Monday, July 31, 2023

Warren Buffett's YouTube channel for kids to learn about money and investing

One of the useful YouTube channels that's useful for kids to learn about money, investing, and building wealth is Warren Buffett's Secret Millionaires Club. 
Warren Buffett is an American business magnate, investor, speaker and philanthropist who serves as the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. 

Buffett is one of the greatest and successful investors of all time. As of 2022, his net worth was $117.7B (according to the wealth-tracking platform, Forbes).

He first bought stock at age 11 and first filed taxes at age 13.

Mr. Buffett gives advice for business and entrepreneurs in investing in stocks, finance, building a successful business. 

In the videos, Warren Buffett voiced his own character.

Special Assistant, People & Culture Team

HIAS seeks a Special Assistant, People & Culture Team to provide administrative, logistical, event planning, team analytics and reporting support. They work closely with the members of the People & Culture Team and the Executive Office to support our organizational and team goals, ensuring smooth and positive operations.

  • Relevant undergraduate degree may be helpful, however applications encouraged from those with relevant professional experience and a desire to grow in this field.
  • 2-3 years of experience working in an administration role, ideally with highly confidential data, using multiple systems and reporting methods.
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented; ability to work under pressure and meet multiple deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated capacity to manage and maintain confidential information.
  • Brings energy and ideas for continuous improvement in line with the goals of the organization and the department.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Able to quickly build strong relationships across the organization and collaborate with others in problem-solving and task completion.
  • Spanish or French fluency would be an advantage, as the Special Assistant may be required to review/write translations for accuracy and communicate with colleagues where English may not be their first language.
  • Although frequent travel is not anticipated, the role-holder may be required to travel between Silver Spring and other locations, as necessary.
  • Given the Chief People & Culture Officer’s travel schedule and London work location, there will be the need to attend calls and be available to work outside normal working hours (time-shifting would be expected).
  • In the event of a Board meeting or urgent matter, there may be the occasional need to work at the weekend.
  • Proven ability to work effectively with limited supervision.
  • Ability to properly prioritize work and escalate issues as needed; able to complete work in a timely manner while working on simultaneous tasks.
  • Demonstrated interest in People & Culture matters and best practices essential.
  • Interest in refugee rights, human rights or social justice would be an advantage in this role.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook; excellent research skills.
  • Travel, to include travel to insecure operating environments, may be required.
Read more and apply

Development Reporting & Metrics Specialist

HIAS seeks a Development Reporting & Metrics Specialist to provide support to the Development Operations team. Reporting to the Development Systems Manager, this role focuses on tracking and reporting data on all private giving, pulling regular quarterly reports for the Strategy & Measurement team and responding to data requests from colleagues in Major Gifts, Jewish Communal Philanthropy, Community Engagement, Institutional Development, Executive Office, lay leadership and the HIAS Foundation. The Development Reporting & Metrics Specialist assists in maintaining data hygiene and ensures that reports are accurate and complete. This role will help drive key initiatives and strategic long-term goals through ad-hoc and scheduled tracking and reporting and will work closely with a wide variety of internal stakeholders.

  • 3-5 years of experience in a nonprofit fundraising/development environment.
  • Experience with fundraising data management systems required, particularly Raiser’s Edge/NXT; advanced skills in Microsoft Office (especially Excel).
  • Experience with Target Analytics and ResearchPoint a plus.
  • Must be extremely detail-oriented, with excellent planning and organizational skills; ability to prioritize and manage time efficiently in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Travel, to include travel to insecure operating environments, may be required.
Read more and apply at

Director of Public-Private Partnerships

Partners of the Americas seeks a Director of Public-Private Partnerships. This role reports directly to Partners’ Director of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas (100K) program and is responsible for leading public and private sector collaboration for the 100K Innovation Fund. In addition, the Director will support other public-private partnerships strategic to the organization.

