Voluntary euthanasia bill won’t be debated before election

first_imgTVNZ One News 10 August 2017Family First Comment: Oh dear. How sad. Never mind. We will survive http://www.rejectassistedsuicide.nzDavid Seymour’s voluntary euthanasia bill won’t be debated before parliament is dissolved on August 22.Yesterday was the last member’s bill day before dissolution and it was nowhere near the top of the agenda for a first reading.When the End of Life Bill bill was drawn from the ballot in June Mr Seymour suspected there would be delaying tactics. He knew neither of the main parties wanted the polarising, controversial issue of voluntary euthanasia to get in the way of their election campaigns. The bill proposes allowing voluntary euthanasia under strict conditions. “I suspect you will find MPs will find enormous passion for enormously important bills they’ve previously never heard of,” he said. Whether it gets past it’s first reading will be decided by a conscience vote in the next parliament.https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/voluntary-euthanasia-bill-wont-debated-before-electionKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Caleb Ferguson goes to Dodgers’ Injured List as Rich Hill returns

first_imgThe flags around Ferguson were already crimson before Saturday’s outing. With Julio Urias moved to the bullpen, Ferguson appeared to be the odd man out when Hill returned. The fact that he wasn’t pitching well didn’t help.Over his first nine appearances, Ferguson allowed one run on 10 hits while striking out 12 in 10 1/3 innings. In four appearances over the week before going on the IL, Ferguson faced 17 hitters and gave up four hits, walked five and hit a batter.“I don’t know if it’s a physical thing. I don’t know if it’s a mechanical thing. I do know there’s an execution component of it,” Roberts said. “If you look at the radar gun, it’s been very consistent, coming out well. So now you layer in the execution or mechanics.“He’s got great stuff. Then you see things like hitting a right-handed batter with a breaking ball. Things like that don’t add up with what he’s capable of. You never really know (if it’s an injury). But this is the first we’ve heard of it. I’m taking it at face value.”CATCHING UPActivated from the Injured List Saturday, Russell Martin started at catcher Sunday for the first time since April 8. Austin Barnes started 14 of the 18 games in between. For Barnes, it was his most extensive playing time in the big leagues – and he looked a little worse for the wear. Barnes batted just .130 (6 for 46) with 13 strikeouts in the stretch.“I think he handled it very well,” Roberts said. “I think if we all look to the stat-line on the offensive side, probably not. But I think if you look at what he did with the pitchers, I thought he did really well. But that’s in the sense of when you’re not going well and you don’t have someone else to take on the workload, it gets more magnified. I think that sort of happened as well.”The mental and physical grind of handling so much of the responsibility likely contributed to Barnes’ offense disappearing after he started the season 8 for 19 (.421) with two home runs.“That’s a possibility but I don’t think the player will ever admit to that,” Roberts said.“No player ever wants to hear this. But I think when you’re talking about two very competent catchers, to share the workload as we envisioned when we put this roster together, that’s one benefit. Not to say he can’t do if you’re talking six out of seven or things like that. But I think there’s just something to keeping your mind and your body fresh. That’s something we did the first two weeks and I thought it worked really well.”HILL COMES OUT SWINGINGIn his first at-bat of the season, Hill lined a single into right field. He laid down a sacrifice bunt in his second at-bat, finishing the game with a 1.000 batting average – the best in the majors.“Yeah, that’s the biggest takeaway from this game,” Hill said sardonically.It’s an important takeaway for Max Muncy, who enjoys Hill’s gusto for the game in all its aspects.“Whenever anybody tells them they should add the DH to the National League, that’s my argument against it –we wouldn’t get to watch Rich bat,” Muncy said. “Whatever aspect of the game it is, he gives it everything he has.”UP NEXTDodgers (RHP Kenta Maeda, 3-2, 5.20 ERA) at Giants (RHP Jeff Samardzija, 2-1, 3.00 ERA), 6:45 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), AM 570 LOS ANGELES – With Rich Hill ready to come off the Injured List on Sunday, something had to give.It was Caleb Ferguson’s oblique.Ferguson was placed on the IL Sunday, clearing a roster spot, after apparently injuring an oblique muscle in his left side. Ferguson faced three batters in Saturday’s game, failing to retire any of them. He walked two and gave up a single to load the bases in the eighth inning.“He felt something in his left side. Oblique-ish,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said before Sunday’s game. “Any time you talk about the side, the oblique, with a pitcher — or any player really — it’s a red flag.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

