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8 Work-at-Home Scams Every Freelance Writer Should Be Aware Of

8 Work-at-Home Scams Every Freelance Writer Should Be Aware Of

Jun 28, 2016

If you’re a freelance writer, you likely feel the pressure to always have your next gig lined up, especially if you’re just getting started in your writing career. However, that drive to always have work can make you a potential target for scammers. Here are eight common work-at-home scams you should be aware of. The flatterer A smooth talking individual reaches out to you full of praise for your blog, your resume, or your social media posts. They insinuate they work with a publisher of some kind and want you to write a book, host a YouTube channel, or something else that promises exposure, pay, and prestige. You’ve never heard of this person before, but you’re flattered. Only hours or days of work into the process are you told that you’ll need to invest your own money to make the project happen. Don’t fall for this one. It’s a scam, and it’s not worth your time. If someone wants you to write a book, they should pay you – not the other way around. The startup An excited and energetic individual reaches out to you. They are part of a new business and they would love for you to do some of the writing for this startup. It’s sure to be a huge success! Unfortunately, they don’t have the money to pay for your services right now, so they promise you a portion of their sales and profits instead. Unless you personally know the entrepreneur, you shouldn’t trust this scheme. You’ll likely never hear from them again once you’ve done your portion of the “launch” and the names and contact info they gave you (and probably even the business name) will turn out to be fake. Samples or free work? This is a common scam. You’ll be asked for a few original samples. They don’t necessarily need to be very long, but the job you’re writing for will be a high-paying one, so you provide high-quality samples. Then you never hear back from the individual again. Chances are that they were never after the work you applied to do but just needed a few short blog posts. You should have a portfolio and some...

Cat Gets Lifesaving Blood Transfusion.from a Dog!

Cat Gets Lifesaving Blood Transfusion.from a Dog!

Jun 28, 2016

More ABC news videos | ABC Entertainment News Buttercup, a sick cat in Marathon, in the Florida Keys, needed a blood transfusion in a hurry. According to ABC News, Buttercup’s owner brought him in to the Marathon Veterinary Hospital after noticing his pet was “very lethargic, not wanting to get up, not wanting to walk around.” It would’ve taken 24 to 48 hours to get cat blood donated for him, and Buttercup didn’t have that much time. But, the vet hospital had plenty of dog blood on hand. You see, cats and dogs have different blood types – just like humans do – but dogs also have a universal blood type and their blood is often available from donors for emergency use. They prefer to use species specific transfusions, but this was an emergency. Cats are the only animals (besides dogs, of course) that can receive a blood donation from a dog! The lifesaving transfusion worked, and Buttercup is at home recovering. The hospital still doesn’t know what caused Buttercup’s blood count to become so low in the first place, but now he is developing red blood cells on his own again. Update: According to the Marathon Veterinary Hospital’s Facebook page, Buttercup is doing “Fantastic. Good as new!” Way to go, Dr. Sean Perry and Staff! This article, Cat Gets Lifesaving Blood Transfusion.from a Dog!, first appeared on The Catington...

Exiled soldiers seek SADC intervention

Exiled soldiers seek SADC intervention

Jun 27, 2016

  Colonel Matela Matobakele Keiso Mohloboli Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) members exiled in South Africa have appealed for assistance from the Southern African Development Community (SADC). According to a letter written by Colonel Matela Matobakele to SADC Executive Secretary, Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax, the soldiers are seeking the regional bloc’s assistance in returning home peacefully and also getting their salaries and benefits from the government. The soldiers fled the country between 2014 and 2016, and Colonel Matobakele would not say how many of them sought refuge across the border when contacted about the letter this week. Colonel Matobakele, who said he wrote the letter on behalf of his exiled colleagues, also alleges government is conducting surveillance in Ladyband and Ficksburg but did not explain why in the letter. Former prime minister and All Basotho Convention leader Thomas Thabane, Basotho National Party leader Thesele ‘Maseribane and Reformed Congress of Lesotho leader Keketso Rantšo have been living in Ficksburg and Ladybrand respectively, since they sought refuge in South Africa in May 2015 saying they could continue living in Lesotho because they feared for their lives. Dr Tax could not be reached for comment yesterday, while Defence and National Security Minister Tšeliso Mokhosi yesterday told the Lesotho Times he was not aware of the letter, but said the soldiers should “just return home” as nothing would happen to them. The minister cited the case of one sergeant Moshoeshoe who was also in exile but is now back home “and nothing happened to him”. But according to Colonel Matobakele’s letter dated 1 June 2016, SADC should look into the exiled soldiers’ plight and help them return to their families. The letter reads: “We have the honour to write to your good office in order to humbly seek your assistance. “Your Excellency will recall that Lesotho developed a security crisis from the beginning of 2014 when some homes were bombarded. You will also recall an incident of attempted coup in August 2014, the pre-planned brutal murder of former LDF commander Lt-Gen Maaparankoe Mahao (on 25 June 2015), and other incidents of murder as per the Judge Phumaphi Commission’s findings. There were also abductions and kidnappings of some soldiers and...