Roles and Responsibilities
  • Grow and diversify Partners’ higher education portfolio, especially with private, foundation, and non-U.S. government partners.
  • Develop and strengthen Partners’ ability to affiliate and work with universities. Develop and strengthen Partners’ ability to work with corporations, and non-U.S. government actors.
  • Champion the impact of Partners’ programs to a diversity of audiences and increase the visibility of the brand in front of private sector, foundation, and government partners.
  • Develop fundraising and outreach strategies in close collaboration with program partners and stakeholders.
  • Raise funds from corporations, foundations, and government agencies. Develop successful concept papers and proposals and successfully cultivate donors to obtain grants and other commitments.
  • Fundraise the necessary annual funding regarding cost share and funds for grant competitions for the 100K Strong in the Americas program.
  • Collaborate on a communications and marketing strategy to ensure a strong website and web presence, to highlight partnerships with key stakeholders, and to attract and cultivate new partners.
  • Serve as the point of contact for all private sector and foundation donors in all matters related to fundraising. Work in close coordination with the operations staff to align donor expectations with reality and set timelines for giving/increased engagement/event participation.
  • Supervise program staff and consultants as appropriate; and
  • Travel to events and other fundraising opportunities will be required.
  • Train Partners’ staff on fundraising techniques.
Qualifications and Minimum Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred.
  • A minimum of six years professional experience in fundraising with a proven track record of success securing funds and managing a diversity of donors.
  • Experience managing U.S. government-funded programs is a plus.
  • Strong cross-cultural/ interpersonal skills and knowledge of Latin America. Ability to interact with stakeholders with cultural sensitivity, fostering a supportive environment in person and in all forms of correspondence.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Experience working with stakeholders in higher education, international exchange, and workforce development is a plus.
  • Fluency in Spanish required; excellent oral and written skills in English and Spanish is required; Portuguese and/or French not required but a plus.
  • Strong computer skills including MS Word and Excel.
  • Ability to stick to timelines and meet deadlines consistently.
How to apply

Interested professionals, please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected], only finalists will be contacted. No calls.

3 tools to help you check IMEI and avoid buying a blocked or blacklisted phone

I have been there several times and learned a valuable lesson. 

I thought I was going to save some money by buying it from Craigslist or OfferUp. I bought a phone listed as unlocked, only to find out later that it was blacklisted, even though I asked almost all the right questions. 

Before buying a phone (or tablet such as an iPad or from any Android manufacturer), check the price, but be careful because these days scammers try to price their items as close to the real price as possible to calm the suspicion that "if it is too good to be true, it probably is."

Ask the seller questions. If they do not like to respond to your questions, stay away too. If they respond, ask for IMEI, carrier, owned or financed, original receipt (and warranty if possible), date of purchase, etc. Check for consistency in the answers. If there's any hint that stories are changing, it's a red flag.

Being proficient in English is not a measure of how reputable a person is. 

Do not buy a store-demo phone or tablet.

Find the nearest carrier store to which the phone is locked and ask if they can assist with checking and validating the authenticity of a phone before buying. Ask the seller to meet at the carrier store. If they refuse, don't buy the phone.

Check the IMEI. Ask the seller to tell you what the IMEI is and why you are asking. If the IMEI doesn't pass as clean, don't buy it. If it passes, let the seller know that you will be performing a factory reset (this may wipe any fake IMEI and return it to its original, and scammers don't like it). 

Ask the carrier to check if the phone is blacklisted, financed, or reported for any issue, including "stolen." Some carriers will not tell you this information as it is personal and may not be legally permitted.

If the carrier is cooperative, ask them to deactivate the IMEI under the seller's account; that way, it prevents the seller from later reporting the phone as stolen and asking for a replacement or claiming insurance, which will cause the IMEI to be blacklisted. 

Meeting the person and inserting a SIM card to try it out is not proof that the phone is in good working condition. It may be blocked later. 

Get IMEI number (if they don't know how to get the IMEI, ask them to dial *#06# on the phone, not the IMEI from the box). Here are some websites you can use to check the IMEI prior to purchasing:

  1. Swappa -
  2. IMEIPro

Officer, New Business Development USG

The New Business Development Officer will coordinate and lead complex proposal efforts across EGPAF’s country-based programs, at the global level, and support selected strategic and long-term initiatives across the New Business Development Team. This role will be instrumental in maintaining and growing EGPAF’s programs. They will support proposal design and management and will directly support growth of EGPAF’s organizational strategy. They will work as a key member of the New Business Development team to track, prepare, and submit concept papers and proposals for US Government (USAID and CDC) funding opportunities.