LIVE UPDATES Uganda vs Burkina Faso, Mandela National Stadium, Namboole Kampala

first_img(updates via @Airtel_Ug #MujjeTulumbe)FULL TIME: Uganda 0 Burkina Faso 090’+3 Moses Oloya misses another. He connects inches wide off Massa’s header. Still goalless.90’+1 Burkina’s captain Kabore sent off for second bookable offense.90′ Masses misses as header hits post, but he was offside. FIVE minutes of added time.86′ Tense moments with game still tied 0-0. Change for Burkina Faso – Traore Isidora off, Adama on80′ Burkina Faso come very close as Onyango misjudges his chest. The quick shot is inches over the bar72′ Substitution for Uganda In-Yassar Mugerwa Out-Farouk Miya70′ Huge miss by MIYA with only goalie to beat66′ Moses Oloya in, Emmanuel Okwi out. Uganda 0-0 Burkina Faso60′ Another freekick for Cranes but the ball is too deep for anyone to react.56′ Burkina Faso win their first corner but it is cleared. The Cranes immediately resume attacking.48′ Geoffrey Massa misses a glorious chance to put Cranes ahead following a nice delivery from Mawejje.47′ The second half takes pace….Uganda 0-0 Burkina Faso2ND HALF starts Uganda 0 Burkina Faso 045+’ Halftime. Uganda 0-0 BurkinaFaso42′ Burkina Faso claim a penalty but the referee is not convinced. Still Uganda 0-0 BurkinaFaso39′ Okwi cleverly beats his marker and is taken down. Cranes freekick near the box.30′ minutes: Still no big chances to report from this one, apart from a couple of Joseph Ochaya corner kicks28′ Cranes put on another exciting attack but Mawejje’s cross goes wide.25′ Another corner for Cranes as we continue to build pressure.24′ Okwi makes a great delivery from the right;Miya is just shot to reaching the ball with a header. Uganda 0-0 BurkinaFaso15′ Uganda with lots of pace upfront…Mawejje hits the woodwork, ball bounces out8′ Uganda 0 Burkina Faso 0…. Miya in early raid, comes close00 Game kicks offKICK -OFF 7pmStarting Line up: Denis Onyango (G), Denis Iguma, Joseph Ochaya, Isaac Isinde, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Farouk Miya, Khalid Aucho, Geofrey Massa, William Luwagga Kizito, Emmanuel Okwi and Tonny MawejjeSubstitutes:Robert OdongKara (G), Mike Azira, Yassar Mugerwa, Moses Oloya, Timothy Awanyi ,Godfrey Walusimbi, Erisa Ssekisambu****Build up to gameMATCH PREVIEWCranes at final training at Namboole last night. PHOTO VIA @OFFICIALFUFAThe feeling in the Cranes camp is that they could have got a better result than they did in Ouagadougou on Saturday and are determined to do something about it today.“We are not crybabies. We shall definitely stage a fight in Namboole,” vowed FUFA president Moses Magogo after the 1-0 defeat by Burkina Faso. He added that “with the performance of the boys on the night, it is just a battle lost, not the war.”Despite arriving 12 hours after the Stallions, the team looked back to their rhythm in final training yesterday at Mandela National Stadium.Magogo had maintained that the result had only made them much more determined to win the return home game. “I love the spirit of the players thinking it is Namboole or never. The morale is even higher now.”Tight GroupThe way the group is set up now, with three teams at 6 points, it is now clear that it is Namboole or never in the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers – mathematics aside.Victory today, will give Cranes the much needed 3 point cushion going into the last two games, all of which they can win – if they have their heads high.Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic is likely to be bolder in this game, and could add Emma Okwi to a much bigger attacking line to seal this.The match will also be played in honour of former Cranes goalkeeper Abel Dhaira who died of cancer in Iceland.The IBV Vestmanaeyjar player was diagnosed with abdominal cancer late last year. He last appeared for the Cranes in 2013.President Yoweri Museveni yesterday revealed that the government will help the sports fraternity return his body, bringing to rest fears that a massive funds drive would have to first be made as the family could not afford the costs.This was the starting XI vesus Burkina Faso on Saturday:Denis Onyango (Goalie) , Denis Iguma ,Joseph Ochaya ,Murshid Juuko , Isaac Isinde, Khalid Aucho , Kizito W Luwagga , Tonny Mawejje , Geoffrey Massa (captain) , Faruk Miya ,Godfrey WalusimbiSubstitutes : Robert Odongokara (Goalkie), Hassan Wasswa , Timothy Awanyi ,Mike Azira , Moses Oloya , Emma Okwi and Hamis Kiiza.Group D P W D L F A PtsB. Faso 3 2 0 1 3 1 6Uganda 3 2 0 1 3 1 6Botswana 4 2 0 2 3 4 6Comoros 4 1 0 3 2 5 3Other AFCON 2017 QUALIFYING matches.Times in GMTMalawi v Guinea 1230Lesotho v Seychelles 1300Rwanda v Mauritius 1330Ethiopia v Algeria 1400Niger v Senegal 1400Namibia v Burundi 1500Togo v Tunisia 1500Liberia v Djibouti 1600Angola v DR Congo 1600Gambia v Mauritania 1630Egypt v Nigeria 1700S. Africa v Cameroon 1700Sudan v Ivory Coast 1800Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Manchester City star Kyle Walker hosts ‘sex party’ amidst Coronavirus lockdown

