Wife, paramour held for man’s murder in Ganjam

first_imgThe Ganjam police has solved the murder of a man whose body parts were recovered from different areas with the arrest of his wife and her lover on Saturday.According to the police, Rina Sahu (35), wife of Koko Sahu (40), had committed the murder with with help of her paramour Sunil Pradhan on March 31. One of their sons was the witness to the murder, police sources said. Sunil is a distant relative of Rina.A torso was recovered near Mardarajpur on April 2. During the next few days, chopped hands and legs were located from nearby areas. On April 10, a severed head was found near the Dengapadar canal. As there was no missing person complaint, the local police were unable to identify the victim. The victim was finally identified when his brother Golak Sahu filed a complaint with the police regarding his missing brother. The police had taken Rina into custody on May 10 for interrogation. During interrogation, she spilled the tbeans about the gruesome murder, which led to the arrest of her paramour.Illicit relationshipAccording to Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Dilip Das, who monitored investigation of the case, Rina had developed relationship with Sunil as her husband was a migrant worker in Surat. After returning home in March, her husband had come to know about their illicit relationship and warned them to refrain from it. It had irked Rina and Sunil, who had decided to murder Koko.Another caseEarlier this month a similar case had come to fore in Ganjam district. Decomposed body of Laxmi Narayan Patra (38) from Mohana of Gajapati district was recovered from a locked rented house at Ankushpur village on May 4. Investigation revealed that he had been murdered on April 7 by his wife Jamuna Patra and her paramour Narayan Sahu. Both of them have been arrested.last_img read more

Podcast: Smelling the Opposite Sex, Mysterious Lines in the Desert, and Surviving the Dinosaur Apocalypse

first_imgSmelling the Opposite Sex, Mysterious Lines in the Desert, And Surviving the Dinosaur Apocalypse Do certain smells influence our perceptions of gender? What was the purpose of ancient white lines in the Chilean desert? And how did birds survive the dinosaur apocalypse? Science’s Online News Editor David Grimm chats about these stories and more with Science’s Sarah Crespi.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) 00:0000:0000:00last_img read more

Pingris wants to see more from Acox amid subpar showing in semis

first_img“As an import, I’m not satisfied,” Pingris said in Filipino after Star suffered a 98-74 beatdown in Game 2 Tuesday night.Acox is known for his rebounding and that’s also the primary reason why Star opted to replace the prolific scorer Malcolm Hill.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe is posting 14 boards a game in the semis. But with the situation that his team is in, he needs to do more than that if the Hotshots would keep their season alive in Game 3 on Thursday.On the other hand, Allen Durham is playing like the reigning Best Import and is showing why he’s tipped to win the award again. Stalzer returns to PSL, jumps ship from Foton to Petron BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next PBA IMAGESVeteran Star forward Marc Pingris wants to see more production from import Kris Acox, who has been subpar in the Hotshots’ semifinals series against the Meralco Bolts.Through two games, Acox only has had little to show on offense, averaging just 8 points on 35% shooting from the field.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  “It’s going to be hard [to win in Game 3] but we’re going to try. It’s really going to be tough.” Durham has been nothing short but menacing, averaging 22 points, 24 rebounds and 4.5 assists in the semis.But the Hotshots’ woes aren’t just due to Acox’s poor play.Pingris said the locals should also step up.In Game 2, Star only had two players in double-digit scoring with Mark Barroca tallying 16 points. The other was Mon Abundo, the third-string point guard, who got extended playing time with Paul Lee nursing a left knee injury.“We also need to help him (Acox). It shouldn’t be just all him. The locals also need to help out,” said Pingris, who also has his fair share of struggles in the series, averaging 4.5 points and 5.5 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

With hand surgeon in stands, Kvitova wins Wimbledon return

first_imgHow fitting.Kvitova was a bit overwhelmed by the whole scene as she returned to the site of her two Grand Slam titles, a little more than six months after being cut by a knife-wielding intruder at her home in the Czech Republic. Still unable to clench her hand for celebratory fist pumps or grip her racket fully, Kvitova came back to the All England Club and beat Johanna Larsson 6-3, 6-4.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAll five fingers on the lefty’s racket-swinging hand were injured in the late December attack. At the time, Kvitova was told there was a possibility she might not play tennis again.Scars on that hand serve as a reminder of what happened, and she thinks the cream that she often rubs on her hands during changeovers — something she’s long done, even before the stabbing — might help her improve her grip strength. LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend She acknowledged dealing with some jitters at the outset against Larsson, a Swede who is ranked 53rd. That might have led to three early double-faults.But Kvitova quickly found her game and was on her way. And she noticed that the crowd, clearly familiar with what she went through not that long ago, cheered even more loudly than usual for her.She’s popular among British bookmakers, too: Some have made her the favorite to take home the trophy in two weeks’ time.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong MOST READ View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infectioncenter_img LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Suns sign draft pick Josh Jackson, guard Mike James Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova celebrates after winning her Women’s Singles Match against Sweden’s Johanna Larsson, on the opening day at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Monday, July 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON — The surgeon who repaired Petra Kvitova’s left hand was in the Centre Court stands to watch her win in Wimbledon’s first round on Monday.“It was very nice that he sat in the box for my match. It was a special one,” Kvitova said. “I’m really glad that he took the invitation. He came with his wife to support me here.”ADVERTISEMENT She first returned to practice a little before the French Open, then began her competitive comeback in Paris in late May. A tournament title came next, on grass courts at Birmingham, England, in June.Those were both important milestones, to be sure.It was still a thrill to play once again at Wimbledon, where she won the championship in 2011 and 2014.“It was beautiful to be back on the court, playing my game, on the beautiful Centre Court, of course,” the 11th-seeded Kvitova said. “I couldn’t wish (for) more.”After winning Birmingham, she pulled out of a tuneup tournament at Eastbourne, citing an abdominal injury she thinks was a result of having the unwanted time off to begin the season.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Englishman Stephen Constantine prepares Indian football team for Busan Asian Games

first_imgKick off: Stephen Constantine is Indian soccer’s hopeIs he a guus hiddink come to rescue Indian football from obscurity? Englishman Stephen Constantine, the new coach of the national football team, is preparing the country’s Under-23s for the Busan Asian Games in September.Those familiar with the soccer scene in India would,Kick off: Stephen Constantine is Indian soccer’s hopeIs he a guus hiddink come to rescue Indian football from obscurity? Englishman Stephen Constantine, the new coach of the national football team, is preparing the country’s Under-23s for the Busan Asian Games in September.Those familiar with the soccer scene in India would call it a thankless task. But the All India Football Federation (AIFF), which gave Constantine the top football job, is expecting the 39-year-old to up India’s rank from 23 out of 40 soccer-playing nations in Asia, and get a team sitting idle since the pre-World Cup qualifiers up and running for a string of major matches.Next month, Constantine’s boys will be in a six-nation tournament in Vietnam; then Busan, the 2003 Asian Cup and the Olympics the year after. “The team hasn’t played for a long time, so fitness is a concern,” says the new coach. “I will also be giving our players new ideas.”One of only two FIFA instructors in England, Constantine has coached teams in England, Cyprus, US and, more recently, Nepal.”He doesn’t have an exceptional CV,” says AIFF Honorary Secretary Alberto Colaco. “But he has an amazing will to succeed.”Just what the team needs.last_img read more