Title: Officer, New Business Development USG

Department: New Business Development

Location: Washington, DC or Remote

Reports To: Manager, New Business Development

Classification: Full-time, Exempt

Sunday, July 30, 2023

Matching Grant Caseworker

The Caseworker provides trauma-informed services to refugees and other qualified immigrants to support a positive resettlement experience. The Caseworker works closely with clients on the Matching Grant program, which supports newly arrived clients in achieving self-sufficiency in the United States through early employment. The Caseworker will also work closely and collaboratively with other IRC colleagues and external parties to meet individual client needs and preferences utilizing a broad range of financial, medical, social, vocational, and other services and resources in accordance with client eligibility and Matching Grant program requirements.

Employment Type: Full-Time

Compensation: USD 19.00 - 22.60 Hourly

Location: Missoula, MT USA

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Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning (MEAL) Officer

The MEAL Officer provides critical guidance and instruction throughout the process of program development by ensuring MEAL activities capture program impact. The MEAL Officer ensures IOCC programs contain the appropriate tools and systems to evaluate the program outcomes during and at the end of the program implementation. Programs will be monitored and evaluated to ensure program goals and objectives are met. Programs will be evaluated to identify learning and best practices from IOCC programs. The MEAL Officer provides guidance for the use of appropriate monitoring systems and program and project evaluations throughout the activity, which may take place in areas of conflict.

The MEAL Officer advises the Director of Strategic Services and Deputy Director of Programs or Director of Programs on evaluation and learning priorities and is the central repository of demonstrative examples of IOCC’s global technical capacities and lessons learned. The officer also administers and maintains the databases of recommendations that have emerged from evaluations and follow-up activity.

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MSI: Chief of Party (COP), USAID ADD

The Chief of Party (COP) will provide strategic direction and leadership for the activity. The COP will create and manage a dynamic team of technical experts to support and promote USAID’s digital strategy. They will coordinate work across a broad consortium of partners, staff, and consultants. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in supporting digital technology initiatives to improve democratic practices and accountability worldwide. They will have experience working with local stakeholders such as local civil society organizations, private sector, watchdogs and when possible, with local government ministries to improve access to information and democratic transparency. The COP will be the main point of contact for USAID staff and will liaise directly with the activity COR on technical issues. The position will largely be U.S. based although some travel may be required. The position is contingent upon award.

  • Bachelor’s Degree with minimum of fifteen (15) years of experience managing development activities (USAID-funded activities preferred), including donor funded grants and contracts or have a Master’s degree and/or a Ph.D. and twelve (12) years of experience managing development activities (USAID-funded activities preferred), including donor funded grants and contracts.
  • Proven experience building and managing dynamic, flexible teams, preferably on global projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships across technical sectors including technology, cybersecurity and digitalization, in both the public and private sectors, to improve democratic practices worldwide.
  • Experience in and knowledge of one or more technology industries, including telecommunications, cybersecurity, digital governance/democracy, digital finance, data ecosystems, and emerging technologies, in a public or private sector capacity.
  • Ability to travel globally.
Read more and apply at

MSI: Grants & Contracts Manager, USAID ADD

The Grants & Contracts Manager will be responsible for day-to-day oversight and administration of the Digital Foundations grant pool. The Grants & Contracts Manager will lead strategizing, learning and process improvement for grant and contract design, competition and award management. They will be responsible for ensuring compliance with USAID standards, policies and procedures, and grants management system use. Reports directly to the Chief of Party (COP). The position will largely be U.S. based although some travel may be required. The position is contingent upon award.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree.
  • At least five (5) years of experience managing development activities, including contracts and buy-ins.
  • Experience creating and managing sub-awards and grants.
  • Experience working with USAID-funded contracts and grants, and mastery of USAID regulations and compliance requirements for contracts and grants, required.
  • At least two (2) years of experience working with non-governmental organizations managing grants implemented in developing countries.
  • Proven experience in customer service, client relations and relationship management.
Read more and apply at:

Saturday, July 29, 2023

Natural Helper

The Natural Helper will assist the Youth Caseworker in providing services to immigrant children and their families. The Natural Helper will coordinate services to ensure that the children are living in a safe environment and integrating well into their new community. The Natural Helper will assist the caseworker in connecting them to appropriate services and resources. Travel within Miami-Dade County. This is a part time position.