first_imgImage Courtesy: REX/Louise McNamaraAdvertisement xdyuNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs6jwlWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eay8cg( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7vdWould you ever consider trying this?😱o4iCan your students do this? 🌚1Roller skating! Powered by Firework All majorly affected countries due to the novel Coronavirus pandemic are undergoing lock downs, and citizens, celebrities and sportspersons alike- have been advised to maintain social distancing and self-isolation. However, Kyle Walker had other plans. The Manchester City superstar had organised a ‘sex party’, inviting over a sex worker and a model, along with his buddy in his apartment, which has him earning the wrath of fans and the club alike, and is also on the verge of a huge compensation for breaking the health guidelines as UK faces a complete lock down.Advertisement Image Courtesy: REX/Louise McNamaraKyle Walker, along with his friend in his apartment in Hale, Cheshire, invited Louise McNamara, a 21 year old escort, and another unnamed 24 year old Brazilian model for a three hour long ‘sex party’ last Tuesday, as it was revealed by McNamara herself, who also revealed some photos from Walker’s apartment.Following the publication of the incident in British tabloid The Sun, an official statement came from Manchester City on Walker’s violation of the pandemic rules.Advertisement “Manchester City are aware of a story in a tabloid newspaper regarding the private life of Kyle Walker in relation to a breach of the UK lock down and social distancing rules.” a spokesperson of the club said.As doctors, nurses and healthcare officials are battling out the deadly virus outbreak, Walker, being a poster boy of the Premier League elites, his irresponsible conduct has made the club disheartened.Advertisement The spokesperson added: “We are disappointed to hear the allegations, note Kyle’s swift statement and apology, and will be conducting an internal disciplinary procedure,” hinting that the England international will face a fine.However, the right back has come up with an apology for his behaviour, as he denounced his own behaviour in a statement last night.“I want to take this opportunity to issue a public apology for the choices I made last week which have resulted in a story today (Sunday) about my private life in a tabloid newspaper,” the 29 year old said.“I understand that my position as a professional footballer brings the responsibility of being a role model. As such, I want to apologise to my family, friends, football club, supporters and the public for letting them down,” Walker added.The player, who himself breached the lock down guidelines, had earlier made a tweet, urging his followers to remain indoors and follow the self-isolation procedure. Walker also added on this: “My actions in this matter are in direct contrast to what I should have been doing regarding the lockdown. And I want to re-iterate the message: Stay home, stay safe.”Over 47,000 positive cases have been confirmed in the UK till date, with 4,932 deaths.Also read-See which footballing superstar just donated Rs. 7,64,19,000 to fight Coronavirus!Massive update on U-17 Fifa World Cup scheduled to be held in India Advertisementlast_img read more