An Elite Club of Suicide Bombers

An Elite Club of Suicide Bombers

Jun 26, 2016

By Editor, Dawn, PakistanJun 21 2016 (Dawn, Pakistan) It is always baffling, isn’t it, to see the yawning difference in our responses in South Asia to a gathering communal threat, for instance, as opposed to the catastrophic prospect of nuclear annihilation? Only recently, Pakistan toggled between public outcry and terrified whispers when teeming mourners showed up at the funeral of an executed religious zealot, the savage killer of a popular provincial governor. In India, the sight of glistening, unsheathed swords or trishuls used to disembowel helpless people, as happened in Gujarat in 2002, evokes outrage from the middle classes among others. The remorseless lynching of men, women and children and an almost formulaic public gang rape of women that accompanies such abhorrent outings fill us with horror. It all horrifies us because we abhor bloodshed and hurting innocents. We are outraged because we see the rule of law collapsing; we see injustice ruling, where women bear the brunt of a hideous mob. Remember the piles of bodies on military trolleys in Jaffna? They included the sexually tortured cadavers of women from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. We acknowledged at the time that though the LTTE included ruthless killers in its ranks, the military response was even more inhuman. Some of the cases we petitioned before international arbiters. The middle classes that quake at the thought of gore and fascist hordes seem incorrigibly sanguine about a nuclear calamity. So one thing is clear. We abhor bloodshed or at least most of us do. We are not inclined to accept organised mass rape or torture and targeted lynching as an occurrence we have to learn to live with. In fact, even laden with our unending grief and sorrow, as glimpsed in the case of Zakia Jafri and her doughty supporter, Teesta Setalvad, we want the severest retribution for our killers but not capital punishment. What goes wrong when it comes to the prospect of nuclear annihilation? Why do we go silent or even appear indifferent? The middle classes that quake at the thought of gore and fascist hordes seem incorrigibly sanguine about a nuclear calamity. The cavalier way in which we behave towards our own...

Interview: How This Homegrown Philly Biotech Co. Is Leading the World On a Zika Vaccine

Interview: How This Homegrown Philly Biotech Co. Is Leading the World On a Zika Vaccine

Jun 26, 2016

Zika virus micrograph image via CDC The Zika virus is showing no signs of slowing down. Most recently, the virus has caused an uptick in the number of women seeking abortions in Latin America and has given some people doubts about attending this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where the World Health Organization has reported some of the highest incidences of microcephaly, a fetal neurological abnormality linked to the virus. As of June 15th, 60 countries and territories report continuing mosquito-borne transmissions. Philadelphia announced its first case of the Zika virus in February, and Chester County just confirmed its first case on Wednesday. While there is currently no vaccine or therapy for the Zika virus, a homegrown Philadelphia biotechnology company is leading the effort to get one on the market. On Monday, Inovio Pharmaceuticals announced that it was approved to test its vaccine on humans. BizPhilly spoke with Inovio’s founder and CEO, Joseph Kim, about the vaccine, a timeline for the human study, and the implications of being a small biotech firm that’s leading the way for a solution to the infectious disease. The news broke on Monday that Inovio can now initiate the first phase of testing the experimental Zika vaccine, GLS-5700, in humans. Can you talk about how Inovio got approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to begin testing? Inovio has built a product vaccine and an immune therapy product development platform. It’s quite revolutionary where we can develop the products much faster than the traditional viral vaccine developers could. We started working on the Zika program late last year, and within about six months from starting the animal testing of our Zika vaccine, we were able to complete all the tasks required to get the FDA approval for our first human study. In the world, Inovio’s product is the first to get approval for human study. We are very proud of that and we look forward to completing this first study and moving on to the next one. We want to move as rapidly as possible to bring this vaccine to the market, to the patients who need it. Can you speak more about the technology Inovio used...