Employment Type: Part-Time

Compensation: USD 16.40 - 18.90 Hourly

Location: Miami, FL USA

Read more and apply at


The Caseworker provides trauma-informed services to refugees and other qualified immigrants to support a positive resettlement experience and the achievement of client self-sufficiency. The Caseworker works closely with clients, colleagues, and external parties to develop service and/or self-sufficiency plans to meet individual client needs and preferences utilizing a broad range of financial, medical, social, vocational, and other services and resources in accordance with client eligibility and program requirements.

Employment Type: Full-Time

Compensation: USD 18.70 - 20.50 Hourly

Location: Tallahassee, FL USA

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Intensive Case Management Health Caseworker

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Full-Time

Compensation: USD 20.80 - 23.10 Hourly

Location: Tallahassee, FL USA

Job Overview: The Intensive Case Management (ICM) Health Caseworker will address barriers to health and wellness for especially vulnerable clients. The ICM Health Caseworker will be expected to provide strengths-based, client-centered case management, regarding client’s identified health concerns, to single-headed refugee households; survivors of domestic violence and gender-based violence; older refugees; youth and young adults without parents or permanent guardians; refugees experiencing mental health or psychological difficulties; refugees with physical disabilities or medical conditions; unanticipated refugee arrivals and secondary migrants; and refugees who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ). They work closely with clients, colleagues, and external parties to develop service plans to meet individual client healthcare needs and improve access to healthcare and resources in accordance with client eligibility and program requirements.

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Employment Specialist

The Employment Specialist is responsible to provide direct job placement and retention services to support refugees to attain economic self-sufficiency through employment in the Turlock and Modesto offices. This position reports to the Job Placement Supervisor.

Employment Type: Full-Time

Compensation: USD 25.51 - 26.30 Hourly

Location: Turlock, CA USA

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Learning Advisor, USAID Advancing Digital Democracy (ADD)

MSI is pursuing the USAID Advancing Digital Democracy program. The purpose of this activity is to foster open, secure, and inclusive digital democracies in which data-driven technologies advance, rather than undermine, democratic values and respect for human rights. It will offer to support and strengthen country-level and global multi-stakeholder coalitions that can identify opportunities for productive engagement, leverage incentive structures, and create shared language for tackling the most pressing issues in the digital age.

Position Summary:

The advisor will oversee the program’s collaborating, learning and adapting (CLA) process and implementation of the monitoring, evaluation and learning approach. The ideal candidate will possess a combination of strong technical, communication, research, and analytical skills with preferred knowledge of digital democracy initiatives. The position is contingent upon award.

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Associate Research Scientist at Columbia University

Under the supervision of the Director of Strategic Information, the Associate Research Scientist (Senior Technical Advisor-Strategic Information) will provide technical assistance to ICAP country teams and Ministries of Health on enhancing the quality of and building capacity in surveillance, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), informatics and operations research with a focus on building sustainable systems. The Associate Research Scientist (Senior Technical Advisor) will serve as overall and technical leads of strategic information projects to improve systems for routine data collection and surveillance, strengthens data use and dissemination at all levels and provide technical assistance in program evaluation and operations research activities.