Ouma, Musa report Harambee Stars training

first_imgThe team lacked Gor Mahia players who are preparing to face Algerian side USM Algier in the CAF Confederation Cup group D match.Full SquadGoalkeepersJohn Oyemba (Kariobangi Sharks), Timothy Odhiambo (Ulinzi Stars), Patrick Matasi (Posta Rangers).DefendersYusuf Mainge (AFC Leopards), Bolton Omwenga (Kariobangi Sharks), David Owino (Mathare United), Dennis Shikhayi (AFC Leopards), Michael Kibwage (AFC Leopards), Jockins Atudo (Posta Rangers), Johnstone Omurwa (Mathare United), Geoffrey Shiveka (Kariobangi Sharks), Moses Mudavadi (St Anthony Kitale), Robinson Kamura (AFC Leopards), Musa Mohamed (Unattached), Eric Ouma (KF Tirana, Albania).MidfieldersChrispin Oduor (Mathare United), Vincent Wasambo (Kariobangi Sharks), Cliff Nyakeya (Mathare United), Robert Arot (Nakuru All-Stars), Patillah Omotto (Kariobangi Sharks), Duncan Otieno (AFC Leopards), Marvin Omondi (AFC Leopards), Whyvonne Isuza (AFC Leopards), Jafari Odenyi (AFC Leopards).StrikersElvis Rupia (Nzoia Sugar), Pistone Mutamba (Wazito FC), Ovella Ochieng (Kariobangi Sharks).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Musa Mohamed a former Gor Mahia skipper and Georgia based left-back Eric Ouma are among the seasoned players who trained on Tuesday morning in newly appointed Harambee Stars coach Sebastian Migne first session. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, May 15  – Defenders unattached Musa Mohamed and Georgia based Eric Ouma are among notable payers who reported to Harambee Stars training on Tuesday morning at the Camp Toyoyo Ground as head coach Sebastian Migne conducted his first session.The team held two training sessions ahead of upcoming international friendly matches in preparation for their second match in the 2018 African Cup of Nation qualifier where they host Ghana in September.last_img read more

Women’s Soccer Battles Evansville to Scoreless Draw

first_imgThe Bulldogs outshot the Purple Aces, 12-6, including a slight 6-5 advantage on shots on goal. Freshman Alison Walls (Kansas City, Mo.) led the attack with three shots, including two on target in the first overtime. Her second-to-last shot on goal nearly won it for the team in the first overtime, but it went high. Her final shot was saved by Evansville’s goalkeeper, Michaela Till. Sophomore Olivia Bruce (Lakeville, Minn.) also had a chance in the first extra period, but Till also saved it. Sophomore Hannah Bormann (Amana, Iowa) had the Bulldogs’ final chance in the second overtime, but her strike was saved by Till, who collected six saves. PDF Box Score In the first half, each team managed just one shot on goal as Shelley Lyjak (Bartlett, Ill.) had her header saved midway through the opening period. Drake (5-8-1, 2-1-1 MVC) and Evansville (4-8-2, 2-1-1 MVC) each earned a point in the MVC standings and moved closer to first-place Loyola (6-6-1, 3-1-0 MVC), which was edged by Illinois State, 3-2, in overtime in Chicago. Prior to the match, Drake held its senior day for its five-member class of Alyssa Brand (Skokie, Ill.), Tawny Carroll (Streamwood, Ill.), Linda Fiorito (Overland Park, Kan.), Elaine Gorom (O’Fallon, Ill.) and Shannon Steurer (Ballwin, Mo.). WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s soccer team battled Evansville to a scoreless draw Saturday evening in Missouri Valley Conference play at Tiger Field in West Des Moines. Live Stats ESPN3 Watch Live Next Game: at UNI 10/17/2018 – 7 PM Story Links “Cassie (Rohan) is hitting her stride at the right time, our back four, Sam (Nosler) and Kelsie (Stone) have proven to be difficult to breakdown in MVC play, and we have a lot of hungry attacking personalities ready to put their stamp on the game,” Horner said. “We have a relatively short turnaround to prepare for instate rival UNI, but we will be ready.” “We are pleased to earn the shutout, but a bit disappointed to have been on the ball as much as we were and not find a goal,” said head coach Lindsey Horner. “A point on the road always feel better than home draws, but with the results so far across our league, these next three games are going to be so important and equally exciting.” Preview Drake sophomore goalkeeper Kelsie Stone (Hoffman Estates, Ill.) finished with five saves, including two key stops in the final overtime.  Full Schedule Roster Following Saturday’s contest, Drake travels to UNI Oct. 17 for a 7 p.m. in-state midweek game. The match will be broadcast on ESPN3. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Team Returns Pseudogene to Junkpile to Counter ID Claim

