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Sunday, September 25, 2016

#EducationCannotWait -Rihanna becomes Global Partnership Education Ambassador

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Rihanna has been appointed an Ambassador for Global citizen festival (GPE).

The singer's Clara Lionel Foundation has announced a multi-year partnership with the Global Partnership for Education and international advocacy group Global Citizen.

The partnership will be a multi-year campaign which will help children access education in over 60 developing countries giving priority to girls, and those affected by conflict who are truly the most vulnerable people affected by lack of access to education in the world today.

The Education Cannot Wait fund will help deliver emergency education to children in crises around the globe. It was launched in May with $90 million from the USA, UK, the EU Commission, the Netherlands, and Dubai Cares. The Global Coalition for Business - Education also pledged $100 million.

In her new role as GPE Global Ambassador, Rihanna will encourage world leaders and policymakers to boost their support for global education and education in emergencies through the Global Partnership for Education, the only global organization focused exclusively on improving education in the world’s poorest countries.

Speaking of the partnership, Rihanna said, “I feel strongly that all children everywhere should be afforded the opportunity of a quality education. Therefore I’m proud to announce Clara Lionel Foundation’s partnership with education advocacy leaders like the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen. Working together, know we can amplify our efforts and ensure that millions of children gain access to education globally."

Congrats to RiRi!

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Check out 7 Career Strategies for When You're in Between Jobs

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Layoffs and terminated contracts can happen to anyone, at any time. Sometimes it's expected; other times, you're completely blindsided. Regardless of the circumstances, you now have the difficult task of finding your next source of income.

Although you're not working for someone at the moment, you still have a job to do, said Kimberly Schneiderman, a practice development manager at RiseSmart, a company that provides outplacement and career transition services.That job is to represent yourself and continually build your expertise to stay relevant in the marketplace.

To that end, here are seven smart career-building activities to focus on during your time in between gigs.

1. Work on your personal brand

When you're looking for jobs, your application materials — your resume, portfolio and online profiles — are essential to creating a good impression on employers. David Gilcher, lead resource manager at Kavaliro staffing firm, said one of the first things you should do during your "in between" phase is update your resume.

"Your resume is your brand statement," Gilcher told Business News Daily. "Employers want to know what you’ve been up to [and] are interested in learning about the technologies and tools you've used lately. Be sure to list your recent accomplishments. Make sure those items are very clear to see on your resume. Once your resume is good to go, make sure it's online as soon as possible."

Gilcher also advised polishing your social media presence and showing off your latest work and skills.

"Social media is a great way to show what you're all about and what you know," he said. "You can use … blogs [or LinkedIn] to post about topics relevant to the work you do. Providing your insight in a public forum can help potential employers see your perspectives and depth of knowledge."

"Let the world know about what value you can bring to their business," added Fred Mouawad, CEO of Taskworld. "There are many tools available, like Wix, where you can build a website/portfolio with zero coding skills. However, web presence is not just limited to having an online portfolio. Follow influencers in your industry on social media, [and] write articles showcasing your expertise."

2. Find relevant volunteer opportunities

Volunteering in your area of interest is a great activity to pursue between jobs, said Marian Valia, another practice development manager at RiseSmart. This could entail working an event hosted by a prominent industry player, or even offering pro-bono consulting.

"Volunteering in an industry [you] would like to land a job in works in two ways," Valia said. "First, it allows the job seeker to network with their area of interest and tap into the 'hidden' job market (jobs that haven’t been posted yet). Second, this is a great way for job seekers to better understand if the industry is right for them."

Gilcher agreed, adding that it can also be personally rewarding to volunteer.

"Having those 'feel-good' moments when you're in between jobs can be a morale booster even if times [are] tough," he said.

3. Learn a new skill

On an average, it takes about one to three months to find a new job, according to Money. However, it can take up to six months to find a job that you really like, Mouawad said.

"That's long enough to learn a new skill," he said. "Learning a new language, doing short-term professional courses or even pursuing a hobby can make your resume stronger and justify breaks in work experience."

"A mastery of [industry] skills will set you apart from your competition time and time again," Gilcher added. "If you're concerned about having the money to pay for the courses, it is worth noting that many courses are free. There are thousands of resources either online or out in the real world that are within grasp to use for your education."

4. Keep a close eye on your industry

When you do land an interview with a potential employer or client, you'll want to show them how you've remained connected to the industry during your time away, Schneiderman said. She advised professionals who are looking for work to make sure they're staying on top of industry trends by reading trade journals and speaking with peers in the industry to stay in-the-know.

This is a good idea even if you are currently employed, so you're ready to make a move if and when the time comes.

5. Network as much as you can

You might be feeling stressed or anxious about not working, but rather than sitting around worrying, it's better to get out there and talk to as many peers and mentors as you can, as they may hold the key to your next job.

"Reach out to your contacts and former colleagues to let them know when you're back on the market," said Alexis Joseph, head of talent at Rocket Lawyer. "Let those relationships work for you while you're taking the time to rest up and improve your skills."

Mouawad added that people in your network, especially those from former jobs, can serve as great references as well.

"When you are between jobs, make sure you get in touch with your former colleagues for recommendations," he said. "This will not only help you in updating your resume, but might also reveal new leads for job openings in your colleagues' professional circle."