Education: Doctorate degree with training in epidemiology

Minimum Requirement: Minimum ten (10) years of related work experience

Salary Range or Pay Grade: $120,000 - $130,000

Read more and apply at

Human Resources Generalist, Temporary ICAP at Columbia

Reporting to the ICAP Senior Human Resources (HR) Manager, the Human Resources Generalist is responsible for providing day-to-day guidance to ICAP New York on a range of HR-related activities including full cycle recruitment, on-boarding, promotions, staff retention and end of employment procedures. The incumbent will provide high level customer service to all colleagues and engage with Mailman School of Public Health (MSPH) Faculty Affairs and Human Resources and Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) Human Resources to effectively and efficiently support ICAP’s HR needs.
  • Regular/Temporary: Temporary
  • End Date if Temporary: 11/30/2023
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range: $70,000 - $80,000

Talent Acquisition Associate

Education: Bachelor’s degree in HR, international affairs, business administration or related field.

Minimum Requirements:
  • At least 1 year of relevant experience in International Development, USAID, or State Department projects.
  • Experience using Applicant Tracking System required, (ICIMS familiarity preferred).
  • Experience overseeing multiple simultaneous recruitments and managing the entire recruitment cycle.
  • Oral and written fluency in English is required, fluency in another language (Spanish, Arabic or French) is preferred.
Read more and apply at:

IMPACT Initiatives: Senior Assessment Officer

IMPACT Initiatives is currently looking for a Senior Assessment Officer to join the Global Humanitarian Planning and Prioritization Unit in HQ.

Contract duration: Open-ended

Start date: September 2023

Under the supervision of the Global Humanitarian Planning and Prioritization unit (HPPU) manager, the SAO will lead and support on various initiatives within the Research & Development workstream of the HPPU related to inter-sectoral analysis as well as global and cross-crisis analysis using MSNA data collected at national level. The individual fulfilling this role will play a critical function in providing technical, programmatic, and strategic support to a high profile and impactful work stream on the global REACH team.

Read more and apply at:

IRC Supply Chain Coordinator

The Supply Chain Coordinator is responsible for the organization, valuation, procurement, and tracking of both purchased goods and in-kind donations, working closely with the Operations Supervisor and Inventory Specialist to ensure that supplies are delivered to clients and staff effectively at the Welcome Center. They are the primary point of contact for all procurement and purchasing areas. They are the primary supply chain point person for all financial system coordination, as well as for the inventory systems and data entry. The Supply Chain Coordinator will coordinate closely with internal stakeholders to streamline existing workflow systems, as well as help design, implement and upkeep new inventory/logistics protocols and systems.

Location: Phoenix, AZ USA

Compensation: USD 23.41 - 26.41 Hourly

Friday, July 28, 2023

List of Microsoft Excel shortcuts

Learning to use Microsoft Excel (or Google Sheets) is one of the best decisions you make in your career.

Excel is a paid Microsoft software while the equivalent which is available for free is Google Sheets.

Learn to use Excel or Sheets to organize data and create charts, tables, etc. for presentation or analyzing patterns and trends. This can help you, your organization or company see the big picture, make informed decisions, and solve problems efficiently.

In a world where job competition is high, mastering Microsoft Excel will excel your career and position you as a valuable employee. It doesn't matter if you are a student or what your careered is. You can even use it for your personal finance.

Memorizing and practicing these shortcuts will dramatically save you time and money, while increasing efficiency and productivity.


CTRL + 1 Format Cells

CTRL + 2 Bold font

CTRL + 3 Italic font

CTRL + 4 Underline

CTRL + 5 Strikethrough

CTRL + 6 Show/Hide an Object

CTRL + 7 Show/Hide the Toolbar

CTRL + 8 Toggle Outline Symbols

CTRL + 9 Hide Rows

 CTRL + 0 Hide Columns


CTRL + A  Select All

CTRL + B  Toggle BOLD (font)

CTRL + C  Copy

CTRL + D  Fill Down

CTRL + E  Flash Fill

CTRL + F  Find

CTRL + G  Go To

CTRL + H  Find and Replace

CTRL + I  Toggle Italic (font)

CTRL + J  Input line break (in Find and Replace) 

CTRL + K  Insert Hyperlink

CTRL + L  Insert Excel Table 

CTRL + M  Not Assigned

CTRL + N  New Workbook

CTRL + O  Open

CTRL + P  Print

CTRL + Q  Quick Analysis 

CTRL + R  Fill Right

CTRL + S  Save

CTRL + T Insert Excel Table

CTRL + U Toggle underline (font) 