first_imgAn earlier claim that a pseudogene has a function (see 05/01/2003 story) has been debunked by a team of scientists reporting in PNAS.1  Their reanalysis of the claim made in 2003 “invalidates the data upon which the pseudogene trans-regulation model is based and therefore strongly supports the view that mammalian pseudogenes are evolutionary relics.”  The end of their paper triumphantly announces that “our work reestablishes the evolutionary paradigm supported by overwhelming evidence that mammalian pseudogenes are indeed inactive gene relics.”    A press release by some of the researchers from Children’s Hospital at Pittsburgh took glee at this apparent slap in the face to intelligent design. This finding, discovered in a mouse model, was hailed by proponents of “Intelligent Design” (ID).  According to the Intelligent Design Network, the premise of intelligent design holds that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause rather than an undirected process such as natural selection.  ID is thus a disagreement with the core scientific basis of evolutionary theory.    However, researchers at Children’s and the Wadsworth Center in New York, including first author Todd A. Gray, PhD, have found scientific evidence that contradicts this finding.  The pseudogene in question … is an inactive copy of a gene, an evolutionary relic as previously believed.Some leaders in the ID movement found this press release ironic.  Evolutionists have claimed that ID is not scientific because it is not testable or falsifiable.  Why, then, are evolutionists claiming that this study refutes intelligent design?1Todd A. Gray et al., “The putatively functional Mkrn1-p1 pseudogene is neither expressed nor imprinted, nor does it regulate its source gene in trans,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0602216103, published online before print August 1, 2006.Finding one flaw in one claim (which did not originate with ID anyway) does not falsify ID, and there are many other cases where researchers have found treasure in the junk.  Use the search box above with keywords “junk DNA” to find many more examples, such as 05/04/2006 (bullet six), 03/24/2006 and 04/13/2004.  Finding something broken does not mean it never had a function, and finding something thought to be useless that really does have a function means we have much to learn.  Darwinists should not bring science to a halt by assuming, “evolution did it.”(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Brand South Africa reiterates the call to fight against the abuse of women and child with a campaign #IAM

first_imgBrand South Africa reiterates the call to fight against the abuse of women and child with a campaign #IAM and continuously aims to encourage all South Africans to play their part towards progressive change, that promotes a free and fair society for all to live in.“This 16 day of activism against women and children abuse has reached unacceptable levels in Gauteng and South Africa as a whole” said, Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane at the launch of the annual 16 Days of Activism campaign.The theme #HearMeToo follows from the United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women Campaign (UNiTE), which calls for global action to increase awareness, galvanise advocacy efforts and share of knowledge and innovations.The objectives of the 16 Days Campaign are to:Encourage all South Africans to be active participants in the fight to eradicate violence against women and children, hence the theme: Count me in.Expand accountability beyond the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) cluster to include all government clusters and provinces.Combine technology, social media, the arts, journalism, religion, culture and customs, business and activism to draw attention to the many ways violence against women and children affects the lives of all people in all communities around the world.Ensure mass mobilisation of all communities to promote collective responsibility in the fight to eradicate violence against women and children.Encourage society to acknowledge that violence against women and children is NOT a government or criminal justice system problem, but a societal problem, and that failure to view it as such results in all efforts failing to eradicate this scourge in our communities.Emphasise the fact that the solution lies with all of us.Brand South Africa reiterates the call to fight against the abuse of women and child with a campaign #IAM. The campaign is aimed to engage men to break the silence against sexual and gender-based violence in the country and drive this to be a reality for all.“We have recently seen men uniting in one voice to break the silence and showing unity in the fight for protecting women and children, for instance the #NOTINMYNAME movement. We commend these men for taking charge. This is why Brand South Africa found it important to support this campaign and charge men with the responsibility of their role in protecting their loved ones, hence the #IAM campaign”, said Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Marketing, Ms Sithembile NtombelaThe campaign calls on men of diverse ethnicity to participate. Filmed in black t-shirts, wearing red lipstick with the words #IAM highlighting their role of protecting women and children.“This campaign does not start nor end during the 16 Days of Activism against gender based violence, it is an everyday reality that we need to face and mobilize community members, men and women to take a stand and report, stop abuse whether it is emotionally, physically or sexually. Let us all have a voice against this social ill and construct a nation that is peaceful and unified” adds Ms Ntombela.Call the Stop Gender-Based Violence helpline (0800 150 150).last_img read more