5 Ways to Tackle Your Exit Interview Like A Pro

first_img 5.0★ 3.5★ 3.4★ We Asked 750 Hiring Managers What Makes a Candidate Irresistible, Here’s What They Said 23 hours ago 23h N/A Registered Nurse Supervisor RN Waterbury Gardens Nursing and Rehab Waterbury, CT Interior Designer – St. Louis & Dallas Oculus Saint Louis, MO Director, Advanced Technology Policy General Motors United States 3.1★ Pest Control Technician United Pest Solutions Seattle, WA 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Registered Nurse (RN) – Charge Nurse – $7,000 Sign On Bonus EmpRes Healthcare Management Gardnerville, NV 23 hours ago 23h N/A Deli Associate F&M Deli & Restaurant Mount Laurel, NJ 23 hours ago 23h 4.7★center_img LCPC – Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center Chicago, IL Whether you’re leaving your job on good terms or bad ones, chances are an exit interview will be part of the process. Even in the best of circumstances, these meetings can provoke anxiety about what to say, what not to say, and how to make sure you’re leaving with the best possible impression. In the worst scenarios, it can be tough to balance the desire to be honest about your work experience and the reasons you’re leaving without throwing anyone under the bus. After all, you never know who you might cross paths with again in the future.To make the process easier, we talked to top HR pros to get their best advice on how to stay calm, cool, and collected throughout the process.1. Remember the purpose of an exit interview. In the end, the exit interview isn’t really about you, and it’s important to be aware of that before going into one. “Exit interviews typically take place for the employer’s sake, not the employee’s,” explains  Dina Amouzigh, People’s Operations Manager at the online healthcare portal CareDash. “The purpose is to get information and feedback based on the employee’s experience or context for their ultimate decision to separate,” she adds. This is the most important thing to keep in mind heading into the meeting, since ultimately the company you’re leaving stands to benefit from your intel, not the other way around. Remember, you don’t have to share anything you’re uncomfortable talking about, and you definitely shouldn’t use the meeting as an emotional outlet to let out frustrations you feel about your time at the company. 2. If you’re nervous, prepare ahead of time. “I highly recommend writing down notes to plan what you want to say,” advises Jude Miller-Burke, Ph.D., business psychologist and author. “If you expect it to be highly charged, practice out loud. Reinforce to yourself that you will maintain boundaries and not succumb to your strong emotions.” Writing in a journal beforehand is a good way to sort out your thoughts, she adds. “Seeing this meeting as an opportunity for you to practice self-management, a skill critical to success, may decrease your stress. Having a friend to call after the meeting can be a helpful debriefing.”Keep It Classy! How to Quit Your Job With Grace3. Get specific about the good. When it comes to positive feedback, get into the nitty gritty. “You want to be sure to share specifics about what (or who) made the work experience positive,” says Laura MacLeod, LMSW, HR expert and founder of the From The Inside Out Project. Points to highlight include “how you learned and grew as a professional and what you’ll remember and why,” she adds. These topics give the human resources department important information about how they can continue to promote a positive work environment and who is having a beneficial impact on other employees. In other words, you’re paying it forward by highlighting what the company you’re leaving got right. 4. Be general about the bad. Even if you had a horrible experience at a company, experts unilaterally advise against throwing another person under the bus during an exit interview. It’s just not the time or the place. That being said, there are ways to let HR know about the real motive behind your departure. “I believe there are ways to be honest and retain your professionalism,” says Miller-Burke. “Speak in general terms and never identify people you are angry with. It is fine, for example, to express that the workload was more than any one person could handle, if done in the right tone,” she says. It’s also okay to say something like, “I think managers should get more training in active leadership,” but it’s best to avoid statements like, “Tom was the worst boss I’ve ever had.”What Not to Do When You Resign5. Find the silver lining. No matter how awful your experience was, it’s important to mention at least one positive during your final conversation. “Find something that you honestly feel was positive,” recommends MacLeod. “This may be tough, but it is important to demonstrate your professionalism. You are able to see and acknowledge that there were benefits and opportunities there, despite the way things turned out.” 6 Hacks to Save Time During Your Job Search 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Service Advisor Prime Motor Group Saco, ME 23 hours ago 23h 2.5★ RN, Registered Nurse – OP Chemotherapy CHRISTUS Health Houston, TX QUIZ: Is Your Company Toxic? 4.5★ Also on Glassdoor: Browse Open Jobs 2.8★ Administartive Assistant Sentry Mechanical Pittsburgh, PA 23 hours ago 23hlast_img read more