CTRL + V Paste (when something is cut/copied)

CTRL + W Close the current workbook

CTRL + X Cut

CTRL + Y Redo (Repeat last action)

CTRL + Z Undo


CTRL +’ Copy a Formula from the Cell Above

CTRL +” Copy a Value from the Cell Above

CTRL + < Copy a Formula from the Cell Above

CTRL + > Copy a Formula from Cell to Left

CTRL + Tab Next Workbook

CTRL + Backspace Jump  to the Active Cell

CTRL + Spacebar Select an Entire Column

CTRL + Insert Copy

CTRL + Home Go to Beginning of Worksheet

CTRL + Page Up Go to Previous Worksheet

CTRL + Page Down Go to Next Worksheet

CTRL + Delete  Delete

CTRL + End Go to the Intersection of the Last used Row and Column


CTRL + ` Toggle Formula

CTRL + ~ General Format

CTRL + !  Number Format

CTRL + @ Time Format

CTRL + # Date Format

CTRL + $ Currency Format

CTRL + % Percent Format

CTRL + ^ Exponential Format

CTRL + & Outside Borders

CTRL + * Select Current Region

CTRL + ( Unhide Rows

CTRL + ) Unhide Columns

CTRL + - Delete

CTRL + _ Remove Border

CTRL + + Insert

CTRL + = Insert

CTRL +; Insert Current Date

CTRL +:  Insert Current Time


CTRL + F1 Collapse the Ribbon

CTRL + F2 Print Preview

CTRL + F3 Name Manager

CTRL + F4 Close

CTRL + F5 Restore Window Size

CTRL + F6 Next Workbook

CTRL + F7 Move Window

CTRL + F8 Resize Window

CTRL + F9 Minimize Workbook

CTRL + F10 Maximize Workbook

CTRL + F11 Insert a Macro Sheet

CTRL + F12 Open a File


CTRL + Tab = Next Workbook

CTRL + Shift + Tab = Previous Workbook

CTRL + Backspace = Jump Back to Active Cell

CTRL + Spacebar = Select Entire Column

CTRL + Shift + Spacebar = Select All

CTRL + Insert = Copy

CTRL + Home = Beginning of Worksheet

CTRL + Page Up = Previous Worksheet

CTRL + Page Down = Next Worksheet

CTRL + Delete = Delete

CTRL + End = Intersection of Last used Row and Column

CTRL + Shift + L = Toggle filters on/off.

CTRL + Shift + $ = Apply current formatting

CTRL+ Enter = Fill Selected Range with Current Entry

Alt + Enter: Start a new line within a cell.

Human Resources Generalist, Temporary ICAP at Columbia

Reporting to the ICAP Senior Human Resources (HR) Manager, the Human Resources Generalist is responsible for providing day-to-day guidance to ICAP New York on a range of HR-related activities including full cycle recruitment, on-boarding, promotions, staff retention and end of employment procedures. The incumbent will provide high level customer service to all colleagues and engage with Mailman School of Public Health (MSPH) Faculty Affairs and Human Resources and Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) Human Resources to effectively and efficiently support ICAP’s HR needs.
  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Regular/Temporary: Temporary
  • End Date if Temporary: 11/30/2023
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range: $70,000 - $80,000

Thursday, July 27, 2023

DSU scholarship

Students can apply for the scholarship provided by the Agenzia Regionale Diritto allo Studio Universitario – DSU is the agency for the University Study Right of the Tuscany Regional Council (Regione Toscana).

A DSU grant includes 
  • free accommodation
  • free meals at the University dining halls
  • contribution to cover extra expenses (sporting activities, books, etc.)
  • exemption from University tuition fees.
For a.y. 2023/2024 the deadline for the DSU Scholarship application is 6 September 2023.

The Gates Scholarship 2023 For International Students

Scholars will receive funding for the full cost of attendance* that is not already covered by other financial aid and the expected family contribution, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or the methodology used by a Scholar’s college or university.