South Africa’s judiciary

first_imgFind out more about how the wheels of justice turn in South Africa.The inside of South Africa’s Constitutional Court. (Image: Design Indaba, YouTube)Brand South Africa reporterSouth Africa has an independent judiciary, subject only to the Constitution and the law.The Constitution is the supreme law of the country and binds all legislative, executive and judicial organs of state at all levels of government.No person or organ of state may interfere with the functioning of the courts, and an order or decision of a court binds all organs of state and people to whom it applies.The Constitution provides for the following courts:Constitutional CourtSupreme Court of Appeal (SCA)high courtsmagistrate’s courtsany other court established or recognised in terms of an Act of ParliamentThere are also special income tax courts, the Labour Court and the Labour Appeal Court, the Land Claims Court, the Competition Appeal Court, the Electoral Court, divorce courts, small claims courts, “military courts”, and equality courts.The Constitutional Court, Supreme Court of Appeal and High Courts have the power to protect and regulate their own processes, and to develop the common law.The courts are also required to declare any law or conduct that is inconsistent with the Constitution to be invalid, and develop common law that is consistent with the values of the Constitution, and the spirit and purpose of the Bill of Rights.How are judges appointed?Judges in the various courts are appointed by the President in consultation with the Judicial Service Commission, the leaders of parties represented in National Assembly, and, where relevant, the President of the Constitutional Court.The Judicial Service Commission includes the Chief Justice, the President of the Constitutional Court and the Minister of Justice. It is a widely representative body, with the transformation of the judiciary remaining one of government’s key priorities.Legal systemSouth African law is a combination of different legal systems, with its origin in Europe and Great Britain. Its foundation lies in Roman-Dutch law, which is itself a blend of indigenous Dutch customary law and Roman law. The legal system that prevailed in Holland during the 17th and 18th centuries was introduced to South Africa after the Cape was settled by the Dutch in the 1600s.When the Cape was occupied by the British at the end of the 18th century, Roman- Dutch law was retained and confirmed as the common law of the country. English became the language of the courts and English legal procedures and the English law of evidence in both criminal and civil matters were introduced.As with any other country, the common law has been augmented by statutory law and many of the cases before the court are now concerned with their interpretation and application.Because of the unique heritage of South African law, and the constitutional imperative to regard comparative law, foreign law is frequently consulted, not as binding but as persuasive authority.Judicial decisions are themselves a source of law. The decisions of the court are binding on all lower courts.The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development is responsible for ensuring an accessible justice system that promotes and protects social justice, fundamental human rights and freedoms, thus providing a transparent, responsive and accountable justice for all.Source: South African Yearbook and the Department of Justice.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