The Best Jobs You Can Work From Anywhere

first_imgAt Home Active Lifestyle Brand Ambassador, TeleTechCompany Rating: 3.4Brief Description: As a TeleTech At Home Customer Support Representative, you’ll use your “get it done”, high-energy, professional approach to answer in-bound calls from customers who share your passion. TeleTech will provide you with paid training, ongoing coaching and support every step of the way.Cool Perks: A flexible work schedule around your availability – part-time (20 – 25 hrs/wk), casual dress code – Yoga pants, shorts, sweats – it’s your choice, and career advancement opportunities.Learn More Systems Consultant, DellCompany Rating: 3.7Brief Description: As an integral part of the Dell sales team, this role is responsible for providing subject matter expertise to both customers and the sales teams to ensure that all requirements and objectives are met. This includes, but is not limited to, the development and implementation of sales strategies, thoughtful discovery of customer requirements and subsequent solution proposal development, delivery of product presentations, product demonstrations, and customer focused seminars.Cool Perks: Jobs come with benefits that include health plans and other interesting perks like on-the-job training and mentoring opportunities.Learn More Bilingual Spanish Seasonal Tax Support Specialist, IntuitCompany Rating: 4.2Brief Description: Intuit is hiring credentialed tax experts (CPA/EA/Practicing Attorney) for their TurboTax expert network, the largest virtual tax community in the world. You’ll bring confidence, tax expertise, and personal experiences to new client relationships that will empower and educate people, so they can lead better lives and get one step closer to financial freedom. And you decide how much, when and where to work, creating a schedule that works for you.Cool Perks: Employee discounts, job training, and tuition assistance. Plus employees at Intuit can request up to 32 hours per year of paid time to volunteer during normal work hours.Learn More Business Information Developer, AnthemCompany Rating: 3.4Brief Description: This telecommute role is responsible for assisting with the development and execution of data mining analyses to enhance reporting functionality and identify data relationships and patterns.Cool Perks: Anthem’s Total Rewards program is a comprehensive benefits package that supports greater quality of life for our associates, personally and professionally, through a wide range of thoughtful offerings like dependent care, parental leave and employee discounts.Learn More Remote Senior Sports Sales Specialist, NCSACompany Rating: 3.4Brief Description: The NCSA is the world’s largest and most successful collegiate athletic recruiting network. NCSA’s Recruiting Sales team is designed to produce top performing sales professionals responsible for conducting recruiting assessments with potential NCSA members over the phone. The sports sales team is charged with identifying qualified college prospects for college coaches nationwide.Cool Perks: The earning potential for this role is $50K-$150K per year, plus NCSA has a Wellness Reimbursement Program of $65 per month.Learn More Realtime Captioner, VITACCompany Rating: 3.9Brief Description: VITAC currently produces more than 300,000 hours of realtime captions per year – that’s about 6,000 hours per week. All employees travel to VITAC’s headquarters for one week of paid technical instruction at the beginning of a salaried training period. Upon completion, the captioner is paid a competitive hourly on-air rate. VITAC remote captioner employees are provided with all of their equipment, hardware, software, technical support, phone line installation, and direct billing of phone line charges.Cool Perks: VITAC is a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week, 365-day-a-year business. If you’re watching something on television, likely someone somewhere is captioning at that time. That might sound overwhelming, but it can result in some interesting scheduling options.Learn More The ability to work from anywhere isn’t just nice, it’s downright awesome. Mondays you can work in your favorite cafe, Tuesdays you could log-on from the airport, Wednesday you could be in White Mountain National Forest, Thursday you could work from a hotel bed, and Friday you could take your laptop and work from the beach. Sounds impossible? Think again.Remote jobs give you the flexibility of working from anywhere and deciding what environments suit you best. After all, life is too short to be stuck in a cubicle. Check out these 9 cool jobs you can work from anywhere!Travel Support Specialist, TripActionsCompany Rating: 4.9Brief Description: TripActions is a rapidly growing startup that reinvents one of the most used & hated processes in your workplace. We’re saving customers 30% on their travel budgets and incentivizing their employees along the way. This hybrid position is part of a 24/7 dedicated support group working with our Global customers and agency support team, with the goal of delivering the best service levels for both tech and travel related support.Cool Perks: In addition to working remotely, TripActions gives each employee $2000 personal travel stipend to use on the app every year and a pre-tax benefit plus a $1000 yearly transportation stipend.Learn More Staff Appraiser, AssurantCompany Rating: 3.2Brief Description: Assurant Valuations, a subsidiary of Assurant Inc., offers an innovative and differentiated suite of valuation solutions and appraisal services for mortgage industry professionals nationwide. Appraisers complete Desktop and Field Appraisal/Valuation Reviews including all product/property types.Cool Perks: Competitive salary, health benefits starting on Day 1, car/travel allowance, monthly communication allowance and continuing education reimbursement.Learn More Junior Account Manager, BambooHRCompany Rating: 4.7Brief Description: As a member of the work-from-home implementation team, you will join forces with new HR clients and their teams to help manage the project of implementing our HR software. Working from home, you will have the opportunity to cut out the distractions that come with being in an office, learn how to be a master of your craft and crush your job responsibilities.Cool Perks: 3 weeks paid time off, 11 paid holidays, and they pay you to go on vacation (apply to learn more!).Learn Morelast_img read more

How to Be a Cross-Functional Job Seeker

first_img Hot, New Jobs For You 23 hours ago 23h Director, Advanced Technology Policy General Motors United States Deli Associate F&M Deli & Restaurant Mount Laurel, NJ 3.1★ N/A 4.8★ 2.8★ 4.7★ 2.3★ 23 hours ago 23h 3.5★ Today’s job seekers must go above and beyond to stand out to employers if they want to land a job.Having a competitive advantage in the workforce requires job seekers to understand what skills are in demand by employers and how they can become easily trained upon being hired.One thing job seekers can do to set themselves apart is to position themselves as a cross-functional job seeker. Now, you’re probably wondering what this means for job seekers, especially when the most common term associated with “cross-functional” is teamwork. Let’s find out what it means to be a cross-functional job seeker.What is a cross-functional job seeker?A cross-functional job seeker has a jack-of-all-trades quality. Job seekers who are cross-functional take the time to get their feet wet in a variety of skills. This helps them diversify their skills set and make them easier to train when applying for jobs.Cross-functional job seekers are also individuals who are experts in one area but have a variety of skills under their belt. For example, let’s say you have a B.S. in statistics. If you’re hoping to become a cross-functional statistician, you could build upon your current knowledge by gaining experience in market research or finance. Because of your math background, this would make you an appealing candidate to employers hiring market research analysts or financial analysts.As you can tell, being a cross-functional job seeker allows you to create more flexibility in your career. If you’re wondering how you can become a cross-functional job seeker, here are some tips to get you started:1. Create a goal.Cross-functional job seekers are very specific with their goals. Just like a cross-functional team, the different skills you gain must help you reach a common career goal, too.The goal you create for your job search will set the stage for the skills and experience you decide to gain. For example, if you’re hoping to break into a new industry, then you’ll need to obtain the skills required in order to be successful.To create a directional goal, research different opportunities within your field. Take time to read job descriptions and learn about in-demand skills within your field. If you discover similar skills demanded by different job postings, consider adding those skills to your professional toolbox, too.8 Secrets Recruiters Won’t Tell You (But Really Want To) 2. Target your expertise.Most career paths today are very diverse because of the number of specializations available. When marketing yourself as a cross-functional job seeker, obtain skills and experience that relate to your field, but also set you apart at the same time.A common issue job seekers have when diversifying their skills and experience is that they only familiarize themselves with different areas of expertise; they don’t take time to become an expert in those different skills.When gaining new skills, you should instead target your expertise and make your skills more specific. Targeting your expertise requires an investment in continuous learning.Take advantage of opportunities to develop your unique skills and build accomplishments you can add to your portfolio. This way, when you market yourself as a cross-functional applicant, you’ll increase your credibility by having something to show for on your resume and cover letter.8 Expert-Approved Tips for How to Find a Job Today3. Market your different skills at the right time.To effectively market your different skills, you must be very careful when writing your resume and cover letter. Employers are definitely interested in candidates who have a diverse set of skills. However, they want your skills to be applicable to the position they’re hiring for.For example, let’s say you’re a public relations professional who has experience in content marketing, social media, and event planning. You just discovered a job opening with an events company and you’re trying to figure out how to write a customized resume and cover letter. Although you have a diverse background in PR, it makes sense to market your events experience to the employer. This way, you can effectively market your skills for the right position.6 Ways to Make the Skills Section Shine on a Resume4. Be flexible in your job search.The great thing about having a variety of skills is that it gives you the opportunity to be more flexible in your job search. Flexibility is an important characteristic of cross-functional job seekers because it gives you the opportunity to apply for different jobs and be easily trained once hired.When it comes to being a cross-functional job seeker, it’s about gaining skills to help you achieve your goals and advance your career. Even if it’s something as simple as learning how to use a new piece of technology employers in your field are using, this skill can set you apart from other job seekers. 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​Liverpool want buy-back clause for Bournemouth target Kent

