warwick University which provided a full programme of speakers from across the industry. According to feedback, presentations were very insightful, providing good and honest advice.Themes focused on the views of vehicle manufacturers’ and examined key issues relating to the UK’s automotive supply chain, automotive manufacturing and 2011 priorities for the Automotive Council. Richard Parry-Jones, Co-Chair of the Council was among the leading speakers at the event.The event was one in a series of Open Forum events offering new business opportunities for attendees.The next free event is on Wednesday 30 March at the NEC Birmingham and will focus on component and CV manufacturing. Van, truck, trailer, bus and component manufacturers and bodybuilders are invited to attend to discuss aspects of the UK’s supply chain, the work of the Automotive Council and the latest CV and Off-Road vehicle ‘Technology Road Map’.Attendees will be offered greater insight into respective manufacturing sectors through presentations from Lars Holmqvist, Chief Executive Officer, CLEPA and Neville Jackson of the Automotive Council Technology Group with industry analysis from Ian Henry, Director of AutoAnalysis and independent Analyst, Peter Symons.Paul Everitt will chair the closing Q&A session. Places are limited and offered on a first come first served basis. To attend, contact Claire Balch cbalch@smmt.co.uk.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Broncos promote rookie pass rusher Jeff Holland

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos have promoted rookie pass rusher Jeff Holland from their practice squad and waived inside linebacker Alexander Johnson.The Broncos (5-6), who visit the Bengals (5-6) on Sunday, juggled their linebacking corps with Shaq Barrett sidelined with a hip flexor. He got hurt against Pittsburgh last week and is expected to miss two to four weeks.An outside linebacker from Auburn, Holland signed with the Broncos on May 1 after going undrafted. He shined in training camp and collected two sacks and recovered a fumble in the preseason. He signed to Denver’s practice squad after failing to make the 53-man roster coming out of training camp.Holland was named first-team All-SEC as a junior last season. In three years at Auburn, he collected 13 sacks, forced five fumbles and recovered two.The Broncos signed Johnson on Aug. 13, two months after a jury acquitted the former Tigers star who missed 3 1/2 years of football while fighting a rape case.Johnson played in one game, against Houston on Nov. 4.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapletonArnie Stapleton, The Associated Press read more

Doctors prescribing antidepressant drugs linked to suicidal thoughts to teens against advice

first_imgMental health charities said doctors should only prescribe antidepressants when talking therapies were also in place.Nick Harrop, campaigns manager at Young Minds: “Antidepressants can have a place in treating some mental health conditions among young people, but they should never be the only course of action – there should always be a balanced approach to treatment, combining a range of therapies to ensure that the person has the best possible chance of recovery.“When antidepressants are prescribed, it’s really important that children and parents have comprehensive information about the effects that they can have.“Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services are a postcode lottery, with unacceptably long waiting times and a high threshold for treatment in many areas.” Dr Michael Bloomfield, Clinical Lecturer in Psychiatry, MRC Clinical Sciences Centre, UCL, said medication should only be given when it is appropriate.“Of concern is the finding that depressive symptoms appear to be increasing in this age group,” he said.  “There must be a wider conversation in society to understand the complex reasons underlying this. “Children and young people suffering mental distress deserve rapid access to expert psychiatric care which includes psychological support alongside careful treatment with medicines where appropriate. “In the UK, we are hearing on the ground that this can be difficult to access.” Earlier this year, a review of 70 trials by the Nordic Cochrane Centre of the most common antidepressants, involving more than 18,000 people, found they doubled the risk of suicide and aggressive behaviour in under-18s.After comparing clinical trial information to actual patient reports, the scientists concluded pharmaceutical companies had regularly misclassified deaths and suicidal actions or thoughts in people taking antidepressants to “favour their products”. Doctors are ignoring health watchdog guidelines and regularly prescribing youngsters with an antidepressant linked to suicide and overdose, new figures show.Under guidance from The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) antidepressants should be a last resort for under-18s, and then only fluoxetine (Prozac) is recommended.But a study by the university of Swansea found 40 per cent of youngsters who need drugs are being prescribed citalopram, even though it carries a warning that it can increase suicidal thoughts and behaviour in the under-24s.Recent studies have also found the drug does not work for children and is highly toxic in overdose. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Dr Ann John, the lead author at Swansea, said: “The only antidepressant licensed for use in children and young people is fluoexetine and the recent study showed that it is the only that works.“But over 40 per cent of the drugs that were prescribed were citalopram. Citalopram should only be prescribed when fluoexetine isn’t working but what we found is that citalopram is being given as one of the first antidepressants to lots of children.“So it’s off-label prescribing and it has a known toxicity in overdose, there were warnings given about it in 2011. A third of that prescribing was given to 18 year olds. All the rest of that was given to kids off label and outside prescribing guidelines.”The research, which looked at 195 practices in Wales between 2003 and 2013 also found that anti-depressant prescribing had risen by 28 per cent during that time, even though recorded diagnoses of depression have fallen in that period. There were more than 10,000 first-time prescriptions over the period.Dr John, said that GPs needed better training in distinguishing what was a real mental illness from growing pains so that they were not simply ‘medacalising unhappiness’.“The teenage years are a phase of gaining independence, engaging with the world and testing boundaries,” she said. “This can result in normal developmental range of emotional responses – stress, loneliness, sadness and frustration.“For some young people reassurance that this is within the range of normal human experience may be appropriate.“Across the world we are seeing an increase in the antidepressant prescribing for young people and there is lots of debate and controversy about the idea that we are medicalising unhappiness.”Dr Johns said that prescriptions were sometimes given because waiting times for talking therapies were too long. There is lots of debate and controversy about the idea that we are medicalising unhappinessDr Ann Johnlast_img read more