*Cost of attendance includes tuition, fees, room, board, books, and transportation, and may include other personal costs.

More information at

Medtronic recalls defibrillators - ICDs and CRT-Ds

Medtronic is recalling all ICDs and CRT-Ds, manufactured after 2017, with a glassed feedthrough, as they may deliver low or no energy output when high voltage therapy is needed due to inappropriate activation of the Short Circuit Protection (SCP) feature.

The products are the Cobalt XT, Cobalt, Crome ICDs, Claria MRI, Amplia MRI, Compia MRI, Viva and Brava CRT-Ds and the Visia AF, Visia AF MRI, Evera, Evera MRI, Primo MRI and Mirro MRI ICDs.
The recall involves about 348,616 defibrillators distributed in the United States from Oct. 13, 2017, to June 9, 2023.

A reduced-energy shock, or no shock at all, may fail to correct a life-threatening arrhythmia, which can lead to cardiac arrest, other serious injury, or death. There are additional risks of harm if a patient with one of these devices needs additional surgical procedures to remove and replace the device.

Medtronic reports 28 incidents, 22 injuries, and no deaths for this issue.

Who May be Affected?
  • People implanted with affected ICDs and CRT-Ds.
  • Health care providers who implant and manage patients with ICDs and CRT-Ds.

University of Pisa scholarships to international student

The University of Pisa allocates every year 24 merit scholarships to international students admitted to one of the Master Degrees taught in English language, or in the Bachelor's Degree in Management for Business and Economics, in order to promote the academic offer in English of the University to international students.

The merit study grant consists of:
  • First year of course: 6 thousand 500 euros gross and exemption from University fees (except for € 140,00 for Regional taxes, and € 16.00 for stamp duty)
  • Second year of course for Master's Degree: 8 thousand euros net and a reduction of 50% of the University fees if the student has obtained at least 36 CFU credits
  • Second and third year of Bachelor's Degree: 8 thousand euros net and a reduction of 50% of the University fees if the student has obtained at least 36 CFU credits (first year) and 96 CFU credits (second year).
Find out more and apply at

Studentship for underrepresented communities for PhD at The King’s College

The King’s College London Centre for Doctoral Studies are offering one studentship to support underrepresented communities for PhD study in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities.

Subject areas:
Arts, culture and media. History and classics. Languages and literature. Philosophy and religion.

Funding type:
Tuition fee. Living cost. Bench Fees / Research Training & Support Grant.

Awarding body:
Centre for Doctoral Studies.

United Kingdom.

The Award is available for the 2023/24 academic year (February 2024 or June 2024 entry)

Read more and apply at:

Second call: PhD in Sustainable Development and Climate Change

Second call for 11 additional “Innovation” scholarships

Deadline 4 August 2023

A research programme in which ideas and methods linked to environment, society, technology, economy and health are perfectly integrated into a global vision, in order to develop a better future.

A network of public and private research centers fully interconnected and coordinated by IUSS PAVIA, in Italy.

Read more and apply at:

University Winter Courses in Germany for Foreign Students and Graduates

This scholarship programme is designed for students, graduates and doctoral candidates. It aims to help them improve their knowledge of the German language (general language) as well as German regional and cultural studies. Applications are open to students and graduates as well as doctoral candidates in any subject area.

Undergraduate students must have completed at least two academic years when the scholarship period starts.

Students in the last year of a study programme are eligible to apply if they continue their studies in a postgraduate study programme shortly after completing their undergraduate degree. Please submit a letter of confirmation from your university as proof.

Read more and apply:

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Common scams

Some scammers take their time to persuade you by using stories to play on emotions in order to gain trust before they steal from you.