first_imgLiverpool want to include a buy-back clause for Bournemouth target Ryan Kent.The 20-year old winger spent last season on loan at Barnsley and made 44 appearances for the Championship club.Despite gaining more first-team experience, Jurgen Klopp is willing to let Kent leave the club.Cherries boss Eddie Howe is keen on bringing the Englishman to the south coast and will have to pay £6m if he is to do so.However, according to The Sun, the Reds want to cover themselves by including a buy-back clause in the deal.last_img

Great tag lines – do you have one?

first_imgTaglines are tough. They challenge us to sum up the essence of all we do in a few words that are pithy, profound and pack a punch. My blogging frolleague Nancy, also known as president of Nancy Schwartz & Company, has a big announcement about those tough little beasts: She’s found the BEST nonprofit taglines of 2008. We’re happy to see Network for Good friend LandChoices as a big winner. (I voted for them!)Nancy says the Getting Attention Nonprofit Tagline Awards program came about when so many powerful taglines were submitted to a survey she did on nonprofit taglines. More than 1,000 taglines were submitted. Survey findings, the entire list of submitted taglines and details on finalists and award winners will be featured in a report to be published in September. Stay tuned for the report – I’ve seen a sneak preview, and it’s packed with great pointers on vastly improving your tagline. I’ll blog it as soon as it’s off the presses.Without further ado, here are the winners in each category along with comments on what makes them great:Arts & Culture: Where Actors Find Their Space —NYC Theatre SpacesThis clearinghouse for NYC rehearsal and performance spaces uses a double entendre to go beyond a description of its services and highlight the value of its work.Civic Benefit: Stand Up for a Child —CASA of Southwest MissouriCASA’s tagline provokes anger, compassion and a desire to help, in just five words.Education: Stay Close…Go Far. —East Stroudsburg University of PennsylvaniaThis simple yet distinctive tagline from East Stroudsburg cuts through the clutter. Its straightforward character mirrors that of the school.Environment & Animals: Helping Preserve the Places You Cherish —LandChoicesLandChoices’ tagline thoroughly communicates the value of its work while evoking one’s most precious memories of walks in the woods, wildflower meadows and childhood camping trips. There’s a real emotional connection here.Grantmaking: Make the most of your giving. —The Greater Cincinnati FoundationThis clear tagline articulates the value of the foundation for donors considering an alternative way to give.Health & Sciences: Improving Life, One Breath at a Time —American Lung AssociationThis unexpected focus on the breath—a core element of life—gets attention, and understanding.Human Services: When You Can’t Do It Alone —Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Sarasota–Manatee, Inc.This tagline tells the story succinctly and powerfully: It’s all about getting help when life becomes overwhelming. It makes a strong emotional connection.International, Foreign Affairs & National Security: Whatever it takes to save a child —U.S. Fund for UNICEFUNICEF engages hearts and minds with its passionate focus on helping children. Who could turn down a request for a donation?Jobs & Workforce Development: All Building Starts With a Foundation —Building Future BuildersVoters enjoyed the word play here: It adds depth of understanding without being glib. Religion & Spiritual Development: Grounded in tradition…Open to the Spirit —Memphis Theological Seminary (MTS)MTS conveys the two equally important halves of its values and curriculum in a way that makes you think about the connection.Other• The Art of Active Aging —EngAGEEngAGE surprises with the imagery of active aging and the use of the term “art” to describe the way it does its work.• Because facts matter. —Oregon Center for Public Policy (OCPP)This tagline introduces the nature of OCPP’s impact in Oregon and entices the reader or listener to find out more. Its value proposition—the truth—is particularly compelling at a time when facts are frequently disregarded in public debate.last_img read more

The Night Clinic

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 12, 2010June 20, 2017By: Sara Al-Lamki, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Sara Al Lamki, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.At 4pm, the market building begins to close. By 5, all the stalls have cleared out and the shops windows are shut, and so is the clinic. At the same time, new stalls are beginning to take over the open spaces outside the building, encroaching on anywhere that can take a stall, the street, the parking lots, and the bridges over the river, making the area a market running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Ashoka Fellow Dr. Luh Putu Upadisari recognized that reaching those 4000+ women that work there only during the daytime was not enough; the education and services also needed to reach these other hundreds of women that work the night hours. So she set up a make-shift clinic in a beauty salon on the ground floor of the market building.It’s quite an amazing thing to witness. The market is bright and bustling with vendors and shoppers, but the crowds are significantly smaller than the daytime, so you can really take in the feel of the market, and take your time enjoying the visual feast. The whole team is there to set up. Because the patients are completely different, there is a whole set of other files for the nighttime patients that are kept in boxes and carried down to the salon every Friday night. Medications, educational materials, condoms, and 2 aprons representing male and female reproductive organs are carried downstairs, as well as stools and small tables for operation, and curtains to create an examination room. Though only open for 4 – 5 hours, the night clinic is always very busy, averaging 30 patients a night, but a big part of the operation is, as always – outreach. Only one Doctor and Nurse are needed at night, and while they and the two men (accountant and office assistant) run the admin and checking patients in, the rest of the staff is out in the market spreading the word, and passing out brochures and condoms. At night there are always new vendors and laborers that have not heard, or have not yet visited the clinic. Because it is only operational once a week, the opportunity for outreach is immense – you cannot imagine how far the night market spreads, and every week new patients come in, and dozens of women and men are given pearls of reproductive wisdom. Especially since there are also sex workers around the market at that time, and more male vendors that may be in contact with these women, there is a special need for condom distribution as well as counseling.Sintha, a graduate in public health and the project coordinator of Yayasan Rama Sesana (the organization for which I work), is particularly good at taking advantage of group situations. She approaches areas with two or more women to ask them if they know about the clinic and if they have visited it before. Because of her engaging nature, this often turns into an open discussion involving 5 or more women, with more coming in to ask questions, listen, or share their stories. I was amazed at the inquisitive nature of the women, both young and old, asking so many questions, sometimes with a coy smile, as they are often embarrassed. The YRS staff is amazingly adept at starting discussions, and educating about what one may think are the simplest of things that we take for granted – menstruation, its process and significance in pregnancy. Sintha told me how their questions stem from personal experience; a woman has a neighbor with breast cancer, and wants to know how to be aware and prevent it. Another has a daughter whose lifestyle is not ideal, and wants to collect material to insure her daughter understands safe sexual practice. There is no judgment in these discussions, and that is why the clinic has been so successful. There is refuge and peace in these circles, ones that the women are always eager to come back to. And because of that she feels there is a demand for night services.Share this:last_img read more