4 Mistakes Even the Smartest People Make When Looking for a Career Change

first_imgWhy is Bitcoin Soaring? You might be considering a career change for a long list of reasons. Maybe you fell into a career path and found that it didn’t quite suit you. Perhaps you’ve been in the same position for a while, and you need new challenges. You might even be approaching burnout or having stress-related health issues.Career changes are becoming more common, partially because the speed of technology — and, therefore, business — is increasing. Whatever your reason, here are four common mistakes to avoid if you’re thinking about making a career change.1. Ignoring your networkCompanies know an employee referral is one of the most reliable ways to find a new employee. In fact, referrals account for only 7 percent of applications, but up to 40 percent of new hires. If you’re considering a career move, your professional network is one of the first places you should turn.Be sure to stay engaged with your network on a regular basis. Many job openings are never posted because people involved in the hiring process already have candidates in mind. Be the one who comes to mind by nurturing relationships with those who may be able to connect you with opportunities in the future. Just remember: The first rule of networking is to reciprocate. Build others up; when the time comes, doors will open for you.Another thing: Don’t limit your networking to one platform. While LinkedIn is still the most widely used, alternatives can provide different strategies for creating connections. Networking app LetsLunch, for instance, helps you find interesting professionals to meet with over coffee, lunch, or drinks, based on your calendar, interests, and goals. Here are a few other Linkedin tips to help.2. Pursuing opportunities based on salary aloneAll opportunities aren’t created equal. Top talent is in high demand, especially in the tech world. In the most sought-after fields, messages from recruiters pour in by the day. The number of open doors can be overwhelming, and there’s often very little information to go on. It takes significant time and energy to truly evaluate an opportunity.That’s why many people start with salary and job requirements. Certainly, it’s important to have an idea about these before moving forward, but don’t stop there. Making decisions based only on these basics is a mistake. To find a career move that will truly make you happy, you should consider opportunities that are a holistic match with your goals.How do you know which opportunity will truly make you happy? Companies are starting to recognize and address this challenge. Stellares, for example, is a deep-tech talent acquisition platform that harnesses the power of AI to help you find opportunities that match your learning goals, work-life preferences, and passions. This approach really works; tech talent using Stellares decide to pursue 42 percent of the opportunities the platform matches them with — an impressive number compared to the 12 percent conversion rate of the average career site. If you’re inundated with potential paths and lost on where to start, try uncovering what’s really important to you with the help of AI.3. Considering only big-name companiesIn some industries, landing a job at a top company seems like the holy grail of career advancement. But having Google or Apple on your resume isn’t the only way to stand out. Depending on your goals, this kind of tunnel vision could help you stay focused — or it could be seriously detrimental.Working for a tech giant and working for a small startup will challenge you in different ways. What kind of growth are you looking to achieve? Getting in on the ground floor of an innovative company can be a unique experience that serves you well in your career. You’ll likely have more flexibility, autonomy, and chances to make a palpable impact. However, a large company will allow you to specialize and may have more internal opportunities for advancement. These differences indicate why it’s important to have a holistic idea of what you want out of your career.4. Failing to connect the dots for employersYou’ve tapped your network, narrowed your options, and found an opportunity that will help you grow and fits your goals and passions. Even if you’re confident that you’ll be great in a position, don’t assume that your experience speaks for itself — or that your one-size-fits-all resume will score you an interview. With more than 75 percent of large companies using an applicant tracking system as a first step, you need to make sure your resume is tailored to the specific position you’re applying for if you want to make it past automated gatekeepers. Sound time-consuming? Utilize tools like Jobscan’s Power Edit, which leverages AI and machine learning to help you dynamically update important skills and keywords missing from your resume based on the job description of your desired position. Continue the theme in your cover letter, spelling out why you’re a great fit and how you’re different from other candidates.When you’re invited in for an interview, be prepared to carry that connection through the process. Don’t be afraid to showcase what makes you stand out in the applicant pool, whether it’s a unique skill or a surprising job in your history. Be sure to circle back and clarify how these differentiators enable you to bring unique value to the company.Put it into practiceNavigating a career change can be tricky, especially if you’ve been in the same position for several years. However, changing things up can bring new experiences — and even new meaning — into your life. If you’re considering a significant move, the key is to spend some time really evaluating what you hope to gain in the process. Talking with mentors, doing your research, and using new technologies like AI can help you figure it out. Related Posts Blockchain – Impending Revolution in Glob… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#career#career advice#career challenges#career change#career growth#job application platform#job benefits#job perks#job seeker mistakes#networking#new job#tech career#tech jobs Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. How Blockchain Changes Nowadays Business Security Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWritelast_img read more