Here are some examples to learn from:

  • A deal via social media or online shopping websites such as eBay, Amazon, Craigslist, OfferUp, Swappa etc., by selling stuff you may be interested in but ask that you must pay using cash or an app other than the app from the site you're purchasing through.
  • Imposters such as pretending to be from the tax agency because you owe some taxes and a lawsuit is pending if you don't pay right away. Others pretend to be from tech companies and say they need to update your computer system, while others pretend to be from your utility company inquiring about a late payment where they ask you to supply personal and financial information so they can compare it in the system.
  • Grandma, Grandpa calls - they pretend to be a grand kid that's stranded somewhere, or in some sort of trouble, or kidnapped and nee money fast.
  • You've won! - Some scammers will tell you that you've won a large sum of money from lottery or raffle, or money left under your name or money entitled to you from example a class action settlement or unclaimed money from the past, etc. They will ask for your personal and financial information in order to collect tax on the money before they "pay you."
  • Investment pitch. Scammers will try to tell you about a "once-in-a-lifetime" opportunity to invest and reap big rewards. You will be promised massive profits and guaranteed great returns in a short and long term. You will be asked to invest immediately.
  • Romance scams. Scammers play with emotions and feelings, especially online when they can promise anything you desire after learning about your situation. They do not care if you've been looking for a soulmate for a long time, or you've recently separated or divorced and trying to heal, or you've lost your spouse and are vulnerable. The promise to mee you in person but first, they need some money because they cannot afford to travel or are trapped on a mission somewhere.
  • Business compromise emails (BCE). Some scammers will infiltrate the institution you're doing business with for a home, property, car, office or business equipment, by phishing and spoofing their email address and tell you of a change in closing information and you have to wire money to a new account.

How to try and protect yourself

  • Do not share your personally identifiable information (PII) with anyone
  • Do not share your bank information
  • Do not click links in emails or text messages - go to the company's website directly or call them from the number in your statement or in the back of your card.
  • Do not access your financial accounts information using a public internet.
  • Trust your instincts or gut feeling. Think before you act. Genuine people will understand if you need time to double check and verify. It is better to be late or laughed at than be sorry.
  • Protect others by sharing information about scams and how to stay ahead. Listen and from others as well, you may learn or get reminded of something.

Tuesday, July 25, 2023

"Pay Yourself" scams

In general, no bank will ever ask you to send money in order to resolve or reverse fraud on your account.

Any text message, phone call, or email stating that it is from your bank and asking you to send money by wire or pay via Zelle, CashApp, Venmo, Apple gift cards, PayPal, or any other forms of payment for a service that you do not remember or recognize or solve an issue in your account it is a scam.

Try to stay safe by:

  1. Knowing the person, you're talking to. If you are not comfortable with the questions or information being asked, or you're feeling that something is not right, trust your intuition and hang up the phone before providing such information as full names, phone number, bank account number, debit number, credit number with 3-digit verification number, username, password, verification code from a text message or from your 2-factor authentication app (2FA). Go to your account and check the number (can also be found on your statements) for your financial institution provider and call them directly. This is also a good habit that can be applied to any suspicious form of communication even if it doesn't involve money at first.
  2. Take a deep breath and think through. Scammers may take time to persuade you into doing something, but usually most of them will create a sense of urgency and trigger your emotions so that you react without thinking thoroughly. They use this method to force you into doing something without realizing it at the moment. 
  3. Don't send money before you know for sure why you're sending money and why. Some trained or experienced bank employees may be able to spot a scam and try to warn you. Stop and listen to them even if the scammer told you not to. They may help you save your money.

Monday, July 24, 2023

Check (cheque) fraud

When using checks, be aware that the checks you write most of the time will include your name, your address, and your bank account number. If they fall into the wrong hands, you may lose your personal information stolen and financial loss.

How do scammers get your check?
  1. by taking them your checks from the mailbox
  2. by getting them from the trash cans if they were not disposed of properly
How do they get money from this fraud?

By rewriting your check to themselves after using chemicals to erase your information.
  1. by selling your personally identifiable information (PII) to other scammers
  2. by using your PII to forge checks 
  3. by using your PII to create profile that they can use to apply for services as if they were you
Some tips to help with making it harder to alter your check
  1. User a permanent pen
  2. In the payee field, fill out the name in the entire space or make a line to the end of the space
  3. Use the same signature every time to be consistent
  4. Go to the post office and mail it from inside, and not dropping them in the drop boxes outside