Empowering Rural Women Leaders to Promote Maternal Health in Cusco, Peru: Test of a New Teaching Method

first_imgA cluster-randomized controlled trial was used to adapt and test the method in Peru. Women leaders in half of the selected communities were trained using the innovative method; for those in the other half of matched randomly-assigned communities, standard health promoter teaching methods were used. We first implemented a baseline survey of mothers of children under one year of age, and oriented communities with selection and designation of Women Leaders. Then we implemented a series of workshops on six topics (pregnancy, childbirth/postpartum, newborn, breastfeeding, infant diarrhea, infant pneumonia) conducted over a period of eight months with 75 women leaders divided into four training groups (two experimental groups and two control groups). In the latter half of the project, in-depth interviews and focus groups were conducted in communities with women leaders, mothers of children under age one, and community leaders by an anthropologist fluent in the local language of Quechua to assess community attitudes toward Women Leaders. Results of pre and post-tests for each training module showed greater improvements in experimental groups of Women Leaders. Results of qualitative community studies showed that, comparing experimental and control groups, rural women learned faster after sharing their experiences and learning from their previous actions. They acquired confidence hearing other women share their stories and difficulties, overcame nervousness, fear, and shame of speaking in public, and became more communicative and able to teach other women. They used the same method in their own communities to generate trust among women by telling their stories and asking mothers to tell theirs. Results of the quantitative household surveys conducted at baseline and at the end of project showed that experimental communities had greater changes in maternal behaviors including a significant decrease in the prevalence of child diarrhea, while control communities had more improvements in levels of maternal health knowledge. We conclude that methods used to train rural Women Leaders make a difference in their level of self-confidence, motivation and empowerment to become change agents in their communities. At the same time, any training at all of women leaders is effective to begin a change process for women in their communities. As a new method for training illiterate female health promoters, the “Sharing Pregnancy History” methodology is both effective and is easily learned by local health sector professionals who are usually in charge of training health promoters. This research was conducted by Future Generations with partial support through a subgrant from the Maternal Health Task Force with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Rural women need to be empowered to make better decisions about home health behaviors. Frequently, in poor communities where women’s health needs are greatest, they are the least empowered: so the question is — how to support the critical transition from disempowered to empowered? The hypothesis of Future Generations was tested with women leaders from rural Andean communities of Peru through an operations research project entitled “Between Us (Women): Sharing Pregnancy Histories as Part of Community Education for Maternal and Neonatal Health,” in which processes used to train women leaders were designed to empower them as change agents. Women selected as community health promoter volunteers (Women Leaders) by other women in their own community, are asked to share their experiences from each of their own pregnancies, births, postpartum periods, breastfeeding experiences, and other issues related to maternal and child health, in terms of what they did, what they felt, if they sought help, what was the outcome, and other aspects. These experiences are used as the basis of subsequent training, through identifying and analyzing local customs and practices, identifying positive and negative beliefs and behaviors, and learning from each other. A pilot project using this method implemented in Afghanistan by Future Generations found a significant decline in child mortality in communities where this method was implemented. Posted on March 14, 2012August 15, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The following is the final installment of a series of project updates from Future Generations. MHTF is supporting their project, Using Pregnancy Histories to Help Mothers, based in Peru. More information on MHTF supported projects can be found here. Facilitator manuals were produced on six key MCH topics for use in scaling-up the methodology: Introduction to Community Leadership and Empowerment; Pregnancy; Birth and Postpartum; Newborn; Breastfeeding; Infant Diarrhea; Infant Pneumonia. The “Sharing Pregnancy History” method is currently being further tested by Future Generations with women leaders in the Huánuco region of Peru in a cluster-randomized controlled trial as part of a larger integrated maternal neonatal child health and nutrition project, with support from USAID Child Survival and Health Grant Program during the period 2010-2014.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Written by: Future Generationslast_img read more

Outsource part of a project—or find one

first_imgWhile doing a little in-house web analysis this week, we realized that our Gigs board is one of the most-visited areas of our website. Consider this a friendly reminder that you can go there not just to find work, but to hire freelancers, as well. We know for a fact that members have used Gigs to find designers for their own websites, and to outsource parts of projects. If you haven’t done so yet, give it a try!last_img

Freelancers’ Hurdles to Home Mortgages

first_imgIn a recent New York Times article, “When Income Is Freelance,” Executive Director Sara Horowitz shared tips and advice for freelancers who are hoping to qualify for home mortgages in the future. As many of our members have experienced, loan-approval continues to be a bigger challenge for these workers than for those employed full-time, even though a growing number of workers are freelancing. If you’re looking for a new place to hang your hat, be sure to read up. The article is chock-full of information that will help you on your quest to homeownership. (Photo by Aaron Freedman, via Flickr)last_img