6. Ask for help

If you're feeling stuck or lost in your search, don't be afraid to reach out to an expert for help. For example, Schneiderman said a professional resume writer can help you craft your application materials, which frees you up to network and search for jobs that truly interest you.

Valia added that working with career professionals can provide you an action-oriented and customized approach to helping job seekers find work. They will "hold [you] accountable through all stages of their program," and empower you to land your dream job, she said.

7. Map out a path to your next opportunity

A break between jobs is a great opportunity to map out your needs and wants for your next gig, Joseph said. If you didn't love everything about your last role, this is the time to do some soul-searching and think about what makes you happy — and conversely, what doesn't.

"You don't want to hop back into something that was giving you angst, or even worse, was completely uninspiring," Joseph said. "We spend the majority of our days and weeks on the job, so why not ensure that your next job is something that gets you excited, day in and day out?"

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Friday, September 16, 2016

#BlackBeauty: Lupita N'yong'o graces the cover of Vogue October 2016

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The award winning actress looks so good in her latest shoot for Vogue Magazine's October 2016 edition. Check another cover when you....

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Miley Cyrus is flawless on October 2016 issue of ELLE Magazine

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The singer is the cover star on ELLE Magasine's October 2016 edition. She talks about her life, career and relationship in the publication. Flawless or not?
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Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna to welcome their first child together, reveal the gender

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Rob and Blac Chyna have revealed the sex of their baby which will be due this fall - a girl. This was announced on their reality show.   Khloe Kardashian also shared the good news on Instagram.

Congratulations to the family in advance.

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Happy Eid El Kabir 2016 to all Muslims from Funmy Kemmy's Blog

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May God bring you joy, happiness, peace and prosperity on this blessed occasion. May these memories be the most precious ones for you and your family. Have a wonderful Eid Kabir from FKB.

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Ciara Wilson flaunts baby bump in new shots

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The mother of one and wife of Russel Wilson keeps slaying.
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These #FLOTUS and #PLOTUS baby photos will inspire you

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Cute or not?
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Friday, September 09, 2016

#MissionofHope - Dr. Ala Atubokiki Ibanibo: A beacon of Hope to Young Entrepreneurs and Aspiring Business Men and Women

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It seems strange yet amazing that in a season when the economy of the country is in recession, a period we are encouraged to diversify without aid or financial succour to combat the adversities prevalent in our economic horizon - Dr. Ala A. Ibanibo has embarked on a mission of hope to the teeming masses and to shine bright in these seeming state of hopelessness.

Dr. Ala A. Ibanibo is a man who never despised his days of little beginning, but rather through resilience rose to prominence in business and leadership. His heart and actions speak volume of his philanthropic gestures and passion to always lend a helping hand to young and aspiring ones.

The days of his little beginning gave him a firsthand experience of the plight, concerns and needs of start-up ventures requiring the goodwill of older and more experienced entrepreneurs to succeed. It also positioned him to provide the answers to the many precarious questions confronting young business men and women.
Dr. Alà A. Ibanibo

A man of love with an unquenchable passion to see businesses thrive and men plucked from obscurity into limelight. This indomitable radiance of hope is shown in his willingness to share his wealth of experiences with anyone willing to be coached and mentored in business and career. This significant and rare stance in no small measure has endeared him to everyone who has ever met his acquaintance.

On the 11th day of September 2016 in the city of Port Harcourt will herald the beginning of a daunting but carefully thought-out and prayed through vision to coach, mentor and financially support ten thousand (10,000) businesses over the next ten years through the platform of Global Life-Track Resources Centre (GLTRC).
Dr. Alà A. IbaniboDr. Alà A. Ibanibo

On this day, marking the life changing take off of this glorious task, 15 businesses will be receiving a timely significant cash loan with zero interest from Global Life-Track Resources Centre (GLTRC).

In order to herald this unprecedented but landmark event, the maiden beneficiaries of this micro-credit are currently undergoing a series of mentorship, coaching and business support training programmes under the watchful eyes of highly qualified and experienced resource persons.

Dr. Ala A. Ibinabo is not oblivious of the many Google business coaches/mentors without any thriving business to lay claims on, but wants to make a difference through his wealth of experiences garnered from setting up and managing thriving businesses in Nigeria and abroad, and also from management courses and degrees. Some of which include the following: 

-Centre for management Development, Shangisha, Lagos;
-Lagos business School OMP 8 -CWC School of Gas & Energy, Mini MBA Houston, Texas;
-General Management Programme of Harvard Business School;
-The CSEP programme of Columbia Business School, New York.
Dr. Alà A. Ibanibo
Dr. Alà A. Ibanibo

Dr. Ala A. Ibanibo in addition also holds an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Business Management from the Pilgrim University of Burlington NC, USA. He is also a fellow of the Institute of cost and management accountants of Nigeria.

All the above have qualified him as a much sought after speaker, mentor, business coach and an indomitable business financier globally.

Visit www.globalltrcentre.org for more information on Dr. Ala A. Ibanibo, Global Life-Track Resources Centre and our events.
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Thursday, September 08, 2016

Singer Ciara glows in new photos

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Marriage really suits her.  I love this look.
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