How to build your business by narrowing your focus

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.An effective way to establish a market position and build your business is to experiment with your marketing efforts by focusing on niches. This means you pitch certain services or skills to specific target markets. It’s in contrast to marketing as a generalist in your field, reaching out to all possible desired types of potential clients.I’m not saying that you should concentrate your long-term efforts on marketing only one skill or going after a very narrow group of clients. I’m advocating for an overall marketing strategy that includes experimentation with niches to test opportunities.These might be niches ignored by your competition or ones that you can dominate due to a highly customized approach. Ultimately, you’d aim to build visible and profitable positions within several niches. This would be a component of your marketing plan while still offering a variety of services to a reasonably broad market to ensure diversification.Let’s say that you’re a programmer who develops websites. You can develop just about any type of site for any type of client using the most popular programming languages. That’s just like thousands of other developers around the world.You can market your services to everyone you can reach, but that isn’t very efficient. It’s like randomly sending out a boilerplate email to 1,000 companies across the country and hoping for a one percent response rate.Taking the niche approachInstead, what if you take a niche approach? First, you consider the types of Web sites you prefer building, the knowledge you have about particular industries, your credibility with a category of businesses and other characteristics that set you apart from other programmers. Then, you focus your marketing efforts on one or two niches associated with the following:A specific industry or audience with which you have a connection.Prospects in need of programming in a specific language or on a special platform. Sites designed for a specific purpose, such as sales, education, news or outreach.The type of site content, such as ones that are media-rich, interactive or multi-language.Site re-designs or upgrades.Prospects in a single location, such as locally, regionally or in a particular country.Sites that feature a certain design style.Focus your demographicsAnother niche approach is to focus on your own demographic. Use your own experience and insider knowledge to identify ways to target clients your age, education level, living situation, lifestyle, business sector, etc. After all, you might share certain business values, work situations, industry views and interests.A slightly different entry point is to look for products and services that cater to your demographic. Then, market to the companies that offer those products and services. You tailor your services to their needs related to serving people in your demographic. This idea could be developed many ways as a specialty.Be flexibleIf one niche doesn’t work out, you move on to others. The goal is to experiment to find niches—pain points that you can address in selected markets—that yield the number and type of clients you want to have for the projects you want to do. These are called “verticals,” as you’re building depth in one or a few defined areas.At the same time, you remain open to general work that comes your way. That allows you to be diversified and maintain steady revenues to experiment with new niches.I warn my associates about becoming overly dependent on single niches. It’s like only knowing how to use one software tool. If something dramatically changes in the customer’s market and it’s no longer the tool in demand, you suddenly could be left with no clients.Niches typically come and go, so it’s wise to always be on the hunt for new ones.Go outside your comfort zoneIt’s also a good idea to look for niches outside your comfort zone. Also, look beyond your obvious client market based on your experience or connections. This allows you to explore new types of opportunities and pushes you to build on your skills and knowledge.Ask yourself question like the following:What are your transferable skills?Which categories of new clients might need those skills and value the perspective you offer when considering your previous work?How can you re-frame your skills and knowledge to appeal to specific new audiences?I encourage you to experiment with skill and market niches. Depth from a focus on verticals along with diversification in other areas of interest are the foundation of a sustainable and profitable solo venture or microbusiness.This article is an excerpt from Doug Freeman’s new book, Smart Marketing for Solopreneurs and Microbusinesses. It’s available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, in paperback and e-book editions (162 pages). Information is available on Freeman’s company Web site at www.ideascapeinc.com. Doug Freeman has been self-employed for over 35 years. He has provided a wide variety of communications and consulting services to clients including Intel, Hewlett-Packard, T-Mobile, NASA and the U.S. Dept. of Energy. He also co-founded four small businesses, in publishing, entertainment and management consulting.last_img read more

Net 90 payment is a policy that freelancers can’t afford

first_imgThis morning I called up my utilities company to share a proposal: “What if I decided I’m not going to pay you until 90 days after my bill is due?”Fay, my agent, wasn’t quite sure what to do with me.“I’ve never been asked that!“ she said. I told her not to worry, I was just doing some research. Putting hypotheticals out there, to see what kind of power I might have. (Please don’t shut off my electricity.) She laughed, and explained how this typically works: If I don’t pay a bill within a week, they’ll routinely assess a late fee. If I’m legit struggling to pay, I can request financial assistance. But if I were to say, “Paying you in 90 days is my policy now”? Lights out.Which seems obvious. It’s standard practice for a business not to accept Net 90 payment terms. I don’t just get to decide I’m paying all my bills late — not without facing any consequences. So why does big business get 90 days — AKA Net 90?“CNN has unbelievable nerve to do that,” one freelance audio engineer told me on condition of anonymity. Demonstrating the power inequities at play, most freelancers interviewed for this story asked not to be named, for fear of retaliation or losing work from companies with which they still have relationships. Unbelievable nerve is something the audio engineer, like 57 million other freelancers in the United States alone, deals with all the time. His client, Metrovision Production Group, typically pays around 90 days after he sends an invoice. So it seems convenient that Metrovision relocated its headquarters from NYC to New Jersey shortly after the Freelance Isn’t Free law went into effect in the city. While the law mandates that companies pay debts of $800 or more within 30 days unless contracts state otherwise, New Jersey has no such protections against late or nonpayment. Outside the jurisdiction of the Freelance Isn’t Freelance law, businesses like Metrovision can legally pay invoices … pretty much whenever they want. And Metrovision, like Turner/CNN, and every company contacted for this story — including Surface Magazine, Ebony Magazine, Outside Magazine, Kellogg, Heinz, Proctor & Gamble, Mondelez — did not respond to requests for comments on their payment policies (though maybe they’ll eventually get back, in approximately 90 days).“Companies like that, they’re always busy with work,” the audio engineer says. “It’s not like they’re living hand to mouth. You would think they have a really healthy bank account, so it’s just their choice of practices to just not pay on time.”A luxury big businesses can afford The choice to pay on Net 90 terms is a disturbing but growing trend. Per the New York Times, several corporations, including Kellogg, Mars, Proctor & Gamble, and Heinz, are extending payment terms as part of their business strategy. Sometimes those terms are as high as Net 120. That’s a full four months of making suppliers wait to receive money owed to them.“I think the whole idea is very bad,” Professor Narayanan of Harvard is quoted in the New York Times piece. “[Those businesses] are essentially going to their suppliers for credit, rather than their banks.”Its seems obvious that it’s a bad idea making the small fries carry your financial burdens, especially in light of the terrible pressure it places on those who can least afford it. And the human consequences are very real. “I was almost homeless because of Net 90,” says a freelance food stylist who contacted Freelancers Union. “I was at the point where my credit cards were maxed. I would beg people, ‘Hey, can I get a partial payment?’ My terms were Net 30, not 90.” And guess how they responded? “They told me, ‘Well, you don’t get paid until I get paid.’”Net 90 is not how life worksBecause it’s ridiculous to tell my suppliers and creditors, who demand payment within 30 days or less, that I’m now on a Net 90 payment policy. To writer Mark Remy, my proposal seems like “a perfectly rational place to take it.” Remy and I discussed how every time I propose my Net 90 policy, it’s met with laughter. “It underscores how absurd these media outlets are being when they take that tack.” (Over on YouTube, Remy shared that Outside Magazine took 171 days to pay an invoice.)But laws do workThat tack is exactly why laws like Freelance Isn’t Free were put in place. And for some, it has already paid off. Journalist William Ketchum III shares one example: “I was owed money for stories as far back as March of last year, so I reached out to the publication’s accounting team, and I had my National Writers Union lawyer attached to the email. I cited the laws in New York City and they paid me within a few days. It was really telling. As soon as I sent them a threat, they send the payment.”The thing is, legal recourse doesn’t work everywhere. The Freelance Isn’t Free law is, for now, specific to NYC. As one freelance journalist put it, “Until [late payment] is actually illegal with a pathway for redress and repercussions, it won’t change.” She was threatened by a publication (“We will destroy your reputation”) after asking for payment upon delivery of her work.A rational fear of The Man“Net 90? That’s harsh. I think it’s absolute bullying for large corporations to push that on small business,” Portland, Oregon-based litigation attorney AJ Barnett told me over email. He advised that if companies try to enforce egregiously long payment terms, to tell them, “They can have it at a 90-day price.” If a big business is asking your small or solo practice to finance their luxury of extended payment time, that should come at a higher cost. But what happens when you need that payment on a 30-day cycle, or when you try to push back? As if to summarize the crux of the issue, the freelance journalist explains, “We have no power or recourse. The problem is we simply don’t have the collective bargaining power  — and when we try to organize other writers, everyone is so afraid.”Freelancers fear repercussions from speaking up, because these repercussions happen all the time. “You’re always up against a wall where if you make a fuss, they just won’t hire you again,” the freelance audio engineer said. “That happened with a corporate client once. I asked about not getting paid and then never heard from them again.”Push back, and get burned. It’s an all-too common theme. “Some people are feeling like they can’t really say anything because it will sour the relationship. It’s problematic,” Seattle-based journalist Wudan Yan told me. She added 20% late fees to her invoices after things went very wrong, to the tune of $5,000 with three clients. Each pushed back, openly threatened retaliation, or expressed confusion — despite the clear stipulations of Wudan’s contracts. Laws like Freelance Isn’t Free do protect against retaliation, at least in NYC. But it’s hard to prove that not getting called back for work, or losing work to a competitor, is a violation. Until the Davids band together, we can’t beat the GoliathsSo what are freelancers supposed to do, or feel, when they speak out against bad behavior themselves only to see a fellow independent contractor put up with it? “We already heard of a competitor willing to do it for a lower rate, and at Net 90,” a freelancer who pushed back against Turner/CNN points out. “We are our own worst enemy.”As Remy says, “It’s hard not to slip into platitudes, but there’s strength in numbers.” Take the #EbonyOwes case. In 2017, journalist Ketchum was among several independent writers who took to Twitter to lament the magazine’s late and nonpayment. That social uproar caught the eye of the National Writer’s Union’s Larry Goldbetter, who went to bat for freelancers in a lawsuit launched against Ebony. And it worked: all 40-plus writers were paid the more than $80,000 owed. “It’s never just one writer not getting paid,” says Goldbetter.There’s also been progress, at least for small businesses, overseas. In the UK, huge beverage company Diageo backed down from extending its payment terms to 90 days after a watchdog small business lobby group, the Forum of Private Business (FPB), publicly blasted the company. Still, as FPB’s chief executive put it, “The practice of grossly unfair trading terms is a growing trend.”Strength in NumbersTo combat this grossly unfair trend, we can start by holding strong to our own policies. Make your contract terms Net 30 or less. Add fees for late payments. In short, Yan advises, “Don’t think of yourself as an artist, think of yourself as a business.” She adds that we all have to stand up for ourselves and stand our ground, because “It only works if everyone does it.”For now, there are resources to help freelancers collect what’s due. In NYC, Freelancers Hub offers free legal clinics, as well as monthly Freelance Isn’t Free workshops with the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection. Freelancers Union also offers a free contract tool that includes a clause about compliance with the Freelance Isn’t Free law. Outside NYC, freelancers still have access to free or low-cost legal resources, like LegalShield. Others turn to sites like Study Hall to compare what other media workers are experiencing in terms of payment and contracts. And anyone can attend events like SPARK to discuss such issues in person. “The more we are willing to talk to each other and share the better we are collectively,” says Portland-based blogger Carissa Bonham. “It may seem like you’re powerless  —  and in some ways, let’s face it, you probably are,” admits Remy. “But use the power that you do have as much as you can.” Like the power to join a union, because, according to Ketchum, “Unions really force these places to do their best.” When it comes to doing right financially, concludes the freelance journalist, “Frankly there is no excuse. I am a small business and if I can pay on time, then so can the bigger companies.”Yeah, they can. Especially if they want to keep the lights on.Editor’s note: Have you experienced Net 90 payment terms? Tell us about your experiences at advocacy@freelancersunion.org.last_img read more

South Africa to chase 149 after Olivier triggers Pakistan collapse in Centurion

first_imgSeamer Duanne Olivier completed an 11-wicket match haul as South Africa roared back into contention in the first Test by bowling Pakistan out for 190 in their second innings at the close of day two at Centurion Park on Thursday.Olivier finished with 5-59 to go with his first innings figures of 6-37 as Pakistan set South Africa a victory target of 149. Thirty wickets have fallen on the opening two days of a game that has moved forward at a rapid pace.The home side will begin their chase on the third morning but with rain predicted for both days three and four.Olivier, in the side only because stalwart seamer Vernon Philander was injured, showed great pace and accuracy to help bowl Pakistan out in 56 overs of their second innings.The tourists had been on top when they went to Tea on 100 for one with a lead of 58. They then lost their final nine wickets for the addition of only 90 runs as the South African seamers found movement on a wicket that is also showing variable bounce.Opener Imam-ul-Haq had looked rock solid at the crease for his 57 before he chopped an Olivier delivery on to his stumps, while number three Shan Masood crafted a fine 65 but holed out to Keshav Maharaj in the deep off Dale Steyn (2-34) as he began to run out of batting partners.No other Pakistan batsman made more than 12 in the innings and were easily picked off as they hung on the back foot, too wary of the pace and bounce in the wicket.advertisementThat included a second duck of the match for captain Sarfraz Ahmed, who was caught at slip by Faf du Plessis off the excellent pace bowler Kagiso Rabada (3-47).South Africa had earlier labored to 223 in their first innings after starting the second day on 127 for five.Seamers Mohammad Amir (4-62) and Shaheen Afridi (4-64) were particularly impressive in getting the ball to move off the pitch, with seven of their eight scalps being caught behind the wicket.They will hold the key again for the tourists in trying to restrict South Africa’s chase with the pitch offering little assistance to the spinners.Temba Bavuma top-scored for the home side with a fluent 53, showcasing some excellent cover drives and intelligent placement, but his stay was ended when Afridi induced an edge to Ahmed.Quinton de Kock (45) looked for quick runs at the death of the innings and pushed the lead to 42, but was deceived by a slower ball from Amir and caught at cover by Fakhar Zaman to be the last man out.Also Read | Steve Smith’s Bangladesh Premier League ban lifted after franchises withdraw objectionsAlso Read | India have enough runs, not an easy pitch to bat on: Pujara warns AustraliaAlso See:last_img read more

IPL: Mumbai Indians release Mayank Markande to Delhi Capitals, rope in Sherfane Rutherford

first_imgIPL: Mumbai Indians release Mayank Markande to Delhi Capitals, rope in Sherfane RutherfordIn a swap deal ahead of the next season of Indian Premier League, Mumbai Indians have let go off leg-spinner Mayank Markande and brought in West Indies batsman Sherfane Rutherford.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiJuly 31, 2019UPDATED: August 1, 2019 00:30 IST Mayank Markande will represent Delhi Capitals in the next edition of IPL (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMumbai Indians have released leg-spinner Mayank MarkandeMarkande, who picked 15 wickets in 2018, played just 3 games in 2019Sherfane Rutherford will bolster Mumbai Indians’ batting unit in IPL 2020Defending Indian Premier League champions Mumbai Indians have gone in for a transfer deal with Delhi Capitals wherein they have released leg-spinner Mayank Markande and brought in West Indies batsman Sherfane Rutherford on their roster.MI has been known to groom youngsters over the years and the 20-year-old will be another addition to this list. The likes of Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah have been groomed by MI before they became match-winners for India.Commenting on the move, Mumbai Indians owner Akash Ambani said: “We wish Mayank the very best for his future. Mayank is a brilliant talent and we were fortunate to have spotted and nurtured him early. It is a difficult decision for us, but we are releasing Mayank for better cricketing prospects and know that Mayank is on the cusp of emerging as yet another shining star of Indian cricket. He will always be a part of the Mumbai Indians family.”I am excited to welcome the talented Sherfane into our family. Sherfane has impressed us with his all-round skills and match-winning attitude. His exploits across the world at such an early stage of his career has been impressive and we believe he will find his home at Mumbai Indians.”Delhi did miss a quality spinner in the 2019 edition of the IPL on the low and slow Ferozeshah Kotla track and Markande’s inclusion will boost the line-up which has quality pace bowlers in Kagiso Rabada and Ishant Sharma.Also Read | Virat Kohli’s comments on Ravi Shastri will not influence CAC: Anshuman GaekwadAlso Read | Unlucky Shaw: Jofra Archer’s freakish tweet surfaces after India cricketer’s doping banAlso See:advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Mayank MarkandeFollow IPLFollow Mumbai IndiansFollow Delhi CapitalsFollow Sherfane Rutherfordlast_img read more

Easily Give the Gift of Air Travel with Skyhour

first_imgIf you’re looking for a last–last-minute gift for the holidays, what better to give than travel? The problem is that gifting travel — air travel, in particular — can be a headache. Not every airline sells gift cards and, even if your preferred airline does, there’s no guarantee they fly to and from the destinations your recipient might be interested in. Skyhour is looking to change all that with a whole new travel “currency.”Skyhour works a bit like Venmo for air travel. Users select the number of Skyhours they’d like to purchase at a flat-rate of USD $60 per hour. Each unit is equivalent to one hour of flying time in coach class on more than 350 airlines. Aside from a 30-minute minimum, there are no purchase restrictions. Once you’ve registered for a free account, the entire process of signing in, then selecting and purchasing the number of hours can be completed in under a minute. With Skyhours in your account, you’re welcome to do with them whatever you like. However, they’re designed to be gifted. Unlike airline miles, they’re easily transferable between Skyhour accounts. Users can opt to send them by SMS text, email, with the dedicated app, or in person by using a scannable QR code. Surprisingly, travelers even earn frequent flyer miles with their Skyhour trips.Booking a trip with Skyhour is equally straightforward. Travelers login to their account, then proceed through a standard booking process. This includes selecting the origin and departure destinations, the number of travelers, and the preferred dates. Their booking engine uses the same industry standard system as every other travel metasearch (like Kayak or Google Flights), so there are almost always options on several different airlines. The company notes that, in rare cases of extremely high demand, they may not be able to offer a traveler’s chosen flights.While Skyhour is new to many travelers, they’ve been quietly brokering their travel currency since late 2017. The company was heavily funded with support from JetBlue Technology Ventures, the budget airline’s dedicated branch for innovative new projects that combine travel and technology. So, while new travel apps and websites tend to come and go, Skyhour seems destined to be around for the foreseeable future.Searching for flights is open to anyone, but actually booking them requires a Skyhour account. Credits are available through their mobile-friendly website, as well as via their free app on iOS and Android. Major Airline Admits to Monitoring Passengers Via Onboard Cameras The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer Editors’ Recommendations World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movielast_img read more

More Funds for OHV Trails

first_imgOff-highway vehicle operators will soon have more and better places to ride in Nova Scotia. Health Promotion and Protection Minister Barry Barnet and Natural Resources Minister David Morse have approved use of $228,890 from the Off-highway Infrastructure Fund for 14 off-highway vehicle trail development projects. “This is the second group of projects to be cost-shared by the Off-highway Vehicle Infrastructure Fund,” Laurie Cranton, chair of Nova Scotia’s Off-highway Vehicle Ministerial Advisory Committee, said today, Nov. 20. “We are looking forward to providing even more support in the future as concerned community groups continue to develop safe and accessible trails for responsible users to ride.” Each year when off-highway vehicle owners register their vehicles, they contribute $40 to the infrastructure fund. It is through these contributions that funding for a system of trails is being made available. The ministerial advisory committee — which includes representatives from a cross-section of groups, including off-highway vehicle riders, landowners, the environmental community, safety and training, industry, and enforcement — developed and oversees the process that organizations must use to qualify for infrastructure funding. The committee refers recommended projects to the two ministers who must approve the funding allocations. Trail projects can receive up to 50 per cent of a total project’s cost, usually up to $50,000, from the infrastructure fund. Projects must meet certain conditions, like avoiding vulnerable areas and contributing to environmental protection, making the most of existing infrastructure, and encouraging shared use where appropriate. “This fund is financed by OHV users for OHV users,” said Mr. Cranton. “Members of the ministerial advisory committee have carefully scrutinized the applications to help ensure that these users are getting the best possible value for their money. We are pleased to continue to receive well thought out project applications.” Nine of the approved projects will develop and upgrade trails managed by multi-use organizations, three projects are for trails managed by snowmobile clubs and two are for trails managed by all-terrain vehicle clubs. The next deadline for applications will be March 7, 2008. For information on trail development financing and applications for future OHV Infrastructure Fund trail development see the website at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/ohv/fund.asp .last_img read more